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I was surprised that having multiple pound signs in the URL worked at all. Before this, I thought the browser determined the anchor by looking at the text after the very last pound sign in the URL. Thanks for reviewing my redirects, as always, and you won't have to deal with them for much longer. — Newslinger talk 03:57, 11 January 2020 (UTC)

Sorry for my MistakeEdit

Hi, I got a message from you that I have edited a post here, and I didn't know that it can be counted as spamming. I am really sorry about that. I did not know about that, I really apologized for my mistake. I am totally new in the Wikipedia editing part, and I was just trying to put some extra information there, And I don't want to be harmed anyone for my mistake. And I don't want to be blacklisted anyone for my fault. The domain that has been blacklisted for my fault is mobileprice-bangladesh.com. I will be much more careful about this in the future. I am really sorry. Regards Shamim93 — Preceding unsigned comment added by Shamimbd93 (talkcontribs) 13:52, 12 January 2020 (UTC)

Hi, Shamimbd93. I've responded on your talk page. — Newslinger talk 00:22, 13 January 2020 (UTC)

username - link COIEdit

One time COIBot was reporting all of that, but it was giving quite some false positives and it kept on reporting for some. Maybe I should turn it back on .... --Dirk Beetstra T C 08:32, 16 January 2020 (UTC)

These reports are mostly from WP:UAA, with a few from WP:AIV. When someone adds an external link that matches their username, that user most likely qualifies for a soft block since usernames aren't allowed to represent websites, with the main exception being when the domain is named after an individual. Was COIBot posting to WT:WPSPAM? Separate sections for bot reports and user reports on that page could make false positives easier to handle. — Newslinger talk 08:41, 16 January 2020 (UTC)
No, I can have COIBot respond to overlaps between username and domain and then report the domain in an automated report, just like the local and xwiki reports are being created. COIBot started off with doing this (finding overlaps), but we soon figured out that plain linkreports were also useful. Some of the more statistic determinations were directly built into the linkwatchers (now m:user:LiWa3; the 'this domain is only used by this user' type of statistics) and the original parts of COIBot were more neglected, focusing more on the reporting part as support for spam. The code should still be there, just need to see what is needed to re-activate it properly. --Dirk Beetstra T C 10:18, 16 January 2020 (UTC)
Added lines here. --Dirk Beetstra T C 10:29, 16 January 2020 (UTC)
That makes sense. Thanks for explaining. Regarding false positives, I think excluding cases where the username/domain is similar to the article title would reduce the rate of false positives for spam. However, I can't recall a case where the username matches the domain, and the user didn't have a conflict of interest. — Newslinger talk 14:41, 17 January 2020 (UTC)

Also, you may find edit filter 499 (hist · log) relevant. — Newslinger talk 15:15, 17 January 2020 (UTC)

Tracking appsEdit

I have to say if you use an app like Facebook particularly, you're getting a lot of tracking, so I'm not sure how much "less" it is really... [1]. I didn't want to muddy the waters over there, but if you think it should be, please let me know. -- Yae4 (talk) 04:42, 20 January 2020 (UTC)

Yes, Facebook is obviously loaded with trackers, since it's one of the largest digital advertisers. My opinion is that "less" is usable because it's a relative term. While Facebook users with MicroG are still being tracked heavily by Facebook, they are being tracked "less" by Google compared to Facebook users with Google Play Services. I suppose we could qualify the tracking with "from Google", as in "... that MicroG lets users access Facebook, Telegram, and Signal on Android with less device tracking from Google than Google Play Services?", but I'm not sure if it's worth it. Since you submitted the DYK nomination, it's ultimately your call. — Newslinger talk 04:57, 20 January 2020 (UTC)
Good enough. Maybe the article will eventually discuss it more, if/when a "reliable" source compares data for a typical Android phone with another d/e/vice using MicroG, loaded with the same apps. -- Yae4 (talk) 12:01, 20 January 2020 (UTC)

Do you like the look of these warning messages?Edit

I have made a series of 12 user warning templates, shown in User:The Lord of Math/warn. Would you like to have a look and give some feedback? Thank you. tLoM (The Lord of Math) (Message; contribs) 06:36, 20 January 2020 (UTC)

Hi The Lord of Math, the messages generally look fine to me, since they're not too different from the standard warning templates. I have a few suggestions:
  • In the third and fourth templates, "contribute vandalism" is a strange phrase, since contributions tend to be positive. Perhaps "be vandalism" or "contain vandalism" would be better?
  • In the seventh template, "unability" should be changed to to "inability".
  • In all of the templates, you might want to add a space between your signature and the sentence before it.
I hope this helps! — Newslinger talk 06:50, 20 January 2020 (UTC)
Thanks. In fact, the first, fifth, eighth, eleventh and twelfth templates correspond to the five respective warning levels. The other problems are just typos. Thanks for notifying me of these mistakes! tLoM (The Lord of Math) (Message; contribs) 07:06, 20 January 2020 (UTC)
No problem! After using your custom templates for a while, if you think any of the standard templates could be improved using your new wording, feel free to propose changes to the standard templates on their respective talk pages. — Newslinger talk 07:11, 20 January 2020 (UTC)
But how does the transitioning between consecutive templates work? Are they fine? I designed these templates for a smooth transition. tLoM (The Lord of Math) (Message; contribs) 03:43, 21 January 2020 (UTC)

Your input is requestedEdit

at Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/Next issue/Community view before Friday.

Only 100 or so words. It should be fun and serious at the same time.

All the best,

Smallbones(smalltalk) 01:53, 22 January 2020 (UTC)

Your input is requestedEdit

at Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/Next issue/Community view before Friday.

Only 100 or so words. It should be fun and serious at the same time.

All the best,

Smallbones(smalltalk) 00:08, 23 January 2020 (UTC)

Admin blingEdit

Hey, Newslinger, belated congratulations on your adminship! I notice, however, that you are missing out on some of the BLING you are now entitled to. I recently created the the article User:MelanieN/Admin bling to let new admins know about all the shiny stuff they are now entitled to. Feel free to adorn yourself! -- MelanieN (talk) 03:51, 26 January 2020 (UTC)

DYK for MicroGEdit

 On 5 February 2020, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article MicroG, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that when the LineageOS operating system refused to integrate MicroG software, the project forked its own version, with MicroG pre-installed? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/MicroG. You are welcome to check how many page hits the article got while on the front page (here's how, MicroG), and it may be added to the statistics page if the total is over 5,000. Finally, if you know of an interesting fact from another recently created article, then please feel free to suggest it on the Did you know talk page.

Wug·a·po·des 22:14, 4 February 2020 (UTC) 12:02, 5 February 2020 (UTC)

New Page Reviewer newsletter February 2020Edit

Hello Newslinger,

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