Wikipedia:Help desk

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is there any way to put two or more links on one tab, using the standard template for tab headers, {{start tab}}? Here is one example of this template: User:Sm8900/tab header.

Please ping me when you reply. thanks!!!! --Sm8900 (talk) 04:30, 22 March 2020 (UTC)

@Sm8900: This can be done on tab n with freeform-n = yes. Here is an example to add a tab 9 with two links on separate lines:
| freeform-9          = yes| link-9              = User:Sm8900/user boxes| link2-9             = User:Sm8900/Awards and recognition| tab-9               = [[User:Sm8900/user boxes|User boxes]]<br />[[User:Sm8900/Awards and recognition|Awards]]
When freeform-9 = yes, tab-9 can be anything to place on the tab. The only purpose of link-9 and link2-9 is to determine when the tab will be styled differently to indicate you are on one of the pages. link-9 and link2-9 are not used to make links when freeform-9 = yes. PrimeHunter (talk) 13:07, 23 March 2020 (UTC)
wow, that is good to know. thanks!!! --Sm8900 (talk) 01:14, 24 March 2020 (UTC)

April 6

Infobox image syntax

Hi,

I am trying to add an image to the typebox of the page "Tommy Nelson (Actor)" - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tommy_Nelson_(actor) but it has my caption on the side of the image instead of below. Could someone please fix it and let me know what I did wrong so I can correct it myself if this were to happen again? Thank you.

Sincerely,

Slasher2point1 — Preceding unsigned comment added by Slasher2point1 (talkcontribs) 00:54, 6 April 2020 (UTC)

 Done MB 01:28, 6 April 2020 (UTC)

Shaun Ryan

In ref 1 - the quote - there should be a gap between the words Shawn and umpire. Please do this. I cannot. Thanks 175.32.219.132 (talk) 02:31, 6 April 2020 (UTC)

I just removed the quote as unnecessary. MB 02:42, 6 April 2020 (UTC)

AFC Submission codes

(Re-posted to generate response}

Where is the full documentation for . Cheers. Eagleash (talk) 13:17, 6 April 2020 (UTC)

{{[2] PrimeHunter (talk) 14:26, 6 April 2020 (UTC)
hi. well, that's good to know. I appreciate the help. thanks!! --Sm8900 (talk) 22:23, 6 April 2020 (UTC)

Teacher

Good evening, I'm a teacher and I'm using We School in this days of Covid 19. I'd like to know if it's possible to delete private chat, in order to have more space. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 79.7.85.187 (talk) 16:05, 6 April 2020 (UTC)

This page is for asking questions related to Wikipedia editing. You could try the Reference Desk, but you might be better off contacting your school administration or IT person, or the company that operates We School. 331dot (talk) 16:08, 6 April 2020 (UTC)

Making a new page

I made a page but it was deleted and there is no record of it online. Is there a way to reinstate it or someone to reach out to? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Joyassist (talkcontribs) 19:49, 6 April 2020 (UTC)

Joyassist If you are referring to Draft:Joy Gorman Wettels, you may visit WP:REFUND for more information on retrieving the text. If you are the assistant of Joy Wettels, you will need to review conflict of interest and paid editing as you will have some formal disclosures that you are required to make. 331dot (talk) 20:18, 6 April 2020 (UTC)

How would I report inaccurate/ missing information on a page that has been semi-protected?

Hi, how would I go about making a request to correct some inaccurate dates on an article that is semi-protected?

Thanks for letting me know :) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Penseess (talk • contribs) 20:03, 6 April 2020 (UTC)

Penseess You may post on the article talk page, which you can do as a formal edit request to get the attention of other editors, but even just posting there should be seen by editors that follow that article. 331dot (talk) 20:15, 6 April 2020 (UTC)

LIST CURRENT STAFF

I NEED THE ROSTER FOR APPROVED OFFICERS IN THE SYSTEM TO DO 68A INSPECTIONS — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2605:6000:151B:1E2E:1461:3048:4B31:C3DE (talk) 20:10, 6 April 2020 (UTC)

Is this a question about Wikipedia? Please do not type in all capital letters. 331dot (talk) 20:15, 6 April 2020 (UTC)

article on shoot the chutes park ride,coney island..

dear sirs, the patent holder in england and america was sir hiram maxim. he wanted to invent another park ride to compliment his captive airships.(flying machines)..in england his first shoot the chutes was built in southport 1902 along side of his captive flying machine.one complimented the other. at coney island he had a captive airship in front of the beacon tower. it is the only time that the two rides were not erected side by side..i have the patent copies from both countries. ive collected post cards of both rides. he invented and erected over 50 shoots rides. and 13 captive airships. that i know of. hiram maxim had 277 patented inventions in mostly england and america. 2nd only to edison. he was edison's #1 rival in the inventing game. mostly lighting..you can follow the trail of post cards.he was from maine but lived in brooklyn before moving to london.. your subject writer didn't even mention his name..henry h.maxim (great nephew)............. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2601:185:8200:B330:A03C:644:2CFF:2E96 (talk) 22:52, 6 April 2020 (UTC)

If you have a suggestion for the article Shoot the Chute, please post it at Talk:Shoot the Chute; if you have a suggestion for Dreamland (Coney Island, 1904), please post it at Talk:Dreamland (Coney Island, 1904); if for Hiram Maxim, then at Talk:Hiram Maxim; et cetera. In order to be persuasive, be sure to cite reliable, published sources. -- Hoary (talk) 23:28, 6 April 2020 (UTC)

Database error message

My user name is User:Ltwin, but I couldn't edit without signing out. A few minutes ago while logged in and clicked on some articles on my watch list. Instead of seeing the articles, I only saw this error message reproduced below:

Database errorA database query error has occurred. This may indicate a bug in the software.

