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December 10

Albert Kitson, 2nd Baron Airedale

There is a sentence in a blue block further down on this page. please fix if able. Thanks

Done. MB 02:09, 10 December 2018 (UTC)

Promotional image use?

I was on the article Rosemary (wrestler) and saw that on the talk a user requested an updated photo. I looked through my pictures and none are really the best option. However I have in my possession a promotional image from an event where it was distributed. I read the promotional image essay and reviewed the fair use policy, but I’m still not sure if it is possible or preferable to use the image on Wikipedia. To be clear there is a free image on the article, but it doesn’t appropriately represent the current character. Thanks for the help. Sephiroth storm (talk) 02:16, 10 December 2018 (UTC)

Hi @Sephiroth storm: Normally free image/media is preferred above any non free, this is true across all Wikimedia projects. In some cases, like logos and people who are long dead (and finding free image is not really easy) a non free file can be accepted on Wikipedia, but even then non free images of people who are still alive is treated differently. Per policy you cannot use non-free image of a living person except with few exceptions which really don't apply in this case. Since the subject is still alive it's expected to one day get their free file. So I would advise to stick with the current image or remove it if you feel it does more harm than good. Ammarpad (talk) 08:54, 10 December 2018 (UTC)
Sounds good, thanks. Sephiroth storm (talk) 19:57, 10 December 2018 (UTC)

Cathy Haase page edits--error showing

I added some information to my own biography and now it is citing an error. I would like to know how to clear up the problem and if necessary revert it back to what it was before. It is my first time editing and I think i must have done something wrong that caused these errors to occur. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Katarina Kaninchen (talkcontribs) 05:22, 10 December 2018 (UTC)

You should not be editing your own (claimed) article, due to conflict of interest. That being said, I have good news and bad news. The good news is that the errors have been easily fixed. The bad news is that I've nominated the article for deletion. Clarityfiend (talk) 06:03, 10 December 2018 (UTC)

Good faith (but low quality) edit identified as vandalism.

Hi, I noticed that this edit by User_talk:Scorpion Navil has been flagged as vandalism and a message put in the user's talk page. Looking at the edit I am certain that it is not vandalism, and am worried that this automated response might put the very new editor off wiki editing. However I am not sure that the edit adds very much useful. Despite this I think the right course would be for it to be reverted so that manual editors could decide whether it can be improved or removed. I think I have reported this to ClueBot NG but the interface is not clear. Am I doning the right things? -- Q Chris (talk) 09:37, 10 December 2018 (UTC)

Yeah, that's false positive, it's bound to happen here and there. But know that ClueBot NG (talk · contribs) is great bot that does excellent work in reverting vandalism 24/7 and has very low false positive rate. Part of the reasons it removed the edit has to do with the age of the account. The edit was made two minutes after the creation of the account and that is the only edit of the user, all these helped in scoring the possibility of the edit being vandalism. Had the user restored the edit the bot wouldn't revert them. You can report false positive at: WP:CBFPAmmarpad (talk) 14:04, 10 December 2018 (UTC)

Where Are Mobile Article Subtitles Stored?

I noticed that some pages such as Handball have "title descriptions", as the Wikipedia app calls them, that aren't very helpful, for example Handball's is "Ballgame-team sport", presumably a joke by an editor. These title descriptions appear when searching for articles and under the article titles on the mobile app. I can't seem to find "Ballgame-team sport" anywhere in the articles source when I go to edit it, so I was curious if anyone knew where title descriptions are kept so I can edit them if future circumstances require. —The Editor's Apprentice (TalkEdits) 16:09, 10 December 2018 (UTC)

That's the corresponding Wikidata entry. In the desktop interface, click on "Wikidata item" in the left-hand menu. Rojomoke (talk) 16:19, 10 December 2018 (UTC)
Awesome, thank you! —The Editor's Apprentice (TalkEdits) 22:12, 10 December 2018 (UTC)
To over-ride the Wikidata description, see WP:Short description. --David Biddulph (talk) 23:09, 10 December 2018 (UTC)

