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Someone fluent with French[edit]

Rédaction des références de publications de Nicolas THEOBALD[edit]

Please see this user page. Assist if we can, this appears to be the daughter of a prominent now deceased scientist. My french is not very good so I am hoping one of us can help her. Unfortunately I only saw this because I was patrolling. Cheers Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 15:16, 15 January 2021 (UTC)[]

@Faendalimas: I can not seem to link up to the pages she talks about. Can you help? Andyboorman (talk) 16:16, 15 January 2021 (UTC)[]
Sorry got them now! Andyboorman (talk) 16:18, 15 January 2021 (UTC)[]
ok cool, please respond to her as soon as you can and also note here how things go. Cheers Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 16:39, 15 January 2021 (UTC)[]
  • Hi, this user did not manage to perform some actions, see [1] is there someone able to see what was the issue(s), because the user does not seem like the type of user to try to write obsenities. I'm curious for what reason the abuse filter stopped her. Christian Ferrer (talk) 21:15, 16 January 2021 (UTC)[]
Agree she does not seem to be an editor that would cause a problem, it seems to be getting caught in Special:AbuseFilter/4 which prohibits the use of all caps on certain words, in english, including partial matches. As such as she is writing in French in all caps I think it is accidently catching some of her words. Have a look at the filter in question see what you think, not going to write the match list here, I believe the filter is public. Cheers Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 21:39, 16 January 2021 (UTC)[]
No it is hidden to me "You may not view details of this filter, because it is hidden from public view". But no matter, thanks you I will explain the caps issue to the user, and we will see. Christian Ferrer (talk) 21:49, 16 January 2021 (UTC)[]
Ok cool, I would suggest that she does not use all caps and rather uses ===Text=== and similar to format sections etc. This should avoid the issue. Cheers Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 22:41, 16 January 2021 (UTC)[]

Brilliant work to all! Andyboorman (talk) 10:09, 18 January 2021 (UTC)[]

Yes this seems to have been resolved well, thanks to those whose French is much better than mine. Cheers Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 18:53, 18 January 2021 (UTC)[]

Publication titles in bold[edit]

Pictogram-voting-question.svg Question is it forbidden, allowed or tolerated to put some publication titles in bold text? apparently those titles are the most important within the opinion of Mireille Théobald. Christian Ferrer (talk) 18:46, 23 January 2021 (UTC)[]

Fine by me just avoid all-caps is the main thing. Cheers Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 19:15, 23 January 2021 (UTC)[]
Ok, thanks for the answer. Christian Ferrer (talk) 20:38, 23 January 2021 (UTC)[]
I would have politely discouraged it, but as long as she doesn't put every single one of them in bold, I guess I can live with it. Since I'm a native speaker of French (though I'm not nearly as good with taxonomic vocabulary in it), I've added her talk page and Nicolas Théobald to my watchlist. Circeus (talk) 03:21, 24 January 2021 (UTC)[]
Forbidden? Yes. Tolerated? Also yes... Please see the Help:Reference section guideline for details about the preferred format. –Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 08:08, 20 August 2021 (UTC).[]


Could User:IFPNI Staff be given autopatroller rights please in spite of not having a User Page? Cheers Andyboorman (talk) 11:43, 4 August 2021 (UTC)[]

