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Discussions starting in 2003


Hi. I made a new page called TalkTalkTalk. I made it because I don't know which pages are the "right" pages to talk about many things, so I'm just going to copy things and talk about them here. I hope this doesn't cause any problems for anybody --

Is this sort of a place for general discussions that are not specific to articles? Sort of like the mailing list? If so, I think that's probably a good idea. Angela
Yes, good idea. We might want to archive it every day to TalkTalkTalk/031023 or something, so it's easy to find the TTT from a given day.
I don't know if it'll need doing daily but we can see - if it reaches 32kb limits each day then fair enough. Angela
If you wait for it to hit 32kb, then, you will be archiving at some time other than the day boundary. This is fine if you still make the archive day by day, and perhaps redirect multiple days to one page?
Or maybe we could have a mailing list! Angela

Now you are trolling.  ;-) It's quite obvious that the mailing list approach divides "Who edits" from "who decides", since two different technologies and protocols are used. Many of the best contributors at the Wikipedias do not participate on mailing lists as a matter of principle, and resent decisions made in another medium being applied here when a perfectly good alternative way (like this TalkTalkTalk page) can exist.
Many, like the Cunctator, have said that a mailing list only serves a GodKing, and doesn't serve the actual users, nor the contributors who care most about the users. I tend to agree.
mailing lists should be ignored. they divide contributors from deciders, encourage cabals, and have generally failed as a way to govern
Let's give 's idea a chance!

Everybody can use this page. If you copy something here, please say where it came from.

If you think that something "should" be on another page, please make a link to that page.

      • DON'T take things off of this page -- the idea is that things should be easy to find here. *** -- -- RJ208104.user.veloxzone.
But if they're ABOUT other things, they need to be in those TALK pages, not here. Otherwise people concerned with those things can't find them. They are only "easy to find here" for the day they appear here, before the talk gets archived.


Extended discussion of whether titles can be in Simple English was moved to Simple English Staging/Talk. It came originally from Computer/Talk.

The point:

"We can't restrict titles to only being in Simple English - that would make it impossible to call things by the same names here as they are called in Full English." (

Good point! I definitely agree with this! --

More at Simple English Staging/Talk.

How's that? We indicate where it's from, and where more of it is discussed.

Question inspired by recent edits to Cabal

For -- Please tell me: Why do you use so many words and phrases (and even make pages about things!) that aren't Basic English, probably aren't any kind of Simple English, and aren't even common in Full English? Surely these things aren't the most important for Simple English Users to read about here?? --

I am trying to avoid assuming anything about Simple English Users other than what is written down as a guess about them now. If you want to change my assumptions, then just edit that article, adding better statistics on non-English people.
The Simple English Reading and Simple English Staging strategy are well enough explained. They imply trying to do the MOST COMPLEX ARTICLES first, to figure out where the boundary between Full English and Simple English are. When it's clear what goes to Full and what stays at Simple, and each has ended up in its right place, and we have a good way to know when to link BETWEEN them, the job here will be much clearer to all of us. It will be to explain all the simple topics that are mentioned and required to understand those "boundary" topics.
Also, MOST IMPORTANT, the concepts that are required for Simple English Wikipedia governance must at least be ATTEMPTED in something as close to Simple as we can manage, right now, so that people who speak English as a second language can participate in working out rules. That means often explaining ideas to them like cabal, God's eye view, systemic bias, and of course neutral point of view. We have no choice but to explain these in SOME way. So better to do it in an official article we can subject to Simple English Editor's discipline, rather than one user at a time in talk or something.
This idea, that everything that is important to govern something must be explained and discussed WITHIN THE SAME RULES as that thing applies to things outside itself, is reflexivity. That is not a Simple English word, no, but if you don't learn that word, you will think a lot of arbitrary decisions are being made and forced on you when in fact it is an attempt to keep other kinds of arbitrary decisions (like a cabal) out of the picture, so the project runs itself better. And that is fairer to all. This TalkTalkTalk page is an example - it lets the people here use the same methods to debate the SEW, as they are using to write it. That is reflexivity. Now that you know that word, you can find it on the net and read about it, and come back and challenge what I say about it. So you have more power this way than if I avoid that complex word.

(Going offline now -- probably until tomorrow. Ciao. -- )

ok, good work today, especially getting this page going.

No TalkTalkTalk on 2003/10/24 so this archive is also the TalkTalkTalk/to_031024

on 2003/10/25

Today's TTT issues:

Please make articles complete before you try to make them "simple". If you don't, then they can be as simple as you like, but, they just get expanded with terms that you didn't use, and, then, they have to be simplified again.

While a complete article that is too complex can be simplified without losing content in one process over time, it requires a lot more luck to get the article right randomly expanding it to be more complete and cutting it back to read more simply...

No! Articles do not have to be complete. Wikipedia is a work in progress. Angela

My vote for "Simple" before "complete". I think that all Wikipedia articles may be assumed to be *never* really "complete", and that working on the basis of trying to make them so is basically against the idea of Wikipedia. --

It's true they are never complete. But you can't "vote" on an issue that is a constraint. It's fairly obvious that if you don't make an effort to completeness before simplifying, the article never gets to a point of coherence, and the right level of language and balance with more complex language and Simple English Staging never gets settled. So this isn't something you vote on, it's something you adopt as a deliberate choice. SEW is still a Wikipedia. One has to ask the same scope and factoring questions. And one has to ask them before one asks vocabulary questions.
Furthermore, we know that historically new articles (in the other Wikipedias) are usually fiercely edited and re-edited for a while before settling down. The state of "relatively complete" is achieved by consensus rather than fiat. --
*Wikipedia articles are *not* edited "randomly" (except in vandalism, a small percentage of cases and not what we're talking about here), but rather by consensus among many users.* --
OK, I don't mean to suggest it's really "random", but it's not a "consensus" if it's just edit wars of attrition either... which is more common than either of you are admitting. NPOV doesn't solve all problems. In many ways it is just a gateway for more problems, subtler ones.

