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This barnstar is awarded to everyone who - whatever their opinion - contributed to the discussion about Wikipedia and SOPA. Thank you for being a part of the discussion. Presented by the Wikimedia Foundation, January 21, 2012.

A barnstar for you![edit]

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Congratulations, Tom.Reding, you've recently made your 1,000th edit to articles on English Wikipedia!

Thank you for all the great DAB work you've been doing recently, and for all your contributions to the encyclopedia. Keep it up! :) Maryana (WMF) (talk) 23:17, 16 April 2012 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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For your incredible WikiGnoming over the past few months. I am in awe. A2soup (talk) 23:25, 22 February 2015 (UTC)

Thank you! :)   ~ Tom.Reding & his 200-some-odd lines of regex (talkcontribsdgaf)  02:03, 23 February 2015 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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You have nearly single-handedly eliminated the minor planet notability problem, which had stood for seven years before you decided to tackle it, because nobody wanted to do the massive amount of work required. If this doesn't deserve a barnstar, I'm not sure what does. StringTheory11 (t • c) 17:49, 3 May 2015 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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For dealing with the minor planet clusterfuck as efficiently as you have! Headbomb {talk / contribs / physics / books} 04:13, 1 February 2016 (UTC)

There's nothing quite like cleaning up a good, 'ol-fashioned clusterfuck. Thanks for pointing me in the right direction :)   ~ Tom.Reding (talkdgaf)  04:17, 1 February 2016 (UTC)

BTW, this isn't just for the recent banner tagging, but for the shear amount of effort involved in cleaning up the mess for the past year or so. Possibly longer. Headbomb {talk / contribs / physics / books} 00:27, 2 February 2016 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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thanks for helping me with the search codes! Jennica / talk 20:10, 9 April 2017 (UTC)

Thank you for being one of Wikipedia's top medical contributors![edit]

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In 2016 you were one of the top ~200 medical editors across any language of Wikipedia. Thank you from Wiki Project Med Foundation for helping bring free, complete, accurate, up-to-date health information to the public. We really appreciate you and the vital work you do! Wiki Project Med Foundation is a user group whose mission is to improve our health content. Consider joining here, there are no associated costs.

Thanks again :-) -- Doc James along with the rest of the team at Wiki Project Med Foundation 18:08, 3 May 2017 (UTC)

Barnstar awarded[edit]

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Your diligent work in the area of redirect categorization and improvement is duly recognized and greatly appreciated. You are truly one of the unsung heroes of Wikipedia, and we hope you continue to enjoy your improvement of this awesome encyclopedia! On behalf of your fellow editors—and the millions of readers of our work—I sincerely thank you for your contributions that have improved the encyclopedia for everyone. Senator2029 “Talk” 08:33, 8 June 2017 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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Thank you very much for helping and editing the Joe Campos Torres article, your assistance put a BIG SMILE on my face!
Vwanweb (talk) 16:53, 31 December 2017 (UTC)
My pleasure; that was a satisfying edit :)   ~ Tom.Reding (talkdgaf)  16:56, 31 December 2017 (UTC)

Another barnstar for you![edit]

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In recognition of your recent contributions to the Life Sciences on en:Wikipedia, analyzing and helping to improve the quality of articles, based on scientific data. Your efforts demonstrate tremendous potential into enhancing the scientific accuracy of The Free Encyclopedia.

I am tremendously appreciative of your efforts, especially on the preliminary Taxonomic analysis.

~ Mellis (talk) 23:48, 31 December 2017 (UTC)

Editor of the Week[edit]

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Your ongoing efforts to improve the encyclopedia have not gone unnoticed: You have been selected as Editor of the Week in recognition of your constant positive demeanor. Thank you for the great contributions! (courtesy of the Wikipedia Editor Retention Project)

User:Buster7 submitted the following nomination for Editor of the Week:

I am always on the lookout for potential Editor of the Week candidates, for editors that fly under the radar, whose efforts are unknown except to a few. They don't make a splash, they don't emit a 'notice me' kind of behavior; they just quietly tackle the hard jobs. Tom.Reding is that kind of editor. A while back he "thanked me" via the Thanks Notification for awarding the Editor of the Week to a fellow editor. So, I looked into him and found an editor that does many important WP improving things. He is a working editor (535,847 live and undeleted edits) that fixes, populates, corrects, standardizes, cleans, parses, tries, peruses, adds, formats, listens, expands, updates, corrects, creates, assigns and (my favorite) "consistifies". A member of Wikiproject Astronomy and Wikiproject Tree of Life, he has recently been granted the page mover user right. He provides a human eye and understanding to "bot" problems that arise. In the area of redirect categorization he willingly puts his head together with other editors to work toward solution. A deserving recipient.

