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quoting an entire 1940 obituaryEdit

This obit is in a University of Toronto newsletter (University of Toronto Monthly, Volume 40, Issue 7, 1940). Would I need permission to quote/reprint it and if so (if you might happen to know) from whom?

Information at this link appears not to be copyrighted. Mosesos (talk) 11:04, 13 November 2017 (UTC)

OK, this is a bit complicated. Whether or not it says it's copyright is irrelevant, as material is copyright unless it's explicitly released into the public domain. If it's Crown Copyright as a publication by a government institution, then the copyright has now expired; likewise if it's genuinely impossible to identify the author the copyright has now expired. If it's possible to identify the authors and it doesn't fall under Crown Copyright, then it potentially is still in copyright as copyright will expire 50 years after the death of the last identifiable author. Providing you're just quoting small parts of it, copyright doesn't really matter here as this will fall under fair use, so provided you attribute the quotes correctly and don't quote an unreasonable amount of it (the usual rule of thumb is 10%) you won't get in trouble. ‑ Iridescent 11:22, 13 November 2017 (UTC)
Hi Mosesos Following on from the above answer, I might suggest you keep it simple. Just rewrite the bits of the obituary that are most relevant in your own words, and cut out any trivia. (I'm afraid I couldn't view the article in the link you supplied, it appeared just to be a long list of donors). We are always wary of copy and paste edits here, and, to be frank, if people want to read the whole obituary, the link you include as a reference would do. On a personal interest note, it's fantastic to see you working on a biography of a botanist. I suggest you do as much research and reading around his work as possible. You need to start your draft with a simple sentence saying who he was and why he is of importance. Use his full first name in the article title, then expand into his work, contributions to science, awards, etc, referring to sources that have written about him or his work, rather than quoting his own studies. We have notability guidelines here which seem to let every popular fictional film character under the sun become worthy of a page, whilst scientists working away in the background do have a high hurdle to get over - you can read more at WP:ACADEMIC. Do test your writing aginst the rationale explained there. You may wish to start your editing life here on Wikipedia by adding material to other articles - such as a history of ecological exploration section for Bruce Peninsula itself? Feel free to discuss botanical matters further on my talk page, or visit Wikipedia:WikiProject Plants. Regards from the UK, Nick Moyes (talk) 13:38, 13 November 2017 (UTC)
First of all I apologize for the wrong link. I think this will work. Thank you for your response Iridescent.Mosesos (talk) 15:26, 14 November 2017 (UTC)

Hi Nick Moyes. I have had an initial look at WP:ACADEMIC. Krotkov was only in Canada for 10 or 12 years. His academic credentials were from Russia and appear from his obit to have been quite extensive. Given the perceived difficulty of obtaining proof of credentials from Russia, could there be some consideration taken into account due to that probability or perhaps is Wikipedia alive and well in Russia? I am also considering the article as better being presented as a biography (WP:BIO) "significant, interesting, or unusual enough to deserve attention or to be recorded". It is more of a story about the person rather than a listing of achievements and honours. As well his fame does not extend to the national level (here in Canada anyway) but is rather localized to the Bruce Peninsula. Your suggestion of adding a history of ecological exploration section to the Bruce Peninsula page is an excellent one. I will visit your talk page Wikipedia:WikiProject Plants soon.Mosesos (talk) 16:19, 14 November 2017 (UTC)
Hi again, Mosesos. Sorry for the delay in replying (have been away mountain climbing). I think Krotkov's obituary hints at a greater story which is well worth researching and could demonstrate notability. But please don't try to resubmit your draft again - it needs much more work, both to content and layout. As an example of how it should look, here's a page I created about my old botany lecturer, and another on the head of department. But here and here are two rough drafts I've been working on in my sandbox for ages, which still need more work. I suggest we continue this discussion on your talk page, as I've a few more ideas to offer. Regards from the UK, Nick Moyes (talk) 12:20, 17 November 2017 (UTC)

On signaturesEdit

Can someone tell me how to make my signature black, red, and yellow, and also put a couple images on the sides like Vami IV does? GermanGamer77 (talk) 21:19, 14 November 2017 (UTC)

Hey GermanGamer77. Guidance on customizing your signature can be found at WP:CUSTOMSIG. GMGtalk 21:23, 14 November 2017 (UTC)

I can't make sense of the article. Can you please just tell me what to put in the "signature" field? So here's the directions: 3 horizontal stripes over the entire signature Top stripe black, middle stripe red, bottom stripe yellow. Thanks in advance, and yes, I am kind of lazy. :) GermanGamer77 (talk) 22:35, 14 November 2017 (UTC)

Signatures can contain at most 255 bytes of code, and images from files are not allowed by Wikipedia:Signatures#Images. This limits what is possible. Vami IV uses the Unicode character ✠ from dingbat. If you want to use the colors of the German flag then would you consider something like this: GermanGamer77. PrimeHunter (talk) 23:03, 14 November 2017 (UTC)
GermanGamer77: go to preferences and copy PH's code (ie this: [[User:GermanGamer77|<span style="color:black">German</span>]][[User talk:GermanGamer77|<span style="color:red">Gamer</span>]][[Special:Contributions/GermanGamer77|<span style="color:gold">77</span>]]). I hope to see it soon! Sb2001 00:27, 15 November 2017 (UTC)
Your own signature code could be shortened 39 characters to this: Sb2001. PrimeHunter (talk) 01:08, 15 November 2017 (UTC)
Thank you, PrimeHunter. Very observant of you. I was probably annoyed by the time I did the colour; the fonts on a Mac are completely different to those on Windows computers—I never know how my signature looks to half of our editors, and I had just worked out one I thought worked. Your knowledge of personalised signatures amuses me, since yours is the default. (With your new code ...) Sb2001 01:20, 15 November 2017 (UTC)

