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Welcome to the Assistance reading room where Wikibookians help each other solve problems encountered while contributing to books or otherwise taking part in the Wikibooks community.


Hi, I'm from Kenya,Africa.Currently I need help accessing the internet. For now I can access all the Wikis but I can't further my research because the internet here is throttled and censored.I was wondering if I could maybe use Wiki as a proxy if that is possible.Thanks in advance.Kindly help. Burtx (discusscontribs) 11:39, 6 March 2015 (UTC) Burtx (discusscontribs) 20:46, 28 March 2015 (UTC)

I've granted the IP Block Exempt rights to you. User:Burtx, does that help? --atcovi (talk) 20:59, 28 March 2015 (UTC)
Is that right needed anyway? He's just asking whether he can use Wikibooks under a proxy , he doesn't say that he is blocked.
Thanks --atcovi but that isn't helping,I meant using it as a proxy site to access the internet or I tunnel my data through the wikis.

User:Burtx,14:14,29 March 2015 UTC+3

I sure am clumsy... --atcovi (talk) 12:23, 29 March 2015 (UTC)
Will something like TOR help? --atcovi (talk) 12:28, 29 March 2015 (UTC)
Ah , fine I get you.
No , you cannot. Wikibooks cannot be used as a means to access other sites on the internet. That also means that no , you cannot tunnel your data through the wiki. Use TOR instead.--Leaderboard (discusscontribs) 19:09, 29 March 2015 (UTC)


Hi! I was wondering if one of you wonderful people could help me with putting citations in? Thanks :) Craigpaton27 (discusscontribs) 16:05, 11 February 2015 (UTC)

@Craigpaton27 - Hey, have you tried ? --atcovi (talk) 16:14, 11 February 2015 (UTC)
@atcovi - Thank you! :) Craigpaton27 (discusscontribs) 16:25, 11 February 2015 (UTC)
No problem, glad to help :-) --atcovi (talk) 16:26, 11 February 2015 (UTC)

Hello! I am having a little trouble trying to group citations from the same author - each time I try I end ruining the layout of the original reference!! Would someone be able to explain to me how to group citations from the same author? Thank you very much! :D Wearsonlyblack (discusscontribs) 13:52, 27 February 2015 (UTC)

The pretty formatting of citations is much easier if you use templates. Compare the before / after in this edit where I've changed one reference to use the {{cite}} template. QuiteUnusual (discusscontribs) 16:06, 27 February 2015 (UTC)
Thank you very much QuiteUnusual ! That looks a lot more straightforward! Wearsonlyblack (discusscontribs) 00:23, 28 February 2015 (UTC)
  • Just to spread the word, I imported and adapted the Easy foot Note template {{efn}} along with the output trigger {{notelist}} from en.Wikipedia to here some months back, and find it really helps keeping prose clean as qualifiers and special cases can be parked as an aside down page bottom and so on. Hope they help someone else.
    FYI, FWIW: I wanted an overt 'note' displayed, but the pair will accept various other schemes and a pre-template to select one of the other modes can easily be put together. Just ask me for help. // FrankB 14:28, 18 March 2015 (UTC)

LaTeX book compilation[edit]

I have extracted the source code of the book as it says in the first page but when I try to compile it writing "pdflatex main.tex" it says that pdflatex isn't installed. What does it mean that the book has a configured version of pdflatex then?

Anyone have the same itch[edit]

I have an itch to read some Wikibooks (instead of just editing), which makes me wonder if there is any way to load and convert such to a Kindle (or Mobi) format—the reader I can read away from the desktop and need not feel guilty for slacking. Any news on this front? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Fabartus (discusscontribs) 14:21, 18 March 2015

Kindles can read filtered HTML and PDFs. Conversion to either is relatively simple (there's a built in PDF creator available at Wikibooks). When I have more time I can explain better. QuiteUnusual (discusscontribs) 18:01, 18 March 2015 (UTC)

Is it allowed to for one to create their own story or novel on Wikibooks?[edit]

It is Wikibooks. Doorknob747 (discusscontribs) 02:56, 26 March 2015 (UTC)

No. Fiction is specifically not allowed. QuiteUnusual (discusscontribs) 09:39, 26 March 2015 (UTC)