I think it would be easy to argrue that *everything* on Wikipedia is in some sense done by "wars of attrition", and/or that there is a spectrum rather than an opposition between "consensus" and "edit war". --

"NPOV doesn't solve all problems. In many ways it is just a gateway for more problems, subtler ones." -- Maybe so. But nothing *does* solve all problems, and the attempt to be NPOV is one of the core Wikipedia values. If we don't all try for NPOV, we won't accomplish much --

I agree it's a bit elitist to be complete and complex before one lets those who only understand Simple English in. But they aren't the primary contributors. So trying to make articles in progress simpler, before they are properly scoped, named, factored and links settled, is really false economy. It's counter-productive, since someone else loses the clues they needed to finish the article, and may even have to add back links removed in a "simplifying" drive. I can see "simplify" becoming as political as "neutralize" on some other Wikipedias has become... A Random Troll

"I agree it's a bit elitist to be complete and complex before one lets those who only understand Simple English in. But they aren't the primary contributors." -- This sounds *quite* elitist to me. We don't "let" those who only understand Simple English in. SEWiki users, contributors, and editors are de facto anybody who can get to a WWW-capable terminal, can use it, and stumbles across this site. --

True, but we can and should make some reasonable assumptions about who those people are, using statistics. Simple English Users does just that. Please add probabilities of them getting to a WWW-capable web terminal, if you can find this data. It does exist. And it's not our "permission" that matters, it's the probability that they will feel technically and culturally comfortable editing pages. Not every culture teaches people to be bold in challenging what appear to be "expert" opinions.

"I can see "simplify" becoming as political as "neutralize" on some other Wikipedias has become..." -- ARTroll, I'm not familiar with this "neutralize" issue. Can you give a few words of explanation? Thanks. --

Basically the way things get neutralized is not itself neutral. It depends on people who share some point of view like most obviously "the Internet is good, the WWW is good, Wikipedia is very good," and maybe some ideas like "progress is good, English is a good language to learn, mathematics is very important, and physics is the most important and basic knowledge about reality." When you think about it, that's so far from neutral it's a joke. It looks nothing like the way ordinary people in the world think. So we know that a lot of things require some political effort to neutralize and education of people who see no problem with this mind-set. One camp at Wikipedia wants to ignore this issue. Another camp thinks its the most important thing. It's kind of a war in some ways. A lot of m:factionalism is resulting from it. You should read arguments on this especially and etc.

I think "neutralise" means to make something NPOV.

But who judges when it *is*? You have lots of unattributed statements assumed to be true in articles like en:particle physics. No one demands that these be attributed in detail. However much LESS controversial statements in ecology get challenged all the time. A great example of the double standard is that en:carrying capacity was a disambiguation page that tried to reserve space for non-existent ab/uses of that term for thigns like traffic management, while en:Standard Model just bald-facedly steals those basic words to talk about particle physics. Think about it. This is the most blantant POV possible. Even worse battles go on over issues like en:truth and en:knowledge. Western philosophers assume they can just monopolize those concepts, keeping out anything said after 1960 or by disadvantaged people or groups, by religion, or even Western philosophers who challenge the traditional beliefs (like truth being something you can write down at all, or knowledge being not tied to spatial reality or the senses or cognition). Try to write anything coherent about this, and it gets attacked regularly with no respect for process (mass cuts and unjustified reverts from anonymous parties constantly shifting IP numbers). Think about it. This is a much worse neutrality problem than a few adjectives.
See SEUS_Juan_looks_at_the_sky for a Simple English User Story about the different mind-sets that a typical user might have to balance and deal with, and why we should be careful about this balancing in our articles.

I think articles should be written as simply as possible from the start.

Right. But no simpler! Some topics just require more complex language than others, which is why Simple English Staging matters so much.

In theory there should never be any complex english anywhere on the site.

Let's set a target date by which all articles must be in Simple English as we THEN understand it. But let's not try to start by tying up our brains. We need to be able to approximate and get it right later.

These talk pages should all be in simple english, but i think we all need to become more familar with it before we can use it without losing the art of conversation. -- Tango

True. Same issue. So set another target date by which talk must be in SE to get answered.  ;-)

The name for the Pump

As we do not yet have a village pump, I shall ask this here. What should the village pump be called? (In the English Wikipedia, the village pump is used for asking questions).

Village pump makes no sense in English, let alone simple English. A lot of other languages are using names based aound cafes. (Le Bistro, y caffi etc). Any thoughts on what to call it here?

Angela. 20 August, 03:16 BST

"Page where people speak back and forth about the simple Wikipedia" -Hehe. I dunno -- On Ar.Wiki (glad you joined, BTW - It was pretty lonely there..) I named it the "Community Oasis." Is "chat" a simple word? "Talk" would be the simplest, while discussion, and communication might follow after. "Simple Talk"? Easy chat? Some long words are actully simple, while others are complex - I think you're right that we should avoid dealing in metaphors as theyre an abstraction.

