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Overwriting plus generally about disambiguation pages[edit]

Sweet (disambiguation) -- > Sweet--Estopedist1 (talk) 11:50, 21 October 2020 (UTC)

Note: I created the disambiguation page under this title because almost all links to Sweet are referring to Robert Sweet. Maybe the links to Sweet should be disambiguated. Korg (talk) 11:29, 2 November 2020 (UTC)
@Korg: we always do the disambiguation page, if there are at least two authors with the same surname--Estopedist1 (talk) 12:43, 2 November 2020 (UTC)
@Estopedist1: I don't disagree. Sometimes there are special cases, where (almost) all links are referring to a taxon authority. For convenience, I chose to create the disambiguation page with a temporary name, but of course it could be moved. Another big task would be to correct all links pointing to disambiguation pages (Wikispecies:Disambiguation pages with links). Korg (talk) 13:16, 2 November 2020 (UTC)
@Korg: even if 95% links is related to one person, I strongly suggest to do disambiguation page, because
  1. all our links must be like {{a|Charles Robert Darwin|Darwin}}, not barely {{a|Darwin}}
  2. when using disambiguation page system, we automatically see these errors and some Wikipedias even mark them in different colour, see eg Hungarian Wikipedia;
  3. all long discussions will end immediately when using this easy system;
  4. yes, we have over 100k such links pointing to the disambiguation pages (Wikispecies:Disambiguation pages with links). But step-by-step we will correct them.--Estopedist1 (talk) 16:57, 2 November 2020 (UTC)
one of the hardest question for me is, what to do when taxon and taxon authority have the same name. WS is taxon-focused, then probably almost all cases we maybe should use the system: reserving to the taxon and creating the disambiguation page "LEMMA (authorities)"--Estopedist1 (talk) 16:57, 2 November 2020 (UTC)

Some templates to delete (?)[edit]

I recently made two new templates for volumes of Biologia Centrali-Americana ({{Jacoby, 1880–1892}} and {{Jacoby, 1880–1892a}}) that makes these existing four templates redundant, since they only cover specific page ranges of these volumes. So I'm requesting they be deleted, if there is no objection. Normally I would add {{Delete}} to put these up for speedy deletion, but I feel in this case there may possibly be differing opinions on how to deal with them (and in case anyone thinks it's better to have reference templates for a single year only or something?). I suppose they could be made into redirects, but on the other hand deleting them could free up the template names to use for other publications by the same author. Monster Iestyn (talk) 03:20, 21 November 2020 (UTC)

Since Jacoby wrote both entire volumes, referencing parts separately is not necessary. If it were a collaboration, then separate those parts according to individual contributions. Neferkheperre (talk) 14:57, 21 November 2020 (UTC)
Yeah, that makes sense to me. Though, those four templates were originally created because some articles that cite the volumes gave only pages for a certain year. Monster Iestyn (talk) 17:27, 21 November 2020 (UTC)

Someone fluent with French[edit]

Rédaction des références de publications de Nicolas THEOBALD[edit]

Please see this user page. Assist if we can, this appears to be the daughter of a prominent now deceased scientist. My french is not very good so I am hoping one of us can help her. Unfortunately I only saw this because I was patrolling. Cheers Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 15:16, 15 January 2021 (UTC)

@Faendalimas: I can not seem to link up to the pages she talks about. Can you help? Andyboorman (talk) 16:16, 15 January 2021 (UTC)
Sorry got them now! Andyboorman (talk) 16:18, 15 January 2021 (UTC)
ok cool, please respond to her as soon as you can and also note here how things go. Cheers Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 16:39, 15 January 2021 (UTC)
  • Hi, this user did not manage to perform some actions, see [1] is there someone able to see what was the issue(s), because the user does not seem like the type of user to try to write obsenities. I'm curious for what reason the abuse filter stopped her. Christian Ferrer (talk) 21:15, 16 January 2021 (UTC)
Agree she does not seem to be an editor that would cause a problem, it seems to be getting caught in Special:AbuseFilter/4 which prohibits the use of all caps on certain words, in english, including partial matches. As such as she is writing in French in all caps I think it is accidently catching some of her words. Have a look at the filter in question see what you think, not going to write the match list here, I believe the filter is public. Cheers Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 21:39, 16 January 2021 (UTC)
No it is hidden to me "You may not view details of this filter, because it is hidden from public view". But no matter, thanks you I will explain the caps issue to the user, and we will see. Christian Ferrer (talk) 21:49, 16 January 2021 (UTC)
Ok cool, I would suggest that she does not use all caps and rather uses ===Text=== and similar to format sections etc. This should avoid the issue. Cheers Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 22:41, 16 January 2021 (UTC)

