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November 17[edit]

IP Address Removal[edit]

I recently edited an article and my IP address was recorded. Could this please be removed along with this question? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:07, 17 November 2010 (UTC)

Unfortunately not. All edits need to be logged for the purpose of complying with Wikipedia's licences, which require all work to be properly attributed. If you would like to avoid having your IP address attached to your edits, you can register an account instead. Your IP address is hidden from normal viewing when you edit from an account; having an account has the effect of anonymizing your contributions since your edits cannot be attributed to your IP address by normal readers of the Wikipedia. See Wikimedia Foundation's Privacy Policy for more details. --Jayron32 04:24, 17 November 2010 (UTC)


Is wiki a share point or workspace? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:34, 17 November 2010 (UTC)

Neither. A wiki (from the Hawaiian wiki meaning "fast") is a website on some topic that can be edited by anyone. Wikipedia is merely a wiki that's a general encyclopaedia. Xenon54 (talk) 01:27, 17 November 2010 (UTC)
Well, "by anyone" isn't an intrinsic technical property of wikis. It's a matter of policy. Some wikis require registration or membership, though not Wikipedia.LeadSongDog come howl! 05:03, 17 November 2010 (UTC)

Articles with missing definition of their subject[edit]

Is there a template to insert if an article does not directly define its subject (but merely describe some properties of it or indirectly by some means)?

An example is Method chaining. It has many problems and one of them is the problem mentioned above (it does not define what method chaining is).

I don't think it would be {{Cleanup}}. It is more about form, not content.

--Mortense (talk) 04:05, 17 November 2010 (UTC)

Perhaps {{lead missing}} or {{lead rewrite}} ? -- John of Reading (talk) 12:02, 17 November 2010 (UTC)
Possibly {{context}} as well. TNXMan 12:44, 17 November 2010 (UTC)

Is it possible to have edits made while logged out moved to "My Contributions"?[edit]

I made a series of edits, and in unrelated news, managed to get blocked, while not logged in. I would like to have the edit history of that IP address merged into my own account's edit history. Is that possible? Simon-in-sagamihara (talk) 04:18, 17 November 2010 (UTC)

Blocks apply to the person, and not to the IP or account. If you were blocked while logged out, you need to refrain from using Wikipedia until the block expires. --Jayron32 04:19, 17 November 2010 (UTC)
Hi Jayron. Yes, I'm well aware of that. Actually, you were the admin who blocked the account in the beginning. Anyway, the block is long over. It is not the issue. I would like to know if it is possible to have the edit history of that IP address merged into my own account's edit history. Simon-in-sagamihara (talk) 07:56, 17 November 2010 (UTC)
  • Pictogram voting comment.svg It used to be possible to re-attribute edits from IP addresses to named accounts, but not since 2005 (see this page). However, as that page says, you can list your contributions made with the IP address(es) on your user page. GiftigerWunsch [TALK] 07:58, 17 November 2010 (UTC)

I have created a new page but it does not show up in the search[edit]

I just created my first page but it does not show up in wiki search —Preceding unsigned comment added by Policy2012 (talkcontribs) 07:49, 17 November 2010 (UTC)

You have posted the article on your user page and not in the regular article space. The article should be located at Comprehensive Rural Health Project. Dismas|(talk) 09:15, 17 November 2010 (UTC)
And see also WP:SYMUD. One point, at the moment the draft only has one bare reference to a home page. That is insufficient to establish notability per WP:CORP. Please cite some references to reliable sources otherwise the article may be deleted if moved to mainspace. – ukexpat (talk) 14:28, 17 November 2010 (UTC)

Theresa May vandalism[edit]

A user has removed two relevant sections on the Theresa May article on the bomb plot and London riots. Both are relevant as part of her job overseeing home security in England. Off2riorob or somesuch. These stories are part of her job in overseeing the budget for home security, not "coat tracking" or somesuch. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 08:30, 17 November 2010 (UTC)

