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Regarding your article "Caught"[edit]

Article: You added the reference improve template in September 2012. But why does this article need more citations? The current citation to the Lords website is the definitive source for any law of the sport cricket. Any additional citation CANNOT add additional points as not stated in the Lords laws, and as such will not do anything but duplicate what already was in the Lords Law.

So, why exactly?

PS: The current citations reference the law "Bowled" when they actually should refer to Caught. As I stated above, the cricinfo sources are unnecessary since the Lords Laws are the single definitive source of all knowledge on cricket laws.

SigmaG (talk) 03:56, 14 January 2018 (UTC) SigmaG

That's because articles need multiple references to demonstrate notability. Armbrust The Homunculus 17:08, 14 January 2018 (UTC)

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Bots Newsletter, March 2018[edit]

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Thank you! edited by: Headbomb 03:11, 3 March 2018 (UTC)

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CFD: C2A vs.C2B?[edit]

Was something wrong with my CFD for "Shipwrecks of the Spanish-American War"? C2A clearly covers "Appropriate conversion of hyphens into en dashes or vice versa". Removing the CFD and then reinserting it resets the clock on the 48-hour waiting period, but I don't see any benefit from it. Does C2B have some advantage? This makes me feel like I am missing something. Chris the speller yack 15:10, 9 March 2018 (UTC)

The top of WP:CFDS says "They must be tagged with {{subst:cfr-speedy}} so that users of the categories are aware of the proposal." And it was easier to tag the category with WP:Twinkle. Armbrust The Homunculus 18:06, 9 March 2018 (UTC)
OK. I'll try not to miss that step next time. I have done a few of these, but it has been quite a while. Thanks for catching my slip-up. Chris the speller yack 20:55, 9 March 2018 (UTC)

2018 Romanian Masters[edit]

Hi Armbrust,

Why would you move 2018 Romanian Snooker Masters to 2018 Romanian Masters and said that "not part of the tournaments name"? The tournament's full name is "Romanian Snooker Masters", you can see that from their facebook page[1], the logo of the tournament and the articles posted by World Snooker[2][3]--QBear (talk) 05:15, 19 March 2018 (UTC)

Signpost issue 4 – 29 March 2018[edit]

Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates/Gold dust day gecko[edit]

Thanks for closing this featured picture nomination and notifying me of promotion. I noticed my image's page on Commons does not note its Featured status by showing the star badge like other featured images. Is this an automated process that will happen in the next few days, or do I need to do it? Also, will it be scheduled at a Picture of The Day on Wikipedia? How does all of this work. I've seen other featured images have all of these things, but I never really knew how they happened. Any insight into the process is appreciated. Steevven1 (Talk) (Contribs) (Gallery) 23:58, 13 April 2018 (UTC)

The template (commons:Template:Assessments) to indicate the images featured status needs to be added by someone, there is not automated process for it. It was previously done by Julia W.
The scheduling of POTDs is done by Crisco 1492, so you should ask him about that. Armbrust The Homunculus 09:10, 14 April 2018 (UTC)
I still do it, just too infrequently these days! I'll start a run this evening to catch up on them all. Julia\talk 08:56, 16 April 2018 (UTC)
Thanks for the info! Steevven1 (Talk) (Contribs) (Gallery) 17:18, 18 April 2018 (UTC)

Happy Birthday (2018)[edit]

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Face-smile.svg Thank you. Armbrust The Homunculus 19:07, 15 April 2018 (UTC)

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DYK file[edit]

Re: File:80 - Machu Picchu - Juin 2009 - edit.2.jpg is duplicative local categorisation needed though? Hundreds of DYK images have only had the template and category added on Commons. Furthermore, the banner now appears twice on the description for English Wikipedia users, which strikes me as unnecessary... —innotata 03:57, 7 August 2018 (UTC)

That categorisation is used on almost 10000 files, so removing it from only one file isn’t really a good idea. Armbrust The Homunculus 04:01, 7 August 2018 (UTC)
There's no reason most of those can't be moved gradually to the identically structured Commons category, which is why the Commons category was created. I fail to see how this takes away from any maintenance. Maybe best to bring this up at the DYK project talk page though it seems obvious to me. —innotata 04:14, 7 August 2018 (UTC)

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Thank you! edited by: Headbomb 15:04, 18 August 2018 (UTC)

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The Signpost: 30 August 2018[edit]

