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The WikiProject Video Games Newsletter, Q2 2015[edit]


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Volume 8, No. 2 — 2nd Quarter, 2015
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MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 13:19, 2 July 2015 (UTC)

AvicBot "fixing" redirects[edit]

I notice that AvicBot has "fixed" all these double redirects after America was moved to America (disambiguation). But America (film), for example, should redirect to the disambiguation page, not the United States article, and there are about a dozen more. Would you be able to fix them, please? StAnselm (talk) 18:38, 23 July 2015 (UTC)

Fixed Thanks. Avicennasis @ 19:20, 7 Av 5775 / 19:20, 23 July 2015 (UTC)
Great! Thank you very much. StAnselm (talk) 06:39, 25 July 2015 (UTC)

Commonscat error in bot[edit]

How did Category:22nd century get {{commonscat|21st century}}? — Arthur Rubin (talk) 01:16, 27 July 2015 (UTC)

Fixed AvicBot checked the interwiki links on Category:22nd century, found that on ar:تصنيف:القرن_22 there was a link to commons:Category:21st century, and added it. I fixed the page at ArWp so this shouldn't happen again. I've also updated the corresponding pages at UrWp, UkWp, TtWp, RoWp, MsWp, MkWp, LvWp, JvWp, and IsWp. Thanks for reporting the error. Avicennasis @ 03:22, 11 Av 5775 / 03:22, 27 July 2015 (UTC)

Which wiki still has in-page links for Java (programming language)? --Izno (talk) 13:52, 7 August 2015 (UTC)

Fixed That would be ZhWp, UkWp, PlWp, LvWp,Be-x-oldWp, BnWp, and ArWp. All fixed now. Thanks. Avicennasis @ 19:31, 22 Av 5775 / 19:31, 7 August 2015 (UTC)

A que no me dejas[edit]

I myself write the plot of the article, so that is impossible that I have copied me in "", is more. This link get provided says "Content from Wikipedia under CC-BY-SA licensed." So I'm going to ask that you investigate well or at least a test that I I have copied from some website.--Philip J Fry (talk) 05:06, 12 August 2015 (UTC)

I am more than happy to be proven wrong and WP:AGF that is the case. Please accept my apologies for the lack of due diligence on my part. I see you already reverted my edit, so all is well with the article. Again, sorry. Thanks. Avicennasis @ 05:37, 27 Av 5775 / 05:37, 12 August 2015 (UTC)

Jews and people of Jewish descent[edit]

Since Category:People of Jewish descent says "This page lists individuals who are of Jewish descent, but not Jewish. Please use the Category:Jews for those.", are you sure this edit was a good idea? Debresser (talk) 09:50, 12 August 2015 (UTC)

Fixed also fixed in ArWp and EsWp. Thanks! Avicennasis @ 10:12, 27 Av 5775 / 10:12, 12 August 2015 (UTC)

The Center Line: Summer 2015[edit]

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MediaWiki message delivery (talk) delivered on behalf of Imzadi1979 05:23, 3 September 2015 (UTC)

Burma categories[edit]

Hello Avicennasis. Please could you move all the pre-1989 categories back to XXXX in Burma. The country was not called Myanmar at this time, and we name categories according to countries name in the year mentioned in the category (this is why we have e.g. Category:1978 in Rhodesia or Category:1979 in South-West Africa, not 1978 in Zimbabwe or 1979 in Namibia). Thanks, Number 57 19:16, 3 September 2015 (UTC)

(to Avicennasis) I think you might have noticed (the moves stopped), but it appears that you're only moving the talk pages, not the actual categories. Also, a couple of the talk pages got moved to "Bumra", not "Burma". -Niceguyedc Go Huskies! 23:27, 3 September 2015 (UTC)

Yes, the talk pages are first just because they are listed first at User:Avicennasis/sandbox5, which I am trying to process to fix this. The Category pages should be later in the list. The "Bumra" pages are purely typos, however. (I'll fix those now if they haven't already been fixed.) Avicennasis @ 23:40, 19 Elul 5775 / 23:40, 3 September 2015 (UTC)
Not a problem at all, I just noticed the moves and wanted to make sure everything was OK. -Niceguyedc Go Huskies! 23:43, 3 September 2015 (UTC)

You can not move back owing to page history. Stop cut-and-paste moves. Refer to Wikipedia:How to fix cut-and-paste moves, Help:Page history. Restore all pages histories. All of your reverting must follow Wikipedia:Categories for discussion/Speedy. Sawol (talk) 05:14, 4 September 2015 (UTC)

There's no creative content here. I'm sure basic categorization should fall under Wikipedia:Copying_within_Wikipedia#Where_attribution_is_not_needed. Avicennasis @ 05:19, 20 Elul 5775 / 05:19, 4 September 2015 (UTC)