Just to help those who want to look into this, here's a link to the article: Theresa May. Dismas|(talk) 09:12, 17 November 2010 (UTC)
"coat tracking" refers to Wikipedia:Coatrack. The place to discuss the article is Talk:Theresa May where I see you have already posted. Don't describe edits as vandalism just because you disagree with them. See Wikipedia:Assume good faith. 2010 cargo plane bomb plot and 2010 student protest in London have their own articles. Politicians are expected to make statements about important incidents within their field. That doesn't mean their biographies should describe details of each such incident if the politician had no or very limited involvement. I'm not British and haven't followed the incidents but I see May is only mentioned briefly in 2010 cargo plane bomb plot and not at all in 2010 student protest in London. PrimeHunter (talk) 13:17, 17 November 2010 (UTC)
See also Wikipedia:Recentism. Wikipedia is not a news site. Do you think May will be remembered in ten years for her role in these incidents? PrimeHunter (talk) 13:20, 17 November 2010 (UTC)

Replace a Picture[edit]


A certain user has created a page for my father. The page is great, however, I would like to replace the picture he posted to the page (i.e. delete the existing picture and upload a new one). I tried to figure out how to get this done through the information available on wikipedia, but haven't understood it.

Please explain in detail what are the steps to get this done.

Thank You.

Y.— Preceding unsigned comment added by Orenbn (talkcontribs)

  • If you want to add an existing image to an article, add [[File:File name.jpg|thumb|Caption text.]] to the area of the article where you want the image to appear – replacing File name.jpg with the actual file name of the image, and Caption text with a short description of the image. See our picture tutorial for more information.
  • If you want to upload an image from your computer for use in an article, you must determine the proper license of the image (or whether it is in the public domain). If you know the image is public domain or copyrighted but under a suitable free-license, upload it to the Wikimedia Commons instead of here, so that all projects have access to the image (sign up). If you are unsure of the licensing status, see the file upload wizard for more information. Please also read Wikipedia's image use policy. I hope this helps. TNXMan 12:42, 17 November 2010 (UTC)
There are three steps to think about:
  1. Copyright - is this a picture that you took yourself? If not, things get complicated very quickly, as the copyright-holder would need to provide evidence that they were willing to release their copyright (see Donating copyright materials for this). But assuming it is a picture you took yourself, we can go on to step two.
  2. Upload the file to Wikimedia Commons using this link. Choose a good descriptive name for the file, and try to fill in as many of the other fields as you can. For "licensing", either choose the "recommended" option from the list, or place the image entirely in the public domain.
  3. Edit the article to use your image instead of the old one. Click the "Edit" label at the top of the article, and look for something like [[File:A file name here|other stuff]] or [[Image:A file name here|other stuff] or, near the top of the article, something like {{infobox ... | image = A file name here ... }}. Replace the file name with the name of the new image. Use the "Preview" button to see if you've got it right, then fill in the edit summary and save.
If you have trouble with the last step, post the article name here and someone will be able to give better instructions. -- John of Reading (talk) 12:51, 17 November 2010 (UTC)
(No e/c) From which we deduce I spent at least ten minutes on my essay? -- John of Reading (talk) 12:53, 17 November 2010 (UTC)

Sadhana Sivdasani[edit]

Dear Sir, One of my friend in Romania is a great fan of Sadhana Sivdasani, although my friend is Romanian ,she has all information about Sadhanajee....i wan't Sadhana Sivdasani latest picture which came in news paper of October 2010... Can please help me out ? Thanks Arun Pandya —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 11:12, 17 November 2010 (UTC)

Hello. I suspect, based on your question, that you found one of our over three million articles, and thought that we were directly affiliated in some way with that subject. Please note that you are at Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia that anyone can edit, and this page is a help desk for asking questions related to using the encyclopedia. Thus, we have no inside track on the subject of your question. You can, however, search our vast catalogue of articles by typing a subject into the search field on the upper right side of your screen. If you cannot find what you are looking for, we have a reference desk, divided into various subject areas, where asking knowledge questions is welcome. Best of luck. TNXMan 12:40, 17 November 2010 (UTC)


I am looking for a company to publish <url redacted> on their web pages to reach donors and developers. Jonathan —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 12:30, 17 November 2010 (UTC)

I'm sorry, but Wikipedia is not the place to do that, as our articles are not advertisements. You may interested in other sites that provide that service, like LinkedIn. TNXMan 12:39, 17 November 2010 (UTC)

Sandbox Operations[edit]


First of all i would like to share my appreciation and gratitude for creating such a great thing as wiki, it's defly reliable and flexible.

