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June 4[edit]

Change sandbox name[edit]

How do you change the name of you private sandbox?? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Gamerkillerz (talk ? contribs) 00:26, 4 June 2019 (UTC)

@Gamerkillerz: you change the name of any page (article, sandbos, whatever) by using the "move" function. click on the "more" tab near the top right, then select "move", then fill in the new page name. for User:Gamerkillerz/sandbox, you might use a new name like User:Gamerkillerz/Talji. Don't try to move that page into article space yet as it's not yet ready and it would get deleted for lack of notability (see WP:N). Please read WP:YFA to get some hints. -Arch dude (talk) 02:08, 4 June 2019 (UTC)
If you want to move User:Gamerkillerz/sandbox to another title in your userspace, you can do that with the move function (once your account is autoconfirmed), but you mustn't move it into mainspace as it can't be an article without references to show notability. --David Biddulph (talk) 02:05, 4 June 2019 (UTC)

Infobox issue[edit]

While working on the page Kamikita Expressway I added a map to its infobox, but when I saved the edit the infobox and image below it overlaps the text instead of the image and text shifting down to make room for the infobox as it normally would. ??cCunicano 00:54, 4 June 2019 (UTC)

Mccunicano, I don't see any issue with the infobox or map. Has the issue been fixed?. – Ammarpad (talk) 05:42, 4 June 2019 (UTC)
Ammarpad, yes, another user corrected the issue. ??cCunicano 06:11, 4 June 2019 (UTC)

Edit summary linking to wrong talk page section[edit]

Please see this edit – the link →Edit summaries links to the wrong section on the talk page when I click on it. It directs me to another (earlier) section also titled 'Edit summaries', but not the section under which User:Flyer22 Reborn posted her message. Could something be done about this? JACKINTHEBOX ? TALK 04:14, 4 June 2019 (UTC)

Hi User:JackintheBox. Use User talk:Jaywubba1887#Edit summaries 2 to link from external discussions. As for automated links within edit summaries, that seems to be a bug. Maybe someone more familiar with the issue can comment. Rehman 04:22, 4 June 2019 (UTC)
Thanks. Yes, that seems to be a bug. JACKINTHEBOX ? TALK 05:25, 4 June 2019 (UTC)
When there are two or more identically-named sections on a page, any section link pointing to either will go directly to the first section. – Ammarpad (talk) 05:32, 4 June 2019 (UTC)
This is phab:T4831 from 2005: "Links in autogenerated summary in page histories may point to wrong section or to nowhere". If you know there is an earlier section with the same name then you can cadd " 2" in the edit summary before saving, e.g. changing /* Edit summaries */ to /* Edit summaries 2 */. The generated link will fail later if the first section is removed or renamed. PrimeHunter (talk) 08:37, 4 June 2019 (UTC)
Noted. Still I hope this linking issue would be fixed sometime in the future. JACKINTHEBOX ? TALK 09:16, 4 June 2019 (UTC)
Recently, I have adopted the habit of regularly putting the month and year on my section heads. This makes them unique, and might help in your situation.--Quisqualis (talk) 07:48, 5 June 2019 (UTC)

Help:Cite errors/Cite error ref no input[edit]

Draft:Mary Immaculate Church, Annerley Error message- Cite error: There are <ref> tags on this page without content in them (see the help page). I'm not able to locate the error and wish to have it removed. — Preceding unsigned comment added by LukeMoloney (talk ? contribs) 09:44, 4 June 2019 (UTC)

@LukeMoloney: It was the first item of code on the page. Fixed. (Please sign your posts on talk pages by using four tildes like this: ~~~~.) Eagleash (talk) 09:54, 4 June 2019 (UTC)

Italic/bold problem[edit]

Can anyone resolve the italics/bold in the lead of Annika Str?m? - I've tried re-typing it, and copy-pasting it, but it still appears - Thanks - 11:54, 4 June 2019 (UTC)

@Arjayay: I added another "nowiki" and the problem has gone away. -- John of Reading (talk) 12:47, 4 June 2019 (UTC)
Thanks - I was concentrating on the first two words - Arjayay (talk) 12:54, 4 June 2019 (UTC)

