Wikipedia:Editor assistance/Requests

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Editor Assistance: Requests
  • The description of the issue with which you need help should be concise and neutral.
  • If you are asking about an article that was deleted, please provide the exact title so that we can check the deletion log.
  • Please avoid copying large quantities of article text to this page.
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  • Please click here to post your request. As always, please do not include an e-mail address or other private details.
  • Discussions related to content disputes might better be addressed at the dispute resolution noticeboard.
  • If you would like quick access to some advice for the most common questions and issues, this can be found in the Editor Assistance FAQ.
  • Resolved, stale and other old discussions are archived, but if you need to return to an archived discussion, you can start a new section and note the old discussion. You may search old discussions using the search box in the Previous requests & responses section adjacent to this pages contents index.
  • Assistants: Please tag old requests using the appropriate templates, e.g. resolved, answered, unclear, unresolved, stale, moved or stuck, after approximately five to seven days of inactivity. These templates and notes on their usage may be found at Template:Ear/doc. A thread can be archived after being tagged for two days.


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Help please


I was working on a page for many days, and finally was finished, but I clicked save changes and it brought me to the page where I have to change it because someone else had changed it since (only 2 changes). That's ok, but I then tried to go to vidual editing and it deleted all of my changes and I don't know how to get them back. AA Quantum (talk) 18:35, 2 August 2017 (UTC)

That's a bit too vague to enable a response. Could you say more? Regards, TransporterMan (TALK) 19:04, 4 August 2017 (UTC)

Request to create maintenance categories

Resolved: Automatically created by a bot. 2001:2003:54FA:D2:0:0:0:1 (talk) 08:38, 5 August 2017 (UTC)

Please create Category:Wikipedia articles that are too technical from March 2006 with {{Monthly clean up category}}.

Please also create Category:Articles needing expert attention from March 2006 with {{Monthly clean up category|cat=Articles needing expert attention by month}}.

At the time of this request, this category was not empty. Anonymous contributors are unable to create new categories on English Wikipedia (though this is not the case for all Wikimedia projects). 2001:2003:54FA:D2:0:0:0:1 (talk) 19:02, 2 August 2017 (UTC)

Census data on the Portage, Indiana page


I inquired on the talk page of "Portage, Indiana" the following:

I've been looking for concrete population numbers for Portage around 1950, and I saw that it was listed on the page. However, the census links that I clicked on in the references did not take me to the actual information. Rather, they took me to the general search page for census info. (This also means that those citations are not entirely valid, because they don't support that info). I'm just wondering if there is a way to access this info, specifically, through the Census Bureau, because the search process on the census page, for me, is confusing.


I was told to take my concern to the reference desk for further help.
I have two concerns regarding this page: one being the possibility of incorrect citations for the census data info on the page and two (most pertinent to myself) is how I can access this Census data for my own research. I tried the talk page hoping that the info contributor would be able to tell me where the data is located which did not happen, unfortunately.

Thank you
Willowwalsh (talk) 17:54, 4 August 2017 (UTC)

The reference desk is, indeed, the right place for that inquiry. This page is for help with about how to edit. Click here to go to the reference desk. Regards, TransporterMan (TALK) 18:30, 4 August 2017 (UTC)

My Son's page was deleted.


Why was my son's page deleted? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Pat6464 (talkcontribs) 08:55, 6 August 2017 (UTC)

Answered here. JohnInDC (talk) 14:39, 6 August 2017 (UTC)

Unites States First shopping mall


I have read on Wikepedia (talk) 15:56, 6 August 2017 (UTC)where Tallulah, LA boasts as having the first shopping mall in the United States. Internet searches indicate that Country Club Plaza in Kansas City was the first shopping mall and Southdale in Edina, MN was the first enclosed shopping mall. I don't know if there is a classification/category issue or bad information? I would appreciate any clarification or correction. Thanks, Duane V. Arledge69.58.248.1 (talk) 15:56, 6 August 2017 (UTC)

If you're looking for information, you need to post an inquiry at the reference desk. Once you work out the history there, you can change the article if needed. Regards, TransporterMan (TALK) 19:06, 7 August 2017 (UTC)

Template issue - not displaying website parameter


Hi. The template Template:Infobox Political youth organization seems to have a problem that's beyond my ability to fix. The website parameter isn't displaying entered URLs, though it seems to work fine in other infobox templates. Any help appreciated. BastunĖġáḍβáś₮ŭŃ! 11:43, 8 August 2017 (UTC)

@Bastun: It should be OK now. -- John of Reading (talk) 11:57, 8 August 2017 (UTC)
That was quick! Thanks! BastunĖġáḍβáś₮ŭŃ! 12:05, 8 August 2017 (UTC)

A page has been set up by someone else and needs deleting?

