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Categories at The Trier Ivory

Hi. Please tell why did you remove categories that I've added to the article The Trier Ivory. -- Bbarmadillo (talk) 10:41, 4 January 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I didn't do it intentionally. I don't know how I managed to do that, but I've restored your categories now. Sorry for the trouble. Anomie 14:46, 4 January 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Neelix redirects

Hi Anomie, So I take it CSD go under the heading at the top of the list (duh!), what did you want me to do with the OK ones? Cheers, --Jack Frost (talk) 05:37, 10 January 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Hi Anomine,

Thank you so much for Unsignedhelper! It's amazing to see it chew through the history and then *bang* at 500 or so revisions it finally finds the IP who added a comment to a talk page 10+ years ago; if you had a beer for every time I sent you a friendly thought ... Could you add an {{Undated}} feature to it? This hack works, but a non-coders search-and-replace hack is not as elegant as the real deal. Thank you once again, Sam Sailor 10:47, 27 January 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I just use the script as-is, and change {{unsigned}} to {{unsigned IP}} or {{undated}} in the edit box if necessary. Anomie 01:05, 28 January 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Young cats.jpg For your help at Village pump (technical)
Thanks for your help & explanation on my recent question at VP. Muchly appreciated - Shearonink (talk) 16:32, 6 February 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Considering his history and countless warnings, that is entirely blockable in my view. Anna Frodesiak (talk) 20:59, 7 February 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Dear Anomie,

If you granted me the Page mover and Template editor user rights, I would put those permissions to use on the protected templates needing a tweak, or round robin situations, that I occasionally come across.

Sincerely,    The Transhumanist 19:41, 13 February 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Requests for these permissions are handled at Wikipedia:Requests for permissions. You should post there. Anomie 20:02, 13 February 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I thought all admins had discretion. I didn't request the permissions I currently have, except for AWB. Admins just came along and added them. Which leaves me a bit confused.    The Transhumanist 17:52, 14 February 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]
In some cases they do. I'm not familiar with which cases those are. At any rate, if you're having to request permissions it's probably better to ask at the central request location instead of random admins' talk pages. Anomie 15:30, 15 February 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I noticed on your user page...

"If you need to know something about the SNES or have an interesting bot task, I may be your person."

There is a bot task, that is way out in the stratosphere, and therefore might be interesting to you, that I was wondering if I could get your thoughts on. This is not a request for you to write it (I doubt there's anyone on the planet who could), but to pick your brain about potential solutions to even the tiniest portions of the task.

I would like a bot (or a system of bots) that creates outlines, or any portions thereof, like Outline of Prague, all by itself.

For the sake of simplicity, I'll keep this discussion within the scope of city outlines.

So far, we have:

And those aren't even complete or up-to-date.

There are 1000 or more other cities that could also use an outline, but that would take a human editor over 10 years, without working on any other subjects, and without maintaining any of the outlines he or she created.

A bot, if one could be created, I'm guessing could get the same task (1000 city outlines) done in less than a day. Or would it be in even less time?

What parts of that task (building the Outline of Prague, and outlines for other cities) could be automated with today's technology?

For the sake of triage, what parts of this task are an AI-complete problem?

For accessibility to other programmers/users, I was thinking such tools (for as much of the task as is feasible) would best be provided in JavaScript, to promote programming collaboration amongst users, and to inspire the leapfrog effect. Thoughts?

It would also be convenient to have bots update and maintain the outlines once they have been created. But, once created, human editors would be involved fixing errors, adding info, and so on. What problems do you foresee with a bot trying to maintain outlines that human editors are also editing? How could these issues be handled, especially by the bots?

I look forward to your replies.    The Transhumanist 17:52, 14 February 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

P.S.: When you answer, please {{ping}} me. -TT

@The Transhumanist: I'm not familiar enough with AI to have a good guess as to which parts are within the scope of current AI and which are beyond it. Sorry. Anomie 15:32, 15 February 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]
AI was just one part of the query, and that in the context of what can't be done via JavaScript. (A form of triage, so I know what not to focus on – I'm sorry I wasn't clearer about that). I'm doing all my programming in JavaScript for the time being, so what I'm primarily interested in are the capabilities and limitations of it and jQuery. And since you are a renowned JavaScript programmer, I couldn't think of a better person to ask. Whatever parts of this task I can learn how to pick off with JavaScript, will be helpful. Any guidance you could provide would be most appreciated.
The 3 main activities it involves are:
  1. Gathering topics pertaining to the subject of the outline
  2. Placing those topics relative to each other in the tree structure of the outline
  3. Extracting annotations from the corresponding articles to briefly describe each entry in the outline.
Do you have any thoughts on how JavaScript could do any of this?    The Transhumanist 17:01, 15 February 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

