PrimeBOT 17Edit

I noticed that there was already a task for removing UTM parameters. I think the URL in this github file (indirect since .xyz is blacklisted) has more rules to find and replace. Do you think we could amend your bot task to include more parameters (fbclid, gclid, ref_, etc.), or do you think it would be more beneficial to make it a manual task? 0xDEADBEEF (T C) 01:37, 8 May 2022 (UTC)

Oh, I noticed Wikipedia:Bots/Requests_for_approval/ScannerBot. I will comment there. 0xDEADBEEF (T C) 02:25, 8 May 2022 (UTC)

Bug report for this task: this change to Acronym was made with an error. It removed the fragment part of the URL incorrectly.

Original URL
PrimeBOT changed URL
Correct URL

Nohat (talk) 23:42, 9 May 2022 (UTC)

Thanks Nohat, that seems to be a rather unusual format for the URL (goes against most string phrasings I've seen). I'll have to dig in to how vital/relevant the # is for URL strings (and whether they are used in anything except phrase delimiters) but I'm sure there's a tweak that will work. Primefac (talk) 07:54, 10 May 2022 (UTC)

Hi @Primefac: I do not have access to the regex that you are using, but based on some of my edits with JWB I noticed issues as well. For example it matches `URL?myutm_content=1` and reduces it to `URL?my` with the regex. Would you mind stopping it and write more tests? 0xDeadbeef (T C) 04:55, 10 May 2022 (UTC)

Do you have a specific page where the bot made this edit? My regex doesn't look for a bare "utm=" (in fact skips that use case entirely to avoid false positives) so I would need to see the diff in question to debug. Primefac (talk) 07:54, 10 May 2022 (UTC)
Sorry, I mistyped the parameter. I changed it to the correct one. See also this. 0xDeadbeef (T C) 08:06, 10 May 2022 (UTC)
FYI, most articles will probably not have some parameter like "myutm_content" or whatever, but when I applied it to a rule list it certainly matched other content a lot more. 0xDeadbeef (T C) 12:42, 10 May 2022 (UTC)
There are currently 0 pages that use that param (search), and my regex wouldn't even recognise that parameter anyway, but I'll keep it in mind. Primefac (talk) 12:46, 10 May 2022 (UTC)
Okay found Battle of Stalingrad. - false positive 0xDeadbeef (T C) 23:51, 25 May 2022 (UTC)
I guess it's a good thing I'm not running your regex, then, because mine does not catch that. Primefac (talk) 06:11, 26 May 2022 (UTC)
I got the regex from the BRFA page. It's fine if you have already fixed it. Also how long does it usually take for a BRFA to get approved for trial? Thanks. 0xDeadbeef (T C) 06:34, 26 May 2022 (UTC)
Oh, yeah, that regex has been blown up and rewritten a few times. BRFA timing depends on the task, the size, and how many BAG members are floating about. I do try and get to the requests at least once every week or two, but in this case as I mentioned I'm feeling a bit of a conflict so I'm waiting for another BAG member to reply. Primefac (talk) 07:06, 26 May 2022 (UTC)

tainted RfCEdit

Hi. If there is an RfC regarding a policy change, and it tainted, what will be the appropriate venue to ask for a procedural close? Given the editor who started it is retired. AN, or ANRFC? —usernamekiran (talk) 19:01, 11 May 2022 (UTC)

