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Add caption here

Would it make sense to remove all the occurrences of Add caption here from articles? --Leyo 01:53, 4 December 2011 (UTC)

Yes. Fortunately the search with quotes returns only 339 matches instead of over 15,000. I'm not going to get round to this soon, though. -- John of Reading (talk) 11:35, 4 December 2011 (UTC)
Doing... -GoingBatty (talk) 04:01, 5 December 2011 (UTC)
 Done, but new occurrences are added daily. It would be helpful if editors could add this to their Find & Replace rules. Thanks! GoingBatty (talk) 22:05, 11 December 2011 (UTC)
Thank you. What about enabling a tag filter? --Leyo 09:40, 12 December 2011 (UTC)
I submitted a request to Wikipedia:Edit filter/Requested#"Add caption here" - thanks! GoingBatty (talk) 18:17, 12 December 2011 (UTC)


I've just cleaned up 150 articles containing the text "Example alt text", "A cartoon centipede reads books and types on a laptop" and/or "A Wikipede edits". See this old revision for a typical bizarre example. -- John of Reading (talk) 09:00, 13 December 2011 (UTC)
See Wikipedia:Bots/Requests for approval/Hazard-Bot 5.  Hazard-SJ  ±  04:28, 15 December 2011 (UTC)

A new job

Can someone tag the talk pages of the following files with {{Oldpuffull|date = 2011-12-4| result = Keep| page = File:Signature of Abhishek Bachchan.svg}}? Armbrust Talk to me about my editsreview 00:25, 20 December 2011 (UTC)

Extended content
  1. File:Signature of Abhishek Bachchan.svg
  2. File:Signature of Abhishek Manu Singhvi.svg
  3. File:Signature of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan.svg
  4. File:Signature of Amitabh Bachchan.svg
  5. File:Signature of Arun Jaitely.svg
  6. File:Signature of Azim Premji.svg
  7. File:Signature of B. K. Birla.svg
  8. File:Signature of Bhairon Singh Shekhawat.svg
  9. File:Signature of Bharatsinh Solanki.svg
  10. File:Signature of Br. L. D. Lobo.svg
  11. File:Signature of Brinda Karat.svg
  12. File:Signature of Gautam Gambhir.svg
  13. File:Signature of Jaya Bachchan.svg
  14. File:Signature of K. Kamraj.svg
  15. File:Signature of Kamal Nath.svg
  16. File:Signature of Kapil Sibal.svg
  17. File:Signature of Karia Munda.svg
  18. File:Signature of Kumar Mangalam Birla.svg
  19. File:Signature of Lata Mangeshkar.svg
  20. File:Signature of Leander Paes.svg
  21. File:Signature of Manish Tewari.svg
  22. File:Signature of Nandan Nilekani.svg
  23. File:Signature of Narendra Modi.svg
  24. File:Signature of P. T. Usha.svg
  25. File:Signature of Priyanka Vadra.svg
  26. File:Signature of Rahul Gandhi.svg
  27. File:Signature of Raj Babbar.svg
  28. File:Signature of Rajeev Shukla.svg
  29. File:Signature of Ratan Tata.svg
  30. File:Signature of Somnath Chatterjee.svg
  31. File:Signature of Sonia Gandhi.svg
  32. File:Signature of Sting.svg
  33. File:Signature of Sudeep Bandhopadhyay.svg
  34. File:Signature of Venkaiah Naidu.svg
  35. File:Signature of Vijay Mallya.svg
  36. File:Signature of Vishwanathan Anand.svg
  37. File:Signature of VJ Rannvijay Singh Singha.svg
  38. File:Signature of Zakir Hussain.svg
 Working GoingBatty (talk) 03:13, 20 December 2011 (UTC)
 Done GoingBatty (talk) 03:25, 20 December 2011 (UTC)
Thanks. Armbrust Talk to me about my editsreview 06:24, 20 December 2011 (UTC)

Removing/replacing improperly placed sandbox templates

Plenty of pages transclude {{Sandbox heading}}, and most of these transclusions shouldn't be there because they're on user pages or other inappropriate places. Could somebody use AWB to go through this list and clean it up? Instances of the template in the user namespace can be replaced with {{User sandbox}}, if necessary. Thanks! Graham87 07:35, 25 October 2011 (UTC)

Is there any consensus?  Hazard-SJ  ±  21:34, 19 November 2011 (UTC)
Why would there need to be consensus? It seems pretty uncontroversial to me to remove misleading templates. Graham87 04:29, 20 November 2011 (UTC)
I manually removed it from all the articles and article talk pages. Looks like the transclusions on the Wikipedia and Wikipedia talk pages are OK. That leaves the Template talk, User and User talk pages. GoingBatty (talk) 20:33, 20 November 2011 (UTC)
I started this, but am awaiting approval to complete. See Wikipedia:Bots/Requests for approval/Hazard-Bot 4.  Hazard-SJ  ±  04:28, 15 December 2011 (UTC)
Thanks, everybody. Graham87 15:40, 15 December 2011 (UTC)
You're welcome!  Hazard-SJ  ㋡  00:35, 16 December 2011 (UTC)

 Done  Hazard-SJ  ㋡  21:06, 21 December 2011 (UTC)

Replacing external link with Template:ChemID

Would the replacement of external links to ChemIDplus with Template:ChemID (example) be a feasible task? --Leyo 10:47, 25 November 2011 (UTC)

Any opinions, comments? --Leyo 10:18, 25 December 2011 (UTC)
Yes, this looks doable. There are only about 20 articles involved - have you spent the last month doing them by hand? -- John of Reading (talk) 11:38, 25 December 2011 (UTC)
 Done --Leyo 22:44, 26 December 2011 (UTC)

New task

Search and replace:

Replace instances of {{Non-free currency}} with {{ir-Money}}{{Non-free currency}}. This is a bold move so that the copyright aspects of currency designs can be split from the anti-counterfeiting considerations. Sfan00 IMG (talk) 16:23, 21 December 2011 (UTC)

There are 1376 transclusions. I'm all set up, and have done the first few. This would be better done by someone with a bot account, though, to avoid filling up people's watchlists. -- John of Reading (talk) 17:12, 21 December 2011 (UTC)
I can run it on my bot, doing so, please split the two by removing ir-Money from the other template. Snowolf How can I help? 19:33, 21 December 2011 (UTC)
Bot is running it as we speak, I've left a notification on the talk pages of both templates. Snowolf How can I help? 20:10, 21 December 2011 (UTC)
I have stopped the task. I realized my BRFA covers only template substituting, not replacing. I don't know how I could confuse the two as I did tonight. My sincere apologies, Snowolf How can I help? 20:39, 21 December 2011 (UTC)
Is this still a problem?  Hazard-SJ  ㋡  23:59, 21 December 2011 (UTC)
If the transclusion count stats are up to date (ir-Money, Non-free currency), there are about 300 left to do. -- John of Reading (talk) 08:05, 22 December 2011 (UTC)

This still needs to be done. Once done, Non-free Currency can be re-written appropriately :) Sfan00 IMG (talk) 21:21, 22 December 2011 (UTC)

Those transclusion counts are misleading because there are pages that use {{ir-Money}} without using {{Non-free currency}}. I've done another 70, but I estimate that there are another 600 to do. That's too many for me to do while keeping my edit rate slower than "a few edits a minute" as required by the AWB terms of use. -- John of Reading (talk) 21:56, 22 December 2011 (UTC)
How is this progressing? Sfan00 IMG (talk) 15:44, 3 January 2012 (UTC)
Snowolf (talk · contribs) is requesting a further bot approval here, but hasn't edited since the 25th December. You may do better at Wikipedia:Bot requests. -- John of Reading (talk) 16:21, 3 January 2012 (UTC)
I have started the task, I have one question however, how shall I proceed about the commemorative euro-coins? They're tagged as {{Non-free currency}}, should I proceed with them as normal or should I switch them to Non-free currency-EU coin national? Snowolf How can I help? 15:13, 17 January 2012 (UTC)
To expand on that, I have started the bot task following the approval for trial on my BRFA, I apologize for the time it took me, holidays go in the way. Snowolf How can I help? 15:14, 17 January 2012 (UTC)
I'd suggest switching the Euro coins.. Sfan00 IMG (talk) 20:04, 17 January 2012 (UTC)

Keep Local images

Search and replace of {{KeepLocal}} to {{Keep local}}, template migration :) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Sfan00 IMG (talkcontribs)

