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Regarding Wikipedia Zero and Mobile partnerships... I made a map :-)[edit]

Wikipedia Zero for all languages (blue) and some languages (green)


I made a map of where Wikipedia Zero is active seperated into those countries where it's available for all languages and those where it's only available in some languages. I thought it might be usefull. --U5K0 (talk) 09:36, 8 July 2013 (UTC)

Added to both. I would appreciate it if someone on the Zero team could check it, or move the images to a better location. PiRSquared17 (talk) 19:22, 8 July 2013 (UTC)
I like it a lot. One suggestion -- rather than color coding for all languages vs some, I think it's more useful to code the countries by version of Wikipedia Zero. This is the core distinction between partners in fact. There are two variants, partners that offer 1) M or M&Z, or 2) Just Z. For reference, M=m.wikipedia (full mobile version), Z=zero.wikipedia (text-only version). Akapoor (WMF) (talk) 15:09, 8 August 2013 (UTC)
@U5K0: reply? PiRSquared17 (talk) 02:59, 25 September 2013 (UTC)
I'll get on that.. the info is in the table right? --U5K0 (talk) 07:01, 25 September 2013 (UTC)
It's in this table, and seems to be up-to-date. PiRSquared17 (talk) 19:27, 27 September 2013 (UTC)
In case this is still wanted, I made File:WikipediaZero-WebsiteReach.svg, which displays countries according to the available subdomains. Microchip08 (talk) 08:11, 18 June 2014 (UTC)

Regarding Deductibility of donations[edit]

Under Dutch tax law donations are also deductible.

To see the foundation's registration, search on: Or a direct link to the search result (unfortunately without a proper domain name, so it looks a bit shady):

If desired, I could write a short Dutch text describing the situation for people wanting to donate in the Netherlands.

I think a Dutch passage would fit into that page more than an English one, as all the others are written in the country's main language. But can anyone else check this? PiRSquared17 (talk) 19:16, 8 July 2013 (UTC)
Hi, we actually already had some info on the situation in the Netherlands at wmf:Tax Deductibility/nl. I've added that to the wmf:Deductibility of donations page as well. Peter Coombe (WMF) (talk) 16:05, 11 July 2013 (UTC)

Regarding Template:Contribute[edit]

No bitcoin?

Please see this explanation for why the Wikimedia Foundation does not (currently) accept bitcoin donations. Sorry for the inconvenience. PiRSquared17 (talk) 19:43, 11 July 2013 (UTC)

No donation.

Error in David villa's goals at barcelona[edit]

Spanish footballer David Villa's page list that he scored 33 goals in 77 appereances but he had scored 48 goals in 119 appereances. according to many sites like

In this link they have listed a table accounting his goals and appereances. Kindly please edit that as i am a fan of him.

Are you talking about Wikipedia? I don't think the website has soccer-related information on it.--Jasper Deng (talk) 19:42, 11 July 2013 (UTC)
If you have a Wikipedia account with at least 10 edits that is at least 4 days old, you can just edit the article. Otherwise, clicking that link will bring you to a page explaining how to submit an edit request. See also: Foundation wiki feedback/Wikipedia Article PiRSquared17 (talk) 19:47, 11 July 2013 (UTC)

Simplify the sidebar[edit]

The sidebar has plenty of cruft, is hard to navigate, and is organized poorly. I'm not sure the best way to modernize the organization. Ideas?  ono  17:28, 15 July 2013 (UTC)

Can you be more specific about what you find lacking? The organization seems fairly logical to me, for example. --MZMcBride (talk) 06:41, 18 July 2013 (UTC)

Regarding Feedback privacy statement[edit]’s-in-a-name-in-the-case-of-‘wiki’-lots-of-things/

My name is Cori Salmon and I would like my content removed from this blog. I apologize that my obsveration was incorrect in this statement. Thank you.

corisalmon at

Wikibook section in Our projects[edit]

In some translation pages the logo of this project is too big (probably the size parameter is missing). Pages:

Thank you for the feedback! I have fixed this. PiRSquared17 (talk) 01:36, 20 July 2013 (UTC)

Our projects site[edit]

In some translation pages, the logo of Wikimedia family tree is in older version (picture); some of them (Français, Italiano & Nederlands) has new version (picture) and some has no at all. Can this be unified?

I agree, but I don't understand why we have two separate versions in the first place, so I asked on Commons. Do people still want the old non-Wikivoyage, non-Wikidata one? Of course, it will need to be updated after a new Wikivoyage logo is chosen. Anyway, I'll do this for the "Our projects" pages. Thank you for reporting this. PiRSquared17 (talk) 12:00, 18 July 2013 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done, sorry for the delay (was busy with other stuff). If the old image is updated on Commons, my edits should be reverted. I don't mind rollbacking them if it's faster :) PiRSquared17 (talk) 16:26, 18 July 2013 (UTC)

a way to improve language preferences~[edit]

Hi thanks for your help on creating this awesome website!!! I love you guys.

I have one idea that will surely help certain people reading the webpages.

As you know I am a Chinese reader and for different Chinese people from different places we have different format of characters; I notice there are usually four ways of displaying the same website for the convenience of different Chinese people and we can choose the most convenient format we like, which is good. The only problem is that every time I click a link within the articles that leads me to a new page I will have to re-select the format of characters again. Since I read wikipedia pages A LOT, this selection process wastes quite some time of mine. My suggestion is that maybe wikipedia can remember my choice of language preferences and stay like that for my reading; in that case I will not have to spend as much time selecting languages as I do now.

Thanks again, god bless you, and I will keep donating money to make you better! : )

Best wishes,


Hello! Thank you for your support of Wikimedia's mission. :-) I think I have a solution to your (Chinese WIkipedia) problem, but I'll also ask a native Chinese volunteer: if you zh:Special:CreateAccount, then you can set your preferred variant (zh-TW, zh-HK, etc.) in your preferences page. There may be a way to do this without creating an account as well, but I couldn't find it. (Disclaimer: I don't represent the Wikimedia Foundation in any way. I am a volunteer contributor.) Cheers, PiRSquared17 (talk) 01:27, 20 July 2013 (UTC)
Yes, like what PiRSquared17 pointed out, it is best to create an account on Wikipedia and set the language preferences in Special:Preferences. This way, your language variant will be remembered and the content will be served in that variant accordingly. --Hydriz (talk) 02:46, 20 July 2013 (UTC)


Hello I find wikipedia very useful indeed, I'd like it to keep going. However, donating to keep it alive for everyone (including non-donors) does not seem fair. I would gladly donate money in exchange for a special privilege (wikipedia related) different from that of non-donors. it could be the simplest thing, but it would make a difference. Sincerely Omar Jimenez. architect_ok at

What do you consider as a special privilege? Do you want the WMF to restrict some special content and make it visible to donors only? That wouldn't be donations then, anymore … Vogone talk 15:40, 26 July 2013 (UTC)

Regarding Template:Contribute[edit]

So, you are the #4 website, and you don't even accept bitcoin as a donation option?!

I am a volunteer and do not represent the Wikimedia Foundation in any way, but I suggest you read this explanation for why the Wikimedia Foundation does not (currently) accept bitcoin donations. Sorry for the inconvenience. PiRSquared17 (talk) 01:20, 20 July 2013 (UTC)[edit]

با سلام. بنده سید حسین حسینی عسگرانی ساکن شهرستان نجف آباد از استان اصفهان هستم بر اساس نیازم چند سالی سایتی بنام hosseiniasgarani at داشتم .تا مدتی پیش بر حسب اتفاق و اشتباها به جای بروز رسانی سایت آنرا حذف نمودم که هر چه تلاش کردم نتوانستم آنرا باز گردانی کنم . لذا از شما دوستان گرامی که همیشه پشتوانه بنده بوده اید استدعا دارم بار دیگر این سایت را برای من باز گشائی نمائید. چشم به راه این زحمت شما هستم .hosseiniasgarani .tank you

tech blog comments missing[edit]

Comments not visible on the tech blog post! --Arjunaraoc (talk) 04:21, 26 July 2013 (UTC)

It looks like they are now. Thanks, AGK [•] 14:07, 20 May 2014 (UTC)

Duplicates in wmf:Stories2/en[edit]

Passages listed below appear twice in wmf:Stories2/en. Is it intentional? Otherwise you might want to remove one for each.

  • Wikipedia is the first place I go when I have to find information for research or ...
  • Wikipedia is the best example of a realizable ideal. I have always looked for ideas that ...
  • Wikipedia has become my primary source of information across all forms. Coming from a small city ...
  • When I first saw Jimmy Wales appeal for donations I thought, certainly he must have enough ...
  • Reader, Writer, and Believer. The collection of all knowledge is a goal which I hope we ...
  • My story I think is like one of millions. I use Wikipedia every day several times ...
  • My profession demands cross-disciplinary research on global issues of climate destabilization, ...
  • I'm a research psychologist and I do a lot of work with statistics. There is no ...
  • I'm a High School History Teacher, and I love using Wikipedia as a tool, not only ...
  • I was brought up in a generation that preceded satellite television and internet in India. The ...
  • I love technology. I create technology, consume technology, analyze technology, ...
  • I have two children on the autism spectrum. I quickly realized the medical community does not ...
  • I had just started nursing school and we were being told that the licensing board was ...
  • I don't have a single story about Wikipedia or anything that stands out but Wikipedia has ...
  • I am huge advocate of knowledge sharing and it’s potential. Wikipedia is the best tool for ...
  • I am an online teacher live in Indonesia, I have more than 10000 students. Everyday I ...
  • I am a self-taught graphic artist and web designer. When I started down this road, the ...
  • I am a public reference librarian at a busy regional library system. I am frequently asked ...
  • I always use Wikipedia for work in developing policy recomendations and ...
  • From an early age, I've had a desire to learn about everything. And, when I say ...
  • At Portland State University's Intensive English program, I teach ...
  • As a tool, Wikipedia is irreplaceable. Either for work or just for reading and learning, it's ...
  • As a student, Wikipedia is the best source of information for me and the rest of ...
  • As a first-year PhD student in musicology at UC Berkeley, I was surprised to discover that ...
  • As a family physician I see a broad range of problems in my practice. While I ...
  • As a Library Science graduate student, I did my Thesis on Wikipedia, arguing that resistance to ...
  • About 10 yrs back, one of my friends used to ridicule me comparing with other friends ...

--whym (talk) 22:21, 26 July 2013 (UTC)

Thank you very much for your report. I removed the duplicate text. – Kwj2772 (msg) 17:47, 21 September 2013 (UTC)

Regarding FAQ/en[edit]

i will promise to donate on the 4th of this month, i lost all my id and credit information so its been a long week. i didn't know you took donations i'm so sorry i will make it up to you . Justin

Thank you very much for being willing to donate, Justin. And if you have already donated, you might like to read about where your money goes. Regards, AGK [•] 22:59, 21 August 2013 (UTC)

Regarding Home[edit]

Who is (wmf) since 2001 experiments till you feel like have been used on me. I know I was not advised the camera 9999Plus who very clearly are holding classes since 2001 and there ethics are do not woory about ethics not really stealing. Funny not one photo of my childhood or gifts from instance my friend Lenny Kravitz all dated and named. Before this rediculous no law for your side. I have explained 100 times. I am a disabled c to D if you respect nothing then my Dr. will intervene. For I must have tech assis and I have homecare and guardian. I am very Ill they will confirm BIPOLAR WISE WORSE NOW. IF THIS GOVERNMENT OF THE United states I demand to be contacted the same way President request my assist. for latin vote. my system bot Found hg donation of my photos from Cuba. Now Conduct This and have said many times something wrong. University Fedora equipment MS just installed as I am nothing. I cant run this stuff. then e book copy enough so you or whom is not copywrite liable. The partner commericial.

I would never do anything for most of those companies they do nothing to assist community or improve world. This distruction software. Now to be owned in servitude I know you could care less. I do and am not prompt standton. I am not responsible for any of these cites after 2001 .

Today i will talk to one of my news associates that Cnn interview by that hypocrite Eric from was mostly a lie. I will and you will release for all this is done in firgery. You do not do this Austrailia UK who wvwer. Turns out that the new google motorola project is exactly what has been illigally forced on me. funny. IRONIC ALL OF YOU. I HAVE WHAT IS CLEAN HANDS YOU CANT TOUCH ME. HUFFINGTON POST WOULD RELEASE OF COMMON LICENSE AS THAT MY HOME. THIS IS CLOSE TO INHUMAIN. I demand my notebook insides return code code and patents google has. And my life back. leonor Arango today 08-3-13

This appears to be unrelated to the foundation wiki. The foundation cannot do anything about your situation, I'm afraid.--Jasper Deng (talk) 22:38, 3 August 2013 (UTC)


Your information and reading are the best. You have provided more information than any encyclopedia I have ever read. My favorite part of looking up information through your method Wikipedia is if I am not clear about anything there is that blue line to help me search more and more and more... I love Wikipedia for this and many other things that you all provide. In any group discussion when any of us have a question someone always states "Wikipedia it," and you will find it.

Thank you very much. We are so pleased that you have found the Wikimedia projects useful. AGK [•] 23:00, 21 August 2013 (UTC)[edit]

It's a shame that the website is completely closed access, and I would say, contrary to the spirit of the movement, and open discussion.

It would be easy enough to protect pages where required.

RFC watcher (talk)

I would agree, but it's a site we don't want spam or vandalism on, period.--Jasper Deng (talk) 03:25, 19 August 2013 (UTC)

Spam according to who? The criteria for notability by wiki editors is biased and not at all in keeping with the spirit of Wikipedia.

Regarding wmf:Resolution:Images_of_identifiable_people[edit]

I'd like to know what the WMF thought a 'public place' and a 'private place' were when this resolution was adopted. There are some very counterintuitive definitions being floated around. --Elvey (talk) 21:08, 10 August 2013 (UTC)

Thank you for your comments. However, I regret that the team that responds to feedback on this page has no control or influence over the content of Wikimedia Foundation board resolutions. Regards, AGK [•] 22:58, 21 August 2013 (UTC)[edit]

As an anonymous, I would like you to know that your lack of good unbiased sense in historicity unables me to make a donation to your organization. I am deeply disappointed with the following articles: Lack of respect towards comtemporary terminology. Lack of respect towards United Nations terminology.

The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk • contribs) 09:04, 11 August 2013.

Please note that this page is only for discussing, the official Wikimedia Foundation website. For feedback about specific articles on the English Wikipedia, use the talk page of the corresponding article, or use the article feedback tool which is available at the bottom of the article. Direct links: Byzantine Empire & Republic of Macedonia --Glaisher [talk] 12:02, 11 August 2013 (UTC)

UNBIASED??? What wiki are you looking at? The trolls/editors dictate who can or cannot be included and the facts are subject to their approval not based on evidence or first hand knowledge.

Regarding Template:Contribute[edit]

Why there is no Bitcoin donation option in place like Wikipedia?

I am a volunteer and do not represent the Wikimedia Foundation in any way, but I suggest you read this explanation for why the Wikimedia Foundation does not (currently) accept bitcoin donations. Sorry for the inconvenience. PiRSquared17 (talk) 17:18, 11 August 2013 (UTC)

Regarding FAQ/es[edit]

A billion in English it's not "un billón" in Spanish, it's "1000 millones" or "un millardo" as in the brackets. The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk • contribs) .

You are entirely correct. I have fixed it. Thank you. Killiondude (talk) 23:08, 16 August 2013 (UTC)


I am niklas ruhmann (takashi yokoyama and Les Elgart) to send to day(2 seotembe lundi 2013) instead of a10000 yen for which is washington D.C. post office. Youre good acctivity on every day dictionary content are very usefull of my lifes. I am onestly thankfull of Wikipedia organization. Please to cotinu be every year with dictionaring with non advertizing.


with full respect i bow my head to this great WIKIMEDIA sir i am struggling lot to uplift this poor rajak community in this prosess iam linked with you people i am so lucky i this community list we collected enough vip peoples name . my kind request to you people is that still so many peoples name are not mentioned in those list e.g the great singer LATHA MANGESKAR and our CAPTAIN M.S. DHONI and R.D .AJEKAR of bombay etc .etc thank you yours mr.shankar

Wikipedia is a collaborative encyclopedia (as explained at w:Wikipedia:Introduction), and so anyone may edit its articles. Please feel welcome to improve the article yourself, if you think it necessary. Thank you for your comments! AGK [•] 14:47, 19 September 2013 (UTC)

Regarding a WP article[edit]

Candace Stewart is NOT a Speech Language Pathologist nor is she a Speech Therapist! She HAS TO HAVE A MASTER'S Degree to be that! She MIGHT be a Speech Therapy Assistant...which you can do at the Bachelor level! PLEASE correct your information! Contact ASHA, American Speech Language Hearing Association for what qualifies as a Speech Therapist! Thank you! The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk • contribs) 02:45, 9 September 2013.

Hi! Please note that this page is only for discussing, the official Wikimedia Foundation website, not Wikipedia. For discussing a specific article on Wikipedia please use the article's corresponding talk page. --Glaisher [talk] 12:34, 12 September 2013 (UTC)[edit]

thank you for keeping wikipedia ad free

Regarding and the search term "blog"[edit]

When someone types in "blog" it should redirect to the blog, but it doesn't. Thanks. en:User:Biosthmors

In other words, we should make wmf:Blog direct readers to And can I have access to edit wmf space? Thanks. Biosthmors (talk) 10:32, 12 September 2013 (UTC)

@Biosthmors I think it is okay to create a soft redirect at that page. As for editing the WMF wiki, you will have to request an account first. Foundation wiki accounts can be requested at RFACC. --Glaisher [talk] 12:15, 12 September 2013 (UTC)
@Biosthmors: is it good now? PiRSquared17 (talk) 18:50, 13 September 2013 (UTC)
Yes, thanks PiRSquared17! Biosthmors (talk) 21:59, 19 September 2013 (UTC)


ẎẟYes 15 seconds I have to give a wiki answer and he was. P.S. Why do I need anything to change when I see that it is all as it should be!)ẤẟẎẞ... oi ogromnoe spasibz, DoVers. Ero как раз так не хватало, Но теперь надо бы вам кое что сказать)[edit]

re: new Privacy Policy

I could not find, specifically, where to put our comments so found this.

not collect information when we use Wikipedia/Wikimedia sites - to protect us.

not retain my data from using Wiki sites - to protect us.

would like to type a word in another language and get translation and would like to type a word in English and get word for it in another language.