I suppose it depends on what you mean by "tainted". If there is relatively low participation, any uninvolved editor can close it, but otherwise I would ask an uninvolved administrator to take a look (this can be direct on their talk page or at AN). Primefac (talk) 20:16, 11 May 2022 (UTC)
at Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Indian politics#Constituency titles, the proposal section "Proposal : Wikipedia:Naming conventions Indian constituencies" has a biased opening. OP created Wikipedia:Naming conventions (Indian constituencies), from copying the content from UK constituencies per their opinion/need (the attribution has been provided with the first/creation edit summary of Wikipedia:Naming conventions (Indian constituencies)). In the that proposal, OP has linked to this newly created "guideline" — Wikipedia:Naming conventions (Indian constituencies), giving an impression that the proposal is somewhat supported by this pre-existing guideline. And on the guideline's page, OP has linked to the currently ongoing discussion as "references". I just saw Wikipedia talk:Naming conventions (Indian constituencies)#Requested move 11 May 2022 while copying links for this comment, apparently OP has not retired, but I would rather not communicate with them. I am also not sure why are they trying to move that page. I also just realised that OP has been moving constituency pages as if the proposed guideline has been accepted. What do you think the next step should be? —usernamekiran (talk) 21:42, 11 May 2022 (UTC)
Okay, a few things here. First, this is not (as far as I can tell) a formal RFC, so the whole "you must ask the question as neutrally as possible" thing isn't really required. Second, I see no real opposition to their proposal, so clearly what they are suggesting makes sense to the participants, regardless of whether their rationale/support comes from an "approved" guideline or just one that they are working on to justify their case. Third, your concern about the "guideline" referencing the discussion is reasonable, but I see that it was added mid-April, well after the primary discussion had died down, so it also seems like a reasonable move.
In all, I'm not sure there's anything for administrators to "do" - a discussion was started and a small consensus formed, and since no one has objected it has been enacted (as near as I can tell). Primefac (talk) 05:52, 12 May 2022 (UTC)
Yes, you are right. Although, there has been a discussion started at Wikipedia_talk:Naming_conventions_(Indian_constituencies)#Proposal_state regarding similar concerns. —usernamekiran (talk) 14:42, 12 May 2022 (UTC)
See, that's different. If we have an established protocol for creating something like a naming convention, and they did not follow that protocol, then they need to do so. I've left a note at that discussion with a similar note. Primefac (talk) 15:17, 12 May 2022 (UTC)

twitter track paramsEdit

Hi, can you make your bot clean twitter track params like this: s and t params basically, they are twitter's tracking params. Tehonk (talk) 23:35, 11 May 2022 (UTC)

The short answer is no, those parameters are way too short (and vague); there's no way to distinguish a single t= from something that could actually be important like target=. Thanks for the suggestion though. Primefac (talk) 05:40, 12 May 2022 (UTC)
https:\/\/\/\w+\/status\/\d+\?.*?[\s}<|] seems to match it primitively at least. 0xDeadbeef (T C) 12:53, 13 May 2022 (UTC)
Okay I changed my BRFA (Wikipedia:Bots/Requests_for_approval/ScannerBot) to this specific task. 0xDeadbeef (T C) 14:51, 14 May 2022 (UTC)

IP and username sockEdit

Hi @Primefac:, I suspect this IP and username as sock beacuse these all IP and registered user's had created same draft and submitted for AFC i.e. Draft:Amogus and Draft:Amogus. Please review it. IP and usernames are Nftscreenshotter,, Amogus Sus 21,, and BinatoKiwami. Fade258 (talk) 10:55, 14 May 2022 (UTC)

It would probably be best to file an SPI so there's a record. Primefac (talk) 13:53, 14 May 2022 (UTC)
  Done, You can check it here. If my SPI filing process is wrong then kindly correct me. Fade258 (talk) 14:04, 14 May 2022 (UTC)

Histmerg thanks/requestEdit

Thank you for the histmerge on The Challenge: All Stars (season 3). I was wondering if whenever you get a chance, could you can do another one. Maybe a bit more complicated, but not sure how hard the process is. The season one page was originally at The Challenge: All Stars, but was transferred to The Challenge: All Stars (season 1) in a cut/paste move. Is it possible for all the history that's currently at The Challenge: All Stars before February 17 to be transferred to The Challenge: All Stars (season 1), and everything from Feb 17[1] until now remains as the history for The Challenge: All Stars. Thanks for your time. WikiVirusC(talk) 18:39, 14 May 2022 (UTC)

