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June 16

New Listing.

How do you add a new person.

Harry — Preceding unsigned comment added by Harry Albers (talkcontribs) 04:00, 16 June 2018 (UTC)

  • Welcome. I added our standard welcome to your talk page. It has some places to start for you. We don't add people, we add articles about notable subject, some of whom are people. If a subject is notable, it can have an article. If a subject is not notable, it cannot have an article: this includes articles about people. We have a very peculiar and specific definition of "notable": see WP:N. Any attempt to add an article about a non-notable subject will only end in frustration. If you find that you person is notable, then come back here and we can help further.-Arch dude (talk) 05:26, 16 June 2018 (UTC)

How to request permanent ban

I request for a globally permanent ban of my username. How can I do? --Marcello Gianola (talk) 10:15, 16 June 2018 (UTC)

@Marcello Gianola: meta:Global bans are not made on user request. Why do you want it? You can just make a strong password and stop editing. PrimeHunter (talk) 10:34, 16 June 2018 (UTC)

I'm here to formally complain.

A few years ago, the NOW Music team located in the UK and members of Virgin EMI created Wikipedia pages of the albums within the series. All this effort has been removed, and it's very infuriating. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:40, 16 June 2018 (UTC)

  • Your complaint is hereby formally acknowledged. Please read WP:PAID, WP:COI, and WP:N (and specifically WP:NMUSIC), which you were instructed to read before you went to all that effort in the first place. Please read each article's deletion discussion.If you feel the deletions were not compliant with our policies, then contact the administrator that deleted them using that admin's talk page and you can then initiate a deletion review. -Arch dude (talk) 16:46, 16 June 2018 (UTC)
  • Thank you for bringing this to our attention. Please look at Now That's What I Call Music!, and in particular at the block at the bottom of the page. That block shows links to a large number of individual album articles. Are these the articles you are looking for? It appears that the ones you are interested in have been renamed, not deleted. I looked at a quasi-random sample of these. Almost all of them should be deleted as they do not meet our notability criteria (or at least do not assert notability). I will not nominate them for deletion myself as I am not all that interested in this subject. -Arch dude (talk) 02:30, 18 June 2018 (UTC)

June 17

Archive sources

This sounds like an embarrassingly newbie question, but are there other sites like the Internet Archive that are considered good digital libraries for web pages that vanish over time? is usually pretty good for finding pages to rescue broken citations, but I have encountered some links where no archive exists. --Drm310 🍁 (talk) 05:13, 17 June 2018 (UTC)

You'll find a number of options listed at Help:Archiving a source. --David Biddulph (talk) 06:05, 17 June 2018 (UTC)
Perfect, thanks! --Drm310 🍁 (talk) 16:10, 17 June 2018 (UTC)


Hi Colin,

Such cheek. DEIGNING? I thought I phrased the question very politely (see below):

Q: You asked for the precise name of the newly created article? It is: FROM MONISM TO NONISM. I look forward to hearing if you are able to find it. Thanks. I observed nothing special after clicking 'Publish Changes'. No hitches. My IP address / ISP has been the same for the past 25 years. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk)

A:   Thank you for deigning to give us some information about the item which you have repeatedly demanded that we help you find. 

Remember that tacit assumptions are always the trickiest. By assuming I made a mistake, you are glossing over a possible problem on your end, which I have tried apparently in vain, to call to your attention.  — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 12:07, 17 June 2018 (UTC)

Three times you requested investigation of your submission, without giving enough information for anyone to figure out what submission you were asking about, despite being asked to do so. If that wasn't a mistake, what was it? Maproom (talk) 12:36, 17 June 2018 (UTC)
I think "By assuming I made a mistake" refers thinking that the edit was never saved because the user misunderstood the interface. That still seems far more likely than a software error. The MediaWiki software has saved around 1 million edits at the English Wikipedia in the last week, and it's used by thousands of other wikis. If it has an error where users are incorrectly shown that their edit was saved then why does this error apparently only hit new users who don't know the software properly? You still haven't been able to sign a single post in spite of the edit window saying "please 'sign' any statement you post here by placing ~~~~ at the end of your post", and "Preceding unsigned comment added by" being affixed to your posts with a link to more details. And please edit the existing section by clicking the "edit" link at the section heading instead of starting a new section for new comments. PrimeHunter (talk) 13:02, 17 June 2018 (UTC)
By the way, the edit window also says:
  • Please give the exact title or URL of any page you want help with.
  • If possible, please be specific in your question rather than general and link to any page or article your question involves, or at least tell us the title of the page.
If I was cheeky, I might say your ability to see or follow instructions is not impressive for somebody who insists there is a software error instead of a user error. PrimeHunter (talk) 13:11, 17 June 2018 (UTC)
  • We have no technical way to find your submittal at our end. Our only information is in our logs, and those logs show no edits or other inputs from your IP address prior to the your first edit to this help desk. Note that Wikipedia edits (and their log entries) occur at a rate of more than one per second, so more than 86,400 edits occurred on the day of your failed submittal. None of the other 130,000+ editors that used the system in the last month has encountered your problem, so we are forced to conclude that it occurred somewhere between your keyboard and the network interface to our computers. -Arch dude (talk) 16:19, 17 June 2018 (UTC)

