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I love this website[edit]

I think you guys are doing great work. I'm a dyed in the wool liberal secular atheist so its refreshing to see some sanity on the internet.. i do have a request for my brethren/fellow travelers.. I made a website and am trying to develope a kind of secular religion/life philosophy.. some of it disagrees with certain aspects of traditional science but over all i think its pretty sound. is there anyway you guys can help me promote it? specifically with talk pages bashing it and an article so the google webbots will index it? id appreciate it and again.. thanks you guys you really are doing good work. my site. — Unsigned, by: / talk / contribs

Help topic[edit]

This is coming from someone new to wikis altogether, but one of the first things I looked for once I created an account was a private message function. By now I'm fairly sure that there isn't meant to be one, in which case why not add this in the help section for newcomers? After all, I notice that the help does cover general wiki topics, so it might save people some time...or am I just missing something? :) Tma (talk) 15:55, 9 June 2017 (UTC)

If someone has set a valid email address in their Preferences you can email them, that's the closest thing there is. Christopher (talk) 16:00, 9 June 2017 (UTC)
Use Special:EmailUser. Christopher (talk) 18:04, 9 June 2017 (UTC)

How to contribute to a topic that is an "essay" from someone else?[edit]

How do I write material on a topic that has been written on previously, but only in the form of an essay from another user rather than an article designed to be edited? I am hesitant to create a new article because the essay already exists, yet I feel queasy about editing someone else's essay without their permission. What is the way out of this dilemma? (talk) 11:36, 21 June 2017 (UTC)Nightvid

A bit late but I'd just create a second essay, we've got loads of different essays on similar topics. Christopher (talk) 17:18, 29 June 2017 (UTC)


Last night I added the Wikispooks article. I had it full of links to Wikispooks itself, like where they claim stuff etc. I had perhaps 5–10 links but when I tried te submit, I couldn't because the system considered I was spamming. Perhaps so! Should I rate limit adding links or is there some policy on how to source statements like "X claims Y", sourcing to X or to 3rd party sources? --Gerrit (talk) 20:34, 29 June 2017 (UTC)

When it comes to sources in <ref> tags, it's basically the more the merrier. What's truly useless is a bunch of specific statements given with no instruction to the reader on where precisely (e.g. with a URL) you found said statements. Reverend Black Percy (talk) 22:47, 29 June 2017 (UTC)

How do I delete my account?[edit]

I wish to delete my account and hopefully all traces of it. How do I go about doing that? I can't find anything about this anywhere on the site. Danish (talk) 23:05, 8 July 2017 (UTC)

We run this wiki on Mediawiki software. It doesn't allow for account deletion as it will mess up the database. It is possible to remove an account if we have this extension installed. We don't have this extension installed. It would be very helpful as we have a bunch of spam accounts that we wish to get rid of. Ask User:FuzzyCatPotato to install this extension. ClickerClock (talk) 08:03, 9 July 2017 (UTC)


I'd like to ask some users to help me with editing multiple pages of the Annotated Quran. Which webpage should I do it on? ShabiDOO 02:17, 2 March 2018 (UTC)

Some Issues[edit]

Would it be possible to change Rollback to have a user preference, not the default setting, to confirm the rollback? A couple of times I've screwed this up because my fat fingers hit the wrong link. Could be because I use a mobile.

Is it poor etiquette to not mark an edit as minor without giving a reason? Just because I think it's obvious doesn't necessarily mean others don't. Combined with the previous issue maybe the answer is for me to take better effort to avoid rollback at all costs.

Twice I've received alerts that a watch list item has been linked to somewhere else, but when I check the fossil record the link doesn't even show as being deleted, much less linked in the first place. Just curious.

Sometimes when I mark a page as patrolled it still shows on Recent Changes as !. Antigem (talk) 10:31, 13 March 2018 (UTC)

As far as I'm aware, Rollback is a function specifically designed to avoid confirmation - and there is no such thing in the Preferences. I don't know how much thought has been put into making things easier on mobile here. Maybe I can have a look at how to do it with adaptive CSS, but I'm not sure how often things are changed on MediaWiki:Common.css or by whom, and to be honest, I'm probably too lazy to do anything unless other people show interest.
As far as edit summaries are concerned, first off, I don't know. Secondly, you're definitely not doing anything wrong by always adding an edit summary. Thirdly, I operate under the assumption that most minor edits aren't worth an edit summary. Minor edits shouldn't be about content anyway, rather about formatting and such.
Yes, this happened to me as well and I turned notifications off. I think the reason for that are templates including random articles, so it might have been generated for one user, but once you're accessing the page, it will be a different random page, given a large enough category. Not sure, though.
This kind of sounds like the server cache not having been refreshed - or your browser cache. Have you tried overriding your cache yet?
RSamys (bla) 13:35, 13 March 2018 (UTC)