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October 15[edit]

Canadian Encyclopedia[edit]

Dear editors: For the last while I have been repairing dead links in Wikipedia articles to articles in the Canadian Encyclopedia, which rearranged a lot of its URLs some time ago. I am about halfway through this, and all was going well until a couple of days ago. Now every link that I click on leads to an empty page (for example, this link to the Orpheum Theatre). Has something happened to the encyclopedia? Or is my Firefox browser malfunctioning somehow? I am not getting any error messages, just white space.—Anne Delong (talk) 04:34, 15 October 2017 (UTC)

Not sure why its down...I get HTTP ERROR 504....but when i find these links I replace them with Marsh, James H. (2000). The Canadian Encyclopedia (2nd ed.). The Canadian Encyclopedia. ISBN 978-0-7710-2099-5. ....that never changes....I use the Wikipedia citation tool for Google Books after searching for the topic and finding the page Dont waste your time with the website.....changes ever 4 years or so.--Moxy (talk) 04:58, 15 October 2017 (UTC)
Hi Anne, how have you been doing? It seems to be just a temporary server error. Wait for a couple of days probably. Thanks. Lourdes 05:21, 15 October 2017 (UTC)
Thanks, Moxy and Lourdes. That's a good idea to use the book version, at least for some of the older articles. I hope you're right that it's just temporary.—Anne Delong (talk) 05:32, 15 October 2017 (UTC)
Anne, the site is still down. The last article updated on the site was of Craig Kielburger, on 10 October. If you want, you can write to the editorial department of the encyclopedia (which is based out of Historica Canada's offices) at Thanks. Lourdes 16:06, 17 October 2017 (UTC)


Are Wikinews articles considered reliable sources for Wikipedia? Benjamin (talk) 05:05, 15 October 2017 (UTC)

Has Wikinews ever been cited on Wikipedia? Why is it considered self published if it has peer review and meets the requirements to be included in Google News? Is it really safe to assume that the mainstream media reports on everything worth reporting on? (Surely, this must have been discussed at length before?) Benjamin (talk) 06:14, 15 October 2017 (UTC)
Benjamin, collaborative journalism has its drawbacks. In my opinion, the categorization of Wikinews as an SPS is appropriate. However, in case you wish a definitive judgement on this, I'd suggest you may consider taking this up as an RFC at the RSN. Please feel free to ask any further clarification. Warmly. Lourdes 06:29, 15 October 2017 (UTC)

Location map[edit]

Hello, I need some help regarding creating a new location map and after checking out the template page, I am a bit confused on how to do it. Is there a tutorial on this matter? I am looking to create a location map for the seven geographical regions of Turkey. Any help would be greatly appreciated! (Central Data Bank (talk) 12:50, 15 October 2017 (UTC))

@Central Data Bank: I urge you to check out Wikipedia:Graphics Lab, especially the map workshop. They may do it for you, or offer to help you.--S Philbrick(Talk) 14:39, 15 October 2017 (UTC)
@Central Data Bank: If you mean the kind of location maps that display pinpoints with coordinates, you'll need more than just the map image. You need to code (in lua) the coordinates that delineate the edge of the map. Unless you know lua, you can ask for it to be done here: Wikipedia talk:Lua. – Finnusertop (talkcontribs) 16:52, 15 October 2017 (UTC)

The barnstar I awarded got messed up![edit]

at User_talk:Richard_Avery I awarded him a barnstar, but now there's a new edit ("Laverstock Ford"), and it got included in the barnstar box! Can anyone inform me of the correct code to "close" my barnstar, and have the new additions not included in it? I'm sure it's some very simple piece of code, I just don't know what the code is! Thanks Eliyohub (talk) 16:49, 15 October 2017 (UTC)

@Eliyohub: The barnstar should have ended with an "end of table" marker, |}. I can't tell what went wrong, but I've added it for you. -- John of Reading (talk) 16:56, 15 October 2017 (UTC)

How to put a name on deaths in 2017[edit]

How to put a name on deaths in 2017 — Preceding unsigned comment added by Wangarano (talkcontribs) 17:46, 15 October 2017 (UTC)

@Wangarano: Deaths in 2017 has been semi-protected so your account cannot edit it until it becomes autoconfirmed. Instead you can click the "View source" tab and follow the instructions to submit an edit request. PrimeHunter (talk) 20:57, 15 October 2017 (UTC)

Removing PR from list after review[edit]

