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November 17

Issue with text vanishing in user sandbox preview and article, while still appearing in the editor.

I am currently working in my personal sandbox to build an article. While I was working on it today, I started having a weird issue, where a section of the page just vanished from the preview and final page when work was saved. All of the text and elements are present in the editor and there's no <!-- --> in that area of the page. I'm not sure if I've made a mistake in the formatting or if it's a glitch of some kind.--The Navigators (talk)-May British Rail Rest in Peace. 02:53, 17 November 2018 (UTC)

I fixed two errors in the reference syntax.[1] PrimeHunter (talk) 03:05, 17 November 2018 (UTC)
Thanks, I'm still learning to do more advanced references. (Issue is resolved.)--The Navigators (talk)-May British Rail Rest in Peace. 03:24, 17 November 2018 (UTC)

How to add a red link to person/thing that doesn't have a page but has disambiguation/same name page already existent

Not sure if title is correct so I'll just describe the problem. It's happened twice where there's been a name of a person that deserves a link to a page that doesn't exist yet (red link) but can't do it because there is already a page with that name (different person same name). Can someone point me int he right direction? Happy to elaborate further. Thanks you. Skinnytony1 (talk) 02:56, 17 November 2018 (UTC)

Suzy Smith (adventurer) using whatever you guess will be the DAB. Legacypac (talk) 03:04, 17 November 2018 (UTC)

And write [[Suzy Smith (adventurer)|Suzy Smith]] to produce Suzy Smith. You can click "What links here" at Suzy Smith (adventurer) to see whether others have added the same red link. PrimeHunter (talk) 03:10, 17 November 2018 (UTC)

Userbox image addition

How can I add File:ProhibitionSign2.svg to a standard userbox? Clarityfiend (talk) 05:11, 17 November 2018 (UTC)

@Clarityfiend: In {{userbox}}, change the parameter "id" (|id=) to the image you want (with size). Abelmoschus Esculentus 05:13, 17 November 2018 (UTC)
I tried that already with the image. All I got was the image title. Which field controls the size (and doesn't it have a default)? Clarityfiend (talk) 06:00, 17 November 2018 (UTC)
Okay, I got the image to show up by linking the picture, but it's showing up very large. How do I shrink it? Clarityfiend (talk) 08:26, 17 November 2018 (UTC)
@Clarityfiend: You need to set the size as part of the "File" syntax. For example at User:John of Reading/Userboxes I have |id = [[File:Bass clef.svg|42x42px]] -- John of Reading (talk) 08:46, 17 November 2018 (UTC)
That worked. Thanks x2. Clarityfiend (talk) 08:56, 17 November 2018 (UTC)

Replacement for Insulin and Hypoglycemic tablets

Dear Wikipedia Help

I have requested for my own account as "DiabetesT2" .

I am working very hard on certain natural foods to supplement the Metformin tablets that do not cure but only help lower Glucose level

Ofcourse I am not a doctor but I am living the condition from a complete healthy life .

Yes I have taken the following precautions

No Sugar No wheat products No sweet fruits No high Carbohydrate vegetables No Alcohol Weight reduced from 120Kgs to 98kgs from February 2018 and it is due to the life style change

We added the following to food consumption 1 Glass of Bitter Gourd Juice + Carraway seeds + Cinnamon powder + lemon+ garlic+ ginger every morning 2 Raw Cabbage , cucumber and carrots daily cut and available to eat whenever hungry 3 Walking 1 hour daily and does not matter when it is done as long as it is done . 4 Sleeping 8 hours a day and it does not have to at one stretch as long as the total sleep is 8 in a 24 hours 5 Leaf of Drumstick vegetable in salads 6 Powdered Fenugreek seeds and Termeric powder before midday meal 7 Glass of Bitter Gourd Juice + Carraway seeds + Cinnamon powder + lemon+ garlic+ ginger every evening

The Blood sugar is now stable at Fasting 115.

I am consuming 2000mg of Metformin after Dinner and 1000mg of Metformin in the morning after Breakfast to keep out the spiking of blood sugar. What food is out there that will help me finally get away from Metformin once my weight is down to 70kg?

Requested by DiabeterT2 — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 08:13, 17 November 2018 (UTC)

This is the Help desk for questions about editing Wikipedia. We do not give medical advice. – Teratix 08:55, 17 November 2018 (UTC)

You might want to try asking this on the Reference Desk but make sure to phrase it from a hypothetical standpoint due to Wikipedia:Reference desk/Guidelines/Medical advice. Also look into the ketogenic diet and read "The Diabetes Code" by Dr. Jason Fung. EniaNey 09:50, 17 November 2018 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by EniaNey (talkcontribs)

It will be hard for this user to re-ask their question hypothetically since they asked it specifically in reference to themselves here. 331dot (talk) 09:54, 17 November 2018 (UTC)

Footnotes, citations, other types of references - no standards for order and naming?