[Xou6YwpAICoAAIrNMsAAAABE] 2020-04-06 23:25:24: Fatal exception of type "Wikimedia\Rdbms\DBQueryError"

It happened when I tried to post about it at the help desk. The only time it doesn't happen is when I'm logged out. Is this happening to other people? 2600:1700:7620:9F00:9CBE:3E3C:A058:1AA2 (talk) 23:31, 6 April 2020 (UTC)

See WT:VPT#Error on all non-talk pages at the present time. It looks as if it's working now. --David Biddulph (talk) 23:39, 6 April 2020 (UTC)

Page Disappeared

My dad used to have a Wikipedia page and I went to look at it recently and it was gone. Is there a way to find out why it was deleted or what happened to it? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 128.177.142.20 (talk) 23:48, 6 April 2020 (UTC)

Which specific page are you referring to? --MrClog (talk) 23:49, 6 April 2020 (UTC)

Thomas Apple's page. He helped create the Nasdaq stock ticker and the Nasdaq wall. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 128.177.142.20 (talk) 00:24, 7 April 2020 (UTC)

Thomas Apple was deleted as the result of an unchallenged proposed deletion, with lacking notability as the reason. Looking at the deleted text, only one source was offered to support its content. Significant coverage in multiple independent reliable sources is needed. 331dot (talk) 00:29, 7 April 2020 (UTC)

If I get other credible sources can I get the page back up? Or could you send me what was on the page so I can keep it for my personal records? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 128.177.142.20 (talk) 00:40, 7 April 2020 (UTC)

You can see the page on the Internet Archive. If you want the Wikitext, you can request that it be e-mailed to you, although don't post your e-mail address directly on Wikipedia unless you're fine with the whole world knowing it and sending you spam. You may also request it be undeleted if you intend to improve it, but before you do, please ensure you thoroughly understand Wikipedia's notability policy or it will just be deleted again. If you have reliable sources you can use to improve it, great! And please feel welcome to ask here if you have further questions. Thanks for contributing! --47.146.63.87 (talk) 23:35, 7 April 2020 (UTC)

April 7

No interlanguage links for Help Desk?

I just noticed that the section in the left pane that normally links to pages in other languages is empty for the Help Desk. I seem to recall that it was populated at one point. Anyone know why we don't have links to the help sections at the various other Wikipedias? RudolfRed (talk) 01:07, 7 April 2020 (UTC)

Probably caused by phab:T249565 incident, if there were links before. I don't know for sure. – Ammarpad (talk) 05:24, 7 April 2020 (UTC)
Looks to be okay for me now, but it's probably related to that Wikidata problem. Joseph2302 (talk) 14:48, 7 April 2020 (UTC)
Yes, the links are back now. Thanks RudolfRed (talk) 14:54, 7 April 2020 (UTC)

Rollback

I was just informed that some of my rollback reverts were being marked as "minor" edits. Does anyone know what the problem is and how to fix it? Thnx. Jerm (talk) 04:23, 7 April 2020 (UTC)

All of my rollback reverts are marked as minor. Jerm (talk) 04:48, 7 April 2020 (UTC)
Give example of the edit marked minor. – Ammarpad (talk) 05:30, 7 April 2020 (UTC)
All of my rollback reverts like this one. No revert should be marked as minor. Jerm (talk) 05:36, 7 April 2020 (UTC)
The minor edit flag is set by the software not you. That's because rollback is meant to be used on clear-cut vandalism cases where usage of minoredit flag is also appropriate. The revert being complained on your talkpage was not vandalism and so you should have used other means. – Ammarpad (talk) 06:00, 7 April 2020 (UTC)
You used the rollback function, which is only supposed to be used on clear-cut vandalism. If it's not vandalism, use a different means of reverting, although depending on circumstances it might be better to discuss the edit with the editor first. You had to request access to rollback because it can be abused, and your access can be removed if people think you're not using it in compliance with policy. --47.146.63.87 (talk) 21:14, 7 April 2020 (UTC)

My Old Account

How do I activate my old account when I don't remember or password for it, but I remember having one because I had previously had the mobile app. Also, can you edit a semi-protected article? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Bcambrice (talk • contribs) 05:20, 7 April 2020 (UTC)

If you've email attached to the account, you can recover it via Special:PasswordReset. – Ammarpad (talk) 05:37, 7 April 2020 (UTC)
You don't need to be logged-in to use the Wikipedia app, and using it doesn't automatically create an account. Just saying, that might not mean you had an account. If you did have an account and you linked it to an e-mail address, you can get access to it as stated above; you will need access to the e-mail account, of course. If you recover that account but decide you like your current username better, no problem! Ask us and we'll tell you how to change your username.
You can't directly edit a semi-protected page currently, because your account is brand-new. But, you can request a change and someone will review your request. Hit "View source" on the page in question, and you should see a blue button near the top labelled "Submit an edit request". Follow that and you can enter your request. And thanks for helping improve Wikipedia! If you have more questions, don't hesitate to ask them here! --47.146.63.87 (talk) 21:08, 7 April 2020 (UTC)

No "bookmark" feature on the web

On the android mobile app, I saved some articles. The are in what appears to be called my "reading list." The app provides an easy way to access my reading list by a small symbol in the lower left which looks like a bookmark. When viewing Wikipedia on a web browser, I don't see this "bookmark" or any way to access my reading list. Is the "reading list" feature only available in the android app? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Drodarm (talk • contribs) 05:32, 7 April 2020 (UTC)

Yes. The "reading list" feature is only available on the App. – Ammarpad (talk) 06:02, 7 April 2020 (UTC)
Actually not anymore. mw:Wikimedia Apps/Reading list browser extension. --47.146.63.87 (talk) 22:13, 8 April 2020 (UTC)

Promote draft article to namespace

I have previously created several articles in the main namespace and have been editing for quite a while now so have a fairly good idea of what is required, but am not an official page reviewer. Recently I have twice come across draft articles for new articles which I was going to create, and copyedited one and fairly extensively edited another (still a WIP, but not too far off good enough now). I can't seem to find a guide or direction on how to move the draft page into namespace, without going through an assessment process, which I don't think is necessary and which will cause unnecessary delays. Do I just do a straightforward page move, or is there a different process for drafts? The article in question is Draft:Vincent Namatjira. Laterthanyouthink (talk) 05:41, 7 April 2020 (UTC)

@Laterthanyouthink: No, there is no different review process. Since you already created some articles, you can do a straightforward page move, but if you are unsure whether the page would survive an WP:AFD its probably better to use the review process. Victor Schmidt mobil (talk) 06:12, 7 April 2020 (UTC)
Okay, thanks, Victor Schmidt mobil. I'm pretty sure he's notable enough, and the article has enough detail and citations at this stage, so I think it's good to go. Laterthanyouthink (talk) 06:29, 7 April 2020 (UTC)

Emmanuel College, Warrnambool 4

Ref 11 is from a journal. Please put in the publisher and leave in the quote. thanks 175.33.49.35 (talk) 05:45, 7 April 2020 (UTC)

 Done may you not use always the same discussion title please? :)--Pierpao (talk) 08:18, 7 April 2020 (UTC)

