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AnomieBOT edits

Hi Anomie, AnomieBOT made a few edits recently to User:Becky Sayles/sandbox. I think it happened because I forgot to include {{User Sandbox}} on the page. I'm not familiar with AnomieBOT's functions, but I think it may be helpful for you to take a look at those edits. I imagine that if the page had been something other than a sandbox, the edits might not be desirable.  B E C K Y S A Y L E 01:39, 13 January 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Becky Sayles: A discussion at Wikipedia:Templates for discussion/Log/2016 July 2#Template:Multicol determined that those templates should be replaced with other templates, and thus someone instructed the bot to make that replacement. Anomie 16:47, 13 January 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Help over a specific page!

I need your help. I made a school's page named 'Contai Public School' and I am unable to add the school's logo. Shreyam Pattanayak (talk) 07:52, 14 January 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Perhaps you should read Help:Editing#Adding images, sounds and videos. Anomie 17:15, 14 January 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I have just updated File:Pango-name.svg on the Wikimedia Commons, it looks much better than previous version, do you want to copy it to Wikipedia? -- Great Brightstar (talk) 17:17, 2 December 2016 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Well, this file have been updated, so abandon this request. --Great Brightstar (talk) 07:21, 16 January 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I'm stumped

I've got a design flaw in a script, and I need leads on possible approaches for fixing it. I'm hoping you can point me in the right direction...

I'm working on a script to make browsing and reading lists on Wikipedia easier. It's called User:The Transhumanist/anno.js. It toggles the hiding of annotations, so you can turn them off when you just want to see the items listed for quick browsing. And you can reactivate them again when you come across a term you don't know. For example...

It makes:

  • Chess board – checkerboard with 64 squares (eight rows and eight columns) arranged in two alternating colors (light and dark). The colors are called "black" and "white", although the actual colors vary: usually they are dark green and buff for boards used in competition, and often natural shades of light and dark woods for home boards. Chess boards can be built into chess tables, or dispensed with (along with pieces) if playing mental chess, computer chess, Internet chess and sometimes correspondence chess.
    • Rank – horizontal row of squares on the chessboard.
    • File – vertical (i.e. in the direction from one player to the other) column of squares on the chessboard.
  • Chess set – all the pieces required to play a game of chess. Chess sets come in various materials and styles, and some are considered collectors' items and works of art. The most popular style for competitive play is the Staunton chess set, named after Howard Staunton. The relative values given are approximate and depend on the game situation.
    • Chess pieces – two armies of 16 chess pieces, one army white, the other black. Each player controls one of the armies for the entire game. The pieces in each army include:
      • 1 king – most important piece, and one of the weakest (until the endgame). The object of the game is checkmate, by placing the enemy king in check in a way that it cannot escape capture in the next move. On the top of the piece is a cross.
      • 1 queen – most powerful piece in the game, with a relative value of 9 points. The top of the piece is crown-like. Official tournament chess sets have 2 queens of each color, to deal with pawns being promoted
      • 2 rooks – look like castle towers and have a relative value of 5 points each.
      • 2 bishops – stylized after mitres (bishops' hats), and have a relative value of 3 points each.
      • 2 knights – usually look like horse heads and have a relative value of 3 points each.
      • 8 pawns – smallest pieces in the game, each topped by a ball. Pawns have a relative value of 1 point each.

Look like this:

Rather than show/hide DOM elements, which would require inserting divs into articles in order for those pages to work with the script, when the toggle is activated the script saves the content and then uses regex to remove the annotations. Pressing the toggle again gets the saved state back.

The problem is that the view port shifts position relative to what the user was looking at. When annotations before his location in the article are removed, the text he was looking at disappears off the top of the view port. When those annotations are restored, it pushes the text in the view port down.

What I'd like to do is have the top line of the topmost bulleted item in the view port retain its position when the toggle is pressed, with everything else being updated above and below it. If there are no bulleted items on the screen, then the topmost line of text should retain its position.

This is where I'm stuck.

Everything I've read so far about view port location adjustment requires doing so relative to an identifiable DOM element.

<li> tags apparently are not specific enough.

Is there a way to apply regex to just the content of the viewport?

If so, I could insert a div (with ID), and then determine and save the location of the div, and work off of that.

