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June 29[edit]

Can I change a container category into a regular category?[edit]

Hi there, I received a notification when editing Category_talk:Israeli_women that the help desk might be a better place to ask, so -

Currently, Israeli women is a container category. However, it has few pages in its subcategories and seems analogous to Jewish women or Women in Israel, which do allow adding individual people to the category. Also, Israeli Jews is conceptually and demographically bigger than Israeli women, which is not constrained to being a container category.

Would it be possible for me to change the category type for Category:Israeli women to allow for categorizing individual people's pages to it?

Tamar Marvin (talk) (contribs) 04:36, 29 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Not a good idea IMO. There are a lot of notable Israeli women, so WP:DIFFUSE applies. Also note that Category:Jewish women explicitly states that "Articles on individual women should not be added directly to this category" (so the women that are listed shouldn't be there) and Category:Women in Israel doesn't have any individuals as entries. Clarityfiend (talk) 09:02, 29 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Using Wikipidea[edit]

Hi Everyone I have a site and I want to use some Wikipedia pages in it, is there some kind of API available for it ? I don't know I am confused ? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Bunty9120 (talkcontribs) 13:23, 29 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Yes, there is an API, Bunty9120. You need to read this page on mediawiki. I suggest you also read WP:REUSE. Good luck.... Mike Turnbull (talk) 14:14, 29 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

How to clear notification section on my talk page?[edit]

My notification message history is too long and I want to clean notification history section from my talk page. Is there a shortcut for this action? The Supermind (talk) 13:34, 29 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

In general, there are two options for your Talk Page, The Supermind. Either set up archiving (see Help:Archiving (plain and simple)) or edit the whole page manually from time to time in order to delete the bits you no longer want. I don't use archiving on my Talk Page but every six months or so I edit out parts of it, knowing they can always be found again in the Page History if ever wanted. Mike Turnbull (talk) 14:10, 29 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Navboxes not correctly displayed[edit]

Hi everyone. I just saw that two navigation boxes at the bottom of Yuzuru Hanyu's bios page are not correctly displayed. I can only see:

#invoke:Authority control

What's the reason behind that and how can that issue be fixed? Thank you very much in advance Henni147 (talk) 15:00, 29 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@Henni147: It seems like that page has reached a template limit, here specifically the post-expand include size. Victor Schmidt mobil (talk) 15:45, 29 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@Victor Schmidt mobil: Thank you very much for the quick reply Henni147 (talk) 15:51, 29 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Am I allowed to download app to my labtop?[edit]

Hi am I allowed to download app on my labtop? WP;Yellowbird3 (talk) 17:21, 29 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@WP;Yellowbird3: which app? -Arch dude (talk) 17:47, 29 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]


I want to contribute some money this week, but don't see a button for it. I don't know if I have a log-in, but my hands shake so I usually mess up passwords. (talk) 18:48, 29 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Check out [1] for various ways to donate. RudolfRed (talk) 18:55, 29 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
I also advise you to check out Wikipedia finances before donating.--Shantavira|feed me 08:32, 30 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Shantavira I'm just curious as I've seen you make this post before, are you attempting to discourage people from donating? That's up to you if you are. 331dot (talk) 08:54, 30 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
I just think people should be well informed before parting with their money. I suspect their money could be better spent, but it up to them to make an informed decision. If I wanted to discourage people from donating (although generosity is always to be encouraged) I would probably point them to (the unfortunately named) WP:CANCER. Shantavira|feed me 09:06, 30 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Creating and Editing[edit]

