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May I know the stub policy here? Pages with over 1.5k of text are marked as stubs while one liners aren't. Surely that is not the general rule? PmlineditorTalk 14:39, 1 October 2009 (UTC)Reply

Wikibooks:Stubs might have what you're looking for, although it doesn't specifically say how long a page needs to be to not qualify as a stub. Tempodivalse 18:59, 1 October 2009 (UTC)Reply
Anyways, the page is not helpful. I'd say use the general 1.5k rule, so I'm being bold and adding it. PmlineditorTalk 07:55, 2 October 2009 (UTC)Reply

Flood flag

Can we please install the flood flag here? It'll help us in blocking proxies (a thing I can't do now) and doing tedious maintenance work without flooding RC. Pmlineditor  10:00, 10 October 2009 (UTC)Reply

bugzilla:21121 filed. GrooveDog (talk) 02:17, 13 October 2009 (UTC)Reply
Flood flag has been enabled on the wiki... Pmlineditor  16:01, 18 December 2009 (UTC)Reply


Hiya gang! Recently, on IRC, a suggestion came up about dealing with open proxies on all Simple English WMF projects at the same time. The creation of a adminbot (proxyblocker) that'd block proxies for all sites at the same time. This came up because on simpleWQ today an open proxy vandal (the same one as simpleWP of late) begun an attack there. This proxy had already been blocked on simpleWP for some time. As such, it might be useful to get some discussion going about the need for such a tool, what it would look like, what it would do and what it would not do. Suggestions so far have ranged from a non-admin bot that dumps a list of proxies to block into AN on the projects (or another page) to a bot with the sysop flag that finds the proxies and deals with them. It was also wondered about if this should be a new bot (EhJJ expressed interest in writing it) or an existing bot (IE: en:User:Slakr's bot) Thoughts? fr33kman -s- 00:11, 13 October 2009 (UTC)Reply

Enwp has w:en:User:ProcseeBot, which however is not open source, so we can't take it. Someone could ask it's creator if they'll run it for simplebooks, if this vandal hit SimpleWP and WQ they'll probably be at us at some point. Admins are sufficient right now, Tiptoety will be promoted soon which is a good thing. Right now what we need is bookbuilding, see WB:RB for ways you can contribute. GrooveDog (talk) 00:16, 13 October 2009 (UTC)Reply
I like the idea of a more standardized way of dealing with open proxies. That said, I am weary of admin bots. I feel that the operator must be someone with a great deal of technical understanding, and who is easily reachable if something does wrong. I would only support a block, if the bot was well tested and cleared by the community first (plus have an active operator). Just my two cents. Tiptoety talk 15:53, 13 October 2009 (UTC)Reply
Agree with Tiptoety. That aside, we need someone to fix the proxy blocks TDV made first, editing from registered accounts must be blocked and the blocks should be for 1 year. I can do this, but then, I'll need to flood RC. Pmlineditor  15:54, 13 October 2009 (UTC)Reply
I think that a bot that simply compiles a list of open proxies would be better than an adminbot - i'm generally not comfortable with automated processes being granted sysop status, unless the bot was well-tested first and had a very competent owner. Also, are my open proxy blocks incorrect? Wikibooks:Blocking#Proxies encourages OPs to be blocked indefinitely, so that's what i did. Tempodivalse [talk] 15:59, 13 October 2009 (UTC)Reply
Sorry, TDV, IPs aren't generally indefed. Someone told me about this on #wikimedia-stewards. I think we might reblock them using the sewq methods. Anyways, the guidelines of these projects are outdated. Cheers, Pmlineditor  16:01, 13 October 2009 (UTC)Reply
Okay, I will make sure not to indefblock OPs in the future, sorry about that. I initially wasn't sure how long to block OPs, and the blocking policy said to block indef, so that's what I decided to do. Perhaps Wikibooks:Blocking#Proxies should be updated/clarified to reflect current OP blocking standards. Tempodivalse [talk] 16:20, 13 October 2009 (UTC)Reply
I'm in the process of changing all my IP indef-blocks to one year, as that seems to be the preferred length. Sorry for screwing it up the first time. :-( I'm going to do a little at a time to avoid flooding the rc and #cvn-sw channel. Tempodivalse [talk] 17:47, 13 October 2009 (UTC)Reply
Correct. Open proxies should not be indef blocked (well, most). Often times, after a long period of time the IP gets reassigned and often is no longer a proxy. On a side note, I have a huge list of proxies I have blocked on other wikis that am I going to be getting here as well. Tiptoety talk 19:07, 13 October 2009 (UTC)Reply
OK, i just finished reblocking all of the indefblocked IPs to one year. Tempodivalse [talk] 20:23, 13 October 2009 (UTC)Reply

How about a proof-of-concept test period? Can't hurt to have a dry run period. fr33kman -s- 22:44, 26 October 2009 (UTC)Reply

