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September 22

IPA help

Can someone add the IPA to Tuineau Alipate. I would but it looks complicated. It's pronounced "too-NOW allah-POT-tay" per this article. WikiOriginal-9 (talk) 00:50, 22 September 2017 (UTC)

This has been resolved. WikiOriginal-9 (talk) 01:10, 22 September 2017 (UTC)

Adding an Infographic

I found an infographic about the different types of flash fiction that would be good on the flash fiction page. How do I add an infographic without it messing up the current format?Shemshari (talk) 01:10, 22 September 2017 (UTC)

  • I assume the infographic is an image. If it is not under a restrictive copyright, then you add it by uploading it to Wikipedia commons and then adding a "file:" statement to the article: see WP:images. However, if you "found" it on some random web site somewhere, it is very likely to be copyrighted and not eligible for copying into Wikipedia commons. See: WP:IUP. If you need more help, come back here. Images are a bit difficult for technical reasons. Copyright is quite difficult for legal reasons, and we didn't make the laws. -Arch dude (talk) 16:46, 22 September 2017 (UTC)

Collapsing a table

Hello, I have a table question:
At User:Ergo Sum/sandbox/Template:Ordination/color chart, I am trying to make each of the headers next to a color collapsible and collapsed by default, while the table as a whole is also collapsible and expanded by default. Does anyone know how to solve these two issues? Ergo Sum 17:23, 22 September 2017 (UTC)

Looking for image copyright help.

Hi, I'm looking for an image coyright help to have a look at File:Hans Rohrbach.jpg and put in the proper copyright template. It is licenced under Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Germany (CC BY-SA 2.0 DE) which is located here: [1] Thanks scope_creep (talk) 06:05, 22 September 2017 (UTC)

  • Hello, Scope creep. I took the liberty to reformat your post to link at the file (to link images without including them, add a starting colon).
I fail to see how your link demonstrates a CC-BY-SA license, it says "copyright: unknown", and the website itself is not under a free license. TigraanClick here to contact me 11:47, 22 September 2017 (UTC)
Hi, Below it, is says Are you interested in using this image, which leads to [2], which leads to [3] The Oberwolfach Photo Collection is a famous collection mathematicians photographs. Thanks. scope_creep (talk) 13:47, 22 September 2017 (UTC)
scope_creep, that CCBYSA 2 disclaimer only appears to apply to images that are actively claimed as being owned by the MFO (Mathematisches Forschungsinstitut Oberwolfach), whereas this image appears to be from the "archives of P. Roquette, Heidelberg" and first published by the Journal für die reine und angewandte Mathematik in volume 451, which would have put it as being first published in 1994. So it doesn't appear that the CCBYSA applies, and the copyright would reside with either 1) the person who took the photo, 2) the person who owns the archive, or 3) the journal who first published it. GMGtalk 13:55, 22 September 2017 (UTC)
It is worth noting that the 100's of image from Ober in WP. I think in this case, the collection was gifted to the Oberwolfach Photo Collection. They are stickler for copyright. Either way I'm looking to get it fixed. scope_creep (talk) 14:01, 22 September 2017 (UTC)
I mean... we have lots of images from lots of archives, but that doesn't mean we don't have to secure active explicit confirmation of the copyright status for each one of them. Pretty much every archive ever has some kind of disclaimer to the effect of "we're pretty sure everything's fair game, but don't take our word for it" and unfortunately that's not very useful for WP. GMGtalk 14:09, 22 September 2017 (UTC)
So are you saying Fair Use? scope_creep (talk) 14:40, 22 September 2017 (UTC)
Uhh... I dunno. It might arguably fail NFCC #1. I can't remember, but there was a big discussion a while back about non-free use of moderately recently deceased persons, and I believe the consensus was more-or-less to contact the estate, family, etc to see if a free version could "be created" i.e., if an existing image could be appropriately licensed for free use. GMGtalk 14:50, 22 September 2017 (UTC)
Dude, Who is going to contact the family, I mean really. who? Find and contact a German family of mathematicans who worked in a secret government organisation, who they probably didnt know he worked there, as it is only known about 12 people across the world knew about, and information about it wasn't released until 2008 by the NSA. I'm not looking for anybody. You contact the family. Talk about utterly absurd extremes. Fair use is what it will be. scope_creep (talk) 16:04, 22 September 2017 (UTC)