  • I wouldn't suggest talk and that will get confused with talk about the articles. How about "questions" or "ask a question"? Angela.
I personnaly liked the Market Place as a place to visit when we want, and shop for something like an answer. Ant
I would not call it questions because it is also for remarks, proposals, etc. Avoiding the usual metaphor, because a metaphor is not really simple, I like Simple talk; the only possible confusion is with Simple/Talk, when we have an article called Simple, but that is not so serious. Patrick.
Something straightforward: "Helps and concerns/worries/ideas/X".
The problem with metaphors like "Village Pump" is that it was adequately metaphorically to the creator and those around him at that time (i.e., villagers gather around the pump to whatnot), but to most other people now, it's just a too poetic metaphor. We wouldn't want our metaphor to end up that way. --Menchi, August 20, 2003
I like the suggestion of "simple talk" as it has a double meaning of both talk that is written in a simple language and it is talk about the simple English Wikipedia. Angela

I like it too.//我喜欢也是。 -Stevertigo

Why not stick with it then? Ain't broke: don't fix--BozMo|talk 11:49, 2 Aug 2004 (UTC)

      • If the "simple English" wikipedia is to live up to its "simple" name then a good name for a "village pump" would be "The place for talking it over", or the "Talking_it_over" page, simple, descriptive, easily grasped (although somewhat plain, of course, but along the lines of BASIC English). Jay B. ILVI

I don't have any idea about the village pump, may be an object or machine ? " sukor06 "

How about, "Simple chat"? Or "Simple Talk". Opp, forgot to sign. Terryeo (talk) 17:45, 18 February 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]
This discussion is many years old. Its already called Simple Talk... -Djsasso (talk) 18:09, 18 February 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Discussions starting in 2005


Hi, i miss in the SimpleWikipedia the possibility to found a portal/project on a topic/area. Is this something only the "full" Wikipedias(these in "normal" languages) should have, or can we integrate it somehow in the SimpleWikipedia? I don't know how to realize it, but if this would be possible, I will found a project and/or portal for mathematics, but I would be happy if there were somebody, who knows more about maths, to help continuosly. Of course it would be good, if every big (or to-be-big) area will be found by somebody (or better more than one person) who will some sort of look after this area. sternchen14.July2005 ps: how can I get a signature with a link to my userpage without having to type it in?

Discussions starting in 2006


I find writing in Simple is really a difficult task. But, I will do it for sure. --Bhadani 16:36, 23 June 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]


I thought the intro looked a bit unclean, so I've used the style from the English Wikipedia Village pump, I think it looks alright. What do you think? T. Moitie - Talk - Esperanza 20:59, 4 September 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Discussions starting in 2007

No table of contents?

Why do neither of these pages have table of contents? I don't think they should be omitted. T. Moitie|Talk|Esperanza 02:30, 3 September 2006 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I don't understand what you mean, Moitie, but in general, only those pages have a table of contents (TOC) by default, which have enough number of sections (headings) in them (I think the number was 4 but I'm not sure.)
In order to force a TOC to appear on a page, no matter it has only one section, you can add __TOC__ to its top.
In order to prohibit a TOC to appear on a page, no matter it has many sections, you can add __NOTOC__ to its top.
Hope it helps, - Huji reply 17:08, 28 June 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Running simple wiki

In order to be administrator here, you must be on big one, how to apply for this one? How often must one reply and be active on both wikis? — This unsigned comment was added by (talk • contribs) .

You do not have to be an administrator (or even an editor) on the English Wikipedia to become one on Simple English. There are no rules on how often a person needs to post, how much they must post, or how long they have been posting for. Each person who applies for administrator is voted on by the other editors. Because each person has a different standard on how they vote, it is advisable to not bother to try for admin until you have at least around 1k edits, have been active here for 3 months, and have shown a good understanding of the guidelines and policies. Many people voting will not consider supporting the request unless the person has at least those qualifications (exceptions do happen though). To request to be an admin, see Wikipedia:Administrators and bureaucrats -- Creol(talk) 21:08, 2 April 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Discussions starting in 2008


Hi everyone! I'm Arizza, a writer at our student publication here at University of the East (Philippines)... Anyone! We have this DAWN INVESTIGATIVE BUREAU, and we're investigating the anomalies happenning in our school with regards to the books their issueing in the students... Books dont have their ISBN or International Standard Book Number. May I know the SIGNIFICANCE OF ISBN? Pls help me,,, help us... Thank you!

Have a look at the article "International Standard Book Number". — Cheers, Truth's Out There talk 19:31, 20 June 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Photographic Memories

I am hoping someone with a photographic memory happened to see my article on Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest. Earlier this morning, I started the article, specifying right there in the article that it was the home of Thomas Jefferson.

I saved my first draft, went to the bathroom, and came back and checked to see if you have an article on Thomas Jefferson. (You do, which is nice because for those of you who do not know, he was arguably one of a handful of the most famous presidents of the USA, which is a fairly large country in North America (at least in terms of land area).

Anywho...... I wanted to wikify my article to Thomas Jefferson, but did not wish to create a red link. So I thought it prudent to take the time to check first whether you actually had an article already on Jefferson. But when I went back to open my article on Poplar Forest, the home which Jefferson built, the article had vanished. I was stunned to find it in the deletion log, reason given: not notable. (Deletion log); 03:29 . . Chenzw (Talk | changes) deleted "Poplar forest" (QD A4: The article does not show notability)

Did anyone happen to see and read my incarnation of the now deleted article? I know it was only up at this site for about three minutes, so I guess there is not much chance anyone saw it, but if you DID see it, and you happen to have a photographic memory, I would greatly appreciate it if you would send me the text that I wrote.

I did not recreate the article right then and there (when this info would have been fresh in my mind), because I know it is against the rules to recreate an article which has already been deleted, for whatever reason. BUT.........Now someone ELSE has started the article again, which I guess is another violation of policy, but I won't get in to that matter. Anyway, this guy copy and pasted a very small amount of material from wikipedia and then abandoned the article. And not just to go to the bathroom either. It has been hours and the guy has not been back.