1933 Double eagle[edit]

Hi Armbrust

It seems a bit like splitting hairs to me, not to include the 1933 eagle in the featured set, just because it was promoted at a different time. It clearly fits with the others, it's featured just like they are, and surely the purpose of such a set is to be useful to the commnunity as a set, not to have one separate just for WP:Wikilawyeringing reasons? Thanks  — Amakuru (talk) 21:16, 3 September 2018 (UTC)

Sorry, but stating that an image was promoted in a nomination, which doesn't even mentions the picture, is just plain missleading. Armbrust The Homunculus 00:41, 4 September 2018 (UTC)

The Signpost: 1 October 2018[edit]

Precious anniversary[edit]

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Face-smile.svg Thank you. Armbrust The Homunculus 13:01, 7 October 2018 (UTC)

Q re an edit of yours on WP:EL/P[edit]

Hi — re the change to put a Supplement template on WP:EL/P, I haven't been able to find an RfC or other discussion. Can you point me to such? (I did find Wikipedia talk:External links/Perennial websites/Archive 2#RfC: Proposal for promotion of Wikipedia:External links/Perennial websites to a guideline which ends w a mention of ‘supplement’ but there's no discussion specific to that.) Thx, Humanengr (talk) 03:07, 11 October 2018 (UTC)

I have no idea. That was too long ago. Armbrust The Homunculus 14:17, 12 October 2018 (UTC)

Speedy Rename - Help Me Please[edit]

I was confused by your undoing of my request for a speedy rename of a category ([[4]]). You said, "Read the lead before listing pages here." I had read it and thought the category applied under the criteria WP:C2D as stated. I was directed to this page by policies such as C2D. At the top of the page, regarding C2D, it states, "after a page move discussion resulted in explicit consensus to rename" which I considered the link I provided to show. Is this considered too controversial given the latter clarification on that criteria, "If the page names are controversial or ambiguous in any way, then this criterion does not apply," or did I miss something else? I'm trying to follow through with this and have not done this before. Using "pro-choice" as a title seems to go against WP:NPOV. In accord with having a neutral point of view, the groups who usually call themselves "pro-life" are labeled "anti-abortion" and those who usually call themselves "pro-choice" are labeled, "abortion rights" while listing their own self-description after the main title. >> M.P.Schneider,LC (parlemusfeci) 19:54, 23 October 2018 (UTC)

@MPSchneiderLC: What I meant is actually higher on the page. It's "Tag category with {{subst:cfr-speedy|New name}}". Also this applies for every page you want to rename through this process, and they all need to be listed on the page. Armbrust The Homunculus 19:59, 23 October 2018 (UTC)

Can you offer some history on the "Car" vs "Automobile" discussion?[edit]

I'm looking at this recent category name change and wondering about the history here as well as at the Car article. This looks like a name change that had been going on for a while. Do you know why it changed in October? Here is the discussion closed on the 22nd: Wikipedia:Categories for discussion/Log/2018 October 10#Category:Automobiles Thanks Springee (talk) 04:01, 27 October 2018 (UTC)

Not really. Armbrust The Homunculus 16:13, 28 October 2018 (UTC)
OK. Since you were involved with this topic I letting you know there is a current discussion of the topic: Wikipedia:Categories for discussion/Log/2018 October 26#Category:Cars. I've notified all editors involved with the Oct 22 discussion and the previous discussions linked via the Oct 22 discussion. Springee (talk) 01:56, 29 October 2018 (UTC)

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Wikipedia:Featured topics/NWA World Historic Light Heavyweight Championship[edit]

Thanks for the heads up I had not realized it's already been three months. I have put it up for GA and will push it through, the topic is demoted at least I can bring it back to Good Topic once the article has been improved. MPJ-DK (talk) 14:48, 11 November 2018 (UTC)

As long as the article is at least a GAN, nobody will nominate the topic for delisting. Armbrust The Homunculus 21:26, 17 November 2018 (UTC)

Jamie Clarke Snooker player[edit]

Why did you change the above player's name to Jamie Rhys Clarke? . Clarke has clearly stated he wants to be know as Jamie Clarke ok ?. Also World Snooker call him by his proper name Jamie Clarke (talk) 18:58, 12 November 2018 (UTC)