I'm hoping you can point me in the right direction.

Sincerely, The Transhumanist 11:36, 12 January 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Personally, I'd have the script wrap each annotation in a <span> with a particular class instead of cloning the whole page, inject a stylesheet rule for that class into the page, and toggle the display property.
As for finding the element at a particular point within the viewport, document.elementFromPoint looks promising. Anomie 17:34, 12 January 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thank you for the tips. I'm making progress (I think).
I was very intrigued by your first suggestion, and have tackled that...
I couldn't figure out how to inject a stylesheet rule, or even why doing so was needed.
So, instead I wrapped the annotations with <span class="anno">annotation goes here</span>, like you said, and then I used .hide and .show on the class, like this: $( ".anno" ).hide();
It's working, and there's no flicker like there was when I cloned the whole page. Is there something I'm missing here?
It looks like classes have a display property by default.
Now I'm going to try out your viewport suggestion... The Transhumanist 10:21, 19 January 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]
The difference is that $( ".anno" ).hide(); individually adjusts every 'anno' tag in the page, while if you injected a stylesheet rule and changed its display you're letting the browser handle the element-adjusting. Chances are it doesn't matter a great deal. Anomie 20:43, 19 January 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]
By "inject a stylesheet rule", do you mean using the <style> tag in the <head> section of the document?[1] The Transhumanist 23:55, 19 January 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Your Bot delete my page of Yago Roche

Hello, your bot page has deleted my page that was reviewed during Christmas and was reestablished because you do this when you have a notification that everything is correct? Please can you reestablish the page again? Thank you very much. The message of your bot is this: 04:19, 11 January 2017 AnomieBOT III (talk | contribs) deleted page Yago roche (G8: Broken redirect to Yago Roche. If this bot is malfunctioning, please report it at User:AnomieBOT III/shutoff/BrokenRedirectDeleter) --ShayminCat (talk) 23:59, 22 January 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

The page had been moved from Yago roche to Yago Roche, leaving the redirect. The latter was then deleted per CSD A7. AnomieBOT then deleted the redirect since the target no longer existed.
I see you've attempted to create this page twice, both times at the incorrectly-capitalized title, and both times it has been moved and then deleted. You should probably discuss the situation with the editors involved (Yintan and Anachronist). Anomie 01:28, 23 January 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Your BRFA, Wikipedia:Bots/Requests for approval/AnomieBOT 76, has been approved for trial. — xaosflux Talk 02:59, 23 January 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Bot to delete emptied monthly maintenance categories

See Wp:BTR#Bot to delete emptied monthly maintenance categories. Since your bot creates monthly maintenance categories. It'd be fitting if it could also delete them when they get emptied, rather than leave the job to human admins. (talk) 14:27, 23 January 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Deadlink date

Re:Struggling People's Organization No guess involved. If you check the archive for that url at it was not found in September 2007, and continued to be not found thereafter. If you check the site of the Sun-Sentinel, they expressly state that articles are only kept in the main space there for two weeks. Checking the 2007 archives of the Sun-Sentinel leads me to believe that the citation was incorrect to start with. --Bejnar (talk) 19:03, 19 January 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

The point is that the date parameter for {{dead link}} is the date the tag was added, not some other date that you think might be appropriate. Anomie 20:45, 19 January 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]
While the text does refer to "current" the definition of the parameter says "The month and year the URL was found to be dead", which, as in this case, is not necessarily the same thing. Think about the purpose of the template, and the purpose of adding a date. --02:26, 20 January 2017 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Bejnar (talkcontribs) 02:28, 20 January 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]
"was found to be dead", not "when you think it might have died after finding it years later." Anomie 12:43, 20 January 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]
In this case found it to be dead in September 2007. No "might" about it. Evidence of the "finding" is here. The continued dead nature of the link is substantiated at --Bejnar (talk) 05:45, 21 January 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]
The earliest archived version of that URL shows it was dead then, so when was the link ever live? Anyway, none of this changes the fact that your use of the parameter was incorrect and has now been fixed. There's no point in my continuing to argue about this with you. Good day. Anomie 15:48, 21 January 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]
My use was not incorrect. It fit the definition of the parameter. But, you are correct that this discussion does not appear to led to any consensus. --Bejnar (talk) 04:09, 24 January 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Hi Brad. I'm attempting to use your OAuth example. I'm trying to insert a wildcard that is needed for the callback URL, but I can not find where it's to be inserted. -- Amanda (aka DQ) 05:11, 26 January 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I've found, after talking with bd808 in -labs, that oauth_callback does not have to be set to oob (as stated line 200 in above source) and can instead be used to specify the callback URL. You'll need to have set the consumer to be able to specify the URL (and it must be prefixed with the callback URL you submitted in your consumer proposal).
For example, for a consumer proposal callback URL of we could set oauth_callback to 'oauth_callback' => ''.
Hope this helps -- Samtar talk · contribs 08:11, 26 January 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I updated the comment in the code. Anomie 12:57, 26 January 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

