User talk:Rich Farmbrough/Archive/2010 March

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SmackBot - Nice!

Just wanted to say how much I appreciated the work of SmackBot as it passed through. I kept it rather busy last night... :-o -- Haruth (talk) 01:04, 1 March 2010 (UTC)


I can't be entirely sure, but I think there may be a problem when SmackBot encounters the 'cite comic' template. If the date= field is only populated with a year, it converts the field name to year= . This results in the date being displayed as ({{{date}}}). Whilst many comics may be weekly or monthly publications, there are occasions when a comic is a one off and or the precise date or month of publication is unknown; hence the entry of a year only.

The most recent example of this I have noted is after SmackBot ran against the article Dalek variants on 19 February 2010. Regards, Donlock 18:08, 1 March 2010 (UTC)

IUPAC Article

I am working on the IUPAC article for a school project for Duquesne University. I appreciate the fixing some typos and fixing my wiki markup, but smackbot also added a tag for secondary sources. I have used the IUPAC website for most of the sources, but some of the ones that are hosted on that domain are actually publications.

I am doing my best to keep the article neutral and include any sources I can, but I can't seem to find a lot of sources that smackbot will find as being secondary. Could you give me some examples, or check my sources to see if they would even qualify as primary sources? Salamakajakawaka (talk) 13:46, 2 March 2010 (UTC)

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I've just done a few tweaks on Princess Ileana's page.

I have her 1937 and 1938 Christmas cards sent to my mother, which I have scanned. They show her and her children and husband, and I feel they should be on her Page. But I don't know the copyright situation... I GUESS they are "public domain" by now ? I'm a WikiNovice... —Preceding unsigned comment added by RobinClay (talkcontribs) 20:21, 3 March 2010 (UTC) RobinClay (talk) 20:37, 3 March 2010 (UTC)


SmackBot doesn't seem to be able to deal with the article issues template. I noticed this by its edit to Berserk (manga) on February 23. It changed "section=y" to "section=February 2010" and added "|date=February 2010" to the end of the template. This did not change the outward appearance of the article. AndrewTJ31 (talk) 01:33, 4 March 2010 (UTC)


Thanks for your help on the Willis Seaver Adams page. My students are about to go on vacation; hopefully, they will work a little on it then. We'll also invest more time with the page at the end of March.

Thanks again--Bill —Preceding unsigned comment added by Wscrowsnest (talkcontribs) 05:30, 4 March 2010 (UTC)

Infobox Hungarian settlement puts in image_shield of standard form HUN_PlaceName_COA.jpg, so I use this new form

Hey Rich,

I have taken a bit of a wikibreak but am back now (I am sure you are glad). Please let me assure you that my complaints etc against you are not in anyway personal, just vigorous. But today I have a slight bit of good news for you.

With {{tlx|Infobox Hungarian settlement}] it now pulls in the image shield by default, although that can be overridden. Thanks to Debresser and another for getting that to work. So we get a little better.

I kinda disagree with it because er you specialise classes to make them simpler for editors to use. Of course Infobox Settlement does everything, but it means it is incredibly long. That makes it slower, too. In other places there is {{Infobox writer}} then {{Infobox musician}} etc, which are based on an underlying template, but simplify its use and tweak it to what is appropriate. H. Info. does the same, and Infobox settlement is way too complex for a normal editor. And mostly just plain wrong.

Thanks for fixing the problems with the population field.

Si Trew (talk) 08:44, 4 March 2010 (UTC)


I've emailed you, Rich. Tony (talk) 11:22, 5 March 2010 (UTC)

Wings Discography

Hi Rich. Is there a way you can "move" this article to Wings discography as the D should be lower-cased? Their use to be an article by that name, briefly, which was redirected to Paul McCartney discography. Thanks! Best, --Discographer (talk) 01:31, 6 March 2010 (UTC)

Thank you, Rich! Best, --Discographer (talk) 21:54, 7 March 2010 (UTC)
P.S. Rich, oh, could you also move its talk page, too, please? Thanks! Best, --Discographer (talk) 22:06, 7 March 2010 (UTC)

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Merge discussion for Media planner

