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Darya Sindhu

the rfd tag keep getting removed, can the page be protected? Tsugaru Let's Talk! :) 🍁 02:43, 9 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

@つがる If the page is at risk of deletion, is protection really nesscary? SoyokoAnis - talk 19:35, 9 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
Semi-Protection would to be stop the RFD template from being removed. --Tsugaru Let's Talk! :) 🍁 19:48, 9 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Call for Candidates for the Movement Charter Drafting Committee ending 14 September 2021

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Hi! How do I connect items to Wikidata? Quite a few articles I created have been popping up in notices with "Mike Peel" or "Pi bot" connecting it to Wikidata. How do I do this?

Ely - Talk 12:42, 11 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Elytrian, when you create an article, see the area left of the page. Under "in other languages", there should be an "Add links" button. Press that. If the article you created is on enwiki, enter "enwiki" in the top box and the title of the page on enwiki in the bottom box. Then press "Link with page". It will say which pages the page is being linked to, you just need to press "Confirm". Now, your page is linked to Wikidata. --Ferien (talk) 12:57, 11 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
@Elytrian: A tip about this: Make sure that the subject of the page you're linking is an exact match for the subject of the one you link to. For various reasons, sometimes there isn't an exact subject match for an article here. Also, a page on enwiki with the same title as a page here isn't necessarily about the same thing. The title of the matching page may be different, and that's okay. --Auntof6 (talk) 18:40, 11 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
Yeah. Our article "Swirlies" was about sticking someone's head in a toilet, and it linked to the article about the band "en:The Swirlies." Darkfrog24 (talk) 21:03, 11 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Why my created articles are not shown in google search

I have created some article so why it is not searchable in google search 2405:201:3000:4110:DC1B:D073:8320:77F (talk) 09:21, 14 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Articles you create don't automatically go to google. It depends on when google discovers and adds the page. -Djsasso (talk) 10:41, 14 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
Thankyou for your reply but please undo your move because as all citations his orignal name is Brij Kishore Sharma "Tara" not Brij Kishore Sharma — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2405:201:3000:4110:dc1b:d073:8320:77f (talkcontribs) 07:48, 14 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

How to add simple wikipedia page to English wikipedia page category

I want to add simple wikipedia page to a english wikipedia category so how I can do it — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2405:201:3000:4110:dc1b:d073:8320:77f (talkcontribs) 07:51, 14 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Hello, and welcome to our Wikipedia. English Wikipedia has many more pages than we do, thir category system is different. So if a category you think should exist here doesn't exist, there are two options: Either you find another category that fits, or you create the new category. Note that categories need to have at least three pages (or categories) in them. If you you tell us what the page, is, we can also help you finding a category for it. --Eptalon (talk) 11:28, 14 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Page Move Request

Sir there is two person with on name one is poet and one is politician see this and so I want that please change the poet's wikipedia page name because as all references his orignal name is Brij Kishore Sharma "Tara" and it is difficult know who is "Tara" and who is sharma so please move this page Thankyou — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2405:201:3000:4110:dc1b:d073:8320:77f (talkcontribs) 08:24, 14 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Question on UserPage

hello wish you a great time how can i give my name on my User page a color, like your name displays with color not just simple black color. Sakura emad (talk) 18:14, 13 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

{{DISPLAYTITLE:User:}} use this. after the user, insert whatever you want to put as your title. Colored characters are made using the <span> tag. See my page or TDKR Chicago 101's page for examples. Ely - Talk 09:57, 14 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
 Done Thank you dear Sakura emad (talk) 22:41, 14 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Change Simple Wikipedia to English Wikipedia

Please I want help to write a english wikipedia from a Simple Wikipedia can anyone help me If any user wants to help me so please give the username in my talkpage and after I give the article name and you have to create English Wikipedia by some reason I am unable to create that page I know how to create article in english wikipedia but I am unable to do it so please can you create that article — Preceding unsigned comment added by Educreationbilaspur (talkcontribs) 13:57, 14 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

What? --Derpdart56 (talk) 13:58, 14 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
@Derpdart56: What he's saying is that he's unable to make an article in the English Wikipedia? Dingothegorg 14:03, 14 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
... --Derpdart56 (talk) 14:04, 14 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
Hello, like here there are two cases where articles cannot be made: 1) Users who have shown bad bahavior in the past are blocked from editing; depending on what they did, the block may be temoporary, or it may be permanent 2) Certain aticles cannot be created by certain user groups; this usually means, that in the past, there has been a lot of vandalism / edit warring (by different editors) for the given article. Again, the block may be temporary or permanent.--Eptalon (talk) 14:19, 14 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
@Educreationbilaspur: I think I know what the problem might be. I see you have made exactly three changes on the Regular English Wikipedia ( and that you are not blocked. Sometimes, in controversial areas, new Wikipedia accounts are not allowed to edit or create certain articles. This is because people were making bad edits, as Eptalon says above, getting blocked, and then sneaking back in with new accounts, pretending to be different people. The Regular English Wikipedia admins made a new rule: People can only edit controversial articles if they have been on the Regular English Wikipedia for 30 days and made 500 edits.
You need to be on the English Wikipedia for 30 days and make 500 good edits. I say make the best of your time there. Have some fun. Participate in an RfC. If you make fifteen edits a day or so, you'll hit 500 in almost exactly 30 days. The time will fly by! Darkfrog24 (talk) 17:40, 14 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

