Wikipedia:Help desk

Today, Wikipedia:Help desk is one of the most relevant and important topics in society. Its influence covers different areas, from politics to popular culture. Wikipedia:Help desk has been the subject of debate and discussion throughout history, arousing both passion and controversy. In this article, we will explore different aspects related to Wikipedia:Help desk, from its impact on everyday life to its relevance in the international arena. We will analyze how Wikipedia:Help desk has shaped the way we think and act, as well as its role in shaping the world today. Through this exploration, we will attempt to shed light on a topic that continues to be relevant in contemporary society.

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    May 13

    Request for Assistance with Account Deletion

    Hello, I’m trying to delete my Wikipedia account but haven’t been able to find the necessary steps on the Help pages. Could someone please assist me with this? I’ve checked the Username policy and Help pages, but I couldn’t find any information on account deletion. Any guidance on how to proceed would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. Knowledgeseeker1937 (talk) 00:03, 13 May 2024 (UTC)

    There is no means of deleting an account, as legally all edits must be attributable to someone. You may just stop using and abandon your account. A vanishing may also be an option, see WP:VANISH. 331dot (talk) 00:06, 13 May 2024 (UTC)
    Please don't attempt the option of WP:VANISH, Knowledgeseeker1937. Your contributions to Wikipedia have been so (very, very) minor that making their author vanish would not be worth the time of the person who'd do this. If you'd like to contribute under a different username, feel free to do so. -- Hoary (talk) 01:58, 13 May 2024 (UTC)
    Are you recommending sockpuppetry? —Tamfang (talk) 18:19, 13 May 2024 (UTC)
    No, Tamfang, I am not. Please see WP:Clean start. -- Hoary (talk) 22:45, 13 May 2024 (UTC)
    You can simply rename your account to a random string of letters and numbers and ask for your talk page to be deleted, and remove all mentions of your username from talk pages throughout Wikipedia. Félix An (talk) 07:04, 13 May 2024 (UTC)
    No, please do not tamper with messages already posted. And don't simply ask other people to do anything, for the reason I've already given. -- Hoary (talk) 07:58, 13 May 2024 (UTC)

    My Page - Karamjeet K Dhillon

    Hi a company has been working on my wiki page for best part of a year. I know the page exists because I asked an independent person to verify credentials and they couldn't get into it because it had password protection. How do I get a status update of a page? Or credentials so I can launch my own page. The company keep telling me that you are taking your time and recently needed to verify one more link and that you are ready to publish. A year seems a long time (talk) 08:37, 13 May 2024 (UTC)

    I'm hoping that this company isn't scamming you(see WP:SCAM).
    I cannot find a draft or article by the title "Karamjeet K Dhillon"(with or without the K). Can you link to it?
    The company editors working for you need to have disclosed their paid status, that's a Terms of Use requirement(see WP:PAID). 331dot (talk) 08:49, 13 May 2024 (UTC)
    @331dot: A draft named Draft:Karamjeet K Dhillon was deleted in January. -- John of Reading (talk) 08:50, 13 May 2024 (UTC)
    Thanks. That draft was created by a sock puppet of a known paid editing ring that fails to disclose their status. IP user, I'm afraid that you've been scammed. 331dot (talk) 08:57, 13 May 2024 (UTC)
    As an adminstrator, I can view the deleted Draft:Karamjeet K Dhillon. It was a total piece of crap that had no hope of being accepted into this encyclopedia. To be frank, if you paid for this, you got conned. Demand your money back immediately or kiss your money goodbye. A large majority of paid Wikipedia services are liars and thieves. It is up to you to carry out due diligence. Cullen328 (talk) 09:05, 13 May 2024 (UTC)
    @331dot 2603:6010:FE00:1A5:643B:E9D7:349B:1874 (talk) 10:21, 17 May 2024 (UTC)
    There's no such thing as password protecting an article on Wikipedia so I think that your "independent person" might not have been honest with you either. -- D'n'B-t -- 18:13, 13 May 2024 (UTC)
    I'm almost wondering if we need a template to use here like the ones we use during fundraising season, as this seems to be a recurring subject here. Just Step Sideways from this world ..... today 19:18, 13 May 2024 (UTC)

    How to reopen closed AfD

    This might be the wrong place to go to ask an adminstrative help question. I closed an AfD as keep and have been asked to reopen it. In 16 years as an admin, I've never previously been convinced to reopen one. However, almost all of the commenters on the AfD (which I closed on May 7) have turned out to be socks. It seems appropriate to reopen the AfD as requested. What is the proper procedure for that? I have hunted. Apparently I'm blind because I can't find it. I do not want to blunder in and guess what's the right way. Doczilla Ohhhhhh, no! 18:28, 13 May 2024 (UTC)

    You can just revert your closure, strike comments of socks and relist it for further 7 days. Ruslik_Zero 19:15, 13 May 2024 (UTC)
    Thanks. I just wanted to make sure it's as simple as that before mucking about. Much appreciated. Doczilla Ohhhhhh, no! 20:44, 13 May 2024 (UTC)

    How to add suggested languages

    When I go to the top of the page and try to go to the same page on another Wikipedia, the only "suggested langauges" I get are Croatian and Italian. How do I add or remove those languages? I don't understand how to use the "add languages" button. When an article has pages in Bosnian or Serbian or Slovenian or even German or French I have to scroll all the way down the list to see them. Nobody I know even speaks Italian! Can I switch to the old language list? It was a lot more obvious and quicker. (talk) 19:07, 13 May 2024 (UTC)

