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June 5[edit]

Symbol redirect vote2.svg Courtesy link: Draft:Georgia-Pacific Corp. v. United States Plywood Corp.

I started a draft article about a high-profile US case law :, which is still a good law, i.e. the controlling precedent. However, this article was not approved for posting. I am not sure, what can be done to improve it, and I would like to invite other editors, with expertise in the US Patent Law and in wiki rules to work on improving this draft. Walter Tau (talk) 01:00, 5 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Walter Tau, you've been asked to provide more evidence for the "notability" of the subject of Draft:Georgia-Pacific Corp. v. United States Plywood Corp.. Rather than asking here for help/advice, it would be better to ask at WT:WikiProject Law. -- Hoary (talk) 01:10, 5 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thank you very much for your reply. The notability is stated in the beginning:
According to Google Scholar on 2023-04-13, this decisions has been cited 2212 times, making it the highest cited decision of US Federal courts in 1971.
There must be some other issues. I may not be experienced enough to understand them, and I ask for clarification. At any rate, contributions from other editors would be very welcome. Is there a process to invite other people to work on the draft? Walter Tau (talk) 01:18, 5 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Stats don't matter. It's why some YouTubers with tens of millions of subscribers get AfD'd, often with deletion. Such as SSSniperWolf. Sungodtemple (talkcontribs) 01:55, 5 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Walter Tau: Tacking on to Hoary's response, understand that the term notability (which I'll call wikinotability) has a distinct meaning on Wikipedia compared with elsewhere. You should find reliable sources that discuss the law in-depth. Primary sources can be helpful but they don't establish the wikinotability required. They can sometimes impede the review process when the reviewer is trying to evaluate the sources cited. If you can find three that'd really help whoever's reviewing the draft. —Tenryuu 🐲 ( 💬 • 📝 ) 01:15, 5 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
thank you for clarifying this. I misunderstood the "notability criterion". I added 3 references from law journals, that discuss this case. What would be the next step? I feel strongly, that this topic is important, and I would like to bring attention of more experiences users to make this article better. Walter Tau (talk) 01:45, 5 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Must I repeat myself? Rather than asking here for help/advice, it would be better to ask at WT:WikiProject Law. -- Hoary (talk) 01:58, 5 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I have no view on whether the subject is notable. But I have a comment on the draft. It doesn't start at the beginning. What had the defendant done that induced the plaintiff to sue it? Without knowing that, the rest is of no interest, at least to a non-lawyer. Maproom (talk) 14:19, 5 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

How can I see what pages I've created under a previous username?[edit]

So I was under a previous username (Haseo9999) when I created a few pages pertaining to OS X and macOS. I have since switched to my current username.

I was looking for page creation logs and I know for a fact I created MacOS Mojave, MacOS High Sierra, and OS X Mavericks by going back in the edit history and the numerous notifications I've received from them throughout the years. The initial edit on each page only shows my current username rather than my previous one.

The page curation log only says I created MacOS Catalina. That is false.

Is this lack of data because I changed my username? Urbanracer34 (talk) 02:11, 5 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hello, Urbanracer34. The edit history of MacOS Mojave shows that it was created on June 4, 2018 by your current account, Urbanracer34, with an edit summary of "rough, but it's a start". Cullen328 (talk) 02:20, 5 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Hello. Thanks for responding. I know about the Mojave page is listed as created by me, but in the creation log on wikipedia it is the only one listed period. I also created MacOS Mojave, MacOS High Sierra, and OS X Mavericks under my previous username and they don't appear in the creation log. Those are the ones I'm concerned with. Urbanracer34 (talk) 02:23, 5 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I apologize as I was wrong... MacOS Catalina is the only one in the creation log, not the others.
I also created MacOS Mojave, MacOS High Sierra, and OS X Mavericks under my previous username and they don't appear in the creation log. Those are the ones I'm concerned with. Urbanracer34 (talk) 02:30, 5 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Urbanracer34, the first edit to MacOS High Sierra was on June 5, 2017 from your current account with a similar edit summary. If you renamed your account instead of abandoning it and registering a new account, then all of your old edits will be attributed to the current account name. Cullen328 (talk) 02:35, 5 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Cullen328 Yes, my account is renamed. I just went through the Page creation log and it only shows I created MacOS Catalina. It should list the others as well. That is why I am here: Where did they go? Urbanracer34 (talk) 02:39, 5 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Urbanracer34 I believe the page creation log (Special:Log/create) is a relatively new log type, being introduced some time after I registered in 2017. Page creations before the introduction of the page creation log are not logged. Victor Schmidt mobil (talk) 04:33, 5 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Victor Schmidt mobil I guess that explains it. Thanks for the insight. Urbanracer34 (talk) 14:47, 5 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Urbanracer34: I don't know how the page creation logs works, but according to xtools, you have created 5 pages I found this by going to your contributions page and clicking the link at the bottom. RudolfRed (talk) 02:53, 5 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@RudolfRed AHA! I didn't even know about this! This is exactly what I am looking for! Thank you very much!
I don't know why there is a disconnect between the page creation logs and xtools but there is clearly one. Hopefully they can fix it long term. Urbanracer34 (talk) 02:57, 5 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Urbanracer34: The page creation log was created in mw:MediaWiki 1.32/wmf.7. The English Wikipedia got it 7 June 2018. You created MacOS Mojave 4 June 2018 so it missed the new log by three days. xtools has listed page creations since long before 2018. I'm not sure how they are found but it may require examining all your edits. I don't expect the page creation log will retroactively add old log entries from before the log was created so the "disconnect" is probably permanent. PrimeHunter (talk) 15:59, 5 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@PrimeHunter Good to know. Thanks for the insight. Urbanracer34 (talk) 16:21, 5 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Starlight Tours article[edit]

