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June 2[]

draft submission for review[]

I created a draft article named "Dodici Alternative Music Notation" in "userspace draft" and I clicked "submit your draft for review". There was no information indicating whether this submission was successful or not. Thanks — Preceding unsigned comment added by Nova9944 (talkcontribs) 03:36, 2 June 2020 (UTC)

No your submission was not successful. After hitting the "submit your draft for review" button you need to save the change using the button that used to be called "Save changes" but which may have confused you by now being named "Publish changes". --David Biddulph (talk) 04:45, 2 June 2020 (UTC)
@Nova9944: Your proposed article is User:Nova9944/sandbox/Dodici Alternative Music Notation. It is not in draft space. However, as worthy as it may otherwise be, it can never be a Wikipedia article because it is "original research" (see WP:NOTESSAY and WP:OR) and is therefore not suitable for an encyclopedia. You should try to find a more appropriate venue for this research. You can start at WP:OUT). Good luck!. -Arch dude (talk) 04:48, 2 June 2020 (UTC)
( conflict) One point which you ought to address is that Wikipedia is not an acceptable reference, see WP:CIRCULAR. You probably ought to make appropriate wikilinks instead of those references. I notice that you have included no wikilinks at all in your draft, so a reviewer may suggest that you wikify it. You also need to read the Manual of Style; you have used curly quotes, inappropriate formatting of section headings, extra blank lines, ... I see, however, that another or has nominated your draft for speedy deletion as a copyright violation, so the formatting problems may by now be academic. --David Biddulph (talk) 04:56, 2 June 2020 (UTC)
( conflict) For some reason the submission failed, but that's not the biggest problem as I am convinced that the submission will get declined.

Linda Gray is mentioned as Barry Gibbs wife. You've got the WRONG Linda Gray pictured.[]

You've got the wrong Linda Gibbs pictured as Barry Gibbs wife. The Linda Gibbs you've pictured is an actress and star of "Dallas," not the wife of Barry Gibbs. Please correct this gross error. Thank you! — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 06:12, 2 June 2020 (UTC)

Cannot see a picture at Barry Gibb. Please provide a link to pages you require help with. If you are seeing something as a result of a Google search, Wikipedia has no control over what their knowledge graph shows, though they often imply that it comes from Wikipedia. There is a contact link at the foot of the panel. Please remember to sign your posts on talk pages by typing four tildes (~~~~). Thank you. Eagleash (talk) 06:24, 2 June 2020 (UTC)

Redirect not working in link[]

Hello, I'm working on a draft article that references Digital Setting Circles. When I wikilink the phrase, it comes up red even though there is a redirect to Setting Circles, where Digital Setting Circles is a section. But when I search Wikipedia directly, the redirect works. Any ideas? Thanks! Pekoebrew (talk) 06:46, 2 June 2020 (UTC)

Hi Pekoebrew, the reason is that you have linked to digital setting circles, while the redirect was the incorrectly capitalised Digital Setting Circles. I have moved Digital Setting Circles to Digital setting circles and hopefully solved the problem. TSventon (talk) 07:37, 2 June 2020 (UTC)

Thanks guys, looks like that worked. Now I have a new problem... I logged out, and have forgotten my password. Repeated requests to reset have gotten no e-mail in return :( any suggestions? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (Redacted)

You asked the same question in a separate thread; it's answered there. -- Hoary (talk) 22:48, 2 June 2020 (UTC)

Help with Links as part of Infobox[]

I recently noticed that in the infobox of the article Duchy of Bar, the link below the coat of arm is wrong and would like to remove it. However, when I tried to the source, I could not find the original link anywhere. StellarHalo (talk) 09:31, 2 June 2020 (UTC)

Hello, StellarHalo. I believe I've fixed it. The template {{infobox country}} apparently generates a number of links automatically if the corresponding item is there; so if there is a coat of arms, it automatically generates a link to Coat of arms of Bar, which as you realised, is the wrong Bar. But there is a(n undocumented) parameter called linking_name which overrides the PAGENAME in these links. Since there isn't an article Coat of arms of Duchy of Bar, the infobox appears not to generate a link at all, but just text. --ColinFine (talk) 10:49, 2 June 2020 (UTC)

Old page that needs to be updated[]

Hello, I am the new marketing manager of Upstream (mobile marketing) company. I need to the relevant page which hasn't been updated since 2011.

I did a lot of changes yesterday and today but they were all deleted. I need your help in order to update the page. How can this be done? I cannot start updating all content again, and then see it been deleted.

Please propose another way. It's very frustrating that you do not let me update content that has been there for so many years.

Even the key people, everything was turned the way it was before. — Preceding unsigned comment added by ArchKapa (talkcontribs) 13:10, 2 June 2020 (UTC)

You must read about conflict of interest, and you are not permitted to further without making the mandatory declaration of paid ing. --David Biddulph (talk) 13:19, 2 June 2020 (UTC)
I put some information about conflicts of interest on your talk page. If there are factual errors, you can report them at Talk:Upstream (mobile marketing) - an unaffiliated user can then make those s, assuming they are sourced and not promotional. If you use Wikipedia to promote this or any other entity, you may be blocked. Thank you ‡ Єl Cid of Valencia talk 13:41, 2 June 2020 (UTC)

Wrong Wikipedia Pages[]


I have noticed several pages that are wrong on Wikipedia... mainly political commentator pages are being hijacked by their opposition and using it as a way to slander and demonize them.

How can I report this?

