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May 17[edit]

Delete account[edit]

How do I delete my account — Preceding unsigned comment added by Wondaphy Toews (talkcontribs)

Accounts can't be deleted, but you can simply stop using it: Wikipedia:FAQ#How do I change my username/delete my account? – Finnusertop (talkcontribs) 00:46, 17 May 2019 (UTC)

Publishing Page after deletion/editing[edit]

Morning all,

so I got the page Draft: Tranched Value Security deleted for copyright infringements. I edited it with no copyright infringements and added commons media, etc. How to re-publish again? or shall I have a new entry? I am sorry if this has been answered elsewhere. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Int3l (talk)

I see that you have already created a new draft, but it contains not a single in-line reference. Please read WP:Referencing for beginners to see how to add references for each statement in the article. Dbfirs 05:45, 17 May 2019 (UTC)
Please also read Notability carefully, Int31. Wikipedia is basically not interested in what the subject, or people closely associated with a subject, say about it. In order for it to be possible to write an article, there must be substantial published material by people who have no connection with the subject, and the article should be mostly based on that independent material. At present, all your references are from Zvezdin (and two of them from a blog, which is not usually regarded as a reliable source). I suspect this is a case of TOOSOON. If you continue with this draft without verifying that the subject is notabe, you may be wasting your time (and that of anybody who reviews the draft). --ColinFine (talk) 11:51, 17 May 2019 (UTC)

Uploading my picture...and some of my music...if allowed.[edit]

I don't know how to upload a picture of myself to add to my bio here. Also, if permitted, I'd like to upload some of my music...but only if allowed. Please advise and thanks in advance,

Rick — Preceding unsigned comment added by Da BlueRickster (talkcontribs) Da BlueRickster (talkcontribs) has made few or no other edits outside this topic.

Da BlueRickster Thanks for asking. I see your user page got deleted today, on the grounds that it's not the purpose of Wikipedia to enable people to advertise themselves or their work. There doesn't appear to be a Wikipedia article (quite different to a user page) about anyone of that name. If you are what in Wikipedia is considered as "notable" then an article could be included, but we would not recommend you to try this yourself (please see this guidance): Bhunacat10 (talk), 15:15, 17 May 2019 (UTC)
I'm sorry, but Wikipedia is not a forum to share/upload music. You seem to be mistaking Wikipedia for social media; Wikipedia is an encyclopedia that summarizes what independent reliable sources state about article subjects that meet our special definition of notability(for musicians, WP:BAND). Wikipedia has no interest in what an article subject wants to say about itself. As noted above, you edited your user page, which is not article space. 331dot (talk) 15:18, 17 May 2019 (UTC)

Wikipedia and Safari[edit]

I have a recent problem with Wikipedia using Safari on my Mac book, my preferences are not viewable and my afc and Twinkle tools are not appearing, I've tried clearing cache and re-starting, every thing works fine on my iMac using Chrome or Firefox. Any suggestions as to what to try? Theroadislong (talk) 17:54, 17 May 2019 (UTC)

Ok they are back now, I cleared cache closed Safari, restarted laptop and the tools are back again. Theroadislong (talk) 18:52, 17 May 2019 (UTC)

James Averdieck[edit]


I would like to change my wiki personal profile urgently -

I am no longer married to Annie Averdieck and would like it updated to my new wife Charlotte Averdieck.

How do I have this edited as this is the 4th time I have requested this now?

Regards James Averdieck — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs)

This may or may be the same person as User:Javerdieck 1165, who also claimed to be James Averdieck. --Orange Mike | Talk 19:56, 17 May 2019 (UTC)
There are no such things as "wiki personal profiles". There is an encyclopedia article in the English-language version of Wikipedia, James Averdieck, which is about a businessman. If any information in that article is incorrect or outdated, a request to change it can be made on the talk page of that article: Talk:James Averdieck. Changes to articles must be backed up by published information from reliable sources. We have no idea whether you, IP user, and/or User:Javerdieck 1165, are actually James Averdieck, the subject of the article in question; anybody can claim to be anybody on the internet. I could claim to be James Averdieck (or Boris Johnson, or Rachel Johnson, or Nigel Farage, or half a kilo of a nice not-too-runny Camembert); that doesn't make it so.
In all seriousness, make your request on the talk page of the article, and provide a good solid published source for the change. But this is not urgent; we have no deadlines here. --Orange Mike | Talk 20:09, 17 May 2019 (UTC)

Our company rebranded and changed their name, how can we get the page to change how it is listed?[edit]

We changed our name from TenCate Advanced Composites to Toray Advanced Composites. Almost the entire page has been updated except for the main page title. How does this get changed? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Johannabeckmen (talkcontribs)

