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April 24

How do I resubmit my article?

I have made some revisions as requested and ready to resubmit my article but cannot find a way to resubmit it. I would appreciate any help. Thank you, Lisa — Preceding unsigned comment added by Lmroiter (talkcontribs) 01:38, 24 April 2017 (UTC)

I see that you worked out how to resubmit, and have done so, but the reason that you couldn't immediately see how to do so was that in this edit you had deleted the previous feedback and comment, and by doing so you deleted the box with the "Resubmit" button. The way it works is that the previous feedback and comments stay on the draft (to help you and to help subsequent reviewers) until the draft is accepted for publication, at which stage the reviewer will remove the feedback and comments as part of the process of publishing the new article to mainspace. That's why the feedback includes the instruction <!-- Do not remove this line! -->. --David Biddulph (talk) 06:03, 24 April 2017 (UTC)

User contributions

Hello, why is there actually no link for a user's contributions with their signature? Wouldn't that make sense – analogously to the revisions in the page history, where you do already have this function apart from the talk link?--Hubon (talk) 02:49, 24 April 2017 (UTC)

I don't know why there's no contributions link, by default, in signatures of registered users. (There is for IPs.) I could speculate, but maybe a developer could say for sure. If you want to link your contributions, you can create a custom signature. If you want to navigate to other users' contributions more easily, you can enable Popups. RivertorchFIREWATER 05:42, 24 April 2017 (UTC)
I will second the recommendation regarding pop-ups. I use it so often, I sometimes forget that it is not a default and must be enabled. It does quite a few nice things but one of them is that when I hover over your name I get access to a dozen or so links one of which is contributions.--S Philbrick(Talk) 20:27, 24 April 2017 (UTC)
Thanks to both of you, RivertorchFIREWATER and S Philbrick! Would then one of you maybe like to forward this to Phabricator? Since I don't know how things work over there...--Hubon (talk) 00:15, 25 April 2017 (UTC)
Sorry, what does Phabricator have to do with this? The point is that if you enable Popups, you'll have exactly what you want. And much more. --S Philbrick(Talk) 01:25, 25 April 2017 (UTC)
Never heard of Phabricator before today. It doesn't seem to have anything to do with Wikipedia or any of the WMF projects. RivertorchFIREWATER 02:44, 25 April 2017 (UTC)
@Rivertorch: Phabricator is the tool used for reporting and tracking bugs in the Wikimedia software. --David Biddulph (talk) 04:10, 25 April 2017 (UTC)
I guess I should've known that. I did once file a bug report. Ancient history now. RivertorchFIREWATER 16:50, 26 April 2017 (UTC)
Signatures for IPs are determined by MediaWiki:Signature-anon. The MediaWiki default seen at MediaWiki:Signature-anon/qqx only links contributions. The English Wikipedia has chosen to also link the talk page. There is no reason to link the user page for IP's. Signatures for users without a custom signature are determined by MediaWiki:Signature. The MediaWiki default at MediaWiki:Signature/qqx is nearly identical (it's coded a little differently but the only practical difference is that we avoid a bold selflink on the user's own talk page). The English Wikipedia could add a third link or replace one of the two existing links. There is only reason for a Phabricator request if you want to the change the default for all MediaWiki wikis or all Wikimedia wikis. I don't expect that would be done and I also think consensus for changing the English Wikipedia is unlikely. PrimeHunter (talk) 21:23, 25 April 2017 (UTC)
@PrimeHunter: I must admit that I am a bit confused by your answer now... I was asking: Why don't we add the link "contribs" to a user's signature (regardless of whether they are registered or not) apart from the already existing "talk" link (– and yes, I do in fact mean for all WM projects). In this context, I cannot quite follow your comment.--Hubon (talk) 20:45, 26 April 2017 (UTC)

URLs for references

Is there a policy/essay/whatever that says that references to sources that exist online should have URLs? Hack (talk) 03:05, 24 April 2017 (UTC)

Hack, please see WP:REFB#Information_to_include. DES (talk) 04:11, 24 April 2017 (UTC)

Incorrect info

Was reading about the 4 Corners area of Florida. I live in this area 24+yrs. U have the Counties correct. However, cities r wrong.Sanford should not be included. Its not near 4 Corners. Clermont (Lake County) is part of 4 Corners. Plz update this asap. This is a very heavy/busy Tourist Area. They are already confused, without Wiki Confusing them more due 2 wrong info! Thanks! — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 05:31, 24 April 2017 (UTC)

Hello. It would be helpful if you'd specify what articles are involved. RivertorchFIREWATER 05:33, 24 April 2017 (UTC)

Adding refs

I have already asked this question and had some replies, but because I'm not very competent, I'd appreciate a bit more help. I am editing this article:

In the notes section, I have added note 5. This refers to p.23 of the book in note 9. If someone could change this so that the book appears in the correct section, I think I'd be able to see what is going on and then be able to work out how to do add more page refs to this or some of the other reference works myself. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Daveleicuk (talkcontribs) 08:55, 24 April 2017 (UTC)

Already done, by User:Trappist the monk. Maproom (talk) 09:34, 24 April 2017 (UTC)

Problem replacing the logo on the page LM Wind Power

Hello, I am having trouble replacing the logo on the page LM Wind Power. The company was acquired by GE Renewable Energy and now has a new official logo.

