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Good Guess![edit]

Looks like you are right SQLQuery me! 19:06, 13 November 2018 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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Thanks for fixing all those fully-protected double redirects relating to MedCom for me! SemiHypercube 02:29, 15 November 2018 (UTC)

Request de. Wiki Jiny Lan[edit]

Hallo Xaosflux, thank you for your suggestion. You wrote: ″...would you like us to import it to your personal sandbox for you to work on first?″ If I understood you right, did you ask me, if you could import to my personal sandbox. Yes of course. This would be very helpful for me. Please let me know, if I misunderstood you and I have to do the import by myself. Thanks a lot and kind regards from GermanyGauthier W. de Reymaker (talk) 21:39, 15 November 2018 (UTC)

YGM[edit]

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@Meno25: this is  Donexaosflux Talk 20:26, 18 November 2018 (UTC)

Tech News: 2018-47[edit]

23:28, 19 November 2018 (UTC)

ArbCom 2018 election voter message[edit]

Scale of justice 2.svgHello, Xaosflux. Voting in the 2018 Arbitration Committee elections is now open until 23.59 on Sunday, 3 December. All users who registered an account before Sunday, 28 October 2018, made at least 150 mainspace edits before Thursday, 1 November 2018 and are not currently blocked are eligible to vote. Users with alternate accounts may only vote once.

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Grateful if you can cease the unwanted spam to my talk page[edit]

Hchc2009 (talk) 22:21, 21 November 2018 (UTC)

@Hchc2009: I added a category and template that should reduce most distributions to that page. If you are getting email notifications you can turn them off in Special:Preferences#mw-prefsection-echo. Hope that helps! Best regards, — xaosflux Talk 22:41, 21 November 2018 (UTC)
very many thanks. If you could turn off the unwanted automated messages being posted to my talk page, I’d apreciate it. I’ve retired from the wiki, and no longer wish to relieve them. Hchc2009 (talk)
cheers! Hchc2009 (talk) 22:58, 21 November 2018 (UTC)
To others, no idea what was going on there - but if Hchc is leaving the project and doesn't want bot deliveries anymore I'm fine with it. — xaosflux Talk 23:06, 21 November 2018 (UTC)

Signature[edit]

Is there any problem with coloring the link to my user talk page in my signature red? —Eli355 (talkcontribs) 22:30, 22 November 2018 (UTC)

@Eli355: Wikipedia:Signatures#Appearance_and_color has the guidance on this. It may be considered confusing to some people as it can appear as a WP:REDLINK as well as cause some contrast issues. One way could improve that would be by also adding a background color, for example: talk. — xaosflux Talk 00:16, 23 November 2018 (UTC)

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Probably odds checker ring him odd ohh haha Am in my was really don't so stop smokingo people who don't she will "going back from work — Preceding unsigned comment added by 5.70.188.95 (talk) 23:25, 22 November 2018 (UTC)

Why does the narwhal bacon? — xaosflux Talk 00:16, 23 November 2018 (UTC)
eh? —usernamekiran(talk) 08:46, 25 November 2018 (UTC)

Regarding event coordinator rights and how to use them?[edit]

Thanks a lot for granting the rights of event coordinator. But I am not aware how to give permission to create multiple accounts from the same IP address. Do I need to write something at the talk page of that IP address? Kindly guide. Thank you very much. -- Abhijeet Safai (talk) 06:17, 24 November 2018 (UTC)

@Abhijeet Safai: to create accounts first log on, then go to Special:CreateAccount. More details are here: Wikipedia:Event_coordinator#Use. — xaosflux Talk 14:23, 24 November 2018 (UTC)
Thanks a lot. But I could not do it yesterday when I needed this information the most. But no problem. I will use it for the next time. Thanks a lot once again for sharing the information. -- Abhijeet Safai (talk) 07:09, 25 November 2018 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Bots/Requests for approval/BOTrollback[edit]

Can you please close this bot request. It looks completely abandoned and it has barely been filled in. The requester create a bot account but they haven't filled anything in so I think it is abandoned. Pkbwcgs (talk) 21:34, 26 November 2018 (UTC)

@Pkbwcgs: I deleted it, it was empty and never submitted. — xaosflux Talk 21:52, 26 November 2018 (UTC)

Tech News: 2018-48[edit]

22:22, 26 November 2018 (UTC)

Block me (for science)?[edit]

