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February 18[edit]

Possibly malicious link in page about Royal Thai Police.[edit]

Under External Links, the link to the Royal Thai police website, it must be misleading. My anti-virus gives me a warning page, saying this website is malicious. Obviously, the link does not lead to the police website. The link leads elsewhere. This should be corrected. The page in question is this: — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 03:27, 18 February 2012 (UTC)

Seems to be working now. RudolfRed (talk) 03:45, 18 February 2012 (UTC)

Baldiwn of Forde article may have been vandalized[edit]

On pulling up the Baldwin of Forde article (today's featured article, I believe), whenever I try to click on the article itself or anything within it, I get redirected to the following website: I'm not sure if this is just my system or if the article was actually vandalized, but I cannot find an obvious vandalism edit in the article history. Tyrenon (talk) 06:37, 18 February 2012 (UTC)

Update: Well, it seems to be working now. This may just be "gremlin vandalism", since I can't find anything in the edit history showing this. What was odd is that it only affected the article itself, but nothing above or to the left of the article.Tyrenon (talk) 06:55, 18 February 2012 (UTC)
Well, looking at the topic below me, this seems to have been solved. I'm glad to see that...though I'm concerned that there will just be some sort of workaround employed. These folks can be obnoxiously creative.Tyrenon (talk) 11:49, 18 February 2012 (UTC)

Mass vandalism through editing unprotected templates[edit]

As the other two questions today have noted, there are some no gooders up to no good today. For example on you can see how they manage to make clicking anywhere on all the pages that have that template included go somewhere else: namely a huge photo is made transparent and covers the whole page.

This probably can't be solved by just protecting every last template (although that one should be - it's used in the wikibooks source template that is protected). rather there needs to be a global anti-spam filter to remove this technique and this specific link. Maxious (talk) 07:58, 18 February 2012 (UTC)

(Partial answer) According to this thread, this website is now blacklisted across all Wikimedia projects. -- John of Reading (talk) 08:45, 18 February 2012 (UTC)

Throat cancer[edit]

You have an excellent biography of Jack Klugman, TV,Movie, and Broadway actor. Jack had a serious throat cancer operation in 1989, removing one of his vocal cords. Your bio says he has helped thousands by sharing his cancer treatment experiences. I'm about to undergo the same operation as Jack, using the same ENT physician who operated on him. Is there any way that this message can be forwarded to him so that I, too, might benefit from what he has to say. It could even save my life. Thanks, Ritch Christopher, South Florida. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 08:24, 18 February 2012 (UTC)

Jack Klugman (edit | talk | history | protect | delete | links | watch | logs | views)
I'm sorry, Wikipedia has no extra contact details for Jack Klugman beyond those already listed in the article. -- John of Reading (talk) 10:47, 18 February 2012 (UTC)
Perhaps Wikipedia:Reference desk would be of further help.Vchimpanzee · talk · contributions · 19:21, 20 February 2012 (UTC)

All links on OS X page linking to 9/11 site.[edit]

Every link on is pointing to a 9/11 site. The page is protected.

I'm using Chrome 17.0.963.56 on an up to date 10.6.8 installation. No issues elsewhere. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 08:55, 18 February 2012 (UTC)

See the earlier reports on this page. The problem has been fixed, but you may have to bypass your cache - Ctrl-F5 in many browsers - to see the latest version of the page. -- John of Reading (talk) 09:06, 18 February 2012 (UTC)

The page of Autism appears to have been hacked with an overlay that provides a link to a racist 9/11 conspircy site[edit]

The page:

It loads fine, but then an absolutely positioned overlay gets put over the content, which links to an external site.

The link does not appear within the Wikipedia page content itself, instead appears in a div just after the h2 for External Links.

Thanks for looking into this, Dan — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 10:23, 18 February 2012 (UTC)

Just read above comment, all fixed now with cache cleared :)

Interested to know *how* this happened, and if the security hole has been patched to ensure it doesn't happen again..

-Dan — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 10:25, 18 February 2012 (UTC)

My apologies for not giving full details on this highly visible Help desk page, but this description is relevant. -- John of Reading (talk) 11:14, 18 February 2012 (UTC)

marcus collins[edit]


The second single (titled Mercy) that Marcus Collins is planning to release from his album is written and produced by Lee McCutcheon. It has nothing to do with Gary Barlow as currently stated on the Marcus Collins page.

Please could you correct this.