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Menobot / Josvebot

Just a heads up. Menobot has stopped doing CHECKWIKI fixes for months now.

Josvebot has no new edts since September 2016.

This means BG19bot is the only bot right now doing CHECKWIKI fixes. -- Magioladitis (talk) 09:48, 3 February 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Considering that it's questionable whether there is even consensus that every checkwiki fix really need doing by a bot, that doesn't seem like a major problem. Anomie 13:02, 3 February 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Since everything can be done by human editors and bots can do it, I see no reason that bots don't actually do it. Recall that the main issue (or perhaps) is the watchlist issue. Bots have the advance that their edits can be hidden. -- Magioladitis (talk) 14:07, 3 February 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Bgwhite:, the person who spends hous daily in CHECKWIKI, to get notified about that not having a bot for the tasks does not seem like a major problem. -- Magioladitis (talk) 19:34, 3 February 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Bgwhite, I think Anomie does not think that the CHECKWIKI tasks have consensus to be done. -- Magioladitis (talk) 20:22, 3 February 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

What history

Can you please explain your comment here? What do you mean by "Given your history"? The were no complains for making general fixes in addition to main tasks. Were there? -- Magioladitis (talk)

Your history of having issues with "general fixes" in general. Anomie 13:00, 3 February 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]
The complains were related to the fact that these edits were in some cases not done in addition to an approved task. No complains were ever done for the general fixes themselves apart from the ref ordering and the blank between sections which both were handled. -- Magioladitis (talk) 14:09, 3 February 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Protection level

I see you changed the protection level of Template:Don't edit this line parent way back in 2011, before template editor rights were created. Could you please change the level to allow template editors access? I'm working on the automated taxonomy system at present, and need to change this template to fit with the conversion of other parts to Lua. Peter coxhead (talk) 10:48, 21 December 2016 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I only fixed the protection after Bob the Wikipedian incorrectly included cascading when protecting it. I don't know what that template is used for, and it doesn't seem like it would need any editing, so I'd rather not go changing the protection level. You'd probably to better to discuss it on the project's talk page or to go to WP:RFPP. Anomie 12:48, 21 December 2016 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Actually, I usually go straight to WP:RFPP, but the highlighted text at Wikipedia:Requests for page protection#Current requests for reduction in protection level says to go to the protecting admin first, so I thought I'd do it this time... Peter coxhead (talk) 17:38, 21 December 2016 (UTC)Reply[reply]

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Could'relative'; please be removed because of --TerraCodes (talk to me) 09:31, 3 March 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Looking it over, the position and z-index probably aren't needed anymore. Done. Anomie 14:10, 3 March 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thanks. --TerraCodes (talk to me) 09:29, 4 March 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Subst-only on Wikispecies

Please could you have your bot Subst: templates marked with species:Template:Subst_only, on Wikispecies? Discussion is at species:Wikispecies:Village Pump#Auto:substing templates. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 19:51, 4 March 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I'd rather not run bots on wikis I'm not active on. Sorry. Anomie 20:13, 4 March 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Article James Hepburn, 4th Earl of Bothwell

Hello ! Your BOT (whatever that is) have put a template which states "This section may require cleanup to meet Wikipedia's quality standards. The specific problem is: repetitive repetition of redundancy" at the Scandinavian (and ending) part of James Hepburn, 4th Earl of Bothwell. I have added some sources and translated others. And I don't really see the call for the template, not anymore at least. Do you mind if I remove the template ? Boeing720 (talk) 22:03, 5 March 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

The bot did not do that, if you look carefully at the diff you'll see the bot only added |date=June 2016 to an existing template. It was originally added in this earlier edit. Anomie 22:49, 5 March 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Oh I'm very sorry. Should have looked more carefully. Cheers Boeing720 (talk) 18:15, 6 March 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

A barnstar for you!

