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Front Page and Pictures

I find it annoying that I cannot immediately tell which entry under "Selected Anniversaries" and "Did you know..." corresponds to the picture. Sure, there's the "(picture)" text, but that's apparently not enough. How about highlighting the entry text that corresponds to the picture? I'm not talking lecture note yellow, but something slightly darker or lighter than the current background color.

Special interests

I am glad that WikiPedia finaly is taking steps and blocking the SPECIAL INTERESTS from lobbying and allow the "convienient propaganda" to self serve them. It is about time to disalow self promotion and any form of social, political dsfgs lobbists propaganda.

I also believe that the blocking of political regimes, should be forced upon the ex eEastern Europe contries where the corrupt politicians and frequently military personel is attempting to control the CV of politicians and promote the remains of past commuinist history.

This spoecialy is visible to POLISH speaking community where the group of communists is stil controling the biography of communist and is using the Wikipedia for political propaganda defaming Polish history the old communist way.

Way to go ... by curtailing the corupt totalirarian powers.

Picture of the day

What happened to Picture of the day? I know what happened.

Picture of the day replaces the Did you know section on weekends. Sango123 (talk) 23:43, 18 January 2006 (UTC)[]


Spelling it 'mediæval' == just seems silly and old (in reference to the 'did you know' section on puddles). IT'S PRETTY CLASSIC AND IT IS JUST THE WAY WIKIPEDIA LIKES IT. . . NICE AND OLD SCHOOL. Pkazazes 14:40, 22 January 2006 (UTC)[]

I agree, Wikipædia does well to spell it this way :) Sherurcij (talk) (Terrorist Wikiproject) 21:38, 23 January 2006 (UTC) ==[]

Past photo of the Day

Is there a way to view the past Photo-of-the-Day images?

See Wikipedia:Picture of the day/January 2006.-gadfium 03:15, 27 January 2006 (UTC)[]

Horizontal Bar

Okay, we finally got rid of the plea for money. Yippee! But now all of the pages have an extra horizontal bar between the usual horizontal bar and the page title. I use the Classic skin, in case it matters. --Nelson Ricardo 19:40, 16 January 2006 (UTC)[]

Did you know...

...that Norway applied thrice to join the European Union, but failed to accede all three times?

It's not "accede," but "succeed." They failed to succeed. Norway's success would have resulted from the EU's "acceding" to its proposal. Also, it's sufficient to say that Norway failed, leaving out the "three times." --Jim Abraham 23:57, 19 January 2006 (UTC)[]

No, it's actually "accede". At least twice, the proposition was rejected by popular referendum of the Norwegian people. Besides "failing to succeed" is redundant: if you fail, by definition, you don't succeed. 17:36, 24 January 2006 (UTC)[]

that the history of Jews in Japan started in 1861 when approximately fifty families settled in Nagasaki?

According to the article, it should be Yokohama, not Nagasaki. --Dforest 00:08, 17 January 2006 (UTC)[]

Fixed. Thanks, BanyanTree 00:12, 17 January 2006 (UTC)[]

...that in his design for Karlskirche in Vienna the architect Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach aspired to synthesize the main ideas found in the most important sacred structures of past and present?

According to the history pages, the newest of those articles was created on 5 December, 2004. My understanding of Did you know...? was that the articles featured had to have been created within the last 5 days. I'm sure I must have missed something. Help me out? Dave 03:57, 19 January 2006 (UTC)[]

... that Malcolm Perry was the first doctor to attend to President Kennedy ...

I think something like "following the shooting that led to his death" should be added after this phrase. I'm sure Dr. Perry was not the first doctor _ever_ to attend to President Kennedy. 09:32, 20 January 2006 (UTC)[]

...that Shane Warne Cricket '99, a Playstation cricket game is endorsed by the Australian bowler, Shane Warne? is it just me or is this a really and irrelevant dull fact? Andymarczak 14:24, 20 January 2006 (UTC)[]

Not to mention obvious. Again, annother of these 'Did you know the sky is blue?' ones. --Narson 15:28, 20 January 2006 (UTC)[]

No fifth birth day????

It is past January 15th and no fifth birthday special or celebration article or anything??? We are just going to let our fifth birth pass us by? Are we saving everything for the tenth? or the millionth article or something? (fireworks?)

