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May 18[edit]

2019 redefinition of SI base units[edit]

See User talk:Guy Macon#2019 redefinition of SI base units.

The redefinition of the base units for the metric system happens on 20 May 2019. I am hoping to get this article mentioned on the main page on that day. Alas, I also have a hot project and if I don't make my deadline because I spent too much time on Wikipedia the toy I am working on will miss Christmas. :(

Any help I can get with either making last-minute improvements to the article or with navigating the politics of getting things mentioned on the main page would be a huge help. --Guy Macon (talk) 00:31, 18 May 2019 (UTC)

Hi Guy Macon; you could nominate it at In The News. Cheers, Baffle☿gab 04:02, 18 May 2019 (UTC)
Done. Portal:Current events/2019 May 18 --Guy Macon (talk) 05:11, 18 May 2019 (UTC)
...and reverted.[1] Like I said, I need help navigating the politics of getting things mentioned on the main page. Waiting until the day the SI units are redefined and only then discussing whether to put them on the main page seems like a bad plan. --Guy Macon (talk) 13:25, 18 May 2019 (UTC)
Well, I think the issue with the portal is you should have added it at Portal:Current events/2019 May 20 and provided a source. However, the current events portal is not the same as the main page in the news. Please see Wikipedia:In_the_news/Candidates#How_to_nominate_an_item regarding nominating. I've never done it, but there appear to be instructions there. Good luck! ‡ Єl Cid of ᐺalencia ᐐT₳LKᐬ 13:40, 18 May 2019 (UTC)
I hope that this does the trick:[2] --Guy Macon (talk) 15:27, 18 May 2019 (UTC)

Why are you copy protectng the carbonaro effect show ?----[edit]

Why are you copy protecting the carbonard effect show ?----— Preceding unsigned comment added by 2601:40b:300:b1b0:17a:110b:7e6a:711 (talkcontribs) 18 May 2019 15:47 (UTC)

The Carbonaro Effect (edit | talk | history | protect | delete | links | watch | logs | views)

Please clarify what difficulty you are encountering. The page does not seem to be protected from editing. Thank you. (Please sign your posts on talk pages by using four tildes like this: ~~~~.) Eagleash (talk) 15:58, 18 May 2019 (UTC)
The phrase "copy protecting" makes me wonder if this is a question about Wikipedia at all. Eman235/talk 16:35, 18 May 2019 (UTC)

Super Bowl LVIII[edit]

If NBC Airs Super Bowl LVI It Can not Air 2 Super Bowls in 3 Years So If CBS Airs Super Bowl LV That means that CBS has the Television Rights to Super Bowl LVIII In The Next Television Contract. (talk) 18:10, 18 May 2019 (UTC)

What question about how to use or edit Wikipedia are you asking? {The poster formerly known as} (talk) 19:58, 18 May 2019 (UTC)
P music.svg This page is for questions about using Wikipedia. Please consider asking this question at the Entertainment reference desk. They specialize in knowledge questions and will try to answer any question in the universe (except how to use Wikipedia, since that is what this Help Desk is for). Just follow the link and ask away. You could always try searching Wikipedia for an article related to the topic you want to know more about. I hope this helps. --MrClog (talk) 22:24, 18 May 2019 (UTC)

Editing problems[edit]


I usually edit on mobile, and the new edit-window text-highlighting system is making that nearly impossible. It seems to have introduced various bugs that make it impossible to select, copy, and paste text, or even to move the cursor once I've started typing. The only way around it I've found is to repeatedly refresh the page with the "Show preview" button. What is going on? —Sangdeboeuf (talk) 20:28, 18 May 2019 (UTC)

Do you have "New wikitext mode" enabled? Ruslik_Zero 20:40, 18 May 2019 (UTC)
I have no idea. How do I check? No. I just looked at my preferences and New wikitext mode is disabled. —Sangdeboeuf (talk) 21:10, 18 May 2019 (UTC)
I guess you refer to one of the features at Wikipedia:Syntax highlighting. The most common to activate by accident is the highlighter marker button Codemirror-icon.png to the left of "Advanced" in some toolbars. PrimeHunter (talk) 22:19, 18 May 2019 (UTC)
Yes, that seems to have been it. Thanks for the info. —Sangdeboeuf (talk) 22:07, 19 May 2019 (UTC)

Internal link not working[edit]

