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info[edit]

Wikipedia:Lists

Categories are a tool for browsing: they function as a table of contents, leading users to the articles on a specific subject. Categories are a means of classifying articles Categories are an index of a subject Categories are a database search: Many categories are in essence the intersection of two or more larger categories. Categories are an index of other categories: There are many categories that function simply as an index of other categories.

info 2[edit]

June 29

Special:WantedCategories


#REDIRECT [[xxx#xxx]]

all included manmade: remove the colon below

all included natural: remove the colon below


non-diffusing: remove the asterisk and the colon below; this is to be paired with all included above


nothing in MOS says to use the following:


TOC without numbers

Default sort

  • {{DEFAULTSORT:xxx}}

Container category

Maintenance note[edit]

I maintain this page by deleting items after a week or two or more. Hmains (talk) 16:09, 15 October 2010 (UTC)

work[edit]

[[Category:Houses by country|Albania]]
[[Category:Residential buildings in Albania]]


[[Category:Buildings and structures in Albania]]
[[Category:Residential buildings by country|Albania]]


[[Category:xx culture]]
[[Category:Event venues in xx]]
[[Category:Entertainment venues in the United States by state|xx]]


[[Category:Buildings and structures in xx]]
[[Category:Event venues in the United States by state|xx]]



[[Category:Transportation buildings and structures on the National Register of Historic Places in xx]]

[[Category:Railway buildings and structures on the National Register of Historic Places by state|xx]]



[[Category:Transportation buildings and structures on the National Register of Historic Places by state|xx]]

[[Category:Buildings and structures on the National Register of Historic Places in xx]]




[[Category:City and town halls on the National Register of Historic Places in xx]]


[[Category:Government buildings on the National Register of Historic Places in xx]]

[[Category:City and town halls in xx]]

[[Category:City and town halls on the National Register of Historic Places by state|xx]]


[[Category:National Register of Historic Places in Appl County, Texas|*]]


[[Category:National Register of Historic Places in Texas by county|Appl]]

[[Category:Buildings and structures in Appl County, Texas]]

{{Non-diffusing subcategory|(name of cat)|(1st part of cat name)}}

Monobook[edit]

You may wish to make use of a 'Dates' tab in edit mode that will help with unlinking unnecessary date links. Simply copy the entire contents of User:Bobblewik/monobook.js to your own monobook. Then follow the instructions in your monobook to clear the cache (i.e. press Ctrl-Shift-R in Firefox, or Ctrl-F5 in IE) before it will work. It also provides a 'Units' tab. If you know what you are doing, you can copy and modify the subfiles as you wish. I just thought you might be interested. Regards. bobblewik 20:03, 9 June 2006 (UTC)

The reason it fails is because you refer to User:Hmains/monobook.js/dates.js and User:Hmains/monobook.js/unitformatter.js and these articles do not exist. You have two options:
Try again. I am happy to walk you through the process. So feel free to ask me again. bobblewik 12:03, 10 June 2006 (UTC)

etc[edit]

Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Categories

for list filter:

January|February|March|April|May|June|July|August|September|October|November|December|Year|MCD|MCC|List of state leaders in

to create a 2 up

info[edit]

User:Magioladitis

how to use wild card in 'skip text contains/doesn't contain box'

\[\[Category\:National Register of Historic Places in [^\]]+ County, Arkansas\]\]


\[\[Category\:National Register of Historic Places in [^\]]+, Arkansas\]\]


Wikipedia:Categorization Wikipedia:Categories, lists, and series boxes Template:Americans WP:BLPCAT WP:LISTPEOPLE

  • 12 to 12 handled by find/replace table; not by module

public public

to fix

to avoid disambiguation pages use: |{{.*dis}}

etc. Plantations plantation

plantation house

Plantation complexes in the Southern United States

planter

sort[edit]

[1]

Autofill[edit]

  • to auto fill edit summary: "I haven't found a way to get autocomplete in IE at https with the current setup on Wikipedia's side. If http is acceptable to you then you can disable "Always use a secure connection when logged in" at Special:Preferences, log out, close IE, start IE again and log in at http://en.wikipedia.org. PrimeHunter (talk) 16:50, 31 August 2013 (UTC)"

it may also be necessary to force the WP address to be http: instead of https:

bot[edit]

Reviewer Right Granted[edit]

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Hello. Your account has been granted the "reviewer" userright, allowing you to review other users' edits on certain flagged pages. Pending changes, also known as flagged protection, is currently undergoing a two-month trial scheduled to end 15 August 2010.

