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Dirk Beetstra        
I am the main operator of User:COIBot. If you feel that your name is wrongly on the COI reports list because of an unfortunate overlap between your username and a certain link or text, please ask for whitelisting by starting a new subject on my talkpage. For a better answer please include some specific 'diffs' of your edits (you can copy the link from the report page). If you want a quicker response, make your case at WT:WPSPAM or WP:COIN.
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I will respond to talk messages where they started, trying to keep discussions in one place (you may want to watch this page for some time after adding a question). Otherwise I will clearly state where the discussion will be moved/copied to. Though, with the large number of pages I am watching, it may be wise to contact me here as well if you need a swift response. If I forget to answer, poke me.

I preserve the right not to answer to non-civil remarks, or subjects which are covered in this talk-header.


There are several discussions about my link removal here, and in my archives. If you want to contact me about my view of this policy, please read and understand WP:NOT, WP:EL, WP:SPAM and WP:A, and read the discussions on my talkpage or in my archives first.

My view in a nutshell:
External links are not meant to tunnel people away from the wikipedia.

Hence, I will remove external links on pages where I think they do not add to the page (per WP:NOT#REPOSITORY and WP:EL), or when they are added in a way that wikipedia defines as spam (understand that wikipedia defines spam as: '... wide-scale external link spamming ...', even if the link is appropriate; also read this). This may mean that I remove links, while similar links are already there or which are there already for a long time. Still, the question is not whether your link should be there, the question may be whether those other links should be there (again, see the wording of the policies and guidelines).

Please consider the alternatives before re-adding the link:

  • If the link contains information, use the information to add content to the article, and use the link as a reference (content is not 'see here for more information').
  • Add an appropriate linkfarm like {{dmoz}} (you can consider to remove other links covered in the dmoz).
  • Incorporate the information into one of the sister projects.
  • Add the link to other mediawiki projects aimed at advertiseing (see e.g. this)

If the linkspam of a certain link perseveres, I will not hesitate to report it to the wikiproject spam for blacklisting (even if the link would be appropriate for wikipedia). It may be wise to consider the alternatives before things get to that point.

The answer in a nutshell
Please consider if the link you want to add complies with the policies and guidelines.

If you have other questions, or still have questions on my view of the external link policy, disagree with me, or think I made a mistake in removing a link you added, please poke me by starting a new subject on my talk-page. If you absolutely want an answer, you can try to poke the people at WT:EL or WT:WPSPAM on your specific case. Also, regarding link, I can be contacted on IRC, channel [1].

Reliable sources

I convert inline URL's into references and convert referencing styles to a consistent format. My preferred style is the style provided by cite.php (<ref> and <references/>). When other mechanisms are mainly (but not consistently) used (e.g. {{ref}}/{{note}}/{{cite}}-templates) I will assess whether referencing would benefit from the cite.php-style. Feel free to revert these edits when I am wrong.

Converting inline URLs in references may result in data being retrieved from unreliable sources. In these cases, the link may have been removed, and replaced by a {{cn}}. If you feel that the page should be used as a reference (complying with wp:rs!!), please discuss that on the talkpage of the page, or poke me by starting a new subject on my talk-page

Note: I am working with some other developers on mediawiki to expand the possibilities of cite.php, our attempts can be followed here and here. If you like these features and want them enabled, please vote for these bugs.


I am in general against deletion, except when the page really gives misinformation, is clear spam or copyvio. Otherwise, these pages may need to be expanded or rewritten. For very short articles there are the different {{stub}} marks, which clearly state that the article is to be expanded. For articles that do not state why they are notable, I will add either {{importance}} or {{notability}}. In my view there is a distinct difference between these two templates, while articles carrying one of these templates may not be notable, the first template does say the article is probably notable enough, but the contents does not state that (yet). The latter provides a clear concern that the article is not notable, and should probably be {{prod}}ed or {{AfD}}ed. Removing importance-tags does not take away the backlog, it only hides from attention, deleting pages does not make the database smaller. If you contest the notability/importance of an article, please consider adding an {{expert-subject}} tag, or raise the subject on an appropriate wikiproject. Remember, there are many, many pages on the wikipedia, many need attention, so maybe we have to live with a backlog.

Having said this, I generally delete the {{expand}}-template on sight. The template is in most cases superfluous, expansion is intrinsic to the wikipedia (for stubs, expansion is already mentioned in that template).

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Tim Pool page[edit]

I'm not a writer. I don't work at vice anymore. I am the director of media innovation at Fusion. I havent primarily shot through a phone since 2012. I host documentaries and run a tech startup. You can google all of this or read about it in the NYTimes

It is frustrating to see this page wrong all the time but there is nothing I can do about it. It is even more frustrating to see someone finally correct/update it only to get into a dispute with several people who don't actually check the updates and references. Source -I'm Tim Pool — Preceding unsigned comment added by Timdpool (talkcontribs) 03:22, 1 January 2015 (UTC)

Please, contact WP:OTRS - random changes by IPs are often reverted because they are difficult to check, as is the fact whether you are in fact Tim Pool. --Dirk Beetstra T C 18:28, 1 January 2015 (UTC)

Aren't you supposed to check references before making changes to wikipedia pages? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 09:55, 2 January 2015 (UTC)

Regardless of whether IPs are hard to track, you made several changes without checking sources. Please go back to the page, check the sources then fix it. If you want to make changes or protect it then you should be responsible for removing or checking references as well. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Timdpool (talkcontribs) 15:17, 2 January 2015 (UTC)

You are mainly removing sourced information (some of it somewhat negatively stated), and the only source you add is in the title stating 'fusion-expected-to-name-tim-pool-its-director-of-media-innovation' (my bolding) - that is not enough, and that is what I saw (and not 'supposed to check').
As I said, your way to go is through WP:OTRS if there is negative information that needs removing, and explaining your edits properly, e.g. on the talkpage of the page that you want to edit/have edited. Just to note, the way you changed the page is also not according to our policies and guidelines. Please review that. --Dirk Beetstra T C 15:28, 8 January 2015 (UTC)

No, I actually did not edit the page. I do track it though and it is fairly inaccurate. You removed an accurate source but leave the inaccurate ones. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 12:34, 21 January 2015 (UTC)

First, yes, you did, see Special:Contributions/

Secondly, the source states 'expected to name' / 'is expected to announce' - that is NOT a reference that that actually happened yet, you'd need another source for that.

Moreover, that same source you added that talks about expecting to be named, states 'most recently worked for Vice Media', and that is referenced information that you actually removed. Your added source is not corroborating the information that you add, and the information (+references) that you remove are corroborated by the references, including the one you added.

As I said, if there are inaccuracies, either get proper sources, and/or if there is information that HAS to be removed, go through WP:OTRS. --Dirk Beetstra T C 12:56, 21 January 2015 (UTC)

WP:PERM Request[edit]

If you are not on a hard WikiBreak, would you please look at Wikipedia:Requests_for_permissions/Autopatrolled#User:Pdfpdf. Thank you, — xaosflux Talk 15:18, 3 January 2015 (UTC)

Please note, this is not a request to explain administrative actions, no response needed if you want to just stay out of it; I'll take a non-response as a non-objection. — xaosflux Talk 16:06, 3 January 2015 (UTC)

I'll leave it. It is long ago, and I continue to apply my WP:AGF on this. --Dirk Beetstra T C 16:03, 8 January 2015 (UTC)

Moved page[edit]

Hi Beetstra! Just wanted to let you know that I moved WikiProject Spam/LinkReports/ from articlespace to the Wikipedia space. Thought you might want to remove the redirect page created by the move after fixing the bot. Happy editing! GoingBatty (talk) 19:10, 3 January 2015 (UTC)

Thanks for doing that. I agree, it is a bug, but I have no clue why the bot is 'missing' the namespace (which is hardcoded in the settings): i18n.linksaver.basepath=Wikipedia:WikiProject_Spam .. as if the MediaWiki software forgets something there. --Dirk Beetstra T C 16:02, 8 January 2015 (UTC)


Hi, can you please check [2] to place your idea. Thanks. Karlhard (talk) 14:50, 9 January 2015 (UTC)

I'll have a look. --Dirk Beetstra T C 05:43, 12 January 2015 (UTC)

Your listings[edit]

Dear Beetstra,

what was the purpose and how have you generated your Chemical listings?--Kopiersperre (talk) 17:22, 11 January 2015 (UTC)

I presume you mean the ones in my userspace? I generated these using a scripted version of User:CheMoBot's algorithms to extract chembox information, and have the values compared to online resources / downloaded lists. The lists originally were for comparing the ones which were 'wrong' (i.e.: unequal). --Dirk Beetstra T C 05:42, 12 January 2015 (UTC)
Which online resources do you use for comparison? Do the lists have still any use?--Kopiersperre (talk) 21:11, 12 January 2015 (UTC)
The primary sources were used - drugbank provides a file that you can download containing all Drugbank-IDs, CAS has a site with CAS-number and the compounds they represent, has compounds by ChemSpiderID and provides CAS, InChI, etc. etc. I just pulled the data and cross-check, having the script reporting discrepancies between what we have on Wikipedia and these databases.
The list could be used, but should be refreshed - they are very old and Wikipedia and the databases have moved on (more data available, values on Wikipedia have been corrected since, etc.). The editors active in the field are currently not very actively working on 'getting the identifiers right' (just doing it as they move on, I don't even know if the indices are updated regularly at the moment). I don't have much time nor resources to work on this at the moment. --Dirk Beetstra T C 05:53, 13 January 2015 (UTC)

Sneak preview[edit]

re InChI in chembox: you can take a preview, but please please do not ignite a debate or comments there before I publish the proposal. While juggling 30+ templates (or 150+) I cannot use distractions. pv1, pv2, pv3 -DePiep (talk) 11:08, 12 January 2015 (UTC)

Thanks. This all looks good on my system, but the problem is that this is difficult to test on a system that does not have any form of Java .. I can technically turn of Javascript and see, but I am not sure if that is representative for what happens to the show/hide of long 'unbreakable' InChIs on those other systems. --Dirk Beetstra T C 12:32, 12 January 2015 (UTC)
The Sandbox version on pv1 works with JavaScript turned off, the original does not. --Dirk Beetstra T C 12:37, 12 January 2015 (UTC)
OK this way. I'll keep this at hand. Maybe you know: from my desktop(-view), I can check mobile view using the very last hyperlink on any wiki page. Assuming that mobile=no java, these test go OK so far. -DePiep (talk) 12:41, 12 January 2015 (UTC)
FYI, I am changing the names-block too (header, show/hide, long strings, organisation). Has this same linebreak issue of course. -DePiep (talk) 12:46, 12 January 2015 (UTC)
(edit conflict)I turned it off in my chrome settings - that currently screws up a page massively. Not sure what happens on systems that do not have Java - lets try on my Android phone - Indeed, no Java-script there, SMILES and InChI standard shown, have to find now a page with a long InChI. --Dirk Beetstra T C 12:48, 12 January 2015 (UTC)
Added pv4 for long-string InChI's &tc. Has that new hot teixobactin antibiotic. If you know others to test, pls mention them. The java-points you raise, I will use later. -DePiep (talk) 13:52, 12 January 2015 (UTC)
I made sure it screws up now - try unhiding the InChIs with Javascript turned off in your browser. --Dirk Beetstra T C 05:12, 13 January 2015 (UTC)

────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────OK. Question: I check the testcases in mobile view and in desktop view. When you talk about Java present/switched on/switched off, does that require other checks? -DePiep (talk) 09:03, 13 January 2015 (UTC)

Hmm .. what I do is, in Chrome, go to the settings, open up the advanced settings, go to the 'Privacy' section, and click 'Content settings ..' - there you have 'Javascript' section with 'O Allow all sites run Javascript (recommended)' and 'O Do not allow any site to run Javascript' - I select the latter and close the settings. Then I go to Wikipedia and press F5 to refresh. That does it - that should show the same result as people who have no Java, or who have it standard turned off: they get a screwed up page with a chembox wider than the page, overwriting menus etc. (it will go over the toolbox you have on the left of the page), and unable to 'hide' it.
Note, also with Javascript turned on, the right-hand box that I just edited with the long 'aaaa-aaaaaa' string goes to full-page width, whereas the left box seems to be locked at a certain width. So you may have solved the problem in the sandbox version! --Dirk Beetstra T C 11:16, 13 January 2015 (UTC)
That's a "how" not a "whether" ;-) , I won't go there myself. Guess your conclusion is right. -DePiep (talk) 14:49, 13 January 2015 (UTC)

User Guru78x appears to be back as CartoonFan2015[edit]

CartoonFan2015 is a new user who is undoing all of the reversions made to Guru78x's External Link changes. Perhaps the IP address can be blocked? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Lazlocollins (talkcontribs) 04:57, 14 January 2015 (UTC)

User:CartoonFan2015 is a sock of User:Guru78x (or more gently, Guru78x is block evading with CartoonFan2015). Since the original account is blocked with blocking of the underlying IP, it is likely that they are on a different IP already, and that blocking of the IP is not helping. I have indeffed CartoonFan2015, and changed the block of Guru78x to indef as well. Report new users that show the same behaviour to WP:AIV, then revert the edits as vandalism (note that you are 3RR exempt on reverting vandalism, see WP:3RR). --Dirk Beetstra T C 05:03, 14 January 2015 (UTC)