Thaanks. scope_creep (talk) 16:22, 22 September 2017 (UTC)

Well no, doing something like shooting an email to the MFO isn't really that extreme, and I've contacted archives like that at least a few time myself. I'd say you usually have about a fifty fifty chance of actually getting somewhere, depending on whether you get in touch with an actual archivist or not. And anyway, it's worth a shot, since, for example, the German article on the individual doesn't have a photograph of him at all, and can't use fair use images. At the very least, if we can figure out who originally took the image, we can verify that it more certainly meets WP:NFCI #10. GMGtalk 16:43, 22 September 2017 (UTC)
Hi, GMG yip, certainly I do send out emails and consider it quid pro quo when seeking images for WP and working on WP. It is part of the process. Sometime I go to fairly extensive measures to get images e.g the images on Discriminant Book, which are super weird stuff, that I thought would be impossible to find, and it was by chance I came across them, and then they were almost deleted, again. Right now, I'm emailing Anne van Aaken to get an image, she is a bit unsure at the moment. What peeves me off about this, is I've been through the process once before, for the Hans Rohrbach image upload, sending permissions in that weren’t right, and and it was finally deleted in August 15th. I will contact Oberwolfach on Monday. They are pretty decent, and I have used them before. scope_creep (talk) 20:37, 22 September 2017 (UTC)


Hello I recently tried to update some outdated information about the company I work at (Hocoma). Consequently, the entire page was deleted by an admin. May I request that you reestablish the page? Thank you. Regards, Tamara Johnson — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 10:56, 22 September 2017 (UTC)

Mark E. Kingdon


This is for the entry for Mark E. Kingdon. When we google his name, on the right, it shows that he was born in 1942. This is incorrect. He was born in 1949. I work with him and can be reached directly to verify (or connect you to him). How can I adjust this on his actual wikipedia page? On the actual page, it does not show his DOB, but on the 'snapshot' in a google search, it does.

Thank you — Preceding unsigned comment added by KKCAP (talkcontribs)

Hi, in the bottom right hand corner of the box on the google search there is a "feedback" link where you can report errors. This data is clearly not coming from Wikipedia. – filelakeshoe (t / c) 12:54, 22 September 2017 (UTC)
@KKCAP: We don't know where Google got 1942 from (see Template:HD/GKG) but Mark E. Kingdon was actually in Category:1942 births so it could have been from us. I have removed the category as unsourced. Wikipedia requires published reliable sources so asking him or somebody who knows him is not sufficient. PrimeHunter (talk) 13:07, 22 September 2017 (UTC)
Although the article does not appear to show Mark Elliot Kingdon as encyclopaedicly 'notable' there is more than enough evidence to show that with in his field of expertise he is. So in time - the article could be expanded. The immediate issue is: If we can't find a reliable third -party reference to his date of birth how can user:KKCAP, taking his first tiny steps on Wikipedia, instantly put his hands on a third party source ? The reason might be that some people often don't publicize their early life details. Not because they have something to hide but simply that they see these details as important and a private matter. As the OP is close to MEK, the best advice I can give, is to ask him if he can remember and find, any third party source that give his date of birth ( he may have P.A. or intern that can do this for him). Unless we have such verifiable information, it can not be added to the article. Period.Aspro (talk) 15:28, 22 September 2017 (UTC)
Wikipedia:Verifiability#Self-published and questionable sources as sources on themselves would allow the subject as source for an uncontroversial birth year like 1949, but it has to be published somewhere else like the subjects website before being added to Wikipedia. If it's not from a reliable source then there should be good evidence it's actually from the subject. PrimeHunter (talk) 15:40, 22 September 2017 (UTC)

Richard Coons

I am trying to link one reference in a Wikipedia article to another and keep getting an error message: Missing or empty |title= (help)

How do I correct this link to include the title ref? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Yosemite4 (talkcontribs)

  • Please sign your posts using four tildes (~~~~). Thankyou. Aspro (talk) 15:38, 22 September 2017 (UTC)

Figured it out - thanks!