There seems to be a huge variation in how the various types of references, including See Alsos to other Wiki articles, are named and listed. I have looked at a fair number of entries and also sought guidance from the various help pages, but there does not seem to be a clear standard set, as far as I can see, for either the order (sequence) of listing these sections or the headings for each. (Help:Footnotes comes closest I think.)
In my mind, footnote refers to a free-form explanatory note about something (which may or may not include a citation), whereas the citations usually referred to as References may be better referred to as "In-line citations" or something like that. It could be argued that the See also links rightly belong either before or after these two, but I think that the Notes/Footnotes probably belong first. Then there are External Links and Bibliography and/or Other References... Is there any discussion about this anywhere that I can have a look at, or can this matter be raised in a bid to create some standards for how these items are listed at the end of an article? Laterthanyouthink (talk) 09:41, 17 November 2018 (UTC)

Trappist the monk (talk) 14:08, 17 November 2018 (UTC)
Ah, thanks for that, Trappist the monk. Just what I needed - don't know why I couldn't manage to find my way there! Laterthanyouthink (talk) 03:03, 18 November 2018 (UTC)


Besides being autoconfirmed, what are the requirements to be an admin? How do you request for adminship? KJ2574 09:24, 17 November 2018 (UTC)

@KJ2574: There are no specific requirements to be an administrator, but in general you must be able to demonstrate that you are knowledgeable in Wikipedia policies/guidelines, have a good temperament, and have made a positive contribution to this project. It usually takes at least a year, if not more, to build up such a history. (I was here six years before being considered.) Requests for adminship are made at WP:RFA, where they are discussed and voted on by the community. You can nominate yourself, but it is usually a good thing to have one or two others nominate you. Looking at your edit history and the fact that you have not been a registered user long, the chances of you succeeding at this time are low, and as such I would encourage you not to attempt it at this time. If at some point in the future you want to, I would suggest reviewing some of the materials suggested at WP:RFA and also reviewing some prior nominations to get a feel for what is being looked for. Keep in mind that you don't need to be an administrator to do the vast majority of work here. 331dot (talk) 09:31, 17 November 2018 (UTC)
(edit conflict) @KJ2574: Admins deal with vandals, sockpuppets and straight-up trolls all the time. They are among the most belittled members of the community. Work on articles instead, it's much more fun. – Teratix 09:37, 17 November 2018 (UTC)
And now they've been blocked as a sockpuppet.--SkyGazer 512 Oh no, what did I do this time? 15:41, 17 November 2018 (UTC)
That's not a good way to become an admin. Abelmoschus Esculentus 06:53, 18 November 2018 (UTC)

QSTK website is not working

Hi Wiki Team,

Your website has been down for a few days. Please look into it. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:59, 17 November 2018 (UTC)

The web site of is indeed down. But this Help Desk is for QuantSoftware is nothing to do with us. Maproom (talk) 15:47, 17 November 2018 (UTC)

Referencing errors on Ben Gurion Airport

Reference help requested.

I am not aware of having visited or edited the relevant page on that date and I would expect that my IP address will have changed since then. As the edit would have been by another user and I am not an expert on the subject or aware of what errors may have been introduced I cannot correct any errors but would hope that another user will be able to. Thanks, (talk) 15:36, 17 November 2018 (UTC)

The edit concerned was three years ago. There are no ref errors currently flagged at Ben Gurion Airport. Eagleash (talk) 16:22, 17 November 2018 (UTC)

Gladys knight

Need update on her page she appeared on an episode of Hawaii five o last night — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:39, 17 November 2018 (UTC)

Sean Combs is 50 years old

Warm Greetings. Sean Combs is 50 years old, not 49.


Luke Sikwebu — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:31, 17 November 2018 (UTC)

Luke, do you have a reliable source showing that he was born in 1968 rather than 1969? MarnetteD|Talk 21:33, 17 November 2018 (UTC)

November 18

Message from Binksternet

I recently made verifiable edits to the Wikipedia page for the artist Nas. Every edit I made had sources already listed on the page. The links I added about the artist works have there own individual page with no links to the main page; I just added the links to the main page for the artist Nas.

My edits were changed, I was accused of vandalism and I received this message from the user "Binksternet"

"Do not use multiple IP addresses to vandalize Wikipedia, like you did at Nas. Such attempts to avoid detection or circumvent the blocking policy will not succeed. You are welcome to contribute constructively to Wikipedia but your recent edits have been reverted or removed. If you continue to vandalize Wikipedia you may be blocked from editing without further notice. Binksternet (talk) 01:24, 18 November 2018 (UTC)"

I am not using multiple IP addresses this is a home laptop.