Article review[edit]

Hi there, I submitted an article in March which took 2 months to review. When it was reviewed I had to correct some problems which are now done. What happens now? Do I have to wait another possible 2 months for it to be reviewed again? Samcherry5 (talk) 15:06, 4 June 2019 (UTC)

Quite possibly. As it says in the box on the draft: "This may take more than two months, since drafts are reviewed in no specific order. There are 3949 pending submissions waiting for review." --David Biddulph (talk) 15:17, 4 June 2019 (UTC)
@Samcherry5:reviewers are actual people. Since a reviewer already took an interest in your article, a polite note to the reviewer on that user's talk page might (or might not) inspire the reviewer to take another look, and if you successfully addressed the problems the reviewer identified, the re-review will likely succeed. -Arch dude (talk) 16:43, 4 June 2019 (UTC)

Template:Catholic Encyclopedia[edit]

Can anybody here provide further assistance regarding this issue? Thanks in advance. Greetings--Hildeoc (talk) 15:24, 4 June 2019 (UTC)

It looks OK to me but could be more clear. The first "if not" refers to wstitle=. The second "if not" refers to title=. This could be clarified with: Set to wstitle= if set; if not, then to title=; if title= also not set, then left blank. PrimeHunter (talk) 16:21, 4 June 2019 (UTC)

B-class criteria infobox[edit]

I notice that the some wikiproject boxes on the talk pages have a section below the article's class that shows what more is needed the B-class assessment, for example on Talk:Estonian vocabulary. This is something I'd like to use as well, but I can't get it to work on other types of wikiproject boxes; is this piece of syntax only applicable to certain types of boxes?--Megaman en m (talk) 15:33, 4 June 2019 (UTC)

@Megaman en m: The B-class criteria parameters only work on wikiproject templates that support it, this is a choice made by individual wikiprojects. Templates that support the checklist can be identified by the presence of the B-class checklist. Danski454 (talk) 16:15, 4 June 2019 (UTC)

Verifying sources as a reviewer for a GAN[edit]

A reviewer has to understand the article's sources, but what if I can't access some of them? For example, a recently-released magazine with no online mirror. Is the only way to use WP:REX? Is it an option to ask the nominator to directly quote what is said in the magazine and accept it on good faith?--Megaman en m (talk) 17:35, 4 June 2019 (UTC)

Megaman en m - As a rule, we should really just use WP:GOOD FAITH, sources only need to be verifiable, so we don't need them to be online.
However, you can review in any way you want. The only real guidelines are that they meet the Good Article Criteria. Best Wishes, Lee Vilenski (talk ? contribs) 17:52, 4 June 2019 (UTC)

Help regarding route map template[edit]

i asked regarding route map before, but this is different. i created a routemap using BSicon icons Template:Kolkata metro line 1 new, and when i uploaded it in Kolkata Metro, the whole page just changed. idk what happened, although i undid it. can anyone plzz check what happened in the article and also the mentioned routemap template, and help me with the edits/changes required. Saha 06:12, 5 June 2019 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Arnabsaha2212 (talk ? contribs) 20:50, 4 June 2019 (UTC)

Hi Arnabaha2212, I've edited your template to match the previous template that was in use - some missing brackets at the bottom. It seems to have fixed the issue. Mikenorton (talk) 09:33, 5 June 2019 (UTC)

Mikenorton thank you for helping me — Preceding unsigned comment added by Arnabsaha2212 (talk ? contribs) 09:59, 5 May 2019 (UTC)

Picture of me[edit]

I have a wiki page but I want the picture of me to come down. I own a business and I do not want this picture popping up when people search for me. How do I get this picture off my Wiki. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Realdill70 (talk ? contribs) 23:29, 4 June 2019 (UTC)

