User talk:Chris G/Archives/2013/January

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The Signpost: 31 December 2012


Hello Chris G! We completed our trial and feel that we addressed your concerns. Do you think you could take a look and see what you think, if possible? Thank you! Vacationnine 20:37, 5 January 2013 (UTC)

I addressed your comments again at our BRFA. Of course the trial wasn't perfect, but usually trials aren't. What matters is that you fixed the problems that came up during the trial adaquetly. Vacationnine 12:48, 7 January 2013 (UTC)
Thanks for the extended trial. We do need a bot flag before we can begin though as I stated at the BRFA. Waiting on MBisanz for this (I think it's crat only right?) Vacationnine 02:59, 8 January 2013 (UTC)
Yes, unfortunately only crats can flag bots. At one point there was a push for BAG members to have that right, but it never really got through. --Chris 03:12, 8 January 2013 (UTC)

Bot bug?

Your bot, when editing MfD, moved my nomination to a different (incorrect) section - it was correctly under January 7 and your bot moved it to December 25. diff --NReTSa (talk) 02:35, 8 January 2013 (UTC)

Note the timestamps. Because you included " (talk) 02:49, 25 December 2012 (UTC)"" in your nomination statement, the bot read that, instead of your own timestamp - "02:44, 7 January 2013 (UTC)". I've fixed it for you. --Chris 02:57, 8 January 2013 (UTC)


Hi Chris. Is your bot down? I notice it hasn't visited WP:CHU/S this evening. 28bytes (talk) 02:44, 8 January 2013 (UTC)

It's server is having a bit of a rough week, I'll see what I can do. --Chris 03:10, 8 January 2013 (UTC)
OK. Thanks! 28bytes (talk) 03:13, 8 January 2013 (UTC)

The Signpost: 07 January 2013

Bot down

Chris G Bot 3 is down at WP:CHUS. Thanks. MBisanz talk 01:39, 10 January 2013 (UTC)

Please comment on Template talk:LSR

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Hello Chris! We completed our extended trial and if you could take a look at our BRFA it would be much appreciated. Vacationnine 17:56, 9 January 2013 (UTC)

Please comment on Wikipedia:Village pump (technical)

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RFC Bot problems?

Hi Chris. First let me thank you very kindly for all the great bot work you do. Your bots are some of the most critical to Wikipedia's operations and it's really generous of you to provide all that support to the community. I really appreciate all the hours of work you've done for the community.

I use the WP:DASHBOARD to follow stuff here at Wikipedia and find it very helpful. It seems that RFC Bot is still running when I view Special:Contributions/RFC bot, but it doesn't seem to be updating the subpages of the dashboard like Wikipedia:Dashboard/Administrative noticeboards when I look at the history. I was hoping you could look in to this when you have some free time. Thanks very much for the help. (talk) 17:03, 14 January 2013 (UTC)

I was coming here to say the same things, 1) thanks, 2) I listed an RFC 24+ hours ago at Talk:Organic milk and the bot hasn't picked it up yet, is there something amiss? Zad68 04:54, 15 January 2013 (UTC)

Sorry about that. The bot should be up and running properly again. --Chris 11:59, 15 January 2013 (UTC)

Got my RFC ID, thanks Chris! Zad68 14:10, 15 January 2013 (UTC)

Automated list of proposed mergers?

Hi Chris. It appears that this piece of RFC bot is not running. And, from the history logs, about the time he turned it over to you, harej was having problems with getting it to behave. Mind if I create a new bot, making a fork of the source code, and see if I can tame it? Thanks, Wbm1058 (talk) 23:01, 15 January 2013 (UTC)

Yeah, go ahead; knock yourself out. --Chris 03:47, 16 January 2013 (UTC)

The Signpost: 14 January 2013

Is the bot Replacing the Expired RfC Template with a new One?