There are indeed a lot of updates that can be made at the page "Nas" That I have have verifiable sources for.

What is your guidance for this issue? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:50, 18 November 2018 (UTC)

This person used another IP address to make this similar series of edits. I have reason to believe these Philadelphia IPs are part of the case known as Wikipedia:Long-term abuse/Dog and rapper vandal. Binksternet (talk) 14:25, 18 November 2018 (UTC)
I've semi-protected this article for what is about the eighteenth time Jimfbleak - talk to me? 16:00, 18 November 2018 (UTC)

Referring magazine content not available online: any suggestions ?

Hi guys, for an editing project I want to refer content not available online for which I have full access to the printed material. Is it Ok to upload the corresponding images onto a repository such as Scribbs and use the corresponding link as a citation? If not, do you have suggestions as to how to proceed ? Thanks. Neuralia (talk) 16:04, 18 November 2018 (UTC)

@Neuralia: Don't upload the material if it is copyrighted. That would be a copyright violation, and then by our rules you are not supposed to link to a web page that is a copyright violation. If the material meets our criteria as a reliable source (WP:RS) that is theoretically accessible to a member of the general public, (e.g., a magazine that is likely to be available in some library somewhere on the planet) you can cite it. If this material is a primary source or is not a published source, you cannot cite it -Arch dude (talk) 04:52, 19 November 2018 (UTC)

Correct way to add table information


I'm looking to make a contribution with some table based information like what is found in (Scotland weather averages, etc). I know that WikiData is supposed to be the source of structured data, but looking through it seems to deal more with relational information. Is there a repository to put table information, or is it just included in the markup on the page?

Thank you, RBAnderson (talk) 17:53, 18 November 2018 (UTC)

It should be included in the page mark up. Ruslik_Zero 19:55, 18 November 2018 (UTC)

Use of brackets in data entries on Wikipedia

Hi, I am confused about the use of brackets in the electron affinity tables on this page for example 0.754 195(19) for Hydrogen. What do the brackets mean in this context? A volunteer on the irc channel suggested error margin, but that confused me further since error margins are usually written as + or - a number, I had guessed raised to the power, but that doesn't make sense for the values. Please help. (talk) 18:13, 18 November 2018 (UTC)

0.754 195(19) means 0.754 195 ± 0.000 019. The digits right before the parentheses may vary by the amount in the parentheses. See Uncertainty#Measurements. PrimeHunter (talk) 18:35, 18 November 2018 (UTC)

Second Opinion

Hey, I've been cleaning up articles and trying to get rid of tags. I thought I'd added enough info and sourcing on this article, Jena Rose, but an editor thinks not. I'm interested in a second opinion, since I feel like the editor's standards are too high. Thanks!'loneagain (talk) 19:14, 18 November 2018 (UTC)

@'loneagain: It's actually called "third opinion". See Wikipedia:Third opinion. -Arch dude (talk) 04:39, 19 November 2018 (UTC)

November 19

Mater Christi College

Ref 1 - please check that publisher is correct - I got it wrong. Thanks Srbernadette (talk) 00:41, 19 November 2018 (UTC)

Fixed Date in publisher param. Eagleash (talk) 00:55, 19 November 2018 (UTC)

remove date of birth please

This is Carol Jiani please remove the incorrect date of birth on Google search it says born 1950 and i am 68 years old. This is wrong and incorrect and i do not want o share such private matter with the public please remove this information it is wrong thanks

Carol Jiani — Preceding unsigned comment added by Caroljiani (talkcontribs) 03:23, 19 November 2018 (UTC)

Hello, Caroljiani. We have no control over what Google search displays in their knowledge box. Some - but not all - of it is sourced from Wikipedia, but it's beyond our control what they put there and where it's from. Your issue is between you and Google. You can click on the "Feedback" link on the knowledge box in Google search to report errors to them. I hope this helps. – Finnusertop (talkcontribs) 03:42, 19 November 2018 (UTC)

Change Email

I'm a student who was editing as a part of course. Can I keep on using my account, even though I'm not in the course anymore? Can I put in another email, because I'm interested in adding content to some other pages. — Preceding unsigned comment added by M20farh (talkcontribs) 10:27, 19 November 2018 (UTC)

Yes, you can carry on using the same account. If your email address has changed, you can register the new one using the Preferences link at the top of any page. --David Biddulph (talk) 10:33, 19 November 2018 (UTC)
You may want to update User:M20farh. PrimeHunter (talk) 11:23, 19 November 2018 (UTC)
@M20farh: Also, thanks for staying with us and helping out! -Arch dude (talk) 17:24, 19 November 2018 (UTC)

I just changed my email address, they didn't let me change me my username which is okay. Also, it is my pleasure to help out. -User talk:M20farh —Preceding undated comment added 23:50, 19 November 2018 (UTC)

About speedy deletion

Are files eligible for CSD G5? CoolSkittle (talk) 12:51, 19 November 2018 (UTC)

Yes, see WP:GCSD. --David Biddulph (talk) 14:21, 19 November 2018 (UTC)

How does one prevent technical errors from returning over and over?