We had a cake, you missed it! :) See Wikipedia:Wikipedia Day. Ashibaka tock 05:20, 17 January 2006 (UTC)[]

Selected Anniversaries

January 17th is the 300th anniversary of Benjamin Franklin's Birth. axoplasm 18:45, 17 January 2006

Queen Liliʻuokalani's name is spelled wrong on the main page. Dave 06:31, 17 January 2006 (UTC)[]

I can't spot the difference. Perhaps it would be more helpful if you specify the error? — Knowledge Seeker 06:39, 17 January 2006 (UTC)[]
Yeah, I've already fixed it. Previously the apostrophe was absent, as in the article name Liliuokalani (should that be moved?).--Pharos 06:47, 17 January 2006 (UTC)[]

Any possibility of mentioning Allen Ginsberg's America (poem)? "America two dollars and twenty-seven cents January 17, 1956." (fifty years ago today). -- Gyrofrog (talk) 06:45, 17 January 2006 (UTC)[]

I guess we could bump something else off, but the article is only a stub...--Pharos 06:49, 17 January 2006 (UTC)[]

Hawaiʻi is missing its ʻokina just like Liliʻuokalani was yesterday. Dave 05:17, 18 January 2006 (UTC)[]

Misspellings on the mainpage are bad, mkay? The only changes on the page in 9 hours have been vandals and rvs. Just wanted to make sure this got taken care of. Dave 15:20, 18 January 2006 (UTC)[]
There is no 'okina in the article title Hawaii. Note that Hawaiʻi is a redirect. You will have to gain consensus to move Hawaii before you claim that the lack of an 'okina makes it incorrect. - BanyanTree 16:03, 18 January 2006 (UTC)[]
The article calls it Hawaiʻi in the first line of text. Just like Liliʻuokalani's article title doesn't have the ʻokina. That doesn't make it right. It just makes it the title. Dave 20:30, 18 January 2006 (UTC)[]
And Hawaii is in the first line of text too. Seriously, if you think that the article belongs at Hawai'i, get consensus for a move at Talk:Hawaii. The place to argue about the location of a specific article is the talk page of that article. - BanyanTree 21:44, 18 January 2006 (UTC)[]

Could the picture for the bathyscaphe be moved down? The placement could be confusing. Dave 01:55, 23 January 2006 (UTC)[]


This has made the main page better, naturally.

Everything is better with butter. Gérard Depardieu says so in the new film Last Holiday. The French ought to know. --Nelson Ricardo 13:41, 17 January 2006 (UTC)[]

In the news

The bit about the Kuwaiti emir being "in office" for 28 years seems patently wrong to me. "On the throne" or something similar would call less attention to itself. Dave 14:36, 17 January 2006 (UTC)[]

I've seen "in office" in use for monarchies before- I don't think the wording is wrong.Borisblue 21:58, 17 January 2006 (UTC)[]



Deportivo Táchira Fútbol Club is considered the most traditional and the most popular Venezuelan soccer club?

Maybe this should be softend, it's rather POV. I don't follow venezuelan football, but if this statement said, say Manchester United is considered the most traditional and the most popular English soccer club? It would certainly cause an uproar. Borisblue 21:58, 17 January 2006 (UTC)[]

I agree. It should be dealt with. Baum 01:29, 27 January 2006

selected anniv.

perhaps we should add something about this for today Jan 19th:

only an admin can do it: edit

Sounds more like a Wikinews thing to me. And if there is a slow news day with few people dying or being elected, maybe 'in the news'.11:38, 25 January 2006 (UTC)

Mistake ...I think.

In today's "Did you know..." the word 'war' links to World War II. It should link directly to 'war.' Dragon Expert 15:59, 19 January 2006 (UTC)[]

No, I don't think so. It's not obvious from the entry but Dad's Army was a World War II sitcom, not just a war sitcom.--Cherry blossom tree 16:59, 19 January 2006 (UTC)[]


I think that principality of shaneland should be posted again.I think that who ever comes on should know about that. I liked that the type of english is a mix of english and pirate. It was funny that the call was yar and currency was clams. My friend stoped going to this website because of the deletion. I might do the same.I hope that you post it again because i thought that was a very intresting article. please, please post it again. January,19,06

  • Sorry, Wikipedia content has to be verifiable, so a joke that your friends made up cannot be on the site. rspeer / ɹəədsɹ 20:02, 19 January 2006 (UTC)[]

General Lee's Birthday!

