User talk:GeorgeBarnick/Archive 1


AbuseFilter for profanity

May I let you know? I've compiled a list here: - Or if you could compile a short list and let me know how to add to it myself, I will gladly do so. If you could also make a short example of blocking profanity, I'd appreciate that too. Additionally, would it be possible to alert users when they're not linking to an approved site? It would be easier letting them know what they can do if they were given a list of approved sites. Thanks so much again. --MarPuma (talk) 06:04, 24 February 2014 (UTC)Reply

I'll start working on abuse filters for you soon. :) --GeorgeBarnick (talk) 14:19, 24 February 2014 (UTC)Reply

Alright, here are the filters I've come up with. They should do the trick.

!("sysop" in user_groups)
& (action == "edit")
& ("://" in added_lines)
!("(||||||||||||||" in added_lines)

Set the actions for the filter to take on that to "Prevent the user from performing the action in question". To prevent profanity, use a filter like this:

("(phrase1|phrase2|phrase3|phrase4)" in added_lines)

And just replace "phrase1" and the others with the profanity you want to prevent. Set that filter to "Prevent the user from performing the action in question" as well, and you should be good to go. If that doesn't work, let me know. --GeorgeBarnick (talk) 15:39, 24 February 2014 (UTC)Reply


test per request Ajraddatz (Talk) 04:40, 3 May 2014 (UTC)Reply

thanks mate --GeorgeBarnick (talk) 04:47, 3 May 2014 (UTC)Reply


Hi again, I'm the user who originally asked for help AbuseFilter right above. I've finally gotten around to adding the filters you've designed, and they don't seem to work at all. The first issue I had was an "Unexpected T_OP" - It didn't like the "!" in the "!("(". I've done some testing, and users still seem to be able to post links to any location they please. Could you help me look into this again? -- 00:52, 14 May 2014 (UTC)Reply

Hmmm, I'm not sure. Abusefilter isn't something I'm great at except for simple things. You may have to ask someone else in #mediawiki on IRC to help. Did the profanity filter work though? --GeorgeBarnick (talk) 00:56, 14 May 2014 (UTC)Reply
Oh yes, that worked perfectly. I just can't seem to work anything that works in such a specific way - "Only allowing items on the list, and disallowing the rest". -- 01:09, 14 May 2014 (UTC)Reply

restore User:Tomahawk please?

User:Tomahawk is using mw.o as a place to demonstrate some wiki handling and analysis skills as a candidate for a WMF staff position. Could I have you restore the page? The objectionable content will be removed shortly.

Thanks Cmcmahon(WMF) (talk) 22:06, 23 May 2014 (UTC)Reply

Alright I'll do so shortly, probably when I get home (on mobile right now). Apologies for deleting it; it was flagged for speedy deletion as spam and had a bunch of external links so I didn't think twice before deleting it lol. --GeorgeBarnick (talk) 22:22, 23 May 2014 (UTC)Reply
From now on we'll do these exercises in test2wiki instead of mw.o. Sorry for the inconvenience Cmcmahon(WMF) (talk) 20:28, 24 May 2014 (UTC)Reply
It's alright! --GeorgeBarnick (talk) 20:30, 24 May 2014 (UTC)Reply

Ha ha! I found what might be a bug with external links. Didn't know I was violating the protocol. :) which link was objectionable? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Tomahawk (talkcontribs)

Not really that they were objectionable; moreso that they weren't related to's project scope and seemed random (usually how spam link are). --GeorgeBarnick (talk) 20:30, 24 May 2014 (UTC)Reply
Ok, good to know. That explains the terse warnings when I was posting the links. ;)
The "bug" is that there were three Captcha requests for each posted link. I would have expected only one. Is that normal for — Preceding unsigned comment added by Tomahawk (talkcontribs)
I'm not sure; I haven't experienced a Captcha here in years lol. I don't think that there is usually one Captcha for each link, but I may be wrong. It may be a bug though, and even if it is intentionally that way, it's a dumb way of doing it. You could probably bring it up on Bugzilla since it's a weird functionality, whether it's a bug or not. --GeorgeBarnick (talk) 21:18, 24 May 2014 (UTC)Reply
Thanks for the reply! I searched bugzilla and didn't see anything similar. I'll test on other browsers and platforms to scope it out before reporting.
It only happened with external links, currently in Chrome on Mac and Opera on Windows. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Tomahawk (talkcontribs)
Yeah, it sounds like a bug in the software. Go ahead and test it some more and report it on Bugzilla. :) --GeorgeBarnick (talk) 21:27, 24 May 2014 (UTC)Reply


