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Hi! When you're back from wikibreak, could you re-scan Latvian Wikipedia? At least, for ID 3 and 34. Thanks! --Edgars2007 (talk/contribs) 16:53, 9 October 2015 (UTC)

Edgars2007 In theory, there should be two dumps (scans) a month. However, WMF have been playing with the dumps the past several months and they have have been spotty at best. We've been lucky to get one dump very late. Latvian dump completed two days ago, but hasn't been transferred to WMF Labs yet. Bgwhite (talk) 18:35, 9 October 2015 (UTC)
@Bgwhite: OK, understood. But then at least scanning for ID 3 would be nice, even with September scan. We just updated list of templates, so it would be nice to see, what are the real results. --Edgars2007 (talk/contribs) 08:32, 10 October 2015 (UTC)
Edgars2007 I've manually started up Checkwiki's October lvwiki dump processing. They are still having problems with dump files. Bgwhite (talk) 00:04, 14 October 2015 (UTC)
Thank you, Bgwhite! --Edgars2007 (talk/contribs) 07:33, 14 October 2015 (UTC)

News mention


Hi, you were mentioned, along with the rest of the Top 10 Wikipedians by edit count, in this news piece: Thanks, ––Rubbish computer (HALP!: I dropped the bass?) 16:29, 16 October 2015 (UTC)

Rubbish computer Wow! Thanks. -- Magioladitis (talk) 16:45, 16 October 2015 (UTC)

You're welcome. --Rubbish computer (HALP!: I dropped the bass?) 16:45, 16 October 2015 (UTC)

Spiti Horse


Hi! Could you kindly tell me exactly what you did with this edit, as I'm not managing to see any difference in the diff. I ask because I doubt whether an edit that makes no perceptible difference is worth making at all. Justlettersandnumbers (talk) 08:21, 17 October 2015 (UTC)

Justlettersandnumbers true. I did minor edits in all horses articles mainly to fix the code in the infobox. So, it was in my list. This page had no problems. Super minor edit. -- Magioladitis (talk) 08:33, 17 October 2015 (UTC)
Well, that might have been a good idea (you could have posted at the WikiProject to check), but you haven't done it: the infobox is {{Infobox horse breed}}, but at Curly Horse you've left it at {{ Infobox horse; I'm sure it doesn't matter much. Could I ask you, though, to weigh carefully the potential annoyance of a trivial edit against its value to the project? I have about three hundred such on my watchlist this morning, and I'm … well, not thrilled. Since I'm here, could I also ask you to take care not to edit articles that are blanked for copyright reasons (the copyviocore template specifically asks editors not to do so). I do understand, of course, that you are using a tool and these things should really be taken up with whoever made or manages that tool. Regards, Justlettersandnumbers (talk) 08:58, 17 October 2015 (UTC)
Justlettersandnumbers the last is easy. In fact, AWB, in bot mode, skips pages that tagged as copyvio. -- Magioladitis (talk) 11:26, 17 October 2015 (UTC)

Horse articles


Hi, I've noticed that you've been editing a lot of the horse articles, but I can't see any difference. What are you doing with them? (Did they have typos or something?) I'm not bothered (it'd be stupid if I was) but I'm just curious as to what they need improvement on. I've been trying to make them as good as possible, but if I've done something wrong just let me know and I'll fix it so you won't have to fool with it. Thanks. White Arabian mare (Neigh) 16:14, 19 October 2015 (UTC)

White Arabian mare I only did some minor cleanup to the infoboxes to remove an extra existing-unnecessary pipe symbol. Only that. -- Magioladitis (talk) 16:40, 19 October 2015 (UTC)

Ok, thanks. I always try to spell-check manually, but it's easy to hit the same key twice by accident. Thanks! White Arabian mare (Neigh) 18:30, 19 October 2015 (UTC)White Arabian mare

A cup of tea for you!

  With this ever dramatic world and winter coming, here's a cup of tea to alleviate your day!  This e-tea's remains have been e-composted SwisterTwister talk 05:04, 22 October 2015 (UTC)

SwisterTwister thank you so much! You made my day! -- Magioladitis (talk) 05:06, 22 October 2015 (UTC)

Invisible characters


Yobot has been removing invisible characters from Ottoman Turkish alphabet, e.g., this edit. The invisible character is the Unicode Left-to-Right mark, which controls whether X Y (where X and Y are Arabic characters) is rendered in Arabic order (Y X) or Latin order (X Y). Am I supposed to use ‎ instead? That makes the page code very messy. --Macrakis (talk) 18:28, 20 October 2015 (UTC)

@Meno25: to help with that. -- Magioladitis (talk) 21:03, 20 October 2015 (UTC)

Macrakis The problem with the invisible characters is, well, they are invisible. Very easy to delete among other things. For words, I use the appropriate {{lang}} template. Where LtR meets RtL, the {{Lrm}} type templates come in handy. For questions, I ask Meno25. The advantage with the template is that people notice they are there and there is a doc page for help. Bgwhite (talk) 21:08, 20 October 2015 (UTC)
@Macrakis: Sorry for the late reply. @Bgwhite: got it right. You should use {{lang}} and {{lrm}}. The edit in question by Yobot is correct because the characters were reversed in the revision before the edit. (Wrong order: ح‎ خ‎ ص‎ ض ‎ط ‎ظ‎ ع‎ غ‎ ق while right order is ح خ ص ض ط ظ ع غ ق) Best wishes. --Meno25 (talk) 15:49, 23 October 2015 (UTC)

Counter hypothesis

The increase in obscure titles will outstrip the increase in shared titles, so that even the percentage of articles with hatnotes to dab pages will decrease. All the best: Rich Farmbrough, 23:11, 26 October 2015 (UTC).

Rich Haha. That's a good one. -- Magioladitis (talk) 04:48, 27 October 2015 (UTC)

Welcome back


Hi Magio. I am happy to see you come back. I missed you in the past two weeks. Just wanted to say hi. Best wishes. --Meno25 (talk) 16:48, 15 October 2015 (UTC)

Meno25 It's nice to be among friends! -- Magioladitis (talk) 05:02, 27 October 2015 (UTC)

Dupe refs


Can you run AWB GFs over Canadian federal election, 1911. All the best: Rich Farmbrough, 23:11, 26 October 2015 (UTC).

Rich Farmbrough Sorry, when it comes to tables, my OCD takes over. Also ran AWB over the article. Bgwhite (talk) 04:45, 27 October 2015 (UTC)
I understand! Thanks,. For some reason the dupe refs are still there. I'll look tomorrow. All the best: Rich Farmbrough, 05:30, 27 October 2015 (UTC).

Rich Farmbrough I merged the references. -- Magioladitis (talk) 05:32, 27 October 2015 (UTC)

Yobot "corrected" incorrectly


Hi Magioladitis. With this edit Yobot changed 6th of October City to 6 October City; the former is the correct name of the place, as you can see. I have corrected it, but how can i prevent the bot from making this error again? Thanks, & cheers, LindsayHello 18:16, 25 October 2015 (UTC)

LindsayH Any AWB based bot will do that. I suggest using the {{not a typo}} template. Bgwhite (talk) 23:39, 25 October 2015 (UTC)
Thanks, Bgwhite; i love learning these nifty templates. I have used it, and probably will in the future. Thanks again, and cheers, LindsayHello 17:33, 26 October 2015 (UTC)

Lindsay thanks for the heads up. Bgwhite thanks for finding a solution! -- Magioladitis (talk) 17:40, 26 October 2015 (UTC)

Semantically {{Proper name}} is a little nicer - the effect is exactly the same. All the best: Rich Farmbrough, 19:22, 27 October 2015 (UTC).

Bug? strange removal of bracket


Yobot was run on Jane Philpott - it removed the second of 2 ]s for some strange reason leaving the raw text in place instead of the proper link.

EncycloCanuck (talk) 16:43, 27 October 2015 (UTC)

EncycloCanuck thanks for the heads up. It's an AWB bug. -- Magioladitis (talk) 17:13, 27 October 2015 (UTC)

Note: Simplified example can be found here. -- Magioladitis (talk) 17:34, 27 October 2015 (UTC)

This fixes the problem for the specific page. -- Magioladitis (talk) 17:37, 27 October 2015 (UTC)

The bug is in CiteTitleYear. -- Magioladitis (talk) 17:46, 27 October 2015 (UTC)

rev 11719 fixes the bug. -- Magioladitis (talk) 18:25, 28 October 2015 (UTC)

Yobot broke a timeline image?


Hi Magioladitis, I've just fix a timeline image on the Fall out boy article which appears to have gone wrong when Yobot remove an extra return from the end of the timeline. As this is the first time I have done anything with a timeline its possible that there is another error in there that I have over looked but I wanted to let you know about this as I didn't think Yobot actions should be causing this type of issue. Cool bot by the way. WyrmVane (talk) 20:34, 23 October 2015 (UTC)

User:Bgwhite can you help here? -- Magioladitis (talk) 05:06, 27 October 2015 (UTC)

Sorry, I haven't done timelines before. Bgwhite (talk) 05:12, 27 October 2015 (UTC)

User:Frietjes can you help here? -- Magioladitis (talk) 05:14, 27 October 2015 (UTC)

Seems timelines are fragile. Also they don't support yyy-mm-dd format.   All the best: Rich Farmbrough, 19:25, 27 October 2015 (UTC).

yes, timelines are fragile. for some reason, removing both newlines did work here. or, it could be a problem with the left class in the surrounding div. who knows. Frietjes (talk) 12:35, 29 October 2015 (UTC)

The Kinks


Hi. In your edit on The Kinks article you changed the order of some of the inline cites. It's not an issue, I'm just curious as to the thinking behind the rearrangement because normally cites are arranged in the order of the statements they cover in the sentence as this makes it easy for checking, but your edit changed the logical order to something apparently more random. SilkTork ✔Tea time 06:18, 28 October 2015 (UTC)

SilkTork I changed them in a way that references are given in increasing order i.e. [1][3][2] changes to [1][2][3]. -- Magioladitis (talk) 06:20, 28 October 2015 (UTC)
OK. But I think what I'm curious about is why? SilkTork ✔Tea time 06:27, 28 October 2015 (UTC)
There is another user who has queried the sorting Wikipedia_talk:AutoWikiBrowser/General_fixes#ReorderReferences. I expect that fix has been there a long time, so the rationale may be hard to track down. It may be worth having a discussion about it to see what the consensus is. I suppose one argument in favour of it would be that if people are going to check all the cites at the end of the sentence, and the cites are numerically close together (12, 14, 17, for example), they might find it easier to memorise the number sequence and then check them off one by one rather than going back to the text to find the next cite. SilkTork ✔Tea time 08:00, 29 October 2015 (UTC)
SilkTork thanks for taking some time to check it. I am not references expert. The main argument was/is that since an article is edited by multiple people there is no way to set a "sort by importance/relevance" criterion when adding references because anyone may go and add a reference after or before the existing references. Still, you can seperate the references by adding a comment between them and then AWB won't change the reference order. I hope I was helpful. Thanks again. -- Magioladitis (talk) 10:09, 29 October 2015 (UTC)

I'll copy this over to the AWB talkpage. SilkTork ✔Tea time 13:04, 29 October 2015 (UTC)

what are the invisible characters of the Duchere article


Hi there,

Thanks for using AWB to remove and replace invisible characters in my two French fort articles, Fort de la Duchere and Fort Saint-Jean (Lyon). Do you know what are the invisible characters? I think they are spaces. Are they CR or LF characters by any chance?

Endo999 (talk) 20:19, 30 October 2015 (UTC)

Endo999 I see U+00A0 characters that were removed. U+00A0 is a non-breaking space character. Content Transcrapulator is putting these in, along with all the other crap. You are one of the very few who actually cleans up the articles after the Transcrapulator gets mangling them. Thank you. That realllly means alot. Bgwhite (talk) 22:40, 30 October 2015 (UTC)

Farshid Delshad's bio


Hi, I just wanted to check with you about one of the edits that I made. I was added some info about a known researcher and it keeps sending message that needs more info. all I added has source and besides that, his name is mentioned in different wiki pages and different categories. could you tell me what's the reason thanks — Preceding unsigned comment added by Aviva Jacobson (talkcontribs) 21:03, 21 October 2015 (UTC)

I can't hep with that. Sorry. -- Magioladitis (talk) 05:07, 27 October 2015 (UTC)

(talk page watcher) @Aviva Jacobson: It appears that the request for more info is standard language in the template for proposed deletion. I see you've already posted to the article's talk page. You may also want to post in Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Farshid Delshad (2nd nomination). Happy editing! GoingBatty (talk) 17:48, 31 October 2015 (UTC)

"Clarification needed" template


Hi Magioladitis. I saw Yobot changed my {what?} to {clarify}. Have the {what?}, {who?} etc templates been deprecated? I often see pages about things that are "old but still in use" (some of the deletion templates, for example), which is confusing. Where can I find a list of the templates in use to request clarity/ more information? Thanks, regards, Rui ''Gabriel'' Correia (talk) 13:24, 21 October 2015 (UTC)

(talk page watcher) @Rui Gabriel Correia: If you search for Template:What?, you will be redirected to Template:Clarify, whereas Template:Who? redirects to Template:Who. At the bottom of Template:Clarify and Template:Who is a nice navbox for inline cleanup tags. Happy editing! GoingBatty (talk) 17:43, 31 October 2015 (UTC)
Ah! That is brilliant, @GoingBatty:, and here was I 'going batty' trying to figure out where to find these tags! Thanks a million. Rui ''Gabriel'' Correia (talk) 21:52, 31 October 2015 (UTC)

Phabricator task phab:T100234


Hi, Magio. You may want to close phab:T100234. This bug report is old (from 2007) and AWB has evolved much since then. No change in edit summary is currently required. I didn't close it myself because I didn't feel it was right since I am not an AWB developer. Best wishes. --Meno25 (talk) 18:31, 23 October 2015 (UTC)

Thanks for the heads up! -- Magioladitis (talk) 04:58, 27 October 2015 (UTC)
I found a cool template for posting trackings of Phabs: {{tracked|T100234|resolved}} renders like this:

Resolved PS: The 'resolved' parameter seems to be broken. Cheers! {{u|Checkingfax}} {Talk} 00:55, 1 November 2015 (UTC)

Removal of middot escape codes


According to the WP {{middot}} template page using escape-codes for middots on WP is an acceptable alternative to using WP templates or using keyboard commands. Yobot removed escape codes here, and also made some other trivial edits such as changing 'cn' to 'citation needed', putting a line break between back-to-back headings, etc. Please explain the rationale behind each trivial edit. Ping me so I don't have to watch this page. My signature is set up for a copy/paste to ping. Thank you. Cheers! {{u|Checkingfax}} {Talk} 00:24, 1 November 2015 (UTC)

Checkingfax Hi. It did not remove them. The dots were replaced by middot unicode characters. -- Magioladitis (talk) 08:40, 1 November 2015 (UTC)
Magio, thanks for getting back to me. According to the edit-summary left by Yobot:

(Removed invisible unicode characters + other fixes using AWB (11720))

Unicode characters were removed, not added.
Also, still wondering why Yobot changed cn to citation-needed, and put line breaks between back-to-back headings. Cheers! {{u|Checkingfax}} {Talk} 08:50, 1 November 2015 (UTC)

Checkingfax exactly after the middot character there was a hidden invisible shift-in character (U000f). This was removed. On the other matters: cn is a redirect to citation-needed. The cn to citation-needed is a template standardisation done to help other potential tagging bots that may not have the entire list of redirects of citation-needed template. The line break is added per WP:MOSHEAD which requires a line break between headers for readability. I hope answered all your questions! -- Magioladitis (talk) 08:57, 1 November 2015 (UTC)

5 Million: We celebrate your contribution

We couldn't have done it without you
Well, maybe. Eventually. But the encyclopedia would not be as good.

Celebrate. 7&6=thirteen () 14:55, 1 November 2015 (UTC)

A barnstar for you!

  The Original Barnstar
Thanks for all of your many edits to the horse articles! White Arabian mare (Neigh) 00:03, 30 October 2015 (UTC)

White Arabian mare thank you very much!!! Really appreciated. -- Magioladitis (talk) 05:30, 2 November 2015 (UTC)

Wikipedia talk:AutoWikiBrowser/General fixes

Do any of the AWB developers, such as yourself, watch that talkpage? The query regarding ReorderReferences, first raised by Czar ⋅in April 2014, is still not adequately addressed. Is there another location or forum where it might be more appropriate to raise and discuss the issue? SilkTork ✔Tea time 11:01, 2 November 2015 (UTC)

SilkTork I check the bugs page daily. There is also phab:T100614. All bugs are now reported in Phabricator. We have a backlog of feature requests etc. I provided you a workround: use comments in between references where you 'll explain why you chose that specific order. -- Magioladitis (talk) 11:46, 2 November 2015 (UTC)
I did note your suggestion regarding using comments, but I'm not seeing that as appropriate. Where would you suggest it's best to have the discussion - bugs or features? Given that there is a backlog, it would be sensible to get some feedback from editors on ReorderReferences, as it may be that folks are either happy to have the cites reordered, or are largely indifferent to it. As I say, it's not really an issue for me - I'm more puzzled and faintly amused that such a fix exists, and there are better things for us to be doing, but I'd now like to see this through. So, given that I think it makes sense to have a RfC, which venue would you recommend as being easiest for Wikipedia editors to access, yet visible enough that AWB developers will notice, and so can take part with their views. SilkTork ✔Tea time 13:22, 2 November 2015 (UTC)
SilkTork You can comment in the already existing ticket in Phabricator. I can ccheck whether this has been discussed somewhere else too. -- Magioladitis (talk) 14:17, 2 November 2015 (UTC)

Massive automated edits without bot approval

Please stop your mass editing immediately until there is wider consensus that these changes are desired. You are disrupting other people's work by unnecessarily cluttering their watchlists. -- intgr [talk] 16:27, 3 November 2015 (UTC)

OK. -- Magioladitis (talk) 16:28, 3 November 2015 (UTC)
I have created a discussion at Wikipedia:Bot_owners'_noticeboard#Mass_AWB_edits_that_clutter_up_watchlists. -- intgr [talk] 16:38, 3 November 2015 (UTC)
I replied there. -- Magioladitis (talk) 16:39, 3 November 2015 (UTC)
This again? You were warned about this a couple of weeks ago (#AWB "cleanup" breakage). You were blocked for exactly the same issue in 2010. When will you understand that these edits are not desirable? — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 16:40, 3 November 2015 (UTC)

MSGJ there is a difference between 2010 and now: Now all banners start with the same pattern (WikiProject...). Moreover, thanks to BattyBot we are down to very few exceptions. I apologise for the disruption of the watchlists but the settings file I have every time to load, gets outdated very often and that increases the chance that some of the tagging bots double tag pages. -- Magioladitis (talk) 16:44, 3 November 2015 (UTC)

@GoingBatty: -- Magioladitis (talk) 16:44, 3 November 2015 (UTC)

Replied at Wikipedia:Bot owners' noticeboard#Mass AWB edits that clutter up watchlists. GoingBatty (talk) 17:26, 3 November 2015 (UTC)

Correct page for Urdu typos

Please see this task on phabricator regarding AWB. --Muhammad Shuaib (talk) 16:57, 4 November 2015 (UTC)

Orphan Tag


Hi Magioladitis,

Thanks for checking out my article on Dolly Nampijinpa Daniels , I have noticed that my article has an orphan tag. I was wondering how I could rectify and improve my article so that this is no longer needed.

Thanks — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 09:04, 9 November 2015 (UTC)

Link to the article from other articles - where the link is appropriate of course! All the best: Rich Farmbrough, 20:07, 9 November 2015 (UTC).


If you want to, take a look at the article about Marie Serneholt which is this weeks TAFI article. Regards.--BabbaQ (talk) 20:09, 9 November 2015 (UTC)

Infobox school url syntax


if you check the end of the template, you will see {{#ifexpr:{{#if:{{{homepage|}}}|1|0}}+{{#if:{{{url|}}}|1|0}}+{{#if:{{{website|}}}|1|0}} > 1|1}}, which means that if more than one of these parameters is defined, the article is put in the tracking category. if you want to split this into a separate tracking category, we can do so. Frietjes (talk) 17:26, 6 November 2015 (UTC)

as requested, see Category:Pages using infobox school with multiple external links. Frietjes (talk) 22:34, 9 November 2015 (UTC)

Frietjes thanks. -- Magioladitis (talk) 14:16, 10 November 2015 (UTC)



Greetings. I'm not sure I see any overwhelming value in Yobot replacing {{cn}} with {{Citation needed}}.--Jim in Georgia Contribs Talk 16:08, 10 November 2015 (UTC)

Gaarmyvet there is not much. It's only to help tagging bots. It's impossible for bot owners to keep track of every possible template redirect. It is done amongst other useful things. -- Magioladitis (talk) 16:11, 10 November 2015 (UTC)
Okay. You'll have to pardon me if I'm unrepentant. I'll keep using the redirect. I do appreciate it when it adds the date parameter that I keep forgetting. <grin>--Jim in Georgia Contribs Talk 16:16, 10 November 2015 (UTC)
No problem. That's what bots are for. -- Magioladitis (talk) 16:21, 10 November 2015 (UTC)

WikiProject templates


Hi Magioladitis! I'm having problems with with my bot task to add {{WikiProjectBannerShell}} to talk pages, and hope you can provide some suggestions:

  1. When I use your module, it's not replacing {{WPBiography}} with {{WikiProject Biography}} when the first template parameter is on a new line. (e.g. Talk:Mary Roach) Similarly, it's not replacing {{WPBeatles}} when the first template parameter is on a new line (e.g. Talk:Jane Asher).
  2. I used to be able to use the List compare function to weed out all the pages that already transclude {{WikiProjectBannerShell}} and {{WikiProjectBanners}} (which automatically pick up their redirects, such as {{WPB}}). However, now that there are over a million pages that use the {{WikiProjectBannerShell}} template, the best I can do is get the first million records, and frequently get an out of memory error.

Thanks! GoingBatty (talk) 13:28, 1 November 2015 (UTC)

GoingBatty for the WPBiography, WPBeatles I would recommend a normal F&R. For the other problem I have to think of a solution using custom module. We need something like: Load redirects of a banner, skip if page contains WikiProjectBannerShell before and if page doe not contain WikiProjectBannerShell after fixes. -- Magioladitis (talk) 13:36, 1 November 2015 (UTC)
Figured out the first issue - I was missing the \r? that we added in these edits. Your custom module solution might also work for talk pages in other namespaces, where WP:AWB/GF doesn't automatically add {{WikiProjectBannerShell}}. Thanks! GoingBatty (talk) 13:52, 1 November 2015 (UTC)

The new Skip conditions provided should be very useful for this task I guess. -- Magioladitis (talk) 07:26, 11 November 2015 (UTC)

A beer for you!

  Dear Magialaditis,

I have seen you edited in the 'Galapagos syndrome' article. I am relatively new to the whole Wikipedia-editing thing. I have to edit the article as an assignment for my University. I am glad to see somebody actually read my article (and improved it in terms of things I did not know they were to be done in a specific way). I know it is quite something to ask, but I (a complete stranger possibly from the other side of the earth) would be extremely grateful if an experienced wikipedia-editor could drop me a few lines of feedback on what I have written.

Kind Regards from London,

Louis Sieg LVS29 (talk) 10:40, 3 November 2015 (UTC)

LVS29 thank you very much!!! -- Magioladitis (talk) 10:14, 11 November 2015 (UTC)

Automated edits without visible changes

  Again you're making automated edits with AWB, that have no visible impact whatsoever, without a bot flag or bot approval, cluttering peoples' watchlists. If that template makes "AWB bots freeze", then you're solving the problem the wrong way around—AWB should be fixed instead. If you continue this pattern, you may be blocked from Wikipedia. -- intgr [talk] 10:05, 11 November 2015 (UTC)

intgr this particular template with unset parameter pay freeze AWB tagging bots use to a long standing bug. I fixed the particular pages to avoid this. Thanks for your understanding. Recently we rewrote the plugin code in C# and I hope we find a solution in the near future. -- Magioladitis (talk) 10:07, 11 November 2015 (UTC)
@Magioladitis: You're refusing to understand what I'm telling you. Wikipedia ≠ AWB. If AWB cannot parse wiki markup that Wikipedia/Mediawiki considers valid and correct, then the problem is AWB. All of Wikipedia's editors who monitor watchlists should not suffer because AWB has some bug. -- intgr [talk] 10:13, 11 November 2015 (UTC)

intgr I understand that. That's why I am trying to fix AWB's code on that. In fact I also believe that the addition of "1" as parameters is ridiculous. But the particular template uses mixed named and unnamed parameters making it difficult for me to correct the already written plugin code. The template has almost 1 million transclusions and only 150 of them had a problem 2 years since the last I did something similar. So, yes I understand but I try to be efficient. -- Magioladitis (talk) 10:21, 11 November 2015 (UTC)

I consider it an understanding if you stop making frivolous automated edits without a bot approval, as per WP:COSMETICBOT. You've been repeatedly warned and every time you come up with some excuse. No more. -- intgr [talk] 10:36, 11 November 2015 (UTC)

AWB genfixes


Hi! Could you point me to AWB general fixes code, please? Didn't find them in folder structure. Want to gather things, that should be changed for Latvian Wikipedia settings, so that I don't ask million times. --Edgars2007 (talk/contribs) 14:12, 6 November 2015 (UTC)

Edgars2007 maybe WP:GENFIXES helps? -- Magioladitis (talk) 14:13, 6 November 2015 (UTC)
That was fast :) Yes, I know that page, but some things are better understandable from code. Or genfixes are strewn in several files and folders? --Edgars2007 (talk/contribs) 14:17, 6 November 2015 (UTC)
Edgars2007 General fixes expand to various files. Maybe Reedy could help you with your request? -- Magioladitis (talk) 10:14, 11 November 2015 (UTC)
OK, nevermind then. Will generate list of ideas based on WP:GENFIXES and what I have seen. --Edgars2007 (talk/contribs) 11:13, 11 November 2015 (UTC)

AWB "cleanup" breakage


Hi! Please understand that without a bot approval, you are personally responsible for double-checking any computer-assisted edits you make. See WP:BOTASSIST. Your recent edit broke the talk page here: -- intgr [talk] 13:11, 28 October 2015 (UTC)

intgr OK I fixed it. Thanks for the heads up. -- Magioladitis (talk) 13:12, 28 October 2015 (UTC)
You are making cosmetic edits without bot approval. I suggest you stop now and file a BRFA, which will likely fail. — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 13:37, 28 October 2015 (UTC)
MSGJ I try to standarsise the wikiproject names by getting rid of most of non-standard names. I stopped though. -- Magioladitis (talk) 13:40, 28 October 2015 (UTC)
Per statistics non-standard names are more than 60% unused. -- Magioladitis (talk) 13:45, 28 October 2015 (UTC)
Well go for bot approval if you think there will be consensus. Such edits have proved contentious in the past. But you know all this ... — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 12:12, 29 October 2015 (UTC)
MSGJ I'll do. I asked for updated statistics before going there. There is User:Scott/Notes/WikiProject template redirects and I already added the 10/2015 updated numbers below. -- Magioladitis (talk) 12:14, 29 October 2015 (UTC)

Some statistics:

  • 4,425 redirects of wikiproject banners
  • 4,200 have less than 1000 transclusions.
  • 3,600 have less than 100 transclusions
  • 2,600 have less than 10 transclusions.
  • 1,500 have 0 transclusions. -- Magioladitis (talk) 07:47, 4 November 2015 (UTC)
Do you have a plan to get rid of the templates with 0 transclusions? Thanks! GoingBatty (talk) 05:43, 7 November 2015 (UTC)
GoingBatty IMO, all non-standard names should be deleted to avoid confusion (I have seen some of those being used in articles pages) and save us a lot of trouble and coding. -- Magioladitis (talk) 10:17, 11 November 2015 (UTC)
I believe I understand your position. I was trying to ask if you had a plan to take some of these templates to TfD. Thanks! GoingBatty (talk) 12:38, 11 November 2015 (UTC)
GoingBatty I plan to but I would like community support on this i.e. not being the only one sending these things for deletion. -- Magioladitis (talk) 14:52, 11 November 2015 (UTC)

WP Autoassess

Hello, I have been referred to your talk page by User talk:Bgwhite#Assessment Request. Can you please help me with reassessment (automatic) of Wikiproject Tags. Say for example, can your bot do something like reassess all the talk pages tagged with Wikipedia:WikiProject India and perform assessment of articles in namespaces - categories, templates and the articles which are redirects. -- Pankaj Jain Capankajsmilyo (talk · contribs · count) 08:30, 12 November 2015 (UTC)


Hi, I would like to ask about Urdu translations for AWB, when it will be available? Muhammad Shuaib (talk) 11:27, 15 November 2015 (UTC)

Muhammad Shuaib I can schedule it but I can't promise. -- Magioladitis (talk) 12:11, 15 November 2015 (UTC)



Thanks for the external to internal link syntax tip ;) What about links to Wikipedia pages in other languages? Bobbylon (talk) 01:32, 17 November 2015 (UTC)

(talk page stalker) I don't know what your actual question is, but these tips may help you. – Jonesey95 (talk) 03:11, 17 November 2015 (UTC)
Thanks, that was exactly what I was asking about, but more specifically about the Russian and Bulgarian versions of Wikipedia. Is their syntax in this particular code ":ru:" and ":bg:" respectively? The Cyrillic names of their respective pages does not seem to work (like the French example there), at least for me... Perhaps there is an additional rule to take into consideration. Bobbylon (talk) 18:53, 17 November 2015 (UTC)
Here's a link to the Joseph Stalin page on Russian WP: ru:Сталин, Иосиф Виссарионович. I copied the name of the article from the Russian WP. – Jfrom archive 6

onesey95 (talk) 21:51, 17 November 2015 (UTC)

Thanks again. Now I see why it didn't work - I've been trying to use the url "encoding?" of the name of the page, in your example: "%D0%A1%D1%82%D0%B0%D0%BB%D0%B8%D0%BD,_%D0%98%D0%BE%D1%81%D0%B8%D1%84_%D0%92%D0%B8%D1%81%D1%81%D0%B0%D1%80%D0%B8%D0%BE%D0%BD%D0%BE%D0%B2%D0%B8%D1%87"... A direct use of name in Cyrillic is much better ;) -- Bobbylon (talk) 01:44, 18 November 2015 (UTC)

WikiProject Mountains

@Hazard-SJ: I can help with the task described in Wikipedia:Bot_requests#WikiProject_Mountains_banner_update. My bot can perform the banner update. -- Magioladitis (talk) 17:28, 21 November 2015 (UTC)

Stop violating the bot policy

@Magioladitis: Hello. Have you read and do you understand the Wikipedia bot policy, in particular WP:COSMETICBOT?

I am not even wikistalking, I am merely monitoring my watchilst on most days and your edits pop up very frequently, which means you must still make an enormous amount of automated changes. Do you understand that your edits are against the bot policy? Do you understand that repeated violations of Wikipedia policies can get you banned from editing? -- intgr [talk] 23:27, 16 November 2015 (UTC)

intgr So Magioladitis is making many edits, thus he must be making cosmetic changes? You need to do better proof than that. By definition, bots make many edits. Bgwhite (talk) 23:41, 16 November 2015 (UTC)
@Bgwhite: Unnecessary snark. That message was intended to Magioladitis, not you, and he should already know what I'm talking about. -- intgr [talk] 00:40, 17 November 2015 (UTC)
intgr That wasn't meant as a snark, but as a question. You are accusing Magioladitis of cosmetic edits, but didn't say anything about it. Your proof was pages showing up in your watchlist and you threatened a ban. Talk pages are open to talk page stalkers. Threats, accusations against everybody and telling people to shove off is not a good way to do things. Bgwhite (talk) 00:49, 17 November 2015 (UTC)
Please provide some diffs that illustrate the problem, so it is clear what the problem is, or as sometimes happens (including to me) an editor notices what they think is a cosmetic edit but there is something being fixed at the same time that they do not notice, and that can be pointed out to them.--JohnBlackburnewordsdeeds 00:51, 17 November 2015 (UTC)
@Bgwhite and JohnBlackburne: Fine, here you go, just a small selection of automated edits that have zero visible impact on the page, just cluttering up watchlists. He continues to make these edits despite repeatedly being told not to. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16] [17] [18] [19] [20] -- intgr [talk] 11:35, 17 November 2015 (UTC)

Sad to see this is still happening, despite many many warnings and discussions on this talk page recently. I checked a sample of the above diffs and all were purely cosmetic. The message does not seem to be getting through that this is undesirable and against policy. I see no other option but a block. — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 11:45, 17 November 2015 (UTC)

A block for violation of WP:COSMETICBOT? The user is not a bot. The edits are in violation of WP:AWB#Rules of use but a week's block based on that seems harsh.--JohnBlackburnewordsdeeds 12:25, 17 November 2015 (UTC)
Yes, a block for violating part of Wikipedia:Bot policy. Magioladitis may not be a bot, but his activities are comparable in speed and nature to a bot's, so it falls within scope of the policy (see WP:MEATBOT for example). And as always, a block's duration is only for as long as is necessary to convince the community that the disruption has ceased. — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 13:11, 17 November 2015 (UTC)
MSGJ this task is done by Battybot. -- Magioladitis (talk) 14:55, 17 November 2015 (UTC)

intgr adding WPBS is done by Battybot. -- Magioladitis (talk) 14:56, 17 November 2015 (UTC)

In this case a blp tag was added. 90% (rough approximation) of the edits were not purely cosmetic. The rest were done to add the stupid |1=. -- Magioladitis (talk) 14:59, 17 November 2015 (UTC)

I just stumbled onto this but thought I would make a comment. It seems silly to block them over these edits because as far as I can tell the links listed above all changed WikiProject Georgia to WikiProject Georgia (country). Whether that's an actual visible change is irrelevant to me because there is a big difference between the country and the state of Georgia and clarifying which it is seems to be a useful thing. While he is there, may as well fix other stuff too. Catnip the Elder (talk) 15:08, 17 November 2015 (UTC)
Catnip the Elder this is also true. I found many confusions in the past between the two WikiProjects. Thanks. -- Magioladitis (talk) 15:15, 17 November 2015 (UTC)
Good luck, I had noticed your name on some edits while I was tagging articles for the University of Massachusetts and thought your changes were beneficial. I was just coming here to tell you so when I saw this discussion. So for what its worth, not everyone thinks your doing a bad job. Whenever you get out of Wiki jail and if your interested, there seem to be a lot of biographies without the WikiProject Biography banner if you do those. Catnip the Elder (talk) 15:20, 17 November 2015 (UTC)
@Catnip the Elder: I agree that standardising template names may be a good thing and warrants a discussion with the community. But that's another argument from the one we're having here. The problem here is that mass edits should be done using a bot account (which has a "bot" flag) so it doesn't disturb users who monitor pages for changes made by humans. And to qualify for the bot account, there needs to be a discussion that these edits are indeed desired. -- intgr [talk] 15:24, 17 November 2015 (UTC)
@Intgr:According to the bot policy you link too (I was just reading up on it when you wrote your statement) it "could" be a violation of bot if you do more than ten edits a minute. I don't see him doing that. Did I miss something? Sure he did a lot of edits, but that's a good thing is it not? Do we really want to punish editors who do a lot? That seems counterproductive to me. I also see he has a bot that's approved to do edits of this type, so presumably that would extend to the operator of the bot as well to a degree. Personally, if I saw the same user doing edits I didn't care about, I would just ignore them. To me the purpose of the watchlists are to watch for stuff like Vandalism or unwanted changes, maybe I am wrong, but these don't really fit into that criteria so why not just ignore them. It seems like arguments over stuff like this just wastes time and is more symantics and personal opinions than policy based. We should be asking ourselves "does this improve the articles and if that answer is yes, then the edit is beneficial and carry on about our day. Maybe I'm just stupid or naïve, but that's just my opinion anyway. P.S., thanks for showing me that ping thing, I learneded[sic] something new today.Catnip the Elder (talk) 15:36, 17 November 2015 (UTC)
@Catnip the Elder:, The change from {{WikiProject Georgia}} to {{WikiProject Georgia (country)}} is a purely cosmetic change since Template:WikiProject Georgia is just a redirect to Template:WikiProject Georgia (country). -- GB fan 15:28, 17 November 2015 (UTC)
What do I know, I have been here for a week, but it seems to me, again, that clarifying the difference between the state and the country would be a good thing. It may not matter for the person who does a thousand edits a day, has been here since the beginning of Wikipedia and is intimately familiar with the projects inner workings, but for a dumb ass like me and the 7 billion other average readers, we don't know....or care! Sure it may display the same, but when the talk page is opened up in edit mode (which presumably does happen on talk pages), then it would not be as clear. Since The country is in the news a bit lately I would assume some new editors are showing up to edit and comment about that conflict there. So, it seems reasonable to me to assume that some of these folks would be confused about the country and the state. Would someone in the Country of Georgia know there is a state? Would they care? Not trying to be argumentative or whatever but this whole discussion and block seems silly to me. Catnip the Elder (talk) 15:42, 17 November 2015 (UTC)

@JohnBlackburne and MSGJ: If I understand correctly, Magioladitis was warned to stop doing cosmetic edits via a bot. He stopped. Intgr then complained again about Magioladitis not following WP:COSMETICBOT. But Magioladitis was editing manually. MSGJ then blocked Magioladitis for editing too fast with AWB. Correct??? If so, ok. I do find it interesting that Magioladitis is always singled out, while others get a pass. OccultZone was doing tens of thousands of these same edits and nothing. Ser Amantio di Nicolao does upwards of 50 edits a minute with AWB and nothing. Bgwhite (talk) 19:18, 17 November 2015 (UTC)

Just for the record: This is the third tweak I tried. I started by bypassing redirects with low count, then redirects with low count AND non-standard name, then redirects with low count AND non-standard name AND with WPBS missing or with no |1=. -- Magioladitis (talk) 19:43, 17 November 2015 (UTC)

