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A barnstar for you!

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Awarded for your role in getting the mass message sent out to eligible voters in the 2017 Arbitration Committee elections. Thanks for your help in keeping the community informed! Face-smile.svg Mz7 (talk) 00:06, 4 December 2017 (UTC)

A barnstar for you!

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You can guess what this is for - thank you so much for all of your help, it was invaluable. Yunshui  08:57, 4 December 2017 (UTC)

Thanks

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Thanks for your help & explanation at VP. Shearonink (talk) 16:32, 6 February 2018 (UTC)

A barnstar for you!

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is hereby awarded to xaosflux for your diligent and honorable stewardship of the MassMessage system , the primary facility for keeping Wikipedians informed – Lionel(talk) 11:24, 8 April 2018 (UTC)


Newsletter malfunction

Hi xaosflux, the July Ichthus sent out a duplicate. First I tested it here to a small test list (see User_talk:Lionelt/sandbox). It worked fine. I made a small edit to the newsletter, started the tool, previewed it, and then sent to the subscription. But it posted 2 copies to the distribution list. The log shows 2 send commands [1] both at the same timestamp but I'm certain that I only sent 1 newsletter. I don't know what happened. – Lionel(talk) 06:49, 3 July 2018 (UTC)

@Lionelt: the only time I've seen that type of behavior is if the Special:MassMessage page was refreshed/reloaded while you were in the middle of it, or just error an accidentally hitting send, then back, then send (thinking you hit preview). Also, if you have multiple tabs with the same message in them. Keep an eye on it carefully next time you run it. — xaosflux Talk 11:26, 3 July 2018 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – July 2018

News and updates for administrators from the past month (June 2018).

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Administrator changes

added PbsouthwoodTheSandDoctor
readded Gogo Dodo
removed AndrevanDougEVulaKaisaLTony FoxWilyD

Bureaucrat changes

removed AndrevanEVula

Guideline and policy news

  • An RfC about the deletion of drafts closed with a consensus to change the wording of WP:NMFD. Specifically, a draft that has been repeatedly resubmitted and declined at AfC without any substantial improvement may be deleted at MfD if consensus determines that it is unlikely to ever meet the requirements for mainspace and it otherwise meets one of the reasons for deletion outlined in the deletion policy.
  • A request for comment closed with a consensus that the {{promising draft}} template cannot be used to indefinitely prevent a WP:G13 speedy deletion nomination.

Technical news

  • Starting on July 9, the WMF Security team, Trust & Safety, and the broader technical community will be seeking input on an upcoming change that will restrict editing of site-wide JavaScript and CSS to a new technical administrators user group. Bureaucrats and stewards will be able to grant this right per a community-defined process. The intention is to reduce the number of accounts who can edit frontend code to those who actually need to, which in turn lessens the risk of malicious code being added that compromises the security and privacy of everyone who accesses Wikipedia. For more information, please review the FAQ.
  • Syntax highlighting has been graduated from a Beta feature on the English Wikipedia. To enable this feature, click the highlighter icon (Codemirror-icon.png) in your editing toolbar (or under the hamburger menu in the 2017 wikitext editor). This feature can help prevent you from making mistakes when editing complex templates.
  • IP-based cookie blocks should be deployed to English Wikipedia in July (previously scheduled for June). This will cause the block of a logged-out user to be reloaded if they change IPs. This means in most cases, you may no longer need to do /64 range blocks on residential IPv6 addresses in order to effectively block the end user. It will also help combat abuse from IP hoppers in general. For the time being, it only affects users of the desktop interface.

Miscellaneous

  • Currently around 20% of admins have enabled two-factor authentication, up from 17% a year ago. If you haven't already enabled it, please consider doing so. Regardless if you use 2FA, please practice appropriate account security by ensuring your password is secure and unique to Wikimedia.

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@Home Lander: replied. — xaosflux Talk 23:46, 5 July 2018 (UTC)
Ditto. Thanks. Home Lander (talk) 23:54, 5 July 2018 (UTC)

Yobot 59

I am in vacation. I'll resubmit when back home.Porbably by the end of this month. -- Magioladitis (talk) 15:22, 6 July 2018 (UTC)

@Magioladitis: have a nice vacation, feel free to reopen that at any time in the future and we can schedule a new trial. — xaosflux Talk 15:24, 6 July 2018 (UTC)

Please comment on Wikipedia talk:Manual of Style/Biography

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Happy Bureaucratship

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Wishing Xaosflux a very happy bureaucratship anniversary on behalf of the Birthday Committee! Kpgjhpjm 01:17, 9 July 2018 (UTC)


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Please make it stop doing this. —Anomalocaris (talk) 08:28, 9 July 2018 (UTC)

@Anomalocaris: already stopped and fixed, was part of a small trial run. — xaosflux Talk 12:06, 9 July 2018 (UTC)

Tech News: 2018-28

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Please comment on Wikipedia:Village pump (policy)

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Tech News: 2018-29

16:01, 16 July 2018 (UTC)