You can leave feedback about the new privacy policy on this page. Thank you. Vogone talk 09:30, 15 September 2013 (UTC)
Note: I have repaired the layout of the original post. AGK [•] 14:46, 19 September 2013 (UTC)

Regarding Thank You/no[edit]

This page (the Norwegian thank you for donating page) should have the word "om" instead of "dersom".

Yes check.svg Done[1] Thanks for your feedback. Vogone talk 17:50, 19 September 2013 (UTC)

Regarding Non discrimination policy[edit]

I think it would be really nice if the foundation would add Gender Identity and Gender Expression to the list so that transgendered people are included in this clause.

In practice, I think they are already included (orientation/gender), but the WMF might want to add this to clarify. I don't feel like I should do this without board/staff approval, so I'll let one of them reply. PiRSquared17 (talk) 02:56, 25 September 2013 (UTC)
This is a general gross misunderstanding, and the lack of Gender Identity and Gender Expression has resulted in legal discrimination (not at WP, but elsewhere) despite discrimination of Gender being prohibited.
Is it a "legally protected characteristic", as the page mentions? PiRSquared17 (talk) 16:05, 29 September 2013 (UTC)

Regarding Feedback privacy statement[edit]

Is there a simple way to translate automatically the current page i'm in from English to French language ? Merci ♥

Are you looking for this page in French? Cdlt, PiRSquared17 (talk) 18:48, 27 September 2013 (UTC)

Regarding Special:UserLogin[edit]

wikipedia is the best learning site in world.l likes wikipedia-Ramhari Ghule

Hello. Thank you for your support! PiRSquared17 (talk) 18:49, 27 September 2013 (UTC)


Just saying...I wish I was dropped back at the page I was originally looking at when I decided to donate...I mean, thanks for all the great work and stuff, but maybe you could have it route people back to the original page they were on. Thanks :-)

Thanks for your feedback. Your request was filed in Bug 55354. Regards, Vogone talk 17:57, 5 October 2013 (UTC)


Beyond Pissed

Thanks for your feedback but could you be a bit more specific, please? Vogone talk 17:27, 5 October 2013 (UTC)

Could be one of the troll/editors deleted or "corrected" their posts???[edit]

Dear ladies and gentlemen of Wikipedia ,

You are a gift to this planet although sometime flawed and frail, your mission transcends those human issues. Your email address structure leaves one no a (tell us how much you love us option0. Please do not become Google and Microsoft. Please address this myopic omission if you so choose (i know an Irish gypsy witch you don't want to go there). Aside from not creating a direct line of appreciation you rock.

- mm

Hello! It is great that you appreciate all the work volunteers put into writing a free encyclopedia. Perhaps the best way to help Wikipedia is to start contributing (writing content or just making small fixes) or to donate a small amount. If you have any suggestions for or questions about (the English) Wikipedia, you can propose/ask them on the Village Pump. PiRSquared17 (talk) 23:37, 6 October 2013 (UTC)


log me in

If you have an account on a Wikimedia project already, you can log in on Special:UserLogin here or on a specific wiki you edit (e.g., en.wikipedia). To get an account on the Foundation wiki, see RFACC, but please note that one must be experienced with other Wikimedia projects before gaining access there. If you have any specific suggestions, I can edit for you. PiRSquared17 (talk) 14:42, 7 October 2013 (UTC)

We can't donate in China![edit]


There is no single Chinese bank in the list and no alipay( a pay tool most Chinese use just like PayPal).So ....sorry.The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk • contribs) 03:24, 13 October 2013 (UTC).

Regarding Privacy policy[edit]

Timotheus Canens has blocked my id, WRONGSKI and I cannot even talk with him on his page because of the block. I think he blocked me because of a shared group WIKIPEDIA logon. We work on under the same PRESSWIRE. Someone has gone back in and added our copyrighted photo in the last thirty days. I cannot communicate with this Mr. Canens who has blocked my account nor can I get the co0pyrighted photo off the website.

Regarding Talk:FAQ/en[edit]


from me to donations even one don't cent in wikipedia


I can not believe you have the nerve to ask for $!!! Your founder sold out the U.S for Millions and put this country MY country in severe jeopardy! He is now hiding like a sneak under the very cover this country provided him through the blood and death that U.S. soldier's and their families have fought and died for centuries. Some nerve, this world would not have the freedoms he uses foe cover if not for the sacrifices the services men and women have made. And if I had known it was a Wikipedia sire I would not have gone on it in the first place. So now you have MY 2 CENTS WORTH!!! BLESSING, may Jesus Christ bless you

I think you are confusing Wikimedia with Wikileaks. There is no connection between Wikimedia and Wikileaks. QuiteUnusual (talk) 18:59, 28 October 2013 (UTC)

File:S-3A VS-29 with Tupolev Tu-95 1979[edit]

The information provided for this picture is incorrect. This picture was taken during the Kitty Hawk cruise in 1981.

The VS-29 S-3A pictured is being flown by LCDR A. MCMAHON. During the previous cycle, I was flying the S-3A that identified the TU-95 inbound to the USS Kitty Hawk battle group. The COTAC with me on this flight was LT Kenny Edwards.

With the limited ESM equipment on board the S-3A, LT Edwards was able to detect and discriminate the electromagnetic data specific to the TU-95. The astonishing fact is that he did so before the EA-6B airborne during that cycle. It was the following cycle when LCDR MCMAHON took advantage of the photo shoot, which rendered this picture.

One of the F-14s took advantage of the photo shoot, as well. There were two squadrons on board the Kitty Hawk: VF-11 and VF-51. I can't remember the pilot's name. Unknown to just about every person on board the ship, this F-14 pilot spoke fluent Russian. He initiated a conversation with the Russian crew, which precipitated a thorough debrief upon his return to the ship.

Last, one of the Russian crew members had fun showing Playboy center folds to the various crew members taking advantage of the photo op. It was at that point and time I realized Russian aircrews were no different then us.

CDR William Fann Ret.

Regarding Onze projecten[edit]

Wikivoyage is missing and I can't add it. Who wants to fix this? Southparkfan 23:16, 2 November 2013 (UTC)

@Southparkfan: If you translate the text on wmf:Our projects, I'll add it. PiRSquared17 (talk) 23:41, 2 November 2013 (UTC)
Echo doesn't show a notification if you ping me.. But however, here is the translation. (Logo should also be added!)
Wikivoyage heeft als doel om 's werelds grootste, vrije, complete en up-to-date wereldwijde reisgids te zijn. Wikivoyage was gelanceerd ::in januari 2013 and is geschreven door vrijwilligers in dezelfde geest van het delen van kennis dat reizen zo leukt maakt. Het project ::begon in december 2006 als een Duitstalige site genaamd Wikitravel, en voegde zich bij de Wikimedia Foundation project familie als een ::bèta-project met 50.000 artikelen in zeven talen. Wikivoyage is nu beschikbaar in negen talen. Southparkfan 01:09, 3 November 2013 (UTC)
Done. PiRSquared17 (talk) 01:34, 3 November 2013 (UTC)


Why isn't Jim Jarvis under notable people at Roseburg,Oregon and at Corballis,Oregon??????

This is the wrong place to discuss content issues. Please ask your question again on the corresponding article talk pages (en:Talk:Roseburg, Oregon and en:Talk:Corvallis, Oregon). Thank you. Vogone talk 23:20, 3 November 2013 (UTC)

Many trolls/editors think that they are the first and last voice when it comes to notability and to question them on anything you risk being IP blocked or banned from any worthwhile contributions. The purpose of wiki was to be a central location for the sharing of information and facts...not the censored and biased information that is controlled by a network of "volunteers" that deem whether or not they deem you worthy of inclusion. Do not donate unless they change these ridiculous criteria needs

Regarding Terms of Use[edit]

Dear Sirs: You need to contact the current NV Assembly in Carson, NV. I am the current Governor of NV; HRH QUEEN and Admiral from the Pentagon that has taken over NV since 2008. I am HRH Mary Jane Strickland; it is on my passport and D/L from NV, USA since I bought a new d/l in 2010. The nature of the changes are because of land mass sinking on the eastern sea board and now western sea board; and the surrender of President Obama to an oriental nation that doesn't have the power to take over what I own and control per the Articles of Confederation back in 1770s and earlier.

I am trying to get any info off your site about Sandovals; they were taken to court 2012 again about the issues: Brian Sandoval never ran for Governor in NV. You can't put him as that office or title. Second Martin Sandoval whom did run; went to IL and became a Senator. I was pulled up when there was a death of Judge Stringfield whom became an assumed Governor for a short time instead of Brian or Martin Sandoval. I came back to the State of NV and was living and working here in Elko, NV in 2009 from OR and trying to get regular employment to get money coming in to eat and sleep somewhere. While I had a small income from other areas. I was trying to locate missing grandchildren, and seeing if my daughter was alive anywhere in USA. I have Governor # of 48204 you can check with law enforcement also please. I hate all the false info that is out about whom is in charge of State and Senator jobs. And whom is allowed to work in them; only Americans.

Regarding Template:Contribute[edit]

Hi, I'm a long time user of Wikimedia, and I think it is a great tool. It has helped me many times, so thanks.

However, I was very surprised to find a subject, "roman numerals", that was not covered. I have forgotten the letter for 500. I believe that it may be "d". So I came here for a quick reminder and to my surprise, I found nothing!

Maybe we need a page for roman numerals! What they are, when they were used, how they were used, the limitations, and how they were replaced with a better system.

Actually, I was wondering how large a number could be represented with roman numerals. For example, MMMDCCCLXXXVIII Is this 3,888?

            MMMIMICIX        Is this 3,999?
           MMMM              Is this 4,000? Is there any limit to how many M,s are allowed, or are there more letters that I don't know?

Thank you, Wayne Fuqua DeWire@Juno.Com -- 21:16, 6 November 2013 (UTC)

Hello! The page you are looking for is on Wikipedia already. 'D' is indeed the symbol for 500. The article discusses large numbers in Roman numerals. You can use a Roman numeral converter to check, for example this page or Wolfram Alpha (which is great for many things). PiRSquared17 (talk) 22:35, 6 November 2013 (UTC)

Regarding failing acceses[edit]

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Please note that this is the wrong place to discuss about content on the English language Wikipedia and refer to en:Wikipedia:Contact us - Readers for getting information on how to contact the project's volunteers. Thanks. Vogone talk 17:46, 7 November 2013 (UTC)

Regarding Wikipedia Zero[edit]

An operator partner can takes part -> An operator partner can *take* part

Thank you for reporting this typo! It is fixed. PiRSquared17 (talk) 20:04, 7 November 2013 (UTC)


I just sent a tiny donation - as much as my budget would allow these days (whew, don't get me started on that) - to help with your fundraising for Wikipedia. I want you to know that, as a rather isolated writer and artist, I use Wikipedia a lot, and its never led me astray. You do good work, and its appreciated. Thank-you. = ) MLRhoadhouse

Thank you! PiRSquared17 (talk) 18:05, 13 November 2013 (UTC)

Regarding Matching Gifts[edit]

The link is broken. it seems to work if I remove the port 8080 from the URL

All links on that page work for me. Might be an issue with your browser, though. Vogone talk 18:17, 17 November 2013 (UTC)



how do i create account

Hi! See RFACC if you want an account on the Foundation wiki. Or if it is an account on Wikimedia wikis, go to Special:Login/signup. See also w:en:WP:ACCOUNT on the English Wikipedia. --Glaisher [talk] 15:12, 15 November 2013 (UTC)

Regarding Matching Gifts[edit]

the link for matching for AOL is incorrect (and also a 404) and doesn't reflect the information from which is correct. could the link list be generated programmatically (updated through batch or a trigger) to avoid this? and if that is too complicated to solve by now, could it be changed to point to the right url instead (extracted from the hepdata service, but also confirmed to be correct with my employer)
The URL was fixed. Vogone talk 18:30, 17 November 2013 (UTC)


You're awesome !

Thanks for your feedback! Vogone talk 18:15, 17 November 2013 (UTC)

Regarding alteration and visual identity guidelines[edit]

This altered logo used for the official WMF app on the Google Play Store would seem to contradict our visual identity guidelines, no? Marcus Qwertyus (talk) 17:56, 19 November 2013 (UTC)

Does the page say anything about the Commons logo? PiRSquared17 (talk) 03:08, 24 November 2013 (UTC)
It would be nice if it did! Marcus Qwertyus (talk) 07:26, 26 November 2013 (UTC)

Terms of use in Galician[edit]

Hi, I have readed the Terms of use in Galician, here, and there is an error. In section "7. Licenza dos contidos" the phase "Teña conta que estas licenzas non permiten ningún uso comercial das súas contribucións, en tanto que os devanditos usos cumpran estes termos." should be "Teña conta que estas licenzas permiten o uso comercial das súas contribucións, en tanto que os devanditos usos cumpran estes termos.". Bye, --Elisardojm (talk) 22:50, 21 November 2013 (UTC)

[2]. Thanks for your feedback! Vogone talk 19:42, 22 November 2013 (UTC)

Regarding Template:Contribute[edit]

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I think the work being done by Wiki is heroic.

Therefore - even though the exchange rate made my donation (dollar for dollar) much more expensive for me than appeared on your bank balance I still put myself out there and donated quite a bit more than requested.

It was meant to be a one time donation. And thus far I have donated twice.

My computer has a fixed IP address. So how come Wiki is still asking me to donate? Again. And again?

I have done my bit. Your requests for financial contribution don't acknowledge that someone may have donated previously and now impinge on my sense of fair play.


Regarding Special:UserLogin[edit]

Why can't i sign.up it won't let me.

WMF does not allow open editing and self-registering of accounts at right now. Nevertheless, you can request for an account at the WMF wiki. See RFACC for details. --Glaisher [talk] 14:42, 26 November 2013 (UTC)


I became familiar with Wikipaedia several years ago ......but only as a way to obtain info on a specific subject or to research an item of interest from news of the day in Canada. Now I see it is much more than I thought. The world of instant technological innovation followed by change often initiated by social media discussions, etc. brings much good to the world, in general. However, along with the good stuff I'm learning through the trial/error route many of the pitfalls of such innovative processes. Keeping ahead of the nasty folks who create havoc with systems or those who use their energies for neferious reasons is an ongoing task that challenges ones sanity.

I'm keen to understand and keep up with what's new but for the moment, I've had to take a personal time-out-from-email, facebook, twitter, web sites, and the world of ISPs, browsers, servers, etc. etc. etc. Here I am today, post-time out! It feels like I've just begun again and I don't like what I see. Having been hacked, lost money, etc. my challenge today is to understand Internet security, thus I've found your Zone. I'm of an age where I feel most fortunate to have struggled through the 70's, 80's, 90'3 and now in the second decade of this century. I am able to use e-mail, cell-phones, and learning an Apple Ipad (tough for this soul) while trying to keep afloat of the hardware/software challenges. I'm retired and enjoy an active life style. I personally want to thank you and the Staff of dedicated souls in wikipaedia. Thank you.

Hello. I'm glad you like Wikipedia. Although it will forever be a work in progress, it is (in my opinion) one of the greatest educational works ever created. PiRSquared17 (talk) 16:32, 17 December 2013 (UTC)[edit]

I use Wikipedia quite a bit, I believe Wikipedia is about the best use of the internet any one has shown so far. Thank you for being there when we need you!

                                                                                        -William Cross
Hi. Thank you for your support. :-) PiRSquared17 (talk) 16:29, 17 December 2013 (UTC)


I get requests for donations from you but a 10 year old website about conservation cannot be found.? An iSafeSite url worth over $22,000.00 url, current number of supporters 540, area of interest, environment, conservation, clean oceans, Honey-Bee colony collapse, and about 20 others.

What Up Wiki?

I have no idea what this is about. This is for discussion of the Wikimedia Foundation website, not for proposing Wikipedia articles (or for discussing other sites). PiRSquared17 (talk) 02:01, 5 December 2013 (UTC)

Regarding Template:Contribute; Transaction Fees[edit]

A breakdown of the transaction fees deducted from the donation amount for each type of payment would be extremely helpful to those of us who have multiple payment options available and who wish to maximize the amount of our donation that will actually reach Wikimedia Foundation. According to Paypal, Amazon and Paypal presently charge the same rates (2.9% + $0.30 per transaction, though Paypal at least reduces this to 2.2% + $0.30 for nonprofits - not sure about Amazon), but I don't know how this stacks up to debit and credit transactions. -- 15:25, 3 December 2013 (UTC)

Sounds like a good idea, but I personally am not knowledgeable about online transaction fees. Maybe someone else can look at this? PiRSquared17 (talk) 04:45, 16 December 2013 (UTC)

Regarding Wikimania[edit]

Less than 30 days left in 2013 so no Wikimania this year?

Wikimania 2013 happened already. It was in August, in Hong Kong. Wikimania 2014 will be in London. The WMF wiki is hardly ever up-to-date because most of the editors are WMF staff (there are not a lot of staff members.) I will update the page, but I think it should link to the page on Meta (this website), which is much more active. PiRSquared17 (talk) 01:02, 5 December 2013 (UTC)

Regarding Wikimania[edit]

On page: no new information since 2012 Wikimania should probably have link to page: second page seems up to date

Updated. PiRSquared17 (talk) 01:59, 5 December 2013 (UTC)


good for you in using Amazon to collect donations. Most of the time when I am on Wikipedia I do not have my credit card in my pocket, but want to contribute as I use the site daily. So thank you for making it easy to contribute to you!

