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404 error[edit]

Hey Edward, just wanted to note I am getting a 404 error from Find Links :( Its one of my favourite tools, Sadads (talk) 23:36, 16 November 2015 (UTC)

Sorry about that. I've fixed it. Thanks for letting me know. Edward (talk) 08:18, 17 November 2015 (UTC)

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Speedy deletion nomination of 123-reg[edit]

Hello Edward,

I wanted to let you know that I just tagged 123-reg for deletion, because it doesn't appear to contain any encyclopedic content. Take a look at our suggestions for essential content in short articles to learn what should be included.

If you feel that the article shouldn't be deleted and want more time to work on it, you can contest this deletion, but please don't remove the speedy deletion tag from the top.

You can leave a note on my talk page if you have questions. AssortedLiquorice (talk) 10:22, 1 December 2015 (UTC)

Nathanael Kapner[edit]

I just undid a piping of a link you had put in at Nathanael Kapner. The existing Wikilink for War on Christmas was already being redirected to Christmas controversy, to which you piped it. For the reasons discussed at WP:NOTBROKEN, it's best to let such redirects do their work, rather than piping to the redirected page. Thanks for your efforts to improve Wikipedia! --Nat Gertler (talk) 19:49, 11 December 2015 (UTC)

trafficking in Egypt[edit]

Hi Edward,

Just curious if you have any contacts in Egypt that are working on or against trafficking or interacting with victims. Thanks! Bonita Bgparson (talk) 07:00, 18 December 2015 (UTC)

Happy adminship day[edit]

Wikipedia Administrator.svg Wishing Edward a very happy adminship anniversary on behalf of the Wikipedia Birthday Committee! Tito Dutta (talk) 17:36, 8 January 2016 (UTC)

Find links[edit]

Where has find links gone? I can't find it these days. Pkeets (talk) 02:32, 4 February 2016 (UTC)

Nevermind. I found it with a search. Pkeets (talk) 02:36, 4 February 2016 (UTC)

Admin help request[edit]

I need some help, I need an administrator to stop a person with the IP 198.134.93.254 from undoing accurate data from the Steppenwolf Band Wiki page.... the person is married to a former band member and she has a vendetta out for other band members because her husband was fired from the band several times — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2601:601:C700:D3DE:65AB:E430:572B:1026 (talk) 15:50, 6 February 2016 (UTC)

Category:24-hour television news channels has been nominated for discussion[edit]

Category:24-hour television news channels, which you created, has been nominated for possible deletion, merging, or renaming. A discussion is taking place to see if it abides with the categorization guidelines. If you would like to participate in the discussion, you are invited to add your comments at the category's entry on the categories for discussion page. Thank you. PanchoS (talk) 16:08, 11 February 2016 (UTC)

Impossibility theory listed at Redirects for discussion[edit]

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An editor has asked for a discussion to address the redirect Impossibility theory. Since you had some involvement with the Impossibility theory redirect, you might want to participate in the redirect discussion if you have not already done so. Ivanvector 🍁 (talk) 19:45, 17 February 2016 (UTC)

Never mind, I decided to be bold instead. Comments welcome, though. Ivanvector 🍁 (talk) 19:50, 17 February 2016 (UTC)

May 2016[edit]

Mesoamerican region[edit]

Hi Edward - I see you've been mass linking Mesoamerican articles to Mesoamerican region - however, that article is an article on the modern economic region, not the cultural region, and it is not relevant to the vast majority of the articles you have linked - please check the target article before performing mass links like this. Thanks, Simon Burchell (talk) 19:05, 31 May 2016 (UTC)

Thanks for letting me know, much appreciated. Edward (talk) 19:30, 31 May 2016 (UTC)

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Big bonus culture listed at Redirects for discussion[edit]

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Extended confirmed protection[edit]

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Extended confirmed protection (also known as "30/500 protection") is a new level of page protection that only allows edits from accounts at least 30 days old and with 500 edits. The automatically assigned "extended confirmed" user right was created for this purpose. The protection level was created following this community discussion with the primary intention of enforcing various arbitration remedies that prohibited editors under the "30 days/500 edits" threshold to edit certain topic areas.

In July and August 2016, a request for comment established consensus for community use of the new protection level. Administrators are authorized to apply extended confirmed protection to combat any form of disruption (e.g. vandalism, sock puppetry, edit warring, etc.) on any topic, subject to the following conditions:

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Category:Commerce has been nominated for discussion[edit]

Category:Commerce, which you created, has been nominated for possible deletion, merging, or renaming. A discussion is taking place to see if it abides with the categorization guidelines. If you would like to participate in the discussion, you are invited to add your comments at the category's entry on the categories for discussion page. Thank you. Marcocapelle (talk) 01:45, 2 October 2016 (UTC)

Elizabeth II Queen of Great Britain listed at Redirects for discussion[edit]

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Two-Factor Authentication now available for admins[edit]

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Mini-job listed at Redirects for discussion[edit]

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Hi, my name is Regina and I'm native Spanish speaker. Recently I wrote an article about Café El Jarocho https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Thelmadatter/Café_El_Jarocho , and i would like to know if you could please check it out and give a general opinion or advice. I will be very thankful. Regina mabe (talk) 18:10, 14 November 2016 (UTC)

A new user right for New Page Patrollers[edit]

Hi Edward.

A new user group, New Page Reviewer, has been created in a move to greatly improve the standard of new page patrolling. The user right can be granted by any admin at PERM. It is highly recommended that admins look beyond the simple numerical threshold and satisfy themselves that the candidates have the required skills of communication and an advanced knowledge of notability and deletion. Admins are automatically included in this user right.

