User talk:Johnny Au

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This user is a veteran Wikipedian within the top 1700 in edit count, editing since late 2006. This user is also featured in a major nationally distributed reputable newspaper of a G7 country (see below). Please don't template him per WP:DTR.


Hello, Johnny Au, 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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Use of WPcleaner[edit]

In searching through options to start up WP cleaner on my Mac, I fear I am an oldie newbie who dares not fool with coding apps on my Mac, it crashes regularly online, probably because I do not keep up with various updates required for the newspaper advertising that keeps loading when I try to blog on op-ed columns. I don't know, I can't figure it out.

I very much would appreciate it if you would run the WP cleaner on the following articles where I have written charts of the delegates in each convention. Many are linked to disambiguation pages (14 of 94 for the Convention of 1829-30, with 36 unique links, -- though at least one was to the wrong guy, so I need to learn how to create disambiguation pages), but the editor who helped out with that and the Convention of 1850 suggests that I do it myself. There are about a hundred names in each chart, so some sort of techie assist would be very much more efficient than eyeball clicking each name.

Here is my wish list: Fifth Virginia Convention, Virginia Secession Convention of 1861, Wheeling Convention, Virginia Constitutional Convention of 1868, Virginia Constitutional Convention of 1902.

Thanks in advance for any help, no hard feelings if not. TheVirginiaHistorian (talk) 11:53, 18 December 2016 (UTC)

@TheVirginiaHistorian: You could perhaps ask GünniX as well. Johnny Au (talk/contributions) 14:33, 18 December 2016 (UTC)
It's very unfortunate that there aren't that many people using WPCleaner, according to this page here. Even rarer are those who use WPCleaner on a Mac, as there aren't many Mac users in general, despite it being the second most popular desktop operating system family. Johnny Au (talk/contributions) 02:45, 3 January 2017 (UTC)
WPCleaner hasn't been updated for over a year. Johnny Au (talk/contributions) 12:47, 26 July 2018 (UTC)

History of immigration to Canada[edit]

Fixed. I'm wondering why you didn't fix it yourself? Do you know about Wiki-Blame?—the "revision history search" button on the article history page. I just had it search for "China and India", it gave me a link to the edit where it was inserted (7 months ago!) and I copied and pasted the wording that had been there before, so we have the link to Immigration to Canada back, too. Yngvadottir (talk) 12:55, 22 January 2017 (UTC)

Thank you very much. Wiki-Blame sounds interesting. I might try that. Johnny Au (talk/contributions) 16:50, 22 January 2017 (UTC)
Unfortunately, it has some flaws in that it's rather finicky, but is still great overall. Johnny Au (talk/contributions) 02:10, 1 October 2017 (UTC)

FYI station renaming[edit]

As as local editor, you may have an interest in Talk:Toronto Pearson Viscount Station#Requested move 6 February 2018. So far the discussion seems to be by people who do not regularly take an interest in Toronto stations. Secondarywaltz (talk) 17:20, 6 February 2018 (UTC)

This one is tricky. Johnny Au (talk/contributions) 03:00, 7 February 2018 (UTC)
At least the alternative is much easier to decide. Johnny Au (talk/contributions) 19:33, 11 February 2018 (UTC)
It has been resolved. Johnny Au (talk/contributions) 01:54, 14 February 2018 (UTC)

Editing News #1—2018[edit]

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Did you know?

Did you know that you can now use the visual diff tool on any page?

Screenshot showing some changes to World Bank in the two-column wikitext diff display

Sometimes, it is hard to see important changes in a wikitext diff. This screenshot of a wikitext diff (click to enlarge) shows that the paragraphs have been rearranged, but it does not highlight the removal of a word or the addition of a new sentence.

If you enable the Beta Feature for "Visual differences", you will have a new option. It will give you a new box at the top of every diff page. This box will let you choose either diff system on any edit.

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Screenshot showing the same changes to World Bank. Most changes are highlighted with text formatting.

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Since the last newsletter, the Editing Team has spent most of their time supporting the 2017 wikitext editor mode, which is available inside the visual editor as a Beta Feature, and improving the visual diff tool. Their work board is available in Phabricator. You can find links to the work finished each week at mw:VisualEditor/Weekly triage meetings. Their current priorities are fixing bugs, supporting the 2017 wikitext editor, and improving the visual diff tool.

Recent changes[edit]

  • The 2017 wikitext editor is available as a Beta Feature on desktop devices. It has the same toolbar as the visual editor and can use the citoid service and other modern tools. The team have been comparing the performance of different editing environments. They have studied how long it takes to open the page and start typing. The study uses data for more than one million edits during December and January. Some changes have been made to improve the speed of the 2017 wikitext editor and the visual editor. Recently, the 2017 wikitext editor opened fastest for most edits, and the 2010 WikiEditor was fastest for some edits. More information will be posted at mw:Contributors/Projects/Editing performance.
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User:Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 23:14, 28 February 2018 (UTC)


I added some suggestions to Talk:Toronto, as you are very active on the page I wanted you to see them before I add them so I can get a second point of view about adding them. —  BrandonXLF   (t@lk) (ping back) 01:08, 5 August 2018 (UTC)

I will take a look a them. Johnny Au (talk/contributions) 01:09, 5 August 2018 (UTC)
I took a look at them and replied to them. Johnny Au (talk/contributions) 01:12, 5 August 2018 (UTC)
Just so you know I replied to your replies —  BrandonXLF   (t@lk) (ping back) 01:32, 5 August 2018 (UTC)
Good. Johnny Au (talk/contributions) 12:40, 9 August 2018 (UTC)