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Welcome to the User page of Anomie. Some but not all of the Anomies you may encounter around the Internet are me.


My Wikipedia-related interests include video game systems from the 16-bit era, protected edit requests (particularly to templates), various other technical workings, and taking care of various tasks with my bot, AnomieBOT. I also submit bugs to MediaWiki's bugzilla MediaWiki's bug tracker and patches to Gerrit, and if I really feel like it I'll occasionally convert an image to SVG. If you need to know something about the SNES or have an interesting bot task, I may be your person.

Someday, if I ever get motivated enough, I would like to rewrite WP:OR, WP:RS, and WP:V. Even though the rewrites would probably stay as essays in my userspace forever.

User scripts

See each script for installation instructions.

"Censorship" user scripts

At various times, people have requested scripts that will censor "offensive" content of some type. These scripts do so, for a broad definition of "offensive".

Bot requests

I watch WP:BOTREQ, or you could make the request on my talk page or the bot's talk page. I don't have a whole lot of time for bot tasks these days, but if you have something particularly interesting please let me know!


Many years ago, I decided "anomie" would be a nice name for a computer. A few years later, I had decided to abandon my old 'net handle, and I couldn't come up with a new one I liked; in the interim, I borrowed the name of my computer. I never did come up with a new handle, I'm just "anomie" now.

While the contrast between the definition of "anomie" and the nature of a computer is somewhat amusing, when it comes to me it's just a name.

Barnstars and other rewards

The Make-It-Better Barnstar
For your invaluable feedback and suggestions that helped to make my article on Simple Committed-ID Instructions simpler, shorter, and vastly better than it was. Unimaginative Username (talk) 00:34, 19 June 2008 (UTC)
The Wikipedia Bot Builder Award
You deserve another barnstar for AnomieBOT – I'm simply impressed how it manages to rescue orphaned refs! Cyfal (talk) 00:14, 2 October 2008 (UTC)
The Original Barnstar
For coding AnomieBOT 8, saving WP Physics and WP Astronomy participants a boatload of time by finding the redirects and disambiguation pages within the pages covered by these two projects (~30,000 pages) and tagging them as such. Headbomb {ταλκκοντριβςWP Physics} 06:59, 2 November 2008 (UTC)
The Template Barnstar
In recognition of your outstanding efforts to keep the uw-series templates both consistent and standardized, I hereby award you this barstar! Keep up the great work! -Kralizec! (talk) 14:57, 20 November 2008 (UTC)
The da Vinci Barnstar
I award you this barnstar for your great work on creating the IFDCloser-module for AnomieBOT which helps us greatly and works just fantastic. Great job! SoWhy 12:19, 16 December 2008 (UTC)
The da Vinci Barnstar
I, Maxim, award you this barnstar for making AnomieBOT, which has been an invaluable aid in my frequent restructuring and copyediting of Tiny Thompson during its still-ongoing FAC. Maxim(talk) 14:32, 20 December 2008 (UTC)
The da Vinci Barnstar
Very elegant bot, much help with keeping sources in order in highly edited articles. Nice work. Professor marginalia (talk) 02:00, 12 January 2009 (UTC)
The Barnstar of Diligence
For your excellent work on helping BRFAs (not just mine :)) reach approval by reading & commenting on people's code. ThaddeusB (talk) 16:08, 6 April 2009 (UTC)
The Wikipedia Bot Builder Award
For the coding of AnomieBOT 30, which found, retrieved archived version of, and tagged all the pages ever featured on the On this day... section of the main page. Must not have been a cakewalk to code. Headbomb {ταλκκοντριβς – WP Physics} 21:33, 27 May 2009 (UTC)
The California Star
Thanks again for all your help over these last couple months Optigan13 (talk) 02:31, 1 June 2009 (UTC)
Specifically, bot work at User talk:AnomieBOT/Archive 1#Auto-assessment of California articles
The da Vinci Barnstar
Thanks for your expertise with running bots and for helping me out by running Task 35! Reywas92Talk 22:16, 14 December 2009 (UTC)
The da Vinci Barnstar
I gave your bot a barnstar, so I figured you deserve one as well! The orphaned reference fixer is a great idea and very well implemented at that. Good job!—Akrabbimtalk 15:25, 10 February 2010 (UTC)
The da Vinci Barnstar
I moved a bunch of content from civil disobedience to a completely new, 1-revision article, examples of civil disobedience, and it somehow knew where to look for those orphaned refs! Amazing. Tisane talk/stalk 23:19, 21 July 2010 (UTC)
The da Vinci Barnstar
In recognition of your bots' wonderful work on Glee (season 1) digging behind my orphaning edits within the hour to fix up my mistakes. I really have no clue how you programmed that, must have been tough! CycloneGU (talk) 18:55, 9 August 2010 (UTC)
The Original Barnstar
For your work developing the automatically updating dermatology-related article and redirect creation graph! ---kilbad (talk) 01:04, 27 August 2010 (UTC)
The Cleanup Barnstar
I didn't know the bot can rescue refs from other articles! I like to think that my proper edit summary helped the bot find the ref, but I imagine it's much smarter than that. (Hopefully not too smart =)

