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Talk[edit]

Thanks for your kind convenience. i like to be friend to you and i want to learn more in fonting text.

Thanks,

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Mazel tov[edit]

Good luck for your new user page look.

Just a small remark: The "vandalism thermometer" is not clear about what it is saying. Could you add a word or two about what is being shown? Thanks.פשוט pashute ♫ (talk) 12:00, 10 June 2014 (UTC)

Thanks, FYI-that is just a template that gets updated by others all the time. The source is here: Template:Vandalism information if you want to see more about it. Happy editing, — xaosflux Talk 19:13, 10 June 2014 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Miscellany for deletion/User:Brendangalligan[edit]

Hi. You closed Wikipedia:Miscellany for deletion/User:Brendangalligan as speedy delete, but never actually deleted the page. Regards. -- Whpq (talk) 15:07, 13 June 2014 (UTC)

Thanks for the note, User:Brendangalligan is gone now. — xaosflux Talk 17:06, 13 June 2014 (UTC)

The Signpost: 11 June 2014[edit]

User rights[edit]

Please review Wikipedia_talk:User_access_levels/Archive_2#Rights_of_indef_blocked_users. Nikkimaria (talk) 15:50, 14 June 2014 (UTC)

Thanks for note Nikkimaria, I reverted my last change. Will start a talk discussion and let you know when it is opened if you are interested. — xaosflux Talk 15:52, 14 June 2014 (UTC)
@Nikkimaria:, please see Wikipedia_talk:Requests_for_permissions#Removal_of_permissions_for_inactive_indef_blocked_users_.282014.29 if you are interested. — xaosflux Talk 16:28, 14 June 2014 (UTC)

Reply[edit]

Hi, I left a reply on my talk page, you wanted me to notify you about it Petrb (talk) 17:05, 14 June 2014 (UTC)

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Thanks for your help[edit]

Got your message and wanted to thank you for your assistance. I hereby nominate you for a good guy award. Regards. Stuartzs (talk) 12:38, 17 June 2014 (UTC)

You are welcome. — xaosflux Talk 17:56, 17 June 2014 (UTC)

The Signpost: 18 June 2014[edit]

Asking For Your Opinion[edit]

LGA: continues to be quite difficult with respect to my contributions to the University of Waterloo Stratford Campus page. He continues to use serious editorial license with respect to content that I believe is important to the page. Specifically, he has removed all references to industry partnerships and the schools advisory board. Would it be possible for you to have a look at the rationale I have provided on the page and weigh in with your opinion? I am not asking you to agree with me. I am sincerely interested in what you have to say. I intend to ask other editors as well. Thank you. Stuartzs (talk)

@Stuartzs: I agree there is currently an slow-burning content dispute on that page, however I do not wish to be engaged in the content dispute. The continuing revert cycle is not helping the encylopedia right now, and I have added some hopefully helpful remarks at Talk:University_of_Waterloo_Stratford_Campus#Page_Protection. — xaosflux Talk 01:03, 25 June 2014 (UTC)
Thanks Xaosflux. I did not mean to draw you into a dispute. I was simply looking for an unbiased opinion. My apologies if it placed you in an awkward position. Regards, Stuartzs (talk) 20:00, 25 June 2014 (UTC)

The Signpost: 25 June 2014[edit]

Wikipedia talk:Requests for permissions[edit]

Hey there Xaosflux! I'm an often PER responder and I thought I'd stop in to discuss this chain of events with you. I'm not sure that the user was requesting permissions, those were just "empty" requests (I see them ALL the time). Usually in such cases where there are multiple empty requests from the same user, we consolidate them all into one request and then decline using {{subst:ESp|?}}, {{subst:ETp|?}}, or {{subst:EP|?}} template as appropriate based on the protection level of the page. That response says "Not done: It is unclear what you want..." I'm not complaining at or to you, and I'm happy that you didn't just remove the requests altogether as that would be bad faith and less acceptable (which is something I see that SuperMarioMan did with the first request and I intend to comment on their talk page about that as well). If you intend to frequently respond to requests, might I suggest trying out Jackmcbarn's EPH script? Face-smile.svg Anyways, I hope you have a great day! — {{U|Technical 13}} (etc) 11:49, 30 June 2014 (UTC)

Thanks for the note @Technical 13:, those will be helpful, I don't normally patrol the talk on there but ended up back while going through protected edit requests in general; I did talk page that requester as well. Happy editing, — xaosflux Talk 15:26, 30 June 2014 (UTC)

Larger than life.[edit]

