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December 11

Unable to donate to Wikipedia

I tried to respond to your request for donations, however was unable make a donation. My address is; [redacted]

thank you, John Bushnell — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 00:50, 11 December 2018 (UTC)

You may use one of the methods listed on

I have come across an article which contains poorly referenced, discriminatory opinions, which are presented as facts. Do we have a policy for resolving articles of such a nature to remove offensive content at least untill a rewritten version with a neutral point of view can be reinstated (I don't want to take the task on of rewritting it myself)?

Note: Another user has already raised the above issue on the talk page on 2010, but there has been no resposne. (talk) 04:25, 11 December 2018 (UTC)

You are talking about

How do the language version links get created? Is this an automated AI process carried out by bots? Or are they entirely user-generated?

I've found a wrong interconnection and would like to correct it. How can I do that?

Case in point: --> links to -->
but --> links to --> (but should link back to "working hypothesis")

How is this even possible ??
I thought these links are reciprocal, meaning that if A links to B, B would automatically link back to A ? --boarders paradise (talk) 07:15, 11 December 2018 (UTC)

Boardersparadise, de:Arbeitshypothese is a redirect to de:Hypothese which is correctly linked to Hypothesis. So it seems the interlanguage link at de:Arbeitshypothese is "bypassed" due to the redirect. Roger (Dodger67) (talk) 07:25, 11 December 2018 (UTC)

In hiwarkhed ta.telhara dist akola provide wrong information of whole village — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 09:01, 11 December 2018 (UTC)

I assume this is about

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I have recently finished writing a long PhD thesis and I am wondering whether it would be advisable to reuse parts of the introduction for wikipedia (the rest of the text is likely too academic and specific to be of encyclopedic relevance). In the grand scheme of things, I consider this a good idea, but I am not sure whether this would bring up any copyright issues. Formally, my thesis is published as cc by nd nc. Do you have any thoughts on this? --Foreade (talk) 19:22, 11 December 2018 (UTC)

I'll only mention the copyright aspects, and not get into whether it's a good idea to put material you wrote in another publication on Wikipedia.
You should inform yourself the exact sequence of copyright licenses. You wrote it, so chances are, it was yours to begin with. But it's possible you had a student job at the university, and it's considered a work made in the course of your employment, or a work made for hire, in which case the university owned the copyright right from the beginning. Even if the copyright was originally yours, you might have had to transfer it to the university or to the publisher of the thesis.
If you still hold the copyright, you could grant a new licence, whatever Wikipedia is currently using, which would operate in parallel with the cc by nd nc license you mentioned. But if you don't hold the copyright anymore, you can't grant a new license. Jc3s5h (talk) 19:50, 11 December 2018 (UTC)
Foreade Congrats for your PhD thesis. A related policy in this case would be WP:SELFPUBLISH, which states, "Self-published expert sources may be considered reliable when produced by an established expert on the subject matter, whose work in the relevant field has previously been published by reliable third-party publications", WP:ABOUTSELF, "Self-published and questionable sources may be used as sources of information about themselves" if they comply with some conditions. If someone else uses your thesis as a source, that may be acceptable, per WP:SCHOLARSHIP. If your thesis is used, care should be exercised so as not to infringe WP:NPOV and WP:PROMO. Thinker78 (talk) 19:54, 11 December 2018 (UTC)
Foreade Copyright issues aside, the first step is to defend your dissertation and get it approved, so the material and quality of scholarship is validated by a knowledgeable third party. Otherwise, it's still WP:OR - original research. Then, it should be published, so it is accessible to others, for citing. It can then be used as a source for information posted on Wikipedia. Generally it would be useful to contribute information to the main article or articles about your field of research. Hope this helps. TimTempleton (talk) (cont) 23:09, 11 December 2018 (UTC)
Thanks for the input! First, let me address the copyright issue. At my home university, theses are published as creative commons upon request of the author. While the main body of scientific work appeared in a number of scholarly articles ( (i) likely too narrow to be relevant for wikipedia and (ii) subject to conceivable copyright issues), I was specifically wondering whether the introduction with its review character might be useful. Second, my thesis is already approved and published. Overall, I am bringing this up because copying whole sections from the introduction would feel somewhat strange, even though similar arrangements already exist (for instance the topic page review in PLOS Computational Biology).
Lastly regarding transparency: I feel that it would be best to do such edits under my real name. Would you agree? --Foreade (talk) 16:25, 12 December 2018 (UTC)
If you want to cite the thesis, the license of the thesis (cc by nd nc) means no commercial use and no derivative works. The license applicable to material written by Wikipedia editors is stated on the panel where you compose your edit: "By publishing changes, you agree to the Terms of Use, and you irrevocably agree to release your contribution under the CC BY-SA 3.0 License and the GFDL." This is a broader license.
This means that the amount of material quoted from the thesis must be short enough to qualify as