I know that there has been some concern about what the bot would do and what usergroup it'd be a part of. I think that there is good reason to allow a bot to run as admin. Speed of blocks, consistency of blocks, easier to keep track of blocked proxies due to logs being easier to find. I think that all projects should take part in a trial period of dry-run actions. This would include the bot making a record of the actions it would have taken for incidents that really happen. This can then be checked by the right people and verified to be the case. At that point we can then decide on the future of the bot. Thanks! fr33kman -s- 23:02, 26 October 2009 (UTC)Reply

+import for me

I've been doing some work on Cookbook, and plan to do a bit more. My main intention is to import Cookbook pages from en.books, then simplify them here. This preserves the page history (since I'm taking them from en.) and allows me to populate a few pages more quickly. If I get a consensus here (which I do need) I'll request permission on m:SRP. Thanks, GrooveDog (talk) 01:16, 13 October 2009 (UTC)Reply

Copying GrooveDog :P

I requested +import on Pmlineditor's talk page, but Griffin directed me here instead. I can see that GrooveDog had the same idea as me :) (or me as him, not sure which). I am working on a rugby union book right now, but would like the import perm so that I can bring en.wikibook pages here, and simplify them. I would most likely start off with basketball, then move on to other sports. I am also MacMed on enwiki. Regards, MacMedtalkstalk 21:23, 15 October 2009 (UTC)Reply

  • Why? To be honest, your opposes are starting to look very POINTy. I mean MacMed is actually wanting to work on creating some content and could do this easily if he had +importer. My understanding was that you were unhappy with the lack of content editing here, so I am a bit lost as to why you would oppose this. Tiptoety talk 19:00, 21 October 2009 (UTC)Reply
I would give more input to my Oppose, I see a user that has a account on this wiki for just 12 day's, in this 12 days he was 6 day's active and did some good contributions, but he has only done 36 edits, I take every right very serieus and this is way to low to get importer right, a editcount like 100 edits and I would support.
I would support every action to get content here, but importing content from other wikipedia, wikibooks or other kind of wiki's isn't creating content its just moving it arround.
I do not think that my votes are a w:en:WP:POINT, I can build them up with comments one by one I would strongly regret that people would see my actions as making a point.Huib talk 20:03, 21 October 2009 (UTC)Reply
Extra user rights are supposed to be "no big deal". MacMed can be trusted with the bits, based on his experience at other wikis, and he seems to be interested in expanding this project, so what harm is there in giving him tools that will help this project? I don't see why we have to set an arbitrary limit of edits needed to receive extra tools. Just my two pence. Cheers, Tempodivalse [talk] 20:17, 21 October 2009 (UTC)Reply
I do think I'm free to have my personal limit of edits needed for extra tools, otherwhise we shouldn't need to discus it. And I'm sure that he does great work on other projects but this is simple.wikibooks and you need to show here that he is trusted I don't really know him and only see the 36 edits. Huib talk 20:37, 21 October 2009 (UTC)Reply
Maybe try reading w:en:Wikipedia:Editcountitis. Do you really feel that if he makes, oh say, another 50 more edits he is going to be able to use the importer tool any differently? Tiptoety talk 21:31, 21 October 2009 (UTC)Reply
As far as I know am I free to oppose when I think its needed, now you're asking me to defend my oppose, I think where done since I did cast my reasons for it. Huib talk 04:11, 22 October 2009 (UTC)Reply
"creating content its just moving it arround. " Actually as a quick note, I import (to keep page history per the GFDL/CC-BY-SA) then simplify the article as best I can. I don't think it's a bad idea to get some content then other projects, even if it is just "a translation" once it gets here. I do agree that we need to work on a few more books to get something *close* to complete, but we'll see. Btw,   Support, MacMed can do well with this tool. GrooveDog (talk) 21:43, 21 October 2009 (UTC)Reply
@Huib: So should we just shut down and do nothing? Import for MacMed will help the project grow. I don't think that setting an arbitrary limit for import is correct. That's your opinion though... Pmlineditor  15:23, 22 October 2009 (UTC)Reply


Hi everyone. On my first import I forgot to uncheck "include templates" and my lovely import function imported all templates on w:en:User:GrooveDog. Apologies in advance for flooding recent changes, GrooveDog (talk) 23:38, 15 October 2009 (UTC)Reply

Epic fail. –Juliancolton | Talk 23:39, 15 October 2009 (UTC) Reply
No worries, no great harm was done. :-) Tempodivalse [talk] 00:39, 16 October 2009 (UTC) Reply
Very lulzy, but nevertheless, no harm done ;) Pmlineditor  07:35, 16 October 2009 (UTC)Reply

Is anyone else noticing that interwiki links have disappeared? For example the space in between the following brackets should contain a link to my enWiki userpage (). For me however, the link just isn't there. Is it just me? Regards, MacMedtalkstalk 19:21, 16 October 2009 (UTC)Reply