Why isn't General Lee's 199th birthday on the frontpage?

MSTCrow 20:19, 19 January 2006 (UTC)[]

Maybe he only deserves to be on the front page when its his 200th birthday :) --SeanMcG 22:26, 19 January 2006 (UTC)[]


Does anyone say "thrice" anymore? It sounds a bit archaic to my ears. "Three times" has 52.4 million Google hits, whereas thrice has only 6.67 million. - Gobeirne 20:54, 19 January 2006 (UTC)[]

I use it all the time, although I do also get people asking what the hell it means. Personally I blame it and fortnight on the fact I was homeschooled, and thus read/studied a lot of books from the 18th Century. Sherurcij (talk) (Terrorist Wikiproject) 22:01, 19 January 2006 (UTC)[]

There may be a problem here. From the Did you know... section: "that Norway applied thrice to join the European Union, but failed to accede all three times?"

But according to the related articles:

  • "Norway had completed EC/EU accession negotiations twice already.. but the accession failed both times when the Norwegians rejected membership in referenda" from List of European Union member states
  • "Norway has twice voted against joining the European Union (in 1972 and 1994)" from Norway

Shawnc 22:02, 19 January 2006 (UTC)[]

Yes, this headline seems to be incorrect - there were two referenda, and Norway chose not to apply both times. How did this get here, anyway? (Having said that, one of my goals is to write an article about Norway and the European Union, but it's more ambitious than it might sound). --Leifern 23:18, 19 January 2006 (UTC)[]

No, it's right - the article states that in addition to the referenda, Charles de Gaulle vetoed an earlier attempt at entry, for three total -Elmer Clark 00:33, 20 January 2006 (UTC)[]
Incidentally, I use thrice when ordering fish and chips even, so people do! 11:39, 25 January 2006 (UTC)

New Horizons launch

I watched the live feed care of NASA and I definately recall the guy saying it was a 10 year mission at least 20 times (especially when nothing was happening). Why does it say 9 on the main page? --Djkinsella 21:46, 19 January 2006 (UTC)[]

This is a guess, but possibly because it's a 9 year journey to reach Pluto, but the mission is funded for 10 years to allow for the data to be fully received. The probe will go on measuring and imaging long after passing Pluto.
Indeed, I hope the mission will be extended if the spacecraft is healthy, to take a look at one or two further Kuiper Belt objects. Chris Jefferies 22:57, 19 January 2006 (UTC)[]

DYK - Chuck Muncie

Could an admin DAB Chuck Muncie's entry from University of California to University of California, Berkeley? --Christopherlin 00:09, 20 January 2006 (UTC)[]

DYK - Norway

"Thrice"? Really?' Can't we say "three times"? Would an admin please change that? Matt Yeager 00:26, 20 January 2006 (UTC)[]

As mentioned above:
  • It is factually incorrect
  • Some of us use thrice on a daily basis
11:41, 25 January 2006 (UTC)

Why is there not new information on the Canadian Election?

PLease post new information on the Canadian election, as it is worthy of featured news. Is there bias towards a losing candidate or what?

--Darth mhaw 00:25, 20 January 2006 (UTC)Darth Mhaw[]

Changes in popularity polls aren't worthy of mention. However, the actual election will be "In The News" on Monday. --Madchester 01:34, 20 January 2006 (UTC)[]

Why cant we have a picture of Stephen Harper?

DYK - Chuck Muncie

"where he broke six school rushing records that stand to this day?"

If he broke the records, they certainly do not stand to this day. Perhaps his new records do, but the ones he broke (which are the ones this mentions) do not still stand.

Norway and EU: two or three times?

The main page says that Norway has applied to join the EU three times but all of our own information (and others) says that they have only tried two times. Specifically, the European Community in 1972 and the European Union in 1994. -- Pinktulip 03:02, 20 January 2006 (UTC)[]

See #Norway above. - BanyanTree 05:03, 20 January 2006 (UTC)[]
The articles could be clearer about that, given these confusions. Shawnc 07:20, 20 January 2006 (UTC)[]

Someone removed Robert Samels from the Jacobs School of Music article

Could have been the Indiana University students operating at night?

