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December 4[edit]

Lupton family[edit]

Ref 183 should have the writer referenced. He is named "Francis Towne". Please add that in. Thanks and sorry (talk) 00:20, 4 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

 Done Eagleash (talk) 05:55, 4 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Data mining to make a chronological list[edit]

So, I was wondering if there's a way to use a program to go through a Pagepile of wikipedia articles about individual humans and arrange them chronologically by the category that indicates what year the person was born in, from oldest to youngest. 2602:306:C541:CC60:C067:5D78:17CE:2ACA (talk) 05:02, 4 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

This can be done using a Wikidata query. Wikidata is a sister project that is a structured database and which includes a query language that is easy to use. It has an entry for every Wikipedia article, in every language. I have to re-learn it each time because I use it rarely, but it only takes about five minutes to re-learn. Perhaps start at d:Wikidata:Introduction. Don't get discouraged: you will get the hang of it quickly. You will probably create your "page pile" using a query, and then produce the sorted list based on the date-of-birth attribute. This is not exactly the year-of-birth category. It is almost always more universally and consistently used than the category.

Synthesis of Tetraethyllead?[edit]

Hy, my needs this lead for their business purposes. I have a block of lead I need to to turn until TEL. Please post instructions or email me. Thanks — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 05:18, 4 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

See the note at the top of this page "The Wikipedia help desk is a place where you can ask questions about how to use or edit Wikipedia". We have a Wikipedia:Reference desk/Science, which would be more suited to this sort of question, but from a brief look at one of the sources [1] cited in our Tetraethyllead article, it doesn't look like the sort of process someone with 'a block of lead' and no apparent knowledge of chemistry should be attempting. Where are you proposing to get lead-sodium alloy from? Or ethyl bromide? Or pyridine? Do you own a temperature-controlled reaction vessel and reflux condenser? And do you have the necessary protective equipment to carry out the process without poisoning yourself? And what sort of 'business' requires the synthesis of the substance anyway? The only approved use for the substance is in aviation fuel, and for obvious reasons that isn't the type of business carried out by amateurs. AndyTheGrump (talk) 05:51, 4 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Sheesh. My father-in-law mentioned to me that tetraethyl lead is one of the most toxic substances around. @AndyTheGrump, you gave a fascinating answer. Maybe the OP thinks he can increase the value of his block of lead... but not until he or she gets the reaction vessel and the reflux condenser (and maybe a flux capacitor too).
I am curious if there's a missing word in "my needs this lead". My friend, my business partner, my cellmate? The mind wobbles. David10244 (talk) 10:39, 5 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I would have gone with 'local dodgy gasoline distributor'. Apparently, despite the ban, there are still people who want to use the stuff. Unwise, even ignoring its environmental/toxic effects, since it ruins the catalytic converters found in modern vehicles. AndyTheGrump (talk) 17:02, 5 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Ah, good point. I think some old American muscle cars really prefer leaded fuel. David10244 (talk) 07:05, 6 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Wikipedia Preferences : Appearance : Math[edit]

Link says that there are three options for displaying math formulas: PNG, TeX and MathJax. However, I can't find a radio button for the PNG support. Where did it go? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2001:2D8:E1BC:35EC:69DC:500D:C748:AC98 (talk) 05:23, 4 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

You appear to be right: the documentation is out of step with the actuality. I suggest you bring this up at WP:VPT where people who know about the technical aspects of Wikipedia hang out. We're just editors here. ColinFine (talk) 11:41, 4 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thank you! :) 2001:2D8:E729:84E7:5978:FA29:D727:A23A (talk) 12:30, 4 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Watchlist automated additions[edit]

