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Talk to me — if you have questions or comments, feel free to post them below or send me an email. If you saw me edit on your wiki, it was probably related to the synchbot service (which maintains global user pages for others) or interface editor (which lets me maintain my user scripts).

About me — my name is Jesse. Nowadays I quietly write scripts, make the occasional edit, and love Shanel. Many moons ago I was an active editor and administrator on several wikis, a Wikimedia steward (2006–2014), a language committee member (2006–2011), an email response volunteer (2006–2011), and a Board elections committee member (2008 and 2009).

Do you mind running the synchbot for me again?[edit]

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Hey Pathoschild. You ran your synchbot for me a couple of days ago, but as it turns out, contrary to what I had believed, not all of my accounts were created. If possible, do you mind running the script for me once more? I've used Krinkle's GlobalSUL tool to create the accounts I didn't know I hadn't created and all accounts should exist at this time. If you could re-run the script, I'd greatly appreciate it. TCN7JM 01:59, 16 October 2013 (UTC)

Sure; just add a new request to do so. —Pathoschild 02:08, 16 October 2013 (UTC)

What are your edits on nl.wikivoyage?[edit]

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Dear Pathoschild, please explain your obscure contributions to the Dutch Wikivoyage. There is no problem if you do this in English, but the present pages are totally ununderstandable and need clarification. Thank you, DrMennoWolters (talk) 13:52, 17 October 2013 (UTC)

Hoi Menno, excuses voor het inbreken, maar ik vraag me af wat het probleem is. Pathoschild maakt op verzoek cross-wiki (d.w.z., op veel verschillende (zuster)projecten, waaronder de Nederlandstalige Wikivoyage) gebruikerspagina's voor andere gebruikers aan, zodat die gebruikers dat niet meer zelf hoeven te doen. Wat is precies je vraag? Vriendelijke groet, Mathonius (talk) 13:59, 17 October 2013 (UTC)
Hi Menno. I edit the Dutch Wikivoyage as part of the Synchbot service, which edits user pages for global users who have an account on that wiki (and on other wikis). For example, a user can ask to update their user page on all wikis (including the Dutch Wikivoyage) so they don't need to do it manually. This service does not affect any other pages. Does this answer your question? —Pathoschild 15:26, 19 October 2013 (UTC)

Request for deletions on kw.wikipedia[edit]

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Hey, I see you often perform deletions at kw.wikipedia. I was wondering if you could go through these 20 files I have nominated for deletion as they are already at Wikimedia Commons. They are in this category. Thanks very much. Delsion23 (talk) 20:28, 17 October 2013 (UTC)

Hello Del♉sion23. Please request the deletions on Steward requests/Miscellaneous, and we'll look into it shortly. —Pathoschild 15:31, 19 October 2013 (UTC)

synchbot request[edit]

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Hi Pathoschild!

I would like to ask you to make your synchbot put a copy of w:de:User:JøMa/vector.css on every Wikimedia project (including all wikivoyages, wiktionaries, wikibooks, chapters, metas and so on). There may be several of them already; then I would ask you to let your bot overwrite them.

Could you do me that favour please? Thank you very much in advance JøMa (talk) 17:06, 16 December 2013 (UTC)

Hi again! As you might have noticed, I found the correct place for my requests: User:Pathoschild/Scripts/Synchbot#JøMa and User:Pathoschild/Scripts/Synchbot#JøMa 2.
I'm not quite sure which obstacles there are – did I understand right that there's a server migration we are waiting for? Best wishes from Germany —[ˈjøːˌmaˑ] 11:21, 19 January 2014 (UTC)
Hi JøMa. Sorry for the delay; I'll be clearing the request queue this week. —Pathoschild 05:50, 20 January 2014 (UTC)
Oh, that's fine. Thank you! Am I right that a bot service for mass-changes of preferences is no longer active? :/ —[ˈjøːˌmaˑ] 13:51, 20 January 2014 (UTC)
Yep, Quentinv57's preferences bot was discontinued due to password security concerns. It might be replaced later with a script using the OAuth feature Wikimedia recently implemented. —Pathoschild 16:45, 20 January 2014 (UTC)

Are you migrating to Tools[edit]

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Gday Pathoschild. I am presuming that you are watching the lights dimming on Toolserver, though your tools are still there. Are you planning on moving and getting steward tools and setting them up in a shared space? Some of the CentralAuth links presumably in your git script are what keep reminding me. Thanks. — billinghurst sDrewth 15:06, 22 December 2013 (UTC)

Hi Billinghurst. All my tools (except stewardry) are already migrated and running on Tools Labs; I'll just waiting for ticket #55929 to be resolved before redirecting. —Pathoschild 21:36, 22 December 2013 (UTC)
Oh. So as CentralAuth tool still points to I am presuming that they are migrated though not operational, well not that I could fine by link following. Thanks for the reply and I will sit patiently content to know that something will be happening.  — billinghurst sDrewth 01:20, 23 December 2013 (UTC)
Pathos, bugzilla:58890 is supposed to be a usable workaround to get toolserver-level quality of crosswiki querying. Have you tried it, doesn't it work? --Nemo 19:16, 23 December 2013 (UTC)
Hi Nemo. Thanks for the suggestion, but my tools already access the databases by shard. The problem is query latency rather than connection latency. —Pathoschild 22:13, 23 December 2013 (UTC)
Too bad. Originally that feature was excluded from Labs so it used to be even worse. :( Glad you already managed to keep that feature in the rewrite/port too. --Nemo 09:35, 24 December 2013 (UTC)

Eligibility counter[edit]

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Hello Pathoschild, I see you migrated all of your tools to labs, including the AccountEligibility one. In light of the upcoming steward elections, could you possibly set it up for that? We're using the same requirements as last year :) Kind regards and happy holidays, Snowolf How can I help? 01:27, 30 December 2013 (UTC)

Hi Snowolf. I added it to both, though you should still use the Toolserver version until Labs issue #55929 is resolved. :) —Pathoschild 06:38, 03 January 2014 (UTC)
Thank you so much :) Snowolf How can I help? 08:52, 3 January 2014 (UTC)
A minor issue: The candidate requirements setting gives the info that candidates should identify prior to 08 February 2013, but that should be 2014 obviously ;) --MF-W 16:55, 3 January 2014 (UTC)
Fixed; thanks for pointing that out. —Pathoschild 17:17, 03 January 2014 (UTC)

stewardry tool[edit]

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Hello, Pathoschild!

