User talk:AnomieBOT

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A barnstar for you![edit]

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Thanks for your ongoing work on fixing maintenance tags... I must be tired tonight because I know you've fixed several of mine tonight. Thanks for staying consistently on top of them! CaroleHenson (talk) 04:38, 16 May 2014 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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I know you're a bot, but still, what would I do if my stupid mistakes like this weren't fixed? Jr8825Talk 15:12, 31 May 2014 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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Thanks as always! Gamera1123 (talk) 07:43, 10 June 2014 (UTC)
+1. The designer of this bot is a genius, both for the concept and the execution. -sche (talk) 18:19, 14 August 2014 (UTC)


Hi, when did {{sofixit}} get added to the subst list? It doesn't subst cleanly, see this edit. --Redrose64 (talk) 17:00, 24 June 2014 (UTC)

Here. It's supposed to be on the subst list; I've just fixed it so it substs properly. Jackmcbarn (talk) 18:19, 24 June 2014 (UTC)

Bot error dating maintenance tag {{Cns}}[edit]

In this edit the bot replaced the parameter when it should have added another parameter. See the next edit to see how I fixed it. Thanks, Wbm1058 (talk) 20:23, 24 June 2014 (UTC)

OrphanReferenceFixer: Blacklisted orphaned reference in Final Fantasy Artniks[edit]

When trying to fix orphaned refs in Final Fantasy Artniks, MediaWiki's spam blacklist complained about This probably means someone didn't properly clean up after themselves when blacklisting the link and removing existing uses, but a human needs to double-check it. The attempted changes were:

You might also use {{subst:User:Anomie/uw-orphans|1=rm diff|2=fix diff}} to let the remover know, if their edit summary indicates they were specifically removing the blacklisted ref. When you have fixed this issue, please change the section title (e.g. append " - Fixed") or remove this section completely. I will repost the notice if the page is still broken or is re-broken. Thanks! AnomieBOT 20:58, 24 June 2014 (UTC)

Sorry, fixed it. This is exactly why I don't like that odd citation style used in that article. - Aoidh (talk) 21:03, 24 June 2014 (UTC)

Broken redirect[edit]

Last night I created a couple of templates (OED1 and OED2) and their doc subpages and also set up the doc subpage for another template (OED). I read about setting up redirects from the doc talk page to the main talk page, but as it was late did nothing. This morning ‎AnomieBOT came along and set up the redirect from the OED doc talk to OED talk, a sensible move. Prompted, I set up the redirects for OED1 and OED2 doc talks but AnomieBOT III has now deleted them, because the main template's talk page doesn't exist! I can't do right for doing wrong it appears. Is it possible for AnomieBOT III to either create the template talk pages in a case like this or else back off until such a time as someone feels the need to discuss the templates? I'll go back and create empty pages and recreate the redirects, but it does seem like an awfull lot of faff just to keep a robot quiet. Regards, Martin of Sheffield (talk) 12:43, 25 June 2014 (UTC)

@Martin of Sheffield: Redlinked redirects are speedy deletable under WP:CSD#G8. We don't normally create talk pages just for the sake of their existence; but if a talk page exists for the main template page, one of the AnomieBOTs will go through all the template subpages and create a redir for each missing talk subpage. --Redrose64 (talk) 07:35, 26 June 2014 (UTC)

Joseph Heller[edit]

Catz people is dead link[1] Can you fix? Qexigator (talk) 09:11, 27 June 2014 (UTC)

I added an link. Jackmcbarn (talk) 15:37, 27 June 2014 (UTC)

The Most Dangerous Game[edit]

Probably inevitable, but your edit here made it difficult to fix some vandalism in the preceding edit - the subsequent edits are built on your version of the page, which had a chunk vandalised out of it. -Ashley Pomeroy (talk) 11:31, 28 June 2014 (UTC)


@Anomie:, can you check on your bot, many tasks are in error on your status screen. — xaosflux Talk 12:28, 4 July 2014 (UTC)

CHUUclerk seems to be on holiday too. –xenotalk 13:08, 4 July 2014 (UTC)
Memory error from the database backend. Restarted. Anomie 16:14, 4 July 2014 (UTC)

Dye sublimation printer- Anomie bot[edit]

Just changed slightly + section on relevant talk page. Hope that deals with your concerns. Gravuritas (talk) 22:11, 5 July 2014 (UTC)