Give me his code and tell me where to put it please. [[User:GermanGamer77|<span style="color:black">German</span>]][[User talk:GermanGamer77|<span style="color:red">Gamer</span>]][[Special:Contributions/GermanGamer77|<span style="color:gold">77</span>]] (talk) 18:53, 15 November 2017 (UTC)

@GermanGamer77: You put the code in the right place at Special:Preferences#mw-prefsection-personal but you also have to enable "Treat the above as wiki markup". PrimeHunter (talk) 18:59, 15 November 2017 (UTC)

How do I add the crosses to each side of my signature? GermanGamer77 21:10, 15 November 2017 (UTC)

Hi, GermanGamer77. Are you looking for something like this? ✠GermanGamer77
If so, here is the code: ✠[[User:GermanGamer77|<span style="color:black">German</span>]][[User talk:GermanGamer77|<span style="color:red">Gamer</span>]][[Special:Contributions/GermanGamer77|<span style="color:gold">77</span>]]✠
Hope that helps! –FlyingAce✈hello 01:48, 16 November 2017 (UTC)
Yes, you can just copy characters from dingbat or elsewhere and insert them in the signature field around the other code. PrimeHunter (talk) 13:58, 16 November 2017 (UTC)

Unsure if a subject merits an entryEdit

The actor Josh O'Connor does not have an entry, and I'm unsure whether to draft one. I haven't written an entry before. Thank youP. Tobie B. (talk) 05:53, 15 November 2017 (UTC)

I easily found sources like these,[1][2][3][4] , so I´d say you have a fair shot per WP:GNG. Gråbergs Gråa Sång (talk) 06:40, 15 November 2017 (UTC)
Thank you! Now I just have to figure out all the coding stuff, LOL. Not sure if I can do it, but I'll try. P. Tobie B. (talk) 15:05, 15 November 2017 (UTC)
Hey P. Tobie B.. You may want to check out our tutorial on writing your first article, which can hopefully explain a lot and make things much easier. GMGtalk 15:22, 15 November 2017 (UTC)
Thanks, Go Green. I did look at those instructions, which is why I have a feeling I won't be able to figure it out :-) Will try, though, as I think Josh deserves an entry. P. Tobie B. (talk) 15:27, 15 November 2017 (UTC)
Hi, P. Tobie B.. Perhaps you can try using the Article wizard? It should guide you through the creation of your article, step by step. We'll also be happy to help at the Teahouse with any questions you may have during the process. Good luck! –FlyingAce✈hello 01:40, 16 November 2017 (UTC)
Thank you, FlyingAce! I'm eager to give it a go. Is it standard courtesy to ask the subject if he/she would like to be in Wiki? 2604:2000:E0D3:3500:1143:E2AD:889D:6983 (talk) 02:14, 16 November 2017 (UTC)
Now that´s an interesting question, P. Tobie B. It´s a fine sentiment, but my answer is no. In part because Josh O'Connor choose to pursue fame and this is part of it (hopefully a fairly harmless part). Also, per for example Wikipedia:Conflict of interest and Wikipedia:Autobiography, we generally want the subject of an article involved as little as possible. Also, remember to log in when editing. Gråbergs Gråa Sång (talk) 08:56, 16 November 2017 (UTC)
@P. Tobie B.: The short answer is that no, we do not care about the subject's sentiment towards the article either way. This being said, we usually try not to include overly-private information in articles (see WP:BLPPRIVACY for details). There is some precedent that if a subject just meets the notability guidelines, and requests deletion of an article about themselves, we usually follow that request ("courtesy delete"); similarly, if there is information at the limit of WP:DUEWEIGHT that is not clearly negative, we usually remove it on request. Considering the links that Gråbergs Gråa Sång dug up, I would say we are not in that case (GNG is clearly met to my eyes). (Also, my minority opinion is that many "personal life" sections should go - the university they went to, their spouse's name, number of children etc. are often included even when those facts are not really relevant to the article. Even if that is publically available information, I think it is not encyclopedic information. But that is a minority viewpoint. It was recently agreed that putting samples of signatures for everyone we could was not a good idea, in the same vein. ) TigraanClick here to contact me 09:25, 16 November 2017 (UTC)
Thank you both. I've unearthed a lot of links about Josh, so there's stuff out there for sure. Tigraan, I find the bio facts about celebs interesting—schooling, family, etc.—and would think they belong. If I ever get up enough courage to figure out how to post—I'm a writer, but the technical stuff here scares me—I'd be inclined to include them. 2604:2000:E0D3:3500:1143:E2AD:889D:6983 (talk) 02:29, 17 November 2017 (UTC)
Unless their full date of birth is widely known, please dont't add it. It makes identity theft easier. See MOS:DOB. Doug Weller talk 15:37, 18 November 2017 (UTC)
Hi P. Tobie B. except for the subject's spouse/partner, avoid naming non-notable relatives, particularly children. Do say: "He married Susan Blogs in 1998, they have two children", do not say "He married Susan, second daughter of Joe, a lawyer and Vietnam War veteran, and Anne Blogs, in 1998. Their children are Pete, aged 6 and Lara aged 3". Roger (Dodger67) (talk) 16:51, 18 November 2017 (UTC)
Yes, of course, Roger. There are several famous people in my family—all listed in Wiki!—so I'm quite discreet. I so appreciate everyone's help.2604:2000:E0D3:3500:6041:5ADE:21B3:AEF0 (talk) 17:00, 18 November 2017 (UTC)

promotional user page?Edit

Is this user page improperly promotional? See Talk:Hyperthyroidism# Hyperthyroidism. Please {{ ping }} me to reply. --Thnidu (talk) 21:52, 15 November 2017 (UTC)