I'll take a look tomorrow. Primefac (talk) 20:49, 14 May 2022 (UTC)
Thanks! I appreciate it. WikiVirusC(talk) 20:53, 14 May 2022 (UTC)
  Done, for the record. Primefac (talk) 12:55, 15 May 2022 (UTC)

Kidnapping of Joshua Boyle and Caitlan ColemanEdit

Hi, why did you remove the infoboxes from this article? I think it looks better with them. How are they unnecessary? Davidgoodheart (talk) 19:36, 14 May 2022 (UTC)

The title lists Boyle and Coleman, and the fact that they were kidnapped. Including an infobox that then says "Boyle, known for being kidnapped" and "Coleman, known for being kidnapped" is the definition of unnecessary. Primefac (talk) 20:07, 14 May 2022 (UTC)

Declined speedysEdit

OK, understand that there aren't any attribution issues here (the series of sports team ones[2][3][4][5][6]), but I would argue that these should be deleted since the author has copy-paste moved them to bypass a draftification, due to the complete absence of sources in the articles in question. Should I take these to a bulk AfD instead? Mako001 (C)  (T)  🇺🇦 01:44, 15 May 2022 (UTC)

If the articles should be AFD'd, then yes, AFD them (leaving the drafts so they can continue to be worked on). If they're acceptable, just redirect the drafts to the article. Primefac (talk) 12:48, 15 May 2022 (UTC)

Hush Puppy (Australian 'Surf-Rock' Band)Edit

Struggling to understand why you draftified Hush Puppy (Australian 'Surf-Rock' Band) when it was at AFD. Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Hush Puppy (Australian 'Surf-Rock' Band) Creator repeatedly moved the draft to main space against all advice by reviewers, now the draft has been re-titled as Draft:Hush Puppy - (band), tendentiously re-submitted unchanged and declined again, despite her assurance that they had “opted to re-draft the page and continue working on it.” Theroadislong (talk) 19:58, 16 May 2022 (UTC)

I didn't draftify, she did; the only outcome of the AFD I could see was delete or draftify, and it was rather likely she would just recreate it anyway, so I opted to let the slightly-out-of-process draftification slide. Primefac (talk) 20:01, 16 May 2022 (UTC)
For the record, I am rather cross right now, as my conversation with her on IRC this afternoon left me with the impression that this was exactly what she wouldn't be doing. Primefac (talk) 20:08, 16 May 2022 (UTC)

Unblocked for file uploadingEdit

Hello again.

Ever since I abused the ability for uploading files (specifically with Sonic Movie 2), I wanted to practice a little bit. And so far, it's going great! So I suggest giving me one final chance at uploading files on wikipedia. I would highly appreciate the unblock. ChallengeCick (talk) 15:14, 18 May 2022 (UTC)

You managed to last a month after the last unblock before it was re-imposed, and the current block has only been active for a little over a month. I am sure there are other areas of Wikipedia that you can edit that do not require you to edit in the File namespace. Please consider waiting for a bit longer. I would also advise placing a formal unblock request on your own talk page so that other (uninvolved) admins might take a look as well. Primefac (talk) 08:22, 19 May 2022 (UTC)

Courtesy noticeEdit

I mentioned you at WP:ANI#Disruptive template edits by Dawn PScLim. Schazjmd (talk) 23:24, 18 May 2022 (UTC)

Thanks, comment left. Primefac (talk) 05:46, 19 May 2022 (UTC)

Course page/TabsEdit

What's the plan for Template:Course page/Tabs? I am going to restore it until it can be orphaned or substituted. Thanks! Plastikspork ―Œ(talk) 14:15, 19 May 2022 (UTC)

Actually, that seems to be fairly useful for navigation... might be worth leaving it be for now. Thanks for catching that, I thought everything was transclusion-less when I deleted them. Primefac (talk) 14:21, 19 May 2022 (UTC)
We already have a general template for tabs at Template:Tabs and even a couple in the see also. Izno (talk) 18:30, 19 May 2022 (UTC)
Cool, I'll do some sort of replacement. Primefac (talk) 18:39, 19 May 2022 (UTC)
Looks like it was orphaned, so I have re-deleted it. Thanks! Plastikspork ―Œ(talk) 02:34, 20 May 2022 (UTC)