Marc Bola

Marc Bola is being released from Arsenal, so I removed him from the squad. I don’t really see anything wrong with real stuff, do you? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Tombo Elbo (talkcontribs) 13:55, 17 June 2018 (UTC)

@Tombo Elbo: You need to provide a reliable source. Also remember that most football contracts run until the end of the 'official' season; 30 June. When making changes to football articles you also need to make sure that changes are consistent across all relevant pages. Team page (all sections), the player's own page, squad templates, new team page, where relevant etc. Please remember to sign your posts on talk pages by typing four tildes (~~~~). Thank you. Eagleash (talk) 14:25, 17 June 2018 (UTC)

Percentage of primary sources

What is the preferabe percentage of Primary sources used in a WP article? I fell it must be lower than 10% and always supporting a secondary souce? But am I being a fundamentalist on that??? What does the Policy says? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Τζερόνυμο (talkcontribs) 14:56, 17 June 2018 (UTC)

  • We have very few "policies" (WP:COPO). Our policies are expanded by a larger corpus of "guidelines". The sourcing policy is WP:V. The guideline for this is WP:RS. There is no guideline on percentage of primary sources that I know of: see WP:CREEP. Basically, an article subject must be notable (WP:N), or the article may be deleted. This requires multiple independent (i.e., not primary) substantive reliable sources. (The number is not absolute, but usually at least two.) If those sources exist, then the article stays. If not, it's deleted. This is independent of any other sources, primary, seconday, minor mentions, whatever. An article with only two sources that meet WP:N and no other references should be kept. An article with a hundred references, none of which meet WP:N, should be deleted. Beyond the notability requirement, editors must provide references for any fact that may be disputed (WP:V). If there are 100 facts from 100 different sources, then you need 100 additional references in addition to those that establish notability. The selection and use of these is subject to the discretion of the editors, who are supposed to be trying to collaboratively build the best encyclopedia article they can. The quality of the source is important, whether it is primary or secondary. -Arch dude (talk) 16:48, 17 June 2018 (UTC)

Player numbers

Naby Keita has joined Liverpool, he wore the number 8 jersey at Leipzig, that number is vacant at Liverpool. Shouldn’t he just have that number now? I’m having this with Jonny Evans. Thanks. Tombo Elbo — Preceding unsigned comment added by Tombo Elbo (talkcontribs) 15:30, 17 June 2018 (UTC)

No. It's up to the club to allocate the player Nos. when submitting their final squads. Eagleash (talk) 16:45, 17 June 2018 (UTC)


According to Soccerbase, Keenan O’Connell wears number 57 for Bournemouth, and Mikael Ndjoli wears the vacant 52 jersey. Tut tut tut — Preceding unsigned comment added by Tombo Elbo (talkcontribs) 16:43, 17 June 2018 (UTC)

Hi, @Tombo Elbo: did you have a question about this? If you've found a mistake in one of our articles, you need to discuss it on that article's Talk page, not here.
Also, can you please sign your entries on Talk pages and other discussion pages (such as this one) with four tilde characters, like this ~~~~? Thanks, Rojomoke (talk) 18:34, 17 June 2018 (UTC)

saving my page

How do I save my page? I can't leave the page because it says my changes will be lost. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Sarahmuffins (talkcontribs) 20:22, 17 June 2018 (UTC)

@Sarahmuffins: You save your changes by clicking 'publish' (which really means 'save'), the same as you did to create your post at this page. If you are seeing an error message, please provide greater detail so volunteers here can comment. You seem to have successfully saved Draft:Barbershop (shop). Please remember to sign your posts on talk pages by typing four tildes (~~~~). Thank you. Eagleash (talk) 21:00, 17 June 2018 (UTC)