Please comment on Talk:Milwaukee Bucks

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Query

This appears to be well within the threshold of automated/semiautomatic editing for requiring a bot-request given the amount of articles. Was there one do you know? Is there a reason it wouldn't require one? Because adding a template that makes no visible change to the output of an article (It didn't on any of the ones on my watchlist or some of the others I checked) on that many articles without a discussion seems odd. Only in death does duty end (talk) 02:18, 22 July 2018 (UTC)

@Only in death: I think a lot of that editors runs would be better under a bot account but I'm not ready to start that fight. — xaosflux Talk 13:05, 22 July 2018 (UTC)
The reason I am querying it with yourself is to find out if this specific task should have had a bot-request, being a high-speed automated/semi-automated change to many articles, my reading of BOTPOL was that it should, but I am unsure. If its not, its annoying but not prohibited by policy. If it should be, its both annoying and prohibited by policy... Would it be better to ask at BAG? Only in death does duty end (talk) 14:12, 22 July 2018 (UTC)
@Only in death: first, note this ... BAG only has purview over actual bots, editors that are violating editing guidelines in general are a community/administrator matter. If this editor wants to file a BRFA, we would be happy to review it. — xaosflux Talk 14:30, 22 July 2018 (UTC)
So to find out if a task *should* have required a bot request, I need to ask the community/administrators, rather than BAG who actually vet bot requests? That seems... backwards? Only in death does duty end (talk) 15:20, 22 July 2018 (UTC)
..."anyone can edit"... ; if the edits are bad: revert, if they are causing other problems (like flooding recent changes or watchlists due to speed and volume) first discuss with the editor. Someone adding a template to say 100 articles with AWB probably doesn't need a bot task, adding it to 10000+ probably does - in between is a grey area for sure and edits-per-interval are a major factor. How to proceed depends a lot on what you want the outcome to be. — xaosflux Talk 16:20, 22 July 2018 (UTC)

Tech News: 2018-30

09:44, 24 July 2018 (UTC)

User:White Shadows/German U-boat bases in occupied France

Hi there. This sandbox article of mine was deleted while I was retired. I’ve since come back to editing and was curious if you could restore this for me?

Thanks!—White Shadows Let’s Talk 05:06, 25 July 2018 (UTC)

@White Shadows: welcome back! I've restored your sandbox page, happy editing, — xaosflux Talk 11:19, 25 July 2018 (UTC)

Please comment on Wikipedia talk:Manual of Style/Television

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Email

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Replied. — xaosflux Talk 21:20, 29 July 2018 (UTC)

Tech News: 2018-31

14:05, 30 July 2018 (UTC)

Filters 925 and 926

Hi. Can you email (or copy to the testwiki) filters 925/926? Another spree got through today and I want to see if my ideas are any different from what's already being done. Suffusion of Yellow (talk) 21:46, 31 July 2018 (UTC)

@Suffusion of Yellow: send me a diff you think these filters might be useful for first please. — xaosflux Talk 22:20, 31 July 2018 (UTC)
Special:Diff/852805327 and everything else from the same IP. Suffusion of Yellow (talk) 22:28, 31 July 2018 (UTC)
@Suffusion of Yellow:
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Thanks. My own ideas would be a marginal improvement at best, but I may send something to MusikAnimal tomorrow if more gets through. Suffusion of Yellow (talk) 06:10, 1 August 2018 (UTC)

The Signpost: 31 July 2018

Please comment on Help talk:Citation Style 1

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Request for block

I just need to request you that please block user Mike V because that user is not editing as it is inactive. Mike V has not benn editing from December 2016 so that user needs to be blocked. Thank you. 171.79.23.108 (talk) 05:49, 4 August 2018 (UTC)

We don't block users for "being inactive" but we do remove their advanced permissions as was already done for this user. — xaosflux Talk 14:06, 4 August 2018 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – August 2018

News and updates for administrators from the past month (July 2018).

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Administrator changes

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readded KaisaLYmblanter

Guideline and policy news

  • After a discussion at Meta, a new user group called "interface administrators" (formerly "technical administrator") has been created. Come the end of August, interface admins will be the only users able to edit site-wide JavaScript and CSS pages like MediaWiki:Common.js and MediaWiki:Common.css, or edit other user's personal JavaScript and CSS. The intention is to improve security and privacy by reducing the number of accounts which could be used to compromise the site or another user's account through malicious code. The new user group can be assigned and revoked by bureaucrats. Discussion is ongoing to establish details for implementing the group on the English Wikipedia.
  • Following a request for comment, the WP:SISTER style guideline now states that in the mainspace, interwiki links to Wikinews should only be made as per the external links guideline. This generally means that within the body of an article, you should not link to Wikinews about a particular event that is only a part of the larger topic. Wikinews links in "external links" sections can be used where helpful, but not automatically if an equivalent article from a reliable news outlet could be linked in the same manner.

