User talk:Beland

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Feel free to leave a note on this page in the usual manner. I only keep stuff on this page if it requires further action from me, just to keep things tidy, so sometimes I'll just move the conversation to your talk page to keep things in one spot. Feel free to move it back here when you reply, or just use {{ping}} from whatever page it's on.

My old bot Pearle has been offline for a while. My current Wikipedia coding project is Wikipedia:Typo Team/moss. -- Beland (talk) 15:18, 27 July 2018 (UTC)

Notes to self: Follow ups[edit]

-- Beland (talk) 01:03, 28 May 2018 (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)

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)

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)

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)

Two-Factor Authentication now available for admins[edit]


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North Indic listed at Redirects for discussion[edit]


An editor has asked for a discussion to address the redirect North Indic. Since you had some involvement with the North Indic redirect, you might want to participate in the redirect discussion if you have not already done so. Nicole Sharp (talk) 02:00, 26 February 2018 (UTC)

14 years of editing, today[edit]

Balloons-aj.svg Hey, Beland. I'd like to wish you a wonderful First Edit Day on behalf of the Wikipedia Birthday Committee!
Have a great day!
Chris Troutman (talk) 06:27, 6 April 2018 (UTC)


Hey - I just wanted to say thanks for all of your amazing work on Wikipedia! You've personally helped me and hundreds of thousands of other people out, and I really appreciate it. You're personally making a huge contribution to keeping the world's information clear, accessible, and high-quality. Thanks so much for what you do!

Ameobea (talk) 22:31, 19 April 2018 (UTC)

Geographical list titles[edit]

Note to self:

-- Beland (talk) 18:35, 23 May 2018 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

Vitruvian Barnstar Hires.png The Technical Barnstar
For your quality and tireless work at WP:Typo Team/moss and in numerous other bot-related tasks LittlePuppers (talk) 22:08, 28 July 2018 (UTC)

Thanks for all your hard work![edit]

Barnstar of Diligence.png The Barnstar of Diligence
Thanks for all the work you do. I appreciate your work merging Guilt-Shame-Fear spectrum of cultures. I know such merging is cumbersome and thankless. In addition, I have noticed your countless edits for MOS compliance, typo handling, and all the little things that improve the quality of everyday Wikipedia content. Thank you! Daask (talk) 20:08, 6 August 2018 (UTC)

Unicode variation selector[edit]

Hi Beland,
You removed the VS15 variation selector from the minim symbols on articles such as Apothecaries' system stating they were unnecessary, which is unfortunately not correct. Since the minim symbol’s Unicode character (U+264F) is primarily defined as the scorpius symbol, it’s displayed by default as a zodiac-themed emoji on some system. Windows 10, for example, displays U+264F as white text in a purple box with a black outline. So while some browser/os combinations do display U+264F as text by default, the only way to ensure a text display on a wide variety of browser/os combinations is to manually apply VS15, or use the new emoji presentation template.

  • ♏︎ or ♏︎
  • {{emoji presentation|♏|text}} or {{emoji presentation|♏|text}}

MJBurrage(TC) 15:05, 11 September 2018 (UTC)

More specifically Win10/Chrome seems to show the emoji version by default (which is what made me aware of the issue), while IE and FF on Win10 show the text version by default. The result is also effected by which fonts are installed. ―MJBurrage(TC) 18:13, 12 September 2018 (UTC)

@MJBurrage: Aha, good to know. I was looking at the page in Firefox, so that explains why I didn't notice the difference. The template seems handy as a place to add documentation explaining to editors why that needs to be there; I'll see if I can't make our use of that consistent so someone else doesn't make the same mistake. Thanks for catching this! -- Beland (talk) 18:29, 12 September 2018 (UTC)