Wiki Help Essay

About the help system[edit]

See also: Wikipedia:Project namespace § Wikipedia how-to and information pages

The help resource system of Wikipedia consists of a wide variety of how-to and information pages, written to differing levels of technical expertise and in widely varying styles. This variety however has its flaws: it is easy to navigate to a page that regurgitates the same information, contains concepts that have not already been covered, is overly complicated for one's needs, or pages with a listing of links to other pages with listings of links. Information is also spread over a variety of namespace prefixes. The Wikipedia namespace (prefix Wikipedia:): contains many types of pages connected with the Wikipedia project itself: basic information (e.g., Wikipedia:Administration), policies (e.g., Wikipedia:Editing policy), guidelines (e.g., Wikipedia:Manual of Style), essays (e.g., Wikipedia:Reasonability Rule), how-to pages (e.g., Wikipedia:Purging). The Help namespace (prefix Help:): contains pages which provide help in using Wikipedia and its software, both for users of the encyclopedia and for editors (e.g., Help:Footnotes). However the Wikipedia namespace also contains many help style pages that in some cases contain repeated information or more detailed information. For example, Wikipedia:Media help and Help:Files are help pages located in different prefixes covering some of the same information presented in differing levels of technical expertise. There are also pages that have completely different styles of presenting the same information (e.g., Help:Referencing for beginners and Help:Introduction to referencing). For this reason redirects and hatnotes are often set up between these two namespaces. Aside from the static pages there are a multitude of interactive assistances pages see, Wikipedia:Requests for a listing of those.

How to use help[edit]

Where to start for new editors[edit]

If you would like to get a good overview of the whole project and how it works you could read through the introductory page which is found at Wikipedia:Contributing to Wikipedia. The same basic information can be seen at the Wikipedia:Tutorial. There is also Wikipedia:The Wikipedia Adventure, a 7-mission interactive guided tour which covers all the basics about editing and the expectations and norms of the Wikipedia community. Help:Getting started contains a listing of introductions and tutorials on the various aspects of Wikipedia.

If you just want help on how to read Wikipedia, see Wikipedia:FAQ/Readers. For information on searching and browsing the encyclopedia, see Help:Navigation.

Searching help pages[edit]

If you type keywords of your question into the search box, a page relevant to your question will usually turn up in the search results, e.g. 'How do I create an article?' ( type in 'create an article' ), 'What size are thumbnails?' ( type in 'thumbnail size' ). The search needs to be limited to the help pages using the advanced search page (which appears after you have clicked 'search') or you can use the search box in Help:contents (accessed at any time by clicking Help displayed on the left side of all pages.). This is duplicated below.

Navigating help pages[edit]

  • Help:Contents is the main help page that will guide you in the right direction.
  • Frequently asked questions are listed by general topic at Wikipedia:FAQ (great place for fast info).
  • Help:Menu is a menu-style page that will direct you to the right place to find information.
  • Help:Directory is a descriptive listing of Wikipedia's informative, instructional and consultation pages.
  • Category:Wikipedia information pages and Category:Wikipedia how-to are the main subcategories listing help pages.
  • The portal below will direct you to the main "help contents" page.
  • The templates below outlines Wikipedia's help pages and can be viewed at the bottom of related articles.

{{Help navigation}} {{Wikipedia technical help}} {{Basic information}}

Interactive assistances[edit]

Contributing to the help pages[edit]

Like articles, most of the help pages can be edited - so feel free to improve any pages you come across. When a high traffic page has been protected to help prevent vandalism, suggestions can still be made on the talk page. Some coordination happens at Wikipedia:Help Project.


Wikipedia Help Desk

  • This page is only for questions about how to use or edit Wikipedia. For other types of questions, use the search box or the Reference desk.
  • Do not provide your email address or any other contact information. Answers will be provided on this page only.
  • We are all volunteers, so sometimes replies can take some time. Please be patient. Check back on this page to see if your question has been answered.

  • New users: While this is a good place to ask questions, new users may prefer to ask for help at the Teahouse, an area specifically for new users to get help with editing, article creation, and general Wikipedia use, in a friendly environment.