Kind regards, Ben — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:38, 2 June 2020 (UTC)

Hello, Ben. Remember that a WP-article is supposed to summarize WP:Reliable sources (as defined by WP) about the topic. If the topic is a living person, WP:BLP also applies. Pick one article you are displeased with. Either it yourself (see WP:TUTORIAL), or make suggestions at the article's talkpage, and see how that goes. If you remove well-sourced info, or add info without good refs, other ors will probably object. You may also want to WP:REGISTER. Gråbergs Gråa Sång (talk) 14:27, 2 June 2020 (UTC)

article page copyright issue[]

I have created a article page but there is an error for copyright, copyright to be, but this is our official web page. please approved this article — Preceding unsigned comment added by Swadhin.sip (talkcontribs) 17:21, 2 June 2020 (UTC)

Swadhin.sip. Wikipedia doesn't own the copyright for this material. You can't simply copy information from elsewhere to Wikipedia. What's more, as you work for the company, you will need to read and abide by our conflict of interest policy. Best Wishes, Lee Vilenski (talkcontribs) 17:29, 2 June 2020 (UTC)
( conflict) Your user talk page has a link to Wikipedia:Donating copyrighted materials if the institute wishes to donate the copyright on its web page. As you are connected to the subject, you need to read about conflict of interest. The draft is certainly not fit to be accepted as an article, as it has no references to published reliable sources independent of the subject to demonstrate its notability under Wikipedia's definitions. --David Biddulph (talk) 17:32, 2 June 2020 (UTC)

updating my page[]

I am trying to update My wikipedia "Drew Correa". I am trying to upload a new photo and Fix the mistakes written.i am Drew Correa. Why does It keep Undoing my s saying i am breaking the rules? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Drewcorrea (talkcontribs) 17:44, 2 June 2020 (UTC)

Your s removed the infobox from the article, and without explanation. You need to read about conflict of interest and use the article's tak page to propose changes. You also need to read about autobiography and about page ownership; hint: it is not "your" page. --David Biddulph (talk) 17:56, 2 June 2020 (UTC)
Drewcorrea You should confirm your identity with Wikipedia by following the instructions at WP:REALNAME. 331dot (talk) 00:01, 3 June 2020 (UTC)

Draft problem[]

Hello, why those articles are draft? Draft:Bıyıklı Mehmed Pasha and Draft:Battle of Koçhisar — Preceding unsigned comment added by KaradumanMareşal (talkcontribs) 18:09, 2 June 2020 (UTC)

@KaradumanMareşal: They are drafts which you created, to do so you may have gone via WP:WIZ or WP:AFC or as your account may not yet be WP:AUTOCONFIRMED you may have been prevented from creating articles directly in mainspace. If you condsider they are ready for mainspace you can place {{subst:submit}} at the top of the source. This will submit them for review. This may take a few weeks as there is usually quite a large backlog. Just by way of information draftspace allows you to work on new articles in an environment which is less vulnerable to ing by others. Eagleash (talk) 18:30, 2 June 2020 (UTC)
( conflict) @KaradumanMareşal: I added a big gray box to the top of each draft, which contains some helpful information for you. When you're ready, you can click the blue "Submit your draft for review!" button. GoingBatty (talk) 18:37, 2 June 2020 (UTC)

Thank for your help. I ed once more and are they read now? Draft:Bıyıklı Mehmed Pasha - Draft:Battle of Koçhisar — Preceding unsigned comment added by KaradumanMareşal (talkcontribs) 03:15, 3 June 2020 (UTC)

@KaradumanMareşal: The pages have been successfully submitted for review. Per the submission notice at both drafts,this may take 5 weeks or more. You are free to continue developing the pages in the meantime. Please note, pages in draftspace should not be added to categories. (Please remember to sign your posts on talk pages by typing four keyboard tildes like this: ~~~~.) Thank you. Eagleash (talk) 15:39, 3 June 2020 (UTC)

Category documentation of criteria[]

Is there a standard way to find the documentation for a category? Which would include the criteria for that category? The only way I know to do this is by analogy, after checking with other pages in a category. M.boli (talk) 18:34, 2 June 2020 (UTC)

@M.boli: The proper place for the documentation for a category is the category's page, such as Category:Stubs. GoingBatty (talk) 18:39, 2 June 2020 (UTC)
Thank you! I have occasionally seen descriptions at the head of the category's page. But generally most categories seem to have no description, which left me thinking there might be some documentation elsewhere that I wasn't cognizant of. M.boli (talk) 19:04, 2 June 2020 (UTC)
@M.boli: When you find such an undocumented category, please feel free to simply be bold and add documentation to it. If you are unsure of what the category was intended for, then you can try to discuss it on its talk page or on the talk page of some related project, but your best guess is better than no documentation because it will stimulate discussion. -Arch dude (talk) 19:48, 2 June 2020 (UTC)

Password reset/account mixup[]

Hello, my username is Pekoebrew and I had been logged in for a very long time. I happened to log out this morning, and have forgotten my password. Further, it seems I have lost the email associated with my account, no longer have access to it. Any ideas how to recover? Thanks 2601:643:8580:2ED0:3996:1380:8E00:2CE2 (talk) 19:01, 2 June 2020 (UTC)

Sorry, but if you don't recall the password and don't have e-mail enabled, then there is no way to reset or recover the password. RudolfRed (talk) 19:13, 2 June 2020 (UTC)
Is there any way I can associate the username with a different e-mail address? I have had this username for over 12 years, don't want to lose it. 2601:643:8580:2ED0:3996:1380:8E00:2CE2 (talk) 19:29, 2 June 2020 (UTC)
Unfortunately, not. All you can do is create a new user account and post a note on the user page that you previously ed under the other account. RudolfRed (talk) 20:23, 2 June 2020 (UTC)
How utterly annoying. Thanks anyway Rudolf. 2601:643:8580:2ED0:3996:1380:8E00:2CE2 (talk) 23:41, 2 June 2020 (UTC)

Title of article (Tatjana Patitz) is in talics.[]


Not sure if I am in the correct place, but noticed that the article title for model Tatjana Patitz is italicized. Not sure how to correct this. Thank you! ExRat (talk) 19:19, 2 June 2020 (UTC)