Everytime i make a contribution on ANY article (or template, category, etc.), the page in which i'm contributing, or have contributed, is automatically added into my Watchlist. I have no idea if it was something i misclicked on the Preferences section that started this, or a new bug. The fact is that i would like to disable this automated additions. ~~ Skydream1721 (talk) 06:10, 4 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Skydream1721: "Add pages and files I edit to my watchlist" at Special:Preferences#mw-prefsection-watchlist. PrimeHunter (talk) 08:20, 4 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

wiki page[edit]

how can i create a wiki page Walkedevduttkeru1010 (talk) 14:15, 4 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Walkedevduttkeru1010 There are links to advice on your Talk Page. Please read them carefully. Mike Turnbull (talk) 14:33, 4 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Walkedevduttkeru1010: Start by picking a subject that meets our notability requirements (WP:N). Notability is the only absolute requirement. If the subject is not notable, it cannot have an article. I'm serious: we delete about 100 articles every day because editors ignore this requirement. After you have a notable subject, proceed to WP:YFA. -Arch dude (talk) 14:34, 4 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Draft:Olivier Wormser[edit]

Draft:Olivier Wormser  Done СтасС (talk) 15:34, 4 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@СтасС - Your draft is not submitted for review. Additionally, it appears to be cited to one source: one of the key aspects of WP:GNG is multiple sources. Two good ones can be enough, and three is definitely enough. I have seen that you have a Sources section: although this is acceptable, it is much clearer if you use WP:Inline citations. At the very least, you should merge your Sources and References sections to prevent confusion. casualdejekyll 15:49, 4 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@casualdejekyll  Done--СтасС (talk) 16:20, 4 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Everithing did I do the right? Could you look on my draft?-СтасС (talk) 16:29, 4 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
WP-admins here?--СтасС (talk) 16:41, 4 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I'm not sure what you want an admin to do? Reviews of drafts, when they are submitted, do not need an admin. Before you submit the draft for review it would be wise for you to include at least three citations; so far you only have one. - David Biddulph (talk) 16:54, 4 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Hello, СтасС. I am an administrator, and David Biddulph is correct that adminstrators have no special powers regarding content. That being said, adminstrators have a lot of experience. Wormser is clearly notable, so you should continue. The AP/New York Times obituary is a good source, but you need multiple sources. I feel safe in assuming that major French newspapers published more lengthy and detailed obituaries. Many assertions are unreferenced and not verified for readers. The death date is listed as the date of publication of the obituary, but that says his family did not reveal his actual date of death. It is unlikely that it was the same day. Cullen328 (talk) 18:12, 4 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Hello, Cullen328, I add WP:RS (book), thank you everyone for help.--СтасС (talk) 19:39, 4 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Serie A Player of the Month[edit]

How do I sort chronologically its table? Dr Salvus 19:49, 4 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

It's really badly formatted. I'd use {{dts}}. Lee Vilenski (talkcontribs) 22:44, 4 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
It does not work. Dr Salvus 12:08, 5 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Hi! I have translated Wikipedia article about Belorussian writer from Russian into English. How to make it available for English speaking users of Wikipedia? Elena Zholnina (talk) 20:04, 4 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Elena Zholnina, there is some advice at Help:Translation. In particular an English Wikipedia article needs to follow en WP policies, such as notability and verifiability, which may be different from ru WP policies. Help:Your first article could also be useful. TSventon (talk) 20:36, 4 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Are copyedits minor edits[edit]

what the title says Lina211 (talk) 21:11, 4 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

The definition is at Help:Minor edit. - David Biddulph (talk) 21:12, 4 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I find it just as easy to never mark anything as a minor edit. Copyedits can be marked with the abbreviation "ce", which you can type almost as fast as you can check the "minor edit" box. For non-copyedits, of course, I just say what I did. David10244 (talk) 07:10, 6 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Proposed deletion[edit]

I am trying to propose two articles for deletion, though I am having formatting issues with the discussion page not displaying as it should, see: [2] and [3]. Help fixing this issue and understanding what caused it so I don't repeat the issue would be appreciated. KeepItGoingForward (talk) 22:18, 4 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hey @KeepItGoingForward I saw your proposed deletions did you read WP:AFDHOWTO. I setup the pages according to the instructions hopefully they're good now. Paulpat99 (talk) 22:39, 4 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Ah, thank you. I missed part of it. I will review it. KeepItGoingForward (talk) 22:52, 4 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Article import from another Wiki[edit]

