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Possible hoax article: "Murexia xenochromus"[edit]

Murexia xenochromus does not appear to exist. I can find no references to it outside Wikipedia and Wikispecies. The cited references do not support it. Ucucha 05:19, 27 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Page deleted, Thanks, Burmeister (talk) 10:55, 27 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I will check on this with P. Woolley just in case someone was getting ahead of themselves. Give me a day or so. Leave it deleted for now. Cheers Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 12:45, 27 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thanks both! Given the falsified references I'm pretty sure this was an intentional hoax, not a premature publication. Ucucha 14:39, 27 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
For posterity there's now also discussion at w:Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Murexia xenochromus and commons:Commons:Deletion requests/File:Murexia xenochromus specimen.jpg. Seems like they also stole some images from Pat Woolley's work. Ucucha 14:16, 28 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
For info I have received a reply from Patricia Wooley and she has never heard of this species, I would say as suspected somewhere along the line its a hoax. Cheers Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 10:06, 30 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Problematic, cross-wiki harasser. I suggest you block. SVTCobra (talk) 09:07, 2 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Has already been handled by stewards via a global lock. 𝟙𝟤𝟯𝟺𝐪𝑤𝒆𝓇𝟷𝟮𝟥𝟜𝓺𝔴𝕖𝖗𝟰 (𝗍𝗮𝘭𝙠) 09:09, 2 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Problematic, cross-wiki harasser. I suggest you block. 09:09, 2 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Thanks, you have now been blocked. 𝟙𝟤𝟯𝟺𝐪𝑤𝒆𝓇𝟷𝟮𝟥𝟜𝓺𝔴𝕖𝖗𝟰 (𝗍𝗮𝘭𝙠) 09:10, 2 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
(For those who were confused, the IP was the actual problematic user that was blocked) --DannyS712 (talk) 12:24, 7 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Report conserning of user:[edit] (talkcontribsblock logall projects) - inserting non/false translation content.--Syunsyunminmin (talk) 09:33, 9 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I have done a one month block to stop this, happy for it to be reverted if I am wrong. Could some translation admins go over his contribs and see whats happening. This level of content is not good from an IP user. Cheers Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 13:20, 9 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Handled. FWIW deleting translation units does not require translation adminship, though I deleted the whole translation along the way too. 𝟙𝟤𝟯𝟺𝐪𝑤𝒆𝓇𝟷𝟮𝟥𝟜𝓺𝔴𝕖𝖗𝟰 (𝗍𝗮𝘭𝙠) 15:47, 9 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Hello from el.wiktionary. At sections #Vernacular names el appears as Ελληνικά with capital Ε. But in Greek, language names are not proper nouns and are not written with initial capital -only some people write them in the English fashion, with capital-. They are written like it = italiano.
el should give ελληνικά (wikt:el:ελληνικά). I am sorry that I do not know how to change it at Module:Languages or mw....
A side note: Perhaps the title of section would be more precise as #Academic_or_vernacular_names. Because in some languages (as in Greek), apart from vernacular names we have quasi-Ancient Greek taxonomic names equivalent to the New Latin terms.
Thank you for your excellent work. Sarri.greek (talk) 02:48, 3 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Please consider semi-protection for this article because of persistent vandalism. --Ameisenigel (talk) 07:25, 4 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

