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Welcome to the 2011 WikiCup!

Hello, happy new year and welcome to the 2011 WikiCup! Your submissions' page can be found here and instructions of how to update the page can be found here and on the submissions' page itself. From the submissions' page, a bot will update the main scoresheet. Our rules have been very slightly updated from last year; the full rules can be found here. Please remember that you can only receive points for content on which you have done significant work in 2011; nominations of work from last year and "drive-by" nominations will not be awarded points. Signups are going to remain open through January, so if you know of anyone who would like to take part, please direct them to Wikipedia:WikiCup/2011 signups. The judges can be contacted on the WikiCup talk page, on their respective talk pages, or by email. Other than that, we will be in contact at the end of every month with the newsletter. If you want to stop or start receiving newsletters, please remove your name from or add your name to this list. Good luck! J Milburn and The ed17 12:57, 1 January 2011 (UTC)

Starcraft 2 collab?

When do you figure you'll be able to start the collaboration, if at all :P NativeForeigner Talk/Contribs 02:38, 6 January 2011 (UTC)

Sure, I could work on the article a bit. It'd also help if User:S@bre is interested, also, then maybe we could bring the article to FAC. Gary King (talk · scripts) 04:07, 6 January 2011 (UTC)

smaller templates.js

Although it is not immediately apparent your smaller templates.js page is categorised in Category:Wikipedia pages needing cleanup, can you please remove it form the category. If you need help to do this, just ask. Rich Farmbrough, 20:42, 8 January 2011 (UTC).

This should do it (I added spaces inside the template names so they wouldn't transclude). Let me know if that doesn't work. Gary King (talk · scripts) 23:44, 8 January 2011 (UTC)

List of fictional antiheroes

Thanks for figuring out the problem over there, despite the lack of technical information provided by me. Cheers! ---RepublicanJacobiteThe'FortyFive' 22:13, 11 January 2011 (UTC)

I recently split this article out, and noticed that you expressed interest in GAing it a couple years back. Might you still be interested? - The New Age Retro Hippie used Ruler! Now, he can figure out the length of things easily. 20:42, 15 January 2011 (UTC)

It looks like it still needs a lot of work. I don't think I'll have the time for it, sorry. Gary King (talk · scripts) 22:44, 15 January 2011 (UTC)


Since you helped the Slipknot articles, and even considered an overall topic for the band, I think this might interest you. (this too, though another editor expressed interest in keeping the topic alive) igordebraga 16:18, 17 January 2011 (UTC)

Okay thanks for letting me know, I'll take a look at those. Gary King (talk · scripts) 18:43, 17 January 2011 (UTC)

Felony (band)

I'm Steve Sands sound engineer for Felony. Every time I try to add my name to the page it gets reverted. Can you tell me why? And how do I add my name and resume to the page? (talk) 18:08, 18 January 2011 (UTC)

Uh, why are you contacting me about this? Gary King (talk · scripts) 19:40, 18 January 2011 (UTC)


Thanks for creating the Angelfire disambiguation page. -- James26 (talk) 07:13, 21 January 2011 (UTC)

Facebook active users

Honest question: is "keeping it linear" a good reason not to add more info to the template? It sounds sort of arbitrary. I believe it would add to the template to show the early growth numbers before 100 million. (talk) 08:12, 21 January 2011 (UTC)

Adding non-100 million numbers is even more arbitrary, and it makes it difficult, at least at first glance, to compare those numbers with the existing ones. It's like looking at a graph that has units on the X-axis that don't have consistent spacing. Plus, the growth rate is sure to be significantly higher when dealing with smaller numbers, as can be seen with the first 100 million milestone, and then the growth rate evens out after that, which makes more sense and allows for a graph that doesn't spike as much. And on a more practical level, Facebook user numbers are reported fairly often (by third parties), so we gotta keep the table as clean as possible so that it doesn't get too long. Gary King (talk · scripts) 16:04, 21 January 2011 (UTC)
I agree that it would be arbitrary to begin counting at something other than 100 million increments past the 100 million mark, but I don't think it would be arbitrary below that level: on the contrary, it gives the chart additional utilization. As it stands, there is no data on growth rates of the company before August, 2008. Thats well over half the company's current lifespan. I am not sure why you are talking about not wanting a graph that spikes too much as there is no graph associated with this chart on wikipedia. On the practicality note, the table won't get too long if 3 or 4 other numbers are added below 100 million (I don't think it would be too long if we added a dozen more datapoints, but I understand your point). Also, it sounds like we are only using Facebook's official announcements to update the chart. It appears Goldman Sachs is telling investors that Facebook has 600 million users currently [1], would that be considered official enough? Are Zuckerberg's quotes in Time magazine official? What if Facebook decides to not officially announce active users again until they reach 1 billion? Is the chart going to continue a running increment to 600 million? Thanks for your time! (talk) 19:20, 21 January 2011 (UTC)
Okay, I understand adding milestones before 100 million as it does somewhat look strange to start with 100 million. The 10 and 50 million marks would be preferable to the 30 million, if possible, though. Also, I am aware of the unofficial 600 million announcement. The biggest problem, though, is that we don't know when they hit 600 million. From what I understand, it was in December 2010, but that's all I know and that's all that I've found out so far. The table needs an exact date so that the other columns can be filled out. Also, I do think that Goldman Sachs and Bloomberg are reliable enough, as well as Time and Zuckerberg himself, that we can use them in the table. Worst case scenario is that we footnote the particular number to indicate that it isn't an officially announced milestone. Gary King (talk · scripts) 20:57, 21 January 2011 (UTC)

Wikipedia Ambassador Program is looking for new Online Ambassadors

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If that sounds like you and you're interested, I encourage you to take a look at the Online Ambassador guidelines; the "mentorship process" describes roughly what will be expected of mentors during the current term, which started in January and goes through early May. If that's something you want to do, please apply!