These sources seem adequate to justify the page move: , . I will move the page accordingly. -- The Anome (talk) 18:35, 17 May 2019 (UTC)

Need to know where to split paragraph[edit]

Particularly this paragraph, which seems too long, from the synopsis of The Star Chamber (links and names of actors removed):

"Judge Steven Hardin is an idealistic Los Angeles jurist who gets frustrated when the technicalities of the law prevent the prosecution of a man who was charged with numerous murders of elderly women for their welfare money after their checks were cashed and two other men who are accused of raping and killing an eight-year old boy as part of a suspected child pornography ring. The latter two were driving slowly late at night and attracted the suspicion of two police officers, who thought the van's occupants might be burglars. After checking the license plate for violations, the policemen pulled them over for expired paperwork, claimed to have smelled marijuana, then saw a bloody shoe inside the van. However, the paperwork was actually submitted on time (it was merely processed late), meaning the police had no reason to pull over the van and Hardin has no choice (see fruit of the poisonous tree) but to exclude any subsequently discovered evidence, i.e. the bloody shoe. Hardin is even more distraught when the father of the boy attempts to shoot the criminals in court but misses and shoots one of the arresting officers instead. Subsequently, the father commits suicide while in jail only after he informs Hardin that another boy has been discovered raped and murdered and tells him "This one is on you, your Honor. That boy would be alive if you hadn't let those men go." After hearing all this, Judge Hardin approaches his friend, Judge Caulfield, who tells him of a modern-day Star Chamber: a group of judges who identifies criminals who fell through the judicial system's cracks and then takes action against them outside the legal structure with a hired assassin."-- (talk) 19:22, 17 May 2019 (UTC)

Perhaps leaving this tag on the top of the article: {{copy edit|date=May 2019}”} would help? (Remove the spaces quotation mark) OkayKenG (talk) 19:39, 20 May 2019 (UTC)

Caps lock[edit]

About a week ago, my computer started locking on all-capital letters when I capitalize a letter, but only when I'm typing in an edit box--not in the edit summary box, and nowhere other than in Wiki sites. How do I turn off the automatic caps lock? (I'm using an iPad.) Loraof (talk) 20:04, 17 May 2019 (UTC)

@Loraof: I think since this is a possible bug you'd be better off posting at Wikipedia:Village pump (technical). Good luck. TimTempleton (talk) (cont) 00:26, 18 May 2019 (UTC)


Here, it says MediaWiki's use of series of single quotes to create italics and boldface makes using these features complicated and error-prone for content that begins or ends with apostrophes. – Sorry, but that I don't quite get. What exactly is meant?--Hildeoc (talk) 20:16, 17 May 2019 (UTC)

This is what ''italics'' looks like in the wiki markup. And this is what '''bold''' looks like. So, if you have an apostrophe and want to make something italic or bold, it can get complicated. --†dismas†|(talk) 20:29, 17 May 2019 (UTC)
@Dismas: Thanks for commenting. Though, unfortunately, I still don't really get the point: Isn't your argument actually in favor of using real apostrophes as well as the keyboard ones – for wiki markup –, as a means of distinction between the latter, on the one hand, and the use of actual apostrophes, on the other hand? After all, this would, in fact, rule out unintended confusion between wiki formatting and setting of the apostrophe, wouldn't it?--Hildeoc (talk) 21:35, 17 May 2019 (UTC)
I'm not sure I follow. I'm looking three keyboards right now and the apostrophe and single quote are the same key on all three. So, what do you mean by "actual apostrophes"? †dismas†|(talk) 23:05, 17 May 2019 (UTC)
Hildeoc's "actual apostrophes" must refer to a curly typographic apostrophe ( ’ ) and not a straight apostrophe ( ' ). @Hildeoc: Your first post only asked for the meaning of a quote. Your second post indirectly refers to the context of the quote at Wikipedia:Manual of Style#cite note-curlyq-5. Use of curly apostrophes for non-markup would only rule out confusion with markup if the right apostrophes for the purpose were always used. But if we used curly apostrophes for non-markup then some editors would probably try to copy them to markup. It's not clear which system would give least confusion in practice. PrimeHunter (talk) 23:16, 17 May 2019 (UTC)
@PrimeHunter: Thanks a lot once again! Now, indeed, I get the idea. Wouldn't a rewording towards your explanation be appropriate to get across the actual rationale of that guideline more accurately or rather comprehensibly?--Hildeoc (talk) 22:00, 18 May 2019 (UTC)
PS: @PrimeHunter: You're the best!!! I am very grateful for your support also with previous inquiries of mine. Have a nice Sunday! Best wishes--Hildeoc (talk) 22:04, 18 May 2019 (UTC)
I haven't followed the history of the guideline or Wikipedia:Manual of Style#cite note-curlyq-5. I don't know whether the unbolded third bullet point is supposed to be part of the rationale or just a note. PrimeHunter (talk) 22:13, 18 May 2019 (UTC)
@PrimeHunter: In either case, do you find the current wording comprehensible in terms of a rationale for why curly characters are to be avoided here?--Hildeoc (talk) 15:55, 19 May 2019 (UTC)
It sounds unclear but I'm not getting involved. PrimeHunter (talk) 17:17, 19 May 2019 (UTC)

