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August 13[]

How do I make an entry[]

How do I add a page about someone? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Lamont985 (talkcontribs) 02:23, 13 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Lamont985: What sources do you intend to cite? Unless you can answer that question to people's satisfaction, the answer is "you don't". —Jéské Couriano v^_^v a little blue Bori 02:27, 13 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Lamont985: the only absolute requirement for a Wikipedia article is that the subject must meet our notability requirement. See WP:N. Make sure you have reliable sources that demonstrate notability before you do anything else. We delete about 200 articles or draft articles every day, almost always due to lack of notability, so do not waste your time or ours on a non-notable subject. After you are sure your subject is notable, come back here and we can help. -Arch dude (talk) 03:03, 13 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
If it is "Lamont A.Turner American author of short stories" ie yourself, this isn't going to get out of the starting blocks, see WP:AVOIDCREATE and WP:FAMOUS.

adding an article to a navbox[]

I have created an article 1881 AAA Championships and I am trying to figure out why it has not been added to the navbox at the bottom of the page. my understanding is that I just need to add the template: "British championships in athletics" (with the correct curly braces, of course) and it should just do it itself. that seemed to work for 1880 but not for 1881. what am I doing wrong. Cottonshirtτ 03:25, 13 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Cottonshirt: No, this won't happen by itself. At the top left of the navbox you'll see three small letters "V T E"; the "E" stands for "Edit". Click that, and you'll find that you are ing Template:British championships in athletics. Search for "1880" within that, and it should be clear how to add a link for 1881. -- John of Reading (talk) 06:26, 13 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
thank you very much indeed Cottonshirtτ 06:46, 13 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Cottonshirt if there is no existing redlink you also need to the template itself to actually add the link, it doesn't happen automatically. You can do this by clicking the little E in the top left corner of that template, or going to Template:British championships in athletics and clicking the Edit tab there. I have done so for 1881. Alpha3031 (tc) 06:27, 13 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
thank you very much indeed Cottonshirtτ 06:46, 13 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Vandalism help request from Padres Hana[]

I have noticed this at Talk:Michael Adams (journalist). I am not sure if this contribution can be classified as vandalism but I would like to know what the correct response, if any, should be. Thank you, Padres Hana (talk) 05:04, 13 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

(This .) I see no vandalism, just a rant. It's the or's first contribution (?) to a talk page. Not just two but all three of their previous s (to articles) were in a similar spirit and were rightly reverted. This is an infrequent contributor, and I'd hope that not responding to their rant would be the best way to avoid fluffing up their interest. -- Hoary (talk) 07:03, 13 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International[]

Hi Folks!! Are images that are licenced under this licence [1] available for upload to Wikipedia. scope_creepTalk 17:39, 13 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Scope creep: See Wikipedia:File copyright tags#Guidelines. CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 is not listed under Wikipedia:File copyright tags/Free licenses, so any images licensed under this license can only be used under fair use. In general, all NonCommercial (NC) and/or NoDerivates (ND) CreativeCommons licenses are unacceptable except as fair use. Victor Schmidt mobil (talk) 17:49, 13 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Hi @Victor Schmidt mobil: That's what I thought. Thanks. scope_creepTalk 17:53, 13 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

August 14[]

Translating a passage from a source[]

I would like to quote a passage from Les Annales de la Sociéte Entomologique de la Belgique. The Annales is in French, and I am reasonably confident of my ability to translate it (see my tentative translation below), but I would like to know the procedure for including this in an article. I am quoting directly from the text, but am translating it into English. Do I have to put it in square brakcets? Is there a template I should use to mark the quote? Or can I not even do that without some kind of special permission?

