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Disambiguation link notificationsEdit

As these are generated by a bot, and I occasionally check or patrol the status of these, I moved them to a special archive: /Disambiguation link notifications. Wbm1058 (talk) 13:11, 18 July 2014 (UTC)

My content creator's to-do list has items so old they've grown moldEdit I moved them to the /Content to-do items subpage. Someday maybe I'll get to these... Wbm1058 (talk) 03:00, 7 October 2015 (UTC)

Wikipedia "Merge" like WP:RM or WP:AFDEdit

There are a lot of tumbleweeds rolling over at Wikipedia:Proposed mergers... the last edit added a {{backlog}} template. Now that I'm an administrator, I've decided to focus on clearing the Wikipedia:WikiProject History Merge and Category:Possible cut-and-paste moves backlogs first. If Proposed mergers were busier, I'd make this a higher priority.

Proposed MergersEdit

Since you run MergeBot and RMCDBot, I was wondering, if it were possible to create an auto generated list like WP:RM has but for WP:PM, that links to the centralized discussion area, and lists the topics to be merged (from/to/with) ? As the current MergeBot already generates arrows indicated from/to/with, it would seem a modification of template:requested move/dated/multi would do to handle such an automated listing based on a standardized talk section header.

-- (talk) 04:42, 12 May 2015 (UTC)

See § Wikipedia "Merge" like WP:RM or WP:AFD above. Still on my back-burner. Wbm1058 (talk) 16:37, 21 May 2015 (UTC)

Adding permalinks to block log entries for 3RREdit

Discussions are consolidated at /Adding permalinks to block log entries. – Wbm1058 (talk) 14:44, 2 October 2014 (UTC)

Cross-namespace redirectsEdit

Deep gratitudeEdit

A big thank you for your help to clear Category:Cross-namespace redirects into its subcats. Really can't thank you enough! Joys! – Paine Ellsworth CLIMAX! 03:17, 24 December 2013 (UTC)

You're welcome. One final push to clear most of the rest, and then it will be time to take a break. Wbm1058 (talk) 03:30, 24 December 2013 (UTC)
Break? Whassat?!   – Paine Ellsworth CLIMAX! 05:06, 24 December 2013 (UTC)
  • Just a note that Category:Redirects to user namespace is significantly underpopulated. I was working off the list at User:Largoplazo/WP Redirects to further populate it, and worked my way through the A's. It's on my patrol list, so I may get to it eventually. Wbm1058 (talk) 02:42, 2 October 2014 (UTC)
    I finally used AWB to populate Category:Redirects to user namespace; it now has over 900 members. My technique was to Make list from source Special page: All Redirects in namespace Wikipedia: – the category hasn't yet been fully populated for other namespaces. I think all of the cross-namespace redirect categories can and should eventually be populated by bots... AWB may be able to do that with a sufficiently sophisticated configuration. – wbm1058 (talk) 16:53, 25 May 2016 (UTC)
    See HERE for the regex find & replace used for this. I manually monitored this and had to skip some that were already rcat templated; also may have missed some. wbm1058 (talk) 17:09, 25 May 2016 (UTC)
    Or the database query method used to generate User:Largoplazo/WP Redirects may be a more efficient method than my AWB special page walk-through. I need to figure out how to do that myself. @Paine Ellsworth: FYI. – wbm1058 (talk) 17:31, 25 May 2016 (UTC)
Thank you for the ping, Wbm1058! That's pretty cool stuff you're doing – and waay outside my full comprehension. Please keep up the great work!  OUR Wikipedia (not "mine")! Paine  15:26, 26 May 2016 (UTC)



Hi Wbm1058,

You asked a while ago about how many editors were using VisualEditor each month, rather than the each-day stats that are given on the dashboard. It appears that the most recent answer is that a bit under 1800 editors here at the English Wikipedia saved an edit with VisualEditor during the month of June. This represents about 5% of the people who have (ever) opted in to VisualEditor (most of whom are not currently active editors) and almost 1.5% of all registered editors who made any edit at all last month.

@Risker:, you might be interested in these numbers, too. Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 23:11, 2 July 2014 (UTC)


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Thank you, Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 15:56, 26 March 2015 (UTC)

Setting magic wordsEdit

I've done some analysis of VisualEditor's setting of behavior switches, see the archived discussion. I intend to follow up on this. Wbm1058 (talk) 18:03, 16 January 2016 (UTC)

Duplicate template parametersEdit

Your edits reverted my fix to remove duplicate parameters and these files will soon be placed in Category:Pages using duplicate arguments in template calls. I'm not watching them, nor am I watching this page, so I leave it to you to fix the issues. --  Gadget850 talk 22:08, 31 October 2014 (UTC)

@Gadget850: Right, already taken care of. See Template talk:Non-free use rationale logo#Override fields. Wbm1058 (talk) 22:14, 31 October 2014 (UTC)
To do: possible merge of {{Non-free use rationale}} and {{Non-free use rationale 2}}
Non-free media information and use rationale for Test article





Test article

Portion used


Low resolution?

{{{Low resolution}}}

Purpose of use




Fair useFair use of copyrighted material in the context of Test article//
Media data and Non-free use rationale
Author or
copyright owner
Source (WP:NFCC#4) Myself
Use in article (WP:NFCC#7) Test article
Purpose of use in article (WP:NFCC#8)
Not replaceable with
free media because
Minimal use (WP:NFCC#3)
Respect for
commercial opportunities
Fair useFair use of copyrighted material in the context of Test article//

For that matter, {{Non-free use rationale 2}} and {{Non-free use rationale logo}} are also somewhat redundant, as show by the usage of both here. Wbm1058 (talk) 01:31, 10 September 2015 (UTC)

Generate automatic summary /* blah */ when I manually add a section heading when editingEdit

Consolidated discussions are at my subpage /Generate automatic summary /* blah */ when I manually add a section heading when editing. Hopefully solutions are on the way soon. – wbm1058 (talk) 23:37, 3 June 2017 (UTC)

Module documentation and test casesEdit

There's really no point to having test cases for data modules, since there's no code to test. Also, doc pages that contain a #invoke of the module itself exist so that TemplateSandbox can be used to preview changes of the module. It's fine to add "real" documentation, but the #invoke must not be disabled or removed when doing so. Jackmcbarn (talk) 20:47, 15 January 2015 (UTC)

Module:Syrian Civil War map is in Category:Pages where template include size is exceeded.
I edited Module:Syrian Civil War map/doc, and created Module:Syrian Civil War map/testcases.
Cities and towns during the Syrian Civil War used to transclude {{Syrian Civil War detailed map}}, until substituted.
Template:Syrian Civil War detailed map loads Module:Syrian Civil War detailed map.
Template:Syrian Civil War map (created 21 February 2015‎) . . . Wbm1058 (talk) 03:02, 27 June 2015 (UTC)