Information.svg An article that you have been involved in editing, Media planner, has been proposed for a merge with another article. If you are interested in the merge discussion, please participate by going here, and adding your comments on the discussion page. Thank you. Avicennasis @ 09:49, 11 March 2010 (UTC) Avicennasis @ 09:49, 11 March 2010 (UTC)

Help importing ICD codes from another site

Could you help me with my request here: Wikipedia_talk:WikiProject_Medicine#Would_you_help_me_create_four_disease_stubs.3F? I think importing all those ICD codes could function as another required articles list that I could work through. ---kilbad (talk) 06:09, 14 March 2010 (UTC)

SmackBot no longer fixing dates

SmackBot recently edited both these articles but fixed the dates in neither: Nikolai Bukharin Pravda. --Pascal666 20:09, 15 March 2010 (UTC)

Bot Trial Approved

Hey Rich, I approved Smackbot XXV for trial. Good luck! Tim1357 (talk) 11:10, 16 March 2010 (UTC)

Old policy page

This may seem out of the blue, but what was the reasoning behind this? I ask because of this Wikipedia:Village pump (policy)#Policy in development--Jac16888Talk 04:22, 17 March 2010 (UTC)

Rajagopal (professor)

This article has been linked to various articles of Wikipedia including brand architecture, sales management, account management, shopping malls, consumer behaviour, agricultural marketing, rural Marketing, EGADE, Institute of Rural Management and many more whch are more than ten articles of academic nature. Hence, the article on Rajagoapl (professor) is not Orphan. It would be highly appreciated if the tag of orphan article is removed from this article. Regards. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Edo198 (talkcontribs) 05:26, 17 March 2010 (UTC)

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Thank you again so much for putting the Wikipedia:WikiProject_Medicine/Dermatology_task_force/ILDS-ICD page together. It is providing some great redirects that will really improve the project! ---kilbad (talk) 02:37, 18 March 2010 (UTC)

Bot question

Hi Rich, Recently the article that had been titled Baptist has been moved to Baptists. I have changed the link on all of the templates and major pages. Is it possible to have a bot change any links currently pointing to Baptist to link instead to Baptists, ideally keeping whatever visible text is there and only piping the link? Thanks! Novaseminary (talk) 14:19, 17 March 2010 (UTC)

Thank for your reply. I proposed it over at Wikipedia:AutoWikiBrowser/Tasks#Baptist--.3EBaptists. Unless you think it should be done (and you know much, much more about this sort of thing than I), I'll leave it alone. Thanks! Novaseminary (talk) 18:39, 19 March 2010 (UTC)

Nature photonics

I did a page move by mistake - (an error in judgement). I tried to revert the move, but it has the same title that I did the move under. I was trying to change "Nature Photonics" to "nature photonics" (all small letters). It is the way that the title is published. Anyway, the move produced "Nature photonics" - no help. First, that is not what I intended. Second, all the other Nature journal articles begin with capitals in both words, so this article is no longer consistent with these.

For example: Nature · Nature Biotechnology · Nature Cell Biology · Nature Chemical Biology · Nature Genetics Nature Nanotechnology · Nature Photonics · Nature Physics · Nature Chemistry etc., etc (There are many such articles. There is a template on the bottom of this article that lists them.)

If you have time - is there anyway to fix this? Just so you know I queried another administrator (Materialscientist) but this person will be unavailable for a couple more hours. Steve Quinn (formerly Ti-30X) (talk) 03:06, 20 March 2010 (UTC)

Looks like that's been done. Rich Farmbrough, 08:10, 20 March 2010 (UTC).

Bot conversions to {{Start date}}

Are you intending to do any more of these date conversions, which you kindly started some time ago, but which seem to have stalled? Please let me know if not, and I'll ask elsewhere. {This is the third time I've asked this here, recently; I don;t meant to harass, but you appear to have an over-eager archiving bot). Andy Mabbett (User:Pigsonthewing); Andy's talk; Andy's edits 16:46, 20 March 2010 (UTC)

