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January 20

I need a map

Hey,

I need a map for the Mid-South (region) article. Not very difficult, jut need to colour some zones on a U.S. map. Where can I ask?

Thanks!

WhatsUpWorld (talk) 04:12, 20 January 2018 (UTC)

Thanks! WhatsUpWorld (talk) 18:16, 20 January 2018 (UTC)

Having a problem with Maps

I asked this at WP:EAR but a more general audience might be able to help. I am having problems adding a map on Mount Carmel East. I'm writing it out: | map_type = Columbus#Ohio#USA | relief = 1 | map_size = 225 | Coordinates = {{coord|39.583700|82.503520|format=dms|display=inline,title|type:landmark_region:US-OH}} The error I get is "Lua error in Module:Location_map at line 469: Unable to find the specified location map definition. Neither "Module:Location map/data/Columbus" nor "Template:Location map Columbus" exists.". I would try to work around this by using an OpenStreetMap but I can't seem to find one already uploaded for Ohio let alone Columbus. So I don't know how to work around this problem. Could a more experienced editor please help me out. Thank you in advance -- Sixflashphoto (talk) 07:35, 20 January 2018 (UTC)

I have added the Ohio locator map, and corrected your coordinates as the ones above point to China. There is an OSM map of Columbus File:Map Columbus (Ohio).jpg, but only the French have a locator template for it. I will have a look at that next week, if I can remember how to template it correctly...Jokulhlaup (talk) 17:23, 20 January 2018 (UTC)
Thank you very much. That OSM map is a great find, I wish I had come across it. I don't believe I know how to do locator template correctly though. -- Sixflashphoto (talk) 17:45, 20 January 2018 (UTC)
Locator map for Columbus Ohio has now been added to the article...Jokulhlaup (talk) 15:25, 22 January 2018 (UTC)
@Jokulhlaup: Oh you're wonderful. Thank you! -- Sixflashphoto (talk) 17:45, 22 January 2018 (UTC)

Vandalism

Can somebody ban Special:Contributions/92.96.150.109 he's vandalising wikipedia?? Niqabu (talk) 09:40, 20 January 2018 (UTC)

We don't normally ban someone for a single comment in an article, but advise them on their talk page that such edits are inappropriate. Perhaps you could do that? Dbfirs 09:51, 20 January 2018 (UTC)

Copyright material

Looking through the Amina Figarova article I noticed that the main part of the text is just copied from this source: http://newyorkjazzworkshop.com/faculty/amina-figarova/ . What must be done is such case? Is it the situation, when copying is allowed? Lidiia Kondratieva (talk) 12:06, 20 January 2018 (UTC)

The identical text was added by User:Bartamina in [1] 20 January 2014. The user has only edited that article. Amina's husband is called Bart so it may have been him. The Internet Archive shows that http://newyorkjazzworkshop.com/faculty/amina-figarova/ added the text after Wikipedia. The latest archived version is from 4 March 2016 where they still did not have the text. Maybe they copied from us, or maybe Bartamina added the text in multiple places. A Google search found other copies including http://www.flandershouse.org/amina-figarova-us-tour?quicktabs_qt_3=second which is dated in 2013 so it appears we cannot use the text without evidence that Bartamina has the copyright. It's very promotional anyway and would need a rewrite. PrimeHunter (talk) 13:35, 20 January 2018 (UTC)
I've speedy deleted the article. It's also a heavy promo, doesn't have independent third-party sources and doesn't say why she is notable, so fails on G12, G11 and A7 Jimfbleak - talk to me? 13:38, 20 January 2018 (UTC)
@Jimfbleak: That seems strict for a 12 year old article with many contributors. It wasn't so promotional before the 2014 copying. Would you consider to restore without the copied material and use WP:PROD or WP:AFD? I get 152 Google News hits on "Amina Figarova" but haven't examined their quality. PrimeHunter (talk) 13:54, 20 January 2018 (UTC)
PrimeHunter, I've restored the 2 September 2012 version, before Bartamina had really got going. It seems never to have had proper RS sources, and there is nothing i the article suggesting notability, so I've AfDed as suggested Jimfbleak - talk to me? 14:12, 20 January 2018 (UTC)
Thanks. PrimeHunter (talk) 14:33, 20 January 2018 (UTC)
It's only an assamption that it could be Amina's husband. Anyone can name his account like that. So, if the material is promotional, but not copirighted as you mentioned above (the source added the text after Wikipedia) and if it's also possible to get some new reliable sources why not to rewrite it sorting old info and adding new from RS? PrimeHunter (talk), could you please share new sources you found? Let's disscuss it. I would be very thankful for mutial work on the article. It would be a nice contribution to Wikipedia as all we are here for this purpose only Lidiia Kondratieva (talk) 17:26, 20 January 2018 (UTC)
I mentioned above that I found another site which contained the material before it was added to Wikipedia. It would have to be rewritten to be used, both to avoid copyright violation and be less promotional. The "Find sources:" list at top of Amina Figarova and Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Amina Figarova looks for the type of sources Wikipedia often likes. The article should satisfy Wikipedia:Notability (music) or Wikipedia:Notability (people). PrimeHunter (talk) 21:32, 20 January 2018 (UTC)