On the page 2017 Penn State Nittany Lions football team, in the lead there should be a link to 2017 Washington Huskies football team, but it is showing up as [[2017 Washington Huskies football team|Washington]], which appears to be a well-formatted link. I'm not sure how to fix this. Ostealthy (talk) 23:01, 18 May 2019 (UTC)

Ostealthy, there was a line break in the middle of the link. Seems to work now. – Þjarkur (talk) 23:03, 18 May 2019 (UTC)

May 19[edit]

Name of an architectural element[edit]

Nice roof (41323754891).jpg

Does someone know how to call the iron structure on the top of the roof?--JotaCartas (talk) 05:08, 19 May 2019 (UTC)

Hi @JotaCartas: I did an internet search and found Cresting (architecture). However for Wikipedia you need Wikipedia:Reliable Sources and they can help with terminology.TSventon (talk) 09:47, 19 May 2019 (UTC)
@TSventon:, thank you. My question is about the "gazebo like" structure just in the top. Maybe it has no specific name. --JotaCartas (talk) 09:54, 19 May 2019 (UTC)
JotaCartas, you might get a better answer at the humanities reference desk. Eman235/talk 12:14, 19 May 2019 (UTC)
@Eman235:, thank you, I will do that--JotaCartas (talk) 16:49, 20 May 2019 (UTC)

Library books posted via the mail? (U.K)[edit]

Hi, I live in the United Kingdom. Does anyone know if there is a library service that will post me books via the Royal Mail? How can I access specialist texts without physically travelling to a far away library or buying the texts? Szzuk (talk) 07:53, 19 May 2019 (UTC)

This is the page for asking questions about how to edit Wikipedia. Your local library would be best placed to answer your question. They will also be able to get an Interlibrary loan for any book you want.--Shantavira|feed me 08:18, 19 May 2019 (UTC)
I need the books to edit wikipedia. Szzuk (talk) 08:21, 19 May 2019 (UTC)
Please also see Wikipedia:WikiProject Resource Exchange.--Shantavira|feed me 08:45, 19 May 2019 (UTC)
You may be able to use the British Library's On Demand system. I believe they send copies of chapters or articles rather than whole books though, and I'm not really sure what's available or how much it costs. I agree with Shantavira that if you're looking for material to use in Wikipedia articles WP:RX is likely to be the best avenue. – Arms & Hearts (talk) 14:06, 19 May 2019 (UTC)


Hello, I'm gonna asked anyone on how to disable the PHP7? This is actually a beta feature until it was removed on the beta section just this May. I was tried this if it was sufficient for my editing and it was good, but since it was removed from the beta feature, I suppose to disable it but I can't tell on where to disable it and since it was removed, it's still attach to my tags. I need some of your response on how to disable it. Thanks. P.S. This is a temporary... Movies Time (talk) 12:07, 19 May 2019 (UTC)

@Movies Time: It has been removed from Beta features and is now being made the default for all users. You cannot disable it, because there's no need to. It doesn't actually change how you normally edit. See mw:Beta Features/PHP7 for further details. – Ammarpad (talk) 15:17, 19 May 2019 (UTC)
@Ammarpad: Thanks for the info. Now I understand why it happen and I appreciate it. Again, Thanks!!! Movies Time (talk) 15:36, 19 May 2019 (UTC)


  • Can I put the conductor's name on "artist" on the album infobox and on "music by" on the film infobox?
  • If a film spawns a video game, and there's not much info about it, can we put its contents (infobox, reception etc.) on the article for the film, instead of making a new page?

NickBlamp (talk) 13:11, 19 May 2019 (UTC)

Mass retargeting redirects[edit]

Is there a tool that can be used to retarget lots of redirects (roughly 133) in a semi-automated way? Of the 135 redirects to Judge John Hodgman, all but two ought to point instead to List of Judge John Hodgman episodes (2010–2014) or List of Judge John Hodgman episodes (2015–present). I can't use AWB as a Mac user, but I'm also not sure whether AWB or any similar tool can do things like this. – Arms & Hearts (talk) 14:14, 19 May 2019 (UTC)

Do edits need to be approved?[edit]

I am currently offline from my main account, but I did not see an edit I made until a week later. Do edits have to be approved for them to show up? (talk) 14:25, 19 May 2019 (UTC)