Looks promotional to me, including a promotional edit elsewhere. Putting in one's mobile phone number is always a problem.
Had they not made the edit at Talk:Hyperthyroidism#Hyperthyroidism I could imagine it being a slam-dunk for CSD U5, but problematic edits in both cases because they could be seen as largely self-promotional. — jmcgnh(talk) (contribs) 22:25, 15 November 2017 (UTC)

@Jmcgnh: Thanks for your entry on the user's talk page. Are there actions that can be taken if they don't respond or comply?
"CSD US"? (5 minutes searching) Ah, Wikipedia:Speedy deletion criterion for unsourced articles, a failed proposal, as is the proposed alternative, Wikipedia:Proposed deletion process for unsourced articles.
--Thnidu (talk) 06:55, 17 November 2017 (UTC)
Thnidu: Try WP:CSD#U5. I don't know what fraction of admins would consider this a blatant abuse of Wikipedia as a web host under these circumstances (the contribution to an article's talk page may be enough to put it in a gray area). Given the amount of noise we've made about it here (and some of the people who frequent the Teahouse are admins), I'm surprised that the phone number, at least, hasn't been expunged. The fact that it hasn't may mean that we let these borderline cases (it's promotional, but is it blatantly self-promotional?) go. If the associated user never shows up again, there's not much damage. — jmcgnh(talk) (contribs) 07:29, 17 November 2017 (UTC)

Page got rejectedEdit

Hello everyone,

My page Draft:Kornelija Slunjski got rejected and I don’t understand why- I’d like to hear some specifics & constructive advice in how to fix the issue to have it published!

Thank you,

TheGalaxyMan (talk) 23:45, 15 November 2017 (UTC)

Hello, TheGalaxyMan. This person is a makeup artist, which is not in itself a plausible claim of notabilty. Nothing in your draft article provides any special evidence of notabilty. She just seems to be a person doing her job. Why should an encyclopedia have an article about this person? Cullen328 Let's discuss it 08:34, 16 November 2017 (UTC)

TheGalaxyMan, read the rejection notice at the top of your draft page, with the text beginning "This submission's references do not adequately show the subject's notability." It's all explained there. --Thnidu (talk) 07:10, 17 November 2017 (UTC)


Hello, I am editing a series of pages and was wondering how I could get the little box that sometimes appears in the infobox or bottom of the page that says the next page in that series? It sounds confusing but if you look the page 1, at the top of the infobox, it allows you to click and go to page 2,3,4,5 etc. How would I get this? Thanks. Goveganplease (talk) 01:41, 16 November 2017 (UTC)

Hi Goveganplease. There are different ways to do it depending on the subject and possible use of an infobox or other templates. Different templates have different code and many don't have the feature. Which page series do you have in mind? PrimeHunter (talk) 13:53, 16 November 2017 (UTC)

Thanks for responding PrimeHunter, I was wanting to do it with the entire series of Chinese radical pages.Goveganplease (talk) 14:18, 16 November 2017 (UTC)

@Goveganplease: I have used {{Succession links}} in {{Infobox Kangxi radical}}.[5] See e.g. Radical 1, Radical 2, Radical 213, Radical 214 (the last radical). Other pages wil automatically update after a while, or right away if they are purged (I purged the four examples). I didn't know a convenient way to display the symbol from the number so only the number is displayed. PrimeHunter (talk) 15:08, 16 November 2017 (UTC)
@Goveganplease: I now know how to display the radicals as numbered Unicode symbols but I don't know anything about Chinese or what would be appropriate to display. Should the link to Radical 214 in Radical 213 for example display as one of these options: 214, 214 (⿕), 214 ⿕, 214 (⿕), 214 ⿕, . PrimeHunter (talk) 20:59, 16 November 2017 (UTC)

I wouldn't say that they have to be displayed as symbols. I just wanted each page to link to the next in succession. Goveganplease (talk) 16:50, 17 November 2017 (UTC)

Article DeclinedEdit

Hi there,

I submitted an article but it was declined. I know I'm not a Wikipedia expert, but the article had citations and references. What's crazy is that there is no entry for Glassboard (Glass Whiteboard), even though they've been on the market for a number of years now.

Look wiki, if you don't like my article that's fine. But at least put a page for a well-known product.

Andyn GeekMedia (talk) 02:07, 16 November 2017 (UTC)

Hello GeekMedia. Your references look pretty promotional to me. It is not at all crazy that we do not have an article about a topic which has not received significant coverage in high quality, independent, reliable sources. This is an encyclopedia, not a directory of every product on the market. Cullen328 Let's discuss it 08:39, 16 November 2017 (UTC)

How does this Teahouse work? I wrote a short Bio on my uncle and I need help to make it pass review.Edit

The Draft article is Dr Edwin Klotz. It was rejected by "I dream of Horses" and I was hoping that someone here could review it and help make it pass for the next review. Thanks Vincent Klotz Vklotz (talk) 02:44, 16 November 2017 (UTC)