To be honest, I can't understand the need to bypass redirects in any case whatsoever (WP:NOTBROKEN). If the redirects are bad, they should be brought to RFD and deleted. — Earwig talk 04:32, 18 November 2015 (UTC)
The Earwig the block reason now is now about bypassing redirects but for doing bot job since a bot does it. -- Magioladitis (talk) 07:38, 18 November 2015 (UTC)
Sorry, I don't understand. What bot was approved to bypass redirects? — Earwig talk 07:44, 18 November 2015 (UTC)
The Earwig Le me summarise: I got two warnings and 1 block. The things I did might look alike but there are not the same! The last series of edits, where mainly to add WPBS where it was needed per WP:TPL and it is done by BattyBot. Recently, we did an improvement to AWB to become more effective on that. It is true that my settings file was more loosy to save time so it needed to also bypass redirects of WPBS. GoingBatty does it better than me but slower. So here we have three different complains: a) Some of the things I do should not be done b) Some of the things I do could be done but by bot c) some of the things I do could be done after XfDs. Now, the situation is this: Redirects of wikiprojects are really going down because they are mainly done by bots. So, most of the non-standard redirect names (those not staring from WikiProject.. nor WP..) have less than 100 transclusions. So, we keep large portions of codes/scripts in order to deal with things with low frequency. A less than a day work could give an end to this situation. -- Magioladitis (talk) 07:56, 18 November 2015 (UTC)
(edit conflict)No, a large proportion of your most recent edits did not add the WikiProjectBannerShell to the pages, such as the ones I pointed out above (from the sample that I looked at, it was more than the 10% you claimed above).
However, all your edits were changing WikiProject templates to bypass redirects. You claim that BattyBot is also doing the same edits that you make. Please point out, which User:BattyBot task is authorized to bypass WikiProject template redirects without any other changes to the page. -- intgr [talk] 08:35, 18 November 2015 (UTC)
This doesn't seem like an answer to the question I asked. I am not particularly concerned with whether this task is carried out by a bot or a human using AWB. Why do we need to reduce the number of transclusions to templates with slightly non-standard names with such urgency that we are overriding WP:COSMETICBOT and WP:NOTBROKEN? If the names are so awful that they are actively confusing editors (which is the point brought up by Catnip the Elder above, and is an important one in certain cases), we should be deleting the redirects following a discussion. As I see it, what you are doing now is pointless and Sisyphean because editors will continue to use the alternate names for eternity as long as they work. This task should come after the deletion discussion, not before it. And with respect to |1=, does that have to be explicit? I see examples that work without it. — Earwig talk 08:24, 18 November 2015 (UTC)
The Earwig I'm going to drop out of this discussion after this comment because it seems like folks have their minds set on making sure these changes don't get done and I find that to be a shame and see no point continuing in arguing the matter. If the changes are no big deal as you say, then that works both ways. It shouldn't matter if someone wants to spend their time fixing them, its their time and even small improvements help the project IMO. With regard to deleting some, I would also agree that some should be deleted, I do not think this one should be deleted, but it should be clarified as Magioladitis has been doing. As I mentioned above we need to consider what the average user/reader thinks and sees, not the ones who have been here and know all the complex inner workings of the banner template syntax. People add the banner for Georgia thinking its right, because it works. The users don't know, they just drop the banner and keep going. Its then up to more experiences folks like Magioladits to fix it and clarify it. We should not assume that everyone is born with the knowledge that X redirect = Y Template. To me this seems like intgr is nitpicking because they feel inconvenienced by edits to "their" pages on "their" watchlists. This is simply not the big deal its being made into frankly and if minor stuff like this gets experienced and well meaning people blocked for a week, then it makes me want to reassess if using my time here is worthwhile. Catnip the Elder (talk) 14:06, 18 November 2015 (UTC)

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The Earwig Yes, I believe some redirects should be deleted or deprecated because they cause confusions. In some cases I have seen Wikioroject banner redirects used in mainspace. On the |1= problem: There is a longstanding AWB bug that causes AWB to freeze when the tagging plugin is used and the banner does not have the parameter. This is programming bug which I tried to solve. But since the needs of tagging sometimes are more urgent than fixing a software bug I think it's no harm if I go to the few pages not using the parameter and add to prevent the problem. Some people fins find disturbing. I note that the pages with missing 1 parameters are very few. -- Magioladitis (talk) 08:31, 18 November 2015 (UTC)

Although I still feel the block too harsh I also think you are wrong on both these points. The existence and usage of redirect shortcuts is a long standing and accepted practice on WP. Their main benefit is they reduce the cognitive load for editors as there is less to remember. They also arise due to page moves and renames. If they are problematic the take them to RFD, otherwise leave them alone.
As for |1= if there is a bug in AWB then fix the bug. A known crashing/freezing bug should be particularly easy to find and analyse. It is no appropriate to change otherwise working page markup because an optional tool is broken. If AWB is unusable in the meantime then stop using it.--JohnBlackburnewordsdeeds 16:22, 18 November 2015 (UTC)
JohnBlackburne the deletion is only my suggestion. In practice I discuss only about the ones not really used. I do not suggest any mass deletion. We can check everything case by case. -- Magioladitis (talk) 17:56, 18 November 2015 (UTC)
It is useful if we don't confuse new editors (or old editors!) with many different variant names of templates. This really reduces the cognitive load. In this case for 2317 out of 2318 WikiProjects (numbers made up) the name of the banner template is the same as the name of the project. That's low cognitive load by anyone's standard. We do not necessarily want to delete redirects, even if they are orphan, because they can be good short-cuts {{WPBio}} for example - but there should not be any objection to replacing them with clearer templates that user full words from the English language. Some, like {{Physics}} are a waste of good namespace. There are other arguments for both preserving and deleting redirects, regardless of whether they are orphaned or not - and techniques to help resolve the issues.
(For myself, formerly a big fan of short-cuts, I have found being forced to type them in full, instead of relying on a bot to expand them is not as onerous as I thought. But perhaps I just prefer the more relaxed pace in my old age.)
All the best: Rich Farmbrough, 21:04, 20 November 2015 (UTC).
@Rich Farmbrough: Nobody here has argued against normalizing WikiProject template names. The whole saga is about this user repeatedly violating the bot policy by not requesting a bot approval and doing all the edits from his personal WP account. -- intgr [talk] 22:39, 20 November 2015 (UTC)
intgr Ah OK. I did not get that. Then we do not disagree. It was my mistake to use my normal account and not wait for BattyBot to do the heavy job for me. Sorry for that. I can stick to bots do the job instead of using my normal account. I also would like to protect my fingers from constant key stroking. -- Magioladitis (talk) 23:21, 20 November 2015 (UTC)
Could you undertake not to use AWB at all on your main account for some time, e.g. 6 months? As well as protecting your fingers, it would also obviate any need to restrict your main account due to problems with automated edits. — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 23:36, 20 November 2015 (UTC)

@MSGJ: Did you make the same proposal to any other AWB users? Please don't because this might discourage people from editing. -- Magioladitis (talk) 23:46, 20 November 2015 (UTC)

@MSGJ: You do know he is one of the AWB devs right? I assume you do, so you know there is no way they can even do what your asking even if they wanted too. Catnip the Elder (talk) 23:39, 21 November 2015 (UTC)
Well, this has turned into wanting a pound of flesh. What is the crime? Manually editing at a high rate of speed what a bot is already doing and in intgr's case, filling up their watchlist. If Magioladitis is banned, are you prepared to ban Ser Amantio di Nicolao and others? They are going at a higher rate of speed. As nobody responded to the same question I posed above, I gather this is a witch hunt for one person. Magioladitis helps me out by fixing Checkwiki errors every day. With him out, It's taking me a few more hours to finish. You have to use AWB for this. This doesn't count removing deprecated parameters from infoboxes and other tasks.
As Magioladitis' kryptonite is only related to talk page banners, wouldn't a talk page topic ban while using AWB be more appropriate? Bgwhite (talk) 01:48, 21 November 2015 (UTC)
Essentially this is the "watchlist problem". There is a gadget or widget or something that will hide a given editor's edits, I believe. All the best: Rich Farmbrough, 12:56, 21 November 2015 (UTC).
If this is a watchlist problem then its not a problem with the edits or the editor, its a problem with one user complaining about being inconvenienced because someone is doing too many edits to articles on their watchlist. Editing articles and fixing problems is not something that should be avoided, it should be encouraged and complaining that someone is editing articles on a watchlist that can be easily ignored is not, to me, the answer to this problem. The problem should be dealt with by the user ignoring the edits and focusing more attention on other articles. Not every task needs to be done as a bot and just because someone does 10 or 20 edits rapidly with AWB doesn't mean they need a bot task for it especially when there are several other editors with much higher edit counts and rates of editing that no one cares about. Catnip the Elder (talk) 19:56, 21 November 2015 (UTC)
No I have not, but I am not aware of similar problems with other editors using AWB. The suggestion was made in good faith and designed to pragmatic. I have no desire to keep you Magioladitis blocked just because of your problematic automated edits. It would be entirely within usual practice and in line with WP:SOCK#LEGIT to do your automated (or semi-automated) edits on a separate account to your main account. Then if these issues recur (and I hope they do not, but I have seen sufficient background to have a reasonable suspicion that they may) then at least it would not restrict you from non-automated edits. Is this a reasonable proposal or do you have some particular reason for requiring all these edits to be on your main account? — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 22:54, 22 November 2015 (UTC)
MSGJ The reverts of some AWB edits help me in spotting and fixing bugs. I already have the bot account and in the past I proposed to have two bot accounts: one for mainspace edits and one for talk page fixes but the idea was rejected. As I wrote, there was a misunderstanding from my side of what it was asked from me not to do this time. The nature of the problem now and of 5(?) years ago is similar but not the same. Since, it was cleared out please let's move on. I 've been using AWB from my main account for many years with minimum complains. -- Magioladitis (talk) 03:36, 23 November 2015 (UTC)
It does not instil great confidence that you rely on other editors to revert your bot to find where it is making errors! On the other points: you do not need to propose an alternate account; you can just go ahead and create an account (e.g. Magioladitis2) and make your automated edits from there. Yes, you have been using AWB from your main account for many years but there have been many many complaints from others about this issue. — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 13:19, 23 November 2015 (UTC)

OK. Then, everything is set for the block to be lifted. Thanks, Magioladitis (talk) 15:50, 21 November 2015 (UTC)

MSGJ, Making edits from alternative accounts like Magioladitis2 isn't going to work. Unless that account has the bot flag its still going to show up in the watchlists of others. The problem here is for people to stop blocking people because someone complaining about edits showing up in their watchlists. That is not a valid argument for blocking and this block has clearly become punitive and symantic and not preventative as it should be. Catnip the Elder (talk) 13:24, 23 November 2015 (UTC)
Sorry if I wasn't clear, but you are conflating two different things.
  1. Magioladitis's bot-like edits would be better done with approval from WP:BRFA. If there is consensus for these edits, let them be done from his bot account, and the watchlist problem would not exist. Instead of complaining about the block, your efforts would be better spent encouraging Magioladitis to do this.
  2. It was a separate and parallel suggestion that Magioladitis's semi-automated edits could be conducted on a separate account. Then if problems recur, we can block that account without blocking Magioladitis himself.
The block is absolutely not puntive. Nothing that Magioladitis has said has given any assurance that these issues have been resolved. I cannot force him to comply with the suggestions above, but I will escalate the blocks if necessary to enforce the policy and the next step will be a proposal at WP:AN for a topic-ban of all automated edits without explicit approval. — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 13:45, 23 November 2015 (UTC)
MSGJ I already asked other bot owners to help in tasks I do semi-manually. Check below. I am not convinced that the problem(?) is limited to me. Many highly active editors do things that could be done by a bot/alternate account. Can you please unblock me now so I can keep helping with other tasks? -- Magioladitis (talk) 13:49, 23 November 2015 (UTC)
MSGJ I don't think you understand and none of your suggestions make sense.
  1. The watchlist "problem" will exist weather done from a bot or user account. I get complaints that my bot fills up people's watchlist. If you run a bot that does alot of editing, you get complaints.
  2. One is not required to get separate accounts. In fact it is discouraged.
  3. An individual is blocked, not an account. If an alternate account becomes blocked, the individual is not to edit from any of their accounts. Under your scenario, Magioladitis could be using their bot account, Yobot while he has been blocked this past week.
  4. Your block was definitely punitive. Well, all blocks not for vandalism have a punitive component and most blaocks after 3 days becomes punitive. One doesn't come in after ~5 years and block a week. I find this case similar to Neelix's. Neelix was not blocked after doing thousands of bad redirects after being warned ~5 years earlier.
Again, why are you only going after Magioladitis? Ser Amantio di Nicolao has been doing ~30 edits a minute with AWB in the past day. This is not possible to do manually/bot with one AWB instance. AWB cannot load and save an article in 2 seconds. I've caught Ser doing 57 edits a minutes, which is impossible unless AWB has been hacked. They have "general fixes" turned on, so AWB is making other edits besides the primary. Going that fast, one cannot check for errors being made by AWB. So, now you have been told of somebody going over twice as fast as Magioladtis and so fast they aren't checking for mistakes. You now have been made aware of somebody being far "worse" than Magioladitis. Bgwhite (talk) 22:22, 23 November 2015 (UTC)
@Bgwhite: I don't want to get involved in the rest of your points, but "why are you only going after Magioladitis?" is not a helpful argument, for the same reasons that WP:OTHERSTUFFEXISTS is an invalid vote on AfD discussions. People working on Wikipedia are volunteers, including admins. Volunteers will work on tasks that they want to. You can make suggestions on what else they might have an interest in, but it makes no sense to require him to address every AWB user because he banned one of them. If you believe Ser's edits violate WP policies, go for WP:ANI yourself. -- intgr [talk] 22:36, 23 November 2015 (UTC)
intgr It is a helpful argument. I have gotten after Ser. Most people were not interested or said Ser wasn't doing any harm. If Ser is going twice as fast as Magioladitis, illegally modifying AWB, not checking for errors and nothing was done, why is Magioladitis blocked and threatened? Also, why are you two only thinking blocks? My topic ban suggestion wasn't even commented on. Instead you both want to kill the patient to cure the disease. Bgwhite (talk) 23:28, 23 November 2015 (UTC)
@Bgwhite:, to respond to your points above:
  1. If the edits are approved via WP:BRFA and applied with the bot flag, then any complaints will be groundless as far as I'm concerned. Editors can switch off bot edits from their watchlists.
  2. If you read the policy again, I think you will find that it is actually encouraged to create a separate account for maintenance purposes.
  3. It is in fact quite valid and common to block a misbehaving bot account while leaving the owner unblocked.
I think I have covered the other points previously. — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 12:54, 24 November 2015 (UTC)

Magioladitis's problematic behavior

First: I've been assertive recently in my communication with Magioladitis, to the point that it may seem unreasonable. But when I wrote my first messages, I started with plenty of benefit of the doubt. It's only because this issue comes up again and again so frequently and doesn't get resolved. When I have pointed out these problems to Magioladitis, he makes it seem like he agrees with me and will avoid the behavior future, but continues despite it. Without voicing his disagreement with my position—so there's nothing to build a discussion on, to arrive at a compromise/consensus. Without following the proper processes that are pointed out to him. For example (emphasis added):

  • #AWB "cleanup" breakage — 28 October 2015, Magioladitis says "I try to standarsise the wikiproject names by getting rid of most of non-standard names. I stopped though"
  • Wikipedia:Bot owners' noticeboard#Mass AWB edits that clutter up watchlists — 3 November 2015, Magioladitis says "intgr I stopped. A bot, BattyBot already is doing something similar and I am still waiting for some stats to ask whether a bot can do it for me [...] I know that disruption of watchlists is a bad side-effect and I apolosise for this"
  • #Automated edits without visible changes — 11 November 2015, Magioladitis claims "The template has almost 1 million transclusions and only 150 of them had a problem 2 years since the last I did something similar". There are 150 templates with a problem, yet it takes thousands of more edits to fix it?

If you repeatedly say one thing and do another thing, then that's insincere; I don't want someone like that to make large-scale edits across Wikipedia. It seems almost like denial of an addiction. It may be that I am misunderstsanding some of the communication, but that can only be solved with more constructive discussion, which I haven't had.

As for applying the bot policy: The community has designed a framework of guidelines and policies that everyone should adhere to. The watchlist disruption that I pointed out is just one of the considerations involved in designing the policy. I shouldn't have to justify the guidelines and policies every time someone violates them or disagrees with them. If you don't like the guidelines and processes, you can get involved in the community process to get them changed. But until that happens, constructive editors are expected to abide by them (within reason).

So, please avoid discussing here whether standardising project templates is a good thing or whether people may make large numbers of automated edits. This ban is about Magioladitis's insincere communication with other editors in relation to the bot policy. @MSGJ: Do you agree with my characterisation? -- intgr [talk] 16:09, 23 November 2015 (UTC)

intgr As I said: There were three separate types of fixing. I stopped, tweaked, stopped, tweaked, stopped. -- Magioladitis (talk) 18:15, 23 November 2015 (UTC)

@Magioladitis: You can claim "three separate types of fixing" based on some technicality, but it always involved cosmetic changes to WikiProject templates on article talk pages. I was saying that you need a bot approval to make such changes. And you thought all you need to do is stop for a moment, "tweak" the code a little and continue? This sounds like just another insincere excuse. It's clear to everyone that you can't get a bot approval by tweaking the code.
Please admit your mistakes and take steps to change your behavior — that's how you can regain trust from other people. -- intgr [talk] 08:59, 24 November 2015 (UTC)
Magioladitis - Martin asked me to add my thoughts here. I know your heart is in the right place, and you're doing what you think is helpful for Wikipedia. There might be less concerns about your edits if your edit summaries were more specific to indicate those separate types of fixing, especially for those edits that don't change the way that the page is displayed. For example, "adding mandatory 1= parameter for WikiProjectBannerShell" would be more specific than "clean up" or "fix". Thanks, and looking forward to having you back! GoingBatty (talk) 02:37, 24 November 2015 (UTC)
@GoingBatty. I know. The edit summaries is a typical mistake of my side. Thanks for the advice. -- Magioladitis (talk) 04:49, 24 November 2015 (UTC)

@Intgr, you never explained me why adding a blp tag should not be done by non-bot editors. BLP tags are useful disclaimers requested to be add to all pages about living people. I suspect that adding this edit in the list of "useless edits" or the list of "edits that should not be done by humans" might have been mistake but I would like to be sure about it. -- Magioladitis (talk) 04:49, 24 November 2015 (UTC)

Yes, putting the link on that list was a mistake. Adding BLP tags certainly doesn't fall under WP:COSMETICBOT, but there are other parts of bot policy that suggest you need a bot approval for massive computer-assisted changes. I believe that you should still seek a bot approval for that. -- intgr [talk] 09:50, 24 November 2015 (UTC)

Ingr, et. al. I ll go for a BRFA as soon as I am unblocked. My bot already has approval for similar tasks. I hope this helps. -- Magioladitis (talk) 09:22, 24 November 2015 (UTC)

Deprecated banner parameters

@GoingBatty: I wonder if you should ask BRFA for deprecated banner parameters. This might be an extension of your BattyBot's current activities. What do you think? -- Magioladitis (talk) 08:25, 23 November 2015 (UTC)

I can even provide you the script for Category:United States articles with deprecated tags. -- Magioladitis (talk) 08:28, 23 November 2015 (UTC)

I can also create scripts for Category:Central America articles with deprecated tags and Category:Africa articles with deprecated tags.

Bgwhite you could also help with these categories using your bot? -- Magioladitis (talk) 18:21, 23 November 2015 (UTC)

Getting bot approval is the way to go, and would also provide another opportunity to make other talk page fixes at the same time. Unfortunately I have more than enough bot tasks on my plate at the moment. Maybe I'll be able to catch up over the holidays. GoingBatty (talk) 02:47, 24 November 2015 (UTC)

GoingBatty and Intgr I filled a BRFA as requested. I hope you support it. -- Magioladitis (talk) 11:57, 24 November 2015 (UTC)

@MSGJ: too. Sorry I forgot to ping before. -- Magioladitis (talk) 12:24, 24 November 2015 (UTC)

No worries, I saw it on my watchlist. Will comment shortly. — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 12:55, 24 November 2015 (UTC)

Yobot adding "nbsp" syntax to distance measurements


Hi, I hope I'm not missing a FAQ or something that covered this already, but I wanted to ask if having the bot add &nbsp; before "km" as in this edit here is intentional. I believe that just using a space e.g. 20 km instead of 20&nbsp;km would be more human-friendly and accomplish the same thing, but I wanted to check and see if there was a need for it. Thanks, and I appreciate the bot cleaning up after my syntax :) -- Joren (talk) 01:38, 29 November 2015 (UTC)

<talk page stalker> Joren, see Wikipedia:Manual of Style/Dates and numbers it is long to read. In brief, if you are casually editing focus on the content more than on this type of formatting. That MOS page will give you a lot more details if you want to read up on it (basically it helps keep the number and unit symbol together in some instances where they will line wrap to different lines). Happy editing, — xaosflux Talk 02:49, 29 November 2015 (UTC)
Ah... that explains it :) Thanks -- Joren (talk) 03:22, 29 November 2015 (UTC)

Template:Wikiproject Medicine Tabs


Need to also rename the template/translcuded page? Matthew Ferguson (talk) 17:09, 1 December 2015 (UTC)

Matthew Ferguson I think I fixed all. -- Magioladitis (talk) 17:56, 1 December 2015 (UTC)

I did a mistake

After logging out and logging in again. I ve been editing using my bot account instead of my normal account since 16:17, 2 December 2015 till 17:45, 2 December 2015. -- Magioladitis (talk) 17:48, 2 December 2015 (UTC)



You recently edited this page. The peer review link is now missing. Why is the FAC link at the bottom? The link you cited says open GA reviews should be at the top, but does not mention FA reviews. I would think it would be similar. BollyJeff | talk 15:29, 3 December 2015 (UTC)

Bollyjeff is this OK now? Feel free to rearrange it in the way you think it's the correct one and I'll check whether the WP:TPL needs update. Thanks! -- Magioladitis (talk) 15:43, 3 December 2015 (UTC)
I was able to put it into the article milestones section, hopefully correctly. BollyJeff | talk 18:40, 3 December 2015 (UTC)
Bollyjeff Nice! -- Magioladitis (talk) 08:53, 4 December 2015 (UTC)

Mass cosmetic changes

I see you have now resumed your mass cosmetic changes that was the cause of the recent block on your account. Has anything been learned from that episode? — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 20:03, 3 December 2015 (UTC)

Could you show your proof when you make accusations. Where has Magioladitis been doing "mass" cosmetic changes via AWB or bot? I see him doing changes manually at a rate of 2 a minute, but there is no rule against that. Bgwhite (talk) 21:52, 3 December 2015 (UTC)
@Bgwhite: That rule is WP:MEATBOT. -- intgr [talk] 08:13, 4 December 2015 (UTC)
intgr Magioladitis is NOT doing bot like editing. He is NOT sacrificing quantity or speed over quality. He is doing an edit a minute on average, two at most. MEATBOT doesn't say cosmetic. This doesn't fit MEATBOT. I do more edits per minute when I do CheckWiki fixes. Ser Amantio di Nicolao does upwards of 50 edits a minute. You are now accusing every gnome of being a MEATBOT. You may not like what he is doing, but accusing somebody of being too fast at making an edit a minute is absurd. This is entering hounding territory. Bgwhite (talk) 08:28, 4 December 2015 (UTC)
@Bgwhite: Prove that these edits are manual and not AWB just being used very slowly. And that's the point of WP:MEATBOT: you can't. But it 100% matches the pattern of edits that Magioladitis was banned for, it's not crazy to assume that he's doing automated edits again.
"You are now accusing every gnome of being a MEATBOT." — no, I'm not. I'm accusing just Magioladitis and he has a history of ignoring community input and being dishonest. -- intgr [talk] 08:43, 4 December 2015 (UTC)
intgr You accused him of being a meatbot by editing too fast. Therefore, you ARE accusing all gnomes. You have offended me by your stupid accusations that I'm a meatbot. That may not have been your intention, but it was the result.
  1. If AWB was being used, it would have "AWB" at the end of the edit summary. Egads, ask before making accusations. Also, I could manually run faster on those talk page.
  2. How in the hell is he breaking meatbot, yet gnomes aren't? You can't accuse him of doing something, but for everybody else it is ok.
  3. Having a history of ignoring you and MSGJ, and you accusing him of being dishonest (your opinion) does not affect how meatbot is read.
  4. Where in tarnation does it say somebody making any valid edit at a rate of one per minute is too fast?
At this point, you are just fixated on Magioladitis and are out for blood. Your attitude at the BRFA where you say multiple times that Magioladitis has been banned/blocked and other comments shows bad blood and fixation, especially giving the wrong reason for being blocked. If you want to bring up valid points, that's fine. But stop with the being blocked, dishonesty and anything else not connected to this discussion. Bgwhite (talk) 09:18, 4 December 2015 (UTC)
One thing that is clear from all these arguments is that communication between me and Magioladitis simply isn't working. I tried many times to make myself understood and I failed. Despite everything, I believe Magioladitis is editing in good faith and I don't think the solution is to block him. I'll unwatch this page and the BRFA if you let me explain myself for the last time:
"If AWB was being used, it would have "AWB" at the end of the edit summary" Usually yes, but it's possible to change the software to remove that. Perhaps I'm too paranoid.
"Therefore, you ARE accusing all gnomes" Don't put your words in someone else's mouth.
"At this point, you are just fixated on Magioladitis and are out for blood. Your attitude at the BRFA where you say multiple times that Magioladitis has been banned/blocked and other comments shows bad blood and fixation"
This is not correct. I wanted to make sure that everything is documented and done correctly this time around at the BRFA. I mentioned the block because I wanted him to document the changes that his bot makes in the BRFA, which happened to be the same changes he was blocked for. The second time around, I mentioned the block as evidence that his edits do in fact annoy people.
-- intgr [talk] 10:15, 4 December 2015 (UTC)
  1. it's possible to change the software... Yes it is and I've seen it. However, as I pointed out above, I could do the same changes faster by manual editing via a web browser.
  2. Don't put your words in someone else's mouth. Again, you accused Magioladitis of going to fast. How in the world does one not infer that I and other gnomes, who are going faster, would not be accused of meatpuppetry? You can't use one standard for one person and another standard for others where MEATPUPPET is concerned
  3. I mentioned the block as evidence that his edits do in fact annoy people. No. You were annoyed at your watchlist being filled up. MSGJ was annoyed that cosmetic changes were being made via automated tools... This is was got him blocked. If he was doing the 1-2 a minute via a browser, MSGJ wouldn't have blocked.
Bgwhite (talk) 20:24, 4 December 2015 (UTC)

Well, proof that I do everything manually.

Removed old warnings and auto assesements: [21], [22], [23], [24], [25] and much more. And I remember them because I do them manually.

Moreover, I discovered non standardised archive names and renaming helped talk header to work right: [26]

I also merged old afd tags: [27].

I removed unneccessary defaultsort: [28], [29]

Assesed a page: [30]

Fixed an assessment: [31].

Removed wpbs from a single project: [32]

Removed useless talk header: [33]

It took me two edits to fix these because I did not check it right: [34]

-- Magioladitis (talk) 09:07, 4 December 2015 (UTC)

I ve been around long before I use AWB: User:Magioladitis/Notes#Small_shiny_things. -- Magioladitis (talk) 09:15, 4 December 2015 (UTC)

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Yobot doing a cosmetic change?


Yobot changed "cn" to "citation needed". I realize that the cn is redirect, but I don't believe it's necessary to edit the article to remove it. - Eponymous-Archon (talk) 00:07, 9 December 2015 (UTC)

Eponymous-Archon The bot did a fix for CheckWiki error #61. Per WP:REFPUNC, punctuation goes before, not after a reference. The bot moved a comma. Also, when doing CheckWiki errors, the bots run on a list of article containing errors. The error may have been fixed before the bot gets to it. Bgwhite (talk) 00:35, 9 December 2015 (UTC)
Thanks, but I don't see that correction. What I see is the removal of spaces flanking the bar in a ref and a space at the end of a paragraph. In addition there's the cn change. The last seems unnecessary regardless of any other corrections though. - (talk) 01:58, 9 December 2015 (UTC)
The comma is in the first paragraph of the diff. AWB bots do what is called general fixes, this includes converting a template redirect to the actual name of the template. Converting the 50+ different redirects for citation needed is one of them. Bgwhite (talk) 02:47, 9 December 2015 (UTC)



Hi Magioladitis, Thanks for this. I couldn't figure out what the blizzard is happening there. Even after removing wiki code and replacing with inverted commas, it did not come right. Thanks for fixing. Regards, Rui ''Gabriel'' Correia (talk) 21:26, 27 November 2015 (UTC)

Anytime. -- Magioladitis (talk) 04:27, 9 December 2015 (UTC)

Your edit


Hello Magioladitis, I noticed that you performed this edit on Chandavaram Buddhist site. Perhaps you failed to see the "in-use" flag on the page. Whilst your contributions are appreciated, kindly wait till the in-use tag is removed as it is causing might cause edit conflicts. Arun Kumar SINGH (Talk) 07:20, 9 December 2015 (UTC)

AKS.9955 I noticed the sign but since I edited a single section (I pressed edit in the section and not for the entire article) and the change was single line I assumed mediawiki won't edit conflict. Did you get an edit conflict message? -- Magioladitis (talk) 07:25, 9 December 2015 (UTC)
  • Hello Magioladitis, sorry, my message was not correctly worded. I did not get any edit conflict as whilst I was updating the page, in a different tab I noticed your update and hence started the edit again in a new tab (to avoid any possible edit conflict). When I posted, I had not seen your userpage else I would have perhaps not dropped the message above (considering your experience). I hope you understand that some "new enthusiasts" ignore the in-use tag and start editing the articles (on AGF) under construction which causes bit of heartburn. In our case, "no love lost". Cheers, Arun Kumar SINGH (Talk) 07:35, 9 December 2015 (UTC)

AKS.9955 Happy editing my wikifriend! Thanks for contacting me. -- Magioladitis (talk) 08:41, 9 December 2015 (UTC)

Removing Orphan status


Hello. The new article at'DonoghueRoss has an 'Orphan' banner on it. There is other reference in Wikipedia for him, but there is a problem I hope you can help me with. His name is spelled with a "/" - Tighe O'Donoghue/Ross, but it had to be listed as Tighe O'DonoghueRoss in the title of the article since the "/" in the title would have caused programming problems. Any reference to him elsewhere should include the "/", but if you check, you go to How can this be corrected, so a reference in another article will go to the right page? Thanks.Garranes (talk) 09:54, 10 December 2015 (UTC)

(talk page stalker)/@Garranes: You have to pipe the Wikilink, like I've done here. Hope this helps. --Dirk Beetstra T C 10:27, 10 December 2015 (UTC)
Brilliant! That fixed it. I've added two links now and will do more shortly. Can the 'orphan' banner be removed now? Thanks much.Garranes (talk) 22:52, 10 December 2015 (UTC)
Done. -- Magioladitis (talk) 22:53, 10 December 2015 (UTC)
Thanks to you both, and Happy Holidays!Garranes (talk) 09:16, 11 December 2015 (UTC)

Maciej Matthew Szymanski

Hello Magioladitis. User:Yobot declared the aricle I am working on as an orphan article. This was interesting and new to me. I have added links and categories, but I am not sure it's enough to stop it being an orphan. I have asked another experienced user to introduce the Poland Portal as I am not sure how to do it myself. I would also like to introduce some photos of him and his architectural work. but currently it is beyond me. I have only done it once before on French Wiki with lots of coaching. So I know about Wikimedia and Commons and getting permissions. I have written to the photographer who has a splendid picture of MMS. He has an article on Polish Wiki, but again I'm not sure how it's done by programming. I've just mentioned it in the article's Talk page. Can you please re-evaluate the work so far? Thank you.--Po Kadzieli (talk) 19:50, 15 December 2015 (UTC)

(talk page watcher) @Po Kadzieli: Per WP:ORPHAN, please determine which other articles in the English Wikipedia should link to Maciej Matthew Szymanski and add those links. Thanks! GoingBatty (talk) 03:19, 16 December 2015 (UTC)

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Yobot and the order of references

Hello. What's the reason of rearrangement of references in the articles made by your bot? The arranging made by authors is not necessarily random. I, for example, place the references in the order of relevance, quality, primary/secondary relations, age or some other considerations. Stas (talk) 01:12, 18 December 2015 (UTC)

Season's Greetings

To You and Yours!

FWiW Bzuk (talk) 18:33, 19 December 2015 (UTC)

Season's Greetings!

Use {{subst:Season's Greetings}} to send this message

Collaborative Care

This appears to be a sort of integrated care. Why not amalgamate the two articles, as suggested?Rathfelder (talk) 09:09, 21 December 2015 (UTC)

Yobot bug

Hi Magioladitis. Yobot is breaking formatting when it replaces ‹i› tags around phrases ending in an apostrophe. See [35] and [36]. Thanks. Eperoton (talk) 14:23, 21 December 2015 (UTC)

Eperoton thanks for the heads up an fixing those! -- Magioladitis (talk) 14:28, 21 December 2015 (UTC)

yobot pointless edit (I think)

Added a space [37], certainly doesn't have anything to do with ISBN as indicated by edit summary. NE Ent 23:41, 21 December 2015 (UTC)

NE Ent thanks for the heads up. I added a new script to fix a new type of ISBNs errors. There might be some problems. I'll deal with them tomorrow. I fixed the page in question though. -- Magioladitis (talk) 23:43, 21 December 2015 (UTC)

Translation of quote


Would be grateful if you could translate the following quote to English (context):

"Ποτέ δεν έκρυψα ότι είμαι αλβανικής καταγωγής. Αυτό θα ήταν ασέβεια προς την πατρίδα των γονιών μου και πολλών συγγενών μου. Είμαι και Έλληνας πολίτης. Στην Ελλάδα μεγάλωσα, εκπαιδεύτηκα, έμαθα ποδόσφαιρο. Στη χώρα που υποδέχτηκε την οικογένειά μου και την οποία τιμώ όπως μπορώ."

Also, is there any ambiguity as to what Kone means with regards to his ethnicity/ancestry/origins? (talk) 10:59, 22 December 2015 (UTC)

Merry Christmas, Magioladitis

And may your holidays be merry and bright . . . . Cheers. Dirtlawyer1 (talk) 15:58, 22 December 2015 (UTC)

Dirtlawyer1 Merry Christmas my friend! -- Magioladitis (talk) 16:02, 22 December 2015 (UTC)

Merry chirstmas duuuude

You are one heck of a user! SupremeRulerGFG (talk) 22:30, 22 December 2015 (UTC)

History of Champagne, etc

Thank you for catching the mistake on the ISBN for the source I posted here (and, presumably, for the trouble you went to hunting down the one you found) However I have replaced the original one (and corrected it) as it is the ISBN of the edition I quoted from (so that the page number, exact wording, etc, won't be affected). Otherwise it could set off a string of corrections down the line.
I hope you don't mind, it seemed the best thing to do. But thank you anyway, Moonraker12 (talk) 22:30, 22 December 2015 (UTC)

Moonraker12 Greetings. As soon as you provided a correct ISBN I am happy :) -- Magioladitis (talk) 22:32, 22 December 2015 (UTC)
Ahh! Looks like we are chasing each other! Just a thought, though; maybe some deliberate mistakes would be a good thing in “an encyclopaedia that anyone can edit”, as it might encourage audience participation! Hmm... Moonraker12 (talk) 22:35, 22 December 2015 (UTC)

Merry Christmas

  Merry Christmas and a Prosperous 2016!

Hello Magioladitis, may you be surrounded by peace, success and happiness on this seasonal occasion. Spread the WikiLove by wishing another user a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, whether it be someone you have had disagreements with in the past, a good friend, or just some random person. Sending you a heartfelt and warm greetings for Christmas and New Year 2016.
Happy editing,
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Spread the love by adding {{subst:Seasonal Greetings}} to other user talk pages.

A beer for you!

Wishing you a joyous Christmas and a prosperous new year!
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(diff) Hey, thanks for your cleanup work, but it would be helpful to have a better edit summary than "cleanup" so editors know why you're removing additional ISBNs from infoboxes. I know that holdings for the paperback and hardcover copies of the book in the diff are different, which is why I preferred to list both, even if the template doesn't play nice with that. czar 17:29, 24 December 2015 (UTC)

Czar thanks for the heads up. I have a tradition of writing bad edit summaries. I 'll try to improve. Merry Christmas! -- Magioladitis (talk) 18:11, 24 December 2015 (UTC)

Happy New Year Magioladitis!


Savvyjack23 (talk) 07:44, 1 January 2016 (UTC)


Please use browser's find option and search with "AWB" here. I don't know how to give single URL. --Tito Dutta (talk) 20:41, 28 December 2015 (UTC)

Tito Dutta You may want to read Wikipedia:AutoWikiBrowser/Mono and Wine. -- Magioladitis (talk) 18:33, 31 December 2015 (UTC)
We need help with this one. - Magioladitis (talk) 18:36, 31 December 2015 (UTC)
Not sure how I can help here. @Ijon: (Asaf) who may find some help. --Tito Dutta (talk) 18:50, 31 December 2015 (UTC)
Tito, you're not helping us help you. Please tell us exactly what you have tried, and what error you see. For example, we do not know:
  1. whether you're trying it under Wine or under Mono
  2. if wine:
    1. whether you've set WINEARCH=32
    2. whether you've run winetricks as recommended
    3. which version of Internet Explorer you've installed under WINE
  3. what error message you're seeing
  4. whether AWB is usable despite the error messages.
Try and produce an orderly report, and there's a chance someone might be able to help. Ijon (talk) 14:02, 1 January 2016 (UTC)
Thanks Asaf for your kind reply. I'll check :) However I invited you to check the last message of Magioladitis :) --Tito Dutta (talk) 14:57, 1 January 2016 (UTC)

Yobot emptying a talk page


It's not clear what happened here. Kanguole 11:35, 11 January 2016 (UTC)

Kanguole Thanks for the heads up. It's a very rare situation caused by servers not responding. -- Magioladitis (talk) 11:41, 11 January 2016 (UTC)

Help decide the future of Wikimania


The Wikimedia Foundation is currently running a consultation on the value and planning process of Wikimania, and is open until 18 January 2016. The goals are to (1) build a shared understanding of the value of Wikimania to help guide conference planning and evaluation, and (2) gather broad community input on what new form(s) Wikimania could take (starting in 2018).

After reviewing the consultation, we'd like to hear your feedback on on this survey.

In addition, feel free to share any personal experiences you have had at at a Wikimedia movement conference, including Wikimania. We plan to compile and share back outcomes from this consultation in February.