Article created in the wrong wiki

Hey team, Opryland Hotel und Kongresszentrum was created in en wiki and should have been created in de wiki. How to correct? UnitedStatesian (talk) 17:48, 10 December 2018 (UTC)

Put an import request in de:Wikipedia:Importwünsche I believe. Jo-Jo Eumerus (talk, contributions) 19:16, 10 December 2018 (UTC)

Name suppression? (NZ murder trial)

A man being prosecuted in New Zealand for the murder of British tourist Grace Millane has been granted name suppression by the NZ courts; however his name has been widely published by newspapers in Britain, where the NZ court order does not apply, and inevitably his name has been added to the WP article. New Zealand police have issued warnings that any NZ resident who publishes the man's name is liable to be prosecuted for breaching name suppression. What is Wikipedia's policy in such cases? --Plinuckment (talk) 22:50, 10 December 2018 (UTC)

The general policy is that this site is subject to US law, and individuals are subject to whatever laws they're subject to. Though in some previous cases names have been suppressed because of foreign court orders, this is exceedingly rare and probably wouldn't apply here. There are a number of templates listed here which can be used on talk pages. I see there isn't a NZ template, but feel free to create an appropriate message based on the existing templates. Another relevant policy of course is WP:BLPCRIME, but that's no guarantee that a name should be excluded. -- zzuuzz (talk) 23:03, 10 December 2018 (UTC)
OK, I've created an NZ sub judice template and added it to the article's Talk page. --Plinuckment (talk) 23:47, 10 December 2018 (UTC)

December 11

Unable to donate to Wikipedia

I tried to respond to your request for donations, however was unable make a donation. My address is; [redacted]

thank you, John Bushnell — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:50, 11 December 2018 (UTC)

You may use one of the methods listed on this page (clickable link) to make a donation to the Foundation, the entity that enables Wikipedia to operate. 331dot (talk) 00:57, 11 December 2018 (UTC)

Controversial Content

I have come across an article which contains poorly referenced, discriminatory opinions, which are presented as facts. Do we have a policy for resolving articles of such a nature to remove offensive content at least untill a rewritten version with a neutral point of view can be reinstated (I don't want to take the task on of rewritting it myself)?

Note: Another user has already raised the above issue on the talk page on 2010, but there has been no resposne. (talk) 04:25, 11 December 2018 (UTC)

You are talking about Fear of children I assume. Yes well it's a tough article because apparently "pedophobia" is a term with two distinct meanings; just as "homophobia" could mean "fear of humans" or "dislike/hatred of gay people" (but for practical purposes the latter definition has crowded out the former), so "pedophobia" can mean a condition where the actual physical presence of children makes one actually anxious, but according to the article it is (now) mainly a polemic word used to describe some kind of loathsome oldthink or something. OK you have valid concerns so I'll engage there, colleagues welcome. Herostratus (talk) 07:35, 11 December 2018 (UTC)

how to correct erroneous crosslinks between different language versions ?

How do the language version links get created? Is this an automated AI process carried out by bots? Or are they entirely user-generated?

I've found a wrong interconnection and would like to correct it. How can I do that?

Case in point:
[] --> links to --> []
[] --> links to --> [] (but should link back to "working hypothesis")

How is this even possible ??
I thought these links are reciprocal, meaning that if A links to B, B would automatically link back to A ? --boarders paradise (talk) 07:15, 11 December 2018 (UTC)

Boardersparadise, de:Arbeitshypothese is a redirect to de:Hypothese which is correctly linked to Hypothesis. So it seems the interlanguage link at de:Arbeitshypothese is "bypassed" due to the redirect. Roger (Dodger67) (talk) 07:25, 11 December 2018 (UTC)
@Boardersparadise: de:Arbeitshypothese (without following the redirect) does link back to Working hypothesis. Interlanguage links are usually made at Wikidata which can only make reciprocal links. Click "Wikidata item" under "Tools" in the left pane to see the Wikidata links. It's possible to override these with code in the articles but this has not been done here. See more at Help:Interlanguage links. PrimeHunter (talk) 09:44, 11 December 2018 (UTC)

