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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.

Receiving notifications when new books are uploaded[edit]


Is it possible for eBook readers to receive notifications when a new book is uploaded?

Thank you

Anupama Srinivas (discusscontribs) 14:27, 24 January 2017 (UTC)

This would need a bot to watch the recent changes and warn those who would have subscribed to it. JackPotte (discusscontribs) 08:57, 25 January 2017 (UTC)

How do I 'comment' on a discussion page of another user?[edit]

Hello, I'm new to Wikibooks and I was hoping somebody could give me some pointers. I have joined as a part of a project at my University and I need to engage with other members of my group through their discussions pages, but I'm not sure if I'm supposed to just click the edit option by their original post to leave my comments below or if that will interfere with their post at all. Can somebody please help me? Thank you in advance!

Tinytalia (discusscontribs) 18:46, 7 February 2017 (UTC)

@Tinytalia: - "Add topic", or if you are engaged/engaging in an existing discussion, click "Edit" and add your comment (while indenting). Hope that is clear, and welcome! --Atcovi (Talk - Contribs) 00:13, 8 February 2017 (UTC)
@Tinytalia: Yes, to reply to a comment on someone's talk page, as Atcovi says, edit that section and add your comment at the bottom, starting with one more colon than the one before (so, your comment here had no colons, Atcovi's had one, and mine has two). If you want to bring your comment to the attention of someone besides the owner of the talk page, you can put {{ping|...}} at the start of the comment, where ... is the username of the user you want notified; as Atcovi and I both pinged you, here.

Adding your comment shouldn't interfere with anything provided you don't change any of the existing content in the section, and nobody else edits the section at the same time you do. If you and someone else both try to edit the section at the same time, the first edit submitted will work, while the second one will get an "edit conflict" message. When I get an edit conflict (on my laptop) I back up to the edit window and copy my comment onto the clipboard, so I can edit the new section again and paste my comment onto the bottom (adding another colon). --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 02:38, 8 February 2017 (UTC)

@Atcovi: Thank you for your help and welcoming! I appreciate it. I'm sure I'll get the hang of this all soon. @Pi zero: Thank you very much for your help, I'm hoping I've pinged you both correctly here, I'll soon see. Thank you for your heads up on the "edit conflict", if I see that I won't panic and I'll try out what you suggested for it. Thank you both again! Tinytalia (discusscontribs) 12:34, 8 February 2017 (UTC)
That pinged me, just fine. :-)  --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 12:55, 8 February 2017 (UTC)

Hiya! I'm confused by the way my layout sometimes both when I'm typing and replying to a comment, like it comes up in a grey box instead of regular text and I can't figure out what I've done! Please help me it doesn't look very good!Hgfoster (discusscontribs) 16:41, 16 February 2017 (UTC)

@Hgfoster: Perhaps you have put a space at the start of a line? A colon at the start of a line indents it, but a space causes it to be shown in a fixed-width ("typewriter") font. Here is an example:
This line of text starts with a space.
--Pi zero (discusscontribs) 17:27, 16 February 2017 (UTC)

@Pi zero: Oh thats exactly it! Thank you so much haha, didn't even realise I was doing that.Hgfoster (discusscontribs) 19:36, 16 February 2017 (UTC)

How do I embed images into my posts?[edit]

Hello, me again, I was wondering if anyone could be of assistance in explaining how to embed images into my posts on my discussions page for my assignments? I somehow managed to post the Facebook logo on my latest exercise but I really don't know how I did it because when I tried to post a Snapchat logo it didn't work. I'll get the hang of this all eventually! I tried looking up the Wiki markups on different help pages but I couldn't get to grips with the explanations. Thank you in advance. -Tinytalia (discusscontribs) 21:01, 15 February 2017 (UTC)

@Tinytalia: There are a few options, depending on how exactly you choose to edit (we have a VisualEditor for instance or you can edit the source directly). The long explanation is here mw:Help:Images. The short explanation is that if you insert something like this, it will probably do what you want 90% of the time: [[File:FILE-NAME.JPG|right OR left OR skip this entirely|thumb|CAPTION FOR IMAGE]]. It's really best if you include Alt text as well (so add this somewhere in the middle: "|Alt=ALT TEXT"). Let me know if you need more help--you can type {{Ping|Koavf}} and I will see it. —Justin (koavf)TCM 21:54, 15 February 2017 (UTC)

Splitting chapters[edit]

I have noticed that the chapter "Calculus/Multivariable calculus" in the wikibook "Calculus" has gotten excessively long and merits a partition into multiple chapters. I am considering creating a new chapter "Calculus/Vector calculus" and copying over the appropriate material. Is there any template or rules that I should be aware of when performing the split? Math buff (discusscontribs) 03:29, 16 February 2017 (UTC)

I suggest, when creating the new chapter page, using an edit summary that says it's being split off from the other and using a wikilink to the pre-existing page; that way, the revision history of the new page contains a direct reference to the old one. --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 04:15, 16 February 2017 (UTC)

Changing completion status of a wikibook[edit]

Hello, how do I change the status of a book to which my students and I have contributed from "unknown completion" to "nearing completion?"Tem5psu (discusscontribs) 20:34, 20 February 2017 (UTC)

@Tem5psu: There is a template, {{status}}. I was surprised to find only one mention of it in book Using Wikibooks, at Using Wikibooks/Cleanup and Maintenance#New Books and Organizing. --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 23:51, 20 February 2017 (UTC)

How do I reference on wiki books?[edit]

Hello, As part of my university project we have to create a wiki book. What is the best way to reference for wiki? How do I do it? Thank you.

Littlekatie1 (discusscontribs) 12:51, 28 February 2017 (UTC)

@Littlekatie1: Hi, I'm guessing we're doing the same uni project. I've found a couple of decent pages that help with referencing.
Wikipedia:Help:Wiki markup has a section that gives a pretty basic overview of referencing and Wikipedia:Wikipedia:Citing sources goes into a bit more detail and has links to templates. Hope this helps. Imcgrouther18 (discusscontribs) 15:47, 28 February 2017 (UTC)