Reviewers can review edits made by users who are not autoconfirmed to articles placed under pending changes. Pending changes is applied to only a small number of articles, similarly to how semi-protection is applied but in a more controlled way for the trial. The list of articles with pending changes awaiting review is located at Special:OldReviewedPages.

For the guideline on reviewing, see Wikipedia:Reviewing. Being granted reviewer rights doesn't change how you can edit articles even with pending changes. The general help page on pending changes can be found here, and the general policy for the trial can be found here.

If you do not want this userright, you may ask any administrator to remove it for you at any time. The Helpful One 17:59, 28 June 2010 (UTC)

Autopatroller[edit]

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Hi Hmains, just wanted to let you know that I have added the autopatrolled right to your account, as you have created numerous, valid articles. This feature should have little to no effect on your editing, and is simply intended to reduce the workload on new page patrollers. For more information on the patroller right, see Wikipedia:Autopatrolled. Feel free to leave me a message if you have any questions. Happy editing! — ξxplicit 21:36, 3 July 2010 (UTC)


etc[edit]

^ Typographical, or curly, quotation marks and apostrophes might be read more efficiently, and many think they look better. However, for practical reasons the straight versions are used on the English Wikipedia:

Consistency keeps searches predictable. Though most browsers do not distinguish between curly and straight marks, Internet Explorer still does (as of 2016), so that a search for Alzheimer's disease will fail to find Alzheimer’s disease and vice versa.

Straight quotation marks are easier to type reliably on most platforms.

MediaWiki's use of series of single quotes to create italics and boldface makes using these features complicated and error-prone for content that begins or ends with apostrophes.

Linking Dates (centuries, decades, years, months, days, etc)[edit]

Delink dates per WP:DATELINK, WP:YEARLINK and MOS:UNLINKYEARS

As always, the content of the linked-to article must provide substantive content to the linked-from article. The MOS decided most dates do not do this. Hmains (talk) 03:36, 1 March 2012 (UTC)

what links here

  • filter by name: (used where?)

calendar|day|week|month|year|decade|century|millennium|Showa|Shōwa|Meiji|Taisho|Taishō| in |Other events|(number)|(disambiguation)|Aught-|SO 8601|Timeline|acronyms|initialisms

  • skip: used in bot

{{Decadebox|{{Year dab|{{Year nav|{{Month header}}|{{Day}}|Category:Days of the year|{{Portal:Current events/Events by month}}|{{Portal:Current events/Month Inclusion|{{Months in the|Eastern Orthodox liturgical days|#REDIRECT|{{disambig}}|{{disambiguation}}|to disambiguation page|{{events by month links}}|month category|Month of the|The following events occurred in|{{Millenniumbox|{{Centurybox|This page indexes the individual|February 30|January 0|Calendars|title=September 11 attacks|numberdis|{{00sbox|{{.*dis}}-|{{GOCEinuse}}|{{In use}}|{{Under construction}}

  • filter: to skip article names with these words

s in |9 in |8 in |7 in |6 in |5 in |4 in |3 in |2 in |1 in |0 in |in Wales|calendar|day|week|month|year|decade|century|millennium|Showa|Shōwa|Meiji|Taisho|Taishō|Other events|(number)|(disambiguation)|Aught-|SO 8601|Timeline|acronyms|initialisms|September 11 attacks|Fons memorabilium universi|List of millennia

avoiding delinks[edit]