With thanks,

I JethroBT (WMF) (talk), from Community Resources 23:46, 12 January 2016 (UTC)

St. Xavier's College, Ahmedabad

Please explain to me the meaning of the tag you put in the edit history of this article. I notice the article does not appear in searches for its wiki title on the web. Thanks. Jzsj (talk) 08:31, 13 January 2016 (UTC)

Jzsj Magioladitis added no tags. He added defaultsort because the article's title used the wrong apostrophe. I've since fixed that. Defaultsort tells how the article should be sorted in categories and other places. The article as only been around ~7 hours. It can take upto 48 hours for search engine spiders to visit the page. Bgwhite (talk) 08:44, 13 January 2016 (UTC)

Thanks for the response. I notice now that when I put "wiki" after rather than before the title in "search", it comes up.
Maybe you can tell me whether I may remove "unreviewed" tags once I receive notice from an editor that they have reviewed an article (but not removed the tag). I asked this question on December 31 on the talk page but it was ignored by those who removed the tags. Jzsj (talk) 08:55, 13 January 2016 (UTC)

(talk page watcher) @Jzsj: Although you mentioned the talk page, I see that Talk:St. Xavier's College, Ahmedabad does not exist. GoingBatty (talk) 00:01, 14 January 2016 (UTC)


Γεια. Υπάρχει τρόπος να ζητώ από το AWB να αντικαταστήσει μια λέξη ή φράση μόνο όταν αυτή εμπεριέχεται στις παραμέτρους ενός προτύπου; Xaris333 (talk) 06:52, 4 January 2016 (UTC)

Xaris333 Ναι αλλά καλύτερα να ρωτήσεις τον Rjwilmsi για λεπτομέρειες. -- Magioladitis (talk) 23:45, 10 January 2016 (UTC)
Ok. Ακόμα κάτι. Προσπαθώ να εγκαταστήσω τον AWB σε άλλο υπολογιστή αλλά όποτε πατάω στο αρχείο AutoWikiBrowser (Application) μου βγάζει το μήνυμα AutoWikiBrowser has stopped working. Xaris333 (talk) 08:37, 13 January 2016 (UTC)
Xaris333 ο υπολογιστής είναι με Windows? Έχει εγκατεστημένο .NET 3.0 και.NET 4.0? Χωρίς να το δω δεν μπορώ να μαντέψω που είναι το πρόβλημα. -- Magioladitis (talk) 09:16, 15 January 2016 (UTC)


Sorry, but your last AWB spree was out of line, considering that you knew very well what you were doing, and have been blocked for that before. I mean mass edits "clean up / fix parameters using AWB" [38] [39] [40] [41] etc., etc. They do violate WP:AWB rule of use #4 at a speed of ca. 40 edits/min and clutter watchlists and logs while fixing nothing. Materialscientist (talk) 04:37, 15 January 2016 (UTC)

Magioladitis, were you trying to clear Category:Articles using infobox person with unsupported parameters? GoingBatty (talk) 06:37, 15 January 2016 (UTC)
GoingBatty yes. The list was still loading when I started. -- Magioladitis (talk) 08:56, 15 January 2016 (UTC)
The rate of "It did nothing" edits was really low so I thought just clicking save is OK since the page won't be on my way. I am improving the script I created -- Magioladitis (talk) 09:00, 15 January 2016 (UTC)

Materialscientist [42] is a good one. I was cleaning Category:Articles using infobox person with unsupported parameters a newly created tracking category. Cleaning this category revealed a lot of problems. Other have been doing the same: [43], [44], [45], [46] etc. -- Magioladitis (talk) 09:10, 15 January 2016 (UTC)

Yup, I've done the same exact thing with deprecated infobox parameters and AWB via a script. You only delete the parameters in the infobox and nothing else, so things go quicker than normal AWB edits. Cleaning up these categories is a valid use of AWB. Bgwhite (talk) 09:23, 15 January 2016 (UTC)
But the block is not for those (although the links (mistakenly?) included one where this was done), but edits like [47] [48] [49] [50] [51] [52] [53] [54] [55] [56], which (if I looked correctly) are ten edits in a row which did absolutely nothing, not to the rendered page, not to maintenance categories, nothing at all. Looking at the ten edits before these, only [57] and [58] were useful, the other 8 again did nothing whatsoever. That's 18 edits out of 20 in a row, all from the last 100 edits and from today. To claim that "The rate of "It did nothing" edits was really low" is obviously false. Fram (talk) 10:15, 15 January 2016 (UTC)
Fram I created an incomplete list of parameters to fix and was looking forward to make a second run today for things that needed a more detailed view. Sometimes I do this trick to finish with the "general fixes" as a first run so the second run is clearer and also help me spot the point I want to work instead of having to check a lot more of text. It's for my simplicity. Another thing is that I was adding unsupported parameters in my script based on the things I was finding around in order to fix everything in a second run. The list was still loading when I started the run so it was impossible to keep up with everything. -- Magioladitis (talk) 11:00, 15 January 2016 (UTC)
So to get a clearer second run, you do a first run of unallowed (under AWB rules) edits which achieve nothing but making your life easier in the second run? So you get a first edit, which you have to check to see that nothing goes wrong, but which does nothing useful otherwise, which you then save; just so that in your second run, you don't have to check the same things again but can make the significant edits. And this saves time or effort how exactly? As far as I can see, it improves nothing on your side, makes life harder for others (flooding watchlists, recent changes pages, and so on), and is not allowed by AWB rules. Furthermore, you claimed here that "The rate of "It did nothing" edits was really low", which was clearly not correct. I assume you approve every AWB edit you make, so you should have been aware that this was happening. We're not talking an occasional misclick here, this was quite deliberate. And all this to get rid of a hidden category created by some unwanted parameters none of our readers ever notices anyway. Fram (talk) 11:11, 15 January 2016 (UTC)
Fram yes I think that many editors make multiple edits in pages. Me instead of doing this, I make multiple runs in the same list. I see no bad to this. -- Magioladitis (talk) 11:55, 15 January 2016 (UTC)
Cleaning the tracking category helped in revealing many parameters that there were vandalized or broken by typos. -- Magioladitis (talk) 12:01, 15 January 2016 (UTC)
Most editors who make multiple edits at least make multiple useful edits, not one meaningless and one useful one. Furthermore, they are unlikely to make 18 useless edits in two minutes. The block is not about the edits that actually cleaned the tracking category (even if it often was only partially), but for the other, intervening edits. That you see no bad in this may well be true, but it is not allowed, for good reasons. You don't have to agree with this, but you will have to follow the AWB rules if you want to avoid getting further, probably longer blocks. Fram (talk) 12:29, 15 January 2016 (UTC)
Fram do you really think that what I did is really worth a 1 month block? I am sad. -- Magioladitis (talk) 12:47, 15 January 2016 (UTC)
Block length is a different discussion. 1 Month is standard escalation from the recent 1 week block, but one can argue whether it was needed in this case. I don't think an unblock request would be fruitless, if you indicate that you will try to avoid inconsequential edits through AWB (occasional misclicks during a run happen to everyone, I think, but these clearly weren't misclicks or occasional). Fram (talk) 12:54, 15 January 2016 (UTC)
Fram There were not occasional. We not disagree on that. I still find it easier to press Ctrl+S after short reviewing than using Ctrl+S (Save) and Ctrl+I (Skip). But that's me I guess. We disagree on how important is that and if prohibiting people from doing this is that important that should lead to block. It's not the same case like someone using AWB to make a series of edits that do not have consensus. Here we have a case of someone (i.e. me) making changes that have consensus or that are generally accepted but some people questioning whether they should be suffice to make an edit only for that. I am ready to participate in a more general discussion about it but my first impression is that we will end once again in a dead-end because the vast majority is not interested about that issue or can't be bothered enough. -- Magioladitis (talk) 15:16, 15 January 2016 (UTC)
The issue that has consensus is editing articles to remove hidden (maintenance) categories, even if that edit has no impact on the rendered page for the vast majority of readers (those not seeing hidden cats). Such edits are in general not problematic. The problem is that you are not making "an edit only for that", you are making edits which don't do this or anything else (removing or adding some invisible spaces and whitelines, nothing that makes an actual change). You claim (probably truthfully) that in a second run, you will edit these articles again in a meaningful way. But that doesn't make the contested edits suddenly useful (for anyone but you) or accepted as AWB edits. This manner of working may be easier for you, but it is harder for people having these pages on their watchlist, or monitoring recent changes; and it simply isn't an accepted use of AWB. Fram (talk) 15:23, 15 January 2016 (UTC)

Fram Checking my edits more carefully you are right that this time my "bad edits" ratio was higher than the usual. I guess because of my incomplete script to fix things. Still all the pages would be visited for the second time in a very short period (less than 8 hours; I had to go to bed after making all these clicks) so the person who would see these in their watchlist would not really have to do a lot of extra job to check my edits and the edits before. In many cases by edits fixed vandalism. In general I have the impression that my recent edits fixed more vandalism that may have covered (if this is the concern). I still see that some people do not like old parameters being removed etc while other people create tracing categories and work on removing them. Is maybe this lack of strong consensus a reason that I get some of the complains? Perhaps. In any case I am convinced that what people think as "worthless edits" is not defined and there are often disagreements between the people complaining about my edits. I apologise for the "whitespace only" edits if this brings any good but I still have to question: Is is a good reason to keep me out of Wikipedia for 30 days? Really? Does my bevaviour really worth to be equalised with vandalism? I got no warning prior to the last block and my block was like a "natural extension of the last block". OK. Thanks guys. -- Magioladitis (talk) 01:59, 16 January 2016 (UTC)

Regarding comments above about the block length, it's not really important as the block is only needed until an adequate solution is found. When I blocked for a week I considered it plenty of time to reach an agreement. But in the end Magioladitis waited out the block and here we are again. I see that little has changed this time round, and it's quite probable that a month will pass, Magioladitis will resume editing and the problematic editing will recur at some point. Therefore I am considering to post elsewhere (probably WP:AN) and seek comments from other editors. I will propose an editing restriction from all automated editing. Before doing that however I would like to try one more time at something less restrictive:

Do you agree to stop using AWB from your main account?

If you agree to the question above, we should be able to unblock your main account. That would let you continue your non-automated editing and we could continue discussion about your AWB use on an alternate account. Regards — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 19:11, 18 January 2016 (UTC)

MSGJ not all tasks can be done by a bot. Moreover, I do AWB testing in many phases. -- Magioladitis (talk) 10:05, 22 January 2016 (UTC)

Correct solution

Magioladitis: Not quite, sometimes the correct solution is to change the infobox, not the parameters. The names of the offending parameters may give a clue [59], [60] --NSH001 (talk) 10:34, 15 January 2016 (UTC)
NSH001 I did not touch those. I mainly worked with the old Infobox actor that was merged in haste and left a lot of unsupported parameters behind. -- Magioladitis (talk) 10:56, 15 January 2016 (UTC)
Magiolaaditis, yes, I was responding to your "Other[s] have been doing the same" above, where you mentioned those diffs by other[s]. It always worries me when I see rapid-fire edits made without adequate care; the principle applies no matter who does them (and I know I have occasionally been guilty in the past). --NSH001 (talk) 13:41, 15 January 2016 (UTC)

Disappointed but not surprised that we are here again. Endorse block and oppose any unblock until we can negotiate with Magioladitis a comprehensive action plan / editing restriction to prevent these problems recurring. Magioladitis's long history suggests to me that he/she is either unwilling or incapable of adhering to the bot policy and/or AWB's rules. I would suggest that one condition for unblock could be a complete ban against using AWB. — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 13:14, 15 January 2016 (UTC)

MSGJ did you weight the negatives and the positives of that ban and you ended that the positives are more? :( -- Magioladitis (talk) 15:17, 15 January 2016 (UTC)

@Frietjes: I tried to help with the new tracking category to save you some time but sadly it got me blocked. -- Magioladitis (talk) 15:20, 15 January 2016 (UTC)

thanks, although I didn't really expect that anyone would try to clear that category using AWB. most of the entries will require a less-automated approach. the main purpose was for adding the tracking code was to get the preview-mode warning message going to allow editors to see the issue. hopefully you will be unblocked before too long. Frietjes (talk) 16:10, 15 January 2016 (UTC)
@Frietjes: I mostly cleaned the clear cut cases: capitlisation errors, typos and finished incomplete merge of Infobox actor that happened in the past where the IMDB entry was created in the external links and was never removed from the infobox. I did this exactly to reveal the cases that need less-automated approach. It's easier to work with 10,000 pages than 12,000 pages. -- Magioladitis (talk) 16:12, 15 January 2016 (UTC)

@GoingBatty: I created a settings file that consists of three parts: Parameters that should be renamed (mainly capitalisation/typos issues), Parameters that should be removed only if they are empty, Parameters that should be removed unconditionally. I can provide the settings file if asked to help improving it. -- Magioladitis (talk) 15:24, 15 January 2016 (UTC)

Yes, could you please post the settings file in your userspace? Seems like the first part would be the most important to resolve, as that could increase the information displayed for the readers. Thanks! GoingBatty (talk) 16:30, 16 January 2016 (UTC)

GoingBatty Unfortunately, I can only post in my talk page. Editing my user space was blocked. -- Magioladitis (talk) 18:13, 16 January 2016 (UTC)

Can someone point me where "cluttering watchlists" is a valid argument for anything? Adding items to watchlists is editor's responsibility. -- Magioladitis (talk) 01:16, 16 January 2016 (UTC)

Magioladitis, the act of asking here is heading towards WP:LAWYERING and, I fear, perhaps indicating a gap in the understanding of the reason for this latest block. All that's being requested is simple compliance with Wikipedia's policies. If an editor also wishes to use AWB, then that includes the rules regarding automation per WP:AWB#Rules of use: "Do not make insignificant or inconsequential edits"; "Abide by all Wikipedia guidelines, policies and common practices."; "You are responsible for every edit made."; "If challenged, the onus is on the AWB operator to demonstrate or achieve consensus…" The most valuable thing we have here on Wikipedia is time of other editors. Checking and re-checking of less-than-constructive high-speed semi-/automated edits does not make time available for other editors to do productive work: it detracts from it. Same for "did you weight the negatives and the positives"; the ideal would be to contribute positively (full stop). Rather than seek to retrospectively justify mediocre "contributions" on the basis of the average being slightly better than worse. Please consider what positive steps you could take. MSGJ has suggested "one condition for unblock could be a complete ban against using AWB"—if you would be comfortable with this, it is perhaps something that could be proposed in any unblock request. —Sladen (talk) 13:35, 16 January 2016 (UTC)

Sladen I value my available time too. So for me running on a list ofpages sometimes twice takes less time than firstly creating a perfect script and then running only once. The same goes for the reasons I prefer to use tools such as AutoEd and AWB. Because it save me time from thinking. I really thing is valuable that's why I went to help Frietjes with the list even before she asked for any help. -- Magioladitis (talk) 15:49, 16 January 2016 (UTC)

No WP:LAWYERING from my side. The person who blocks have to explain me the block reason otherwise in 28 days I'll do something else and I will be blocked again and I will still be wondering why. -- Magioladitis (talk) 18:14, 16 January 2016 (UTC)

I recall that after the last block there was a discussion somwehere but I can't find it. I can't even recall the result if any. -- Magioladitis (talk) 18:24, 16 January 2016 (UTC)

I believe the discussion is at User talk:Magioladitis/Archive 25#Stop violating the bot policy. GoingBatty (talk) 18:33, 16 January 2016 (UTC)
GoingBatty thanks. The thanks button is disactivated too. Is this maybe a bug? -- Magioladitis (talk) 18:36, 16 January 2016 (UTC)
Blocked users may not use the thanks feature, as it could be used to harass other editors. — xaosflux Talk 18:50, 16 January 2016 (UTC)
Xaosflux I never thought that thanking may harass. Wow. I'll reduce my thanks to other editors. -- Magioladitis (talk) 18:52, 16 January 2016 (UTC)
It would normally not be considered that way, but say Blocked user was a vandalism only account, abused talk page, etc, and was hard blocked - would you want to be able get constant "thanks" messages from them as well? As you know, blocking is pretty much all-or nothing. — xaosflux Talk 19:08, 16 January 2016 (UTC)
Xaosflux then perhaps "a thanks block" should be applied separately? Like the account creation block. Maybe not the perfect place to discuss this here. -- Magioladitis (talk) 19:15, 16 January 2016 (UTC)

GoingBatty do you recall if this was the only discussion? No AN/ANI? Everything was discussed in my talk page? In this discussion we concluded that sometimes changes that do not change the visual output may be welcome and sometimes they have consensus. So we did a step forward. This weakens the COSMETICBOT argument. I recall that some years ago performing general fixes with bot was not accepted. Not to speak about changes in talk pages etc. Now we have plenty of AWB bots around. I hope my block is the start so that we make one more step forward. -- Magioladitis (talk) 19:52, 16 January 2016 (UTC)

I can't recall what I had for breakfast today. :-) Instead, I looked at your block log, and then looked for the relevant conversations in your talk page archive. The other block was in October 2010, discussed at User talk:Magioladitis/Archive 5#This needs to stop, which references Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard/Archive218#Block review: User:Magioladitis (hope you don't mind that I fixed the link on your archive talked page).
As one wikifriend to another, please use the "Skip" button (or automatic skip features) instead of the "Save" button when the change doesn't fix the problem you're trying to solve (in this case, removing the page from the tracking category). Yes, that may take another second or two of thinking per page, but it's much better than accidentally doing something that leads to all this negative feedback. GoingBatty (talk) 20:27, 16 January 2016 (UTC)
GoingBatty thanks for the advice. We know each other for years. I usually (=almost in all cases) not save when not the main task is performed. In the few times I did not follow this rule I was blocked for... 30 days. The last block was under the unclear statement that changes that do not affect the visual outcome should not be happening while it's now clear that there is consensus to work with maintance categories. So this block is not an exact followup of the last one. Still I got no warning or not a block to just "stop and lets' discuss what you did". It as a block to prevent me from editing for the next 27 days. Very nice. I feel like family in Wikipedia. -- Magioladitis (talk) 15:15, 17 January 2016 (UTC)
I consider you part of my wikifamily, and appreciate all the mentoring you have given me over the years, and all the work you have done to improve AWB. I don't think anyone is concerned about your edits that helped to clear out the maintenance category. I think the issue is the number of edits you made that did not clear out the maintenance category. I wish we could collaborate in the same room, as I feel there's a part of your process that you're trying to explain that we might not be understanding. Maybe sometime we'll get to meet at a conference. Wishing you all the best for the next 27 days and beyond. GoingBatty (talk) 16:04, 17 January 2016 (UTC)
GoingBatty Well it depends. In the next mistake or disagreement of how I edit and what I do some other guy may block me for 6 months. So I am not sure that "anyone is concerned about your edits that helped to clear out the maintenance category" is 100% correct. I have the feeling that some guys still do not feel that some edits do not change the visual outcome and this is because nothing has really discussed properly.
The persondata issue is similar. We tolerate people removing it "manually" (i.e. in minor scale), we have consensus to remove, we have the statement that "persondata is not needed in wikidata" and still no bot can remove it once and for all. The reason? Discussions in Wikipedia tend to be incomplete. The same happened here: Someone blocked me but no discussion about it is actually running. It's like a routine block against vandalism. Maybe I would not care neither if the block was for 24 hours. It would give me time to correct my script. -- Magioladitis (talk) 19:38, 17 January 2016 (UTC)

Other issues

What's the point of [61]? — Earwig talk 08:55, 16 January 2016 (UTC)

The Earwig per WP:HATNOTE. We can't have a list of every possible not visible template so we keep all hatnotes to the VERY top. -- Magioladitis (talk) 08:59, 16 January 2016 (UTC)
Btw, The Earwig in the same page the |Img= should be removed from the infobox person. It is unsupported. -- Magioladitis (talk) 09:01, 16 January 2016 (UTC)

Materialscientist the previous block was not for AWB rules violations. It was for COSMETIC changes and later it was proven that the changes were welcome but they had to be done by bot instead of my main account. It is similar but not the same issue. So please reduce my block length. -- Magioladitis (talk) 19:42, 17 January 2016 (UTC)

The issue of cosmetic changes has been repeatedly raised on your talk and Yobot's talk [62]; they violate WP:COSMETICBOT and WP:AWB rule #4. Yet you keep ignoring the issue even after this block, depsite everyone telling you otherwise, as seen above. Materialscientist (talk) 00:11, 18 January 2016 (UTC)
Materialscientist all bot issues raised have been fixed. Last bot block was more than 18 months ago. All blocks were mainly bug related. -- Magioladitis (talk) 00:24, 18 January 2016 (UTC)
The most interesting that the last bot block (June 2014) was exactly an irrelevant problem not caused by me but the person who requested the tagging. Still I fixed these issues too. It had nothing to do with COSMETIC [sic] not AWB. The previous bot block was on May 2014 which was a problem that was fixed after 20 days. Before that the block was in 2012 i.e. 3.5 years ago. Again it was not a cosmetic issue but a critical bug tht was fixed 10 minutes(!) after the block. -- Magioladitis (talk) 00:26, 18 January 2016 (UTC)

Materialscientist I am surpriced that you mentioned the last bot block because you were the one who blocked the bot so you should know that this kind of problems are not my responsibility per agreed rules of how Yobot tags for WikiProjects after user requests. The WikiProject Romania was aware of the list about to be tagged and it was their responsibility to clean the list and not mine. The block was OK because it notified the wikiprject guys about the problem but it can't be related to this recent case. -- Magioladitis (talk) 08:10, 18 January 2016 (UTC)

So this is my thing: I do not think I should be punished for every mistake I did since I started Wikipedia till now and everytime something happens to still read things such as "yeah but you did this in 2008". Wikipedia consensus about many things has changed a lot in the last years. -- Magioladitis (talk) 08:13, 18 January 2016 (UTC)

Invisible characters


After this edit made by Yobot, the example on the page is displayed incorrectly. Both lines are shown LTR, while the intention of the example is to show both lines RTL, but in the second line only "C++" should be LTR. Could you please take a look and fix your bot and the broken page? VadimIppolitov (talk) 12:05, 21 January 2016 (UTC)

VadimIppolitov it's a rare situation and easy to fix. I could fix the page. Maybe Bgwhite or GoingBatty could fix it for me. -- Magioladitis (talk) 18:23, 21 January 2016 (UTC)
Sorry - I don't know how to fix this :-( GoingBatty (talk) 00:30, 22 January 2016 (UTC)
It was temporarily fixed. Maybe Meno25 could work out a solution that won't require invisible characters. -- Magioladitis (talk) 10:04, 22 January 2016 (UTC)
I did this edit. I hope that it fixes the problem. --Meno25 (talk) 12:08, 22 January 2016 (UTC)
Meno25 thank you. -- Magioladitis (talk) 15:23, 22 January 2016 (UTC)


@Materialscientist: Can I run my bot to execute the regular daily tasks while the block in my account? There are backlogs and some editors (e.g. GoingBatty) asked whether I could run the bot. Since the block is not about vandalism I think this could be possible. If you think I keep violating some Wikipedia rules you can enforce the block further. -- Magioladitis (talk) 08:34, 24 January 2016 (UTC)

Yobot is AWB based, and had the same problems with saving insignificant edits that led to the blocks on your account. In my understanding you could carry most of your article editing through Yobot, and hence allowing it to edit would be almost equivalent to lifting your block. Thus I'd say no, unless there is a consensus that there are urgent tasks for Yobot. Materialscientist (talk) 09:03, 24 January 2016 (UTC)
Materialscientist can you please support your claims about Yobot by providing recent diffs? Unless you refer to the entire edit history of a bot that has done 4 million edits. -- Magioladitis (talk) 09:22, 24 January 2016 (UTC)


Magioladitis, I'm just looking around. Where was the approval for this series of edits? — Earwig talk 10:17, 24 January 2016 (UTC)
The Earwig same problem must be. Someone requested a wikiproject tagging. I do this in two phases for years now. It stopped. -- Magioladitis (talk) 10:21, 24 January 2016 (UTC)
And yes, I already have in many cases that someone does wikiproject tagging instead of me. It's a boring task that cause me many problems. -- Magioladitis (talk) 10:26, 24 January 2016 (UTC)
I just don't understand it... Why do it this way? Why does it result in a cosmetic change only (which has no direct approval, as best as I can tell)? — Earwig talk 10:30, 24 January 2016 (UTC)
The Earwig because of the thousand redirects there is a chance that I tag with duplicated tags if the pages contain template redirects. So to avoid this I normalise all templates beforehand. No people from wikiprojects have ever complained from my tactic while I know this is not optimal. -- Magioladitis (talk) 10:33, 24 January 2016 (UTC)
To realise the extend of the problem, check also this Template talk:WikiProject Australia#Parameters aliases. There is even a chance we have undetected duplicated parameters. -- Magioladitis (talk) 10:39, 24 January 2016 (UTC)

Merging portal links on category pages


BrownHairedGirl could do that as soon I am able to use it again. -- Magioladitis (talk) 15:28, 22 January 2016 (UTC)

That would be great! I look fwd to your return. --BrownHairedGirl (talk) • (contribs) 15:32, 22 January 2016 (UTC)

GoingBatty is taking care of it. Thanks. -- Magioladitis (talk) 16:02, 24 January 2016 (UTC)

Useless edits?


Hi! How does this edit help Wikipedia? It appears to be no more than pointless and rather annoying fiddling about. As a general principle, if it isn't broken, there's no need to mend it. Please instruct your bot NOT to move {{COI editnotice}} from its usual position below the project tags and {{connected contributor}} templates, as there's often accompanying talk page text which refers to it as "the lowest yellow notice above" – unless of course you know of some policy which says it has to be at the top? Thanks, Justlettersandnumbers (talk) 11:43, 25 January 2016 (UTC)

Justlettersandnumbers the page was in some tracking WPBiography category. Probably some server delay. At any case there is WP:TPL. Is there a problem with that list? -- Magioladitis (talk) 11:51, 25 January 2016 (UTC)
The null editing seems to have removed the tracking category. I updated my bot lists. This should not happen in the future. Thank for the heads up. -- Magioladitis (talk) 11:55, 25 January 2016 (UTC)
I also did this without changing the order of templates. The bot won't revisit this page. -- Magioladitis (talk) 11:56, 25 January 2016 (UTC)
(edit conflict) I don't see the COI editnotice mentioned at WP:TPL. So what is your justification for moving it? In any case, please prevent your bot from doing so again, and confirm here once you've done so. More to the point, what was achieved by the edit you made to that page? Isn't there some sort of requirement that bots only make edits that are useful? To be useful it has to do something. Fiddling about with the order of templates helps nobody. It just leads to pointless waste of editor time (which is what this conversation is). Justlettersandnumbers (talk) 12:00, 25 January 2016 (UTC)
Justlettersandnumbers the page was visited for some stupid reason that the page was in some WPBiography category and not for the bot to rearrange the template order. As I said the bot won't revisit. Moreover, since I still get a lot of negative feedback I already requested other to take over in WPBiography fixes. I am sorry for any inconvenience.-- Magioladitis (talk) 12:04, 25 January 2016 (UTC)

Non standard WikiProjects banners


That's why I think all non standard wikiproject redirects should be replaced: [63], [64], [65], [66]. Frietjes is there a way that we create a tracing categories of misplaced (i.e. not in talk space) wikiprojects? -- Magioladitis (talk) 17:56, 25 January 2016 (UTC)

try this search. Frietjes (talk) 18:09, 25 January 2016 (UTC)

Frietjes wow. That's easier than I thought :) -- Magioladitis (talk) 18:14, 25 January 2016 (UTC)

Also, those articles would have been in Category:Unassessed France articles and Category:Unknown-importance France articles, and eventually would appear on Wikipedia:Database reports/Polluted categories, which is run weekly. However, if I don't keep up with the report, the categories starting with "U" don't appear. GoingBatty (talk) 18:21, 25 January 2016 (UTC)

Request for someone to take over my talk page bot tasks

Things are really complicated with talk page bot tasks and I keep messing up. I would like someone to take over. @GoingBatty: perhaps? -- Magioladitis (talk) 12:00, 25 January 2016 (UTC)

I underline the fact that in the past I again asked others to take over and some they did for sometimes till they lost interest. -- Magioladitis (talk) 12:10, 25 January 2016 (UTC)

I will help Wikipedia:Bots/Requests for approval/MoohanBOT 9 to pass tests so a part of fixing WPBiography errors will pass to another bot owner. -- Magioladitis (talk) 12:16, 25 January 2016 (UTC)

Here User:Magioladitis/WPBiography I provide a list of tracking categories that are visited by my bot for anyone willing to take over any of them. -- Magioladitis (talk) 12:23, 25 January 2016 (UTC)

Is this the list of talk page bot tasks you would like to pass along? Could you please adjust the table if I've made any mistakes. How about interested bot owners fill in the last column? Do you want to advertise this on WP:Bot requests? Thanks! GoingBatty (talk) 15:20, 25 January 2016 (UTC)
List of approved talk page tasks
Yobot BRFA Task Other BRFA Script
BRFA 3 Tagging people who died as "living=no" and those are alive as "living=yes" BattyBot 30

MoohanBOT 9 (trial)

BRFA 9 Wikiprojects tagging
  • Inheriting class from other project to WikiProject Biography
    • (Additional) Minor cleanup to talk pages
BRFA 17 Various {{WikiProject Biography}} fixes User:Yobot/Task 17
User:Yobot/Task 17-persondata
BRFA 19 Adds listas in {{WikiProject Biography}}
BRFA 25 Fix WikiProject banners with deprecated or invalid parameters F&R; Needs to be replaced by Custom module

GoingBatty I think the best approach is that a complete module for all WPBiography fixes is created. Or it could be AWB general fixes. Meanwhile, yes, these are the tasks I would like to pass along. -- Magioladitis (talk) 18:00, 25 January 2016 (UTC)

The priority fixes module needs fix. I asked Rjw for help. -- Magioladitis (talk) 18:03, 25 January 2016 (UTC)

I can provide a plan of what is to be fixed and which way and then let other run the bots. -- Magioladitis (talk) 21:02, 25 January 2016 (UTC)

Draft talk:Hiroki Tsurumi


I noticed Yobot's editing at Draft talk:Hiroki Tsurumi like this. First, there's no indication that this is actually inaccurately tagged so the edit summary is misleading. This is kind of annoying when my watchlist is filled with it but there's nothing wrong I can see. Second, there are just redirects from one template to the right one and per WP:NOTBROKEN, is it really necessary to go around removing these kinds of template redirects? -- Ricky81682 (talk) 22:13, 25 January 2016 (UTC)

Ricky81682 Page is in category "Category:Incorrectly tagged WikiProject Biography articles" maybe @Frietjes: can tell me what is wrong with the page? -- Magioladitis (talk) 22:18, 25 January 2016 (UTC)

Ricky81682 I do not recall Draft talk pages to be in that category. The bot failed to fix these because it did not find any problem. It should have skipped but it did not expect Draft pages. -- Magioladitis (talk) 22:21, 25 January 2016 (UTC)

Ricky81682 pages in Draft page are not expected to have infobox (I guess). After removing the |needs-infobox= the page was delisted. I wait for clarification if this was the correct fix or not. Frietjes should know I guess. If this was the correct fix I ll update the bot code otherwise I ll exclude Draft space form bot editing nd I will ask the tracking category to do the same. I think this resolves everything. Thanks for the heads up. -- Magioladitis (talk) 22:28, 25 January 2016 (UTC)

correct. if you check the bottom of template:WikiProject Biography you will see that if any of the following are not blank, core, needs-photo, needs-infobox, needs-filmography, needs-discography, past-collaboration, and the transclusion is not on an article talk page, then the transcluding page is added to that category. it might be good to exclude this tracking for draft space, but that should be discussed on the template talk page. Frietjes (talk) 22:41, 25 January 2016 (UTC)

That's my drama: I am the target of many complains. Many changes happen around and I have to keep up with many different settings files. So everyone: please be more polite. I try to help as much as possible. -- Magioladitis (talk) 23:08, 25 January 2016 (UTC)

Sorry, I'm not trying to be mean but seeing all these edits of mine being "corrected" when I didn't do anything wrong is frustrating. It seems like Friestjes figured out the error before there was a lot of unnecessary corrections. -- Ricky81682 (talk) 03:44, 26 January 2016 (UTC)

all these codes and right boxand category stuff needs to be more clearly understandable.

IAM new here and it's like i have to read and understand so many codes for this category or that subject to be placed or risk deletion? Can't you come up with a much easier menu format that you don't need like 3 hour's to read or sift through without getting a headache or feel like you need a collage degree in decifering and understanding mega loads of codes and all kinds of data on what to do and how to do etc. Like at least to make it much more user friendly for everyone and just not look like pages upon pages of input codes and category's that they are to all be placed and in correct order or get dissed by others or deleted or edited by other people Plus taken out of most of it's original content because there opinions or beliefs are different so you must be wrong?Just saying maybe you can at least try and make your site more user friendly and much more easier to navigate it and understand it better on how to use it much more properly?:-) TY John E Wyse John Edward wyse (talk) 04:38, 26 January 2016 (UTC)

Skip conditions

I had a thought: the bot tests whether its fix actually resolves the tracking category issue. If not, it doesn't make the edit. (Kind of like a machine-oriented "Show preview".) This could be done with the API, but since you're using AWB I assume it would be very difficult to implement that kind of functionality. — Earwig talk 07:47, 27 January 2016 (UTC)

The Earwig that's actually a very good idea. Requested at T124868 -- Magioladitis (talk) 09:13, 27 January 2016 (UTC)

ISSN and the |id= parameter


Hi, re edits like this - most of the cite templates, {{cite journal}} and {{cite magazine}} included, provide a parameter |issn= (and the alias |ISSN=) which is where this number should be placed. See Template:Cite journal#csdoc issn. --Redrose64 (talk) 00:32, 28 January 2016 (UTC)

Redrose64 thanks for the heads up. -- Magioladitis (talk) 00:34, 28 January 2016 (UTC)

A cookie for you!

  Always appreciated your work on AWB, never got around to thanking you. So here it is, for your work on improving the Kingbotk plugin (and one genfix Custom Module of yours too). QEDK (T 📖 C) 14:45, 28 January 2016 (UTC)

QEDK thanks. -- Magioladitis (talk) 16:56, 28 January 2016 (UTC)

Inconsequential edits

Magiladitis, I may miss something, but it seems to me as if edits like this,[67],this and this don't actually do anything, not to the rendered page and not even to maintenance categories. This type of edits looks similar to the ones that so recently got you blocked (then with AWB, now with AutoEd), and seem to be a violation of your unblock conditions. If this is correct, then please be a lot more careful in your editing and stick to edits that actually make a difference. Fram (talk) 13:57, 28 January 2016 (UTC)

These are flagrant violations of the unblock conditions. I propose to reblock for the original duration. — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 14:45, 28 January 2016 (UTC)
Block reset. Will open a discussion at WP:AN shortly, because I think this needs a wider discussion of options. — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 16:05, 28 January 2016 (UTC)

I did not violate AWB rules of use. -- Magioladitis (talk) 16:56, 28 January 2016 (UTC)

MSGJ it's been more than 1 hour. Where is the AN? -- Magioladitis (talk) 17:57, 28 January 2016 (UTC)

Fram today I did 33 edits. Is there a rule that all my edits should be useful? Is there a rule for every other Wikipedia editor? -- Magioladitis (talk) 17:03, 28 January 2016 (UTC)

I think that the spirit of the block conditions was about AWB and editing too fast. Not semi-automated edit ban. Still if some Wikipedians want to go after me for today's edits they are welcome. I do not feel that I did something wrong. -- Magioladitis (talk) 17:05, 28 January 2016 (UTC)

Fram thanks for your comments. Do you think what Martin just did is right? I can keep away of only whitespace changes. -- Magioladitis (talk) 17:10, 28 January 2016 (UTC)

MSGJ you are being impolite. you did not reply to my messages. Why is that? -- Magioladitis (talk) 20:42, 28 January 2016 (UTC)

I was not being impolite. I have been offline for several hours. The discussion is now open on AN. — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 20:45, 28 January 2016 (UTC)
MSGJ OK No problem. Thanks. I read the message and I thought you already posted a discussion somewhere where I could not find it. Apologies. -- Magioladitis (talk) 21:06, 28 January 2016 (UTC)
If there is anything you would like to contribute to the discussion, I can copy your comments there — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 21:37, 28 January 2016 (UTC)
I agree with xeno that I should participate in the discussion freely. Otherwise, the process will be delayed. -- Magioladitis (talk) 21:57, 28 January 2016 (UTC)

xaosflux I did not consider AutoEd as semi-automated edit because I though you were referring only to AWB because the initial block was about AWB rules not about using user scripts. -- Magioladitis (talk) 22:53, 28 January 2016 (UTC)

Hi there, I will leave it to others to decide if your edits were actually in violation of the restriction; but seeing as WP:AutoEd's description leads off with "AutoEd is a user script that helps to automatically make certain changes in articles" first glance suggests that it is contrary to: "may not make any automated or semi-automated edits". — xaosflux Talk 23:19, 28 January 2016 (UTC)
xaosflux I asked you because I would to clarify it. I would not do any edits that it was in violation of my restriction. If I did I apologise. It was not on purpose. First of all I feel awful becaue you tok the responsibility to unblock and it now seems I was untrustworthy. This is not me. Sorry. -- Magioladitis (talk) 23:25, 28 January 2016 (UTC)

Headbomb are you aware of the fact that Visual Editor which is massively used by the community contains tenths of bugs? I am a volunteer running multiple scripts. Visual Editor is implemented by professionals. -- Magioladitis (talk) 22:57, 28 January 2016 (UTC)

Wikipedia: 15 years of free knowledge


I am giving a talk next week [68]. I'll add info in my user page asap. -- Magioladitis (talk) 21:24, 24 January 2016 (UTC)

Talk is gaining publicity. Local media about my today's talk. -- Magioladitis (talk) 07:42, 29 January 2016 (UTC)

Frietjes & Bgwhite

Frietjes and Bgwhite you are two of my favourite wikieditors. I think you 'll find a way to clear things up. I wish I could write in your talk pages. Cooperating with you it's one of the reasons I am still around. After the recent events I thought I have to quit editing. One of the things I enjoy around is watching your edits. Please clear this up. Please. -- Magioladitis (talk) 07:52, 29 January 2016 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Bots/Requests for approval/MoohanBOT 9

Sorry to bother you again. I'd like to get a move on Wikipedia:Bots/Requests for approval/MoohanBOT 9 since the issue that's blocking us is fairly minor and the task uncontroversial. Can you take a look? — Earwig talk 04:00, 23 January 2016 (UTC)

The Earwig after checking a bit I think you only need is in the Biography plugin to uncheck all the "Workgroup" boxes. I suspect you had them activated then you ran the bot. Please check and tell me. I can't test it myself and I can't comment in your BRFA because I am currently blocked. -- Magioladitis (talk) 08:05, 23 January 2016 (UTC)

In the next 3 days there will a new AWB release with a newer KingbotK plugin version included. -- Magioladitis (talk) 08:09, 23 January 2016 (UTC)

Thanks. That's why I messaged you here. I'll relay this to Jamesmcmahon0. — Earwig talk 08:09, 23 January 2016 (UTC)

The Earwig BattyBot is already approved for this task and uses the same code with Yobot. MoohanBOT should face no problems as long as they uncheck the boxes I suggested. The extra boxes just add extra unneeded empty parameters. -- Magioladitis (talk) 07:46, 29 January 2016 (UTC)

I understand what you are saying, but I want to see Jamesmcmahon0 run the trial first to confirm. — Earwig talk 07:55, 29 January 2016 (UTC)
The Earwig of course. That's why I asked for a second trial. In case it does not work out we already have 2(?) bots doing the same task. A single run I did reduced the backlog by 50%. -- Magioladitis (talk) 07:56, 29 January 2016 (UTC)
Got it. I thought you were asking me to approve the bot right now. — Earwig talk 07:58, 29 January 2016 (UTC)
The Earwig no way. KingbotK is difficult to use even for me. That's why there is a plan that we rewrite it form the scratch. Many of the longstanding issues I am accused is due to KingbotK plugin not working as it should be. I try to use other methods to tag pages lately. -- Magioladitis (talk) 08:01, 29 January 2016 (UTC)

ArbCom preparation

  • Edits that do not change the visual outcome but simplify wikicode can be potentially beneficial. Example: in duplicated parameters only the latter is actually used but removing the unused one is a good thing.
  • Same rules should apply for editors whether they use user scripts or not
  • Any edit that complies with the Manual of Style is considered a good one
  • It is normal an editor to make multiple edits in a single page. No time limit between two edits is expected
  • Comments addressing to bot accounts should follow the rules of CIVILITY since bot accounts are operated by real people. Comments such as "stupid bot" should be avoided.
  • Bot scripts should try to be well balanced and well tested before executed. Still it is normal and expected that any bot script or tool comes with bugs. Developers should make an effort to fix these bugs.

