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Hi, Just a quick note. Could you please stop deleting references due to link rot. There are processes for dealing with dead links. You can find out more at WP:404 which should explain how you can help us fix these issues. Glad to have you with us and thanks for understanding!

Thanks! Bailo26 Talk to me 02:08, 23 February 2021 (UTC)

A lengthy welcomeEdit

Hi Amethystloucks. Welcome to Wikipedia. I hope you don't mind if I share some of my thoughts on starting out as a new editor on Wikipedia: If I could get editors in your situation to follow just one piece of advice, it would be this: Learn Wikipedia by working only on non-contentious topics until you have a feel for the normal editing process and the policies that usually come up when editing casually. You'll find editing to be fun, easy, and rewarding. The rare disputes are resolved quickly and easily in collaboration.

Working on biographical information about living persons is far more difficult. Wikipedia's Biographies of living persons policy requires strict adherence to multiple content policies, and applies to all information about living persons including talk pages.

If you have a relationship with the topics you want to edit, then you will need to review Wikipedia's Conflict of interest policy, which may require you to disclose your relationship and restrict your editing depending upon how you are affiliated with the subject matter. Regardless, editing in a manner that promotes an entity or viewpoint over others can appear to be detrimental to the purpose of Wikipedia and the neutrality required in articles.

Some topic areas within Wikipedia have special editing restrictions that apply to all editors. It's best to avoid these topics until you are extremely familiar with all relevant policies and guidelines.

If you work from reliable, independent sources, you shouldn't go far wrong. WP:RSP and WP:RSN are helpful in determining if a source is reliable.

I hope you find some useful information in all this, and welcome again. --Hipal (talk) 01:32, 27 February 2021 (UTC)

February 2021Edit

  Hello. I have noticed that you often edit without using an edit summary. Please do your best to always fill in the summary field. This helps your fellow editors use their time more productively, rather than spending it unnecessarily scrutinizing and verifying your work. Even a short summary is better than no summary, and summaries are particularly important for large, complex, or potentially controversial edits. Thanks! Willbb234Talk (please {{ping}} me in replies) 16:57, 28 February 2021 (UTC)


Hello, Amethystloucks,

Please do not add nonexistent, red link categories to articles unless you intend to create the category and it fits into the existing Wikipedia category structure. Otherwise, you are creating work for other editors. If you don't know which categories are appropriate, you can try to find an article on a similar subject and see how it is categorized.

If you have questions about categories or editing on Wikipedia, please bring them to the Teahouse. Thanks. Liz Read! Talk! 20:07, 16 March 2021 (UTC)

@LizTalk!: Hi! When I added the categories, I was adding ones that had articles on Wikipedia. I'm not sure why they were red.Amethystloucks (talk) 20:12, 16 March 2021 (UTC)

Bundled citationsEdit

Hello,Amethystloucks, you asked a question at Talk:Same-sex marriage#References regarding bundled references, for example here and here. No, bundled citations are not typical, but they are not prohibited, either. It may be an attempt to mitigate WP:CITECLUTTER. I don't particularly like the way they did it in that article, and I may attempt some changes there. Sometimes it's done well; see for example, Holocaust denial#References.

As far as where to ask your question, you have a choice: the article talk page was fine, if you meant it specifically about how to improve that one article. Or, if you meant it more generally, you could ask at the WP:Tea house, or the WP:Help desk. You can also ask at the talk page of an editor you trust, or right here on your Talk page, by asking your question in a new section below, and adding {{Help me}} to your message. Hope this helps, Mathglot (talk) 23:01, 25 March 2021 (UTC)

Please check your references for reliabilityEdit

Hi Amethystloucks . I noticed that you recently used thefamouspeople.com as a source for biographical information in Candice King. Please note that the general consensus as expressed at WP:RSN is that it does not meet the reliable sourcing criteria for the inclusion of personal information in such articles. I've gone ahead and removed it. If you disagree, let's discuss it. This is the second time your editing has come up in routine searches for clearly unreliable sources. Please check WP:RSP and WP:RSN to help determine if a source is reliable. Thanks.--Hipal (talk) 01:24, 28 March 2021 (UTC)