How to add a Photo for historical references[edit]

I need some help. I am the great grandson of a Mexican General, Emiliano Lojero. An article on him is found in wikipedia. However, it is all in Spanish. I have minimal Spanish skills. So I can understand some of the instructions...but not good enough on how to add a picture of the General.

I am not sure I know how to do this even in English! The provenance for the picture is a camera-image of a Family Portrait of Logero. The original portrait was owned my his daughter - my Grand mother. I would like to see the image installed in the Spanish-arcticle on General Logero.

What can I do? Thanks for any guidance you can provide. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Texxmw (talkcontribs)

Texxmw, all the different language Wikipedias are operated separately and each has their own rules. So, you'd have to ask over at the Spanish WP to see how they handle things. You might be able to find a user here who speaks Spanish well enough to help you. Or someone there who speaks English well enough to help. That said, if the image can be released under a free license, then it can be uploaded to Wikimedia Commons which will allow it to be used on all the various Wikipedias. †dismas†|(talk) 21:16, 17 May 2019 (UTC)
(ec)@Texxmw:First, each language version of Wikipedia is a separate project with its own rules, so you must eventually work with the Spanish-language Wikipedia's help desk. BUT, you should try hard to put your photo on Commons if at all possible, to simplify live when you later decide to create a version of the article hwere ont he English-language Wikipedia. Unfortunately, the rules for compliance with Copyrihge law at Commons are stringent. Ownership of the physical photo is not the same as ownership of the copyright of the photo. the copyright belongs to the photographer, and therefore passes wotht he photographer's estate. If you can legitimately claim to have inherited the photo from a family member who was was the photographer, and if you believe that no other possible heir would claim the copyright, then go ahead and claim that you inherited the copyright and can therefore licence it to Commons with a CC-BY-SA license. as to the actual process, go to the and click on the c:Main page "upload" button near the upper right, and proceed from there. -Arch dude (talk) 21:18, 17 May 2019 (UTC)
Texxmw, since the general seems to have died in 1923, it is possible that the image can be uploaded on Commons as a public-domain image. The Mexican copyright rules are summarized here; note in particular the last paragraph under "General". Deor (talk) 14:41, 18 May 2019 (UTC)

Invalid message sent to e[edit]

Regarding an edit you [Wikipedia] claim I made about Kira Buckland: I have never heard of Kira Buckland and I never posted nor submitted any edits about Kira Buckland!

Gary "Gig" Giegerich

You may not have made the edit, but eight years ago someone using your IP did. IPs change with time (sometimes very quickly). Just erase the message if you like. Meters (talk) 22:24, 17 May 2019 (UTC)
(edit conflict) IP addresses may be reallocated by your ISP. The records clearly show that (talk · contribs · WHOIS) edited Kira Buckland back in 2011 on 20 September at 18:15 and 18:19. This is what the two messages from , also both dated 20 September 2011, are referring to. If you want to avoid this in future, please consider creating an account which will be specific to you. Martin of Sheffield (talk) 22:31, 17 May 2019 (UTC)
Gary, you asked the same question last year at the Teahouse, and it was answered then [1]. You need to come back to your posts to see if they have been answered. Obviously your IP is fairly stable, and this is still bothering you. I will just delete the warning for you. Meters (talk) 22:35, 17 May 2019 (UTC)
The Teahouse thread was answered in more depth,and also by a second editor after the link I provided. Meters (talk) 22:40, 17 May 2019 (UTC)

May 18[edit]

2019 redefinition of SI base units[edit]

See User talk:Guy Macon#2019 redefinition of SI base units.