12 September 2018 can be used to avoid future delinking of dates. For example, 2012 → 2012 2010s → 2010s 21st century → 21st century Friday → Friday June → June (l, ldmy or lmdy also work) June 2012 → June 2012 (l, ldmy or lmdy also work) 29 June → 29 June (l or ldmy also work) June 29 → June 29 (lmdy also works) 29 June 2012 → 29 June 2012 June 29, 2012 → June 29, 2012 29 June 2012 → 29 June 2012 (l also works) June 29, 2012 → June 29, 2012

Web page has expired[edit]

I follow the directions in the message shown on the screen.

"Click on the Refresh button on the toolbar to reload the page. After refreshing, you might need to navigate to the specific webpage again, or re-enter information."

On my computer I have to remember that "refresh" looks like a circle with an arrow at the top, and it's the fourth of five icons to the right of the URL. I don't even know what the others are. Then a box pops up and I have to click on "retry".— Vchimpanzee · talk · contributions · 21:04, 1 July 2012 (UTC)

Adminship[edit]

Since you are very active in the project, would you like to be an administrator? Do you need tools to move/delete pages for example? Are you active in WP space, involved in xFDs or something similar? -- Magioladitis (talk) 07:03, 23 August 2012 (UTC)

I'll second Magioladitis here. I think you'd do fantastic as an administrator. The choice is entirely yours, but just know that should you ever submit an RfA, you'll have my support. Kurtis (talk) 03:53, 2 September 2012 (UTC)
  • Thanks to you both, but I think I would lose interest in WP doing admin things. Hmains (talk) 03:56, 2 September 2012 (UTC)
Understandable. Do whatever you feel comfortable doing, it's not my place to pressure you.
But in the off chance that you ever change your mind, know that I would feel confident in entrusting you with the tools. =) Kurtis (talk) 04:05, 2 September 2012 (UTC)

Delinking[edit]

  • The delinking of dates was exhaustively discussed by WP prior to the current wording of WP:DATELINK and WP:YEARLINK and MOS:UNLINKDATES being agreed upon. Days, months, years, decades, centuries, etc were all included in the long discussion.

WikiProject Cleanup[edit]

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Hello, Hmains.

You are invited to join WikiProject Cleanup, a WikiProject and resource for Wikipedia cleanup listings, information and discussion.
To join the project, just add your name to the member list. Northamerica1000(talk) 14:11, 24 February 2013 (UTC)

problem[edit]

Whatever it is, this problem has not been fixed and there seems to be no activity by the people responsible for this mess to fix it. Hmains (talk) 02:13, 19 September 2013 (UTC) Hmains

I'm sorry that you're still having this frustrating problem. BJorsch named above the three different places where this problem may be caused: 1.your own computer, 2.the WMF's servers, or 3.a server in between you and the WMF's servers.

Each user is necessarily responsible for cacheing problems that appear in his own browser. Please follow all the steps at WP:BYPASS and let us know if that (hopefully!) solves the problem for you. If the problem is the WMF's caches, then it will likely be fixed relatively soon. If the problem is at a third-party server in between you and the WMF (e.g., on your corporate or university network or your local ISP), then I'm afraid that there is often nothing that either you or we are able to do about it except wait for the third-party server to update its cache. Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 18:53

Yo Ho Ho[edit]

Merry, merry![edit]

From the icy Canajian north; to you and yours! FWiW Bzuk (talk) 14:23, 24 December 2016 (UTC) Lights ablaze.JPG

Best Wishes[edit]

Hmains,

I wish you the best this holiday season.

May the new year bring you nearer to your dreams.