How do I add a new bio? Also, I would like to edit some existing bios Dawglaw (talk) 23:24, 29 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@Dawglaw: Are there multiple in-depth, non-routine, independent sources about the person written by identifiable authors and published in outlets with competent editorial oversight that fact-checks, discloses, corrects, and retracts? —Jéské Couriano v^_^v a little blue Bori 23:26, 29 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@Dawglaw: We welcome articles about any notable subject, for our definition of "notable": see WP:N. We will delete any attempted article about non-notable subject. If your subject is notable, proceed to WP:YFA, and we can help you. -Arch dude (talk) 06:32, 30 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Thank you for your assistance. I'm new at this, so I will need to work on editing basics and maybe attempt a new article sometime in the distant future. Dawglaw (talk) 14:30, 30 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Excellent plan. Wikipedia can use your contributions, but starting with editing existing articles is by far the best way for you (and everyone else) to start contributing. Happy editing! - R. S. Shaw (talk) 19:14, 30 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@Dawglaw: Feel free to edit any article, if you have reliable sources. See WP:RS. Make sure to cite your sources. If another editor disagrees with you, they may choose to revert your edit and you can then discuss it. see WP:BRD. We feel an obligation to be especially rigorous sbout statement about living persons: see WP:BLP -Arch dude (talk) 06:40, 30 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

June 30[edit]

Wiki Page Name Change[edit]

Hi there, needing assistance to change my musician's artist page. It is currently Made in Paris but needs to change to PARIS or PARIS (AU) as per all her music DSPs, social media etc. Can anyone please assist as it is not giving me "move" permission

Opoagency (talk) 00:24, 30 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

This is not going to happen.Jéské Couriano v^_^v a little blue Bori 00:29, 30 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
WHY? Opoagency (talk) 00:30, 30 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Did you not read the link? Article titles follow standard English text formatting in the case of trademarks, unless the trademarked spelling is demonstrably the most common usage in sources independent of the owner of the trademark. This applies to artist names as well. —Jéské Couriano v^_^v a little blue Bori 00:33, 30 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@Opoagency, you need to make the mandatory paid editing disclosure, as outlined on your talk page, and use {{request edit}} to make requests on the talk page of the article, rather than adding inappropriate unsourced content. (talk) 01:10, 30 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
She may be your musician, but it's Wikipedias article. Gråbergs Gråa Sång (talk) 09:43, 30 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

on the page Category:Pages with disallowed DISPLAYTITLE modifications[edit]

Why does the search in the top paragraph come up with results but the link below the header for searching in mainspace not find the same results? I monitor the category occasionally and it always seemed odd that most of what I found were early in the alphabet, but because I never bothered to remember the lead paragraph, I only just noticed the search link up top. Happy Editing--IAmChaos 02:07, 30 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@IAmChaos: Please be more specific and give an example of a difference. I see three things in this order:
  1. This search - currently 53 pages
  2. This PetScan - currently 56 pages (including 3 redirects)
  3. A list of 200 pages in different namespaces below Pages in category "Pages with disallowed DISPLAYTITLE modifications". There is a "next page" link to more pages (approximately 5,770 total)
I'm not sure what you refer to with "the search in the top paragraph" and "the link below the header for searching in mainspace". PrimeHunter (talk) 14:29, 30 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
There is a link to an API XML form on the page, that is what I am referring to that is leaving out a number of pages that the two links you provided do not leave out. Happy Editing--IAmChaos 21:22, 30 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@IAmChaos: The API link appeared to show articles among the first 500 pages in the category. That's not very useful when there are so many non-articles. I have changed 500 to 5000 (max allowed) and mentioned that pages may still be missing.[2] It currently finds most articles. The API is meant for programs and has a system for a program to request the next page of results. It's complicated to do this manually. Based on the "miser mode" mention at [3] I don't think there is a good fix. PrimeHunter (talk) 23:09, 30 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

I am not able to edit the initial Wikipedia description. It is clearly incorrect. Can you help or not.[edit]

I am not able to edit the initial Wikipedia description. It is clearly incorrect. Can you help or not. FredBeggs (talk) 05:56, 30 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

FredBeggs, you need to tell us precisely which article that you are talking about. This is your only edit to Wikipedia with this account, si there are no clues in your edit history. Cullen328 (talk) 06:01, 30 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@FredBeggs: Are you complaining about something on Wikipedia proper, or search engine results/knowledge panels? Can you link to the page you're having the issue on? —Jéské Couriano v^_^v a little blue Bori 08:24, 30 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Please be specific. You have to tell us several things. At which URL do you see it? Quote the text you call "the initial Wikipedia description" (this could mean different things for many pages). What do you want to change it to? Do you have a published reliable source to support the change? PrimeHunter (talk) 14:13, 30 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Multiple images made same sizes[edit]