-- Magioladitis (talk) 09:46, 29 January 2016 (UTC)

It's not the tools

I think it's normal, while it should be avoided, that people who edit a lot sometimes to make "no value" edits. This happens with or without tools. [69], [70], [71] It can also be debated what edits add value or not. Many times in the past there were debates about which edits "they add no value". This is just for the record. -- Magioladitis (talk) 08:56, 29 January 2016 (UTC)

It is not a valid defence to point to what other editors are doing wrong. If Lugnuts made these kind of edits habitually and in the volume you make them, the attention would soon be on them. — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 09:20, 29 January 2016 (UTC)
MSGJ sure. I am just taking notes. -- Magioladitis (talk) 09:26, 29 January 2016 (UTC)
Which user was using AWB? Me or you? Oh yes, it was you. Maybe you can re-read (or maybe it's read) the rules of use while you have some free time. Lugnuts Dick Laurent is dead 09:29, 29 January 2016 (UTC)

Lugnuts Martin reblocked me while I was not using AWB. :) --Magioladitis (talk) 09:31, 29 January 2016 (UTC)

Lugnuts I wrote "it's not the tools". The "no value" edits are connected to AWB or not? Let's decide this first. What is the discussion in AN about? About Me making "no value edits" or me making "no value edits with AWB"? -- Magioladitis (talk)

So I am not saying Lugnuts is doing bad edits. Let's cleat this. I say that I would expect the same rules to apply with or without tools. -- Magioladitis (talk) 09:35, 29 January 2016 (UTC)

Well here's the discussion if you're having difficulty understanding what it's about. You could always appeal your block. Good luck. Lugnuts Dick Laurent is dead 09:36, 29 January 2016 (UTC)
Lugnuts sure. I already asked to be unblocked to participate there my friend. -- Magioladitis (talk) 09:37, 29 January 2016 (UTC)

I think it's mainly communication problem here. I ask for clarification about what is the problem exactly. -- Magioladitis (talk) 09:38, 29 January 2016 (UTC)

I am not attacking Lugnuts here. I am using them as an example of a good and persistent editor in fact. Lugnuts has my appreciation for their contributions 100%. -- Magioladitis (talk) 09:56, 29 January 2016 (UTC)

On Lugnuts and Frietjes: It's the two editors I wish they were using the tools more. We would be able to see more good edits on Wikipedia and they would become more effectove. That's shy sometimes I sneak and do what they do by using AWB. To save them time and see more good stuff. -- Magioladitis (talk) 10:00, 29 January 2016 (UTC)

Unblock request

This user's unblock request has been reviewed by an administrator, who accepted the request.

Magioladitis (block logactive blocksglobal blockscontribsdeleted contribsfilter logcreation logchange block settingsunblockcheckuser (log))

Request reason:

I ll remove the deprecated parameters using by bot account after BRFA and in one pass. -- Magioladitis (talk) 14:21, 24 January 2016 (UTC)

Accept reason:

Will be unblocked under temporary editing restrictions below — xaosflux Talk 23:56, 24 January 2016 (UTC)

If you want to make any further unblock requests, please read the guide to appealing blocks first, then use the {{unblock}} template again. If you make too many unconvincing or disruptive unblock requests, you may be prevented from editing this page until your block has expired.

Magioladitis, as your blocking admin is not inactive, would really want to hear from them. — xaosflux Talk 15:59, 24 January 2016 (UTC)
@Materialscientist:xaosflux Talk 15:59, 24 January 2016 (UTC)
Baring blocking admin comments, without lengthy discussion, I would support an immediate unblock under the condition that you run no automated or semi-automated editing on your main account until the end of the original block period; as well as only run automated or semi-automated tasks that have clear approval under your bot accounts. — xaosflux Talk 15:59, 24 January 2016 (UTC)
Xaosflux I agree on both conditions. -- Magioladitis (talk) 16:01, 24 January 2016 (UTC)
Magioladitis, I will follow up on this later today; barring any serious objection from Materialscientist or substantive objections from others. — xaosflux Talk 16:06, 24 January 2016 (UTC)

Temporary editing restrictions

Following your unblock request and lack of objection from the blocking admin or other edits, your account is being unblocked with the following temporary editing restrictions:

  • Until Mon, 15 Feb 2016 04:38:19 GMT:
    1. You may not make any automated or semi-automated edits from this or any other standard user account. This is to be broadly construed. Basic exceptions would be for use of the administrators rollback tool for vandalism cleanup, and low volume use of standard gadgets such as Twinkle.
    2. Your bot accounts must strictly follow WP:BOTPOL, processing only approved tasks.

Violation of your editing restriction may lead to additional blocks or other sanctions. Appeal of these sanctions may be made with the original blocking admin or at WP:AN/I.

xaosflux Talk 23:56, 24 January 2016 (UTC)
Logged at WP:RESTRICTIONS as Special:Diff/701505508, may be removed from that page upon expiration. — xaosflux Talk 00:09, 25 January 2016 (UTC)
  • Please note, as you have been subsequently re-blocked and unblocked under new conditions, these restrictions are no longer in affect; please follow up with the new blocking/unblocking admins for any questions. This has been removed from WP:RESTRICTIONS. Best regards, — xaosflux Talk 14:58, 29 January 2016 (UTC)

Yobot breaking templates


With five recent edits - Talk:List of awards and nominations received by The Office (U.S. TV series), Wikipedia talk:Version 1.0 Editorial Team/The Office (US) articles by quality log, Wikipedia talk:Version 1.0 Editorial Team/The Office (US) articles by quality statistics, Talk:Deangelo Vickers, Talk:Jo Bennett - Yobot replaces a valid WikiProject banner with a redlinked banner. --Redrose64 (talk) 11:32, 29 January 2016 (UTC)

Redrose64 the User:Magioladitis/WikiProjects needs to be updated. GoingBatty please fix it. Thanks, Magioladitis (talk) 12:12, 29 January 2016 (UTC)
@Redrose64:   Fixed the AWB module with this edit.
Also   Fixed each of those pages by using {{WikiProject Television|the-office=yes|the-office-importance=}}. GoingBatty (talk) 17:48, 29 January 2016 (UTC)
Redrose64 GoingBatty just fixed the script. I hope that one of you will fix the pages too. I would do it but... -- Magioladitis (talk) 17:46, 29 January 2016 (UTC)

GoingBatty you are great! -- Magioladitis (talk) 18:01, 29 January 2016 (UTC)

ISSN in external links

When replacing an ISSN by the template, be aware of external links. The result looks strange: Henriette Tirman#External links --GünniX (talk) 07:26, 29 January 2016 (UTC)

GünniX I noticed the work you do! It's awesome. Yes, I had in mind to fix that. Thanks for the heads up. I 'll ask Bgwhite to check for all worldcat links too. Since you are on it check also all links to ISSN. 90% can be replaced. I reduced the links to less than 200 yesterday. -- Magioladitis (talk) 07:40, 29 January 2016 (UTC)
I think it is a good idea to scan the next dump with a regular expression for "[...{{ISSN|....-....}}...]". This should give a list of all cases.
There is another open question: Is it possible to handle this situation by a regular expression without writing code? --GünniX (talk) 07:51, 29 January 2016 (UTC)

GünniX What do you mean "regular expression without writing code"? If we are to write a regular expression we are to write code. Or I miss something? The ISSN conversion will help us detect errors via tracking categories. I am not sure we can also detect tings inside external links. -- Magioladitis (talk) 17:48, 29 January 2016 (UTC)

I'm using AWB only for "Find and replace" with "Normal settings" and "Advanced settings". But the result is not always correct.
The menu item "Tools"->"Make module" opens a dialog to write C# code for editing articles. This could be a way to make an advanced ISSN replacement.
I think it is a good idea to do it in 2 steps:
  1. recognize the environment (external link, template or simple text)
  2. depending on the environment use different methods to replace it
But it is difficult to write reliable C# code which handles all constellations automatically. --GünniX (talk) 06:10, 30 January 2016 (UTC)

Some baklava for you!

  Hang in there, bud. {{u|Checkingfax}} {Talk} 15:32, 31 January 2016 (UTC)

Checkingfax Thanks!! -- Magioladitis (talk) 15:54, 31 January 2016 (UTC)

Radio interview


I am giving an interview to ERA Corfu on Monday about the 15 years of Wikipedia. -- Magioladitis (talk) 12:13, 29 January 2016 (UTC)

"Break a leg!" GoingBatty (talk) 17:51, 29 January 2016 (UTC)
Thanks!! I try to extend my off-wiki activities. -- 15:55, 31 January 2016 (UTC)
Thanks!! -- Magioladitis (talk) 22:52, 1 February 2016 (UTC)

Success. -- Magioladitis (talk) 22:52, 1 February 2016 (UTC)


Fram of the diffs you displayed at Bgwhite's page are OK. Error 64 (i.e. Link equal to linktext) is cleaned regularly by all AWB bots and not only. FrescoBot does this as sole task. -- Magioladitis (talk) 10:03, 2 February 2016 (UTC)

Looking a FrescoBot edits, it certainly isn't the only thing it does. Adding spaces between a link and the remainder of the text is not the same as what those 5 edits from BGWhites bot did. See e.g. [72] which moves a comma outside the link (good) or [73] and [74] which corrects an URL (good), [75] this corrects the placement of a comma, which influences how the page looks (good), and so on. This is clearly not the same as what the listed edits at BGWhite's page do. Fram (talk) 10:41, 2 February 2016 (UTC)
Fram Frescobot does other tasks. However, in task #2, one of the things it will look for and do is exactly what #64 does. It will do that if it is the sole fix need on the page. I think this is what Magioladitis means by "sole task". Bgwhite (talk) 11:11, 2 February 2016 (UTC)

Bgwhite yes I meant "with no other fixes as AWB does". Language problem here :) Frescobot does many things. -- Magioladitis (talk) 11:34, 2 February 2016 (UTC)

This is the problem I am trying to describe: We have different approaches of what we expect from bots here: Some people would like bots to do "all in one run" to save runs and energy. Some would like bots "to combine significant and insignificant tasks" where the definition insignificant can also vary from who tell it. Some other would like "the edit summary to describe exactly what the bot did". Some other would like "the bot to do only what it was supposed to do". Some of these wishes overlap, some other contradict. I do not have answers here. I just underline the problem. Moreover, CHECKWIKI right now has 100+ errors. Do we expect 100 different scripts with 100 different skip conditions? -- Magioladitis (talk) 11:53, 2 February 2016 (UTC)


You evidently do some really good work with automated fixes. Sorry you are getting hassled for some mirror errors or unnecessary edits. If we tossed everyone that made an necessary edit there would be few users left. Legacypac (talk) 10:47, 3 February 2016 (UTC)

Legacypac it's nice to see that my work is appreciated by the community. -- Magioladitis (talk) 22:56, 3 February 2016 (UTC)

New skip conditions

GoingBatty, et al. New skip conditions can be found in User:Yobot/CatsCheck. They need some testing but right now I am still under restrictions, so if we are to save some time, please someone start testing this. I'll be around for questions. -- Magioladitis (talk) 20:06, 30 January 2016 (UTC)

GoingBatty check your emails. -- Magioladitis (talk) 22:57, 3 February 2016 (UTC)

I've seen the emails - just need some time when I can focus on this. Thanks for the reminder. GoingBatty (talk) 03:30, 4 February 2016 (UTC)

AWB text fields


AWB SVN 11328 (2015-07-14 19.56.59 Since error reporting for AWB is now virtually impossible, can I tell you of the following: On the skip pulldown screen, the Text area has 'contains' and 'doesn't contain' boxes to fill in. It used to be the case that doing cut and paste into these fields resulted in properly sized and thus readable content. For the last several months, this is no longer the case. Now the font from the cut location is used and this can result in the 'contains' and 'doesn't contains' fields being unreadable. Example: do a cut from an article name or a section name. Fixing this would be helpful Hmains (talk) 00:39, 24 January 2016 (UTC)

(talk page watcher) @Hmains: I don't have that problem on my Windows 7 machine. You might want to try upgrading to AWB 5.8 or the most recent SVN. Hope that helps! GoingBatty (talk) 02:06, 24 January 2016 (UTC)
So far, upgrade to AWB 5.8 does not work on my machine. So new problem. Hmains (talk) 05:49, 24 January 2016 (UTC)

Hmains try to download and tell me if it works. -- Magioladitis (talk) 07:43, 29 January 2016 (UTC)

  • Thanks, I was able to download successfully. Then I tried to use it with a previously prepared list of settings (articles). The result was each article was bypassed as though there was nothing to change, which was not true, so I had to quickly exit before a save was made and get back into 5.7.0 to continue my work. Hmains (talk) 16:42, 29 January 2016 (UTC)

Hmains we did no changes that woudld affect settings files. Perhaps Reedy knows something more. -- Magioladitis (talk) 16:48, 29 January 2016 (UTC)

  • fixed the original problem I reported here: copying into the 'contains' and 'doesn't contains' fields now result in correct readable font being used. Thanks Hmains (talk) 06:20, 5 February 2016 (UTC)

Hmains your words make me happy. -- Magioladitis (talk) 08:47, 5 February 2016 (UTC)



I've removed AutoEd from your vector.js file. I don't want you to be tempted. Best you stay away from that. Bgwhite (talk) 09:59, 4 February 2016 (UTC)

Bgwhite thanks. All the edits were just for testing anyway. I would like to see some day AutoEd not to come into conflict with AWB. -- Magioladitis (talk) 08:49, 5 February 2016 (UTC)

Limited unblock


Magioladitis, MSGJ (the blocking admin) has indicated that he has no problem with you being unblocked on the condition that you only edit your user talk page and the Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard#Magioladitis discussion. Can you agree with these conditions and after the unblock please not edit any other page until the original block would have expired (00:00, 15 February 2016)? Fram (talk) 10:11, 29 January 2016 (UTC)

Fram yes. -- Magioladitis (talk) 12:12, 29 January 2016 (UTC)
Allright, I have unblocked you. Fram (talk) 12:15, 29 January 2016 (UTC)

Fram can you please grant me permission to be allowed to edit bot's talk page and subpages? I would like to be able to reply in comments there and also test a piece of code that could resolve the problem of the "useless edits" when fixing deprecated parameters. I would liek to post a piece of code for testing. -- Magioladitis (talk) 18:08, 30 January 2016 (UTC)

  Agree - if the bot accounts are allowed to operate, responses to their talk pages should be allowed. Blocking admin should be invovled in this review. — xaosflux Talk 19:01, 30 January 2016 (UTC)

Xaosflux thanks. I already have a a patch that will solve the main problem of not skipping when no deprecated/invalid parameters have removed thanks to Rjwilmsi. I also asked Reedy and I hope AWB will soon provide an efficient built-in way to skip pages if no categories have changes as Earwig suggested. This action will fix a long-standing problem in this direction. -- Magioladitis (talk) 19:15, 30 January 2016 (UTC)

No problem with that exception either. In general, every admin is free to change the conditions I imposed, I'm not always available and haven't always thought about all problems or exceptions of course. Fram (talk) 13:12, 31 January 2016 (UTC)

So the initial unblock conditions were about AWB or for any tool in general (including AutoEd)? I would like this to be made clear just for the record I guess. -- Magioladitis (talk) 08:26, 8 February 2016 (UTC)

Multiple template moves

User:SMcCandlish please check WP:AWB/TR and make the appropriate corrections to match the renaming of the templates you performed today. Thanks, Magioladitis (talk) 07:58, 8 February 2016 (UTC)

Working on it. This really needs to be done by a bot. It shouldn't be that hard to check that list, and for each item after "→", get a listing of its redirects and add them before the arrow. It could even ID templates by category, do the same lookup, and add them to the page if missing. The only catch would be a defined list of exceptions, but even that could be handled by having the exceptions have entries at /TR, and having the missing entries bot task check for them (e.g. have separate lines for redirecting "color" names to one "color" name, and "colour" names to one "colour" name, without redirecting all of the latter to the desired "color" name just because they're the same template). So, not really a catch. Anyway, this manual processing is an editorial time drain.  — SMcCandlish ¢ ≽ʌⱷ҅ʌ≼  10:31, 8 February 2016 (UTC)

User:SMcCandlish you are right. I'll work with in next week. -- Magioladitis (talk) 10:36, 8 February 2016 (UTC)

Schweet. The list would probably be easier to manage if it were flipped, to be in Good_tag ← Bad_tag1, Bad_tag2, ... , Bad_tagN order, since alphbetizing it would then serve a purpose.
Some bots have template lists like this, but I'm not sure what all of them are for, or whether I should modify them. I took some redlinks off one of them, one of the Cydebot lists, I think.

A few "gotchas" to watch out for:

  1. Non-templates redirecting to templates, e.g. Help:Cite conference to Template:Cite conference; don't want to mess with those.
  2. A handful of cases where a dumb name is the current one but AWB should use one of the more sensible redirs, pending WP:RM (i.e., just obey the order in the /TR page)
  3. A handful of cases where a "template" is a soft redirect from a deprecated template name, and we ant AWB to replace any calls to it with the good one instead (i.e., just obey the "rules" in the /TR page)
  4. A few foreign-language template redirs being retained for translation purposes, e.g. Template:Навод из стручног часописа which redirs to Template:Cite journal; if they appear in real articles, should be fixed, but not outside mainspace. Template:Cita libro is another, so are Template:Статья and Template:Chú thích web. There were three Spanish ones already in /TR, but I removed them because they were all redlinks. I did not add these new four, because I'm not sure what AWB would do to them. It presently has {{Cita web}}, {{Citar web}}, and {{Lien web}} in it.
Anyway, I update the list with those and many more.
 — SMcCandlish ¢ ≽ʌⱷ҅ʌ≼  17:46, 8 February 2016 (UTC)
I don't really understand the final comment above, but {{Cita web}} (a redirect) is different from {{Citar web}} (a template). Scroll to the bottom of the {{Citar web}} documentation to see other similar templates. Unless policy prevents it, it would be useful if AWB could translate these foreign-language templates and all of their parameters into their English equivalents. – Jonesey95 (talk) 21:04, 8 February 2016 (UTC)

Towards a New Wikimania results

Last December, I invited you to share your views on the value of Wikimedia conferences and the planning process of Wikimania. We have completed analysis of these results and have prepared this report summarizing your feedback and important changes for Wikimania starting in 2018 as an experiment. Feedback and comments are welcome at the discussion page. Thank you so much for your participation. I JethroBT (WMF), Community Resources, 22:47, 8 February 2016 (UTC)

AWB error


Yesterday AWB on my PC was working fine. Today I receive this error. So what do I do now? Thanks Hmains (talk) 04:49, 12 February 2016 (UTC)

    • description**:
    • workaround**:

Message:`Operation 'login' ended with result 'NeedToken'. Xml: '<?xml version="1.0"?><api><warnings><login xml:space="preserve">Fetching a token via action=login is deprecated. Use action=query&meta=tokens&type=login instead.</login></warnings><login result="NeedToken" token="24974bd33f061b415d96d6efc19de13056bd60e3+\" cookieprefix="enwiki" sessionid="4vn06mtqpiu3qbtsnhn5m1e5jhm4nurl" /></api>'`
Call stack:
   at WikiFunctions.API.ApiEdit.CheckForErrors(String xml, String action)
   at WikiFunctions.API.ApiEdit.Login(String username, String password, String domain)
   at WikiFunctions.Profiles.AWBProfilesForm.PerformLogin(String username, String password)
    • OS**: Microsoft Windows NT 6.2.9200.0
    • version**: AutoWikiBrowser (, WikiFunctions (, revision 11864 (2016-01-28 19:15:03)
    • net**: 2.0.50727.8670
    • duplicate**:
    • site**:
Hmains Magioladitis is offline until the ~17th. You need to post this at AWB's talk page. WMF is changing around login procedures. The error is related to that. Everyone who isn't running WMF's blessed python libraries is left scrambling around. Bgwhite (talk) 05:32, 12 February 2016 (UTC)
  • Thanks. I have done so. By the way: the formal reporting of Bugs does not work at all: it rejects my WP userid and password. Hmains (talk) 05:41, 12 February 2016 (UTC)
    • Hmains Could you be more specific on rejecting your userid and password. Do you mean logging into Phabricator? Bgwhite (talk) 06:29, 12 February 2016 (UTC)
      • Sorry, yes, Phabricator rejects my WP userid and password. Hmains (talk) 06:34, 12 February 2016 (UTC)
        • Hmains Did you have a login/password to bugzilla or labs? If so, try that one. Phabricator uses your "old" login/password first in the ldap system, else it uses your Wikipedia login/password. Bgwhite (talk) 07:15, 12 February 2016 (UTC)
  • I don't know about bugzilla or labs. They don't sound familiar. Hmains (talk) 16:20, 12 February 2016 (UTC)

@Reedy and Rjwilmsi: Because I am not at home. -- Magioladitis (talk) 18:48, 12 February 2016 (UTC)

@Hmains: Download AWB Rjwilmsi 18:51, 12 February 2016 (UTC)
Thanks. I downloaded and can now logon to AWB again. Hmains (talk) 20:21, 12 February 2016 (UTC)

Some baklava for you!

  Welcome back, brother Magioladitis. {{u|Checkingfax}} {Talk} 00:43, 17 February 2016 (UTC)

Checkingfax thank you very much!! Nice to see you again. -- Magioladitis (talk) 00:44, 17 February 2016 (UTC)


Hi Magioladitis. The two articles I posted about at AN are still being edited by Yobot, adding blank spaces (diff 1 and diff 2). Please can you take a look and fix as needed? Let me know on my talkpage if you have an issue with me raising these with you. Thanks. Lugnuts Dick Laurent is dead 10:37, 21 February 2016 (UTC)

A kitten for you!

I noticed a problem on this page... not enough kittens!

The Quixotic Potato (talk) 10:54, 21 February 2016 (UTC)

Twana Amin!!

Dear Admin, For the second time we are trying to edit the Kurdish author Twana Amin's biography, but each time we are trying to do so someone deleting the editing. I don't understand the reason behind deleting the biography? Yesterday, I edited the name of the author's publication, yet was deleted today! Kindly, give us some advice to how and what to do in-order to include the name of the books that has been published along with the references. Thank you for your time and understanding. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Twana amin (talkcontribs) 12:54, 21 February 2016 (UTC)

Yobot and Long division

I've temporarily denied Yobot access to Long division ({{bots|deny=Yobot}}) because it was corrupting layout. Yobot version was 11915.

In section 2.3 Mixed mode long division the sum quite correctly has multiple equals signs at the foot of each column of working to show that the work was complete. Yobot misunderstood this to be an incorrectly aligned heading and attempted so sort things out. If there is not a simple fix, can you check that I've correctly blocked Yobot, if possible the block should be on the section rather than as at present the whole page.

I see no reason to block Yobot generally, so I've put this feedback here.

Thanks, Martin of Sheffield (talk) 11:51, 21 February 2016 (UTC)

Update: User:bgwhite believes this action is in breach of the bot rules and has reverted my changes. The problem with Yobot is therefore slightly more immediate. Regards, Martin of Sheffield (talk) 09:43, 22 February 2016 (UTC)

Martin of Sheffield thanks for the heads up. I tried to fix the page yesterday by using code and pre tags to explicitly avoid the areas in question bu I was not satisfied by the result. I think probably Frietjes could help of someone else. I'll come back to that later today. -- Magioladitis (talk) 09:47, 22 February 2016 (UTC)

you could probably replace the = with {{=}}, which would probably fix the bot's confusion with section headings. normally I would say use <source>...</source> or <pre>...</pre>, but the markup inside the blocks would be mangled. Frietjes (talk) 14:52, 22 February 2016 (UTC)

Frietjes Done. I had this trick in mind to be honest. I wonder if this would be enough. -- Magioladitis (talk) 16:02, 22 February 2016 (UTC)

This is a bug in the bot, not a bug in the page. Editing the page to get around a bug in the bot is not a solution, because the bot will make the same error the next time it finds this kind of usage. Fix the bot so that it understands legal wiki syntax, and does not look for section titles inside nowiki tags, rather than just grepping for multiple equals signs. — Carl (CBM · talk) 23:16, 22 February 2016 (UTC)

Old issue with Talk page banners

Hi Magioladitis! While working on adding {{WikiProject banner shell}} to talk pages, I've stumbled across a few Yobot errors from 2010 (!) like this edit that accidentally broke the template while adding a WikiProject. Just wanted to let you know in case there's a bug to be fixed in AWB. Thanks! GoingBatty (talk) 18:04, 21 February 2016 (UTC)

GoingBatty We can always try to duplicate it. -- Magioladitis (talk) 23:36, 21 February 2016 (UTC)

Check 1: The bug was fixed or it is caused by the plugin: [76]. -- Magioladitis (talk) 08:27, 23 February 2016 (UTC)

Yobot just added a redundant tag


Hi Mags. On Planned Parenthood Yobot just added a <references /> tag at the bottom of the page just above the categories here when a {{Reflist}} template already existed up the page in the References section.

I have removed the HTML references tag. Cheers! {{u|Checkingfax}} {Talk} 08:20, 23 February 2016 (UTC)

Checkingfax Yobot just moved the tag from the very last line to the right place. It's true that there were two references tags in that page. Thanks for fixing it. I am underway fixing all these pages. There are 3,000 pages still to be fixed!-- Magioladitis (talk) 08:23, 23 February 2016 (UTC)
You mean that tag was there previously? I'll go check on that. Actually, Yobot is moving the HTML references / tag to the wrong spot anyway because MOS:LAYOUT tells us to put the References section above the External links section and Yobot put it below. Carry on. The flow is: See also → References → External links → Categories. Cheers! {{u|Checkingfax}} {Talk} 08:28, 23 February 2016 (UTC)

Checkingfax check the very last line under the categories before my edit. Yobot only moved it above the categories. -- Magioladitis (talk) 08:29, 23 February 2016 (UTC)

Yah, I use WP:wikEdDiff and did not scroll down to see that. I see it now. But, it's still wasting Yobot's time, since there is a References section with a Reflist template up in the right place for References. Cheers! {{u|Checkingfax}} {Talk} 08:31, 23 February 2016 (UTC)

Checkingfax Yobot can't deal with duplicated references tag at the moment. A fix is underway.

Thanks again! -- Magioladitis (talk) 08:38, 23 February 2016 (UTC)

Hi Mags. I dug in and it looks like I added it here. Glad to know you know that Yobot can't deal with it properly. I am blaming it on the cat that walked on my keyboard. Cheers! {{u|Checkingfax}} {Talk} 09:00, 23 February 2016 (UTC)

edit request

Hi Magioladitis, I am reaching out to you as someone who has edited the Maritz LLC page in the past (,_LLC). I have submitted an edit to the page (,_LLC) and was wondering if you wouldn't mind reviewing and incorporating the proposed changes due to a COI. Please let me know if you have any questions about the proposed revisions. MadisonfromStanding (talk) 19:13, 23 February 2016 (UTC)

Infobox image question

Hey, so I spent a lot of time emptying Category:Infobox book image param needs updating last year, and more recently Category:Infobox football biography image param needs updating. I mostly used AWB to navigate faster, and made the changes to bare filename manually. In any case, I was assuming this kind of infobox image syntax maintenance category was in use more widely, but now I see it is not. So I'm wondering, do you think it's appropriate to add this function to other infoboxes like {{Infobox television}}, which is set up for bare filenames but is used in a lot of articles with the "old" linked syntax? I guess what I'm getting at is whether or not this kind of thing should be systematically corrected across Wikipedia, along the lines of deprecated parameters. And that would tell me if it's really appropriate to be using AWB to do it. What do you think?— TAnthonyTalk 17:39, 26 February 2016 (UTC)

TAnthony you are right. Ideally, we should use bare filenames everywhere! Thank you very much for all the effort! :) -- Magioladitis (talk) 20:06, 26 February 2016 (UTC)
No problem, it's one of those ongoing housekeeping tasks that editors like you and I find soothing, right? LOL. So are you able to update {{Infobox television}} to identify "bad" image syntax and place the articles in a category like Category:Infobox television image param needs updating? Moving forward I can try to copy your work and implement it on other templates that are not protected. Or I'll ask you again haha. Thanks in advance.— TAnthonyTalk
@Frietjes: -- Magioladitis (talk) 20:36, 26 February 2016 (UTC)
TAnthony, now updated (and merged with the football biography infobox) to create Category:Pages using deprecated image syntax. Frietjes (talk) 13:37, 27 February 2016 (UTC)
That is awesome, thanks! It's not as populated as I expected so I will probably be coming to you soon with other infoboxes LOL. Does it pull images which are unlinked but contain image: or file: prefixes? Thanks again.— TAnthonyTalk 16:57, 27 February 2016 (UTC)

Thank you for being one of Wikipedia's top medical contributors!

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Thanks again :) -- Doc James along with the rest of the team at Wiki Project Med Foundation 03:59, 29 February 2016 (UTC)

Orphan issue on page that is well linked


This page Asmex_Digital was marked as an orphan by User:Yobot for not being linked to any article. The article has been sufficiently linked except I'm getting it wrong here. Please I'll love this resolved. Daisybest (talk) 07:00, 1 March 2016 (UTC)

Daisybest, you have the wrong definition of Orphan. Orphan means no articles are linking Asmex Digital. According to the what links page, no articles are linking to Asmex Digital. Bgwhite (talk) 07:42, 1 March 2016 (UTC)

Yobot replaces {{incomplete section}} by {{expand list}} in non-list sections


Hi Magioladitis. Your bot Yobot shouldn't replace {{incomplete section}} by {{expand list}}, as it recently did in ♯JusticeForFlint, unless it can make sure that the badge actually refers to a list. Regards, --PanchoS (talk) 17:52, 1 March 2016 (UTC)

PanchoS Bug fixed! Thanks for the heads up. -- Magioladitis (talk) 18:10, 1 March 2016 (UTC)

Cosmetic edits


You are again making large numbers of cosmetic edits such as [77], using AWB from your main account, at a rate far too high to allow for any serious manual review. WP:CITE states that "citations appear in a single section containing only the <references /> tag or the {{reflist}} template. " There is no consensus to replace all instances of the former with the latter. — Carl (CBM · talk)

CBM I have not finished editing that page. This page has duplicated reflists. I am on it. Thanks for the heads up. -- Magioladitis (talk) 15:06, 2 March 2016 (UTC)

I did not change any style since there was a reflist already in the page. -- Magioladitis (talk) 15:27, 2 March 2016 (UTC)

That seems to make the edit even less appropriate: why save the edit in the first place, if you knew it was incorrect? — Carl (CBM · talk) 15:40, 2 March 2016 (UTC)

CBM what do you mean? It was not incorrect. It was not perfect. It is not less appropriate that I went and fixed the page and added missing fields. I can't see everything in one move. I am human like you are. If you check my last 1000 edits they are all about fixing duplicated references tags.I still have 1,500 pages to fix. -- Magioladitis (talk) 15:44, 2 March 2016 (UTC)

And sometimes it is difficult to spot the hidden duplicated tag. -- Magioladitis (talk) 15:47, 2 March 2016 (UTC)

The AWB edit you made was [78]. Looking at the diff, as you did before pressing save, the edit only replaces <references/> with {{Reflist}}, adds a newline, and does nothing else. Such edits are not allowed under the AWB rules, and so the edit was, indeed, incorrect. You approved that edit manually.
If you were trying to do something else, that only makes it worse that you went ahead and saved the edit. One reason you might have missed this is that you only had 2 seconds between when you saved your previous edit (which has the same error) [79] and when you saved the edit linked above. In fact, you saved 16 edits in the one minute period from from 14:42:03 to 14:43:03. The first AWB rule at WP:AWB is "You are responsible for every edit made. Do not sacrifice quality for speed and make sure you understand the changes.". — Carl (CBM · talk) 15:59, 2 March 2016 (UTC)

CBM do you agree that I did not change the citations display style though? -- Magioladitis (talk) 16:01, 2 March 2016 (UTC)

This small trick I used made it easier for me to spot the duplicated tag via the browser. :) -- Magioladitis (talk) 16:06, 2 March 2016 (UTC)

I used various tricks to reduce the list. Please do not stick in only a few edits. -- Magioladitis (talk) 17:14, 2 March 2016 (UTC)

Magioladitis, these edits clearly violated AWB rule 4, regardless of your intentions. Please be more careful. This is the sort of action that has gotten you blocked multiple times in the recent past. – Jonesey95 (talk) 18:38, 2 March 2016 (UTC)

Jonesey95 I think Carl says that these edits are not cosmetic but were to change the citation style. Cosmetic would imply they did not change anything. -- Magioladitis (talk) 18:40, 2 March 2016 (UTC)

Jonesey95 still you are right. I should be more careful. At least I could have written a better edit summary. -- Magioladitis (talk) 18:42, 2 March 2016 (UTC)

In fact I was hoping that the people they have these pages in their watchlists would have checked them for duplicated references sections. This would have save me time from fixing 5000 pages. Please everyone, check the pages in your watchlists more thoroughly. This would help everyone in the project. -- Magioladitis (talk) 18:44, 2 March 2016 (UTC)

Read the first sentence at the top of this section: "You are again making large numbers of cosmetic edits." Below that, Carl says: "The AWB edit you made was [80]. Looking at the diff, as you did before pressing save, the edit only replaces <references/> with {{Reflist}}, adds a newline, and does nothing else. Such edits are not allowed under the AWB rules, and so the edit was, indeed, incorrect."
Carl is describing a violation of AWB rule 4. Please do not include tangential issues in your response. – Jonesey95 (talk) 18:50, 2 March 2016 (UTC)

Jonesey95 the claimed violation is not of "cosmetic edits" type. Otherwise, we would not be discussing WP:CITE. The complain and the title are not consistent. That's what I am saying. -- Magioladitis (talk) 18:53, 2 March 2016 (UTC)

As I quoted above, you are accused of violating the rule against cosmetic edits. Hence the title of this section. Good luck avoiding another block. – Jonesey95 (talk) 19:02, 2 March 2016 (UTC)
Jonesey95 Thanks for the heads up. I fixed all the pages in question. -- Magioladitis (talk) 19:03, 2 March 2016 (UTC)

That's team spirit. -- Magioladitis (talk) 19:15, 2 March 2016 (UTC)

There's a merger proposal rgdg LeBaron group/Ch1stborn

...Here: Talk:Church_of_the_Firstborn_of_the_Fulness_of_Times#Merger_proposal.--Hodgdon's secret garden (talk) 17:39, 3 March 2016 (UTC)

A barnstar for you!

  The Teamwork Barnstar
Thanks for your help on Passenger pigeon. I hope a WP:FA can't be far behind. 7&6=thirteen () 17:26, 4 March 2016 (UTC)

Thanks! -- Magioladitis (talk) 05:54, 5 March 2016 (UTC)

Survivor tweak

Hi Mags. I gave Survivor a wikitable tweaking too. Ping me back. Cheers! {{u|Checkingfax}} {Talk} 20:58, 5 March 2016 (UTC)

Checkingfax Thank you very much. It seems good. I am only not sure about the change to the ref change to the "The original concept for the season was to split..." area. -- Magioladitis (talk) 21:01, 5 March 2016 (UTC)

Centrifugal compressor

Please don't incorrect the definition list items. (talk) 22:44, 5 March 2016 (UTC)

Louis Paulhan and ISSN


I see that you removed the ISSN details from the article on Louis Paulhan as well as the same reference in List of firsts in aviation. (The same source, without an ISSN, is also used in Milan Rastislav Štefánik.) I have the actual magazine - L'Ami de Pézenas, numéro double 54-55, Apr-Nov 2010 - in front of me, and the stated number is as I gave, 140-0084. But you're right, it doesn't compute. Extracts from recent issues of L'Ami de Pézenas can be found on the website of Les Amis de Pézenas. It has issues going back to December 2012. None of these extracts show an ISSN though there is a CPPAP No. 0214G91686 issued by the fr:Commission paritaire des publications et des agences de presse - this is official, but amounts to no more, I believe, than a recognition that it is a registered periodical for postage purposes.

I have discovered that there is a valid ISSN 6140-0084, but I do not know what it is.

Whether any of this actually matters I'm not sure. Certainly, the reference citation is valid without an ISSN, but it would be good to be complete if possible. Do you have access to a decent ISSN search facility that could delve into this. Emeraude (talk) 13:00, 5 March 2016 (UTC)

The valid ISSN appears to be ISSN 1240-0084. – Jonesey95 (talk) 00:10, 6 March 2016 (UTC)

Jonesey95 thanks. I tried to retrieve the correct one by myself with no success. -- Magioladitis (talk) 00:13, 6 March 2016 (UTC) can be fussy. You have to be creative with its search engine sometimes. – Jonesey95 (talk) 01:41, 6 March 2016 (UTC)
Well done. I've added the corrected ISSN to the articles. Emeraude (talk) 11:04, 6 March 2016 (UTC)

Article published at Edit-a-Thon ended up with munged categories

Hi Mags. I was at an Edit-a-Thon in San Francisco Saturday and I noticed Yobot came along and made this edit after the affair.

You may notice that Yobot moved the DEFAULTSORT: down the page, then added a redundant birth date and living person category below it.

This is because the categories were rem'd out with colons and the publisher did not know to un-rem them (remove the colons)‍—‌which I have since done.

I was puzzled about the extra categories, but then saw Yobot was involved, so here I am, my friend. All is well now, but I thought you should know about this situation. Cheers! {{u|Checkingfax}} {Talk} 11:16, 6 March 2016 (UTC)

Yobot created url-wikilink error


Yobot created a URL-wikilink citation error with this edit. It might be better to replace with |ISSN=xxxx-xxxx after checking to see if an ISSN is already present. – Jonesey95 (talk) 17:57, 6 March 2016 (UTC)

Jonesey95 thanks for the heads up! The ISSN related code is relative new. I'll try to fix the issue. -- Magioladitis (talk) 23:59, 6 March 2016 (UTC)

The article was fixed and removed from my list. -- Magioladitis (talk) 08:39, 8 March 2016 (UTC)

Glitch on today's ISBN/ISSN fixes

There was a code glitch on today's ISBN/ISSN fixes. I updated AWB's code and I fixed most pages not fixed on AWB's run manually. -- Magioladitis (talk) 10:26, 9 March 2016 (UTC)

Reference errors on 9 March

  Hello, I'm ReferenceBot. I have automatically detected that some edits performed by you may have introduced errors in referencing. They are as follows:

Please check these pages and fix the errors highlighted. If you think this is a false positive, you can report it to my operator. Thanks, ReferenceBot (talk) 00:27, 10 March 2016 (UTC)

Yobot changes {{cite manual}} to {{cite book}}

{{cite manual}} is now an alias to {{cite book}}, and is still valid. Shouldn't Yobot leave it alone, or at least include an explanation in the Subject/headline? Shmuel (Seymour J.) Metz Username:Chatul (talk) 19:02, 10 March 2016 (UTC)

Shmuel (Seymour J.) Metz Username:Chatul Feel free to change WP:AWB/TR accordingly. -- Magioladitis (talk) 19:12, 10 March 2016 (UTC)

Added error-tracking category to ISBNT template


I have added an error-tracking category to the {{ISBNT}} template. It displays a red error message and adds a tracking category. It should make it easier for editors to find and fix these erroneous ISBNs. For an example, see this revision of Fantastic Four. – Jonesey95 (talk) 00:56, 11 March 2016 (UTC)

I have added tracking to a couple more templates and will probably find more to track. See the descriptive text at Category:Pages with ISBN errors. – Jonesey95 (talk) 06:13, 11 March 2016 (UTC)

Jonesey95 Thanks! That is very very useful. -- Magioladitis (talk) 07:20, 11 March 2016 (UTC)

ISBN checkwiki false positive: ISBN followed by colon

Take a look at History of the Jews in Singapore, which is on the ISBN error list from CheckWiki. The format "ISBN 0-8108-5347-7: 279 pages" appears to cause articles to show up on the list, but the ISBN is valid, the ISBN link renders just fine, and the link is clickable and working.