@Realdill70: I would correct your word choice in that you do not "have a wiki page"; there is an article about you on Wikipedia. It's difficult to help you specifically without knowing the article or picture involved(which I'm guessing you don't wish to reveal, which is fine) but guidance can be found in the Image Use Policy, specifically the section on privacy rights. As I understand it, as long as the image of you was taken in a public place, and is not inappropriate for some reason(an image that ridicules you, or was taken with extraordinary means like a long lens) there isn't much you can do to get it removed. If the image in question violates the image use policy, it could be removed, and you would need to discuss this on the article talk page.
I would add that you should email the address written at the end of the paragraph located here to confirm your identity with Wikipedia should you choose to comment on the article talk page, to verify your identity. 331dot (talk) 23:58, 4 June 2019 (UTC)
I would add that we cannot control what comes up in search engine results, that is up to the search engine. Once an image is on the internet, it is very difficult to scrub it off. It is just the way it is. 331dot (talk) 23:59, 4 June 2019 (UTC)
@Realdill70: One alternate suggestion is to upload a photo of yourself that you prefer, and overwrite the current photo. Here's info about providing permission for an image of yourself. Wikipedia:Declaration of consent for all enquiries. It's also possible that the image of you that shows up with a Google search isn't in an article. If that's the case, you have to report this to Google by clicking on Google's feedback tool. TimTempleton (talk) (cont) 00:55, 5 June 2019 (UTC)

June 5[edit]

Jessie Beatrice Kitson[edit]

There are some strange stray text words and symbols on this page after reference 8 - please remove if you can. I cannot today. Thanks Srbernadette (talk) 04:12, 5 June 2019 (UTC)

 Done Maproom (talk) 06:06, 5 June 2019 (UTC)

permission to use OM symbol in my book[edit]

Helllo, I'm writing a book and I'd like to include the red OM or Aum symbol: How do I get permission to copy and paste the red OM symbol within my book? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 09:47, 5 June 2019 (UTC)

You don't need any. As you can read on File:Om symbol.svg, it's part of the Unicode standard and thus public domain. Regards SoWhy 09:54, 5 June 2019 (UTC)

Sourcing youtube[edit]

To what extent is sourcing YouTube acceptable, if at all? Can we use it to source a statement if the video shows that person making the statement? Should the time of statement be mentioned in the source? What about the video's description section, is that reliable?--Megaman en m (talk) 12:36, 5 June 2019 (UTC)

See Wikipedia:Reliable sources/Perennial sources#YouTube - YouTube is regarded as generally unreliable. Mikenorton (talk) 13:56, 5 June 2019 (UTC)
(edit conflict) Hello, Megaman. You can sometimes, but there are caveats. First, many videos on YouTube are themselves copyright infringements, and Wikipedia forbids linking to anything which is a copyright infringement. Secondly, many videos on YouTube are not reliable sources, because there is either no information about where they come from, or even if there is, there is no information which allows a viewer to determine their reliability.
Some YouTube videos do not have either of these problems - typically they will be on an official channel of a person or organisation; and the person or organisation will either have a reputation for accuracy and editorial responsibility, or will be closely connected with the subject of the article. In these cases, the video can be used as a source (though in the latter case, only in the limited ways that primary sources can be). For the mechanics of how to cite, there is a citation template {{cite AV media}} (also called {{cite Youtube}}). You'll find more information at WP:YOUTUBE. --ColinFine (talk) 14:01, 5 June 2019 (UTC)
Megaman en m, You were probably better off asking this at Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Video games/Sources, but I could have sworn that Wikipedia:WikiProject Video games/Sources once said what ColinFine has; that those sorts of YouTube videos (which the two you are referring to at Two Point Hospital do indeed seem to be) are okay. Adam9007 (talk) 14:52, 5 June 2019 (UTC)
The two videos in question are interviews. They're not anonymous, not self-published, and I don't think there's any copyright infringement. I'm not sure what verifiable means in this context, but considering the source is quoting what the interviewees said directly, it shouldn't be a problem. Considering that there doesn't seem to be a written account from a reliable source of the video, I think that sourcing YouTube is acceptable in this case.--Megaman en m (talk) 15:14, 5 June 2019 (UTC)

Page move vandalism on Bsbsbsbsb[edit]

Would someone be able to move Bsbsbsbsb back to Jazimaq? I tried but it wouldn't allow me to. Thanks! aboideautalk 15:16, 5 June 2019 (UTC)

 Done thanks. -- zzuuzz (talk) 15:22, 5 June 2019 (UTC)

Newly written book added to Bibliography[edit]

Submission declined on 5 June 2019 by Theroadislong (talk).