I have an intention to write an article, but that's the first article of mine. Pls, clarify if I create a draft in sandbox and there will be errors in it, will I have the opportunity to rewrite it in the future, and it will not be banned?

I do not want to violate the rules for articles creation and posting.

Thank you much in advance, Andy —Preceding unsigned comment added by Ddd234 (talkcontribs) 12:52, 17 November 2010 (UTC)

If you use the Article Wizard to create a draft article in your user space, you or other editors will be able to improve and correct the article before it goes "live". Some standard advice follows:
A Wizard is available to walk you through these steps. See the Article Wizard.
Thank you.
Before creating an article, please search Wikipedia first to make sure that an article does not already exist on the subject. Please also review a few of our relevant policies and guidelines with which all articles should comply. As Wikipedia is an encyclopedia, articles must not contain original research, must be written from a neutral point of view, should cite reliable sources which verify their content and must not contain unsourced, negative content about living people.
Articles must also demonstrate the notability of the subject. Please see our subject specific guidelines for people, bands and musicians, companies and organizations and web content and note that if you are closely associated with the subject, our conflict of interest guideline strongly recommends against you creating the article.
If you still think an article is appropriate, see Wikipedia:Your first article. You might also look at Wikipedia:How to write a great article for guidance, and please consider taking a tour through the Wikipedia:Tutorial so that you know how to properly format the article before creation. An Article Wizard is also available to walk you through creating an article. -- John of Reading (talk) 13:15, 17 November 2010 (UTC)
I've also added a table of helpful links on your talk page. CaptRik (talk) 13:20, 17 November 2010 (UTC)

Kate Middleton[edit]

Re: Your biography of Kate Middleton.

You will think this is an petty request, but believe me, many other women apart from me find it really irritating to be referred to in print by the patronising use of our surnames only, without the addition of a first name or prefix. Once this would have been seen as an insult - it still grates.

So to refer to our future Queen as 'Middleton' is not only graceless, it looks downright boorish. Please show some manners!

Yours sincerely S.Mazzoni —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:32, 17 November 2010 (UTC)

Wikipedia is an encyclopedia, and adopts a formal tone for consistency and readability. The proper formatting of names has been the subject of much thought and discussion over the years; the current guidelines are given at great length on this page. -- John of Reading (talk) 13:50, 17 November 2010 (UTC)
I'm sorry you find it irritating – by the law of unintended consequences we're sure to irritate some one, whatever we do – but it is not intended to be patronizing. We strive to be gender-neutral in our treatment of biographic subjects: as men are often referred to by the surnames alone in an extended biographical text, then so are women. No doubt when she becomes Princess Catherine, we shall start referring to her solely by her first name – as we already do for Prince William – without this being a sign of disrespect. Physchim62 (talk) 14:01, 17 November 2010 (UTC)
Wikipedia:Manual of Style (biographies)#Subsequent uses of names says:
After the initial mention of any name, the person should be referred to by surname only, without an honorific prefix such as "Mr", "Mrs", "Miss", or "Ms".
This applies to both genders. Wikipedia is an international encyclopedia with editors from around the world. I'm not British and don't know whether many British women share your view but I'm surprised to hear it should be patronising, graceless and boorish to use the maiden name of an unmarried woman. I could better understand it for a married woman only being referred to by her married name. Kate Middleton currently says Kate eight times excluding references, but it says Middleton many more times in agreement with the Manual of Style. PrimeHunter (talk) 14:06, 17 November 2010 (UTC)
I've just replaced the instances where the subject is referred to as "Kate" with "Middleton", in keeping with the manual of style. GiftigerWunsch [BODY DOUBLE] 14:27, 17 November 2010 (UTC)

It should be noted that some people are equally unhappy about omitting honorifics such as "Rev.", "Sri", "Hadji", "His Grace" and the like; we are merely being consistent, without deference for gender or other distinctions. --Orange Mike | Talk 14:46, 17 November 2010 (UTC)

