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Welcome to my User Talk page!

If you write me a message here, please sign it by typing four tildes (~~~~) at the end.
Thanks! -- Deborahjay


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Hello, Deborahjay, and welcome to the Simple English Wikipedia! I hope you will be happy helping here. You should begin by reading these pages: Wikipedia:Useful, Help:Contents, Wikipedia:Policies and guidelines, and how to write Simple English articles. If you want some ideas of which pages to work on, read Wikipedia:Requested articles or the list of wanted pages.

Even though it is a good idea to research an article (like looking at the discussion page) before making large changes, please be bold and try! Any changes you make that are not perfect can be fixed later. We are also working most on core articles and the most common topics until this Wikipedia grows.

If you want to ask a question or talk with other members, you can visit our version of the "village pump" at Wikipedia:Simple talk. Administrators on Wikipedia can also help you with more difficult problems. You can also ask me for help. The best way to do that is to leave a message on my talk page. You should always sign your messages on Talk pages by typing "~~~~" (four tildes) at the end of your words.

Good luck and happy editing! --§ Alastor Moody (T + C) 04:16, 14 June 2007 (UTC)[reply]

Welcome, and request

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Hello Deborahjay, and welcome to SimpleWP. A very long time ago, I have done an article about halal. It basically covers the kind of food that can be eaten by Muslims, according to their rules. With Kashrut, the Jews seem to have dietary laws which are very similar. This is no wonder, since the source is the same. I have written a stub about it. Could you correct and append it, in simple language, if you have the time, please? --Eptalon 23:26, 16 June 2007 (UTC)[reply]

Replied on Eptalon's User talk page -- Deborahjay 22:38, 18 June 2007 (UTC). [reply]

Reporting vandalism

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The usual place to report vandalism is The Vandalism in progress page.This page can be reached with WP:VIP. You should also give warnings to the user in question. There are templates test1,test2a,test2,test3,test4, lastwarn. Normally a block occurs after two warnings have been given. Please remember that unnamed users may change, so even if you see that someone has already been warned, please do so again. --Eptalon 00:33, 17 July 2007 (UTC)[reply]

Becoming a responsible Wikipedian

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Hello again, Deborahjay. It is good that you learn how to use the tools at your disposal. At the moment, there are between 20 and 30 (non-vandal) editors here. By my definition, an editor contributes (edits) at least once a week. This edit is not related to fighting vandalism, or doing administration jobs. I would say once every two or three days, there is a hard-core vandal, which gets at least a temporary ban. It is important to report such people to WP:VIP, because vandal edits can be hard to spot An edit from today. It is therefore important to report such incidents (after the warnings have been given) to WP:VIP. Administrators are pretty well spread across the globe, so it should not take longer than about half a day to get someone blocked. My first-time blocks are one day, and increase (with repeat offenders).

Other than that, this Wikipedia is in need of regular editors; so please improve the articles you find interesting; Also do not hesitate to create new ones (of your favorite subjects). I think the Israeli/Jewish perspective is mostly lacking in this wikipedia...

In short, have fun editing. --Eptalon 21:34, 17 July 2007 (UTC)[reply]

@Eptalon: I'd like you to know that I take your encouragement to heart - and I'm enthusiastic for the opportunity to make good on my potential, now that I've retired and am easing out of freelance work. (See the following section for previews.) -- Cheers, Deborahjay (talk) 19:22, 23 October 2017 (UTC)[reply]
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Hi, Deborahjay. Thanks for working on linking Simple English pages in Wikidata. Please be sure that the links you make are an exact match -- not necessarily in words, but in meaning -- and be aware that sometimes there is no match for a page or category. For example, you added our category Category:German generals of World War II to the Wikidata item for German military leaders of World War II. That is not a match, because there are military leaders that are not generals. The enwiki category contains entries for admirals, military governors, and others besides generals.