Hey, Xaosflux, would you mind blocking my account as well as User:WK-test, my testing account, for a short time (5-10 minutes should do)? I'd like to test something. Writ Keeper  14:32, 27 November 2018 (UTC)

 Donexaosflux Talk 14:34, 27 November 2018 (UTC)
@Writ Keeper: done, if you want to do more extensive testing I can make you a temp 'crat account on test.wikipedia, just let me know. — xaosflux Talk 14:36, 27 November 2018 (UTC)

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@TheSandDoctor:  Donexaosflux Talk 01:43, 28 November 2018 (UTC)
Thanks! --TheSandDoctor Talk 02:20, 28 November 2018 (UTC)

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Thanks TheSandDoctor Talk 16:50, 29 November 2018 (UTC)

@TheSandDoctor: Please note: I do not normally check my e-mail account for wikipedia, and prefer User talk: unless you have something private. The area you asked about is currently backlogged, but someone should address in a bit. — xaosflux Talk 21:57, 29 November 2018 (UTC)
Noted. --TheSandDoctor Talk 21:59, 29 November 2018 (UTC)

Winona, Michigan[edit]

Hi, I have been semi-active recently, and I have enough sources to add to content on Winona, Michigan, and a lot of other places in the region. Please allow me to add to the page, I can cite my sources~

Thanks~ The Copper Miner

@The Copper Miner: go right ahead, my update was only because you left the page completely blank. Happy editing, — xaosflux Talk 18:32, 29 November 2018 (UTC)

Why me?[edit]

Could I ask why you added me as a subscriber to this? I do not recall having anything to do with it. DuncanHill (talk) 21:00, 30 November 2018 (UTC)

@DuncanHill: I actually have no idea, must have accidentally picked you, I've removed you from the notices on that task. Sorry for any confusion! — xaosflux Talk 21:29, 30 November 2018 (UTC)
Thanks. As you may have noticed I've had rather a busy day with one thing and another, I just wanted to make sure it was only a slip. DuncanHill (talk) 21:33, 30 November 2018 (UTC)

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Account Control[edit]

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xaosflux Talk 04:31, 3 December 2018 (UTC)

Tech News: 2018-49[edit]

16:12, 3 December 2018 (UTC)

Template edit requests from User:BrandonXLF[edit]

Hi xaosflux-

How should the requests from User:BrandonXLF be handled? He's been making requests that land at WP:SPER, but I don't think that most of the editors regularly responding there are too familiar with templates and modules and things. I foresee such requests sitting for a good long while if left there, so I've been shifting most of his requests over to WP:TPER when I see them. I understand that there's no technical requirement for a TE to be involved, but it doesn't really fit as a semi-protected request either. How should requests such as those at Template talk:Module link and Template talk:Jcon be handled with Brandon being restricted from editing in those namespaces, the editors at WP:SPER being largely uncomfortable assisting, and it not belonging at WP:TPER either? Thanks! ‑‑ElHef (Meep?) 15:38, 7 December 2018 (UTC)