It is anticipated that this user right will significantly reduce the work load of admins who patrol the performance of the patrollers. However,due to the complexity of the rollout, some rights may have been accorded that may later need to be withdrawn, so some help will still be needed to some extent when discovering wrongly applied deletion tags or inappropriate pages that escape the attention of less experienced reviewers, and above all, hasty and bitey tagging for maintenance. User warnings are available here but very often a friendly custom message works best.

If you have any questions about this user right, don't hesitate to join us at WT:NPR. (Sent to all admins).MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 13:46, 15 November 2016 (UTC)

ArbCom Elections 2016: Voting now open![edit]

Scale of justice 2.svg Hello, Edward. Voting in the 2016 Arbitration Committee elections is open from Monday, 00:00, 21 November through Sunday, 23:59, 4 December to all unblocked users who have registered an account before Wednesday, 00:00, 28 October 2016 and have made at least 150 mainspace edits before Sunday, 00:00, 1 November 2016.

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Nomination of Financial econometrics for deletion[edit]

A discussion is taking place as to whether the article Financial econometrics is suitable for inclusion in Wikipedia according to Wikipedia's policies and guidelines or whether it should be deleted.

The article will be discussed at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Financial econometrics until a consensus is reached, and anyone is welcome to contribute to the discussion. The nomination will explain the policies and guidelines which are of concern. The discussion focuses on high-quality evidence and our policies and guidelines.

Users may edit the article during the discussion, including to improve the article to address concerns raised in the discussion. However, do not remove the article-for-deletion notice from the top of the article. Marcocapelle (talk) 14:43, 3 December 2016 (UTC)

Yo Ho Ho[edit]

404 error for Find Link[edit]

Happy New Year, Edward! I'm getting a 404 error on your great Find Link tool. Could you please ping me when it's up and running again? Thanks! GoingBatty (talk) 03:17, 7 January 2017 (UTC)

Thanks for getting FindLink working again. Would you be able (and willing) to use your FindLink logic to go through Category:All orphaned articles and provide a report of articles that could possibly be manually deorphaned using FindLink? If it could be deorphaned, the user would manually remove {{orphan}}. If not, the user could att |att= to {{orphan}}, and the report could ignore those articles in future runs. Thanks! GoingBatty (talk) 16:36, 8 January 2017 (UTC)
@GoingBatty: Good idea, I'll add this to my todo list. Edward (talk) 20:38, 9 January 2017 (UTC)

Happy Adminship Anniversary![edit]

Wikipedia Administrator.svg Wishing Edward a very happy adminship anniversary on behalf of the Wikipedia Birthday Committee! Lepricavark (talk) 19:58, 8 January 2017 (UTC)

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Montreal[edit]

Hi Edward, long time no speak. I've put a submission in for Montreal this year, and I was wondering if you'd have a chance to move the prototype on by then as it is still one of the best tools I use. ϢereSpielChequers 15:36, 3 March 2017 (UTC)

Yes, I should do some more work on the prototype. I've too many ideas about how it should work. Do you have any requests, what should I change next? Edward (talk)
Thanks, yes in approximate order of priority:
batching it by fifty searches is a bit of a pain, especially on things like pubic that I'd like to patrol frequently because half the time it is vandalism not a typo. But there are over a thousand articles containing pubic so currently I'm paging through over twenty screens most of which are empty to find a handful of examples.
The safe pages feature currently seems to be interlinked, so if a safe page is safe for one query it can't be made safe for others. That prevents the tool from being scaled as the more queries the more often that will be an issue.
The user needs to be able to start new queries.
The user needs to be able to set the wiki that the search will run on and any alternative or additional name spaces. For example most of my current searches could run on portal and draft space as well as mainspace. In the past I've searched for certain high risk phrases in userspace and it would be good if we could build searches that just went there.
I'm now using AWB for some searches, especially the ones with only a handful of safe phrases and few or no "safe pages". It does have a big advantage though in that if it is just a typo you can just click save and it fixes it. Though I suppose adding such a feature would be a big complication.
Is the safe phrase feature case sensitive? Some searches really need to differentiate between IT manager and it manager.
Thanks ϢereSpielChequers 09:24, 5 March 2017 (UTC)
I've uploaded the code to github and added each of these as issues: https://github.com/EdwardBetts/pagepatrol/issues?q=is%3Aissue Edward (talk) 09:46, 6 March 2017 (UTC)
I'm down to two issues left. Edward (talk) 18:39, 6 March 2017 (UTC)
That really makes a difference, I can go through those searches very quickly now. Lifting the 50 limit and having separate safe page lists for each search have really speeded things up. ϢereSpielChequers 18:40, 19 March 2017 (UTC)

Christian homeschooling listed at Redirects for discussion[edit]

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Removing "Find links tool" from Orphan template[edit]

Hi, I wanted to let you know that I have removed the "Find links tool" in Template:Orphan, as I see there are Google Ads on the tools page. Pointing to a revenue generating page is not without controversy for Wikipedians, so I'd like to hear your rationale first. Thanks. -- Fuzheado | Talk 13:41, 14 April 2017 (UTC)

Hi Fuzheado, I've removed the ads from find link. They'd been there since about 2010 and helped to fund the server where the tool is hosted. Thanks for getting in touch. Edward (talk) 14:16, 15 April 2017 (UTC)

Security contractor listed at Redirects for discussion[edit]

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Category:Critics of Brexit has been nominated for discussion[edit]

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Breakfast milk listed at Redirects for discussion[edit]

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Deletion of the page Alex Zhavoronkov[edit]

Dear Edward, Recently the page Alex Zhavoronkov was nominated for deletion. Can you please take a look if you have a minute?

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