Izaak OpatzEdit

Hi Primefac-

Is there any chance you could offer me some more detail on the deletion of the Izaak Opatz page? I created this page over two years ago, and it was recently deleted after I made the addition of his most recent album. Any help would be greatly appreciated Semonative (talk) 17:59, 19 May 2022 (UTC)Semonative

It was a word-for-word copy of a few different sources, and when those were removed there wasn't anything left other than overly-promotional language speaking to the wonderful virtues of the man. Your addition was not likely anything other than something that got the page noticed - with a few million pages and only a few thousand active editors at any given point, things sometimes get overlooked or missed, potentially even for years. Primefac (talk) 18:11, 19 May 2022 (UTC)
Hi Primefac-
Thanks for the update; that makes total sense. That was one of the first articles I ever created - I understand the issue now. Is it possible to request a restoration of the page? I will certainly make the necessary adjustments for it to meet the appropriate standard. Semonative (talk) 18:45, 19 May 2022 (UTC)Semonative
Given the copyright violations, no, but I would be willing to restore the references and infobox to a draft page. Primefac (talk) 19:12, 19 May 2022 (UTC)
That would be very helpful. If you can do that, I will make the appropriate changes. Semonative (talk) 22:00, 19 May 2022 (UTC)
Done. See Draft:Izaak Opatz. Primefac (talk) 06:49, 20 May 2022 (UTC)

Bite Ninja, Inc.Edit

Hi Primefac-

On another note, is there an adjustment that can be made for the Bite Ninja, Inc. article prior to a full deletion? Please let me know at your convenience - want to ensure compliance! Semonative (talk) 18:48, 19 May 2022 (UTC)Semonative

You should ask Praxidicae, as she's the one that nominated it. I was only evaluating the G12 and honestly haven't looked at the page otherwise. Primefac (talk) 20:16, 19 May 2022 (UTC)

Thanks for looking out for our minor membersEdit

They may one day prove to be major contributors. BusterD (talk) 14:24, 21 May 2022 (UTC)

That's always the hope. Primefac (talk) 14:43, 21 May 2022 (UTC)

Any reason for blacklisting

Hello, I just recieved a denied request for the whitelist.

When would this site be able to be approved in the future? Before it was denied for using the PsyNFT account, which this is not. I am not associated with them in any way, just a fan of their work.

Can I please get a reason why the site is blacklisted in the first place? Just because of the xyz domain? Thank you! MarianaP123 (talk) 18:14, 21 May 2022 (UTC)

I see you have already asked the same question at the whitelist request, so I will leave it for explanation there. Primefac (talk) 18:16, 21 May 2022 (UTC)
She's blocked as a sock of the PsyNFT account. Doug Weller talk 15:58, 22 May 2022 (UTC)
Not overly surprised. Primefac (talk) 16:00, 22 May 2022 (UTC)

You are distorting WikipediaEdit

How dare you? Who gave Permission to change and destroyed everything? Are you student or authority of University? Request to restore what i have done. Wiki1957BOY (talk) 15:40, 22 May 2022 (UTC)

Given that I don't even know what I've done, I'm not sure I can defend myself. Could you please provide some more detail? Primefac (talk) 15:47, 22 May 2022 (UTC)
(talk page stalker) I think this relates to your (clearly justified) RevDel on Jamia Millia Islamia. I got a similar message on my talk page a couple of days ago. Not terribly confident that this user understands our copyright policies, but maybe you will have more luck. /wiae /tlk 15:49, 22 May 2022 (UTC)

This message is really offense,this is a bot telling us the copyrighted polices in only few words, an doesn't have any links or info to help. This is not professional-like. This message is a concern on Wikipedias bots 11KieraPublisher (talk) 17:34, 23 May 2022 (UTC)

There's literally a giant message every single time you edit mainspace that informs you about COPYRIGHT and that it will be deleted. You don't need more warning than that. PRAXIDICAE💕 17:35, 23 May 2022 (UTC)

