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Nomination for deletion of Module:Video game dabEdit

 Module:Video game dab has been nominated for deletion. You are invited to comment on the discussion at the module's entry on the Templates for discussion page. * Pppery * it has begun... 17:11, 16 August 2020 (UTC)

Tech News: 2020-34Edit

20:40, 17 August 2020 (UTC)

WhitespaceEdit

I just read through the diff at COVID-19 for the last couple of day, and your efforts to normalize the whitespace made it particularly long. I appreciate the other fixes, but I could have lived without the whitespace changes. Could I gently discourage you from doing that (in either direction) in the future, specifically on long and busy articles? WhatamIdoing (talk) 05:27, 18 August 2020 (UTC)

  • Normalizing the whitespace in citations makes the citations much easier to read for doing maintenance on them, and aside from muddying the diffs, it's quite harmless. I'm sorry that it made the diff harder to read this time around, but as a large change it's a one-off that makes the article more internally consistent. I'll keep your request in mind—I really appreciate the work you do and I don't want to be a bother—but I'd prefer to keep this tool in my toolbox. {{Nihiltres |talk |edits}} 16:30, 18 August 2020 (UTC)
    I don't think it makes the wikitext any easier to read for myself, but obviously you do, and others might agree with you. In that particular article, I think that most of the refs will need to be replaced anyway, so I wouldn't have bothered re-formatting them.
    Next month will be the six-month anniversary of Italy declaring its lockdown, and I'm hoping that we'll see some good secondary sources appear then. WhatamIdoing (talk) 20:18, 18 August 2020 (UTC)

Tech News: 2020-35Edit

17:59, 24 August 2020 (UTC)

Editing news 2020 #4Edit

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Reply toolEdit

 
The number of comments posted with the Reply Tool from March through June 2020. People used the Reply Tool to post over 7,400 comments with the tool.

The Reply tool has been available as a Beta Feature at the Arabic, Dutch, French and Hungarian Wikipedias since 31 March 2020. The first analysis showed positive results.

  • More than 300 editors used the Reply tool at these four Wikipedias. They posted more than 7,400 replies during the study period.
  • Of the people who posted a comment with the Reply tool, about 70% of them used the tool multiple times. About 60% of them used it on multiple days.
  • Comments from Wikipedia editors are positive. One said, أعتقد أن الأداة تقدم فائدة ملحوظة؛ فهي تختصر الوقت لتقديم رد بدلًا من التنقل بالفأرة إلى وصلة تعديل القسم أو الصفحة، التي تكون بعيدة عن التعليق الأخير في الغالب، ويصل المساهم لصندوق التعديل بسرعة باستخدام الأداة. ("I think the tool has a significant impact; it saves time to reply while the classic way is to move with a mouse to the Edit link to edit the section or the page which is generally far away from the comment. And the user reaches to the edit box so quickly to use the Reply tool.")[5]

The Editing team released the Reply tool as a Beta Feature at eight other Wikipedias in early August. Those Wikipedias are in the Chinese, Czech, Georgian, Serbian, Sorani Kurdish, Swedish, Catalan, and Korean languages. If you would like to use the Reply tool at your wiki, please tell User talk:Whatamidoing (WMF).

The Reply tool is still in active development. Per request from the Dutch Wikipedia and other editors, you will be able to customize the edit summary. (The default edit summary is "Reply".) A "ping" feature is available in the Reply tool's visual editing mode. This feature searches for usernames. Per request from the Arabic Wikipedia, each wiki will be able to set its own preferred symbol for pinging editors. Per request from editors at the Japanese and Hungarian Wikipedias, each wiki can define a preferred signature prefix in the page MediaWiki:Discussiontools-signature-prefix. For example, some languages omit spaces before signatures. Other communities want to add a dash or a non-breaking space.

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Next: New discussion toolEdit

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Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 18:48, 31 August 2020 (UTC)

Tech News: 2020-36Edit

20:08, 31 August 2020 (UTC)

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Tech News: 2020-37Edit

15:59, 7 September 2020 (UTC)

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16:18, 14 September 2020 (UTC)

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21:26, 21 September 2020 (UTC)

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21:23, 28 September 2020 (UTC)

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16:24, 5 October 2020 (UTC)

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15:23, 12 October 2020 (UTC)

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Tech News: 2020-43Edit

16:29, 19 October 2020 (UTC)

WikiProject Solar System invitationEdit

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17:37, 26 October 2020 (UTC)

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Tech News: 2020-45Edit

16:08, 2 November 2020 (UTC)

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15:49, 9 November 2020 (UTC)

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Tech News: 2020-47Edit

15:36, 16 November 2020 (UTC)

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17:17, 23 November 2020 (UTC)

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17:44, 30 November 2020 (UTC)

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Tech News: 2020-50Edit

16:14, 7 December 2020 (UTC)

ISBN determinationEdit

Hi Nihiltres, I was just wondering how you determined the ISBN for this edit? Is 9 a default? Thanks, CMD (talk) 03:15, 11 December 2020 (UTC)

I plugged it into the ISBN tool I built (yes, the SSL is broken at the moment) and found that the check digit, incorrect for an ISBN-13, was correct for the ISBN-10 formed by truncating the "978" prefix; the error was almost certainly the result of converting the ISBN from ISBN-10 to ISBN-13 without updating the check digit. While looking up the corrected ISBN in WorldCat, as I usually do, found no results, a web search found that the same source is cited with the valid check digit at Writ of Kalikasan, so it seems safe to assume that the error is solely in the check digit. {{Nihiltres |talk |edits}} 05:51, 11 December 2020 (UTC)
Ah, thanks for the info, useful process. CMD (talk) 05:59, 11 December 2020 (UTC)

