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July 31[]


How does a user know if their article is submitted to reviewers or not? All i see is a blue publish button. I have been watching youtube videos about submitting drafts and most of the videos have a 'save' button at the bottom of the draft page. My draft does not have a save button at all. How do i submit this article? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Azazus (talkcontribs) 02:43, 31 July 2020 (UTC)

@Azazus: the "save" button was renamed "publish" several years ago. Our lawyers made us do it and it causes much confusion. It means "publish" in the sense of copyright law, since other ors can see your material as soon as you hit that button. It does not mean "publish" in the non-lawyer sense of making it available as a Wikipedia article. Please read WP:YFA to see how to create an article. Your draft article will be created with a "submit" box that allows you to submit it for review. -Arch dude (talk) 03:25, 31 July 2020 (UTC)

Changing age over time[]

Let's say that a Wikipedia article contains a sentence such as this: Former President Jimmy Carter, now age 100, currently lives in Hawaii. (That's a hypothetical example.) Is there some template that will allow the "age 100" phrase to adjust as the years go by, without someone having to manually re-enter it every year? I tried using a template, but it ended up saying something like: Former President Jimmy Carter, now July 31, 1920 age 100, currently lives in Hawaii. Because I had to enter the birth date into the template to calculate the current age of 100. Thanks. Joseph A. Spadaro (talk) 04:03, 31 July 2020 (UTC)

Joseph A. Spadaro, that template is meant to be used in an infobox, which is why it came out garbled in the article. Best to say that he turned 100 on a certain date, in prose.--Quisqualis (talk) 04:19, 31 July 2020 (UTC)
Thanks. But, that misses the point. I want to indicate a person's current age ... right now ... today. We can do that in an Info Box. Can we not do that in article text? Joseph A. Spadaro (talk) 04:29, 31 July 2020 (UTC)
@Joseph A. Spadaro: He is currently 100 years old. I used {{age|1920|7|31}} to generate the number of years. See {{age}}. -Arch dude (talk) 04:51, 31 July 2020 (UTC)
(but he's really only 95). {{age|1924|10|1}}. -Arch dude (talk) 04:54, 31 July 2020 (UTC)
Aside from the oldest person in the world, someone's current age is not especially noteworthy in the body of a biography. Clarityfiend (talk) 05:48, 31 July 2020 (UTC)
I disagree in Carter's case. His age is routinely mentioned in sources. There is also the bit that infoboxes are supposed to summarize material that is in the body of the article, not be the only place something is found (not that I necessarily always agree with that, but it does seem to be the standard). —[AlanM1 (talk)]— 06:20, 31 July 2020 (UTC)
For a discussion of whether or not to use this construct in an article, please see MOS:RELTIME. Basically, it appears that you should not use it without an "as of" of some sort. I'm not sure I agree. -Arch dude (talk) 14:59, 31 July 2020 (UTC)

Thanks, all. Joseph A. Spadaro (talk) 03:02, 2 August 2020 (UTC)


Uploading Picture[]

How do I upload pictures?

I'd like to update the picture to reflect her true nature. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Shoegal2547 (talkcontribs) 05:01, 31 July 2020 (UTC)

@Shoegal2547: Use the Wikipedia:File Upload Wizard. Your proposed picture appears to have been taken by a US government employee and is therefore in the public domain, so upload it to Commons, not just locally to the English Wikipedia. Pick the copyright status that designated it's a US government public domain image. -Arch dude (talk) 05:12, 31 July 2020 (UTC)

Doubt about references[]

There's no reference about plot in Mr. Bean (Mr. Bean episode), but still it is published on Wikipedia since a really long time. Why? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Pritam Shaw (talkcontribs) 06:05, 31 July 2020 (UTC)

Pritam Shaw, Plot sections generally don't need to be referenced, because the work itself is the reference for the plot. Calliopejen1 (talk) 06:41, 31 July 2020 (UTC)
Is that true? I've always ref'd plots. Is that written down anywhere? Herostratus (talk) 08:41, 31 July 2020 (UTC)
MOS:PLOTSOURCE. --David Biddulph (talk) 08:46, 31 July 2020 (UTC)
Ohhh OK thanks. Herostratus (talk) 21:35, 31 July 2020 (UTC)

How exactly do I add a table like the one shown in this screenshot?[]

Hi there,

I am trying to create a single row/cell table on the right side and top of a wiki article like in the screenshot within this link for the same purpose:

Can anybody guide me on how to do this?

Thank you. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Christopher McLaren (talkcontribs) 08:40, 31 July 2020 (UTC)

@Christopher McLaren: If you mean the table under the image, that is called an infobox. Much information can be found at MOS:IBX. They are created using one of dozens (or more) of templates as listed here. (Please remember to sign your posts on talk pages by typing four keyboard tildes like this: ~~~~.) Thank you. Eagleash (talk) 09:09, 31 July 2020 (UTC)
I share Eagleash's uncertainty over the exact question. If you mean the table format found in the Filmography subsection, the table tool for that kind of table can be accessed via "advanced" in the options at the top of the window, and the how to is found at HELP:Tables. NewsAndEventsGuy (talk) 09:13, 31 July 2020 (UTC)

I need help with writing the following article:[]

Félix An (talk) 13:53, 31 July 2020 (UTC)

Félix An Your article did little more than confirm the existence of the product you wrote about, as well as a criticism of it. Wikipedia aritcles must do more, they must summarize significant coverage in independent reliable sources that shows how the subject meets Wikipedia's special definition of notability. Successfully writing a new article is the absolute hardest thing to do on Wikipedia. If you haven't already, I would suggest reviewing Your First Article and using the new user tutorial to learn more about the process. You could then visit Articles for Creation to create and submit a draft for another or to look at before it is formally placed in the encyclopedia, so you find out any problems first. 331dot (talk) 13:57, 31 July 2020 (UTC)
331dot, may you please restore the article at Draft:Blaux so I can work on it, please? Thanks! Félix An (talk) 14:00, 31 July 2020 (UTC)
I will shortly restore it to draft space where you can work on it and then submit it for a review. It will need to be significantly expanded with more information and reliable sources. I would strongly urge you to review the pages I linked to above before attempting to do so. 331dot (talk) 14:12, 31 July 2020 (UTC)
It is at Draft:Blaux. 331dot (talk) 14:14, 31 July 2020 (UTC)

Hair Club Page - Name change[]


I need to change a page name but I am unable to do that. Can you help me out with the process of changing a page name?

