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Thank You[edit]

thanks for the link..comment added — Preceding unsigned comment added by TaniB (talkcontribs) 04:57, August 25, 2014‎ (UTC)

BattyBot on INFORSE-Europe[edit]

Dear Batty,

BattyBot left a broken template Template:Cleanup-spam should be rewritten to readable prose, removing bullets and self-references. This article in the header of this spammy article. This was a mistake? I have been so bold as to undo BattyBot's edit. Hope you agree, cheers, Hansmuller (talk) 13:49, 9 October 2014 (UTC)

@Hansmuller: Thanks for reverting the bad edit and for letting me know. I've opened a new AWB bug report for this issue. Thanks! GoingBatty (talk) 14:42, 9 October 2014 (UTC)

Use the bus stub instead of removing bus transport stub for Isuzu Journey[edit]

I have a question in regarding to Isuzu Journey article. I noticed that you have removed the bus transport stub, can I add the bus stub for the make/model article expansion request instead? Rjluna2 (talk) 23:40, 11 October 2014 (UTC)

@Rjluna2: I'm sorry - I don't understand your question. Could you please restate your suggestion? Thanks! GoingBatty (talk) 01:18, 15 October 2014 (UTC)
Check at the history tab at the Isuzu Journey article that I have added the bus transport stub (Line 97) which was removed during your editing. See this history thread at the said article. However, I wish to have this bus stub information to expand on the description of this article. Rjluna2 (talk) 23:13, 15 October 2014 (UTC)
@Rjluna2: Thanks for your explanation. You can add the stub tab back to the article, but the next person/bot using AutoWikiBrowser on the article will probably remove it again. AWB's general fixes includes functionality which "Removes {{stub}} if article has more than 500 words (comments, categories and persondata are excluded from word count). Words in bulleted text are divided by 2 to avoid destubbing pages with big lists and little text." Due to the length of this article, you may want to add {{expand section}} instead. Happy editing! GoingBatty (talk) 01:56, 16 October 2014 (UTC)
Thank you for the additional information. Sounds more complicated than I lead to believe. I guess I need to work on which section that needs to expand. Rjluna2 (talk) 00:53, 18 October 2014 (UTC)


Please take a look at Långholmens spinnhus. Thanks!--BabbaQ (talk) 11:07, 12 October 2014 (UTC)

@BabbaQ: Yes check.svg Done! You may want to define each unlinked Swedish word (e.g. riddarhuset, fyrkanet and Underofficershuset). Happy editing! GoingBatty (talk) 01:34, 15 October 2014 (UTC)

BattyBot and WP:NJournals[edit]

Hey there. It was pointed out to me that some months ago your BattyBot changed a {{notability}} maintenance tag to add an "Academic journals" parameter. (This is the diff in question.) I think this is incorrect behaviour, because the WP:NJournals page referenced by that template is an essay, not a notability guideline. In case BattyBot is still configured to make such changes, could you please fix this? —Psychonaut (talk) 11:39, 12 October 2014 (UTC)

@Psychonaut: At the time my bot made its edits, it did so based on the values in the {{notability}} template. Now that the "Academic journals" parameter has been removed, I can update the bot so it no longer adds that parameter. I can also do a special run to replace "Academic journals" with "Products". Thanks for the heads up! GoingBatty (talk) 14:22, 14 October 2014 (UTC)

Could you please fix what looks to me like a formatting error?[edit]

Hi GoingBatty,

I went to this article and I spotted something in the template on the right. In the Texts section, I noticed "padding-top:0.2em" above "Targum". It looks like a code error to me. I then found this source page, and I tried to fix the problem, but of course I failed dismally. I figured that since you created the famous BattyBot, you should be able to handle the situation. Then again, I am wrong most of the time with my assessments. Please ping me when you reply. Many thanks in advance! Dontreader (talk) 00:32, 13 October 2014 (UTC)

(talk page stalker) Someone appears to have tried to put some CSS styling in that section. I could not get it to work with the template, so I removed it. Now that section looks like the other sections, which makes things look consistent to me, though the content of the template is not something I am familiar with. – Jonesey95 (talk) 01:02, 13 October 2014 (UTC)
Awesome, Jonesey95! That certainly looks much better. I actually modified the code substantially, but when I clicked on preview it all looked just the same, so I cancelled my edit. That code really looks Greek to me, so thanks for fixing it! Dontreader (talk) 01:17, 13 October 2014 (UTC)
The code in error was {{startflatlist|padding-top:0.2em}} but that template doesn't expect CSS styling in its first positional parameter - it expects a bulleted list. It does recognise a |style= parameter though, so you could have altered it to {{startflatlist|style=padding-top:0.2em}} --Redrose64 (talk) 09:29, 13 October 2014 (UTC)
I tried that, but it didn't work for me in Preview or in the sandbox. – Jonesey95 (talk) 05:31, 14 October 2014 (UTC)
Your code in Template:Jews and Judaism sidebar/sandbox is correct, but if you were testing by just looking at the sandbox, you need to be aware that the <includeonly>...</includeonly> hide the sidebar. The sidebar that is visible is actually inside the documentation, so it's really the live template, so it won't change. You neeed to transclude it somewhere else to test properly, so per WP:TESTCASES I've created Template:Jews and Judaism sidebar/testcases where you can directly compare the live template with the sandbox. --Redrose64 (talk) 09:15, 14 October 2014 (UTC)

DYK for Twitterature[edit]

HJ Mitchell | Penny for your thoughts? 00:04, 15 October 2014 (UTC)

hi again! I have third party references[edit]

Hi GoingBatty

There are plenty of third party references for him, (more than some articles I see published on wiki) but I feel I must still be doing something wrong.

