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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.

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)
@Imcgrouther: Yes, think we are. Thank you for the links!}}

Linking to other Wiki*edia sites and a few other questions[edit]

Hello Reading Room. I'm a new user and I wanted to know if I'm allowed to do things like link to pages on Wikipedia so long as they pertain to the topic of the book or chapter I am working on. As an example, say I'm trying to write a book about Presidents of the United States and I want to link to the Wikipedia article about Presidents so people can have a greater understanding of what that position is. Am I allowed to do that or is it generally frowned upon?

I also want to know how to add pictures to the pages I write on, since my team and I are having trouble with uploading them and getting them to work. Do we need to post them to an image hosting website and then link to them, or can we upload them directly to the site and link to that page from our book?

Please let me know as soon as you can, since this information will be invaluable to our work. ZachIsWack (discusscontribs) 16:52, 4 March 2017 (UTC)

I chose this picture to be on the right
@ZachIsWack:, as far as I know, linking Wikipedia links in a Wikijunior book is something that is frowned upon/not allowed since Wikipedia is too complicated for a young readers to understand, but from your contributions, the book you are [about to] work on is not a Wikijunior book, and [as far as I know], it's fine to add links to Wikipedia articles for the purposes you have stated. But I'd like a second opinion on this just to make sure.
To upload a picture of your own, go to Commons and from there, provide all the licensing you need to provide. But to copy an existing image, you would have to go to Commons and copy the file name and add it to the article using the "File Icon". You don't link them from an image hosting website, such as Flickr. So for example if I wanted a picture of George Washington, I'd go to Wikipedia and search up "George Washington" (because there is a picture of him on Wikipedia that I can use) or go to Wikimedia Commons and search up "George Washington". [For the Commons Route]: Then, you would click on that image and copy the file name (not including "File:"). So, for me, I picked this picture: File:George Washington by Gilbert Stuart, 1795-96.png, so I will proceed to copy "George Washington by Gilbert Stuart, 1795-96.png", and then go to my editing box here at Wikibooks and click on the File Icon. Once I am there, I will paste "George Washington by Gilbert Stuart, 1795-96.png" to Filename, and add a Caption of my choice. And then viola! George Washington is up for me and you to see. Also, you can click the Edit button to see the wikicoding for this, which, in the editing box, will appear as so: [[File:George Washington by Gilbert Stuart, 1795-96.png|thumb|right|I chose this picture to be on the right]].
Hope this helps, and please ask more questions. Thanks! --Atcovi (Talk - Contribs) 18:52, 4 March 2017 (UTC)
@ZachIsWack: A book should be pretty much self-contained. So, links that stay within the book are best. Links to other books on Wikibooks are the least undesirable kind of wikilink outside the book itself. Occasional links to another project are tolerated, though when possible it's best to set them apart in special sections where it's clear they are (relatively) non-local links. --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 19:09, 4 March 2017 (UTC)

Putting a Photo in a Post[edit]

Hello, I am doing a Wikibook project at my university. I was wondering what is the easiest possible way of adding photos into post? I have tried following the guide in 'help' section but it did not work. Any suggestions how to do it?

Frkelly (discusscontribs) 00:20, 6 March 2017 (UTC)

Please upload your photos on Commons first. JackPotte (discusscontribs) 00:38, 6 March 2017 (UTC)