You can copy the following text to your user page to display a user box proclaiming your selection as Editor of the Week:

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Editor of the Week
for the week beginning January 28, 2018
Quietly tackles the hard jobs. 536000 live and undeleted edits. A page mover. Understands "bot" problems. A deserving recipient.
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Thanks again for your efforts! ―Buster7  20:38, 28 January 2018 (UTC)

! XD <3 TY!   ~ Tom.Reding (talkdgaf)  20:56, 28 January 2018 (UTC)

The AWB Barnster[edit]

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Fixing many depreciated syntax on infobox images. Iggy (Swan) 22:14, 12 February 2018 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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For your excellent work in getting the bot up and running to tag biographies for the Olympic Wiki Project. Thank you! Lugnuts Fire Walk with Me 10:00, 17 March 2018 (UTC)
Thanks, my pleasure :)   ~ Tom.Reding (talkdgaf)  12:04, 17 March 2018 (UTC)

Thank you for being one of Wikipedia's top medical contributors![edit]

please help translate this message into your local language via meta
Wiki Project Med Foundation logo.svg The 2016 Cure Award
In 2016 you were one of the top ~200 medical editors across any language of Wikipedia. Thank you from Wiki Project Med Foundation for helping bring free, complete, accurate, up-to-date health information to the public. We really appreciate you and the vital work you do! Wiki Project Med Foundation is a user group whose mission is to improve our health content. Consider joining here, there are no associated costs.

Thanks again :-) -- Doc James along with the rest of the team at Wiki Project Med Foundation 18:08, 3 May 2017 (UTC)

Congrats on joining the million edit club![edit]

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Congratulations on being the seventh editor on the English Wikipedia to do over a million non-bot edits! ϢereSpielChequers 12:14, 17 May 2018 (UTC)
Thanks! I never thought I'd do so much, but I just keep finding things to fix/improve :)   ~ Tom.Reding (talkdgaf)  13:12, 17 May 2018 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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For your astronomic contributions! For taking up so much space!

With apologies for the puns, Ira Leviton (talk) 20:17, 8 June 2018 (UTC)

A Dobos torte for you![edit]

Dobos cake (Gerbeaud Confectionery Budapest Hungary).jpg 7&6=thirteen () has given you a Dobos torte to enjoy! Seven layers of fun because you deserve it.


To give a Dobos torte and spread the WikiLove, just place {{subst:Dobos Torte}} on someone else's talkpage, whether it be someone you have had disagreements with in the past or a good friend.

7&6=thirteen () 16:09, 15 October 2018 (UTC)

You have used your gifts well, Padawan[edit]

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OCD. It's not an affliction. It is a gift, and is part of the job description for being a Wikipedia editor. See WP:wikiholic.

"Fear is the path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger. Anger leads to hate. Hate leads to suffering."

Takes one to know one. Best regards. 7&6=thirteen () 16:36, 15 October 2018 (UTC)

7&6=thirteen, thank you :) And I really should take the test, but I can't be bothered while editing...perhaps that is or should be one of the questions??   ~ Tom.Reding (talkdgaf)  16:49, 15 October 2018 (UTC)

Thank you for being one of Wikipedia's top medical contributors![edit]

Wiki Project Med Foundation logo.svg The 2018 Cure Award
In 2018 you were one of the top ~250 medical editors across any language of Wikipedia. Thank you from Wiki Project Med Foundation for helping bring free, complete, accurate, up-to-date health information to the public. We really appreciate you and the vital work you do! Wiki Project Med Foundation is a user group whose mission is to improve our health content. Consider joining here, there are no associated costs.

Thanks again :-) -- Doc James along with the rest of the team at Wiki Project Med Foundation 17:41, 28 January 2019 (UTC)

Some authority control IDs which would be nice to see as an Australian[edit]

Dear Tom (@Tom.Reding:), I was hoping you might insert the following authority control ids into the authority control bar. Where they exist they would be useful for Australian editors and for readers anywhere, and if editors believe there are too many IDs, they can always exclude them. The IDs are: the NLA ID (NLA Trove ID (P1315)), the DAAO ID (DAAO ID (P1707)), National Gallery of Victoria artist ID (National Gallery of Victoria artist ID (P2041)), Australian Dictionary of Biography ID (Australian Dictionary of Biography ID (P1907)), Auckland Art Gallery Artist ID (Auckland Art Gallery artist ID (P3372)). Cheers, MargaretRDonald (talk) 07:21, 20 August 2019 (UTC)

@MargaretRDonald: typically these requests are done at Template talk:Authority control, so I'll add this there with a ping.   ~ Tom.Reding (talkdgaf)  13:49, 20 August 2019 (UTC)
Thanks, @Tom.Reding: MargaretRDonald (talk) 21:28, 20 August 2019 (UTC)

Thank for your correction Adesanmi Idris Adewumi AA (talk) 10:35, 29 September 2019 (UTC)