Can CheckWiki be adjusted to ignore this false positive? – Jonesey95 (talk) 08:06, 11 March 2016 (UTC)

Jonesey95 Semicolon has to be used instead of colon. -- Magioladitis (talk) 08:12, 11 March 2016 (UTC)

Where is that rule written? As you can see, the link works fine, so the MediaWiki code doesn't need a semicolon. – Jonesey95 (talk) 08:15, 11 March 2016 (UTC)
Jonesey95 we can ask NicoV to check this. -- Magioladitis (talk) 08:18, 11 March 2016 (UTC)

Jonesey95 Moreover, having the number of the total book pages in the references it is uncommon. -- Magioladitis (talk) 08:14, 11 March 2016 (UTC)

I find about 61 such lines in the current report:
I don't know if that counts as uncommon. – Jonesey95 (talk) 08:20, 11 March 2016 (UTC)
Jonesey95 I usually change the order of things to put the ISBN at the end of the reference so this overcomes the problem. -- Magioladitis (talk) 08:23, 11 March 2016 (UTC)

Wrong fix for misplaced |isbn= parameter

In this edit, Yobot changed a misplaced isbn= to a loose ISBN. In the next edit it reduced a double space to single. A better edit would have been this. --Redrose64 (talk) 21:13, 14 March 2016 (UTC)

Redrose64 thanks for the heads up. Edge cases. I stopped the bot mode. I'll do the rest manually. Very difficult to handle all these by bot. I tried to be on the safe mode by removing the equal sign in plain text but probably this is not enough. We can do better than that. -- Magioladitis (talk) 21:15, 14 March 2016 (UTC)

BC birth cats by decade not year


Yobot has twice reverted my attempts to apply a decade birth category to Confucius per consensus at Wikipedia:Categories_for_discussion/Log/2015_May_22#6th-century_BC_births. Can you please fix the bot so that it complies with the CfD? Le Deluge (talk) 15:50, 14 March 2016 (UTC)

@Rjwilmsi: -- Magioladitis (talk) 16:09, 14 March 2016 (UTC)

T129922. -- Magioladitis (talk) 21:03, 14 March 2016 (UTC)

Le Deluge does this rule apply for BC deaths too? -- Magioladitis (talk) 22:00, 14 March 2016 (UTC)

Le Deluge is there a category for every XYs BC births? -- Magioladitis (talk) 22:02, 14 March 2016 (UTC)

I left a comment at Wikipedia_talk:People_by_year#What_is_the_appropriate_category_to_add_to_a_person_born_BC.3F asking for specifics. -- Magioladitis (talk) 22:09, 14 March 2016 (UTC)

Hmm - it looks like that decision was reverted by Wikipedia_talk:Categorization_of_people#RfC:_BC_births_and_deaths_categorization_scheme and we're back to year/decade/century even for births - I must admit I wasn't around at the time so I'd not kept up with the to-and-fro, I'd just bumped into decade categories that had been deleted per that September discussion. So it looks like I'm wrong, and no change is needed... Le Deluge (talk) 22:13, 14 March 2016 (UTC)

It didn't work...

[81] postdlf (talk) 13:20, 23 March 2016 (UTC)

postdlf old AWB version. I asked them to update. -- Magioladitis (talk) 13:47, 23 March 2016 (UTC)


Re this edit: I can see the logic of the bot creating a DEFAULTSORT which is the article title without any diacriticals, and it seems very useful for placenames etc, but it has the disadvantage of giving the impression that someone has thought about the DEFAULTSORT for the article and in this case decided to sort it on forename rather than surname.

For article titles which are personal names a DEFAULTSORT created by removing diacriticals from article title will almost always not be correct.

A few ideas:

  • Carry on with Yobot's current action, but create a maintenance category for "DEFAULTSORT added by a bot but which appear to be personal names and need an intelligent eye"
  • Stop the bot from adding DEFAULTSORT for anything which is identifiably a person, and add a maintenance category such as "Article title is personal name containing diacriticals affecting sorting, DEFAULTSORT needed".
  • Take a stab at it by creating the DEFAULTSORT as "lastname, othernames", which will be right more often than not - perhaps with a "DEFAULTSORT needs checking" maintenance category added.

Titles starting with "The " or "A " or "An " are another category where an automatically-added defaultsort is likely to be wrong, but are much less likely to include diacriticals and be dealt with by the bot.

I do quite a bit of stub-sorting, and one of the sets of stubs I pick out to work on are those where the DEFAULTSORT is absent or wrong, shown when they misfile in Category:Stubs: mostly these two groups, personal names sorting on forename and leading definite or indefinite articles. PamD 08:55, 24 March 2016 (UTC)

PamD thanks for the heads up. The problem s that the page was not identified as a biographical page due to the lack of appropriate categories, infoboxes, etc. We can refine this even more. I'll check. -- Magioladitis (talk) 09:54, 24 March 2016 (UTC)

But it had the category Category:Racewalkers, which is a many-layers-down child of Category:People. I wouldn't have expected the bot to do anything clever without some such clue that it was about a person! PamD 13:24, 24 March 2016 (UTC)

PamD not all subcategories of people are about people. Thaat's the main problem I face all these years in order ot make a super-optimal code. -- Magioladitis (talk) 13:56, 24 March 2016 (UTC)

Ah, I see what you mean - "Lists of people", "Personal flags" etc. Good luck! I've often thought how useful a category which included all people would be - a dab page or surname page could then link to the right section of its A-Z listing to get a list of people with that surname. We can do it for living people, but not the dead+live+unknown. If every bio article or stub was in Category:Individual people, it would be an enormous but very useful category! PamD 14:03, 24 March 2016 (UTC)



Under Yobot, you fixed articles using AWB. What is that? Regards, John sheens (talk) 08:06, 26 March 2016 (UTC)

John sheens Please read WP:AWB. -- Magioladitis (talk) 08:08, 26 March 2016 (UTC)

Need help to deal with remaining duplicated reflists!


Dear talk page stalkers,

I need your help to deal with the last remaining pages of Wikipedia:CHECKWIKI/078 dump. @Redrose64, Jonesey95, and GoingBatty: et al.!!! -- Magioladitis (talk) 09:32, 26 March 2016 (UTC)

I did five of them and may have time for more later. Some of them were pretty strange. – Jonesey95 (talk) 14:17, 26 March 2016 (UTC)
All done, I think. You might want to re-run the CheckWiki task to see if we missed any. – Jonesey95 (talk) 15:17, 26 March 2016 (UTC)
Jonesey95 Wow. Yes, I rechecked using the tool. All done. -- Magioladitis (talk) 15:22, 26 March 2016 (UTC)

Greek socialists

Hi. I came across Union of People's Democracy, recently started article. I had previously understood that ELD was a front organized by the Socialist Party of Greece and that the Socialist Party later added 'ELD' to its name more as a symbolic gesture. But this article seems to describe the ELD as a political party. Any idea whether they should they be merged? --Soman (talk) 20:00, 20 March 2016 (UTC)

Soman Sorry I did not have time to check this. I have somewhere handwritten notes but I was not able to find them. I may try next week. The greek article is no better at the moment. -- Magioladitis (talk) 15:25, 26 March 2016 (UTC)

Martin vom Brocke

Hi Yobot / Magioladitis! The article Martin vom Brocke is no longer an orphan. Will you change this "issue" information of March 17 or should I do that myself? --DownUnder36 (talk) 12:49, 29 March 2016 (UTC)

Hi Magioladitis! Herzlichen Dank für die schnelle Erledigung - und das andere Problem löse ich auch noch ;-). Ich schreibe Deutsch, weil Du schreibst, dass Du das kannst. Still being very much impressed about your > 750,000 contrubutions to Wikipedia. Gruß aus good old Germany--DownUnder36 (talk) 18:42, 29 March 2016 (UTC)
DownUnder36 Danke sehr! Happy editing! -- Magioladitis (talk) 19:58, 29 March 2016 (UTC)

ISBNs obtained from Wikidata

I have undone your edits to Phantoms in the Brain. The templates you removed are links to Wikidata statements for this book, and allow the information to be maintained in one less place. You can read about it here. I take your question mark edit summary to mean you didn't know what you were dealing with; maybe next time you should ask first. —swpbT 13:22, 28 March 2016 (UTC)

swpb I think is still not active. Frietjes to help me on that. I have not seen any another pages transcluding Wikidata properties like that. -- Magioladitis (talk)
You can see that it's "active" by just looking at the page; all the data appear as they should. Whether you've seen it done before is irrelevant; it's perfectly correct. —swpbT 13:59, 28 March 2016 (UTC)
@Swpb: (talk page watcher) And just how are editors supposed to know about this? There is no {{tl|#property}}; there is no indication in the documentation at {{Infobox book}}; the link in your edit summary is red; the link you include above leads to very obscure information. Has this been approved by anyone for implementation in English Wikipedia? I don't remember seeing anything about it in, for example, The Signpost. PamD 14:06, 28 March 2016 (UTC)
To PamD: I wasn't aware there needed to be a formal approval to use every new capability in MediaWiki, or a requirement that all editors understand it; there's certainly been no consensus against using a perfectly functional and useful capability. As I understand, all infoboxes should be using wikidata to end duplication of effort. To the extent that wikidata starts appearing on Wikipedia -- and it will continue to, from editors other than myself -- Wikipedia documentation simply needs to catch up. —swpbT 14:17, 28 March 2016 (UTC)
@Swpb: Editors edit pages, including infoboxes. If you start using a facility that other editors don't understand, and about which they can't find information even if they look, it's rude to those editors and causes stress and confusion. That's not the way to introduce new capabilities understood only by the MediaWiki cognoscenti. PamD 14:23, 28 March 2016 (UTC)
I agree that editors should be able to find information on the capability, and I'm dismayed that Wikipedia's documentation has failed to cover it. That's no reason to pretend it doesn't exist. If you want to be helpful, by, e.g., updating the documentation, or revising the infobox to auto-populate as User:Frietjes mentioned, that would be appreciated. —swpbT 14:26, 28 March 2016 (UTC)

swpb no it's not like that. The infobox should be used without any parameters and the parameters to be auto-generated instead fo explicitly requests specific properties from Wikidata. The infobox should be doing this for you. -- Magioladitis (talk) 14:03, 28 March 2016 (UTC)

Magioladitis Yes, in an ideal world, the template would be self-populating. There's certainly no harm I can see in manually populating it in the mean time. —swpbT 14:24, 28 March 2016 (UTC)

In addition to PamD: Wikidata#Phase_3 has not yet started. -- Magioladitis (talk) 14:08, 28 March 2016 (UTC)

@Swpb and PamD: there are a couple options, (1) do something like {{PH wikidata}} or, even better, (2) update infobox book to use a method similar to Template:Infobox telescope. Frietjes (talk) 14:10, 28 March 2016 (UTC)
Thanks, @Frietjes: {{Infobox telescope}} looks a good model - clear information describing what's going on. Please, @Swpb:, do something similar for {{Infobox Book}}, and also notify the people at Wikipedia_talk:WikiProject_Books (though of course there are plenty of editors who occasionally edit book articles and aren't part of that project). And perhaps, if introducing something so radical, add a standard hidden comment somewhere in that infobox "This infobox uses Wikidata parameters; for more information see ...". And explain, somewhere, what to do if the information needs to be corrected or updated, how to add more data, etc. PamD 14:31, 28 March 2016 (UTC)
I will work on those things if and when I have a chance (i.e., probably not today); but this is a collaborative project -- since you clearly want to see this done, maybe you can start investigating getting it done. —swpbT 14:33, 28 March 2016 (UTC)

swpb No. You should not be addding wikidata properties randomly till we sort it out otherwise bots, programs, etc. will come into trouble. I arrived to this page by a tracking categories syaing that the isbn number was not a number as expected. -- Magioladitis (talk) 14:29, 28 March 2016 (UTC)

That sounds a lot like a bot problem that needs to be fixed at the bot end, now or later. —swpbT 14:30, 28 March 2016 (UTC)
Yes, ta the moment when Infoboxes will work like {{Official website}} and not by randomly inserted items. -- Magioladitis (talk) 14:37, 28 March 2016 (UTC)
There is a roadmap to use wikidata items. I do not understand why you want to force the schedule forward. -- Magioladitis (talk) 14:38, 28 March 2016 (UTC)
Maybe you should include a link to that roadmap (I've yet to see it) in your reversion summary, instead of leaving useless punctuation marks that suggest you are clueless. —swpbT 14:40, 28 March 2016 (UTC)

I already did. "Phase 3 not started." -- Magioladitis (talk) 14:43, 28 March 2016 (UTC)

1. That's a weak excuse for a "roadmap"; are these phases described anywhere in any sort of detail? This guideline contradicts you, and suggests that my use of wikidata falls under phase two. If using enabled functionality is currently disallowed, your "roadmap" needs to say that explicitly, or you'll see it used by a lot more editors than just me. 2. I said "edit summary". If there's one place a meaningful edit summary (or at least actual words) is key, it's in a revert. —swpbT 14:44, 28 March 2016 (UTC)
  • Comment This RFC from May 2013 allows templates to be modified to include information from Wikidata when there is no existing information in the infobox, but the option to "in the template call in the article make a call to Wikidata and give the result to the template" was not supported by consensus; this latter option, which did not have community support, is what the infobox template in Phantoms in the Brain was doing. Things may have changed in the intervening three years, but I did not find any newer discussions. – Jonesey95 (talk) 16:52, 28 March 2016 (UTC)

Being too hasty has many problems: First of all, there still no option to edit the Wikidata item directly. Moreover, Wikidata at the moment allows mutliple ISBNs to be saved while infoboxes need only one, usually that of the first edition. -- Magioladitis (talk) 13:18, 30 March 2016 (UTC)

And now I have to fix ISBN errors in Wikidata too... Especially because some data was imported form English before we fix all ISBN data in English Wikipedia. (Example) Why??? Can't we please make a real plan instead of just creating more noise by pilling more and more errors? -- Magioladitis (talk) 13:36, 30 March 2016 (UTC)

VIAFbot added ISBN info in Wikidata from various Wikipedias back in 2013 without making any checks whether the ISBN was a valid or not. -- Magioladitis (talk) 15:11, 30 March 2016 (UTC)

Category:Pages using isbn values obtained from wikidata. At least I am in Hackathon and maybe we can deal with this. -- Magioladitis (talk) 09:14, 31 March 2016 (UTC)

Broadcom (disambiguation) AfD?


Greetings! I noticed that you've contributed to articles on Broadcom Corporation, Avago Technology, and/or the new merged entity Broadcom Limited in the past. I'm pinging you to see if you wanted to add an opinion to a deletion debate on a disambiguation page (Broadcom (disambiguation)). If so, the debate is here. Thanks! Talk to SageGreenRider 23:34, 30 March 2016 (UTC)

Thank for the heads up. -- Magioladitis (talk) 05:25, 2 April 2016 (UTC)

ISBN for book written before system in use?

I see you added an ISBN for The A.B.C. Murders by Agatha Christie. For the articles about books she wrote before ISBN came into being (about 1970), other editors have left that blank. The infobox generally has information on the first edition of the novel. I am not aware of rules on this one way or the other; it is just something I noticed for books printed before ISBN existed. If there is a Publication history section, then the later editions with ISBN are listed with it, occasionally (e.g., Dickens The Old Curiosity Shop, while those by Austen, Bronte, Alcott, Twain, Harper Lee in 1960 skip ISBN altogether in the articles). Just wondering. --Prairieplant (talk) 22:35, 31 March 2016 (UTC)

Prairieplant The instructions at {{Infobox book}} says for the ISBN parameter, "(prefer ISBN of 1st edition)". Beyond that, I don't know. Good question. Bgwhite (talk) 22:53, 31 March 2016 (UTC)

Prairieplant cc: Bgwhite you are right but in fact what I did is just to make the problem visible to make a point. If you check the page before and after my edit nothing changed in the visual outcome. Infobox book was recently added to autogenerate ISBN codes using Wikidata. I think this is not a good idea and this is an example. -- Magioladitis (talk) 05:17, 1 April 2016 (UTC)

Magioladitis Oh, that is a huge change. All those authors I listed, I checked and at that moment there was no ISBN anywhere on the finished page. Will an ISBN appear on To Kill A Mockingbird? David Copperfield? It is weird, there was no isbn line in the infobox for The A.B.C. Murders, yet there was an ISBN on the page, I had not noticed that odd situation when I posted my note to you. I checked using World Cat, the autogenerator chose a 2006 American edition for that British author. Thank you for explaining. Who thinks this is a good idea? Who wrote the "autogeneration"? Last question, will my work to find first edition isbn be undone by this mystery feature? --Prairieplant (talk) 08:12, 2 April 2016 (UTC) --Prairieplant (talk) 08:16, 2 April 2016 (UTC)

Prairieplant take a look at Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Books. -- Magioladitis (talk) 08:23, 2 April 2016 (UTC)

Oshkosh Logistic Vehicle System Replacement (LVSR)


Hello Magioladitis,

I kind of picked you out of the Wiki ether to ask this question of you, and simply because Yobot did an edit on a page I created. I'm still learning with Wiki, so hope this isn't too dim a question, and something I should probably be able to sort myself...

I recently spent some time creating a page for Oshkosh's Logistic Vehicle System Replacement (LVSR), calling the page Oshkosh Logistic Vehicle System Replacement (LVSR).

In the big outside world the Logistic Vehicle System Replacement (LVSR) is the US Marines replacement for the Logistic Vehicle System (LVS). Obviously I guess! There is currently a Wiki page for LVS, although to be pedantic, it is incorrectly named Logistics Vehicle System when the vehicle is actually contracted as the Logistic Vehicle System. But minor I suspect.

There was mention of Logistic Vehicle System Replacement (LVS) in the Logistics Vehicle System (LVSR) page, but I trimmed this to essentials when I created and linked to the new LVSR page.

The problem I have, and can't sort, is that if I search Wiki for LVSR by acronym (which most will do as this is what the vehicle is referred to as) there is a redirect in place for LVSR that takes the searcher to the LVS page. Yes, you can then link to the LVSR page, but it's got to be better to go directly to LVSR when searching LVSR. How do I get rid of that redirect? Maybe I can't, and maybe only an Administrator can?

Grateful for your thoughts/comments.Wolpat (talk) 16:19, 4 April 2016 (UTC)

(talk page watcher) @Wolpat: to edit a redirect you need to:
  1. Click on the redirect LVSR, which takes you to existing target article
  2. look at the top where it says "Redirected from LVSR"
  3. Click on that blue "LVSR", which gets you to the redirect
  4. Edit the redirect to change its target.
I hope that helps! PamD 17:08, 4 April 2016 (UTC)

Thanks Magioladitis. I sussed that out just before reading your message :-).

Thanks again Wolpat (talk) 17:29, 4 April 2016 (UTC)

Capsella bursa-pastoris


You corrected the ISBN number I gave. I have changed it to what I first used. I trust you agree? Webb, D.A., Parnell, J. and Doogue, D. 1996. An Irish Flora. ISBN 0-85221-131-7 and: Parnell, J. and Curtis, T. 2012.Webb's An Irish Flora. ISBN 978-185918-4783 Osborne 13:15, 5 April 2016 (UTC)Osborne 13:20, 5 April 2016 (UTC)

Nice job. -- Magioladitis (talk) 20:51, 5 April 2016 (UTC)

Mugo Kibiru

Hello Magioladitis,

I surmise that you are responsible for assisting in returning the page in question to it's original content after something happened during editing and the page was jumbled up. Thank you. However, can I continue to edit the page properly or is there an issue with my editing? Richard Mwangi (talk) 18:37, 6 April 2016 (UTC)

Left you a message

Hi I've left you a message on your "Awards" page. Realizing just now that I should have left it here for you. Hoping to hearing from you! SeaBeeDee 16:13, 7 April 2016 (UTC) SeaBeeDee 16:13, 7 April 2016 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by SeaBeeDee (talkcontribs)

Incomplete removal of Multiple issues


Hi, I don't know if Yobot is still doing this, but nobody's noticed that spare 1= until now. --Redrose64 (talk) 23:02, 1 April 2016 (UTC)

Redrose64 there were 113 pages in the database with |1= in Multiple issues. I removed it from all places to avoid problems till we fix the bug. Still the bug will be fixed. -- Magioladitis (talk) 06:21, 4 April 2016 (UTC)

rev 12001 -- Magioladitis (talk) 11:00, 8 April 2016 (UTC)

same sex marriage


He Magioladitis, why is Yobot adding WP Women to all articles on same sex marriages? That seems a bit wide a scope! L.tak (talk) 10:47, 5 April 2016 (UTC)

L.tak It is not. Look carefully. -- Magioladitis (talk) 10:48, 5 April 2016 (UTC)

L.tak The edit summary means that that the page has a WikiProject Women related tag but it does not imply that the bot necessarily added a new tag. -- Magioladitis (talk) 10:52, 5 April 2016 (UTC)

I'm curious about this edit which did nothing other than bypass a redir. It's marked as an AWB edit, so should satisfy WP:AWB#Rules of use - but it goes against item 4. --Redrose64 (talk) 17:48, 5 April 2016 (UTC)

Redrose64 this is how my tagging system works to avoid duplicate tags. If someone has a better tagging system is welcome to take over the bot tasks. I 've asked other people in the past. -- Magioladitis (talk) 20:39, 5 April 2016 (UTC)

Tagging completed. -- Magioladitis (talk) 11:01, 8 April 2016 (UTC)



Just so I don't make the same mistake in the future, what exactly does this fix entail? Thanks!—Ëzhiki (Igels Hérissonovich Ïzhakoff-Amursky) • (yo?); April 8, 2016; 19:02 (UTC)

Ezhiki the letter should be the Latin X and you used the Cyrillic X which is a different letter. -- Magioladitis (talk) 19:25, 8 April 2016 (UTC)
You know, I was always wondering how people could be so stupid and type a Cyrillic letter where a Latin one should clearly be used. I must admit that after having made this mistake myself, I still don't know the answer :) Anyway, thanks for the quick response and, more importantly, for catching this at all. Cheers,—Ëzhiki (Igels Hérissonovich Ïzhakoff-Amursky) • (yo?); April 8, 2016; 19:33 (UTC)

Ezhiki Haha. I was familiar with the mistake because I once used the Greek X myself :) Then I had to fix an error I cause by myself. -- Magioladitis (talk) 19:35, 8 April 2016 (UTC)

How can anybody confuse X, Х and Χ - they're so obviously different. --Redrose64 (talk) 22:03, 8 April 2016 (UTC)
Redrose64 lol. -- Magioladitis (talk) 22:09, 8 April 2016 (UTC)
Magioladitis is Greek. As all western alphabets are derived from the Greek Alphabet, Magioladitis can spot the tiniest difference in letters. As every word, in any language, comes from Greek, Magioladitis can also speak any language. Bgwhite (talk) 22:53, 8 April 2016 (UTC)

False positives on CheckWiki ISBN list?


I am unable to determine why the following ISBNs are showing up on the CheckWiki ISBN list:

These ISBNs do not appear to have special characters in them and do not give an error on the Special:Booksources page. The first and last one link to valid works in

And I wonder why this one does not give an error at Special:Booksources but turns up in the CheckWiki error list. The check digit works. I think the CheckWiki test should be the same as the one at Special:Booksources, so we may need to modify one or the other.

Any ideas? – Jonesey95 (talk) 16:11, 8 April 2016 (UTC)

Jonesey95 these number were not assigned to any books officially. -- Magioladitis (talk) 16:12, 8 April 2016 (UTC)
How does CheckWiki determine this? Should Special:Booksources perform the same check? – Jonesey95 (talk) 16:13, 8 April 2016 (UTC)

@NicoV: for that. -- Magioladitis (talk) 16:14, 8 April 2016 (UTC)

@Magioladitis and Jonesey95: WPCleaner uses the official range file for determining whether an ISBN number is in a valid range or not. For example, this files says that the only valid ranges starting with 979 are 979-10 for France, 979-11 for Korea and 979-12 for Italia : so 979-9... is not valid. --NicoV (Talk on frwiki) 21:10, 10 April 2016 (UTC)

Jonesey95 I see in International Standard Book Number that no country has 9999 prefix for instance. -- Magioladitis (talk) 16:16, 8 April 2016 (UTC)

9100000-9399999 is a non reserved area. -- Magioladitis (talk) 16:19, 8 April 2016 (UTC)

Yobot: rule 4 "Do not make insignificant or inconsequential edits"


Not any is it "Do not make insignificant or inconsequential edits" but it seems wrong – not a stub, or anything else, does not need two line breaks before. In addition, it always seem wrong to add a break after {{clear}} – it already contains the correct vertical space and doesn't need more. Mary McAllen (talk) 07:47, 11 April 2016 (UTC)

Mary McAllen you fixed it just before the bot arrived to the page. After reverting the last edit the page was relisted in the pages with errors. If you had fixed it without reverting first it would have happened. Anyway, the page is OK now. -- Magioladitis (talk) 07:48, 11 April 2016 (UTC)

Mary McAllen And yes, I know to which page you refer to because it was in my today's to-do list but please in the future provide specific links. It would be easier for both of us and it will help me fix similar problem when they occur. I already thanked you for the fix. -- Magioladitis (talk) 07:50, 11 April 2016 (UTC)

Mary McAllen moreover, the portal tag should be placed in the references section that's why the bor moved it there. -- Magioladitis (talk) 07:52, 11 April 2016 (UTC)

Translation help


Hi. I saw you in list of Wikipedia:WikiProject Greece/Members and recognised your name from somewhere, so I thought you might help. Me and @The Replicator: have been discussing this announcement from regarding the greek parliament having suspended the 2015–16 Greek Football Cup. However, none of us speak the language (and google translate is no good) so I wonder if you can help translate and clear the context of this announcement? We have been discussing at User talk:The Replicator#Greek cup regarding this edit if the tournament will be resumed, or if this is only the Greek Football Association saying that they want it resumed to put pressure on greek parliament? Any help would be appreciated. Qed237 (talk) 18:00, 13 April 2016 (UTC)

An other editor has already helped so you can ignore this. Thank you anyway. Qed237 (talk) 09:33, 14 April 2016 (UTC)

Qed237 Happy to hear that! -- Magioladitis (talk) 06:42, 15 April 2016 (UTC)



Hi, if you got time for it, please take a look at the article about Oba Chandler. Any improvements are welcomed. Thanks.--BabbaQ (talk) 17:10, 11 April 2016 (UTC)

BabbaQ I checked but I found nothing to fix :) -- Magioladitis (talk) 06:44, 15 April 2016 (UTC)

In my humble opinion re: Sorcha Faal reports


Hi, Mags. Greetings. I hope all is well with you. In this edit you deleted an interlanguage link that was written as an external link, which is a good thing, but I believe you should have taken things a step further and converted the external link to an interlanguage wikilink using the {{ILL}} template like this instead of just walking away leaving things totally delinked. What do you think? Cheers! {{u|Checkingfax}} {Talk} 06:30, 15 April 2016 (UTC)

Checkingfax I deleted it because it was used a a reference and wikipedia can't be a reference to itself. Ofcourse, to link to other projects is welcome when it is done in a sensible way. -- Magioladitis (talk) 06:33, 15 April 2016 (UTC)

Hi, Mags. Turns out {{ILL}} is being deprecated for {{ILLM}}, so I switched it over to that ILL template. Cheers! {{u|Checkingfax}} {Talk} 06:59, 15 April 2016 (UTC)


Hi Mags........ Good morning. Kindly look in the Coordinates of Nasra, Ranaghat, Gopalpur,Taherpur andParbbatipur of west bengal. Clarify me, are the Five towns have the same coordinates? The population of Nasra also differs in the text as well as in the picture as 10560 and 10360.which is correct? --கி.மூர்த்தி (talk) 23:55, 15 April 2016 (UTC)

Yobot marked my article as orphan.


Hi there,. Thanks for edit my article Association of Muslim Professionals, India, but your Yobot marked it as orphan. Please help and guide me how to remove it. Thanks, Fahadpathan

Now resolved. Page has now incoming links. -- Magioladitis (talk) 07:25, 16 April 2016 (UTC)

How you did that, please let me know?? Fahadpathan F.P. 07:27, 16 April 2016 (UTC)

Fahad pathan Check "What links here" on the Tools menu on the left. If page has incoming links is not an orphan anymore. -- Magioladitis (talk) 07:29, 16 April 2016 (UTC)

Magioladitis thanks a lot for the help. Fahad pathan F.P. 07:33, 16 April 2016 (UTC)

ISSN numbers


I saw you changed the format of some ISSN numbers ([82]). I actually used an automated tool ([83]) to add those, so in case the format is wrong, it may be useful to contact the creator of that tool to make him aware of the possible wrong formatting. There's a user talk page linked on the website.

Pieceofmetalwork (talk) 17:07, 16 April 2016 (UTC)

|issn= in citation templates can be entered with or without a hyphen. It works fine both ways. – Jonesey95 (talk) 19:41, 16 April 2016 (UTC)

Still the correct format is with hyphens and using correct syntax helps us spot wrong numbers. -- Magioladitis (talk) 19:44, 16 April 2016 (UTC)

Interwiki link written as an external link

Hello. Can you explain this edit to me? Why don't you fix the link instead of removing it? Thanks and regards, Biwom (talk) 07:20, 17 April 2016 (UTC)

Biwom how is this link related to the page in question? Why this page is in See also section anyway? I am confused. -- Magioladitis (talk) 07:27, 17 April 2016 (UTC)
Can you please answer my question first, then we can try to address your concerns? Regards, Biwom (talk) 07:30, 17 April 2016 (UTC)
Biwom I already answered in fact. I do not see the why have in a see also section a page in Spanish that provides no extra information about that particular village. -- Magioladitis (talk) 07:32, 17 April 2016 (UTC)

I do no treat all cases the same way. See this for instance. Of course anyone is welcome to correct me. -- Magioladitis (talk) 07:35, 17 April 2016 (UTC)

So what you are telling me is, you took the time to read the articles Cando, Spain and es:Bólido de Cando and that your conclusion is that es:Bólido de Cando does not bring any extra information about Cando, Spain? And you were able to reach that conclusion although this particular edit was the 183rd edit you had performed in just 74 minutes? Biwom (talk) 07:44, 17 April 2016 (UTC)

Biwom yes, I read it very roughly since I do not know Spanish. I think if it is to add this link would be as extra information in the "list of..." page above. -- Magioladitis (talk) 08:20, 17 April 2016 (UTC)

Look, I'm going to stay at a very basic and - I believe - consensual level here. Whenever you remove content in an article:
  1. do not mark the edit as minor,
  2. do not put in the edit summary "v1.38 - WP:WCW project (Interwiki link written as an external link)) (undo | thank) (Tag: WPCleaner)".
Thanks and regards, Biwom (talk) 08:33, 17 April 2016 (UTC)

Biwom I ll NicoV how no to mark edits with WCleaner as minor. Thanks for the heads up. I have not noticed that all edits were marked as minor. -- Magioladitis (talk) 08:38, 17 April 2016 (UTC)

@NicoV: How can I mark an edit as not minor? -- Magioladitis (talk) 07:20, 19 April 2016 (UTC)

@Magioladitis: Currently not possible, but if need be, I can add the option. --NicoV (Talk on frwiki) 09:18, 19 April 2016 (UTC)

This please


T133033 Here ya go. --QEDK (TC) 12:16, 19 April 2016 (UTC)

AWB with very large lists

I've been trying to use AWB with a very large list of articles (~600,000), but it freezes whenever I try to load the list file. Is there any way around this other than splitting up the list? ~ RobTalk 05:17, 21 April 2016 (UTC)

BU Rob13 how do you want to use it? -- Magioladitis (talk) 07:42, 21 April 2016 (UTC)

See the auto-assessment task at WP:VPR. I eventually got it working. ~ RobTalk 11:37, 21 April 2016 (UTC)

Project tagging error by bot

This concerns this edit.

The bot tagged Talk:Park Building (Cleveland, Ohio) for the Chicago wikiproject, a move that doesn't make sense to me; the Park Building (Cleveland, Ohio) article has nothing to do with Chicago. It doesn't even mention Chicago aside from its architecture category, which bears the name "Chicago" merely because the style originated there. Was the bot working from a list that project members supplied (in which case I need to contact them), or was it relying on other indicators? Nyttend (talk) 03:07, 23 April 2016 (UTC)

Nyttend Tagging was done based on categorisation exclusively following a bot request. Page is in Chicago school (architecture). -- Magioladitis (talk) 07:42, 23 April 2016 (UTC)

I've reverted all not-already-reverted edits that it made to building talk pages. Once again, the Chicago school is merely named for the city where it originated; most buildings of the style are totally unrelated to Chicago and its metropolitan area, and tagging them as such is as unhelpful as it would be to tag the members of Category:International style architecture as being relevant to Wikipedia:WikiProject International relations, or the members of Category:Queen Anne architecture in the United States as being relevant to a wikiproject for Queen Anne herself. Nyttend (talk) 13:05, 23 April 2016 (UTC)

@TonyTheTiger: who requested the tagging. -- Magioladitis (talk) 14:35, 23 April 2016 (UTC)

@TonyTheTiger: @Nyttend: Unfortunately, I finished the tagging before the questions are raised. What to tag depends on the wikiproject. Some Wikiprojects have narrow scope so other very wide. -- Magioladitis (talk) 19:47, 23 April 2016 (UTC)

Yobot breaking page layout at Cohomology



Yobot breaks the page layout at Cohomology by replacing <p> tags in list entries with line breaks. See this diff. —Tobias Bergemann (talk) 13:20, 24 April 2016 (UTC)

Tobias Bergemann Thanks for the heads up. I tried a workaround. Tell me if you are satisfied with it. -- Magioladitis (talk) 13:30, 24 April 2016 (UTC)

That appears to do the trick. (And may be less confusing for screen readers.) Thanks! —Tobias Bergemann (talk) 13:42, 24 April 2016 (UTC)

I am happy I helped. -- Magioladitis (talk) 13:47, 24 April 2016 (UTC)

Prince Oscar of Sweden (redirect)

Hello! Prince Oscar of Sweden redirects currently to Prince Oscar Bernadotte. I think that the redirect should perhaps be moved to Prince Oscar, Duke of Skåne, because he is a current member of the Swedish Royal Family and he is or at least will be better known as Prince Oscar of Sweden by public than a late son of King Oscar II. I'm asking you for a second opinion, because I'm not sure about this and you have edited Prince Oscar Bernadotte recently. What do you think: should we keep the redirect as it is now or move it? --Editor FIN (talk) 12:06, 26 April 2016 (UTC)

William Yates (missionary)


You have blanked the page without any explanation, so I revert it.Xx236 (talk) 10:07, 27 April 2016 (UTC)

Xx236 AWB glitch. Thanks for fixing this. -- Magioladitis (talk) 10:08, 27 April 2016 (UTC)

RevDelete Request


I believe this [84] meets RD3. --Peter Sam Fan 15:04, 28 April 2016 (UTC)

Peter SamFan done. -- Magioladitis (talk) 15:07, 28 April 2016 (UTC)
  Thank you! Peter Sam Fan 15:09, 28 April 2016 (UTC)

Frank Freda


Hi, can you delete this pesky redirect. Thanks. Quis separabit? 16:15, 28 April 2016 (UTC) done. -- Magioladitis (talk) 16:18, 28 April 2016 (UTC)

Thanks. Quis separabit? 16:18, 28 April 2016 (UTC)


Hi. Can you leave the removal of persondata to the bot? Is there benefit in you doing these? — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 10:54, 29 April 2016 (UTC)

MSGJ OK. Still I am doing more than the bot since I also perform general fixes. -- Magioladitis (talk) 11:19, 29 April 2016 (UTC)

Speedy deletion


User:İnternion/twinkleoptions.js and User:İnternion/CSD log My request has been marked for deletion --İnternion (talk) 12:13, 30 April 2016 (UTC)

İnternion done. -- Magioladitis (talk) 12:14, 30 April 2016 (UTC)

Need your help to verify a few points, please!


