User talk:Zhaofeng Li

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Please comment on WP:AN#Closure review: Wikipedia:WikiProject Articles for creation/RfC to physically restrict access to the Helper Script[edit]

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Two reflinks issues[edit]

Reflinks fails to fix refs that include a language icon e.g. (French)

  • "Bundled" refs also remained unfilled e.g. [4]

--Catlemur (talk) 17:53, 18 February 2015 (UTC)


@Catlemur: About {{fr icon}}, the tool takes a "conservative" approach when dealing with references. When it comes across anything more than a bare link in a reference (i.e. the template), it skips the reference altogether. Maybe it can try to reuse more information from the original reference. And the second error isn't caused by the #tag magic word but the <!-- Bot generated title --> comment as the parser is not very clever. However, the tool will still skip the first one in the bundled references because of the {{dead link}} template. I'm dealing with the parser thingy. Thanks for the report. Zhaofeng Li [talk... contribs...] 09:13, 19 February 2015 (UTC)
@Catlemur: I've improved citation parsing, and now it should not be confused by comments within references. Zhaofeng Li [talk... contribs...] 09:53, 19 February 2015 (UTC)
I tried it again and the bundled refs remained unfixed.--Catlemur (talk) 13:31, 19 February 2015 (UTC)
Issue resolved, thanks a lot.--Catlemur (talk) 20:29, 26 February 2015 (UTC)

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Fixed You want some fuel? Face-smile.svg Zhaofeng Li [talk... contribs...] 09:14, 19 February 2015 (UTC)

Tech News: 2015-09[edit]


Hi, Zhaofeng Li, just to let you know your server is down. Face-smile.svg Lotje (talk) 06:28, 24 February 2015 (UTC)

@Lotje: See [10]. It should be back up now. Zhaofeng Li [talk... contribs...] 08:31, 24 February 2015 (UTC)

refs ignored[edit]

There are two refs in this article that Reflinks seems to ignore, neither converting nor listing them as being impossible to operate on. In this case, one is from Bloomberg and the other is China Worker. -- Ohc ¡digame! 06:43, 28 February 2015 (UTC)

@Ohconfucius:  Confirmed The tool thought <ref name=wsj1412398431/> (before the ref) was the start tag of the Bloomberg reference. Fixing it. Thanks for the report. Zhaofeng Li [talk... contribs...] 09:34, 28 February 2015 (UTC)
Thanks, -- Ohc ¡digame! 08:43, 2 March 2015 (UTC)
Somewhat fixed I've made a dirty patch, but it may cause the script to ignore references whose names contain /. Will try to find a better solution later. 03:59, 3 March 2015 (UTC)Zhaofeng Li [talkcontribs]

It seems that there are two references in Pu Zhiqiang that are not resolved by reFill. -- Ohc ¡digame! 08:43, 2 March 2015 (UTC)

@Ohconfucius: Looking into it. Zhaofeng Li [talkcontribs] 03:59, 3 March 2015 (UTC)
@Ohconfucius: Apologies for forgetting this thread. If you mean the and references, the tool seems to be able to pick them up just fine. Zhaofeng Li [talkcontribs] 13:39, 11 April 2015 (UTC)

Ref removed outright[edit]

Tech News: 2015-10[edit]

Reflinks for Portuguese wikipedia missing[edit]

Hey there! I just tried using Reflinks for the Portuguese Wikipedia but the "pt" option is missing from the list of projects... Victão Lopes Fala! 00:24, 3 March 2015 (UTC)

@Victor Lopes: Fixed Thanks for the note. Zhaofeng Li [talkcontribs] 04:09, 3 March 2015 (UTC)
Nice, thank you very much. Victão Lopes Fala! 17:34, 3 March 2015 (UTC)

Tech News: 2015-11[edit]

Tech News: 2015-12[edit]


Hi, Zhaofeng Li, just to let you know reFill is down. Lotje (talk) 07:02, 22 March 2015 (UTC)

@Lotje: Appears to be working for me. Zhaofeng Li [talkcontribs] 07:07, 22 March 2015 (UTC)
@Zhaofeng Li: Strange... very strange, now it is prepared to follow me again. Thank you for your time and have ha great day. Face-smile.svg Lotje (talk) 07:15, 22 March 2015 (UTC)

Tech News: 2015-13[edit]

Tech News: 2015-14[edit]


