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Is /r/Wikipedia an official subreddit?[edit]

There is a fairly active subreddit called /r/Wikipedia that has lots of subscribers. Anyone know if it's run by the Wikimedia Foundation? --Ixfd64 (talk) 19:10, 17 January 2017 (UTC)

Hey Ixfd64, good question. I follow that subreddit (because it features a lot of neat content), but it is not run by the Wikimedia Foundation. There is a Facebook page that is maintained by staff that posts similar kinds of content (interesting articles, "on this day" features, news about the project, etc.) I JethroBT (WMF) (talk) 22:13, 17 January 2017 (UTC)
Ah, I see. Thanks for the information! --Ixfd64 (talk) 22:35, 17 January 2017 (UTC)
Hello, Ixfd64! No subreddit is official. All are maintained by the community, just like Wikipedia articles. --NaBUru38 (talk) 23:57, 23 January 2017 (UTC)
Actually there are official subreddits, and even fully commercialized ones (lootcrate for example). /r/wikipedia is just a place to submit interesting wiki articles or quotes. Anything goes there really. --Benderbr (talk) 20:42, 24 January 2017 (UTC)

New Facebook group to encourage photographers to add their photos to Commons[edit]

Hi all

I've created the Wikipedia Photography Club Facebook group to try to engage some of the 100s of Facebook photography groups who have 1000s of members with amazing photos. I would appreciate it if you would join the group so that potential contributors can ask questions. I decided to call it Wikipedia Photography club instead of using the word Commons because it is much more recognisable to people not in the community.


--John Cummings (talk) 21:30, 19 January 2017 (UTC)

Facebook, because of its peculiar terms of service, is not the best of places for free license contributions: meta:Legal/CC BY-SA on Facebook. Good luck with the initiative, nonetheless. – Finnusertop (talkcontribs) 21:40, 19 January 2017 (UTC)

Requesting help regarding "Paul Mooney (comedian)"[edit]

The article "Paul Mooney (comedian)" incorrectly has the name "Paul Mooney" italicised. I attempted to use Template:DISPLAYTITLE, and also to move the page, but to no avail. There doesn't seem to be a DISPLAYTITLE template or an Italic title template anywhere in the article's workspace. According to a section on the article's talk page, this has been an issue since at least May 2016 and has not been resolved. –Matthew - (talk) 04:32, 20 January 2017 (UTC)

Fixed -- John of Reading (talk) 07:23, 20 January 2017 (UTC)
Thanks! Out of curiosity, how was the problem solved? –Matthew - (talk) 16:14, 20 January 2017 (UTC)
@MatthewHoobin: Further down the article was an {{Infobox book}}. Articles about books normally need their title displayed in italics, so this infobox sets the DISPLAYTITLE by default. I added italic title = no to turn this off. -- John of Reading (talk) 16:32, 20 January 2017 (UTC)

Request for fluent Basque language and Spanish translation help[edit]

I am currently mentoring a colleague, and several subject areas which I need to track, especially in verifying sources, will need these language skills. My requests for assistance may be of the duration of 3-4 months. Any colleagues out there willing to assist? You can drop a note here, and/or on my talkpage. Any help would be seriously appreciated. Thanks in advance! Irondome (talk) 23:12, 20 January 2017 (UTC)

Last night[edit]

I posted a picture I took at the Phoenix portion of the 2017 Women's March. This morning the name of the article has been changed, "Washington D.C." was in the title last night, but my picture is no longer there. More disturbing, when I look in my "Contributions" tab the record of my uploading it no longer exists. Should I assume that this is some sort of wiki censorship, should I re-upload it and see what happens, what should I do? I have plenty of other less loaded images and might just stick one of them in, but I am concerned about the bigger picture. Any thoughts? Einar aka Carptrash (talk) 18:10, 22 January 2017 (UTC)