"one night I filed a bot request that was quickly denied"

This was priceless. Thank you. – Jonesey95 (talk) 18:10, 3 March 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Daemon pronunciation


I am new to editing Wikipedia so I apologize if I'm not doing something correctly. I edited the page on daemons (computing) to show the correct pronunciation, but you changed it back saying that many people pronounce it incorrectly. The issue, though, is that in the computer science industry there are many people who pronounce common words very incorrectly. People say "uh-bun-too" or "you-bun-too" instead of the correct "oo-boon-too", or they say "dee-bian" instead of the correct "deb-ian" and many other atrocities. Just because people don't know how to pronounce words correctly doesn't mean they should be accepted as a valid pronunciation. There are many people who also believe the Earth is flat and that vaccines cause autism, but Wikipedia should not accept those as facts. People go to Wikipedia to learn knowledge, not popular opinion or usages or words. Wikipedia should be a standard, otherwise it will just devolve whatever the lowest common denominator of humans choose to believe / pronounce. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:47, 23 March 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

In this particular case, the ship has long since sailed on the pronunciation. Anomie 22:35, 23 March 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I disagree. People pronounce all kinds of things wrong nowadays. Look at Ubuntu and Debian as examples. There is an objective right and wrong in terms of pronunciation of things. Even if many people say it incorrectly, if we add it to a list of acceptable pronunciations, it just makes the world a stupider place by saying that the correct way is whatever the lowest common denominator of person says. That is a road to stupidity. Let's have some standards and make the world a better place by teach people the correct pronunciation. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:16, 27 March 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Look at GNU as an example. The animal "gnu" is pronounced /nuː/ or /njuː/, but in software it's pronounced /ɡnuː/. GNOME is another example: the mythological creature is always /noʊm/, but the software is often pronounced /ɡnoʊm/. Through usage over multiple decades, "daemon" seems to be in this category. Anomie 16:31, 27 March 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Could you classify typo redirects (marked with {{R from typo}}/Category:Redirects from misspellings) in a certain color? Say orange? Headbomb {t · c · p · b} 21:45, 3 April 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

It looks like that one is already being tagged, so you should be able to add a rule like
.linked-misspellings { color: orange; }
to your common.css. Anomie 23:54, 3 April 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Well, adding that doesn't seem to work on Journal of Palaeontology, which is still categorized as a plain Jane redirect. And yes I've purged/refreshed/etc.
However, even if I could customize it, I feel this is a functionality that would benefit everyone using the link classifier. Headbomb {t · c · p · b} 00:05, 4 April 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]
It did, however, work on some of the the watchlist ( Headbomb {t · c · p · b} 00:13, 4 April 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]
You might have to raise the specificity to overcome other rules. Experiment, use your browser's debugger, or the like. As for "everyone", the script already does enough color changes. Anomie 00:56, 4 April 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]
How exactly does one raise specificity? Headbomb {t · c · p · b} 01:20, 4 April 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Got it !important; did the trick. Headbomb {t · c · p · b} 01:27, 4 April 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hello remove Maintenance Tag

@Anomie: Your bot tagged a MMA Fighters page for notability issues. I believe this is incorrect should be removed asap. As we editors are collecting small paces of infomation into the page piece by piece slowly. The main reason why this was created (must create asap) to avoid confusion due to recent media coverage. (directing users to edit in Michael Jackson). 🥇BUSriderSFUser (talkcontribs) 23:31, 6 April 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

The bot did not add the tag. It was added by PRehse. – Jonesey95 (talk) 04:38, 7 April 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Issues with misogyny on Wikipedia