 Done only confirmed users can edit the page. Andyboorman (talk) 08:41, 4 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Hello @Ameisenigel and Andyboorman:
The user in the IP range 2601:5C7:4100:3600::/64, who vandalized Boris Sket (and other pages), has now created this page and this page. These 2 species does not appear elsewhere on the Internet: perhaps they are hoaxes?
Regards --NicoScribe (talk) 15:42, 8 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I have deleted the pages which looked like they were randomly created using info fromlegitimate pages. The IP has been previously blocked so I have blocked this IP for evasion. Cheers Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 12:00, 9 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Template:Documentation is still broken as of writing: a Lua error appears on every single Wikispecies page that transcludes it, and has done so since at some point last year. See Wikispecies:Village Pump/Archive 63#Template:Documentation is broken for context. Monster Iestyn (talk) 15:58, 15 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Module:Documentation/config does not define a "container". Not sure what all of those imports both there and on Module:Documentation did, but they appear to come from different wikis resulting in the inconsistencies. 𝟙𝟤𝟯𝟺𝐪𝑤𝒆𝓇𝟷𝟮𝟥𝟜𝓺𝔴𝕖𝖗𝟰 (𝗍𝗮𝘭𝙠) 17:02, 19 March 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Hello, I think that as per this edit the last version of the Module:Documentation from Wikidata will work fine for us and will make the "error" messages disappears. Regards, Christian Ferrer (talk) 08:03, 16 April 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Apparently not; I've just tried that and the problem persists. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 20:31, 1 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Pigsonthewing You probably need to also import Wikidata's version of Module:Documentation/config to this wiki. Monster Iestyn (talk) 22:12, 1 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Done; still no joy. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 14:35, 2 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Pigsonthewing ...Hrm, it looks like importing from Wikidata made no change whatsoever at least in Module:Documentation's case, since it *still* has code not in the Wikidata version. (In particular, the line 140 that Lua is complaining about in it, :addClass(message('container')), does not exist in Wikidata's version of the module. That's bothersome. Monster Iestyn (talk) 15:15, 2 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
When I tried importing Module:Documentation from Wikidata, this wiki reported that there were no changes to import. I've deleted it, then done a fresh import, and that seems to have resolved the problem. Thank you for your input, and please let me know if any issues arise. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 15:37, 2 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Please block[edit] (talkcontribsblock logall projects) – keeps creating nonsense pages. FlyingAce (talk) 00:06, 14 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

 Done Burmeister (talk) 00:42, 14 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Regarding 2601:206:8580:35D0:94EA:9AD0:3995:E460[edit]

2601:206:8580:35D0:94EA:9AD0:3995:E460 (talkcontribsblock logall projects) : The anonymous user is adding nonsense to pages. A block may be needed. Tropicalkitty (talk) 04:19, 22 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

 DoneJustin (koavf)TCM 05:57, 22 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Regarding 2601:206:8580:35D0:523:765:C00E:85AC[edit]

2601:206:8580:35D0:523:765:C00E:85AC (talkcontribsblock logall projects)

Looks same person as #Regarding 2601:206:8580:35D0:94EA:9AD0:3995:E460. Also please delete my user page, too. --LR0725 (talk) 17:31, 23 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

 Done Burmeister (talk) 17:33, 23 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

2001:448A:2022:B44C:D4DB:171A:F24:2080 (talkcontribsblock logall projects) : Vandalism --Ameisenigel (talk) 14:59, 31 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

 Done by someone else. —Justin (koavf)TCM 18:00, 31 May 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]


2001:448A:2022:B44C:C5B8:8E01:AD35:3FA1 (talkcontribsblock logall projects) Vandalism, says that they can't stop. Also needs their pages deleted.Mako001 (C)  (T)  🇺🇦 10:05, 11 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Can I suggest blocking 2001:448A:2022:B44C:0:0:0:0/64 (talkcontribsblock logall projects) for a while, maybe a week or two? Mako001 (C)  (T)  🇺🇦 10:09, 11 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
 Done Slava Ukraini. —Justin (koavf)TCM 10:29, 11 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

2604:2D80:D009:6C00:E50F:C8DF:C73E:1657 (talkcontribsblock logall projects) : Vandalism Esteban16 (talk) 23:42, 14 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

 DoneJustin (koavf)TCM 03:28, 15 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Report concerning User:The WikiBalls[edit]

The WikiBalls (talkcontribsblock logall projects) – x-wiki abuse, vandalistic userpage. TIA, --SHB2000 (talk) 12:51, 17 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

HakanIST has just locked this account, but their userpage/user talk pages remain. --SHB2000 (talk) 13:01, 17 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
 Done — blocked 3 months also deleted a number of pages created by them, tagged their user and talk page for speedy delete. Cheers Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 06:06, 18 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

The above discussion is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made on the appropriate discussion page. No further edits should be made to this archive.

New special page to fight spam[edit]

Please help translate to your language

Hello, We are replacing most of the functionalities of MediaWiki:Spam-blacklist with a new special page called Special:BlockedExternalDomains. In this special page, admins can simply add a domain and notes on the block (usually reasoning and/or link to a discussion) and the added domain would automatically be blocked to be linked in Wikis anymore (including its subdomains). Content of this list is stored in MediaWiki:BlockedExternalDomains.json. You can see w:fa:Special:BlockedExternalDomains as an example. Check the phabricator ticket for more information.