This can depend. Some articles have changes set to pending to avoid vandalism. Which article were you editing? Best Wishes, Lee Vilenski (talkcontribs) 14:39, 19 May 2019 (UTC)

Images, Categories, and an oopsie?...oh my![edit]

So. I think this might be an issue... I created a Wikipedia category for some images from the Texas City disaster article "Category:Texas City disaster" and for some images that I removed from that article's gallery. After creating the category in Wikipedia, I realized that there was also a Commons Category of "Texas City Disaster". All I was trying to do with creating the WP Cat was to collect all of the Texas City Disaster photos in one place so I could put a link or a see also or something at the article so people could access all the Disaster photos collected together in one place. Now, my issue is that not all of the Disaster photos have been ported over to Commons. I (or someone who actually knows what they are doing please) would have to review them and transfer them over there and Commons usage is not my strong suit so... did I create the "Texas City disaster" WP Cat in error? etc. How would it be best to proceed... Thanks, Shearonink (talk) 15:43, 19 May 2019 (UTC)


Considering the above template, is there any way to globally get rid of the ugly double boldface setting of the month names, e. g. as in Template:Calendar#Examples?--Hildeoc (talk) 15:57, 19 May 2019 (UTC)

You've asked this question before. Where? What answer did you get there? What do you mean by double boldface?
Trappist the monk (talk) 16:06, 19 May 2019 (UTC)

Want to make needed edits to "Wisconsin" page but am being denied[edit]

I visited the Wisconsin page [1] today and noticed that the section on the state's economy is grossly out-of-date. (For example, it says "In 2010 Wisconsin's gross state product was $248.3 billion." Forbes's [2] estimate of the state's GSP -- $342 billion as of November 2018 -- shows that the page is off by 8 years and roughly $94 billion. Other facts about Wisconsin's economy are similarly stale, if not missing outright.) I am ready, willing and able to update the page, but its status is set to prevent people like me from doing so. Frankly, setting the status of a page like this to "Semi-Protected" seems a bit silly, since it is neither controversial nor heavily used. I am requesting either: a) that the page's protection status be relaxed to something more suitable, or b) that I be granted a status sufficient to allow me to edit the page without having to jump through a bunch of unnecessary hoops.

Thanks! Pablito.Alto (talk) 16:55, 19 May 2019 (UTC)

@Pablito.Alto, articles like that are a common target for school-vandalism. You can make an edit request on the article's talk page, and after 6 more edits here you'll automatically be able to edit that article. – Þjarkur (talk) 18:11, 19 May 2019 (UTC)
@Pablito.Alto: to see why the page was semi-protected, take a look at the recent history of edits by clicking the "view history" tab. -Arch dude (talk) 19:46, 19 May 2019 (UTC)
Since it's semi-protected, shouldn't it have one of those padlocks? Gråbergs Gråa Sång (talk) 22:16, 19 May 2019 (UTC)
Padlock added. TigraanClick here to contact me 15:26, 20 May 2019 (UTC)


Unreferenced stubs[edit]

I'm coming across scores of articles like this, this, and this. Should I PROD them all?--Shantavira|feed me 17:11, 19 May 2019 (UTC)

You should try to determine whether they are notable or not, first. Ruslik_Zero 17:22, 19 May 2019 (UTC)
You can PROD them if you want all unreferenced material removed and it would result in a blank page. – Finnusertop (talkcontribs) 21:03, 19 May 2019 (UTC)
Those are all included on the lists of monasteries (such as {{Monasteries in Staffordshire}}). So it might be good to ask this question at Wikipedia talk:WikiProject United Kingdom, in case they are working to a strategy of building up these articles.--Gronk Oz (talk) 01:40, 20 May 2019 (UTC)

Can I add a deletion sorting page to any WikiProject that doesn't have one?[edit]

For example, the Colorado project has one, Wikipedia:WikiProject Deletion sorting/Colorado. Could I just start one for a project like Wikipedia:WikiProject Ghost towns at Wikipedia:WikiProject Deletion sorting/Ghost towns for notifications regarding deletions of ghost town articles? - Scarpy (talk) 18:35, 19 May 2019 (UTC)