Thank you! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Akamvar (talkcontribs) 14:13, 31 July 2020 (UTC)

@Akamvar: Click more at the top of the page and select move', then provide the page name and a reason and you'll be done. Cheers, CompassOwl (talk to me!) 15:03, 31 July 2020 (UTC)
Akamvar, it seems that you are not autoconfirmed (account has been registered for at least 4 days with at least 10 s) and would be unable to make the move yourself. Assuming that the move isn't controversial, you may start a move request over in this section. A template is provided above the section to properly format the request. —Tenryuu 🐲 ( 💬 • 📝 ) 15:23, 31 July 2020 (UTC)
@Akamvar: and @Tenryuu:, this does look like an uncontroversial technical move that matches the subject's current branding so I moved Hair Club to HairClub. Eggishorn (talk) (contrib) 16:45, 31 July 2020 (UTC)
Thanks Eggishorn! —Tenryuu 🐲 ( 💬 • 📝 ) 16:49, 31 July 2020 (UTC)

Google book search[]

Google books often provides snippets from a book rather than the entire contents. The Google books page includes an option to search for text. I think it is the case that the search will apply to the entire book not simply the snippets available for preview, but I'd like someone to tell me if my assumption is correct. In particular, if I search for " Ashkenazi" as I did here, can I state that the response "no results found in this book for Ashkenazi" means that I can say the word does not appear in the book, versus the more limited claim that it does not appear in the available snippets?--S Philbrick(Talk) 15:13, 31 July 2020 (UTC)

inter-language link[]

While ing the article on Elena Nikandrovna Klokacheva, I tried to construct a link to an article in the Russian Wikipedia on Pavel Osipovich Kovalevsky. It is red, but I can't see what I did wrong. Will someone please set it right, or explain my mistake, or both? J S Ayer (talk) 15:51, 31 July 2020 (UTC)

Everything is working as intended there. The red link shows that the English Wikipedia does not have an article on the thing being linked to, and the light-blue-linked [ru] links to the article on the Russian Wikipedia, showing that there is an article on that wiki. * Pppery * it has begun... 15:55, 31 July 2020 (UTC)
Thank you! J S Ayer (talk) 04:14, 2 August 2020 (UTC)


Wikipedia:Administrators'_noticeboard/Requests_for_closure#Talk:List_of_Fast_N'_Loud_episodes#Split_/_Lynn_Anderson_discography has been open for almost two months. Is there a way to speed this along? Please {{ping}} me when you reply. --Jax 0677 (talk) 16:03, 31 July 2020 (UTC)

@Jax 0677:, it has already been listed at WP:ANRFC, so, no. Please be patient, there's WP:NODEADLINE and everyone who works off that list is a volunteer. Closing discussions is non-trivial in terms of time commitment so it sometimes takes a while. I hope this helps. Eggishorn (talk) (contrib) 16:35, 31 July 2020 (UTC)

Create a page[]

How do i create a page — Preceding unsigned comment added by Borobean (talkcontribs) 16:53, 31 July 2020 (UTC)

@Borobean:, please see these instructions and this help page. Eggishorn (talk) (contrib) 17:09, 31 July 2020 (UTC)

correcting error on a page[]

a page is locked to prevent vandalism but it is listing dangerously inaccurate information. The page for the III% states it is listed on the Southern Poverty Law Center as an anti-govt group. This is false information as the III% are listed no where on the Southern Poverty Law Center. I am a hispanic woman and member of the III% and I want to amend this error. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Deborah Pendleton (talkcontribs) 20:29, 31 July 2020 (UTC)

@Deborah Pendleton:, you mean this page at the SPLC's website? The page labeled "Antigovernment Movements" that devotes a paragraph to Three Percenters and also lists many individual 3%er organizations/militias? Is that the one that is "...listed no where on the Southern Poverty Law Center"? Unlike many claims disseminated by various groups, Wikipedia relies on citing sources and that looks like a well-cited claim to me. I hope this helps. Eggishorn (talk) (contrib) 20:58, 31 July 2020 (UTC)

Is there a way to search for pages that are in specific category combinations?[]

For example, say I want to generate a list of pages that are in both Category:FA-Class biography articles and Category:FA-Class India articles? Or Category:FA-Class biography articles and Category:FA-Class Religion articles? How would I go about doing that? I'm sure there must be a tool or query I could run. ~ ONUnicorn(Talk|Contribs)problem solving 20:48, 31 July 2020 (UTC)

@ONUnicorn: I've never tried it, but from the description, Wikipedia:PetScan can do this. RudolfRed (talk) 23:16, 31 July 2020 (UTC)
@ONUnicorn: PetScan has advanced features like subcategories. The search box can handle simple cases with incategory:. A talkspace search works: Talk: incategory:"FA-Class biography articles" incategory:"FA-Class Religion articles". It can be combined with other search parameters but it can only search individual pages, not something with one thing on the talk page and another on the article. PrimeHunter (talk) 07:57, 1 August 2020 (UTC)
Thank you both!