How to make this article more better by which it can be undelete I want to know where is problem in refernces or my writing style I want to know that Is the subject will notable by that refernces — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2405:201:3000:4110:510D:B8DB:83E4:A4CB (talkcontribs) 14:13, 14 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

1) Some of your references aren't good. For example, you cite Wikinews. Wikinews is not a reliable source. What you should do is go look at the sources the Wikinews article uses and, if they're good, put those in the Simple English Wikipedia article.
2) The Deccan Herald and Times of India look like the exact same source. Are they both relaying the same thing from a third party. WP:SAYWHEREYOUGOTIT applies, but this is really one source and not two. Also, Bonadea says those sources are fake anyway.
3) Can you find some real, solid sources? Darkfrog24 (talk) 17:46, 14 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
@Darkfrog24 I Helped that Wikipedia Page and added as many sources as possible and I want to say you that please recheck and then reply that the page is good or not because I have added some more sources and removed wrong sources Mr. Hindi (talk) 10:06, 15 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Casual stuff.

Why are there so many 181s here??? Also, does anybody even read this page? It seems to full of biological stuff and North Carolina. Ely - Talk 04:17, 15 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

This list is automatically generated, and only moderately useful. Example: List of ISO-639-1 codes, over 200 of the 600-odd codes are attributed. They are used for languages. 'nn' is Nynorsk (one of the two forms of Norwegian, similar to Swedish). 'nr' is South-Ndebele...--Eptalon (talk) 08:51, 15 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
This page as Eptalon mentions is just updated based on how many links go to pages. However, its not very useful as for lots of articles those number are raised up really high because the link is on a template that is used on many pages. -Djsasso (talk) 14:55, 15 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]


What is the WTF? WTF? template used for? Dingothegorg 15:12, 15 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

I guess it is used to show emotion towards something somebody said. SoyokoAnis - talk 16:33, 15 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]


Hi everyone!

I just wanted to introduce myself before I get started editing here! I’m especially interested in dinosaurs and dinosaur related articles, which is where I plan on spending most of my time. I would also greatly appreciate any advice. Thanks! Don Jon Arnold (talk) 01:14, 16 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Welcome. You can start by requesting a new username in Special:GlobalRenameRequest. Darubrub (Let me know) 01:18, 16 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
Why would (s)he want a rename? Ely - Talk 03:22, 16 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
@Elytrian: I had the same thought until I saw the actual user name. I'm going to block, as they did on enwiki. --Auntof6 (talk) 03:35, 16 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

How do I practice my edit skills?

I'm not very good at it. --Derpdart56 (talk) 14:34, 17 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Hello Dear @Derpdart56 can you explain a little more 🙏 so you can help me to understand you. 😊 🌸 Sakura emad 💖 (talk) 14:36, 17 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
I keep making stub pages and I'm not good at sources and formatting.--Derpdart56 (talk) 14:38, 17 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
@Derpdart56 ok let's start like that: first let's meet some Useful pages
First Part. 🌸 Sakura emad 💖 (talk) 14:48, 17 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
Key content
  • Teahouse ask everything you need about wikipedia (English wikipedia)
🌸 Sakura emad 💖 (talk) 14:51, 17 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
Also you might be interested to look at:
as they helpful too. 🌸 Sakura emad 💖 (talk) 14:56, 17 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
Create a Sandbox by clicking here. See WP:MANUAL. 💠Ely - Talk💠 13:22, 19 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Did you know

Hello everybody...

Did you know is currently lacking in active contributors. We have only had 2 DYK nominations in the past three months.

If you can, please help at DYK. You can help by nominating articles or reviewing current nominations.

Thanks! --Ferien (talk) 12:54, 19 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Does an article need to meet certain requirements for a DYK @Ferien? (Not the hook) 💠Ely - Talk💠 13:25, 19 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
Elytrian, both the article and hook need to meet certain requirements. There are other rules here.
You can find all about DYK here :) --Ferien (talk) 13:42, 19 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
Sure. Didn't know about that. I'll try helping out later today (I'm writing this 00:07 AEST - my local time) SHB2000 (talk) 14:08, 19 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
checkY Problem Acknowledged 🌸 Sakura emad 💖 (talk) 14:23, 19 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
I'll help out! I'll try to scout some articles that are good enough for the section. It might take a while though. Washing Machine of Lies (talk) 01:13, 20 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Why doesn't simple.wikipedia use Community Tech bot?

