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November 14

Help with Image

Hello, good day, i have a logo of my college, i have been given the permission to use, although, i dont really know how to register it, everytime i upload it and give the right credits to the right person, it already shows as copyrighted and it gets taken down, ive tried going through the wikipedia Wizard multiple times and also tried on the Creative Commons web page, im really not sure what im doing wrong, any help is appreciated. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:26, 14 November 2018 (UTC)

The logo is probably copyright, so it would not be appropriate to upload it to WP:Commons where anyone else would be free to use it for any purpose. I don't think your "permission" extends to that. I suggest that you upload it just to the article on your college under WP:Fair use. See Wikipedia:Logos for further guidance. Dbfirs 19:52, 14 November 2018 (UTC)

Terrorism detail for the United States

I'm reviewing the details for terrorism within the United States , it seems an extreme group has been left out... Antifa. Where there are attacks with no to limited deaths and injuries listed under terrorism, none have appeared for when Antifa has thrown Molotov cocktails or when a group chased after a car and caused damage etc. There were similar situations list for the opposing side. A Molotov cocktail by definition is a petrol bomb. They brought them, it was therefore premeditated... An attack. In order to get a good grasp on the violence in today's society , isn't it necessary to have both extremists listed when they go to violence? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:33, 14 November 2018 (UTC)

Do you have reliable sources (in particular, professionally-published mainstream academic or journalistic sources) that describe them as a significant terrorist group?
Because most neutral sources point out that most domestic terrorists groups and attacks tend to be far-right. This source from the Congressional Research Service notes that white supremacists were responsible for caused more attacks and deaths "than any other domestic extremist movement," and also notes that Antifa is largely non-violent and the few attacks they've made were intended as defense against violence from neo-Nazis.
The "both sides" narrative is used to excuse and enable neo-Nazi terrorists. Maybe you could try ensuring that those who share your political beliefs denounce neo-Nazism, white supremacism, and similarly anti-human beliefs, instead of engaging in the sort of tribalism that the neo-Nazis want. Ian.thomson (talk) 19:49, 14 November 2018 (UTC)

please create a series of articles regarding ability to bend spoons with electro mechanical energy

simple. less words the better. every body's body has energy. we could not hold up our socks without friction and static. when out pants are falling down, we walk funny to keep our pants up. different muscles are activated, and different chemicals are submitted to our muscles and pants. now new electric energy hits out body and pants nd creates friction. simple. so if the body is electric and magnetic, then bending a spoon is possible. how. strength of volume of output. smokers are stronger than non smokers, for example. those that practice personal skin care, are more strong than those who don't. why? electro mechanical energy + renewable energy. toe oils + tongue oils make new oils and nutrients. at baseline. add radio frequency carbon monoxide, and now smoker and skin care expert has even more. due to addictive effect of carbon monoxide. smokers share common network. hence smokers are a union, and share chemicals. and nutrients. back to ben spoon. union members are more powerful add "' block chain financing, and the seemingly impossible can be achieved in networked unions, or what is called telemedicine. so if this person can bend a spoon, other may. simple. last. that is evolution in a nutshell. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2604:6000:8A02:8D00:4542:E7B6:6164:F06F (talk) 20:34, 14 November 2018 (UTC)

There will be no such article on Wikipedia until the subject has been written about in WP:Reliable sources. I don't know anyone who can bend spoons without trickery or simple physical force. Dbfirs 21:38, 14 November 2018 (UTC)
Our article is Spoon bending. It has reliable sources. -Arch dude (talk) 21:44, 14 November 2018 (UTC)
It'd be a good idea for you to read WP:FRINGE and WP:No original research. Ian.thomson (talk) 21:50, 14 November 2018 (UTC)

Inserting Link

I added an external link, however it stays black. How do I change the color of the link to blue? I cannot find a color menu on the edit page. This is what I typed in:

  • I. Urieli Stirling Cycle Machine Analysis — Preceding unsigned comment added by Urieli I (talkcontribs) 20:56, 14 November 2018 (UTC)
There is no colour menu. Only the text in the link will be blue. I've included your name in blue, as author, though in general we discourage such self-publicity on Wikipedia. Dbfirs 21:50, 14 November 2018 (UTC)

Hello I need support

hello , there is the link of the page I was trying to create about our company , but in the top keeps saying " User:Toviasecuris" I would like to change that just to " Tovia Securis " but I don't see any options to edit that name , please give me a hand , thanks — Preceding unsigned comment added by ToviaSecuris (talkcontribs) 22:31, 14 November 2018 (UTC)