Twice now your RfC bot has removed the RfC template from the Talk:Abe Vigoda page.[1][2] I don't see it being replaced with a current RfC template, and I still don't see it listed at the Wikipedia:Requests for comment/Biographies. How are people supposed to see an RfC when the bot is removing the template and not even listing it in the proper place before doing it? Doc talk 06:10, 16 January 2013 (UTC)

The two RFC template were confusing it -- should be fixed now. --Chris 16:50, 16 January 2013 (UTC)

Thank you! Doc talk 10:29, 19 January 2013 (UTC)

Redundant invitations

Hi Chris, RFC bot just invited me to an RFC I had already commented on (not from a previous invitation, however). It's only a minor problem, so don't worry too much if that would be difficult to fix. It might be a nice tweak though. --BDD (talk) 17:23, 17 January 2013 (UTC)

Yeah, that's a known bug. One day, when I have a proper wikitext parser written, it will be fixed. --Chris 07:53, 19 January 2013 (UTC)

GA Bot - gracefully handle abandoned GA review

Hi Chris, thanks for your bots. Someone had started a GA review of Tulsidas and then vanished. A request was made at WT:GAN to release the abandoned GAR. I didn't see explicit instructions on how to do this, so I CSD's the GA1 page and it got deleted, and then removed the {{GAreview}} from the Talk page. As I feared this seems to have messed up the bot. WP:GAN reports the article is available for review but also has a review status. 1) Can this be cleaned up, 2) Can the bot be made to handle abandoned GARs more gracefully, or can there be a documented process in place to abandon a GAR without a fail? Cheers... Zad68 19:55, 18 January 2013 (UTC)

Wizardman has fixed it. All that needed to be done is to change the "status" in the template. While it would be nice to handle this better, and have the bot change the status itself, I'm concerned that might lead to other edge cases/problems. --Chris 07:50, 19 January 2013 (UTC)

wqa is historical

"Wikiquette alerts" is not longer active and probably should be removed from Wikipedia:Dashboard/Administrative_noticeboards. Should I just remove it or does the bot code have to be changed? NE Ent 13:36, 19 January 2013 (UTC)

The code has to be changed. Done. --Chris 14:33, 19 January 2013 (UTC)

Category:Pages where template include size is exceeded

Hi Chris. Is the archive size for WP:CHU/S configurable someplace? Many of the archives are not showing up correctly due to hitting the template transclusion limits. (Category:Pages where template include size is exceeded.) If the archive page size could be dropped from 100k to about 75k or so that would probably fix it. 28bytes (talk) 22:27, 20 January 2013 (UTC)

 Done --Chris 07:07, 21 January 2013 (UTC)
Thanks! 28bytes (talk) 07:19, 21 January 2013 (UTC)

Bots on simplewiki

Hi Chris. Your bots on simplewiki seem to have stopped. There is already a request to take over the task of Chris G Bot 2 (cleaning the sandboxes), but if your bots are still going to be operating then please let us know. Osiris (talk) 00:12, 21 January 2013 (UTC)

Yes, they can be taken over. That is fine with me. --Chris 07:07, 21 January 2013 (UTC)

Courtesy note

Hi Chris. I just noticed this addition to the bot policy. I'm of the opposite opinion, and have started a discussion on the talk page about it. 28bytes (talk) 19:54, 21 January 2013 (UTC)


The rfc was archived before the full run. Can you please revert?Curb Chain (talk) 02:12, 22 January 2013 (UTC)

Thanks and thanks for your understanding. Is it best to msg u here rather than reverting?Curb Chain (talk) 04:02, 22 January 2013 (UTC)
Yes. --Chris 02:07, 24 January 2013 (UTC)

The Signpost: 21 January 2013

The Signpost: 28 January 2013

GA bot "Maintenance"

Hey there. I'd like to know why GA bot reverted me twice after I fixed a broken user signature that was causing the next section header to be formatted in the same way as the signature. Does it automatically remove stuff like that? –TCN7JM 12:11, 31 January 2013 (UTC)

That's not how the bot works. Anything you touch on that page will be reverted in the next edit. The problem is, Jza84's signature has a pipe | in it. This breaks the template syntax. I've fixed it here. The long term fix is for Jza84 to use {{pipe}} instead of | in his signature. --Chris 12:29, 31 January 2013 (UTC)
Thanks for the quick reply! I appreciate it. :) –TCN7JM 12:43, 31 January 2013 (UTC)