I don't think it is allowed to use AWB only for this purpose, so I'd like to wait for consensus before even thinking of making a BRFA for getting this done. Also, WP:BOTREQ is probably a better place for such large requests (1755 transclusions).  Hazard-SJ  ㋡  20:26, 23 December 2011 (UTC)
I've added this to WP:AWB/TR, so that AWB users making more significant edits can also make this change. Good luck! GoingBatty (talk) 22:58, 23 December 2011 (UTC)
On it.--Ankit Maity Talkcontribs 12:04, 24 December 2011 (UTC)
The point of adding it to WP:AWB/TR is so that the change will happen when something else needs to be done to a page. Editing a page only to make this change is contrary to the 4th AWB rule of use. -- John of Reading (talk) 12:23, 24 December 2011 (UTC)
Understood.--Ankit Maity Talkcontribs 12:25, 24 December 2011 (UTC)
Is it? I just left a message on your talk about this, Ankit Maity, having seen one of the image pages pop up on my watchlist. I noticed the post on your page that linked to this thread, so I followed it here. Per your contribs, you performed those pointless edits (under the description of "typo fixing" (?), yet), lots and lots of them, for many hours after posting "Understood" above. What gives? Did you mean "I understand but I don't agree"? Please desist. Bishonen | talk 23:23, 24 December 2011 (UTC).
This does not need to be migrated. It is a redirect. --Merry Christmas from Guerillero 07:21, 25 December 2011 (UTC)
On reflection this minor template migration is probably better done by a bot. Sfan00 IMG (talk) 13:28, 4 January 2012 (UTC)

Removing a mass-AFD notice

See Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Timeline of the 2000 Atlantic hurricane season; someone please remove *both* the deletion and the rescue tags and append {{Old AfD multi|page=Timeline of the 2000 Atlantic hurricane season|date=6 January 2012|result='''keep all'''}} to each talk page. Thanks. Hurricanefan25 (talk · contribs) 16:59, 16 January 2012 (UTC)

I just ran through the list of talk pages and found most of them had already been done. It appears to be the same with the deletion and rescue tags. Themeparkgc  Talk  23:18, 17 January 2012 (UTC)

Commons image categories

Could someone please help me add [[Category:Files by User:Anna Frodesiak]] to the images listed here. Many thanks if you can help. :) Anna Frodesiak (talk) 07:33, 19 January 2012 (UTC)

Since the edits are to be made at Commons, perhaps Commons:Commons:Bots/Work requests would be a better place to ask. -- John of Reading (talk) 07:46, 19 January 2012 (UTC)
Okay. Many thanks. I'll actually bug them at IRC again first. Cheers. Anna Frodesiak (talk) 08:00, 19 January 2012 (UTC)

"on his passing"

We had a lively and productive discussion here in August 2011 (see Archive 4) about "Passed away" and other euphemisms. It looks like we missed "his passing" and "her passing", which have obvious exceptions, such as "known for his passing accuracy". I think that it is uncontroversial to change "On his passing in 1940 he was laid to rest ..." to "On his death in 1940 he was buried ...", and maybe even better to make it "He died in 1940 and was buried ...". I am also catching variations such as "his passing away" and "her passing on". I am doing a metric ton of these, and wouldn't mind some company. There are hundreds of "her passing" and thousands of "his passing", so the sheer number makes AWB the tool of choice. I have a set of about eight F&R rules that work pretty well, and will post them here if requested. A sharp lookout for quotations and false positives is needed, of course. Chris the speller yack 19:42, 31 January 2012 (UTC)

Thats interesting and glad to hear your doing that. I was just wondering but how did you get the list? --Kumioko (talk) 19:51, 31 January 2012 (UTC)
A text search for "his passing" and "her passing". There are relatively few false positives. I haven't gone into "husband's passing" or "mother's passing" or "laid to rest" yet (but am catching them in association with "his passing"). With those, we will mostly have to keep an eye out for quotations. Chris the speller yack 20:07, 31 January 2012 (UTC)
Interesting good to know thanks. I would offer to help but I am totally swamped at the moment. Until I can get the 10 or so tasks currently pending BRFA passed I'm pretty much editing as fast as I can hit the button. --Kumioko (talk) 20:14, 31 January 2012 (UTC)
There will be work left when you finish what's on your plate now, I'm sure. Happy editing! Chris the speller yack 20:36, 31 January 2012 (UTC)
I won't be passing on the opportunity to help out (sorry - couldn't resist) if you could please post your F&R rules. Thanks! GoingBatty (talk) 02:09, 1 February 2012 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── Sure.

\b([Tt])he passing of\b         $1he death of
\bpassing on\b(?<=(His|his|Her|her) passing on)         death
\bpassing away\b(?<=(His|his|Her|her) passing away)         death
\bpassing away\b         dying
\bpassing\b(?<=(His|his|Her|her|wife's|husband's|mother's|father's|friend's|[A-Z][a-z]+'s) passing)(?! an\b| a\b| the\b| through\b)         death
\bpassed away\b         died
\bpassed on\b         died
\blaid to rest\b         buried

These ain't beautiful, but they work pretty well. There can be a few false positives, such as "He was known for passing on his knowledge", but I'm sure you can handle them. You may have to choose between "death" and "dying" in a few cases where the context gives just a clue whether the process of dying or the instant of death is meant. Have fun! Chris the speller yack 03:06, 1 February 2012 (UTC)

I tried a few of these, but there are lots of false positives. Wish AWB had logic in the F&R rules similar to WP:AWB/T that would ignore text in quotations. GoingBatty (talk) 00:50, 4 February 2012 (UTC)
Yes, there are enough false positives, so it's not suitable for Typos, but an editor of your caliber can easily manage if you find it to your taste. I'm glad F&R doesn't always skip quotations, so it can be used to fix mild misspellings such as "commmonplace". If you wish to bail out, I will continue. Chris the speller yack 05:20, 4 February 2012 (UTC)
Find & Replace can skip text in quotations, using the two "Ignore" checkboxes at the top left of the F&R dialog. -- John of Reading (talk) 10:29, 4 February 2012 (UTC)
I too am getting quite a few false positives, mostly related to football, e.g. "His passing ability". My approach to find the pages that need to be changed is to build a list from Category:2012 deaths, then add the 2011 deaths, and so on. – Majora4 (leave a message) 05:15, 4 February 2012 (UTC)
Another, less time-consuming, way would be to use text search ("his passing") and set AWB to skip articles that contain "football". Chris the speller yack 05:24, 4 February 2012 (UTC)
Or, just do text search on "his passing" -"football" Chris the speller yack 05:27, 4 February 2012 (UTC)
That certainly does work and it's less time-consuming than my idea. However, I've actually found two football-related articles which did use "passed away" to mean "died". – Majora4 (leave a message) 05:56, 4 February 2012 (UTC)

List of swimmers

Lots of redlinked swimmers, 100% seem to be sourced at So, can AWB be used to, for each redlinked swimmer:

delink the name
auto-build either plain refs:
<ref>[ "Karyn Faure"]. Retrieved 9 February 2012.</ref>
or template-based refs:
<ref>{{ Cite sports-reference | Karyn Faure | | 9 February 2012}}</ref>

A search at would be required to obtain the actual URL, even though most are of the form

"" + $FirstTwoLettersOfLN +"/" + $FirstName + "-" + $LastName + "-1.html"

--Lexein (talk) 02:24, 11 February 2012 (UTC)

Never mind, did it. --Lexein (talk) 02:35, 13 February 2012 (UTC)

Replacement of "Template:Singapore Constitution" with "Template:Singapore legislation"

Hi. {{Singapore Constitution}} has been incorporated into {{Singapore legislation}}. Could you please carry out the following replacements?