I am not a frequent contributor to Wikipedia. That said, I once read an article in the topic of Superchargers ( ) , and found that the discussion on turbochargers within that topic was incorrect. I am a retired Engineering Manager who worked for 35 years at Caterpillar Inc., in the area of product development. I am very familiar with turbochargers.

This discussion belongs on the Talk page
The following discussion has been closed. Please do not modify it.

The start of the error in the Wikipedia article is at this phrase at

and the discussion goes on and on trying to justify this false statement:

"The amount of power in the gas is proportional to the difference between the exhaust pressure and air pressure"

That statement is flat-out wrong. Turbochargers are a heat engine, and the power of a turbocharger is derived from extracting the heat energy of the exhaust gasses to create power.

I attempted to fix this by editing the article in 2009. See

The problem is that people who do not understand how a turbocharger works, go back repeatedly to the erroneous belief that all the power is derived from differential air pressure. That's false. If it was true, all airplanes powered by jet engines would not fly. But they do, because the jet engines use the same Brayton Cycle to generate power from the heat energy of the gas, just as a turbocharger does.

Here is an example of a discussion that has it right:

I don't have the time to keep repeatedly fixing the Wikipedia article. But the fact that this serious error remains on this topic shakes my confidence in other topics on Wikipedia.

Is there some way to fix this, perhaps by a moderated debate, so that the correct solution sticks?

Terry Quinn — Preceding unsigned comment added by Tquinn2 (talkcontribs) 14:17, 19 November 2018 (UTC)

Perhaps by dropping your pseudoscientific and unsourced claim that "turbochargers are a heat engine"? A turbocharger isn't an engine of any kind. It uses power. The power is mostly wasted power that goes out the tailpipe, but it still uses power. It doesn't produce power. Take any turbocharger. Put it on a test bench. Heat or cool the air on any of the inlets and outlets any way you choose (temperature only -- no fair adding a pressure differential). see if it starts spinning. Now try the same experiment with a stirling engine, which is a heat engine. The entire system -- the internal combustion engine with turbocharger attached -- is a heat engine. But the turbo is not.
Wikipedia is operating as designed; keeping you from introducing incorrect information. --Guy Macon (talk) 14:59, 19 November 2018 (UTC)
I have collapsed the discussion above: it does not belong here, but on the Talk page. If you cannot reach consensus there, then Dispute resolution tells you the next steps to follow. --ColinFine (talk) 16:55, 19 November 2018 (UTC)
  • (edit conflict) @Tquinn2: Guy Macon gave you the scientific answer. For the Wikipedia-inclined answer, such a change to our article should come with a suitable reliable source. A forum thread initiated by some random guy on the internet is no reliable source.
If you believe you can impress us by your credentials ( I am a retired Engineering Manager who worked for 35 years at Caterpillar Inc.), please consider that (1) we have no way to know that's true, (2) even if true, you are probably not the biggest authority among Wikipedia editors (for instance, I am fairly sure I have a better claim at authority than you do on anything directly related to thermodynamics). More importantly, it does not matter, and I would have made the same answer to someone asking for a change to religion in the Mughal empire (a subject I know nothing about): you need to provide a source other than "I said so", even if you have a Nobel prize on the topic. TigraanClick here to contact me 17:02, 19 November 2018 (UTC)

Error at WP:RFD

At WP:RFD, I don't think that "at the very beginning of the redirect page you are listing for discussion, and enter" should be located between the two sets of brackets. If I do not have the skill set to properly correct this issue, where should I post a request? Please {{ping}} me when you reply. --Jax 0677 (talk) 14:23, 19 November 2018 (UTC)

@Jax 0677: The instructions at WP:RFD come from Wikipedia:Redirects for discussion/Header. I think the sentence is correct as it stands. It's trying to say "Copy this magic piece of programmer's gibberish...
{{subst:rfd|content= the very beginning of the redirect page you are listing for discussion, and add these magic brackets...
}} the very end." -- John of Reading (talk) 15:17, 19 November 2018 (UTC)

NCAA Football season navbox

I'm Trying To Put 2019 NCAA Division I FBS football season but it's blocked I can't use it but can you put 2019 in for me please. (talk) 14:32, 19 November 2018 (UTC)

That's because the 2019 season has not started yet, and will not begin until August, 2019. In general, we don't start new articles on the seasons until the current season has finished. If you don't have any content to put in the 2019 article, it doesn't make any sense. You might want to check in with Wikipedia:WikiProject College football to workshop some ideas for the next article so that when it does get created, nothing gets missed. --Jayron32 18:32, 19 November 2018 (UTC)

Are police mugshots public domain?

