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Using AWB[edit]

Hi, I've downloaded AWB but I don't understand how to use it or take furher steps to set it up. Thanks, --Rubbish computer (HALP!: I dropped the bass?) 16:49, 21 November 2015 (UTC)

OK the basic steps are:
  1. decide on a task
  2. log in (probably not needed if you use IE)
  3. make a list of articles
  4. set the options
  5. run the task

Detailed example[edit]

So suppose we decide to fix "perogative" -> "prerogative"
  • Click on "file" -> "log in" and do the necessary
Now make the list:
  • In the Source area (bottom left) select Wiki search (text)
  • Type "perogative" (without quotes) into the box, and click make list
You should get a list of about 6 or 7 articles. (Only 3 have mis-spellings. The others have redirects from misspelling.)
Now under "options" check find and replace and click the "normal" button: You should get a table.
In the first row enter "perogative" and "prerogative" in the first two cells. All the check boxes except "enabled" and "case sensitive" should be blank.
That is the "rule" for this run.
For the sake of simplicity uncheck "auto tag" "apply general fixes" and "unicodify..."
Now go to the start tab, enter an edit summary such as "spelling - prerogative"
Press "Start"
AWB will fetch the first article and apply your rule. Seeing that there is no change it will display "No Change".
Either press "skip" or - go to the options tab and check "skip if no replacement made" and then press start again.
After a few skips, you will come to an article where the rule does make a change, and the diff will be displayed.
If you are happy, press "save" and move to the next article.
Normally you would have the "General fixes", "Auto tag" and "Unicodify" on, of course these may make the diffs harder to read, but they are mostly a "Good Thing".
Hope that helps.
All the best: Rich Farmbrough, 18:45, 21 November 2015 (UTC).
Thanks, but I don't know what you mean by log in, as I am logged in. I also don't know how to make a list of articles. Is something supposed to appear somewhere? Where are the options? Thanks, --Rubbish computer (HALP!: I dropped the bass?) 19:02, 21 November 2015 (UTC)
At Wikipedia:AutoWikiBrowser/User manual#Login it says "choose File / Login (the sixth item from the top)". Where is it talking about? That and the example screenshots lokk diferent to what's on my computer. --Rubbish computer (HALP!: I dropped the bass?) 19:11, 21 November 2015 (UTC)
The number was wrong, unless they were counting from zero... but you see the "File" button near the top left? And when you click it you get a drop down? All the best: Rich Farmbrough, 19:18, 21 November 2015 (UTC).
  • When you log in to Wikipedia your browser talks to the web server and they exchange a cookie (basically a random number) that confirms it's still you every time you request a new page or press save. If, like me, you use multiple browsers, you will need to log in on each of them. AWB is just another browser so you need to log in there too. (Except that it uses code libraries "and stuff" that IE uses, so you might find if you use IE you are already logged on in AWB.)
  • How to make this sample list of articles is explained in my post. I have bolded the point where that explanation starts.
All the best: Rich Farmbrough, 19:19, 21 November 2015 (UTC).
I've got it now, thank you so much! --Rubbish computer (HALP!: I dropped the bass?) 19:50, 21 November 2015 (UTC)
Most welcome! All the best: Rich Farmbrough, 20:01, 21 November 2015 (UTC).
Hi, how do you stub sort with AWB? Thanks, --Rubbish computer (HALP!: I dropped the bass?) 23:51, 23 November 2015 (UTC)
I also replaced "transexual" with "transsexual" because I thought it was a misspelling, but Wiktionary defines it as a [[wikt:Transexual|"rare alternative spelling"], so I won't be replacing this again. Is this a problem? Thanks, --Rubbish computer (HALP!: I dropped the bass?) 23:53, 23 November 2015 (UTC)
I doubt that anyone will complain about that. I would have "fixed" that spelling if I saw it, and I'm sure many people would have. All the best: Rich Farmbrough, 00:58, 24 November 2015 (UTC).
I don't think you can stub sort using AWB super-fast - unless perhaps the stubs are already categorised. Stub sorters usually have an intricate knowledge of the stub category tree (or so it seems).
Certainly you can use the listmaker to select articles that transclude {{Stub}}, you can then use the "find" to quickly get to the stub template and add the actual qualifier manually.
(You could automatically replace {{Stub}} with {{-stub}} to save a few keystrokes.)
All the best: Rich Farmbrough, 00:58, 24 November 2015 (UTC).
Okay, thanks again. --Rubbish computer (HALP!: I dropped the bass?) 02:13, 24 November 2015 (UTC)

Harlan Howard Thompson[edit]

I think the woods are full of forgotten but major authors of westerns for children <g>. Have you ever seen his name before? (or as 'Stephen Holt) Collect (talk) 21:52, 24 November 2015 (UTC)