Hi, I greatly appreciate your help with Biofuel Research Journal page. Given your invaluable experience and background reg. various Wikipedia projects including Academic Journals, I am certain that it would be very easy for you to verify the authenticity of the content. Thank you! Meisam tab (talk) 05:23, 19 April 2016 (UTC)

Page deleted via AfD. -- Magioladitis (talk) 12:23, 30 April 2016 (UTC)

My latest AWB run

I mainly converted tags such as refimprove and primary sources to their BLP versions on biographical articles about living people. -- Magioladitis (talk) 15:38, 30 April 2016 (UTC)

'Use dmy/mdy dates' templates


Hello Magioladitis. I have a quick question for you since you're a long-time Wikipedia editor and an administrator ... and since earlier today you moved a 'use dmy dates' template that I had recently placed on the edit page for Marco Amenta; I had it on the first line and you moved it to below 'blp' and 'cleanup' templates. Two months ago, another editor who was also an administrator, did the exact reverse and moved to the very top a 'use dmy dates' that I had placed on a third line below two other already existing templates. He/she commented that the template belonged at the top. If you have a moment, any chance of clarifying the correct placement of the 'Use dmy/mdy dates' template? Obviously I would like to use them correctly ... and I can't find anything in Wikipedia:Help on the preferred sequence of the templates that are placed at the top of the edit page. Thanks in advance! - Xenxax (talk) 17:53, 30 April 2016 (UTC)

Xenxax Hi! My main concern was to fix the BLP tags. The logic of the program I use puts Multiple issues above 'Use dmy/mdy dates' templates. I do not think there is super formal rule of which to put above the other. -- Magioladitis (talk) 18:29, 30 April 2016 (UTC)

Thank you Magioladitis ... I very much appreciate the response, the clarification. All makes sense! - Xenxax (talk) 19:08, 30 April 2016 (UTC)

Xenxax take note that hatnotes are put on top of every other template because they do not directly refer to the article in question but they are there to help viewers to access other articles. -- Magioladitis (talk) 19:10, 30 April 2016 (UTC)

Thanks! That I have been doing. All good! - Xenxax (talk) 19:12, 30 April 2016 (UTC)

AWB error


This AWB edit added two consecutive pipes. I fixed it by removing one of them. Oh, I see {{bias}} was removed by that edit. wbm1058 (talk) 17:36, 1 May 2016 (UTC)

wbm1058 Thanks for the heads up. I ll check this. There is a small chance I did this my accident. There is a chance that this is an actual bug. -- Magioladitis (talk) 17:40, 1 May 2016 (UTC)

wbm1058 Bias was retargeted in October 2015. The tag was incorecclty removed as duplicate of POV. Fixed now. Still need to fix the double pipe. -- Magioladitis (talk) 17:48, 1 May 2016 (UTC)

Bug reported: T134123 -- Magioladitis (talk) 17:51, 1 May 2016 (UTC)

Bug fixed: rev 12020 -- Magioladitis (talk) 05:58, 3 June 2016 (UTC)

Church of St Mary, Usk


It is very likely due to my citations but your cleanup doesn't appear to have completely worked. KJP1 (talk) 16:34, 1 May 2016 (UTC)

KJP1 fixed now. -- Magioladitis (talk) 18:22, 1 May 2016 (UTC)

About Yobot and article layout

I have seen this edit by Yobot, and I have one question : is it intentional that Yobot added the References section after the navigation template? In MOS:SECTIONORDER, the References section comes before the navigation templates.
Regards --NicoScribe (talk) 15:02, 2 May 2016 (UTC)

NicoScribe it's impossible for a the bot to understand that this is a navbox and add the ref section above it. -- Magioladitis (talk) 15:24, 2 May 2016 (UTC)

BLP cleanup

Why don't you leave this to AWB bots, which can be filtered out in watchlists? Such edits [85] don't require human input and perhaps shouldn't be done with AWB. Materialscientist (talk) 22:59, 30 April 2016 (UTC)

Materialscientist there were cases that needed user attention. Maybe this one example did not. I did ~60% of the task by bot. At the same time I found a AWB bug and filled in two feature requests. I also had to update list of template redirects. There is still the problem of an editor who instead of tagging the pages tagged transcluded templates (approx. 160 templates!). So there were many things to be done manually. the task is over now. -- Magioladitis (talk) 23:22, 30 April 2016 (UTC)

AWB's general fixes can do most for the job. I reported a minor bug at T134057 and found some weird cases (for example [86]. [87]) that the conversion could not be performed. I did a database scan and there were about 15,000 pages with non-converted templates. I fixed about 5,000 manually and used bot for some thousand more. I also added a feature requests at T134065 to help this task. -- Magioladitis (talk) 23:23, 30 April 2016 (UTC)

Checking now I am done I see that it's true I could have done less by my account and leave more space to the bot. -- Magioladitis (talk) 23:30, 30 April 2016 (UTC)

rev 12011 fixes the bug issue. -- Magioladitis (talk) 19:52, 2 May 2016 (UTC)

A beer for you!

  hey Chat2jack (talk) 17:56, 3 May 2016 (UTC)

A beer for you!

  hey Chat2jack (talk) 17:56, 3 May 2016 (UTC)

Duplicate WP Women templates

Hi, see this edit - Yobot was aware of the existing {{WikiProject Women}}, since it modified it - yet it still added another one. --Redrose64 (talk) 13:55, 3 May 2016 (UTC)

Redrose64 there is some problem with API lately. I am aware. Till now my method was based on the checking the template transclusions. For some uknown reason sometimes the list of transclusions is not always accurate.-- Magioladitis (talk) 05:32, 6 May 2016 (UTC)

Category:CS1 maint: Ignored ISBN errors is being misused?

I'm concerned that you appear to be blindly removing all use of ignore-isbn-error and removing correct information about the source in the process. I'm assuming that the new category has prompted these edits so I've started a thread at Help talk:Citation Style 1#Category:CS1 maint: Ignored ISBN errors is being misused? to discuss.

TuxLibNit (talk) 17:56, 7 May 2016 (UTC)

Family tree templates

Family trees need reliable sources to back them up per WP:V. Why have you been removing templates requesting such sources? -- PBS (talk) 11:50, 6 May 2016 (UTC)

PBS As far as I understand the tag should be added in articles and not in templates. Still if you think these family trees are unreferenced and unreliable they should be sent to TfD. -- Magioladitis (talk) 16:24, 6 May 2016 (UTC)

WP:V say "All material in Wikipedia mainspace, including everything in articles, lists and captions, must be verifiable." so if these appear in articles then will need verification, and WP:PRESERVE states "Fix problems if you can, flag or remove them if you can't. Preserve appropriate content. As long as any facts or ideas would belong in an encyclopedia, they should be retained in Wikipedia". So following the advice of WP:V on how to "flag it":

Any material lacking a reliable source directly supporting it may be removed and should not be restored without an inline citation to a reliable source. Whether and how quickly material should be initially removed for not having an inline citation to a reliable source depends on the material and the overall state of the article. In some cases, editors may object if you remove material without giving them time to provide references; consider adding a citation needed tag as an interim step. (It may be that the article contains so few citations that it is impractical to add specific citation needed tags, in which case consider tagging a section with {{unreferencedsection}}, or the article with {{refimprove}} or {{unreferenced}}.)

Therefore the appropriate action is to use {{unreferencedsection}} on such templates and not to delete them unless their content is unverifiable. I would point out to you that you were not putting them up for delete but deleting templates asking for citations per the section in WP:V called Responsibility for providing citations. The appropriate action for you to take is to put the sections up for deletion if you think them unverifiable but not to delete the templates asking for in-line cations.
Why on the template and not the articles into which they are transluded? Because such templates often appear in more than one article so they need to have their citations within the template, if all instances in article space are to have citations. Last year I tagged lots of templates and many of them now carry citations see for example Template:Nerva–Antonine family tree. -- PBS (talk) 00:37, 7 May 2016 (UTC)

PBS I discovered your tagging when I tried to replace {{unreferencedsection}} with its BLP counterpart in articles about living people. -- Magioladitis (talk) 05:43, 7 May 2016 (UTC)

If there is a template that you think informs the reader more appropriately on BLP pages, then please indicate what it is and on which templates that would be a better option so that when they are transluded your preferred template appear on the BLP page. -- PBS (talk) 17:35, 8 May 2016 (UTC)
If after reading my postings here you think that my arguments based on policy are not valid, then I suggest that we adjourn to WT:V, and get others involved in the discussion. -- PBS (talk) 17:35, 8 May 2016 (UTC)

PBS I think that all pages that transclude unreferenced family trees should be tagged. -- Magioladitis (talk) 20:27, 8 May 2016 (UTC)

Thanks. Keep up the good work. -- PBS (talk) 05:24, 9 May 2016 (UTC)

Participate in the Ibero-American Culture Challenge!

Hi Magioladitis !

Iberocoop has launched a translating contest to improve the content in other Wikipedia related to Ibero-American Culture.

We would love to have you on board :)

Please find the contest here:

Hugs!--Anna Torres (WMAR) (talk) 15:06, 9 May 2016 (UTC)

Page deleted by Yobot


Hi Magioladitis,

I'm new at wikipedia, I read the guidelines to write articles and I think all the info had references. "Yobot" deleted the page I edited, and reverted to a previous version. Can you explain me what was wrong? And how can I improve it? Aleexeey (talk) 15:51, 11 May 2016 (UTC)

@Aleexeey: It was not Yobot, but WikiHannibal who reverted the page to a previous revision. Yobot did not edit the page, nor delete the page since the bot is not an administrator. GeoffreyT2000 (talk) 16:25, 11 May 2016 (UTC)
@Aleexeey: I restored your sourced content. WikiHannibal (talk) 19:41, 11 May 2016 (UTC)

Thanks! Sorry for my mistake :) Aleexeey (talk) 10:41, 12 May 2016 (UTC)


Do you know anybody that speaks Chinese? Mandarin Chinese would be better.

This is a great piece of vandalism. Bgwhite (talk) 09:16, 20 May 2016 (UTC)

Bgwhite lol. -- Magioladitis (talk) 09:19, 20 May 2016 (UTC)

AWB error bypassing a redirect...


...from {{mult}} to {{Multiple issues}}. See DIFF. – wbm1058 (talk) 17:57, 22 May 2016 (UTC)

wbm1058 fixed. -- Magioladitis (talk) 18:19, 22 May 2016 (UTC)
Sigh. 14 redirects and counting.
Don't confuse Template:Mi with Template:MI. A "no consensus" discussion from 2013. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Wbm1058 (talkcontribs) 20:29, 22 May 2016 (UTC)

It appears that you deleted links to wikipedia sites in other languages. The information contained in wikipedia versions in different languages is not the same. Not even close. While I understand that one should quote the original source rather than a secondary source, that is not always possible. In this case, my language skills sufficed to bring information from a wikipedia page in another language to the English one; however, my language skills do not suffice to search for the original source. Is it really better to have no citation at all than to have a citation to a secondary source?Todaysaccount (talk) 14:02, 23 May 2016 (UTC)

Todaysaccount where exactly I did this? -- Magioladitis (talk) 14:30, 23 May 2016 (UTC)

Magioladitis where you deleted the references to the German and Russian editions of Wikipedia. For example, I took the Russian titles from the Russian Wikipedia page. This is not the same as taking them from the Russian equivalent of the US Library of Congress or the German National Library, both of which can be considered essentially infallible. The Russian version of Wikipedia is here a secondary source, which, I have cited because I am unable to find a primary source, (not because I tried and couldn't find it, but because I would not know where to begin to look). Todaysaccount (talk) 00:58, 27 May 2016 (UTC)

Todaysaccount Wikipedia cannot be used as a reference. Same reason personal blogs, forum posts and IMDb cannot be used as a reference. They are all user edited with no editorial oversight. Bgwhite (talk) 02:20, 27 May 2016 (UTC)

Martina (tunnel boring machine)



I noticed that you re-introduced a new unreviewed article template on the page, even though it had been reviewed by an administrator previously. I removed the template.


mezil (talk) 14:39, 27 May 2016 (UTC)

I did not. -- Magioladitis (talk) 07:45, 28 May 2016 (UTC)

A request


I thought you had stopped arriving at articles I'm working on. [88] Please don't start it again. SarahSV (talk) 17:17, 23 May 2016 (UTC)

SarahSV OK. I just fixed a mistake I introduced. I hope you are OK with that. I won't revisit this page. -- Magioladitis (talk) 18:44, 23 May 2016 (UTC)

A request

When entering a players data like you did for Matt Pagnozzi. Please check to make sure that the player is retired. You didn't do that and he is retired. Going forward please do this. Aggiefan47 (talk) 13:13, 31 May 2016 (UTC)

Danny Wells

I don't suppose you know how Danny Wells died (I could include 'no explanation has ever been offered as to the cause of his death', but someone will remove it, saying 'so what? we don't say what we don't know, only what we do know', and even ask what my source would be, asking me 'have you seen his death certificate?')

I've finally found how Christine Cavanaugh died - leukemia - but still no websites say how Danny Wells died. He died quite young, so he must have had some sort of illness. He couldn't have died of natural causes, which is a euphemism for merely dying of old age. Often, if and when a person dies, people see what their cause of death was. Ofcdeadbeat (talk) 13:56, 31 May 2016 (UTC)Ofcdeadbeat

2016 Wikimedia Foundation Executive Director Search Community Survey

The Board of Trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation has appointed a committee to lead the search for the foundation’s next Executive Director. One of our first tasks is to write the job description of the executive director position, and we are asking for input from the Wikimedia community. Please take a few minutes and complete this survey to help us better understand community and staff expectations for the Wikimedia Foundation Executive Director.

Thank you, The Wikimedia Foundation Executive Director Search Steering Committee via MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 21:50, 1 June 2016 (UTC)

AWB skip text

In the Skip Text Contains/Doesn't contain boxes, do you know of a way to code the following: Category:National Register of Historic Places in ? County, Arkansas, for example, where ? needs to be a wildcard denoting any string of characters at this location? Thanks Hmains (talk) 22:13, 3 June 2016 (UTC)

Hmains Enable regular expressions and use \[\[Category\:National Register of Historic Places in . County, Arkansas\]\]. -- Magioladitis (talk) 04:35, 4 June 2016 (UTC)

Hmains try \[\[Category\:National Register of Historic Places in [^\]]+ County, Arkansas\]\] but I suggest that you better use filters instead of Skip Text Contains/Doesn't contain boxes when it comes to categories. -- Magioladitis (talk) 06:18, 4 June 2016 (UTC)

  • This works fine now. But please introduce filters to me, of which I know nothing. Hmains (talk) 15:26, 4 June 2016 (UTC)

Message on my talk page


Hey there. Our user names are similar and I think this message may have been for you. Cheers. Magnolia677 (talk) 21:55, 3 June 2016 (UTC)

Replied! Thanks! -- Magioladitis (talk) 15:43, 4 June 2016 (UTC)

br at the end


I have a question (Need advice) regarding your revert, on Izkala's talk, --Gerda Arendt (talk) 09:58, 1 June 2016 (UTC)

@Frietjes: to help me on this! -- Magioladitis (talk) 11:11, 1 June 2016 (UTC)

Gerda Arendt Issue resolved. Thanks for communicating. -- Magioladitis (talk) 15:45, 4 June 2016 (UTC)

Need Help

I noticed you edited a page for our institution and I need help from someone way more experienced than myself with Wikipedia. Can you help us out? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Socialmatt (talkcontribs) 22:46, 7 June 2016 (UTC)

Wolf of Soissons

So you saw that no one opposed my PROD of Wolf of Soissons and you deleted it but then restored it saying "to leave another admin to decide". I don't understand your hesitancy. Please explain. Chris Troutman (talk) 13:53, 8 June 2016 (UTC)

Chris troutman thanks for noticing it. I agree with the prod reasons that this info should not be presented as it is a real fact and as a standalone article. But I wonder whether the info in these 5(?) pages in questions could be merged and altered and still be in Wikipedia. Since I am in doubt (even a little bit) I got second thoughts and I ask for an extra pair of eyes. AfD could be a better way to clear this out. -- Magioladitis (talk) 14:17, 8 June 2016 (UTC)

Ok. Thanks for the answer. Chris Troutman (talk) 14:33, 8 June 2016 (UTC)

Update ISBN error list

Can you please run WPCleaner to update Wikipedia:WikiProject Check Wikipedia/ISBN errors? I want to see if changes I made to a few articles eliminate some false positives, and I don't have access to WPCleaner for a while. Thanks. – Jonesey95 (talk) 16:44, 8 June 2016 (UTC)

Jonesey95 Done. Sorry for the late reply. -- Magioladitis (talk) 17:01, 8 June 2016 (UTC)

awb in January

Hi there,

I noticed Talk:Gender bias on Wikipedia was missing some archived threads. Looks to have been because of this Yobot AWB edit back in January, in which it moved the cluebot archive code into the first discussion section, so cluebot archived that section, along with the code, then archived the archive in a sub-archive. It's fixed now, but it seems worth a message in case that run of AWB caused similar problems elsewhere? — Rhododendrites talk \\ 00:13, 9 June 2016 (UTC)

Rhododendrites. Thanks for the heads up. :) I'll have a look. -- Magioladitis (talk) 05:31, 9 June 2016 (UTC)

Land Art biblio correction reverted

I am sorry to contact you I simply corrected a biblio listing Dialogues in Diversity Author is John K Grande You have credit for forward David peat and intro Ed Lucie-Smith but not author!! Why revert an untruth?? johnkgrande (talk) 11:24, 9 June 2016 (UTC)

Requested move

There is a requested move at Talk:Ayşe Hafsa Sultan#Requested move 13 June 2016 on a page that you have edited in the past. You are invited to come to the talk page and give your input.  OUR Wikipedia (not "mine")! Paine  01:58, 14 June 2016 (UTC)

IP editing through global block?

Magioladitis, could you take a look at this? This IP was globally blocked in April 2016 with an expiration in October 2016 but has successfully made a number of (vandalistic) edits today. Thanks. General Ization Talk 14:35, 15 June 2016 (UTC)

See info below - and note the: locally disabled section:

This IP address is currently globally blocked. The global block log entry is provided below for reference:

    2016-04-07T09:04:26: Masti ( globally blocked (expires on 2016-10-06 at 19:05:32, locally disabled by Mike V: IP does not appear to be a mobile provider, not a colocation service, anonymous only) (Cross-wiki vandalism: + leaky colo (anon only)) (unblock locally)
(talk page stalker)xaosflux Talk 20:51, 15 June 2016 (UTC)
@Xaosflux: So I gather you're saying I should interpret that as meaning that the range is blocked, but that the specific IP is exempt from the block. (When I think of "locally disabled", I think of editing, rather than the block, being disabled, but apparently I'm thinking about this incorrectly.) General Ization Talk 20:09, 15 June 2016 (UTC)
Yes, see the description on this page. — xaosflux Talk 20:32, 15 June 2016 (UTC)
See also this log. — xaosflux Talk 20:51, 15 June 2016 (UTC)
@General Ization: Check out Special:Contributions/ now - does that help? — xaosflux Talk 22:45, 15 June 2016 (UTC)
@Xaosflux: Yes, I think so. Thanks from me and on behalf of others who may have been similarly confused. General Ization Talk 22:57, 15 June 2016 (UTC)

How can I send you a potential code change for a requested feature?

I'm working on, and almost done with, an update to handle a feature request I made, which can now be found at Wikipedia talk:AutoWikiBrowser/Feature requests/Archive 12#Allow on-site saving of lists. This will involve a new form (2 files), as well as some changes to a few other source files. What's the best way to handle it? עוד מישהו Od Mishehu 19:46, 16 June 2016 (UTC)

Od Mishehu how about using Phabricator to attach the files? -- Magioladitis (talk) 21:18, 16 June 2016 (UTC)

Reference errors on 18 June

  Hello, I'm ReferenceBot. I have automatically detected that some edits performed by you may have introduced errors in referencing. They are as follows:

Please check these pages and fix the errors highlighted. If you think this is a false positive, you can report it to my operator. Thanks, ReferenceBot (talk) 00:20, 19 June 2016 (UTC)

How can I delete warning template

I already have different sources pointing at an article I've just created but the warning (template) hasn't disappeared yet. Can anyone help me? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Joaofgaguiar (talkcontribs) 08:32, 21 June 2016 (UTC)

Need Help

Hi Magioladitis, please take a look at the improvements I made to the page TACK Artist Group, it should really not be deleted I think. Thank You. (DFedrizzi (talk) 00:30, 22 June 2016 (UTC)),

Hello, You did some corrections in SHOW4ME article - then the guy Lasser Brain came there and just errased all information there. I checked other crowfunding platform which you can find here -Fan-funded_music - and all articles normal. nobody delete it . Why this guy just deleted it - it seems to me that he just want me to pay him to leave SHOW4ME page in a normal condition. That is not fair. Can you help me with that pls. I afraid to undo his corrections again - he has admin rights. I think he can block me or do something with my account

Thanks very much — Preceding unsigned comment added by Chiefkc18 (talkcontribs) 15:35, 7 June 2016 (UTC)

Hey! I need some help with a page you once edited. I'm looking for some expertise from someone more familiar with Wikipedia than I am. Can you help? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Socialmatt (talkcontribs) 22:45, 7 June 2016 (UTC)

Rich Farmbrough arbitration amendment request


The Arbitration Committee respectfully requests your attention, as an active member of the Bot Approvals Group, at this arbitration amendment request, which seeks to remove bot-related restrictions from Rich Farmbrough. Any comments would be appreciated. For the Arbitration Committee, Kevin (aka L235 · t · c) 18:53, 22 June 2016 (UTC)

Please also see WT:BAG. Thank you, — xaosflux Talk 21:57, 22 June 2016 (UTC)


It's not helpful if Yobot adds a totally wrong DEFAULTSORT, as it did in this edit, and without mentioning it in the edit summary. I can see that the logic is "There's an accented character in the title, so I'll create a DEFAULTSORT with it anglicised, so it doesn't sort in the wrong place." But in this case, as in 99% of Biographical entries, the DEFAULTSORT is plain wrong - should of course be "Bumel, Michael", not "Michael Bumel" (and not "Michael Bümel" as it woud have been by default). Adding a wrong DEFAULTSORT might give an editor the impression that someone had carefully thought it through and decided that this was indeed a case where the DEFAULTSORT had to be that way round.

A suggestion: where the article is identifiably biographical and Yobot sees the need to add a DEFAULTSORT, also add a comment on the lines of <!-- Bot-added DEFAULTSORT: needs checking --> and add a maintenance category of "Biographical DEFAULTSORTS to be checked by human editors". Or something on those lines. PamD 15:41, 23 June 2016 (UTC)

PamD the page was not identified as biographical. I think I can improve the logic. Thanks for the heads up. -- Magioladitis (talk) 16:34, 23 June 2016 (UTC)

WPNZ code fix


I guess at this point, I don't keep the discussion going on the bot page, as that would presumably stop the bot again? Or does it only get stopped when you start a new topic? Anyway, stuff happens and everything on WP is fixable. I for one am most grateful for you operating the bot. Keep up your good work. Schwede66 07:57, 24 June 2016 (UTC)

Schwede66 Thanks for the comment and thanks for the heads up. I fixed the code. The problem was only n the case WPBIO and WPNZ co-existent and the one had politician-priority and the other had politician-importance. No WPBIO pages to fix anymore. -- Magioladitis (talk) 08:24, 24 June 2016 (UTC)

Dfsort on a particular page


Why was this edit made? I don't see a reason for a default sort which is exactly the same as the name of the article, and in fact reason not to add that sortkey. --Izno (talk) 12:23, 24 June 2016 (UTC)

Izno it is not the same. The one has dash and the other has minus sign. -- Magioladitis (talk) 12:25, 24 June 2016 (UTC)
Why though? I would expect a dash to be preferable even in a sortkey, rather than the minus sign. Or is there something in/around WP:Categories that I don't know? --Izno (talk) 12:26, 24 June 2016 (UTC)
Izno I think WP:SORTKEY gives the answers for that. I am not the one who has written this piece I am the one who implements it. -- Magioladitis (talk) 12:29, 24 June 2016 (UTC)
What would you suggest in SORTKEY provides for this edit? If you can't at least point to that, then this edit probably shouldn't be made.... --Izno (talk) 12:31, 24 June 2016 (UTC)
Izno I only know that dash and minus are sorted differently so we have to find a way to sort everything in a uniformal way. I think Bgwhite knows the details better. This subject has been discussed again. I'll find the older discussion. -- Magioladitis (talk) 13:36, 24 June 2016 (UTC)
Izno From WP:SORTKEY and WP:MCSTJR, Only hyphens, apostrophes and periods/full stops punctuation marks should be kept in sort values. All other punctuation marks should be removed. Instead of removing the different dashes, we've been converting them. This has been done since before I started indexing in 2010 and it is the way the major indexing groups handle sorting. Bgwhite (talk) 18:22, 24 June 2016 (UTC)
Interesting. --Izno (talk) 18:28, 24 June 2016 (UTC)



Hi! Hope you have great time at Wikimania, saw your head at the CEE meeting on Facebook :) One personal question - can I refer to you by your name, not surname? Magioladitis has too many letters - so easy to write it wrongly :) --Edgars2007 (talk/contribs) 07:14, 26 June 2016 (UTC)

Edgars2007 both is good :) Whatever suits you better. Nobody has referred to me online by my name before but since I made all my info public I would not have problem with that. Talk to me in Wikimania if you are here! -- Magioladitis (talk) 07:21, 26 June 2016 (UTC)
OK, nice. No, I'm not. Maybe some other year at Wikimania or CEE meeting :) --Edgars2007 (talk/contribs) 07:27, 26 June 2016 (UTC)

Removal of capitalization by Yobot


Why was this edit made? It was a simple little addition to the page, and I did a copy-and-paste of the exact title of the article to make sure that there was no mistake. And then the bot comes along and changes the title away from the exact match? I don't care that it was changed. I just want to understand why it changed the link from the exact title of the article to an inexact one. This makes no sense to me.Will102 (talk) 23:27, 1 July 2016 (UTC)

(talk page stalker) The bot simplified the link. The first character of any Wikipedia article is not case-sensitive, so fatwa is the same as Fatwa. – Jonesey95 (talk) 00:46, 2 July 2016 (UTC)

Help for creating Edelweiss Tokio Life insurance Wiki Page

Dear Sir,

My name is Mukesh Chaurasia, I work for Edelweiss Tokio Life Insurance as Manager, Digital Marketing.

My company has no Wikipedia page, to create the same I have requested to write an article for my company.

I have also shared the references to justify the wiki presence of Edelweiss Tokio Life Insurance.

It’s almost 5-6 weeks but no one has picked the article.

I found your contact while seeking help, I request you to please guide how to proceed to get edelweiss tokio life presence on Wikipedia.

About Edelweiss:

Established in year 2011, Edelweiss Tokio Life Insurance Company Ltd is a new age IRDA approved life Insurance company in India. It is a joint venture between Edelweiss, a leading financial company in India and Tokio Marine, one of the fastest growing life insurance companies in Japan.

Best Regards, Risingguns 007 (talk) 08:41, 13 July 2016 (UTC)

Why did you deleted the Ekspress-AM 6 redirect?


This is an industry standard. Even the most used site on this Gunter Space Page. Ekspress is not a typo, is a transliteration of Russian. Why do you delete without doing the most basic research on the subject? Baldusi (talk) 13:30, 23 July 2016 (UTC)

Baldusi please tell me exactly which page you claim I deleted? -- Magioladitis (talk) 16:33, 23 July 2016 (UTC)
The redirect Ekspress-AM 6 Baldusi (talk) 20:11, 23 July 2016 (UTC)
Baldusi this was a redirect to itself. Perhaps a mistake? -- Magioladitis (talk) 20:19, 23 July 2016 (UTC)
(tps) Baldusi, I fixed it for you. You had it redirecting to itself! Thanks! Plastikspork ―Œ(talk) 20:25, 23 July 2016 (UTC)
Plastikspork thanks from me too. -- Magioladitis (talk) 20:47, 23 July 2016 (UTC)

CX cleanup


So, as I mentioned at the Hackathon and at Wikimania, my team is hard at work fixing issues with messy wiki syntax that Conetnt Translation creates.

One issue that we resolved is the adding of elements with attributes such as this: <span class="cx-segment" data-segmentid="24"></span>.


  • class="cx-segment"
  • class="cx-highlight"
  • class="cx-linter"
  • data-segmentid="XX" (where XX is a number)

These most often appear on <span> tags, but can also appear on other elements and in tables and File insertions.

As far as I can see, new articles that have such unnecessary syntax don't appear any longer, but there are some existing articles that do have them. I set up an AbuseFilter that catches edits that still have such tags, and I fix a few every week, but it makes sense to eliminate them completely.

If I'm not mistaken you run various cleanup bots with various rules. So you can add these:

  • If you run into an HTML element that has attributes as above, and has no content, it can be safely removed. Example.
  • If you run into a table or a File inclusion that has such attributes, the attributes can be removed, but the table of the File inclusion must be kept. (example with file, example with table).

If you find any interesting exceptions, I'd love to hear about it.

Thanks --Amir E. Aharoni (talk) 06:32, 24 July 2016 (UTC)

Thanks Amir! I'll keep an eye on it! -- Magioladitis (talk) 18:37, 25 July 2016 (UTC)

Yobot's category removal


Hi, can you explain why Yobot has just removed a category please? I can't figure it out. - Sitush (talk) 06:40, 26 July 2016 (UTC)

Sitush It was there twice. Check and you'll see the page is still in the category. -- Magioladitis (talk) 06:42, 26 July 2016 (UTC)

D'oh! Thanks. - Sitush (talk) 06:47, 26 July 2016 (UTC)


My understanding of stub tags is that they aren't supposed to be used as substitutes for categories. I.e., if someone is an "American economist stub" then that person should also be in the category for American economists or one of its children.

As for the other point - how would I go about modifying the code? I don't know the first thing about it, sorry. It's not mine; I picked it up from someone else. --Ser Amantio di NicolaoChe dicono a Signa?Lo dicono a Signa. 07:54, 26 July 2016 (UTC)

Who are u?


How do u know Sir James Carlisle? Musicislove2012 (talk) 18:20, 29 July 2016 (UTC)

Musicislove2012 no. -- Magioladitis (talk) 18:42, 29 July 2016 (UTC)

Free online tutorials for Greek educators

In September, in cooperation with a team of people, I will be organising free online tutorials for Greek Educators. See video. If you are Greek, educator want to learn the basics on Wikipedia and how to use it in class, please register here. If the tutorials are successful, we will be organised a second part with more advanced sessions. -- Magioladitis (talk) 08:08, 30 July 2016 (UTC)

Participant Jamzy4

Hello Magioladitis, I just viewed your user page right now and it was great. I would also like to attend any of the Wikipedia event or tutorials.--Jamzy4 (talk) 08:31, 30 July 2016 (UTC)

Jamzy4 Thanks. Keep an eye in my talk page and in my other wiki pages for future events. -- Magioladitis (talk) 08:33, 30 July 2016 (UTC)
Thanks for your response, it will be very good and great attending one.--Jamzy4 (talk) 08:35, 30 July 2016 (UTC)

Discussion on Saint Thomas Christian's - Divisions- History.png


Dear Wikipedia Admin, Kindly monitor this ([89])discussion. Thanks --- (talk) 10:14, 30 July 2016 (UTC)

I am not an admin in commons. Please address to someone else. -- Magioladitis (talk) 16:12, 30 July 2016 (UTC)

Either Yobot is misbehaving in the Heather Peace wikipedia page, or I am missing something.

Hello, I am pretty sure the actions of Yobot here are wrong. I am going to undo them. I hope the bot does not re-do them then. If I missing something and there is a reason for the bot to behave this way, let me know. Codeandmusic (talk) 14:12, 30 July 2016 (UTC)

Codeandmusic, I have checked the edit and Yobot appears to have applied MOS:REFPUNCT and MOS:DATEFORMAT correctly. —Sladen (talk) 14:48, 30 July 2016 (UTC)

Edit summaries

Magioladitis, there are repeated instances of other editors not being able to immediately work out what the bot has performed. The generic edit message "WP:CHECKWIKI error fixes using AWB (12061)" does not appear to meet the requirements of WP:BOTREQUIRE "uses informative messages, appropriately worded, in any edit summaries". Examples of what is considered informative is given in the hatnote at WP:BOTCOMM. Please can you ensure that this time an issue is opened against AWB in Phabricator, so that AWB/Yobot start complying with WP:BOTREQUIRE. Ideally the bot should not be restarted until this has been fixed in a permanent fashion. —Sladen (talk) 14:56, 30 July 2016 (UTC)

The correct edit summary is a long standing issue. Same problem fave BG19bot, Menobot, etc. I have created scripts for errors #99, #59 and #16. Same for three more errors that are now handled by Dexbot. Creating a correct edit summary for 110 errors is not that easy. Especially, because we load all the lists together for simplicity and to avoid multiple runs on the same pages. -- Magioladitis (talk) 16:19, 30 July 2016 (UTC)

Magioladitis, when there is a bug report open I would be happy to offer some suggestions on how to implement this in a generic and maintainable way. —Sladen (talk) 16:59, 30 July 2016 (UTC)
There is. Check phab. -- Magioladitis (talk) 17:01, 30 July 2016 (UTC)
Why is this still not fixed? I’m sure it’s been raised before multiple times and the fix cannot be that difficult as the bot must know what errors it’s fixing when it fixes them. It does not pass it to some magic black box that spits out the corrected article. It must at some point go through the article and look for the errors, and every time it finds an error replaces it with the correct wikitext. At that point it knows what error it is fixing and can log it, for adding to the edit summary. It might take a little longer but given that the bot runs way too fast a little more time taken and consideration over each edit would not not be a problem As with speed this is a bot requirement, not something that can be deferred until someone gets round to it. As it is it‘s wasting everyones time as editor after editor has to pore over diffs and wikitext to see what the bot has done, as in this section and below. This is just not acceptable.--JohnBlackburnewordsdeeds 11:54, 31 July 2016 (UTC)

JohnBlackburne Sometimes to fix a specific CHECKWIKI error is more complicated than it looks. In our current code some cases of the error are fixed in one place of the code and some other cases in another place. A recent example is the error 101 (Ordinal number found inside sup tags) which its fix is split in two places depending on whether the ordinal refers to a date or not. other errors are even more complicate to fix. Moreover, if we fix 5 errors in a single run then the edit summary would be huge. our first step is that we asked help someone to add AWB as tag to save us edit summary space. Can you help? T111663 -- Magioladitis (talk) 12:03, 31 July 2016 (UTC)

JohnBlackburne We would like a piece of code that will autogenerated edit summaries the same way WPCleaner does using a wiki located settings file. AWB is open source. So, anyone can help providing us this piece of code. -- Magioladitis (talk) 12:08, 31 July 2016 (UTC)

I’ve considered it before but AWB is Windows only and I‘m on a Mac, so cannot even use it never mind try and work on its code.--JohnBlackburnewordsdeeds 13:07, 31 July 2016 (UTC)

Any person who was questions of which piece of the Manual of Style we use for each fix, can read Wikipedia:AutoWikiBrowser/General fixes. We also call volunteer Wikipedians, to read proof our code and see if you miss any general fixes. The code is updates regularly and our documentation does not always follow. - Magioladitis (talk) 12:23, 31 July 2016 (UTC)

"What is the problem exactly?"

Hi, you're right with "punctuation and footnotes", and I well know that "in English, in contrary to some other languages, any punctuation must precede the ref tags", but the real problem is this, or this, or this. Could you please help me? Thank you so much. --Mauro Lanari (talk) 11:31, 31 July 2016 (UTC)

(talk page stalker) See WP:REFPUNCT - the last edit was to do with precisely that, putting the full stop before all the references, not in the middle of them (between the [9] and [10]) which looks terrible.--JohnBlackburnewordsdeeds 11:45, 31 July 2016 (UTC)

Mauro Lanari I also would prefer that the discussion is in one place. Since I left you a message I think it would be better if you kept the discussion there. It's OK now but just recall this for the next we will have a discussion. Thanks again for replying to me.-- Magioladitis (talk) 11:48, 31 July 2016 (UTC)

There are two sequences of different notes, one concerning the single authors, and the other concerning the whole sentence. The note on George Lucas shouldn't be together with the notes on the sources for the television series. That's all. --Mauro Lanari (talk) 12:06, 31 July 2016 (UTC)
This is a problem that has occurred to me before, without any generic solution. In this case, however, the nature of notes 5-8 is different from references 9-14. I would be inclined to make these notes part of the content, or at least put them in a footnotes group.
All the best: Rich Farmbrough, 15:11, 31 July 2016 (UTC).

Moshe Ha-Elion


Hello, I added 2 links to the Wikipedia page of Moshe Ha-Elion. Now there is a link to the Moshe Ha-Elion Wikipedia page in the Yad Vashem Wikipedia page and in the Steven B. Bowman Wikipedia page. Could you kindly remove the tag "This article is an orphan, as no other articles link to it. Please introduce links to this page from related articles; try the Find link tool for suggestions."? Thank you very much and greetings from Madrid / Antonia Tejeda Barros Antonia Tejeda Barros (talk) 07:53, 2 August 2016 (UTC)

Antonia Tejeda Barros done. -- Magioladitis (talk) 07:56, 2 August 2016 (UTC)

Default sort?


Thanks for catching that, I'm new at this navbox thing. Could you explain the default sort bit and how it affects special letters? Thanks. Doug Weller talk 07:56, 2 August 2016 (UTC)

Doug Weller please read WP:SORTKEY. -- Magioladitis (talk) 07:57, 2 August 2016 (UTC)

Thanks. Doug Weller talk 12:51, 2 August 2016 (UTC)

Tennis articles

I see your bot was closing open <sup> tags in certain articles during this year's Wimbledon. Unfortunately, it didn't also close the opened bold tags — i.e.:


I realize closing wiki-markup bold and italics is much more difficult than closing HTML-like tags like <sup>, but could you possibly add functionality to your bot to narrowly target things like the example above, as well as the following…?


IOW, perform something like these (per-line) substitutions (note that I'm using PCRE):


(Of course, all the extra whitespace in the parentheses could — and probably should — be removed in the substitution, but I wanted to keep the code examples short and somewhat understandable.)

I ask because these changes have to be done on (potentially) thousands of existing tennis articles (essentially all articles containing {{8TeamBracket-Tennis5}} and sufficiently similar tennis tournament bracket templates) and basically on all such articles created going forward (at least for some time). This is because some editors Once Upon a Time started using such sloppy wikicoding when these articles were first getting created, and the convention has stuck. The only way this is going to get fixed is a massive bot effort. (See Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Tennis#Text formatting on tournament and draw pages for more context and discussion about this issue. If you want to see other changes that could also be done, but are more difficult to program a bot to do, see all the changes I made in this edit.)