    IP editor, if you want to restore the old appearance of Wikipedia as an IP editor, see Wikipedia:Vector 2022#Without an account. TSventon (talk) 19:23, 13 May 2024 (UTC)
    Thanks, this new design is so broken (talk) 19:38, 13 May 2024 (UTC)
    The new design was the result of extensive effort and study, trying to balance the different ways different people use Wikipedia. It is hard to create something that is equally good for all 8 billion humans on this planet. No one says it is perfect, please offer your suggestions on the talk page of the page Tswenson directed you to. 331dot (talk) 10:32, 17 May 2024 (UTC)

    May 14

    Help to resolve a dispute

    There is a dispute at Transgender flag. My first thought was to seek an administrator but have since explored the dispute resolution mechanisms.

    The minimal discussion on the talk page hasn't been productive because one editor isn't receptive. I have been unable to post a "Request dispute resolution" for some technical reason.

    I need help. I ca supply background on request. Humpster (talk) 03:27, 14 May 2024 (UTC)

    Humphrey Tribble, the guidance on dispute resolution has a WP:SEEKHELP section, which suggests posting a notice at a relevant wikiproject if talkpage discussion has not resolved the issue. You could try Wikipedia:WikiProject LGBT studies. Please keep the notice neutral per WP:CANVASS. TSventon (talk) 10:43, 14 May 2024 (UTC)
    I will attempt that process. Thanks for your advice.
    This query can be marked resolved. Humpster (talk) 18:22, 14 May 2024 (UTC)


    Is there currently any Troops from the US Airforce located in Syria 2603:6011:ED00:7714:E111:41D9:7B41:97D (talk) 12:05, 14 May 2024 (UTC)

    IP editor, I would suggest asking at Wikipedia:Reference desk/Humanities. You could search for relevant Wikipedia articles, but the information there might not be up to date. TSventon (talk) 12:32, 14 May 2024 (UTC)

    Is someone allowed to ban you from their talk page?

    I used an unsuitable template for warning a user today, see: User talk:Hob Gadling#May 2024. He was very harsh and said, "You are not welcome on my talk page. Please refrain from editing it in the future." Is someone allowed to ban you from their talk page? What if I have any legitimate questions for that editor in the future? It scared me, and I doubt I can sleep well tonight. I really didn't mean to annoy or offend that editor. I used that template because it looked more gentle and less harsh than the other template. I have enough stress in university to deal with already. Félix An (talk) 12:30, 14 May 2024 (UTC)

    The article in question: The God Delusion Félix An (talk) 12:36, 14 May 2024 (UTC)
    I'm hoping that Hob Gadling sees your apology here and your good intentions- but yes, if an editor asks you to refrain from using their user talk page, it should generally be respected. You can use article talk pages to ask questions about edits. 331dot (talk) 12:43, 14 May 2024 (UTC)
    (edit conflict) "Harsh"? I don't see it - I thought Hob Gadling was quite restrained, considering. But no, people can't actually ban you from their page, but you are strongly recommended to respect a request to stay away, and only post there if you must — for example, if you take somebody to WP:ANI, you must alert them to that fact. As for the template you used looking more gentle, I suggest you don't use any template without actually reading its text first. If you didn't notice the problems I have pointed out (on your talkpage), I'm not sure you did read it with any care, this time. You didn't write the template, but if you post it, you take responsibility for what it says. Bishonen | tålk 12:49, 14 May 2024 (UTC).
    I retract that; you can use my Talk page if you think you need to. But generally, I don't like messages on my talk page a lot, I prefer communicating in article talk pages, since articles are usually what I want to talk about. --Hob Gadling (talk) 13:32, 14 May 2024 (UTC)

    Delete page

    My picture is used on this page, but i don't know how to report or edit it.

    https://commons.wikimedia.orgview_image.php?q=Wikipedia:Help_desk&sq=Wikipedia:Help_desk&lang=en&file=File:Joep_Kuppers_.jpg (talk) 14:17, 14 May 2024 (UTC)

    This is covered by Commons:Photographs of identifiable people. This involves Commons which is separate from Wikipedia. Quote:

    The subject, photographer, or uploader of an image may request that it be removed from Commons. The reasons for removal may include such things as "It causes embarrassment" or "It was published without my consent", etc. Generally, images are not removed simply because the subject does not like them, but administrators are normally sympathetic to removal requests if good reasons can be given. In any case you may address a removal request through the normal public review process of a deletion request. If discretion is required, a deletion request explaining this may also be sent privately through Commons:Contact us/Problems.

