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December 14[edit]

My First edit - did I get it right?[edit]


I just added my first edit to Wiki. I hope that I got it right. I added some content to this page -

Was my reference correct?

J — Preceding unsigned comment added by Sexologicalbody (talkcontribs) 03:16, 14 December 2018 (UTC)

Hey, your edit was reverted, possibly because it didn't help the article be better. Not seeing any refrences. also, sign your comments by typing ~~~~ WelpThatWorked (talk) 20:48, 14 December 2018 (UTC)


How can I add pics to my own Wikipedia page? — Preceding unsigned comment added by David Bedella (talkcontribs) 10:21, 14 December 2018 (UTC)

Hi, David. First please note, there's no such thing on Wikipedia like your OWN page. You may want to see WP:OWN for more detailed explanation.
Second, please visit WP:IMAGE to find some guidelines concerning selecting and preparing images for Wikipedia, uploading them and finally using them in Wikipedia pages. --CiaPan (talk) 13:04, 14 December 2018 (UTC)
@David Bedella: You can add one or two images to your user page using the above instructions. That page is a bit closer to being "owned" by you than other Wikipedia pages. Do remember that the purpose of your user page is to tell others about yourself as a Wikkipedian: it's not a general-purpose blog or vanity page. (Well, unless you are vain about being a Wikipedian.) -Arch dude (talk) 14:47, 14 December 2018 (UTC)

updates being reverted[edit]

I am the public information officer for the police, and I revised the information as it was very old, but it reverted. Everything I posted was cited to the official police web site. The old citations were for pages that no longer existed. Even the specifics, like the name of our current police chief reverted, thus the entire page is outdated or completely wrong. Why did it revert? Alyson crean (talk) 13:54, 14 December 2018 (UTC)

It appears that Sphilbrick reverted some of your earlier additions for being copyright violations. Wikipedia cannot accept copyrighted content at all. shoy (reactions) 14:22, 14 December 2018 (UTC)
@Alyson crean: copyright law protects creative content and structure, but not facts. You can copy facts, not sentences. You can re-state the content in your own words. Wikipedia chooses to be very conservative in our interpretation of copyright law. Our server are in Florida, and we don't want the police to bust us. As a separate issue, you have a conflict of interest (WP:COI) and you are a paid editor (WP:PAID). This is not a problem, just a fact. You must declare your paid status to comply with our terms of service. (Not a big deal, just a note on your user page will do.) You can still make direct non-controversial changes to facts in the article directly, yourself, but for anything more etensive, you should instead suggest changes on the article's talk page, and then add the magic incantation {{request edit}} (with the curly brackets) and another editor will come along and change the article for you. These rules may seem overly restrictive, but ask yourself: what rules would you like to be in place for an article about some organization you need information about? -Arch dude (talk) 14:59, 14 December 2018 (UTC)

Why can't I simply make a new article?[edit]

I thought that if you wanted to make a new Wikipedia article, all you had to do was type it up and publish it. But it seems that I can't do that whenever I try to create a new article. I get a long message saying the following:

The article that you're looking for doesn't exist.

You can create it, but... Before you create an article, you should read this guide. New to Wikipedia? See the contributing to Wikipedia page for everything you need to know to get started.

Need interactive help? You can ask questions at the Teahouse, help desk or through live chat. There are different ways to edit Wikipedia:

Sandbox Ready to try editing? You can experiment in your own sandbox to get a feel for editing Wikipedia. This is a great place to start without affecting live articles. Start editing

Improve Wikipedia needs your help. Pick small editing tasks from a list, such as fixing spelling and grammar. Learn by making improvements to existing articles. Start helping

Article wizard If you already have experience with editing, you can use our article wizard to create new articles. In just a few steps, you'll be on your way to contributing to Wikipedia. Start creating

I know how to make a new article. So why do I have to go through all this to make a new article? Sei Noelle (talk) 19:02, 14 December 2018 (UTC)