The Japanese 'character' at the top of the logo (クィ) should be ウィ, which is the first character-combination spelling Wikipedia (ウィキペディア) in Japanese katakana. It MAY be the result of warping or cropping, as クィ isn't an acceptable character-combination in Japanese. (It would be pronounced ku + i = ki, but there is already a character for ki (キ).) I hope I'm not the first person to notice this ...   freshgavin TALK    06:57, 20 January 2006 (UTC)[]

I reckon it's because the character is on a sphere... Borisblue 13:47, 20 January 2006 (UTC)[]
incidentially, I cannot stand seeing this logo any more. I think I'll have my browser proxy filter it out soon. I didn't mind it in the beginning, but after a year I find it more and more awful :( dab () 14:05, 20 January 2006 (UTC)[]
That's a bit extreme, heh  Run!  14:08, 20 January 2006 (UTC)[]
Apparently it isn't meant to represent the first character in the Japanese rendition of Wikipedia; the sphere is just a ball of random characters to represent internationalism. The fact remains that the character クィ doesn't exist in Japanese though.   freshgavin TALK    14:30, 20 January 2006 (UTC)[]
Actually, it says ワィ, which perhaps was the original katakana rendering of "wi". Look closely. Ashibaka tock 23:00, 20 January 2006 (UTC)[]
Look closer Ashibaka. First of all, it's definitely ク, and not ワ, and secondly, ワィ is not a katakana rendering of "wi", though it's one of the many ways you could imagine it would be rendered. Just look at the title on the Japanese page. Anyways, it's common knowledge and (as can be expected) it's not reasonable to fix it right now.   freshgavin TALK    04:16, 21 January 2006 (UTC)[]

London Whale

As this beastie's swimming up the Thames was in the news at lunch time, will it get a mention? Jackiespeel 15:53, 20 January 2006 (UTC)[]

Probably. Baum 01:25, 27 January 2006

Prepositions (FA)

" of the reservation."

One too many? --JohnO You found the secret writing! 02:06, 21 January 2006 (UTC)[]

Thank you D021317c. --JohnO You found the secret writing! 05:20, 22 January 2006 (UTC)[]

Expanding the features of the Main Page

One of the big issues in the process of being settled right now at the Main Page Redesign Project is whether or not users want the picture of the day to be included on the Main Page seven days per week (rather than on weekends only as is currently the case). Another major issue is an overhaul of the header of the Main Page, and there are several cool designs to choose from. If you are interested in joining in on the discussion (and voting session), or would just like to join in on the fun, CLICK HERE --Go for it! 13:00, 21 January 2006 (UTC)[]

Margin for today's featured picture

I noticed that there is considerably less margin for the section "Today's featured picture" than for the other sections on the main page (it is closer to the border of the text field). The bullets for the "Selected anniversaries" also seem to be a little bit too close to the edge. Could somebody fix this? Thanks, RexNL 15:35, 21 January 2006 (UTC)[]

I wonder if the removal of "<div style="text-align: right;" class="noprint">" from ITN in this edit has anything to do with the misalignment in today's featured picture under ITN. -- 04:53, 22 January 2006 (UTC)[]
I think you are right. Since the opening div-tag is removed and the closing tag is not, a higher level div tag is closed prematurely. I will continue this discussion on the template talk page. RexNL 23:51, 22 January 2006 (UTC)[]

Has this been fixed yet ? -- 02:05, 24 January 2006 (UTC)[]

Yes, it has been fixed. RexNL 00:37, 26 January 2006 (UTC)[]

Forging ahead - What about main page configurability?

click on the heading above to go to that discussion

THIS is what passes for a FA now?

England were led by Aubrey Smith, who became the most widely known of England's cricket captains as a result of become a "B" list Hollywood star.