  • {{Singapore Constitution|rep=1999}} → {{Singapore legislation|title=Constitution|rep=1999}}
  • {{Singapore Constitution|rep=[some other year]}} → {{Singapore legislation|title=Constitution|rep=[the year]|lk=off}}
  • {{Singapore Constitution|short=yes|rep=1999}} → {{Singapore legislation|title=Constitution|abbr=on|rep=1999}}

Thanks! — Cheers, JackLee talk 17:04, 10 March 2012 (UTC)

 DoneAkrabbimtalk 19:16, 10 March 2012 (UTC)
That was quick! Thanks very much. — Cheers, JackLee talk 19:20, 10 March 2012 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── Could you also please replace occurrences of {{Singapore Statute}} with {{Singapore legislation}}, and remove the |amdt= parameter as this no longer exists in {{Singapore legislation}}? Thanks. — Cheers, JackLee talk 18:20, 11 March 2012 (UTC)

Doing...Στc. 19:33, 24 March 2012 (UTC)
 DoneΣτc. 20:08, 24 March 2012 (UTC)
Great! Thank you very much. — Cheers, JackLee talk 15:08, 25 March 2012 (UTC)


Replace 'You Tube' with 'YouTube'? I've seen many users do that. As I am never likely going to be accepted for AWB, can someone do it? ~ ⇒TomTomN00 @ 23:40, 11 April 2012 (UTC)

Thanks for the suggestion. I'd like to volunteer to address it, but I've only had AWB for a couple of days and I'm still learning the ropes. I mean I've used it to apply various fixes on hundreds of pages already (I'm double-checking the diffs of course) but if someone could help illustrate what I need to do I'll see if I can take this on. I'm sure it would be very educational. So can anyone help me out here? Jesse V. (talk) 21:57, 12 April 2012 (UTC)
I'll see if I can figure this out from the Find and Replace subpage of the User Manual, but things aren't entirely clear still. Jesse V. (talk) 22:00, 12 April 2012 (UTC)
I might have taken care of this. I fixed 44 pages that had this issue. I did a simple Wiki Search (text) for "You Tube", and got 1000 results (the max number) but when I ran in pre-parsed mode I discovered that nearly all of them didn't actually have "You Tube" in them. I tried searching again using a regular expression, but that failed. So I'm not sure if I got all of them, but at least I fixed a good portion of them. Jesse V. (talk) 00:38, 13 April 2012 (UTC)
I think you will find that there are still many hundreds left to fix. I tweaked AWB/Typos to fix 'You Tube' and also 'You-Tube'. In time, there will be a smaller number left to fix, but it looks like AWB/Typos skips the description part of external links, and that is where a lot of these reside. We might need to run this as a Find & Replace rule to get those. Chris the speller yack 04:11, 13 April 2012 (UTC)
There are still over 400 pages that I collected in pre-parse mode, using "\b(?:Yout|you[Tt]|You[- ]T)ube\b(?!.com)(?<![-":/\{]youtube)" for the Find rule. This has more checks in the negative lookbehind, as F&R will try to fix URLS and other things that the Typos will leave alone. I have started in on these, but would welcome some help. Chris the speller yack 14:34, 13 April 2012 (UTC)
I would myself, but I can't get permissions... Tomtomn00 (talkcontributions) 16:05, 13 April 2012 (UTC)
I also tweaked the WP:AWB/T rule to catch more errors, and am fixing some via F&R too. GoingBatty (talk) 01:06, 16 April 2012 (UTC)
Sorry for not noticing this conversation earlier. I'd be happy to help out, but I'm still learning and not very fluent in how to work AWB. Can you please let me know what to do and I'll be happy to fix things. Jesse V. (talk) 05:38, 20 April 2012 (UTC)
To clarify, the biggest issue I'm having is how to load the list in the first place. Jesse V. (talk) 06:18, 20 April 2012 (UTC)
On the "Make list" panel, select "Wiki search (text)" in the "Source" drop-down box, then put "you tube" (including the quotation marks) in the "Wiki search" text box. Chris the speller yack 13:13, 20 April 2012 (UTC)
Thanks, got it. Under Find and Replace Advanced Settings I've created that rule using the regex, checked the "Skip if no replacement" checkbox. I've enabled RegexTypoFix, but haven't checked the "Skip if typos fixed" box. Under the Skip tab, I've enabled "Skip if no changes are automatically made" and "skip if only whitespace changes are made", also "Skip if page is in use" and "skip if edit blocked by spam filter". I did what you said, appended the list from "You Tube" to the list of "You-tube", had about a thousand pages, but then I applied the Filter to remove non-content, plus remove "Wikipedia:" and "User:". Then I had a list of about 40, and most of those were from URLs which I of course skipped. I ended up making a grand total of 2 edits. Is this taken care of? I'm not finding AWB to be the most intuitive.... Jesse V. (talk) 14:46, 20 April 2012 (UTC)

 Done. When Batty said he was "fixing some", I think he was fixing a lot. As for AWB not being intuitive, I have never found the need to use F&R Advanced settings, so maybe I have avoided the part that's not intuitive. There's a bit of a learning curve to AWB in general, and I have only tried trickier features when I really felt the need for them, so it has not been overwhelming. I hope most of your experience with AWB is enjoyable and satisfying. Chris the speller yack 13:07, 21 April 2012 (UTC)

Some serious unreffing to do

List of In Our Time programmes

Hi I posted at the HelpDesk about this page, Wikipedia:Help_desk#Some_input_on_redlink_overkill, could some kind soul unredlink all those people and remove all the links to each and every episode of the show? Would be much appreciated. CaptainScreebo Parley! 21:58, 15 April 2012 (UTC)

Doing... -GoingBatty (talk) 22:27, 15 April 2012 (UTC)
Yeah, saw that, good one. I'll clean up the article manually after, like bluelinking the people who have articles in the boxes and removing the whole bottom section. CaptainScreebo Parley! 23:11, 15 April 2012 (UTC)
 Done -GoingBatty (talk) 23:20, 15 April 2012 (UTC)
Good job and many thanks. CaptainScreebo Parley! 00:16, 16 April 2012 (UTC)

More unlinking

Cab Kaye

Would some kind soul kindly AWB all of the redlinks in this article out of existence? It's an eyesore. Cheers! CaptainScreebo Parley! 16:49, 25 April 2012 (UTC)

 Done Themeparkgc  Talk  07:24, 26 April 2012 (UTC)
Good job, thanks. CaptainScreebo Parley! 11:41, 26 April 2012 (UTC)

Uncatting and deletion of term across wikipedia

Please see here: Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Electro hop, so result was delete for a pure OR genre, unfortunately the only person defending it went on a bit of a spree trying to get the cat and the genre on as many wikipages as possible, in the misguided belief that this would save the article from deletion.
As someone posted on my talkpage, these areas need looking at category:Electro-hop songs, category:Electro-hop artists, category:Electro-hop musicians, can you people with AWB just wikiwide delete the mention of electrohop, whether it be the catting or the mention of the genre, then I will nom the cats for deletion? Much appreciated (and I would like to commend you for your fine work, don't have time to get to grips with AWB myself, but believe this page is seriously underused, cheers!) CaptainScreebo Parley! 12:34, 4 May 2012 (UTC)

Doing... Jamietw (talk) 15:30, 4 May 2012 (UTC)
yellow tickY Partly done Removed all articles from categories. Jamietw (talk) 17:02, 4 May 2012 (UTC)
Good man (person), thanks for the rapidity, I'm nomming the cats for CSD. CaptainScreebo Parley! 17:25, 4 May 2012 (UTC)
 Done, and no one was kind enough to leave some for me. :'(  Hazard-SJ  ✈  04:17, 5 May 2012 (UTC)
No, only partly done, see here for example, can you not search for the term "electro hop" wikiwide and then expunge it from the articles? It's mainly just hanging around in the infoboxes. Cheers! CaptainScreebo Parley! 12:03, 5 May 2012 (UTC)

Need some help with a task

I am working on trimming down the articles that need assessment for WikiProject United States and the projects that it supports and I have a bit of a dilemna. I have already gone through and done the redirects but it took a day and a half for AWB to prescan them. Now I am working on doing the Disambiguous pages, and there are a lot I'm sure. The problem is there are more than 25000 in Category:Unassessed United States articles and about 165000 in Template:WikiProject Disambiguation making the list comparer kinda useless without the NL plugin or admin rights. Can someone please do a compare between these 2 and give me the list of the articles that are common between them? This would save me about a day and a half of processing time to make the list and let me use it for doing the edits instead. Kumioko (talk) 01:00, 10 May 2012 (UTC)

 Done - Welcome back, Kumioko! The list is posted at User:Kumioko/List for you. Enjoy! GoingBatty (talk) 01:18, 10 May 2012 (UTC)
Awesome thanks. Kumioko (talk) 01:22, 10 May 2012 (UTC)

Terry McBride

[[Terry McBride]] -> [[Terry McBride (CEO)|Terry McBride]] Page was moved. Ten Pound Hammer(What did I screw up now?) 18:56, 17 May 2012 (UTC)