If you can't or don't want to implement this in your bot, do you know what other bot-owner might be willing to do it? - dcljr (talk) 01:20, 1 August 2016 (UTC)

Dcljr Just an FYI... The reason the bot or a manual edit adds </sup> is because of Visual Editor (VE). In some cases, VE will treat all text after an unclosed tag as superscript. Another case is <sup>text</sub>, where VE doesn't see the sub tag and continues to treat all text after the tag as superscript. This second case works fine using text editing, but not saving with VE. This is not a bug to the VE developers. All tennis articles have been fixed.
Magioladitis has asked whoever is using the scripts on tennis pages to please fix their script. Never have gotten an answer. I'll let Magioladitis answer your questions. Bgwhite (talk) 05:14, 1 August 2016 (UTC)
This doesn't seem to be talking about the same thing I am. What I'm talking about doesn't have anything to do with the visual editor (AFAIK). Agreed to "let Magioladitis answer". [grin] - dcljr (talk) 06:04, 1 August 2016 (UTC)
Dcljr I gave the reason why the bot visited the page in the first place, in case you were wondering. Thus, the FYI at the beginning. Also gave that we've asked "them" to stop and do it right, but got no response. Bgwhite (talk) 07:22, 1 August 2016 (UTC)

dcljr I would be happy to add these rules in my settings file. I have not done it till now because it was not clear to me where to close the bold tags i.e.before of after the sup tag. Moreover, I had no good checks whether the bold tag is already closed. It would be perfect if you could wite down the exact regex (or at least as exact as you can get) I ave to use. Moreover, it is true that we have to find a way not to just fix the errors but encouraga people not to keep introducing them.. -- Magioladitis (talk) 06:14, 1 August 2016 (UTC)

Um, I did that (gave exact regexes) in my original comment (see the lines of code starting with "s/" above — obviously, I can't guarantee these can be used "as is" with no modifications, because I am not familiar with the software / user-interface you are using for your bot). I also gave specific examples of the kinds of changes to the wikicode that need to be made (lines of wikicode staring with "|RD" — in every case, the bold should be closed at the very end of the line). I don't see how I could be any more precise… Are you still unclear as to what changes need to be made? - dcljr (talk) 06:35, 1 August 2016 (UTC)

dcljr I can give it a try. -- Magioladitis (talk) 06:37, 1 August 2016 (UTC)

I don't know what kind of preliminary testing you do, but I assume you will have to test it on a small number of articles first, to make sure it works right. If so, could you point me to which one(s) you will be testing it on, so I can watch those pages? If I may make a suggestion, try it on:
Some of these (2002–2004) have already been fixed and some (2001, 2005) have not. That should give a good test that you're doing it right. - dcljr (talk) 06:55, 1 August 2016 (UTC)

dcljr Thanks. -- Magioladitis (talk) 07:01, 1 August 2016 (UTC)

FWIW, here's a JavaScript-style regex substitution (is that the sort of regex you're using?) that I have checked on all five articles listed above:
/^(\s*\|\s*RD\d+-score\d+-\d+\s*=\s*'''\d+(?:<sup>\d+(?:<\/sup>)?)?)\s*$/mg, "$1\'''"
I tested this with TMg's autoFormatter script (the first such script I found that seemed to fit my requirements — BTW, because I'm still testing things, I only checked the diffs using "Show changes" and didn't save the results). I will continue to work on developing regexes that make all the changes I want and will make a "general" request at WP:BOTREQUEST when I'm confident they work as desired. Since I think you watch that page, you can answer my request there, if you'd like (or not). So… I guess you don't have to work on this in the meantime. - dcljr (talk) 07:57, 5 August 2016 (UTC)

Yobot July 2016

full-stop, comma, ref

Re: Special:Diff/730324343, please stop the bot, fix the ruleset and clean up. —Sladen (talk) 14:04, 18 July 2016 (UTC)

Sladen Thanks for the heads up. I fixed manually. What wold be the correct approach there? There was a mixed punctuation already. In case of full-stop, full-stop, ref I just remove the one full-stop. What cold I do in the case of mixed punctuation? -- Magioladitis (talk) 14:10, 18 July 2016 (UTC)
"First do no harm". Earlier this year we heard a lot about "skip conditions" (basic validity assertion), and skipping (not saving) when assertion fails. The intent of reporting the bug is to get the problematic rule either fixed, or disabled, or modified to flag for manual fixing. —Sladen (talk) 04:01, 19 July 2016 (UTC)

The thing is that in this edit no error was actually introduced. The error was already there is became more obvious after the edit. In fact, searching for duplicated punctuation become easier and this is the way I spot these things and fix them manually afterwards. And, to be honest, this situation is fairly uncommon. I 'll perform a database scan to see what I miss here. Thanks, Magioladitis (talk) 06:39, 19 July 2016 (UTC)

Perhaps I can offer the suggestion that the rules check the preceding characters(s); which would have caught the above, plus the preceding newline in Special:Diff/730326551. —Sladen (talk) 19:11, 19 July 2016 (UTC)
Sladen thanks for the suggestion. I 'll contact @NicoV: and @Rjwilmsi: for that. -- Magioladitis (talk) 19:33, 19 July 2016 (UTC)
In the first diff, by the looks of it, there was a full stop and a comma in the middle of a sentence, as well as the comma being after the ref. So two existing issues. Now most of the time in English in the middle of a sentence the next word will start with a lower case letter, but only most of the time, and I expect that "most" could be less in languages such as German using more capitalized letters. So I see no completely reliable way to determine whether the full stop or comma needed to be removed in that example (when the two bits of punctuation are the same the existing AWB code cleans them up). So I'd suggest that when Yobot is running to fix ref punctuation, pages are skipped if the resulting page has double punctuation before the ref, as a manual review will be needed. Rjwilmsi 01:25, 20 July 2016 (UTC)
Recognising ambiguous situations and skipping+flagging this for manual processing sounds like a good plan. Has this been implemented? —Sladen (talk) 11:11, 21 July 2016 (UTC)

Sladen it is a minor issue. It is low priority. It will be implemented at some point. -- Magioladitis (talk) 09:21, 26 July 2016 (UTC)

Excellent, thank you. Please can you list the bug number when it has been filed. —Sladen (talk) 10:04, 26 July 2016 (UTC)
(Gentle nudge to please get the need for implementation filed in the bug tracker, so that it doesn't gets lost again). —Sladen (talk) 07:05, 30 July 2016 (UTC)

Sladen I just do not think this is a thing only for AWB to solve. I am thinking which person or bot to nudge about it. I think we will need a different bot for this issue. I already have sent some emails. I am waiting their replies before filling a Phabricator ticket. If you think it is urgent to add to Phabricator please do. We, as AWB developer, moved the bugs page to Phabricator to allow more feedback. -- Magioladitis (talk) 07:12, 30 July 2016 (UTC)

A couple of revisions ago, it was stated "It will be implemented"[Special:Diff/731590985] which suggests that the problem ("It") is understood. The implementation of "It" is significantly more likely to occur when there is a corresponding bug tracker about "It" is. Filing in the bug tracker by somebody who already understands the problem will hopefully prevent ("It") getting lost again. Please could we try and do this. Ideally every issue reported with Yobot or AWB could be quickly resulting in bugs being filed. —Sladen (talk) 07:49, 30 July 2016 (UTC)

Sladen It is an issue. But not a real bug I think. -- Magioladitis (talk) 07:51, 30 July 2016 (UTC)

Okay, lets call it a feature improvement. Please can we get it filed in the issue tracker anyway. —Sladen (talk) 07:54, 30 July 2016 (UTC)

In to my understanding a bug is something that it caused by the software bt not something that is not solved in an optimal way by it. -- Magioladitis (talk) 07:54, 30 July 2016 (UTC)

Yes, we can describe the handling as caused by the software bt not something that is not solved in an optimal way by it if it helps get it into the issue tracker in an efficient way. That is the reason for raising it here. —Sladen (talk) 07:58, 30 July 2016 (UTC)

Sladen T141685. please learn how to report bug by yourself. If you need help of how to do it on that, I use to spend time in the IRC channel of AWB. -- Magioladitis (talk) 07:58, 30 July 2016 (UTC)

Thank you very much for following WP:BOTCOMM. —Sladen (talk) 08:00, 30 July 2016 (UTC)

Sladen Anytime. If you are participating in any of the off-wiki Wikimedia events I would like to meet you in some of the AWB workshops organised via these events. Sometimes, working together on a laptop may be faster to resolve these situations. I may also organise an online tutorial via Skype or Google hangouts but most probably in September or later. -- Magioladitis (talk) 08:05, 30 July 2016 (UTC)

Removal of quotes from title


Yobot removed quotation marked from a citation |title= in Special:Diff/730306422. From checking we can see that the original citation[90] does contain quotes (because it is a quote from the interviewee). So per the usual, please halt Yobot, fix the relevant rule, and rollback/clean up any edits that incorrectly removed quotes in the same situation, and provide links to the relevant diffs and revision control commits showing that you have done so. —Sladen (talk) 19:11, 19 July 2016 (UTC)

Sladen check the visual outcome. It contains quotes. -- Magioladitis (talk) 19:16, 19 July 2016 (UTC)
Lots of citations contain quotes; eg. a {{cite}} for [91] would be {{cite|title=Boris Johnson grilled over past 'outright lies' at uneasy press conference}}, which would be rendered as "Boris Johnson grilled over past 'outright lies' at uneasy press conference". The quotes are an essential part of the title. In the bug reported here, the whole title is itself a quotation, and the "quotation marks" denote this just as accurately. The presentation rendering is unrelated to the bug report. —Sladen (talk) 19:28, 19 July 2016 (UTC)

Sladen so wrong quotes were there before the bot arrives, right? -- Magioladitis (talk) 19:32, 19 July 2016 (UTC)

The citation |title="We are nothing without customers" formatting corresponds with the citation title. It ceased to match the citation title following Yobot's actions in editing page. This is why a bug report was brought to the attention of Yobot's operator, in the reasonable expectation that it will be acted upon. The willingness to act and be responsive to bug reports is required of bot operators per WP:BOTISSUE and WP:BOTCOMM. I would be grateful if you could correct the relevant rule so that quotes are not removed in the case that they are match the citation title. If this is beyond the capabilities of the bot ruleset or its operator, please flag these for manual processing. —Sladen (talk) 19:47, 19 July 2016 (UTC)

Sladen of course I am willing to fix the error as soon as I understand it. -- Magioladitis (talk) 21:11, 19 July 2016 (UTC)

Thank you. The situation of titles beginning or ending with quote mark is so frequent that the citation code has special code to ensure that adequate padding is provided between the quotation marks in the |title= and the surrounding presentational quote marks. This is in the kern_quotes() function in Module:Citation/CS1. —Sladen (talk) 22:22, 19 July 2016 (UTC)

@Rjwilmsi: can you please review this bug report? -- Magioladitis (talk) 21:34, 19 July 2016 (UTC)

Quote marks entirely enclosing a cite |title= are removed. Normally these quotes are incorrect as the rendering of CS1/CS2 adds the required quotes. In this case the title is itself a quote, so the quote marks are valid. We won't be able to differentiate between those scenarios in code, so we would have to remove the logic, and not correct the majority of cases where the quotes do need to be removed as the title is not itself a quote. Unless anybody can see a different solution? Rjwilmsi 01:19, 20 July 2016 (UTC)
Rjwilmsi, I concur. Yes, unless the bot code is able to replicate what a human would need to do (retrieve the citation and grep the <title> for on-line works) then by definition the bot ruleset will end up doing the wrong thing. The particularly unfortunate thing here is that once the quotes have been removed the operation is non-reversible. So in the world of "First, do no harm", I concur with disabling, and only producing manual candidate lists. Regarding the clean-up: how long as this rule been active, and how many edits do we now have to re-view? (Can you help Magioladitis to produce a candidate list?). —Sladen (talk) 08:55, 20 July 2016 (UTC)
Rjwilmsi, Magioladitis, how are we doing with compiling a candidate list for the retrospective clean-up? The edit summaries do not contain sufficient information to identify when this rule activated and altered the page contents. —Sladen (talk) 11:09, 21 July 2016 (UTC)

Sladen Bug reported on phabricator T140979. This will cause some attention. -- Magioladitis (talk) 11:26, 21 July 2016 (UTC)

Bug fixed. rev 12055: cite title field in quotes: do not removed double quote marks (title may itself be a quote). -- Magioladitis (talk) 12:26, 21 July 2016 (UTC)
Magioladitis. Really pleased to see a bug report filed + fixed. Now what are we going to do about the potential clean-up to identify how many other articles' citations may have been affected? —Sladen (talk) 23:20, 21 July 2016 (UTC)
Sladen it's impossible to know that. Since, the bot was not running to fix these but it was fixing as a secondary task I expect that not many pages were affected. But that's a guess. -- Magioladitis (talk) 23:24, 21 July 2016 (UTC)
Hunting back with git svn/git blame, it would appear that [92] (SVN r7057) was the origin of the bug. Does that look to you? —Sladen (talk) 00:49, 22 July 2016 (UTC)
Nice. So, it's been 6 years and nobody noticed. I guess it's because it's a rare issue to actually requite double quotes. -- Magioladitis (talk) 06:11, 22 July 2016 (UTC)
Until the bot's operator has performed an audit about what their bot did, we won't know the total. I'm hopeful that as a responsible bot operator you will find the time to assist with this. —Sladen (talk) 18:10, 25 July 2016 (UTC)

Sladen I am really sorry but I don't have the technical knowledge to create these statistics. AWB accounts are very popular and Yobot is not the only account editing pages. Most of references are handled by other bot. I suggest that you address to WP:VILLAGEPUMP or WP:BOTREQ. I contacted some fellow programmers but none had a clue of how to do this. -- Magioladitis (talk) 18:27, 25 July 2016 (UTC)

Thank you for having the courage to say this. —Sladen (talk) 08:58, 26 July 2016 (UTC)

Sladen I trust that editors monitoring the pages will fix or would have fixed the title were needed. I also underline the fact that people may be running older version of AWB and still removing quotes. The bug at the moment is fixed only in the Yobot's version of AWB. A ne release has not been published yet. -- Magioladitis (talk) 18:32, 25 July 2016 (UTC)

OK I had an idea. I'll provide some statistics very soon. I contacted some WMF guys. -- Magioladitis (talk) 18:44, 25 July 2016 (UTC)

Sladen A wiki search shows that there are only 78 pages with quotes in title in citation templates. I'll now fix those with actual problem manually. -- Magioladitis (talk) 06:00, 26 July 2016 (UTC)

Slight adjustment[93] of the Regex indicates that a claim of "78" would appear to be low (by a few thousand percent). One would expect to find near-zero title="quote" instance remaining in the database owing to removal by AWB. To get useful metrics, one needs to evaluate actual AWB diffs, with those where the before state contains title="quote", and the after state does not. —Sladen (talk) 09:12, 26 July 2016 (UTC)

Sladen I do not plan to investigate more on this. -- Magioladitis (talk) 09:15, 26 July 2016 (UTC)

I tried an earlier version of AWB (v. It turns AWB was not removing quotes unless there the quetes were at the beginning and/or at the end of the |title= of one of the supported citation template. This is more restrictive of what I have described in the beginning. i.e. Less pages affected. -- Magioladitis (talk) 06:12, 26 July 2016 (UTC)

Yes, it is only full-quotations where the implementation was causing an issue; thus the bug report that was filed here, and migrated to T140979, and subsequently corrected in AWB SVN r12055. —Sladen (talk) 09:20, 26 July 2016 (UTC)

Sladen the number should be even smaller, since we do not deal with all citation templates but with a selection of them. -- Magioladitis (talk) 09:24, 26 July 2016 (UTC)

Does does not know yet; because the cumulative removal has already occurred. With accurate/useful edit summaries showing what rules fired, debugging this and many other similar situations would be significantly easier. Can we get a bug for the accurate edit summaries filed? —Sladen (talk) 07:03, 30 July 2016 (UTC)


Re: Special:Diff/730799065, please stop the bot, and fix the rulesets to meet the requirements of WP:COSMETICBOT. —Sladen (talk) 10:32, 21 July 2016 (UTC)

Sladen thanks. My bot was editing the same time with Bgwhite. Rare issue. I'll see what I can do. -- Magioladitis (talk) 10:35, 21 July 2016 (UTC)
Such an argument does not hold for Special:Diff/730798995 or Special:Diff/730798998. And for these two, the wording of MOS:HEADING was brought to your attention previously in May 2016. In Special:Diff/722980249 it was stated "I can report it myself in less than an hour. Thanks for the heads up!". —Sladen (talk) 11:06, 21 July 2016 (UTC)

Sladen on the first two diffs: Yobot tried to fix a header error while it should not because current script can't fix them. The script that fixes them is now handled by Dexbot: [94], [95]. In the future this error will be handled by Dexbot. -- Magioladitis (talk) 14:47, 21 July 2016 (UTC)

Sladen bug reported on phabricator as far as I recall. Thanks! Magioladitis (talk) 11:23, 21 July 2016 (UTC)

Sladen Please check List of known bugs. It would be very handy for us if you reported the bugs there too. Please also check whether the bug above was actually reported but I can't find it. -- Magioladitis (talk) 11:48, 21 July 2016 (UTC)

I am not aware of such a bug report appearing in, but I'm open to the possibility that it could have been filed by an alternative account. —Sladen (talk) 18:14, 25 July 2016 (UTC)

Sladen I recall there was a discussion about it but I can't find it. Maybe in Bot Owner's Noticeboard or something. -- Magioladitis (talk) 18:29, 25 July 2016 (UTC)

Please you could file the bug report anyway. Then there is a central place to track the issue, and no confusion about lost conversations. —Sladen (talk) 08:56, 26 July 2016 (UTC)

Sladen T141346 reported. -- Magioladitis (talk) 09:00, 26 July 2016 (UTC)

Thank you Magioladitis, this is a really good. Hopefully we we're on a roll and can get into a good rhythm of turning issues reported into AWB bug reports as soon as the issue is understood. —Sladen (talk) 07:26, 30 July 2016 (UTC)

Editing speed

Hi Magioladitis, I can see from Special:Contributions/Yobot that AWB was being operated at extremely-high speeds. Speeds that make manual oversight or checking nearly impossible. Here are several instances of Yobot operating at >60 edits per minute: $ awk 'match($0,/(..:..), 25 July 2016/){print substr($0,RSTART,5)}' < huge.txt | uniq -c | sort -rn | head -n 11

     76 06:45
     74 06:59
     71 07:02
     70 06:58
     70 06:43
     68 06:46
     67 07:04
     66 07:03
     61 07:08
     61 07:07
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Please try to moderate edit rates to a manageable rate: that means keeping to a speed where manual oversight, review, and clean-up by human editors (including the bot's operator) becomes feasible. —Sladen (talk) 18:06, 25 July 2016 (UTC)

This is interesting. I thought the software as limiting the edit rate in 20-25 edits per minute. -- Magioladitis (talk) 18:36, 25 July 2016 (UTC)

Sladen I had to chuckle on this. I complained to multiple people about Ser Amantio di Nicolao's high rate of edits. He was constantly doing 60 edits/min *manually* via AWB. Nobody cared. Looking at today, he's doing ~25-30 edits/min, but only adding a cat to articles. Brought up either he has hacked AWB to remove the bot flag or is running multiple AWBs manually. Still nobody cared. Brought up he was doing worthless edits at that speed, (more recent example [96]). Nobody cared. Your argument has fallen flat when brought up to other bot owners, some doing 100 edits/min. Bgwhite (talk) 19:04, 25 July 2016 (UTC)
As has been pointed out multiple times before the policy is that a bot performing non-urgent tasks can do so once every ten seconds, i.e. six times a minute. Even urgent tasks should run no faster than twice this rate, but Checkwiki fixes are far from urgent. In which case why is it set to edit at 20-25 times a minute, 4x as fast as it should be editing?--JohnBlackburnewordsdeeds 09:36, 26 July 2016 (UTC)
JohnBlackburne I am editing in the maximum speed allowed by AWB. The only urgent thing here is that we do not want lists to get too outdated. And moreover, after the bot is done I need 1-2 hours to check whether the pages were fixed using WPCleaner. Then, I use AWB to fix manually the pages that were not fixed by the bot and then WPCleaner again to fix the pages I could not spot using AWB's alert system. I do not want to spend my entire day only running the bot to perform CHECKWIKI fixes. I nowadays wake up at 6 a.m. daily to have the lists as soon as possible and minimise the chance that the bot makes null edits. -- Magioladitis (talk) 09:41, 26 July 2016 (UTC)
Fixing minor punctuation errors and the like is not urgent by any standard. Often the problems are not noticeable, or are noticeable only to experienced editors, normal readers would not even notice. As for vandalism, yes some problems are the result of vandalism, but the correct thing to do then is to undo the vandalism. Having a bot blindly fix minor errors when the page has been vandalised can make it harder to fix vandalism, both as it’s no longer visible as the last edit in watchlists, and as it’s no longer possible to just revert or undo the edit.--JohnBlackburnewordsdeeds 12:45, 26 July 2016 (UTC)

Fun fact: I try to run the bot as early as possible. I even modified my waking up time habbits. This is because I got complains that when the bot arrived the error was not there anymore. -- Magioladitis (talk) 19:12, 25 July 2016 (UTC)

I think the aim here has been to shorten the time between scan, and bot execution time, to decrease the likelihood of changes having occurred in the meantime. The existence of intermediate changes can alternatively be detected in the bot run itself. This is the basic data validation for AWB ("skip conditions") that was heavily discussed at the WP:AN discussion. Please can we make sure that a bug report is filed so that data validation ("skip conditions") gets added to AWB. This would help solve the root cause, and avoid impacts on bot operator's daily rhythms. —Sladen (talk) 07:19, 30 July 2016 (UTC)

Sladen T127173 -- Magioladitis (talk) 07:21, 30 July 2016 (UTC)

Sladen T127185 -- Magioladitis (talk) 07:22, 30 July 2016 (UTC)

Sladen T100436 -- Magioladitis (talk) 07:23, 30 July 2016 (UTC)

That's great Magioladitis. But none of these cover cause here, which is to skip when either (1) the page content has changed from the scanned (cached) version, or (2) the rule which made the page a candidate no longer applies. Could we get at least the first of these filed as a starter; it can be implemented by storing either a checksum/hash, or a timestamp for the revision of the page which was scanned. —Sladen (talk) 07:36, 30 July 2016 (UTC)

Today's stats: After 6 hours we have fixed 1525 pages and still 45 pages need to be fixed. Moreover, he have 2,000 pages from the monthly scan left. -- Magioladitis (talk) 09:42, 26 July 2016 (UTC)

Many CHECKWIKI errors occur as the act of vandalism. In these cases we certainly need to fix everything as early as possible. -- Magioladitis (talk) 09:48, 26 July 2016 (UTC)

Sladen from a quick look, I have not noticedany ~60 epm from my bot today. -- Magioladitis (talk) 07:26, 30 July 2016 (UTC)

There appears to be a disconnect between knowingly allowing Yobot to continue editing at 60 edits-per-minute, and JohnBlackburne's assertion that the appropriate rate is 6 edits-per-minute. Please could we get an issue report filed that AWB rate-limited appears not to acting within operator expectations; and an undertaking that the bot (User:Yobot) will not be restarted in automatic mode until a solution has been found that enforces rate-limited, that is consistent with expectations. —Sladen (talk) 08:56, 30 July 2016 (UTC)

More bots to daily perform CHECKWIKI fixes

Sladen User_talk:Josve05a#Bot. I would like to see 4-5 more bots editing all together. -- Magioladitis (talk) 09:00, 30 July 2016 (UTC)

I'm sorry Magioladitis, this response addressed to me specifically, but I don't think I have enough context to understand the response. We can see in the discussion above that a high-editing speed by a bot account was brought to the attention of a bot operator, along with data. The response was "I thought the software [w]as limiting the edit rate". This suggests that the code is not working as expected (a bug). The aim or reporting here is to get this bug fixed. I would hope that a responsible bot operator would not knowingly allow a bot to continue to act under their supervision with rate-limiting behaviour that appears to be inconsistent between a bot's codebase, and its operators' expectations. Thusly please could we get a bug report filed. —Sladen (talk) 09:11, 30 July 2016 (UTC)
Sladen aybe it was my manual error. I ll first check and then report. No reaosn to report every single thing. I fix many errors daily. -- Magioladitis (talk) 09:14, 30 July 2016 (UTC)


-- Magioladitis (talk) 09:03, 30 July 2016 (UTC)

This will enable us to load even more errors per day. There is a discussion of how to detect more errors or how to expand our daily scans. -- Magioladitis (talk) 09:11, 30 July 2016 (UTC)

Re-enabling error 84 and perform it by a separate bot

Rich Farmbrough maybe you would like to join the Alliance too? We can achieve a number of bots that will coordinate to fix the errors! -- Magioladitis (talk) 09:14, 30 July 2016 (UTC)

I am certainly happy to work on checkwiki errors, along with other things. All the best: Rich Farmbrough, 18:50, 30 July 2016 (UTC).

Rich Farmbrough do you think resuming a bot that will tag empty sections would have consensus? It is error 84 and AWB provides a clear edit summary for this. -- Magioladitis (talk) 20:19, 30 July 2016 (UTC)

Yes in general, though I would have reservations about standard appendices (See also, External links, etc.). Also possibly sections in alphabetic lists such as ==Q== or ==F-H==. In both cases the presence of the empty section is a de facto invitation to add something, and makes it easier for causal editors to do so.
All the best: Rich Farmbrough, 15:02, 31 July 2016 (UTC).

Rich Farmbrough we exclude these cases. We 'll still to perform some testing though. -- Magioladitis (talk) 15:42, 31 July 2016 (UTC)

Excellent! All the best: Rich Farmbrough, 16:46, 31 July 2016 (UTC).

Rich Farmbrough is almost up. If you are interested to perform this task please fill up a BRFA. -- Magioladitis (talk) 08:34, 6 August 2016 (UTC)

Your bot

Stop making such edits as here. Why are you removing the Russian quotes and that category?--User:Tomcat7 (talk) 09:56, 8 August 2016 (UTC)

User:Tomcat7 Please read MOS:CURLY. My bot is doing fine. -- Magioladitis (talk) 11:15, 8 August 2016 (UTC)

Your link says nothing about quotation marks inside foreign-language text. I only found this note about it:
Likewise, avoid using the low-high („ “) or guillemet (« ») quotation marks that are common in several foreign languages.
I believe this is in reference to English text? That is, it is about a foreign user using his native quotation marks while typing English text.
I know nothing about Russian but concur that the quotation marks «», if those are correct for Russian, should be kept. -- (talk) 14:49, 8 August 2016 (UTC)

Please explain

No biggie, but your edit on the Delaware Canal here hardly seems worth burning additional byte counts to archive a new portion of the page, plus makes the page harder to edit. So why remove the Linefeed

from paragraph separations like:
  ... and ...

in direct contradiction to my nice pretty easy to follow source edit. IMHO and speaking as a computer engineer, the wasted page byte count server storage penalty in the source page is far more deleterious than just saving a few extra bytes in a source page which is rendered to make such unpacking of whitespaces in data moot anyway! Consider all the pre-processing that allows us to utilize templates and wikimarkup for embedding images... all gets squirted into HTML far faster than you or I can even read, much less edit the data (text).

  • Not to mention a waste of your time, my time, and the time of anyone looking at the diffs on the history page going forwards!
  • Unfortunately, I was in the middle of an open edit to add supporting cites on my changes, and I can't guarantee your little fiddles will survive the pending edit conflict. I mean no disrespect, but there is no reason to delete such whitespace I know of—hence, this inquiry.

Inquiring minds want to know why you'd bother to undo something so useful. For yourself, IMHO, you need consider why do anything so useless and disrespectful of your own time. Best regards // FrankB 14:49, 2 August 2016 (UTC)

Ping: @Bgwhite and NicoV: -- Magioladitis (talk) 15:34, 2 August 2016 (UTC)

I brought up the same question at this CheckWiki discussion. I don't think that white space within a br tag is an error. There is a list of errors generated by a database dump analysis at Wikipedia:CHECKWIKI/WPC 002 dump, but I think that the br lines with line feeds are false positives and should not be "fixed". – Jonesey95 (talk) 17:00, 2 August 2016 (UTC)
  1. @Fabartus and Jonesey95: There are cases where white space does cause problems, for example < br>. Last week, CheckWiki's regex for <br> tags were redone to account for errors that weren't getting caught. We are now in the shakedown phase. I expect there to be problems. Speaking as a former web developer, a long time ago ('94-'02), it was bad form to add line breaks inside tags. It just wasn't done. All computer language's have their own style. As a computer engineer, you know how hard it is to read somebody else's code formated differently. I see value in both ways, thus it doesn't matter to me if line breaks are or are not checked by CheckWiki.
  2. On another mater, <br /> is no longer valid. Just use <br>. Later is XHTML, which Wikipedia dumped a few years back. <br /> was optional in HTML5, but is no longer mentioned in HTML5.1.
  3. you need consider why do anything so useless and disrespectful of your own time Please, do not talk down and be disrespectful to other people. Girraffedata only fixes one word. Some people only do categories. As a WikiGnome, every other day I get told how useless I am. Everybody is here because they enjoy doing something on Wikipedia. My dyslexia makes writing hard for me, so a WikiGnome I morphed into. Bgwhite (talk) 21:25, 2 August 2016 (UTC)
I understand your perspective, but I don't think CheckWiki should be looking for "bad form", just as bots are not allowed to fix typos. CheckWiki should look only for things that break pages or that are clearly wrong or deprecated. Unless there is a case where whitespace makes the tag not work right, we should probably ignore the whitespace, leaving that sort of search to the unduly obsessed (which are not us, clearly!).
Re: <br>, we are not using HTML 5.1 yet, AFAIK, and in the meantime, <br> makes the Syntax Highlighter gadget work wrong (it turns the rest of the article pink, making it hard to find other unclosed tags, templates, and formatting). Since both <br> and <br /> are valid in HTML5, I would not encourage removing the trailing slash, since it makes a useful tool more useful and does no harm (yet). If we get to the point where <br /> is invalid, a bot can sweep through and change all of them. – Jonesey95 (talk) 02:01, 3 August 2016 (UTC)
Re: Talking down etc. I had no intention of dissing anyone. Just find it curious that fixing any non-broken text would attract ones attention. Given the automation involved, I should have guessed without asking. Everyone and his cousin seems to operate some widget or another herin these days. (Or is that daze?) I'm afraid I just plug along using the old text editing with wiki markup... that makes the vertical whitespace valuable in the intense text where the citations are cluttering up everything and impeding understanding. Polishing a paragraph with multiple cites is generally a very opaque activity. Unpacking a citation template onto multiple lines often serves to set up a landmark in the text, so to speak. It helps when the alligators are biting, as that swamp still needs draining! So, if you have some pull, try to make sure trailing whitespace is processed and tolerated. In my travels the last several days I've seen at least three editors using space-slash-close_tag syntax when using repeated cites, so it appears to me to be fashionable. Adopted it myself in fact a couple of days back. (And I've been getting away with vertical whitespace for years now, so that's hardly new.) // FrankB 00:39, 4 August 2016 (UTC)

Fabartus AWB does not change this (it never did) and CHECKWIKI stopped detection since yesterday. -- Magioladitis (talk) 06:52, 4 August 2016 (UTC)

  • LOL - probably the first of the automated tools I never had time to bother trying out. Believe I got a permission of some sort way back when to use it sometimes, but that sort of list editing is not 'my patrol'. I tend to do what I call integration editing-making related pages mutually supporting and eliminating contradictions. So I cross check linked pages, topics, insert context when someone misses some matter, usually a cause and history relation. Often that relates to reference works I'd read read lately, so I fact check and cite, find contradictions, and delineate opposing thinking for lay readers. My focus is on how clearly material builds knowledge in a curious kid in Junior High or high school--the majority of the population who haven't seen (nor may ever want to go to) colleges. Notice how few of my contribs involve only a few bytes, (The great majority represent over half an hour working the prose and cites of an page) or even tens of bytes! Does AWB have features that submerge (hide) cites tags? Then, given the kind of integration editing I'm normally doing, it might be worth trying to master. (I have some visual issues, so operate fairly zoomed in.)
    What does ' and CHECKWIKI stopped detection since yesterday' mean? Do you mean autoflaggings of vertical whitespace or that its just broken in general?. // FrankB 12:14, 4 August 2016 (UTC) Fabartus (talk · contribs)

Fabartus Sorry for the late reply. I meant that pages with newline inside the brea tag won't appear in my daily to-do list. So no bot will affect these pages anymore. -- Magioladitis (talk) 16:34, 8 August 2016 (UTC)

No worries, and no harm, no foul! Thanks though Magioladitis!


Someone else did a similar edit on another page I spotted over the weekend. Shrug. Not OUR time! // FrankB 19:03, 8 August 2016 (UTC)

'invisible unicode characters'

Your bot apparently replaced a no-break space ' ' (U+00A0) I put in with a regular space here. If you insist on making such edits, you could at least replace it with the corresponding &nbsp; HTML entity. -- (talk) 13:46, 8 August 2016 (UTC)

Investigating. I should have been caught by AWB correctly. -- Magioladitis (talk) 20:11, 8 August 2016 (UTC)

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Yobot edits on US articles


For some reason, the Yobot edits for Mass wikiprojects is doing the "M" odd so it's an error. This fix is repeatedly needed. -- Ricky81682 (talk) 06:55, 9 August 2016 (UTC)

Ricky81682 I may have used a Greek M. I'll fix it right away! -- Magioladitis (talk) 07:04, 9 August 2016 (UTC)

Ricky81682 thanks for the heads up. Fixed. If you see anything similar contact me immediately. -- Magioladitis (talk) 07:06, 9 August 2016 (UTC)

List formatting


Hi Magioladitis, in the Bibliography of George Washington article I have been putting line breaks (<br>) in between a couple of the sections and the several collapsible boxes to avoid a stacking appearance and crowding of the text, but your bot removed them once again. I added a hidden note explaining this but apparently this went unnoticed. In any case, unless there is a policy for never using these, could you please not remove them the next time around? Thanx. -- Gwillhickers (talk) 04:17, 9 August 2016 (UTC)

@Frietjes: to help me with that. -- Magioladitis (talk) 07:07, 9 August 2016 (UTC)

Gwillhickers: See MOS:LISTGAP for an explanation of why gaps in lists are undesirable, in part because they cause accessibility problems with screen readers. – Jonesey95 (talk) 12:31, 9 August 2016 (UTC)
Gwillhickers, if you want to add breaks within lists without introducing a list gap, you can try template:paragraph break. however, I see that in this case, it's between the sections and not within the lists. I think that extra spacing there is mostly a matter of taste. you could still use template:paragraph break there as well and see if that adds the space you desire, or you could add extra margin to the collapsed boxes. Frietjes (talk) 13:47, 9 August 2016 (UTC)
The collapsible boxes should also be removed per WP:MOSCOLLAPSE. --Izno (talk) 14:00, 9 August 2016 (UTC)
Thanks for the help and advice, the templates seem to do the trick. re: Collapsible boxes. These are commonly used to conceal secondary information in text and in lists. In this case they are used so as not to devote half the length of the bibliography to only a couple of authors, and makes scrolling - visual navigation easier when browsing or looking for other sources. So, per the discretion allowed editors concerning guidelines, I will keep these in the list. Hope this doesn't cause issues for anyone. Once again, thanx to all. -- Gwillhickers (talk) 19:31, 9 August 2016 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Bots/Requests for approval/Yobot 26

Task #26 has been approved. Happy editing, — xaosflux Talk 23:40, 9 August 2016 (UTC)

xaosflux Thanks!! -- Magioladitis (talk) 23:53, 9 August 2016 (UTC)



when {{CURRENTYEAR}} follows an inflation template, you shouldn't substitute it since the inflation figure is always for the current year. instead you should replace it with the inflation-year template. I fix your edit with this edit. Frietjes (talk) 18:49, 10 August 2016 (UTC)

Frietjes thanks. -- Magioladitis (talk) 19:50, 10 August 2016 (UTC)

Why fix something that isn't broken?


Why fix something that isn't broken? While I agree with the changes made in this edit, why was it necessary to make an edit that changes nothing for the reader? See WP:AINT. Alansohn (talk) 23:59, 11 August 2016 (UTC)

Alansohn Hi. I think self-closed tags are being deprecated in latest HTML version. In fact I did this minor edit to detect an actual br tag error in the page. It's not something I usually do. -- Magioladitis (talk) 00:09, 12 August 2016 (UTC)

  • Just checking. Can you refer me to any documentation to support the anticipated changes to the br tag? Alansohn (talk) 00:23, 12 August 2016 (UTC)

Frietjes thanks.

Alansohn Btw, the reason I reached this page is that it is listed in Wikipedia:CHECKWIKI/WPC 002 dump. I thought the problem is one of the br tahs but actually is some cite tags. -- Magioladitis (talk) 00:32, 12 August 2016 (UTC)

Odd Yobot edit

See this diff. Yobot lowercased {{BLP sources}}. The following edit by AnomieBOT put the month July back to upper case. wbm1058 (talk) 13:46, 15 August 2016 (UTC)
But neither bot recognized that the problem was vandalism, which called for simply reverting the vandal's edit. I just did that. wbm1058 (talk) 13:52, 15 August 2016 (UTC)

wbm1058 This was caused by the broken template above. Let's see if we can avoid this. -- Magioladitis (talk) 14:07, 15 August 2016 (UTC)

See also the edit history of Squizzy Taylor for similar vandalism that the bots didn't detect and revert. Perhaps see if reverting the most recent edit removes the syntax error the bot is attempting to correct? By the way, I found these via patrolling Category:Articles with invalid date parameter in template. wbm1058 (talk) 14:15, 15 August 2016 (UTC)

wbm1058 we would detect the error anyway, because me and Bgwhite check all the bracket errors manually too. Still, I am thinking of a way to reduce the problem. -- Magioladitis (talk) 14:18, 15 August 2016 (UTC)

Eugen Oswald

Hello, will you be so kind to correct my mistakes in grammar or spelling. Thanks. --WhoisWhoME (talk) 14:37, 18 August 2016 (UTC)

Inserting the word "test"


Yobot [97] inserted the word "test" at the head of an article. Please investigate. – Fayenatic London 08:56, 22 August 2016 (UTC)

Why is Yobot making tests on live pages? Examples: 2016 Pittsburg State Gorillas football team, Banbury railway station and Netela. This seems to have occurred between 06:13 and 06:49 today, affecting many pages. --Redrose64 (talk) 09:00, 22 August 2016 (UTC)

Fayenatic I'll fix. Today the lab servers collapsed and my AWB followed. It never loaded the proper custom module. -- Magioladitis (talk) 09:21, 22 August 2016 (UTC)
Redrose64 due to a temporary glitch instead of loading a custom module I have, AWB loaded the default custom module. I'll fix asap. Please do not revert. -- Magioladitis (talk) 09:25, 22 August 2016 (UTC)
Redrose64 if anything, please just remove the word "test" for the beginning of the page. -- Magioladitis (talk) 09:27, 22 August 2016 (UTC)
I only reverted one - Banbury railway station. --Redrose64 (talk) 09:52, 22 August 2016 (UTC)
Redrose64, Fayenatic london The problem is only in edits with edit summary "Removed invisible unicode characters". -- Magioladitis (talk) 09:35, 22 August 2016 (UTC)

Redrose64 I think I fixed everything. Please make some checks. Thanks for the detailed report. -- Magioladitis (talk) 10:13, 22 August 2016 (UTC)

Yobot adding a "second" references section

List of The Simpsons episodes (seasons 1–20) was created by Wbm1058 because List of The Simpsons episodes kept breaking the post expand include size limit due to the number of pages being transcluded. It exists as a cache page for List of The Simpsons episodes rather than as a separate article. The page consists almost entirely of content transcluded from other pages and is itself in danger of breaking the post expand include size limit. Part of the transcluded content is the references section from List of The Simpsons episodes so the page actually has a references section already, but Yobot doesn't see that and has twice now added what becomes a second references section on the page.[98][99] I've added {{nobots|deny=Yobot}} to stop this re-occurring but thought I'd mention it here. --AussieLegend () 09:46, 22 August 2016 (UTC)

AWB also has made problem edits in this regard. We're thinking on the same page with regards the {{bots}} tag as the solution. Part of me wants a {{nohumans}} tag there too. I still think my "page caching" idea for long lists has merit, though community consensus hasn't gone our way regarding how to title these "subpages". I would like to have the displayed title be the same as the parent list article. Perhaps a MediaWiki solution could be implemented to allow flagging "subpages". My solution of appending an asterisk to the title was rejected, and replacing the asterisk with an invisible character didn't fly either. wbm1058 (talk) 12:35, 22 August 2016 (UTC)

@Frietjes: maybe can help? -- Magioladitis (talk) 16:50, 22 August 2016 (UTC)

AussieLegend, another obvious solution would be to move the "see also" and "references" section outside of the tail section in List of The Simpsons episodes, and put that part in the article directly. one advantage of this for the see also section would be the opportunity to add links between List of The Simpsons episodes (seasons 1–20) and List of The Simpsons episodes in the see also sections. also, it seems as though there are some spurious newlines in the various articles, probably due to line breaks around the section tags? Frietjes (talk) 17:06, 22 August 2016 (UTC)



[100] --Floquenbeam (talk) 22:46, 23 August 2016 (UTC)

Floquenbeam Ooops. Thanks. -- Magioladitis (talk) 22:47, 23 August 2016 (UTC)
Awww... I was kind of hoping we could have a Main Page Wheel War(TM)! --Floquenbeam (talk) 22:48, 23 August 2016 (UTC)
Haha. Nope. :) I checked the edit preview and I noticed no difference. Now I realise that I should not epect any differnces when checking via AWB's preview button. -- Magioladitis (talk) 22:50, 23 August 2016 (UTC)

Yobot and cosmetic bots


Yobot just made an edit with a series of entirely cosmetic changes at List of taxes, this edit. Changing {{main}} to {{main article}} and changing [[Bank tax|Bank taxes]] to [[Bank tax]]es are the only changes I can see that it made. I suggest checking your bot to ensure it complies with WP:COSMETICBOT. Oiyarbepsy (talk) 13:30, 25 August 2016 (UTC)

(talk page stalker) The bot changed a "See Also" header to "See also", which is an approved bot task. – Jonesey95 (talk) 15:02, 25 August 2016 (UTC)

Oiyarbepsy Check the edit summary. The bot fixed the section header naming. Jonesey95 is right. -- Magioladitis (talk) 15:47, 25 August 2016 (UTC)

User:Magioladitis The edit summary says "clean up / fix section header naming (WP:ASL) using AWB" and WP:ASL links to a discussion of using {{reflist}} and says nothing about see also sections. Changing a capital A to lowercase is a small enough change that anyone could miss it, and your edit summary was inaccurate (or perhaps the WP:ASL shortcut is broken. So, there's still a problem, just not the one I thought there was. Oiyarbepsy (talk) 04:18, 27 August 2016 (UTC)
The primary change was from "== See Also ==" to "== See also =="; this is in accordance with MOS:SEEALSO and MOS:SECTIONS. --Redrose64 (talk) 19:42, 27 August 2016 (UTC)
Redrose64 I'll fix my edit summary. -- Magioladitis (talk) 21:00, 27 August 2016 (UTC)

Please check Yobot's edits

Several times today Yobot has "fixed" one issue, left others, but more importantly, it was all due to vandalism. Can you double check that Yobot shouldn't just rollback?