You can not create a new article directly until your account is autoconfirmed which typically happens when you have at least 10 edits and your account is at least 4 days old. Until then, you can use the wizard at WP:YFA to create a draft article for review. RudolfRed (talk) 19:05, 14 December 2018 (UTC)
@Sei Noelle: Above is the technical reason you can't create new articles. The reason Wikipedia has these requirements is to reduce the number of new problematic pages (e.g. advertising) in the "article-space" and keep them in the "draft-space" where readers won't generally find them. Of course, this means that some high-quality pages will be stuck in draft-space for a while because their authors are not confirmed. But, in general, a page created by a confirmed user is less likely to be problematic than a page created by a non-confirmed user, because it usually takes a little while for newer editors to learn the Wikipedia interface and good editing practices like citing sources.
This change was in the making for seven years and was implemented less than a year ago, see WP:ACTRIAL. – Teratix 23:19, 14 December 2018 (UTC)
For info, this sock puppet account has been blocked and talk page access revoked Jimfbleak - talk to me? 07:38, 15 December 2018 (UTC)

Catriona Gray[edit]


Catriona Gray's web page already has mentioned that she is the winner of Miss universe 2018, while in fact, the pagent is going to take place on December 17th! I know people are enthusiastic about her winning this time, but does that give a right for them to declare as a winner before the judges decide on the day of the competition? If that much liberty is there, why at all should she even participate in the pagent?! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Riya kr (talkcontribs) 21:12, 14 December 2018 (UTC)

The article Catriona Gray does not describe Ms. Gray as the winner of the 2018 Miss Universe pageant. It merely says she is competing in it. General Ization Talk 21:15, 14 December 2018 (UTC)
I did find that the infobox included the 2018 Miss Universe pageant among Gray's "Major competition(s)", and the notation "(Winner)" next to it. I have removed that pageant from the infobox, as it does not belong there until she has actually appeared in the pageant. General Ization Talk 21:18, 14 December 2018 (UTC)
Riya kr, this was corrected in 13 minutes. She was listed as the winner by an anonymous editor as what appears to be an act of WP:VANDALISM. †dismas†|(talk) 21:34, 14 December 2018 (UTC)

Deleting versions[edit]

I ran across a new draft where the author initially included a copyvio but later removed it. Is there a maintenance tag or forum to request deletion of the copyvio versions? Or is it maybe OK to leave a copyvio in the history? —teb728 t c 23:57, 14 December 2018 (UTC)

Hello @Teb728:, you can use Template:Copyvio-revdel on top of the page to request a revdel from an admin (you'll need to list the specific versions to be deleted as template parameters). GermanJoe (talk) 00:11, 15 December 2018 (UTC)

December 15[edit]

Cannot figure out how to mark a page that needs to be updated and I don't know the information to do so[edit]


I cannot find the code to add to a page that needs to be updated with new information. Can someone please let me know what it is. Kevinhanit (talk) 00:09, 15 December 2018 (UTC)

@Kevinhanit: Is Template:Update what you are looking for? Eagleash (talk) 01:21, 15 December 2018 (UTC)
@Eagleash: I ended up finding the Template that I needed and it was Template:Outdated Kevinhanit (talk) 21:20, 15 December 2018 (UTC)

So this one is now  Done

Texas Civil Air Patrol patch on Wikipedia[edit]

The designer of the Texas Civil Air Patrol patch was designed by Melvin W. Cox of Ft. Worth. In the late 1940's, Texas had a art contest for the designing of the patch for the Texas CAP. My father, Mel Cox won the contest and his design is still used today for the Texas CAP patch. At that time, Mel Cox was a Major and Company Commander of CAP's Ft. Worth Squadron One — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 06:01, 15 December 2018 (UTC)

Hello; do you have a question relating to how to edit Wikipedia? Please provide a link to any page you are encountering difficulty with. This thread is the only edit from the IP used to post here. Some useful links have been left at your talk page. Eagleash (talk) 10:22, 15 December 2018 (UTC)

how to delete pages spreading false rumours ?[edit]