I tried your tool today but it seems not working at Toolserver at the moment: I want to review inactive bots on ru.wikipedia, check all required fields on your tool's page but page is loading-loading-loading for ages :( I also found your Labs tool but it gives 404 error. Is it a temporary mistake? Thanks rubin16 (talk) 10:54, 16 January 2014 (UTC)

Hi Robin. The Toolserver isn't very reliable lately since they're deprecating it. Stewardry is the last tool not migrated to Tools Labs yet, though it will be soon. Sorry for the inconvenience. —Pathoschild 17:47, 16 January 2014 (UTC)
Stewardry was migrated shortly after my last comment. The Tool Labs is finally merging their datacenters; I'll redirect the old tool when they're done. —Pathoschild 03:05, 01 March 2014 (UTC)
thanks a lot rubin16 (talk) 09:17, 1 March 2014 (UTC)
sorry, but would you please give me the link to stewardry tool on Labs? It seems that I am not able to find it myself... rubin16 (talk) 10:22, 1 March 2014 (UTC)
The tool is located at, but the Tool Labs infrastructure isn't ready yet. Since ru-wikipedia is a large wiki, the tool will take some time to analyze the data regardless; I can query the data manually for you if it doesn't work. —Pathoschild 14:58, 01 March 2014 (UTC)
I suppose I would need your help... the tool shows nothing for me, when I choose "bots" group in and I am interested in the list of bots that haven't edited since 1 March 2013. Thanks for your help rubin16 (talk) 12:27, 2 March 2014 (UTC)
Here you go:
Pathoschild 17:24, 02 March 2014 (UTC)
Thanks a lot!! rubin16 (talk) 06:12, 3 March 2014 (UTC)

Last log event: Never[edit]

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What's going on here exactly? PiRSquared17 (talk) 03:07, 17 January 2014 (UTC)

Hi PiRSquared17. I fixed the incorrect data handling, which was caused by recent changes to Tool-Labs-readify the tool. Sorry about that. —Pathoschild 03:54, 17 January 2014 (UTC)

POTY 2013 Eligibility tool[edit]

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Hey Jesse, could you check and merge this pull-request? Thank you! -- Rillke (talk) 11:24, 18 January 2014 (UTC)

Merged into both branches; thanks for the contribution. :) —Pathoschild 18:07, 18 January 2014 (UTC)
Thank you. That was really fast. -- Rillke (talk) 18:43, 18 January 2014 (UTC)


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Please stop the bot! I found out there was a mistake in the code I submitted! I'm so sorry about it. :( --Sannita - not just another sysop 23:36, 20 January 2014 (UTC)

No problem. Just post the correction and I'll re-run the bot. :) —Pathoschild 23:38, 20 January 2014 (UTC)
Thanks :) --Sannita - not just another sysop 23:41, 20 January 2014 (UTC)
Ok, I fixed the code. Sorry again for the disturb. --Sannita - not just another sysop 23:46, 20 January 2014 (UTC)

Manuscript available for preview[edit]

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Hello Pathoschild-

I wanted to let you know that I have had a book chapter accepted for publication that draws on information from our early 2013 interview. If you would like to see a preprint copy of the chapter, please let me know. Thank you again for your time and assistance in understanding the work of bot operators on Wikipedia and Wikimedia. I hope this finds you well. UOJComm (talk) 18:03, 5 February 2014 (UTC)

Hello again. I'm definitely interested in taking a look. :) —Pathoschild 18:22, 05 February 2014 (UTC)


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Hello Pathoschild! I see that you created this template. It looks like everything is fine with the template. But when {{#babel:uz-N}} is used to display someone's knowledge of Uzbek, the text that appears contains mistakes. Specifically, the word "foydalanuvchi" ("user") appears as "foydalanuchi," which is wrong. Also, a straight apostrophe appears instead of an okina-like symbol. Where and how can I correct this? Nataev (talk) 11:23, 14 February 2014 (UTC)

We are talking about mw:Extension:Babel which is different from a template. I think that you will find that the language components are at translatewiki:Special:Translate/ext-babel. Over at translatewiki there will also be other components translated, or awaiting translating, into Uzbek that would surely could do with review too.  — billinghurst sDrewth 12:14, 14 February 2014 (UTC)
Thank you! I've corrected the mistakes at translatewiki. I've also reviewed the other components there. Nataev (talk) 05:25, 17 February 2014 (UTC)


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...for fixing my edit on the syncbot page. Recently I've been accidentally cutting things instead of copying them. I didn't even notice it that time :( Ajraddatz (Talk) 00:04, 28 February 2014 (UTC)

No problem. :) —Pathoschild 02:20, 28 February 2014 (UTC)


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Hi, Pathoschild. I am sorry to see you resign as a steward. Just wanted to say to you that I always admired your work on Meta. Wishing you the best in your life. --Meno25 (talk) 05:52, 1 March 2014 (UTC)

Thanks a lot, and congratulations on your re-election. :) —Pathoschild 15:12, 01 March 2014 (UTC)
Thanks indeed. You will surely be missed... Trijnsteltalk 15:24, 4 March 2014 (UTC)

Stewardry not working for Wikidata[edit]

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It looks like Stewardry is not working with Wikidata. When I run it, it gives me,

