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November 22Edit

John Hussey, 1st Baron Hussey of SleafordEdit

Please help 2 things - I have failed in my attempt to add a book as a general reference at the end of this page with the other 6 or so books/ documents. Please fix It is in the wrong place.

Also - shouldn't there be a heading "Further References" on top of these extra references?? Thanks in advance and sorry203.132.68.1 (talk) 00:50, 22 November 2017 (UTC)

The ref tags are not necessary at that point. I believe this has been pointed out several times before. As the 'other books' do not have them, they should not have been added. An additional heading is not essential but you could add something like 'Footnotes' above the reflist template and possibly 'Sources' after it (above the list of books) if so desired. Eagleash (talk) 01:35, 22 November 2017 (UTC)

2018 in radioEdit

Can you move the 2018 in radio page from the talk to the draft page please. (talk) 02:13, 22 November 2017 (UTC)

  Done see Draft:2018 in radio. NZFC(talk) 02:43, 22 November 2017 (UTC)

James Kitson, 1st Baron AiredaleEdit

Please help - I have FAILED in my attempt to add a file from COMMONS - in the Gledhow Hall section - on to the above page. please assist if you can. Thank you very much. (talk) 07:29, 22 November 2017 (UTC)

Dear Madam/Sir, I have added the image to the article [1]. Sincerely, Taketa (talk) 07:51, 22 November 2017 (UTC)

Anna Friel Series Mania AwardEdit


Could you please update Anna Friel's Page ( with the following award:

Series Mania, Best Actress (for Broken):

Many thanks (talk) 11:12, 22 November 2017 (UTC)

I have removed the misplaced {{request edit}} template from your question, as that template belongs on the talk page of the article concerned. --David Biddulph (talk) 12:41, 22 November 2017 (UTC)

Image pop-out?Edit

Sup peeps. Is there a way of having a close-up (or a zoom in perhaps?) on an image? Apologies for lack of clarity in expressing my question: I clearly have no idea what I'm talking about. But thanks in advance! Cheers, — fortunavelut lunaRarely receiving (many) pings. Bizarre. 12:13, 22 November 2017 (UTC)

  • Well, you can obviously crop an image or display it with a larger size parameter (see Wikipedia:Extended_image_syntax). But the way I understand your request would be for the reader to be able to make a particular image element larger, for instance hovering the mouse over the image would display it in larger size. I know of no way of doing this in Wikipedia though. TigraanClick here to contact me 14:16, 22 November 2017 (UTC)
It isn't entirely clear what the OP was asking, but of course if a reader clicks on a thumbnail image in an article this will open the page for the image itself, and in many cases this wil have a range of different sizes available for display. --David Biddulph (talk) 14:21, 22 November 2017 (UTC)
Thank you both; perhaps the nearest thing I can thhink of is how on our maps (London's in the IB is an example), one can view a focussed and a broader view of the "same" thing? — fortunavelut lunaRarely receiving (many) pings. Bizarre. 14:41, 22 November 2017 (UTC)
@Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi: I went down the rabbit hole: that behaviour is caused by the (wonderful and underused, IMO) Template:Location map (the London article includes {{infobox settlement}} which calls it via the pushpin_map key). That template itself calls the Lua module Module:Location_map whose source code is provided and (relatively) short.
I am not up to the task myself, but digging through the code for the part that makes an alternative display and making a template {{display alternative image|imageA|imageB}} that allows to switch the image in a similar fashion is probably fairly easy for a Lua programmer. Try your luck at WP:VPT, maybe? TigraanClick here to contact me 18:24, 22 November 2017 (UTC)
@Tigraan: Many thanks! Yes, I'll give that a go then- although- confession!- you kinda lost me after "rabbit hole"  ;) Thanks though for all your help with this. Have a good week! — fortunavelut lunaRarely receiving (many) pings. Bizarre. 18:31, 22 November 2017 (UTC)
Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi the switcher for the location maps is controlled by MediaWiki:Gadget-switcher.js, which is more generic. you can see examples (without location maps) in Template:Switcher/testcases. you can find a very simple example in User:Jackmcbarn/switcher as well. Frietjes (talk) 18:48, 22 November 2017 (UTC)

Change Title of Houthoff BurumaEdit

Dear reader,

A few weeks a go I requested a change of the Houthoff Buruma Wiki-page via Talk. Unfortunately no one has responded. The name of this Dutch law firm has changed to only Houthoff, I'm somehow unable to change the title and logo myself. Can somebody make these changes? It's one of Holland's biggest law firms so it's important the information is up to date.

