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Adding a cause to a medical page[edit]

Moved to Talk:Dysarthria

why this page get deleted[edit] ThakurSaabji (talk) 09:59, 13 October 2017 (UTC)

Note Content copied to project page. Eagleash (talk) 10:00, 13 October 2017 (UTC)

Templates for frequently used answers?[edit]

Thanks to all the editors here who answers the same stupid questions over and over: I only do so occasionally because I'm afraid I'll get too terse and snippy. I notice a bit of combat fatigue sometimes sets in even for our more patient editors.

To avoid this, I think we need a set of preformed, easy-to-use answers, possibly in the form of templates. With those, we can afford to create polite helpful, and friendly answers and use them even when the same stupid question recurs for the tenth time in a single day. Has this been done? If not, is it a good idea? What canned answers do we need? In most (all?) cases these answere are just a more polite way of directing the user to the appropriate WP policy pages.

Here as the ones I see often:

  • {{help NOTBLOG}}
meaning: this is an encyclopedia, not a blog, dummy.
text: Wikipedia is an Encyclopedia, not a blog. If your subject is suitable for an encyclopedia, then someone other that you may choose to create an article. Please see WP:NOTABLOG. There are many fine bloogging web sited that would be suitable for your blog.
  • {{help OWN}}
meaning: it's not your article. you have no special rights.
text: Wikipedia articles do not have "owners". Anyone can create or edit an article,but must follow certain rules. In particular, all information in the article must "verifiable" and come from what we call "reliable sources". For our definition of these terms , see WP:V and WP:RS.
  • {{help OWN|family}}
meaning: you have less rights, not more.
text: (appended to the above) This can be especially frustrating for people with a close connection to the subject of an article, especially when information in a "reliable source" is incorrect, and you have personal knowledge of the facts. Unfortunately, Wikipedia has no way to verify that you are who you say you are for this purpose. Please try to find the correct information in a reliable source.
  • {{help OWN| coi}}
meaning: you should not edit that article.
text:(appended to OWN) while we appreciate your efforts, you appear to have a conflict of interest. If so, you are strongly discouraged from directly editing of this article. See WP:COI.
  • {{help OWN|paid}}
meaning: you must declare your paid interest.
text: (appended to ONWN|paid) In addition to your apparent conflict of interest, you appear to be a "paid editor" Please see WP:PAID for our definition. You must immediately declare your paid status on your talk page to avoid being blocked from further editing.
  • {{help TALK}}
meaning:Use the talk page, Luke!

Please feel free to add to this list and/or suggest changes to the text, or comment if this whole thing is a bad idea. -Arch dude (talk) 16:44, 13 October 2017 (UTC)

We already have many stock answers. See {{HD}} and Wikipedia:Help desk/How to answer#Stock answers. PrimeHunter (talk) 17:33, 13 October 2017 (UTC)
Also see these Category:Help desk templates - X201 (talk) 17:35, 13 October 2017 (UTC)

Help me[edit]

How do i get my content back from speedy deletion

Note: Copied to project page. Eagleash (talk) 23:32, 15 October 2017 (UTC)

Inappropriate material...[edit]

I believe I have found material that is not in line with terms of use policy. I’m not aware of the correct process to change or remove content that is not in scope of what is appropriate for this site.

Please look at the Federal section for the material in question

Thank you Cnethers (talk) 16:55, 25 October 2017 (UTC)

 Reverted vandalism and warned disruptive IP. Thank you for alerting us to this issue. In the future you can revert any obvious vandalism yourself. Persistent and obvious vandalism can be reported to WP:AIV. Thanks again for raising the alarm. -Ad Orientem (talk) 17:05, 25 October 2017 (UTC)
Actually, erring on the side of caution, I've reported the edit to WP:911 and revdelled it. The IP has been blocked for 1 week. -Ad Orientem (talk) 17:14, 25 October 2017 (UTC)
Ya, that sounds like something concerning. Jo-Jo Eumerus (talk, contributions) 18:59, 25 October 2017 (UTC)

Archive pages not updating[edit]

When I had slow internet, I had to start reading the shorter archive pages rather than the main page. I just kept doing this even after my speed got upgraded. At the top of each day's archive page, there is supposed to be a link to the next day's page. I have manually fixed the pages but this should be working automatically.— Vchimpanzee • talk • contributions • 16:56, 4 November 2017 (UTC)

The pages use #ifexist: to link to the next day if the archive exists, and to the current help desk otherwise. Wikipedia pages are cached for performance reasons so an archive page may have been cached before the next day existed and continue to link the current help desk for a while. You can fix it by purging the page when the next day exists. You can check the ifexist code works by viewing the version before this edit. Maybe we should always link the next day to avoid the issue (it will make the link misleading red when the page was cached before the next day existed). Then we could link to the current help desk in addition if ifexist at evaluation time said the next day didn't exist. PrimeHunter (talk) 17:13, 4 November 2017 (UTC)
I had not manually updated two of the pages, but when I purged, it worked. Thanks.— Vchimpanzee • talk • contributions • 19:33, 5 November 2017 (UTC)