Gender bias on Wikipedia is a problem. If female readers are offended by Wikipedia, they will be less likely to edit, read, or donate to Wikipedia. I have made multiple attempts to address this issue and all times my proposals were overwhelmingly rejected. Here, scroll down to (Rename "View history"). here 2 scroll to bottom, and here 3 scroll to bottom. I believe there are several reasons my proposals have been rejected. One reason is the overwhelming majority of Wikipedia editors and readers are male, and they may be more likely to agree that putting down women is good for them. Adding to this disparity is that women who are offended by articles like List of common misconceptions are much less likely to read or edit them. Supporting my claim that women are offended by List of common misconceptions is the [1] first deletion nomination for this article was made by User: Crystallina, a woman. Stating or implying that Women have lower intelligence than Men is a Faux pas "an embarrassing or tactless act or remark in a social situation". Please share this concern with Wikimedia Foundation administrators and leaders and anyone else you believe may be interested. I am very interested in their feedback. Arguing against me is that only 185 hits on Gender bias on Wikipedia article yesterday. So maybe I am overreacting. However, 7380 hits on misogyny article yesterday, a massive spike! Brian Everlasting (talk) 16:51, 26 April 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Brian Everlasting:, perhaps that's because you insist on 'view history' being an example of bias/sexism, when it's really not. Try as I might, I can't fathom or conceive anything remotely offensive/gendered about 'view history'. Likewise that women nominate articles for deletion hardly imply they are offended by them. The gender bias/gender gap in Wikipedia is real, but it's not by grasping at straws that it's going to improve. I'd argue the only thing this achieves is make efforts to close the gap/fix the bias look ridiculous/nonsensical and therefore dismiss-able without further consideration. Headbomb {t · c · p · b} 18:06, 26 April 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]
... Why did you post this on my talk page? Anomie 19:34, 26 April 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Anyway, I see why your proposals have been rejected. If you want to work against gender bias, then do something constructive like write articles and promote civility. Stop trying to manufacture "gender bias" in words that are etymologically completely unrelated to gender, overblown concern over page view statistics, or assuming that something is biased because of the gender of one user who happened to nominate it for deletion. Anomie 19:42, 26 April 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Add eventcoordinator to useridentifier.js

Hi Anomie. Now that Wikipedia:Requests for comment/Event coordinator proposal has passed, can you add the following line to User:Anomie/useridentifier.js?


Thanks. --Ahecht (TALK
) 19:30, 8 May 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

What difference does it make how maintenance categories are added? I didn’t even know there were templates for that. Rovingrobert (talk) 06:13, 22 May 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Rovingrobert: Because when people are looking at resolving an issue, they remove the {{citation needed}} or {{POV}} or whatever template that indicates the issue exists. They don't also look to see if someone redundantly added the categories directly to the article.
Further, if we did add maintenance categories directly to the article, someone fixing one {{citation needed}} would have to look through the whole article for any other {{citation needed}} (including any redirects to that template!) with the same date to know if it was safe to remove the corresponding category or not. When we let {{citation needed}} itself add the necessary category, the category removal happens automatically when the template is removed. Anomie 19:15, 22 May 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Anomie: Well, this is one of many pages with issues. We'll see if they get fixed.
Also, I assume you're using {{citation needed}} as an example. Rovingrobert (talk) 08:50, 26 May 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Peer review bot

Hi Anomie, hope that you're well. I'm still very thankful for your help automating peer reviews back in 2017...! I have been thinking about using a bot to contact interested peer reviewers regularly to get some more attention to our neglected reviews. Would this be something you'd be able to help with in terms of creating a bot? I'm just brainstorming ideas at the moment but I think it might be very useful but thought I'd sound you out first. If/when this comes to fruition I would be able to provide a list of editors and a timeperiod of how often they'd like to be contacted. Thoughts? --Tom (LT) (talk) 18:33, 3 June 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

AnomieBOT and COI

Dear Anomie, i write you because AnomieBOT has included a coi in the article Roberto Brambilla bur this issue has already been solved by an administrator. I ask you to look at the discussion page. All the best, Luca Modena (talk) 17:41, 17 June 2018 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Lucamodena (talkcontribs) Reply[reply]

Professional wrestling highlights

Why was it removed from all wrestlers' pages? GeniusBoy2005 (talk) 17:13, 30 June 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

How should I know? Anomie 01:28, 1 July 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Why did you choose here to ask this question? Your answer: Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Professional wrestling#Trying to gain clarity (closed). Natureium (talk) 02:12, 1 July 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Unsigned script