Change of Title to: Houthoff and Change of Logo to new Houthoff Logo

Please change the Title from Houthoff Buruma to Houthoff. Source: Dutch chamber of commerce - and a statement on their website:

Is it also possible to change the URL to Houthoff too?

Many Thanks

URL of Page: — Preceding unsigned comment added by Ericdegraaf2018 (talkcontribs) 12:36, 22 November 2017 (UTC)

Moved. --David Biddulph (talk) 12:44, 22 November 2017 (UTC)
Note that I can see no sign of any move request on the article's talk page, so that's presumably why nobody responded. --David Biddulph (talk) 12:47, 22 November 2017 (UTC)
He requested on his own talk page. Ruslik_Zero 12:51, 22 November 2017 (UTC)

SE RankingEdit

I am a small business and trying to find out why my web site cannot be seen. I have joined and have read many articles about getting your site seen on the www. When I run a SE ranking Wikipedia come up as the top site under roofing, yet you are not a roofing company. What I read said you need to link to Wikipedia to get seen. I joined and still confused because this is an information type web site and not a business web site. I could write an article (not the best writer or can spell) about being a woman and owning a roofing company but who cares. So I am asking how is it possible to link my company to this site. Oh and I have never been on a roof, scared of heights. If you want to check out my site it is Thank you — Preceding unsigned comment added by Totalrestore1985 (talkcontribs) 12:48, 22 November 2017 (UTC)

@Totalrestore1985: Wikipedia is high in search engine results because we are the fifth most visited website and have millions of incoming links from other sites, and millions of articles including some about roofing. We are an encyclopedia and not a tool to help other websites get traffic. We add nofollow to external links to deter people from trying to use us to improve their search rankings, so I think you got wrong advice. The first five Google results for me on roofing is from the English Wikipedia. That does seem a bit extreme but we don't control Google. A Google search om totalrestore1985 shows they do know your site. It just doesn't place highly in general searches like roofing. Search engine optimization can be difficult and there are millions of websites mentioning the term. A search on SEO forum may find places you can ask for tips. If you consider contributing to Wikipedia then see Wikipedia:Paid-contribution disclosure, Wikipedia:Conflict of interest and Wikipedia:Notability (organizations and companies). PrimeHunter (talk) 13:55, 22 November 2017 (UTC)

Is this helplineEdit

I need some help create ing a page — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2405:204:7141:FA46:B7EC:4C4B:8A3C:6066 (talk) 15:13, 22 November 2017 (UTC)

The starting point for such advice is at WP:Your first article. --David Biddulph (talk) 15:25, 22 November 2017 (UTC)
To which I would add, IP user, that it is worth thinking about why you want to create an article (think of it as an article rather than a 'page'): it is to improve Wikipedia, or is it for some other person or group? If the latter, Wikipedia might not be an appropriate place to be working. --ColinFine (talk) 15:41, 22 November 2017 (UTC)

Jewish cemetery in Prague, Czech RepublicEdit

When we visited this old cemetery in Prague in the late 1960's, we were told by a local guide that the reason there were so many graves in such a small space, was that, at some point during its development, the local government would not allow Jews to have any more land. Therefore, hundreds of graves and gravestones from then on are crammed into this small space. Also, he told us that the earliest grave was from the 12th century.