That's a direct quote from today's Featured Article, the History of Test Cricket. What kind of vetting process did this article actually pass thru? Did anyone actually read the thing from top to bottom? What an embarrassment. -- Peripatetic 04:10, 22 January 2006 (UTC)[]

I wouldn't go as far as to say it's an embarrassment. After all, one of the benifits of being a featured article is that it gets increased attention and errors such as the forementioned are revealed. I wouldn't consider it embarrassing unless a vital fact of the FA was clearly misinterpreted, the most important factor of a 'pedia being the facts and not so much the grammar.   freshgavin TALK    05:04, 22 January 2006 (UTC)[]
Apparently the definitions have changed -- articles are meant to get "increased attention" before they've appeared on that front page, not after. From the FA page: [1]
This page highlights particularly well-written and complete Wikipedia articles..<articles> will be reviewed for style, prose, completeness, accuracy and neutrality.
P.S. I don't mean to carp, I'm part of WP:Cricket myself but this is just plain sloppy from the front-page masters. --Peripatetic 11:15, 22 January 2006 (UTC)[]
Of course it's unfortunate that the errors slip through, I'm just saying that it is bound to happen, and it's not really the end of the world, because they get fixed eventually. The article was probably 99.8% well-done and I'm sure it deserved the FA. (Note: I have no interest in cricket and I didn't read the full article.)   freshgavin TALK    04:15, 23 January 2006 (UTC)[]

News Headline Kosovo Image

Questioned here (further discussion there too, please).

in the news picture mess up

when you roll your cursor over the picture in the "in the news" section, it still says flag of iraq. I think someone with sysop rights should change it. schyler 05:03, 22 January 2006 (UTC)[]

Thusly have I changed it. (PS: We have a FU image on the main page again, which is bad when we could use a free one of e.g. the flag of Kosovo. Shall we change it? Yes, I know, I should go to Talk:ITN, but I'm here so I'm asking here. ) -Splashtalk 05:06, 22 January 2006 (UTC)[]
There is another photo of Ibrahim Rugova from Wikimedia Commons on the ITN candidates page. -- 05:11, 22 January 2006 (UTC)[]
Scratch that comment from me. My ignorance is revealed: Kosovo's unique political status means....well...that Wiki doesn't have a flag for it; presumably it is strictly Serbia's, but I fear that may lead to political edit wars if I add that to the Main Page. The map we have of Kosovo isn't much good, either. Looks like we're stuck with a FU image that is badly photoshopped. -Splashtalk 05:29, 22 January 2006 (UTC)[]
This is the only slightly-okay image I could find in a google image search. Though I've found the original file we have here on wikipedia.. it appears to be a tie wrapped around his neck? Tres chique. But yes, it is very obvious that crappy photoshopping has been done. Not sure its a political propaganda poster like the file says, though. drumguy8800 - speak? 05:36, 22 January 2006 (UTC)[]

Today's featured article (Sun 22nd Jan 06) image

The image seems to be covering the bottom of the title. It looks in my opinion slightly unproffesional, sorry!Medscin 16:22, 22 January 2006 (UTC)[]

23 Jan 2006

In the news - Canadian federal election today [[2]] - why wouldn't this be posted in the news section?Michael Dorosh 20:02, 23 January 2006 (UTC)[]

Vote on the new Main Page

To view the proposed new layouts for the Main Page, click here. There are several candidates to choose from. Community consultation will continue until February 4th.

I have been asked by Go_for_it! (talkcontribs) to place the above request for votes at the top of the main page itself. I think that would be too prominent; I propose putting it immediately above Wikipedia in other languages. Any objections? --RobertGtalk 12:18, 24 January 2006 (UTC)[]

The above notice is now posted on main page. --RobertGtalk 10:16, 25 January 2006 (UTC)[]
It is now not on todays main page - any reason? SFC9394 15:01, 26 January 2006 (UTC)[]

why does redirect here? What about the Scots wikipedia, the Welsh wikipedia, the Scottish Gaelic wikipedia, the Cornish wikipedia, the Irish wikipedia or even the Old English wikipedia? I know none of these wikipedias even come close to the same level of detail and info that the English one does, but keeping this redirect means that that inequality is only going to continue. Bare in mind also that the United Kingdom has no official language. Couldn't some kind of portal to all these wikipedias, similar to that at, be placed at the domain instead? -- 01:47, 23 January 2006 (UTC)[]