Larry Davidson

Thank you! AGK [•] 14:00, 20 May 2014 (UTC)

Regarding Ways to Give[edit]

Hi Guys I genuinely would give a small amount if you would allow donations via Bitcoin regards Ken Bailey

Please see this explanation for why the Wikimedia Foundation does not (currently) accept bitcoin donations. Sorry for the inconvenience. PiRSquared17 (talk) 01:00, 5 December 2013 (UTC)

Regarding Ways to Give[edit]

Accepting Bitcoin as a donation would provide the Bitcoin community a great point of reference and would also allow Wikimedia Foundation to generate revenue from a community that understand the advantages of open systems and crowd sourcing. To create your wallet and start collecting Bitcoin donations visit

Please see this explanation for why the Wikimedia Foundation does not (currently) accept bitcoin donations. Sorry for the inconvenience. (By the way, I am not employed by the WMF, so I can't answer all questions about donations.) PiRSquared17 (talk) 00:59, 5 December 2013 (UTC)

Regarding Tax Deductibility/en[edit]

It should be noted on this page that Gift Aid is indeed applicable to contributions to Wikimedia UK, as correctly specified here:

Why are there two pages about the same thing? Or is there a nuanced difference between "deductibility of donations" and "tax deductibility"? PiRSquared17 (talk) 21:38, 5 December 2013 (UTC)
@Pcoombe (WMF): ? PiRSquared17 (talk) 14:26, 13 December 2013 (UTC)

Regarding Ads on wikipedia[edit]

Stop begging for handouts and put ads on your site. Please consider the following thoughtful and constructive arguments for your solution to the continual prosperity of wikipedia:

1) Intelligent ads are actually a *service* to both viewers and advertisers. When a buyer finds a new product that he/she wanted but didn't know about, everybody wins, and the middleman has provided a legitimate service.

2) By posting this annoying banner on your website, begging for an arbitrary handout in exchange for a service that you already provide to everyone for free, you're actually running a very intrusive and bothersome GIANT ad, which NOBODY is interested in. You're in fact doing the very thing that you are saying you won't do.

3) By not running ads, you also continue to place into jeopardy, all the billions of bytes of priceless information that we have contributed to the global community. That information belongs to everyone, all that you are doing is providing the hosting service. As the host, you are the caretaker of our data. It's your responsibility to ensure the safety of the property that we have entrusted to you. Make the right decision, change your policy to ensure the forever safety of our data.

-Rob Christian

Hello Rob ("rm -rf /etc"). You may be interested in this FAQ question about this.
A large part of the Wikimedia community (and the WMF) feel that putting ads in an educational website would hurt the integrity of the project. The main arguments against advertising are:
  • The readers' (and our editors') privacy (we don't want to give ad agencies our readers' details)
  • Neutrality. If there are ads in an article, maybe companies will ask for Wikipedia to write nice biased articles for them. We don't want to make it seem like companies are in charge of the content. The community, and ultimately the WMF and the Board, are in charge of the content. How can we say that spam is not allowed in Wikipedia when there is spam all over every article?
  • The community. A large part of our editors might leave over this. Some might fork Wikipedia a la Enciclopedia Libre Universal en Español.
That said, there are some Wikipedians who agree with you: w:Wikipedia:Funding Wikipedia through advertisements. (I am just a volunteer) PiRSquared17 (talk) 21:17, 4 December 2013 (UTC)

Regarding Ways to Give[edit]

I've got some bitcoins and litecoins I would donate, and I think wikipedia accepting these currencies would be mutually beneficially for all communities involved. Not to mention, this would be insanely easy to setup... You guys could have it done by this afternoon. Plus, the cryptocurrency community would lose their sh*t and probably end your fundraiser just to make a point.

but whatever. It's your site... :p

Please see this explanation for why the Wikimedia Foundation does not (currently) accept bitcoin donations. Sorry for the inconvenience. (Note: I am not employed by the Wikimedia Foundation; I'm a volunteer contributor.) PiRSquared17 (talk) 00:57, 5 December 2013 (UTC)
I suggest yu use one of the online Bitcoin/Litecoin converters (backed by a common bank) to convert them into common currencies to transfer to the WMF. Legal converters are backed by banks that will want first that you authentify your identity to accept converting these cyptocurrencies into currencies with legal tender (this is a often a legal requirement of these banks).
Some cytocurrencies don't ask for your identity, but the transactions are at your own risks, and the converting rate may not be advantageous, or they will take excessive amounts of your cryptocoins to process your transaction. These cyptocurrencies are exposed to hihh risks if you want to convert them back to normal currencies. You've been warned !
And they are extremely risky to invert in as they are highly speculative (much more than any legal tender currency or stock value). You absolutely cannot warranty the value of your wallet including during the time needed to process a conversion transaction (those transactions are really too long for cryptocurrencies when they are really too much volatile). For exampel the Bitcoin value has quadrupled in just two weeks, but it has also known some brutal falls where it lost more than 30% of its value in a similar very short time. Given the time needed to process this type of currency (could be more than one week), this means that transaction processors need to take very high transaction fees to accept your order.
These cryptocurrencies have absolutely no liquidity, their value is completely artificial (potentially void) until the time you'll have been able to convert them back to standard currencies in regular bank accounts (so you need to find "buyers" for your Bitcoin sale offer and your Bitcoins sell offer may also nver be accepted in the virtual markets).
You should also know that Bitcoins are currently under attack by "selfish" hackers, but also by a growing set with millions of PC harnessed by malwares, trying to mine enormous quantities of Bitcoins in order to control it and break its security chain. If the security breach succeeds, lots of owners of Bitcoins will have their wallets become completely void, because processors will refuse to make any transactions with some very long chains of transactions. So the value of lots of wallets could become suddenly void, at any time, without any prior notice (and you'll find no one to help you, these wallets currently have absolutely no institution accepting to warranty at least a minimum value in a reasonnable recovery time). Bitcoin wallets are like 1917 Russian stocks, their last owner will loose everything if this sudden fall ever happens.
It's certainly the main reason why the WMF cannot accept them: you have to endorse the financial risk yourself by converting them first to your own regular bank account (and pay the excessive fees!). verdy_p (talk) 19:50, 6 December 2013 (UTC)
See also this and User_talk:Pcoombe_(WMF)#Bitcoin. PiRSquared17 (talk) 20:46, 6 December 2013 (UTC)

You sir (Verdy p) are very miss informed, "We can exchange Bitcoins into your local currency at any time – with zero exchange rate risk. You never need to hold bitcoin (unless you want to) and payouts are delivered in two business days to your bank account." Pulled 12/9/13

@Verdy p: reply? PiRSquared17 (talk) 04:42, 12 December 2013 (UTC)

Regarding and bitcoin[edit]

You should accept bitcoin for donations. It's so much easier for some people.

Please see this explanation for why the Wikimedia Foundation does not (currently) accept bitcoin donations. Sorry for the inconvenience. (Note: I'm not employed by the WMF, I'm just a volunteer contributor.) PiRSquared17 (talk) 00:56, 5 December 2013 (UTC)

As a longtime contributor of contents to Wikipedia, I was quite displeased reading on Jul/30 that the Foundation has chosen to accept donations "in bitcoins", wrapping the announcement in laudatory comments about that commodity.
I understand that the Foundation is not actually accepting bitcoins, but rather accepting dollars from Coinbase, that come from the sale of bitcoins that people send them. Still, this highly visible decision, and the terms of the announcement, help lend an undeserved credibility to bitcoin, that may induce unwary people to put their money into an investment of extremely high risk (to put it very mildly), in a market that is infested with scammers and incompentent entrepreneurs. Just at MtGOX, over than half a billion dollars were stolen from people who had trusted bitcoin, sometimes with all their life savings; and that was only one of hundreds of thefts and scams that have been reported.
Bitcoin was ostensibly desigedn to provide a method for e-payment that would be cheap, safe, convenient etc. It has yet to prove that it can do that, and the more it is examined and used, the more elusive that goal seems to be. But many of the most ardent "believers" liked it because they thought that it would allow them to evade bank and government controls, and thus be a safe way to pay for drugs and other illegal services, evade taxes, launder criminal money, and so on. Having realized that bitcoin is not at all "safe" in that sense, that segment of the community is quietly abandoning bitcoin and betting on other (hopefully) "truly anonymous" crypto-coins.
Another unstated but widely assumed promise of bitcoin was that, as a currency with no central managing authority, it would free the world from the oppressive oligopoly of big international banks and government monetary agencies. But the "mining" of bitcoin, which is the ostensibly volunteer and uncoordinated activity that keeps the system running, is already dominated by two or three large enterprises; so that the eventual success of bitcoin would merely exchange a few dozen poorly regulated international banks for a much smaller clique of totally unregulated "mining" corporations, whose owners are largely unknown.
Another class of early adopters hoped to pull the "private fiat money" scam: namely, create a currency that is not backed by any asset, convince some people to use it for trade, and, when it has become sufficiently well-accepted, take out of their closets a large stock of that currency that they saved for themselves, and use it to buy a fortune worth of other property. About 90% of all existing bitcoins are currently hoarded, perhaps more than half of them acquired by their current owners for pennies. For those early investors, the scam could pay off handsomely today, whether they sell their bitcoins or use them to buy goods through Coinbase and other processors. Their profit will come from the pockets of those who buy those coins, from them or from Coinbase; unless they too can find "greater fools" who will take over their loss by buyin their coins at a higher price.
It is worth reminding people that the price of bitcoin is not pegegd to anything, and no one can honestly predict what it will be next year, or even next week. Since last year, it has been determined almost entirely by speculative trading in the Chinese bitcoin-yuan exchanges. Since the all-time high of 1200$ last November, brought about by the opening of the Chinese market, the price has crashed to 400$, then recovered to 800$, then tumbled to 450$, then rallied to 600$, and is now again on its way down. All these swings were due to the Chinese day traders reacting to policies and events in China, that had no relevance to the world's or Chinese economy except to the Chinese bitcoin market. And its price is not connected to its potential utility as a currency of commerce, since such use has been prohibited in China.
Please forgive me for this long soul-dump, but, for all that, and more, I hope that the Wikipedia Foundation will make it clear to the general public that their acceptance of donations through Coinbase is not an endorsement of this dubious enterprise, in any way.
--Jorge Stolfi (talk) 18:26, 31 July 2014 (UTC)

I completely disagree, Accepting currency does not mean endorsement of that currency or its backers. For an example of this go to North Korea or Iran and see if anyone there who is "anti-american" accepts greenbacks. I would put a large amount of money on a bet that they would accept them. CombatWombat42 (talk) 19:31, 31 July 2014 (UTC)
Please read the post. It has three misleading statements: that wikipedia now accepts bitcoin (it does not, it accepts dollars), that bitcoin is a currency (legally and factually it is not) and that it is accepted by "a growing number of institutions and merchants throughout the world" (almost all the businesses that do so actually accept dollars from Bitpay/Coinbase/etc. not bitcoins, and in some countries that use is illegal or has explicitly been banned). Bitcoin holders and salesmen like to pretend all three are true, but they are not.
I do not object to Wikipedia accepting donations through any means whatsoever: I object to the tone of that annoucement, which unfortunately has been read as an endorsement by bitcoiners and is being used to promote bitcoin.
By the way, many of the the comments under that announcement suggest that the authors who say that they wanted to donate bitcoin are not really interested in helping Wikipedia, but only in promoting the use of bitcoin and/or the political ideology that has become attached to it. --Jorge Stolfi (talk) 02:09, 1 August 2014 (UTC)
That still doesn't address the point that Wikipedia accepting bitcoin does not mean they endorse it. One notable example is the EFF, who also accepts donations through bitcoin, but have said that they do not endorse it (nor do they endorse other means of payments, including PayPal and credit cards).
Regarding your three points, what Wikipedia does once it receives bitcoin is irrelevant - the foundation functions in USD, and any money it receives, from any currency, is presumingly converted into USD. Heck, the fact that Wikipedia takes all bitcoin donations in USD helps support the statement that Wikipedia does not officially endorse the concept of bitcoin. As for the definition of currency, it is broad and debatable, but in its most basic definition of being a system of payment, then yes, bitcoin is a currency. Wikipedia's own article has definitions that support this, and the article covers bitcoin as a form of digital currency.
In the end, the way a portion of the bitcoin community treats bitcoin is irrelevant. Yes, bitcoin is used for illegal drug trafficking, but so is USD. I, for one, happen to use bitcoin to innocently buy myself Humble Bundle video games. Dell, Newegg, and many other billion-dollar institutions also find it to be worth accepting. If bitcoin proves to be fruitful for the foundation, I don't see any compelling reason to stop support, and people disliking it is not a very good reason. ~SuperHamster Talk Contribs 17:22, 5 August 2014 (UTC)
It seems I have not been able to make my point across yet. I do not think that "Wikipedia accepting bitcoin is an endorsement of bitcoin". The problem is the way that blog announcement was worded. That announcement leas the reader to believe that Wikipedia is actually keeping the bitcoins and endorses them. The announcement shoudl have said only that "You can now also donate in bitcoins through Coinbase, that will convert them to dollars for us" -- without that explanation/promotion of bitcoin. And it would have been appropriate to add "(It should be understood that aceptance of donations by these methods does not imply their endorsement or promotion by the Wikimedia Foundation.)" --Jorge Stolfi (talk) 05:05, 13 August 2014 (UTC)


The most attractive thing about Wikipedia is that there is no commercial advertising. As small subscription for use might augment your income from trusts . However I do wince when I see all that gobbledegook in the three lines at the bottom of this page. Is that really necessary ?

Hi. What three lines are you talking about? Please be specific, and feel free to copy/paste if it would make it clearer. PiRSquared17 (talk) 15:45, 5 December 2013 (UTC)

Humanae Vitae References[edit]

I was Religion Editor at the Voice of America when humanae Vitae was published. I was fortunate to interview a group of dissident priests in the Washington D. C. area who were quite articulate and forthcoming. I don't remember their names but,it might be worth contacting them for their viewpoint and insight. Phyllida Porter.

-- unsigned comment sent at 21:30, 5 December 2013 (UTC) by Redwtch1 (talk)

Volunteers and regular people, like you and I, are who build Wikipedia. There is no central editorial team. Please see Our projects for information on how to contribute. AGK [•] 14:03, 20 May 2014 (UTC)[edit]

Personally, I would rather have advertisers pop-ups than begging pop-ups.

-- unsigned comment sent at 15:15, 6 December 2013 (UTC) by (talk)

It could be a user preference for notifications. For now only the top banner style is supported, opening popup windows notifications are not supported.
Popup windows cause evident troubles on smartphones, or frequently cause windows stacking for long behind the browser window, using precious memory, they also require more clicks to close each one, and are harassing users that want to use other applications in background than just their browser with an easy switch from the browser to the other, or from one tab to another on an unrelated site).
In-document notifications are easier to manage by users, and you can define preferences if you don't want to see most of them, they don't require more clics to close them, and they are much less restricted.
An expected coming change will avoid sending you the same global notification message across multiple Wikimedia sites you may visit when you are connected with your unified "single-user-login" (SUL) login. verdy_p (talk) 19:39, 6 December 2013 (UTC)

Regarding Special:UserLogin/signup[edit]

<-- off-topic content added at 17:37, 6 December 2013 (UTC) by Ahmadnoormuhammad removed -->

Note: Please check the translation. If this is a spam, delete this section. Sorry for restoring it. verdy_p (talk) 19:31, 6 December 2013 (UTC)
It's about some legal or governmental problems in Indonesia. I asked a native Indonesian speaker to reply. Not sure if it relates to Wikimedia at all. PiRSquared17 (talk) 19:35, 6 December 2013 (UTC)
Well, I'm an Indonesian. What I can tell you is this text is a spam: the writer did not talk about Wikimedia at all. It is a totally rubbish plea to defend a popular politician who was arrested for corruption allegation. Delete it. SpartacksCompatriot (talk) 15:09, 8 December 2013 (UTC)
Removed and warned. Thanks, Glaisher [talk] 15:19, 8 December 2013 (UTC)

Regarding Tax Deductibility/en[edit]

Why dont you point at the Wikimedia UK website here which gets gift aid from donations?

You just missed 25% more from me by not doing so.

Thank you for your comment. However, Wikimedia UK is not the Wikimedia Foundation, so WMUK should not be linked on a page about donating to the WMF. AGK [•] 14:04, 20 May 2014 (UTC)


I believe that donations to Wikipedia are tax deductible in the USA. It would be nice to be able to claim my donations on my Canadian tax return. Check out My Canada Helps URL:

@Mhernandez: Could you evaluate whether we need to edit the WMF wiki in light of this comment, or find someone who can? AGK [•] 14:06, 20 May 2014 (UTC)

Regarding Template:Contribute[edit]

Your message : Please enter your email address. There is no space to enter my email address

I don't know where you see this. Is it on the donation page? PiRSquared17 (talk) 04:50, 12 December 2013 (UTC)


Good Morning

I just donated $250 to Wikipedia; I believe that unless we have vital resources like this site for students and for those who are seeking more specific background to their questions, they will no longer be available as resources. I do not use Wikipedia frequently but when I have done so, the information has been accurate, informative, well-organized and well written.

I want to thank you for myself as well as to those who may not be in a financial position to donation is for them.

Keep up the good work!

Richard S. Sargeant Fort Lauderdale, FL

Thank you for your support, Mr. Sargeant. PiRSquared17 (talk) 19:56, 10 December 2013 (UTC)

Regarding Template:Contribute[edit]

I would like to donate but not until you stop giving away magic secrets on your pages.

Hello. Could you please clarify what you mean? Wikipedia is supposed to be a complete encyclopedia (permanent work-in-progress), so of course it would contain information about magic tricks. Or maybe you mean something else? Anyway, you should discuss articles by visiting them and then clicking the "talk" tab on the top, and then the "new section" link. PiRSquared17 (talk) 04:20, 11 December 2013 (UTC)


Here's a thought:

Fundraise at the beginning of the school year in September when students still have some disposable income. It's harder to dig up some buck$ for Wiki in December when the semester's budget is wrapping up, and the Christmas gift list has just sucked the average disposable income pot down into the black hole of Black Monday!