 Done. Only about 1.3752075615373488765345 dozen. Chris the speller yack 21:22, 17 May 2012 (UTC)

Possible AWB task

There is a discussion here for a simple and small task that I think is ok for AWB since there are only about 400 articles affected. I even added some code to make it easier if you want to use it. Basically a WikiProject Template was deprecated and needs to be either removed if the page contains WikiProject Chemistry or replaced with WikiProject Chemistry if it does not. The code is set to replace because the first several I looked at didn't already have Chemistry but some likely do have both. Kumioko (talk) 18:58, 16 May 2012 (UTC)

Task is now  Done. Thank you to all that helped. ChemNerd (talk) 20:53, 21 May 2012 (UTC)

Beetle task

On every existing article listed here, could someone change [[Category:Cucujoidea]] to [[Category:Mordellidae]]? Thanks! --Tomtomn00 (talkcontributions) 08:47, 19 May 2012 (UTC)

Started. Did quite a few, will continue after taking a break for about an hour. Chris the speller yack 12:52, 19 May 2012 (UTC)
 Done. Chris the speller yack 14:22, 19 May 2012 (UTC)

Cowboys and Angels

[[Cowboys and Angels]] -> [[Cowboys and Angels (George Michael song)|Cowboys and Angels]] Page was moved. Ten Pound Hammer(What did I screw up now?) 05:32, 22 May 2012 (UTC)

Doing... -GoingBatty (talk) 06:12, 22 May 2012 (UTC)
 Done (except for Carmen Llywelyn) with WikiCleaner, Dab solver, and plain old manual editing. -GoingBatty (talk) 06:23, 22 May 2012 (UTC)

Dash fixing

Lots of articles with en dash in their titles, like blood–brain barrier, are widely linked by their hyphen redirects, like blood-brain barrier, which means the punctuation/typography is wrong (or not up to the recommendations of WP:MOS at least) in the articles linking them. It seems that it should be easy for AWB or some such tool to identify these cases and fix them. That is, whenever there's a link like love-hate relationship to a redirect to an article whose name differs only in having an en dash where the redirect has a hyphen, the source link should be changed, e.g. to love–hate relationship. There are probably thousands of these waiting to be improved. Dicklyon (talk) 04:43, 25 May 2012 (UTC)

Yes, the same task occurred to me a few months ago, also for diacritics. I didn't get round to it, but do have a database scanner for redirect tagging that I could re-use to list the applicable redirects. Then I'd need a scanner for the articles with links to the redirects, and a bit of logic to use a list of endash redirects to bypass. All seems quite straightforward. It would be ideal for a bot task, so I'll write that up first. Rjwilmsi 06:57, 25 May 2012 (UTC)
Wikipedia:Bots/Requests for approval/RjwilmsiBot 8 filed. Rjwilmsi 18:23, 30 May 2012 (UTC)

All Summer Long

[[All Summer Long (song)|All Summer Long]] ->[[All Summer Long (Beach Boys song)|All Summer Long]]. Change since this is an ambiguous title; All Summer Long (song) currently points to the dab page All Summer Long. Ten Pound Hammer(What did I screw up now?) 03:05, 31 May 2012 (UTC)

Doing... -GoingBatty (talk) 04:21, 31 May 2012 (UTC)
 Done - 11 edits with Dab solver and manual fixes. GoingBatty (talk) 04:30, 31 May 2012 (UTC)

Another Beetle Task

Please may someone tag all of the existing Mordellistena article talk pages with {{WikiProject Insects|class=Stub|importance=Low|needs-photo=yes}}? Regards, Thine Antique Pen (talkcontributions) 11:16, 6 June 2012 (UTC)

Doing... Themeparkgc  Talk  00:05, 7 June 2012 (UTC)
I've done approximately 300 of them. For anyone that wants to continue start from Talk:Mordellistena galapagoensis. I may continue more myself at a later time. Themeparkgc  Talk  05:18, 7 June 2012 (UTC)
Doing... I'll take a crack at it. Avicennasis @ 11:51, 17 Sivan 5772 / 11:51, 7 June 2012 (UTC)
 Done Avicennasis @ 23:00, 17 Sivan 5772 / 23:00, 7 June 2012 (UTC)

Dan Dugmore

Dan Dugmore -> [[Dan Dugmore]]. Introduce wikilinks now that Dugmore has an article. Ten Pound Hammer(What did I screw up now?) 21:26, 25 June 2012 (UTC)

Doing... -GoingBatty (talk) 22:54, 25 June 2012 (UTC)
 Done There are now over 200 articles that link to Dan Dugmore. GoingBatty (talk) 00:49, 26 June 2012 (UTC)

Removing obsolete tags

I was looking over the auto-tag features here and it occurred to me that many articles may have obsolete tags. For example, they may be tagged as {{deadend}} but have actually have wikilinks and no one has bothered to remove the tag. I suggest that AWB be used to take care of this, except for the Orphan tag because IMO it's always good to add more incoming links so it would do more harm than good if removed for a single link or two. I'm currently carefully trying to cut down on the {{wikify}} backlog, but there are plenty of other tags that AWB can handle automatically. It'd be nice to have some help on the other categories. It's easy enough to do: you load a category like Category:Dead-end pages, click the "Auto change skip options", and only choose "auto tag changes". Then run AWB in pre-parsed mode, make yourself a sandwich or something, and when AWB finishes you should have a list of articles that need a tag change. Jesse V. (talk) 03:33, 24 June 2012 (UTC)

Hi Jesse! I agree that removing obsolete maintenance tags is a worthy task, and I use BattyBot to do some of this work. Here's what AWB does and the feedback I've seen:
IIRC, so far I have removed only a few {{dead end}} tags, if any at all. Based on what you said, I think the {{dead end}} backlog is off limits then. Make sense, since it's pretty clear what needs to be done and editors can easily remove the tag. Jesse V. (talk) 16:02, 24 June 2012 (UTC)
  • AWB removes {{wikify}} if the article has > 3 wikilinks or the number of wikilinks is greated than 0.25% of article's size. However, this tag has evolved to include more problems besides just a lack of wikilinks. While a |reason= parameter has been added to the template, many editors don't populate this parameter, so a bot can't tell why the tag was added. Even worse, AWB can remove the wikify tag even if the reason parameter says there's another issue. See Wikipedia talk:AutoWikiBrowser/Archive 23#Wikify tag for a discussion on this. Based on this feedback, I don't do this task via bot.
Yes, I have seen AWB remove the tag if there's a reason parameter, and have always manually prevented it from doing so. In some cases, editors will leave their reasons next to the template, but commented out so you can only see them in the edit window. In those cases, I will look over the reason and the article, and then change to a better tag such as {{Lead missing}} or {{cleanup}}. I'll be more careful here, but I think there are tags that are more appropriate. If {{Wikify}} has evolved as you say, then it's reasons should overlap with other templates such as {{cleanup}}. Most of the articles I've been removing {{wikify}} from have looked decent. Jesse V. (talk) 16:02, 24 June 2012 (UTC)
  • AWB removes {{orphan}} if the article has more than two incoming links. There don't seem to be any objections to this logic.
OK. Maybe I'll tackle the backlog of orphaned articles then. Jesse V. (talk) 16:02, 24 June 2012 (UTC)
Wait, are you sure that removing obsolete Orphan tags is all right? I read User:Magioladitis/AWB and orphans which was written in January 2011. Wikipedia:Orphan#Criteria says to only place the {{orphan}} tag if the article has ZERO incoming links from other articles. Are you sure that AWB removes {{orphan}} if the article has >2 incoming links? I didn't see this under Wikipedia:AutoWikiBrowser/User_manual#General. I'd be happy to tackle the backlog here. I just wanted to know if the community wouldn't object if I tried to run AWB over Category:All orphaned articles and remove {{orphan}} tags when there was >2 incoming links. I really want to be helpful and tackle backlogs, but I don't want to get into trouble. Jesse V. (talk) 18:14, 24 June 2012 (UTC)
Yes I'm sure - see Wikipedia:AutoWikiBrowser/General fixes#Tagger (Tagger). GoingBatty (talk) 21:23, 24 June 2012 (UTC)
BattyBot is removing the obsolete {{orphan}} tags now. GoingBatty (talk) 03:43, 28 June 2012 (UTC)
Oh. Well I've got AWB making a list of all the articles that have been tagged as orphans before March 2010 that can be changed by the auto-tagger. When it finishes making the list, would you like me to send it to you? Jesse V. (talk) 06:21, 28 June 2012 (UTC)
That's great, because I started BattyBot at the most recent tags and worked through March 2010! I've stopped my bot, since there's no point in both of use reviewing all those old articles. If you could send me the list (e.g. post it in a sandbox), I'll use that for the bot. Thanks! GoingBatty (talk) 16:33, 28 June 2012 (UTC)
A better idea: here's the file itself. Right click on it, save it onto your computer, open it with AWB, and you're done. 3519 articles. The list includes articles tagged in March 2010. They call can be changed by the auto-tagger. It took days to develop the list! Not that it mattered much, my computer is running Folding@home 24/7 anyway... Jesse V. (talk) 17:32, 28 June 2012 (UTC)
Thanks for the list! The bot is processing the list now, and I noticed that the last 818 or so articles were skipped because the orphan tag wasn't removed. GoingBatty (talk) 04:00, 29 June 2012 (UTC)
Np. Weird about those 818 articles though. But thanks for making the bot! Jesse V. (talk) 05:18, 29 June 2012 (UTC)
 Done - with more articles skipped than just the 818. GoingBatty (talk) 16:32, 29 June 2012 (UTC)
Probably because all those articles could be changed by the auto-tagger. Most, but not all, had obsolete orphan tags. Jesse V. (talk) 15:56, 1 July 2012 (UTC)
I've also got a list of all articles that have the {{Dead end}} tag on them that can be changed by the auto-tagger. I was planning on running through them and having AWB remove the tag if there is a wikilink, but I read the talk page on the discrepancy in the wording. Anyway, do you want that list? Jesse V. (talk) 06:26, 28 June 2012 (UTC)
If you want to split the list, I'll be happy to manually review them. Thanks! GoingBatty (talk) 16:33, 28 June 2012 (UTC)
I looked back at the list files that I had and realized that the list of dead-end pages that I had was also entangled with another list. Sorry. Category:All dead-end pages only consists of 227 articles. That shouldn't take you very long with AWB. Jesse V. (talk) 17:32, 28 June 2012 (UTC)
Happy editing! GoingBatty (talk) 13:11, 24 June 2012 (UTC)
Indeed. Thanks so much for the feedback! Jesse V. (talk) 16:02, 24 June 2012 (UTC)

