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Your scriptsEdit

Can I clarify - what sort of testing are you doing on your scripts? In particular, User:Ohconfucius/script/Sources? They seem to be causing issues - see this edit and this edit, which broke the references and had to be rolled back. Of course, when the broken references were reverted, it reverted all the other changes - changes you were asked some time ago to split out into different edits. - Chris.sherlock (talk) 13:17, 4 May 2020 (UTC)

  • There are two scripts: a test version and a production version. I run the test script almost exclusively, and Tony is my co-beta tester. New features are first tested before being ported to the production script after a suitable period; errors in the production script are corrected with a much reduced delay. Although the script are split by functionality, I personally run them together for productivity reasons, otherwise there is the risk of making inconsequential edits (which are frowned upon). Tony does likewise.--Ohconfucius (on the move) (talk) 21:22, 5 May 2020 (UTC)
    • What sort of inconsequential edits are you referring to? It would be best to split up the functionality into seperate commits. That way it can be reverted more easily when necessary. It does sound like you need a sandbox with test input. - Chris.sherlock (talk) 23:38, 5 May 2020 (UTC)
      • An inconsequential edit can occur for example when I the MOSNUM script finds no changes except for updating the maintenance date parameter of the {{use dmy dates}} template.

        The scripts have been extensively tested for the most part because I wrote them several years ago; others have helped me refine them, and I am usually swift in acting on error reports. I run the scripts as a composite as there are generally very low error rates with the MOSNUM, formatting and Common Terms scripts; there is the occasional issue with the ENGVAR script because of the widespread and increasing use of terms like "color" within templates (and I always run it separately for a number of reasons); the Sources script is perhaps the most complex (but there's always something for it to fix) and I keep a close eye on the output. I assume that Tony has the same level of awareness of the issues involved. --Ohconfucius (on the move) (talk) 09:14, 6 May 2020 (UTC)

        • I don't think you are as careful as you think you are. In fact, I'm fairly certain that at some point in the past you have been told about replacing aliases. What I am suggesting is twofold - firstly, separate out trickier scripts into seperate edits for your more reasonable and solid scripts. And second, find the times where your script does fail and put it onto a test script sandbox, then when you release a new script you run it on this. I'd be happy to do this myself if you would like, I would only need to know when you have made a major change. I have no idea what Tony knows about - he certainly runs your script and doesn't appear to check the output as he was messaged recently as he hadn't noticed the problems his changes caused. - Chris.sherlock (talk) 13:07, 6 May 2020 (UTC)
  • I will fix the errors as soon as I can get back to my computer. --Ohconfucius (on the move) (talk) 21:25, 5 May 2020 (UTC)

The Hong Kong RMEdit

Hi, I had saw your write an oppose, so i wanted drop by and leave a note in response to the RM. That title was that because of an RM, but was renamed in contrast by the other guy. I wrote it because I just felt that it was appropriate. Starzoner (talk) 00:40, 11 May 2020 (UTC)

  • Thank you. I am unsure why you placed an "oppose" vote that you subsequently withdrew. Perhaps you could withdraw the move request?   --Ohconfucius (on the move) (talk) 14:20, 11 May 2020 (UTC)
    • not sure if it was appropriate for me to oppose it. I myself am ambivalent about it but I don’t think I ca withdraw the move request. Starzoner (talk) 15:10, 11 May 2020 (UTC)

Could you deal with this script stuff please?Edit

I want nothing to do with the person who posted this. Thanks. Tony (talk) 04:08, 23 May 2020 (UTC)

  • Tony, I'm sorry that an error in my script has caused you all this stress. I think I've now fixed the problem. Hope it goes smoothly henceforth. -- Ohc ¡digame! 15:17, 23 May 2020 (UTC)


Hi! Could you (and Walter Görlitz) do me a favor? Could you add //<syntaxhighlight lang=javascript> to the top of any pages you own in this list? This doesn't change how the javascript functions, but prevents the link from appearing in Special:WantedTemplates when it is regenerated. You will be able to tell if it worked by checking this list after the cache has regenerated. The Special:WantedTemplates won't regenerate until the 20th of next month. You can see an example of this hack in the top line of Wikipedia:AutoEd/htmltowikitext.js. If you do this, we can clear about 250 entries from the list! Thanks! Plastikspork ―Œ(talk) 17:32, 25 May 2020 (UTC)

Plastikspork and Walter Görlitz I think you need a // </syntaxhighlight> at the bottom of the page as well (based on my own tests in my own scripts). this is why it didn't remove the pages from the list you mentioned. Frietjes (talk) 20:55, 26 May 2020 (UTC)
I'll give it a try, but I'd be happy to delete it if the problem I saw in Ohconfucius older template is fixed now. Walter Görlitz (talk) 00:32, 27 May 2020 (UTC)
Thanks to all three of you. It looks like it worked! By the way, I believe <nowiki>...</nowiki> and <pre>...</pre> also work in disabling WhatLinksHere. I don't know if there is any particular advantage to using one over the other. But, in any event, the next database report will have 250 fewer entries, which is great! Thank you again! Plastikspork ―Œ(talk) 15:52, 27 May 2020 (UTC)

