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TO DO — DNB footer initials

billinghurst sDrewth 12:42, 20 March 2017 (UTC)

Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Note to self and anyone else interested.

Category:Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania should it be a portal too? If yes, we really need a means to autopopulate (minor) portals so we do not have do lots of work in that space.

If it is not, we need to look to adapt {{authority control}} so it can be utilised with arbitrary access to WD so AC can be filled on such a page. — billinghurst sDrewth 06:26, 20 April 2017 (UTC)

Move template data to WD

Category:Pages using authority control with parameters has pages with {{authority control}} data that should be housed on the WD page of the item. Look to set to utilise PLbot to move the data to WD, save some queries on its use and set up tracking. Need to be a good lad and set up fully-fledged maintenance pages. Oh for more time! — billinghurst sDrewth 06:31, 20 April 2017 (UTC)

To review

billinghurst sDrewth 12:35, 20 March 2018 (UTC)

template:OGL needs an author: ns version created for use. Currently only has works version.

header WP links and the use of main subject at WD

have a check to see that where we have (encyclopaedic) pages in main namespace that link wikipedia = through header, that these items at wikidata may or may not have "main subject" wikilink. Can or should we be pulling that link via WD to manage deleted and moved items, and also be prepared for any item that has a future wp link. — billinghurst sDrewth 12:35, 20 March 2018 (UTC)

Category:Authors with missing death dates -> Category:Authors without death dates

explore making this change. They are not missing if they are not dead, so we should cater for both scenarios without confusing things. Only would be missing of the person is alive 130 years after death. — billinghurst sDrewth 12:43, 20 March 2018 (UTC)

Contributing translator -> header template

(parking) See if we should plug in a parameter so something like Popular Science Monthly/Volume 3/September 1873/Hypnotism in Animals I can properly represent the translator. Otherwise we can have it as a note as we do for {{illustrator}}. — billinghurst sDrewth 13:38, 28 March 2018 (UTC)

link templates — to build

billinghurst sDrewth 23:47, 20 September 2018 (UTC)

convert template:NIE to template:header

convert template:NIE to template:header

Files to recover from Commons

Author disambiguations

consider disambig Palestine Mandate

monobook toolbar again

Have another look at it and see if I can get it functioning. fr:Special:Gadgets <sigh> — billinghurst sDrewth 01:43, 9 March 2020 (UTC)


Hi Billinghurst,

thanks for your comment on my work on The Zoologist a short time ago. I started to make vol 3 a sub-page: The Zoologist/4th series, vol 3 (1899). I will do that for the other volumes as well. So far I understand. But now the next step. How can I arrange the articles? Could you perhaps show me the best way to handle this for some of the first articles of volume 3? I tried to look at PSM, but I don't really understand the syntax of the header. --Dick Bos (talk) 13:18, 26 May 2020 (UTC)

@Dick Bos: apologies for the tardy response. RL busy. {{article link}} has a fair bit of flexibility and typically we have set it to be used to align however the work has been set to cascade. As journal editors are quirky by design, it is a little hard to express how it should be, you are most likely to know it works in its cascade. Templates using "article link" may give you some guidance to examples in place. Typically we would do TITLE / VOLUME / SUBDIVISION / ARTICLE. Sometimes we are watching for gotchas, like recurring article components and trying to separate them in the SUBDIVISION space without having to disambiguate at article level. There is no perfect. — billinghurst sDrewth 14:16, 8 June 2020 (UTC)

Tech News: 2020-23

22:31, 1 June 2020 (UTC)


Hello! Question for you regarding the process for formally establishing policies around here these days. I noticed that a couple years ago you promoted Wikisource:Wikilinks to be a "policy" after it had been a proposal for a long time. Do you remember if any particular discussion or prerequisite steps took place before you did that? I'm wondering about what needs to be done in order to promote Wikisource:Annotations, for one. Thanks! Spangineer (háblame) 13:46, 3 June 2020 (UTC)

@Spangineer: I consider Wikisource:Annotations to be a policy/guidance page. I would think that a statement at WS:S to that effect and your intend to make edits to remove uncertainty would declare it so; we have been using that page forever. Wikilinks has been enforced that way, and I have no memory what I did with it whenever. — billinghurst sDrewth 14:07, 8 June 2020 (UTC)

Strange characters resolved

Hai Billinghurst, Thank you for resolving the problem with the strange characters. Next time, I'll drop a question on the talk page as you suggested! WeeJeeVee (talk) 13:56, 8 June 2020 (UTC)

Tech News: 2020-24

21:11, 8 June 2020 (UTC)

Abraham Lincoln: His Life

I only very recently saw your comment here. The original layout I created was intended to match the formatting of the original work, with the quote to the left of the biographical paragraphs. Having viewed it as such, I believe your system would display better on mobile-width screens. TE(æ)A,ea. (talk) 15:26, 11 June 2020 (UTC).

Thanks. I have converted over. I understand that initial thought about the reproduction. It is the discussion that has occurred on multiple occasions, and it while it would have been cool to have that perfection, it just gets too ugly. — billinghurst sDrewth 11:48, 15 June 2020 (UTC)


You just deleted The Condor/2 (2)/Prominent Californian Ornithologists. III. A. M. Shields, a redirect which is still in use. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 15:13, 15 June 2020 (UTC)

@Pigsonthewing: I have placed a {{dated soft redirect}}. It is not usual for us to link repair user namespace. — billinghurst sDrewth 22:03, 15 June 2020 (UTC)
If you don't want to fix their use in the user namespace when you break them, then please don't break them in the first place. Redirects are cheap, and perform a useful function; there is no need to delete them in any case. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 09:06, 16 June 2020 (UTC)
I was telling you the local process, and that which I undertook. As said, we maintain redirects at the top levels, not typically at subpages. Nothing more or less. This isn't the place to debate our policy/practice. — billinghurst sDrewth 09:13, 16 June 2020 (UTC)

Tech News: 2020-25

21:37, 15 June 2020 (UTC)

The Condor

I just noticed that you had deleted most of the unused redirection sub-pages here—thanks! I didn’t want to have to mark all of them by hand. Could you also move The Condor/24 (6) to The Condor/Volume 24/Number 6, with its sub-pages? TE(æ)A,ea. (talk) 21:51, 15 June 2020 (UTC).

  Donebillinghurst sDrewth 21:53, 15 June 2020 (UTC)

Tech News: 2020-26

18:48, 22 June 2020 (UTC)

template:DNB link

Consider with the anchor feature whether it should project the name and state that it is part of a parent article. — billinghurst sDrewth 01:19, 27 June 2020 (UTC)

Tech News: 2020-27

16:30, 29 June 2020 (UTC)

Mixed Up Indexes


Would you please be able to help me with a few indexes which have got mixed up - the title matches the correct scan but the URL and the Index information have been mixed up between these three and I'm not sure how to fix it?

Index:Bessy Bell & Mary Gray (2).pdf

Index:Stories of Bewick and Graham.pdf

Index:Short account of the origin and progress of the cholera morbus.pdf

Thank you! --Annalang13 (talk) 11:08, 1 July 2020 (UTC)