I'm just wondering but why? On the English Wikivoyage, whenever a commons file is going to be deleted, it leaves a message on the relevant talk page about that. Then later if it needs to be uploaded locally (such as FoP issues or something although not for copyright violations), it can be rather done in a timely manner instead of waiting and then you'll see a red link. SHB2000 (talk) 22:23, 14 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Because this is a simple wiki? SoyokoAnis - talk 16:34, 15 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
Simple means the vocabulary, not anything else. I guess SHB2000 could have simplified his message though. Ely - Talk 17:23, 15 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
@Elytrian: Simple language here also means sentence structure. --Auntof6 (talk) 18:06, 15 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
@SHB2000: can you point to one or two instances (in the last few month of editing here), where using the bot would have beeen beneficial (I am thinking along the lines of a page losing an image, because it got deleted from commons).--Eptalon (talk) 18:13, 15 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
The thing is, no one would know if it got deleted unless CTB would notify us, which is what is does on the English Wikivoyage. I'd presume there's many images deleted and no one's noticed. SHB2000 (talk) 22:23, 15 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
Well a bot does remove the uses of the image here if they get deleted there. Notifying us isn't really necessary as we are a completely separate wiki and being notified of every image getting deleted at commons would be overwhelming for our wiki. -Djsasso (talk) 15:10, 20 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
Also for more info on that, see m:Community Tech/Commons deletion notification bot SHB2000 (talk) 23:31, 15 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
could've... SHB2000 (talk) 23:30, 15 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Unsigned Script

hello 👋 hope you have a great time i have a problem: i installed unsignedhelper.js in my common.js but it does not work even though i added it in a proper way. Thank you for helping me 😊🌸 🌸 Sakura emad 💖 (talk) 13:28, 16 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

You are missing a semi-colon at the end of line in your common.js. -Djsasso (talk) 15:14, 20 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

LTA section

Specialized reports on habits of LTAs. Could help us track them.--Derpdart56 (talk) 17:06, 20 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

I don't think it's important here. Most LTAs that are active here have reports in the English Wikipedia. Besides, that would require more manpower for an already fairly small community. Nonetheless, I have done a small report on a LTA here who is currently inactive. Etoza (?) 17:11, 20 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
We just use the ones on And in general en:WP:RBI applies. Making a page about them often encourages them. -Djsasso (talk) 18:08, 20 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Movement Charter Drafting Committee - Community Elections to take place October 11 - 24

This is a short message with an update from the Movement Charter process. The call for candidates for the Drafting Committee closed September 14, and we got a diverse range of candidates. The committee will consist of 15 members, and those will be (s)elected via three different ways.

The 15 member committee will be selected with a 3-step process:

  • Election process for project communities to elect 7 members of the committee.
  • Selection process for affiliates to select 6 members of the committee.
  • Wikimedia Foundation process to appoint 2 members of the committee.

The community elections will take place between October 11 and October 24. The other process will take place in parallel, so that all processes will be concluded by November 1.

We are very happy about the wide range of diverse Wikimedians that are running for the election and selection processes for the drafting committee of the Movement Charter! As the number of candidates is quite large and thus informing yourself about them might be a bit more complicated, we want to try something different this time: We want to organize a so-called “Voting Advice Application (or “Election Compass) with statements related to the Movement Charter. All candidates can propose their statements here.

For the full context of the Movement Charter, its role, as well the process for its creation, please have a look at Meta. You can also contact us at any time on Telegram or via email ( Best, Zuz (WMF) (talk) 13:13, 21 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]


There is only one word suggested here in Wikipedia:Words to avoid in Simple English. It's does not look encyclopedic in feature. So, why not let's expand the article by having a discussion either here or at the talk page of the article! Any comments! Haoreima (talk) 05:04, 20 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

For example: vernacular=>dialect, bagged=>achieved, get, etc. Haoreima (talk) 05:10, 20 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
It only includes the one word because that word is regularly debated by people that are new here and is controversial and because one reason most people argued about it was because it wasn't put down in a guideline anywhere, so last year it was put in a guideline so future debates might be less likely to happen. Most other words are uncontroversial. -Djsasso (talk) 15:05, 20 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
If you check the top section of my talk page you will see more examples. Also, it is not only words which need to be simple. Sentence structure should be simple, too. And read good English. Read George Orwell. Read anything! It'll all help. Macdonald-ross (talk) 07:39, 23 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

can anyone please have a look at this

Hello, I have created a sand box draft User:Suryabeej/Ashish Chanchlani looking at all the awards and sources I feel it might pass GNG, but want a second opinion on this, can anyone please guide me with this?, Also if anyone over here feels like it meets the GNG please move it to mainspace Thanks Suryabeej   talk 08:21, 21 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Don't think he's notable enough. No enwiki article, and those awards don't seem notable enough. SHB2000 (talk) 08:30, 21 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
SHB2000 Hello thanks for the response, I guess En wiki has nothing to do with Simple wiki though as both the platforms are different and have different notability criteria but also if we go on all the sources available like Forbes and him being listed under 30 under 30 list don't you think he passes GNG? Thanks Suryabeej   talk 08:38, 21 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
if Forbes lists them as number 30, uhm, not sure. SHB2000 (talk) 08:40, 21 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
SHB2000 please have a look at this Suryabeej   talk 08:41, 21 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
had a look at it. not notable SHB2000 (talk) 13:35, 21 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
  • YouTube channels are not inherently notable: "If a topic has received important coverage in reliable sources that are independent of the subject, it is presumed to be notable". Anyone can put up a YouTube channel. Macdonald-ross (talk) 13:20, 21 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
  • Macdonald-ross yes the topic has received important coverage in reliable sources which I feel makes him eligible!!

please check This Forbes Article This India Today Piece This Hindustan Times Article This Outlook Piece what would be your openion about someone who has got such coverages ? Do you feel a non notable person will get such editorial coverages on India's most reliable news platforms? Suryabeej   talk 06:15, 23 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Editor loss.