I asked on Talk:Fundraising 2013. PiRSquared17 (talk) 04:23, 12 December 2013 (UTC)
Thanks for the feedback. In common with many other non-profits we do find that December is generally the best time of year for fundraising, so that's when we hold our largest drive. However we realise that situations may differ for other people, and we gratefully accept donations all year round. You can give at or by clicking the "Donate to Wikipedia" link on the left hand side of the Wikipedia site. Peter Coombe (WMF) (talk) 20:40, 12 December 2013 (UTC)


I looked for a way to donate using bitcoin, but could not find your bitcoin address. Oh well, there are always other charities that I can be generous to.

Hi. Although the Wikimedia Foundation does not accept bitcoin (see FAQ), you can use bitpay. You may discuss this in the section above: #Regarding_Ways_to_Give_3. PiRSquared17 (talk) 04:14, 11 December 2013 (UTC)
WMF does now accept bitcoin. Rich Farmbrough 01:07 26 August 2014 (GMT).[edit]

A foundation I am associated with made a $10,000 contribution a few years ago and we did not receive any acknowledgement or thanks or feedback whatsoever.

Thank you for your support. Usually donors get a thank you message. Since you didn't I hope you will accept at least a belated one. Is your organization listed on wmf:Benefactors, wmf:Benefactors/2011-2012, or wmf:Benefactors/2010–2011? I can contact someone at the WMF (or you can email them) if you want. PiRSquared17 (talk) 18:44, 11 December 2013 (UTC)


i have contributed $35 a couple of times before, but I am finding that your articles are very biased. This year I will not be contributing. The most current entry that I have problems with is aspartame. Calling the very true symptoms of eating methanol an internet hoax is unfounded. This article appears to be written by the drug industry. If you have achy joints, my suggestion would be to lay off artificial sweeteners and see what you think then of the "internet hoax." Users have no reason to not want to eat this toxic stuff if it truly causes no problems.

Hello. Please bring this up at the talk-page for that article. The Wikimedia Foundation doesn't write the content of Wikipedia articles; volunteers do. Wikipedia does have a goal of being neutral. So, if you think it is biased, you should discuss it on the talk page of "Aspartame" or the "Aspartame controversy" page. There has already been a lot of discussion on both. PiRSquared17 (talk) 01:46, 12 December 2013 (UTC)

Regarding Template:Contribute[edit]

I would like to create a page for Public Health Nursing and contribute content to the page.

please inform me in the method of submitting content.

I am:

Steve Garascia RN, MSN, 119 Maple Ridge Drive Monmouth, Maine 04259


I am a Supervisor with Maine Public Health Nursing and believe there should be information about the history and current work of PHN at Wikipedia.

Hello Mr. Garascia. You don't need to ask to contribute content. You do not even need to create an account, but it is recommended. To create a Wikipedia article, see this guide.
There is already a page called "Public health nursing". You can edit it by clicking the "edit" tab on the page. I recommend you read the tutorial. You can ask at the "Teahouse" (help page) if you need guidance.
I would personally recommend that you create an account on Wikipedia, and read the tutorial there. You should probably note that you work for Maine Public Health Nursing if you intend to create an article on that particular topic. Regards, (a volunteer) PiRSquared17 (talk) 01:36, 12 December 2013 (UTC)

fundraising banner problems and faq problems[edit]

On wikipedia, there is a banner asking for money. It has been there for months and months. It links to this FAQ which says you don't use ads. But the banner appearing all the time is just the same as an ad. In addition, the banner always says if enough people give the fundraiser will be over - but it never ends. I point this out because it looks bad. The most irritating thing is that the banner appears with a small time lag, just long enough to mean half the time you click on it when you were trying to click on the search box at the top. If it has to be there permanently, could it at least have a permanent slot that does not affect the loading of the page? And can you update the FAQ? And change the banner so it does not promise an end (unless you really mean to end it)? Thanks, hope this feedback is useful.

I asked on Talk:Fundraising 2013. PiRSquared17 (talk) 04:23, 12 December 2013 (UTC)
Sorry to hear you've been seeing the banner so much. In the past few months (up until December) we have been using cookies to limit the number of banners that each user sees to just one or two. If you have cookies disabled in your browser, or set to clear on closing, then this could be why you have been seeing more than expected.
Now we are running full scale, and approximately half-way to reaching our target. You can always hide the banner by clicking the small X in the top right (although note that you must also have cookies enabled for this to work).
Unfortunately the slight delay of the banner loading is unavoidable, as we have to serve different banners in different countries. We have worked hard to get this down to a minimum. Peter Coombe (WMF) (talk) 21:46, 12 December 2013 (UTC)

Regarding donation methods[edit]

Wikipedia is one of the founding fathers of the internet. the wikimedia foundation is a driving force behind the great innovation and evolution of humanity in the digital age. I'm disappointed that you don't accept the future of money (cryptocurrency) as a method of donation. while i was in the military I cumulatively donated over $500 to the wikimedia foundation, however you won't see anything else from me unless you correct this oversight and start accepting bitcoin. it takes seconds to download a wallet and get a BTC address that you can post on the donation page. there is no excuse for this.

in the age of information, ignorance is a choice

Hi. Although the Wikimedia Foundation does not accept bitcoin (see FAQ), you can use bitpay. You may discuss this (or read existing discussion) in the section above: #Regarding_Ways_to_Give_3. PiRSquared17 (talk) 04:41, 12 December 2013 (UTC)

Regarding cryptographic currencies[edit]

Great organizations survive because of innovation. wikimedia is struggling at the moment because the culture surrounding it is becoming increasingly hostile to novel ideas and "new blood". You guys can't even stop paid articles, and you refuse to consider the potential of breakthrough technology. wikimedia has it's work cut out for it if it wants to stay on top of it's game. competitors lurk everywhere, and your place in the internet culture is not guaranteed. look at yahoo, lycos, netscape, microsoft, for examples. I assume that the reason wikimedia does not accept bitcoin is actually because top leadership hasn't put forth any effort to investigate this, and as such, low level moderators like yourself have adopted a policy of "deny by default". this policy is not in the best interests of wikimedia longterm. I would appreciate a open response at

Please read my reply directly above this section. PiRSquared17 (talk) 04:57, 12 December 2013 (UTC)

@PiRSquared17, "If nothing within you stays rigid, outward things will disclose themselves. Moving, be like water. Still, be like a mirror. Respond like an echo. -- Bruce Lee" this would seem to suggest being open to change, instead of obstructing it. nevertheless, it is clear to me that I am talking to a wall on this issue, and my well intentioned efforts will bear no fruit. I bid you good day

I wouldn't assume that. I'll ask about this again, but I doubt the WMF will change their decision until 2014 (or later), if at all. PiRSquared17 (talk) 05:05, 12 December 2013 (UTC)

Jimmy Wales/Sue Gardner~[edit]

Just a quick note to the wonderful Wiki people.... Sue's informative, heartfelt follow up to my paltry $5 donation to Wiki.... inspired me to donate $5 more :) I happen to already be a big fan of Wiki... Whether the letter was written by your letter writing team or not does not matter.... it conveyed a good message! Keep doing what you do in your simple, kind fashion... Lots of Love to All the Wiki Family. Xo, ~EL

Thank you again! I can assure you it was written by Sue herself, I'll pass your kind feedback onto her. Peter Coombe (Wikimedia Foundation) (talk) 23:45, 13 December 2013 (UTC)

Regarding Template:Contribute[edit]

please start collecting money by bitcoin. thx

Hello. You can donate to the Wikimedia Foundation via bitpay. I don't think the WMF is going to start accepting bitcoin directly anytime soon (see wmf:FAQ/en), but I might be wrong. See also the extensive discussion above about cryptographic currencies. (Note: I am a volunteer, not a Wikimedia Foundation/WMF employee). PiRSquared17 (talk) 03:58, 14 December 2013 (UTC)



I often find myself using your site. One small curiosity opens up such an interesting world of people and things I would never have known about. Thank you. I tried to donate through paypal but didn't get very far. I think there maybe a problem with your site. I will continue to try as I think what you do is fantastic. Keep up the good work, well done.

Many thanks to you all

Maureen Mcglynn

I'm glad you find Wikipedia or its sister sites useful.
Regarding the donation problem, have you read this page? If you continue to have trouble, try emailing It might help if you include details (e.g., how far did you get, what happened).
Regards, (note: I'm a volunteer, not Wikimedia Foundation employee) PiRSquared17 (talk) 14:10, 14 December 2013 (UTC)


wiki is great resource, use it all the time, overall your accuracy in my different researches has been 99% Thanks

I'm glad you like Wikipedia. Thank you. PiRSquared17 (talk) 04:43, 16 December 2013 (UTC) - Donations[edit]

Donations - how to get more money.

At present there is no clear deadline or goal - so there is no real pressure to donate. You are more likely to receive donations if you set deadlines. Generally fundraisers show deadlines with dates & financial goals, so people can see the need to help out.

Why not do this and share this positive message - "Wiki is here to stay" (which implies it won't be if you don't do something)

We need to raise 'X' amount and we need it by 'Y' date. (This chart shows where we are in real time).

Did you know you can offset your donation against tax, which means that it will cost you nothing? (insert a clear explanation with a link to the relevant form)

Make your contribution below from 1.00 up to a maximum of 1,000,000.00 individuals, small businesses and Corporates, everyone's doing it. (The UK minimum amount suggested is £3.00 - ideally the minimum amount should be the minimum amount that covers the processing fee)

Click here: (Paypal) or (Card)

Thank you your email receipt has been sent to you.

How about something like that? In a more confident style that consumers expect (and more importantly) respect.It needs to be tailored to each country to be really effective of course. Make the donation as easy and rewarding as it can possibly be. Yours Sincerely,

A Wiki Fan.

@Pcoombe (WMF): Look over these suggestions? PiRSquared17 (talk) 04:27, 16 December 2013 (UTC)


Today we have many choices thanks to the Bill of Rights of the Constitution of the United States and the wonderful advances made in communications, particularly the open and free internet. We want to keep it that way so I donate. Now, that said, I would be willing to donate more and regularily if I KNEW that my money was not going to fund some organization that I was opposed to and I believe I'm not alone in that sentiment. Can you visualize a pair of independent auditing organizations whom you would open your books to who would spell out disbursements made? I do not want to support a philosophy or group which opposes the principles I believe in. I believe you attempt to take an objective approach to the subjects you define and therefore I applaud you. Would you consider offering, where appropriate, differing viewpoints from Not-professional-spokespersons so that if there is a 'spin' to the defination, a searcher can immediately access the pro/con perspectives? This would help those of us looking for a quick-look at an issue. You always provide references for more information which is splendid. This pro/con approach on appropriate subjects would put more objective information into the hands of the inquirer to let one decide for one's self as to the virtue of the issue. Case in point, ACA or Obamacare/ death panels, is berated in your article which, in later revelations made two weeks ago, Governor Palin's remarks were spot on. It appears that a Pro-Obama writer composed your article on the ACA. It appears that you allowed this to happen which seems sloppy. Hmmmph! Isn't anyone honest anymore? The emperor's new clothes come to mind. Well, keep up the good work you do, anyway. But if more objectivity is offered by another 'wiki-wannabe' I think I would be more inclined to donate to them. steve from the midwest

Hello Steve. Wikipedia articles are supposed to be neutral and represent all major views, but not give undue weight to very small views. If you believe that a particular article is biased, you can bring it up on the discussion page. Since Wikipedia allows anyone to contribute, it is possible that at any given time an article has some bias. We do not claim Wikipedia is perfect. Some corporations pay PR people to write biased articles for them, but this is obviously frowned upon and their biased articles are often deleted or cleaned up. I do not understand part of your comment -- do you think organizations are paying the Wikimedia Foundation(WMF) to have positive articles? The WMF only gets involved in content disputes when a legal issue is involved (with a few exceptions, perhaps). I think the most political thing the WMF has done was the SOPA blackout, and even that was voted on by volunteer editors. There are some websites that have pro/con lists on popular issues, e.g. [3]. I'm not sure that would work on Wikipedia, as it is not quite encyclopedic. I think it would be better to just have unbiased articles, but a short summary of the pros/cons might be good for some subjects. In any case, the WMF probably won't decide -- it could be proposed at W:WP:VPR though. PiRSquared17 (talk) 04:37, 16 December 2013 (UTC)

Regarding Ways to Give[edit]

This page should also include a solicitation to donate large collections of content and other intellectual property.   — C M B J   07:51, 16 December 2013 (UTC)

So basically ask them to license things under CC-BY-SA? PiRSquared17 (talk) 16:32, 17 December 2013 (UTC)


Seasons Greetings, I recently received the email for donation time. I have someone blocking me from using this site. I start my email site and then get blocked from it. I have tried twice to have a topic page. I got a email saying thank you for the donation of one million dollars not really knowing if true. I have the video in my you tube watched history of Peru. I have one bank that I know of Ozark Mountain Bank. I think I donated ten dollars then got blocked from the site. Sorry but something is going on that is hard to trust. If the above statement really happened I was not really aware.

-- The previous unsigned message was posted by, on 16 December 2013, 16:36 UTC.


Unfortunately your "foundation" as I see it is no more than a way for trolls to dictate what is notable or relevant as they see fit. I find that many artists and artisans are being deleted due to criteria that is fundamentally wrong. Until such time that your editor/trolls stop dictating what is notable...I will not be making any donations to your pages or anything remotely connect to it.

The deletion of artists and artisans by these people is unwarranted and ludicrous considering that mass killers are listed by name giving them advertising and the publicity they sought out in the first place. While myself and other artists like myself are deleted when our works have enlightened and touched families in a social moral and uplifting manner.

Shame on you...shame shame shame.

Show me one serial killer that has won an award such as a Gemini for outstanding Family Programming or has people THANKING them for their work and the moral messages we instilled in them or their children and I will gladly concede that we as artists are not notable.

-- The previous unsigned message was posted by JaimeB64 on 17 December 2013, 01:18 UTC.

Regarding Template:Contribute Literacy Revolution[edit]

Literacy Revolution Dear Wiki,

   Since 1984, I have worked and studied in the field of literacy.  15 years ago, I developed plans for a Children's Literacy Revolution, based on the highly-successful Cuban Literacy Campaign of 1961, and accomplished some feasibility programs in New Mexico.  Semi-retired, and given the reach of the internet, I now foment a Worldwide Literacy Revolution, and seek your assistance.
   After the problems of food, clothing, shelter, disease and belligerent egoists making war, illiteracy is the major roadblock to creating a much better world.  Literacy is a stepping-stone to solving many of those problems, and one that many, many volunteers can help their neighbors overcome.  So far, institutions devoted to eradicating illiteracy in the U.S. and most other countries have not succeeded. 
   Therefore, I propose a Wiki page to address an ongoing Literacy Revolution, with ideas, plans and suggestions from folks around the world.  Please begin such a page, let us seek feedback.

   Thanks for all your good work,
   Joe Black

Regarding I use the website all most daily.[edit]

I use the website for information concerning my ancestors and also for biographical information on artists, writers, musicians, composers and also for researching medical information and information in sundry other areas.

I have found a few mistakes in the information posted on areas where I have a sure knowledge. I apologize for not taking the time to assess what steps I would have to take to enter information that is either conflicting or omitted from the information on the website. I will try to remedy that in the future.

Thank you for the time, effort and all else it takes to make the website available. Overall, I think that it is a great website.


Carol M. Ramage

Regarding I use the website all most daily.[edit]

I use the website for information concerning my ancestors and also for biographical information on artists, writers, musicians, composers and also for researching medical information and information in sundry other areas.

I have found a few mistakes in the information posted on areas where I have a sure knowledge. I apologize for not taking the time to assess what steps I would have to take to enter information that is either conflicting or omitted from the information on the website. I will try to remedy that in the future.

Thank you for the time, effort and all else it takes to make the website available. Overall, I think that it is a great website.


Carol M. Ramage


I've been using Wikipedia for YEARS (as most people have.) Don't you think it's time you guys started having Ads so you don't have to rely on begging people for money to keep your servers running? You guys can set the terms for Ads, such as not allowing scripts to be run to drastically reduce (or even eliminate) the odds of getting a virus/spyware from the Ads. You can control whether or not the ads is animated or whatever else you guys want. You're wikipedia, you can set all the terms and companies would be tripping over their own feet for the opportunity to advertise on wiki. Seriously, you guys are the new PBS, begging for money once a year to handle what could easily be handled internally without looking bad in front of your users, since begging doesn't look good in any situation.

You can do what you need to do to handle your business or you can sit in the corner like a bum/vet with a cup begging people for money, your call.

Regarding Template:Contribute[edit]

Written by Berzins, Andrew Rai "Tom Stone" (2002) {Worm (#1.11)} (written by) <2,1,1> Borealis (2013) (TV) Passage (2008/I) (screenplay) Beowulf & Grendel (2005) Cowboys and Indians: The J.J. Harper Story (2003) (TV) (screenplay) "Tom Stone" (2002) {Dead Dog Rain: Part 1 (#1.8)} (written by) <2,1,1> "Tom Stone" (2002) {Dead Dog Rain: Part 2 (#1.9)} (written by) <2,1,1> "Tom Stone" (2002) {Sunny Side of the Street (#1.5)} (written by) <2,1,1> Chasing Cain: Face (2002) (TV) Chasing Cain (2001) Scorn (2000) (TV) "Cold Squad" (1998) {Douglas Somerset (#2.12)} (writer) <1,1,1> "Cold Squad" (1998) {Janine Elston (#1.2)} (writer) "Cold Squad" (1998) {Rita Brice (#1.7)} (writer) "North of 60" (1992) {Walking with Ghosts (#5.11)} (writer) "North of 60" (1992) {A Shimmer of Scales (#5.8)} (writer) "North of 60" (1992) {Bushman (#5.2)} (written by) <2,1,1> "North of 60" (1992) {Tango (#4.16)} (story) "North of 60" (1992) {Vantage Point (#4.11)} (writer) "Straight Up" (1996) {Big Time (#1.3)} (writer) "Straight Up" (1996) {Dead Babies (#1.2)} (writer) "Straight Up" (1996) {Jam (#1.1)} (writer) "Straight Up" (1996) {Sacrifice Trick (#1.5)} (writer) "Straight Up" (1996) {Seize (#1.6)} (writer) "Straight Up" (1996) {Small Bang Theory (#1.4)} (writer) "North of 60" (1992) {Limbo (#4.4)} (writer) Blood & Donuts (1995) <1,1,1>

Regarding Template:Contribute[edit]

Sea of Tartary is mentioned in Adam Smith '... Wealth of Nations' as frozen and unnavigable. Possibly Lake Baikal?