When I try to upload the new jpeg file, I am unable to update the Destination File Name. It shows text there in a png file format, that I cannot click on or edit. Then, when I click "Upload file" I receive the error message that I cannot upload a png file, even though my file is a jpeg. Thanks for your help with resolving this error. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Windcomms (talkcontribs) 09:31, 24 April 2017 (UTC)

User:Windcomms has been editing this article, and only this article, for two years now. I have blocked them as a spamusername, since it seems pretty evident that this particular duck is the "communications" (i.e., PR) office of LM Wind Power. --Orange Mike | Talk 22:18, 24 April 2017 (UTC)

need help

Hi Im new to Wikipedia An author asked me to upload a page about him I did it but the next day it was deleted the reason was: "23:05, 23 April 2017 Graeme Bartlett (talk | contribs) deleted page Alessandro Boccaletti (G12: Unambiguous copyright infringement)"

Can some one explain to me the reason ? or how do I upload an author page with links to the books ? thanks Laorin — Preceding unsigned comment added by Laorin (talkcontribs) 09:45, 24 April 2017 (UTC)

Laorin, Graeme Bartlett, an administrator, apparently detected that the text of the article, or a significant part of it, was copied from or closely paraphrased from an outside source. Wikipedia has a very strong policy against accepting content that violates any copyright. Articles need to be written in original words, not copied from another web page, including the subjects own bio or resume. Graeme Bartlett did not include in the log entry the URL or other source that was infringed, so i can not quickly verify that his conclusion was accurate, but I have no serious doubt that it was. An article (not just a page) about an author can and should include links to his or her works, but must be an original text describing the author and the author's works.
Note that before being deleted as a copyright infringement, the article had been challenged as being overly promotional.
You may find it easier to work in the draft space, using the article wizard until you have the sources properly cited and the tone properly neutral, but even in draft space you may not simply paste in text from elsewhere. I hope this helps. DES (talk) 10:31, 24 April 2017 (UTC)
I found that these url's contents were copied, and You should not just copy other people's writings about the topic. If you did write the content at these locations it may be possible to prove that you personally own the copyright and are able to release it under the CC-BY-SA-3.0 license ———see WP:PERMIT. DESiegel's advice is good. I now see you were not notified about Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Alessandro Boccaletti by Burning Pillar either. I should have notified you on your talk page too about the speedy deletion for infringing copyright. Graeme Bartlett (talk) 11:16, 24 April 2017 (UTC)

First time posting

I posted a new article (First time poster) on Lorin O'Neil Caccamise. I got a message that it is being reviewed. Lorin actually uses his stage name "Lorin O'Neil" He is an absolute legen in the world of figure skating. I noticed in a posting on Eugene Turner he was cited but there was no page for him. The three links I provided should be enough to start the postings? Please advise. I'm new it Wikipedia postings. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Jneitlich (talkcontribs) 18:10, 24 April 2017 (UTC)

The message you got probably pointed you to Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Lorin O'Neil Caccamise, where an editor has nominated your article for deletion. An article about a living person has to follow our Biographies of Living Persons policy, or BLP for short. In order to have an article about this person, we need multiple sources that show why they are notable under our policies. Being involved at a high level in international figure skating might be a good claim of notability, but we have to have sources that document that involvement. Contemporary news articles, books, etc. - all would work. UltraExactZZ Said ~ Did 18:58, 24 April 2017 (UTC)

I have a problem with editing

Hello, my name is Tauheed. I am a big fan of Five Nights at Freddy's: Its series and each of its individual games. What I would like to request you is to kindly let me edit the articles of Five Nights at Freddy's (Series) - Wikipedia; Five Nights at Freddy's 1 - Wikipedia; Five Nights at Freddy's 2 - Wikipedia; Five Nights at Freddy's 3 - Wikipedia; Five Nights at Freddy's 4 - Wikipedia and Five Nights at Freddy's: Sister Location - Wikipedia.
I would be very grateful if you can enable me to do this and it makes me helpful and confident towards the rest of the environment, eager to gain facts about these games. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 16t.ahmad (talkcontribs) 19:30, 24 April 2017 (UTC)

@16t.ahmad: Please see WP:AUTOCONFIRM for the requirements for you to edit those pages. CTF83! 19:50, 24 April 2017 (UTC)

Turn to libra

How to collect the wikipedia articles and turn to the libras? (talk) 22:48, 24 April 2017 (UTC)

Can you explain what you are trying to do? RudolfRed (talk) 23:12, 24 April 2017 (UTC)
Hi IP. I'm guessing here but maybe Help:Books is what you want? --NeilN talk to me 00:25, 25 April 2017 (UTC)