Technical news


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Tech News: 2018-32

19:39, 6 August 2018 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Requests for adminship/Jbhunley/Bureaucrat chat

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Chris brown

in the greatest artist of all time list Chris Brown should have 19 million units in the uk instead of 10 million i have source to support this claim chart data is also a music sale database also [twitter.com] he also just got a new certification too [twitter.com] --User:Bhris breezy (talk) 09:59, 12 August 2018 (UTC

Hello Bhris breezy To request an edit to the Chris Brown article go to: this link and click the request an edit button, it will leave a message for others to review. — xaosflux Talk 00:22, 13 August 2018 (UTC)

AWB

Hi. I hope you are well. Would please take a look at Wikipedia talk:AutoWikiBrowser#adding talkpage banner? Your help will be appreciated a lot. Thanks a lot in advance, —usernamekiran(talk) 22:13, 12 August 2018 (UTC)

@Usernamekiran: I'm not sure what the best way to fix that is. — xaosflux Talk 00:23, 13 August 2018 (UTC)
Thanks for looking into it :) —usernamekiran(talk) 00:48, 13 August 2018 (UTC)

Tech News: 2018-33

17:53, 13 August 2018 (UTC)

Recent reverts on WT:INTADMIN

Sorry about that, my finger slipped and hit the rollback button! Enterprisey (talk!) 02:25, 15 August 2018 (UTC)

Please comment on Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Taiwan

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Bots Newsletter, August 2018

Bots Newsletter, August 2018
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Greetings!

Here is the 6th issue of the Bots Newsletter. You can subscribe/unsubscribe from future newsletters by adding/removing your name from this list.

Highlights for this newsletter include:

ARBCOM
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BAG
  • There were no changes in BAG membership since the last Bots Newsletter. Headbomb went from semi-active to active.
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Tech News: 2018-34

16:46, 20 August 2018 (UTC)

Edit filter idea...

Sometime back, I asked, and I believe you replied, at VPT or somewhere about the idea of an edit filter that would trip when "{{User:" or "{{User talk:" was added to pages, to stop accidental transclusions of user and user talk pages. It happened again at ANI, fixed here. Would this filter be difficult to create/enable? Home Lander (talk) 23:00, 20 August 2018 (UTC) is it only a problem in certain namespaces? The narrower the better (e.g. watching in (article) space is expensive). — xaosflux Talk 00:26, 21 August 2018 (UTC)

Particularly the WP namespace, where it would get flagged at AN/ANI, RPP, the help desk, and similar. Home Lander (talk) 01:19, 21 August 2018 (UTC)
@Home Lander: OK, I created a filter - it is in log only right now, feel free to keep an eye on edits hitting 928's log after now. — xaosflux Talk 02:34, 21 August 2018 (UTC)
Yes I was just watching that (actually managed to trip it already). Home Lander (talk) 02:36, 21 August 2018 (UTC)
@Home Lander: I had some overly greedy regex in there at first, it shouldn't be hitting on that stuff anymore. — xaosflux Talk 02:37, 21 August 2018 (UTC)
Yeah I figured it was picking up anything even without the ":". Home Lander (talk) 02:38, 21 August 2018 (UTC)

───────────────────────── It seems to be working. Note that "namespace" is misspelled in the filter description. Face-wink.svg Home Lander (talk) 02:41, 21 August 2018 (UTC)

Thanks to Drmies for proving the purpose of this filter. Face-wink.svg Home Lander (talk) 03:17, 21 August 2018 (UTC)
Eh did it do something? I had to go and correct myself... Drmies (talk) 03:19, 21 August 2018 (UTC)
@Drmies: It's just in testing at the moment. Home Lander (talk) 03:20, 21 August 2018 (UTC)
Watching for FP's right now, then will give a "warn" on these actions. — xaosflux Talk 03:21, 21 August 2018 (UTC)
Look, why don't y'all make a Nazi filter--that would be more useful to me. :) Drmies (talk) 03:22, 21 August 2018 (UTC)
I know, we probably have a ton of those already, and I thank you for them. Sorry, that was dumb. Drmies (talk) 03:22, 21 August 2018 (UTC)
Looks like there are at least 4 of them :D — xaosflux Talk 03:25, 21 August 2018 (UTC)
Should we also check talk namespaces, except user talk? I imagine this happens a lot on mainspace talk pages, in particular MusikAnimal talk 03:35, 21 August 2018 (UTC)
Or frankly you might check user talk too. People do transclude parts of their userspace on their user page, but if all we're doing is showing a warning then this should be fine. Right? MusikAnimal talk 03:39, 21 August 2018 (UTC)
@MusikAnimal: maybe - seems like this happens mostly to the more "technical" editors that are in a hurry. @Home Lander: have you been seeing this elsewhere recently? — xaosflux Talk 03:41, 21 August 2018 (UTC)
And I think there may be plenty of legit use cases, so would not want to set this to disallow. — xaosflux Talk 03:42, 21 August 2018 (UTC)
It's not happening all the time, just one of those occasional things that when it does happen, no one seems to know how to fix it (typically a trip to ANI or VPT is the result). I agree that the talk namespace would probably be a good target for it. Home Lander (talk) 03:45, 21 August 2018 (UTC)