I'd like to ask if there's any tool that can replace User:Dispenser/Checklinks. If no, can you help migrating it to wmflab? (Ik it's a hard work but Checklink's really a nice tool)
~Alexanderlimetalk~ 15:04, 3 April 2015 (UTC)

@Alexanderlime: I don't think there is one, and unfortunately the source code of the tool isn't available, making migrating impossible. Someone can rewrite the tool from scratch like what I've done with the original Reflinks, but that's a different story. It'll require much more work and no one has volunteered to do that. The tool is online on a third-party server, anyway. Zhaofeng Li [talkcontribs] 15:13, 3 April 2015 (UTC)

VisualEditor News #2—2015[edit]

Tech News: 2015-15[edit]

Reflinks not currently serviced[edit]

Hi Zhaofeng Li. Your reflinks tool seems to be unavailable. The error message is "is not currently serviced." Do you know what might be going on? (also pinging Technical 13) Many thanks.- MrX 21:47, 8 April 2015 (UTC)

Never mind [87].- MrX 22:13, 8 April 2015 (UTC)
Seems to be happening again. --Ser Amantio di NicolaoChe dicono a Signa?Lo dicono a Signa. 19:10, 10 April 2015 (UTC)
Never mind - seems to be fixed after all. --Ser Amantio di NicolaoChe dicono a Signa?Lo dicono a Signa. 19:50, 10 April 2015 (UTC)

String repetition?[edit]

Could you have a look at this, please? Seems to be some string or field being repeated, particularly China Digital Time and China Daily refs. Don't know if it's the metadata or Refill doing that... I think it would not do any harm if these repeated strings were removed. Then there is a small issue of the "(CDT)" suffix that can probably be removed outright. Thanks, -- Ohc ¡digame! 05:16, 11 April 2015 (UTC)

@Ohconfucius: It's the metadata. If you look closely at the browser's title bar, you'll notice that sites often add their names to the end of the title. The tool can intelligently remove the trailing names in many cases, but it can still fail at times. I'll improve the routine later. Thanks for the note. Zhaofeng Li [talkcontribs] 13:48, 11 April 2015 (UTC)

Tech News: 2015-16[edit]

16:41, 13 April 2015 (UTC)


Hi MR.Zhaofeng Li I have done the edit by the name User:Palem Srikanth Reddy to Palem Srikanth Reddy and i ask to move that one,but your team has deleted eveerything what z there in the Palem Srikanth Reddy and the entire content is unable to see and it seems we are unable to edit in the page of Palem Srikanth Reddy,Would you please help me out how to done with all the pages again and to update everything in the page,i just need the content again in the page os Palem Srikanth Reddy.Please help me out from this problem. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Palem Srikanth Reddy (talkcontribs)


Hi Zhaofeng Li, do you have any idea why this occurs when using the tool? I also came accross it on this article as you may have noticed. Thank you for your time. Face-smile.svg Lotje (talk) 07:51, 19 April 2015 (UTC)

Hi Zhaofeng Li, sorry to trouble you again, but how and where can I find out if this wonderful reFill tool of yours is ready/accepted by the Dutch Wikipedia community? Thank you for your time. Lotje (talk) 05:19, 21 April 2015 (UTC)
As the tool itself is hosted on the WMFserver, it should be available across all projects. You need to create the vector.js page in the relevant wiki userspace by following the instructions at User:Zhaofeng Li/reFill#Toolbox_link to use the tool. Regards, -- Ohc ¡digame! 09:24, 21 April 2015 (UTC)

Tech News: 2015-17[edit]

15:31, 20 April 2015 (UTC)

Tech News: 2015-18[edit]

15:11, 27 April 2015 (UTC)

Support request with team editing experiment project[edit]

Dear tech ambassadors, instead of spamming the Village Pump of each Wikipedia about my tiny project proposal for researching team editing (see here:, I have decided to leave to your own discretion if the matter is relevant enough to inform a wider audience already. I would appreciate if you could appraise if the Wikipedia community you are more familiar with could have interest in testing group editing "on their own grounds" and with their own guidance. In a nutshell: it consists in editing pages as a group instead of as an individual. This social experiment might involve redefining some aspects of the workflow we are all used to, with the hope of creating a more friendly and collaborative environment since editing under a group umbrella creates less social exposure than traditional "individual editing". I send you this message also as a proof that the Inspire Campaign is already gearing up. As said I would appreciate of *you* just a comment on the talk page/endorsement of my project noting your general perception about the idea. Nothing else. Your contribution helps to shape the future! (which I hope it will be very bright, with colors, and Wikipedia everywhere) Regards from User:Micru on meta.