Help pinging users

I'm about to try starting a policy discussion and want to ping some users to contribute. I thought I could use {{Hidden ping|User A|User B}} but my attempt in my sandbox failed to ping me. Can anyone help? Thanks Martinp (talk) 15:14, 20 January 2018 (UTC)

The syntax looks right, but the software doesn't allow you to ping yourself. This post has a {{Hidden ping|Martinp}} here: so you should receive a ping from me. -- John of Reading (talk) 15:28, 20 January 2018 (UTC)
Thanks, John. That makes sense (and I got pinged...) Martinp (talk) 16:46, 20 January 2018 (UTC)t
Pings are caused by a wikilink to the userpage so your signature would ping yourself if it was possible. That would be pretty annoying. {{Hidden ping}} makes the link on a zero-width space so it can normally not be seen or clicked but it's still there in the html. PrimeHunter (talk) 22:04, 20 January 2018 (UTC)

www.gbif.org

Would www.gbif.org be a reliable source when creating the article, Order Bursovaginoidea? The article would mostly contain a list of the species in that order, but before creating a draft for the article, I would like to make sure that it would be okay to use the website as a reference. If not, are there any other website recommendations that have taxonomy details in the Phylum Gnathostomulida?--SkyGazer 512 talk / contributions / subpages 16:56, 20 January 2018 (UTC)

I think it is ok but I still advise you to use a scholarly article in addition to it. (For instance, this). Ruslik_Zero 19:48, 20 January 2018 (UTC)
Ruslik, Thanks for the advice! I will create the draft.--SkyGazer 512 talk / contributions / subpages 19:58, 20 January 2018 (UTC)
Good advice. There are other reliable sources you could also cite, too, such as the WoRMS database (see here) and the NHM (see here). It's always great to see new articles do more than just prove that a taxon exists, and actually say something about it. Nick Moyes (talk) 20:35, 20 January 2018 (UTC)
Nick Moyes, those sources would be great for the article - I never realized they even existed!--SkyGazer 512 talk / contributions / subpages 22:39, 20 January 2018 (UTC)
Glad to be of help, SkyGazer 512. There are plenty of other key sources you might want to be aware of, like the IUCN Red List, the International Plant Name Index (IPNI), Index Kewensis, and so on. Its often worth seeing what othere related article pages have used, or consider joining one of the WikiProjects relayed to a particular group. Be aware, too, that accepted classification systems for individual groups do also vary over time, so, especially amongst obscure taxa, you may find different naming systems, so be alert for synonyms, as well as redundant group names. Regards from the UK, Nick Moyes (talk) 09:08, 21 January 2018 (UTC)

January 21

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laura_Spinney - commercial?

Hello, sorry to use this way of contacting you - writing a review about her book "The pale rider" for a German radio-station, I wanted to know a bit more about Laura Spinney and found this link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laura_Spinney

It reads as if it would have been written to promote the book - is this possible?