Help with Category:Pages with DEFAULTSORT conflicts

I ran across Category:Pages with DEFAULTSORT conflicts and realized that AWB might be able to help with this. Certainly AWB won't be able to resolve the DEFAULTSORT conflicts automatically, so it's necessary to turn off all the skip options and whatnot. However, it's an important category to resolve, and according to AWB there's only 46 namespace articles that have issues. I'd like to see this taken care of, but it's a bit tricky, and I don't know a lot about DEFAULTSORT, so I need some advice/instructions, or I'd appreciate it if someone more experienced and knowledgeable could help. Remember, articles in this category can sometimes crash AWB; AFAIK that bug still remains. Jesse V. (talk) 05:35, 12 July 2012 (UTC)

I looked at two of these articles, and I don't see what value AWB would provide:
GoingBatty (talk) 16:49, 12 July 2012 (UTC)

First and only

"First and only" -> "Only". "First and only" is redundant. Ten Pound Hammer(What did I screw up now?) 15:19, 20 July 2012 (UTC)

plus Added to Wikipedia:AutoWikiBrowser/Typos. GoingBatty (talk) 17:06, 20 July 2012 (UTC)
minus Removed per comment at my talk page. Let's discuss here. GoingBatty (talk) 21:43, 21 July 2012 (UTC)
I've stopped replacing occurrences until the situation is cleared up. Regards, SunCreator (talk) 22:02, 21 July 2012 (UTC)
If Company A made widgets in Wilmerding, then Company B started making them, then Company A went out of business, Company B would be the only company making widgets there, but not the first. If Company B had never started, then Company A could claim to be the first and only. If Company B had gone out of business, it might be misleading for Company A to claim to be the first and only. So "only" is not the perfect equivalent of "first and only". Chris the speller yack 02:01, 22 July 2012 (UTC)
Yes, what Chris the speller says. One means "unprecedented and never repeated", one means "no current equivalent"; while one is a subset of the other, they don't have the same meaning. Mogism (talk) 05:55, 22 July 2012 (UTC)
Well explained Mogism. In some cases there is no redundancy. Regards, SunCreator (talk) 12:22, 27 July 2012 (UTC)

Removal of Wikipedia in w-links

Example: [[Wikipedia:IPA for English|IPA]] => [[IPA for English|IPA]].
Just noticed this occurs often on the article List of Book of Mormon people. Regards, SunCreator (talk) 12:26, 27 July 2012 (UTC)

Since IPA for English redirects to Wikipedia:IPA for English, does WP:NOTBROKEN apply? GoingBatty (talk) 23:27, 29 July 2012 (UTC)
Yes your right. Striked above as I had not realised it was an out of main space page. Regards, SunCreator (talk) 23:43, 29 July 2012 (UTC)

Jay Joyce

Jay Joyce -> [[Jay Joyce]] Introduce wikilinks now that Jay Joyce has an article. Ten Pound Hammer(What did I screw up now?) 22:28, 9 August 2012 (UTC)

Complete on 50 articles. Two w-links max. One in prose, one in infobox. Regards, Sun Creator(talk) 22:50, 9 August 2012 (UTC)
I added a few using Find link but left a few for you. Search for Jay Joyce and it will provide a list of articles. If you click the article link, it will automatically make the edit for you. Good luck! GoingBatty (talk) 00:28, 10 August 2012 (UTC)
What an awesome tool! Regards, Sun Creator(talk) 01:08, 10 August 2012 (UTC)


[[Homewrecker]] -> [[Homewrecker (TV series)|Homewrecker]]. Change to a piped link to Homewrecker (TV series) since it was moved. Ten Pound Hammer(What did I screw up now?) 19:11, 11 August 2012 (UTC)

I'll do it. Chris the speller yack 21:02, 11 August 2012 (UTC)
 Done. Chris the speller yack 21:20, 11 August 2012 (UTC)

Need some help

Is there anyone that can do a comparison between the articlesin Category:Recipients of the Medal of Honor and Category:United States articles by quality and provide a listing of the articles missing from the latter. There are going to be some fictional ones and some oddballs that I can pick out manually but I don't have the access to pull in that many articles without going subcat by subcat which makes it unproductive. Thanks. Kumioko (talk) 17:01, 16 August 2012 (UTC)

Marv Green

Marv Green -> [[Marv Green]] Introduce wikilinks now that Marv Green has an article. Ten Pound Hammer(What did I screw up now?) 00:35, 17 August 2012 (UTC)

Doing... (the Marv Green part) Chris the speller yack 00:59, 17 August 2012 (UTC)
 Done. Marv Green and Chris Lindsey. Chris the speller yack 02:00, 17 August 2012 (UTC)
Doing... (Monty Powell) -- Cheers, Riley Huntley talk No talkback needed; I'll temporarily watch here. 06:08, 17 August 2012 (UTC)
 Done (Monty Powell) -- Cheers, Riley Huntley talk No talkback needed; I'll temporarily watch here. 06:40, 17 August 2012 (UTC)

Who'd I link?

