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... for fixing those DOIs. It's a vital maintenance task that is not normally listed or tracked, but makes a very important contribution to Wikipedia's linkage to other resources! JFW | T@lk 19:31, 27 July 2010 (UTC)

I have also been submitting hundreds of ones that should work to Many of then are already fixed. Yippee. AManWithNoPlan (talk) 17:50, 29 July 2010 (UTC)

My thanks also (noticed this fix). If you have experience in submitting DOIs to does that mean it would be possible to get doi:10.1001/archinte.142.10.1816 to point here again by updating their record? Thanks Rjwilmsi 18:57, 8 January 2011 (UTC)


Thanks for this. That had been confusing the hell out of me! How did you know they were there? SmartSE (talk) 16:32, 29 March 2012 (UTC)

I work hard to fix bad DOI's and Handles in General. So, I have just developed a sense of what can be wrong with a DOI. AManWithNoPlan (talk)


Hi AManWithNoPlan,

Just wanted to drop a quick note and say thanks for all the doi fixes you've been doing. I'm still working on the carbon cycle page plus the new pages I'm writing for the section and I sure appreciate any help I can get - especially on such things as citations, which I'm not the best at. Thanks again!

Daniel Lee (talk) 20:56, 11 June 2012 (UTC)


Thank you for cleaning up my citation with the template at Negative temperature. RJFJR (talk) 14:35, 9 January 2013 (UTC)

Happy Wikibirthday!!![edit]

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Lightning Man[edit]

Thanks for your help with Khin Sok - that was super fast - too fast for me
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What does 'proxy' mean?[edit]

What does 'proxy' mean? BeenAroundAWhile (talk) 06:08, 1 September 2016 (UTC)

There are a huge number of worthless URL's on Wikipedia that go through school specific proxy's. I am turning them into world usable URL's. Many of them are links to "tmp" files, which means they are 100% useless. On some articles, I have had to delete all the references! AManWithNoPlan (talk) 13:45, 1 September 2016 (UTC)
I don't know what a "proxy" is, except for proxy voting. Is it computerese? Can you be more specific in your Edit summaries? And also explain here. Thanks. BeenAroundAWhile (talk) 04:45, 14 September 2016 (UTC)
Wouldn't it be better to simply add an additional link rather than remove the one that is already there? Now I can't get into the source, which I could do before with my library card. What is the purpose of this wholesale revision? BeenAroundAWhile (talk) 04:58, 14 September 2016 (UTC)
Per the external links guideline, WP:ELNO#7, links that can only be used by a small number of readers should be avoided. Also by your logic, the list of links could become ridiculously long, arguably including a link to the proxy service of every library with a Proquest subscription. Far better to just link directly to the actual site and let readers figure out how to log in with their library cards. Someguy1221 (talk) 01:07, 15 September 2016 (UTC)
So, then, "proxy" means "Proxy server." I know it might seem strange to you, but there must be an untold number of people who don't recognize that term, proxy, as having anything to do with computers. I would suggest making a longer Edit summary to explain what you are doing. Your friend, BeenAroundAWhile (talk) 03:10, 16 September 2016 (UTC)
I am now doing that. AManWithNoPlan (talk) 03:13, 16 September 2016 (UTC)

September 2016 - Proxy[edit]

Information icon Hello. This is a message to let you know that one or more of your recent contributions, such as the edit you made to Contemporary Christian music, did not appear constructive and have been undone. Please take some time to familiarise yourself with our policies and guidelines. You can find information about these at our welcome page which also provides further information about contributing constructively to this encyclopedia. If you only meant to make test edits, please use the sandbox for that. If you think I made a mistake, or if you have any questions, you may leave a message on my talk page. Bare URLs are not appropriate as they can cause [[[Wikipedia:Link rot|link rot]]. Please stop changing fully formatted references back to bare URLs. Walter Görlitz (talk) 06:23, 8 September 2016 (UTC)

yes, but removing titles that are wrong is a useful thing. Also, some one with Oxford music access should put in the correct titles. AManWithNoPlan (talk) 13:27, 8 September 2016 (UTC)
cleaning up proxy URL's is my latest project. By removing the proxy, now many of them are world link able. Unfortunately, many require a login and "login" is a silly title AManWithNoPlan (talk) 13:34, 8 September 2016 (UTC)
I am now using my library card access to add titles AManWithNoPlan (talk) 15:11, 8 September 2016 (UTC)
I don't understand what you mean by "library card access" in your particular case. Can you elucidate? Maybe there should be a WP:Essay somewhere to explain this matter. Yours in Wikidom, BeenAroundAWhile (talk) 03:05, 16 September 2016 (UTC)
I try to use the proquest url and it asks me what my library district is, then I type in my library card number and it gives me the information about the link. If my library is paying for that data, then I can also see the full article. AManWithNoPlan (talk) 03:09, 16 September 2016 (UTC)
This is cool. Can you write up an WP:Essay on this? I will help if you want. BeenAroundAWhile (talk) 03:17, 16 September 2016 (UTC)

Discussion of Proxies[edit]