Cheers and all the best

Dagmar — Preceding unsigned comment added by 79.237.81.71 (talk) 11:15, 21 January 2018 (UTC)

Hello Dagmar, I have removed 'positively' from the mention of newspaper reviews as it was unsourced. The article was begun in mid-2017 so the publication of the book may have 'sparked' its creation. However, it was written by an editor with several years experience and a large edit history. IMO It is reasonably factual and neutral. Eagleash (talk) 17:01, 21 January 2018 (UTC)
I have to ask, is Dagmar your real name? Apart from the pub in EastEnders (famously torched by Dirty Den in the late '80s) and other real-world hotels and bars, the only time I've heard the name applied to a person is in Frank Zappa's "Broken Hearts Are For Assholes" from Sheik Yerbouti (one of the best albums ever made). I can't help picturing you with whiskers sticking out from underneath of your pancake make-up. Face-grin.svg nagualdesign 02:10, 22 January 2018 (UTC)

Language translate.

Hello, I'm a french user and I want to translate some page which have not been translate in my language. For exemple: " Hopeless Fountain Kingdom " an album by Halsey is only in english and a few other languages. I want to translate this page in french but I can't. Can I have help? Thanks. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Unwayy (talkcontribs) 13:52, 21 January 2018 (UTC)

Hello, Unwayy. You are welcome to translate Wikipedia articles into other languages for other Wikipedias: WP:translate us is a guide to how to do it. I can't help beyond that, because you have not said what kind of problems you are having. --ColinFine (talk) 14:44, 21 January 2018 (UTC)
@ColinFine: As far as I can understand, Unwayy wants to translate enwiki article Hopeless Fountain Kingdom to frwiki. Alas I can't help in translation (I don't speak French). What concerns technical aspects of translation and publishing a translated article at frwiki, I think fr:Projet:Traduction/Traduire des articles du Wikipédia anglais (in French: Project:Translation/Translating articles of English Wikipedia) could be useful. --CiaPan (talk) 15:31, 21 January 2018 (UTC)

American or British spelling

I saw an article that had the word "realise" in it, and I changed it to "realize," before I remembered that the spelling in British English is different than that of Americans. Most articles, I've noticed, use American spelling. Does this mean that American English spelling should be used rather than British English spelling?--SkyGazer 512 talk / contributions / subpages 16:39, 21 January 2018 (UTC)

The policy is at WP:ENGVAR. Spelling should be consistent within any one article, and articles on American topics will normally have American spelling (and similar fro British), but otherwise it is best to leave the spelling as it is. In cases of disagreement, the first use of a variety of spelling should be retained. In the case of your last edit, American spelling was appropriate for consistency within the article. Dbfirs 16:47, 21 January 2018 (UTC)
Thanks, that's helpful.--SkyGazer 512 talk / contributions / subpages 16:57, 21 January 2018 (UTC)
@SkyGazer 512: I'd like to add that in British English that word can actually be spelled (or spelt) realise or realize, with the latter being much more prevalent. I personally prefer using -ize, known as Oxford spelling. Most Brits who shun such things, in my experience, do so only because they assume -ize is an Americanism (and it's fashionable to think we're somehow better than "the yanks" when it comes to language, notwithstanding the fact that most of us have never heard of Oxford spelling). nagualdesign 18:23, 21 January 2018 (UTC)
I'm a Brit, I've heard of Oxford spelling and I still prefer ise, as do the setters of my daily crosswords... Jimfbleak - talk to me? 19:24, 21 January 2018 (UTC)
I suppose zeds aren't very helpful when you're trying to set a crossword. nagualdesign 19:33, 21 January 2018 (UTC)
I learnt the rules of Oxford spellings many years ago, but they are falling out of fashion. Most schools now teach the "ise" endings in the UK (though I expect someone will know of exceptions). Dbfirs 23:05, 21 January 2018 (UTC)
I'm surprized that our schools would be so prescriptive. nagualdesign 23:19, 21 January 2018 (UTC) (That was a joke. I know how to spell surprised, nor am I really surprised.)