Could not perform query:
SQL: [56] CREATE DATABASE IF NOT EXISTS u_pathoschild /*9f9fd433*/ Params: 0 
Exception: SQLSTATE[HY000]: General error: 1290 The MySQL server is running with the --read-only option so it cannot execute this statement

It only seems to affect that wiki. It's affects my active sysop tool. Techman224Talk 04:45, 3 March 2014 (UTC)

Hi Techman224. This problem doesn't affect Stewardry on Tool Labs, where it's been rewritten and should be ready for use (with a redirect pending bug 55929). Do note that since Wikidata is a larger wiki, the tool may time out before completion; the rewritten version is significantly faster, but not fast enough for large wikis yet. —Pathoschild 05:29, 03 March 2014 (UTC)

Notice of review of adminship[edit]

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Hello Pathoschild. In accordance with Meta:Administrators/Removal and because you have made fewer than ten logged administrator actions over the past six months, your adminship is under review at Meta:Administrators/Removal/April 2014. If you would like to retain your adminship, please sign there before April 08, 2014. Kind regards, Barras talk 09:59, 1 April 2014 (UTC)

Thanks for letting me know. I have no objection to my admin flag being removed, and added a comment to that effect on the page. —Pathoschild 14:29, 01 April 2014 (UTC)
Thanks for your reply! Firstly, let me thank you for all the work you've done on this project in the last years, for all the time you spent here improving the project. I've removed your admin rights as per your comment. Thanks again! Regards, -Barras talk 14:32, 1 April 2014 (UTC)
On a related note, do you still need the importer right here on meta or shall that one be removed as well? Just asking as I'm doing some right clean ups here now ;-) -Barras talk 14:36, 1 April 2014 (UTC)
Feel free to remove that one too. —Pathoschild 14:38, 01 April 2014 (UTC)
Alright, did that as well, thanks again, Patho! -Barras talk 14:40, 1 April 2014 (UTC)

pathoschild-contrib/crossactivity: Links to toolserver[edit]

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Hi Pathoschild,
on there are still links to the toolserver left, which will be discontinued. At e.g. [1] the first two links in "Related tools:" point to the toolserver versions of the scripts. Please replace them with a appropriate tool labs version. As far as i see there are also some other files where urls need to be replaced. Regards --se4598 (talk) 19:47, 2 April 2014 (UTC) (originally reported on de:user talk:Umherirrender#Tool Crosswikiactivity)

Hello se4598. Thanks for reporting this; I fixed all links to the Toolserver, and removed Luxo's contrib since there's no working version (the Tool Labs derivative fails with a DB error). —Pathoschild 03:30, 31 July 2014 (UTC)

This is way easier[edit]

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Please keep it this way. Testing.

Pathoschild-contrib on go slow[edit]

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Gday bloke. Hope that all is well for you. I was usiong your tools well for a while last night, then about 8 hours ago they just ground to a halt. Other toollabs tools are working fine (from just a few checks) so I was wondering whether you would be able to take a look under the hood. On a side note, did you see that they announced that they have done some work on migrating to new database with different federated (?) tables that really speeds up queries. <shrug whether that is relevant> Thanks for the tools, and your continued support.  — billinghurst sDrewth 00:18, 26 July 2014 (UTC)

Hi Billinghurst. Sorry for the late response; we have limited connectivity on our honeymoon. The tools are working fine for me now. This may have been caused by some unduly heavy traffic on that day from 360Spider, a Chinese search engine bot. Let me know if you notice any other slowdowns.
I heard about the replicated tables. They don't immediately affect my tools since I already use connection caching for crosswiki queries, but they'll simplify the code (by removing the need for connection caching) and enable lots of interesting scenarios with cross-database queries. :) —Pathoschild 02:28, 31 July 2014 (UTC)
Woohoo! She made an honest man out of you. Congratulations to you both, and if it was a honeymoon, any connectivity while wireless, should have nothing to do with nets. Yes it came back a couple of days later, and that makes sense. Thanks.  — billinghurst sDrewth 03:29, 31 July 2014 (UTC)

Synchbot edit[edit]

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Hi, User:Pathoschild, I noticed your edit on the vls:wikipedia. Would you consider doing this for me too? Lotje (talk) 15:01, 21 August 2014 (UTC)

Hi Lotje. That edit is part of the synchbot service, which is open to everyone. Just add a request on the synchbot page and I'll take care of it soon. :) —Pathoschild 15:20, 21 August 2014 (UTC)


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Hello Vitor Mazuco. I updated your common.js page to the latest version of TemplateScript. This is just to enable automatic updates, so you shouldn't see much difference. If you notice any problems or have questions, let me know! :) —Pathoschild 03:47, 24 agosto 2014 (UTC)

Hi Pathoschild! Thanks so much! Vitor Mazuco Msg 00:10, 25 August 2014 (UTC)


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Hi Jesse, last night you tried to create the user site "Good afternoon" as I saw at b:de:Special:AbuseLog/3683 with the summary "global user pages (requested by Good afternoon)". b:de:Special:AbuseFilter/24 prevented to create the site. The filter definition contains the following condition:

! (
    title == user_name
    "sysop" in user_groups
    "bot" in user_groups

My intention using this condition was that your action is done as (global) bot (last case). This condition seems to be insufficient. Can you tell me a condition that allows you to create any user page? -- Thank you! Juetho (talk) 06:11, 27 August 2014 (UTC)

