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Add dplbot maintainer[edit]

Despite two uniform applied and different themes people are still confusing DPLbot with my tools, reporting connectivity problems to me. Can't beat'em? Join them. So this is my request to become a maintainer and receive access to webservice start (and adding that mobile one-liner...). — Dispenser 00:43, 22 January 2016 (UTC)

Sorry, I thought I had already replied to this. I'm fine with making you a maintainer, I'll set it up when I get a chance. --JaGatalk 01:43, 11 February 2016 (UTC)
@R'n'B: Would you mind adding me to dplbot's maintainers? — Dispenser 17:12, 9 March 2017 (UTC)
@Dispenser: Yes check.svg Done - now, by any chance do you think you could resolve the issue that is preventing the bot's PHP scripts from logging in to Wikipedia? --R'n'B (call me Russ) 18:36, 9 March 2017 (UTC)
Its using the SxWiki that hasn't been updated in 4 years. Looking at m:Special:ApiFeatureUsage I see login-params-in-query-string which was deprecated around October. — Dispenser 20:07, 9 March 2017 (UTC)
That doesn't surprise me. I don't know enough PHP to fix it myself. --R'n'B (call me Russ) 20:21, 9 March 2017 (UTC)
I rewrote the login function with my limited PHP, seems to be working. — Dispenser 22:10, 9 March 2017 (UTC)

The Signpost: 27 January 2016[edit]

Refining the email message -DPL bot and her friends[edit]

DABSolver and her friends: Firstly a thank you for an excellent tool, a great time saver. Now a suggestion for an extra tweak. On Thunderbird I get sent a message

DPL bot left a message on your talk page in "Disambiguation link notific...". Hi. Thank you for your recent edits. Wikipedia appreciates your help. We noticed though that when you edited Joan Bakewell, you added a link pointi...

The rest of the message has been truncated- and a link click sends me to another tab in the browser. I really want to see the meat in the email. The text is obviously truncated on length so could the message be reversed so the important bit is shown. I would remove the "Hi. Thank you for your recent edits. Wikipedia appreciates your help. We noticed though that" , and put it a message footer. If this is an attempt to be nice to newbies fine- look at the editcount and keep the existing message for those with less than 100 edits.

Another wasted opportunity is the message title

DPL bot left you a message on Wikipedia

could be changed to

DPL bot left you a message on Wikipedia:Re Joan Bakewell

All this is about prioritising my time- some dabs require immediate attention while other can be enjoyed over a cup of coffee.-- Clem Rutter (talk) 11:38, 7 February 2016 (UTC)

I used to have a less wordy intro, but was asked to make it more "friendly" by the former Wikipedia CEO, I forget her name, she's gone now. Basically her angle was "I worked so hard on an article, and now this bot is browbeating me, you need to make it nicer", so I niced it up. I would prefer a more direct message as well, but I think it's best not to ruffle feathers when possible. You're the second person to suggest a shorter message for experienced editors, though, an idea which has merit. I'm so busy these days I've no idea when I could get started setting it up, but I'll try to get around to it at some point. Thanks! --JaGatalk 01:40, 11 February 2016 (UTC)
Hi, I too very much appreciate to receive those DPL bot messages, but I agree with the OP, these long-winded messages are so much sugar-coated to be friendly, that they can be annoying.
Examples? "Thank you for your recent edits. Wikipedia appreciates your help." This may be great approaching newbies, but experienced editors usually know what they are doing, they don't help out, but contribute and manage and make things work (and sometimes they make mistakes), and while they appreciate feedback on their work as well, they don't want to be thanked by some automated process which cannot even evaluate the value of one's contribution - actually, being treated like a kid belittles their work. Also, experienced editors are at the very heart of Wikipedia, so receiving messages as if they were outsiders ("Wikipedia appreciates", "We noticed"), and even by a bot, is like a slap in their face. "We noticed though that when you edited xyz, you added a link pointing ..." Sounds as if someone committed a crime. "It's OK to remove this message". Definitely meant to be informative and super-friendly, but whenever I read it I am in fact somewhat annoyed as I certainly don't need someone else's permission to delete stuff from my talk page. ;-) I hope these examples illustrate the point.
What I would find more useful (and appropriate in a collaborative project) is a short notice in list style of the links that need to be reviewed without much ado. Something like: "DPL bot found the following links pointing to DAB pages in articles recently edited by you - if you find the time, please recheck them to be correct. Thanks. List:"
As the bot scans a user's talk page for opt-out info anyway, wouldn't it be possible for it to look for another kind of hidden token telling him to choose a short notice instead of the long and over-friendly default notice? So, experienced editors could opt-in to this short notice, while other users still receive the default message?
Greetings. --Matthiaspaul (talk) 12:58, 17 May 2016 (UTC)