Fixed Page deleted under WP:G11 and WP:G12, OP blocked under WP:NOSHARE/WP:CORPNAME and WP:NOTPROMO. Ian.thomson (talk) 22:35, 14 November 2018 (UTC)

Incorrect, biased information

I shall no longer use or support Wikipedia, it has become increasingly used as a tool to push personal agendas, an example of which is the positive promotion of women and women’s issues and the negative portrayal of men and men’s issues. I am a young woman but I am increasingly frustrated and disappointed by the lack of unbiased information and the use of questionable citations and ‘evidence’. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:48, 14 November 2018 (UTC)

The way to counter any perceived bias is to provide WP:Reliable sources that present the alternative view. If you just remove sources that you don't like, then your edits are liable to be reverted. That's how Wikipedia works to avoid bias either way. I agree that the article lacks balance and seems to describe a specific American organisation. Dbfirs 22:59, 14 November 2018 (UTC)
It's possible that you have actually identified a type of systematic bias. There are lots of them, and we try fairly hard to fight it. Look at Wikipedia:WikiProject Countering systemic bias. Raise your concerns on that project's talk page instead of complaining here at help desk. That way, you might actually help us improve Wikipedia. -Arch dude (talk) 01:47, 15 November 2018 (UTC)

November 15

RFA Formatting

Can someone please help me correctly format my RFA? Apparently I made a mistake. Thank you.WikiHogan654 (talk) 00:47, 15 November 2018 (UTC)

@WikiHogan654: Do you have link to the page you need help with? I didn't see one in your contributions. RudolfRed (talk) 00:49, 15 November 2018 (UTC)
Wikipedia:Requests for adminship/WikiHogan654 was deleted. --David Biddulph (talk) 00:56, 15 November 2018 (UTC)
WikiHogan654 - I don't want to discourage you at all (and please hear me out), but administrators are senior-level users that the community by consensus trusts to use the tools appropriately and given a long-term history of consistent policy knowledge and above-average familiarity and involvement in very key and important areas. I highly recommend that you go through and review this essay as well as this one before spending any more time on your RFA application, and I think you'll come to realize that you're running much too soon and that you're missing experience and knowledge in important areas that the community will expect an expert-level knowledge of. I don't want to see your time wasted and you being left feeling disheartened; the RFA process is a very harsh one, and this is why I'm messaging you to reconsider running at this time... If you're still set on running, I'd perhaps visit this candidate poll page first and ask other editors and admins to rate you and your probability first. ~Oshwah~(talk) (contribs) 00:54, 15 November 2018 (UTC)
I guess it was deleted. I'll create a new one and hopefully get it right this time. I realize I'm a long shot, I'm doing this for the little guy, and I guess we'll see how people vote. Thanks.WikiHogan654 (talk) 01:03, 15 November 2018 (UTC)
WikiHogan654, on Wikipedia we're all "little guys". Admins aren't bigger than anyone else, they've merely demonstrated the competence necessary to do (rather irksome) housekeeping work – more janitors than managers. {The poster formerly known as} (talk) 00:27, 16 November 2018 (UTC)

I want to protect a page of a leaving person from false information

I want to protect a page of a leaving person from false information. Please let me know how to do that. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Rqtdulu (talkcontribs) 07:15, 15 November 2018 (UTC)

Pages are protected only if there is persistent vandalism. You cannot preserve your preferred version. Is this about Ruhul Quddus Talukdar? Dbfirs 08:34, 15 November 2018 (UTC)
Furthermore, Rqtdulu, if you are Dulu (as seems likely from your username) then you have a conflict of interest and should not be editing the article directly at all: you are welcome to suggest edits on the article's talk page, preferably with citation to reliable published sources, but it is up to a non-involved editor to decide what changes to make. --ColinFine (talk) 18:19, 15 November 2018 (UTC)

Difference in templates: Pagelinks and la

What is the difference between {{Pagelinks}} and {{la}}?—Cpt.a.haddock (talk) (please ping when replying) 13:46, 15 November 2018 (UTC)