Thanks, and feel free to ask any questions you have. --Auntof6 (talk) 18:34, 23 October 2017 (UTC)[reply]

Hello, @Auntof6: (...and I love your User name!) I'm so glad you got back to me on the above recent mislink on my part, which prompts me to raise my considerations on Category talk:German generals of World War II (soon...). I want you to know that I'm a dedicated proponent of linking simplewiki pages to Wikidata, most significantly as it enables access for nonnative readers of English to locate links to other languages they might read more easily without having to know the exact page name. Being an immigrant myself to the country reputed to have the world's highest literacy rate if counting immigrants' native languages, and having translated/edited/written content for the website of a historical museum and archives, I'm glad to show up here to make a difference. At this stage I'm not up to creating new pages, rather preferring to work spontaneously via "show any page" to discover topics on which I can expand, and, of course, clean up and format. See, it's only taken me ca. 10.25 years (!) to get make good on what User:Eptalon suggested (above) in User talk:Deborahjay#Becoming a responsible Wikipedian! Please do feel free to contact me with any advice you might provide to get me up to speed here. -- Cheers, Deborahjay (talk) 19:15, 23 October 2017 (UTC)[reply]

Avoiding frustration by using a sandbox

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Hi Deborahjay, and thanks for your edits so far. I read a comment you made about the frustration of having an article you had been working on deleted. This has happened to us all at different times, so there are a couple of things to remember. There is a copy of every page, and every edit made to it. Any version of a page can be restored by an admin quite easily. This means that your contributions are not lost or wasted. Rewriting a page in Simple English is not easy, and it can take time. I like to do a bit, leave it, come back and rewrite several times. To avoid it being deleted during this process, I can put an inuse tag on the page; this is best when you can do all the edits in one session. What if it is going to take a couple of days, or longer? The answer is to create the page in a sandbox. See: Wikipedia:Sandbox This is a private space where you can edit without interference for as long as you like. When the page is ready, it gets moved into the main space. Hope this helps, the goal is to make everyone's contributions to be made without frustration and be a positive experience. Don't hesitate to ask questions, and keep on editing :) --Peterdownunder (talk) 11:37, 27 November 2017 (UTC)[reply]

@Peterdownunder:, thanks for your thoughtful and informative comment - only I'm quite unsure it's intended for me. (Perhaps you can recall which page triggered your response?) I generally -- over 11 years and 22K edits across 60 projects - don't create pages. Here at simplewp I'm working through the Special pages#Pages not connected to items, by wikifying and adding the appropriate templates and categories, etc. These past four months I've largely undertaken maintenance work at the Zulu Wikipedia which has no Admins and only one or two occasional editors who speak the language (as I don't). Plus a lot at Wikidata, including some experience at patrolling vandalism. When I do start creating pages here at simplewp, I intend to start with notable content pages from the main WP, edited to simplify (and then translate to Zulu). I appreciate your work and that of other Admins. Keep it up! -- Cheers, Deborahjay (talk) 16:48, 27 November 2017 (UTC)[reply]

Dawn Redwood

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Hello, Deborahjay; Dawn Redwood looks like a living fossil. It only occurs in remote areas of Asis, which are difficult to access, and it looks like it was only discovered in 1941. Anyway, thanks for thanking me. --Eptalon (talk) 21:57, 27 November 2017 (UTC)[reply]

Deletion request for Morning, Mandela

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Hi, Deborah. I noticed that Wikipedia:Requests for deletion/Requests/2017/Morning, Mandela wasn't included at Wikipedia:Requests for deletion, so I added it for you. When you create an RfD, you need to add the request to the RfD page and be sure you notify the page creator. Please do that notification: Wikipedia:Requests for deletion has instructions on how to do that under "Notifying the user".

I don't know if you use Twinkle, but the Twinkle RfD function takes care of all that for you. Let me know if you have any questions about this. --Auntof6 (talk) 03:49, 29 November 2017 (UTC)[reply]

Johnny Gosch

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Just wanted to let you know: Gosh has an article on enwp (en:Johnny Gosch, so I think criterion A4 does not apply. I have however put the article up for deletion. If you think it is worhy of keping, we probably need a little copyediting. --Eptalon (talk) 20:42, 2 December 2017 (UTC)[reply]

I need your help in labeling!

