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Inexplicably popular article (by views)[edit]

Neatsville, Kentucky in April was the 2nd most viewed Kentucky-related article and has been similarly highly viewed for several months. I cannot make sense of this. This is a small unincorporated community in the middle of rural Kentucky. I cannot find any TV show or movie referencing it. It also doesn't make sense that anyone would be gaming this outcome for months (although I suppose this isn't impossible). Am I missing something? Stefen Towers among the rest! GabGruntwerk 21:00, 28 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Fascinating. Two-year pageviews are even higher on average, peaking in mid-2023. I see no news coverage or anything else that would drive this traffic. BD2412 T 21:28, 28 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
The start of this climb in pageviews seems to have been on 24/25 August 2021 ([1]), when daily pageviews climbed from 2 to 410 to 1,717. Perhaps this may narrow the search for what is causing this. Curbon7 (talk) 22:39, 28 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Billy Joe in the same Kentucky county announced he saw a UFO on 8/24. LOL. Stefen Towers among the rest! GabGruntwerk 23:47, 28 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Also, nearly all of the traffic coming to the article is from unidentified external routes (which is highly unusual), and there is virtually no traffic from this article to other articles (also highly unusual). BD2412 T 22:02, 28 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Maybe there's a viral post or tweet somewhere with an easter egg? Schazjmd (talk) 22:07, 28 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Possibly. Although I've not heard it, I can easily imagine a meme in which "Neatsville" (a redirect to the article) becomes a trendy term of approval. (Compare Coolsville.) Alternatively, someone may be trying to get it into a most-viewed listing. It would be interesting to know how many different IPs have accessed the article (perhaps counting each IPv6 /64 as one), rather than just the number of hits. Certes (talk) 22:20, 28 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Redirects seem to be negligible in their impact. Unchecking "Include redirects" makes virtually no difference. Regarding someone gaming this, that's an awful lot of such to sustain. Of course, this could be a script disguising itself as a real person. Stefen Towers among the rest! GabGruntwerk 22:35, 28 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Thanks for the pointer on redirects: I hadn't spotted that. Yes, I assumed it was scripted. It does seem erratic and slightly seasonal, with peaks in spring 2023 and 2024, but does not vary much by day of week. Certes (talk) 22:49, 28 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
That crossed my mind, but I think the incoming traffic would be more varied and identifiable for something like that, rather than a dark web monolith (speculation before further details). Stefen Towers among the rest! GabGruntwerk 23:23, 28 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
This sounds like a repeat of Mount Takahe, which also has inexplicably high reader numbers. And like Takahe, Neatsville has fairly average reader numbers when only counting the Mobile App and only slightly elevated reader numbers with by spiders. FWIW, neither News nor Twitter/X show many if any mentions. Jo-Jo Eumerus (talk) 07:18, 29 May 2024 (UTC)[reply]
This is getting really ridiculous. It's skewing statistics, even to the point where new editors are noticing. I don't want make this into some huge problem, but I think "nipping it in the bud" is well called for now. Please admins block the access of this apparent script kiddie. Stefen Towers among the rest! GabGruntwerk 21:51, 3 June 2024 (UTC)[reply]
I have logged a case in WP:ANI. Stefen Towers among the rest! GabGruntwerk 22:10, 3 June 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Admins do not have the ability to block people from viewing articles, this would have to be handled by the system administrators. You would probably be best filing a ticket on Phabricator, though I'm not sure they'd take action. 86.23.109.101 (talk) 22:53, 3 June 2024 (UTC)[reply]
I'm not sure what action can or should be taken. This doesn't seem to be a denial-of-service attack (or, if it is, it's an incredibly lame one). Wikipedia's terms of service don't prevent anyone from viewing pages, even multiple times; in fact it's encouraged. I don't know whether the hosting system can, or should, rate-limit a particular IP address or range, even assuming that most of the unusual traffic comes from one IP or a small range. Certes (talk) 23:13, 3 June 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Indeed. I wouldn't be reporting this as a performance or security issue, but rather a data corruption issue. And I sense this might not be taken very seriously, but I have a thing against the presentation of false data and that in that presentation, the person doing it is getting away with it, possibly encouraging more of this kind of corruption by others. I think it is in our long-run interests to stop it or put some kind of brakes on it. Stefen Towers among the rest! GabGruntwerk 23:52, 3 June 2024 (UTC)[reply]
If this is due to a malicious botnet, shouldn't you have WMF report this to law enforcement? –LaundryPizza03 (d) 01:20, 4 June 2024 (UTC)[reply]
I don't know if it's malicious. It's just skewing our cumulative views data on a single article. I might rather have an ISP notified if that could be pinned down. Stefen Towers among the rest! GabGruntwerk 02:10, 4 June 2024 (UTC)[reply]
The internet can be a bit of a wild west sometimes. I don't think calling the police to report a DDOS attack would result in anything. DDOS attacks are usually carried out by hacked zombie computers, and are often transnational. So it's a bit hard to police. –Novem Linguae (talk) 07:43, 4 June 2024 (UTC)[reply]
