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# Wikipedia:Simple talk

## Template:Infobox person/Wikidata

I've noticed that this template is on several hundred articles. It appears to be intended to retrieve information from Wikidata so that information doesn't have to be hardcoded in each article. However, in at least some cases, the results on the page have little or no information in the infobox. I think retrieving from Wikidata is a good idea, but this template doesn't seem to be doing the job very well right now. Is this something we can fix, or should we back off of this template until we can get it to work properly?

Pinging Slowking4 because they seem to have placed the template in some cases. --Auntof6 (talk) 08:48, 7 September 2020 (UTC)

change the infobox person/wikidata to include all values, not just referenced ones. or when references get added to wikidata then the box will be filled. removing boxes rather than editing wikidata is problematic: it removes interproject links without solving the information quality problem. i see there is a move to delete bio items at wikidata without references which will complete the deletion of the sum of all knowledge, [1] - Slowking4 (talk) 10:53, 7 September 2020 (UTC)
The interproject links aren't tied to the infoboxes. I know this because we have many articles that have no infobox but which do have the interwiki links. I asked about this because leaving the empty infoboxes on the page looks bad. If we are going to use this, then maybe anyone adding it to a page should also make sure that Wikidata has all the relevant information so that the infobox actually contains information. Let me say again that I would love to see this working so that we don't have to hardcode information. --Auntof6 (talk) 11:04, 7 September 2020 (UTC)
I switch them to en.wiki based infoboxes when I see them and they are mostly empty when there is a more full en.wiki version. I remove them when they are empty. Slowking has been warned before that they should not be added when they are empty. As long as they have some information in them they are not horrible and I just leave them. But in general Infobox person/Wikidata boxes are much much worse than using the typical ones we pull from en.wiki because the Wikidata ones pretty much never have the equivalent information and very often have incorrect information compared to getting them from en.wiki and will likely never be as good as the en.wiki ones unless en.wiki decides to go with wikidata which they most likely won't anytime soon since wikidata is plagued by bad information and a lack of visibility when people vandalize it versus vandalizing directly on wiki. In general we need to remember articles don't need to have infoboxes. If there is almost no information in the infobox it might be better in that case not to have one until there is. -Djsasso (talk) 12:10, 8 September 2020 (UTC)
i was going to circle back and add references to wikidata, but i guess not fast enough for you. smdh. Slowking4 (talk) 21:30, 13 September 2020 (UTC)
@Slowking4: You are indefinitely blocked on Wikidata, so that would not be allowed. Using another account or otherwise logging out would be block evasion. --IWI (talk) 21:42, 13 September 2020 (UTC)
thanks for the reminder, maybe you would care to edit wikidata? smh. Slowking4 (talk) 22:50, 13 September 2020 (UTC)
I have connected most of your articles to Wikidata and will continue to do so. If you want to edit Wikidata, you must request unblock. --IWI (talk) 22:55, 13 September 2020 (UTC)

## Necessary and sufficient...

Hello all, I created the article Necessary and sufficient conditions tooday. it illustrates concepts which are probably common in most sciewnce topics. I only wrote a stub, to be extended. Please take a look.--Eptalon (talk) 15:55, 13 September 2020 (UTC)

## Savièse

I did a cleanup here, but how do I move "other websites" section back up? --Thegooduser Let's Talk! :) 🍁 00:15, 14 September 2020 (UTC)

@Thegooduser: there was a {{clear}} template that moved the section to below the infobox. I have fixed it :) --IWI (talk) 00:40, 14 September 2020 (UTC)
Thanks --Thegooduser Let's Talk! :) 🍁 00:46, 14 September 2020 (UTC)

## Most viewed articles

Can I find a list of the most viewed articles here, so I can improve them? Naddruf (talk) 16:09, 14 September 2020 (UTC)

