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Clarify it yourself[edit]

Please stop adding clarify spans to the Haxe article. If you think it needs clarification, find citations for the same and add it yourself. Also stop describing each language you link to in the See Also section. That is entirely unnecessary since I have provided headers under which they are listed. -- Tom Jenkins (reply)

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Searching an editor's contributions[edit]

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I'm trying to search my own contributions to Wikipedia, but I haven't found a search feature that allows this. For example, could I generate a list of all of my contributions that contain the words "algorithmic art"? Jarble (talk)

Hi Jarble. Unfortunately not directly. There are some powerful search options available at Help:Search, such as the User Contribution Search, which allows you to search a particular page for all contributions by a particular user. There's also advanced techniques for searching, such as wildcards and filtered searches, so see if that offers the result you're looking for, even if it may not be directly. RegistryKey(RegEdit) 06:12, 5 June 2015 (UTC)
@Registry key: Is it possible to search the edit summaries of a page's revision history, then? Jarble (talk) 07:26, 5 June 2015 (UTC)
Yep. When you go to view the page history, near the top you'll see a line that says "External tools", just below the "browse history box" up top. There's a link there named "Revision history search" which will take you to the WikiBlame tool and pre-fill it for you. RegistryKey(RegEdit) 07:41, 5 June 2015 (UTC)

VisualEditor News #3—2015[edit]

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When you click on a link to an article, you now see more information:

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The link tool has been re-designed:

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There are separate tabs for linking to internal and external pages.

The user guide has more information about how to use VisualEditor.

Since the last newsletter, the Editing Team has created new interfaces for the link and citation tools, as well as fixing many bugs and changing some elements of the design. Some of these bugs affected users of VisualEditor on mobile devices. Status reports are posted on Mediawiki.org. The worklist for April through June is available in Phabricator.

A test of VisualEditor's effect on new editors at the English Wikipedia has just completed the first phase. During this test, half of newly registered editors had VisualEditor automatically enabled, and half did not. The main goal of the study is to learn which group was more likely to save an edit and to make productive, unreverted edits. Initial results will be posted at Meta later this month.

Recent improvements[edit]

Auto-fill features for citations are available at a few Wikipedias through the citoid service. Citoid takes a URL or DOI for a reliable source, and returns a pre-filled, pre-formatted bibliographic citation. If Citoid is enabled on your wiki, then the design of the citation workflow changed during May. All citations are now created inside a single tool. Inside that tool, choose the tab you want (<citoid-citeFromIDDialog-mode-auto>, <citoid-citeFromIDDialog-mode-manual>, or <citoid-citeFromIDDialog-mode-reuse>). The cite button is now labeled with the word "Cite" rather than a book icon, and the autofill citation dialog now has a more meaningful label, "<Citoid-citeFromIDDialog-lookup-button>", for the submit button.

The link tool has been redesigned based on feedback from Wikipedia editors and user testing. It now has two separate sections: one for links to articles and one for external links. When you select a link, its pop-up context menu shows the name of the linked page, a thumbnail image from the linked page, Wikidata's description, and/or appropriate icons for disambiguation pages, redirect pages and empty pages. Search results have been reduced to the first five pages. Several bugs were fixed, including a dark highlight that appeared over the first match in the link inspector (T98085).  

The special character inserter in VisualEditor now uses the same special character list as the wikitext editor. Admins at each wiki can also create a custom section for frequently used characters at the top of the list. Please read the instructions for customizing the list at mediawiki.org. Also, there is now a tooltip to describing each character in the special character inserter (T70425).

Several improvements have been made to templates. When you search for a template to insert, the list of results now contains descriptions of the templates. The parameter list inside the template dialog now remains open after inserting a parameter from the list, so that users don’t need to click on "Add more information" each time they want to add another parameter (T95696). The team added a new property for TemplateData, "Example", for template parameters. This optional, translatable property will show up when there is text describing how to use that parameter (T53049).