Welcome to the Teahouse, Vklotz. The draft in question is Draft:Dr. Edwin F. Klotz, which I have just reviewed. This draft has many problems, both major and minor. Since the minor problems can be easily corrected, I will focus on the major problems. Please read about the neutral point of view, which is a core content policy. This draft reads like an advocacy piece and a hagiography, which violates that policy. Another significant issue is your clear-cut conflict of interest, as your username and your informal signature as "Vincent Klotz" indicates that you are probably a relative, and your section heading confirms that. This makes it especially difficult (although not impossible) for you to write an acceptable Wikipedia article about Klotz. What we need is rigorous neutrality, with no detectible evidence that the writer is connected with Klotz at all. You are a very long way from that. Cullen328 Let's discuss it 04:30, 16 November 2017 (UTC)
Since this is yur uncle, you are suffering from a severe case of Conflict Of Interest because you are a second party, not a third party. This makes it very hard to keep it neutral. If your uncle is notable enough, sooner or later somebody may write about him anyway. TomBarker23 (talk) 14:02, 16 November 2017 (UTC)
A severe case, doctor? Of conflict of interest? Oh goodness, I hope there is a cure! My name isnotdave (talk/contribs) 14:03, 16 November 2017 (UTC)

Help for brainstorming a particular template for WikiProject Law EnforcementEdit

I'm asking here 'cause the wikiproject page is really dead. Although I advocate for changing to inactive, another matter is that someone raised the idea of making an infobox for law enforcement units such as SWAT-type units since the military unit infobox is used for them. I would agree, except I need feedback and no one hangs around there. Ominae (talk) 10:55, 16 November 2017 (UTC)

Ominae, why? Police department are not generally notable; sub units of police departments even less so. Infoboxes are solely intended to head articles. Why create an Infobox that virtually won't be used? John from Idegon (talk) 12:44, 16 November 2017 (UTC)
I don't know. This is what the guy said though. Ominae (talk) 03:28, 17 November 2017 (UTC)
@Ominae and John from Idegon: How many articles are there about law enforcement units? --Thnidu (talk) 07:21, 17 November 2017 (UTC)
Category:Law enforcement agencies may be a starting point? --David Biddulph (talk) 07:27, 17 November 2017 (UTC)

Disability access, advertizing, spamEdit

Long ago I had attempted to ask for disability access, learning that wikimedia despises that prospect. I had returned briefly to ask about misleading advertizing, receiving inconclusive responses. Then, having given up entirely, for the umpteenth time, I receive spam. I now wonder whether this is only an individual, or a systemic policy. Dhsert (talk) 13:01, 16 November 2017 (UTC)

I'm sorry, Dhsert, but I don't understand what you are talking about. What disability access did you ask for and what happened (it is possible that there was something which wasn't available then but is now; or something which is still not available but should be). And what spam did you receive, by what channel? I don't believe Wikipedia or the Wikimedia Foundation send out spam, but without knowing more detail about what you are complaining of, it's hard to tell. --ColinFine (talk) 16:53, 16 November 2017 (UTC)
Do you endorse this?:

< >.

Dhsert (talk) 17:30, 16 November 2017 (UTC)

@Dhsert: 2601:47:4101:58D1:69E4:E062:E3C8:393C is the IPv6 IP address of a confused unregistered user posting in the wrong place. You are free to delete their post at User talk:Dhsert. They only made one Wikipedia edit and didn't mention any product or promote anything so I wouldn't call it spam. I don't know how they found your talk page but such confused posts are very rare to receive for editors with low activity. I have 49,000 edits and don't recall a so confused post to me. PrimeHunter (talk) 21:14, 16 November 2017 (UTC)

Getting article approved (Free Press Kashmir)Edit

My Topic is a news magazine. The comments says more sources that about the organisation. Most news organisations get sourced and mentioned not written 'about'. How do i get past this? Webmasterfpk (talk) 13:48, 16 November 2017 (UTC)

I'm afraid you can't get "past" it, Webmasterfpk. Notability is a basic requirement of all articles on Wikipedia. If there aren't sources about the organisation, then we can't have an article about it. – Joe (talk) 14:49, 16 November 2017 (UTC)

How do I add an essay to the essay tab?Edit

I wrote a civility essay titled There is no Divine Right Of Editors. How do, and should I, add it to the box of essays that appears at the bottom of most essays? TomBarker23 (talk) 13:59, 16 November 2017 (UTC)

Hi Tom. I think you're talking about Template:Wikipedia essays, correct? If so, you can edit that page like any other, and add your essay to the appropriate section. You might also want to list it at Wikipedia:Essay directory, if you haven't already. – Joe (talk) 14:53, 16 November 2017 (UTC)

That sounds right, thanks. I classed it as an essay so it added itself to the directory already. TomBarker23 (talk) 17:28, 16 November 2017 (UTC)

Undo an incorrect page moveEdit

I created a page in my sandbox and wanted to move it to an Article. However, I accidentally moved it to Wikipedia. I need an admin to undo the move and move it to the mainspace. Can someone help? RajkGuj (talk) 17:35, 16 November 2017 (UTC)

  • Hello, RajkGuj. I am no admin, but I have moved the page to Draft:Sanjay Sethi and added an AFC submission template so that you can submit the page for the mainspace when you think it is ready.
The page Sanjay Sethi is currently a redirect (to ShopClues), I would assume because the CEO is only notable because of the company so it makes sense to have a single article. Yet, a separate page might be worth it. The reviewer can sort this out once you have submitted the page. TigraanClick here to contact me 18:27, 16 November 2017 (UTC)
Thank you Tigraan. I have submitted the draft for review and believe that the CEO can have a page of his own just like the other in his league. RajkGuj (talk) 18:38, 16 November 2017 (UTC)

account rankingEdit

Hello everyone, I have joined Wikipedia 4 days ago and I wondering how long it takes to become a full editor i.e no waiting time or being able to revert changes. Is this gained through good edits, or just time spent editing Wikipedia. Thank you for your time. Penguin2233 (talk) 00:53, 17 November 2017 (UTC)