IA nomination

Hello Xaosflux, I've nominated you for a temporary interface administrator access grant at Wikipedia_talk:Interface_administrators#Stop-gap_users_nominated. If you do not wish to have this foisted upon you, feel free to remove yourself from the listing. Thank you, — xaosflux Talk 02:49, 22 August 2018 (UTC)

Please comment on Wikipedia:Village pump (proposals)

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Template help

Hello Xaosflux, I need some help with a custom user template User:FlightTime/Uw-Consensus. I have it loaded in my custom warning section of Twinkle and used Twinkle to post it on a page of my old account here User talk:Mlpearc Public. As you can see the template is posting two section headers, how can I remove the auto posting of == August 2018 == ? I have == Please seek consensus == hard coded in the template. If you have a moment your input would be appreciated, Thanx - FlightTime (open channel) 13:42, 26 August 2018 (UTC)

@FlightTime: in general, Twinkle always make a "month" section to keep warning together so when you leave multiple messages, or multiple people leave message they can be grouped. Most twinkle message don't use section headers. I suggest you don't try to fight twinkle's process on this, but if you really want a section header use a lower level header like "===". — xaosflux Talk 14:45, 26 August 2018 (UTC)
Thank you, no wonder I couldn't figure what was triggering the header, I thought it was the template, but its Twinkle thats posting the first header. Thanx for your time and your input. Cheers, - FlightTime (open channel) 14:51, 26 August 2018 (UTC)

Interface administrator

Hi Xaosflux, per Special:Diff/856641107, I have temporarily added the interface administrator user-right to your account. I'm sure the temporary part of that will change to permanent once we have a mechanism to agree it! WormTT(talk) 17:36, 26 August 2018 (UTC)

Tech News: 2018-35

16:16, 27 August 2018 (UTC)

Number of Redirects

Are redirects included in {{NUMBEROFARTICLES}}? —Eli355 (talk | contribs) 16:49, 28 August 2018 (UTC)

(talk page watcher) eli355, No. One can see here for the number of redirects and pages per namespace Galobtter (pingó mió) 17:16, 28 August 2018 (UTC)
@Eli355: see also mw:Manual:Article_count, to be counted it has to not be a redirect, and also contain at least one wikilink. — xaosflux Talk 17:18, 28 August 2018 (UTC)
Does {{NUMBEROFPAGES}} only include pages with at least one wikilink? —Eli355 (talk | contribs) 16:54, 29 August 2018 (UTC)
@Eli355: as far as I'm aware, it includes any page, regardless of content. See also mw:Help:Magic_words#Statistics. — xaosflux Talk 16:59, 29 August 2018 (UTC)

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Curiosity

I just happened to glance at Special:Statistics and noticed that there is a user category for Copyright violation bots which red links to WP:Copyviobot. Do you know if this is something new? -- Dolotta (talk) 18:31, 1 September 2018 (UTC)

@Dolotta: looks like this is part of phab:T199359 - it's not "live" yet, and I don't know much about it either (yet!). — xaosflux Talk 18:43, 1 September 2018 (UTC)
I posted at WP:BOTN with pings to some related people. — xaosflux Talk 18:52, 1 September 2018 (UTC)
  • Thanks, Xausflux. You are always amazingly great at finding the right page. Happy editing! -- Dolotta (talk) 19:02, 1 September 2018 (UTC)
@Dolotta: Who is this "Xausflux" you speak of? SemiHypercube 20:02, 1 September 2018 (UTC)
@SemiHypercube: Servs me write not botering to us spel chek! ;-) -- Dolotta (talk) 20:14, 1 September 2018 (UTC)

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Navbox templates

Is adding a Navbox templates to the bottom of a page a minor edit? —Eli355 (talk | contribs) 19:35, 3 September 2018 (UTC)

@Eli355: according to the guidance at Help:Minor edit, adding new content-containing material should not be considered "minor" in general. — xaosflux Talk 20:11, 3 September 2018 (UTC)

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Requests for permissions

You reorganised {{Requests for permissions}} into Common & Uncommon a while back. Unless you have some strange criteria in mind I think Event Coordinator & Extended Confirmed need to be switched, as everyone (eventually) gets Extended Confirmed while needs to be applied for & a reason given. I'll go ahead & make the change but feel free to revert if I've got something wrong. Regards, Cabayi (talk) 16:23, 5 September 2018 (UTC)

@Cabayi: no big deal for me. It is unusual for editors to "request" extended confirmed, specifically because it is automatically assigned. I moved EVC up to encourage people to use it over the older "account creator" since it is now better suited for event management. — xaosflux Talk 16:58, 5 September 2018 (UTC)

Please comment on Wikipedia talk:Manual of Style/Dates and numbers

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Moving the revision search along

Apologies that this has gotten bogged down in the details. Don’t know if you saw I’m ok w your ‘Change search ’. And I’m actually ok with ‘Revision search’ if the top box was labeled ‘Search for revision by tag’. Given that all seem to agree on cutting down the verbiage (3 words to 2) in the external tool labels and no one has objected to the reordering, how can we best move ahead from here? Also I have a minor related suggestion if you have the bandwidth for that. Humanengr (talk) 19:23, 6 September 2018 (UTC)

@Humanengr: hi, I haven't really been following up on this - if a consensus has been reached on the talk page, just reactivate the edit-request by changing "answered=yes" to "answered=no" and one of the patrolling admins will pick it up. Best regards, — xaosflux Talk 21:31, 6 September 2018 (UTC)

Oops!