You can find instructions for applying at WP:ONLINE. The main things we're looking for in Online Ambassadors are friendliness, regular activity (since mentorship is a commitment that spans several months), and the ability to give detailed, substantive feedback on articles (both short new articles, and longer, more mature ones).

I hope to hear from you soon.--Sage Ross - Online Facilitator, Wikimedia Foundation (talk) 21:48, 26 January 2011 (UTC)

WikiCup 2011 January newsletter

We are half way through round one of the WikiCup. Signups are now closed, and we have 129 listed competitors, 64 of whom will make it to round two. Congratulations to The Bushranger (submissions), who, at the time of writing, has a comfortable lead with 228 points, followed by Zanzibar Hurricanehink (submissions), with 144 points. Four others have over 100 points. Congratulations also go to Greece Yellow Evan (submissions), who scored the first points in the competition, claiming for Talk:Hurricane King/GA1, Principality of Sealand Miyagawa (submissions), who scored the first non-review points in the competition, claiming for Dognapping, and United Kingdom Jarry1250 (submissions) who was the first in the competition to use our new "multiplier" mechanic (explanation), claiming for Grigory Potemkin, a subject covered on numerous Wikipedias. Thanks must also go to Jarry1250 for dealing with all bot work- without you, the competition wouldn't be happening!

A running total of claims can be seen here. However, numerous competitors are yet to score at all- please remember to submit content soon after it is promoted, so that the judges are able to review entries. The number of points that will be needed to reach round two is not clear- everyone needs to get their entries in now to guarantee their places! If you are concerned that your nomination will not receive the necessary reviews, and you hope to get it promoted before the end of the round, please list it on Wikipedia:WikiCup/Reviews. However, please remember to continue to offer reviews at GAC, FAC and all the other pages that require them to prevent any backlogs which could otherwise be caused by the Cup. As ever, questions are welcome on Wikipedia talk:WikiCup and the judges are reachable on their talk pages, or by email. Good luck! If you wish to start receiving or stop receiving this newsletter, please feel free to add or remove yourself from Wikipedia:WikiCup/Newsletter/Send. J Milburn and The ed17 22:33, 31 January 2011 (UTC)

Invitation to edit

Hi Gary. Thank you for your advice here. Martin is not confident enough with his Java to implement your suggestion, would you be willing to? --Anthonyhcole (talk) 09:25, 4 February 2011 (UTC)

namespace redirect

You might want to add User:Manishearth/editns.js to User:Gary King/namespace redirect.js. Editns gives the user an Edit: namespace shortcut. If you do so, I suggest that you rewrite the script with regexes. Cheers! ManishEarthTalkStalk 14:17, 8 February 2011 (UTC)

I just did this. I think that should be sufficient? Gary King (talk · scripts) 18:37, 8 February 2011 (UTC)
Yup. Thanks, ManishEarthTalkStalk 15:46, 14 February 2011 (UTC)

Re: WikiCup

Weird, I swear my starting point *was* the code from last year. Maybe the cupnom stuff got thrown out accidentally when I overhauled it; no matter though, I'd added it back in. Let me know if you have any trouble with it, pretty sure it's working ATM though. Regards, - Jarry1250 [Who? Discuss.] 20:24, 14 February 2011 (UTC)

I have made some contributions to the discussion on this template on ways to improve it rather than replace it. My idea is that instead of having a specific field for every award (there are numerous not listed), or having custom fields (there are limits to how many you can have), why not have a field in which you can input a limitless amount of other functions to add whatever awards you want? I'm pretty good at coding, but I've never done any of the IFs and templates-within-templates, so I'm not sure if everything went together properly, which is one of the reasons I haven't actually fully implemented it already, but it's tested successfully. Let me know what you think.

See also:

~ [ Scott M. Howard ] ~ [ Talk ]:[ Contribs ] ~ 22:27, 16 February 2011 (UTC)

It seems like a lot of work for something that wouldn't benefit too many. The template is only transcluded in 145 articles. If you want to do it, though, then go for it; however, you break it, you bought it! I don't have the time to do any maintenance work at the moment. Gary King (talk · scripts) 01:50, 17 February 2011 (UTC)
I'm honestly surprised this is only in 145 articles. With the huge number of articles that use an infobox in this exact style, I'm surprised they're hard-coded while this template exists (I admit, I didn't know it existed when I created the infobox for the Avril Lavigne awards article). I'm thinking versatility, and since it's such a minor edit to the actual template, I'm going to go ahead and implement it since all the hard work to the customs template is completed (it's actually very small). The only thing I'm unsure of is the name of the actual template call. Perhaps it should have its own root path of {{custom award row}} or something. But a move would be easy, I suppose.
Anyway. Enough rambling. I promise I'll take good care of the template. =P ~ [ Scott M. Howard ] ~ [ Talk ]:[ Contribs ] ~ 02:04, 17 February 2011 (UTC)
You should probably write up something in the template's documentation, too. HOWEVER, I should note that ultimately, it may not be best to add so many custom fields to the template. The primary reasons are that people will add all the awards that exist under the sun; think of how many awards that Michael Jackson has won. That infobox could easily use all 50 fields. It never makes any sense to have an infobox with that many fields. Even the built-in fields might be too many as some people have actually won most of them. So the only reason no one brought this up when the number of custom fields grew in the template is because it isn't a very popular one. Gary King (talk · scripts) 03:28, 17 February 2011 (UTC)
That's a good point. I've fully documented the template, but given your concerns, I'm going to change the limit of custom awards to 20, as was the concern when it was originally brought up on the template's discussion page. I appreciate all your input during these changes: I'm actually thinking of possibly implementing this template across most articles which use this infobox hard-coded, pending a possible discussion in the Music wikiproject. It really is a very useful template, in my opinion. If I have the time, we'll see what happens, I suppose. Thanks =D ~ [ Scott M. Howard ] ~ [ Talk ]:[ Contribs ] ~ 04:27, 17 February 2011 (UTC)
Hello, Gary. You have new messages at Beyond My Ken's talk page.
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Ctrl+Alt+Del (webcomic)