Technically, en.wikipedia is THE Wikipedia for England, the US, Canada, Australia, etc. Many of the editors are British and you'll see for yourself that British spelling is abundant and maybe even more frequent than American. It doesn't make sense to give the Scots or Irish 'pedia priority, all respects to the authors of their respective editions though.   freshgavin TALK    04:09, 23 January 2006 (UTC)[]
Except of course Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales aren't part of England. And it's not about giving them priority. It's about giving them equality. -- 12:19, 23 January 2006 (UTC)[]
I'm willing to bet there are more Hindi speakers in Britain than Scots (sarcasm?). Does that mean should link to the Hindi Wikipedia? (If there is one). Equality here doesn't make sense, priority is given to the most useful, and largest of the 'pedias. Thus the German 'pedia ranks above the Japanese, and the Gaelic above the Hindi. When the more minor languages of the UK get big enough to deserve a front seat I wouldn't be surprised if there was a decision to link to them, but that's a long long way in the future. And by the way, we weren't talking about Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales, we were talking about   freshgavin TALK    23:41, 23 January 2006 (UTC)[]
Yes, Hindi is widely spoken in the UK, as are numerous other recent immigrant languages. But Hindi isn't a native language, and it's speaker base is clearly in India. Wheras Welsh, for example, is spoken almost entirely within the UK, and has been for all of it's history. As for your dismissial of the other wikipedias as too small, The whole reason I'm suggesting this change is that these minor wikipedias are always going to stay like that if they continue to be ignored. The only way to improve their coverage is to raise their profile to let potential contributors out there be aware of their existence. Oh, and by the way: the country-code domain is for, as the name suggests, The United Kingdom. England is just one part of Great Britain (the other two being Scotland and Wales) and Great Britain is just one part of the United Kingdom (the other being Northern Ireland). -- 00:17, 24 January 2006 (UTC)[]
There's one at Or maybe I think the forthcoming UK Wikimedia chapter are planning to look into that.--Cherry blossom tree 10:33, 23 January 2006 (UTC)[]
Or rather there was. They now just redirect to blossom tree 10:35, 23 January 2006 (UTC)[]
I think that it might be a good solution, when redirects to a similar website as does, because the "English Wikipedia" is not really the Britain ones! In my optinon it would be better when redirects to But this is another discussion!--Topfklao 14:11, 23 January 2006 (UTC)[]

I don't see why the redirect shouldn't go to a portal. There is a sort precedent for it at the Swiss redirect page. Cigarette 00:44, 25 January 2006 (UTC)[] is the British domain, not the English domain. English is overwhelmingly the main language in the UK - including in Scotland. 11:39, 25 January 2006 (UTC)[]

But my point isn't one of numbers, it's one of officiality - there is no official language of the UK, despite the dominance of English in most of it. If English is represented, there is no good reason why the many native minority languages shouldn't be represented as well. --Krsont 12:39, 25 January 2006 (UTC)[]
    • Agreed, I think it is stupid that should redirect here. It should be a portal much like the Beligium one. I think we all can agree that is best having the different languages(instead of redirecting here), and the same should be true for the uk domain. 23:45, 29 January 2006 (UTC)[]

English is the spoken language of the UK, all business is conducted through it. Even Scots does not have official status, never mind Irish or Welsh.

A set of links akin to what bes on the bottom of the page for the other languages should be in the title area: giving access to native versions while still giving a common area for English speaking areas.

Suggested sample:

Scotland [Gaelic] [Lallans] :
Wales [Welsh] :
Cornwall [Cornish]
N. Ireland [Ullans] [Irish] [Hiberno-English]
Isle of Man [Manx]
Chanell Isles [Norman French]

Articles and content in English

Ojis 13:27, 30 January 2006 (UTC)[]

  • I like the idea, but just one note. There is no official language of English so obviously Welsh or Cornish wouldn't be official. Would you have a problem though if there was a brief paragraph written in each language linking one to the area? 01:13, 31 January 2006 (UTC)[]

Date of birth

Do anyone know when Ariyan.A johnson was born. she play on the steve harvey show

Nope :(

CBC Projects Harper Win in Canadian Election

This must be on the main page! --Mb1000 03:09, 24 January 2006 (UTC)[]

I don't think they could actually quote only the CBC. The GlobeAndMail has other results. None the less, congratulations Canada! How soon 'til the Conservatives start talking Political Union with the Turks and Caicos again?  ;-) P.S. The United States channel C-SPAN has Canadian National general elections coverage this evening. It's a shame that Newsworld International was closed down in the US. CaribDigita 03:32, 24 January 2006 (UTC)[]

Canadian Northern Americas

Can someone help create a stub for this please?