Can AWB crawl every diff in my entire contributions history, and generate a list of every http:// or https:// link I've ever added or changed in Wikipedia? My memory of a particular source has failed me, and nothing is jogging my memory, but I'll know it when I see it. The results could be saved under User:Lexein/Allyourbase, or put on Dropbox and the DL link emailed. If not where would I go to request such a tool be created? --Lexein (talk) 00:36, 18 August 2012 (UTC)

It can pull in your contrib's easy enough but I don't think there is a way to mine out all the links you added. Kumioko (talk)
Can AWB execute a user-generated script on each contrib? If so, I'll do it locally... I think. -Lexein (talk) 01:41, 18 August 2012 (UTC)
You can certainly find what references or links are there but not necessarily which ones you left. I guess if someone knew how to code it from the API it might be possible to do a custom module but it wouldn't be an easy thing. Kumioko (talk) 01:47, 18 August 2012 (UTC)
It's easy to generate a list of every page that you've edited, but AFAIK, AWB can't get the specific diffs. I wonder if WikiTrust might be helpful. I have that installed on my account, and it can highlight everything that you've touched in a particular article. • Jesse V.(talk) 04:28, 18 August 2012 (UTC)
  • Thanks everyone. I tried AWB, and was surprised to confirm that downloading what it calls "User contributions" only saves base article wikilinks, (in duplicate in CSD format) but not the diff URL. It makes me wonder if the diff URL is available to AWB, but is being tossed out. Oh well. I get that AWB is very focused on per-page operations.
  • Next question - is there a tool (not AWB) that permits extremely rapid paging through 20 or more diffs at a time from a User's contributions? I imagine such a tool exists. If I have to keep a local copy of a dump, that's okay too. --Lexein (talk) 05:41, 18 August 2012 (UTC)
On the last question, yes. It's called downloading Google Chrome and opening 20+ tabs at the same time. :P • Jesse V.(talk) 06:11, 18 August 2012 (UTC)
Heh - ultimately, I don't want to study diffs, but to search and create a list showing which of my 10,000 edits (not pages) contained specific text. A true by-user contributions search. It's my fault for not being a WP API or database maven. --Lexein (talk) 07:41, 18 August 2012 (UTC)
If you left a descriptive edit summary for the edit in question, the User Edit Summary Search tool may be useful. MANdARAX  XAЯAbИAM 20:16, 21 August 2012 (UTC)

Angelo Petraglia

More wikilink introduction: This time, Angelo Petraglia -> [[Angelo Petraglia]] and Billy Joe Walker, Jr. -> [[Billy Joe Walker, Jr.]] For the latter, you might also wanna do a sweep for any instance of "Billy Joe Walker Jr." minus the comma. Ten Pound Hammer(What did I screw up now?) 08:43, 18 August 2012 (UTC)

Doing...Deontalk 04:28, 19 August 2012 (UTC)
Angelo Petraglia  DoneDeontalk 05:58, 19 August 2012 (UTC)
Billy Joe Walker, Jr. has some 1,000 pages left so this may take a little longer. — Deontalk 06:00, 19 August 2012 (UTC)
Alright, I've knocked off a bit but I'll leave the rest to another (or few) AWB-ers :) — Deontalk 06:13, 19 August 2012 (UTC)
I believe I've gotten the rest. Please correct me if I'm wrong. :) Banaticus (talk) 01:23, 21 August 2012 (UTC)
I added a redirect from Billy Joe Walker Jr., so Find link now finds 22 more pages. GoingBatty (talk) 05:05, 22 August 2012 (UTC)

Templates linking to other templates

Here is an example of one getting fixed. I know there are more out there. Is there a way to hunt them down and fix them? Anna Frodesiak (talk) 23:26, 21 August 2012 (UTC)

All dab pages into AWB

More of a question then a task. I'd like to load a list of all the disambiguation pages (Category:All_disambiguation_pages) into AWB. There are 216 thousand pages. Anyone have any idea? I want to typo check every page but using the load from category I'm limited to only 25,000 pages. Any idea how to get bigger, or get them all in chunkes (i.e 25K a time) Regards, SunCreator (talk) 00:32, 7 August 2012 (UTC)

User the Category (recursive) option. Kumioko (talk) 00:59, 7 August 2012 (UTC)
Log in with your bot account, load the NoLimits plugin, use "Category (NL, Admin & Bot)" as your source, then log in with your regular account before saving any edits. GoingBatty (talk) 01:03, 7 August 2012 (UTC)
Great idea. thank you. Regards, Sun Creator(talk) 23:07, 9 August 2012 (UTC)
It seems I don't meet any of the pre-requirements to enabled No Limits, not being an admin, checkser or bot. Any ideas? Regards, Sun Creator(talk) 11:01, 24 August 2012 (UTC)
What Kumioko said; use the Category (recursive) option. You'll probably want to do it overnight at it will take hours to download. Alternatively, download a database dump and filter out the parts you want. Mogism (talk) 11:11, 24 August 2012 (UTC)
When I said "Log in with your bot account" above, I was presuming that logging in as User:SunCreatorBot would meeet the pre-requirement. GoingBatty (talk) 21:34, 26 August 2012 (UTC)
SunCreatorBot can login but as it's not approved for AWB. No open tasks exists for it to do so I'm not sure what to do next. Regards, Sun Creator(talk) 21:57, 26 August 2012 (UTC)
Here's what I'm proposing:
  1. Login as SunCreatorBot
  2. Load the NoLimitPlugin
  3. Change your source to "Category (NL, Admin & Bot)"
  4. Change category to "All disambiguation pages" and click the Make List button
  5. Without closing AWB, login as Sun Creator
  6. Process the list as normal, making all edits as Sun Creator, (even though you used SunCreatorBot to make the list)
Hope this helps! GoingBatty (talk) 00:49, 27 August 2012 (UTC)
When I attempt the 4th step of the 'Make List' it says "Action only allowed for Admins and Bot accounts, or those with the 'apihighlimit' right" and returns no list. Regards, Sun Creator(talk) 01:37, 27 August 2012 (UTC)
Hmmm - maybe because SunCreatorBot isn't listed on Wikipedia:AutoWikiBrowser/CheckPage#Bots? GoingBatty (talk) 03:22, 27 August 2012 (UTC)
Maybe I'm reading it wrong, but it doesn't appear like SunCreatorBot has the bot flag. Ryan Vesey 03:24, 27 August 2012 (UTC)
I'm having User:Ryan Vesey Bot make the list. Can AWB accept more than 25000 from a text file? If so I'll email that, otherwise I can copy the list into a sandbox and you can split it up into chunks to use it. Ryan Vesey 03:29, 27 August 2012 (UTC)

Quick fix

Hi, could some kind soul with a few minutes go fix the Singles section of the Runrig article? I've basically un-italiced all mentions in the text and put the titles into quotes, same needs doing to this section, figured it would be a breeze for an AWB crack. Cheers! CaptainScreebo Parley! 17:38, 21 August 2012 (UTC)

 Done. Though I used wikEd instead of AWB. Quicker to set up. Chris the speller yack 20:13, 21 August 2012 (UTC)
Thanks for that, cheers! CaptainScreebo Parley! 19:48, 24 August 2012 (UTC)

Conestoga Mall

[[Conestoga Mall]] -> [[Conestoga Mall (Waterloo, Ontario)|Conestoga Mall]] Page was moved since there are two Conestoga Malls. Ten Pound Hammer(What did I screw up now?) 19:07, 28 August 2012 (UTC)

 Done. -- Cheers, Riley Huntley talk 23:45, 30 August 2012 (UTC)

Doctors (soap opera)

Could someone help with the following:

Doctors (2000 TV series) to Doctors (soap opera)

I have recently moved the page after the new name was deemed better to reflect the show and due to lack of other conflicting shows titles. Thanks for your help, which is much appreciated. Adamiow (talk) 23:04, 4 September 2012 (UTC)

 Done -- Cheers, Riley Huntley talk 00:14, 5 September 2012 (UTC)

A job suitable for an AWB bot account - "freshwater marches"

There are about 840 articles with "intermittent freshwater marches", s/b "intermittent freshwater marshes". In fact, some pages have more than one occurrence of "marches", and they should all be changed. I don't have a bot account. This is a very old typo, so it doesn't have to be done today or tomorrow. Chris the speller yack 23:57, 7 September 2012 (UTC)

The bot requester would need to make a strong argument against Wikipedia:Bots/Frequently denied bots#Fully automatic spell-checking bots. GoingBatty (talk) 00:06, 8 September 2012 (UTC)
Doing.... No need for a bot. -- Cheers, Riley Huntley talk
 Done. Riley and I each did about half of the list. Chris the speller yack 02:33, 8 September 2012 (UTC)

Link conversions

Links of the form - need converting to

Suggesting this could be done with AWB very quickly :) Sfan00 IMG (talk) 11:37, 13 September 2012 (UTC)

Question? Why does it need to be changed? The original already redirects (on's end)... Theopolisme 21:21, 13 September 2012 (UTC)

Please run AWB on this article


I'd sure appreciate it if someone could run AWB on the Folding@home article. I'm currently pushing through its FA nom, and I think AWB could be helpful to automatically fix minor things (general fixes, etc). I'd do this myself, but I'm running Linux at the moment and for some technical reasons I don't want to boot back into Windows. This shouldn't take very much of your time, but it'd really help me out. :) • Jesse V.(talk) 02:34, 17 September 2012 (UTC)

