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Sun, Sep 30

John_of_Reading added a comment to T205803: Duplicate reference name errors in English Wikipedia caused by MediaWiki templatestyle handling?.

This is enough to show the error, without involving any templates or LUA code:

Sun, Sep 30, 4:35 PM · MW-1.32-notes (WMF-deploy-2018-10-16 (1.32.0-wmf.26)), Patch-For-Review, Cite, TemplateStyles

Jan 25 2018

John_of_Reading created T185676: Auto tagger's {{Refimprove}} template has been renamed.
Jan 25 2018, 7:57 AM · AutoWikiBrowser

Dec 18 2017

John_of_Reading added a comment to T166293: General fixes doesn't recognise <references responsive/>.

Although this bug was marked "resolved" in May 2017, the latest official release is still version 5.9.0.0 from January 2017.

Dec 18 2017, 9:17 PM · AutoWikiBrowser

May 25 2017

John_of_Reading added a comment to T33597: Render references list in multiple columns based on the number of items.

Logged https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T166293 - AutoWikiBrowser does not recognise <references responsive/> and assumes the article needs a {{Reflist}}

May 25 2017, 9:08 AM · MW-1.29-release (WMF-deploy-2017-03-14_(1.29.0-wmf.16)), User-Ryasmeen, Readers-Web-Backlog, VisualEditor-MediaWiki-References, VisualEditor, User-notice, Cite
John_of_Reading renamed T166293: General fixes doesn't recognise <references responsive/> from General fixes doesn't recognise <reference responsive/> to General fixes doesn't recognise <references responsive/>.
May 25 2017, 9:07 AM · AutoWikiBrowser
John_of_Reading created T166293: General fixes doesn't recognise <references responsive/>.
May 25 2017, 9:03 AM · AutoWikiBrowser

Apr 25 2017

John_of_Reading created T163768: Inconsistent treatment of "at" parameter in cite book / rp templates.
Apr 25 2017, 6:43 AM · AutoWikiBrowser

Apr 11 2017

John_of_Reading added a comment to T161467: Blow-by-blow genfixes in the edit summary.

My edit summaries are already long enough to fill the width of the screen in the page history, so I'd need an option to turn this off.

Apr 11 2017, 7:18 AM · Bot-Frameworks, AutoWikiBrowser

Apr 10 2017

John_of_Reading added a comment to T161460: Mention genfixes in edit summary.

The extra text should only be added if the general fixes have made a change somewhere, not if they were merely enabled. I currently switch the edit summary dropdown after reviewing the diff of every edit, to choose between "Typo fixing, replaced: foo → bar" if there are no general fixes and "Typo/[[WP:AWB/GF|general]] fixes, replaced: foo → bar" if there are some.

Apr 10 2017, 9:45 PM · Bot-Frameworks, AutoWikiBrowser

Jan 27 2017

John_of_Reading created T156456: Inconsistent adjustment of spaces inside file markup.
Jan 27 2017, 8:34 AM · AutoWikiBrowser

Jan 18 2017

John_of_Reading added a comment to T99483: Divide XML dumps by page.page_namespace (and figure out what to do with the "pages-articles" dump).

I'm running AWB on Windows 10.

Jan 18 2017, 2:04 PM · Dumps-Generation
John_of_Reading added a comment to T99483: Divide XML dumps by page.page_namespace (and figure out what to do with the "pages-articles" dump).

The AutoWikiBrowser dump scanner can only read from one XML file, so if pages-articles is dropped I would probably have to switch to pages-meta-current even though it would be twice as big to download and process. I work with about nine namespaces, so could only work with per-namespace dumps if someone provided me with scripting/programming help to download nine dumps, uncompress them, and combine them into a single file for AWB.

Jan 18 2017, 1:41 PM · Dumps-Generation

Jan 3 2017

John_of_Reading added a comment to T100614: [Migrated] Option to turn off re-ordering of references.

This request can be closed, since T154089 has made it redundant.