@Cpt.a.haddock: They are not the only two templates available. Template:Pagelinks gives a list of the various templates that are available and their uses. (And links to other template documentation). Cheers. Eagleash (talk) 15:03, 15 November 2018 (UTC)
@Eagleash: I'm not sure I understand. Barring the first "example" line right at the top and the template usage count, the two pages look identical. Shouldn't one be a redirect to the other? Thanks for the reply :)—Cpt.a.haddock (talk) (please ping when replying) 15:07, 15 November 2018 (UTC)
@Cpt.a.haddock: They're related but not identical. {{Pagelinks}} is a master template and can be used for a page in any namespace while {{la}} is meant to be used (or rendered correctly) only with pages in mainspace. So whereever {{la}} is used, it can be replaced with {{Pagelinks}} but not vice versa. There's quite difference and need for both to exist. –Ammarpad (talk) 15:14, 15 November 2018 (UTC)
Ah, I see. Thank you :)—Cpt.a.haddock (talk) (please ping when replying) 15:19, 15 November 2018 (UTC)

Inviting comments from other editors

Hi, a difference of opinion has arisen over a small wording issue in an article, as described at I would like to invite other, uninvolved editors to comment on this, but it is a very obscure and low-traffic article that people are unlikely to just stumble across. Is there some way that I can advertise this? Mypix (talk) 15:08, 15 November 2018 (UTC)

@Mypix: You could start a formal Request for Comment. 331dot (talk) 15:12, 15 November 2018 (UTC)
@Mypix: Before going all the way to RfC, maybe try Wikipedia:Third opinion. Both are part of the process you will find at WP:DISPUTE. -Arch dude (talk) 16:19, 15 November 2018 (UTC)

America's History LLC

Im Jim from America's History LLC I would like to know how to create a article on the company because when I tried to create it I received a error message

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How can I fix the error and create the article on America's History LLC — Preceding unsigned comment added by Jimfromamericashistoryllc (talkcontribs) 16:06, 15 November 2018 (UTC)

0) First, you must disclose your employment on your user page, per our policy on paid editing. Even if you are volunteering to write the article, because you are affiliated with them, you must disclose your employment with them as if you were being paid by them to write the article.
1) Choose a topic whose notability is attested by discussions of it in several reliable independent sources.
2) Gather as many professionally-published mainstream academic or journalistic sources you can find.
3) Focus on just the ones that are not dependent upon or affiliated with the subject, but still specifically about the subject and providing in-depth coverage (not passing mentions). If you do not have at least three such sources, the subject is not yet notable and trying to write an article at this point will only fail.
4) Summarize those sources left after step 3, adding citations at the end of them. You'll want to do this in a program with little/no formatting, like Microsoft Notepad or Notepad++, and not in something like Microsoft Word or LibreOffice Writer. Make sure this summary is just bare statement of facts, phrased in a way that even someone who hates the subject can agree with.
5) Combine overlapping summaries (without arriving at new statements that no individual source supports) where possible, repeating citations as needed.
6) Paraphrase the whole thing just to be extra sure you've avoided any copyright violations or plagiarism.
7) Use the Article wizard to post this draft and wait for approval.
8) Expand the article using sources you put aside in step 2 (but make sure they don't make up more than half the sources for the article, and make sure that affiliated sources don't make up more than half of that).
Doing something besides those steps typically results in the article not being approved, or even in its deletion. Ian.thomson (talk) 16:16, 15 November 2018 (UTC)

Stephen Bernard oxford


This article was as my son has made clear created in contravention of the guidelines of your chatroom. Please delete it

MB — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2A02:C7D:A37D:1A00:40D6:1108:E314:4BBD (talk) 21:37, 15 November 2018 (UTC)

Please provide a link to the page concerned. Please also clarify what guidelines you feel have been contravened, and if/where this has been previously discussed on Wikipedia (made to clear to whom etc?). Please note that pages are only deleted under certain circumstances not if the subject does not like it or they did not 'give permission' (which is not required). Thank you. Eagleash (talk) 22:01, 15 November 2018 (UTC)
Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Stephen Bernard. The IP user has made their views known, and the deletion discussion is scheduled to finish within about four days. -- zzuuzz (talk) 22:07, 15 November 2018 (UTC)

Michael Obafemi

In reference to the Micheal Obafemi edit why did me changing the height section throw off the entire article? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Stephen79678 (talkcontribs) 21:44, 15 November 2018 (UTC)

@Stephen79678: Because with this edit part of the reference was removed including the opening 'curly' brackets which caused the formatting error. Please sign your posts on talk pages by typing four tildes (~~~~). Thank you. Eagleash (talk) 21:55, 15 November 2018 (UTC)

