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August 9[edit]

Help Needed Adding Citation[edit]

I have requested a change to a page and using the template sent information. How can I get support making this change? Thank you, Brigid Acuna

Error: Protected edit requests can only be made on the talk page. Dear Editor -

Please make two minor changes:

1) Please change phrasing from:

"Kennedy had no children,[6] but had two step-daughters from Paul's first marriage."[citation needed]


"Diana Kennedy had no children but Paul had two daughters, Moira and Brigid Kennedy.”

2) For this sentence, please add citation:

<ref>“Paul P. Kennedy of Times is Dead.” The New York Times, Obituary/Death notices. 3 February, 1967. “Mr. Kennedy leaves…two daughters, Mrs. Moira Martha Sims [Simms] nee Kennedy, and Miss Brigid Ann Kennedy.”<ref>

Greatly appreciated,

Paul P. Kennedy's granddaughter,

Brigid (Kennedy) Acuna, (Redacted) Brigid (Kennedy) Acuna (talk) 03:10, 9 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Symbol redirect vote2.svg Courtesy link: Talk:Diana_Kennedy#Semi-protected_edit_request_on_30_July_2022 & Maproom (talk) 06:21, 9 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

What tag to use when a "fact" is apparently reliably sourced but looks dubious?[edit]

See Talk:Lisa_Curry#15_gold_medals?; I have found a claim which is apparently reliably sourced (Australian Sport Hall of Fame claims Lisa Curry has won 15 international gold medals in swimming) but just does not stack up. (Perhaps juniors/seniors medals are included, but then we should clarify). There are a few options suggested at Template:Clarify, but I am unsure: which tag is appropriate in this situation? Adpete (talk) 03:25, 9 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Adpete: use {{dubious}}. lettherebedarklight, 晚安, おやすみなさい, ping me when replying 04:40, 9 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@lettherebedarklight thanks. I decided a better solution was to just remove the claim, and replace it with her tally of better known / more prestigious medals. Adpete (talk) 05:06, 9 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Thank You[edit]

Thank you for helping to public record on behalf of all of the False and Fraudulent statements that people have made about themselves and history as well as assets on behalf of all the people of the Earth tired of Fraudulent Asshole owners and their identities. 2603:9000:9B00:6F22:B839:8C91:2822:B69C (talk) 06:26, 9 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Thank you for your appreciation, on behalf of editors everywhere.
There are many people on the internet who are concerned about the easy proliferation of false and doubtful information. Wikipedia is unique in that it is both a community of people who collectively care about this, and a prominent internet resource which has this as part of its mission.
Since you care about this, why don't you join us? You don't even have to create an account to work to improve our articles (we have over six million, and many of them could do with some TLC. Please see Help:Introduction. ColinFine (talk) 10:31, 9 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

AfD Article has copyrighted text, creator claims original authors have granted fair-use permission.[edit]

Recently deleted Draft:Oligodon Russelius moved from Draft:Oligodon russelius(tagged speedy) about a recently described species of snake had copyrighed text taken from The creator of the draft Wild Trait (talk) have informed me (via my talk page) that the author(s) of the publication from which the text in question is taken (about the desc. of the species) have provided him the article pdf and granted perms to put it in Wikipedia. What should be done here? upload the pdf to Commons with fair-use license and use the text? Vulpes-bengalensis (talk) 07:17, 9 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hi Vulpes-bengalensis You might want to ask about this at WP:CP, I don't think you should upload a pdf to Commons even if its licensed appropriately for Commons since that's not really good to mean the text is going to be OK to use. If the text has been appropriately licensed, all that is needed is some way to verify that license and that can typically be done as explained in WP:DCP. However, even if it the text is appropriately licensed, that still doesn't mean Wikipedia should be using it verbatim. The copyirght holder most likely has written the content as they wanted to write it and not as Wikipedia policies and guidelines want Wikipedia articles to be written. So, even if the licensing is acceptable, it will still be preferred for the draft's creator summarize and rewrite things in their own words and appropriately support whatever claims are being made by citations to reliable secondary sources. An acceptable license means the content would not a copyright violation per se, but it doesn't mean Wikipedia has to use the content as written and it doesn't mean things like WP:N, WP:V, WP:NPOV, WP:NOT and WP:OR no longer apply. -- Marchjuly (talk) 08:27, 9 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  1. If the author of the text wants to donate it to Wikipedia, they need to go through WP:DCP. We cannot accept a random person’s assertion that the author is OK with it, we need verifiable proof that the copyright holder agreed.
  2. "I grant permission to use on Wikipedia" is not a license we accept. We require a CC BY-SA license. As the WP:DCP page explains in bold font, it means (among other things) that anyone can then reuse the text, not just Wikipedia.
  3. Commons is a repository of freely-licensed files, that can be reused by anyone under a CC BY-SA (or less restrictive) license. Therefore, "fair use" is never acceptable on Commons. The English Wikipedia (a separate project) allows, in addition to files from Commons, to use some non-free media if it satisfies fair use plus a bunch of additional restrictions. I am not sure those restrictions allow text at all (since text can fairly easily be read, digested and rewritten in a way that does not implicate copyright issues, unlike images).
  4. If some text is validly "donated", I rather doubt that a PDF upload on Commons is the proper way to go about it. Maybe Wikisource?
TigraanClick here for my talk page ("private" contact) 10:15, 12 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Instructions for Translation needed[edit]