Category:30 Rock (season 7) episodes[edit]

What is going on here? ―Justin (koavf)TCM 20:29, 20 August 2019 (UTC)

Fixed!   ~ Tom.Reding (talkdgaf)  20:36, 20 August 2019 (UTC)
Thanks! ―Justin (koavf)TCM 20:50, 20 August 2019 (UTC)

Astronomical Unit[edit]

My changes are in line with Wikipedia MOS, as stated in the comments. The relevant discussion is on the astronomical unit talk page https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Astronomical_unit You must surely be aware that the internationally agreed symbol for astronomical unit is au, as decided by the IAU in 2012 and now used by MNRAS, ApJ, AJ, etc. The Wikipedia MOS page has adopted au as its preferred option, so presumably all Wikipedia entries will one day have to update to this. Why would you want to persist with an obsolete abbreviation? Please can you do me a favour and reinstate the changes I made, and save everyone else's time in the process. Thanks. Skeptic2 (talk) 22:10, 29 August 2019 (UTC)

@Skeptic2: then feel free to use au on astronomical unit. As for any other page, per MOS:UNITSYMBOLS, "Articles that already use AU may switch to au or continue with AU; seek consensus on the talk page", seek consensus on the talk page. Please also read Wikipedia talk:Manual of Style/Dates and numbers/Archive 157#Abbreviation for astronomical unit once again from last year, in its entirety. If you're concerned about 'wasting time', then you should seek other endeavors.   ~ Tom.Reding (talkdgaf)  22:36, 29 August 2019 (UTC)

Empty categories[edit]

Hello, Tom,

Do you expect to use these categories you've made (Category:User pages with BNC identifiers, Category:Miscellaneous pages with BNC identifiers, Category:User pages with NLR identifiers, Category:Miscellaneous pages with NLR identifiers, Category:User pages with RERO identifiers, Category:Miscellaneous pages with RERO identifiers, Category:Pages with BNC identifiers, Category:Pages with NLR identifiers, Category:Pages with RERO identifiers) or are they going to continue to be empty?

If you expect them to be sometimes filled, other times empty, please tag them with {{emptycat}} or they will likely be tagged and deleted. If they were created for some specific purpose and now you are done with them, I'll go ahead and tag them for future deletion. Just let me know. Thanks! Liz Read! Talk! 20:34, 1 September 2019 (UTC)

@Liz: these categories were created for their implementation in {{Authority control}}, and were somewhat quickly reverted due to their associated error categories (Category:Wikipedia articles with faulty BNC identifiers, Category:Wikipedia articles with faulty NLR identifiers, and Category:Wikipedia articles with faulty RERO identifiers) filling up rather quickly. It's unclear whether these issues were resolved, and I intend to investigate sometime this week. I'll tag them just in case so they don't get deleted. If I don't see a timely resolution possible, I'll speedy them. Thanks for the heads up.   ~ Tom.Reding (talkdgaf)  20:57, 1 September 2019 (UTC)

"Wikipædia" listed at Redirects for discussion[edit]

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An editor has asked for a discussion to address the redirects Wikipædia and Wikipaedia. Since you had some involvement with the Wikipædia and Wikipaedia redirects, you might want to participate in the redirect discussion if you wish to do so. —Yours sincerely, Soumyabrata (talksubpages) 11:35, 3 September 2019 (UTC)

Nomination for deletion of Template:Cite compare2[edit]

Ambox warning blue.svgTemplate:Cite compare2 has been nominated for deletion. You are invited to comment on the discussion at the template's entry on the Templates for discussion page. Izno (talk) 13:52, 5 September 2019 (UTC)

Wikipedia Awards[edit]

When you message me with a sarcastic comment such as "Are you new to Wikipedia", it becomes a issue. So don't send a template warning when you're the instigator. JudeccaXIII (talk) 16:01, 12 September 2019 (UTC)

@JudeccaXIII: Not sarcastic at all. Given your naive concerns there, I genuinely asked. Please refrain from personal attacks, and don't call other editors stupid.   ~ Tom.Reding (talkdgaf)  16:09, 12 September 2019 (UTC)
So I'm "naive"? It's your Barnstar that's on the line which would explain your current behaviour. — JudeccaXIII (talk) 16:18, 12 September 2019 (UTC)
@JudeccaXIII: No, your concerns there are naive, and betray a underlying misunderstanding and/or unawareness of the content creation/management aspects of Wikipedia. That's ok, and can be remedied. Stupidity can not.   ~ Tom.Reding (talkdgaf)  16:29, 12 September 2019 (UTC)
Whatever makes you feel better. — JudeccaXIII (talk) 16:31, 12 September 2019 (UTC)

Tom.Reding I would just like to apologize for the whole situation. My actions/responses were rude and unnecessary. — JudeccaXIII (talk) 18:47, 13 September 2019 (UTC)