Thank you! I did click on publish and it shows my page. I can click edit to make more changes and then click publish again. But if I click any link other than edit or try to close the window it says my changes will be lost. (Sarahmuffins (talk) 21:11, 17 June 2018 (UTC)

Yes, that's a fairly standard message. If you click a link which would take you away frfom the edit window then you will usually see that warning. It should not appear if you click 'preview' but if you click 'history' (for example) or any other link then the warning will display. It will display even if you haven't actually made any changes after opening the edit window. Any changes you made previously and successfully 'saved' will not be lost or affected. Eagleash (talk) 21:20, 17 June 2018 (UTC)

I don't see 'preview'? But if I click 'Submit your draft for review!' for example it says my changes will be lost. But if I have clicked 'publish' (save) after my last change, my changes will not be lost?Sarahmuffins (talk) 21:32, 17 June 2018 (UTC)

'Preview' should be shown alongside the 'publish' button, beneath the edit window. It's a good idea to use that before saving changes to check for errors and see how the page looks before saving. If you click the 'submit draft' button with the edit window open, the aforementioned message will appear. A page would be 'saved' and then 'submit draft' clicked. Any previously saved changes will not be lost. On another note, I would not recommend submitting the draft for review as it stands. There are some layout and formatting anomalies. If you have not already done so, please read WP:YFA and WP:REFB and also WP:GNG. Also, the content is probably already covered in Barber and the page would very likely be rejected at review or at best redirected to the Barber article. Cheers. Eagleash (talk) 21:53, 17 June 2018 (UTC)

Thank you, I will read the links you gave me. There is nothing beneath the edit window, the 'publish changes...' button is in the top right corner and next to it is an image of a pencil. How do I preview? I wanted to write an article about barber shops, not about the barber. I'm sorry if Wikipedia doesn't want an article for barber shops, do I need to delete it?Sarahmuffins (talk) 22:10, 17 June 2018 (UTC)

Are you editing from a mobile device? Scroll right the way down and select 'desktop', which should give you a different page display. (Or are you using the visual editor... where you click 'edit' rather than 'edit source'?) I believe the mobile editing interface gives you an automatic preview at the point where you are asked to summarise your edit. An article for the type of shop as against the profession may have a place in Wikipedia. It depends on whether it can be demonstrated as independently notable (see that link also). There's no need to rush into deleting it if you think it can be found worthy of a page. But, be aware it might well not pass review. Cheers. Eagleash (talk) 22:34, 17 June 2018 (UTC)

My laptop is a mobile device (I can carry it but it's a bit big lol) but I think I'm using the visual editor. The editing here looks different from when I edit my barbershop article. I don't understand the article about notability. I need to find "significant coverage in reliable sources that are independent of the subject"? Does that mean I should link to a book about barbershops or something? Will that demonstrate it as independently notable?Sarahmuffins (talk) 23:24, 17 June 2018 (UTC)

It sounds as if you are using the visual editor: when you click 'publish' at the top right you should get a new small pane displayed wwhere you write the edis summary. At the bottom of that is a review button. The vis ed. can be a useful tool in certain circumstances but can create anomalies and a lot of experienced editors do not like it. I think notability for this topic is going to be problematic in that, there is little doubt that there would be a reasonable amount of information in reliable sources... but I suspect that however well-researched and sourced the finished page may be, when it comes to review, it is quite likely to be redirected to the Barber article. Sorry. Eagleash (talk) 03:44, 18 June 2018 (UTC)

Thank you again. I copied the information to the article about barbers. I also tried to add a hair rinsing picture but it was not possible because of a copyright claim. They said I had to take a picture myself but I'm really bad at taking pictures. I now tried the Wikipedia link for finding images and found another image at []. It's not the same but I think it's a nice picture of a barber at work. Can this picture be added to the gallery of the Barber article? When I try to add the picture to the gallery it can't be found.Sarahmuffins (talk) 17:10, 19 June 2018 (UTC)

June 18

Grammar of lead

I don't know if this is the right place to request this, but can someone please check the grammar of the lead section of the article Aladdin? specifically the last paragraph. Thank you. Javiero Fernandez (talk) 03:57, 18 June 2018 (UTC)