Something to ponderEdit

Hello, you may have already considered this, but after using your "products" since last summer, I have come to realize that it might be a natural move if you took GregU's (now retired) dash tool and converted it for use either in a stand-alone module or integrated right into the AWB toolset. From what I understand, it looks to be difficult to capture all the variations where the endash is preferred over a hyphen and. In the last six months or so, the developers of AWB have finally integrated the handling of that issue into the "typo fixing" aspect of AWB, but it falls short of GregU's efforts. Take, for example, how one particular article's dashes came out after using both tools:

Greg really did a knock-out job with his tool. This isn't a request really, as I'm sure it's crossed your mind, but if it did happen, I'd be first in line to take it for a spin. Thanks for all you've done. Dawnseeker2000 18:50, 29 May 2020 (UTC)

Scripting and Infobox ChineseEdit

You had forgotten to remove intermediate piping at One Country, Two Systems, please be more careful dealing with Infobox Chinese syntax. CaradhrasAiguo (leave language) 01:14, 30 May 2020 (UTC)

Speedy deletion declined: Kewal DheerEdit

Hello Ohconfucius. I am just letting you know that I declined the speedy deletion of Kewal Dheer, a page you tagged for speedy deletion, because of the following concern: Not unambiguously promotional. Thank you. GedUK  12:24, 5 June 2020 (UTC)


Hi, I don't know if you are aware, but there are a number of problems with reFill. (About 50% of the daily additions to Category:Pages with citations using unsupported parameters are due to reFill). The tool hasn't been updated since |dead-url= was dropped in favour |url-status= so any references using an archive-url that are filled cause an error. Additionally, it fails to add |archive-date= when the archive-url is from archive.today. Both of these problems are evident here. Regards. --John B123 (talk) 22:03, 21 June 2020 (UTC)

COVID-19 pandemic in IndiaEdit

Hi, just letting you know that your script assisted edit[1] at the said article, converted the "-"(minus) within expression into "-"(hyphen) at Line 61. I had to change it back. - Timbaaa -> ping me 04:15, 25 June 2020 (UTC)

Didier RaoultEdit


I am not a Didier Raoult fan, but when I just read the current article for the first time, and it is SO against him that I had to check.

Your Modification here is definitely NOT NEUTRAL. He DID find the Giant Viruses, and the cure of the Q Fever, thiat's why it is complex to apprehend him and his suspicious treatment.

Then there are other really suspicious modifications (Like here) where you remove all the start-ups he created with a comment Who care ?, but in the mean time, you add the mention that he was a bad student when he was a child. Are you serious ?? It might be true, but of course creating a start-up and/or a company is important for futur conflict of interest...

I will undo all of your modifications in the near futur if you don't give me an explanation.

--Roniee (talk) 08:55, 25 June 2020 (UTC)

  • @Roniee:What you said is mostly true, but there's a huge problem of compliance with policies about content that I offered a quick fix to. You're welcome to include material but I hope you will help ensure the article is adequately sourced. Regards, -- Ohc ¡digame! 09:12, 25 June 2020 (UTC)

    • @Ohconfucius:, thank you for your reply.
    • The current status of the article is so bad, with so many biaised references, that your modification didn't help at all.
    • I am sorry if it will upset you, but I will undo this specific modification where you have deleted 30k data just like that. I have checked the sources : some might be unsual, but his big works are reference by Science' and Journal of Virology'.
    • --Roniee (talk) 11:40, 25 June 2020 (UTC)
      • @Roniee: I wasn't so much upset by your comment as by your referring to my removal as "an act of vandalism". You certainly pointed out some shortcomings, but I often find articles like this which I have to remove huge chunks from. You should bear in mind that WP is not a scientific journal, and when referring to his major works, you need to ensure that they are properly sourced and presented with due weight in relation to his biography. The article in fr.wp is just as problematic and isnt a good model – all the citations from number 58 to 101 are authored wholly or partially by Raoult. Instead of attempting to prune the article down from its assembled unsatisfactory content (i.e. reinstate my deletion and then try editing it), I suggest that you rebuit the article from the ground up. It may be an idea to look for personal profiles such as the one that appeared in the NYT or Paris Match. -- Ohc ¡digame! 13:42, 25 June 2020 (UTC)

Revdels on the Falun Gong talk pageEdit

Can you explain why you made a series of revision deletions at Talk:Falun Gong? I want to know what to avoid in the future. Binksternet (talk) 21:26, 28 June 2020 (UTC)