Hi, back in 2010 you recreated Ctrl+Alt+Del (webcomic) with many sources (diff). This AFD is looking at its sources. This is a long shot but there are two print-only sources you added for which we cannot find online sources for (this is not unusual, I also add print-only sources). Can you recall how much coverage they had?

  • Kulesa, William (2005-08-26). "Giving advice". The Jersey Journal. p. A23.
  • Asad, Mariam (2005-09-22). "Very Cool". The Chronicle Herald. p. D1.

I have added links and brief details to the newspaper search archives that show text snippets at the AFD linked above. -84user (talk) 13:22, 18 February 2011 (UTC)

"Giving advice" doesn't have much; the article compares Penny Arcade with CAD. Everything that can possibly be used from the article is in the wiki article. I can't find "Very Cool" at the moment, but it's very likely that I've also used everything I possibly could from the article, too. Gary King (talk · scripts) 20:28, 18 February 2011 (UTC)

WikiProject Good Articles will be running a GAN backlog elimination drive for the entire month of March. The goal of this drive is to bring the number of outstanding Good Article nominations down to below 50. This will help editors in restoring confidence to the GAN process as well as actively improving, polishing, and rewarding good content. If you are interested in participating in the drive, please place your name here. Awards will be given out to those who review certain numbers of GANs as well as to those who review the most. On behalf of my co-coordinator Wizardman, we hope we can see you in March. MuZemike delivered by MuZebot 00:22, 22 February 2011 (UTC)

VeblenBot for economics project

This message was originally posted here.

Gary, the table is not working anymore. For some reason, the bot stopped the updates on Dec 28 2010. I am requesting your help in restoring it (i don't know how to do it) --Forich (talk) 21:54, 23 February 2011 (UTC)

You'll have to talk to User:CBM as he's the one that runs that bot. Gary King (talk · scripts) 18:16, 24 February 2011 (UTC)
OK, I will, thanks. --Forich (talk) 19:39, 24 February 2011 (UTC)

Comments in local time update

You have new message/s Hello. You have a new message at Wikipedia:Village_pump_(technical)#Suppressing_day_of_the_week_with_comments_in_local_time_gadget's talk page.UncleDouggie (talk) 18:13, 25 February 2011 (UTC)

^ per the above thread, it seems that there are users who would like the customization suggested by UncleDouggie some time ago; and since he provided code that retains the behaviour existing behaviour for current uses while adding additional functionality, I've merged his code into the javascript loaded by the Gadget preference. Hope that's ok. Cheers, –xenotalk 18:22, 25 February 2011 (UTC)
Okay cool. Gary King (talk · scripts) 19:08, 25 February 2011 (UTC)

Islam in Indonesia and SE Asia.

Gary, I saw your changes to the Spread of Islam in Indonesia and The Coming and Spread of Islam in Southeast Asia articles. I agree that the SE Asia article is not very good, and also that even if it was good that there is an inherent overlap in topic matter (ie, as Indonesia is the biggest country in SE Asia and the biggest Muslim majority country in the world). I presume duplication is why you merged by redirect. However, the solution is not to unilaterally (ie, on your own) redirect one article and dump info of dubious quality into the other. I suggest the following:

  • Determine whether the SE Asia article should be kept. This should be done by AFD process. My guess is that the community will deem it to be a notable topic despite the inherent duplication with the Indonesia article. Remember, an article’s existence (and hence the AFD process) is judged on the subject’s notability, and not on the quality of wikipedia’s content on the subject.
  • Assuming, the SE Asia article gets kept, clean it up and broaden the scope to include other SE Asian countries. There is inherent overlap with the country articles, but the SE Asia one should be more broad in its treatment.
  • Continue to improve the Indonesia article.

