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August 11[edit]

Latin Wikipedia[edit]

For the past few days every time I open Wikipedia, it is the Latin version. I am using the same shortcut on my desktop. If I type in instead of using the shortcut and type in a search term on the home page, the result is in Latin unless I specifically choose the English version before typing in the search term. I haven't seen so much Latin since I took that class in high school. What's wrong? (talk) 02:13, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply] is the common entry for all Wikipedia languages. The search box has a language selector which says "LA" for Latin. Change it to "EN" for English. If you always want the English Wikipedia then I suggest to change your shortcut to, or if you prefer a page with more search options. PrimeHunter (talk) 03:58, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Company logos[edit]

The logo on the page for the company I work for is out of date. I want to update it with the new one, but I think it’s a non-free image. External people/companies are required to gain permission from us to use the logo on their website, so I’m guessing this means it’s non-free… Can anyone suggest what I’m best doing? We need to get the logo updated because people keep using incorrect branding. — Preceding unsigned comment added by James nsg group (talkcontribs) 09:28, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

James nsg group, which page are you asking about? Logos are generally uploaded to Wikipedia under a claim of fair use, there are some instructions at Wikipedia:Upload/Uploadtext/en-nonfree-logo. TSventon (talk) 09:39, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I'm guessing it's not NSG (group)? Gråbergs Gråa Sång (talk) 11:12, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
It's for the Pilkington company page James nsg group (talk) 08:02, 12 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@James nsg group, Pilkington? Based on the logo at [1], upper left, that looks about right to me. What logo do you think it should be changed to? Gråbergs Gråa Sång (talk) 08:23, 12 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Gråbergs Gråa Sång I don't know how to tag this, but shouldn't the editor change their username? (talk) 05:32, 14 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Actually, if they are, say, James from Nippon Sheet Glass, their username is right per policy, see WP:ISU. Gråbergs Gråa Sång (talk) 07:03, 14 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Wikipedia's Assessment Period[edit]


We as Monty Mobile the company we have contracted with an intermediate agency that writes content for Wikipedia called wikiprofessionals and they claim that the assessment period is 4 months and if we are not active through out this period the page will be terminated and we will be banned for 2 years I would like to know if this information is legit.

Best Regards, (talk) 12:29, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

"Wikiprofessionals" is already banned. How much did you pay them, and which articles did they claim to have written? -- Hoary (talk) 12:45, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Note that a ban is the most severe category of restriction that can be imposed at Wikipedia. Enforcement of a ban is done by all Wikipedia editors who choose to help: there are about 100,000 active editors in any given 30-day period. Any edit of any type by a banned editor anywhere in Wikipedia can and should be reverted by any editor on sight, without discussion or appeal. If this organization somehow succeeds in sneaking a page in for you, no matter how good it is, we will delete it when we find out. Do not pay them. -Arch dude (talk) 13:22, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
If you're worried about an article on the company, it's unlikely it will be creation-protected after just one deletion. Your company/its agents wouldn't be blocked/banned, but as noted the company you hired is legitimately banned and so their efforts will be undone regardless of the quality of their writing. If your intent was to use Wikipedia to advertize, you'd be wasting your money regardless of what PR firm you hired. —Jéské Couriano v^_^v a little blue Bori 14:13, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
If your company meets Wikipedia's criteria for notability, we could have an article about you. Irrespective of who created the article, it would not belong to you, would not be controlled by you, would not be for your benefit except incidentally, would not necessarily say what you wanted it to say, and should be based almost entirely on what people unconnected with you have chosen to publish about your company (favorable or unfavorable), not on what you say or want to say. ColinFine (talk) 15:45, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I will note that Draft:Monty Mobile has been deleted twice, once for being a blatant advertisement. Please be aware that no article will be accepted unless the article demonstrates that the company is notable as defined here. ~ ONUnicorn(Talk|Contribs)problem solving 16:59, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Real name shows up in metadata of fair use image[edit]

Hi, so I uploaded a fair-use image to Wikipedia, but when I scrolled down, the metadata shows my real name in the author’s section. How can I hide and fix this? — Preceding unsigned comment added by SchinLBL (talkcontribs) 13:30, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

SchinLBL, see Wikipedia:Requests for oversight. TSventon (talk) 13:45, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@SchinLBL: first, use an image editing program on your computer to modify the metadata on a copy of the image. Take out your name and put in the real copyright and/or trademark info. Next, upload this modified image as an update to the existing file. After you do this, you can request oversight to completely remove the old version of the file. -Arch dude (talk) 14:22, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]


I just created a wiki account and the username for some reason does not have the correct space in between the the words (HMYYachts) - Should be HMY Yachts.

