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Blocked IP[edit]

Hi, I see you recently blocked 172.56.0.0/16, without permitting logged-in users to get around the block, with the reason "crosswiki lta." This range (or at least my part of it) is the U.S. cell phone provider T-Mobile. So it presumably includes a huge number of users. Any issue with changing it to permit edits from logged-in users? I don't know how bad the abuse was, but it seems natural to expect a great deal of abuse from a major ISP - along with a (hopefully much) greater deal of beneficial contribution. Thoughts? -Pete (talk) 01:55, 23 February 2015 (UTC)

@Peteforsyth: There were no users in the range bar our vandal. The issue with anonymous only is that this user creates accounts on other wikis then comes to vandalise. — billinghurst sDrewth 08:54, 23 February 2015 (UTC)
Please understand, I'm not criticizing your decision, just trying to offer up new information. I have certainly made non-vandalism edits from that service, under my account, but it's possible T-Mobile has switched its IP ranges around since I did. T-Mobile is one of the four major mobile phone service providers in the USA, and with many phones and tablets offers free tethering -- I know people who have given up their home Internet in favor of tethering to their phones. Also, there are recently expanded editing capabilities in WMF mobile apps. With all this in mind, it seems worthwhile to consider lifting the block for logged-in users; I realize that I can't see the scale of the vandalism, so I am not as confident in my conclusion as I could be, but I just want to be sure you have all relevant info available, and I hope you'll reconsider. -Pete (talk) 17:53, 24 February 2015 (UTC)
Any comments? This continues to prevent me from working in some circumstances (but my main concern is not for myself, but for others in this IP range who might find it impossible to get started with Wikisource). -Pete (talk) 00:25, 7 March 2015 (UTC)

Tech News: 2015-10[edit]

16:41, 2 March 2015 (UTC)

This month's PotM[edit]

Hi, just a heads-up that I'm going to need help with the list of contributors for this month's PotM because of mass AWB use by BD2412. I can only see the last 500 related edits and as s/he's made >1000 edits I don't know who else has been editing. Beeswaxcandle (talk) 06:11, 3 March 2015 (UTC)

March POTM? — billinghurst sDrewth 12:05, 3 March 2015 (UTC)
Which BTW in many cases could be optimized in a single edit ... I think in some cases, the use of AWB by BD2412 could be optimised, to say the least. --Mpaa (talk) 18:58, 3 March 2015 (UTC)
Yes, March is what I meant. Beeswaxcandle (talk) 04:59, 4 March 2015 (UTC)
@Mpaa: Yes, we should inform him of having a crat to have the flood flag switched on and off on his request. — billinghurst sDrewth 10:07, 4 March 2015 (UTC)
  • I'm not sure what all of the above is about but I will state that I work on PotM every month and more times than just once on each of them. I also backtrack to the previous month if that is not completed. I believe that there should be a required 5-10 edits for everyone on each PotM/ I don't know if each edit can be counted? Not long ago I think we were getting several edits/person but then the statement came out that even 1 edit was enough. I don't think that is good enough and that it has slowed us down in completed PotM/s. Increase the # of edits required. If the number of edits can be counted individually then it should be done and perhaps have a different "award" indicating the # of edits. It creates competition. This is just a basic suggestion, no big deal over it other than increasing works completed. —Maury (talk) 16:45, 4 March 2015 (UTC)
    Nothing to worry about Maury, it is just the tool that we use to get data is swamped by someone using AWB to do a series of text replacements, such that we need an alternate tool. — billinghurst sDrewth 02:25, 5 March 2015 (UTC)
@Beeswaxcandle: and billinghurst, I tried this query, in case it might help you. Would you mind to see if result make some sense for the past month?--Mpaa (talk) 23:38, 5 March 2015 (UTC)
@Mpaa: Yes, that makes sense as the source query, and from that I think that we should pair to that, a query to output a simple list of distinct users to make life easy. Ultimately, we can get really lazy. Prepare a list of works, set a start date, and get a distinct list of users, and that will get us through the Page: ns list, voila an output each month. There is plenty of good stuff we can get stats-wise too that can generate a narrative around PotM, though that discussion may be better on WT:Proofread of the Month. — billinghurst sDrewth 02:26, 6 March 2015 (UTC)
Yep, looks useful and the users match the list I've manually created. Beeswaxcandle (talk) 06:12, 6 March 2015 (UTC)
@AuFCL: has improved it further, see my talk page. I think is a tas that could be automated for WS-bot and a cron job.--Mpaa (talk) 10:41, 6 March 2015 (UTC)