April 25

Editing uploaded media information

I'm curious about the process of editing the names of uploaded media. I realize that file names shouldn't often be changed, but i haven't been able to find an outlet to contest factually inaccurate file names. Specifically, this picture:, which shows not only the stated Wankel engine, but also the transmission and alternator. A small distinction, I know, but important nonetheless. Any help would be appreciated. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Omorosso (talkcontribs) 01:59, 25 April 2017 (UTC)

Hello. Wikimedia Commons is a separate project from Wikipedia. They have a help desk over there, too, but you might want to read this on the FAQ page first. RivertorchFIREWATER 02:51, 25 April 2017 (UTC)

Elizabeth Gaskell

Ref number 7 is all wrong - I added in the URL later and got it wrong - sorry. Please alter if able (talk) 04:04, 25 April 2017 (UTC)

The word "help" in the error message is in blue, indicating that it is a wikilink, in this case to Help:CS1 errors#bad_url, which includes the sentence "The URL field is checked to ensure that it contains only Latin characters and does not contain spaces". In your edit you included the text "cite web" (with the space) at the end of the url parameter. --David Biddulph (talk) 04:21, 25 April 2017 (UTC)
A big "Thanks" to David Biddulph - I fixed it up. (talk) 04:43, 25 April 2017 (UTC)

Interview with a person

There is a person who won at a particular competition. I would like to interview him about his biography and other stuffs, then I will post it onto Wikipedia. Is it okay? ▒hÅ╓Θ╚DΦ|≈ ▓ 04:53, 25 April 2017 (UTC)Haroldok▒hÅ╓Θ╚DΦ|≈ ▓ 04:53, 25 April 2017 (UTC)

No it is not OK. An interview which you carry out is original research, and not suitable for Wikipedia. Wikipedia is interested in what published reliable sources have said about the subject, not what the subject says about himself. --David Biddulph (talk) 05:02, 25 April 2017 (UTC)

Change of page name due to re-brand

Hi, I'm looking to change the name of the page: MegaZip Adventure Park to our new brand name which is "Mega Adventure Park - Singapore

Please advise.


Mega Adventure — Preceding unsigned comment added by MASGMKTG (talkcontribs) 08:02, 25 April 2017 (UTC)

Verified at location's website and moved. Rojomoke (talk) 08:58, 25 April 2017 (UTC)

interlanguage link problem

hello, the page I have created, Marcial Solana González-Camino. contains a wrong interlanguage link (don't know how it got there); instead of pointing to the Spanish version of the article, Marcial Solana González-Camino, it points to Comunión Tradicionalista. I have tried to edit it in WikiData, but there everything seems OK. Have read Help on interlanguage links, but am no wiser. Please could you help. --Dd1495 (talk) 08:54, 25 April 2017 (UTC)

@Dd1495: Fixed: special:diff/777113948. --CiaPan (talk) 09:12, 25 April 2017 (UTC)
@CiaPan: wow, that was fast. thank you very much. I am your debtor--Dd1495 (talk) 10:59, 25 April 2017 (UTC)

Afd merger

I'm not sure if I'm supposed to retain the Afd-merge to template in Long Beach-class cruiser along with a redirect to USS Long Beach (CGN-9) (since there's a bot that's supposed to do something) or just the redirect. Clarityfiend (talk) 10:10, 25 April 2017 (UTC)

Clarityfiend hello, since you've already merged the content, all that is required is to redirect plain and simple (no need to leave the merge template behind as you've already done the job). I've gone ahead and redirected the article. Hope it helps. Lourdes 16:20, 25 April 2017 (UTC)
Thanks. Clarityfiend (talk) 18:17, 25 April 2017 (UTC)


Hey, when copy pasting data from your pages into excel, the link back to your page directs me straight to the editing page where anyone can edit information. I mistakenly edited data on Russia (no harm intended) at the GDP page US$ for Europe. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 12:03, 25 April 2017 (UTC)

Fixed the article: special:diff/777132159. --CiaPan (talk) 12:06, 25 April 2017 (UTC)

Internal linking to a Difference between revisions page

In my recent edit of Talk:Haavara Agreement#Antisemitism Category, I wound up with a red link after several unsuccessful attempts at linking to a relevant page: Haavara Agreement: Difference between revisions Latest revision as of 11:55, 25 April 2017 - so please help me learn the correct syntax to fix this! -- Deborahjay (talk) 12:28, 25 April 2017 (UTC)

@Deborahjay: You can simply go to the page history, open a diff between appropriate revisions and copy the URL from the address bar of your browser:
You can also choose appropriate version from the history, say,
and select the link (diff) near the Previous revision link. That would be a difference link:
Or, once you identified the revision you need, you can extract its ID from the URL (777130738 in the case above) and construct a shortened link to differences that revision brought into the article by
You can also use a {{oldid}} template or any of the {{diff}} templates family. --CiaPan (talk) 12:46, 25 April 2017 (UTC)
@Deborahjay: I have fixed the link for you: --CiaPan (talk) 12:49, 25 April 2017 (UTC)
Thank you, @CiaPan:, for this exhaustive explanation, which I'll keep with my toolkit. At the moment my personal preference is for the Special:Diff format, and I'm sure before long I'll have an opportunity similar to today's, to try it out. -- Cheers, Deborahjay (talk) 13:26, 25 April 2017 (UTC)

University of Phoenix page

I can clearly see that the page regarding the University of Phoenix is slanted toward a negative bias against the organization.