Hi, I work for an MEP and was about to set up his Wiki page and noticed one has already been set up? Can this be deleted and a new one set up by me? Or should I simply edit that one? Can pages be locked when politicians are concerned? Your help is appreciated. Kind regards, Nick. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Nickukip (talkcontribs) 14:56, 10 August 2017 (UTC)

@Nickukip: If you work for someone, you should not write or edit articles about that person -- see WP:COI. Ian.thomson (talk) 16:40, 10 August 2017 (UTC)
Hi Nickukip! Welcome to Wikipedia. Can you elaborate a bit more and perhaps link the page to which you are referring? Thanks! Maineartists (talk) 20:14, 10 August 2017 (UTC)



मेरा आपसे प्रश्न हे की कोली पर लिखे गए लेख हटा क्यों दिए जाते हे wikipedia से ? कोई दुश्मनी हे क्या कोली जाति से english wiki में इतना कुछ लिखा हुआ हे or हिंदी wiki में सिर्फ 2 लाइन ऐसा क्यों.......or कोई लिखता भी हे तो उसे हटा दिया जाता हे

(Google Translate machine translation from Hindi:) "Koli: I ask you why the articles written on the colony are removed from wikipedia? There is no animosity, what is written so much from the Koli tribe in the english wiki, or just 2 lines in Hindi wiki, why it is ....... or if someone writes it, it is removed." — TransporterMan (TALK) 18:10, 13 August 2017 (UTC)

If I understand you correctly (and I may not) you are asking why there is so much about the Koli tribe here in the English Wikipedia and why there is so little, with many deletions, at the Hindi Wikipedia. We cannot answer that because English Wikipedia has no control or authority over the Hindi Wikipedia. Each language's Wikipedia stands on its own and makes its own rules. Regards, TransporterMan (TALK) 18:18, 13 August 2017 (UTC)

I'm having trouble with another editor.

I'm having trouble with another editor, who has not only violated the 3RR, but has sent invectives and insults my way when I tried to hammer it out peacefully. What do I do? OrangeJacketGuy (talk) 02:50, 15 August 2017 (UTC)