@ExRat: Is the inclusion of 'infobox artwork' later in the content causing the title to italicise? Not sure it serves much purpose so could be removed. Eagleash (talk) 19:30, 2 June 2020 (UTC)
Yes. Deleteing the term "infobox artwork" seems to have fixed it. Thank you very much for your help. ExRat (talk) 19:33, 2 June 2020 (UTC)
@ExRat: You could also say |italic title=no in the infobox per the second box at top of Template:Infobox artwork. But the infobox was rather pointless without an image. PrimeHunter (talk) 22:59, 2 June 2020 (UTC)
Thank you! ExRat (talk) 14:41, 3 June 2020 (UTC)

June 3[]

Deleted Article[]

Hi, I just want to know if I can recover my article that I been doing for over 5 months? (gines-serran-pagan) it was tag for speedy deletion like 4 hours ago because according to the one who reviewed it I copied the same sentence on the owners web page it stated there that I can label and contest the nomination not to be deleted since I personally know the person and allowed/ personally granted to use the text that will be included on my article. I'm new in Wikipedia that is why I continuously seek help how to improve the article but how will I improve it if the draft has already been deleted. Thanks! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Oilenroc (talkcontribs) 01:36, 3 June 2020 (UTC)

Not done Sorry, for legal reasons we do not restore copyright violations. If the external website or image belongs to you, and you want to allow Wikipedia to use the text or image — which means allowing other people to use it for any reason — then you must verify that externally by one of the processes explained at Wikipedia:Donating copyrighted materials. The same holds if you are not the owner but have their permission. You might want to look at Wikipedia's copyright policy for more details, or ask a question here. --Orange Mike | Talk 02:07, 3 June 2020 (UTC)

WP:NACADEMIC question[]

It said that, in criterion 6, that a person who "has held a highest-level elected or appointed administrative post at a major academic institution or major academic society" is notable. What counts as a major academic institution? Is it defined by a notable institution, or are there any further requirements? Is the Lingnan University considered major? Eumat114 formerly TLOM (Message) 06:14, 3 June 2020 (UTC)

@Eumat114: I don't think we have objective criteria for "major", so we must use orial judgement. I my opinion a university with less than 4,000 students does not qualify. -Arch dude (talk) 14:24, 3 June 2020 (UTC)

Changing text of article title to Italic.[]

I'm trying to change the text of an article about a film into Italic, but I don't know how. Can you help me, please? Petrandreev13 (talk) 07:40, 3 June 2020 (UTC)

@Petrandreev13: It happens automatically if {{Infobox film}} is used. Otherwise you can add {{italic title}}. PrimeHunter (talk) 07:42, 3 June 2020 (UTC)

Where am I supposed to add it? Petrandreev13 (talk) 07:47, 3 June 2020 (UTC)

@Petrandreev13: Anywhere in the article. It's usually placed at the top. PrimeHunter (talk) 07:51, 3 June 2020 (UTC)

Ok, thank you. Petrandreev13 (talk) 07:53, 3 June 2020 (UTC)

Drop-box on search[]


Can you tell me how to delete the drop-box of previous searches

Many thanks — Preceding unsigned comment added by Tug3210 (talkcontribs) 08:13, 3 June 2020 (UTC)

@Tug3210: Where do you see the drop-box and in which browser? Wikipedia's search box has a drop-box of search suggestions. It's not based on previous searches but on page name matches to what you have already typed. In other places you may see an autocomplete box made by your bowser. It can be cleared with a procedure depending on the browser. PrimeHunter (talk) 08:52, 3 June 2020 (UTC)


Hello, How do I find the template code for an actor's page? I want to format his page with film crs, bio, tv crs, etc. Please advise. Karly Lane — Preceding unsigned comment added by Karly Lane (talkcontribs) 08:50, 3 June 2020 (UTC)

Karly Lane, Template:Table may be what you're after. Gråbergs Gråa Sång (talk) 10:46, 3 June 2020 (UTC)
Or perhaps Template:Infobox person? Can you give an example of what you're looking for? You don't necessarily need a template to create an article.--Shantavira|feed me 14:10, 3 June 2020 (UTC)

how to an existing page title?[]

My organization has a wiki page. We changed our name and I want to update it. I have ed the body of the text, but can't figure out how to change the page title. Thanks. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 10:27, 3 June 2020 (UTC)

This help desk is for the English language Wikipedia. Here there is a method to move an article, and there is an equivalent method on the French Wikipedia. Here on enwiki the policy is that the article is named according to WP:COMMONNAME, and here also we have policies regarding conflict of interest (and also paid ing). If you have questions regarding the French Wikipedia you ought to ask there. --David Biddulph (talk) 10:42, 3 June 2020 (UTC)
For reference, the French Wikipedia helpdesk appears to be at fr:Wikipédia:Questions techniques. Joseph2302 (talk) 13:27, 3 June 2020 (UTC)

How to use Wikidata and its qualifiers[]

Ok by using {{#statements:number of deaths|from=Q87669612}} I can get a list with the numbers of deaths in Guatemala due to COVID-19 Wikidata:Q87669612:

0, 1, 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 15, 16, 18, 19, 21, 23, 24, 27

but how do I ask for example, for the last number and how do I ask for its qualifiers (like date and references)?--ReyHahn (talk) 10:32, 3 June 2020 (UTC)

Not Able to create an organization page[]

I was creating a page & try to add relevant information but after adding the information when I go to save them and submit the article then it won't getting submitted & showed some message with some blacklisting error.