Excellent. I will come to you for guidance if needed if you do not mind (I know you are very busy so will limit this to true issues). Thank you again for the assistance and also the educating me on multiple Wiki-things. Lazlocollins (talk) 06:41, 14 January 2015 (UTC)

Spamming by User talk:Icemanwcs[edit]

Thank you for your response on the Spam blacklist. I have warned the editor 1st warning from me but he has been advised in the past to not use himself as a source and concerns were raised by others about listing his own website repeatedly. Unfortunately he did not heed that advice and actually increased his spamming external links, further reading and article references which is self promoting WP:SPAMMER. I suspect he may continue to spam many articles so I am asking if you would be willing to also notify him about proper editing practices as well. It may help and also cause him to reconsider if he plans on re-spamming the many articles. I have spent several hours reading his edits and deleting many (not all) of his edits and references to his website. I am not claiming perfection but I am trying to maintain consistency with wiki policy. I actually feel I have left to much of his self serving spam. I also see a disturbing trend that most of his edits have the single purpose of promoting his own website, books and articles which raises the question of whether his account is a single purpose account WP:SPA. Thanks for your time. (talk) 05:12, 15 January 2015 (UTC)

  • Thanks for the help with removing the link spam and sorry I got behind with the task. I was reading the RSN noticeboard concerning Icemanwcs and found something interesting which ultimately led to further delving or diving into a wallow. I reported what I saw as a possible sock by an editor who was recently blocked for socking and because of being an IP I had to endure much suspicion and illogical assumptions. That will teach me to stray into controversial articles. I got bit so hard I my lower brain housing group is still sore. I will look further into the link spam and try to keep an eye on the editors posts for awhile as time permits. I blew most of my free time so I am in need of a break to focus on other matters. I just went and found a barn star for your hard work.
WikiLink Barnstar Hires.png The Wikilink Barnstar
Great Work Eliminating Link Spam (talk) 05:18, 17 January 2015 (UTC)
Thanks! Did some cleanup last week, but there is still more - The references seem to be mainly for one task: linking to their own site and sell the book, these references are not linking to the book itself. --Dirk Beetstra T C 03:19, 18 January 2015 (UTC)

A bad template move I did[edit]



Template:Chemboximage(edit talk links history) (no redirect: Template:chemboximage)
Template:Chembox image check(edit talk links history)

A year ago I moved template {{chemboximage}} to {{chembox image check}} (as uncontroversial RM). That was a bad idea, because the bot works fine with the old name. I propose/request that you undo (revert) that move, and make {{chemboximage}} the one and only. I have not enough rights myself, and you checking me is not bad either.

(I did move the template to separate the parameter name. Prevent confusion with parameters like |imagefile=. For the mental eye of an editor this might help, but back then I did not understand what the bot is doing). -DePiep (talk) 14:22, 26 January 2015 (UTC)

Done, via an other way. -DePiep (talk) 16:36, 29 January 2015 (UTC)

Ref parameters[edit]

In {{chembox}}, the bot uses parameter names like |StdInChI_Ref=. At the moment, there also exist parameters like |Melting_ref= to add a formal <ref> to the data. This introduces possible confusion. Because _Ref is not actually a reference (it's more more like a _check), could we change that? Is it possible in the long long term to change that _Ref suffix, and make "_ref" available for (manual) references? -DePiep (talk) 15:22, 26 January 2015 (UTC)

Never thought about that confusion .. it can be changed, the problem is that if there are old _Ref fields, that the bot would ignore those, and add new _check fields to all pages.
It is a matter of changing the settings and the bot will follow that, but maybe a quick run with another bot or AWB at exactly that same time to move all old fields to the new one would be a good thing. --Dirk Beetstra T C 03:14, 27 January 2015 (UTC)

Verify or watch indexed parameters[edit]

In the coming days I plan to update {{chembox}} with indexed ID fields. I mentioned this above, in #New parameters in {Chembox} for the bot. Seven ID's will be indexed "0"–1–7 each. They are: CASNo, CheMBL, ChemSpiderID, InChI, PubChem, SMILES, UNII. All indexes know & show the _Ref= marker (so |UNII7_Ref= works as expected).

  • For the bot changes, I have created User:CheMoBot/Settings.css/sandbox (.css extension to add?). Changed for {{Chembox}}: 1. sorted field names alphabetically; 2. added all indexed fields (only the "0"-index was there: |CASNo=). The diff is [3]. Is this proposal (the sandbox) correct?
  • The bot checking logic is a bit difficult for me. If I am introducing errors, I need a warning. If I understand this correct, missing _Ref markers in verified/watched fields are not an error, but better be bot-added in the future to be ok.
  • WikiData: not touched, not used.
  • I'll write more notes about these and other changes on Template talk:Chembox, and there are testcases links. -DePiep (talk) 16:42, 26 January 2015 (UTC)
  • Also in the sandbox: added |IUPACnames= (the plural). This parameter allows the editor to indicate that it has multiple names, so infobox label or header can spell in plural too. Gently. -DePiep (talk) 17:58, 26 January 2015 (UTC)
I'll have a look at the settings, the diff looks fine I think.
The settings are in a 'css', so that they are automatically protected (.css pages in your userspace are only editable by you and by admins - if I log into my CheMoBot-account, I can change the settings as well - If I ever would not be an admin anymore, or give control over the bot to a non-admin, at least the settings can be adapted).
Where are you afraid of introducing errors - if there are fields in the settings that are managed by the bot, but where the box can not handle it? The bot would just add a _Ref, but the template would ignore it. I guess at some time one could do a search whether there are unsupported fields being filled in in the pages, if that are _Ref fields then you know it.
I'll have a second look at the settings and what you intend to add - and let the bot loose on it. --Dirk Beetstra T C 03:20, 27 January 2015 (UTC)
  • Question. About |CASNo= in {{Chembox}}. If an editor adds or removes that parameter having no =value before or after, does the bot fire and changes an |CASNo_Ref= setting? -DePiep (talk) 15:33, 29 January 2015 (UTC)
Consider answered. I am getting to understanding the bot action. -DePiep (talk) 10:31, 1 February 2015 (UTC)

Spam blacklist[edit]

You're correct. Thanks for the fix! Nyttend (talk) 12:34, 28 January 2015 (UTC)

You're welcome! --Dirk Beetstra T C 12:59, 28 January 2015 (UTC)

Change protection request[edit]

Yes check.svg Done

Hi. You have set PP protection on these two templates (in 2010). Can you change it (loosen it) to Template-protection?

In a few days I'll make the big {{Chembox}} changeover. I'd like to switch these too in the same run. I only have TE rights, no admin. -DePiep (talk) 16:00, 29 January 2015 (UTC)

I see this was already done. --Dirk Beetstra T C 03:09, 1 February 2015 (UTC)
Yes, PP into TEMPL-PROT it a free question anyway I discovered. -DePiep (talk) 10:30, 1 February 2015 (UTC)

Please update CheMoBot/Settings.css[edit]

Please copy User:CheMoBot/Settings.css/sandbox live into User:CheMoBot/Settings.css at first opportunity. Let's keep an eye on bot functioning; I'd like to have a warning if something is wrong. When it is stable, I can put the big {{Chembox}} changes live. -DePiep (talk) 14:20, 31 January 2015 (UTC)

OK, thanks for part 1. FYI, yesterday I added the ChEBI as indexed series. -DePiep (talk) 10:29, 1 February 2015 (UTC)
1. make complete for the verified params
2. more universal
3. catch & handle some errors (eg whitespace in input; handle unk "crroect" input)
4. all have the same pattern
5. categorize only in mainspace
6. use "Category:... with changed X identifier" names. Some needed to be created. See here.
7. The "No CAS reg number in chembox" categories are not filled by these bot templates. That is/should be done in template code. See here.
Notes: I'll check the effects for {{drugbox}}. btw, the tick-setting was performed twice: also in the {{chembox}} code after input! (so it was checking for |CASNo_Ref=changed lol -- here). Removed this second harmless & useless check.
Testing this mucho in testcases/5. Things unclear? -DePiep (talk) 10:56, 1 February 2015 (UTC)

Last minute code change[edit]

I have decided to pull some changes from the proposals, now tested in the sandboxes:

The new, indexed identifiers numbered -6 and -7 will not be implemented.

That is, |CASNo6= and |CASNo7= are off. As are the others for ChemSpider6/7, UNII6/7, ChEMBL6/7, ChEBI6/7, InChI6/7, PubChem6/7, SMILES6/7.

The reason is that I discovered (must be by coincidence ;-) ) that {{chembox}} & {{drugbox}} is quite complicated and big already. Reducing this number makes it possible to expand indexes in the future (eg for DrugBank and KEGG), pre-Lua. Template being in wiki markup code sets some limit here.

As for CheMoBot:

  1. I have prepared code in User:CheMoBot/Settings.css/sandbox, starting with your last live code (=after your Feb 1st edits). I deleted the dropped parameters, see the diff.
  2. My intention was that the sandbox could go live right away (but be sure to take a look).
  3. I saw that you also added DrugBankN indexes. I see where that comes from, but for now DrugBank is not proposed to be indexed. Because I did a feature freeze, I wont add that one this time. But you can leave it in there for future option. (btw, KEGG is in exactly the same boat: "verified id, but not indexed yet").
  4. I understand I can proceed, include going live, without breaking any bot action.
-DePiep (talk) 10:25, 3 February 2015 (UTC)
The bot / code are fine next to each other, you will not break anything. I'll have a second look at the settings one of these days when I have time. --Dirk Beetstra T C 12:26, 3 February 2015 (UTC)

More of the same[edit]

  • Beetstra. In {{Chembox}}, |KEGG= and |DrugBank=, verified fields, now are indexed too (1–5). I added to the Settings.css/sandbox, diff is [4]. As for me, you could update the css. -DePiep (talk) 08:08, 10 February 2015 (UTC)
I'll try to have a look when I have time. --Dirk Beetstra T C 10:39, 10 February 2015 (UTC)
Thanks. I made a mistake earlier: |PubChem= is not verified, but watched. Changed in the sandbox, see the diff link. AFAIK, can be updated. -DePiep (talk) 20:54, 11 February 2015 (UTC)

MediaWiki talk:Spam-whitelist[edit]

Hi, you've left several topics on hold here for some months. Please can you resolve them definitively somehow? Stifle (talk) 09:34, 10 February 2015 (UTC)

Yeah, I saw. I guess these could all be closed - the blacklist rules were removed to give the spammers free game .. --Dirk Beetstra T C 10:38, 10 February 2015 (UTC)

Nomination for deletion of Template:InChI[edit]

Ambox warning blue.svgTemplate:InChI has been nominated for deletion. You are invited to comment on the discussion at the template's entry on the Templates for discussion page. DePiep (talk) 12:45, 10 February 2015 (UTC)

Some clarification[edit]

I owe you some clarification about my position re renaming |*_Ref= parameters. These weeks I am working on complicated Chembox issues (RC). These are the topics I am involved in:

  • Temperatures conversion & formatting
  • Image presentation & formatting
  • Names and variant names
  • Collapsing InChI and SMILES names
  • Infobox subheader layout
  • Wikitable-as-infobox
  • Incidental issues like texts, wikilinks and formatting
  • Indexing and linking of parameters
  • External links, with uncommon format
  • Maintenance categories for mainspace only - but test in testpages
  • Decide and handle parameter deprecation

All this requires those /sandbox chains, variant testing, and a lot of administration for 500+ params and 150+ templates. (last change Feb 6 required 45 live template updates). For bot-related issues, I discovered new workings last weeks, which helped me:

  • Find out what the bot does & what I can/cannot touch
  • align the {{cascite}} series of bot-templates: make them work consistent,
  • Create or rename the bot maint categories into completeness & cosistency
  • Update the bot css data to perform as desired
  • While on the other hand, I explicitly did not want to change bot process nor validation-helping editors

On top of this:

  • And then all this is made complicated exponantionally because {{drugbox}} is in the same boat.
  • Plus, think of the common ambition to merge the two templates in a future, and make them module-based.

In short, I could not use an AWB parameter change being run, while I am juggling all 500+ parameters here. In parameter names, of course the bot cannot operate solitary (the template would need changes too). For all this, the best I can have is a stable and non-obiquous bot. And were this fleshed out in a talk, I could have noted all this before. -DePiep (talk) 20:33, 11 February 2015 (UTC)

I am sorry for jumping the gun a bit. Your concern was completely valid. I was considering that it would make the administration easier if a_ref is for a reference, that b_ref then is not for a check-value. As the bot will now start performing edits adding more of the _ref-fields I though it better to get them out of the way ASAP.
I'll leave initiating the changeover to you - I do think it should be done at some point in the future. --Dirk Beetstra T C 03:16, 12 February 2015 (UTC)
Thanks for this reply. Yes it better be done at some point itf, as "_ref" should not confuse. Maybe a rename-bot will visit all pages anyway when going Lua. -DePiep (talk) 07:11, 12 February 2015 (UTC)

DJ Marfox[edit]

Hi there, Thank you kindly for revising DJ Marfox's english wiki. According to you "External links are not meant to tunnel people away from the wikipedia" — why???? In fact, if you consider that wiki is the first page that people look at it is only fair that they are redirected to other sites — that is the WHOLE point of the internet.