Jan 3 2017, 11:20 AM · WorkType-NewFunctionality, AutoWikiBrowser

Nov 13 2016

John_of_Reading created T150606: AWB general fixer replaces <ref name="foo" group="bar"> with <ref name="foo group=bar">.
Nov 13 2016, 11:45 AM · AutoWikiBrowser
John_of_Reading added a comment to T142335: Anomalies when an AWB Find+Replace rule contains \r\n.

That's a good enough fix for me, as my newline was an accident

Nov 13 2016, 11:39 AM · WorkType-Maintenance, AutoWikiBrowser

Oct 10 2016

John_of_Reading updated the task description for T147772: AWB Filtering list doubles in size when settings reloaded.
Oct 10 2016, 6:36 AM · AutoWikiBrowser
John_of_Reading created T147772: AWB Filtering list doubles in size when settings reloaded.
Oct 10 2016, 6:28 AM · AutoWikiBrowser

Aug 12 2016

John_of_Reading added a comment to T99483: Divide XML dumps by page.page_namespace (and figure out what to do with the "pages-articles" dump).

Since my last post here I've discovered that burnbit.com won't create a Torrent of a "pages-meta-current" file: "Sorry! but that file is too big". If "pages-articles" is discontinued we'll need some new recommendations for downloading a "pages-meta-current".

Aug 12 2016, 10:33 AM · Dumps-Generation

Aug 8 2016

John_of_Reading created T142359: General fixer wants to damage table headings containing {{efn}} templates.
Aug 8 2016, 9:57 AM · AutoWikiBrowser

Aug 7 2016

John_of_Reading created T142335: Anomalies when an AWB Find+Replace rule contains \r\n.
Aug 7 2016, 2:02 PM · WorkType-Maintenance, AutoWikiBrowser

Aug 1 2016

John_of_Reading added a comment to T100721: [Migrated] "a" before initial vowel in double square brackets.

The bot request is likely to be declined, so this is not a good reason to close this. The request here is to extend AWB typo-fixing to handle phrases involving piped links. AWB typo-fixing always requires editor review and discretion to avoid saving false positives.

Aug 1 2016, 8:47 AM · WorkType-NewFunctionality, AutoWikiBrowser

Apr 1 2016

John_of_Reading added a comment to T124308: AWB Regex Tester doesn't understand %%pagename%%.

When its not on a page, %%pagename%% can be blank.

Apr 1 2016, 6:39 PM · WorkType-NewFunctionality, AutoWikiBrowser
John_of_Reading added a comment to T124308: AWB Regex Tester doesn't understand %%pagename%%.

After you've clicked the start button, AWB has a "current page" and displays its name in the title bar. Could that be passed in to the regex tester?

Apr 1 2016, 5:10 PM · WorkType-NewFunctionality, AutoWikiBrowser

Mar 22 2016

John_of_Reading added a comment to T130575: Multiple users reporting content pages displaying "NULL" compared to desired content.

Users are reporting this at Special:Watchlist, Special:Random, Special:Contributions, Special:Block as well as articles.

Mar 22 2016, 7:00 AM · Patch-For-Review, Operations, Wikimedia-General-or-Unknown

Feb 23 2016

John_of_Reading added a comment to T99305: [Migrated] No vertical scroll bar in diff window.

After that manual edit to user.config, AWB restarted maximized with all scrollbars showing. Your suggestion would be fine with me; when I start AWB I never want it to start minimized.

Feb 23 2016, 3:17 PM · WorkType-Maintenance, AutoWikiBrowser
John_of_Reading added a comment to T99305: [Migrated] No vertical scroll bar in diff window.

Yes, this is still happening. Minimize AWB; restart Windows; log in to Windows; start AWB - starts minimized; open the AWB window - no scrollbar in the upper pane. Now using AWB 5.8.5.1 and Windows 10.

Feb 23 2016, 12:16 PM · WorkType-Maintenance, AutoWikiBrowser

Feb 17 2016

John_of_Reading created T127155: DuplicateUnnamedReferences changed the citation style.
Feb 17 2016, 7:22 AM · AutoWikiBrowser

Jan 29 2016

John_of_Reading updated subscribers of T109759: [CatWatch] Request for Blacklist/whitelist feature for category addition watchlist.
Jan 29 2016, 7:32 AM · CatWatch, MediaWiki-Watchlist, German-Community-Wishlist, TCB-Team

Jan 28 2016

John_of_Reading added a comment to T125074: LDR not emitting error message when two named references are defined differently.