For your bot cleaning up after me, please accept this as a small token of my appreciation. –xenotalk 02:25, 10 September 2010 (UTC)

Bot oversight barnstar
For your BAGger scrutiny at the BRFAs, especially mine. A bug or two might have slipped unnoticed if not for your careful check. —  HELLKNOWZ  ▎TALK 16:23, 25 November 2010 (UTC)
The da Vinci Barnstar is awarded to editors who have "enhanced Wikipedia through their technical work". For writing a new version of User:MediationBot so promptly and without error, and for continuing to provide your excellent bots to the English Wikipedia, I award Anomie and all the User:AnomieBOTs the da Vinci Barnstar. Thank you! For the Mediation Committee, AGK [] 14:44, 14 February 2011 (UTC)
The Admin's Barnstar
For sorting out and fixing the use of cascade-protection on Wikipedia, I award you with a barnstar! — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 07:41, 22 October 2011 (UTC)
The da Vinci Barnstar
For making a lot of very nifty scrips that make editing Wikipedia easier. Keep up the good work! The Bushranger One ping only 02:10, 26 October 2011 (UTC)
The da Vinci Barnstar
For Wikipedia:Bots/Requests for approval/AnomieBOT 60. Sixty BRFAs! Quite the milestone, you must be doing something right. Congratulations! Chris 13:14, 1 December 2011 (UTC)
The Technical Barnstar
Thanks for creating the "my sandbox" gadget! :) ♫GoP♫TCN 13:39, 15 February 2012 (UTC)
Golden Wiki Award
For implementing great ideas. Bgwhite (talk) 05:13, 14 April 2012 (UTC)
The da Vinci Barnstar
I'm awarding you this barnstar as a token of my appreciation for writing the complicated CSS code we needed to get the new {{article issues}} template launched, and for sticking around until it was finally deployed. The end result is fantastic! Thanks a million. :)  -- WikHead (talk) 10:18, 2 July 2012 (UTC)
The Admin's Barnstar
For all your hard work and administration in the MediaWiki namespace. Cheers. --Hu12 (talk) 21:16, 18 November 2012 (UTC)
The Technical Barnstar
For your innovative and nifty user scripts; including linkclassifier and useridentifier, both of which I find absolutely indispensable — MusikAnimal talk 16:13, 25 May 2013 (UTC)
The Progressive Barnstar
I couldn't find a barnstar that would adequately thank those involved in making the template editor user right RFC a reality, so I created this new one. The Progressive Barnstar recognizes those courageous enough to work towards a vision for change at Wikipedia.
Anomie, thank you for your insights into the technical feasibility of this proposal. I consider it a success at this point, no matter what the eventual outcome, and I thank you. equazcion (talk) 06:28, 18 Sep 2013 (UTC)
The Minor barnstar
Thanks ever so much for User:AnomieBOT. It's most awesome in its rescuing of orphaned refs! :) — Cirt (talk) 06:22, 20 November 2013 (UTC)
The Einstein Robot Barnstar of Genius
I hereby award this to Anomie, not just for being very clever and for helping me fix Module:Random, but also for the tireless work he does helping people with technical issues around the project, for his outstanding bot work with AnomieBOT and friends, and for his skillful contributions to the MediaWiki software. You are a great benefit to this project - thank you! — Mr. Stradivarius ♪ talk ♪ 11:02, 26 November 2013 (UTC)
The Technical Barnstar
This is bad. I barely date my {{cn}} tags anymore because I know AnomieBOT will come in a while. Ankit Maity «T § C» 16:23, 4 February 2015 (UTC)
The Technical Barnstar
'twas a pleasure working with you on the arb clerkbot. Your replies were prompt and accommodating to the needs of the clerks. Thanks for all of your contributions. --L235 (t / c / ping in reply) 00:47, 27 April 2015 (UTC)
The Technical Barnstar
I hardly ever give out barnstars, but I think it's time you were recognized for your hard work. Cheers. —cyberpowerChat:Online 18:42, 11 June 2015 (UTC)
The Technical Barnstar
Now, linkclassifier is on gadgets page of Turkish Wikipedia. Thanks for all. Mavrikant (talk) 19:08, 22 August 2015 (UTC)
The Technical Barnstar
Thanks so much for setting up your bot to take over VeblenBot's responsibilities. 1989 (talk) 15:10, 22 January 2017 (UTC)
The Original Barnstar
I just wanted to say thank you for working on the pending changes bot for TFA. I'm sure that there are probably other things you could be spending your precious time on, but I appreciate that you took the time to help here. Mz7 (talk) 05:32, 5 May 2021 (UTC)
The da Vinci Barnstar
I very much appreciate AnomieBOT. I just spent some time figuring out what went wrong with a cite orphaned by Refill only to find that AnomieBOT had beaten me to figuring this out and fixing it. I've had similar previous experiences, and have appreciated every one of them. Thanks and Kudos. Wtmitchell (talk) (earlier Boracay Bill) 17:26, 21 July 2022 (UTC)