I think not. The data is collected, and used to be displayed to us. For some reason the data is no longer displayed. I think it was valuable for just the reason you suggest. Macdonald-ross (talk) 07:45, 18 September 2020 (UTC)
I wonder if there is some way that this could be done. On en there is this weekly ranking: [2]. Naddruf (talk) 01:51, 19 September 2020 (UTC)
The data is available on the Wikimedia Statistics site: [3] Chenzw  Talk  02:06, 19 September 2020 (UTC)
Thank you. These popular articles are very strange in my opinion. Maybe these are being linked by other popular websites. Naddruf (talk) 04:59, 19 September 2020 (UTC)
Well the simplewiki page List of U.S. states is the third result on google here. Might have something to do with why some of these are high. --IWI (talk) 14:02, 19 September 2020 (UTC)

## Tech News: 2020-38

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## Smile, you're famous!

Say hello to Reddit readers: https://www.reddit.com/r/LifeProTips/comments/iut7y5/lpt_replace_the_en_on_wikipedia_with_simple_to (this is just a random find of mine). --Elitre (talk) 10:31, 18 September 2020 (UTC)

Yeah. I think this discussion further proves that more integration with enwiki will be needed if we want more readers (and thus eventually editors). Most are not aware of our existence, but agree that this Wikipedia is useful. On the flip-side, could we handle the vandalism that would come with a drastic viewership increase? --IWI (talk) 02:42, 19 September 2020 (UTC)
You have a point, except that increased vandalism comes with increased editing, not increased viewing. But I also wonder if we can handle the increased number of people we'd have to shepherd through learning curves as they learn how things work here. --Auntof6 (talk) 07:26, 19 September 2020 (UTC)
True, but I think as we get more viewers, some of them will also edit/vandalise. --IWI (talk) 14:00, 19 September 2020 (UTC)

Hi, I'm the OP of that reddit post! I was summoned over by IWI and Vernon but since I've never written a thing on Wikipedia, I'm sure that this very post is a disaster on it's own. Thanks for all of what you guys do! You are awesome! X30phil1x (talk) 20:52, 19 September 2020 (UTC)

@X30phil1x: Yes thanks for making this post. Our overall viewership shot up drastically after you posted it. And no, your message is not a disaster :) --IWI (talk) 11:25, 20 September 2020 (UTC)

## Ayu Marcellia Br Sitorus

Related accounts blocked, the IP range which edited there disruptively also blocked. Unfortunately I'm on my phone and not easily able to handle speedy deletion and closure of the RfD, hopefully another admin can do so soon. Best, Vermont (talk) 05:08, 20 September 2020 (UTC)

## Can we make articles?

A knolwedge graph is some technical tool to measure how important a piece of knowledge is. We don't use knowledge graphs; our concept is called notability: Subjects that are reported in independent media are probably notable. Note also: if there is at least a hint the subject could be notable, the article will not be quickly deleted, but the community will discuss for a week. Contrary to other Wikipedias, we judge the arrticle, and the article's subject. We don't judge the editzors who created or contributed to it. In short: try and see for yourself. --Eptalon (talk) 10:12, 20 September 2020 (UTC)
If they are notable, per GNG / BIO, why not? In addition, we could possibly pass a subject notablity guideline if we want to say people who have knowledge graph can be included. If I am not wrong, they are based on wikipedia info at times, people can claim them (i.e. use blue tick instangram / facebook accounts to verify). I am not sure what is google criteria to include these, so might be paid / fishy at times but mostly people / things / organizations / shops etc nonsense that have these knowledge graph typically have wikipedia pages, and those who don't can justify one page. I am just worried about the inclusion may be a little lenient for some and paid concerns. Camouflaged Mirage (talk) 13:55, 20 September 2020 (UTC)
I wouldn't support such a guideline, personally. --IWI (talk) 12:10, 21 September 2020 (UTC)
I think we can wait and see. En wiki, with its huge number of editors, will either use it or not, and we can follow. I think we're right to anticipate intrusion by paid PR agents into any kind of entry path to Wikipedias. Macdonald-ross (talk) 13:26, 22 September 2020 (UTC)

