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Mass-protecting pages[edit]

Hello. I've seen that you've spent quite some time protecting a big batch of pages. I just wanted to tell you that I could in the future write a script for that (once I have the necessary rights) so that you don't need to do all that tedious work manually. The protection API is documented here: Just reach out to me! Fytcha (talk) 00:50, 1 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

It turned out it was worthwhile, because I moved one. BTW, sorry about that, I was a bit drunk last night. I was this close to going on a vandalism spree, but managed to control myself. Br00pVain (talk) 11:44, 1 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

A question regarding the admin tools[edit]

I've noticed that some of the preset reasons overlap to some degree:

  • Page deletions have both "No usable content given" as well as "Vandalism" (say someone creates a page with "aaaaaaaaaaaaaaa")
  • Revision deletions have both "Inappropriate personal information" as well as "Potentially libelous" (say someone writes something bad about "Chuck Entz")
  • Blocks have both "Adding nonsense/gibberish" as well as "Vandalism"

I take it it doesn't matter much which ones I use in these cases, right? Fytcha (talk) 05:24, 4 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@Fytcha: The preset reasons can't possibly cover everything, so just try for the best fit. I personally don't like to block people for "Vandalism", because I believe interactions with vandals should be as boring as possible. Such people like to think of themselves as evil geniuses like a James Bond supervillain, or clever tricksters outsmarting the normals, like Bugs Bunny vs. Elmer Fudd. Calling them "vandals" gives them too much of an antihero mystique. Anything I can do to drain the fun and excitement out of vandalism is worth it in my book. I hide edits a lot more than anyone else, because I would prefer not to leave souvenirs in the edit histories for the vandals.
I'm not saying you should do things my way. Find what's right for you. We all have our own strengths and interests. The main thing is to keep a level head and be as calm and as even-handed as possible. Not only does it help to be fair to sincere contributors, it also frustrates those who push your buttons to make you react for the feeling of power it gives them. You also need to be philosophical about your limits: no matter how good you are, there's always a certain amount that gets by you. It's not at all unheard of for things that should have been reverted or deleted 18 years ago to turn up with nothing but bots in the edit history. Chuck Entz (talk) 08:08, 4 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Thank you, that's some good advice; I will keep it in mind, especially the part about making vandalism as boring as possible. Fytcha (talk) 13:06, 4 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

How we will see unregistered users[edit]


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Instead of the IP we will show a masked identity. You as an admin will still be able to access the IP. There will also be a new user right for those who need to see the full IPs of unregistered users to fight vandalism, harassment and spam without being admins. Patrollers will also see part of the IP even without this user right. We are also working on better tools to help.

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Thank you. /Johan (WMF)

18:14, 4 January 2022 (UTC)

About Botero surname[edit]

Hi Chuck. I noticed that I got blocked from editing botero in Wiktionary in English. I know I made a mistake when trying to edit this page a few days ago, as I was still new in Wikipedia.

Now, I have learned how to use the editing tools better. How can I get unblocked? I already edited some Wikipedia articles on surname Botero, which is of Italian origin, in English, Spanish and Italian languages (same spelling but different meaning in Spanish, which doesn't correspond to the actual surname). Could I add/ edit some information to Wiktionary regarding this surname too?

I appreciate your kind feedback and value your expertise.

Thank you very much. --Diego Botero P. (talk) 19:21, 7 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]


Hey Chuck. Can I just mass-nuke these tvö hundruð, iki yüz and similar ones? WT:CFI#Numbers,_numerals,_and_ordinals says so but I'm a bit unsure, seeing that they've been here as entries for the better part of a decade (or even longer). — Fytcha T | L | C 〉 16:25, 11 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

I'm not a Dalek[edit]

but I have to ask you to explain. I do indeed think that your roleback is in error, because I was effectively arguing your party line. If you think I expressed myself poorly, I would appreciate if you could summarize thebargument in fewerbwords without all the subjective tangents; I can not. ApisAzuli (talk) 07:08, 13 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

I can't summarize something that I can't understand. As far as I can see it was a string of isolated fragments bearing no relation to what was being discussed or to each other. You even seem to be having trouble hitting the space bar without hitting the letter keys next to it. Are you okay? Chuck Entz (talk) 07:24, 13 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]