Non-barnstar WikiLove messages and other rewards

I have my own day now, thanks Neutralhomer! [1] </noinclude>

Anomie has been identified as an Awesome Wikipedian,
so I've officially declared October 18, 2010, as Anomie's Day!
For being a great person and awesome Wikipedian,
enjoy being the star of the day, Anomie!

Signed, Neutralhomer

A record of your Day will always be kept here.

Thank You!
For helping to fix that issue with the BLP edit notice. It really will be a great help in pushing the BLP problem in the right direction. And congratulations on your recent adminship - obviously well deserved. First Light (talk) 15:39, 2 October 2011 (UTC)
Thanks for catching the licensing issue at {{Infobox mountain}}! I didn't notice that at all. —hike395 (talk) 03:32, 12 October 2011 (UTC)
I award you this cookie for your correction of some fairly substantial errors in the changes i submitted for the Useronline template. Thanks :) CJ Drop me a line!Contribs 19:13, 10 January 2012 (UTC)
I give you this cookie for helping User:Callanecc and fixing my incorrect JavaScript. I copied it in from another location and after I had finished testing it I forgot to change it to work for all users. Thanks again! CJ Drop me a line!Contribs 10:27, 8 July 2012 (UTC)

For your great work with bots and BAG, I award you this custom-made bot-helper's barnstar. – Quadell (talk) 18:43, 5 April 2009 (UTC)

A very fluffy bunny to you!
The admins' T-shirt.

WikiThanks njoy