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WikiProject Rugby League on the Wikipedia Signpost[edit]

This week, Wikipedia:WikiProject Rugby league will appear on the Wikipedia Signpost. As you are one of the more active members of Wikiproject Rugby league, I was wondering if you'd be interested in participating in the interview by answering the questions at Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/Newsroom/WikiProject desk/Interviews4. Thanks. Leeds United FC fan (talk) 15:24, 5 January 2016 (UTC)

Excess wikilinks[edit]

Hi, Josh the Newcastle fan! I'm a Warriors fan and have spent a lot of time a few weeks ago cleaning up the various pages for the various Warriors players. I removed a lot of excess wikilinks! I've just gone to the James Gavet page, as he has just been given contract by the Warriors, and of course you've been there already. Which is great, no problem. But please have a look at the Playing Career section on his entry. You'll see that NSW Cup gets wikilinked every time it gets a mention and I traced all those back to when you created the page. As I understand it, the protocol is usually for only the first mention of anything to get wikilinked, Check out WP:OVERLINK Don't get me wrong, it's great that you're putting so much effort into creating and maintaining these pages. All the very best to you, mate. EDIT: and of course, feel free to delete this post whenever. It's your talk page! Boscaswell (talk) 20:24, 24 January 2016 (UTC)

Hey, thanks for that. Yes, when I created that page I was still learning the ropes a little bit, guilty of an overlink or two, but I think you'll find the majority of the wikilinks you removed from the Warriors pages were done by another certain user who doesn't seem to understand that you don't have to link everything. The work you did on those to fix them up is fantastic as me and other users became too lazy to keep trying to maintain it. And even then, there's still a huge problem with overlinks out there on other clubs' player pages. Josh the newcastle fan (talk) 03:02, 25 January 2016 (UTC)

No worries, sorry about that, Josh the Newcastle fan...I can guess who, I think. I'll try, er, Addying something on his Talk page. And thanks for the rap! Boscaswell (talk) 08:01, 25 January 2016 (UTC)

Bare urls[edit]

Could I ask that you try to ensure that your editing on NRL players, whilst perfectly legitimate and useful, does not constantly result in leaving behind a bare url. It means that [Category:Articles needing link rot cleanup from February 2016] etc., is flooded every other day or so. Given that the amount of editors operating in that area is extremely small, it does place undue pressure on those trying to clear them. Usually the url can be converted into a full reference with minimum fuss, and it would greatly help if you could try to address this when effecting your edits. (See Wikipedia:Bare URLs). Thank you,

Derek R Bullamore (talk) 13:32, 4 February 2016 (UTC)

Sorry mate, I had no idea that the users filling out the URLs were actually doing it themselves, I thought it was just bots doing it. I will try to be more infrequent with my adding of the linkrot tag in future. I would like to say, I haven't actually personally been adding all the URLs that you've been filling out the last few days, I've been chasing the tail of another editor who has been doing a bunch of edits and I've been trying to keep the pages clean by adding the linkrot tag. I would probably try and fill some of the URLs out myself, but I have no idea how. Josh the newcastle fan (talk) 13:46, 4 February 2016 (UTC)

OK, I should have double checked where the bare URLs originated, but you get my point. There are two semi-automatic BOTs that will do the job - either Reflinks or Refill. They are not as daunting as they might at first appear - if I can use them, then I guess most editors can. Give them a try (I prefer the former, but either option will suffice) - if you have any difficulties then I can probably assist. They do require some manual intervention, as you will discover, but many bare urls should disappear as quick as you take to post the linkrot tag. Cheers,
Derek R Bullamore (talk) 14:02, 4 February 2016 (UTC)

Thanks, I checked it out and was able to work it. I'm not sure what to do in this situation though, where the webpage title is unusable or whatever. Josh the newcastle fan (talk) 11:25, 6 February 2016 (UTC)

It probably is still an active link. Try clicking on the blue line on the top which should take you to the article. Many Australian newspaper article titles fall into this category (I don't know why this should be though). The Daily Telegraph, Herald Sun, The Australian, Courier Mail etc. Conversely, the article title is usually available in the url itself ("Ideal Cure for Kurt's Blues" would be my guess). I hope this helps - oh, and thanks your your positive response. The bare urls need all the help we can muster ! Cheers,
Derek R Bullamore (talk) 12:01, 6 February 2016 (UTC)

Thanks again, I think I've figured out the basics of it now. Josh the newcastle fan (talk) 12:28, 6 February 2016 (UTC)