Wiktionary talk:Todo

Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to: navigation, search


Old discussions have been archived to Wiktionary talk:Todo/archive.

Common misspellings[edit]

A great many misspellings occur in our entries, even in headers. See Wiktionary:Todo/Misspellings, and add to it. Then, we can periodically search for and eliminate instances of the listed misspellings. - -sche (discuss) 05:40, 2 March 2014 (UTC)

Stray spaces[edit]

Stray spaces appear in a number of predictable/easily-findable circumstances, such as this. - -sche (discuss) 06:55, 13 July 2014 (UTC)

Instances of people starting with pl2= or other numbered parameters >1[edit]

According to TemplateTiger, this was the only example of someone using {{en-proper noun}} and starting with pl2= rather than with the unnamed first parameter. It might be fruitful to check if other templates have been used in the same way, i.e. with a second plural form ("pl2=") declared prior to any first plural was declared, particularly if (as here) no first plural is automatically displayed, and/or pl2= is set to whatever the automatically displayed plural would be. - -sche (discuss) 19:23, 1 August 2014 (UTC)

Tool for manually finding misspelt or unsupported parameters[edit]

TemplateTiger is a good tool for finding which entries use certain parameters of a given template, regardless of whether or not the template supports those parameters. Among other things, this can allow one to find misspelt or mistaken parameters, like the "compound=" or "current=" parameters formerly used in save-all and barrel roll, or the following misspellings of "head=" : "head]", "haed", "hwad", "heead". - -sche (discuss) 20:35, 1 August 2014 (UTC)

Middle dots as decimal points[edit]

Doremítzwr seems to have used middle dots as decimal points(??) in some entries, e.g. the depth measurement here. These should be located and cleaned up. - -sche (discuss) 03:59, 20 August 2014 (UTC)

Look for brackets in the displayed text of pages[edit]

If someone could examine the displayed text of pages (as opposed to the wikitext) and look for instances of {{, [{, {[, [[, }}, ]}, }], or ]], that would probably be informative. I imagine most occurrences of such strings are the result of mismatched brackets or bot-errors breaking templates across lines. - -sche (discuss) 20:11, 27 August 2014 (UTC)

I suppose one would have to have some sort of local wiki markup parser to do this. DTLHS (talk) 20:36, 27 August 2014 (UTC)
Is mwparserfromhell of use? - -sche (discuss) 20:54, 27 August 2014 (UTC)
I believe mwparserfromhell will only give you valid templates / links- it's not going to tell you if something is malformed. DTLHS (talk) 01:04, 28 August 2014 (UTC)
Wiktionary:Todo/bad links. I just looked for lines where the number of occurrences of "[[" doesn't match that of "]]". Technically links can extend over multiple lines (but they probably shouldn't). Looking for malformed templates is much harder. DTLHS (talk) 03:15, 29 August 2014 (UTC)
That looks like a very useful list; thank you! I've cleaned up a few entries already. One idea I may suggest in the GP is that we try to make an abuse filter that tags edits that leave a page with more [[s than ]]s or {{s than }}s, to alert us to new instances. I think abuse filters can do that; there's one than warns people against <ref> without <references/>. - -sche (discuss) 06:52, 29 August 2014 (UTC)

Commas after {{circa}}[edit]

A bot could check for an remove commas after {{circa}} (which itself adds a comma, making an additional comma superfluous), like so. - -sche (discuss) 19:43, 10 June 2015 (UTC)

Random excessive whitespace[edit]

Like this. - -sche (discuss) 21:47, 20 June 2015 (UTC)

Latin infinitives glossed as first-person forms[edit]

I've noticed several entries like this one, where the infinitive (not the first-person form) of a Latin word is given, but it is glossed as a first-person form. This is obviously incorrect regardless of whether one prefers to lemmatize infinitives or first-person forms. - -sche (discuss) 02:50, 29 June 2015 (UTC)

Untemplatized links to dictionaries[edit]

Should be found and templatized like [1]. I will try to do this myself. - -sche (discuss) 02:19, 7 July 2015 (UTC)

English terms spelled with Æ/Œ not marked as archaic/obsolete[edit]

For example, [2]. Some are valid (Æsir) but most are not. - -sche (discuss) 05:37, 30 July 2015 (UTC)

@-sche User:DTLHS/cleanup/english ae oe DTLHS (talk) 20:15, 20 August 2015 (UTC)
Thank you! If it's not too difficult, would it be possible to remove inflected forms of lemmas which also have Æ/Œ (e.g. œcologies, plural of œcology) — in such cases, it's sufficient that the lemma be marked; the plurals are generally not any more obsolete than the lemmas. Plurals of lemmas that don't contain Æ/Œ (e.g. cassiæ, plural of cassia) should stay on the list, since in those cases the plurals usually are more obsolete than other possible plurals. If that's too much bother, don't worry about it — I'll go through the entries on the list with AWB and can easily ignore œcologies-type entries. - -sche (discuss) 22:24, 20 August 2015 (UTC)
I don't really have an easy way to distinguish them, sorry. DTLHS (talk) 22:35, 20 August 2015 (UTC)
Since I’m responsible for a sizeable chunk of these, I feel obligated to express my regret that I’m making you clean these up. I was pretty ignorant and immature back then, but I realise now that I was acting inappropriately. --Romanophile (talk) 08:47, 23 August 2015 (UTC)

Miscellaneous additional periodic tasks[edit]

Misformatted/indented quotes[edit]

Maybe this is already covered here, e.g. Special:Diff/48477724. – Jberkel 21:39, 4 February 2018 (UTC)

It's not easy to determine automatically that a line contains a quote and not some other type of content. DTLHS (talk) 21:45, 4 February 2018 (UTC)
No, it isn't, but we could at least catch some specific types of malformation like the one in that diff, probably even with an edit filter (what do you think, @Chuck Entz?). #: '''[0-9][0-9][0-9][0-9]''' is another red flag (though may have some false positives?). - -sche (discuss) 21:59, 4 February 2018 (UTC)
@Jberkel User:DTLHS/cleanup/quote template line starts. Disclaimers: not all of these are errors, this is only for English entries, and this won't catch anything that doesn't use a quote-X template. DTLHS (talk) 22:42, 4 February 2018 (UTC)
@DTLHS: that's a good start, thanks, i'll work my way through the list. Jberkel 22:52, 4 February 2018 (UTC)
@DTLHS done. will this list get regenerated from the next dump? – Jberkel 10:24, 6 February 2018 (UTC)
Sure, if you want me to. DTLHS (talk) 16:18, 6 February 2018 (UTC)
@DTLHS could you run this again with the new dump? ta. – Jberkel 23:40, 23 February 2018 (UTC)
@Jberkel Done. DTLHS (talk) 01:58, 24 February 2018 (UTC)