I didn't see much but I did a few things. Mostly minor stuff and removed a few unneeded cite parameters. Kumioko (talk) 02:44, 17 September 2012 (UTC)
Thanks! • Jesse V.(talk) 02:54, 17 September 2012 (UTC)
Made a couple more minor edits. Interesting how {{sic}} (and to a lesser extent, "[sic]") in the |title= field of a reference causes different behavior. GoingBatty (talk) 03:04, 17 September 2012 (UTC)
Thanks, saw that. I was concerned that AWB or some other bot would come along and accidentally "fix" it, so I had that template there. I tried putting it at the end of the title, but it was still derpy. Your version looks much better. • Jesse V.(talk) 03:18, 17 September 2012 (UTC)
I hit it from another angle (hyphenation). The more, the merrier? Chris the speller yack 04:16, 17 September 2012 (UTC)
Indeed. Fix all the things! :D • Jesse V.(talk) 04:27, 17 September 2012 (UTC)
I checked the comma and period placement but no changes to be made. Regards, Sun Creator(talk) 04:34, 17 September 2012 (UTC)

GoingBatty, as it turns out, the proper usage is {{sic|relat|ivly|nolink=1}}, because that renders perfectly. • Jesse V.(talk) 06:01, 18 September 2012 (UTC)

Thanks for fixing that - it looks great now. Note that fully automatic spell-checking bots are on the list of frequently denied bots, and AWB doesn't fix typos inside templates. GoingBatty (talk) 16:24, 18 September 2012 (UTC)

You and You Alone

[[You and You Alone]] -> [[You and You Alone (album)|You and You Alone]] Page was moved. Ten Pound Hammer(What did I screw up now?) 03:05, 20 September 2012 (UTC)

 Done -- John of Reading (talk) 06:32, 20 September 2012 (UTC)

J. T. Corenflos

Please add wikilinks to any instance of "J.T. Corenflos" or "J. T. Corenflos" now that he has an article. Ten Pound Hammer(What did I screw up now?) 21:46, 25 September 2012 (UTC)

 Done Theopolisme 22:35, 25 September 2012 (UTC)

Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye

[[Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye]] -> [[Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye (film)|Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye]] Page was moved. Ten Pound Hammer(What did I screw up now?) 22:57, 25 September 2012 (UTC)

Doing... with WPCleaner. GoingBatty (talk) 00:05, 26 September 2012 (UTC)
 Done. Some were linked to Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye (song) or Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye (TV film) instead. GoingBatty (talk) 01:45, 26 September 2012 (UTC)

has-NFUR removal

Much appreciated if someone could use AWB to remove the {{has-NFUR}} tag from stuff licensed as {{Non-free audio sample}}

Per a recent TfD an alternative mechanism has been implemented requiring the template to be orphaned.

Sfan00 IMG (talk) 20:52, 26 September 2012 (UTC)

Looks like a job for a bot -- nearly 6,000 transclusions. Theopolisme 20:57, 26 September 2012 (UTC)
Feel free to make one then :) Sfan00 IMG (talk) 23:07, 26 September 2012 (UTC)

I'll bite. I read the TfD, but just to be absolutely clear, the bot will:

  1. Remove {{has-NFUR}}
  2. Replace {{Non-free audio sample}} with {{Non-free audio sample|image has rationale=yes}}

And this only applies to pages with both {{has-NFUR}} AND {{Non-free audio sample}}. Is that right? Braincricket (talk) 00:52, 2 October 2012 (UTC)

Never mind. A request was already made here. Braincricket (talk) 03:59, 2 October 2012 (UTC)


Requesting removal of {{Mills corp}}. It was suggested to orphan and redirect this template since it heavily overlaps another. Ten Pound Hammer(What did I screw up now?) 02:33, 28 September 2012 (UTC)

Shouldn't we wait until the TfD is closed first?  Hazard-SJ  ✈  06:45, 28 September 2012 (UTC)

mass merger candidates

Not a huge task, about 65 pages. Not an AWB expert but hoping it could be used to tag them all with the same merge template. Code for the merge tag and a list of pages are at User:Beeblebrox/Lego mergers sandbox. Is this something AWB can do? It's not 100% ready, the list will probably need to be modified, but I just wanted to know if this is even doable. Beeblebrox (talk) 22:31, 1 October 2012 (UTC)

Sure, I can take care of it. Quite simple - AWB has an append-before-page-content option. Drop me a note when you're ready and I'll run through them. Theopolisme 23:17, 1 October 2012 (UTC)
I've only been n for ten or twenty minutes a t a time today, I think I will have an hour or so to go through and verify the complete list later today. Thanks for your reply! Beeblebrox (talk) 22:14, 2 October 2012 (UTC)
Ok, had a look and I think the entire list can be tagged now. Thanks again! Beeblebrox (talk) 03:33, 4 October 2012 (UTC)
Doing... – hope you don't mind Theopolisme. Themeparkgc  Talk  07:26, 4 October 2012 (UTC)
 Done Themeparkgc  Talk  07:33, 4 October 2012 (UTC)
Sure, no problem -- I was asleep, anyhow. :) Theopolisme 20:01, 4 October 2012 (UTC)
I believe it would be a very big page, which would be unwieldy to navigate. I'm against it. 惑乱 Wakuran (talk) 20:48, 6 October 2012 (UTC)
The actual discussion about the merger is taking place here. Please add your comments to that page. Themeparkgc  Talk  23:00, 6 October 2012 (UTC)

Please run AWB on Fujiwara no Hirotsugu Rebellion

I used to have AWB on my old computer running windows, but haven't installed it on the new machine with linux yet. I'd therefore appreciate if somebody could run AWB on Fujiwara no Hirotsugu Rebellion which I just wrote. Running it with basic improvements would be fine as I am mostly interested in having the reference links sorted numerically. Thank you. bamse (talk) 22:33, 9 October 2012 (UTC)

 Done Ryan Vesey 22:37, 9 October 2012 (UTC)
Thank you. bamse (talk) 05:49, 10 October 2012 (UTC)

The Royal Library, Denmark

Please change all references to "Danish national library", "Danish Royal Library", "National Library of Denmark", "Royal Danish Library" and "Royal Library, Copenhagen" (all redirects) to "The Royal Library, Denmark". Thanks. — Cheers, JackLee talk 07:30, 11 October 2012 (UTC)

Doesn't WP:NOTBROKEN apply here? I've edited the first two to fix the double redirects. -- John of Reading (talk) 09:59, 11 October 2012 (UTC)
Shouldn't the name (quite apart from the link) be standardized? — Cheers, JackLee talk 10:24, 11 October 2012 (UTC)
So are you suggesting change them (their link text) to "The Royal Library", which would entail finding all pages that include one of the links above (Danish ntl library, Danish royal library, etc), then changing that link text to "[[The Royal Library, Denmark|The Royal Library]]? Theopolisme 15:04, 14 October 2012 (UTC)
I think WP:NOTBROKEN applies whether you're talking about piping links to avoid redirects, or replacing [[Danish Royal Library]] (for example) with [[The Royal Library, Denmark]] (which is how I interpreted the request). "The Royal Library, Denmark" is an improvement over "The Royal Danish Library" IMO, but it's by no means clear that it's the "best" title (the official title is The Royal Library, The National Library, and Copenhagen University Library), and I don't think we need to go changing links across the entire encyclopaedia every time the article title is changed. Braincricket (talk) 17:05, 14 October 2012 (UTC)
"if it ain't broke, don't fix it" is often repeated but unhelpful. The patient is ill but don't fix it until they are dead. The ship requires continuous bailout but it's not sunk so why mend the leak? Regards, Sun Creator(talk) 17:29, 14 October 2012 (UTC)
I don't believe anyone in history the universe has ever said "the patient is ill but don't fix it until they are dead". Call the policy what you will. You don't think it applies in this case? Braincricket (talk) 18:06, 14 October 2012 (UTC)
WP:REDIRECT#NOTBROKEN applies but in my view "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" does not, so in the interest of better communication I would not recommend shortening. Regards, Sun Creator(talk) 18:18, 14 October 2012 (UTC)
Got it. Braincricket (talk) 19:05, 14 October 2012 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── OK, no problem. Thanks. — Cheers, JackLee talk 01:44, 15 October 2012 (UTC)

Link stripping:

Could someone with access to AWB look into converting the articlespace links in this :

into proper URLs or Wyaback links? Sfan00 IMG (talk) 10:47, 16 October 2012 (UTC)

Mass revert? Anything else to do?