I understand that wikis should be as uniform as they can possible be, but there should also be room for different points of you, would you not agree? I would like to "undo" your edit for the reason stated about as well as because I have included those links at the request of the artist and I would like to abide by his guidelines.

Mariana Raposa — Preceding unsigned comment added by Mariana Raposa (talkcontribs) 13:22, 12 February 2015 (UTC)

Because that is what the community has codified in the policies and guidelines that I and others have pointed you to on a regular basis. E.g. we are not linking to everything related to a person, we only use their official site, plus what is adding encyclopedic information beyond what is includable. A twitter account, e.g. does NOT do that, and we will exclude them, and/or remove them wherever they do not belong.
The artist is not to decide what is in the article, that is up to our policies and guidelines. The artist can suggest what they think is important, but we are not writing an advertisement for him, what gets in there should be notable. --Dirk Beetstra T C 03:16, 15 February 2015 (UTC)

Don't understand a reversion and deletion re: Bruce Ames[edit]

Hi Dirk, yesterday I was editing Bruce_Ames I got rid of a spammy link (to Juvenon), and added a real link to a recent interview where Dr Ames explains more recent theories on nutrition and his triage theory. For some reason my spam link deletion got reverted by a bot(!) and then you came and deleted the other, real links, including my new one. I'm a bit confused, and the srticle is kind of thin as it is.

you said: "External links--> So what do these add .. if interviews are adding significant information, the significant info should be included, otherwise they are superfluous per WP:EL"

and when i looked in the WP:EL it says: "Some acceptable links include those that contain further research that is accurate and on-topic, information that could not be added to the article for reasons such as copyright or amount of detail, or other meaningful, relevant content that is not suitable for inclusion in an article for reasons unrelated to its accuracy."

I don't really understand the connection between those statements in this context. The WP:EL says that further detail is appropriate, which is what i was trying to do here, since he is an eminent scientist, and his entry is anyway fairly short. (I'm not a scientist or qualified to add extensively to the text, unfortunately) So, the result of the deletion is a 20 year gap in referencing his work. A couple of links to high quality additional information are extremely helpful to understand the theories and continuation of his research, particularly if no other layman reference is present.

Anyway, the end result is an article left with much less information for the visitor than it started with, which is a shame. I'm sure you are busy and don't have the time to check out all links, but the ones you deleted (at least i can vouch for the krazney, though it is older, and the interview I just added) as really adding valuable information about his work over the years.

What do I do here? Thanks! Wiki88ikiw (talk) 05:31, 13 February 2015 (UTC)

The connection is a bit later in said guideline: "... it is not Wikipedia's purpose to include a lengthy or comprehensive list of external links related to each topic. No page should be linked from a Wikipedia article unless its inclusion is justifiable according to this guideline and common sense." There are 11 references and quite some prose. Although an interview with the subject can be adding to understanding of the subject, that then also means that that information can be included and used as a reference. If that extra information is not encyclopedic, or if that information is already there and referenced to something else, then this interview is not helping the reader (much) further in understanding the subject (the subject should be understandable through the Wikipedia-prose of the article, and such articles do not need extra external links to explain it further).
Now there were four interviews - what significant information did one add over the other, how to choose (well, clearly, go through a talkpage discussion and find out whether one is needed and which one). --Dirk Beetstra T C 03:29, 15 February 2015 (UTC)

Hi Dirk, thanks for your time. I am committed to figuring out how to have a high quality article. We are discussing three links, since one was clearly inappropriate and I already tried to delete it. A layman's background article in a well known magazine, an audio link discussing his work, and a very recent video interview summing his work and its implications. Those three links cover, in an accessible and accurate way, the last 20 years of his work, which is not currently touched upon at all elsewhere in the article. Since the article now truncates the last 20 years, the end result is a very significantly less comprehensive article. I honestly believe these links would fit the guidelines you've pointed to, since deleting all reference to a reasonable summary of the recent work of someone who has won both Japan's and the US's highest scientific prizes does not qualify as common sense. Most other significant scientists have quite a number of background links, of which several are either audio or video, this does not seem to be a cut and dry Wikipedia policy, and I'm uncomfortable with the arbitrary nature of this wholesale deletion, even if it was with good intent. I'm sure the public is far less well served than previously with the article in its current truncated condition.Wiki88ikiw (talk) 17:28, 15 February 2015 (UTC)

Then use them as proper references - and you did not answer my concerns. --Dirk Beetstra T C 08:28, 16 February 2015 (UTC)

Spam whitelist request II[edit]

I've got a request at the spam whitelist which Stifle seems to be ignoring. Would you please take a look and make a decision one way or the other. The source is required to reference three dates, as other items it was originally being used for have been sourced from elsewhere. There is nothing controversial, and the site appears to be reliable enough to use, given that other facts stated are borne out by RS sources. Mjroots (talk) 12:35, 15 February 2015 (UTC)

@Mjroots:I'll see if I have time to have a look. Mind linking the specific request here? --Dirk Beetstra T C 08:29, 16 February 2015 (UTC) Mjroots (talk) 08:46, 16 February 2015 (UTC)

David Biddulph[edit]

Kindly explain to me why do I need to have an External Links when the ONLY information I am allowed to display there i.e. the artist's webpage (see entry by David Biddulph) is already available in the Infobox?

I have choose to place that link in the infobox — since it is also a PREDEFINED possibility and consequently allowed and would very much like to understand why you believe that the same info needs to be repeated.

Thanking you in advance, Mariana Raposa — Preceding unsigned comment added by Mariana Raposa (talkcontribs) 18:24, 16 February 2015 (UTC)

See our external links guideline. --Dirk Beetstra T C 03:10, 17 February 2015 (UTC)[edit]

Hello Beetstra, I see my site as spam here, I want to request you that please remove it from this list and I will not do any spam again on wikipedia.

Regards — Preceding unsigned comment added by Rsmaah (talkcontribs) 10:01, 17 February 2015 (UTC)

That is just a report, the original additions are still visible. No need to remove the report. --Dirk Beetstra T C 09:07, 18 February 2015 (UTC)
Thank you Beetstra for your reply.
So it means that my site is not blacklisted and i don't need to worry about this report.
Also please tell me can I try to add my link on related articles for reference or I need to completely stop adding links of my site as reference.
And i see that this pages says that links are still there in pink color but when I visit that pages so I can not found my links there.
Regards. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Rsmaah (talkcontribs) 11:28, 19 February 2015 (UTC)
Excuse me for butting in here. Just wanted to note that I found and removed another spammy link to this site -- in Apple TV (I also took the liberty of cleaning up the indents above) ... richi (hello) 08:58, 20 February 2015 (UTC)

Drugbox and bot css settings[edit]

About Template:Drugbox(edit talk links history); Template:Infobox drug(edit talk links history).
Long time ago old {{drugbox}} was renamed (moved) into {{infobox drug}}. However, in User:CheMoBot/Settings.css I only see drugbox mentioned. Does this mean that articles using {{infobox drug}} directly (not the redirect) are not tracked at all? Or does the bot know somehow? The good news is: 5730/5878 transc's are via old drugbox, so the bot might only miss <150 pages. Low priority this. -DePiep (talk) 11:33, 19 February 2015 (UTC)

Should be updated - The transclusion-detection does follow redirects, but not sure in which direction. --Dirk Beetstra T C 17:00, 20 February 2015 (UTC)
Fine. -DePiep (talk) 18:45, 20 February 2015 (UTC)

Lisa Craig Gautier[edit]

Hi - I just noticed that you have edited and commented on a page I created. I was wondering why you noted that these ecological publications were "cocky." And what you mean by that word in the professional sense. Thank you for any information you can provide.

I removed "An optimistic, humorous, helpful tips book about the environment." - which is not a professional opinion about a book. Maybe my choice of words was not optimal. --Dirk Beetstra T C 03:14, 24 February 2015 (UTC)

Hi - I must be misunderstanding the process. May I ask, are you affiliated with BP? No worries if you are, I am just trying to understand the situation. This article is one of several articles I am working on and most of them are on ecologists. I am only interviewing people who have had press, published or are executives working on large scale programs. There are no products being sold, so therefore, no promotions. There is no money exchanged for the articles. No advertising. No spam. I am only interviewing nonprofit and government people. There are many people on wikipedia who have less press, work for for-profit companies or are selling music or themselves as products. I would like to present that people working for the environment are equally as interesting, historically relevant and useful to students writing papers. If this article is uncomfortable for people in BP because it refers to situations that occurred during an intense time for that company, I can remove that section. I would like to mention, however, that I have read many articles on wikipedia that had far more controversial information and just because this information might make BP uncomfortable, doesn't mean it should be deleted. It is through articles like these that more information gets out and complete stories are pieced together. Thank you for your consideration. We await your decision. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Energizerbetty (talkcontribs) 03:59, 24 February 2015 (UTC)

"May I ask, are you iated with BP?" - my affiliations are known to Wikipedia.
"There are no products being sold, so therefore, no promotions. There is no money exchanged for the articles. No advertising. No spam." - You misunderstand the concept of promotion - you can promote people, products, concepts, etc. What we report here, what we write about here, is however notable subjects.
"If this article is uncomfortable for people in BP because it refers to situations that occured during an intense time for that company, I can remove that section" - no, you only include the information when it is notable and independently referenced. And again your're wrong about BP having anything to do with this.
"I would like to mention, however, that I have read many articles on wikipedia that had far more controversial information and just because this information might make BP uncomfortable, doesn't mean it should be deleted." So what. WP:OTHERCRAPEXISTS, and again wrong about BP, we're talking policies and guidelines of Wikipedia here.
"It is through articles like these that more information gets out and complete stories are pieced together." - And that is not the task of an encyclopedia, and outside the scope of Wikipedia. And aha, so it IS for promotional purposes: you want your information to get out.
"We await your decision." - is that a pluralis majestatis, or is this a shared account? --Dirk Beetstra T C 04:49, 24 February 2015 (UTC)

"So what. WP:OTHERCRAPEXISTS," Ha - agreed. Good point. However, it's a hefty percentage of wiki articles.

"and again wrong about BP, we're talking policies and guidelines of Wikipedia here." Thank you for this. I'm happy to be wrong about this.

"what we write about here, is however notable subjects." Got it. Awaiting decision on "notable" or not.

"complete stories are pieced together." - And that is not the task of an encyclopedia, and outside the scope of Wikipedia. And aha, so it IS for promotional purposes: you want your information to get out." Respectfully, I disagree. I would say that is exactly the task of an encyclopedia. And I would hope that others will add their information. I don't need this information to be my information, however, if it is deleted there is less chance for others to contribute to this article.

"We await your decision." - is that a pluralis majestatis, or is this a shared account? It's just me. I did reach out to others for advice when I got your email, and they said to try to ask you and I am very grateful that you responded. Especially that you clarified it has nothing to do with BP, that is reassuring! Corectlon, I should have said "I await your decision."

Thanks again. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Energizerbetty (talkcontribs) 05:19, 24 February 2015 (UTC)

No, the task of an encyclopedia is to describe notable subjects in a neutral manner. News outlets, blogs, etc. are for getting the story out, and for completing the story, independent news sources or scientific publications are needed to show notability and when that is shown it may have a place in Wikipedia. There is much out there that is just not suitable for Wikipedia.
Great that it is just you, just wanted to make sure. Thanks. By the way, can you please sign your posts on talkpages? --Dirk Beetstra T C 05:24, 24 February 2015 (UTC)


Hi. Mate, his edits were good, he reverted the BOT who didn't allow him to add Facebook links but after he left the edits without the site. So I reverted your edits because they don't contain the Facebook pages. Twitter is allowed on Wikipedia but Facebook not. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Yurigarin (talkcontribs) 14:01, 2 March 2015 (UTC)

No, Twitter is not allowed eiter. --Dirk Beetstra T C 03:15, 3 March 2015 (UTC)

Removing borntosell from blacklist[edit]

Hi, in 2012 my friend (owning hired someone for online marketing and that person decided to spam wikipedia with their website. It was nothing that could not have been handled by blocking those 3 accounts and the single IP that were spamming but an admin decided to put the website in the blacklist right away.

I am a little familiar with wikipedia so I'm trying to find the right place where I can get the consensus for requesting to remove it with the promise that this site will not be spammed to wikipedia again. Asking on proposals page by owners is not allowed so I am just going to say it on your talkpage and maybe you can help me on how to go about it?

The warnings on the talk pages of the accounts were actually given after the blacklisting if you see the timestamps. Wikipedia:Spam blacklist says users should be warned first and if other methods are available to prevent, those should be pursued first but none of the users was warned before blacklisting or even blocked.

Blacklisting was not fair as they would have stopped if warned that adding links to your own website would have negative effect such as blacklisting or even block. They did not know the rules then on what qualified for wikipedia links, which is no excuse, but also not fair enough to get blacklisted.