Really 2 comments here, when I came to the page I wanted to see if anyone else had run into the same problem so I went to check your archives, only you don't have a search box setup for editors to do that. So I went manually to each year-titled archive page and manually searched for the terms in my issue which took about 5 minutes. I don't know if that is by design really, a non searchable archive seems odd to me. But anyways my second comment was about the unsigned script. It must be an issue on my end, because my searching didn't show anyone else having this issue. Using Firefox and Chromium, I can't get the script to work. I highlight the text and click {{unsigned}}, it does its search and then promptly adds nothing to any article I'm editing wherever I've tried to use it. It's about as useful to me as a sign warning Caution – Dry Paint. Are there any particular things that I may need to do to get it working? It would be nice to be able to use it. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you!  spintendo  12:54, 1 July 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

You can easily enough search subpages of a page, see Help:Searching#prefix:.

As for the script, my only guess is that you might be using the new VE-based wikitext editor or the new syntax highlighting in the old wikitext editor. I wrote the script around 5 years before either of those existed, and since I don't use either of them I haven't tested them. Anomie 14:56, 1 July 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Good call! I am in fact using the new syntax highlighting with the old wiki-text editor. It feels much better knowing where the problem was coming from. Thank you for your help!  spintendo  23:17, 2 July 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]
If you find documentation on how to detect the syntax-highlighting editor, to get the current selection, to get the whole contents, and to insert text into it, let me know and I may be able to make it work with that. Anomie 00:37, 3 July 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Wikimedia Commons Error

Hi, I can’t get logged in to Wikimedia Commons it only says “Central login, You are centrally logged in. Reload the page to apply your user settings.” Can you please reply to tell me what I have to do to get rid of it. When I try to log in it just gives an error message. Thank you, — User:Social Studies Rules (talk) 15:02, 7 July 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Could this be related to phab:T198525? — JJMC89(T·C) 22:14, 7 July 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Commons mobile log in error

Maybe this is irrelevant, maybe this is the cause, but as I saw that you wish to fix this bug, with me this bug first started I think two weeks ago and during that time I received a message from Tech News that no new build will be rolled out that week, I'm not sure if we're on the same build of the MediaWiki software as we were two (2) weeks ago, could it maybe be true that this problem is exclusive to this build? And if possible, could you compare the cookies between the (particularly mobile) features of the current build and the preceding build? For the record as far as I know this only affects, as you can see I'm editing "on mobile" on the English Wikipedia (URL string: here without any logging issues, so maybe you could also compare the cookies of both wiki's. --Donald Trung (talk) 19:47, 8 July 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

This talk page is not a good place for this. It belongs in Phabricator. Anomie 21:21, 8 July 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Invalid SHA1 for one page on old 1.23 wiki

Hi Anomie. I'm finally starting to use the bot I've been working on for so long, and on the very first "real" run, I came across a bizarre issue on a single page of an API query and I wondered if it was something you had any insight on. Have a look at this result. As you can see, for some bizarre reason, for that page and that page only (at least out of the result set I was looking at), the SHA1 is all zeroes. I have database access on that server, and everything looks fine there. The rev_sha1 field for that revision (0x9b3xp050rtd33opfam6lrwvla1or4) is correct for the text, and I see no invalid characters in it nor any invisible ones when I look at the hex view in MySQL Workbench. Poking around, it looks like this is some kind of bizarre failure in wfBaseConvert, where the main body of the function emits an empty string, then pads it to 40 characters at the end. What might have caused that, though, I'm not sure. Any thoughts? Robin Hood  (talk) 08:32, 11 July 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Never mind...I found the issue documented internally in later versions of MediaWiki. The problem arises from SHA-1 values that begin with 0x or 0b and do not evaluate to hex/binary values. See here and here, if you're curious. Robin Hood  (talk) 17:41, 11 July 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Thanks for AnomieBOT!

This is just a quick thanks for running AnomieBOT, especially it's ability to rescue orphaned references. What a clever, timesaving, and helpful robot! ElKevbo (talk) 20:10, 17 July 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Can one stop your bot?