Your comments about the state of accuracy in the world on Jimbo's talk page are very interesting. I would like to explore this topic further. I'm particularly fond of your statement, "Society as a whole perhaps doesn't value accuracy as much as it should, and indeed Wikipedia editors should strive for a higher level of accuracy." Heck, I think some kind of variation on this should be our guiding principle. You've really nailed something here, and I think it's worth pursuing. One counterargument to pursuing accuracy, however, might attempt to appeal to the blind men and an elephant analogy. How would you respond to this? Viriditas (talk) 08:49, 18 April 2015 (UTC)

The best we can do is report the truth as best as we know it, and be open-minded to new information that can give us a better vision of the truth. As more "parts of the elephant" become known to us, the more accurate our "truth" becomes. Wbm1058 (talk) 14:28, 18 April 2015 (UTC)


  Hello. You have a new message at Kudpung's talk page. 17:10, 9 July 2015 (UTC)

So many things needing fixed, so little time time get to more than a fraction of them, sigh. Wbm1058 (talk) 15:06, 20 November 2015 (UTC)

Timeline of DOS operating systemsEdit

I remember that you once intended to take your Timeline of DOS operating systems article to featured status, but did not take time to familiarize yourself with the process. Looking at that article, the only thing that is not compliant with the featured list criteria is the lead section. Basically, the only thing required to promote it to FL status would be to expand the lead section by adding an introduction to DOS operating systems. After that, you are good to go and can nominate it according to the instructions on WP:FLC. (Since this article is a list, the Good Article process does not apply.) Good luck! sst 04:24, 17 October 2015 (UTC)

I see, apparently there is no "good list" equivalent to Good Article, so I can skip that step and go straight to becoming a member of Category:Featured lists, where around a couple dozen featured timelines can be found. Thanks! As I haven't made any significant updates to that since February, I suppose I'm due to get back to it and finish it off soon. Wbm1058 (talk) 11:40, 17 October 2015 (UTC)

Race Against the MachineEdit

Hi wbm, I see you mention this book on your user page. Does the main thesis have implications for how Wikipedia works, and if so, on what time scale? - Dank (push to talk) 15:57, 28 August 2016 (UTC)

A main thesis of the book is that accelerating technology improvements will reduce employment, and over time this will effect more higher-skilled occupations. We see this already with jobs coming back to the US from China... because they are replacing people with bots. Yes, a few more jobs for Americans who are skilled at bot development, operations and maintenance. But way fewer jobs than were displaced in China. Of course, at Wikipedia there are relatively few editors that work for money. We already have very intelligent bots such as ClueBot NG that help tremendously with tasks such as vandalism reversion. That one has over 4 million edits now! Bots also help with spelling corrections. There could be further enhancements to these tasks that could reduce the need for new page patrollers and spelling correctors. Time scale is dependent on volunteer contributions, or possible funding by the Wikimedia Foundation. wbm1058 (talk) 17:29, 28 August 2016 (UTC)
Thanks. The future seems to be coming at us pretty fast. I try to stay informed-but-neutral. - Dank (push to talk) 17:50, 28 August 2016 (UTC)

Birth dates in biographies and California Law AB-1687Edit

Here's an interesting news item: California Enacts Law Requiring IMDb to Remove Actor Ages on Request

I participated in an interesting conversation about this here. I'd be interested in hearing from others who are interested in this. What do you think? wbm1058 (talk) 22:16, 13 October 2016 (UTC)

Speaking of actors and birth dates... Can we remove the birth date from Vanessa Ferlito's page or lock it? Plenty of public sources cite 1977 yet someone (probably her PR) keeps reverting it back to 1980. IMDB doesn't fall in line. Suggestions? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 03:19, 1 April 2017 (UTC)
Right, thanks. I don't like to see stuff I archived as resolved keep coming back as an issue. I see the TV Guide bio doesn't have a birth date anymore, while in my archive I reported that it did. I think pending changes protection is in order, as relying on watchlisting isn't giving us timely reversions. wbm1058 (talk) 02:18, 3 April 2017 (UTC)

Templates for deletion for deletionEdit

Implement multiple parameters to prefix: operator on fulltext searchesEdit

{{Search deletion discussions}} and {{Search prefixes}} and all that authors other stuff should probably be deleted after emailing him. His {{Create parameter string}} is used but not well.

For now, I'd fix wp: Deletion process § Search all deletion discussions with a search link for each of the fullpagenames in wp:Deletion process § Step-by-step_instructions (all_discussion_types).

I would. And I'd be glad for an invite to help you with any queries or discussions on this matter. — Cpiral§Cpiral 05:57, 21 December 2016 (UTC)

See Wikipedia:Village pump (technical)/Archive 61 § is there a way to search several sections with one search? – June 10–17, 2009
And User talk:Rainman § modification to search several Wikipedian sections at one time – June 15–17, 2009
And User talk:Stmrlbs/Archive/001 § multiple prefixes – June 15–17, 2009
June 17, 2009 Help:Searching documentation update, alas documentation of this multiple-prefixes-separated-by-pipes feature was removed on October 11, 2009 when this was rewritten, to try to improve usability
"To search multiple sections of Wikipedia with different prefixes, enter the different prefixes with a pipe delimiter."
"This should be especially useful for archive searching in concert with inputbox or searchbox."
@Cpiral: so clearly prefix did at least briefly take pipes. Unfortunately, the volunteer developer of that, Rainman, isn't active any more either, and I haven't been able to locate his code changes that implemented that feature. – wbm1058 (talk) 02:48, 30 December 2016 (UTC)
Thanks for the history lesson. Interesting. Maybe useful.
Anyway, for now we have wp:deletion process#Search all deletion discussions. Hope that helps. — Cpiral§Cpiral 07:59, 30 December 2016 (UTC)

History mergingEdit

Category:Possible cut-and-paste movesEdit

I saw your comment at category talk:Possible cut-and-paste moves. That's really interesting. So, Mikaey had himswlf requested the category to emptied. What's more, the task is even listed as a potential ine for AarghBot at its user page. So, why are u wasting ur time decatting pages manually? Why don't u nominate it for deletion. As u must be aware, Cydebot automatically empties all categories upon a CFD discussion closing with consensus to delete. Here, it's almost a G7 case - I don't see why anyone would object to the cat being deleted. Most of the entries are false positives and the ones wbich aren't are alrady listed at WP:WPHM. (talk) 15:06, 20 January 2017 (UTC)