I read that standard offer is for blocked editors but maybe it can also be applied here as the spamming was dropped then and there and the site was not added to the wikipedia after that over years? Wikipedia:Give 'em enough rope seems to be a good deal for some one willing to abide by the rules. To prove that this applies to them can be seen by the fact that they have never spammed again. They don't even want to get off the wikipedia blacklist just to add any links here again. They only want to get off the list because other websites are copying the wikipedia blacklist and using it in their own way which is affecting their normal email newsletter, even to those who have double opted-in and want to get it.

I saw you are active on the blacklist pages so came to you if you can decide to remove it (if they spam you can add it back of course but they won't). If you want me to put this up in front of wikipedia community to get consensus I am also willing to do that. --Riven999 (talk) 06:48, 26 March 2015 (UTC)

@Riven999: - this indeed should really go up for community consensus, so to the right section of the blacklist talk ( Defer to Local blacklist). Be aware that you will likely hear that those requests should come from independent users, preferably with a longstanding experience on Wikipedia, and that you may have to make a case to show what use the link has. Note that contributing without the external links also show the goodwill of involved editors, and that granted whitelist requests for specific link (showing its use) is also a thing in favour of your arguments.
Regarding giving enough rope etc. - if three accounts and an IP are spamming a site, that is already enough rope to see that they are willing to use multiple accounts. Experience with spam is then that warning does not help, and when blocking accounts also that does not help (as accounts are easily made). I agree that it could have been tried, but if the link is deemed to be of no use to Wikipedia anyway (the prime function of the blacklist is to prevent abuse). Arguments that the blacklisting was unfair, or too fast do not really help, as with blocking the accounts it does the job (where with blocking accounts new accounts could still be made ..). --Dirk Beetstra T C 07:30, 26 March 2015 (UTC)

Thanks for your help. I want to send it for community consensus but proposal page is stating conflict of interest requests will be declined. Will I be taken as that because I am just helping some one with this problem? The problem is not about adding links to wikipedia. Infact they do not want to add links to wikipedia again ever. So whitelist is not the request. What they want is to disappear from the blacklist in exchange for a promise that they will not add any links ever and keep checks on any PR firms that work for them so that wikipedia is not spammed on their behalf. Removing the name from blacklist is important for them because some other websites copy wikipedia's blacklist to update their own blacklist. This hurts their website and this also hurts their email newsletter to their normal subscribers (it is not spam). Maybe now my case is more clear?

Regarding my arguments, I agree with you that the admins can take drastic measures some times to protect wikipedia but it was not needed then. And now they are ready to promise and prove that they will not add any links. I think wikipedia policies allow this request (give them rope for future because they did not add any links since years), if wikipedia is hurt because of them admins can always add them back but this is a reasonable request to get removed from the blacklist. The links may not be of benefit to wikipedia so adding them is not suggested. I am suggesting that the links wont be added after the site is removed from the blacklist.

I appreciate your time helping with this, I do not want to be rejected on technicality that I am a friend of site owner so maybe conflict of interest applies on proposal page so can I go to the general administrators noticeboard or something so that wikipedia community can hear me and decide themselves if I am asking something reasonable or do you have authority to take care of this? Regards. --Riven999 (talk) 06:54, 30 March 2015 (UTC)

@Riven999: I agree, but that is why I start with that this really should go up for community consensus through the normal channels (I've seen quite some cases going wrong because there was a 'rogue' admin not going through procedures and not taking time to get the whole picture).
By the way, which companies take Wikipedia's blacklist - if they do so it should be for the right reasons, domains blocked on spam blacklists are not on there because of the content on the external site, it is to protect Wikipedia. --Dirk Beetstra T C 08:27, 30 March 2015 (UTC)
Note that I see that people involved with Born to Sell have been active up to December 2013 with .. promotional edits. --Dirk Beetstra T C 08:32, 30 March 2015 (UTC)

Ok I can go to proposal page first to go through normal channel. I do not know which companies copy the list but they said it was the case and they knew about it - it was effecting their newsletter and their site both. I agree that other websites should not use list without checking content on sites but it happens. Ok I will send my proposal for consensus there, if a single admin rejects it because of conflict of interest then I think I will have to find some noticeboard where community can read the proposal and decide without conflict of interest. Thanks for your help. --Riven999 (talk) 09:52, 30 March 2015 (UTC)

Good luck. --Dirk Beetstra T C 03:16, 31 March 2015 (UTC)

It has been 1 and a half year since 2013 I think it is reasonable time to prove that they have stopped this. --Riven999 (talk) 09:53, 30 March 2015 (UTC)

A year and a half is nothing - there are companies spamming here for way longer than that. --Dirk Beetstra T C 03:16, 31 March 2015 (UTC)

Thanks. I have posted here as you said [5]. Is it possible to remove them from blacklist in exchange for some kind of probation period that they will not add it again? Please give your input. The main concern is just to get off the blacklist nothing else. --Riven999 (talk) 09:37, 1 April 2015 (UTC)

Hello, there is no objection on proposal. Can you approve it? --Riven999 (talk) 07:34, 6 April 2015 (UTC)

I will leave it completely for independent review now. There is no discussion - blacklist and whitelist move slow, only a few specialists are there, and few will have time. As your friend had time to spent on spamming and search engine optimisation (also after the site was blacklisted), I am sure they have time as well to wait for this. I, for one, fail to see the benefit of de-blacklisting this for Wikipedia. --Dirk Beetstra T C 03:22, 7 April 2015 (UTC)

I understand that wikipedia works slow and I want regular contributors to give input because it is declined by lone administrator. I am appealing for proper consensus at Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard. --Riven999 (talk) 05:45, 7 April 2015 (UTC)

COIBot LinkReports bug[edit]

It includes in the "Links" section a note about domainname resolution for the hostname, and a {{LinkSummary}} of it. But it calls the actual resolution appears to be failing. See for example Wikipedia:WikiProject Spam/LinkReports/ first second-level bulletpoint is " resolves to X". Is it a general bot-bug? Or is it just that in this case the resolution failed? DMacks (talk) 08:15, 29 March 2015 (UTC)

I know this happens, but I checked Wikipedia:WikiProject Spam/LinkReports/ (the last one it saved just now) and there the IP is mentioned. What I do not really understand is why the IP-resolving sometimes fails on certain domains, and maybe I should find another method for it (it is sometimes handy in spam fighting, do a linksearch for the IP of the domain and get all other domains on the same server, which then sometimes are simply all spam-domains spammed ..). Thanks for the heads-up! --Dirk Beetstra T C 08:47, 29 March 2015 (UTC)


Thanks. Please explain how I can upload multiple photo while editing/ creating a topic. Regards (Editwikig (talk) 07:59, 9 April 2015 (UTC))

Hi, User:Editwikig - I don't know how to, I do not work on uploading media. Wikipedia:File_Upload_Wizard <- this is where you go when to upload an image, and I presume that there will be links to give more explanation. I however think that you just upload the pictures (one every time), and then edit/create the topic and use the uploaded images. I hope this helps. --Dirk Beetstra T C 08:14, 9 April 2015 (UTC)

You have new mail![edit]

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@Revi: .. I don't think I got it. --Dirk Beetstra T C 10:24, 20 April 2015 (UTC)
Weird. (It was about COIBot down. ps. My username is -revi. Revi ping won't work anymore with the SUL finalization.) — regards, Revi 05:56, 23 April 2015 (UTC)
I found it .. it was in my spam folder (you really should stop spamming me! ;-)). Ah, I copied the wrong username. Anyways, I started the bot again, it did not restart after the last whatever they did to the servers (all bots were killed and the other 4 automatically respawned 7 days ago or so). --Dirk Beetstra T C 06:44, 23 April 2015 (UTC)


Reverting when a topic is in the D of BRD is edit warring. Undo & stop it. -DePiep (talk) 09:12, 20 April 2015 (UTC)

You Boldly applied the removal of the 'median', it was Reverted back in - that is where Discussion starts. It is confusing, it is not correct, and you don't have consensus to remove it. --Dirk Beetstra T C 10:23, 20 April 2015 (UTC)
No. In LD50 it was not even presented by you: [6]. In LC50 it was not present when deployed at all. Whatever: you should talk first. Welcome at Wikipedia. -DePiep (talk) 18:55, 22 April 2015 (UTC)
I don't need to talk first if there are things which are presented plainly wrong - it is a median lethal dose, not a lethal dose. That is one of the other parameters. --Dirk Beetstra T C 03:09, 23 April 2015 (UTC)
OK, I had a bit of a look, and in both cases (LC50 and LD50) YOU introduced the term 'Lethal dose' in the template. When that was changed you insisted that it was interfering with template development, and when now a second person is telling you that it is wrong you insist that it should be discussed. I have yet to see a compelling argument from you that Lethal dose is a good representation of LD50 .. --Dirk Beetstra T C 03:31, 23 April 2015 (UTC)
Nonsense. You keep evading the "D". -DePiep (talk) 21:23, 23 April 2015 (UTC)
And also that is not true .. I am at the discussion as well. You however still have not brought forward compelling arguments why 'lethal dose' is 'correct'. --Dirk Beetstra T C 06:15, 24 April 2015 (UTC)

Jonathan Cahn[edit]

Why did you take down the edits that I placed up? — Preceding unsigned comment added by BethIsrael (talkcontribs) 16:45, 23 April 2015 (UTC)

Hi I am inquiring as to why you have made changes on my wiki page, Jonathan Cahn. If I have done something wrong please forgive me for I am new to Wikipedia. Also all the info I have provided is from Jonathan himself he asked me to make these changes on his behalf.

Please correct or tell me what was the problem from before and I will gladly try to fix them myself.

Thank you. BethIsrael (talk) 17:25, 23 April 2015 (UTC)

@BethIsrael: I have not reinstated any old edits, I only stopped the warring - and the information is certainly not 'new' here (you may be, but then others before you tried to do exactly the same thing, for months).
If you are involved with the subject of the page, I ask you to first thoroughly read m:Terms of Use, and the conflict of interest guideline, as well as the other policies and guidelines that we follow here (I'll leave you a welcome message with all the data neededThey are linked from the top of your user talkpage) and after reading that, suggest you, strongly, to discuss on the talkpage of the subject (per that conflict of interest guideline), and achieve consensus there. --Dirk Beetstra T C 20:11, 23 April 2015 (UTC)

Move comments in Talk:Hillary Rodham Clinton/April 2015 move request[edit]

Hi, I'm asking editors (on both sides of the question) who have made responses to individual !votes in the survey section to move those discussions to subsections in the discussion section. That will keep things tidy. Cheers! bd2412 T 23:42, 27 April 2015 (UTC)

Nah, I think that they should stay where they are. The whole is not a vote, it is supposed to be a discussion. --Dirk Beetstra T C 04:36, 28 April 2015 (UTC)

Move conversation[edit]

I've been asked to move our conversation to discussion, but I don't think it really adds much besides clutter to the dialogue. I probably shouldn't have started it in the the first place. Are you ok with removal? ―Mandruss  23:50, 27 April 2015 (UTC)

No. I think it is relevant to the whole. --Dirk Beetstra T C 04:35, 28 April 2015 (UTC)


I corrected information about "homeyra" that can be verified. Her web site had been hijacked. I hope to keep the page, but block those who want to profit from her. She did not put the web site on wiki. Someone bought a domain under her name and is trying to sell it on wikipedia. I deleted it several times and put correct web site for public. mehrdad214 — Preceding unsigned comment added by Mehrdad214 (talkcontribs) 04:49, 30 April 2015 (UTC)

@Mehrdad214: "I corrected information about "Homeyra" that can be verified" - the only thing you corrected was the website. The problem is the rest of the information in the article - articles need references to sources independent of the subject - in other words, what other people say about her - especially on a BLP. This article is tagged for years for that, and is unsourced for years as well. Please have a look at our policy on biographies of living people, as well as the general policy on verifiability.
Regarding the false websites - maybe they should go up for blacklisting if the problem persists. --Dirk Beetstra T C 04:54, 30 April 2015 (UTC)

Azotti external links question[edit]

I'm totally new to editing a wiki page but I feel like the external links that I have posted are legit. I understand External links are not meant to tunnel people away from the wikipedia as you say on your page.

But if you look at, say Armin Van buuren, another world renown DJ, he's got a couple other external links, that I was trying to add to Azotti's page.