How can I submit the article on a relevant topic? — Preceding unsigned comment added by MuscleBlaze (talkcontribs) 13:36, 3 June 2020 (UTC)

You need to ensure that the language you use is not promotional. --David Biddulph (talk) 13:44, 3 June 2020 (UTC)
You will also need to change your user name as it is the name of a company, and you need to read about conflict of interest and about paid ing. --David Biddulph (talk) 13:49, 3 June 2020 (UTC)
Hello, MuscleBlaze. Judging by the words you use , I suspect that (like many people) you have a fundamental misunderstanding of what Wikipedia is, and I wanted to warn you before you spend a lot of time and effort on something that is likely to be difficult and frustration, and perhaps impossible.
Wikipedia is not a place for telling the world about anything (and most especially not for telling the world about yourself, your company, or your band). That is called promotion and is forbidden.
Wikipedia is an encyclopaedia: it contains neutrally-written articles, based entirely on reliably published material, and nearly all on material published independently of the subject.
If your organisation meets Wikipedia's criteria for notability, then there might be an article about it (not "an organization page"). The article will not belong to the organisation, its members will be strongly disouraged from ing it directly, and it will not necessarily contain what they would like it to contain. Wikipedia is basically uninterested in what anybody or any organisation wants to say about themselves - it is only interested in what people unconnected with the subject have chosen to publish about it.
Add to this the fact that creating a Wikipedia article is very difficult even without a conflict of interest, and you might want to change your plans.
If you wish to help us improve Wikipedia by ing articles you have no connection with,you will be very welcome; but not if you are here only for promotion. --ColinFine (talk) 14:13, 3 June 2020 (UTC)

Which image to use : From local wiki (EN:WP) or from Commons when there is similar images, but diff. in quality[]

Hello there, I noticed an earlier -war which is now on pause, which I'm now not fine with the current solution. The article in question is Truth and Justice (2019 film) (The article revisionhistory) And the only other proposed solution is to upload the commons file to this local wiki, instead of using the one at commons. The pictures in question are local wiki-image -> File:Truth and Justice (2019 film).jpg and the one at Commons -> Commons:File:TODE JA OIGUS põhiposter.jpg. So why is the rule at Template:Infobox film#Image being used instead of Wikipedia:Manual of Style/Images#Image quality when you would in my opinion naturally use the better picture. The discussions have been at User talk:Lugnuts#Film "Tõde ja Õigus" and User talk:Kruusamägi#Truth and Justice (2019 film) and User talk:Serial Number 54129#User Lugnuts. And wouldn't it be appropriate to seek speedy deletion of a local image when there is a better quality image at commons for freely use with this criteria Wikipedia:Criteria for speedy deletion#F8. Images available as identical copies on Wikimedia Commons. So what to do ? Best regards Migrant (talk) 15:32, 3 June 2020 (UTC)

Creating a new entry[]

I registered and created an article in the sandbox. What do I need to do to publish the article? Thanks Emile — Preceding unsigned comment added by Emilefrison (talkcontribs) 15:41, 3 June 2020 (UTC)

Emilefrison, it's not ready, I'll post guidance on your talk page shortly Jimfbleak - talk to me? 16:00, 3 June 2020 (UTC)

Lawyer correspondence from IP[]

Hello, I have received a message on my talk page in the German language Wikipedia from an IP claiming to be a lawyer. The message is about my s to Good Design Award (Chicago Athenaeum) and Good Design Award (Museum of Modern Art). Now the message on my talk page is not quite a legal threat, but I am not sure how to proceed - I will certainly not "reach out" to his client or the lawyer itself. Meanwhile, I have moved the discussion to Talk:Good Design Award (Chicago Athenaeum), and would appreciate some help from Wikipedians there. PS: I am a sysop on de:WP with some 60 k s, so I find it a bit rich if a lawyer suggests that I propose changes to an article about his client on a talk page first. Is that how it works here? --Minderbinder (talk) 15:52, 3 June 2020 (UTC)

Minderbinder, I think you did the right thing. If they're interested in pursuing this further they'll be directed to the article's talk page and probably contribute there. If they hint at legal threats they'll just be switfly blocked. —Tenryuu 🐲 ( 💬 • 📝 ) 16:20, 3 June 2020 (UTC)
I agree also. I think if they posted that on English Wikipedia, I think they'd probably be blocked for no legal threats, but German wiki may have different rules. Joseph2302 (talk) 16:48, 3 June 2020 (UTC)

Category search[]

Hello. Is it somehow possible to pick one category (for example from enwiki) and see how many articles from that category exist on some other wiki (considering the fact that selected category does not exist on other wikipedia)? I tried this with wikidata query, but i couldn't create appropriate query. Regards and thank you. — SimplyFreddie (talk) 16:15, 3 June 2020 (UTC)

@SimplyFreddie: I've never tried it, but I think that WP:CATSCAN lets you search categories on any of the Wikipedias. RudolfRed (talk) 19:41, 3 June 2020 (UTC)
@RudolfRed: I tried with it too, but I don't know how to use it exactly. Do you know how to do it, or know someone who knows? — SimplyFreddie (talk) 07:45, 4 June 2020 (UTC)

Biased User(s) and/or Sources[]

Hello there. I am currently cleaning up the main page of country artist Lynn Anderson and am trying to adhere to the guidelines set forth by the biographies of living persons page. However, there is a particular user (whom I shall not name at this time) who messaged me on my talk page, revealing that he is the "agent" of the artist. He has since been policing the page adding information that is un-sourced and not from a neutral point of view. He has remained civil since we discussed BLP standards on my talk page. However, my question is: can an agent, manager, or someone associated with a music artist be allowed to their page? It seems rather biased and I am concerned about the page's safety. Thank you in advance! ChrisTofu11961 (talk) 19:21, 3 June 2020 (UTC)

@ChrisTofu11961: That user needs to comply with WP:COI and WP:PAID. Any changes they want to make should be proposed on the article's talk page for a non-affiliated or to evaluate. RudolfRed (talk) 19:42, 3 June 2020 (UTC)
I've taken it to the the Conflict of Interest Noticeboard. --Orange Mike | Talk 19:53, 3 June 2020 (UTC)
@Orangemike:@RudolfRed: Thank you! ChrisTofu11961 (talk) 21:22, 3 June 2020 (UTC)

Change main photo on Killing of George Floyd Wiki?[]

Is it possible to request to change the main photo on the Killing of George Floyd article to his portrait instead of the current on of the office kneeling on his neck? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Chriscintron (talkcontribs) 20:44, 3 June 2020 (UTC)

Chriscintron The article is about his death, not him personally. However, the proper venue to discuss this is the article talk page, Talk:Killing of George Floyd. 331dot (talk) 20:45, 3 June 2020 (UTC)

bounty blue flag.. is not a flag of the confederacy.[]

the bounty blue flag was not!!! a first flag of the confederacy!!! the bounty blue flag is a Texas flag... used by Texas forces of the confederacy. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:01, 3 June 2020 (UTC)

Hello; any concerns about an article should be discussed on its talk page, which I think in this case is Talk:Bonnie Blue Flag. Please offer any independent reliable sources you have to support your claims, or why the existing sources are incorrect. 331dot (talk) 21:03, 3 June 2020 (UTC)

Writing an Interview Based on Information from a Private Interview[]


I recently conducted an interview with a scientist, and I have used information from the interview to draft a Wikipedia page about them. Must this interview be published and publicly accessible for me to derive information from it for my Wikipedia page, or may I just keep it private?