I noticed this and have reverted quite a lot, but probably not all. I mostly left category redirects, but do not think the result is very useful at Category:20th-century establishments in Myanmar which looks as if it has a fairly full set of categories, but all the blue links up to the 1980s are redirects. The redirects may be useful for other purposes, so I think we should subst and then trim that century template. – Fayenatic London 19:25, 4 September 2015 (UTC)

I subst'd and edited that template, and now it has only direct links instead of redirects. – Fayenatic London 19:37, 5 September 2015 (UTC)

Thanks to Number 57, Niceguyedc, and Fayenatic london for helping me clear up this mess, and apologizes for my role in making it. Avicennasis @ 18:54, 21 Elul 5775 / 18:54, 5 September 2015 (UTC)

No problem, it was well intentioned. We're all learning here. – Fayenatic London 19:37, 5 September 2015 (UTC)

Intersex and transgender[edit]

Hi there. These two terms define different things: intersex for people born with atypical sex characteristics (a physical condition, see also disorders of sex development), while transgender relates to an internal sense of identity that doesn't match assignment at birth, see also gender dysphoria. A couple of recent edits including [1] don't reflect this, assuming that all intersex people are transgender. Trankuility (talk) 01:04, 8 September 2015 (UTC)

Fixed Caused by bad links at DeWp and PtWp. Thanks. Avicennasis @ 01:10, 24 Elul 5775 / 01:10, 8 September 2015 (UTC)

Possible AvicBot error?[edit]

Hi Avicennasis. I was wondering why AvicBot keeps adding {{Commons category|Lotus F1 cars}} to Category:Hispania Formula One cars. As far as I'm aware there is no relationship between the Hispania and Lotus teams. Regards. DH85868993 (talk) 10:31, 8 September 2015 (UTC)

Bad links at RuWp and UkWp. Now fixed. Thanks. Avicennasis @ 10:39, 24 Elul 5775 / 10:39, 8 September 2015 (UTC)

Please do not replace the " commonscat " tags.[edit]

Please do not replace the " commonscat " tags. These point directly to the category - not like that ' commons ' tag that searches for a respective page. Thanks I'm so tired (talk) 14:36, 16 September 2015 (UTC)

Not sure I follow you. Any commonscat tag I've modified, I've left as a commonscat tag. I don't recall converting one to a commons tag. Avicennasis @ 17:51, 3 Tishrei 5776 / 17:51, 16 September 2015 (UTC)

Dry places in New Jersey[edit]

Following the "keep" closure for the CFD of Category:Dry places in New Jersey, I've followed the closer's recommendation and submitted a new CFD to rename it to Category:Dry municipalities in New Jersey. Please offer your opinion at Wikipedia:Categories for discussion/Log/2015 September 16 if you have one. Nyttend (talk) 15:27, 16 September 2015 (UTC)

Commons categories[edit]

Please immediately stop your bot from making edits like this, for which there is no consensus, in the ongoing discussion. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 10:00, 17 September 2015 (UTC)

As the bot is currently active, I've asked an admin, at Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard/Archive274#AvicBot, to stop it, pending discussion. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 10:03, 17 September 2015 (UTC)
I've stopped this task for now. The pending category deletion discussion does not affect the potential for broken links, however, and I see no reason why maintaining the template links should have any bearing on whether that category exists or not. Avicennasis @ 10:10, 4 Tishrei 5776 / 10:10, 17 September 2015 (UTC)
Thank you. As you will see, that discussion includes proposals to make the template call values from Wikidata; if done, the bot's actions will be redundant. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 10:14, 17 September 2015 (UTC)
Valid point. We'll see if this can be done, and go from there. I will refrain AvicBot from modifying commonscat templates in this fashion, and myself as well. Avicennasis @ 10:19, 4 Tishrei 5776 / 10:19, 17 September 2015 (UTC)

Slow down a bit, please[edit]

Well done for tagging orphan talk pages for deletion. Keep up the good work but to avoid overfacing us poor admins, may I request that when you do a burst of tagging you only do enough to keep the number of articles in CAT:CSD at less than 200. — RHaworth (talk · contribs) 12:07, 23 September 2015 (UTC)

Sure thing. Sorry. Avicennasis @ 12:09, 10 Tishrei 5776 / 12:09, 23 September 2015 (UTC)

Thank you for doing all this cleanup work - you found some really old orphaned pages!--Mojo Hand (talk) 14:28, 23 September 2015 (UTC)

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Fixed Avicennasis @ 13:17, 10 Tishrei 5776 / 13:17, 23 September 2015 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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For finding and tagging all of the orphaned talk pages. Tokyogirl79 (。◕‿◕。) 07:36, 25 September 2015 (UTC)
Thanks to you and the other admins for cleaning up after my tagging run! Avicennasis @ 20:35, 14 Tishrei 5776 / 20:35, 27 September 2015 (UTC)


Hello Avicennasis, I see you have been doing great work with orphaned Talk pages. Could you please let me know how you manage to find Talk pages without a parent page as I have always wondered if this was possible. Thanks, JMHamo (talk) 21:54, 27 September 2015 (UTC)

