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June 16

How to revert an archive?

In the Talk:2019 Venezuelan uprising, I have been reverting the archiving of a bot (User:Lowercase sigmabot III) because I want to keep a section alive for discussion. Nevertheless, I'm very probably doing this wrong, and many copies of the same sections are being created in the archive. How do I revert these actions correctly? How do I fix what I have done? and how do I stop it from archiving a section? For more information see: Talk:2019_Venezuelan_uprising#How_to_revert_an_archive?_(30April2019).--MaoGo (talk) 12:05, 16 June 2019 (UTC)

@MaoGo: See User:Lowercase sigmabot III/Archive HowTo#Delaying or preventing archiving of particular threads. The already arhived copies must be fixed manually. This requires some page deletions and merges to do properly. I will do this. PrimeHunter (talk) 13:28, 16 June 2019 (UTC)
I have cleaned up the archives and set the bot to not archive Talk:2019 Venezuelan uprising#Requested move 1 May 2019 for 100 days from now.[1] It's 180 kB and should preferably allow archiving long before that by removing the code. PrimeHunter (talk) 14:09, 16 June 2019 (UTC)
@PrimeHunter: thank you!. --MaoGo (talk) 17:39, 16 June 2019 (UTC)

Adding information about residence

In Dr. Shamsheer Vayalil wikipedia infobox his residence column is missing. Somebody add this column. At present he got permanent residency approval also. Thanks. ( (talk) 12:20, 16 June 2019 (UTC))

Please make the edit request at the article talk page. Thank you. Eagleash (talk) 12:47, 16 June 2019 (UTC)
As per editor "Eagleash" guidance, I posted my request on Talk page of Dr. Shamsheer but no one responded. Someone, please! look that request and make the possible edits.
Thanks ( (talk) 13:36, 16 June 2019 (UTC))

Wikipedia Article search

Hi, is there a way to make my Article page searchable? im a semi pro fighter and would like to create a Wikipedia page as a portfolio and an autobiography — Preceding unsigned comment added by Shaneosmond92 (talkcontribs) 12:22, 16 June 2019 (UTC)

@Shanesosmond92: I'm afraid the answer is probably no. Please see WP:AUTOBIOGRAPHY and WP:COI for why this is not a good idea. Wikipedia is not a form of social media where persons create profiles etc. Facebook and the like exist for that. If you are truly notable by Wikipeidia's definition (see that page and also WP:NSPORTS for more info) an uninvolved editor will likely create a page for you in due course. A biography created in your userpage is likely to be deleted as misuse of Wiki as a webhost. Sorry to not be able to be more positive. (Please sign your posts on talk pages by using four tildes like this: ~~~~.) Eagleash (talk) 12:35, 16 June 2019 (UTC)

Regarding uploading pictures of (postal) stamps & seals to Commons

I'd like to know about legally uploading pictures of stamps (various countries) & of seals to Commons. I suppose there's no problem with stamps, since stamp pictures star in many relevant articles, but want to know more. About seals I know even less (e.g., the seals of Columbia university & Yale university). Thank you, בנצי (talk) 12:29, 16 June 2019 (UTC)

Hello, בנצי. You really need to ask this at Commons, which is a separate project. But the simple answer is that Commons only accepts material which is freely available for reuse by anybody for any purpose. In practice, that means it is either in the public domain (either by explicit statement, or by reason of age) or has been explicitly released under a licence such as CC-BY-SA. I'm sure that some stamps and seals are old enough for their designs to be in the public domain, but I doubt if any recent ones are usable (but I may be wrong). English Wikipedia allows non-free materials to be uploaded directly (not to commons) in certain circumstances, and logos are often used in this way: it wouldn't surprise me if seals were also. The criteria which must all be met are in non-free content criteria. --ColinFine (talk) 16:36, 16 June 2019 (UTC)

*fD Discussions

So I have wondered for a long while... Are editors like me allow to participate in RfD discussions? (I do know we can do AfD's, I have done plenty.) James-the-Charizard (talk) 12:49, 16 June 2019 (UTC)

James-the-Charizard of course! The only rule for most discussions is simply having an account. WP:Redirects for discussion, WP:AFD, WP:RFC - even WP:RFA etc are all suitable for you to comment on. There are some that are open to even IP users, and a very rarely just admins. Best Wishes, Lee Vilenski (talkcontribs) 12:55, 16 June 2019 (UTC)
@Lee Vilenski: Thanks, man! I figured it would be safer to ask first rather than barge in. James-the-Charizard (talk) 12:57, 16 June 2019 (UTC)
James-the-Charizard, sure. There doesn't get a great deal of editors in RfD, so I can understand why it might seem there were rules on who could participate. I like to encourage all users to add to these discussions Best Wishes, Lee Vilenski (talkcontribs) 13:19, 16 June 2019 (UTC)


I don't understand why wikipedia made help desk? If no one is interested in solving the problem. This is the fifth time I approached help desk to ask, to fix a problem. I have posted request on Talk page of Shamsheer Vayalil. Please! make the possible edits. I think editors are not interested to edit any physician's article. One of the editors asked just now to me to provide a reliable source of Dr. Shamsheer Vayalil's residency. So,these sources are news websites "thenational";" gulfnews".Reliable source to know his occupation is wikipedia itself. Wikipedia itself says that he is a "Radiologist"and"MD of VPS Healthcare".— Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:45, 16 June 2019 (UTC) Thanks. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:37, 16 June 2019 (UTC)

@ You made your request at Talk:Shamsheer Vayalil yesterday. It is not reasonable to expect people to jump up and fulfill it immediately, especially when you don't provide sources and just state "I want information about X to be included". Things would likely proceed more smoothly if you were to a) provide the information, b) provide reliable sources to go along with it, and c) not insert the request somwewhere in the middle of the talk page. --Elmidae (talk · contribs) 18:03, 16 June 2019 (UTC)
Hi! A number of editors have all tried to help, but you've requested conflicting changes, erased/replaced some requests with new ones, added and removed requests on individual editor talk pages, failed to provide links to sources, and generally been unclear in what changes you are requesting. Here is what I've done to improve the article as that is what our focus is regardless of your preferences on how you would like to see the information presented. I've
  • conducted a copy edit of the article contents itself
  • clarified article wording based on the citations
  • located more sources for some items in the Early Life section
  • removed minor details for which I couldn't find any source
  • consolidated Shamsheer's efforts related to NRI rights
  • reorganized the Awards and Accolades section

Multiple editors have already tweaked the infobox (in multiple conflicting ways due to your repeated, unclear, and unconventional requests), so I left that part alone until you are able to succinctly state your request with appropriate sources. Orville1974 (talk) 19:06, 16 June 2019 (UTC)

Longshot(Marvel) - Boz and others "edit warring" with elevated permissions.