How do I change that?

Thanks, Scott HMYYachts (talk) 14:27, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

As that is clearly the name of a company, you cannot use that name neither with, nor without a space - please see your talk page - Arjayay (talk) 14:32, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Information about changing usernames can be found at WP:RENAME. However, it seems your name seems to indicate you represent a company, in which case you will need to see the username policy and probably the page regarding managing conflicts of interest. WelpThatWorked (talk) 14:36, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Advertising an edit drive[edit]

Hey, so the WikiProject Vital Articles just make a new drive called 30 kB drive that promotes expanding short articles, and I don't know how to publicize the drive besides messaging on user talk pages. I've announced the drive at the Wikipedia:Community bulletin board, so what should I do next? CactiStaccingCrane (talk) 15:35, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@CactiStaccingCrane Welcome to Help Desk! Two places that can be worthwhile to advertise are WP:SIGNPOST newspaper and MediaWiki talk:Watchlist-messages for site wide announcements. Additionally, pinging specific WikiProjects might be useful. Hope that provides some helpful starting points. ~ 🦝 Shushugah (he/him • talk) 18:27, 12 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]


How do I add the reference number to the relevant word in the article Napoleon Distelmans (talk) 15:53, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

There is a page dedicated to helping you cite sources — see Help:Referencing_for_beginners.
For more in detail information, see WP:CITE. You may find the This page in a nutshell banner helpful. rbstrachan (talk) 16:02, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Sagat (rapper)[edit]

First of all I am Faustin M Lenon Jr. who is the actual writer of Funk Dat and I am also Jump Chico Slamm which is the name I use for my production entity. As I look at the wikipedia page Sagat (rapper) You actually have a picture of someone else. Upon clicking on the picture it leads to another artist Trinidad James. I hate the fact that throughout the years all I have ever tried to do is have my information updated to reflect the truth.. And still somehow it seems like there are still extreme failures on Wikipedia.

Please Fix this!!!! All you have to do is use ANY of the pictures from Sagat, Jump Chico Slamm, or Faustin M Lenon Jr. Kerumino (talk) 16:34, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Symbol redirect vote2.svg Courtesy link: Sagat (rapper) - the article does not have any picture that I can see. (talk) 16:46, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Kerumino Sagat (rapper) does not currently have a picture. So far as I can tell, there has never been a photo included in that article. Are you by any chance talking about the Knowledge Graph? If so, Wikipedia has no control over what chooses to display in their knowledge graph. If you scroll down to the bottom of the knowledge graph there should be a link for you to click to alert to the problem. ~ ONUnicorn(Talk|Contribs)problem solving 16:49, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
And just for further reference, here is the pre-written canned answer to this sort of question:
Symbol move vote.svg Are you by any chance referring to a photo or text shown to the right of a search? 's Knowledge Graph uses a wide variety of sources. There may be a text paragraph ending with "Wikipedia" to indicate that particular text was copied from Wikipedia. An image and other text before or after the Wikipedia excerpt may be from sources completely unrelated to Wikipedia. We have no control over how presents our information, but 's Knowledge Graph has a "Feedback" link where anyone can mark a field as wrong. The same feedback facility is also provided on Bing and some other search engines. ~ ONUnicorn(Talk|Contribs)problem solving 16:51, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I never uploaded a photo.
It is the knowledge graph that uses another person's picture
Do you have any suggestions? Kerumino (talk) 17:05, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Kerumino, if you look at the bottom right corner of the knowledge panel on , you should see a tiny link that says "Feedback" (at least if you're on laptop). Try using that, it may work. Or the link/button next to it. Gråbergs Gråa Sång (talk) 17:17, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
The main suggestion is given above - complain to .
But there is another possibility that might work: if you arrange that Wikipedia's article about you has a picture of you, then it is possible that will use that picture, rather than picking up the wrong one from somewhere else. (We can't guarantee what will do, but I think that's quite likely).
In order to do that you will need whoever owns the copyright to a picture (which will probably not be you unless either it's a selfie or you have a contract with the photographer that says you own the copyright) to upload the the picture to Commons, releasing it under a suitable license (which will allow anybody to reuse it freely. They can do this using the Upload wizard.
Once they have uploaded the picture to Commons, then you can make an edit request on Talk:Sagat (rapper), to add the picture to the article.
I'm afraid this is somewhat convoluted: images are in Wikipedia, mostly because of copyright concerns. ColinFine (talk) 17:17, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