Someone is spreading false rumors about my organisation , how i can stop them from using wikipedia as a medium to do the same ? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 08:34, 15 December 2018 (UTC)

Without specifics, all I can do is suggest you check out Wikipedia:Requests for page protection or Wikipedia:Articles for deletion. Clarityfiend (talk) 08:48, 15 December 2018 (UTC)
Yes, a link to the article would help. Britmax (talk) 15:36, 15 December 2018 (UTC)
An article about a non-notable subject will be deleted, regardless of its contents. An article about a notable subject will not be deleted, regardless of its existing contents. Instead, it will be corrected. Wikipedia cannot determine "truth" or "falsehood": we can only determine verifiability. Any statement that cannot be verified by by a citation to a reliable source (WP:RS) can be removed by any editor. Any statement that can be verified by such a citation should not be removed (with certain exceptions: see WP:BLP). However, if the statement is contradicted by another reliable source, then that contradiction may be added to the article. You have a conflict of interest (WP:COI) so you should not edit the article yourself. Instead, you should make edit suggestions on the article's talk page. -Arch dude (talk) 23:08, 15 December 2018 (UTC)

James Kitson, 1st Baron Airedale[edit]

Ref number 9 is in red and I don't know why. Please fix if you are able. Thanks (talk) 10:30, 15 December 2018 (UTC)

Because you have spelt December incorrectly. Eagleash (talk) 10:48, 15 December 2018 (UTC)
thanks — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 11:06, 15 December 2018 (UTC)


Is there a simple guide to what to do (if anything) about BLPs where the usernames of a couple of contributors suggest that they may be connected to the subject? I've found plenty of advice about what to do if I have a COI, but is there anything we should be doing when we stumble across an article such as Jon M. Sweeney? Certes (talk) 13:20, 15 December 2018 (UTC)

The article could be tagged with {{COI}}. Normally we would also go to the editor's talk page to explain the concern, but in the case of User:Jonmsweeney that was done some months ago. Of course we can't be altogether certain that the editor is the same person whom the article is about: could just be a fan. Any additions to articles that are unsourced and blatantly promotional should just be reverted whoever makes them, but it doesn't seem to me that that applies in this case: Noyster (talk), 17:46, 15 December 2018 (UTC)
Thanks for the reply. It looks as if there's nothing further to do in this case, as the article doesn't show the blatant bias that {{COI}} might imply. Certes (talk) 17:51, 15 December 2018 (UTC)

Leeds General Infirmary[edit]

I am not happy with the way I have done ref. number 13. Sorry. Please fix if able. (talk) 13:27, 15 December 2018 (UTC)

 Done; Date in publisher parameter! Eagleash (talk) 13:47, 15 December 2018 (UTC)
Sorry Eagleash - I added in a quote - ref 13 - and ruined it. Please fix if you can. thanks again (talk) 13:51, 15 December 2018 (UTC)
I've fixed it now. To add a new parameter, use an equals sign instead of the colon you used; the layout of a named (not numerical) parameter is pipe (|), parameter name, equals sign (=), and parameter text. In this case, it would be |quote=[PUTQUOTEHERE] added to the end of the template. The world of templates is quite complicated so please feel free to ask here if you have any further questions.--SkyGazer 512 Oh no, what did I do this time? 13:58, 15 December 2018 (UTC)
(edit conflict) SkyGazer 512 has fixed it. Once again please don't start new threads with the same heading. Thank you. Eagleash (talk) 14:03, 15 December 2018 (UTC)


a todas la personas queAgradesco forman WIKIPEDIA el poder estar escribiendo esto. Mi pregunta es puedo crear un libro libremente con todo lo publicado en Wikipedia sobre Vehiculos que incluya fotos y demas informacion otra cosa debido ha que mi ortografia no es muy buena como podreis observar como puedo utizar un corrector para escribir aqui saludos — Preceding unsigned comment added by OLGAVILA (talkcontribs) 21:26, 15 December 2018 (UTC)

