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copyright ownership[edit]

exactly how does one provide wiki with proof that one is the copyright holder even if the item (a recipe) has been donated to the public domain but happens to appear on a website that has a copyright date on the site (, the copyright is there for the look and feel and the name of the site)

my recipe has been deleted because somebody saw it on and noticed it here as well. It's getting to be a hair's distance to me simply pulling the recipe from everybody entirely and marking yet another thing beneficial to mankind as unsuitable for mankind. Robert Dell (discusscontribs) 00:46, 26 September 2014 (UTC)

Did anyone expressly contested the content license here ? In general we accept your content on your responsibility (as you submit content you become legally responsible for it, and Wikimedia puts all the burden on your if something goes wrong). In case of an actual dispute you can use the normal method of contacting the work's copyright owner and request a license or provide the link to any other place that has "published" the content with a valid (compatible) license or asserting that it is on the public domain. In any case recipes are extremely hard to copyright, it is very easy to bypass by rewording the fluff and keep the non-copyrightable facts, even to improve upon it. --Panic (discusscontribs) 05:05, 26 September 2014 (UTC)
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This sounds like something you need to ask Wikibooks. Members own the rights to their own recipes on our site.

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Sent: Sep 24, 2014 9:17:09 PM Subject: Comment/Suggestion

I posted one of my recipes here and posted it as well on wikibooks. My recipe on wikibooks was summarily deleted simply because your site has a copyright notice on it.
precisely WHAT is copyrighted? surely not my own recipe by itself. if that's the case then it's a super easy way to steal others' work.
I imagine that you copyright the look and feel of the site, the collection of recipes (not a single recipe), and the nutritional information information that you add.
by the way, can you folks kindly remove this from my page? I don't intend to subscribe as my inbox is too full already. I can't see underneath it.
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Shall I include the message ID for you folks to backtrack to determine that it was in fact from and not simply something i typed up?
Robert Dell (discusscontribs) 11:37, 3 October 2014 (UTC)

This subject is already being covered at Request for undeletion of the recipe. I have moved my last reply there. --Panic (discusscontribs) 08:08, 4 October 2014 (UTC)

dangerous pages, suggest user get help[edit]

Leucosctite made resources on suicide. I was looking at global contributions and was surprised to see this still continuing. Can someone look at it and suggest the user get help. These edits are still current. -sidelight12

Sidelight12, thanks for raising this concern; it is important that when someone needs help, we try to help them get it.
In this case, evidence suggests Leucosticte's immediate concern is one of content. (I certainly hope that's the case. It occurs to me that our book Suicide probably ought to provide a link to w:WP:EMERGENCY.) The new content has been discussed at Talk:Suicide#Suicide methods, which refers in turn to an earlier discussion at Wikiversity and a history of material moving between now-defunct non-wikimedia projects.
Regarding the content itself, if you're thinking about challenging its appropriateness, you should probably also read as background the two previous, unsuccessful nominations of the book for deletion, which are linked at the top of Talk:Suicide. --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 13:01, 19 October 2014 (UTC)


Per Cookbook:Policy please rename the following:

Thanks. —Justin (koavf)TCM 20:21, 31 July 2014 (UTC)

Also (saved it too early):
Thanks. More forthcoming. —Justin (koavf)TCM 20:25, 31 July 2014 (UTC)
That should do it. —Justin (koavf)TCM 23:24, 31 July 2014 (UTC)
A simple way to postpone archiving of a thread such as this is to add a comment to it, with its own fresh date. --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 12:05, 27 October 2014 (UTC)