That was because of several objections to that at WT:SNOOKER. It was clearly states, that if you want that change to happen than you need to initiate an WP:RM on the talk page. Armbrust The Homunculus 19:01, 12 November 2018 (UTC)
I don't care what it states you are wrong to include Rhys in his name when the player has directly stated his name is Jamie Clarke ok (talk) 20:35, 12 November 2018 (UTC)
His name was correctly changed after much chat on here and I did not see anyone complaining. (talk) 20:37, 12 November 2018 (UTC)
How do I get his name changed to his proper title of Jamie Clarke? . What is the process? . You did not discuss this with anybody did you just make the change yourself ?. (talk) 19:47, 13 November 2018 (UTC)
WP:RM. Armbrust The Homunculus 21:25, 17 November 2018 (UTC)

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Would you be able and willing to take over Cydebot's functions at WP:CFD/W? I know ArmbrustBot is approved for this task, but I am not sure what would be needed to fully transition. I posted a message at Cyde's talk page a few months ago, but he is no longer active (just 4 edits in 2018) and has not responded. I'd be happy to start a discussion at Wikipedia talk:Categories for discussion/Working if that's what's needed...

My main concern with Cydebot right now is that it creates a category redirect in most (though, oddly enough, not all) cases of renaming or merging. While this is fine in some cases (e.g. Swaziland → Eswatini), it is problematic and leads to miscategorization in others (e.g. Category:ABL templatesCategory:Australian Baseball League templates, where "ABL" is highly ambiguous). In general, I don't think a bot should be creating pages without more specific parameters or direct human guidance.

I look forward to hearing your thoughts. Thanks, -- Black Falcon (talk) 22:46, 26 November 2018 (UTC)

Quite honestly, it's good as a backup. The renaming of categories is almost completely manual and the re-categorization needs to be initiated manually. Armbrust The Homunculus 09:10, 27 November 2018 (UTC)
Fair enough, and thank you for answering. In that case, it seems like the best option would be to request a new primary CfD bot at WP:BOTREQ. -- Black Falcon (talk) 18:39, 27 November 2018 (UTC)

Europa mosaic in featured pictures[edit]

Regarding the promotion of the alternate Europa mosaic, I'd like to make a couple of points. You promoted it with only 4 votes in support. Was that your intent? Also, the vote on a featured picture candidate has no relevance to what version of an image is used in articles in English or any other version of Wikipedia. That is entirely up to the discretion of the editors of the article in question. WolfmanSF (talk) 07:00, 29 November 2018 (UTC)

I assumed that The NMI User supports both version, as he didn't indicate which versions he supported. If he doesn't, than he should contact me, and I happily reverse the promotion. (BTW the replacement with the promoted image is in the closing instructions since 2008.) Armbrust The Homunculus 08:06, 29 November 2018 (UTC)
I see. Actually, the alternate version didn't exist when he made his nomination, so I think his intent was clear. Also, given that the initial version was voted as a featured image in Wikimedia Commons without any ambiguities, the replacement recommendation probably doesn't apply in this case. WolfmanSF (talk) 00:44, 30 November 2018 (UTC)

The Signpost: 1 December 2018[edit]

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Wikipedia:Database reports/Transclusions of deleted templates[edit]

Can you fix your twinkleoptions.js so that it doesn't show in Special:WhatLinksHere/Template:Incomplete? The incomplete template was deleted here and removing transclusions will help reduce the number of entries in the database report. having a twinkle option to add a deleted template is probably not necessary :) thank you. Frietjes (talk) 17:21, 6 December 2018 (UTC)

 Done I didn't even know this template was deleted... until now. Armbrust The Homunculus 18:07, 6 December 2018 (UTC)

File:Gray contrast test image.svg[edit]

Hi, I just calibrated a new monitor, and noticed that the shadow test file I created, shown on the FPC page has been altered from my original - someone has made an svg of the original jpeg, and changed the RGB values so they don't agree with my original. If people use the svg for calibration, their monitors will be set too light. Can't figure out how to correct this (I'm not familiar with swg), but please look at my original, here: Shadowtest.jpg with values 6,12,26,38 (the svg shows up as 1,4,19 and 33 on my Mac, at least...)- regards, --Janke | Talk 10:38, 17 December 2018 (UTC)

Sorry, but I'm not really familiar with svg myself. Armbrust The Homunculus 11:25, 19 December 2018 (UTC)

need help with CFD[edit]

Hi. A CFD was recently closed regarding a number of categories that i created. I would like your bot to please remove the CFD notice on each category. The problem is that since this was for multiple categories, the bot may not automatically do the removals of the notices.