Wikipedia Page pending acceptance

Typically how long does it take for a wikipedia page to be reviewed? what supporting citations, references do we need in order for the page to be accepted? — Preceding unsigned comment added by StephaniePolystream (talkcontribs) 10:03, 7 April 2020 (UTC)

@StephaniePolystream: Before you do anything else, you must disclose your employment. Ian.thomson (talk) 10:09, 7 April 2020 (UTC)

How to get a head line for creating a new page on Wikipedia

Must like I did a headline now but it won't work on the create a new page area — Preceding unsigned comment added by SLROLRthefirst (talkcontribs) 13:16, 7 April 2020 (UTC)

Go to Wikipedia:Articles for creation. Within it, you'll see a blue button, "Click here to start a new article". Below this blue button, you'll see "Here are some things you should have in mind". Read and think about those "things". After doing so, if you're still certain that a new article is appropriate, click that blue button and start writing it. -- Hoary (talk) 13:54, 7 April 2020 (UTC)

Hello

Hello I just have a simple question really, I'm just wondering how can my company be placed on Wikipedia?

I would appropriate any advice to my question

Kind Regards Lee Millward — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2A02:C7F:3430:2700:9527:4034:BD2C:6648 (talk) 14:07, 7 April 2020 (UTC)

Make your company so remarkable that independent, reliable sources will publish material about it, and people unrelated to the company will want to use that material to create an article. 119.245.72.212 (talk) 14:18, 7 April 2020 (UTC)
Hello, Lee. The reply from 119.245 might sound flippant or unhelpful, but it is really the truth. Wikipedia is not for advertising or promoting anything - a company, an artist, a band, a charity - anything. It is an encyclopaedia, which contains neutrally written articles on notable subjects. If at some point Wikipedia has an article on your company, it will not be your article, it will be based not on what you say, but on what people who have no connection with your company have chosen to publish about it, and you will have no control over the contents. See an article about yourself isn't necessarily a good thing. --ColinFine (talk) 16:02, 7 April 2020 (UTC)
And here is an essay that makes the same point: WP:AMOUNT. Also, please do not get scammed by folks who will offer to write an article and put it onto Wikipedia for money. Those folks have no more rights than any other editor and unless the article meets our notability requirements, it will be deleted and you will have lost your money. -Arch dude (talk) 18:04, 7 April 2020 (UTC)

Oldest people article

I follow the "Oldest People" article because it is interesting to me.

I notice that the tenth oldest man in the world, "Hyppolyte Cadou," is still listed as the tenth oldest living man, even though the Wikipedia "Supercentenarians who died in 2020" article lists him as having died around March 11. Another Googleable article describes in French his March 14 funeral. I tried to bring this information to the person who controls the "Oldest People" article, but I must not know the proper way to do that, because the information has been ignored. Is there a way I can do that? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 168.179.183.136 (talk) 18:32, 7 April 2020 (UTC)

Nobody "controls" any Wikipedia article. see WP:OWN. You are free to edit that article yourself. If you are uncomfortable with this, add a new section on the article's talk page, with your references. Better, add that talk page section, then delete the entry from the list with an edit summary that says "deceased. see talk." -Arch dude (talk) 18:48, 7 April 2020 (UTC)
And, to clarify what Arch dude said: you posted that on your own user talk page (or, more accurately, the user talk page for the IP address you are currently using - it can change). It is very unlikely that anybody will see that, as that page is intended for sending messages to the editor using that IP address. Arch dude is suggesting that you post on Talk:Oldest people, where editors who have an interest in that article are more likely to see it (no guarantees, though!) --ColinFine (talk) 19:23, 7 April 2020 (UTC)
That article is semi-protected, meaning non-logged-in users can't edit it. --47.146.63.87 (talk) 20:53, 7 April 2020 (UTC)
, hit "Submit an edit request", and put in your edit request. Links to sources would be appreciated. Thanks for contributing! If you wish, you may create an account, which will allow you in the future to edit pages such as that one, which are protected due to past abusive editing. --47.146.63.87 (talk) 20:53, 7 April 2020 (UTC)

how to remove link

Could you explain, how should I remove dead link http://www.saltykov.net.ru/ from the page https://ru.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D0%A1%D0%B0%D0%BB%D1%82%D1%8B%D0%BA%D0%BE%D0%B2-%D0%A9%D0%B5%D0%B4%D1%80%D0%B8%D0%BD,_%D0%9C%D0%B8%D1%85%D0%B0%D0%B8%D0%BB_%D0%95%D0%B2%D0%B3%D1%80%D0%B0%D1%84%D0%BE%D0%B2%D0%B8%D1%87

Please, don't answer that I should just edit it. Try it yourself first. I've alredy tried — there is no this link on the page in edit mode. There is no 'Сайт' (Website) property in the template. If I add Сайт=https://ya.ru this link is replaced with ya.ru, but I want to remove it, no to replace. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 217.66.152.92 (talk) 22:42, 7 April 2020 (UTC)

This help desk is for the English language Wikipedia. You can find the Russian equivalent at ru:Википедия:Форум/Вопросы. --David Biddulph (talk) 22:49, 7 April 2020 (UTC)
I believe this is a general question, and you can answer in English. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 217.66.152.92 (talk) 23:11, 7 April 2020 (UTC)
It's probably in one of the templates that generates the infobox, meaning you have to edit the template page rather than the article.
This link was from Wikidata, thank you.
Also here's a tip: you can copy-and-paste the article title and make an interwiki link, which avoids the big long Punycode URL, like so: ru:Салтыков-Щедрин, Михаил Евграфович. --47.146.63.87 (talk) 23:14, 7 April 2020 (UTC)
I promise I'll use interwiki link next time!
Knowing how to fix that page will require knowing how to read Russian.
The link is ASCII, you don't need know how to read Russian.
Also, here on en Wiki, the preference is to fix dead links or point them to archived version. Russian Wikipedia may have same policy or similar. Please ask there. RudolfRed (talk) 23:17, 7 April 2020 (UTC)
Saltykov-Shchedrin lived a long ago the internet was created and can't have Official Website. If someone has created a website about him it doesn't mean it's official.

April 8

The Jacobson Flare

Hello, Wikipedia Help Desk,

extended explanation

A couple of years ago, I became aware that there was a reference article, not contributed by myself, describing my original 'Jacobson Flare', the World's first and only universal, quantifiable, consistent, safest and unassailable aeroplane/airplane approach and landing training technique.