I just wanted to let ya'll know that you missed one of Bill Murray's funny movies. It was one I watched a lot when I was younger. It's called larger than life. It came out in the 90's and It's about him being given a elephant from the will his father left for him, because his father was a clown. It also stars Matthew M. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 97.81.217.211 (talk) 03:17, 1 July 2014 (UTC)

OK, thanks anon. — xaosflux Talk 03:18, 1 July 2014 (UTC)

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@OccultZone: - Replied. — xaosflux Talk 22:02, 2 July 2014 (UTC)

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I think you might be confused with another operator here. :) — JamesR (talk) 06:52, 4 July 2014 (UTC)

Indeed, apologies for the confusion! — xaosflux Talk 12:25, 4 July 2014 (UTC)

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Thanks so much for help to an unskilled user (me!)[edit]

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I really appreciated your taking the time to answer some of my questions. HouseOfChange (talk) 01:32, 6 July 2014 (UTC)
@HouseOfChange: Anytime, I just ran across you by chance. I have not explored it, by I've heard good things about the Wikipedia:Teahouse pages for assistance to new editors. Thanks for the barn star as well! — xaosflux Talk 01:41, 6 July 2014 (UTC)

The Signpost: 02 July 2014[edit]

MFDs[edit]

Actually, you'll note that I was saying "deleted", not "delete"; I delete the page and then leave that statement as a rationale for why I did what I did. I don't entirely understand the MFD system of collapsing a concluded debate, so I didn't want to make a mess by doing the actual close in the wrong way. Nyttend (talk) 01:44, 8 July 2014 (UTC)

Does that code succeed in collapsing the discussion on the MFD log? I'm not afraid to close AFDs (reluctant, since I find it hard, but I can do it), because they don't get collapsed on the log — I simply couldn't figure out how to do it. Nyttend (talk) 02:04, 8 July 2014 (UTC)
Ah, okay — that was the crucial thing. The discussion page itself wasn't collapsed, and I couldn't find the collapsing code on the log page, so I didn't know where it was or how to apply it. I'll thus be much more confident in closing them, if I can remember to check back for the code that you gave me. Nyttend (talk) 02:14, 8 July 2014 (UTC)

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Please comment on Wikipedia talk:Article titles[edit]

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The Signpost: 16 July 2014[edit]

A couple of questions[edit]

Hello, Xaosflux -- I was wondering if you can answer a couple of questions for me. First, is there a good reason to have a userpage? I've been on Wikipedia for quite some time, and I've never had a userpage - just wondering if it would do good to have one. And second, I've been curious for a while, how does one become an administrator on Wikipedia? I've noticed how very few users in Wikipedia are administrators, and I am curious what one needs to qualify to be one, and whether there are a certain amount of available daily hours someone would need to put in to help with administrative duties. Thanks Johnsmith2116 (talk) 16:44, 23 July 2014 (UTC)

