User talk:AnomieBOT

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thanks for help Orgideee (talk) 15:15, 17 August 2017 (UTC)

Dear AnomieBOT, I do not know exactly how the talk page works, but thanks if you want to help. How can I help you on the page of the Fond de dotation? ( — Preceding unsigned comment added by Orgideee (talkcontribs) 15:18, 17 August 2017 (UTC))

Orgideee, unfortunately AnomieBOT is an automated bot account, and has no brain of its own. It merely put a date tag on the {{COI}} template that had been added to the page. It was Shev123 who added the template, so you are welcome to go to User talk:Shev123 and ask them for assistance. Primefac (talk) 15:45, 17 August 2017 (UTC)


Add Star Suvarna, Star Gold Select channel logo Cuty Pie Sweetu (talk) 09:07, 23 August 2017 (UTC)

Cuty Pie Sweetu, this is an automated bot account, and cannot reply. If you wish to have an image added to Wikipedia, please see Requested pictures. Primefac (talk) 13:56, 23 August 2017 (UTC)

Hello, I want to translate your article about technology from English to Persian. I ask you to give me this permission. Mohammad Ahmadi (talk) 18:31, 4 September 2017 (UTC)


For some reason 19 August has not automatically been added to this list. I think it's the first time this happens. Marcocapelle (talk) 05:17, 27 August 2017 (UTC)

  • Problem solved (apparently), thanks for intervening. Marcocapelle (talk) 06:35, 27 August 2017 (UTC)

Recreated redirect[edit]

Few days ago, redirect Autonomous Province of Kosovo and Metohija (1963-1974) was deleted after decision was reached here: Redirects for discussion/Log/2017 August 18, but soon after deletion it was recreated again by this bot, because of "-" between years, I guess. Sorabino (talk) 13:38, 5 September 2017 (UTC)

Sorabino, I'm guessing the close of "delete all except 63-74" was meant to include both the dash and emdash versions. It would be silly (and contrary to the point of this bot, as you've discovered) to keep one but not the other. Primefac (talk) 16:21, 5 September 2017 (UTC)
@Sorabino: It seems that Autonomous Province of Kosovo and Metohija (1963–1974) was kept only because of significant history? In that case, it would probably work to rename that redirect to something else so AnomieBOT doesn't think it needs to create a parallel redirect. Anomie 16:28, 7 September 2017 (UTC)
Yes, you are right about that, I proposed something like that during original discussion, but we never reached that point. There is a simple solution, to redirect it to the simple and most approximate title Kosovo and Metohija (1945-1968). Sorabino (talk) 16:51, 7 September 2017 (UTC)

Dead link date[edit]

Thanks. I was not aware that I needed to add a date. Now I do. Thanks for the fix. Regards, (I know you are a bot, but nonetheless) Rui ''Gabriel'' Correia (talk) 19:21, 5 September 2017 (UTC)

Teachers College, Columbia University[edit]

Could you explain why such a large chunk of the Teacher's College article was cut out from "Relationship with Columbia University's" section? Most of it was well cited and provided encyclopedic value. Pebblefire (talk) 01:16, 8 September 2017 (UTC)

The bot didn't remove anything, but merely restored some references that were removed. Pebblefire, this is an issue to discuss with Drmies on the talk page. I see you've already started a discussion, so really all that's left is to let them know, either by posting on their talk page or by pinging them (use {{u|Drmies}} in a signed comment). re-ping. Primefac (talk) 12:31, 8 September 2017 (UTC) (talk page stalker)


Hello Anomia :) i have some questions? why do you ask so many [citation needed] about Tamil serials? and so many references written in Tamil languages. what can i do? and i watch Full Episodes and written about that? So how can need [citation needed]? what can i do? and i watch Full Tamil Serial Episode and written about that? So how can need [citation needed] ?

Thilakshan, AnomieBOT is just an automated account that fixes pages. For example, it adds a |date= parameter to maintenance templates. If you want to ask a particular user, you'll need to look through the page history to see who added it to the page, and discuss it on their talk page. The other (and better) option is to use the articles' talk page to start a general discussion. If you want more help, stop by the Teahouse, Wikipedia's live help channel, or the help desk to ask someone for assistance. Primefac (talk) 18:17, 8 September 2017 (UTC) (talk page stalker)

My sandbox[edit]

May I know why you edit my sandbox while I am still editing it, before I have released it to the article level? This causes my to have to go over all my edits since my last save. Jzsj (talk) 21:22, 12 September 2017 (UTC)