Thank-you, Edward-Woodrow (talk) 00:29, 14 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Edward-Woodrow: just fyi, you said your translation is "below", but I don't see it. However, it's not necessary to see it to answer this question. Generally speaking you cannot include copies of copyrighted content in articles in Wikipedia, whether in the original language or translated. Exceptions apply under "fair use", but please read Wikipedia:Plagiarism first, especially section § Avoiding plagiarism. Thanks, Mathglot (talk) 00:48, 14 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Oops. Here is my proposed translation:
M. J. Rodriguez vient d'en apporter de Guatemala six examplaires, demeurés sans nourriture dans un boîte depuis le mois d'Avril. Trois sont arrivés encore vivants en Europe.
>In the 1877-'78 Annales de la Sociéte Entomologique de Belgique, such a demonstration is recorded on the 6th of July meeting: “[...Mr. J. Rodriguèz brought six examples from Guatemala, kept without food in a box during the since of April. Three arrived in Europe still alive].”[5]
Is this not allowed, since this is quoting the source, not copying it without citation? ( If I am in fact in error, I apologize, (I am still new to Wikipedia). Edward-Woodrow (talk) 01:00, 14 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
MOS:FOREIGNQUOTE. Use {{lang|fr|...}} or {{lang-fr|...}} to markup the original text; and, of course, cite the original.
Trappist the monk (talk) 01:04, 14 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Edward-Woodrow: The original is so old that its copyright has expired, so copyright does not apply. You are free to translate it. The only requirement to avoid plagiarism is to cite the source, which you need to do anyway. I recommend that you go ahead and put it in quotes, and prefix the citations with "translated from", like this.[1]
-Arch dude (talk) 02:19, 14 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Trappist the monk @Arch dudeThank you very much!
Edward-Woodrow (talk) 13:16, 14 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]


  1. ^ Translated from "whatever the article title is". Annales de la Sociéte Entomologique de Belgique.

Wajahat Ali[]

Why is Wajahat Ali not listed or at least has not shown up in my search Joannmarie61 (talk) 02:33, 14 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Joannmarie61: because wikipedia does not have an article on him. lettherebedarklight, 晚安, おやすみなさい, ping me when replying 02:44, 14 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
And to expand on that, there are two possible reasons why there is no article: firstly, since this is a volunteer effort, someone would have to have considered writing one. And secondly, if an article is to be accepted, the subject needs to meet our notability criteria. Which depends on there being significant independent coverage of the subject in reliable sources. If you are referring to Wajahat Ali the journalist, I suspect there may just not be enough out there. A quick Google search doesn't bring up anything much. Which isn't that unusual - even well-established journalists tend not to have a great deal written about them unless they come to wider attention though some specific story or the like. AndyTheGrump (talk) 03:01, 14 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Hi Wikipedia please publish my Wikipedia CAPTAIN AREWA (talk) 03:57, 14 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@CAPTAIN AREWA: That goes contrary to Wikipedia's goal, and the "article" CAPTAIN AREWA is being considered for speedy deletion. You are strongly recommended not to write about yourself; what's more, no notability as Wikipedia defines it has been established. —Tenryuu 🐲 ( 💬 • 📝 ) 04:24, 14 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]


I have failed in my attempt to add a commons file - of an old house. Cookridge Hall. It is way too big. please fix if you can - it should be on the left hand side of the page. Please also fix up ref number 16 which I did not do. Thanks (talk) 06:22, 14 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

You forgot to add the "px" parametre, which sets the width of the image in pixels. I can't get the image to actually display right, with caption and everything, so I have removed it for now. But for future reference, you should never put an image in a page without adding a px parametre to prevent situations like this. —Jéské Couriano v^_^v a little blue Bori 06:59, 14 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
[[File:Cookridge Hall With Flanking Screen Walls Gate Piers And Gates.jpg|thumb|Cookridge Hall]]
Cookridge Hall
But, that image probably best not used because most of the building is hidden behind the trees ...
Trappist the monk (talk) 11:04, 14 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

update in Background color as gray or black[]

Dear Wikipedia, Ps per lot's of website are change the background color as black . the you also well know black color is not effect to the eyes , when we regularly read the contain the my eyes are not felling well they are problem to me because white screen very much effect on the eyes ,

So please update lite gray color or black color in background .... (talk) 13:14, 14 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

you want a dark mode? that's available if you register an account. in preferences > gadgets, there is the dark mode gadget. lettherebedarklight, 晚安, おやすみなさい, ping me when replying 13:41, 14 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

How to bookmark a Category in Android app?[]

Hi there,

I am a newbie. Lets say, I wanna bookmark the whole category (to save it to my list of other bookmarks), such as the following one

How do I do this in Android app?