An inexplicable steady increase in readership to an article happened one time before, and the explanation was that it had been included as an example/default link somewhere. Will see if I can find the details. –Novem Linguae (talk) 23:20, 3 June 2024 (UTC)[reply]
That's a possibility if it's not a link from English Wikipedia but another project or website. I had already reviewed EN pages linking to the article and didn't see anything. Thanks for checking. Stefen Towers among the rest! GabGruntwerk 23:46, 3 June 2024 (UTC)[reply]
It's tempting to put a banner on the top of the article: "Please tell us what brought you to this article" with a link to the talk page, see if any of the 17,000+ readers answer. Schazjmd (talk) 23:49, 3 June 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Many years ago I found – guess how – that the address anton@pobox.com was used as an example in what appeared to be a guide to email for new users (in Russian, but hosted in Israel). —Tamfang (talk) 22:17, 12 June 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Found this through some searching, not really sure where it came from: urlscan1: Kepler's Supernova article, urlscan2: Neatsville, Kentucky article. The scan was for a different url, which redirected to those Wikipedia pages with some (ad tracking?) parameters. – 2804:F1...99:B28F (talk) 05:48, *edited:06:42, 4 June 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Mind you, the interesting thing would have been to know where that original link was from (possibly emails? unsure) - both were scanned on the 17th of last month and both articles have an increase in views, but without knowing where that's from and if it always redirects there, it doesn't really mean it's even related with the view count unfortunately. – 2804:F1...99:B28F (talk) 06:42, 4 June 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Thanks for bringing this here. Is it fair to say that Kepler's Supernova is also getting the same kind of fake views? Or could its extra recent views have a legitimate reason behind it? Stefen Towers among the rest! GabGruntwerk 07:03, 4 June 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Not that I could find, both noticeably grew in views since April: Kepler's Supernova, Neatsville, Kentucky
According to wikitech:Analytics/AQS/Pageviews#Most viewed articles the most viewed list (same data as the graphs) tries to only count page request from "human users", so it's not clear if the views are fake, though a reason is also not obvious. Do you know why the Neatsville article had similar numbers in from March to June of last year? – 2804:F1...99:B28F (talk) 08:21, 4 June 2024 (UTC)[reply]
I have no idea, and I'm in Kentucky. This place really is "in the sticks". Stefen Towers among the rest! GabGruntwerk 08:34, 4 June 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Talk page for Kepler's Supernova says Publishers Clearing House for some reason included a link to [the page] in email (promoting daily contests) for awhile. Page view patterns are the same as with Neatsville. Not sure if this IP is relevant either 107.128.181.22 (talk) 08:31, 4 June 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Publishers Clearing House for some reason included a link to [the page] in email (promoting daily contests) for awhile. This seems like the most plausible explanation so far. –Novem Linguae (talk) 12:10, 4 June 2024 (UTC)[reply]
I have reported this as a security issue (re: data integrity) to Phabricator. Stefen Towers among the rest! GabGruntwerk 06:54, 4 June 2024 (UTC)[reply]
It might be very helpful to know how many different IP addresses access the page a lot (say >100 times a day) and whether they're in a single range. Obviously this requires access to non-public information, but it should be safe to pass on a digest with the actual IPs removed. Certes (talk) 11:04, 4 June 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Update: Neatsville, Kentucky in May was the top most viewed Kentucky-related article. This effectively trashes the point of having a Popular pages list. There are bigger things to be outraged about in this world, but as far as Wikipedia goes, this really honks me off. Stefen Towers among the rest! GabGruntwerk 17:00, 10 June 2024 (UTC)[reply]
The number of views 26k is so low it could easily be explained by a default link somewhere. The Publishers Clearing House explanation given above sounds reasonable, or something like it. These kinds of things are not uncommon. If the popular pages list is important, you could modify the list with another bot. -- GreenC 17:20, 10 June 2024 (UTC)[reply]
This isn't a very recent phenomenon. The views have been skewed off and on since over a year ago (see "Two year pageviews..." link above). Also, the explanation as such doesn't absolve this as not being a problem. There is no excuse for PCH or any entity for sending non-purposeful (junk) links to people. Whether or not it affects our system performance, it is abusive. As far as modifying Popular pages results, if there was a straightforward way to asterisk, strikethrough, hide or shade an entry based on particular criteria, that would suffice, but writing a new bot seems overwrought. I could temporarily strikethrough, hide or shade the top or nth entry via CSS but then that would require monthly maintenance. I think I'll just write a nasty letter to PCH - that may be our real solution (half-joke, half-serious). Stefen Towers among the rest! GabGruntwerk 20:47, 10 June 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Meh, somebody put a link in an email or newsletter or something. That doesn't strike me as abusive; if people are clicking the links and reading our article that's really no different than anyone who sees one of our articles through a link in a tweet or Discord, that page was popular. It doesn't seem like there's anything to be done. The WordsmithTalk to me 21:24, 10 June 2024 (UTC)[reply]