Wikipedia isn't unique in this respect, anyway; it's a common feature of formal writing to give the full name and title of an individual on first mention, and then refer to them by their surname later. Many newspapers etc. follow this practice, for example. GiftigerWunsch [BODY DOUBLE] 14:50, 17 November 2010 (UTC)
Out here in the real world, meantime, I had to go to the article to find out who this person is. The things that some people care about..... --Orange Mike | Talk 14:53, 17 November 2010 (UTC)


I ask of block the users "Dr Claudio", "Windask", "Komorosky", "Dottor Claudio", "Kaiodviskok", "Peroskyv", since they are all mine, and since I created them because I liked some of these names, it was better to create them now. I've tested as contributions, if they had problems in the unified login. Hey, do not think they have created for evil purposes! Thanks. -- (talk) 14:05, 17 November 2010 (UTC)

My request was not even view, you can capture those utilities, please? Claudio Asaro (talk) 16:03, 17 November 2010 (UTC)

Etc etc —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:10, 17 November 2010 (UTC) Annulled (Writed on User Pages)--Claudio Asaro (talk) 16:41, 17 November 2010 (UTC)

Simple template help required[edit]

I've had a root around the various help pages, but couldn't glean what I needed to know, so here goes. I want to add a parameter to a template, such that when it is defined as "yes", a line of text appears at the bottom of the template.

So, {{template}} yields

blah blah blah

but {{template|yadda=yes}} yields

blah blah blah
yadda yadda yadda

Any ideas? Skomorokh 14:57, 17 November 2010 (UTC)

I'm terrible with templates, but would a switch do what you need? The template {{creation}} uses a switch and allows for the naming of the parameters ("anon" or "user"). TNXMan 15:15, 17 November 2010 (UTC)
It also looks like Wikipedia:Parser_functions#Conditional_expressions covers this situation. TNXMan 15:36, 17 November 2010 (UTC)
That looks like the sort of thing I want, but the implementation is beyond me. Is there perhaps an idiot-friendly translation somewhere? Skomorokh 15:43, 17 November 2010 (UTC)
Not of which I'm aware. If you find one, let me know. :) TNXMan 15:47, 17 November 2010 (UTC)

Any further help with this appreciated... Skomorokh 19:49, 17 November 2010 (UTC)

Look at the one marked #ifeq. Type exactly what you see. Then, replace "string1" with the name of the parameter that might have a value of yes. Then, replace "string2" with the value "yes". Then, replace "value if equal" with what you want to appear if the parameter does not equal "yes". Then, remove "value if unequal" since you don't want anything to appear if they are not equal. -- kainaw 19:58, 17 November 2010 (UTC)
Finally got it once I realised you had to wrap the parameter like {{{parameter|}}} and not just stick it in as is, thanks kainaw. Skomorokh 21:34, 17 November 2010 (UTC)

Same name[edit]

I would like to title an article with a specific name, but the person's grandfather already has an article with the same name (although his grandfather's full name is different.). Can I add a new article that has the same name as an existing article about the person's grandfather? —Preceding unsigned comment added by 1dokeefe2 (talkcontribs) 15:10, 17 November 2010 (UTC)

Yes you can, but you will need to use a disambiguating title, see WP:DISAMBIGUATION. Standard advice about article creation follows. You should consider creating the article as a draft in user space first. The wizard will help you with that.
A Wizard is available to walk you through these steps. See the Article Wizard.
Thank you.
Before creating an article, please search Wikipedia first to make sure that an article does not already exist on the subject. Please also review a few of our relevant policies and guidelines with which all articles should comply. As Wikipedia is an encyclopedia, articles must not contain original research, must be written from a neutral point of view, should cite reliable sources which verify their content and must not contain unsourced, negative content about living people.
Articles must also demonstrate the notability of the subject. Please see our subject specific guidelines for people, bands and musicians, companies and organizations and web content and note that if you are closely associated with the subject, our conflict of interest guideline strongly recommends against you creating the article.
If you still think an article is appropriate, see Wikipedia:Your first article. You might also look at Wikipedia:How to write a great article for guidance, and please consider taking a tour through the Wikipedia:Tutorial so that you know how to properly format the article before creation. An Article Wizard is also available to walk you through creating an article. – ukexpat (talk) 15:32, 17 November 2010 (UTC)
(edit conflict)See Wikipedia:Disambiguation for a general guideline. There are some options. First of all, you can use the son's middle name, or you can use a paranthetical disambiguator to describe the son, see for example William Bradford, which lists how different articles deal with the fact that there are several famous William Bradford. Some use parenthetical descriptors, and some use middle names or initials. Wikipedia:Disambiguation has some tips on following Wikipedia's best practices on disambiguating names. For articles about persons, generally one tries to find the simplest way to disambiguate them, for example if the grandfather had a different occupation than the grandson, you may want to have the Grandfather's article at "John Doe" and the Grandson's article at "John Doe (musician)", for example. --Jayron32 15:36, 17 November 2010 (UTC)