Five months after I made those comments, it was nominated for deletion: Wikipedia:Categories for discussion/Log/2016 July 12#Category:Possible cut-and-paste moves. I missed that discussion, which happened when I went on my summer break. Sigh, none of those voting keep are helping to clear it. I did an edit summary search and found that when I was last working this backlog on October 30, 2015 I got as far alphabetically as Rakim & Ken-Y (Ke) and when I resumed on January 19, 2017 the first one I did was Kadar Khan (Kh) so substantially nobody else has been working this in a meaningful way. I've been trying to find a way to more efficiently clear this. Cats for discussion is an area that I'm not very active in. wbm1058 (talk) 18:58, 20 January 2017 (UTC)
FInally, after slogging through this on-and-off for the past ~four months, this piece is   Done! – wbm1058 (talk) 21:03, 7 August 2018 (UTC)
I see you made a somewhat related bot request, Wikipedia:Bot requests#Bot for category history merges. I've thought about the possibility of admin-bots helping out with hist-merges in article-space, and a bot doing hist-merges in category-space probably wouldn't be all that different. – wbm1058 (talk) 20:23, 20 January 2017 (UTC)


Wikipedia:Bots/Requests for approval/Merge bot 2

For an adminbot that's good to perform hundreds of thousands of admin actions, your BRFA, I apologise, is quite lacklustre. (I just fixed a big typo) I would suggest that you expand the function overview to completely describe everything the bot's gonna do. You see, you have to convince the BAG that you are responsible and capable of running a bot with advanced permissions. (talk) 14:26, 28 January 2017 (UTC)

I am sure that Od Mishehu wanted you to revdelete cydebot's edit summary only when it contains the name of a now-vanished user. If the bot can't recognize such users or if it's too much trouble to implement, I'd suggest leaving out that part altogether. I personally don't see the need for doing that at all, since the vanished user's original username can anyway be known by looking at their rename log or just by reading the signatures on their talk page. In any case, revdeleting all of Cydebot's edit summaries makes no sense. (talk) 14:32, 28 January 2017 (UTC)
Thanks for fixing my little mistake. I guess I was a little tired when I wrote that up. I trust that whichever BAG member reviews this will also read the longer linked bot-request page discussion, and ask me any questions they have. I'll just wait to see what questions they have, and then answer them. Some thought my self-nomination for RFA was lacklustre too, but I still managed to pass that. Regarding the revdeletes, I believe the thinking there is that we want to hide them preemptively in case anyone wants to vanish in the future. If not, then I'll need a list of usernames to check for, to determine which ones to hide. I think the idea is to make it harder to find vanished users. Also the list in the edit summary isn't necessary because all of the users named in it would now be in the merged edit history. But I'm ambivalent about the need to hide the edit summaries. You can bring that up on the bot requests or BRFA page to see whether there is consensus for hiding or not hiding. Hundreds of thousands, I guess you're right: 87,000 × 4 = 348,000. I'm sure the BAG will ask for shorter trial runs before they let me unleash it at full-throttle. wbm1058 (talk) 15:01, 28 January 2017 (UTC)

fixed another typo. (talk) 06:16, 31 January 2017 (UTC)


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Cats about 1921-1922 in TurkeyEdit

I see you have directed cat:1921-1922 establishments in Turkey to Cat:1921-1922 establishments in the Ottoman Empire. Well that requires some consideration. After 23 April 1920 the Ottoman Empire and Turkey were different states with different constitutions and different governments. It is true that the Republic was proclainmed in 1923, but even before the proclamation of the Republic, Turkey was a soverign state independent of the Ottoman Empire. Nedim Ardoğa (talk) 13:17, 16 June 2017 (UTC)

These automated administrative actions were performed as part of the bot trial authorized in the section above. All I did was to history-merge categories which had previously been renamed. wbm1058 (talk) 13:55, 16 June 2017 (UTC)
  1. Category:1920 disestablishments in the Ottoman Empire <-- Category:1920 disestablishments in Turkey 2015-02-26T22:11:32Z <-- 2015-02-26T22:11:37Z (5)
  2. Category:1915 disestablishments in the Ottoman Empire <-- Category:1915 disestablishments in Turkey 2015-02-26T22:11:18Z <-- 2015-02-26T22:11:27Z (9)
  3. Category:1914 disestablishments in the Ottoman Empire <-- Category:1914 disestablishments in Turkey 2015-02-26T22:11:08Z <-- 2015-02-26T22:11:13Z (5)
  4. Category:1913 disestablishments in the Ottoman Empire <-- Category:1913 disestablishments in Turkey 2015-02-26T22:10:57Z <-- 2015-02-26T22:11:03Z (6)
  5. Category:1912 disestablishments in the Ottoman Empire <-- Category:1912 disestablishments in Turkey 2015-02-26T22:10:46Z <-- 2015-02-26T22:10:52Z (6)
  6. Category:1909 disestablishments in the Ottoman Empire <-- Category:1909 disestablishments in Turkey 2015-02-26T22:10:35Z <-- 2015-02-26T22:10:41Z (6)
  7. Category:1922 establishments in the Ottoman Empire <-- Category:1922 establishments in Turkey 2015-02-26T22:10:15Z <-- 2015-02-26T22:10:31Z (16)
  8. Category:1921 establishments in the Ottoman Empire <-- Category:1921 establishments in Turkey 2015-02-26T22:09:56Z <-- 2015-02-26T22:10:10Z (14)
  9. Category:1920 establishments in the Ottoman Empire <-- Category:1920 establishments in Turkey 2015-02-26T22:09:24Z <-- 2015-02-26T22:09:51Z (27)
  10. Category:1919 establishments in the Ottoman Empire <-- Category:1919 establishments in Turkey 2015-02-26T22:09:13Z <-- 2015-02-26T22:09:19Z (6)

Bot task approvedEdit

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Those missing templatesEdit

Hi Wbm1058

I'm guessing that it was this edit[1] by you which produced the flurry of Category:ISO 639 name xyz-type categories currently listed at Special:WantedCategories. Is that right?

