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Unwanted title lines[edit]

Shalom, may I remind you on User_talk:Ruakh/2014#Rukhabot_activities ? It depends categories where each item contains only one page and consists of only one letter. When you give a look to Category:Han character radicals (or present this view to the beer parlour) sure everybody will prefer the appearance to that of e.g. Category:Han rad sup or Category:Kangxi radicals or Category:CJKV radicals; only a few elements have that "| "-adding to prevent from generating the headline. When Wiktionary had a tool like the Visual Editor in commons, I would have done it swiftly by myself. But without, it is a very tedious work, which your bot can do in a hurry ? So I renew my request from 2014; and will come again in 2026 :-) sarang사랑 10:03, 3 February 2020 (UTC)

Wiktionary:Beer parlour/2020/February#Removing headers in categories for individual characters.Ruakh 07:29, 5 February 2020 (UTC)
I've done those three categories, except for [[むし]] which is some sort of weird template mess that you'll need to figure out. Any others? —Ruakh 04:55, 21 February 2020 (UTC)

hardkill, softkill[edit]

At some point it seems that you changed these entries from actual definitions to alt forms of the non-existent hard kill and soft kill. So now there's nothing meaningful there. What would be a good fix? Equinox 16:05, 31 March 2020 (UTC)

I think the best fix is to create hard kill and soft kill. Feel free to use the original definitions at hardkill and softkill as a starting-point, with the caveat that they were clearly not correct as written (since the definitions were verb phrases, whereas these terms are nouns). —Ruakh 00:20, 1 April 2020 (UTC)

Bot malfunctioning[edit]

Hi. I've blocked User:Rukhabot, as it is malfunctioning and deleting large parts of some of the pages it edits, as can be seen on Special:Diff/59224139 and Special:Diff/59223897. — surjection??⟩ 13:36, 27 April 2020 (UTC)

Thanks! The MediaWiki API seems to be having issues . . . —Ruakh 15:52, 27 April 2020 (UTC)
If anyone is interested: the issue was that the MediaWiki API is (or was) having some connectivity issues for large HTTP requests. The API documentation (at says to pass the edit token as the last form parameter, in order to ensure that a request is rejected if it gets cut off partway through (since then it will be missing the edit token); but I was using an unordered key-value structure (a Perl hash) for my form parameters, so there was no guarantee about the order of parameters. I've now switched to using an ordered structure (a Perl array), so the edit token will indeed be last; so if the MediaWiki API issues continue or recur, these edits won't go through.
Thanks again, Surjection!
07:02, 30 April 2020 (UTC)

Etymology of Book[edit]

Hi, I noticed that you once wrote on the talk page of book, and I remember you from long ago as having the kind of experise we need there now. If you have a moment, please call back and look at the comment I put on that talk page a few moments ago about the etymology of the English word. Great to see you again. --Doric Loon (talk) 16:10, 12 June 2020 (UTC)

Sorry, I definitely do not have that kind of expertise! But I agree that if different reliable sources give different etymologies, then we shouldn't just give one of them and ignore the others. —Ruakh 20:28, 12 June 2020 (UTC)

Error by bot[edit]


Special:Diff/60289907 seems like a mistake, or am I mistakenv?Jonteemil (talk) 21:23, 5 September 2020 (UTC)

Hi! Thanks for the note — I see what you mean. There was a line with just a space, which the bot didn't consider a blank line, so it added a separate blank line. In such cases the bot should probably just delete the space. —Ruakh 08:26, 6 September 2020 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done Bot now fixed, and all affected pages have been corrected. Thanks again! —Ruakh 19:10, 6 September 2020 (UTC)
Perfect!Jonteemil (talk) 19:05, 27 September 2020 (UTC)

Category:Tbot entries (Hebrew)[edit]

Hey, in case you'd forgotten about Category:Tbot entries (Hebrew), can I ask you to cast your expert eye over the remaining 11 (yes, just 11 left!) entries and see if you can de-tag a few of them? Thanks. --Java Beauty (talk) 12:34, 8 September 2020 (UTC)

Wow! Will do! —Ruakh 02:03, 9 September 2020 (UTC)
שעבר should be an easy one. --Java Beauty (talk) 14:31, 25 September 2020 (UTC)
Good! It wasn't an easy one at all! How about a little fish? סלתנית is definitely easy, they are stored in קופסת שימורים. Java Beauty (talk) 20:31, 26 September 2020 (UTC)
Done. And after that, the four remaining entries in that category were all either listed on RFD or RFV (or tagged to be listed, and I've now listed them), so I've removed the {{tbot entry}} tags as redundant. —Ruakh 06:11, 7 October 2020 (UTC)

't' -> 't+'[edit]

Hi. I notice you have a bot to convert {{t}} to {{t+}}. In the process, please also convert {{tt}} to {{tt+}}; these are the equivalents to {{t}} and {{t+}} used in conjunction with {{multitrans}}. Thanks! Benwing2 (talk) 15:58, 18 November 2020 (UTC)

Interesting! Thanks for the heads-up; I've now modified the bot to add support for {{tt}} and {{tt+}}. —Ruakh 03:04, 23 November 2020 (UTC)

Usage notes for Hebrew letters[edit]

Hi, Ruakh. Thank you so much for the usage notes you added to some Hebrew letter entries! They are extremely helpful and clear. Is there any chance you could add them (or at least pronunciations) to the remaining letters? Andrew Sheedy (talk) 03:33, 19 January 2021 (UTC)

Thanks! Yes, I should. —Ruakh 04:54, 20 January 2021 (UTC)
That would be great! Andrew Sheedy (talk) 05:54, 20 January 2021 (UTC)