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Fri, Oct 18

Rich_Farmbrough created T235849: Be selective about replacing ' can break wikimarkup.
Fri, Oct 18, 11:21 AM · AutoWikiBrowser

Sep 17 2019

Rich_Farmbrough added a comment to T233070: AWB log in fails when reading temporarily-empty InitialiseSettings.php.txt.

I

ndex: SiteInfo.cs
===================================================================
@@ -252,7 +252,7 @@
             // web lookup if not in cache
             if (string.IsNullOrEmpty(catCollationInfo))
             {
-                catCollationInfo = Tools.GetHTML(@"https://noc.wikimedia.org/conf/InitialiseSettings.php.txt");
+                catCollationInfo = Tools.GetHTML(@"https://noc.wikimedia.org/conf/VariantSettings.php.txt");
Sep 17 2019, 8:29 AM · AutoWikiBrowser

Dec 16 2018

Rich_Farmbrough created T212094: Typo fixer changing the name of a work.
Dec 16 2018, 11:09 PM · AutoWikiBrowser
Rich_Farmbrough added a comment to T186441: AWB: Disallow WikiProject banner template sortkey assignment when the proposed target of listas= is identical to {{PAGENAME}} or is a nontrivial prefix of {{PAGENAME}}, likewise with {{DEFAULTSORT}}.

There are a number of points worth making here, though they do not impact on the base idea behind the bug, indeed one is makes it more important.

Dec 16 2018, 10:56 PM · WorkType-Maintenance, AutoWikiBrowser

May 16 2018

Rich_Farmbrough added a comment to T148582: Lockdown blocks extensions relying on API interaction.

Just a note that this impacts potential extensions that rely on this type of functionality.

May 16 2018, 1:30 PM · Patch-For-Review, MW-1.27-release, MediaWiki-extensions-Lockdown

Mar 3 2018

Mvolz awarded T138711: Enable Machine Translation in English in the content translation tool a 100 token.
Mar 3 2018, 4:56 PM · CX-deployments, Community-consensus-needed, WorkType-NewFunctionality

Aug 9 2017

Rich_Farmbrough added a comment to T172698: Show number of changed chars in the diff view.

We will be wanting to insert something like

Aug 9 2017, 7:53 PM · German-Community-Wishlist, patch-welcome
Rich_Farmbrough added a comment to T172698: Show number of changed chars in the diff view.

To be consistent with the history view, the number should be displayed before the edit summary of the right hand edit. This may be misleading in that it appears to assign the change to the last edit.

Aug 9 2017, 4:08 PM · German-Community-Wishlist, patch-welcome
Rich_Farmbrough added a comment to T172698: Show number of changed chars in the diff view.

Question: The diff view from history is a different use case to the diff view for "show changes". It is also different from a diff generated from two page version numbers which are not necessarily of the same page. Will this patch need to distinguish these cases? If the numerical value is stored in the database, then the history version may be simple, for adjacent versions. For non-adjacent versions it will still need calculating.

Aug 9 2017, 3:55 PM · German-Community-Wishlist, patch-welcome

May 31 2017

Rich_Farmbrough added a comment to T162068: Delete mailing list wikien-bureaucrats.

Is this total destruction of a historic set of documents?

May 31 2017, 9:48 PM · Wikimedia-Mailing-lists
Rich_Farmbrough added a comment to T153011: Special:Notifications is too slow to open.

There is also the possibility that it is something else loading from bits, perhaps. There seems to be a metric tonne of css, js and other stuff in there.

May 31 2017, 9:36 PM · Growth-Team, Collaboration-Team-Triage (Collab-Team-This-Quarter), User-notice-collaboration, Notifications

May 27 2017

Rich_Farmbrough created T166440: Deleted hatnotes still listed in AWB sourcecode .
May 27 2017, 6:46 PM · AutoWikiBrowser

Feb 13 2017

Rich_Farmbrough added a comment to T148274: Implement a convenient way to link to ISBNs without magic links.

Simple way is to re-instate magic links.

Feb 13 2017, 11:59 PM · Patch-For-Review, MediaWiki-Parser
Rich_Farmbrough added a comment to T145604: [RfC] Future of magic links.

I agree with SV above. This is a major (and somewhat foolish) change. It should not be imposed by a technocracy.

Feb 13 2017, 11:58 PM · MediaWiki-Parser, TechCom-RFC

Jan 3 2017

Liuxinyu970226 awarded T138665: Support SVG interactivity and animation in media-viewer a Like token.
Jan 3 2017, 1:15 PM · Multimedia, MediaViewer

Dec 30 2016

Rich_Farmbrough created T154332: Attempted to save a wrong page (Article name: 'Talk:Petar Vukotić', session page title: '') Exception in MainForm.Save.
Dec 30 2016, 7:22 PM · AutoWikiBrowser

Aug 12 2016

Rich_Farmbrough added a comment to T29987: AbuseFilter: Function ccnorm shouldn't convert "I" and "L" to "1", "O" to "0" and "S" to "5".