One of the sentences regarding academic rigor noted, "The University of Phoenix has been criticized for lack of academic rigor. Henry M. Levin, a professor of higher education at Teachers College at Columbia University, called its business degree an "MBA Lite", saying "I've looked at [its] course materials. It's a very low level of instruction."[28]" Clearly, this quote was included to communicate a negative image about the university. The author of the cited reference has no ties to the University of Phoenix and clearly communicated his bias in the non-peer reviewed, popular press, article. It is not in the best interest of Wikipedia to include hearsay or conjecture in, what are supposed to be, academic resources. I recommend you remove this cited article.

Regards, Larry Austin, Ed.D. University of Phoenix Graduate — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:06, 25 April 2017 (UTC)

Hello. The place to comment on a specific article is on that article's talk page—in this case Talk:University of Phoenix. Start a new discussion there and sign your post by typing four tildes (~~~~). RivertorchFIREWATER 14:26, 25 April 2017 (UTC)

A question about suspected abuse of multiple accounts

Hello, I suspect an editor of using more than one account to further an argument during discussions and article edits in a particular topic area. I know the procedure is to file a sock puppet investigation, though I'm not particularly familiar with this process. Is there a quick way to compare edits from two different accounts? The subject concerned receives a large amound of editing traffic, and at least one of the accounts I suspect of abuse has made in excess of 50,000 edits. I have logged out from my own user account for the purpose of this discussion, in order not to alert the user concerned about this thread, since I have been foolish enough to already voice my suspicions. Any help would be much appreciated, and I am willing to confirm my identity by email if necessary. Thanks, (talk) 14:25, 25 April 2017 (UTC)

  • For the factual question, Wikipedia:Tools#User_interaction_analysis proposes two similar tools (though the first one is aimed at editor interaction and the second at sockpuppet investigations). Once the results are in, go to WP:SPI and follow the steps.
However... opening that SPI as an "anonymous" IP account is probably not something you want to do. Either you have credible reasons to believe the editor you are investigating will retaliate off-wiki on you, or you have not. If you have not, "hiding" yourself to open the SPI will be viewed poorly: you should rather open it under your real account, and face the possible consequences of a spurious report. If you have, first of all you should use the proper off-wiki channels, see WP:EMERGENCY; secondly, your IP address is actually a lot of information about you. If I am not mistaken, I know in which village you made the above post; it has a Wikipedia article indicating a population of a little less than 600 in 2011 in the infobox (considering the circumstances, I am not writing how I obtained that information, and I am not giving the exact population figure to prevent a search on the article space, but that should be enough details for the OP to verify I am not bluffing). TigraanClick here to contact me 16:32, 25 April 2017 (UTC)
Thanks for the advice. Of course, I will file the report under my username, so have no fear of that. I'm only logged out because the discussion got quite heated with the two accounts concerned, and I didn't want this discussion to further fan the flames. My suspicion about their activity is based on an incident that occurred earlier today, where two accounts made an edit using similar logic that appeared to misinterpret an aspect of Wikipedia's guidelines. It may just be coincidence, so first I would need to gather some evidence. But assuming I can then I'll open the report. By the way, you're not correct about my location, which is not a village, and has a population somewhat larger than 600. (talk) 16:59, 25 April 2017 (UTC)

sbject information

Hello Recently there was personal information regarding Battalion Chief Jim McMains on the home page that we deleted. As a current administrator of the department we would like to stop that type of information on the page. Please help in assisting in stopping this in the future. Thanks — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:20, 25 April 2017 (UTC)

  • Hello there. Apparently, you managed to remove the information yourself. I agree with the edit you made, not because you have any special control over the article content by the virtue of your position, but because it was a bit of trivia that should not be present in the encyclopedia.
The text is still accessible via the page history. It could be removed, but you need a strong reason for that and I do not think you have any; before heading here to require the text removed from public view, I strongly suggest reading about the Streisand effect. TigraanClick here to contact me 16:41, 25 April 2017 (UTC)

Any table experts?

