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March 4[edit]

The Earth[edit]

what is the difference between Earth and the world? —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 02:06, 4 March 2011 (UTC)

The Earth (uppercase) refers only to the planet, while world can refer to the planet but can also be used in many other ways. It can refer to the whole universe, or often for all of, or particular classes of, people or things or animals or genres or perspectives and more, e.g., music is her world; the ancient world; a child's world, the vegetable world; the world of the microscopic; and so on. By the way, this page is for asking questions about using Wikipedia. A general knowledge question such as yours belongs at the reference desk, which has a section on language.--Fuhghettaboutit (talk) 05:18, 4 March 2011 (UTC)
Hmm. I wonder If I just got tricked into answering a {{DYOH}} question? Well, no matter, a dictionary is all that was needed.--Fuhghettaboutit (talk) 05:24, 4 March 2011 (UTC)
I think you did, but it happens to us all. – ukexpat (talk) 16:00, 4 March 2011 (UTC)

Adding an article to tomorrow's selected anniversaries[edit]

Resolved: It's on the Main page John of Reading (talk) 09:27, 5 March 2011 (UTC)

I'd like to add ZX81 to the list of tomorrow's selected anniversaries. 5 March 2011 is the 30th anniversary of the ZX81's launch, and I've rewritten and expanded the article to commemorate the anniversary. The Register has already published an anniversary piece which draws quite heavily on the Wikipedia article (see [1]). The proposed line would be:

However, I can't work out any way of editing the selected anniversary page, as it seems to be locked. Can someone please help? Prioryman (talk) 12:46, 4 March 2011 (UTC)

According to the instructions on Wikipedia:Selected anniversaries/March 5, you should post at the talk page. -- John of Reading (talk) 13:01, 4 March 2011 (UTC)
Thanks, I've asked there. Prioryman (talk) 13:15, 4 March 2011 (UTC)
I posted here in hopes of getting you an asnwer on the Selected anniversaries/March 5 talk page before March 5th. -- Uzma Gamal (talk) 16:13, 4 March 2011 (UTC)

crosswiki-creation of very short articles by user[edit]

The user User: (edit | talk | history | links | watch | logs) created the GoldMoney article in extremely many languages, with a very short machine translation. Is there a way to look into this? Regards, YoshiDaSilva (talk) 13:11, 4 March 2011 (UTC)

You should go to meta:Vandalism reports to report it there. I have reported the user for you as a courtesy. PaoloNapolitano (talk) 13:37, 4 March 2011 (UTC)
Thank you for your answer, I'll remmeber it for any future situations. YoshiDaSilva (talk) 14:08, 4 March 2011 (UTC)



I encounter a problem in editing an article. The point is that after I finish editing integrally, when I press the button Save the page and then Show preview. I see the surprise that the text is being chopped so it is not added integrally. What do I do so that the text to be published integrally on the wikipedia ?

Thank you, I wait for your answer as soon as possible, Dana Gliga Dana83art (talk) 18:42, 4 March 2011 (UTC)

This is caused by placing leading spaces at the beginning of sentences. I've removed them from John M. Florescu, the article on which you were working. TNXMan 18:47, 4 March 2011 (UTC)
The space causes the text to be formatted to show code samples. Please use the "new discussion" tab to start new discussions. ---— Gadget850 (Ed) talk 18:49, 4 March 2011 (UTC)
As I mentioned when the creator asked at WP:EAR about the original user space draft, this urgently needs sources. In the meantime I have proposed it for deletion as an unreferenced BLP, in accordance with policy. – ukexpat (talk) 19:01, 4 March 2011 (UTC)

Non-free book image[edit]

I'm headed to the library to get some non-free images of torn down historic buildings, under the tag: Template:Non-free historic image. What info from the book do I need? Just the title? or do I need like title, author, page, publisher, etc? CTJF83 19:17, 4 March 2011 (UTC)

As much as you can. I would use the {{Cite book}} template parameters as a starting point. – ukexpat (talk) 19:47, 4 March 2011 (UTC)
Dang! I was afraid of that...ok, thanks, CTJF83 19:53, 4 March 2011 (UTC)
Like all cite templates, it's not as bad as it looks. You probably won't need much more than title, author, publisher, location, year, page and ISBN. Mjroots (talk) 06:34, 5 March 2011 (UTC)
Try finding the book in Google Books. Google books "About this book" feature has much of the info already typed so you can just copy and paste into Cite Books. See, for example, the Bibliographic information at the bottom of this page. -- Uzma Gamal (talk) 15:02, 5 March 2011 (UTC)

How to get an photo's source retagged?[edit]

How would I go about getting a useful picture on Commons retagged to remove a "Source" field that is basically a spam link to the photographer's website? The photo is here, discussion on my talk page here. Thanks, CliffC (talk) 19:38, 4 March 2011 (UTC)

I have replaced the potentially spammy link with {{ownwork}}, see this edit. – ukexpat (talk) 19:46, 4 March 2011 (UTC)
Thanks! Hopefully I will never need this knowledge.  :-) CliffC (talk) 19:59, 4 March 2011 (UTC)

cannot log in on a ps3[edit]

I am a Playstation 3 user and I access Wikipedia on a daily basis but when I went to create an account on it the site would not let me click on it. I went to the library to create an account to find that the library computers are blocked until November 2012. I finally got an account by requesting one (thank you very much) but I can still not log in using my Playstation 3. I request that something be done to help in this funcionality issue. Thank you.TacfuJecan (talk) 20:24, 4 March 2011 (UTC)

Might be a technical issue. Have you tried turning it off and on? Phearson (talk) 00:57, 5 March 2011 (UTC)


How may I transfer to commons File:Cello strung gut.JPG?--Nickanc (talk) 20:54, 4 March 2011 (UTC)

Take a look at Wikipedia:Moving files to the Commons. – ukexpat (talk) 21:16, 4 March 2011 (UTC)

Stealing content from someone's sandbox[edit]

User:Lucianjapan copied and pasted content I had in my sandbox to create the article Don Nomura. Is there anyway I can be credited for that article creation or the content that I had written? --TorsodogTalk 23:46, 4 March 2011 (UTC)

Well the user didn't really "steal" your content, as all of your edits are released under free licenses. Although they are suppose to give you credit in that situation. Something could've been done closer to the creation date, but now with subsequent edits, if an admin deleted the page, it would remove other user's contributions. CTJF83 23:57, 4 March 2011 (UTC)
For all intents and purposes, the user stole the content. Disappointing. Oh well. --TorsodogTalk 23:59, 4 March 2011 (UTC)
Hey, it happened to me too, one of the downfalls of sandbox usage. Sorry, CTJF83 00:05, 5 March 2011 (UTC)
No worries. I'll get over it... with time :( --TorsodogTalk 00:06, 5 March 2011 (UTC)
The only thing I can say you can do, is what the 4th from the bottom is, have that user say it was copied from your sandbox. CTJF83 00:09, 5 March 2011 (UTC)
Wikipedia:Copying within Wikipedia was broken. It's a little odd that this was the only edit of an account made the minute before, but if you are credited then rules are satisfied. I would make a dummy edit to the article with this edit summary: "The first version of this article was written by User:Torsodog and copied from User:Torsodog/Sandbox3." I can make the edit for you if you prefer, but I suggest you get at least one edit into the page history. You can also place a note at Talk:Don Nomura, but please don't say "steal" in it. PrimeHunter (talk) 01:25, 5 March 2011 (UTC)
Attribution must be provided under the terms of the CCA/SA license. Sławomir Biały (talk) 15:26, 5 March 2011 (UTC)