Where is the list of words used on WP not defined in Wiktionary

At one point, there was a project on this wiki to find words that were used in Wikipedia articles but that did not exist as Wiktionary entries, on the theory that such words were likely to be either misspellings to be changed here, or valid words that Wiktionary would want to add. Is this project still ongoing, and where is/was it? (Apologies if I should have asked this in a different forum.) -sche (talk) 18:42, 21 January 2018 (UTC)

I'm anaspeptic, frasmotic, even compunctuous to have caused you such pericombobulation. nagualdesign 18:53, 21 January 2018 (UTC)
Note to the humourless: In case you think I'm being unhelpful here, I've spent the last 10 minutes searching for this list of words. Unfortunately I've failed to find it, but not for lack of trying. nagualdesign 19:21, 21 January 2018 (UTC)
I don't have time to punch you. Here´s my fist, kindly run into it. Gråbergs Gråa Sång (talk) 22:21, 21 January 2018 (UTC)
I have to say in my 10 years here I have never heard of such a project. Is it possible it was hosted at Wiktionary and not here? Beeblebrox (talk) 19:25, 21 January 2018 (UTC)
Thank you both for trying to help. I hoped someone might just know what/where it was, to save me from doing this, but I just paged through every month of Wiktionary's announcement page until I found the announcement of it: it's Wikipedia:Typo Team/moss. It seems it hasn't been updated in a while, which is a shame, since it seems like the sort of endeavor that benefits both projects, but I'll take that on up the Typo Team talk page. :) Thanks! -sche (talk) 19:57, 21 January 2018 (UTC)
Damn, I was so close! I chanced upon Wikipedia:Typo Team/Wiktionary cheat sheet at one point (by searching for WP:words not in Wiktionary). A miss is as good as a mile. nagualdesign 20:22, 21 January 2018 (UTC)

How to ensure other Wikipedians are notified?

Hi, how can I make sure other Wikipedians get a notification when I reply to a message they have left on my talk page? Or if I want to mention & notify them on a different page like an article's talk page?

I played around using {{ping|paulmarsy}} whilst not being logged in on my sandbox but didn't get any notification? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Paulmarsy (talkcontribs) 18:54, 21 January 2018 (UTC)

  • You need to sign the comment, or it doesn't work. The format is {{ping|Username}} <optional message text> ~~~~. Thanks, Black Kite (talk) 18:57, 21 January 2018 (UTC)
You can also use the colon in front of your text to notify someone. Ramesty (talk) 23:37, 21 January 2018 (UTC)
Colons are used for indentation. The question was about notification, which is when you link to someone's user page in your comment and they subsequently receive a message letting them know about it. nagualdesign 00:09, 22 January 2018 (UTC)

Spelling Error

Link: Abi, Uzo-Uwani

The correct spelling of this Town is Abbi (with two B's) and NOT Abi (with one "B").

Please make necessary corrections. Thank You. — Preceding unsigned comment added by AglowRaph (talkcontribs) 21:16, 21 January 2018 (UTC)

See Wikipedia:Help desk#Wrong Spelling and Location of my Town above. Eagleash (talk) 21:30, 21 January 2018 (UTC)
Please remember to sign your posts using four tildes: ~~~~ nagualdesign 21:39, 21 January 2018 (UTC)

"Pedias"

Why are there so many pedias? I've heard of Wikipedia, Simple English Wikipedia, a Mario Pedia, and some others?Ramesty (talk) 23:36, 21 January 2018 (UTC)