Thanks. Jbionic2010 (talk) 13:50, 14 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hi Jbionic2010. As far as I know, you would do it in the same way as you bookmark anything else as explained here, if you mean when using Chrome as a browser for Wikipedia. If you mean within the WP android app, you need to read this set of FAQ from Wikimedia. Mike Turnbull (talk) 15:17, 14 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
It doesn't look to me as if you can - displaying a category is completely different from displaying an article in the app, and they may have chosen not to implement that. It is unlikely that anybody viewing this page knows anything about the innards of the app, but you can contact the development team as mw:Wikimedia Apps/Team/Android. ColinFine (talk) 17:06, 14 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hi Mike Turnbull.

Unfortunately, none of the links you shared answer my question. I was very specific about Android app, Chrome browser has nothing to do with my question.

As can be seen from below picture, the button Save (Сохранить) is inaccessible from Android app, when I open the wiki Category:Python_(programming_language)_libraries [url=][img][/img][/url]

@Jbionic2010: I think you are referring to the app's button with the "ribbon" icon which is labeled (in English interface) with "Save". The deal seems to be this: that button is not a "bookmark" button like those available in a browser. Apparently the app has no bookmark button (just history-like items and multiple tabs). That Save button actually downloads the article from Wikipedia to your device so that it is available for reading when your device is offline. The button is apparently grayed-out because using a downloaded copy of a category would be next to useless when offline since a category is essentially a list of links to articles (which would not be available offline unless also saved). Also, the downloaded category would become out-of-date since articles are added and deleted from categories dynamically. I would suggest for bookmark-like function you could open another tab with the Category:Python_(programming_language)_libraries page loaded on it, and then switch between tabs. --R. S. Shaw (talk) 21:13, 14 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thanks. Frankly, I'd appreacite if the Android app offered the option of saving such category items to the bookmark lists. Even if categories are subject to frequent dynamic changes, it does make sense to have all the articles bundled together within a category and so to have them saved by one click rather than each article opened and saved separately. Jbionic2010 (talk) 12:21, 15 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Again, Jbionic2010, this isn't a useful forum to express that preference. The software (and even more, the apps) is outside the knowledge or influence of almost everybody who reads this page. Please contact the team via the page I linked to above. ColinFine (talk) 12:48, 15 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Cluebot index[]

User:ClueBot III/Detailed Indices/User talk:Blanchey/Archive 1 The cluebot index is no longer being updated as I no longer use clue bot and the archive index is out of date. What can I do as this is slightly bothering me. Many thanks! Blanchey (talk) 15:08, 14 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Organizing categories with RegEx / JWB[]

Hello, I'm currently working on a mid-sized wiki on Fandom and their categories are not in a consistent order. With regex I am planning to organize in a custom manner working with sub/super categories on the wiki. I am thinking with using patterns and groups but I can't seem to work it out.

If you could help out in making a sample to organize categories it would be much appreciated. 2601:282:117F:5960:4882:965A:6DC:25B8 (talk) 21:31, 14 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

This is the help desk for the English Wikipedia, not for other wikis. I think you are looking for the help desk for the Mediawiki software project. Try [2]. -Arch dude (talk) 22:18, 14 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

August 15[]

Daryl McCormack, actor[]

His birthday is wrong in Wiki. You have it as Dec 20 1992. It is really Jan 22, 1993. He is currently 29. The following is an interview where he states this. He has said it in other interviews too. 2601:42:C102:ABD0:0:0:0:B663 (talk) 02:12, 15 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Thanks for finding the error! I removed the incorrect and unsourced birthday (Dec 20) and left it blank for now. Would you like to the article to add the correct birthday? Firefangledfeathers (talk / contribs) 02:17, 15 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I went ahead and added it. Thanks again! Firefangledfeathers (talk / contribs) 03:00, 15 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Regarding protected pages[]