I'm fine with either, but I figured more people would be looking at semi request? BrandonXLF (t@lk) 15:55, 7 December 2018 (UTC)
@ElHef and BrandonXLF: I've been pushing them away from TPROT queue if they don't require it. I see these mostly along the lines of conflict-of-interest edit requests, they need to be requested and someone may or may not get around to them. There is no deadline. I find a very important part of the protection policy is that legitimate requests against protected pages should be swiftly evaluated an executed when possible, in this case this is not a PP issue. Perhaps {{Request edit}} should be used instead if the SPROT queue is also getting flooded here. — xaosflux Talk 16:59, 7 December 2018 (UTC)
But {{Request edit}} implies it's a COI edit, which it's not.BrandonXLF (t@lk) 17:03, 7 December 2018 (UTC)
Right, these are editing restrictions - and pretty much anyone can handle them that is why I put in the SPROT queue as it contains immensely more editors than the wrongly selected template editors. Basically, please don't flood the TPOT queue, feel free to create a new category and request system to track edit requests by sanctioned editors, but I suspect it will get even less attention than the SPROT queue. Another possible solution is that you could ask (ping?) recent editors of templates to consider your suggestions. — xaosflux Talk 17:07, 7 December 2018 (UTC)
The issue isn't so much that the queue is getting flooded (the SPER queue is backlogged more than it's not, to be honest) - it's more an issue of expertise. Pretty much anyone could handle them, but the average TPER patroller is going to have a much better shot at having the technical expertise to understand the request than the average SPER patroller will. I can't speak for anyone else that looks at semi requests, but I know virtually nothing about template coding, so if a request like this goes anything beyond the simplest formatting fix or somesuch, I'm skipping it or sending it to the TPER queue. If the requests get to sit at SPER until someone with that expertise can handle it then I'm fine ignoring it, but these are an even worse fit at SPER than they are at TPER. ‑‑ElHef (Meep?) 17:56, 7 December 2018 (UTC)
Since they are not actually protected, they don't really need protected edit requests at all though, do they? These are just suggestions for improvements being made on the talk pages right? @Primefac: you implemented this situation - what did you envision was going to be the go-forward process? — xaosflux Talk 18:50, 7 December 2018 (UTC)
The unblock restriction was put in place because Brandon was making dozens of edits without edit summaries to templates and frequently broke or unilaterally changed the template's function or purpose. However, there were some cases where he was actively (and productively) improving templates and modules, hence the allowance to continue to work in the sandboxes. There just simply isn't a good template to fit this situation, but I mostly agree with ElHef's logic above - if the request is a simple "please change X to Y because Z" and it's straight-forward, there' no need to get a template editor involved; on the other hand, a more technical SPER like at the Modules linked above probably should have a TE look at it. Primefac (talk) 17:55, 9 December 2018 (UTC) (please ping on reply)
See also Template_talk:Request_edit#Other_reasons_for_edit_request. — xaosflux Talk 14:54, 11 December 2018 (UTC)

My watchlist[edit]

Hi xaosflux, this is a courtesy message to let you know that i watch your talk page in order to fight vandalism (i do the same for other high profile users). Please let me know if you want me to remove you from my watchlist. Wish you a great rest of your day.---Wikaviani (talk) (contribs) 04:46, 8 December 2018 (UTC)

Tech News: 2018-50[edit]

17:33, 10 December 2018 (UTC)

Copper Country Strike, 1913-1914[edit]

Hi, sorry to bother you again, but I am under the impression that you know how Wikipedia works quite more well than I do. I am writing to you today to ask if it is acceptable to rewrite the page on the Copper Country strike of 1913–14~ I have amassed a wealth of knowledge and both primary and secondary sources on this topic over the years and it has particularly peaked my interest as I'm from the region, embedded in the culture, and it impacted my family quite a lot. I have made friends with a best-selling author on the topic, Steve Lehto, who can possibly even help oversee it if necessary.

Anyways, I await your response. Sorry for the long post on your talk page,

--The Copper Miner (talk) 06:04, 12 December 2018 (UTC)

Hello @The Copper Miner: in general you should feel free to be bold in updating articles. Check out Wikipedia:Identifying reliable sources to help ensure you are using good sources. While a complete rewrite can be done of any page, updating or adding sections at a time is usually has less resistance from other editors (who may take issue with you discarding all of "their work"). That being said, articles are suppose to change and constantly get better and sometimes that means replacing the whole thing! To not impact readers during major changes, you can use your personal sandbox to build the article without any editing conflicts then copy in all of the new material. Happy editing, — xaosflux Talk 12:05, 12 December 2018 (UTC)

Extension to PkbwcgsBot's task 2[edit]

I need a bit of an extension to this task. The bot will need to add | religion = Islam so that it displays the religion correctly. It is not feasible to merge this to Template:Infobox religious biography because Template:Infobox religious biography is used for all religions so they would all display the religion as "Islam" if they use Template:Infobox religious biography with the religion parameter. Are you okay with that? Pkbwcgs (talk) 19:49, 14 December 2018 (UTC)

Replied at Wikipedia talk:Bots/Requests for approval/PkbwcgsBot 2. — xaosflux Talk 21:10, 14 December 2018 (UTC)

Venue for WP-space scripts[edit]

Sorry, got hung up with RL things. Regarding this, was my guess right? I ask because, cascading issue aside, if we do want to deal with projectspace scripts en masse in advance of phab:T171563, VPT or AN might be a better venue than IANB. ~ Amory (utc) 15:00, 16 December 2018 (UTC)