Tech News: 2015-19[edit]

15:18, 4 May 2015 (UTC)

Tech News: 2015-20[edit]

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Tech News: 2015-21[edit]

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Tech News: 2015-22[edit]

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Tech News: 2015-23[edit]

15:42, 1 June 2015 (UTC)

VisualEditor News #3—2015[edit]

Did you know?

When you click on a link to an article, you now see more information:

Screenshot showing the link tool's context menu

The link tool has been re-designed:

Screenshot of the link inspector

There are separate tabs for linking to internal and external pages.

The user guide has more information about how to use VisualEditor.

Since the last newsletter, the Editing Team has created new interfaces for the link and citation tools, as well as fixing many bugs and changing some elements of the design. Some of these bugs affected users of VisualEditor on mobile devices. Status reports are posted on The worklist for April through June is available in Phabricator.

A test of VisualEditor's effect on new editors at the English Wikipedia has just completed the first phase. During this test, half of newly registered editors had VisualEditor automatically enabled, and half did not. The main goal of the study is to learn which group was more likely to save an edit and to make productive, unreverted edits. Initial results will be posted at Meta later this month.

Recent improvements[edit]

Auto-fill features for citations are available at a few Wikipedias through the citoid service. Citoid takes a URL or DOI for a reliable source, and returns a pre-filled, pre-formatted bibliographic citation. If Citoid is enabled on your wiki, then the design of the citation workflow changed during May. All citations are now created inside a single tool. Inside that tool, choose the tab you want (<citoid-citeFromIDDialog-mode-auto>, <citoid-citeFromIDDialog-mode-manual>, or <citoid-citeFromIDDialog-mode-reuse>). The cite button is now labeled with the word "Cite" rather than a book icon, and the autofill citation dialog now has a more meaningful label, "<Citoid-citeFromIDDialog-lookup-button>", for the submit button.

The link tool has been redesigned based on feedback from Wikipedia editors and user testing. It now has two separate sections: one for links to articles and one for external links. When you select a link, its pop-up context menu shows the name of the linked page, a thumbnail image from the linked page, Wikidata's description, and/or appropriate icons for disambiguation pages, redirect pages and empty pages. Search results have been reduced to the first five pages. Several bugs were fixed, including a dark highlight that appeared over the first match in the link inspector (T98085).  

The special character inserter in VisualEditor now uses the same special character list as the wikitext editor. Admins at each wiki can also create a custom section for frequently used characters at the top of the list. Please read the instructions for customizing the list at Also, there is now a tooltip to describing each character in the special character inserter (T70425).

Several improvements have been made to templates. When you search for a template to insert, the list of results now contains descriptions of the templates. The parameter list inside the template dialog now remains open after inserting a parameter from the list, so that users don’t need to click on "Add more information" each time they want to add another parameter (T95696). The team added a new property for TemplateData, "Example", for template parameters. This optional, translatable property will show up when there is text describing how to use that parameter (T53049).

The design of the main toolbar and several other elements have changed slightly, to be consistent with the MediaWiki theme. In the Vector skin, individual items in the menu are separated visually by pale gray bars. Buttons and menus on the toolbar can now contain both an icon and a text label, rather than just one or the other. This new design feature is being used for the cite button on wikis where the Citoid service is enabled.

The team has released a long-desired improvement to the handling of non-existent images. If a non-existent image is linked in an article, then it is now visible in VisualEditor and can be selected, edited, replaced, or removed.

Let's work together[edit]

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Hi, Zhaofeng Li, just to inform you the Refill tool is still not working. Thanks for looking into it if you have a spare minute. Face-smile.svg Lotje (talk) 03:58, 7 June 2015 (UTC)

Tech News: 2015-24[edit]

18:18, 8 June 2015 (UTC)

Tech News: 2015-25[edit]

15:04, 15 June 2015 (UTC)


Hi, Zhaofeng Li, toollabs:refill is down, just wanted to inform you. Thank you for your time. Face-smile.svg Lotje (talk) 13:11, 18 June 2015 (UTC)

Tech News: 2015-26[edit]

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Tech News: 2015-27[edit]

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Tech News: 2015-28[edit]

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Tech News: 2015-29[edit]

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Tech News: 2015-30[edit]

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Tech News: 2015-31[edit]

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Tech News: 2015-32[edit]

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