Hi all, I want to translate Wikipedia entries into my native language. Where can I find instructions (or, ideally, a tutorial :-) on how to do the translation? Thanks! White Orchid27 (talk) 08:27, 9 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hi White Orchid27. You can find some information about this at WP:TRANSLATEUS. Wikipedia's licensing requires that all re-uses of article content (including translations of such content) be done in accordance with WP:REUSE. If you're going to translate the article for the purpose of adding it to another langauge Wikipedia project (e.g. French Wikipedia), then it's important to understand that each local Wikipedia project has its own policies and guidelines, and you're going to need to make sure your translation satisfies those policies and guidelines. There might be a lot of similarities between English Wikipedia's policies and guidelines and those of other Wikipedia projects, but there might also be some (perhaps important) differences. So, you might want to find out what these policies and guidelines are first just to make sure you understand what's going to be expected of you. -- Marchjuly (talk) 08:35, 9 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@White Orchid27: Please be specific in questions. I can see elsewhere that your native language is Bulgarian. They have a page about translation at bg:Уикипедия:Превод. PrimeHunter (talk) 13:57, 9 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thank you, I am new when it comes to contributions/translations and I did not realize the specific language mattered. I will check the page you indicated. White Orchid27 (talk) 14:57, 9 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thanks! I did not know that each project has its own policies and guidelines, I will check carefully the local requirements. White Orchid27 (talk) 14:56, 9 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Please Publish My Article Please Please Please !!![edit]

Please Publish My Article Please Please Please !!! Sudam Rawde This Is My ARTICLE Please Publish It Craftronics365 (talk) 10:35, 9 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Blocked for promotion. 331dot (talk) 10:40, 9 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Trouble with a template[edit]

Hey guys,
I noticed the map was missing in the infobox of 14th Street (Manhattan) and wanted to fix it. I figured the problem was | image_map = Maplink-road and I looked at Template:Maplink-road/doc for the solution and decided to substitute maplink|13|30.2795|-97.7515 from there, to preview and continue onwards. This only resulted in the map completely disappearing. What am I doing wrong? Dutchy45 (talk) 10:41, 9 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Drop the maplink| from the start. e.g. {{maplink-road|13|30.2795|-97.7515}} - X201 (talk) 10:57, 9 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Do you mean add -road before the first pipe? Dutchy45 (talk) 11:05, 9 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Yep. I assumed you'd left the original maplink-road in place, to make {{maplink-road|maplink|13|30.2795|-97.7515}} - X201 (talk) 11:09, 9 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thanks @X201. I was unfamiliar with the nowiki code so I was struggling with the brackets. Hence the confusion. It's all clear now. 1 last Q.: Shouldn't the code on Template:Maplink-road be fixed/improved to reflect this? Dutchy45 (talk) 11:36, 9 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I'm now beginning to wonder if this is some kind of communication failure between Wikidata and the template. - X201 (talk) 11:46, 9 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@X201 I left a message on the talkpage here, since I'm not comfortable fooling around with unfamiliar template documentation, which might have a big impact across WP. If you want to add something, I'd love to read it. Dutchy45 (talk) 12:18, 9 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

My edit is rejected/reverted?[edit]