If so, is there any guidance on how to create them? It would be handy to have them cleared before the next update of Special:WantedCategories brings in another flood of new stuff. --BrownHairedGirl (talk) • (contribs) 00:06, 9 April 2017 (UTC)

@BrownHairedGirl: Right, this was my clunky attempt to solve a problem. See Template talk:ISO 639 name#Return empty string for codes not on the list. Sorry about cluttering up WantedCategories; that was a side-effect that I didn't think of. These categories are not actually supposed to be created, but rather templates with the same name. The idea was to avoid degrading the reader experience by showing redlink-templates, but provide an easier way for patrolling editors to find the problem. I guess I should revert that, but it would be nice to replace it with a better solution, if we can come up with one. wbm1058 (talk) 00:30, 9 April 2017 (UTC)
Sorry, my post was a bit unclear. What I meant was: any guidance on how to create the templates? I'd be happy to help if I knew how.
This looks fine as a way of getting a list of needed templates. But now that Special:WantedCategories has created the list, it would be helpful if the template could stop generating these categories, prferably before the next update (which is likely on 11 April or 12 April).
I have gotten a it of practice at quickly grabbing a categ list from the oddly-formatted Special:WantedCategories, so I made a list of the ISO 639 categs, at User:Wbm1058/ISO 639 categs. I hope that helps; if it's a nuisance, pls delete it. --BrownHairedGirl (talk) • (contribs) 10:04, 10 April 2017 (UTC)
BrownHairedGirl, this is kind of like the blind leading the blind to repair issues caused by other blind. There is Category:Articles containing unknown ISO 639 language template, which was created by Jonesey95. Then there is also Category:Lang-x templates with other than ISO 639. Some editors have used these "language" templates for dialects of languages that do not have ISO 639 codes, thus the attempts of templates to look up ISO 639 codes fail with errors implying an ISO 639 template needs to be created. Well, there is none to be created. My solution for cases like that is edits like THIS and THIS. We need to sort these dialect "languages" out from the real languages that actually have ISO 639 codes where a template really does need to be created. I'm not an expert in any of this, and got involved with it when the new Category:Pages with template loops was created, and that snagged the poor design of these "language" templates. See also Wikipedia:Village pump (technical)/Archive 154#Category:Pages with template loops for background on what led me into this rabbit-hole. Template:Language with name and Template:Lang were never intended to be used for dialects, but how can we expect editors other than the ones who designed these templates to know that? – wbm1058 (talk) 12:01, 10 April 2017 (UTC)
What an almighty mess. My immediate question is to ask what purpose this whole system serves, and whether any of this necessary? I know little about the topic, so I make no attempt to try answering that pair of questions ... but I do think that when something gets so complex, it's time to re-evaluate the cost-benefit ratios.
I'm afraid that I have neither the skills to get that deep into these templates nor the inclination to do so, so I think i'd better withdraw my offer to help. Sorry!
In the meantime, please could you revert the edit which populated the categs? It does seem to have served its purpose, and the ongoing slog of clearing the 100–200 daily additions to Special:WantedCategories is impeded by these categs. --BrownHairedGirl (talk) • (contribs)
BrownHairedGirl, you are wise to move on to somewhere that makes more sense. The whole lang template system is a bit of a mess and in need of a rethink. In the meantime, I am slowly (five weeks so far) clearing out the errors and creating needed templates based on Category:Articles containing unknown ISO 639 language template. I should be done in a couple of weeks.
In answer to your "what purpose this whole system serves", tagging text with {{lang}} can affect how the enclosed text is rendered. It also adds a tracking category, which may be useful to some editors. – Jonesey95 (talk) 14:50, 10 April 2017 (UTC)
  • I'm not sure edits like this are the optimal solution – whether something is a language or a dialect is irrelevant, we want the text string to be formatted properly and bypassing {{Language with name}} doesn't help with that. I've had a look at User:Wbm1058/ISO 639 categs and most of these appear to either contain typos (in which case they need to be fixed in the specific pages that use the lang template), or to be of the type aaa-Bbb, which is the format for the language (aaa) + script(Yyyy) combination. Pinging Erutuon whom I've seen working on this. – Uanfala (talk) 14:57, 10 April 2017 (UTC)
I am working on Category:Articles containing unknown ISO 639 language template and expect to have it mostly cleared out in a few days. When I started a month ago, there were something like 2,000 pages in the category. It's down to 332 right now. – Jonesey95 (talk) 16:24, 10 April 2017 (UTC)
I would replace all the templates with modules. The module could check to see if the code string is valid character-wise – either xyz or xyz-Abcd – using regular expressions. It could also check if the script and language codes are correct using the MediaWiki language library or a data module that lists language codes. And it could create linked language names by adding the articles as an entry in the data module. Wiktionary does all this language-related stuff using modules (see wikt:Module:languages, wikt:Module:scripts, wikt:Module:script utilities). I've begun such a module at Module:Language (see also Module:Language/scripts/data), though it does not currently do everything mentioned here. — Eru·tuon 18:03, 10 April 2017 (UTC)
Sounds great to me. I see that you have already seen this discussion from six months ago. – Jonesey95 (talk) 19:56, 10 April 2017 (UTC)
If you need any help, you can ask for it at Wikipedia:Lua/To do. While I've self-taught myself enough PHP to support two bots and even write one from scratch, I've yet to make time to study Lua, so I can only do so much with that. wbm1058 (talk) 20:43, 10 April 2017 (UTC)

Task to switch between new and old interface of "search for contributions" tool rejectedEdit

Hello. For notification, the task to switch between new and old interface of user contributions page was rejected. Izno suggested personal gadget/script or something. I would prefer that the switch between old and new be proposed at WP:village pump (proposals). Thoughts? --George Ho (talk) 16:12, 2 August 2017 (UTC)

George, I wouldn't know how to write a script to change the interface, and I'm not keen on switching between two less-than-ideal interfaces. There should only need be one, fully-functional interface that's adequate for efficiently handling all use cases. What we have now is not such an interface, and we should focus on getting that one improved. I'm frustrated with the current means of interacting with the developers – there is a confusing array of different "phabricators" on this, I'm not keen on the phabricator editing interface, and I don't know whether I should add to an existing phab or start a new one, so I prefer using Village Pump where I can use Wikitext. As I need to use this interface to perform specific tasks, I may report issues I have with the current interface that make it more difficult to get the job done. – wbm1058 (talk) 15:55, 3 August 2017 (UTC)
Hmm... How about Wikipedia:Village pump (idea lab), where we can discuss the user contributions interface? --George Ho (talk) 16:03, 3 August 2017 (UTC)
Maybe. But, per "defines a solution rather than a problem" I don't know if solutions developed in the idea lab would be welcomed by the developers. I'm not happy with the "handcuffs" placed on us with regard to modes of interaction with developers. Maybe if I just present problems to WP:VPT, and let them either tell me how to achieve my desired result, or make changes to the interface that allow me to achieve my desired result. wbm1058 (talk) 16:15, 3 August 2017 (UTC)
No offense, but IMO I don't think WP:VPT is a place for general feedback on any software or something. VPT is used for technical difficulties, bugs, glitches, and other tech issues that need immediate attention (not sure whether I phrased it correctly). One complaint describing none of these, and they'll either advise you to write a personal script/gadget or write one for you as they did before. But you're welcome to choose any appropriate venue. I still think the "idea lab" is best bet. --George Ho (talk) 16:33, 3 August 2017 (UTC)
At the top of WP:VPT there is a notice "Bug reports and feature requests should be made in Phabricator" but that's just redirecting us back to an interface I find less than ideal. I don't understand why they have such an aversion to Wikitext. I think that's easiest as all active editors are intimately familiar with it. Almost everything the developers in general try to pawn off as "easier" to use, I find to be more of a pain. But venue should be secondary to getting the issues raised, so if you want to start an idea lab thread, feel free. wbm1058 (talk) 16:45, 3 August 2017 (UTC)
On second thought, I just realized that you can go to meta:Tech and then post your concerns there. The developers changed the interface all over the wikis. --George Ho (talk) 17:04, 3 August 2017 (UTC)
I see, meta:Tech#"Search for contributions" date range. So, let's let the latest bug fix settle in before we try using it again. That page seems like a good place for reporting issues with the Special:Contributions interface, as I hate to go to the trouble to submit a new bug report, only to find that one's already been submitted. wbm1058 (talk) 17:25, 3 August 2017 (UTC)