Had to delete the Margaret Thatcher piece[edit]

A while ago, you deleted a page I created citing that I was allegedly breaking the copyright of the MT foundation. I asked if you could temporarily undelete so I could find the Hansard reference again. Could you do that please so that I can fix the licensing information. Wee Curry Monster (talk) 00:07, 7 March 2015 (UTC)

@Wee Curry Monster: Yes check.svg Donebillinghurst sDrewth 14:20, 7 March 2015 (UTC)
Think thats done, would you mind checking I've done the license and source correctly. Thanks. Wee Curry Monster (talk) 18:05, 8 March 2015 (UTC)

Tech News: 2015-11[edit]

15:18, 9 March 2015 (UTC)

Wrong page moving by a user[edit]

Hi, Billinghurst!

Thanks once again for you previous help! At this time, your look as an admin is needed. Please take a glance to this topic in user talk: User talk:Captain Nemo#Wrong_page_moving, maybe some admin's actions should be applied to fix the mistake of that user, e.g.: recreate the page Author:Henry Rosher James with full edit history, or (if it's possible) just merge the lost edits from Author:H. R. James to Author:Henry Rosher James? Of course, if this case just a trifle — then you can merely ignore it. --Nigmont (talk) 16:14, 14 March 2015 (UTC)

I addressed this already (did not see this note before, otherwise I would have not acted). Hope I fixed it properly. Bye.--Mpaa (talk) 18:26, 14 March 2015 (UTC)

Tech News: 2015-12[edit]

15:14, 16 March 2015 (UTC)

Index:The American Cyclopædia (1879) Volume XII.djvu (pagescan non-display)[edit]

This is puzzling me as well, because I can't find a logical reason WHY it's not displaying the page-scans for me, this was after switching off everything I could think of, such as firewalls, Anti-virus and various ad blockers.

It's annoying as I was wanting to make progress on checking it's page-list.

It's obviously not the file, as you claim it displays without issue for you. ShakespeareFan00 (talk) 19:00, 17 March 2015 (UTC)

solved. ShakespeareFan00 (talk) 22:05, 17 March 2015 (UTC)

Tech News: 2015-13[edit]

15:09, 23 March 2015 (UTC)

Telugu wikisource needs help[edit]

@Billinghurst:

Three years back you helped Telugu wikisource get started with Proofread. I am happy to inform that we have close to 10000 pages validated. I once again would like to thank you for your support. I tried to improve the setup, to show page numbers along site transcluded text, by using enws .js code. I realized enws code is not stable. I need your help to display the page numbers beside text on Telugu wikisource, without upsetting section insertion (## label ##) on page views, which was happening when I tried to use a version of the Common.js code from enws. --Arjunaraoc (talk) 11:08, 24 March 2015 (UTC)

I was able to sort it out myself. Thanks. --Arjunaraoc (talk) 11:47, 27 March 2015 (UTC)
Apologies @Arjunaraoc:, RL (and its altered reality) and stewardry have my life somewhat occupied at the moment. Generally if you have css-related issues and problems with page numbering and display, then you would be better off addressing those to George Orwell III. — billinghurst sDrewth 12:39, 28 March 2015 (UTC)

Tech News: 2015-14[edit]

15:18, 30 March 2015 (UTC)