Hi - I've tried making changes to the Tatiana Maslany wiki page twice. Her credit on my film (my edit) has been removed twice. I just copied the format from similar entries and the edit seemed to work. I successfully added a hyperlink to my film's title directing the reader to the film on YouTube. Tatiana is in the credits. How can i prevent this from happening again. (talk) 12:13, 9 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Mikolla First, if you are making edits related to your film, you must read about conflict of interest and paid editing. You should not make these edits directly, but you may propose them on the article talk page(Talk:Tatiana Maslany) in the form of an edit request(click for instructions).
You added a link to a YouTube video- this is not considered an appropriate source. If you are trying to source the claim to your film, this is unnecessary, as someone need only watch the film to see the name in the credits. 331dot (talk) 12:20, 9 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Mikolla: Also, external links should not be added in the body of an article per WP:ELPOINTS #2. Deor (talk) 12:43, 9 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thanks. This is incredibly complicated. Every step requires that I read a long page of instructions, with links to other long pages. I now understand about the external links (thanks). The only mention of me on Wiki is this: Can that be the link? I'm the director and I guess a paid wiki editor, in that the short film generated some income (lost money overall, with distribution). Can someone just put back my entry, with or without the hyperlink? Under her film credits: Subterranean Passage, year 2000, voice. Just like "Ginger Snaps" after it. Mikolla (talk) 12:56, 9 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Mikolla  Done! GoingBatty (talk) 15:17, 9 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thanks so much! (talk) 15:19, 9 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

The whole of national anthem of south Africa in writing[edit]

National anthem of south Africa — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:41, 9 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

What is your question relating to how to use or edit Wikipedia? Eagleash (talk) 18:46, 9 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
See National anthem of South Africa RudolfRed (talk) 18:56, 9 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

August 10[edit]

Producing a graph for this company[edit]

Hi. For AMTD Digital I want to ask if there is a way to produce a graph that shows the stock price of it during these last 2 weeks?

The reason the company is notable in the first place is because how high it jumped in only 2 weeks. It would be nice if that could be illustrated.

-Imcdc (talk) 00:57, 10 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

No, and stock prices don't help for notability as Wikipedia defines it. —Jéské Couriano v^_^v a little blue Bori 01:14, 10 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Hello, Imcdc. I am not proficient at creating graphs, but take a look at GameStop short squeeze which is also about a company that also had dramatic swings in its stock price. That article has graphs of the sort you are talking about. You can use the same coding techniques. Cullen328 (talk) 01:22, 10 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Jéské Couriano, the company is notable and the dramatic fluctuations in its stock prices have received significant coverage in the highest quality financial publications worldwide. Cullen328 (talk) 01:25, 10 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
AMTD Digital's article was created six days ago, and its history suggests the only reason for that creation was because of its recent share-price changes. Please remember that Wikipedia is WP:NOTNEWS. Bazza (talk) 08:56, 10 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Imcdc It took me a few minutes to realise that the GameStop article uses a special template {{GameStop stock price graph}} based on the general template {{Graph:Chart}}. You ought to be able to work from that. And Bazza 7, WP:NOTNEWS merely affirms that we do not offer first-hand news reports on breaking stories. We do, however, use reliable already-published sources to create articles on notable topics in the news, as seen every single day on the Main Page. As Cullen328 points out, AMTD Digital meets our standard guidelines. I even spotted coverage of it in The Times last Saturday, which I added to the article. Mike Turnbull (talk) 11:29, 10 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Michael D. Turnbull Thanks! I recreated the graph for AMTD Digital using the same template. Although I do have a bit of trouble trying to find the best place to place the graph. Maybe someone here can find a more suitable position? -Imcdc (talk) 13:20, 10 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Using m^2 vs km^2[edit]

Hello all! I was looking at the article for Recursive islands and lakes and I noticed one of the tables uses m^2 as their measurement while all the other tables use km^2 as their measurement. None of the values in the table that uses m^2 are particularly served by using meters instead of kilometers (they aren't much bigger or smaller than the others), so I'm wondering if I should change it to km^2 and divide the numbers appropriately? Thank you! Tyong127 (talk) 03:33, 10 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Tyong127: It's a matter of editorial judgement, so you are free to make the decision. The areas in the one table that uses m^2 are really, really small, so I would just leave it alone. Remember that there are one million (1000^2) square meters in a square kilometer.

