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Recently, I've added stuff to watchlists. It would say something to the effect of

The page $1 has been added to your watchlist whats the source of this? Artix Kreiger (discusscontribs) 13:19, 17 November 2017 (UTC) JackPotte (discusscontribs) 17:44, 17 November 2017 (UTC)
@JackPotte:, can you remove the <nowiki> from MediaWiki:Addedwatchtext? Artix Kreiger (discusscontribs) 18:58, 17 November 2017 (UTC)
You can set any piece of MedaiWiki to not display with CSS. —Justin (koavf)TCM 19:32, 17 November 2017 (UTC)
Justin, the interface message at MediaWiki:Addedwatchtext appears to be broken somehow. When I click to watchlist a page, the popup interface message is displaying the raw wikitext. The history[1] of the interface message says it hasn't been edited in nearly 7 years. Either it has been broken for 7 years and no one on this wiki noticed, or something else is caused it to break. And even if something else broke it, the 17 November 2017 date of JackPotte post above says been broken for at least a month and a half. Alsee (discusscontribs) 04:59, 31 December 2017 (UTC)

I mistakenly assumed Justin was an admin. This needs administrator attention. Alsee (discusscontribs) 05:08, 31 December 2017 (UTC)

@Alsee: Maybe in 2018! I'd like to be more active here. —Justin (koavf)TCM 05:25, 31 December 2017 (UTC)
@Alsee, Koavf:, Maybe. I'd like to edit it to fix it as well. Artix Kreiger (discusscontribs) 23:08, 7 January 2018 (UTC)
Removed the <nowiki>. Hope that fixes it. Thanks for bringing this up. --Atcovi (Talk - Contribs) 02:41, 8 January 2018 (UTC)
Atcovi the WMF deliberately killed some or most wikitext-functionality in these messages back in Dec 2016. In particular #ifeq no longer works, and apostrophes for italics and bold. However <I> and <B> still work. See Phabricator T153403, declined as WONTFIX. I'm wondering how no one here noticed it for a year.
I suggest applying the same fix as was applied on EnWiki at the time:[2]
The page "[[:$1]]" has been added to your [[{{ns:Special}}:Watchlist|watchlist]], which will list edits to this page and its associated talk page.
Alsee (discusscontribs) 07:49, 9 January 2018 (UTC)
@Alsee: Alas, I'm not surprised by something like that sitting around for a year. I don't think my own experience is atypical, as a fairly-long-time contributor to non-Wikipedia sister projects; and what I find is that the software temporarily breaks all the time, and there's little or no point in complaining about it because it happens while the Foundation is doing stuff that they arbitrarily define as important and the Foundation neglects non-Wikipedian sisters anyway. It's all made even sadder by the reality that the Foundation is evidently unaware of their own long-term conditioning of the non-Wikipedian sisters; I've seen them routinely assume that their feedback from non-Wikipedia projects is unimpaired, and even dismiss the few complaints they get on the grounds that there are so few. It's not like this is even hard to believe; I can quite see that people with all the best intentions can create an information-bubble around themselves like that; what I don't know is what, if anything, can be done about it. I've not forgotten trying to communicate with Lila Tretikov and finding that she was already inside the Foundation information-bubble. --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 15:32, 9 January 2018 (UTC)

Done , seems to work now. --Atcovi (Talk - Contribs) 12:42, 9 January 2018 (UTC)

Canadian History/The Wildlife of the Lands[edit]

Temporary Protection may be needed. Artix Kreiger (discusscontribs) 00:36, 17 January 2018 (UTC)

@Artix Kreiger: I've blocked the three IPs involved thus far. For my part, I'd just as soon leave the page unprotected, on the theory that if there are any others, forcing them to go elsewhere could only make them less easy to detect. --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 00:51, 17 January 2018 (UTC)
I believe if there is another vandal attack, a protection should take place. But for now, leaving this page as is, is better. --Atcovi (Talk - Contribs) 01:26, 17 January 2018 (UTC)