@Amorymeltzer: Oh sure, I was just wondering about the list you wanted to unprotected, if they are currently be used we don't want to open any holes. Do you have a list of the ones you want to unprotect? — xaosflux Talk 15:19, 16 December 2018 (UTC)
Regarding cascading protection, sure. Having thought about it a bit more, I'm not sure what a good course is beyond nothing. There are a lot more WP-space scripts, nearly all ancient, with varying levels of protection (most full, some semi?) and not all cascaded. I had thought to remove cascading as pointless, but I suppose someone get a sysop to add a template and then they could insert a JS-y bit into the template? Not sure if that would load. Best thing might be to just delete the entire area, in advance of its deprecation, or lower everything to semi protection, since full protection is required for JS loading. The latter would flush out folks who relied on them. ~ Amory (utc) 15:56, 16 December 2018 (UTC)
@Amorymeltzer: as far as removing the cascade option goes, I don't see any issue after review. As far as how to deal with these, if they are going to break, they won't be a security concern - they could still be 'template' that people could fork to userspace I suppose? — xaosflux Talk 17:26, 16 December 2018 (UTC)
There's no timeline on the phab, so it's a quiet risk in that any sysop can use them to execute code as long as they're full protected. I'm leaning toward batch semi-protecting 'em, but will do some digging to see if any are used much. ~ Amory (utc) 17:40, 16 December 2018 (UTC)
@Amorymeltzer: I'm a bit lost - you want to change all the cascading full prot scripts to semi prot to increase security? — xaosflux Talk 18:10, 16 December 2018 (UTC)
Code in projectspace can only be imported if it's full-protected; meta:Tech/News/2018/40 is misworded, but the email in the first footnote is correct (compare this fully-protected page to this unprotected page or this semi-protected page). Removing full protection removes the ability to importScript the page, whereas until phab:T171563 is resolved any sysop may edit those scripts. Sorry for the confusion, hopefully that's a little clearer? Unrelated to that, I thought to remove cascading protection as pointless. ~ Amory (utc) 19:50, 16 December 2018 (UTC)
@Amorymeltzer: OK, gotcha and that was a bad technews statement for sure! Removing full protection will break these, so that's a bad idea to do without VPT/AN chat. Changing Full+Cascade to just Full seems fine, you should be able to just do it as housekeeping. — xaosflux Talk 20:45, 16 December 2018 (UTC)

Huge Amount of Paid Editing and Paid article creation is done in India.[edit]

Please Take a look at these articles most of the artcles are just "GRADE SCHOOLS" and we all know that grade schools are not notable at all. The citation provided are not independent, and grades school are not notable these types of articles are created by such private school to attract students so they can increase their PROFITS, it's a very common practice in india. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Criteria_for_speedy_deletion#G11 And also check who creates such advertisements he should be banned from editing Wikipedia there are more than 1000s of such non-notable paid advertisements in English Wikipedia.

You are my last hope for Independent Wikipedia in India. parents are forced to pay high fees in these schools as we all trust wikipedia, and these schools take advantage of it.

i am just a user with no rights like you, so i can not delete them all requested for deletion of https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Delhi_Public_School_Ghaziabad and it got deleted.

LIST OF SUCH SCHOOLS BY STATE: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_schools_in_India

Nuksanhai (talk) 11:02, 17 December 2018 (UTC)

@Nuksanhai: you can report these at Wikipedia:Conflict of interest/Noticeboard. — xaosflux Talk 14:40, 17 December 2018 (UTC)

thanks for your suggestion Nuksanhai (talk) 14:45, 17 December 2018 (UTC)

Tech News: 2018-51[edit]

20:34, 17 December 2018 (UTC)

Edit-count[edit]

Hi, Xaosflux!

Do you know of any means to develop a template that renders itself in two different forms based on the edit-count of the user's t/p where it's substituted? Basically, a parser that pulled the edit-count would have done my job coupled with but AFAIS, that's missing:(WBGconverse 07:38, 19 December 2018 (UTC)

@Winged Blades of Godric: regarding edit-count of the user's t/p you want the number of revisions of the users talk page? (e.g. this page is ~5606) — xaosflux Talk 14:32, 19 December 2018 (UTC)
Apologies for a poor phrasing. The appropriate phrasing will be:- 'Edit-count of the user; whose t/p the template is substituted in.' WBGconverse 14:40, 19 December 2018 (UTC)
@Winged Blades of Godric: I'm not aware of a way to do that, primarily because "edit count of the user associated with this page" (and actually "edit count" of anything) is not a variable you use an input to a parser function. — xaosflux Talk 15:04, 19 December 2018 (UTC)