Hi Andy, been meaning to get back to you on this, not been very active on-wiki recently.
I was thinking about the advances made with date handling and I'm wondering if the articles is the place for the templates to go now.
Since there are templates that deal with loosely formatted dates, these can just handle a date parameter passed from the infobox, rather than invading every article using the infobox.
Is there any reason this can't be done? Rich Farmbrough, 21:28, 20 March 2010 (UTC).
I don't believe that would be robust, nor versatile, enough. Andy Mabbett (User:Pigsonthewing); Andy's talk; Andy's edits 22:03, 20 March 2010 (UTC)


Dear Smackbot,

my name is Cathrin Pokrant. I work for Swissôtel Le Plaza Basel and have contributed to the wikipedia page Swissôtel Le Plaza Basel ( Unfortunately there are two comments on the page that indicate that our language might be too advertising. Could you please review our page again and tell me what I can change in order to get rid of the comments?

I appreciate your help and look forward to hearing from you. You can also contact me per e-mail

Kind regards, Cathrin Pokrant —Preceding unsigned comment added by Cat84 (talkcontribs) 13:19, 22 March 2010 (UTC)

what happened here?

It looks like this edit removed the millions separator from the population_total field. I will revert that part of it. --Stepheng3 (talk) 01:20, 21 March 2010 (UTC)

That'd be right if it were an {{Infobox settlement}}. However, {{Infobox Indian Jurisdiction}} doesn't provide the commas for you.--Stepheng3 (talk) 02:51, 22 March 2010 (UTC)
Perils of forks.. sigh. Rich Farmbrough, 16:12, 22 March 2010 (UTC).
Sympathy. Best regards, --Stepheng3 (talk) 20:46, 22 March 2010 (UTC)

Second References section left in List of North American cities by year of foundation

The mistaken edit that the SmackBot program made was this one. I corrected the problem by hand here. (talk) 03:05, 23 March 2010 (UTC)

This is odd, I suspect AWB added the latter list of it's own accord, not being quite as smart in this particular domain. Rich Farmbrough, 15:54, 24 March 2010 (UTC).


please check your email.

Archive. Rich Farmbrough, 15:03, 25 March 2010 (UTC).

edits to Nieuwe Meer

The page looked worse after this SmackBot edit than it did when you last edited it. I have attempted to correct the problems by hand. (talk) 03:23, 23 March 2010 (UTC)

The problem here was adding standard information when some but not al; was already there. Specific clean-up of these pages happened by and large so that most but not all the maps were integrated. Rich Farmbrough, 15:57, 24 March 2010 (UTC).
Having browsed through articles that start with the letter "A" in Category:Cities, towns and villages in North Holland it seems that the use of {{Dutch town locator maps}} is to blame for stuffing too many images into articles that also have Infobox settlement templates. The following articles currently exhibit display problems:
My suspicion is that any article that uses {{Dutch town locator maps}} may need to be checked. Since the fix is often to get rid of the "Dutch town locator maps" template and to place images into the settlement infobox the {{Dutch town locator maps}} may become orphaned. (talk) 00:20, 25 March 2010 (UTC)

SmackBot edits to Sloten (Amsterdam)

The article looked vandalised after this edit by SmackBot than it did after your last edit. I have tried to undo the damage done by SmackBot and add more material to the article since SmackBot last attacked it. (talk) 03:28, 23 March 2010 (UTC)

Well thanks for your positive comments. Rich Farmbrough, 14:56, 24 March 2010 (UTC).

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Biographical template mergers

Please note: Template talk:Infobox person#Mergers, redux. Andy Mabbett (User:Pigsonthewing); Andy's talk; Andy's edits 14:32, 25 March 2010 (UTC)

"build xyz"

What's with the ":build 402:" messages in every edit summary? We don't care. If you want to track your software versions, do it internally. Gurch (talk) 13:01, 28 March 2010 (UTC)

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Thanks again for your help with the broken DoD links a few months ago. It was a big help.

Rather than setting a bot at the task I think you used a robot assisted editing tool to change them yourself.

There is a similar broken URL. And, I would like to use that robot assisted editing tool, or a similar one, to fix them myself. Do I need to be authorized to use that tool? Can you help me with some hints as to how to use that tool?

Thanks! Geo Swan (talk) 18:18, 30 March 2010 (UTC)


Would you please care to look into the issue indicated in this edit. Debresser (talk) 12:06, 31 March 2010 (UTC)

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