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Today's OTDEdit

As per Three Hundred and Thirty Five Years' War, its very existence is disputed and for such a long conflict the article is thin. Suggest replacing the 1986 item with something else. Brandmeistertalk 08:00, 17 April 2019 (UTC)

Moot because it was yesterday, but I like it because it's a such quirky history item. howcheng {chat} 15:48, 18 April 2019 (UTC)

1847 Battle of Cerro Gordo OTD teaser refers to "Santa Anna's larger Mexican army" -- but article text says Mexican army was 38% smaller.

Tagged the article as self-contradictory (intro says Mexican army was larger) and replaced with Paul Revere. howcheng {chat} 15:48, 18 April 2019 (UTC)

In the Ireland blurb, why not link to Republic of Ireland Act 1948? Ivar the Boneful (talk) 12:17, 18 April 2019 (UTC)

Done. howcheng {chat} 15:48, 18 April 2019 (UTC)

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Can Good Friday be added to the observancies? There's a few cn tags, but nothing major as far as I can tell. — O Still Small Voice of Clam 10:36, 18 April 2019 (UTC)
@Voice of Clam: there are 15 cn tags there, so its a bit high - perhaps this will inspire a cleanup by people that want this listed quickly? — xaosflux Talk 13:39, 18 April 2019 (UTC)
@Voice of Clam: And there's an empty section tag, which is also a no-no. howcheng {chat} 15:49, 18 April 2019 (UTC)

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Several editors have questioned the grammar in this hook at WT:DYK. I'd like to suggest amending it to:
ALT1: ... that the dire whelk sometimes shares the prey of the ochre sea star while the latter is digesting it? Yoninah (talk) 21:33, 17 April 2019 (UTC)
ALT2: ... that when the ochre sea star preys on the dire whelk, the dire whelk shares the ochre sea star's other prey, while it is being eaten? catsmoke (talk) 02:59, 18 April 2019 (UTC)
While what is being eaten? Bazza (talk) 08:37, 18 April 2019 (UTC)
Another possibility:
ALT3: ... that the dire whelk sometimes shares the prey the ochre sea star is digesting?
Jmar67 (talk) 10:08, 18 April 2019 (UTC)
I've read all four hooks, and I am still none the wiser as to whether the ochre sea star eats the dire whelk, or whether they both just share the prey without being eaten themselves? As such, I think some other hook is needed to clarify this point.  — Amakuru (talk) 10:22, 18 April 2019 (UTC)
Please see the interpretation at WT:DYK. I think ALT3 readily expresses that. The article uses "digesting". ALT3 is a simplification of ALT1. Jmar67 (talk) 10:37, 18 April 2019 (UTC)
The wording in the actual article makes it clearer: "that the dire whelk will sometimes share the prey being digested by the everted stomach of the ochre sea star?" --Khajidha (talk) 11:35, 18 April 2019 (UTC)
ALT4: ... that the dire whelk uses its proboscis to extract food from the everted stomach of the ochre sea star?
gnu57 11:41, 18 April 2019 (UTC)
I like that too. Much more "quirky". Jmar67 (talk) 13:43, 18 April 2019 (UTC)

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  • (Die sieben Worte) I suggest that the link read "Seven Last Words", which is the common English expression used in the lead of that article. Jmar67 (talk) 16:51, 17 April 2019 (UTC)
I disagree because without context, it might be understood as "seven last words" which we really don't know, timewise, I mean. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 06:43, 18 April 2019 (UTC)
Adding: I changed the article, "last" is not in the title Schütz chose, and I linked to the sayings, rather than to the settings, anyway better background than other compositions. The article about the other compositions should probably be moved to Musical settings of sayings of Jesus on the cross, because titles will be different, and in many languages. Thanks for pointing this out! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 06:56, 18 April 2019 (UTC)
As I said, "Seven Words" links to the "Sayings" article, which calls it "Seven Last Words". This is essentially a proper name and the hook should use it as well. It is not known in English as the "Seven Words". In the work's article, it is just a literal translation of the German. Jmar67 (talk) 10:28, 18 April 2019 (UTC)
There is a proper name, but Schütz - and we talk about his work - didn't use that name. - Define "last", btw. There are other words by Jesus reported, and likely he will have spoken more unreported, - the Seven are a choice, and could do well without "last". - Similar : "Triumphal entry into Jerusalem", - I gave up fighting that "Triumphal" which looks like POV, but there's a tradition. There seems to be a tradition of saying "last" which comes from the Catholic Latin, but now Schütz, Protestant German, was not in that tradition. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 12:55, 18 April 2019 (UTC)
Where did the link "Seven Words" come from? What source uses it that way? It should be "Seven Last Words". See the "Sayings" article. What the main article says is just a literal translation of the German and is not what English uses to describe the sayings. Maybe you are relying on readers to recognize that "Seven Words" is the translation of "sieben Worte", but the vast majority of them will not know that. Perhaps someone else can comment here. Jmar67 (talk) 13:40, 18 April 2019 (UTC)
Absolutely right that it translates the article it is about, rather saying what other traditions say. "Die sieben Worte Jesu Christi am Kreuz", - no "last" in there. The original title is longer, but also has no "last": Die Sieben Worte unsers lieben Erlösers u. Seeligmachers Jesu Christi, so er am Stamm des Hl. Kreuzes gesprochen[1] (The seven words of our dear redeemer and saviour Jesus Christ, which he spoke on the stem of the Holy Cross). --Gerda Arendt (talk) 14:05, 18 April 2019 (UTC)
Admin needed: you are of course right that the hook also needs a change, best change "the Seven Words" to "the seven sayings of Jesus on the cross", as in the article, if character count permits, otherwise "the seven words". --Gerda Arendt (talk) 14:16, 18 April 2019 (UTC)