Hello Juetho. The easiest exception is probably user_name == "Pathoschild". —Pathoschild 15:41, 27 August 2014 (UTC)
Indeed. But what about the other global bots? I'll add contains_any ( user_name, "Pathoschild" ) etc. You'll be able to recreate the "Good afternoon" user page. -- Juetho (talk) 17:35, 27 August 2014 (UTC)
Per bugzilla:20850 you can use something like "global bot" in global_user_groups for other bots, but I don't have AbuseFilter access to try it. My edits aren't flagged as a global bot, though. —Pathoschild 17:46, 27 August 2014 (UTC)
@Juetho: the current solution also allows users to create accounts such as "Pathoschild 2" to edit any user page (because contains_any ( "Pathoschild 2", "Pathoschild" ) is true). Helder 17:54, 27 August 2014 (UTC)
@Helder I'm conscious of this problem and thought this may be neglected.
@Pathoschild Thanks for this hint. I'll mix both ways now - global bot and your name. -- Juetho (talk) 06:33, 28 August 2014 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Resolved. A useful solution for my problem. -- Juetho (talk) 06:33, 28 August 2014 (UTC)

Placement of TemplateScript in sidebar[edit]

Heyho. A question. With the recent rollout of global.js, I have found that the sidebar for user scripts can now be well down the list (where silly people like me have too many sidebar additions). Is there a simple means to position the scripts box in relation to the other additions? Thanks.  — billinghurst sDrewth 05:51, 28 August 2014 (UTC)

Hi Billinghurst. TemplateScript adds its boxes to the bottom of the sidebar, so loading it before your other scripts will move it up. If needed I could add an option to control the positioning. —Pathoschild 14:07, 28 August 2014 (UTC)
Gday. User:Erwin/stewardlinks.js and your stewardry script both push themselves up the order, which is okay in view, though means in edit mode, that the custom regex is scrolled off the bottom and is less than ideal. So either those other two scripts are less pushy when in edit mode (or I work out how to nullify them in edit mode), or there is a need to make TemplateScript more pushy. Thanks.  — billinghurst sDrewth 01:40, 29 August 2014 (UTC)

Synchbot sur fr.wiktionary[edit]

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Si nécessaire tu peux utiliser Synchbot pour supprimer un fichier sur fr.wiktionary, conformément à cette discussion. Donc le wiki peut être enlevé de la liste User:Pathoschild/Scripts/Synchbot#Which wikis are edited? au passage. Ce sera plus pratique.

Merci pour ta compréhension. — Automatik (talk) 16:56, 31 August 2014 (UTC)

Merci! :) —Pathoschild 17:09, 31 August 2014 (UTC)

Assigned global deletion rights[edit]

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Hey, if you didn't notice, I assigned global deletion rights to your account. I have them expiring in one year, but they could be removed before that if needed. Please let me know if additional rights are needed other than "delete". Thanks, Ajraddatz (talk) 16:50, 1 September 2014 (UTC)

Thanks Ajraddatz. :) Could you add deletedhistory (allows viewing deleted history entries, but not seeing or restoring revisions), deletedtext (allows viewing deleted revisions, but not restoring), and undelete (allows the undeletion of pages) for related deletion review? —Pathoschild 17:14, 01 September 2014 (UTC)
Added both. Ajraddatz (talk) 17:16, 1 September 2014 (UTC)

Deletion request on the Old English Wikipedia[edit]

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Hi, we need someone to delete ang:R - can you assist? Adriaan Joubert (talk) 07:58, 4 September 2014 (UTC)

Hello Adriaan Joubert. I can't delete it for you (I can only delete user pages as part of synchbot), but you can ask a steward to delete it on Steward requests/Miscellaneous. —Pathoschild 13:13, 04 September 2014 (UTC)
Espied and Yes check.svg Done @Adriaan Joubert:  — billinghurst sDrewth 14:06, 4 September 2014 (UTC)
Thanks! :) —Pathoschild 14:52, 04 September 2014 (UTC)
Thank you both! Adriaan Joubert (talk) 19:54, 4 September 2014 (UTC)

Wiktionary in Interlingua[edit]

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Hi! I am Chabi1, from the Wiktioanry in Interlingua and I would like to ask a changement of status to administrator of the Wiktionary as I am the only one writing in there. Would it be possible to do so? --Chabi1 (talk) 13:32, 5 September 2014 (UTC)

Hi Chabi1. Please see Steward requests/Permissions for instructions on requesting the admin flag. —Pathoschild 13:57, 05 September 2014 (UTC)

Why don't you have global autopatroller rights?[edit]

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Why you not have global autopatroll? No need to patrol for JavaScript? --Kolega2357 (talk) 18:35, 6 September 2014 (UTC)

Hello Kolega2357. The temporary global group I'm in (global-delete) isn't meant to have any other rights, and I think it makes sense to let local communities review my edits if they prefer. My other group (editinterface) doesn't have it either, but feel free to propose adding it. —Pathoschild 20:33, 06 September 2014 (UTC)

How can I correct MediaWiki translations?[edit]

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I've seen you editing many of the smaller African Wikis, and though you must know the answer to my question–I'm sorry if this is the wrong place to ask!
Working on the Tsonga Wikipedia for our Translation Project we were informed of a few errors in the localization of the Tsonga MediaWiki software. The following issues were mentioned by our translators/linguists:
Referring to the very bottom of the page when selecting Edit source:

  • Actual result: Komba kuringanisa
  • Expected result: Komba ku ringanisa
  • Actual result: Thsika
  • Expected result: Tshika

If not here, where do I ask for correction of this? Thanks, CFCF (talk) 09:17, 8 September 2014 (UTC)

[2]. --MF-W 10:24, 8 September 2014 (UTC)
Hello CFCF. You can improve the translations yourself by following the instructions in the above link (thanks MF-Warburg!). Let me know if you have any other questions. —Pathoschild 13:01, 08 September 2014 (UTC)

Can Synchbot edit only existing pages?[edit]

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Hi Jesse,

I would like to update (overwrite) my user pages on all wikis where the page already exists, but avoid creating a new user page on wikis where it does not exist yet. (Basically the opposite of the "skip existing" option.) Is this possible in the current setup? Not a big deal if it can't be done, but it would be preferable.