Am having problems logging in[]

Why am I not allowed to log in? It gives me the notice of preventing hijacking and at the same time telling me to resubmit the form. It is also suggesting cookies problem. What is really happening? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:21, 31 July 2020 (UTC)

@Mandruss: why move this here instead of WP:VPT where it is probably a better fit? Help Desk can't really help with technical issues. RudolfRed (talk) 23:58, 31 July 2020 (UTC)
@RudolfRed: It's my understanding that VPT is for when you suspect something wrong with the site. If there was something wrong with the site, there would be far more complaints than one. Virtually any problem or question involving use of the site could be considered a "technical issue" depending on the user's knowledge level, so the distinction doesn't seem very useful. It's also my understanding that some very technical people help out on this page. If no resolution is forthcoming on this page, then VPT could be tried. ―Mandruss  00:21, 1 August 2020 (UTC)

Saturday Night Live[]

I recently created the list article List of celebrities who unsuccessfully auditioned for Saturday Night Live. Since Saturday Night Live is a name of a show, how do I italicize those words on the article title? Hitcher vs. Candyman (talk) 22:50, 31 July 2020 (UTC)

Hitcher vs. Candyman, you're going to want to use {{Italic title|string}}. For the "string" parameter just put in "Saturday Night Live" and it should get you the formatting you need for the title. —Tenryuu 🐲 ( 💬 • 📝 ) 22:53, 31 July 2020 (UTC)
@Tenryuu: I seem to be having trouble. Could you help me please? Hitcher vs. Candyman (talk) 22:59, 31 July 2020 (UTC)
Hitcher vs. Candyman, check my diff to see what I did. 😀 —Tenryuu 🐲 ( 💬 • 📝 ) 23:02, 31 July 2020 (UTC)
Hello, Hitcher vs. Candyman. I'm dubious that any of your sources are reliable, apart from Entertainment Weekly. Certainly WP:RSNP lists BuzzFeed as not reliable, and some ors don't regard as reliable, though there is no consensus on that one. There is also no consensus whether Screen Rant is reliable. --ColinFine (talk) 23:23, 31 July 2020 (UTC)
@ColinFine: Please address your concern at Talk:List of celebrities who unsuccessfully auditioned for Saturday Night Live. Thank you. Hitcher vs. Candyman (talk) 18:27, 1 August 2020 (UTC)

Fear of MLB season being Cancelled[]

This Coronavirus Outbreak which by the way has no end in sight if this continues i'm afraid it will be cancelled and all there is will be more of that stupid MTV Show Ridiculousness with Steel-lo Brim And Chanel West Coast. (talk) 23:46, 31 July 2020 (UTC)

Wikipedia has no control of the MLB schedule. Please post again if you have a question about using Wikipedia. RudolfRed (talk) 23:56, 31 July 2020 (UTC)

August 1[]

How do I add my name[]

I want to add my name to lgbtq businessmen in Alabama. How do I do I do that please? Or gay business owner in Alabama thank you, Tim Bigham — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2601:4C4:80:40C0:B88A:2485:7C9D:D439 (talk) 04:05, 1 August 2020 (UTC)

Those lists are only for folks who are notable, i.e. they currently have a Wikipedia article. Only folks who have received significant media coverage qualify for articles. CaptainEek Edits Ho Cap'n! 05:50, 1 August 2020 (UTC)

Looking for any old records Tommy Dorsey early days with a singer[]

Gertrude Marion Paige Huffine (Lussier)? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2600:8803:8400:BA9:B8D4:D010:8241:7E08 (talk) 05:54, 1 August 2020 (UTC)

This is, unfortunately, not the place to ask for old records. If you have any questions about using or ing Wikipedia, we'll answer them. —Tenryuu 🐲 ( 💬 • 📝 ) 07:25, 1 August 2020 (UTC)

Creating a page[]

Is information in Four More Shots Please! about episodes sufficient to create a list of episodes article?? - Pritam Shaw (talkcontribs) 07:09, 1 August 2020 (UTC)

⬆️Pritam Shaw🍀 (💬📝) 14:13, 1 August 2020 (UTC)
@Pritam Shaw: My opinion is that there isn't enough content in the article to warrant splitting out the episodes into a separate article. See also Wikipedia:Television episodes. GoingBatty (talk) 18:06, 1 August 2020 (UTC)

New to Wikipedia[]

Hi team,

I am new to Wikipedia and have added a content. However, it was deleted by a user.

Can you kindly let us know what was incorrect in the entry (see history section), to assist with learning to add contributions to wikipedia.

Thanks --CHATEAUSOLEIL (talk) 11:22, 1 August 2020 (UTC)

CHATEAUSOLEIL Who is "us"? Only a single person should have access to and be operating your account. Regarding your question, list articles such as the one you ed should only have people listed who already have an article on Wikipedia, or at a minimum has an independent reliable source to support the content. 331dot (talk) 11:32, 1 August 2020 (UTC)
While the person in question (Austin Fernando) does have an article about him, you did not provide a wikilink to that article. There is also nothing in that article to indicate that he has achieved the honor described, nor did you provide any source for such an assertion. --Orange Mike | Talk 23:44, 1 August 2020 (UTC)
CHATEAUSOLEIL I notice that "Chateau Soleil" is the name of several companies and other entities. If you are associated with any such entity (and perhaps otherwise) you cannot use this as a user name, since it implies a group user. Please see WP:USERNAME. you may go through the elaborate username change process, or you may simply abandon this username and create a new account. The account must be for a specific individual, not a group and not a corporate position. -Arch dude (talk) 20:56, 1 August 2020 (UTC)

Title of an article[]

How do I add a name to an article — Preceding unsigned comment added by Space chinedu (talkcontribs) 12:55, 1 August 2020 (UTC)