By the way, there were some odd edits in Nov 2010 to the Indonesia article which removed the lead. I restored the lead to that version. What do you think? Cheers --Merbabu (talk) 23:11, 28 February 2011 (UTC)

The lead looks good in The spread of Islam in Indonesia now. I unbolded the lead due to MOS:BOLDTITLE; mainly, it's best to don't bold any terms rather than bold certain words that are apart from each other. I think the "the" should be removed from both article titles at least; have a look at WP:THE, for instance. The phrase "The spread of" can be compared to "The history of"; both are used colloquially, but "History of" is used in article titles, instead. And the article titles should also be consistent with Spread of Islam and other articles related to that one (i.e. "Spread of Islam in [country]"). Related to this point, the Category:The spread of Islam in Indonesia category would have to be renamed, too. Also, now that I think about it, I can certainly understand keeping the two articles separate as I realize that the scope of both articles can be directed so as to minimize the overlap between them both. Gary King (talk · scripts) 01:08, 1 March 2011 (UTC)

WikiCup 2011 February newsletter

So begins round two of the WikiCup! We now have eight pools, each with eight random contestants. This round will continue until the end of April, when the top two of each pool, as well as the next 16 highest scorers of those remaining, will make it to round three. Congratulations to The Bushranger (submissions) (first, with 487 points) and Zanzibar Hurricanehink (submissions) (second, with 459), who stormed the first round. Scotland Casliber (submissions) finished third with 223. Twelve others finished with over 100 points- well done to all of you! The final standings in round one can be seen here. A mere 8 points were required to reach round two; competition will no doubt be much more fierce this round, so be ready for a challenge! A special thanks goes, again, to United Kingdom Jarry1250 (submissions) for dealing with all bot work. This year's bot, as well as running smoothly, is doing some very helpful things that last year's did not. Also, thanks to Bavaria Stone (submissions) for some helpful behind-the-scenes updating and number crunching.

Some news for those who are interested- March will see a GAN backlog elimination drive, which you are still free to join. Organised by WikiProject Good articles, the drive aims to minimise the GAN backlog and offers prizes to those who help out. Of course, you may well be able to claim WikiCup points for the articles you review as part of the drive. Also ongoing is the Great Backlog Drive, looking to work on clearing all of the backlogs on Wikipedia; again, incentives are offered, and the spirit of friendly competition is alive, while helping the encyclopedia is the ultimate aim. Though unrelated to the WikiCup, these may well be of interest to some of you.

Just a reminder of the rules; if you have done significant work on content this year and it is promoted in this round, you may claim for it. Also, anything that was promoted after the end of round one but before the beginning of round two may be claimed for in round two. Details of the rules can be found on this page. For those interested in statistics, a running total of claims can be seen here, and a very interesting table of that information (along with the highest scorers in each category) can be seen here. If you are concerned that your nomination will not receive the necessary reviews, and you hope to get it promoted before the end of the round, please list it on Wikipedia:WikiCup/Reviews. However, please remember to continue to offer reviews at GAC, FAC and all the other pages that require them to prevent any backlogs which could otherwise be caused by the Cup. As ever, questions are welcome on Wikipedia talk:WikiCup and the judges are reachable on their talk pages, or by email. Good luck! If you wish to start receiving or stop receiving this newsletter, please feel free to add or remove yourself from Wikipedia:WikiCup/Newsletter/Send. J Milburn and The ed17 23:41, 28 February 2011 (UTC)

WikiProject Video games Triple Crown

Your Majesty, Gary King, I am pleased to award this special edition triple crown to WikiProject Video games and its hardworking volunteers. – SMasters (talk) 09:15, 4 March 2011 (UTC)

Thank you for all your hard work. May you wear the crowns well, and may the gamepad crown motivate you to press on with more outstanding articles. – SMasters (talk) 09:15, 4 March 2011 (UTC)

Good article reassessment

An article that you have been involved in editing, E-mail Surveillance has been nominated for a good article reassessment. If you are interested in the discussion, please participate by adding your comments good article reassessment page . If concerns are not addressed during the review period, the good article status will be removed from the article. Fences&Windows 17:39, 5 March 2011 (UTC)

Javascript in categories

Hi, your page User:Gary King/smaller templates.js appears in the maintenance category Category:Wikipedia pages needing cleanup, due to the way the MediaWiki software appears to parse the page as wikitext, despite presenting it as js - this appears to transclude clean-up templates in js comments.

  • One solution is to replace on of the opening curly brackets with { which renders as a "{".
  • Note: the category is not shown on the page but the page is shown in the category.

Thanks, Rich Farmbrough, 14:22, 10 March 2011 (UTC).

Okay done. Gary King (talk · scripts) 16:41, 10 March 2011 (UTC)


Hello Gary, please see my response at Wikipedia:Gadget/proposals#WikiLove. Thanks! Kaldari (talk) 22:26, 14 March 2011 (UTC)

Reviewer summary

Gary, I tried out the new version of Reviewer Summary on my sandbox; any chance it can also ignore secondary nominators such as AlexJ in the second transclusion there? If not, I think it's still very useful, but it would be even better if it could. Thanks -- Mike Christie (talklibrary) 01:11, 17 March 2011 (UTC)