At this point, no one seems to be arguing the notability of this historic presidential residence. I am not sure what happened between the moment the article was deleted for being not notable, and the moment 31 minutes later when it was started again with new information copied and pasted from the wikipedia article on Poplar Forest. But I guess the article will stay. If it is notable enough for Wikipedia, possibly it might fly also at Simple Wikipedia. In fact someone has asked me to please add my information to that other guy's article, stating that the three people working on or deleting and recreating and adding wikipedia stuff, and pics, or protecting that article have not been to this historic landmark.... and I have and therefore I am in the best position to make that article a little tiny bit better.

So again, if someone can remember that text I wrote, please send it to me and maybe not having lost my little bit of work will help me feel better about expanding on that article those guys got started on.

Bumberspand (talk) 09:45, 27 May 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Why would someone need photographic memory? Had you just asked politely, any admin could have easily provided you with the information from the article. Instead of constant complaining, a simple request would have solved the problem. As of now, there is a copy of the article in your user space as it was originally written (including factual errors, total lack of formatting and other problems). -- Creol(talk) 10:40, 27 May 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thanks very much. I will be sure not to submit any more articles unless they are absolutely complete and perfect in every way. This is all I can do for now, though. (I have dug all morning and finally figured out what you meant by my userspace, and I got my original draft and incorporated it into the article for you. You have a very nice website here and I hope you find a lot of eager people who want to work on it and give their valuable time to learning how to contribute here.

Bumberspand (talk) 14:20, 27 May 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

No need to be sarcastic. Microchip 09:53, 30 May 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
How was that sarcastic? I could not find any sarcasticness in that last message before yours that was sarcastic. Cheers, Razorflame 08:47, 18 June 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
The "absolutely perfect and complete in every single way". Microchip 17:08, Thursday, June 19 2008 Utc


Just curious, but why can't images be added to this Wiki? - A Link to the Past (talk) 05:16, 30 June 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

The Wikimedia Foundation's policy is free content only. Only the English Wikipedia allows any fair use; everywhere else, it has to be free. It's a lot easier, faster, and saves resources to have all people upload free images to the Commons, where any wiki can use it, instead of just a specific Wikipedia, since only that Wikipedia can use it. Yeah, it sucks, the video game articles dont' look as pretty without the box art. Cassandra 05:19, 30 June 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
It also makes it easier for other Wikipedias to use our articles. --Werdan7T @ 05:37, 30 June 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Well, when the Simple Wiki expands enough, I think that the fair use policy for images should allow for images to be allowed here. - A Link to the Past (talk) 22:53, 30 June 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I've always rather hoped that English Wikipedia would follow the other Wikipedias and remove "fair use". It a very US specific thing, and I think Simple English Wikipedia is trying to be diverse. As it stands a large proportion of non-US editors may technically breaking the laws of their own country by uploading. Hippopotamus (talk) 05:28, 1 July 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
The problem with the fair use ban idea is that video game articles would take the full brunt of its effect. For instance, without an image of, say, Zack & Wiki, it would be very hard for the reader to visualize what the game looks like. There are really no free use images for video games (with the exception of some very meh images that people are forced to use, such as the G&W SMB image for Super Mario Bros., which the article doesn't even cover), so pretty much any and every video game article looks very empty and plain. - A Link to the Past (talk) 23:42, 2 July 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I see your point, but I guess it's just the reality of copyright. What I would be in favor of is commons allowing free, but "not for commercial use" images... You could always contact the game companies and ask if they'll release a single screenshot under GFDL or Creative Commons. They might agree, it's effectively free advertising after all... Hippopotamus (talk) 05:57, 4 July 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
It's just a darn shame how hard it is to get good images. Just two questions - is a screenshot of a commercial free use, and if I get permission to use a picture of an arcade machine by the person who took it, does it qualify as free use? - A Link to the Past (talk) 06:09, 4 July 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

No, screenshot of a commercial is not free use. Still copyrighted to the person who made the TV commercial. Arcade machines are OK, but those only help for arcade games, and that's been a dying breed for about ten years now. Cassandra 06:11, 4 July 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

And if the game itself is the focus of the image, it could be considered a derivative work, which isn't allowed on Commons. —Giggy 06:19, 4 July 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Discussions starting in 2009

Friendly note.

I've pasted a link to this discussion in the IRC channel, in order to let folks know about the discussion. I made no recommendations to what I think people should say, all I did was post the link. Very best, NonvocalScream (talk) 17:46, 1 January 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Another friendly note

I've pasted a link to this discussion in the IRC channel, in order to let folks know about the discussion. I made no recommendations to what I think people should say, all I did was post the link. I'm noting here for transparency. Very best, NonvocalScream (talk) 18:20, 19 January 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]

1) Didn't need posting 2) Why not just post it in that discussion? 3) [[Wikipedia:Simple talk#Permission_request-Importers]] is a nicer looking wikimarkup ツ MC8 (talk) 18:23, 19 January 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Well, I'm concerned that there may not be enough participants in the discussion. I posted on the talk page because this has nothing to do with the permission or the candidate. Just the process. NonvocalScream (talk) 18:30, 19 January 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]
You're also using Wikipedia talk:Simple talk, not Wikipedia:Simple talk... MC8 (talk) 18:46, 19 January 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]


This is the fist time that i write to Wikipedia. I need to improve my English but I don't know how to do it. I try to find some methode in the internet to get the solution. May this web can help me to improve it by myselfe. So,I try to write something in to this page. I need you help to check this massage and i need someone to be my friend and chat with me thogether. thank — Preceding unsigned comment added by Bluewave44 (talkcontribs)

You get all help you need. Good luck and happy editing. Barras (talk) 14:50, 4 March 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Archiving discussions