Hi. Regarding this edit, isn't there already a "rights" link in that template? The "grant permissions" link seems redundant. --MZMcBride (talk) 06:00, 26 May 2014 (UTC)Reply

My bad. I'm so used to seeing the rights link in bold on those kinds of templates where I completely overlooked it here. --GeorgeBarnick (talk) 10:18, 26 May 2014 (UTC)Reply


Eu ya he respondido o comentário de Jasper Deng em Project:Requests/User rights/Leitoxx. Você pode pesquisar mis contribuções globais in Special:CentralAuth/Leitoxx. Eu não soy hat-collector, antes, lo era, lo reconoço, pero ahora he cambiado. Le escrivo para que você poda comparar, e veia que he madurado. Obrigado pela atenção Leitoxx (talk) 22:20, 26 May 2014 (UTC)Reply


Hey there! I see you've spoken with my partner before (AbuseFilter section above) - Aside from that, I was told you may be interested in this: . I've also let UltrasonicNXT know about this as well. I've already spoken with Ashley about it, just to be clear. --Lumario (talk) 22:02, 3 June 2014 (UTC)Reply

Thanks for bringing this to my attention. I'm CCed on the bug now and have given some ideas on it. --GeorgeBarnick (talk) 03:15, 4 June 2014 (UTC)Reply

MeikoBot is now +bot


I've closed Project:Requests/User rights/MeikoBot as done – it's now a bot.

Jdforrester (WMF) (talk) 16:16, 5 August 2014 (UTC)Reply

Alright, I probably won't be able to run it for a few weeks since my computer's hard drive failed, but glad to know I can run it here now! --GeorgeBarnick (talk) 16:42, 5 August 2014 (UTC)Reply

Photo of painter Petr Veselý

Hallo George Barnick, I think, that I confused MediaWiki and Wikimedia commons. I published the photo od Petr Veselý there. It serves for the page on Czech Wikipedia. Is everything OK now? Thank You, Alena Blažejovská

@ If it's uploaded to Wikimedia Commons then it should be okay. Files uploaded to this wiki however should pertain to the MediaWiki software. --GeorgeBarnick (talk) 19:56, 26 April 2015 (UTC)Reply

Thanks for the welcome!

Thanks for the welcome George. I really appreciate it. :-) KamranMackey (talk) 23:35, 14 May 2015 (UTC)Reply

A cupcake for you!

Thanks for your helpful response to this person's question. I'm glad you had ideas about how to solve his problem, and that you took time to share them! Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 02:47, 22 May 2015 (UTC)Reply
Thank you. :) --GeorgeBarnick (talk) 02:51, 22 May 2015 (UTC)Reply

Could you give the International-Scratch-Wikis advice how to build and run a wiki-farm?

Dear GeorgeBarnick,

we are in building up a project that is called "Create a Scratch Wiki in Your Own Language" . Target is to make it possible, that people (mostly teenagers) from any language could start a Scratch (Programming Language) Wiki like our:

(and so on) very easy. We discussed if you know other people from the scratch-community that work also for LEGO and if you could help us here:

Thank you for your answer in advance! Mtwoll (talk) 16:46, 2 November 2015 (UTC) Mtwoll (talk) 16:46, 2 November 2015 (UTC)Reply

@Mtwoll: Hi, sounds like quite a project you're working on! The ideal way to set up a wiki farm for your needs would likely be in the same format as Brickimedia and ShoutWiki. These wiki farms use a single MediaWiki installations but have it run off multiple domains and databases, effectively making multiple sites off of the same files server-side. Brickimedia's configuration is (mostly) open source at where you will be able to find the configuration that determines each individual site within the MediaWiki installation. However, for questions about setting this kind of wiki farm up, I'd advise you contact Lcawte. Hopefully this helps. --GeorgeBarnick (talk) 17:10, 4 November 2015 (UTC)Reply

Thank you very much for your advice and the links, we will discuss that in our wiki Mtwoll (talk) 18:11, 5 November 2015 (UTC)Reply

Why are user pages deleted?

You deleted my user page quite a long time ago. I assumed that nobody here had them. That's clearly not the case. What was wrong with my page? What would I need to do to recreate a user page?

Fustbariclation (talk)

@Fustbarickation: Looking at the history of the page, the only revision that had been made when I deleted it was as follows:
Page history
 (change visibility) (diff) 17:28, 7 April 2014 . . (talk | block) (3 bytes) (PSfFPekFeApjHiNNdqmOYVpZYmlNLKnLhMau)
That looks like vandalism to me, which is why it was deleted. Your account itself hadn't even made any revisions to the user page when that IP edited it. --GeorgeBarnick (talk) 05:00, 3 November 2015 (UTC)Reply