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ORES needs many edits to be classified, so please go here to help. Thank's, Adotchar| reply here 22:46, 4 December 2017 (UTC)[reply]

I'm fine with helping out. My strength is fast reading and typing, but my limited knowledge of some functions appearing in the edits makes it difficult-to-impossible for me to evaluate them. E.g. changes to Infobox syntax; addition of a </nowiki> closing HTML tag for what reason I don't know, etc. It took me a few worksets to figure out (? but did I get it right?) that I'm required to evaluate both non/damage and good/bad faith - then mark UNSURE. What happens then? Maybe I'll catch you again on IRC or you can explain it here... or send me to a tutorial or ORES guidelines. -- Deborahjay (talk) 12:29, 5 December 2017 (UTC)[reply]
Since it seems evident you don't know wikitext, you can help, just don't answer the ones that are all wikitext syntax changes. Thank's, Adotchar| reply here 12:35, 5 December 2017 (UTC)[reply]
Here are some examples from today (four worksets) I may have mishandled:
  • On one for User:Cyberbot I/Run/Datefixer, I omitted answering by choosing the next one up (i.e., clicked on the empty rectangle to the right of the one I was on). Is that the right/best way? Before this discussion with you, I gave any edit by a Bot "Not damaging/good faith" with Save/next.
  • There have been a number of edits on topics outside my field of knowledge, where I can't tell whether the change is authentic info or misinformation. Realizing we're not (?) expected to vet info, I went with my gut (Not damaging/Good faith) but checked UNSURE. What's the way to handle these?
Just to mention: Due to personal sensitivities, I have a limit of exposure to bad-faith edits before I have to walk away. Still, you can count on me for several sets a day to help move the project forward.
Hi Deborahjay. You did fine by skipping an edit that you're not sure about. Eventually, the system will note that you have a task you didn't label and it will re-claim it for someone else to label. Alternatively, you can click the red "skip" button on the item and it will be returned immediately.
Similarly, you've done the right thing with evaluating based on a best effort with regards to the information. ORES will never be able to directly vet the material. Really, we're training it to replicate your judgement, so your best effort is as good as we'll ever get with this type of AI. :) --Halfak (WMF) (talk) 14:57, 5 December 2017 (UTC)[reply]

Just FYI, this QD option applies to pages that we're deleted at RFD, not by QD. :) --Auntof6 (talk) 18:28, 12 December 2017 (UTC)[reply]

Hmm, this may be a repeat offense on my part. Thanks, @Auntof6:, I'll remember for next time... but is there any mechanism related to multiple re-creates of QD'd pages? I happen to have an exceptionally acute sense of recognition/recall on reoccurring names in the short term (days and weeks, at least), and thought it might be useful. -- Deborahjay (talk) 18:34, 12 December 2017 (UTC)[reply]
The options for that are to either ask for salting for a time (if the page has been recreated often enough) or to take the page to RfD so that you get the precedent of being deleted via RfD. I'd lean toward salting even though it's not permanent, because nothing prevents recreation after an RfD. --Auntof6 (talk) 21:58, 12 December 2017 (UTC)[reply]

Hi Deborahjay, I have denied the QD on Voov, as it definitely exists, so can not be hoax. I have opened an Rfd to discuss whether it is notable. You may wish to add your concerns to the discussion.--Peterdownunder (talk) 20:53, 16 December 2017 (UTC)[reply]

Improve articles

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Hello, sir, can by Adding More Details abot Television shows

Please improve it soon. Thanks. Ladchad (wiki) (talk) 14:42, 26 December 2017 (UTC)[reply]

@Ladchad (wiki): - Here you have listed some of the new pages created in this Wikipedia about Hindi-language television programs in India. These pages have only one sentence - but:
  • no references / no categories / no link to the Wikidata data base
I wrote to two of those page creators and now to you: so that these pages are proper and don't get deleted - they need more content. I did this for Piyaa Albela by taking content from the English Wikipedia page including references - made the English simple - made sure to use categories that exist in the Simple Wikipedia. Whatever is a "red link" has no page in the Simple Wikipedia. Look above where I gave a link to the English Wikipedia articles for these pages needing more content, categories, etc. I created a new Category:Hindi-language television series and you need to improve the pages you create. Thank you -- 15:41, 26 December 2017 (UTC)


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About this edit: pings work only when you add a signature in the same edit as the ping, so I suspect that the ping didn't work. Just FYI. :) --Auntof6 (talk) 18:29, 26 December 2017 (UTC)[reply]

Improve an Article

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Hello, sir ... I want help can please improve Kasamh Se this article Thank You. Life(wik) (talk) 05:00, 28 December 2017 (UTC)[reply]

User @Life(wik): - no, maybe it's User @Wiki Back: who created the Kasamh Se page - I can understand that you "want help" because you do very little when you create a new page here on the Simple English WP. A title and a single line of text - no references - on a topic you think is important, so where is the rest of the new page? You then ask someone like me to do the work? This is unreasonable. -- Deborahjay (talk) 12:00, 28 December 2017 (UTC)[reply]

