User talk:Dan Koehl

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Previous discussion was archived at User talk:Dan Koehl/Flow Archive 1 on 2017-08-31.

A job for KoehlBot?[edit]

Hello Mr. bot operator! Having a look at Special:WantedPages I see that the page name "New Zealand" appears as red linked on 4,603 pages. Creating such a page is of course way out of scope of the Wikispecies project; hence I ask if it would be possible for KoehlBot to simply delete the links instead? The name of the country should of course remain intact, but IMHO the wiki link brackets surrounding it should be removed (in which case it would also automagically disappear from the "Special:WantedPages" list, as soon as the database catches up).

With the one (1) exception by Franz Xaver used in Wikispecies:Village Pump/Archive 36#Fait accompli, all of the remaining 4,602 instances are explicitly only used on taxon page talk pages, and solely relate to the geographical distribution of the different taxa. The NZ links were all created in good faith by Thorpe, but regardless of good intentions they are of course still out of scope. –Best regards, Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 17:57, 24 February 2018 (UTC).

Sounds easy @Tommy Kronkvist:, I will give it a try within hours. But I will try it out on my own account, before running on bot. :) Dan Koehl (talk) 18:14, 24 February 2018 (UTC)
Whatever floats your boat, as long as the job gets done… :-) Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 18:45, 24 February 2018 (UTC).
Ill go through a number of the files from the list manually @Tommy Kronkvist:, please help me go through the edits, in order to see that the changes comes out correct, so I can let bot take over. Dan Koehl (talk) 19:55, 24 February 2018 (UTC)
Seems that the word "etc." is used as a comment after a couple of line breaks, this seems irrelevant, Ill delete those "etc." as well. Dan Koehl (talk) 20:04, 24 February 2018 (UTC)
Indeed. Also, the phrase [[New Zealand]] Species is used fairly frequently, and should perhaps be changed to New Zealand species (with lowercase "species" as well as link removal). A small thing, but still. –Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 20:13, 24 February 2018 (UTC).

I've checked all of the 101 "NZ link" edits you've made so far, and they all look alright to me. –Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 20:22, 24 February 2018 (UTC).

Yes they do, now Im just trying to filter out where Species starts with a capital EXCEPT for when Species starts a sentence, like in Talk:Gnaphalopoda. Dan Koehl (talk) 20:27, 24 February 2018 (UTC)
I believe its working now @Tommy Kronkvist:, with regex: (?<!=\s)(?<!\=)(?<!\*\s)Species it filter out all words (Species) written with capital, unless they appear after a *(space), or after a =(space), or after a =. Now checked 200 edits, they look allright. Will soon relase the bot. Dan Koehl (talk) 21:47, 24 February 2018 (UTC)
Sounds good. I'm no longer as fluent in regular expressions as back in the days, but I still use them fairly frequently (though seldom for Wikimedia purposes). I often tend to mix up Perl specific syntax with the POSIX ditto, but luckily the differences are small and these days there are good software tools that can help out (which I guess also is the reason for me forgetting some of the regex patterns...) In order to spot any unlikely errors I'll randomly check out your AWB/KoehlBot edits throughout the next couple of days, but as you said earlier it's a fairly straightforward job that shouldn't pose any real problems for a well structured bot. Thank you for your good work. –Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 00:28, 25 February 2018 (UTC).

Editing other peoples' talk page contributions[edit]

I'm not sure about the norms on wikispecies,but on, we don't edit other people's talk page contributions as you did here. Was there a point you were trying to make? Stuartyeates (talk) 03:12, 25 February 2018 (UTC)

Hello @Stuartyeates: The reason is that the "New Zealand" link is out of scope for Wikispecies: it's a type of page that should never be created here at Wikispecies, since it has nothing to do with taxonomy or biological nomenclature, and Wikispecies is not Wikipedia. The deleted red link on your talk page is one of 4,600 "New Zealand" links deleted during the past few days. Most of them were deleted by automated bots, and other similar out-of-scope links are frequently deleted as well. Please read the presently ongoing discussion Special:Wanted pages at the Wikispecies' Village Pump for more information about this specific issue. –Best regards, Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 09:43, 25 February 2018 (UTC).
Dear @Stuartyeates:, I am sorry if you felt bothered, and I understand, normally we dont change other peoples talk pages on Wikispecies. I hope that @Tommy Kronkvist: description of the cleanup of gave you an explanation as to why I removed the link brackets [[New Zealand]] from red linked New Zealand on your talk page. Please also see relevant discussions on the Village pump. Dan Koehl (talk) 11:20, 25 February 2018 (UTC)

Invitation to join the Ten Year Society[edit]


Thanks for the invitation. I'm missing in the list Accassidy and MariusM PeterR (talk) 14:11, 9 March 2018 (UTC)

Yes, @PeterR: they are missing on that list, Mariusm has already been invited, but he hasnt put the userbox on his user page, and Accassidy will be invited this year in November. Dan Koehl (talk) 08:15, 10 March 2018 (UTC)


Thank you for reverting my edit. I will not add words (unless they are taxons, etc.) to pages. :) GermanGamer77 (talk) 18:35, 9 March 2018 (UTC)


Oops! I apologize for the edit. How do you place images in correctly, so I don't make that mistake again? GermanGamer77 (talk) 19:01, 20 March 2018 (UTC)

@GermanGamer77: Pictures should always be placed at the very top of the page, i.e. on the first line in the page code. For more information please read Help:Contents, and on this particular topic especially the subsection Help:Image Guidelines. –Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 08:47, 21 March 2018 (UTC).