Regards, Tbayer (WMF) (talk) 05:04, 13 September 2014 (UTC)

Yep, synchbot has programmable requests. You can add a regular synchbot request and mention that in your comment. —Pathoschild 14:30, 13 September 2014 (UTC)

Re: Global user pages[edit]

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Hello Trần Nguyễn Minh Huy. Synchbot updated your user page on all wikis as requested. You can see the log of affected pages on your archive page. :) —Pathoschild 15:09, 13 September 2014 (UTC)

Thank you very much :) --minhhuy (talk) 17:48, 13 September 2014 (UTC)

Will Synchbot handle requests that were on User:Hoo man/Synchbot?[edit]

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There're a lot of requests [1]. Does they still needs to be done?--GZWDer (talk) 05:25, 15 September 2014 (UTC)

Hello GZWDer. The requests removed when that bot was discontinued won't be done now, but anyone is welcome to submit a new request on Synchbot. —Pathoschild 05:53, 15 September 2014 (UTC)

HotCat settings broken in global scripts[edit]

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I found that when I had active the line

window.JSconfig.keys['HotCatEditBoxWidth'] = 80;

that it basically killed the functionality of my global.js file. So I have removed that component.  — billinghurst sDrewth 00:58, 24 September 2014 (UTC)

JSConfig is a custom script in MediaWiki:Common.js, so it will only work on the few wikis that have it and will never work from global.js (which is loaded before MediaWiki:Common.js). This code should work for you instead:
window.hotcat_editbox_width = 80;
Pathoschild 02:22, 24 September 2014 (UTC)
Sweet for the fix. It had been intended as an FYI if someone whinges of a break, like doofuses like moi. :-)  — billinghurst sDrewth 04:29, 24 September 2014 (UTC)
Thanks! I'm migrating a few other users' scripts, so I'll keep an eye out for JSconfig. —Pathoschild 04:31, 24 September 2014 (UTC)

Re: Global CSS/JS migration[edit]

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Hello Béria. You have a global.js page which contains your global scripts for all wikis. Since August 19th, your global.js and global.css pages are loaded automatically on all wikis (see announcement). Since you already load your Meta common.js yourself on many wikis (see example), you may experience script errors or issues like tools being added twice. I can fix that for you by merging your local scripts and styles into your global pages, and deleting the local pages with synchbot. Do you want me to do that? —Pathoschild 18:26, 20 September 2014 (UTC)

Regarding your offering to fix my Global.js: PLEASE!!! :D Do fix it, and thank you for offering :D Béria Lima msg 21:40, 25 September 2014 (UTC)

Will do. I'll let you know here when it's done. :) —Pathoschild 00:41, 26 September 2014 (UTC)

Thank you again Pathoschild :D Béria L. de Rodríguez msg 10:17, 26 September 2014 (UTC)

I did this a couple of weeks ago. You can see the full log on your archive page. :) —Pathoschild 02:38, 02 November 2014 (UTC)

Dispute on Greek Wikipedia[edit]

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Καλησπέρα, Εγώ θέλω να με βοηθήσετε στην ελληνική βικιπαίδεια, διαφώνησα με κάποια απόφαση και μαζική διαγραφή κατηγοριών , δέχτηκα φραστική επίθεση από αρκετούς χρήστες και διαχειριστές επειδή συνεισφέρω απο IP, 2 είπαν δεν πρόκριτε ποτέ να δεχτούν άλλη απόφαση ούτε συζήτηση ο ένας διαχειριστής, με υποστήριξαν αρκετοί χρήστες και διαχειριστές. Σήμερα εφάρμοσα την απόφασή τους κι έβαλα κατηγορίες για διαγραφή, πάλι δέχτηκα φραστική επίθεση και διαχειριστής μου επέβαλε φραγή. Αυτί που μου επιτέθηκαν και με άσχημες εκφράσεις δεν επέβαλαν φραγή αλλά τους κάλυψαν, το πρόβλημα είναι οι διαχειριστές geraki και kalogeropoulos. Ο δεύτερος επανειλημμένα έχει κάνει κακή χρήση των δικαιωμάτων του και με ΙΠ και λογαριασμό και ο πρώτος δεν ψηφίστηκε ποτέ διαχειριστής και δεν απέκτησε ποτέ την συναίνεση της κοινότητας. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 18:14, 29 September 2014‎ (UTC)

el: (Μετάφραση) Γεια σας Δεν μπορώ να βοηθήσει με την διαφωνία σας, αλλά μπορείτε να δείτε διαδικασία επίλυσης διαφορών (αγγλική γλώσσα) για τις ιδέες για το τι μπορείτε να κάνετε στη συνέχεια.
en: Hello I can't help with your dispute, but you can see dispute resolution process for ideas on what you can do next.
Pathoschild 18:20, 29 September 2014 (UTC)

Custom Templatescript script not working[edit]

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I tried to make a custom button work on all namespace on User:-revi/common.js (second one), but it looks like it doesn't work. Can you help me fixing this? (Feel free to edit the page if needed.) — revi^ 15:50, 1 October 2014 (UTC)

Fixed. You can leave out the forNamespaces option if you want it in all namespaces. —Pathoschild 16:23, 01 October 2014 (UTC)
Thank you! Face-smile.svgrevi^ 16:24, 1 October 2014 (UTC)

Ajax sysop doesn't work on deletion form[edit]

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I implemented it on User:-revi/global.js, but does not see something like File:Ajax sysop on deletion form.png on deletion form @ kowiki. Is there any problem on my side, or your code? (As usual, feel free to modify my global.js when needed...) — revi 10:09, 7 October 2014 (UTC)

Hi -revi. This newer version should work better:
I can't test most of it since I'm no longer an admin, but the deletion functionality seems to work fine. Let me know if everything works — if so I'll migrate everyone using the old version. —Pathoschild 01:51, 26 October 2014 (UTC)
I checked delete on userpage, (block log shown, subpage shown) Special:Contributions (bot rollback shown). Though I didn't test patrolling things, I think it's ready for migration. — revimsg 06:34, 26 October 2014 (UTC)
I tested patrol thing on Commons, and it looks like new version is working well. — revimsg 17:41, 5 November 2014 (UTC)