Wikipedia provide wrong information

In hiwarkhed ta.telhara dist akola provide wrong information of whole village — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 09:01, 11 December 2018 (UTC)

I assume this is about Hiwarkhed. Could you please tell us which information is wrong, and, if possible, provide a reference? Normally, discussion about content should go on the talk page of the article. Dbfirs 09:05, 11 December 2018 (UTC)

Help:Cite errors/Cite error ref no input trying to correct omissions from consecutive 40 home run seasons

— Preceding unsigned comment added by Quintuplebypass (talk • contribs) }

@Quintuplebypass: Your only change in [1] was to add <ref></ref>, probably by clicking an icon which adds it. I have reverted your edit. PrimeHunter (talk) 19:01, 11 December 2018 (UTC)

Use of text from doctoral thesis?

I have recently finished writing a long PhD thesis and I am wondering whether it would be advisable to reuse parts of the introduction for wikipedia (the rest of the text is likely too academic and specific to be of encyclopedic relevance). In the grand scheme of things, I consider this a good idea, but I am not sure whether this would bring up any copyright issues. Formally, my thesis is published as cc by nd nc. Do you have any thoughts on this? --Foreade (talk) 19:22, 11 December 2018 (UTC)

I'll only mention the copyright aspects, and not get into whether it's a good idea to put material you wrote in another publication on Wikipedia.
You should inform yourself the exact sequence of copyright licenses. You wrote it, so chances are, it was yours to begin with. But it's possible you had a student job at the university, and it's considered a work made in the course of your employment, or a work made for hire, in which case the university owned the copyright right from the beginning. Even if the copyright was originally yours, you might have had to transfer it to the university or to the publisher of the thesis.
If you still hold the copyright, you could grant a new licence, whatever Wikipedia is currently using, which would operate in parallel with the cc by nd nc license you mentioned. But if you don't hold the copyright anymore, you can't grant a new license. Jc3s5h (talk) 19:50, 11 December 2018 (UTC)
Foreade Congrats for your PhD thesis. A related policy in this case would be WP:SELFPUBLISH, which states, "Self-published expert sources may be considered reliable when produced by an established expert on the subject matter, whose work in the relevant field has previously been published by reliable third-party publications", WP:ABOUTSELF, "Self-published and questionable sources may be used as sources of information about themselves" if they comply with some conditions. If someone else uses your thesis as a source, that may be acceptable, per WP:SCHOLARSHIP. If your thesis is used, care should be exercised so as not to infringe WP:NPOV and WP:PROMO. Thinker78 (talk) 19:54, 11 December 2018 (UTC)
Foreade Copyright issues aside, the first step is to defend your dissertation and get it approved, so the material and quality of scholarship is validated by a knowledgeable third party. Otherwise, it's still WP:OR - original research. Then, it should be published, so it is accessible to others, for citing. It can then be used as a source for information posted on Wikipedia. Generally it would be useful to contribute information to the main article or articles about your field of research. Hope this helps. TimTempleton (talk) (cont) 23:09, 11 December 2018 (UTC)
Thanks for the input! First, let me address the copyright issue. At my home university, theses are published as creative commons upon request of the author. While the main body of scientific work appeared in a number of scholarly articles ( (i) likely too narrow to be relevant for wikipedia and (ii) subject to conceivable copyright issues), I was specifically wondering whether the introduction with its review character might be useful. Second, my thesis is already approved and published. Overall, I am bringing this up because copying whole sections from the introduction would feel somewhat strange, even though similar arrangements already exist (for instance the topic page review in PLOS Computational Biology).
Lastly regarding transparency: I feel that it would be best to do such edits under my real name. Would you agree? --Foreade (talk) 16:25, 12 December 2018 (UTC)
If you want to cite the thesis, the license of the thesis (cc by nd nc) means no commercial use and no derivative works. The license applicable to material written by Wikipedia editors is stated on the panel where you compose your edit: "By publishing changes, you agree to the Terms of Use, and you irrevocably agree to release your contribution under the CC BY-SA 3.0 License and the GFDL." This is a broader license.
This means that the amount of material quoted from the thesis must be short enough to qualify as fair use. In theory, if you still hold copyright to the thesis, you could use as much as you want and license it however you want, but if you try to do that while also citing the published thesis, it would be too complicated to explain the license situation to readers. Jc3s5h (talk) 17:04, 12 December 2018 (UTC)