The Canadian Northern Americas, or CNA, refers to the country of Canada in the Western Hemisphere.

The term is a relatively recent.

Um, is "Canadian" somehow insufficient? I think it's pretty much unambiguous. --17:07, 24 January 2006 (UTC)

It would have applied more when NewFoundLand was independent. Probably means Alaska, Canada, Greenland, maybe? 14:00, 30 January 2006 (UTC)[]

Typo on main page, 24 Jan 2006

As a result of the Canadian federal election Liberal Prime Minister Paul Martin concedes defeat to Stephen Harper's Conservatives who will from a minority government.
Kether83 05:43, 24 January 2006 (UTC)[]

Looks like it's been fixed. Thanks! — Knowledge Seeker 06:03, 24 January 2006 (UTC)[]

Claudius article hacked

It looks like someone hacked the featured article of the day on the Emperor Claudius. There is nothing there but pictures of male and female genitalia. Thank you!

you're welcome ;) - 17:06, 24 January 2006 (UTC)[]

when did the internet start?

yesterday -- 21:55, 24 January 2006 (UTC)[]
Try History of the Internet. In future, please ask such questions at the Wikipedia:Reference Desk, or even better, use the search box.-gadfium 22:09, 24 January 2006 (UTC)[]


does anyone know where this word came from and what it means? where did you get the definition if you have one? please exclude all Marry Poppins references.

Viking Great Army

This articles name has been changed to Great Heathen Army. Can we update the Did you know? --Birgitte§β ʈ Talk 01:45, 25 January 2006 (UTC)[]

AUS day...

Australia Day should be on the main page --Adam1213 Talk + 16:50, 25 January 2006 (UTC)[]

Selected Anniversaries is noting both Australia Day and India's Republic Day. --Ancheta Wis


Is it usual policy on Wikipedia to commemorate the beginning of a genocide? Feldmarschall 17:15, 25 January 2006 (UTC)[]

No, but if the page about the genocide has good content and is free of disputes, it might get featured on the anniversary in the "Selected Anniversary" section on the Main Page. If there are large scale commemorative activities on the genocide in the news, the page on the genocide might get updated with the news story and then featured in the "In The News" section on the Main Page. Neither should be considered a commemoration by Wikipedia. -- 07:03, 26 January 2006 (UTC)[]

Error on first "did you know"!

Currently is: ...that Frenchman Jean-Marie Le Bris accomplished the world's first powered flight in 1856, with a glider was pulled behind a running horse?

Should be "with a glider THAT was pulled". How can one edit the front page?


Thanks, fixed. The main page is an exception to the usual wiki rule of allowing anyone to edit as it would get too much vandalism if we left it open. Reporting errors here usually promptly attracts the attention of someone who can fix them.-gadfium 18:50, 25 January 2006 (UTC)[]
Only administrators and above in position can edit the front page to prevent vandalism -user:link9er

Google: China

Should the In the news blurb about Google and China link to People's Republic of China instead of China? The article China is about the region as a geographical region, whereas People's Republic of China is about the state, the entity Google has reached this agreement with. Kurieeto 23:55, 25 January 2006 (UTC)[]

Wikipedia Killed by Zerg Rush

News at 11 :) Raul654 00:40, 26 January 2006 (UTC)[]

help needed

for news update:

The Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly strongly condemns crimes of totalitarian communist regimes. -- Monalisa2 01:04, 26 January 2006 (UTC)[]

Image:Svinesund bridge01.jpg

This image is not GFDL-compatible, as it "may not be used in advertising or propaganda without author consent" and "may be cropped but not distorted". It should not be on Wikipedia, much less on the main page. --SPUI (talk - don't use sorted stub templates!) 02:39, 26 January 2006 (UTC)[]