Hello Xaosflux!

It's been a while since I've been around these parts; I apologize for missing your message. It seems I've been marked as inactive in regard to several tools/permissions (rightfully so). I do intend to be more active in the near future—I've been missing Wikipedia! I noticed you removed my account creator right due to inactivity for over a year; out of curiosity, does inactivity only count edits and not log actions? The reason I ask is because I last worked at ACC on 29 April 2018.

I hope you're well! MJ94 (talk) 00:53, 9 September 2018 (UTC)

@MJ94: I've restored your ACC flag, I do so many of these I don't think I even remembered sending you that message! Drop a note at WP:PERM/AWB if you still have use for AWB (just say you removed for 'inactivity' but are now back to avoid a long discussion and to get that bot off your back). To answer your question, your "logged actions" should count towards activity - but many of the reports/bots/etc that look for inactivity usually only check edits since they are much more common. Thanks for taking this in stride, please note nothing was meant as a judgement against you. If you need anything else, please let me know. — xaosflux Talk 01:03, 9 September 2018 (UTC)

2FA tester group

Can you please add me to the 2FA tester group? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Lucent (talkcontribs) 17:59, 10 September 2018 (UTC)

@Lucent: you have to request this on meta at this page: meta:Steward_requests/Global_permissions#Requests_for_other_global_permissions. — xaosflux Talk 18:08, 10 September 2018 (UTC)

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Do the div id's and other tags look ok?

If so, I'll proceed as you indicated on Histlegend talk. Thx for your help and guidance. Humanengr (talk) 18:54, 12 September 2018 (UTC)

Can't check right now, just work on the sandbox and leave a note, several people are looking at it. — xaosflux Talk 19:00, 12 September 2018 (UTC)

Please comment on Wikipedia talk:Shortcut

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To make the Histlegend discussion threads more intelligible

For ease of reading, I should have split the proposals.

At this point, maybe I should go ahead and do some paragraph-level strikethroughs on some of both your and my comments in the two current sections; create a new section, etc., so folks can track it all better. Ok? Apologies for the confusion. Humanengr (talk) 18:09, 14 September 2018 (UTC)

As long as it is very clear what you want the final result to look like, that should be fine. — xaosflux Talk 18:38, 14 September 2018 (UTC)

page history

Hi. I hope you are well.
Could you please take a look at User talk:Path slopu#Speedy deletion nomination of Wikipedia:AutoWikiBrowser/Script? I thought Path slopu created AutoWikiBrowser/Script as a test, so I moved it to his userspace. But after he commented on his talkpage, I realised the page might have existed once as it is mentioned/linked on WP:JWB page. Would you please take a look at the history of Wikipedia:AutoWikiBrowser/Script, and tell if it existed before? I think i did something wrong by suppressing the redirect. Face-sad.svgusernamekiran(talk) 19:47, 14 September 2018 (UTC)

pinging GABusernamekiran(talk) 19:51, 14 September 2018 (UTC)
@Usernamekiran: I think it is OK, from a quick look Wikipedia:AutoWikiBrowser/Script doesn't need to actually exist to use the script once you install it. — xaosflux Talk 19:59, 14 September 2018 (UTC)
Thanks. But did it exist before? —usernamekiran(talk) 20:03, 14 September 2018 (UTC)
@Usernamekiran: The earliest I saw was (diff) 2018-07-31T13:42:19 . . Path slopu (talk | contribs | block) (95 bytes) (←Created page with '{{subst:iusc|User:Joeytje50/JWB.js/load.js}}'). — xaosflux Talk 22:22, 14 September 2018 (UTC)

Bot Ahechtbot

I see you approved Task 3 for User:Ahechtbot. This bot is making edits that are in violation of the bot policy. Why was it approved? Pinging bot owner @Ahecht: as well. This bot made an edit to move the bold ''' tags outside of a font tag. That's cosmetic at best. The change isn't visible to the reader.--v/r - TP 00:54, 15 September 2018 (UTC)

Nevermind. I see that the WMF has implemented some dumb parser that breaks with old wiki syntax.--v/r - TP 00:57, 15 September 2018 (UTC)
@TParis: thanks for bringing up the concern, but yes it's part of the Special:LintErrors cleanup due to that parser change, on some pages the fixes may be less noticeable, on some they break formatting for the whole page - its a major pain! This is running with both 'bot' and 'minor' to try to minimize any disruption to watchlists, etc. For the most part, once these are done they shouldn't be repeated. Best regards, — xaosflux Talk 04:03, 15 September 2018 (UTC)
I'd also note that WP:COSMETICBOT does not consider fixing "invalid HTML such as unclosed tags, even if it does not affect browsers' display" to be a cosmetic change. --Ahecht (TALK
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Sandbox