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Thanks so much for setting up your bot to take over VeblenBot's responsibilities. 1989 (talk) 15:10, 22 January 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thanks! Anomie 20:18, 22 January 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

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Just 200 more redirects to delete -Wikipedia Admins in a world without AnomieBOT. No but really, thank you for your contributions on wiki and to the MediaWiki software and as well gracing us Wikipedians with thy holy AnomieBOT. :) Ⓩⓟⓟⓘⓧ Talk 22:14, 31 January 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

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Bot error

Your bot's edit at this page revision incorrectly transcribed two parameters – see bottom of infobox – as refcoachyears and refcoachteams (instead of repcoachyears and repcoachteams) due to a typo in your coding. Please fix the typo and redo all other instances affected by this error. -- Ham105 (talk) 16:52, 21 March 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Primefac: This looks like your recent substitution job. Anomie 16:59, 21 March 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Shit. Yes. I'll find a way to fix it. Thanks. Primefac (talk) 17:06, 21 March 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]
For the record, I've fixed things. Primefac (talk) 17:58, 21 March 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hi. AnomieBOT (talk · contribs) needs updating. Please could you change it so that it recognises target names as probably not available for usurpation if the following cases:

  1. If the target accounts's primary wiki is not enwiki, in which case the first bullet of its automated message should be:
    Pictogram voting delete.svg As the target username's primary wiki is not the English Wikipedia, this request should be addressed to a Steward at meta:Steward requests/Username changes.
  2. If the target account has made edits to another wiki, in which case the first bullet of its automated message should be:
    Pictogram voting delete.svg The target username has made edits to another Wikimedia project. This may be a barrier to usurpation.

Thanks. WJBscribe (talk) 13:01, 27 March 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

These sorts of messages are generated via Template:CUU. I've updated the bot to set the following parameters on new posts of that template, which you might use to determine when to generate those messages:
  • sul-primary: Code of the SUL primary wiki, if any.
  • sul-other-edits: Number of edits made to wikis other than enwiki, both attached and unattached.
HTH. Anomie 16:20, 27 March 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

AnomieBot III

I don't want to post to the shutoff page, because I don't want to shut it off if I'm not *sure* I'm right. But it looks like AnomieBot III deleted List of Little Bill episodes as a broken redirect to a deleted page, except it wasn't a redirect at the time, it was a full-fledged article. I've restored the article, but could you take a look and either explain what I got wrong, or figure out what needs fixed? Thanks. --Floquenbeam (talk) 22:11, 10 April 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hmm. I can't see any obvious reason why the bot might have thought it was a redirect. Maybe there was some sort of Tool Labs DB screwup so it was marked as a redirect in the Labs DB, I'll add another safety check to the bot to detect that situation. Anomie 22:37, 10 April 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]
(I was about to say "I don't understand Tool Labs DB", but then I was afraid (a) I'd look dumb, and (b) you might try to explain it to me. So instead I'll just say...) OK thanks! :) --Floquenbeam (talk) 23:32, 10 April 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Hi @Anomie:

Is the source code for your not readily available or:

  • It isn't and/or:
  • I am going to create one on my own?😕😕 BulbAtop (talk) 21:58, 12 April 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]
It would probably be a better idea for you to spend some time gaining experience as a normal editor before trying to run a bot. Anomie 12:33, 13 April 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Not the highest priority...