Identical big or small chunks of crucial information in 2 articles[edit]

If two articles contain the same important, not easily found information in about 2–10 chapters, then how to decide which is a better place for these paragraphs, or do we need to duplicate those from one article to another? I moved 2 paragraphs (with some grammar corrections) to an article where I thought those paragraphs were more important. Then I deleted those 2 paragraphs from the first article and made a "See also" -link there. I also wrote in summary ( "the Civil War portion (2 paragraphs) has been moved to the article Syrian Civil War". Then the corrector restored 2 old chapters and deleted the link with a message: "text containing sources has been deleted without justification". This is a difficult and common problem but I have found nothing about it in the Wikipedia help files. Jari Rauma (talk) 11:24, 10 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Excuse my translation error in two places: 'chapters' should be 'paragraphs'. Jari Rauma (talk) 11:33, 10 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Hi Jari Rauma. I think that the nearest guidance here is WP:CFORK but Finnish Wikipedia will have its own guidance, so really you need to ask at their equivalent of the Helpdesk/Teahouse, which I assume you can find knowing the language. Clearly, small bits of information may be justify being repeated in multiple articles but large chunks are better covered just once, if only for ease of updating. Mike Turnbull (talk) 11:47, 10 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thank you for a quick answer. Very much faster because of about a hundred more users. Jari Rauma (talk) 11:54, 10 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Can you advise how I change my image profile on my dedicated page- Thank you[edit]

Can you advise how I change my image profile on my dedicated page- Thank you Macasso (talk) 14:08, 10 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Macasso: i'm assuming you want to add an image of yourself to your userpage.
you need to upload a picture of yourself through the file upload wizard, and then add the picture to your userpage. lettherebedarklight, 晚安, おやすみなさい, ping me when replying 14:12, 10 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
lettherebedarklight I think they might be referring to Jim McCarthy (comics). Theroadislong (talk) 14:15, 10 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Yes, this looks like Jim McCarthy (comics). Since this is a Wikipedia article and he is a living person, the image would have to be free to use. It looks like you uploaded the current image to Wikimedia Commons in 2014. If you took a new self portrait of reasonable technical and artistic quality, you could upload it to Commons with a CC license and use it in the infobox of the Wikipedia article.--♦IanMacM♦ (talk to me) 14:17, 10 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

"Overlinking" or was it proper linking?[edit]

An editor/reviewer on Aug. 9 twice reverted the WP link to the article "United States" I added to the first sentence of Languages of the United States. My link allegedly violated WP's overlink policy of never linking "common terms." Yet every single country-related WP article (ex., "Languages of...," "Demography of...," etc.) is linked to its specific country upon first mention. The editor is unimpressed that 99.99% of country-specific articles in WP are blue-linked this way; my link still runs counter to the guidelines. I think the editor has misread the guidelines, but otherwise, shouldn't the thousands of similar articles be de-linked too? Mason.Jones (talk) 17:13, 10 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Mason.Jones: When you are involved in a "content dispute" (WP:DISPUTE) like this, you should open a discussion with the other editor on the article's talk page. Be sure to ping the other editor. Assume good faith, be polite, and try hard to reach consensus. You can come back here if all of that fails. -Arch dude (talk) 18:02, 10 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Arch dude. Thanks. The editor/reviewer and I did discuss this at his talk page. The editor/reviewer said to reread the "overlink" guidelines and take the issue here if I disagreed with his rollback. I just seek a neutral-party assessment of my link (which is WP practice at 99.99%). Mason.Jones (talk) 18:17, 10 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Editor BilCat sent you to WP:OLINK and its talk page (Wikipedia talk:Manual of Style/Linking); not here (Wikipedia:Help desk). This is the wrong place because any lengthy discussion will be automatically archived after three or four days whether the discussion is finished or not.
Trappist the monk (talk) 18:43, 10 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thanks. Had thought this was the better place, but will take the issue there. Mason.Jones (talk) 14:25, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/Conduct in deletion-related editing/Proposed decision[edit]

How will i know when Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/Conduct in deletion-related editing/Proposed decision is finalized? Please {{ping}} me when you reply? Jax 0677 (talk) 16:54, 10 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Jax 0677: it's finalized. See Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/Conduct in deletion-related editing for the final decision. Firefangledfeathers (talk / contribs) 16:56, 10 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
The case close was also noted on WP:AN and WP:AC/N. —Jéské Couriano v^_^v a little blue Bori 18:55, 10 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Template transclusion line spacing[edit]