Carol Karlin, Denver, CO. November 22, 2017 — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:42, 22 November 2017 (UTC)

Hello, Carol. Do you have a question about editing Wikipedia? If you're wanting to suggest a change to a particular article, the Talk page for that article is the best place to make the suggestion. But "Somebody told me" (even if it was an official guide) is not sufficient: we would need a reliable published source for this information, otherwise Wikipedia becomes useless. --ColinFine (talk) 17:18, 22 November 2017 (UTC)


I need to change the logo on our page Biz Television - we changed our branding. I cannot figure out how to change it. HELPKkantz (talk) 17:49, 22 November 2017 (UTC)

  • Hello Kkantz. Since it seems you are an employee of Biz Television, you need to read WP:PAID and make the mandatory disclaimer before editing any further, otherwise you will be forbidden from editing ("blocked").
Then, please read WP:LOGO which describes the conduct to follow when it comes to uploading copyrighted logos.
Finally, here's the canned answer to questions about image insertion; see in particular steps 3 and 4:

  To use an image on Wikipedia, follow these steps:

  1. Ascertain carefully the copyright status of the image. If in doubt, ask. As a rule of thumb, images that you did not take yourself are almost always under copyright, and images that you took can be released under a free license.
  2. If the image is in the public domain, or under a free license compatible with Wikimedia Commons' license requirements, or if you hold the copyrights and are willing to release the image under such a license, upload it on Wikimedia Commons using the Upload Wizard.
  3. If the image is neither public domain nor available under a free license, check whether it satisfies all non-free content criteria. In particular, photographs of living people almost never qualify. If it does not, it cannot be used on Wikipedia; do not upload it. If it does, upload it on Wikipedia (not on Wikimedia Commons).
  4. Once the image has been uploaded to the Wikimedia Foundation's servers (either to Commons or Wikipedia), follow the steps in the picture tutorial to place the image in an article.
Come back if you need more specific help. TigraanClick here to contact me 18:36, 22 November 2017 (UTC)

Can't save edits to my draftEdit

Hello, I am currently working on Draft:Romeo Langford (basketball) and have been unable to save edits. Each time i try to save, I enter the "confirmation code" typing in the letter combinations. However, each time I get re taken to the confirmation page with a different code, saying that I put in the wrong code. This just started, as I was able to edit the draft last night fine. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thank you. Ajdeluca4 (talk) 18:09, 22 November 2017 (UTC)

@Ajdeluca4: Users usually only have to enter a CAPTCHA when they add external links before their account is autoconfirmed, meaning it's four days old and has made ten edits. Your account will be autoconfirmed in 20 hours so if you have problems, you can just wait with external links until then. PrimeHunter (talk) 21:22, 22 November 2017 (UTC)
@PrimeHunter: Hello again, my account is now confirmed but I still get error messages when I try to save the draft after adding a link. I don't need to enter the CAPTCHA anymore, but it still says my edits are not saved. My edits save with no problem when I just add text, but don't work adding a reference. Do you have any suggestions or thoughts on why this is? Ajdeluca4 (talk) 23:45, 23 November 2017 (UTC)
@Ajdeluca4: There are different possibilities. I cannot say without knowing the error message or what exactly you try to save. Maybe there is a link to a blacklisted website but I'm just guessing. If you have changed your interface language away from the default "en - English" at Special:Preferences then you may get a more informative error message by changing back to "en - English". PrimeHunter (talk) 23:52, 23 November 2017 (UTC)

How can I get notified for replies to my posts?Edit


How can I track replies that are being made to my posts?

The watch list also tracks all other changes outside of my topics. --Alxx32 (talk) 20:00, 22 November 2017 (UTC)

@Alxx32: You can't only watch part of a page. However, if folks are polite, they will "ping" you when they reply, as I have done here. RudolfRed (talk) 20:08, 22 November 2017 (UTC)
I see, @RudolfRed:. Thank you. --Alxx32 (talk) 20:16, 22 November 2017 (UTC)

Sandbox questionsEdit

Hello, I am a new Wikipedian and am wondering about the sandbox, I created a sandbox and was seeing how templates and the editor worked on that sandbox. Anyways I was using the micronation country template and just filled it in with a country I just made up to see how the text would render and if I was doing everything right, and then BAM it gets deleted because people said it was a hoax and so they deleted it. I thought I was misusing the sandbox by accident but then I want to the Wikipedia:About the Sandbox page and I didn't see anything I violated, am I correct or not in thinking my sandbox shouldn't have been deleted? Thanks YuriGagrin12 (talk) 20:19, 22 November 2017 (UTC)

