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Hello, Emw, and welcome to Wikipedia! Thank you for your contributions. I hope you like the place and decide to stay. Here are some pages that you might find helpful:

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Replied here. Regards, ~ Troy (talk) 23:51, 27 August 2008 (UTC)

Ashutosh Tewari GAN[edit]

Hey Emw2012,

I am almost done fixing up this article, but I was just wondering which capitalization errors you were talking about. Can you give me an example of one of these errors so that I can go through and correct the rest? Thanks. --Nishant M (talk) 00:41, 1 September 2008 (UTC)


Just want to let you know I am reviewing Rosetta@home for GA. Regards, —Mattisse (Talk) 19:17, 5 September 2008 (UTC)

  • Hi Eric, Congratulations on the FA. Graham. Graham Colm Talk 17:24, 11 October 2008 (UTC)

I'm sort of late, but anyway... Gratz on FA! TestPilottalk to me! 20:33, 24 October 2008 (UTC)

Roe v Wade[edit]

In what sense was a citation you added in whole, a victim of vandalization? Please provide diffs (page comparison from page History). The added citation is on a topic which, although it could theoretically be added to the article, is not currently in the article and is not the topic being cited. Anarchangel (talk) 12:04, 17 October 2008 (UTC)

  • The citation had been removed two edits prior to mine, as seen in the diff you requested. While its title wouldn't suggest relevance, the citation does mention in the third sentence Roe's claim that she was raped. Inside the reference is also mention of her recanting that claim, something not provided in the complementary reference to her official testimony. The citation had been added over nine months before my edit, shown in a diff here. Considering those facts and how the edit I effectively reverted was made in such haste as to misformat the reference (see the dangling </ref> tag in provided diff), I think it could safely be called vandalism. Emw2012 (talk) 15:07, 17 October 2008 (UTC)

Rosetta@home on main page[edit]

Congrats! I was very happy to see it there. Regards, —Mattisse (Talk) 16:10, 1 December 2008 (UTC)


Hey, on the Great Power GA assessment, you recommended that I do an RFC to help settle disputes. since I have never posted an RFC before, what section would it be under, and what else would I need to do. Deavenger (talk) 06:52, 20 December 2008 (UTC)

After familiarizing myself with WP:RFC, I would put the request for comment in the 'History and geography' section here: WP:Requests_for_comment/History_and_geography. Directions for initiating the RfC can be found at the bottom of that page. Essentially, you add the provided template to a new section in Talk:Great power and pose a neutrally-worded question for the community to consider within the template (or you can add the question to the RfC/History page yourself, or both). Consider looking at the current RfC's for an example of the process. Feel free to shoot any other questions my way, and I'll see what I can do to help. Best of luck with that, along with the GAR. Emw2012 (talk) 07:47, 20 December 2008 (UTC)
Thanks, I'll try filing it now. Deavenger (talk) 07:52, 20 December 2008 (UTC)
Okay. I posted it, it should be on the history and geography section soon. If you want to discuss it, it's at the very bottom of the Talk:Great Power under RFC. Deavenger (talk) 08:00, 20 December 2008 (UTC)


Re: Modeling DNA's double helix in SVG[edit]

Hi Emw2012,

Regarding your query about the DNA picture I created (w:Image:Dna-SNP.svg), The curve was my attempt at making a sine wave. I did this by making a sawtooth/zigzag line using the grid, converting all the nodes to symmetric, then manually weaking them to look smoother (and chopping off the end bits of the waves to get rid of the straight line mess). More recent versions of Inkscape simplify this process a lot by way of spiro paths and angle snapping.

You can create a "band" of DNA by duplicating one line and shifting right a few spaces, then combining paths and joining the ends with a straight-line segment. Then you add an appropriate fill colour and apply shading. Another band can be added by duplicating this one and shifting right an appropriate amount for the major/minor groove. The overlap was carried out by dividing the bands into two (can't recall exactly where, probably at the upper point where they thin out), which allows them to go under at one location and over at another.

For the 3Dish shading, I followed a tutorial I found on the Inkscape website for creating 3D ropes/tubes [1]. Just done it again, and it still seems reasonable easy for me to do:

  1. Create a thick curve (say width 10px)
  2. Convert to path
  3. Duplicate
  4. blur (about 3 seems to work well for a 20px line) and lower the duplicate, then shift right and down a bit
  5. Select both original and blurred duplicate, object->clip->set

The bases were generated from (I think) thick, cloned lines that had been converted into paths. I tried to match the colours that seem typical for sequencer outputs, and did curves for C/G and points for A/T to indicate differences in hydrogen bonding.

I'm Not sure how pedantic I was about measurements and distances/proportions on that image, but there's a diagram of DNA in Genetics by Russell (can't quite recall what edition I have, I think 5th) which gives distances for width of the DNA, distance per turn, number of bases per turn and distance between major/minor groove.

Oh, and I triple checked to make sure I actually had right-handed DNA [2].

Hope this helps, gringer (talk) 10:28, 7 January 2009 (UTC)

Images for Uranus[edit]

Those are great images, but most of them deal with combat inside of Stalingrad; they should be reserved for Battle of Stalingrad. JonCatalán(Talk) 08:26, 12 January 2009 (UTC)

RfC on Human genetic variation[edit]

If you have time, please answer this question.[3] --Wet dog fur (talk) 12:00, 20 January 2009 (UTC)


Actually I called it a caricature simply because, well.. it was identified as one. I've edited the text below the image to indicate it is not; I'll head over to the E M-H page in a tick to do the same. Ironholds (talk) 00:10, 18 February 2009 (UTC)

Section Headings[edit]

Thank you for editing the page and describing the correct formatting procedures!--DoctorDNA (talk) 23:25, 22 February 2009 (UTC)

You're very welcome. In case you're unfamiliar with it (I notice your first edit was done yesterday -- and over 170 have racked up since then at blinding speed), you can find Wikipedia's manual of style at WP:MOS. Emw2012 (talk) 01:44, 23 February 2009 (UTC)


Thank you for recruiting people into MCB! Much appreciated. Tim Vickers (talk) 19:36, 23 February 2009 (UTC)

Great power[edit]

Hey. Recently, a user named Chanka came and is saying that one of the sources, Encarta, listed India and Italy as an economic great power. However, the source clearly states that India and Italy are great powers, as you can see by reading the source, [4]. However, me and other users tried to explain to him that the source doesn't. Can you please come and add your two cents, and vote. Deavenger (talk) 02:05, 6 March 2009 (UTC)

University of Massachusetts WikiProject[edit]

I noticed that you have attended the University of Massachusetts system. You are welcomed to join the WikiProject University of Massachusetts at your own convenience. If you have any questions for me, I will respond as soon as possible. Your participation is appreciated. Kevin Rutherford (talk) 01:58, 11 April 2009 (UTC)

HHpred article etc.[edit]

Hi Eric, thanks a lot for copyediting the HHpred/HHsearch article! As a new contributer to wikipedia I am impressed by how well the idea works in temr of being a community effort. I was surprised to get response so fast. Now that I now the fundamentals of the basics opf wikiing, I will definitely contribute to some computational biology articles, for example the CASP article you mentioned. I will also check out WP:MCB. Something concerning the HHpred article: I have moved it to HHpred_/_HHsearch and put a move notice on top. I have transferred your changes to the new article. Thanks! —Preceding unsigned comment added by Soeding (talkcontribs) 06:18, 15 April 2009 (UTC)


I'm glad you found it worth reading.--ragesoss (talk) 20:15, 3 June 2009 (UTC)

Accessdate parameter[edit]

I saw in this diff that you added an "accessmonthday" and/or "accessdaymonth" parameter. Please be informed that these are deprecated. The preferred way is to put day, month, and year together in the "accessdate" parameter.
See also {{Cite web}}. Thank you, Debresser (talk) 17:29, 30 June 2009 (UTC)

Microhomology-mediated end joining[edit]

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Following up on this - a move like this should really be accomplished by using the existing MOVE function. Would you like to take shot at undoing those changes and then moving it? I would suggest deleting the new page you created by blanking and adding {{db-author}} to it, and then reverting your edits on the old page. Once a admin deletes the new page then you can do the MOVE to preserve history. Thanks.    7   talk Δ |   00:32, 6 August 2009 (UTC)
That seems better than the hack job I just did. Thanks for the advice. Emw2012 (talk) 01:04, 6 August 2009 (UTC)
No prob.  ;) Looks like Geni took care of you.    7   talk Δ |   01:22, 6 August 2009 (UTC)

Reassortment and chromosomal crossover[edit]

Hi, I see your comments about the distinction between Reassortment and recombination. Among people that I work with the words are used differently, and in line with Alberts et al. Another term that seems to confirm the distinction is "assortative mating", i.e. assorting meaning separating the different genotypes. I find the coverage of basic old-fashioned genetics to be generally quite bad in Wikipedia, and am hoping to improve that. I think we need to seek out the best definitions of these well-established terms. Am just ordering a copy of "A Glossary of Genetics and Cytogenetics: Classical and Molecular Rigomar Rieger; Arnd Michaelis; Melvin M. Green 1968" which is said to be excellent, perhaps you have access to it? Nadiatalent (talk) 23:26, 14 September 2009 (UTC)

Assessing importance[edit]

Hey there, I noticed you'd assessed Enzyme catalysis as "top" importance. I've moved this back to "high" importance, as the main enzyme article is the top importance article in this area, and the catalysis article is a sub-topic of this main article. All the best Tim Vickers (talk) 16:29, 21 September 2009 (UTC)

That makes sense, thanks for the explanation. Emw2012 (talk) 17:21, 21 September 2009 (UTC)
No problem! Tim Vickers (talk) 17:35, 21 September 2009 (UTC)

The insect review[edit]

First of all, thanks for taking it upon yourself to review this article, not to mention assist with the revisions yourself. I just have one quick question: the way it's being handled now, if I take care of one of your suggestions I leave a note under the suggestion, and then you strike out the suggestion.

So are you striking out the suggestions to confirm you think the issue has been fixed? Or should I be striking the suggestions out as I take care of them? Thanks, A little insignificant Talk to me! (I have candy!) 01:35, 25 September 2009 (UTC)

Hi there, and you're welcome. The convention in reviews on Wikipedia (whether in peer reviews, GANs or FACs) is that a reviewer strikes out their comments when he or she considers them to have been adequately addressed. Though it's reasonable most of the time, striking out others' comments is often considered impolite. Also, because it unnecessarily boosts the file size of the page, use of the {{done}} template is frowned upon at FAC, where I would hope this article will end up soon after completing this GA review. It's no problem whatsoever on this GA review, I just thought to give you a heads up for down the road. Emw2012 (talk) 02:26, 25 September 2009 (UTC)
You started the review already??? WOW, I really need to get in the game. Bugboy52.4 | =-= 22:46, 27 September 2009 (UTC)

I did some minor work on the article, and there are a couple sections you've not yet responded to. Are we ready to move on to reviewing the next section of the article? If so, Bugboy and I could finish tweaking the rest of the Body structure issues while you reviewed the next section. Just give us a direction to go in. (Congrats on your new username, btw.) A little insignificant Talk to me! (I have candy!) 12:08, 5 October 2009 (UTC)

Aside from a few small concerns yet to be addressed, the sections reviewed so far are in pretty good shape. Unfortunately I'm very busy until at least Thursday, so I probably won't be able to take much of a fine comb to the article until then. Whatever significant edits I make in the meantime will be to the review. Emw (talk) 13:46, 5 October 2009 (UTC)
I understand. I was busy this weekend and felt guilty about it, so the instant I was free I tried to find something to do. Sorry for pressuring you, don't feel rushed. I'll work on the remaining concerns in the meanwhile. :) A little insignificant Talk to me! (I have candy!) 13:55, 5 October 2009 (UTC)
Hi, there are a lot of points that are not striked out that have been addressed, does that mean they are not good enough? Bugboy52.4 | =-= 01:00, 17 October 2009 (UTC)
Scanning through the review, I count three four concerns addressed by User:A little insignificant that I've left unstruck. Don't worry about those particular concerns -- I plan on tweaking those fixes and left them unstruck as a reminder to myself.
Of the concerns that you have addressed, I don't count any such unstruck concerns. For all of the concerns you've noted as done, I've either struck them or left follow-up comments on work remaining to be done. Let me know any particular concerns you've got questions about. Emw (talk) 01:08, 17 October 2009 (UTC)
Follow-up: In the review of the 'Swimming' section, I now see two concerns you marked as addressed today that I haven't yet given feedback on. I'll do that now. Emw (talk) 01:13, 17 October 2009 (UTC)
I'll remember that where - were, thanks! Bugboy52.4 | =-= 16:03, 17 October 2009 (UTC)
I finished the classification agian, what do you say? This section is particularly hard, not because I don't know insect classification that would be bad because I am studying to become a systemic entomologist :), but because I am bad at english and grammar and stuff like that. Bugboy52.4 | =-= 19:25, 17 October 2009 (UTC)

Re:Thank you[edit]