HarrisBoulton (discuss · email · contribs · logs · count)[edit]


Artix Kreiger (discusscontribs) 23:05, 23 January 2018 (UTC)

blocked, deleted. --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 23:58, 23 January 2018 (UTC)
Btw, this is the third time that particular page has been deleted, leaving behind one globally locked account and two locally indefinitely blocked ones. --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 00:00, 24 January 2018 (UTC)

Unwanted PokeStarFan Comments[edit]

Is there some way to prevent the endless comments I get after every edit of a page?
It seems only to come from the same referenced individual. Armchair (discusscontribs) 13:36, 9 February 2018 (UTC)

@Armchair: Please explain more; I don't recognize the problem you're asking about. PokestarFan has not edited Wikibooks since November. --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 16:30, 9 February 2018 (UTC)

On the page Internet_ADSL2+_Speed I find notices PokeStarFan thanks you for your edit on Internet ADSL... ect. There are about eight of these for quite trivial edits... Is it an automatic response of some kind? Such subjects do not usually attract fan clubs!
Armchair (discusscontribs) 11:32, 11 February 2018 (UTC)

I am assuming that they are clicking (or automating) the "Thank" function however nothing is logged recently see here. Is it still happening? QuiteUnusual (discusscontribs) 10:59, 12 February 2018 (UTC)
@Armchair: Fwiw, PokestarFan has a mixed history on the project. They seem to me to be earnest (I liked their enthusiasm), but their application of automation has often been of ambivalent utility, helpful in some ways and problematic in others, often simultaneously. For a while last year they were one of several users helping out with the big category migration I'd undertaken, and during part of that time they were thanking me for a great many of my edits (iirc, largely edits neatifying some of the categories they had worked on). Btw, the way that ended was that PokestarFan did a mass move of a thousand categories or so, which was clearly meant to help, and arguably may have shortened the whole project by months, but nixed the methodology I'd been using and maximized how long individual categories spent broken during the process; and in the aftermath of that, PokestarFan stopped editing. --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 12:36, 12 February 2018 (UTC)[edit] (discuss · email · contribs · logs · count) keeps adding inappropriate content to articles. I've already warned them twice. --Ixfd64 (discusscontribs) 21:59, 9 February 2018 (UTC)

Blocked for 1 week. --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 23:46, 9 February 2018 (UTC)

Solar System/Print version[edit]

Why is this page tagged for deletion? I don't see it in the source code so its transcluded in a template, but I don't know how to navigate through those templates. Artix Kreiger (discusscontribs) 03:59, 18 February 2018 (UTC)

@Artix Kreiger: I don't think it has been. The category must be coming from some page that it transcludes, yet none of the transcluded pages are in the category, which is odd. --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 04:15, 18 February 2018 (UTC)
@Artix Kreiger: Ah! It's because page Solar System/Moon has been queried, more than seven days ago. For some reason the wiki platform decided to list the transcluding page but didn't get around to upating the transcluded one. (Fixed that.) I imagine the subpage will want deletion... but alas I'm on my last legs, for tonight, and hesitate to make decisions about deleting things when I'm this tired. --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 04:20, 18 February 2018 (UTC)
Btw, I used the "Related changes" link on the left-hand nav bar of the print version to figure out what transcluded page had recently been altered that could account for the category. --Pi zero (discusscontribs) 04:23, 18 February 2018 (UTC)
ah I should have done that. Thanks for the help and knowledge. Artix Kreiger (discusscontribs) 19:53, 22 February 2018 (UTC)[edit] (discuss · email · contribs · logs · count) has both vandalised and made constructive edits to A-level_Computing/AQA/Paper_1/Skeleton_program/AS2017, leading me to suspect multiple users on the same IP. Vwilding (discusscontribs) 11:45, 23 February 2018 (UTC)

Left IP a warning. Will watch for edits from this IP. Thanks. --Atcovi (Talk - Contribs) 11:57, 23 February 2018 (UTC)