The article's talk page (Talk:Aladdin (1992 Disney film)) would be a better place for this request. —2606:A000:1126:4CA:0:98F2:CFF6:1782 (talk) 04:37, 18 June 2018 (UTC)
(I don't think one needs to have any interest in an article or its subject to check its grammar.) I've read through the lead section, and its grammar seems fine to me. The first sentence of the final paragraph straggles on, and would probably be better broken into two sentences. Maproom (talk) 07:21, 18 June 2018 (UTC)
Done. Clarityfiend (talk) 08:46, 18 June 2018 (UTC)

Changing "Raúl Midón" article title

Hello, musician Raul Midón does not use an accent mark over the "u" in his first name. The article title should be changed from "Raúl Midón" to "Raul Midón". I would like to know how to get the title spelling changed. Thank You! - Stan — Preceding unsigned comment added by Stan edit (talk • contribs) 06:00, 18 June 2018 (UTC)

Done, thanks. Sam Sailor 06:12, 18 June 2018 (UTC)

Michael Kitces

Ref #17 is broken on this page and I'm not sure how to fix it. -- (talk) 06:18, 18 June 2018 (UTC)

I've corrected the URL error msg., but it's a deadlink anyway. Eagleash (talk) 06:24, 18 June 2018 (UTC)

External links / references

Can you please provide me with a better Layman's explanation of how to incorporate external links into my article to give it more credibility so it will hopefully be approved. Can I edit my URL's on the main edit page of my sandbox, or do I need to do this on the HTML strictly version? — Preceding unsigned comment added by BerdeneNell (talkcontribs) 07:52, 18 June 2018 (UTC)

BerdeneNell Hi Welcome to Wikipedia help desk. Your sandbox article User:BerdeneNell/sandbox was declined due to the subject (Shimansky) has not demonstrated that it passes Wikipedia organisation notability guidelines. Many of the source provided are primary, noticeably from the organisation itself. The sources provided need to be independent from the subject and from reliable source such as newspaper or publications - pls see WP:RS. In addition, Wikipedia can NOT be the source. To add additional external link would NOT be make the subject/page more credibility and no amount of editing will merit a page in Wikipedia if the subject is not notable. If you want to add an external, pls include only one and not multiple. Just added a sub section "External link" and page the URL where it housed by 2 backers (example [URL address]). Thank you. CASSIOPEIA(talk) 08:09, 18 June 2018 (UTC)
@BerdeneNell: It's worth pointing out that we already have an article Yair Shimansky, much of the material in which your sandbox draft appears to duplicate. Perhaps it would be better to improve the existing article than to write a basically redundant new article. Deor (talk) 16:30, 18 June 2018 (UTC)

Quote or Cquote?

Please explain when should I use {{Quote}} and when should i use {{Cquote}}! Thank you! Beyoncetan 2 (talk) 08:05, 18 June 2018 (UTC)

Hi Beyoncetan 2, Normally, {{Quote}} or {{blockquote}} would be used, {{cquote}} is used for pull quote, highlighting a key topic. - see Template:Cquote for additional info. CASSIOPEIA(talk) 08:43, 18 June 2018 (UTC)

NPOV Template removed without comment

Hi, I added an NPOV template and discussion to the article about King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, the reasons for that are in the discussion in the talk page. However, now i found that template removed without comment, neither in the edit nor in the NPOV discussion, and the issues persist. Whom can i contact about this? Should I just re-add the template? AngenehmerName (talk) 11:30, 18 June 2018 (UTC)

I've re-added the template. Maproom (talk) 12:06, 18 June 2018 (UTC)
AngenehmerName, if the situation occurs again, let us know and further action can be taken if needed Jimfbleak - talk to me? 12:41, 18 June 2018 (UTC)

Is one non-English name always sufficient in each language?

Note: Thread copied from the talk page. Eagleash (talk) 12:33, 18 June 2018 (UTC)

According to a fellow editor, one non-English name is sufficient in each language. However I think the second alternative name is also worth mentioning. Is there any restriction that suggests to choose a single name? 123Steller (talk) 12:12, 18 June 2018 (UTC)

Deletion log

How can I access the deletion log of a page? TeraTIX 12:59, 18 June 2018 (UTC)

Hello, Teratix. Go to Special:Log/Delete, and enter the name of the page in the 'Target' box. --ColinFine (talk) 17:13, 18 June 2018 (UTC)
@Teratix: Correction - you have to go to Special:Log/delete; the capitalization makes a difference. :)--SkyGazer 512 Oh no, what did I do this time? 18:58, 18 June 2018 (UTC)
See Help:Log for other options. Most pages have so few logs that you can just choose to see all of them and not only the deletion log. PrimeHunter (talk) 19:38, 18 June 2018 (UTC)
Thanks! TeraTIX 23:27, 18 June 2018 (UTC)