We're suffering a huge loss of long time editors like PotsdamLamb (in a fight), Darubrub (mental health and he's renamed to avoid detection) and IAmSwiz (mental health). In that time, only Sakura Emad has joined as a constructive non-anonymous editor. Is this slightly worrying? I've put up a recruiting template on my en-wiki page, and so has Ferien, but no luck.

Is there any way to encourage people to edit more? 💠Ely - Talk💠 16:01, 21 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

I proposed an embassy on a while ago but it never went anywhere. Derpdart56 (talk) 16:03, 21 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
Maybe recruit people in the village pump? DingoTalk 16:06, 21 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
...perhaps. Derpdart56 (talk) 16:07, 21 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

I hadn't even heard about this. My well wishes go out to all. Hockeycatcat (talk) 16:07, 21 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Editors come and go, like on all Wikimedia projects, but unfortunately we have lost quite a few editors recently. However, I think there has been an increase in active editors though, since I started actively editing in late December. --Ferien (talk) 16:24, 21 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
Hello 👋 @Elytrian, @Derpdart56, @Dingothegorg, @Hockeycatcat, @Ferien , what makes People to Join wikipedia?
My Experience
before coming here i was on English wikipedia on my first days there, i was quite stressed because i was new to the environment, somehow i was frustrated and got conflict with some editors because of my silly edits[1][2][Talk Page] Because of the conflicts that i got it gave me so much stress and i was unable to edit wikipedia for a while afraid that i make another mistake and will be frowned upon.
My Suggestion
Our goal is to build an environment which is helpful and friendly towards other editors, in a way that make them feel comfortable while editing wikipedia, Encouraging NewComers to edit wikipedia and help them be more familiar with the environment, Building a healthy and friendly Environment[3][4][5], wikipedia in General is for everyone regardless to gender and race and age everyone uses wikipedia, especially Simple English wikipedia the editors includes children, schoolers, and others who doesn't familiar with and can't be familiar so soon, i think instead of enforcing the rules, we should be more open to them, and talk to them more in a friendly manner, when they make a mistake[6][7]; Everyone make a mistake and it's quite a normal, they can't harm wikipedia by making unconstructive or bad edits;[8] that's being said Instead of assuming that fellow editors are out to harm the project and its ideals, assume that they don't know how they're contributing in a non-constructive way,[8] Because even bad editors and Trolls can turn to Reliable and Great editor who can build a better encyclopedia[9][10] in the end i suggest make the wikipedia more easier and friendly to others, and let them make a mistake and learn from it, and don't cause stress to anyone, will help us to build a welcoming environment.
Thank you
Can't read all of this?
if you think it's too long to read, Please try use ( A Robot Reader helps and reads English sentences for you ( i use it every time specially for Long sentences) 😊 🌸 Sakura emad 💖 (talk) 17:34, 21 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
I honestly do not see it as really worrying. It is sad that those editors left WP, but we have to work with what we have. We have had multiple new editors here that are greatly helping Simple Wikipedia. We can remember the past, but we shouldn't mourn it, instead, we should embrace the present and future. PS: I feel like some English Wikipedia users think Simple Wiki is a filler/pointless project, so I don't think advertising will do much Etoza (?) 18:02, 21 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
The Wikipedia ball keeps on spinning.
I feel like simple wiki editors will always come and go, even if it is sad to see. We have what, like 30 really active editors here, most of which I can recite from memory. I think a more effective method of recruitment would be trying to get editors from other language Wikimedia projects that are trying to learn english. I also agree with Etoza that we should focus on maintaining what we have, like dyk, ga's, etc. AnApple47 (talk) 01:56, 22 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
I reluctantly disagree with trying to recruit people who are trying to learn English. Such people are part of our target audience (that is, people the articles are written for), but not necessarily the best for writing articles. Writing simple English is harder than writing regular English. People who are learning English tend to think that, since they are new to the language, whatever they know must be simple, but that isn't the case. Even people whose first language is English can have a hard time writing in simple language. We need people who 1) are very proficient in English and 2) know or can learn what makes language simple. Even when we recruit people who are proficient in English, there's usually a learning curve before they can write effectively here. That's one reason I created that list of ways that this wiki is different from others. --Auntof6 (talk) 09:31, 22 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
@Auntof6: Yeah, I can see why that wouldn't be the best idea now. I still think we might be able to find new editors there who might know english well enough to edit. AnApple47 (talk) 13:53, 22 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
I wouldn't really consider myself as "active" given that I'm more found on voy then here, although I do come time to time here.
But I should say that I prefer this smaller community over the larger English Wikipedia which is full of problems. Given the unfriendly environment on en, it's why I did retire. Although we have lost some editors, it may be for the better. SHB2000 (talk) 02:30, 22 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
Editors have always left (for various reasons), and new editors have joined the project. There's the right to vanish, so if an editor no longer feels like wanting to contribute he or she can leave the project. I think what is most important is to be friendly to new editors, once it is clear they want to conmtribute productively; and no, I am also talking about unnamed editors. As pointed out above, the "Language skills" required are usually not those of someone "learning the language", which doesn't mean that those cant contribute. Simplifying is long and tedious, and I welcome any ediotr helping this project, no matter what their background is. In most cases, a form can be found where the editor can contribute productively. --Eptalon (talk) 20:32, 22 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

