User talk:This, that and the other/For the Common Good

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This page is for general discussion of For the Common Good, as well as any feedback, bugs, and suggested improvements relating to the tool.

Note that this tool is entirely separate of Twinkle.

I tend not to look at my watchlist very often, so to ensure I see your message, please feel free to ping me at the start of your post: {{ping|This, that and the other}} Thanks, This, that and the other (talk)

An issue with FtCG special variables[edit]

Seems that FtCG special variables (%%OriginalUploader%% and %%InterwikiLinkPrefix%%) not always works in [Replacement]. The built-in default instances included works as expected, but if I'm trying to add new ones for the {{Information}} template, at least for me they does not work.[1][2] Can't understand why. The regex $n captures works fine. In these screenshots is a test case trying to find a way in which they works; previously I've also tested them separately and same issue was encountered. --XXN, 17:32, 14 March 2017 (UTC)

As you can see, this was a try to change always by default {{own}} → {{own work by original uploader}}. This probably is a useful and needed thing for many other users, and probably it even can be included as a built-in feature (example). XXN, 17:46, 14 March 2017 (UTC)

Two-factor authentication[edit]

Hi This, that and the other, thanks for the wonderful program. I've run into a new problem now that I'm an admin. If I have two-factor authentication enabled on enwiki, I get a login failure warning when transferring files to Commons. I don't expect it's an easy fix (maybe OAuth would work?), but I figured I'd let you know. It'd be great to have 2FA enabled and still be able to use FtCG. clpo13(talk) 22:12, 10 May 2017 (UTC)

Would Meta:Special:BotPasswords work for that? I haven't tried it yet. --Closeapple (talk) 08:36, 11 May 2017 (UTC)
@Closeapple: That worked! Thanks for the tip. clpo13(talk) 16:05, 12 May 2017 (UTC)


Probably FTCG should try to convert dates from formats like long DMY and MDY (e.g.: 1 January 2001 and January 1, 2001) to short machine-readable YMD (2001-01-01) - the preferred format on Commons. --XXN, 14:51, 9 July 2017 (UTC)

Convert to SVG and copy to Wikimedia Commons template[edit]

For the Common Good should remove Template:Convert to SVG and copy to Wikimedia Commons, and replace it with Template:SVG after transferring the file to the Commons. Daylen (talk) 18:32, 19 July 2017 (UTC)

Pages using this file[edit]

FTCG should allow users to copy the titles of pages using the file via right click menu (which currently is disabled). --XXN, 12:53, 28 July 2017 (UTC)

Hi XXN; I'm so sorry it's taken me this long to reply! In future, please ping me if you would like a more rapid response.
Some comments on your messages above:
  • %%OriginalUploader%% and %%InterwikiLinkPrefix%% only work in SelfLicenseReplacements. But it's easy for me to change the code so they work in Replacements as well. I will fix this in the next update, which I will put out very soon.
  • Automatic date fixing could be nice, but is actually a little bit non-trivial. If FtCG was only used on English-languages wikis, it would be easy, but the support would need to be extended to other languages, each of which has its own date formatting conventions. So I'm afraid this will have to be a low-priority request.
  • I will add the Convert to SVG change, as well as the removal of the Move to Commons Priority Candidates category, to the next update.
  • I'll also add that right-click menu in the file list :)
Thanks for your feedback, and I hope the next update will make FtCG smoother to use for you.
I'm just wondering whether you've tried out Fastily's MTC! tool? I've heard it's the next big thing in Commons transfer tools, and I haven't tried it myself yet), so I'm curious to know what people think. — This, that and the other (talk) 06:44, 31 July 2017 (UTC)

Windows Store[edit]

@This, that and the other: Would you consider listing this program on the Windows Store ( It would prevent the need to reinstall the app after each reboot and avoid users seeing a message stating that the program may be unsafe. Daylen (talk) 23:17, 27 August 2017 (UTC)