@Scarpy:Each project is a collaboration among its members. A decision to add such a page should be dicussed on the project's talk page. If you are a member of a project (itself a fairly informal relationship) then you have as much input as other members. You should not arbitrarily add anything to a project of which you are not a member. -Arch dude (talk) 19:43, 19 May 2019 (UTC)
@Arch dude: point taken. To simplify the question -- given a project that I am a very active member of like, Wikipedia:WikiProject Addictions and recovery, are there any technical barriers that would prevent me from adding a deletion sorting page for that project? Could I simply add the content that's used from other deletion sorting pages? - Scarpy (talk) 20:09, 19 May 2019 (UTC)
@Scarpy: I see no technical problem: you can just do it. Depending on the group dynamics, you can discuss it first or announce it after the fact. -Arch dude (talk) 22:26, 19 May 2019 (UTC)

Should I Empty This Category?[edit]

The category Emmy Award Winners has subcategories for both primetime and daytime, and also for each specific area in the Emmy's. Should I empty the category and move everything to either primetime or daytime? ChipotleHater (talk) 19:52, 19 May 2019 (UTC)

Edith Rosenbaum for GA?[edit]

Hi, I'd like to know if anyone (if you wish) could take a look at the article and if it's suitable to present as GA nomination or more citations are needed. I am totally willing to work on it. Kind regards. --LLcentury (talk) 22:25, 19 May 2019 (UTC)

It seems you've never edited the page. Please read the detailed guide about GA processes at Wikipedia:Good article nominations/Instructions. – Ammarpad (talk) 06:10, 20 May 2019 (UTC)

May 20[edit]

Family of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge[edit]

Please help - I have added a file in grandparents section - it is way too big. I had created a caption too. please help - sorry. 2001:8003:D968:5701:D02:3A9C:54C7:9AA4 (talk) 01:00, 20 May 2019 (UTC)

 Done, It was just missing "thumb". MB 03:35, 20 May 2019 (UTC)

George Hulse[edit]

My friend GEORGE HULSE, is alive and well. He is a living, breathing African-American Health Industry Executive here in New York City. Therefore, his photo should NOT be appearing on Wikipedia for the bio of George Hulse the White British actor who died in 2001. Please remove the black American Mr. Hulse's pic from the deceased white British Mr. Hulse's bio. Thanks. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Allendewane (talkcontribs) 01:23, 20 May 2019 (UTC)

@Allendewane: Symbol move vote.svg Are you by any chance referring to a photo or text shown to the right of a Google search? Google'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 Google presents our information, but Google's Knowledge Graph has a "Feedback" link where anyone can mark a field as wrong. – Þjarkur (talk) 01:27, 20 May 2019 (UTC)
@Allendewane:: to add to Þjarkur's advice above, please note that the Wikipedia article about George Hulse the actor does not have a photo, and there are no Wikipedia article about any other persons called George Hulse. {The poster formerly known as} (talk) 21:27, 20 May 2019 (UTC)

How To Get A Simple Wikipedia Page for a Company[edit]

I represent a large corporation in a marketing capacity. Recently, my contact at this company asked about what could be done to get them referenced on Wikipedia. I contacted a company that focuses on writing articles for Wikipedia and they said that the only way a company can receive a dedicated Wikipedia entry is by providing examples of how this company has received dedicated exposure in the past - not through press releases or other self promotional means, but by exposure in a major publication that was not obviously instigated by the company itself.

I searched and found several articles about this company on different mediums, with a few referencing my client right in the headline, but the third-party Wikipedia editing company said it wasn't enough.

I'm confused because when I do searches for other companies on Wikipedia, I find several that don't have strong - or any - references. At least there are not references I can see.

For instance, I did a search on a local attraction called Bonanzaville and the following Wikipedia page came up:,_USA

There doesn't seem to be any references that led to the establishment of this page, and there's a notation that this page is a "stub." I'm guessing that means it won't get a major writeup. So that leads me to the question, if my company doesn't have the right references for a comprehensive writeup, would I be able to establish a "stub" page?

Appreciate the help anyone can provide.