Great work everyone (especially Ryan!).
Simple is good.
I have changed hidden filter 12 on en:wiki so that it will work with either version of ccnorm, after the Mediawiki change it can have the code for old version removed.
This approach means that we get no gap where filters are inactive, and hence no narrow window for implementing the changes, nor any rush after the Mediawiki change.
It also means that if we have to revert the Mediawiki change within a short time, the rules should still work.

Aug 12 2016, 6:04 PM · MW-1.28-release (WMF-deploy-2016-08-16_(1.28.0-wmf.15)), User-notice, Community-Tech, AntiSpoof

Jun 27 2016

Rich_Farmbrough created T138750: AWB changes curly quotes in File: names.
Jun 27 2016, 10:35 AM · AutoWikiBrowser

Jun 26 2016

Rich_Farmbrough created T138711: Enable Machine Translation in English in the content translation tool.
Jun 26 2016, 12:15 PM · CX-deployments, Community-consensus-needed, WorkType-NewFunctionality

Jun 25 2016

MartinK awarded T138665: Support SVG interactivity and animation in media-viewer a Like token.
Jun 25 2016, 6:48 PM · Multimedia, MediaViewer
Rich_Farmbrough created T138665: Support SVG interactivity and animation in media-viewer.
Jun 25 2016, 3:03 PM · Multimedia, MediaViewer

Jun 20 2016

Rich_Farmbrough updated the task description for T135422: Wishlist tasks suggested for the Wikimania Hackathon 2016.
Jun 20 2016, 8:45 PM · TCB-Team, Wikimania-Hackathon-2016, Community-Tech, Developer-Advocacy (Apr-Jun-2016), Community-Wishlist-Survey-2015
Rich_Farmbrough created T138260: Solution for multiple refs varying only by page number.
Jun 20 2016, 8:44 PM · Cite

May 23 2016

Rich_Farmbrough added a comment to T54564: Allow sitelinks to redirect pages to fix the 'Bonnie and Clyde problem'.

The correct solution for this problem is clear if we separate the concept of Wikipedia articles from Wikidata items.

May 23 2016, 12:21 PM · Wikidata, MediaWiki-extensions-WikibaseRepository

May 6 2016

Rich_Farmbrough added a comment to T21311: User edit counts (user.user_editcount field) is often wrong.

Here is a plan:

May 6 2016, 3:20 PM · MediaWiki-Page-editing

Apr 8 2016

Rich_Farmbrough added a comment to T52454: Include a RegEx library for Lua.

And here is some MIT licensed glue to both POSIX and PCRE libraries. http://rrthomas.github.io/lrexlib/

Apr 8 2016, 12:43 PM · MediaWiki-extensions-Scribunto
Rich_Farmbrough added a comment to T52454: Include a RegEx library for Lua.

This should be fixed. Of course breaking reg-exes exist, but we face the same problem as we did when we tried to deny template developers parser functions on the grounds that they were idiots and would break the whole wiki - namely that someone will write Module:RegEx.

Apr 8 2016, 12:35 PM · MediaWiki-extensions-Scribunto

Apr 1 2016

Rich_Farmbrough added a comment to T99174: [Epic] Wikimedia dark traffic.

There are privacy issues here. I have initiated a discussion at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Village_pump_%28policy%29#Privacy_and_dark_traffic

Apr 1 2016, 3:03 PM · Research-Backlog, Epic, Research-consulting

Feb 23 2016

Rich_Farmbrough added a comment to T14974: The newline added to a template, magic word, variable, or parser function that returns line-start wikicode formatting (*#:; {|) causes unexpected parsing.

As the latest person to get bitten by this bug, can I press for some progress. If the category suggested by Tim in six years ago, and Mr Stradivarius one year ago can be implemented, then we can at least get some idea of the magnitude of the misfeature use. Conversely if they can't let us find another way forward.

Feb 23 2016, 3:06 PM · Epic, MediaWiki-Parser

Feb 4 2016

Restricted Application updated subscribers of T29987: AbuseFilter: Function ccnorm shouldn't convert "I" and "L" to "1", "O" to "0" and "S" to "5".

This is a real nightmare.

Feb 4 2016, 6:11 PM · MW-1.28-release (WMF-deploy-2016-08-16_(1.28.0-wmf.15)), User-notice, Community-Tech, AntiSpoof

Jan 29 2016

Rich_Farmbrough added a comment to T123863: Region code returned by Geocode API is missing country code..

Ok thanks.