The design of the main toolbar and several other elements have changed slightly, to be consistent with the MediaWiki theme. In the Vector skin, individual items in the menu are separated visually by pale gray bars. Buttons and menus on the toolbar can now contain both an icon and a text label, rather than just one or the other. This new design feature is being used for the cite button on wikis where the Citoid service is enabled.

The team has released a long-desired improvement to the handling of non-existent images. If a non-existent image is linked in an article, then it is now visible in VisualEditor and can be selected, edited, replaced, or removed.

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Search for revisions to one section of an article[edit]

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Is it possible to search within the revision history of one section on Wikipedia? I'm trying to search for changes that were made to the Jeb Bush#Environment section, but I haven't found a tool that can do this.

Jarble (talk) 04:12, 7 June 2015 (UTC)

When you find the results you want in the main article history, then look in parentheses and you should see a right-pointing arrow that's clickable and the section title, provided the edit was done to that specific section and not to the page itself. Just Ctrl-F for your section title. RegistryKey(RegEdit) 04:20, 7 June 2015 (UTC)
@RegistryKey: It would be easier to do this if more than 500 revisions could be displayed at the same time. Is this possible as well? Jarble (talk) 04:27, 7 June 2015 (UTC)
That's possible, though the load time increases. You can manually fiddle with the "limit=" parameter in the URL: https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Jeb_Bush&offset=&limit=1000&action=history I think the maximum is 5000, but I don't guarantee for that.
If you're interested in specific content that was added to or removed from that section, you can try WikiBlame, but it will search the entire page history, not just changes to that section. Huon (talk) 04:31, 7 June 2015 (UTC)

Automatic generation of outlines of categories[edit]

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There is a template in Wikipedia that can automatically generate outlines of categories. I have used this template before, but I don't remember its name. Does anyone know what this template is called? Jarble (talk) 03:54, 12 June 2015 (UTC)

It's called Template:Category tree. Jarble (talk) 03:56, 12 June 2015 (UTC)

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What, exactly, is breaking? The "default continuation mode" for action=query requests to api.php will be changing to be easier for new coders to use correctly. To find out whether your script or bot may be affected, then search the source code (including any frameworks or libraries) for the string "query-continue". If that is not present, then the script or bot is not affected. In a few cases, the code will be present but not used. In that case, the script or bot will continue working.

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Searching for text in the recent changes to Wikipedia[edit]

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I notice a search box for a "tag filter" in the Special:RecentChanges page. Is it possible to search for individual words and phrases that were recently added in these revisions? Jarble (talk) 19:14, 21 June 2015 (UTC)

No. As the name implies, you can only filter for specific tags that were added to the edit summary, not for phrases contained in the revision itself. Huon (talk) 19:20, 21 June 2015 (UTC)
@Huon: In fact, there is a tool that can be used to search the full text of the Recent Changes: MediaWiki_talk:Recentchangestext#Recent_changes_search Jarble (talk) 19:54, 21 June 2015 (UTC)
Interesting, but that also only searches edit summaries, not the content of the changes. The latter would be rather difficult - would you search for additions of that term, removals, both? What if a paragraph containing the term was moved to another location within the article? Huon (talk) 20:01, 21 June 2015 (UTC)

Automatic replacement of redirect links on Wikipedia[edit]

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To improve the readability and consistency of Wikipedia's markup, I'd like to replace several occurrences of Template:NPOV with Template:POV. Does Wikipedia have any tools that can help us to automate this task? Jarble (talk) 19:50, 27 June 2015 (UTC)

I expect a bot or AutoWikiBrowser could do it, but I fail to see how that one letter in a template name impedes readability, or how consistency is an issue here. I'd strongly advise against bypassing a redirect merely for the purpose of bypassing a redirect. In fact I'd read WP:UNBROKEN to also argue against replacing these redirects. Huon (talk) 21:34, 27 June 2015 (UTC)