List that marked as a WP:NOTGALLERY[edit]

If a list is marked as a WP:NOTGALLERY, can it be revamped to include descriptions? SpinnerLaserzthe2nd (talk) 19:52, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hello, SpinnerLaserzthe2nd. Only if it can be edited to comply with Wikipedia:Stand-alone lists. If you provide the name of the list, you will get a more detailed response. Cullen328 (talk) 19:57, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Let’s say if I find a flag list that consists of only a gallery, do I had to add the details? SpinnerLaserzthe2nd (talk) 19:59, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
SpinnerLaserzthe2nd, a list article consisting of images but no text is not encyclopedic. Cullen328 (talk) 02:29, 12 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Delvis Dutton[edit]

I represent Delvis Dutton and I am asking you to reomove his entire wikipedia pages profile and account. There has been numerous accounts of fraud and vindictive postings that must stop on your site regarding Mr. Dutton. please get back to me at your earliest convenience. Brad Fallon esq Bradfallonesq (talk) 20:03, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

This editor has been blocked for violating WP:No legal threats. – Muboshgu (talk) 20:09, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Muboshgu Just out of curiosity, what does Wikipedia construe as a legal threat? After reading WP:NLT, I don't see an obvious one in @Bradfallonesq's message. It's demanding, condescending and rude, sure, but I don't see a threat of legal action... Does the implication of legal action constitute a legal threat?
I'm not trying to say he shouldn't've been blocked or that what you did was wrong, I'm just genuinely curious how you and other administrators interpret the termlegal threat.
Regards 😊 rbstrachan (talk) 21:26, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
On User talk:Bradfallonesq, the OP wrote "... we are asking you to remove all postings from your sites. If you do not make this happen in a reaonable amount of time (3 days) you will be hearing from our legal department ...". Maproom (talk) 21:38, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Ah, well that explains it... I didn't think to check the talk page 🤦‍♂️ Thank you! rbstrachan (talk) 21:39, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
A perfectly fine block, but do we really need to use a mugshot in the infobox on Delvis Dutton? —Wasell(T) 🌻 06:33, 12 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Yes, the infobox image is rather crap and inappropriate unless he was known primarily as a criminal. What seems to have happened here is a bad case of "Is this the only free image we could find?" correctly NLT blocked, but the infobox image is problematic.--♦IanMacM♦ (talk to me) 07:12, 12 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • I've removed the infobox image File:Delvis Dutton (cropped).jpg because it is missing evidence of permission on Commons. If it is a standard US police department mugshot it is probably copyrighted, per previous discussions on this issue.--♦IanMacM♦ (talk to me) 07:17, 12 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    • I agree with this file being removed. The claim of "own work" made by the uploader is almost certainly incorrect and the State of Georgia isn't one of the US states which releases works by its employees into the public domain. This could've just be a good faith misunderstanding by someone regarding c:COM:L and c:COM:Own work, but it also could be a WP:BLPCOI or WP:RGW issue as well since there's a entire category at c:Category:Delvis Dutton filled with similar images and other files also being erroneously claimed as "own work". The block for the NLT was warranted, but it might also be a good idea for some admins to monitor this article for awhile because there's probably been some COI editing going over the years and there probably be more attempts to add questionably licensed images to the article. -- Marchjuly (talk) 07:32, 12 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
      I have this article permanently watchlisted, since I created it. – Muboshgu (talk) 17:18, 13 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Indeed. The NLT block was merited, as a clear legal threat was made, and not withdrawn. However, I remind everyone that WP:DOLT is also proper advice after such a block. People usually have a reason to make legal threats, it's not a kid playing a prank, there is often some legitimate thing that needs monitoring. While legal threats cannot be tolerated, we also need to follow our own WP:BLP rules. --Jayron32 14:15, 12 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    The legal threat said "all postings" ... "he wants to permanently remove his wikipedia entirely" (the "he" allegedly being Dutton himself). The user was blanking the personal life section, which is reliably sourced. There's nothing for us to address there. Dutton isn't the "victim", the person he pleaded guilty to stalking is. I do agree though with the removal of the mugshot, I should have looked into that myself. DOLT has good advice, we should be aware that these cases can turn out the other way. – Muboshgu (talk) 17:01, 13 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    Looking at the sources in the article, an afd may not be a terrible idea, with the WP:BLPREQUESTDELETE thrown in. Gråbergs Gråa Sång (talk) 08:11, 14 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Unexplained blank line[edit]