Moin. After being completely confounded by the various help-pages, I am being so bold and just ask here: there's an article in de:wp I'd like to translate and publish in en:wp. As the content is, bar some minor edits and two references, my own work, I'm not overly troubled by a formal import - I can simply re-write the article in english, long as that would be acceptable. Just wondering whether that's so, and if there's any way to confirm relevance - while I might take a couple months to complete my work, knowingly apply to wait some three months or so for the translation to pass through the article wizard does not appeal to me. Topic is author and painter Helen Nicolay, daughter of Lincoln-biographer John George Nicolay. Regards, --G-41614 (talk) 23:14, 4 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

To me there appears to be a good case for notability with [4] as an example. KeepItGoingForward (talk) 23:23, 4 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@G-41614 Hi, you can make a request at Wikipedia:Requests for page importation. Thanks, echidnaLives - talk - edits 23:26, 4 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Hi G-41614. Each Wikipedia project has its own policies and guidelines as well as its own local community assessing and applying its policies and guidelines. There might be many similarities between projects, but there could also be some important differences. Since English Wikipedia has the most articles and also has the largest community, it's policies and guidelines seem to be stricter than perhaps some other projects, and they are also seem to be more rigorously enforced. In other words, an article existing on another one of the Wikipedias doesn't automatically mean it should exist on English Wikipedia as explained in WP:OTHERLANGS, and you will need to be able to clearly establish that the subject meets WP:N for an article about it to be created on English Wikipedia. The translation part is acceptable as long as it's done in accordance with WP:TRANSLATE. The biggest issues with translation tend to be making sure the original source is properly attributed as explained in WP:TFOLWP, but that's not too difficult to do. The other main issue seems to be WP:MACHINETRANSLATION; so, you probably should have a fair degree of competency in the source language if you're going translation any part of the original article. I'm not sure what you mean by confirm relevance, but maybe you mean "confirm Wikipedia notability". Perhaps taking a look at WP:BIO will help clarify what types of individuals are typically considered Wikipedia notable. -- Marchjuly (talk) 23:36, 4 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Well, thank you all for your input, for the link to the lincoln collection regarding notability, for the Request-page (that's what I sort of had in mind), and finally for the remarks about various aspects when translating. That an article in one WP does not indicate notability in another is the reason I'm asking (pardon me for saying I've seen articles in en:WP that'd never pass the notability hurdle in de:WP, so I'm not going to form an opinion about whether en or de has the higher standards regarding notability). Machinetranslation will not be an issue. If I'm right in assuming you, Marchjuly, are wondering about my competency in German as source language, rest assured my competency in English will be the larger issue, as I'm a german native. At de:WP, we have the Relevanzcheck, a page where one can ask about the notability of any topic and receive an answer about possible notability (not absolute guarantees), and if a topic is definitely not notable, one will be told so in no uncertain terms. Somehow, I wasn't able to find the respective page in en:WP. When I had a question about Nicolay and asked it at en:WP, at least two en-users expressed interest I seeing an article on her at en:WP, so for now I guess I'll check the suggested pages and then proceed at my own leisure. For now, I'll keep this on my watchlist, though. Thanks again & regards, --G-41614 (talk) 10:28, 5 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Information about deleted articles[edit]

Is it possible to retrieve the discussion concerning an article after it has been deleted in wikipedia? JosuaKylie (talk) 23:59, 4 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hi JosuaKylie. What do you mean by discussion concerning an article? Do you mean an Articles for deletion discussion? If that's the case, then the answer is yes since each AFD discussion page doesn't get deleted after the discussion is closed; it's retained for archive purposes. If you mean an article talk page discussion, then that would depend on why the article was deleted. Article talk pages tend to be deleted per speedy deletion criterion G8 when the articles they correspond to are deleted. In order to get such a talk page restored, you will need to ask a Wikipedia administrator to do so. If you'd like to know about a specific article, then providing the name of the article might make it easier for someone to give you a more specific answer. -- Marchjuly (talk) 00:13, 5 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

December 5[edit]


Dear Wikipedia,

Can someone please change my username from Dwayne Stewart-Young to Dwayne Stewart. Thank you. It would be greatly appreciated.