Welcome to Wikipedia and to the Teahouse, Penguin2233. You became a full editor when you began contributing to Wikipedia. After at least four days and at least ten edits, you will become autoconfirmed, which will give you additional powers, such as the ability to edit semi-protected articles and create new articles. Cullen328 Let's discuss it 01:40, 17 November 2017 (UTC)
Special:Log/Penguin2233 shows your account is only 3 days old so it takes another day. PrimeHunter (talk) 01:44, 17 November 2017 (UTC)
Thank you. Your help for me is highly appreciated. Penguin2233 (talk) 22:21, 17 November 2017 (UTC)

Approval of a profile articleEdit

With the feedback of the fellow reviewers, as per my knowledge I have followed all rules of wiki and would like to submit my 1st article in wiki, I have collected all valid source and references to validate my article. Please help me publish the article from Sandbox to wiki. RAGZU (talk) or guide me what more is required for this article to be published. its been more than 2 months now that i have left my sandbox to be published. awaiting a quick response. — Preceding unsigned comment added by RAGZU (talkcontribs) 06:24, 17 November 2017 (UTC)

Welcome to Teahouse. I've added a {{user sandbox}} template to make it easy for you to submit it for review when you think it is ready. - David Biddulph (talk) 06:37, 17 November 2017 (UTC)
A reviewer will be able to give feedback after you submit the draft, but I would recommend that before you submit it you try to tidy it up. There are a number of obvious problems, including:
--David Biddulph (talk) 10:45, 17 November 2017 (UTC)
Further points I noticed on a quick look, RAGZU:
  • Words like "struggle" and "breakthrough" are not neutral, and should not be used. Nor should unsourced statements about the subject's mential state and motiviation ("Lack of opportunity triggered him")
  • Some of the draft is in note form, not full sentences.
  • "Due to circumstances" is meaningless, and should either be expanded (with a citation) or omitted.
  • It veers between present and past tense for no obvious reason.
Please have a look at WP:BLP. --ColinFine (talk) 13:01, 17 November 2017 (UTC)


″thanks for the warm welcome "Mansnothot12345678 (talk) 08:42, 17 November 2017 (UTC)

I have moved your message to the foot of the page, as that is where new messages go. --David Biddulph (talk) 08:53, 17 November 2017 (UTC)

Wikipedia account securityEdit

For the first time that I can recall, I have six "There have been multiple failed attempts to log in to your account from a new device. Please make sure your account has a strong password" notices. I wasn't attempting to log in from a different than usual device, so clearly someone is doing me the favor of checking the security of my password. I'm not seeing this specific message listed at . Obviously, I should review my overall security and look at ways to improve it. Anyone know why I received six individual notices without numbers rather than a single one with numbers? Anything going on in general causing multiple accounts to get such messages? Other comments and suggestions welcome. - Ronz (talk) 15:55, 17 November 2017 (UTC)

Hi Ronz. The notifications were introduced in 2017. I don't know the details but there are some settings at Special:Preferences#mw-prefsection-echo if you don't want them. PrimeHunter (talk) 12:13, 18 November 2017 (UTC)

I need help posting because of conflict of interestEdit

Hi My boss's bio has a lot of flags because it needs 2nd party citations etc. Another problem is that it is very poorly laid out in my opinion. I have drafted a new bio. Could someone review it and post it for me? I haven't added all the citations to my draft but if someone can review it and post it I will then add the citations. Thanks in advance for any help! Nwolf1470 Nwolf1470 (talk) 17:04, 17 November 2017 (UTC)

Welcome to Wikipedia. After you have read about conflict of interest and paid editing, the place to suggest changes to the article is Talk:Peter Hotez, supported by reliable sources. There is no point in anybody trying to review it without sources, as verifiability is one of the main pillars of Wikipedia. --David Biddulph (talk) 17:11, 17 November 2017 (UTC)
Thanks David! What about if I posted my draft in the Talk section and ask someone to let me know where I need citations and any other feedback? I'm adding citations now but that would be very helpful. Nwolf1470 (talk) 18:15, 17 November 2017 (UTC)
Hello,, Nwolf1470. If you're talking about putting in citations after you've written the text, then I fear you're going about it backwards. You need to start with the citations: forget every single thing you know about the subject and write a summary of only what is in the sources. This is even more crucial when you have inside knowledge of the subject. --ColinFine (talk) 19:50, 17 November 2017 (UTC)

New Political Candidate sourcingEdit

There is a new political candidate in Little Rock, AR running for congress. There are very few stories about her now, as most of the press coverage in a small state like Arkansas is devoted more to the actual goings on by the current house member. Are there any suggestions as to how to find better sources or improve the credibility of the ones given?