Can an expert make the Bank exterior and interior the same height and wide so they match up as the same size in presentation. Thanks.--Doug Coldwell (talk) 12:59, 30 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

 Done, not by me. Maproom (talk) 13:15, 30 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Irrelevant article might be better to remove[edit]

Bogotá prison riot doesn't look like it's relevant to have its own page. Maybe better to remove it to avoid Wikipedia becoming over saturated with empty articles. Aquatic Ambiance (talk) 13:34, 30 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@Aquatic Ambiance: Hi there! I see that all the content of the Bogotá prison riot article is also included in the La Modelo article. If you think the topic doesn't meet WP:NEVENTS, you could request speedy deletion for this newly created article by adding {{Db-event}} to the top of the article. WP:A7 gives more information and other options. Happy editing! GoingBatty (talk) 16:31, 30 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Add information[edit]

I want to get credit for originating the term "Satanic Panic". The fact that I originated this term is confirmed by the Editor of Skeptical Inquirer in the current July/August Issue of the magazine on the Editor's page. I can send a photo of the Editor's page as evidence. I maily do Email. Sorry, your rules are too complicated for me to follow!!! Please contact me there. Jeff Victor (talk) 16:31, 30 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

The place to discuss improvements to the WP-article Satanic panic is Talk:Satanic panic. Consider making a better argument than "I want to get credit." That said, something like "The term originated in..." doesn't seem like an unreasonable addition, if the source is good. The issue seems partly not-paywalled [4], but perhaps not the part you mentioned (it doesn't have to be, see WP:PAYWALL, but I can't easily verify what you say). Gråbergs Gråa Sång (talk) 17:41, 30 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

How to edit Wikipedia?[edit]

Hi, I could not edit Wikipedia even after creating my login account; I can see it gets edited at the time of editing, but it does not really stay there. In short, changes do not get published or saved. (talk) 17:38, 30 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Hello. You are not logged in atm. Your edit from this IP to Daenerys Targaryen was saved, but you were reverted by another editor who gave a reason for that, see here [5]. Fwiw, I agree with their reason. WP:TUTORIAL may be of help to you. Gråbergs Gråa Sång (talk) 17:46, 30 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

AfC script[edit]

I just accepted The Apparition Phase to mainspace using the AfC helper script and noticed that the script didn't add an AfC banner to the talk page. Why didn't it get the standard AfC banner? I also entered some WikiProjects when accepting the draft and they weren't automatically added, I had to manually add them after the fact. TipsyElephant (talk) 17:53, 30 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

The help desk is more or less for general questions about Wikipedia, of you are having issues with a script you will have better luck asking the maintainers of that script. According to Wikipedia:WikiProject Articles for creation/Helper script, the contact point for that script is @Enterprisey:. Beeblebrox (talk) 21:21, 30 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]


tools of measurnment — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:58, 30 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Try again? Perhaps Measurement can help. Gråbergs Gråa Sång (talk) 18:13, 30 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Warofdreams removed my contribution[edit]

I have an issue that Warofdreams removed my contribution on Chris Keates. The edit made was valid, truthful and in thd public domain. As it was based on a public hearing. It is in the public interest. Why was it removed — Preceding unsigned comment added by Whistling Dragonslayer (talkcontribs) 18:43, 30 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@Whistling Dragonslayer, see guidance at WP:BRD. @Warofdreams, you could have bothered with a WP:ES. Gråbergs Gråa Sång (talk) 18:51, 30 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Whistling Dragonslayer, you need to provide inline references to reliable published sources that verify anything contentious and also for all direct quotations. Please read Referencing for beginners. Cullen328 (talk) 20:55, 30 June 2022 (UTC)[reply] Whistling Dragonslayer (talk) 22:26, 30 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