Curiously, when I grab the text of that revision and feed it into Special:ExpandTemplates, an error message *is* displayed just after reference 4.

Jan 28 2016, 3:28 PM · Cite

Jan 21 2016

John_of_Reading created T124308: AWB Regex Tester doesn't understand %%pagename%%.
Jan 21 2016, 5:33 PM · WorkType-NewFunctionality, AutoWikiBrowser

Nov 20 2015

John_of_Reading created T119181: Watchlist "2 hours" option redisplays as "1 hour".
Nov 20 2015, 10:30 AM · MW-1.27-release (WMF-deploy-2015-11-17_(1.27.0-wmf.7)), MW-1.27-release (WMF-deploy-2015-12-08_(1.27.0-wmf.8)), MW-1.27-release-notes, Patch-For-Review, MediaWiki-Watchlist

Oct 16 2015

John_of_Reading created T115687: AWB hangs when processing a blank page.
Oct 16 2015, 7:36 AM · AutoWikiBrowser

Oct 12 2015

John_of_Reading created T115251: General fixes introduced a strange bracket error.
Oct 12 2015, 12:29 PM · AutoWikiBrowser, WorkType-Maintenance

Jul 19 2015

John_of_Reading updated subscribers of T99435: [Migrated] Regular expressions to trigger an "Are you sure?" message on saving.
Jul 19 2015, 8:31 PM · WorkType-NewFunctionality, AutoWikiBrowser

Jul 16 2015

John_of_Reading added a comment to T101152: [Migrated] AWB Updater: ZipException in ZipFile.ReadEntries.

Two more reports at Wikipedia talk:AutoWikiBrowser/Bugs

Jul 16 2015, 7:37 PM · WorkType-Maintenance, AutoWikiBrowser

Jul 6 2015

John_of_Reading added a comment to T99483: Divide XML dumps by page.page_namespace (and figure out what to do with the "pages-articles" dump).

So would it make a big difference for you to use a dump including all namespaces instead?

Jul 6 2015, 4:11 PM · Dumps-Generation
John_of_Reading added a comment to T99483: Divide XML dumps by page.page_namespace (and figure out what to do with the "pages-articles" dump).

I use the enwiki pages-articles dumps for finding typos and grammar errors. Articles, of course, but also templates, portal pages, file descriptions, help pages, project-space policy pages... nearly everything except user pages and talk pages.

Jul 6 2015, 2:21 PM · Dumps-Generation

May 30 2015

John_of_Reading added a comment to T100857: [Migrated] Add a "skip if page </> x bytes" option, where x is user-defined.

Further discussion took place on my talk page; it's now at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User_talk:John_of_Reading/Archive_18#Relevent_regex_question

May 30 2015, 8:51 PM · WorkType-NewFunctionality, AutoWikiBrowser

May 16 2015

John_of_Reading added a comment to T99335: Sandbox link should follow redirects.

Following the redirect confuses new users whose article has been drafted in a sandbox and then moved. Two typical help desk threads:

May 16 2015, 6:00 AM · MediaWiki-extensions-SandboxLink

Jan 20 2015

John_of_Reading added a comment to T86495: Portal pages on mobile should be blacklisted .

I've submitted a request for approval of the bot task at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Bots/Requests_for_approval/John_of_Reading_Bot_2

Jan 20 2015, 7:46 PM · MediaWiki-Interface, MobileFrontend
John_of_Reading added a comment to T86495: Portal pages on mobile should be blacklisted .

There are CSS classes available that improve the appearance, but most portals have not been edited to use them. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_talk:Portal#Portals_on_the_mobile_site

Jan 20 2015, 9:37 AM · MediaWiki-Interface, MobileFrontend

Dec 23 2014

John_of_Reading created T85224: Incorrect results from insource with regex.
Dec 23 2014, 3:08 PM · Discovery, CirrusSearch