Should i translate articles from finnish Wikipedia?

I am finnish Wikipedia editor and i have en-3 so should i translate articles from finnish Wikipedia i understand finnish language and it would be easy maybe to translate and i made article few minute ago you can see it here. --AkselHelp (talk) 21:28, 11 December 2018 (UTC)

Thank you for your interest in improving the English Wikipedia. I looked at the Nurmijärvi (lake) article you translated and since there's so little information in the article, it would be better to put that information in the Nurmijärvi article, and have a redirect instead. TimTempleton (talk) (cont) 22:58, 11 December 2018 (UTC)
Hey AkselHelp. The short answer is "definitely YES". The long answer is that Wikipedia articles may vary greatly in their quality, and so you kindof have to appraise the quality of an article before you set to work translating it. For smaller language projects, usually the major articles that the English Wikipedia is missing have to do with places in the home country/region, and people from the home country/region. So if you're looking to start, that might be a good place. You might also look at Category:Articles needing translation from Finnish Wikipedia, which has about 400 articles where editors have requested that content from the Finnish Wikipedia be added to the English article. GMGtalk 23:09, 11 December 2018 (UTC)

December 12

Reza kaihani

File:Reza Kaihani


Hamid Reza Kaihani (Ryan kaihani)is a Musician,Composer-Multi_instrumentalist andTeacher.

Experienced Music Teacher,Composer and Leader of his Bands and others with a demonstrated history of working in many different genres of the music industry.

Skilled in Music Band Arranging and Composing,Teaching ,Writing Lyrics and Playing Electric Guitars,Bass,Organ, Percussion,Drums,Recorder Flute,Vocals,Bkj,,,mm.acking Vicals,Synth ,Piano and music software programming in many genres specially in American Blues and Classic Rock Music,Ethnomusicology, 20th-century music history.

He was born in Tehran,Iran and was a self-training in music.His main instrument is electric guitar and he got influenced by Many blues artists like T-Bone Walker, B.B.King and Albert King.Rock artists like Eric Clapton,J.J.Cale,David Gilmour and Mark knopfler.In Jazz and Ballads artist like Chat Baker,Billie Holiday,Modern Jazz Quartet and etc.

His first part of his career started from 1998 to 2006 that he released his own band (Cosmic Rays)as a leader, singer,electric guitarist and sometimes bassist,organist and etc.He also made the songs and write his own lyrics in English or using persian classic poets like Molavi.

On the other side of tge coin,he made music and play the instruments (drums,percussion,recorder flute,piano and music software programming were added step by step) for other singers in Tehran and Karaj(Avapendar Studio).

After 2006 he diverted his classic rock to modern rock for several years and back to much more blusey tunes.

The genres of Reza Kaihani are (Blues,Progressive,Classic,Alternative,Indie,pop) Rock,Eastern Spritual,Some Folks and World, Electronics, Singer_Songwriter,Movies Soundtrack and Children songs.

He also have a Professional history in Flight Simulator as a Flight Dispatcher and B744,B767,B737,B777 Flight Instruments Programmer.