Linking with the "en:" prefix creates an interwiki link in the sidebar (you should see the link to your userpage at the bottom of that list). The correct way to link to your userpage would be w:en:MacMed (note the w: prefix indicating the Wikipedia project, and then the en: indicating the language). Tempodivalse [talk] 19:30, 16 October 2009 (UTC)Reply
In addition, if you wish to link to a page within the Wikibooks project you can simply add a colon prefix to your interwiki link to link to it on-page. See en:Main Page. GrooveDog (talk) 12:28, 17 October 2009 (UTC)Reply
quick note it should be w:en:user:MacMed :) but yes thats confusing at first until you get the hang of it.Jamesofur (talk) 17:43, 20 October 2009 (UTC)Reply

Book title pages

What is the correct format for title (top level) pages of books? Some books seem to have a "Welcome to....the Wikibooks (subject) Project!" followed by an image then "Go to contents page". Personally I think it would be better to just have a table of contents on the main page, along with an introduction and a picture or two. If we can find a suitable way I'll draft a soft rule for it. GrooveDog (talk) 21:59, 21 October 2009 (UTC)Reply

Request for closure

Hello there all. I am requesting on meta that this project be closed due to lack of activity and because I believe that the energy spent here would be better spent making the English Wikibooks a better wiki. I just wanted to inform you about this, although it looks as if a discussion is already underway at this page. Cheers, Razorflame (talk) 17:16, 24 October 2009 (UTC)Reply

Heh? Its already there. Pmlineditor  17:17, 24 October 2009 (UTC)Reply
Yeah, just noticed. Razorflame (talk) 17:19, 24 October 2009 (UTC)Reply
'kay. Pmlineditor  17:19, 24 October 2009 (UTC)Reply

Requesting some help with the wikibook Illegal Drugs.

Would anyone care and help me with this? 16:21, 29 October 2009 (UTC) Thanks 16:21, 29 October 2009 (UTC)Reply

Not quite an expert on the subject but I may find some time soon to lend a hand. GrooveDog (talk) 01:31, 30 October 2009 (UTC)Reply
Whatever u can do GrooveDog would be wonderful thank you. 03:23, 30 October 2009 (UTC)Reply

Proposal for merger

It has been proposed that the 4 Simple wikis be merged into one project; see this for details. Pmlineditor  16:06, 6 November 2009 (UTC)Reply

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Desysoping of User:Michael

Michael has been inactive for a very long time and hasn't made a single edit since December 15, 2008. As per other wikimedia projects, an inactive administrator would be desysoped if he/she has made zero edits in one year. Unfortunately this project has no local bureaucrats and there are no active users. If no one objects after seven days, I will request desysoping at meta. —§ Snake311 (I'm Not Okay!) 22:26, 9 January 2010 (UTC)Reply

Closure or not?

According to Meta, this project lost the vote on its destruction. I feel I was too late to add my opinion but I added my Oppose vote anyway. Will books from this project be copied to English Wikibooks if this project really is deleted?--Xania (talk) 23:39, 14 January 2010 (UTC)Reply

As far as I know, nothing is decided yet. MC8 (b · t) 23:44, Thursday January 14 2010 (UTC)
Ask at Meta, I have no idea. MC8 (b · t) 23:44, Thursday January 14 2010 (UTC)
As you can see here there is a discussion about this on English Wikibooks. Maybe the discussion isn't necessary if the project isn't closed as I feel that the vote was unfair but that's just me.--Xania (talk) 00:42, 15 January 2010 (UTC)Reply
Please stop trolling. Thanks, —§ Snake311 (I'm Not Okay!) 01:56, 15 January 2010 (UTC)Reply
Please be civil, Snake311. MC8 (b · t) 08:55, Friday January 15 2010 (UTC)
@MC8, I was being civil. AGF please. —§ Snake311 (I'm Not Okay!) 11:59, 15 January 2010 (UTC)Reply
How is Xania's comment "trolling"? I actually tend to agree with xe's comment on the meta closure voting page, none of the other Simple projects were informed about the closure of SEWB, perhaps if they were the discussion would have turned out differently - or the support margin would have at least been less. Maybe we could transfer the content of this project to en.wb, to stop any previous contributions here from having been a total waste of time, but the community there doesn't seem overly enthusiastic about it. Tempodivalse [talk] 14:21, 15 January 2010 (UTC)Reply
If the local community at en wikibooks don't want content to be transferred, then it shouldn't be. 18:45, 15 January 2010 (UTC)Reply
English Wikibooks is happy to take the load. MC8 (b · t) 21:24, Friday January 15 2010 (UTC)
Indeed. Slipknot1 is not someone I would consider representative of the Wikibooks community and jumped over from Simple Wikipedia to participate in the discussion at English Wikibooks. -- Adrignola (talk) 02:08, 16 January 2010 (UTC)Reply
How was I trolling? I support Simple English projects and I'm a bit disappointed that I hadn't contributed on SE WB until it was too late.--Xania (talk) 21:30, 15 January 2010 (UTC)Reply

Please provide input on how content should be merged, if at all at en:Wikibooks talk:Simple English merger as well. -- Adrignola (talk) 13:41, 16 January 2010 (UTC)Reply

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