    This is the best option.--♦IanMacM♦ (talk to me) 14:25, 14 May 2024 (UTC)

    Categories - Italicized and referring to a section within an article

    I am trying to add to a category, a fictional character who does not have their own article. But I have seen that you can link the article with said character in, and on the category page it comes up in italics. For example in the Category:Fictional surfers there is David Kawena who doesn't have his own article but is listed in this category and when you click on it, you are directed to List of Lilo & Stitch characters#David Kawena. However, what is puzzling for me is that in the category section of this article, Category:Fictional surfers does not appear. My question is how do I add a TV series article to a category page that appears as the name of the character in italics, but redirects to the character section within that article? PitterPatter533 (talk) 18:30, 14 May 2024 (UTC)

    David Kawena is a redirect page. To see the page itself, you can click on the link, scroll to the top of the page and click on the link in Redirected from David Kawena. Wikipedia:Redirect explains how to create a redirect, target it to a section of an article and add it to a category. TSventon (talk) 18:48, 14 May 2024 (UTC)
    I see, thank you. If I go to the David Kawena redirect page ( though, List of Lilo & Stitch characters does not appear as one of the categories. So I'm curious as to how it got there. PitterPatter533 (talk) 14:49, 15 May 2024 (UTC)
    PitterPatter533 the link to List of Lilo & Stitch characters#David Kawena is towards the top of the page, above the Template:Redirect category shell, while the categories are at the bottom, if that helps. TSventon (talk) 15:00, 15 May 2024 (UTC)

    my Wikipedia account that i made in en.wikipedia doesn't work in ro.wikipedia

    i tried to log in in ro.wikipedia but to add a source but it said "This account's or IP address's access to modifying pages has been stopped. This does not prevent you from reading the pages. You have been blocked by (Redacted) for the following reason (see blocking policy): Abuse of multiple accounts (Sock puppetry): Insistent vandal with football teams and localities items." i didn't do anything that says in the message but i stil can edit in en.wikipedia where i have my account. what do i do ? KoreHades (talk) 19:44, 14 May 2024 (UTC)

    According to Special:CentralAuth/KoreHades your account has not made any edits on ro.wikipedia, and your account is not blocked there. It's likely that your IP is blocked there. Meters (talk) 19:52, 14 May 2024 (UTC)
    how can i make that my ip is not blocked there so i can add that source ? KoreHades (talk) 20:07, 14 May 2024 (UTC)
    You can't get the IP unblocked. You would have to ask there, but that Wiki probably has has a procedure to allow logged in users to edit through an IP block, but given that you have almost no editing history you might not be able to convince an admin that you are not the same user as the blocked IP. Meters (talk) 20:41, 14 May 2024 (UTC)

    Article not on Google search

    A recent article I wrote, Belle Meade Gun Club has not appeared on Google search after the usual 30 day process. It comes up on on "Wikiwand" which appears to be a copy. Can you help please? Eagledj (talk) 20:12, 14 May 2024 (UTC)

    @Eagledj: Articles don't get indexed until a new pages patroller reviews it or at least 90 days have passed, whichever comes first. —Tenryuu 🐲 ( 💬 • 📝 ) 20:14, 14 May 2024 (UTC)
    @Eagledj In the meantime it may be mirrored or copied anywhere on websites such as Wikiwand, provided they attribute Wikipedia: everything saved/published here is immediately licensed as CC BY-SA 4.0, irrespective of whether a search engine has picked it up. Mike Turnbull (talk) 14:02, 15 May 2024 (UTC)
    .... incidentally you seem to be well qualified to become WP:Autopatrolled, in which case your newly-written articles would be available immediately to search engines. Mike Turnbull (talk) 14:14, 15 May 2024 (UTC)
    Since I created Belle Meade Gun Club, I have created Blades Brown (golfer). The latter went to Google within 2 days, so I began to wonder why the weeks of delay on the former. Can you index the Gun Club article for me, or find out why the "autopatrolled" is not working in this case? Thanks, Eagledj (talk) 14:17, 15 May 2024 (UTC)
    @Eagledj: You are not autopatrolled so indexing of your article creations is not allowed automatically. Mike means you look like a good candidate if you apply. See WP:Autopatrolled#Obtaining the right. If the creator is not autopatrolled then it's unpredictable when or if an article will be reviewed by a user with the required right to allow indexing before 90 days. At top of page histories you can click "View logs for this page" to see that Belle Meade Gun Club was reviewed yesterday (today in some time zones) while Blades Brown (golfer) was reviewed 13 May. You can also use your browser to search the html source for "noindex". Neither article has it now but Belle Meade Gun Club had it when you first posted. PrimeHunter (talk) 15:15, 15 May 2024 (UTC)

    Looking for digital versions of physical magazines

    Hi! I've been working on an article for the album Where the Angels Fall, but I'm not entirely happy with the critical reception section. I haven't been able to find any English-language reviews of the album. Does anybody know where I'd be able to easily access and search through digital versions of physical music magazines? (a bit like this) I think I'll be able to find some reviews of the album in them. Thanks! SupremeLordBagel (talk to me) 20:43, 14 May 2024 (UTC)

    Possibly Wikipedia:The Wikipedia Library could be of some help. Just Step Sideways from this world ..... today 21:22, 14 May 2024 (UTC)
    @SupremeLordBagel: It sounds like this isn't what you want, but on the off chance that I'm wrong, here are links to stories on "Where the Angels Fall" in Rolling Stone Australia and Australian Musician. Fabrickator (talk) 22:44, 14 May 2024 (UTC)
    @Fabrickator, the editor was referring to where they can get many. Safari ScribeEdits! Talk! 22:50, 14 May 2024 (UTC)
    I am already inline with the article. Thanks for this great contribution. You're already good to research in the Wikipedia Library. Kudos to you too. Safari ScribeEdits! Talk! 22:47, 14 May 2024 (UTC)