Some time later, I was aware of on-line comment or comments, disparaging this technique, made by a person or persons unknown to me, clearly with no knowledge of the technique, but with some sort of grudge against me, personally.

Some time after that, the article describing the Jacobson Flare was removed from Wikipedia, with no effort made to contact me for comment or further information. (I'm not that hard to find!)

I MAY wish to contribute a new article – as the researcher/developer/director, but I will NOT do so if mere personal issues or whims can result in an article relating to a ground-breaking technique (based on facts, logic and some lateral thinking) being torn down, with no recourse to its owner/developer.

The Jacobson Flare, conceived in 1965 (at the beginning of my 50+ year flying career in civil aviation) and developed from 1985 onwards is a proven landing training technique that needs no validation from armchair experts. My website, www.jacobsonflare.com has much further information, including its history, pilot testimonials and more. Briefly, the technique defines a pilot 'eye path', from final approach to touchdown, using among other things, the application of simple triangulation to FIX the flare initiation point, rather than relying on an 'educated' guess of physical height above the runway or other landing surface. It provides factual answers (found NOWHERE ELSE) to the following questions:

Where to aim?How to aim?When to commence the flare?How mucho flare? andHow fast to flare? (i.e., the flare rate)

Since my retirement in 2010, from Qantas Airways Ltd Australia, as a former B737 Check and Training Captain (Type Rating and Flight Instructor), after 40 years in the airline and its domestic predecessors, Trans-Australia Airlines (TAA)/Australian Airlines Ltd), I developed and released the Jacobson Flare App for the iPad (June 2014) and, recently (March 2020), new versions for the iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch (iTunes App Store)and Android (GooglePlay). Several thousand copies of this paid app have now been purchased by pilots in 65 nations.

Since 1987, I have offered a solution to landing training; however, the world doesn't realise yet that it even has a problem. Modern, so-called 'state-of-the-art' flight training organisations still perpetuate myths and legends, dating back to the end of World War One, in 1918.

The closed-minded individuals who insisted that the original Jacobson Flare article be torn down merely followed the very old and quite dangerous dogma that besets many topics other than just the Jacobson Flare: "WE'VE ALWAYS DONE IT THIS WAY".

I would very much appreciate your advice on how best to re-establish an entry for The Jacobson Flare, in Wikipedia. Both institutions deserve no less.

Captain David Jacobson FRAeS MAP

Developer/Director

The Jacobson Flare Pty Ltd

www.jacobsonflare.com

JacobsonFlare (talk) 04:30, 8 April 2020 (UTC)

— Preceding unsigned comment added by JacobsonFlare (talkcontribs) 04:14, 8 April 2020 (UTC)

JacobsonFlare, the article was deleted as a result of this discussion: Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Jacobson Flare (2nd nomination). 328 Let's discuss it 04:50, 8 April 2020 (UTC)
You could make your request at Requested articles/Applied arts and sciences. Make sure that you provide independent, reliable sources for the notability of the Jacobson Flare. When doing this, also point out either how Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Jacobson Flare (2nd nomination) was underinformed, or how it has become outdated since 2011. -- Hoary (talk) 06:36, 8 April 2020 (UTC)
@JacobsonFlare: You will need to change your username. A username cannot be the name of an organization (WP:USERNAME). You cannot create a new article directly, since you have a conflict of interest, and you are probably a paid editor: (WP:COI, WP:PAID). Instead, you must declare your COI and paid status on your (new) user page. You may then submit a proposed article. You cannot directly create one. -Arch dude (talk)

Frances Lupton

ref 8 is in red. I cannot fix it up. Please assist if you can. Thankyou 175.32.219.132 (talk) 06:19, 8 April 2020 (UTC)

For what reason can you not fix it? 331dot (talk) 06:35, 8 April 2020 (UTC)
It keeps coming up red on my phone edit which I think is at fault. Please fix. 175.32.219.132 (talk) 07:25, 8 April 2020 (UTC)
I believe I have fixed the error which was caused by a typo in the year of publication. joy talk 07:27, 8 April 2020 (UTC)

Changing name of a page

Hi! Lundin Petroleum has changed its name to Lundin Energy, but I can´t seem to be able to change the name of the page. I found this guide for changing name: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Help:How_to_move_a_page but I don´t have the "more" menu as shown in the description to be able to do this. Can someone help me? — Preceding unsigned comment added by JennySand87 (talk • contribs) 07:21, 8 April 2020 (UTC)

@JennySand87: I see Joseph2302 has moved the page to the new title. Is someone going to take care of describing the name change and changing it to Lundin Energy where appropriate in the article and anywhere else that links to it? What about the logo? —[1 (talk)]— 08:16, 8 April 2020 (UTC)
The company has not announced a name change. I think this move of article is premature. Maproom (talk) 08:33, 8 April 2020 (UTC)
Bloomerg refer to them as Lundin Energy, which is why I moved it. As does their website. Joseph2302 (talk) 08:37, 8 April 2020 (UTC)

Is Wikipedia a virus-free environment?

This edit prompts me to ask if Wikipedia has installed any anti-virus program so that editor's computer won't get infected while checking the sources. --Reciprocater (Talk) 08:25, 8 April 2020 (UTC)