@Space chinedu: Can you be more more specific about what you are trying to do and provide a link to any article where you are encountering difficulty? (Please remember to sign your posts on talk pages by typing four keyboard tildes like this: ~~~~.) Thank you. Eagleash (talk) 13:07, 1 August 2020 (UTC)

Subject: The title for this page:[]

Dear Wikipedia Why is it that on this page the title is List of BBC children's television programmes, when it should actually be List of programmes broadcast by CBBC? If this is true then can I or you please change it to the alternative title? Thank you — Preceding unsigned comment added by AJG007 (talkcontribs) 16:25, 1 August 2020 (UTC)

Hello, AJG007. The place to suggest this is at Talk:List of BBC children's television programmes. But I notice that there is a section List of BBC children's television programmes#Former programming, and many programmes in that were before CBBC was invented. --ColinFine (talk) 16:43, 1 August 2020 (UTC)

Userpage Templates[]

I've seen some Userpage Templates that I like and want to use. But I couldn't seem to find anything talking about the rules of them. I don't want to get in trouble for using a user page template. Can someone give me some more information about this? — Preceding unsigned comment added by ARegularWisconsinite (talkcontribs) 17:22, 1 August 2020 (UTC)

@ARegularWisconsinite: The Wikipedia essay called Wikipedia:Don't template the regulars comes to mind. At the bottom of that are links to related essays. GoingBatty (talk) 17:58, 1 August 2020 (UTC)
Hi, ARegularWisconsinite. It sounds as if GoingBatty thinks you mean "warning templates you might put on other people's user talk pages", and has advised you accordingly. I interpreted your question as about your own user page, and reply that as long as you are in accordance with WP:User pages, you can do what you want. --ColinFine (talk) 18:01, 1 August 2020 (UTC)
@ColinFine: Yes, I am talking about my user page. So I can add the template to my user page but I just have to follow the rules on WP:User pages? For context, I am talking about a template like this. Thank you! ARegularWisconsinite (talk) 18:34, 1 August 2020 (UTC)
ARegularWisconsinite, that's pretty much it. I'm guessing your concern is: "are you allowed to use templates that others have created for (presumably) their own use?" Everything on Wikipedia is covered by WP:CC BY-SA, so you are allowed to take someone else's s here and build upon them. I am a little less clear here, but to the best of my knowledge, attribution isn't necessary in these situations, but might be done as a formality. —Tenryuu 🐲 ( 💬 • 📝 ) 18:45, 1 August 2020 (UTC)
@Tenryuu: Thank you for your help! ARegularWisconsinite (talk) 19:08, 1 August 2020 (UTC)
No eplicit attribution is needed, since you cannot use a template without adding its name to your page source. If you copied the text of a template inn order to make a customne template of your own, you would need explicit attribution. -Arch dude (talk) 20:13, 1 August 2020 (UTC)
Are you saying that if one were to transclude the template no attribution is needed, but if one were substituting the code onto the new page attribution is required? —Tenryuu 🐲 ( 💬 • 📝 ) 20:33, 1 August 2020 (UTC)
Basically yes. If the source code itself provides a way for an interested or to see where the original "creative elements" came from, then no further attribution is needed. If you do a copy-and-paste, then you must attribute the source, per Wikipedia:Copying within Wikipedia. This is just my common-sense interpretation: If in interested or has a way to see where the information came from, then the requirement for attribution is satisfied. -Arch dude (talk) 20:50, 1 August 2020 (UTC)
ARegularWisconsinite - Sorry for misunderstanding! I have added lots of userbox templates on my userpage, presuming that people create userboxes for everyone to use. When I copied a whole table from someone and pasted it in my userpage, I gave an attribution to the user as a courtesy, but don't know if they ever saw it or care. "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery". GoingBatty (talk) 19:12, 1 August 2020 (UTC)

Picture next to name[]

How to put my picture next to my name please help? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Phumzile Nozinyo (talkcontribs) 22:38, 1 August 2020 (UTC)

Hello, Phumzile Nozinyo. Do you mean you would like a picture of yourself on your user page? If so, you need to upload a picture which you have the copyright to to Wikimedia Commons: it's easiest using the Upload wizard. When you have got it uploaded, it will tell you the string you need to put on your user page to display the picture. If you have a selfie, that's easiest. If you want a picture that somebody else took, then they probably hold the copyright, and it's easiest to ask them to upload the picture to Commons.
I sugget you have a look at User pages to see what is allowed on user pages. You're allowed to have a limited amount of information about you that is not related to your work as a Wikipedia or, but promotion or advertising is not allowed. I don't think anybody will object to the amount you say about your work at present, but please don't include any more promotion about it. --ColinFine (talk) 09:54, 2 August 2020 (UTC)

August 2[]

"Wikibious" appears to be a misinformation website posing as wikibios.[]

​To Whom it May Concern,

While researching a very odd story concerning the assault of Senator Tim Carpenter in Madison, WI., I came across a couple of articles that claim to have been written by Anne Tyler. The articles are about one Samantha Hamer and Kerida O'Reilly, who allegedly assaulted the Senator during a BLM protest in Madison, WI. A Google search of their names brings up the articles on one

I am dropping this note out of concern for Ms. Tyler's good name and Wikibios alike. I trust Wikipedia has means to combat this type of misinformation, and wish all of you well.