Doesn't ring any bells with me, I'm afraid. Currently on women scientists (or was it Chaucer?) when I get a break from stalky XfD's and ACE questions.
There is definitely a lack of coverage of (particularly fiction) authors. Not sure if there are systematic ways of getting refs, maybe with one of the paid services that will have archived book reviews - but even book reviews are scarce in some cases.
All the best: Rich Farmbrough, 22:38, 24 November 2015 (UTC).
Thank you -- just finished voicing my opinions on a few AfDs about "women authors" whose articles were possibly created by a "disfavoured person" on Wikipedia - even though the women clearly are notable. Strong is in the DYK queue at least -- quite a character <g>. Collect (talk) 22:58, 24 November 2015 (UTC)

Nomination for deletion of Template:ISO 3166 name Canada[edit]

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Nomination for deletion of Template:Clean up categories from year[edit]

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Proposed deletion of Brain Test[edit]

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The article Brain Test has been proposed for deletion because of the following concern:

Other than a bit of coverage about it being malware, I really can't see where this app is notable enough for an entry. There was a small flurry of coverage around the end of September, but not really much past that point in time. Most of the coverage past that point is like this and is in places that would be dubious as a source for Wikipedia's purposes, given that the site appears to offer media packages for coverage.

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Please consider improving the article to address the issues raised. Removing {{proposed deletion/dated}} will stop the proposed deletion process, but other deletion processes exist. In particular, the speedy deletion process can result in deletion without discussion, and articles for deletion allows discussion to reach consensus for deletion. Tokyogirl79 (。◕‿◕。) 15:04, 25 November 2015 (UTC)

Nomination for deletion of Template:Parent monthly clean-up category progress[edit]

Ambox warning blue.svgTemplate:Parent monthly clean-up category progress has been nominated for deletion. You are invited to comment on the discussion at the template's entry on the Templates for discussion page. Jackmcbarn (talk) 17:19, 26 November 2015 (UTC)

Something that stayed too long[edit]

See here It's not exactly egregious but I was shocked to see that I removed this after almost a decade. —Justin (koavf)TCM 06:41, 27 November 2015 (UTC)

Yes redirects are very low maintenance, and no-one would have seen that it the normal course of events. It's certainly true that we are deleting perfectly correct and probably notable information by the bucket-load while clean-up and maintenance falls mainly to a few dozen people. All the best: Rich Farmbrough, 13:44, 27 November 2015 (UTC).

Reference errors on 27 November[edit]

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Template:Covert listed at Redirects for discussion[edit]


I have asked for a discussion to address the redirect Template:Covert. Since you created the Template:Covert redirect, you might want to participate in the redirect discussion. Si Trew (talk) 07:22, 28 November 2015 (UTC)

DYK for The Industrial Christian Home for Polygamous Wives[edit]

Cas Liber (talk · contribs) 12:01, 28 November 2015 (UTC)

Unable to log in to use AWB[edit]

Hi, I am currently unable to log in using AWB because it is stated that the account "Rubbish computer" already exists. I am using the correct password and I have tried closing and reloading the tab. Please advise. Thanks, --Rubbish computer (HALP!: I dropped the bass?) 13:05, 28 November 2015 (UTC)

If you look at the bottom right does it say "not logged in" or "Rubbish Computer"? All the best: Rich Farmbrough, 14:43, 28 November 2015 (UTC).
It says "not logged in". --Rubbish computer (HALP!: I dropped the bass?) 15:01, 28 November 2015 (UTC)
OK. AWB maintains profiles for your various accounts on various wikis. I suspect that for some reason it's trying to make anew profile where one already exists. All the best: Rich Farmbrough, 15:04, 28 November 2015 (UTC).
Okay: I somehow fixed it by not clicking "Save this account". Thanks, --Rubbish computer (HALP!: I dropped the bass?) 15:06, 28 November 2015 (UTC)
Good. When you click "Log in/Profiles " a little window should come up, headed profiles. If "Rubbish Computer" is item 1 (or 2...) , double click it. You may then be prompted for your password, depending on whether you elected too store it. All the best: Rich Farmbrough, 15:08, 28 November 2015 (UTC).
Okay, thanks again. --Rubbish computer (HALP!: I dropped the bass?) 15:18, 28 November 2015 (UTC)

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The Signpost: 25 November 2015[edit]

Nomination of Child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for deletion[edit]

A discussion is taking place as to whether the article Child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge is suitable for inclusion in Wikipedia according to Wikipedia's policies and guidelines or whether it should be deleted.

The article will be discussed at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (2nd nomination) until a consensus is reached, and anyone is welcome to contribute to the discussion. The nomination will explain the policies and guidelines which are of concern. The discussion focuses on high-quality evidence and our policies and guidelines.

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