Please for the love of everything simple, stop placing {{archive top}} and {{archive bottom}} to active discussions. Stopping or attempting to quell a discussion almost never works. Please stop it. If I have done this to an active discussion in the past, I wholeheartedly apologise and pledge that I will never do this again. Please stop. I promise that if I have comments, I'll just add them directly below the archived discussion. Discussion is good. Discussion is collaboration. NonvocalScream (talk) 02:36, 4 August 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]

What, archiving a thread that's pulling our community away from the encyclopedia is a bad thing? The discussion has gone past constructive. Shappy talk 02:42, 4 August 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]


When I came to this page, I became immediatley confused...there is a lot of jargon, and a lot of discussion, but nothing of much use to the average layman. Perhaps that could chage, or you could at least rename the page to something less misleading? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Jailman3 (talkcontribs)

The first line says: "This is the place to ask any questions you have about the Simple English Wikipedia." I'm not sure what you are expecting on that page. It is not for the average person to read; it is for active editors to talk about the project. If you would like to edit the Wikipedia but the discussion is too hard for you to read, please tell the person you are talking with so they can use Simple English. We try to use Simple English on that page, but sometimes we forget. EhJJTALK 00:37, 26 September 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Discussions starting in 2010


I maintain a database of airports around the world. I'm currently updating the Russian airports due to the time zone changes in Russia. I noticed that there are many airports in Wikipedia with the same name: VOSTOCHNY. My instinct told me that its too many of the same name, so I did a quick check and found that VOSTOCHNY means EASTERN. Thus this needs to be changed. I'm too busy to handle this, since I work two jobs. Also, this should be reviewed by someone with good skills in both English and Russian, as there are problably many other such "errors" in Wikipedia. Especially since Russian airports tend to be named by the direct they are from the nearest city.

Also, you make it danged hard to "contact" anyone with Wikipedia. I was about ready to quit search after 15 minutes. I have contributed changes in the past to Wikipedia (see AFTN / SITA). But just don't have the time on this one; especially since it needs more research by someone more qualified than me.

Dave B. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talkcontribs)

Hello Dave B, first of all, please do not leave email addresses on Wiki pages. If you want to be contacted, create an account, and set an email address, so people can contact you (I have removed the version of the page which contained your email address). Secondly, this is Simple English Wikipedia. We currently have between 50.000 and 60.000 pages. I doubt many of them will be about Russian Airports. You would really need to contact the team et enwp (different people). You might also want to leave such a message on the Simple Talk] page itself, not the page about talking about the page. Hope this helps. --Eptalon (talk) 20:36, 6 May 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Simple wikipedia seems the same as wikipedia. Is it?

It is another Wikipedia, like the English Wikipedia and the Spanish Wikipedia. Kansan (talk) 21:44, 25 May 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]
It is written in simple English. So it says "Rust is a chemical compound." in the first sentence instead of "Rust is a chemical compound derived from the oxidation of iron in a moist environment" which is harder to understand. --Chemicalinterest (talk) 17:40, 2 September 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Discussions starting in 2011


what does it mean when you get a hearing status conference date to appear for eviction? --05:54, 26 May 2011 (UTC) (talk)

Please see the reply I left at User talk:Pderosa1. EhJJTALK 06:42, 26 May 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Active users

Pages which can be reached via the main page should be checked occasionally. I see the 'Active users' page needs updating. It should not include users who are no longer regulars, or who are banned.(!) Some others could add themselves if appropriate (Ep? Albacore? PeterDU?...). Macdonald-ross (talk) 05:16, 24 June 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I'd say it's a wiki, feel free to remove inactive people or banned users. This shouldn't be a problem. As for adding some others, just poke them on their talk page. -Barras (talk) 06:25, 24 June 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]
It might not be such a great idea to spam lots of users pages. Most (if not all) active users will see this thread I'd think...? Ydennek (talk) 10:21, 24 June 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I've always thought that page was a bit silly because a wiki is in such flux all the time trying to keep it updated is really not all that realistic. -DJSasso (talk) 12:19, 24 June 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Well, I doubt that long-term contributors like Epty, PDU, you and so on quickly disappear. There are some people on the list who are there for quite some time already. -Barras (talk) 13:37, 24 June 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Oh I know. I can see how it could be useful. Perhaps the name should be changed from Active Users to something along the lines of people willing to help. -DJSasso (talk) 14:21, 24 June 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • I've never added myself to the list because it would all be inaccurate. I edit when I have time, not at certain hours of the day. So, having myself listed as active, and then not being here, would just lead to new users being confused. "It says he is supposed to be active, but he isn't!" is what I fear would happen. A much better way to see who is active is to check RC and ask any questions to a person who you see editing.--Gordonrox24 | Talk 14:28, 24 June 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    • Yeah, I was going to suggest that RC is the best way to see who is active at any given moment. EVula // talk // // 14:31, 24 June 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]
    • Yeah that pretty much sums up why I don't put myself on there. -DJSasso (talk) 14:33, 24 June 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]
      • Maybe make it a list of active users in general with pointing to the time zone they life? Easier than that table and maybe more useful... -Barras (talk) 15:21, 24 June 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Yes I think that would be more useful.--Gordonrox24 | Talk 15:23, 24 June 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]
For completeness, there's also User:American Eagle/AU, which is referenced from Category:Active Wikipedians. --Philosopher Let us reason together. 23:18, 4 December 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Discussions starting in 2012


Hello, Could someone please tell me what BG means? I found it it this context - Actually I support BG's idea. Thank you. — This unsigned comment was added by Millingva (talk • changes).