T.K. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:37, 2 August 2020 (UTC)

Wikibios is not affiliated with Wikipedia. You will need to contact them regarding any incorrect information displayed there. RudolfRed (talk) 00:42, 2 August 2020 (UTC)
As far as I can tell, there is no Wikimedia project titled as such, and so do not have anything to do with Wikimedia. They look more like blogs powered by Wordpress. —Tenryuu 🐲 ( 💬 • 📝 ) 00:42, 2 August 2020 (UTC)
The term Wiki refers to a type of software (there are hundreds such) and to the sites that any of use this software (there are tens of thousands of such). The term predates the MediaWiki software that The WMF uses. WMF has no affiliation even with all sites using the MediaWiki software, much less with all Wikis. -Arch dude (talk) 04:01, 2 August 2020 (UTC)
Incidentally, I can't find a site called Wikibios. It seems to have existed once (there are some references to it on other sites), and I can find Wikibious, Wikibiosalary,, but the site itself doesn't seem to exist. --ColinFine (talk) 15:14, 2 August 2020 (UTC)

Move without leaving Redirect[]


Greetings, can an admin here move the following without leaving redirect? I asked Wugapodes earlier at Special:Diff/970464898, seems they are not been around still.

(If there is still better naming convention, please let me know.)

- Timbaaa -> ping me 02:31, 2 August 2020 (UTC)

Accidental File Naming Process.[]

Hello. I uploaded a file to Wikipedia. However, my file had a processing error and it repeated it's name WAY too many times. I can't figure out how to rename or delete the file. Can somebody please help? — Preceding unsigned comment added by LocalContributor281 (talkcontribs) 02:47, 2 August 2020 (UTC)

@LocalContributor281: WP:MOF describes the process to request moving the file to a new name. —[AlanM1 (talk)]— 06:59, 2 August 2020 (UTC)
I guess this is about File:Huey, Dewey, and Louie.gifHuey, Dewey, and LouieHuey, Dewey, and Louie.gif . Maproom (talk) 08:15, 2 August 2020 (UTC)


I see that I am blocked from ing and commenting (I believe) for a period of two years. Why? Novemberkind (talk) 09:44, 2 August 2020 (UTC)

If that account had been blocked, you wouldn't have been able to ask your question here. If you have another account which is blocked, you need to submit an unblock request from that account. --David Biddulph (talk) 09:47, 2 August 2020 (UTC)

Footnotes in headings[]

Hello. Is there any way to add footnotes into headings without the footnote appearing in the table of contents? Thanks, Alextheconservative (talk) 10:08, 2 August 2020 (UTC)

@Alextheconservative: I can't think of a valid reason to put a footnote in a heading. Why/where do you want to do that (so we can suggest an alternative)? —[AlanM1 (talk)]— 10:23, 2 August 2020 (UTC)
User:AlanM1 I am making a page about British political parties and wanted to point out that Sinn Féin was also active in Ireland. Thanks, Alextheconservative (talk) 11:47, 2 August 2020 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Alextheconservative (talkcontribs) 11:46, 2 August 2020 (UTC)
Headings should not contain footnotes, see MOS:HEADINGS. --David Biddulph (talk) 10:25, 2 August 2020 (UTC)

It seems to me that an article on "British " political parties ought to be an article on "UK" political parties, since Ireland was an important part of British politics up to 1921 and beyond, and Northern Ireland is still an important part of British politics. Sinn Fein ought to be included not as a footnote but as a separate section in just the same way as the Conservative, Labour and Liberal parties. The same goes for the various Ulster Unionist, Scots Nationalist parties and Plaid Cymru. Where should one stop? The Communists, Fascists and various other parties have all been active at various times.Spinney Hill (talk) 09:10, 3 August 2020 (UTC)

Laïka Fatien[]

Hi My name is Laika Fatien and I'm a french singer. My page was created years ago by Universal Music France. I would like today to add a picture of myself and translate it in french too. Could you please help me in the process ?

Thank you so much. Laika — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2001:861:3D80:CF0:FDFB:F2D8:1F0E:350E (talk) 14:18, 2 August 2020 (UTC)

Hello, Laika. I'm afraid that you (and Universal Music France) have a misunderstanding of what Wikipedia is: it is not social media or a directory, it is an encyclopaedia, which contains neutrally written articles about notable subjects, based almost entirely on independent published materials. The article Laïka Fatien is not your page, it is Wikipedia's article about you, and UMF should not have created it, at least, not without declaring their Conflict of interest. The article is likely to get deleted, unless somebody posts enough suitable independent reliable published sources to establish that you meet Wikipedia's criteria for notability. (I'm not saying you don't, just that the article does nothing to establish that you do).
Having said that, you're welcome to upload and add a picture, provided that the copyright holder (which will usually be the photographer, not you, unless you have an agreement that specifically assigns copyright to you) is willing to license the picture under a copyleft licence such as CC-BY-SA, (which will allow anybody to reuse or modify the image for any purpose). If you or your photographer wishes to do that, please use the Upload wizard.
As for translating into French: there was a French article fr:Laïka Fatien, but it has been moved to fr:Utilisateur:Hannah Swerve/Laïka Fatien, and is also at risk of deletion unless some reliable sources are provided. Pinging Hannah Swerve, who has also ed the en-wiki article recently. --ColinFine (talk) 15:30, 2 August 2020 (UTC)
For the record, the initial article was created by User:Epeefleche, not by the subject's label or any undisclosed paid or, back in 2006. I see a lot of suspicious ing activity on the article, but UMF did not create this article. --Orange Mike | Talk 15:37, 2 August 2020 (UTC)

Regarding Donation[]

Hi I already donated 525 INR yesterday through my mobile. But I still get a request for donation when I browse through the website on desktop. How to remove that? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:35, 2 August 2020 (UTC)

The only way to keep from seeing such a message is to create an account and choose that option in your account Preferences. The message system has no way to know that the person holding the phone or sitting at the computer using that IP address at that moment has seen the message or donated. 331dot (talk) 14:38, 2 August 2020 (UTC)

Archiving messages on my talk page?[]

Hi, I see no obvious way to archive messages that were sent to me. I have searched. Sorry, it seems basic but after years i haven't found the way...

