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Is this the Orwellian Times?[edit]

My biggest question is how come articles that I know have been around for years suddenly change to not having any connection to their past submissions. Does this have anything to do with movement to larger computers or does it happen because of the decisions of regulators? Is it that some people who think they know it all go out and delete an existing article just so they can restart it all themselves, and have the first link accredited to them? I know that the "previous versions" buttons go up to 500, but I can't access what I know to have been there. What effect would this have on people trying to use Wikipedia as a source of information? I can't find any "FAQ" posting or answer to this question - that's why I posted it here. --Sobolewski 01:03, 19 December 2005 (UTC)

I can't quite understand what you're asking, but maybe you should ask your question at the Help desk instead, because I don't think this particular page is intended for asking questions. –Tifego(t) 00:46, 20 March 2006 (UTC)

CC versus GFDL[edit]

This FAQ clearly says "The text and images of Wikipedia are covered by the GNU Free Documentation License. Unless an item is covered by the same or a similar license, or is in the public domain, it cannot be used on Wikipedia. So you have to ask the copyright holder of the material to license it under GFDL."

Presumably basically that means it is fair to assume any image submitted to WP by its creator is under GFDL? --BozMo talk 12:00, 11 April 2006 (UTC)

Removed vandalism?[edit]

I removed the following added by [1]:

Is there something Wikipedia doesn't tell me about?
Of course! Most prominently, once you start an account and begin editing Wikipedia, your account and whatever personal information you share on it, cannot be removed.

Zarniwoot 19:39, 11 May 2007 (UTC)


Why is this page wider than the other FAQ pages? I don't see what is causing it, but I have to scroll horizontally to read the page. -- SamuelWantman 09:13, 29 June 2007 (UTC)

16 years[edit]

I have commented out the age for now as it is misleading. The legal age of consent might be 16 in the US state of Florida, but may be another figure elsewhere across the world. We do not encourage people break their local laws, so I don't see how having a fixed age value helps. See Wikipedia:General disclaimer#Jurisdiction and legality of content =Nichalp «Talk»= 14:17, 20 December 2007 (UTC)

This part of the FAQ has nothing to do with keeping users' local laws. If even a 5 year-old decided to post their personal information that wouldn't be breaking any law. This is simply a way to make sure children know that if they choose to be here and choose to make their age public, that if they are below a certain age, they can expect some advice or regulation of their published personal information, in the interest of their own safety -- not in the interest of the law. The use of the age deemed as a minor in Florida is not so that the law is followed -- rather, if we expect this to be a rule that adults and children can accept and adhere to, we should define minor as best we can. And the best way we can do that, since everyone lives in a different place (and it would be implausible to find out each individual's location and use their local laws), is by using Florida statutes. Besides which, all around the world, 16 is a safe average age below which people are considered children, in terms of something most likely to be accepted worldwide.
Equazcionargue/improves15:00, 12/20/2007
Could you please be more clear in your reply? I did not get what you were trying to state. Thanks! =Nichalp «Talk»= 08:16, 22 December 2007 (UTC)
You said, "We do not encourage people break their local laws." If people post personal information when they are below the legal age of consent in their respective countries, they would not be breaking any law. The point here is just to state a solid age so that the rule will be followed. A good choice for that age is 16, since it's probably the most likely to be accepted around the world. Also, since Wikipedia exists under Florida jurisdiction, it makes sense to use Florida's age of consent. I hope this clarifies things.
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Salisbury and Wiltshire newspapers[edit]

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Request for Article[edit]

Good morning, I am a new account, and this is my first attempt to communicate with Wikipedia. As a retired marine biologist, I have a longstanding passion; how humans can learn from how animals communicate. In the interests of promoting learning, specifically about our biosphere, please consider the following article request: Learning from bees. This request relates to the book, "Bee Time: Lessons From the Hive" by Mark L. Winston, Harvard University Press. There does not appear to be any such articles currently on Wikipedia. However, there are several related articles on Google. Any other help or guidelines you could offer me to improve my communications with Wikipedia will be appreciated. Sincerely, Kim Mann WarlordZaid (talk) 11:13, 9 September 2016 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Biomentor (talkcontribs) 18:52, 10 November 2015 (UTC)

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