In General Sir John Kotelawala Defence University, there is a blank line after the first nav box. I think it is coming from {{Sri Lanka Armed Forces Educational Institutions}}, because if I switch the order, the blank follows after this template. But in Sri Lanka Military Academy, there is no blank line, so I'm really not sure. MB 22:20, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Fixed Your thought was correct. * Pppery * it has begun... 22:23, 11 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

August 12[edit]

Does anyone recognize this language?[edit]

I found it on Wikisource as an 'unknown language'

"Ramn ku ǵlapn" ("The sheep and the goat")

Ramn se biǵtu.
Ǵap muguln imẃ sats.
U baǵa um, ǵlapn imẃ utu.
Ǵlapn beǵe um ǵa glu u.
Ku mumẃ um o geǵe ut hal ku uǵ.

Limburgish translation here. — kwami (talk) 03:52, 12 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Kwamikagami, the help desk is for questions about Wikipedia, there is a reference desk for more general queries, see Wikipedia:Reference desk/Language. TSventon (talk) 08:04, 12 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Sorry! I wasn't paying attention where I was. — kwami (talk) 08:06, 12 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Question about AfC process[edit]


I'm working on a draft article that was created with the AfC (articles for creation) tool. I'm not looking to move my draft into article namespace just yet, but I was wondering if when the time comes I am obliged to use the AfC submission process, or if, as an autoconfirmed user, I should move it myself manually.

Thanks in advance! :-) LocalWonk (talk) 08:49, 12 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hi LocalWonk. WP:AFC is optional, but it can be helpful for newer editors who don't have an established track record for creating viable Wikipedia articles. Drafts approved via AfC seem to have a better chance of avoiding being quickly nominated for deletion since AfC reviewers tend to be experienced editors who understand WP:N and who don't approve things that are going to end up being quickly deleted. Of course, even going through AfC doesn't guarantee that an article will never end up being deleted, but there does seem to be less of a risk. Assuming the draft you're asking about is Draft:Zaynab Mohamed, it's unlikely that moving it to the article namespace yourself will lead to it being tagged for speedy deletion per WP:A7 or something like that, but it could end up being nominated for deletion for WP:NPOL and WP:TOOSOON reasons if you tried to move it at this time. If you're going to forgo the review process of AfC, you might want to seek assistance at a possibly relevant WikiProject to get feedback that way. -- Marchjuly (talk) 09:15, 12 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thank you for the advice and information :-) LocalWonk (talk) 09:33, 12 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Can you create a article for me Aremu segun Ayomide (talk) 09:27, 12 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

You mean, about you, Aremu segun Ayomide? If so, no. Wait until you are notable: people will then be spontaneously creating or augmenting an article about you. Though you may not like it. -- Hoary (talk) 10:18, 12 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Name of God[edit]