Thanks! — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:57, 20 May 2019 (UTC)

No. Stub or full-blown article, a company still has to satisfy WP:CORP. I've also nominated Bonanzaville, USA for deletion. Clarityfiend (talk) 05:45, 20 May 2019 (UTC)
Other inappropriate articles existing does not mean others can, too. If you know of other companies that do not merit articles, feel free to nominate them for deletion. As this is a volunteer project, it is possible for inappropriate articles to go undetected; we can only deal with the ones we know about. Also note that any company that claims to specify in writing Wikipedia articles must have its employees comply with WP:PAID. You too must comply with WP:PAID if you are here as a representative of your company. 331dot (talk) 12:02, 20 May 2019 (UTC)
Long-time volunteers here are leery of paid editing in general, on the grounds that a truly notable subject will attract the interest of a volunteer eventually. You appear to be dealing with a fairly ethical paid editor. Others might claim that they can get an article accepted for you and take your money, after which the article will get deleted and you will have no recourse. More than 200 articles get deleted every day, mostly because the subject lacks notability by our definition. -Arch dude (talk) 18:55, 20 May 2019 (UTC)

Template:Arctic topics[edit]

Is it possible to include the actual Arctic portal icon – instead of the default portal icon – in the footer of the above template?--Hildeoc (talk) 13:10, 20 May 2019 (UTC)

The image was inserted with {{icon}} template with has predefined set of images to display. So you cannot use it unless the icon is added there which also must have sort of justification before being added. Alternately the image can be inserted directly without using the {{icon}} template, but even then it would be good to know what's even the icon of the Portal:Arctic? And why the change is needed. – Ammarpad (talk) 20:11, 20 May 2019 (UTC)

Conflicting info in article[edit]

How do I submit the following info? Seems like there should be a clear link to submit such feedback, but I couldn't find it quickly. How do I submit the following?...

The Yellow Jacket article contains conflicting info: one sentence says the queen lives through the winter, and a few sentences later it says the queen dies in the autumn: "Yellowjackets are social hunters living in colonies containing workers, queens, and males (drones). Colonies are annual with only inseminated queens overwintering." …"From this time until her death in the autumn, the queen remains inside the nest, laying eggs."— Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk)

You can tell any concerns you have with an article on its talk page, in this case, Talk:Yellowjacket. Every article should have a link to its talk page at the top of the screen(if you are on a computer). 331dot (talk) 15:39, 20 May 2019 (UTC)

Help with Wikitable[edit]

I've been editing the HP Saturn CPU article and another editor insists that the following Wikitable be present, where'd I'd use an SVG file instead if it were my choice :

HP Saturn register fields
Bits 63-60 59-56 55-52 51-48 47-44 43-40 39-36 35-32 31-28 27-24 23-20 19-16 15-12 11-8   7-4   3-0 
Nibble F E D C B A 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0
Fields   XS B
P=0   P
P=7   WP

The problem is that I'd like to get rid of the the blank table cells in the column that contains the "P = 0" and "P = 7" table cells and merge them into the dark grey background.

In an SVG editor this is trivial, but I'm not very well versed in wiki markup and I have been tearing my hair out about how to get rid of the above empty cells.

Any help would be appreciated.


Jdbtwo (talk) 15:51, 20 May 2019 (UTC)

Changed, let me know if that works.Naraht (talk) 17:20, 20 May 2019 (UTC)
Thanks a lot! :D It worked perfectly :) Jdbtwo (talk) 17:47, 20 May 2019 (UTC)

Dealing with the edit history when splitting an article[edit]

The list of 21st-century earthquakes is far too long and should I think be split into list of earthquakes 2001–2010 and list of earthquakes 2011–2020. I suggested this back in August last year on the article talk page and I commented again recently in the same section to announce my intent. There has been no response in the nine months since my initial suggestion, so I'm planning on being bold and just splitting the article. Splitting the content is trivial, but there are some issues concerning practicalities:

  • Do I create two new pages and later ask for the original to be deleted or rename one of them and create the other (does anyone care)?
  • How do I handle the editing history? Do I copy the original into both articles or somehow split them, although I don't know how to go about that?

I've read WP:SPLITTING, but it doesn't really address this kind of split. Mikenorton (talk) 15:54, 20 May 2019 (UTC)

