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Happy template editing! — xaosflux Talk 00:11, 23 December 2019 (UTC)

@Davidgothberg: I've added access for 6 months, this should get you going. Assuming you remain access please drop a note at WP:PERM in about 5.5 months and this can be increased. Please look over all the notes and links above before modifying protected pages. Best regards, — xaosflux Talk 00:12, 23 December 2019 (UTC)
Thanks. --David Göthberg (talk) 23:41, 25 December 2019 (UTC)

IPv6 support for template ((IP-user other))Edit

I must say it is an amazing way to detect IPv4 users without Lua. But things have changed these years and do we need a Lua module to make the implement less hackish and add IPv6 support as well? (I'm not so familiar with English Wikipedia and did not find a wheel to do so) Thanks, WhitePhosphorus (talk) 04:54, 25 December 2019 (UTC)

  Done - I took a look at it. I went ahead and updated {{IP-user other}} so that it now detects IPv6 user pages too. Didn't need Lua for that. The IPv6 detection part is actually cleaner code than the IPv4 detection, since it was simpler to detect IPv6 user page names. Note that the template now uses a {{IP-user other/core}} subtemplate, in case you are copying it to another wiki.
And thanks for pointing out the need for IPv6 detection. I looked around and noticed that some of our system messages such as MediaWiki:Anontalkpagetext only shows on IPv4 user pages. So now that I have updated the ((IP-user other)) template we can use that one to fix all that.
--David Göthberg (talk) 03:05, 26 December 2019 (UTC)
I have moved this discussion to Template talk:IP-user other#IPv6 support for template ((IP-user other)).
--David Göthberg (talk) 05:14, 28 December 2019 (UTC)


Welcome back, David! Is this just scratching an itch, or do you think it's likely to be longer-term? ディノ千?!☎ Dinoguy1000 17:03, 31 December 2019 (UTC)

@Dinoguy1000: Thanks! And well, only time will tell. But I won't be back full time, my other project is more important to me. But I might go back to periodic template editing. Right now I am updating/modernising some of my old stuff here. Like templates, MediaWiki messages, image descriptions for images I uploaded and so on. And answering (old) questions on the talk pages of templates and articles I used to work with.
--David Göthberg (talk) 21:55, 31 December 2019 (UTC)
Aah, I can relate; I've pretty well moved on to other things myself, as well. If you don't mind me asking, what's your other project? ディノ千?!☎ Dinoguy1000 22:55, 31 December 2019 (UTC)
I am a software engineer specialising in computer communication. Since 1997, and full time since 2000 I have been researching and teaching algorithms for totally serverless peer-to-peer networks with billions of nodes. Or in plain english: How to make billions of home computers cooperate without any servers. (Mostly on top of the existing Internet, but also in radio based ad-hoc networks = wireless mesh networks.) For instance, since 2006 we have all the stuff needed to build a Wikipedia without any servers at all. Just an application that the users install locally on their computer, and then all those applications cooperate to make a global Wikipedia. And yes, it could still have editing, version handling, edit filters, bans, different user rights like admins, and so on. People could of course also set up "servers" so users without the application could read and edit. But if/when those "servers" went down, those with the application wouldn't even notice and just go on reading and editing as usual.
I tend to edit Wikipedia for some months when I need a break from all that. Sometimes I get stuck here longer... :)
--David Göthberg (talk) 00:25, 1 January 2020 (UTC)
Ooh, that's some really cool stuff! Though I think a lot of it goes over my head. It certainly beats the pants off of anything I do... =)
Generally nothing I do here these days is nearly as involved as it used to be, but don't hesitate to ping me if you think I can contribute usefully on something you're looking at (though I also really doubt I have much to say on anything that you wouldn't have already considered). =) ディノ千?!☎ Dinoguy1000 05:50, 1 January 2020 (UTC)
Haha, thanks. Yeah, it has been the trickiest research in my life.
And thanks for the offer of help here at Wikipedia. I am out of practise so I might need it. For instance, today I resorted to ask for advice over at the Village pump (technical). It was nice to see that the Village pump still is a fast and nice way to get advice.
--David Göthberg (talk) 06:10, 1 January 2020 (UTC)

Signing messagesEdit

Doesn't Wiki mark unsigned messages using the poster's username? — Preceding unsigned comment added by DuncanMacC (talkcontribs) 00:46, 5 February 2020 (UTC)

@DuncanMacC: Well, both yes and no. The wiki software itself does not sign your messages. A talkpage is just another "edit-any-way-you-want" wiki page. But we have a bot (SineBot) that goes around checking edits and adding the kind of slightly ugly signatures as you now see on your message here. And sometimes when we edit a message in an unusual way the bot doesn't even understand how to sign it. So it is better to use the "signature and timestamp" button at the top of the edit window to get a nicer looking signature, and get it immediately. As I did in this message. That button adds --~~~~ when you press it, which is the wiki code for a signature. A common practice among "old" editors is that when we do forget to sign and we then later see that the bot has signed for us, then we edit the message again and instead add the normal nicer signature.
Also another thing we do (as I did in this answer) is that we usually indent our messages using the ":" wikicode. And we add more of those ":" for each message. But the first message in the section we don't indent. So open the edit window and take a look at the code for this section.
And another thing we sometimes do is the {{ping|username}} that you can see I did at the start of my message which causes the system to give you a notification that someone mentioned your username in the text.
--David Göthberg (talk) 07:57, 5 February 2020 (UTC)

Nomination for merging of Template:WrapEdit

 Template:Wrap has been nominated for merging with Template:Allow wrap. You are invited to comment on the discussion at the template's entry on the Templates for discussion page. Thank you. – Jonesey95 (talk) 04:23, 27 April 2020 (UTC)

Nomination for merging of Template:TldEdit

 Template:Tld has been nominated for merging with Template:Tlc. You are invited to comment on the discussion at the template's entry on the Templates for discussion page. Thank you. Bsherr (talk) 23:05, 10 August 2020 (UTC)