Tom.Reding The consensus was in favor of keep, so I remastered it. See file. — JudeccaXIII (talk) 16:29, 15 September 2019 (UTC)
@JudeccaXIII: is there a v2.0 circle-slash symbol? That would be more appropriate than the red X (which looks more like a close-window button). If not, I was going to take care of it in the nearish future anyway.   ~ Tom.Reding (talkdgaf)  19:48, 15 September 2019 (UTC)
Tom.Reding I've updated the file. — JudeccaXIII (talk) 20:25, 15 September 2019 (UTC)

Bones part[edit]

Have we any bones where the diaphysis protruded in epiphysis.? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Sk Manowar Hossin (talkcontribs) 13:18, 15 September 2019 (UTC)

Bones[edit]

The parts of bones Sk Manowar Hossin (talk) 13:21, 15 September 2019 (UTC)

** Re: Your pending edit on Harcourt Street Station (which I approved)[edit]

I was just wondering (and I'm sure that your lacking this status is probably just some oversight) how come you don't have the Wikipedia "rollbacker" permission status which gives you approval or rollback rights? You've been editing Wikipedia pages way longer than I have and you probably know more about editing Wikipedia than I ever will. Cheers!

Beauty School Dropout (talk) 21:17, 21 September 2019 (UTC)

@Beauty School Dropout: thank you. I do a modest amount of anti-vandalism, so the stock undo & Twinkle options are good enough for me.   ~ Tom.Reding (talkdgaf)  21:47, 21 September 2019 (UTC)
@Tom.Reding: That make sense. Have a good rest of your day. Beauty School Dropout (talk) 23:47, 21 September 2019 (UTC)

Sept 25: WikiWednesday Salon NYC[edit]

September 25, 7pm: WikiWednesday Salon NYC
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dead-url migration[edit]

Hi, is there any need for doing this manually? I've been seeing Monkbot, who is a bot, do that task. – Uanfala (talk) 21:21, 23 September 2019 (UTC)

@Uanfala: yes.   ~ Tom.Reding (talkdgaf)  21:26, 23 September 2019 (UTC)
That's interesting. If I've correctly understood the linked discussion, you and others are making these edits by hand not because the bot doesn't do them, but because it does them too slowly? – Uanfala (talk) 21:31, 23 September 2019 (UTC)
Yes.   ~ Tom.Reding (talkdgaf)  21:33, 23 September 2019 (UTC)

New version of my typos tool[edit]

Hi Tom,

Thanks a lot for your efforts correcting typos on Wikipedia.

I just uploaded a new version of my tool: User:Uziel302/Typos. After adding the script to common.js, it allows correcting obvious typos in one click. This is meant for typos that occur less than 10 times in current dumps, so AWB isn't the answer. The process of uploading list of articles and settings to AWB is to hard to update. Will appreciate any feedback. Uziel302 (talk) 15:35, 27 September 2019 (UTC)

@Uziel302: I'm a bit wikioccupied elsewhere at the moment, but it looks like the limiting factor is creating the requisite custom typos list(s). Short of using WP:AWB/Typos, what you're doing seems like the easiest solution, as it/they can be updated easily to everyone using your script (I'll be using it soon enough). Making a helper script that creates typo entries for the custom/short list would be my only suggestion, but it looks like you're probably already doing that. Since there are no tools other than your own that that page has to interface with, then JSON, etc. formatting isn't necessary, and I like how you made it both human & machine readable.
A "rare" typo isn't necessarily grounds for exclusion in AWB, though, since many may have just been fixed in the meantime. If you have an older dump and find many instances of a typo, or the typo can be easily piggybacked onto an existing WP:AWB/T rule, then it would be good to add it (and keep it on your shortlist).   ~ Tom.Reding (talkdgaf)  16:38, 28 September 2019 (UTC)
The lists are created automatically by a short program I wrote. It includes 600K variations of popular words, excluding real words (currently based on Wikipedia and Wiktionary titles). Out of these 600K words I can't tell which will appear on the dumps, I just search and upload some of the output. Currently I have 35K typos to fix in English. In Hebrew Wikipedia we fixed over 14K typos with this tool, I have some options to widen the list of suspect typos. Uziel302 (talk) 19:09, 28 September 2019 (UTC)
Some of the frequent suspect typos in my scan, if you want to add some to AWB:
unveilled - 9  
receving - 9  
awll - 8
teching - 7  
coveres - 7  
appearanced - 7
adiation - 7
sceni - 6
unnotated - 6
predomnantly - 6  
featureed - 6  
I just uploaded: Wikipedia:Correct typos in one click/list by occurrence. Uziel302 (talk) 18:04, 30 September 2019 (UTC)

Race to grow the hottest pepper[edit]