    Why was Joal Stanfield deleted. MagicalPrince863 (talk) 21:14, 14 May 2024 (UTC)

    the deletion log says the following: "Expired PROD, concern was: Non-notable person who fails to meet WP:GNG. Only claim to notability presented is that he coached a high school tennis team. No sources found in a Google search and almost everything presented in this article was gathered from an obituary." The page's history indicates that you edited it three times while the proposed deletion tag was on it. Just Step Sideways from this world ..... today 21:18, 14 May 2024 (UTC)
    It was deleted because of the PROD tag on it. Another editor tagged it per the concerns above and after seven days of initiation, it'll be deleted. Do read the rationale above, "Non-notable person who fails to meet WP:GNG. Only...". Safari ScribeEdits! Talk! 22:37, 14 May 2024 (UTC)
    That article made no plausible claim of notability, MagicalPrince863. Cullen328 (talk) 00:08, 15 May 2024 (UTC)

    How can Joal Stanfield be notable MagicalPrince863 (talk) 00:29, 15 May 2024 (UTC)

    MagicalPrince863, one or more editors would have to create Draft:Joal Stanfield, citing reliable sources (plural) to demonstrate that he is "notable" as defined by and for Wikipedia. -- Hoary (talk) 01:09, 15 May 2024 (UTC)
    MagicalPrince863, no amount of editing can create notability where it does not exist. He was a school teacher and high school tennis coach who sadly died at 35. According to WP:NPERSON, For people, the person who is the topic of a biographical article should be "worthy of notice" or "note"—that is, "remarkable" or "significant, interesting, or unusual enough to deserve attention or to be recorded" within Wikipedia as a written account of that person's life. This person was not a university professor with major research accomplishments.This person did not coach world class tennis players. His death, though tragic for his family and friends, was not unique or highly unusual. Cullen328 (talk) 01:29, 15 May 2024 (UTC)

    May 15

    How do I delete a picture?

    How do i delete a picture i posted weather was yesterday or a year ago from being in the system so i can repost it on another page bc showing whole url now i dont wanna mess with that i wanna just post for one article page im making thank you Googoo85 (talk) 03:59, 15 May 2024 (UTC)

    @Googoo85 I can find no files uploaded by you here. They are likely to be on Wikimedia Commons, which is the place for you to ask for help on this matter 🇺🇦 FiddleTimtrent FaddleTalk to me 🇺🇦 06:04, 15 May 2024 (UTC)
    @Googoo85 Your global contributions show several uploads to Commons, where we store images. Inserting these pictures into articles (or drafts) involves adding the correct wikitext. See Help:Pictures for how to do that. Mike Turnbull (talk) 13:56, 15 May 2024 (UTC)

    Why is this table considered a lint error?

    I saw "Multiline table in list" in the page information when the following wikitext was added to the page:

    * <table><tr><td><math>y = a x + b</math></td></tr></table>

    The whole HTML table was on the same line. I'm not sure the reason for it. -- Justin545 (talk) 07:43, 15 May 2024 (UTC)

    I'd guess because the Mediawiki preprocessor interprets whatever is to the right of a line-initial asterisk as an attempt at a list item (<li>Like this</li>). But AFAIK (X)HTML doesn't let you put block entities within list items. Additionally, a single-cell table is a somewhat bizarre notion. What is your semantic/layout goal here? -- Hoary (talk) 08:35, 15 May 2024 (UTC)
    I was trying to improve {{NumBlk}} and encountered the lint error. So I tried to simplify the template gradually while preserving the lint error. The wikitext in this question is the simplest one I could get. That’s why a trivial, single-cell table exists. (there was other cells in the table before) The lint error is called "Multiline table in list", but obviously it's a single-line table in my case. ...could it be considered a bug of the Linter extension or the preprocessor you've mentioned ?
    My goal is to enable prepending asterisk to {{NumBlk}} calls without causing any errors, such as:
    * {{NumBlk||<math>y = a x + b</math>|Eq. 3}}
    The bullet in front of the NumBlk seems disappeared in the current version. -- Justin545 (talk) 11:04, 15 May 2024 (UTC)
    I'd be slightly worried about putting a > in a table cell, and would replace it by the html entity >. That's probably not the problem, but easy to try. Maproom (talk) 10:06, 15 May 2024 (UTC)
    I've modified the wikitext. -- Justin545 (talk) 11:09, 15 May 2024 (UTC)
    @Justin545 {{Numbered block}} has a large section on warnings about placing the template in tables. It also has other information about using the template within lists. In particular, Template:Numbered block § Unordered list contains examples using CSS. Other templates such as {{bulleted list}} might be used to simplify the HTML. Bazza 7 (talk) 11:33, 15 May 2024 (UTC)
    • (Eq. 1)
    • (Eq. 2)
    • (Eq. 3)
    Bazza 7 (talk) 11:40, 15 May 2024 (UTC)
    Thank you for the {{bulleted list}} solution. Fixing the potential bug of the extension or preprocessor may be too aggressive to fulfil within a short period of time. Maybe I should take a look at how to integrate {{bulleted list}} into {{Numbered block}}'s doc to avoid using too much HTML/CSS. -- Justin545 (talk) 12:15, 15 May 2024 (UTC)
    @Justin545: Tables are for presenting data in rows and columns (MOS:TABLES). I can't work out why five characters should need to be presented in a single-celled table. What are you wanting to achieve? Bazza 7 (talk) 11:02, 15 May 2024 (UTC)
    Please see my reply to Hoary above. -- Justin545 (talk) 11:12, 15 May 2024 (UTC)