Bring back the 'Starlight Tours' Wikipedia page. People need to know what the RCMP are doing in Canada. Thank you. (talk) 04:42, 5 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Starlight tour redirects to Saskatoon_freezing_deaths which doesn't mention the RCMP but does describe some actions by Saskatoon_Police_Service. RudolfRed (talk) 04:47, 5 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
and how to get it back on Wikipedia (talk) 04:47, 5 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
And Starlight tours redirects to it also. Meters (talk) 04:49, 5 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I checked, and "Starlight Tour"/"Starlight Tours" (as the IP capitalized it) weren't existing redirects. I've fixed that, so now those (plus Starlight tour and Starlight tours as mentioned above) redirect to Saskatoon freezing deaths. LilianaUwU (talk / contribs) 05:26, 5 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Also, I was wondering what the IP was talking about, and apparently it's related to people from SPS attempting to erase the part about starlight tours... from 2012 to 2016. It's been put back in the article since then. LilianaUwU (talk / contribs) 05:31, 5 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
on august 2016, the article starlight tours was proposed for a merge into saskatoon freezing deaths. after no objections were raised for 6 months, the merge occured.
if you wish to start an article on this topic again, you will need to demonstrate that the topic is notable by wikipedia's standards, by finding at least three reliable sources that cover the subject significantly, and basing the article off those. lettherebedarklight晚安 05:35, 5 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Lettherebedarklight, the thing is, there's already an article on the subject... the thing is, Saskatoon freezing deaths is pretty much the same thing as "starlight tours", so I see no need to unmerge. restored original statement LilianaUwU (talk / contribs) 05:42, 5 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
starlight tours was merged into saskatoon freezing deaths. (edit conflict × 2) liliana edited her message after i replied. anyway, i was giving general advice for creating an article. lettherebedarklight晚安 05:44, 5 June 2023 (UTC) (edited 05:49, 5 June 2023 (UTC))Reply[reply]
Ah, makes sense why there would be this concern then. As I said in my updated message, though, the Saskatoon freezing deaths article seems to cover the starlight tour practice well enough. LilianaUwU (talk / contribs) 05:46, 5 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Image placement help[edit]

Greetings, does someone more adept with image placement know how to fix this problem at TRAPPIST-1? Jo-Jo Eumerus (talk) 07:46, 5 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Jo-Jo Eumerus: A simple solution would be to move the wide image to immediately under the "List of planets" section heading, giving a diagram followed by a table and orbit image.
You might consider replacing the wide scrollable image with {{scalable image}} (same parameters). It is less discernible but can be clicked to enlarge as normal.
The large "Orbit Comparison" image might be moved to the image-less "Planetary system" section, where a comparison with Solar System orbits is first mentioned. There is enough text in that section to accommodate such a large image, and would get round the "so much to show and not enough room to show it" dilemma. Bazza (talk) 09:03, 5 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Category Creation Problems[edit]

I added a category which I thought already existed. So I decided to create it in a way I'm not used to. However when trying to add a parent category, I did something wrong, and now I can't work out how to move it.

This is the category I created Category:Crime in North Yorkshire

This is the category I want to make a parent category, not a page Category:Crime in Yorkshire Danstarr69 (talk) 11:27, 5 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Danstarr69: I fixed it by removing the initial colon. -- John of Reading (talk) 11:30, 5 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Creating a new category[edit]


I am in the process of updating The Twentieth Century Society article and would like to create a category for all the buildings that have featured on their Risk List - there are 30 articles that would fit the category so far, with 10 more buildings added every two years.

I am thinking the name would be C20s Risk List but I am not sure what parent category to use. The closest equivalent I can find is Category:Buildings at Risk Register for Scotland but that seems to link to the article Buildings at Risk Register for Scotland.

Could I do the same? Have Category:C20s Risk List refer to The Twentieth Century Society?

I've not done this aspect of editing before, so would appreciate any pointers. Thank you in advance!

BJCHK (talk) 12:06, 5 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

BJCHK, any new category should correspond to a defining characteristic of the articles in it, see WP:CATDEF. The category could be called Category:Structures on the The Twentieth Century Society Risk List or Category:The Twentieth Century Society Risk List. Category:Buildings at Risk Register for Scotland and Category:Structures on the Heritage at Risk register are similar, presumably Category:Buildings on the Buildings at Risk Register for Scotland was rejected as repetitive. There is also a disambiguation page, Buildings at Risk Register. The category name should match the main article name, rather than using an abbreviation. One parent category would be Category:Heritage registers in the United Kingdom. The text of the category page could refer to The Twentieth Century Society. TSventon (talk) 12:56, 5 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thank you so much @TSventon! Incredibly helpful. I'll get on that now BJCHK (talk) 03:23, 6 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Can anyone help me improve this page? It doesn't look good at all. JackkBrown (talk) 13:03, 5 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@JackkBrown: Hi there! I added WikiProjects to the article talk page. I suggest reaching out to the editors in those WikiProjects for assistance. Happy editing! GoingBatty (talk) 17:34, 5 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