What am I doing wrong? Regards, Tyler Harney — Preceding unsigned comment added by Tylerharney (talkcontribs) 07:39, 30 April 2015 (UTC)

The external links don't belong there - we do not list all possible online presences of a subject. That they are elsewhere is also not a reason to do it on this page.
The article does not have proper references to independent sources showing that the statements in the article are true, and showing that .. significant sources are talking about the subject. And that is particularly important on biographies of living people. I hope this explains a bit. --Dirk Beetstra T C 12:50, 30 April 2015 (UTC)

External link[edit]

Hi, my name is Alyona. I added an external link to this article, but it was deleted. [[7]]

The link was

  • aperitas - Digital supply chain sustainability ratings platform

aperitas is also a platform as EcoVadis, Ecodesk etc. which is closed to the topic of supply chain sustainability. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Alyona makarova (talkcontribs) 08:57, 30 April 2015 (UTC)

The statements are equally true without naming the subjects - no need to add those links to all applicable pages, we are writing an encyclopedia here, not a soapbox. --Dirk Beetstra T C 12:52, 30 April 2015 (UTC)

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COIBot's trusted list[edit]

Can you add my cloack (wikipedia/Devwebtel) to COIBot's trusted list? Thanks. --Devwebtel (query) 16:40, 9 May 2015 (UTC)

@Devwebtel: - see diff. --Dirk Beetstra T C 13:15, 11 May 2015 (UTC)
Thanks. How do execute command (when I wrote on IRC channel something like "bl add test test" or "CVNBot6 bl add test test" there was no response from bot)?--Devwebtel (query) 17:39, 11 May 2015 (UTC)
You'd have to be in a channel with COIBot, CVNBot6 is a different bot. --Dirk Beetstra T C 03:11, 12 May 2015 (UTC)
 :). Thanks. --Devwebtel (query) 15:09, 12 May 2015 (UTC)


That looks handy, where do I get a copy please? Guy (Help!) 10:00, 11 May 2015 (UTC)

Handy it is .. it is what we use for ages on meta. It is in my userspace - but still not working perfectly (still tweaking as I use it).
As I am learning to write js on the go, I have to learn what to do with what. The script is originally not suitable for writing in two different locations, and I have troubles passing that on at the moment (hence separate scripts for blacklisting and revertlisting), and I have problems having it read from different locations (hence separate scripts for separate pages). As I figure it out, I may at some point combine them back into one script.
Use at own risk, I am not taking any responsibility for its use. If you know JavaScript, please feel free to help tweaking them into perfection. --Dirk Beetstra T C 13:10, 11 May 2015 (UTC)

Thanks for your help[edit]

Thanks for your help, I am not very knowledgable about the protocols, but did my best. Hopefully, all of the errors have been fixed. I have one more question. How do I add a photo (self-portrait of the author, who gave me permission to use the image for the commons) to the page? From what I can gather, only an official wikipedia editor can add an image to a wiki page. Ranger x (talk) 12:16, 14 May 2015 (UTC)Ranger x

If you uploaded it to Commons, you can add it, you'll have to include [[File:<your filename>]] - it takes some parameters, I think it is best to have a look at Wikipedia:Picture_tutorial. --Dirk Beetstra T C 12:21, 14 May 2015 (UTC)

Whitelist request[edit]

I work for, and I see that at least two of our subdomains showed up on automated reports of spam linking. Please whitelist and our subdomains. We are a nonprofit public charity that provides pro and con research on controversial issues. We had 20.2 million uniques in 2014 and our content is used by educators in over 6,000 schools in 80 countries as well as 20+ intl. governments and 30 US state governments. You can read more about us at I mention this to emphasize that we are not spammers, and that we wish to be whitelisted so there won't be any future issues related to students and teachers referencing content. Please forgive me if I'm failing to observe certain protocols in making this request. Ignorance is my defense, and I don't mean to disrespect Wikipedia rules. Thanks for your consideration. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:45, 27 May 2015 (UTC)

@ - can you please point me to the automated reports that mention your subdomains. Without that I am not going to be able to make a judgement. --Dirk Beetstra T C 03:27, 28 May 2015 (UTC)

Self Promotion Issues[edit]

Hi there, I wonder if you could please take a look at a wiki article under the title of High Sabbath Adventists as I believe the article is being used more for Self Promotion and edited by those who seem to be part of the movement which they are writing about rather than producing a genuine wiki article, it gives the impression that it's balanced and non bias but only from the point of view of which the the article is promoting. it has very few if any realible references which seem to amount to purely original research which is against the policies of Wikipedia. I would like to call that the article is recommended for deletion citing self promotion and lack of realibile souces. ( (talk) 17:47, 1 June 2015 (UTC))

I'll have a look. --Dirk Beetstra T C 03:12, 2 June 2015 (UTC)

Livid Instruments Page deletion[edit]

I've prepared a page for the company Livid Instruments, but I saw that you deleted it many years ago. I'd like to put up a proper page with citations and fact-based history. Peboer (talk) 22:17, 2 June 2015 (UTC)

@Peboer: you can start it as 'Draft:Livid Instruments', created through the articles for creation process. In that case you have time to work on it, and it will be reviewed before it gets made life. Please be aware of our policies and guidelines, and that the article has to adhere to those - I'll leave you a welcome message with some necessary reading. --Dirk Beetstra T C 03:39, 3 June 2015 (UTC)
I see that you created the page already in your userspace as User:Peboer/Livid Instruments , that is also an option. I've cleaned out external linking in the prose of the document, that is inappropriate. It does feel a bit still like an advertisement. I'll see if I can give more of a review later.
I think I should point you to read the m:Terms of Use, and to strictly adhere to that. Thanks. --Dirk Beetstra T C 03:49, 3 June 2015 (UTC)
@Beetstra: Thanks much. Regarding the external links in the prose, I put those in as evidence to support the story. I guess it would be better to just include pictures. I need to make some edits elsewhere so I have image upload permissions to do so, I guess! Looking forward to the review. Basically, I'm just trying to give information about the history and products, including basic descriptions of each product, making all attempts to avoid any claims, advantages or benefits, though I do see there is room for improvement on those. I'll keep culling the document of things like that. Peboer (talk) 16:25, 3 June 2015 (UTC)
@Peboer: - We use references to support statements, and those should preferably come from independent, secondary sources (though some primary sources are fine as well as long as the article does not rely on it). So I guess in some cases, you could use the links as a reference to the statement that you make 'product x', we would not link 'product x' externally (and one could argue, that if there is no internal page about it, and/or there are no independent references mentioning 'product x', that then it is not notable and should not even extensively mentioned in an article about the company that makes 'product x' - hence, everything needs support of independent references showing notability). --Dirk Beetstra T C 10:35, 4 June 2015 (UTC)


Hi Dirk,

I think you have somehow gotten the wrong idea about the proposal for VisualEditor at VPPR. There's no proposal to take away wikitext from anyone. (Seriously, the product manager is and has always been in an "over my dead body" state with that idea.)

The proposal there is just to tick the box for VisualEditor in Beta Features when someone new signs up. That's it. It will be fully reversible (just go back to Beta Features and un-tick the box), and it gives each editor the choice between wikitext and VisualEditor, in side-by-side buttons, on every article. If you want to see what it would look like, then go to Special:Preferences#mw-prefsection-betafeatures, change your prefs, and then go to Special:Random. The only difference between the proposal and what you said that you wanted is that the buttons are labeled "Edit source" and "Edit" rather than "Edit" and "Visual edit".

(It's really late in my timezone, so I'm going offline. If you've got questions for me, then feel free to ping me; I'll be around at least briefly tomorrow.) Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 06:51, 21 June 2015 (UTC)

This is what the proposed result looks like. Two buttons, not just one, available for each edit.
@Whatamidoing (WMF):: I did not mean that, and I assumed that. So there is from your side no reason to only offer the VE to new editors - offer them both at the same time and let them simply chose what to use. No 'the edit button is going to VE for new users' and then they have to manually switch - choice is the key. No need to set it in the preferences, even I want next to my 'Edit' button an 'Visual edit'-button (or the other way around, 'edit' and 'edit source'). No standards set. --Dirk Beetstra T C 07:59, 21 June 2015 (UTC)
You're right, there's no reason to hide the wikitext editor or to make people manually switch to get two buttons. Consequently the proposal is to give them both buttons, automatically, for every edit, without them having to set their preferenaces. The proposal is not to give them just VisualEditor. Let me try to be a bit clearer:
  • Today, new editors get no choice by default. They get the wikitext editor, and unless they just happen to know that there is an alternative, and can figure out how to manually enable that option in their preferences, then that's all they get.
  • The proposal is to automatically give editors a choice. New editors will get two buttons by default. They can choose whichever button they want, on each edit.
When I look at your comments, you seem to be saying "Strongly oppose, because editors must be given two buttons, not one." And I'm looking at the proposal which is exactly to "give new editors two buttons, not one", and I can't figure out why you think you're opposed to the actual proposal. Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 16:45, 21 June 2015 (UTC)
I oppose, because it is unclear. --Dirk Beetstra T C 03:11, 22 June 2015 (UTC)
And I oppose, because this still reeks of 'we decided it is wanted, we decided it is good, we spent money on it to develop it, so we want it turned on' (and yes, that is still how it feels - as a volunteer I spent hours last and this week because my bots did not work anymore - hours looking for 'what did the developer change that my bots now do not understand anymore. Is it software changes on tools, is it an update in a perl module, is it something in the diffs, the api, irc feeds? It turned out to be the last, one friggin' 's' was added which did not fit my regexes. The problem is, that there is not a good central repository where it is clear (and I only have half an hour per day time/access for programming/on Wikipedia - the whole cross-wiki anti spam effort had to do for days without database, and it is still not fixed). I am sorry, but I think that WMF are not thinking from the volunteer community - bugs stay open for months, nay, years because a volunteer finds something that is broken, and you push things through. And regarding that, I think that new editors is the worst group for who it should be turned on by default, before the community at large is using it and took out any problems that may still be there. --Dirk Beetstra T C 03:42, 22 June 2015 (UTC)
Regarding the bot issue - it is still not working .. I wonder what else is broken. --Dirk Beetstra T C 07:29, 22 June 2015 (UTC)
@Whatamidoing (WMF): - 9 days later we have m:User:LiWa3 back up (that is how long it took me to figure out what was wrong), and 10 days later we have User:XLinkBot back up. User:COIBot tomorrow (COIBot has some basic understanding of MediaWiki already), and the other two (User:CheMoBot and UnBlockBot after that. --Dirk Beetstra T C 03:31, 23 June 2015 (UTC)
I'm sorry about the bot problems. I know how important they are (perhaps even more than the typical editor  ;-). On that subject, is any of the "rawcontinue" stuff[8] going to affect you at the end of the month? Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 18:04, 23 June 2015 (UTC)
@Whatamidoing (WMF): Yes, that is also one that is going to affect me. In fact, the warning there already killed my bots months ago (of course, all bot programmers that load xml from the server convert that to xml in their code - NOT, regexing out the info you need goes way faster, and the warning broke all my bots that read that because the regex did not fit, a problem similar to the one that was killing my bots last week). I will make a round through the thousands of lines of code and get the rawcontinue parameter in. It is beyond me why, with the thousands of parameters that the API can handle, these need to be re-used and one can not have a new parameter for the new situation. --Dirk Beetstra T C 03:14, 24 June 2015 (UTC)
It is funny that my bots are not in that list - especially COIBot, XLinkBot and CheMoBot are riddled with the reading of queries. --Dirk Beetstra T C 03:22, 24 June 2015 (UTC)
Not that I am subscribing to those emails (, but can you show me where was announced that on the Wikipedia IRC feed (irc:// the diff-url was changed from 'http' to 'https'? (that was one of the two cases why my regexes broke). --Dirk Beetstra T C 03:27, 24 June 2015 (UTC)
I have no idea. I tend to stay away from IRC as much as I can (also, mailing lists: who has the time?). If you're talking about the recent change to "all HTTPS, all the time", then I know that it wasn't announced in advance, so some bot breakage was sadly predictable. The Legal team handled that, and I really don't know anything more about their issues beyond what User:Johan (WMF) posted at WP:VPT last week. Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 07:40, 26 June 2015 (UTC)
@Whatamidoing (WMF): I have no time for mailinglists nor IRC. I see now that the 'https'-issue is being discussed on VP, I however do not see any bot-operators complain about it. Maybe they are somewhere else. However, the discussion seems to follow the same line as what I see here, what I saw with VE - you (WMF) are so much on the 'push' side of technology that you ignore your customer. You (WMF) blindly accept(s) that bot operators will have to unbreak their software (we're 2 weeks down the https-road and I think all are now operational again), RE patrollers will need to follow up new editors with VE enabled (in my opinion, if VE is good enough then take it out of beta and make it available, but do not enforce or push it on communities to have users use it). And that while regular bugs and feature requests stay for ages and keep being ignored (I once reported a bug about an issue in the watchlist that broke it's display - it got ignored and got repaired because of a scheme-overhaul in the watchlist ('oh - that repaired this bug as well!'). Inadequacy of the AbuseFilter (it's good but too much of a hog - have a team think about that?), inadequacy of the spam-blacklist (requested for years) .. ignored (someone hacked some functionality in that helps, but in basis it is still an issue - have a team work on that?), and I am sure that there are more urgent or requested features that are longer on the list. You're so focussed on getting and keeping new editors that keeping the old 'happy' is ignored. And even if it is a Legal issue - if there is time for a developer to go through the system and implement that 's' and test it (it must break the internal software as well if it is not implemented properly), then there is also time to .. post to the known bot operators that there are breaking issues (did you see a post on my talkpage in the past about the xml-change ('rawcontinue') .. no, it was done in the xml which I may not even have seen; ironically, if you process the xml as xml you do not notice it at all, if you process it through regex as I do, the notice itself breaks your bot - at least it got noticed). You say IRC, you say mailing lists - but having bot operators subscribe to a list of announcements on a user talkpage of their choice (even for the more 'disruptive interface changes)? --Dirk Beetstra T C 03:46, 28 June 2015 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── If you want a list of announcements on a user talkpage of your choice, then you should subscribe to m:Tech/News. You can also follow Tech/News candidates on Phabricator. The rawcontinue stuff, for example, has been planned for two years and announced through all of these means: mailing lists, IRC, warnings in the logs, Tech/News, both VPT and BOTN here at en.wp, etc.