My pleasure. I thought it unfair to hold back the article while I check for issues that may not even be there and certainly wouldn't hold it back from GA; I assume you'll be taking it to FAC almost right away, so if I come across any other issues I'll raise them informally at either the talk page or the FAC page. Good luck, though I will be seeing its progress if you do take it to FAC! MasterOfHisOwnDomain (talk) 17:03, 29 September 2009 (UTC)

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Tim D. White[edit]

That would be difficult for a few reasons. I generally don't see him that much, as I work under his graduate students. Also, I don't have a camera (I will be getting one on Black Friday, but Prof. White leaves for Africa before Thanksgiving and returns in January). Also, I am not too sure how much Prof. White cares for Wikipedia or having his picture on his article, he especially doesn't like how Wikipedia uses the Hominidae = "all Great Apes" definition for everything. Thegreyanomaly (talk) 19:49, 11 October 2009 (UTC)

Bummer. Emw (talk) 19:54, 11 October 2009 (UTC)

Recent changes to lead[edit]

The lead was recently changed by User:Neuromancer to indicate that the causative role of HIV in AIDS isn't proven (see diff). As the user also noted in their recent edits, the medical consensus on the issue is that HIV does cause AIDS. To my understanding, if medical consensus supports some hypothesis based on verifying experiments and overwhelming amounts of empirical evidence, then that notion is considered a scientific fact. Thus I think adding a caveat about the unproven nature of HIV's causative role in AIDS isn't just an example of undue weight, but is furthermore incorrect. Neuromancer also added to the lead a paragraph citing research from 1982 and 1983, which I consider more appropriate for other sections of the article if it's to be included at all. Based on that rationale, I've reverted Neuromancer's edits for the second time. I'd like to get Neuromancer's thoughts on this, as well as feedback from other editors -- with whom I presume but would like to verify I share a consensus -- so that my recent reversion doesn't seem like a single-editor fiat. Emw (talk) 09:20, 26 October 2009 (UTC)

As Emw says, the notion that HIV causes AIDS is supported by overwhelming amounts of evidence and is not disputed within legitimate scientific literature. It's only "unproven" to the extent that any empirical claim will always remain formally unproven (see Falsifiability); to label it as such in the lead only places undue weight on an extreme minority viewpoint, even when the medical consensus is still acknowledged. The only reason this page needs to even mention that some people dispute the link is because those people are so vocal; this is appropriately covered in the section on AIDS denialism. Putting all those caveats in the lead only places unwarranted doubt in our readers' minds. The other material added by Neuromancer seems to be unnecessary, as there are better sources already cited in the Origin and Discovery sections. Adrian J. Hunter(talkcontribs) 11:36, 26 October 2009 (UTC)
The page on undue weight includes this:
Other minority views may require much more extensive description of the majority view in order to avoid misleading the reader.
To me, this suggests that the HIV article needs "more extensive description", including possible revision of the lead. I have previously commented in Talk on the irrelevance of social issues such as orphans in the lead of an article about a virus (which is NOT the same as the syndrome, which is a specific medical term distinct from disease).
More extensive description should, IMO, address issues such as the fact that most AIDS victims in Africa were never confirmed as HIV positive by testing. There is presumption (logical and statistically supported, but still presumption) of HIV infection as the cause of their deaths.
This also suggests that the preponderance of media repetition of known information about HIV and AIDS may create the impression that minority views are "tiny" (a subjective term). Thus, we see what is IMO a blatant POV term such as "denialism" instead of skepticism or "alternative explanations" in the section heading that gives lip service to other viewpoints. Martindo (talk) 12:06, 26 October 2009 (UTC)
It's obvious from statistically valid sampling that HIV is highly prevalent in people with AIDS in Africa. As you say, this is logically and statistically supported - that's good science. There are endless parallels in other branches of science. I support Emw's reverts of the edits above the lead. -- Scray (talk) 13:28, 26 October 2009 (UTC)
As do I, for the reasons given above. Keepcalmandcarryon (talk) 21:26, 26 October 2009 (UTC)

Response from Neuromancer[edit]

Let me start by saying that I am NOT implying that HIV does not cause AIDS, nor am I implying the opposite. I merely feel that all relevant data should be shared in one place so that people do not have to search for it themselves.

Proven implies empirical evidence, not a consensus. The proper information and citations were made for the body that issued the consensus. Furthermore, if you talk to any Doctor, Researcher, or Scientist, I think you will get a general consensus that there is no fact in science, only consensus. That being said, it is a FACT that there is no empirical evidence that HIV causes AIDS, even if it is a generally accepted theory. I don't see how stating factual information is misleading. In fact, I think that censoring the information is detrimental to the point of Wikipedia. I am not citing HIV/AIDS denialism (which incidentally is not a real word), information. I have included much lacking, very relevant, on topic, scientifically referenced, unbiased information.

I can not think of a better source than the ORIGINAL papers being cited, as I did. Nowhere in this Wiki are there references to the original publications claiming to have isolated HIV. In fact, there are no references to HIV isolation at all, and I felt it important to include this information. I cited the CDC report, as well as the Gallo and Montegnier publications. If you are going to look at something, then look at it all, and the basis for this article are those three documents, and they are NOWHERE to be found in this article prior to my edits. It actually took a great deal of time to locate them for inclusion.

I also agree that there should be two separate pages: One for HIV, and another for AIDS, as while they may be intrinsically linked in the cause and effect consensus, they are NOT the same thing. There are people who test HIV+ who have NEVER developed AIDS and these case start in the 80's. There should also be a separate article for treatments, a separate article for dissident information. It is not the place of the Wiki to hide notable information, however much one may personally disagree with it.

Before you make biased and uneducated statements regarding a degree of scientific and linguistic comprehension that are being debated by Nobel Laureates, scientists, doctors and researches the globe over, perhaps you should read a REFERENCE or two supporting your statements. The word empirical denotes information gained by means of observation, experience, or experiment.[1] A central concept in science and the scientific method is that all evidence must be empirical, or empirically based, that is, dependent on evidence or consequences that are observable by the senses.

To date, there is NOT ONE SINGLE study, paper, reproducible experiment, photograph, video or lab result that supports HIV being the cause if AIDS. That being said, many people, but not all, with AIDS test positive for HIV. There are 10% (Verifiable by the CDC) of all AIDS cases where the individuals do NOT test positive, by means of any test, for HIV. There are another 10% of the HIV+ population that have never developed AIDS despite not taking ARVs.

So I pose this alternative to my edits... CITE YOUR REFERENCES, in unbiased language, supporting anything contrary to what I wrote. I want to see citations to EMPIRICAL evidence references that contradict my edits to the lead. If you can do this, then I will happily shut my mouth.

Neuromancer 10:45, 27 October 2009 (UTC)


The word you are looking for is probably transmissibility. - Nunh-huh 18:51, 28 October 2009 (UTC)

Re:State of GA review for Insect[edit]

Gah! Yes! I'm sorry, I've been on and off all week (on and off-wiki, not drugs.) I'll get to it later, I'm on a tight schedule pretty much on today. Sorry, I'll do it tonight- A little insignificant Bloated on candy 18:36, 3 November 2009 (UTC)

Thanks for reverting that vandal on my talk page! If I'm getting specially crafted impersonation accounts now, I must be doing something right. :) Okay, Insect now. A little insignificant Bloated on candy 20:23, 4 November 2009 (UTC)
Whats Going on with the Classification section.. nothing has been striked out?? Other then that there are only two things left, YEESSS! Bugboy52.4 | =-= 15:23, 11 November 2009 (UTC)
I'll take care of the issues 'Classification' in time. I don't consider further addressing the concerns I raised there to be necessary for promotion to GA. Sorry, I mentioned this in my most recent posting to A little insignificant's talk page, but forgot to let you know. Emw (talk) 15:36, 11 November 2009 (UTC)
KK, i think everything so far is going good, those two me and little insignificant did, up too you now :) Bugboy52.4 | =-= 16:55, 11 November 2009 (UTC)

ANI discussion[edit]

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Requesting input for proposed community sanction of User:Neuromancer[edit]

You commented at Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard/Incidents#Disruptive editing by User:Neuromancer, a thread which has now led to proposals that the user in question be topic banned or site banned, or that review of the issue be put aside while Neuromancer seeks a mentor. Your further input to that discussion would be welcome. - 2/0 (cont.) 18:10, 12 November 2009 (UTC)

Another big one...[edit]

Man, I could not do what you did for that article in one GA that took me 3.. so!!

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Insect-related Barnstar

I, Bugboy52.4, hereby award the greatest award for all insect-related article edits, contributions, or just helping me or a fellow editor A LOT.
Reason: Sated above ^ "Man, I could not do what you did for that article in one GA that took me 3.. so!!" And it came out nice too I'm sure people all around will benefit from our work, thanks. The GA PASSED!!! -- 02:20, 14 November 2009 (UTC)

Have a good one.. I'll make sure too check on you if I ever need another done :P Bugboy52.4 | =-= 02:25, 14 November 2009 (UTC)

Classification sections & Taxonomy[edit]

Where does the classification section belong, near the top or near the bottom, and should it be called classification or taxonomy? One more thing, where should the subdivisions be, in the taxobox or in the classification/taxonomy section? Bugboy52.4 | =-= 03:27, 17 November 2009 (UTC)

I've copied your question to Talk:Insect (I hope you don't mind) and replied there. That way we'll be more likely to get input from others who may be interested. Thanks for the barnstar, by the way. Emw (talk) 05:53, 17 November 2009 (UTC)
One more thing, what about the name... should it be common (Insects or Earwigs) or scientific (Insecta or Dermaptera)? Bugboy52.4 | =-= 02:04, 18 November 2009 (UTC)
I think Insect is fine titled as is; I'm unsure re. Earwig vs. Dermaptera. You could probably get more qualified feedback at WT:ARTH. Emw (talk) 02:28, 18 November 2009 (UTC)

Great power & G8[edit]

As you have posted on the subject, I was wondering if I could get your input on if there is a sufficient source for the addition of the G8 image to the Great power article or if it is WP:OR. Follow the link to the relevant conversation Talk:Great power#G8 Solution x2. Thanks -- Phoenix (talk) 11:20, 21 November 2009 (UTC)  


Hi, you wrote on my german user page. I added a few comments to the bot approval. Imho the Bot does a good work, but you should use the headings and dateformates that adjust to the user interface language. (This is exactly what my bot does, now running over your previous uploads). Greetings --Schlurcher (talk) 21:53, 22 December 2009 (UTC)


Brown and Coakley[edit]

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Results by town map[edit]

Melrose should be red for Brown. Grk1011/Stephen (talk) 03:11, 22 January 2010 (UTC)


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I hereby award this barnstar for your amazing work with PDBbot to upgrade the graphics of proteins on Gene Wiki pages. The new images look great! Boghog (talk) 04:37, 17 February 2010 (UTC)

Thanks -- your suggestions and technical advice were very helpful! Emw (talk) 00:54, 20 February 2010 (UTC)

A few more images?[edit]

Hi there, do you mind chiming in on the discussion here? (... and FWIW, I second Boghog's barnstar above...) Cheers, AndrewGNF (talk) 16:19, 14 May 2010 (UTC)


Hi, your is awesome! Please, add sisterprojects. Maybe you'll need to process raws datas from Domas? Anyway, this would be safer. Perhaps you can ask an account on tools:. --Nemo 01:10, 7 June 2010 (UTC)

Thanks for the feedback. Which sister projects do you have in mind? I considered directly processing Domas's data, but it would take a very long time to parse through data from 2007 and insert it into a local database. In any case, I think the page view data should be stored in a WMF or Toolserver database server where it can be easily accessed by third-party web services. I believe there is work being done to accomplish this, but I don't know when it will be done. I began the application process for a Toolserver account a few weeks ago, and plan to begin migrating my traffic analytics tool there once I'm approved. Emw (talk) 04:27, 7 June 2010 (UTC)
Ok. With regard to sister projects: well, all of them. :-) I'm particularly interested in Wikiquote, but such a tool would be very very useful for Commons (most of all) and also Wikisource, Wiktionary, Wikibooks etc. We currently have 16 million articles on Wikipedias and 14 on all other projects combined, so this would at most double the computational cost (for the backlog this is obviously worse). --Nemo 12:48, 11 June 2010 (UTC)
All sister projects are now supported in all languages (except the new Wikivoyage project). Some examples:
Data for projects not listed in the 'Project' drop-down menu can be accessed by specifying their language.project code in the 'project1' URL parameter. Those codes can be garnered from Note that whereas my tool gets its data from Henrik's, if Henrik's tool doesn't provide data for a given project, then mine won't either. Please let me know about any bugs. Thanks, Emw (talk) 15:58, 12 January 2013 (UTC)

Stats tool[edit]

Awesome, constantly up to date with the data, unlike Really appreciated the new tool. Sadads (talk) 13:26, 9 June 2010 (UTC)

Suggestion, might want to add an option with the graph like they have on the graphs at in the chart section where you can drag and select region, etc. Sadads (talk) 13:33, 9 June 2010 (UTC)

Stats tool not working?[edit]

Hey, Did you know your stats tool is down? Sadads (talk) 11:07, 21 June 2010 (UTC)

It is now back up. Emw (talk) 00:17, 30 June 2010 (UTC)
Really fantastic tool, but it seems that it stops at end of June 2010 for some pages. For example, I am not able to see data from July 2010 for the following pages:
"Obama", plot:
"n-vector", plot: (talk) 12:52, 5 July 2010 (UTC)
Hi. I'm sure you know that your stats tool has been down for some days now, but would it be possible to tell us about the status of fixing it? Is it perhaps down because you are trying to fix the issue with data from July 2010? (talk) 11:22, 9 July 2010 (UTC)
The host is down because of networking issues, not because of work on the July bug. I'll look into fixings things over the weekend. (A lengthy FAC has gobbled up most of my time on Wikipedia this past month, thus the delays in bug fixing and maintenance, etc.) Emw (talk) 11:48, 9 July 2010 (UTC)

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July 12 meetup in Cambridge[edit]

Great idea. Let's try Le's Restaurant this time, which has some nice areas for 10+ people that are rather quiet. Monday nights are a great time to take advantage of that... you can even et in some nice people-watching out of their windows if in the right plcae. SJ+ 23:28, 26 June 2010 (UTC)

Talk:Matthew Hale (jurist)/GA1[edit]

I've replied to your suggestions. Ironholds (talk) 17:59, 28 June 2010 (UTC)

To Commons[edit]

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Hey WP:GLAM/SI opportunity[edit]

Recently we have been working with the Smithsonian Institution to create workshops between local user communities and Smithsonian employees in an effort to better cover their collections and material on their websites and create content related to their expertise (which are all sadly lacking). Most of our focus right now is in the DC Area but the Smithsonian Coordinator asked if we had a way to interact with the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge, MA. I noticed you are pretty active in organizing meetups up there. Would you be interested in helping me find some users in your area to work with them? Would you mind me giving her your e-mail? Sadads (talk) 17:49, 22 July 2010 (UTC)

  • I'd be interested in hearing more. I've sent my email address to you. Cheers, Emw (talk) 11:12, 23 July 2010 (UTC)
Sounds good, I also sent them the info for User:SJ who also appears to be pretty active up there. I hope the Smithsonian people and you can get something going. Sadads (talk) 11:43, 23 July 2010 (UTC)

User:PDBbot for[edit]

Hi, German Wikipedia has a quite big category de:Kategorie:Wikipedia:Proteinbild nicht vorhanden which shows protein boxes without images. Maybe you can also run your bot on German Wikipedia. The meeting point for German chemists is the editorial department chemistry, you can leave a note there. Matthias M. (talk) 14:30, 23 July 2010 (UTC)


I noticed you're looking for hosting. The Toolserver might be an option. multichill (talk) 16:01, 25 July 2010 (UTC)

  • Thanks -- I should have said 'moving hosting'. I've got a Toolserver account, and plan on moving the traffic visualizer there. Emw (talk) 16:05, 25 July 2010 (UTC)
Hope you will soon get your tool up and running again. Many of us are really missing it :) (talk) 07:45, 26 July 2010 (UTC)
Yes, we are indeed. :-) --Nemo 10:20, 26 July 2010 (UTC)

Thanks a lot for getting your tool up and running again! But unfortunately I cannot get it to work with Internet Explorer 8 (it worked fine in June). I tried other computers, but same problem. I get the following error message:

Webpage error details
User Agent: Mozilla/4.0 (compatible; MSIE 8.0; Windows NT 5.1; Trident/4.0; .NET CLR 1.1.4322; InfoPath.1; OfficeLiveConnector.1.3; OfficeLivePatch.0.0)
Timestamp: Thu, 26 Aug 2010 15:43:34 UTC
Message: 'window.G_vmlCanvasManager' is null or not an object
Line: 716
Char: 21
Code: 0

Hope it is fixable! :) (talk) 16:05, 26 August 2010 (UTC)

This bug is now fixed. The tool is now usable in Internet Explorer 8. However, it's not crisply responsive because of the browser's Javascript engine, which is considerably slower than that in Firefox, Chrome, Safari and Opera. Emw (talk) 16:04, 31 October 2010 (UTC)

Homologous recombination[edit]

Hey mate, are you still interested in working on homologous recombination? --Cryptic C62 · Talk 15:15, 5 August 2010 (UTC)

toolserver wikistats error[edit]

FYI, gives an error: SSI error: recursion exceeded. (works fine with a trailing slash) --Jeremyb (talk) 17:18, 29 August 2010 (UTC)


It was good to meet you at the NYC meetup. Wikistats is great! I'd like to help develop it. Right now's a good time for that, as a coworker and I will want to use it a lot in the next couple of months. If interested, write on my talk page and/or email to work out logistics. Econterms (talk) 20:51, 30 August 2010 (UTC)

Ptolemy's Theorem[edit]


Compliments on your stats tool. But for some reason, it's not picking up stats on the page on Ptolemy's Theorem?? Or am I just not being patient enough - requested stats on other pages display within 30 seconds or so.

Neil Parker (talk) 07:50, 17 September 2010 (UTC)

There's probably an issue in escaping apostrophes in page titles. I will look into this. Thanks for noting the bug. Emw (talk) 23:02, 17 September 2010 (UTC)
I'd guess so - Baynard's Castle and Montfichet's Tower are other examples it pukes on. Le Deluge (talk) 00:32, 24 September 2010 (UTC)

Raw data[edit]

Hi! I was taking a look at the raw data about pagecounts. Each row shows 4 values, for example:

it Pagina_principale 138752 10106528727

I'm not sure to understand the meaning of the last number. Do you know what it means? Thanks in advance! -- Basilicofresco (msg) 06:10, 21 September 2010 (UTC)

I think it represents total numbers of bytes transferred in that hour for that page. This guess could be tested by multiplying the number of page views by the size of the page in bytes and seeing if it equals that last number. Cheers, Emw (talk) 11:26, 21 September 2010 (UTC)


Hi Eric, I just now notice that you answered to third party on Henrik's user talk page, 2 days ago. Please look up and answer either here or there -- I'm not very young any more, and more often than once have difficulties in using any "new" features. TX, Wolfgang. [w.] 15:28, 3 October 2010 (UTC)

Your Toolserver tool[edit]

Hi Eric, I am very impressed with -- have been looking at various similar tools, and yours has a nice simple, clean interface.

Just two bits of feedback:

  • When entering a page that does not exist on the wiki queried, it seems to report that it does not exist on English Wikipedia regardless of which wiki you're actually querying.
  • In general, there are some wikis that Henrik's tool works with, but are not revealed in the GUI. With his tool, it's possible to find that info by directly manipulating the URL; for example, this page reflects stats on, which is not visible in the GUI. Your tool does not appear to pass this info through the URL; if there were a way to access this info through your tool somehow, that would be great.

Thanks for providing this tool, and hope the feedback is helpful! -Pete (talk) 17:55, 18 October 2010 (UTC)

I've just updated the tool to address your two bits of feedback. It now accounts for the project name if an article isn't found (e.g. 'German Wikipedia', 'French Wikipedia', 'Wikimedia Commons', 'Wikimedia Outreach', etc). It is also now possible to get traffic data even for projects that aren't listed in the UI by directly manipulating the URL. Compare:
If you think of anything else, let me know! Emw (talk) 00:24, 31 October 2010 (UTC)
Thanks, this is really great! I wonder if anyone will understand what the "Link" link means without the explanation -- maybe some small tweak to the interface (or new name for that link) would make it easier to understand. But, this is a great improvement -- enough, I think, to make me replace Henrik's tool with yours for any future presentations. Thanks for the quick implementation! -Pete (talk) 23:35, 1 November 2010 (UTC)

The link above seems to have broken somewhere along the way -- giving stats from English Wikipedia instead of Outreach Wiki. Think you could take a look? -Pete (talk) 01:27, 13 January 2011 (UTC)

The regression is fixed -- thanks for noting it!
If you hover over the first traffic spike on 10/7/2010 you'll see a new feature I introduced about a month ago (and which I think I may have mentioned to you on IRC): inference of the cause of traffic spikes. In the case of your plot, the date of the traffic spike coincides with Princeton being wikilinked from the Main Page's "In the News?" section (see Wikipedia:Recent_additions/2010/October). Emw (talk) 03:40, 13 January 2011 (UTC)
I think I'm seeing problems that aren't coming up for you. (1) I don't see the info on the traffic spike, and (2) this URL is, I think, supposed to go to stats for the Outreach wiki, but it instead gives stats for English Wikipedia. Is there more info I could provide that would help you troubleshoot? Feel free to grab me on IRC, too -- joining #wikimedia-tech now. -Pete (talk) 18:08, 14 January 2011 (UTC)
I was using a very slightly different URL (with 'project1' instead of 'project'). That part of the bug is fixed now too. Emw (talk) 15:53, 16 January 2011 (UTC)
Working fine for me now -- thanks!! -Pete (talk) 05:28, 18 January 2011 (UTC)

Your Toolserver tool − some more questions[edit]

Hi Eric, i need help, too.

Thank you, Simplicius (talk) 15:38, 8 November 2010 (UTC)

That bug was likely introduced over the weekend while I was beginning work on a new feature. I will note here when the bug is fixed; it should be within a week. Emw (talk) 17:30, 8 November 2010 (UTC)
Thank you very much. Simplicius (talk) 17:46, 8 November 2010 (UTC)

I have another question: The tool is functioning well for de:Benutzer:Simplicius. Unfortunately the tool does not work for de:Benutzer:Simplicius/Newsticker. The slash-sign seems to make problems. Is there a way to repair this, too? Thank you, Simplicius (talk) 19:10, 22 November 2010 (UTC)

Also, I think it would be more logical to allow a choice for different page names along the choice for the projects. One could compare two themes in one project then. However, thank you very much, your tool is the best! -- Simplicius (talk) 19:18, 22 November 2010 (UTC)

Another point, there is no data for some days. If these breaks were known and were effecting all articles would it be possible to exclude the marks for those days? Simplicius (talk) 08:01, 23 November 2010 (UTC)

Some articles are younger than the start of the chosen period (example). If the date of creation of an article will be considered, the average nummber will be correct. Of course, this idea has a smaller mistake too, if articles were deleted and written newly. Simplicius (talk) 08:01, 23 November 2010 (UTC) According to [5] it is ok. Simplicius (talk) 13:07, 27 November 2010 (UTC)

Unfortuntely deleted articles are not shown although they existed (statistics, log). Simplicius (talk) 08:13, 23 November 2010 (UTC)

Resuming, my most important wish would be, to be able to use your tool for meta-pages in German wikipedia.
[6] says "The article Benutzer:Simplicius/Diderot-Club II does not exist on German Wikipedia." -- Simplicius (talk) 23:22, 8 December 2010 (UTC)
The tool now works for pages containing slashes, i.e. / characters. Emw (talk) 13:50, 10 December 2010 (UTC)
Thank you very very much! -- Simplicius (talk) 13:11, 21 December 2010 (UTC)

I guess, this is a small problem. The tool cannot differ small and big letters for lemmata like de:Terz and de:TERZ, please have a look. -- Simplicius (talk) 13:11, 21 December 2010 (UTC)


Hey, could you help the fellow who posted @ User talk:Henrik#Suggestion for an improvement. He posted on my talk page here. I thought maybe something could be written to check if there are interwiki language links, and then pull the hit stats for those pages if they exist. I'm not completely sure if that's feasible. Killiondude (talk) 21:05, 31 October 2010 (UTC)

Wikistats tool problems[edit]

Hello Emw, I like to let you know that the "Link" and "Raw Data" links on the results page of your very useful Wikistats tool do not seem to be working. The URL obtained from the "Link" link results in an empty graph. The "Raw data" link results in a series of php errors. The "Download csv" file leads to a file containing only the word "Date".

Regards, Patrinos 07:58, 16 November 2010 (UTC) —Preceding unsigned comment added by Patrinos (talkcontribs)

Video clips[edit]

Thank you for the feedback on the DNA replication clip. If you can suggest other articles which could benefit from a short movie, I would be interested to know. Maybe some sort of intercontinental cooperation is possible. Please bear in mind that I am not a biologist and may ask a few dumb questions.

Mitosis 200*150: prophase, metaphase, anaphase and telophase

In the meantime I have generated a short video clip (about 6 MB / 60 secs) showing the prime phases of mitosis. Please make comments / suggestions as to any usefulness / improvement. --Cookatoo.ergo.ZooM (talk) 17:00, 21 November 2010 (UTC)

Wherefor go?[edit]

Hey Emw. With regards to this old thread, where did your tool go? Ever make any work towards rollup / smoothing data?  :) Cheers! //Blaxthos ( t / c ) 22:57, 7 December 2010 (UTC)

Soon after we conversed, I implemented a feature where the user can zoom in or zoom out on the graph (double click to zoom in, shift+double click to zoom out). There is now the ability to pan, too. The result of zooming and panning is a bit crude, as I've been focusing more on other features. After working out some obvious issues with zoom/pan, more attractive rolling and smoothing seems like it would be a reasonable next step. Those types of changes would probably require significant additions to the flot Javascript plotting library that underlies my tool. If you have any interest in that, perhaps you could take a look at Emw (talk) 02:25, 8 December 2010 (UTC)

Happy Holidays![edit]

125px Seasons greetings and best wishes for 2011!
Boghog (talk) 16:42, 24 December 2010 (UTC)


Year Wikipedia traffic[edit]

Hi! Thank you for your tool. Just a question - is it possible to generate top 1000 pages (or at least top 50 most visited pages) for each wikipedia for a year (e.g. from 01/01/2010 to 31/12/2010)? --A1 (talk) 11:57, 9 February 2011 (UTC)

It would be infeasible to do that with my traffic visualizer, because the daily page view count data is derived from Henrik's tool but that tool currently doesn't make the needed page view rank data readily available. Good idea though! Emw (talk) 19:00, 12 February 2011 (UTC)
Thanks for your answer. If it would be technically possible it would be great - month statistics is not as representative as the year. --A1 (talk) 21:33, 5 March 2011 (UTC)

re: Boston meetup[edit]

Thanks for the heads-up regarding the meetup! Unfortunately, I won't be able to attend. I moved to Lincoln, Nebraska in January (which is why I am not able to contribute as a campus ambassador for Harvard this term). Cheers, DickClarkMises (talk) 13:32, 1 April 2011 (UTC)

Let's have an evening meetup on the 10th, and a daytime event on the 17th (w/campus ambs). SJ+ 04:07, 6 April 2011 (UTC)

page view statistics on about 2,500 articles[edit]

Thank for sharing your wonderful tool. I have a list of about 2,500 English Wikipedia articles for research. I would like to acquire the data on the page view for each article during a specific period. As you know, it requires so much time when I browse manually in your tool page in order to get the page view data. I need your help now. Let me know whether or not there is an automatic method to retrieve the data I want to get. cooldenny (talk) 04:21, 2 April 2011 (UTC)

To my knowledge there is no tool available that allows users to get page view data over an arbitrary date range for an arbitrarily large collection of pages.
However, you could probably hack around with the "Raw data" feature in my analytics tool to get the data you want. For example, see You could write a script to call a URL of that form while replacing 'India', 'China' and 'Brazil' with pages you're interested in (three pages at a time). Each three-page call would probably average between 1 and 2 minutes. Calls would need to be done in sequence rather than in parallel. I would guess it would take a script between 14 and 28 hours gather data for all 2,500 pages.
My tool used to have a feature that exported table-formatted page view data like that in the link above to a CSV file. If something like the above approach sounds feasible to you (and if having the data formatted in CSV), let me know and I'll re-enable that CSV-export feature. Best, Emw (talk) 17:11, 2 April 2011 (UTC)
Thanks for your considerable response to my inquiry. I can make a JAVA program for crawling, using the raw data table URL you showed me. However, I cannot get the page view data for each article because the raw data web page does not have the page view data in its HTML source code. Please give me advice on how to handle this problem. In addition, the 2,500 article list is formatted in CSV. cooldenny (talk) 05:06, 4 April 2011 (UTC)
The data is written dynamically after page load via JavaScript. The data is indeed in the HTML source code, but that isn't shown in the default 'View source' option in most web browsers. (If you wanted to view the source, you'd need to do so with a browser tool like Firebug.)
So, on second thought, the easiest way to get the data would probably be to parse the JSON response that the "Raw data" page uses to write out that table. Take a look at In the trafficData array there, the form of each element of [(milliseconds since epoch), (page view count)]. Let me know if I can clarify anything else there. Emw (talk) 11:16, 5 April 2011 (UTC)
Thanks, Enw. I will try to parse the table data you explained. cooldenny (talk) 14:13, 9 April 2011 (UTC)

Peer reviews[edit]

Good to see you today. As I mentioned, I have two peer reviews going on right now, for DNA nanotechnology (review page) and Nucleic acid design (review page). I'd appreciate any feedback you could give! Antony–22 (talkcontribs) 03:10, 18 April 2011 (UTC)

DYK for 2011 New England tornado outbreak[edit]

I asked for you to get credit on this, since you helped expand it a lot, but apparently it didn't go through. Thanks for the work! Kevin Rutherford (talk) 20:49, 10 June 2011 (UTC)

Overall statistics of views[edit]

In Wikipedia article traffic statistics File:Zaragoza shel.JPG from Commons has 30 views in 2011-07. In English Wiki it has the name File:... (149 views in 2011-07), in Russian Wiki - Файл:...(64 views in 2011-07), in Spanish Wiki - Archivo:...(182 views in 2011-07), etc. Please tell me

  1. how to see the overall views number of the same file in all Wikis by one click.
  2. how to see the overall views number for all the months --Vladimir Shelyapin 18:19, 15 July 2011 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Владимир Шеляпин (talkcontribs)
Hello! Currently the traffic analysis tool only shows up to 3 different language versions of the same article at the same time. For example, you can see traffic data for the English, Russian and Bulgarian Wikipedia articles on Cyrillic alphabet by going to Regarding your second question: the tool does not show traffic totals per month (yet). The closest you could probably get to that is to take the page view counts available to the 'Raw data' link, e.g. through, and run your own analysis. (Note that you will see a blank screen when you go to the previous link. This will only last for a short while, and the data tables will be written eventually.) Please send any other questions my way. Cheers, Emw (talk) 14:35, 16 July 2011 (UTC)
Thank you Emw, but my request for File:Zaragoza_shel.JPG in English, Spanish and Russian results in a message: There are no interwiki links for 'File:Zaragoza_shel.JPG ' on Spanish Wikipedia or Russian Wikipedia. It is because the images have no interwiki links in principle. --Vladimir Shelyapin 19:51, 16 July 2011 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Владимир Шеляпин (talkcontribs)
Ah, now I see what you meant. A process to automatically determine a media file's page view statistics on an arbitrary WMF wiki seems straightforward in concept. However, the tool does not currently support that functionality as well as it could. To help support your use case, I will update the tool with two new features:
  1. The ability to determine page views of media files on up to 3 WMF wikis simultaneously.
  2. The ability to select a given "bin" for which page view data on a given article set will be aggregated into. For example, users will be able to select "get results by week" and "get results by month". This will take the page view data -- usually shown by day -- and allow it to be shown in higher-level weekly or monthly intervals. A natural enhancement would be "get results by n weeks" and "get results by n months".
In the immediate future, you might consider a workaround to get page view data for File:Zaragoza_shel.JPG on different language wikis. Simply get the data for the different wikis one-by-one. For example:
I'll get back to you when these features are implemented. Thanks for these suggestions! If you think I've misunderstood what you're looking for, please let me know. Emw (talk) 02:51, 17 July 2011 (UTC)
Thank you, EMW! You understand my questions completely correct. I am very grateful to you for your work. I am sure that your program is very useful for many users of Wikipedia. Yours sincerely--Vladimir Shelyapin 16:57, 17 July 2011 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Владимир Шеляпин (talkcontribs)
  • Hello Emw! I'm sorry, do you remember my suggestions?--Vladimir Shelyapin (talk) 06:26, 6 November 2011 (UTC)
Hello again, the state of the statistics tool is the same as when I replied to your previous message here. I probably won't take up feature development on the tool for at least a month. I'll let you know when that is. Best, Emw (talk) 15:10, 18 March 2012 (UTC)

DYK for Population Estimates Program[edit]

Materialscientist (talk) 16:05, 20 July 2011 (UTC)

wikistats on toolserver[edit]

Hi- it appears your wikistats appear to be stale, as of the 24th. I'm guessing that is because Henrik's tool is stale, which could be because Henrik appears to be missing since March.

While I may be shooting the messenger, is this anything you can control, or do you know folks that can help? tedder (talk) 19:51, 28 July 2011 (UTC)

Tedder, thanks for rolling with this. As I've discussed with emw before, I'm concerned about these drops, because the raw data of how Wikipedia is used is so important to so many different parties (Wikimedia Foundation, chapters, individual Wikipedians, professors, journalists, etc etc.) in telling stories within the Wikimedia movement. But it's unclear what's the best way to go about fixing it. I believe it was Roan who once explained to me that they have to do with resource allocation on the Toolserver (or maybe some other server), that basically the stats gatherer takes a bunch of resources and is "last in line" when various other things need it. While I don't doubt that the other things are important, it seems what might be needed is for somebody high up in an org that can actually allocate funds toward it -- WMF, or WM Deutschland, for instance -- to throw some money at getting it fixed. I would love to make that case somewhere, but as of now I'm not really sure I fully understand the issues involved; so any corrections or expansions to my summary are most welcome! -Pete (talk) 19:59, 28 July 2011 (UTC)
Hello! To answer Tedder: no, I don't have any control over the underlying data. My tool takes its data from Henrik's tool, so if his tool isn't showing data for certain dates then mine wouldn't either.
I've considered a few ways that page-view data access could be improved. However, for much of the last year I had been waiting to see where the OWA on WMF project was going, so that I wouldn't invest a large amount of time and effort to have it all obsolesced soon after. I'm not exactly sure where that project stands now, but I don't recall seeing updates about it in the Wikimedia Tech Blog or The Signpost. Given that Domas's data (which Henrik's tool gets its data from) seems like it will be the only source of page view data for a while, maybe it would be worth scoping out a project to get better page-view data access.
I imagine the first part of the project would be getting all of the page view data from 12/2007 until present from Domas's hourly data files into daily data files, and perhaps compressing them better. This would drastically reduce the amount of data that would need to be downloaded for people interested in having a copy of the data of their own to analyze. I ballpark that there's roughly 2 TB of page-view data available from Domas's archives (65 MB average file size per hour * 24 hours/day * 365 days/year * ~3.5 years since 12/2007). All of that would need to be downloaded, processed into daily-view data, and put into a database for anyone doing lots of analysis on WMF wiki page view trends. Completing this first task would probably result in a file set that was 10-20x smaller, and already processed at the level most researchers would be interested in.
I naively tried beginning this first part a while ago, but it would have taken a very long time on my puny laptop. This effectively one-time job could be sped up by distributing the processing work among many computers, e.g. by taking dividing the work of converting hourly page-views to daily page-views for every month (or two weeks, or week, etc.) among 42 (or 84, or 168, etc.) computers. This could be done on a cloud computing service.
The next step would be to make the original hourly data, from 12/2007 to present, more easily query-able by the public. The data would ideally be available through a REST API and periodic database dumps. I see two basic use cases for this step of the project:
A) Getting historical data, at an hourly resolution, on what times of the day certain pages were viewed. This would not include very recent data, e.g. for the previous 24 hours, or maybe even the past week.
B) Determining how a page is trending since the last update of the data store used for case (A) above. I think third-party websites like and may have provided this kind of data before, but both sites look defunct now. I don't know if those sites made the underlying data publicly available in a way researchers could use.
Finally, I would hope that whatever web property and software/hardware back-end was part of a project like this would have the imprimatur of a high-level movement organization like WMF or WM Deutschland, e.g. live on an official domain (perhaps on external servers) and be controllable/maintainable by those organizations. Emw (talk) 00:40, 29 July 2011 (UTC)

Hey i think this is a wonderful idea. Even if i have no good Coding skills i would help if the date would be easely transformable by e.g. using Boinc to compute it. I hope you keep on going and contact WM Deutschland or WMF. Hope they will support you. --Sk!d (talk) 22:35, 30 July 2011 (UTC)

Thanks Sk!d. BOINC is very cool (I'm particularly fond of Rosetta@home) but I don't think this project would be a good fit. The computing power needed for this project is a drop in the bucket compared to that needed for BOINC projects. Best, Emw (talk) 00:28, 2 August 2011 (UTC)
EMW -- thanks for the detailed writeup -- very useful! I'd like to work toward getting something like you suggest implemented. Let's talk more..but right now I have a plane to catch. (Will I be seeing you in Haifa, perchance??) -Pete (talk) 22:11, 1 August 2011 (UTC)
Shoot me a note any time, I'd like to hear more of your thoughts on this. I've emailed these ideas to a few WMF developers, and am looking forward to their input too. Another use case, in addition to the two listed in my previous message, is ranking pages by page views in a given time period: hour, day, month, year, etc. (Unfortunately, I won't be at Wikimania '11 -- maybe next year in DC!) Emw (talk) 00:28, 2 August 2011 (UTC)

Hm there seems new problems with Henriks tool no new data since Sep. 1th [7] --Sk!d (talk) 00:17, 7 September 2011 (UTC)

PDB Bot & ProteinBoxBot[edit]

Hi! I'm finishing up the new version of the ProteinBoxBot, the Gene Wiki maintenance bot. I'd like for PBB to be able to render, upload, and link to protein structure images as it finds templates that are missing image data, much as your bot did. Would you have any objection to me basically forking your code into PBB (i.e. integrating it into its update schedule and translating it from python to java)? You'd be attributed for your work, of course, and PBB's code is in agreement with your CC-BY-SA license for PDBBot. (As a side note, thanks for your excellent code and documentation in PDBBot - it's a real pleasure to read.) Pleiotrope (talk) 00:04, 30 July 2011 (UTC)

Hi Pleiotrope -- feel more than free to use whatever code you'd like from PDBbot. If you have any questions about that code, shoot them my way. Cheers, Emw (talk) 01:39, 30 July 2011 (UTC)[edit]

Please review the map, the work of Tofanelli et al, Hassan et al, and comment in the discussions:
Essentially, the issue is whether J1 dominates in Sudan and the Caucasus at over 60%. John Lloyd Scharf 09:42, 23 August 2011 (UTC)

PDB files[edit]


I greatly appreciate the images which you posted for the HSP90 isoforms.

Is it possible you could email me the .pdb files for them?


Bioinformatisist ( — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 09:59, 1 September 2011 (UTC)

Hi there. The PDBbot program I wrote to generate images from .pdb files indicated the name of the PDB file in the name of output image file. The image files, for example File:Protein_HOXD9_PDB_1puf.png, take the form Protein_(HUGO symbol)_PDB_(PDB_ID).jpg. You can find the actual .pdb file that the image was derived from by searching for the PDB ID given in the image file name. I'm not sure which HSP90 isoform image you're referring to, but the approach just described should help you find what you're looking for. Best, Emw (talk) 15:53, 1 September 2011 (UTC)

Wikipedia article traffic statistics[edit]

At first thank you for your nice tool (Wikipedia article traffic statistics). i have a suggestion. is it possible to define resolution for traffic statistics? because it is very slow when we set it for 2 year. for example user can set how many vertexes (sample) are showed in statistics. for example 5 from 30 days (month days)Reza1615 (talk) 13:54, 10 September 2011 (UTC)

Population Estimates[edit]

Thanks for updating the population estimates for the towns in Massachusetts. It's been a long time it seems since somebody made large and useful changes to that series of articles. Happy editing, CSZero (talk) 14:47, 17 September 2011 (UTC)

Thanks! I was surprised when I wasn't able to find any data set for historical population counts of cities and towns in Massachusetts. So I spent a while transcribing scanned copies of decennial census records since 1850 for the 351 municipalities. You might be interested in a visualization I made from the data: Massachusetts_municipal_population_flows.svg. It's a bit choppy on Firefox; it seems to run smoothest in Chrome. Cheers, Emw (talk) 15:58, 17 September 2011 (UTC)
Pretty cool - is it possible to slow it down? Another good tool would be to show population distribution over time. I had just been using this data, before the update, to make a few graphs as well:

Export of data from Wikistats tool[edit]

First of all, I'd like to thank you for creating the wonderful wikistats tool! I'd like to use some of the data for a project for a class on data visualisation. Unfortunately, I'm no computer whiz and can't figure out how to export the data right from the webpage into R. I could copy and paste everything into Excel and then reformat it (because something unusual happens with the dates when I dod that), but with the amount of data I need, this would take a long time. Do you have any suggestions? I read in a previous discussion on your talk page that you might be able to enable a .csv feature. Is that still a possibility? Also, what is your preferred way of citing your tool as a source? SvdPas (talk) 00:02, 22 September 2011 (UTC)

If you're looking to analyze a significant number of articles, I'd suggest interacting with the tool's JSON API as described here. Unfortunately, this requires a modicum of wizardry. I recently finished a side-project of mine, and I've got a backlog of requests for the traffic tool, so I'll take a whack at enabling the .csv export feature. I'll update here with my progress over the next day or two. Emw (talk) 01:38, 22 September 2011 (UTC)
Thank you so much! I tried the JSON API and got it to work using the RJSONIO package, though strangely enough it's only able to grab the data if I input one query at the time. That's definitely good enough for me though. I do have one probably very basic question, about the JSON date formatting. For example, 12/10/2007 is displayed as 1197244800000 in the JSON API. Do you know how to convert it back to a normal date? SvdPas (talk) 18:54, 25 September 2011 (UTC)
Sorry, I overlooked that you already explained this elsewhere. If anyone else is wondering: it's milliseconds since epoch and this can be converted using the chron library in R. Thanks for helping me out, Emw! SvdPas (talk) 22:59, 25 September 2011 (UTC)
CSV exporting is now enabled through a link at the top of the 'Raw data' page for each result set. I've also changed the unnecessarily unfriendly epoch timestamp in each (date, view count) element to instead use a date of the form YYYY-MM-DD. Please let me know if you experience any problems with this. (I think my next step might be cleaning up the source code and putting it onto Github.) Emw (talk) 03:30, 28 September 2011 (UTC)
Thanks so much for trying to make this tool more userfriendly! However, I'm currently experiencing some problems. First of all, I don't get a graph anymore when I input a keyword in the tool (I tried with Academy Award). When I click on 'raw data', the data is displayed. Unfortunately, I can't find the CSV exporting feature. Also, I got the JSON API working and wrote a nice little R script to get the data I need. When I tested it this morning with a small test set, it worked. I just tried again and strangely enough, it doesn't work anymore. I'm really sorry to take up more of your time, but do you have an idea why this is happening? Thank you in advance! SvdPas (talk) 06:29, 29 September 2011 (UTC)
I was refactoring yesterday and changed something that could have broken third-party API processors. I've fixed that. Could you try again? If you still encounter issues, please let me know what the error message is, and include the URL of your HTTP request. If you're seeing the problem through a web browser, trying clearing your cache (press ctrl+f5), and let me know which browser and version you're using if that doesn't fix things.
WRT CSV export, there is a link that says 'CSV file of this data' at the top of the table in the 'Raw data' page for each result set. The bug from last night, among other things, changed the position of that link to make it less obvious. It should be more apparent now. Emw (talk) 11:58, 29 September 2011 (UTC)
Everything is working great again, thank you so much for your help! SvdPas (talk) 21:17, 29 September 2011 (UTC)
Hi Emw, I'm sorry to bother you again, but do you have an estimate of how long the upgrading will take? SvdPas (talk) 14:44, 4 October 2011 (UTC)
I'll hold off the upgrade and restore functionality by tomorrow morning. About how long will you need the tool to be stable? Emw (talk) 15:58, 4 October 2011 (UTC)
Thanks! I have a script and a file with about 300 pagenames I need the data for ready to go, so a couple of hours should be sufficient. SvdPas (talk) 16:27, 4 October 2011 (UTC)
Alright, the tool is good to go. Could you let me know when you're done? Also, what are you investigating with the data? If it's alright, could I see the final product once you're done? Emw (talk) 11:48, 5 October 2011 (UTC)
Dear Emw, sorry for not replying to this sooner. I did get started on it immediately this morning, but encountered some fatal errors. It took me a while to fix it. However, I found the bug in the end, tested extensively and everything works now. I need about 3 more hours and then I'll have all the data I need. I'm very grateful for your help, please know it is much appreciated. I'd be happy to show you the final product, the project is some statistical analysis and mostly visualisation for Academy Award related data. In what way do you prefer I send it to you? I hope to have it finished in about a month. SvdPas (talk) 00:21, 6 October 2011 (UTC)
Update: I've got all the data, thank you! — Preceding unsigned comment added by SvdPas (talkcontribs) 04:11, 6 October 2011 (UTC)
Sounds interesting! I've considered incorporating actor and artist awards into a feature that automatically detects the cause of traffic spikes. Could you email me the project once it's set through the Wikipedia's 'Email this user' feature? Or, better yet, link to it from here? Emw (talk) 01:44, 7 October 2011 (UTC)

Rosetta@home and Folding@home[edit]

Hey Emw, I just was looking through Rosetta@home and congratulations on your hard work! Looks like your the primary author and were the one that fixed it up to be a Featured Article, which is pretty impressive. Anyway I just wanted to say that, since I've been working pretty hard recently on the Folding@home article and am starting discussions on the Folding@home forum to try to get it to be a Good Article. I'm sure you guys were all laughing at us when R@h was becoming Featured. Yeah we have more petaFLOPS but our article was pretty pitiful back back in early August! Its been a lot of work to improve that article, so I can only imagine what it was like for you. So well done! Thanks so much for your work! Always an avid Folding@home donor, Jessemv (talk) 01:23, 2 October 2011 (UTC)

It's nice to see enthusiastic work being done on the Folding@home article :). Bringing an article up to GA or FA quality usually takes a lot of effort, but it's worth it. I've left some general pointers at Talk:Folding@home#Suggestions_for_improvement. Keep up the good work! Emw (talk) 18:40, 2 October 2011 (UTC)
Thanks for the suggestions again. At this point I believe I've addressed them, although I'm far from done working on the article. As noted in the Talk page, one of my goals now is to get some better images, and I'm making significant progress gathering permissions and whatnot. But anyway, if you have a moment, could you take a look at it again? Specific suggestions like what you had before were VERY helpful, and they ensure that I'm moving the article in the right direction instead of having me guess on what edits to do all the time. :) Thanks. Jessemv (talk) 21:13, 16 October 2011 (UTC)
I will try to follow up this weekend. Emw (talk) 02:10, 20 October 2011 (UTC)
Thank you very much. I look forward to your further suggestions. I believe I finally a good understand into how to write encyclopedicly. You'll notice that the lead, the Biomedical Significance section lead, and the Alzheimer's Disease subsection seem to have a different tone than the rest of the article. While it is VERY slow going, the writing produced is very concise, accurate, and to the point. I'm sure there are touch-ups that will have to be made, but I'm slowing going to keep advancing down the article trying to turn it all into that tone, since I like it much better. The hard part is trying to combine all of the important but scattered facts together and make it sound coherent, and in some cases it calls for further research, of which first impressions are never good. However, it read really nice afterwards! Anyway, thanks for your time and I'll watch for your suggestions. Jessemv (talk) 06:26, 21 October 2011 (UTC)

Well I don't know if it's on your watchlist but over in the Folding@home Talk page I believe I've fixed almost all of the issues you had with the article. There's still a slight disagreement over the proper wording of that one publications sentence, and as noted on the Talk page I'm uncertain how to fix some of the image issues. But I've noted where I stand on both of those things, so any feedback there would be appreciated. I also put on the Talk page a list of grammar issues I found in the article, but I'll be taking care of those on my own very soon. Other than those, where does the article stand now? I really appreciate your feedback, it has definitely accelerated the editing progress, and I'm a couple months ahead of schedule. I am really looking forward to the Good Article nomination process, it's likely going to be very rewarding! Jessemv (talk) 01:13, 31 October 2011 (UTC)

I haven't had time to carefully read through the article since 'Results' was addressed. I would need to do that before I can give a decent update of my thoughts on the article's state. I'll hopefully have time to do that later this week. Best, Emw (talk) 03:45, 31 October 2011 (UTC)
Whenever you can. I await your suggestions. Thankful, Jessemv (talk) 03:58, 31 October 2011 (UTC)

Just so you know, I was planning on improving the "Comparison to other molecular systems" section, which will include expansion of the Anton comparison. I'm busy at the moment but in a few days (within a week for sure) I will do much more research. I plan on thorough reading the scientific paper I cited (rather than just rely on the Abstract/Summary) as well as some of Anton's papers. I'll strive to use those as the primary citations, with Dr. Pande's blog posts as a secondary source. His forum posts may be entirely unnecessary, but we'll see. Yes I would have to agree that the paragraph is a little one-sided, but then so are Dr. Pande's reliable statements, so I'll see if I can find more neutral ground like in the publications. It is important to get both sides, and that's my goal. Thanks for your help, Jessemv (talk) 06:15, 5 November 2011 (UTC)

I believe I have addressed the neutrality issue although I'll continue to refine the section further. Also, as I've posted on the Talk page, what specific questions should I ask Bowman about his Paradigm Shift award? Jessemv (talk) 02:40, 9 November 2011 (UTC)
Neat stuff! I've replied here. Emw (talk) 03:03, 9 November 2011 (UTC)

I would like to humbly suggest that you edit your first reply on the "Comparisons to Anton Super Computer" section on the Folding@home Talk page. As the IP has edited his post and retracted his inflammatory statements, your comment about said statements no longer applies and now looks rather strange. So please, retract the latter parts of your reply as well. Thanks. Jessemv (talk) 17:58, 5 November 2011 (UTC)

I've opted to strike through the admonishment rather than remove it. Emw (talk) 20:34, 5 November 2011 (UTC)
Fair enough. Oh, on the striking-out topic, I have noticed that it has been used on some GA/FA nominations. I just didn't want to do that on the F@h Talk page as it makes the original suggestion (which I value and appreciate) harder to read, so it makes further discussion difficult. But I guess that's only a problem if the person who addressed the issue considers the issue fixed and strikes it like that. Then if the person who noted the issue still feels that the issue hasn't been fully addressed, they have to unstrike it, which is weird. So then is the alternative better: having the person who submitted the issue strike it out when they feel it is addressed. This relies on that person to do this, who may not be reliable in performing this task. Those were my thoughts, and avoid this whole tangle-y mess I thought just stating them as fixed was superior. I then bolded my replies to better distinguish them from yours. Jessemv (talk) 21:31, 5 November 2011 (UTC)
I'd prefer to strike out issues I raise in 'Update' after I considered them resolved. The editor addressing issues never strikes through issues noted by reviewer; only reviewers strike the issues they note. Striking through this way gives the addressing editor confirmation that the reviewer considers an issue resolved. Often the addressing editor will consider an issue fixed and will note this (as they should), but the reviewer will not consider the issue fixed and suggest a way forward, then the addressing editor implements a further fix, the reviewer gives feedback, and so on for another iteration or two until the reviewer considers the issue resolved. Having a struck-through issue at the top of such nested discussion thread for a given issue provides a quick visual indication of the state of a review and any outstanding issues.
It's unconventional for the addressing editor to bolden their posts unless the post is very short (e.g., 'Done', 'Fixed'), but I don't have a problem with you doing that if you think it helps visually organize the discussion. Emw (talk) 23:43, 5 November 2011 (UTC)
Thank you for clarifying. I realize now that its unconventional, but it helps me determine at a glance what issues are outstanding because my bolded statement will be the last one in the issue's topic. That said, I think it would be a good idea if I start dealing with what's to be expected elsewhere in Wikipedia, so if you want feel free to strike through the issues that have been addressed, and I'll stop bolding my statements. Sound like a deal? I just need one system that makes things work efficiently. Jessemv (talk) 06:35, 6 November 2011 (UTC)

Not sure where to post this but I thought Markov State Models are capitalized. I realize that they are lowercase in some places, but in this paper they are capitalized, as they are on the F@h Software page. They are abbreviated "MSM" which implies that there is capitalization. Thanks for the clarification, I'm just a little bit confused as to why you uncapitalized it. If it was an even usage split, isn't it better to choose capitalization over lowercase, just to emphasize it as a unit? Jessemv (talk) 15:57, 9 November 2011 (UTC)

The lowercase 'Markov state model' seems to be the predominant styling in literature on the subject: Compare this with the similar lowercase styling of hidden Markov models, which are often abbreviated as HMM's. Emw (talk) 00:34, 10 November 2011 (UTC)

Once again, I'm grateful for your help Emw. I've believe I've address all the issues you've listed thus far on Talk page, so I look forward to more. Last week I had the opportunity to offer suggestions on another article, one that was listed on Peer Review but didn't get any response. Turning around like that was quite enlightening, I really understood what you meant by "condense and hone" because as vague as it is, that's exactly what this article needed. So I took the opportunity, just as you had, to point out specific issues I saw, and I realized what you had to do. So thank you. Anyway, I've continued further condensing of the Folding@home article, and I'd appreciate any further assistance. I've still got to clean up the Client section a bit, but other than that things are looking fairly good I think. Boy, now more than ever, I really feel like its really on the edge of being a Good Article. But your assistance is still necessary to get it there, I have difficulty stepping back and addressing my own writing as deeply as you can. Once it passes your inspection, I'll have someone close to the Pande Group read it over, then I'll ask Dr. Pande if he sees anything wrong with it, and then I'll start the GA nomination process. That's my plan. Besides the writing, one of the challenges I'm having is actually making sure the information on how F@h's simulation processes work are correct, since I sometimes get lost in the technical details. Oh, and I've got finals coming up, so I don't know how much time I'll have for addressing any issues you have, but just know that I'll see them and take care of them as soon as I can. Once again, thanks and I look forward to any further proof-reading you can provide! Jessemv (talk) 06:51, 1 December 2011 (UTC)

A brownie for you![edit]

Brownie transparent.png for your statistic tool Georgy90 (talk) 15:12, 7 October 2011 (UTC)
When will the tool be back? -- (talk) 09:59, 7 December 2011 (UTC)
By Saturday. Emw (talk) 13:08, 7 December 2011 (UTC)
The tool is back. I will be working out some bugs in the coming days. Emw (talk) 13:16, 12 December 2011 (UTC)

Speedy deletion nomination of Clover Food Lab[edit]

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Proposed deletion of Clover Food Lab[edit]

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Deletion discussion about Clover Food Lab[edit]

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Clover Food Lab and DYK[edit]

Hi there! I noticed that your article on Clover Food Lab is currently at AFD. I looked it over, and it seems that it might make a nice article for WP:DYK after the AFD closes (as keep, it looks like). Have you thought about submitting it? NW (Talk) 22:08, 15 November 2011 (UTC)

Yes, I've considered it. However, I don't know if the article would qualify for DYK if it were submitted more than 5 days after its creation (i.e., after tomorrow). I don't know if it could be submitted for DYK with the AFD still open; I assume the AFD will not be closed before the end of tomorrow. Emw (talk) 04:01, 16 November 2011 (UTC)
If you nominate it now, the fact that it was put up at AFD will not be held against you. NW (Talk) 18:18, 16 November 2011 (UTC)

DYK for Clover Food Lab[edit]

PanydThe muffin is not subtle 00:03, 21 November 2011 (UTC)

Overall statistics of views 2[edit]

At July 2011 you wrote: A process to automatically determine a media file's page view statistics on an arbitrary WMF wiki seems straightforward in concept. However, the tool does not currently support that functionality as well as it could. To help support your use case, I will update the tool with two new features: The ability to determine page views of media files on up to 3 WMF wikis simultaneously. The ability to select a given "bin" for which page view data on a given article set will be aggregated into. For example, users will be able to select "get results by week" and "get results by month". This will take the page view data -- usually shown by day -- and allow it to be shown in higher-level weekly or monthly intervals. A natural enhancement would be "get results by n weeks" and "get results by n months".

How is this issue now?--Vladimir Shelyapin 17:19, 30 November 2011 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Владимир Шеляпин (talkcontribs)

Hi Vladimir. I'm in the process of trying to make the very large dataset underlying the tool much more publicly available as described here, so I've put other feature development on hold for the time being. I've publicly released the tool's source code to GitHub here. If you happen to be code-savvy and especially interested in the features you mentioned, then perhaps you could build off that code and send a pull request with an implementation of your own. You might also want to request the feature from Henrik, who seems to be back and actively developing his version of the tool. Emw (talk) 02:03, 25 January 2012 (UTC)


Add Kazakh language to Statistics[edit]

Hello, is it possible to add Kazakh language to your statistics tool. What is necessary for this? Thank you, -- (talk) 06:36, 24 January 2012 (UTC)

I've put feature development on hold for the time being. If you want, you can use Henrik's tool to plot traffic data the Kazakh Wikipedia, e.g.Басты_бет. Emw (talk) 02:03, 25 January 2012 (UTC)

AfD and PROD notifications[edit]

Hi Emw,

Back in November, you got either an AfD or PROD notification, which was part of the template testing project's experiments. If you could go here and leave us some feedback about what you think about the new versions of the templates we tested (there are links to the templates), that would be very useful. (You can also email me at if you want.) Thanks! Maryana (WMF) (talk) 21:26, 17 February 2012 (UTC)

Thoughts on Folding@home[edit]

Hi Eric, as you already know I've been working away on Folding@home. I think I've finally figured out how to write encyclopedicly, and I've cited two books, 52 journals, (from third-parties as much as I can) 31 posts from Dr. Pande himself, 27 sites, 26 posts from Pande lab members or admins, 13 project descriptions, and 34 other miscellaneous websites. I've strived to write more neutrally (facts, not hype) and I feel that GA nominations are really close. There's a checklist on the Talk page and I've got a few disease sections left to refine, but if you have a moment I'd sure appreciate hearing your thoughts. The article should be much better than when you last reviewed it, but I'd like to know if you think there's any issues I need to address. I have yet to run it by F@h experts (much as you did for Rosetta@home) but I figured I'd go to you first. I sure appreciate the help you've provided so far. Best, Jesse V. (talk) 19:43, 17 March 2012 (UTC)

The article looks much better! I read over most of the article, and did preliminary copyediting of what I read. I think the article is ready for nomination as a Good Article. Emw (talk) 05:22, 18 March 2012 (UTC)
I was watching you edit practically in real time. :) I've currently got the Alzheimer's section and several review articles open in my browser tabs right now, so I'll be taking care of that section real soon. I sure appreciate the time you spent copyediting and your opinion on the article. Very much appreciated. Grateful, Jesse V. (talk) 05:36, 18 March 2012 (UTC)
By the way, I just finished rewriting the Alzheimer's section, and I'm considering it pretty done at this point. Jesse V. (talk) 05:56, 18 March 2012 (UTC)
I posted in the article's Talk page about this and haven't received a reply yet. Do you think the lead needs to be simplified any more? See the Talk page for the suggestion which was emailed to me, but I really like the lead the way it is. Since its my writing and that makes me biased, I'm just wondering what your opinion was in the matter. Jesse V. (talk) 06:01, 18 March 2012 (UTC)
I think the lead's level of detail is appropriate; more thoughts here. Emw (talk) 13:55, 18 March 2012 (UTC)

Deadlinks on Rosetta@home[edit]

Hey Emw, I just ran WP:Checklinks on Rosetta@home and it identified a number of deadlinks and various other issues with some references. Just thought I should let you know. Result Best, Jesse V. (talk) 22:56, 26 March 2012 (UTC)

Page views tool[edit]

Hi Emw, is the tool broken for ever? Simplicius (talk) 09:03, 27 March 2012 (UTC)

The break was caused by a third-party API change. The tools works again now -- thanks for the note. Emw (talk) 10:39, 27 March 2012 (UTC)

Thank you very much. Why is here only data until 1/1/2012? Simplicius (talk) 08:36, 30 March 2012 (UTC)

The bug was that data for that particular article after 1/8/2012 wasn't being updated because of some changes in the model-layer code. I've fixed that edge case, and you shouldn't see that issue on any article's data now. Emw (talk) 03:53, 2 April 2012 (UTC) - Support for Afrikaans[edit]

Hi Emw,

Could you please add "Afrikaans"-project to list of projects? would like to create a page listing recent activity to help understand the needs of the readers.

Thank you.

Arnobarnard (talk) 12:16, 28 March 2012 (UTC)

I currently have PC based code doing the data extraction, but it means about 2GB of data download for me per day ... not nice. So if it is in any way possible to add to the summarized stats it would help. Thank you again. Arnobarnard (talk) 14:30, 29 March 2012 (UTC)
Afrikaans is now supported, e.g. I've replied in more detail at Emw (talk) 15:27, 12 January 2013 (UTC)

You're invited! New England Wikimedia General Meeting[edit]

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Invitation to events in June and July: bot, script, template, and Gadget makers wanted[edit]

I invite you to the yearly Berlin hackathon, 1-3 June. Registration is now open. If you need financial assistance or help with visa or hotel, then please register by May 1st and mention it in the registration form.

This is the premier event for the MediaWiki and Wikimedia technical community. We'll be hacking, designing, teaching, and socialising, primarily talking about ResourceLoader and Gadgets (extending functionality with JavaScript), the switch to Lua for templates, Wikidata, and Wikimedia Labs.

We want to bring 100-150 people together, including lots of people who have not attended such events before. User scripts, gadgets, API use, Toolserver, Wikimedia Labs, mobile, structured data, templates -- if you are into any of these things, we want you to come!

I also thought you might want to know about other upcoming events where you can learn more about MediaWiki customization and development, how to best use the web API for bots, and various upcoming features and changes. We'd love to have power users, bot maintainers and writers, and template makers at these events so we can all learn from each other and chat about what needs doing.

Check out the the developers' days preceding Wikimania in July in Washington, DC and our other events.

Best wishes! - Sumana Harihareswara, Wikimedia Foundation's Volunteer Development Coordinator. Please reply on my talk page, here or at Sumana Harihareswara, Wikimedia Foundation Volunteer Development Coordinator 15:54, 21 April 2012 (UTC)

Thanks for the notes Sumana. I'm signed up for the DC Hackathon in July -- hopefully I'll see you there! Emw (talk) 16:20, 21 April 2012 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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I found the wikistats tool you have developed very useful to monitor Wikipedia articles traffic. Thanks! Gielpa (talk) 08:07, 31 May 2012 (UTC)
Thank you! Emw (talk) 16:54, 31 May 2012 (UTC)

DNA nanotechnology FAC[edit]

DNA nanotechnology is up for its second FAC right now. It would be really nice to have some input from someone who knows about molecular biology, as subject matter experts are kind of hard to come by in this subject. I'd really appreciate it if you could take a look and share your views at the FAC. Thanks! Antony–22 (talkcontribs) 21:27, 7 June 2012 (UTC)

Hello! I've started my review of the article here. Very interesting material. Emw (talk) 05:07, 19 June 2012 (UTC)

WikiMania 2012[edit]

Hey Eric -- we met at the Boston meetup. I'd love to know how the PDB-rendering extension turned out, and what you are planning on doing with it. I've been getting more involved as a developer and would love to pick your brain. I'll be at WikiMania, too -- feel free to leave me a message on my talk page, we can grab lunch or something.

--///daniel talk 01:42, 4 July 2012 (UTC)

Hi! I replied on your talk page Friday. Since then I released a public prototype of that PDB-rendering extension at See you in DC, Emw (talk) 20:35, 8 July 2012 (UTC)

Hi, Eric[edit]

Hi, I am the guy with the Wikipedia Editor hat, and we were discussing photos for Wikipedia.--DThomsen8 (talk) 10:38, 13 July 2012 (UTC)

Licensing of Wikistats plots[edit]

Hi Eric, I am planning to use some of your Wikistats plots in talks and was thus wondering under what license they are available. Thanks for the tool, and for any pointers. -- Daniel Mietchen - WiR/OS (talk) 21:29, 18 July 2012 (UTC)

Hello -- I've put the graphs under CC-BY-SA 3.0. Best, Emw (talk) 12:06, 19 July 2012 (UTC)
Thanks! -- Daniel Mietchen - WiR/OS (talk) 00:41, 20 July 2012 (UTC)

Your Photo-Hunt Vice Presidency calls![edit]

Please add something tentative for Boston to Wikipedia:Wikipedia Takes America :)--Pharos (talk) 23:22, 24 July 2012 (UTC)

Meeting up to discuss your extension[edit]

Hi - this is Martin Walker here, we met at Wikimania recently. Regarding your MediaWiki extension, I had dinner with Jmol people tonight, and if you can come down to Philly on Aug 21-23 we should be able to set up a meeting, perhaps for dinner or something. If this is impossible, I'm sure we could at least set up a Skype meeting, but if you can spare the cost and the time a face to face meeting is always better. Apparently there have been a lot of improvements/new features with Jmol recently that may or may not be of relevance. I'll be in touch via email. Regards, Walkerma (talk) 04:22, 2 August 2012 (UTC)

Hi Martin, thank you for the note. I've sent you a message over email. Best, Emw (talk) 00:22, 3 August 2012 (UTC)

Wikipedia Takes Boston photo event[edit]

You might suggest that whoever's taking over use the Wikipedia:Wikipedia Takes America#Event page wizard. Also, on't forget to spread word on the Boston mailing list!--Pharos (talk) 13:37, 10 August 2012 (UTC)

60 uploads of yours on Commons[edit]

Hi, please see commons:Commons:Village_pump#How_to_handle_60_identical_images.3F - it seems there are 60 uploads of yours from PDB which show the same image, and shouldn't. Rd232 talk 16:31, 16 August 2012 (UTC)

Folding@home is a FA candidate[edit]

Just wanted to let you know that I have nominated Folding@home for Featured Article status because I believe it meets the criteria. Comments or assistance welcome! :D • Jesse V.(talk) 01:19, 17 September 2012 (UTC)

[8] Thanks. I'm significantly more familiar now with how Wikipedia operates, so I'm not going to do any more of that bolding-my-reply silliness, etc. I'm looking forward to seeing your opinions whenever you get a chance. Much appreciated. • Jesse V.(talk) 02:50, 20 September 2012 (UTC)
You're very welcome! Emw (talk) 03:01, 20 September 2012 (UTC)
Just to let you know, I have added a graph from that Google Spreadsheet, and have resolved all the other issues that have been brought up in the FA nom. Crisco is "leaning support" but is waiting for "editor with more contextual knowledge to vet it". So whenever you're ready and have a moment, we're ready for your review. Thanks for your help so far! • Jesse V.(talk) 15:01, 25 September 2012 (UTC)
Brilliant, thank you! I'll get after your initial comments as soon as I have a chance. • Jesse V.(talk) 03:28, 27 September 2012 (UTC)
I wonder if it might be a better idea to upload a folding funnel image to the folding funnel article. Then I can add folding funnel to the "further information" template at the top of the Project Significance section. • Jesse V.(talk) 22:16, 3 October 2012 (UTC)
The folding funnel image could even be 2D, like these two examples. • Jesse V.(talk) 19:58, 4 October 2012 (UTC)
I sincerely thank you for your comments and assistance so far. I've resolved nearly all of your issues, and responded to everyone else on the FA nom page. PumpkinSky and Crisco 1492 are willing to voice their full support but are waiting until you and EdJohnson are done with it. Since EdJohnson has moved on and hasn't responded further on the page, are there any more issues you'd like to bring up? The nomination is very near the bottom of the WP:FAC page, so I'm getting more and more anxious to gain consensus. • Jesse V.(talk) 06:04, 20 October 2012 (UTC)
I am very appreciative of your promotion support. Just FYI, WP:FAC says "reviewers may transfer lengthy, resolved commentary to the FAC archive talk page, leaving a link in a note on the FAC archive." Crisco has already done this. • Jesse V.(talk) 18:22, 20 October 2012 (UTC)
It's good work! I prefer to keep my review where it is. Emw (talk) 20:52, 20 October 2012 (UTC)
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You're invited: Ada Lovelace, STEM women edit-a-thon at Harvard[edit]

U.S. Ada Lovelace Day 2012 edit-a-thon, Harvard University - You are invited!
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Now in its fourth year, Ada Lovelace Day is an international celebration of women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM), and related fields. Participants from around New England are invited to gather together at Harvard Law School to edit and create Wikipedia entries on women who have made significant contributions to the STEM fields.
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Hi Emw, I'm Aubrey from Italian Wikisource. Two quick questions:

  • is this working?
  • it would be possible to add sister projects (as Wikisource)?

The tool seems very promising, but I couldn't make it qork, don't know if it's down or what. Thanks anyway! --Aubrey (talk) 11:39, 23 October 2012 (UTC)

Hi Aubrey -- no, the tool isn't currently working. I found a problem with a third-party JSON API the tool relies on and let the maintainer know. I'll update here with progress on that.
With regard to adding Wikisource, I think that would be a good idea. However, I don't see any identifier for that project in the raw page-view data. If you're interested in pursuing your question further, I suggest asking Henrik or somebody on the Wikimedia Engineering and Product Development team about getting Wikisource added to the page-view data logs. Best, Emw (talk) 03:39, 25 October 2012 (UTC)
That third-party API is back up, so the statistics tool is now working, e.g. Thanks for pointing out the issue. Emw (talk) 13:05, 3 November 2012 (UTC)
Wikisource is now supported! All other sister projects (except Wikivoyage) in all other languages are too. See e.g. Regards, Emw (talk) 16:02, 12 January 2013 (UTC)

Bug 42259 - Make domas' pageviews data available in semi-publicly queryable database format[edit]

FYI --Nemo 11:20, 19 November 2012 (UTC)

Thanks! Emw (talk) 02:25, 20 November 2012 (UTC)

automated browser test example for PDBHandler[edit]

Hi Emw, I made a small example test. You should be able to see it at (Click one of the 'Diff' buttons)

In general such tests have a few common activities. For the example of PDBHandler:

  • create a pdbhandler.feature file with "Scenarios" containing free-text statements in Given/When/Then format explaining what is to be tested
  • create a pdbhandler_page file containing a Page Object where all the elements to be used in the test are defined.
  • create a pdbhandler_steps file where the G/W/T statements of the .feature file are implemented using the page_object gem, watir-webdriver API, and some RSpec
  • note: good documentation for page_object is available at
  • note: in this case we also changed config.yml to add a new host at
  • note: the steps to login to the pdbhandler wiki are a little brain-dead, we are refactoring how we do our general shared login so I did this one in kind of a dumb way.

If we were to merge this test right now, it would automatically be picked up and run in Firefox, Chrome, IE6/7/8/9/10 on our hosted Jenkins instance and Sauce Labs VMs. If you were to put this code on your local machine and install the elements noted in, except for one thing, the test would run locally in Firefox by typing 'bundle exec cucumber features/pdbhandler.feature' at the browsertests/ directory. To get the test to run locally, you will require a 'secret.yml' file that contains the password for the user to log in.

Cmcmahon(WMF) (talk) 22:16, 27 November 2012 (UTC)

Thank you for this, Chris. Your instructions above were really helpful, and I've got the basic tests for PDBHandler running. I'll submit my updates to Gerrit for review when I've got expanded tests working for the extension on MediaWiki 1.21. Emw (talk) 03:45, 3 December 2012 (UTC)

Extension PDBhandler[edit]

Hi Emw,

I just learned that you were working on a PDB extension − good luck with that! I noticed though there is nothing at mw:Extension:PDBHandler and I could not find where the current code base is (well, I must confess I am not very good at navigating the Wikimedia Git repos through Gerrit, so that may be why… >_<).

Any chance you could drop a few lines here and there, or give me a few pointers so I can do it? Of course, this is nothing urgent nor anything, I am just curious to understand a bit more how this is going (though I do not think I can help much in any way :)

Cheers, Jean-Fred (talk) 10:52, 14 December 2012 (UTC)

P.S. On a site note, I just discovered your WikiStats but I am afraid I ahave not been able to make it work :-(

Hi Jean-Frédéric, thanks for the notes of interest. The code isn't yet published, but I will let you know once it is. I'll also add content to mw:Extension:PDBHandler once the code is in a WMF repository. I've had less time available to devote to PDBHandler than I thought I would over the past few weeks, and likely won't have notable time to devote to it until after the holiday season. That said, the code seems to be working well with MediaWiki 1.19, and I've recently made progress extending integration tests for PDBHandler. I intend to submit the code for review once I get those tests passing for PDBHandler running on MediaWiki 1.21.
I just tried the page view data tool, and while it does take a while to load data (30-60 seconds), a small sampling of pages I tried worked for me. If you're able to reproduce the problem, could you let me know which page you were trying to get data for? Cheers, Emw (talk) 03:19, 17 December 2012 (UTC)
Hi Emw, thanks for your answer. Ok, I’ll look forward to it!
As for WikiStats, it seems it does not load when browsing the toolserver in HTTPS. Works like a charm in HTTP. Awesome!
Cheers, Jean-Fred (talk) 16:00, 18 December 2012 (UTC)

Help with infoboxes[edit]

Hey there. I was working on the most requested articles page today and noticed a pile of broken links to census pages. It seems it stems from this infobox, where the estimated population footnote is creating a situation where it wants to link to 2008*_United_States_Census as opposed to 2008 United States Census. In reality, since there are no off-year censuses, it probably shouldn't be linking anywhere, but it should link to the latter rather than the former. Any ideas on this? If I try to mess with the infoboxes, I'm just going to break things even worse. Thargor Orlando (talk) 15:19, 28 December 2012 (UTC)

Hi Thargor, I don't see the problem you describe. I agree that the population estimate for 2008 should not link to 2008 United States Census (and certainly not 2008*_United_States_Census). However, I do not see such a link in that 'Historical populations' template you linked to. Could you further explain what the issue is, or maybe point me more directly to it? Thanks, Emw (talk) 17:09, 29 December 2012 (UTC)
If I'm following the chain correctly, looking here brings me to the list. If I go to what links to the weird census links, I see a bunch of Massachusetts towns. It appears they're pulling from the infobox's standard? I don't know, which is why I'm coming to you since you seem to know how they work in ways I don't. Thargor Orlando (talk) 18:25, 29 December 2012 (UTC)
I see now. Oddly, even though there seems to be no actual link to 2007*_United_States_Census etc. in those templates -- which you can see by simply looking at the expanded template in Tolland, Massachusetts and viewing at the source of the page -- Special:WhatLinksHere is somehow picking out (seemingly non-existent) links to non-existent YYY* United States Census pages. My best guess is that this is a bug in Special:WhatLinksHere or Template:Historical_populations/Row. Emw (talk) 19:12, 29 December 2012 (UTC)
The list may also be old. Strange, regardless. Thanks for the help! Thargor Orlando (talk) 19:14, 29 December 2012 (UTC)


Hey Eric, did you spot this event I'm hosting Saturday? If you're in the area, I hope you can make it! Happy new year, -Pete (talk) 23:07, 31 December 2012 (UTC)

WP:Meetup/Boston area Media & Tech 2013

Hi Pete, I won't be able to make it, but thanks for letting me know. In case you haven't looked into them, some good venues to announce the event include Wikipedia:Meetup/Boston and the Wikimedia Boston mailing list. SJ and Dominic might also be able to help spread the word. Best, Emw (talk) 19:12, 1 January 2013 (UTC)
Sorry it didn't work out this time. I'd like to catch up sometime soon though, let's see if we can make that happen. SJ came, we had a great time! -Pete (talk) 03:58, 6 January 2013 (UTC)
Congratulations on a good event! I'm in the DC area now, so let me know if you're ever around there -- catching up would be great. Emw (talk) 05:28, 6 January 2013 (UTC)


It.source wikistats[edit]

Thanks man, you made my day :-) --Aubrey (talk) 16:27, 12 January 2013 (UTC)

You're very welcome! Emw (talk) 16:32, 12 January 2013 (UTC)

Article Feedback deployment[edit]

Hey Emw; I'm dropping you this note because you've used the article feedback tool in the last month or so. On Thursday and Friday the tool will be down for a major deployment; it should be up by Saturday, failing anything going wrong, and by Monday if something does :). Thanks, Okeyes (WMF) (talk) 23:51, 13 March 2013 (UTC)

Support for 3D files and Google Summer of Code[edit]

We are discussing the possibility of including a project idea to support 3D files in MediaWiki and eventually Commons. See the proposal and my comment in this bug report. We need to act fast because the deadline for submissions is approaching. Your help is welcome! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Qgil (talkcontribs) 20:00, 24 March 2013 (UTC)

redundant with instance of (P31) and subclass of (P279)[edit]

Hello Emw. I saw that you argued several times with the statement above. Please consider that even thought you're right, there are reasons to subdivide properties in more specific properties. E.g. "Album type". How would we work with infoboxes if we lump all values in the same property? In this case we can't pick out the specific instance value for the album type and use it for the infobox. I hope you see what I mean. If so, it would be nice if you would withdraw your oppose vote for 'album type' as I was looking to create this property. Thank you. --Nightwish62 (talk) 10:17, 29 March 2013 (UTC)

Hi Nightwish, I've replied to your question on my Wikidata talk page, here. Best, Emw (talk) 00:40, 30 March 2013 (UTC)

Article stats[edit]

Hi, I wondered if you had any thoughts on this: I created a new article on 9 April for the Poetry Archive. The The page stats give a daily user record going back continuously back to 2007. I guess it's a glitch, but was interested if you know how this type thing might happen. Any thoughts welcome. Thanks Span (talk) 00:29, 11 April 2013 (UTC)

AFT5 re-enabled[edit]

Hey Emw :). Just a note that the Article Feedback Tool, Version 5 has now been re-enabled. Let us know on the talkpage if you spot any bugs. Thanks! Okeyes (WMF) (talk) 00:48, 24 April 2013 (UTC)[edit]

Thank you for the tool! Is there a way to find an article with the highest number of total views (or the avg per day) in the period of time for which the tool has data for?

No, unfortunately. That'd be a great feature, but it would require significant development. It should be feasible to do once bug 42259 is implemented. Emw (talk) 12:40, 27 April 2013 (UTC)

Raw data on Wikistats website?[edit]

hey Emw, neat use of the wikipedia traffic data. it seems that the "raw data" download link is not always available. what is the best method to download the raw data? thanks! Anthonygrazian (talk) 18:26, 15 May 2013 (UTC)

This is a great tool, and I was excited to see it. I am doing a couple research projects using this data, and previously, I have downloaded all the .gz files, unzipped them, and parsed them myself, to get out the several pages I am interested in. This tool will be of great use. However, like Anthoneygrazian, the "raw data" link is not working for me either (in Chrome, IE, or Firefox). Any ideas? Thanks!--Jlamro (talk) 14:21, 24 June 2013 (UTC)

EC articles and other enzyme articles[edit]

It is important to draw distinction between articles about enzyme classes (the EC article) and articles about specific gene products. An enzyme class could cover a variable number of specific enzymes, in human and other species. Therefore, articles ADAM10 endopeptidase and ADAM10 are not redundant, and they should be kept separate. The same applies for Pappalysin-1 and Pregnancy-associated plasma protein A.

The enzyme class and its member enzymes share the EC number, and could contain the corresponding Infobox enzyme template.

The article collagenase refers to a subset of enzyme classes within the EC 3.4.24 group, while interstitial collagenase is a specific enzyme class: EC --Dcirovic (talk) 00:36, 23 June 2013 (UTC)

wikistats problem[edit]

This looks a great tool but it has some problems  :-( it doesn't show all the data in certain languages, take a look, can you fix it?

--Gdplus (talk) 20:15, 31 Oct 2013 (UTC)


Hi Emw, I'm really impressed with your wikistats tool, but I was hoping you could help me or point me in the right direction of how to find the cumulative page views for several hundred pages. If you could, it would be much appreciated!

--IamGSC (talk) 11:19, 15 Nov 2013 (UTC)

2nd Annual Wikimedia New England General Meeting[edit]

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2nd Annual Wikimedia New England General Meeting[edit]

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Incomplete DYK nomination[edit]

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DYK nomination[edit]

Emw, I'm afraid that September 14 has come and gone, and although your nomination was promoted in the middle of the day, there is still no sign of a picture on Wikimedia Commons that comes up when Jeremiah Hamilton is searched for, and no sign that you've been editing on Wikipedia over the past few days. Since you were supposed to give a progress report if the picture was not yet available, I can't justify holding it further. Under the circumstances, It seems likely that your hook will run on September 16. I hope that the picture shows up and can be added to the article before then. BlueMoonset (talk) 04:00, 15 September 2013 (UTC)

Thanks for the note. The Wikipedia Takes Brooklyn proposal didn't pique enough interest, and an odd possibility I had to take the picture myself was just an iota less serendipitous than it needed to be. Some day we'll have the photograph! Emw (talk) 02:12, 17 September 2013 (UTC)

DYK for Jeremiah Hamilton[edit]

The DYK project (nominate) 08:03, 16 September 2013 (UTC)

ISBN wikipedia pageview tools[edit]

Dear Eric, I have found the tool on this page and I am trying to create a wiki which displays pageview statistics for ISBN pages on wikipedia. Is there a way of creating a tool to do this? Best wishes Open Research (talk) 21:42, 30 December 2013 (UTC)


New England Wikipedia Day @ MIT: Saturday Jan 18[edit]

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You're invited: Women's History Edit-a-thons in Massachusetts this March[edit]

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Wikistats Tool[edit]

Hi Emw! Your Wikistats tool is dectivated at the moment because your Toolserver account has expired. Would it be possible to reactivate your account on Toolserver so that Wikistats will work again? -- Sir Gawain (talk) 12:52, 5 April 2014 (UTC)

At this point, I recommend using Wiki ViewStats. It seems to have most of the core features my Wikistats tool had. Emw (talk) 14:54, 5 April 2014 (UTC)
Wikistats is a great tool, indeed, but there's no data before 2013-10. For long-time statistics, there's no alternative to your tool yet, because it uses the data of with data going back to 2009. -- 20:16, 11 April 2014 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Sir Gawain (talkcontribs)

You're invited![edit]

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Edit-a-thon invite[edit]

Adrianne Wadewitz Memorial edit-a-thons[edit]

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Wikimedia NYC Wikidata Hack-a-thon[edit]

Hi User:Emw! I see that you are a Wikidata editor and have RSVP'd to our Sunday Wikimedia NYC Wikidata Hack-a-thon. Would you be interested in helping facilitate the day's editing and/or do you have ideas for beginning-level projects for people that are attending and have no WikiData experience? Cheers, and thanks! Yours, OR drohowa (talk) 17:28, 10 December 2014 (UTC)

Hello and yes, OR drohowa! I'd be happy to help introduce attendees to Wikidata. What do you think of a 20-minute presentation at the beginning? Some things I can briefly cover, if you think it'd be useful:
  • Items, statements, references and ranks and special values -- essentially the Wikidata Tours, and I'll fill in content from the latter four missing topics.
  • Where to / how to:
  • Adding data about populations and heads of government
  • Adding medical knowledge in items about historical figures: medical conditions, cause of death and manner of death
  • Creating Wikidata items about:
  • Art works (including performance art), art collections
  • Legal cases
If there are lightning talks, I'd also like to spend 5 minutes talking about the early the ambitious Semantic Web vision, its critiques, and how Wikidata fits into that. I'll plan to announce Sunday's NYC workshop on Wikidata and its mailing list tonight. Cheers, Emw (talk) 14:00, 11 December 2014 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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Thanks kosboot! It was nice meeting you and talking with the group. A vibrant bunch! Emw (talk) 01:43, 16 December 2014 (UTC)
Ah, Bob beat me to it! Wanted to thank you so much for teaching us about Wikidata -- it was much appreciated! If you want to talk ontologies, etc. offline, I'd love that! :-) - Erika (email link is in my name) --> Wikipedia user name: BrillLyle (talk) 22:52, 16 December 2014 (UTC)


RDF and RDFS[edit]

I, just so we can talk and try to avoid misunderstanding : RDFS is included into RDF, see and the primer of the W3C: the primer notes RDFS spec as a part of the RDF spec. So there is no point into claiming this is an extension. THis may be true historically but it is now included in RDF. Would you agree ? — Preceding unsigned comment added by TomT0m (talkcontribs) 16:32, 18 April 2015 (UTC)

Hi TomT0m. This editorial question would be best to discuss on a relevant article's talk page. If you move or copy this question there and ping me, I'll be happy to reply. Best, Emw (talk) 16:48, 18 April 2015 (UTC)

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pdbhandler project on labs[edit]

Hello! Are you still using the pdbhandler project on wikimedia labs? There's one instance that seems unused, and has broken apt / puppet as well. Are you still using it / find it useful? YuviPanda (WMF) (talk) 22:02, 29 June 2015 (UTC)

Yuvi, no, I'm not using the PDBHandler project on Wikimedia Labs. Labs is very useful when developing, but I don't intend to work on PDBHandler in the immediate future. Thanks, Emw (talk) 01:33, 30 June 2015 (UTC)
Cool :) Can I delete the project if so? You can always request a new one whenever you want :) YuviPanda (WMF) (talk) 11:05, 30 June 2015 (UTC)
Yuvi, yes. Emw (talk) 22:14, 9 July 2015 (UTC)


Hi. I am a BAG member. I noticed that User:PDBbot became inactive 5 years ago. Whys is that? Did it finish its tasks? -- Magioladitis (talk) 05:59, 3 August 2015 (UTC)

Yes, it finished its tasks, Magioladitis. Emw (talk) 20:02, 13 September 2015 (UTC)

Visualizing Editor Trends[edit]

Hi Emw,

Thanks for checking out replay edits. I've been working on some newer graphs that visualize editor activity, retention etc. I put together a presentation for the research team at the foundation - It also has some of the preliminary results. It has links to the graphs & says how to interpret & play with them. Let me know if you need any help in interpreting them or if you have other metrics you'd like to see graphed.

This Friday: Women in Architecture edit-a-thon @ Cambridge, MA[edit]

You are invited to join the Women in Architecture edit-a-thon @ Cambridge, MA on October 16! (drop-in any time, 6-9pm)--Pharos (talk) 18:28, 14 October 2015 (UTC)

Fyi: AnnoWiki[edit]

Hi Emw -- I have much to be in touch about but right now just want to make sure you've seen this. -- econterms (talk)

Neat! Emw (talk) 23:56, 7 November 2015 (UTC)

ArbCom elections are now open![edit]

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Hi, Emw,
Is your Wikipedia15 presentation posted anywhere online, perhaps on WikiData? It was a lot of information to digest and I'd like to read over the slides again. Thanks. Liz Read! Talk! 17:13, 16 January 2016 (UTC)

Hi Liz. Yes, you can find slides for my part of the plenary session at Querying Wikidata. Slides for my lightning talk are at Wikidata and causality. Best, Emw (talk) 00:37, 19 January 2016 (UTC)

ArbCom Elections 2016: Voting now open![edit]

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Your inactive bot(s)[edit]

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Question about results-mapping in MA[edit]

Hi there,

I work for a civil rights nonprofit, and we're trying to figure out the best way to put together a map with different color-coded values by state legislative district. The returns map for MA is exactly the kind of model we're thinking of.

Could you give me a starting point for what kind of software we might use for that or have someone else use to design? (Potentially you, if you're interested -- we'd compensate of course.) Our freelance graphic designer doesn't know what tools are out there for such a thing, and your guidance would be invaluable if you can point us in the right direction.

Thanks so much!

AllisonWiki (talk) 19:07, 29 November 2016 (UTC)

Bots Newsletter, April 2017[edit]

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Magioladitis ARBCOM case has closed. The remedies of the case include:

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Wikimania 2017 is happening in Montreal, during 9–13 August. If you plan to attend, or give a talk, let us know!

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Nomination for deletion of Template:Boston meetup[edit]

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Invitation to editathon at ISMB/ECCB 2017[edit]

Sunday July 16: New England Wiknic @ Cambridge, MA[edit]

Sunday July 16, 1-5pm: New England Wiknic
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You are invited to join us the "picnic anyone can edit" at John F. Kennedy Park, near Harvard Square, Cambridge, as part of the Great American Wiknic celebrations being held across the USA. Remember it's a wiki-picnic, which means potluck.

1–5pm - come by any time!
Look for us by the Wikipedia / Wikimedia banner!

We hope to see you there! --Phoebe (talk) 16:33, 12 July 2017 (UTC)

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Bots Newsletter, July 2017[edit]

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BU Rob13 and Cyberpower678 are now members of the BAG (see RfBAG/BU Rob13 and RfBAG/Cyberpower678 3). BU Rob13 and Cyberpower678 are both administrators; the former operates BU RoBOT which does a plethora of tasks, while the latter operates Cyberbot I (which replaces old bots), Cyberbot II (which does many different things), and InternetArchiveBot which combats link rot. Welcome to the BAG!


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Wikimania 2017 is happening in Montreal, during 9–13 August. If you plan to attend, or give a talk, let us know!

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ISCB Wikipedia Competition: call for participation[edit]