The redefinition of the base units for the metric system happens on 20 May 2019. I am hoping to get this article mentioned on the main page on that day. Alas, I also have a hot project and if I don't make my deadline because I spent too much time on Wikipedia the toy I am working on will miss Christmas. :(

Any help I can get with either making last-minute improvements to the article or with navigating the politics of getting things mentioned on the main page would be a huge help. --Guy Macon (talk) 00:31, 18 May 2019 (UTC)

Hi Guy Macon; you could nominate it at In The News. Cheers, Baffle☿gab 04:02, 18 May 2019 (UTC)
Done. Portal:Current events/2019 May 18 --Guy Macon (talk) 05:11, 18 May 2019 (UTC)
...and reverted.[2] Like I said, I need help navigating the politics of getting things mentioned on the main page. Waiting until the day the SI units are redefined and only then discussing whether to put them on the main page seems like a bad plan. --Guy Macon (talk) 13:25, 18 May 2019 (UTC)
Well, I think the issue with the portal is you should have added it at Portal:Current events/2019 May 20 and provided a source. However, the current events portal is not the same as the main page in the news. Please see Wikipedia:In_the_news/Candidates#How_to_nominate_an_item regarding nominating. I've never done it, but there appear to be instructions there. Good luck! ‡ Єl Cid of ᐺalencia ᐐT₳LKᐬ 13:40, 18 May 2019 (UTC)
I hope that this does the trick:[3] --Guy Macon (talk) 15:27, 18 May 2019 (UTC)

Why are you copy protectng the carbonaro effect show ?----[edit]

Why are you copy protecting the carbonard effect show ?----— Preceding unsigned comment added by 2601:40b:300:b1b0:17a:110b:7e6a:711 (talkcontribs) 18 May 2019 15:47 (UTC)

The Carbonaro Effect (edit | talk | history | protect | delete | links | watch | logs | views)

Please clarify what difficulty you are encountering. The page does not seem to be protected from editing. Thank you. (Please sign your posts on talk pages by using four tildes like this: ~~~~.) Eagleash (talk) 15:58, 18 May 2019 (UTC)
The phrase "copy protecting" makes me wonder if this is a question about Wikipedia at all. Eman235/talk 16:35, 18 May 2019 (UTC)

Super Bowl LVIII[edit]

If NBC Airs Super Bowl LVI It Can not Air 2 Super Bowls in 3 Years So If CBS Airs Super Bowl LV That means that CBS has the Television Rights to Super Bowl LVIII In The Next Television Contract. (talk) 18:10, 18 May 2019 (UTC)

What question about how to use or edit Wikipedia are you asking? {The poster formerly known as} (talk) 19:58, 18 May 2019 (UTC)
P music.svg This page is for questions about using Wikipedia. Please consider asking this question at the Entertainment reference desk. They specialize in knowledge questions and will try to answer any question in the universe (except how to use Wikipedia, since that is what this Help Desk is for). Just follow the link and ask away. You could always try searching Wikipedia for an article related to the topic you want to know more about. I hope this helps. --MrClog (talk) 22:24, 18 May 2019 (UTC)

Editing problems[edit]


I usually edit on mobile, and the new edit-window text-highlighting system is making that nearly impossible. It seems to have introduced various bugs that make it impossible to select, copy, and paste text, or even to move the cursor once I've started typing. The only way around it I've found is to repeatedly refresh the page with the "Show preview" button. What is going on? —Sangdeboeuf (talk) 20:28, 18 May 2019 (UTC)

Do you have "New wikitext mode" enabled? Ruslik_Zero 20:40, 18 May 2019 (UTC)
I have no idea. How do I check? No. I just looked at my preferences and New wikitext mode is disabled. —Sangdeboeuf (talk) 21:10, 18 May 2019 (UTC)
I guess you refer to one of the features at Wikipedia:Syntax highlighting. The most common to activate by accident is the highlighter marker button Codemirror-icon.png to the left of "Advanced" in some toolbars. PrimeHunter (talk) 22:19, 18 May 2019 (UTC)
Yes, that seems to have been it. Thanks for the info. —Sangdeboeuf (talk) 22:07, 19 May 2019 (UTC)

Internal link not working[edit]

On the page 2017 Penn State Nittany Lions football team, in the lead there should be a link to 2017 Washington Huskies football team, but it is showing up as [[2017 Washington Huskies football team|Washington]], which appears to be a well-formatted link. I'm not sure how to fix this. Ostealthy (talk) 23:01, 18 May 2019 (UTC)

Ostealthy, there was a line break in the middle of the link. Seems to work now. – Þjarkur (talk) 23:03, 18 May 2019 (UTC)

May 19[edit]

Name of an architectural element[edit]

Nice roof (41323754891).jpg

Does someone know how to call the iron structure on the top of the roof?--JotaCartas (talk) 05:08, 19 May 2019 (UTC)