I would like to a protected page which provides wrong information. How can I do it? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Dheeraj L D (talkcontribs) 04:34, 15 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Dheeraj L D: Assuming that the page in question is semiprotected, you just need to make one more to get autoconfirmed user rights. Be sure to have a reliable source handy. —Tenryuu 🐲 ( 💬 • 📝 ) 04:39, 15 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Dheeraj L D You added additional info just before a pre-existing citation. Does that citation also support your added text? If not, you need to move your text and add your citation.
Wait ... another or @Wasell has reverted it. Thanks. (talk) 09:32, 15 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Article wikiprojects?[]

I created an article (Katherine Deves) and would like to register it for Wikiproject Australia and Wikiproject Politics. Do I just add the template, or is there a specific way of doing so? JML1148 (talk) 08:40, 15 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@JML1148: According to Wikipedia:WikiProject Australia/Assessment § Frequently asked questions and Wikipedia:WikiProject Politics/Assessment § Frequently asked questions, respectively, you can just add the templates. Rummskartoffel 10:37, 15 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thank you for your response! JML1148 (talk) 11:21, 15 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Donald Machholz Death Location[]

My husband’s page has the incorrect death location.

I am Michele Machholz, spouse of Donald Machholz, astronomer and visual comet discoverer.

He died at our home in Wikieup, Arizona.

Please help correct. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Washedlikeadish (talkcontribs) 13:04, 15 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Washedlikeadish I am sorry for your loss. Please understand we cannot just take your word for it; this information must be published in a reliable source such as a news report or independently written obituary. Please direct concerns about that article to its talk page, Talk:Donald Machholz. 331dot (talk) 13:09, 15 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Undisclosed paid tag.[]

Hi! I've noticed that a user has tagged an article that i have spent alot of time building, ing, and sourcing with an Undisclosed paid tag, I cannot speak for other contributors to the article but I myself have not been paid, I dont even have a COI, I just am passionate about the topic... I don't know what to do, I am fairly new so I am not sure what the procedures would be to get this resolved. do I have any recourse? is there anyway to prove that I'm not a paid or? I don't think that me just saying "trust me bro! I have no COI" really accomplishes anything, nor does me just deleting the tag. is this just the end of the line for me ing that article? Seigerman (talk) 14:26, 15 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Seigerman If you have no paid ing relationship with the subject, just discuss that on the article talk page and explain that you aren't paid and have no COI. You can also ask the person who added the tag directly to see if it was added with regards to your s. How did you come to about Mr. Krane? 331dot (talk) 14:29, 15 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Getting around post-expand include size limit using excerpt template with section begin/end labels?[]

I have hit the post-expand include size limit on a list article.

I am trying to use the excerpt template to get around this. which seems like a great solution as it would eliminate some duplicative articles. The only way I can see to get the right content is by using <section begin> and <section end>.

But I can't get this to work. It transcludes perfectly using #section but not with the excerpt template. Can someone take a look at ?

Thanks. Peacedance (talk) 16:09, 15 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

You need to pass |subsections=yes to {{excerpt}}. Also, as a general rule, doing things with excerpts will make the post-expand include size worse rather than better. * Pppery * it has begun... 17:01, 15 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Submitting Content[]

Symbol redirect vote2.svg Courtesy link: Draft:Sarah Cothran
Hi! So, I'm super new to Wikipedia so I am worried that I maybe submitted my article incorrectly. I am trying to get a page up about a music artist that my company manages, so I don't think that necessarily counts as an article with secondary sources, it's more of a bio. Would you mind pointing me in the right direction so I can get this up ASAP? Thank you! Ecfam (talk) 16:40, 15 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Ecfam, Wikipedia does not host bios - it hosts articles with secondary sources. You'd be better off using social media or your own website. (talk) 16:58, 15 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Hello, Ecfam. Judging from your question it looks as if, like many people, you have a fundamental misunderstanding of what Wikipedia is, as you appear to be intending to use if for Promotion. Promotion (which is interpreted more widely than in normal use) is forbidden anywhere in Wikipedia. If your client meets Wikipedia's criteria for notability (and not otherwise), there could be an article about them. Irrespective of who writes the article, it will not belong to you or your client, it will not be controlled by you or your client, it may be ed by almost anybody in the world except your or your client (you can make requests on it, but should not it directly), it will not necessarily contain material that you or your client approve of, and it should be based almost entirely on what people wholly unconnected with your or your client have chosen to publish about them, not on what you or your client say or want to say.
If, given this, you decide to continue with the (much harder than it looks) task of writing an encyclopaedia article about your client, and you can find the necessary sources that are substantial, reliably published, and wholly unconnected with your or your client, then you may try. You must first make a formal declaration of your status as a paid or, and then you should study your first article, and use the articles for creation process to make a draft. ColinFine (talk) 18:05, 15 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Ecfam, my Google search uncovered no evidence that Sarah Cothran is a notable musical performer at this time. What is required is significant coverage in multiple reliable sources that are independent of the performer and your company. All I see is the usual array of social media and music sharing sites, and one or two pieces that are obviously the direct result of promotional activity. Cullen328 (talk) 18:41, 15 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