The edit summary for your change to this article says "content from enwp; unlink red links and simplify". However, it is not simplified enough from the enwiki version. If you are planning to simplify it, you might want to put a {{simplifying}} template on it so that your changes don't get reverted right away.away

As for the "unlink red links" part, be aware that we discourage unlinking things just because the links are red. See WP:REDLINK for more info on this. Thanks. --Auntof6 (talk) 10:15, 29 December 2017 (UTC)[reply]

Thank you for these points, @Auntof6:. This is my first attempt at simplifying an entire enwp article. I'd much appreciate your review of that page while I take a breakfast break; it's the weekend here already. I tried to leave the geological terms and descriptions with parenthetical glosses to explain. I also want to leave a Sourced from enwp comment on the Talk page but can't remember where it is. -- Deborahjay (talk) 10:20, 29 December 2017 (UTC)[reply]
I might be able to get to that later today: right now it's the wee hours of the morning and I need to get some sleep. --Auntof6 (talk) 10:22, 29 December 2017 (UTC)[reply]
Indeed! (and here I'd been thinking you were among us anglophones on the east side of The Pond, though not as far east as I). -- Deborahjay (talk) 10:35, 29 December 2017 (UTC)[reply]

I made a first pass at simplifying the intro. Take a look at what I did and ask any questions you have. Then you can give it a try yourself. If you're not going to get to it fairly soon, how about if I userfy it for you? --Auntof6 (talk) 04:10, 1 January 2018 (UTC)[reply]

Scott Vickaryous

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Yeah that editor is a long time abuser/sock puppeteer here and on en.wiki. So we delete his creations on sight, even though they are likely notable people based on en.wiki articles. At first I just imported the English articles to try and stop the nonsense but it just encouraged him so now its just playing wack a mole. -DJSasso (talk) 16:43, 4 January 2018 (UTC)[reply]


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Hi, Deborahjay. Thanks for volunteering to help Angela. Just to give you some background, I've been trying to help her learn how to write simple language herself rather than making changes for her. If you do make changes yourself, please be sure not to make the text more complex. As someone who has done editing, I know that can be tricky when working here, because there are different requirements than there are with normal editing. I think the change I just saw you make did add some complexity. For example, the words offer and reject could probably be replaced with simpler ones, and at least one sentence could be divided into shorter ones. If you haven't already read Wikipedia:How to write Simple English pages, you might like to look at it for more specifics. --Auntof6 (talk) 23:55, 9 February 2018 (UTC)[reply]

Advanced science

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Most users who read pages on advanced science are not beginners, but probably more likely older foreign language students. By checking with the parallel En wiki title one can usually see that our pages is already considerably simplified, I think. Macdonald-ross (talk) 12:09, 14 February 2018 (UTC)[reply]

@Macdonald-ross:, thank you for this explanation. I came upon Pulsar via "Show any page" which is my present channel for identifying pages I can improve. Here I focused on language rather than content:
  • to introduce the term "rotation" with a parenthetical gloss of "spin" that's used throughout the page.
  • For a section heading, "Types" is a more scientific term than "Kinds", without sacrificing simplicity.
Would you agree to these? Otherwise, I take your point and will probably restrict my science efforts to fields in which I have a better knowledge base, e.g. Biology. -- Deborahjay (talk) 12:23, 14 February 2018 (UTC)[reply]

Help with article on which I'm working

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Hey Deborah: Could you help me with the article User:September 1988/Medical marijuana, 'cause I'm having trouble deciding which words should be simplified. Angela Maureen (talk) 01:17, 6 March 2018 (UTC)[reply]

Hello, Angela (@September 1988:) - it looks like I'll have to study the Basic English word lists to make helpful changes, also possibly breaking up long sentences. I think the page might benefit by importing the section headings and adding some info under each one. What do you think of that idea? Maybe that could be a later step. Just now I made one fix and then updated the Talk page. I'm working a lot of overtime till mid-March, so I'll only get back to the Simple WP after that. Keep up the good work! -- Cheers, Deborahjay (talk) 12:38, 6 March 2018 (UTC)[reply]

Added more information

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Hello, @Deborahjay sir can you please updated cast , plot and awards. In the Hindi language television show name- Kasamh Se , Thank you