Hi @JotaCartas: I did an internet search and found Cresting (architecture). However for Wikipedia you need Wikipedia:Reliable Sources and they can help with terminology.TSventon (talk) 09:47, 19 May 2019 (UTC)
@TSventon:, thank you. My question is about the "gazebo like" structure just in the top. Maybe it has no specific name. --JotaCartas (talk) 09:54, 19 May 2019 (UTC)
JotaCartas, you might get a better answer at the humanities reference desk. Eman235/talk 12:14, 19 May 2019 (UTC)
@Eman235:, thank you, I will do that--JotaCartas (talk) 16:49, 20 May 2019 (UTC)

Library books posted via the mail? (U.K)[edit]

Hi, I live in the United Kingdom. Does anyone know if there is a library service that will post me books via the Royal Mail? How can I access specialist texts without physically travelling to a far away library or buying the texts? Szzuk (talk) 07:53, 19 May 2019 (UTC)

This is the page for asking questions about how to edit Wikipedia. Your local library would be best placed to answer your question. They will also be able to get an Interlibrary loan for any book you want.--Shantavira|feed me 08:18, 19 May 2019 (UTC)
I need the books to edit wikipedia. Szzuk (talk) 08:21, 19 May 2019 (UTC)
Please also see Wikipedia:WikiProject Resource Exchange.--Shantavira|feed me 08:45, 19 May 2019 (UTC)
You may be able to use the British Library's On Demand system. I believe they send copies of chapters or articles rather than whole books though, and I'm not really sure what's available or how much it costs. I agree with Shantavira that if you're looking for material to use in Wikipedia articles WP:RX is likely to be the best avenue. – Arms & Hearts (talk) 14:06, 19 May 2019 (UTC)


Hello, I'm gonna asked anyone on how to disable the PHP7? This is actually a beta feature until it was removed on the beta section just this May. I was tried this if it was sufficient for my editing and it was good, but since it was removed from the beta feature, I suppose to disable it but I can't tell on where to disable it and since it was removed, it's still attach to my tags. I need some of your response on how to disable it. Thanks. P.S. This is a temporary... Movies Time (talk) 12:07, 19 May 2019 (UTC)

@Movies Time: It has been removed from Beta features and is now being made the default for all users. You cannot disable it, because there's no need to. It doesn't actually change how you normally edit. See mw:Beta Features/PHP7 for further details. – Ammarpad (talk) 15:17, 19 May 2019 (UTC)
@Ammarpad: Thanks for the info. Now I understand why it happen and I appreciate it. Again, Thanks!!! Movies Time (talk) 15:36, 19 May 2019 (UTC)


  • Can I put the conductor's name on "artist" on the album infobox and on "music by" on the film infobox?
  • If a film spawns a video game, and there's not much info about it, can we put its contents (infobox, reception etc.) on the article for the film, instead of making a new page?

NickBlamp (talk) 13:11, 19 May 2019 (UTC)

Mass retargeting redirects[edit]

Is there a tool that can be used to retarget lots of redirects (roughly 133) in a semi-automated way? Of the 135 redirects to Judge John Hodgman, all but two ought to point instead to List of Judge John Hodgman episodes (2010–2014) or List of Judge John Hodgman episodes (2015–present). I can't use AWB as a Mac user, but I'm also not sure whether AWB or any similar tool can do things like this. – Arms & Hearts (talk) 14:14, 19 May 2019 (UTC)

Do edits need to be approved?[edit]

I am currently offline from my main account, but I did not see an edit I made until a week later. Do edits have to be approved for them to show up? (talk) 14:25, 19 May 2019 (UTC)

This can depend. Some articles have changes set to pending to avoid vandalism. Which article were you editing? Best Wishes, Lee Vilenski (talkcontribs) 14:39, 19 May 2019 (UTC)

Images, Categories, and an oopsie?...oh my![edit]

So. I think this might be an issue... I created a Wikipedia category for some images from the Texas City disaster article "Category:Texas City disaster" and for some images that I removed from that article's gallery. After creating the category in Wikipedia, I realized that there was also a Commons Category of "Texas City Disaster". All I was trying to do with creating the WP Cat was to collect all of the Texas City Disaster photos in one place so I could put a link or a see also or something at the article so people could access all the Disaster photos collected together in one place. Now, my issue is that not all of the Disaster photos have been ported over to Commons. I (or someone who actually knows what they are doing please) would have to review them and transfer them over there and Commons usage is not my strong suit so... did I create the "Texas City disaster" WP Cat in error? etc. How would it be best to proceed... Thanks, Shearonink (talk) 15:43, 19 May 2019 (UTC)


Considering the above template, is there any way to globally get rid of the ugly double boldface setting of the month names, e. g. as in Template:Calendar#Examples?--Hildeoc (talk) 15:57, 19 May 2019 (UTC)

You've asked this question before. Where? What answer did you get there? What do you mean by double boldface?
Trappist the monk (talk) 16:06, 19 May 2019 (UTC)