Plus I think I just found a bug -- look at the count of my bytes on that sandbox page, and then try it on WP:FAC; I get 13,160 on the sandbox but only 849 on FAC, even though it includes the two FACs in the sandbox. I don't believe I've subtracted any significant number of bytes from any FACs. Mike Christie (talklibrary) 03:00, 17 March 2011 (UTC)
After testing in my sandbox I discovered that it's the inclusion of the FAC for Princess Maria Amélia of Brazil that seems to cause the problem. I've never edited that FAC, but when it's on the page, my byte count goes down. Mike Christie (talklibrary) 10:57, 17 March 2011 (UTC)
I copied some of the nominations from your test page to User:Gary King/Sandbox. When I ran Reviewer Summary, I believe that it said you edited two nominations with an average byte count of 849 as you said. But I refreshed the page and then ran the script again, and it gave the correct count of 2 nomination edits with an average of 6,998 bytes. That's for your edits to Somerset Levels FAC and History of Sesame Street FAC, and excluding your edits to Planet Stories FAC since you are the nominator. Gary King (talk · scripts) 18:53, 17 March 2011 (UTC)
I tried it again and it now works on both my sandbox and yours, but when I try it on WP:FAC it still says 849 bytes. I've refreshed multiple times and cleared cache (Ctrl-F5, Firefox) and it still says 849 bytes. It does give the right number of edits -- 21 -- so it is not skipping either article. It says 51 noms processed at the top, and lists two articles that I edited, which is correct. I also tried it in Chrome and it lists three articles for me, so for some reason it's not spotting the nomination in Chrome. Mike Christie (talklibrary) 02:32, 18 March 2011 (UTC)
Sorry to spam your talk page with comments on this -- let me know if you don't want me to continue, but I'd love to use this tool and would like to figure out what I'm doing wrong. I just added some comments to the Somerset Levels FAC and reran Reviewer Summary on WP:FAC after I did so; it now says I have contributed 850 bytes, so it does appear to have noticed some change, since it said 849 before. I also noticed that it doesn't say "All nominations processed" at the top, as the instructions say it will; it says "44 nominations processed". Mike Christie (talklibrary) 10:09, 19 March 2011 (UTC)
I do appreciate the reports; I just haven't edited in a week. I ran the script on WP:FAC and it says Mike Christie 6 31 (5.2) 15,034 (2,505.7) for you right now, which appears correct? This appears in both Firefox and Chrome; both browsers report the same results, including the total number of nominations processed. I haven't been able to duplicate the results that you are getting. Gary King (talk · scripts) 19:35, 24 March 2011 (UTC)
OK, then I'll keep posting if you're OK with trying to sort this out. Since you posted the above I made a couple of fairly minor edits to two FACs; and I now get this: Mike Christie/7/35 (5.0)/15,033 (2,147.6), which is clearly wrong as it's less than your byte number. If you like I can log you in to a gotomeeting session on my computer so you can try to reproduce this. Mike Christie (talk - contribs - library) 22:53, 25 March 2011 (UTC)
That's exactly what I'm getting now, too. So either the previous number I posted was incorrect or the new one is. I'll try to find out. Gary King (talk · scripts) 01:39, 26 March 2011 (UTC)


Hi there. Any progress with the usergroups javascript stuff which would allow us to control content based on usergroup? I mentioned you at Wikipedia talk:Article wizard. — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 15:19, 23 March 2011 (UTC)

Yeah, sorry for the wait. Go to Special:MyPage/skin.js, and add the following line to it:
importScript('User:Gary King/user groups.js'); // [[User:Gary King/user groups.js]]
Then, bypass your cache (usually, clicking on your browser's "Reload" button while holding the Shift key should be sufficient). And finally, go here, and there should be some hidden content there. (If you go to that page while logged out, you'll see the hidden content in full. Otherwise, you can just click on the "(+)" links to show the hidden content.) Gary King (talk · scripts) 21:53, 25 March 2011 (UTC)

Metroid Prime: Trilogy Featured topic

I am messaging to get your opinion on the possible creation of a Featured topic which consists of Metroid Prime: Trilogy, Metroid Prime, Metroid Prime 2: Echoes, and Metroid Prime 3: Corruption, as you have participated in the editing of one or more of these articles. - The New Age Retro Hippie used Ruler! Now, he can figure out the length of things easily. 06:47, 26 March 2011 (UTC)

You can try. It was suggested before but people asked for all Metroid games as one topic instead. Gary King (talk · scripts) 20:25, 26 March 2011 (UTC)

Our project of a Metroid titles topic is almost there - the above user is reviewing Metroid: Other M, and said all it needs to pass is prose fixing. Can you take a look? Thanks. igordebraga 20:09, 27 March 2011 (UTC)

Here we go! igordebraga 00:05, 4 April 2011 (UTC)


Hey Gary, long time no talk. Two editors disagree with how you wrote the characters section in Independence Day (film). See [2]. Could you take a look? Ed [talk] [majestic titan] 07:25, 30 March 2011 (UTC)

The version with more info on each cast member/character seems better. I actually particularly enjoy reading the Cast section here, even though some would consider it quite long for a Cast section. Gary King (talk · scripts) 18:45, 30 March 2011 (UTC)

WikiCup 2011 March newsletter

We are half way through round two of the WikiCup, which will end on 28 April. Of the 64 current contestants, 32 will make it through to the next round; the two highest in each pool, and the 16 next highest scorers. At the time of writing, our current overall leader is Zanzibar Hurricanehink (submissions) with 231 points, who leads Pool H. Poland Piotrus (submissions) (Pool G) also has over 200 points, while 9 others (three of whom are in Pool D) have over 100 points. Remember that certain content (specifically, articles/portals included in at least 20 Wikipedias as of 31 December 2010 or articles which are considered "vital") is worth double points if promoted to good or featured status, or if it appears on the main page in the Did You Know column. There were some articles last round which were eligible for double points, but which were not claimed for. For more details, see Wikipedia:WikiCup/Scoring.