Enjoy your week, Dwayne Stewart — Preceding unsigned comment added by Dwayne Stewart-Young (talkcontribs) 02:42, 5 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hi Dwayne Stewart-Young. You can find out how to formally request such a change at Wikipedia:Changing username. -- Marchjuly (talk) 03:05, 5 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

how to publish my wikipedia[edit]

Hi, I would like to know the process to appear my wikipedia article when searching. I have published my wikipedia article, but it did not appear when I search on Google. How can I do with this and what next step should I do to have the result? Thank you. Drhao (talk) 03:27, 5 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Drhao: Your "article" is in userspace, which isn't indexed by search engines. Furthermore, this is the English Wikipedia, and articles should be in English. Finally, you also appear to be writing about yourself, which is strongly discouraged on Wikipedia. —Tenryuu 🐲 ( 💬 • 📝 ) 03:30, 5 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
User:Drhao nominated for Speedy deletion. David notMD (talk) 03:36, 5 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Also, please do not post the same question in different places. This question was more fully discussed at the teahouse. ColinFine (talk) 10:13, 5 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Wendell Scott entry[edit]

I recently looked at the Wendell Scott article —

which had what I believe is an outdated and incorrect warning notice:

“This article's tone or style may not reflect the encyclopedic tone used on Wikipedia. (July 2013)”

In the nine years since that notice was put up, others have clearly improved this article’s tone and style and it no longer deserves that description.

I urge you to remove the warning notice.

smarmon — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 05:07, 5 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hello. Anybody may remove that notice (including you) if they are satisfied that it no longer applies. However, in my view it still applies. For example, Scott vowed as a youth to avoid such labor belongs in a magazine article, not an encyclopaedia. ColinFine (talk) 10:15, 5 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Multiple headquarters in company infobox?[edit]

Hi guys, is there a way to display multiple headquarters in {{Infobox company}}? There's a well-reasoned request to that end at Talk:Schneider Electric#Update to HQ Information. That infobox is not my usual metier, and while I suspect that one could manually overload the single parameter with a list if nothing else, it's also possible that there is some consensus in place to always only show one single headquarters in the box. Any ideas? --Elmidae (talk · contribs) 13:14, 5 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Elmidae: I have no idea whether it's the accepted practice, but in Steinway & Sons the infobox field includes a list (with two locations). Deor (talk) 14:47, 5 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Ah, that was the kind of example I was looking for. I'll just go ahead with that approach and we'll see how it goes down. Cheers! --Elmidae (talk · contribs) 15:10, 5 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Undeclared paid editor[edit]

I was trying to report a UPE there, but the email came back. Is the correct email address to report a UPE.

scope_creepTalk 15:31, 5 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Scope creep The address is, not See WP:Paid-contribution_disclosure#Reporting_undisclosed_paid_editors and note that there are other ways to deal with the issue if confidential information is not involved. Mike Turnbull (talk) 15:42, 5 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Nearly right. It's according to WP:PAID#Reporting undisclosed paid editors. - David Biddulph (talk) 15:44, 5 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thanks. scope_creepTalk 16:58, 5 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Is Ian Chadwick NOTE enough for his own article?[edit]

Ian Chadwick is well known within the Atari world as the author of the "indispensable" Mapping the Atari. He is also well known in the local Ontario area as a primary writer (formerly) of CBC Radio One's Ontario Morning program and a columnist in many regional newspapers and was a local politician for three terms. The former obviously meets NOTE for itself, but I'm wondering if the sum of additional links like this one add up enough to meet author? The NOTE bar for politicians is national or sub-national, so that doesn't seem to do it on its own. (talk) 17:19, 5 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