AnomieBot closing file deletion discussion but didn't remove deletion template[edit]

Anomie: Looks like AnomieBot closed the discussion for Suva F.C. logo but it did not remove the file for deletion template on the file's page. See this edit and File:Suva-FC-Logo.jpg. Thanks! - tucoxn\talk 00:49, 8 July 2014 (UTC)

AnomieBOT never closes discussions as "keep", so it never has need to remove a deletion template. In the diff you linked, AnomieBOT closed several other discussions on the page but not the one for Suva F.C. logo; that was closed in the previous edit by TLSuda (talk · contribs). Anomie 11:14, 8 July 2014 (UTC)
Oops, I totally forgot to change the template. It is done now. Thanks & cheers, TLSuda (talk) 12:40, 8 July 2014 (UTC)
Anomie, thanks for helping to clear this up! - tucoxn\talk 23:25, 10 July 2014 (UTC)

Error report[edit]

In this version, the location of the "request" link was incorrect. (It was actually on Template talk:Userspace draft.) — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 11:53, 10 July 2014 (UTC)

The bot appears to have been listing the request at Wikipedia talk:Article_wizard#Template-protected edit request on 9 July 2014, not the identical request at Template talk:Userspace draft#Template-protected edit request on 9 July 2014. Anomie 13:12, 10 July 2014 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Deletion review/Active[edit]

This edit doesn't look correct. Wikipedia:Deletion review/Log/2014 July 7 still had an open discussion, but also syntax errors, see Special:PermanentLink/615904226. Do you think that something could be done better here? --Stefan2 (talk) 23:16, 10 July 2014 (UTC)

I see the syntax error was that there was no section header, which is how AnomieBOT segments the page into discussions. It's hard to see how to handle that while also allowing flexibility for notices on the page (e.g. {{Not a ballot}}). Anomie 11:14, 11 July 2014 (UTC)
Maybe you could assume that a page which exceeds a certain size has at least one discussion. ---Stefan2 (talk) 11:29, 11 July 2014 (UTC)

User:AnomieBOT III[edit]

Has this bot stopped? --Stefan2 (talk) 11:28, 11 July 2014 (UTC)

AnomieBOT's code for making page edits is good about automatically logging back in if it gets logged out. But the code for doing deletions wasn't. Fixed now. Thanks for letting me know it wasn't working! Anomie 13:22, 11 July 2014 (UTC)

Addition in middle of table 6 months late[edit]

As this dif shows, at 9.25 this morning an ESP request for Michael Vick appeared in 9th place in the table, rather than at the bottom. However looking at Talk:Michael Vick that request was added on 3 January, and the page hasn't been edited since 28 May, so why does it suddenly appear in the top 1/3 of the table over 6 months after it was added? - Arjayay (talk) 18:35, 13 July 2014 (UTC)

This happened because there are references on the Talk page, but no Reflist template. A recent Wikimedia core code change made it so that references display in a list, even if there is no reflist template. That has resulted in various strangeness, including the duplicated sections in that talk page. – Jonesey95 (talk) 19:05, 13 July 2014 (UTC)
@Arjayay, Jonesey95: Not quite the whole story. This edit of a few minutes ago added a </ref> which had been missing for some time, and in so doing has exposed the rest of the page which had previously been hidden, which is why AnomieBOT hadn't spotted it. As regards its mid-table placement, that's because User:AnomieBOT/SPERTable‎ is arranged chronologically and it was inserted at the position that it should have occupied had that </ref> not been missing at the time that the {{edit semi-protected}} was added. --Redrose64 (talk) 19:27, 13 July 2014 (UTC)

Bot warring[edit]

see [2] [3] [4] [5] Frietjes (talk) 17:43, 14 July 2014 (UTC)