I'm sure it hasn't, as that would involve installing software on all its editors' computers, with or without their permission. Maproom (talk) 08:36, 8 April 2020 (UTC)
Thanks.--Reciprocater (Talk) 09:13, 8 April 2020 (UTC)
I would be willing to bet money that Wikipedia's servers have antimalware software running so that this site is safe. That would mean Wikipedia is virus free in that you're not getting anything from the site. If you're getting something from checking a source, you're getting it from the source's site, not Wikipedia. We can't go and install software on other site's servers. Ian.thomson (talk) 09:42, 8 April 2020 (UTC)
Sure. So checking sources on Wikipedia to see if they're reliable seems to be risky. --Reciprocater (Talk) 05:06, 9 April 2020 (UTC)
  • How likely is it that one's computer might get infected as soon as they check a contaminated source link on Wikipedia? Does Wikipedia's antimalware software secured-server prevent malicious link pretending to be a reliable source from getting posted on Wikipedia ? --Reciprocater (Talk) 09:50, 8 April 2020 (UTC)
@Reciprocater: With regard to the first question, that depends entirely on how good a job you've done with your computer hygiene (you do have antimalware software, right?).
As for the second question, I seriously doubt Wikipedia has the capacity to check every single link every time an edit is made. Ian.thomson (talk) 11:46, 8 April 2020 (UTC)
@Reciprocater: When you click on an external link, you are commanding the browser software on your computer to connect directly to the web server computer named in that external link. The Wikipedia servers are not informed of this action and cannot interpose themselves between your browser and that server. It is up to you to ensure that the web browser on you computer can defend itself. This is true for any external link on any web page on the Internet, not just external links on Wikipedia. -Arch dude (talk) 17:46, 8 April 2020 (UTC)
@Reciprocater: As to actively checking external links when an editor adds one, while this might be possible, it is of limited use, because an external web server may be maliciously compromised some time after the link is added. Worse, URLs (i.e., web server names) can change hands and the new owner might not be a nice person. Finally, there are methods that allow evildoers to hijack a web connection somewhere between you and a perfectly innocent web server, so your connection does not go to the web server you are trying to reach. We can and do blacklist malicious sites when they are reported to us,but this is a manual operation. -Arch dude (talk) 18:47, 8 April 2020 (UTC)
@Arch dude: Thanks for the information. Does Chrome's Extensions such as Avast Online Security can help us detect a potentially harmful link embedded in a citation on Wikipedia before we check whether it meets WP:Reliable source? --Reciprocater (Talk) 05:03, 9 April 2020 (UTC)
@Reciprocater: we can answer questions about Wikipedia here at the help desk. For questions about your computer's software, The folks over at Wikipedia:Reference desk/Computing are more likely to be able to help. -Arch dude (talk) 05:37, 9 April 2020 (UTC)
Ahh, perhaps my phrasing was not precise enough. I was focusing on how to prevent our computers from contracting viruses at the time we're checking whether sources on Wikipedia are reliable.^^ --Reciprocater (Talk) 14:44, 9 April 2020 (UTC)
As you've been repeatedly told now, preventing your computer from contracting viruses is between you and your antivirus software. Individually testing every external link on Wikipedia's 50,039,778 pages—which is what I believe you're suggesting here—is an exercise that would probably bankrupt Google, let alone the WMF, given that even the clean links would have to be constantly re-checked (domains are taken over all the time). We blacklist malicious sites when we spot them, but that's the most we can do and the most we will ever be able to do. ‑ Iridescent 14:56, 9 April 2020 (UTC)
Ahh, I am not suggesting such exercise. Whereas verifying reliable sources is just a daily routine for those hardworking Wikipedia:Bureaucrats. I surmise they know how to protect themselves when they're fulfilling their duty? --Reciprocater (Talk) 15:29, 9 April 2020 (UTC)

sources

hello, on an artist wikipedia page, is it ok to use the artists own website for sources? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Tobbe s 97 (talkcontribs) 09:04, 8 April 2020 (UTC)

Hello Tobbe s 97. Yes, in a limited way, see WP:ABOUTSELF. You can also add it as a WP:External link. Gråbergs Gråa Sång (talk) 09:40, 8 April 2020 (UTC)

IP user seemingly evading block

Hi. Recently 86.150.157.82 (talk · contribs) was blocked for disruptive behaviour on reality show articles, including changing colours unnecessarily, making inconsistent changes to results tables, etc. Now 86.170.140.177 (talk · contribs) is doing the same thing, which, per WP:DUCK, makes me think that it's the same person evading the block. I've previously reported such a case to WP:SPI, but was told that that was inappropriate when there was no registered user account present. What's the right course of action here? Thanks. YorkshireLad  ✿  (talk) 11:44, 8 April 2020 (UTC)

Update: after I placed {{uw-vandalism4im}} on their userpage (due to the scale of the disruption), the user has since been reported to WP:AIV, where I've placed a note about my suspicions. YorkshireLad  ✿  (talk) 12:48, 8 April 2020 (UTC)
@YorkshireLad:In such cases, yust make a straightforward AIV report. Wikipedia:OBVIOUSSOCK may contain additional info. Victor Schmidt (talk) 17:47, 8 April 2020 (UTC)

Should this replace the current fair-use picture?

Wood in Glen or Glenda (1953)

Here's a headshot like image of Ed Wood, which is a cropped screenshot of a scene from his (public domain) movie Glen or Glenda. Could this or should this image replace the current infobox picture of Ed Wood, which is being used under Fair Use? StrangeloveFan101 (talk) 12:55, 8 April 2020 (UTC)

  • Hope so, it's a better picture. ——SN54129 13:04, 8 April 2020 (UTC)
@StrangeloveFan101: you use the term "public domain". This term has a specific legal meaning. Why do you think the film is in the public domain? -Arch dude (talk) 17:14, 8 April 2020 (UTC)
@https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Glen_or_Glenda_(1953).webm#Licensing StrangeloveFan101 (talk) 17:17, 8 April 2020 (UTC)
@StrangeloveFan101: Yes, I was just about to strike out my comment after checking that. I think you should use the picture. -Arch dude (talk) 17:21, 8 April 2020 (UTC)
StrangeloveFan101, I take the view that you must change the image. One of the criteria for use of a non free image is that it is not replaceable. You've just replaced it, hence there is no valid fair use criteria. ~~ Alex Noble/1-2/TRB 20:33, 8 April 2020 (UTC)

Statistics about Commons

Hello,

I'm looking for some statistics about Wikimedia Commons for an article in a professional periodical. I'm wondering how I can find statistics on the number of pictures by big subject (for example: nature, animals, people, monuments, art pieces...). I'm also looking for statitics by epoch or by decade. I imagine that the pictures taken by digital cameras represent a huge part of the pictures, that means that the last 15-20 years are over-represented in Wikimedia Commons. Do we have figures about that? I thnak you in advance. Have a nice afternoon. --Delsaut (talk) 14:34, 8 April 2020 (UTC)