how to post article on wikpedia[edit]

how to post article Prince Smarty (talk) 13:42, 5 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Prince Smarty: See WP:YFA. —Tenryuu 🐲 ( 💬 • 📝 ) 13:53, 5 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Hello, Prince Smarty. I observe that every single edit you have made appears to be an attempt to promote yourself or your website. Please note that, unlike most places on the Internet, Wikipedia is not for promotion, and attempts to use it in this way are usually unsuccessful, and can be frustrating and disappointing for the editor trying to do it.
If you or your website meet Wikipedia's criteria for notability - which basically means that several people wholly unconnected with you have chosen to write at length about you/your website, and been published in reliable sources - then there could be an article about you or your website.
Such an article would not belong to you, or be controlled by you. You are permitted to try and create it yourself, but you are likely to find it very hard, because you will have to forget most of what you know about the subject and write only from what those sources say (even if you very much dislike what those sources say).
Tenryuu has pointed you at your first article, and that is a good place to start. But I suggest you also read WP:NOTPROMO (already linked above) WP:PROUD, and WP:BACKWARD. ColinFine (talk) 15:52, 5 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Need help italicizing title of new article[edit]

I just created an article Slavery and Slaving in World History: A Bibliography and need help italicizing its title which is the title of a published book. The article hasn't been reviewed yet, but it should pass the "muster" as a stub. I'd appreciate advice or help from a more experienced editor on adding italics to the title. Thanks. Allreet (talk) 19:08, 5 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

 Done DonIago (talk) 19:22, 5 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Perfect. Thanks. Allreet (talk) 19:42, 5 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I'm considering whether the Italian language page dedicated to Paola Cortellesi is valid in terms of sources and information; is there any gossip information? I have not found any. JackkBrown (talk) 20:44, 5 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@JackkBrown: Your question is unclear. You ask about the Italian language article but link to the English Wikipedia. Are you asking about it:Paola_Cortellesi? RudolfRed (talk) 22:28, 5 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@RudolfRed: no, I'm asking if it's possible to proceed with the notice of expansion of the article in; I'm not sure that the sources in the corresponding page in Italian language are completely reliable. JackkBrown (talk) 22:47, 5 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@JackkBrown: There is no {{Expand Italian}} on Paola Cortellesi, at least as far as I can see. Skarmory (talk • contribs) 00:01, 6 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Skarmory: I meant whether it's correct to add this template. JackkBrown (talk) 01:08, 6 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@JackkBrown: In that case, I think only include it if you're sure there's information that meets English sourcing requirements in the Italian article that is not in the English article. Whoever translates it can make the determination from there about what content is acceptable to add. If you don't think there's (much) material in there that can be added, it's probably not worth adding the template. Skarmory (talk • contribs) 04:52, 6 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

"Personal life"[edit]

Why is it that on the page "Riccardo Rossi (voice actor)" the paragraph "Personal life" is a subsection of the paragraph "Biography", while on the page "Laura Boccanera" the paragraph "Personal life" is not a subsection of the paragraph "Biography" and is after the paragraph "Dubbing roles"? JackkBrown (talk) 21:48, 5 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Because different editors made different choices about article structure, JackkBrown. Cullen328 (talk) 21:55, 5 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Why are there blasphemies (insults towards God) on Wikipedia? Mario Magnotta; paragraph: "Prank calls". JackkBrown (talk) 22:17, 5 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Wikipedia is not censored for any reason. 331dot (talk) 22:22, 5 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
As an aside, paragraphs and sections are very different things. —Tenryuu 🐲 ( 💬 • 📝 ) 22:36, 5 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Wikipedia:Content disclaimer. And "someone thought it was a good idea to put it there." Gråbergs Gråa Sång (talk) 09:24, 6 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Prank calls are blasphemous? In which religion? Clarityfiend (talk) 10:54, 6 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Clarityfiend: I think JackkBrown is referring to the quoted "Porco Dio" and its English translation. Martin of Sheffield (talk) 11:00, 6 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Dark mode[edit]

Is there a possibility of implementing a dark mode feature? 2600:4040:5032:1D00:1D3E:7F9A:EFF3:E0A1 (talk) 23:40, 5 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Yes - see WP:Dark mode. GoingBatty (talk) 23:44, 5 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

June 6[edit]

Cleanup after article deletion?[edit]

I asked this question first to the person who made the article deletion, over at User_talk:Liz#Cleanup_after_article_deletion?, but got no response. An article I previously worked on, Conversations_(software)#See_also, now has a red See also link. Search found it was deleted and you were closer. It still exists in several articles.[1] I know in the time I wrote this I could have deleted them all manually, but isn't there a process to check and fix such things as part of a deletion, similar to cleaning up after a move? Better, a bot like I see going around changing or deleting categories? If not, should there be, and where should I suggest it? Thanks. -- Yae4 (talk) 10:38, 6 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