The major bug is fixed. George Ho (talk) 06:52, 5 August 2017 (UTC)

Great! I complained about the new widget date-picking interface after futzing with it and not figuring out how to efficiently make it work to actually select a specific date range. I assumed that it was working as designed, and that I was just too dense to figure out the secret for making it work. So after this bug fix, which I see involves other developers than those designing the widgets (go figure, I don't exactly understand the bug report), I'm happy to report that the widget now works for me with minimal fuss. There's more than one way to skin this cat, so while this might not be my preferred way, I'm not going to fuss about it much if it works. wbm1058 (talk) 13:42, 15 August 2017 (UTC)

 There is still an open task to consolidate the "date pickers".

 @George Ho: FYI. After letting this settle in for several months, I'm still not satisfied with its behavior. I've entered a new Phabricator task. wbm1058 (talk) 19:37, 19 December 2017 (UTC)

Old rfd on talk pagesEdit

Hi and thank you for your help at RfD, it's appreciated! Just a note though, that after a discussion is closed, nowadays it's usually expected from the closer to place the {{Old rfd}} note on the talk page (of course, unless the redirect was deleted). If you use the XFDcloser script, it will do that for you. – Uanfala 12:52, 8 August 2017 (UTC)

Thanks. I wasn't aware that there was a script for that! wbm1058 (talk) 12:56, 8 August 2017 (UTC)
Its capabilities were relatively recently extended to RfD. It's quite useful and saves a lot of work, especially if there are several redirects and the outcome is the same for all of them. – Uanfala 13:00, 8 August 2017 (UTC)

Talk:AR-15 (disambiguation)Edit

Can you look into the "Update Redirect" discussion on the Talk:AR-15 (disambiguation) page. I don't like where User:Shaded0 is taking this discussion.--Limpscash (talk) 05:27, 9 November 2017 (UTC)

Can you look at the Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard/Incidents#RAF910 discussion where User:Shaded0 is making some very serious accusations. He tried to ping you but I don't think it worked.--Limpscash (talk) 06:00, 11 November 2017 (UTC)

Thanks for your recent articles on the noticeboard page and the talk page discussions. I am at a bit of a loss on what the correct action should be taken next. The stated points seem to be reasonable arguments, but I feel like this argument is going to keep going in circles. Take a look also at Talk:Colt AR-15. Does it make sense continue pursing AR-15 arguments, seek additional input? I feel like I might have not too much to add here besides another vote for consensus, but any further discussion seems that it will likely further inflame opinions rather than coming to some sort of resolution. Shaded0 (talk) 20:59, 14 November 2017 (UTC)
Shaded0, I'm not sure what your goals are here, i.e. specifically what you would like to accomplish. I added the {{WikiProject content advice}} template at the top of Wikipedia:WikiProject Firearms § Guidelines since that advice section co-mingles both style and content advice. My sense is that you are more concerned with content than style, so it might be helpful to spit that section into separate style and content sections, if you want to focus on one but not the other. Looking at Category:WikiProject content advice I see that there are relatively few topic areas where such content-specific advice is given. I think the recent changes to Wikipedia:WikiProject Firearms § Criminal use were not well thought out and too-hastily pushed through. I prefer the more longstanding previous version of that advice, and would have opposed this change. I'd like to revert to the former version. I suppose the way to overrule that local consensus would be to appeal to a wider audience with a request for comment. I'm not sure there is a well-trodden path for such appeals; it's something I'm not that familiar with as I don't often engage in high-level content debates. In any event, the Bushmaster XM-15 article still has Notoriety, Sandy Hook, and Legality sections, so if this advice-change was an attempt to remove all that in favor of nothing more than "see also" links, the advice change hasn't stuck in that article. Given that, I'm not sure how much time it's worth to pursue this. wbm1058 (talk) 17:39, 18 November 2017 (UTC)


We are being targeted by someone call Lightbreather on Twitter. Please see the sites below:

I'm not sure what to make of this. Is this the same Wikipedia User:Lightbreather that has been blocked?--Limpscash (talk) 06:37, 5 December 2017 (UTC)

Thanks for the heads up. I had not seen that blog. I've heard of LB but am not familiar with the details of her block. She says she's a Cronkite School alumna, and I can believe that as it shows in the quality of her blog. I welcome good criticism, and she makes some good points. No comment on the merits of her arbitration case, but, in general it's a shame when we lose editors like this for whatever reason.
Here's the 36 edits I made on November 7 related to this. It's not immediately apparent from that how I became involved in this. I patrol Category:Articles with redirect hatnotes needing review. This 6 November 2017 edit which changed the target of AR-15 caused Colt AR-15 to land in that category by rendering its hatnote {{Redirect|AR-15}} untruthful. When I work that category, I determine how to fix it; usually that's done with only an edit or two – it's an unusual case where I end up making as many as 36 edits to correct a navigation structure that's so badly munged. LB helps explain how it got that way. This was just the beginning of my involvement in this topic area to date. A couple days later, in respose to #Talk:AR-15 (disambiguation), I made 7 more edits. Then a comment that basically wrapped up an AN/I incident.
All of this participation is time-consuming. I'm not exactly happy with the status quo, there seems a strong case that AR-15 has become a genericized trademark, and that "modern sporting rifle" is an invented term designed to forestall that genericization. So LB shouldn't take my edits as an endorsement of the status quo. I'm keeping this on my back burner. wbm1058 (talk) 02:46, 6 December 2017 (UTC)

Please take noteEdit

Greetings! I have re-copied your prior comment supporting or opposing the move of Modern sporting rifle to AR-15 style rifle to a new Requested Move section here: Talk:Modern sporting rifle#Requested move 22 February 2018.