Hello Tom, I have added zero in front of Red Savina in Race to grow the hottest pepper page table, because when you want to sort the peppers descending their SCU, this pepper appears as the hottest, but it is not true. This minor change fixes it. If you know another way to gain the same result, please implement it. Thanks — Preceding unsigned comment added by 147.33.10.154 (talk) 22:34, 28 September 2019 (UTC)

Fixed, using |data-sort-value="0,570,000"|.   ~ Tom.Reding (talkdgaf)  23:46, 28 September 2019 (UTC)

Re: new JWB rule for Regex Lookbehinds[edit]

Hi there, I'm continuing on your talk page as a reply to this question in which you pinged me, a long time ago. I haven't been active on this wiki for a long while and only now reading up on some messages left to me. So, to answer your question, yes, it would be technically possible to do that. However, I'm not sure in what way I should implement it to be absolutely 100% sure that the modified regex is still exactly the same. Considering that usually lookbehinds do have an effect on the expression they are included in, I am a bit hesitant to modify the expression to simply remove the lookbehind. I think it's safer to simply ignore any expressions that have a lookbehind, because not doing any replacements is better than performing an incorrect replacement.

Now, regarding that link listed in question 4: I find that quite interesting to read. I could try implementing a check that determines if the browser supports lookbehinds (which not all browsers do yet) and if so, keeps the lookbehinds completely intact. Not only would that avoid the issue of performing incorrect replacements because of the script editing the expression, it is probably also a bit easier to implement.

I'm curious to hear what you think. Joeytje50 (talk) 23:14, 9 October 2019 (UTC)

@Joeytje50: thank you very much for the reply. Pings to GoingBatty & Certes who where involved too.
The reason that conversation happened was b/c the next logical step, given the typo work we were all doing, and some of the other discussions we were having, was to introduce as many 'avoid self' look-behinds as were needed. Otherwise, the rules needlessly fire and clog up the 'typos fired' history tab in AWB (edit summaries are spared from this effect, I think?). Creating 'avoid self' look-behinds en masse would only be a good idea if JWB were unaffected or the work-around were trivial, or at least easy. If look-behinds may be coming soon to JavaScript is now true (or at least not on the perpetual horizon), then that would be the ideal scenario. I could try googling it myself, but I can only feel like that we be akin to trying to google-diagnose myself. Also I want to be surprised, either way.   ~ Tom.Reding (talkdgaf)  00:47, 10 October 2019 (UTC)
Oh, perhaps I misunderstood, is JWB run in your browser? I assumed it was a standalone application. I supposed if the largest # of JWB edits come from people using lookbhehind-supported browsers, then that would be acceptable? Can you run/create any user statistics to see if this is the case, if that's allowed?   ~ Tom.Reding (talkdgaf)  00:53, 10 October 2019 (UTC)
Yes, JWB is run entirely from the browser, but no, unfortunately I can't currently produce any usage statistics, and I fear it would be against the GDPR to start tracking usage statistics now without informing users. I'm not sure how the laws around that work, but I'm a bit hesitant to add tracking to it. If you happen to know what the rules about that are, I'd be happy to implement some tracking, and then I can let you know, but based on at least one user who posted some styling issues which I could only reproduce in Firefox, there are at least more than zero FF users, who are not supported it seems on https://caniuse.com/#search=lookbehind. So I could already implement supporting lookbehinds to allow Chrome users to perform more typo fixes, but I think until Firefox users are also supported, it would be unwise to include lookbehinds to every regex pattern, since that would exclude some users from performing typo fixes.
Also I'm a bit concerned this optimisation may in fact make the replacing of patterns slower as a whole. I'm not sure how exactly everything works behind the scenes, but the fact that lookbehinds are not supported universally yet, suggests to me that it's a relatively 'expensive' operation to perform. Although this may reduce the total amount of matches found and acted upon, I fear the regexes themselves may become significantly slower, undoing everything you were trying to optimise. I haven't done any research to these performance statistics though, so if you know more about this then I'm going to trust you on that. Joeytje50 (talk) 01:05, 10 October 2019 (UTC)
I've made a quick change to the Regex Typo Fixing script, which now supports lookbehinds for any browser that also supports it. So, as soon as every important browser supports lookbehinds, it is also supported by my RETF script. This also means that any expressions with lookbehinds will from now on work in up-to-date versions of Chrome and Opera. I'll add some information on the documentation page for that. Joeytje50 (talk) 01:28, 10 October 2019 (UTC)
@Smasongarrison: you've made by far the most efficiency improvements to WP:AWB/T - what are your thoughts on mass lookbehinds (only for cases where the rule could accidentally trigger on itself, not blanket-applied to all rules)?   ~ Tom.Reding (talkdgaf)  01:55, 10 October 2019 (UTC)
Honestly, right now I have zero thoughts on it. My new prof job has sucked up all my time. Smasongarrison (talk) 17:51, 10 October 2019 (UTC)
Can we enhance AWB to simply not make or log the change if the replacement text matches the replaced text? I've not explored the code but it may be something like
if find($text, $find) { $text = substitute($text, $find, $replace); log(...) }
which could become
$newtext = substitute($text, $find, $replace); if ($newtext != $text) { $text = $newtext; log(...) }
That may even be more efficient. By the way, I use Firefox. Certes (talk) 09:52, 11 October 2019 (UTC)
...The actual code, which of course is more complex than my pseudocode, seems to start at line 251 here. Certes (talk) 10:22, 11 October 2019 (UTC)
Well, given the possibility of a JS regex upgrade and the pretty big backlog of AWB pending tasks, I figured it'd be easier & faster to to just patch JWB in the meantime. But submitting a phab ticket is a good idea regardless of JWB regex transparency, as it might run faster if it's baked into the AWB program rather than each typo rule, and would decrease the size of the typo list.   ~ Tom.Reding (talkdgaf)  13:07, 11 October 2019 (UTC)
I'm not an experienced phab user but if anyone else wants to make a request, adding code to these currently blank lines of RegExTypoFix.cs should work:
256 string oldText = articleText;
258 if (oldText != articleText) {
278 }
!= may be the wrong string comparison operator (C# has four, and I've never used the language) and the formatting would need adjustment. Certes (talk) 14:09, 11 October 2019 (UTC)

