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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.

Greetings[edit]

I usually edit the en:Wikipedia where I have permission to patrol, and review pending changes. In addition I create templates. I am wondering why I can't create templates on Wikibooks. Best Regards, Barbara (WVS) (discusscontribs) 19:47, 16 August 2017 (UTC)

Could you please communicate an example? Because I can't see any restriction in the logs, and no global blocking. JackPotte (discusscontribs) 19:59, 16 August 2017 (UTC)
When not blocked, I cannot think of inability to create templates on Wikibooks unless specific title is protected from creation. Please tell which template to try creating, or we cannot help.--Jusjih (discusscontribs) 23:58, 11 December 2017 (UTC)

New user in need of help[edit]

I was contacted recently by @Adam.bednarczyk01:, who had an article he wanted to share with the Wikimedia community. Since its' description suggested it's out of scope for Wikipedia (OR), I suggested he published it here. The article is currently in the author's sandbox (User:Adam.bednarczyk01/sandbox), including contact details and whatnot. Any help in bringing the article up to WikiBooks' standards and moving it to the main space highly appreciated. Halibutt (discusscontribs) 10:44, 14 December 2017 (UTC)

We don't allow original research either (WB:NOR). QuiteUnusual (discusscontribs) 11:38, 14 December 2017 (UTC)
@Halibutt, Adam.bednarczyk01: You should inquire at Wikiversity, where original research is allowed. --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 12:45, 14 December 2017 (UTC)
Thanks, posted a question there. Halibutt (discusscontribs) 13:31, 14 December 2017 (UTC)

Cannot create a userpage[edit]

I am trying to create my userpage but I get a message: "An automated filter has identified this edit as potentially unconstructive, and it has been disallowed. If this edit is constructive, please report this error". How do I report it? What will happen if I report it? Thanks in advance, Ottawahitech (discusscontribs) 15:04, 31 December 2017 (UTC)please ping me

@Ottawahitech: It looks as if (though I could be misreading, I don't deal with the edit filters much) the edit filter didn't like your link to wmflabs. I suggest you try omitting that from the page, and see if it'll create then. --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 16:41, 31 December 2017 (UTC)

Move Geodesic Grids to user sandbox[edit]

I'm the sole contributor to Geodesic Grids. I think someone else did some copyedits at one point, and there have been bot edits, but I'm the only content contributor. I've recently noticed a number of major issues with the text, and I'd like to move it out of the mainspace until I have time to fix it. Is there any sort of bot or admin-script resource that can move the book and its chapters to my sandbox, and automatically fix any links that might be broken in the process? Doing it by hand seems like a pain. -Apocheir (discusscontribs) 20:52, 1 January 2018 (UTC)

The Wikipedia bot which fixes the broken links is w:User:InternetArchiveBot, but it hasn't been adapted and approved here yet.
Technically, my bot used to do it on the French projects, but I refuse to launch it here before we adopt a clear policy like w:Wikipedia:Link rot. JackPotte (discusscontribs) 10:22, 2 January 2018 (UTC)

Suggestion for a subject classification ...[edit]

... for the new project at Medical Suction Machines?
Thanks, ... PeterEasthope (discusscontribs) 03:56, 12 January 2018 (UTC)

@PeterEasthope: Perhaps {{subjects|Medicine|Maintenance and repair}}. --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 04:45, 12 January 2018 (UTC)
Thanks. Also I wonder whether automatic insertion of the formal title on the title page can be suppressed. The title on the title page is longer than the formal title and both are too much. Thanks, ... PeterEasthope (discusscontribs) 15:17, 15 January 2018 (UTC)
@PeterEasthope: There is a magic word for this, but it doesn't appear to recognize <br>; try replacing the span at the top of the page with
{{DISPLAYTITLE:Medical Suction Machines and Aspirators; Operation and Maintenance}}
--Pi zero (discusscontribs) 17:09, 15 January 2018 (UTC)
Good! Thanks!! ... PeterEasthope (discusscontribs) 16:50, 19 January 2018 (UTC)

Mischievous chinchong (discuss · email · contribs · logs · count)[edit]

Racist username. Ethnic slur (I am asian). Artix Kreiger (discusscontribs) 16:07, 12 January 2018 (UTC)

locked. --Atcovi (Talk - Contribs) 19:45, 12 January 2018 (UTC)