As long as you have enough independent, reliable sources, sure. Club On a Sub 20 (talk) 18:36, 5 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@ - Club On A Sub has hit the nail on the head. The bar is WP:GNG, which says nothing about the qualities of the subject, but says a lot about whether they have been written about at significant length in independent, secondary, reliable sources - or, in more simple terms, if they have been noticed by reliable sources, i.e., they are notable. If you want to create an article, I highly recommend creating an account and then going through the process described at Your first article. You also might have a hard time convincing people that the subject is notable - WP:THREE is an essay that I largely agree with, stating that it's easiest to convince people by providing the three "best" (i.e. most reliable and most in-depth) sources for an article. casualdejekyll 18:52, 5 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Wisconsin Winery/ Distillery/ Brewery[edit]


I was wondering how Duck Creek Vineyard and Winery can get added to Wikipedia?

<shameless advertisement redacted> Jim Ploetz <contact & spamlink redacted> (talk) 18:27, 5 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

You seem to have mistaken Wikipedia for a provider of free advertising space. It isn't. AndyTheGrump (talk) 18:29, 5 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
To expand on Andy's reply: if your winery has been written about enough by people wholly unconnected with you (and not fed information on your behalf), and published in reliable sources, to establish that it meets Wikipedia's criteria for notability, then there could be an article about it, preferably written by somebody wholly unconnected with the business. The article would not belong to you, would not be controlled by you, would not be for your benefit (except incidentally), should be based almost entirely on what those independent people had said about the business (whether you like what they said or not), and should definitely not contain anything remotely resembling promotion. ColinFine (talk) 19:31, 5 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

making your own page[edit]

can you help me make a new page Charlieb1211 (talk) 18:53, 5 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Charlieb1211 We prefer the term "article" and not the more general "page". This is an important distinction. Creating a new article is one of the most difficult tasks to perform on Wikipedia. It is usually recommended to first spend time editing existing articles(of which there is over 6 million), so that you gain knowledge and experience about how Wikipedia operates and what is expected of article content. However, if you still wish to attempt to create a new article now, please first use the new user tutorial, read Your First Article, then visit Articles for Creation to create and submit a draft. What topic do you want to create an article about? 331dot (talk) 19:18, 5 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
the flash from netflix Charlieb1211 (talk) 20:09, 5 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
The Flash (2014 TV series) already has an article. If you wish to improve it, you should do so at that title. casualdejekyll 20:16, 5 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I see that your edits thus far have not been very constructive. You will want to educate yourself carefully here. 331dot (talk) 19:19, 5 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Question About The Page I Created[edit]

I have created a page and published it and I do not see on Wiki and I have not received any info or notifications about it at all.

Can some one get back to me to let me know if I missed anything or what it is that i need to do to publish this page that I created. Sedgwickx (talk) 19:24, 5 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Sedgwickx You edited your sandbox; typically drafts are created via Articles for Creation which provides the means to submit them. I will add this information to your sandbox so you can submit it. If you were to submit it now, however, it would be rejected quickly, as it is filled with promotional language, and cites other Wikipedia articles(which is not permitted). An article should neutrally summarize what independent reliable sources state about the topic, showing how it meets the special Wikipedia definition of (in this case) a notable person. Please read Your First Article. 331dot (talk) 19:28, 5 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Please Remove Template Message[edit]

Please remove the Template Message from the top of This Template Message dates back to March 2008. The issue with secondary and tertiary sources was resolved many years ago. Lisaziriax (talk) 20:35, 5 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

There are two independent references - which might be enough, if they are substantial (I haven't got access to the books to check). The rest of the references are not independent. If the past presidents cannot be sourced from independent sources, why do they belong in the article? ColinFine (talk) 21:07, 5 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

The American Dad Wiki Seasons is in the wrong order[edit]