One of my sanboxes I am not using anymore, User:Eli355/Orders of magnitude (mass flow rate), so would like it to be deleted. —Eli355 (talk | contribs) 00:14, 17 September 2018 (UTC)

@Eli355:  Donexaosflux Talk 00:22, 17 September 2018 (UTC)
Thanks —Eli355 (talk | contribs) 00:28, 17 September 2018 (UTC)

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Please comment on Template talk:Iobdb name

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Please comment on Wikipedia talk:Manual of Style/Video games

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Edit summaries for visual editing

Is it possible to write edit summaries for visual edits? —Eli355 ( 👄 talk 👄 🎆 📝 contribs 📝 ) 16:19, 26 September 2018 (UTC)

Replied on your talk. — xaosflux Talk 17:18, 26 September 2018 (UTC)

Old geezer needs help again

Howdy Xaosflux. You were so helpful last month in getting my password restored, I thought maybe you could likewise help me with a new difficulty. I haven't uploaded images to WP in years, but yesterday I created a new stub article about a forgotten celebrity and came across a great image to go with it. To my horror, though, the metadata on the file page displays my real name - not sure how that happened, as I certainly didn't type it in. Can you or somebody quickly delete this image page? It's File:Frances_Robinson-Duff_ad_1922.jpg Textorus (talk) 17:27, 27 September 2018 (UTC)

@Textorus: this is done. If you don't mind random websites you could try verexif.com to strip the EXIF data fields before reuploading. — xaosflux Talk 18:07, 27 September 2018 (UTC)
Thank you so much! And thanks for the verexif link too - I have bookmarked it and will try it sometime. Right now, I'm feeling a little gun-shy. I've been a very competent end-user of computers and the internet since 1977 - but in the last year or so it all seems to be turning into a hot digital mess I can't get my head around.Textorus (talk) 20:29, 27 September 2018 (UTC)
This is for you:
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To Xaosflux for help and kindness to an old wikigeezer. Textorus (talk) 20:29, 27 September 2018 (UTC)

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Edit protected request

Tournesol.png Thank you for granting my edit request, Xaosflux! I would have thanked you on that talk page; however, I thought it best to return the page to a redirect since it is used on many pages that way. Thanks again!  Paine Ellsworth  put'r there  15:34, 1 October 2018 (UTC)

Noticed on the same day I thanked you, you also notified Jackmcbarn of the consequences of inactivity. Don't suppose you have heard anything about ol' Jack, have you? Paine Ellsworth  put'r there  18:41, 1 November 2018 (UTC)
@Paine Ellsworth: nope, Jack appears to have left the project, he is of course welcome back and upon return can just ask for this admin access back (if it's not too long away). — xaosflux Talk 18:45, 1 November 2018 (UTC)
Jack is one of the editors who has helped me for years, esp. with modules and templates. Looking over his contributions, I don't see anything to indicate why he would leave the project. If you concur, do you know of any way we can find out anything about his situation?  Paine Ellsworth  put'r there  19:43, 1 November 2018 (UTC)
@Paine Ellsworth: feel free to use Email to try to contact him. — xaosflux Talk 19:48, 1 November 2018 (UTC)
Well, no response from him yet.  Paine  

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Please comment on Wikipedia talk:Manual of Style/Infoboxes

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Special:Redirect/logid/92487000

I'm guessing you didn't mean to assign MMS here, so I've removed it. If I was wrong, please feel free to revert. Best, Kevin (aka L235 · t · c) 21:15, 2 October 2018 (UTC)

@L235: thanks good catch, that was certainly in error. — xaosflux Talk 22:05, 2 October 2018 (UTC)

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News and updates for administrators from the past month (September 2018).

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Arbitration

  • The Arbitration Committee has, by motion, amended the procedure on functionary inactivity.
  • The community consultation for 2018 CheckUser and Oversight appointments has concluded. Appointments will be made by October 11.
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  • Nominations for the 2018 Arbitration Committee Electoral Commission are being accepted until 12 October. These are the editors who help run the ArbCom election smoothly. If you are interested in volunteering for this role, please consider nominating yourself.

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File protection

Greetings,

I wanted to note that normally sensitive files such as File:Wiktionary-logo-v2.svg and File:Octagon-warning.svg are only upload protected. Edits to the file page do nothing to the file itself and the maintenance burden in form of edit requests is not negligible. Jo-Jo Eumerus (talk, contributions) 13:18, 6 October 2018 (UTC)

I removed the 'edit' protection on those, thanks for the note. — xaosflux Talk 19:21, 6 October 2018 (UTC)

Filter 930

Hey, you probably aren't online as I'm posting this, but do you think you could set filter 930 to disallow as you said you would? Thanks. SemiHypercube 16:27, 8 October 2018 (UTC)

 Donexaosflux Talk 20:54, 8 October 2018 (UTC)

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Please comment on Wikipedia talk:Naming conventions (use English)

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Precious anniversary

Precious
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Four years!