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Native spelling of PaliEdit

Someone is claiming at WP:THQ#Language name misspelled that the native spelling of Pali on the main page is incorrect. Could someone take a look at this and fix the error if there's one? Thanks. -- Marchjuly (talk) 01:25, 15 April 2019 (UTC)

Thank you for starting this section. I will just add that the native name for the Pali language can be spelled पालि (more common) or पाळि (less common) but the current spelling listed on the main page is पाऴि (with a dot below ळ) and that is simply wrong. Foreverknowledge (talk) 01:33, 15 April 2019 (UTC)
The language is not on Main Page. Your post was not about the English main page but https://www.wikipedia.org/ as you correctly said at the Teahouse. meta:Talk:www.wikipedia.org template says "Changes are now managed via Phabricator and gerrit." I don't know Pali but {{#language:pi}} produces पालि, the first version you suggested. PrimeHunter (talk) 09:15, 15 April 2019 (UTC)
Thanks for catching my mistake PrimeHunter. -- Marchjuly (talk) 11:42, 15 April 2019 (UTC)
Reported on Phabricator: T220998 rchard2scout (talk) 15:15, 15 April 2019 (UTC)
Thanks for doing that rchard2scout. -- Marchjuly (talk) 02:08, 16 April 2019 (UTC)

Copyright discussion re File:Tottenham hotspur 1901 team.jpgEdit

  • (Tottenham) The photo is PD in the US but not the UK. Why is it eligible for the Main Page? Just curious. 72.94.18.179 (talk) 02:25, 14 April 2019 (UTC)
      Fixed. It's a good point. I've replaced the image with an older team photo that has been signed off as good for Commons.  — Amakuru (talk) 10:15, 14 April 2019 (UTC)
    Amakuru: Can you clarify the issue?
    Fair-use media aren't permitted on the main page, but I'm not aware of any policy (or informal convention) extending this restriction to material in the public domain in the United States, where the Wikimedia Foundation is based. The image in question is ineligible for transfer to the Wikimedia Commons, but that doesn't affect its usage at Wikipedia (beyond necessitating that it be hosted here).
    Any concerns related to downstream reuse are of far greater relevance to the actual article (where the image appears on a public-domain basis, without any reliance on – or even mention of – a fair use claim), which is vastly more likely to be republished than a TFA blurb is. —David Levy 18:57, 14 April 2019 (UTC)
    This must be a fairly rare occurrence, because the period of discrepancy between US and other copyright laws is small. The rules governing what can and can't go on the main page seem to be murky and not well codified, or if they are I haven't found where. But the fact that the image can't be uploaded to commons should be enough of a red flag that we use other options as we did here. Much as the servers are hosted in the US, the editing community are based all over the world and an image which is copyrighted in its own country poses a legal risk that is simply unnecessary in a case like this.  — Amakuru (talk) 21:44, 14 April 2019 (UTC)
Amakuru: Wikipedia is subject to U.S. copyright law. If an image is in the public domain in the U.S., no such legal risk exists. Otherwise, its transclusion in the article would be equally problematic. (It's important to avoid confusing this with fair use, wherein legality is contingent upon suitable context. That's why fair-use images aren't permitted on the main page, where the absence of the article's full prose greatly weakens this justification.)
A great deal of media appearing on our main page may be non-free to many of the site's readers. Per Wikipedia:Non-U.S. copyrights:

While Wikipedia prefers content that is free anywhere in the world, it accepts content that is free in the United States even if it may be under copyright in some other countries. For example works of the U.S. federal government are in the public domain in the United States and widely used on Wikipedia, but they may not be in the public domain outside the United States.