The American Dad wiki seasons is out of order and someone needs to fix it. Its off by one season like what is said to be the 7th season is really the 6th season and whats said to be the 8th season is really the 7th, my proof is the fact on Adult Swim, Hulu and TBS which the show was renewed the for two more seasons by the latter, has all the episodes in order on their respective streaming apps, if you have Hulu or TBS its a easy search up on either one of these apps. Spider-Neo (talk) 20:38, 5 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Have you read List of American Dad! episodes or American Dad!#Season number discrepancies? You might want to. DonIago (talk) 20:40, 5 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

ADA standard on Wikipedia[edit]

Hi everyone,

As interface administrator on Serbian Wikipedia, I wanted to ask something that has been brought up to my attention on our Wikipedia. Question came up where members are wondering if and when is Wikipedia going to be setting up to follow ADA standards ? From what I was able to find "The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires certain businesses to make accommodations for people with disabilities. Web content should be accessible to blind users, deaf users and those who must navigate by voice, screen readers or other assistive technologies."

Please, advise of what is happening in regards to this matter so I can "report" it to Serbian community.

Thanks !

Боки 21:24, 5 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Боки - This seems more like a matter for the meta-wiki and the Wikimedia Foundation. The most I could find in a quick search was m:Friendly space policies. casualdejekyll 22:04, 5 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Casualdejekyll, thank you for replying !
The only thing I could see on the page you referred is that we should "take it into consideration" but nothing specific about what to do.
I will follow your advice and ask on meta-wiki on this, in my opinion, very important matter.
Боки 22:25, 5 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
What about Wikipedia:Manual of Style/Accessibility?
Trappist the monk (talk) 22:56, 5 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Trappist the monk That does not answer it. What I am referring to is ie. having whole article with audio in case if someone is blind or has hard time hearing. Боки 23:20, 5 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Then I guess I don't understand what it is that you are looking for. Many blind readers use screen reader software to read an article. The software does that by reading the article's html. Creating correct html aids the screen reader software. Whatever is in WP:ACCESS will help your editors at to write correct wikitext so that MediaWiki can translate that wikitext into correct html. I think that I have seen articles at that have a recorded reading (presumably stored at commons) but that is something different from creating accessible articles.
Trappist the monk (talk) 23:33, 5 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Trappist the monk I cannot commercialize other pages but what I mean is on some website there is button at the bottom of the page where you choose ADA tools that you can use in order to navigate page better. Боки 23:36, 5 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

how to get confermed when all the ones i can help you need to be confermed[edit]

i am having trobles editing things cause i have to be confermed and the ones i can help i need to be confermed Charlieb1211 (talk) 21:26, 5 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Charlieb1211 If you want to edit an article and cannot due to page protection, please make an edit request(click for instructions) on the article talk page. 331dot (talk) 21:38, 5 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

December 6[edit]

Where can I request someone upload a file for me?[edit]

As an IP user I cannot upload files. Is there a place I can request someone do it for me? (talk) 00:16, 6 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Yes, Files For Upload. 331dot (talk) 00:28, 6 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
(edit conflict) Hi You can make such a request at WP:FFU for files to be uploaded locally to Wikipedia. Some general advice before making such a request. Try and determinine the copyright status of the file you want to upload before asking someone to upload it for you. This can sometimes be a tricky thing to do, which means you may need to figure out the provenance of the file. If you're unable to determine the file's copyirght status on your own, you should assume it's protected by copyright (at least for the time being) and seek assistance at either WP:MCQ or c:COM:VPC. Once you figure out the copyright status of the file, you should then figure out whether it should be uploaded to English Wikipedia or Commons. Commons only accepts freely-licensed and public domain content per c:COM:FAIR; it won't accept any copyrighted content without the copyright holder's c:COM:CONSENT. Wikipedia does, on the other hand, accept copyrighted content as non-free content for use on English Wikipedia only, but only when its use satisfies Wikipedia's non-free content use policy. So, if you're request that someone upload a non-free file for you, make sure you clearly state in which article the file is intended to be used and how it's intended use satisfies relevant Wikipedia policy. It would even be helpful if you could provided an example non-free use rationale explaining how the file's use is policy compliant. -- Marchjuly (talk) 00:31, 6 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Would you mind having a look at my post on FFU and see if you feel it meets the requiremements? The guide text is not terribly useful. (talk) 01:11, 6 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Your request seems OK to me as such requests go, except you should realize that you need to meet all ten of the non-free content use criterion and not just some for future reference. -- Marchjuly (talk) 01:49, 6 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Ty Erickson[edit]