    AI-generated images

    I need some advice on use of AI images. The articles David Copperfield and Great Expectations have recently had images added (and removed) which have been generated using AI, and are classed as 'own work' by the author. See those articles' talk pages. I have a personal objection to them on aesthetic grounds, but WP policies do not seem to consider that as a reason to object. However, a more important point is whether WP has policies which are keeping up with AI. In particular, is an editor now permitted to add their own original AI-generated art? Original text is not permitted, since it is usually classified as original research. The only policies I can find which are relevant are MOS:PERTINENCE, WP:IMGCONTENT,and WP:Image use policy, which do not help much.

    Are there policies I have missed? Is there a discussion or a working group thinking about this? Without a policy, it seems WP could rapidly be flooded with original, AI-generated images, with no grounds to object. Masato.harada (talk) 09:39, 15 May 2024 (UTC)

    Masato.harada there is a similar question at Wikipedia talk:Image use policy#AI generated images, with a link to WP:WPAIC, where there is another related conversation, Wikipedia talk:WikiProject AI Cleanup#Wikipedia policy on AI generated images. TSventon (talk) 10:15, 15 May 2024 (UTC)
    I believe that there's a stronger objection than any mentioned above to the recent additions to the Dickens articles. That is that they're works of fiction, made up by the creator and his AI. This is an encyclopedia, not a place for publishing works of fiction. Pictures created during Dickens' lifetime and with his approval qualify as part of his work; pictures created more than a century later don't. Maproom (talk) 15:21, 15 May 2024 (UTC)
    It is also worth noting that copyright law concerning AI-generated artwork is far from clear, may vary from one jurisdiction to another, and seems to be dependent at least in part on the copyright status of data the AI was trained on. It is entirely possible for AI to generate derivative works in breach of copyright. Uploading AI-generated images while describing them simply as 'own work' also seems to be contrary to Commons good practice, at absolute minimum. AndyTheGrump (talk) 15:38, 15 May 2024 (UTC)
    Also most of it is utter slop. Qcne (talk) 17:05, 15 May 2024 (UTC)

    Coverage of person recently deceased through hunger strike action (currently hypothetical)

    I am currently working on an article concerning a climate hunger strike in Berlin, Germany, with five strikers at present. First a disclaimer: I am not involved in the hunger strike, any associated organizations, the planning of events, media and social media liaison, those participating, or anything else related — besides being an observer with a camera and some language skills who happens to live in Berlin. I have nonetheless chatted to strike participants and organizers when taking photographs and video, mostly to seek their permissions for publication.

    My question is hypothetical at this juncture. Are there Wikipedia policies about appropriate editing in the event that one of the hunger strikers does succumb to their self‑starvation? Not something I would ever hope to happen, but equally, quite possible going forward. Thanks in advance for any guidance. RobbieIanMorrison (talk) 18:42, 15 May 2024 (UTC)

    @RobbieIanMorrison: If that happens, then the article could be updated to summarize what is published about the event in reliable sources. RudolfRed (talk) 00:04, 16 May 2024 (UTC)
    But note WP:NOTNEWS. ColinFine (talk) 00:22, 16 May 2024 (UTC)
    @RudolfRed: @ColinFine: Useful to know, thanks for responding. RobbieIanMorrison (talk) 14:58, 16 May 2024 (UTC)

    May 16

    Wiki Portal:Albania missing?

    Hello! Ive noticed that every country seems to have their own portal. I then tried to search up Portal:Albania but nothing pops up. Was it deleted or yet to be made? If so how can it be created? Thank you so much! Arberian2444 (talk) 00:24, 16 May 2024 (UTC)

    @Arberian2444: Many countries don't have portals. Portal:Albania was deleted at Wikipedia:Miscellany for deletion/Portal:Albania. PrimeHunter (talk) 00:38, 16 May 2024 (UTC)
    Ah ok thank you! Arberian2444 (talk) 00:57, 16 May 2024 (UTC)

    Very long list article advice

    Hello. Today I found the List of libraries in Australia. Among other issues, for some states it lists not only every library, but every single library sub-branch, which I feel counts as unnecessarily excessive per MOS:LONGSEQ. Most other library lists by country are smaller. After working on the article a bit (the Queensland public library section), I've realised even if I remove all the sub-branches, it will still be a very long list as there are libraries missing.

    The options I can see are:

    • Leave only items that have a Wikipedia article (I don't like this one as there seem to be notable ones without articles and I think the list may encourage articles to be made)
    • Split the list into by state (i.e. "Libraries in South Australia")
    • Split the libraries by type (i.e. Public Libraries in Australia")

    I had a look at other library and I can't see any pattern of how they're split. I appreciate any advice (including telling me the list is fine at its current size). Thank you a lot! -- NotCharizard 🗨 08:17, 16 May 2024 (UTC)

    Reinstalling Wikipedia app.