Also. One doesn't use Wikipedia as as source for an external link and as Robert Clunie already has a WP link in the article you don't need to-over link. Please read Wikipedia:Manual of Style/Linking. By becoming familiar with our guidance on linking, these little red words in citations will stop appearing. Many old and experienced editors may find it mind-boggling too at first but if I soon got the hang of it -so will you - and your half way there already. Aspro (talk) 16:03, 22 September 2017 (UTC)
P.S. you have forgotten the (~~~~) again. Aspro (talk) 16:05, 22 September 2017 (UTC)

How to change title


I have created an article here on wikipedia. But now the headline (and therefore the title) of this articel begins with this: 'Draft: Fire and Shield' I want to remove this 'draft:' from the title, so the name of the article is 'Fire and Shield'.

But I can not change the title - can someone please help me?

Hey anon. The draft at Draft:Fire and Shield currently includes no references at all, and so is probably not ready for publishing yet. Adding references to reliable sources helps to demonstrate that the subject meets our standards for notability, and allows readers to verify the content. I have added a banner for our Articles for Creation project, and when you think you are ready you can submit the draft for review by an volunteer. You may also want to consider reviewing our tutorial on writing your first article. GMGtalk 16:53, 22 September 2017 (UTC)
  • Have you been give any official request to create this draft? Aspro (talk) 17:13, 22 September 2017 (UTC)

Help needed on writing a new page


We just, 9/22/17, created a Wiki page; however, when type in my name: Jeffrey Richards, the many others with the same name appear, but cannot locate my page. I used Jeffrey Jon Richards and am wondering if eventually the name will appear with the other identical names.

Hey JeffreyJonRichards. What you created is a user page, which can be found at User:JeffreyJonRichards. Also please note that writing autobiographies is strongly discouraged, and creating unreferenced biographies on living persons is not allowed. GMGtalk 17:50, 22 September 2017 (UTC)
Hi User:JeffreyJonRichards. Because the community has failed and instead of forbidding pages like the one you created, only strongly recommending people do not create them under the conflict of interest guideline, I will userfy this page to a draft in the draft namespace if you ask me to, though I have deleted it from your userpage because there it is not allowed.--Fuhghettaboutit (talk) 18:00, 22 September 2017 (UTC)

Using group= with efn template

The Help:Footnotes article states:

  • {{efn}} supports |name= and |group=, which work the same as the parameters in <ref>. Do not enclose values in quotes.

This seems impossible since "efn" automatically uses "group=lower-alpha" (Help:Cite errors/Cite error references group mismatch#Examples says "group=note"). And I get red "Cite error" whenever I try. I assume the problem extends to {{efn-ua}} {{efn-lr}} {{efn-ur}} {{efn-lg}}.

User-duck (talk) 18:03, 22 September 2017 (UTC)

Hi User-duck. The default for "efn" is lower-alpha, but you can still specify "group=" if you want to change it to something else. The only allowed values are note, upper-alpha, upper-roman, lower-alpha, lower-greek, lower-roman, and you have to specify the same group for {{notelist}}. The problem does not extend to {{efn-ua}}, etc. because only "efn" lets you choose a group. The others use the group that matches their name. StarryGrandma (talk) 00:38, 23 September 2017 (UTC)
Thanks StarryGrandma, for the confirmation of what I suspected. Should I update the documentation? It does say "{{efn}} supports |name= and |group=, which work the same as the parameters in <ref>.User-duck (talk) 04:19, 23 September 2017 (UTC)

Profile Image - PGA of America CEO

We would like to add a profile image, which we recently added to Wikipedia Commons, to our CEO's profile page. See below link. Thanks for the guidance.