## Tech News: 2020-39

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## Puzzle

"Munawar khan of katlang": I don't even know what country this refers to! Any suggestions? Macdonald-ross (talk) 13:18, 22 September 2020 (UTC)

@Macdonald-ross: this probably. A province of Pakistan. The page is unsourced, BLP concerns. Camouflaged Mirage (talk) 13:31, 22 September 2020 (UTC)
The person might be suitable for an article, but in this state Munawar khan of katlang it's better for a delete and start over, and I can't find sources of his death and quotes. Seem some content are fake? Camouflaged Mirage (talk) 16:42, 22 September 2020 (UTC)

## British Foreign Office

As part of a series on the British Government, I've had various problems. The names of essentially the same departments have regularly changed, and their remits have changed a bit, too. We had a weak article titled "Foreign and Commonwealth Office" created by an IP. It had little content. The department's latest title is even longer and more gobbledegooky: "Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office". Good grief. I've got the view that the title should be Foreign Office or Foreign Office (UK) or something else, but short and snappy. What it covers can be expanded as usual in the article.

What we do with the old article (F&C.O.) is delete the text and redirect it to the new title. There would be various other redirects. Anyhow, I thought you should have a chance to comment. Macdonald-ross (talk) 16:15, 22 September 2020 (UTC)

Creating two articles for the same subject should be avoided and I assume you did this by mistake. Not a massive deal in this case but try to overwrite the old article in future. It means we might end up with Wikidata pointing to a redirected page. I think we should match enwiki at Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office. No real reason to deviate from that; it is the current name. I would be ok with Foreign Office too, per en:WP:COMMONNAME. --IWI (talk) 17:23, 22 September 2020 (UTC)

## Twinkle stub error

I think there is an error with Twinkle's stub adding function. It only seems to add one line between the categories and the stub template, instead of two. Of course, one line doesn't actually create any visible space; two is needed. See a random example I came across here. --IWI (talk) 21:12, 23 September 2020 (UTC)

## London Underground

I have started a content dispute discussion here after I have disagreed with a change an anonymous editor has made. I invite some editors to share their views. --IWI (talk) 14:16, 26 September 2020 (UTC)

To better illustrate: The image on the left (A) was replaced by the one on the right (B). Which of the two is preferable?--Eptalon (talk) 14:43, 26 September 2020 (UTC)
Yes, in relation to demonstrating the origin of the nickname "the Tube". --IWI (talk) 14:45, 26 September 2020 (UTC)
Image A shows the tube (i.e. tunnel) while B show the train is tube shaped, why not we just put both. We are here for ESL users and learners of the language, and usually people learn by looking at pictures (a picture paints a thousand words), so I will recommend putting both pictures, I don't think it's excessive given the length of the page. @ImprovedWikiImprovment, Eptalon:Camouflaged Mirage (talk) 14:07, 28 September 2020 (UTC)

## Tweak to MediaWiki:Cite-tracking-category-cite-error

Can an admin please change | other = Pages with reference errors to | other = Other pages with reference errors and create the new category? Thanks Nunabas (talk) 17:13, 27 September 2020 (UTC)

Done DannyS712 (talk) 17:21, 27 September 2020 (UTC)
@Nunabas: I am curious about the reason for this change? It appears your were trying to make an "Other" catch all category? That isn't really how categories work, the "other" go to the parent cat if they don't fit in a sub-category. Not really sure this change should have been made if that was the reasoning but maybe I am missing something. -Djsasso (talk) 19:36, 28 September 2020 (UTC)
Trying to keep an article only category, I know simple tries to use the word "Page" instead of article in order to keep things simple. Wasn't sure how else to name things. Nunabas (talk) 23:25, 28 September 2020 (UTC)
Page is the term we use for all namespaces. It is the generic. Article is one type of page, Wikipedia or Talk are others. -Djsasso (talk) 16:29, 29 September 2020 (UTC)