A running total of claims can be seen here. However, numerous competitors are yet to score at all- please remember to submit content soon after it is promoted, so that the judges are able to review entries. The number of points that will be needed to reach round three is not clear- everyone needs to get their entries in now to guarantee their places! If you are concerned that your nomination will not receive the necessary reviews, and you hope to get it promoted before the end of the round, please list it on Wikipedia:WikiCup/Reviews. However, please remember to continue to offer reviews at GAC, FAC and all the other pages that require them to prevent any backlogs which could otherwise be caused by the Cup. As ever, questions are welcome on Wikipedia talk:WikiCup and the judges are reachable on their talk pages, or by email. Good luck! If you wish to start receiving or stop receiving this newsletter, please feel free to add or remove yourself from Wikipedia:WikiCup/Newsletter/Send. J Milburn and The ed17 00:56, 1 April 2011 (UTC)

Two months ago you unpacked an acronym you didn't understand

Hi Gary King,

AoS does not mean Age of Steam in that context.

Your edit at [3] remained in the article for 63 days. I have corrected it today.

However, the Aeon of Strife article is just a redirect to a now unrelated page (Species of StarCraft#Protoss), which does not contain any information about AoS itself. (Besides the assumption that AoS is a Protoss-related something.)

So if you feel like it, you can do some research (read this) and then create the appropriate page.


--•ː• 3ICE •ː• 18:00, 2 April 2011 (UTC)

RFC on the inclusion of a table comparing SI units and Binary prefixes

Notice: An RFC is being conducted here at Talk:Hard diskdrive#RFC on the use of the IEC prefixes. The debate concerns this table which includes columns comparing SI and Binary prefixes to describe storage capacity. We welcome your input

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Image strengthening

I've found that a lot of good articles and probably a lot of featured articles (I haven't check them yet) are abusing the use of copyrighted images on Wikipedia (for example, I've seen several articles that use three images to visualize content in the article even though the first image demonstrates everything that the other two images are trying to do). Would you be interested in helping fix this problem? - The New Age Retro Hippie used Ruler! Now, he can figure out the length of things easily. 18:40, 22 April 2011 (UTC)

Thanks for this script, it's a great boon. Do you think it's advisable to add underlining for adjacent links with no space between them, so that things like this get underlined also? If so, that would help a lot.—msh210 18:27, 27 April 2011 (UTC)

Okay done. Although it looks a bit odd since that example link will have all letters underlined so it looks like the entire thing is underlined, but it's better than nothing I guess. When you actually hover over the link, you see that each letter is a separate link, so I guess it's not all bad. Gary King (talk · scripts) 18:50, 27 April 2011 (UTC)
Thank you!—msh210 19:29, 27 April 2011 (UTC)


perhaps you could take a look at the articles on various companies acquired by Cisco: M.I. Secure Corporation, MaxComm Technologies, JetCell, Actona Technologies, AQuantive. NeoPath. Netiverse, SyPixx Networks ,Akwan Information Technologies, DMarc Broadcasting==all of them with almost no information--they've been nominated (by someone else) for deletion via Prod; I'd suggest either expanding them, or adding the basic info to the Cisco article & making them redirects. either way would be helpful. DGG ( talk ) 06:12, 28 April 2011 (UTC)

I've been watching those articles. I don't plan on working on them, however. I created those articles over three years ago and I was a different editor with different standards back then than I am now. I'll let the community determine what to do with them as I don't have much time to edit at the moment, anyways. Gary King (talk · scripts) 06:20, 28 April 2011 (UTC)

WikiCup 2011 April newsletter

Round 2 of the 2011 WikiCup is over, and the new round will begin on 1 May. Note that any points scored in the interim (that is, for content promoted or reviews completed on 29-30 April) can be claimed in the next round, but please do not start updating your submissions' pages until the next round has begun. Fewer than a quarter of our original contestants remain; 32 enter round 3, and, in two months' time, only 16 will progress to our penultimate round. Scotland Casliber (submissions), who led Pool F, was our round champion, with 411 points, while 7 contestants scored between 200 and 300 points. At the other end of the scale, a score of 41 was high enough to reach round 3; more than five times the score required to reach round 2, and competition will no doubt become tighter now we're approaching the later rounds. Those progressing to round 3 were spread fairly evenly across the pools; 4 progressed from each of pools A, B, E and H, while 3 progressed from both pools C and F. Pools D and G were the most successful; each had 5 contestants advancing.

This round saw our first good topic points this year; congratulations to Zanzibar Hurricanehink (submissions) and Assyrian people Nergaal (submissions) who also led pool H and pool B respectively. However, there remain content types for which no points have yet been scored; featured sounds, featured portals and featured topics. In addition to prizes for leaderboard positions, the WikiCup awards other prizes; for instance, last year, a prize was awarded to Democratic Republic of the Congo Candlewicke (submissions) (who has been eliminated) for his work on In The News. For this reason, working on more unusual content could be even more rewarding than usual!

Sorry this newsletter is going out a little earlier than expected- there is a busy weekend coming up! A running total of claims can be seen here. If you are concerned that your nomination will not receive the necessary reviews, and you hope to get it promoted before the end of the round, please list it on Wikipedia:WikiCup/Reviews. However, please remember to continue to offer reviews at GAC, FAC and all the other pages that require them to prevent any backlogs which could otherwise be caused by the Cup. As ever, questions are welcome on Wikipedia talk:WikiCup and the judges are reachable on their talk pages, or by email. Good luck! If you wish to start receiving or stop receiving this newsletter, please feel free to add or remove yourself from Wikipedia:WikiCup/Newsletter/Send. J Milburn and The ed17 19:17, 29 April 2011 (UTC)

Thank you

Thank you for your formatting help, with the talkpage of Santorum (neologism). Much appreciated. ;) Cheers, -- Cirt (talk) 15:09, 21 May 2011 (UTC)

