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  • Hello!! I am Cyberpower678. I am an administrator on Wikipedia. Despite that, I'm still your run of the mill user here on Wikipedia.
  • I specialize in bot work and tools, but I lurk around RfPP, AfD, AIV, and AN/I, as well as RfA. If you have any questions in those areas, please feel free to ask. :-)
  • I also serve as a mailing list moderator and account creator over at the Account Creation Center. If you have any questions regarding an account I created for you, or the process itself, feel free to email the WP:ACC team or me personally.
  • At current I have helped to create accounts for 2511 different users and renamed 786 other users.
  • Disputes or discussions that appear to have ended or is disputed will be archived.

All the best.—cyberpower

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How to report this?Edit

Hi - I have a question about how to report an error committed by the InternetArchiveBot. The bot's talk page says to "report a false positive" if I found "a URL that is alive and the bot thinks it's dead", but the problem that I encountered is essentially the opposite - I found two dead urls that the the bot thinks are alive. Archived versions of these two urls are being used as sources in the article AJ Gil, but the InternetArchiveBot added "dead url = no" to each of them. I've reverted the bot, but am curious how to report this. Should I go through the "Report a false positive" tool? Or is there another way to report this type of error? Thanks. --Jpcase (talk) 14:00, 2 May 2019 (UTC)

Jpcase In the case of this particular URL, the domain is whitelisted because IABot has determined that it can't reliably assess the status of the URL. There is no particular way to report these kinds of issues. Rather, in most cases, you can go to to alter URL metadata there.—CYBERPOWER (Chat) 16:35, 17 May 2019 (UTC)
I wouldn't know how to do that...but thanks for the response! --Jpcase (talk) 16:56, 17 May 2019 (UTC)
Jpcase, There's a how to manual at the top of the page. Just follow its instructions and you should be golden.—CYBERPOWER (Chat) 17:04, 17 May 2019 (UTC)
Ah, okay - thanks! I see that now. I've never been on that website before though, and know exactly nothing about how bots work. The how to manual is saying that "privileged users can un/set the live state to blacklisted", but the manual doesn't seem to explain how to become a "privileged user".
It appears that I don't currently have the ability to set the urls to blacklisted. Would you be able to help me with that? --Jpcase (talk) 23:04, 17 May 2019 (UTC)
Jpcase, actually you only need to set it to dead. Admins of a supported wiki have that privilege. If you go under Meta and goto Interface Information, you can see all the permissions there and how they are obtained.—CYBERPOWER (Chat) 23:13, 17 May 2019 (UTC)
Oh, my bad. I was able to set one of the two urls to dead, but it looks like the other one has been whitelisted for some reason. And as long as it's whitelisted, it can only be set to dead by someone with special permissions, right? So will I need an administrator to help me with this? --Jpcase (talk) 23:57, 17 May 2019 (UTC)
Jpcase, That would typically need a root like me to change it. If it's whitelisted, it means the bot couldn't correctly assess the domain and stopped checking it. However if you can confirm it's dead all around, I can change it dead.—CYBERPOWER (Around) 11:14, 20 May 2019 (UTC)

───────────────── This is the link -

I'm not sure what would qualify as "dead all around", but the web page that I need to use as a reference is no longer accessible through that link, so I need to use an archived version of the page. When you click on that link, it redirects to a completely different webpage. --Jpcase (talk) 14:10, 20 May 2019 (UTC)

Problem with bot applying dates in wrong format, not adhering to the cs1-dates parameterEdit