Request for deletions on om.wikipedia[edit]

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Hi. It seems there is no admins on om.wikipedia. So Files have been in om:Category:Wikipedia:Candidates for speedy deletion for 2 years or so. Could you have a look? --MGA73 (talk) 18:50, 25 October 2014 (UTC)

Hi MGA73. I can't delete the pages (I can only delete pages for synchbot), but I added a request for you at Steward requests/Miscellaneous#om.wikipedia. —Pathoschild 02:03, 26 October 2014 (UTC)

Synchbot edits closed wikis[edit]

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I realized synchbot edited ten.wikipedia, which is closed. You should skip wikis where wiki is closed, no matter user has local account there or not. — revimsg 06:46, 2 November 2014 (UTC)

Closed wikis can only be edited by stewards, so it is no longer an issue.  — billinghurst sDrewth 11:19, 2 November 2014 (UTC)
Closed wikis can be edited by anyone with the editinterface permission — currently interface editors, global sysops, new wiki importers, staff, stewards, and sysadmins. Global renamers can also edit pages indirectly through the global rename tool, which moves user pages on closed wikis.
By default Synchbot will update your user pages on all wikis (including closed wikis) where you have an account, because that's usually the least unexpected result of a request. For example, ignoring closed wikis by default would often result in outdated or wrong information (especially if you have statements subject to change like "I'm an admin on X wiki"). Closed wikis can be excluded by request, or I can delete or revert changes manually for you on specific wikis. —Pathoschild 17:43, 02 November 2014 (UTC)
I believe the 'edit' right is required as well, so global sysops cannot edit closed wikis. PiRSquared17 (talk) 20:23, 2 November 2014 (UTC)
Hmm, there you go then. k and thx  — billinghurst sDrewth 22:11, 2 November 2014 (UTC)

Please vote for me on Tahitian Wikipedia[edit]

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Bonjour, Je me présente au poste de bureaucrate. Si vous voulez bien voter pour moi ! ;)voir ici

Ua horo vau i te maìtiraa no te riro ei "ìri hau" (bureaucrate) . A maìti na no ù !

Cordialement, --Juster (talk) 10:39, 10 November 2014 (UTC)

Bonjour Juster. Je ne suis pas un membre actif du Wikipédia tahitien, mais bonne chance avec votre élection. :) —Pathoschild 17:41, 11 November 2014 (UTC)

My Synchbot request[edit]

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Hey there I made a request and am totally new to this. Can you check it over and make sure I didn't screw anything up? Thanks! Eurodyne (talk) 05:19, 19 November 2014 (UTC)

Hi Eurodyne. Your request looks fine. I assume Meta should be skipped; do you want to skip any other wikis? —Pathoschild 15:02, 19 November 2014 (UTC)
Can it be possible to just run the bot on wikis where I am a red link? Eurodyne (talk) 15:14, 19 November 2014 (UTC)
Yep. —Pathoschild 15:30, 19 November 2014 (UTC)
Sure. I'd really like that. Please don't run the bot where I have content on my userpages. Thanks a bunch! Eurodyne (talk) 15:32, 19 November 2014 (UTC)
Is it possible to put my request on hold now? At the moment, I don't want Synchbot to run for me yet. Thanks! Eurodyne (talk) 21:19, 24 November 2014 (UTC)
Sure, I put it on hold. —Pathoschild 21:23, 24 November 2014 (UTC)
Ready to go now! Eurodyne (talk) 15:30, 2 December 2014 (UTC)
I've been waiting for a while... Would you be able to get to my request today? Thanks, Eurodyne (talk) 17:55, 11 January 2015 (UTC)
Yep. I'm going through the list now in chronological order, and you're next up. —Pathoschild 18:53, 11 January 2015 (UTC)
Will you be able to get on IRC at this time? Eurodyne (talk) 19:48, 11 January 2015 (UTC)
You can find me in #wikimediaconnect and a few other channels. —Pathoschild 20:03, 11 January 2015 (UTC)
Done! —Pathoschild 22:36, 11 January 2015 (UTC)
Ahh thanks so much! Eurodyne (talk) 23:33, 11 January 2015 (UTC)

Was User:G(x) renamed to User:V(g)?[edit]

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Hi, Pathoschild. Is this an unintentional error or a renaming operation? G (x) -> V(g) [3]? Greetings, Kubura2 (talk) 03:30, 24 November 2014 (UTC)

Hello Kubura2. The user was renamed; see the Synchbot request for more details. :) —Pathoschild 03:46, 24 November 2014 (UTC)

Ajouter l'espace de noms Portail sur le Wikipédia kabyle[edit]

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Bonjour Pathoschild, je viens de me rendre compte qu'il n'existe pas d'espace de noms correspondant aux portails sur le Wikipédia kabyle (wiki sur lequel j'exerce). Aurais-tu les droits pour l'ajouter ? Si tel est le cas, "Portail" en kabyle se dit "Awwur" ; de plus j'ai remarqué le l'espace de nom "Tallat" (Aide) est mal orthographié, la bonne orthographe est "Tallalt". J'ai posté une demande hier [4] mais je ne suis pas sûr qu'elle sera traitée vu qu'il ne s'agit pas du même wiki. Merci par avance pour toute l'aide que tu pourra m'apporter. --SalemB (talk) 09:40, 1 December 2014 (UTC)

Bonjour SalemB. Vous pouvez apporter une correction aux traductions d'espaces de nom sur translatewiki; il y a plus d'info sur la page principale du projet. Pour ajouter un nouvel espace de nom, il faut ajouter une requête sur Phabricator (voir un exemple). —Pathoschild 17:55, 07 December 2014 (UTC)

Preparations for StewMania2015[edit]

Hi P/child. Stewards' elections are imminent, and previously you have had tools available to assist in the process. So some advance notice that stewards would again appreciate your tools again, and if there are any modifications that need to be made for February could they be made and notified to stewards, if you are willing to assist. If there is anything that we need to know or do, then please let us know. Again thanks for your invaluable assistance in this governance process, it is appreciated by us all.  — billinghurst sDrewth 03:46, 11 January 2015 (UTC)

Hi Billinghurst. The 2015 election tool is now live. :) —Pathoschild 04:17, 11 January 2015 (UTC)

Page count not updated on Kyrgyz Wikipedia[edit]

Hi Jesse!