This would make fighting spam easier and safer without needing to know regex or accidentally breaking wikis while also addressing the need to have some notes next to each domain on why it’s blocked. It would also make the list of blocked domains searchable and would make editing Wikis in general faster by optimizing matching links added against the blocked list in every edit (see phab:T337431#8936498 for some measurements).

If you want to migrate your entries in MediaWiki:Spam-blacklist, there is a python script in phab:P49299 that would produce contents of MediaWiki:Spam-blacklist and MediaWiki:BlockedExternalDomains.json for you automatically migrating off simple regex cases.

Note that this new feature doesn’t support regex (for complex cases) nor URL paths matching. Also it doesn’t support bypass by spam whitelist. For those, please either keep using MediaWiki:Spam-blacklist or switch to an abuse filter if possible. And adding a link to the list might take up to five minutes to be fully in effect (due to server-side caching, this is already the case with the old system) and admins and bots automatically bypass the blocked list.

Let me know if you have any questions or encounter any issues. Happy editing. Amir (talk) 09:41, 19 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Vandalism, please delete all pages made by this user. MathXplore (talk) 10:48, 21 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

 DoneJustin (koavf)TCM 11:33, 21 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Request for AWB access[edit]

Vahurzpu (talkcontribsblock logall projects)

I've been working recently on cleaning up author pages, and using AWB would be useful for certain tasks (in particular, updating links and categories after merges). I'm familiar with the tool from enwiki, where I'm approved to use it. Vahurzpu (talk) 00:48, 22 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

 DoneJustin (koavf)TCM 02:41, 22 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Koavf: AWB and JWB have migrated towards using Project:AutoWikiBrowser/CheckPageJSON instead of the old format; could you add me to that one (and possibly leave a note on Wikispecies:AutoWikiBrowser/CheckPage so the next admin doesn't do the same thing)? Thanks. Vahurzpu (talk) 02:47, 22 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Absolutely not. Blocked permanently for even requesting this. —Justin (koavf)TCM 02:51, 22 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • obvious joke, by the way. Merci, friend.
Justin (koavf)TCM 02:52, 22 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thanks! Vahurzpu (talk) 02:57, 22 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Mass vandalism. Sincerely, Taketa (talk) 05:21, 24 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I blocked locally and deleted the spam... then realized this wasn't a GS wiki. Local sysop group please be aware of my action and review if necessary. Operator873 (talk) 05:44, 24 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
My bad. I didn't notice that this was just a proposal and not a guidelines. Thank you anyways. All the best, Taketa (talk) 05:48, 24 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Template:Commonscat duplication[edit]

Hi, Template:Commonscat and Template:Template:Commonscat are duplicates of each other and may need a history merge, or for the former title to be deleted to make way for the latter.

What happened is that Fagus intended to rename Template:Commons category to Template:Commonscat, but by mistake renamed it to Template:Template:Commonscat instead. Template:Commonscat is the intended page name but Template:Template:Commonscat holds all the page history so it shouldn't be deleted. Monster Iestyn (talk) 12:37, 19 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

 Done Burmeister (talk) 12:41, 19 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Speedy Deletion[edit]

There are more and more candidates for speedy deletion with the reason "Probably not a taxon author". Please could Admins look regularly and check using the expertise. I can not assess most of them. Thanks. Andyboorman (talk) 14:06, 20 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

This is my fault, sorry! I've been checking taxon author pages and their linked ResearchGate, Google Scholar, ORCID profiles and found no evidence they have named any taxa at all. It's always possible I'm wrong in each case though, which is why I say "probably". Monster Iestyn (talk) 14:50, 20 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Cross-wiki abuse.--USSR-Slav (talk) 08:50, 21 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

 Done by someone else. —Justin (koavf)TCM 09:50, 21 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

This IP user is repeating vandalism at Wikispecies:Village Pump‎. MathXplore (talk) 12:16, 21 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

(Note) The user was globally blocked. MathXplore (talk) 12:20, 21 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
 Done globally. —Justin (koavf)TCM 19:36, 21 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Speedy deletion[edit]

Anybody able to fix the problem with the speedy delete display? Thanks. Andyboorman (talk) 07:05, 22 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