This isn't anything new. Sometimes we lose some editors and sometimes we gain a whole bunch at once. Also be aware that we often gain editors that you don't realize because you don't see them take part in discussions. As someone who has been on this wiki for well over a decade I can tell you if anything the last little while we have been growing faster than we have since the heydays of 2007-20010 when we were many times more active than we are now. We will most likely always be small because it takes a very strong grasp of the English language to edit here. As mentioned above, a mistake people often make is they assume people who are our target audience are the ones who should edit here more, but the opposite is true, editing here actually takes more skill than to write the average "regular English" article. As such most editors will always gravitate to the as its easier to write and there is a bigger audience to write for. We will always be at the whims of people who find us "by accident" or who come here cause they got into block/ban trouble on There isn't much we can do about it, its been talked about many times and solutions like embassies on are just not workable as most editors there just want us shut down. -Djsasso (talk) 20:44, 22 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

I notice on one of the people you mentioned they mention they started university. That is one of the biggest reasons we lose editors and not something we can help, for some reason minors gravitate to this wiki so we inevitably lose them when they discover "real life". -Djsasso (talk) 21:15, 22 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Idea: Bring the Teahouse over to simple

New editors can discuss stuff, get advice and stuff. Derpdart56 (talk) 15:53, 21 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Full support. Just worrying on implementation of the teahouse. Also it might ruin the simplicity of the wikipedia. 💠Ely - Talk💠 15:56, 21 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Hmm... It's a good idea, but I'm not sure if many people would use it since the Simple community is much, much smaller than enwiki. Hockeycatcat (talk) 15:58, 21 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

We've always used simple talk as our teahouse, village pump and everything merged. While an introduction of a teahouse could be more welcoming to editors, and I would be willing to volunteer, the first thing this page says about Simple Talk is "This is the place to ask any questions you have about the Simple English Wikipedia." If this is the one of the main reasons for this discussion page existing, why do we need to have another place? --Ferien (talk) 16:12, 21 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
maybe we could make simple talk more inviting, like having dedicated question answers, or pictures? I also don't think a Teahouse is a good idea because it might be confusing to newcomers. AnApple47 (talk) 01:59, 22 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
Simple talk is the teahouse. -Djsasso (talk) 11:52, 23 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

I need help archiving my talk pages

AAAAAAA WHY AM I BAD AT THIS. I can't get the blasted box for it to display the archives correctly. Derpdart56 (talk) 13:13, 23 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Umm, seems fine to me. This ain't the place to express anger btw. 💠Ely - Talk💠 13:17, 23 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
LOoks fine, Sassobot comes around periodically, and cleans up the page...--Eptalon (talk) 13:21, 23 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
I had this same issue as well. Took me three whole week to figure this out, which eventually worked after using redirects SHB2000 (talk) 13:22, 23 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
It's working, but I might mention that it is a bit redundant since your archives are listed in your talk header and in a box on the side. Probably don't need both. -Djsasso (talk) 14:31, 23 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
Just noticed you were doing it monthly and by numbers. I have fixed how the monthly ones work. I would create redirects for the other two or rename them so they fit the monthly pattern and they will all show up in one place. -Djsasso (talk) 14:39, 23 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]


Hey guys, me and some colleagues are simplifying the article about Interlingue. Could anyone help us do so so that we can propose it as a good article? Thank you ina advance. --Caro de Segeda (talk) 11:12, 25 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Dark Mode

Could dark mode ever come to the Simple English Wikipedia? Dingothegorg 14:33, 16 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

I honestly don't think so. Simple is far behind en-wiki. Perhaps someone could make a script that could do this (though I doubt a script can do this). But dark mode would be epic. 💠Ely - Talk💠 14:54, 16 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
I think it could be added, since the one on en-wiki simply inverts the colors. This is true even for images, but they do get inverted back into what they normally are. Washing Machine of Lies (talk) 12:59, 17 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
Actually, you can add dark mode to any wiki! You simply need to add this line to the very top of your Special:MyPage/common.css:
:@import "";
I found that information here on the regular English wiki. Washing Machine of Lies (talk) 14:31, 20 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
*Gasp* thank you! 💠Ely - Talk💠 14:39, 20 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
Nvm, it doesn't work. I'm using the nightpedia script instead. 💠Ely - Talk💠 14:48, 20 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
@Elytrian: You're supposed to use common.css not common.js. DingoTalk 14:51, 20 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
Ehh. Nightpedia is wayyy better than dark mode anyway. (emojis look very cool) 💠Ely - Talk💠 16:27, 20 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
Technically you shouldn't have emoji's in your signatures anyway. Pictures are not allowed in signatures. -Djsasso (talk) 18:09, 20 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
I have a working dark mode script that works here on simple wiki. Just need to pull it out, let me know if you are interested --Tsugaru Let's Talk! :) 🍁 19:55, 20 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
Do emojis count as images? SHB2000 (talk) 01:11, 21 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
Of course they are. They don't stand for sounds, do they? Macdonald-ross (talk) 08:49, 4 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Reply tool for everyone

Hello, all. I have good news about the mw:Talk pages project.