November 2018

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Hello! Thank you for creating Category:Pop art. However, we normally need at least three pages in a category before it is created. Because categories are a way to group together similar articles, there is no need to create a new category for just one or two articles. If you think there might be more pages to add to the new category, please add them now. Thank you. Auntof6 (talk) 08:23, 6 November 2018 (UTC)[reply]

@Auntof6:, I do remember the minimum-three-pages standard for category creation. Just creating and populating the Category:Pop artists while redeeming the newly created Claes Oldenburg (i.e. replacing the creator's junk content with the basics for a stub) gave me some momentum for its parent categories - the other amply established. What I couldn't resist was adding a Category:Pop art to the skimpy subcategories of Category:Art movements in hopes of stimulating interest among other contributors...? As for more pop art pages now: having evaluated the sketchy assortment in en:Category:Pop art - the material strikes me as rather marginal, while there's so much else I'd rather do. While you're "here" - I'm now ten days back to what I intend will be regular activity on the Simple WP - and highly value your ongoing contributions and on-target advice, as before. -- Cheers, Deborahjay (talk) 15:38, 6 November 2018 (UTC)[reply]

Two blank lines before stub vs just one

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Why does there have to be two lines before the stub template instead of just one? Angela Maureen (talk) 21:09, 16 November 2018 (UTC)[reply]

Hello, Angela Maureen! This is advice from that reliable and familiar source: veteran WP editor and Simple English WP Administrator @Auntof6:. You can read it on the Simple talk page with this link. I'll explain it here in my own words: On very short articles, the double line space put in the Change field above the Stub template creates only a single line space when the page is displayed. It makes it easier to see the sentence about the "short article" that's created by the Stub template. I don't usually make a single change on a page just to fix spacing, but if I'm already making other changes I'll do this too. That's also true for putting the Stub template at the bottom of the page (which is more a problem on small WPs where there isn't any Administrator). Feel free to ask here for an explanation of any of my edits! -- Cheers, Deborahjay (talk) 21:35, 16 November 2018 (UTC)[reply]
Hi. In almost all cases, two blank lines go before any stub template. The only time I use only one is when a navbox or something similar appears just before the stub template output. That's because the border around the navbox is enough to visually separate the stub text from what's right before it. It's all about how it looks on the page. However, I agree with Deborahjay that it's not important enough to change an article just for this if it isn't affecting anything else. --Auntof6 (talk) 22:07, 16 November 2018 (UTC)[reply]

Xuanwu Lake

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Thank you very much for starting to add improvements to the new article about Xuanwu Lake.

Part of the reason I'd like the kids to work here is just exactly that so many other people can help them be better. Having said that, though, this is their first page and I was going to go piece by piece so the kids could see clearly which mistakes they had made. If you're making improvements, it's certainly welcome, but please make your edit comments more descriptive. Alternatively, we'll have finished most of our editing in the next few days and then (this being a wiki) you can certainly have at it. =) — Mr Spear (talk) 12:03, 18 November 2018 (UTC)[reply]

Thank you for explaining, sir. I want to support your efforts while integrating your and your students' into Wikipedia, for which this is a good example of cross-purposes. Has anyone here explained to you the use of the "sandbox" for draft versions? When a page is created in the "mainspace" it's likely to be edited ad lib. As I myself am rather new here, I'd rather bring in an Administrator to advise you. @Auntof6:, would you kindly weigh in? -- Deborahjay (talk) 12:09, 18 November 2018 (UTC)[reply]
That really isn't necessary. Like I said, you are welcomed to improve the articles as soon as they "go live". If you were editing those articles, I was just asking as a courtesy from you personally for you to write more descriptive edit summaries. Of course, you're not under any obligation or requirement to do so.
I'll definitely take your suggestion about forcing them into sandboxes under advisement. — Mr Spear (talk) 12:14, 18 November 2018 (UTC)[reply]
@Mr Spear: A couple of observations:
  • Any article in mainspace is considered live. There are templates you can put at the top of an article being worked on, but they do not prevent others from editing the article and the templates are not meant to remain there very long. To really keep others from editing something you're working on, a sandbox is recommended. (That type of sandbox can be used only by registered users, by the way.) If you like, the page you're working on can be moved to a sandbox in your userspace.
  • Did you know about our guidelines for school projects? They have been developed over time based on our experience with other school projects. They would be helpful for anyone working with students here, even if they aren't from a particular school. Wikipedia:Schools can be a good starting point for both teachers and students.
By any chance, have any of your students been editing Talk:Main Page? I ask because several editors added content about Nanjing to that page. That page isn't for content, and I ended up indefinitely blocking four users for sockpuppetry. If they are your students and you explain to them not to use that page that way, they can be unblocked, either by me or by any other admin.
Let me know how else I can help. --Auntof6 (talk) 13:41, 18 November 2018 (UTC)[reply]