I wanted to stop by and give you this courtesy notice, in case you want to add, delete, or amend your comments in any way. Regards, AzureCitizen (talk) 03:44, 22 February 2018 (UTC)


...please don't give up on us, yet. 😞 I know you're busy, and I'm not expecting you to devote a whole lot of time to this project, but your input is highly beneficial and I was hoping you would keep helping us work through some of the kinks when you can, especially regarding admin factors we know little to nothing about. What we're hoping to accomplish will focus primarily on clarification and consistency in our WP:Blocking policy with the ultimate goal being editor retention. Atsme📞📧 02:02, 10 January 2018 (UTC)

I've had some ideas about this on my back burner. Posting some relevant links here. wbm1058 (talk) 01:20, 18 October 2018 (UTC)

Hello wbmEdit

Hi Wbm, hope you're doing well. I noticed you declined the move I had requested. I have initiated a discussion at Talk:Synchronised_swimming#Making Artistic swimming the primary article for any opposes to the proposed move. I shall contact you again in a week or so if there's no opposition. Warmly, Lourdes 03:16, 25 January 2018 (UTC)

TOC experimentsEdit

I tried putting it after the first paragraph. That seems to be the best look. Free-roaming horse management in North America Lynn (SLW) (talk) 20:09, 20 February 2018 (UTC)

Scheduled monuments in MendipEdit

Thanks for your fixes on Scheduled monuments in Mendip. I don't quite understand the code of what you are doing but if it is about the number of reference templates breaking the maximum size, would your fix work on Grade II* listed buildings in South Somerset where the last few references don't display - possibly for the same reason?— Rod talk 08:19, 29 November 2018 (UTC)

Hi Rod, yes, similar issues there, though InternetArchiveBot hasn't visited that page recently. There is a discussion about the solution to this at User talk:cyberpower678/Archive 60#English Heritage website changed the URL syntax for accessing its site database. – wbm1058 (talk) 12:52, 29 November 2018 (UTC)

Bones, Bones and BonesEdit


Can you explain what you did please, and how the situation has been resolved.

Thanks Chaosdruid (talk) 12:18, 20 January 2019 (UTC)

@Chaosdruid: since I reverted your edit, Narky Blert did a round-robin page swap. I'd rather have seen this done by an administrator, as the page histories are now very messy and difficult to follow. There has been too much bold action there. Mashing up pages like this makes it very difficult to sort out the history. Disambiguations shouldn't generally be round-robined, as you end up with confusing page histories implying that editors circularly redirected [[[[:Bones (disambiguation)]]]] to [[Bones (disambiguation)]]. When pages are moved properly, old redirects become part of the deleted history of the page, making it a lot easier for administrators to track and follow past page moves. This one hasn't been easy to keep stabilised.

But then there was a 2013 RM that concluded that Bones should redirect to Bone as an {{R from plural}}. I don't see that either of the two admins who had previously made moves counter to that conclusion participated in that discussion. Now, I'm of the opinion that whenever I see this sort of move action on a title, that in of itself indicates that there is no primary topic. The default should always be to force disambiguation any time there is not a clear, undisputed, stable primary topic. Bones has not had a stable primary topic so it should be disambiguated. But I couldn't just boldly revert the previous discussion that concluded otherwise.

I've seen this sort of argument before, which disregards consideration of actual "what-links-here" evidence and past page-move activity, in favor of primary "dictionary" meanings:

teeth redirects to tooth, lungs, eyes, ears, feet, hands, legs, nostrils to singular likewise. Can't see any reason why bones should be an exception. In ictu oculi
Bones (TV series) is buried so deep on the disambiguation that at first I didn't find it. I'd assumed it would be prominently shown near the top of the page. I resorted to using my brower's search function to find it.
But anyhow, teeth (TV series), lungs (TV series), eyes (TV series), ears (TV series), feet (TV series), hands (TV series), legs (TV series), nostrils (TV series)... mostly red links, as I expected.
However, eyes and hands don't share this problem. Maybe the Bones TV series is a lot more popular than the Eyes and Hands series are, or is it because people have two eyes and two hands, but not just two bones? I don't know why Bones has this "problem", but it should be easy to acknowledge that it does have a problem with being the clear PT.

Narky Blert, what prompted you to make this round-robin move? I don't see anything in your editing history or edit summaries that tells me why you did it. You should have reviewed Talk:Bones before making any moves. – wbm1058 (talk) 17:22, 20 January 2019 (UTC)

@Wbm1058: I fell across it as a WP:MALPLACED error. I can't remember why I found it; I made the move about two hours after I usually finish major editing for the day. I've checked the diffs in my 20 or so immediately preceding edits, but can see nothing obvious (I thought finding the page might have been a byproduct of finding a bad link to the DAB page, but apparently not; and I wouldn't normally have put a RR move off anyway). You can see the full sequence in this link to my contribution history. It was a clean RR move with no cut&paste. Narky Blert (talk) 17:55, 20 January 2019 (UTC)
Narky Blert, so the bot added "Bones" to the MALPLACED list at 06:54, 7 January 2019, I reverted reverted Chaosdruid's edit that put it on the list at 20:31, 8 January 2019, you initiated your round-robin at 21:16, 13 January 2019, and "Bones" was removed from the list by another editor at 23:36, 13 January 2019 – less than a day before the bot would have done that. OK, I get it now. My bad for not manually removing it from the list rather than waiting for another editor or the bot to do it, but you should still confirm that the redirect is still malplaced and check for possible discussions or potential controversy before making page moves to fix malplaced redirects.
If you want to work the MALPLACED list you really should consider running for administrator. Wow, you're already over 200,000 edits, with 93% to mainspace... that's way ahead of me. What'ya say? If you're interested I'd like to nominate you (after running some more due diligence checks, but I'm not expecting to find any significant issues with making Wikipedia:Requests for adminship/Narky Blert a blue link) – wbm1058 (talk) 19:01, 20 January 2019 (UTC)
@Wbm1058: I'm not convinced that I found Bones in the MALPLACED list. It feels more likely that I found an odd-looking link somewhere, opened it, and found myself looking at a (disambiguation) page with a redirect from the basename. MALPLACED is a subtype of WP:INTDABLINK, and I sleep with a copy of INTDABLINK under my pillow.
It's easy to chalk up huge numbers of edits if (a) you concentrate on small edits like fixing bad links to DAB pages and typos, and (b) have no life. (I'd have an edit summary %age better than 99.7 if I hadn't been careless when I first joined, and could be bothered to add summaries to new redirects (the autogenerated summary is perfectly adequate) and to edits in my sandboxes.)
Thank you for the offer. I'll bear it in mind. I've been offered adminship before, and turned it down on the grounds that I didn't want the extra responsibility. (Twice within three days, I got caught up in IP rangeblocks by WP:STEWARDs whose emails were closed. I couldn't post anywhere, including on my own Talk Page; so I couldn't even request {{unblock}}. I emailed from within WP (luckily, I could still do that) an admin I know, who rode to the rescue. I was offered adminship to exempt me from such bans; but settled for a time-limited WP:IPBE instead. Gory details at User talk:Narky Blert/2018#How about now?) (In truth, I don't have the time to take on more than I do now. I cycle through Disambiguation pages with links. My first run took six months; there were bad links to something like 28,000 DAB pages (it was once much much worse), not including duplicates. I'm on my tenth run or thereabouts, and team effort has got that down to five days and below 3,000. See WP:TDD. If WP:DPL had one additional active member, I think we could hold that number below 1,000.) Yrs, Narky Blert (talk) 22:33, 20 January 2019 (UTC)
I'm just keeping quiet as I know absolutely nothing about all that lol ... but interesting to see what a mess I caused *blushes* Chaosdruid (talk) 22:17, 6 February 2019 (UTC)