I know two bots (isabaeva and rahat) uploaded some 1300 new words in the Kyrgyz Wiktionary, but the counter on the main page remains at 3490. Please advise what is the reason. Shall there be some more action to be done to get the new words finalised, or some other reason behind?

Thanks! Bakai unsigned by Bakaizh 16:40, 11 January 2015 (UTC)

Hello Bakai. See mw:Manual:Article count for information on how the article count is calculated. It seems you need at least one wikilink in the page text for it to count. —Pathoschild 19:36, 11 January 2015 (UTC)

af.wikiquote and sq.wikiquote[edit]

Hi! Can you move af:q:Chateabriand to "François-René de Chateaubriand"? Thanks, --Epìdosis (talk) 10:34, 19 January 2015 (UTC)

And af:q:Chales Haddon Spurgeon to "Charles Haddon Spurgeon"? Bye, --Epìdosis (talk) 10:37, 19 January 2015 (UTC)

This is a nonsense. --Epìdosis (talk) 10:45, 19 January 2015 (UTC)

Another nonsense. --Epìdosis (talk) 10:47, 19 January 2015 (UTC)

And what is this? --Epìdosis (talk) 10:50, 19 January 2015 (UTC)

And this, is it notable? --Epìdosis (talk) 10:53, 19 January 2015 (UTC)

sq:q:Jim morrison has to be deleted or moved to "Jim Morrison". --Epìdosis (talk) 10:56, 19 January 2015 (UTC)

In sq:q:Receta gatimi I see only promotional links. --Epìdosis (talk) 11:00, 19 January 2015 (UTC)

And what is sq:q:Tregime nga fjalet e urta shqipe? --Epìdosis (talk) 11:04, 19 January 2015 (UTC)

Another promotional link. --Epìdosis (talk) 11:05, 19 January 2015 (UTC)

OK, I've finished. Excuse me for the bother. Bye, --Epìdosis (talk) 11:09, 19 January 2015 (UTC)

Hi Epìdosis. I can only delete pages as part of the synchbot service, so I marked those pages with {{delete}} instead. Please add a deletion request to Steward requests/Miscellaneous with a link to q:af:Category:Candidates for speedy deletion.
title status
Chateabriand ✓ moved to François-René de Chateaubriand
Chales Haddon Spurgeon ✓ moved to Charles Haddon Spurgeon
Jim morrison ✓ moved to Jim Morrison
Bonaparti biografia ❑ marked for deletion
Cilet i ndihmonte nena tereze ❑ marked for deletion
Fatjona ❑ marked for deletion
Fjal te urta ❑ marked for deletion
Receta gatimi ❑ marked for deletion
Tregime nga fjalet e urta shqipe ❑ marked for deletion ❑ marked for deletion
Pathoschild 19:11, 19 January 2015 (UTC)
OK, done. Thanks, --Epìdosis (talk) 21:29, 19 January 2015 (UTC)


Gday P/child. With this new concept of a central wiki page going through test, is it possible for you to consider extending the scope of synchbot to have an involvement? Thinking that those who have userpages could get those that are going to be in excess, especially where soft redirects.  — billinghurst sDrewth 12:37, 6 February 2015 (UTC)

Hi Billinghurst. It's great to see global user pages finally moving forward. Synchbot already supports deleting pages, so we just need to figure out when it's appropriate or inappropriate to delete a user's main page. (For example, is it appropriate to delete a user's main page on a wiki where they're currently blocked? Is it appropriate to delete their page on their home wiki?) —Pathoschild 15:08, 07 February 2015 (UTC)
Thanks Pathoschild. I saw your email to -ambassadors, though I was thinking even smaller approach. Could the bot selectively remove pages where a template like {{softredirect}} is in use? I know that on numbers of wikis that I went to the effort of putting on pages to point to my meta pages, or my commons page, or my WS page on the interlanguage WS. Whereas I wouldn't want to remove user pages where I have compiled local information.  — billinghurst sDrewth 11:19, 19 February 2015 (UTC)
Yep. The bot is very flexible, so it can easily accomodate most custom requests. —Pathoschild 14:08, 19 February 2015 (UTC)


Hi there, Pathos! How is it going? Hope you're doing well. It's been some years since we last talked. I just wanted to ask you —if your synchbot is still functioning— if you could add a tag to all of my userpages and talk pages (including those of my alt accounts Lester Foster and Küñall). Would it be possible? Regards, --Diego Grez return fire 00:16, 9 February 2015 (UTC)

Hi Diego Grez. I'm doing well; how about you? :) The bot is still active; you can place requests on Synchbot. What kind of tag do you want to add? —Pathoschild 01:38, 09 February 2015 (UTC)
I'm doing well too. I'm also glad you're fine. I want search engines to avoid indexing my user and talk pages, by adding at the top of the pages, a "__NOINDEX__" thingy. I'll make a formal request, Mr. Jesse :P Cheers, Diego Grez return fire 02:43, 9 February 2015 (UTC)

User:Pathoschild/2014–2015 global script migration[edit]

FYI: FrigidNinja is also retired.--GZWDer (talk) 03:09, 10 February 2015 (UTC)

Chihonglee is the old account of Gabrielchihonglee and is abondoned.--GZWDer (talk) 03:12, 10 February 2015 (UTC)
Thanks for the help. :) —Pathoschild 03:19, 10 February 2015 (UTC)

Re: Script migration[edit]

Hi Pathoschild. I must say I miss it: now I figure out why the tools appear twice. If you can do that for me, I'd really say thank you. Btw, is still possible changing the signature globally?--– 08:44, 10 February 2015 (UTC)

Can you still help me[edit]


I was away for a while, but can you still help me like posted here?

