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

TFA today[edit]

"it was among several artworks transferred" As we've not had any mention until this point of where it was, this is devoid of context and therefore puzzling and meaningless. --Dweller (talk) Become old fashioned! 10:06, 23 January 2018 (UTC)

I've added "at the Royal Academy" to the text about its original 1830 exhbition, so hopefully this now makes more sense. Thanks  — Amakuru (talk) 10:30, 23 January 2018 (UTC)

TFA tomorrow[edit]

Errors in In the news[edit]

Errors in today's or tomorrow's On this day[edit]

OTD today[edit]

OTD tomorrow[edit]

  • "North Vietnamese Army " we had this the other day. It's either Vietnam People's Army or People's Army of Vietnam, but it's not "North Vietnamese Army". The Rambling Man (talk) 07:44, 23 January 2018 (UTC)
    I've changed it to "North Vietnamese army" as it's not a proper name, but that seems to me to be clearer in this context than the "People's Army of Vietnam".  — Amakuru (talk) 10:33, 23 January 2018 (UTC)
  • "Long Binh " redirects to a dab. The Rambling Man (talk) 07:45, 23 January 2018 (UTC)
I redirected to Long Binh Post (hopefully I edited the right page) Gatoclass (talk) 10:26, 23 January 2018 (UTC)

Errors in the current or next Did you know...[edit]

DYK current[edit]

"that the motet In Exile for double choir". Do we expect the general reader to know what a motet or a double choir are without wikilcnks? --Dweller (talk) Become old fashioned! 12:34, 23 January 2018 (UTC)

We have an article on motet but nothing for double choir. The article has an Easter egg link on those words, which bewilderingly leads to a page about SAB which doesn't contain any obvious mention of double choirs. --Dweller (talk) Become old fashioned! 12:37, 23 January 2018 (UTC)

DYK next[edit]

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

POTD today[edit]

POTD tomorrow[edit]

Errors in the summary of the last or next featured list[edit]

General discussion[edit]

Wikipedia blackout[edit]

The Wikipedia blackout, as POTD for Jan. 18, seems as a clear case of navel-gazing (WP:NAVEL), of scant interest to most readers. Besides, it's not a picture, it's a sort of computer notice board. Sca (talk) 15:46, 18 January 2018 (UTC)

The protest involved is mentioned in the picture blurb as having significant impact on legislation in the United States, where a great many readers are located. The legislation in question was also described -- rightly or wrongly -- as having significant potential impact on the Internet itself, which is used by almost all readers.
Many images which become POTD are not pictures (paintings, photographs) in the traditional sense. Some are diagrams, animated or otherwise. Computer notice board or not, this has the attribute that it is difficult to understand exactly what the protest looked like, without seeing the picture. MPS1992 (talk) 21:20, 18 January 2018 (UTC)
And whether you think it's a picture or not, it's still a "featured picture" and as such eligible for main page exposure, as are all other FPs. The Rambling Man (talk) 21:38, 18 January 2018 (UTC)
Whether you think it's a picture or not
– Do you think it's a picture? Sca (talk) 01:48, 19 January 2018 (UTC)
Regardless of which definition of "picture" you think WP:POTD/WP:FP should use, the one that those projects operate clearly includes screenshots, or it wouldn't be a FP. And if you're also complaining about the timing, how is it different than having someone as TfA on their birthday? ansh666 02:10, 19 January 2018 (UTC)
Where did I say anything about the timing? Sca (talk) 02:51, 19 January 2018 (UTC)
as POTD for Jan. 18 could be interpreted that way, sorry. ansh666 03:05, 19 January 2018 (UTC)
I was coming from a slightly different angle with my 'WP's birthday' (going by the infobox article on WP) thread above.
Shall we say that there should be room on the MP for an occasional WP self-referential mention (and it is coincidence that the two discussions occurred together). Jackiespeel (talk) 15:56, 19 January 2018 (UTC)
Personally I think Wikipedia needs to be far more self referential. Abyssal (talk) 18:27, 19 January 2018 (UTC)
  • Two points:
  1. The screenshot went through the Featured Pictures process at Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates/Stop Online Piracy Act Blackout. As such, it is qualified (just like any other image that has passed FP) to run on POTD.
  2. We have other screenshots that have passed the FP process, such as File:Charlie Murder screenshot 5.png, File:IncredipedeScreenshot35.jpg, and File:The Splatters 03.jpg. As such, it is clear that screenshots qualify as "pictures" for the purpose of FP and POTD.  — Chris Woodrich (talk) 00:19, 20 January 2018 (UTC)
John William Waterhouse Echo And Narcissus.jpg
Yes, yes, we know all that. But the fact that it went through the fallible process at WP:FPC doesn't alter the self-indulgent character of its content – which point I know Chris never will agree to. It's still narcissistic. (⇒) – Sca (talk) 14:48, 22 January 2018 (UTC)
  • I know you know that, seeing as you have been a commentator at FPC for going on four years now. My reply was for the benefit of other readers, who may not be as familiar with the process or with images that have been promoted in the past -- trust me, not everyone knows.
As to your point about navel gazing, editors obviously have different approaches and views. When Howcheng was selecting FPs before 2013, he put our FP of Mike Godwin at WP:POTD/Unused for a little over two years as Godwin had been general counsel for the Wikimedia Foundation. I ultimately ran Godwin in 2013, both because he had not been involved with the WMF in three years and because I consider it acceptable to occasionally run images related to Wikipedia/the Wikimedia movement. Since that image ran in September 2013, to the best of my recollection we have not had a Wikipedia related POTD before the blackout image. Two images in four and a half years (1/1643.5 days) is far from my definition of "navel gazing", and this rate is far below that for DYK. Others, such as yourself, take a zero tolerance view, which is fine. — Chris Woodrich (talk) 15:33, 22 January 2018 (UTC)
Footnote — It was obvious at the time that it was going to be promoted, so I didn't see any point in opposing it. But in general I don't see computer screenshots as being "among Wikipedia's best work" in the image/graphics realm, since little or no visual information is conveyed. They lack reader interest. Sca (talk) 22:40, 22 January 2018 (UTC)