On wiki, a list is compiled at Wikipedia:Database reports/Orphaned talk pages from time to time. I also have been running this same SQL query on the database as part of AvicBot's Wikimedia Labs cluster access. Avicennasis @ 21:58, 14 Tishrei 5776 / 21:58, 27 September 2015 (UTC)
I've been looking for that for months. Thank you! JMHamo (talk) 22:01, 27 September 2015 (UTC)

AWB problem[edit]

Please see Talk:Insider trading#Conflict of interest template added: No reason given. It appears an edit you made did something wrong with a navbox. Presumably that is an AWB problem, but if you can confirm that it was an AWB issue, it should be reported for fixing. Johnuniq (talk) 10:05, 28 September 2015 (UTC)

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Category:Immediate children/[edit]

Hi. Why do categories such as Category:Immediate children/ and Category:Immediate children/Cichlidae exist? --MZMcBride (talk) 04:23, 19 October 2015 (UTC)

@MZMcBride: At one point, they were on Special:WantedCategories for a while, and so I would create them as they popped up, based on existing categories I had found when I started. It seems like a good majority of those categories have been emptied, however, and could probably be deleted. Avicennasis @ 09:48, 6 Cheshvan 5776 / 09:48, 19 October 2015 (UTC)
Cool, thanks. The empty categories database report exploded in size recently and I was trying to figure out why. There's a thread on my talk page if you're curious. --MZMcBride (talk) 22:20, 19 October 2015 (UTC)

User:AvicBot/G13 and Google[edit]

Dear Avicennasis: I was doing a Google search and the tracking page above came up in the results. If that's what you intended, no problem, but just in case it was an oversight and you had intended the list to be private but forgot to add a "NOINDEX", I thought I would point it out.—Anne Delong (talk) 15:50, 31 October 2015 (UTC)


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List of non-books[edit]

Hi. Here you created a list of non-books in the Book namespace. Could you create an up-to-date list and/or let me know how you generated the list? DexDor (talk) 20:10, 17 December 2015 (UTC)

I believe I used AWB, and made a list from "What transcludes page (all NS)" to {{Saved book}} and compared that against a list of all pages in the Book namespace from the latest database dump at the time. You would need a bot or admin account to duplicate this, since {{Saved book}} has ~39,830 transclusions, and AWB limits lists creation to 25,000 without a bot/admin account. If you don't mind waiting, I can get one made within a few days for you. If you need it sooner, you can ask at WP:BOTREQ and I'm sure someone will help. This could also probably be done via an SQL Query using Quarry, but I admit I lack the SQL skills needed to figure that out. Avicennasis @ 11:57, 6 Tevet 5776 / 11:57, 18 December 2015 (UTC)
@DexDor: is this still needed? I can help with SQL. --Edgars2007 (talk/contribs) 10:19, 21 January 2016 (UTC)
Thanks, I'm still interested, but at the moment I'm concentrating on anomalies that can be detected using category intersection. That has some limitations so to complete the matrix I'm working on other tools will be needed. DexDor (talk) 20:39, 21 January 2016 (UTC)

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Experiment with hard category redirect[edit]

Hi. Last September you edited Category:'Adan Governorate to make it a hard redirect (as well as being tagged as a soft redirect) to test something. I'm guessing you were testing whether such a page works as a hard redirect (it does) and whether it has any negative effects. Did you reach a conclusion? (i.e. should any change be made to WP:R#CATEGORY?) Should the hard redirect tag now be removed? DexDor (talk) 06:48, 13 January 2016 (UTC)

It was actually a test to see if it would remove Category:'Adan Governorate from Special:UnusedCategories, which it looks like it did. In my opinion, WP:R#CATEGORY should be updated to use a soft- and hard-redirect scheme. WP:CATRED says to use soft-redirects because hard-redirects don't work. I'm not sure when that page was written, but they do now. Hard-redirects are better for navigation, and the soft-redirect templates still provide categorization and allow the bots to work. Avicennasis @ 16:26, 3 Shevat 5776 / 16:26, 13 January 2016 (UTC)

Help with pywikibot[edit]

Hi, I have seen you have a bot using pywikibot and I need your help. I'm a user of euwiki and I have installed pywikibot for my Windows 10 but I have problems. I have downloaded python 3.5.1. and installed it, downloaded the "core" file to C:\core and configured "" in the same directory. When I start from cmd, I try to log in (C:\core> but I get nothing... What can I do? I really appreciate your help. Thanks in advance.--An13sa (talk) 18:45, 20 January 2016 (UTC)

I'm not on a Windows platform, so you'll have to forgive me if this isn't helpful, but... calls, so you shouldn't need to specify the second .py bit. I think you also need to call python first. So, I think you are looking for C:\core> python login to get results. Hopefully that does it for you. Good luck! Avicennasis @ 20:56, 10 Shevat 5776 / 20:56, 20 January 2016 (UTC)