Thnks! Huib talk Abigor 21:09, 17 February 2015 (UTC)

Hi Abigor. I created a synchbot request for you yesterday, so it should be handled sometime this week. :) —Pathoschild 21:39, 17 February 2015 (UTC)
Great! Thnks! :D Huib talk Abigor 21:56, 17 February 2015 (UTC)

Delete userpages in the all projects[edit]

Hi. You can delete my userpages in the all projects? (except Ukrainian wikipedia and meta-wiki) I would be very grateful. — Green Zero обг 18:16, 19 February 2015 (UTC)

Sure. You can add a request to Synchbot and I'll take care of it soon. :) —Pathoschild 18:17, 19 February 2015 (UTC)

Didn't you answer?[edit]

I just replied to you on Meta:Requests for help from a sysop or bureaucrat, but you didn't respond. Next time, just reply when someone replied. Thank you. Bigwill91 (talk) 22:43, 19 February 2015 (UTC)

Hello Bigwill91. Most contributors are volunteers with competing priorities — you can't expect an immediate response at all times, nor is anyone even obliged to help you. Since Meta:Requests for help from a sysop or bureaucrat is a public discussion page, other users may also join in as needed. —Pathoschild 22:56, 19 February 2015 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

Vitruvian Barnstar.png The bot Barnstar
For your awesome bot that makes the migration to global profile page so easy. Tpt (talk) 08:32, 21 February 2015 (UTC)
Thanks! :) —Pathoschild 16:11, 21 February 2015 (UTC)

Bonjour, Jesse, I'm also Gloria S., but soon I lost..[edit]

...the password, in the first times I edited, so I think that that userpage is non more useful in any manner (please forgive my unperfect English): do you think it's possible delete it? Thanks, --Gloria sah (talk) 16:56, 21 February 2015 (UTC)

Hello Gloria sah. You can ask a Meta administrator to help you on Meta:Requests for help from a sysop or bureaucrat. (I can only delete pages as part of the synchbot service.) —Pathoschild 16:59, 21 February 2015 (UTC)


Hi Pathoschild, I'm not sure if it's possible to match all the infoboxes from the English Wikipedia to all other wikis (interwiki)? Are templates handled differently? DivineAlpha (talk) 01:28, 22 February 2015 (UTC)

Hi DivineAlpha. Each wiki has its own set of templates, and it's not possible to use one wiki's templates on another wiki. You can only use templates that exist on Meta in your global user page. —Pathoschild 03:01, 22 February 2015 (UTC)

Thank you[edit]

Hey Jesse. WikiThanks.png Thank you for cleaning up my (two sets of) user pages across wikis. Much appreciated :) Guillaume (WMF) (talk) 18:34, 23 February 2015 (UTC)

You're welcome. :) —Pathoschild 18:37, 23 February 2015 (UTC)

Re:Global user page migration[edit]

Hey, Pathoschild! Thanks so much! Érico Wouters (msg) 06:17, 25 February 2015 (UTC)

You're welcome. :) —Pathoschild 17:45, 27 February 2015 (UTC)[edit]

Hello. I've seen that you're the last no-bot that have edited gl.wikibooks, and in that porject it is not a users list, for instance. As an old user, I would like that that project will continue. My amount of time is not big, but I could collaborate almost to watch for the project. Greetings, --Agremon (talk) 17:03, 27 February 2015 (UTC)

Hello Agremon. I'm not an active member of that community (my edits there are part of the synchbot service), but the small wiki monitoring team is dedicated to watching small wikis like this and would probably welcome your help. —Pathoschild 17:49, 27 February 2015 (UTC)

Thank you so much…[edit]

Hi Jesse,

Thank you so much for your help deleting my user pages on so many wikis. You know the pain it would have been to request their deletions myself on every wiki, given that I don't even speak the language used by most of them. You've saved me so, so much time.

Thanks again and best regards — Arkanosis 07:31, 28 February 2015 (UTC)

You're welcome. :) —Pathoschild 13:52, 03 March 2015 (UTC)

Re: Global CSS/JS migration[edit]

Hello David0811. You have a global.js page which contains your global scripts for all wikis. Since August 19th, your global.js and global.css pages are loaded automatically on all wikis (see announcement). Since you already load them yourself on some wikis, you may experience script errors or issues like tools being added twice. I can fix that for you by merging your local scripts and styles into your global pages, and deleting the local pages with synchbot. Do you want me to do that? —Pathoschild 03:49, 21 September 2014 (UTC)
Regarding this, I'd like you to do it please. Thank you David0811 (talk) 11:20, 28 February 2015 (UTC)

Userpage protection[edit]

Hi again,

I'm wondering if you can protect my user page (edit: autoconfirmed / move: sysop)? I have no plans to move the page. DivineAlpha (talk) 08:16, 3 March 2015 (UTC)

Hello DivineAlpha. I can't protect your page since I'm not a sysop, but you can ask on Meta:Requests for help from a sysop or bureaucrat. —Pathoschild 13:56, 03 March 2015 (UTC)


Dear Pathoschild, there has been discussions on Wikispecies about a need of a tailor designed bot script. Is this sometimes we can discuss with you, or can you suggest someone? best regards, Dan Koehl (talk) 12:19, 4 March 2015 (UTC)

Hello Dan Koehl. Can you provide more information about what the bot script would do? —Pathoschild 03:25, 06 March 2015 (UTC)