It is someones nickname. -DJSasso (talk) 14:04, 13 February 2012 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Administrators' noticeboard

It took me a while to find the Administrators' noticeboard. Maybe a link to it should be included in Wikipedia:Simple talk/header. Boivie (talk) 21:32, 28 March 2012 (UTC)Reply[reply]

We had it on the sidebar for a while but it was taken off. It probably should replace the link to requesting to be an admin as if an editor needs help finding where to request adminship, they are most likely not qualified to be one anyway. --Creol(talk) 21:40, 28 March 2012 (UTC)Reply[reply]
This is actually a really good idea imo. Therefore I've been bold and done it. But actually should Wikipedia:Simple talk/header be protected a bit better? 'Golden-locked' for admins only? Kennedy (talk • changes). 21:51, 28 March 2012 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I assumed it was.. that's why I wasn't as bold as you. --Creol(talk) 21:53, 28 March 2012 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Never really thought about the protection until it worked and I realised the implications of my change... Kennedy (talk • changes). 21:54, 28 March 2012 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Stale conversation, I suppose, but I've gone ahead and changed the protection. --Philosopher Let us reason together. 12:01, 28 July 2012 (UTC)Reply[reply]

joe henderson

Do you have a biography about this jazz musician?

Sorry, but apparently Joe Henderson not. --weltforce (talk) 15:51, 25 June 2012 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Wikipedia Status

{{editprotected}} In the header, the "Wikipedia status" sentence links to a nonexistent page. Why not update this to link to the official page ? Thanks! Theopolisme talk! 21:16, 3 August 2012 (UTC)Reply[reply]

 Done. Thanks! Osiris (talk) 05:45, 4 August 2012 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Andrea A Johnson

It appears to me that this web site doesnt load up on a Motorola Droid. Are other folks getting the exact same issue? I enjoy this blog and dont want to have to skip it whenever Im away from my computer. — This unsigned comment was added by (talk • changes).

We don't have a page called that on Simple Wikipedia. Perhaps you mean to be at English Wikipedia. -DJSasso (talk) 11:36, 10 October 2012 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Blocked for 1 week - And I thought MediaWiki's anti-spambot measures were good... Chenzw  Talk  13:12, 10 October 2012 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Discussions starting in 2013

Simple English Links to Standard Wikipedia Pages

Wouldn't it make more sense if the Simple English Wikipedia linked to the standard Wikipedia page for a topic whenever there is not a Simple English page for that topic? Currently, the Simple English Wikipedia links to unwritten Simple English pages for topics that exist on the standard Wikipedia. Some information, though hard to understand, is better than none, in my opinion.

No, we do need those pages to be red-linked. Also, main English wiki is easy to find. Macdonald-ross (talk) 08:09, 8 April 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Agree with previous. StevenJ81 (talk) 13:05, 8 April 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]

"Random colons"

My fault. Sorry. My tablet's cursor jumps sometimes, and I couldn't find where that colon went. StevenJ81 (talk) 12:01, 24 June 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Heh, it's all good. I'm on a Dell, so my cursor jumps around the screen at unfathomable speeds sometimes. TCN7JM 12:03, 24 June 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Presentation Text

Hi, Simple Talk Family how are you?

I'm a new member to this site. I want you meet with you and I want to improve my level of English language. I'd appreciate if you help me. --Simit81 (talk) 10:17, 7 September 2013 (UTC)Samet Have a good day.Reply[reply]

Discussions starting in 2015


... to Pmlineditor and Ruy Pugliesi, who are now WP:Stewards. They join M7, Barras, Mentifisto and Bsadowski1 as Simple regulars who are now Stewards. We are incredibly well-represented! Macdonald-ross (talk) 09:38, 6 March 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Congrats from me too, good luck with the tools, you deserve them! :D --George (Talk · Contribs · CentralAuth · Log) 22:03, 6 March 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thank you all. I'll do my best. :) Ruy Pugliesi 03:17, 7 March 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]


"the names of major geographic features and locations, " - What is "major"? Obviously, a (major) country, but what about provinces and states (Bavaria, Texas, for example) and cities (London, Kalamazoo)? The Himalayas, but what about Mt. Olympus and then Pikes Peak? Probably all oceans are easy, but what about seas? If we follow this guideline, do we have a formal dividing line or do we follow what we think is common sense?Kdammers (talk) 15:07, 11 August 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Generally use common sense. The idea is not to overlink because we do more linking here due to having to link words which are not simple. So if you link to places its a reader is already likely to know (unless it is central to the topic to link) then we sometimes end up with a lot of over linking. -DJSasso (talk) 15:22, 11 August 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I'd add: the more the name as you see it is universally used or understood, the less likely it is that you need to link to it. (It's probably unusual for "Texas" to be anything but "Texas"—or maybe "Tejas"—in any Latin-script language.) If it is an Anglicized version of a place name outside the English-speaking world (the example given was Florence-Firenze), that's probably a good cue to link. StevenJ81 (talk) 15:28, 11 August 2015 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Discussions starting in 2016

New button for Simple talk header

@Auntof6, Chenzw, Macdonald-ross, and Peterdownunder: I am proposing that the button (below) be added to the 'Simple talk' header, after the instructions and prior to the "are you in the right place" section. The reason for adding this button to the page is that new users occasionally overwrite other comments or put their questions in the wrong place, which starts them off on the wrong foot, and reduces the chance that their question will be answered. This button (which is similar to buttons or instructions used in other locations, including on this very talk page (at the top), will be easy to see and make it clear where to start typing a question. (Please note that this copy of the proposed button is 'live' and clicking it will start a new topic!)

Put new text under old text.
Click here to ask a new question.