Yes in theory, however more or less all of their edits still needs post-checking. For example, just yesterday they made a redirect from Template:Monoblepharomycetes to Monoblepharidomycetes (note that the taxon names differ very slightly), and redirecting a page from template namespace to main namespace of course doesn't work (i.e. a taxon page can not act as a template). Having said that, all of their additions to the actual taxonomy seems to be backed up with well substantiated and up-to-date references. They're also very keen to learn the odds and bits of the Wikispecies format, and quick to respond to any issue brought up on their talk page.
Comments, please! –Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 14:34, 4 August 2021 (UTC).[]
Would help if they made a Userpage it does not have to say much so that the contributions is easier to search for. They obviously know taxonomy but as Tommy pointed out their still learning wikimarkup and policies a bit. I have no issue that all their edits are in good faith however. Cheers Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 15:39, 4 August 2021 (UTC)[]
A user page should not be necessary for this user-right (though it could be advisable for other reasons). Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 10:48, 5 August 2021 (UTC)[]
I agree. Having a user page shouldn't be necessary at all except may be for admins, bureaucrats and other "officials", and of course for bots. By the way we have another contributor, User:Taketa, who perhaps also should be granted autopatroller rights. It's hard to tell though. They've made a total of 504 contributions to Wikispecies (all of them in 2021) and all of the edits look good. However about 99% of them only involves adding a picture to taxon pages. Would the edits be of the same high standards if the user suddenly starts to make taxonomy-related contributions instead? Nobody knows. –Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 12:29, 5 August 2021 (UTC).[]
Hi all, I am currently mainly working on adding images to a dozen wikis. I don't know if my involvement in Wikispecies will expand, who knows :P. I will leave it up to you if you wish to patroll my edits or not. I am pretty sure I have caused that much trouble in most projects I am active on. For English language examples of my work see en:User:Taketa/Contributions. All the best, Taketa (talk) 13:09, 5 August 2021 (UTC)[]
Dear Taketa, manually patrolling your edits here is by no means troublesome, since they're all basically the same except for the file names to the images. It literally only takes seconds. By the way I think I speak for many here when I say that your contributions are very welcome. Pictures in Wikispecies are few and far between, and any help with adding them is much appreciated. Kind regards, Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 15:34, 5 August 2021 (UTC).[]
I was not meaning to imply the userpage was necessary its not. I just find it useful when considering things, I think they are advsable as then contributions are linked to a username rather than an ip address which is the default once the userpage is a redlink. I have granted autopatrol to @Taketa:. Cheers Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 15:39, 5 August 2021 (UTC)[]
Ok added autopatrol to @IFPNI Staff:(Contributions) also. Cheers Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 15:48, 5 August 2021 (UTC)[]

───────────────────────── Okay, thanks. Please note that she creates 5–10 new taxon pages every day, and often about a handful of author pages too. That's of course a very good thing but unfortunately she more or less never enter that information to Wikidata, whether it should be fitted into already present Wikidata items or a new one needs to first be created. I've helped out by creating some of the Wikidata items, for example Pseudorhizidiaceae, but any help from you guys is of course welcome. –Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 16:24, 5 August 2021 (UTC).[]

while at it I have also given auto-patrol to @Drägü:(Contributions) also. Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 14:16, 24 August 2021 (UTC)[]

Error message when trying to import MediaWiki template[edit]

Screenshot of an error message rendered when trying to import a template from MediaWiki to Wikispecies.

Hello fellow administrators! Earlier today I tried to import a template from MediaWiki, but it only rendered an error message saying it was a "Bad interwiki link" (see screenshot). I tried several options, including exchanging the space in the filename with an underscore, and/or changing the import location from "default" to the "Template" namespace. That was a no-go as well.

The template is not exclusive to MediaWiki, and can also be found at for example Meta-Wiki from where I could subsequently import it. However I would prefer MediaWiki as a source since thats's where the wiki software is originally housed. (Also, their version of the template is more than five years older than most of the others, hence presumably have gone through more tests.) Does anyone of you admins know the cause of this discrepancy?

I particularly extend my question to Andy Mabbett since together with me he's the only one with any experience of importing templates, modules and other files to Wikispecies. (I've imported 885 files, Andy 1,075.) –Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 08:04, 20 August 2021 (UTC).[]

No idea, I'm afraid (I get the same error). Perhaps it's because you're trying to import an older version over a newer one? I see you previsouly imported the version from Wikidata; would that do now? While older versions may have stood the test of time, newer versions are more likely to have bug fixes and other improvements. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 21:58, 22 August 2021 (UTC)[]

Ombuds Commission[edit]

Hi everyone, just informational. I have been nominated for Chair of the Ombuds commission which I thought admins etc here should be aware of. Obviously if any cases that involve Wikispecies come to the commission I must recuse myself from them. However none have so this is good. If anyone has questions for the OC you may ask me, be aware there are privacy issues in this so I cannot discuss cases. If anyone feels they need to talk to the Commission info is here on Meta. Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 14:24, 24 August 2021 (UTC)[]

Hello Scott, good luck with the nomination and best regards Andyboorman (talk) 15:37, 24 August 2021 (UTC)[]
Hello Scott, good luck with the nomination and best regards. :-) Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 21:51, 24 August 2021 (UTC).[]

Bot Request[edit]