But for the switch to HTTPS, Legal deliberately did not announce it in advance, for the reasons explained by Bawollf and others at VPT. I believe they knew that there were downsides to both approaches (people with IE6 cannot read Wikipedia at all now), and made a choice about which downsides they could live with.

As for the rest, you're assuming that VisualEditor causes more problems than the wikitext editor. There is no evidence for that. I specifically asked for complaints from RecentChanges patrollers during the week-long test, and I received none. I saw no problems posted at the Teahouse, or the Help Desk, or at VPT, or anywhere else. Nothing. VisualEditor will be "beta" software until the product manager feels like changing the label (Mediawiki has no standards for that). What we can say much more usefully than "it's beta" is this: Half the newbies used it a couple of weeks ago, and we received zero complaints. It's been available to all users at several large Wikipedias for almost two years now, and the level of complaints there is low. There are things that they want to do in VisualEditor (just like there are features people keep requesting for wikitext, like proper support for nested footnotes and built-in dynamic columns), and there are some unique but relatively minor problems (just like there are some unique but relatively minor problems with wikitext), but editors seem to get along just fine when they're given a choice.

I know you're busy with more urgent things, but if you can find some time, you might want to spend a while doing some RecentChanges patrolling. That should give you an idea of what a big problem wikitext can be, and what a small problem VisualEditor can be these days. Or look at the recent weeks for the systematic evaluation of randomly selected edits, all from VisualEditor. Guillaume stopped doing it recently, because there were so few errors, and always the same ones (and the rate is even lower now, because they just fixed another nowiki annoyance in Parsoid). It's been running around 95% correct, and the rest evenly split between user errors and bugs, for over a month now. It's not 2013 any longer: the fact is that VisualEditor does not appear to cause any more problems than the wikitext editor does. Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 02:06, 29 June 2015 (UTC)

{{rto|Whatamidoing (WMF) I had a look at that m:Tech/News. It does mention that Wikipedia can now only be used through https .. it does not mention that that subtle change was also applied to the IRC feeds and to some other places in Wikipedia. It wouldn't have helped me figuring out why my bots refused to read IRC .. nor the follow-up problem from that (that my bots were reading http and therefore did not get a proper response).
As for VE. There is a section 'Burden for Wikipedians' on m:Research:VisualEditor's_effect_on_newly_registered_editors/May_2015_study ('m:Research:VisualEditor's_effect_on_newly_registered_editors/May_2015_study#Burden_on_current_Wikipedians). That section only looks at the the difference in number of blocked editors and the number of reverted editors. First of all the data is misrepresented (there is no statistical difference, only a perceived one), second of all, whether a vandal is editing through source or editing through VE, it is a vandal, they will insert their 'poop', spam, whatever. The perceived lower number may just as well be because the vandal finds it less handy to vandalise the page through VE. The real expected change in burden is the number of left over broken Wikitext - which will be of a different nature, but might still be there. If a new editor coming out of a VE edit is leaving a broken page, what do they do? If a new editor coming out of a source edit is leaving a broken page, what do they do? I know that source editing leaves broken pages (misformatting, added <br /> for newlines, broken refs, etc.), I presume that that will also be true for VE (albeit of a different nature, I do not believe that VE is never leaving mistakes). That statistic is not presented to us. You show that VE editors are just as productive and survive, and that the ease of editing goes down. So, basically, there is no evidence that VE is better, at the best worse, and you push to enable it for NEW users. --Dirk Beetstra T C 03:47, 29 June 2015 (UTC)
I don't believe that anyone was claiming that VisualEditor is definitely better in terms of key metrics – only that it was about the same overall (="no negative impact") for the items measured, and that consequently it might be appropriate to give editors a choice. There are things that it's well-suited to (e.g., copyediting) and things that it's not well-suited for (e.g., replacing {{unreferenced|date=July 2015}} with {{refimprove|date=July 2015}}). I'm happy to be using both and choosing whichever I want for the task. Also, I realize that you personally haven't been concerned about VisualEditor somehow inspiring vandalism, but there has once again been an evidence-free claim to the contrary raised by someone else, so I'm glad that concern has largely been debunked.
I'm not actually trying to change your mind on the overall question. As far as I'm concerned, if your comments can be understood by other people, then it's all good. I just wanted to let you know that I'd been thinking about your earlier comments and trying to address them with a clearer question.
I also wanted to check in with you today to make sure that your bots were okay after the leap second, and to note that the rawcontinue change is arriving at Wikipedias tomorrow. I hope that none of those create new problems for you. Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 22:28, 1 July 2015 (UTC)
User:Whatamidoing (WMF) - look, in a way, I welcome the VE. I grew up in the time of typewriters and that was not exactly easy. The early versions of computer based editors was also not helping drastically but since the WYSIWYG editors it is much better. VE is certainly one of the better developments by WMF, but I will resist the pushy way WMF is implementing it, and I think that new editors is about the last group you want to push it on. I have the beta enabled, and I have a choice (but it is unclear, it is that I know that 'edit' results in VE - and when I freshly enabled it, I clicked wrongly on 'edit' a couple of times). Just announce widely that there are major improvements, and see the number of editors that enable it slowly increase. When you see that there is a signficant user base using it, do some polls under them whether they think it is 'good enough' and if it is, then consider to pull it out of beta and run a poll for enabling it (but with two clear buttons) for all editors. The time is wrong now, and the target group is wrong now. Even if this poll goes through, and in 3 months someone looks at the number of new editors starting monthly and sees it decline and it manages to show it is due to VE, or when VE shows other quirks, and the community then shuts it down again, you are in bigger trouble getting it through.
Well, you should be trying to change my mind - by providing me with the data that shows that VE is better. That you (pl) do not do that shows that you know that VE is not ready. Another reason not to push it through now (why actually now, why not wait?), because if really it is not ready and it needs to be disabled again, the resistance will only grow. And in a way, I am trying to change your mind - hoping that you will either show proper statistics that VE is better (and I hope for you that they do not turn out to be worse - I've mentioned the 'burden on Wikipedians' problem), or that you will withdraw this proposal as it stands now (pushing it on a group of editors who likely have no clue how to solve the problems if they encounter them), and chose another path forward.
The leap second did not affect me, it may have affected the servers of tools. I actually wonder if I have records stored in that one second, I should check. I am not ready for rawcontinue on all bots, I'll spend time on that in the next couple of days. Thanks! --Dirk Beetstra T C 03:35, 2 July 2015 (UTC)
This is sort of a philosophical question: Why do you think that VisualEditor should be hidden until it is significantly better? Why "better" instead of only "equal"? Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 16:54, 2 July 2015 (UTC)
@Whatamidoing (WMF): - That is not really what I suggest, and you misinterpret the comment: I do not think that VisualEditor should be hidden, I am fine with making it standard available to established users (who know how to handle problems if they arise - my understanding is that there are still problems), I am not fine with VE being offered as standard to new editors (if problems arise, they might not know how to handle it). Also, I do not say that VisualEditor has to be better, I say that VisualEditor does not have to be worse than current - and the statistics on meta are so limited that that can not be proven from there. --Dirk Beetstra T C 06:20, 5 July 2015 (UTC)
You wrote above that I should be "providing [you] with the data that shows that VE is better" – "better", not merely equal. I assumed that you meant what you wrote, but I am glad to have that clarified. I think that the data we have proves that for big-picture items, it's equal (or possibly very slightly better). But I'm also looking forward to getting more information. It is not unreasonable to assume, for example, that newbies using VisualEditor are more likely to add citation templates than new editors who are not.
I doubt that established editors would appreciate anyone changing their prefs settings. The team would probably be willing to "flip the switch" for established editors (and then to let people opt back out if they want), but they would probably also insist upon strong evidence of community consensus to do so. Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 18:25, 6 July 2015 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── User:Whatamidoing (WMF) - in a way, it is what I expect, right: that VE is at least as good. Your statistics (as presented on meta) are cherry picked, and misinterpreted. If you want to do this right, then you (WMF) should not be doing these statistics, but independently, with proper questions to be asked. As it stands now, and as I said before, the statistics are cherry picked and misinterpreted. As I now see on that statistics' talkpage on meta, you (WMF) don't want to go that extra mile to show that actually VE is not causing problems. It either speaks for willingness to show, or for knowing the result and avoiding the consequences.

However, I see remarks along the lines that established editors see regular edit-mistakes with VE, that need subsequent (source) edits to clean it up.

"I doubt that established editors would appreciate anyone changing their prefs settings" - so therefore we chose a group of people who don't know any better, and we enforce it on them. And as long as we don't/can't show any data whether it is worse ..

Yes, the community would likely want a say in whether they want the VE. I wonder why WMF did not ask them first. --Dirk Beetstra T C 03:55, 7 July 2015 (UTC)(edited --Dirk Beetstra T C 05:32, 7 July 2015 (UTC))

Because I already did? Seriously, there are no good methods to ask people to change their prefs. The primary options are annoying, ineffective, and vaporware (and various combinations and permutations thereof). If you have ideas about how to do this in a manner that is both effective and non-disruptive, then I'm all ears. Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 04:29, 7 July 2015 (UTC)
@Whatamidoing (WMF): - that is a question to ask people to voluntary turn it on. I do think that some did (actually, I have it turned on ..). But this is something different than opening an RfC to have the prefs standard changed so that everybody gets VE until it turns off. Yet you chose an RfC to the same community to turn it on for users who themselves by definition can not have their say.
Note: 'you' here generally points to 'WMF', this is not personal. --Dirk Beetstra T C 05:32, 7 July 2015 (UTC)


Rainbow trout transparent.png Whack!

You've been whacked with a wet trout.

Don't take this too seriously. Someone just wants to let you know you did something silly.
Sorry, Dirk, but I think you need this.
The proposal to roll out VE is to turn on by default for new editors only, rather than off. When turned on, an additional button is added to every section and the top. "Edit" goes to VE and "Edit source" is the classic editor. When off, all you see is "Edit" which is the classic editor. Existing users will have their settings preserved.—cyberpowerChat:Online 17:32, 21 June 2015 (UTC)
Face-smile.svg. And I think that 'edit' is wrong - it should be clear that you then go to a visual editor. --Dirk Beetstra T C 03:10, 22 June 2015 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

Barnstar of Reversion Hires.png The Anti-Vandalism Barnstar
Thank you for protecting the Legend of Mir II page from edits. Reverting the non stop link vandalism was getting tiring. Farril (talk) 11:32, 23 June 2015 (UTC)
Well, thank you, Farril - note that this is not endorsing the current contents of the article, and note as well that this should have been handled way earlier by either of the two sides. I have seriously considered to block both sides for some lengthy time as an alternative, either party, or an uninvolved party, should have brought this and kept this on the talkpage with whatever version staying while discussing it, or should have brought this earlier to administrative attention. I have some pages on my watchlist now, and will liberally block anyone who continues elsewhere. --Dirk Beetstra T C 12:20, 23 June 2015 (UTC)
And that is what I just did with the first account. --Dirk Beetstra T C 12:24, 23 June 2015 (UTC)

CheMoBot: Verifiedimages supported today?[edit]

I am not sure how to read CheMoBot's settings in this. What is the current status of |Verifiedimages= in {{Chembox}}? Is it maintained by the bot today, or is it abandoned and so can be deleted from articles? User:CheMoBot/Settings.css says: chembox_change_images=Verifiedimages|changed

For {{Drugbox}}, it is not maintained I conclude. -DePiep (talk) 11:49, 25 June 2015 (UTC)

As far as I am aware, it is supported and maintained. What is likely the problem is our friendly and informative MediaWiki development team who have taken out my bots by making changes in the interface (and a second one which we bot owners were warned for is up in a couple of days .. sigh). Does CheMoBot edit since the beginning of this month? I have been focussing on getting my antispam-bots back up and keeping them up, I think I will do the update on CheMoBot next week, then UnBlockBot (latter IRC only). --Dirk Beetstra T C 12:37, 25 June 2015 (UTC)
I saw this (which suggests that CheMoBot has some basic understanding of the current state of the MediaWiki software as well .. I hope I am in time for next week's problem). --Dirk Beetstra T C 12:39, 25 June 2015 (UTC)
Yes it edited: [9], right after an edit by me so as expected. I can not judge any quality (or wm-disruption).
For me, the answer "Yes it's maintained" is enough thx. (I'll leave that parameter alone then in the articles). I don't think these mw-issues matter to my tempalte edits. -DePiep (talk) 15:46, 25 June 2015 (UTC)
Thanks (these mw-issues matter at the moment not to your template edits, or any edits, at least for the interface backward compatibility is important ..). --Dirk Beetstra T C 03:48, 28 June 2015 (UTC)

Beetstra I Need your Help Badly[edit]

Beetstra 2 week ago my site has been blacklist .I register this domain 4 weeks ago and I'm trying to give people more and more information . but unfortunately I got unlucky and someone put my site into blacklist.I am trying for weeks to clear my site form blacklist but one ready to help me.Please Beetstra please help me to remove my site form blacklist.I did made mistake but next time it wont happened again.kindly remove my site form blacklist.