Want to make needed edits to "Wisconsin" page but am being denied[edit]

I visited the Wisconsin page [1] today and noticed that the section on the state's economy is grossly out-of-date. (For example, it says "In 2010 Wisconsin's gross state product was $248.3 billion." Forbes's [2] estimate of the state's GSP -- $342 billion as of November 2018 -- shows that the page is off by 8 years and roughly $94 billion. Other facts about Wisconsin's economy are similarly stale, if not missing outright.) I am ready, willing and able to update the page, but its status is set to prevent people like me from doing so. Frankly, setting the status of a page like this to "Semi-Protected" seems a bit silly, since it is neither controversial nor heavily used. I am requesting either: a) that the page's protection status be relaxed to something more suitable, or b) that I be granted a status sufficient to allow me to edit the page without having to jump through a bunch of unnecessary hoops.

Thanks! Pablito.Alto (talk) 16:55, 19 May 2019 (UTC)

@Pablito.Alto, articles like that are a common target for school-vandalism. You can make an edit request on the article's talk page, and after 6 more edits here you'll automatically be able to edit that article. – Þjarkur (talk) 18:11, 19 May 2019 (UTC)
@Pablito.Alto: to see why the page was semi-protected, take a look at the recent history of edits by clicking the "view history" tab. -Arch dude (talk) 19:46, 19 May 2019 (UTC)
Since it's semi-protected, shouldn't it have one of those padlocks? Gråbergs Gråa Sång (talk) 22:16, 19 May 2019 (UTC)
Padlock added. TigraanClick here to contact me 15:26, 20 May 2019 (UTC)


Unreferenced stubs[edit]

I'm coming across scores of articles like this, this, and this. Should I PROD them all?--Shantavira|feed me 17:11, 19 May 2019 (UTC)

You should try to determine whether they are notable or not, first. Ruslik_Zero 17:22, 19 May 2019 (UTC)
You can PROD them if you want all unreferenced material removed and it would result in a blank page. – Finnusertop (talkcontribs) 21:03, 19 May 2019 (UTC)
Those are all included on the lists of monasteries (such as {{Monasteries in Staffordshire}}). So it might be good to ask this question at Wikipedia talk:WikiProject United Kingdom, in case they are working to a strategy of building up these articles.--Gronk Oz (talk) 01:40, 20 May 2019 (UTC)

Can I add a deletion sorting page to any WikiProject that doesn't have one?[edit]

For example, the Colorado project has one, Wikipedia:WikiProject Deletion sorting/Colorado. Could I just start one for a project like Wikipedia:WikiProject Ghost towns at Wikipedia:WikiProject Deletion sorting/Ghost towns for notifications regarding deletions of ghost town articles? - Scarpy (talk) 18:35, 19 May 2019 (UTC)

@Scarpy:Each project is a collaboration among its members. A decision to add such a page should be dicussed on the project's talk page. If you are a member of a project (itself a fairly informal relationship) then you have as much input as other members. You should not arbitrarily add anything to a project of which you are not a member. -Arch dude (talk) 19:43, 19 May 2019 (UTC)
@Arch dude: point taken. To simplify the question -- given a project that I am a very active member of like, Wikipedia:WikiProject Addictions and recovery, are there any technical barriers that would prevent me from adding a deletion sorting page for that project? Could I simply add the content that's used from other deletion sorting pages? - Scarpy (talk) 20:09, 19 May 2019 (UTC)
@Scarpy: I see no technical problem: you can just do it. Depending on the group dynamics, you can discuss it first or announce it after the fact. -Arch dude (talk) 22:26, 19 May 2019 (UTC)

Should I Empty This Category?[edit]

The category Emmy Award Winners has subcategories for both primetime and daytime, and also for each specific area in the Emmy's. Should I empty the category and move everything to either primetime or daytime? ChipotleHater (talk) 19:52, 19 May 2019 (UTC)

Edith Rosenbaum for GA?[edit]

Hi, I'd like to know if anyone (if you wish) could take a look at the article and if it's suitable to present as GA nomination or more citations are needed. I am totally willing to work on it. Kind regards. --LLcentury (talk) 22:25, 19 May 2019 (UTC)

It seems you've never edited the page. Please read the detailed guide about GA processes at Wikipedia:Good article nominations/Instructions. – Ammarpad (talk) 06:10, 20 May 2019 (UTC)

May 20[edit]

Family of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge[edit]

Please help - I have added a file in grandparents section - it is way too big. I had created a caption too. please help - sorry. 2001:8003:D968:5701:D02:3A9C:54C7:9AA4 (talk) 01:00, 20 May 2019 (UTC)