I'm Yahya (CentralAuth). I recently found a lot of pages that use the magic word PAGENAME or FULLPAGENAME directly. These should be substituted. Can you please grant the flood flag to my alternative account User:YahyaBot so that I can substitute all of those magic words without flooding RC? This account has bot flag on bpywiki. Regards, Yahya (talk) 15:59, 14 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@Yahya: You really should discuss this at the Grease pit. These range from simple things like [pagename].ogg to improperly substituted declension templates. I'm afraid that mass substitution of everything will just cure the symptom and leave the disease untreated. Chuck Entz (talk) 19:19, 14 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Edit removed[edit]

Hi Chuck, I see you reverted my edit on quotations for Maskhole. I have to clearly state that this reversion is incorrect. But the problem arises that as the inventor of the term to show any prior reference is impossible. I had hoped that you would understand from the secondary pun explanation (btw, a pun is 'a play upon words' and not necessarily funny, although most puns are designed to be amusing) how I came to invent the term and its multiple intended meanings. --10:22, 16 January 2022 (UTC)10:22, 16 January 2022 (UTC)~~

You don't understand. We're a descriptive dictionary based on usage. It doesn't matter who invented it, the question is: is it in use? Quotes should give an idea of how the term is being used. Except yours wasn't really a quote. It was more just you explaining how clever you were.
As for whether you indeed invented the term: I'm sure you did, but you may not be the only one, or even the first. I con't tell you how many times I've seen people post on entry talk pages to explain how they and their buddies came up with a given term back when they were in high school. At least half the time, it was easy to find usage on Google from years before that. In this case there's a very tight time window, so that may not be possible. Still, when you have hundreds of millions of speakers, the odds of multiple people independently coming up with the same word or phrase is actually fairly high. Chuck Entz (talk) 08:00, 17 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Hi, I understand the basis for your argument, but since I sent it to several late show writers after inventing it, I know I was first. But here we see the difference between Wiktionary and a real dictionary, which usually attempts to determine the roots and origin of a word. The example you give of high school buddies is specious (see definition 2 in wiktionary). But I also know it is fruitless when an editor makes up their mind. have a nice day. 13:38, 17 January 2022 (UTC)~ Zyzzy1 (talk) 13:38, 17 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Don't let the door hit ya! Equinox 17:24, 17 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  • FWIW, a cursory look through the results at google books:"maskhole" finds instances earlier than 2020. Most of these appear to be of a sense like "hole in a mask", presumably for a stencil or similar application, but I did also find this BBC publication from 1993 mentioning the 1986 song "Catcheel Maskhole" by The Nose Flutes, where the meaning is likely related to asshole. Album info here, which (for me at least) also includes an embedded YouTube player with "Catcheel Maskhole" as one of the videos to play.
(Incidentally, most of the returned books don't appear to actually include the search term "maskhole". If anyone knows how to get Google to stop returning such non-hits, I'm all ears.)
A quick-and-dirty search of the wider internet for hits finds this submission to the Collins Dictionary from January 5, 2020, so it's clear that this word, even with this specific pandemic-related sense, was coined before February 2020. ‑‑ Eiríkr Útlendi │Tala við mig 19:39, 19 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
(I am not the same person as above.) There's no way that is from January 5. It's from May 1. Most people in the West did not even know about the novel coronavirus on January 5, 2020. Compare Timeline_of_the_COVID-19_pandemic_in_January_2020#5_January. The very first confirmed case in the US was January 20, 2020. Masks certainly weren't widely used or recommended by the CDC until months later.
Also, if you look at other suggestion pages on the Collins site, the first number in the date format can go up to 30, which implies they're using DD/MM/YYYY. 19:51, 19 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@ Thanks for the check! I really flipping hate non-ISO date formats, precisely because of the very ambiguity I stumbled upon here. Wherever I've encountered XX/YY/ZZZZ date formats recently, these usually have the XX as the day, and YY as the month. For smaller values of XX and YY, it's impossible to tell with any certainty which is which. I vastly prefer the ISO standard YYYY-MM-DD -- no ambiguity, and dates even collate correctly.
The timeline of the pandemic is interesting, but by no means conclusive with regard to the appearance of the relevant sense of maskhole -- there are English speakers in places that have been wearing masks for various reasons for quite some time, such as the various countries of East Asia, and it is not impossible that someone may have coined the term pre-COVID. Without confirmable textual evidence, we can't say -- same as for Zyzzy1 above.
At any rate, that still leaves us with the 1986 song title instance of uncertain meaning, and the older instances pertaining to holes in stencils and other masks. The previous existence of the term maskhole, the behavior of various people with regard to masks, and the obvious rhyming overlap with asshole, all combine to make the pandemic-related sense a near inevitability. ‑‑ Eiríkr Útlendi │Tala við mig 05:50, 20 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
I do agree with the point about it being an inevitable development and likely independently invented multiple times. I just enjoying going down random tangents of research like this.
On that note, it's possible to find people on Twitter who used "maskhole" to refer to "an asshole in a mask" before 2020: [1]. Zooming forward, if you look at tweets prior to May 1, you can already see both pandemic-specific senses developing. I do think it would be really hard to find a quotation for anyone using "maskhole" to refer to a person who does not wear a mask prior to 2020, but I can't really prove a negative. Maybe in a surgical context or something. Other than that there was never really a social norm in favor of wearing masks in Anglophone countries, AFAIK. (It won't let me post Twitter links, so I used Nitter.) Btw, there's a Usenet use combining "mask" and "asshole" from 2001: [2] (but not really in either of the modern senses). 06:13, 20 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Request for help[edit]