This Is a request for content to be added to an existing article it is NOT a proposed draft article for submission, the request has been made on the article talk page too.

If you would like to continue working on the submission, click on the "Edit" tab at the top of the window. If you have not resolved the issues listed above, your draft will be declined again and potentially deleted. If you need extra help, please ask us a question at the AfC Help Desk or get live help from experienced editors.

As you may see from what preceeds I made a request for content to be added to an existing article. One person at least has perceived that. Other editors keep talking to me as if I were making a submission for an article, which I am not. Anyway I asked for addition of a new book I had written and it was in fact added to the Bibliography of User:BruceAllanClark. At the saem time I had asked that a published article I have written be also added to the Bibliography. It was not added but rather seems to have becoem entangled in two editors misconception that I have asked to create a Wikipedia article, which I am not. The published aticle is <ref>Bruce A. Clark, "The Sovereign Indigenous Power of Veto in Canada," Dissident Voice. May 23, 2019.

My question is, why did my book become listed in my Bibliogrphay but not my article? User:BruceAllanClark Secondly, is this a talk pge that requires the following?BruceAllanClark (talk) 16:12, 5 June 2019 (UTC)

BruceAllanClark I added the book, but not the article, Wikipedia articles do not list every thing a person has ever written, and it is not a means for you to promote your work. The reason other editors keep talking to you as if you were making a submission for an article, is because that is exactly what you DID when you clicked the "submit' button. Theroadislong (talk) 16:25, 5 June 2019 (UTC)
I've deleted the malformed article submission Jimfbleak - talk to me? 18:07, 5 June 2019 (UTC)

How to add to wikipedia[edit]

How do we add an organization to the notable organization section of a wikipedia page? And how do we delete incorrect info on a wikipedia page? — Preceding unsigned comment added by BethSTaylor (talk ? contribs) 19:13, 5 June 2019 (UTC)

BethSTaylor I have some follow up questions before I can answer your questions.
  1. Who is "we"?
  2. What Wikipedia page are you wanting to add an organization to, and what is the name of the organization? Does Wikipedia have an article about the organization?
  3. Deleting incorrect info on a Wikipedia page is fairly easy, you did it here. That bit of information did not cite a source, so removing it was the correct thing to do. If it does cite a source however, it can be a bit trickier, however we don't want incorrect information to remain.
  4. Are you being paid for your edits? If so you must disclose that fact. I will leave a more detailed message about paid editing on your talk page. ~ ONUnicorn(Talk|Contribs)problem solving 19:25, 5 June 2019 (UTC)

Thank you for your fast response. I am Beth Taylor, the President of the Deer Park Historical Association. And no, I, nor is any part of our organization receiving any payment to make this change. The DPHA would like to have added to the noted organization section of the Deer Park NY wikipedia page the following: The Deer Park Historical Association, founded in 2015 by Frank Spingola and Beth Taylor. The DPHA organization is dedicated to keeping the history of the Deer Park community alive for future generations. — Preceding unsigned comment added by BethSTaylor (talk ? contribs) 19:37, 5 June 2019 (UTC)

(edit conflict)And... this edit answered some of those questions. When there is a list on a page like the "notable organizations" section of Deer Park, New York, or the "notable alumni" section of various school articles, all of the entries on that list should consist of internal links to other Wikipedia articles about the organization or person being discussed. Wikipedia does not currently have an article about the Deer Park Historical Association, therefore it does not belong in the "notable organizations" section of that article. Whether Wikipedia should have an article about Deer Park Historical Association or not is an entirely different question which can be resolved by reading and understanding the General Notability Guidelines. At any rate, it is inappropriate to add that organization to that page at this time.
Also, that edit informed me that you do have a conflict of interest regarding Deer Park Historical Association, and thus should not edit articles about it. Please refer to the conflict of interest information I left on your talk page. That said, as someone who is interested in history, I'm sure there are a lot of other articles about Deer Park, the area, and its history where your contributions would be invaluable, and Wikipedia would welcome your edits in those areas. There can be a steep learning curve to editing here, and there are a lot of somewhat confusing guidelines and policy pages. If you need any help, feel free to let me know. ~ ONUnicorn(Talk|Contribs)problem solving 19:40, 5 June 2019 (UTC)
(Post-edit conflict) Sorry, while I was typing the above you added your response. However, what I said is still relevant. ~ ONUnicorn(Talk|Contribs)problem solving 19:40, 5 June 2019 (UTC)
(added ping) BethSTaylor~ ONUnicorn(Talk|Contribs)problem solving 19:52, 5 June 2019 (UTC)