Thanks — Preceding unsigned comment added by Alimariemcc (talkcontribs) 11:28, 18 February 2012 (UTC)

I have removed the unsourced claim about Gary Barlow.[1] PrimeHunter (talk) 22:02, 18 February 2012 (UTC)

Translation of articles existing in french and not entirely translated in english[edit]

Dear Sirs,

Frequent user of your site I have noticed many good articles on any subject and specially french cooking are only available partly translated on the english site, example: limited to

On the english pages many recipe and details are missing, I am a retired french bilingual and have time to contibute, can I do some trnaslations of the french aticle for your english version, of course free and with no author right.

I am a registered user of your site.

Marc Courtecuisse Certified accountant — Preceding unsigned comment added by Harasdecourt (talkcontribs) 12:04, 18 February 2012 (UTC)

You are welcome to translate articles from other languages - please see WP:Translation for guidance on the correct procedures. Roger (talk) 13:07, 18 February 2012 (UTC)
(e/c) Yes, absolutely, please do. A few suggestions:
  • You might start by first taking a tour through the Wikipedia:Tutorial to learn basics of editing;
  • The following two pages might be of interest Wikipedia:Translation and Wikipedia:WikiProject France;
  • You should provide attribution for your translation. You can add a note to the references section of the article in a form like "This article draws heavily on the corresponding article [[:fr:Cuisine occitane|Cuisine occitane]] in the [[:fr:|French-language Wikipedia]], accessed in the version of DATE‎" and add to the English article's talk page the filled out template {{Translated page}};
  • Citing sources to verify content is a key component of articles. Accordingly, please do your best to import the references that accompany the foreign text.
  • Some of this stuff like the code can be difficult at first. Please feel free to contact us again here for specific help and you can always contact me on my talk page regarding problems or questions, and I'll do my best to help.--Fuhghettaboutit (talk) 13:16, 18 February 2012 (UTC)


Hello Wiki and firstly thank you so much for such a brilliant service.

Secondly, we need to fix a profile for it can't be found by searching using your search box. The profile is: - for it looks like it's in a "User Talk"page and not a stand alone profile.

To remedy this, would it be possible please to point us to exactly how we edit the setup to achieve our goal of getting it to look like

Many thanks, MO — Preceding unsigned comment added by Moxlade11 (talkcontribs) 12:53, 18 February 2012 (UTC)

I'm not really sure what you are asking. The first link is to your own Talk page where you have written something about yourself. The second link you have given is to a Wikipedia article about a notable person. Roger (talk) 13:14, 18 February 2012 (UTC)
Hi Moxlade11. Articles started as drafts elsewhere can be moved to the main space where articles reside. However, the content you have written is not suitable as an article, at least not yet. It cites no independent, third party reliable sources indicating notability (see also WP:ENT), much less multiple ones, and according to searches I just attempted, such sources may not exist. Please also note our conflict of interest guidelines. Given your account name, we have to assume you are writing about yourself, which is strongly discouraged. Articles must be written with both Neutral language and neutral content and Wikipedia is not a place for promotion. Note also the heightened requirements for articles on living persons. Finally, can you tell us who "we" are? Accounts are for one person only.--Fuhghettaboutit (talk) 13:27, 18 February 2012 (UTC)
Note that user pages, user talk pages, & their content will not show up in the search box. Dru of Id (talk) 14:14, 18 February 2012 (UTC)

Anti-Israel Redirects?[edit]

There appears to be some problem with the redirect for the sports utility vehicle article. If you get redirected to it from a search for "SUV" (all caps) all the links in the article point to an anti-Israel conspiracy site. This doesn't happen on the regular article. I've tried this from two computers, so I don't think its on my end. I could not edit the redirect. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:08, 18 February 2012 (UTC)

edit--and now it appears to be fine? Maybe it's me. But the problem only affected the redirected page. On two separate computers. Let me know if I'm crazy. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:12, 18 February 2012 (UTC)

It seems someone vandalised a template earlier this morning which affected a lot of articles, making lots of links point to an anti-Semitic conspiracy website. From what I understand, the vandalism has been reverted and the template protected, so the issue has been solved. ItsZippy (talkcontributions) 16:56, 18 February 2012 (UTC)


This guy is pretty much harrassing me cause the page Blue (Bill Mack song) was made out of pure vandalism and I keep trying to tell the user but he keeps hounding because an admin was involved in stopping an edit war on Blue (LeAnn Rimes song) and now he's trying to get me blocked how do i get this resolved? Swifty*talkcontribs 14:26, 18 February 2012 (UTC)

This would be more suited at Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard/Incidents; note that you'll need to notify the user if you do so. Dru of Id (talk) 14:39, 18 February 2012 (UTC)

page hijack - ashley tisdale[edit]