Oct 23: WikiWednesday Salon NYC[edit]

October 23rd, 7pm: WikiWednesday Salon NYC
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Odontasaurs[edit]

I know Wikipedia is not a dating site, but you have to have the sexiest user page ever. Not sure if it was 2 master's degrees or admitting to having OCD, but you are exactly my kinda guy. >sigh< Please don't be a troll. In my head you look really hot. — Preceding unsigned comment added by SeaBeeDee (talkcontribs) 13:22, 24 October 2019 (UTC)

Margaret Magennis, Viscountess Iveagh[edit]

Dear Tom, if I may call you so. I am a beginner in Wikipedia and lack your impressive track record and reputation as a top Wikipedian. I am puzzled by some of the edits you made on the article Margaret Magennis, Viscountess Iveagh on 23 October 2019, using AWB as it seems. Thank you for all the good and useful corrections, which are surely highly appreciated. I have to thank you in particual for fixing the self-link that I had introduced by copying the Family tree from another article. I will try to be more careful in the future. However, please allow me to ask you about two changes that look to me as changes not to the better but to the worse. The one is br to br/, the other the correction of a date format inside a quotation.

  1. br. In HTML4 and HTML5 the form is br. XHTML required "br /" (https://www.w3schools.com/tags/tag_br.asp). It seems that at same stage in the past Wikipedia's Text Editor's syntax highlighting could not cope with br and needed a closure, but now the syntax highlighting seems to have no problem with br. So why change it. Are you not perhaps using an old version of AWB?
  2. Date format in quotation. It is of course a good idea to standardise the date formats used in Wikipedia, but surely odd formats found in quotations from sources should, I think, be left as they are. However, your intervention on the article removed a comma from the date of the Battle of Landen from a quote from a book by Lodge published in 1798. This quotation is the argument of the "ps" parameter of the "sfn" template. Look for: sfn|Lodge|1798|p=...|ps=: "Lady Honora ... Landen, 29 July, 1693, ...". The comma between July and 1698 was removed. Would you not agree that this should not have happened?

With many thanks and sorry to take so much of your time. Johannes Schade (talk) 17:09, 26 October 2019 (UTC)

@Johannes Schade: here is the edit, for easier reference.
  1. <br/>: No, the text editor's syntax highlighting does not cope with unclosed <br>s (I have highlighting active now, and have just tested it in this edit window). Regardless, this is also a lowest-priority lint error, which is why I piggyback it on more significant changes.
  2. Yes, quoted text, {{sic}}'d text, etc. should be left as-is. The commas were removed via WP:GenFixes, and was not caught by me due to the length of the quote. I'll create a {{Phab}} ticket to fix this.
Thank you for bringing it to my attention.   ~ Tom.Reding (talkdgaf)  17:40, 26 October 2019 (UTC)
Dear Tom, thanks a lot for your effort. Johannes Schade (talk) 17:53, 26 October 2019 (UTC)
 Tracked in T236729.   ~ Tom.Reding (talkdgaf)  19:18, 28 October 2019 (UTC)

Draft:Blerf[edit]

Hello, Please is this draft Draft:Blerf, that I created "OK" Wiziesan (talk) 21:09, 27 October 2019 (UTC)

@Wiziesan: I ran my 'common errors' script over it and found nothing wrong, and no typos. You should rename it to Biographical Legacy and Research Foundation. For a more detailed vetting, I believe the WP:Teahouse is your best resource.   ~ Tom.Reding (talkdgaf)  21:17, 27 October 2019 (UTC)