See the image here, for example. It was taken (and is presumably owned) by the Metropolitan Police of the UK. I noticed that there is no photo of this offender in his article. Can this image be used in the article? WP:IMAGEPOL, WP:PD and WP:PDI are no help. Many thanks, --Viennese Waltz 15:53, 19 November 2018 (UTC)

They are not public domain, and I think you'll find it hard to make a credible claim of fair use for this image. -- zzuuzz (talk) 16:32, 19 November 2018 (UTC)
Viennese Waltz Unless the original source for this explicitly states that it is public domain or otherwise free to use for any purpose, it can't be used. Copyright is assumed unless specifically disclaimed. It can't even be used as fair use, since he is still alive and in theory you could spring him from gaol and take a picture Jimfbleak - talk to me? 16:35, 19 November 2018 (UTC)
Makes sense, thanks both. --Viennese Waltz 16:46, 19 November 2018 (UTC)
@Viennese Waltz: We must assume it's copyrighted, but this raisses the question of how the Guardian got permission to publish it. Maybe a polite e-mail to the Police department in question would resolve the issue: they may have some sort of policy, and that may even be either release to public domain or a compatible license. If so and it it's not a one-off, we would still need to cite the authorization (law, policy, whatever) for each picture, and cite the correct authorization for each separate police department. Yeech-Arch dude (talk) 20:10, 19 November 2018 (UTC)
The credit is "Metropolitan Police/PA", Arch dude. I assume that "PA" means Press Association, and find it quite believable that they have an arrangement with the Met. I haven't found anything definite about it, but when I search in DuckDuckGo for '"press association" metropolitan police photos copyright', I get one hit to, where the text shown in the search is "Photo credit should read: Metropolitan Police/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption", but I can't find that text on the page, so it may relate to a picture that was previously there and is there no longer. --ColinFine (talk) 23:19, 19 November 2018 (UTC)

───────────────────────── Just to confirm the above. It is Crown Copyright since it is a governmental work. Crown lasts 50 years. Also to give a small rebuttal to the above, not all mugshots are protected by copyright. Mugshots taken in the state of Florida, for example, are covered by {{PD-FLGov}}. Copyright is never black and white and it really depends on the situation. --Majora (talk) 23:33, 19 November 2018 (UTC)

Significance of first 10 edits

Eventually I want to write an article, but I see that you need to do ten edits before you're eligible. How significant must the edits be? Can they all be on one page? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Jillianrmh (talkcontribs) 18:21, 19 November 2018 (UTC)

@Jillianrmh: To become autoconfirmed, your account needs at least 10 edits (can be anything) and be at least four days old. Creating a new article is not an easy task, the usual advice is to spend time improving existing articles first. You can read WP:YFA for guidance on creating an article, and I suggest you use the wizard there to create a draft for review. RudolfRed (talk) 18:27, 19 November 2018 (UTC)
(edit conflict) @Jillianrmh: The 10 edits/4 days in autoconfirmed accounts is just a way for the system to ensure that you aren't a bot or just stopping by for the lulz, but are minimally serious enough to stick around a little while. It is literally just 10 edits to any page, and your account must be 4 days old. The above question you asked counts as one of your edits. One thing I would caution you on is to perhaps avoid diving in to creating a new article unless you can be sure the article won't be deleted. Wikipedia does not allow articles on any old thing, only on articles where there exists (as in, OUTSIDE of Wikipedia), significant, independent, reliable source text that one can use to cite to create that article. (See WP:42 and WP:GNG). Any article which does not demonstrate the existence of those sources is often quickly deleted, much to the consternation of new users. If you still want to create an article, see Wikipedia:Your first article for some guidance, and good luck! Otherwise, if you want to get your feet wet before diving into the deep end, spend some time editing other Wikipedia articles that need cleanup; or just look at well-written articles (such as featured articles and good articles) to find models to use to help you write yours. --Jayron32 18:29, 19 November 2018 (UTC)

Trying to edit a semi-protected page

Hi. I've been on wiki before and you have incorporated some of my changes. I don't do this in a frivolous way. I'd like to add some information to the page on Brett Kavanaugh. I can understand that all kinds of people are trying to skew that page in different directions. But I have now logged in -- and I still don't see a way that would allow me to propose an edit and link it to a source. — Preceding unsigned comment added by JudytheK (talkcontribs) 18:50, 19 November 2018 (UTC)

@JudytheK: Your account is not yet autoconfirmed. You can still make an edit request on the article's talk page. For controversial topics like Kavanaugh, it's a good idea to get consensus on the talk page before making edits even if the page is not protected. Ian.thomson (talk) 18:52, 19 November 2018 (UTC)