Spinner (talk) 15:18, 2 August 2020 (UTC)

Hello, Spinner. It's easy to set up a bot to do it. See Help:Archiving a talk page. --ColinFine (talk) 15:32, 2 August 2020 (UTC)

Ta. I was almost there too!

Spinner (talk) 15:40, 2 August 2020 (UTC)

Is it Wikipedia requesting for Donations?[]

On Wikipedia page i found an advertisement for Donation to Wikipedia. Please clarify is it you or any misleading page is created. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2409:4041:2E9F:C740:F19F:E072:F14C:E1D (talk) 15:43, 2 August 2020 (UTC)

The Wikimedia foundation often asks for donations to help it maintain this project, and others around the world. If you create an account, you can set your preferences so that it won't keep showing you the requests. GirthSummit (blether) 15:45, 2 August 2020 (UTC)


How do I include my organization's logo on our Wikipedia page? I've tried to upload the original logo file as well as a screenshot of the file, but Wikipedia keeps saying it cannot determine if the file complies with their terms and that I can only upload a photo I've taken with my camera. I need to update the organization's logo, so any help would be much appreciated! — Preceding unsigned comment added by PATHFoundationAtlanta (talkcontribs) 16:17, 2 August 2020 (UTC)

PATHFoundationAtlanta First, you should create a new account with a username that reflects that a specific individual is exclusively operating your account(your real name is not required, just something unique to you). Something like "JoePublic of PATHFoundation" would be acceptable. Once you do that, you will need to read and formally comply with the conflict of interest and paid ing policies(the latter is a Terms of Use requirement and mandatory).
For information on uploading images, please see WP:UPIMAGE. 331dot (talk) 16:21, 2 August 2020 (UTC)
But WP:Logos might be more helpful for the specific instance here. --ColinFine (talk) 16:50, 2 August 2020 (UTC)

To remove template in my page[]

I have created the profile in the Wikipedia page ... how can i remove the inserted template — Preceding unsigned comment added by Profcramkumar (talkcontribs) 17:30, 2 August 2020 (UTC)

@Profcramkumar: It appears that you have written an autobiography at Draft:Dr. C. Ram Kumar. Wikipedia doesn't have profiles, it has encyclopedia articles. Please read WP:PSCOI, WP:AUTO, WP:Drafts and Help:Your first article before considering whether to proceed. GoingBatty (talk) 17:54, 2 August 2020 (UTC)
And the reason that Wikipedia doesn't have profiles, Profcramkumar, is that profiles are generally written by or for the subject. In an encyclopaedia article about you, Wikipedia basically has no interest in anything that you say or want to say about yourself, or that your associates or institutions say about you. It is only interested in what people who have no connection with you, and have not been prompted by or primed with information from you, have chosen to publish about you. --ColinFine (talk) 18:45, 2 August 2020 (UTC)


I am a new user and I confirmed my page through my email but I cannot upload anything and what am I supposed to do to get that opportunity I read the instructions but it’s confusing to me

Thank you — Preceding unsigned comment added by SearchandAnswer (talkcontribs) 17:40, 2 August 2020 (UTC)

SearchandAnswer You must be autoconfirmed in order to upload images; your account must be four days old and have 10 s or more. 331dot (talk) 17:52, 2 August 2020 (UTC)
SearchandAnswer You can also directely upload images to our sister project Wikimedia commons here. This is a wizard that will tell you all nessesary stuff you need to know. Victor Schmidt mobil (talk) 18:31, 2 August 2020 (UTC)


where you put update your password is at — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2601:283:4203:45A0:41F4:712:73FD:CBF5 (talk) 20:50, 2 August 2020 (UTC)

After you are logged in, there is a button under preferences to change your password. RudolfRed (talk) 20:52, 2 August 2020 (UTC)
special:preferences CompassOwl (talk to me!) 23:14, 2 August 2020 (UTC)
More directly, Special:ChangePassword * Pppery * it has begun... 23:19, 2 August 2020 (UTC)
If you have forgot your password click the "Forgot your password?" link on the logon page or go to Special:PasswordReset. Danski454 (talk) 01:31, 3 August 2020 (UTC)

August 3[]


Playing dominos and it’s not giving me the right points or wins it giving away to my conpoment I have wrote about this issue befor and it has not been fixed. Thankyou — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2600:8800:6800:E65:84F1:B614:4249:74DE (talk) 00:07, 3 August 2020 (UTC)

This is the help desk for Wikipedia. You will need to contact the website or app creator for the game you are playing. RudolfRed (talk) 00:14, 3 August 2020 (UTC)

How to /update the language template of a <> Code block[]

Symbol redirect vote2.svg Courtesy link: VHDL


When I write/ code in the <> Code block some synthax is not show correctly. For example the text between /* */ is not show as comments. Is it possible to and fix the language template ?

Thank you for your help :) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Nik henri (talkcontribs) 01:00, 3 August 2020 (UTC)

Notability, and WHat[]

"Notability" seems to me to be a rather vaguely defined concept. What exactly constitutes "notability"; and why isn't the state of being factual/accurate and widely refe — Preceding unsigned comment added by ZFT (talkcontribs) 02:48, 3 August 2020 (UTC)

@ZFT: For an explanation of the concept as it pertains to Wikipedia, please see Wikipedia:Notability. GoingBatty (talk) 03:03, 3 August 2020 (UTC)
To summarize, ZFT, a topic is notable, and therefore eligible for a Wikipedia article, if it has received significant coverage in published independent, reliable sources. Every word in that summary is very important to understanding the concept, and these words are interpreted based on the 19+ year history of this encyclopedia. Cullen328 Let's discuss it 03:11, 3 August 2020 (UTC)

Notability, and What Wikipedia Is Not (^I accidentally clicked enter before I was finished)[]

"Notability" seems to me to be a somewhat vague concept. What exactly constitutes "notability"; and why isn't merely the state of having a significant amount of factual/accurate/coherent information written about it, and being widely referred to (or in some way related to something that is widely referred to), not sufficient alone for a subject's inclusion? In other words, why can't Wikipedia be an "[almost] indiscriminate collection" of organized information (excluding original research, for I understand Wikipedia is not a place to publish original content)?