I've sent $100 from the Hoover family fund. Check will come fro community foundation of New Jersey. Thanks for all you do. Its wonderful. Charles Hoover

Regarding Ways to Give[edit]


See mailarchive:wikimedia-l/2014-January/129474.html, search this page for "bitcoin", "BTC", "cryptocurrency", etc. PiRSquared17 (talk) 03:20, 13 January 2014 (UTC)

Regarding Home[edit]

The information about Judson Lincoln Transue is incorrect, his father was mayor of Flint, his name was Judson Legg Transue. Judson Lincoln worked for Genesee County. These men were my Great grand father and Grand father. Judson Legg is buried in Sunset Hills and Judson Lincoln in Hunter's Creek in Lapeer, The elder Transue's wife was Myrtie and the youngers wife was Cleo. Sincerely, Christeen Kimmel

Regarding addition of new articles for IT Terminology[edit]

I want to add new articles for new terminology on Batch Emailing and new PDD terminology for google. How can i add articles for the same. Kindly help

I think you are looking for Wikipedia. If you wish to create new articles in English, please see Wikipedia:Your first article. QuiteUnusual (talk) 09:41, 8 January 2014 (UTC)

Regarding Template:Contribute[edit]

Please feel free to delete this (especially once the correction is made)

There is a typo (error) in your main page that describes the wiktionary (look for bold text):

in the text below, it is written:

with 3,380,000 entires

with 3,380,000 entries would be better


Wiktionary is a project to create a multilingual free content dictionary in every language. This means each project seeks to use a particular language to define all words in all languages. It actually aims to be much more extensive than a typical dictionary, including thesauri, rhymes, translations, audio pronunciations, etymologies, and quotations. The project started in December 2002, and as of May 2013 is available in over 150 languages with over 16,000,000 entries in all. The largest language edition is English, with 3,380,000 entires. Then Malagasy, French, Chinese, and Lithuanian follow. All four of them have more than 600,000 entries each, while 24 other languages have more than 100,000 entries each. 73 other languages have at least 1,000 entries.

Thanks for pointing out this error. We value and appreciate any and all contributions, no matter how small they might seem. I will notify the someone in the Wikimedia Foundation about this. TeleComNasSprVen (talk) 02:22, 10 January 2014 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Fixed[4] Thanks again for pointing out this error. Vogone talk 18:58, 10 January 2014 (UTC)

Regarding Special:UserLogin[edit]

I was trying to add an emoticon to the emoticon list. I call this " hang in there or hanging on". ,,,^..^,,,, free info forever . Kabarnpb thanks and peace

Regarding DMCA Mr Malibu[edit]

Regarding "Regarding DMCA Mr Malibu" All images of Mr. Malibu and Maria Shriver together are the United States Copyright of Cary ONeal ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.


thanks Lord for your help

Translation of Template:Chapters disclaimer in Italian[edit]

<div style="background: #FFE5E5; margin: 0 0 1em 0; padding: 0.3em 1em; text-align: left;">
I capitoli locali elencanti qui sono associazioni indipendenti che non hanno controllo o responsabilità legali sul contenuto dei siti della Wikimedia Foundation e viceversa. I capitoli locali e i loro rappresentanti non parlano in veste ufficiale per conto della Wikimedia Foundation. Questi contatti sono riportati solo per convenienza.

-- Raoli  21:26, 12 January 2014 (UTC)

@Raoli: Yes check.svg Fatto, grazie. PiRSquared17 (talk) 00:48, 13 January 2014 (UTC)

Regarding Capitoli locali[edit]

Please upload the updated version from Thanks -- Raoli  21:31, 12 January 2014 (UTC)

Done! PiRSquared17 (talk) 00:48, 13 January 2014 (UTC)

Regarding Policies[edit]

Have Bernard Peiffer added to the alphabetical list of jazz pianists. Request that my book "Compendium of Over 2000 Jazz Pianists" by Arnie Fox be listed in various Wikipedia articles that pertain to "jazz pianists" . The book was written as a labor of love and certainly not to make money since it is a very specialized subject. The book took over 3 years to compile the data base of many unknown jazz pianists which would definitely enhance the knowledge of jazz enthusiasts. Don Glanden (former student of Bernard Peiffer) wrote the foreward. He wrote a biography of Peiffer and his article is in the wikipedia. Tom Lord who has a discography of all jazz albums and CD's also lists "Compendium of Over 2000 Jazz Pianists" as a reference book on jazz. This book would fill the gap of jazz pianists that Wikipedia lists but only scratches the surface of those artists listed in your alphabetical list. Princeton University also has the book in their Library.I would like to thank Wikipedia for their continuous effort in informing the public on the subject of jazz. Thank you for your consideration. Arnie Fox

Hello Arnie.
I have added Bernard Peiffer to the list of jazz pianists. Note that you could have done this yourself! Anyone can edit Wikipedia. If you have time, you can register an account (account is optional) and read the tutorial. There is a "WikiProject" (coordination of various interested users) for jazz. You might like to join. You can add citations to that book by clicking the "edit" button, but I suggest you read the tutorial first.
Regards, PiRSquared17 (talk) 04:51, 19 January 2014 (UTC)[edit]

We have a Jostaberry bush in our garden in the Moray coastal village of Cummingston. The bush provides an abundance of berries every year despite the leaves being desimated by catapillars early each season. We freeze the harvested fruit that is not consumed by birds but assure readers that there are many very sharp thorns protecting the fruit from wildlife, the reference above states that it is thornless!

I'm sorry, but that is original research and is not allowed on Wikipedia. See [5]. Quote: "Unlike Ribes divaricatum [North American coastal black gooseberry] and R. uvacrispa [gooseberry], R. × nidigrolaria [jostaberry] lacks thorns." If you can give a reliable source (not a blog, etc.) that says it has thorns, it can be changed. PiRSquared17 (talk) 06:16, 21 January 2014 (UTC)
More sources that may not be quite reliable, but are good for this issue:
Of course, I am not a botanist or a pro gardener, so it's likely I'm wrong. Regards, PiRSquared17 (talk) 06:28, 21 January 2014 (UTC)


The article I am reading on Lizzie Borden says it was updated on January 26, 2014 when in fact I am reading that on January 25, 2014. Now I feel like I can't fully trust the information on Wikipedia if you claim the article you produced has been updated on a day before the day got here. So, what's your explanation of that?

Wikimedia, like a lot of the computer world, uses UTC as a timezone. In Louisiana, it is January 25, but in the UTC timezone (based on GMT/Greenwich Mean Time), it is January 26. Go here to see the list of edits to the page. You can edit it yourself by clicking the edit button. Hope this helps. PiRSquared17 (talk) 01:41, 26 January 2014 (UTC)


Can you change the code from




because I was originally confused looking for Vietnamese filed under "V" in the category tree but it was filed under "T" instead. TeleComNasSprVen (talk) 03:23, 26 January 2014 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done, diff. Seems reasonable. PiRSquared17 (talk) 03:33, 26 January 2014 (UTC)

Regarding Feedback privacy statement[edit]

unblock me please give me a chance i wont vandalize anymore can you give me a chance? i'll only edit one page a day and one page a week justinfleming810 (talk) 10:18 28 January 2014 (UTC)

@Justinfleming810: Please follow enwiki's unblocking procedures. Btw, this is not the appropiate place to make requests like this, see the notice at the top of this page. Regards, LlamaAl (talk) 03:21, 29 January 2014 (UTC)

Regarding Special:UserLogin[edit]

The stuff about bisop ramsey is not true in anyway

That might be true, but this page is not for discussing that. This page is only for discussing Regards, --Glaisher [talk] 05:24, 30 January 2014 (UTC)[edit]

You are asking money from me but cant give you feedback easily, take several minutes to find this form, excuse mua! Cant support you and give you money, so many times information has been fraudulent, otherwise false, and very serious claims in ex. (mental)healthcare, which risk human lives, and other serious subject is archeology and history false information is (possible given) to manipulate, violate and harm ex. minorities life and health. So if I would take a part of your project it would mean hunting this information day by day fixing other peoples writings and translating it. Then there would be somebody who will be angry to me and fix true to false again and then I should fix it back, that dosent work. Who decides these things, you think you are some fu...information authority. This is helpful but have to keep all time in mind that people who are writing here are not highest top in their subject, and there should be warning sing BE SELECTIVE on what you read. So I think library at university is better than yours, sorry. Library is more trustful(printing media is more selective) and its free to everybody, other than internet what cost quite of money and keeps me behind outdoor inside at home other than library : )

Thank you for your service, but i think your project is not wort of money, it is cheep to keep up internet pages, cant say where your money is going if there is volunteers writing here (who you are censoring), ask rich instead of me! Hope I support you enough.

I'm sorry that Wikipedia may appear to be very hostile that way to many people, but it is because it is not and never will be a completely indiscriminate collection of information about everything that can be, see Wikipedia:What Wikipedia is not for details on this. The material there is subject to strict peer review about what is or is not acceptable as encyclopedic material according to a set of criteria, so a lot of stuff is excluded from Wikipedia even if it might exist. Perhaps you've run into some trouble fixing things people disagree with, which is also sadly a common occurrence that results in one side being blocked and leaving Wikipedia entirely. My suggestion would be to perhaps ask the relevant people advice about how best to reinstate your fix into something without causing someone else to be angry. TeleComNasSprVen (talk) 01:06, 10 February 2014 (UTC)

Regarding Special:UserLogin[edit]

I didn't put this acct some one hacked my idenity

What is the name of your account? TeleComNasSprVen (talk) 00:59, 10 February 2014 (UTC)


I just want to say that Wiki is great system for open information exchange. This is one basic cornerstone of democracy. Personally I have has a lot of use of Wiki, when I'm commenting blog writings and news in internet. Very often I remember things in the past "about" , but not excatly. By using Wiki I can be sure of the detailed things of which I'm commenting. Wiki is very flexible to use. In our modern internet world the superiors of our countries, traditional media, politicans and other groups of their own intrests can't govern anymore the information which is given to the people.

Thank you for your comments. If you're interested in wikis, may I suggest a look at Wikipedia's list of wikis or some practice using the software yourself by downloading MediaWiki? It's the software that's used to run these websites, written in PHP, and it can be found at, very supportive of the wiki model. TeleComNasSprVen (talk) 01:01, 10 February 2014 (UTC)
And I recommend the tutorial if you want to help edit (the English) Wikipedia. PiRSquared17 (talk) 02:32, 10 February 2014 (UTC)

Regarding Press room - new contact for Finnish Wikipedia[edit]


I'm a long time press contact for Finnish Wikipedia (since 2004), and I announced in the beginning of the year that I'd stop at 10 years. The successor for myself has now been selected, and Markku's contact information can be found at press contact page's subpage at the Finnish Wikipedia.

Additionally, the Wikimedia Finland has their own press contact, and I actually only informally presented them for some time. Tommi's name and phone number can be found at

Please update wmf:Press room page accordingly - Tommi to the Wikimedia Suomi section and Markku to "Other regional contacts by language" section.

It was excellent time helping Wikimedia projects in this role during the last 10 years, and I'm happy I chose to contribute with that! --TJ (talk) 14:05, 12 February 2014 (UTC)

@TJ: Done, can you please check both the chapter and language contact info I added too? PiRSquared17 (talk) 05:24, 13 February 2014 (UTC)
I double checked them and both look correct. Thank you! --TJ (talk) 07:09, 15 February 2014 (UTC)

Regarding Thank You/cs[edit]

There's no thank you in czech version of the page.

You are welcome :))

Ah, very good point, it must have gotten edited out for some reason. Fixed now. Thank you! Peter Coombe (Wikimedia Foundation) (talk) 16:42, 25 February 2014 (UTC)

Regarding Special:UserLogin/signup[edit]

Az a hosszú Felsoroláűs azt nem tudom mik voltak?

Én egyszer láttam,hogy  itt is lehet paypal szálát nyini és nyithatok is ? esetleg Bankártya helyett hitelkártyát is kaphatok ?

m a mai napon a egy volt üzlet felemnek mindenfle képen elkell küldenem szélájára 600,000.00 HUF-t Amenyinben itt nyitok ppay pajl szálát hogyan tudok kézpénzhez jutnom?egyenlőre ennyikérdésem lennre

Azt hogy tegnap mikor este haza értem az orvosi felül vizgálatról és annyira türelmetlen voltam meg ma is ez csak azért votmert ezt apénzt ma minden féleképpen elkell küldenem valahogyan na a pay pal számláról közvetlenül mer bank mszálára megy tudnának segíteni azonkívül üzleti tárgyalásaim vannbak komolyak min jMendez núrral mert én leszek a Magyar országi kirendeltség igazgatója Amerikai _Magyar cég.

Regarding Privacy policy[edit]

ciao, mi chiamo Margherita, il mio account e' stato violato da Giuseppe Calabrese, con un programma, ha inserito le mie foto, nella tua pagina. Non si vedono a occhio nudo, ma la Polizia e lui hanno lo stesso programma,si. Cancella quella che ti ho segnalata,come foto, e avverti la Polizia, che ti conferma quello che or ora, ti ho scritto. Sono separata da lui da tre anni, e in Giudiziale. E' uno strozzino, causa scoperta da indagini in corso, e questo e' uno dei tanti imbrogli che mi ha fatto.Se non fai ciò che appena ti ho scritto, la Polizia chiude la pagina. E' illegale e contro legge inserire delle foto nelle tue, ci vuole il mio consenso e firma. Grazie

Regarding Template:Contribute[edit]

I believe this is a great iniative from Wikipedia to create Wikimedia. Its does provided readers value. Thanks again for all your efforts. [link removed]

Sure, thanks but I don't see any reason for adding that link in your post, so I have removed it. Regards, --Glaisher [talk] 17:58, 19 February 2014 (UTC)


thank you for the story about cemetery at Tev Aviv area; my grandmother is buried there. Someone had found grave for us earlier; but your story is the first I knew of its history. Bless you for what you do.

Regarding Terms of Use[edit]

(Forgive my boldness, but) I think the summary box at the top of the ToU page should be titled "Terms of Use summary", or "Summary of the Terms of Use", instead of "Termes of Use": a blue-framed box with inside it a big blue-highlighted title saying "Terms of Use" sends the signal that said box contains the Terms of Use, which is counter-productive in relation to the couple of disclaimers trying to warn against that very idea. The same goes for the translations.

Conversely (and less importantly), there is an additional disclaimer put before the box (on the English ToU page at least), which at first I thought was talking about the entire page, instead of only the box; this is because it is separated from the box and a bit vague about its subject ("This"). With the box title modified, I believe this additional disclaimer could simply be removed. But if it has to remain, then I suggest to place it inside the box; or closer to the border of the box, if it really is to remain outside.

If I'm wrong (really possible), I'm interested in why. Thank you Face-smile.svg - Cos (talk) 02:04, 21 February 2014 (UTC)


info is free don´t ask about payment for new info please, you´re in fault about free internet info[edit]

Very disheartened to know how Wikifoundation works.Whats happening on wikipedia is totally unfair.It is ruled by some editors.This I came to know when I was doing editing for 'Saladin' page.I strongly felt the wrongful images showed on his page present the great 'Hero of Islam' in poor light.So I'd edited the page & put the new image with all the necessary right.But my image was removed again & again.This is totally unacceptable.Wiki doesn't have rules but has.If this is war then it is just started.

Regarding Terms of Use/de[edit]

4. (Abstandnahme von bestimmten) Unterlassen bestimmter Handlungen

…:Falsche Angaben, Vorspiegelung einer fremden Identität oder Betrug …::* (Begehung von) Betrug.

(Verübung von) Schutzrechtsverletzungen: (Verübung not german)
  • Verletzung von Urheberrechten, Markenrechten, Patenten oder (von) anderen nach geltendem Recht bestehenden Schutzrechten

7. Lizenzierung von Inhalten

Um (den Zuwachs an freiem) die Vergrößerung freien Wissens --Oursana (talk) 15:44, 23 February 2014 (UTC)

[6]: Thank you for reporting these errors in translation. Vogone talk 16:45, 23 February 2014 (UTC)

Regarding DMCA Darwinfish[edit]

There's no reason why this is in PRE tags. It just makes it hard to read. Please replace PRE with NOWIKI or whatever else is needed. This, that and the other (talk) 08:28, 25 February 2014 (UTC)

Yeah, that was kinda dumb. I've switched that. Philippe Beaudette, Wikimedia Foundation (talk) 01:24, 9 April 2014 (UTC)


please i need your help to download adobe to my lg c199 Phone or latest version of downloadable adobe for the handset.

Regarding Category:DMCA 2014[edit]

The category Category:DMCA 2014 on has an item categorized into it, but the category itself does not exist. Someone with rights to edit the WMF wiki should create the category page Category:DMCA 2014 with page content largely copied from Category:DMCA 2013. —RP88 05:52, 26 February 2014 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done Thank you. Rjd0060 (talk) 23:37, 26 February 2014 (UTC)
Almost :-). The lead sentence should end with "in calendar year 2014", not "in calendar year 2013." Also you've accidentally circularly categorized Category:DMCA 2014 into itself. Following the example of Category:DMCA 2013, it should be in categories [[Category:DMCA]] and [[Category:2014]]. If you are willing to go down the rabbit hole a bit, this leads to the issue that Category:2014 doesn't currently exist (but it can be created with content copied from Category:2013) and that Category:Press releases issued in 2014 doesn't currently exist (but it can be created with content copied from Category:Press releases issued in 2013). —RP88 06:53, 27 February 2014 (UTC)


I have never, nor expect to ever, contribute to or edit any Wikipedia page/material. Nonetheless, I refer to you frequently and am glad you exist. I only want to say that YES, in my opinion, ANY [paid] WIKIPEDIA WRITER AND/OR EDITOR ABSOLUTELY MUST reveal any/all professional and/or commercial connections s/he may have that are at all pertinent to the information/editing provided. If the "information" provided by Wikipedia is in fact a [paid] contribution from say the Flat Earth Society, or the White Aryan Resistance--I as a Wikipedia user, jolly well want to know the source of the "information" I am reading. --Yes; my examples are silly and obvious--but you get my point: IF someone is being paid--whatever construct one may put on that word--to say certain words, present a particular take/slant on a topic--OF COURSE I the intellectually neutral reader, want to and should be able to know about that [paid] point of view. --Most people will "say" damn near anything, if paid, hired, or whatever, to do so.