On the page for steer wrestler in the Section 2019 season, first paragraph it states he won a rodeo in Lewiston, Montana. The rodeo is in Lewistown, Montana. It is my mother’s hometown and my grandfather graduated from high school there in 1919. I visit Lewistown on a regular basis. (talk) 05:57, 6 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

thank you for that anecdote, but this is a place for people to ask questions about editing wikipedia. do you have a question? lettherebedarklight晚安 06:34, 6 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Courtesy Link: Ty Erickson. To be fair to the OP, they are pointing out a perceived error (Lewiston v Lewistown) in an article, which should perhaps be checked by someone with access to appropriate sources.
We have an article for Lewistown, Montana (which does not mention a rodeo), but none for any Lewiston, Montana, though there are numerous other Lewistons. {The poster formerly known as} (talk) 07:08, 6 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
ooh, didn't see that. the statement is cited to two websites, source 4 and 20. putting aside the questionable reliability, source 4 says lewiston but source 20 says lewistown. great. both sources disagree. lettherebedarklight晚安 07:19, 6 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Searching for links used within reference[edit]

Is there a way to find external links used within references, as opposed to elsewhere within an an article, e.g. the external links section. I'm looking for external links contained within <ref> .... </ref>

I am familiar with Special:LinkSearch but can't see any option to achieve what I want to do. I'm not able to access toolforge:linksearch as I just get a 505 gateway timeout.

Any suggestions? 10mmsocket (talk) 12:00, 6 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

How much time should I spend on Wikipedia?[edit]

I want to contribute more on Wikipedia but I have my job and other family responsibility and I also know there are many people just like me who are in same situation, can u explain me how should I manage my time to get most out of it. Bace word (talk) 16:44, 6 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

This may not directly answer your question, however I say you should focus on life first and Wikipedia second. Wikipedia has no deadline so not editing it is perfectly fine. ― Blaze WolfTalkBlaze Wolf#6545 16:46, 6 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Until Wikipedia is perfect in every way AND absolutely complete, we will all some day be called to answer for every moment we did NOT devote to Wikipedia! Uporządnicki (talk) 17:31, 6 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
What the heck is that supposed to mean? Also it sounds like you're encouraging them to focus on Wikipedia more than life, which is not only mean to those who care about them irl, but it's also extremely unhealthy. ― Blaze WolfTalkBlaze Wolf#6545 17:37, 6 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Pretty sure it was a joke. Perhaps [Humor] should be more liberally applied. (talk) 17:41, 6 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Ah. Ya it probably should. Either that or [Joke] which I use if I'm making a joke, unless it's heavy sarcasm which I almost never do here. ― Blaze WolfTalkBlaze Wolf#6545 17:43, 6 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Bace word This may or may not be a helpful response, but the answer to "How much time should (you) spend on Wikipedia?" is more or less, "However much time you want and can afford to spend on Wikipedia." Don't let Wikipedia cost you your job, your relationship, your health, or your sanity. You can't afford that. However, if you get joy from spending 1-2 hours a day/week/month/whatever doing research, writing articles, verifying citations, copy editing, etc., then do that. If you occasionally spot a typo while reading an article and it scratches an itch to correct it, but you don't have big blocks of time to contribute, then fix the typos. If you think it's a fun scavenger hunt to make a list of places near you missing photos and spend all weekend driving around taking photos and adding them to the articles as appropriate, then feel free to dedicate a weekend a month, or every two months, or every year to doing that. If you are recovering from major surgery and suddenly find yourself with nothing to do for a few weeks but edit, then use that time. If you find yourself doing research for school or something and can improve articles based on research you are already doing anyway, then do that. ~ ONUnicorn(Talk|Contribs)problem solving 17:53, 6 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
See the essay Wikipedia is a volunteer service.--♦IanMacM♦ (talk to me) 18:11, 6 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Do you change a words english spelling depending on which country you live in?[edit]