Help with changes

Dear Team at Wikipedia,

hi, I hope you can help me please. I am trying to change the page for Caffe Concerto. The thing is, that after I make a change someone comes in about 1 hour later and undoes 95% of my work! []

I was wondering who may be doing this and I considered that it might be someone at Wikipedia, but I don't understand why because all of my statements have been statements of fact. Can you please help me,


Georgia — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk • contribs) 13:55, 18 June 2018 (UTC)

  • Hello You can access the history for the page in question by clicking the "view history" tab and see all edits made to the page; here, it brings you to []. It shows that edits were made by IP editor (probably you, not logged into your account) and "reverted" by Edwardx with the edit summary of Unexplained removal of cited content. Please discuss any concerns on talk page before removing cited content.
In that case the talk page would be located at Talk:Caffè_Concerto, but before you go there, notice that it is not enough that what you say is "statements of fact", it needs to be cited to reliable sources so that readers can check for themselves where the information comes from; thus, by changing information given by a certain reference and replacing it with your own knowledge, you break the chain of verifiability. Do you have a newspaper clip or similar to substantiate your changes? TigraanClick here to contact me 15:11, 18 June 2018 (UTC)
  • Even more urgent: that article does not assert or establish notability (WP:N) and therefore may be reccommended for deletion by any editor at any time. quickly find two or more substantive articles in major newspapers, and cite them in the article. Also, if you work for the business or are compensated by them, you are a "paid editor" and must declare this to comply with our terms of service. See (WP:PAID).-Arch dude (talk) 16:32, 18 June 2018 (UTC)

Organization Name Change

I am working on editing the Wikipedia page for The Children's Center for Communication/Beverly School for the Deaf. Unfortunately, the overall page is under the old name of the school, Beverly School for the Deaf. I have been unable to find out how I can do this because the current displayed name is no longer correct.


William Swett (talk) 14:59, 18 June 2018 (UTC)

Can you find a reliable source for the name change? If so, this can be cited in the article, and the page can then be moved. ƒirefly ( t · c · who? ) 15:01, 18 June 2018 (UTC)

Well, I work for the organization so I could get a letter from the executive director, use a business card, or something like that, but I'm not sure what other kind of reliable source could work. We already have the website linked and the official name is there. — Preceding unsigned comment added by William Swett (talkcontribs) 15:16, 18 June 2018 (UTC)

Your executive director still calls the school by its old name on your website, but I appreciate that your corporate rebranding reflects your wider activities. Wikipedia uses the WP:Common name for organisations. I don't know whether the new name is now commonly used. Perhaps you could point us to some independent WP:Reliable sources such as newspaper articles? Since you have a WP:Conflict of interest, and probably WP:Paid status for this article, you probably should not make the edit yourself, but need to declare your status as an employee. Dbfirs 15:47, 18 June 2018 (UTC)

"Beverly School for the Deaf" is still a part of the school's name, but it is not the complete name. On the website, you can see right at the top of the page that the name is "The Children's Center for Communication/Beverly School for the Deaf." The new name is what is used on every letterhead, business card, or other mention of the organization. We no longer go by just "Beverly School for the Deaf" at all. If you need a news article to show the name, CCCBSD is talked about here [] — Preceding unsigned comment added by William Swett (talkcontribs) 16:04, 18 June 2018 (UTC)

Nobody cares what name you are trying to rebrand yourself as, just as nobody cares about the effort to rebrand Sixth Avenue as "Avenue of the Americas" and nobody cares that the official name (it's right there above the entrance) of Scotty's Castle is "Death Valley Ranch". You have to demonstrate not only that someone uses your new name but that most people do. The reference you gave is clearly a press release that your school (and I would venture to guess that you personally) generated.
I suggest that you continue your effort to get people to accept you attempt at rebranding and to ask again when most people user the new name. See [1] for someone else dealing with the same sorts of issues. --Guy Macon (talk) 17:12, 18 June 2018 (UTC)

Request page move: Janus v AFSCME

Can someone please make this page move? I tried, but the Wikipedia computer program will not allow me to make the move. It must have something to do with conflicting redirects or such. The current name of the page is Janus v AFSCME. It should be renamed/moved to Janus v. AFSCME. The correct article title should have a period after the letter "v". Thanks. Joseph A. Spadaro (talk) 15:24, 18 June 2018 (UTC)

 Done. Sam Sailor 17:28, 18 June 2018 (UTC)
Great! Thanks! Joseph A. Spadaro (talk) 17:53, 18 June 2018 (UTC)

How to have someone review my suggested edits on a Talk Page?