Hey YuriGagrin12. Maybe User:Winged Blades of Godric or User:Shirt58 can offer more detailed feedback on why this may not have fallen under our usual exception for allowing users to experiment in their sandbox. GMGtalk 20:25, 22 November 2017 (UTC)

Thank you, I ave left messages on their talk pages (they haven't responded) Is there any way I could link this page in a comment to them? YuriGagrin12 (talk) 21:07, 22 November 2017 (UTC)

Hey YuriGagrin12. You can always copy and paste [[Wikipedia:Help desk#Sandbox questions]], but you probably don't need to since I pinged them in my comment the same way I pinged you with this comment. When you mention someone's username with link to their user page they get a notification. GMGtalk 21:13, 22 November 2017 (UTC)
(edit conflict) @YuriGagrin12: Wikipedia:Criteria for speedy deletion#G3. Pure vandalism and blatant hoaxes applies to all pages including user sandboxes. G1 and G2 have exceptions for sandboxes but not G3. Wikipedia:User pages#User pages that look like articles says: "Pages that egregiously present false information may be tagged with {{db-hoax}}." Winged Blades of Godric and Shirt58 were notified of this discussion by GreenMeansGo by linking their user pages, like I linked your user page (via {{reply to}}) in this post. You could link to this section with [[Wikipedia:Help desk#Sandbox questions]]. Note that starting a line with spaces will cause special formatting. Don't do it to start a normal text paragraph. PrimeHunter (talk) 21:16, 22 November 2017 (UTC)

Woah, this is not vandalism or a blatant hoax! This is literally just me messing around with templates to see how they work. Ive never vandalized or even edited an actual article because of this stuff thats going on. I literally just got an account yesterday to see how templates and editing work. I understand wikipedia is not a blog service or free web hosting service, however I didn't violate that. Also you can't verify if this information is true or not because micro nations are very common. Based on what the about page has said and everyones comments my article shouldn't have been deleted. Also in the user page guidelines (This is copy and pasted)Experimentation (usually on subpages) Trial pages for templates, unfamiliar or specialist markup (including LaTeX), etc., as a kind of personal sandbox. Pages to test bots and scripts without doing harm.

User pages and user subpages can be transcluded and substituted, so they behave like templates, and can be tested as such.YuriGagrin12 (talk) 21:33, 22 November 2017 (UTC)

@YuriGagrin12: If Google finds nothing about an alleged micronation then it isn't even "real" by micronation standards. Your first post said "filled it in with a country I just made up", so you admit you made it up. That's indistinguishable from a hoax. We are not going to say "Users are allowed to make hoaxes if they call them tests". All hoax writers could just claim to be making tests. Please accept that we have rules. I just pointed you to both a policy and a guideline supporting deletion of userspace hoaxes. You brought up Wikipedia:About the Sandbox but that says: "it must not be used for malicious purposes". The linked page Wikipedia:Misuse of the sandbox says: "it may be deleted at any time in accordance with Wikipedia's criteria for speedy deletion, particularly, the criterion governing pure vandalism and hoaxes." User sandboxes can be seen by everybody and there are limits to what we allow in them. I'm assuming good faith but for somebody not making a hoax, you are fighting pretty hard to keep your non-hoax. PrimeHunter (talk) 22:08, 22 November 2017 (UTC)

I am sorry for misusing the sandbox but I can assure you I was not attempting to make a hoax or spread false information in anyway. But I do apologize and am sorry. The reason I cam here was not to retrieve data but to see why my post was deleted and that has been answered. YuriGagrin12 (talk) 22:43, 22 November 2017 (UTC)

November 23Edit

Elizabeth BowesEdit

Please help - I do not know why ref number 4 is in red. Please help. Thanks (talk) 02:45, 23 November 2017 (UTC)

Fixed. The date included the volume number. StarryGrandma (talk) 03:15, 23 November 2017 (UTC)