About a month ago I put up a peer review for an article I was working on (Wikipedia:Peer_review/Solar_eclipse_of_May_20,_2012/archive1). I've decided to take it down after putting the article up for GAR (from a suggestion by another user), as it also is a source of advice. To help keep the backlog clear, how can I archive the page? Codyorb (talk) 17:51, 15 October 2017 (UTC)

Please, see Wikipedia:Peer_review/guidelines. Ruslik_Zero 19:49, 15 October 2017 (UTC)
Thanks! Codyorb (talk) 04:17, 16 October 2017 (UTC)

Discerning status of submitted drafts; making sure these are reaching correct Dept. for review and approval, thank you.[edit]

Hello Wikipedia community, editors, staff and volunteers,

This question is about an article which was carefully drafted according to the standards for notable persons about 5 weeks ago. It has yet to be reviewed or to receive any replies.

I'd like to make sure I've submitted it properly and to learn anything I can do to have this process expedited or at least authenticated by one of the authorized Wikipedia editors. Understood that the staff is very busy and although the 4 day standard is the minimum, one may need to be patient for much longer in order to have the article reviewed and addressed.

Thanks very much for your assistance.

Wikipedia: Robert Bery, International Fine Artist,_International_Fine_Artist — Preceding unsigned comment added by ICaplan (talkcontribs) 19:13, 15 October 2017 (UTC)

All draft articles are reviewed by volunteers. We do not have any staff or departments for that matter. So, you need to wait a bit longer. Ruslik_Zero 19:48, 15 October 2017 (UTC)
Hi ICaplan, the draft was not actually submitted, I have just done so on your behalf. By the way, there are no staff here, only volunteer editors. The WMF staff run the servers and maintain the software, they do not work on content. (I don't understand what you mean by "4 day standard", it's actually more like four weeks, but you may get lucky with a quick review now that it is properly submitted. Roger (Dodger67) (talk) 19:50, 15 October 2017 (UTC)
(edit conflict)(x2)@ICaplan: Hello, to correctly submit the page for review, you should place {{subst:submit}} at the top of the draft. I have fixed some style &/or reference errors and another editor has added the submission notice. Review could take some time...there's usually quite a backlog. The title of the article should just be 'Robert Bery' as the disambiguation is only necessary if there is someone of the same name with a Wiki article. This will probably be fixed on review. Eagleash (talk) 19:55, 15 October 2017 (UTC)

Article to edit?[edit]

Hello i just need assistance choosing and editing an article. Everything is super confusing.— Preceding unsigned comment added by Dcesaire (talkcontribs) 20:45, 15 October 2017 (UTC)

Hi, Dcesaire. Like al other users, you have a "talk page." A helpful editor has placed some information on your talk page to answer just this question, and that editor has offered to help you. To access your talk page, just click this blue link --> User talk:Dcesaire. -Arch dude (talk) 01:38, 16 October 2017 (UTC)

Hi Dcesaire, take a look at the Community portal, there are several different suggestions in the "Help out" section. Roger (Dodger67) (talk) 08:06, 16 October 2017 (UTC)

Citing a radio programme[edit]

Can someone please help me with citations to a radio broadcast. The programme I want to cite was a stand-alone programme, not part of a series, so the "cite episode" template will not work. This was not a news broadcast, so the "cite news" template is not appropriate either. RolandR (talk) 21:14, 15 October 2017 (UTC)

Problematic. Wikipedia:Identifying reliable sources#Definition of published says, in part: "Additionally, an archived copy of the media must exist." If your stand-alone radio program was broadcast once and the radio waves are now on their way to the furthest parts of the galaxy, then there is no citing that. It is gone. If there is an online archival copy or a printed transcript, consider: {{cite web}} or {{cite AV media}} or {{cite podcast}}.
Trappist the monk (talk) 21:45, 15 October 2017 (UTC)
The programme was broadcast today, and is currently available on the BBC iPlayer. I don't know if it will be permanently archived; many iPlayer links expire after 30 days. RolandR (talk) 23:07, 15 October 2017 (UTC)
Then I would suggest that this source does not meet the criteria set by WP:V and WP:RS. You may want to be on the look-out for a more durable source – something printed in a journal or a book or from a 'reliable' online source that can be archived at one or more of the available archiving sites. Yeah, I know, BBC has been around for 95 years – that kind of longevity is not what I mean. If their view is to keep stuff around for the short term, then that makes them unsuitable as a source in Wikipedia articles for the long term, ne?
Trappist the monk (talk) 23:50, 15 October 2017 (UTC)
The archived source does not need to be online. As per the above definition link. It is convenient, but by no means necessary, for the archived copy to be accessible via the Internet. - X201 (talk) 13:52, 16 October 2017 (UTC)