Suggestion/request for "Infobox musical artist"Edit

Hello. I greatly approve of the removal of associated acts section, as it always got overinflated, among various other issues. However, I read on the template that the "spinoff of" parameter was only for bands. For Wikipedia, it would be a great idea to expand the instructions for this parameter to solo artists as well, as many artists have larger artists that they’ve been spun off or branched off from in terms of their success. Artists included in the spinoff parameter will be considered a "mentor" of the artist, while the artists' article will be their "protégé." Expanding this will add encyclopedic value to the parameter and provide an important delegation of information. What are your thoughts on this? ChristianCanada (talk) 18:38, 22 May 2022 (UTC)

I think that's a great discussion to have at the template's talk page, especially since it's not a change I want to necessarily make unilaterally. Primefac (talk) 19:03, 22 May 2022 (UTC)

I have sent you a note about a page you startedEdit

Hello, Primefac

Thank you for creating Andressa Cavalari Machry.

User:Mako001, while examining this page as a part of our page curation process, had the following comments:

Hey, Primefac, do you want to turn on Autopatrolled on your account?

To reply, leave a comment here and begin it with {{Re|Mako001}}. Please remember to sign your reply with ~~~~ .

(Message delivered via the Page Curation tool, on behalf of the reviewer.)

Mako001 (C)  (T)  🇺🇦 10:40, 23 May 2022 (UTC)

I've been debating it, given how many redirects I generally create through histmerges etc, but with the bot taking care of most of them I haven't really bothered. If it's something that's catching up living patrollers, though, I suppose I could. Primefac (talk) 10:43, 23 May 2022 (UTC)

Why have you deleted a huge section of the John Vig page which lists patents and papers?Edit

The patents and other published works of a scientist such as John Vig are relevant to the page. If you didn't like the full list, how would you suggest modifying the list?

Ambanmba (talk) 13:10, 23 May 2022 (UTC)

Contrary to what you might think, listing every patent is not relevant to the page. If a patent, or the device that results from it, is particularly notable, then you are welcome to include it, but it needs to have a secondary source to indicate its importance. Primefac (talk) 13:12, 23 May 2022 (UTC)


I see things like this, and it looks as if the bot left something in a strange state. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 13:24, 23 May 2022 (UTC)

It wasn't the bot, actually, the template had recently been updated and there was a bug in the prev/next logic. I have fixed it and the page appears to show correctly. Thanks for the heads up! Primefac (talk) 13:31, 23 May 2022 (UTC)
Thank you, but it still looks the same to me even when I purge. May be my mistake. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 13:38, 23 May 2022 (UTC)
Oh.... I saw the glaring expression error and failed to miss the really obvious stuff. I'm cleaning up the template as we speak, so it might be a few minutes, but I'll get it sorted. Primefac (talk) 13:41, 23 May 2022 (UTC)
  Fixed. Primefac (talk) 13:47, 23 May 2022 (UTC)
May songs
thank you! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 13:50, 23 May 2022 (UTC)

ParserFunction errorsEdit

I'm not sure what, but something you apparently did to Template:Infobox NCAA football yearly game is messing up the infoboxes in many articles. See Category:ParserFunction errors. Deor (talk) 14:52, 23 May 2022 (UTC)

(Page watcher) @Deor: I've gone ahead and applied a fix. Seems to have been an issue with the football_season parameter for some reason only looking for {{{Year}}} or {{{year}}}. Not entirely sure why that was done, but its fixed now. Aidan9382 (talk) 15:24, 23 May 2022 (UTC)
Thanks. Deor (talk) 15:26, 23 May 2022 (UTC)
Thanks Aidan9382, I thought I had cleaned everything up before I started the transition via bot but clearly I missed a few things. Primefac (talk) 17:50, 23 May 2022 (UTC)
The US Announcers section seems to have gone awry in Template:Infobox NCAA football yearly game based on your recent change and bot run. See 1987 Freedom Bowl as one example with the [[{{{US Announcers Link}}}|Announcer]]s. Group29 (talk) 18:16, 23 May 2022 (UTC)
Thanks. My only excuse is that it's sometimes easy to miss a parameter when it's set up different than all of the other parameters I changed. Fixed. Primefac (talk) 18:22, 23 May 2022 (UTC)