There is an extra blank line rendered before the table at World Chess Championship 1984–1985#1983–84 Candidates Tournament (although only a single blank line is included in the source code, as is usual). How can the relevant Template:8TeamBracket-info be modified to avoid that? Hildeoc (talk) 17:25, 10 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Remove the empty line before the template. It's generating <p><br></p> which is causing the gap you see. Bazza (talk) 18:50, 10 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Bazza 7: Thanks, but as I tried to imply, a single empty line before a template (which is similar to spacing a new paragraph) is totally normal in the source code, and should only be rendered as a line break, not an actual line spacing. Hence, I was asking how to fix the template as such. Hildeoc (talk) 22:14, 10 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Special:ExpandTemplates shows the template output doesn't start with an empty line but a table with a margin:
{| border=0 cellpadding=0 cellspacing=0 style="font-size: 90%; margin:1em 2em 1em 1em;
It also did so before using a module.[1] This is clearly deliberate. A change would require discussion. Existing uses may rely on the current margins for layout. PrimeHunter (talk) 23:54, 10 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Missing country table list[edit]

In Google Play § Availability, Ethiopia is not included to the list as this is mandatory to the table. Could do add Ethiopia to the list or by calling someone who have knowledge about Google Play-related subject? (talk) 22:21, 10 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

A line before the table reads: Users outside the countries/regions listed below only have access to free apps and games through Google Play. A quick search gives this help article which supports that statement for Ethiopia. WelpThatWorked (talk) 22:34, 10 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

August 11[edit]

Latin Wikipedia[edit]

For the past few days every time I open Wikipedia, it is the Latin version. I am using the same shortcut on my desktop. If I type in instead of using the shortcut and type in a search term on the home page, the result is in Latin unless I specifically choose the English version before typing in the search term. I haven't seen so much Latin since I took that class in high school. What's wrong? (talk) 02:13, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply] is the common entry for all Wikipedia languages. The search box has a language selector which says "LA" for Latin. Change it to "EN" for English. If you always want the English Wikipedia then I suggest to change your shortcut to, or if you prefer a page with more search options. PrimeHunter (talk) 03:58, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Company logos[edit]

The logo on the page for the company I work for is out of date. I want to update it with the new one, but I think it’s a non-free image. External people/companies are required to gain permission from us to use the logo on their website, so I’m guessing this means it’s non-free… Can anyone suggest what I’m best doing? We need to get the logo updated because people keep using incorrect branding. — Preceding unsigned comment added by James nsg group (talkcontribs) 09:28, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

James nsg group, which page are you asking about? Logos are generally uploaded to Wikipedia under a claim of fair use, there are some instructions at Wikipedia:Upload/Uploadtext/en-nonfree-logo. TSventon (talk) 09:39, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I'm guessing it's not NSG (group)? Gråbergs Gråa Sång (talk) 11:12, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
It's for the Pilkington company page James nsg group (talk) 08:02, 12 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@James nsg group, Pilkington? Based on the logo at [2], upper left, that looks about right to me. What logo do you think it should be changed to? Gråbergs Gråa Sång (talk) 08:23, 12 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Wikipedia's Assessment Period[edit]


We as Monty Mobile the company we have contracted with an intermediate agency that writes content for Wikipedia called wikiprofessionals and they claim that the assessment period is 4 months and if we are not active through out this period the page will be terminated and we will be banned for 2 years I would like to know if this information is legit.

Best Regards, (talk) 12:29, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

"Wikiprofessionals" is already banned. How much did you pay them, and which articles did they claim to have written? -- Hoary (talk) 12:45, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Note that a ban is the most severe category of restriction that can be imposed at Wikipedia. Enforcement of a ban is done by all Wikipedia editors who choose to help: there are about 100,000 active editors in any given 30-day period. Any edit of any type by a banned editor anywhere in Wikipedia can and should be reverted by any editor on sight, without discussion or appeal. If this organization somehow succeeds in sneaking a page in for you, no matter how good it is, we will delete it when we find out. Do not pay them. -Arch dude (talk) 13:22, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
If you're worried about an article on the company, it's unlikely it will be creation-protected after just one deletion. Your company/its agents wouldn't be blocked/banned, but as noted the company you hired is legitimately banned and so their efforts will be undone regardless of the quality of their writing. If your intent was to use Wikipedia to advertize, you'd be wasting your money regardless of what PR firm you hired. —Jéské Couriano v^_^v a little blue Bori 14:13, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
If your company meets Wikipedia's criteria for notability, we could have an article about you. Irrespective of who created the article, it would not belong to you, would not be controlled by you, would not be for your benefit except incidentally, would not necessarily say what you wanted it to say, and should be based almost entirely on what people unconnected with you have chosen to publish about your company (favorable or unfavorable), not on what you say or want to say. ColinFine (talk) 15:45, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I will note that Draft:Monty Mobile has been deleted twice, once for being a blatant advertisement. Please be aware that no article will be accepted unless the article demonstrates that the company is notable as defined here. ~ ONUnicorn(Talk|Contribs)problem solving 16:59, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Real name shows up in metadata of fair use image[edit]