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Tech News: 2020-51Edit

21:33, 14 December 2020 (UTC)

FactsEdit

Just curious to know if you yourself are Catholic?! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Mchavis (talkcontribs)

No, I'm not Catholic. {{Nihiltres |talk |edits}} 08:02, 22 December 2020 (UTC)

Tech News: 2020-52Edit

20:52, 21 December 2020 (UTC)

Your ISBN tool, and Happy/Healthy 2021!Edit

Hi Nihiltres, your super ISBN tool seems to be no longer available. It looks like your account is suspended. I'm already missing it  , so I hope you can fix it. I wish you a happy and healthy 2021  . - DVdm (talk) 12:01, 2 January 2021 (UTC)

@Nihiltres: It's back online and functioning! Thanks, and enjoy your obvious time off Wiki   - DVdm (talk) 16:24, 11 January 2021 (UTC)

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16:09, 18 January 2021 (UTC)

Editing news 2021 #1Edit

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Reply toolEdit

 
Completion rates for comments made with the Reply tool and full-page wikitext editing. Details and limitations are in this report.

The Reply tool is available at most other Wikipedias.

  • The Reply tool has been deployed as an opt-out preference to all editors at the Arabic, Czech, and Hungarian Wikipedias.
  • It is also available as a Beta Feature at almost all Wikipedias except for the English, Russian, and German-language Wikipedias. If it is not available at your wiki, you can request it by following these simple instructions.

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  • As of January 2021, more than 3,500 editors have used the Reply tool to post about 70,000 comments.
  • There is preliminary data from the Arabic, Czech, and Hungarian Wikipedia on the Reply tool. Junior Contributors who use the Reply tool are more likely to publish the comments that they start writing than those who use full-page wikitext editing.[73]
  • The Editing and Parsing teams have significantly reduced the number of edits that affect other parts of the page. About 0.3% of edits did this during the last month.[74] Some of the remaining changes are automatic corrections for Special:LintErrors.
  •   A large A/B test will start soon.[75] This is part of the process to offer the Reply tool to everyone. During this test, half of all editors at 24 Wikipedias (not including the English Wikipedia) will have the Reply tool automatically enabled, and half will not. Editors at those Wikipeedias can still turn it on or off for their own accounts in Special:Preferences.

New discussion toolEdit

 
Screenshot of version 1.0 of the New Discussion Tool prototype.

The new tool for starting new discussions (new sections) will join the Discussion tools in Special:Preferences#mw-prefsection-betafeatures at the end of January. You can try the tool for yourself.[76] You can leave feedback in this thread or on the talk page.

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18:29, 25 January 2021 (UTC)

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22:38, 1 February 2021 (UTC)

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17:41, 8 February 2021 (UTC)

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Precious anniversaryEdit

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17:54, 15 February 2021 (UTC)

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HelloEdit

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17:50, 8 March 2021 (UTC)

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23:21, 15 March 2021 (UTC)

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16:51, 22 March 2021 (UTC)

Redirect template issueEdit

Could you have a look at Wikipedia talk:Redirect#Redirect hatnote issue. Thanks. MB 20:52, 25 March 2021 (UTC)

Thanks for fixing this. So far it has caught around 15 more hatnote errors, some going back 8 years. Since you seem to be quite technically adept, I have another question. I have been monitoring Category:Articles with redirect hatnotes needing review. Often, an article is in this category because the redirect is listed at WP:RFD. In that case, the hatnote really doesn't need review - there is nothing that can/should be done until the RFD is closed, which can take weeks. It would be much more convenient if the module could determine if the reason a redirect did not agree with the hatnote was because of an RFD. If this is possible, then these articles could be listed separately in the tracking category or put into a separate category (e.g. Category:Articles with redirect hatnotes impacted by RFD). That would save me a lot of time. MB 05:26, 26 March 2021 (UTC)
Hmm. It's possible, but it would be really ugly to do, because the only way I'm aware to do it involves reading the content of the redirect page. On the one hand, that's labelled an expensive operation and should be used with care, on the other, it's already used by the Module:Redirect functionality that gets the target of a redirect. This is a minor enough problem that I think we ought to wait and see if Extension:CategoryToolbox gets enabled on Wikimedia wikis, because that would be a far cleaner solution. {{Nihiltres |talk |edits}} 16:28, 26 March 2021 (UTC)
Just a thought, "expensiveness" really doesn't matter much since this check would only be necessary at the point of getting to addCategory('Articles with redirect hatnotes needing review') . At that point, is there a way to check if the target title is in Category:All redirects for discussion? I'm not sure if that what you meant by "needing to read the content of the redirect page" (or is doing that exactly what you want to use CategoryToolbox for)? MB 14:41, 12 April 2021 (UTC)
Yeah, I think you're right about the order of operations there now that I've thought about it. I've prototyped an update that would test for the presence of "#invoke:RfD" in the redirect page source. Testing for categories would be much harder, as it would require getting the parsed content of the page, which is why I want CategoryToolbox for a long-term solution. This solution is fragile (e.g. it could be maliciously defeated by <!-- #invoke:RfD --> or broken by comments) but it should be good enough to be worth implementing, and in the longer term we can perhaps substitute in better tests once available. I'll need to poke at the tests some more, but it's prototyped, at least. {{Nihiltres |talk |edits}} 18:55, 14 April 2021 (UTC)

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17:29, 29 March 2021 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – April 2021Edit

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  • Following a request for comment, F7 (invalid fair-use claim) subcriterion a has been deprecated; it covered immediate deletion of non-free media with invalid fair-use tags.
  • Following a request for comment, page movers were granted the delete-redirect userright, which allows moving a page over a single-revision redirect, regardless of that redirect's target.

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19:38, 5 April 2021 (UTC)

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