Hey, if you will, can you help me with this module?--BandiniRaffaele2 (talk) 17:31, 19 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@BandiniRaffaele2 I'm afraid I'm not able to help you. I've spent a lot of time over the years patrolling CAT:E, so I have a general feel for how things can go wrong, and I use my knowledge of basic troubleshooting techniques and general programming background to figure out where the problem is. Once I find it, though, I give the information I've found to someone who knows Lua, because I've never written anything in the language. I don't know enough about the details of how Lua does things to work with the code. I make a point of never editing modules unless the fix is so obvious I already know it will work, and then only when things are bad enough that anything is better than the current state.
In this case, there were 143 module errors, 19 of which I had been looking at the day before, so there more than 120 new ones. Spot-checking showed that they all had the same error in the same module, which had just been created, and the code to invoke it had just been added to the template. I looked at the module and could see that it still had @Benwing2's documentation for another module in the comments, so it was obvious that you hadn't gone through the code in any systematic way.
When the module errors from your module cleared, I discovered a new and unrelated error that no one had spotted because of all of your errors. That's why it's so important to fix these things right away. Chuck Entz (talk) 03:39, 20 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
To summarize, the problem is that BR2 copied the module for Italian pronunciation, and then removed several variable and function definitions. The interpreter therefore complains that the missing variables are not defined. You can't expect stuff to still work after removing large chunks, without removing references thereto.
IMO, starting from such a complicated foundation (1000+ lines!) may not be the best idea anyway. Then again, if Romagnol's orthography/pronunciation is similar to that of standard Italian, then I can see the appeal of code reuse. You have to familiarize yourself to some extent with the existing codebase if you do that, though. 05:08, 20 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
In any way, thanks. Yes, I've chosen the it-pronunciation Module because Romagnol pronunciation is very close to Italian, despite some differences.--BandiniRaffaele2 (talk) 14:45, 20 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

User talk:BandiniRaffaele2[edit]

I think you didn't intend to delete everything else there, right? — Fytcha T | L | C 〉 21:21, 21 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Right. I have a 4-day work schedule, so I tend to be a bit thick-headed on Fridays until I catch up on my sleep. Chuck Entz (talk) 21:28, 21 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

diff needs to be hidden[edit]

This diff contains personal information that needs to be hidden from view. ·~ dictátor·mundꟾ 14:37, 25 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Done. Chuck Entz (talk) 14:39, 25 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Again here: diff, some NSFW stuff. ·~ dictátor·mundꟾ 20:42, 1 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Special:Contributions/2603:7081:802:7F4B:A11D:81FD:D019:6306Svārtava (t/u) • 08:05, 13 May 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Kudos from Taxacom[edit]

Here is an excerpt from an e-mail on Taxacom e-mail list:

"As such, I would never recommend this resource [Tropicos] to a zoological taxonomist who was interested in gender agreement.