Education:Computer Software, English, Music

Iran Informatic Higher Education Institute

Computer Enginnering Tehran-Shomal Azad University (IAU)

The National Institute Of English in Tehran

Ghotb Ravandi Higher Education Institute Of Foreign Languages

Flyuk Virtual Airline Advance Training Aiation Courses

International Virtual Aviation Organisation(Ivao )

Personal Development Training Courses such as Advance Musicology,Ethnomusicology,20th-century classical music history,Music Genres and sub-Genres.

Self-development Training Institute in psychology,Anthropology and Musical Culture(specially from Bebop and Beat to Hippy and Glam,Punk and post -punk up to Alternative and Independent sub-Genres).







[] (Official)




Hi LynxTufts‬ and the other supervisors

I'm an Iranian musicion(Composer,Singer-songwriter and Multi-instrumentalist).

Because of our government laws in Iran,I couldnt share my songs in the internet in the past.

''''Now I just want to add my bio in wickipedia which is the only website with no information of my mine.'''''''Bold text

I have many songs in youtube,Google Plus, Soundcloud and facebook.

I dont have any personal website.

Thank you all for your support.

Reza kaihani

Ukv1239 - Thanks you for your interest in Wikipedia. Please visit Wikipedia:Notability#General notability guideline. This will give you information about the independent third party sourcing that would be required to have an article about you on Wikipedia. I will have to caution you that the notability bar is high. If you feel you have sufficient coverage of yourself to demonstrate notability, the next step would be to visit Wikipedia:Articles for creation (AfC), to see how to find editing help. Also important is Wikipedia:Conflict of interest, should you have difficulty with AfC. TimTempleton (talk) (cont) 01:37, 12 December 2018 (UTC)

i have already donated i do not want to be asked again to donate

i have already donated i do not want to be asked again to donate — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:34, 12 December 2018 (UTC)

The donation ad is not a private message to you, it's a billboard for everyone to see. Ian.thomson (talk) 01:36, 12 December 2018 (UTC)
The system has no way of knowing who has donated, especially with anonymous IP addresses that might be used by many editors, but if you create an account then you can switch off the message. Dbfirs 07:27, 12 December 2018 (UTC)

Shanghai People's Congress

The Chinese link in the Shanghai People's Congress is not the Chinese article of the Shanghai People's Congress, but another article. I don't know how change it, so I need help. --Komitsuki (talk) 07:28, 12 December 2018 (UTC)

 Done Lourdes 11:10, 12 December 2018 (UTC)

Account issue

Yes Please my account not usage and not responded wiki My Account — Preceding unsigned comment added by Lyaamalya (talk • contribs) 07:49, 12 December 2018 (UTC)

If you are not able to login, please read Help:Logging in#Login issues and problems and follow the relevant procedure to login. Thanks, Lourdes 11:10, 12 December 2018 (UTC)

Trying to correct wrong information

When I tried to edit the [] page on the incorrect statement that Catapla was known as "Catawba" I received an email from Babymissfortune stating that my edit was not constructive. I believe my edit was indeed constructive in that the misidentification of the Catalpa tree only leads to confusion. — Preceding unsigned comment added by SnuffyG (talkcontribs) 07:50, 12 December 2018 (UTC)

The message was generated automatically, so please don't take it too seriously. Your edit would have been constructive if you had provided a reference saying that the association was an error. If you can find a WP:Reliable source saying that Catawba is an error, then please repeat your edit. If not, then perhaps you need to accept common usage if others use that term in error. Dbfirs 08:08, 12 December 2018 (UTC)

Header at Wikipedia:Bureaucrats

I've amended the header (Wikipedia:Bureaucrats/Header) to be more informative for visitors, but it's having the effect of making the body text start below all the header material. Someone less ham-fisted than me is very welcome to fix the error I've introduced! With grateful thanks, --Dweller (talk) Become old fashioned! 12:16, 12 December 2018 (UTC)