The Ashely tisdale page has a hidden div tag hijacking links to some crazy jewish 911 page — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:43, 18 February 2012 (UTC)

See previous isssue on other pages, clearly the template is being altered. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:47, 18 February 2012 (UTC)

I understand the template has been corrected and protected a few hours ago, it may be you are looking at a cached version of the page so perhaps a page refresh might help. MilborneOne (talk) 14:50, 18 February 2012 (UTC)

"Nocat" option into navboxes[edit]

Hi. I've got a question: Sometimes i've tried to use the option "nocat=yes" to some navboxes that have an "includeonly" category for ns0. I've used it in that way (ex.: {{RegionsOfNowhere|nocat=yes}}) below an article but suddenly it doesn't work. Does it exists an option to add directly in the navbox page as a |nocat = yes parameter or similar? Thanks for attention. --Dэя-Бøяg 14:51, 18 February 2012 (UTC)

Many (most?) navboxes do not add categories to the article. For the others, the "nocat" trick will only work if the relevant code has been added to the template definition. From your contributions I see that you may have been referring to the {{SS organizations}} navbox. I have edited that navbox so that it now supports "nocat". If there are others that need this fix and you aren't confident to make the edit yourself, feel free to list them here. -- John of Reading (talk) 21:45, 18 February 2012 (UTC)
See more at Wikipedia:Category suppression. PrimeHunter (talk) 21:51, 18 February 2012 (UTC)
Thank you very much. Yes, my last "nocat" contrib was related to {{SS organizations}}, but sometimes I found this kind of templates without the option. I also read here and I think to have learned the "how-to". :-) Aniway, in case of problems... Regards. --Dэя-Бøяg 01:05, 19 February 2012 (UTC)

Problem with map on Bosnia and Herzegovina[edit]

I have changed the section title in order to remove the link to a pretty awful antisemitic website. Singularity42 (talk) 18:00, 18 February 2012 (UTC)

i was re-routed to this link when i clicked on a map while visiting the "Bosnia and Herzegovina" article. wierd... — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:53, 18 February 2012 (UTC)

Can you be a bit more specific about which map you clicked on? Singularity42 (talk) 17:58, 18 February 2012 (UTC)
This appears to be related to #Anti-Israel Redirects? and #The page of Autism appears to have been hacked with an overlay that provides a link to a racist 9/11 conspircy site, which appears to be resolved (the vandalism was to a template which has been fixed): WP:VPT#Quartic function has spam inserted directing all clicks to a racist 9/11 conspiracy site ( Let us know if you are still having the problem. Singularity42 (talk) 18:07, 18 February 2012 (UTC)

Bosnia Article is Hacked[edit]

Many (maybe all) links on the Bosnia article page redirect to an Anti-Semetic webpage. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:47, 18 February 2012 (UTC)

See some of the other Q&A on this page. This should be fixed now, but you need to clear your cache. RudolfRed (talk) 18:50, 18 February 2012 (UTC)

Wikipedia Offline Support[edit]

Is there any way of downloading the whole of WIkipedia to be used in remote regions/countries that lack a constant internet service ? Or how about a low cost Dedicated device for Wikipedia (3G/Wifi) with only Article Updates over the air. Wikipedia is clearly the Internet's greatest tool in promoting Education & Individual research. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:42, 18 February 2012 (UTC)

If you want the whole thing (not sure you do, but you say you do) see Wikipedia:Database download. Just downloading the current article versions would be about 7.3 GB compressed, or 31 GB uncompressed. --Jayron32 21:28, 18 February 2012 (UTC)
...and that doesn't include any of the pictures. -- John of Reading (talk) 21:47, 18 February 2012 (UTC)

I think a dedicated text-only service for mobile phones, specifically aimed at poorer countries without cheap Internet access, is being worked on right now. See meta:Mobile Projects/Zero and meta:Mobile Projects/Partnerships/Q and A for more information. -- The Anome (talk) 22:31, 18 February 2012 (UTC)

Should they still be listed?[edit]

If Disney's Friends for Change (which is more or less a series of PSAs/interstitials) had a bunch of people leave, is it appropriate to still list them on the article in some way? Like in a former stars/participants list or with the years they participated? Or should they be removed entirely? (I meant to ask about this back in July 2011 when it originally came up.) Thanks for any help. - Purplewowies (talk) 22:18, 18 February 2012 (UTC)

how do i find wiring diagrams for cars[edit]

how do i find awiring diagram for my car — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:20, 18 February 2012 (UTC)

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