Thank you,


Yes, it must be published and it must be published in a reputable source. Praxidicae (talk) 23:54, 3 June 2020 (UTC)
Note also that an interview cannot be used to help establish notability. See Wikipedia:Common sourcing mistakes (notability). More generally, like other sources that are not independent of the subject, it must be treated with caution as a reference. -Arch dude (talk) 00:33, 4 June 2020 (UTC)
Wikinews is the most appropriate place to host an interview conducted by a Wikimedian. -- King of ♥ 00:41, 4 June 2020 (UTC)

June 4[][]

The wrong person ( Isa Soares, CNN news reporter ) or image ??? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2600:1700:A700:B7D0:614F:E479:FC5F:50AC (talk) 01:09, 4 June 2020 (UTC)

Wikipedia does not control what shows up in Google searches, particularly with the Knowledge Graph which is often presented confusingly. RudolfRed (talk) 01:12, 4 June 2020 (UTC)
At the bottom of Google's Knowledge Graph is a link called "Feedback". Please use that to report issues to Google. Thanks! GoingBatty (talk) 01:18, 4 June 2020 (UTC)
( conflict)Wikipedia has no picture of Soares: not on commons, or wikidata, or here on the English Wikipedia, nor on the Portuguese Wikipedia. To see where Google got the image, Click on the image. To tell Google to fix it, click on the tiny little grey "feedback" on the lower right corner. -Arch dude (talk) 01:22, 4 June 2020 (UTC)

How to appeal or gain more info about a redirect[]

A page that I was a main contributor for was redirected, and the page itself no longer exists. I was not notified, there was no discussion, and I believe it was improper. Can someone point me to the appropriate forum to appeal this action? And is there anywhere I can possibly find records about what happened? Zekelayla (talk) 02:09, 4 June 2020 (UTC)

@Zekelayla: Please provide the name of the article that you are referring to. RudolfRed (talk) 02:16, 4 June 2020 (UTC)
@RudolfRed: The page was Ron Zwanziger, which now redirects to Alere. Zekelayla (talk) 02:20, 4 June 2020 (UTC)
The or who moved the page (or combined it with the company) was User:Drmies. You should contact him or her. The summary stated: “this man is not known at all. the only sources that say something about him are this totally unclear "Inverness Medical Innovations--Born Global" source and a FundingUniverse web page. redirect to company” See what was said at . Yours, BeenAroundAWhile (talk) 02:34, 4 June 2020 (UTC)
@BeenAroundAWhile: Thank you. I was in a dispute with Drmies at the time, and this was retaliation (whether it was conscious or unconscious, I can't say). As a first step, I'll still raise the issue with them directly, tho. Zekelayla (talk) 02:50, 4 June 2020 (UTC)

Possible copyright violation[]

Where can I ask if an article is a possible copyright violation? Bubba73 You talkin' to me? 02:43, 4 June 2020 (UTC)


Was WP an open project and a free encyclopedia?[]

Why do new users need a preventive approval before being enabled to create new articles? Was Wikipedia an open project? Why do this new policy is also provided for creating simple disambiguation or surname pages?

New users have to read Help:Your first article and at the end of the path they are redirected to WP:sandbox or to the user's sandbox that are regularly deleted. We can speed-up the new procedure with a money donation to the project?Ciccio81ge (talk) 05:19, 4 June 2020 (UTC)

Donating money will have zero effect on anything related to your s on Wikipedia. That money goes to the Wikimedia Foundation. (See Where does your Wikipedia donation go?). We are all unpaid volunteers.
Please make a few s in areas that interest you to learn a bit more about ing Wikipedia before you try to create an entire new article. Creation of new articles in the main space is restricted to accounts that have reached autoconfirmed status (four days registered and at least ten s).[1] --Guy Macon (talk) 05:33, 4 June 2020 (UTC)
@Ciccio81ge: If I remember well, my sandbox has never been deleted. Because I do not try to game the system by placing WP:SOAPboxing or advertising there. Tgeorgescu (talk) 05:36, 4 June 2020 (UTC)
Hi, thanks for your courtesy answers. I agree it can be introduced a somesort of filter and moderation preventing new users from creating new articles. I disagree to implement in relation to disambiguation or surname pages, like this. Those type of pages could be reasonably excluded from the new Wikipedia's orial process. Such an activity would create an overload for administrators or for other users deputed to read and review the drafts, also expanding the middle waiting time for any user who has asked to publish a new article in the main space.Ciccio81ge (talk) 05:44, 4 June 2020 (UTC)
@Ciccio81ge: Dab pages and article titles have some involved policies and procedures – not something a brand-new user would usually have enough experience to navigate correctly. Personally, I think the autoconfirm bar is set much too low. I don't see how someone with only 4 days and 10 s can have absorbed much more than basic text ing and, maybe if they've got some academic or other CMS experience, citation. Managing structural items like dab pages and categories should require at least a month and a few dozen s so as to gain the necessary understanding, IMO. Lowering the criteria would result in much more drive-by nonsense than we already have. —[AlanM1 (talk)]— 08:15, 4 June 2020 (UTC)
@Ciccio81ge: Everybody was allowed to create articles directly for many years but it produced a lot of crap and we eventually decided to stop it. If people found out that some types of pages were still allowed without review then I'm sure it would be abused, e.g. marking spam as a disambiguation page. It's not easy for a new user to write a proper disambiguation page and it often requires more like page moves, link fixes and hatnotes. You did well but missed Wikipedia:Manual of Style/Disambiguation pages#Linking to a primary topic, and we don't abbreviate "born" per Wikipedia:Manual of Style/Disambiguation pages#People. I have fixed it, moved it to Zannini (disambiguation), and linked it in Zannini. PrimeHunter (talk) 09:13, 4 June 2020 (UTC)
@Ciccio81ge: in the early days we had fewer restrictions of this sort. As the volume of s increased, restrictions were put in place by consensus to cut down on the workload of the volunteers who try to keep the place tidy. Each such restriction was added when these volunteers noticed a pattern of s that were likely to cause problems. There are more than 100,000 active ors in the last 30 days, and the rate can exceed one per second at times, so you can see that it's hard to keep up. -Arch dude (talk) 14:34, 4 June 2020 (UTC)