I'm trying to make this table compatible with mobile, but I can't manage to do it! Some of the items (at the bottom) look wrong, they should have full width. Any help would be highly appreciated! Karlpoppery (talk) 18:16, 25 April 2017 (UTC)

Unfortunately, in order to protect mobile views from tables that are too wide, that is not really possible. —TheDJ (talkcontribs) 20:14, 25 April 2017 (UTC)
Thanks TheDJ, I see. To be clear, I'm only trying to make all the row of the table appear the same length. I don't understand why they're not, on mobile. Karlpoppery (talk) 20:23, 25 April 2017 (UTC)
Because mobile views are different. You are making expectations about behavior that are not valid in our mobile view. Specifically you expect that a table cell will fill out to the width of the parent table. But that is not true on mobile (because tables on mobile don't use table layout rules, because it would cause wide tables to screw up the viewport of the render surface). —TheDJ (talkcontribs) 20:29, 25 April 2017 (UTC)
Alright, thanks. Karlpoppery (talk) 20:40, 25 April 2017 (UTC)

my own Fair Use

can my own work can be uploaded to wikipedia with "Fair uses" conditions?UY4Xe8VM5VYxaQQ (talk) 19:36, 25 April 2017 (UTC)

That depends. We need a lot more information about the type of image and what article it would be used in. For some general information on fair use in Wikipedia, see Wikipedia:Non-free content. ~ ONUnicorn(Talk|Contribs)problem solving 19:44, 25 April 2017 (UTC)
Are you asking because you want to upload your own work on a "fair use" basis, or because someone else has uploaded it on that basis? Maproom (talk) 19:58, 25 April 2017 (UTC)

tenho um roteiro ja pronto.que gostaria de mostra, a sinopse.

boa noite tenho um roteiro ja pronto que gostaria de mostra a produtoras como eu fasso obrigada — Preceding unsigned comment added by Janete dias (talkcontribs) 22:32, 25 April 2017 (UTC)

@Janete dias: I'm sorry but this is the English Wikipedia. All contributions here must be in English. Perhaps the Portuguese help desk would be able to help you further? --Majora (talk) 22:36, 25 April 2017 (UTC)

Google translation: Desculpe, mas esta é a Wikipédia em inglês. Todas as contribuições aqui devem estar em inglês. Talvez o helpdesk português pudesse ajudá-lo ainda mais?

April 26

New Page

REVISED: I have made a new page or the ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA's "The BBC Sessions." (The BBC Sessions (Electric Light Orchestra album)) I feel it is referenced correctly. (ELO>Discography>Live Albums>The BBC Sessions) URL= Why doesn't it show up when searched or if the link is used? Thank you, JOHN McCARTHY "jhm795" — Preceding unsigned comment added by Jhm795 (talkcontribs) 00:24, 26 April 2017 (UTC)

Read: Wikipedia:Tutorial/Citing sources. Have added the ref tag for you so you can see how it works. The article now shows the ref's. Aspro (talk) 00:36, 26 April 2017 (UTC)
Hello Jhm795, if your question is about why your article is not being displayed when you search for the same on internet search engines, the answer is that newly created articles take some time to get indexed via search crawlers. So perhaps wait a month or so after the creation of the article before checking again. Having said that, I feel your current article The BBC Sessions (Electric Light Orchestra album) replicates an article existing since 2008: Live at the BBC (Electric Light Orchestra album). I would suggest you include your article's contents into the older article (including the references) and redirect your article to the older article. If you have any problems doing that, write back here and we'll assist. Thanks. Lourdes 00:52, 26 April 2017 (UTC)
Ditto Aspro (talk) 01:25, 26 April 2017 (UTC)

M.C. Gainey: Filmography Addition. 2003; The Last Cowboy; with Jenny Garth, Lance Henriksen.

Resolved: Lourdes

M.C. Gainey: Filmography Addition. 2003; The Last Cowboy; with Jenny Garth, Lance Henriksen. 00:43, 26 April 2017 (UTC) Am watching it on the Hallmark channel Movies. Noticed it was not listed.

Looked him up to see if he was related to Gainey Arabian horses. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:43, 26 April 2017 (UTC)

Thanks for the input. The information has been added onto Gainey's biography. Lourdes 01:09, 26 April 2017 (UTC)

Username And Delete Account

To Who It May Concern,

How do I change the username and how do I delete this account if I cannot change the username? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Anthony Stratton (talkcontribs) 05:23, 26 April 2017 (UTC)

See Wikipedia:Changing username. Given that you have made no contributions, you'd probably be better off just making a new account instead. Accounts cannot be deleted. Ian.thomson (talk) 05:37, 26 April 2017 (UTC)

A bot for DRN roll call

So Robert McClenon (current DRN coordinator) has suggested a roll call to call for listed volunteers to reply whether they are willing to actively assist at the DRN. One method to do so will be to use a bot to send Reminders to all listed volunteers and get them to reply if they're willing to help. The bot could then update the list and remove volunteers who do not reply in a stipulated time or state that they won't be able to actively help. We are however unsure on how to use a bot. Could anyone suggest which bot and how it could be used to take a roll call? Thanks, Yashovardhan (talk) 05:37, 26 April 2017 (UTC)

See my response here. Best regards, TransporterMan (TALK) 15:02, 26 April 2017 (UTC)

I'm lonely.