How do I get a page un-deleted?[]

Hi there! A client of mine had their personal bio page deleted, and we have no idea why. The page has existed for years and is regularly updated. How do we get this page reinstated? Thank you! -Andrea Andreahrizk (talk) 17:59, 15 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hello, Andreahrizk. The first thing that you should do is comply with the mandatory Paid contributions disclosure. If you give us the name of the deleted article, then an administrator can look into the circumstances, and see whether it might be restored as a draft. Articles deleted due to copyright violations or other legal issues will not be restored. Wikipedia:Deletion review is the formal procedure. But complete the disclosure first. Cullen328 (talk) 18:24, 15 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Andreahrizk, if this is about Wes Moss, then please read Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Wes Moss (2nd nomination). That was an unreferenced biography of a living person, and that is a policy violation. The deleted article failed to make the case that this person is a Notable person by Wikipedia's standards. Cullen328 (talk) 18:29, 15 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Hello, Andreahrizk. A more accurate statement of what you said would be that a Wikipedia administrator applied Wikipedia's policies and processes and decided to delete Wikipedia's article about your client. It was never "their personal bio page". As others have said, it is possible that it could be undeleted, but only if it can be shown that the subject meets Wikipedia's criteria for notability. ColinFine (talk) 18:38, 15 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

My talk page[]

Hi, there appears to be a problem when I use the [reply] feature on my own user talk page but I can't seem to find the problem.

Whenever I click the Reply button on the bottom right of my screen, the red box with the text "Your comment could not be published to the most recent version of the page. To see the latest changes, copy your drafted comment and then use your browser to reload the page." comes up. Hopefully someone knows this problem and can be rectified so I can use the [reply] feature on my user talk page properly. Thanks, Iggy (Swan) (Contribs) 18:38, 15 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

You have an unclosed table at the top of User:Iggy the Swan/TPHeader. Is that deliberate (intending to indent the entire content of the page somewhat), or is it accidental? Removing it should fix the problem. * Pppery * it has begun... 18:45, 15 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I can't seem to find the unclosed table when checking the code properly. Iggy (Swan) (Contribs) 18:54, 15 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I've spotted the problem and fixed it, I've also done a test [reply] and that worked. Thanks for at least finding which page the problem was located. Iggy (Swan) (Contribs) 19:36, 15 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Reporting inappropriate remarks[]

How do I report a comment on a Talk page for racist comments? CFLeon (talk) 19:37, 15 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

WP:AIV for really obvious stuff, or WP:ANI of it needs much explaining. Girth Summit (blether) 19:40, 15 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]


help (talk) 21:20, 15 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

With? We can't read your mind. —Jéské Couriano v^_^v a little blue Bori 21:23, 15 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

How to email or text Mrs Cheney[]

