Wikipedia talk:How to copy from another Wikipedia

Copy-editing

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The page needs copy-editing. Can someone give me permission to edit it? M Carling (talk) 20:36, 19 May 2009 (UTC)Reply

You do not need permission to edit pages here. Majorly talk 21:15, 19 May 2009 (UTC)Reply
I was also not able to make changes to this page. Please complete the quotation mark in the article here:
"started article using information at exact revision of the article used at the other Wikipedia
-Clomen Nature (talk) 10:40, 3 May 2010 (UTC)Reply
  Done   — Jeff G. ツ 00:12, 23 February 2017 (UTC)Reply

Copying whole pages

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Although guidance is given correctly:

"Copy and paste the information you want to bring over (you don't have to copy the whole page if it's very complex, just copy what is important)."

I should like to see it strengthened to

"Do not copy whole pages until you have some experience." Or, "First copy the introduction section only, and work with that. Other material can always be added later."

How often do we see a newcomer bring over a huge page (say 80KB), find it's too much for them, and leave a great mass of red links, complex prose and unneeded detail for someone else to deal with? Often, I would say.

I have started about 800 pages, roughly about 500 based on enWP articles. I brought over the whole article on only about 50 or 100 of them. Mostly I concentrate on the intros, many of which are themselves long and complex, plus anything else that seems appropriate.

Macdonald-ross (talk) 08:20, 27 June 2011 (UTC)Reply

Re-reading this, I still think it is a big mistake to encourage people to copy whole pages when most of them have little experience of copy editing. The emphasis should be to copy the introduction first and edit that so the prose is simpler. Then, second and later, more can be brought over. Macdonald-ross (talk) 09:32, 5 January 2012 (UTC)Reply
I agree. Couldn't we use both your proposed sentences? (i.e.: "Do not copy whole pages until you have some experience. First copy the introduction section only, and work with that. Other material can always be added later." Yottie =talk= 09:34, 5 January 2012 (UTC)Reply

Copying a WIKI page that I created

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Hey everyone,

I am having a problem. I created two wiki pages that are nearly identical, by mistake (I apparently forgot I had two going at the same time). And now I need to delete one of them, and replace it with the other one. One of them has a title that is written incorecctly, and THAT ONE has all of the hits.

How do I do this?

Specifically, what I'm trying to do is: delete the one that has fewer hits, and keep the title (because it is correct)--transferring it to the page with the messed-up title, with all the hits.

Help! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Joshmedsker (talkcontribs) 14:09, 12 March 2013 (UTC)Reply

  1. Are you on the correct wiki? Your contributions page for this wiki is empty.
  2. What are the titles of the two pages?
Osiris (talk) 06:20, 13 March 2013 (UTC)Reply
It appears this problem is not on a WMF wiki with unified login. However, assuming the wiki with the problem runs MediaWiki, an admin on that wiki should be able to do what you ask (because adminship is generally required to delete the page you don't want). I could show you on one of the test or admin tools wikis I help run.   — Jeff G. ツ 00:31, 23 February 2017 (UTC)Reply

eye opening

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When I started on SE WP I incorrectly assumed that since SE WP and English WP are both Wikipedia, that you could freely cut and paste from one to the other. This article is very helpful in explaining what the copyright requirements are (e.g. Attribution).OnBeyondZebrax (talk) 01:02, 20 November 2013 (UTC)Reply

Once again

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It is a mistake not to warn newbies about the difficulties they may face in copying whole pages. Most of them are not competent to copy-edit properly, and so they will leave the page unsimplified. Two steps are suggested:

  1. Advise them to copy first onto a sandbox page.
  2. Advise them to copy only the introduction if it is a long page. They can always add more later.

Just because they can copy the whole lot directly doesn't mean they should do so. We should emphasis that if they do not simplify the page, it will be deleted. Macdonald-ross (talk) 06:43, 18 January 2015 (UTC)Reply

This is a good idea. I think it should be placed in the first section: How to properly copy a page from another Wikipedia. Its clear many newcomers are not readily grasping the concept that we are not the English Wikipedia. Rus793 (talk) 14:27, 18 January 2015 (UTC)Reply

Word list

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@Fr33kman: Which word list at Online utility for checking Basic English text should we be using?   — Jeff G. ツ 00:14, 23 February 2017 (UTC)Reply

You realize you're pinging someone who hasn't edited since December 2013, right? Only (talk) 00:29, 23 February 2017 (UTC)Reply
I do now. That was a courtesy for the editor who put that link on the page in the first edit. Perhaps that editor gets emailed when they get pinged, and they will rejoin us. In any case, my question stands.   — Jeff G. ツ 00:38, 23 February 2017 (UTC)Reply

Change to 16.

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I tried to clarify the wording of 16. and changed it

from:

... you can add an attribution template to the article's talk page instead.

to:

... you can add one of the attribution templates to the article's talk page instead.

Please feel free to revert/change etc. Ottawahitech (talk) 10:07, 22 October 2017 (UTC) Please ping meReply

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I accidentally copied and pasted a Wikipedia article to Simple Wikipedia without being aware of the potential copyright concern. Can an Admin assist with the delete of the simple.wikipedia entry or suggest how much to edit to satisfy the Simple standards? — Preceding unsigned comment added by YehudaHaNasi (talkcontribs)

Proposed change to text about broken images and templates

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I propose a change to item #12, which currently says this:

Fix any broken images, templates etc., (i.e.: remove them if they don't exist here)

I would like to split this item into separate items, with wording along the following lines:

  • Fix any broken images (i.e.: remove them if they don't exist on Wikimedia Commons)
  • Fix any broken templates. If they are not needed, they can be removed. If they are needed, either create them here or ask for them to be imported.

Reasons: The fixes for missing/broken images and templates can be different. Missing images need to be removed if they can't be added to Wikimedia Commons. Missing templates can sometimes be removed, but sometimes they need to be created here. -- Auntof6 (talk) 08:02, 3 August 2023 (UTC)Reply

@Auntof6, seems like a reasonable idea 88.110.38.249 (talk) 10:30, 3 August 2023 (UTC)Reply
This would be helpful. I just deleted some broken templates on an article that I brought over from enwp. This proposed change would make things more clear. Barbara (talk) 15:54, 3 August 2023 (UTC)Reply
Like what Barbara said, this change makes the text more clearer. Splitting them apart and then saying how to fix a broken template makes more sense instead of just saying "fix them (i.e. remove them)" – Angerxiety! 17:03, 4 August 2023 (UTC)Reply
For broken images, I would suggest first checking Commons to see if there is a suitable replacement. While movie posters or album covers would be almost a guarantied no-go, when dealing with people, there may be other optional photos than the ones uses at the copied source. This can also be true of other subjects when En uses a fair use image of the subject but free images do exist on commons. Pure Evil (talk) 03:48, 6 August 2023 (UTC)Reply
@Pure Evil: Good idea, thanks. How about something like this:
Fix any broken images. Per Wikipedia:Image use policy, images used on Simple English Wikipedia must be on Wikimedia Commons. If an image used in the original article is stored on Wikipedia, it cannot be used here. There may be an acceptable alternate image on Wikimedia Commons. If not, the image code may need to be deleted.
-- Auntof6 (talk) 04:32, 6 August 2023 (UTC)Reply

@Barbara (WVS), @Angerxiety, @Pure Evil: Thanks, everyone. I'm going to make this change. Let me know if there are any concerns with it -- can still tweak the wording. -- Auntof6 (talk) 02:30, 16 August 2023 (UTC)Reply

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