...but this snazzy userbox you created, User:Anomie/User Admin adminstats, seems to be broken for some reason. It's decided that neither you or I are admins at the moment, and last I checked, I still was. Honestly I'm more curious about the bug than anything else, because if there are some bits of Wikipedia that don't know we're admins, that might be a problem at some point. Cheers, Vanamonde (talk) 10:42, 20 April 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Looks like Cyberbot is broken. See User talk:Cyberpower678#Adminstats error. Anomie 12:20, 20 April 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Huh, interesting. Thanks. Vanamonde (talk) 12:55, 20 April 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Regarding talklinks

Hi Anomie, do you know if your talklink script will be affected by this: — Preceding unsigned comment added by InsaneHacker (talkcontribs) 14:42, 28 April 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

It shouldn't be. Those functions have all been printing warnings to the browser's console for some time now, and I haven't seen any while still using that script. Anomie 15:08, 28 April 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

OAuth fails on IABot

Hello, Cyberpower76 referred me to you. When I try to login to IABot to run it manually, I get a blank page and the expected popup that asks if I want to allow the app to access my account doesn't appear. This started happening late last week. If there's anything that can be done, I would appreciate your assistance. Stevie is the man! TalkWork 16:08, 1 May 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

You'll have to provide more details if you want help. How exactly does someone "login to IABot to run it manually"? What is the URL that shows a blank page, with tokens redacted if necessary? Are you getting any errors in your browser's JavaScript console? Anomie 17:28, 1 May 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]
This journey starts with the "Fix dead links" link near the top of revision history pages. I believe this is a new link. When one clicks the link, it goes to this page for the example article Indian Head Rock: [2]. On the page, in fat letters, it says "Login required". So, off I go to click "Not logged in | Login" in the top menu (upper right). Now I'm on an OAuth page (I'll avoid providing the link in case there's a security issue with doing that). Previously, on this OAuth page, I would have seen a popup-like box asking me if I want to allow the app to access my account. This popup no longer appears, and hasn't appeared since about last Thursday or so. I hope this is enough info to go on. Stevie is the man! TalkWork 21:49, 1 May 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Works fine when I try it. Check your browser's error console to see if you're affected by the issues described at WP:VPT#Old script-pocalypse. You might also add &safemode=1 to the URL to see if that works. Anomie 23:14, 1 May 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]
OK, with safemode, the popup appears. Thanks for reminding me about that. I corrected my common.js days ago, so I guess it's down to a script or gadget I use. It's probably not worth my time to debug -- I'll just hope people fix their scripts/gadgets. Thank you for your assistance. Stevie is the man! TalkWork 19:19, 2 May 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Got a moment?

Anomie, I'm working on a userscript to strip redlinks from outlines, and I've run into a problem that I'm hoping you know how to fix.

Please see my post at Wikipedia talk:WikiProject JavaScript#Nested RegExp.

Thank you. The Transhumanist 11:25, 5 May 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

You'd probably want to be a little more clear on what exactly is going on. What are the values of redlinks[i] and wpTextbox1.value that are giving you unexpected results? Anomie 11:44, 5 May 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]
It's mostly working now, but there are some annoying misses where it definitely should be matching. I'll get you some specs and example data as soon as I can. The Transhumanist 08:20, 13 May 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

please put out a mark "orfan"

@Anomie: Good day, thank you for editing, I did some links, can I ask you to see, if there aren't some mistakes, please put out a mark "orfan" from thу page Venetian school of fencing Maks gerold (talk) 14:41, 17 May 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Spoiler guideline

Hi, could you please discuss my contribution first before reverting it? Why do you consider language that displays opinions as opinions and not as facts "weasel language"? Highflyer Hank (talk) 14:50, 30 May 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

You may want to read WP:BOLD, revert, discuss cycle. It's not "BOLD, revert, revert, discuss". Feel free to start a section on the guideline's talk page if you want to discuss your proposed addition. Anomie 11:31, 31 May 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

"Please stop, you apparently don't know what you're doing here and shouldn't fool around with heavily-used live templates. I'll post an explanation to the talk page momentarily." Then do so. -- PBS (talk) 12:11, 8 August 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Wow, impatient. I finished the post to the template's talk page in the same minute you posted here. Anomie 12:15, 8 August 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Yobot 46

On Wikipedia:Bots/Requests for approval/Yobot 46. I have emailed Bgwhite to reply to that, but he never replied. For details see [3] You gave me less than 30 hours to reply to this. Can we revive the task? Recall that this rask was already approved in the past and that the description of it was easy to find. --- Magioladitis (talk) 15:27, 12 August 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Magioladitis: At the time you had far too many requests open, and in that one you didn't bother to fill out the "links to relevant discussions" or "function details" sections, so I denied it to help clear the mess you made. Now that most of your BRFAs have been cleared from WP:BRFA, you might try filing a new BRFA for that request that has all of the fields completely filled out (I'd recommend copying the task description into the BRFA, not just dropping a link to a checkwiki page). Remember to continue to limit the total number of open BRFAs for bots you operate. Anomie 11:46, 13 August 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Overriding importStylesheet from talklink

Heya Anomie, hope you're doing well.