Albert Kitson, 2nd Baron AiredaleEdit

Please fix up ref. number 6 on this page. Thanks (talk) 06:36, 23 November 2017 (UTC)

  Done Please note that the Template:Webarchive, which was used in the reference can verify that dates in URLs for Wayback, WebCite, and match the date in the |date= argument. If the dates don't match it will display the date from the URL, add a red warning message "date mismatch", and add the article to the warning tracking category. Thanks, Lourdes 07:05, 23 November 2017 (UTC)


Meaning of (not stated by Wikipedia)

I am nearly 70 and heard this saying many times in my youth in England. In southern England, and Isle of Wight in particular, a good eating fish to catch was a Cod. The cod was plumper than a normal fish and it's flesh was very sweet. Once caught on a line, it was usually hit on the head with a small mallet to stun or kill it to remove the hook. If one missed the head and hit the stomach area, all the gut, entrails etc would be expelled out of it's rear orifice! Hence the saying, "What a load of Codswallop"!

Hope this is of interest to Wikipedia. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 008Firelighter (talkcontribs) 10:56, 23 November 2017 (UTC)

Wikipedia is an encyclopaedia, not a dictionary, so would not need an article about 'codswallop' unless there were a good deal to say about it: even if that were so, everything in the article would have to be cited to published Reliable Sources. See, however, the entry in Wiktionary, here, which alludes roughly to what you say along with a good many other possibilities. Remember that the word cod (or Codd!) has or had other meanings than 'a kind of fish.' {The poster formerly known as} (talk) 11:53, 23 November 2017 (UTC)
The word was in use in the north of England in the 1950s too, inland, and far from any fish-catching. Research by the OED failed to come up with any convincing explanation of the origin. There are lots of possibilities, but none of them convincing. Dbfirs 13:54, 23 November 2017 (UTC)

page deletions and extortionEdit

The company I work for had hired a Tech services company to design our online profiles. In setting up the wikipedia page for our CEO they did not follow the wikipedia guidelines and it was therefore removed. For 5 months they wouldn't respond or accept responsibility for their mistake. The user which had created the page has moved on to another company, and when contacted he said that he'll only fix the page to get it up again if we pay him 3 times the initial cost of setting it up. So now we're stuck in a bind where if we try to create the page again it'll be blacklisted and if we go to him we'll be extorted. What is a possible solution to get our page back up? Is it standard operating procedure for wikipedia editors to purposefully make issues with pages so that they can charge more fees to fix them or is that just this particular editor being one of the bad apples in the basket? (talk) 13:20, 23 November 2017 (UTC)

Hello anon. Paid editing of the type you are describing is highly discouraged for a number of reasons, not least of which is the fact that Wikipedia does not vet these individuals or companies, and cannot offer any guarantee that their services are legitimate or worthwhile. Often the best answer in cases like this is that if a subject is truly notable, then a volunteer will eventually write an article for it. In cases where these services are in fact illegitimate, which may be much or even most of the time, it is unfortunately the responsibility of the customer to vet the "product" they're paying for as you would any other, and the risk for doing, or failing to do that effectively rests ultimately on the buyer, as it would with any other product bought from what ultimately ended up being a disreputable seller. GMGtalk 13:45, 23 November 2017 (UTC)
You're certainly right to ignore the attempt at extortion. Even if you paid the extortioner, he's in no position to guarantee that he can deliver what he's offering. Definitely a bad apple – you and your CEO should be congratulating yourselves that he's no longer with you. Maproom (talk) 15:21, 23 November 2017 (UTC)
Extortionist, surely? -Roxy, Zalophus californianus. barcus 15:37, 23 November 2017 (UTC)
The word "extortionist" has recently taken over as the preferred form (more so in American than in British English), but "extortioner" has been a word in the English language since 1375 (per OED entry). Dbfirs 16:41, 23 November 2017 (UTC)
In order to address the specific issue, can you tell us what the name of the company is, what the title of the deleted page was, or what the username of the editor is? Deli nk (talk) 16:52, 23 November 2017 (UTC)
  • This is not "extortion." The person is not holding something valuable of yours until you pay. He has nothing of value. This is simply a failure to fulfill a contract, and you should speak to lawyer since we do not provide legal advice. -Arch dude (talk) 17:17, 23 November 2017 (UTC)
Hello, IP user. Unfortunately, you have fallen into the clutches of an ignorant or ill-intentioned person who took your money while failing to advise you that a Wikipedia article is not and never can be part of your "online profile". If Wikipedia ever has an article about your company, it will not be under your control in any way, and will contain whatever material that a consensus of Wikipedia editors decides has been published in reliable sources unconnected with your company; your (and your agents' involvement will be limited to suggesting changes to it. Many people misunderstand this (look through the archives of this page to see), but that is how Wikipedia works. --ColinFine (talk) 13:48, 24 November 2017 (UTC)