Hi, so I uploaded a fair-use image to Wikipedia, but when I scrolled down, the metadata shows my real name in the author’s section. How can I hide and fix this? — Preceding unsigned comment added by SchinLBL (talkcontribs) 13:30, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

SchinLBL, see Wikipedia:Requests for oversight. TSventon (talk) 13:45, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@SchinLBL: first, use an image editing program on your computer to modify the metadata on a copy of the image. Take out your name and put in the real copyright and/or trademark info. Next, upload this modified image as an update to the existing file. After you do this, you can request oversight to completely remove the old version of the file. -Arch dude (talk) 14:22, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]


I just created a wiki account and the username for some reason does not have the correct space in between the the words (HMYYachts) - Should be HMY Yachts.

How do I change that?

Thanks, Scott HMYYachts (talk) 14:27, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

As that is clearly the name of a company, you cannot use that name neither with, nor without a space - please see your talk page - Arjayay (talk) 14:32, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Information about changing usernames can be found at WP:RENAME. However, it seems your name seems to indicate you represent a company, in which case you will need to see the username policy and probably the page regarding managing conflicts of interest. WelpThatWorked (talk) 14:36, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Advertising an edit drive[edit]

Hey, so the WikiProject Vital Articles just make a new drive called 30 kB drive that promotes expanding short articles, and I don't know how to publicize the drive besides messaging on user talk pages. I've announced the drive at the Wikipedia:Community bulletin board, so what should I do next? CactiStaccingCrane (talk) 15:35, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]


How do I add the reference number to the relevant word in the article Napoleon Distelmans (talk) 15:53, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

There is a page dedicated to helping you cite sources — see Help:Referencing_for_beginners.
For more in detail information, see WP:CITE. You may find the This page in a nutshell banner helpful. rbstrachan (talk) 16:02, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Sagat (rapper)[edit]

First of all I am Faustin M Lenon Jr. who is the actual writer of Funk Dat and I am also Jump Chico Slamm which is the name I use for my production entity. As I look at the wikipedia page Sagat (rapper) You actually have a picture of someone else. Upon clicking on the picture it leads to another artist Trinidad James. I hate the fact that throughout the years all I have ever tried to do is have my information updated to reflect the truth.. And still somehow it seems like there are still extreme failures on Wikipedia.

Please Fix this!!!! All you have to do is use ANY of the pictures from Sagat, Jump Chico Slamm, or Faustin M Lenon Jr. Kerumino (talk) 16:34, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Symbol redirect vote2.svg Courtesy link: Sagat (rapper) - the article does not have any picture that I can see. (talk) 16:46, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Kerumino Sagat (rapper) does not currently have a picture. So far as I can tell, there has never been a photo included in that article. Are you by any chance talking about the Google Knowledge Graph? If so, Wikipedia has no control over what Google chooses to display in their knowledge graph. If you scroll down to the bottom of the knowledge graph there should be a link for you to click to alert Google to the problem. ~ ONUnicorn(Talk|Contribs)problem solving 16:49, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
And just for further reference, here is the pre-written canned answer to this sort of question:
Symbol move vote.svg Are you by any chance referring to a photo or text shown to the right of a Google search? Google's Knowledge Graph uses a wide variety of sources. There may be a text paragraph ending with "Wikipedia" to indicate that particular text was copied from Wikipedia. An image and other text before or after the Wikipedia excerpt may be from sources completely unrelated to Wikipedia. We have no control over how Google presents our information, but Google's Knowledge Graph has a "Feedback" link where anyone can mark a field as wrong. The same feedback facility is also provided on Bing and some other search engines. ~ ONUnicorn(Talk|Contribs)problem solving 16:51, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I never uploaded a photo.
It is the google knowledge graph that uses another person's picture
Do you have any suggestions? Kerumino (talk) 17:05, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Kerumino, if you look at the bottom right corner of the knowledge panel on google, you should see a tiny link that says "Feedback" (at least if you're on laptop). Try using that, it may work. Or the link/button next to it. Gråbergs Gråa Sång (talk) 17:17, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
The main suggestion is given above - complain to Google.
But there is another possibility that might work: if you arrange that Wikipedia's article about you has a picture of you, then it is possible that Google will use that picture, rather than picking up the wrong one from somewhere else. (We can't guarantee what Google will do, but I think that's quite likely).
In order to do that you will need whoever owns the copyright to a picture (which will probably not be you unless either it's a selfie or you have a contract with the photographer that says you own the copyright) to upload the the picture to Commons, releasing it under a suitable license (which will allow anybody to reuse it freely. They can do this using the Upload wizard.
Once they have uploaded the picture to Commons, then you can make an edit request on Talk:Sagat (rapper), to add the picture to the article.
I'm afraid this is somewhat convoluted: images are in Wikipedia, mostly because of copyright concerns. ColinFine (talk) 17:17, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