DOT dates script fails nowEdit

I just dusted off your script to work on Roman Catholic Diocese of Nova Friburgo and it fails, silently, no action taken. I have disabled "New Wikitext Editor" in Beta Features. Elizium23 (talk) 17:09, 4 July 2020 (UTC)

  • @Elizium23:that's strange... I loaded your common.js script and the DOT script works on the page you mentioned. Must be due to something else. --Ohconfucius (on the move) (talk) 12:52, 6 July 2020 (UTC)


It would seem as though someone saw fit to revert Xi’s profile pic from this morning. I cannot find it anywhere on the Internet, either. Can a copy be found (not a screenshot)? George3569 (talk) 19:22, 6 July 2020 (UTC)

Thanks! George3569 (talk) 08:58, 8 July 2020 (UTC)

Emma González PageEdit

hi i saw that you recently edited the emma gonzález page-they now use they/them pronouns instead of she/her so i was wondering if we could somehow include that? thanks Vdanahy05 (talk) 17:04, 11 August 2020 (UTC)


Just letting you know something's fishy with this script. Sometimes it removes the display text in favour of the link, like this. --Kailash29792 (talk) 12:21, 20 August 2020 (UTC)

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Your Dash ScriptEdit

Hello, I came upon your dash script & think this could be fairly useful, but there is are two "issues" I'm seeing with it. First is the cleanup of date ranges. Per MOS:DATERANGE, it should be using {{snd}} or &nbsp;&ndash; for separation of the first date from the second date in a date range. Second "issue" is that I feel it be more beneficial to use &ndash; & &mdash; for the dashes conversions instead of the rendered dash. This makes it easier when editing in the code editor (or in my case most of the time, using Notepad++) to identifying when dash is actually being used instead of having to hunt it down in the preview. Thanks. ThePersecuted (talk) 18:04, 27 August 2020 (UTC)

Script opinion requestEdit

Would you mind offering an opinion about whether scripts for date formats would be possible per this discussion? And if the changes couldn't be automated to revise all the articles needing them, could a tag and link to the script be added to talk pages so that regular editors could run it? Thanks. --Light show (talk) 05:04, 31 August 2020 (UTC)

Technically, the script can be and is used to perform such tasks – flipping formats is just what it's written for. But you need to obtain consensus to change the date formats of articles governed by long-standing convention. US military articles are case in point. --Ohconfucius (on the move) (talk) 23:08, 31 August 2020 (UTC)

General formatting scriptEdit

Hi, General formatting script changes crore/lakhs to million, but about Indian articles, it's not preferable. I derived a script from this see User:Empire AS/General formatting.js. However, I wanted to remove the changing of crores into millions. I've tried to do it manually, but I know nothing about developing scripts. Can you tell me what to remove or add to just remove this units changing? Thank you. Waiting for your reply. --Empire AS Talk! 02:13, 5 September 2020 (UTC)

Empire AS, I'm not the script author but try either deleting or commenting out the sections labeled "remove Crores and Lakhs in templates converting to USD" and "remove Crores and Lakhs not in templates" and see if that works. Ionmars10 (talk) 14:31, 7 September 2020 (UTC)
Ionmars10, Ionmars10, I tried that already. But a problem arouse that it didn't 'de-capitalize' the words of a third heading. For example ===Background History And Release===. It stopped decapitalizing it to <owiki>===Background history and release===</nowiki>. Thank you. You may see here User:Empire AS/sandbox 1, that a heading is capitalized, but it isn't de capitalized after using both script. Did it happen with real script too or just with my derivative. You may test or verify. Thank you. Empire AS Talk! 14:44, 7 September 2020 (UTC)
Empire AS, this is because only certain common section names, e.g. "See Also", "External Links", and "Personal Life", are changed, according to my testing using the original script. This is similar to what AWB general fixes does, presumably due to the frequency of false positives (i.e. words that are actually part of proper names). So it doesn't appear to be caused by your modifications in any way. Ionmars10 (talk) 15:02, 7 September 2020 (UTC)
Ionmars10, now, I understood. I think that it caused due to my modification but in reality the original script also does the same, so the method was fine. Thank you. Empire AS Talk! 01:45, 8 September 2020 (UTC)
  • Please remember that en.WP articles are for all readers—not just those in India. Tony (talk) 10:09, 16 October 2020 (UTC)

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Sources scriptEdit

Hi! I use your fantastic userscripts all the time. For whatever reason, the sources script no longer appears on my edit window (I used it yesterday). I tried uninstalling/reinstalling but no dice. Just letting you know in case it is on your end, or if you had a quick fix.