Re pop request for donations

Hi, Just used Wikipedia and the pop request for donations appeared. I went to Donate and to use Paypal and got a page saying secure connection failed. Is there a problem. Steve Bishop — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:08, 19 November 2018 (UTC)

Changing Title of Page

how do i change the title of my article? It currently says Draft at the front but I dont want it too. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Arthistorystudent1234 (talkcontribs) 23:53, 19 November 2018 (UTC)

Arthistorystudent1234, Hi, welcome to Wikipedia. Please read Wikipedia:DRAFTS for info about drafts. JC7V (talk) 00:01, 20 November 2018 (UTC)

November 20

Glen Affric

Ref number 26 should have its IBSN number, which I cannot find. Please fix and leave in quote please. Sorry and thanks Srbernadette (talk) 00:46, 20 November 2018 (UTC)

concerned about what im looking at on wikipedia website

Hi Jason Edelman the concerned being and as _ the being .';lnjncjhsnbdchjsnbdhjbs also dont want people looking at my pages is not private . — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:47, 20 November 2018 (UTC)

Is this about Jason Edelmann? Are you that person, and, if so, would you like to have unreferenced information removed? Dbfirs 10:37, 20 November 2018 (UTC)

Finding number of deleted edits for an article

On October 27 2018, the article The Foundations of Psychoanalysis was deleted, then restored, as can be seen here. My question is whether there is some means of discovering the number of edits that had been made to the article at the time it was deleted - something which is not now apparent from its revision history. FreeKnowledgeCreator (talk) 01:26, 20 November 2018 (UTC)

There are 570 deleted edits to that page. ~ ONUnicorn(Talk|Contribs)problem solving 01:41, 20 November 2018 (UTC)

Upload picture to commons

Hi. I am a user from the German Wikipedia and I am writing an article about Michael Strangelove right now. Could you please upload the photo from your English language version article into Commons so that we could use it too? That would be awesome. Best regards. --Florean Fortescue (talk) 02:55, 20 November 2018 (UTC)

Dancing with the Stars Season 27

It appears that the final results of Dancing with the Stars (U.S. season 27) have caused numerous vandals to make edits that shouldn't be allowed on this website? Is there anything that can done to stop this? And1987 (talk) 04:50, 20 November 2018 (UTC)

@And1987: The page has been semi-protected so unregistered and very new editors are less able to disrupt it. For future reference, page protection can be requested, in cases of persistent vandalism, at WP:RFPP. Eagleash (talk) 06:13, 20 November 2018 (UTC)

My company page is deleted. I want to restore it.

I am part of marketing team @Subex. Subex wiki is deleted and i want to restore it. Could you help me with the process.

This is the URL: — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 08:49, 20 November 2018 (UTC)

Articles called Subex have been deleted eight times - maybe not all of them were about your company, but I'm sure some of them were. Judging by that, and what you have said above, it sounds as if you (like many other people) have a fundamental misunderstanding of what Wikipedia is. Wikipedia is an encyclopaedia - it is not a directory or advertising medium. Wikipedia can have an article about your company only if there is substantial reliably-published material about your company by people who have no connection to it. If there is such an article, it should be based almost completely on what those independent people have said. It will not be your article, and your involvement in it should be limited to making suggestions on the article's talk page. It should contain little material that comes from your company, and the company would have no part in deciding what should and shouldn't go in the article. --ColinFine (talk) 11:17, 20 November 2018 (UTC)

Article Help Please

My name is Scott Larson and I am a student that is enrolled in Prague. I am enrolled in an International Economics and one of our projects for this semester was to write and publish a page on wikipedia about a topic in international economics. My wiki page project was on the Economic History of New Zealand. I have submitted and re-submitted my article a few times, due to errors on my own behalf, but the deadline for the project is coming up and I am worried that the page may not be reviewed in time. I spoke with my course instructor and he recommended I reach out to the wiki staff to ask if there was any chance my submission may be reviewed so that I may make any changes necessary to be accepted by the deadline. So, I am asking if there is any chance this might happen. Please. I appreciate your consideration. Please find the link to my page below.

Thank you very much.

Scottlarson96 (talk) 08:54, 20 November 2018 (UTC)

@Scottlarson96: Wikipedia does not have a "staff"; it has volunteers. All articles draft that need review are reviewed by such volunteers, who do what they can when they can. There are thousands of drafts to review and it takes time to work through them. Someone might see your post above and take the time to review your draft, but there are no guarantees. Does your course instructor work with the Wikipedia Education program to design their lessons? 331dot (talk) 10:52, 20 November 2018 (UTC)

Note: The page has been accepted and is now in mainspace (as of 09:06 UTC 20 November) Eagleash (talk) 14:45, 20 November 2018 (UTC)

Artists For Trump Coalition page

Dear Wikipedia volunteers, First let me thank you for your time and effort. It is much appreciated. I have attempted to write a brief page about “Artists For Trump Coalition”. I don’t think it worked as I can’t find it on What am I doing wrong? It’s probably better if someone else writes this brief, how do I get that to happen?