We'll just have to disagree on this. They had no business skewing views to these articles. What on earth is the purpose? These are not legitimate views. Stefen Towers among the rest! GabGruntwerk 22:37, 10 June 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Wait one min-u-ette here. If these are all genuine human visits off an e-mail or promotion, how come I'm the only one to edit the article (once) since September? With the huge amount of visits, that seems to defy reason. For a small rural town, it has a kind of interesting story, having been relocated twice – so it's weird that edits wouldn't have happened. These are highly likely bot hits disguised as human hits. That's not a problem?? Stefen Towers among the rest! GabGruntwerk 22:57, 10 June 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Is it possible for Wikipedia articles to be embedded into a webpage, and if so, is it possible these collect pageview data without people clicking through? Curbon7 (talk) 23:43, 10 June 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Yes (<iframe>) and yes. Probably uncommon though. –Novem Linguae (talk) 23:53, 10 June 2024 (UTC)[reply]
No. it's not a problem. Who cares why any of our articles are read and who by? Phil Bridger (talk) 06:36, 11 June 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Thanks for your opinion, but it's not as simple as that. This is systems data used beyond the superficial aspect that you imagine. Note that if views data wasn't important, it wouldn't be collected and stored in the first place. It can be used for various purposes, like for instance, project prioritization. Corruption of data is a real problem. I am not suggesting this specific issue reported here is a huge problem but one that should be addressed lest it really get out of hand. Stefen Towers among the rest! GabGruntwerk 06:53, 11 June 2024 (UTC)[reply]
I agree with Phil. Usually website backlinks are a good thing, for search engine optimization and brand awareness reasons. If it causes one aberrant data point in one report, that's fairly minor. –Novem Linguae (talk) 07:13, 11 June 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Through my background in database development and 20 years as a Wikipedian, I insist it's a real (though not currently huge) problem by what I've already stated. Also, there seems to be an insistent assumption these are true views. Based on information that's been made available, the strong suggestion is that these are effectively bot hits. Also, I highly doubt we are getting SEO benefits from distributed junk hits, and who doesn't already know our brand? The bottom line is this has a potential to really bollocks up various processes that use this data if it isn't nipped in the bud. "Fairly minor" is today. But tomorrow? Yeah, let 'em increasingly tarnish our data. Cool, man, cool. Stefen Towers among the rest! GabGruntwerk 07:32, 11 June 2024 (UTC)[reply]
We really need to ask someone with access to private logs whether these views come predominantly from one IP (or a small range) or are widespread. If the latter then they may also be able to tell us (perhaps from the referrer) whether they are predominantly from one webpage, perhaps via an iframe embedded in HTML bulk e-mail. Certes (talk) 09:53, 11 June 2024 (UTC)[reply]
I concur. That's a part of why I logged the issue in Phabricator, so that an investigation can be conducted. Stefen Towers among the rest! GabGruntwerk 19:37, 11 June 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Also, I realize that when I said "distributed", I was buying into an assumption but yes, it's possible this comes from one IP or a small range. Stefen Towers among the rest! GabGruntwerk 19:39, 11 June 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Even that's not absolute proof. A significant portion of our page views from mainland China come to use through just two (2) IP addresses (used by a VPN service). If you find that most of the traffic comes from a single IP, that does not mean that a single person is reloading the same page every few seconds round the clock. It could mean that a lot of people are using a VPN or other shared service.
You might also be interested in https://theconversation.com/2022-wasnt-the-year-of-cleopatra-so-why-was-she-the-most-viewed-page-on-wikipedia-197350 and similar reports. WhatamIdoing (talk) 15:41, 12 June 2024 (UTC)[reply]
I guess my view doesn't count because I have only been editing Wikipedia for 17 years and my background is in systems programming, but I'll state it anyway. It is that the only problem here is with people who place too much faith in reports. Measure what you actually want to measure, not what's easiest to measure, and don't try to change what you're measuring to make it easier. Phil Bridger (talk) 20:47, 11 June 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Some reports do weed out automated views, sometimes by limiting their scope to articles which have between 5% and 95% of their views from mobiles. (Example: Signpost.) This technique is helpful but not foolproof, especially if someone who reads the report is trying to appear on it in some sort of SEO game. Certes (talk) 21:51, 11 June 2024 (UTC)[reply]
I am inclined to concur that we aren't looking at genuine readers here - few people seem to go from Neatsville to other articles. Compare Donald Trump, where almost all readers then go on to read other articles. That might be an iframe deal or a bot, but not people directly reading the article. Jo-Jo Eumerus (talk) 07:45, 11 June 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Of course we aren't. But what does any of this have to do with Wikipedia? Phil Bridger (talk) 20:47, 11 June 2024 (UTC)[reply]
There are lots of people who are interested in how widely shared information on a given Wikipedia page is. That tells us something about which topics are important, which ones need to be taken care of etc. Distributing information is the purpose of a Wikipedia page after all. Jo-Jo Eumerus (talk) 06:01, 12 June 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Attribution of articles translated from foreign language wikipedias[edit]