And it would really, really help if you told us what the BBC programme was. - X201 (talk) 13:56, 16 October 2017 (UTC)

It was this, a tribute to Shimon Tzabar by his son, which I would like to use to add references and details to our existing article. RolandR (talk) 10:50, 17 October 2017 (UTC)
@RolandR: Although it doesn't show it in the web version, the BBC iPlayer Radio app states that the programme is available for "Over a year", which means it will be there for a long time; there are shows from 2005 that are listed as "available for over a year". I think you'll be OK using that as a reference. - X201 (talk) 11:04, 17 October 2017 (UTC)
Thank you. But my real question was technical: how do I cite a radio programme? Is there an appropriate template, and if not what details do I need to include? RolandR (talk) 11:11, 17 October 2017 (UTC)
I'm not convinced that over a year really amounts to long term ...
Cite the online version (the 'radio' broadcast is gone), perhaps like this:
{{citation |author=Rami Tzabar |author2=Chris Bowlby |title=My Father's Israel |url= |work=BBC Radio 4 |time=10:00 |mode=cs1}}
Rami Tzabar; Chris Bowlby. "My Father's Israel". BBC Radio 4. Event occurs at 10:00. 
I use {{citation}} because I don't think that {{cite AV media}} renders this citation correctly (title in italics).
Trappist the monk (talk) 11:24, 17 October 2017 (UTC)

Bad Edit Rampage[edit]

A number of edits here Special:Contributions/Quinton_Feldberg may be allowed by regulations but are in very poor taste. Can anything be done about this?--Jifner Clyde (talk) 23:30, 15 October 2017 (UTC)

Quinton Feldberg seems to be doing a good job dealing with edits by sockpuppets of banned users. If you think he's made some mistakes, you could discuss them with him. Maproom (talk) 07:29, 16 October 2017 (UTC)
 It looks like a duck to me Quinton Feldberg (talk) 15:45, 16 October 2017 (UTC)

Formatting problem[edit]

I have been fixing some pages with ref formatting problems and 21 (Adele album) has me puzzled. It has a list-defined reference, called "", that isn't used in the content. If I remove the reference, it introduces a bunch of new errors - for example, 'Harv error: link from #CITEREFAdkins2011 doesn't point to any citation'. If I then look at the footnotes with 'Adkins2011' in their names, I can't find any relationship with the "" reference. Can anyone explain to me why this is happening and how I can fix it? Leschnei (talk) 23:23, 15 October 2017 (UTC)

I have removed the reference and see no such errors.[1]. PrimeHunter (talk) 23:36, 15 October 2017 (UTC)
That's weird. Well, thanks for your help. Leschnei (talk) 00:08, 16 October 2017 (UTC)
I figured it out - it's caused by the HarvErrors script. Any changes that I make using {{sfn}} or {{harv}} templates are shown as causing an error until I save; then they are fine. Easily solved by removing the script! Leschnei (talk) 17:45, 17 October 2017 (UTC)

Help me[edit]

How do i get my content back from speedy deletion — Preceding unsigned comment added by B117breezy (talkcontribs) I am new at this and trying to add Bonnie Mercado in wiki if you can help me out that would be great I am new at this if you can please let me know how to edit this or what I need to do to get this approved she is a reality star and is starting her own radio show.

Note: The above copied from the talk page. Eagleash (talk) 23:31, 15 October 2017 (UTC)

@B117breezy: Deleted pages can only be viewed by administrators like me. Why do you want it back? Draft:Bonnie Mercado is not suited for Wikipedia but if you haven't saved the text elsewhere and want a private copy then you can enable email at Special:Preferences and ask again. PrimeHunter (talk) 23:48, 15 October 2017 (UTC)
@B117breezy: The page does not cite any reliable sources, which is necessary for Wikipedia articles. Read WP:BLP for more information on writing articles about living people. Codyorb (talk) 03:48, 16 October 2017 (UTC)
OK I just cited all the sources I can now is this approval? Thank you so much for your help, I really appreciate this.
@B117breezy: Unfortunately most, if not all, of the sources quoted are not regarded as reliable for Wikipedia's purposes. Please see WP:RS and in particular WP:UGC for more information. Please sign your posts by typing four tildes (~~~~). Thank you. Eagleash (talk) 16:01, 16 October 2017 (UTC)

October 16[edit]

Thomas Fitzmaurice (MP)[edit]

I have added a file (pic of an historic house) which has FAILED - ref number 1. Please fix if able Thanks (talk) 00:02, 16 October 2017 (UTC).

