Manual for CatScan rewrite
- Now with examples! Now with information presented in a table!
CatScan3 is a powerful querying tool. A query is prepared in the CatScan3 submission form. See this CatScan3 new query form, with defaults set.
Defining your query
The fields that can be set in the query form are as follows:
|Language||Select project language code, e.g. "en" for English or "de" for German. Select "commons" for Wikimedia Commons||"en"|
|Project||Wikimedia project to be searched (wikipedia, wiktionary, wikiversity, etc.)||"wikipedia"|
|Depth||Depth of the category trees to search. 0 means to not use subcategories.||"0"|
|Categories||List of categories, one per line without "category:" part.||Empty||Appending '|' and a number will set the depth for this category tree, overriding what was chosen in the Depth field|
|Negative Categories||List of categories as above. Only articles which are not included in these categories will be accepted.||Empty|
|Combination||How above categories should be used:
*Category list: Lists subcategories
*Subset: All pages that are in all category trees
*Union: All pages that are at least in one category tree
*Difference: All pages in only one of the category trees
*At least (N): All pages that are in at least N category trees
Options available currently are "subset" or "union".
|Namespaces||The namespaces to use as potential pages||Articles|
|Templates||Use only pages that
* Box 1:contain all of the given templates
* Box 2:contain one of the given templates
* Box 3:contain none of the given templates
Enter one template per line, without "template:" prefix. Each box may be qualified by selecting "Use talk page instead"
|Empty||This option seems only compatible with templates defined in "template:" namespace. It cannot be used with templates defined in "User:" namespace. It cannot be used in the "Creator:" or "Institution:" namespaces that are used at Wikimedia Commons|
|Last edit||Show pages whose last edit was or was not made by a bot, by an anonymous user, or is flagged||Either, either, either|
|Last change||Date or time period of the last change on the page in the format YYYYMMDDHHMMSS (shorter allowed)||"Only pages created during the above time window" allows you to look for first change instead|
|Size||File size or size range in bytes||Empty||Allows selection of articles whose files are greater than one cutoff and/or less than another cutoff|
|Links||Number or range of internal links on the page||Empty||Allows selection of articles with many or few links|
|Top categories||Feature which is not yet available.|
|Sort||Feature which is not yet available, which would set sorting criteria for output.|
|Wikidata||Get wikidata, if available.|
|Format||Output format of the search results:
HTML : webpages
CSV : values in quotation marks , separated by commas
TSV : Tab Separated Values
WIKI : as Wikitable
PHP : as a PHP file
XML : as an XML file
|Do it!||Hit this to run the submission you have defined.|
Articles in a WikiProject
A request on the Talk page of this Manual: Find all mainspace articles within "WikiProject UK geography". Starting with a default CatScan3 submission form, just add "WikiProject UK geography" to the first box of the Categories row, and, just below, select "Use talk pages instead". Here is the query filled out. Hit "Do it!" at bottom. When run on 16 August 2015, the query required 1.5 seconds to run, and yielded a list of 21,408 articles. The list appears BELOW the submission form (which remains on your screen), so you have to scroll down to see the results.
Editors working on disambiguation seek to enlist members of a content area WikiProject, specifically WikiProject Canada, to help. A CatScan3 report is designed to find all articles having ambiguous links that are within the given WikiProject. Criteria applied:
- Articles having ambiguous links are within "Category:All articles with links needing disambiguation", so paste "All articles with links needing disambiguation" into the CatScan3 Categories field.
- Depth is set arbitrarily to 9, meaning that articles as far as 9 subcategories down from the "needing disambiguation" parent category will be found. (Searching to that depth is not necessary in this case but doesn't hurt.)
- Articles within WikiProject Canada have "Template:WikiProject Canada" on their talk pages, so paste "WikiProject Canada" into CatScan3's "Has any of these templates" field, and just below select "Use talk pages instead" as a qualifier.
- Only regular articles, not disambiguation pages, are wanted, and disambiguation pages are distinguished by having template:disambiguation, so paste "Disambiguation" into CatScan3's "Has none of these templates" field, and make sure "Use talk pages instead" is not selected.
- These criteria are implemented by this CatScan3 submission form, filled out. To submit the query, select "Do it!" at the bottom.
- When submitted on 16 August 2015, the query took 31 seconds to run, and results were a list of 255 articles. The results show BELOW the CatScan3 submission form, which remains in place, so you may see no change on your screen. You have to know to scroll down to find the results! That request was run with default Output format "HTML".
- To obtain the results in a Wikitable, in order to share them at a subpage of the WikiProject, the request could be revised to select Format "WIKI". This time the results, in wikitable markup, replace the CatScan3 submission form on your screen.
- To make a more useful list for disambiguators, set up so that DabSolver will open up on any item clicked, a several step process can be followed. Here the results were saved to Tab-Separated format instead, then brought into Excel, then a column was composed which concatenated simple text strings with the results, then that resulting column was copy-pasted. The results were pasted over to the English language Wikipedia page w:Wikipedia:Canadian Wikipedians' notice board/ArticlesNeedingDisambiguation2015-08-17 and were posted also within a scrolling window in discussion at the wt:Canada talk page. --Doncram (talk) 19:50, 24 August 2015 (UTC)
Detecting pages that have an anomolous combination of namespace and category/ies
Catscan can be used to find pages that are in a category (or combination of categories) that is not appropriate for pages in a particular namespace - e.g. Wikipedia administration pages that are in a category that should only contain enyclopedic articles. This can then be fixed (e.g. by moving an article to the correct namespace or by editing a discussion to insert a missing ":" where a category is being referred to). The first step in this process is to identify (using Catscan) categories that cause incorrect categorization (e.g. Wikipedia administration categories that are in article categories).
DexDor (English Wikipedia)