@Johnsmith2116:, User pages are completely optional! Most regular editors make some sort of a user page as a way to let other community members know a little about them. Some people make very elaborate pages, some simple. I'd recommend that you make one, even if it just says Hello on it. Having a userpage will stop you from having a redlink in your signature. Many wikipedians include themselves in project categories (look at the bottom of my page) as a way to identify what they are working on and collaborate with others working on similar sub-projects; categorizing a userpage is the traditional way to do that. Not having a userpage may break certain personal sandbox testing that makes use of userpage-subpages. You can read all about userpages here: WP:USERPAGE. I suggest you create a userpage, even just containing one line (redirecting people to your talk page):
#REDIRECT [[User_talk:Johnsmith2116]]
As for our janitorial corp (administrators), the method of becoming an administrator is to demonstrate a community consensus that you can be trusted with the technical and procedural tasks administrators perform at Wikipedia:Requests for adminship. Another useful page about requesting administrator permissions are Wikipedia:Guide to requests for adminship. There are no service requirements for administrators, you can volunteer as often or as seldom as you have time. Most of tasks required to build the encyclopedia do not require administrator permissions.
I notice you have recently requested and had multiple technical permissions added to your account. One way to demonstrate your need for more advanced permissions is to develop a pattern of using the tools you requested appropriately.
Hope that answers your questions! — xaosflux Talk 18:55, 23 July 2014 (UTC)
Yes it does, thanks. A couple more questions - after having had a look at the administrator request page, I saw that users are nominated. Would I first need to be nominated by another user, or can I just go on there and nominate myself?
And also, I have a block on my record from last November (over a misunderstanding in which they thought I had done a malicious edit, but it was simply an accidental pre-mature edit, and they didn't believe me). Would having one block on my record from last November serve as a discouragement to them approving me? Johnsmith2116 (talk) 15:42, 26 July 2014 (UTC)
While the procedure involves a nomination, you may nominate yourself. Past blocks are not a disqualification, but yes it would likely discourage people; especially as you state that the events leading to the block are still contested. I don't !vote at RfA much, but do read the pages; honestly I don't think you would gain consensus for administrator tools at this time-but you certainly can try if you really want to. My personal suggestions to you if you want to work on the administrative aspects of the encyclopedia would be to:
  1. Come to closure on the events of your block; either by accepting it, having the blocking administrator recant, or gaining consensus in the community via a discussion.
  2. (If accepting the block) - Wait a year from the block expiration
  3. Demonstrate your commitment and usefulness to the project by actively making productive use of all of the technical tools that you have recently requested. This should be consistent over multiple months.
  4. Be able to articulate how you want to improve the project via the technical tools of administration.
Happy editing, — xaosflux Talk 16:53, 26 July 2014 (UTC)
Thanks again. On the block situation, that hasn't been an issue since it happened, it's never been brought up again -- the reason I mentioned it here is because I know it may show on my account, but it hasn't been brought up at any point since it happened; sorry if it came across that I was suggesting that it was unresolved
I was wondering, can any editor vote on the administrator application page? Or is it restricted to administrators only doing the voting? Johnsmith2116 (talk) 19:27, 26 July 2014 (UTC)
Like most Wiki items, RfA isn't actually "voting", it is consensus gathering. Anyone is welcome to add Questions, Comments in Support or Opposition, or even Neutral Comments. Editors with past blocks are likely to have a question about the block raised, and declining to answer questions will drive many opposition comments. By saying it is unresolved, I mean that you are apparently still in conflict as to the reasoning for the block -- either coming to acceptance, or establishing why it was an error, is something that should be completed prior to seeking adminship. There is an active RfA open for another editor right now, Wikipedia:Requests for adminship/AlanM1, take a look at it to see the process in action. Feel free to add your support, opposition, etc if you have an opinion. Personally, I think if you were to self-nominate for RfA right now, you would not gain approval; but I could be wrong!. — xaosflux Talk 20:49, 26 July 2014 (UTC)

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Open proxy:

I think they're came from User:MariaJaydHicky. 183.171.174.89 (talk) 02:29, 25 July 2014 (UTC)

  • The address space of 93.186.16.0 - 93.186.23.255 is not an open proxy, it is allocated to Research in Motion, UK and is is presented for Blackberry mobile device users in that area. It is technical a proxy, but it is not an open proxy itself. Blocking that range would only be done if there was significant disruption to the project. — xaosflux Talk 14:59, 25 July 2014 (UTC)

The Signpost: 23 July 2014[edit]

Thank you![edit]

Hi, thanks for reviewing and approving my request for rollback, also thanks for reviewer status as well (an unexpected but pleasant addition.) Very much appreciated! Now I can swat those nasty vandals faster. :) -BloodDoll (talk) 01:36, 27 July 2014 (UTC)

TPG Telecom[edit]

Hi, Could you take care of the edit summaries and diffs at TPG Telecom when you get time. The page has been semi'd but the history is cluttered with the trash left behind. I believe it qualifies to be removed under REVDEL#2. Thanks!  NQ  talk 13:37, 28 July 2014 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done Thanks for the note @NQ:, it should be all cleaned up now, I minimized the redaction to the specific problematic components of each revision. See the new history and let me know if you see anything I missed. — xaosflux Talk 17:25, 28 July 2014 (UTC)
Thank you Xaosflux, it sure seems like a tedious and time consuming task redacting parts of individual revisions. Appreciate the effort. Have a great day!  NQ  talk 17:42, 28 July 2014 (UTC)
And it made my mop all icky, have to go clean it out now! — xaosflux Talk 17:43, 28 July 2014 (UTC)

How to edit variables in notification/ confirm email?[edit]

Hi, I've found

  • MediaWiki:Confirmemail_body
  • MediaWiki:Createaccount-text
  • MediaWiki:Enotif_body

are templates for email body.

However, I've found some vars in these template,such as

$1, $2, $WATCHINGUSERNAME, $PAGESUMMARY $PAGEMINOREDIT

and so on

How can I edit these variables to further costumize the email body?

Thanks so much!

--Sunjizu (talk) 15:48, 28 July 2014 (UTC)

Those variables are passed from the process that calls that mailing function. By editing the system message we can change where and if the variables are included, but not that data that is passed to the variables. That would have to be changed in the application code via a software patch. I may be able to answer further if you can explain exactly what you want to accomplish (e.g. a before/after view). — xaosflux Talk 18:07, 28 July 2014 (UTC)