I have fixed it.[2] See Help:Files#Using files. PrimeHunter (talk) 00:45, 16 October 2017 (UTC)

Thomas Fitzmaurice (MP)[edit]

I have FAILED again! "Later life" section - I failed when adding the pic of Cliveden from that page's info box - to the above page. Thanks (talk) 00:52, 16 October 2017 (UTC)

I fixed that one [3] – the page does not have an infobox, like the one at Cliveden. Pictures are added differently in infoboxes than they are in articles, which is why copying the code across does not work. You would use the same file name (File:Cliveden-2382.jpg), but add it using the method at the link PrimeHunter left above, Help:Files#Using files, so it ends up looking like [[File:Cliveden-2382.jpg|thumb|caption]]. Regards, Dairy {talk} 01:36, 16 October 2017 (UTC)

how do I find the most edited articles? or the most discussed articles?[edit]

is there any feature at Wikipedia that would enable me to find the articles that are currently getting the most edits, the most discussion, or both, or any variation thereof? thanks! --Sm8900 (talk) 02:58, 16 October 2017 (UTC)

Hello Sm8900, this might assist you: User:DataflowBot/output/Top 20 enwiki articles by edits and editors in past 7 days (id-1). Warmly. Lourdes 03:16, 16 October 2017 (UTC)
hi. thanks so much! that's very helpful. by the way, is this info listed anywhere for other users to receive? If not, perhaps I might add this great information to one or more help pages here?
I really appreciate your help, Lourdes. thanks! --Sm8900 (talk) 14:26, 16 October 2017 (UTC)
You're welcome Sm8900. This database report is communicated to all editors who subscribe to the Wikipedia Signpost, in the Traffic section. For example, Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/2017-09-25/Traffic report, contains adaptations from the Wikipedia:Top 25 Report statistics page. Hope this helps. Lourdes 16:19, 16 October 2017 (UTC)
Wikipedia:Database reports/Talk pages by size shows the largest talk pages including archives but it's a total and not current activity. PrimeHunter (talk) 11:33, 17 October 2017 (UTC)

How to write about missing(Our) Place?[edit]

Dear all,

How to write about missing(Our) Place ? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:04, 16 October 2017‎ (UTC)

  • Hello. Your question is unclear. Would you be able to provide clarification on what exactly do you wish help on? If you want to start an article about a missing place, you should first read Wikipedia's notability guidelines about geographical places (the criteria that places have to meet in order to be included in Wikipedia). Once you're confident that your place meets Wikipedia's geographical notability requirements, then you can read up on how to create your first article. Of course, if you were enquiring about something else, please feel free to ask for assistance again with a clearer question. Thanks. Lourdes 07:49, 16 October 2017 (UTC)
hi are you referring to Our Place (organization)? --Sm8900 (talk) 02:27, 17 October 2017 (UTC)

Biography Page[edit]

Hi, I want to submit a new Biography on "Deborah Mayo", a very talented Theatre practitioner at SUNY Stonybrook. How do I go about submitting it to you and uploading pictures? Thank you. --Maryunny (talk) 13:45, 16 October 2017 (UTC)MARY S UNNY

Hello, Maryunny. Your use of the word "submit" suggests to me that you have a (very common) misunderstanding of how Wikipedia works. The activity here is not "submitting material" but "writing articles" according to Wikipedia's policies and practices. If you have preexisting text, whatever purpose it was created for, it is unlikely to be suitable for a Wikipedia article. In the first place, if it has already been published anywhere, then its copyright status is probably not acceptable to Wikipedia (it needs to be explicitly licensed in a way that will allow anybody to reuse it for any purpose, commercial or not). Secondly, Wikipedia's requirements for neutrality and sourcing do not match most other places. Wikipedia is not interested in what you know (or what I know), and it has hardly any interest in what the subject says, or what their friends or associates say about them. Wikipedia is only interested in what people who have no connection with the subject have chosen to publish about them in reliable sources. Any article should be nearly 100% based on such independent sources - and if there are not sufficient independent sources to ground an article, then no article is possible: the Wikipedia jargon for that is that the subjdect is not notable.
Pictures are another issue. Sourcing is not a problem, but copyright is. With certain exceptions (which almost never apply in respect of living subjects) all images used must likewise be explicitly licensed in a way acceptable to Wikipedia.
I suggest that you study Your first article, and go from there. Note that if you are connected with Mayo, then you also need to be aware of our policies on editing with a conflict of interest. --ColinFine (talk) 15:47, 16 October 2017 (UTC)
As an Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies in the theater department, she may not meet our standards of notability for academics. --Orange Mike | Talk 23:40, 16 October 2017 (UTC)