That makes sense. Thanks for your assistance. I’m quite new to all of this so I had no clue. Thank you :) Stephen79678 (talk) 22:25, 15 November 2018 (UTC)

University College, Durham

I have accidently ruined a table - please alter but leave in my correction (I added the title "Sir" to Tim Laurence) Thanks Srbernadette (talk) 23:00, 15 November 2018 (UTC)

@Srbernadette: Looks like your edit has been reverted. If you still want the change done, you can use the "Preview" option before publishing changes, or work in your sandbox. RudolfRed (talk) 00:13, 16 November 2018 (UTC)
I've made the change, @Srbernadette:; perhaps you'd like to look and see how I did it. (Note that either "Tim Laurence" or "Sir Timothy (Laurence)" might be appropriate in different contexts, but "Sir Tim" is possibly inappropriate.)
Amusing coincidence, apparently my father startled Sir Timothy's wife during the Remembrance Day march-past last Sunday, by giving the command "Eyes right", when his section passed Her Highness at the Guards Memorial, at full parade-square volume. {The poster formerly known as} (talk) 00:58, 16 November 2018 (UTC)

November 16

Private page


I have a question, is it possible to create a private article and give a permission to only specific people or group?

Another question, is it possible to ad comments to the article?

BR Abdullah — Preceding unsigned comment added by Abdullahjameel (talkcontribs) 08:33, 16 November 2018 (UTC)

Abdullahjameel To your first question, no. All pages are visible to all users, and are editable by all(unless protected due to vandalism). You can't restrict pages to certain users.
To your second question, articles are not for discussion of the subject, and comments should not go in them. Article talk pages are for discussing the article itself(its structure and content) but are not for general discussion of the subject. 331dot (talk) 08:53, 16 November 2018 (UTC)
Hello, Abdullahjameel. The answer is no. There are no private articles on Wikipedia, and almost any article can be edited by anyone in good standing. A few articles are protected to protect them against ongoing vandalism. If you want to write a private article, then please select another website. Cullen328 Let's discuss it 08:59, 16 November 2018 (UTC)
Is it technically possible? Yes, MediaWiki does have that functionally. However it isn't usually employed on Wikipedia except in the case of certain special pages. Additionally deleted pages can only be viewed by certain user groups. EniaNey 17:23, 16 November 2018 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by EniaNey (talkcontribs)


I'd like some help from someone good at this kind of coding. In Women in the Bible you can see two sidebars, the second one (Template:Christianity and gender) is IMO annoyingly tall. I would like it to be remade like the first (Template:Bible sidebar), so that the subsections are/can be "hidden" . Anyone up to it? Gråbergs Gråa Sång (talk) 11:31, 16 November 2018 (UTC)

I have converted {{Christianity and gender}} to use {{Sidebar with collapsible lists}}.[1] PrimeHunter (talk) 15:34, 16 November 2018 (UTC)
Thank you PrimeHunter. Gråbergs Gråa Sång (talk) 15:49, 16 November 2018 (UTC)

Forgot password

I have forgotten my wikipedia password. However, I am still logged in on my mobile and so I am asking you people this question with the same account here. Please tell me how to add my email address to my existing Wikipedia account so as to recover my password. I went to the preferences section and tried to change my password as well as add my email address but it is asking me to provide my present email address which I don't remember. Thank you!-Karumari (talk) 11:37, 16 November 2018 (UTC)