The Reply tool puts the [reply] button on talk pages. Next week, everyone will have the Reply tool turned on. You will be able to turn it off in Special:Preferences#mw-prefsection-editing-discussion. You can read more about it at mw:Help:DiscussionTools.

You can try it out now by turning on "Discussion tools" in Special:Preferences#mw-prefsection-betafeatures. The Beta Feature will also add a [subscribe] button to each ==Level 2 section== on a talk page. If you subscribe to the section, then you will get Special:Notifications if someone adds a new comment to that section (but not if they fix typos or edit other parts of the page). This can be very helpful on busy pages, especially if you only want to follow one conversation. Please try it out and share your thoughts at mw:Talk:Talk pages project/Notifications. (Only the Reply tool will be turned on for everyone. The other Discussion tools are still being tested.)

Please let me know if you have any questions. Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 19:56, 20 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

This is  Done! Please let me know if you run into any problems. There is some technical information at mw:Help:DiscussionTools/Why can't I reply to this comment? Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 17:07, 30 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
I've been using the reply function and it's very helpful. It figures out the correct indents for you and adds your signature. I highly recommend that people try it. Auntof6 (talk) 23:41, 2 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]
The only think I hate about it is the autosign feature. SHB2000 (talk) 23:44, 2 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]
What issue do you have with that? It works fine for me, but I don't use a custom signature. -- Auntof6 (talk) 23:48, 2 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]
It works fine even with custom signatures --Tsugaru Let's Talk! :) 🍁 00:51, 3 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]
it helped me alot thank you. 🌸 Sakura emad 💖 (talk) 01:13, 3 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]
Not a problem on this wiki, but it is an issue on other wikis. SHB2000 (talk) 01:27, 3 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]
Automatic signatures was one of the main requests from the communities in the massive multi-wiki, multi-lingual consultation at the start of this project. I don't think that the team will disable that feature. Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 17:00, 4 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Which one? --Tsugaru Let's Talk! :) 🍁 01:44, 3 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]

  • Reply tool should also work on mobile devices. —Yahya (talkcontribs.) 20:51, 4 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]
    @PPelberg (WMF) will be happy to see your comment, @Yahya, because the Editing team wants to do that soon.
    Obviously, getting the Reply tool on the mobile site requires a bit of work, but the key design elements are done. One thing to notice: while you're typing on the desktop site, the editing box is moved over. It makes the box narrower, but you can see where your comment will go. On a smartphone, if the box gets narrower, there will not be enough room to type. On mobile, the box will be the full size. When you post your reply, it will end up in the right place. It will only be full size while you are typing. Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 00:32, 5 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Need help!

I don't want to lose on info on this article, so maybe some of you could come and help me simplify it? The article (though technically a draft, is massive.) You might want to see this as well. 💠Ely - Talk💠 16:58, 25 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

@Elytrian You don't mind me editing in your userspace, do you? SHB2000 (talk) 13:23, 29 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
Nope. 💠Ely - Talk💠 14:23, 29 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Category:M w

Not sure the proper way to rename a category but Category:M w needs a more descriptive name. I had to go to enwiki's version of the category en:Category:Articles using Mw magnitude scale to figure out what it was for. Nunabas (talk) 16:26, 27 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Yeah it was renamed at The template that was putting the articles there has been updated to go to the new category that uses. -Djsasso (talk) 11:52, 28 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Adding twinkle

Hello. I looked in my settings under the gadgets tab and I was not able to find Twinkle. How do I install Twinkle? Mikehawk10 (talk) 04:10, 29 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Hi Mikehawk10. You'll need to get autoconfirmed before you can use Twinkle. I'm pretty sure getting autoconfirmed works the same here as it does on enwiki, your account needs to exist for 4 days and have 10 edits. --Ferien (talk) 05:44, 29 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Problem in Google Translate article

I saw spamming in Google Translate article. People added crow language, fox language, ewe language, etc. in the list of languages supported. Besides, they added many human languages which aren't actually supported in the Google Translate in the list of supported languages. For example, Garo language was found added. I need other editors to rectify these errors in the article. We can take information from en wiki article en:Google Translate. There, we may find better information. Haoreima (talk) 13:15, 29 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

