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The Earwig

The Signpost: 29 July 2015[edit]

Copyvio tool[edit]

Hi The Earwig,

I was using your tool to check the content of the Paloma Faith article, and as you can see here, it found 3 sources that appear to be mirroring Wikipedia's content. The three sites are: (at least this one credits Wikipedia),, and I'm not sure if those would qualify for the tool's exclusion list, but I thought I would bring it to your attention. Thanks! Ry's the Guy (talk|contribs) 15:00, 31 July 2015 (UTC)

Thanks for the report. I added * to the list, since it mirrors a large number of pages. The other two don't seem to mirror enough to warrant exclusion. — Earwig talk 01:46, 1 August 2015 (UTC)

The Signpost: 05 August 2015[edit]

TfD closures[edit]

Hi, Earwig. I just wanted to stop by and thank you for helping out with closures of pending TfD discussions. In an ideal world, we would have a pool of 5 to 10 administrators who closed TfDs on a regular basis so that we could spread the burden around. If you have any admin buddies who might be interested in closing 5 to 10 TfDs per week, please let me know, and I will be glad to help recruit them to the cause. Dirtlawyer1 (talk) 04:23, 12 August 2015 (UTC)

Thanks for that, glad to help. Sadly, most of my admin friends are no longer active. I think a more useful version of User:Doug/closetfd.js would be very nice to have, since I find myself doing the same sort of work repeatedly in simpler cases (checking/removing navbox transclusions, deleting talkpages/redirects/subpages, etc) – and I was surprised when I started that Twinkle has no template-delinking function like it has for page links. Perhaps such a tool would encourage more admins to help out? I would work on it myself, but lack of time is an issue. — Earwig talk 04:36, 12 August 2015 (UTC)
Hey, Earwig, I suggest you mention your issues to administrator User:Opabinia regalis (another recent recruit to TfD closings), and to template editor User:Alakzi. Alakzi is one of our star coders, and no doubt will have some insights into how the "Doug" TfD closing script might be improved. Cheers. Dirtlawyer1 (talk) 04:46, 12 August 2015 (UTC)
Last I heard, Alakzi would "look into" it, which was about a week ago. Well, we'll see. I'm willing to give it a shot in a month or so if nothing happens in the meantime. — Earwig talk 04:59, 12 August 2015 (UTC)
Yes, his services are popular now. I liked it better when I had him mostly to myself, but I'm told that template editor envy is not flattering on me. Dirtlawyer1 (talk) 05:10, 12 August 2015 (UTC)
Ha, I'll look into cloning ;)
Agreed, all Doug's script does is stop you from making a typo adding the templates. Automating the tedium would be useful. I've been vaguely thinking of adapting the closeafd.js script, but haven't had the right combination of time and motivation (and it'd have to be a rare combination to make me think 'yes, javascript sounds like fun today'), so I'd be quite pleased if someone else did it! Opabinia regalis (talk) 07:51, 12 August 2015 (UTC)
I, too, happen to be quite averse to JavaScript, so if somebody else were to take the initiative... Alakzi (talk) 08:05, 12 August 2015 (UTC)
Oy, I guess I'll start working on that, then. @Alakzi and Opabinia regalis: can we come up with a concrete list of improvements? — Earwig talk 08:16, 12 August 2015 (UTC)
Offer to choose between "keep", "delete", "merge", and "do not merge"; automatically mark as a NAC for non-admins; remove {{Tfd}} and Tfm from the template when kept or not merged, else replace with {{Being deleted}}, enclosed in <noinclude>...</noinclude>; and tag with {{Tfd end}} on the talk page. Alakzi (talk) 08:25, 12 August 2015 (UTC)
Right. Would a mass-orphan or substitution function (invoked separately) be a good idea or too risky? It would only handle clear cases. Also, the option to move to the holding cell would be useful. Hmm, I have an idea how this could work. — Earwig talk 08:40, 12 August 2015 (UTC)
OK, but what would make a clear case? The HC option is a good idea. Alakzi (talk) 09:03, 12 August 2015 (UTC)
I'm not sure how to strictly define it yet – will see when I get to that point, since the other stuff will come first. Also, a relisting option would be simple and useful. That should be enough to start working on it. — Earwig talk 17:37, 12 August 2015 (UTC)
Thanks for taking this on, Earwig :) In addition to Alakzi's list, checking for redirects and subpages would be useful. Oh, when the page reloaded after my edit I saw you already said that above. Never mind me, I need more coffee. Opabinia regalis (talk) 19:27, 12 August 2015 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── Just an update – progress has been slow but steady due to various real-life things. The main interface and much of the functionality is complete. I hope to finish the first version before next week. — Earwig talk 07:43, 18 August 2015 (UTC)