Hi Cyberpower678, I see that you are on wikibreak (enjoy!) but hope you are still reading this. I would like to report a bug but cannot log in into the suggested reporting tool, therefore I have to report it here. In this edit InternetArchiveBot expanded an archive link (fine), but also unnecessarily added a |df= parameter and changed the date format. However, since cs1/cs2 citation templates now support auto-date formatting, it is almost never necessary to add the |df= parameter any more (it may even become deprecated over time), and when the bot inserts or updates dates in citations, it should follow the format defined by the optional |cs1-dates= parameter of the {{Use dmy dates}}/{{Use mdy dates}} templates, if it is being used in an article. In this case, the date format for citations was set to "y", so the bot should have used the ymd format. but it changed the |archive-date= from the correct "2019-04-22" to the incorrect "22 April 2019". Since the citation template will auto-format the date, this is normally only visible on source code level, but nevertheless, it should not happen. And in this case, the bot even added |df= and thereby forced the citation to show up in the wrong date format. I guess, your bot already checks for the existance of {{Use dmy dates}}/{{Use mdy dates}}, but just didn't know about the |cs1-dates= parameter yet. So, please update your bot to adhere to the |cs1-dates= parameter's setting and no longer insert |df= into citations, so that it no longer creates unnecessary inconsistencies. Thanks and greetings. --Matthiaspaul (talk) 11:52, 6 May 2019 (UTC)

I think making changes to the bot at this time for this change that has been made is probably premature. We took a representative test case (Barack Obama) but there may be other places where the approach that was taken by Trappist will not be viable for performance or technical reasons. --Izno (talk) 14:11, 6 May 2019 (UTC)
Sorry, but no. The changes made to the templates which are intended for automated processes was made unilaterally by a single user with the intent to enhance the CS1/2 templates. While I can most certainly remove the uses of df going forward, the changes made to the templates don't make much sense, are too costly to implement technically for IABot, and essentially break other bots that read them. I can very easily tell the bot to look for a {{Use ymd dates}} template, but I will not be implementing something that is specific to enwiki on a bot that runs globally. Sorry.—CYBERPOWER (Chat) 16:39, 17 May 2019 (UTC)
And how do you think the problem should be solved then? While it is a bit ironic that this is caused by a change somewhere else and I certainly don't expect immediate action, this is also not a condition which can be accepted long-term, because right now bots create damage to the project whenever they insert dates in wrong formats into citations.
I would think that everyone should work together to find a solution, and unless cs1/2 auto-date formatting would be withdrawn the only way I see is by updating all bots to take the new parameter into account. This may take some while, but isn't it worth it? Isn't adapting bots to changes moving forward in the project a rather normal process?
If it is easy for you to look for something like {{Use ymd dates}} (which I personally would support, but which does not exist in the English WP as our MOS doesn't allow ymd dates in article bodies yet, only in references and tables) it should be almost as easy to look for a certain parameter of the {{Use dmy dates}} and {{Use mdy dates}} templates as well. I can't see how sensing for this would negatively affect IABot's behaviour in other language entities of Wikipedia.
I would appreciate your constructive feedback.
--Matthiaspaul (talk) 16:36, 19 May 2019 (UTC)
{{use ymd dates}} was recently confirmed for deletion at this tfd.
Trappist the monk (talk) 11:51, 20 May 2019 (UTC)
Because I just essentially rebuilt how the configuration of IABot is defined to make it more efficient and easier to manage and none of the templates had hidden parameters to listen for so I didn't build the new interface to handle it. This is a major change to that setup and, IMO, not worth the time to implement it for the small gain it delivers.—CYBERPOWER (Chat) 16:40, 19 May 2019 (UTC)


Hi, would you please add fawiki to IABot?Yamaha5 (talk) 20:57, 9 May 2019 (UTC)