Named ref undefined errors using {{r}}[edit]

Re: Bob's Big Boy, I added several refs using {{r}} – citing in the reflist. Excepting the first such listed ref, I'm getting named ref invoked but never defined errors I can't resolve. (I don't believe the added {{free access}} tags should cause this.) Thank you. — βox73 (৳alk) 19:22, 16 October 2017 (UTC)

@Box73: Fixed with this edit. The error messages weren't particularly helpful in this case. -- John of Reading (talk) 19:26, 16 October 2017 (UTC)
@John of Reading: That's some fast response. Thanks! — βox73 (৳alk) 19:55, 16 October 2017 (UTC)

References formatting and clickable sourcing[edit]


I am new to editing and publishing in wikipedia. I uploaded and then formatted from word&endnote document. I did not put my sources in the reference section using the easy to use enter data into boxes section, but rather formatted into html from the document I had to save time. The problem that I am having is, when I go to make the title to the section clickable and linked to it's digital source, it only worked for the first source in the reference list and not in the ones there after. When I use the same format for the exact same references in the text of the body, it does work. So it appears that it is isolated to the reference section, perhaps being formatted from endnote and word presenting a problem. Does anyone happen to know some way to bypass this problem and get my links to work in the reference section??

Thank you so much! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Christina.Dee.Harrison (talkcontribs) 19:47, 16 October 2017 (UTC)

You need to read WP:Referencing for beginners. --David Biddulph (talk) 21:41, 16 October 2017 (UTC)

How to find all articles which link to a specific webpage?[edit]

For example, if I want to find all articles which link to "". I used Google and "", but it can't find all of them, especially when that specific URL used in citation templates. Google can find bare URLs but not all cited URLs. --Wario-Man (talk) 20:12, 16 October 2017 (UTC)

@Wario-Man: Have you tried Special:LinkSearch? -- John of Reading (talk) 20:29, 16 October 2017 (UTC)
@John of Reading: Thanks you very much. It works like a charm. --Wario-Man (talk) 04:12, 17 October 2017 (UTC)
hi @John of Reading:, @Wario-Man:; sorry, i am trying to use that feature. it only brought up three results for external pages linked to wikipedia, and none at all for articles I tried. can you please tell me the Wikipedia articles for you which you were able to find external pages linked to those article(s)? thanks! --Sm8900 (talk) 17:28, 17 October 2017 (UTC)
@Sm8900: I'm not sure I've understood what you are trying to do. Special:LinkSearch finds links from Wikipedia to external sites. For example, it shows that these Wikipedia pages link to cartoons at the website. -- John of Reading (talk) 17:46, 17 October 2017 (UTC)

Problems using foreign WP img[edit]

For some reason the EN WP is not displaying this image Why? Should be added to Thanks. prokaryotes (talk) 21:56, 16 October 2017 (UTC)

To use an image in the English Wikipedia it needs to be uploaded either to the English Wikipedia or to Wikimedia Commons. What is the copyright status of the image? --David Biddulph (talk) 22:00, 16 October 2017 (UTC)
Hey prokaryotes. I have now transferred the image to commons. See File:Ammonius sakkas.jpg. GMGtalk 22:15, 16 October 2017 (UTC)
While copyright is unclear this historic image seems to fall under expired. Thank you GreenMeansGo prokaryotes (talk) 22:25, 16 October 2017 (UTC)
Assuming the information on the source is correct, which at this point is the best information we have, PD-old-assumed is actually... adorable... in that it takes it as a "reasonable assumption" that the original author is dead. I'd say that's more than reasonable! (There unfortunately is no template for PD-old-2000, for works of art that are 2000 years old.) GMGtalk 22:42, 16 October 2017 (UTC)

October 17[edit]

DLA Piper[edit]