"Honestly, a taxonomist needing guidance can do better looking things up in Wiktionary, which - despite a distinct small percentage of errors and omissions - is *generally* pretty reliable in giving exactly the sorts of details needed to adhere to the Code."

The author is Rafaël Govaerts. I don't know which Wiktionary(ies) he is talking about (English, French, German, etc), but it is encouraging that such an authority would recommend Wiktionary for any taxonomic purpose. DCDuring (talk) 01:27, 8 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

I suggest putting " [] *generally* pretty reliable" [] as our new slogan. Probably the only positive review we've had since this guy from Nigeria. Br00pVain (talk) 01:43, 8 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@Br00pVain: "Nigeria"? Who knows? They're now blocked globally as an open proxy. That means anyone can take over the internet connection remotely and no one will be able to tell where the edits are really coming from. How do we know that it's not you doing your usual smoke and mirrors? Chuck Entz (talk) 03:04, 8 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
OK, Chuck, we admit it was Wonderfool. All the dumb comments on this site are from her. Br00pVain (talk) 09:01, 8 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]


This user is back with their nonsensical and unsourced edits, promoting Punjabi as an etymon. They never do source their additions and when asked, provide unconvincing claims and assertions. Recently, it has been done at Special:History/ਪਿਓ and they've obviously violated the rule to not revert beyond 3 edits in an edit war, despite the RFV-etym discussion Wiktionary:Etymology_scriptorium/2021/December#पिउ (which they didn't even take part in despite being pinged, let alone providing sources). They have also done it a lot of times before also, starting all the way since their early edits. As you are a previously involved admin, I request a mainspace-wide block for the (numerous) offences committed (removing sourced etymologies, promoting Punjabi as etymon, edit warring, removing Old Punjabi valid sourced content, etc.) till now. Thanks. —Svārtava [tur] 06:43, 8 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]


Hello. Can you please check RecentChanges and block the vandal? Thanks. 02:26, 12 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Done. Thank you for not mentioning their user name. This particular person likes to show off their alleged cleverness at making up offensive user names as well a their vandalism. I find it's better to remove all trace of their actions, edit summaries and user name so they have nothing to show for their efforts.
Then there's someone who creates a user name impersonating me or someone they believe is associated with me based on online research they've done. Then they revert one of my edits to get my attention and do some kind of low-grade vandalism using the impersonation account. They just did the revert, so I'm sure they'll do the rest in the next day or so.
They don't realize how that makes them look: like someone reduced to following someone else around and feeding off of their reactions like a leech. I wonder: if nobody noticed, would they shrivel up and die? Chuck Entz (talk) 03:17, 12 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
I also think vandalism-only accounts especially those impersonating should be hidden. There is one more account name which needs hiding IMO. —Svārtava [tur] 16:59, 12 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Done. They showed up with the a trivial variation on the expected impersonation and did the expected vandalism, right on schedule. Not very creative. Chuck Entz (talk) 17:09, 12 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Are all these imposters (like the recent one) accounts of the same user? If so, wouldn't it be best to block their IP range by your check user tools so that they can not edit with any sockpuppet? —Svārtava (t/u) • 08:58, 22 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Request for addition to Template:inflection of[edit]

Hi - I wanted to request the addition of the term "sigmatic" to Template:inflection of. This relates to two archaic senses found in Old Latin: the sigmatic future and sigmatic aorist. It's also in use in Ancient Greek, though that isn't my area. This would go under the "sound changes" category in the documentation, as it involves the addition of an "s" sound just before the ending (e.g. adempsit, faxo, turbassitur).

My suggestion would be to add the shortcuts sigm and sig. Many thanks. Theknightwho (talk) 19:11, 23 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Administrator User:Vininn126's rollbacks don't patrol[edit]

Hello Chuck. As above, reverted diffs such as this one appear in my patrol queue, I also have the button to patrol it: Any idea why that is? — Fytcha T | L | C 〉 19:04, 24 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Hey, someone's gotta keep me in line. Vininn126 (talk) 19:16, 24 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@Fytcha: That's because he used the "undo" tool to revert it rather than "rollback". The latter marks the reverted edit as patrolled while the former does not. That's why. —Svārtava (t/u) • 01:29, 25 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@Svartava: Right. No idea how I missed that. Thanks! — Fytcha T | L | C 〉 07:58, 25 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]