When one deletes an article, there's a certain amount of judgement involved with regard to dealing with links in other articles. Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Administrator instructions says that a deleting admin should

Go to Special:WhatLinksHere on the deleted article and delete any redirects that point to the deleted article, using speedy deletion criterion G8. Also, if the AfD has shown no current scope to have an article on the subject, edit articles to remove redlinks to the deleted page; use your discretion over whether to delete the text altogether, e.g. from lists. Likewise, remove links found on category and portal pages; links on user and talk pages can be ignored, as can some WikiProject pages. (my emphasis)

Sometimes this procedure isn't always carried out with complete thoroughness, but I see no way in which it could be handled by a bot. I agree that redlinked entries for deleted articles shouldn't appear in "See also" sections, so whenever you see one, you should just remove it. Redlinks elsewhere in articles should be dealt with individually; they can be delinked, but if there's a possibility that a useful article could be written, they can be left alone. Deor (talk) 14:34, 6 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Broken links are irritating, to me. A bot that unlinked them in-body, and deleted them in See also, would be a good start. Thanks for your answer. -- Yae4 (talk) 19:45, 6 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I've gone ahead and taken care of that. I will admit, when I delete an article I usually skip the checking "what links here" step - mostly because often most of what links there is lists of pages for deletion (For example - User:SDZeroBot/G13 soon sorting or User:SDZeroBot/AfD sorting, etc.); but also because I tend to be pretty tolerant of red links in the body of articles, and just because an article about X was deleted today, doesn't mean a better version can't be written 2 years from now. However, red links don't belong in See Also, or in pages that are lists of links to other articles, and that particular deleted article is less likely to be recreated in an acceptable form than, say, an article about an actor who has only had a small role in one movie but in 2 years might be an Oscar winner. ~ ONUnicorn(Talk|Contribs)problem solving 20:06, 6 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Wikipedia:Dispute_resolution_noticeboard has inserted a new dispute into a closed discussion. help.[edit]

The Dispute Resolution Noticeboard wizard has inserted a new dispute resolution into "Iran and_the_Russian_invasion_of_Ukraine" rather than creating a new dispute.

How did this happen?

How can this be fixed? Bart Terpstra (talk) 14:26, 6 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

fixed, previous user made formatting error. Bart Terpstra (talk) 18:22, 7 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Image description[edit]

How do I input a random image's description as the caption. (e.g. the image description of File:Evolution of a Tornado.jpg is This image is created from eight images shot in two sequences as a tornado formed north of Minneola, Kansas on May 24, 2016. This prolific supercell went on to produce at least 12 tornadoes and at times had two and even three tornadoes on the ground at once. I want to automatically insert the description to the caption, but I can't find the command to do so. ▶💬📜 16:08, 6 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I'm pretty sure there's no way to do this automatically. Note that MOS:CAPTIONS says Keep in mind that not all this information needs to be included in the caption, since the image description page should offer more complete information about the picture. Also see the section MOS:CAPSUCCINCT on that page. ColinFine (talk) 16:31, 6 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Company Page Updates[edit]

I've read through a lot of the help/support/how to's etc. and understand one shouldn't update their own company page due to conflict of interest, however what is the best way to have it updated? Hire a 3rd party marketing firm, or? Any suggestions appreciated. Thanks! Calavarces (talk) 16:41, 6 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

We don't have a single company page on Wikipedia, we have articles about notable companies. You can request edits on the talk page with the template {{edit request}}, see WP:Edit request for more details. Theroadislong (talk) 16:47, 6 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I would very very very strongly advise against hiring anybody to edit Wikipedia on your behalf. Many of those who offer such a service are scam merchants. If they are honest, they will explain to that they cannot guarantee that they can make the article read the way you want it. While you are welcome to make edit requests, as Theroadislong said, such requests will be reviewed by an uninvolved editor, and actioned only insofar as they decide the requests are consistent with Wikipedia policy (eg all information must come from a reliable published source; most of the information must come from a published source entirely independent of your company; the language must be neutral and not promotional - and because of your conflict of interest you are likely to find it hard to judge what is promotional).
In short, Wikipedia is not interested in what the subject of an article says or wants to say about themselves, or what their associates say about them. Wikipedia is only interested in what people who have no connection with the subject, and who have not been prompted or fed information on behalf of the subject, have chosen to publish about the subject in reliable sources. ColinFine (talk) 22:38, 6 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Choosing the best method for dispute resolution[edit]


A small group of users have been engaging in (what seems to me to be) a range of clearly policy-violating behaviors over the last couple days. I would like to follow policy as closely as possible in dealing with this, but reading Wikipedia:Dispute_resolution and Wikipedia:Dispute_resolution_requests/Guide, I'm confused about how to proceed.

There are a bunch of content disputes at the heart of the matter, and I attempted to resolve them via the Third Opinion process — however, the other user in question brought in friends to post some insults in the thread, and then edited the 3O page to claim that since there were now more than two parties involved, it was invalid. One of those friends then preemptively archived the entire talk page discussion. This makes it clear to me that this is no longer just a content issue, but a case of WP:TAGTEAMing to dodge a good faith attempt to follow process.