Your image was moved to Wikimedia Commons, as is customary for free use files, and the local version was deleted as a duplicate. No censorship conspiracies. – Juliancolton | Talk 18:23, 22 January 2017 (UTC)
Thanks, but why is it not in the article or listed on my Conrtibutions page? I did just put in another picture, by the way though rather liked that one. Since it is in Commons I guess I could return it. Anyway, thank you for finding it for me. Carptrash (talk) 18:30, 22 January 2017 (UTC)
@Carptrash: The file was deleted from the English Wikipedia as part of the move, as such your edits made when uploading it are no longer in your contributions. And your image is still in the article, except the article was broadened to cover all marches that happened, so your image is now placed next to Phoenix in the table. Sam Walton (talk) 18:35, 22 January 2017 (UTC)
@Samwalton9: Thank you Sam, I was the one who re-placed the image in the new article, but I think I get what happened. Oh well, another grand conspiracy theory down the drain. Carptrash (talk) 19:01, 22 January 2017 (UTC)
There was a lot of reorganising of the article today, I'm sure it just got dropped someplace. Sam Walton (talk) 19:02, 22 January 2017 (UTC) changes have broken many URLs used on Wikipedia[edit]

Links to URLs within were broken en masse when the new administration changed the main web site. Wikipedia links to this site in many places because has been the official home for continuing offices and historical documents.

I could not figure out how to fill in links to the official web sites even for major nonpartisan offices such as the OMB, OSTP, and OIRA. Google, Bing, and Wikipedias all have broken links. In the near run we can make do with by replacing these with links to a public archive of the earlier site as it existed three days ago. The content remains almost completely accurate since these agencies are defined by law and have hundreds of staff who remain. Therefore I think this is the thing to do, for the moment, and we'll link to the latest stuff when it becomes clear where it is. See the history of these articles mentioned above for my substitutions today, which are minimal.

It might be possible to make a bot that would do the substitutions. Or maybe we should link to instead? Or to versions of the same documents at the National Archives?

I'd welcome advice and correction. I'd be happy to launch a specific proposal for a bot or instructions to editors if I knew what and where to do that. I asked a parallel question at Wikipedia talk:WikiProject United States Government. -- econterms (talk) 21:20, 22 January 2017 (UTC)

My advice is to relax and get used to Trump's America, which I predict will not be friendly to wikipedia.Carptrash (talk) 21:23, 22 January 2017 (UTC)
Yup, they don't always love external sources of fact. But wp is widely appreciated as such a source, and it can really contribute helpfully here. If you feel defeated, I empathize. But I'm not defeated yet, on day 3! -- econterms (talk)
The official archive at would probably be a better option than a public archive. Jim Miller See me | Touch me 22:33, 22 January 2017 (UTC)
I did use that official archive. I believe you're saying you'd pick that over Noted. -- econterms (talk)
For each link from a Wikipedia article to (see search results) or from a Wikipedia article to (see search results), you can copy the complete URL (I prefer to call it a web address) into the search box at or simply add*/ to the beginning of the web address. The result should be an index page to a number of captures of the web page in question. In my experience, I have found that sometimes the most recent few "captures" are not correctly functional, but give messages saying that the page is inaccessible. In such a case, you can try slightly older captures until you find one that gives the desired result. If the web page in question has never been archived, then it is now too late to obtain a link to an archived copy.
Wavelength (talk) 00:38, 23 January 2017 (UTC)

Wikimedia Foundation Support & Safety team is hiring a new Community Advocate![edit]

Hello Wikimedians!

I’d like to let everyone know about a job opening for a Community Advocate in the Wikimedia Foundation's Support and Safety team. Please share this announcement with anyone you think might be interested!

What does a CA do? We work on proactive strategies to improve community cultural health (currently focused on reducing incidents of harassment on Wikimedia sites and improving responses to those as they occur), assist the Trust and Safety task force in triaging harassment reports, help colleagues at the Foundation work with contributors, respond to emails from the public, and perform other challenging, interesting tasks. It’s fulfilling, exciting work, and it’s never boring :)

If you or someone you know might be interested, the full job description and details on how to apply can be found here. Kbrown (WMF) (talk) 16:25, 23 January 2017 (UTC)