Why does this random article has millions of pageviews?[]

This is a bit baffling lately, but I recently discovered that the page - (which is a redirect to Hyphen-minus) has tens of millions of pageviews. I dug into the analytics and discovered that it used to get up to 3,000,000 pageviews per day.

For some reason, at April 30, the numbers just dropped off from millions of pageviews a day, to just a steady 500,000. What's up with this? (One thing to also note is that the page it redirects to, Hyphen-minus, is a normal page with about 500 daily pageviews.) dibbydib boop or snoop 05:46, 4 June 2020 (UTC)

Such things often happen and are usually assumed to be a program making repeated requests for some reason. A hyphen is often used to indicate that something is missing so maybe it was attempts to reach another page. Maybe it was a faulty program which was fixed for some users, or multiple programs and one of them was fixed. Going back further and separating by dekstop [2] and mobile [3] shows other sudden changes and not at the same time. PrimeHunter (talk) 08:40, 4 June 2020 (UTC)

article page copyright issue[]

hey dear, there is no copyright issue, please check it once, we need approved this article for our college. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Swadhin.sip (talkcontribs) 06:47, 4 June 2020 (UTC)

Perhaps you are asking about Draft:Santiniketan institute of Polytechnic. You haven't asked for approval (conversion to an article). But there's no point asking for it until you cite reliable, independent, published sources for what the draft says. -- Hoary (talk) 07:12, 4 June 2020 (UTC)
@Swadhin.sip: I'm concerned about your use of "our college". Please read WP:Plain and simple conflict of interest guide. If you work for the college or have any other conflict, you must declare it on your user page. Thanks! GoingBatty (talk) 01:39, 5 June 2020 (UTC)

page publish[]

Dear sirs. Good day. i have created a page under name user called : صادق أنور الصبّاح,and i have created a sandbox inserted my text and after that i published the page. i have searched on the google for صادق أنور الصبّاح nothing is appeared. i feel that there is something is missing please can you inform me thank you — Preceding unsigned comment added by صادق أنور الصبّاح (talkcontribs) 07:47, 4 June 2020 (UTC)

You have created Draft:صادق أنور الصبّاح. It is a draft, not an article, and won't be found be Google. It will not be accepted as an article here in en:Wikipedia, as all articles here must be written in English. Arabic-language Wikipedia is at Maproom (talk) 08:14, 4 June 2020 (UTC)

Stuart Roberts Writer[]

Hi, I was checking my page on the web (Stuart Roberts - psychological thrillers) and noticed that wikipedia have associated my photograph with John Stuart Roberts - Wikipedia. I'm sure this is a simple mistake. Can you please remove my photograph from the site of the Reverend John Stuart Roberts? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 08:31, 4 June 2020 (UTC)

I think what you are referring to is an issue with Google or a search engine, which we have no control over. You will need to contact Google(or the search engine) for assistance. 331dot (talk) 08:37, 4 June 2020 (UTC)
Our article John Stuart Roberts has no photo. Our standard reply:
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.. PrimeHunter (talk) 08:46, 4 June 2020 (UTC)

How do I find my draft? I saved it yesterday and can't find it.[]

Thank you! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Gingerfinallysnaps (talkcontribs) 09:49, 4 June 2020 (UTC)

@Gingerfinallysnaps: Click "Contributions" at the top right to see your s. You created Draft:Philippa Beale. PrimeHunter (talk) 09:51, 4 June 2020 (UTC)

COVID-19 pandemic in Russia[]

Can someone help with the broken reflist at COVID-19 pandemic in Russia? It needs something complex in place of a simple {{reflist}} to cope with the huge number of transcluded refs, but I can't work out exactly how. Thanks in advance. Capewearer (talk) 10:51, 4 June 2020 (UTC)

{{reflist}} is not the problem. Wikipedia:Template limits § Post-expand include size is the problem.
Trappist the monk (talk) 11:06, 4 June 2020 (UTC)
Yes, the page is in Category:Pages where template include size is exceeded. It has to reduce the template calls, or some of the templates have to be recoded to be less expensive. {{COVID-19 pandemic data/Russia medical cases}} alone contributes half of the allowed 2 MB template expansion. The article is large at 300 kB so one option is a split. PrimeHunter (talk) 11:27, 4 June 2020 (UTC)
Thanks for your helpful suggestions. I've proposed splitting off the timeline at the talk page. Capewearer (talk) 12:14, 4 June 2020 (UTC)
Capewearer, if you haven't already, you might want to take a look at how Timeline of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020 was split off. —Tenryuu 🐲 ( 💬 • 📝 ) 14:51, 4 June 2020 (UTC)
I will, thanks. How much of that timeline should I leave in place in the current article? Is a {{main|Timeline of the COVID-19 pandemic in Russia}} template sufficient? Capewearer (talk) 14:54, 4 June 2020 (UTC)
You may also want to mention the other part that is split off. For example, Responses to the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020 is mentioned in {{about}}. —Tenryuu 🐲 ( 💬 • 📝 ) 15:07, 4 June 2020 (UTC)