It seems the first eight languages (Abaza, Abellen, Abenaki, Abkhaz, Abure, Acehnese, Adyghe, and Afar) aren't even supported. The first one that appears for me is Afrikaans and the second is Albanian. SHB2000 (talk) 13:20, 29 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
Two significant spammings which I recently removed are these 1 and 2. Haoreima (talk) 13:24, 29 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
I have a feeling that almost a third of the languages mentioned there aren't actually supported by google given the high number of inaccuracies there. SHB2000 (talk) 13:32, 29 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
@Haoreima: You say you need other editors to fix the errors. Is there a reason you can't do it yourself? You could go to GT and copy/paste the list of languages. I'd do it myself, but I'm using a tablet right now and it would be tricky. --Auntof6 (talk) 16:22, 29 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
Auntof6 Tablet? Are you well, sister? Are you ill? And, tricky? What do you mean by saying "tricky"? Please clarify me, I don't understand, "tablet", "tricky", "copy/paste" from Google Translate! :):-) Haoreima (talk) 17:20, 29 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
@Haoreima: I am fine. Another meaning of "tablet" is a tablet computer. A tablet computer is a device like an iPad -- smaller than a laptop and bigger than most mobile phones. By "tricky", I meant that the kind of editing I'd need to do would be difficult on a mobile device. "Copy/paste" means to copy text with the copy function on whatever device you're using, then use the paste function to add it somewhere else. A common way of copying that way is with the control-C function on a PC, and then you paste with control-V. --Auntof6 (talk) 20:11, 29 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
@Auntof6: What about copyright infringement if I did so? Haoreima (talk) 04:31, 30 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
@Haoreima: I'm only suggesting you copy the list of language names, nothing else. I don't think there's anything copyrightable there. Of course, you'd have to format it. --Auntof6 (talk) 06:02, 30 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
I don't think that's copyrightable per c:COM:TOO. SHB2000 (talk) 06:22, 30 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Select You the question statements for candidates of Drafting Committee Movement Charter

Into 2021-10-04 11:59:59 UTC you can select question statements for the candidates of Drafting Committee Movement Charter. ✍️ Dušan Kreheľ (talk) 02:04, 30 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Quick deletion of Ssgyysg gysgysygsgy gysyg gys ygs ygssyg

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The page you wrote, Ssgyysg gysgysygsgy gysyg gys ygs ygssyg, has been selected for quick deletion. If you think this page should be kept, please add {{wait}} below the line {{QD}} and say why on the talk page. If the page is already gone, but you think this was an error, you can ask for it to be undeleted. You can find more information about the reason here. Derpdart56 (talk) 15:27, 30 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Uhhhh.... Derpdart56 (talk) 15:28, 30 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]
I know... vandal user talk redirects are annoying... 💠Ely - Talk💠 16:03, 30 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Firefox - For Linux Mint / Firefox

Hi! Does anyone here use one of these firefox browsers to edit Wikipedia, I have an enquiry about something. Tsugaru Let's Talk! :) 🍁 03:09, 3 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Universal Code of Conduct Draft Enforcement Guidelines review still needs your ideas and opinions

Hello everyone,

This is just a reminder that the Universal Code of Conduct Draft Enforcement Guidelines are open for review and comment. The Drafting Committee will start working on revisions and improvement in less than two weeks (October 17), so it is important that you give them your ideas and opinions soon!

There is now a short, simple version of the Draft Guidelines here to make your review easier. If possible, also help translate the short version into more languages!

We will also hold one last conversation hour on October 15, 2021 03:00 and 14:00 UTC.

On behalf of the Drafting Committee, much thanks to everyone who has given ideas so far. We hope to hear from more of you - the Guidelines will be much stronger if more opinions are included.

Best, Zuz (WMF) (talk) 11:28, 6 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Twinkle QD

Does anyone know if Twinkle could be configured to be able to directly issue warnings (including the page name) for bad page creations, instead of just leaving a QD notice? That seems to me like it would be more useful, especially for repeat violations. J991 16:27, 6 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]

In those situations I don't leave the QD notice and just leave the warning notice, although being an admin I rarely leave a notice anyway since I am the one deleting the article as I see them. -Djsasso (talk) 11:33, 7 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Let's talk about the Desktop Improvements

Annotated Wikipedia Vector interface (logged-out).png


Have you noticed that some wikis have a different desktop interface? Are you curious about the next steps? Maybe you have questions or ideas regarding the design or technical matters?

Join an online meeting with the team working on the Desktop Improvements! It will take place on October 12th, 16:00 UTC on Zoom. It will last an hour. Click here to join.


  • Update on the recent developments
  • Sticky header - presentation of the demo version
  • Questions and answers, discussion


The meeting will not be recorded or streamed. Notes will be taken in a Google Docs file. The presentation part (first two points in the agenda) will be given in English.

We can answer questions asked in English, French, Polish, and Spanish. If you would like to ask questions in advance, add them on the talk page or send them to

Olga Vasileva (the team manager) will be hosting this meeting.

Invitation link

We hope to see you! SGrabarczuk (WMF) 15:09, 4 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Hello! I'd like to remind that the meeting will happen today. You are welcome to join! SGrabarczuk (WMF) (talk) 15:53, 12 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Hi guys

Hi gang! I know it's been a long while since I've said hi, but I keep you all in my thoughts and read from time to time I'm doing well, I've started another doctorate this year in clinical psychology (ClinPsyD) after doing a psychology degree (BSc(Hons) Psychology & Counselling, at the Open University in England. I've retired from medicine and wanted to do something else with my life, so look forward to me editing psychology based articles (and, of course, medical articles). I hope you are all doing well and that everyone got through Covid-19 okay. Big hugs to the old gang and hand shakes to those of you new to me. Yours, fr33kman 22:14, 7 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]

So very glad to see your name pop up in my watchlist today! Glad you're well, and welcome back around. --Gordonrox24 | Talk 00:27, 8 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]
Fr33kman You don't probably know me, since I joined a few years ago but, HEYYYYY, I am so glad to hear from you! --Tsugaru Let's Talk! :) 🍁 00:45, 8 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]
hi guys i am new to this wiki good to be here i am really looking forward to getting to know everyone! Cocopuff2018 (talk) 00:52, 8 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]
Nice to meet you! AnApple47 💬 00:55, 8 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]
+1 Camouflaged Mirage (talk) 11:46, 8 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]
Welcome back! It's always good to see people return. Simple's barely changed. :) -BRP ever 04:53, 8 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]
A new editor that sees your past marks everywhere. 💠Ely - Talk💠 08:56, 13 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Automated systems

Adding deletion tag to article: Failed to retrieve edit token.