On User:Anomie/talklink you mention that if a user wants to change the colors displayed on the talk page tab they should omit importStylesheet('User:Anomie/talklink.css'); // Linkback: [[User:Anomie/talklink.css]] from their common.js. Is there a way to customize the color without omitting that line? The reason I'm asking is that I'm working on implementing the script as a gadget on my home wiki, and gadgets don't allow that level of granularity (you check the box, you get both the js and css). I still want users to be able to customize the colors via their common.css, but I'm unsure as to how to do it. Any suggestions?

Respectfully, InsaneHacker (💬) 16:17, 14 August 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

It would probably work to just let people override the existing styles in their user common.css, depending on load order. Anomie 23:23, 14 August 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I'm currently trying to override the import on my personal js with my personal css, which isn't working. Do you think it'll work if it's a gadget instead, since personal css takes precedence? Respectfully, InsaneHacker (💬) 10:23, 15 August 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]
It might, assuming the gadget loads the CSS directly rather than loading the CSS via an importStylesheet call. As I said, it depends on load order. Anomie 13:32, 16 August 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Bug at AnomieBOT SPERTable

At AnomieBOT's SPERTable, there's a possible bug: it's saying there's an open request at Unite the Right rally, only it takes me to one of the Talk page's archives with no unanswered request. Is there something you can do about this? jd22292 (Jalen D. Folf) (talk) 21:29, 15 August 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I tried fixing it but the bot doesn't care. I think something got archived before the bot recognized the edit request. nihlus kryik (talk) 22:40, 15 August 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Jd22292: it looks like a combination of aggressive archiving and overlapping section titles was at play here - probably not worth looking in to further. — xaosflux Talk 00:56, 16 August 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Jd22292: It was trying to link to this request. But since that page was a redirect, when you clicked the link in the table it was going to the target page instead of the redirect page that had the actual request on it. (For completeness: The redirect page had a request on it in the first place because someone's archiving script archived to the redirect instead of the actual archive, and someone used said script on a section with an open edit request.) Anomie 13:41, 16 August 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

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Moving refs out of templates

Hey Anomie, not sure what happened here Regards, CV9933 (talk) 20:17, 15 September 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

It moved the refs out of the {{columns-list}} template's parameter, which screwed things up because that also meant it moved refs out of the {{Reflist}} inside that template. I've updated the bot to skip the "moving refs out of templates" thing if the template contains a <references> or {{reflist}}. Anomie 04:23, 18 September 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Template Literatur

The above template is easier to handle then your replacement. How can I stop the bot's work on my userpage? AVS (talk) 20:26, 29 September 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Avernarius: Place {{bots|deny=AnomieBOT}} on the page and it will not edit it. However, if the page ever goes live, this should be removed. – Nihlus (talk) 20:40, 29 September 2017 (UTC) (talk page stalker)Reply[reply]

6 years of adminship

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Wishing Anomie a very happy adminship anniversary on behalf of the Wikipedia Birthday Committee! Chris Troutman (talk) 01:39, 1 October 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

linkclassifier instructions

The instructions here would cause errors for people and I've thus changed them. It's a bit ugly, but... well, if you have better ideas, please do go ahead :) —TheDJ (talkcontribs) 20:34, 3 October 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Future of outlines

Hi Anomie,

Here's a summary/update on my script writing efforts, in case you would like to provide insight of any kind...

As you might remember, I'm in the process of building scripts for viewing outlines and for outline development.