--humble user, Jill The preceding unsigned comment was added by 2602:306:BDF7:400:699D:558A:3FEE:AFD (talk • contribs) .

Copied to Talk:Terms_of_use/Paid_contributions_amendment. PiRSquared17 (talk) 05:12, 2 March 2014 (UTC)

Regarding Category:DMCA 2014[edit]

I don't think this category is supposed to be a member of itself. darkweasel94 (talk) 09:13, 3 March 2014 (UTC)

See the comments two sections above you. TeleComNasSprVen (talk) 09:39, 3 March 2014 (UTC)

Regarding Template:Contribute[edit]

beste wouter, ik kon je niet vinden op deze site.

Wikipedia image failures[edit]

Where and how do I question a problem with Wikipedia? What's wrong with a simple 'comments' or 'questions' link? Specifically, for several weeks the images (maps, graphics, photos, etc) have not been active, i.e. cannot be magnified or a larger format found (links go to a dead page with the name of an image file but no image). This was not a problem in the past……What changed? It is especially frustrating when it involves tiny text in graphics! It is not my device or software, for I use a Verizon cell phone and a Kindle Fire HD……or is it that both work on Android systems?

You can post to Please include an example with the url of a page where you click an image, and the url it takes you to. PrimeHunter (talk) 03:44, 11 March 2014 (UTC)

Regarding Ways to Give[edit]

I would be happy to donate with bitcoin. But Wikipedia does not accept it. Too bad.

Unfortunately, Wikimedia Foundation does not accept bitcoins as a form of donation currently. See wmf:Bitcoin for details. Also see wmf:Ways to Give on other ways to donate to the Foundation. However, it is possible that this may change. See this article on TechCrunch. Even though, Wikimedia Foundation does not accept BTC as a form of donation, some chapters of Wikimedia do accept BTC (eg. Wikimedia New York City. wmnyc:Donate). --Glaisher [talk] 16:19, 14 March 2014 (UTC)[edit]


Per què no figura la Viquipèdia Catalunya al llistat dels altres països, atès que aquesta edició ha estat premiada com una de les més actives?

Primer de tot: no existeix Viquipèdia Catalunya, existeix Viquipèdia en català, els diferents projectes wikimedia són etiquetats pel seu idioma.
Suposo que et refereixes al mapa que encapçala aquesta pàgina. És un projecte que intenta portar Wikipedia a les persones d'arreu del món. Hi ha països en que la única forma d'accedir a internet és mitjançant el telèfon mòbil (normalment en els anomenats països en desenvolupament) i aquest projecte, Wikipedia Zero, ho està fent realitat. --Anskar (talk) 19:20, 15 March 2014 (UTC)

Hello, Why not figure Catalonia Wikipedia in list of countries, since this issue has been recognized as one of the most active?

First of all, there not Catalonia Wikipedia, Catalan Wikipedia exists, the various Wikimedia projects are labeled by their language.
I guess you mean the map that leads to this page. This project tries to bring Wikipedia to people around the world. There are countries in which the only way to access the internet is via mobile phone (usually called developing countries) and this project, Wikipedia Zero is doing reality. --Anskar (talk) 19:20, 15 March 2014 (UTC)


am shocked about your half knowledege,when you asume pashtus are one the ethnic group of iranians.this is not yet known either iranians themselves are Aryans or the remainings of spartans, eelamis and you still connect them with our pure descendants of the grand son of NOAH's named as sala and then ebr n finally PUKTAN.

Proposal for and all subsidiary sites.[edit]

1. At this time a user who logs into one site is also logged into its sister sites.

2. On Wikipedia, when a user logs-in they are notified of unread messages on their talk page.

Proposal: that a method/program be developed/implemented whereby any user with multiple-site access be notified of any unread messages on their "talk" pages on ALL sister sites, regardless of which site they log-in on.

Rational: many users tend to use one or two sites on a regular basis and are involved in others rarely. When there is no immediate reason to visit a particular site, messages on that site may go unnoticed and unanswered for extended periods of time. Having a multi-site message flag with an indicator of which site the message is on would speed-up communications and promote collaborations.

Cheers! Shir-El too 07:28, 20 March 2014 (UTC)

PS WIKIMEDIA did not recognize my log-in information; I had to log onto WIKIPEDIA first, then link here. Is that deliberate, or a glitch? Shir-El too 07:28, 20 March 2014 (UTC)
This is out of the scope for this page (as it has nothing to do with content). You should comment on the bug or perhaps create a separate bug for an Echo implementation of this. Cheers, PiRSquared17 (talk) 22:45, 20 March 2014 (UTC)

Regarding Tax Deductibility[edit]

Hello can I ask, why there's no Indonesian version of it? The reason they said removing volunteer translations. for legal reasons we are only using professional translations for these pages. I'm not pretty sure about this, translating it is very easy if you know law jargon, why there's no pages for it? This page is crucial and always being shown every-time there's a fundraising campaign started. Please make the translation of it, it's often being questioned on Indonesian Facebook page for Wikipedia about where their donation goes and who gonna use their money and for what purpose, can WMF make the translation of it? Thank you.--AldNonUcallin?☎ 22:15, 20 March 2014 (UTC)

Ask Pcoombe (WMF) / the wub PiRSquared17 (talk) 15:47, 21 March 2014 (UTC)
Thank you Pirsquared I think, I'll just wait until next fundraising campaign patiently.--AldNonUcallin?☎ 06:41, 22 March 2014 (UTC)
This was done at the request of our legal team. Note that information on how donations are spent is present in Indonesian (and many other languages) at wmf:FAQ/id. Peter Coombe (Wikimedia Foundation) (talk) 14:33, 25 March 2014 (UTC)
Thank you, well, about the tax dedux I think it's still need more time, since not many Indonesian interesting with such things, other than "to where their money goes".--AldNonUcallin?☎ 09:17, 27 March 2014 (UTC)


With reference to donations. For those without a pay pal account and the like. Could money be transferred/sent by means of SALDO/CREDIT sent to PHONE NUMBER by means of a SMS?. IT IS EASY and WIKIPEDIA CAN ALWAYS CONVERT EXCHANGE THAT CREDIT FOR MONEY.

I always known that  fundamental, invaluable, life saving contributions are seldom returned OR RECIPROCATED.[edit]

在版本最初期,验证时属于世界卫生组织!后来因被被毒侵袭,经过许多波拆后来升级到维基百科媒体? {{WP:Foundation wiki feedback}}(新段落)-Meta~~~~

Regarding Home[edit]

hello why not you propose to order or offer some visualisations to your face particpants in order to represent the show and make in town the movie

Regarding Special:UserLogin/signup[edit]

Regarding Special:UserLogin/signup 编辑“Foundation wiki feedback”(新段落) --Xcq5678 (talk) 01:49, 23 March 2014 (UTC) 连接所有项目页

Regarding Template:Contribute Wales' Quote in the Header Should be Replaced[edit]

This is a comment on the quote in the header : "Imagine a world in which every single person on the planet has free access to the sum of all human knowledge." — Jimmy Wales, Founder of Wikipedia

May I suggest that the foundation remove the statements referring to "a world in which every single person on the planet has free access to the sum of all human knowledge", since they were recently completely invalidated by Mr Wales himself.

Free access to all human knowledge is a crucially important endeavor, and I consider "the sum of all human knowledge" to be the legacy, the rightful inheritance, of all humans.

I am not an energy healer but I am an information professional and I find his stance derogatory and exclusionary, which negates the quote brandished on the home page referenced above.

Clearly Wikipedia is his baby, and he can do with it whatever it pleases, but in doing so he is contradicting himself in this and other statements of mission for which Wikipedia is known and on which it prides itself.

Specifically, Wales recently came out with a biased edict that excludes a body of knowledge that he personally, in an unsubstantiated statement, judges as non-knowledge. Unfortunately it is nothing more than simply Mr Wales' personal opinion; but being who he is, he calls the shots.

At the same time, he does not make mention of the fallacies and deliberately falsified peer-reviewed studies that are routinely exposed, published by pharmaceutical giants for the single purpose of profit; often obscene profit. Nor does he take into account the millions of deaths at the hand of conventional medicine practitioners and treatments such as chemotherapy. All this he claims or believes to be "true science" when it is not. In short, his bias is palpable.

Wales disregards a sizeable body of proven natural healing methods that include energy work. Take meditation, an age-old tradition that has been proven to heal more times than there are entries in his Wikipedia.

Instead he is splattered all over Time magazine with the following regrettable quote: "No, you have to be kidding me. Every single person who signed this petition needs to go back to check their premises and think harder about what it means to be honest, factual, truthful. Wikipedia’s policies around this kind of thing are exactly spot-on and correct. If you can get your work published in respectable scientific journals – that is to say, if you can produce evidence through replicable scientific experiments, then Wikipedia will cover it appropriately. What we won’t do is pretend that the work of lunatic charlatans is the equivalent of “true scientific discourse”. It isn’t." Wikipedia Founder Sticks it to Lunatic Holistic Healers

Regarding wmf:Talk:Terms of Use[edit]

Can I request that the TOU talk page have a link to please? --Hroðulf (talk) 11:53, 1 April 2014 (UTC)

@Hroðulf: Yes check.svg Done, see wmf:special:diff/96227. PiRSquared17 (talk) 12:11, 1 April 2014 (UTC)

Regarding Home[edit]

As part of the Michigan State University Science Festival, I toured the T.J. Simon Power plant. During the tour I learned that presently they burn about 70% natural gas, 30% coal and 1% biofuel. Your page about the power plant is out of date as it states that the power plant is a coal burning facility with natural gas back up.

This page is for discussing, not about articles on Wikipedia. Talk pages of articles on Wikipedia should be used for feedback about specific articles. If this is about en:T. B. Simon Power Plant (T.J.?), use en:Talk:T. B. Simon Power Plant. Regards, --Glaisher [talk] 18:06, 3 April 2014 (UTC)


I just did a search for the word "pedagogy", and as always, Wikipedia provided a clear and fairly detailed explanation. My reason for disappointment and concern is that while Wikipedia offers this information in myriad languages, it is not offered in Urdu. Urdu is used as the primary language in Pakistan, a country approaching a population of 200 million. If Urdu speakers in India, and Kashmir are added, this number can easily be doubled to about 400 million, needless to say, a significant segment of the world population.

While it is gratifying, and impressive too so many languages that cater to much smaller populations of the world, this only makes the exclusion of Urdu even more stark.

I would like to know how languages are chosen, and how Urdu can be added to the list. Thank you.

@Khalidjsiddiqi: There is an Urdu Wikipedia: link. Maybe the particular article on pedagogy does not exist there. You can help by translating it. Regards, PiRSquared17 (talk) 11:53, 4 April 2014 (UTC)
All Wikipedia language editions are written by volunteers. en:Urdu gives a lower number of speakers but there are still fewer volunteers in Urdu than in many smaller languages, and the Urdu Wikipedia only has around 35,000 articles. Internet access and spare time may be factors. You are welcome to contribute to the Urdu Wikipedia. Your account works there and you can create articles right away. PrimeHunter (talk) 15:13, 4 April 2014 (UTC)

Functioning of this page[edit]

People without an account at foundation: have a "Feedback" tab on all pages with links to (the last "Home" part depends on the page you were on)


editintro=Foundation_wiki_feedback/Header/Edit is supposed to display Foundation wiki feedback/Header/Edit at the top but that page has been moved to Template:Foundation wiki feedback header/Edit with no redirect (see [7] for how it's meant to look). I suggest to restore display of the page either here or at foundation by changing the url. It's made by wmf:MediaWiki:Permissionserrorstext-withaction which transcludes wmf:Template:Contribute.

preload=Foundation_wiki_feedback/preload preloads Foundation wiki feedback/preload in the edit box but that page has been blanked. preloads the subject field with "Regarding", currently causing 41 identical such headings on this page. People saving a section edit or clicking the little arrow section link for an edit in the page history [8] or elsewhere (for example their own contributions to find their own section) are taken to the first of the 41 sections. The TOC works correctly by adding numbers to the anchors, but finding the right section in the TOC can be hard. I suggest encouraging more descriptive (and thereby varied) subjects with a line in Template:Foundation wiki feedback header/Edit, for example "Please write a short descriptive headline in the subject field." (it says "Subject/headline:" above the field). PrimeHunter (talk) 16:21, 4 April 2014 (UTC)


How do you expect to receive any donation when you do not even care to put Macedonia on the country list?

Which country list? [9]? --Glaisher [talk] 17:20, 5 April 2014 (UTC)

Regarding User:Sue Gardner[edit]

Please respond to the signed email issued by "India Against Corruption" to WMF's office, concerning huge quantities of grossly objectionable pornographic images (including child pornography) located on WMF servers and also curated by WMF Admins.

As a result of this public disclosure, which IAC was previously privately discussing with WMF Community Teams to get removed, a Wiki lynch mob has been organised by some Wikipedia Admins to pass a community wide ban against "India Against Corruption". Please check with your office. HRA1924 (talk) 19:33, 5 April 2014 (UTC)

You might have better luck with email. This page is for requesting edits to the fishbowl wiki at PiRSquared17 (talk) 19:44, 5 April 2014 (UTC)
Emails are being ignored since nobody wants to be left holding this one when the merry-go-round stops. HRA1924 (talk) 19:48, 5 April 2014 (UTC)
All of your other issues aside, if you have demonstrable evidence of child pornography, as you allege, please send it to, so that we can take appropriate action. Do not post it publicly, please, to avoid potential legal offset issues. Philippe Beaudette, Wikimedia Foundation (talk) 01:15, 9 April 2014 (UTC)
As far as IAC is concerned all our issues are equally important, especially the libelous article on India Against Corruption. All pornography is equally abhorrent to us if it can be viewed or edited by minors and children. IAC is outraged that the "Delhi Gang Rape" juvenile offender's cell phone contained graphic images downloaded from Wikimedia. WMF is as well aware of the URLS of these curated galleries of child pornography on WMF servers, as IAC is, considering that these are for the most part curated and compiled by WMF administrators, and they are rarely removed because the deletion discussions revolve around copyright and not obscenity. Lets also agree the only reason WMF responded is because IAC has started some administrative processes in India and the first set of Government notices has begun reaching your local chapters, who in any case are funded by WMF because some were well known local pornographers. HRA1924 (talk) 17:30, 11 April 2014 (UTC)
This is not a general forum for discussion of WMF. This page is specifically for edit requests to's fishbowl wiki. PiRSquared17 (talk) 17:35, 11 April 2014 (UTC)
WMF's coding automatically redirects anyone who wants to post to Sue Garder's Talk Page over here.HRA1924 (talk) 17:48, 11 April 2014 (UTC)

Regarding Special:UserLogin[edit]

bonjour je me presente Nicollas et j ai plein de projets en tetes mais c est le manqué d argent qu il me faut pouvez m aidez ? mon adresse imail <redacted>


Dear Wikipedia, I just want you to know that I LOVE this site and I have just donated to you to keep you adfree. You are one of the only reliable sources of information on the internet that is not GOOPED-up with ads and offers. I feel when I read something on your site that the answer can be trusted to be neutral and non partisan. I LOVE THAT ABOUT YOU! Please stay that way.


The reason I am writing to you today is that I have been researching PCOS because my daughter has been diagnosed with it. I became aware of her lack of periods early on in life, and we have been to countless doctors in the last 10 years, non of whom have been able to help. Since this disorder is caused among other things, with the imbalance of hormones, particularly male hormones in excess in a female patient, I have been trying to figure out what might have gone wrong with my daughter. One obvious and terrifying thing comes to mind which I want to encourage Wikipedia to help with…it is the use of Taurine…particularly the use of it in energy drinks which are so popular with kids. My daughter started drinking Red Bull and other Taurine based energy drinks in early adolescence when these products first came out. Her hormonal levels are all messed up and I intuitively, and also because of research that I've been doing, predict that PCOS may have a correlation with these energy drinks that contain bull male hormone. The high levels of Taurine in Red Bull and other energy drinks, I believe may have been the cause of my daughter's current troubles. What I am asking in essence is if you are able to make this one of your projects. I think the world needs to know and it would be very beneficial to do a study of PCOS women to see how many of them used or abused Taurine products like Red Bull in adolescence. Thanks very much. Myriam Nelson

Dear Myriam, thank you for your passion for Wikipedia! I am sorry to hear about your daughter. I am sure anyone reading your message will share the sympathy I feel. It is very possible for you, or anyone, to improve the content of Wikipedia, and I strongly encourage you to look into ways to add well sourced, factual information about this topic to its contents. However, this page is specifically for feedback to the Wikimedia Foundation -- an entity which provides the technical infrastructure and various other resources to the Wikipedia community, but which has no editorial involvement with its content. So there is little that can be done by the audience you have chosen. I would suggest you take a look here: w:en:Help:Getting started -Pete F (talk) 22:07, 9 April 2014 (UTC)


I like encyclopedia. I want to create a account. How did they do it.

Special:Login/signup is the interface used to create an account. See Help:Logging in. en:WP:SIGNUP and this page also might be of some help, but some of the policies there applies to English Wikipedia only. Regards, --Glaisher [talk] 16:58, 10 April 2014 (UTC)

Regarding Privacy policy[edit]

I was not able to log in on It said my username doesn't exist, so apparently it requires a separate registration (and there is no link for this), and there is no mention of this anomaly on the page explaining the unified login.

Https:// doesn't even mention that a new version is being discussed and obviously doesn't encourage participation in that discussion.