    After years of use the Wikipedia app on my i phoneX max.s has stop

    What iOS version are you using? Have you tried connecting to a public or home Wi-Fi and trying again from there? Got enough free storage space on your phone? — AP 499D25 (talk) 13:29, 16 May 2024 (UTC)


    Hi, I am new to Wikipedia, can anybody give me any tips and tricks to help out here? Thanks :) LessHuman (talk) 12:24, 16 May 2024 (UTC)

    @LessHuman In a moment I'll add some content to your TalkPage, with suitable links. Mike Turnbull (talk) 12:29, 16 May 2024 (UTC)
    Thanks! LessHuman (talk) 12:37, 16 May 2024 (UTC)

    Dark Mode?

    I logged on to Wikipedia this morning and the main page was on dark mode, which I thought was being developed and hadn't come out yet. Some pages are normal and some pages are dark.

    Does anyone know why.

    Thanks Tescomealdeal1 (talk) 12:49, 16 May 2024 (UTC)

    If you are using Vector 2022 skin, there is a dark mode beta trial going on right now, which is enabled through the "Beta features" tab in your preferences page (specifically, the "Accessibility for Reading" option). It's supposed to be opt-in though, so I'm not sure how yours got it enabled from the start. — AP 499D25 (talk) 13:27, 16 May 2024 (UTC)
    Thanks for letting me know, is there any way to keep accessibility for reading on but keep out of the dark mode test Tescomealdeal1 (talk) 13:45, 16 May 2024 (UTC)
    Look for an 'Appearance' menu at the right sidebar, the option to enable/disable it should be under "color" there. There's also an 'automatic' option which by the sounds of it is what's currently set. — AP 499D25 (talk) 13:52, 16 May 2024 (UTC)

    Request to see text of a deleted article

    Hiya! I'm a user from Norwegian Bokmål Wikipedia currently writing an article about the Norwegian term skeiv, equivalent to the English term queer, and I see that there is a deleted article (presumably because it was written in a foreign language) here on English Wikipedia. I am curious if there is a way I can see the full text of this deleted article, simply to see if there's anything I can use in this new article on Norwegian Bokmål Wikipedia, or if that's entirely out of the question. I previously had a peek at Wikipedia:REFUND, but I am not interested in having the article undeleted as a whole. I simply want to look at its previous contents. Is that possible? EdoAug (talk) 16:07, 16 May 2024 (UTC)

    @EdoAug: It was in Norwegian with a single revision by User:Xact who should be credited for attribution if it's used. I will mail a copy. PrimeHunter (talk) 16:19, 16 May 2024 (UTC)
    @PrimeHunter: Thank you so much for the swift help! Sadly the content doesn't seem relevant enough for my article. Thank you for showing it to me, though! EdoAug (talk) 16:25, 16 May 2024 (UTC)

    Disclosure of Wikipedia account

    Hello, I want to disclose my a month old abandoned account, Please let me know if I just have to disclose it on my userpage or does it need any other process? Based Kashmiri (talk) 17:49, 16 May 2024 (UTC)

    WP:COMPSOCK suggests posting a note on the user page of each account indicating that they are alternative accounts for the same person. That should be fine even if the old account was not compromised. TSventon (talk) 18:19, 16 May 2024 (UTC)
    I got it, thanks.Based Kashmiri (talk) 18:32, 16 May 2024 (UTC)

    Creating Content on Wikipedia

    Are there any restrictions about who can create content on Wikipedia? For example, can someone create a Wiki page for/about themselves? (talk) 20:26, 16 May 2024 (UTC)

    Blocked editors may not contribute. Would-be autobiographers must disclose that they're autobiographers. (talk) 21:21, 16 May 2024 (UTC)
    And writing about yourself, while not forbidden, is strongly discouraged, and almost always turns out badly. ColinFine (talk) 03:05, 17 May 2024 (UTC)

    DJVU help needed

    thumb with caption
         Using {{Plain image with caption}}
         Using {{Plain image with caption}}

    I want to add this Commons file to Xia Ji but have never dealt with DJVU formatting. Is it possible to add a caption? Thanks, ~~~~

    Keahapana (talk) 20:27, 16 May 2024 (UTC)

    @Keahapana: I'm not aware of any differences between the formatting of DjVu and other files, apart form DjVu being a multipage format so you can specify the page number with |page= as you already did (PDF works the same). |frameless does not allow a displayed caption in the image syntax. The normal way to display images is |thumb. This image already has an internal border so thumb doesn't look so good but that's unrelated to being a DjVu file. {{Plain image with caption}} uses frameless and adds a caption outside the image syntax but it doesn't support |page= so you get the front page. I have shown a hack which adds |page=93 to the template output. It may be too hacky for mainspace use but I could add a proper page option to {{Plain image with caption}} if you want. The caption appears to be far below the image but it's actually not, the image just includes whitespace at the bottom. PrimeHunter (talk) 21:24, 16 May 2024 (UTC)
    @PrimeHunter: Thank you very much for your quick and helpful reply. I've added the file here and here (a new article I'm finishing up). No, you're too modest and I think your hack is brilliant—more than satisficing for mainspace WP. Thanks also for teaching me how to spell DjVu. Best wishes, Keahapana (talk) 00:48, 17 May 2024 (UTC)
    @Keahapana Like all files on Commons, that one can be modified there for re-use. Why not use the c:Commons:CropTool to trim the image so it has no border and less white space? Mike Turnbull (talk) 11:16, 17 May 2024 (UTC)

