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I just saw that User:ThiotrixBot had been granted a bot flag, even though the account is not registered. Since this seemingly left it open for anyone to create the account, then run a malicious bot. I have therefore created that account, as a protective measure. I shall email User:Thiotrix to arrange transfer of control of the account, shortly. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 15:49, 29 May 2017 (UTC)

I approved it, but had not applied it. I realised after the approval that the account had not been created properly. I left a message hoping he would deal with this urgently then an admin could grant the bot flag. However your way is is just as good. Thanks for doing this. I am assuming this is just an oversight on the part of Thiotrix at this point. Giving the benefit of the doubt. However, could you please ensure Thiotrix understands what has happened before transferring the account. I discussed this with Dan Khoel after I discovered the account had not been correctly created we have some concern that if he is unsure of how to do this what implications this has for granting the bot flag. Please let us know what happens. Cheers Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 16:05, 29 May 2017 (UTC)
I don't think any harm was done. You can't grant userrights to a yet-to-be-created account. But that begs the question. If we cannot identify such glaring oversight during the bot approval process, then we need to slow down and be more careful in that process. OhanaUnitedTalk page 06:43, 31 May 2017 (UTC)
Hello, now I'm back from some weeks of journey. Sorry if I made an error and the account was not created properly, I thought it was ok this way, as being just an alternative name for my original account. What is needed now to change ThiotrixBot to a properly registered account? --Thiotrix (talk) 11:26, 16 June 2017 (UTC)
@Thiotrix: Please see the email I sent you on 29 May. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 11:55, 16 June 2017 (UTC)
Hello Andy, thank you for correctly creating the Bot account User:ThiotrixBot, and sorry for my error. Would you please send me the temporary password by email, so that I can login to this bot account and confirm the mail address? --Thiotrix (talk) 13:29, 16 June 2017 (UTC)
@Pigsonthewing:, Andy Mabbett, may I again ask to receive the preliminary password for the account User:ThiotrixBot per mail, like you said in your email? It is still your account until now, as I am unable to log in. --Thiotrix (talk) 08:12, 3 July 2017 (UTC)
@Thiotrix: Resent. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 09:28, 3 July 2017 (UTC)
@Pigsonthewing: Andy Mabbett, thank you, the transfer is done. --Thiotrix (talk) 09:59, 3 July 2017 (UTC)

Admin Rights Steward Request: Removal[edit]

The following discussion is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section.

I have made requests for removal of Admin and Crat rights for Benedikt and Open2universe. Messages have been left on their talk pages. Others to follow. Cheers Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 18:17, 1 June 2017 (UTC)

I have added the removal of permissions for UtherSRG. This takes care of all Bureaucrats that need this done. Still a few admins to go. Cheers Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 19:44, 1 June 2017 (UTC)
If anyone else wants to continue with this I added the what links here template to Template:Warning_message so you can get a quick list of who has been warned. Quick way of checking who has the warning, apart from looking for their reply, I have also been checking their activity, am giving them every chance. If nothing has changed since the warning I go through with it. Cheers Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 19:55, 1 June 2017 (UTC)
Above three users have had their permissions changed by the Stewards. here. I will remove them from the Admin and Crat pages. Cheers Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 20:32, 1 June 2017 (UTC)

User Totipotent added to requests. Cheers Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 22:39, 1 June 2017 (UTC)

User Totipotent has had their admin rights removed here, a couple to go still. Cheers Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 01:36, 2 June 2017 (UTC)
User Ark request to Stewards made. Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 17:56, 3 June 2017 (UTC)
User Ark has had their admin rights removed. Cheers, Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 07:48, 4 June 2017 (UTC)
Last person from the March 2017 Inactivity Check, User Uleli has had a request to the Stewards made for removal of admin rights.
The next Inactivity Check is in August/ September 2017, all admins please keep an eye on candidates for checking as per our Inactivity and Admin Review Policy. Cheers Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 08:05, 4 June 2017 (UTC)

User Uleli has had admin flag removed. This was the last from March run. I am closing this topic. Cheers Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 08:20, 4 June 2017 (UTC)

The above discussion is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section.

Main page in Turkish needs moving[edit]

Hello, Please move Ana Sayfa to Anasayfa as the translation has been updated. Thanks.--HakanIST (talk) 08:48, 2 June 2017 (UTC)

@HakanIST: Done. Thank you for your contributions. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 17:27, 2 June 2017 (UTC)


Please change the caption 'templates' to upper case 'Templates' in MediaWiki:Sidebar. Thank you --2003:52:EF23:EB21:559B:5C2A:CC98:9ED5 21:30, 2 June 2017 (UTC)

Done. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 00:31, 3 June 2017 (UTC)


I think we should reawaken the question whether we need local Importers and Transwiki importers. Today we have none, but in my opinion having (transwiki) importers would be helpful. For an example of such an instance, see User talk:Tommy Kronkvist#Template translation. For earlier discussions about this, see Wikispecies:Administrators' Noticeboard/Archive 2015–2016#LangSwitch. –Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 10:29, 4 June 2017 (UTC).