Hello! Any idea why am I getting a Adding deletion tag to article: Failed to retrieve edit token. when trying to nominate an article for RfD? The article I am trying nominate is Peter Jean-Marie. --Ramaswar57 (talk) 08:19, 9 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]

I think this is because of I think MediaWiki:Gadget-morebits.js needs correction.—Yahya (talkcontribs.) 10:22, 9 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]
So, it seems the issue is caused by a config change which needs to have a fix in the js, so this requires an IA attention. Camouflaged Mirage (talk) 12:24, 9 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]
can anyone fix the problem? 🌸 Sakura emad 💖 (talk) 13:11, 11 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]
Still not fixed! :( --Ramaswar57 (talk) 16:24, 12 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Wikipedia page here

If you look at it, above the Wikipedia logo there are two rude words. How do you remove it? Link:

Fixed.--Gordonrox24 | Talk 21:34, 9 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Thank you.--SimpleWikiExpert (talk) 21:47, 9 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Help for leaving warning messages while Twinkle isn't working

You can manually leave warning messages. Here's how to find the appropriate template to use.

  • Click on the Twinkle warning link to bring up the window.
  • Select the relevant warning level and issue.
  • To the left of the text describing the issue, Twinkle shows you the template to use. Make a note of it, then exit the Twinkle dialog.
  • On the user talk page, go to the section for the current month, or create the section if it doesn't exist.
  • Look at the template to see what parameters are required or available.
  • Add the template, being sure to substitute it, like this:
If you're using parameters, it might look like this:
{{subst:uw-vandalism2|page name}}

Hope this helps. --Auntof6 (talk) 22:42, 10 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Wikipedia:User_talk_page_warnings will be an useful page for all the warnings / headings. Camouflaged Mirage (talk) 11:54, 11 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]
It can be useful, but the method I described tells you the template to use so you don't have to search for it. -- Auntof6 (talk) 18:34, 11 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Category question

Should we adopt the same practice that enwiki does en:WP:TEMPLATECAT in which they dont use templates for adding pages to content categories? Nunabas (talk) 15:28, 11 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]

I would be in favor of that for content categories, not only for the reasons given on the enwiki page, but also to stay in sync with enwiki since we copy templates from there. However, I don't think we should remove the cats from templates here if the corresponding enwiki template still has them--again because we copy (and occasionally update) templates from there.
So maybe the way we should implement this is to copy/update templates from enwiki that have had the categories removed. (In fact, that implementation might happen inadvertently.) And when we do that, we need to hardcode categories that are no longer added by the template(s). --Auntof6 (talk) 18:46, 11 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]
If someone wants to make it official and update the policy I can start migrating categories out of templates. Nunabas (talk) 13:26, 12 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]
I understand wanting to get this done, but something like this usually need a discussion with input from a good number of editors. Discussions usually go for at least a week, whereas you just raised this question yesterday. -- Auntof6 (talk) 19:03, 12 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Allow the Ukrainian-language Wikipedia to unblock me as I have been blocked for weeks until I cannot begin to create many new pages on different things such as the hadith, and all about the world..

Hello. Could you please help me to be unblocked from the Ukrainian language Wikipedia, as I have been not editing in the Ukrainian-language Wikipedia for weeks, and I would like to begin editing in it through the hadith qudsi and also the Polish author Nela the Little Reporter. Could you please allow the Ukrainian-language Wikipedia to unblock me? Thank you.

Each wiki makes its own decisions. We cannot make decisions for another wiki. Sorry. Macdonald-ross (talk) 13:29, 12 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]


What on earth is a token parameter? I'm having trouble reverting text. Macdonald-ross (talk) 08:28, 13 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Yeah, Twinkle isn't working for me either. I also get the same "token" error. But RW works good for me and seems to be more fast than TW. --Hulged (talk) 08:35, 13 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]
Same issue! Redwarn saved me. 💠Ely - Talk💠 09:27, 13 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Voting begins for the MCDC Election

Voting for the election of the members for the Movement Charter drafting committee is now open. In total, 70 Wikimedians from around the world are running for 7 seats in this election.

Voting is open from October 12 to October 24, 2021.

The Movement Charter committee will consist of 15 members in total: The online communities will vote for 7 members, 6 members will be selected by the Wikimedia affiliates through a parallel process, and 2 members will be appointed by the Wikimedia Foundation. The plan is to assemble the committee by November 1, 2021.

You can learn more about each candidate to inform your vote here

You can also learn more about the Drafting Committee here

We are piloting a voting advice application for this election. Click through the tool and you will see which candidate is closest to you! To try out this tool, visit: App

Go vote at SecurePoll: Vote

Read the full announcement: here

Best,Zuz (WMF) (talk) 18:43, 13 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]