I am finnish Wikipedia editor and i have en-3 so should i translate articles from finnish Wikipedia i understand finnish language and it would be easy maybe to translate and i made article few minute ago you can see it here. --AkselHelp (talk) 21:28, 11 December 2018 (UTC)

Thank you for your interest in improving the English Wikipedia. I looked at the Nurmijärvi (lake) article you translated and since there's so little information in the article, it would be better to put that information in the Nurmijärvi article, and have a redirect instead. TimTempleton (talk) (cont) 22:58, 11 December 2018 (UTC)
Hey AkselHelp. The short answer is "definitely YES". The long answer is that Wikipedia articles may vary greatly in their quality, and so you kindof have to appraise the quality of an article before you set to work translating it. For smaller language projects, usually the major articles that the English Wikipedia is missing have to do with places in the home country/region, and people from the home country/region. So if you're looking to start, that might be a good place. You might also look at Category:Articles needing translation from Finnish Wikipedia, which has about 400 articles where editors have requested that content from the Finnish Wikipedia be added to the English article. GMGtalk 23:09, 11 December 2018 (UTC)

December 12

Reza kaihani


Hamid Reza Kaihani (Ryan kaihani)is a Musician,Composer-Multi_instrumentalist andTeacher.

Experienced Music Teacher,Composer and Leader of his Bands and others with a demonstrated history of working in many different genres of the music industry.

Skilled in Music Band Arranging and Composing,Teaching ,Writing Lyrics and Playing Electric Guitars,Bass,Organ, Percussion,Drums,Recorder Flute,Vocals,Bkj,,,mm.acking Vicals,Synth ,Piano and music software programming in many genres specially in American Blues and Classic Rock Music,Ethnomusicology, 20th-century music history.

He was born in Tehran,Iran and was a self-training in music.His main instrument is electric guitar and he got influenced by Many blues artists like T-Bone Walker, B.B.King and Albert King.Rock artists like Eric Clapton,J.J.Cale,David Gilmour and Mark knopfler.In Jazz and Ballads artist like Chat Baker,Billie Holiday,Modern Jazz Quartet and etc.

His first part of his career started from 1998 to 2006 that he released his own band (Cosmic Rays)as a leader, singer,electric guitarist and sometimes bassist,organist and etc.He also made the songs and write his own lyrics in English or using persian classic poets like Molavi.

On the other side of tge coin,he made music and play the instruments (drums,percussion,recorder flute,piano and music software programming were added step by step) for other singers in Tehran and Karaj(Avapendar Studio).

After 2006 he diverted his classic rock to modern rock for several years and back to much more blusey tunes.

The genres of Reza Kaihani are (Blues,Progressive,Classic,Alternative,Indie,pop) Rock,Eastern Spritual,Some Folks and World, Electronics, Singer_Songwriter,Movies Soundtrack and Children songs.

He also have a Professional history in Flight Simulator as a Flight Dispatcher and B744,B767,B737,B777 Flight Instruments Programmer.