Longshot is a Marvel intellectual property and a known "luck" user in the comics. The editors who refuse to allow anyone else to correct this page continuously change aspects of the character freely and use a unauthorized conversation with Ann Nocenti as a means to refute any cannon comic book sources as the final word on the subject.

Ann Nocenti has not written for Longshot since the 80s. Her opinion is extremely outdated and his character has evolved tremendously since then. Regardless even in the 80s "luck" was thought to be the only power he had in the first place by most comic fans.

Psychometry is the only one they will allow on the list even though the powers list is much longer and ad-libs as well. The article seems far more about Ann Nocenti than Longshot and they won't allow me to edit a single word.

I was accused of going to war with them for editing the article yet they are the ones you can see by time stamp returning to the article every single time I make an edit and changing it almost immediately or within a few hours. Boz one of your staff I suppose locks me out of editing and accused me of edit warring more than once yet he can see by time stamp he and his cohort are the ones who get defensive over edits.

What are the protecting exactly?

I have cannon evidence to my edits based on comics that contain the source material I used in detail. They have none other than a writer who gave an interview to a comic con attendee without any approval from Marvel.

Considering this article and any others containing Marvel Intellectual Property somewhat represent Marvel as a respected source of cited material it makes no sense that a small band of internet trolls can hijack and strong arm articles at a whim. Why are they even receiving updates that an article has been edited?

That in itself promotes edit warring does it not?

I'm sure Marvel would and will agree with me about Longshot's page as the last time someone took liberties with their property I did report it and they contacted the company directly.

I'm sure it shouldn't need to go that far, but Marvel has been around for a very long time, and trolls have no right to mess around with these characters. Some people go here before reading and it could even alter the movies themselves if directors don't want to read through 900 or so comics. You have quite the responsibility to keep these articles legit and sourced as Marvel is currently working over time to create new movies and don't have the time to read thousands of comics. So they might come here.

I'm not looking to cause trouble but I've been enjoying Marvel my entire life. Much like soap opera fans watched those their whole lives. I only edited one article about Longshot and got accused of warring for correcting gross overstatements and incorrect information. Please stop the abuse of power and consider not allowing trolls to silence those who don't even have accounts from rewriting poorly written articles.

Some with accounts seem obsessed with Wikipedia but editing tons of articles does not mean they edit them well let alone correctly with citations from source material. Keeping long spreadsheets of articles they're warring with kind of makes it obvious and they all seem to have these lists of articles they check daily but only to protect misinformation.

You can Google Longshot and the first thing that comes up is "luck" user yet psychometry is listed in the bullet list as his only power. It's incorrect and a huge error that has been protected since 2008 at least.

This Boz troll is who they run to every time someone edits this page. They say luck isn't a power yet they reword it as probability field for other luck users such as Domino who is cannon in both comics and Deadpool 2 as a luck user. I had a reply from a troll "luck isn't a power" and Boz agreed. Why does this user have the power to lock pages?

Just a guy who really likes Longshot and has been reading X-Men and New Mutants comics since around age 8. Thanks for reading. Sorry for the inconvenience.— Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) 16 June 2019 17:59 (UTC)

See also wall of text edit request on article talk. - FlightTime (open channel) 18:13, 16 June 2019 (UTC)

Creating And Editing

I just got a wikipedia account. And I was wondering if there is anyway to create an article on wikipedia. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Caden Foxman (talkcontribs) 19:26, 16 June 2019 (UTC)

@Caden Foxman: I would suggest that you spend some time editing existing articles in areas that interest you before attempting to create a new article. Creating a new article is probably the hardest task on Wikipedia, and going into it without some experience under your belt could result in hurt feelings and disappointment, which I do not want you to have. You may find it helpful to use the new user tutorial as well. However, if you still want to attempt to create a new article immediately, you should read Your First Article, then go to Articles for Creation. New users cannot directly create articles until the account has 10 edits and is four days old. 331dot (talk) 19:47, 16 June 2019 (UTC)
(edit conflict) Hello, Caden Foxman, and welcome to Wikipedia. Yes, there is. But this is not necessarily the most effective way for you to get involved with Wikipedia. Writing a new article is one of the harder tasks on Wikipedia, and dozens of new articles get deleted every day, because the people who create them haven't spent time learning how Wikipedia works, and what are the criteria for Wikipedia to have an article about a subject. I always advise new users to spend a few weeks or months improving some of our six million existing articles before they try this (and we certainly have plenty that could do with some attention).
In any case, the place to look at when you do want to write a new article is your first article
Incidentally, if you are intending to tell the world about you, your boss, your teacher, your company, your college, your band, your charity, or anything else, this is probably not the right place for it. (Apologies if this does not describe you, but it does describe many new editors who try to start with a new article). Paradoxical though it may seem, Wikipedia is not for telling the world about anything: it is for summarising already-published information about things, which means that the world has already been told about the things before Wikipedia is interested: see notability for more on this. --ColinFine (talk) 19:50, 16 June 2019 (UTC)

Omnibus editions don't require their own pages, right?

