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December 29[edit]

About Donation[edit]

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am from india. i don't have credit card. i am unable to donate to wikipedia. so kindly provide some other way to donate. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 03:39, 29 December 2010 (UTC)

You can make a check payable to "Wikimedia Foundation, Inc." P.O. Box 894879 Los Angeles, CA 90189. --Monterey Bay (talk) 04:16, 29 December 2010 (UTC)
Alternative ways to donate - including the above - can be found here -- PhantomSteve.alt/talk\[alternative account of Phantomsteve] 04:23, 29 December 2010 (UTC)

Johnson Tan Hiok Phuay[edit]

Johnson Tan Hiok Phuay was born in Singapore on 1st January 1900 in KK Hospital. He is now working in SMB Electric Harwal Pte ltd as A Senior Business Manager. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Tcchuan (talkcontribs) 06:07, 29 December 2010 (UTC)

This is not the place to suggest a new article, for that you need to go here, although to be honest, the details you have given do not seem to indicate that he would meet Wikipedia's criteria for inclusion here -- PhantomSteve.alt/talk\[alternative account of Phantomsteve] 06:19, 29 December 2010 (UTC)
I don't know. Someone who will be 111 years old in just a matter of days and is still working would seem to be quite notable to me. Dismas|(talk) 08:54, 29 December 2010 (UTC)
Thank you to lighten up wikipedia! I laughed out loud XD-- ♫Greatorangepumpkin♫ T 13:18, 29 December 2010 (UTC)

About Principles of photonics You can give me the useful webside also can give me the details[edit]

You can give me the useful webside also can give me the details not more than 15 pages.(A4) 1 history of variable-focus microlens or microlens array 2 types of variable-focus microlens 3 tow methods to produce variable-focus microlens 4 its recents commercial application 5 recent research or exploration on its potential use in photonics 6 characterisation /testing of variable-focus microlens —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 09:24, 29 December 2010 (UTC)

Pictogram voting delete.svg Please do your own homework.
Welcome to the Wikipedia Help desk. Your question appears to be a homework question. I apologize if this is a misevaluation, but it is our policy here to not do people's homework for them, but to merely aid them in doing it themselves. Letting someone else do your homework does not help you learn how to solve such problems.
Please attempt to solve the problem yourself first. You can search Wikipedia or search the Web.
If you need help with a specific part of your homework, the Reference desk can help you grasp the concept. Do not ask knowledge questions here, just those about using Wikipedia. -- John of Reading (talk) 09:26, 29 December 2010 (UTC)

How do I create an entry?[edit]

Hello, I was just wondering on how to create an entry about my Father?

Thank you


Chris Schildt —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:52, 29 December 2010 (UTC)

There are a few options, providing that he passes the notability guideline. Seeing as you have a Conflict of interest, an article can be requested at WP:REQ. When starting an article you can use WP:AFC. Jarkeld (talk) 15:56, 29 December 2010 (UTC)

Searching in category an subcategories[edit]

I've been trying to search for late female Swedish engineers (I know it's a funny thing to search for) that is to find the intersection between the categories Dead people, Swedish engineers and Women. However, I realized that the incategory modifier won't search within subcategories, which made my search a whole lot more difficult to carry out. Is there a way to include subcategories in the search? Belteshassar (talk) 16:10, 29 December 2010 (UTC)

Does WP:CATI help? – ukexpat (talk) 16:54, 29 December 2010 (UTC)
The OP will probably not have much success in this search even using CategoryIntersect. Articles about individual women should not include the category Category:Women, because it is simply far too broad; I would recommend removing that category and only searching Swedish engineers and Dead people, then identifying women by their given names. Unfortunately we do not have an article on Swedish given names that could be relevant. Intelligentsium 03:24, 30 December 2010 (UTC)
Try going to and entering Swedish engineers in the "Categories" box, and Living people in the "Negative categories" box. This searches for Category:Swedish engineers and all its subcategories down to sub-sub-sub-categories (though I don't think it has any beyond sub-categories), and excludes anyone categorised as living; this seems simpler than searching the entire tree below Category:Deaths by year, and is probably more reliable, too. It doesn't limit to women but I guess the 54 results returned aren't too many to check manually. You might also want to check related categories such as Category:Swedish inventors. Adrian J. Hunter(talkcontribs) 07:05, 30 December 2010 (UTC)

File extension does not match MIME type.[edit]

I keep getting this error message "File extension does not match MIME type." when I try to upload a new image. The images I'm tyring to upload are all below 100 MB and in .JPG file format. Can you explain to me what to do in simple terms? Thanks in advance! Ithundir (talk) 21:00, 29 December 2010 (UTC)

A few possibilities spring to mind. Are you uploading a new image or uploading a new version of an existing image title? If the latter, the old image needs to have the .jpg extension in its name already or the upload will fail. Are you sure the image is actually in jpg format? It's not just a name but an actual format (you may say "duh!" but I've seen this before), so if the image is actually a png, for example, and you only renamed it to have jpg as the extension without actually saving it to that format, the error message you are getting is actually correct. Also, sometimes images you grab from the internet actually have wrong file extensions already attached so it might have originally said it was a jpg, but never was. An easy way to check the actual format is to open the image with, GIMP or whatever image program you have, and then try saving as; the actual file format is normally selected for you. In any event, try resaving as a jpg. At Commons I read a post indicating that when this error message is a false positive, editing the image--resizing it slightly for example--will sometimes fix the software's misidentification of the file type.--Fuhghettaboutit (talk) 00:09, 30 December 2010 (UTC)

Question about the Writer Infobox[edit]

What's the difference between "subject" and "genre"? Nightscream (talk) 22:49, 29 December 2010 (UTC)

See the documentation at Template:Infobox writer. PrimeHunter (talk) 22:58, 29 December 2010 (UTC)

Thanks. One other thing: What's the difference between "education" and "alma mater"? The template documentation doesn't really explain the difference between the two. Nightscream (talk) 06:00, 30 December 2010 (UTC)

You could mention this deficiency of the documentation on Template talk:Infobox writer. The documentation for those two fields is inadequate. Ideally, the documentation should give at least one example of a properly filled-out template. You could also:
  • Look at Special:WhatLinksHere/Template:Infobox writer for usage examples in articles. In particular, look for featured articles that use the template, as these articles will have received much scrutiny and are most likely to reflect proper usage.
  • Look through the history of the template documentation to see who wrote the unclear description of the two fields. Ask that editor on his or her talk page to explain what he or she had in mind.
  • {{Infobox writer}} might be an adaptation of the more general {{Infobox person}}. The education and alma_mater fields might have come from {{Infobox person}}. Therefore, the place to clarify the ambiguity would be on {{Infobox person}}, then track down all templates adapted from it which inherited the same ambiguity, and fix their inherited documentation too. You might need to track down the original source of these fields and ask the originating person what he or she meant by them. (It would be nice if the later users who apparently just copy things without thinking much about them would resolve these questions at the time, instead of propagating the ambiguity.)
If you cannot determine the actual difference between the two fields, then just use one field and ignore the other. The world will probably not come to an end over this.
--Teratornis (talk) 21:57, 31 December 2010 (UTC)

Hmph. That's what you think. The Klingons are trying to use that template for their honored warriors, and I'm their liaison! If I don't come up with an explanation for those two bits, you can kiss the Eastern Seaboard good-bye!

Okay, seriously, I looked at the Cordwainer Smith article, and assuming it's using the template correctly, indicates that "Education" is the degree earned, whereas alma mater, of course, is where they studied. Thanks, and Happy Holidays. Nightscream (talk) 02:22, 1 January 2011 (UTC)