@Karumari: At present you don't have email set on Wikipedia, so I don't understand how it can be asking for your present email address. I just tried going to the option to add email to an alternative account of mine which doesn't have an email set, and under where it said "Current email address" instead of a box to type in the email address it just said "(none)". That should be what you get, and if so then you should be able to just ignore it and type your email address into the box below where it asks for your new email. I suggest checking whether that is what you are getting. The editor who uses the pseudonym "JamesBWatson" (talk) 12:02, 16 November 2018 (UTC)
@JamesBWatson: If they set email but didn't confirm it, it will show (to us) as if they didn't set. @Karumari: Try opening this special page directly (Special:ChangeEmail) and add new email. If you have any email it will show up there. –Ammarpad (talk) 14:10, 16 November 2018 (UTC)
@Ammarpad: I hadn't thought of the possibility of an email address that was set but not confirmed: thanks for mentioning that. However, I tried clicking on your link to Special:ChangeEmail, and I got a message saying "You must log in again to verify that you are JamesBWatson", and a box for me to type in my password, so that may be no help to Karumari. The editor who uses the pseudonym "JamesBWatson" (talk) 14:36, 16 November 2018 (UTC)
(ec) @Ammarpad: My 3 cents: the page you linked above requires me to input the current password, even though I'm looged in. It works so both when I open it in a new window (with a Shift+click) and when I open it within the current window. So it probably wouldn't help the user who has forgot the password... --CiaPan (talk) 14:38, 16 November 2018 (UTC)
@JamesBWatson and CiaPan: Yes, even though you're logged in you must re log anytime you access that page; logging per access for security reasons. Then you're both right, I forgot they don't have their current password. –Ammarpad (talk)
@JamesBWatson, CiaPan, and Ammarpad: I don't remember my current password and want to not only recover my present password but also set an email address. Please help. Thanks!-Karumari (talk) 18:38, 16 November 2018 (UTC)
@JamesBWatson, CiaPan, and Ammarpad: If that is not possible, please help me create a new user id and password and not get blocked for it!-Karumari (talk) 18:48, 16 November 2018 (UTC)
@Karumari: That may be the easiest solution since you don't have much edit. Just navigate to Special:CreateAccount and provide new username and make sure you provide valid email address to prevent recurrence of incidence like this. After that, you can ask for this account to be voluntarily blocked since you lost the password and once you log out you cannot return. You can also leave it and use {{former account}} template on the userpage.–Ammarpad (talk) 05:44, 17 November 2018 (UTC)
Thanks Ammarpad!-Karumari (talk) 06:54, 17 November 2018 (UTC)
JamesBWatson, can I do that?-Karumari (talk) 07:27, 17 November 2018 (UTC)
@Karumari: I don't see any reason why not. The editor who uses the pseudonym "JamesBWatson" (talk) 10:48, 17 November 2018 (UTC)


My mom pruchased a home in south subs in 1994 for 89000thousnad,and her social sercurtiy she retired in 2005 and her morgage exceded he income so she asked her morgage company for a reduction Wells fargo well they sold her morgage to Rushmore on may 30 2018 she started paying rush more now rush more contiuse to treaten to foreclose my mom has never missed a payment and now she owes 95thousand more than original parchase price — Preceding unsigned comment added by Jchip48 (talkcontribs) 13:27, 16 November 2018 (UTC)

This page is for questions about how to use Wikipedia, not for discussing mortgages. -- Hoary (talk) 13:32, 16 November 2018 (UTC)
@Jchip48: Looks like you (and your mom) need a legal help. But WIKIPEDIA DOES NOT GIVE LEGAL OPINIONS. Turn to a professionalist. --CiaPan (talk) 15:25, 16 November 2018 (UTC)

IP edits and Vandalism

Hello all,

I am interested in locating IP edits by country to discover which Wikipedian articles are edited in the most countries in the world for my dissertation work. I will not publish anyone's IP address and summarize by countries. However, I am concerned about the amount of vandalism that occurs using IP addresses (non-registered users). What do people think, would mapping by IP addresses be a valid way understanding which articles (ideas) are worldwide in Wikipedia, or would the amount of vandalism make that invalid?

Thank you! Tom — Preceding unsigned comment added by Tomthirteen (talkcontribs) 16:40, 16 November 2018 (UTC)

@Tomthirteen: The English Wikipedia has nearly 6 million articles, and hundreds of millions of edits, so it may be a bit burdensome to ascertain which is edited by the most countries. You could try and work out which articles are written in the most languages, though I don't have a ready method for doing that, someone might be able to suggest something if you're interested in pursuing that. Personally I don't see an issue with IP vandalism. The vandalism will be roughly proportional to the interest in that subject. Also, vandalism is pretty hard to distinguish by any automated means, and, so they say, the majority of IP edits in the majority of articles will be constructive. It shouldn't invalidate anything. And of course most heavily edited articles are mostly written by registered users whose country won't be reliably known. -- zzuuzz (talk) 03:36, 17 November 2018 (UTC)

Adrian Hall issue

Adrian Hall is a disambiguation page. It lists:

That is two links to one article. The links both go to the article about an actor who was born in 1959. A Wikipedia Search does not find an actor who was born in 1943. I haven't tried a Google search, but I am not looking at this point to create the article on the 1943-born actor. Here are my questions. First, I am about to delete the entry that says it directs to an actor born in 1943. Is there agreement that that is the Right Thing to do? Second, does anyone know of another way to see if there really is an article on an actor born in 1959? Robert McClenon (talk) 17:07, 16 November 2018 (UTC)