Etamni | ✉   14:18, 11 January 2016 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Might help. Would be a better button if the message could be got on two lines. Macdonald-ross (talk) 08:53, 13 January 2016 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I think it is a good idea. The current button is not a "true button", however. Would an InputBox (with parameter hidden=yes) be better? There is an example on my user page. Chenzw  Talk  17:05, 11 January 2016 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thanks for your reply, Chenzw. Were you thinking something like this? (remember these buttons are live):

I tried to set the background color (to match the formatting of the button to the page formatting), but all I got was this:

I spent some time over at MediaWiki reviewing the documentation (such as it is) for the inputbox but found no option to set the button color (and several requests for same that have gone unanswered), plus no option to set the formatting of the text (thus the ALL CAPS word "HERE" in lieu of making it bold like in the first example. I'm fine with using either method to make an easy-to-see (simple) link that gets the job done. The question for everyone is deciding if this is needed (I think it is) and which version looks better on WP:Simple talk. Etamni | ✉   19:37, 11 January 2016 (UTC)Reply[reply]

An excellent idea. I do not mind which version is used.--Peterdownunder (talk) 19:50, 11 January 2016 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Great idea! Some users don't understand the wikicode completely, so having this button could help prevent formatting errors. eurodyne (talk) 02:30, 13 January 2016 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Blue format: so unlike the usual text that it might well be missed. I am sceptical that these messages will be heeded by users who rush at everything without reflection. Still, I have been wrong before... Macdonald-ross (talk) 08:53, 13 January 2016 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • Does anyone think this needs wider discussion or would it be OK to go ahead and implement it now? If the latter, an admin will need to make the change because the talk page header on Simple talk is full-protected. Etamni | ✉   15:31, 23 January 2016 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Range-left files

I'm finding that I cannot place graphics files range left in the text of articles. They appear at the bottom of the text instead of in the designated place. This is so even if I copy a paragraph straight from English wiki. Any thoughts~ Macdonald-ross (talk) 11:13, 1 March 2016 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Is there an example I can look at? Etamni | ✉   11:23, 1 March 2016 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Macdonald-ross: Edit to add ping Etamni | ✉   11:28, 1 March 2016 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Macdonald-ross: The first left-aligned image was after several of the right-aligned images, and it won't appear any higher than the images that precede it, even if that forces the image well below text that it was meant to precede. I've rearranged the images on the page for a better presentation, but feel free to revert or rearrange again as needed. This might be a good candidate for use of the "gallery" functionality. Etamni | ✉   12:18, 1 March 2016 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Inviting many simple english wikipedians for wikiproject india


Hi and Hello i was wondering if i can put my sandbox of rise against in the simple Wikipedia article of rise against. And if you ask because the reason why is that the title rise against is a Chicago based - punk rock sounds more better and pacific than rise against is an american melodic hardcore. P.S i am not doing it for me there are other users outside and in that i know that feels that same way. (talk) 17:32, 21 June 2016 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Janata garage review

Janata garage receiveing very good positive response from Usa. jr.Ntr block buster in his carrier. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 10:24, 31 August 2016‎ (UTC)Reply[reply]

It is unclear what you are asking, but this is probably not the right place. As indicated above, THIS page is for discussing improvements to the Wikipedia:Simple Talk page. Good luck and happy editing. Etamni | ✉   12:38, 31 August 2016 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Check global locked edits

Please, someone check the edits in this wiki of this user, global locked. PauloMSimoes (talk) 03:06, 19 November 2016 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@PauloMSimoes: None since January, and that one was reverted. Am I missing something? --Auntof6 (talk) 04:32, 19 November 2016 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Auntof6: ok, was only to be checked. Thanks. PauloMSimoes (talk) 04:54, 19 November 2016 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Discussions starting in 2017


Hello, I'm very new to wikipedia so please bear with me. I'm an old guy with more than 50 years of study on the subject in question and so when I came across a title with glaring mistakes I edited it citing numerous sources I could have given a whole lot more. when I returned to the site it had been deleted so I rewrote it out again, same result. The citations were enough to prove my point. I did mention that I had rewritten the item which as I now know is wrong what I don't understand is why it was not edited rather than deleted. what can I do? please help.Breakingchina (talk) 14:56, 27 April 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Breakingchina: you should bring your discussion to,_9th_Panchen_Lama. You're currently are on Simple English Wikipedia. We are different from the English Wikipedia where you made your first edits. You'll want to discuss this further there. Note, though, that your edits were removed because you were writing personal comments in the article. You can't use "I" statements in an encyclopedia article. Only (talk) 16:25, 27 April 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Lists about scientists. Being polite on user talk pages.

Lists about scientists are a good thing. They should have at least one reference. (For information: Wikipedia in English does allow lists which have entries which are red-linked (or without articles). If a list only has red-links, but at least one notable reference, then it might be appropriate to send one of those lists to a deletion discussion, is my opinion. Unless a precedent has been set within the last months, I think.

I have no plans of writing an article about Kimal Akishev, even if someone was to ask me nicely (instead of ordering me to do so).