Can editing a wikipedia page make me friends, or just make my existence bearable? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 11:04, 26 April 2017 (UTC)

Wikipedia is not a therapy session, nor is it a social network. We are here to build an encyclopedia, and that is all. If you are interested in building an encylopedia you are very welcome here; if you are just looking to meet people then this is probably the wrong place for you. Yunshui  11:46, 26 April 2017 (UTC)

Script mal-functioning..

Can any-body check whether User:Andy M. Wang/closeRM.js is functioning as desired.In my case it prompts me to enter my reason for the close, but only adds an edit summary with the entered reason rather than inserting the close templates etc. Posting it here because the script dev. is highly infrequent on ping while replying back.Thanks! Winged Blades Godric 11:26, 26 April 2017 (UTC)

@Winged Blades of Godric: Now that's strange. Its working alright for me. Lets discuss this on the RM talk page.Ping me if you start a thread there. Yashovardhan (talk) 14:47, 26 April 2017 (UTC)

Request An Article be written

Hi, I'be been going in circles trying to request an article be written. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2602:306:8096:4500:1B6:D3C7:D9EF:1355 (talk) 13:58, 26 April 2017 (UTC)

Go to Wikipedia:Requested articles, read it carefully and thoroughly, and then follow the appropriate instructions. If you still have problems, come back here (to this section of this Help Desk) and add further queries as necessary. Please remember to sign all your posts (except on actual Article page edits) with four tildes, i.e. "~~~~". {The poster formerly known as} (talk) 14:35, 26 April 2017 (UTC)

Still need help with refs

I'm still struggling with refs in this article (many thanks for help so far received).

I think I've now got the hang of adding a page ref, but I'd like to move Terraine's book referred to in Note 11 into the Reference section, so that I can add more page references to it. I think if someone could do this, I might be able to work out how to do it for other books myself. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Daveleicuk (talkcontribs) 15:08, 26 April 2017 (UTC)

Please sign talk page posts.
Last time I did it step by step so that you could see what it was that I did:
  1. rewrite citation using {{cite book}} template and rewrite short-form reference to use {{sfn}} template
  2. replace citation template with {{sfn}} template
  3. add citation template to §References
  4. added {{page needed}} template
Repeat this for Terraine and bob's yer uncle.
Trappist the monk (talk) 15:41, 26 April 2017 (UTC)
Whoops, I did this while you were responding, sorry! – gwendy (talk) 15:45, 26 April 2017 (UTC)

James Little

James Little is a talent agent and managing director of Screen Talent Agency Limited.

His career in the entertainment industry started at the end of 1978 when he joined Birmingham punk rock band Spizz Energi with whom he played until 1982. During this time, he co-wrote the band's first hit 'Soldier Soldier' and also played on their second hit, 'Where's Captain Kirk' on the Rough Trade label.

After two albums on A&M Records and three further singles with Rough Trade, he left the band in 1982, and played with a variety of other bands, including Repetition with whom he recorded a John Peel session, before quitting being a musician to form music publishing company and record label Hobo Railways in 1986.

In 1990 he joined CBS Records as Professional Manager in their music publishing division, leaving at the end of 1992 to concentrate on building his own artist management company, where he managed Sony recording artist Davy Spillane, IRS Records' act The Surfing Brides and Welsh singer Zoe Niblett.

From there, at the end of 1995 he moved into music video production at the now-legendary Spidercom Films, home - at the time - of directors Guy Ritchie and Alex de Rakoff, and then at the music video production department of Saatchi and Saatchi in London.

By the end of the nineties though, the writing was on the wall for the music industry, and a combination of the internet and piracy saw to it that marketing budgets for records were severely curtailed. He started talent agency Dinedor Limited in 2001 and from there, in 2005, launched Screen Talent Agency in 2005, where he remains as founder and managing director. — Preceding unsigned comment added by HighPoint (talkcontribs) 16:46, 26 April 2017 (UTC)

HighPoint, Just what is it you want done about this? This page is for asking for help on nhow to edit Wikipedia, and getting answers. DES (talk) 22:05, 26 April 2017 (UTC)

Hi HighPoint! As this seems to be your first contribution / edit to this site: Welcome to Wikipedia! Please disregard the unwelcoming tone by certain editors who tend to "bite" newbies rather than help. Obviously you have a subject you think would be an asset to the encyclopedia and should be added? Well, first of all: you have come to a section of Wikipedia that is reserved for asking help in editing the encyclopedia itself. There are other sections specific to your request such as: Request an Article for Creation; or even a section on Creating Your First Article (although I would suggest editing WP for quite some time before attempting this. There is also a nice area that is for asking advice and guidance called: The Teahouse. Before you do any of this however, review the requirements for "notability" of people here: Notability: music and see if your subject qualifies. I hope some of this helps in your introduction; if you have any further questions, please feel free to ask them at my Talk Page. Thanks! Maineartists (talk) 22:51, 26 April 2017 (UTC)

American Songwriter

<advertisement redacted> my email address is <redacted> — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2602:306:CC7C:8C40:7985:CA4B:DD3:C692 (talk) 21:24, 26 April 2017 (UTC)

Please take a glance at the preceding Section (James Little) and comment re: Notability (music) requirements for inclusion at WP. Thanks! Maineartists (talk) 23:14, 26 April 2017 (UTC)

Help:Cite errors/Cite error references duplicate key

Cite error: A <ref> tag is missing the closing </ref> (see the help page). </ref></ref></ref></ref></ref></ref></ref></ref>

How does Wikipedia/MOS handle consecutive abbreviated letters in a name?