Hello all,

Questions for input from Wikipedians regarding how articles that include text translated from foreign language wikipedias should have attributions handled. All translations of content from any language wikipedia are derivative works that require attribution. (See here for rationale.)

This arises from pages like Abeozen which have in-article mentions of the translation source ( The above article was created as a translation of its counterpart on the French Wikipedia, . (Specifically this version) but no mention of this attribution in the edit history or talk page. Current policies WP:TFOLWP and Help:Translate recommend inserting this information only in the edit history, and there are many pages (approx. 94,000 with Template:Translated page included in their talk page, but this appears to be additional and alone does not satisfy attribution requirements.

Looking for input on the following points:

  1. Should pages which do not have attribution information in the edit history have this information added to the edit history?
    Rationale for Yes is that WP:TFOLWP and Help:Translate state this is a requirement for attribution, and prevents against any removal of attribution from future edits.
    Rationale for No is that attribution in the article is more visible than attribution in the edit history and is sufficient to meet Wikipedia's attribution requirements regardless of current policies as per WP:TFOLWP and Help:Translate.
  2. Should attribution information be included the article?
    Rationale for Yes is that this raises awareness and visibility of the article's origin as a translation.
    Rationale for Undecided / Decision between editors on individual articles is that changes to existing articles is not necessary, this is optional to each article's authors.
    Rationale for No is that to prevent WP:CIRCULAR, articles should not cite or present wikipedia in any language in a manner that could be confused with a source or reference, and guidance for attributions is for this to only be included in edit histories as per WP:TFOLWP and Help:Translate.
  3. Should attribution information be included in the talk page with Template:Translated page ?
    Rationale for Yes is that this raises awareness and visibility of the article's origin as a translation.
    Rationale for Undecided / Decision between editors on individual articles is that changes to existing articles is not necessary, this is optional to each article's authors.
    Rationale for No is that translation attribution should only be in the edit history..