So far, there is:

  • User:The Transhumanist/OutlineViewAnnotationToggler.js – this one provides a menu item to turn annotations on/off, so you can view lists bare when you want to (without annotations). When done, it will work on (the embedded lists of) all pages, not just outlines. Currently it is limited to outlines only, for development and testing purposes. It supports hotkey activation/deactivation of annotations, but that feature currently lacks an accurate viewport location reset for retaining the location on screen that the user was looking at. The program also needs an indicator that tells the user it is still on. Otherwise, you might wonder why a bare list has annotations in edit mode, when you go in to add some. :) Though it is functional as is. Check it out. After installing it, look at Outline of cell biology, and press ⇧ Shift+Alt+a. And again.
  • User:The Transhumanist/RedlinksRemover.js – strips out entries in outlines that are nothing but a redlink. It removes them right out of the tree structure. But only end nodes (i.e., not parent nodes, which we need to keep). It delinks redlinks that have non-redlink offspring, or that have or are embedded in an annotation. It does not yet recognize entries that lack a bullet (it treats those as embedded).

It is my objective to build a set of scripts that fully automate the process of creating outlines. This end goal is a long way off (AI-complete?). In the meantime, I hope to increase editor productivity as much as I can. Fifty percent automation would double an editor's productivity. I think I could reach 80% automation (a five-fold increase in productivity) within a couple years. Comments and suggestions are welcome.

There's more:

  • User:The Transhumanist/StripSearchInWikicode.js – another script, which strips WP search results down to a bare list of links, and inserts wikilink formatting for ease of insertion of those links into lists. This is useful for gathering links for outlines. I'd like this script to sort its results. So, if you know how, or know someone who knows how, please let me know. A more immediate problem is that the resultant list is interlaced with extra CR/LFs, which I can't figure out how to get rid of.

Script and script feature requests (for outlines) are welcome. The Transhumanist 06:45, 26 October 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

WP:BOTDICT expansion

Would you mind writing something about 2FA/Bot passwords/OAuth in there? And other similar technical things? Thanks. Headbomb {t · c · p · b} 04:48, 29 November 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Added those three. If you think of more "similar technical things", let me know. Anomie 14:45, 29 November 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Tfd bot

it looks like the bot has stopped rotating the Tfd log pages. thank you. Frietjes (talk) 14:36, 29 November 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

User:Uanfala broke it with this edit, trying to have an undeletion discussion at WP:TFD rather than WP:DRV. This edit should fix it. Anomie 14:58, 29 November 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • I don't think it's a bot's job to be closing such discussions at all, and certainly not in cases like this one that require some judgement. Fwiw, I disagree with the subsequent "wrong forum" close: TfD is precisely the place to discuss potentially controversial actions with templates, especially as in this case the proposal involves a reversal of a previous TfD consensus as well as the merger of two templates. And even from the most narrow and literal view of TfD, merge proposals do belong there. – Uanfala 15:22, 29 November 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

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Whenever your bot adds a date as in (, the tag no longer shows on the page. Natureium (talk) 20:52, 11 December 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

It appears that User:Blue-Haired Lawyer changed the behavior of {{update after}} in this edit in February 2016 so the tag will not display on the day that it's tagged, contrary to the documentation which states "the year, month, and day that the template should activate" (rather than "the year, month, and day after which the template should activate") (emphasis added in both cases). I suppose the bot could specify |delay=-1 if the template is really intended to behave in this way.
As things stand, the tag reappears on the day after. Anomie 15:11, 12 December 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Bizarre. Natureium (talk) 15:55, 12 December 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Please come and help...

Should MoS shortcut redirects be sorted to certain specific maintenance categories? An Rfc has been opened on this talk page to answer that question. Your sentiments would be appreciated!  Paine Ellsworth  put'r there  17:03, 14 December 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

"Ping didn't work" – are you sure?

Are you sure you received no notification for this ping? Because: "Your mention of Anomie was sent" is in my Special:Notifications (with a sequence number markasread=123485660 consecutive to 123485659 for the ping to Jon Harald Søby which was in the same edit. Jon Harald: Did you get the Friday notification?).

(Also, I think the ping should work according to mw:Manual:Echo#Technical details, and in my experience pings with such diffs have worked.) --Pipetricker (talk) 09:02, 17 December 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I got it, yeah. I didn't have anything useful to reply with though. :-) Jon Harald Søby (talk) 09:52, 17 December 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Maybe I got confused. Anomie 00:17, 18 December 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]

 You are invited to join the discussion at Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard/Incidents#Archive box busted?. NeilN talk to me 20:56, 29 December 2017 (UTC)Reply[reply]


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Best wishes for 2018, —PaleoNeonate – 07:03, 30 December 2017 (UTC) Reply[reply]