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MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 14:51, 29 April 2016 (UTC)

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Weird assessment of my Support Desk query (below) as a Temporary mass spambot attack![edit]

Hi Billinghurst - we came across each other some years ago on Wikisource (US Statutes at Large Vol. 33!). Apologies for bothering you, but I need an administrator, and I hope therefore that this isn't the sort of Stewards' business you don't deal with any more.

I have tried three times to post slight variations on the below query at the MediaWiki Support Desk, but it has been rejected twice as spam and once as a Temporary mass spambot attack (little old me - I guess I should be honoured!) I variously removed all the <nowiki>...</nowiki> statements surrounding the template calls and replaced the double curly brackets with double parentheses, removed all wiki markup etc., etc. but all in vain - it's still rated as Spam.

Are you able to help, either yourself, or by posting my query at the MediaWiki Support Desk for me, please? I chose you because you were the first admin name on the list which I knew, but I see that you're a Wikidata guru too, so maybe you are the RIGHT admin to ask after all!

Here's my query:

I'm using a local installation of MediaWiki v.1.23.13 for a family genealogy project.

Is there a template or extension which will let me extract specific template variables (date of birth and date of death in this case) automatically from one page into another? In other words, how can I extract variables defined in the page entitled John Smith by templates {{birth date|1920|01|01}} and {{death date and age|1940|12|01|1920|015|01}} to display them on the Smith family tree page which (manually - VERY manually!) aggregates many people on one page using the {{chart}} template, with each box containing that person's name, dob and dod - i.e.:


Each of the people cited on the family tree page has a page in their own name, including an {{infobox}} with the two date of birth/death templates included. Currently, I'm just adding date of birth and date of death manually to the {{chart}}, so automation would MASSIVELY help with consistency of data and speed of creation of the chart pages. I was wondering if {{Persondata}}) might be the answer, but I can't seem to work out how to use it since it's been deprecated, and WikiData seems a little opaque on the matter! Hope that's clear, and thank you in advance.

Charles CharlesSpencer (talk) 15:00, 13 May 2016 (UTC) Error in Template:Replyto: Username not given.

@CharlesSpencer: the abuse filter at mw: has been updated, so that issue should be circumvented. Re your query, I think that you are wanting to do something with LUA and the module: namespace. (not my area of expertise). You might also look at something like mw:Extension:DynamicPageList. Looking at s:Special:Version gives pointers to some of this stuff.  — billinghurst sDrewth 05:15, 14 May 2016 (UTC)
Thanks for your help - I'll give all that a go! CharlesSpencer (talk) 18:48, 15 May 2016 (UTC)

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