Education:Computer Software, English, Music

Iran Informatic Higher Education Institute

Computer Enginnering Tehran-Shomal Azad University (IAU)

The National Institute Of English in Tehran

Ghotb Ravandi Higher Education Institute Of Foreign Languages

Flyuk Virtual Airline Advance Training Aiation Courses

International Virtual Aviation Organisation(Ivao )

Personal Development Training Courses such as Advance Musicology,Ethnomusicology,20th-century classical music history,Music Genres and sub-Genres.

Self-development Training Institute in psychology,Anthropology and Musical Culture(specially from Bebop and Beat to Hippy and Glam,Punk and post -punk up to Alternative and Independent sub-Genres). (Official)


Hi LynxTufts‬ and the other supervisors

I'm an Iranian musicion(Composer,Singer-songwriter and Multi-instrumentalist).

Because of our government laws in Iran,I couldnt share my songs in the internet in the past.

''''Now I just want to add my bio in wickipedia which is the only website with no information of my mine.'''''''Bold text

I have many songs in youtube,Google Plus, Soundcloud and facebook.

I dont have any personal website.

Thank you all for your support.

Reza kaihani

i have already donated i do not want to be asked again to donate — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:34, 12 December 2018 (UTC)

The donation ad is not a private message to you, it's a billboard for everyone to see.

The Chinese link in the Shanghai People's Congress is not the Chinese article of the Shanghai People's Congress, but another article. I don't know how change it, so I need help. --Komitsuki (talk) 07:28, 12 December 2018 (UTC)


Yes Please my account not usage and not responded wiki My Account — Preceding unsigned comment added by Lyaamalya (talkcontribs) 07:49, 12 December 2018 (UTC)

If you are not able to login, please read

When I tried to edit the page on the incorrect statement that Catapla was known as "Catawba" I received an email from Babymissfortune stating that my edit was not constructive. I believe my edit was indeed constructive in that the misidentification of the Catalpa tree only leads to confusion. — Preceding unsigned comment added by SnuffyG (talkcontribs) 07:50, 12 December 2018 (UTC)

The message was generated automatically, so please don't take it too seriously. Your edit would have been constructive if you had provided a reference saying that the association was an error. If you can find a

I've amended the header (Wikipedia:Bureaucrats/Header) to be more informative for visitors, but it's having the effect of making the body text start below all the header material. Someone less ham-fisted than me is very welcome to fix the error I've introduced! With grateful thanks, --Dweller (talk) Become old fashioned! 12:16, 12 December 2018 (UTC)

@Dweller: Better now? -- John of Reading (talk) 12:25, 12 December 2018 (UTC)

If I write an article in English on Wikipedia and there is a place to write for example length and i mean with that in USA and maybe in the UK they're using feet as length unit and i have learned to use meters so do i have to learn use feet or do i just use meter as length unit? --AkselHelp (talk) 14:56, 12 December 2018 (UTC)


There are 18 items in [[Category:Ageing]], and even if I had the right tool to make it match the rest of the "Aging" spellings, I think that this level of correction, involving Category and Article items, should come from an Admin or someone experienced with "the right tool ." Pi314m (talk) 15:39, 12 December 2018 (UTC)

@Pi314m: "Ageing" is the standard British spelling for this word, not a mistake. Please do not make changes from one variety of English to another without good reason. See MOS:ENGVAR. RGloucester 15:43, 12 December 2018 (UTC)


I wrote a page on my sandbox about someone who is of public interest, when will that article be visible to the public and can be sourced through browsers like google etc... — Preceding unsigned comment added by DennisWilliams09 (talkcontribs) 19:01, 12 December 2018 (UTC)


I made some edits to the Nazareth Academy (Elementary) page [2], and the formatting for the Infobox got messed up. Can you tell me how to fix it? Thank you.