Randy Stutzman PGA of America — Preceding unsigned comment added by StutzRandy (talkcontribs)

Is there a template for this?

noting that more info is needed but not because it's too technical or vague — Preceding unsigned comment added by Jacob's Crackers (talkcontribs) 17:16, 22 September 2017 (UTC)

Isn't that just the purpose of the {{stub}} template family? Pppery 21:17, 22 September 2017 (UTC)

Wikipedia Page edits

Good Afternoon,

I would like to make several changes to the IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT (Film) Wikipedia page. The changes are simple; some spelling and grammar corrections and some character names and occupations need to be changed.

These changes come from the producer of the film, Walter Mirisch.

The reason I am posting here is because I have also been having problems editing other Wikipedia pages on behalf of Walter Mirisch. I have had trouble editing Wikipedia pages for Walter Mirisch's brother's Harold Mirisch and Marvin Mirisch. Walter Mirisch has noticed some inaccuracies on those pages. I have repeatedly tried to correct the information only to have it changed back or the request deleted.

I am a little confused on the process of editing pages because some of the editors are giving different answers. Would it help if Walter Mirisch sent a letter of some sort to approve the changes on the 3 wikipedia pages?

Any help is appreciated.

Thank you. lmassistant --Lmassistant (talk) 21:55, 22 September 2017 (UTC)

No, such a letter would not help. This is the English Wikipedia, articles are developed by editors who are ideally independent of the subject. Walter Mirisch has a conflict of interest, and it appears that you do as well. We do have a way for people with a conflict of interest to contribute suggestions for article improvement: Wikipedia:Simple COI request --S Philbrick(Talk) 21:59, 22 September 2017 (UTC)
You are being paid for your contributions to Wikipedia, you must declare who is paying you, who the client is, and any other relevant role or relationship. You may do this on your user page, on the talk page of affected articles, or in your edit summaries. The community expects paid editors to declare that they are being paid whenever they seek to influence an article's content; this includes when writing drafts in draft space or user space. Editors have been telling you this since 2016 and you have refused to comply. --Orange Mike | Talk 04:24, 23 September 2017 (UTC)
  • Block: Lack of modifying behavior when requested more than once smells of a shared user account owned by a company. If requested clarification of innocent independence or actual COI or does not arrive within 24hr – block account per Wikipedia:Username_policy#Usernames_implying_shared_use . Aspro (talk) 13:37, 23 September 2017 (UTC)

Map Editing Help

I am looking to edit this map [5] for something. I know how to edit it to fill in different countries as different colors, but I can't seem to figure out how to do the same for individual US states. Anyone know how? -AnonWikiEditor (talk) 22:25, 22 September 2017 (UTC)

You could try asking at Wikipedia:Graphics Lab/Map workshop. I've had a quick look at the source of the SVG file, and my impression is that it won't be easy. (If it were my responsibility, I'd make a PNG version with states easily coloured using floodfill. But there's a consensus that SVGs are always better than PNGs.) Maproom (talk) 07:33, 23 September 2017 (UTC)

September 23

Collapsible Row in a Table

I know how to make a table that you can hide/collapse all the rows to hide them. But is it possible to create a table that has some main rows showing, but then upon clicking on individual rows, can expand those main rows into additional rows?