--Gerda Arendt (talk) 06:24, 10 October 2018 (UTC)

Can you take a look at Histlegend?

I think everything has been addressed per here. Can you check that so we can reset the edit request? Thx for your help. Humanengr (talk) 23:03, 12 October 2018 (UTC)

@Humanengr: if you think its ready to go, go for it! — xaosflux Talk 23:20, 12 October 2018 (UTC)

00000000 listed at Redirects for discussion

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13 years of editing

Balloons-aj.svg Hey, Xaosflux. I'd like to wish you a wonderful First Edit Day on behalf of the Wikipedia Birthday Committee!
Have a great day!
Chris Troutman (talk) 00:25, 16 October 2018 (UTC)
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Please comment on Wikipedia talk:Naming conventions (broadcasting)

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Delete a mailing list page

Hi Xaos, please delete this page that you've created long back Wikipedia:WikiProject Military history/Indian military history task force/Mailing list. It is confusing to have a separate mailing list apart from the members page, so we'll use the latter. Thank You, KCVelaga (talk) 16:10, 21 October 2018 (UTC)

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Please comment on Wikipedia talk:Article titles

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Wikiquote

Like it should be!--Risto hot sir (talk) 20:30, 23 October 2018 (UTC)


Baffled by edit filter trigger

I reported a false positive that disallowed my edit of 18 October and see that there's still no response. In no way did my edit match the filter description "Multiple Obscenities", and I can't find a public filter matching the filter description. In the interest of "assume good faith", should I post to the article's talk page the edit I was attempting and explain what happened? Or might that trigger the same edit filter again?


If it helps to resolve whatever's at issue, I've pasted below the original text and the text edit I was attempting, which at least to my eyes is an improvement:

Original Text

In 1984, British journalist and political commentator Polly Toynbee visited Ikeda at the invitation of the SGI. According to Peter Popham, writing about Tokyo architecture and culture, Ikeda "was hoping to tighten the public connection between himself and Polly Toynbee's famous grandfather, Arnold Toynbee, the prophet of the rise of the East."[163] Polly Toynbeee wrote that she had never met "anyone who exudes such an aura of absolute power as Mr. Ikeda" and others she had talked to “felt they had been drawn into endorsing [Ikeda]."[164][165] In The Guardian in May 1984, she wrote that she wished that her grandfather had not endorsed Choose Life: A Dialogue, his dialogue with Ikeda.[165]


Edited Text (Triggered Edit Filter)

(Italics = Struck out text from the Original Text Section , Bold = text added to improve the Original Text section above) :In 1984, British journalist and political commentator [[Polly Toynbee]] visited Ikeda '''in Japan''' at ''the'' '''his''' invitation ''of the SGI'' '''conveyed by Dick Causton, SGI leader of the UK'''. According to Peter Popham, writing about Tokyo architecture and culture, ''Ikeda "was hoping to tighten the public connection between himself and Polly Toynbee's famous grandfather, Arnold Toynbee, the prophet of the rise of the East."<ref>Peter Popham, ''Tokyo: The City at the End of the World'' (Tokyo: Kodansha International, 1985; ISBN 4-7700-1226-8), p. 64.</ref>'' Polly ''Toynbeee'' '''Toynbee once''' wrote that she had never met "anyone who exudes such an aura of absolute power as Mr. Ikeda" ''and others she had talked to “felt they had been drawn into endorsing [Ikeda]."'' '''to describe an unsettling opulence with which she was received by him.'''<ref>''Toynbee, "Soka Gakkai and the Toynbee 'Endorsement'"; quoted in Popham, ''Tokyo'', '' '''{{cite book |last=Popham |first=Peter |date=1985 |title=Tokyo: The City at the End of the World |location=Tokyo |publisher=Kodansha International |page=65 |isbn=4-7700-1226-8}}'''</ref>''<ref name="grandfather">{{cite news |title=The Value of a Grandfather Figure |work=The Guardian |author=Polly Toynbee |date=19 May 1984}}</ref>'' In The Guardian in May 1984, she wrote that '''others she had talked to about Ikeda "felt they had been drawn into endorsing him" and that''' she wished ''that'' her grandfather had not '''similarly''' endorsed Choose Life: A Dialogue, his dialogue with Ikeda.''<ref name="grandfather"/>'' '''<ref>{{cite news |title=The value of a grandfather figure |work=The Guardian |author=Polly Toynbee |date=19 May 1984}}</ref> In his response letter to ''The Guardian'', Dick Causton described her reflections as honest and understandable, given the "culture shock" of being hosted as a distinguished guest by Ikeda in a Japanese cultural setting and the "religious shock" of encountering Buddhists as ordinary people, all during a hectic 10-day schedule of interviews with prominent figures arranged by Soka Gakkai at her request.<ref>{{cite news| title=The double shock of Japanese culture |author=Dick Causton |work=The Guardian |date=28 May 1984}}</ref>'''