BoringHistoryGuy (talk) 23:37, 25 December 2016 (UTC)

xxx[edit]

BrownHairedGirl

Mitch Ames

User:JimmyJoe87

A barnstar for you![edit]

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For your efforts to ensure that List of Cuban Americans was not vandalized with entries that did not conform to WP:NLIST, I hereby present to you this barnstar. May it be a testament to all who see it that the recipient of this barnstar does their best to calmly dispute vandalism. RightCowLeftCoast (talk) 01:25, 13 May 2017 (UTC)


Duplicate categorization - British Leeward Islands etc[edit]

Tagging Category:Leeward Islands (Caribbean) and Category:British Leeward Islands as non-diffusing [2][3] does not justify putting Montserrat into them directly as you did with this edit. The article is already in those categories indirectly via Category:British Leeward Islands in World War II, Category:History of the British Leeward Islands, Category:British Leeward Islands. WP:SUBCAT is clear on this. If you want Category:Leeward Islands (Caribbean) and Category:British Leeward Islands to be all-inclusive you need to tag them as such (or tag the intermediate subcategories as non-diffusing).

Likewise Antigua and Barbuda [4] is already in Category:Leeward Islands (Caribbean) via Category:British Leeward Islands (which is a non-diffusing subcat of Category:British West Indies, but not of Category:Leeward Islands (Caribbean)).

Likewise tagging Category:British Leeward Islands as non-diffusing does not justify putting Category:Saint Christopher-Nevis-Anguilla into it directly as you did here because Category:Saint Christopher-Nevis-Anguilla is already in Category:British Leeward Islands via Category:British Saint Christopher and Nevis. If you want Category:British Leeward Islands to be all-inclusive you need to tag it as such (or tag Category:British Saint Christopher and Nevis as a non-diffusing subcat of Category:British Leeward Islands).

... Or you could just follow the general guideline of WP:SUBCAT and not include the article in both child and parent categories (which would be much simpler). Or you could propose a change to WP:SUBCAT.

I also invite you to look at the closed loop(s) described at WT:WikiProject Caribbean#Closed category loop; what would be the best way to break those loops?

Mitch Ames (talk) 13:43, 13 September 2017 (UTC)

Removal of linked dates[edit]

Hi Hmains - can you give a direct link to this non-usage of linked dates - as I wrote in edit - where would these entry pages which are very helpful be used? Why do they exist? Cheers --Iztwoz (talk) 17:35, 23 December 2017 (UTC)

Seasons' Greetings[edit]

The Great White North.jpg

...to you and yours, from the Great White North! FWiW Bzuk (talk) 16:57, 24 December 2017 (UTC)


Belated best wishes for a happy 2018[edit]

The Fox Hunt (1893) by Winslow Homer, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.
Thank you for your contributions toward making Wikipedia a better and more accurate place.

== BoringHistoryGuy (talk) 15:46, 16 January 2018 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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Congrax on reaching this service award.  M A A Z   T A L K  12:01, 19 March 2018 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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Dunno what to put here Thewinrat (talk) 15:35, 26 March 2018 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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Thanks for doing the various small clean up jobs that often get overlooked. Cheers! --LK (talk) 01:58, 5 August 2018 (UTC)

AWB punctuation edits[edit]

Does not changing the punctuation like you are with AWB break AWB rule #4: "Do not make insignificant or inconsequential edits. An edit that has no noticeable effect on the rendered page is generally considered an insignificant edit." I am unable to notice the effect on my laptop screen unless I zoom in quite a bit. Changing literally thousands and thousands of pages like this needlessly fills people's watchlists. Was there a discussion and decision to proceed with this that I can view? Air.light (talk) 19:11, 1 September 2018 (UTC)

  • Thanks for the note. First, since my edits are all labeled as 'minor' would changing your watchlist to ignore minor edits be of value to you? Hmains (talk) 19:40, 1 September 2018 (UTC)
That isn't a solution as I wish to see minor edits when monitoring watchlist. I don't believe AWB rules makes exceptions for marking the edits as minor anyways. Air.light (talk) 20:07, 1 September 2018 (UTC)
Sorry about that. I see you found where I posed the question about this. Good. By the way, the reason the MOS wants straight quotations marks is :

Typographical, or curly, quotation marks and apostrophes might be read more efficiently, and many think they look better. However, for practical reasons the straight versions are used on the English Wikipedia:

Consistency keeps searches predictable. Though most browsers do not distinguish between curly and straight marks, Internet Explorer still does (as of 2016), so that a search for Alzheimer's disease will fail to find Alzheimer’s disease and vice versa.