If someone experiences something on their user page, that might not be polite, then feel free to contact my user page. (I quite recently experienced two different posts that I found somewhat odd, from a perspective of politeness. Do many talk pages on wikipedia have problems when it comes to politeness? Sju hav (talk) 16:04, 5 August 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Discussions starting in 2018

Wikipedia's blatant political bias

It has recently come to my attention that many Wikipedia pages have a strong liberal bias - and I feel that the website is intentionally misrepresenting opinion as fact, which is worrying for a website supposedly based around ideals of free and factual information. The site should either allow for right wing and conservative edits or clearly state it's political bias. Samuelallen2002 (talk) 22:41, 28 May 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Samuelallen2002: Wikipedia shouldn't have any bias, toward any point of view. One of its basic tenets is to have a neutral point of view. Where there are conflicting points of view on a topic, we can report on both as long as there are WP:Reliable sources for both. Can you point to an example here on Simple English Wikipedia where you've seen bias, or seen opinion presented as fact? --Auntof6 (talk) 23:13, 28 May 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Samuelallen2002: Do you have any examples? —Justin (koavf)TCM☯ 02:08, 29 May 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Based on his edits at English Wikipedia, I doubt there is any concern for us here. Only (talk) 15:39, 29 May 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Wikipedia is not likely to have perfect content in the articles. It is entirely possible that some articles are slanted in one political direction, while some articles are slanted in other political direction. If I were to subscribe to a particular political direction, then I might not be the best person to observe that an article leaned in "my" direction. (Also, perhaps one should try to be more considerate in how one blows off (or say that a person's arguments can or should be disregarded) the claims/arguments such as those of Samuelallen2002's. His/her arguments might even be valid (or not), even when one disregards how or what edits, that wikipedian has made. Sju hav (talk) 16:22, 5 August 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]
We've waited a few months for substantiation; no problem if we must wait a few hundred years more. Jim.henderson (talk) 23:26, 9 August 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]
To be fair, this is exactly the reason I use Simple nowadays. The bias here is substantially less (to the point of near non-existence) compared to en-wiki, and the articles are much easier to grasp and understand from an unbiased point of view. Not sure what Samuelallen2002 is talking about, but I'd vouch for the credibility of Simple. Lithorien TalkChanges 13:35, 10 July 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I'm new and confused. I'd like to edit articles in the humanities and social sciences.

I love the idea of this Wiki. I joined to write for people who are not natural English speakers. I hesitate to start topics of my own. Are there any articles I can cut my teeth on? I write well. I also have experience with copy editing. I'd love to lend you a hand, but I feel out of my depth with wikis. I was a member of the English wiki years ago, so I'm not completely new, but I'm not up to snuff. I am moderately confident with philosophy and the social sciences.

I do this by reading on topics I know. On all broad areas some articles are poor, with strange words and idioms, long tangled sentences, errors in fact and balance, and other problems. You could start with Category:Social sciences and follow links from those articles to others. Jim.henderson (talk) 03:09, 19 February 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I need help

I don't know what should I do and how to do.

Hujjat ullah (talk) 16:55, 6 May 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Hello @Hujjat ullah:, I hope you could be more specific but if you are planning to start editing here and if you are confused from where to begin Main page has some useful links, see at the top. you may start tests from Wikipedia:Sandbox where there are some instructions too or visit Wikipedia:Simple start to know what are things that can be done here, I think this page answers your question. Thanks and happy editing.-BRP ever 17:13, 6 May 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Importance of Simple in Translation

The Simple Wikipedia is very much needed for translations. Many times I can hardly use the material provided in native languages. There is a saying that 'Genius is being able to simplify complication.' Your help in creating Simple wiki articles is highly appreciated!!.Jondel (talk) 02:50, 1 June 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]


History RahimullahZurmati (talk) 07:39, 9 July 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@RahimullahZurmati: Are you saying that the article Afghanistan needs to have a better "history" section? —Justin (koavf)TCM☯ 15:25, 9 July 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Discussions starting in 2019

How to Update Information?

I was just looking at the Wikipedia page for the recent single "Higher Love" by Kygo & Whitney Houston. The French SNEP music charts peak position is listed as #116 but I just checked the most recent chart and it was listed at #83. I was curious how to update simple information like music chart information. BleuStar76 (talk) 15:58, 12 September 2019 (UTC)Reply[reply]

basic change the subject matter.

Why should we change the basic toics. LIPUROUT (talk) 03:32, 6 December 2019 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@LIPUROUT: Anyone is able to improve wikipedia. Some people improve the way an item is explained, some people correct the english. Others make less constructive changes that need to be undone. Feel free to change anything you think could be improved. -- Brian R Hunter (talk) 11:06, 6 December 2019 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Discussions starting in 2020

Vandalism of accurate edit by user

User Waleewedemi is vandalising the page of his boss Segun Adebutu and removing the accurate edit on a controversial story. He has removed the column four times already. I need the page to be protected with the new update on the controversy. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Opelogbon (talkcontribs)

@Opelogbon:, this is the Simple English Wikipedia. The repeated changing you are talking about is happening on the regular English Wikipedia. We do not even have an article called Segun Adebutu. You are looking for en:Segun Adebutu. The best place to try and get an administrator's help would be the English Wikipedia requests for page protection board at en:WP:RFPP. Beaneater (talk to me) (see my edits) / 20:03, 2 February 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Constructive-does trivial count?

Do trivial changes qualify as constructive ones? Or will it be considered WP: NOTHERE and get you indeffed? Gale5050 (talk) 16:49, 29 March 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]

You might get asked to stop doing silly things, or it might be ignored. Macdonald-ross (talk) 14:19, 3 September 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Discussions starting in 2021


Wikipedia should improve an article on Ayurveda. The Article said that Ayurveda is pseudoscientific but reality is Ayurveda is scientific and have no side-effects.Wikipedia also removed editing option from that article.So,don't publish misinformation. BelgerWilliamson (talk) 07:51, 23 September 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]

English wiki says "Ayurveda is an alternative medicine system with historical roots in the Indian subcontinent. The theory and practice of Ayurveda is pseudoscientific". So it is, but some people may get benefits from it. Macdonald-ross (talk) 08:50, 17 June 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@BelgerWilliamson: Like homeopathy, its just the Placebo effect. Mixing plants doesn't give you a magic cure, and neither does vitamins. -- Elytrian (contact) 03:07, 14 July 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

School project

I sense we have a school project in progress. Macdonald-ross (talk) 08:43, 17 June 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]