Just found a link to a nonexistent page for an omnibus edition on the "Poul Anderson bibliography" page. Could you please tell me if it's all right to remove the link, since I doubt anyone would want to create a page for an omnibus edition?--Thylacine24 (talk) 20:05, 16 June 2019 (UTC)

I'd say your instincts are sound there. --Orange Mike | Talk 20:26, 16 June 2019 (UTC)
Thanks.--Thylacine24 (talk) 01:11, 17 June 2019 (UTC)

June 17

How to change the language

I want to change the text to malayalam — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2405:204:D486:443:DE58:9B77:2AC0:5615 (talk) 00:18, 17 June 2019 (UTC)

Hi! Are you looking for the Malayalam wikipedia page or are you asking about translating articles there into English? Orville1974 (talk) 00:27, 17 June 2019 (UTC)

Hire someone to write about my organisation

Hi, I want to hire some member of wikipidia to write an article for me on wikipidia. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Attornist (talkcontribs) 01:01, 17 June 2019 (UTC)

@Attornist: That's not something you can use Wikipedia to do, you will need to do so elsewhere. I would also urge you to proceed carefully and not immediately hand over any money. Anyone you hire cannot make any guarantees(such as guaranteeing they will write an article that will not be deleted). They will also need to declare their association with you and that you are paying them per the conflict of interest and paid editing policies.
Also note that you would only merit an article on Wikipedia if you meet the notability criteria for biographies; there are also more specific criteria for certain professions(politicians, athletes, musicians, etc.). This is not social media where everyone can have a page. 331dot (talk) 01:11, 17 June 2019 (UTC)
Every politician who has competently completed an election on any level at least once can have an undeletable page, though. Anybody struggling for in-depth independent coverage but legitimately interesting or useful to general audiences might consider winning some small seat. Could resign immediately, if governance isn't appealing. You'd still need sources for your content, but your name would last forever. InedibleHulk (talk) 02:15, June 17, 2019 (UTC)
As the others have indicated, Attornist, that is a bad idea. If Wikipedia has an article about your organisation, it will not be your article (or your organisation's), it will not say what you want it to say, and you will have no control over the content. If you're looking for a way to increase your online presence, Wikipedia is emphatically not the place to do it.
As for hiring: paid editing is not forbidden, but it is set about with restrictions, and many editors (myself included) look on it with suspicion. A Wikipedia article should be written for the benefit of Wikipedia, and absolutely nobody and nothing else. --ColinFine (talk) 09:23, 17 June 2019 (UTC)


I have provided references on Talk page of Dr. Shamsheer Vayalil. Now, editors can look those references (from reliable sources) and can make possible edits. Thanks. ( (talk) 01:18, 17 June 2019 (UTC))

Hi! Thank you for leaving the reference details on the article's talk page. Please follow up with the editors there since there are quite a few who have been involved with helping you who are already following the conversation on that page. Orville1974 (talk) 01:38, 17 June 2019 (UTC)

Definition of fascism

Curious why definition of fascism contains " right wing?" Authoritarian, totalitarian governments can be left or right. Please update since locked and cannot edit. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:31, 17 June 2019 (UTC)

Hi! Please leave a request on the talk page of the article (you can get to it by clicking on the Talk tab at the top of the article), along with a reliable source WP:RS that mentions left wing fascism. Thank you! Orville1974 (talk) 01:40, 17 June 2019 (UTC)
No. This has many been discussed many times and a minority source will not change the consensus. See the red box at top of Talk:Fascism. Of course authoritarian, totalitarian governments can be left wing, but the term fascim indicates right wing. Some people use it as a general slur but Wikipedia gives the political meaning. PrimeHunter (talk) 07:45, 17 June 2019 (UTC)

Voluntary Aid Detachment

Please help - I got ref number 7 all wrong. Thanks in advance. (talk) 07:49, 17 June 2019 (UTC)

It appears like Lee Vilenski fixed the ref. Thanks for pointing it out. OkayKenG (talk) 17:06, 18 June 2019 (UTC)
Sorry didn't see the other post below. Sorry for the ping. OkayKenG (talk) 17:07, 18 June 2019 (UTC)

How to see your View History

Helllo, I want to see my page history (Pages I viewed in Wikipedia) I don't know how to tdo it Can you show me?

RobloxFanEditor (talk) 07:50, 17 June 2019 (UTC)

@RobloxFanEditor: Wikipedia does not have this feature but your browser may store your browsing history. It requires that you used the same browser on the same computer, that the browser has the feature, and that you don't have browser settings to delete the history. It may still be limited how far back the history is stored. What is your browser? PrimeHunter (talk) 08:09, 17 June 2019 (UTC)
Wikipedia does not keep a record of the pages that you viewed, but the list of your contributions (the pages you have edited) is here. Dbfirs 08:09, 17 June 2019 (UTC)

Murali Kumar (dubbing artist)

I have small doubt. If we have many celebritities for same named as Karthik for a example We create Karthi (actor), Singer, director etc for their profession give the title. Then under which heading should the dubbing artist or Voice actor/actress. Please clear my doubt User:ScarlettDeepa94 1:35 , 17 June 2019 (UTC)

@ScarlettDeepa94: We only use descriptions like "(dubbing artist)" to distinguish between article subjects with the same name. We only have one article about the name "Murali Kumar" so I have moved Murali Kumar (dubbing artist) to Murali Kumar. PrimeHunter (talk) 08:19, 17 June 2019 (UTC)


Some other dubbing artiste here their name as Priya Anand, Karthikeyan, Adithya how to create the article and under which heading should gives the person, please mentioned it, and what is the perfect label for the persons dubbing artist or voice actor/actress. please clarifying. User:ScarlettDeepa94 08:40, 17 June 2019 (UTC)

@ScarlettDeepa94: Please sign your posts with ~~~~. This automatically adds a correct UTC time stamp. "(voice actor)" is the common English term but if "(dubbing artist)" is more common in India then I suppose you can use that for Indian voice actors when disambiguation from other articles is needed. PrimeHunter (talk) 09:02, 17 June 2019 (UTC)
Considering we don't have an article for dubbing artist, voice actor should be the disambiguator in my opinion. Best Wishes, Lee Vilenski (talkcontribs) 09:08, 17 June 2019 (UTC)

Here after im using Voice actor header — Preceding unsigned comment added by ScarlettDeepa94 (talkcontribs) 17 June 2019 09:36 (UTC)