The suffix -pedia means related to learning and is known from encyclopedia. Many online encyclopedias and similar websites have chosen a name with suffix -pedia. But your example "Mario Pedia" is not actually called Mariopedia so I wonder whether your question was serious. PrimeHunter (talk) 00:00, 22 January 2018 (UTC)
(Edit conflict) I think you mean "wikis", as in mariowiki.com. In answer to your question, I suspect it's because the MediaWiki software is free and has become the de facto standard for collaborative web building, and using wiki or -pedia in the title helps people to understand how the website is likely to function. nagualdesign 00:02, 22 January 2018 (UTC)
Maybe a better question would be, are all of these affiliated with Wikipedia? Ramesty (talk) 00:57, 22 January 2018 (UTC)
No. Many websites have wiki or pedia in the name without being affiliated with Wikipedia. A wiki is just a type of website, and "pedia" in a name just hints that a site may be an encyclopedia or other learning resource. PrimeHunter (talk) 01:26, 22 January 2018 (UTC)
"Wikipedia" is a registered trademark so a site with Wikipedia in the name is either the official website Wikipedia (or a part of it), or the site is violating the trademark. No notable sites do that. There are around 300 language editions of Wikipedia. The simple English Wikipedia is one of them. The English Wikipedia (this site en.wikipedia.org) is another. When people say "Wikipedia" while speaking English, they often mean the English Wikipedia. PrimeHunter (talk) 01:36, 22 January 2018 (UTC)
300? Wow, I had no idea there were so many! That's more Wikipedias than there are countries in the world, isn't it? I've never really thought about it before but I would have guessed that there are more countries than languages. It's amazing the things I learn around here. nagualdesign 01:49, 22 January 2018 (UTC)
You'll find the list at meta:List of Wikipedias. --David Biddulph (talk) 02:25, 22 January 2018 (UTC)
nagualdesign: in Papua New Guinea, "There are 852 known languages in the country". That's way more than the number of countries in the world. Maproom (talk) 09:11, 22 January 2018 (UTC)
Some of those statistics are incredible. The English Wikipedia has over 125k active users and 5.555 million articles. The Cebuano language, which I've never even heard of, has 5.383 million articles, and they managed that with just 1/48th the number of edits we took... Great link. nagualdesign 02:38, 22 January 2018 (UTC)
The Cebuano Wikipedia has few readers and almost no editors. Nearly all articles were made by Lsjbot and have never been edited by a human. PrimeHunter (talk) 02:51, 22 January 2018 (UTC)
I would have guessed that many of them were made via machine translation, otherwise the 150 active users must have been incredibly busy. The Lsjbot article is interesting too. Johansson's wife is called Smiley. Trust a computer programmer to marry a woman called Smiley, eh? I wonder if she looks like this → Face-smile.svg ? nagualdesign 03:03, 22 January 2018 (UTC)
Wasn't there a "pedia" that was supposed to be the opposite of Wikipedia or something? I do remember that the symbol wasn't completely circular and that it was brown instead of white. Ramesty (talk) 03:12, 22 January 2018 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── Uncyclopedia? {{3x|p}}ery (talk) 03:45, 22 January 2018 (UTC)

January 22

About Global IPBE unable to edit via Tor Browser

Hi everyone, I am 1233. I want to have a quick question about the problem which occurs over me: I am currently holding a global IPBE, which enables me to bypass TOR lock. However, I am unable to do so, which makes me be restricted to contribute to this wiki. I want to know if Tor exit nodes are double banned locally in English Wikipedia? --1233Talk 05:13, 22 January 2018 (UTC)

Hello 1233, I may be wrong but I notice in your global account info that you belong to the ip-block exempt group only at zh.wikipedia.org and not on en.wikipedia.org. I suspect that having the global ip-block exempt right does not automatically add you to the English Wikipedia's ip-block exempt group (the "group" is different from the "right"). It's only when you get added to the ip-block exempt group that you get the additional torunblocked right. For example, administrators on the English Wikipedia have automatic ip block exempt rights, but do not have the torunblocked rights, so cannot use TOR browsers for editing, unless they separately request for being added to the ip-block exempt group. In summary, simply apply for the rights here using the procedure described at Wikipedia:IP block exemption#Used for anonymous proxy editing, mentioning that you already have been added to the ip-block exempt group at zh.wikipedia.org. But of course, other editors here may have clearer answers for you. Thanks, Lourdes 08:59, 22 January 2018 (UTC)
@Lourdes:, according to this explaination of Global IP Block Exempt, which I am talking about, it shows that it does have the permission of torunblocked. This made me curious if the local wiki did block tor exit nodes as another layer.--1233Talk 09:03, 22 January 2018 (UTC)
You're right of course. I'll request PrimeHunter who may have more insights into this. In the meanwhile, try to do some test edits through a fresh browser (or after clearing the cookies in your current browser) just to be sure you're not being stopped by a cookie block. Thanks, Lourdes 13:39, 22 January 2018 (UTC)
A lot of Tor proxies (but by no means all) are locally blocked both as Tor and for a variety of other reasons. You will not be able to edit from these "double-banned" IPs without a local exemption. You can tell if this is the case when you try to edit - whether you see MediaWiki:Torblock-blocked or some other block message. If it's some other message then try changing IP and editing from a different exit node (a few times). -- zzuuzz (talk) 14:09, 22 January 2018 (UTC)

Editing the Film page for STILL (film)

Hi there,

I work for the production company that made STILL (film). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Still_(film)

I wanted to add some film festivals and additional reviews and also to possibly replace the synopsis which at the moment is far too long.