Merry Christmas[edit]

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Merry Christmas !!![edit]

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Happy Holidays![edit]

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Thanks[edit]

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The Signpost: 24 December 2018[edit]

Merry Christmas![edit]

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You've got mail[edit]

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@Ammarpad: done for 1 week, if you need more please follow up at WP:PERM. Best of luck with your event, — xaosflux Talk 04:32, 27 December 2018 (UTC)
  • @TonyBallioni: CU request, very misc - in trying to solve the EVC issue we're hitting. Can you check if: the account creation of Drahsakdr by Ammarpad was from the same IP as Ammarpad's recent edits, or it was from: 208.80.155.156 (or 208.80.155.0/24) (the outreachdashboard.wmflabs.org server). Thanks, — xaosflux Talk 04:36, 27 December 2018 (UTC)
    Actually, less info - only want to know if it was from that 208.80.155.0/24 subnet or not that subnet, Ammarpad could have multiple addresses and I don't care if they correlate. — xaosflux Talk 04:39, 27 December 2018 (UTC)
    That’d be one I’d think would be better to go through devs than CU on since the local policy only allows the use of the tool for disruption on this or another Wikimedia project. I’m a bit cautious since I’m relatively new, so someone else may be willing to. TonyBallioni (talk) 05:07, 27 December 2018 (UTC)
    @TonyBallioni: thanks for the reply, I left it at Wikipedia:Sockpuppet_investigations#outreachdashboard for the larger team. — xaosflux Talk 06:10, 27 December 2018 (UTC)

Edit filter helper[edit]

I have been requested by a trusted user on my talk page the userright of edit filter helper. Am I empowered as admin to grant it or should I suggest he apply for it?--Wehwalt (talk) 20:13, 27 December 2018 (UTC)

(talk page stalker) My understanding of the policy is that they have to make a request at the EFN; point 3 only applies if they already hold edit filter manager and want it reduced to EFH. Writ Keeper  20:32, 27 December 2018 (UTC)
@Wehwalt: Wikipedia:Edit filter helper outlines the process, it is fairly light-weight. You should not issue this access without following the process unless you have some strong IAR reason. One thing that could help it along is after the editor places their request you could endorse them if you think it is a good idea. Hope that helps, — xaosflux Talk 20:35, 27 December 2018 (UTC)
Thank you.--Wehwalt (talk) 21:08, 27 December 2018 (UTC)

Translation of the article about Jiny Lan in German Wikipedia[edit]

Hello Xaosflux, thank you very much for providing my german article about Jiny Lan for translation into the English edition of Wikipedia. Unfortunately, I was ill for a longer time and could only start translating now. One question: how do I best save my progress? I will need several days and steps to translate the whole article. Many thanks for your response. Happy New Year! --Gauthier W. de Reymaker (talk) 15:53, 31 December 2018 (UTC)

@Gauthier W. de Reymaker: hello, as the content is in your sandbox (User:Gauthier W. de Reymaker/Jiny Lan) there really isn't much of a time limit. I suggest you just go to that sandbox page and use the normal edit functions right where it is, make as many edits and save as often as you would like. Once the article is in English you can use the move funtion (Special:MovePage/User:Gauthier_W._de_Reymaker/Jiny_Lan) to move it to Jiny Lan (this function will become available after you make about 5 edits). Hope that helps, — xaosflux Talk 16:53, 31 December 2018 (UTC)

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Hello Xaosflux, I have a question regarding Phabricator Task T213003. When JJMC89 moved this task from Unsorted to Single wikis on the Community-consensus-needed board, does this mean a full blown RfC is now needed locally to demonstrate a consensus before the task can be acted on? I'm not understanding the action otherwise and am asking you here: what it implies? Thank you.--John Cline (talk) 20:45, 5 January 2019 (UTC)

No, it doesn't. I just sorted the task on the workboard to indicate that it only impacts a single wiki. — JJMC89(T·C) 20:50, 5 January 2019 (UTC)
@John Cline: also no, the main point of that phab tag is that devs will keep a task on hold until it is removed. — xaosflux Talk 20:52, 5 January 2019 (UTC)
I understand. My thanks to both of you, and my esteem.--John Cline (talk) 20:59, 5 January 2019 (UTC)

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