For example, concerning the franchise Dungeons and Dragons, which as a whole is notable, I've noticed that there have been many articles about characters, races, places, etc., that have been deleted recently. Where, exactly, is the dividing line between "notable" and "not notable" when it comes to fictional elements of a notable franchise, and what is the purpose behind placing that line where it is? ZFT (talk) 03:17, 3 August 2020 (UTC)

See WP:Notability. (It's not a policy or guideline, but you might also want to read WP:Fancruft.) Clarityfiend (talk) 06:12, 3 August 2020 (UTC)
@ZFT:; When it comes to fictional elements of a notable franchise, the question of what should have an independent article vs. be covered in the context of the fictional franchise isn't so much a question of "notability" as one of due weight, avoiding coatracking, and basic article development. Basically, a fictional character should not have an independent article unless there is so much reliably sourced information that is able to be presented in a real-world context that it would overwhelm the base article (on the book, novel, tv series, movie, comic book series, game, franchise, whatever). ~ ONUnicorn(Talk|Contribs)problem solving 16:51, 3 August 2020 (UTC)

Question about notes[]

Could anyone please tell me if it's all right to make an note a new paragraph if it gets sufficiently long, say, three or four sentences in length?--Thylacine24 (talk) 03:30, 3 August 2020 (UTC)

What do you mean by " note"? -- Hoary (talk) 05:40, 3 August 2020 (UTC)
@Hoary: In my case, a parenthetical added after posting to cover something I should have brought up in the original post. Sorry not to specify that.--Thylacine24 (talk) 11:54, 3 August 2020 (UTC)
You mean, something you write on a talk page? If so, avoid tinkering with your post if somebody has already responded to it, and make your new comment in a separate paragraph. (If nobody has responded to it, tinker away.) -- Hoary (talk) 13:35, 3 August 2020 (UTC)
@Hoary: Thanks for telling me. I try not to do it if no one's responded to it. I have a talk page comment where this is the case, so I'll go fix it right now.--Thylacine24 (talk) 17:44, 3 August 2020 (UTC)
@Hoary: I didn't realize to ask – do you think this should apply even if the note is just one sentence? My bad about claiming that I would fix the note I was talking about "right now" in my above response to you – I don't feel comfortable doing so until I know for sure about what I'm asking you here. Sorry to be overbearing.--Thylacine24 (talk) 17:47, 3 August 2020 (UTC)

Citing how widely cited a paper is[]

I made the claim that Yeo 2011 is widely cited, which it is. Google & Bing searches show it is cited 3365 times. citeseer show it has 20 pages of references, but none of those are stable URLS. I did various searches, but the only results are neuroscience journals pushing their own journals. Do you have any ideas for how create a valid citation? Thanks Bodysurfinyon (talk) 04:33, 3 August 2020 (UTC)

Hello, Bodysurfinyon. As far as I can see, the only way of creating a valid citation of this claim is by finding and citing a reliable published sources that makes the claim . Anything else is original research, and not acceptable in a Wikipedia article. --ColinFine (talk) 08:49, 3 August 2020 (UTC)
Yeaahhhh.... BUT, clearly this is not "original research". This is stable information that is readily confirmable, right? I'm all for the Wikipedia process. If you accept that the previous 2 assertions are correct, then I hope we can agree that looking for a way to confirm this claim is a reasonable course of action. It is a fact that on 2020-08-03 the web search says it has been cited 3365 times. Any takers? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Bodysurfinyon (talkcontribs) 18:35, 3 August 2020 (UTC)

how to change my user name here?[]

how to change my user name here? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Dr.dinesh charan (talkcontribs) 06:18, 3 August 2020 (UTC)

Dr.dinesh charan, you can just abandon this account and register a new one without any problems. If want to rename your account, though (this is global and will affect your name on all Wikimedia projects) you can do so at this page or here. Please be sure to read the details are over at WP:RENAME. —Tenryuu 🐲 ( 💬 • 📝 ) 06:38, 3 August 2020 (UTC)

Substituting a dead source?[]

I'm currently trying to improve an article by adding new information to it: "Work This Body". One of the facts about the song's composition in the article: "Petricca also explained that the song's 'ecstatic and clamorous beat' is 'caused by the band's addition of more than a dozen different percussion instruments into the song'" comes from a Spotify track by track commentary which is currently unavailable due to it being removed: The page has been archived on the Internet Archive multiple times, including this link that has a 30 second sample of each track: However, it does not contain the actual part of the article I quoted. The only place I can find it mentioned/paraphrased is on a Genius lyrics page: I know Genius is not generally considered reliable because its content is user-generated, but given the fact that it is the only website to have this piece of information documented that comes from an album commentary that did exist at one point, would it be fine to keep the information with both the Spotify and Genius page cited? Or does its unreliability prevent it from being kept? ThedancingMOONpolice (talk) 08:41, 3 August 2020 (UTC)

Time in Indiana[]

There's a tag right in the middle of a sentence here. When I look at it in source I can't find it, and when I look in Vis Ed it appears to be transcluded from somewhere, and I think it must have something to do with the external links inline, but I'm not sure what I'm looking at or how I'm supposed to be fixing it. —valereee (talk) 11:24, 3 August 2020 (UTC)

Valereee, It was an update required box in Template:INcode whcih I have no-included. Thank you for spotting it Fiddle Faddle 12:05, 3 August 2020 (UTC)
Thank you! —valereee (talk) 12:25, 3 August 2020 (UTC)

emptying empties[]