What if the DabLink really is what I want?[edit]

When I was editing the Glasgow Coma Scale article, there were a few references to Supraorbital, but it was unclear which real article was intended, and the disambiguation page sufficiently defined the word, so I intentionally linked to it, I suppose hoping that an expert on the topic could finalize the link. How can I call up an expert to correct the link or flag it as correct as it stands??

Thanks, WesT (talk) 18:56, 8 February 2016 (UTC)

It seems like the definition would be best in this case. I would link to the Wiktionary definition: Supraorbital. --JaGatalk 01:31, 11 February 2016 (UTC)

The Signpost: 03 February 2016[edit]

The Signpost: 10 February 2016[edit]

The Signpost: 17 February 2016[edit]

The Signpost: 24 February 2016[edit]

Over on the commons[edit]

Hello JaGa, did you notice the message I left you over on Commons? --Midas02 (talk) 07:55, 28 February 2016 (UTC)

Oh, no, I hadn't. Thanks for the ping. I don't know what his Toolserver account was named, but there's no Bryan or Bryanbot project or user on the new Tool Labs. I would try asking the same question at WP:BOTREQUEST to see if it's possible to recover an abandoned bot. It might be possible, depending on the permissions the user set on his account - and assuming old Toolserver accounts are backed up somewhere. --JaGatalk 15:05, 29 February 2016 (UTC)
I believe User:Silke WMDE deleted the backups (to save <$500? :-( ). — Dispenser 16:22, 29 February 2016 (UTC)
Ok, thanks both for chipping in. I've logged a message, I'd appreciate it if you could keep an eye on it as well. I'm not into the whole bot thing. Thanks, --Midas02 (talk) 21:50, 29 February 2016 (UTC)


Christmas Cookies Plateful.JPG Here's a plate full of cookies to share!
Hi JaGa, 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! (talk) 19:34, 3 March 2016 (UTC)

The Signpost: 6 February 2017[edit]

The Signpost: 27 February 2017[edit]

Thank you very much![edit]

I just want to make sure how much I appreciate your kindness and knowledge in dealing with my article. I really am very grateful to find your generous spirit in helping me to greater understand the intricacies of Wikipedia.

All the best to you and yours!

BLAN-JU (talk) 13:43, 10 March 2017 (UTC)

Flagged edits on Fright Fest[edit]

Your Bot wrote: "...when you edited Fright Fest, you added links pointing to the disambiguation pages La Ronde and Premier Parks...." As to La Ronde, that was unintentional, and has been fixed, thanks! As to Premier Parks, that was intentional. Premier Parks acquired Six Flags, and took its name (the WP article is Six Flags), however, there is still a new company, Premier Parks LLC involved. This is just a summary, and is actually so complicated it took me a week to figure out. I pointed to the disambiguation page as it makes this simpler for a reader to understand. I suppose I could write it out in text. Please suggest best practice. Oddjob84 (talk) 13:55, 14 March 2017 (UTC)

DPL bot[edit]

Hi. It looks like DPL bot is having some sort of issue with Richard Gough (footballer). It's not a disambiguation page any more and nothing in article space links there, but the bot keeps adding {{incoming links}} to it. I think it might have to do with the fact that its talk page redirects to Talk:Richard Gough (disambiguation)? (Come to think of it, that should probably be changed since nothing of consequence links there either.) But anyway, would you mind having a look? Thanks. 786b6364 (talk) 04:44, 19 March 2017 (UTC)

  • (talk page watcher) I think this was caused by a database error, not by the bot itself, but since the page has now been deleted the point is moot. --R'n'B (call me Russ) 10:20, 19 March 2017 (UTC)