List that marked as a WP:NOTGALLERY[edit]

If a list is marked as a WP:NOTGALLERY, can it be revamped to include descriptions? SpinnerLaserzthe2nd (talk) 19:52, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hello, SpinnerLaserzthe2nd. Only if it can be edited to comply with Wikipedia:Stand-alone lists. If you provide the name of the list, you will get a more detailed response. Cullen328 (talk) 19:57, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Let’s say if I find a flag list that consists of only a gallery, do I had to add the details? SpinnerLaserzthe2nd (talk) 19:59, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
SpinnerLaserzthe2nd, a list article consisting of images but no text is not encyclopedic. Cullen328 (talk) 02:29, 12 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Delvis Dutton[edit]

I represent Delvis Dutton and I am asking you to reomove his entire wikipedia pages profile and account. There has been numerous accounts of fraud and vindictive postings that must stop on your site regarding Mr. Dutton. please get back to me at your earliest convenience. Brad Fallon esq Bradfallonesq (talk) 20:03, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

This editor has been blocked for violating WP:No legal threats. – Muboshgu (talk) 20:09, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Muboshgu Just out of curiosity, what does Wikipedia construe as a legal threat? After reading WP:NLT, I don't see an obvious one in @Bradfallonesq's message. It's demanding, condescending and rude, sure, but I don't see a threat of legal action... Does the implication of legal action constitute a legal threat?
I'm not trying to say he shouldn't've been blocked or that what you did was wrong, I'm just genuinely curious how you and other administrators interpret the term legal threat.
Regards 😊 rbstrachan (talk) 21:26, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
On User talk:Bradfallonesq, the OP wrote "... we are asking you to remove all postings from your sites. If you do not make this happen in a reaonable amount of time (3 days) you will be hearing from our legal department ...". Maproom (talk) 21:38, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Ah, well that explains it... I didn't think to check the talk page 🤦‍♂️ Thank you! rbstrachan (talk) 21:39, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
A perfectly fine block, but do we really need to use a mugshot in the infobox on Delvis Dutton? —Wasell(T) 🌻 06:33, 12 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Yes, the infobox image is rather crap and inappropriate unless he was known primarily as a criminal. What seems to have happened here is a bad case of "Is this the only free image we could find?" correctly NLT blocked, but the infobox image is problematic.--♦IanMacM♦ (talk to me) 07:12, 12 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • I've removed the infobox image File:Delvis Dutton (cropped).jpg because it is missing evidence of permission on Commons. If it is a standard US police department mugshot it is probably copyrighted, per previous discussions on this issue.--♦IanMacM♦ (talk to me) 07:17, 12 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    • I agree with this file being removed. The claim of "own work" made by the uploader is almost certainly incorrect and the State of Georgia isn't one of the US states which releases works by its employees into the public domain. This could've just be a good faith misunderstanding by someone regarding c:COM:L and c:COM:Own work, but it also could be a WP:BLPCOI or WP:RGW issue as well since there's a entire category at c:Category:Delvis Dutton filled with similar images and other files also being erroneously claimed as "own work". The block for the NLT was warranted, but it might also be a good idea for some admins to monitor this article for awhile because there's probably been some COI editing going over the years and there probably be more attempts to add questionably licensed images to the article. -- Marchjuly (talk) 07:32, 12 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Unexplained blank line[edit]

In General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University, there is a blank line after the first nav box. I think it is coming from {{Sri Lanka Armed Forces Educational Institutions}}, because if I switch the order, the blank follows after this template. But in Sri Lanka Military Academy, there is no blank line, so I'm really not sure. MB 22:20, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Fixed Your thought was correct. * Pppery * it has begun... 22:23, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

August 12[edit]

Does anyone recognize this language?[edit]

I found it on Wikisource as an 'unknown language'

"Ramn ku ǵlapn" ("The sheep and the goat")

Ramn se biǵtu.
Ǵap muguln imẃ sats.
U baǵa um, ǵlapn imẃ utu.
Ǵlapn beǵe um ǵa glu u.
Ku mumẃ um o geǵe ut hal ku uǵ.