How does Wikipedia/MOS handle consecutive abbreviated letters in a name? I looked through the MOS, but I was not able to find anything. Let's say that a person's name is J. W. Ledford. What is the appropriate punctuation and spacing? Specifically, is there a space after the "J." and before the "W." (like this: J. W.)? Or not (like this: J.W.)? And what section of the MOS addresses this? Thanks. Joseph A. Spadaro (talk) 23:51, 26 April 2017 (UTC)

MOS:INITIALS states that names should be written with non-breaking spaces and full stops ({{nbsp}}, or J. W.). JTP (talkcontribs) 00:21, 27 April 2017 (UTC)
Great! Thanks! Joseph A. Spadaro (talk) 00:36, 27 April 2017 (UTC)
Not so fast Joseph A. Spadaro and NotTheFakeJTP - that MOS rule actually violates WP:ENGVAR. British English tends to omit the full stops, e.g. the BBC website writes "George W Bush". Roger (Dodger67) (talk) 08:12, 27 April 2017 (UTC)
Thanks. But ... (1) If that MOS rule violates some other Wikipedia rule, I assume there is some other forum in which to make that complaint and to raise that issue. Right? (I assume so.) And, (2) The "George W Bush" example does not really address the question I had posed, about double initials. Thanks. Joseph A. Spadaro (talk) 10:31, 27 April 2017 (UTC)

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Help:Cite errors/Cite error references duplicate key


The content though may be different but are from same papers. I am certain of the citations. Please do help in removing errors. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Pooja Iyer (talkcontribs) 00:16, 27 April 2017 (UTC)

Hello, assuming this relates to Transcranial Direct Stimulation in Parkinson's Disease Gait Rehabilitation, the ref. errors all seem to be of the same nature. If you wish to use the same reference in multiple applications you place <ref name=xxx>{{ref content}}</ref> at the first instance and at subsequent uses you need only type<ref name=xxx/>. If there is any variation in the ref. content you cannot use the same ref. name and must type out the citation in full. Also, you do not need a ref name for every citation, just for where you need to use the same (identical) ref. in multiple locations within the article. Eagleash (talk) 01:07, 27 April 2017 (UTC)
@Pooja Iyer: In this case the subsequent ref uses were incorrectly formatted. (There was unnecessary text after the ref name etc.). I have fixed the ref errors, but you might want to check that the right ones are in the right places... On another minor note, punctuation goes before the ref. and there should not be a space in front of it. Eagleash (talk) 01:42, 27 April 2017 (UTC)

North of England Council for Promoting the Higher Education of Women

Please add Josephine Butler into the category section of this page. Thanks — Preceding unsigned comment added by Srbernadette (talkcontribs) 01:30, 27 April 2017 (UTC)

Srbernadette, there is no such category. Each article already contains a link to the other. Roger (Dodger67) (talk) 08:22, 27 April 2017 (UTC)

Foreign language wikipedia

To edit a foreign language Wikipedia, would I just use my en account? Are there any policies I should be aware of before doing this, or anything I should put on my userpage? What are the rules for cross-wiki translation - are there any attribution requirements, etc. that I should be aware of? Seraphim System (talk) 03:04, 27 April 2017 (UTC)

Hi Seraphim System: You can use your Wikipedia account on any Wikimedia project (and you should be automatically loged in anywhere, see Help:Unified login). This is what allows me to edit here in the English Wikipedia. User pages are strictly optional, which means you don’t have to have one. However, if your grasp of the language is limited, it might be a good idea to mention that on your user page. Per default, your user page at will be copied to all Wikimedia projects where you don’t create a local one, which can be really useful.
Other Wikipedia projects tend to have their own project rules. With minor edits, you should be OK, though, and if you do make a mistake, you can be sure someone’s going to (more or less friendly) point you to the right policy page ;) Cheers  hugarheimur 03:16, 27 April 2017 (UTC)
Torana I am planning to translate articles to add to Vikipedia (which has very few articles compared to english wikipedia!) - I just want to be sure I don't mess anything up on our end for translated articles - I vaguely remember reading something about attribution to the original article, or maybe noting that it has been translated from another project - but I might be mistaken? Seraphim System (talk) 03:20, 27 April 2017 (UTC)
Unfortunately, this is where it gets complicated and the per-project rules come into play (in the German Wikipedia, you’d need to find an administrator or even an importer). The Turkish Wikipedia does seem to have a help page, but I don’t speak the language, so I can’t tell you if it’s helpful. It might be a good idea to create your article in your namespace at tr.wikipedia and ask the local community for their oppinion (for example at tr:Vikipedi:Danışma masası, which is linked from here. Cheers  hugarheimur 03:33, 27 April 2017 (UTC)
Thank you, there seems to be some kind of automated tool for this on Vikipedia, I'll check it out Seraphim System (talk) 03:43, 27 April 2017 (UTC)

For a specific redirect page, where can I find any documentation for its rationale?