Listing a book in its introduction writer's bibliographyEdit

An anonymous user is requesting is asking to add a book to the bibliography on the semiprotected page of Indian author Arundhati Roy but she only wrote its introduction. My guess is no but that's because, being a pretty lazy person, I went to literally one bibliography of a person who has probably written introductions and forewords and couldn't find any such listings. Is there an established approach to something like this? Neither of the two obvious guesses (WP:MOS-BIBLIO and Wikipedia:WikiProject_Bibliographies#Recommended_structure) seem to answer this. CityOfSilver 16:59, 23 November 2017 (UTC)

Never mind. Like Stephen King's bibliography, Roy's own bibliography has no listings like this so I declined it. CityOfSilver 18:46, 23 November 2017 (UTC)

Should names of organizations be translated?Edit

I'm writing an article for the WiR World Contest. The subject of the article is from a Spanish-speaking country, so the name of the organization she founded is in Spanish. Should I translate the name of the organization, or should I keep it in the original language? Can someone point me to the relevant guidelines? I couldn't find a relevant guideline in the WP:MOS but maybe I didn't look hard enough ;) Thank you! –FlyingAce✈hello 17:48, 23 November 2017 (UTC)

The guidance is at WP:Article titles#English-language titles. --David Biddulph (talk) 18:14, 23 November 2017 (UTC)


In National Defence Radio Establishment, an IP removed this picture with the comment "Borttagande av skyddsobjektsbild(er)." Google translates that to "removal of protective object image". Is there a legal requirement in Sweden to not publish such pictures? Does the English Wikipedia obey it? --Tim Landscheidt (talk) 19:56, 23 November 2017 (UTC)

The image in question has been in use on Swedish Wikipedia for over five years without the authorities raising any apparent concerns, so I wouldn't worry. ‑ Iridescent 20:05, 23 November 2017 (UTC)
  Done Thanks, I've reverted the removal. --Tim Landscheidt (talk) 23:56, 23 November 2017 (UTC)


I am new to geology articles. Please help me to categorize Haflong Thrust and Dauki fault, and to add appropriate banners. Aditya(talkcontribs) 21:03, 23 November 2017 (UTC)

Hello Aditya. I suggest you ask at WT:WikiProject Geology. --ColinFine (talk) 13:51, 24 November 2017 (UTC)
Thanks. Aditya(talkcontribs) 13:53, 24 November 2017 (UTC)

November 24Edit

R SambandanEdit

R Sambandan opposotion leader Sri Lankan politician has another citizenship rather Sri Lankan has not disclosed. please disclose the said secound citizenship of R Sambandan — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 06:01, 24 November 2017 (UTC)

Do you mean R. Sampanthan? Please clarify what your question is. What is the second citizenship you refer to? Please provide your sources. Please sign your posts on talk pages by typing four tildes (~~~~). Thank you. Eagleash (talk) 07:01, 24 November 2017 (UTC)

signature with obsolete html element problemEdit

Should i use a bot or AWB to replace my signature element <font> that i had signed over past 12 years? I saw some user to do so claiming it will affect surrendering text. (My old and new code are located here User:Matthew hk/sign). Matthew_hk tc 07:38, 24 November 2017 (UTC)