Thank you. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Cooolkidpop (talkcontribs) 14:56, 25 June 2015 (UTC)

I think I explained this elsewhere as well - you got ample warnings that external linking is subject to rules (which is also true for having an account, by the way), and you intentionally ignored all of them. It will be removed (or more likely, specific links whitelisted) when established editors request for its use. --Dirk Beetstra T C 03:53, 28 June 2015 (UTC)

maybe you are the better person to handle...[edit]


please look at User talk:Rich Farmbrough#User:COIBot/EditSummary. i left it there, because Farmbrough was the last person to edit this, but maybe i should have left it here... peace - קיפודנחש (aka kipod) (talk) 00:05, 10 July 2015 (UTC)

so, Farmbrough fixed the issue, so you can safely ignore it... peace - קיפודנחש (aka kipod) (talk) 19:55, 10 July 2015 (UTC)
Thanks, user:Rich Farmbrough, for fixing this - קיפודנחש, thanks for finding the issue. Glad it is resolved and I can ignore it now .. --Dirk Beetstra T C 03:26, 12 July 2015 (UTC)

Farid Simaika[edit]

Hi. Why did you remove the YouTube link that I had inserted? Thanks Youssef simaika (talk) 19:16, 10 July 2015 (UTC)

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My RfA[edit]

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Pavlov's RfA reward

Thank for !voting at my recent RfA. You voted Support so you get a whopping three cookies, fresh from the oven!
All the best: Rich Farmbrough, 18:42, 16 July 2015 (UTC).

Just when I finished my coffee :-) .. thanks, Rich. I insist that that RfA should not have been necessary, you shouldn't have lost that bit. --Dirk Beetstra T C 12:29, 18 July 2015 (UTC)


Please see this! SpamBot was recently shutdown due to a malfunction. It turns out some files involving Cyberbot's memory were corrupted, and some code broke, making it worse. Having had to delete the files, Cyberbot needs to rebuild its memory from scratch, which is what it's doing and as can be seen in the status reporter. Around the estimated completion time, Cyberbot will undoubtedly mass tag articles that it should've been tagging for some time now. A heads up this could mean increased requests over at the spam blacklist talk page.—cyberpowerChat:Online 00:31, 20 July 2015 (UTC)

Just a reminder that the rebuild is approaching completion. Check the above links for updates.—cyberpowerChat:Limited Access 17:43, 6 August 2015 (UTC)

More Drugbox parameters to be followed[edit]

From this proposal, I ask the CheMoBot setting is changed to follow the new (to be) situation. As it says, I plan to add index-#2 parameters to {{Drugbox}} like |CAS_number2=. I suggest that the bot tracks those, just as it follows their #0 parameters. This is within my greater approach that in case of changes: {{Chembox}} and {{Drugbox}} should become more no less parallel. And of course because a #2 CAS_number should be a sourced number too, it should be within bot tracking.

I have added the css code changes to User:CheMoBot/Settings.css/sandbox, nine new parameters. Diff.

Unless something is not OK yet, I ask you to change the css page into the proposed sandbox version, and after that I'll change the template. -DePiep (talk) 21:28, 25 July 2015 (UTC)

Must there be an entry like CAS_number2_Ref too? (CAS_number_Ref is under 'obsolete' ...). -DePiep (talk) 21:32, 25 July 2015 (UTC)
@DePiep: - I've applied the changes, and yes, for every <verifiedfield> there should be a <verifiedfield_Ref>, I'll have a look at that in the settings now. --Dirk Beetstra T C 04:56, 26 July 2015 (UTC)

RFC notification 1 August 2015[edit]

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Modify identifiers section of drugbox[edit]

A proposal to move the identifiers section of {{infobox drug}} (that contains CAS numbers and links to chemical/drug databases, etc.) from the infobox to the bottom of the article has been made at the above link. Your input is welcome. Boghog (talk) 02:18, 3 August 2015 (UTC)

Improved BL handler[edit]

Where can I get this please? Guy (Help!) 09:36, 3 August 2015 (UTC)

@JzG:: User:Beetstra/Gadget-Spam-blacklist-Handler.js is the latest version, just include that one (no need to make a copy). --Dirk Beetstra T C 10:47, 3 August 2015 (UTC)
Nice, I imported it, let's see how well it works for me :-) Guy (Help!) 11:50, 3 August 2015 (UTC)

Page/url issue[edit]

Hey Beetstra,

Thanks for your message. I work for IFA Paris and our Wikipedia page has just been changed now, did you make it? We just want to correct the name and url for the French version of our page to IFA Paris, can you do it? Thanks.

Best regards, Dominik from IFA Paris — Preceding unsigned comment added by Nikki38394724 (talkcontribs) 06:28, 6 August 2015

Yes, I reverted it back to a less promotional version - see the remarks/warnings left on your talkpage.
I am sorry, I can not change the title on the fr.wikipedia, you'd have to ask someone on the French Wikipedia to do that. --Dirk Beetstra T C 03:31, 6 August 2015 (UTC)

Ok, thanks, I understand. Can you give me a contact from someone on FR Wikipedia I can ask? Also, the version you put for our English page is outdated. It doesn't include the new programs in MBA and Bachelor degrees. Also, we don' t have a partnership with Polimoda anymore. I would like to put the correct infos but i'm worried you will ban me. If you can tell me what you think is promotional, then I can leave that away. Thanks! Nikki38394724 (talk) 03:42, 6 August 2015 (UTC) Nikki38394724 (talk) 04:07, 6 August 2015 (UTC)

Sorry, I do not have a contact on fr.wikipedia, and my French is pretty low level. If you click on the 'view history' tab of fr:IFA Paris you may find s.o. to help you there.
You can update that, but be very mindful of WP:COI and WP:SPAM - I would keep to the current wording of the article (which is already reasonably promotional ..), not add your own verbiage. And if you have doubt, please post on talk:IFA Paris and wait for an answer from s.o. else. Another idea might be to go to find a related Wikipedia:WikiProject and see if someone can help from there. --Dirk Beetstra T C 04:56, 6 August 2015 (UTC)


Mind if we disable this? No hits in over a month MusikAnimal talk 15:24, 6 August 2015 (UTC)

@MusikAnimal: - I think the basic question for disabling a filter should not be 'has it not had hits for XX time?', but 'has the abuse stopped?' (for which the number of hits may be indicative, but is not a measure). Did anyone check whether the editors yet found another IP range, or whether they found yet another MO? (I wrote the filter for someone else). --Dirk Beetstra T C 03:22, 9 August 2015 (UTC)

Google CSEs[edit]

Hey DB, when you have a chance, would you please take a look at MediaWiki_talk:Spam-whitelist#Three_Google_CSEs? I thought it would be an easy case, unless I'm missing something – czar 03:40, 12 August 2015 (UTC)

Hi. I'll have a look .. but not much time. I'm sure it will be handled .. --Dirk Beetstra T C 03:42, 12 August 2015 (UTC)
  • If you have a moment, it's been sitting around for a while – czar 01:47, 10 September 2015 (UTC)

Better not this way. Better not at all.[edit]

In regular talkpage talk [10], you wrote " I will revert those edits and possibly block that editor (I have done that, especially if the editor is no [sic])". That would be an abuse of admin powers, since in that situation you are an involved editor, plus this way you are actually threatening. I mention this, because in other situations we have met with equally 'I don't talk I use hardware' responses. As for style & sense, it downgraded your otherwise good comment in this. -DePiep (talk) 21:32, 13 August 2015 (UTC)

No, that does not make me an involved editor (one is not involved with a situation, one is involved with an editor), and no, that is not threatening, it is application of policy/guideline. And in cases where an editor is removing unsourced information with who I am involved (as that situation can indeed occur), I will not hesitate to go to AN/I. --Dirk Beetstra T C 03:16, 16 August 2015 (UTC)

Precious again[edit]

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Thank you, Dirk, with user pages in unbelievable languages, for demanding "change for the better", for welcoming and warning, helpful bots, categories, project tags, articles starting with a chembox, for "the positive side of fighting spam" and better chemistry among editors, - you are an awesome Wikipedian!

--Gerda Arendt (talk) 08:54, 13 August 2014 (UTC)

A year ago, you were the 945th recipient of my PumpkinSky Prize, --Gerda Arendt (talk) 06:39, 14 August 2015 (UTC)

Thanks, Gerda. --Dirk Beetstra T C 03:17, 16 August 2015 (UTC)

A wallywolly for you![edit]

Camas pocket gopher (3).JPG A wallywolly for you!
Thanks for helping at the spam blacklist. What you do on Wikipedia empowers activists to advocate for wallywolly conservation. Hopefully someday every horizontal service will have a wallywolly running on it. Blue Rasberry (talk) 15:23, 25 August 2015 (UTC)
Heh, thanks! Forgot about that. this may be interesting in this respect. --Dirk Beetstra T C 03:19, 26 August 2015 (UTC)

Invitation to subscribe to the edit filter mailing list[edit]

Hi, as a user in the edit filter manager user group we wanted to let you know about the new wikipedia-en-editfilters mailing list. As part of our recent efforts to improve the use of edit filters on the English Wikipedia it has been established as a venue for internal discussion by edit filter managers regarding private filters (those only viewable by administrators and edit filter managers) and also as a means by which non-admins can ask questions about hidden filters that wouldn't be appropriate to discuss on-wiki. As an edit filter manager we encourage you to subscribe; the more users we have in the mailing list the more useful it will be to the community. If you subscribe we will send a short email to you through Wikipedia to confirm your subscription, but let us know if you'd prefer another method of verification. I'd also like to take the opportunity to invite you to contribute to the proposed guideline for edit filter use at WP:Edit filter/Draft and the associated talk page. Thank you! Sam Walton (talk) and MusikAnimal talk 18:22, 9 September 2015 (UTC)

Purchase of Cassius sulfate[edit]

hi beetstra, I'm trying to purchase cesium sulfate (CsSO4, preferably, and not the salt of sulfuric acid) for a school project. It seems as though you have a lot of knowledge in chemistry, and I was wondering if you knew of a vendor? I've been looking everywhere yet I can't find anywhere that sells caesium sulfate. Thanks in advance, — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:59, 14 September 2015 (UTC)

Hi. Thanks for the question. I would expect that you can buy that material from a typical chemical vendor. Many are listed here: Category:Research_support_companies (you'd be looking for something like Alfa Aesar, Sigma-Aldrich, Strem Chemicals, etc.). I don't know however whether you can actually buy something from them (for safety reasons they do not sell to anybody, only to registered ), don't you have an organisation linked to your school that can help you out with that?
May I ask what you are considering to do with CsSO4? --Dirk Beetstra T C 03:25, 15 September 2015 (UTC)


Hi, Beestra - back in September 2011 you blocked me for something I didn't do, and then you unblocked me when you realized the block was in error but you didn't remove it from my block log. I'm not familiar with the procedures or if you are able to remove it but if it is possible, would you please remove it? Thanks in advance.... Atsme📞📧 00:37, 28 September 2015 (UTC)