I have a question about redirect pages. I typed in "Kyle Kennedy", curious to see if we had an article about the Kyle Kennedy who has been in the news lately (that is, the prison inmate friend of Aaron Hernandez). When I typed "Kyle Kennedy" into the search box, it brought me to a page entitled "List of The Voice of Ireland finalists (series 1)", which was a redirect for "Kyle Kennedy". My first question was: why is "Kyle Kennedy" redirecting to "List of The Voice of Ireland finalists (series 1)"? I could not see anything that was remotely related. And my second question was more general. Is there anything written anywhere (on the redirect page or on the redirected page or anywhere at all) that offers any insight as to why the article named "X" is redirected to the article named "Y"? How would one know, without having to engage in a lot of "detective work"? Is there any "documentation"? And I am clearly not referring to obvious redirects like "Obama" to "Barack Obama" or such. I am talking about the "murkier" and less obvious cases. Like "Kyle Kennedy" and that "List of The Voice of Ireland finalists (series 1)" example. Thanks. Joseph A. Spadaro (talk) 03:00, 27 April 2017 (UTC)

My immediate assumption is that there was a finalist on Voice of Ireland that was named Kyle Kennedy (which is probably a Google search away). Looking at the redirect, and seeing that the edit summary says "create redirect via Articles for creation", I am also assuming searching for Kyle Kennedy there will find the request to create it. I'll get back to you in a moment with the results of each.Fuhghettaboutit (talk) 03:25, 27 April 2017 (UTC)
Okay, so the very first result from a Google search of <"Voice of Ireland" "Kyle Kennedy"> shows, yes, there was a finalist named this. And a search of Wikipedia articles for creation shows this was requested for that reasons. See here (I've actually linked to the one above the request rather than the request since it's title is huge). Best regards--Fuhghettaboutit (talk) 03:32, 27 April 2017 (UTC)
Thanks. But nowhere in that article -- List of The Voice of Ireland finalists (series 1) -- is there any mention of any "Kyle Kennedy". Correct? So, we are back to "Square One", with my questions. Joseph A. Spadaro (talk) 04:50, 27 April 2017 (UTC)
Right... I mean that's a good point. Our page Wikipedia:Redirect is the operative guidance, and I don't think it exactly says "don't do that", but... it is not particularly good practice, no. Somebody just got overenthusiastic and made the redirect. Maybe they intended to write Kyle Kennedy into the article, or maybe the figured someone else would, or maybe they just figured it would be helpful regardless. You or any editor can take any redirect to Wikipedia:Redirects for discussion for possible deletion. Herostratus (talk) 07:06, 27 April 2017 (UTC)
There is a mention at The Voice of Ireland, though it's curiously the only name missing from List of The Voice of Ireland finalists (series 1), so perhaps its either accidentally missing or there's some misinformation somewhere. To see why a redirect was created it usually helps to look at its history and especially the backlinks. -- zzuuzz (talk) 07:42, 27 April 2017 (UTC)

North of England Council for Promoting the Higher Education of Women

Apologies if I am annoying the editors. I have failed in my attempt to add a "publication" to the publication section on this page. I would like to leave in the quote too - if that is possible. Please fix. Sorry 2001:8003:4F0A:F100:253D:8D25:6DA1:FC3A (talk) 06:56, 27 April 2017 (UTC)


Hey. I want to upload a file but i don't know why somebody keep deleting my file. I want to post the photo on Stefanja Orlowska wiki page. I have the photo from the actress. How i prove i can use the photo? Please help me. Thank you. Have a great day — Preceding unsigned comment added by Dragos.betea (talkcontribs) 07:52, 27 April 2017 (UTC)

@Dragos.betea: can you be more specific? What is the subject of the image and who's the author of the photograph? It's possible that your photo is a copyright violation. Yashovardhan (talk) 08:14, 27 April 2017 (UTC)
Without a suitable statement of release from the copyright holder, photographs cannot be used on Wikipedia. Generally speaking it is the photographer, and not the subject of the photograph, who owns the copyright. You can click on any of the files listed here to see the reason for the deletion, and the Commons admin who deleted the file; in every case, it appears that the image was a copyright violation. Unless you are the photographer, or you can prove that the photographer has released the rights to you, you cannot upload these images. Yunshui  08:18, 27 April 2017 (UTC)

Creating an entry on someone

Hi I would like to create an entry on an author friend of mine, who's work I really admire. Can you please tell me how I go about it? Many thanks Krcrawley (talk) 10:42, 27 April 2017 (UTC)

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