  • Hello. According to the question above, is it technically okay? I can start a discussion and report the result to you, but I need your confirmation first. Can you configure it for fawiki? Thanks. AhmadTalk 16:31, 17 May 2019 (UTC)
    Ahmad252, yes. IABot is intended to run on any WMF wiki that will accept it.—CYBERPOWER (Chat) 16:42, 17 May 2019 (UTC)
    Hello again. I just found out that you already suggested your bot to us. That discussion shows that our community agreed, and this also shows that everyone like it. Can we start the technical part? Thanks. AhmadTalk 08:11, 18 May 2019 (UTC)
    Ahmad252 Yes. But I have multiple issues going on right now, so patience is requested.—CYBERPOWER (Chat) 22:16, 18 May 2019 (UTC)
    Of course. I see. Please ping me whenever you are ready to start. AhmadTalk 06:40, 19 May 2019 (UTC)
    Ahmad252, are you on Phabricator? Please see phab:T169468 where I will ask a series of questions.—CYBERPOWER (Around) 02:24, 20 May 2019 (UTC)
    I just joined. Will do, thanks. AhmadTalk 03:35, 20 May 2019 (UTC)
     Done AhmadTalk 13:07, 20 May 2019 (UTC)

Bot job request for ja-wikiEdit

Hi, User:cyberpower678. I informed you here once on April 28, but as my post was archived during your Wikibreak, I would like to request the following again.

I have some bot jobs that I would like ask you to do, so I came up from the Japanese Wikipedia (ja-wiki). In February of this year, I and User:Dark Little Star-san (ja:User:リトルスターさん in Japanese) requested the addition of archive links to the articles on the bot request page in ja-wiki. However, there is no user who can deal with it, so I would like to ask your IABot for help.

The articles requested here are all articles which are sourced from the three broken websites that release reviews of game titles, namely "Girls-Style", "Game-Style", and "". More specifically, the following links will help you find them. I'd appreciate if you could accept our request. Thank you.

  1. ja:特別:検索/insource:"" (92 items)
  2. ja:特別:検索/insource:"" (265 items)
  3. ja:特別:検索/insource:"" (57 items) --stck_w (Talk/Edits 03:57, 19 May 2019 (UTC)
Stck w, Unfortunately I cannot. IABot's approval was revoked on jawiki because of issues I can't even remember what. If you want me to carry out the task, I need members of the community to lobby for approval as any attempt to communication simply goes unanswered.—CYBERPOWER (Around) 11:18, 20 May 2019 (UTC)

Would I be able to usurp User:Comrades in six months' time?Edit

Hello there Cyber. I'm reposting this because I didn't get a response last time. I hope you're all well now. But please take as much time as you need if need-be. I want to thank you for giving me six months to muddle over my name! As I have discovered better names than before. I just came here because I am wondering if it is possible to usurp Comrades as my username. As it is currently taken by someone who registered back in 2012. It's not my final decision. I am just wondering if I can. Thank you. The Duke 17:18, 20 May 2019 (UTC)

Cyberbot I needs more sophistication re Template:Book report startEdit

I edited Book talk:Crag martins to remove italic markup (''...'') for a genus name used in Template:book report start, as explained in my edit summary,

{{book report start}} puts the second parameter in italics, so remove italic markup from genus name; fixing lint errors

Cyberbot I then edited this same article, reinserting the spurious italic markup that creates a lint error and un-italicizes the genus name. I have reverted this change. Would you please edit your bots so that this doesn't happen again? —Anomalocaris (talk) 08:44, 25 April 2019 (UTC)

You removed the above comment without addressing the issue and you did it again. I have made the fix Five (5) times. Please stop inserting inappropriate italic markup. Please cooperate. —Anomalocaris (talk) 09:14, 21 May 2019 (UTC)

Update: I have learned from Jonesey95 that the rule both on and off Wikipedia is that genus and species embedded in an italic phrase get flipped out of italics. My solution was incorrect. Jonesey95 has come up with a solution that flips the genus and species out of Italics and also does not generate lint errors. Please use Jonesey95's solution. —Anomalocaris (talk) 05:45, 22 May 2019 (UTC)

IABot job queue seems to be hung?Edit

Job 3761 from May 15 seems to be partially completed, but progress is stalled and the queue is starting to back up. Just thought you'd want to know. —hike395 (talk) 02:57, 22 May 2019 (UTC)

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