Rollback multiple s[]

An anonymous user removed multiple legends from a Wikimedia image (link to the image, see history). Is there a way I can revert all these s at once, or is there a place to report such vandalism? Thanks a lot! Raphaël Dunant (talk) 12:05, 4 June 2020 (UTC)

This help desk is for the English language Wikipedia. Wikimedia Commons is a different project, so you need to raise the question there. --David Biddulph (talk) 12:28, 4 June 2020 (UTC)
Resolved: Thanks for the information and the link Raphaël Dunant (talk) 12:49, 4 June 2020 (UTC)

Cliven Bundy[]

Cliven Bundy article in the English wikipedia needs a citation regarding Bundy's case - at the end, not sure how to contribute it - here is it, of of 5/29/2020 Ddonjohn17 == — Preceding unsigned comment added by Ddonjohn17 (talkcontribs) 12:31, 4 June 2020 (UTC)

@Ddonjohn17: The best way for you to make a suggestion for the Cliven Bundy article is to post on the article's talk page: Talk:Cliven Bundy. Thanks! GoingBatty (talk) 01:43, 5 June 2020 (UTC)

Will I be stopped from ing just because I made mistakes in the articles written by me?[]

I as a user ask that just because I wrote some articles which were unreferenced and someone has improved it . So just because I didn't add references so would I be stopped from ing?? or would I be allowed to continue as a user. — Preceding unsigned comment added by MukKausheeki (talkcontribs) 13:19, 4 June 2020 (UTC)

MukKausheeki If you learn from your mistakes, and change your actions accordingly, you shouldn't be blocked. If you need help with knowing what you need to do, please ask the users who have posted to your user talk page about why they did so. 331dot (talk) 13:23, 4 June 2020 (UTC)

Draft has not been published - why?[]

Hi !

I have created an English version of the Wikipedia page for author and director Fabio Marra (currently only existing in French). I thought that, once I "submitted it", it would go through some kind of supervision before being published.

This is the draft in question :

However, I have seen no advancement in the process since I "submitted" on the 17th of April. Can you please explain if I have missed anything or done anything wrong?

I would like for this draft to be reviewed in order for it to be published.

I hope someone can help me on here.

Thank you very much !

TeatroCarrozzone (talk) 13:52, 4 June 2020 (UTC)

TeatroCarrozzone It is "published" in that it is visible to the public, but it is not "published" in that it is not formally part of the encyclopedia yet, because you have not submitted it for review. I will add the appropriate information to allow you to do so. 331dot (talk) 14:02, 4 June 2020 (UTC)
Users new to Wikipedia(this version, at least) cannot directly create new articles, they must use Articles for Creation; this is why you could only create a Draft. 331dot (talk) 14:04, 4 June 2020 (UTC)
User blocked for having a promotional name of the subject's theater group. Article has been translated from French Wikipedia so sourcing is mostly in French. Hopefully a French speaking person with an interest in this person can review for notability and decide to submit or not. TimTempleton (talk) (cont) 19:09, 4 June 2020 (UTC)

Expression error: Unexpected < operator[]

On this article there is a error messages that says in red Expression error: Unexpected < operator How can I fix it it is Google Chrome latest stable version on Windows 10 latest stable version 🌸 1.Ayana 🌸 (talk) 15:43, 4 June 2020 (UTC)

1.Ayana: Deor has just fixed it, by undoing the previous (probably vandalistic) . --ColinFine (talk) 16:18, 4 June 2020 (UTC)

Thank you Colin and Deor for fixing it 🌸 1.Ayana 🌸 (talk) 16:31, 4 June 2020 (UTC)

Getting my updated article approved?[]


I created a wiki for the sculptor Charles E. Gagnon and it got flagged for possible copyright violation. Before I could contest the violation, it was deleted. I created the /temp version of the post and got proof that the wiki is okay to use the information from the source both from the museums website that states fair use and from staff that run the museum who wrote an email giving approval. I did this all over a week ago but I haven't received any notifications on the status of my wiki. Its just sitting with the "temporary" status.

Is there something else I need to do to get the ball moving on my post? I have addressed the previous issues and its been reviewed, fact checked and approved of by the source of the information.

Any help is appreciated. — Preceding unsigned comment added by IceIllex (talkcontribs) 16:41, 4 June 2020 (UTC)

Courtesy links to flagged page. Draft:Charles E. Gagnon Draft talk:Charles E. Gagnon (Please remember to sign your posts on talk pages by typing four keyboard tildes like this: ~~~~.) TimTempleton (talk) (cont) 17:05, 4 June 2020 (UTC)

removing advert tag[]

How to i remove an Advert tag from a page after i have made corrections to it? — Preceding unsigned comment added by TWG123 (talkcontribs) 17:09, 4 June 2020 (UTC)

Account blocked for promotional use, and article flagged and on its way to deletion. TimTempleton (talk) (cont) 17:45, 4 June 2020 (UTC)

Pages on German Wikipedia not appearing in English Wikipedia[]

The German language Wikipedia has a page for "rope statics" ( which has been helpful for me, but I have to use chrome to translate the German Wikipedia to English. When I search for "rope statics" or related terms in the English language Wikipedia, I don't find anything. I've not been able to find the info in the German "Rope Statics" page in other English language Wikipedia pages for engineering statics. Why would there be scientific pages in the German Wikipedia that aren't in the English Wikipedia? I feel like I'm missing volumes of the encyclopedia! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Dirk558 (talkcontribs) 17:28, 4 June 2020 (UTC)

@Dirk558: Welcome to Wikipedia. I don't read German, but from the sidebar of that article, it lists this page as the English version: Catenary. The other thing is, each Wikipedia's articles are independently created by volunteers. If there is an article in one language that does not appear in another language, it is because no one (including you) has taken an interest in creating or translating it. RudolfRed (talk) 17:38, 4 June 2020 (UTC)
Great catch RudolfRed. @Dirk558: - Rope statics now redirects to Catenary. TimTempleton (talk) (cont) 18:37, 4 June 2020 (UTC)

latitude and longitude coordinates[]