Eric Jemahfouz (talk) 17:32, 17 November 2017 (UTC)

The smallness of the state is irrelevant. If she is elected or receives significant coverage like Jon Ossoff despite losing then she is notable enough for an article. My suggestion would be to have the article in the draftspace and then it can be published when enough sources are present. Emir of Wikipedia (talk) 17:38, 17 November 2017 (UTC)
Welcome to the Teahouse, Jemahfouz. Please begin by reading our notability guideline for politicians. Our general practice is that unelected candidates for political office do not get Wikipedia biographies, unless coverage in reliable sources is significant, ongoing and far beyond what is common for political candidates. A better way to cover such candidates is to write an article titled something like "2018 Congressional election in the 2nd district of Arkansas" that would neutrally cover all of the candidates in the race. Then, a redirect can be created, so that anyone typing that candidate's name in the search box will be taken to that article about the race. Cullen328 Let's discuss it 19:41, 17 November 2017 (UTC)

What is a 'correct' article?Edit

What generally classifies as a "correct" article?Dylan Smithson (talk) 19:02, 17 November 2017 (UTC)

Hello Dylan Smithson and welcome to the Teahouse.
Your question seems to involve a category error. Wikipedia articles are as "correct" as we are able to make them. They are never considered completely finished nor beyond possibility of improvement. Articles that pass "Good article" or "Featured article" review are closer to ideal than most run-of-the-mill articles, but may still be improved. There are attempts at articles that may well be considered incorrect: ones whose subject does not meet the standard of notability or ones that are either unsupported by references or whose references do not verify the statements in the article. Usually, these inadequate articles will be tagged for their deficiencies or even deleted.
Does this help answer your question? — jmcgnh(talk) (contribs) 23:45, 17 November 2017 (UTC)

Can not get aproved my articleEdit

Hello, I made an article about music festival. Once it was declined, and I reedited it, and now it has been waiting for new revision for 18 days. Should I still wait, or could make some steps in order to get it published? Thank you!

The link to the draft:

All the best,

Max Makasinych (talk) 20:14, 17 November 2017 (UTC)

Did you resolve the issues that caused it be declined last time? The backlog for review is quite long currently, so you can't do anything to speed it up. Just make sure you have added as much information as possible, in an appropriate tone. Emir of Wikipedia (talk) 20:59, 17 November 2017 (UTC)

Rewording Draft:Republic (crowdfunding platform) to be more neutral and less commercialEdit

I'm working on the aforementioned article, with COI as a paid agent for the subject.

My most recent submission is rejected on grounds of being biased and commercial. I can understand that I introduce biases into the article that I cannot be aware of. I would love to hear about how to rephrase the draft to make it less biased and less promotional.

Thank you all very much :D It feels so nice to learn my way around Wikipedia. I feel like I will try to contribute to Wikipedia more, now that this avenue has opened up for me.

Vinhloc30796 (talk) 21:25, 17 November 2017 (UTC)

There are tags on the pageEdit

There are many tags on the page I have been working on and do not understand what the problem is and how to get the tags off. It looks really bad!

Page :

Thank you Cheri Brown (talk) 21:38, 17 November 2017 (UTC)

@Cheri Brown: Hello and welcome to the Teahouse. I see three tags on the page. The first one indicates that the biography you have written needs additional citations to verify the information given. The second indicates that most of the citations/references given are from primary sources; that is, sources directly related to the person being written about, such as their own words, own website, or anything from them directly(such as an interview transcript). Please click on and read WP:PRIMARY; on Wikipedia, primary sources are only acceptable in certain circumstances, and they do not establish notability. Only independent reliable sources from third parties are acceptable for establishing notability. This would be things like news reports, independent reviews, or anything not authored by someone associated with the article subject.
The last tag indicates that someone believes that you have a close connection to the article subject. I haven't yet done enough research to know what that is, but if you are in any way associated with Kent Tate, it is what Wikipedia calls a conflict of interest(please read about it at WP:COI). It is usually difficult(though not impossible) for those who have a conflict of interest to write objectively and with the neutral point of view that Wikipedia requires. If you have a conflict of interest, you need to declare that, either on the article talk page, or your user page. If you work for Kent Tate, or are otherwise paid to edit Wikipedia, you are required by Wikipedia's Terms of Use to read and comply with the paid editing policy at WP:PAID.
In order to remove the yellow tags from the article, those issues need to be resolved.
I apologize for giving you lots of information, but I hope this helps you. If you have further questions, please add them to this section. 331dot (talk) 22:02, 17 November 2017 (UTC)
I would add that the notability guidelines for artists can be found at WP:ARTIST. All articles on artists must meet at least one of the guidelines listed there. 331dot (talk) 22:06, 17 November 2017 (UTC)
Please note that CB has also asked about this at Wikipedia:Help desk#Flags on page - unable to communicate with users. I am not complaining as I think CB is trying to get as much info as possible. I just want to make sure that those responding don't wind up giving conflicting answers. MarnetteD|Talk 22:16, 17 November 2017 (UTC)

Ability to search for articles in my Wiki contributions?Edit

Can I input a name of an article in my Contributions and see if I've made any edits on that article? The Verified Cactus 100% 01:38, 18 November 2017 (UTC)

You can use the tool available at [6] to search for a specific user's contributions to a specific page. --XenonNSMB (talk, contribs) 02:27, 18 November 2017 (UTC)
Thanks! The Verified Cactus 100% 22:34, 18 November 2017 (UTC)

Uploading imagesEdit

I have loaded an image to wikimedia, but cannot find out how to place it in the relevant Wikipedia article.