Samuel as is šamu + el has the etymology outlined on Wikipedia proper with šamu meaning god as in heaven or the (upper) sky and el meaning high (the word el for god also meant high, similar to how sometime is your highness in English). 14:34, 2 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]


The above user made the same edits on two pages as Sarawon, which I reverted following your previous reverts. If this is indeed sock-puppetry, a block might be warranted. —Svārtava (t/u) • 15:25, 3 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

No surprise there. Blocked. Chuck Entz (talk) 03:50, 4 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Remove edit on 也[edit]

I do think there's an error when you removed the edit. Like I said in the summary, I looked at multiple sources that basically confirmed my changes. I actually wonder if there's not a confusion between Chinese and Japanese. Indeed, in Chinese, 也 can mean "also" and "too" (like it is shown in the article) but I saw no sources mentioning it in Japanese. If you have some sources that contradict it, could you please link them? 01:54, 7 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

We're a descriptive dictionary based on usage, not "sources". The proper thing to do would have been to tag the sense with {{rfv-sense|ja}} and post it on Wiktionary:Requests for verification/Non-English so that others can look for evidence of usage. If there isn't usage that meets our Criteria for inclusion, it will be deleted. While you obviously are concerned about the accuracy of the dictionary and you certainly know the language far better than I do, you shouldn't be unilaterally removing content (other than obvious vandalism, of course) without consulting the community of people who work with the language. Chuck Entz (talk) 05:03, 7 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Assyrian Neo-Aramaic articles[edit]

Hi there Chuck Entz, I was just wondering if there was a possibility to mass add "Request for translation" on a mass load of articles so I can then go and add an Assyrian translation. I am trying to add as many Assyrian articles for as many words as possible and it would really help me.

Regards, Antonklroberts (talk) 12:39, 10 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@Antonklroberts I'm not sure I understand. Why do you need a request added? You can find all the entries with translation boxes by searching for "insource:Translations". There are 125,546 of them. Mass-adding requests would result in a request category with the same 125,546 entries.
At any rate, I don't have a bot, so I can't help you. You might ask at the WT:Grease pit, but I don't think anyone would want to use a bot for that. Perhaps you need some sort of a list, which someone could generate from the dumps. Chuck Entz (talk) 16:17, 10 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Hey, don’t know how to message u sorry[edit]

Hey I’m actually Native American and Hispanic and study biotechnology and dna, some history as well and just wanted to add to it. Seemed like a lot of people didn’t know where the word came from or meant and the context of where it originated. I’m new here sorry if this isn’t the right way to message u Historical.Intellect (talk) 16:41, 11 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@Historical.Intellect: Except you're wrong. The usage by bigots is simply based on applying the n-word to anyone they don't like (pretty much everybody that's not them). There's no historical background to it. Chuck Entz (talk) 16:49, 11 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Abuse Filter 61[edit]

Can you show me Abuse Filter 61: Prevent new entries for numerals>100. I want to apply it on thwikt too. --Octahedron80 (talk) 03:14, 16 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@Octahedron80 I started out with a crude version that does math on the titles of new pages in mainspace to see if they evaluate to a number > 100, but I never developed it beyond that. I left it so it only tags edits to see how it works on real edits, and forgot about it. Before making a real filter out of it I would need to think through how I would want it to respond to the user, and what policy page(s) to link to. Looking through the logs just now I noticed a case where the entry title is made up only of digits, but the POS and definition are not those for a number- something that should definitely be allowed. I changed the description of the filter so it won't give the impression that it actually does anything. Chuck Entz (talk) 03:57, 16 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Never mind.--Octahedron80 (talk) 02:17, 17 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Rollbacking rights[edit]