Voluntary Aid Detachment

Please help - I got ref number 7 all wrong. Thanks in advance. (talk) 07:49, 17 June 2019 (UTC)

Fixed. I did some general cleanup too. As a note, any time a | is seen within a template (such as {{cite web}}, it starts a new parameter. In this case, it tried to think |charity was a parameter, and that's why it was confused. I changed this to simply Qube, as the rest of the information is irrelevent to the source. Best Wishes, Lee Vilenski (talkcontribs) 09:17, 17 June 2019 (UTC)

Layout glitch

In Siege of Calais (1596), what exactly causes all the images to slip down to the very bottom of the article? I tried to fix that but I couldn't even find the actual source of error. Many thanks in advance for any assistance!--Hildeoc (talk) 11:45, 17 June 2019 (UTC)

Can't see that on a laptop, perhaps you are reading on a phone? Jimfbleak - talk to me? 12:16, 17 June 2019 (UTC)
@Jimfbleak: Thanks. In fact, I'm using a desktop PC browsing with Firefox Quantum.--Hildeoc (talk) 14:28, 17 June 2019 (UTC)

Article publication

when my article will be published on wikipedia please do reply— Preceding unsigned comment added by Amrapaliprakash (talkcontribs)

Your draft is "published" in the sense that you have created it; if you mean "published" in the sense that it is formally part of the encyclopedia, you have not submitted it for a review. I will shortly add the appropriate information to allow you to submit it. 331dot (talk) 12:05, 17 June 2019 (UTC)

Help editing a Wikipedia company page

Hello Wikipedia editors,

I have left a message on the 'Talk' function of the 'SITAONAIR' company page last month, but have yet to receive a response ( ) . I appreciate that this may be due to errors in my use of the talk page, so I'm looking for some guidance.

For transparency, I am a PR professional, paid by the company SITAONAIR – so I am obviously prohibited from making changes directly. This account has been set up specifically with the intention to correct inaccuracies and update information on the SITAONAIR page: SITAOnAir.

Any help would be very much appreciated.


Sam.Wilson.Specialist (talk) 14:47, 17 June 2019 (UTC)

@Sam.Wilson.Specialist:  Done, except, source needed for last item. TimTempleton (talk) (cont) 15:47, 17 June 2019 (UTC)
@Sam.Wilson.Specialist: I'd also like to say thank you. You've followed all of the rules in that regard (other than possibly adding Template:Paid to your user page), I hope you stay around Wikipedia.Naraht (talk) 15:52, 17 June 2019 (UTC)

Help with setting up a dashboard with enrollment link for students

Good morning,

Can someone help me setup a dashboard with enrollment link for my students? Our course starts in Fall and I would like to have this enrollment link. Thank you — Preceding unsigned comment added by Allison.Silveus (talkcontribs) 15:09, 17 June 2019 (UTC)

@Allison.Silveus: You can get started here. - FlightTime (open channel) 17:28, 17 June 2019 (UTC)

Removing a page from a hidden category

Sorry to bother you guys/girls, but I need to know how to remove a page from a hidden category. For example, if a page in the category "Wikipedia articles needing copy edit" is copy edited and requires no more corrections, how do you remove it from the category? Bill Williams (talk) 15:11, 17 June 2019 (UTC)

@LilBillWilliams: To remove it from the category you just remove the template that puts it into the category, so in this case you would remove the {{copy edit}} template. Help:Maintenance template removal should tell you more. DuncanHill (talk) 15:16, 17 June 2019 (UTC)
The category page often says which templates add the category. Category:Wikipedia articles needing copy edit does this. Hidden categories are not technically different from other categories but in Wikipedia they are usually added by templates. PrimeHunter (talk) 18:15, 17 June 2019 (UTC)

Fair use

Hi all! Have a nice day!, as you may see I am enthralled by Japan-related news, even the dark side of its, and I want to contribute to the article Akihabara massacre with a picture depicting the moment of arrest of Tomohiro Kato. Do any of these two qualify as fair use? Thanks in advance and hope you all the best. Number 1 Number 2. --LLcentury (talk) 15:17, 17 June 2019 (UTC)

Thanks for asking, LLcentury. Looking at the non-free content criteria, I don't see how they could meet no 8; but if you think they do, you can go ahead and upload them, and see what others think. --ColinFine (talk) 16:36, 17 June 2019 (UTC)

ColinFine, my pleasure Colin, I will go ahead and try, at most I will receive a warning, but which one would you choose? Thanks for your kindness. --LLcentury (talk) 16:41, 17 June 2019 (UTC)

Help:Cite errors/Cite error ref no input

— Preceding unsigned comment added by Ambersharon2 (talkcontribs) 15:31, 17 June 2019 15:31 (UTC)

@Ambersharon2: The error was caused by the addition of ref tags with no content. (See WP:REFB for more information). Also, the correct link (which needs double square brackets is Rob Evans (basketball) and the lists go in alphabetical order. (Please sign your posts on talk pages by using four tildes like this: ~~~~.) Eagleash (talk) 16:44, 17 June 2019 (UTC)

To pay attention

I have posted a request on Talk page of Shamsheer Vayalil, regarding to add his residence and occupation column in his Wikipedia Infobox. I have also provided links from where these information can be extracted. But an editor is playing with me, he says that I provided incorrect link. When I double checked the link then I found that links are correct and working. So, I request other editors to look in this matter and to add the desired information. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:07, 17 June 2019 (UTC)

It took you three attempts to get the links right, but another editor has now fulfilled one of your requests and I fulfilled the other. Are you happy now? Dbfirs 06:02, 19 June 2019 (UTC)

Regarding Kolkata Metro

I want help regarding the article Kolkata Metro. Recently I updated it, and changed the names of some stations etc. and I cited a official website[1] But a guy named User:Soumo Dutt changes it frequently. I also undid them, but now I am fed up. He neither gives any citations. Someone already told not to do like this in his talkpage, but he still does. I already put this in Wikipedia:Requests for administrator attention. But he is still doing. I need help on what to do so that he doesn't do this anymore? I am trying to edit and put new stuffs day & night, since the article and all other related articles are outdated, and some people like these are wasting it. Please help
Saha talk 16:31, 17 June 2019 (UTC)