Help?!? — Preceding unsigned comment added by FRAS (talkcontribs) 09:17, 18 November 2017 (UTC)

Hello, FRAS. Welcome to the Teahouse (or perhaps, 'train station cafe' as you might prefer to call it). I'm assuming you are referring to this image you've just uploaded? If so, look just above the picture, and beneath the filename where you'll see a line of five small links. Look for the link with the tiny Wikipedia 'W' logo and "Use this file". Click it and select the text offered to Use this file on a Wiki as a Thumbnail. (The convention is always to add an image as a thumbnail, no matter how much you'd love to make it larger.) Go to the Wikipedia page you want to add it to (e.g.Automatic Warning System) and edit the page (ie click the tab labelled Edit Source). Scroll down to the section you'd like to add it to, and paste in the text at the very top of that section. By default, this adds the thumbnail picture and its caption on the right side of the page. To change the caption text, just edit the text to the right of the vertical bar - or pipe. Don't change the filename.jpg text itself or the image link will be broken. There are some useful links on this help page: Wikipedia:Images. If you use the Visual Editor (which is a bit more WYSIWYG, though I'm not so familiar with it myself), you once again navigate to the section where the image is needed, then, in the editing toolbar, click Insert > Media. At the search bar in the popup that then appears, type the keyword to search for certain image types, or just type in the filename of your image you've already chosen from Commons. Select the image and then click 'Use this image'. Before inserting it you'll be prompted to add a caption. Captions can include hyperlinks, but that's probably best left for another time. I hope this helps. Regards from the UK Nick Moyes (talk) 12:21, 18 November 2017 (UTC)

Should this page exist?Edit

This page ( looks like an advertisement. I'm not sure if it should be edited or what. Whatbitme (talk) 10:11, 18 November 2017 (UTC)

@Whatbitme: yes because of, the page was passed to reviewers eyes when it was created and the present edit revision is checked by a volunteer. But one more think that I didn't found any of advert on it. Regards (HINDWIKICHAT 14:31, 18 November 2017 (UTC))
Hello, Whatbitme. If you think that an article can be improved, you are welcome to be bold and edit it, or to tag it for cleanup, or do nominate it for deletion if you think that it cannot be saved. I think there are a few words in Sombai that could be improved, but I don't think it reads as particularly promotional.
[[U|HindWIKI}}, why do you say it has been passed to reviewers eyes? I can see that several people have worked on it, but I don't see any evidence of a formal review. --ColinFine (talk) 15:25, 18 November 2017 (UTC)
Pinging HindWIKI, as ColinFine's mention is malformed. Cordless Larry (talk) 19:56, 18 November 2017 (UTC)
I see that Many of revisions in the page by volunteers, which have reviewer's right. and this page was created in 2015 and it is seemed likely reviewed. this is my fault that I didn't invite this user to improve it. Regards HINDWIKICHAT 01:22, 19 November 2017 (UTC)

talk page glitchEdit

Why is this comment not visible?

BTW, this Teahouse talk page has become very difficult to use because it can only be edited (at first) using the visual editor, which is a mess on my Galaxy Tab S2. E.g. trying to click on my text here makes it disappear by activating the links that it's superimposed on e.g. related changes--Espoo (talk) 11:49, 18 November 2017 (UTC)

Hi Espoo. Fixed in [7]. A user wrote {{hat}} instead of {{hab}} at the end of a collapsed section. I don't have a Galaxy Tab but I assume it can use source editing if you make the right selection at Special:Preferences#mw-prefsection-editing, or disable "Automatically enable all new beta features" and "New wikitext mode" at Special:Preferences#mw-prefsection-betafeatures. PrimeHunter (talk) 12:02, 18 November 2017 (UTC)

Power to the People: Black Panthers at 50 title change/page move?Edit

Hello Teahouse hosts!

I was working along happily, making improvements to the Power to the People: Black Panthers at 50 article, when I suddenly realized the article should be called All Power to the People: Black Panthers at 50 as that is the actual title of the exhibit. I'd like some guidance on how to correct this problem.

Thank you in advance for your help Circa73 (talk) 17:14, 18 November 2017 (UTC)

I've moved it for you, but in the future WP:MOVE should be useful. (It's funny, we have almost exactly the same number of edits... I know it's irrelevant, but I just had to mention it.) -A lad insane (Channel 2) 17:21, 18 November 2017 (UTC)
I attended that exhibit at the Oakland Museum of California, Circa73, and enjoyed it very much. Thank you for writing an article about it. Cullen328 Let's discuss it 20:19, 18 November 2017 (UTC)
Hi A lad insane. I appreciate your moving the page and also the link to the WP:MOVE article! I'll give it a try on my own next time. Wow, I guess my edits are adding up...I'm sort of a dilettante editor; sometimes I don't edit for months, but then I'll have a burst of editing-energy again. I've got some things under my belt, but there's always something to learn:)Circa73 (talk) 15:13, 19 November 2017 (UTC)
Hi Cullen328 Thanks for your enthusiastic response to the All Power to the People: Black Panthers at 50 article! Did you by any chance take any pictures of the exhibit!? I'd love love to have one on the page;)Circa73 (talk) 15:13, 19 November 2017 (UTC)

wiki article for ' Tibet Relief Fund'Edit

Wiki article for the above article is declined under notability requirement. But this organization is very important, and I think, it is unfair to decline it. Tibetan population is very small, and therefore, it is only natural that mentions in the internet will be fewer. I think there should be some sort of waiver or mitigation for pages like this. Otherwise, countries with big population will have all the cakes. I tried to set up notable pages for Tibetan singers. but often refused! very unfair. so, what can be done to make the wiki page for 'Tibet Relief Fund' a reality?Tapton.finley (talk) 18:16, 18 November 2017 (UTC)