Here's a rough example of what I mean:

Main Row #1 [show]
Hidden sub row that is only shown upon clicking "show" on the Main Row #1 row
Main Row #2 [show]
A hidden row that is only shown upon click "show" on the Main Row #2 row
A second hidden row that is only shown upon click "show" on the Main Row #2 row
Main Row #3 [show]
Hidden sub row that is only shown upon clicking "show" on the Main Row #3 row
I have a very similar question at Wikipedia:Help desk#Collapsing a table. Ergo Sum 03:14, 23 September 2017 (UTC)
I don't know whether it's possible for a single table. {{Navbox with collapsible groups}} does it by making consecutive unspaced tables. The above example is sortable but that wouldn't work with separate tables. It could also be difficult to align columns if there are rows with multiple columns. I don't know whether there is a non-navbox template similar to {{Navbox with collapsible groups}}. PrimeHunter (talk) 12:04, 23 September 2017 (UTC)
@PrimeHunter: Do you know what the syntax is for making consecutive unspaced tables outside the context of {{Navbox}}? Ergo Sum 21:41, 23 September 2017 (UTC)
No. Entering a small example like the below at Special:ExpandTemplates may give an idea how the navbox works, but the rendered result may rely on definitions elsewhere of the used classes. PrimeHunter (talk) 23:23, 23 September 2017 (UTC)
{{Navbox with collapsible groups
|state = uncollapsed
|navbar = off
|title = Title
|group1 = Group1
|list1 = List1
|group2 = Group2
|list2 = List2

File Split - Did I do this correctly

I recently conducted my first file split where the original file was located at "File:TowerBrook" and this was split into File:TowerBrook_purpleBorders.png and File:TowerBrook.png (the original name of the file before split). Could someone who has conducted such splits take a look at these two, and the notes I've added to the talk pages, and let me know if, in fact, they feel I've done this split correctly? I won't conduct additional splits until either a) I get confirmation that this went OK or b) some time has passed without a response so that I believe that there won't be a response. Thanks for your help. --User:Ceyockey (talk to me) 01:23, 23 September 2017 (UTC)

I have conducted what you call "file splits" on images. These have generally involved taking a map from Commons, modifying it e.g. by changing the language of the placenames, and uploading it with a new name. I have always aimed to give, in the copyright section, due credit to the creator of the original image. I have never regarded it as a "split", as nothing has been removed or changed in the original, as it is when an article is split.
What you have done looks fine to me. You haven't credited the creator of the original image; but you can't, because the original "has no author information", and anyway claims not to be copyrightable. Maproom (talk) 07:46, 23 September 2017 (UTC)
@Maproom: Thanks. --User:Ceyockey (talk to me) 01:51, 24 September 2017 (UTC)

Construction request

Dear sir, I am a new user and wants to take permission to make construction on a plot situated in transport Nagar Gwalior may i get the procedure so i may proceed accordingly . i have purchased a plot from GDA in T.P nagar and & get namantaran from nagar nigam gwalior. V.P.Mittal


Mob [details removed]:10, 23 September 2017 (UTC) (talk)

I suspect, based on your question, that you found one of our over 5.4 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. I have removed your mobile number to protect your privacy. -- John of Reading (talk) 05:57, 23 September 2017 (UTC)

Create imagemap template

Excuse me, How to create Template like Template:PRC provinces imagemap or Template:Japan Regions and Prefectures Labelled Map-- (talk) 11:43, 23 September 2017 (UTC)

If you are asking about how to create a new template with a map and links to the different entities on the map, clicking the "edit" tab at either template reveals its inner mechanism:
(Trimmed) content of {{Japan Regions and Prefectures Labelled Map}}


File:Regions and Prefectures of Japan 2.svg||500px||center

poly 418 3 502 65 545 44 565 92 515 114 488 170 431 145 403 161 382 152 413 183 375 208 362 160 377 118 413 94 408 21 [[Hokkaido]]

poly 386 220 398 220 403 237 420 236 422 218 404 221 408 204 424 206 429 240 444 255 419 266 417 256 381 262 372 254 389 222 [[Aomori Prefecture]]


desc bottom-left


An image is used for the visual (in that case File:Regions and Prefectures of Japan 2.svg). Over that image, regions are delimited by the "poly" and "rect" commands, which delimit clickable areas of the image and say where the associated link points to.
For more details about the syntax, see mw:Extension:ImageMap. You might be interested by a visit to Wikipedia:Graphics_Lab/Map_workshop, too. TigraanClick here to contact me 19:41, 23 September 2017 (UTC)