    Insource help


    Hi! I am trying to find any pages which use the {{DrugTemplateNotice}} editnotice's CSS class selector. I am not great at insource stuff, so I would appreciate it if someone could check my work. Thanks! HouseBlaster (talk · he/him) 20:56, 16 May 2024 (UTC)

    Looks correct to me, I guess there just aren't any pages which use it. Tollens (talk) 21:05, 16 May 2024 (UTC)
    Trappist the monk (talk) 21:35, 16 May 2024 (UTC)
    I think he's asking about the CSS selector that the documentation of that template refers to, which wouldn't show up as a link. Tollens (talk) 21:38, 16 May 2024 (UTC)
    @HouseBlaster: The class is for use in CSS pages which can be searched with intitle:css You don't need insource for CSS pages. This search of all namespaces finds no uses. Your search omitted some namespaces where it might have been used. PrimeHunter (talk) 21:40, 16 May 2024 (UTC)
    Thank you, all! I have marked this as resolved. HouseBlaster (talk · he/him) 22:20, 16 May 2024 (UTC)

    Donation help

    Hello, i have been donating for many years but need to stop my monthly donation. I can not login. Reset password does not work. Can you please help me cancel my monthly automatic billing to paypal? (talk) 20:57, 16 May 2024 (UTC)

    We have nothing to do with the donation process, which is handled by the Wikimedia Foundation. Please direct inquiries to [email protected]. 331dot (talk) 21:00, 16 May 2024 (UTC)
    Are you referring to a password for a Wikipedia account? 331dot (talk) 21:01, 16 May 2024 (UTC)
    See donate:Cancel or change recurring giving. No login is required. PrimeHunter (talk) 21:43, 16 May 2024 (UTC)

    May 17

    Please repair ref. number 3 - I cannot. Sorry 03:12, 17 May 2024 (UTC)

    As the error message says, {{Cite journal}} requires you to set the journal= parameter. However, after downloading the PDF, this appears to be a book and not a journal, so you should change it to {{Cite book}} instead. RudolfRed (talk) 03:28, 17 May 2024 (UTC)
    Nope, I'm wrong. I read a little more and it seems it is a journal, so the fix is to add "journal=The Law Times" to the citation. RudolfRed (talk) 03:30, 17 May 2024 (UTC)
     Done. Cullen328 (talk) 03:42, 17 May 2024 (UTC)

    Creating a New Article that is currently a Redirect

    Hey so I just wanted to start up an article about the main character of this one manga as many other side characters have their own articles and it currently redirects to the manga's characters page. I've been searching but couldn't find a concrete answer so I was wondering if I can just create a new Draft article or would I have to make it somewhere else then when it's finished paste it into the redirect, effectively replacing it. Janotalt (talk) 03:44, 17 May 2024 (UTC)

    If you want to take the draft approach, then whoever accepts it can move it to replace the redirect. If you want to edit in the main article directly, you can do so (a 'redirect' is just a special string in an orginary page, so you can just replace that string with your actual article text). DMacks (talk) 04:30, 17 May 2024 (UTC)
    What DMacks says. But make sure that, even before you create the draft, you find enough reliable independent sources that discuss the character (see 42 for more about these) to establish that it meets Wikipedia's criteria for notability, because if you can't find the sources anything at all that you do on the project will be time wasted. ColinFine (talk) 14:40, 17 May 2024 (UTC)

    Sandbox question

    For the first time ever, I put some stuff in my sandbox the other day. But as soon as I noticed the typical blue rectangle with Publish on it in the upper right I got cold feet that it meant what it does when editing articles. So I removed what I'd put into the sandbox and left.

    My question: if I click on Publish, is that going to publish my article for the world to see, or just save it in the sandbox? If it's just to save it in the sandbox, I think a different verb would be better, like simply Save. Augnablik (talk) 09:25, 17 May 2024 (UTC)

    Augnablik the answer is both. You are saving the content in your sandbox, and the world will be able to see it there. The word publish is there to warn you of the second aspect. TSventon (talk) 09:34, 17 May 2024 (UTC)
    Okay, @TSventon, thanks. I see that what you said does make sense, as I think more carefully about it. I recall now that the sandbox is open to the public, though it’s probably unlikely that anyone will go there unless having a particular reason.
    I think the word Publish unnerved me for a moment and it seemed my sandbox would be more front and center than it really would have been. Augnablik (talk) 09:45, 17 May 2024 (UTC)
    @Augnablik: Your sandbox and other userspace pages have noindex by default so they aren't indexed by external search engines like Google. Wikipedia's own search only searches mainspace (the encyclopedia articles) by default but users can choose to search other namespaces including userspace where your sandbox would appear. Sandbox edits show up in user contributions and recent changes like other edits. Everybody are able to see it, also logged out users, but there are probably very few who will. Don't place article categories on it. PrimeHunter (talk) 09:47, 17 May 2024 (UTC)
    Augnablik It says "publish" instead of "save" for legal reasons, to emphasize that all edits are public(even if some are harder to find than others). It used to say save, but Wikipedia's lawyers advised it be changed. It is confusing, but we have to deal with it. 331dot (talk) 10:19, 17 May 2024 (UTC)

    Multiple sites, “Civil Rights”.