Ref number 49 is wrong and "in red ink" - I did not do this ref. Please fix if able (talk) 00:32, 17 October 2017 (UTC)

 Done [4] (fixed wrong ref, corrected myself in following edit) It just needed the {{cite web}} template to be filled in to include the title of the page (as well as date, website, etc.) There is usually a link in the red text which you can follow, which tells you how to fix the problem. Dairy {talk} 00:51, 17 October 2017 (UTC)

A patrolled article is still not indexed by Google?[edit]

I recently created an article (Yasodara Córdova). I asked for revision here last Oct 11, and it was reviewed by two experienced reviewers. I see that now when googling for the name, Google creates the snippet box in the right. However, it seems it still doesn't show the Wikipedia article as part of the results: I thought after patrolling, the article is indexed, but maybe I'm not understanding the rules correctly. Could someone explain me what's going on? Thanks! Samer.hc (talk) 01:36, 17 October 2017 (UTC)

Hello Samer.hc, hope you're well. Wikipedia does not control Google search results. Google takes some time to index newly created pages. For your benefit, I've manually submitted the article page to Google for it to index the same. It'll be indexed in around a week more or so. If there is any further query, feel free to ask away. Warmly. Lourdes 03:32, 17 October 2017 (UTC)
Re-ping Samer.hc.Lourdes 03:33, 17 October 2017 (UTC)
As far as I can see, Yasodara Córdova is still awaiting patrol through the new page patrol process (along with about 13 thousand other pages), and hence has a NOINDEX tag which will stop Google indexing it. --David Biddulph (talk) 05:47, 17 October 2017 (UTC)
Thanks for pointing that out. I have reviewed the article. Lourdes 06:29, 17 October 2017 (UTC)
Thanks so much, what a efficiency! It is already showing in the results :) Samer.hc (talk) 11:29, 17 October 2017 (UTC)

Von Joshua baseball player[edit]

Correction on his college. He did not go to Chabot....he went to Laney College and signed out of there. Then he went to Cal State Haywood for 1 yr.

After his baseball career he coached in the Dodgers minor league system for 10yrs. From there he coached with the Chicago White Sox for 10yrs. Within those 10yrs he coached in the majors for 4yrs. Making across the board records in 2000. From the White Sox he was the hitting coordinator for the Toronto Blue Jays for 1 1/2 yrs. From there he went on to coach with the Chicago Cubs for 9yrs. In those 9yrs he was the interim hitting coach for 6 months in the major league until Rudy Jaramillo. From there he went back to the Iowa Cubs AAA club for another year.

In 2014 he went to Taiwan as their hitting coach and was also the manager for the EDA Rhino’s. The team won last years Championship (for the CPBL). The team was sold and is now called the Fubon Gaurdians where he is still coaching . — Preceding unsigned comment added by Jjoshua39 (talkcontribs) 02:11, 17 October 2017 (UTC)

@Jjoshua39: If you think there are errors in the Von Joshua article, you should detail them on the article's talk page, so that other editors can review the situation. This page (though, like us, it's an open Wiki) supports some of your contentions, but the coaching details don't exactly match. Joshua's Retrosheet page, however, lists no coaching jobs other than those in the Cubs organization (with a shorter tenure and different dates). Deor (talk) 19:29, 17 October 2017 (UTC)

Counter-Vandalism Question[edit]

While browsing the Recent Changes, I noticed that people where vandalizing articles and then fixing them on the same account. This makes it harder for us Counter-Vandalism Unit members to monitor wikipedia because of the constant flow of spam do to this. Is this considered as Disruptive editing? SwagGangster 02:25, 17 October 2017 (UTC)

Hi SwagGangster, when I'm looking at recent changes and notice that. I use the template test edits first. It allows you to give a warning to the user so they know someone is looking at them while still assuming good faith (unless they are constantly doing it). Then if it continues you can call it disruptive. NZFC(talk) 02:33, 17 October 2017 (UTC)

TCM template?[edit]

Resolved: 11:50, 17 October 2017 (UTC)

I thought there was a template for TCM for including in 'See also' section, as with {{IMDb}}; but, {{TCM}} is not it. —2606:A000:4C0C:E200:15FB:A1AF:25AD:DBFA (talk) 02:48, 17 October 2017 (UTC)