The intro has incorrect grammar (is approved > has been approved) and the heading General Scope is incorrectly capitalized. --Espoo (talk) 04:17, 11 April 2014 (UTC)

The Wikimedia Foundation site is not part of the single unified login used for the project sites. Login accounts on the Foundation site are only available to employees and a handful of volunteers so it is correct that you cannot login or self-register. QuiteUnusual (talk) 10:25, 11 April 2014 (UTC)
That is completely unexpected and counterintuitive and should therfore of course be explained on the login page.
Where should i write my other comments to get a response to them? --Espoo (talk) 07:10, 12 April 2014 (UTC)
I have seen them, and passed them along to the pertinent staff members. Philippe Beaudette, Wikimedia Foundation (talk) 13:56, 15 April 2014 (UTC)
Thanks. Please remove the email addresses of people who post them here and explain why you did it. I'm sure WMF has the knowhow to implement an automated solution to this problem. Please also add a warning in red at the top of the page and when people click on the edit link explaining why it's a bad idea to publicly post an email address and reminding them of the need to send an email if they don't want to get an answer only here. --Espoo

Regarding Special:UserLogin[edit]

Wickipedia fue fundada en los estados unidos de america


To whom it may concern. My name is Stephen L. Bird, My father is Jerry L. Bird and he is on your web site under wikipedia. I have his birth certificate and his birthday is Feb 3, 1934. Just thought you should know.

Hi, I reported this to the English Wikipedia community. Thanks for this information. Vogone talk 18:03, 15 April 2014 (UTC) Attribution of translation for :wmf:Terms of Use/de[edit]

Hello, came here from Meta:Babel#Attribution of translation for :wmf:Terms of Use/de.

Readers of any German wikipedia page are redirected for "Nutzungsbediungen" to the page wmf:Terms of Use/de. As far as I can see, the page was created by My impression is, that the text is a copy and paste from, (with the displayed page title "Nutzungsbedingungen", I don't understand which is the actual page title).

A first draft of the German translation was created by me (my last edit there seems to be at 29 October 2011), later the translation was revised by other contributors.

I can't log in at the wmf-wiki. My request is, that the revision history of should be exported to the wmf-wiki, and added to the revision history wmf:Terms of Use/de, in order to comply with the free license (probably Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License), so that the authorship of the creators of the translation, among them myself, is documented and e.g. visible to the readers of of the German wikipedia, Rosenkohl (talk) 09:42, 16 April 2014 (UTC)

You are correct, history shows that the page was created by Mdennis [10] in disrespect of Terms of use#7c. --Nemo 14:20, 16 April 2014 (UTC)
The page history shows [11], User:Nemo bis. It's certainly ideal to attribute on addition, and I am sorry that I overlooked it on first pasting, but it is in history. Unfortunately, I also messed up the link, so it was not a functional hyperlink, but on seeing notice of this at Meta:Babel I added a working link here. --Maggie Dennis (WMF) (talk) 16:57, 16 April 2014 (UTC)
Sure, I only said created. :) --Nemo 12:05, 18 April 2014 (UTC)

Hallo User:Mdennis (WMF). Thanks for your efforts, and for adding the edit [12] on 16:50, 16. April 2014 to the revision history of wmf:Terms of Use/de. However I am not at all satisfied with this edit, for reasons which I already did explain in this discussion:

  • I must ask you to imagine that you were a reader of wmf:Terms of Use/de who is looking for the orignal authors of the page's content. Such a reader will neither find, nor understand the revision comment
"created with content copied from meta:Terms of use/de, which see for attribution".
  • a revision comment for any edit usually refers to the actual edit to which it belongs, if not otherwise stated. So the revision comment "created with content copied from meta:Terms of use/de, which see for attribution" seems to indicate that not the original page, but this particular edit [13] was "created with content copied from meta:Terms of use/de, which see for attribution". But the edit itself does not change the page's content. No reader of the revision history will be able to understand without further explanation that the revision comment "created with content copied from meta:Terms of use/de, which see for attribution" actually is supposed to refer not to this minor edit on 16:50, 16 April 2014‎, but instead to the whole page created as created on 15:05, 19 April 2012.
  • Saying "created with content copied from meta:Terms of use/de, which see for attribution" is not a complete English sentence, since the object ist missing: the comment does say that something has been created, but it does not explain what exactly has been created. And furthermore, the comment does not explain when exactly this "creating" took place.
  • I see two options: either the real revision history of is imported to wmf and added to :wmf:Terms of Use/de. I know that cross-wiki imports are technically possible, at least between different language versions; and importing the revision history would be the clearest solution, so I don't understand why an import is not done in the case of this page to which I once had contributed.
  • However, if for some reason it turns out impossible to import an revision history from meta to wmf, there should be added some revision comment to the history of :wmf:Terms of Use/de which is findable and clearly understandable for any reader looking for the origin of the content of the page, telling which version has been created when with content from Terms of use/de.
  • That is, at least there should be revision comment in [14] clearly stating:
"The original page Terms of Use/de was created on 15:05, 19 April 2012‎ with content copied from meta:Terms of use/de, which see for attribution"

I will be indepted if some of these proposed solutions could be feasible, Rosenkohl (talk) 07:31, 5 May 2014 (UTC)


Opinions? --Nemo 14:18, 16 April 2014 (UTC)

Since when does the Foundation care about our opinion? --MF-W 18:36, 16 April 2014 (UTC)
Perhaps they want to find out what the community desires, so they can promptly ignore it or do the exact opposite. On a serious note, it looks like an interesting idea, and I look forward to seeing how it rolls out. Ajraddatz (talk) 18:40, 16 April 2014 (UTC)
Let's see how it turns out. What kinds of petitions would it be used for? PiRSquared17 (talk) 00:13, 17 April 2014 (UTC)
No idea. Let's remember to update Voting is a tool at some point. :) --Nemo 12:08, 18 April 2014 (UTC)
According to Pcoombe (WMF) (diff), this will be used for Wikipedia Zero petitions. PiRSquared17 (talk) 17:59, 18 April 2014 (UTC)
Yeah, this is intended for an upcoming petition to mobile operators to support Wikipedia Zero. I don't know if any of you saw Victor's video from Sinenjongo High School at Wikimania last year, but it's been inspired by that. And we thought it more appropriate to do it 'in-house' as opposed to relying on an external petition site. There aren't plans for the WMF to use the software for any other petitions, I just made it a general-purpose extension in case other users of MediaWiki wanted something similar. Peter Coombe (Wikimedia Foundation) (talk) 20:04, 18 April 2014 (UTC)

Can add eBay Giving Works? Ways to Give[edit]

eBay Giving Works has a Wikimedia account (assumed to be legitimate) at

Can we edit this page to include "sell on eBay" as a way to give to Wikipedia as well?

Thank you.

Thanks, we're looking into it. Peter Coombe (Wikimedia Foundation) (talk) 21:19, 18 April 2014 (UTC)

Regarding Special:UserLogin[edit]

sachinawati date of birth:1-11-1999 school name:New English School standard:8th

Hello! It seems that you may be trying to register on one of our Projects. If you could please let us know which Project you may be referring to, I would be glad to direct you to the proper resources so you may create an account and begin contributing! Nakon 07:21, 19 April 2014 (UTC)

Regarding Special:UserLoginObasjousafara[edit]

try and encourage more people by doing some profitable profect

Regarding - Open editing[edit]

Simply protect all the pages, but not talk pages. Make staff and trustees admins. Job done. Rich Farmbrough 10:49 19 April 2014 (GMT).

It's not that simple. There are a lot of pages using raw HTML we would need to convert to wikitext. See also Liberating PiRSquared17 (talk) 11:16, 19 April 2014 (UTC)

Regarding DMCA Hermann Herzog[edit]

There is a missing space around one of the redactions in the first sentence of this DMCA request. Thanks, — Microchip08 (talk) 15:36, 19 April 2014 (UTC) Thanks Microchip08, fixed. Jalexander--WMF 08:16, 26 April 2014 (UTC)

Create "Resolution:" namespace[edit]

There is a convention of beginning page titles that refer to WMF resolutions with the text "Resolution:" However, this is not set up as an actual namespace. This means that there is no easy way to search resolutions using the search interface. Can "Resolution:" be set up as a namespace on Foundation Wiki? -Pete F (talk) 19:27, 12 May 2014 (UTC)

Regarding wmf:Terms of Use/ar[edit]

The arabic translation is inaccurate, it uses the word "مجاني" in translating "free", the ambiguity of the English term is not there in arabic, the arabic word for free as in freedom is "حرّة", while "مجاني" means "gratis".--Uwe a a (talk) 13:05, 16 May 2014 (UTC)

Regarding Local chapters[edit]

The image on this page should be updated with this image, as it is more up to date and has been updated since 2011. Kevin Rutherford (talk) 00:27, 19 May 2014 (UTC)


Just wanted to say thanks to all the people that make Wikipedia possible. Was only able to make a $20 donation and as much as I use your site, it should be much more. I use an e-book to read, much of it being historical fiction. As I'm reading I'm constantly clicking on my "info" button for more information than the book explains and I always go to Wiki. I also use it through out the day for various information and know I can trust the contents, will get a complete, thorough, and unbiased description of whatever the subject is without distracting advertisements or someone's hidden agenda.

Again, wish the donation could be more but please at least know you have someone who appreciates the hard work it must take to keep a site like this running as professionally as you do.

Thank you, Patti Cordell

The Human Right Laws[edit]

                         The Human Right Laws legally Approved that:-

" Every person have the rightful to express his/her opinion in any time, any ware, and for any group of people" without any limitations( Once his/her opinion does not affect or heart any other persons, or firms )

So I suggest to Wikimedia that:-

1- To let every person write-down his/here opinion with full freedom unless it does not affect or heart any other persons,

2- At the end of every page an automated massage says " The above text is written by ******* and he/her are fully responsible to face the local and international low about every bad words included in the above text".

3-Wikimedia " as a public publisher " is not responsible for any word written in the above text.

     Signature : The Law Department in  Wikimedia.
                         Thank you / Ibrahim al -Sasi
                         ( )


Forgive me, I am new to Wiki but in simply casual scanning I understand the need to protect sources, but Are there any limits on what anyone can say anywhere anytime Is there a journalistic code ? Is there a fact-checking procedure or filter? Is there any place where possible conflict of interest is addressed and some transparent process of self-imposed limits enforced or analysis made clear? Is searching for "truth" or "confirmation" somewhere in your mission statement? Just checking... Thanks for your help.


This is for your information concerning the PERSHING TANK that was brought into service in Germany during World War11. I served in the SECOND ARMORED DIVISION. I was in a tank in the first platoon of "F" Company, 2nd Battalion; 67th Armored Regiment. During the month of February 1945. my tank "FADIDDY" was RECALLED from action AFTER we closed the gap around the German Army in the Dusseldorf /Cologne area. Our tank, "FADIDDY" was a SHERMAN TANK. We traveled back a few miles to a barnlike building where we along with a few other tank crews were EDUCATED FOR ABOUT TWO (2) HOURS by some General Motors personnel on how to use the NEW tank that they gave us. The new tank was the PERSHING tank with a 90mm canon. Your current article about the PERSHING tank NEVER mentions that that tank was given to and was used in combat by the SECOND ARMORED Division! You DO mention the THIRD Armored Division and one other division, but you NEVER mention the SECOND ARMORED Division in that article! I do believe that a correction of this information would be the right thing to do! I would appreciate an acknowledgement of receipt of this information You do a GREAT job on everything so I believe that this CORRECTION would ADD to your reliability.

This page is for questions and comments about the Wikimedia Foundation only. The WMF is not responsible for the content on Wikipedia - please ask your questions on the talk page of the article you are interested in correcting or make the changes yourself. QuiteUnusual (talk) 07:00, 30 May 2014 (UTC)

Regarding Template:Contribute[edit]

Page Talk:vision does not have Polish translation. Suggestions for the vision statement:

Wyobraź sobie świat, w którym każdy człowiek ma swobodny dostęp do sumy ludzkiej wiedzy. Do tego właśnie dążymy. Wyobraźmy sobie świat, w którym każda osoba na naszej planecie ma wolny dostęp do sumy ludzkiej wiedzy. Do tego właśnie dążymy. Wyobraź sobie świat, w którym każda osoba na naszej planecie ma dostęp do sumy ludzkiej wiedzy. Do tego właśnie dążymy. 13:01, 2 June 2014 (UTC)[edit]

I am not sure if this is the correct section to post this comment.

There is a link to wikimedia commons from wikipedia, but on a web image search and finding a wikimedia commons page, there is no obvious link to the article in wikipedia. It would be help if there is.

Regarding Designated agent[edit]

I don't think it can be accurate that Lila Tretikov is registered with the Copyright Office as of 2005. That date probably needs to be replaced by some date in 2014. Or otherwise clarified in some other way. darkweasel94 (talk) 09:33, 14 June 2014 (UTC)

@Jalexander, Jamesofur: Would you like to fix this? PiRSquared17 (talk) 02:13, 18 June 2014 (UTC)
Thanks, both of you, I've just removed the date (since I'm not sure what day we sent it off and it doesn't really matter) in the end the address and our company name is what's most important. Better to just not have a date then say something obviously wrong. Jalexander--WMF 04:29, 18 June 2014 (UTC)

Regarding Resolution:Media about living people[edit]

Um ... it's hard to see what, exactly, you expect commons to do about this. I don't think trying to retrofit the existing resolution by simply sprinkling "or media" randomly about was a very good plan...


I go to Wiktionary and try to log in... It accepts my user name but not my password... I try to reset my password, it tells me I can't do it on "this Wiki site but can on another" and provides a link which takes me to the Wikimedia site which now says my username doesn't exist. Until I try to create a new account... now that username does exist!

Wouldn't it be simpler to allow any Wiki site to use the same database of users and therefore make it easier... heck, make it possible to update your password without spending a half hour getting bounced back and forth and in the end be unable to sign in to any of the sites? Bouncing a user to another site to access a database that is obviously used by the site they were just trying to access (or how would it be able to provide a link to another wiki site to update your password?) is absurd and does NOT make the site one bit more secure. It does however make the user experience very poor and the logic of the data flow redundant and more error prone.

Security is useless if the users of the sites are locked out, unable to access the sites and end up leaving frustrated as hell. Remember at least 90% of the users who are experiencing this problem will NOT take the time to complain so I don't think mine is a unique experience.

See SUL. For years, all new accounts have been global. Unfortunately, accounts that existed before SUL could still be unattached until SUL finalization (which has been delayed indefinitely). If you would like more help, you can ask for the account to be usurped (assuming it has no edits), and then try to merge your global account with Special:MergeAccount. For wikis without bureaucrats, see SRSUL. Anyway this is not the right place at all to discuss this. You could ask on my talk page (or yours if you log in). PiRSquared17 (talk) 02:11, 18 June 2014 (UTC)


Welcome to the party friends! Thank you for your commitment towards a better web. I truly believe there is a historical change taking place. Transparency is not a threat. Share love and educate! Thanks you. Chip VAn Weck


I will like to join your group what are the necessary requirements. thank you


well actually,i have so many things to say,but i will say a little this time,am new in wikipedia and certainly i wanted to make sure i have an account due to my project..but like i said so far,i dnt want to say much,am an artist,and i feel like advertising some of my name is Miracle Bassey am from nigeria,thank you.


Моя банковская карточка не работает киров город корупции -- 12:14, 24 June 2014 (UTC)

Regarding FAQ/en[edit]

You need to update the ED name... no longer Sue Gardener -- Should be Lila xxxx. Regards, Ariconte (talk) 06:30, 28 June 2014 (UTC)

Thank you, Ariconte. :) Updated. --Maggie Dennis (WMF) (talk) 20:53, 30 June 2014 (UTC)

-- 11:02, 3 July 2014 (UTC)

Regarding Special:UserLogin[edit]

Dear sir/madam, I Mr Dharma Raj Rai. I want to suggest you, topic-Nepal. There is Demonym-Nepali,Nepalese and Gurkhas. This word should not be at this page. The" Gurkhas"word come from very small district from Nepal. 200 years ago either uneducated british people or uneducated nepalese people they made mistake right word is "Gorkha". And for Demonym this word is not represent for all of Nepalese, if you say Gurkha there is a very few people who are serveing as British and Indian sholdier. If some thing happen for them Nepal government do nothing. So I would like to request please omit this word. If you contact me. Mr Dharma Raj Rai


Regarding MediaWiki:Randompage[edit]

Please delete this page. It causes an empty bullet point at foundation:Special:SpecialPages#mw-specialpagesgroup-redirects. This, that and the other (talk) 07:08, 5 July 2014 (UTC)

Requested deletion locally. Vogone (talk) 14:21, 5 July 2014 (UTC)

Highland Light[edit]

The first-order Fresnel lens was not removed in 1998 as stated in the article. It was removed in the 1950's, being replaced by a pair of aero beacons, mounted one atop the other at right angles. These, too, were replaced in the mid 1980's by a pair of smaller aero beacons, mounted back-to-back. The current optic was installed in 1998.

Regarding Tax Deductibility/en[edit]


It would be nice to have a receipt for one's donation. Hopefully, you'll send on by email - if so, it would be nice to mention that on the page indicating a successful donation along with confirming the amount donated. Believe it or not, people do make mistakes and it is possible that someone may inadvertently donate more than they can afford (or less than they intended). Providing support and information for making a correction to people making a donation would be a courtesy that would be very much appreciated in such cases.

Regarding Template:Contribute[edit]

The above (generated) subject header is bogus. This has nothing to do with Template:Contribute! I clicked a link at to get here; the link I clicked on to get here is obviously broken. And I can't fix it.

This is ACTUALLY Regarding wmf:Terms_of_Use[edit]

LCA, e.g. Jalexander:

1)Typo. diff of the fix.

2)Why were the anchors all removed? This one in particular, was useful; please put it (and others?) back: {{anchor|paid-contrib-disclosure}}

--Elvey (talk) 02:36, 8 July 2014 (UTC)

Typo fixed. --Steinsplitter (talk) 15:04, 8 July 2014 (UTC)[edit]

Although I am poor, I knew I needed to make a donation, I have come to love WikiPedia so. (yes, I see you have yourselves as Wikimedia - please just overlook this, long story). And so it was a soul-shaking experience to, for the first time quite frankly, look up your definition of geo-engineering on a dare/suggestion/prompting of another.