Thank you, Laurie Plyem Nazareth Elementary Lplyem (talk) 20:16, 12 December 2018 (UTC)

Hi, @

I donated $16 to Wikipedia about 3 weeks ago when prompted to donate. Why does the donation request keep coming up on my phone when I use wiki pages? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:08, 12 December 2018 (UTC)

Wikipedia has no way of knowing if you donated to the Wikimedia Foundation or not, because anyone could be using your IP address. Furthermore, as you do not use an account to edit, you cannot prevent those notices from coming up. If you register an account, you can turn off those notices.


My name is Carlos Ramirez, I'm Blanca Aljibes' Manager. She is a Venezuelan model with a HUGE professional background. She participated on Miss Venezuela beauty pageant in 2011, she's currently based in Miami and she's growing his professional career with big fashion shows including the New York Fashion Week.

We wanted to create her page on Wikipedia but it was deleted a couple of times! Is there any way you can help us out? All the models that were in Miss Venezuela beauty pageant have their own page, Blanca shouldn't be an exception.

Thank you in advance!

Carlos Ramirez Manager UMT Model Agency — Preceding unsigned comment added by Carlosdaru (talkcontribs) 23:00, 12 December 2018 (UTC)

@Carlosdaru: I've left some instructions on your user talk page. Something you need to understand is that Wikipedia is not a directory where people are entitled to pages. If we had an article about her, neither you, her, nor anyone else connected to her would own the page -- it is Wikipedia's page. As her manager, you have a conflict of interest which you must disclose on your user page. That said, it is possible to create an article if you follow the instructions I left on your user talk page. If you make a draft that is accepted as an article, you should not edit it further but must make edit requests on the article's talk page. Ian.thomson (talk) 23:05, 12 December 2018 (UTC)

December 13

correcting info on a wiki page

I'm looking to work on a Wiki article about a certain chemical compound. The article states that "...research into its use has been of poor quality." In fact I have found numerous excellent peer-reviewed studies on this substance and have other knowledge that would be helpful to readers - for all of which I can cite references.

The phrase I just quoted lies in the opening general section of the page; there is no section labeled "Research" (or similar title). My instinct tells me to correct the phrase where it lies, citing the studies as references. Would this be correct and/or should I create a new heading and describe them briefly, with footnotes?

Any guidance appreciated. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Grasswaskindawet (talkcontribs) 02:38, 13 December 2018 (UTC)

@Grasswaskindawet: If it's unsupported by a citation to a reliable source, just remove it. As a separate issue, if you feel that a "research" section will improve the article, please feel free to add it, with citations. If you feel that this addition then merits a mention in the lead, feel free to add that, too. That would be a matter of editorial judgement, and you are the editor who can make the judgement. -Arch dude (talk) 04:47, 13 December 2018 (UTC)

Thank you! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Grasswaskindawet (talkcontribs) 01:05, 14 December 2018 (UTC)

Asking for donations

I just made my annual donation to you last month and every time I go on to Wikipedia you ask me for a donation as though I never donated. I’m sick of it. Please stop. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 02:49, 13 December 2018 (UTC)

The ads are not personal messages directed to you but a billboard that comes up on all site visitors. Ian.thomson (talk) 02:58, 13 December 2018 (UTC)
The site does not know that you personally donated to the Foundation. If you register an account, you can turn off those notices.

We have our institute page at we need to protect from unauthorized edit — Preceding unsigned comment added by NIFTEM (talkcontribs) 05:32, 13 December 2018 (UTC)

Account blocked as a spam user name making promotional edits and seeking

Is it possible to add a citation to any Wikipedia page ?

If I add citations to Wikipedia pages will they be deleted ?

How can I prevent my citations from being deleted from any Wikipedia page ?

Thank you for your help

Regards, Archaeologist02 (talk) 09:39, 13 December 2018 (UTC) Archaeologist02


Hi there,

My school's wikipedia page title still refers to the old school name.

Could you please let me know how to edit this name?

