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Donation request messagesEdit


I continue to receive drop-down notices telling me I use Wikipedia a lot and asking for donations.

I signed up for monthly $25 donations to Wikipedia a while ago and would like to stop receiving these pop-ups.

Please forward my request to the appropriate Wikipedia department.

Thank you,

Rwsiii (talk) 16:07, 22 October 2020 (UTC)

  • Hi Rwsiii yes the banners can get rather annoying - especially asking for more when you already donate! Apparently you should just be able to go to Special:Preferences#mw-prefsection-gadgets and tick "Suppress display of fundraiser banners". If however it's when your not logged in I'm not sure if there is a way (but there should be!). Regards KylieTastic (talk) 16:30, 22 October 2020 (UTC)

Thank you KylieTasticRwsiii (talk) 02:32, 23 October 2020 (UTC)

New section on Recent Changes talk pageEdit

The instructions on that page suggest posting a link at the Village Pump as that page doesn't get much traffic. So, er, here's the link: MediaWiki_talk:Recentchangestext#Filter_options_changes. Matt Deres (talk) 17:27, 23 October 2020 (UTC)

NY Times op-edEdit

There's a really nice op-ed in today's NY Times: To Learn the Truth, Read My Wikipedia Entry on Sichuan Peppers, by Mary Mann. Per policy, I won't identify the author by wiki user, but it's easy enough to figure out :-) -- RoySmith (talk) 22:55, 24 October 2020 (UTC)

Yup, that was nice. Gråbergs Gråa Sång (talk) 15:39, 25 October 2020 (UTC)
She linked another article, and look at what happened to its page views. WhatamIdoing (talk) 20:50, 26 October 2020 (UTC)
Power of the press. Gråbergs Gråa Sång (talk) 10:33, 27 October 2020 (UTC)

Unable to find copyright for a photoEdit

I'm a university student and as part of one of my subjects I am hoping to expand on the wikipedia article for Rolf Muuss. I am having difficulty finding a photo of him with clear any clear copyright information. I have found one photograph that was used in an article and emailed the author who told me that the photo was given to him as a handout. This photo appears in several places online and none of them give any copyright information What can I do to find out whether I can use this image? Aoujwt (talk) 01:52, 28 October 2020 (UTC)

Assume it is copyrighted unless proven differently. Check out the links here for more info. The page here could probably give you more specific advice. Matt Deres (talk) 16:47, 28 October 2020 (UTC)

Wikipedia @ 20 - Stories of an Incomplete RevolutionEdit

It's a book. For the interested, it can be read here. Gråbergs Gråa Sång (talk) 19:59, 28 October 2020 (UTC)

mainspace pages vs. project namespaceEdit


I'm wondering if anyone could point me to data/statistics on the number of pages in the project namespace (Wikipedia:) - I am working on a project and would like to be able to compare the amount of pages in mainspace with project namespace. Thanks Dr. Vetter (talk) 14:59, 29 October 2020 (UTC)

The {{PAGESINNAMESPACE}} magic word is disabled in this wiki, so it cannot display a live count. Using a search for an invalid string in different namespaces gave me 6,182,098 pages in mainspace and 1,118,425 pages in the project namespace. BTW: There are general statistics at Special:Statistics (which says 6,182,065 mainspace pages), Wikipedia:Statistics and an overview at — GhostInTheMachine talk to me 19:56, 29 October 2020 (UTC)
There are ~1,253,885 pages in ns:4 (Project: a/k/a Wikipedia) according to this recent query on the replica: quarry:query/49448. — xaosflux Talk 20:36, 29 October 2020 (UTC)
Oh no. 6,182,098 vs. 6,182,065 is fine by me – the two systems will have a minor time difference. However, 1,118,425 vs. 1,253,885 is another matter. I am now doomed to fretting about the reason behind the anomaly. Any thoughts? — GhostInTheMachine talk to me 21:13, 29 October 2020 (UTC)
@GhostInTheMachine: one was relying on the internal search engine and was was relying on replica data which can lag --- but I'd trust the replica data a bit more. Also there are more like ~8,230,049 "pages in mainspace" - the smaller number above is closer to "articles" in mainspace, which is excluding redirect pages - which are "pages" - but that is what you literally asked for, even if it isn't what you really wanted? (The replicate count also included redirects above). — xaosflux Talk 01:38, 30 October 2020 (UTC)