True that. I couldn't find a TCM template either. You'll have to currently make do with physically embedding the details in any article for now. Lourdes 03:22, 17 October 2017 (UTC)
That's what I did (here). (Btw, I meant to say 'External links' section). —2606:A000:4C0C:E200:15FB:A1AF:25AD:DBFA (talk) 04:06, 17 October 2017 (UTC)
Wow. That was good work. I've redirected {{TCM}} to this template. Hope that helps. Lourdes 08:35, 17 October 2017 (UTC)
Thanks. I clicked on the (previously) red link and got the "this category does not exist" page and clicked on the "search for similar names" option (or something to that effect), and there it was. —2606:A000:4C0C:E200:15FB:A1AF:25AD:DBFA (talk) 11:55, 17 October 2017 (UTC)
  • Don't forget to add the TCM data for films and for people to the corresponding Wikidata entry. --RAN (talk) 17:58, 17 October 2017 (UTC)

Error saving data to server: Empty server response.[edit]

Always get an error when saving. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2001:8a0:712c:d801:8157:e85f:841d:2c28 (talkcontribs) 03:23, October 17, 2017 (UTC)

Well, hello! You managed to save this question here on the Help Desk. If your question relates to not being able to create new articles on Wikipedia, please note that to create pages directly in the Wikipedia article mainspace, you must be a logged in user with an account that must be at least 4 days (96 hours) old, and you must have made more than ten edits across Wikipedia. You can read up on how to create your first article for more details. If your query relates to something technical not connected to Wikipedia, the best place to ask the same is at Wikipedia:Reference desk/Computing and not here. But please feel free to ask for more clarification here itself on the Help Desk about how to edit Wikipedia. Cheers. Lourdes 03:41, 17 October 2017 (UTC)

Page has been removed from Wikipedia[edit]

Hi there

Please advise why the page on Nicole Monique Bierbach or Nicole Bierbach (Namibia) has been removed from Wikipedia?

Thank you — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 07:26, 17 October 2017 (UTC)

Nicole Monique Bierbach was one of many articles created by an editor with what turned out to be a large range of problems, as explained at WP:Administrators' noticeboard/IncidentArchive941#User:Sander v. Ginkel. --David Biddulph (talk) 08:06, 17 October 2017 (UTC)

Federal employees[edit]

Are congress members required to file taxes annually or differently? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2601:403:C100:DFB1:34DC:ACAC:FAFA:7A18 (talk) 17:28, 17 October 2017 (UTC)

This notice board is for asking questions about Wikipedia and its policies, editing practices, procedures, tools, etc. You may want to ask your question at the Reference Desk, which is for general factual questions such as this and has a large number of very helpful and knowledgeable folks ready to assist. Hope this helps. Eggishorn (talk) (contrib) 17:53, 17 October 2017 (UTC)

Advanced searching: all people with certain initials?[edit]

I'm trying to find a way to search for all people, among those with Wikipedia articles, with a given set of initials. Let's say JW (as in Jimmy Wales) for example. I've already checked JW (disambiguation), and the person I'm looking for isn't listed there. I'm willing to sift through false positives, and to use a search that would exclude those with middle names (e.g., Jimmy Donal Wales). Any ideas? The regular expression searcher seemed positive, but I wasn't sure how to form the expression. --BDD (talk) 20:33, 17 October 2017 (UTC)

@BDD: The search box has an "intitle" option to search article titles only, and it accepts regular expressions. This search may be close to what you are looking for. -- John of Reading (talk) 20:48, 17 October 2017 (UTC)
Thanks John, this is definitely along the lines of what I'm looking for. But it only seems to be picking up titles or redirects with the initials themselves (e.g., J. W. Backus, J. W. Hallahan Catholic Girls High School). Apologies if I didn't explain my query clearly, but what I'm looking for is a search that would give me Jimmy Wales, John Wilson, etc. --BDD (talk) 20:55, 17 October 2017 (UTC)
@BDD: Hmm, that's too hard for the search box. The tool you linked can do it. This search looks for a "J" at the start of a word, followed, somewhere afterwards, by a space and a "W". Or this search which looks for a "J" at the start of a word, and "W" at the start of the next word. Note that I switched to the Latin Wikipedia so that these searches only take a second or two. -- John of Reading (talk) 21:21, 17 October 2017 (UTC)
Thanks, that did the trick! --BDD (talk) 21:34, 17 October 2017 (UTC)
Here's a variation that finds titles that begin with a J and and end with a word that starts with a W [[5]] That way you can ignore middle names, Mduvekot (talk) 23:01, 17 October 2017 (UTC)