Brilliant work to all! Andyboorman (talk) 10:09, 18 January 2021 (UTC)

Yes this seems to have been resolved well, thanks to those whose French is much better than mine. Cheers Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 18:53, 18 January 2021 (UTC)
  • Pictogram-voting-question.svg Question is it forbidden, allowed or tolerated to put some publication titles in bold text? apparently those titles are the most important within the opinion of Mireille Théobald. Christian Ferrer (talk) 18:46, 23 January 2021 (UTC)
    • Fine by me just avoid all-caps is the main thing. Cheers Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 19:15, 23 January 2021 (UTC)
    • I would have politely discouraged it, but as long as she doesn't put every single one of them in bold, I guess I can live with it. Since I'm a native speaker of French (though I'm not nearly as good with taxonomic vocabulary in it), I've added her talk page and Nicolas Théobald to my watchlist. Circeus (talk) 03:21, 24 January 2021 (UTC)

IP editor with many edits[edit]

I have left a message on User talk:‎ as has over 100 edits, they are fine, but if he is going to continue editing at this rate I have suggested they may want to create an account or login. I would like to consider them for autopatrol but I will not do that for an IP account. Cheers Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 18:38, 20 February 2021 (UTC)

@Faendalimas there are a number of scripts to mass patrol edits by a user, and if you want I can send you a link for one that will allow you to patrol all of the ips edits so far as a batch - next best thing to autopatrol for ips. DannyS712 (talk) 22:06, 23 February 2021 (UTC)
Sure email me one, I just wish people who want to make a habit of editing particularly when they are not unreasonable edits would consider making an account. We hada user come in other day and add about 600 common names all seem legit been seems to be a batch editor. Cheers Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 22:39, 23 February 2021 (UTC)
Can't use email at the moment, but I use the patrolRevisions gadget from meta (added to my global.js to load it globally) DannyS712 (talk) 01:25, 24 February 2021 (UTC)
I have just installed this script and can immediately attest to its usefulness. Thank you. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 16:40, 13 March 2021 (UTC)

Species of the month[edit]

Hi everyone, as usual species of the month has ended up an empty template for the last month or so. I am happy to create them but would appreciate suggestions on this rather trying to decide for myself. For the rest of February I have made the Rafetus. Only 4 living specimens of the species and one of the most endangered vertebrates on the planet. Ok could everyone please think of one or two species of anything for the rest of the year, I need a list of 10 life forms if you all think inside the groups you like it will be a range of things, we want plants, inverts, microbes and animals. I only ask that each one have a good image on commons, have a wikipedia page, and have something about it that makes it standout. Be it endangered or something else. Not always endangered though, could be a new species, weird or unusual, could be topical in that its been found to be beneficial, eg a plant with newly found medicinal qualities. Please add to the list here and I will create templates from here to December, so I need 10. Just reply here with a link to its taxon page here. Try to remember if we have done it before no repeats please. Cheers Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 00:38, 22 February 2021 (UTC)

Thanks for taking the lead on this. I propose:
Those immediately come to mind. —Justin (koavf)TCM 03:14, 22 February 2021 (UTC)
My suggestion would be Tiganophyton karasense a newly discovered brassicalean shrub. No pic in commons as yet unfortunately. Andyboorman (talk) 09:32, 22 February 2021 (UTC)
Created one for March Template:Species-2021-03, Smallpox or Variola virus essentially. Cheers Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 21:45, 22 February 2021 (UTC)

Status report from Tommy[edit]

Hello my friends. I wish to inform you that I'm fully recovered from covid-19, but instead temporarily bedridden due to a nasty spinal disc herniation. I'm able to lay down, but even on (mild) doses of morphine derivates I can't yet sit, stand, or walk. All in all that makes editing a bit... tedious and fatiguing, but at least I'm here monitoring.

Kind regards, Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 15:49, 9 March 2021 (UTC).