I included all material references which were removed by @Warofdreams — Preceding unsigned comment added by Whistling Dragonslayer (talkcontribs) 21:45, 30 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

You listed some sources, but you didn't cite them in the approved way – see the link given above by Cullen328 for how to cite sources. Maproom (talk) 22:01, 30 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

My wikipedia is in greek now[edit]

So the problem is all letters on wikipedia page are replaced with weird Greek letters. Does anybody know what should I do?here is a picture of what it looks like (talk) 19:27, 30 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]

That's really weird. Are you sure you don't have some kind of extension translating the page? I can't find a vandalized version like this in the history. weeklyd3 (message me | my contributions) 19:29, 30 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
That's not a translation but faux Greek – every letter of the English text has been replaced with a Greek letter that either looks or sounds similar. Could it be some faux Greek font? --Theurgist (talk) 20:04, 30 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
It is really a transliteration. But I have no idea how to change it Akrylls (talk) 21:07, 30 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
It's a font issue in your browser or operating system. Wikipedia doesn't set a font but displays in the default sans-serif font of your browser. Try changing the browser default. If you don't know how then what is your browser? PrimeHunter (talk) 22:38, 30 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
You could just try to get used to it :-). At school, sometime in the last millennium, I used to write my Physics class notes transliterated into Greek letters, merely to alleviate boredom. {The poster formerly known as} (talk) 03:09, 1 July 2022 (UTC)[reply]

July 1[edit]

How to add a famous painter Alicia Czerniak to Wikipedia?[edit]

Dear Sirs,

I am wondering if you provide me some important details How to add a famous artist Alicia Czerniak to Wikipedia?

I would be glad if you can help.

Kind Regards, Klaudia Alicia1002022 (talk) 07:56, 1 July 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Hello, Alicia1002022. The operation you are describing as "Adding ... to Wikipedia" is more accurately described as "writing an encyclopaedia article about ...". This is not an easy task, especially for somebody with little experience of editing Wikipedia. Nonetheless, you are permitted to try if you wish: see Your first article for more information - but as IanMacM says, if you have a connection with Czerniak, you need to be aware of the policies around editing with a conflict of interest. But I would alsways advise a new editor to spend a few months making small improvements to existing articles first, while they learn about how Wikipedia works.
You might find that an appeal at WT:WikiProject Arts (or indeed WT:WIR) would find somebody willing to work with you on this; but there are no guarantees. In any event, again as Ian says, unless Czerniak meets Wikipedia's criteria for notabaility (which are mostly about how much independent writing there is about her, not based what she or her associates have said or done), there will be no point in anybody spending any time on this, as no article will be accepted. ColinFine (talk) 11:05, 1 July 2022 (UTC)[reply]

There is a lack of secondary reliable sources so I doubt if she would be suitable for an article. Also, if you are related to the person involved, there would be a conflict of interest.--♦IanMacM♦ (talk to me) 08:22, 1 July 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Donation selection link (hidden in plain sight)[edit]

Just a point of information: Admittedly, I can be slow, plus the rush to locate items can be problemmatic at times. I had diffculty locating the Donate selection link in the left pane navigation list. It took me almost more time than it took to make the donation. I was about to abandon the effort, until ultimately it can into view. Thanks. Cosmicresearch (talk) 11:17, 1 July 2022 (UTC)[reply]

technoblade wikipedia page[edit]

someone has posted pornographic material (talk) 12:55, 1 July 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Looks like this has already been fixed. Joseph2302 (talk) 12:57, 1 July 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Thanks, sorry didn't know where to report (talk) 13:00, 1 July 2022 (UTC)[reply]
The page has been extended confirmed protected after a thread at ANI involving the same pornographic material. And also, if you want to request protection of a page because of vandalism or other reasons, go here. weeklyd3 (message me | my contributions) 01:36, 2 July 2022 (UTC)[reply]

An Article which is not shown in Google search[edit]