Mikenorton See WP:CORRECTSPLIT and copying within Wikipedia for how to handle the editing history for attribution purposes. Basically, your edit summary should say, "Contents [[WP:SPLIT]] from [[Source article name]]; please see its history for attribution." and add the {{Copied|from=|from_oldid=|to=|diff=}} template to the talk page of both articles. ~ ONUnicorn(Talk|Contribs)problem solving 16:48, 20 May 2019 (UTC)
Thanks, but the original article would be redundant and should be deleted, so where does the shared editing history go? Apologies if I'm being dumb about this. Mikenorton (talk) 16:59, 20 May 2019 (UTC)
I would move the original article to list of earthquakes 2001–2010, then split off the post-2011 stuff into list of earthquakes 2011–2020. The shared history would then be at list of earthquakes 2001–2010. ~ ONUnicorn(Talk|Contribs)problem solving 17:13, 20 May 2019 (UTC)
Alternatively, you could turn list of 21st-century earthquakes into a dab page, listing each decade's article, and leave the history where it is. ~ ONUnicorn(Talk|Contribs)problem solving 17:15, 20 May 2019 (UTC)
Thanks, I like that final suggestion (and the other would also work). Mikenorton (talk) 18:10, 20 May 2019 (UTC)

Help:Cite errors/Cite error references duplicate key[edit]

Hello, I just need help fixing a citation for the public Criminology page. Claims a citation was used multiple times under different context. Thank you. TaylorMarcusStudent (talk) 17:33, 20 May 2019 (UTC)

Hi TaylorMarcusStudent. Two different references are defined with ref name=":1":
  • Turner, E. (2013). "Beyond 'Facts' and 'Values': Rethinking Some Recent Debates about the Public Role of Criminology". British Journal of Criminology. 53 (1): 149–166. doi:10.1093/bjc/azs048. ISSN 0007-0955.
  • Rock, Paul (2010). "Comment on "Public Criminologies"". Criminology & Public Policy. 9 (4): 751–767. doi:10.1111/j.1745-9133.2010.00667.x. ISSN 1538-6473.
Visual editor gives references names like that. It is much better to use names like "Turner2013" and "Rock2010" to avoid mixups like this, but the visual editor makes that difficult. If you have trouble tracking down which references are which I can look at the history to see if that helps. StarryGrandma (talk) 18:24, 20 May 2019 (UTC)
TaylorMarcusStudent, it turned out to be easy to find so I fixed it. Happy editing. StarryGrandma (talk) 18:40, 20 May 2019 (UTC)

The ownership of marie byrd land[edit]

Marie byrd land is owned and not unclaimed land — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:20, 20 May 2019 (UTC)

courtesy link: Marie Byrd Land (edit | talk | history | protect | delete | links | watch | logs | views) Eman235/talk 19:23, 20 May 2019 (UTC)
And possibly also Territorial claims in Antarctica - X201 (talk) 19:29, 20 May 2019 (UTC)
Hello, IP user. If you have suggestions to make for improving an article, the best place to make them is on the talk page of the article: in this case, Talk:Marie Byrd Land. Any information to be added requires a reliable published source. --ColinFine (talk) 19:26, 20 May 2019 (UTC)

May 21[edit]

Hello, i need help getting started...[edit]

i want to create a page and i'm not sure how to began...if theres anyone willing to help i will do my best to listen and get it done...

Thank You for your time... Cheers — Preceding unsigned comment added by Shawnymartin (talkcontribs) 00:13, 21 May 2019 (UTC)

@Shawnymartin: Hello and welcome to the Teahouse. I would caution you that successfully creating a new article(not just "page") is probably the hardest task on Wikipedia. It takes much time and practice. New users who dive right in to article creation sometimes end up disappointed and with hurt feelings as their work that they spent hours on is mercilessly edited and even deleted by others. I don't want that to happen to you. New users are much more successful when they start smaller, by editing existing articles in areas that interest them, making small changes and working their way up to more substantive changes and eventually article creation. That's what I did and I think the process went much easier for me, as I got a feel for the process beforehand. I would recommend that you do something similar.
However, if you still want to attempt to create an article, I would recommend that you first read Your First Article, and then submit a draft using Articles for Creation so that you can get feedback on it before it is formally placed in the encyclopedia, instead of afterwards when it would be treated more critically. You may also(either way) find it helpful to use the new user tutorial. Whatever path you choose, good luck. 331dot (talk) 00:20, 21 May 2019 (UTC)

@331dot: Thank You for your this something your able to help with? Just need to talk to someone whos been there and done Cheers — Preceding unsigned comment added by Shawnymartin (talkcontribs) 00:31, 21 May 2019 (UTC)