Scottish version of main page[edit]

FYI, there's now a page named Main Page (Scots), created by User:John Gordon Reid. I do not know whether it is correct or not, and as of this writing it is not linked from the {{Languages}} template, hence not linked to from the "International" main page either. –Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 13:02, 19 June 2017 (UTC).

I went ahead and added it--it seems right to me and I find it unlikely that anyone would troll with a Scots main page on Wikispecies. —Justin (koavf)TCM 14:10, 19 June 2017 (UTC)
I think you're right. He's also created several other /sco sub pages and such, like {{Sisterprojects-sco}}, Wikispecies:Checkusers/sco, Wikispecies:Localization/sco, and Help:Translation/sco. They seem valid to me, and are welcome. –Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 16:01, 19 June 2017 (UTC).
Plus, Scots is either a 1.) pretty non-standard dialect of English which uses a lot of eye spellings or 2.) a very closely-related West Germanic language which is mostly mutually intelligible with Scottish English. Either way, you and I can both look over the page and tell that it's not just links to malware or patent vandalism. —Justin (koavf)TCM 16:47, 19 June 2017 (UTC)


Due to the recent abuses with this tool in Wikispecies, I created this page that will allow the Wikispecies administrators to control who can have access to AWB in this project. Unauthorized users who are not listed will now see an error message when trying to use this program on Wikispecies. If you have any questions or concerns, let me know. Regards. —Alvaro Molina ( - ) 06:00, 22 June 2017 (UTC)

I have adapted from English Wikipedia this guide for the page. Feel free to improve or correct it if you feel it is necessary. —Alvaro Molina ( - ) 06:50, 22 June 2017 (UTC)

Looks good, but should perhaps also include a reference to the Help:Contents pages, particularly the pages involving formatting. –Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 14:43, 22 June 2017 (UTC).

Bot request for approval[edit]

Dear fellow admins, please take part in the current discussion regarding PokestarFanBot's request for approval. Cheers, Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 14:47, 22 June 2017 (UTC).

Request for approval withdrawn by bot operator, so case closed, for now. –Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 10:15, 23 June 2017 (UTC).

Revoke TPA[edit]

Could an admin please revoke talk page access for (talkcontribsblockall projects) There'sNoTime (talk) 12:34, 4 July 2017 (UTC)

@Tommy Kronkvist: excuse the ping, but I noticed you're active -- There'sNoTime (to explain) 12:37, 4 July 2017 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done. –Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 12:41, 4 July 2017 (UTC).

Category: Taxonavigation templates confusion[edit]

I have noticed a few times during my edits that an admin @Koavf: has added <noinclude>[[Category:Taxonavigation templates]]</noinclude> + <includeonly>[[Category:Pages with taxonavigation templates]]</includeonly> to many pages only for a fellow admin @Franz Xaver: to remove this content when editing, for example, Bernhartia. I am confused. Any help appreciated. Regards Andyboorman (talk) 14:04, 20 July 2017 (UTC)

I did this specifically so that these were easier to find and pages would be taken out of Special:UncategorizedPages and Special:UncategorizedTemplates. Franz, why would you do this? —Justin (koavf)TCM 14:06, 20 July 2017 (UTC)
@Andyboorman, Koavf: You may remember the old discussion Wikispecies:Village Pump/Archive 39#Taxonavigation templates. These categories were added in a bot like manner using AWB, without having discussed the topic in advance. As far as I remember, in the follwing discussion this initiative did not get much support – and was stopped. Anyway, we may continue the old discussion, where it had ended then. The argument "these were easier to find" does not convince me, as I cannot not find anything in a category with thousands of entries. --Franz Xaver (talk) 15:23, 20 July 2017 (UTC)
@Franz Xaver: But they are impossible to find without categories. Either way, there isn't consensus to remove them so I'm not sure why clogging up the maintenance report is somehow better. —Justin (koavf)TCM 16:17, 20 July 2017 (UTC)
@Koavf: So, now only a part of the taxonavigation templates do have these categories. You mean, these categories are useful, so that a bot could find them? I suggest, you make a proposal, which categories should be included in every taxonavigation template, and why this should be so. If there is support, the task should continued, where it has stopped then.
Anyway, taxon pages should remain in Special:UncategorizedPages, as long as they are not categorised in at least one of the author taxa categories. Adding a tracking category and thus removing them from Special:UncategorizedPages simply for having them removed, does not make sense to me. I am personally not against adding <noinclude>[[Category:Taxonavigation templates]]</noinclude>, but I am objecting against adding <includeonly>[[Category:Pages with taxonavigation templates]]</includeonly> --Franz Xaver (talk) 16:49, 20 July 2017 (UTC)

@Koavf: @Franz Xaver: Thanks for clearing up this confusion. This needs to go back to the pump I guess, as we have one admin adding unwanted data according to another admin and the later admin removing data without consensus from the community. Over to you, please Andyboorman (talk) 09:15, 21 July 2017 (UTC)