Ok thanks sir Wiziesan (talk) 21:20, 27 October 2019 (UTC)

CS1 author list[edit]

Hi Tom, is this ability to correct CS1 author list, as User:Tom.Bot did here a standard part of WP:AWB? As I mistakeningly added a number of 'authors=' references myself, I'd like to go back and correct my edits. I have AWB access, any information would be welcome. Regards, Sun Creator(talk) 21:44, 27 October 2019 (UTC)

@Sun Creator: unfortunately, no, and I don't see it being part of WP:AWB except for the 1 or 2 most obvious cases. Instead, over the years (~10, wow), I've created a list of ~1200 regex rules and some C# code to process the many multiple-author/editor/translator/etc. variants, wikilinks-as-authors, and other common errors, which does, still, come across new user-input-error variants. If I see enough of one, and it isn't terribly complicated to fix, I put it in. Category:CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (31,262) is at a not-too-unmanageable 31,363. Also, at the time, I didn't notice I was logged in as Tom.Bot; I should've switched before making those edits.   ~ Tom.Reding (talkdgaf)  22:14, 27 October 2019 (UTC)

-ictive[edit]

Sorry to be a stalker but I think this change should work if you just omit $1: substitution retains text matched with (?<=). I'd do this myself but I expect you have a testbed for it set up and I don't. Certes (talk) 17:03, 31 October 2019 (UTC)

@Certes: yes, it probably would, but it would make the edit summary less useful by not including the whole word, i.e. icitve → ictive, which is what I think almost all rules follow. If you don't mind this, or at least don't mind it for the slowest typo rules, in favor of the performance gain, please mention it at WT:AWB/T#The 76 slowest typos. Personally, I think it's worth it for these extremely slow 3-10 stdev rules, but I don't want to assume everyone would be ok with that.   ~ Tom.Reding (talkdgaf)  17:42, 31 October 2019 (UTC)

Last White Christmas page issues[edit]

Hi Tom, I hope I have solved the issues on the page you reported to me. Could you re-evaluate the page? Ciao e grazie--Massimoimpulse (talk) 17:13, 31 October 2019 (UTC), Massimo

 Done, looks good.   ~ Tom.Reding (talkdgaf)  17:50, 31 October 2019 (UTC)
Thanks! I worked a lot on it. Who can cancel the notices? I could do it, I believe according to the regulation, even personally. But it would seem to me that it was better for someone to remove it. What do you suggest me? Another question, if I can? If a page in English is correct (approved) can it be translated into another language without the risk of raising a doubt about encyclopedicity? If a page is encyclopedic for a language: is it for all? Ciao e grazie --Massimoimpulse (talk) 22:03, 31 October 2019 (UTC)
@Massimoimpulse: the quantity of sources has certainly improved (I did not check their quality). Re WP:GNG: I'm afraid this is out of my depth. I don't feel comfortable removing that notices since I don't have the time nor the interest in checking them. Please bring this up at the WP:Teahouse, where someone more willing & experienced than I can help you. Re interlanguage wiki translation: each wiki (I think) sets their own guidelines, so the WP:Teahouse again would be your best resource.   ~ Tom.Reding (talkdgaf)  22:22, 31 October 2019 (UTC)
@Tom.Reding:Thanks for everything! I'll do as you suggested. Ciao
@Tom.Reding: Ciao Tom I remember that the names of the bands that played at the concert had been removed. Why? Only one is still active (Raw Power). Can I put the names back? It seems to me a useful piece of information (encyclopedic) and that can favor the tracing of the page. Ciao e grazie, MassimoMassimoimpulse (talk) 21:59, 7 November 2019 (UTC)
@Massimoimpulse: as far as the text & content of this page goes, and there's a reference, sure. Those bands probably don't need to meet WP:GNG just to be mentioned; whether they should be made into red wikilinks is another matter.   ~ Tom.Reding (talkdgaf)  22:09, 7 November 2019 (UTC)

Category:Automatic taxobox cleanup[edit]

Someone must have messed up one of the taxonomy templates high up in the 'dinosaur hierarchy', which was then corrected, but left a huge number of articles in Category:Automatic taxobox cleanup. Real problems can't be found and fixed while all of these sit in the category. A null edit removes those that shouldn't be there. Is this something you can automate? Peter coxhead (talk) 10:27, 1 November 2019 (UTC)

 Working   ~ Tom.Reding (talkdgaf)  12:46, 1 November 2019 (UTC)
 Done!   ~ Tom.Reding (talkdgaf)  13:13, 1 November 2019 (UTC)
Many thanks (yet again!). Peter coxhead (talk) 14:48, 1 November 2019 (UTC)
What's the best way to do bulk null edits? They are also handy when pages still record bad links removed by a template fix. Currently I use JWB with no regex (fixing typos as I pass) but that's not ideal for more than about 100 pages. Certes (talk) 13:31, 1 November 2019 (UTC)
I use AWB to only prepend {{subst:null}} to a page, which eventually evaluates as no change, but first has to be parsed, so it triggers a page refresh. You might be able to do this with JWB, if not natively then via regex (i.e. find the first or last wikitext character and put the subst before it), but I've never used JWB so I'm just spitballing.   ~ Tom.Reding (talkdgaf)  13:50, 1 November 2019 (UTC)

UCLA School of Nursing[edit]

Can you explain your UCLA School of Nursing edits -- specifically why you changed apostrophe symbols to inch symbols?