I think that I have partially resolved the issue. What sent me off on this errand was a draft on Adrian Hall. The draft is about the person who was born in 1943. The draft is obviously incomplete and has missing sections, but it is what is needed for the link in the disambiguation page. I am not deleting the link. I will be accepting the draft but tagging it. Further comments? Robert McClenon (talk) 17:28, 16 November 2018 (UTC)

Publish Changes

Unfortunately, As seen in this picture below, I am not allowed to edit a Wikipedia Article. It states that I am not allowed to. Why would this be happening? How can we edit it?


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— Preceding unsigned comment added by Emilychingle (talkcontribs) 17:59, 16 November 2018 (UTC)

Emilychingle, please provide a link to the page you were trying to edit. My guess, based on the text of the warning, is that you were not trying to edit a Wikipedia Article (a page in article space). Instead, you were trying to edit someone else's userpage, which is a page intended for editors to introduce themselves to the Wikipedia community and to discuss and coordiante their editing. Userpages should normally only (or primarily) be edited by the users to whom they apply. ~ ONUnicorn(Talk|Contribs)problem solving 18:09, 16 November 2018 (UTC)
Emilychingle I think I figured out what happened. It looks like you and MadisonLiggio were working on a draft of an article about Deschooling. Instead of locating it in draft space, you put it in user space at User:Deschooling, but there is no registered user by the name of Deschooling. The system wouldn't let you edit it, because that's not your username. I have moved it and its talk page to Draft:Deschooling, where you should be able to continue working on it without encountering that problem. ~ ONUnicorn(Talk|Contribs)problem solving 18:19, 16 November 2018 (UTC)

Maintenance template removal

My name is Brian Harr and I'm the new Director of Communications at The Master's University.

Our page is here:'s_University

Our University page on Wikipedia was being vandalized a couple months back and someone from the university who didn't understand the Conflict of Interest rules at Wikipedia was correcting things that were edited in error. I believe that because the person correcting the errors was from the University that caused the maintenance template to appear at the top of our page, indicating self-pulbished sources.

I have vetted the page and all of the information is accurate.

I would like to request the template message be removed.

In the future I do plan to suggest updates for the page but will do that through the "Talk" function.

Thank you very much,

Brian Harr — Preceding unsigned comment added by Beeharr (talkcontribs) 18:08, 16 November 2018 (UTC)

I have responded to your request on the article talk page. We are all volunteers here, and it sometimes takes longer than an hour for someone to get around to doing things. Please don't repeate your requests in multiple fora less than an hour apart. ~ ONUnicorn(Talk|Contribs)problem solving 19:53, 16 November 2018 (UTC)

Maintenance template removal

My name is Brian Harr and I'm the new Director of Communications at The Master's University.

Our University page on Wikipedia was being edited a couple months back by outside parties and someone from the university who didn't understand the Conflict of Interest rules at Wikipedia was correcting things they felt were edited in error or things that should have been said in a more fair manner. It appears that because the person correcting the errors was from the University that caused the maintenance template to appear at the top of our page, indicating self-pulbished sources.

Our page is here:

I have vetted the page and all of the information is accurate.

I would like to request the template message be removed.

I do plan to suggest updates for the page but will do that with a new "Talk" section.

Thank you very much, Brian Harr Beeharr (talk) 18:57, 16 November 2018 (UTC)beeharr

I have responded to your request on the article talk page. We are all volunteers here, and it sometimes takes longer than an hour for someone to get around to doing things. Please don't repeate your requests in multiple fora less than an hour apart. ~ ONUnicorn(Talk|Contribs)problem solving 19:53, 16 November 2018 (UTC)

Logging in to update my subscription

Do you think it is time for Wikipedia to make logging in a bit more simple? i had not visited Wikipedia for some time, however I received an email today Friday 16/11/18 regarding funding.Most of my information was stored on my computer, until it went black on me and had to be destroyed. I now have a new one. There are much simpler ways of retrieving a password and user name, I will leave that to you.I await an email from you. Ken. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Kennyboy45 (talkcontribs) 20:06, 16 November 2018 (UTC)