Why do you move this category? The convention at Category:Establishments by time, including all of Category:20th century establishments and Category:20th century establishments in the United States, are all without the dash. I know it's counter to English (and Commons uses [name] in the [time] century to avoid it) but it's been that way for over a decade. If you want these all changed, I'd suggest having a centralized discussion about it rather than having Wyoming on its own. -- Ricky81682 (talk) 08:29, 20 November 2018 (UTC)[reply]

@Ricky81682: interesting point. I changed it because, as you noted, it's ungrammatical. You've noted the wider extent of missing hyphens in naming related categories - so why didn't you bring the discrepancy to a larger forum (i.e. than my Talk page)? At the time I discovered this, I was more concerned that "Wyoming" didn't exist prior to statehood - and this is exactly the point I did raise about categories involving "South Dakota" vs. "Dakota Territory" (having verified them in the EN WP and Wikidata) - and brought this immediately to Wikipedia:Simple talk#US history/geography categories maintenance task. No response. Honestly, there's much I don't understand about this WP project. Interaction between regular contributors (many of whom are Admins) are Q/A-focused and don't stimulate discussion, let alone teamwork. More germane to your original point: if one of my highest-level considerations is sharing knowledge by improving access to information, systematically correcting hyphens won't make my short list - as does, for example, alphabetizing biography pages via DEFAULTSORT (e.g. in YO WP). Shall we take this discussion further and elsewhere? -- Cheers, Deborahjay (talk) 09:38, 23 November 2018 (UTC)[reply]
I didn't ask because these have been there for almost a decade. I didn't think years ago to bring it up because I assumed everyone who did it that before I got here had a reason for doing it that way. Same reason why there has been a Category:19th century establishments in Germany since 2015 (without the dash) even though Germany as a country didn't exist then. I assumed that it was done that because Simple is different than EN, nothing more. Please take the discussion wherever you want it to go but I don't know why you presume that these things need to be done in the first place. I generally only would start a discussion if there was a discrepancy here and otherwise assume that things ended up a particular way here because they ended up that way. I similarly note that we have Category:Musical groups by decade and its children categories which is a structure that does not exist anywhere else. I personally find it odd but I've been bothered enough to care about that. -- Ricky81682 (talk) 07:49, 24 November 2018 (UTC)[reply]

Thanks for connecting Halabja. There was a network error now I will improve it more. Roj Serbest Kerîm Talk with me 16:37, 8 December 2018 (UTC)[reply]

Merci beaucoup! Roj Serbest Kerîm Talk with me 16:57, 8 December 2018 (UTC)[reply]

Sorry for taking your time! But I want to know how can I get a sitelink for a wikipedia page?- Roj Serbest Kerîm Talk with me 17:15, 8 December 2018 (UTC)[reply]

I don't actually know what a sitelink is - do you mean the URL that appears in the navigation bar at the top of the browser display? I suggest you post this query on Simple talk and include details, e.g. the page you're working on. You're likely to get a quick response there. AND as for "taking my time" - I was just evaluating English-language material in en:Category:Iraqi Kurdistan to create pages and categories here, which might interest you. There's an American saying (though I'm expat more than half my lifetime): It seems to me that the Kurdish people "have given better than they've gotten" and I'm willing to help correct the balance for the sake of some kind of justice in the world. -- Deborahjay (talk) 17:26, 8 December 2018 (UTC)[reply]

For action against mass Vandalizing

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Hi! This is to inform you about the articles of Mahabharata where one user has made unconstructive changes[1]. I have tried to revert it but unsuccessful in the attempt. Hence, I urge you to do the changes. @Deborahjay, can you do it.