Machine translation: "My question is I can create a book freely with everything published in Wikipedia on Vehicles that includes photos and other information otherwise because my spelling is not very good as you can see how I can use a proofreader to write here." General Ization Talk 21:29, 15 December 2018 (UTC)


I've Tried to Upload the 2019 pro bowl Logo and it's Not there upload it now and Stop Being Lazy. (talk) 21:42, 15 December 2018 (UTC)

Stop telling people to do your work. It's annoying and won't get you anywhere. We're all volunteers and there is no deadline. Also if you ask at WP: WikiProject American football, they're more likely to care more and someone there could help. Joseph2302 (talk) 10:15, 16 December 2018 (UTC)
The user who used to upload them (at least in recent years) Jdavi333, is now less active. I've uploaded it per fair use as the rest . –Ammarpad (talk) 18:08, 16 December 2018 (UTC)

Required status column for Telaga caste. Mark as Forward caste[edit]

Telaga caste history and correct current status (Forward or Other Caste) needs to be added to the page. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2601:45:480:DF62:5B4:C169:CE56:2B6F (talk) 10:33, 7 December 2018 (UTC) Follow the URL (very reliable source recently published) - — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2601:45:480:DF62:5B4:C169:CE56:2B6F (talk) 11:39, 7 December 2018 (UTC) Excellent reliable source - — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2601:45:480:DF62:5B4:C169:CE56:2B6F (talk) 11:41, 7 December 2018 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2601:45:480:DF62:30E2:3A56:D087:DFFA (talk)

Well, no. As has been described at Talk:Telaga, the article requires reliable sources to justify such a claim. Thanks, Lourdes 05:26, 17 December 2018 (UTC)

Submit ArticleKyoho (talk) 00:37, 16 December 2018 (UTC)[edit]

Hello - I've got a draft of a new article in my sandbox. I think it's ready to go. Sorry, it's been a long time since I wrote my last one so I can't remember what I need to do next. Thanks for your help, Kyoho (talk) 00:37, 16 December 2018 (UTC)Cheryl CrowleyKyoho (talk) 00:37, 16 December 2018 (UTC)

@Kyoho: Hello, I have undertaken some tidying of the page: if you consider that it is ready for mainspace you can place {{subst:submit}} at the top of the page, which will submit it for AFC review. Or, as I believe your account has sufficient longevity and number of edits, you can move the page to article space yourself via the 'more' tab at the top of the page. Select 'Article' from the very top of the dropdown and remember to change the new title to the subject's name: check that there are not other pages with the same name. If so add a disambiguation (in brackets) e.g. 'diplomat' (small 'd'). Good luck. Eagleash (talk) 05:06, 16 December 2018 (UTC)

Thank you! Kyoho (talk) 16:10, 16 December 2018 (UTC)Cheryl

December 16[edit]


  • Hello. Question about English Wikipedia laws. In English Wikipedia, I can make redirect from English article in Russian Wikiquote? If English Wikiquote don't have article on English language. (talk) 00:53, 16 December 2018 (UTC) You can link to Russian Wikiquote by prefixing the page name with :ru:q: For example the main page there is :ru:q:. Is that what you want? —teb728 t c 02:21, 16 December 2018 (UTC)
teb728 In article White Oleander (film), i can make redirect in Russian Wikiquote? English Wikiquote don't have article about that movie. (talk) 02:37, 16 December 2018 (UTC)
teb728 thank (talk) 04:38, 16 December 2018 (UTC)

Indexation of my article on google search[edit]

hi can you index my article on google search, as I am unable to do so. URL of my article : thank you — Preceding unsigned comment added by Lumoscoco (talkcontribs) 05:47, 16 December 2018 (UTC)

@Lumoscoco: New pages are not indexed by search engines for 90 days or until they have been reviewed, whichever is the shorter period. Please remember to sign your posts on talk pages by typing four tildes (~~~~). Thank you. Eagleash (talk) 06:14, 16 December 2018 (UTC)

Contact Wiki Dubai[edit]

Good Morning,

I am contacting you from the royal family private office in the UAE. I would like to be redirected to someone from your office in the UAE, regarding publishing a page of a person from the royal family.