Limburgish translation here. — kwami (talk) 03:52, 12 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Kwamikagami, the help desk is for questions about Wikipedia, there is a reference desk for more general queries, see Wikipedia:Reference desk/Language. TSventon (talk) 08:04, 12 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Sorry! I wasn't paying attention where I was. — kwami (talk) 08:06, 12 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Question about AfC process[edit]


I'm working on a draft article that was created with the AfC (articles for creation) tool. I'm not looking to move my draft into article namespace just yet, but I was wondering if when the time comes I am obliged to use the AfC submission process, or if, as an autoconfirmed user, I should move it myself manually.

Thanks in advance! :-) LocalWonk (talk) 08:49, 12 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hi LocalWonk. WP:AFC is optional, but it can be helpful for newer editors who don't have an established track record for creating viable Wikipedia articles. Drafts approved via AfC seem to have a better chance of avoiding being quickly nominated for deletion since AfC reviewers tend to be experienced editors who understand WP:N and who don't approve things that are going to end up being quickly deleted. Of course, even going through AfC doesn't guarantee that an article will never end up being deleted, but there does seem to be less of a risk. Assuming the draft you're asking about is Draft:Zaynab Mohamed, it's unlikely that moving it to the article namespace yourself will lead to it being tagged for speedy deletion per WP:A7 or something like that, but it could end up being nominated for deletion for WP:NPOL and WP:TOOSOON reasons if you tried to move it at this time. If you're going to forgo the review process of AfC, you might want to seek assistance at a possibly relevant WikiProject to get feedback that way. -- Marchjuly (talk) 09:15, 12 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thank you for the advice and information :-) LocalWonk (talk) 09:33, 12 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Can you create a article for me Aremu segun Ayomide (talk) 09:27, 12 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

You mean, about you, Aremu segun Ayomide? If so, no. Wait until you are notable: people will then be spontaneously creating or augmenting an article about you. Though you may not like it. -- Hoary (talk) 10:18, 12 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Name of God[edit]

When I google "What does Hashem mean in Arabic," I get a listing from Wikipedia.It tells me it means the name of God. When I look at the Wikipedia page it tells me this is the name of God in Hebrew.which it is.But then it tells me this is the name of God in Arabic or Islam. Their is something wrong here. (talk) 10:38, 12 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

If you are saying the Google results are in error, we have no control over that. You will need to contact Google. 331dot (talk) 10:41, 12 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Please do not post the same question both here and at the Teahouse - thank you - Arjayay (talk) 10:52, 12 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
IP editor: If you genuinely feel there is an error in an article here on Wikipedia, the place to raise your concerns and suggest alternative wording (supported with citations to high quality sources) is on that article's own talk page. Obviously if it's an error in Google's search results, we can't do a thing about that. Nick Moyes (talk) 11:13, 12 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

How do I find instances of a source being used[edit]

I have found a few instances of poor content in Wikipedia due to a source that is a recent reprint of a book written in 1926. It consequently is not up to date - but this is not immediately apparent, as it has been retitled. It is probably only rarely used, but if I could track down any instances so far undiscovered, I could flag them up with a template or find a better source - but I don't know how to search for a particular reference being used.

The book in question is A Short History of the Sailing Ship by Anderson, Romola; Anderson, R. C. publ. Dover Publications, 2003. ISBN 978-0486429885. It was published in 1926 under the title The Sailing-Ship: Six Thousand Years of History, originally published by Robert M. McBride & Company, New York. ThoughtIdRetired (talk) 11:11, 12 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Search results:
A Short History of the Sailing Ship
The Sailing-Ship: Six Thousand Years of History
Trappist the monk (talk) 11:45, 12 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Hi I am get a trouble on festival Wikimania, I can watch online chat because I am working iPad, what am I do?ئارۆ سالار محمود (talk) 12:16, 12 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]