Thanks, — Preceding unsigned comment added by CA 2018 (talkcontribs) 10:07, 13 December 2018 (UTC)

I've moved the article to the new name,

Okay, I've been editing Wikipedia since 2010 and have contributed to 2,000 articles -- but I remain a technological retard. So, this is a question about footnotes. I have tried to use shortened footnotes and templates many times and have found them unworkable or cumbersome. So I create footnotes by hand: for example: [1] When I use the same book as a reference a second time, I write [2]

Is there anything wrong with my technique of creating footnotes? I notice that other editors sometimes change my footnotes into a different style. I can't think of any reason to do that except that it saves a bit of space in the footnote section of an article. In my opinion, a much worse consequence of using footnote templates is causing an editor to have to search an article for a few words of text hidden amongst a blizzard of unintelligible template bytes. The use of templates, as opposed to my method of creating footnotes, makes an article longer--not shorter--and to my mind more difficult to edit.

In other words, I like my style of doing footnotes -- and I don't like other ways of doing footnotes. I'm (somewhat) open to being persuaded that I am committing a crime against humanity by using my primitive methods. Should I complain when another editor changes my footnotes into a different format? Smallchief (talk) 11:38, 13 December 2018 (UTC)


  1. ^ Smith, John (1975), Balderdash, Cambridge: University of Harvard Press, p. 2
  2. ^ Smith, p. 3.
Greetings Smallchief. As you will see if you take a look at this guidance, the basic principle is to keep citation style consistent within any one article, so as not to risk confusing the reader by mixing different systems. Editors vary in their preferred styles and Wikipedia does not attempt to impose any one system: it's normally the creator of the article who gets to pick the citation style for that article.
The difficulty in editing in wikitext where full references are embedded in the text is well recognised. Some alleviation is possible using syntax highlighting; this distinguishes the references and other markup using a pale coloured background. Which of the options works best depends on your web browser. Hope this helps: Noyster (talk), 13:24, 13 December 2018 (UTC)
Very helpful, Thank you. Particularly helpful is the info on using

How do I get Sigmabot to archive my talk page? I've seen it happen on many other users' talk pages, but I don't know how to apply it to my own. I would like to archive my talk page every ten sections. Help me please. Anonymuss User (talk) 14:52, 13 December 2018 (UTC)



I don't understand why you had declined my article about everis in english.

Thank you in advance

Best regards, Carolina — Preceding unsigned comment added by Carolina Gomez Apache (talkcontribs) 15:13, 13 December 2018 (UTC)

What you posted was an advertisement, full of garbage like, "provides business solutions to drive digital transformation through disruptive technologies", and sourced to unreliable sources such as the subject's own website. What is your connection to the company? --Orange Mike | Talk 16:04, 13 December 2018 (UTC)
Hey, It looks to me like the draft is full of small errors, as well as using almost no wiki markup. Look at some other articles for a good example. I.E. Infoboxes, Proper links. In addition, It seems to violate POV by providing a very "We are great" portrayal. What is your relation to the company? Have fun! WelpThatWorked (talk) 16:50, 13 December 2018 (UTC)

[3] The big edits were made by unregistered IPs, interesting. (Not sure where to put this to be honest) Anonymuss User (talk) 15:27, 13 December 2018 (UTC)

Italian Ministry of Education: is Liceo Scientifico Statale Paolio Lioy vicenza Italy 36100 a accredited school. Can I receive a letter Accredition from that school?

My son is attending high school at Liceo Scientifico Statale Paolio Lioy vicenza Italy 36100

He is half American and Half Italian. 

Please assist. I desparately need you to confirm if the school is accredited by the Universities of America.

Thanks early

Derrick Owens [email protected] — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2601:4A:C000:6BA:5890:A01B:DEC5:A514 (talk) 17:16, 13 December 2018 (UTC)

Hey, First off this kind of question is for the reference desk, not here. This is for help Editing wikipedia. I am having trouble finding the school you named. Does it have a website? — Preceding

This is a little awkward, so I'll get straight to the point...