Jzsj, I assume you are referring to this edit, which did nothing more than substitute {{lien web}} with it's English-Wikipedia counterpart {{cite web}}. Your subsequent edit to "replace what was lost" had almost nothing to do with that edit. Bot accounts work automatically, and this particular task (substituting templates) is done regularly whenever specific templates are used. If you encountered an edit conflict, that is unfortunate, but even though it's your sandbox it's not "protected" from anyone else editing.
For future reference, if you do not want bots to edit a page while you are working on it, please place {{nobots}} on the page, but please remember to remove it when you move/copy the draft to the Article space. Primefac (talk) 13:36, 13 September 2017 (UTC) (talk page stalker)
Thanks for the explanation and advice. You must know that when the bot kicks in while I am editing the article it's not easy at all for me to recover all my edits, and I usually only save after every several minutes of editing. I haven't had this happen much before, but will consider using the nobots thing in the future. Jzsj (talk) 15:33, 13 September 2017 (UTC)

Invitation to Admin confidence survey[edit]


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For the Anti-harassment tools team, SPoore (WMF), Community Advocate, Community health initiative (talk) 20:56, 14 September 2017 (UTC)

(talk page stalker) This is wonderful! I'm sure we'd all like to know AnomieBOT's opinions. Face-smile.svg -- John of Reading (talk) 06:39, 15 September 2017 (UTC)
@SPoore (WMF): There's not much point in asking AnomieBOT (or, in this case, probably AnomieBOT III) for its opinions. Anomie 13:59, 15 September 2017 (UTC)
I guess I can be relieved that AnomieBOT didn't sign up Face-smile.svg . Thanks for pointing it out, I fix in case I recycle the list. SPoore (WMF), Community Advocate, Community health initiative (talk) 14:08, 15 September 2017 (UTC)

Karen Carpenter[edit]

I ended up almost edit-warring with AnomieBOT because this diff had the same citation to a Guardian news piece about her, that was defined as <ref name="Guardian"> in two separate places. Attempting to resolve all references to the source, leaving just one definition in place, cause both of us to get royally confused. Ritchie333 (talk) (cont) 09:43, 20 September 2017 (UTC)

It looks like you got confused by the fact that someone commented out (using HTML <!-- ... --> comments) the "death_cause" parameter in the infobox, which had included a copy of that reference. Since it's commented out, neither MediaWiki nor AnomieBOT sees it. Anomie 19:17, 20 September 2017 (UTC)

Wikipedia:In the news/Candidates archiving[edit]

When archiving In the news Candidates, your bot is adding code as below:

== September 13 ==
{{cot|[[Portal:Current events/2017 September 13]]}}
{|{{Portal:Current events/2017 September 13}}

Could the {| be obmitted as it is the cause of some of the table lint errors at Special:LintErrors/deletable-table-tag? -- WOSlinker (talk) 12:56, 21 September 2017 (UTC)

I wonder whether the resulting changes to the output HTML would matter to anyone. Specifically, those are:
  1. The addition of role="presentation" style="display:table; width:100%; background-color:#cef2e0; border-spacing:0; font-weight:bold;box-sizing:border-box;" class="plainlinks" from the <table>
  2. The addition of divs like <div id="2017_September_13"></div>
  3. The loss of some empty rows.
Visually, #1 results in a slight border. #2 adds anchors. Meh, let's try it and see if anyone notices. Anomie 22:10, 21 September 2017 (UTC)

Vyaghra Gotra[edit]

Thanks for Editing. Can u again Review my Article Vyaghra Gotra. I did not find the article in google, do we need to do anything to appear in the google search? It's Very Important for Hindu Religions. Please help me. Singh1995virat (talk) 08:12, 22 September 2017 (UTC)

Singh1995virat, AnomieBOT is an automated account, and thus has no ability to patrol new pages. The page has not been reviewed by a Patroller, but when it is reviewed it will appear on Google. Primefac (talk) 11:47, 22 September 2017 (UTC)

Bot malfunctioning[edit]

  • It keeps replacing this bad link:<ref>{{cite book|last1=Ҫengel|first1=Yunus A.|last2=Boles|first2=Michael A.|title=Thermodynamics: An Engineering Approach|date=2006|publisher=McGrawHill|isbn=9780072884951|page=925|edition=Fifth|url=}}</ref>

The link is in the Propane article, section: "Energy content". The link takes the user to a dead page. Now the bot is reverting my reverts. I'll leave the bad link there for now. I'm tired of fighting with a Bot. :-) → Pocketthis (talk) 21:09, 25 September 2017 (UTC)