@Iridescent: you know muchly about stats pages, any thoughts? ——SN54129 15:03, 8 April 2020 (UTC)
@Delsaut: The place to ask about this is probably on the help desk over at Commons c:Commons:Help desk. Since the primary mission of Commons is to support the encyclopedias, the ability to answer questions of this sort would be secondary and likely to be accidental side effects of way the software works. -Arch dude (talk) 17:09, 8 April 2020 (UTC)
It would be easy enough to have a script count all items in (e.g.) Commons:Category:Buildings plus all its subcategories, but it would take so much time eliminating false-positives that it would probably not be worthwhile. For example, we have the direct category line Commons:Category:BuildingsCommons:Category:Buildings by function‎Commons:Category:Education buildings‎Commons:Category:Education buildings by country‎Commons:Category:Education buildings in the United Kingdom‎Commons:Category:Education buildings in Wales‎Commons:Category:Universities and colleges in Wales‎Commons:Category:Aberystwyth University‎Commons:Category:Alumni of Aberystwyth University‎Commons:Category:Charles, Prince of Wales‎, meaning that as far as any count is concerned Prince Charles is classified as a building; multiply that by (literally) millions of images to get an idea of how inaccurate any kind of count is going to be. As anyone who's tried to search Bing or Google Images by keyword can testify, even corporations that can afford to throw billions of dollars at the problem struggle with classifying images.
I know there's ongoing work on Commons to try to categorise all their images by date, but only a microscopic number of their images have been categorised so far. "Date of creation" isn't a particularly useful metric; if an artwork is painted in 1910, professionally scanned in 2005, made available on a free-use database like ArtUK in 2010, and copied to Commons in 2020, which of the four dates is the "creation date"? ‑ Iridescent 19:58, 8 April 2020 (UTC)

WOHA-FM

I really don't understand why although this an article of an FM station that was purchased by Holy Family Radio from Ohio Northern University with a callsign change...why do you want to delete this??? I spent some extra time late last night gathering information for the External links section..some of it refers to the soon to be defunct on-air station WONB to become WOHA. The power output and frequency remains the same...and I am awaiting some new info from the FCC link for the callsign switch from WONB to WOHA. AS THE ARTICLE STATES...WONB HAS BEEN SOLD to the new owners, that being Holy Family Communications as of December of 2019. Station manager Jeff Compton informed me by email a month ago that the FCC has approved the transaction....so in the meantime WONB continues to broadcast on the air until Holy Family Communications takes over the station sometime this month. According to a telephone conversation I had with Mr. Compton nearly a week ago, he informed me that Holy Family Radio programming on 94.9 (the soon to be defunct WONB..which will switchover to webcasting) will comnmence on Monday April 20, of 2020 as WOHA.

With that said I implore you not to delete the article on WOHA-FM. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Wrpojimmatthews (talkcontribs) 15:44, 8 April 2020 (UTC)

The article has no references to published independent reliable sources to demonstrate the subject's notability. If you find such sources, the place to argue against the deletion is at WP:Articles for deletion/WOHA-FM. --David Biddulph (talk) 16:23, 8 April 2020 (UTC)
As the article says, "The debut of WOHA is tentatively planned for April 20 of 2020". So it's about a radio station that doesn't exist yet; and not surprisingly in the circumstances, no-one has found evidence that it's notable. I would advise Wrpojimmatthews to wait until a few weeks after its launch, and then see what independent sources have said about it. (I see that WONB also cites no sources). Maproom (talk) 07:24, 9 April 2020 (UTC)

notifications from other wikipedias

I got one from an different language. Why is that? New3400 (talk) 16:46, 8 April 2020 (UTC)

New3400, some smaller wikis use bots to automatically welcome new users. I don't know the exact details, but when your account becomes known to that Wiki - i.e. it appears on central auth, a welcome message is placed on your talk. ~~ Alex Noble/1-2/TRB 16:52, 8 April 2020 (UTC)

How do I stop it then? New3400 (talk) 16:53, 8 April 2020 (UTC)

Some wikis will do this when you first visit the site. It's possible to disable pings, but these are usually talk page messages, which I don't think can be disabled. Best Wishes, Lee Vilenski (talkcontribs) 16:58, 8 April 2020 (UTC)
Go to your preferences - notifications - cross-wiki notifications, and uncheck the box. I believe the bots will still leave a message on your talk page on some of the other wikis after you visit for the first time, but I don't think you'll get notifications about it unless/until you actually revisit that wiki. Not 100% sure, but worth a try. --Floquenbeam (talk) 17:04, 8 April 2020 (UTC)
@New3400: I wouldn't worry about it. There's something that can cause your account to appear on a bunch of other-language wikipedias all at once, you get several notifications, and it shouldn't generally happen again. Disabling the notification, however, means you won't get the ones that might actually be important, like regarding images on Commons. —[1 (talk)]— 22:06, 8 April 2020 (UTC)

Compliant against local GP & Medical staff at North Tees Hospital.

As I am an 80% disabled veteran, I know that I should receive preferential treatment from my GP as well as medical services at North Tees. I don't and I've tried and failed to contact via email, the Deputy Director for Medical Services in order to make a full compliant with regards to what my problem IS!In the main the problem IS that both my feet - ankles - lower legs are very swollen, sore a have spots. Every medic that I've been to or have come to my home, places the bliam on my being a type2 Diabetic? I've had me heart checked around about 5 times and no fault found. I spent 9.5 months on water tablets and all that occurred was me having to pee every 30 minutes and my legs remained swollen and painful.So my GP sent me too the Lower Limb Specialist, who lost his rag and wrote to my GP setting out his anger and pointing out that the problem that I had was in fact the realm of the Lymphoedema Specialist Service! So I received a letter from this service to arrange a home appointment. The nurse was supposed to arrive at 1145am but did not arrive till 1205pm. The letter also stated that she would be here for 1hour and 30 mins. She left telling me that there was 'NOTHING' she could do for me and inferred that the cause was, yet again:- 'TYPE 2 DIABETEES'.????????sincerely:- RedDog-- RedDog338 (talk) 17:03, 8 April 2020 (UTC)

This is the help desk for Wikipedia. We can't help you with anything else. RudolfRed (talk) 17:07, 8 April 2020 (UTC)
(edit conflict)This is a helpdesk for the use and editing of Wikipedia. We are unable to help with such a task, I would suggest contacting the medical center yourself. Do you have a question about Wikipedia? Best Wishes, Lee Vilenski (talkcontribs) 17:08, 8 April 2020 (UTC)
Notifying @RedDog338: so that they see the above message replies. - Whisperjanes (talk) 18:00, 8 April 2020 (UTC)

Ho can I remove the "user sandbox template"

Resolved

Dear all, I moved an article from my sandbox to wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Forward) but it is written: "This sandbox is in the article namespace. Either move this page into your userspace, or remove the user sandbox template".I already searched on wikipedia how I can remove the "user sandbox template" and tried to follow the instructions, but the message is still on the page.How may I fix it ?Many thanks in advance.