I have not violated 3RR, I only reverted twice. When I tried to change the article to how OrangeJacketGuy seemed fit I was reverted and told to act like an adult. Yes, I called him worthless and lost my cool but people reverting my goodfaith work does not sit well with me and reverting my work over and over again is not what I call peaceful. Just because you do not agree with the information on the page does not give you the right to revert others work. I have worked with that page for years now. There have been arguments about BYU and there was a reason why they were not listed as a rival. I was simply removing it from someone incorrectly adding it recently and you started reverting me. You tell me to take it to the talk page but you could have easily done that yourself at any time and didn't.Bsuorangecrush (talk) 02:59, 15 August 2017 (UTC)
I guess I'll add stalking my contribs to my request for assistance. OrangeJacketGuy (talk) 03:02, 15 August 2017 (UTC)
WOW. I think I have the right to know when an accusation is made against me. You should have tagged me in your original post.Bsuorangecrush (talk) 03:04, 15 August 2017 (UTC)
(edit conflict) OK. First, it is appropriate to "ping" the editor about whom you're seeking assistance at the Editor's Board. But, let's first address a couple of accusations. 1) 3RR. If I'm not mistaken - the 3RR refers to the history involving these 3 edits [1], [2], [3]. Well, you're in luck -- because you've both violated it: [4]. Second, the insults: Talk OrangeJacketGuy, "You are worthless". Yes, these do not speak well for WP:CIVIL; but it's not so over the line that it can't be rectified. It's not continued harassment at this point; and a simple redaction of said comments would go a long way. To address the claim re: Talk Page - when an editor invites you to the Talk Page, don't wait around: bring your complaint, concerns and questions there. Consensus speaks louder than edit summaries and rvs: otherwise, we get into a pissing match and nobody wins. Also, "(nope)" is really not a defendable edit summary argument to rv. Provide a reliable source on the Talk Page to refute the claim. Finally, the last 11 edits have been made by the same 2 editors, and this can be seen as "edit warring". Obviously, there is a passion for the game, and it runs deep. However, don't let it effect your ability to edit calmly and with a NPOV toward other editors and their opinions. Best of luck! Maineartists (talk) 03:30, 15 August 2017 (UTC)
My "(nope)" response was in response to someone who added BYU as a rival within the last 24 hours with the explination of "(BYU and Boise have been rivals for the last 15 years)". Considering they have only ever played 7 times, and only 5 in a row, and have never been in the same conference, I would say my Nope was warranted. Maybe, just maybe, there was a reason they were not already listed as a rival. And yes I admit I lost my cool and should not have said what I said but reverting accurate edits without taking it to a talk page did not sit well with me. I hate edit wars and am only doing my best to have accurate information.Bsuorangecrush (talk) 03:41, 15 August 2017 (UTC)
Sorry. I don't think I made it clear: a concise, thorough, acceptable "edit summary" that justifies a revert does not usually qualify with a (nope) on WP; "warranting" or not. One must give a detailed reason, cite WP policy, challenge the edit so that a further inclusion will not take place. The language currently displayed in most of the edit summaries on the history page are not that substantial enough to rv. Also, when one reverts another editor's edit, proper WP protocol is that the rv'ing editor brings the topic to the Talk Page and invites the reverted editor there to explain why they were reverted; and offering them the opportunity for consensus or better sourcing. You seem to be under the impression that it's everyone else's duty to bring discussions to the Talk Page except you (although I have seen you enter a discussion there). If you hate edit wars, I would suggest inviting those you are having a problem with to the Talk Page, "ping" them directly, and hash it out once and for all. Get a consensus, and then it will be done for good. OrangeJacketGuy is not opposed to the Talk Page, he has brought 2 sections there himself that went completely unanswered. Best of luck, man. Maineartists (talk) 04:15, 15 August 2017 (UTC)

Help please: please review and rewrite Love Jihad


The article Love Jihad has multiple issues and unsourced claims. I tried to resolve those but me and another editor ran into disagreement. It would be good if an unrelated third party can offer help to review the article and issues. This article needs major clean up. Ideally, good to have someone to help rewrite it. Please point me to other forums also where I can seek independent help for improving this article. Thanks. (talk) 08:20, 17 August 2017 (UTC)

This is a forum for providing help on how to edit, not to request people to do things for you. The proper place to make those requests is on the article talk page, but considering the size of Wikipedia the response may be very slow in coming, if at all. The other possible place to request help is at an appropriate Wikiproject, but be aware that many of them are not really very active and that many of the ones which are have a long list of things to do. Short, simple requests are more likely to be fruitful than long, multifactored ones. To help with conflicts between editors, consider dispute resolution. Regards, TransporterMan (TALK) 16:48, 17 August 2017 (UTC)
TransporterMan No, it is not. You are confusing this desk with the Help Desk. This desk specifically states: "Editor Assistance is intended as an informal method of requesting one-to-one advice, feedback, and counseling from another editor who may be more experienced about Wikipedia's policies and guidelines, and how they may apply to the issue or situation that you are experiencing. This process can also help in resolving disputes." The OP has every right to ask their question for guidance here. If you choose not to help, do not bother to assist. There are others with time and knowledge who can and will. Simply referring them back to the Talk Page is a waste of time. Especially in this case. My advice to you would be to register at WP with a username first. Your edit history is substantial enough that you should be recognized. Other editors will take you far more seriously with a username more than an IP "Special:Contributions" number. I have reviewed the Talk Page history (and also yours) and it is incredibly lengthy and almost overwhelming in its presentation. WP editors not only lose interest but are more likely to simply not engage in overly presented debates toward a discussion. In short: chose one thing you wish to change at a time, and gain consensus. Slow and steady wins the race. The last piece of advice by MonsterHunter32 sums up the entire page. I do not feel at this time that there is any need to bring any "third party" to either serve as ring leader between two opposing editors or even offer to review the article and its issues. Those who are invested presently know the material better than anyone stepping in cold at this point. Anyone with knowledge of WP would simply say: change your course of editing, collaboration, discussion and immediacy. Hope this helps. Maineartists (talk) 22:40, 17 August 2017 (UTC)
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