March 8[edit]

Listing by article size[edit]

Hi. Does anyone know if there is a tool available that will output a list of articles in a given category sorted by article size? Thanks - Dumelow (talk) 01:18, 8 March 2018 (UTC)

Umm... ping a recent person to help me when I needed computer magic: @Galobtter:. GMGtalk 15:55, 8 March 2018 (UTC)
Dumelow PetScan is the tool you're looking for. This, for example, is the pages in Category:African-American players of Canadian football sorted by page size descending Galobtter (pingó mió) 16:03, 8 March 2018 (UTC)
Thanks Galobtter and GreenMeansGo, looks like a very useful tool. Is there a way to get it to use talk page categories instead of article categories (I see you can ask it to use talk page templates)? - Dumelow (talk) 18:39, 8 March 2018 (UTC)
Dumelow You'd just enter in the talk page category in the category list, and under page properties change the namespace to talk namespace. But the list generated will be of the talk pages, and can't figure how to change that Galobtter (pingó mió) 06:08, 9 March 2018 (UTC)
Thanks Galobtter. I was trying to generate a list of articles in a given Wikiproject by size that have also been assessed as an article (eg is within "Start-Class military history articles") as it would be useful for identifying incorrectly assessed redirects and disambiguation pages. However, as you say, there seems to be no way for PetScan to output the results sorted by article size if a talk page category is used. I had previously been using User talk:Dr pda/generatestats.js, which has this functionality but limits results to the first 500 articles. I have looked into it and been able to modify the Dr pda script to increase the number of articles queried so I have solved this issue. Thanks for your help (Petscan is certainly a very powerful tool and I am sure I will have other applications for it) - Dumelow (talk) 10:28, 9 March 2018 (UTC)

About changing User name[edit]

Is this possible to change my User name? I would like to change it 'Sishaykh' to 'Shafaat'. Could you please help me? -- Shafaat Islam (talk) 04:49, 8 March 2018 (UTC)

WP:RENAME has all the relevant information. Beeblebrox (talk) 05:29, 8 March 2018 (UTC)

Is it possible to see football player nationality flags next to player names on the Wikipedia Android app?[edit]

Hello,

I am frequently visiting football club pages on Wikipedia. I especially like understanding what nationalities a squad is made up of. One important element that is available in the desktop version which is lacking on the Android app version is the flag of a player's nationality next to a player's name in the 'Current Squad' or 'Players' section.

Is there any way this compatibility could get added to the app version?

Thank you for considering my request!

Todd — Preceding unsigned comment added by 212.123.193.250 (talk) 12:27, 8 March 2018 (UTC)

Italics[edit]

Hi, can someone remind me how to italicise only part of a pagename, so you get Name of work in italics and then (film etc.) in standard render, please? Thank you. Eagleash (talk) 15:35, 8 March 2018 (UTC)

I'm pretty sure (and others will correct me if I'm wrong) you use {{DISPLAYTITLE:''Name of work'' (film)}}. I should add that in the case of films I think this is now done automatically but this may not apply to other articles. MarnetteD|Talk 15:43, 8 March 2018 (UTC)
Isn't that how {{Italic title}} normally works? {{3x|p}}ery (talk) 15:44, 8 March 2018 (UTC)
Yes, I think so; but does that still work where infobox:Album or infobox:Film seems to italicise the page title automatically? E.g. Sherlock Holmes (2009 film) where I've failed, when trying to see anything in the source, to find how it is done. Cheers. Eagleash (talk) 16:54, 8 March 2018 (UTC)
For me the title of Sherlock_Holmes_(2009_film) is italicized correctly as you want it. The code is in the template. ( can disable that italicization if you want) Galobtter (pingó mió) 16:57, 8 March 2018 (UTC)
Yes, how it is at the Holmes page is what I'm looking for. I don't want to disable the italics, but I need to know how to do so for the disambiguation only. Thanks. Eagleash (talk) 17:04, 8 March 2018 (UTC)

┌────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────┘@MarnetteD: After some experimentation that worked. Thanks. Eagleash (talk) 18:05, 8 March 2018 (UTC)

You are welcome Eagleash. I am glad things worked out. MarnetteD|Talk 18:58, 8 March 2018 (UTC)

Publish page[edit]

Please help me to publish this page: User:Divyagupta1002/sandbox.--Divyagupta1002 (talk) 16:51, 8 March 2018 (UTC)