I've shut off the task until the bot's "good" version of the template can be updated. Jackmcbarn (talk) 21:36, 14 July 2014 (UTC)
Those edits are showing T13bot operating outside of its approval, as it is editing wikitext besides substituted versions of {{afd top}}. I don't mind changing AnomieBOT's header for TFD (and for FFD and PUF) if it is actually needed, but first I'd like to be sure that the navigation headers in question actually are not considered "metadata". I've pinged Technical 13 (talk · contribs) about this issue.
If the decision is that T13bot needs to be fixed, or if someone would rather stop the malfunctioning T13bot so AnomieBOT can resume work, AnomieBOT's task may be restarted by blanking User:AnomieBOT/shutoff/TFDClerk. Anomie 11:38, 15 July 2014 (UTC)
  • I've already concluded task 1 for T13bot until I get a ping saying all the templates are properly fixed and then I'll run through one more time. My understanding of what was needed was to remove all "metadata" classes from all pages that showed up on the Special:PrefixIndex for the pages listed by SpinningSpark that were applied inside headers with the .boilerplate and .xfd .xfd-close classes. Either way, feel free to restart AnomieBOT as T13bot is not running until the templates are all fixed. — {{U|Technical 13}} (etc) 13:29, 15 July 2014 (UTC)

page deleted[edit]

The bot has deleted my page the wee fellas for some reason. Can you put it back please

Dave Robertson 21:58, 16 July 2014 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Davyrobertson (talkcontribs)

@Davyrobertson: AnomieBOT does not delete pages. The Wee Fellas was deleted by DragonflySixtyseven (talk · contribs); the deletion log is here. --Redrose64 (talk) 22:21, 16 July 2014 (UTC)
And I deleted it because, in all honesty, you did not assert any notability for that novel whatsoever. For a start, it's entirely self-published, which right at the start puts it deep in the negative. There's one bit of media coverage... from the author's hometown, so that doesn't count either. Plus there's something about how the author won some journalism awards several years back. Not relevant to an article about his book. So... no statements about notability. None. Notability not asserted. Delete. DS (talk) 22:27, 16 July 2014 (UTC)

Naivas Redirect[edit]

Hi User:AnomieBOT, I added a redirect page to Naivas Limited. The actual page was still loading. The Page has been created again. Kindly have a look. Thanks! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Zotezangu (talkcontribs) 09:18, 18 July 2014 (UTC)

You shouldn't create redirects until the target page exists. Jackmcbarn (talk) 15:01, 19 July 2014 (UTC)

Namespace check[edit]

Hi, is it possible to configure AnomieBOT so that it doesn't subst: {{hi}} when not used in User talk: space? Otherwise, this happens. --Redrose64 (talk) 08:03, 20 July 2014 (UTC)

Not possible at this time. I'll try to think of a decent way to make it possible though. Anomie 10:50, 20 July 2014 (UTC)

/EDITREQTable is great but has date issue[edit]

I requested a move that was undone and now the edit request on that page is showing a recent date (but not either move date) instead of the actual request date. Apparently y'all are relying on something relating to move log rather than the actual date the edit request was added to the page. Please see if this is a bug or other coding issue. Frieda Beamy (talk) 22:35, 20 July 2014 (UTC)

The bot estimates the date of application by using the page-touched timestamp when it first sees the page having an active request. Anomie 01:05, 21 July 2014 (UTC)
Thanks! Any chance this reliance can be changed in the case of moves, or perhaps overriden on a case basis when mistaken? Priority has a lot of importance to the requesters. Frieda Beamy (talk) 02:08, 21 July 2014 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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Please take this glorious purple barnstar as an apology and thank you for cleaning up after my forgetting to add the date to a couple of my [citation needed] tags. You are an amazing little AI and wikipedia thanks you. Kazinsal (talk) 05:19, 23 July 2014 (UTC)

Rescuing (wrong) orphaned ref from another article[edit]

[6]: It appears that there hadn't actually been a ref with that name in the version history (rather, the author of the preceding edit appears to have misunderstood the ref syntax). In that case, AnomieBOT should not try to rescue anything, as ref names are not unique across articles ;) Regards, HaeB (talk) 06:21, 25 July 2014 (UTC)

Quite often the same-named ref in linked articles is actually intended to be the same ref. Anomie 23:37, 30 July 2014 (UTC)


Citation added on nutritional value of panela Neuralia (talk) 16:38, 25 July 2014 (UTC)


Why does Anome bot add tags to sentences ending with references? "Who? why? where?" are all answered in the reference. Bots should not be given tasks requiring a degree of human comprehension. Urselius (talk) 10:41, 2 August 2014 (UTC)

It merely dates the tags. That way editors can see for how long the issues have been left unattended. If, for instance, an unsourced claim has been sitting there for a year without anybody providing a reference, it could be used as a rationale for removing it. Favonian (talk) 11:18, 2 August 2014 (UTC)