 Done, It was just missing "thumb". MB 03:35, 20 May 2019 (UTC)

George Hulse[edit]

My friend GEORGE HULSE, is alive and well. He is a living, breathing African-American Health Industry Executive here in New York City. Therefore, his photo should NOT be appearing on Wikipedia for the bio of George Hulse the White British actor who died in 2001. Please remove the black American Mr. Hulse's pic from the deceased white British Mr. Hulse's bio. Thanks. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Allendewane (talkcontribs) 01:23, 20 May 2019 (UTC)

@Allendewane: Symbol move vote.svg Are you by any chance referring to a photo or text shown to the right of a Google search? Google's Knowledge Graph uses a wide variety of sources. There may be a text paragraph ending with "Wikipedia" to indicate that particular text was copied from Wikipedia. An image and other text before or after the Wikipedia excerpt may be from sources completely unrelated to Wikipedia. We have no control over how Google presents our information, but Google's Knowledge Graph has a "Feedback" link where anyone can mark a field as wrong. – Þjarkur (talk) 01:27, 20 May 2019 (UTC)

How To Get A Simple Wikipedia Page for a Company[edit]

I represent a large corporation in a marketing capacity. Recently, my contact at this company asked about what could be done to get them referenced on Wikipedia. I contacted a company that focuses on writing articles for Wikipedia and they said that the only way a company can receive a dedicated Wikipedia entry is by providing examples of how this company has received dedicated exposure in the past - not through press releases or other self promotional means, but by exposure in a major publication that was not obviously instigated by the company itself.

I searched and found several articles about this company on different mediums, with a few referencing my client right in the headline, but the third-party Wikipedia editing company said it wasn't enough.

I'm confused because when I do searches for other companies on Wikipedia, I find several that don't have strong - or any - references. At least there are not references I can see.

For instance, I did a search on a local attraction called Bonanzaville and the following Wikipedia page came up:,_USA

There doesn't seem to be any references that led to the establishment of this page, and there's a notation that this page is a "stub." I'm guessing that means it won't get a major writeup. So that leads me to the question, if my company doesn't have the right references for a comprehensive writeup, would I be able to establish a "stub" page?

Appreciate the help anyone can provide.

Thanks! — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:57, 20 May 2019 (UTC)

No. Stub or full-blown article, a company still has to satisfy WP:CORP. I've also nominated Bonanzaville, USA for deletion. Clarityfiend (talk) 05:45, 20 May 2019 (UTC)
Other inappropriate articles existing does not mean others can, too. If you know of other companies that do not merit articles, feel free to nominate them for deletion. As this is a volunteer project, it is possible for inappropriate articles to go undetected; we can only deal with the ones we know about. Also note that any company that claims to specify in writing Wikipedia articles must have its employees comply with WP:PAID. You too must comply with WP:PAID if you are here as a representative of your company. 331dot (talk) 12:02, 20 May 2019 (UTC)
Long-time volunteers here are leery of paid editing in general, on the grounds that a truly notable subject will attract the interest of a volunteer eventually. You appear to be dealing with a fairly ethical paid editor. Others might claim that they can get an article accepted for you and take your money, after which the article will get deleted and you will have no recourse. More than 200 articles get deleted every day, mostly because the subject lacks notability by our definition. -Arch dude (talk) 18:55, 20 May 2019 (UTC)

Template:Arctic topics[edit]

Is it possible to include the actual Arctic portal icon – instead of the default portal icon – in the footer of the above template?--Hildeoc (talk) 13:10, 20 May 2019 (UTC)

Conflicting info in article[edit]

How do I submit the following info? Seems like there should be a clear link to submit such feedback, but I couldn't find it quickly. How do I submit the following?...

The Yellow Jacket article contains conflicting info: one sentence says the queen lives through the winter, and a few sentences later it says the queen dies in the autumn: "Yellowjackets are social hunters living in colonies containing workers, queens, and males (drones). Colonies are annual with only inseminated queens overwintering." …"From this time until her death in the autumn, the queen remains inside the nest, laying eggs."— Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk)

You can tell any concerns you have with an article on its talk page, in this case, Talk:Yellowjacket. Every article should have a link to its talk page at the top of the screen(if you are on a computer). 331dot (talk) 15:39, 20 May 2019 (UTC)

Help with Wikitable[edit]

I've been editing the HP Saturn CPU article and another editor insists that the following Wikitable be present, where'd I'd use an SVG file instead if it were my choice :

HP Saturn register fields
Bits 63-60 59-56 55-52 51-48 47-44 43-40 39-36 35-32 31-28 27-24 23-20 19-16 15-12 11-8   7-4   3-0 
Nibble F E D C B A 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0
Fields   XS B
P=0   P
P=7   WP

The problem is that I'd like to get rid of the the blank table cells in the column that contains the "P = 0" and "P = 7" table cells and merge them into the dark grey background.