Dear Anomie, this might sound strange as a question. Sorry! Sometimes i translate my german articles into the english wikipedia and post them later. Therefore i store them in German on my place "Gyanda/my new site". And then slowly, slowly i look for the right links, format the references etc. Unfortunately for me, your bot is so fast, it changes all my formatting in a minute from the german format to the english. But i would prefer to do this "alone" as i keep learning by this. Is there a way to tell the bot: Please don't change things here as i'm working on it? That would help me. Kind regards, --Gyanda (talk) 19:56, 26 August 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

(talk page stalker) @Gyanda: This may be of help Template:Bots#Important_notes. Cheers, - FlightTime (open channel) 20:06, 26 August 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thank you very much for your quick answer. Am curious to find out if i did it right :-) just added it to my site. Kind regards, --Gyanda (talk) 20:30, 26 August 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Self Service

Hi! I need help from you. Tonight i did a page about record producer Self Service -, but page was already created, it was #redirect Bruno Bozzetto#Shorts created by AnomieBOT. When I go to this page from a computer - it's all good - I go to the Self page ( But when I go to this page from a mobile phone - I go to the previous page ( How can I fix this? Thank you in advance! Felix Montana (talk) 09:22, 3 September 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Asking about a Bot

Dear Anomie, How can I add a Bot with following all rules of Wikipedia ? Abhimanyu Kapur (talk) 15:03, 9 September 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Start by reading through Wikipedia:Bot policy. That should tell you much of what you need to know. Anomie 16:54, 9 September 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

 You are invited to join the discussion at WT:INTADMIN#Alternative_proposal,_quick_expiry_only. Enterprisey (talk!) 08:04, 15 September 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Good evening, I noticed that Wikipedia:Files for discussion/2018 September 18 was still redlinked this evening after the time that your bot usually creates it so I created it manually. I wanted to let you know in case something needs to be fixed. --B (talk) 00:19, 18 September 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Looks like maintenance today caused some of AnomieBOT's tasks to error out. I've restarted them. Thanks for the heads-up. Anomie 01:41, 18 September 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

List of ISO 3166 country codes

I've made numerous changes to the List of ISO 3166 country codes. I've replaced the first column labled "Common country name" and replaced it with a column labled "ISO 3166 Country name". I've also added Wikipedia article and other common country names cross-references. I've added a footnotes sections. Please take a look at this article and let me know if it meets your expectations. You may wish to remove the disputed tag. Thank you very much for your comments.  Buaidh  talk contribs 17:02, 19 September 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Copyrights in relation to patents

Hi Anomie! I noticed that in the past you were involved with patent license templates for uploaded files. Please join a discussion on the topic here: c:COM:Village pump/Copyright#Reproductions_of_patent_text_and_illustrations. —Catsquisher (talk) 17:57, 16 October 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Catsquisher: Good luck, I think you're in the right there. But people in the past discussions doing things like trying to apply German law to US patents was part of what made me give up on Commons; I'm not going to involve myself in the discussion there. Anomie 18:15, 16 October 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thanks for the reply. Given my recent I experience on Wikimedia I feel your frustration. Take care. —Catsquisher (talk) 18:19, 16 October 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Image censor

Do those scripts support Opera? Thegooduser Let's Chat 🍁 02:45, 18 October 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I don't know. Try them and see? Anomie 11:20, 18 October 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

sys bot - Requests for approval denied

Hello Anomie,

I have some questions regarding the approval denied for my sys bot:

here seems to be no reason you need apihighlimits for this task

I would like to use as much historical revisions as possible to track historical change of business activities of companies (for instance, I would like to track how Volkswagen did change his business towards low carbon emissions vehicules)

, and you've not made any other edits so there's no evidence you have the understanding of the English Wikipedia's policies and guidelines that is required of a bot operator (see WP:BOTNOTNOW).

How could I show evidence that I have the understanding of the English wikipedia policies and guidelines ?

You might also see mw:API:Query#Continuing queries.

This query seems to be very useful to get all revisions from Wikipedia but it seems that we cannot combine it with the pageids parameter. So it's impossible to get all revisions of a specific article id. Do you have any suggestions ?