Atlas vs. info

Your article fails to make a distinction between my corporation, Atlas Consortium (.com) and the conglomeration from England Atlas Consortium (.info). Can you fix this or do I have to address this through them. 14:32, 23 September 2017 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk)

Is any part of the article Atlas Consortium or other articles about the .com company? If not then there is no problem from Wikipedia's point of view. We have articles about some companies but not all. If we have no content about a subject then we don't mention that subject in an article about another subject with the same name. It's the same for companies, people, works, locations and so on. Almost everybody and everything has something else with the same name. Articles are written by Wikipedia editors and not the subjects of the articles. PrimeHunter (talk) 15:28, 23 September 2017 (UTC)

Asima Chatterjee bio


I loved the Wiki about Asima Chatterjee today. I am hoping someone can augment her biography with information from the following links: (see:

I have never edited a Wiki page, and am asking for help from an experienced Wiki user/editor.

Thanks, Cowslip2017 (talk) 16:12, 23 September 2017 (UTC)cowslip2017

@Cowslip2017: If you head over to the article, you'll notice a little lock symbol at the upper-right corner of the page. This lock indicates that the page has been semi-protected; clicking it will take you to WP:SEMI, which explains what's going on. To put it simply, the article has been protected to prevent editing by unregistered and brand new users due to high levels of vandalism to the page. Your account will need to be autoconfirmed in order to edit it, which will happen automatically once your account is four days old and you've made ten edits to Wikipedia.

Now, you don't necessarily have to wait for the ability to edit the article. You can head over to the article's talk page and submit a request for another editor to edit the page for you. You may create a new section at the bottom of the talk page, specify what exactly you wish to change in the article, and then add {{edit semi-protected}} to your message to alert other editors that you've made a request. Even after you gain these abilities, or when the article is unprotected, you should probably go to the article's talk page to ask someone else to edit the article.  Seagull123  Φ  16:52, 23 September 2017 (UTC)

Cliff Taylor, American Actor

Spitting Image Productions / ITV Network for Central Television, Bumbledown: The Life and Times of Ronald Reagan, air date: November 1988, Channel 4.

Cliff Taylor, member EQUITY since 1987, SAG, Screen Actors Guild since 1981.

Oh. Absolutely fascinating... but what help on this help page are you asking for? Aspro (talk) 18:10, 23 September 2017 (UTC)
Think this was posted by User:Abdulfez aka Cliff Taylor. Oh. Does anybody have the energy point out COI yet again _ I've had it and feel exhausted. Aspro (talk) 18:18, 23 September 2017 (UTC)
The OP has recognized that I am backsliding. See: User_talk:Aspro#Cliff_Taylor. So now, that I have been able to grab five hours of sleep, I have pulled my finger out to explain it myself: A single purpose promotional account meets the criteria for speedy deletion with the tag {{Template:Db-spamuser}} . The only contributions he has made is to articles, about productions in which he was involved – and just added his name. Many dozens are involved in productions but few are encyclopedically notable. Aspro (talk) 09:39, 24 September 2017 (UTC)

Hiding text

Could someone explain to me how you hide some text and make it show something else? I know how to make a collapsible list but i would like to go one step further and do something like this in a diagram i'm working on:

From this:


| colspan="2" align="left"|

× Av. Torr. Silva
× Av. Torr. Silva
∥ Av. Torr. Silva

To This:


| colspan="2" align="left"|


Do i have to convert it to the Routemap template for the replacement to work? Thing is, theres no routemap template for my language. Thank you all Ligaanet (talk) 18:27, 23 September 2017 (UTC)

I was wondering if you could tell me what I did wrong and how I violated the content policy by creating a page explaining new readers what is and the major publications that are connected with it.