Best, Bigbillywham — Preceding unsigned comment added by Bigbillywham (talkcontribs) 11:29, 20 November 2018 (UTC)

@Bigbillywham: You seem to have created it at your user page User:Bigbillywham. There is also a version at User: —teb728 t c 11:43, 20 November 2018 (UTC)
In order to have an article on Wikipedia, a subject must have received significant coverage in independent reliable sources. I can't find such coverage with Google. —teb728 t c 11:57, 20 November 2018 (UTC)
@Bigbillywham: You asked this as the Teahouse, please only ask a question in one location. Thanks 331dot (talk) 11:59, 20 November 2018 (UTC)


I was in an accident Saturday Afternoon in Dillon SC and my car was towed. I cannot find out who towed the car and the insurance company cannot find it. Is there a place I can get this information since a trooper called the wrecker service? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:34, 20 November 2018 (UTC)

This page is for questions about using Wikipedia. This is not such a question. That said, I would start by calling the police department that sent the trooper who called the wrecker service. It might help if you have a copy of the police report and/or the trooper's name. ~ ONUnicorn(Talk|Contribs)problem solving 14:37, 20 November 2018 (UTC)

Catalina Cruz and Catalina Cruz (politician)

Hello, helpdesk.

We have two different Catalina Cruz on WP, one is an active politician and one is a (retired, I think) pornographic actress. Would it be proper to move the later to Catalina Cruz (actress) and the former to Catalina Cruz? I'm not sure what policies and guidelines are relevant here. Gråbergs Gråa Sång (talk) 14:38, 20 November 2018 (UTC)

See WP:PRIMARYTOPIC for guidance. If the porn actress is more widely known, she is the primary topic, and the undisambiguated titled should be under her name. If the politician, then the primary topic should be under her name. If neither has primacy over the other, the undisambiguated title should be used as a DAB page. --Jayron32 14:41, 20 November 2018 (UTC)
If you believe that the pages should be moved, then go to WP:RM#CM for instructions on how to make a move request. IffyChat -- 14:49, 20 November 2018 (UTC)
(ec)That's what I wanted. So:
  • A topic is primary for a term with respect to usage if it is highly likely—much more likely than any other single topic, and more likely than all the other topics combined—to be the topic sought when a reader searches for that term.
  • A topic is primary for a term with respect to long-term significance if it has substantially greater enduring notability and educational value than any other topic associated with that term.
This is IMO not clear-cut in this case, editors may have different views. Gråbergs Gråa Sång (talk) 14:52, 20 November 2018 (UTC)
Page view analysis seems to favour the actress, and she has articles in 18 languages to the politician's one (which might suggest that the actress currently has more of a world-wide notability, though this may change in time). --David Biddulph (talk) 14:56, 20 November 2018 (UTC)
I was just thinking that the actress was more likely to have the bigger international fan-base. I will drop this. Gråbergs Gråa Sång (talk) 14:58, 20 November 2018 (UTC)

my wikipedia page has not been approved after so many months

goodday wikipedia my page has not been approved after making all possible corrections please help me — Preceding unsigned comment added by Davy2000 (talkcontribs) 16:50, 20 November 2018 (UTC)

@Davy2000: I assume you are the person the draft is about. It is basically your resume, and it will never be accepted as a Wikipedia article. Wikipedia is an encyclopedia and not social media to post your resume or otherwise tell the world about yourself. As such, I have deleted it as promotional. You should use actual social media to tell the world about yourself. Please read WP:AUTO before attempting to write about yourself, as well as Your First Article. 331dot (talk) 16:57, 20 November 2018 (UTC)

A external links is needed on the Michelangelo page which is protected

I run a website called "" It displays the history of the clay and wax models used by Michelangelo to make his statues and paintings. It has been in the external link section of the wikipedia michelangelo page since the early days of Wikipedia. I used to keep putting it up in external links because others (wanna be art experts would take it down) My web page is a labor of love. Michelangelo is my favorite artist and art teacher. I do not advertise on the net as I cannot afford the thousands of $ for downloads it would get if I put it up on Youtube. The site exists as a resource tool for other Michelangelo students who are not aware that Michelangelo used clay and wax models to make his paintings and sculptures. The paperwork or provenance of the models is very good and goes back to Michelangelos time. I have not checked the Michelangelo page in Wikipedia for years due to a serious accident. Lately, I noticed the page is locked and the external links cannot be edited. Is there Is there some way my web page can be added to the external links?