I provided suggested changes on the Talk Page [[2]] and disclosed COI, but no changes or even feedback has been provided on the suggested edits in early May, including incorrect logo for the company that reflects the old company name. Please advise how I can have someone review the input. Thank you. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Cindy Comm Mgr (talkcontribs) 16:26, 18 June 2018 (UTC)

  • First, thank you for adhering to our COI policy. We appreciate it. Next, please read WP:EDITREQ, which we barely allude to on the WP:COI page, so it's very easy understand why you did not find it. SHORT ANSWER: place {{request edit}} in your section on that talk page. -Arch dude (talk) 17:46, 18 June 2018 (UTC)

Please update Jamiroquai album sales as they have sold a lot more than what you have on your website.

I am a massive Jamiroquai fan, and I enjoy reading your information on them being one of the best bands around. Unfortunately I have noticed quite a lot of your information on their record sales is not accurate. For example their album Dynamite is certified Platinum with sales of nearly 400, 000, and this is referenced on the BPI page. If you add that to the other data, and that does not include all the countries it sold well in we are talking of an album selling more than a million copies. You stated that the next album sold less than half of Dynamie. If that is the case how come Dynamite has sold nearly 400, 000 copies, and the BPII has certified it platinum. Plus they have sold more than 26 million records. More like over 30 million, and I have seen sources as far as 40 million. Your data on all their album sales is wrong even with their third album selling a lot more than 7 million records. I am not having a go as I know people edit it, and I think your whole team is wonderful, and will enjoy good karma for making a lot of people around the world happy. Your website is my favourite site to read data, and I spend so much time on there, and never get bored.. This year my finances are improving, and I will very shortly be making a donation. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:23, 18 June 2018 (UTC)

  • Hi there. I'm glad you like the place. Please feel free to simply edit the articles yourself. It is essential that you cite reliable sources for the information you add: see WP:RS. If you are not comfortable with editing an article, just add a new section on the article's talk page, making your edit suggestion and providing your source in any format you want, and add {{request edit}}. Someone will come along eventually and update the article. We would appreciate it if you edit the article yourself, though: we are all volunteers here and all of us made our first edit some time in the past, and if you make a mistake someone will come along and fix it. We need your participation at least as much as we need your money. -Arch dude (talk) 17:55, 18 June 2018 (UTC)

The Ataris Wikipedia Page

Having a problem with a band members information not showing up with in the Bands Wikipedia page.

Band Member that is missing from page is Guitar, Backing Vocals, Joseph Farriella. Band member from 2003 - 2006. Albums affiliated with are So Long Astoria, Live at the Metro and Spiderman 2 Soundtrack. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:14, 18 June 2018 (UTC)

Non-admins relisting AfD discussions

I am aware that if a non-admin user is experienced with AfDs/notability/consensus and stuff and is not involved with an AfD discussion, they may close the discussion if the decision is obviously to keep or if one of the speedy keep criterion applies. However, my question is, can a non-admin relist a discussion if it's been archived to WP:Articles for deletion/Old but there have been no responses yet? Or can only an admin do that?--SkyGazer 512 Oh no, what did I do this time? 20:27, 18 June 2018 (UTC)

How to add photo of the book to page?

How do I add a photo of my book to the Surfin' Guitars Instrumental Surf Bands of the Sixties page?

Robert Dalley — Preceding unsigned comment added by Thesurfraiders (talkcontribs) 21:20, 18 June 2018 (UTC)

You can start by reading WP:COI. Ian.thomson (talk) 21:27, 18 June 2018 (UTC)
  • You should also take a look at WP:USERNAME. Your name gives the appearance of being group name and the name of an organization, neither of which is allowed. -Arch dude (talk) 21:35, 18 June 2018 (UTC)

Paul Mark Urlovic

On my name someone has edited my name to Paul Mark Obama. It is not Obama it is URLOVIC. Can you edit this please and also find out who has changed my name .I do not appriate this kind of behavior. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:49, 18 June 2018 (UTC)

It was vandalism in this edit, which I have now reverted. The IP was warned for other vandalism the same day, and hasn't edited since. Thanks for letting us know. --David Biddulph (talk) 21:55, 18 June 2018 (UTC)

How to use information from this website without violating any copyrights?