You are welcome to ask any other questions that you have; if I don't answer them right away, there are many knowledgeable editors here who will. 331dot (talk) 00:31, 21 May 2019 (UTC)
Shawnymartin Check your talk page. I've posted some helps there that should help get you on your way to learning how to edit Wikipedia. Shearonink (talk) 00:35, 21 May 2019 (UTC)
Shawnymartin. Something it is worth your doing early is to check whether the topic that you wish to write an article about is both suitable for Wikipedia and notable (in the way that Wikipedia uses the word). If it is not, then any further time you spend on trying will be wasted. Hundreds of articles and drafts get deleted every day, many of them because people have gone ahead and created them without doing this basic check. --ColinFine (talk) 10:54, 21 May 2019 (UTC)


Someone who doesn't like me went into the Laura Pedersen (writer) entry and changed the title of a category just so they could post one unflattering line from a very old small town paper review -- aka trolling rather than rounding out. Women in humor are subject to an enormous amount of misogyny (see Christopher Hitchens Vanity Fair story "Women Aren't Funny"). Yet I have been fortunate enough to be successful with reviews and awards after much hard work in the comedy world where men are gatekeepers and tastemakers. I respectfully request the line from The Williamette Week under RECEPTION be removed or else balanced out with some of the many positive reviews and awards regarding my work. There are many and the person who posted had to dig hard to find one that wasn't. (talk) 01:06, 21 May 2019 (UTC)

We call this a "content dispute". Your view is that this one tiny review is being given undue weight (WP:UNDUE). Please discuss this on the article's talk page and try to get other editors involved there. See WP:DISPUTE if you and the other editor cannot resolve this. Please do not edit the article directly yourself: see WP:COI). Come back here if nothing is working for you on this. -Arch dude (talk) 01:28, 21 May 2019 (UTC)
Courtesy link Laura Pedersen.TSventon (talk) 17:53, 21 May 2019 (UTC)

Family of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge[edit]

There is a big void of space in the Michael Middleton early life and education section. Please place the pics on the other Srbernadette (talk) 02:42, 21 May 2019 (UTC)

Not obvious to me: some image syntax was edited 24 hours ago but even before that there did not seem to be the situation you describe. Eagleash (talk) 03:00, 21 May 2019 (UTC)
Yet again; please do not start multiple threads with the same heading. Thank you. Eagleash (talk) 03:03, 21 May 2019 (UTC)

How to change username of my wikipedia account?[edit]

Hello wikipedia,

How to change the username of my wikipedia account?

Please help.

Thank you.— Preceding unsigned comment added by Gerard-Odonovan (talkcontribs)

Gerard-Odonovan WP:UNC is where the policy is. Global user account rename request is the location to request a namechange. Best Wishes, Lee Vilenski (talkcontribs) 11:56, 21 May 2019 (UTC)
Er, you probably want Special:GlobalRenameRequest. Eman235/talk 12:15, 21 May 2019 (UTC)

Old sandbox deletion[edit]

Hello! I moved an existing sandbox User:IMAU01423/sandbox/Piotr Popik (in agreement with the author) to the main Wikipedia space as the article Piotr Popik. Yet, on the old sandbox page there is now a redirect page. Should it be deleted? If yes, how to manage that? Francesco 13 (talk) 13:11, 21 May 2019 (UTC)

It is fine to keep it there. --XTMontana (talk) 15:55, 21 May 2019 (UTC)

I have requested deletion. Best Wishes, Lee Vilenski (talkcontribs) 16:29, 21 May 2019 (UTC)
Thank you for both answers! Francesco 13 (talk) 23:26, 21 May 2019 (UTC)

Home video releases worldwide[edit]

Please check the Stowaways on the Ark and The Magic Voyage articles I've edited. In their "home video" section, I've put releases for a lot of territories. Is whatever I've put there necessary, or I need to only wirte about the better-known ones (UK, France etc.)??? NickBlamp (talk) 14:08, 21 May 2019 (UTC)

Change page name[edit]

I need to change the name of the page for the golf course I work for. We have updated our name. Please let me know how to do that. Thanks.— Preceding unsigned comment added by Mkpolivka77 (talkcontribs)

Hello Mpolivka77. I take it this is about Evanston Wilmette Community Golf Course. I have undone most of your edits to that article because they were blatantly promotional. I have left a message on your talk page with links to our policies on conflict of interest and paid editing. Please read them, and please make the necessary disclosures on your user page. Please do not make any further edits to the article itself, instead, suggest your edits on the talk page so that people who do not have your COI can evaluate them and incorporate them into the article in a neutral manner. Meanwhile, I can move the article for you. ~ ONUnicorn(Talk|Contribs)problem solving 19:18, 21 May 2019 (UTC)