@Dweller: Better now? -- John of Reading (talk) 12:25, 12 December 2018 (UTC)
John of Reading, wow, that was fast. Yes, thank you. As ever, I apologise for my appalling lack of wikimarkup skills. --Dweller (talk) Become old fashioned! 12:27, 12 December 2018 (UTC)

What if i can't use "feet"

If I write an article in English on Wikipedia and there is a place to write for example length and i mean with that in USA and maybe in the UK they're using feet as length unit and i have learned to use meters so do i have to learn use feet or do i just use meter as length unit? --AkselHelp (talk) 14:56, 12 December 2018 (UTC)

@AkselHelp: See if {{Convert}} will help you to convert units. For example {{convert|123|ft|m|1}} displays 123 feet (37.5 m) – the last parameter '1' causes rounding the result to one decimal digit. Similar conversion in opposite direction: {{convert|7.5|m|ft|1}}7.5 metres (24.6 ft). --CiaPan (talk) 15:09, 12 December 2018 (UTC)

spelling "Ageing"

There are 18 items in [[Category:Ageing]], and even if I had the right tool to make it match the rest of the "Aging" spellings, I think that this level of correction, involving Category and Article items, should come from an Admin or someone experienced with "the right tool ." Pi314m (talk) 15:39, 12 December 2018 (UTC)

@Pi314m: "Ageing" is the standard British spelling for this word, not a mistake. Please do not make changes from one variety of English to another without good reason. See MOS:ENGVAR. RGloucester 15:43, 12 December 2018 (UTC)
Thanks. Pi314m (talk) 07:34, 13 December 2018 (UTC)

New article


I wrote a page on my sandbox about someone who is of public interest, when will that article be visible to the public and can be sourced through browsers like google etc... — Preceding unsigned comment added by DennisWilliams09 (talkcontribs) 19:01, 12 December 2018 (UTC)

@DennisWilliams09: Sandboxes are not indexed by search engines; for it to be, your article needs to be formally placed in the encyclopedia. However, your draft is completely unsourced and would not be accepted. Successfully creating an article is one of the hardest things to do on Wikipedia. I would suggest that you first use the new user tutorial and read Your First Article. Then you can use Articles for Creation to submit a draft for review. You should also read WP:BAND, the notability guidelines for musicians. 331dot (talk) 19:09, 12 December 2018 (UTC)

Editing Question

I made some edits to the Nazareth Academy (Elementary) page [2], and the formatting for the Infobox got messed up. Can you tell me how to fix it? Thank you.

Thank you, Laurie Plyem Nazareth Elementary Lplyem (talk) 20:16, 12 December 2018 (UTC)

Hi, @Lplyem: I fixed it. It was caused by unclosed pair of square brackets . –Ammarpad (talk) 20:51, 12 December 2018 (UTC)


I donated $16 to Wikipedia about 3 weeks ago when prompted to donate. Why does the donation request keep coming up on my phone when I use wiki pages? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:08, 12 December 2018 (UTC)

Wikipedia has no way of knowing if you donated to the Wikimedia Foundation or not, because anyone could be using your IP address. Furthermore, as you do not use an account to edit, you cannot prevent those notices from coming up. If you register an account, you can turn off those notices. 331dot (talk) 22:11, 12 December 2018 (UTC)

Blanca Aljibes page request


My name is Carlos Ramirez, I'm Blanca Aljibes' Manager. She is a Venezuelan model with a HUGE professional background. She participated on Miss Venezuela beauty pageant in 2011, she's currently based in Miami and she's growing his professional career with big fashion shows including the New York Fashion Week.

We wanted to create her page on Wikipedia but it was deleted a couple of times! Is there any way you can help us out? All the models that were in Miss Venezuela beauty pageant have their own page, Blanca shouldn't be an exception.

Thank you in advance!