The guide lists five steps; the first (discuss on the talk page) has been tried and broken down utterly as described; the next three are described as being for content disputes only; and the only one that is for conduct disputes (ANI) is repeatedly called out as a last resort, only for "chronic" issues, etc. So what is the right venue for escalating a conduct issue that doesn't rise to the ANI level yet?

The only other suggestion I've found in reading through the documentation about this is to approach an individual admin personally. I would be okay with this approach, but it doesn't appear in that guide so I'm not sure if it's actually the right idea, plus I have no idea how to go about finding the right one. I would like to find someone who has experience and interest in parsing through large and nuanced discussions/edit histories, rather than someone who is just going to try to make the problem go away as fast as possible.

Thanks for any advice!

Personman (talk) 17:05, 6 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I think in practice the place to go is ANI – that "last resort" thing is not followed too often, and ANI is even mentioned in {{uw-disruptive3}}, a warning that is often issued to brand new users. You can probably try an individual admin as well; someone more involved in dispute resolution than me would probably know better (I try to stay as far away from disputes as possible). Skarmory (talk • contribs) 04:18, 7 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Waiting to hear back from "permissions-en at"[edit]

I sent this email twice to "permissions-en at" but have not heard back. Should I be sending it elsewhere?

I hereby affirm that I Jonathan Jacoby, the sole owner of the exclusive copyright of and have legal authority in my capacity to release the copyright of that work.

I agree to publish the above-mentioned content under the following free license: Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International.

I acknowledge that by doing so I grant anyone the right to use the work, even in a commercial product or otherwise, and to modify it according to their needs, provided that they abide by the terms of the license and any other applicable laws.

I am aware that this agreement is not limited to Wikipedia or related sites.

I am aware that the copyright holder always retains ownership of the copyright as well as the right to be attributed in accordance with the license chosen.

Modifications others make to the work will not be claimed to have been made by the copyright holder.

I acknowledge that I cannot withdraw this agreement, and that the content may or may not be kept permanently on a Wikimedia project.

Jonathan Jacoby Copyright holder May 28, 2023

-- Jonathan Jacoby Jonathanabujj (talk) 17:54, 6 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Jonathanabujj The simplest way to accomplish what you are trying to accomplish would be to change the copyright notice on your website, which currently reads, "© 2023 Jonathan Jacoby. All rights reserved." to say something along the lines of:

"The text of this website [or page, if you are specifically releasing one section] is available for modification and reuse under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Sharealike 3.0 Unported License and the GNU Free Documentation License (unversioned, with no invariant sections, front-cover texts, or back-cover texts)."

You can read more at this link. ~ ONUnicorn(Talk|Contribs)problem solving 19:28, 6 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thanks! Jonathanabujj (talk) 19:39, 6 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Hi Jonathanabujj. In addition to copyright, there coould be other concerns related to the content you want to use from your website. Many websites are written in way that's not really neutral enough for Wikipedia's purposes or otherwise has WP:TONE or WP:UNDUE issues. It's also quite possible that the website itself wouldn't be really be considered reliable for Wikipedia's purposes. So, even though the content you want use may be OK from an copyright standpoint, it might still have issues for other reasons. The subject matter that your website covers seems potentially contentious given the diverse nature of the Wikipedia community; so, please just don't assume automatically assume that you have the right to use the content as long as it's licensed correctly. Although Wikipedia encourages us to be WP:BOLD, it might be best for you to be WP:CAUTIOUS is trying to use the content and seek to establish a consensus to do so on the relevant article's talk page first. -- Marchjuly (talk) 04:44, 7 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Searches for without accents...[edit]

What is the easiest way to search for "Óscar Madrazo" without getting hits for "Oscar Madrazo" or vice versa?(one has an accent on the O, the other doesn't)Naraht (talk) 18:47, 6 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Trappist the monk (talk) 19:12, 6 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Ensuring the Edits submitted my me does not violate the wikipedia norms.[edit]

Dear Sir, Namaskars. I have added some information about Ramakrishna Mission Ashrama, Gwalior and its departments. I wish to ensure that all the additions fall under the prescribed norms of wikipedia. Please guide. Rkma Gwalior (talk) 19:56, 6 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

You edited your sandbox. The best way to submit a new article is to use Article Wizard. Your text would not be accepted as it is completely unsourced. A Wikipedia article must summarize what independent reliable sources with significant coverage have chosen on their own to say about the subject, showing how it meets the special Wikipedia definition of notability. Writing a new article is challenging, and we usually recommend that people first learn more about Wikipedia by editing existing articles and using the the new user tutorial. 331dot (talk) 20:03, 6 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Rkma Gwalior: Hi there! Are you referring to the edits you made to the List of Ramakrishna Mission institutions article? Or are you referring to User:Rkma Gwalior/sandbox (which 331dot mentioned above)? Thanks! GoingBatty (talk) 20:07, 6 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Rkma Gwalior, your recent edits to List of Ramakrishna Mission institutions added several direct external links to the text of the list. This contravenes Wikipedia:External links.   Maproom (talk) 21:38, 6 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

"Central Base Section"[edit]

Why is there the (incomplete) sentence "Central Base Section" (without any meaning inserted here) at the end of the paragraph "Background"? Page: American logistics in the Normandy campaign. JackkBrown (talk) 22:51, 6 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