@Kennyboy45: You are already logged in. If you forgot your password, you can set an e-mail for your account and have a new password sent to you. I assume the e-mail you got was for fundraising. You are not required to donate in order to use Wikipedia, we don't sell subscriptions. RudolfRed (talk) 20:09, 16 November 2018 (UTC)
Also, maybe don't store all information in a spot one cannot guarantee retrieval from. Ian.thomson (talk) 20:17, 16 November 2018 (UTC)

2019 Major League Baseball season

On The General Managers Category can you fix the Reference On Mike Elias please. (talk) 22:39, 16 November 2018 (UTC)

Was this what you were after? (I know nothing about baseball.) -- Hoary (talk) 22:57, 16 November 2018 (UTC)

November 17

Issue with text vanishing in user sandbox preview and article, while still appearing in the editor.

I am currently working in my personal sandbox to build an article. While I was working on it today, I started having a weird issue, where a section of the page just vanished from the preview and final page when work was saved. All of the text and elements are present in the editor and there's no <!-- --> in that area of the page. I'm not sure if I've made a mistake in the formatting or if it's a glitch of some kind.--The Navigators (talk)-May British Rail Rest in Peace. 02:53, 17 November 2018 (UTC)

I fixed two errors in the reference syntax.[2] PrimeHunter (talk) 03:05, 17 November 2018 (UTC)
Thanks, I'm still learning to do more advanced references. (Issue is resolved.)--The Navigators (talk)-May British Rail Rest in Peace. 03:24, 17 November 2018 (UTC)

How to add a red link to person/thing that doesn't have a page but has disambiguation/same name page already existent

Not sure if title is correct so I'll just describe the problem. It's happened twice where there's been a name of a person that deserves a link to a page that doesn't exist yet (red link) but can't do it because there is already a page with that name (different person same name). Can someone point me int he right direction? Happy to elaborate further. Thanks you. Skinnytony1 (talk) 02:56, 17 November 2018 (UTC)

Suzy Smith (adventurer) using whatever you guess will be the DAB. Legacypac (talk) 03:04, 17 November 2018 (UTC)

And write [[Suzy Smith (adventurer)|Suzy Smith]] to produce Suzy Smith. You can click "What links here" at Suzy Smith (adventurer) to see whether others have added the same red link. PrimeHunter (talk) 03:10, 17 November 2018 (UTC)

Userbox image addition

How can I add File:ProhibitionSign2.svg to a standard userbox? Clarityfiend (talk) 05:11, 17 November 2018 (UTC)

@Clarityfiend: In {{userbox}}, change the parameter "id" (|id=) to the image you want (with size). Abelmoschus Esculentus 05:13, 17 November 2018 (UTC)
I tried that already with the image. All I got was the image title. Which field controls the size (and doesn't it have a default)? Clarityfiend (talk) 06:00, 17 November 2018 (UTC)
Okay, I got the image to show up by linking the picture, but it's showing up very large. How do I shrink it? Clarityfiend (talk) 08:26, 17 November 2018 (UTC)
@Clarityfiend: You need to set the size as part of the "File" syntax. For example at User:John of Reading/Userboxes I have |id = [[File:Bass clef.svg|42x42px]] -- John of Reading (talk) 08:46, 17 November 2018 (UTC)
That worked. Thanks x2. Clarityfiend (talk) 08:56, 17 November 2018 (UTC)

Replacement for Insulin and Hypoglycemic tablets

Dear Wikipedia Help

I have requested for my own account as "DiabetesT2" .

I am working very hard on certain natural foods to supplement the Metformin tablets that do not cure but only help lower Glucose level

Ofcourse I am not a doctor but I am living the condition from a complete healthy life .

Yes I have taken the following precautions

No Sugar No wheat products No sweet fruits No high Carbohydrate vegetables No Alcohol Weight reduced from 120Kgs to 98kgs from February 2018 and it is due to the life style change

We added the following to food consumption 1 Glass of Bitter Gourd Juice + Carraway seeds + Cinnamon powder + lemon+ garlic+ ginger every morning 2 Raw Cabbage , cucumber and carrots daily cut and available to eat whenever hungry 3 Walking 1 hour daily and does not matter when it is done as long as it is done . 4 Sleeping 8 hours a day and it does not have to at one stretch as long as the total sleep is 8 in a 24 hours 5 Leaf of Drumstick vegetable in salads 6 Powdered Fenugreek seeds and Termeric powder before midday meal 7 Glass of Bitter Gourd Juice + Carraway seeds + Cinnamon powder + lemon+ garlic+ ginger every evening

The Blood sugar is now stable at Fasting 115.