"Seeing action"[edit]

The language in the current article of the day, "he saw action [in place]" is military jargon for combat, but in reality could mean a wide variety of things. Generally in cases where there is overwhelming force (this is the British Empire putting down rebellions by Arabs in this case), there is a high likelihood of professional jargon and attested bravado infused in the jargon and in the reports of military operations. In other words the reports tend to be written in a way which exaggerates the nobility of deeds, the British in this case, and contains little from the other point of view. Its a vanity topic which produces vanity articles. -Dictatos (talk) 03:16, 20 January 2018 (UTC)

It is a fascinating topic and I am glad you have raised it. But no, the mention of him "see[ing] action" is in the Syria–Lebanon Campaign, which was fought against the Vichy French and the Axis Powers. Not Arabs, nor Arab rebellions, by any stretch of the imagination.
If someone had held the highest possible rank in the Syrian or Lebanese army then I would expect an article about them to exist, too, and that would not be a vanity article either. MPS1992 (talk) 03:48, 20 January 2018 (UTC)

complain to admins in fa.wikipedia[edit]

Hi. good morning.

the page .

https://fa.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D8%B3%D9%81%DB%8C%D8%B1%D9%81%DB%8C%D9%84%D9%85 has been removed by admins, while the article is about introducing a great Persian documentary film making company with a lots of known works, also showed on national TV in Iran for times.. the discussion page also shows users know and confirms this. but some admins has political directions and ignore the the reality and just confirm and act as what they like! you can see the discussion page :

 https://fa.wikipedia.org/wiki/ویکی‌پدیا:نظرخواهی_برای_حذف/سفیرفیلم

there are lots of sources that show وپ:سرشناسی for the article. is wikipedia like this? or is a independent free encyclopedia ?


tnx for checking this. Onw4y (talk) 07:52, 21 January 2018 (UTC)

Onw4y, this page is to discuss the English Wikipedia's main page, your comment is about something else. in any case, each language wikipedia is independent and we can't help you at the Farsi version, sorry Jimfbleak - talk to me? 08:31, 21 January 2018 (UTC)
So when the admin band there , is not responsible for this acts , and there is NO where to complain, in fact the whole wikipedia is being questioned! isn't it? Its not independent. Just because of the personal or political benefits of admins! right? Onw4y (talk) 08:45, 21 January 2018 (UTC)
As Jimfbleak told you, this is the English Wikipedia, which is separate from the Farsi Wikipedia. Each Wikipedia has its own policies and procedures. You need to discuss any issues with the Farsi Wikipedia on the Farsi Wikipedia. If no one there will listen to you, there is nothing we at the English Wikipedia can do. Sorry. 331dot (talk) 09:34, 21 January 2018 (UTC)