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Hi, Deborahjay. I noticed that you made some changes with the edit summary "fix wikilink to Redirect with pipe", where you replaced links to redirects with links to the pages they redirect to. Please avoid making that kind of change. Links to redirects do not need fixing. In many cases a redirect is deliberately created, as a placeholder where an article might be created at some point. Even when that is not the case, it isn't necessary to replace these links, especially not as the only change being made. Thanks. --Auntof6 (talk) 12:15, 13 December 2018 (UTC)[reply]

Ouch! - I was confused with the problem of linking to a "disambiguation page" which (at least in Enwp) generates a message requesting it be properly linked to the page in question. I'll be glad to move on here to more constructive changes. Thanks for clarifying this! -- Cheers, Deborahjay (talk) 12:27, 13 December 2018 (UTC)[reply]

word from changed to of

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On Alice Childress, from was changed to of. Why? - Angela Maureen (talk) 16:50, 13 December 2018 (UTC)[reply]

Hello, @September 1988: (Angela Maureen). Good question. Take a look at the explanation with examples here. I'm not a English teacher so I can't explain it - but I'm a professional editor, and I just trust my usage of English as I learned it from my USA-born parents and teachers in New York (1953-1959) and California (1960-1984). Hope that helps. -- Deborahjay (talk) 16:57, 13 December 2018 (UTC)[reply]

HNY 2019

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Happy New Year for 2019 Deborahjay! Angela Maureen (talk) 17:35, 30 December 2018 (UTC)[reply]

welcome back

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Great to see you again! Your thoughtful presence has been missed.Ottawahitech (talk) 05:21, 20 May 2019 (UTC)[reply]

Hello, thanks for the explanation and hope to get better. הוספתי תוכן (talk) 15:28, 28 May 2019 (UTC)[reply]

Could you help in improving Slavic Paganism?

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Could you help in improving Slavic Paganism? Small Bayonet (talk) 10:31, 19 August 2019 (UTC)[reply]

Connection-Goddess of death

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@Deborahjay: Please connect hi:खम्नूं किकोई लौओन्बी and mni:ꯈꯝꯅꯨꯡ ꯀꯤꯀꯣꯢ ꯂꯧꯑꯣꯟꯄꯤ with Khamnung Kikoi Louonbi. Haoreima (talk) 17:26, 23 March 2021 (UTC)[reply]

@Haoreima:, does Khamnung Kikoi Louonbi already have a Wikidata item? If so, what is its Q number? That's the sure way for me to locate the exact item and perform the actions you request. (Also: any activity by another user on my User's talk page is set to send me a notification - you don't need to add a template.) -- Deborahjay (talk) 18:12, 23 March 2021 (UTC)[reply]

I don't know anything about wikidata. Haoreima (talk) 03:48, 24 March 2021 (UTC)[reply]

I checked out, I think there's no page in wikidata. But one thing is that I don't have good knowledge of wikidata. But I have created my user page in wikidata, where we can even communicate. Please continue helping me. Thank you. Haoreima (talk) 06:26, 24 March 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Difference between blog

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Hello Deborahjay! I read the page you recommended me. But one thing I know is that Wikipedia has already automatically blocked blogspot, WordPress, YouTube, Facebook links from entry in the Wikipedia pages.

At the same time, how should I know the difference between blog and others? Haoreima (talk) 03:28, 29 March 2021 (UTC)[reply]

See my reply on User talk:Haoreima#Valid sources. -- Deborahjay (talk) 11:37, 1 April 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Slavic gods

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Can you move Category:Slavic gods to Category:Slavic gods and goddesses? Then it will match the others. Thank you. 2601:640:4000:3170:61D4:F79C:CC39:7BBC (talk) 18:27, 4 April 2021 (UTC)[reply]

@2601:640:4000:3170:61D4:F79C:CC39:7BBC: Are you logged out on purpose? --Belwine (talk) 18:31, 4 April 2021 (UTC)[reply]

The Categorization Barnstar

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The Categorisation Barnstar
As you are extremely spending lots of your precious time in the categorization of wiki articles on Meitei mythology and Slavic paganism, you deserve the Categorisation Barnstar. Haoreima (talk) 13:58, 17 April 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Season's Greetings

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Spread the WikiLove; use {{subst:Season's Greetings}} to send this message

Happy Christmas

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Haoreima (talk) 18:47, 24 December 2023 (UTC)[reply]

Help to change Infobox display on page

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I don't know how to reduce the size of the Infobox and image on Hezbollah so it displays on the right-hand margin as with most pages here and in other LTR languages. It seems disproportionately large, and given the topic, that's POV. Thank you. -- Deborahjay (talk) 13:08, 9 February 2024 (UTC)[reply]