If a category that formerly held 2 entries is now empty (2 article s done yesterday), by when would/should the categories (nothing unusual about them) be "gone" (by some BOT, I'd imagine)? Pi314m (talk) 14:05, 3 August 2020 (UTC)

Hello, Pi314m. If the category itself has ever been ed, so it has some content (eg a description, or a parent category), then it is not empty, and will not be deleted except through the CFD process. If it has no content of its own, then I think that it just disappears when no pages point to it. --ColinFine (talk) 15:05, 3 August 2020 (UTC)


FYI: Heading added by Tenryuu. 14:22, 3 August 2020 (UTC)

Hello i need guidlinesAnurag773923 (talk) 14:21, 3 August 2020 (UTC)

@Anurag773923: Here is a list of Wikipedia guidelines. If you'd like to be more specific as to what sort of guideline you are looking for, maybe I can help you find the specific guideline you need. ~ ONUnicorn(Talk|Contribs)problem solving 16:38, 3 August 2020 (UTC)

i am looking for someone who can guide me. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Anurag773923 (talkcontribs) 14:23, 3 August 2020 (UTC)

Symbol redirect vote2.svg Courtesy link: Draft:Roshni Kushal Jaiswal --Danski454 (talk) 14:29, 3 August 2020 (UTC)
Hello, Anurag773923 and welcoem to the Teahouse
Please read WP:YFA\\Your First Article I can only evaluate the cited sources using Google Translate, which is only of limited value, a fluent speaker of the proper language (Hindi?) would be needed to do a proper review. I note that the first ref ( 4pilla) seems to have significant coverage of Jaiswal. However I don't know how reliable this source may be. Some other sources don't permit copying, so i can't even use Google Translate to judge their content. One other looks as if it might be substantial, but again i can't judge reliability.
Please understand that that an article, particularly an article about a living person requires several independent published reliable sources, each of which must include significant coverage of the subject, not a passing mention to demonstrate notability. Each of those key sources, usually three to five of them, must be all ofmthe4sae, independent, reliable, and have significant coverage. Also too many sources, especicially too many week sources, is as bad as too few. It buries the high-quality sources. You can ask about a specific source at the reliable source noticeboard if you are not sure if it will count.
I did some light copy-ing of Roshni Kushal Jaiswal for formatting and grammar. In an article the subject should always be refered to by last (family) name alone.
Please read referenching for beginners. Please use Named references top combine repeated use of the same source. Please use |trans-title= and |trans-work= to show the title and publication name of sources not in English, if at all possible. Please do not list the publication name in |first=, |last=, or |author=; those are only for the actual people who wrote the source, when those are known.
If this did not answer your questions, please respond in this thread with more specific questions. DES (talk)DESiegel Contribs 16:50, 3 August 2020 (UTC)

Quick question[]

Is this map accurate for 1980? Sorry if this is the wrong spot, I was unsure whether this should go here or on the reference desk. TheAwesomeHwyh 15:35, 3 August 2020 (UTC)

TheAwesomeHwyh, 1980s#Decolonization and independence suggests that there were no events which redrew borders, but some islands became independent states by 1985 which hadn't been before. --ColinFine (talk) 16:30, 3 August 2020 (UTC)
Ah, so it should be fine? TheAwesomeHwyh 16:46, 3 August 2020 (UTC)

Can I use Grammarly to help me write and correct articles?[]

Félix An (talk) 16:28, 3 August 2020 (UTC)

how to make a link pubic which is yet in draft[]

dear members,

this is the url of article ( kindly take a look & tell how to make this url live. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Vish.mystic (talkcontribs) 16:43, 3 August 2020 (UTC)

Hello, Vish.mystic. I have added a header so that when you (or anybody else) thinks that the draft meets the requirements for an article (taking especial note of WP:CSMN - I'm not implying that it has any of those mistakes, just that inexperienced ors who attempt the very very difficult task of making a new article often do so) they can pick the button to submit it for review. I realise that it was not you that created the article, but it was evidently created by a media company who don't know the difference between a user page and an article, and who are almost certainly involved in undisclosed paid ing, so it needs to be reviewed carefully. Please link to articles and other pages inside Wikipedia by using Wikilinks, thus [[Draft:Ravindra Singh Bhati]] displays as Draft:Ravindra Singh Bhati. --ColinFine (talk) 17:06, 3 August 2020 (UTC)

iPhone 9[]

This is a redirect which was last deleted after Wikipedia:Redirects for discussion/Log/2020 July 4#iPhone 9. The redirect was also salted two days later. But, it should soon be de-salted. And then I am also not happy with iPhone X as the target for iPhone 10, which was last discussed at Wikipedia:Redirects for discussion/Log/2020 July 15#iPhone 10. It's been weeks since the discussion at Wikipedia:Redirects for discussion/Log/2020 July 4#iPhone 9. I really cannot live without a redirect. Look at all the redirects under the Category:Redirects from incorrect names. All redirects under that category are names that do not exist. For example, there is a redirect for Windows 9. Now look at the following sources:

Neel.arunabh (talk) 18:18, 3 August 2020 (UTC)

Editing with IOS 9.4[]

Is there anyway to fix the formatting when ing wiki with a device running IOS 9.4? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:33, 3 August 2020 (UTC)

The Guardian Life Insurance Company of America[]

This company has updated its trademark; I was reminded of it from images where it appears, taken at Musikfest in 2019 (Guardian has been a sponsor of that festival for many years). is one example thereof. Could a user such as I make this sort of amendment?

Why not? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:18, 3 August 2020 (UTC)
See Logos for the requirements. I don't think an unregistered user can upload images to Wikipedia, though. --ColinFine (talk) 19:23, 3 August 2020 (UTC)