Carlos Ramirez Manager UMT Model Agency — Preceding unsigned comment added by Carlosdaru (talkcontribs) 23:00, 12 December 2018 (UTC)

@Carlosdaru: I've left some instructions on your user talk page. Something you need to understand is that Wikipedia is not a directory where people are entitled to pages. If we had an article about her, neither you, her, nor anyone else connected to her would own the page -- it is Wikipedia's page. As her manager, you have a conflict of interest which you must disclose on your user page. That said, it is possible to create an article if you follow the instructions I left on your user talk page. If you make a draft that is accepted as an article, you should not edit it further but must make edit requests on the article's talk page. Ian.thomson (talk) 23:05, 12 December 2018 (UTC)

December 13

correcting info on a wiki page

I'm looking to work on a Wiki article about a certain chemical compound. The article states that "...research into its use has been of poor quality." In fact I have found numerous excellent peer-reviewed studies on this substance and have other knowledge that would be helpful to readers - for all of which I can cite references.

The phrase I just quoted lies in the opening general section of the page; there is no section labeled "Research" (or similar title). My instinct tells me to correct the phrase where it lies, citing the studies as references. Would this be correct and/or should I create a new heading and describe them briefly, with footnotes?

Any guidance appreciated. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Grasswaskindawet (talk • contribs) 02:38, 13 December 2018 (UTC)

@Grasswaskindawet: If it's unsupported by a citation to a reliable source, just remove it. As a separate issue, if you feel that a "research" section will improve the article, please feel free to add it, with citations. If you feel that this addition then merits a mention in the lead, feel free to add that, too. That would be a matter of editorial judgement, and you are the editor who can make the judgement. -Arch dude (talk) 04:47, 13 December 2018 (UTC)

Asking for donations

I just made my annual donation to you last month and every time I go on to Wikipedia you ask me for a donation as though I never donated. I’m sick of it. Please stop. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 02:49, 13 December 2018 (UTC)

The ads are not personal messages directed to you but a billboard that comes up on all site visitors. Ian.thomson (talk) 02:58, 13 December 2018 (UTC)

How to protect page from unauthorized edit

We have our institute page at []. we need to protect from unauthorized edit — Preceding unsigned comment added by NIFTEM (talkcontribs) 05:32, 13 December 2018 (UTC)

Account blocked as a spam user name making promotional edits and seeking ownership. Article deleted as obvious promo, also entirely unsourced apart from two links to NIFTEM, so can't meet current notability guidelines. Jimfbleak - talk to me? 06:27, 13 December 2018 (UTC)


Is it possible to add a citation to any Wikipedia page ?

If I add citations to Wikipedia pages will they be deleted ?

How can I prevent my citations from being deleted from any Wikipedia page ?

Thank you for your help

Regards, Archaeologist02 (talk) 09:39, 13 December 2018 (UTC) Archaeologist02

@Archaeologist02: You are welcome to edit any article that you are able to. Citations need to be to a reliable source. For information on adding citations to an article, please click the link WP:CITE. 331dot (talk) 10:07, 13 December 2018 (UTC)

How to edit a page title

Hi there,

My school's wikipedia page title still refers to the old school name.

Could you please let me know how to edit this name?

Thanks, — Preceding unsigned comment added by CA 2018 (talkcontribs) 10:07, 13 December 2018 (UTC)

I've moved the article to the new name, International School of Hellerup, leaving a redirect from the old name. Can you improve the referencing by finding independent WP:Reliable sources in which the school has been written about? Dbfirs 11:51, 13 December 2018 (UTC)

Inserting Footnotes

Okay, I've been editing Wikipedia since 2010 and have contributed to 2,000 articles -- but I remain a technological retard. So, this is a question about footnotes. I have tried to use shortened footnotes and templates many times and have found them unworkable or cumbersome. So I create footnotes by hand: for example: [1] When I use the same book as a reference a second time, I write [2]

Is there anything wrong with my technique of creating footnotes? I notice that other editors sometimes change my footnotes into a different style. I can't think of any reason to do that except that it saves a bit of space in the footnote section of an article. In my opinion, a much worse consequence of using footnote templates is causing an editor to have to search an article for a few words of text hidden amongst a blizzard of unintelligible template bytes. The use of templates, as opposed to my method of creating footnotes, makes an article longer--not shorter--and to my mind more difficult to edit.