I found this on Wikipedia about prime symbols: Although similar in appearance, the prime symbol should not be confused with the apostrophe ( ’ or ' ), single quotation mark ( '  or  ‘  or  ’ ), acute accent ( ´ ), or grave accent ( ` ).

thanks Rgale417 Rgale417 (talk) 23:09, 5 November 2019 (UTC)

@Rgale417: MOS:'.   ~ Tom.Reding (talkdgaf)  00:46, 6 November 2019 (UTC)
@Tom.Reding Ahhh...thank you very much! MOS answers a lot of questions for me. (is dgaf a message to me?) Rgale417 Rgale417 (talk) 23:58, 6 November 2019 (UTC)
@Rgale417: you're welcome. WP:Don't-give-a-fuckism is a part of my signature, and a way of life.   ~ Tom.Reding (talkdgaf)  00:02, 7 November 2019 (UTC)

Category:Taxobox articles missing a taxonbar[edit]

Category:Taxobox articles missing a taxonbar has 395,749 pages in it, but my (admittedly small) attempt at sampling shows that these articles do in fact have a taxonbar. Is there something I'm not getting? Abductive (reasoning) 08:24, 12 November 2019 (UTC)

@Abductive: thank you for checking. I've undone a recent change and it's now clearing out: Category:Taxobox articles missing a taxonbar (631).   ~ Tom.Reding (talkdgaf)  12:47, 12 November 2019 (UTC)
Thanks. I'm just glad I figured out who to ask.... Abductive (reasoning) 15:27, 12 November 2019 (UTC)

Sir Robert de Quincy (born c.1140-died c.1197) and Saer de Quincy, 1st Earl of Winchester (c. 1170 – 3 November 1219)[edit]

I was searching for the de Quincy line of my family and finally found Robert, son of Saher. I clicked on Saher and went down to Robert again. Robert has a son Saer and when I clicked on him it took me back to Robert's father. We have a circle going and it needs to be corrected but I didn't know how to tell you this until I found this section. You do great work for wikipedia and I know you know how to correct the link. Thank you, Crookedeye (Crookedeye (talk) 21:41, 12 November 2019 (UTC))

@Crookedeye: please tell me the page and the exact link that's the problem.   ~ Tom.Reding (talkdgaf)  14:30, 13 November 2019 (UTC)

The page would be Robert de Quincy 1st line is Sir Robert de Quincy (born c.1140-died c.1197), Justiciar of Lothian was a 12th-century English and Scottish noble. The link is for his father 1st line under Life Quincy was a son of Saher de Quincy and Matilda de Senlis.[1 AND the link for his son under Marriage and Issue 2nd line Saher de Quincy (died 1219), married Margaret de Beaumont, had issue.

Both of these links go to the same person, which is his son per birth and death dates. I'm pretty sure you probably meant some special number or ??? when you wanted the links but I'm not all that great with computer talk. Thank you, Crookedeye (talk) 09:58, 14 November 2019 (UTC)

Saturday Nov 16: Wikipedia Asian Month Edit-a-thon @ Metropolitan Museum of Art[edit]

Saturday November 16, 12:30 pm - 4:30pm: Metropolitan Museum of Art Edit-a-thon
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The Wikipedia Asian Month Edit-a-thon @ The Met will be hosted at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Saturday November 16, 2019 in the Bonnie Sacerdote Classroom, Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education (81st Street entrance) at The Met Fifth Avenue in New York City.

The museum is excited to work with Wikipedia Asian Month for the potential to seed new articles about Asian artworks, artwork types, and art traditions, from any part of Asia. These can be illustrated with thousands of its recently-released images of public domain artworks available for Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons from the museum’s collection spanning 5,000 years of art. The event is an opportunity for Wikimedia communities to engage The Met's diverse Asian collections onsite and remotely. Asia Art Archive will host a sister event in Hong Kong next week.

12:30 pm - 4:30 pm in Bonnie Sacerdote Classroom, Uris Center for Education
81st Street entrance, Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue


And there will be sandwiches and Wiki-Cake!

Thanks, and hope to see you there! --Wikimedia New York City Team 16:46, 14 November 2019 (UTC)

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