Sigh. Talk:Bones (disambiguation)#Requested move 22 April 2019. I'm keeping an eye on what links to "Bones". Already one link to disambiguate since this move closed less than a month ago. – wbm1058 (talk) 17:11, 16 May 2019 (UTC)

Sdu (publishing company)Edit

Just FYI at the time I made the change, there was no url in Wikidata, so it was displaying as No URL found. Please specify a URL here or add one to Wikidata.. That's why I removed it. Looks like somewhere along the way it was re-added. I obviously have no issue with you restoring it, but just wanted you to understand I didn't delete it just because I didn't see a parameter being supplied. One of the maintenance categories I follow is Category:Official website missing URL. Anyway, thanks for restoring it! --Zackmann (Talk to me/What I been doing) 00:13, 29 January 2019 (UTC)

@Zackmann08: No problem; FYI, I noticed that there was a working URL in the Sdu (publishing company) infobox (and has been since 2013) before I confirmed it was in Wikidata. Hmm, that's an annoying cosmetic bot edit, I wonder if that bot still has approval and is still doing that. – wbm1058 (talk) 00:22, 29 January 2019 (UTC)
See Template talk:Official website/Archive 2#Local value or Wikidata. wbm1058 (talk) 18:01, 16 May 2019 (UTC)

Hi. There seems to be an IP user who happens to remove edits for no reason. He's been doing this under the articles of Sony Pictures Television, Universal Television, Entourage (film), and possibly others. Looks like he's been warned once. Can you please deal with that user?2600:1700:F280:4BB0:58E:2F1:9A67:57C2 (talk) 04:08, 29 January 2019 (UTC)

Sorry, I don't see anything obvious telling me that they're editing in bad faith. Curiously, MCA/Universal redirects to MCA Inc. while MCA Universal redirects to Universal Pictures; who knew a single "/" character would have such a significant difference in meaning. So when they remove them from Universal Television they may have a valid point. I see nothing in the name to indicate it's television-specific, and not the name of the larger company which has a TV division. These corporate histories can get pretty confusing to keep track of after several sales of companies or divisions, and internal reorganizations. Start a discussion on the talk page(s) to sort it out. – wbm1058 (talk) 13:40, 29 January 2019 (UTC)

History merges and WikidataEdit

Hello, thanks very much for your history-merging work. However, could you please try to clean up the Wikidata links after you're done with each page? When pages are deleted here, a link to them is automatically deleted from Wikidata. They're not automatically restored however. Inspired by your edit to Wikipedia:Administrators' guide/Fixing cut-and-paste moves, I added some text about Wikidata and cleaned up your links there up to 30 January my time. I don't have time to deal with them now, however. Just undoing your own edits would do the trick. Graham87 01:17, 31 January 2019 (UTC)

@Graham87: I've gone back through my Wikidata history as far as last September. One more candidate for merging: Danny Paisley and the Southern Grass (Q60743251) and Dan Paisley and the Southern Grass (Q16873242). I'm not happy that the Wikidata system auto-deletes for me while not also auto-restoring, when my restores happen within a minute or two of my deletions. But as long as it's just a simple matter of reverting my "edits" there, I can do that, but I'll do them in batches as it's too inefficient to be constantly switching back and forth between enwiki and wikidata. I noted that a few of my deletion edits on wikidata were reverted by a bot; surely a bot could revert them all for me? wbm1058 (talk) 14:26, 31 January 2019 (UTC)
My last big effort with history-merging ended last August, when I emptied out the old Category:Possible cut-and-paste moves. I just checked some of those on Wikidata and they were mostly reverted within a day or two and nobody asked me to do it myself. I wonder what's different this time. It took me from April through August 2018 to work through the last 1,000 of those, and a lot of them were false positives, but I still recall doing a bunch of delete & restores to histmerge over the top of redirects. wbm1058 (talk) 14:57, 31 January 2019 (UTC)
Thanks for working on that; I've done the Wikidata merge. Yeah I'm not the biggest fan of the current system either. I don't know why your August edits would've been automatically reverted but the current ones weren't ... all I know is that if I leave a Wikidata item hanging for more than a few hours (especially if it has lots of interwiki links!), bad things (TM) can happen. Graham87 15:12, 31 January 2019 (UTC)

Larissa (Thrace)Edit

This place doesn't exist; the article is describing Larissa (Elis); I've nominated it for deletion so you can muster all the evidence you have that it existed or you have re-introduced a mistake or hoax into Wikipedia. Carlossuarez46 (talk) 21:00, 11 February 2019 (UTC)

Talk pages consultation 2019Edit

The Wikimedia Foundation has invited the various Wikimedia communities, including the English Wikipedia, to participate in a consultation on improving communication methods within the Wikimedia projects. As such, a request for comment has been created at Wikipedia:Talk pages consultation 2019. You are invited to express your views in the discussion. ~ Winged BladesGodric 05:23, 24 February 2019 (UTC)

Senate (disambiguation)Edit

Hello, you edit protected a page called "The Senate"; the content of that page is now located at "Senate (disambiguation)".