Hello, Arnabsaha2212. I don't see any discussion on Talk:Kolkata Metro. That would be the first step in resolving a content dispute. --ColinFine (talk) 16:39, 17 June 2019 (UTC)
ColinFine, ok, i am putting this issue in the article talkpage. Saha talk 17:15, 17 June 2019 (UTC)
ColinFine ya, i have put that on Talk:Kolkata Metro. what next? and i am also unable to undo the unnecessary edits. Saha ( talk ) 17:29, 17 June 2019 (UTC)
Arnabsaha2212: Wikipedia works by consensus. Saying "please do not change" is the same as saying "I am right and you are wrong", and is not an effective opening move in achieving consensus. (Understand that I am not agreeing or disagreeing with your position: I know nothing about the Kolkata Metro. I am talking about how we work towards consensus). --ColinFine (talk) 20:59, 17 June 2019 (UTC)


  1. ^ "Road Ahead….. Projects sanctioned".

I want to file an arbitration request about edits to Mark Bourrie

This page is about me. I see the edits as targeted harassment.2607:FEA8:C360:C3:7034:60A4:AE46:9091 (talk) 16:54, 17 June 2019 (UTC)

Please discuss your concerns on the talk page. I reviewed the article and removed the sentence about you being a paid editor because the reporting said you testified that the payment was unsolicited, and I'm assuming good faith. And thank you for discussing this rather than trying to edit the article yourself. Other editors apparently spent a good amount of time identifying and blocking multiple accounts that were suspiciously editing the article. TimTempleton (talk) (cont) 22:27, 17 June 2019 (UTC)

The entire article is full of smear and violates your policies regarding biographies of living persons. Edits made in the past two and a hlaf months have removed anything positive and highlighted the negative. Again, I request a link to the arbitration page. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2607:FEA8:C360:C3:99F7:DB71:6772:B707 (talk) 00:44, 18 June 2019 (UTC) I am not sure why they call this a help page. My simple request for a link to the arbitration page has been ignored and/or deflected. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2607:FEA8:C360:C3:99F7:DB71:6772:B707 (talk) 13:48, 18 June 2019 (UTC)

  1. You need to recognise that Wikipedia is edited by volunteers all around the world. That means that a particular volunteer may only be able to edit for perhaps an hour in any one of the 24 time zones. TimTempleton replied to you at 22:27 yesterday yet you complained here at 00:44. You then demanded action at 13:00 on the talk page and back here at 13:48.
  2. You have been apparently editing as GoldLilydog, 2607:FEA8:C360:C3:7034:60A4:AE46:9091 and 2607:FEA8:C360:C3:99F7:DB71:6772:B707. How do we know that they are the same person?
  3. How do we know that you are the real Mark Bourrie? This is (in part) why we require independent verification of facts.
  4. Please always sign your edits by adding four tildes: ~~~~.
  5. Arbitration requests are at WP:ARBREQ as you would have found out by entering "arbitration" into Wiki's search box. Please note however that "A request for arbitration is the last step of dispute resolution". Martin of Sheffield (talk) 14:41, 18 June 2019 (UTC)

Reviving a Wikiproject

Hello, Hope you are all doing well. One of the Wikiprojects which I am quite fond of has fell quite a bit into a state of dormancy I am looking towards dedicating substantial time to restore this Wikiproject to its former glory, along with its members, team, logos, etc. The leader of the Wikiproject has been inactive for 9 years now and unfortunately there's no sign of him coming back. Would there be a way to take over the Wikiproject? Thanks. Regards, DoctorSpeed ✉️ —Preceding undated comment added 18:16, 17 June 2019 (UTC)

Wikiprojects don't have leaders. All collaborators are equal. Best Wishes, Lee Vilenski (talkcontribs) 18:46, 17 June 2019 (UTC)
...and as a consequence, there is no "taking over" to be done. List yourself as participant, watchlist the relevant pages, edit articles etc. and voilà - there is an active contributor to the project. TigraanClick here to contact me 14:50, 18 June 2019 (UTC)

Hell, Michigan

Elijah Daniel recently bought the town of Hell, Michigan and renamed it Gay Hell, but when I changed it my Change was reported for vandalism, can you please help? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Esalzano (talkcontribs) 20:51, 17 June 2019 (UTC)

@Esalzano: Hello. Plase discuss the change on the article's talk page. Thank you. — Lauritz Thomsen (talk) 20:54, 17 June 2019 (UTC)
  • The article has now been EC protected two months by User:Swarm; two users have been blocked. That should help with the enthusiastic renaming of the town to 'Gay Hell' by new users. I'll leave a ping for User:VoltronUniverse since they have been one of the people adding 'Gay' to the article text. There is a problem with making unsourced changes. A rapper and Youtuber named Elijah Daniel has been saying that he became mayor of Hell for a day and has used his temporary authority to rename the town to 'Gay Hell'. This appears to be a sort of a joke and would need to be handled with due weight, if confirmed by reliable sources. We do have reliable sources confirming that Daniel *made* the statement; the press seems to be treating that as a human interest item. The report has achieved some currency, presumably as a tongue-in-cheek item. If we want to add this information to the actual article on Hell, Michigan we should get it from a source which is doing more than repeating Daniel's own announcement. EdJohnston (talk) 19:05, 18 June 2019 (UTC)

Ending conflict of interest

I stated that I had a conflict of interest with a company a few years ago. At the time I was a paid contractor with the company.

However, this conflict ended a couple of years ago when the company reorganized. I am no longer either an employee or contractor, or associated with the company - other than being a fan of what they are doing.

Since this conflict no longer exists, how do I get this removed?