I have fixed the image size here. Jolly1253 (talk) 09:03, 20 February 2024 (UTC)[reply]
@Deborahjay Just an fyi for future reference the templates auto-size pictures so when you add any parameters for the size it will throw it off. Most, I believe are at 250px. Thanks - PDLTalk to me!Please don't eat da 🐑! 09:09, 20 February 2024 (UTC)[reply]

When I compare this to the English version it indeed says and has references pointing to it indeed also being referred to as an “ethnic cleansing.” Also, when something is being removed, you need to remove any wiki links to it (which you did not). If you do not see the references on the en wiki article then let me know and I’ll be happy to point them out to you. Thanks - PDLTalk to me!Please don't eat da 🐑! 14:09, 24 February 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Sorry I also wanted to point out that “ethnic cleansing” is not a pov term. In fact it’s been used many times in history with the biggest being Hitler and Nazi Germany. It’s an attempt by a force to oust or eliminate people of a certain background because the assailants (for lack of a better term (and yes assailants could be a pov)) can feel they are higher than those they want to eliminate (inferior to them). Thanks - PDLTalk to me!Please don't eat da 🐑! 14:17, 24 February 2024 (UTC)[reply]
PotsdamLamb, I give you the benefit of the doubt that you're knowledgeable of the tendentious nature of the term Ethnic cleansing, certainly in this context. That this ia POV language, your remark above mentions "References pointing to it indeed being referred to as an ethnic cleansing" - but did you read further in the EN WP page that this is disputed by some historians.
Many scholars, including Israeli historian Ilan Pappé, describe the events of the Nakba (especially the expulsions of 1948) as ethnic cleansing,[1] but this categorization has been disputed by other scholars, such as Israeli historian Benny Morris.[2] -- Deborahjay (talk) 14:19, 24 February 2024 (UTC) -- Deborahjay (talk) 14:19, 24 February 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Historians constantly dispute about a lot of things as it’s their interpretation of events. But considering there are references to both sides what if we said something along the lines of just that in the article? This avoids the POV argument and prevents any edit wars since both are properly positioned in the article? P.S. not a good idea to copy over harvb references because your talk page will shows a lot of errors because of how they are formatted on the article (I fix a lot of these articles here on simple and they are a giant pain in the fossil). Thanks - PDLTalk to me!Please don't eat da 🐑! 14:25, 24 February 2024 (UTC)[reply]
  1. Sabbagh-Khoury 2023, pp. 30, 65, 71, 81, 182, 193–194; Abu-Laban & Bakan 2022, p. 511; Manna 2022; Pappe 2022, pp. 33, 120–122, 126–132, 137, 239; Hasian Jr. 2020, pp. 77–109; Khalidi 2020, pp. 12, 73, 76, 231; Slater 2020, pp. 81–85; Shenhav 2019, pp. 49–50, 54, and 61; Bashir & Goldberg 2018, pp. 20 and 32 n.2; Confino 2018, p. 138; Masalha 2018, pp. 44, 52–54, 64, 319, 324, 376, 383; Nashef 2018, pp. 5–6, 52, 76; Auron 2017; Rouhana & Sabbagh-Khoury 2017, p. 393; Al-Hardan 2016, pp. 47–48; Natour 2016, p. 82; Rashed, Short & Docker 2014, pp. 3–4, 8–18; Masalha 2012; Wolfe 2012, pp. 153–154, 160–161; Khoury 2012, pp. 258, 263–265; Knopf-Newman 2011, pp. 4–5, 25–32, 109, 180–182; Lentin 2010, ch. 2; Milshtein 2009, p. 50; Ram 2009, p. 388; Shlaim 2009, pp. 55, 288; Esmeir 2007, pp. 249–250; Sa'di 2007, pp. 291–293, 298, 308; Pappe 2006; Schulz 2003, pp. 24, 31–32
  2. Morris, Benny (2016-10-10). "Israel Conducted No Ethnic Cleansing in 1948". Haaretz. Archived from the original on 27 May 2022. Retrieved 2023-10-25. I don't accept the definition "ethnic cleansing" for what the Jews in prestate Israel did in 1948. (If you consider Lod and Ramle, maybe we can talk about partial ethnic cleansing. But there was no overall expulsion policy – here they expelled people, there they didn't, and for the most part the Arabs simply fled. It's true that in mid-1948 the new State of Israel adopted a policy of preventing the return of refugees. But I still consider this policy logical and just.)