@Divyagupta1002: Hello, the page is not ready for publishing to article mainspace. There is only one reference for the entire page and you will need far more than that. I have left some links at your talk page. The page should probably be moved to draftspace so you can continu to develop it. Please ask if you need help with that. Thank you. Eagleash (talk) 17:32, 8 March 2018 (UTC)
This reads like a paid for article. Full of puffery etc. It should not been moved into main space just yet as Eagleash said. So, can it be moved back until it is ready? --Aspro (talk) 22:29, 10 March 2018 (UTC)
Agreed it should not be in mainspace. The OP has not edited since posting here and the page was seemingly moved by a different editor. I think moving to draftspace so it can be cleaned up, properly referenced etc. is probably the best option. If it had been submitted for review in the normal way it would very likely have been rejected. Pinging @Aspro: and @LittleGun:. Eagleash (talk) 22:56, 10 March 2018 (UTC)
First edit of this user was to award a barn star. Why would he do that, unless he was already editing WP before under a different 'user name' and is now a sock. Smells even more fishy. --Aspro (talk) 22:54, 10 March 2018 (UTC)
Yep. Eagleash (talk) 23:01, 10 March 2018 (UTC)

Placing an persons image on a Bio Page[edit]

I have been asked to build a BIO page by my employer. I have built the page (Philip Hanes) but am having no luck placing his photo on the page. I have looked over the "tutorials" but find them to be utterly useless and completely confusing. Can anyone assist me? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Twilder43 (talk • contribs) 17:08, 8 March 2018 (UTC)

@Twilder43: I am sorry to hear that you find the tutorials useless. That might mean you missed reading the following:
Wikipedia:Conflict_of_interest
If that's confusing, I'll give you the short summary — you should not be writing that article.S Philbrick(Talk) 17:55, 8 March 2018 (UTC)
And WP:PAID in the meantime the page seems to have an image, which has been uploaded as 'own work'. Did you take the image yourself? If not, there are probably copyright issues. Eagleash (talk) 18:10, 8 March 2018 (UTC)

Massive list underneath talk page archives[edit]

Can anybody explain what's going on underneath the archive box on the Talk:Brendan Fraser page? Chaheel Riens (talk) 17:36, 8 March 2018 (UTC)

@Chaheel Riens: I've made an edit to the archiving instructions and blanked the incorrect list. If I've got it right, the bot should rebuild the index correctly sometime in the next 24 hours. -- John of Reading (talk) 17:44, 8 March 2018 (UTC)
Super - thanks. Chaheel Riens (talk) 17:45, 8 March 2018 (UTC)

Don't know much about history[edit]

Hi!

"Don't Know Much About History" redirects to Kenneth C. Davis.

What's the best way to also lead/point to the Sam Cooke song? Redirect to a new DAB page?

Thanks. Saintrain (talk) 18:17, 8 March 2018 (UTC)

...*whistling* dunno much about redirects / dunno much Wiki-syyyyntax...  :) good suggestion, Saintrain—I retargeted it in a bold move. Seeing as Wonderful World has has >12,000 page views in the last sixty days, and Kenneth C. Davis has received less than 1,500 in the same period, I think it's pretty safe bet. Except for his fans, of course; they won't approve ( by whom I'm referring, of course, to those who inserted all the cruft I just removed). —SerialNumber54129...speculates 18:25, 8 March 2018 (UTC)
I don't claim to be an A student, but it's plain to see that a redirect hatnote is appropriate in the song article. Clarityfiend (talk) 22:19, 8 March 2018 (UTC)
You've changed a good redirect because the same phrase is buried in the lyric of a song? That seems like a questionable thing to do. Dorsetonian (talk) 10:36, 9 March 2018 (UTC) (not a Kenneth C. Davis fan)
No, it's the correct thing to do because the song lyric is the primary topic; the historian is much less known. It was a bad redirect because most readers who search for the term would be looking for the Sam Cooke song. --Jayron32 13:08, 9 March 2018 (UTC)
Jayron32 is right. Good redirect. --Guy Macon (talk) 13:55, 9 March 2018 (UTC)
  • In fact, the song predates the book. The book's title was taken from the song, and the book's instant popularity (arguably) resulted from the fact that the title phrase was so well-known. So (IMO) the redirect is even more justified. It would be justified by the "expected search results" rule even if the phrase originated with the book, but here, where the historian struck it rich by borrowing the phrase from the song, there is not even a "moral" argument to direct to the historian first. -Arch dude (talk) 18:04, 9 March 2018 (UTC)
Thanks, all, for the explanations. Should Don't Know Much About change its target too? I was unaware (and am surprised) that "memorable phrases" from song lyrics are in general considered good redirects. Is there any further guidance on that? Would "Warm smell of colitas", for example, be considered a good redirect also? Dorsetonian (talk) 11:56, 10 March 2018 (UTC)
Note to self: when suggesting an obscure edit/template (e.g. a 'redirect hatnote') to a complete stranger, add WHICH redirect hatnote. You know, for clarity's sake. :-) Did you know that WP has NO articles about 'redirect hatnotes'? Saintrain (talk) 19:26, 10 March 2018 (UTC)
I was not "suggesting" anything. I added the hatnote, which you could see (and easily figure out how to use) in the article. Clarityfiend (talk) 01:18, 11 March 2018 (UTC)