Was a draft I submitted a while back was declined? Cwater1 (talk) 18:48, 23 May 2022 (UTC)

Your draft was declined earlier today, but it was an invalid decline reason from a new reviewer, and I rolled it back. Your draft is still waiting for re-review. Primefac (talk) 18:52, 23 May 2022 (UTC)

Deletion review for Template:TVQEdit

An editor has asked for a deletion review of Template:TVQ. Because you closed the deletion discussion for this page, speedily deleted it, or otherwise were interested in the page, you might want to participate in the deletion review. Sammi Brie (she/her • tc) 20:04, 24 May 2022 (UTC)

I apologize if I mislinked anythingEdit

I have schizoaffective disorder and am unsure what I did wrong here. Im terrified and depressed and I am not trying to ruin this website. My applogies. (talk) 08:42, 25 May 2022 (UTC)

Unfortunately, I have no idea to what you are referring, but if I can be of assistance please let me know. Primefac (talk) 08:57, 25 May 2022 (UTC)

Invisible headers in contrib historiesEdit

I don't claim to be able to competently interpret compressed .js or .css files, but the <h4 class="mw-index-pager-list-header">24 May 2022</h4> headers are there in the HTML for contrib histories, but - as best I can tell - suppressed via this CSS {display:none}.mw-index-pager-list-header:not(.mw-index-pager-list-header-first) found in this particular megaload

When you copy the web page content, it picks up these headers and they end up visible in your Excel sheet because, after the paste, there is no equivalent to the CSS directives to suppress them. I wonder if in some other skin, they show up. — jmcgnh(talk) (contribs) 08:19, 26 May 2022 (UTC)

Thanks for the info. Primefac (talk) 09:03, 26 May 2022 (UTC)

Groove Phi GrooveEdit

The most recent edits to Groove Phi Groove (the deletion of a character and then an undo) are by a user User:Thabiso.magagula who has the same name as the Groove Phi Groove director of Technology. Wanted to let you know things are likely to get uglier before they get better.Naraht (talk) 21:09, 26 May 2022 (UTC)

Probably, but it's on my watchlist so I'll take administrative action if necessary. Primefac (talk) 21:10, 26 May 2022 (UTC)
Sure. I've reached out by email to the President of Groove Phi Groove. Hopefully that will help. (Can't hurt).Naraht (talk) 21:49, 26 May 2022 (UTC)

Croatian guyEdit

I wish I could take it elsewhere, but he only seems to want to communicate with vandalism on Wikipedia. He tried harassing me on social media; when I answered back he blocked me… Yet he seems very keen on letting his presence known on Wikipedia. No idea what to do. Nehme1499 11:10, 27 May 2022 (UTC)

Neither do I, other than playing whack-a-mole with the IP hopping. Primefac (talk) 11:12, 27 May 2022 (UTC)


about that. Someone said they didn't get one so I sent them again. No rush. Kudpung กุดผึ้ง (talk) 12:05, 27 May 2022 (UTC)

Did you not get my reply? Primefac (talk) 12:18, 27 May 2022 (UTC)

Possible sockEdit

Hi Primefac. Hope you are fine and doing good. Letters of this username is match with the email id of JayMithila except 1 letter. Would you please tell me your opinion on this. Fade258 (talk) 12:40, 27 May 2022 (UTC)

I think posting anagrams of people's email addresses is a terrible idea (and have removed it from your post). If you are concerned that someone is socking or otherwise attempting to evade scrutiny, and it involves private information, please email ArbCom. Primefac (talk) 12:53, 27 May 2022 (UTC)
Thanks for your opinion. Fade258 (talk) 12:57, 27 May 2022 (UTC)