PS: I do still have a conflict with the other company listed on my account as I am still a paid contractor with them. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Conquestde (talkcontribs) 22:59, 17 June 2019 (UTC)

Hi @Conquestde: You should not completely remove it (since you did have a conflict at one time, and anyone looking at your past contributions made during that time frame should still be aware of your past paid editing status). Rather, you can change the disclaimer to identify the period in time that you were a paid editor for them. Orville1974 (talk) 01:15, 18 June 2019 (UTC)

Anonymous sources

Should I add a source that has anonymous sources? For example if New York Times interviewed an anonymous person would that be reliable and be included in the article.Manabimasu (talk) 23:15, 17 June 2019 (UTC)

Hi @Manabimasu: Your source would be the New York Times article itself (you could include in the Wikipedia article, "according to an anonymous source" then whatever they said, then the citation linking it to the New York Times if you wanted to clarify that the source the NYT was reporting from was anonymous). Orville1974 (talk) 01:10, 18 June 2019 (UTC)

June 18

William Beechey

Plesase remove the ugly numbers that are all over the photos/files in eth "family" section of this page. I have tried and failed. Thanks (talk) 00:29, 18 June 2019 (UTC)

Done. The problem is when a left-aligned image encounters a bulleted or numbered list - it's often pretty ugly. I just moved the image to the right. Schazjmd Talk 00:43, 18 June 2019 (UTC)

Claiming inactive account names

Sorry to bother you guys/girls, but is it possible to take control of an account that hasn't been used for over 13 years, and has no edits? For example, I would like to use the name BobRoberts, but the name was taken by an editor who hasn't made any edits for and made their account 13 years ago. Bill Williams (talk) 01:57, 18 June 2019 (UTC)

Hi @LilBillWilliams: You're not a bother. I'm glad you asked the question. Since the requested account's home is the English Wikipedia (here), they've been inactive since 2013, and they've had zero contributions: [2], the name change should process should be pretty smooth. Just follow the process here: WP:USURP. The instructions are right above the blue button (basically you'll click the blue button to start the request, enter BobRoberts in place of where you see TARGETNAME, and enter a reason in place of where you see YOUR REASON, then click the publish changes button). You can return to WP:USURP to see the status of the request. Good luck and happy editing! Orville1974 (talk) 04:39, 18 June 2019 (UTC)
Thanks a lot, I appreciate it. Bill Williams (talk) 11:29, 18 June 2019 (UTC)
Hi again @LilBillWilliams:, I see you found the right place and got the process started. Good luck and happy editing! Orville1974 (talk) 22:43, 18 June 2019 (UTC)

Split Bangkok Article

I felt that the following paragraph (its one footnote removed), from the article on Bangkok, should be split. Could anyone please provide me with suggestions as to where? I think the sentence starting with "[f]ollowing" would be best. (I split it there at first, then undid the edit and decided to get feedback here first - twice, because of an accidental edit. Sorry about that, and this long-winded explanation.)--Thylacine24 (talk) 03:59, 18 June 2019 (UTC)

@Thylacine24: - (sorry to edit directly, think it looked simpler) - you are definitely right it should be split at that point. But it could just as well be split into 3 paragraphs, and like in many histories, WW2 makes a good breakpoint.
"Bangkok's economy gradually expanded through international trade, first with China, then with Western merchants returning in the early to-mid 19th century. As the capital, Bangkok was the centre of Siam's modernization as it faced pressure from Western powers in the late-19th century. The reigns of Kings Mongkut (Rama IV, 1851–68) and Chulalongkorn (Rama V, 1868–1910) saw the introduction of the steam engine, printing press, rail transport and utilities infrastructure in the city, as well as formal education and healthcare. Bangkok became the centre stage for power struggles between the military and political elite as the country abolished absolute monarchy in 1932.
Allied with Japan in World War II, it was subjected to Allied bombing, but rapidly grew in the post-war period as a result of US aid and government-sponsored investment. Bangkok's role as a US military R&R destination boosted its tourism industry as well as firmly establishing it as a sex tourism destination. Disproportionate urban development led to increasing income inequalities and migration from rural areas into Bangkok; its population surged from 1.8 million to 3 million in the 1960s.
Following the US withdrawal from Vietnam in 1973, Japanese businesses took over as leaders in investment, and the expansion of export-oriented manufacturing led to growth of the financial market in Bangkok. Rapid growth of the city continued through the 1980s and early 1990s, until it was stalled by the 1997 Asian financial crisis. By then, many public and social issues had emerged, among them the strain on infrastructure reflected in the city's notorious traffic jams. Bangkok's role as the nation's political stage continues to be seen in strings of popular protests, from the student uprisings in 1973 and 1976, anti-military demonstrations in 1992, and successive anti-government demonstrations by opposing groups from 2008 on."

Nosebagbear (talk) 13:45, 18 June 2019 (UTC)

Thanks, no worries for editing directly.--Thylacine24 (talk) 17:15, 18 June 2019 (UTC)

Template error


I added the number of seats held to this article: Long Live Tunisia in the infobox and I get this error:

<div style="background-color: #A91101; width: Expression error: Unexpected < operator%; height: 100%;">

How can I fix it? Thanks! David O. Johnson (talk) 04:55, 18 June 2019 (UTC)

Fixed @David O. Johnson: Hi! I was looking at Template:Infobox Tunisian political party that's used on that page and it looks like for the seat parameter it says "The current number of seats the party holds in the Assembly of Representatives. Write the number only." So for this particular template we don't need to use the Composition bar template. OkayKenG (talk) 05:34, 18 June 2019 (UTC)
*already made the change OkayKenG (talk) 05:38, 18 June 2019 (UTC)
Thank you! David O. Johnson (talk) 05:39, 18 June 2019 (UTC)

To restore information

Respected editors, one major problem has arrived. In Dr. Shamsheer Vayalil wikipedia a major part of information has been removed by an editor from Early life paragraph. Please! restore those information. Thanks. ( (talk) 06:08, 18 June 2019 (UTC))

I have left you a message on my talk page as a reply to your message that you sent earlier today. Regards, Willbb234 (talk) 06:24, 18 June 2019 (UTC)
Content was removed with this edit by Orville1974 as it was both minor and unsourced. Eagleash (talk) 07:40, 18 June 2019 (UTC)
I've responded on my talk page (this was cross-posted there too). Orville1974 (talk) 11:58, 18 June 2019 (UTC)
  • Posted twice at my TP also. Eagleash (talk) 12:30, 18 June 2019 (UTC)