Hello. Could you make me a rollbacker? Since I edit using mobile, reverting edits is sort of a nightmare for me: I need to switch to desktop mode to be able to compare selected revisions. Sometimes I even bungle at the job. As a rollbacker, I guess I have to report every single vandalistic edit at WT:VIP? If that’s required of me, then I’ll do so. ·~ dictátor·mundꟾ 11:34, 19 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Symbol support vote.svg Support, satisfied with the reverts; but I don't want to go through all of them, so consider getting back your autopatroller right -- just get over the fact that a vote of mine which you opposed passed. —Svārtava (t/u) • 05:24, 20 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
If that’s the case, then I Symbol oppose vote.svg cancel my self-nomination in the interest of patrollers’ wellbeing. Editors being able to edit locked pages should belong to a separate group: I’m not against that proposal itself, but bestowing that privilege on autopatrollers (which is a different group) is wrongheaded. ·~ dictátor·mundꟾ 07:13, 20 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
I didn't mean to discourage you, but the list of rollbackers says that all rollbackers are autopatrollers. I have really no idea how it bothers you so badly that you don't want it back (most autopatrollers just don't even care about this, not they need to). —Svārtava (t/u) • 07:42, 20 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Userpage abuse filter[edit]

Currently if a new user or anon creates their userpage, the edit is tagged as "new-user-page" but I'm seriously thinking it should be made a bit more strict (e.g. allowing only autoconfirmed users to create them, disallow such creations otherwise of the creator is not autoconfirmed) so as to reduce creations of meaningless/trash pages; and becoming autoconfirmed is no big deal anyway, so this would no way stop real contributors from having their page. As someone who has done plenty of work with abuse filters, what do you think? —Svārtava (t/u) • 17:18, 24 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

A resignation[edit]

Please revoke my administrator privileges. —(((Romanophile))) (contributions) 22:31, 30 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

While you're at it, you can revoke my privileges too. Notusbutthem (talk) 22:35, 30 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@Romanophile: Yes check.svg Done. Sorry to see you go, but we're all volunteers here. I left you the way you were before you became an admin, as an autopatroller and a rollbacker. You may not plan to use the rollbacker tool, but it doesn't hurt to leave you with it on the off chance you might stumble across the odd bit of vandalism. Chuck Entz (talk) 03:39, 31 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Thank you. I appreciate your cooperation. It’s still far below the compensation that I need for the damage that this community has caused me over the years—memories that trigger rumination and mood swings almost daily—but we all know that I’ll never get what I want if I ask for more.

As for my future participation… perhaps you can predict my involvement by analysing my activity this year. —(((Romanophile))) (contributions) 11:01, 6 May 2022 (UTC)[reply]


Hello Chuck, pursuant to the email discussion thread, I've noticed Fumiko continuing to edit prolifically, even modules, as with this edit (since reverted).

I think I just changed the permissions at Module:ja-pron to prevent Fumiko from editing this anonymously.

I'd appreciate it greatly if you could implement some way of at least preventing them from mucking about with the template and module infrastructure, as a whole.

(Pinging @Fish bowl for visibility.)

Cheers, ‑‑ Eiríkr Útlendi │Tala við mig 00:51, 8 April 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Category:etyl cleanup/en/LANG[edit]

Would it be possible to have an exhaustive list for all languages instead of a selected few? And I see that creating Category:etyl cleanup/en/de, for instance, doesn’t bring forth the required list of entries. ·~ dictátor·mundꟾ 16:37, 13 April 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@Inqilābī: the language-specific categories are controlled by lists hard-coded into the {{etyl}} template itself, which I'd rather not mess with. You can, however, get the same list by using insource:"etyl\|de\|en\|" in the search box. Chuck Entz (talk) 04:53, 14 April 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Thanks for the searching tip, it will suffice for the time being— but I still prefer to get all language-specific categories. So do you know anyone who could attempt to achieve that? ·~ dictátor·mundꟾ 23:18, 14 April 2022 (UTC)[reply]


I, too, used to believe that male cattle exist. But unlike you, I eventually realized it isn’t true. It turns out these things are nothing more than cartoon tropes done out of ignorance. The truth is, the chances of a male cow being born are the same as the chances of a male calico cat being born. Every time you refer to a cow as ‘he’, the only reason it isn’t saying “Excuse me, I’m a ‘she’” is because it doesn’t have the vocal chords required to do so. Male cows don’t exist in the same way male calico cats don’t exist — they are a biological impossibility. The “AnimalGenderBender” page on TV Tropes even mentions that male cows are unrealistic: “ You might not know it from the way they're portrayed in fiction, but farm cows and bulls are the same species, just different sexes. How about only female mosquitoes drinking blood? Or that female lions lack manes? Or only male cardinals are red? Or that it's male peafowl, not females, which are vividly colored and have trains? Animal Gender Bender is when all members of an animal species are shown to have a well-known attribute of that species, but in Real Life, only the male or female normally has it. So you end up with male cows, male blood-drinking mosquitoes, female lions with manes, red female cardinals, and female peacocks, as well as male goats with udders, male bees with stingers, female moose with antlers, spotless female snowy owls, female roosters, male kangaroos with pouches, female rams, colorful female betta fish with long fins, and so on. Prehistoric and extinct animals aren't immune either; many times you'll see a "female" Pteranodon with a long crest. Barring the theory that perhaps these characters are meant to be transgender, intersex, or otherwise an anomaly of some sort, it's best to assume that this is pure artistic license.”

