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Sun, Oct 18

DocWatson42 added a comment to T10327: Language::formatNum() should prefix negative values with − (minus sign U+2212).

Bump. I just ran into this again on another Wikipedia article, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Novgorod_Oblast . Or given my editing history, probably the same article.

Sun, Oct 18, 9:15 AM · User-notice, Patch-For-Review, MediaWiki-Interface

Jun 22 2020

DocWatson42 added a comment to T10327: Language::formatNum() should prefix negative values with − (minus sign U+2212).

Well, I couldn't either. <chuckles>

Jun 22 2020, 6:06 AM · User-notice, Patch-For-Review, MediaWiki-Interface
DocWatson42 added a comment to T10327: Language::formatNum() should prefix negative values with − (minus sign U+2212).

To be clear, the infobox Doc just mentioned uses < - >, which is the hyphen-minus character: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyphen-minus rather than < − >, the minus sign: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plus_and_minus_signs#Minus_sign

Jun 22 2020, 6:03 AM · User-notice, Patch-For-Review, MediaWiki-Interface
DocWatson42 added a comment to T10327: Language::formatNum() should prefix negative values with − (minus sign U+2212).

This is still a problem, at least with the population estimate in the infobox of https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Novgorod_Oblast .

Jun 22 2020, 5:28 AM · User-notice, Patch-For-Review, MediaWiki-Interface

Jun 18 2019

DocWatson42 added a comment to T225980: Valid NARA ID is showing as invalid in Authority control bar on English Wikipedia.

You're welcome (though the on-wiki notification (alert) from user Retro made it easy).

Jun 18 2019, 10:22 PM
DocWatson42 added a comment to T225980: Valid NARA ID is showing as invalid in Authority control bar on English Wikipedia.

It was apparently fixed elsewhere: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Template_talk:Authority_control#NARA_ID_validation

Jun 18 2019, 1:57 PM
DocWatson42 created T225980: Valid NARA ID is showing as invalid in Authority control bar on English Wikipedia.
Jun 18 2019, 4:57 AM

Oct 1 2018

DocWatson42 added a comment to T205773: English Wikipedia's "Chiapas" article is not showing edit previews.

Framawiki: Thanks for the clarification. ^_^

Oct 1 2018, 5:30 AM

Sep 30 2018

DocWatson42 added a comment to T205773: English Wikipedia's "Chiapas" article is not showing edit previews.

Hi @DocWatson42, thanks for taking the time to report this!

Sep 30 2018, 8:31 AM

Sep 29 2018

DocWatson42 created T205773: English Wikipedia's "Chiapas" article is not showing edit previews.
Sep 29 2018, 9:12 AM

Sep 8 2018

DocWatson42 added a comment to T203632: Allow more than 50 results to be shown in Special:Notifications.

Oh—sorry. Definitely not a power user, at least as far as the underlying coding goes.

Hmm, I think maybe I'm explaining it badly? I should've used an example! I just mean that you would know (I think?) how to tweak this example link https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Special:Contributions/Quiddity&limit=50&target=Quiddity so that it showed 500 results instead of 50. And that you might remember to check the URL if you didn't see controls on the page itself.

Sep 8 2018, 8:54 AM · Growth-Team, Collab-Notifications-Page
DocWatson42 added a comment to T203632: Allow more than 50 results to be shown in Special:Notifications.

That's precisely what I meant. :-) The URL https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Notifications does not currently contain any additional info, beyond the name of the page. It never changes.

Sep 8 2018, 8:25 AM · Growth-Team, Collab-Notifications-Page

Sep 6 2018

DocWatson42 added a comment to T203632: Allow more than 50 results to be shown in Special:Notifications.

Personally, I think power-users know how to 'hack' a URL, so a frontend UI change is probably not even needed (but would of course be an optional bonus). Just surface the parameter=value in the URL (as T137862 is also asking for), and editors can hack it when they need to.

I'm the one who actually requested the change (see here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_talk:Notifications/FAQ#Searching_old_notifications?), but I'm not a "power user", so I wouldn't have known that. [sheepish] And after checking just now, I still don't know exactly to what you are referring, though I am familiar with hacking URLs—I can't find the URL in question to hack.

Sep 6 2018, 6:40 AM · Growth-Team, Collab-Notifications-Page

Jun 4 2015

DocWatson42 added a comment to T99262: CirrusSearch: Should wmf run the saneitizer at all times.

Given my experience, I am in favor of running it all the time, barring any large negative consequences. (Since I reported the problem, I've run into a few instances when the search index has taken longer than it should to update, sometimes more than a day, though not recently.)

Jun 4 2015, 1:17 PM · Discovery

Jun 3 2015

DocWatson42 added a comment to T99262: CirrusSearch: Should wmf run the saneitizer at all times.

Besides whatever work is necessary to set up the sanitizer to run automatically, are there any significant negatives to the proposed change?

Jun 3 2015, 10:11 PM · Discovery

Mar 18 2015

DocWatson42 created T93040: Wikipedia search engine not updating for moved article.
Mar 18 2015, 2:45 AM · Discovery, CirrusSearch