Not sure how human you are, but thanks for the inadvertent deletion of source information. Rui ''Gabriel'' Correia (talk) 15:41, 2 August 2014 (UTC)

DRV update missing?[edit]

Hi, is it possible that the bot has failed to correctly update Wikipedia:Deletion review/Active? Today's discussions are not listed. Thanks,  Sandstein  12:17, 6 August 2014 (UTC)

Database error caused some tasks to stop. I've restarted them now. Anomie 11:08, 7 August 2014 (UTC)

PUF closer[edit]

Is something wrong with the PUF closer? Take a look at Wikipedia:Possibly unfree files/2014 July 30. The first file in the list, File:MCOLIVERAS.jpeg, was deleted by User:TLSuda at 01:51:32, and the discussion was closed by User:Armbrust at 09:54:52. I would have expected the bot to close the discussion several hours earlier. Same problem with other files on that page. --Stefan2 (talk) 12:16, 7 August 2014 (UTC)

See the previous section: certain bot tasks were down due to an out-of-memory issue until I restarted it earlier. I hope I've also found the source of the problem, so this won't keep happening. Anomie 14:13, 7 August 2014 (UTC)

Augustus Baker Pierce[edit]

REDIRECT to Augustus Baker Peirce is no longer a broken link and can be restored if possible. Thank you. Doug butler (talk) 12:31, 12 August 2014 (UTC)

Some baklava for you![edit]

Baklava - Turkish special, 80-ply.JPEG Thank you bot! Asdklf; (talk) 05:43, 14 August 2014 (UTC)


Thank you for this amazing bot fixing the ref errors. I don't know if there is something for this yet, but I have noted quite a number of cases of ref errors where the problem lies in a "</ref>" inputted as "</ref". Could this be added to the bot too? WingsEdge 15:11, 14 August 2014 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Ptrw08 (talkcontribs)

Dating infobox[edit]

Hi, the bot added a date= parameter to a transclusion of {{infobox OS}} diff. Is this a bug/mistake or is there a reason for this? Thanks, Ameliorate! 18:55, 18 August 2014 (UTC)

Template:Infobox OS version used to take a "date" parameter, which it used to apply to a {{fact}} tag when no reference was specified for various dates. In the recent merger this feature appears to have been removed, so Template:Infobox OS version should be removed from WP:AWB/DT (which I just did). Anomie 19:09, 18 August 2014 (UTC)

Cosmetic edit[edit]

What was Special:Diff/621769122 trying to do? All it did was move a blank line in the wikitext without any change to the display output, which violates WP:COSMETICBOT. Can this be fixed? (Ping me when you reply, please.) jcgoble3 (talk) 03:17, 19 August 2014 (UTC)

@Jcgoble3: A request at User talk:Anomie#TFDClerk pointed out that the header being applied by the bot was causing extra whitespace in the page when the traditional whitespace was also included above the first section header, so I updated the code to remove the blank line between the category and the comment that was causing the problem. That did, unfortunately, cause the bot to add the traditional whitespace before the first section header, resulting in the edit apparently moving whitespace rather than removing it. Anomie 11:22, 19 August 2014 (UTC)
OK, but the edit linked to by Netoholic shows two blank lines, which wold indeed cause the whitespace and is indeed a problem that should be fixed. Here, the bot attempted to remove only a single blank line, which when directly between headers (remember that comments are stripped out early in the parsing process) will never have any effect compared to zero blank lines. So the bot probably should only be touching the page if there are multiple blank lines between the date header and the first discussion header. jcgoble3 (talk) 16:05, 19 August 2014 (UTC)
You do not seem to have understood my explanation. At any rate, unless someone goes and moves around the spaces again the bot won't repeat the edit, since the header will remain in the new format. Anomie 02:49, 20 August 2014 (UTC)

SPERTable - Syrian Civil War detailed map[edit]

The SPERTable contains two entries for the Syrian Civil War detailed map, one for the template and one for the module, both of which redirect to Talk:Cities and towns during the Syrian Civil War. However, both edit requests currently on that talk page have been answered, and neither match the dates for the two entries on SPERTable. -- ferret (talk) 19:10, 22 August 2014 (UTC)