I will definitely look into getting a wikipedia page started for the historical association. Thank you for the info. You had mentioned the was a conflict of interest, may I ask what you meant by that? — Preceding unsigned comment added by BethSTaylor (talk ? contribs) 19:59, 5 June 2019 (UTC)

BethSTaylor A conflict of interest is when you are writing about yourself, the organization you work for (or, in your case, founded), a family member, a client, any one or any thing that is paying you or that you have a financial interest or stake in, etc. Since you are the founder of the Deer Park Historical Association, you have a conflict of interest when you write about the historical association. Therefore you should not write about the Deer Park Historical Association. If you believe the Deer Park Historical Association is notable as that term is used on Wikipedia you can ask someone who does not have a conflict of interest to write about it. If you do so, please provide independent reliable sources about the Deer Park Historical Association. ~ ONUnicorn(Talk|Contribs)problem solving 20:50, 5 June 2019 (UTC)

lewis capaldi Wikipedia[edit]

hi lewis capaldi birth place Is stated both as Glasgow and also west Lothian ; both locations cannot be true so can you clarify which one is correct , many thanks — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:24, 5 June 2019 (UTC) From what I can tell, he was born in Glasgow but grew up in Lothian. This would be better resolved on the article's talk page. TimTempleton (talk) (cont) 20:43, 5 June 2019 (UTC)

Constructive Credits?[edit]

Hello CLC,

I have two brothers (James & Tony Fitzpatrick) that I work with and both played Professional Football. I am confused as to why their credits are not constructive, yet you have other Seminole Alums listed, that have the same credits?

Please explain.


Julienne Ford-Hammond — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:24, 5 June 2019 (UTC) You'd be better off suggesting sources to add on those articles' talk pages. I just marked James' article for needing more references. TimTempleton (talk) (cont) 20:50, 5 June 2019 (UTC)

June 6[edit]

Help: Help fix citation error[edit]

I edited the Ike & Tina Turner discography page and bow there is a citation error message at the bottom of the page. I can't locate the error. I went to the help page and I'm still confused. Twixister (talk) 11:30, 6 June 2019 (UTC)

@Twixister: The error occurred here where an 'efn' comment was added. Like refs don't display correctly without a {{Reflist}} template, an efn will not display without a similar {{Notelist}} one. Fixed. Eagleash (talk) 11:52, 6 June 2019 (UTC)

Help: I want to change the article that i have edited[edit]

— Preceding unsigned comment added by Jangmu Enn Sherpa (talk ? contribs) 12:10, 6 June 2019 12:10 (UTC)

@Jangmu Enn Sherpa: You will have to provide more detail as to what you are trying to achieve. Your edits to Sherpa people were unconstructive, as were those by Dawa Pasang Sherpa which immediately followed. Are these two accounts connected? A file name cannot be changed. It is the location of the image at Commons and it will not display if changed at the article. The caption can be changed, but naming the subject is not really in line with policies. (Please sign your posts on talk pages by using four tildes like this: ~~~~.) Eagleash (talk) 12:23, 6 June 2019 (UTC)

Wikimania persistent banner[edit]


I was wondering how I can stop the Wikimania topic request banner from re-occuring - it seems to be more persistent than the fundraising ones. Just closing it (with cookies enabled) doesn't seem to work - it re-enables every page, let alone each session.

