User talk:Zhaofeng Li/reFill

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Tabs and whitespace in title[edit]

[1] isn't good. Andy Dingley (talk) 21:51, 16 April 2018 (UTC)

I've found similar problems: example 1, example 2, and a rather nasty case here. Before reFill that last had many bare URLs, but no error messages in the ref list. After reFill: no bare URLs, and 38 error messages about horizontal tab characters, one for every ref reFill changed. It's not always horizontal tabs; an edit with reFill resulted in an 'external link in title' error here, and added a line feed character here. BlackcurrantTea (talk) 05:06, 13 July 2018 (UTC)
ReFill needs to convert tabs and line feeds to spaces. It shouldn't be too tricky, I hope. I reported this bug on this talk page in January 2018. Please fix it. – Jonesey95 (talk) 06:23, 13 July 2018 (UTC)

Simple ReFill[edit]

Hello there. I've recently began working more on the Simple English Wikipedia and I noticed ReFill on the list of Page tools, but when used, it opens the enwiki article. Is this an issue on my end or is the Simple English version not supported yet? Thanks! Operator873CONNECT 00:51, 16 June 2018 (UTC)

@Operator873: I have now updated the template on simple Wikipedia, as the previous tool was broken. You can access this tool using the link on the template, as it adds wiki=simple to the URL. Dreamy Jazz talk | contribs 16:57, 11 July 2018 (UTC)

Publisher missing[edit]

The last two references that I've filled in with Refill have missed the publisher off. Is this just a freak occurrence with these two, or is anyone else suffering this on a regular basis? - X201 (talk) 07:46, 21 June 2018 (UTC)

Error message[edit]

I've been getting the error message "Some parts of the edit form did not reach the server; double-check that your edits are intact and try again." I have gotten this on multiple computers. The result is the tool just showing the title of the article (as a link), without the name of the site or anything else. Is this a common issue? Any trouble shooting I could try? ‡ Єl Cid of ᐺalencia ᐐT₳LKᐬ 04:11, 21 July 2018 (UTC)

El cid, el campeador, there's a discussion about the same error at Village Pump (technical). It's being tracked as a phabricator task. BlackcurrantTea (talk) 04:22, 21 July 2018 (UTC)
I'm also facing the same problem.Hope it will be ok soon.Akhiljaxxn (talk) 06:35, 5 September 2018 (UTC)

This url is not available on the live web[edit]

  • "This url is not available on the live web"
  • timeout
  • timeout
  • timeout (talk) 09:44, 25 July 2018 (UTC)


Very nifty little tool. I just added it to {{Automated tools}}, so expect a traffic increase. Headbomb {t · c · p · b} 16:34, 27 August 2018 (UTC)

Access dates[edit]

Does reFill automatically add an Access date? My understanding is that giving an access date means "On this date the content of the web page supported the content of this article". So unless a user of reFill checks each link to ensure that the information which was being cited is still there, it is misleading to add an access-date which only shows that a web page still exists at that URL. See the 3 links handled by reFill here.(Pinging @Jabberjaw: for info.) PamD 08:36, 31 August 2018 (UTC)

I notice that "Do not add access dates" is an option in reFill. I suggest that it should be the default, with a warning not to add it unless the content has been verified as still supporting the statements in the article. PamD 08:38, 31 August 2018 (UTC)
There's a relevant sentence in WP:CITE: For web-only sources with no publication date, the "Retrieved" date (or the date you accessed the web page) should be included, in case the web page changes in the future.. PamD 08:45, 31 August 2018 (UTC)
And the documentation for {{Cite web#URL}} is also very clear: Note that access-date is the date that the URL was found to be working and to support the text being cited., so users of reFill should opt to switch off the addition of "access-date" unless they are going to verify that every reference they upgrade still supports every fact it is cited to support in the article. Thanks. PamD 13:54, 24 September 2018 (UTC)

Add mlwiki[edit]

@Zhaofeng Li: could you please add mlwiki to the list? --Akhiljaxxn (talk) 06:37, 5 September 2018 (UTC)

Invalid dates[edit]

Hello in this edit it added a date of 17 September 7864 for one of the filled references. The date that it should be is 18 December 2017. Keith D (talk) 11:11, 17 September 2018 (UTC)

