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Hello I wrote a fictional book that is set during Wikimania2016. Inside the book there are many links to Wikipedia article about relevant places, facts, peolple.

Is there any place inside Wikimedia where I can publish/release the book so that links keep working? I'm afraid that neither Wikibook is the right place, isn't it? Thanks

Note: The book is written in italian. Mazrul (talk) 10:58, 3 July 2016 (UTC)

@Mazrul: I think you could post it here and that would be fine. At the very least, you could post it at User:Mazrul/HyperBook. —Justin (koavf)TCM 13:51, 3 July 2016 (UTC)
Ideally, you could post on your Italian Wikipedia sandbox. But I would love to read a summary of your work on my user talk. I was present in Esino Lario this year. --Muzammil (talk) 13:09, 8 July 2016 (UTC)

Two years of Paid contribution disclosure policy

It’s been slightly over two years since the Paid contributions amendment was enacted by the Foundation. Now, I wonder about the effects of its application (or avoidance thereof, as in the case of the projects whose communities decided to opt out) across the Wikimedia projects. For instance:

  1. how often are violations to the policy are registered at Wikimedia projects?
  2. what actions are typically taken by the community when the violation is found out?
  3. are there known cases of the Foundation taking legal action against the parties who do not abide by the policy?
  4. has the decision to “opt-out” brought any ill effects to the Wikimedia Commons and MediaWiki wiki projects and communities, and if so, which?

Curiously, are there any research or statistics published regarding the application of the policy, and where does one find it?

Thanks in advance.

Ivan Shmakov (dc) 06:42, 8 July 2016 (UTC)

On fr.wikipedia, I wrote an help page explaining how to disclose, and a template to notify users.
Contributors following the recent changes, called « patrouille RC », RC patrol in French, uses this template.
We even have some level of compliance from a minority of users.
Meanwhile, Wikimedia Commons took the decision to not apply the policy, mainly as the file uploads don't introduce biais. --Dereckson (talk) 20:48, 8 July 2016 (UTC)

ACK, thanks.

On that note, I’m also looking for the information on how often the disclosures are made? across the projects; and I’m particularly interested in the experiences with the application of the policy in non-Wikipedia projects (such as, say, Wiktionaries.)

Ivan Shmakov (dc) 10:35, 10 July 2016 (UTC)

One systematic way to look at it would be to check whether there was any increase in creation of user pages by some class of users (e.g. users with less than 1000 edits). Most of the people who are supposed to disclose something would not normally create a user page. (Of course the really bad faith people would create a fancy user page to look more credible, but that's only a negligible minority of those affected by the amendment.) --Nemo 11:14, 10 July 2016 (UTC)


Hello. I wanted to ask whether it is possible parallel to the existing list create another list that will display the projects in order of their depth. I noticed that many small projects, seeking to outperform large, mass produce articles that are absolutely do not meet the requirements of the creation of articles. The quality of articles, the most disgusting. In pursuit of the number, got to the point that notes, warnings and blocking will not help. I think that such a list would be a good helper. It is interesting to know the opinion of other participants. Thanks, AryanSogd (t) 13:09, 10 July 2016 (UTC)

You can manually merge tables and then sort them (they are sortable) by depth. Ruslik (talk) 17:47, 10 July 2016 (UTC)

Can anybody help me how to delete my cousin's birthdate and birthplace on search engine.

She is mad at me because I post her birthdate and birthplace on her wikipedia profile. That hurts her acting career. please delete it. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by AndrewKropp (talk)

AndrewKropp It was removed from en:Abby Miller here but it'll take some time to vanish from google's version. -- Ricky81682 (talk) 03:15, 13 July 2016 (UTC)

for how long?—The preceding unsigned comment was added by AndrewKropp (talk)

@AndrewKropp: For how long will it be deleted? It's impossible to say--someone else could re-add it. —Justin (koavf)TCM 05:20, 13 July 2016 (UTC)

Elvish Wikipedia

I propose to create a Wikipedia in the fictional language of Sindarin. Кофе (talk) 13:47, 12 July 2016 (UTC)