Another update: alas, I'm not able to get back to working on the script yet, given the start of classes and a few other RL things. Tentatively suggesting a workable version by the middle of next week. — Earwig talk 00:11, 25 August 2015 (UTC)

The Signpost: 12 August 2015[edit]

Copyvio: add to User:EarwigBot/Copyvios/Exclusions[edit] reports pages from as copyvio, but that site is mirroring content from enwiki, dewiki and some more. Merlissimo 11:14, 14 August 2015 (UTC)

Done. Thanks. — Earwig talk 21:23, 14 August 2015 (UTC)

Interested in working with Community Tech?[edit]

Community Tech is looking at some commonly used tools ( for Copyvios) and seeing if they are good candidates for us to help improve them while we're getting our team and processes set up. I took a look at the issue tracker and it doesn't look like you have that much in the way of open bugs or feature requests. Is there anything you have planned or that you'd be interested in working with us on? Any small things you've been meaning to do for awhile and haven't gotten around to? Any features you think would work as an extension? --Fhocutt (WMF) (talk) 22:40, 14 August 2015 (UTC)

Thanks for the message. I replied on the Phabricator task. — Earwig talk 02:54, 15 August 2015 (UTC)

Copyvio: add to User:EarwigBot/Copyvios/Exclusions[edit]

toollabs:copyvios reports pages from as copyvio, but this site is mirroring content from dewiki.

FYI: Since this week my bot MerlBot is using your tool as additional check when reporting sites for quality assurance on dewiki (Example: de:Special:Diff/145071039). Your tool works great and understanding your API is simple. Merlissimo 09:50, 16 August 2015 (UTC)

Same for bei --nenntmichruhigip (Diskussion) 10:01, 16 August 2015 (UTC)
Thank you both; added the exclusions. Used* for the second one so let me know if there are other mirrored sections of that site. — Earwig talk 19:48, 16 August 2015 (UTC)
Same content as is also available via .
Maybe the tool could automatically exclude all pages having a link to the history view of the original page?
I added Your idea of checking for backlinks to the history page sounds good. I will work on that. — Earwig talk 02:05, 26 August 2015 (UTC)

The Signpost: 19 August 2015[edit]

Tried your copyvio detector and failed[edit]

Hi Earwig, at first glimpse it gave me almost 90% probability of copyvio, but then I recognized, that you do not expand the templates, right? So what is left to compare on a page like this, is a one-sentence-header and the footer. Instead I would have been interested in the relevant texts. Do you think you can change your tool to expand Mediawiki templates before comparing. regards --Herzi Pinki (talk) 14:37, 23 August 2015 (UTC)

Hi there, thanks for the message. I will work on that soon – I have an idea how to fix it. — Earwig talk 15:22, 24 August 2015 (UTC)

The Quarter Million Award[edit]

Million award logo.svg The Million Award
For your contributions to bring Earwig (estimated annual readership: 326,976) to Good Article status, I hereby present you the Quarter Million Award. Congratulations on this rare accomplishment, and thanks for all you do for Wikipedia's readers! Σσς(Sigma) 06:34, 25 August 2015 (UTC)

copyvio: mirror[edit]

Hi, please add mirror http://* to User:EarwigBot/Copyvios/Exclusions. Wikipedia url rewrite documentation at Examples:

Merlissimo 04:01, 26 August 2015 (UTC)

Done. Thanks! — Earwig talk 04:18, 26 August 2015 (UTC)

The Signpost: 26 August 2015[edit]