e-mail or text for Liz Cheney 2600:1700:FD0:2220:4A8:315C:C9B5:3B3B (talk) 23:51, 15 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I suspect, based on your question, that you found one of our over 6.5 million articles and thought we were affiliated in some way with that subject. Please note that you are at Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia that anyone can , and this page is for asking questions related to using or contributing to Wikipedia itself. Thus, we have no special knowledge about the subject of your question. You can, however, search our vast catalogue of articles by typing a subject into the search field on the upper right side of your screen. If you cannot find what you are looking for, we have a reference desk, divided into various subject areas, where asking knowledge questions is welcome. Best of luck. --Orange Mike | Talk 23:54, 15 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
We also cannot and will not provide contact information for someone. Any such information would be suppressed due to the risk it would lead to harassment, and in this case given Cheney's status as a pariah within her own party we have a moral obligation to not subject her to the resultant toxicity. —Jéské Couriano v^_^v a little blue Bori 01:19, 16 August 2022 (UTC).Reply[reply]
That is not correct, Jéské Couriano. Liz Cheney, like the articles for most serving members of Congress, includes external links to her website twice, once in the infobox and once in the external links section at the end of the article. Her website allows people to email her, although many members of Congress only respond to emails from people who state that they reside in the member's Congressional district. Cullen328 (talk) 05:21, 16 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Linking to her website isn't equivalent to directly providing contact information. Her website isn't personally-identifying information; phone/fax numbers and email addresses are. —Jéské Couriano v^_^v a little blue Bori 06:26, 16 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

August 16[]

TransactionError message[]

Hi, I was doing some language weeding in the History of Norway article, but on clicking Publish, "[fc420699-0169-40eb-9df3-1fe1ccf8a160] 2022-08-16 04:20:52: Fatal exception of type "Wikimedia\Rdbms\DBTransactionError"" appeared. I spent a long, perhaps too long time writing - does the function time out, e.g. after, say, one hour, or something? Any tips appreciated. T (talk) 04:28, 16 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Wikipedia:Village pump (technical)#Database error mentions a current issue. Just try again. PrimeHunter (talk) 05:27, 16 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Expand diffs[]

Hi all. I use User:Bradv/Scripts/ExpandDiffs.js to allow me to look at diffs from within someone's contributions, or from the recent changes feed. It's really handy, but it doesn't work on my watchlist; does anyone know of a script that would allow the same sort of functionality there? Girth Summit (blether) 08:21, 16 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Girth Summit If you activate navigation popups in your preferences (gadgets) that's one of the things that it does when you hover the cursor over the word "diff" in the watchlist. It's really useful in a number of other aspects, so I would recommend it. Mike Turnbull (talk) 10:10, 16 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thanks, but I've tried that and I find the pop-up style really distracting and annoying. Bradv's script gives you a little triangle next to all the bullet points when looking at a list of contributions; if you click on the triangle, it expands and shows you the diff below. It works everywhere I'd like it to, except in my watchlist. Girth Summit (blether) 10:15, 16 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Different Coordinates[]

I had created an article about a village named Mothparja and it is now a start class geography article. But the problem is that it's coordinates at Wikipedia,Wikivoyage,Wikidata and Openstreetmap are different from one an other and all these in actual are different from coordinates of Google Maps. So please help me to fix all these coordinates and making them as same as that of Google Maps.FAAHS (talk) 10:11, 16 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

FAAHS I've tried to understand the documentation at {{coord}} to see what the problem might be. This led me to think that using {{WikidataCoord}} for the article might be better, as it takes its information from Wikidata. I previewed that option in the infobox of the article and it seemed to work. The documentation explains that the underlying presentation of data uses mw:GeoHack. I don't know how to decide which of the many values you mention are correct but it seems to me that Wikidata is the best place to in that value. The page is here on Wikidata. Mike Turnbull (talk) 10:47, 16 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Doug Mastranio[]


Do you label a democrat as FAR Left, Drop the garbage wording used in your description blow.

Douglas Vincent Mastriano is an American far-right politician from Pennsylvania. He is a retired United States Army colonel and is the state senator representing the 33rd district. A Republican, he is the party's nominee for Pennsylvania governor in the 2022 election. (talk) 11:42, 16 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
There are no staff here, only volunteers. Wikipedia retains a neutral point of view and cites the sources it uses for article text. In this case, references #2,3 and 4 all use the term "far right" in their title. And we have a full article on Far-left politics. Mike Turnbull (talk) 12:11, 16 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
( conflict) Wikipedia reports on what has been written about a subject in reliable sources. There are four sources immediately after the statement referred to, three of which describe the subject as 'far right' in the title of the source alone. 'Far left' is not as common a term but would be used where applicable if sources supported it. If you disagree with what the sources say, the problem lies with them, not Wikipedia. Eagleash (talk) 12:13, 16 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]