Over the weekend we had someone add some of the festivals that our film had been to, but these were deleted, why is that?


Blunt Stuff Blunt stuff (talk) 06:41, 22 January 2018 (UTC)

  • Note; editor is currently blocked for persistent disruptive edits.
@Blunt stuff: There are messages at your talk page which go some way to explaining the situation as do the edit summaries left by other editors. However, in brief, the edits were removed because listing multiple festivals at which a film has been shown is not considered conventional practice. Moreover, the edits were promotional, removed negative reviews and also (perhaps most importantly) contained copyright violations. You also need to read WP:PAID and WP:COI and make the necessary disclosures. This is not optional you must do this if you wish to resume editng once the block has expired. Eagleash (talk) 07:04, 22 January 2018 (UTC)
Many thanks for you response. My apologies - I have not edited on Wikipedia before and wasn't entirely aware of the rules. I will not remove any of the negative reviews. I would however like to add some more of the positive ones. We were merely wanting to make the page a little more reflective of the reception the film had received as our reviews. Our positive to negative ratio was more along the lines of 70:30 in terms of critic reviews. However, I do appreciate your notes. I did not realise that listing festivals was outside of the norm. Are we allowed to list awards as per other pages that have done the same eg https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taking_Stock

Many thanks, Blunt Stuff Blunt stuff (talk) 22:12, 22 January 2018 (UTC)

Spelling issues

Hello, please, I am new here. I want to know how I can get to edit on spelling. — Preceding unsigned comment added by KnowledgeExplorer (talkcontribs) 11:07, 22 January 2018 (UTC)

Hey KnowledgeExplorer. You may want to consider taking our interactive tutorial at The Wikipedia Adventure, which can help orient you to how editing Wikipedia generally works. GMGtalk 14:19, 22 January 2018 (UTC)
(edit conflict)There are automated scripts that are used to go through articles looking for spelling errors, but they can't find them all, so when you see a spelling error, just correct it, but beware of changing from one variety of English to another because this is usually unhelpful. See WP:ENGVAR for details. Dbfirs 14:27, 22 January 2018 (UTC)
@KnowledgeExplorer: If fixing spelling interests you, then check out the typo team at WP:TYPO. There is information and links there on how to find and correct spelling errors in the encyclopedia. RudolfRed (talk) 17:24, 22 January 2018 (UTC)

Michael Stevens page is wrong

You see I did this and its been changed, can you fix it please? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 85.92.185.147 (talk) 12:40, 22 January 2018 (UTC)

There are no edits to a page of that name from the IP address shown. Please provide a link to the page in question as there are several Michael Stevens. Please also clarify what you feel is wrong and what changes you would like to see made. Please provide appropriate references. Thank you. Eagleash (talk) 13:08, 22 January 2018 (UTC)

Question about uploading free images that came from another websites.

So I have a question. Does free images from another websites can be uploaded on Wikipedia? Many images are taken using a camera and uploaded on another website by others. I know it is not copyrighted, but I'm not sure if it's acceptable here on Wikipedia or not. PhinbellaMedia (talk) 12:52, 22 January 2018 (UTC)

  • Note; above moved from talk page. Eagleash (talk) 13:00, 22 January 2018 (UTC)
How do you know that the photographs are not copyright? Usually the photographer will own the copyright. Dbfirs 14:16, 22 January 2018 (UTC)
PhinbellaMedia, copyrighted text and images are not allowed in Wikipedia, as outlined in this policy. Images are considered copyright unless they state clearly and explicitly that they are public domain, or are verifiable as so old that they are out of copyright. Copyright images can only be used if their copyright status is clearly marked as CC BY-SA 3.0 or equivalent which allows free distribution use and modificationfor any purpose including commercial. Jimfbleak - talk to me? 14:24, 22 January 2018 (UTC)
  • According to current copyright law, images (and text) are copyrighted automatically and with no need for an explicit declaration of copyright. The creator is the copyright holder. The copyright holder may choose to release the work into the public domain or to release it under a liberal license, but only by making an explicit declaration. Wikipedia has a policy of adhering to the law: we don't "choose" to reject copyrighted works: rather, we try hard to avoid breaking the law. -Arch dude (talk) 15:49, 22 January 2018 (UTC)

Is my user page good enough to be a real page?