## Transliterating Cyrillic: Kiev or Kyiv?

Hello, Kiev is the capital of Ukraine. At Talk:Kiev, there's a discussion about how to spell that name. This is just a pointer, so I won't say much, except perhaps: There are two different spellings of the name (Київ and Киев, first one Ukrainian, second one Russian); there are also two different transliterations. So the discussion is on which of the two to use. We currently have a redirect from the Ukrainian transliteration to the Russian one. Anyway, this is just a pointer.--Eptalon (talk) 19:59, 27 September 2020 (UTC)

Inclined to go with ukrainian one, it's ukraine capital not russia. Camouflaged Mirage (talk) 14:08, 28 September 2020 (UTC)
@Camouflaged Mirage: Would you mind adding your recent comments on this page to the relavent talk pages so we can keep these two discussions in one place? These ST posts were intended to be pointers to there. Thanks, --IWI (talk) 15:20, 28 September 2020 (UTC)
Oh I see. To be honest there is much more traffic here, discussions here might be more productive? Just my 2 cents. Camouflaged Mirage (talk) 16:28, 28 September 2020 (UTC)
The issue is that we should have the discussion in one place related to the page, so the consensus is preserved. That's why there is a pointer here. We shouldn't have a discussion split between multiple pages. --IWI (talk) 16:32, 28 September 2020 (UTC)
Yeah, I didn't read that this is a pointer only. I just meant if we can have discuss here and then having a link to the archive can also work. For sure a discussion shouldn't spread 2 pages. Camouflaged Mirage (talk) 19:07, 28 September 2020 (UTC)

## Tech News: 2020-40

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## Wiki of functions naming contest

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## m:Requests for comment/Global ban for Slowking4

Naleksuh (talk) 02:17, 30 September 2020 (UTC)

@Naleksuh: Although I am opposing the global ban on meta, I will support a local ban on simple wikipedia as this behaviour is clearly non constructive here on simple and the threat of press shame seems not compatible to what we deem as acceptable. Opinions? Camouflaged Mirage (talk) 18:20, 1 October 2020 (UTC)
@Camouflaged Mirage: He is already blocked indef and his talk page makes it clear he is unlikely to be unblocked. So I wouldn't see a need for a local ban here other than just more bureaucracy. Naleksuh (talk) 18:36, 1 October 2020 (UTC)
Fair enough. Thanks. :) Camouflaged Mirage (talk) 18:38, 1 October 2020 (UTC)

## Please move Purple mangosteen to Mangosteen

It has been changed in en wiki.

Does simple wiki has page like en:Wikipedia:Requested moves/Technical requests for this kind of request? --Hddty (talk) 11:51, 30 September 2020 (UTC)

Logical move. Technically I can perform the move via page swop (as an IAR as GR) but I think will be better for an admin to do it, cross posted to WP:AN.Camouflaged Mirage (talk) 13:49, 30 September 2020 (UTC)
Done. -Djsasso (talk) 13:58, 30 September 2020 (UTC)

## Articles to be worked on

Hi everyone. I'm an English teacher at a cram school in a non-English speaking country and I'm considering having my students, who are returnee middle schoolers (and possibly junior high schoolers as well), work on improving articles on the Simple English Wikipedia. I've taken a look at both Most wanted articles and Requested pages to come up with a list of articles students can contribute to, but some of those were either too specific (e.g. articles about places within London) or too challenging (e.g. topics in thermodynamics). I was wondering if you have any suggestions on what would be suitable for middle schoolers to work on. Any help is appreciated. Thank you. NMaia (talk) 06:50, 1 October 2020 (UTC)