Wikipedia statistics number of stubs VS comprehensive articles[edit]

Hello, My name is Nick. I am currently writing a paper on the validity of Wikipedia articles and I was wondering if you folks could help me with a bit of information. I was wondering, out of the over 3 million articles that your website hosts, how many of these are considered stubs? I am trying to compare the number of Wikipedia articles to the Encyclopedia Britannica articles. Many apologies if this the incorrect place to post this question. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:33, 17 November 2010 (UTC)

I don't know that we can give a complete answer to your question. All of the articles that are stubs may not be tagged as such. Also, the articles not tagged as stubs may not be "comprehensive" articles. There almost 9,000 stub categories, containing many more articles, if that helps. TNXMan 15:40, 17 November 2010 (UTC)

I do not need an exact number. A rough percentage would do just fine. I am just looking for a solid reference that shows even though many Wikipedia articles are stubs the number of comprehensive articles greatly outnumbers those found in the Encyclopedia Britannica. Also thank you for your incredibly quick response to my original inquiry  :D —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:00, 17 November 2010 (UTC)

Actually, we can give you that information :) If you look at WP:ASSESS, you will find more information about our project-wide article assessment system, including a table which shows how many articles fall into each category. At present, the system "only" covers 2.9 million of the 3.4 million articles on Wikipedia, but roughly half of them are stubs. Physchim62 (talk) 16:01, 17 November 2010 (UTC)

You ROCK!! Thank you so much! —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:20, 17 November 2010 (UTC)

Don't thank me (although I did have a hand in setting the system up), thank the thousands of editors who have given a few seconds of their time for each article to classify them ;) Physchim62 (talk) 00:05, 18 November 2010 (UTC)

Baby Doe Tabor[edit]

I have tried on my own to research this but it is beyond my understanding. I hope you can help me. I am looking for photos for the Baby Doe Tabor article. I have found photos at the Denver Public Library, the Denver Art Museum, and the Library of Congress. May any of these photos be used in Wikipedia articles? Thanks. Gandydancer (talk) 15:49, 17 November 2010 (UTC)

I don't know. If you don't get an answer here today, I suggest you ask again at the Media copyright questions page where the copyright experts will help you. -- John of Reading (talk) 18:25, 17 November 2010 (UTC)
You will have to be more specific - without knowing the copyright status of each of the images to which you refer, we cannot opine as to whether any of them can be uploaded to, and used on, Wikipedia. – ukexpat (talk) 19:14, 17 November 2010 (UTC)
Thanks. I'll go to the media copyright page. Gandydancer (talk) 19:49, 19 November 2010 (UTC)


In WP:AIV some history removed, why?

Περσεύς|Talk to me 16:08, 17 November 2010 (UTC)

I don't see any removed history. Can you point to what you were seeing? TNXMan 16:20, 17 November 2010 (UTC)
On my watchlist, I see that Gogododo did a revdel on AIV at 08:36 today (UTC) with the rationale "Grossly insulting, degrading, or offensive material". The relevent deleted revisions were themselves made at 08:20 and 08:21. Admins can view the deleted revisions, which I have done, and I concur with the deletion, Gogododo's rationale is spot on, and well within the RevDel usage policy. --Jayron32 16:38, 17 November 2010 (UTC)
Yes, I agree (those diffs contained an ip vandal insulting me) Access Deniedtalk to me 04:21, 18 November 2010 (UTC)