Hey! A while ago I came across this website, which I found out to be a source that could be used to enhance the article Sierra Leone and Protectorate greatly. I was already aware of the serious copyright laws here in Wikipedia and therefore tried to use the text from the website, but while attempting to use the text here in Wikipedia in a way that it could not be considered copyrighted content. All of that contribution on this article was demolished. How can I use information from that website and use it on Wikipedia without it being considered copyrighted content, or is using any information from that website automatically considered copyrighted, no matter what? If someone who knows about this matter more than I could help me with building the article using that website as source while it's still accessible, it would be more than appreciated. I would merely love to see this become a strong article with lots of information from a credible source. Thank you! –Sullay (Let's talk about it) 23:21, 18 June 2018 (UTC)

Hi Sullay, I don't see any reason you can't use information from that website, so long as you write in your own words and provide a link showing where you got your information per Wikipedia's verifiability policy. Previously, info from this site was removed from Sierra Leone Colony and Protectorate for too closely paraphrasing the original content. See WP:PLAGIARISM and WP:CITE for more info. clpo13(talk) 23:31, 18 June 2018 (UTC)
  • As Clpo13 said, you can use the information. Information is not subject to copyright. Copyright protects "creative expression": that is, the way the words on that site are put together to convey the information. You must "use your own words" to creatively convey the information in your own way. Plagiarism has nothing to do with copyright law. Plagiarisn is copying without attribution: if you attribute, then you are not plagiarizing. If you re-use copyrighted creative material without a license, then you are violating copyright law, whether or not you attribute the source. In your case, we need to cite the source for verifiability, not to avoid plagiarism. -Arch dude (talk) 01:09, 19 June 2018 (UTC)

June 19

The Hues Corporation

Hello my name is Kenny James I was one of several lead vocalists of the recording group The Hues Corporation that had the 2 million selling song, Rock The Boat. While viewing the bio I realize that my name was not admitted as one of the members. I spoke to someone about a year ago who said they needed proof before anything could be edited.

Well I have several pieces of that and I would like to know what the next step for me should be to get the bio corrected.

Kenny James — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2600:8801:2B80:B00:CC5C:3837:5C7A:D2C8 (talk) 00:00, 19 June 2018 (UTC)

  • Since you have a conflict of interest (see WP:COI), you should not edit the article yourself. Instead, suggest the change in a new section on the article's talk page. and add the magic formula {{request edit}}. Make sure to provide links to reliable sources that verify the facts: see WP:RS. Links to reliable sources are the only acceptable form of proof. -Arch dude (talk) 00:53, 19 June 2018 (UTC)

Deleted Wikipedia article.

Hello! Yesterday, I created a Wikipedia article for Filipino singer 'Steven Paysu' but someone redirected it to 'Tawag ng Tanghalan (season 2)' Wikipedia article. Can I ask how to recreate a wikipedia article about Steven Paysu without redirecting it to its related Wikipedia article? Thank you.

  • HitroMilanese changed Steven Paysu to a redirect with the comment "not notable enough as per WP:BAND or WP:GNG". To have an article, the subject must be notable (WP:N). We have developed some specific guidelines about what constitutes notability for many types of article. In that editor's opinion, your subject does not meet the criteria in either WP:BAND or WP:GNG, so a standalone article is not appropriate. Please read those guidelines. If you disagree with the editor, amass some reliable sources (WP:RS) to make your case, and then work with that editor in the editor's talk page. If the two of you cannot reach consensus, come back here and we can provide additional guidance. Please start by assuming that both you and the other editor are trying to make Wikipedia better (WP:AGF). Failure to do this will almost certainly work against you. -Arch dude (talk) 01:29, 19 June 2018 (UTC)

What local language is English wikipeadia

I'm just wondering as sometimes I need to choose to use center ot centre and other wordls that change depending on what local version of english you use. Especially for template and pother pages that aren't releated to a region. — Preceding unsigned comment added by BrandonALF (talkcontribs) 01:25, 19 June 2018 (UTC)

  • Please see WP:ENGVAR. Basically, each new article starts in the variant of English chosen by the article's creator. Other editors are expected to continue to use that variant in that article, with very few exceptions. It's expected that a new article's creator will use the appropriate variant when an article is about a subject that is strongly associated with that variant. -Arch dude (talk) 01:33, 19 June 2018 (UTC)

Viewing diffs of all changes since last visit on watchlist

Is there a one-click way to view changes to pages on my watchlist since I last viewed them? The closest method I know of is to use the expanded watchlist, but I still want to view only the most recent change on my watchlist – what I'm looking for is a way to maintain this compact watchlist while still being able to view the cumulative changes (if there have been multiple edits) to articles on my watchlist as opposed to only the most recent diff. Mélencron (talk) 01:47, 19 June 2018 (UTC)

Popups are a nuisance

Wikipedia is the best web site ever. However, the popup upgrade while scrolling over anything in blue is an annoying nuisance. Kindly revert back.