Keep up the great work! Best Wishes, Lee Vilenski (talkcontribs) 17:41, 14 October 2020 (UTC)

  • thanks for your message. I have not made any changes to the sources master script nor to the underlying scripts since July/August. I would point out that other script-loading failure has been flagged for which I, once again, have no explanation nor time to address for now. I suspect that it may be due to conflict with one or more other scripts. Known conflicts are known to have existed with AutoEd, which may be at fault, or it may be another that I'm not aware of. I would suggest that you scrubbed your vector.js file and reloaded the scripts one by one or in small batches to isolate the one causing the problem. Best, -- Ohc ¡digame! 05:01, 15 October 2020 (UTC)
No worries. I should add that I hadn't removed/added any scripts before this happened and your other scripts work correctly. I'll spend some time looking to get a fix, but thanks for your response. :). Best Wishes, Lee Vilenski (talkcontribs) 10:00, 16 October 2020 (UTC)

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Lack of humor in EngvarB scriptEdit

Hi Ohconfucius, there seems to be a bug in your EngvarB script. I tried to run it on the article Joxantonio Ormazabal. It doesn't convert the word "humor/humour" in the "Career" section. Someone changed it to "humour" and I tried to apply "American" spelling but it only added the "use" template and didn't change it to "humor". After changing it back manually, as a test I tried converting it to "humour" but none of the three variants converts it. Not sure what's going on there, or if I'm doing something wrong... --IamNotU (talk) 21:26, 23 October 2020 (UTC)

  • Thanks for the error report. The bug should now have been fixed. Regards, -- Ohc ¡digame! 09:23, 24 October 2020 (UTC)
    • He says without humor. --Izno (talk) 13:28, 24 October 2020 (UTC)

Your scripts are removing non-breaking spacesEdit

Evidently, User:Ohconfucius/AWB modules/dmy and User:Ohconfucius/script/MOSNUM dates.js remove non-breaking spaces in places where they should be retained (e.g. https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Celebration_Day_%28film%29&type=revision&diff=985506798&oldid=973123876). Why is this? ―Justin (koavf)TCM 01:31, 27 October 2020 (UTC)

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Script errorsEdit


I'm posting this here in case you didn't get my tag on the script talk page.

I made this edit and, as you can see the script has changed magazine dates to exact dates. I did check the script and I thought something had maybe changed and we're only allowing one date now but then I've been contacted off-Wiki by another editor who confirmed that this wasn't the case. I opened up a discussion on the script talk page and Jonesey95 confirmed that the date ranges are valid per MOS and accepted by the citation template code. Therefore the script shouldn't change them. I fully reverted my edit, because I'd ran two scripts at once, I ran the other script individually here and you'll see that hasn't attempted to do anything to the date ranges. However, when I still try to run your script and select "DATES to dmy" it still tries to change magazine dates to exact dates. Is there a fix for this?-- 5 albert square (talk) 17:25, 6 December 2020 (UTC)

That is indeed weird. I'm a quite heavy user of the scripts, so I'll probably need to stop until this is addressed. I can guess (I'm no tech-head) that it's a new-template problem. Thanks for bringing it to our attention. Tony (talk) 11:05, 7 December 2020 (UTC)
Tony1 it definitely is very weird! For the example I've used above, "DATES to dmy" is definitely correct as this is an Australian article. Just to point out though I selected "DATES to mdy" on the same article though and got the same result. I did wonder if some changes had been made to a template somewhere and maybe the script needed updating?-- 5 albert square (talk) 16:44, 7 December 2020 (UTC)
OK, Ohconfucius is really busy in real life at the moment. He'll check in within a few days, probably. Tony (talk) 07:34, 8 December 2020 (UTC)
Ohconfucius is there any update on this yet? I've just tried the edit again and it's doing the same.-- 5 albert square (talk) 22:35, 31 December 2020 (UTC)
Happy new year, 5 albert square! Thanks for using my scripts. I'm very sorry, but I'm really snowed under even during these holidays and have not had time to run through the labyrinth of script to find the problematic regex that "corrects" magazine dates. All I have time for right now is to check in from time to time and make a small edit here and there when I check in. The horizon remains busy so I cannot promise when it will be fixed. All I can say is I'll try to do it in the near future. Best regards, -- Ohc ¡digame! 13:33, 1 January 2021 (UTC)
5 albert square: I think the problem has been isolated and the regex modified. Let me know how you get on. Regards, -- Ohc ¡digame! 19:37, 15 January 2021 (UTC)
Yep, seems to be! Thanks!-- 5 albert square (talk) 20:02, 15 January 2021 (UTC)

Precious anniversaryEdit

Six years!

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Lighthouses and militaryEdit

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Changing datesEdit


Just to let you know I've had a message left on my talk page about your scripts. They're changing titles of works, URLs, and established date formats. Example here. I have tagged you in the thread on my talk page but thought I'd also post it here in case anyone else can rectify your script.-- 5 albert square (talk) 01:39, 21 January 2021 (UTC)