Translating wikipedia

I am trying to translate articles from english pages to the malayalam page. How can I identify the articles that need translation? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Byjuvtvm (talkcontribs) 07:52, 18 June 2019 (UTC)

@Byjuvtvm: there was about 58,000 pages on the Malayalam Wikipedia as of August 2018 compared to nearly 6 million on the English Wikipedia. This means that the vast majority of articles you find haven’t been translated, but you can check by searching the Malayam Wikipedia before translating. Willbb234 (talk) 09:25, 18 June 2019 (UTC)
@Byjuvtvm:You can take a look at content translation on Malayam Wikipedia. There is a suggestion tab that recommends some artcles for translation. --94rain Talk 09:19, 19 June 2019 (UTC)

Verified Editors Issue


Please allow me to present myself. I am the Digital Director working in a reputable advertising agency in Lebanon. We have created a Wikipedia account to one of our clients AM Bank and reached the publication phase. Since we are still not verified editors, we couldn't publish the content online, although all is ready and approved by the client.

Can you please advise, on how we can proceed? The client is following-up continuously and we need to get back to them on this matter.

Looking forward to hearing from you.


Reva Berbari — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 11:14, 18 June 2019 (UTC)

Before wasting any more of your, or your client's, time you need to read WP:PAID, WP:COI and WP:NOTE. Then ask yourself if your client is notable (in Wiki's terms) and are there third party references for all facts. Finally, it doesn't matter a jot whether the article has been approved by your client, once published it may be edited by anyone. Martin of Sheffield (talk) 11:19, 18 June 2019 (UTC)
One other thing: (Please sign your posts on talk pages by using four tildes like this: ~~~~.) Martin of Sheffield (talk) 11:21, 18 June 2019 (UTC)
Hi! After following Martin of Sheffield's advice regarding the steps you'll need to take regarding disclosing your paid contributor status and conflict of interest, if this is the same bank as AmBank, there is already an article published on Wikipedia. The links provided above will guide you on how to request changes (with reliable third-party sources WP:RS) on the talk page of the article: Talk:AmBank. Orville1974
Nevermind, that appears to be a different bank group based in Malaysia. (talk) 11:28, 18 June 2019 (UTC). Updated. Orville1974 (talk) 11:32, 18 June 2019 (UTC)
Note: apparently the article in question is Draft:AM Bank SAL. ‡ Єl Cid of ᐺalencia ᐐT₳LKᐬ 14:48, 18 June 2019 (UTC)
@El cid, el campeador: Thanks for the link. Reva Berbari, as it stands the article has no chance of making it to main space. There are no independent reference other than the government list of banks, the bank's own web and facebook pages are not independent. It also reads like a promotional page, not a neutral assessment of the bank. WP is not social media, it summarises what third parties have said about the subject of the page. Martin of Sheffield (talk) 14:57, 18 June 2019 (UTC)

Eldorado poem by Edgar Allen Poe

Just wanted you to know (I don't know how to add this to the comment section of the poem) that the last part of the poem the paragraph "Over the mountain(s) of the Moon" was featured in an Airwolf episode Season 3, "Airwolf 2" as the location for Kaitlyn (Delrado's Canyon), Hawke and ArchAngel discover the note left behind after she was taken from Santini Air. Hawke begins with "Over the mountain of the moon, down in the valley of the shadow", and ArchAngel finishes "Ride, boldly ride,’ The shade replied,‘If you seek for Eldorado!" Hawke then says "Delrado's canyon". Hawke then contacts Dominic in the Airwolf's lair, tells him they've taken Kate and asks him if he knows where the canyon is, Dominic says "sure" and Hawke tells him " me there and bring the lady" — Preceding unsigned comment added by Brubik5575 (talkcontribs) 14:08, 18 June 2019 (UTC)

I suspect, based on your question, that you found one of our over 5.8 million articles and thought we were affiliated in some way with that subject. Please note that you are at Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia that anyone can edit, and this page is for asking questions related to using or contributing to Wikipedia itself. Thus, we have no special knowledge about the subject of your question. You can, however, search our vast catalogue of articles by typing a subject into the search field on the upper right side of your screen. If you cannot find what you are looking for, we have a reference desk, divided into various subject areas, where asking knowledge questions is welcome. Best of luck. Willbb234 (talk) 15:17, 18 June 2019 (UTC)
@Willbb234: I think it's unlikely that Brubik5575 thinks we are affiliated with Edgar Allan Poe, who died in 1849. I think it's much more likely that they are proposing an addition to the article Eldorado (poem).
@Brubik5575: Wikipedia articles don't have comment sections, but this is the encyclopaedia that anyone can edit, and you are encouraged to be bold and add the material yourself. You should know, however, that information added to Wikipedia articles is required to be cited to a reliable source. You may also wish to read our guidelines on Citing sources and Identifying reliable sources. I think it's unlikely that such a source could be found to support the material you're proposing, though I'd be happy to be proven wrong. – Arms & Hearts (talk) 15:53, 18 June 2019 (UTC)
@Arms & Hearts: I was using the generic template {{Astray}} for confusing questions. Regards, Willbb234 (talk) 18:03, 18 June 2019 (UTC)
Yes, Willbb234, we can see that. And the template you chose was not appropriate to the OP's question. Maproom (talk) 06:31, 19 June 2019 (UTC)

Inability to edit one specific article - how comes? How to return to editing?