It's because Template:Commonscat was tagged by User:Fagus with {{Speedy}} and that is transcluded in thousands of pages, so all of those pages had it temporarily transcluded and (something like this) the server's cache just takes time to refresh. One solution is to just wait, another is to edit every one of the 4,400+ pages so a new version will be saved, and another is to just remove the code from MediaWiki:Watchlist-details, which seems like an easy quick-fix, so I did it, but that edit should be undone in ~48 hours or so. Do you need me to follow up and ensure that it's reinserted? —Justin (koavf)TCM 10:17, 22 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thanks for the fix and yes please keep an eye on the problem. Andyboorman (talk) 19:44, 22 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Still a problem. I can not easily admin deletes. What happens if you remove the edits by Fagus? Andyboorman (talk) 19:07, 23 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
It's already a deleted edit. It will just take time for the cached versions to refresh. :/ —Justin (koavf)TCM 19:17, 23 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
As you can see, I just edited Abatocera and it is now removed from Category:Candidates for speedy deletion. (The following is not a 100% accurate explanation, but close enough.) The server will have to have some reason to have a new version of the page and that could be editing all 4,000 of them, it could be purging the cache of all 4,000 pages, or it could be just waiting until it refreshes itself, which I think is maybe a weekly schedule? So even if no one edits these pages and no one purges them, they should drop off in the next several days. Until then, the category is just useless and the color-coding on the watch list header will either not work or also be useless (as it's definitely going to be above five pages for a while). This is all a friendly reminder to be careful about transcluding templates inside of templates. —Justin (koavf)TCM 19:22, 23 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Note that it is c. 40% emptied now. Looking at Special:RecentChanges, I do not see anyone who is systematically editing the pages to remove them from the category, so I think the internal logs are just refreshing (again, the terminology I just used is probably not 100% accurate, but it's something like that: the computers are saying, "Oh, these aren't tagged for speedy deletion anymore: I'll remove them from the category".) —Justin (koavf)TCM 18:29, 25 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I don't know how the caching system works, and how quickly the pages would have been automatically removed from the category by the software. In any case, the pages were removed from Category:Candidates for speedy deletion with the help of the script en:User:Ahecht/Scripts/refresh (All I had to do was click on a link entitled "Null edit category members" and keep a tab open while the pages were being updated.). The category is now (almost) empty. Korg (talk) 21:06, 25 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Merci. —Justin (koavf)TCM 06:11, 26 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
It is possible to perform null edits to fix the problem, either with a user script like Refresh, or with AutoWikiBrowser. I tested the former, it works great. I'll run it again later if the problem hasn't been completely solved yet. Korg (talk) 23:16, 24 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Unfortunately, I can't turn off the flood flag for you or add you as a bot for 24 hours. It would be nice if a bureaucrat would just to not overwhelm recent changes. —Justin (koavf)TCM 23:27, 24 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thanks, but it would not have been needed as null edits are "invisible" and don't impact recent changes :) The problem is now fixed. Korg (talk) 21:06, 25 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Requesting AWB rights[edit]

I'd like to explore some automated editing, say the fixing of unused institution acronyms. I'm not planning any high-volume editing, mostly I'd want to get familiar with the tool again (I think I used it on wp a long time ago). Example edit: Azertus (talk) 16:02, 22 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Approved. Prior to this request the user has made 257 non-automated and 9 (semi-)automated edits to Wikispecies. @Azertus: Please see Wikispecies:AutoWikiBrowser/CheckPage for guidelines, rules of use, and link to our bot policy. –Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 09:04, 27 August 2023 (UTC).Reply[reply]

Module:String2 / Module:Ustring[edit]

Hello, please could Module:String2 be imported, as I would like to split the string of authors in {{Sandbox10}} in relation to {{Sandbox6}} and Village Pump#Wikimania 2023. While I could copy it across myself, my recollection is that it is better for it to be "imported"...? Thank you, Maculosae tegmine lyncis (talk) 14:31, 25 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

 Done. Let me know if it doesn't work. —Justin (koavf)TCM 14:46, 25 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Great, thank you, seems to be working well; please could Module:Ustring similarly be imported, in relation to {{Sandbox11}} (I wish to see whether the final three characters of a url are "pdf"); thank you, Maculosae tegmine lyncis (talk) 10:10, 26 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

 DoneJustin (koavf)TCM 22:59, 26 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]