In order to submit a donation I will need to see something that shows the need for donations. Do you have financials you are willing to share with the public? I would gladly support Wikipedia since I use it so often but I would like to know where my donation would be going to specifically. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:56, 17 November 2010 (UTC)

Here are the financial reports for the Wikimedia Foundation: Wikimedia Foundation financial reports. The Wikimedia Foundation is Wikipedia's parent nonprofit, who run Wikipedia and its sister projects, such as Wikimedia Commons. --ais523 18:17, 17 November 2010 (UTC)
There's lots more information here, with links to financial reports and such like. -- John of Reading (talk) 18:15, 17 November 2010 (UTC)

page not posted, cannot find link to help myself[edit]

Help not sure that my page is active or being posted. Cannot find a link to confirm my page is up. Goggle does cannot find my page.

My user name is Larr49 —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:10, 17 November 2010 (UTC)

User:Larr49 (edit | talk | history | links | watch | logs)
So far, user Larr49 has only written text on his user page, which is not part of the encyclopedia. One of the links at the top right of each Wikipedia page takes a logged-in user to his/her user page, so it is easy to find.
If you were intending to write an encyclopedia article about yourself, please note that you are strongly discouraged from doing this. See this guideline page. -- John of Reading (talk) 18:22, 17 November 2010 (UTC)
And from looking at the user page, it's pretty clear that the user does not meet Wikipedia's notability guidelines. – ukexpat (talk) 19:17, 17 November 2010 (UTC)

request for a job[edit]

Hello, My name is Shantha, and i live in San Diego. i am looking for a job, i can type, i know MS Word, MS Excel, I can surf through Internet. I do not have any references to furnish. If you have any job for typing, i can do well. I am a hard worker, and i promise, i will finish the assigned job within given time. I am my own reference. I appreciate if you give me an opportuniy. thanks —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:39, 17 November 2010 (UTC)

I'm sorry, but this desk is for questions about using Wikipedia. You may be interested in other sites like [1] that accept applications. TNXMan 19:42, 17 November 2010 (UTC)

Subject of Wikipedia article able to delete it?[edit]

A person I know hates the fact that they have a Wikipedia article. They pass WP's sometimes-quirky notability guidelines (just!), but he wonders how he can go about getting the page removed. He doesn't know the first thing about this place and I wondered if I could help him. Thanks. —Half Price 19:53, 17 November 2010 (UTC)

I don't think people have a right to have articles about them deleted because they don't like having one. But then again, I don't think we have a policy on the matter. wackywace 19:55, 17 November 2010 (UTC)
They don't have a right, but in a deletion discussion, " Discussions concerning biographical articles of relatively unknown, non-public figures, where the subject has requested deletion and there is no rough consensus may be closed as delete." If you think he really is borderline, I guess it could be taken to AfD and he could request deletion. If he clearly passes our notability guidelines he's probably stucki. Dougweller (talk) 20:12, 17 November 2010 (UTC)
The deal is the level of publicly availible information about a person. Barack Obama isn't going to have an article about himself get deleted. However, we have lots of articles of people who are very marginally notable; articles about a college professor cobbled together from their CV and a list of published works, for example. The bass player in a band who left before they ever became famous and never worked in music again. Some guy who appeared in two major league baseball games, but never got a hit and never played organized sports again. People like that, who request to have articles about them deleted, generally get their wish. Your best bet is to start an AFD discussion and see where it leads. --Jayron32 03:20, 18 November 2010 (UTC)
Thanks. —Half Price 12:18, 20 November 2010 (UTC)

Wikipedia - Wikileaks Affilliated?[edit]

I want to contribute to Wikipedia as requested by Jimmy Wales' appeal, but I would first like to know if there is any affiliation with Wikileaks? If not, why do they use the "Wiki" name? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:25, 17 November 2010 (UTC)

Thankyou for your interest in supporting Wikipedia. There is no affiliation with WikiLeaks; see this section within the WikiLeaks article and the reference cited there. The name "Wiki" refers to the collaborative editing software that is used by Wikipedia, WikiLeaks and by thousands of other organisations. -- John of Reading (talk) 20:41, 17 November 2010 (UTC)