Related Articles Description[edit]

How do I edit an incorrect description of a magician in the Related Articles section? Dai Vernon is listed as an American Musician, but he is a Magician. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 76.169.222.200 (talk) 18:18, 8 March 2018 (UTC)

I presume you're talking about the links at the bottom of the article on the Wikipedia app? They are taken from the description in the Wikidata item corresponding to the article - in this case d:Q544602. I have just corrected the description there (in English and French). --ColinFine (talk) 00:06, 9 March 2018 (UTC)
The normal mobile version like https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Larry_Jennings has the feature so I don't think it's about an app. See Wikipedia:FAQ/Editing#How do I edit mobile subtitles? for how to find the Wikidata page. PrimeHunter (talk) 00:45, 9 March 2018 (UTC)

March 9[edit]

[SOLVED] IPs and one-edit accounts repeatedly spamming a name into an article[edit]

Hi, I'm not sure where to report this but on the article Noor Mang (which somehow I have on my watchlist since I landed on it clicking "Random article" a year ago and saw that it needed citations), since 25 November 2017 four different IP accounts and a single-edit account have been spamming the name "Faraz Awan Khanal" into the article, mostly as "Written by", and sometimes also adding his Facebook link. Can something be done to stop this? Thank you. GreyGoose (talk) 02:17, 9 March 2018 (UTC)

GreyGoose I've semi-protected pro tem, Jimfbleak - talk to me? 06:30, 9 March 2018 (UTC)
Thanks very much, Jimfbleak! GreyGoose (talk) 07:05, 9 March 2018 (UTC)

2018 NBA Playoffs[edit]

Stop redirecting this Article There are two teams in the playoffs stop redirecting this. 68.102.39.189 (talk) 14:12, 9 March 2018 (UTC)

The article title was changed to 2017–18 NBA season. All the content from 2018 NBA Playoffs is now there. L293D () 14:15, 9 March 2018 (UTC)

I Don't Like the new format of the 2018 NBA playoff page there's suppose to be qualifying seeds and dates when they cilnched playoff berths. 68.102.39.189 (talk) 16:08, 9 March 2018 (UTC)

  • This discussion should happen on the talk page of the article. --Jayron32 16:09, 9 March 2018 (UTC)

problems with site[edit]

Logged in or not, the article won't print. WHY? The program shuts down every time. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 76.80.31.253 (talk) 14:33, 9 March 2018 (UTC)

Have you shod it off and on again? Wakari07 (talk) 17:15, 9 March 2018 (UTC)
  • Your problem is most likely with the software on your computer and not with Wikipedia itself. We have a different help page for computer-related issues, and the volunteers over there will be better able to help you. They can give you better assistance if you tell then which OS (e.g., which version of Windows) and which Web browser (name and version) you are using.You can find them at Wikipedia:Reference desk/Computing. Good luck. -Arch dude (talk) 17:24, 9 March 2018 (UTC)

Permission to edit Human article[edit]

The following discussion is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made on the appropriate discussion page. No further edits should be made to this discussion.