In other words, I like my style of doing footnotes -- and I don't like other ways of doing footnotes. I'm (somewhat) open to being persuaded that I am committing a crime against humanity by using my primitive methods. Should I complain when another editor changes my footnotes into a different format? Smallchief (talk) 11:38, 13 December 2018 (UTC)


  1. ^ Smith, John (1975), Balderdash, Cambridge: University of Harvard Press, p. 2
  2. ^ Smith, p. 3.
Greetings Smallchief. As you will see if you take a look at this guidance, the basic principle is to keep citation style consistent within any one article, so as not to risk confusing the reader by mixing different systems. Editors vary in their preferred styles and Wikipedia does not attempt to impose any one system: it's normally the creator of the article who gets to pick the citation style for that article.
The difficulty in editing in wikitext where full references are embedded in the text is well recognised. Some alleviation is possible using syntax highlighting; this distinguishes the references and other markup using a pale coloured background. Which of the options works best depends on your web browser. Hope this helps: Noyster (talk), 13:24, 13 December 2018 (UTC)
Very helpful, Thank you. Particularly helpful is the info on using WP:HILITE. That will ease some of my irritation at having to wade through wikitext. And I'm glad to know that my style of inserting footnotes is not frowned upon by wikipedia. Smallchief (talk) 13:56, 13 December 2018 (UTC)

Archiving my talk page

How do I get Sigmabot to archive my talk page? I've seen it happen on many other users' talk pages, but I don't know how to apply it to my own. I would like to archive my talk page every ten sections. Help me please. Anonymuss User (talk) 14:52, 13 December 2018 (UTC)

@Anonymuss User: Read the how-to guide: User:Lowercase_sigmabot_III/Archive_HowTo. If you're unable to set it, you can ask here again for someone to set it for you.–Ammarpad (talk) 17:18, 13 December 2018 (UTC)

Article declined


I don't understand why you had declined my article about everis in english.

Thank you in advance

Best regards, Carolina — Preceding unsigned comment added by Carolina Gomez Apache (talkcontribs) 15:13, 13 December 2018 (UTC)

What you posted was an advertisement, full of garbage like, "provides business solutions to drive digital transformation through disruptive technologies", and sourced to unreliable sources such as the subject's own website. What is your connection to the company? --Orange Mike | Talk 16:04, 13 December 2018 (UTC)
Hey, It looks to me like the draft is full of small errors, as well as using almost no wiki markup. Look at some other articles for a good example. I.E. Infoboxes, Proper links. In addition, It seems to violate POV by providing a very "We are great" portrayal. What is your relation to the company? Have fun! WelpThatWorked (talk) 16:50, 13 December 2018 (UTC)

Dispute about toyota land cruiser (read the page history)

[3] The big edits were made by unregistered IPs, interesting. (Not sure where to put this to be honest) Anonymuss User (talk) 15:27, 13 December 2018 (UTC)

Italian Ministry of Education: is Liceo Scientifico Statale Paolio Lioy vicenza Italy 36100 a accredited school. Can I receive a letter Accredition from that school?

My son is attending high school at Liceo Scientifico Statale Paolio Lioy vicenza Italy 36100

He is half American and Half Italian. 

Please assist. I desparately need you to confirm if the school is accredited by the Universities of America.

Thanks early

Derrick Owens [email protected] — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2601:4A:C000:6BA:5890:A01B:DEC5:A514 (talk) 17:16, 13 December 2018 (UTC)

Hey, First off this kind of question is for the reference desk, not here. This is for help Editing wikipedia. I am having trouble finding the school you named. Does it have a website? — Preceding unsigned comment added by WelpThatWorked (talkcontribs) 17:53, 13 December 2018 (UTC)