In an SVG editor this is trivial, but I'm not very well versed in wiki markup and I have been tearing my hair out about how to get rid of the above empty cells.

Any help would be appreciated.


Jdbtwo (talk) 15:51, 20 May 2019 (UTC)

Changed, let me know if that works.Naraht (talk) 17:20, 20 May 2019 (UTC)
Thanks a lot! :D It worked perfectly :) Jdbtwo (talk) 17:47, 20 May 2019 (UTC)

Dealing with the edit history when splitting an article[edit]

The list of 21st-century earthquakes is far too long and should I think be split into list of earthquakes 2001–2010 and list of earthquakes 2011–2020. I suggested this back in August last year on the article talk page and I commented again recently in the same section to announce my intent. There has been no response in the nine months since my initial suggestion, so I'm planning on being bold and just splitting the article. Splitting the content is trivial, but there are some issues concerning practicalities:

  • Do I create two new pages and later ask for the original to be deleted or rename one of them and create the other (does anyone care)?
  • How do I handle the editing history? Do I copy the original into both articles or somehow split them, although I don't know how to go about that?

I've read WP:SPLITTING, but it doesn't really address this kind of split. Mikenorton (talk) 15:54, 20 May 2019 (UTC)

Mikenorton See WP:CORRECTSPLIT and copying within Wikipedia for how to handle the editing history for attribution purposes. Basically, your edit summary should say, "Contents [[WP:SPLIT]] from [[Source article name]]; please see its history for attribution." and add the {{Copied|from=|from_oldid=|to=|diff=}} template to the talk page of both articles. ~ ONUnicorn(Talk|Contribs)problem solving 16:48, 20 May 2019 (UTC)
Thanks, but the original article would be redundant and should be deleted, so where does the shared editing history go? Apologies if I'm being dumb about this. Mikenorton (talk) 16:59, 20 May 2019 (UTC)
I would move the original article to list of earthquakes 2001–2010, then split off the post-2011 stuff into list of earthquakes 2011–2020. The shared history would then be at list of earthquakes 2001–2010. ~ ONUnicorn(Talk|Contribs)problem solving 17:13, 20 May 2019 (UTC)
Alternatively, you could turn list of 21st-century earthquakes into a dab page, listing each decade's article, and leave the history where it is. ~ ONUnicorn(Talk|Contribs)problem solving 17:15, 20 May 2019 (UTC)
Thanks, I like that final suggestion (and the other would also work). Mikenorton (talk) 18:10, 20 May 2019 (UTC)

Help:Cite errors/Cite error references duplicate key[edit]

Hello, I just need help fixing a citation for the public Criminology page. Claims a citation was used multiple times under different context. Thank you. TaylorMarcusStudent (talk) 17:33, 20 May 2019 (UTC)

Hi TaylorMarcusStudent. Two different references are defined with ref name=":1":
  • Turner, E. (2013). "Beyond 'Facts' and 'Values': Rethinking Some Recent Debates about the Public Role of Criminology". British Journal of Criminology. 53 (1): 149–166. doi:10.1093/bjc/azs048. ISSN 0007-0955.
  • Rock, Paul (2010). "Comment on "Public Criminologies"". Criminology & Public Policy. 9 (4): 751–767. doi:10.1111/j.1745-9133.2010.00667.x. ISSN 1538-6473.
Visual editor gives references names like that. It is much better to use names like "Turner2013" and "Rock2010" to avoid mixups like this, but the visual editor makes that difficult. If you have trouble tracking down which references are which I can look at the history to see if that helps. StarryGrandma (talk) 18:24, 20 May 2019 (UTC)
TaylorMarcusStudent, it turned out to be easy to find so I fixed it. Happy editing. StarryGrandma (talk) 18:40, 20 May 2019 (UTC)

The ownership of marie byrd land[edit]

Marie byrd land is owned and not unclaimed land — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:20, 20 May 2019 (UTC)

courtesy link: Marie Byrd Land (edit | talk | history | protect | delete | links | watch | logs | views) Eman235/talk 19:23, 20 May 2019 (UTC)
And possibly also Territorial claims in Antarctica - X201 (talk) 19:29, 20 May 2019 (UTC)
Hello, IP user. If you have suggestions to make for improving an article, the best place to make them is on the talk page of the article: in this case, Talk:Marie Byrd Land. Any information to be added requires a reliable published source. --ColinFine (talk) 19:26, 20 May 2019 (UTC)