Hi there! My previous post was deleted. I was wondering if you could tell me what I did wrong and how I violated the content policy by creating a page explaining new readers what is and the major publications that are connected with it.

Sources: — Preceding unsigned comment added by AndrewATX2016 (talkcontribs) 23:14, 23 September 2017 (UTC)

I have replied on your user talk page too. You violated the policies on verifiability, there's no indication the company is notable enough for an article in the first place, and what you wrote read like an advertisement. Huon (talk) 23:24, 23 September 2017 (UTC)

September 24

I don't understand why my page was deleted

Please help explain why my Wikipedia page was deleted. it was created for me in 2012 and has been up and running ever since, but for some reason it was deleted two days ago. Codes: G5 and G11 what do they mean?

Page is for Leslie Becker (actor)

Please helps explain Thanks Leslie Becker — Preceding unsigned comment added by Lesliebecker (talkcontribs) 03:46, 24 September 2017 (UTC)

G5. Creations by banned or blocked users
G11. Unambiguous advertising or promotion
Read more here -AnonWikiEditor (talk) 05:15, 24 September 2017 (UTC)
See also WP:COI Jimfbleak - talk to me? 05:49, 24 September 2017 (UTC)

Meghan Markle

I have stuffed up ref number 40. Please help Thanks (talk) 12:25, 24 September 2017 (UTC)

Fixed with this edit. Eagleash (talk) 12:35, 24 September 2017 (UTC)

September 25

Edits deleted.

I provided 2 additional persons for the "List of people from Erie, Pennsylvania" page. I provided source material for the additions--more than any other person on the page has done. The additions were removed within less than a week, without explanation. Why was this done, and what do I need to do to have them reinstated?

Ric Thayer (talk) 03:48, 25 September 2017 (UTC)

@Ric Thayer: The changes were removed with this edit, which provides an explanation. To be included in lists such as this, persons would need to be notable in the Wikipedia sense and have had an article written about them. (See also WP:WTAF). Thanks. Eagleash (talk) 04:22, 25 September 2017 (UTC)

Use of wikipedia in class

Hi there! I am a currently inactive wikipedian, but in the past I have been busy for a couple of few-month periods in 2004 and 2010 (in In other words, I think I am familiar with how things operate here, but my familiarity is neither local not recent. I plan to use wikipedia as a teaching resource towards the end of this week, for a Master of Theoretical and Computational Chemistry which contains a 6h mini-course on writing. I intend to propose the students to improve a few articles related with the topic of their Master, starting from zero (play sandbox, create new users, etc). They'll do most of the work from home in the next weeks/months; this week I'll just show them how this works. Is there any particular material I/they need to review? Thanks! -- 4lex (talk) 04:48, 25 September 2017 (UTC)

@4lex: Please start by reading WP:ASSIGN. Thank you. Eagleash (talk) 04:59, 25 September 2017 (UTC)
@Eagleash: Thanks! The available tools and reading material seems awesome, I'm studying it. 4lex (talk) 05:32, 25 September 2017 (UTC)

Fair use image given to me by press/pr department - what to enter to be allowed to use?

WikiMedia dialog message invalid license


I would like to upload a picture that has been given to me by the pr department of the production the WikiPedia article is about.

I wanted to use "Non-free promotional" and "Fairuse" but was not allowed - possibly because the field was not for template names.

What should I insert in the upload wizard dialog to be allowed to use the above templates?

NOTE: I am trying to not use the name of the article and the production since I do not want Google to index this help. Please do the same if you answer.