Could you please program it to do so? I very much appreciate it.

Here is a link to the CFD: CFD entry, Nov 29, timeline categories,

and here is the list of affected categories:

I appreciate any help. Please feel free to use {{ping|sm8900}} when you reply. thanks! --Sm8900 (talk) 16:34, 21 December 2018 (UTC)

 Done. Armbrust The Homunculus 02:02, 22 December 2018 (UTC)
that's terrific. thanks so much!! --Sm8900 (talk) 04:23, 23 December 2018 (UTC)


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Face-smile.svg Thank you. Armbrust The Homunculus 09:48, 25 December 2018 (UTC)

The Signpost: 24 December 2018[edit]


Can you walk me through this very curious decision? Thanks! ~ trialsanderrors (talk) 11:08, 26 January 2019 (UTC)

trialsanderrors If you mean the delisting of the last two images, that's because unused featured pictures are automatically delisted (if nominated and not added back to any articles). Armbrust The Homunculus 16:10, 26 January 2019 (UTC)

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Page move[edit]

The Alien article should be moved back to Alien (fictional species), per more recent consensus at Talk:Predator (fictional species)#Requested move 13 January 2018 where the "Creature in ___ franchise" DAB was rejected for the reasons already outlined when I moved the Alien article. The discussion you cited was from seven years ago. DarkKnight2149 01:55, 6 March 2019 (UTC)

Actually, skimming through the original move discussion, there were concerns that "Alien (fictional species)" wasn't specific enough. Still, I have some objections to that reasoning as well. This is a topic that would require a larger move discussion, though. DarkKnight2149 02:15, 6 March 2019 (UTC)

Minnie Maddern Fiske[edit]

File:Mrs. Fiske, "Love finds the way" - Zaida Ben Yusuf. LCCN2006677585.tif because the one Yann worked on had already had the colour removed, unfortunately. Adam Cuerden (talk)Has about 6.5% of all FPs 06:42, 27 March 2019 (UTC)

Face-smile.svg Thank you for the swift reply. Armbrust The Homunculus 07:08, 27 March 2019 (UTC)

Coldstream Guards[edit]

Could you close tthis? It's descended into irrelevancies so badly that I'd rather make a fresh start later. Adam Cuerden (talk)Has about 6.5% of all FPs 13:06, 27 March 2019 (UTC)

 Done. Armbrust The Homunculus 14:48, 27 March 2019 (UTC)
Thank you. I'll nominate it again in a month or so. I just felt the conversation had moved so far away from the image it couldn't come back with any chance of it getting passed. Adam Cuerden (talk)Has about 6.5% of all FPs 17:38, 27 March 2019 (UTC)

The Signpost: 31 March 2019[edit]

Happy Birthday (2019)[edit]

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Wishing Armbrust a very happy birthday on behalf of the Birthday Committee! Chris Troutman (talk) 01:11, 15 April 2019 (UTC)
Face-smile.svg Thank you. Armbrust The Homunculus 01:13, 15 April 2019 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates/Red-rumped parrot[edit]

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Your Featured picture candidate has been promoted
Your nomination for featured picture status, File:Psephotus haematonotus male - Cornwallis Rd.jpg, gained a consensus of support, and has been promoted. If you would like to nominate another image, please do so at Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates. feminist (talk) 03:05, 29 April 2019 (UTC)
Psephotus haematonotus female - Cornwallis Rd.jpg
Your Featured picture candidate has been promoted
Your nomination for featured picture status, File:Psephotus haematonotus female - Cornwallis Rd.jpg, gained a consensus of support, and has been promoted. If you would like to nominate another image, please do so at Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates. feminist (talk) 03:05, 29 April 2019 (UTC)

I've done steps 1, 7 and 8 as requested. feminist (talk) 03:07, 29 April 2019 (UTC)

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DYK Frederick Fleet, British sailor, Titanic survivor[edit]

Just thank you for promoting it! Thanks! Thanks! LLcentury (talk) 14:29, 11 June 2019 (UTC)

Be my guest. Armbrust The Homunculus 14:07, 12 June 2019 (UTC)
Thank you so much, I may have committed an error in resubmitting a picture at FP, can you check if I did the correct thing? My best wishes. --LLcentury (talk) 15:22, 12 June 2019 (UTC)
 Done. Armbrust The Homunculus 13:05, 13 June 2019 (UTC)

Closed CFDs[edit]