Would my user page https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Saxo_Broko be able to become a real page E,g https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saxo_Broko — Preceding unsigned comment added by Saxo Broko (talkcontribs) 15:02, 22 January 2018 (UTC)

No. The criteria for a Wikipedia article are at WP:Notability, and you would also need to read the advice at WP:Your first article, and the advice against autobiography. Your page is also not suitable as a user page. --David Biddulph (talk) 15:26, 22 January 2018 (UTC)
(edit conflict) Sorry, NO Saxo Broko, you should please blank your userpage, see WP:FAKEARTICLE. If you one day become notable, somebody else will notice and maybe write an article about you. Kind regards, Sam Sailor 15:29, 22 January 2018 (UTC)

The name of Folketeateret is not spelled correct. How do I change it.

I represent the owner of Folketeateret in Oslo. www.folketeateret.no. The main name of the article is not correctly spelled. There is a theatre in Copenhagen that is called Folketeatret, but we are Folketeateret. The incorrect spelling of our nam here at Wikipedia also leads to incorrect spelling on Googlemaps etc.

How du I change the main name of the article?

My email is <redacted>

Knud Dahl Managing Director Folketeateret — Preceding unsigned comment added by 109.74.178.234 (talk) 15:57, 22 January 2018 (UTC)

I have moved the page to the correct spelling ~ GB fan 16:10, 22 January 2018 (UTC)
I did too! I wondered why it put me into editing the redirect. By the way, the only substantial source cited spells it as "Folketeatret". I am guessing that this is a Riksmal/Nynorsk issue. --ColinFine (talk) 16:16, 22 January 2018 (UTC)

Correction of my name

Please, I would like to correct my username. How can I do this ? The correct one is Leonardo Juvencio de Carvalho

Tks — Preceding unsigned comment added by Leonardo JUvencio de Carvalho (talkcontribs) 17:37, 22 January 2018 (UTC)

The procedure is explained at WP:UNC. Note the comment about accounts with few edits, which seems to apply in this case. Dorsetonian (talk) 17:51, 22 January 2018 (UTC)

Is it possible?

Is it even possible to send thanks to an edit done by an IP address? It looks like you can only send thanks to an edit done by someone who has registered an account... If it isn't possible, why can't I do it? I found many edits done by IP addresses that I wanted to send thanks to but I can't do it... VibeScepter (talk) (contributions) 20:07, 22 January 2018 (UTC)

@VibeScepter: According to WP:THANK it only works for registered users. You could leave a thank you message on the IP editor's talk page. RudolfRed (talk) 20:28, 22 January 2018 (UTC)
But to whom exactly do you want to send your thank? Today one person may be behind an IP address and the next day it may be another person? Ruslik_Zero 20:30, 22 January 2018 (UTC)
If you're referring to edits that you discover some time after they've been made, there's little point in thanking the editor in question – making edits to improve articles is why most of us come here in the first place. However, edits to an article are often discussed in its Talk page before being made, so if you're a participant in, or passive reader of, such a discussion while it happens (which may take place over several days) you could add a line thanking the IP Editor at the end of that discussion. {The poster formerly known as 87.81.230.195} 90.200.41.3 (talk) 22:29, 22 January 2018 (UTC)

Page on The Spitz

This page erroneously quotes “Roland Pietsch” as “venue manager”. I worked with Roland for years and he was a part time bartender who helped with the banking once a week. I was The Spitz’s Venue Manager for years - I changed it from being a venue with the occasional outside promotion to over 10 in-house promotions per month and shows 7 days a week on two floors. I booked all the bands listed on the Wikipedia page, except one or two. I put on 4 festivals per year and booked over 1000 bands per year at the Spitz during this time. I was VM from 2002 til 2008, and before me it was Joel Mills. It’s not important in terms of ego but it was extremely hard work and had nothing to do with Roland - credit where credit’s due and all that, and I do think historically accurate articles are preferred. Thanks and btw it’s cool to see a page on The Spitz it was a magical adventure and totally unique. Martin Wissenberg — Preceding unsigned comment added by 188.29.165.191 (talk) 20:24, 22 January 2018 (UTC)

It was added here a little over 10 years ago, and the name looks like a signature in article space. I have removed it. Dorsetonian (talk) 20:31, 22 January 2018 (UTC)

MLT Aikins LLP

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MLT Aikins LLP is a full-service law firm with a distinguished history, providing years of industry experience to Western Canada. With more than 240 lawyers across six locations, MLT Aikins is one of the largest firms in Canada, well-equipped to handle the multifaceted needs of its clients.