As the Licensing implies that the copywrite holder has allowed use for any purpose I assume the warnings about propaganda and cropping/distorting were meant as warnings against use outside of the bounds of Wikipedia. I don't know if it's suitable for the main page but I don't see why it shouldn't be on Wikipedia. Also, it's not considered 'distorted' unless the aspect ratio changes.   freshgavin TALK    04:01, 26 January 2006 (UTC)[]
It doesn't seem to have been uploaded by the copyright holder. If someone wants to write to the Swedish guy that owns the copyright and try to convince him to remove those conditions, feel free. But I don't know Swedish. --SPUI (talk - don't use sorted stub templates!) 04:39, 26 January 2006 (UTC)[]
I believe that would be the responsibility of the guy who uploaded the picture in the first place, and considering he made the article I'm pretty sure he can speak English.   freshgavin TALK    06:47, 26 January 2006 (UTC)[]
If that happens we can reupload the images. But as they stand they are not free enough for Wikipedia. --SPUI (talk - don't use sorted stub templates!) 07:47, 26 January 2006 (UTC)[]

Wiki pt

The Wikipedia in portuguese version come on 100.000 articles. -- Fernando S. Aldado 06:23, 26 January 2006 (UTC)[]

Yes Portuguese now has over 100,000, it seems. --Cam 07:52, 26 January 2006 (UTC)[]
Nobody change Main Page here, Wikipedia pt appear as over 10,000 articles. -- Fernando S. Aldado 10:02, 26 January 2006 (UTC)[]

In the (Korean) news

Is this the first time Wikipedia's choice of featured article has made the news? "Wikipedia Features StarCraft Story". The Korea Times. — BrianSmithson 14:05, 26 January 2006 (UTC)[]

It's the second. I believe the first was Norman Borlaug Raul654 15:42, 26 January 2006 (UTC)[]
That was a blog, this is the first. The Times has a circ of a million too. Lotsofissues 00:54, 27 January 2006 (UTC)[]

James A. Baker

"Did you know... that the United States Department of Justice attorney James A. Baker [...] is no relation to former Secretary of State James A. Baker III?" -- Shouldn't this say either "is not related" or "has no relation" or "is not a relative of"? It doesn't sound right as it is. -- ironcito 17:47, 26 January 2006 (UTC)[]

No, it's right the way it is. "Relation" can be a noun, meaning "a relative". Yeltensic42.618 don't panic 02:45, 28 January 2006 (UTC)[]

Kim Ngai the Science Guy

Kim log on i need to talk to you

This is not a chat room. --Nelson Ricardo 00:29, 27 January 2006 (UTC)[]

Frenchman Flats

What on earth are Frenchman Flats? Is that something everyone knows? If not, can it be on the main page without explanation or link? Piet 11:16, 27 January 2006 (UTC)[]

Poor English in DYK

"Resumed to produce" should be amended to "resumed production". Merchbow 12:27, 27 January 2006 (UTC)[]

Why is Holocaust Memorial Day exclusively listed as an UK event?

January 27th is "Holocaust memorial day" in Italy, Poland, Denmark and Germany as well. --HBS 12:52, 27 January 2006 (UTC)[]

Holocaust Memorial Day, which lists the other countries, is a disambiguation page and there doesn't appear to be a general description of Holocaust Memorial Days. Given the choice between linking to a dab or a full formed article of one of the nation-specific days, editors appear to have gone with the latter. Tough call. - BanyanTree 18:19, 27 January 2006 (UTC)[]
Yeah, I compromised by keeping the link the UK-centric article, but getting rid of the "in the United Kingdom" wording on the Main Page.--Pharos 18:01, 28 January 2006 (UTC)[]

(space)2 coins?

I suspect my browser (Firefox 1.5 for the Mac OSX) isn't showing some sort of Eurosymbol for the 2 coins... there's a space before thm in the hyperlink (a blank space underlined before the numeral 2) but no symbol visible.

...even stranger, when I go on the Talk page for the actual article, the symbol DOES show up on the title bar, but never in the page body. Abuh?

FireFox 1.5 for wndws shows the euro symbol everywhere. Piet 15:38, 27 January 2006 (UTC)[]

Perhaps the font you're using to view Wikipedia is an old one without the Euro symbol, and the one that goes in your title bar isn't. rspeer / ɹəədsɹ 17:40, 27 January 2006 (UTC)[]