Zebulon28 (talk) 17:41, 8 April 2020 (UTC)

@this edit. That would be the same thing I would have teached you. Victor Schmidt (talk) 17:43, 8 April 2020 (UTC)

Victor Schmidt (talk) 17:43, 8 April 2020 (UTC)Thank you Victor for your quick answer. But the problem seems still to be there. When I am searching the article on Wikipedia "search results", the message still shows next to the name.

Zebulon28 (talk) 18:13, 8 April 2020 (UTC)

Alas, we have no control over search engine results. They can take a while to update. --Orange Mike | Talk 20:42, 8 April 2020 (UTC)

If you examine the edit history, you will see that editor User:Theroadislong moved this from article space to draft space, because it is currently poorly sourced and thus would be in danger of deletion. --Orange Mike | Talk 00:30, 9 April 2020 (UTC)

Thank you so much for all your kind answers! Stay safe.Zebulon28 (talk) 06:37, 9 April 2020 (UTC)

California stat numbers per individual county don’t add to the totals for the state

The numbers in the categories of cases and deaths listed by county do not add up to the totals listed for the state. The totals are understated. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 24.5.164.81 (talk) 21:19, 8 April 2020 (UTC)

Which one of the six million Wikipedia articles are you referring to? --ColinFine (talk) 21:54, 8 April 2020 (UTC)
(ec) Please provide a link to the page(s) you are discussing, e.g. [[Article name]]. Also, it's generally best to post queries about a specific page to the page's talk page. For example, questions about Coronavirus disease 2019 are at Talk:Coronavirus disease 2019. —[1 (talk)]— 21:57, 8 April 2020 (UTC)

contribution approval

Good Afternoon,

I submitted a contribution about a week ago and am still waiting on approval for it to be published. Is there anything I can do to speed up the process or can I get an update on when I can expect to know whether or not it will be approved? — Preceding unsigned comment added by WillnerM21 (talkcontribs) 22:02, 8 April 2020 (UTC)

WillnerM21, Ah, well the issue is that you haven't actually submitted it (and by it I assume you mean User:WillnerM21/sandbox) to the review process. Currently its just a page sitting in your sandbox, until you put a review header on it. I have gone ahead and done that for you. But I will note that the page definitely doesn't meet our standards yet. It needs citations from independent sources, not the group itself. Spotify doesn't count as a source either. And it reads like an advertisement. We are an encyclopedia, not a yellowpages. Also, if you have any affiliation with the subject, you need to disclose that by reading the rules at WP:COI. If you are an employee or have been paid by them in any way, you must disclose that by following the steps at WP:PAID. CaptainEek Edits Ho Cap'n! 22:48, 8 April 2020 (UTC)
WillnerM21 Another way of looking at this is that almost the entire article is about the people in the group and nothing at all that the media has written about what the company does. If you can find some media coverage of the work, or profiles of the group, then there's hope for an article. If it's just a lot of bios listed one after the other, then you should instead look at doing individual articles about the partners instead of the group. They don't make the group notable - see WP:INHERIT. TimTempleton (talk) (cont) 02:51, 9 April 2020 (UTC)

April 9

Adding a name to Wikipedia

HiI am trying to add a Film Producer for a movie on Wikipedia but not able to.His name appears as a producer for a movie, but he doesn't have his own page.How can a page be created? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Ritapanahi (talkcontribs) 05:49, 9 April 2020 (UTC)

Hello, Ritapanahi. Not every film producer is notable and eligible for a Wikipedia biography. Far from it. I recommend that you read and study Your first article, and follow the advice you find there. 328 Let's discuss it 06:01, 9 April 2020 (UTC)

URL Links

Hello, I am currently trying to edit someones Wikipedia page and when I try and submit my edits it continues to say there are problems with my URLs. I have checked all of them and I have not seen any problems. Can you please help me? Also it did not save my edits is there a way you can get them back?

Thank you, Amanda Neeley — Preceding unsigned comment added by Amanda Neeley (talkcontribs) 06:37, 9 April 2020 (UTC)

According to your contributions, you haven't edited any page in the main article space, so we can't tell you what problems you are having. Also, if you have unsaved edits and you close the editor without saving them, there is no way to get them back. P | Talk 09:21, 9 April 2020 (UTC)
Amanda Neeley, Howdy hello! Alas if your edits have been lost, then they are lost for good. Its good practice to save edits often to make sure that doesn't happen. In terms of the URL's, could you note what exactly went wrong? My guess would be that they triggered the spam filter, or were perhaps on the URL blacklist, but I don't see that your edits triggered any filters in your log. For example, any links to Breitbart News are disallowed unless added to a link whitelist, as trolls were adding it abusively to articles. Sometimes perfectly good articles get caught up in the blacklist by accident. CaptainEek Edits Ho Cap'n! 09:25, 9 April 2020 (UTC)
Some URL shortening methods also throw up an error. Make sure you get the full proper URL. It would be interesting if you could provide the error code in full. Best Wishes, Lee Vilenski (talkcontribs) 11:50, 9 April 2020 (UTC)
If you are unable to save a problem URL here then place it inside <nowiki>...</nowiki>. This will not link it but we can see it. PrimeHunter (talk) 15:44, 9 April 2020 (UTC)

William Miezan

Hi there,

My name is William Miezan I was wondering if there is any chance you could get in Archives, the results of the 1991 100m. dash men and 4x100m semifinals of the African games in Cairo. I ran in one of the semi-final heats My e-mail is <redacted>

Thank you. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2601:140:8C80:A260:405A:4233:D275:66C (talk) 09:26, 9 April 2020 (UTC)

P music.svg This page is for questions about using Wikipedia. Please consider asking this question at the searching Wikipedia for an article related to the topic you want to know more about. I hope this helps. --MrClog (talk) 10:00, 9 April 2020 (UTC)

I want to delete a biography about myself - not written by me

I want to delete a biography about myself - not written by me and too invasive. I am a very private person, do not use social media and do not want this information about me available. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Alicebalbirnie (talk • contribs) 09:36, 9 April 2020 (UTC)

Alicebalbirnie, You should visit Wikipedia:Contact us/Article subjects, and email the volunteer response team. They will need to confirm that you are who you say you are (that way random people can't just get articles deleted). There is no guarantee that your request will get the article deleted, but if you are of only marginal notability (i.e. not super famous) its likely that your request will be honored. CaptainEek Edits Ho Cap'n! 09:47, 9 April 2020 (UTC)
@Alicebalbirnie: Are you sure there is a Wikipedia article about you? I didn't find any article named reasonable varieties of your username. To which article are you referring? —[1 (talk)]— 11:34, 9 April 2020 (UTC)
See also Wikipedia:Biographies of living persons#Deletion of BLPs of relatively unknown subjects. PrimeHunter (talk) 15:37, 9 April 2020 (UTC)