Hernias hurt like a mother. Please make sure that you're resting and moving around alternately (the worst thing you can do is overextend your back and the second worst thing you can do is to sit idle). —Justin (koavf)TCM 18:22, 9 March 2021 (UTC)
Good evening Tommy Kronkvist, I wish you a speedy recovery and all the best. Take care of yourself. Best greetings. Orchi (talk) 20:07, 9 March 2021 (UTC)
Please take care and get well soon. All the best Andyboorman (talk) 20:25, 9 March 2021 (UTC)
Ouch I know how a herniated disc feels. Thankfully mine has been stable for the most part in the last couple of years with lots of good physio and care. The pain can be unbelievable though. Take your time Tommy and all the best. Cheers Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 04:08, 10 March 2021 (UTC)
I hope you feel better soon - health should take a priority over editing DannyS712 (talk) 04:48, 10 March 2021 (UTC)
All the best for your health. Kind regards, --Thiotrix (talk) 07:10, 10 March 2021 (UTC)
Best wishes for your health! --RLJ (talk) 08:19, 10 March 2021 (UTC)

Vandalism from[edit]

Please see Special:Contributions/ and block. Thanks, --DannyS712 (talk) 21:53, 1 April 2021 (UTC)

Block is probably no longer needed, ip is no longer active --DannyS712 (talk) 06:06, 3 April 2021 (UTC)
Is not blocked, cheers Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 15:21, 3 April 2021 (UTC)

Edit request[edit]

Can an admin please move the 2 old requests at Wikispecies:Patrollers#Requests for patroller rights to the archive at Wikispecies:Patrollers/Archive 1? Specifically, the resolved requests by myself (Dannys712) and Estopedist1. Or, can the archive please be unprotected? For archives that are not the latest, protection makes sense, because they rarely need editing, but for the latest archive protection prevents non-admins from archiving discussions. Thanks, --DannyS712 (talk) 23:08, 1 April 2021 (UTC)

  • @DannyS712: I have reduced the protection level on the archive, I agree that it should be edited by any experienced users. However I have maintained protection from new users and ips. Cheers Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 17:55, 2 April 2021 (UTC)


Hello, I've not the permission to edit that tool, it don't work anymore but I fixed it, please replace the code there by the code available at User:Christian Ferrer/common.js. For your information, that was due to a change that was announced ten days ago. Christian Ferrer (talk) 20:35, 4 April 2021 (UTC)

Unfortunately, this will require an interface administrator and we don't have any. To our bureaucrats, @Dan Koehl, Faendalimas, Keith Edkins, MPF, OhanaUnited, and Tommy Kronkvist: may I have these rights to make this change? Thanks. —Justin (koavf)TCM 22:37, 4 April 2021 (UTC)
You can follow the instructions set out in meta for assistance. I also note that on Meta, WMF explictly asks that 2FA be enabled for this role. I'll add this requirement on our page. OhanaUnitedTalk page 02:54, 5 April 2021 (UTC)
I don't have a smartphone, so I'll pass. Someone else can do it. —Justin (koavf)TCM 03:06, 5 April 2021 (UTC)
Thanks, I made an edit request at meta:Steward_requests/Miscellaneous#JavaScript_edit_request_in_Wikispecies. Christian Ferrer (talk) 06:51, 5 April 2021 (UTC)
 Done the edit have been made by a Stewart, and the Gadget works fine now. Christian Ferrer (talk) 07:25, 5 April 2021 (UTC)

───────────────────────── Good work, Christian Ferrer. I've made a request for reenacting my previous Interface Adminship status here, so that we can make these kinds of edits in the future without the need of a Steward. Furthermore, I would support an Interface Adminship request from Justin (koavf) as well, since I think it is a good idea to have two separate IA's on board. However he needs to first add a formal request on Wikispecies:Interface administrators. –Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 17:41, 5 April 2021 (UTC).

Vandalism from 2804:D55:523F:F400:5C84:EB3E:B984:7F2C[edit]

See Special:Contribs/2804:D55:523F:F400:5C84:EB3E:B984:7F2C. Monster Iestyn (talk) 20:43, 5 April 2021 (UTC)

@Monster Iestyn: Thank you for the heads-up. All of the IP's edits have been reverted by global sysop WhitePhosphorus, and the IP number itself has been globally blocked by steward Tegel. Kind regards, Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 08:32, 6 April 2021 (UTC).

Template:MP Pictures[edit]

Can someone change the image caption of Agama sinaita on the Main Page Pictures to Pseudotrapelus sinaitus as the species was moved to the genus Pseudotrapelus. Lavalizard101 (talk) 22:04, 11 April 2021 (UTC)

 Done. Thanks! Burmeister (talk) 22:15, 11 April 2021 (UTC)

Autopatrol for Ameisenigel[edit]

Can I suggest that User:Ameisenigel (Special:Contributions/Ameisenigel) be autopatrolled? Edits here are primarily translations and the user can be trusted to be translating correctly - see Special:CentralAuth/Ameisenigel (plus the translation extension has its own review system for translations). Thanks, --DannyS712 (talk) 02:37, 12 April 2021 (UTC)

 Done Seems like a trustworthy user globally: Special:CentralAuth/Ameisenigel. —Justin (koavf)TCM 04:26, 12 April 2021 (UTC)