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from Nutty Roux (Talk), group Site wide (urgent) at 21:22, 27 February 2015

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[edit] Herein goeth anything regarding the technicalities of the wiki

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[edit] PiBot is down

Originally, "PiBot on my talk page".--ZooGuard (talk) 17:57, 7 February 2015 (UTC)

Hey -- I have PiBot set up to archive my talk page every 48 hrs, but there's stuff going back longer than that. Can someone more knowledgeable than I please tell me what I have done wrong? Many thanks. Peace. AgingHippie (talk) 17:30, 7 February 2015 (UTC)

Its last edit was on 1 February: Special:Contributions/Pibot. It looks like it may be down.--ZooGuard (talk) 17:57, 7 February 2015 (UTC)
I've asked Pi about it: User talk:Π.--ZooGuard (talk) 17:59, 7 February 2015 (UTC)
I've tested pywikibot's archivebot script under User:ZooBot. It seems that I've managed to configure it, but it looks like Pibot had some extra features, such as the "sticky" keyword, that the generic script lacks, so I don't want to risk running it to clear the backlog.--ZooGuard (talk) 19:13, 7 February 2015 (UTC)
So I ran ZooBot with a modified archivebot script and it managed to clear most of the backlog. I even convinced it to archive the Saloon Bar. I also found a few cases of misconfigured Pibot templates. User:MadmanJohnson had managed to convince Pibot to delete old threads from his talk page without actually archiving them, though I'm not sure if it was evil genius or just plain incompetence.--ZooGuard (talk) 21:33, 7 February 2015 (UTC)
It's like the wiki just took a huge poop it really needed. Well done! - David Gerard (talk) 21:54, 7 February 2015 (UTC)

OK, so Pi has replied, and it seems that they can't help. Who runs Pibot and where?--ZooGuard (talk) 08:49, 8 February 2015 (UTC)

Not on any box I have root on, unfortunately - David Gerard (talk) 19:31, 8 February 2015 (UTC)

It also appears that one of the capturebot is down. WIGO:CP doesn't seem to be keeping screencap automatically anymore. K61824ZOYG I edit like Kenservative! 13:53, 13 February 2015 (UTC)

Yes, it runs on the same box as pibot ran on. Trent has access to it, I don't - David Gerard (talk) 16:10, 13 February 2015 (UTC)

[edit] A new spam filtering rule may be necessary

See Do you know these treatments for ADHD? and Is it Effective for Quitting Smoking? --ZooGuard (talk) 12:29, 8 February 2015 (UTC)

Both posted by the same account. Why would a filter be needed to deal with it? WěǎšěǐǒǐďWeaselly.jpgMethinks it is a Weasel 12:36, 8 February 2015 (UTC)
I noticed that only after posting the above.--ZooGuard (talk) 12:42, 8 February 2015 (UTC)

[edit] Intercom request: board elections notice

Someone with Intercom rights needs to post a notice about the election in "sitewide (urgent)". Bicycle Wheel has posted one in "General site news", but that appears only to people who are already in that group.--ZooGuard (talk) 14:25, 13 February 2015 (UTC)

Ok. Thanks for figuring out the groups rights issue. Nutty Roux (talk) 14:47, 13 February 2015 (UTC)

[edit] Email notification and hidden diffs.

The email notification for changed visibility of a revision on your talk page instead tells you that the page has been created. This was the email notification I received when AgingHippie hid some doxxing comments on my user page.

The RationalWiki page User talk:TiaC has been created on 16 February 2015 by AgingHippie, see for the current revision.
This is a new page.
Editor's summary: This is starting to look a lot like doxxing to me, digging up 10-year old forum posts

--TiaC (talk) 01:01, 17 February 2015 (UTC)

[edit] How?

How do you do the [citation needed] thing? Supper's Ready (talk) 20:16, 19 February 2015 (UTC)

{{fact}}. BicyclewheelModerator 20:19, 19 February 2015 (UTC)

Okay thank you. Supper's Ready (talk) 20:23, 19 February 2015 (UTC)

[edit] Fair use upload form

The "fair use upload form" on MediaWiki:Uploadtext (on the last line) doesn't work correctly. The "Fair use" link on RationalWiki:Upload does. (Both are supposed to do the same.) Also, RW may need some cleanup/maintenance of the file upload pages, as well as a general cleanup of the uploaded files.--ZooGuard (talk) 10:46, 21 February 2015 (UTC)

I believe any 'crat can edit Mediawiki: space. (Which appears not to be you, but there should be some around.) - David Gerard (talk) 13:20, 21 February 2015 (UTC)
Actually, I need a RationalWiki:Tech, but those seem to be in short supply.--ZooGuard (talk) 12:33, 22 February 2015 (UTC)
This is the first time I've ever seen that form. I will look at it when I get back to a computer tomorrow. Nutty Roux (talk) 14:32, 22 February 2015 (UTC)

[edit] Abuse filter request: YouTube talkpage spam

Is it possible to set the abuse filter to stop non-autoconfirmed users to post more than three YouTube or Google links on talk pages? It would help with the person who has decided that the best way to combat the Illuminati is spamming RW's talk pages with links to videos. Or I can just block them.--ZooGuard (talk) 12:36, 22 February 2015 (UTC)

Perhaps. How often is this happening? Nutty Roux (talk) 14:29, 22 February 2015 (UTC)
Couple of times per week an "IlLUMINATI ARE EVERYWHERE" dumps a load of links. Someone catches it every time. Scream!! (talk) 15:09, 22 February 2015 (UTC)
ZG, have you considered emailing Trent or Gerard to ask for a tech bit? Nutty Roux (talk) 15:30, 22 February 2015 (UTC)
Here. What were the requirements for a tech bit again? (Not that I have any objection, but I vaguely recall there were some) - David Gerard (talk) 16:55, 22 February 2015 (UTC)
We never really had any that I can recall. I usually use the standard that 1) they have to have been a good faith editor for more than a year 2) they have to have demonstrated some technical ability here and 3) they have to have the general trust of the community not to screw things up. John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt (talk) 17:19, 22 February 2015 (UTC)
Yer a wizzard, ZooGuard. Please don't break all of everything. (AbuseFilter is something you can break quite a lot of things with, as Noisebot has discovered - always test thoroughly.) - David Gerard (talk) 18:41, 22 February 2015 (UTC)
Thank you for using the Roy Wood spelling of "wizzard". BicyclewheelModerator 21:32, 27 February 2015 (UTC)

[edit] Error with Navsidebar in Politics articles

I get an error in the "Random strands and actors" section in each page with that Navsidebar, like Politics:

Extension:DynamicPageList (DPL), version 1.8.9 : No results found.

Super Dude, What does mine say? Sweet! 10:40, 4 March 2015 (UTC)

It's trying to pull two random articles from Category:Politicians, but there are no articles in that category - everyone has been sorted into sub-categories. I don't know if it's a recent development or not. I suspect that someone will have to shout at a certain user, but I don't have time right now to determine who's responsible and when it happened.--ZooGuard (talk) 11:57, 4 March 2015 (UTC)

[edit] Protecting pages (moved from Forum)

Can someone please explain how this is done? Are normal users able to do this? Thanks — — Unsigned, by: Mouse / talk / contribs contribs 03:47, 5 March 2015‎

It requires simple cleaning supplies and elbow grease. User:ikanreed User talk:ikanread 03:53, 5 March 2015 (UTC)
'Sysop POWERS'™ are required. Then it's a simple matter of clicking the 'down arrow' at the top of the page and doing stuff. Scream!! (talk)11:18, 5 March 2015 (UTC)
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