User:Gary King/user groups.js

Hi, I was talking about this issue (as a stopgap until r82285 - see here) and MSGJ pointed out your work on this. Does User:Gary King/user groups.js actually work? I'm looking at it and can't see how it works, and I'm not immediately sure how to test it. Rd232 talk 14:36, 24 May 2011 (UTC)

Load it like a normal script by adding it to Special:MyPage/skin.js with importScript('User:Gary King/user groups.js'); then go to a page, type something like the examples given, such as <div class="not-for-sysop">This is a test.</div> and then you won't be able to see it since you are a sysop. Non-sysops can see it. This script was meant to be added to somewhere like MediaWiki:Common.js so that it applied to all users, but if the functionality is to be added to MediaWiki itself then this script is no longer necessary. Gary King (talk · scripts) 18:11, 24 May 2011 (UTC)
Oh well I'm sure identifying sysops works. My concern is - how does the script identify autoconfirmed users? It seemed to be trying to do that and I didn't think it was possible. Rd232 talk 19:08, 24 May 2011 (UTC)
The server just reports autoconfirmed as just another usergroup. JS shows which usergroups the user is a part of, and autoconfirmed is one of them. Gary King (talk · scripts) 21:25, 24 May 2011 (UTC)
Oh! I didn't realise. Cool, I might try and use it then. Rd232 talk 21:37, 24 May 2011 (UTC)

WikiCup 2011 May newsletter

We're half way through round 3 of the 2011 WikiCup. There are currently 32 remaining in the competition, but only 16 will progress to our penultimate round. Scotland Casliber (submissions), of pool D, is our overall leader with nearly 200 points, while pools A, B and C are led by Texas Racepacket (submissions), Zanzibar Hurricanehink (submissions) and Saskatchewan Canada Hky (submissions) respectively. The score required to reach the next round is 35, though this will no doubt go up significantly as the round progresses. We have a good number of high scorers, but also a considerable number who are yet to score. Please remember to submit content soon after it is promoted, so that the judges are able to review entries. Also, an important note concerning nominations at featured article candidates: if you are nominating content for which you intend to claim WikiCup points, please make this clear in the nomination statement so that the FAC director and his delegates are aware of the fact.

A running total of claims can be seen here. If you are concerned that your nomination will not receive the necessary reviews, and you hope to get it promoted before the end of the round, please list it on Wikipedia:WikiCup/Reviews. However, please remember to continue to offer reviews at GAC, FAC and all the other pages that require them to prevent any backlogs which could otherwise be caused by the Cup. As ever, questions are welcome on Wikipedia talk:WikiCup and the judges are reachable on their talk pages, or by email. Good luck! If you wish to start receiving or stop receiving this newsletter, please feel free to add or remove yourself from Wikipedia:WikiCup/Newsletter/Send. J Milburn and The ed17 23:27, 31 May 2011 (UTC)

Quick question

Could you pop to Wikipedia:Village_pump_(idea_lab)#Block_log_annotation and give an opinion on feasibility in JavaScipt? Thanks. Rd232 talk 02:08, 8 June 2011 (UTC)

WikiCup 2011 June newsletter

We are half way through 2011, and entering the penultimate round of this year's WikiCup; the semi-finals are upon us! Points scored in the interim (29/30 June) may be counted towards next round, but please do not update your submissions' pages until the next round has begun. 16 contestants remain, and all have shown dedication to the project to reach this far. Our round leader was Scotland Casliber (submissions) who, among other things, successfully passed three articles through featured article candidates and claimed an impressive 29 articles at Did You Know, scoring 555 points. Casliber led pool D. Pool A was led by Ohio Wizardman (submissions), claiming points for a featured article, a featured list and seven good article reviews, while pool C was led by Norway Eisfbnore (submissions), who claimed for two good articles, ten articles at Did You Know and four good article reviews. They scored 154 and 118 respectively. Pool B was by far our most competitive pool; six of the eight competitors made it through to round 4, with all of them scoring over 100 points. The pool was led by Zanzibar Hurricanehink (submissions), who claimed for, among other things, three featured articles and five good articles. In addition to the four pool leaders, 12 others (the four second places, and the 8 next highest overall) make up our final 16. The lowest scorer who reached round 4 scored 76 points; a significant increase on the 41 needed to reach round 3. Eight of our semi-finalists scored at least twice as much as this.

No points were awarded this round for featured pictures, good topics or In the News, and no points have been awarded in the whole competition for featured topics, featured portals or featured sounds. Instead, the highest percentage of points has come from good articles. Featured articles, despite their high point cost, are low in number, and so, overall, share a comparable number of points with Did You Know, which are high in number but low in cost. A comparatively small but still considerable number of points come from featured lists and good article reviews, rounding out this round's overall scores.

We would again like to thank United Kingdom Jarry1250 (submissions) and Bavaria Stone (submissions) for invaluable background work, as well as all of those helping to provide reviews for the articles listed on Wikipedia:WikiCup/Reviews. Please do keep using it, and please do help by providing reviews for the articles listed there. However, please remember to continue to offer reviews generally at GAC, FAC and all the other pages that require them to prevent any backlogs which could otherwise be caused by the Cup.