Jan 29 2016, 2:32 AM · GeoData

Jan 23 2016

Rich_Farmbrough created T124564: Saving large page (c. 2 MB) fails .
Jan 23 2016, 11:36 PM · Performance Issue, MediaWiki-Parser, Wikimedia-General-or-Unknown

Jan 17 2016

Rich_Farmbrough renamed T123863: Region code returned by Geocode API is missing country code. from Region code returned by to Region code returned by Geocode API is missing country code..
Jan 17 2016, 2:45 PM · GeoData
Rich_Farmbrough created T123863: Region code returned by Geocode API is missing country code..
Jan 17 2016, 2:44 PM · GeoData

Jan 10 2016

Rich_Farmbrough added a comment to T26004: New magic word like PROTECTIONLEVEL to give flag restrictions information.

Thanks

Jan 10 2016, 7:06 PM · MediaWiki-extensions-FlaggedRevs
Rich_Farmbrough added a comment to T55008: MediaWiki:Autoblocker etc. reveals to third party that a (blocked) user has used the same IP address.

@Aklapper - best to ping me via my en:wp talk page

Jan 10 2016, 5:18 PM · WMF-Legal, Privacy, MediaWiki-User-management

Nov 19 2015

Restricted Application updated subscribers of T11858: Recursive checkuser feature needed.

There has to be concern that a recursive check like this could seriously degrade the privacy of users. For example suppose that I am a trusted user - something I am never sure about - and I come up as having shared an IP with a vandal. A manual checkuser would stop there, and perhaps confirm that the IP usage was widely disparate in time if it was an dynamic IP, or was a communal hotspot or something, but a recursive one would identify all the IPs I had edited from, and all the editors who had edited from those IPs, etc.. I know certain editors who do not want their attendance at meet-ups shared with non-attendees, and it would certainly not be a good thing to have these associations seen by some who have Checkuser power, and doubtless archived on the Checkuser wiki for all eternity.

Nov 19 2015, 1:12 AM · Community-Tech, Stewards-and-global-tools, CheckUser

Sep 15 2015

Rich_Farmbrough added a comment to T111664: Make it possible to tag Huggle edits.

I like the tag "Huggle" since it's a proper noun. WPCleaner does and AWB would also start with capitals. Keep lower case for things like "generic tool".

Sep 15 2015, 9:31 PM · WorkType-NewFunctionality, Huggle

Jul 27 2015

Rich_Farmbrough added a comment to T102199: Reports of a high number of edits being rejected due to loss of session data.

Confirm this is almost ubiquitous. And possibly linked to https://phabricator.wikimedia.org/T101224

Jul 27 2015, 11:08 PM · Operations, User-notice, WMF-deploy-2015-07-28_(1.26wmf16), WMF-deploy-2015-08-04_(1.26wmf17), Patch-For-Review, MediaWiki-Authentication-and-authorization, Availability, MediaWiki-Cache, WMF-deploy-2015-06-23_(1.26wmf11), Performance Issue, MediaWiki-Page-editing, WMF-deploy-2015-06-09_(1.26wmf9), MW-1.26-release, WMF-deploy-2015-06-16_(1.26wmf10), Wikimedia-General-or-Unknown

Jun 20 2015

Rich_Farmbrough added a comment to T91928: The Event Organiser's Userright.

There is a throttle setting that is overridden of WP:EN, specifically to allow the use of mass rollback/undo. Perhaps this same mechanism could be applied here.

Jun 20 2015, 9:21 PM · MediaWiki-extensions-ThrottleOverride

Jun 2 2015

Rich_Farmbrough added a comment to T16281: Rename "Bad image list" to something better.

We could drive this of edit-filters fairly easily,if that's what you mean. The existing solution should be blindingly fast, and is easy to understand Edit filters would have the benefit of simplifying the overall scenario, and of providing a warning log that could be useful in forestalling abuse.

Jun 2 2015, 12:50 PM · MediaWiki-General, Proposal

May 31 2015

Rich_Farmbrough added a comment to T16281: Rename "Bad image list" to something better.

Given there are some issues about the change-set proposed by Platonides (for which thanks), can we resolve this bug by utilising the fallback mechanism Krinkle mentions to "Restricted-use media list"?

May 31 2015, 5:25 PM · MediaWiki-General, Proposal

Feb 17 2015

Rich_Farmbrough added a comment to T87559: Locked accounts should have mail-based notifications <s>receipt</s> disabled.

I strongly disagree with this. There is no purpose to be served other than vindictiveness in denying locked users the ability to receive email.

Feb 17 2015, 2:52 AM · Stewards-and-global-tools, MediaWiki-extensions-CentralAuth

Dec 7 2014

Rich_Farmbrough added a comment to T46038: Get interwiki links to a selected language for results of a local search.

It's worth noting that one often comes to Wikipedia with an unknown term, where there is uncertainty in both the language and meaning. This use case would not be helped very much by this solution, though other cases might.

Dec 7 2014, 1:17 AM · Discovery, Wikimedia-Interwiki-links