Request to use it in another wiki[edit]

Hello, I'd like to start using this tool in etwiki (Estonian). The page for tools is et:Vikipeedia:Tööriistad/ Thank you :) --Pelmeen10 (talk) 23:08, 24 September 2018 (UTC)


I just tried to use the "yourself" refill link, but my virusprogram says it's infected with HTML:ChaseBank-A [Phish]. Never seen this before.— Preceding unsigned comment added by Gråbergs Gråa Sång (talkcontribs) 17:01, October 22, 2018 (UTC)

Same, with AVG.--WizWheatly (ftaghn) 20:16, 22 October 2018 (UTC)
Gråbergs Gråa Sång, WizWheatly: mentioning this at the Wikipedia:Village pump (technical) might get some helpful attention; Zhaofeng Li hasn't been here in quite a while. The only recent changes I see at Github are from Nikerabbit for (there may be others I missed). BlackcurrantTea (talk) 04:04, 25 October 2018 (UTC)
BlackcurrantTea, great minds etc: Wikipedia:Village_pump_(technical)#Refill_infected?. Thank you anyway, and for whatever reason, my AVG is currently satisfied. Gråbergs Gråa Sång (talk) 07:16, 25 October 2018 (UTC)
Oops, somehow went right past that when looking at the page. I appreciate your tact in mentioning it. BlackcurrantTea (talk) 08:06, 25 October 2018 (UTC)


Hi there. I know that Refill has some very basic ability to convert existing citations that do have a <ref> but whose contents are semi-bare. But can we please have some functionality at least in the beta version, for converting non-template-based citations into real normal citations? People keep writing citations in paper format, for a digital encyclopedia. Or a pointless combination of template and non-templates, and some bonus insane text formatting. For example, you could slurp {{webarchive}} and the url-and-title pair and the "Retrieved" dates. Check out the tome of obscenity that is St.GIGA.

<ref>''[ セント・ギガ ギャラリー ● スクリーン・ミューター] {{webarchive|url= |date=May 1, 2012 }}''. Retrieved March 1, 2009.</ref>

Please just give us the option for it to make an attempt and give us a start at the metadata, and make blank suggestions like for "|first=|last=", if you would be so kind. Please. Just do whatever is easiest for you, because it's already x999999 work for us. Please. Pleasepleasepleaseplease. — Smuckola(talk) 08:15, 31 October 2018 (UTC)

Tampa Bay Times article - REFILL usage[edit]

@Zhaofeng Li: can you take a look at this? I had hoped someone would come along trying to fix this, but instead it as reverted with the comment once again, reFill produces crap. Thank you for your time. Lotje (talk) 05:53, 1 November 2018 (UTC)

Lotje, Zhaofeng Li hasn't edited here since last December; there's no telling when he'll return. It's unfortunate, as issues (e.g. the aforementioned 'crap') haven't stopped coming up in the intervening time.

Instead of hoping someone will come along and fix it, how about filling in the details yourself, without using ReFill? It may take a little more time, but it's easy. If I'm unsure of parameters I keep template documentation, such as this page open in another tab and refer to it. BlackcurrantTea (talk) 10:21, 1 November 2018 (UTC)

related to incorrect usage of this tool[edit]

Discussion at Wikipedia talk:Citing sources#Bare urls and the use of reFill[edit]

 You are invited to join the discussion at Wikipedia talk:Citing sources#Bare urls and the use of reFill. DBigXray 10:17, 2 November 2018 (UTC)

Carriage Return blocks the ReFill of a URL[edit]

I've been checking a whole bunch of new articles about members of the Maryland House of Delegates. Several would not ReFill at the first attempt, such as Haven Shoemaker. On investigation the carriage return before the closing ref tag in


prevented ReFill from working, whereas it would properly fill out


Is this something which can be fixed? Thanks, Cabayi (talk) 10:45, 18 November 2018 (UTC)

BBC Genome[edit]

Refill appears to be adding incorrect dates to these sources (such as here). Instead of adding the correct date for the programme concerned it appears to be adding the date for the corresponding edition of the Radio Times in which the original listings appeared. This is something that happened in the past but which had been fixed for a while. It seems a bit confusing to do it this way though. Any thoughts? This is Paul (talk) 21:54, 14 December 2018 (UTC)