I had requested for permission to remove image of man and woman (live models) in the talk page of Human. (Biology portion) But I got replies that articles on Wikipedia are not censored. It really bothers me to think that children and youngsters may get spoilt from viewing such content. Human is a common topic and all can have access to it. Now that mobile phone use are on the rise I feel that such content is unnecessary. Drawings or removal of the such a picture would be better for all the youngsters and children. I really feel that Wikipedia must remove such pictures as many can have access of them. I don't like censoring articles as it would reduce the possibility of spread of knowledge. But if they are not censored and don't contain such images many people can access and the fear of parents that their children would get spoiled would be absent. I request this because wikipedia is a wonderful source of knowledge and I don't want people to back from the gaining knowledge because of improper images.

Arcad1951 (talk) 17:26, 9 March 2018 (UTC)

  • I don't understand. Are you saying the pictures of the people aren't proper humans? They look like humans to me. --Jayron32 17:40, 9 March 2018 (UTC)
Arcad1951 said "live models". That's "models" in the sense that they were paid for having their photographs taken. Maproom (talk) 18:55, 9 March 2018 (UTC)
(edit conflict) The pictures are academic in nature, not pornographic. If a kid wants to see porn, they're gonna skip this site entirely. If a kid wants to learn about the human body, it's better they view an academic picture here than have to go looking for pornography. Do you want kids looking for pornography? Because removing the images are only going to encourage kids to look for pornography instead of seeing an academic image in a safe place. Or do you just not want kids to learn? Because if we restrict them to this site and do not include images, some kids are going to have a harder time learning. Ian.thomson (talk) 17:40, 9 March 2018 (UTC)
How do you see your proposal happening in practice? Blur from navel to knees? Wakari07 (talk) 17:54, 9 March 2018 (UTC)
Arcad1951 there is nothing pornographic about the images, which aren't engaged in any sexual practices at all. It may be that you belong to a culture or religion in which nudity is unacceptable per se, but you can't expect us to conform to what you think is right Jimfbleak - talk to me? 19:18, 9 March 2018 (UTC)
There've been at this point seven people respond to this including on the article's talk. I think we've probably communicated that it's not a likely change, although I'm sure the user means well. GMGtalk 19:22, 9 March 2018 (UTC)
Being a human, I have a clear COI with this article, so I'll refrain from giving my opinion. Jauerbackdude?/dude. 19:32, 9 March 2018 (UTC)
Arcad1951, what do you think of this? Wakari07 (talk) 19:52, 9 March 2018 (UTC)

The discussion above is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made on the appropriate discussion page. No further edits should be made to this discussion.

Alright alright. There's already a thread on the article's talk page where discussion can continue if it needs to. No reason for them to come back to 9000 pings. GMGtalk 19:54, 9 March 2018 (UTC)

Labelled images[edit]

Hi, does anybody knwo how to improve the formatting of the labelling of the flags right at the beginning of this section? I guess ideally the descriptions should all be placed below the flag images and centered. Greetings--Converto (talk) 21:58, 9 March 2018 (UTC)

It's easy enough to move the captions down so that they're not overlapping the flags. But then a vertical scroll bar appears, and I can't figure out how to get rid of it. I could make a new version of the image, with some padding at the bottom, if there's no better way. Maproom (talk) 08:49, 10 March 2018 (UTC)

March 10[edit]

Help for contacting members to discuss, ask, collaborate, and help if needed.[edit]

Hi:

This discussion has been closed. Please do not modify it.
The following discussion has been closed. Please do not modify it.

First of all thank you very much to Jimmy Wales and all the wonderful people who has made this amazing free encyclopedia available to us. I can’t help monetarily, but I will intend collaborating. I don’t even have enough money to survive at the present time. If I could have few dollars extra I will given them happily to the encyclopedia.

I will like contact some one personally since it takes a lot of time to read and understand, I had been thinking help building and collaborating with in. I have been using wikipedia for many years and I use it constantly in many different ways. As a writer, activist, artist, musician. Studying Modern physics, astrophysics’, quantum mechanics and more.

Could I be able to communicate with people here? Is there a blog to meet physicists? To have comments and be able contribute with my own philosophical views on subject matters?

I live in Barcelona Spain, but I lived from 1976 to 2011 in the United States of America where I am proud and feel as my country. Speak fairly good English and I will like to ask questions instead of spending time looking for answers in articles.

Notice that I spend over twelve hours a day working with out profits, writing, doing art, photography, music among other.