You deleted one use of the reference but left others in the article. But deleting the reference seems to be incorrect anyway, since the reference to the book would be valid even if that particular website no longer works. But I also note that the reference you attempted to remove from Propane is not the one you pasted above, and all the links in the one you did remove appear to be valid. Anomie 15:40, 27 September 2017 (UTC)
  • You removed the bad part of the link after I left you this message, and you left the good book reference. That would have been a sufficient reply to my comment here. Your BOT isn't perfect my friend. Neither are we.→ Pocketthis (talk) 16:13, 29 September 2017 (UTC)
    I didn't do anything. You seem to be very confused. Anomie 16:33, 1 October 2017 (UTC)

Template Книга[edit]

Hello! There is a problem with template Книга substitution: in this Russian template, parameter страниц means a total number of pages, but it is substituted by English page which means a referenced page, and instead страница should be replaced to page (while страницы correctly redirects to pages). I believe that the English template has no appropriate parameter, so it should be just forgotten. SmesharikiAreTheBest (talk) 22:48, 13 October 2017 (UTC)

You should bring that up on the template's talk page. The bot doesn't do anything special, it just substs the existing template. Anomie 22:17, 15 October 2017 (UTC)


  • Q: How can I stop this bot from editing my comments?
  • A: Stop forgetting to insert the colon yourself. Cute, I say. Jo-Jo Eumerus (talk, contributions) 18:14, 15 October 2017 (UTC)

Template maintenance[edit]


Anomiebot attempts to insert date parameters to the {{use dmy dates}} and {{use mdy dates}} templates where the recognised date parameter is absent. I have just noticed that the bot inserts dates even where the date parameter is present but the syntax is incorrect, thereby causing a number of related errors. Could you perhaps tweak the bot code so that the syntax errors are picked up and eliminated when inserting dates? Regards, -- Ohc ¡digame! 21:00, 16 October 2017 (UTC)

The bot does account for some errors. But there's no way it can sanely do anything about "true" or "dateWee 2013". I think it should be safe to extend its fixes to account for things like "date April 2016" though. Anomie 00:18, 17 October 2017 (UTC)

AnomieBOT causing duplicate reference definition problem[edit]

AnomieBOT continues to cause duplicate ref def errors. The most recent was this edit in the Blue Bloods (TV series) article. By "rescuing" the definition, the definition becomes duplicated and causes an error. The definition actually comes from a transcluded article source. Because AnomieBOT choses to ignore alternate sources (templates, transclusions, ...) for refdefs, it ends up causing duplicate reference definition errors.

This isn't the first time I've reported this problem. Can AnomieBOT disable this feature, or parse templates and inclusions so that it won't undo correct work of other editors? -- Mikeblas (talk) 23:32, 20 October 2017 (UTC)

There is no error in the revision you link. The error was introduced in the following edit. Anomie 00:16, 22 October 2017 (UTC)
I see that the other time you complained about this sort of thing, one of your examples was the same thing: AnomieBOT's edit was correct at the time and a subsequent edit caused a duplicate ref error. The other example was fixed. Anomie 00:23, 22 October 2017 (UTC)

Bot is changing ref names that must not be changed[edit]

Both O'Connell2016 and O'Connell2013 were changed to O. Now the citation states "Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "O" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page)." The bot edit was on 20:46, 27 October 2017. QuackGuru (talk) 14:50, 28 October 2017 (UTC)

  • Here's the diff link. Primefac (talk) 19:16, 29 October 2017 (UTC) (talk page stalker)
    • Looks like MediaWiki changed how it parses unquoted attributes in gerrit:229453. I've updated AnomieBOT to match. Anomie 17:17, 30 October 2017 (UTC)
      • When there is an apostrophe (') in the ref name such as with O'Connell2016 this happens regardless if it is in quotes or is unquoted. The ref names were unquoted. QuackGuru (talk) 17:26, 30 October 2017 (UTC)
      • Has AnomieBOT been updated to not change ref names when there is an apostrophe (') in the ref name? QuackGuru (talk) 16:36, 13 November 2017 (UTC)
        • Read my previous reply. Anomie 22:17, 13 November 2017 (UTC)
        • "Looks like MediaWiki changed how it parses unquoted attributes in gerrit:229453. I've updated AnomieBOT to match," you wrote. Is unquoted attributes in gerrit:229453 also address ref names where they have an apostrophe (') in the ref name? QuackGuru (talk) 00:22, 14 November 2017 (UTC)
          • The thing you complained about only happened when the name wasn't also quoted. Anomie 18:49, 14 November 2017 (UTC)
            • Will the ref name that is not quoted be changed again by AnomieBOT when the ref name contains an apostrophe (') or will AnomieBOT change the ref name under the same circumstances in the future? QuackGuru (talk) 19:20, 14 November 2017 (UTC)

Fixing page headers at WP:CFD[edit]

When AnombieBOT fixes page headers at WP:CFD's daily log pages, as in this case, would it also be possible to remove the following line of hidden text usually located at the bottom of the page?