MLT Aikins was created in January 2017 as a result of the merger of Aikins, Macaulay & Thorvaldson (Aikins) and MacPherson Leslie & Tyerman (MLT). MLT Aikins is the only law firm to have offices in Winnipeg (MB), Regina (SK), Saskatoon (SK), Calgary (AB), Edmonton (AB) and Vancouver (BC). MLT Aikins lawyers are continuously recognized for their hard work and results by publications such as Lexpert, Chambers Global, Martindale-Hubbell, Best Lawyers and Benchmark Canada.

— Preceding unsigned comment added by Npaulhunnighan (talkcontribs) 21:10, 22 January 2018 (UTC)

@Npaulhunnighan: This isn't the place to start an article. Please read through WP:YFA and use the wizard there to create a draft for review. Remember that this is an encyclopedia and not a place to list or promote your business. RudolfRed (talk) 21:38, 22 January 2018 (UTC)
You might also want to look at WP:Neutral and WP:COI. Jap2.0 (talk) 21:43, 22 January 2018 (UTC)

January 23

Reroute page

When I go here, and press the talk page button, and then press the draft button (notice that I didn't say "back" button), it takes me to a different page. Can you fix that?Ramesty (talk) 03:03, 23 January 2018 (UTC)

I removed the redirect. RJFJR (talk) 03:06, 23 January 2018 (UTC)

Does original research apply to art?

I'm not aware of policies here about that, but is it allowed to add examples (pictures ) of painting techniques in articles treating them? Most of the artist works are finished, thought that it would be interesting to have previous steps (which highlight those techniques). If they're from someone I know, would they be allowed? Yaḥyā ‎ (talk) 05:41, 23 January 2018 (UTC)

I'm not quite sure what you have in mind, but generally graphics are given a looser rein than text. If you create a map to show the range of a species or a diagram to illustrate how something works, that's generally OK if there are no other issues Jimfbleak - talk to me? 06:44, 23 January 2018 (UTC)
Thanks, is there a policy about that? I didn't find one. Yaḥyā ‎ (talk) 07:04, 23 January 2018 (UTC)
I'm not sure that I understand the question. If you create an image to show how impasto is used, I can't imagine what policy could prevent you from using it in Wikipedia. But if you take a photograph of an incomplete work by another artist to show such a technique, the artist would still have copyright in it. Maproom (talk) 08:10, 23 January 2018 (UTC)
Yaḥyā ‎. If you are showing the sequences in a process and it's verifiably your own work, you can license it as such whether you have created a drawing or a photograph. If it's a "based on", like all maps and many diagrams, you need to say that too. Jimfbleak - talk to me? 11:31, 23 January 2018 (UTC)

Emails

I haven't used the Wiki email system for some time and have forgotten how to use it. Instructions, please! P-123 (talk) 09:49, 23 January 2018 (UTC)

If your intended recipient has enabled email, you'll see an "Email this user" link from the left-hand toolbar on the user's talk page. Alternatively you can go via Special:EmailUser/, but if there you choose a username who has not enabled email it will tell you so. --David Biddulph (talk) 10:20, 23 January 2018 (UTC)
See more at Wikipedia:Emailing users. PrimeHunter (talk) 11:24, 23 January 2018 (UTC)
The usual way to communicate about Wikipedia topics is via the user's talk page, of course, and Wikipedia regards this communication as mail. Dbfirs 11:37, 23 January 2018 (UTC)

Editing articles that needa citation

If I am editing articles which needs citation [citation needed] and I come across the source which bears the information on this topic should I add a link to it? (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ralph_C._Smedley) And the second question is: when I compare the source and the article and see it's a Plagiarism shall I add the link to the source or shall I edit the text by the way of paraphrasing it? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Lyupant (talkcontribs) 12:55, 23 January 2018 (UTC)

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