Please note this concern - surplus line spaces on The Pump Board. Can anybody help or give advice? Best regards Andyboorman (talk) 17:02, 29 August 2021 (UTC)[]

Noted. I'll reply at the VP in a moment, and will have a look at the actual bot-job later today or tomorrow. –Tommy Kronkvist (talk)‚ 11:15, 31 August 2021 (UTC).[]

Page move logs[edit]

Hello friends! Does any one know of a way to list page moves (if at all possible). Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 03:42, 5 September 2021 (UTC).[]

@Tommy Kronkvist try Special:Log/move --DannyS712 (talk) 03:48, 5 September 2021 (UTC)[]
Thanks DannyS712. I must be turning blind, because I searched for the "Move log" option in the drop-down list at Special:Log just prior to asking here... :-) Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 04:00, 5 September 2021 (UTC).[]


Please block 2600:387:6:805:0:0:0:9D: Vandalism. Thanks, --Mtarch11 (talk) 02:09, 7 September 2021 (UTC)[]

 Done Burmeister (talk) 02:34, 7 September 2021 (UTC)[]


Please block Troll who is horny: Long-term abuse. Thanks, --Mtarch11 (talk) 03:13, 8 September 2021 (UTC)[]

Done before I saw this, has also been locked --DannyS712 (talk) 21:50, 8 September 2021 (UTC)[]

Blocked accounts, presumably sock puppets[edit]

The user accounts K M Rasheduzzaman Rafi (talkcontribsblockall projects) and Krasheduzzamanrafi (talkcontribsblockall projects) were both blocked by me in August 10 and September 19, respectively. The first one is also globally locked for crosswiki abuse, as well as indefinitely blocked from English Wiktionary and Simple Wikipedia. The two accounts only had one Wikispecies edit each, creating the User:K M Rasheduzzaman Rafi user page containing spam about a Bangladeshi musician. I've protected both their user pages, restricting new and unregistered users from editing them.

Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 12:40, 19 September 2021 (UTC).[]

I can confirm they are socks both users locate to Bangladesh with different ips. However there is a 3rd ip attached to one of the user names that is from UAE which is a bit strange. So a little inconclusive in the end. Cheers Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 16:12, 19 September 2021 (UTC)[]
The Bangladeshis are the fifth biggest ethnic group in the United Arab Emirates; some 12.5% of the UAE population are migrant workers from Bangladesh. –Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 15:40, 21 September 2021 (UTC).[]

Page moves by users are not automatically patrolled[edit]

Earlier this morning I checked the "Recent changes" list as usual and saw that several page moves by Thiotrix, MILEPRI and myself were listed as not yet patrolled (i.e. "unpatrolled"). This is odd, considering Thiotrix is an administrator and I'm a bureaucrat (hence our edits should be automatically marked as patrolled) and MILEPRI is a member of the autopatroller user group (i.e. also automatically marked as patrolled). A special version of the "Recent changes list" which explicitly shows unpatrolled non-bot initiated edits can be seen here (excluding edits marked as "minor"). Edits not involving a page move doesn't seem to be affected.

I'm not sure why this happens, but an underlaying reason may be that a new version of the MediaWiki software is being deployed to Wikispecies today. More information about that can be found at Wikispecies Tech News: 2021-38. Also, I'm not sure whether this is a temporary glitch or built-in as part of the new software version.

Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 12:39, 23 September 2021 (UTC).[]

Please note that some page moves have since been manually patrolled, more specifically those regarding author pages; see Patrol Log. –Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 06:16, 24 September 2021 (UTC).[]
I'm an admin at Wikimedia Sverige (a.k.a. WMSE i.e. "Wikimedia Sweden", the Swedish Wikimedia chapter) and find that their wiki now behaves in the same way. The new MediaWiki software version was deployed to WMSE the day before it was rolled out to Wikispecies, and we can therefore assume that this is a global Wikimedia issue and not unique to Wikispecies. We'll have quite a lot more WS pages than usual to check and mark as patrolled, since several Wikispecies users are now in the process of moving a lot author pages. The reason is that per WS praxis the author pages should have the same file name as their respective author's full name, for example "Donald John Stoddart Barr" rather than "Donald J. S. Barr". Many such pages are currently being renamed as we find more and more sources stating the author's full names. –Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 03:07, 25 September 2021 (UTC).[]