For reference to who I am I will say I studied Color Photography, Art and English, Cinematography, and Script Writing at the Santa Monica City College in Los Angeles in 1977. Music, Culinary Arts, English, and Reading Comprehension in San Bernardino Valley College in 1979. Music, English, Photography, American History, Computer Sciences and Programming Grand Rapids Community College. And Accounting at the Davenport College in Grand Rapids Michigan.

In 1992 I was the Treasurer, Chairmen, and Editor of the News Letter, (That I transformed to a News Paper format) of the east Hills Neighbor Association. 1994 - 1995 Designed and Directed a Live TV show: “ Oh say: Can you SEE.” To an Organization founded by Frank Girard called S.E.E (Society for Economic Equality) with I collaborated but never been a member. Even I was very good and close friend with Frank. And the same years Member of a zine called Big Fish that the New York Times classified as one of the best then zines in the US. And the last numbers front page done by Allan Ginsberg who we interview him right before he died and had the honor to meet.

At the present time I am trying learn and studied Physics, on my own since here in Spain there is not financial aid for people like me 69 year old. I use Wikipedia constantly and fallow the much I can find with today physicists, and will like to know in more depth on studies and experiments done. One particular experiment that will like to perform my self is the double slit experiment, especially done in the subatomic particles level.

So to me it will be with great benefit to meet Physicist at all levels, will like to discuss personal theories and question theories that I don’t fully understand.

Thank you for your time.

Yours truly

Jose Caballero — Preceding unsigned comment added by Artatake (talk • contribs) 00:19, 10 March 2018 (UTC)

@Artatake: Sorry, but no, this is not the right place for that. This is an encyclopedia, not a chat room. RudolfRed (talk) 01:29, 10 March 2018 (UTC)
Mom, what's a double slit? Wakari07 (talk) 04:12, 10 March 2018 (UTC)
There is the Portal:Physics and the various talk pages for your purposes, Artatake. However, even if you're 97, please remain careful when sharing personal information. Wakari07 (talk) 04:33, 10 March 2018 (UTC)

Mountain West Conference standings[edit]

Nevada And UNLV Are Suppsose to be remove from the double redirect into main space articles now. 68.102.39.189 (talk) 03:31, 10 March 2018 (UTC)

68.102.39.189, you really need to learn to speak to other users on Wikipedia in a nicer way, instead of demanding for something to be done. Now do you want to point us to what article/s you want edited that you appear to not be able to do yourself? NZFC(talk) 03:34, 10 March 2018 (UTC)
After further searching, it appears you are WP:FORUMSHOP from Wikipedia:WikiProject Articles for creation/Help desk after being told it was WP:TOOSOON for these articles. The football season doesn't kick off for six months. NZFC(talk) 03:40, 10 March 2018 (UTC)

cant be found[edit]

I don't know why my article cannot be show on search engines if searched — Preceding unsigned comment added by Ace Khyd (talk • contribs) 03:00, 10 March 2018 (UTC)

Ace Khyd Your article Draft:Ace khyd is still in draft so is not index in search engines. Despite that, if you were to try publish your article it would be declined as it doesn't establish notability and lacks independent reliable sources.
Social media would be more appropriate for you to publish your own biography. If you have been written about in independent reliable sources, then it would be better if someone else writes an article that summarises these sources. See WP:Autobiography. Dbfirs 08:00, 10 March 2018 (UTC)

Sub-pages[edit]

May I create some sub-pages like User:Sishaykh/My edits by time, User:Sishaykh/My edits by topic, etc? -- Shafaat Islam (talk) 03:25 (edited - 03:33), 10 March 2018 (UTC)

Hello Sishaykh, and welcome back to the TeaHouse. Your question raises two separate issues. Firstly, you can create sub-pages with those names. To do that, just type that name into the normal search box - this will display a page which tells you there is currently no such page, and gives you the option to go ahead and create it. Secondly, having created the page I guess you want to populate it automatically with information about your edits. I don't know of any way to do that by size; perhaps somebody else can help. There is already the "Contributions" tool (near the top right corner on a PC display) that will give your edits by date. You can see a list of all your sub-pages by going to the Contributions page, and down the bottom click on "Subpages". If that's not what you were looking for, please ask more.--Gronk Oz (talk) 06:56, 10 March 2018 (UTC)

[edit]

Hi,

I am quite new to Wikipedia and am still learning the basics.