@Hipal: Ok, thanks for that! I'll look into that. Amethystloucks (talk) 15:40, 28 March 2021 (UTC)

Do you read this page?Edit

If you do, please reply. Numerous editors are attempting to engage you here on your User talk page, and if you're aware of that, it would help to know that, so that editors know they are not wasting their time attempting to help you by leaving you messages here. You can reply to this message, by clicking the little [edit] link top right of this section, and pasting {{Reply|Mathglot}} into your message. Thanks, Mathglot (talk) 09:12, 28 March 2021 (UTC)

@Mathglot: Hi! I am seeing the message. I wasn't aware people are looking for a response, so thanks for that! Amethystloucks (talk) 19:33, 21 June 2021 (UTC)

NYPL edit-a-thonsEdit

You might like to reach out to User:Kosboot, I'm also available and glad to help.--Pharos (talk) 20:25, 3 April 2021 (UTC)

Queering Wikipedia 2021 User Group Working Days: May 14–16Edit

The Wikimedia LGBTQ+ User Group is holding online working days in May. As a member of WikiProject LGBT studies, editing on LGBTQ+ issues or if you identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community, come help us set goals, develop our organisation and structures, consider how to respond to issues faced by Queer editors, and plan for the next 12 months.

We will be meeting online for 3 half-days, 14–16 May at 1400–1730 UTC. While our working language is English, we are looking to accommodate users who would prefer to participate in other languages, including translation facilities.

More information, and registration details, at QW2021.--Wikimedia LGBT+ User Group 02:35, 27 April 2021 (UTC)

Edit on Gender didn't workEdit

On Gender you made an edit to the about notice on the page, stating there was an extra bar. It actually broke the notice, so please look at previews before you publish edits Tranman64 (talk) 01:48, 29 April 2021 (UTC)

@Tranman64: Hey! I did preview it, and it didn't look like it broke the notice, hence why I published it. I'll double check next time that happens.Amethystloucks (talk) 15:19, 29 April 2021 (UTC)

Replying on Talk pages, including this oneEdit

None of your comments using the "reply" template above are working, because you've enclosed them in another template that you presumably copied out of the wiki code of the page. In order to reply to me, for example, you need to type two left curly brackets, the word reply (or, Reply), a vertical bar, my username, and two right curly brackets. Usual placement is at the beginning of your message, but you can place it anywhere you want. Please see WP:THREAD for details on how to reply to previous comments on Talk pages, including this one. That page also explains the proper use of indentation to set off your comments, from someone else's.

See if you can reply to me below, using the "reply" template, along with correct indentation (per WP:THREAD), and, of course, your signature at the end using WP:4TILDES (but, you already knew that!). If you don't hear back from me within a day or so, that means it didn't work. Thanks, Mathglot (talk) 00:13, 14 June 2021 (UTC)

@Mathglot: That makes sense. I see that it's different now, thanks! Amethystloucks (talk) 19:32, 21 June 2021 (UTC)
This time, it worked! So, congrats, and keep doing it that way when responding to other editors, whether here, or at article talk pages, and you'll have no more problems with this. One tricky thing to know about: if you make a mistake with the {{Reply}} template, like, let's say you misspell my name, you can't simply go back and fix it later, it won't work. Instead, you have to add another {{reply}} or {{ping}}, and it has to be on a completely new line, not tacked on to the end of your previous message. So, if I notice a typo after the fact, what I do, is add an indented line below my own message, with the text, : Fix ping – {{reply|SomeUserName}} ~~~~ with the correct spelling of the username, and save it. Hope this helps, Mathglot (talk) 20:17, 21 June 2021 (UTC)