When I "What does Hashem mean in Arabic," I get a listing from Wikipedia.It tells me it means the name of God. When I look at the Wikipedia page it tells me this is the name of God in Hebrew.which it is.But then it tells me this is the name of God in Arabic or Islam. Their is something wrong here. (talk) 10:38, 12 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

If you are saying the results are in error, we have no control over that. You will need to contact . 331dot (talk) 10:41, 12 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Please do not post the same question both here and at the Teahouse - thank you - Arjayay (talk) 10:52, 12 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
IP editor: If you genuinely feel there is an error in an article here on Wikipedia, the place to raise your concerns and suggest alternative wording (supported with citations to high quality sources) is on that article's own talk page. Obviously if it's an error in 's search results, we can't do a thing about that. Nick Moyes (talk) 11:13, 12 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
For what it's worth, Hashem is not the name of God in Judaism. More correctly, it is a euphemism or substitute for God's various names. Highly observant Jews only use the actual names during formal worship. Hashem literally means "the name" and is used as a substitute in more casual conversation. See Names of God in Judaism for more information. Cullen328 (talk) 16:38, 12 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

How do I find instances of a source being used[edit]

I have found a few instances of poor content in Wikipedia due to a source that is a recent reprint of a book written in 1926. It consequently is not up to date - but this is not immediately apparent, as it has been retitled. It is probably only rarely used, but if I could track down any instances so far undiscovered, I could flag them up with a template or find a better source - but I don't know how to search for a particular reference being used.

The book in question is A Short History of the Sailing Ship by Anderson, Romola; Anderson, R. C. publ. Dover Publications, 2003. ISBN 978-0486429885. It was published in 1926 under the title The Sailing-Ship: Six Thousand Years of History, originally published by Robert M. McBride & Company, New York. ThoughtIdRetired (talk) 11:11, 12 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Search results:
A Short History of the Sailing Ship
The Sailing-Ship: Six Thousand Years of History
Trappist the monk (talk) 11:45, 12 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Hi Trappist the monk I just used this search for "Short History of the Sailing Ship" to get four hits. You can do fancier stuff using search=insource to search in source rather than the text which appears after rendering by the Wiki software. See H:INSOURCE and also the rest of that Help page. Mike Turnbull (talk) 13:19, 12 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
DOH! Sorry, Trappist the monk, I thought I was helping you but now realise you had already provided the answer for the OP ThoughtIdRetired, which I hope he has seen. My only excuse for my incompetence is that it is > 32C here today and my brain fails in the heat. Mike Turnbull (talk) 17:00, 12 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Hi I am get a trouble on festival Wikimania, I can watch online chat because I am working iPad, what am I do?ئارۆ سالار محمود (talk) 12:16, 12 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I'm sorry, but I have no idea what your problrm is, or what kind of help you need. If it is a technical issue, then WP:VPT is probably a better place to ask, as the people who answer questions here are generally Wikipedia editors and don't have much knowledge of the technical aspects of it. ColinFine (talk) 16:52, 12 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@ئارۆ سالار محمود Wikimania wiki would be the appropriate place to ask about these issues. PRAXIDICAE🌈 17:04, 12 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Is there a way for me to see all timestamps in some sort of synchronized way? I am constantly getting confused about what is on the post, what is on the diff, what is at article history, what is at the contributions history. Maybe etc., not sure where all they show up in the local time of the poster vs. UTC. Valereee (talk) 17:29, 12 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Everything at Wikipedia is in UTC; page histories, diffs, and talk page sigs are all posted by default in UTC. If you don't know your local relationship with UTC, may I recommend you go to your "Preferences" tab select the "Gadgets" section, and scroll down to "Appearance", there is an option that will display a running UTC clock in your top menu bar, next to the "Logout" link. However, all times in contribs, diffs, history, and sigs are still always in UTC. --Jayron32 18:17, 12 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Jayron32 - I think you are incorrect in saying "all times in contribs, diffs, history, and sigs are still always in UTC." In my prefs under "appearance" there is a section called "Time offset" and a place to set your local time. With local time set, sigs are always in UTC, but contribs, history, and diffs show up in my local time. ~ ONUnicorn(Talk|Contribs)problem solving 18:36, 12 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Yes, I should have said "by default". If one did set that in the past and forgot about it, I can see how that might be confusing. If that's the issue, just go and set your timezone to UTC. That should fix it. --Jayron32 18:39, 12 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I do have the running UTC clock enabled. It's just that when I'm comparing when something happened (usually when I'm trying to see if someone has edited after they received some notification without responding to that notification), I'm always unsure whether I'm comparing the times correctly. So if I set my own timezone to UTC this will remove the confusion in histories? Sorry if I'm being dense. Valereee (talk) 18:52, 12 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Yes, setting your timezone to UTC should fix it. ~ ONUnicorn(Talk|Contribs)problem solving 23:56, 12 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thank you! Valereee (talk) 00:12, 13 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
And it's great, because now you can have a beer with breakfast, and not feel guilty anymore. Mathglot (talk) 01:21, 14 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Had a bloody today with breakfast. You do you. Valereee (talk) 01:51, 14 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Math template: Formulas are not visible on iPad in Wikipedia app, in Dark Mode[edit]