The best place to ask this would be at Talk:American logistics in the Normandy campaign. 331dot (talk) 22:56, 6 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@331dot: I just asked there too. JackkBrown (talk) 23:11, 6 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Answered there (and here). Go right to the source and ask User:Jnestorius. Clarityfiend (talk) 02:57, 7 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Changing a graphic display on a page[edit]

The "Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego" page displays a coat of arms that is very outdated and few know how it got on WP. We have been using a different one since 1990 and would like to add that to the page. (talk) 23:00, 6 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Is File:Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego.svg any better? --DB1729talk 23:49, 6 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Oh wait, that's the one in the infobox. Are they (the other being at top right) both outdated? --DB1729talk 23:53, 6 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Someone recently added the one at the top. Do want that one to go in the infobox instead? Looks like it's low resolution only thing. --DB1729talk 23:59, 6 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

June 7[edit]

Missing preview text[edit]

When I hover over St Cyprian's Church, Sneinton, Holy Trinity Church, Winchester or All Saints' Church, Godshill, I get a pop-up with an image from the article's infobox, but no text. The articles have a single-sentence lede paragraph. I cannot see anything about them that might make them unsuitable for previewing. What is happening? (I was looking through Category:Anglo-Catholic churches in England receiving AEO - every other church article produces text in the preview box, except Church of St Saviour-on-the-Cliff, Shanklin which gives an error.) -- Verbarson  talkedits 10:41, 7 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hi Verbarson - I get text in all of them, and text and an image for Church of St Saviour-on-the-Cliff, Shanklin rather than an error. I am using Vector legacy on MS Edge on Windows 10. Which Wikipedia "skin" and which browser are you using? - Arjayay (talk) 10:49, 7 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Vector 2022, running on MS Edge Version 114.0.1823.41 (Official build) (64-bit) on Windows 10. -- Verbarson  talkedits 10:57, 7 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I don't see text in any of them. I'm running Chrome Version 113.0.5672.129 (Official Build) (64-bit) on Windows 11. Maproom (talk) 12:03, 7 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
This is Wikipedia:Village pump (technical)#Page previews (popups) broken. It happens when {{coord}} is used in the lead outside an infobox. Don't fix it by removing {{coord}}). Just wait for the general issue to be fixed. The problem is in the default feature "Enable page previews" at Special:Preferences#mw-prefsection-rendering. I assume Arjayay has instead enabled "Navigation popups" at Special:Preferences#mw-prefsection-gadgets. PrimeHunter (talk) 12:46, 7 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Correct assumption, PrimeHunter - Arjayay (talk) 12:51, 7 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
As mentioned in the VPT thread, moving coord to the bottom may fix it. Sungodtemple (talkcontribs) 14:09, 7 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Changing Category:Historic German cabinets[edit]

One of the entries in the category above is Second Müller cabinet, which links to 'Hermann Müller (politician)#Cabinet June 1928 – March 1930'. I will shortly be adding a new page 'Second Müller cabinet'. How do I change the link in the category to point to the new page?

GHStPaulMN (talk) 14:03, 7 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@GHStPaulMN: Click "Redirected from Second Müller cabinet" at the top of Second Müller cabinet and then edit to replace the redirect with an article. See more at Help:Redirect#Creating and editing redirects. PrimeHunter (talk) 14:08, 7 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Image I uploaded back in 2006 is currently unlisted in Commons, would like to approve it's use[edit]

Hi, I used to edit and upload my photos to Wikipedia back in 2006/2007. The below link is of one of my photos that ended up being taken out of commons I believe due to the license I originally used. I am happy for the photo to be used commercially with attribution as the only requirement.

As it has been over a decade since I edited Wikipedia, I have no idea how to do this, I also can't seem to recover the old account I registered under, even though I believe it's the same email address as this hasn't changed.

Is someone able to advise how I could switch the licence on this image and put it back into commons so others can make use of it?

See notes in the image area for more info. MotorsportArchives (talk) 14:43, 7 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Do you work for a motorsport archive? Usernames cannot be that of an organization. 331dot (talk) 15:17, 7 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Searching refs?[edit]

hi all, is there a way of just searching the refences of an article rather than the whole? I.e., a way of finding out if a work has been previously cited rather than including other articles? If you know what I mean  :) SN54129 15:55, 7 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I'm not certain I understand correctly, but I think you're asking if you can search the list of references in a particular article for the title of that reference. If so, you can simply use your web browser's find tool (typically opened with CTRL + F) and type the title of the source into that box. If I've misunderstood your question, please do let me know. Tollens (talk) 16:01, 7 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Help! I created an alternate account by accident[edit]

I made another account by accident. I know the rule is one account per editor with some exceptions that I don't meet. How do I delete it? Blitzfan51 speak to the manager 16:28, 7 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

The rule is a bit more nuanced than that. We can't delete accounts, so you can either: leave the account alone and forget about it, or, claim the account and mark it as an 'alt' (that should preferably be done by both accounts). The account can also request that it be blocked, but honestly that's rarely a good use of time. Simple solution: forget about it. -- zzuuzz (talk) 16:41, 7 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
ok, Thank you for your time. Blitzfan51 speak to the manager 16:44, 7 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

List of all Wikipedia pages I've added references to?[edit]

I already asked this in Tea House but I thought it wouldn't hurt to ask this here too.

