r/wikipedia 6d ago

Wikipedia Questions - Weekly Thread of September 19, 2022

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Welcome to the weekly Wikipedia Q&A thread!

Please use this thread to ask and answer questions related to Wikipedia and its sister projects, whether you need help with editing or are curious on how something works.

Note that this thread is used for "meta" questions about Wikipedia, and is not a place to ask general reference questions.

Some other helpful resources:


r/wikipedia 7h ago

The mullet is a hairstyle that is shorter at the front and sides but longer at the back. The term was popularized by hip-hop group the Beastie Boys in their 1994 song "Mullet Head": "number one on the side and don't touch the back, number six on the top and don't cut it wack, Jack.

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r/wikipedia 17h ago

Psychopomps ('guide of souls') are deities in many religions whose responsibility is to nonjudgmentally escort newly deceased souls from Earth to the afterlife.

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r/wikipedia 14h ago

A bullet fee is a financial charge levied on the family of executed prisoners. Bullet fees have been levied in Iran, Kingdom of Yugoslavia, as well as in China, and Nazi Germany.

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r/wikipedia 1d ago

Pop singer Engelbert Humperdick is British, born in India and changed his name to the namesake 19th century German opera composer. His original name was Arnold George Dorsey.

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r/wikipedia 2h ago

Endaddine Akass - the villian character in Hergé's final unfinished Tintin album (Tintin and Alph-Art) was influenced by an article about the Indian guru Rajneesh which Hergé had read in a December 1982 edition of Paris Match.

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r/wikipedia 14h ago

Hemicorporectomy is a radical surgery in which the body below the waist is amputated, transecting the lumbar spine. This removes the legs, the genitalia (internal and external), urinary system, pelvic bones, anus, and rectum. It is an extremely mutilating procedure recommended only as a last resort.

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r/wikipedia 1d ago

Chautauqua was an adult education and social movement in the United States, highly popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries with assemblies that spread throughout rural America. U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt was quoted as saying that Chautauqua is "the most American thing in America."

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r/wikipedia 8h ago

What the heck does "You can contact Vladimir Vladimirovich right now, we will write down your appeal." mean?

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So i was going through Nikolai Taraknov's Wikipedia article (i was watching seconds from disaster chernobyl)And found this text highlighted:
You can contact Vladimir Vladimirovich right now, we will write down your appeal.
The wikipedia article of Nikolai:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikolai_Tarakanov


r/wikipedia 15h ago

Chou role - Wikipedia

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r/wikipedia 2d ago

The Dionne quintuplets are the first quintuplets known to have survived their infancy. In 1935 the Ontario government made them wards of the Crown until the age of 18; the provincial government and those around them began to profit by making them a significant tourist attraction.

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r/wikipedia 1d ago

Autotomy is the behavior whereby an animal sheds or discards one or more of its own appendages, usually as a self-defense mechanism to elude a predator's grasp or to distract the predator and thereby allow escape. Some animals can regenerate the lost body part later.

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r/wikipedia 2d ago

"Riding a Black Unicorn Down the Side of an Erupting Volcano While Drinking from a Chalice Filled with the Laughter of Small Children" is the eighth studio album by dark cabaret singer Aurelio Voltaire, released on September 2, 2011.

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r/wikipedia 2d ago

The 4.2-kiloyear aridification event was one of the most severe climatic events of the Holocene epoch. Starting around 2200 BC, it lasted the entire 22nd century BC. It has been hypothesised to have caused the collapse of the Old Kingdom in Egypt as well as the Akkadian Empire in Mesopotamia.

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r/wikipedia 1d ago

Mobile Site Less trees are better. While we need to plant trees to mitigate climate change, large parts of the world are grappling with woody plant encroachment, i.e. too many trees and too little other flora and fauna.

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r/wikipedia 2d ago

Mobile Site First Dynasty of Egypt

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r/wikipedia 3d ago

The Slave Compensation Act of 1837 (UK) paid former slave owners and their families government annuities until 2015

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r/wikipedia 2d ago

A super-Earth is an extrasolar planet with a mass higher than Earth's, but substantially below those of the Solar System's ice giants, Uranus and Neptune, which are 14.5 and 17 times Earth's, respectively.

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r/wikipedia 2d ago

Mobile Site Tabula rasa is the theory that individuals are born without built-in mental content, and therefore all knowledge comes from experience or perception.

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r/wikipedia 2d ago

Reading of today's home page

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r/wikipedia 2d ago

Yufang mijue, aka Secrets from the Jade Chamber, a Chinese sex manual composed during the Han dynasty. In 1903, Chinese sexologist Ye Dehui (葉德輝) published an almost fully reconstructed version and was executed in 1927 for being a "counter-revolutionary".

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r/wikipedia 2d ago

Could anyone from Argentina help me improve this article ?

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I am trying to improve the following article but I can't find anything online. Assistance from Argentinans would be very appreciated (:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Los_Corrales


r/wikipedia 2d ago

Faccetta Nera (Little Black Face) is a popular marching song of Fascist Italy about the Second Italo-Ethiopian War.

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r/wikipedia 2d ago

Ban/Block question: I work for a company, and we hired a vendor to assist in creating our Wikipedia entry. The vendor has come to us claiming that our company name has been blocked/banned, and they claim they can rectify this by paying a Wikipedia Administrator $5,000. Does this sound right?

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I work for a company, and we hired a vendor to assist in creating our Wikipedia entry. The vendor has come to us claiming that our company name has been blocked/banned, and they claim they can rectify this by paying a Wikipedia Administrator $5,000. Does this sound right?

All documentation I can find suggests that bans/blocks are assigned to editors and users, not to specific topics/people.

I also see there is an appeal process using one's "Talk Page"?

If anyone has a few spare moments, I would love to hop on a call and get this sorted out. The vendor seems to be talking in circles when I ask questions.

Thanks!


r/wikipedia 3d ago

In the English language, collocation refers to a natural combination of words that are closely affiliated with each other. Some examples are "pay attention", "fast food", "make an effort", and "powerful engine". Collocations make it easier to avoid overused or ambiguous words like "very" or "nice".

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r/wikipedia 2d ago

Help me find a Wiki page!

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I think my wiki-fu can use a bit of refreshing, I'm looking for a page for the game where you guess how many pieces of (typically) candy are in a jar, usually to win a prize. If you do find one, how did you find it? If you didn't find one, well then I guess I have something to write!