I guess you and I both watched too much Back at the Barnyard growing up, huh? -- 01:58, 16 April 2022 (UTC)[reply]

You seem a little confused about terminology: "cattle" is used refer to both males and females, bulls and cows. At any rate, there's a difference between the word "cow" and the animal of the species Bos taurus. The word in its strictest sense refers only to the female of Bos taurus, but is also often used to refer to an individual of Bos taurus whose gender isn't specified. That's because there's no obvious alternative: "cattle" is a plural, so "a cattle" sounds wrong, and other words like beef are rare or regional, while "bovine" sounds more technical. There's a long history of words for animals changing their meanings over time: "pig" and "chicken" used to refer strictly to the young of those species. Chuck Entz (talk) 04:54, 16 April 2022 (UTC)[reply]
As for the animal, I've never had any illusion about their genders. I read a lot about animals as a kid, back in the 60's, and I knew the difference between cows and bulls.
And as for "Back at the Barnyard": I saw the commercials for the original movie and thought that showing a bull with udders was a really stupid idea. As a single, middle-aged adult I had no reason to see a children's cartoon, so I ignored it and forgot about it. Chuck Entz (talk) 04:54, 16 April 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Simple request[edit]

Could you please blank the page Wiktionary:Todo/Incorrect derivation templates so I can replace it with a regenerated list? It won't let me remove that much content at once, and I don't want to just lazily comment out the previous content, because the page size is already large and after adding the updated list it would be about twice as big. 19:23, 17 April 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Thanks. :) 19:53, 17 April 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Could you do it again? Again, much appreciated. 02:11, 19 April 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Yes check.svg Done. I wrote the filter that's blocking you from doing it yourself, so it's only fair. We used to have a problem with random IPs coming in and blanking forums and various policy pages. You can't completely prevent such things, but it's not as much fun if they have to do it just the right way to avoid tripping the filter- and draining all the fun out it is half the battle. Chuck Entz (talk) 03:30, 19 April 2022 (UTC)[reply]
While I was at it, I added a check for your current /24 range, so you should be exempt from the filter from now on. No one has ever done logged-out vandalism from that range, and I put the check last so the processor-time use should be negligible. It's the least I can do. Chuck Entz (talk) 04:03, 19 April 2022 (UTC)[reply]

I cant edit my user page or talk page[edit]

It says I'm doing that thing with the v in it but I. Not doing it can I be fixed Peyton pppppp (talk) 01:10, 23 April 2022 (UTC) Warning: This action has been automatically identified as harmful.[reply]

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But I'm not typing like that

@Peyton pppppp: your user name looks to the filter like vandalism (all those repeated letters). I've implemented a workaround, though I'm not 100% sure it will work. Try again. Chuck Entz (talk) 01:43, 23 April 2022 (UTC)[reply]

I have a new account and it works

Reverted edit on word 'caveat'[edit]

Hi. Okkult here, who removed the 'Spanish' section on the word 'caveat'. I'm curious to see whether you found an example of its use in Spanish. There's no dictionary entry for 'caveat' in Spanish nor could I find an example brought up in online context dictionaries. I personally agree that, should it be adopted in Spanish, it would likely be a loan from English since it's the lingua franca. Nonetheless, the English term bears no additional meaning that it's Spanish equivalents 'advertencia' and 'salvedad' don't already do. Perhaps that's the reason why the word hasn't been borrowed yet. Is there a citation or an inclusion criteria that requires a Spanish entry for this word?