Other answers or positions regarding the above questions are welcome, as are other questions arising in discussion on this point.

Pinging potentially interested Wikipedians: @Mike Peel @RudolfRed (thanks for suggestion to move question here from WP:Teahouse) @GreenLipstickLesbian (thank you for your clarification for new editors at WP:Teahouse and your position in this diff)

Thank you all for your input! Shazback (talk) 07:55, 6 June 2024 (UTC)[reply]

My understanding is that translations must be attributed in an edit summary in the main article. The talk page template is optional and can be skipped. I don't recall ever seeing attribution included in the article itself (i.e. via a citation to the foreign language Wikipedia, via a "note: this was translated", etc.). If you want to fix that article and you are sure there is no previous edit summary giving attribution, feel free to make a small edit to the article (add a space or something) and give the proper attribution in the edit summary. I believe the guideline WP:TFOLWP has suggested text for this. –Novem Linguae (talk) 08:36, 6 June 2024 (UTC)[reply]
I see there was also a discussion about this with several other editors on Wikipedia talk:Copying within Wikipedia and at Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Articles for creation about a month ago. I am pinging them for comment with the aim to gather a broader consensus / ensure all points of view are represented. @asilvering @Mathglot @S0091 @Ingratis @Greenman @Primefac @KylieTastic Shazback (talk) 06:20, 7 June 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Also @WhatamIdoing Shazback (talk) 06:28, 7 June 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Also (for completeness) there was a template merge discussion which may be relevant (Wikipedia:Templates for discussion/Log/2024 February 4), pinging involved Wikipedians @Matrix @Anomie @Noahfgodard @Ipigott @Cl3phact0 @Riad Salih @scope_creep @Occidental Phantasmagoria @Knowledgekid87 Shazback (talk) 06:37, 7 June 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Perhaps too many pings. Hopefully you have plenty of answers now. –Novem Linguae (talk) 09:14, 7 June 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Similar to Novem, I feel it unusual to have attribution in the article but not in the edit summaries (which is I assume what is meant by edit history). If attribution is added to an edit summary, that seems good practice for quicker glances although I suspect the licence is met by the in-article attribution. I'm not sure if there is a best way to add attribution to an article, the text is not permanently linked to the original language article and will have to stand on its own with regards to referencing etc. The talkpage template can be helpful, but doesn't seem a requirement for the licence. CMD (talk) 06:33, 7 June 2024 (UTC)[reply]
The license requirements can be met through any of several methods, including importing the original non-English article (the approach used at the German-language Wikipedia, where you can find non-lawyers solemnly averring that it is a legal requirement), adding a link to the original in the edit summary (the approach used by the Wikipedia:Content translation tool, and about which you can also find non-lawyers solemnly averring that this is a legal requirement), by adding a relevant template on the talk page, by adding a non-templated message on the talk page, by adding a message in the mainspace, and probably by other methods, too.
I suggest that if you encounter someone claiming that a specific method must be used for license/legal reasons, you should probably not believe anything that person says.
Having dispensed with what we must do, I will tell you my own views about what we should do:
  1. Should pages which do not have attribution information in the edit history have this information added to the edit history?
    • Sometimes. Although it is not legally required, I personally prefer and recommend this method, particularly for the first edit summary. If you forget on the first edit, and it can be done quickly, quietly, conveniently and near the start of the history (e.g., one of the first five edits), then I think that's a fine thing to do. But purely as a practical matter, adding an edit summary somewhere in the middle of hundreds of edits is not going to help anyone. In those cases, I think that a template on the talk page is more functional.
  2. Should attribution information be included the article?