The article of Shaligram Yadav is not shown in Google searches, we have to open with the link or access with Wikipedia search button. What would be the reason for this. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Abhi8711 (talkcontribs) 13:19, 1 July 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@Abhi8711: New articles don't get indexed (or appear) on search engines until 90 days have passed or a new pages patroller reviews it, whichever comes first. —Tenryuu 🐲 ( 💬 • 📝 ) 14:21, 1 July 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@Abhi8711 Note that WP:NPPSORT states "13024 unreviewed articles as of 1 July 2022", so please be patient. While you're waiting, you could add more independent reliable sources, and pick one date format for the entire article (either MDY or DMY, but not both). Happy editing! GoingBatty (talk) 01:15, 2 July 2022 (UTC)[reply]

How do I create a new page?[edit]

This message came from: Kosburrat (talk) 19:34, 1 July 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@Kosburrat: Start by picking a subject that is notable by our definition: see WP:N. If the subject does not meet our notability criteria, it cannot have a Wikipedia article and we will delete it if you try to create it, wasting you time and ours. Really. I mean it. Don't skip this step. If you satisfy yourself that we will consider it notable, then proceed to WP:YFA, and we can help you develop your article. -Arch dude (talk) 19:59, 1 July 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Kosburrat (ec) Wikipedia has articles, not pages. Writing a new article is probably the most difficult task to perform on Wikipedia. It is highly recommended that you first gain experience by editing existing articles in areas that interest you, to get a feel for how Wikipedia works and what is expected of article content. Using the new username tutorial is a good idea too.
If you still want to dive in and create a new article now, please read Your first article, and go to Articles for creation to create a draft. You will want to gather independent reliable sources to summarize and check to see if the topic meet Wikipedia's special definition of notability. 331dot (talk) 20:00, 1 July 2022 (UTC)[reply]

New section pop-up box[edit]

Hi, is there a way to change the new "new section" pop-up box on talk pages so editing a new sections looks more like it used to? You know, where it just opened on a new page instead of toggling down to where the section will appear and opening a pop-up box. I much prefer the old style new edit section so hope someone can help. Thanks in advance. This is Paul (talk) 20:32, 1 July 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@This is Paul: This is a new Discussion Tools feature, which you should be able to toggle off at Preferences → Editing → Discussion pages → uncheck Enable quick topic adding. —Tenryuu 🐲 ( 💬 • 📝 ) 21:08, 1 July 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Thanks, I've just turned it off. This is Paul (talk) 22:29, 1 July 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Deleting a redirect[edit]

Loring Park should be moved to Loring Park, Minneapolis so that separate pages can be made for the neighborhood and the park. Since this is uncontroversial, I would guess, is there an easy way to get the redirect deleted for page move, or do I need to go through the actual process of renaming and moving? CTF83! 20:59, 1 July 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@CTF83! Alt:, that page would meet the criteria for speedy deletion under {{Db-g6}}. --VersaceSpace 🌃 21:03, 1 July 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Thanks! CTF83! 04:28, 2 July 2022 (UTC)[reply]

July 2[edit]

Can material be oversighted on user request?[edit]

For example, if someone accidentally posts too much material about themselves on Wikipedia, can they get it oversighted on their request? I'm asking this because I may have exposed too much information about myself in an early revision of my user page (please don't link to it here). weeklyd3 (message me | my contributions) 01:34, 2 July 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Yes. WP:OS and you can email them. PRAXIDICAE🌈 01:35, 2 July 2022 (UTC)[reply]

When is a shooting notable?[edit]

How can I determine if a shooting (not a mass shooting) is notable enough to have its own article? For example, there was a shooting at a hospital in Irving, Texas recently in which police shot and killed an armed patient in the emergency room. I added the shooting to the page for that hospital, but should the shooting have its own article? Any guidance would be helpful, thank you! SparklingSnail (talk) 03:17, 2 July 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@SparklingSnail: Hi there! See WP:EVENTCRITERIA. Happy editing! GoingBatty (talk) 04:10, 2 July 2022 (UTC)[reply]