Here is the screen shot from wikimedia, where you can read more. Mplungjan (talk) 04:51, 25 September 2017 (UTC)

  • @Mplungjan: OK, sorry for that, but the following will be unpleasant.
First of all, from your post here and your contributions I get the strong feeling that you are editing on Wikipedia on behalf of Svitlana Azarova (press agent, maybe?). If so, please immediately see WP:PAID, which contains a mandatory disclosure that you have not made. Failure to do so will lead to you being blocked (prevented from editing) and possibly all your contributions being deleted.
I do not believe you can use the file in the way you intend to. You cannot upload anything on our sister site Wikimedia Commons that is not under a free license, and to upload it to Wikipedia it needs to satisfy all of the criteria for non-free content. Those are stronger than "fair use" restrictions; maybe a poster in low-resolution could do, but if I am right in assuming it is a promotional shot of the play, then it would likely fail criteria #8 (Non-free content is used only if its presence would significantly increase readers' understanding of the article topic).
So, either you get the PR department to release it under a free license (not just "free to use on Wikipedia", free to use anywhere), or you explain why it is needed. Such explanation should involve arguing the Wikipedia policy I outlined above, not something along the lines of "I want to publicize the article" - Wikipedia is not here to advertise for you. Wikipedia is not here to generate good Google results, either; I did not name the article because my answer did not need to, but you should not expect others to do the same, because it is not policy, not law, and I doubt people who do SEO via Wikipedia articles they edit get much sympathy here (see also: Streisand effect). TigraanClick here to contact me 07:49, 25 September 2017 (UTC)

Template issue

Flag of Massachusetts.svg

How come commons:file:Flag of Massachusetts.svg appears so small in Template:Members of the U.S. House of Representatives from Massachusetts compared to the seal above, although both are set at 100px?--Tuchiel (talk) 07:50, 25 September 2017 (UTC)

Because it has lots of white space around it. The image size in the template (100px) sizes the whole of the image, so the emblem AND all of the white space around it are included when the image is reduced to that size., The image needs the whitespace trimming from it. - X201 (talk) 08:07, 25 September 2017 (UTC)
Wouldn't the seal
Seal of Massachusetts.svg
be a better image? - X201 (talk) 08:11, 25 September 2017 (UTC)

Layout issue with DJ Mag article

Hi I have recently been editing this article DJ Mag and I think I have inadvertently deleted some markup language on the page in the section 'Criticisms of the Top 100' that has knocked the page alignment out and I do not know how to correct it would grateful for any help in resolving.--Navops47 (talk) 08:06, 25 September 2017 (UTC)

There's nothing wrong with the alignment, it was like that before you started. Its a blockquote highlighing a particular bit of text, in this case a long quote so that it doesn't get lost in the rest of the prose. Only thing missing was the closing blockquote which you removed, but that wouldn't cause a problem because it was at the end of the section. - X201 (talk) 08:21, 25 September 2017 (UTC)
@X201: Does blockquote automatically get terminated at the end of a section? It looked as if in the OP's version the remaining sections of the article were being indented within the blockquote. --David Biddulph (talk) 08:28, 25 September 2017 (UTC)
Yep, You're correct. - X201 (talk) 08:36, 25 September 2017 (UTC)
Thank you both very much for explaining and also resolving.--Navops47 (talk) 08:48, 25 September 2017 (UTC)

BeLight Software

Good day,

Sorry to disturb you with this question. My name is Alex Romanchykov and I work at BeLight Software company as the Product and Marketing manager. We produce software for Mac, Windows and iOS since 2003 (in January, next year, we will celebrate our 15th Anniversary). We are the creators of many popular applications such as Live Home 3D (ex Live Interior 3D), Art Text, Swift Publisher and more. These programs are constantly at the top charts of Mac App Store and Windows Store. Several our applications already reached the mark of 1,000,000 downloads. Some time ago our company page was deleted from Wikipedia and all info marked as spam: As I understand, the users and the guy who wrote an article had a vivid discussion which resulted in this ban. Eight years passed, the company gained the reputation of a big contributor to a world of applications and yet still not a word about us or our products on Wikipedia. We're in some sort of Limbo here and can not escape from it. Is there a way to whitelist the page? We are ready to provide any necessary updated information and references.

Thanks for your attention.

Kind Rgards, Alex Romanchykov Product and Marketing Manager BeLight Software AlexR10 (talk) 08:50, 25 September 2017 (UTC)

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