Talk:Community Tech/Who Wrote That tool

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First and most obviously, this is super-amazing. Thank you for making it available. This is incredibly useful. Could it be made to work with pages not in article space? For example, I'm looking at en:WP:G5 and want to know when the last bullet point was added. WWT would be the perfect tool for that. RoySmith (talk) 22:18, 31 January 2020 (UTC)

@RoySmith: "Super-amazing" is maybe the best thing that a team can hear (thank you!). We're so happy that people are liking and using the tool. As for the including the tool outside the article space, we have included this question in our current investigation into the potential expansion of the tool. Overall, this request may be beyond the capacity of WhoColor API maintainers or the Community Tech team, but it's a great idea that is definitely on our radar. Thanks! --IFried (WMF) (talk) 22:49, 3 February 2020 (UTC)

Availability in other languages[edit]

Hi, What is needed for it to be available in other languages? Is it only translation? Seems to work really nicely, and it will allow individual authors to better present their work to the outside world. Good job? GoEThe (talk) 12:32, 7 February 2020 (UTC)

@GoEThe: Thanks for reaching out, and we're happy to hear that you enjoy using the tool! We conducted an an investigation to see if it is possible to expand accessibility of Who Wrote That? (both in terms of making it a gadget/extension and extending support to other languages/wikis). We found that there may be some challenges in expanding the tool to other languages (mostly due to lack of resources, at this point). For now, the Community Tech team needs to focus on other projects in our backlog, but we hope to see if we can expand WWT accessibility in the future. Thank you! --IFried (WMF) (talk) 17:56, 25 February 2020 (UTC)
I came to ask you the same question. Thanks for having developed such a tool which seems excellent for finding old problems (vandalism, copyvio...) in articles.
I just regret that it is not available on wp-fr. I am on a case of multiple copyvio of a contributor over more than 4 years hidden betwenn more than 3000 contributions... Such a tool would have been perfect.
Best regards,
Hesan (talk) 14:55, 7 November 2020 (UTC)

New feature request: rev number[edit]

Very nice. Please add revision number, as follows:


  • ExampleUser (talk | contribs) added this on [[Special:Diff/123456789|21 June 2018 5:28 AM]].


  • ExampleUser (talk | contribs) added this on [[Special:Diff/123456789|21 June 2018 5:28 AM]] (rev [[Special:Permalink/123456789|123456789]]).

Justification: the point of this request, is to expose the rev number in the clear in the pop-up. Anyone using this tool is very likely already experienced and probably hand-rolls their own permalinks and Diffs. Please help make this tool even more efficient for us, by not making us extract the rev number from the timestamp, and just display it. Adding the permalink is a nice-to-have, to see what context was like at that time; but for me at least, what's important here is a copy-pasteable rev number in the clear. Thanks; nice tool.

P.S. The idea was inspired by script w:User:BrandonXLF/ShowRevisionID.js, which I heartily recommend. Mathglot (talk) 21:49, 22 November 2020 (UTC)

Getting an error message[edit]

Hi, I'm getting an error message when I try to use the tool. Thanks MassiveEartha (talk) 18:16, 12 April 2021 (UTC)

Same here, at this time. Mathglot (talk) 19:51, 12 April 2021 (UTC)
@MassiveEartha: What error message do you get? What browser and browser version are you using? The operating system and the extension version may also help debugging, although it looks like the extension hasn’t been updated for a while. —Tacsipacsi (talk) 20:14, 12 April 2021 (UTC)
I'm also getting an error (and thank you for creating the tool, I find it very useful). I'm using Firefox version 82.0.3, though am just installing 87.0 to see if that helps (edit: no difference with version 87.0). The error message I get is "Error: Refresh or try again later. If the issue persists, contact us". Tacyarg (talk) 20:20, 12 April 2021 (UTC) (edit: working again for me Tacyarg (talk) 20:06, 15 April 2021 (UTC))
Ditto, newest version of Google Chrome and on OSX catalina. Same error message. Sennecaster (talk) 20:25, 12 April 2021 (UTC)
I wasn’t able to reproduce the issue. I tried three random articles on German Wikipedia, each with a different browser (Firefox 78.9.0, Firefox 88, Chromium 89) on Debian GNU/Linux 10 “buster”, all of them seem to work. However, I’m not a developer of this tool, just wanted to collect some basic debugging data, so maybe a developer can find out what’s going on. —Tacsipacsi (talk) 23:20, 12 April 2021 (UTC)
@MassiveEartha, Mathglot, Tacyarg, Sennecaster, and Tacsipacsi: Thank you all for either reporting or testing the issue! I just conducted some basic tests of the tool, and it was working for me. In that case, can someone write a ticket on Phabricator with full steps to reproduce the bug (including the specific pages where this error occurred)? Once a ticket is written, we can investigate the root cause as a team. Thank you in advance! --IFried (WMF) (talk) 20:22, 15 April 2021 (UTC)
Seems to have been transient, as I cannot reproduce it now. Fwiw, I was using Vivaldi 3.5 (64-bit) on Windows 10. Mathglot (talk) 20:35, 15 April 2021 (UTC)
Okay, thanks for letting us know! We'll continue to monitor the situation, and please feel free to write a Phabricator ticket if the issue arises again. Thanks! --IFried (WMF) (talk) 20:38, 15 April 2021 (UTC)
The SSL certificate used by (the external service that powers Who Wrote That?) expired and that was the cause of this outage. It was fixed sometime around 00:00 UTC on April 13. MusikAnimal (WMF) (talk) 21:46, 15 April 2021 (UTC)