This includes Commons-hosted media, which need only be free in the U.S. and the country of origin – and might be non-free elsewhere. This is not a rare occurrence; it's merely one that doesn't specifically preclude Commons hosting (without impacting Wikipedia hosting) unless one particular country (the country of origin) is affected.
In other words, a file bearing the template advising against a Commons transfer is not necessarily free in fewer countries than a Commons-hosted image is. Such tagging merely indicates that the material is free in the United States (and therefore free for the purposes of Wikipedia) but not free in its single country of origin. It's possible for such a file to be free everywhere else on the planet. Likewise, it's possible for a Commons-hosted file to be free in only one or two countries and non-free throughout much or all of the rest of the world. Again quoting Wikipedia:Non-U.S. copyrights:

"it is the responsibility of contributors to determine that content they wish to contribute is free of copyright constraints in the United States and to supply as much copyright information as possible so that users can judge for themselves whether they can reuse our material outside the United States. It is the responsibility of reusers to ensure that their use of Wikipedia material is legal in the country in which they use it.

The intent behind the TFA image's replacement was laudable (and I want to stress that point, lest I come across as someone who doesn't take the site's free-content mission seriously), but the premise that it solved a problem was rooted in a misunderstanding of copyright and conflation with the concept of fair use. —David Levy 06:54, 15 April 2019 (UTC)
@David Levy: as a Commons admin, perhaps you can tell me the background for the rule banning works that are copyrighted in their country of origin, as well as those that are non-free in the US? I am not entirely sure why a rule that would apply there should not apply here, since both are hosted on the same servers and Wikimedia and individual editors are subject to the same risk of litigation in either case. THanks  — Amakuru (talk) 07:59, 15 April 2019 (UTC)
(talk page watcher) Files uploaded to English Wikipedia are "local files" which means that they can only be used on English Wikipedia pages, whereas files uploaded to Commons are "global files" which means they can be used on any Wikimedia Foundation project page. Since copyright law can vary quite a bit from country to country, some language Wikipedias have different policies and guidelines when it comes to image use and licensing; for example, Commons doesn't accept any fair use content, but some local Wikipedias like English Wikipedia do (per WP:NFC) and others like Norwegian Wikipedia don't at all. My guess is that local Wikipedias are primarily only concerned about whether the content is being used appropriately per their respective country's copyright laws when determining how the file should be licensed on its pages. Another example of this on English Wikipedia, {{PD-ineligible-USonly}} is sometimes used for files which are WP:PD in the US, but not it their countries of origin; these files are still local files, but they licensed as PD based upon US copyright law. -- Marchjuly (talk) 08:15, 15 April 2019 (UTC)
This explanation is helpful. The relevant distinction is that Wikipedia is primarily an encyclopedia, not a free media repository.
(As a minor point, the relevant definition of "free" encompasses works free of copyright and copyrighted works released under free licenses.) —David Levy 09:23, 15 April 2019 (UTC)

(reset) Have there been any cases where this 'multiple copyright expiration dates' has proved an actual issue (rather than 'this is slightly early in the context' and an alternative is found)? Jackiespeel (talk) 13:27, 18 April 2019 (UTC)

Main apge listed at Redirects for discussionEdit

An editor has asked for a discussion to address the redirect Main apge. Please participate in the redirect discussion if you wish to do so. Goveganfortheanimals (talk) 03:05, 16 April 2019 (UTC)

Online Wiki name search?Edit

Why isn't my wiki profile and bio not appearing online when I do a name search? Byron J. Walker (talk) 15:08, 18 April 2019 (UTC)

Because, by default, Wikipedia uses the "noindex" function on most pages outside of the article space, that is user pages and user talk pages get "noindexed" by default. This tells search engines like Google to not use those pages in search results. See WP:NOINDEX for more information. This is because, as an online encyclopedia, only the actual, encyclopedic content (i.e. the articles themselves) are the "front facing" part of Wikipedia. The rest of Wikipedia (policy pages, discussions, user pages, etc.) aren't meant for that purpose. --Jayron32 16:51, 18 April 2019 (UTC)
@Byron J. Walker: But see also WP:NOTWEBHOST. Isa (talk) 18:30, 18 April 2019 (UTC)
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