Something to consider reading through might be the following: Wikipedia:Schools and Wikipedia:Schools/Teachers' Guide. Doesn't necessarily help specifically with your question but it might give you some ideas. -Djsasso (talk) 15:26, 1 October 2020 (UTC)
@NMaia: Would your students want to improve existing articles or create new ones? You could choose a country, either your own or a different one, and create articles about its history, places there, people from there, etc. The places could be either human-defined ones (for example, cities, counties, etc.) or things like notable mountains or lakes. If this seems like a good idea, if you tell me what parts of the world the students might want to write about, I could make more-specific suggestions. --Auntof6 (talk) 20:09, 1 October 2020 (UTC)
I agree with Auntof6, NMaia, you could always have your students write in Simple English about things in or from their own country. One of the problems with the two English Wikipedias is that they focus on things that native speakers of English have seen themselves, which means it's been highly America-centric. Maybe they could write about their country's history or famous people or any World Heritage Sites. One thing: writing about people who are currently alive is a very delicate thing, and they might not be ready for that.
You should also consider the English Wikinews. Their review process is heavily focused on correcting people who are still learning to write in English. My first year there, we had a whole heap of Australian journalism students come through. Darkfrog24 (talk) 02:21, 3 October 2020 (UTC)

## WAM 2020

The so called Wikipedia:Wikipedia Asian Month/2019 is back this year 2020. Last year it's a mess as the organizer left after the event started and BRPever and I clean up with only one day notice, so I hope this year anyone wanting to organize can be an experienced member of this community (rather than a random Joe Doe leaving the name on the meta page). I don't mind acting as standby organizer, hopefully then I can have slightly more time to spend onwiki. Regards,Camouflaged Mirage (talk) 16:00, 1 October 2020 (UTC)

+ Hopefully we can have enough participants this year, last year we only have 2, which only 1 finished... Camouflaged Mirage (talk) 16:01, 1 October 2020 (UTC)
Camouflaged Mirage I am going to participate in this year's WAM --Thegooduser Let's Talk! :) 🍁 23:31, 1 October 2020 (UTC)
Any interest to organize, i.e. judge articles created by other participants? I will join in to help as much as I can? As organizers cannot self judge articles. @Thegooduser: Camouflaged Mirage (talk) 13:02, 2 October 2020 (UTC)
@Camouflaged Mirage:, I can help in judging the articles, but I will need help in setting up the pages. :)-BRP ever 13:53, 2 October 2020 (UTC)
@BRPever: The pages I can help to settle if you mean the contest page (copy paste from last year) etc. Pending Thegooduser reply, if they are willing, then I will submit 3 of our names to meta as organizers. The fountain should be done by the international team AFAIK. Camouflaged Mirage (talk) 15:43, 2 October 2020 (UTC)
Wikipedia:Wikipedia Asian Month/2020 is created, so the pages are sort of in place already. Camouflaged Mirage (talk) 16:06, 3 October 2020 (UTC)

Heads up, this is held at the same time as National Novel Writing Month in the United States, November 1 to November 30. Darkfrog24 (talk) 02:16, 3 October 2020 (UTC)

Camoflaged Mirage I can be an organizer, but is there a page with instructions on what to do, and can we create articles? Also, I'm busy, so I'll only be online a hour or two a day. --Thegooduser Let's Talk! :) 🍁 21:37, 3 October 2020 (UTC)
Camouflaged Mirage Fixing Ping. See above --Thegooduser Let's Talk! :) 🍁 21:37, 3 October 2020 (UTC)
@Thegooduser: Basically is just using a tool called fountain to approve articles, not to worry, when the contest start we can guide you along, me and BRPever did it last year so we have the experience. Just a log in (with SUL) and then the system will check the basic and we click accept / reject. At the end, when everything is wrap up, send a success message to successful ones, unsuccessful one to those who failed the standard 4. Time isn't a concern either, we settled this around 4 hours last year irrc. There is no rush to judge. Yes, you can still write articles, the other judges will mark it in this case (to be fair). So I shall place all 3 of our names there (me as a reserve - as I might be busy then). Thanks for volunteering :). I think we just need 1 day on IRC to co-ordinate and judge that's it, I will try to pop into IRC (simple channel). Camouflaged Mirage (talk) 09:56, 4 October 2020 (UTC)

## WikiProject Nigeria

A new WikiProject has been created to help the development of Nigerian articles. Feel free to join here and contribute.Tbiw (talk) 16:54, 3 October 2020 (UTC)

@Tbiw: Sure I'll help out. --IWI (talk) 21:54, 3 October 2020 (UTC)