Is there a way to get a list of Wikipedia pages I've added references to? I plan to do upkeep for all the sources I use for my Wikipedia contributions. Like sometimes there's better quality scans that become available for gaming magazines that I cite which I want to update the Wikipedia articles with in a straightforward way. Esoptr0n (talk) 17:08, 7 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I am not aware of any built-in mechanism that would return that information. A custom script or bot may be able to do so. Beeblebrox (talk) 18:25, 7 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

does Category:People of Nazi Germany have to be nazis or just people who lived in nazi germany when it existed? Sebbog13 (talk) 17:20, 7 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Sebbog13: Just looking at the names of the subcategories, the category includes non-Nazis. -Arch dude (talk) 17:37, 7 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
okay Sebbog13 (talk) 17:41, 7 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Displaying more than 10 connected IPs and users[edit]

At Talk:Libreboot there are over 10 connected IPs and users, but only the first 10 are displayed. Is there a way to make more than 10 display? Thanks. -- Yae4 (talk) 17:41, 7 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Yae4: No, that is not possible. According to the documentation of {{Connected_contributor}}, This template is capable of listing up to 10 editors. RudolfRed (talk) 18:30, 7 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Yae4: I split the {{Connected contributor}} template into two templates, so all 12 IPs/usernames are displayed. GoingBatty (talk) 18:58, 7 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@GoingBatty: There's always a trick. Thanks! -- Yae4 (talk) 19:00, 7 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]


I am trying to upload a new image for my organization's logo on the template, which shows the old one. I am getting an error message about acceptable files. Looking for direction on how to make this update. VCFDPIO (talk) 18:37, 7 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

VCFDPIO First, please read about conflict of interest and paid editing for information on required formal disclosures. Your username also seems to represent your position and not you personally(if "PIO"= "Public information officer"), if so, you will need to create a new username.
New accounts cannot directly upload images, please see Files For Upload for further guidance. 331dot (talk) 18:52, 7 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@VCFDPIO: Hi there! After making your disclosure, you can post an {{edit request}} on the article's talk page asking for help uploading the new logo (i.e. downloading the logo from the company web site and uploading the file to Wikipedia as a non-free file). GoingBatty (talk) 18:55, 7 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Consensus for an edit request[edit]


I was wondering what would happen in this consensus discussion? Nobody gave any peer-review, so would that make it a no consensus? In that case, does the edit request need to be implemented or not? Cocobb8 (talk) 18:50, 7 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Creating a page for my Start up here in NYC[edit]

Hello, I'm looking for help creating my very first wikipedia page. I began a start up this year with two friends, and this is our first time going into business selling handcrafted pieces we make, and I wrote up a wikipedia page talking about our business House of Douse, LLC. Since it is new, I have no other press, or references to contribute at the end. It's just for providing information on our business and what we make.

How can I get approved without adding any references in my circumstance?

Thank you so much. I appreciate you taking the time. -Victor Pleacoff TheComedian7 (talk) 19:09, 7 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hello, TheComedian7. Based on what you have said, your business is not notable and therefore not eligible for a Wikipedia article. Please read Wikipedia:Notability (organizations and companies). Cullen328 (talk) 19:14, 7 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
TheComedian7 "Providing information on our business and what we make" is exactly what you should do on your business' website and social media, not Wikipedia. Wikipedia is interested in what others say about your business on their own and not based on materials from the business, not what it says about itself. 331dot (talk) 19:37, 7 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Evidence of COI editing by a company: where do I report?[edit]

Hello, I have managed to find evidence of an edit done by a company on their own Wikipedia page (the edit is a removal of a Template:AD that I had put on the article). Where does one report this to?

Signed, WikipeidaNeko (talk) 19:41, 7 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hello, WikipeidaNeko. Report the matter at Wikipedia:Conflict of interest/Noticeboard. The shortcut is WP:COIN. Cullen328 (talk) 19:49, 7 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@WikipediaNeko: A random IP removing the template you added to Mity-Lite could just be a random IP and not anyone with a COI. Simply based on that one edit, you're unlikely going to get any action at WP:COIN. Moreover, when you added the template, you didn't really leave an edit summary explaining why. So, it's quite possible your edit was mistaken for random tagging. If you feel the article needs to be tagged with {{AD}} because it's worded like an advertisement, then it's perfectly OK for you to try and fix that problem yourself. If you're unwilling or unable to do so yourself, then perhaps at least briefly explain why you're adding the tag an edit summary when you add it. You can also go into a little more detail on the article's talk page if you want to make it clearer to other what you think the problem is. -- Marchjuly (talk) 21:35, 7 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I didn’t even know random tagging was an option, but I can prove that the IP is connected to Mity-Lite. WikipeidaNeko (talk) 22:13, 7 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
In principle, anyone can add a maintenance template to an article and anyone can subsequently remove it. In both cases, it's extremely helpful when the person doing either clearly explains why and just doesn't assume it readon is obvious. As for proving a COI, you should be very careful and make sure to not violate WP:OUTING when trying to do so. Connecting a specfic IP address with a real world person is generally strongly frowned upon by Wikipedia. COI editing is highly discouraged because it can lead to serious problems, but it's not prohitted by Wikipedia policy. So, be careful about what real world information you post about any Wikipedia user on Wikipedia. -- Marchjuly (talk) 22:53, 7 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
The IP is not linked to a person. WHOIS showed that it was a company IP address linked to the company. WikipeidaNeko (talk) 22:56, 7 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Even in that case, this is still only about two edits at the moment, which is not really something worth going to COIN about. You can simply re-add the template (which is what you did) and then leave a Template:Welcome-COI message on the IP's user talk to let them know about relevant Wikipedia policies and guidelines if you want. If the IP comes back and continues to remove the AD template, then seeking assistance at COIN or WP:ANI is probably necessary, but an administrator is unlikely to do anything after only two edits by the IP. -- Marchjuly (talk) 23:13, 7 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I’ll do that soon then. Thanks for the help and explanation on what I should do! WikipeidaNeko (talk) 23:27, 7 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Mathml Error in it wiki[edit]