How to create a short biography

Do you have a simple for a biography template that you can share with me? I am trying to write a short biography of my grandfather who founded the first airline of Uruguay around 1930. He was a very interesting character and I am surprised he does not have a profile in Wikipedia. Thank you — Preceding unsigned comment added by Matesd (talk • contribs) 14:37, 9 April 2020 (UTC)

Hello, Matesd. Thank you for wanting to contribute to Wikipedia; but unfortunately your request is rather problematic. First, creating a new article is one of the hardest tasks in editing Wikipedia (some say the single hardest task). This is not for technical reasons, but because of Wikipedia's requirements for sourcing and neutrality. Hundreds of new articles are deleted every day beause the people who created them did not understand Wikipedia's standards for notability (which is mostly about the availability of reliably published sources unconnected with the subject). My advice to you would be to find some existing articles that interest you and you can see some improvements you can make. Then when you feel ready to try it, read Your first article, and see if you can find sources to establish your grandfather's notability (they do not have to be online or in English - though if they are it helps - but they do need to be independent of him and his companies). You should also read conflict of interest. --ColinFine (talk) 16:40, 9 April 2020 (UTC)

Why was I deleted?

Hi guysI found out that after years of supporting Wikipedia and contributing as best I can, I've been deleted?!Can anyone tell me why, and perhaps advise how I can be reactivated? I have seen a growing number of my contributions being reverted and/or deleted. That worries me a bit. I do my best to follow guidelines and include clear references. But, no matter what I do, some admin delete my contributions.I'm a confused, frustrated and sad journalist and blogger, finding it ever harder to contribute.Please, advise!/Kmilling — Preceding unsigned comment added by Kmilling (talk • contribs) 15:07, 9 April 2020 (UTC)

Please be more specific. [3] then it had no references. See Wikipedia:Notability (music). If it's about the Danish Wikipedia where you are more active then ask there (and still be specific). This is a help desk for the English Wikipedia. If it's about not having a page at User:Kmilling then it's optional for users to create a user page. You haven't done it yet at the English Wikipedia but are free to do it. See Wikipedia:User pages. You still have a Danish user page at da:User:Kmilling. PrimeHunter (talk) 15:34, 9 April 2020 (UTC)

Hi PrimeHunter - I had a page with description at the English wikipedia. It was removed and the Kmilling page was moved by a 'maintenance script' to Kmilling-enwiki, it seems. That is one thing. Years ago I created a page for the Danish (yet international) band 'Nice Little Penguins'. I have tried to enter content based on reference for this page, and then it was removed all of a sudden. Then I recently contributed by creating a page for 'Alter Echo (album)' - a page for the fourth album by the rock band Dizzy Mizz Lizzy (the album was released two weeks ago). That page has now been reverted too. I kinda get the feeling, that the English wikipedia, simply don't want me to contribute with anything. I hope that is my misunderstanding.Cheers and thanks for picking up the thread thumbs up - /Kmilling — Preceding unsigned comment added by Kmilling (talk • contribs) 15:43, 9 April 2020 (UTC)

@Kmilling: OK, I see it now. In 2006 you created an English account which stopped editing in 2014. In 2015 it was renamed after you didn't react to a notification at User talk:Kmilling~enwiki#Your account will be renamed. You can still log in to the account as Kmilling~enwiki but it can no longer be merged to Kmilling. It's best to only use the Kmilling account now. A page originally at Nice Little Penguins is now a draft at User:Kmilling~enwiki/Nice Little Penguins. You can make improvements to it as Kmilling. I have added a box with help links and a submit button if you think it satisfies Wikipedia:Notability (music). The English Wikipedia may have stricter requirements than the Danish. PrimeHunter (talk) 16:08, 9 April 2020 (UTC)

So do i reactivate 'Kmilling'? or do I start a fresh page for 'Kmilling'? - /Kmilling (Thanks for your kind help and tremendous patience)

You can create a user page at User:Kmilling and say you previously used the account User:Kmilling~enwiki. PrimeHunter (talk) 16:22, 9 April 2020 (UTC)

Changing Account

Hello, I replaced someone at our company and her logins are not working to edit. How can I be granted access or transfer owners to myself? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 71.125.44.105 (talk) 16:02, 9 April 2020 (UTC)

Wikipedia does not allow multiple people to use an account or for an account to be transferred from one person to another. You can create a new account, although you should make sure its name does not imply that the account belongs to a position. You should also read Wikipedia's conflict of interest guide. Danski454 (talk) 16:09, 9 April 2020 (UTC)
Note also that the old account had no special priviliges with respect to articles about your company, so there would have been no advantage to you use it. Your new account will also have no such priviliges either: nobody does. -Arch dude (talk) 16:55, 9 April 2020 (UTC)

Wikipedia account

How.can I change the password on my account? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 73.132.211.175 (talk) 16:46, 9 April 2020 (UTC)

When you are logged in to your account, click on "Preferences" at the top of any page. In the "User profile" tab, there is a button labeled "Change password". Deor (talk) 17:09, 9 April 2020 (UTC)
If you know the current password then Special:Preferences has a "Change password" button. If you don't but your account has enabled email then use Special:PasswordReset. If not then you have to create a new account. PrimeHunter (talk) 17:11, 9 April 2020 (UTC)

correct and expand inadequate biographical entry under "Henry Beissel"

I am Henry Beissel. I will be 91 on Easter Sunday. I am wondering if you'd like me to correct and complete the biographical note listed under my name: "Henry Beissl"? If so, how do I most efficiently do so, keeping in ming that I'm not savvy in these things. Thanks. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2607:FEA8:BEE0:570:F088:B43:2DC3:DB4B (talk) 21:08, 9 April 2020 (UTC)

Thanks for your interest in correcting Wikipedia. Unfortunately, to preserve the integrity of the encyclopedia, we can only add information that is sourced by third party coverage - meaning that we can't take your word for who you are and what you know. Nonetheless, you can add information to the talk page and add an WP:EDITREQUEST, and if there are sources substantiating the edits you're requesting, other non-connected editors can help add the info. TimTempleton (talk) (cont) 21:15, 9 April 2020 (UTC)
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