Hello Matthew, I don't know whether it's necessary for you to actually change your past signatures. I've not noticed any script in your (past or present) signature that can affect the way in which text is rendered on the page. Also, while I may personally see both past and present signatures as a bit heavy on the eyes, it's not something I'll crib about. Thanks, Lourdes 08:11, 24 November 2017 (UTC)

Asking for personal opinions.Edit

Hello. What is the place to ask Wikipedians for personal opinions? (Example: Somebody tried sharing a cracked phone screen using a screenshot) --Alxx32 (talk) 08:45, 24 November 2017 (UTC)

I don't know but perhaps the reference desk could be what you're looking for. As the legend at the top of this page mentions: "This page is only for questions about how to use or edit Wikipedia. For other types of questions, use the search box or the Reference desk." Feel free to come back here for any further guidance. Thanks, Lourdes 11:22, 24 November 2017 (UTC)
The reference desk is for research, questions of fact, and asking for sources, not personal opinions. To answer OP, Wikipedia is not a social networking site, so what you want to do might not be appropriate for Wikipedia, but I guess you could always just email a user or post on their talk page. I for one am always more than happy to chat about anything. I'm not sure exactly what you're asking, but perhaps an off wiki site, such as might be more what you're looking for. Benjamin (talk) 11:30, 24 November 2017 (UTC)

missing wikipedia pageEdit

Dear team,

i can't find the wikipedia page of shehzad shaikh which existed a while back he is a indian television actor who has done various roles and the page was complete with filmography but now does not show it however you may find his imdb profile google search specifically for "shehzad shaikh" kindly help with the same — Preceding unsigned comment added by Shubrodt (talkcontribs) 10:17, 24 November 2017 (UTC)

 Dear Shubrodt; did you meanShehzad Sheikh, whom we do have an article on? Although, I note that it claims that he is actually a Pakistani actor :) — fortunavelut lunaRarely receiving (many) pings. Bizarre. 10:25, 24 November 2017 (UTC)
  • The article Shehzad Shaikh was deleted and re-created (and re-deleted) a couple of times. See the redlink for the details. CrowCaw 21:54, 24 November 2017 (UTC)


Has Wikinews ever been cited as a source on Wikipedia? Benjamin (talk) 10:23, 24 November 2017 (UTC)

Yes, it has been, but such use of an open wiki as a source is contrary to WP:SPS. --David Biddulph (talk) 10:32, 24 November 2017 (UTC)
I mean, has it been cited, and kept, and not reverted? And I'm not too familiar with Wikinews, but isn't it peer reviewed? Benjamin (talk) 10:33, 24 November 2017 (UTC)
The search insource:"" finds around 150 current examples. It's problematic per Wikipedia:Verifiability#Self-published sources but we have 5 million articles and limited oversight. PrimeHunter (talk) 10:37, 24 November 2017 (UTC)

Dounlowdable sourcesEdit

I found a good, reliable source that's not online, but can be freely downloaded by a webpage. There's a recommended way to point out, in the reference text, where a source can be downloaded from (maybe using a CS1 template)? (talk) 23:02, 24 November 2017 (UTC)

As long as the citation is solid, I'd say it's not our job to steer the reader to a particular source of that information. Remember: there is not and probably never will be, a rule that all citations must be verifiable online. --Orange Mike | Talk 00:16, 25 November 2017 (UTC)

November 25Edit

submitting edited article for review?Edit

hello, I recently made edits to my draft of the entry for Agnieszka Kurant and I don't see anywhere i can add this for review? Here is the article: — Preceding unsigned comment added by Avantgaertner (talkcontribs) 04:56, 25 November 2017 (UTC)

Hello, if you consider that the page is ready for mainspace and that it complies with all the requirements of WP:NOTABILITY and WP:MOS then you can add {{subst:submit}} at the top of the page, which submit it for review. If you have not done so, please read WP:REFB in respect of correctly adding references and WP:CITET for templates and parameters used. Please sign your posts on talk pages by typing four tildes (~~~~). Thank you and good luck. Eagleash (talk) 05:14, 25 November 2017 (UTC)