@Tapton.finley: I'm afraid the notability requirements on English Wikipedia are the same no matter where the organisation (or person) is from. However, you should know that a source does not have to be online, and it does not have to be in English. The sources have to meet these criteria, though. (I have not looked at your draft so I don't have any opinion on whether it might in fact be notable.) --bonadea contributions talk 18:23, 18 November 2017 (UTC)
@Tapton.finley: (edit conflict) Hello and welcome to the Teahouse. You do speak to important systemic bias issues that Wikipedia has. However, this does not change the important sourcing requirements that we have, as if it did, it would be difficult to maintain the standards that we have. You may not be aware that sources need not be online, as long as they are independent and verifiable. Books or any printed media are completely acceptable.
I do see in your draft several citations to the organization's website; these are primary sources and do not establish notability. If you haven't already, please read WP:ORG to learn more about notability and what is being looked for. 331dot (talk) 18:30, 18 November 2017 (UTC)
@Tapton.finley:. I have done a bit of research and did not find much in the press to support an article on the Tibet Relief Fund. I think it was founded by the Tibet Society in 1959. You may be able to write an article on the Tibet Society ( with the fund as a section therein --- caution; you will need secondary sources. Regards, Ariconte (talk) 22:52, 18 November 2017 (UTC)

Requesting a moveEdit

Hello there, I'm editing an article on a rifle, and it's referred to by an American collector name. I believe the article should be renamed to the original (Dutch) name, as is done with other foreign rifles. I've created a {{subst:requested move ... etc.}} thingy in the talk page, now what? Do I wait, or vote on it? Not a lot of people edit this page.

It's concerning this article:

Thom430 (talk) 18:43, 18 November 2017 (UTC)

@Thom430: You don't need to vote, since your move request indicates that you think the article should be moved to a different title. A bot has listed the request under today's date at WP:RM, so the discussion should attract editors who monitor requested moves (I see that one has commented already). Deor (talk) 20:58, 18 November 2017 (UTC)

Infobox addition and publishing the article guidelineEdit

How to add the info box to my article ? also how can I know my article is valid with no mistakes, I can't find a proper guide to follow. the article is about a company, I want it to be published by the company name, is that possible from a personal profile to do ? I have all the authorization to publish, I am the Marketing Manager of the company. Ayah Osama (talk) 19:29, 18 November 2017 (UTC)

Please do not waste volunteers time by asking the same question both here and at the WP:Help desk - Thank you - Arjayay (talk) 19:41, 18 November 2017 (UTC)
Welcome to the Teahouse, Ayah Osama. Since I am an administrator, I can read your deleted sandbox draft, which was completely unacceptable for this encyclopedia. It was written in the first person plural, "We do this" and "we do that". The language was overtly promotional, praising the company and its services. Wikipedia is a neutral encyclopedia and companies are not allowed to submit marketing brochures or "profiles" masquerading as articles. Start by reading about conflict of interest and fully complying with our policies on paid editing. Then study the neutral point of view until you understand it thoroughly. Go on to read Your first article and use the Articles for creation process if you want to start all over and try to write a real encyclopedia article. Cullen328 Let's discuss it 20:12, 18 November 2017 (UTC)

Post-move redirectsEdit

In a case like this Elizabeth Tyler (KKK organizer), which I just moved to Mary Elizabeth Tyler per WP:ATDAB, is it possible to clean up the existing wikilinks somehow or would it have to be done manually? Seraphim System (talk) 20:03, 18 November 2017 (UTC)

@Seraphim System: As far as I know, it must be done manually. But looking at What Links Here, it seems there are only about 4 pages in Article space that link to the old name, so it shouldn't be too much work to change it if you think that needs to be done. RudolfRed (talk) 21:26, 18 November 2017 (UTC)
OK, thank you. Seraphim System (talk) 21:28, 18 November 2017 (UTC)

Is it okay to use the redirect command when experimenting with personal Wikipedia Sandbox?Edit

I tried doing a search through the archives to find an answer to my question, but didn't see anything. If I'm playing around with my personal Wikipedia Sandbox, would entering this code

be disruptive to a legitimate Wikipedia page? (Entering the word drunk for example, in place of nameofsomething)?

Thank you

Beauty School Dropout (talk) 04:55, 19 November 2017 (UTC)

Hello Beauty School Dropout and welcome to the Teahouse.
The {{redirect}} template that you are thinking of does not redirect anything. It only affects the page it is transcluded on. You can safely experiment with it in your sandbox to see how the various parameters change how it looks on the page. — jmcgnh(talk) (contribs) 07:57, 19 November 2017 (UTC)

Thank you! Beauty School Dropout (talk) 08:12, 19 November 2017 (UTC)

My Article was denied immediately after I submitted it from my sandbox for approvalEdit

It reads that my SandBox Username may not conform to some of Wikipedia's guidelines, and may not be retained. I am new here so I am really not sure what this means?

Kasia Kaoir (talk) 14:04, 19 November 2017 (UTC)

@Kasia Kaoir: Hello and welcome to the Teahouse. It doesn't appear to me that you formally submitted your sandbox for approval as a draft, but another user tagged it as vandalism for speedy deletion. Unless that user knows something I don't, it doesn't appear to be vandalism, so I removed the tag. However, your draft is a long way from being able to be placed in the encyclopedia. It does not have independent reliable sources indicating how the article subject is notable. It doesn't have any sources at all, for that matter. You have dived right into article creation, which is one of the most difficult things to do on Wikipedia. I would encourage you to read Your First Article to learn what is being looked for, and perhaps to take some time making edits to existing articles to learn how Wikipedia operates before attempting to submit a draft. You may find it easier to use Articles for Creation to do so, which will give you feedback from a reviewer. 331dot (talk) 14:16, 19 November 2017 (UTC)
Yeah...there is something (that may not be broadly elucidated upon), that lead to my tagging.But, anyways, I will extend AGF and keep an eye out.Winged Blades Godric 14:30, 19 November 2017 (UTC)