With CFDs like Wikipedia:Categories for discussion/Log/2018 October 28#English districts you're bot placed {{Old CFD}} on the talk pages of the categories, with the closed CFD at Wikipedia:Categories for discussion/Log/2019 March 31#Scottish islands this didn't happen, maybe because the discussion was relisted. I ask because the discussion at Talk:Skye#Requested move 5 June 2019 (to move the island back to Isle of Skye) is looking likely to be successful and thus Category:Skye will need renaming back to Category:Isle of Skye and some of the categories at Wikipedia:Categories for discussion/Log/2019 March 31#Scottish islands affect Skye since they will need to be changed to include "Isle of" although they should probably otherwise continue to use the same format as they currently do (that is to say keep "in" instead of "on" etc). I intend to start the new CFD for including "Isle of" (which will also be needed for the main category because of Wikipedia:Categories for discussion/Log/2009 December 19#Category:Isle of Skye. If the Old CFD needs to be added manually then I'll do it myself but its just that having 2 CFD templates on the same page could cause confusion, thanks. Crouch, Swale (talk) 21:12, 11 June 2019 (UTC)

@Crouch, Swale: That's because the closer didn't list the categories on WP:CFDWR. I have added it and they are now detagged. Armbrust The Homunculus 14:16, 12 June 2019 (UTC)

Me again, a concern about FP[edit]

Hi Armbrust, as you may already know I'm kind of a newbie on the section. What happens when no one either opposes or supports your nomination? Thanks --LLcentury (talk) 19:55, 12 June 2019 (UTC)

Than it will fail on quorum. A nomination needs 5 supports for that (also the ratio of support to all !votes need to be at least 66%). Armbrust The Homunculus 12:59, 13 June 2019 (UTC)
Perfect Armbrust, and last question, in that case, resubmitting is allowed or not? --LLcentury (talk) 14:32, 13 June 2019 (UTC)
It's allowed. You can do it immediately, but I'd recomment waiting at least a month before doing that. Armbrust The Homunculus 17:02, 14 June 2019 (UTC)

Armbrust, I already asked Adam, but would like your opinion since you manage FP, when to add candidates to "needing feedback"? Sorry, I know I am a pain in the neck. --LLcentury (talk) 12:33, 17 June 2019 (UTC)

As {{FPC urgents}} says: "If a nomination is reasonably old and is neither obviously going to pass (i.e. consensus + 5 or more supports) nor obviously going to fail (i.e. at least 2 oppose votes and no supports outside of the nominator), it may be listed here." Armbrust The Homunculus 16:45, 23 June 2019 (UTC)

Jamie Clarke Snooker Player[edit]

Hi you changed the above players name back to Jamie Rhys Clarke. Clarke has confirmed Rhys was never part of his name and should not be included. can you remove the rhys from his homepage since you reverted the page back from Jamie Clarke (snooker player) ?. which it should be known as. DooksFoley147 (talk) 20:19, 13 June 2019 (UTC)

Sorry, but I can't and won't do that. If you want the page to be moved than initiate an WP:RM at the talk page. Armbrust The Homunculus 17:03, 14 June 2019 (UTC)

Why can't I resubmit?[edit]

I just wanted to resubmit an image which for one vote didn't reach the quorum whether to oppose or support, that's not important. but it's extremely frustrating how FPC feedback won't work. And the issue is I can't resubmit under the same name because it already exists. May you explain? Thanks. --LLcentury (talk) 12:33, 23 June 2019 (UTC)

Than you have to resubmit under a different name. Like if the original nomination was under "BAR", than you can use "BAR 2" or "BAR redux". Armbrust The Homunculus 16:47, 23 June 2019 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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Crazy to see you're not an admin. You work hard and help out like an admin should. The day will come. You've got my support. Thanks for your work at FPC. You keep it all moving. Geoffroi 10:49, 4 July 2019 (UTC)
Face-smile.svg Thank you Armbrust The Homunculus 14:22, 4 July 2019 (UTC)

Bots Newsletter, August 2019[edit]

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Wikipedia:Featured picture candidates/Sikhanyiso Dlamini[edit]

Given we have the information now, any chance we could reverse the closure? Adam Cuerden (talk)Has about 6.9% of all FPs 15:51, 31 August 2019 (UTC)

I think it would be better if you renominated it. Regards, Armbrust The Homunculus 18:31, 31 August 2019 (UTC)