User talk:Beland

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Feel free to leave a note on this page in the usual manner. When I reply, I usually move your comments onto your talk page, along with my reply, to keep the entire conversation together. I only keep stuff on this page if it requires further action from me, just to keep things tidy. Other memorable comments are moved to one of the above subpages. Feel free to copy or move the conversation back if you need to reply on the same topic, or just post your reply; I'll know what you mean, and I can always check the page history if memory fails me. -- Beland 22:47, 4 September 2005 (UTC)

Pearle, my bot, has been offline for a while. Apologies to all those with bot-task requests. Hopefully a completely rewritten version will begin operating again someday. -- Beland (talk) 17:47, 6 November 2009 (UTC)

Notes to self: Follow ups[edit]

-- Beland (talk) 23:20, 20 December 2014 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Most wanted stubs[edit]

Hi Beland - is it possible to run a bot and see what turns up at Wikipedia:Most wanted stubs as the most wanted stubs to expand? Interested in what it might turn up for potential DYK expansions...Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 03:36, 13 June 2013 (UTC)

Hmm, definitely looks like it's time for an update there. Unfortunately the code I have to do that is old and creaky and I'm not sure it's compatible with the current database dumps. I'll try and take a look at it in the next few weeks. -- Beland (talk) 16:12, 18 June 2013 (UTC)
Hi again - do you still have time or inclination to have a go at this? Or would it be something that someone else could do...? I have no idea as I have no experience in any of this....Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 07:49, 25 September 2013 (UTC)

Templates and Visual Editor[edit]

Hey Beland

I'm sending you this because you've made quite a few edits to the template namespace in the past couple of months. If I've got this wrong, or if I haven't but you're not interested in my request, don't worry; this is the only notice I'm sending out on the subject :).

So, as you know (or should know - we sent out a centralnotice and several watchlist notices) we're planning to deploy the VisualEditor on Monday, 1 July, as the default editor. For those of us who prefer markup editing, fear not; we'll still be able to use the markup editor, which isn't going anywhere.

What's important here, though, is that the VisualEditor features an interactive template inspector; you click an icon on a template and it shows you the parameters, the contents of those fields, and human-readable parameter names, along with descriptions of what each parameter does. Personally, I find this pretty awesome, and from Monday it's going to be heavily used, since, as said, the VisualEditor will become the default.

The thing that generates the human-readable names and descriptions is a small JSON data structure, loaded through an extension called TemplateData. I'm reaching out to you in the hopes that you'd be willing and able to put some time into adding TemplateData to high-profile templates. It's pretty easy to understand (heck, if I can write it, anyone can) and you can find a guide here, along with a list of prominent templates, although I suspect we can all hazard a guess as to high-profile templates that would benefit from this. Hopefully you're willing to give it a try; the more TemplateData sections get added, the better the interface can be. If you run into any problems, drop a note on the Feedback page.

Thanks, Okeyes (WMF) (talk) 21:38, 28 June 2013 (UTC)

Attenuated influenza[edit]

Hi Beland, I was checking out the talk page for the live attenuated influenza vaccine and saw your question from 2011. Left an answer, though you may have lost interest or already found it. Cheers, --Synaptophysin (talk) 14:17, 27 August 2013 (UTC)

Women's Studies[edit]

I wrote a comment on the Women's Studies talk page agreeing that Women's Studies and Feminist Studies need to be split as their premises are very different. The first seeks to understand women as equals, including in relation to how some women are different to other women, the second has a Marxist focus assumes that society has power structures that operate against women and that men are always out to control women - as it has claimed since the 1930s when this might have been the case! --Jonathan Bishop (talk) 16:29, 21 May 2014 (UTC)

Nothing sucks like a vax listed at Redirects for discussion[edit]


An editor has asked for a discussion to address the redirect Nothing sucks like a vax. Since you had some involvement with the Nothing sucks like a vax redirect, you might want to participate in the redirect discussion if you have not already done so. TheChampionMan1234 07:48, 13 July 2014 (UTC)


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For your creation of Wikipedia:Typo Team/moss. If only I had the time to work on them all... John of Reading (talk) 08:19, 8 January 2015 (UTC)

moss publicity[edit]

(Note to self) Once stabilized, see: Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/Newsroom/WikiProject desk. -- Beland (talk) 23:42, 8 January 2015 (UTC)

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More refs needed[edit]

For this content [1] Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 05:16, 5 September 2016 (UTC)

@Doc James:: Sure, I ran out of time to continue working on that today. Some of the facts (like prices) were pulled from the linked articles, but pretty much everything could use further fact-checking and referencing. Though there's some overlap with the "Developing world" section and perhaps Prescription drug prices in the United States, which might be helpful to resolve first. Any help you could give would be appreciated. -- Beland (talk) 05:51, 5 September 2016 (UTC)

Moving unreffed content[edit]

This article is a GA. [2] Not sure why you added unreffed content? Best Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 20:42, 6 September 2016 (UTC)

@Doc James: Hmm, something seems to have gone wrong with that edit, which is clearly not a whitespace change as the edit summary suggests. Looking back at my edit history, I find that I was moving that content from Malaria vaccine where it was off-topic, to an article where it was on-topic. I was actually the one who tagged that chunk as unreferenced while cleaning it up; I have no reason to believe it is false, but it seemed important enough to verify. I hadn't noticed that Malaria is a Good Article, but I probably would have made the same edit even if I had, since it's clearly a better place for that content if it's going to be in the encyclopedia at all. I will see if I can find some time to fact-check those claims, if someone else doesn't beat me to it. -- Beland (talk) 21:16, 6 September 2016 (UTC)