User talk:Billinghurst

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Hi Andrew! Congrats with the oversight rights on meta. Don't forget to subscribe to mail:meta-oversight if you haven't done that already. Trijnsteltalk 19:41, 14 June 2014 (UTC)

Thanks, and I had done nothing as iut all happened while I slept and fulfilling obligations under the terms of the "she-who-must-be-obeyed/happy life" contract. I have invited myself and await their response.  — billinghurst sDrewth 09:14, 15 June 2014 (UTC)

Wikidata weekly summary #113[edit]


why you blocked me? Ive been working for hours and you simply blocked me! that's so embarrassing please unblock, thanks in favour -- 17:14, 20 June 2014 (UTC)

This block has been in place for quite an extended period, and my change, last October, actually softened the block.
11:36, 6 October 2013: Billinghurst ( globally blocked (expires on 21 February 2018 at 21:08, anonymous only) (edits · IP check · whois) (Open proxy:, converted to softblock)
The block requires you to login to a Wikimedia account to edit, and that appears to be due to spambots in the range. If you need to create an account, please create one at Special:CreateAccount.  — billinghurst sDrewth 04:24, 21 June 2014 (UTC)

Wikidata weekly summary #114[edit]

Wikidata weekly summary #115[edit]


I note that you have added to the blacklist per my request. However, I discover that it can still be added as a reference to the English Wikipedia. What have I missed? DieSwartzPunkt (talk) 16:06, 29 June 2014 (UTC)

"I cannot add it here or at enWP. Are you trying to add it to a page where it is a new link? Or is it a page where the link currently exists? If the latter, there is some sort of internal whitelist for existing links, or something like that. I have never been able to work out the arcane logic.  — billinghurst sDrewth 16:28, 29 June 2014 (UTC)
I have tried adding it as a new link (diff). DieSwartzPunkt (talk) 16:46, 29 June 2014 (UTC)
@DieSwartzPunkt: SBL doesn't work that way. It only works for hyperlinks. It will work if you entered but not for --Glaisher (talk) 16:59, 29 June 2014 (UTC)
Yes, it had just dawned on me as well. I omitted the 'http://' Doh! Thanks for your help anyway. DieSwartzPunkt (talk) 17:22, 29 June 2014 (UTC)
@DieSwartzPunkt: if you are concerned that the 'link' is being added as text, then you will need to get a local administrator to write an abuse filter to tag, or block the addition.  — billinghurst sDrewth 04:02, 30 June 2014 (UTC)
Not at present. the problem was entirely down to sheer incompetence on my part. DieSwartzPunkt (talk) 11:15, 30 June 2014 (UTC)
@DieSwartzPunkt: Ahem, that is my ™ … hands off! Face-smile.svg  — billinghurst sDrewth 11:43, 30 June 2014 (UTC)

Wikidata weekly summary #116[edit]

Abuse filter: new user youtube, &c.[edit]

I was attempting to create a page on in order to test some changes that went into 1.24wmf12 with respect to how references are handled in the absence of a references tag or template. In addition to testing what the entire page would look like without a references section, I also wanted to test section edits which require that I have a copy that is saved from which I can edit a section. Given that I was wanting to test real world conditions, I attempted to clone en:Kepler (spacecraft) into User:Makyen/sandbox/test references section/test01 (appropriately attributed in the edit summary, and with the categories removed). As it turned out, I ran into the global abuse filter "new user youtube, &c." which you recently edited.

I found it very frustrating to still be running into this filter even after removing all youtube references from the cloned text. I then went to try to view the filter to see what was still being detected and found that it is private. With this filter being private it is impossible to determine what needs to be removed from the text in order not to be detected. I would appreciate it if you could either make it public, or provide a title/description that provides enough information to know what to remove to not be matching this filter.

Obviously, I can find another real world article to test against. However, I have used this article previously for other testing and am familiar with it. I may, or may not get back to this testing after some sleep. Makyen (talk) 12:16, 7 July 2014 (UTC)

@Makyen: make a few ordinary edits anywhere on the wiki, and then you should be okay to go.  — billinghurst sDrewth 13:07, 7 July 2014 (UTC)

Wikidata weekly summary #117[edit]

sysop rights[edit]

Hi, billinghurst, it's one day after now. Please remove my rights. Thanks. --Pagony (talk) 22:36, 17 July 2014 (UTC)

Not to worry, it will be done. We have a process, built around case history, to wait a day, so we do.  — billinghurst sDrewth 06:23, 18 July 2014 (UTC)

Wikidata weekly summary #118[edit]


I need your assistance to unblock my IP

It is a soft block, which means that to edit from that IP address you need to be logged into your WMF account. If you don't have a WMF account, then you can create one at special:CreateAccount  — billinghurst sDrewth 04:55, 21 July 2014 (UTC)

Maithili Wikipedia[edit]

Dear Billinghurst, the Maithili Wikipedia project, although still in Incubator, has reached the strength of about 450 pages. Could you provide guidelines about getting it out as a full fledged Wiki - possibly --Muzammil (talk) 18:51, 21 July 2014 (UTC)

Not my area of expertise, let us ping @MF-Warburg, SPQRobin: who are far more knowledgeable in this area.  — billinghurst sDrewth 23:42, 21 July 2014 (UTC)


You're a retard for blocking me i did nothing wrong i use this to make the world a better place thank you. The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk • contribs) .

Oh dear, really? You have such manners, I so just want to help you more now. When you come back in a polite and mature way, I am happy to explain the easy way for you to edit.  — billinghurst sDrewth 07:34, 24 July 2014 (UTC)

crat/sysop on various wikis[edit]

Hey, may you just wait for few months... I am back, but I am doing mostly off-wiki tasks. However, it's possible that I will need Wiktionary and Wikinews permissions (though, not Wikibooks, definitely). I will have precise clue in few months, after I realize how much time I have, counting a number of (off-wiki) projects which I am starting now. --Millosh (talk) 12:57, 25 July 2014 (UTC)

@Millosh: Knew that you were back and around at some wikis, though presumed that for all wikis it wouldn't be the case. I dropped you the note so we didn't start to ping all those wikis, and you could resign those that you didn't want, and edit somewhere on each, so I could tick them off, and get them off the counter.  — billinghurst sDrewth 13:07, 25 July 2014 (UTC)