By missunderstanding my GIF was deleted from article "Headphones". Now the GIF is restored in Commons (property rights for the image confirmed), but I cannot restore it in the article because this particular article has no "Edit source" tag for me - instead I see "View source". For other articles the editing option is still available. What needs to be done to return to editing of the article and restoring the information deleted by mistake? Thank you in advance for explanation. — Preceding unsigned comment added by WearablesLover (talkcontribs) 14:15, 18 June 2019 (UTC)

The article has been semi-protected, as can be seen from the padlock in the top right hand corner of the article. This prevents IP addresses and non-confirmed accounts from editing and making changes to it. Alternatively, you could post an edit request on the Talk:Headphones talk page which has not been protected. Chaheel Riens (talk) 14:33, 18 June 2019 (UTC)
See Wikipedia:Edit requests and {{Edit semi-protected}} for details. - FlightTime (open channel) 14:37, 18 June 2019 (UTC)

Boaty McBoatface - references within notes

The naming section of Boaty McBoatface contains the sentence "These incidents suggest there is still a clear deficit in understanding how to engage crowds and avoid failures and demonstrate the backlash from NERC’s neglecting the crowd’s choice, which resulted in a sophisticated reaction in other campaigns" - which is backed up by a reference note. However, the reference note itself contains references. Is this an acceptable way of doing things? It seems a bit clunky to me - that a reader would have to follow a ref to find a sentence which is backed up itself by refs? Chaheel Riens (talk) 14:37, 18 June 2019 (UTC)

Notes add information, that information needs to be cited and so it is normal to use references within notes. Martin of Sheffield (talk) 15:22, 18 June 2019 (UTC)
But having "Notes" and "Citations" as subsections of a section called "References" is questionable. Maproom (talk) 06:35, 19 June 2019 (UTC)

Incorrect detail about Antoni Gaudí

The page for Hotel Attraction – almost certainly incorrectly – states that Gaudí was a communist. I brought this up on the talk page of that article last April, which no one has replied to yet:

That doesn't seem right, what with Gaudí's devout Catholic beliefs, and the main Wikipedia page makes no reference to Gaudí being a Communist. I know the link in the footnote says he was, but it seems to be one of only a few sources that make mention of Gaudí as a communist, all of which concern the Hotel Attraction. This leads me to believe that what I think is the original source for this, a page from the blacklisted website Untapped Cities, fabricated it, intentionally or unintentionally.

Could anyone please help me on this? Sorry that I haven't been using block quotes on my other quotes here. (Edit: Also sorry to keep editing the title of this post, among other things; I have OCD.)--Thylacine24 (talk) 17:29, 18 June 2019 (UTC)

 Done I'm no expert on the subject, but I don't see this corroborated anywhere but one or two generic website of dubious reliability. GMGtalk 18:29, 18 June 2019 (UTC)
Thanks.--Thylacine24 (talk) 19:37, 18 June 2019 (UTC)
Mind you, Gaudí did seem to have a humble leisure life of dressing like a beggar (which, notably, indirectly led to his death) and was involved in the design of the College of the Teresians, a building for a Carmelite community that took a vow of poverty, so it's possible that the intention of the project, to serve upper-class hotel patrons, could have offended him, but this is all guesswork on my part.--Thylacine24 (talk) 20:05, 18 June 2019 (UTC)

About talkpage

Is it possible to ping or notify the editors of an article for a discussion in talkpage? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Arnabsaha2212 (talkcontribs) 19:05, 18 June 2019 (UTC)

@Arnabsaha2212: Yes. You can do {{ReplyTo|USER}} replacing USER with the editor's username. RudolfRed (talk) 19:25, 18 June 2019 (UTC)
forgot to mention: see {{ReplyTo}} for more info on this. RudolfRed (talk) 19:25, 18 June 2019 (UTC)
One may also prefer {{u}} or even {{bcc}} over the "@username:" formatting. Eman235/talk 19:52, 18 June 2019 (UTC)
A requirement that is often overlooked, is that you must add the ping and your signature in the same edit, or it will not work - Arjayay (talk) 09:29, 19 June 2019 (UTC)

Help tying up EnWiki, Wikisource, and Wikidata

We have an article C. H. Bovill. That author is on Wikisource as Charles Harry Bovill, and on Wikidata as both Charles Harry Bovill and C. H. Bovill. These articles do not link up to each other properly. How do I sort this out? Thanks, DuncanHill (talk) 19:11, 18 June 2019 (UTC)

One of the entries in Wikidata should be deleted. Ruslik_Zero 20:03, 18 June 2019 (UTC)
That would leave broken links between projects. DuncanHill (talk) 20:09, 18 June 2019 (UTC)
wikidata:Help:Merge will probably help. Eman235/talk 20:19, 18 June 2019 (UTC)
Brilliant, thank you Eman235. It appears I have now successfully merged them and the different project pages link to each other. DuncanHill (talk) 20:25, 18 June 2019 (UTC)

Special:Nearby for arbitrary locations?

Special:Nearby usefully gives a list of nearby articles sorted by distance from my current location. But I would like a tool that allows me to enter a latitude and longitude and get a list of articles close to that location. This was apparently requested several years ago (see phabricator:T51413), but I can't figure out if it was implemented or how to use it. See also Wikipedia:Nearby. Any help would be appreciated. —Granger (talk · contribs) 22:53, 18 June 2019 (UTC)

@Mx. Granger: If you download the free Wikipedia app on a mobile device, there is a map which allows you to locate anywhere in the world and search for articles located in that area. I did a search on the app store by typing ‘Wikipedia’ and it is the first result. I hope that helps, Willbb234 (talk) 06:12, 19 June 2019 (UTC)
Adding to Willbb234's comment, Under Wikipedia:WikiProject Geographical coordinates in one of the sections here, it gives a link to which is like an online version of the same feature. OkayKenG (talk) 06:29, 19 June 2019 (UTC)

June 19

Userbox Help?

Is there a specific sector of Wikipedia where I can ask help relating to userboxes? (I’m specifically meaning if a Userbox I’m looking for exists) James-the-Charizard (talk) 02:14, 19 June 2019 (UTC)

This should help Wikipedia:Userboxes#Users who make userboxes upon request - FlightTime (open channel) 02:21, 19 June 2019 (UTC)
@FlightTime: Thanks! I was gonna see if I could find a Userbox that allows one to show their discord name in it. James-the-Charizard (talk) 02:23, 19 June 2019 (UTC)
@James-the-Charizard: In that case, check out Template:User Discord. OkayKenG (talk) 05:56, 19 June 2019 (UTC)
{{User Discord|account = yourAccount}} OkayKenG (talk) 06:04, 19 June 2019 (UTC)
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