Cheers, Okkult (talk) 03:31, 26 April 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@Okkult See our Criteria for inclusion. We're a descriptive dictionary based on usage, not on other dictionaries. It may be rare, but it can be found in running Spanish text on Google Books. Even if there wasn't any usage, the proper way to get it removed is to tag the entry with {{rfv|es}} ("es" is the language code for Spanish), and (preferably) post an explanation on Requesrs for verification/Non-English. People would look for usage and remove it if they don't find any. I always cringe when I see someone removing an entry because something "doesn't exist"- we cover all historical periods of all languages everywhere that we have evidence for, and no one knows everything about even their own language. By the way, caveat is originally a Latin word, so it could just as easily be borrowed directly from there rather than from English. Chuck Entz (talk) 03:56, 26 April 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Thanks a lot[edit]

Thanks a lot for changing the "Rhinos" category to "Rhinoceroses" in entries, and sorry I had to leave it midway after finishing the English ones since it was late night. —Svārtava (t/u) • 07:35, 28 April 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@Svartava: after all the stuff I've done with categories over the years, I have a system all worked out, with tabbed browsing, copypasting and keyboard shortcuts, so it didn't take long at all. I figured it would be easier for me than for anyone else. Chuck Entz (talk) 13:45, 28 April 2022 (UTC)[reply]

The plural of macuahuitl[edit]

The plural of macuahuitl is macuahuimeh. Macuahuitl is a Nahuatl word and follows that language's pluralization rules. Words that end in -tl get the suffix -meh when pluralized, e.g. axolotl --> axolomeh. "Macuahuitls" is a misapplication of English pluralization rules onto a non-English word. I concede that in the case of axolotl, the word is a loanword that has been adopted into English and therefore axolotls is an acceptable construction. This is absolutely not the case for macuahuitl, which is not at all assimilated into modern English. I hope you can agree that the use of the template {{en-noun}} is not proper and my change to {{nci-noun}} should be reinstated. Regards, Axem Titanium (talk) 22:28, 29 April 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@Axem Titanium: {{nci-noun}} can only be used in Classical Nahuatl entries because it adds the categories Category:Classical Nahuatl nouns and Category:Classical Nahuatl lemmas instead of Category:English nouns and Category:English lemmas. In addition, anything it links to is linked with "#Classical Nahuatl" appended, so it goes to the Classical Nahuatl section rather than English.
I also have my doubts about which plural is actually used in English, but I haven't had time to look in Google for "macahuitls" vs. "macuahuimeh", and there is also the matter of whether "macuahuimeh" (or "macahuitl" for that matter) is English or code-switching. Chuck Entz (talk) 22:48, 29 April 2022 (UTC)[reply]
I see, so my mistake was to use it in the #English section of that page, rather than the Nahuatl section? (I am clearly not a regular here.) If that's the case, then would it not be appropriate to use {{nci-noun}} in the latter section (which it currently does not)? The page in question is already a member of Category:Classical Nahuatl nouns and Category:Classical Nahuatl lemmas. Axem Titanium (talk) 22:54, 29 April 2022 (UTC)[reply]
@Axem Titanium: {{nci-noun}} is fine for the Classical Nahuatl section as long as you use it correctly (though I probably wouldn't be able to tell either way- my knowledge of Uto-Aztecan grammar pretty much stops at the US/Mexico border). Chuck Entz (talk) 23:03, 29 April 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Alrighty. Thanks for the pointers. Axem Titanium (talk) 23:05, 29 April 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Tawellemmet tamajeq Language code[edit]

On the page ؽ, why is Tawellemmet tamajeq language code (ttq) not working? Can you please try to ask someone to fix it? --ImprovetheArabicUnicode (talk) 11:11, 4 May 2022 (UTC)[reply]

@ImprovetheArabicUnicode: It looks like we only recognize Tuareg with the language code tmh, but I'm not that familiar with the Berber languages. You need to ask about this at the Beer parlour. Chuck Entz (talk) 13:34, 4 May 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Possible socks?[edit]

Both Dryvun and Gornorps were created minutes ago, and seem like the same user (?). —Svārtava (t/u) • 14:18, 4 May 2022 (UTC)[reply]

That's one possibility, but it's not enough to act on- yet. Chuck Entz (talk) 14:25, 4 May 2022 (UTC)[reply]