--SysEqLo (talk) 15:49, 1 November 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I fail to see how fetching thousands of revisions of Wikipedia articles is going to "track historical change of business activities of companies", but I'll leave you to that since I don't really need to know. You don't need apihighlimits to fetch revisions.
You show that you have understanding the English Wikipedia's policies and guidelines by being a productive (non-bot) editor for a decent period of time and a decent number of edits. Before you ask, there are no specific thresholds for "a decent period of time" or "a decent number of edits".
Use of continuation is independent of using the pageids parameter. Anomie 19:34, 1 November 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

What would you like to do with the way this appears in the recentlist template at the bottom of the next 3 TFAs? It's currently written [[Déjà Vu (Beyoncé song)|"Déjà Vu" (Beyoncé song)]]. Do you see an alternative to putting the quote marks after the pipe? Whatever we do, I'd prefer to be consistent. - Dank (push to talk) 00:19, 6 November 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Dank: Personally I don't have an opinion on that, I was just fixing the link to clear the AnomieBOT error at Special:PermaLink/867478954#TFATitleSubpageCreator: Cannot find featured article in Wikipedia:Today's featured article/November 7, 2018. Since we have the guideline about quotes being outside the bolding/link, it doen't seem worthwhile to update the bot to allow them inside. It might be better to ask at that MOS talk page. Anomie 00:28, 6 November 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Not sure what to say to that ... it's easily fixable in this case, but it might happen in the future that there's no way around updating the bot to handle things like [[Déjà Vu (Beyoncé song)|"Déjà Vu" (Beyoncé song)]]. If we get an article title that for some reason needs to appear that way in the TFA blurb, we'll have lots of time to catch the problem and work on it, we tend to have the next month's TFAs selected by the middle of each month. - Dank (push to talk) 00:40, 6 November 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]
If we run into that situation we can deal with it then. It seems unlikely to me that we'd want the disambiguator visible in the blurb itself in the first place. Anomie 11:49, 6 November 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Agreed. I think it's unlikely, I just can't rule it out at the moment. - Dank (push to talk) 12:57, 6 November 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hi, in your recent edit, I was just wondering what "weird <nowiki>" you were referring to? Thanks - wolf 02:07, 9 November 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

The <nowiki> wrapping the input to {{row counter}}. Anomie 02:31, 9 November 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I just noticed that for some reason AnomieBOT doesn't removed the headers of closed discussions at WP:DRV anymore. Could you fix it? Regards, Armbrust The Homunculus 02:40, 25 November 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

It looks like it was broken by recent edits to {{DRV top}}. In particular, the changing of "safesubst" to "SAFESUBST" and the addition of substed template calls inside the header both broke the bot's attempts to turn the template's contents into a regular expression, and the addition of HTML tags to the substed output broke detection of headers in other places where the code was assuming headers wouldn't contain '='. I've updated the bot to take those changes into account.
BTW, it would have been easier to test this if you had left some pages with the problem intact instead of manually removing all the headers. Anomie 15:17, 25 November 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Hello Anomie, I noticed the Quarry you executed for Ajraddatz regarding the village pump proposal about admins unblocking themselves [2] and wanted to ask if you could help me with such a query? I am interested in knowing how many AFD deletions, of all such deletions within the past year or years (subject to your discretion) have been labeled as "soft deletions" as described in WP:SOFTDELETE. If you can compile this result without too much difficulty, and you don't mind doing so, I would appreciate the information greatly. Thank you for considering this request.--John Cline (talk) 14:42, 26 November 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Each unblock creates a row in the logging database table, with the blocking user and target user clearly identified. That's not the case for these soft deletions, as far as I can tell. Anomie 22:38, 26 November 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thank you Anomie, I appreciate your effort, and your reply. With esteem. --John Cline (talk) 12:31, 27 November 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Me again ... the bot is having trouble creating the TFA Title page for this one. - Dank (push to talk) 03:08, 29 November 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

The bot only creates the subpages 7 days out, while December 7 is currently nine days from now. It looks like it'll create that one without issue in two more days. Despite the weirdness with the italicization in that title, since the markup inside the link starts and ends with ''' the bot will recognize it. Anomie 03:58, 29 November 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Oops! Of course. What was throwing me was, TFA Protector Bot hasn't move-protected the page. I'll just do that by hand. - Dank (push to talk) 04:12, 29 November 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Infobox settlement cleanup

Could your bot in article space:

In most cases (5000+) the items should have " pushpin_map = Poland " (country = POL/Poland) (talk) 21:01, 30 November 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Possibly related.Jonesey95 (talk) 21:19, 30 November 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]
In theory it could. But the first part is WP:COSMETICBOT and I wouldn't bother even if this weren't a blatant attempt to get me to contribute to the problem you got yourself into at Wikipedia:Bots/Noticeboard#Possible bot editing from German IP, while the second would take more research for possible variations and errors than I have time for at the moment. Anomie 21:52, 30 November 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]
The only thing "blatant" here is, that you are an idiot. There is no indication I got myself into a problem. And the whole thread you point to is based on a lie - there was no bot involved. But thanks for publicly showing what an idiot you are. Better avoid you, even more so, if you would need to take more research for possible variations (???) and are not willing to simply perform the well-defined request of adding " pushpin_map=Poland " and move the coordinates template and while doing that replace the redirects that exist since 2009. (talk) 22:45, 30 November 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thanks for the laugh, I appreciate it. Anomie 02:15, 1 December 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Edit needed in Udit Narayan page

Hello ! page of Udit Narayan doesn’t seem legit. Please edit the label of Indian playback singer . His place of birth is a controversial as he has told he was born in Saptari,Nepal to Nepal and told Bihar to India . Review page and edit his origin as Nepal. He might be living in India and taken Indian citizenship but also has a Nepali citizenship as his both parents were Nepalese and his natives still live in Bhardah,Saptari,Nepal. So basically according to him he was born in Bihar in his maternal house but still is a Nepalese origin. So request you to edit the page as he is not particularly an Indian . Go through the articles Please! Edit needed . [1] [2] [3] — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:56, 8 December 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]


headers for tables

Hi Anomie,

Would it be possible to add a header to your bot maintained tables (e.g. User:AnomieBOT/IPERTable) - I'm thinking like a navbox between the tables and maybe some other links? (Something like User:AnomieBOT/PERTableHeader that could just sit as a transclusion perhaps? Thanks, — xaosflux Talk 17:44, 10 December 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I note those tables are transcluded into other pages, for example Wikipedia:Interface administrators' noticeboard and Category:Wikipedia interface-protected edit requests. Should the transclusion of this header be in <noinclude> tags? Anomie 20:05, 10 December 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Yes please, use noinclude on the pages. — xaosflux Talk 20:20, 10 December 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]
 Done Anomie 23:36, 10 December 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thank you, I started populating it at User:AnomieBOT/PERTableHeader. — xaosflux Talk 00:01, 11 December 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]
(talk page stalker) I like it! – Jonesey95 (talk) 00:40, 11 December 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Agreed, very cool! ~ Amory (utc) 02:14, 11 December 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Thanks for AnomieBOT

It's a faithful servant and good thing to have! --Palosirkka (talk) 10:25, 18 December 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

AnomieBOT with Template:Year

Howdy. Wanted to make sure you were aware of this discussion: Wikipedia:Redirects_for_discussion/Log/2018_December_10#Template:Year. I assume that it will have some affect on your bot with regards to dating of {{Year}} but not sure.... --Zackmann (Talk to me/What I been doing) 18:04, 19 December 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I don't think it will have any effect on AnomieBOT, but thanks for pointing it out. Anomie 18:12, 19 December 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Cool. Not sure how exactly the bot works but with {{Year}} now pointing to {{YEAR}} just wanted to make sure. Btw, LOVE that bot so thanks for all your work. --Zackmann (Talk to me/What I been doing) 18:26, 19 December 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]
The only thing would have been to remove {{year}} from WP:AWB/DT if it had been listed there directly, so AnomieBOT wouldn't think it took a |date= as it did when it was a redirect to {{year needed}}. But it wasn't there. Anomie 21:55, 19 December 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Merry Christmas

Wikipedia Happy New Year.png Merry Christmas and a Prosperous 2019!

Hello Anomie, may you be surrounded by peace, success and happiness on this seasonal occasion. Spread the WikiLove by wishing another user a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, whether it be someone you have had disagreements with in the past, a good friend, or just some random person. Sending you heartfelt and warm greetings for Christmas and New Year 2019.
Happy editing,

Pkbwcgs (talk) 14:12, 25 December 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Spread the love by adding {{subst:Seasonal Greetings}} to other user talk pages.