Hi. Where the lat lon coordinates are provided in a Wikipedia page for a location of a place (such as Bedford Park in The Bronx ) (,_Bronx) does the lat lon equate to the geographic centre of that place? If not, what is it exactly? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2601:647:5800:8C20:6C39:CEB6:DD54:5C2A (talk) 17:55, 4 June 2020 (UTC)

It's not that systematic. Coordinates are often given "with appropriate precision" as said at Template:Coord#Features. That means the number of digits is chosen to just hit the right area and not a specific small part inside the area. In Bedford Park, Bronx, the given coordinates are 40.87°N 73.886°W with a limited number of digits. 40°52′12″N 73°53′10″W is a conversion. PrimeHunter (talk) 18:45, 4 June 2020 (UTC)

Discussions being closed[]

Please see:Talk:Murder of Tessa Majors#Requested move 3 January 2020. I thought that, when a discussion was "closed" ... it (somehow) receives a purple-shaded background ... not a green one. No? Thanks. Joseph A. Spadaro (talk) 19:46, 4 June 2020 (UTC)

There are different practices for different types of discussions. Requested moves are usually closed with {{RM top}} which has green background. PrimeHunter (talk) 19:53, 4 June 2020 (UTC)
Maybe you are thinking of {{Archive top}}. There are also other colors, e.g. {{Afd top}} and {{Cfd top}}. PrimeHunter (talk) 20:00, 4 June 2020 (UTC)
Thanks. If my memory serves, I always remembered "closed" discussions being highlighted in purple. Maybe I am thinking of "deletion" discussions? Joseph A. Spadaro (talk) 00:33, 5 June 2020 (UTC)

Source translation[]

Hi. I'm getting back into ing Wikipedia after a period of inactivity. For the article I am working on, I would like to translate a paragraph of a German source into English - I can't remember whether or not there are pages on enwp where one can request a translation like this? Thanks, Acather96 (click here to contact me) 20:10, 4 June 2020 (UTC)

Not something I have used, but you may be able to get someone to translate for you from Wikipedia:Translators_available#German-to-English or Wikipedia:Wikipedians/Translators. Meters (talk) 22:40, 4 June 2020 (UTC)
Hmm... WP:TRANSLATETOHERE mentions that this "is not for requesting translations of copyrighted sources outside Wikipedia" so I may have mislead you. Meters (talk) 22:43, 4 June 2020 (UTC)
Thanks - thankfully the source is now a public domain work so I'll try and pursue this avenue. :) Acather96 (click here to contact me) 22:47, 4 June 2020 (UTC)

Page Title Change[]

Yesterday I created a page for Luella Buros and entitled it Luella Gubrud Buros. I added content and submitted the new page for review. It says that I can still it but I seem to be unable to her name in the title so that it does not include her middle name. I believe that most people will not search using her middle name.

Is there a way to take it out of the review que and start over?

Thank you,

Hsnodgrass3 — Preceding unsigned comment added by Hsnodgrass3 (talkcontribs) 21:24, 4 June 2020 (UTC)

@Hsnodgrass3: The title is changed by moving the page. 'Move' is available via the 'more' tab at he top of the page. It is available once your account is 4 days old and you have made 10 valid s to mainspace. I am not certain that your account has quite reached the criteria so I have moved the page for you, to Draft:Luella Buros. It is now awaiting review. (Please remember to sign your posts on talk pages by typing four keyboard tildes like this: ~~~~.) Thank you. Eagleash (talk) 22:07, 4 June 2020 (UTC)

Upload an image I own and need to protect my copyright[]

I need to replace an old image previously posted by someone else. I own the old and new / updated image. I don't want to upload the new image to Wiki Commons because I want to protect the copyright. I am a Wiki newbie and have found the info on copyrights, etc pretty overwhelming. ANy help would be appreciated. Thank you. Gene Bender — Preceding unsigned comment added by Gbend (talkcontribs) 22:12, 4 June 2020 (UTC)

If you are referring to a log, the advice is at WP:Logos. --David Biddulph (talk) 22:21, 4 June 2020 (UTC)
@Gbend: In a narrow technical sense, you should not upload it at all. You have a conflict of interest. Someone else should upload it. An image uploaded under a fair-use rationale does not need permission of the copyright owner, so anyone can upload it. The fact that you are the copyright owner may somehow imply that you are not not using the fair-use criteria, but are instead trying to grant some other sort of permission or impose some other sort of restriction, and we do not accept uploads under those conditions. Although not specifically oriented toward images, please read and comply with WP:PAID if you have been compensated in any way (as an employee or contractor) by KTXW or some business associated with it, and refrain from directly ing the article. We do welcome any suggestion for improvement that you might make, but you must make it on the article's talk page: See WP:COI. I think this extends to uploading of a replacement logo. It certainly includes adding that new logo to the article. -Arch dude (talk) 04:19, 5 June 2020 (UTC)

June 5[]

Dead links (via template)[]

Greetings! Alan W. Pollack's "Notes On" series are not online anymore. This template is used for the links throughout Beatles' songs. What would be the best way to add an archived link, just ignore the template and add a link as such:

Alan W. Pollack's "Notes On" series: Archived 7 May 2020 at the Wayback Machine
replacing as it appears with the template? (Example)

Thanks! Baseballfan (talk) 23:41, 4 June 2020 (UTC)

Alphabetization in "[s]ee also" lists[]

Could anyone please tell me if a "[s]ee also" list should always be alphabetized, is this not a rule at all, or are there exceptions?--Thylacine24 (talk) 02:56, 5 June 2020 (UTC)

@Thylacine24: You can find the guidance at MOS:SEEALSO. If the list is lengthy, it should be sorted in a logical way, which may be alphabetical or chronological (as examples). If you have a question about the See Also section on a specific article, you can start a discussion on the talk page to get consensus. RudolfRed (talk) 03:25, 5 June 2020 (UTC)