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Hola Help Desk Team. Thanks so much for helping me each time in the past when I have posted queries here. This forum is perhaps the most amazing place on Wikipedia given the effort you all are taking. One reason I have continued on Wikipedia is because of the wonderful support given by you all. I am sure that must be the same case with other new editors who have been patiently guided by you all. You all are my tireless contributors. Lourdes 07:05, 11 February 2016 (UTC)

Adding a cause to a medical page[edit]

Moved to Talk:Dysarthria

Canned answer to image insertion requests[edit]

Hi there. How to insert an image is one of the frequently-asked questions on the Help Desk, but there is no canned answer to that, so I just went ahead created {{subst:HD/image}}. I will post this notice both at the Help Desk where people may want to discuss whether it is useful, and at copyright-savy places to make sure it is correct (I believe it to be, but better safe than sorry). Feel free to tweak the template to improve it, of course. TigraanClick here to contact me 15:58, 31 March 2017 (UTC)

Hey Tigraan. {{UPIMG}} is one of the templates listed at {{Help desk templates}}. (It doesn't have a great name, which is maybe why you didn't notice it.) Best regards--Fuhghettaboutit (talk) 12:59, 14 April 2017 (UTC)
So, it had already been done... Well, I guess a semi-duplicate does not really hurt, now that it is there, but to be honest I did not know about Wikipedia:Help_desk/Templates. Should we move all HD templates into "subtemplates" of {{HD}}? TigraanClick here to contact me 15:10, 14 April 2017 (UTC)
I would rather we not. {{HD}} is one of the templates that is itself listed in {{Help desk templates}} (which is displayed in Wikipedia:Help desk/How to answer#Stock answers, as linked in the help desk header under "How to answer"); it preexists HD; it is a container for expected-to-be high use ones, and doing so makes the history of each template and their copyright attribution much less direct, plus most of the help desk templates have a Z number, and shifting them upon a merge would be necessary.--Fuhghettaboutit (talk) 17:17, 14 April 2017 (UTC)
Yes, we definitely should, as I attempted to do at tfd. {{Help desk templates}} and friends should be merged with {{HD/doc}}, rather than leaving a mess of often hard-to-discover templates behind. Pppery 00:10, 28 April 2017 (UTC)


Hey all,

I'm looking into doing some research about the things that users seek out help for. If noone has any objections I'd like to add a brief survey to this page to collect some anonymous data about what people are looking for and how we can help them better. I'd like to add this in the next week or so. Ping me if anyone has any issues with this. Seddon (WMF) (talk) 22:58, 27 April 2017 (UTC)

Seddon I see you have posted this message to seven pages. Some are reading matter; Help:Contents and Help:Getting started are mainly collections of links to reading matter; the Tutorial is, guess what, an online tutorial; but this Help desk is a question-and-answer service (and you haven't included the Teahouse, where we direct new editors in particular to put their questions). I applaud the idea of researching the topic, but I'm not sure we want to interfere with what may well be already confused new people at the time they are trying to submit their questions or exploring a tutorial. How are you planning to present the survey to the readers or users of these pages? What feedback are you intending to give to maintainers of these pages?: Noyster (talk), 08:57, 28 April 2017 (UTC)


See upper right corner. This looks like what you asked for, no?

Would it be possible to have a big Skip to bottom link (top right) as used on reference desk pages? — (talk) 08:51, 6 May 2017 (UTC)

It's already there. Perhaps you missed it (unless what you're saying is to convert the current link to a big link). Lourdes 04:06, 7 May 2017 (UTC)
If it's there, Lourdes, I'm not seeing it either (in large or small form), and never have. (I presume that the OP means this Talk page, not the Help Desk Project page.) {The poster formerly known as} (talk) 10:03, 7 May 2017 (UTC)
Reference desks like Wikipedia:Reference desk/Miscellaneous have a big Wikipedia:Reference desk/header/skip looking similar to the request. Wikipedia:Help desk only has a small {{Skip to bottom}}, so I guess the request is about Wikipedia:Help desk and not this talk page. PrimeHunter (talk) 10:22, 7 May 2017 (UTC)
Correct; this query is "about the Help Desk itself", per 'IMPORTANT NOTE' above. ;) — (talk) 16:42, 7 May 2017 (UTC)
Are you using the mobile site? Because of the desktop site (on Chrome) it definitely is there. See picture on the right. TigraanClick here to contact me 16:32, 9 May 2017 (UTC)
I am using Firefox and have never seen this option; and do not see it now. Actually, I never even knew it was an option (on any desk / page). It would make things much easier, though. Maineartists (talk) 16:40, 9 May 2017 (UTC)

Reply to orangemike[edit]

Actually I have been told that the article already proves notoriety and just needs birthdate and info box orangemike. Your comment didn't answer my question and clearly you didn't look at the comments from reviewers or the history of this article. Parplaywright (talk) 02:37, 14 May 2017 (UTC)

Note content copied to project page. Eagleash (talk) 02:45, 14 May 2017 (UTC)

People Maliciously and/or Randomly Deleting Profiles[edit]

There should be guidelines to prevent "real" pages from being randomly deleted. Too many people create fake profiles just to cause havok to others.

Musicprogirl1 (talk) 19:24, 22 May 2017 (UTC)
Copied to the Help desk, does not belong on this talk page. ~ GB fan 19:50, 22 May 2017 (UTC)

Note Editor has made multiple posts at help desk. Eagleash (talk) 19:57, 22 May 2017 (UTC)

Need help[edit]

I've been searching for help on how to upload a page and it tells me to do research but I don't know how to upload one. Can someone help me? And I'm on my mobile device (phone) so is that a problem? Dinah Kirkland (talk) 19:41, 24 May 2017 (UTC)

Note Copied to help desk project page. Eagleash (talk) 19:46, 24 May 2017 (UTC)