It:Passeggiata aleatoria. Hello. Does anyone have an explanation? Thanks a lot. Kind regards Pierpao (talk) 20:40, 7 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hi Pierpao. This is the Help Desk for English Wikipedia. It's generally better to ask questions about stuff on other language Wikipedias at their respective Help Desk. The Help Desk for Italian Wikipedia is it:Aiuto:Sportello informazioni. You could also try asking on the Italian Wikipedia article's talk page at it:Discussione:Passeggiata aleatoria. Some general advice, a problem like this is probably a syntax error of some kind. In such cases, using the article's page history to try and find the edit where the error was introduced often helps. If you can find that error, you can compare it to the previous edit where things were OK and possible see what the error is. -- Marchjuly (talk) 21:23, 7 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Pierpao: All <math>...</math> appear to be broken at the Italian Wikipedia. See phab:T338381 for a similar report about Wikidata. It probably affects all Wikimedia wikis which got the new MediaWiki 1.41.0-wmf.12 today 7 June: mw:MediaWiki 1.41/Roadmap#12. The English Wikipedia is scheduled tomorrow but I guess it will be delayed if this bug is not fixed. PrimeHunter (talk) 21:55, 7 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thanks a lot Pierpao (talk) 01:38, 8 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I don't love Wikipedia anymore. You changed the format[edit]

You changed the format of Wikipedia and I cannot find a place to ask a few questions. While I was looking for a window to entry my question I forgot the question I wanted to ask. You've made horrible, inconvenient changes. AboutFace 22 (talk) 21:14, 7 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@AboutFace 22 under "Preferences" at the top will be an option somewhere to revert to the old format if you would like. I believe under "Appearance" or "Editing" will be what you are looking for. I hope this answers your question, but if not, someone else could give better advice. Losipov (talk) 21:24, 7 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
AboutFace 22 The skin("format") of Wikipedia was changed recently, after many years of development, focus groups, and study. See WP:VECTOR2022 for more information. It's difficult to design a website layout acceptable to all 8 billion humans on this planet, so users can retain the old appearnce in their account preferences. 331dot (talk) 21:28, 7 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@AboutFace 22: This change has been implemented for a few months already.
Symbol move vote.svg Are you asking about a sudden change to Wikipedia's appearance? It is because the default skin has changed from the Vector legacy (2010) skin to the new Vector (2022) skin. If you would like to change back to the old one, you can, as a registered user, click on the OOjs UI icon userActive.svg in the top-right corner and choose OOjs UI icon advanced.svgPreferences. Once there, go to Preferences → Appearance → Skins → check Vector legacy (2010).
If you would like to leave feedback, you can do so at Wikipedia talk:Vector 2022. —Tenryuu 🐲 ( 💬 • 📝 ) 22:08, 7 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]


I was trying to comment on an AfC submission. I gave a link to Wikitia in the comment to give context to other reviewers. Then I guess Wikipedia thought that I am a spammer hacker maliciously linking to a malicious website and then my whole comment was deleted and not saved in history. So why is this? I shouldn't have to substitute it for a word or circumvent the URL detector. After all, how would one link to a blacklisted website when reporting a copyright violation? Maybe extended confirmed users should be assumed to not be spammers. Thank you - Apmh 22:40, 7 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Apmh: Spamming is only one of several possible reasons for blacklisting a site. Administrators are also unable to save links to blacklisted sites. It would be impractical if there were links which could only be saved by some users so others would be unable to archive or move posts with the link, revert to a version which had the link, and so on. You can place the link in <nowiki>...</nowiki>. It will not be clickable but most users know how to copy-paste a url to the address bar in their browser. Please update all links in your signature to your current username. PrimeHunter (talk) 23:42, 7 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

On this page, I have added the "template unreferenced", but within this template it's indicated "sources" and not "references" (I know that in this case "sources" and "references" mean the same thing); on the page there is already the "Sources" paragraph; I would not want readers to get confused. JackkBrown (talk) 23:36, 7 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

JackkBrown, I have added Template:No footnotes as there is a list of sources, but its sources remain unclear because it lacks inline citations. TSventon (talk) 23:53, 7 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
JackkBrown, in future, in order to decide which is the most appropriate template to attach to a sentence, a section, or an entire article (or other page), consult Wikipedia:Template index. -- Hoary (talk) 01:15, 8 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

June 8[edit]