<!-- Please add the newest nominations to the top -->

Thank you, -- Black Falcon (talk) 00:09, 29 October 2017 (UTC)

Err, in the diff you link AnomieBOT is already doing that. Anomie 17:18, 30 October 2017 (UTC)
Well, that's awkward. :) I don't know why, but another instance of the same hidden text was left in (see this version immediately following the bot's edit, and scroll to the 'Category:Buddhist terrorism' section), and that's what I saw. -- Black Falcon (talk) 03:32, 31 October 2017 (UTC)
Ah. The bot removes the comment when it's at the bottom of the page. But if someone manages to put the comment where it's not at the bottom of the page, as in that case, then the bot won't remove it. Anomie 21:09, 31 October 2017 (UTC)
Got it, thanks for explaining. It's a hidden comment so I suppose there's no harm if it stays in those situations. -- Black Falcon (talk) 03:43, 1 November 2017 (UTC)

Bot disrupts me, how to prevent it showing up?[edit]

Many times when I'm editing an article and I use the template "citation needed" the bot appears at a random time while I'm editing so it creates and edit conflict which I have to resolve by copying all the things I was editing and pasting them again or by having to start over again. How do I prevent this? I put the date in the template like this (see source code): October2017. Is that wrong? How am I supposed to write it if so? Thanks! Thinker78 (talk) 15:30, 30 October 2017 (UTC)

Thinker78, the date parameter in templates like {{citation needed}} is in the "Month Year" format, so if you were adding a template today it would be {{citation needed|date=October 2017}}. Primefac (talk) 16:14, 30 October 2017 (UTC) (talk page stalker)
@Thinker78: In this edit, I see you added {{Citation needed|date={{October}} {{2017}}}} rather than {{Citation needed|date=October 2017}}. Leave out the extraneous braces. Anomie 17:22, 30 October 2017 (UTC)
I used the visual editor so when I select the "citation needed" template and click on "add template" I fill out the field of "month and year" which appears with {{subst:CURRENTMONTHNAME}} {{subst:CURRENTYEAR}} so I assumed that I had to substitute what is inside the braces with the month and the year and leave the braces be. In short I don't know then how to fill out the template using the visual editor. Thinker78 (talk) 04:48, 31 October 2017 (UTC)
Thinker78, if you see {{subst:CURRENTMONTHNAME}} that's all you have to do. CURRENTMONTHNAME is the template that returns the current month, and by subst'ing it you replace the template call with the actual value. In other words, if you're using VE to insert the citation needed template, you don't need to do anything else! Primefac (talk) 12:47, 31 October 2017 (UTC)
What I now did was to put month and year and delete the braces, is that how is it done in the visual editor? Thinker78 (talk) 21:49, 31 October 2017 (UTC)
Thinker78, that works too. Primefac (talk) 12:32, 1 November 2017 (UTC)

Ninni Cassarà[edit]

I added more sources, I hope is enough — Preceding unsigned comment added by Charlie Foxtrot66 (talkcontribs) 20:43, 1 November 2017 (UTC)

Charlie Foxtrot66, AnomieBOT is an automated account that cannot respond to your points. Indeed, it was just updating a template. It looks like you've already contacted usernamekiran; they are the best person to talk to regarding your page. Primefac (talk) 22:56, 1 November 2017 (UTC) (talk page stalker)

Another duplicate ref tag edit[edit]

AnomieBOT has made another edit that causes a duplicate ref tag error:

-- Mikeblas (talk) 16:10, 8 November 2017 (UTC)

The bot was getting confused because the reference generated by {{singlechart}} explicitly specified an empty group. Updated the bot to handle that sort of thing. Anomie 03:39, 13 November 2017 (UTC)

Adding unsourced content on Karl Tilleman[edit]

Information icon Please do not add or change content without citing a reliable source. Please review the guidelines at Wikipedia:Citing sources and take this opportunity to add references to the article. Thank you.

Nick Bravin competed in the Olympics, and also clerked for the Supreme Court. This information can be seen on Nick Bravin's page, and is sourced. Please stop adding poorly sourced material. Judicial Historian (talk) 02:50, 12 November 2017 (UTC)

Judicial Historian, I think you have the wrong account. Not only is AnomieBOT an automated account that cannot reply to you, it actually added a source in its edit to the page. Primefac (talk) 03:12, 12 November 2017 (UTC) (talk page stalker)

Reverted archiving[edit]

I just reverted a deletion at Wikipedia:WikiProject Deletion sorting/Military. Please see my edit comment.--Georgia Army Vet Contribs Talk 22:22, 21 November 2017 (UTC)

And I've reverted you since both were closed as delete. — JJMC89(T·C) 04:35, 22 November 2017 (UTC)