I have been criticised for 'in line' quotes, but I thought that was what was needed, not just references to events or stations and media outlets, but articles where Cohen is very deliberately quoted and cited independently.

any help much appreciated (Bdchill (talk) 09:37, 15 October 2014 (UTC))

Bdchill — Preceding unsigned comment added by Bdchill (talkcontribs) 09:35, 15 October 2014 (UTC)

@Bdchill: Wikipedia:Notability (people) states "A person is presumed to be notable if he or she has received significant coverage in reliable secondary sources that are independent of the subject." Most of the references in the Ian Cohen (media) are from Cohen's employers or are works by Cohen. Can you add more references of articles ABOUT Cohen, like the Dennehy reference?
Where were you criticised for in line quotes? Thanks! GoingBatty (talk) 16:32, 15 October 2014 (UTC)

MASSIVE thank you, but more help needed[edit]

Hi Battybot. Thank you for editing my article on Ian Cohen (media) But I still need some assistance to get it right, have disambiguation with the politician of the same name and ensure it is not deleted. Are you able to help out. You have been a lifesaver so far, along with your Bot!!! bdchill THANK YOU THANK YOU — Preceding unsigned comment added by Bdchill (talkcontribs) 04:40, October 15, 2014 (UTC)

@Bdchill: I've cleaned up the article a bit for you. The comments at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Ian Cohen (media) indicate that you should find additional independent reliable sources about Cohen to add to the article. Good luck! GoingBatty (talk) 05:28, 15 October 2014 (UTC)

BattyBot at Malcolm X[edit]

Hello. BattyBot doesn't like the dates in the citation templates at Malcolm X. See this and this. What's the problem? — Malik Shabazz Talk/Stalk 04:44, 17 October 2014 (UTC)

@Malik Shabazz: If you look at Malcolm X#References, you'll see it's now flooded with Check date value errors. My bot was trying to fix the article before those errors were visible to everyone. Clicking on the "help" link next to each error (or the link in my bot's edit summary) takes you to Help:CS1 errors#bad date, which says in part "Do not use &ndash;, &nbsp;, or {{spaced ndash}}." Hope this helps! GoingBatty (talk) 05:27, 17 October 2014 (UTC)
It helps, but I don't understand why &nbsp; is forbidden. It looks sloppy when the month is on one line and the day on the next. (Also, the error messages are new. They weren't there last week.) — Malik Shabazz Talk/Stalk 02:57, 18 October 2014 (UTC)
Another thing. This version of the article, which was "fixed" by BattyBot, has just as many Check date value errors. So it seems like I'm damned if I use &nbsp; and damned if I let the bot fix the "problem". — Malik Shabazz Talk/Stalk 03:04, 18 October 2014 (UTC)
@Malik Shabazz: It's not true that the version BattyBot fixed has "just as many" errors as the previous version - please go back and count. The issue is that BattyBot isn't fixing the citation templates that contain {{nbsp}} in the title parameter. The documentation at Template:nbsp states that {{nbsp}} "should not be used in citation templates such as Citation Style 1 and Citation Style 2, because it includes markup that will pollute the COinS metadata they produce. That's the same reason we're removing &nbsp; from the date fields. The error has been around for about a year, but was only made visible to everyone a few days ago.
@Trappist the monk: Could you please update Help:CS1 errors#bad date so it specifically states why &nbsp; is not appropriate in citations? It would be great to have a clear statement and example of the COinS issues somewhere to present to people. Thanks! GoingBatty (talk) 03:50, 18 October 2014 (UTC)
I've removed {{nbsp}} whenever it occurred in a citation template. We'll see what happens to the error messages the next time the bot runs. — Malik Shabazz Talk/Stalk 04:42, 18 October 2014 (UTC)
@Malik Shabazz: I sent BattyBot to Malcolm X again, and now all the CS1 date errors have been fixed. Thanks! GoingBatty (talk) 20:30, 18 October 2014 (UTC)
Thank you. — Malik Shabazz Talk/Stalk 02:15, 19 October 2014 (UTC)

We are learning[edit]

Hi, if you are editing the Template:Convert... pages, I ask you to please stop. Of course its from a good intention, but we over at Template talk:Convert are doing this to get an overview & information from these uses ("Is this a thing that is not covered by the Lua template?" etc.). -DePiep (talk) 22:54, 18 October 2014 (UTC)

Replied at Wikipedia:Bot requests#Subtemplates used in mainspace - apologies if I interrupted your learnings. GoingBatty (talk) 01:45, 19 October 2014 (UTC)

Lia Olguța Vasilescu[edit]

Hello. Your edits to the article Lia Olguța Vasilescu look good; but before you put more effort into this article, note that your good work might all be undone. Please see this at WP:AN. Thanks. -- Hoary (talk) 01:34, 21 October 2014 (UTC)

@Hoary: Thanks for the heads up. I was done with my minor tweaks and had moved on. I saw the initial post on WP:AN, but made my edits before your detailed reply. Thanks again! GoingBatty (talk) 01:39, 21 October 2014 (UTC)
I'm glad if I helped. Incidentally, I'm about to turn off this computer and exercise the (WP-unrelated) skills that pay the bills. -- Hoary (talk) 01:44, 21 October 2014 (UTC)
@Hoary: Poetry slam? :-) GoingBatty (talk) 01:45, 21 October 2014 (UTC)
Heh heh -- no poetry, and only very occasionally as combative as this. -- Hoary (talk) 04:19, 21 October 2014 (UTC)