Run by fictional characters as well? :-) Rehman 14:51, 12 July 2016 (UTC)

Language_proposal_policy#Requisites_for_eligibility. --Nemo 19:55, 12 July 2016 (UTC)

Would discussions be required to feel poetically pleasant? --NaBUru38 (talk) 00:44, 17 July 2016 (UTC)

Subject Dictionary

I am planning a subject dictionary in all languages. From what I have seen so far, the emphasis is on languages and not subjects. Is it possible to host a subject dictionary here? —The preceding Soubanikhaled (talk) 13:58, 15 July 2016 (UTC) comment was added by Soubanikhaled (talk)

Please, see New projects. Ruslik (talk) 12:30, 14 July 2016 (UTC)
In particular OmegaWiki.—Odysseus1479 (talk) 04:55, 17 July 2016 (UTC)
Dear Soubanikhaled, you may be interested in this. --NaBUru38 (talk) 00:46, 17 July 2016 (UTC)

Why don't you accept user pages for IP addresses?

Hello. I'm Connor and I'm new here. I created a user page for myself and it was speedy deleted a couple minutes later. Why don't you accept user pages for IP addresses?-- 17:15, 21 July 2016 (UTC)

See first line of Musings_about_unregistered_contributors#What_is_an_anonymous_contributor. If you want a stable identity, such as a userpage, by definition you want registration. Nemo 17:17, 21 July 2016 (UTC)
@Nemo bis: And why do we accept (so-called?) "subpages" of IP user pages (i.e. User:Pathoschild/2015 invalid user pages#Subpages)? --Liuxinyu970226 (talk) 03:27, 22 July 2016 (UTC)
For usage by other people, apparently. Nemo 13:49, 24 July 2016 (UTC)

German to English translation needed - issue about open proxies

Hello. Is there a German speaker who can help me understand a user's issue by translating to English? Please see Talk:No_open_proxies#.22total_lock.22. Thanks. Blue Rasberry (talk) 18:49, 25 July 2016 (UTC)

WikiObject project propousal

Hi, how about a wikipedia about objects? Instead of generic articles of , for example, "Ballpoint pen" or "Bic cristal" it would be "Green Ballpoint pen Bic cristal 2014" Doing these for millions of objects would allow people to have an open, free, universal and central place to refer specific objects.

General info about project is at and more technical and wikidata related info at

Qupro (talk) 08:34, 27 July 2016 (UTC)

Why has a page vanished?


I tried to edit a page about Truprint. I did not create this page. I just needed to add in info to remove info which is now out of date. No edits I made were promotional and didn't contain anything that isn't included on other pages - just facts.

Now the page Truprint has disappeared entirely!! I was told what i was posted was promotional and it wasn't. I was told I needed to make clear i was emplyed by the brand - which i did by changing my user name - and then I just get blocked??

I got the below message: You have been blocked from editing for a period of 3 days for advertising or self-promoting in violation of the conflict of interest and notability guidelines. Once the block has expired, you are welcome to make useful contributions. If you think there are good reasons why you should be unblocked, you may appeal this block by first reading the guide to appealing blocks, then adding the following text to the bottom of your talk page:

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. Jimfbleak - talk to me? 06:26, 30 July 2016 (UTC)

Comment[edit] I've read the above, and it's clear that you are only here to promote your company. Your user name just escapes an automatic indefinite block because you attached a personal name to it, but that doesn't mean you can continue to spam. Just a warning that if you continue to edit on behalf of your company, I will impose a permanent block whatever user name you choose Jimfbleak - talk to me? 06:31, 30 July 2016 (UTC)

I am NOT here to "promote" I am here to make sure Wiki has accurate information about us. I strongly dispute that I have "spammed" - I made one round of edits!

Can someone please let me know how to get the content back live - and to reflect accurately what the business now does, if I am not allowed to do it for you guys?


je parle pas très bien l'anglais quelqu'un peut m'aidé cordialement200.113.234.89 07:18, 31 July 2016 (UTC)

Qu’est-ce que vous voulez faire ?—Odysseus1479 (talk) 18:32, 31 July 2016 (UTC)