Kindly update me with an email or contact number ASAP.

Best regards, Kaltham — Preceding unsigned comment added by M8Mansoor (talkcontribs) 09:56, 16 December 2018 (UTC)

M8Mansoor If your issue involves just creating an article, there is no central authority or office to contact; this project is run by volunteers from around the world. Feel free to discuss it here; you may want to read about conflict of interest and paid editing (click those links) first. 331dot (talk) 10:00, 16 December 2018 (UTC)
Hello, Kaltham. As 331dot explained, Wikipedia is not organised like that: everything is done by volunteers who choose what they wish to work on, including writing and editing articles. But please note that if at some point Wikipedia has an article about that royal person, its status will be exactly the same as all other articles: it should be based almost entirely on what independent writers have chosen to write about the person in reliably published sources; and they and their associates will have no control over the content of the article: their involvement should be limited to making suggestions for improvements. --ColinFine (talk) 12:13, 16 December 2018 (UTC)
Hi M8Mansoor, if this is about the article you are working on in your sandbox, then you need to read WP:Referencing for beginners, and move the references to in-line citations before submitting the article for review. Dbfirs 09:14, 17 December 2018 (UTC)

References / External links[edit]

Hi, I need some advice. I'm making a page about a football player and I have put a reference on a site with profile of that player. Since it could be put as external link, should I put it as reference, external link or both? — SimplyFreddie (talk) 12:24, 16 December 2018 (UTC)

@SimplyFreddie: As a general principle, if the source is used to support a statement in the article content, it should be placed inline at the point in the text where it applies. Once used as a reference the same source should not usually be included as an external link as well. Eagleash (talk) 13:08, 16 December 2018 (UTC)

Adding filming location citations[edit]

Last year, I tried to add some information and citations for filming locations that I catalog on my website, At the time, there were issues as they felt I was self-promoting or advertising my website. (FYI, it is an informational only website, there or no ads or other revenue generating items.)

I think the confusion was because I was not considered a verifiable expert in the field. However, I see some of my peers are allowed to post. If you need to verify more background information on me, I am a writer for HorrorHound magazine, write articles for Horror's Hallowed Grounds, and also produce some filming location videos for blurays, most recently, The Incredible Shrinking Woman, Silent Night Deadly Night, and Silent Night Deadly Night Part 2.

Thank you in advance and let me know how I can share these filming locations information on wikipedia. (EDIT: If you need proof of my authorship, please let me know and I can provide.)

Robert Patterson — Preceding unsigned comment added by Rmpatterson (talkcontribs) 19:14, 16 December 2018 (UTC)

Rmpatterson, Wikipedia does not rely on the knowledge of its contributors. Whether you are an expert in the field, verifiable or not, is irrelevant. Rather, Wikipedia relies on what has been published in reliable independent sources. If you cite such sources, the information you provide on filming locations is likely to be accepted. Maproom (talk) 20:57, 16 December 2018 (UTC)

December 17[edit]

How can I change the title of a wikipedia page?[edit]

I am trying to change the page entitled "He Hymn of Death" to The Hymn of Death. Please tell me how to do this. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Cgwm (talkcontribs) 00:04, 17 December 2018 (UTC)

@Cgwm: The title is changed by 'moving' to a new location. This is done via the 'more' tab at the top of the page. It might be an idea to make a note on the article talk page with any sources that are available to support the correct title. Eagleash (talk) 00:59, 17 December 2018 (UTC)
The page He Hymn of Death has been moved to Hymn of Death. --Orange Mike | Talk 05:01, 17 December 2018 (UTC)