proof that the models are by Michelangelo

The link info us here

external links at

ny link:

<a href=""> Models of wax and clay used by Michelangelo in making his statues and paintings</a>

Thanks john of [email protected] — Preceding unsigned comment added by Johnjohn29 (talkcontribs) 18:32, 20 November 2018 (UTC)

@Johnjohn29: I'm sorry, but Wikipedia articles are not for listing every possible external link about an article subject, nor is it for posting original research. This is why the link was taken down before, and will not be permitted to be added now. You seem to want to do so to promote or publicize your website, which is not permitted(see WP:PROMO). 331dot (talk) 18:38, 20 November 2018 (UTC)

Yves Engler page

My edits keep getting reverted by what seems to be a biased user. I would try to take the relevant comments into account (some ignore other details), but I suspect he will revert anyway and I'm not interested in an edit war. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Punkyboy (talkcontribs) 19:17, 20 November 2018 (UTC)

The best place to discuss content is at the talk page of the article. Dbfirs 19:31, 20 November 2018 (UTC)

Creating a new page


My name is Jessica Weidman. Is there anyway I could submit to have a page created for me? I travel overseas as a singing missionary and many of the locations that I am asked to sing at like to look me up for information on how I got into singing and offering my services for various charities. Although I hava a website and am located on Itunes and Spotify along with several other digital music websites, abroad they do not always have access to those websites due to security filters. So, I am requesting to have a page created about me. I would be happy to submit information or even create one myself but I feel that could be a conflict of interest. I would like your imput on this.

Thank you,

Jessica Weidman

Jlweidman (talk) 21:16, 20 November 2018 (UTC)

Jlweidman You are absolutely correct that creating one yourself would be a conflict of interest, and you should not do that. As for the rest of your post... Take a look at our criteria for when a Wikipedia aritcle about a musician is appropriate. Do you meet any or all of those critera? If so, can you point us to published sources independant of yourself that indicate you meet those criteria? If so, then let us know. On the other hand, if you don't meet any of those critera or there are no sources we can use to write the article, then it is not appropriate for us to have an article about you. ~ ONUnicorn(Talk|Contribs)problem solving 21:25, 20 November 2018 (UTC)
@Jlweidman: (edit conflict) Hello and welcome. I'm afraid that you have a common misconception as to what Wikipedia is. Wikipedia is an encyclopedia, and not social media or other forum for users to tell the world about themselves and advance their careers. As an encyclopedia, Wikipedia is only interested in what independent reliable sources with significant coverage state about article subjects shown to be notable as Wikipedia defines it. As a musician, the relevant guidelines would be at WP:BAND; you would need to meet at least one of the guidelines listed there to merit a Wikipedia article. If you don't, you would not merit one.
You are quite correct that it would be a conflict of interest to write about yourself; per the autobiography policy, autobiographical articles are strongly discouraged. This is because people naturally write favorably about themselves, and not with the neutral point of view required. You can visit Requested Articles to suggest that an article be created about you, but it is severely backlogged, and even if it weren't without independent sources, there would be nothing to base an article on.
I would suggest that to do what you want to do, you would be better off investing your time in a blog or other personal website that you can use to introduce yourself and tell your story to anyone interested. I understand that Wikipedia ranks highly in search results, but frankly it has no interest in helping out anyone's career; our concern is to build a neutral encyclopedia according to our guidelines. I know I've thrown a lot at you, and I apologize, but I wished to be clear. 331dot (talk) 21:28, 20 November 2018 (UTC)

Correct Citation Style for Display Boards

I'm working on a rewrite of Holy Trinity Church, Sunderland (my draft is here), and I'm uncertain on the correct way to reference a large information board which is setup outside the building? Here is an image of the board in question. It was installed and compiled by the Churches Conservation Trust, who are a reputable source, but they haven't published the information anywhere else I can find, so I'm forced to reference it directly.

Thanks, GEbb4 (talk) 22:25, 20 November 2018 (UTC)

Published means made available to the public. Consider {{cite sign}}.
Trappist the monk (talk) 22:42, 20 November 2018 (UTC)

November 21


Can someone please help me write an Bio my name is Kc Da Beatmonster — Preceding unsigned comment added by Kcdabeatmonster (talkcontribs) 01:20, 21 November 2018 (UTC)

Help:Cite errors/Cite error ref no input

— Preceding unsigned comment added by Peter Yaldwyn (talkcontribs) 06:35 21 November 2018 (UTC)

This relates to Yalding: Fixed some stray ref tags. Eagleash (talk) 07:01, 21 November 2018 (UTC)


Anyone here read/write Chinese? Thanks - wolf 07:05, 21 November 2018 (UTC)

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