Since Senate (disambiguation) (edit | talk | history | protect | delete | links | watch | logs | views) was moved away from The Senate (edit | talk | history | protect | delete | links | watch | logs | views), which was involved in an edit war concerning the target of the redirect The Senate, please unprotect the page, as it no longer occupies the location "The Senate". (Thus no longer concerns the target of a redirect called "The Senate")

So, while leaving "The Senate" edit protected, such is not required at "Senate (disambiguation)"

-- (talk) 08:14, 3 March 2019 (UTC)

  Done wbm1058 (talk) 14:05, 3 March 2019 (UTC)
Thanks -- (talk) 05:35, 4 March 2019 (UTC)


Capellmeister was the correct spelling at an earlier time (compare a cappella), so I doubt it's useful to change to a more modern version when talking about history. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 07:50, 16 March 2019 (UTC)

@Gerda Arendt: sorry about that. IvanScrooge98 flagged it as a misspelling. I realized it was likely an English translation of the original German word and I usually check Wiktionary to confirm such assertions of misspellings, but this time I neglected to. I've retagged Capellmeister with {{R from alternative spelling}}. Feel free to revert any of my changes that switched to the German spelling. – wbm1058 (talk) 14:05, 16 March 2019 (UTC)
Gerda, there were only 5 pages with this linked spelling that I changed this way. wbm1058 (talk) 14:29, 16 March 2019 (UTC)
I’m very sorry for my wrong edit.   イヴァンスクルージ九十八(会話)  14:44, 16 March 2019 (UTC)
No problem, we had a recent discussion also about Cöthen vs. Köthen, - both are right in a way, no need to waste time "correcting" ;) --Gerda Arendt (talk) 19:36, 16 March 2019 (UTC)

File:Boeing 777X launch.jpg listed for discussionEdit

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Regarding your close of A Certain Magical IndexEdit

While you didn't move the pages, you did close the discussion. If you look at the actual conversation, you'll see that IJBall and myself commented that the proposed version does not follow WP:NCTV as it is a combination of two different conflicting styles. As such, the move was incorrect and the RM should not have closed supporting it seeing as we were the only ones commenting there and we both didn't support it. --Gonnym (talk) 19:59, 6 April 2019 (UTC)

Gonnym, yes, I saw that. It's kind of an awkward situation. An less-experienced editor requesting a non-compliant move and another inexperienced editor moving to the requested pages out-of-process. There was just thin participation (four editors). Since no move at all is a nonstarter due to the inconsistent naming convention, and to minimize the number of unnecessary moves, I suggest that in lieu of me relisting it that if you and IJBall can agree on which of your two suggested conventions is better, then one of you should simply submit a new RM, and then hopefully the other two will go along with your proposal. – wbm1058 (talk) 20:50, 6 April 2019 (UTC)

Ohio Wikimedians User Group: April 2019 newsletterEdit

General Updates

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Movement Strategy

  • Sam (PonyToast) and Maria (Rimmel.Edits) have signed up to serve as our Organized Groups Strategy Liaisons; through December, Strategy Liaisons will act as a conduit for ideas, questions, and updates between the Movement Strategy and organized groups such as our own. Thank you to both members for taking this on!
  • The Wikimedia Summit 2019 just came to a conclusion. Maria Rimmel (Rimmel.Edits) served as our representative this year, following her work at the Ohio State University and WikiConference North America. This year's event had a heavy focus on the Movement Strategy Process and its Working Groups. Maria will be providing updates and outcomes of the conference on the user group talkpage soon - keep an eye out!

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Chaff algorithmEdit

Hi! Thanks for noticing the erroneous use of "clarify span" at "Chaff algorithm". It seems that AnomieBOT has deleted "|now" when it added the date. I consider this a bug. Do you know where to complain about it? Many thanks in advance. Best regards - Jochen Burghardt (talk) 08:12, 9 April 2019 (UTC)

Hi Jochen. Anomie is the bot operator. The notice at the top of User talk:Anomie says "If you want AnomieBOT to do something, please ask at User talk:AnomieBOT. Best, wbm1058 (talk) 11:41, 9 April 2019 (UTC)
Since you pinged me, Special:Diff/891668038 should prevent that from happening again with {{clarify span}}. It's usually an error when a date or a date keyword like "now" appears as the unnamed |1= to a maintenance template, so the bot moves it to |date= by default. Anomie 12:21, 9 April 2019 (UTC)

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Administrator account security (Correction to Arbcom 2019 special circular)Edit

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If you think this page should not be deleted for this reason, you may contest the nomination by visiting the page and clicking the button labelled "Contest this speedy deletion". This will give you the opportunity to explain why you believe the page should not be deleted. However, be aware that once a page is tagged for speedy deletion, it may be deleted without delay. Please do not remove the speedy deletion tag from the page yourself, but do not hesitate to add information in line with Wikipedia's policies and guidelines. If the page is deleted, and you wish to retrieve the deleted material for future reference or improvement, then please contact the deleting administrator. Spyder_Monkey (Talk) 21:45, 13 May 2019 (UTC)

Request For Protected User:Goodd-002 AccountEdit

Hello Sir, I want you to secure my User account so that nobody else can do so except for Confirm Abugors. Please accept my request and protect User:Goodd-002 my page so that IP users can do so much And edit allow only Administrator and Account Owner thanks. your Goodd-002 (chatme) 07:01, 16 May 2019 (UTC)

Hi Goodd-002. Per Wikipedia:Protection policy § User pages, base user pages (for example, the page User:Example, and not User:Example/subpage or User talk:Example) are automatically protected from creation or editing by unconfirmed and IP users. I can give you higher protection if a need exists, but the protection policy says that pages in user space should not be automatically or pre-emptively protected. See Wikipedia:Requests for comment/Protect user pages by default for the community discussion about this matter. – wbm1058 (talk) 10:19, 16 May 2019 (UTC)

Bot1058 recreating deleted pageEdit

Hi, Bot1058 recreated Talk:Melbourne Wireless earlier today with a blank page, shortly after it was G8 deleted follwing a successful AFD for the article. I can't see any reason it would do this but since the bot hasn't malfunctioned in its other recent edits I thought I'd let you know here instead of stopping it. Thanks. Triptothecottage (talk) 12:41, 20 May 2019 (UTC)


Hi there. Perhaps I misread your edit summary, but I didn't "redirect a (disambiguation) to an article", I simply changed the format of the link to the dab page to the term with (disambiguation) after it, as per WP:INTDABLINK. Am I missing something? Or misinterpreting that guideline? Onel5969 TT me 22:40, 20 May 2019 (UTC)

@Onel5969: The hatnote on top of the article said "Autarchy (disambiguation)" redirects here. For the economic concept, see Autarky. There should never be a hatnote on top of an article that says something (disambiguation) redirects here; something (disambiguation) should always redirect to a disambiguation page. Autarchy (disambiguation) redirects to Autarchy. wbm1058 (talk) 23:27, 20 May 2019 (UTC)
Oh, I get it now. I misread the hatnote, and thought it was saying "for other uses, see..." Not sure how I missed it, will be more careful. Onel5969 TT me 20:18, 21 May 2019 (UTC)
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