Wikipedia Account[edit]

How long does it usually take to get your wikipedia account approved? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:57, 17 October 2017 (UTC)

There is no approval process because this is the encyclopaedia that anyone can edit. Have you created an account? You will be able to edit straight away, but to create new articles you will need to wait four days and have made at least ten edits using your new account. There are some semi-protected pages which you will not be able to edit until your account is 30 days old and you have made 500 edits, but there are not very many such pages. I would advise you not to make frivolous edits. Please remember that this is intended to be a serious encyclopaedia. Dbfirs 21:08, 17 October 2017 (UTC)

Ukranian text appearing as wikilink[edit]

When editing with the visual editor, if I click on the wikilink for panacea (medicine), the text that appears below the link (the page preview) is in Ukranian - міфологічний універсальний засіб від усіх хвороб, which translates to 'a mythological universal remedy for all diseases'. After clicking around a bit, I found that the text is coming from this wikidata entry. How do I change this, or who do I tell? Leschnei (talk) 23:51, 17 October 2017 (UTC)

You are right that some features display English descriptions from Wikidata. You can reach the right Wikidata page by clicking "Wikidata item" under "Tools" in the left pane of the desktop version of the article. Your account works at Wikidata. Click "edit" at the pencil icon at the top right of the description to edit it. Wikidata uses database fields so it's edited a little differently from Wikipedia but just look for the right field to edit. The description sounded appropriate but just had the wrong language so I have moved it to Ukrainian.[6] There is no English description now but you can easily add one. PrimeHunter (talk) 00:32, 18 October 2017 (UTC)

October 18[edit]

how do I add my artist profile on wikipedia[edit]

how do I add my artist profile on wikipedia — Preceding unsigned comment added by Akwofiegh (talkcontribs) 03:12, 18 October 2017 (UTC)

You don't. This is Wikipedia, an encyclopedia full of articles about notable topics written by impartial third parties; not Myspace or Facebook. --Orange Mike | Talk 05:31, 18 October 2017 (UTC)

Family of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge[edit]

I have added a file -

Olive Christiana Middleton (née Lupton) c.1914

- and it is FAR TOO BIG!

Please minimise if able Thankyou139.216.210.155 (talk) 03:58, 18 October 2017 (UTC)

Hi IP user, I have fixed if for you. You had missed the |150px after the |thumb, see MOS:IMGSIZE NZFC(talk) 05:34, 18 October 2017 (UTC)

Von Joshua[edit]

Correction on Von Joshua baseball player..He went to Laney College, and signed out of there . From there he went to Cal State Haywood for another year.

After his baseball career as a player ended, he went on to coach in the LA Dodgers minor league system for 10years as their hitting coach. From there he went on as the hitting coach for the Chicago White Sox minor league system for 10yrs. The last 4 years with the Chicago White Sox he coached in the major league system, where in the year 2000 they made records across the board. After the White Sox he was the hitting coordinator for the Toronto Blue Jays for 1 1/2 years. After leaving the Blue Jays he went on as the hitting coach for the Chicago Cubs AA and AAA teams. In 2009 he was the major league interim hitting coach replacing Gerald Perry . In 2010 he went back as the Chicago Cubs AAA Iowa Cubs hitting coach.

In 2014 he went on to coach for CPBL league in Taiwan. He was the hitting coach and manager for the EDA Rhinos. In 2016 the Rhinos won the CPBL Championship. In 2017 the Rhinos were sold and now called the Fubon Guardians were he is still presently working. Baseball has been his career for 50 years. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Jjoshua39 (talkcontribs) 09:57, 18 October 2017 (UTC)

Hi @Jjoshua39: as you were told a few days ago, you need to bring this up on the article's talk page, not here. Rojomoke (talk) 10:31, 18 October 2017 (UTC)
[Edit conflict] Jjoshua39, the appropriate place to raise concerns is on the Talk page of the article in question: you have already left a cryptic message there, whose import is unclear. You need to specify there exactly which pieces of text you think should be changed, what you think each should be changed to, and provide supporting references to Reliable Sources for all such changes. Other editors may wish to discuss your proposals, but if (after a few days) no-one objects to any given change you are free to be bold and make it provided that you provide an inline citation for each changed piece of information, making sure that your sources are not less reliable that any currently used for what you think is incorrect. {The poster formerly known as} (talk) 10:32, 18 October 2017 (UTC)