A Page I created[edit]

A few years ago, I created a page for the URJ Henry S. Jacobs Camp, and now it directly redirects to the Union for Reform Judaism (

What happened to the page I created which was filled with sources and everything it needed to stay up. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:27, 17 November 2010 (UTC)

If you look at the page history it shows that in June 2009 it was merged with Henry S. Jacobs (HSJ) Camp. The history of that page shows that it existed until last month, when it was redirected; that latter history shows a number opf deletion discussions (AFDs) over the years. The history shows which editor did the redirect, so if you want an explanation you might ask him at his talk page. David Biddulph (talk) 20:51, 17 November 2010 (UTC)

Gruesome "Contract Killer face" on every Wikipedia page.[edit]

You need to stop with the PLEA for donations by using the picture of the glaring "Contract Killer" who glares at you "asking" for donations. Last year you had a simple written request banner that was "NEUTRAL" and I contributed. This year, "I'll be dammed if you think you can intimidate me" is the response you get from me. "You can catch a lot more flies using honey". I am certain you will get many many more positive responses if you feel you have to have a picture of someone glaring you down - if it was an attractive woman !!! Women take more kindly to another woman's request and men will do whatever the hell she wants - "Yes, Dear, whatever you say".

Postscript - it says"When you click SAVE..." - there is no save to click !!!!!!!!! —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:39, 17 November 2010 (UTC)

I'm sorry, you feel that way. However, this desk is for asking questions about using Wikipedia. TNXMan 20:46, 17 November 2010 (UTC)
You can make suggestions about the "Fundraiser that anyone can edit" on meta:. Your idea of an attractive woman probably would not work, though, for reasons such as Personality rights and various copyright laws. Intelligentsium 21:52, 17 November 2010 (UTC)
You can remove the banner with an X in the upper right corner. However, it may come back at some time unless you have an account, go to Special:Preferences, click the "Gadgets" tab, select "Suppress display of the fundraiser banner", and click Save. PrimeHunter (talk) 21:51, 17 November 2010 (UTC)

i resubmitted an article on claremont rug company and can't tell if it has been read yet[edit]

How do I find out if/when the resubmitted article will be reviewed. It has been nearly three weeks since I added the requested information.

gpt Gptobin (talk) 21:21, 17 November 2010 (UTC)

See the notice at the top of Wikipedia talk:Articles for creation/The Art and Majesty of 18th and 19th Century Oriental Rugs - your submission has been declined. In addition to the reason stated there, the submission reads like an an advertisement. – ukexpat (talk) 21:27, 17 November 2010 (UTC)

Removal and Reinstatement of Article, "Diane Austin"[edit]


Several months ago, a biographical article titled, "Diane Austin" was, after some sort of process, removed from Wikipedia. We never knew the source of the article in the first place and have no idea what contributed to removing it. Now however, we have gathered enough reviews, articles and especially book reviews of Diane Austin's new book, "The Theory and Practice of Vocal Psychotherapy: Songs of The Self" published by Jessica Kingsley in London and around the world. The book has been reviewed in many countries where Diane's model is now taught, from Australia to Sweden to Great Britain to Greece and on and on.

We wish to use this and other material to lobby for the reinstatement of an article titled "Diane Austin".

We would be grateful if you could tell us the process we need to use to appeal the removal and get the piece (expanded perhaps) back in Wikipedia.

Thank you for your help,

Robert Austin —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:10, 17 November 2010 (UTC)

The deletion discussion is at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Diane Austin: this shows that in December 2009, the editors who took part in the discussion found almost no independent reliable sources on her and her work. If you think that this has changed, and she now meets the notability criteria at WP:BLP, you are welcome to suggest a new article: however, if you are connected with her (as I am guessing you are), you should read WP:COI and probably should not attempt to write an article yourself. Your best bet is to collect all the sources you have, and post a request at WP:Requested Articles. I believe that Admins (of which I am not one) are able to retrieve the text of a deleted article for you to look at, though I'm not sure where they would put it since you don't appear to use an account. --ColinFine (talk) 00:24, 18 November 2010 (UTC)