Would I change the a spelling of a English word based on how that word is spelled in my country? For example, realise, and realize, or colour and color. CaIvinCoolidge (talk) 18:25, 6 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

No. It's based on what English the article was written in or what English the article has strongest ties to. See WP:ENGVAR. ― Blaze WolfTalkBlaze Wolf#6545 18:27, 6 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
And, more often WP:RETAIN. Lee Vilenski (talkcontribs) 20:42, 6 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Weird artifact in syntax highlighting[edit]

I noticed that when I write the word "magnet" followed by a colon (magnet:) in the source editor with syntax highlighting, the word turns blue and is written in bold text. This is similar to the way that ref tags get written in green text, wikilinks in blue text, templates in purple text. I didn't observe this with any words other than "magnet". Does this mean anything? —Lights and freedom (talk ~ contribs) 20:06, 6 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hi @Lights and freedom it is probably highlighted because of the Magnet URI scheme (commonly used with BitTorrent)), so magnet: is a prefix similar to https: or ftp: Skynxnex (talk) 20:58, 6 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thanks! —Lights and freedom (talk ~ contribs) 21:00, 6 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Why my contribution was denied[edit]


I would like to know why my contribution was denied. I added a citation on the Charter school wiki page. However, this citation on the word "ASVAB Test" leading to was denied. A representative from Wikipedia sent a message saying "Please stop your disruptive editing. If you continue to add inappropriate external links to Wikipedia, you may be blocked from editing. It is considered spamming and Wikipedia is not a vehicle for advertising or promotion."

Please offer any additional information for why this happened. I am not advertising.

Thank you. Balib1011 (talk) 20:21, 6 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Your only purpose here seems to be to insert spamlinks to a certain non-notable commercial website. We have no interest in increasing that website's SEO results. --Orange Mike | Talk 20:23, 6 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
These are not spamlinks, nor is this a non-notable commercial website. This website,, is produced by the United States Department of Defense. We are adding our citation links in effort to be helpful on Wikipedia, not to promote spam or advertise. Balib1011 (talk) 20:28, 6 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
An argument by bizarre definition, to be sure. You shouldn't be adding links from agencies you work for in the first place due to the obvious conflict of interest that entails; the best practice here is to discuss whether or not the link should be added on the relevant article's talk page. —Jéské Couriano v^_^v a little blue Bori 20:32, 6 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Balib1011 The purpose of citations in Wikipedia is to let readers know where we got our information; not just to "be helpful". It appears that you are adding that link in an effort to drive traffic to This is the definition of spam. ~ ONUnicorn(Talk|Contribs)problem solving 20:39, 6 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Balib1011 Please see your user talk page; you must declare as a paid editor. I've provided instructions there. 331dot (talk) 20:36, 6 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Is there any way I can set up an annual payment to Wicki? Won't be much as I am a Pensioner but even though I use it seldomly I feel that it is a free speech platform where information is given without bias (except that of the author which is normally unconscious) and seriously feel sorry that Wicki has to keep asking each year.

Alan D. (talk) 23:39, 6 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Wikipedia is not a free speech platform, nor is it without bias(nothing is), though we strive for a neutral point of view. We don't handle donations, please go to for more information about how you can donate. 331dot (talk) 23:48, 6 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@ Please be aware that the Wikimedia Foundation is a separate entity from Wikipedia. With that in mind, Ways to Give has the information you need. casualdejekyll 23:48, 6 December 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Alan D, please be aware that the sponsoring Wikimedia Foundation currently has assets of US $239,351,532 and that dollar figure has been skyrocketing in recent years. If you are short on money, it is not at all necessary for you to donate money. Improving articles would be very helpful, and you can do that for free. 02:18, 7 December 2022 (UTC)

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