    • No. Although it is legally permitted, we don't provide attribution information in the mainspace for the English Wikipedia editors, and therefore IMO we shouldn't provide attribution information in the mainspace for the non-English Wikipedia editors. Attribution of non-Wikipedia content (e.g., public domain sources) is permissible (e.g., within ref tags) and sometimes is legally required (e.g., a CC-BY source. Although this would not absolutely require attribution directly in the mainspace, ref tags may be the most convenient and reasonable way to fulfill the requirement).
  3. Should attribution information be included in the talk page with Template:Translated page?
    • Usually. Although it is not legally required, I think this should be used as often as practicable. Ideally both the source and the translated article would get a note on their talk pages. The reason for this is because admins who are considering deletion usually check the talk page, and it may be informative to them (e.g., if they are investigating an alleged copyvio).
WhatamIdoing (talk) 06:53, 7 June 2024 (UTC)[reply]
I support attribution in edit summaries and definitely on talk pages, but I very strongly oppose attribution in the article text (with rare exceptions) because of WP:CIRCULAR. The concerns about visibility are perhaps valid, but authorship information is never listed in the article body, so why should authorship information from a different Wikipedia page? As long as external sources are supplied to support the translated material (which they should be anyway), I see no particular reason to note the translation in the article itself. I think the violation of WP:CIRCULAR outweighs the desire for increased visibility here. Noahfgodard (talk) 06:44, 7 June 2024 (UTC)[reply]
(edit conflict) Yes; No; Yes if possible (as a nice-to-have, not a must-have).
With all due respect, this topic is not really subject to consensus from a discussion at Wikipedia, as it is part of the Wikimedia Terms of Use and supersedes any policy or guideline belonging to Wikipedia or any Wikimedia sister project, so I view this discussion as informative, but having no impact other than that, as decisions about attribution are not subject to debate here. That said, the Terms appear to be written in a way that if you squint hard and look sideways, it may admit a different interpretation by at least a minority of Wikipedians, but even in that case, the solution is to seek clarification from WMF legal about what the Terms actually mean, and not to try to draw up a consensus here which would have no effect, even if one was reached.
But since you asked, my understanding is this: translation attribution must be in the edit summary per ToU § 7, and must either have a link to the foreign article with the history of contributing editors readily available (e.g., in the History tab), or else list every contributing editor in the edit summary). Adding a citation to the article in no way satisfies the attribution requirement, nor does the handy {{translated page}} template destined for the article Talk page. When attribution is forgotten in the original translated edit, then it may be added to the history retroactively following the instructions at WP:RIA.
Note that there is an additional wrinkle that is usually left unaddressed: when content is either copied or translated from S to D, the page at S may no longer be deleted, because its history is required ad infinitum in order to support the attribution requirement; at best, S may be moved elsewhere, like Draft space or some other repository. This is somewhat easier to manage for content copied intrawiki because the link will remain blue as long as it exists, and if it ever turns red, that is a flag that it must be restored. But for translated material, there is no easy method for detecting this, as interwiki links are always blue regardless if the article exists or not. (A template on the S talk page stating that it must not be deleted because of the translation done over at D-wiki might help, but the S-wiki editors might not care or respect that, if an S-Afd nom resulted in deletion at S-wiki.) That's my take; HTH. Mathglot (talk) 06:54, 7 June 2024 (UTC)[reply]
In re this topic is not really subject to consensus from a discussion at Wikipedia, as it is part of the Wikimedia Terms of Use. Whether to comply with the license is not something we get to decide. Which methods are reasonable, and whether we want to exceed the minimum requirements, is something we should discuss. WhatamIdoing (talk) 17:57, 7 June 2024 (UTC)[reply]
I think our existing transwiki attribution standards are sufficient, but I would support adding attribution in a footnote, similar to {{EB1911}} and similar templates. You could do something like:

This article contains content translated from Persian Wikipedia.