I am using the Wikipedia app on iPad; preference set to "Dark Mode" (white text on black background). When viewing articles that contain formulas using this template: <math display=block> the forumlas are NOT VISIBLE. They are there, but the text is black (invisible on black background).

An example page with the problem is: Correlation function (quantum field theory). But I have found over 100 pages that show the problem. They all use <math display=block>.

If the math template is simply <math> (without display=block) everything is great in Dark Mode: text is white, as it should be.

There must be a bug in the Math template, something related to Web page formatting? CCS Style sheets? I tried reporting this issue on the Math template page, but there is no reply. Can you please escalate this? Maybe to the Wikipedia template experts?

I'm fairly confident that the bug is NOT in the Wikipedia app. Thanks. Noleander (talk) 17:32, 12 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Noleander Welcome to the help desk! You received a reply on 8 August at Template talk:Math#"Display=Block" does not work with Dark_Mode. It's apparently a known bug T268279. In the future, if you don't receive a reply after a few days, you can ping WP:VPT for technical questions, otherwise here was the right place. Happy editing! ~ 🦝 Shushugah (he/him • talk) 18:19, 12 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Shushugah - Thanks. Noleander (talk) 21:37, 12 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

August 13[edit]

How do I make an entry[edit]

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

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

adding an article to a navbox[edit]

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

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

Vandalism help request from Padres Hana[edit]

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

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

Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International[edit]

Hi Folks!! Are images that are licenced under this licence [2] available for upload to Wikipedia. scope_creepTalk 17:39, 13 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

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

August 14[edit]

Translating a passage from a source[edit]

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

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

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


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

Wajahat Ali[edit]

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

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


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

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


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

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

update in Background color as gray or black[edit]

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

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

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

How to bookmark a Category in Android app?[edit]

Hi there,

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

How do I do this in Android app?

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

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

Hi Mike Turnbull.

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

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

@Jbionic2010: I think you are referring to the app's button with the "ribbon" icon which is labeled (in English interface) with "Save". The deal seems to be this: that button is not a "bookmark" button like those available in a browser. Apparently the app has no bookmark button (just history-like items and multiple tabs). That Save button actually downloads the article from Wikipedia to your device so that it is available for reading when your device is offline. The button is apparently grayed-out because using a downloaded copy of a category would be next to useless when offline since a category is essentially a list of links to articles (which would not be available offline unless also saved). Also, the downloaded category would become out-of-date since articles are added and deleted from categories dynamically. I would suggest for bookmark-like function you could open another tab with the Category:Python_(programming_language)_libraries page loaded on it, and then switch between tabs. --R. S. Shaw (talk) 21:13, 14 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Cluebot index[edit]

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

Organizing categories with RegEx / JWB[edit]

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

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

This is the help desk for the English Wikipedia, not for other wikis. I think you are looking for the help desk for the Mediawiki software project. Try [3]. -Arch dude (talk) 22:18, 14 August 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]