Straight quotation marks are easier to type reliably on most platforms.

MediaWiki's use of series of single quotes to create italics and boldface makes using these features complicated and error-prone for content that begins or ends with apostrophes.

Hmains (talk) 00:51, 2 September 2018 (UTC)

  • there seems to be no interest in this subject at AWB. Hmains (talk) 03:05, 9 September 2018 (UTC)

Which one do you want?[edit]

Christmas Cookies Plateful.JPG Here's a plate full of cookies to share!
Hi Hmains, here are some delicious cookies to help brighten your day! However, there are too many cookies here for one person to eat all at once, so please share these cookies with at least two other editors by copying {{subst:Sharethecookies}} to their talk pages. Enjoy! Qwerty number1 (talk) 19:43, 6 September 2018 (UTC)
Qwerty number1 (talk) 19:43, 6 September 2018 (UTC)

Thank you![edit]

Dear Hmains, thank you for correcting my text on Achim Zeman's work. I thought, i had the right quotation marks. Could you please set them here again so that i can save them in my vademecum? It seems that the german and english wikipedia want different quotation marks and i always try to get better in these things and i hope, i can. Best wishes, --Gyanda (talk) 07:56, 9 September 2018 (UTC)

  • Could you give me some more details. Thanks Hmains (talk) 19:16, 9 September 2018 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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Thanks so much for all of your copyediting and formatting work. Lots of little things that make a big difference. Marquardtika (talk) 16:49, 9 September 2018 (UTC)

September 2018[edit]

Information icon Please do not edit the name of files in articles as you did to Canadian Airborne Regiment, it breaks the link to the file. I have corrected the mistake. In the future, please use the preview button before you save your edit; this helps you find any errors you have made and prevents clogging up recent changes and the page history. Below the edit box is a Show preview button. Pressing this will show you what the article will look like without actually saving it.

The "Show preview" button is right next to the "Publish changes" button and below the edit summary field.

It is strongly recommended that you use this before saving. If you have any questions, you are welcome to ask on my talk page, or to post at the help desk for assistance. Thank you. Please be very careful when fixing quotes - you've done this same thing again in several articles since your Friday message on my talk page saying you would be more careful. Katniss May the odds be ever in your favor 18:32, 9 September 2018 (UTC)

Typographic changes in references[edit]

Hi! In a couple of your recent edits (1, 2) you straightened some curly quotes in reference titles. I do a fair amount of MOS cleanup and curly quotes are my bane (MOS:CURLY). I'd started leaving them as-is in references but would like to know your opinion on this. Is it better for typographic conformity even in the references section, or to list the reference information as accurately as possible to aid in finding broken links? – Reidgreg (talk) 19:09, 9 September 2018 (UTC)

  • thanks. I am just trying to follow [[MOS:CURLY] and its statements about how curly quotes are not properly rendered, etc., but perhaps I should be skipping those. Hmains (talk) 19:29, 9 September 2018 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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Congratulations on your millionth edit! ϢereSpielChequers 15:41, 11 September 2018 (UTC)

A note about Template:Rquote[edit]

Your AWB edit on May 26 that changed the {{Rquote}} used on the page to {{Quote box}} didn't include the parameters necessary to make the quote look correct after the change. My edit added the necessary |align= (left, in this case), |width= (Rquote defaults to 33%), and |author= (as the usage of Rquote in the page used unnamed parameters, and Quote box doesn't use those) parameters.

Hope this helps! --Gimmethegepgun (talk) 01:51, 12 September 2018 (UTC)

  • Thanks it helps a lot. I can incorporate that into my work. Hmains (talk) 02:07, 12 September 2018 (UTC)