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News and updates for administrators from the past month (February 2023).

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User talk:PBS-AWB and Edward Raban (printer)Edit

Please see message at User_talk:PBS-AWB

Message from User_talk:PBS-AWB

Your change on Edward Raban (printer) was a poor decision. You removed a template which added "This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain" to two references, and added to both a template saying "One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from this source". Each of the references was used about 5 times in the body of the article. "One or more of the preceding sentences" is plain inaccurate for most of the uses of the reference. "This article incorporates text " is accurate for all uses of the reference. Further, your message preceded the reference, which is grossly suboptimal: users want to read the ref, not a (mainly inaccurate) RD incorporation notice. The notice should follow the reference, not precede it. I don't know what you thought you were doing, but your edits did degrade the article in two respects, did not do anything at all useful. Reverted. Please do not do that again. --Tagishsimon (talk) 17:32, 23 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Oh ffs. I see you've done this to about 300 articles. For the above reasons, this is really bad. Please stop damaging wikipedia for a few extra edit counts. --Tagishsimon (talk) 17:52, 23 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

In other news, if you really do not want people to leave messages on that page, maybe redirect it to this page. Your notice there is too little, too late & you're putting other users to trouble for no good reason. --Tagishsimon (talk) 17:34, 23 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I share Tagishsimon's concerns. Your changes caused particularly egregious errors in articles where the citation is placed at the end of a sentence introducing the quoted material, which made the text wholly nonsensical. --Paul_012 (talk) 20:55, 23 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]


I don't know about the history of the template and what consensus there is regarding the closure of the TfD and whether it should be a redirect or a wrapper template, but since you removed the redirect, please also update the template documentation and restore the documentation in the template source, so that other editors coming upon it (e.g. after seeing your AWB edits) have an idea what it's supposed to do and how it should be used. Thank you. --Paul_012 (talk) 20:30, 23 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Edits to DOY articlesEdit

I have reverted two edits by your PBS-AWB bot to the DOY articles August 18 and April 8. The convention established at WP:DOYSTYLE is that the characters – are to be used rather than any other types of dash. Can you please modify your bot to take this into account? Thanks, Kiwipete (talk) 02:38, 24 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Nomination of Non-sovereign nation for deletionEdit

A discussion is taking place as to whether the article Non-sovereign nation is suitable for inclusion in Wikipedia according to Wikipedia's policies and guidelines or whether it should be deleted.

The article will be discussed at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Non-sovereign nation until a consensus is reached, and anyone, including you, is welcome to contribute to the discussion. The nomination will explain the policies and guidelines which are of concern. The discussion focuses on high-quality evidence and our policies and guidelines.

Users may edit the article during the discussion, including to improve the article to address concerns raised in the discussion. However, do not remove the article-for-deletion notice from the top of the article until the discussion has finished.

Privybst (talk) 17:31, 26 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Claud Hamilton, 1st Lord PaisleyEdit

Dear [[User:PBS|PBS}}. Please have a look at the use of the Wikisource EB11 citations in the article Claud Hamilton, 1st Lord Paisley. It is an example for the case that two different EB articles are cited in the same Wikipedia article and the corresponding EB11 volumes were published in different years. So I first thought I could use 1910 and 1911, but errors are thrown that seem to indicate that 1910 is considered an error. I then tried 1911a and 1911b as User:ArbieP had done before, but an error "CS1 maint: date and year" is thrown. Why? With many thanks and best regards, Johannes Schade (talk) 20:47, 19 October 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

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Let's take a trip back to Spring 2005Edit

Hi, so I was looking at the redirects to Mediterranean and Middle East theatre of World War II and found that Middle East Theatre of World War II existed. I had a look at it and noticed that a little earlier this month an IP user attempted to redirect it [1] to the former article because it was "an unsourced duplicate". I completed the redirect today by blanking the content, then noticed that you were present during the creation of both just about 18 years ago. Was creating the redirect the right move, or no? This is not a topic that I normally edit. Cheers, Dawnseeker2000 23:43, 17 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]