On the popup asking for donations there should be an option to close the popup by clicking "I already donated this year"

I am getting a little annoyed at this pop up even after I have donated...

You currently have options for only: continue or maybe later.. which is not good enough... so put on of those 300 staff on sorting this oversight out..

Thanks — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:56, 13 December 2018 (UTC)

Thanks for the suggestion. If you create an account, there is a preference to turn off the fundraising banners. RudolfRed (talk) 21:14, 13 December 2018 (UTC)
Wikipedia assumes that an IP may be used by different people, and so does not equate them as definite identifiers. In the preferences menu for a dedicated account, you can turn off the banner.

Can you put 2019 in the NCAA Division I FBS football navbox please. (talk) 22:15, 13 December 2018 (UTC)

Adding Images to the profile that I am creating

I have been having problems concerning the images that I have been adding and it keeps on giving me errors concerning the images. How can I get that resolved?

I tried uploading the images here but still having the same problems — Preceding unsigned comment added by Alissa Morisson (talkcontribs) 22:31, 13 December 2018 (UTC)

To better help you we would need to know exactly what error messages you get.
Your use of the word profile and the promotional language in your draft causes me to think that you have a misunderstanding as to what Wikipedia is. Wikipedia is an encyclopedia; it is

Please help with ref number 7 on this page. Thanks Srbernadette (talk) 22:56, 13 December 2018 (UTC)

Very simply, the value "Liverpool University Press, 2000" is not a date and did not belong in the Date= field. It was removed and replaced with "2000".


My apologies if this question is in the wrong place! I am a writing student at James Madison University, and I am writing a Wikipedia article for a school project. I may potentially want it published on the main space of the website at a later time, however I cannot do so without permission from the business that I am writing about.

I'm just trying to confirm that my draft won't be published at any time if I submit it, which I believe is the case as I have not made 10 edits yet and do not intend to. By submitting it now, I'm only trying to obtain a cleaner copy of my draft to submit to my professor as part of my project rather than having to submit the page from within the Wikipedia visual editor. I only ask because on the screen where it gives the option to "publish", it says that the action is irrevocable, but I assume this doesn't effect me since I don't meet the requisites for publication anyway.

Could someone help me with this? The project is due tomorrow, so any fast help would be highly appreciated. Thank you in advance! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Evanltt (talkcontribs) 23:59, 13 December 2018 (UTC)

Re I cannot do so without permission from the business that I am writing about: That's not true as far as we're concerned. Subjects do not own the article about themselves.
Re I'm just trying to confirm that my draft won't be published at any time if I submit it, which I believe is the case as I have not made 10 edits yet and do not intend to: You're getting a few different concepts mixed up. "10 edits" is really only related to autoconfirmation, which just means that a user is allowed to edit semi-protected pages. It has nothing to do with publishing a draft. A draft is only published if you submit it for review, which is not the same as just saving it in draftspace. You currently do not have any drafts saved.
Re I only ask because on the screen where it gives the option to "publish", it says that the action is irrevocable, but I assume this doesn't effect me since I don't meet the requisites for publication anyway "publish" just means save as a draft. Right now, your work is not saved and if you close the window you will lose it. You must hit publish or your work will be lost. Just don't go on to click "submit for review" or anything like that. Ian.thomson (talk) 00:07, 14 December 2018 (UTC)
Also, the "action is irrevocable" means that it's just going to be permanently recorded on the site servers. You can still edit the draft. Ian.thomson (talk) 00:10, 14 December 2018 (UTC)

My First edit - did I get it right?


I just added my first edit to Wiki. I hope that I got it right. I added some content to this page -

Was my reference correct?

J — Preceding unsigned comment added by Sexologicalbody (talkcontribs) 03:16, 14 December 2018 (UTC)

Original: Original: