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Thanks for Wikiblame! Such a tool is really needed! :-) GGShinobi (talk) 13:03, 16 January 2012 (UTC)

Hi there[edit]

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Yes I am Einar, aka Carptrash, and I am not sure quite how or what to add to the picture description. Recently I've tended to let my stuff, - mostly that was added long before the various templates were set up - just be removed. There seemed to be some folks who enjoy doing that, why deprive them of their fun. But yes, that's my shot, taken in Ann Arbor MI, USA maybe a quarter of a century ago.. Carptrash 13:26, 27 August 2007 (UTC)

replied at your talk page. --Flominator 14:24, 27 August 2007 (UTC)

I can't find my message to you[edit]

but I am never bothered by talking about my pictures. Actually, I'm not bothered talking about anything unless it is some wikibureaucratic . . . . . . . ....... stuff. Life is good. Einar aka Carptrash 01:43, 28 August 2007 (UTC)


It's been a while since I got it from there, so I don't know where it is. -- LGagnon 14:21, 8 September 2007 (UTC)

Shalmaneser IV[edit]

Wow, it's been a long time since I editted that article. Fortunately, I still have the book I think I drew the information from -- Georges Roux, Ancient Iraq, 3rd ed. (London: Penguin, 1992), p. 302. Feel free to verify that. I'm not certain because Roux provides slightly different dates for the beginning & end of his reign; not quite certain why I differ about those dates. As for the statement "some early histories of Assyria (when the evidence was not as fully understood as it is today) misidentify the various king Shalmanesers", it was an obvious conclusion from trying to reconcile the information from the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica & Roux's narrative. (The EB information is clearly dated; Assyriology has made many advances since then.) -- llywrch (talk) 01:02, 13 April 2008 (UTC)


Just a simple note that when WikiBlame has found the diff, it says "Einfügung gefunden zwischen" in German instead of in English. Gary King (talk) 18:10, 18 June 2008 (UTC)

Solved. Thank you very much. --Flominator (talk) 11:22, 10 September 2008 (UTC)


Wikiblame at appears to be giving a 404 error - I get the following:

Not Found
The requested URL /wikiblame.php was not found on this server.

See also Wikipedia talk:Tools#Wikiblame_status and de:Benutzer Diskussion:Flominator/WikiBlame#Status.   — Jeff G. (talk|contribs) 00:13, 17 February 2009 (UTC)

Now, it's "403 Forbidden":

08/14/09 01:01:13 Browsing
Fetching ...
GET /wikiblame.php HTTP/1.1


Connection: close

User-Agent: Sam Spade 1.14

HTTP/1.1 403 Forbidden

Date: Fri, 14 Aug 2009 05:00:49 GMT

Server: Apache/2.2

Content-Length: 338

Connection: close

Content-Type: text/html; charset=iso-8859-1

<title>403 Forbidden</title>
<p>You don't have permission to access /wikiblame.php
on this server.</p>
<address>Apache/2.2 Server at ... Port 80</address>

  — Jeff G. (talk|contribs) 05:07, 14 August 2009 (UTC)

Thanks for telling me. See this for explanation and a cry for help. Regards, --Flominator (talk) 15:41, 14 August 2009 (UTC)
Flo, I had something similar happen on a site that I maintained, and I had too many applications to try to figure out which one was vulnerable. What happened is that the SQL injection allowed the hacker to leave a code sequence at the bottom of a web page. When someone displayed this webpage, it started downloading something. Not something anyone wants on their site. What I did was google on the exact sequence of characters - a script - which is coded in such a way so that it just looks like a string of data. And, bingo, I found what particular SQL attack this was and what applications were vulnerable. I was able to narrow it down to one, and when I checked, I found an update for that program had just been issued. So, I ended up running a scan on all the pages on my website for this sequence of characters stored at the bottom of webpages, and manually removing them.
I realize that Wikiblame is a unique program that you wrote for Wikipedia, but I bet if you found out exactly what this particular SQL injection did, then you would probably find other applications that were susceptible and possibly a patch you could modify to fix your program. I see that you have already put some checks in for hacking, but, these jerks are always finding new tricks. I hope this helps. --stmrlbs|talk 16:48, 17 August 2009 (UTC)
Up and running again. --Flominator (talk) 07:50, 18 August 2009 (UTC)

Now it's not finding any versions. :(   — Jeff G. (talk|contribs) 19:09, 17 September 2009 (UTC)

WikiBlame feature[edit]

Sorry, I couldn't figure out the sourceforge site, and how to leave comments. What would be awesome is a binary search for the first occurrence of the searched text. I don't think it would be too hard to implement. Just a bit of math on the versions, if you can check how many versions there are quickly. - Peregrine Fisher (talk) (contribs) 06:43, 27 September 2009 (UTC)

No problem. The site is a bit unhandy sometimes ;) Actually WikiBlame already has such a feature. Just use the radio button where it says " interpolated (faster with more versions) " --Flominator (talk) 13:38, 27 September 2009 (UTC)
How about capabilities (both linear and interpolated) to search for the last occurrence of the searched text (i.e. what happened to this text that used to be there)? Thanks.   — Jeff G. (talk|contribs) 13:43, 2 October 2009 (UTC)
With linear you can choose "oldest first". When you want to try it with interpolated, you can try this beta version. --Flominator (talk) 16:24, 2 October 2009 (UTC)

Help Using Revision History Search[edit]

I hope it's okay to post this question here. I want to be able to search the revision history of an article for a text string. My objective is to find out when the text string was FIRST introduced into the article. I used Wikiblame, but, honestly, I simply couldn't understand the results. I even looked at the manual and was still in the dark. What is the best way to achieve what I want? If you want more detail as to what I input into the program and the output from the program, I can provide it to you.--Bbb23 (talk) 22:00, 23 August 2010 (UTC)

Never works for me[edit]

I read the manual, and it's not doing anything useful, and I'm frustrated. In fact, I never get useful results out of this tool, even though I never try anything even remotely complicated. In the end, it has always been much, much faster to run a binary search manually.

Here's today's question: Has the plain-text string world ever appeared in the guideline Wikipedia:Notability?

The manual says that three red X's means that the string is not in the version, and that three green O's means that it is—but what the heck does two green O's mean? No, don't bother answering: I already know, because I manually checked all the versions in the list. Two green O's means absolutely nothing: The string is present in some of the versions and not in others. All versions it looks at are given two green O's, apparently just for their decorative value.

Is it possible to get meaningful results out of this tool? Could you, for example, tell me approximately when the phrase world at large was present in WP:N, assuming that it ever was? WhatamIdoing (talk) 07:12, 18 December 2010 (UTC)

I'm sorry, that you have some problems with this tool and I'm really glad, that you decided to ask. I'll try to explain. Let's say you've opened WikiBlame and decided to run it, with these settings. When you click on the link at "Comparing differences in 23:53, 1 October 2008 between 482 and 483 while coming from 467:X 0", you'll find a revert which probably wasn't what you were looking for. So you start over by using the date the revert was performed. With some patience, you'll finally discover this edit, which probably was one the one you were looking for. Any questions left? Regards, --Flominator (talk) 11:42, 18 December 2010 (UTC)

wikiblame feature request[edit]

Hi, the binary search stops when it finds the text has been removed. This often happens when vandalism replaces the text of the article with "shit". Could wikiblame look for two consecutive revisions without the text before stopping. John Vandenberg (chat) 10:58, 11 November 2011 (UTC)

Nice suggestion, I'll see, what I can do. --Flominator (talk) 12:42, 11 November 2011 (UTC)

2nd Sustainment Brigade, Fort Hood[edit]

Hi Flominator, Schwarzwald? gar nicht so weit weg von Südtirol (inzwischen wohne ich aber in Kiew). re: 2nd Sustainment Bde. The 2nd was never raised. The Army planned at first to have 32 Sustainment Brigades, then 35, then 31... and now they are raising and shuffling units around as they are not yet satisfied with the results: the latest news are incorporated into the Sustainment Brigade article, but there might be still changes coming until 2014 when the whole transformation of the Army should be finished. I hope that answers your question, cheers and happy holidays, noclador (talk) 07:27, 19 December 2011 (UTC)

A kitten for you![edit]


Nice work on the 'WikiBlame' tool. It's Indispensable!

Tdowg1 (talk) 01:11, 28 January 2012 (UTC)

Thanks. --Flominator (talk) 14:04, 28 January 2012 (UTC)

Credo Reference Update & Survey (your opinion requested)[edit]

Credo Reference, who generously donated 400 free Credo 250 research accounts to Wikipedia editors over the past two years, has offered to expand the program to include 100 additional reference resources. Credo wants Wikipedia editors to select which resources they want most. So, we put together a quick survey to do that:

It also asks some basic questions about what you like about the Credo program and what you might want to improve.

At this time only the initial 400 editors have accounts, but even if you do not have an account, you still might want to weigh in on which resources would be most valuable for the community (for example, through WikiProject Resource Exchange).

Also, if you have an account but no longer want to use it, please leave me a note so another editor can take your spot.

If you have any other questions or comments, drop by my talk page or email me at Cheers! Ocaasi t | c 17:17, 11 July 2012 (UTC)

Some baklava for you![edit]

Baklava - Turkish special, 80-ply.JPEG Thank you for your time and assistance. Bayeauxguy (talk) 02:13, 7 February 2013 (UTC)

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