Jerod Lycett (talk) 16:52, 29 August 2016 (UTC)

Jerod Lycett thanks for the heads up. By the end of every day me and Bgwhite check the pages that remained by yhr bots and fix these issues. In this case you fixed it before O arrive to the page. Yobot can't detect vandalism. Other bots can. A good question is why the page was not tagged as having its references broken. -- Magioladitis (talk) 17:34, 29 August 2016 (UTC)
FYI... Mabel King was also in this list and this list, thus would have been checked manually. Most bots can't detect vandalism. For example, I revert alot of vandalism edits in which AnomieBOT edited afterwards. Bgwhite (talk) 18:28, 29 August 2016 (UTC)

Thanks Yobot!

Thanks for Yobot’s correction here. (Why shouldn’t bots be thanked when then clean up an editor’s personally unseen mistakes? Oh yeah, because then any legitimate concerns would probably be drowned out in thanks comments. :) ) LaughingVulcan 12:52, 1 September 2016 (UTC)

LaughingVulcan Great thanks for the highly inspiring message!!! -- Magioladitis (talk) 13:33, 1 September 2016 (UTC)

Moving period from file extension

Thanks the fix, Magioladitis. BTW, sorry about posting at Yobot's talk page; I missed the notice that it would stop the bot. Keep up the good work! —Laoris (talk) 16:11, 2 September 2016 (UTC)

Zero-width joiner

This edit to Kaph removed a zero-width joiner. The ZWJ is an invisible Unicode character, but it has a visible effect on adjacent characters. Yobot shouldn’t remove it willy-nilly like that. Gorobay (talk) 19:42, 2 September 2016 (UTC)

Syntax highlighting errors

Do you have any idea why User:Magioladitis/WikiProjects is in Category:Pages with syntax highlighting errors? I'm trying to clear that category, not that I know what I'm doing. I've fixed several of them by replacing the <source> tags with <pre> (preformatted text) tags, such as here. – wbm1058 (talk) 20:04, 4 September 2016 (UTC)

(talk page stalker) @Wbm1058: Wrong fix - try this. --Redrose64 (talk) 20:26, 4 September 2016 (UTC)
Redrose64, what is moin and what difference does it make? Cosmetically, the page appears the same. wbm1058 (talk) 20:31, 4 September 2016 (UTC)
See User talk:Cedar101#languages for source. One reason to avoid <pre>...</pre> is that in some circumstances, its contents can still be parsed as wikitext. <source>...</source> - which is essentially synonymous with <syntaxhighlight>...</syntaxhighlight> - prevents such parsing. --Redrose64 (talk) 20:41, 4 September 2016 (UTC)
It just seems silly to claim that the code is in something obscure like MoinMoin... the code is in MediaWiki !! And if we should avoid <pre>...</pre> and use <source>...</source> or <syntaxhighlight>...</syntaxhighlight>, then the latter two shouldn't dump every page that uses those into Category:Pages with syntax highlighting errors! Sorry if I seem annoyed (I am), but it's a joke that our documentation of this – Wikipedia:Syntax highlighting – is a disambiguation page. {{dabconcept}}! – wbm1058 (talk) 21:27, 4 September 2016 (UTC)
Cedar101, you have plenty of experience of this, what do you suggest? --Redrose64 (talk) 22:03, 4 September 2016 (UTC)
See bug ticket T29828. – Jonesey95 (talk) 00:25, 5 September 2016 (UTC)
Back to the OP's question, I haven't figured out a fix for the User page in question. I tried lang="c#", which appears to be a supported language, but the category persists. – Jonesey95 (talk) 21:03, 4 September 2016 (UTC)
csharp should be supported, it's listed at mediawiki-extensions-SyntaxHighlight_GeSHi/SyntaxHighlight_GeSHi.lexers.php --Redrose64 (talk) 21:58, 4 September 2016 (UTC)

Maybe the text is too long? -- Magioladitis (talk) 22:00, 4 September 2016 (UTC)

I think there are size limitations. -- Magioladitis (talk) 22:17, 4 September 2016 (UTC)

That makes sense, as I found a couple other long pages with syntax highlight errors, such as User:BattyBot/CS1 errors-dates. Is this a bug in Pygments? Is there a workaround? If syntax highlighting doesn't work for long pages, then there seems to be no benefit to using <source>...</source> or <syntaxhighlight>...</syntaxhighlight>, and we may as well just replace them with <pre>...</pre> to clear the category so people don't go chasing down spurious errors. wbm1058 (talk) 22:41, 4 September 2016 (UTC)
"Highlighting large blocks of code can easily generate enough of them to crash a browser. As a guard, syntax highlighting is turned off for code fragments larger than 100 kB." Can we guess that such code fragments also put the article in the maintenance category? It would be nice to find confirmation of that. – Jonesey95 (talk) 00:27, 5 September 2016 (UTC)

Brucella abortus information

Hi Magioladitis! I noticed that you reverted my addition to Brucella abortus page. May I know the reasons? I understand that both tables are huge, however I intended to create a new page, but it was refused because it was not enough for a single page, and a reviewer suggested me to add this to Brucella or B. abortus (that's empty by the way...). Do you think that the information added was not important? Any suggestions? Best. Marsuareze (talk) 23:35, 10 September 2016 (UTC)

Marsuareze I already gave the reason in my edit summary. You added content in a redirect i.e. you added non-visible information. Please also take note that someone else already told you that adding 1.3 Mb of info in one edit is not manageable nor verifiable. -- Magioladitis (talk) 22:39, 12 September 2016 (UTC)

Magioladitis thanks for making your point clear. Would you suggest then, to remove the redirect and to add the information in portions for it to be verified? Or, do you think that the information is no useful? Marsuareze (talk) 22:55, 12 September 2016 (UTC)

Marsuareze I think the best place to ask is Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Microbiology. I am not expert in Microbiology and how detailed this article can be. At a first glance you seem that you have made a wonderful job collecting and displaying all this information. I am confident that there are some other experts in the field with hom oyu can cooperate and guide you on this. Best, Magioladitis (talk) 22:59, 12 September 2016 (UTC)

Request for guidance

Hello are an admin, you know the ropes. I am running across a large number of articles with broken links, which I sometimes try to fix to the best of my ability. The problem is, I do not have an exact knowledge of wiki syntax concerning links. Might it be possible for you to give me a pointer to somewhere on wikipedia that will tell me precisely how to set up a link, and what each field is and how it would be formatted? Please reply to my talk page. Thank you. (talk) 02:58, 13 September 2016 (UTC)

Wikipedia:The 10,000 Challenge

Hi. I've noticed the good work you do on here. I was wondering if you'd be interested in contributing to this ambitious British Isles challenge to bringing about 10,000 improvements to the UK and Ireland. The drive is fuelled by regional contests every few months, but it is generally an ongoing content improvement development. If you'd be interested in chipping in with the articles you improve please add your name to the participants and start adding your entries to the big list. Diversity of input will make it much more interesting to peruse! Thanks.♦ Dr. Blofeld 08:29, 13 September 2016 (UTC)

The Band Delain

I would like to kind of clean the page up just a bit and add a style section for the genres I'm not sure how to go about it though any help would be great Delain123 (talk) 23:00, 20 September 2016 (UTC)

Motutapu Island

Hi, just pointing out this very odd edit by Yobot. Cheers KylieTastic (talk) 11:24, 21 September 2016 (UTC)

KylieTastic Thanks. It is a very rare situation that happens in less than 1 per 10.000 edits. -- Magioladitis (talk) 11:45, 21 September 2016 (UTC)

Edit conflict


Hi, just to let you know that I had an ec with your bot at Rosa Namises. Thought I could overwrite your bot (the diff function didn't actually show what it did), and it would just make another turn. Thinking about it now I could have anticipated that the bot would not simply reinstate an edit where it was essentially reverted... I'm sorry to have caused you manual work. Cheers, Pgallert (talk) 13:12, 22 September 2016 (UTC)

Pgallert Thanks for contacting. No worries. -- Magioladitis (talk) 13:25, 22 September 2016 (UTC)

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Hi, thanks for noticing those bungled superscripts. if there is a digit followed by Γ, Δ, Π, or Σ, it might be a molecular term symbol. Let me know if you see that! Graeme Bartlett (talk) 23:52, 24 September 2016 (UTC)

Graeme Bartlett these two are the ones I noticed too. You got there before I recheck them. Thanks for fixing them! There is a list of pages with unbalanced sup tags in Wikipedia:CHECKWIKI/WPC 099 dump. Please take a look! -- Magioladitis (talk) 09:36, 25 September 2016 (UTC)

IP vandal is an LTA case

Hello, Magioladitis. I'm just letting you know that an IP you blocked may be related to this Long-term Abuse case. You may want to change the block settings on User:2607:FB90:2B0A:A31D:4FC:98EE:1B9C:B9B4 accordingly. (I'm not a CU, so I can't be sure of this, though.) -- Gestrid (talk) 21:33, 25 September 2016 (UTC)

And I just noticed the section above. Sorry about that. -- Gestrid (talk) 21:34, 25 September 2016 (UTC)

Gestrid I need to leave home asap. I blocked to prevent further. Please contact some other admin to fix the block reason or I'll be back in a few hours. Sorry but real life calls. -- Magioladitis (talk) 21:36, 25 September 2016 (UTC)

Ok. I've gone ahead and posted in several admin areas (ANI, SPI, and AIV) to get their attention. -- Gestrid (talk) 22:24, 25 September 2016 (UTC)

Recent edits

Please could you tell me why changes are being made to the ref formats on for instance Nuckelavee and Nuggle? Thanks. SagaciousPhil - Chat 19:09, 25 September 2016 (UTC)

Sagaciousphil I believe saving template calls it's a good thing. Anyway, since you are the second person to complain I won't insist. -- Magioladitis (talk) 19:11, 25 September 2016 (UTC)

Sagaciousphil have you tried Visual Editor? Do they work fine this it? -- Magioladitis (talk) 19:14, 25 September 2016 (UTC)

I'm afraid I have no idea what you mean by "saving template calls". Are you saying there is something wrong with the ref format? You don't appear to be making any other changes in those edits. Are you saying you will not revert but intend to continue to carry out the same type of edits? No, I do not use VE but what does that have to do with it? SagaciousPhil - Chat 19:17, 25 September 2016 (UTC)
Sagaciousphil have you tried editing the references in question using VE? No, I do no intent to revert no carry out the same thing unless I gain consensus. -- Magioladitis (talk)
I can only repeat: I do not use VE, I do not like it, I find it useless and a total waste of time. Why are you trying to insist I should use it? Please will you explain what you mean by "saving template calls" as I asked above? Also where is the discussion where you are trying to "gain consensus" for these edits? SagaciousPhil - Chat 19:27, 25 September 2016 (UTC)
Sagaciousphil well Visual Editor users may face problems with uncommon templates. Yes, I'll open a discussion that this template should only be used for more than 1 ref and not only for 1. I asked some template experts to comment before I do. I do not claim to be perfect. Ref is a tag not a template. R is a template. Templates need time to be loaded. -- Magioladitis (talk) 19:35, 25 September 2016 (UTC)
If editors using VE are encountering problems that is surely something for developers to fix? I'm sorry but most of your answer makes no sense to me whatsoever. I use that ref formatting on all articles I create and work extensively on; I know it is used by very experienced editors like Eric Corbett too on his numerous FAs, GAs, etc. SagaciousPhil - Chat 19:53, 25 September 2016 (UTC)
  • Please could you point me to the discussion that instigated the edits made? SagaciousPhil - Chat 20:42, 25 September 2016 (UTC)

Sagaciousphil I asked Frietjes to comment. I also would like what Plastikspork says. I came across this template when fixing PMID errors in a list provided at Wikipedia:CHECKWIKI/WPC 102 dump by NicoV. -- Magioladitis (talk) 20:46, 25 September 2016 (UTC)

I am not familiar with either of those editors, so cannot comment as to the relevance of their opinion. You say above "I also would like what Plastikspork says" - this does not make any sense to me, so please could you explain? SagaciousPhil - Chat 21:04, 25 September 2016 (UTC)
Sagaciousphil I would like their opinion on the usage of this template. -- Magioladitis (talk) 21:09, 25 September 2016 (UTC)
As I already said, I am not familiar with those editors so have no idea why their opinion would be relevant; however you do not appear to be listening to me or to want to hear my opinion ... but whatever. If you (or any admins who might be watching your talk page) would like something helpful to do, perhaps you would block this IP - see Wikipedia:Long-term abuse/Dog and rapper vandal or ask someone like Drmies. I am now logging out so please stop pinging me. Thanks. SagaciousPhil - Chat 21:25, 25 September 2016 (UTC)
  • Well, since I was pinged, I'll go look at that dog editor. I looked over the discussion and at the edits, and to be honest I don't understand it at all--but that is also because, Magioladitis, I am having a hard time following your syntax and thus your semantics. I encourage you to be more precise and more correct, lest misunderstandings aggravate an already tense situation. Thank you, Drmies (talk) 02:22, 26 September 2016 (UTC)
  • Thanks, Drmies, it looks like Dennis has taken care of Young John's most recent antics. I believe Justlettersandnumbers may now also be querying the same changes to the reference template below? So, Magioladitis, please can you point us to where this was discussed? Thanks. SagaciousPhil - Chat 04:17, 26 September 2016 (UTC)
  • while it is true that using a ref tag uses fewer template calls, I am not aware of any issues with any pages with expansion sizes being exceeded due to the usage of {{r}}, or any issues with visual editor and {{r}}. there could be, I just don't know. Frietjes (talk) 13:59, 26 September 2016 (UTC)


Hi! I see that you are using your infernal automated editing software to remove instances of {{r}}, with the edit summary "save template calls". Is there a consensus that this unbelievably useful template should no longer be used? If so, where? If not, would you kindly stop fucking with it? Thank you! (Note: I do recognise that most of what you do is intended to help the project; but when your edits are without or even against community consensus, you do exactly the opposite – sorry to say this, but overall this would be a much better place without you). Justlettersandnumbers (talk) 00:23, 26 September 2016 (UTC)

Indeed, totally unacceptable, and not at all what I intended to say (which had nothing to do with the human editor whose page this is). Magioladitis, please accept my apologies. Drmies, thanks for the ping. Justlettersandnumbers (talk) 17:52, 26 September 2016 (UTC)
Thank you. Drmies (talk) 17:56, 26 September 2016 (UTC)

Page name

Hello, how can I rename the page? (Alberthas7 (talk) 19:55, 27 September 2016 (UTC)) I want to rename the page Lala Hasanova [[101]] From Lala Hasanova to Elizabeth Tudor

According to the WP:COMMONNAME the page name should be Elizabeth Tudor, not Lala Hasanova or Lala Hassenberg. The page name of authors should be their pen name, NOT their birth name see [[102]], [[103]] or [[104]]

Also, if you will follow the history of the page Lala Hasanova you will see that yesterday there have been made some changes in a body of the text. But it was immediately reverted to the last version by Materialscientist. However, I checked the source and compared with edited information, and found that the new edition was made correctly. Please check this link [Authors Guild]

Thanks (Alberthas7 (talk) 19:55, 27 September 2016 (UTC))

Alberthas7 Magioladitis is no longer on Wikipedia. I think you have a good case of a name change. However, I'm not familiar enough with the person and circumstances to move it. It looks like Maor X has made some substantial changes recently and hopefully he knows if the page should be moved. It would have to be moved to Elizabeth Tudor (writer) as "Elizabeth Tudor" is the name of the Queen of England. Bgwhite (talk) 20:17, 27 September 2016 (UTC)
However, given that those changes were reverted, it's probably best if you propose the name change on the article's talk page. -- Gestrid (talk) 20:28, 27 September 2016 (UTC)

Thanks! (Alberthas7 (talk) 21:26, 27 September 2016 (UTC))

And what about the author's information? On the Author's Guild page it says that her name now is Lala Hassenberg, not Hasanova see [Authors Guild] (Alberthas7 (talk) 21:32, 27 September 2016 (UTC))

This is the kind of stuff you should be discussing with people on the article's talk page. They know more about the subject than I do. -- Gestrid (talk) 00:10, 28 September 2016 (UTC)


Hi Magioladitis,

I hope you are doing well.

I have been in a dispute with a wiki user for several weeks on the Turkish people article, particularly in regards to the population (but also the introduction). I've been informed that 3 reverts = being blocked, which is something I really wish to avoid. For this reason, I've been trying to reach a compromise through the talk page but the other side seems unwilling to work together (and seems quite unpleasant to communicate with).

I'm aware that you have already taken a look at my sandbox. Could you tell me your thoughts? I've tried my best to include recognizable publishers yet the other side has referred to everything I have shown as "unreliable" or "junk". The Turkish people article, in its current form, is a mess. I really want to improve it but I don't know how this will be possible if I can't even get pass writing the introduction.

Kind regards, O.celebi (talk) 15:11, 29 September 2016 (UTC)

Inconsequential edit

What's this edit at Roman Elegies about?. It seems to run against AWB rule #4. -- Michael Bednarek (talk) 06:30, 5 October 2016 (UTC)

Michael Bednarek Bot failed to fix this. Yesterday we updated the lists to catch also closing bold, italics tags. The bot will function OK again. -- Magioladitis (talk) 06:33, 5 October 2016 (UTC)


Hi. Could you answer, please, on Wikipedia talk:AutoWikiBrowser/Archive 30#Hewiki localisation? Thank you. IKhitron (talk) 18:02, 7 October 2016 (UTC)

Hi IKhitron. Sorry for not replying earlier. I decided to give myself a week off. I am afraid the piece of code you refer to is hardcoded. Please be more specific and probably me and most probably Rjwilmsi can help coding it. -- Magioladitis (talk) 18:05, 7 October 2016 (UTC)

Thank you. If you run AWB with metadata sort on article with template:nobots in the middle of categories, it will not move. I'd like to do this with local version of this template. IKhitron (talk) 18:07, 7 October 2016 (UTC)

checkwiki #90

your edit: plz see User_talk:Bgwhite#checkwiki_.2390. Staszek Lem (talk) 21:49, 9 October 2016 (UTC)

Unclosed small not fixed

Hi, in this edit, Yobot correctly removed two ineffective <br /> but didn't add the two missing </small>. --Redrose64 (talk) 19:04, 14 October 2016 (UTC)

Redrose64 AWB, thus Yobot, does not fix missing small tags. This goes for the majority of other tags. I'd imagine that AWB could be "fixed" to close tags at the end of a parameter or a table's row, but in other cases, a bot couldn't figure out where to place the tag. Bgwhite (talk) 19:12, 14 October 2016 (UTC)
Hm. I'm sure that there's a bot that goes around adding missing end tags. --Redrose64 (talk) 21:55, 14 October 2016 (UTC)
Redrose64 I'm not aware of any bot, but Magioladits would know. I really doubt there is one because... I have created lists in the past with articles containing missing small, center and div end tags. There are 4,800 articles with missing end div tags (July 2015), 15,200 center tags (Jan 2015) and 23,273 small tags (Jan 2015). There were ~2,000 articles with missing end span tags and were fixed by Frietjes in Sept. 2015. Bgwhite (talk) 23:05, 14 October 2016 (UTC)

Cyril Genik

Hello Magioladitis, I'm having difficulty linking the new Japanese translation of the Cyril Genik article with the other languages of this article. I entered it properly into the edit in languages, but it will not link. I've linked the English and Japanese temporarily through the old method of putting the languages directly into the articles after Categories. But this does not help with all the other languages. Can you help? Nicola Mitchell (talk) 17:34, 8 October 2016 (UTC)

Thank you Nicola Mitchell (talk) 21:52, 16 October 2016 (UTC)

RUAG Aviation

has this been deleted, or moved. it is unclear.?

There should be a mechanism where a page that is in discussion of deletion - has the edit disabled and the background color changed/striped/...

I believe this will help to see contents, not waste time on redundancy, and still give a cursory amount of information (as some of us do not need correct language, translating, or even complete info,... when looking at an article) - especially if it is noted as substandard by an above method.

Please message me back. I am a part-time user of Wikipedia so I don't know if any of my ideas are already done

tapalmer99 >> tapwestport at aol dot com (if this is easier)

thank you! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Tapalmer99 (talkcontribs) 15:37, 17 October 2016 (UTC)

Yobot question

Hi Magioladitis! Could you clarify what's the purpose of this and similar edits? Did I do anything wrong or, perhaps, your bot sometimes makes inconsequential edits? Thanks, 凰兰时罗 (talk) 15:59, 17 October 2016 (UTC)

凰兰时罗 there was a hidden invisible character there. The bot removed it. Nothing wrong. -- Magioladitis (talk) 16:10, 17 October 2016 (UTC)
I debugged it: it was E2 80 8E — Left-to-right mark. Apparently the mark's part of the article's title, so if you make a redirect by copying and pasting the article's title, you carry this left-to-right mark along... Interesting. 凰兰时罗 (talk) 16:21, 17 October 2016 (UTC)

Reference errors on 19 October

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blanked redirect


Hello Magioladitis, this edit by the bot blanked a redirect page. I think it might be related to the presence and bot-handling of non-rendered new line, /n, and similar characters between the category text. Cheers, UW Dawgs (talk) 15:03, 20 October 2016 (UTC)

UW Dawgs Thanks for the heads up. I checked once more. It turns it's not that. It's this temporary loss of connection before we send data back after processing. It's rare but it happens. -- Magioladitis (talk) 15:08, 20 October 2016 (UTC)

Yobot: shouldn't replace nonbreaking space with space


In this edit your Yobot removed characters that were "invisible" but not without function: nonbreaking spaces exist in Unicode precisely for the reason I used them, namely, to keep together something that is typeset with a space but should not linebreak on that space. Browsers observe this: you can see if you manually change the width of that history/diff page that the new version will happily put part of the number on one line and part on the other, while my version keeps the entire number together. Automatically replacing all nonbreaking spaces with regular spaces is a bug. (Removing nonbreaking spaces that are adjacent to regular spaces is safe, as that negates their nonbreaking functionality.) /blahedo (t) 21:12, 20 October 2016 (UTC)

blahedo Thanks for the heads up! -- Magioladitis (talk) 21:27, 20 October 2016 (UTC)

Blahedo, please see this guideline, which explains that invisible characters should not be used. Their HTML equivalent should be used instead. And Magioladitis, if AWB's general fixes are doing this replacement, they may need to be modified. – Jonesey95 (talk) 01:55, 21 October 2016 (UTC)
Blahedo There's also the {{nowrap}} template. It's on over 500,000 articles, so it very common to use. The HTML equivalent &nbsp; is also very common. Bgwhite (talk) 06:28, 21 October 2016 (UTC)

Reflist removal

Hi Magioladitis, is AWB confused by further reading lists that contain the citation template leading to (for example) this. The result is the in line citations get merged into the further reading list due to the reflist removal. Quite a few of these edits were made around that date/time to the microRNA precursor family. Regards.CV9933 (talk) 21:44, 26 October 2016 (UTC)

CV9933 I did this edit manually. There is another reflist exactly before the external links. The further reading section is messed up. I wated to fix further but then I forgot. -- Magioladitis (talk) 21:49, 26 October 2016 (UTC)

CV9933 I think I fixed it now. Please check again. -- Magioladitis (talk) 21:51, 26 October 2016 (UTC)

Just to make clear on the initial edit: AWB does not remove duplicated reflists... yet. It was solely a manual edit. -- Magioladitis (talk) 21:53, 26 October 2016 (UTC)

Yes I fixed one recently, but tonight I came across a couple more and when I looked more closely at your edits I saw a lot were done at the same time and assumed it was AWB related. Regards. CV9933 (talk) 22:02, 26 October 2016 (UTC)

CV9933 I usually fix all that AWB can fix and sortly after I reload the list with the unfixed ones to fix the issues left. This also helps me create lists of things that could be fixed by bot in the future. Thanks for the report. -- Magioladitis (talk) 22:53, 26 October 2016 (UTC)

Bots template in he.wp

Hi. Sorry to disturb you again. Something new? Yoy said you'll be in vacation for a week. Thank you. IKhitron (talk) 11:56, 26 October 2016 (UTC)

IKhitron new version is up. Is something else I had to do? I forgot. -- Magioladitis (talk) 12:02, 26 October 2016 (UTC)
What do you mean in new version? I hoped you could answer me a question I asked. Thanks again. IKhitron (talk) 12:03, 26 October 2016 (UTC)

IKhitron so what exactly do you need to be done? Localisation fo {{bots}} template? -- Magioladitis (talk) 10:56, 28 October 2016 (UTC)

Yes, it will be very nice if you can help me with this. Thank you. IKhitron (talk) 11:56, 28 October 2016 (UTC)

IKhitron "Bots" template has the same name in he.wp. So what is the problem? That MetaDataSort does not work? -- Magioladitis (talk) 12:03, 28 October 2016 (UTC)

There are two such templates. Bots isn't used so much, 5 transclusions, I even never knew about it until now. The really used template is w:he:template:ללא בוט. Thank you, IKhitron (talk) 12:07, 28 October 2016 (UTC)

IKhitron why there is a second template not connected to the others? -- Magioladitis (talk) 12:36, 28 October 2016 (UTC)

I have no idea why it was not connected on creation, it was before my time. IKhitron (talk) 12:38, 28 October 2016 (UTC)

IKhitron is there any chance that we move to the standard one? All global bot would search for the standard one. All other projects follow the same naming for both the templates and its parameters. -- Magioladitis (talk) 12:40, 28 October 2016 (UTC)

Don't think so. There are rules against ltr template names. IKhitron (talk) 12:41, 28 October 2016 (UTC)

IKhitron is there any difference in functionality between the two templates? -- Magioladitis (talk) 12:47, 28 October 2016 (UTC)

Yes, it is. I even don't know if bots really searched for by all the bots. The second one is used by some special kinds of bots. IKhitron (talk) 12:50, 28 October 2016 (UTC)
Hi. It seems to me that the simplest solution would be for the local template (w:he:template:ללא בוט) to include the Bots template. Ijon (talk) 21:34, 28 October 2016 (UTC)
Hi, Assaf. Sorry, I don't understand. How can it help to metadata sorter? IKhitron (talk) 21:40, 28 October 2016 (UTC)
IKhitron does AWB really move bots in en.wp? I think it's more the other way around. We move categories, while in he.wp we don't touch anything. -- Magioladitis (talk) 21:48, 28 October 2016 (UTC)
Ok, here are all the options:
  1. If there is some template between categories in en, it is moved up.
  2. The same with he.
  3. But if there is "nobots" en template, it is not moved, nevertheless of where it is.
  4. It will be good, if "ללא בוט" will not be moved anywhere in the same way, nevermind where it was. IKhitron (talk) 23:08, 28 October 2016 (UTC)

Georgia Jones

Georgia Jones may be a professional British basketball player, but there is another Georgia Jones who is a prominent pornographic actress. And I guess, the photo on the Georgia Jones page is showing the actress and not the basketball player. -- (talk) 10:02, 29 October 2016 (UTC)

Steven Rubenstein

You just edited Steven Rubenstein (diff). However, please see the diff immediately before yours. I am a bit suspicious of templates like {{srlink}} which appear to obfuscate a simple link, but the documentation sounds convincing, at least for anyone who cares about parasitic mirrors of Wikipedia. This is just for your consideration and I am happy with whatever decision you make. I mention it in case this kind of edit should be an exception for fixes. Johnuniq (talk) 10:19, 30 October 2016 (UTC)

Nomination of Divide By Zero (company) for deletion


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Europe 10,000 Challenge invite

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Taxobox colour

The system that tries to automatically assign a colour to a taxobox relies on the taxon name being either in plain text or wikilinked. It won't work if the taxon name is manually emboldened. So, odd as it may seem, for present and future processing, you should rely on the Wikimedia to embolden self-links. Peter coxhead (talk) 17:52, 8 November 2016 (UTC)


I’ve been studying the pronunciation guides on Wikipedia itself. (talk) 19:00, 8 November 2016 (UTC) (Talk)

Two-Factor Authentication now available for admins


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Reference re-ordering

Following the discussion at Yobot's talk about Yobot moving the position of references, I've opened a section at Wikipedia talk:Citing sources#Reference re-ordering. Leaving this here in case talk-page watchers are interested. SarahSV (talk) 21:35, 12 November 2016 (UTC)

Reference errors on 12 November

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New deal for page patrollers

Hi Magioladitis,

In order to better control the quality of new pages, keep out the spam, and welcome the genuine newbies, the current system we introduced in 2011 is being updated and improved. The documentation and tutorials have also been revised and given a facelift. Most importantly a new user group New Page Reviewer has been created.

Under the new rule, you may find that you are temporarily unable to mark new pages as reviewed. However, this is nothing to worry about - most current experienced patrollers are being accorded the the new right without the need to apply, and if you have significant previous experience of patrolling new pages, we strongly encourage you to apply for the new right as soon as possible - we need all the help we can get, and we are now providing a dynamic, supportive environment for your work.

Find out more about this exiting new user right now at New Page Reviewers and be sure to read the new tutorial before applying. MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 04:29, 13 November 2016 (UTC)

Bot is removing needed breaks in templates

Your bot is making edits such as these; the break is needed to arrange the name of the hockey players who scored a point next to the result.--User:Tomcat7 (talk) 14:07, 8 November 2016 (UTC)

Frietjes to check this! -- Magioladitis (talk) 14:13, 8 November 2016 (UTC)

using <br> tags to align items in different columns is a bad idea for WP:ACCESSIBILITY reasons. those items should be separated into multiple fields, like |goal1a=, |goal1b=, etc. Frietjes (talk) 14:59, 8 November 2016 (UTC)
User:Tomcat7, I created a sandbox version of the template which allows for using '/' instead of <br> for separating the items in progression, goals1, and goals2. see directly below.
February 15, 2006 (2006-02-15)
Italy  2–7
(0–1, 2–5, 0–1)
  CanadaPalasport Olimpico
Attendance: 8575
it still supports the old syntax, but will allow for this newer syntax. would this work for you? one of the additional advantages of adding delimiters is that we can convert them to lists, or aligned table rows in the module/template code, while still allowing for the more compact input format in the articles. another option would be to have |goal1a=, |goal1b=, |goal1c= as mentioned above, but that would require more typing within the articles. or, we could have something like |progression1= / 0–1 / Cirone (Scandella) (PP) – 20:43, etc. whatever works best. Frietjes (talk) 17:23, 8 November 2016 (UTC)
The version with the slashes looks good, but it should be discussed within the WP:HOCKEY community, as I believe that the breaks are usually used in this template, although I am not an expert.--User:Tomcat7 (talk) 17:43, 8 November 2016 (UTC)
the new version is now live, so Magioladitis, you may replace the <br /> with / in the |progression= and |goals1= and |goals2= with no adverse effects. Frietjes (talk) 14:51, 13 November 2016 (UTC)

Inserting a section heading in the middle of an editor's talk page comment

Two separate bot edits inserted an ==Untitled== section header in the middle of an editor's talk page comment. I'm guessing that the "gotcha" is that the editor made a two-paragraph comment (there are two consecutive newlines in their comment text):

wbm1058 (talk) 15:05, 14 November 2016 (UTC)

Hofburg Palace


Can you please stop vandalizing Hofburg Palace page? If you don't like how colored labels are made, change it, but please don't remove the color from these labels. Unless your goal is to jeopardy the General plan of Hofburg Palace's caption. Thanks. Carlotm (talk) 18:27, 14 November 2016 (UTC)

Carlotm, it was now fixed by Bgwhite. Thanks for coming by. -- Magioladitis (talk) 19:40, 14 November 2016 (UTC)

A new user right for New Page Patrollers

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Christmas Stories listed at Redirects for discussion

An editor has asked for a discussion to address the redirect Christmas Stories. Since you had some involvement with the Christmas Stories redirect, you might want to participate in the redirect discussion if you have not already done so. - CHAMPION (talk) (contributions) (logs) 08:08, 16 November 2016 (UTC)


Please see. --Saqib (talk) 12:29, 16 November 2016 (UTC)


Why did Yobot do this? Is it working from a list of equivalents? If so, is that list broken? --Redrose64 (talk) 21:28, 17 November 2016 (UTC)

Redrose64 I did this manually :( Mauritius is so rare and new that I "fixed" it manually because I could not be bothered to add 1 line in my code for a single use. Unfortunately, I am a master in making mistakes. -- Magioladitis (talk) 08:14, 18 November 2016 (UTC)

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User talk:Magioladitis/Archive 30#Bots template in he.wp

Hi. Something new? Thank you. IKhitron (talk) 18:58, 28 November 2016 (UTC)

IKhitron so your request is that "ללא בוט" is not be moved nevermind where it was? Right? -- Magioladitis (talk) 19:10, 28 November 2016 (UTC)

Indeed, it would be very nice. Thank you. IKhitron (talk) 19:13, 28 November 2016 (UTC)

@Rjwilmsi: to help with that. -- Magioladitis (talk) 21:14, 28 November 2016 (UTC)

If the request is that category moving doesn't result in moving a bots template, then all we can reasonably do is turn of meta data sorting for he-wiki, if that's what's preferred. Rjwilmsi 09:25, 29 November 2016 (UTC)
It will be very nice if meta data sorting will work, please. IKhitron (talk) 10:41, 29 November 2016 (UTC)

Is it possible to completely automate AWB?

I would like to completely automate Bot1058 task 3 on my Windows machine, and have it run itself daily. My other bots are automatically run by Windows Task Scheduler. I have task scheduler run PowerShell, but from there I need to tell AWB exactly what to do via command prompt instructions. I don't know how to automate mouse point-and-click operations. Is this possible? Thanks, wbm1058 (talk) 16:25, 18 November 2016 (UTC)

@Reedy: -- Magioladitis (talk) 15:04, 20 November 2016 (UTC)

Can you give any more information? Automate what exactly? Building a list to run over a specific set of settings, and makeing it run and autosave it all? Currently, it has command line flags to load a specific user account and a specific settings file... [105] Reedy (talk) 01:24, 22 November 2016 (UTC)
@Reedy: The steps I need to go through are described in my BRFA. From the command prompt:
  • Start AWB
  • Then File → Open Settings → C:\Documents\Unsynchronized disambiguation talk pages settings.xml
  • List → Clear list
  • Make list
  • List → Convert to talk pages
  • Start → Start, and login as Bot1058
  • Bots → Auto save
  • Max edits → 400
  • Start → Start
I'd like my machine to do that all automatically, once/day, while I'm doing other things. wbm1058 (talk) 06:24, 22 November 2016 (UTC)
Oh, I see. Wikipedia:AutoWikiBrowser/User manual#Startup parameters. So I should be able to automate login and opening the settings file. Not sure whether making a new list and converting it to talk pages can be part of the settings. Can bots auto-save mode set to a certain max. edits amount and auto-start-start be part of the user profile? I haven't tried using startup parameters yet, I guess I can play with it and see what I can do. wbm1058 (talk) 00:08, 30 November 2016 (UTC)

Extra brace


you added an extra brace in this edit and in this edit. probably for all the inline replacements. Frietjes (talk) 23:53, 30 November 2016 (UTC)

Frietjes Fixed now. Thanks. -- Magioladitis (talk) 23:55, 30 November 2016 (UTC)

New Page Rewiewing

Hi. I may be wrong, but it appears that your bot is marking new pages that should not yet be indexed for Google, with AWB as patrolled . If this is so, it's quite a serious issue. Could you please confer with Kaldari and see what can be done. Thanks. --Kudpung กุดผึ้ง (talk) 10:44, 1 December 2016 (UTC)

Kudpung, can you give an example please? — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 10:52, 1 December 2016 (UTC)
here . Kudpung กุดผึ้ง (talk) 11:30, 2 December 2016 (UTC)
The only editor who marked this as reviewed was yourself when you nominated it for deletion — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 12:54, 2 December 2016 (UTC)
That page was marked as patrolled by User:Theroadislong. — xaosflux Talk 12:58, 2 December 2016 (UTC)
Ah, patrolled≠reviewed. Thanks Xaosflux. But that does not relate to Google indexing, does it? — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 13:00, 2 December 2016 (UTC)
That would have released the no-index tag; but the speedy deletion that they applied would have kept it - however then the speedy deletion was contested - making it a "normal" article. In any event, nothing to do with bot operations :D — xaosflux Talk 13:02, 2 December 2016 (UTC)

Xaosflux thanks for looking into it. -- Magioladitis (talk) 13:07, 2 December 2016 (UTC)

Deletion of a new page


I was working on the Evolutionary Psychological and Biological Explanations for Prostitution page with my University peers for a course project. The page has been deleted as of today. Is it possible to recover the page as we are still working on the improvements given under the proposed deletion suggestions such reviewing the studies mentioned. We also read the reasons for deletion on the articles for deletion page. If this