I'd prefer that someone else has a look - I think items can (now) be hidden, but would prefer independent confirmation that it is appropriate. I don't think that it is necessary, though - as long as it is not giving out something that should not be displayed in public, it is better that records stand visible and 'corrected' by using an appropriate unblock. --Dirk Beetstra T C 15:24, 28 September 2015 (UTC)
I don't see anything in the block that needs hiding, and as far as I can tell, the fact that the block happened cannot be completely hidden (just its details). Therefore I agree that it's better that it's all out in the open, so it's obvious to others that there was just a mistake and no actual violation rather than some underhanded dealing involved (the less unfounded suspicion, the better). DMacks (talk) 16:20, 28 September 2015 (UTC)
Well, with all due respect, the allegation was erroneous and actually reflects badly on the use of admin tools. I did not out anyone, and I should not have been blocked for something I didn't do. If an admin or other editor looks at my log at a glance without taking the time to analyze what actually took place, it appears that I've had more blocks than what actually should be there. My reason for wanting the erroneous block removed results from a recent case at ArbCom wherein an admin was accused of an unwarranted block, and an uninvolved editor suggested that the block be removed from the log. I agree provided ArbCom actually determines the block to have been unwarranted as it was in my case. Leaving it on the log reflects badly on the blocking admin and also raises unnecessary suspicion that is negative toward me for something I didn't do. It also shows up as 4 blocks in my user contributions when in reality I have one 32 hour block for edit warring dating back to 2014, and most recently a month-long block that I appealed and got reduced to a week of time served, but I'm thinking the latter may end up being reviewed by ArbCom when the GMO case actually opens to evidence phase, provided I am still being considered an "involved" party, even though I don't edit GMO articles. Atsme📞📧 17:02, 28 September 2015 (UTC)
First, that is exactly why I refrain from handling on it myself, it would reflect way worse on my use of admin tools that I hide my mistakes. However, I do not think that it reflects badly on me, it would have maybe if I would not have responded and if I would not have been willing to recall that first decision. I am a volunteer and an admin on this site, that does not mean that I was free from mistakes when I became an admin (I have a block log, before and during my admin time, and for what it matters, I believe that the last one is a mistaken block as well), it also does not mean that I did not make mistakes while being an admin (the second block was because I made a mistake .. ), or that I will not make mistakes in the future. If people are judging me on that, then that reflects badly on them. If another admin looks at that block log and does not read / analyze what is happening, and just handles based on numbers (or whatever), then thát would reflect badly on that admin.
As I said, I will not handle this myself, it is fine with me if you want it removed and in the end have it removed, but that action to remove it is not going to be mine - I do see it as a mistaken block, but I will not personally 'hide' my mistakes (if you wish, I invoke WP:INVOLVED on that). You'll have to find an uninvolved admin, Oversight, ArbCom, or whatever, and you can show thís edit as confirmation that I am fine with the log item being removed. --Dirk Beetstra T C 17:53, 28 September 2015 (UTC) (edited --Dirk Beetstra T C 19:13, 28 September 2015 (UTC))
I apologize if my explanation seemed like an accusation. That was not my intention. Chalk it up to one of the prices we pay for having to communicate with cold impersonal typeface in lieu of a live personable happy face that I would have displayed for you in person. Beetstra, the log was not an issue for me until recently - there was no way either of us could know it actually would have been. It took me by surprise as I'm sure my mentioning it to you now took you by surprise. I am not questioning you or what happened 4 years ago, but now that I have had to deal with unexpected experiences since then, I think my request is fair and reasonable as is your response for not wanting to be involved. I respect your decision. Would you be so kind as to advise me how best to get it handled? Thank you in advance, Atsme📞📧 19:20, 28 September 2015 (UTC) Question already answered during edit conflict. 19:22, 28 September 2015 (UTC)
@Atsme: I did not feel accused, no offense taken - I know I made a mistake there - you should not be having problems with it (admins should read - note: I know they don't, even ArbCom doesn't, they just count), you should call out to the judgement of those admins, you can ping me if you want.
I forgot, maybe WP:AN? Do note that the hiding of the item that I have access to will not hide it from admins anyway - so they might still respond to it. Oversight? But that is for more grave issues. --Dirk Beetstra T C 20:31, 28 September 2015 (UTC)
Thank you for understanding my dilemma, Beetstra. AN and AN/I scare me to death and I know it shouldn't but that's a different story all together. I went ahead and emailed oversight so we'll see what happens. Again, thank you and thank you for all you do to keep the peace on WP. Your efforts are truly appreciated. Atsme📞📧 21:35, 28 September 2015 (UTC)
Just wandering in as someone who's seen these sorts of requests in the past. In almost all circumstances, block redaction should not happen. The only time I can think of that it should is when the block summary is significantly inappropriate. Atsme, you can ask Arbcom, but if I was still on there, I'd be saying no. Wikipedia logs are records of what happened, right or wrong. The block is 4 years old and you have an explanation of what happened - that should be sufficient for any circumstances. WormTT(talk) 10:50, 29 September 2015 (UTC)

Adding Our Site to Whitelist[edit]

Dear Beetstra,

Thanks for your contribution in adding our link on Wikipedia. We want to know how we can get our company website in whitelist of Wikipedia.

If you can help us please share your views on the same.

Currently we are getting one error on our page as well:

Thanks — Preceding unsigned comment added by Jigargondalia (talkcontribs) 06:31, 15 October 2015 (UTC)

Whitelisting can be requested on the appropriate page ( Defer to Whitelist). However, requests from people with a conflict of interest are often not acknowledged. --Dirk Beetstra T C 03:24, 18 October 2015 (UTC)[edit]

Hi Beetstra, I placed an entry at meta a couple of days ago because it is an attack site. Have I written something wrong or should there have been an entry here on first? I was surprised that quick action wasn't taken on a site with malware.
 — Berean Hunter (talk) 13:27, 24 October 2015 (UTC)

Seems to have been overseen by all editors active there, including me. Thanks for bringing this to our attention. --Dirk Beetstra T C 15:38, 24 October 2015 (UTC)
Thank you for taking care of it. Did that change in the template name make a difference?
 — Berean Hunter (talk) 16:05, 24 October 2015 (UTC)
You're welcome. And no, well, yes and no. We use a script (also here locally now) to blacklist the links. That reads the domains out of the LinkSummary template, but the script was not 'understanding' the variant with the space between Link and Summary, and hence it hang on the first occasion of me adding the domain. When I removed the space, it worked, so I knew where to adapt the script (which I subsequently did and tested). So thanks for showing me that there was a bug in the script on meta.  :-) --Dirk Beetstra T C 16:10, 24 October 2015 (UTC)

COI account[edit]

The only upload was the image of an aspiring actress who does item songs in Bollywood. --The Avengers (talk) 14:54, 27 October 2015 (UTC)

@The Avengers: I am not sure what you mean, this is one of the COI editors in that range, there are more editors who were involved in that website with edits which were in conflict of interest. --Dirk Beetstra T C 04:58, 28 October 2015 (UTC)
I mean promotional usernames. And how many types of ping exist in Wikipedia? Is there any list of pinging methods? --The Avengers (talk) 05:01, 28 October 2015 (UTC)
This user could indeed be blocked on that basis. I was however in my blacklisting alluding to Special:Contributions/Abhijitwgh94, another editor promoting Filmymantra.
Number of pinging methods, I don't know. In the end they boil down to the same, putting the username of the user in the post. --Dirk Beetstra T C 05:14, 28 October 2015 (UTC)

Why I am blacklisted?[edit]

I could see the link today [11] here and was astronished to see my name there. Pl. checkup again and do needful pl.

V.narsikar (talk) 05:03, 2 November 2015 (UTC)

Nomination for deletion of Template:Smilescite[edit]

Ambox warning blue.svgTemplate:Smilescite has been nominated for deletion. You are invited to comment on the discussion at the template's entry on the Templates for discussion page. DePiep (talk) 15:12, 2 November 2015 (UTC)

Why? Are we not verifying SMILES anymore? --Dirk Beetstra T C 08:41, 23 November 2015 (UTC)

Misunderstanding of removed link and banning?[edit]

Hello Beedtstra. I just noticed the message under my account from you ...

You may be blocked from editing without further warning the next time you vandalize Wikipedia, as you did at Divorce. Dirk Beetstra T C 14:57, 9 October 2015 (UTC)

... and you removed by link from the wiki divorce page and you referenced that I vandalized it.

"Vandalism is any addition, removal, or change of content, in a deliberate attempt to damage Wikipedia. Examples of typical vandalism are adding irrelevant obscenities and crude humor to a page, illegitimately blanking pages, and inserting obvious nonsense into a page. Abusive creation or usage of user accounts and IP addresses may also constitute vandalism."

I'm sorry but I am having a hard time understanding my putting up an external link, in the proper external link area to an article talking about how divorce affects children can be considered vandalism. I understand that regardless of what I say here, you are going to do what you feel is right, but there are not a lot of reference areas for people who have questions about divorce and people going through a divorce and others who are stuck in a nasty system of court dates and lawyers and processes that cost a lot of time, money and effort to be expended. There is a whole section of effects of divorce on children on the divorce wiki page and I pointed out an article that goes a little further into the same subject.

I really wish you would re-consider as the link is relevant to the page and in no way did I have the intention of vandalism.

Thanks, Dallas — Preceding unsigned comment added by Dakeith (talkcontribs) 17:37, 2 November 2015 (UTC)

@Dakeith: Thank you for your remark and response. The links you add do fail our inclusion standards, and the only thing you seem to be doing is .. adding those links, even after warning. Pushing links, after people showed their concerns, is also considered vandalism, though a better description is under the Wikipedia definitions of spamming, see this guideline. --Dirk Beetstra T C 08:47, 23 November 2015 (UTC)

User Svoi_Perez replacing existing/working External [YouTube] Links[edit]

Hello Beetstra. User Svoi_Perez is replacing the YouTube External Links for some Charlie Chaplin movies. From the ones I've checked, the previously existing external links were still active.

When I previously undid one of the replacements and included the comment "No need for link replacement as existing one already worked", he reversed it again. This is why I am coming to you, so as to not engage in an Edit War.

Thank you again. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Lazlocollins (talkcontribs) 19:54, 2 November 2015 (UTC)

@Lazlocollins: - does this editor have a proper rationale for the replacing? I would indeed think that this is not needed. --Dirk Beetstra T C 08:38, 23 November 2015 (UTC)
@Beetstra: Neither the initial replacements by the editor, nor their reversal of my reversal, include any comments as to why the edits were made, much less justification for replacing already-existing links. -- Lazlocollins (talk) 02:10, 26 November 2015 (UTC)
@Lazlocollins: I have reverted the editor again, and I think that all these edits need to be cleaned up. Whether for personal gain (you can make money with YouTube, they do have that incentive - are the movies the editor is linking to all of the same uploader / related to the same person?), or just failing our inclusion standards (even if a movie is free and free of copyright, there are a lot of other reasons in WP:EL/WP:NOT why we do not link to them - e.g. as for the first spamming concern, I am not able to see these movies here to check or enjoy ..). I am tempted to give a spam4im with possibly a block to 'enforce' discussion by the editor. --Dirk Beetstra T C 05:25, 26 November 2015 (UTC)
@Beetstra: Thank you. As I know you're busy, this weekend I will check his edits to verify whether a working and valid link already existed and will revert back if so. I will let you know if there are any which he then tries to overwrite again so as to avoid an Edit War. I'm a huge stickler for making sure links to Public Domain films do not have potentially copywritten material such as scores. Thank you again. Lazlocollins (talk) 07:44, 27 November 2015 (UTC)


Last year there was an edit war which was eventually settled with the article as it stood until October 2015. This month there has been a drastic revision by two new users who changed it so that it now only reflects one of the Uncyclopedia websites (the one I saw that you were able to arbitrate on this one and peace was declared. Do you have time to check history log to see what has been happening? --Gepid (talk) 20:59, 2 November 2015 (UTC)

@Gepid: .. I will have a look .. --Dirk Beetstra T C 08:37, 23 November 2015 (UTC)

Linkwatcher-like database table being integrated to MediaWiki soon*[edit]

FYI: phab:T115119. I'd propose this in the 2015 Community Wishlist Survey, but I've already exhaused two of my three proposals addressing obvious problems in our capacity to deal with abuse. See phab:T118042 for the things we want to get out of this table.

* not SUL soon, I hope. MER-C 14:40, 8 November 2015 (UTC)

COI spammer or government benevolence?[edit]

Hi Dirk, These user contribs account for about 3/4 of the 190+ links of the Kent film office. I also found these IP contribs which spammed a few more. On the face of it, it looks like a run-of-the-mill COI spammer but I notice that at their website they have a "" email which implies that the commercial link, is actually a UK gov endeavor. Do we treat like a COI spammer or more like US gov archives employees?
 — Berean Hunter (talk) 15:31, 9 November 2015 (UTC)

@Berean Hunter: Tracking. Maybe government benevolence, still likely someone who needs to be talked to/with. If not Spam/COI - such additions may still fail our inclusion standards if added too indiscriminately. --Dirk Beetstra T C 08:36, 23 November 2015 (UTC)

COI Bot strange behaviour[edit]

I've noticed that COIBot is creating strange pages. Can you have a look?

Thank you, M/ (talk) 16:38, 16 November 2015 (UTC)
Hi, pinging you again: this page - even if deleted - is recreated again in error. Could you please have a look? Thanks a lot. --M/ (talk) 14:35, 21 November 2015 (UTC)

@M7: Bot blocked until I can solve this. Hopefully one of these days. --Dirk Beetstra T C 08:35, 23 November 2015 (UTC)

Thank you for your feedback. The Bot is really of great help, your intervention will be indeed appreciated a lot. --M/ (talk) 11:42, 23 November 2015 (UTC)
And I have unblocked it - I've solved the issues. Thanks for the heads up! --Dirk Beetstra T C 12:43, 23 November 2015 (UTC)

ArbCom elections are now open![edit]

You appear to be eligible to vote in the current Arbitration Committee election. The Arbitration Committee is the panel of editors responsible for conducting the Wikipedia arbitration process. It has the authority to enact binding solutions for disputes between editors, primarily related to serious behavioural issues that the community has been unable to resolve. This includes the ability to impose site bans, topic bans, editing restrictions, and other measures needed to maintain our editing environment. The arbitration policy describes the Committee's roles and responsibilities in greater detail. If you wish to participate, you are welcome to review the candidates' statements and submit your choices on the voting page. For the Election committee, MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 13:43, 23 November 2015 (UTC)

I have already voted, voting as usual. --Dirk Beetstra T C 05:11, 24 November 2015 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 24 November 2015[edit] (talk) 00:51, 24 November 2015 (UTC)

And what did you want to have changed? --Dirk Beetstra T C 05:09, 24 November 2015 (UTC)