Cheers, Nosebagbear (talk) 12:21, 6 June 2019 (UTC)

I notice that too and it's not particularly good. Seddon (WMF) is the right person to explain whether this is intentional or not. (Hope they receive cross-wiki ping). – Ammarpad (talk) 15:51, 6 June 2019 (UTC)
@Nosebagbear and Ammarpad: Definitely not intentional. Will take a look. Seddon (WMF) (talk) 16:03, 6 June 2019 (UTC)

To ask about a query.[edit]

I generally talk about physicians only.

On Shamsheer vayalil Wikipedia there is an infobox. In that infobox his net worth is not shown.

The net worth which is shown in the article is of previous year. The current year(I.e. 2019) network should be included in the infobox.

What all of you (editors) think please! let me know? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 12:58, 6 June 2019 (UTC)

If you can find reliable sourcing for his net worth, you’re welcome to make the edit yourself, as long as it isn’t you, per WP:COI. TimTempleton (talk) (cont) 13:26, 6 June 2019 (UTC)

Note: Appears to be the same user who was blocked after persistently making requests for edits at the same article. Eagleash (talk) 13:31, 6 June 2019 (UTC)

Page previews[edit]

Formerly when I moused over a highlight it would show a preview and if you needed to see more you could click the gear in the lower right corner. I am not seeing that anymore. How can I get that to occur again? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Teamflyers (talk ? contribs) 13:35, 6 June 2019 (UTC)

Check whether it's still enabled for your account. Go to Preferences → Appearance and look under "Reading preferences." – Ammarpad (talk) 13:43, 6 June 2019 (UTC)

Regarding edits.[edit]

Shamsheer vayalil current networth(2019) is not shown in the inbox. I would have added it from forbes website, but I don't know how to add this information.

Can anyone add this information in the infobox? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:00, 6 June 2019 (UTC)

I have updated the page per the most recent report on the Forbes site. For the next piece of information you want added, please learn how to do it yourself. And for the umpteenth time please sign your posts and don't start multiple threads with the same heading. Also format your posts correctly. If you don't know how to edit Wikipedia and you are not willing to learn, this may not be the best use of your time. Eagleash (talk) 15:38, 6 June 2019 (UTC)
To sign a post add ~~~~ at the end of your question. Thanks. OkayKenG (talk) 06:22, 7 June 2019 (UTC)

Logging out ??[edit]

Hi. Very simply ... How do we log out of our Wiki account? Strange that there's not a visible logout button. ">( — Preceding unsigned comment added by Bnmotion (talk ? contribs) 18:22, 6 June 2019 (UTC)

@Bnmotion: on the desktop view, the logout is at the top right, just were the login is if you are not logged in. -Arch dude (talk) 18:38, 6 June 2019 (UTC)

"Actresses" in "actors"[edit]

{From the closed ANI request}

I apologize, is the mass replacement of "actresse" for "actor" approved? [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]

I tried to find previous discussions, but found only this: Wikipedia:Categories_for_discussion/Log/2012_November_30#Actresses It says: "A new consensus seems to have emerged or at least is in the process of emerging. This consensus is that actors should be divided by gender because acting is a gendered profession and will remain so in the foreseeable future."--Nicoljaus (talk) 20:41, 6 June 2019 (UTC)

The current policy is to use gender neutral language (except in categories). Mass replacement of anything is not recommended as it is difficult to reverse.--Shantavira|feed me 10:00, 7 June 2019 (UTC)

June 7[edit]

Dead Link Tags[edit]

Hi! On the Science & Environmental Policy Project in the top section of the page there is a {{dead link}} tag. However, looking at the link the tag says is dead, it looks like a bot already has a archived version of the broken link (this edit). So is it okay to removed the dead link tag? My guess on why the bot didn't remove the tag was because the dead end tag was not located within the reference. Thanks! OkayKenG (talk) 05:42, 7 June 2019 (UTC)

@OkayKenji: Yes, go ahead. That tag was in the wrong place and I'm sure it isn't needed now. -- John of Reading (talk) 06:06, 7 June 2019 (UTC)
Thanks! OkayKenG (talk) 06:08, 7 June 2019 (UTC)