Tacktician (talk) 16:06, 25 October 2018 (UTC)

Hi @Tacktician:, I just left a note at the FP board. This is certainly a false positive but one that will be challenging to fix programmatically. That filter is somewhat complicated and private, but I suspect it hit on your addition of the phrase "dick" 3 three times. This is a false positive as it is a proper name as well as a common vandal term. That specific filter only looks at 'articles', so you can leave an edit request on the associated talk page (use the {{edit semi-protected}} template) and someone will process it for you. — xaosflux Talk 17:04, 25 October 2018 (UTC)
Thanks for your help. Just to follow up, the protection level on the Daisaku Ikeda page remains intact. I got the edit through by changing "Dick Causton" to "Richard Causton". Conveyed the same to DBigXray , who responded to my request for edit on the Daisaku Ikeda Talk page.Tacktician (talk) 17:49, 9 November 2018 (UTC)
Tacktician, thank you for the WP:Ping. Yes, I can now understand why you were unable to edit the said page. User:Xaosflux May I know how the "edit request" template will help Tacktician, because AFAIK even if I make the edit on behalf of him, it will still hit the edit filter. (Please note, I am not fully aware of how edit filters work, so please be kind if you find my question, silly Face-smile.svg ). --DBigXray 18:16, 9 November 2018 (UTC)
@DBigXray: Special:AbuseFilter/380 only applies to 'newer' editors. — xaosflux Talk 18:19, 9 November 2018 (UTC)
I see, thank you for the clarification. Tacktician I will make this edit on your behalf now. --DBigXray 18:23, 9 November 2018 (UTC)

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@Videowiki123: the 'confirmed' flag is normally a temporary flag for very new accounts and gets replaced by the 'autoconfirmed' flag which is now on your account. You should be able to see you have this access now in Special:UserRights/Videowiki123. Are you having any current issues? — xaosflux Talk 17:18, 25 October 2018 (UTC)

Yes, I am getting an error saying "user is blocked from editing". Did not face this error before. So pretty sure this is because of removal of this username from "confirmed" list. However, IF you could switch this user back to "confirmed" temporarily, then I can try to see if this error still persists. That way, we can be 100 percent sure about whether the removal of "confirmed" user has caused this error. --Videowiki123 (talk) 17:50, 25 October 2018 (UTC)

@Videowiki123: I added that flag (you may confirm at Special:UserRights/Videowiki123) - if you keep getting this error, some screen shots may help us figure out how to fix it for you and other that could have the same issue. — xaosflux Talk 18:16, 25 October 2018 (UTC)

The reason for the unexpected error message is due to a block of this user-account by a user (Vituzzu). This block has disabled the OAuth associated with this account, resulting in VideoWiki not working. Could you please "unblock" this user account? Is there a permanent way where this user account cannot get blocked by other users? This is important because VideoWiki will stop working if some user ends up blocking this user account in the future again. Please find the Commons link which shows the screenshot of the error message for your verification. The description in the Commons link provides more context. [commons.m.wikimedia.org] --Videowiki123 (talk) 07:03, 26 October 2018 (UTC)

This may be an autoblock on meta or commons, you will need to follow up with Vituzzu. — xaosflux Talk 11:48, 26 October 2018 (UTC)
@VideoWiki123: and any account may be blocked, if your edits don't follow community policies blocking could be used. — xaosflux Talk 11:49, 26 October 2018 (UTC)

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If I vote in an AFD discussion, can I vote again after it gets relisted? —Eli355 (talkcontribs) 21:21, 28 October 2018 (UTC)

Hi @Eli355:, AfD's are not votes, you are welcome to continue discussing it after relisting. — xaosflux Talk 21:26, 28 October 2018 (UTC)
What do you mean by "AfD's are not votes"? —Eli355 (talkcontribs) 21:36, 28 October 2018 (UTC)
@Eli355: see Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion#Contributing_to_AfD_discussions, when XfD's are closed and acted upon a numerical count of the participants is not a primary factor in the decision. — xaosflux Talk 22:52, 28 October 2018 (UTC)
Suppose I vote in an AFD discussion. After that, the discussion relisted. Can I vote for a second time after the relisting? —Eli355 (talkcontribs) 23:42, 28 October 2018 (UTC)
@Eli355: AfD's are discussions. You are welcome to continue to add to the discussion while it is open (or reopened), you may make 1 comment on it, you may make 10 comments on it. — xaosflux Talk 00:56, 29 October 2018 (UTC)
@Eli355: AfD is a venue where it is discussed if an article should be kept or deleted. You can comment, and present your arguments numerous times in the said discussion. You should see some previous AfDs for example. At the top of my head, you can see it in Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Hyperbolic asteroid. —usernamekiran(talk) 07:02, 29 October 2018 (UTC)

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Fixed them with a cleanup job. FWIW @MSGJ: mass-message "senders" should also have their name in the HTML comments of a message. — xaosflux Talk 15:03, 29 October 2018 (UTC)

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