I went to the Teahouse and posed a question. Several people responded with helpful information. I would like to respond to one of their comments. How do I do that? Do I click "Edit Source" in my question's section? I tried that and I see there is room at the bottom to place my comments. But it's a bit confusing. The source code for the other people's comments contain :: and other markup, and I don't want to make a mistake.

Your advice is appreciated. LindaPenn04 (talk) 07:13, 10 March 2018 (UTC)

Yes that's how to do it. The colons indent responses, one tab per colon., so that threads may be easily followed. Meters (talk) 07:24, 10 March 2018 (UTC)
See WP:CHEAT for more markup. Meters (talk) 07:27, 10 March 2018 (UTC)
Thank you!LindaPenn04 (talk) 08:18, 10 March 2018 (UTC)
@LindaPenn04: You got it! And you will find the people at the TeaHouse very tolerant. Especially if you say "I'm new here" they won't expect you to know all that stuff yet, so they won't mind formatting mistakes and such.--Gronk Oz (talk) 09:14, 10 March 2018 (UTC)

Indian painting and Indian tribal painting[edit]

Dear reader
If you are a NATIVE ENGLISH SPEAKING person, and if you have some spare time, please take a look on these articles, machine translated from French (fr:Peinture en Inde and fr:Peinture tribale en Inde). Don’t hesitate to log on as user, and make the needed language corrections.
Best regards
Andershus."Andershus (talk) 07:34, 10 March 2018 (UTC)"

It started with a 50-byte stub. Impressive what it's become. Wakari07 (talk) 15:30, 10 March 2018 (UTC)

 Administrator note: The second one has been moved to draft space and the redirect deleted, it is now at Draft:Indian tribal painting. Beeblebrox (talk) 19:06, 10 March 2018 (UTC)

Comment:@Beeblebrox and Wakari07:Andershus has 562 edits at Indian painting since mid-Feb and has been dumping machine translated text into the article, and then dropping notices into the article page itself (twice reverted), here, and elsewhere asking others to clean it up. I expect to open a User talk page section about MT and how best to contribute to en-wiki, and a section at Talk:Indian painting to poll major contributors to the article whether there is any objection to my rolling back to the version of 11:55, February 9, 2018‎ in an attempt to untangle the mess. Links coming. Mathglot (talk) 00:04, 11 March 2018 (UTC)
I looked at the article and it made my head hurt. We should make it clear here that machine translated text is generally not welcome on En.Wikipedia, to the point that we turned off the content tranlslation tool specifically to stop it being dumped here. If you can’t write coherently in English, it isn’t fair to just dump badly translated content and then try and get others to clean up your mess. Beeblebrox (talk) 00:40, 11 March 2018 (UTC)

I want to edit my username for a new account I created[edit]

Hi,

I want to make a small edit to my username.

Existing Craft2art To be changed to Craft2Art

Can you please help — Preceding unsigned comment added by Craft2art (talk • contribs) 08:00, 10 March 2018 (UTC)

@Craft2art: This question has been answered at the Teahouse. No need to ask in two places; it just confuses us dummies. --Gronk Oz (talk) 09:18, 10 March 2018 (UTC)

Is this character notable?[edit]

Can I have some opinions on whether or not publishing my draft for Twilight Sparkle would hold up to notability? I've been on Wikipedia for 5 years, so I'm hardly a noob, but I know one thing, Wikipedia is strict on character notability. I still have haunting flashbacks from the mass merger of Sonic character articles, so I just want to see if my draft would stand up. I know my draft is a fairly small stub, but I can expand a bit more. I just want to make absolutely sure that notability is well established for her. I would say very much so, as seeing articles from TVGuide, Entertainment Weekly, WIRED, and The Sun giving much more than just passing mentions of her. I didn't know how to include the coverage in my draft, but Twilight has also gotten extensive attention from Sean Spicer mentioning her when discussing Melania Trump's speech controversy. These sources include CBS News, CNN, ABC News, Washington Post, and Huffington Post, among others. Shouldn't this be enough? --AmaryllisGardenertalk 08:03, 10 March 2018 (UTC)

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