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Errors in the summary of today's or tomorrow's featured article[edit]

TFA today[edit]

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OTD today[edit]

In the 1987 crash fatalities should be mentioned per usual practice. Suggest something like: "...leaving only a sole survivor among 154 people on board" or a variation thereof. Brandmeistertalk 09:17, 16 August 2017 (UTC)

As to Elvis Presley's death, Graceland is a big place and obviously has a lot more than one bathroom. Maybe "a" bathroom? Shocking Blue (talk) 10:34, 16 August 2017 (UTC)

IIRC, the main house has 8 bathrooms and the racquetball court in the back (a separate building) had one as well. There were three other outbuildings on the property, but I don't recall that any had bathrooms; there was a "smokehouse" in the back that had been partially converted to an office, a barn for the horses, and a gardenshed. It's a big house, but not THAT big. He died in an upstairs bathroom; that floor is not on the tour. --Jayron32 11:23, 16 August 2017 (UTC)
Do we need such a long and complicated blurb anyway? I suggest the more concise and informative 'Elvis Presley, known as "The King of Rock and Roll", died aged 42 in Memphis, Tennessee'. The details can be left to the article. Modest Genius talk 13:07, 16 August 2017 (UTC)

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Errors in today's or tomorrow's featured picture[edit]

POTD today[edit]

  • " of the northern hemisphere, and" our article uses "Northern Hemisphere", which is correct? The Rambling Man (talk) 07:55, 16 August 2017 (UTC)
    • MOS:COMPASS isn't particularly helpful, but errs on the side of not capitalising. Modest Genius talk 10:41, 16 August 2017 (UTC)
      • Well perhaps we should move our article. The Rambling Man (talk) 10:45, 16 August 2017 (UTC)
      • But having said that, reliable encyclopedias like Britannica call it the "Northern Hemisphere". The Rambling Man (talk) 10:58, 16 August 2017 (UTC)
        • Other style guides seem to imply capitalization to be correct here: [1], [2]. The last one notes that in general, these words "usually do get capitalized when they describe a region of the world". [3], [4]. The last is probably the best 'quality' source that directly addresses hemispheres, but none of these is Strunk and White. I can find as few style guides that recommend lower cases ([5] for example), but the preponderance of guidance seems to favor capitalization. --Jayron32 11:12, 16 August 2017 (UTC)
  • Ursa Major is the featured picture, and there is no mention of the Big Dipper? That's not the way I'd have done it. Shocking Blue (talk) 10:38, 16 August 2017 (UTC)
    Why not? You'd then need to include "The Plough" because us Brits don't say "Big Dipper". The Rambling Man (talk) 10:40, 16 August 2017 (UTC)
    Including it wouldn't hurt, but the alternative names would indeed need to be stated, as they are in the Ursa Major article. Modest Genius talk 10:44, 16 August 2017 (UTC)
     DoneI added a sentence. The text box next to the POTD had sufficient whitespace, so the extra text shouldn't be too much. I included both Big Dipper and Plough, as those seem to be the two main English Language names. --Jayron32 11:17, 16 August 2017 (UTC)

POTD tomorrow[edit]

Lots of italics needed. Primergrey (talk) 05:13, 16 August 2017 (UTC)

 Done Lots of italics added. Mjroots (talk) 12:09, 16 August 2017 (UTC)

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General discussion[edit]


What happened?[edit]

Is wikipedia finally dead? Home [sic] come August 13th pages aren't appearing across multiple wikis? 72.48.98.163 (talk) 00:16, 13 August 2017 (UTC)

Hi 72.48, this is the talk page for the main page - if you are seeing a main page problem here on the English Wikipedia - please tell us a bit more. What are you expecting to see, and what are you seeing instead? If your problem is on other projects you will need to ask them. I've sent a cache purge to our mainpage, and you can also try purging your browser caches. — xaosflux Talk 00:26, 13 August 2017 (UTC)
Howdy! For as long as I can remember the Main Page on most wikis updates at 0:00 UTC like clockwork. That didn't happen today, either on the English wiki, nor the Spanish, or Danish. French wiki was on it though. In any case, I was concerned, so much so that I restarted my computer! It started to update piecemeal after 0:20ish. I'd be very curious to know what happened. 72.48.98.163 (talk) 04:09, 13 August 2017 (UTC)
Wikipedia pages are cached for performance reasons. Normally they are only updated when they are edited, or with a varying delay when a transcluded page is edited. The main page is rarely edited directly and the transcluded pages like Wikipedia:Today's featured article/August 13, 2017 are not edited at midnight. Instead Main Page checks the date to decide which daily pages to transclude but this check only occurs when the page is being updated for some reason. An update can be forced by purging the page. I don't know whether there is a Wikimedia feature supposed to automatically purge the main page of all wikis at midnight. User:Joe's Null Bot automatically purges some pages but I don't know whether it's currently working and supposed to purge the main page at midnight. There is no log of purges. PrimeHunter (talk) 09:51, 13 August 2017 (UTC)

Melania Trump page[edit]

Please discuss at Talk:Melania Trump, not here. BencherliteTalk 07:46, 15 August 2017 (UTC)
The following discussion is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made on the appropriate discussion page. No further edits should be made to this discussion.

Why is there no mention of Melania Trump's birther views on her page, nor any mention her plagiarism in her speech at the RNC in 2016?

How does Wikipedia decide what should go on a page, when there is an obvious error.

What is the remedy? The person that owns the page is clearly a Melania Trump fan - can some outside parties at Wikipedia review the page, and improve it.— Preceding unsigned comment added by 87.224.32.138 (talkcontribs)

  • No one owns that page. Wikipedia articles are never considered complete, and if there is missing information, anyone (including you!) are encouraged to add it. However, please be aware that any information which is added but lacks a citation to a reliable source is likely to be removed. So, if you wish to fix the article, FIRST find a good, rock-solid reliable source, THEN add the missing information and cite the source it comes from with a footnote. If you don't know how to do that, you can always use the article talk page and ask for help. I hope that helps! --Jayron32 14:35, 14 August 2017 (UTC)
    • One addition to Jayron's comment. The page is protected (as is very common for topics inspiring controversy), so you will need to create a Wikipedia account to edit anything on that page. You can identify protected pages by the lock in the upper right corner. There are different types of locks. The one on the Melania Trump page is "extended confirmed protected", which means that in addition to creating an account, you won't be allowed to edit the page directly until your new account has existed for at least 30 days. Additionally, you will need a minimum of 500 other edits on Wikipedia. Once you have created the account, black locks (semi-protected) and green locks (move protected) are open to your editing, in addition to standard unlocked pages. Myself, I am an IP just like you, so the page is also edit-closed to me. - Tenebris 66.11.171.90 (talk) 02:30, 15 August 2017 (UTC)

The discussion above is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made on the appropriate discussion page. No further edits should be made to this discussion.