They'd been archived. I looked in Category:Wikipedia semi-protected edit requests and found Talk:Cities and towns during the Syrian Civil War/Archive 21, so I made this edit. They should drop out of the list now. --Redrose64 (talk) 19:29, 22 August 2014 (UTC)
Thanks, didn't know it would catch archives. I'll remember to check there next time. -- ferret (talk) 19:32, 22 August 2014 (UTC)
Hmm, it should have linked the archive page as the "request" link; apparently it's not updating for the archiving. I'll have to fix that. Anomie 10:37, 23 August 2014 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done Special:Diff/622460786/prev Anomie 12:22, 23 August 2014 (UTC)

Neutrality resolved[edit]

Another contributor cleaned up the article. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Angle21022014 (talkcontribs) 07:33, 8 September 2014 (UTC)

Johnny Rodz[edit]

I am a mere human, and thus subject to many faults and errors, but i cannot for the life of me see how this edit is helpful; surely it is introducing an incorrect reference (a duplicate entry posing as a citation) into the list? I reverted once, but have no intention of getting into an edit war with a bot, so perhaps you (or your knowledgeable owner) could look and see what is supposed to be going on? Thanks & Cheers, LindsayHello 09:37, 10 September 2014 (UTC)

@LindsayH: It's a legacy of this edit of 18:33, 24 August 2014, and subsequent edits that only partially fixed the damage. The bot was doing the best that it could with bad markup. You need to either revert back to the version before that edit, or work out what that editor was trying to do, and do it properly. --Redrose64 (talk) 09:47, 10 September 2014 (UTC)
@LindsayH: Thanks Redrose64. It looks like the IP was trying to add a new unsourced entry to the list, so I cleaned things up to how they would be if that had been done correctly. Anomie 10:21, 10 September 2014 (UTC)
Thank you both, Redrose64 and Anomie; i knew something had gone wrong somewhere but, recognising my limitations, i could not see what. You are both frequently and successfully in my watchlist (as is AnomieBOT ~ funnily enough, it's edited since me on at least one article just this morning), so i feel confident you have solved the issue. Thanks again. Cheers, LindsayHello 12:03, 10 September 2014 (UTC)

WikiProjectTagger run for women writers[edit]

Hi Anomie. We're ready for a WikiProjectTagger run at WikiProject Women writers. The discussion approving the categories can be found at Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Women writers#Scope and bot request. The categories we'd like to run are in the collapsed box 'Categories within the scope of this WikiProject'. I hope it's okay that some categories are listed more than once. gobonobo + c 02:49, 11 September 2014 (UTC)

(talk page stalker) @Gobonobo: I see that some of the cats are struck through; it's not clear to me whether those cats should be included or excluded. I think that the bot request would be clearer if the list mentioned only those categories that are definitely to be included in the bot run. BTW where is Jane Austen? --Redrose64 (talk) 06:56, 11 September 2014 (UTC)
Struck through means excluded, generally, and the surrounding comments seem to indicate that's what was intended ("Feel free to add or strike categories"). It's fine that categories are listed multiple times, although I'll uniquify the list anyway. I'll try to get this started later today. Anomie 10:23, 11 September 2014 (UTC)
@Gobonobo: A few questions:
Thanks. Anomie 12:42, 11 September 2014 (UTC)
@Anomie: Yes, please copy the class from other projects' banners. Let's hold off on all of those categories that you mentioned. I went ahead and struck them from the list. The adaptations one is definitely out of scope and the others could have false positives so I can do them manually. gobonobo + c 14:05, 11 September 2014 (UTC)
I'll be starting the bot in a few minutes. If something goes wrong, post to User:AnomieBOT/shutoff/WikiProjectWorker to stop the bot. Anomie 01:51, 12 September 2014 (UTC)

AnomieBOT III apparently thinks redirects to topics are broken links[edit]

I've been doing a bunch of testing with Flow and as part of that I made a redirect to a flow topic at User:Oiyarbepsy/flow redirect test. This redirect works just find, but it appears on the bot's list of broken redirects, here User:AnomieBOT III/Broken redirects. These redirects are rare at this point, but there will likely be more in the future, and they shouldn't be deleted by bots. Thanks, Oiyarbepsy (talk) 22:03, 19 September 2014 (UTC)

It turns out there's some missing rows in the Tool Labs database. Bug filed. Anomie 10:43, 20 September 2014 (UTC)

Camillo Bregant[edit]

The required citation is a line further under *1 and *2Hamilkar1893 (talk) 13:18, 22 September 2014 (UTC)