However, as Mathglot has mentioned, this is really something that should be discussed with WMF. Occidental𓍝Phantasmagoria [T/C] 07:14, 7 June 2024 (UTC)[reply]
(edit conflict) By the way, if you spot an article that appears to be an unattributed translation, you can either add attribution yourself ex post facto following WP:RIA, or if the source is unclear, you can add {{unattributed translation}} to the article. If you wish, you may also notify the user via {{uw-translation}}. Pro tip: if you want to know the exact text to use to attribute an original translation for a given article, edit the English article, add the Expand language banner for the correct language at the top, and Preview it. For example: for article Martinique, view the {{Expand French}} banner at the top, hit 'show' to expand it, and you will find the exact wording to use to attribute translated content for the article. Mathglot (talk) 07:18, 7 June 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Since the attribution for all other edits is in the page history it makes most sense to me that translations should also be mentioned in the edit summaries so all attribution is in one place. This applies to more than just translations but also any attributable copies from other sources. I do also like to see a talk page template for clarity, but ideally should should say when as it may no longer be true to say it currently is a translation. I personally don't like adding to the article as if feels unclear and possibly misleading to everyday readers: Articles are often started as translations but then some get completely re-writen over time making any "This article contains content translated from ......" statements potentially false. Lastly an edit summary is only removable by a sysop these other templates can be removed (or left incorrectly) by anyone. TLDR IMHO: edit summaries should be mandatory; talk page template recommended; article template discouraged. Cheers KylieTastic (talk) 08:43, 7 June 2024 (UTC)[reply]
@KylieTastic:, That's why the advice at WP:TFOLWP recommends the wording "Content in this edit is translated from..." for the edit summary, which remains true forever regardless what happens afterward. In the case of the (optional) {{translated page}} template, parameter |insertversion= is available to make the timing context clear; see for example Talk:ForGG or any of these transclusions of the template. If the wording is not clear enough for that case, you could raise a discussion at Template talk to request an improvement. Mathglot (talk) 19:50, 7 June 2024 (UTC)[reply]
For interwiki stuff I'll use the trans template on the talk, if a translation is being attempted. Its usually a partial translation with article expansion. I would never remove it even if the article was completely rewritten as they may be a sentence or two in there that needs attributed and that has happened. If on wikipedia, I'll search for the author and put their name in the edit summary. That is important, even though it takes some time. I would never mention attribution in the article for obvious reasons. Talk is ok, but its a boundary case as I'm struggling to think of an instance when you would need it. I agree with Mathglot above, the current arrangement is clear and well understood by everybody. New editors take to it quite quick. I've not seen a trans tag removed from talk at all, not even by a vandal or troll, although it is certainly possible. I've never seen the boundary case described by Mathglot above in action, although it must be possible. scope_creepTalk 09:52, 7 June 2024 (UTC)[reply]
If you're trying to find the name of the original author, I have had some luck with Wikipedia:Who Wrote That? Run the tool, then click on the bit you're copying/translating. (It doesn't work on all languages.) WhatamIdoing (talk) 18:00, 7 June 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Or WikiBlame, which does work for all languages (even if there's no link to it from the History page). Mathglot (talk) 19:32, 7 June 2024 (UTC)[reply]
  • This can be a tricky situation, and the question of what is the best guidance for new articles isn't necessarily something that can be or should be attempted to be applied retroactively. Yes anything translated should give credit to the source. Yes, ideally this should be a link in the first edit summary. No, I don't think anything should be in the prose of the article about this. We have a {{Translated page}} template that can be helpful for the talk page for lots of reasons, anyone should feel free to put that on a talk page if it isn't there. Probably making an future edit with an edit summary attributing the remote page and date of the translation would be useful and could satisfy more licensing concerns. In certain cases, we can import the transwiki pre-translated history over, requests can be made at WP:RFPI; xwiki imports can be very messy and once there are overlapping revisions, or very many revisions - are normally a bad idea. — xaosflux Talk 18:51, 7 June 2024 (UTC)[reply]
It looks like the editors who got here first have already gone over the salient points, but fwiw my answers to your three questions are: 1 yes, 2 no, 3 usually-but-not-required. The talk page template works well if the article is translated in one big edit and then doesn't get changed much after the fact. For articles that have gone through significant changes since then I think it's less useful. -- asilvering (talk) 19:34, 11 June 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Discussion could use more eyes[edit]

There's really not a noticeboard that covers this, so this is the most general place I could find. Template talk:Header navbar community. Thanks. ScottishFinnishRadish (talk) 17:16, 10 June 2024 (UTC)[reply]

The final text of the Wikimedia Movement Charter is now on Meta[edit]

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Hi everyone,

The final text of the Wikimedia Movement Charter is now up on Meta in more than 20 languages for your reading.