User:Wikilogin123 has made 100 identical additions to Talk pages canvassing for edits. Not sure how many of these should be reverted, per WP:CANVAS, but some, anyways. --Lexein (talk) 16:45, 23 October 2012 (UTC)

Disregard - apparently already dealt with. --Lexein (talk) 17:53, 23 October 2012 (UTC)

Scott Borchetta

Scott Borchetta -> [[Scott Borchetta]] Introduce wikilinks now that he has an article. Ten Pound Hammer(What did I screw up now?) 00:44, 24 October 2012 (UTC)

 Done, but I'm not sure if the Scott Borchetta in Brickyard 400 is the same guy, so I didn't link it. Braincricket (talk) 03:06, 24 October 2012 (UTC)

Cite CanLII

I've created {{cite CanLII}} which replaces the functionality of three templates: {{Canlii-fc}}, {{Canlii-fca}} and {{Canlii-scc}}. Could you please make the following replacements?

  • {{Canlii-fc|2012|34}} → {{cite CanLII|source=fct|year=2012|num=34}}
  • {{Canlii-fca|2012|34}} → {{cite CanLII|source=fca|year=2012|num=34}}
  • {{Canlii-scc|2012|34}} → {{cite CanLII|source=scc|year=2012|num=34}}

In the above examples, "2012" is the first parameter ({{{1}}}) and "34" is the second parameter ({{{2}}}). I don't think any of the other parameters of the templates will require alteration. Thanks. — SMUconlaw (talk) 16:48, 21 October 2012 (UTC)

Doing... Themeparkgc  Talk  22:48, 23 October 2012 (UTC)
 Done All transclusions have been updated. Some WikiProjects link back to the old templates so you may wish to update them manually. Themeparkgc  Talk  23:02, 23 October 2012 (UTC)
Great, thanks. However, there seems to be a slight error. For example, in "Right to vote in Singapore law", you changed "{{Canlii-scc|...}}" to "{{cite CanLII||source=scc|...}}". The extra pipe ("|") character in front of "source=scc" means that the first parameter is now blank. Can you remove the redundant pipe character? Thanks. — SMUconlaw (talk) 08:08, 24 October 2012 (UTC)
Just wanted to confirm the above - since this also broke all the Canadian cases and their citations. Can it be re-done? Unavoidable (talk) 12:49, 25 October 2012 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── The replacement doesn't have to be reversed, but someone who knows how to operate AWB (I don't) needs to change "{{cite CanLII||...}}" (extra pipe character) to "{{cite CanLII|...}}". Themeparkgc or another editor, could you please oblige? Thanks! — SMUconlaw (talk) 15:28, 25 October 2012 (UTC)

Terribly sorry about this. Fixing "cite CanLII" now... Themeparkgc  Talk  07:02, 26 October 2012 (UTC)
Fixed. Can someone please verify they are working as expected? Themeparkgc  Talk  07:09, 26 October 2012 (UTC)
Thanks very much. I think the template is working fine now. However, I've spotted some cases (for example, in "British Columbia (PSERC) v. BCGSEU") where the template is linking to an HTTP 404 error page. This does not appear to be due to {{cite CanLII}} or to the AWB search and replace, but incorrect uses of {{canlii-scc}} to begin with. These will have to be manually corrected. — SMUconlaw (talk) 18:26, 26 October 2012 (UTC)

Mattheus Marinus Schepman

Do you know someone who has a bot that can substitute and link this name "Schepman" (it is a new article) in the scores of articles where it appears? Here are a few:

That is just the beginning, and there are lots more species. 7&6=thirteen () 12:31, 1 November 2012 (UTC)

I manually finished off that list. Haven't yet looked to see if there are more. 7&6=thirteen () 18:02, 1 November 2012 (UTC)
Looks like there are about an additional 400, more or less. 7&6=thirteen () 18:33, 1 November 2012 (UTC)
By substitute, I assume you mean [[Mattheus Marinus Schepman|Schepman]], right? —Theopolisme 22:18, 1 November 2012 (UTC)
Yes but don't overlink. Be forewarned, there are also a few articles that have "Schepman" in them, and they don't actually have anything to do with the subject of this article and aren't connected to Mattheus or his work. 7&6=thirteen () 22:26, 1 November 2012 (UTC)

Articles with known typos

Here are some lists containing over 50,000 known articles with a typo according to the existing typos rules.

Thanks for those, Sun Creator! Any idea what's going on with Project TypoScan? Braincricket (talk) 20:26, 25 October 2012 (UTC)
It seems no one but User:Reedy knows how to update the TypoScan data and he is either unwilling or unable to do so. Regards, Sun Creator(talk) 22:17, 29 October 2012 (UTC)
Thanks for these! I'm importing lists 10 and 11 right now to work on those. -download ׀ talk 05:21, 1 November 2012 (UTC)
Has anyone gone through lists 10 and 11 already? Don't seem to be picking up many typos out of the lists... any lists that still require editing? -download ׀ talk 00:22, 3 November 2012 (UTC)
Breno has been doing them today, see Wikipedia_talk:WikiProject_TypoScan#Articles_with_typos. Regards, Sun Creator(talk) 18:57, 3 November 2012 (UTC)

request for typo fix

Please, replace galllery with gallery (and Galllery too). Thx.--Tomas62 (talk) 11:34, 2 November 2012 (UTC)

Doing... Adamiow (talk) 13:15, 2 November 2012 (UTC)
 Done Adamiow (talk) 14:12, 2 November 2012 (UTC)

Introduce links

Wendell Mobley -> [[Wendell Mobley]] now that he has an article. Likewise for John Jarrard -> [[John Jarrard]] please. Ten Pound Hammer(What did I screw up now?) 05:56, 3 November 2012 (UTC)

Doing... Adamiow (talk) 14:23, 3 November 2012 (UTC)
 Done Adamiow (talk) 17:57, 3 November 2012 (UTC)


[[Where I Come From]] -> [[Where I Come From (Alan Jackson song)|Where I Come From]]. Page moved and I want to make sure all the links are changed. Ten Pound Hammer(What did I screw up now?) 20:55, 13 November 2012 (UTC)

Doing... Adamiow (talk) 21:23, 13 November 2012 (UTC)
 Done Adamiow (talk) 21:28, 13 November 2012 (UTC)

Replace links to MiszaBot

On article talk pages that link to User:MiszaBot, replace bot=MiszaBot| with bot=MiszaBot I|. (Example) MiszaBot was retired and blocked over a year ago, but the archive notices on many many talk pages still say that MiszaBot is archiving the page, instead of MiszaBot I who is really doing the archiving. It's a minor issue, but it had me confused for a minute or two. ~Adjwilley (talk) 20:52, 4 December 2012 (UTC)

It's an awfully long list, and a link to the different varieties of MiszaBot is already available at user:MiszaBot. I personally don't see the need for that minor a change. —Theopolisme 23:56, 4 December 2012 (UTC)
OK, I knew it was a minor change, but I didn't know how long the list was. It's no big deal. Thanks! ~Adjwilley (talk) 01:59, 5 December 2012 (UTC)
It's about 1422 pages.  Hazard-SJ  ✈  03:21, 5 December 2012 (UTC)

Template parameters

I'm looking for a tool that can change a few parameters at all article space instances of {{Infobox sportsperson}}. Please see also Template talk:Infobox sportsperson#Spouse parameter.

  • {{Infobox sportsperson |partner= }}{{Infobox sportsperson |sports_partner= }}
Add underscores
  • {{Infobox sportsperson |life-partner= }}{{Infobox sportsperson |life_partner= }}
  • {{Infobox sportsperson |other-interests= }}{{Infobox sportsperson |other_interests= }}
  • {{Infobox sportsperson |formerpartner= }}{{Infobox sportsperson |former_partner= }}

De728631 (talk) 21:14, 26 November 2012 (UTC)

If you added these to WP:AWB/RTP then AWB would process them as part of its general fixes. (I'm assuming there is already agreement that these parameter changes are needed) Rjwilmsi 08:22, 27 November 2012 (UTC)
Going to add them there. And yes, there is consensus, hence my link to the talk page. De728631 (talk) 10:09, 28 November 2012 (UTC)