Question for a Checkuser[edit]

Been awhile (years) since my last post here. Anyways, I have recently complied evidence (both on and off-wiki) that a blocked undisclosed paid editor is ip-hopping to evade their block; all of the relevant IPs are geolocatable to the same area, and the subject edited is the same. Would any checkuser be willing to look at my findings and make a call? If so, ping me here and I will compile an email containing my evidence. Thanks. — Preceding unsigned comment added by SamHolt6 (talkcontribs) 19:14, 21 May 2019 (UTC)

You can make a formal request at Wikipedia:Sockpuppet_investigations. Ruslik_Zero 20:17, 21 May 2019 (UTC)

Trouble reviewing DYK nomination[edit]

Hi! I've tried thousand times to review Template:Did you know nominations/WWE 24/7 Championship of May 21, 2019 and in the Edit Page, my review appears, but when I save the page, it doesn't appear. Help? I want to help the article's nominator. Thank you. --LLcentury (talk) 21:30, 21 May 2019 (UTC)

Suggested section to add to "Far future in science fiction and popular culture"[edit]

Specifically, one for Poul Anderson's novella "Flight to the Future". I'd do it myself, but I haven't fully read the story because science fiction usually isn't my preferred genre, so I'd like to request someone who is interested to undertake this challenge.--Thylacine24 (talk) 23:06, 21 May 2019 (UTC)

Generating Wikitable from Excel Spreadsheet[edit]

I hope that this is an easy question. Is there a quick and painless way to create a wikitable from an Excel spreadsheet? For instance, is there an Excel macro that I can use to facilitate the process? Maybe this is described simply. If so, please point me to it, but I didn't find it on a relatively brief search. Robert McClenon (talk) 23:12, 21 May 2019 (UTC)

Robert McClenon, I searched for WP:Tables which found Help:Tables. Then I did a search on that page for the word Excel which brought me to Help:Table#Converting spreadsheets and database tables to wikitable format. †dismas†|(talk) 23:33, 21 May 2019 (UTC)
User:Dismas - Thanks. Robert McClenon (talk) 23:56, 21 May 2019 (UTC)

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Place name pronunciation[edit]

I discovered today that my employer gives me access to the Canadian Press Stylebook, which has an extensive list of pronunciations for Canadian place names, so that you can pronounce Kangiqsualujjuaq (kan-djik-soo-AL-loo-joo-ak) or know that Forget, Saskatchewan is pronounced FOR-zhay even though it is in an anglophone province. I went and did the IPA and the Respelling for a few places in the A range, but I was wondering if someone more experience with this could check my work to make sure I'm not doing anything terribly wrong. The CP guide only indicates the primary stress, and doesn't include IPA so I have to transliterate it myself. I couldn't find a Wikiproject devoted to pronunciation, is there a place to go that I'm unaware of?

Thanks Samuell Lift me up or put me down 01:35, 22 May 2019 (UTC)

hi, how can i inquire about my credentilas? thank u

Users adding confidential or private info[edit]

Hi, Can you advise? There are pages for an actor who keeps his private life private but someone seems determined to post it on this actors wiki page. I've amended it back to remove it twice but what is wikis stance on this sort of thing? It's an invasion of privacy as unless it's been sanctioned by the actor involved (very unlikely) how do I sort this out please? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) 06:46, 22 May 2019 (UTC)

(courtesy links to Alexandra Dowling and Tom Burke (actor)) Wikipedia has a very strict policy on biographies of living people, which mandates that any information in articles must be referenced with high-quality sources. In this case, the information was not referenced at all, so it was fine to remove it. – Teratix 07:02, 22 May 2019 (UTC)
Thank you for your quick response - is there any way to stop this reoccurring please as I don't want to have to keep amending it. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs) 07:06, 22 May 2019 (UTC)
A report can be made at WP:BLPN to invite more editors to watch the articles and to respond to problems. I added them to my watchlist and will try to remember to monitor what's happening. If necessary, the pages can be semiprotected for a short period to discourage the IP edits (that would also stop you from contributing there). Please use four tilde characters to sign your comments, see WP:TP. Johnuniq (talk) 07:18, 22 May 2019 (UTC)