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RamzyM (WMF) 08:44, 11 June 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Good article category switch request[edit]

Greetings, I have noticed that the article Squirtle which was recently promoted to good article has been placed not in the Video games category but Media and drama which doesn't make sense to me considering all previous Pokémon have been placed in the Video games category such as Bulbasaur, Charizard, Raichu, Jigglypuff, Psyduck, Voltorb, Jynx, Magikarp and Gyarados, Ditto, Eevee and many others. Moreover the article nomination WAS in the video games category. Is there a possibility to switch the category the good article is present ? DanganMachin (talk) 11:19, 11 June 2024 (UTC)[reply]

cc GA reviewer @Reconrabbit. Let me know if you're OK with changing it and I'd be happy to help. It will involve changing the template on the talk page, and moving the entry from one GA subpage to another. –Novem Linguae (talk) 11:23, 11 June 2024 (UTC)[reply]
That was totally my mistake. I saw the broad category under Media and drama of "Fictional characters and technologies" and placed it under that title without realizing there was a specific category for Video games. I've made the change requested.. Reconrabbit 11:56, 11 June 2024 (UTC)[reply]
I see you changed it just now. The changes look good. I think this one's
Resolved
Novem Linguae (talk) 12:03, 11 June 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Renaming the Community Wishlist Survey: Vote for your preferred name[edit]

Thank you to everyone who has provided feedback on renaming the Community Wishlist Survey. We now have 3 names for you to choose from:

1. Community Ideas Exchange

2. Community Feature Requests

3. Community Suggestions Portal

You are invited to vote for one that works for you. –– STei (WMF) (talk) 15:03, 11 June 2024 (UTC)[reply]

How to make B heads smaller than A heads?[edit]

I've just noticed that A heads (i.e. headings made by pairs of double equals signs ==) are in a much smaller unbold roman point size than sans-serifed bold B heads (i.e. headings made by pairs of three equals signs ===), which looks ridiculous. I'm sure this never used to be the case in the near 20 years I've been editing here. Is there any way of viewing pages so that A heads appear bigger and bolder than B heads? Thanks, Ericoides (talk) 10:15, 12 June 2024 (UTC)[reply]

much smaller. h2's look bigger than h3's on my skin vector (2010). Example. What skin are you using? –Novem Linguae (talk) 10:39, 12 June 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Cheers. I'm not sure. How can I tell? Ericoides (talk) 12:16, 12 June 2024 (UTC)[reply]
@Ericoides You have some custom CSS at User:Ericoides/vector.css which is overriding the default styles. Note that there have been some recent changes to heading HTML structure which might affect how that CSS behaves. the wub "?!" 11:15, 12 June 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Thanks. Is there a simple fix so I can revert to the default? Ericoides (talk) 12:18, 12 June 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Just edit the page User:Ericoides/vector.css, delete all the content, and save it as a blank page. — xaosflux Talk 13:20, 12 June 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Ah, OK, thanks for the tip. Ericoides (talk) 15:29, 12 June 2024 (UTC)[reply]
ETA, I've done as advised and it's all back to normal. Good stuff. Ericoides (talk) 17:44, 12 June 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Resolved
Novem Linguae (talk) 00:04, 13 June 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Hatnote styling?[edit]

Did the hatnote stylesheet change? It seems to have become harder to read and a different font color in the last few days. -- 64.229.90.32 (talk) 06:40, 14 June 2024 (UTC)[reply]

See discussion at Wikipedia:Village pump (technical)#Hatnotes have Minerva-style background color? PamD 07:09, 14 June 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Kurds and the rule of crowd[edit]

— Preceding unsigned comment added by Novem Linguae (talkcontribs) 15:00, 14 June 2024 (UTC)[reply]