Information icon There is currently a discussion at Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard/Incidents regarding an issue with which you may have been involved. Thank you. BeenAroundAWhile (talk) 05:05, 14 September 2016 (UTC)

Just to let you know, I closed it a moment ago. --Lemongirl942 (talk) 04:12, 15 September 2016 (UTC)
thank you AManWithNoPlan (talk) 10:54, 15 September 2016 (UTC)

ProxyURL, use AWB[edit]

Hey! I saw some of your work on the proxy urls: that seems like something that could move a lot quicker with a semi-automated tool, like WP:AWB or a WP:Bots. Have you thought about requesting access to one or both? Sadads (talk) 21:31, 16 September 2016 (UTC)

I have, but so far there is so much variety and some proxy URL's can't be fixed. AManWithNoPlan (talk) 22:20, 16 September 2016 (UTC)


Greetings! I noticed that you've been making some fixes to a series of articles about South Carolina Supreme Court justices that I set up a while back. That's great. I plowed through those people and created baseline entries for each of them, and I was hoping they might attract a little more attention than they have.

It looks like a lot of the fixes involve "removing a proxy." I have to admit that I'm really most interested in the underlying content of articles and not all of the background machinery that goes into the coding. But, I'm open to learning.

Can I ask for a super simple explanation of what exactly is being changed? If you can explain it to super low brow terms, I'd like to make sure that I am not making the same mistake elsewhere.

Kevin ProfReader (talk) 02:21, 20 September 2016 (UTC)

some URL's are unique to a specif library's computers. It might be obvious like should be changed to, but some are less obvious like should be In the case of, by removing the proxy it makes it possible for anyone with a library card can access it ---- although you might just see the title if your library hasn't paid for it. AManWithNoPlan (talk),
as a Ph.D. I find working on the nuts and bolts a nice distraction from content AManWithNoPlan (talk) 02:51, 20 September 2016 (UTC)
I sent a note to the Los Angeles Public Library to get some help on logging into Proquest with their password, or whatever I need. BeenAroundAWhile (talk) 19:52, 3 October 2016 (UTC)

Arizona proxies/Proquest[edit]

Hello. Thanks for your work on this. I noticed these too yesterday. I checked some of them but found that on occasion they used a citation that was unrelated to the content. I referred it to an administrator here. Karst (talk) 14:00, 30 September 2016 (UTC)

This is a bot that is about to run and clean up a bunch of these. The proxys are lame, but the authentication in the title is amazingly lame AManWithNoPlan (talk) 14:14, 30 September 2016 (UTC)

Thanks and question[edit]

Thanks for converting some of the urls in cites at arthritis mutilans to PMC-style, which I'll try to remember to do in the future. I am curious though as to why remove the access dates in citations, can you help answer that please? Thanks. (Sometimes I don't log in to edit, btw.) — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:54, 12 November 2016 (UTC)

only URL's are supposed to have access dates. A PMC or Jstor or DOI or PMID does not. AManWithNoPlan (talk) 00:35, 13 November 2016 (UTC)


why no plan — Preceding unsigned comment added by Tstamp2 (talkcontribs) 17:18, 7 December 2016 (UTC)

Tstamp2: I basically find problems and fix them. No real plans on Wikipedia. I have to deal with more than enough plans in real life. Check out my user page for a description of my existence. AManWithNoPlan (talk) 19:57, 8 December 2016 (UTC)

Merry, merry![edit]

From the icy Canajian north; to you and yours! FWiW Bzuk (talk) 14:00, 24 December 2016 (UTC) Lights ablaze.JPG

🎅 AManWithNoPlan (talk) 23:09, 24 December 2016 (UTC)

Seasons' Greetings[edit]

The Great White North.jpg you and yours, from Canada's Great White North! FWiW Bzuk (talk) 21:03, 24 December 2017 (UTC)

Right back at you from Merica AManWithNoPlan (talk) 05:04, 25 December 2017 (UTC)

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Citation bot[edit]

Hey, thanks for another suite of fixes to Citation bot; you'll be delighted to learn that after a very long-awaited free weekend I've finally beaten the issues that had held me back from rolling the bot out to production, so all your hard-written fixes are now live! Yay!

Now that we have a CI setup that I'm confident in (and I'm more confident in how it operates), I'm going to suggest a more positive approach to bug fixes. I don't think we need to make as extensive use of the development branch as we have been, so suggest now that we work directly on the master branch, using a separate pull request for each bug. If each pull request includes a test case that addresses the bug (ideally by modifying an existing test case, to avoid test suite bloat), then when the PR goes green on Travis, I'll merge it directly into master and pull it to the production site so that the fix is available immediately. We can use the development branch for more significant infrastructure-level changes as and when these are necessary (which is hopefully rarely).

Cheers, and thanks again for your help in maintaining the bot. Martin (Smith609 – Talk) 07:31, 23 July 2018 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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I ask a lot, but you certainly deliver a lot! It's very encouraging to see User:Citation Bot maintained again after all these years, with a quick turnaround time. It's paying off big time, to the point I felt we comfortable enough to incorporate the bot into newbie-tools such as {{automated tools}}. Your work is very very much appreciated. Headbomb {t · c · p · b} 19:46, 14 August 2018 (UTC)