I am consuming 2000mg of Metformin after Dinner and 1000mg of Metformin in the morning after Breakfast to keep out the spiking of blood sugar. What food is out there that will help me finally get away from Metformin once my weight is down to 70kg?

Requested by DiabeterT2 — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 08:13, 17 November 2018 (UTC)

This is the Help desk for questions about editing Wikipedia. We do not give medical advice. – Teratix 08:55, 17 November 2018 (UTC)

You might want to try asking this on the Reference Desk but make sure to phrase it from a hypothetical standpoint due to Wikipedia:Reference desk/Guidelines/Medical advice. Also look into the ketogenic diet and read "The Diabetes Code" by Dr. Jason Fung. EniaNey 09:50, 17 November 2018 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by EniaNey (talkcontribs)

It will be hard for this user to re-ask their question hypothetically since they asked it specifically in reference to themselves here. 331dot (talk) 09:54, 17 November 2018 (UTC)

Footnotes, citations, other types of references - no standards for order and naming?

There seems to be a huge variation in how the various types of references, including See Alsos to other Wiki articles, are named and listed. I have looked at a fair number of entries and also sought guidance from the various help pages, but there does not seem to be a clear standard set, as far as I can see, for either the order (sequence) of listing these sections or the headings for each. (Help:Footnotes comes closest I think.)
In my mind, footnote refers to a free-form explanatory note about something (which may or may not include a citation), whereas the citations usually referred to as References may be better referred to as "In-line citations" or something like that. It could be argued that the See also links rightly belong either before or after these two, but I think that the Notes/Footnotes probably belong first. Then there are External Links and Bibliography and/or Other References... Is there any discussion about this anywhere that I can have a look at, or can this matter be raised in a bid to create some standards for how these items are listed at the end of an article? Laterthanyouthink (talk) 09:41, 17 November 2018 (UTC)

Trappist the monk (talk) 14:08, 17 November 2018 (UTC)


Besides being autoconfirmed, what are the requirements to be an admin? How do you request for adminship? KJ2574 09:24, 17 November 2018 (UTC)

@KJ2574: There are no specific requirements to be an administrator, but in general you must be able to demonstrate that you are knowledgeable in Wikipedia policies/guidelines, have a good temperament, and have made a positive contribution to this project. It usually takes at least a year, if not more, to build up such a history. (I was here six years before being considered.) Requests for adminship are made at WP:RFA, where they are discussed and voted on by the community. You can nominate yourself, but it is usually a good thing to have one or two others nominate you. Looking at your edit history and the fact that you have not been a registered user long, the chances of you succeeding at this time are low, and as such I would encourage you not to attempt it at this time. If at some point in the future you want to, I would suggest reviewing some of the materials suggested at WP:RFA and also reviewing some prior nominations to get a feel for what is being looked for. Keep in mind that you don't need to be an administrator to do the vast majority of work here. 331dot (talk) 09:31, 17 November 2018 (UTC)
(edit conflict) @KJ2574: Admins deal with vandals, sockpuppets and straight-up trolls all the time. They are among the most belittled members of the community. Work on articles instead, it's much more fun. – Teratix 09:37, 17 November 2018 (UTC)
And now they've been blocked as a sockpuppet.--SkyGazer 512 Oh no, what did I do this time? 15:41, 17 November 2018 (UTC)

QSTK website is not working

Hi Wiki Team,

Your website has been down for a few days. Please look into it. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 13:59, 17 November 2018 (UTC)

The web site of is indeed down. But this Help Desk is for QuantSoftware is nothing to do with us. Maproom (talk) 15:47, 17 November 2018 (UTC)

Referencing errors on Ben Gurion Airport

Reference help requested.

I am not aware of having visited or edited the relevant page on that date and I would expect that my IP address will have changed since then. As the edit would have been by another user and I am not an expert on the subject or aware of what errors may have been introduced I cannot correct any errors but would hope that another user will be able to. Thanks, (talk) 15:36, 17 November 2018 (UTC)

The edit concerned was three years ago. There are no ref errors currently flagged at Ben Gurion Airport. Eagleash (talk) 16:22, 17 November 2018 (UTC)

Gladys knight

Need update on her page she appeared on an episode of Hawaii five o last night — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:39, 17 November 2018 (UTC)

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