Soul-shaking because I see your "explanation" and I find it wholly disingenuous. If not wholly, pretty close.

My heart is broken. I trusted "you," and believed there would never come a time you were bought, sold & traded by TPTB. I would have SWORN against it. I HAVE.

I was wrong. I feel so, so viscerally rotted somehow. I don't know how to explain it. I looooove words and expression of them - but I'm not that great at it myself. I can confer to you I now feel "dirty."

And also that I no longer trust you because I realize you will insert whatever the government et al demands you do. Or, worse, maybe you are one of them.

If the former is true - shame, shame on you. Do not continue this, write the truth - the whoooole truth. (As opposed to the almost sophomoric! "spin" - no, that is too kind.. Whatever it is you now proffer.) It is insulting.

Again, I am heartbroken.

Thank you for reading/listening.

Goodbye now. A disappointed and heartbroken "little guy" who used to worship you in a "healthy-type" way.

Regarding Template:Contribute[edit]

As the founder of Chicana Forum, the Mexican American Women's National Association, and the ECOSOC Border Economic Development Council under PRIDE (UN NGO), I am seeking a more definitive history for chicana activists out of the 70s and on. This is a critical component of Hispanic heritage and feminist roles within a marginalized indigenous group...also a means to legitimize and document contributions and issues in a manner that will benefit the balance of regional differences between D.C. and NY controls with SW USA border states and the cultures of MexAmerica. This is a hemispheric gateway region where thousancs have been murdered, died, or marginalized into extraordinary poverty and subsistence levels. It is time to document in an honorable and meaningful way the achievements of such a leadership. I have for many years worried about all the inaccuracies, the failure to include historical and governmental policy changes that have impacted so many MexicanAmerican and other Hispanic families and communities. Perhaps tying to this project is better than doing our own separate effort...Sharleen Maldonado-Ward, Vice Chair of Government Affairs, Pacific Rim Institute for Dev. and Ed.,


Regarding Staff and contractors[edit]

In the Grant making department I understand Leslie Harms has left the foundation. Please update the staff page..... Regards, Ariconte (talk) 23:50, 12 July 2014 (UTC)

Regarding Template:Contribute[edit]

Unlike several other identically named sections on this page, this comment really is about wmf:Template:Contribute. As noted elsewhere (e.g., see the section just above "#This is ACTUALLY Regarding wmf:Terms_of_Use"), the template doesn't seem to be working right. On some pages it generates an appropriate "Subject/headline" (e.g., using the "Feedback" tab on wmf:Our projects), but on others (e.g., coming from wmf:Talk:Our projects) it generates the "default" subject line seen immediately above this text. Not sure what the problem is, exactly. Someone please look into this! - dcljr (talk) 23:44, 14 July 2014 (UTC)

Fixed. The template was included via .js script (=wikimakeup dos not work correctly), Now moved to wmf:MediaWiki:Talkpageheader‎ --Steinsplitter (talk) 19:21, 15 July 2014 (UTC)

Regarding Local chapters overlapping divs[edit]

The list of local chapter addresses seen at the page above (and many others — the text is transcluded from wmf:Template:Local chapters and wmf:Template:Chapters addresses, ultimately being rendered using wmf:Template:Chapters addresses/layout) is "unusable" (on some browsers, at least?) because someone has hardcoded the "height" parameter to use either 190 or 180px in the "layout" template, which causes the addresses' "div" boxes to overlap. Someone please fix this. (Might it be preferable to set the heights in the individual "/ISOCODE" subtemplates, instead of in the "/layout" template? And using "em" or "ex" units, instead of "px"?) - dcljr (talk) 00:22, 15 July 2014 (UTC)

It looks ok to me. Could you upload a screenshot, and/or indicate on which browsers it fails? --Waldir (talk) 01:34, 15 July 2014 (UTC)
This is what it looks like actual size (but aggressively cropped) on my 1920×1080 screen in Firefox 17.0.9 for Linux. [15] - dcljr (talk) 10:25, 15 July 2014 (UTC)
Also the translated pages for ar, fa, ja, zh have forgotten Wikimedia Canada.
Why not simply setting widths and heights in ems instead of pixels ? and "overflow:visible" is amost always undesirable. (overflow:auto would bot help uncreasing sizes if cells of the "matrix" need to have all the same height so they line up correctly. I understand why you don't use a table (because a fixed number of columns would not work with narrow screens that cannot fit all without requiring an horizontal scrollbar, absent from mobiles supporting often only the vertical scrolling, horizontal scrolling requiring javascripts to capture panning touch events, for example when viewing enlarged images).
Immediately the pixels sizes are assuming fonts working only on desktop PCs and some Macs. The sizes do not work on mobiles.
Using sizes in em (use "line-height:1.5", not any value velow 1.5, and then count 1.5em per line (this will work with smartphones that have large fonts needing more pixels than desktops, due to their very high pixel density, needed to readability of letters in smaller physical sizes, but even then many users feel the character sizes are too small and use accessibilty options in their smartphones, so they can't fit more than avout 30 characters per line when the phone us in normal vertical orientation, or 50 characters in horizontal orientation; a single column will fit, and possibly only two in the horozontal screen viewing mode, if not using accessibility options for larger fonts).
Users of tablets with diagonals above 5 inch are not impacted so much (the physical pixel density is smaller than on smartphones, fonts have sizes in pixels near the desktop, but still there are less choices of builtin fonts, e.g. in lowcost Android tablets, used in Asia and Africa). Users of veru wide screens (such as HDTV, observe it from a distance where the HD content will use fonts with larger than expected heights in pixels, they are in the same situation as users of smartphones with high pixel densities).
Then don't use too narrow widths, and allow the column to fit an address on up to 6 lines (, plus up to 2 lines for the contact addresses, plus 1 additional line for the bold titles in ar,fa,ja,zh, you get a height of 8 or 9 lines for a total of 12em or 13.5 em in ar,fa,ja,zh. The width should be able to fit address lines of up to 50 characters, i.e. about 30em. Finally, all addresses can be set so that lines will fit correctly in that width (you may play with the placement of the country name grouped with the zip code, or pack address complements after the first line of the local name of the Wikimedia chapter, but separate from the line with zipcode/postcode. You can expect one line to be wrapped with the total of 8 or 9 lines i.e. 12 or 13.5 em. verdy_p (talk) 20:41, 15 July 2014 (UTC)
I tested the solution I proposed in various screen sizes and viewing modes, on dekstop PC, HDTV and Android smartphone and tablets , and the address boxes fit correctly and line up correctly with style="float:left;line-height:1.5;height:15em;width:25em" (you may reduce the width to 20em to fit a possible additional column on wide screens, fiven that linewraps are still enabled. Note: no overflow set (the default is overflow-x visible biut with linewraps enabled, and the cumfortable height, this is not a problem, vut if you're not cumfortable with it, allow overflow-y:auto so that vertical scrollbars can appear conditionally)!.
The preceding unsigned comment was added by Verdy p (talk • contribs) .
So, can someone actually make the change on the wiki? Hello? - dcljr (talk) 00:07, 20 July 2014 (UTC)
@Dcljr: Please could you confirm the exact change that needs to be be made, and on which page? I'm unable to figure it out from the discussion above (at this late hour!) Thanks. Thehelpfulone 00:12, 20 July 2014 (UTC)
Since the Foundation wiki is completely locked down for us ordinary folks, I have not verified Verdy_p's fix, but the suggestion appears to be to change the contents of wmf:Template:Chapters addresses/layout to:
<div style="float:left;line-height:1.5;height:15em; width:25em;">'''<span style="margin-left:2em;">{{{2|}}}</span>'''{{Chapters addresses/{{{1}}}}}</div>
or, if the default overflow method doesn't give good results for both wmf:Template:Chapters addresses and, say, wmf:Template:Chapters_addresses/for/ja, then:
<div style="float:left;line-height:1.5;height:15em; width:25em; overflow-y:auto;">'''<span style="margin-left:2em;">{{{2|}}}</span>'''{{Chapters addresses/{{{1}}}}}</div>
Of course, you can fiddle with the height and width parameters yourself, if desired. I can give my opinions after the change is made, but only for FF on (desktop) Linux. I guess you can ping Verdi_p for a final check on all those other platforms mentioned above. - dcljr (talk) 00:40, 20 July 2014 (UTC)
Tested but the result is only 3 rows, in Hwalls's version are 4 rows. --Steinsplitter (talk) 17:09, 20 July 2014 (UTC)
What do you mean by "3 rows" and "4 rows"? Since you've reverted it, no one else can see the result for themselves. Please change it back, so we can look at it. (If you haven't already, see what Hwall's version looks like on FF 17.0.9 for Linux, which I linked to above. I think we can agree, that is not how it's supposed to look.) - dcljr (talk) 00:05, 21 July 2014 (UTC)
Ping: Hwalls --Steinsplitter (talk) 16:05, 21 July 2014 (UTC
Hi all. I did not create those pages or those templates, I only tried to help when there was a problem at one time. Please feel to make the fixes as I sadly do not have the time right now. heather walls (talk) 23:12, 23 July 2014 (UTC)

Regarding Resolution:Funds Dissemination Committee Membership 2014[edit]

"Nominations for the FDC (July 2014)" link currently point to the 2012 page, rather than the 2014 page. -- KTC (talk) 14:32, 16 July 2014 (UTC)

I fixed the link, thanks KTC! Stephen LaPorte (WMF) (talk) 22:54, 16 July 2014 (UTC)

Regarding Our projects[edit]

The Wikivoyage languages at the moment are not anymore 9, but 16. PS The first two lines of this editor are hidden by the interface, a technical fix is needed. --Andyrom75 (talk) 07:34, 19 July 2014 (UTC)

Fixed by Thehelpfulone --Steinsplitter (talk) 14:12, 19 July 2014 (UTC)

Regarding Template:Contact header[edit]

wouldn't it make sense to expand the links to the whole buttons instead to have click on the relative little text only? --se4598 (talk) 14:49, 24 July 2014 (UTC)

Regarding Talk:Home[edit]

Hey there, I don't wish to log in and edit the bio of Dr. Charles F Stanley, but I do want you to note an omission in his bio: He has a son that you have listed, but he also has a daughter who is not listed. Her name is Becky Stanley Brodersen. This can easily be verified by a google search.

I listen to Dr. Stanley on a weekly basis by watching his In Touch program and he has spoken of his daughter and she was sitting beside him when his son was giving the speech about their father on his 80th birthday.

Thank you, Brenda Summers

Regarding Talk:Staff and contractors[edit]

You have a red link for one of the photos on this page. Zellfaze (talk) 04:42, 27 July 2014 (UTC)

I can't find a read link. Please be moor specific. --Steinsplitter (talk) 10:05, 27 July 2014 (UTC)

Regarding FAQ/en[edit]

Wikipedia is only an "encyclopedia" if that word is now defined as a collection of absurdly bigoted, biased propaganda masquerading as neutral information. Why should we donate our hard-earned money to that? I tried to improve your encyclopedia, and my edits were removed. I complained about the ubiquitous bias, and I was banned. Wikipedia's headquarters should be burned down, and those in charge of this so-called encyclopedia should be dead instead of those driven to suicide by the hate and bigotry like we find on Wikipedia. What will we be required to do to get all the bigotry and hateful lies off of Wikipedia? Will a face-to-face meeting help? Do I need to make threats of violence? What course of action must one take? The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk • contribs) .

Threats of violence are not tolerated and may well be illegal depending on where you live. They won't achieve anything other than getting you banned. You should note that the Wikimedia Foundation does not control the content of the English Wikipedia - that is determined by the community. If you have specific concerns regarding the neutrality or bias of articles there are plenty of editors within the Wikipedia community who would be more than willing to listen to your concerns and help address them as long as you maintain a civil approach. QuiteUnusual (talk) 16:41, 30 July 2014 (UTC)

Regarding Talk:Ways to Give[edit]

if will be here boku payment option I will donate


Hi, the image used for 2014 on wmf:Wikimania is an old logo. File:Wikimania 2014 Shard logo v3 with logotype and date (small).svg is the current one. Thanks, Rock drum (talk·contribs) 14:17, 1 August 2014 (UTC)

Regarding User:AKoval (WMF)[edit]

Hi! There seems to be a small typo: "<...>a position which I began in April 2104<...>". --Yury Bulka (talk) 21:04, 2 August 2014 (UTC)

Note: Have suggested to poster that they e-mail the user in question. - dcljr (talk) 01:11, 5 August 2014 (UTC)

Regarding Our projects[edit]

I think this page should be translated to other languages, for obvious reasons. --Zerabat (discusión) 11:40, 5 August 2014 (UTC)

Regarding Terms of Use/ru[edit]

"импортированный текст не может быть использована" -- fix this sleep in the russian translation... Hinote (talk) 22:22, 5 August 2014 (UTC)

Regarding Cancel or change recurring payments/en[edit]

Hello, PayPal has changed its website. You now have to click on the gear icon on the upper-right for Settings and then, on the next page, click on "Payment preferences" navigation bar on the left side, and then click on "Update" next to "My preapproved payments". Hope this helps - thanks!

Thanks for the note! We have updated this page with our current processes.--CCogdill (WMF) (talk) 16:54, 19 August 2014 (UTC)

foundation:Notices received from search engines[edit]

On the foundation:Notices received from search engines page (I think this is used mainly/solely for "right to be forgotten" notices), it would be helpful to put actual links to the articles, in addition to the images. It would be a little more work, but it would make them more accessible. Superm401 | Talk 04:52, 7 August 2014 (UTC)


I looked to the end of an entry to find a copy/paste attribution section. I found the licensing statement, but I was looking for something a quick copy for something shorter than the URL to the article I snipped some information from.

I will add that my source is through the WikiMedia Foundation, but if you want something different, you might make it easier to discern.


Regarding Hindi Wikipedia[edit]

What is wrong with hindi wikipedia?

  • admins are making pages in english language on hindi wikipedia---example hi:अबख़ाज़िया---and it seems you cant question about such activity to admins, if you question them they are threating you with a ban
  • why admins on hindi wikipedia encouraging pages which lack references---isnt it against wikipedia policy
  • why users are being allowed to create pages about themselfs on hindi wikipedia---example hi:हेमंत शेष---isnt it against wikipedia policy
  • regional bias being shown on hindi wikipedia.....discrimination based on region taking place on hindi wikipedia where people from delhi, rajisthan and madhya pradesh states of india have taken full control of hindi wikipedia
  • most of the pages present on hindi wikipedia are non neutral point of view, biased, lacking references.....and admins are not bothered about it......and you can neither add tags nor request admin to add tags to such pages.....if you do such things you are threatened with ban....
it is high time for stewards to look into this mess called hindi wikipedia as it appears hindi wikipedia is not following wikipedia foundation's basic policies......
Sushilmishra (talk) 06:32, 11 August 2014 (UTC)


I know this has been asked before....I love the content but I would like to see why highways are located to the cities that we query.


PLEASE  after people donate take them back where they were when you ask for the donation. You ask for money and if user complies then you make them jump through hoops and BS to get back to work.

I'll think twice about donating again because I'm 71and retired and my time is worth more.

Thanks very much for your feedback and your support! This is an improvement we would very much like to make to our donation process, however our small team has technical limitations. We may have higher priorities to implement in the immediate term, but appreciate your input in making the donation process the best it can be. Thank you! --CCogdill (WMF) (talk) 23:24, 13 August 2014 (UTC)

Regarding Template:Contribute[edit]

how can i create account?

Regarding Special:UserLogin/signup[edit]

Wanting to add info if possible.

Examine Eight Steps Taken By Independent African States To Solve Problems Hindering Development In Africa.[edit]

Eight Steps Taken By Independent Africa States To Solve Problems Hindering Development In Africa.

Regarding User talk:Invadinado[edit]


The page should have a section about "who donates". I was asked this several times, and I cannot find a good answer on the WMF pages... As in - do we know anything about the donors? Rich, poor, young, old, breakdown by country, etc.? --Piotrus (talk) 09:04, 22 August 2014 (UTC)

Piotrus: You can try e-mailing or I imagine answering this question will require some quick research on the part of someone on the fundraising team. There may be donor demographic info buried on Meta-Wiki somewhere. On the other hand, I'm not sure we ask many questions when people donate. Once we have something definitive, it'd be great to update FAQ/en, I agree. (That whole page is falling apart.) --MZMcBride (talk) 22:03, 24 August 2014 (UTC)

בר כיוף[edit]

בר הוא היה הרבה שנים שוער בכדורגל הוא זמר הופיע בחתונות כותב ומלחין שירים ״הבנות חולמות ממנו מתנות ״וזמר יהיה הוא זמר מהחלומות

Regarding Template:PrivacyLang[edit]

This template is not necessary ({{languages}} should be sufficient, which works great on wmf:Terms of Use), and it's not mobile-friendly (check: mobile page).--fireattack (talk) 00:14, 24 August 2014 (UTC)

Wait, why only the English version of Privacy policy is on WMF, others are on meta? --fireattack (talk) 00:17, 24 August 2014 (UTC)

Regarding Home[edit]

I want to edit 10:16, 25 August 2014 (UTC)

Regarding Template:2008/Donate-header[edit]

The code "<skin>Tomas</skin>" is not working, and appears verbatim on pages like wmf:Donate/Benefactors/ja. These pages look obsolete anyway, though... whym (talk) 13:46, 26 August 2014 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done --Steinsplitter (talk) 07:30, 28 August 2014 (UTC)


Soliciting donations when you are a) sitting on a $50 million plus pile of cash, and b) pissing it away antagonising the community (cough! MediaViewer cough!)??? That's pretty cheeky, that is.

Effectively, all this money goes to the WMF to compensate them for the very little work that they do: maintaining a server farm and dealing with legal questions is something that the two permanent employees were doing just fine back in 2005 or so. In the meanwhile, those who contribute the bulk of the effort (editors, admins, and the like) get sweet fuck all.

Thanks, but no, thanks. The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk • contribs) .