    One site is classic the other dates the end of the movement before Martin Luther King was born. No mention of King or his Peace Prize. This may seem minor but is classic “Black History”. Please remove or rename the incorrect site. Does the software always allow multiple such sites? Alceb1999 (talk) 12:59, 17 May 2024 (UTC)

    If you feel that a particular article is missing some information, please raise your concern on the relevant article talk page, for example, Talk:Civil and political rights- which is about a broader field than the Civil Rights movement led by Dr. King. 331dot (talk) 13:02, 17 May 2024 (UTC)
    Alceb1999, Wikipedia is a worldwide project and civil rights is a worldwide issue. We should not focus excessively on the United States when covering worldwide matters. Civil Rights movement is the article that focuses on the US, and that article mentions King and his Nobel Peace Prize in its lead section. Cullen328 (talk) 18:40, 17 May 2024 (UTC)

    Tagging for missing information

    Is there a tag for indicating that an article is missing important information? Ingratis (talk) 13:11, 17 May 2024 (UTC)

    Template:Missing information. See also Wikipedia:Template index :-) Perception312 (talk) 13:33, 17 May 2024 (UTC)
    Thanks! Ingratis (talk) 18:03, 17 May 2024 (UTC)

    How do i decide for a certain word search to redirect to a certain article?

    How can I make it so that if someone searches or enters an article link to the name "Najib Khan Yousafzai", it redirects to the page Najib ad-Dawlah?
    RevolutionaryPatriot (talk) 14:39, 17 May 2024 (UTC)

    Hello. That is what a redirect page is for. ColinFine (talk) 14:44, 17 May 2024 (UTC)
    I went ahead and created the page as it is pretty clearly a valid redirect, all I had to do was enter #REDIRECT ] onto the previously blank page at Najib Khan Yousafzai. It really is easy if you seer any other missing alternate names elsewhere. Just Step Sideways from this world ..... today 18:12, 17 May 2024 (UTC)

    Image on "Wendy Beckett" page

    A few years ago someone changed the picture on Sister Wendy's page to a portrait they had done of her. This feels like a strange form of self promoting to me, and though it is a nice portrait, I feel like there are some better photographs that could be used for her page. However, I am not very familiar with Wikipedia and image uses and rights. Does anyone know how I should figure out a picture that's useable? Are there limitations? Thanks! Ricecookerhours (talk) 19:34, 17 May 2024 (UTC)

    I agree that it is non-standard to have a painting in the infobox, although Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart does because there were obviously no photos back then. The problem is that an image would have to be free to use, and the selection on Commons isn't great, and the portrait of the nun Wendy Beckett appears to be the only one.--♦IanMacM♦ (talk to me) 19:47, 17 May 2024 (UTC)
    ... and, sadly, although a Google image search has many pictures of Beckett, none of these have Creative Commons licences. This is often the case. Mike Turnbull (talk) 20:04, 17 May 2024 (UTC)
    The article had no image before the portrait. PrimeHunter (talk) 20:03, 17 May 2024 (UTC)
    As she is now deceased, we could upload a "real" image under our WP:NFCI provision #10. Mike Turnbull (talk) 20:08, 17 May 2024 (UTC)
    Thank you all for your input! Ricecookerhours (talk) 20:51, 17 May 2024 (UTC)

    How to get English as one on the list of 8 others for a page

    Here is a link to a page in German,

    de:Cinema Strange

    for which there are 7 other languages for this article--but English is not one of them. I wish to add it to the list, or migrate the content to the English version of Wiki.

    Thanks in advance! UruMajik (talk) 21:08, 17 May 2024 (UTC)

    Información errónea contributiva

    hola, estoy tratando de hacer una corrección importante en un artículo y lo rechazan. Wikipedia es un portal de información importante donde no debería haber información errónea, menos apareciendo en todas las páginas de diferente forma. Aunque no tenga que ver con la academia ni la formación, siempre se debe mencionar la verdad y la historia como es, y Monroe e Isabel no tuvieron 3 hijos, tuvieron 2, Elizabeth fue hija de su primer matrimonio con Hilda Melin, quien falleció. Gracias a otras páginas donde realmente aparece la información real, pude investigar algo. Aunque sea un detalle pequeño, es importante y no se debe cambiar. (talk) 22:02, 17 May 2024 (UTC)

    You seem to want a change to be made to some article. That article will have a talk page. At the foot of the talk page, propose the change. Provide a reliable source for the change. (Writing in English would be appreciated, but not required.) -- Hoary (talk) 22:44, 17 May 2024 (UTC)

    List of fictional books

    I was looking to see if there were a page called "List of fictional books," and got this message: "There is a page named "List of fictional books in the works of Susanna Clarke" on Wikipedia." The link was to Clarke's page. The word "fictional" does not seem to be on the page. What gives? Kdammers (talk) 22:42, 17 May 2024 (UTC)

    Back in 2013, there had been such a list: this. But Trivialist turned it into a redirect. -- Hoary (talk) 22:49, 17 May 2024 (UTC)

    Image problem

    Earlier I uploaded File:Logo of the Beaufort Delta Divisional Education Council.png whic I got from here and it's being used at Beaufort Delta Divisional Education Council. However, the wording is not visible. Any way to make that readable? CambridgeBayWeather (solidly non-human), Uqaqtuq (talk), Huliva 23:36, 17 May 2024 (UTC)