Thanks and keep up the good work — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 02:49, 19 June 2018 (UTC)

  • If you create a login, you can disable this feature. The developers make the decision for the behaviour for users who are not logged in. -Arch dude (talk) 04:06, 19 June 2018 (UTC)
Unregistered users can disable it on a cogwheel in the popup. Registered users can also disable it at Special:Preferences#mw-prefsection-rendering. PrimeHunter (talk) 09:20, 19 June 2018 (UTC)

Notification for user link

Hi, Is there a way to get a notification if someone links to my user page? The same way you do if some links to a page you have created. Yesterday someone left some vulgar remarks about myself on a page and while it was removed, I only found out about it by accident as I happened to edit that particular page and I would like to avoid this in the future. Thanks Murchison-Eye (talk) 05:12, 19 June 2018 (UTC)

@Murchison-Eye: Hi. You will get a web notification when someone links to your user page if the “Mention” option is enabled in your preferences. I’m fairly certain this is enabled by default, but if it’s disabled for you, you can enable it by either tick box (or both of them). Ticking the “Web” box causes you to receive a notification on the Wikipedia website whenever somebody links to your userpage on any page or in an edit summary or mentions you using the Reply to template (aliases: {{ping}}, {{re}}, {{replyto}}, {{reply}}, and {{yo}}). If you tick the “Email” box, the email address connected to your Wikipedia account will get an email message whenever somebody links to your user page or mentions you.
You can read more about mentions and notifications on the Wikipedia:Notifications page. Interqwark talk contribs 05:19, 19 June 2018 (UTC)
Hi @Interqwark:, Thanks for your fast reposnse. That page does have the information I was after, however as per "if the mention is not on a completely new line with a new signature, no notification will be sent." It looks like if someone vandalises a page and links to your profile you will not get a notification because there will not be a "signature". Thanks for your help. Murchison-Eye (talk) 05:26, 19 June 2018 (UTC)
Yes, unfortunately, there is no way to get a notification if somebody links to your user page without inserting their signature in the same revision, as far as I’m aware. Interqwark talk contribs 05:27, 19 June 2018 (UTC)


I remeber there was a page where ask questions with a typical signature system. In the editing page you was not able to save before have signed. Am I right? I do not remeber where it is.Pierpao (talk) 14:41, 19 June 2018 (UTC)

I don't know of any such page. Or perhaps I have not understood your question. Perhaps you could tell us why you're looking for the page and we could understand your query better. Warmly, Lourdes 16:58, 19 June 2018 (UTC)

Male mallard ducks

Some male mallards are changing their plumage to brown like the female mallards, are they changing from male to female? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:28, 19 June 2018 (UTC)

No, it's called "eclipse plumage", and is common to all ducks, not just Mallards. DuncanHill (talk) 15:40, 19 June 2018 (UTC)

weird section and formatting previews

When I am editing now in a box suddenly there is an increase in font size around section titles proportionate to the number of =s I surround it with (which become a blue color) and if I italic or bold the apostrophes also become blue while the text within becomes italic or bold as appropriate.

Admittedly this is pretty neat and I could get used to it, but I don't remember changing any settings and would like to know if it is possible to remove this feature somehow in case I can't get used to it. Did I possibly misclick somewhere or was this enabled as a new default? It appears tildes (~s) also go blue... ScratchMarshall (talk) 17:25, 19 June 2018 (UTC)

Unable to change map at Glenborrodale

Hi I'm unable to change the map on the is article. I can't why it is not changing. Any ideas? It should be Scotland Argyll and Bute, but for some staying as Highland. Take a look at this Bruan. It should be a smaller like that. I have been adding references, images and other stuff to List of places in Highland, including updating the maps, and all of them no problem. Thanks. scope_creep (talk) 19:26, 19 June 2018 (UTC)

Figured it out. Thanks. scope_creep (talk) 20:01, 19 June 2018 (UTC)