Two final notes: Firstly, please remember to state your participation in the WikiCup when nominating articles at FAC. Finally, some WikiCup-related statistics can be seen here and here, for those interested, though it appears that neither are completely accurate at this time. As ever, questions are welcome on Wikipedia talk:WikiCup and the judges are reachable on their talk pages, or by email. Good luck! If you wish to start receiving or stop receiving this newsletter, please feel free to add or remove yourself from Wikipedia:WikiCup/Newsletter/Send. J Milburn and The ed17 23:31, 30 June 2011 (UTC)

Watchlist script

I have a question about your watchlist script. Did by "bold" you mean you turned unread diffs red? --Nathan2055talk 18:06, 5 July 2011 (UTC)

Yeah I think I changed it from bold to red a few months ago. I felt that that stood out more. Even if red text is only in my periphery vision, I could catch it better than bold text. You can change the appearance yourself using CSS. Gary King (talk · scripts) 18:07, 5 July 2011 (UTC)
Please explain him how to do it. I was searching that script for him after a request in the IRC. mabdul 19:02, 5 July 2011 (UTC)
You just go to Special:MyPage/skin.css and add:
a.watchlist-diff { font-weight: bold; color: #9d11b3; }
I don't know if that's the right color, but you need to probably change it if you don't want it to be red. The one I provided is purple. Gary King (talk · scripts) 19:12, 5 July 2011 (UTC)

I need Help!

I have an account since 12. April 2011 and I'm still not autoconfirmed! What can I do? --Robert Krueger 2 (talk) 14:21, 8 July 2011 (UTC)

You need at least 10 edits (in addition to being registered for four days) to be autoconfirmed. Dabomb87 (talk) 14:41, 8 July 2011 (UTC)
Thank you! --Robert Krueger 2 (talk) 17:51, 8 July 2011 (UTC)

It has been suggested that "Republic of Texas (group)" and "Legal status of Texas" be merged with Texas Secession Movement; an article that you have been involved in editing. If you are interested in the merge discussion, please participate by going here, and adding your comments on the discussion page. Thank you. Otr500 (talk) 06:24, 15 July 2011 (UTC)

DYK nom for Free-to-play

Hi Gary, I have reviewed your DYK nomination of Free-to-play at Template talk:Did you know/Free-to-play and there are still some issues with sourcing. Could you take a look at my review and reply there after addressing the comments? Thanks. Crisco 1492 (talk) 05:22, 12 August 2011 (UTC)

Sorry to make trouble

Not really picking on you, though it probably looks that way. Been a number of your articles turn up at AfD today. Looking at all of them, they all seem to be about tech businesses that were bought out by Cisco. I don't think that's enough of an assertion of minimal importance to survice WP:CSD#A7, so I tagged them all for speedy deletion. I seldom delete tech business articles myself; the world knows I have an axe to grind there. But if these businesses were important for some reason other than being absorbed into Cisco, go ahead and make them over with that claim included.

I also see that the AfD nominator didn't leave word here. Off to have a word with him. - Smerdis of Tlön - killing the human spirit since 2003! 16:32, 15 August 2011 (UTC)

Yeah the AfD nominator actually did leave messages here, for every AfD. I just removed them afterward. He probably uses Twinkle. I'll leave the articles be, and if they are deleted, then so be it. I created them a few years ago and since then I don't think they really are all that notable, anyway. Gary King (talk · scripts) 17:27, 15 August 2011 (UTC)
Oops. :D - Smerdis of Tlön - killing the human spirit since 2003! 19:21, 15 August 2011 (UTC)

DYK for Free-to-play

Casliber (talk · contribs) 00:02, 26 August 2011 (UTC)


Hi. I am Jivesh. I edit Beyonce-related articles on Wikipedia. I noticed you have done some of her GAs. Do you want to work on this? Please reply. Jivesh 1205 (talk / Make sure you give 4 a try!!!) 12:28, 17 September 2011 (UTC)

I think you messed up on that link, because it just literally links to This. I assume it's a Beyonce-related article, such as a song or album, though, and I'm afraid I don't have the time to work on another GA at the moment, sorry. Gary King (talk · scripts) 17:10, 17 September 2011 (UTC)
I was referring to this. If it was a song or album article, i would have done it myself as i have been doing all this. However, i do not know hat such an article needs. Jivesh 1205 (talk / Make sure you give 4 a try!!!) 17:56, 17 September 2011 (UTC)
Oh okay, well you can look at one of the ones that I've done in the past as an example. I don't have time for that, especially such a massive list. Gary King (talk · scripts) 19:11, 18 September 2011 (UTC)
Thank you. Jivesh 1205 (talk / Make sure you give 4 a try!!!) 04:36, 19 September 2011 (UTC)

Semirandom Article

Hey! I saw you have a script for controlling random article results. I haven't really played with scripting through Wikipedia itself. How hard do you think it would be to throw together a function to control the results based on the number of 'what links here' links to the page. The main goal would be to reduce the amount of uninteresting sports or small municipality stuff in results. Craig Pemberton (talk) 05:10, 18 September 2011 (UTC)

Featured Lists

Given how much experience you have with Featured Lists, I wondered if you could help with this Peer Review (that'll help become possible one of the topics you list here). Thanks. igordebraga 00:51, 4 October 2011 (UTC)

Uh sure, I guess I'll take a look. The list is pretty big though, and I haven't dealt with a list of films before, so my suggestions will probably be limited in some way. Gary King (talk · scripts) 02:12, 4 October 2011 (UTC)

Nominations viewer

Hi Gary - Beginning last night, on two different computers using two different browsers (Firefox and Chrome), your nominations viewer script is not working at FAC and FAR for me. Not sure if this is something on my end (AFAIK, nothing changed on either of my computers/browsers) or if perhaps there was an update to the WP code that caused this, but I can't figure out how to resolve the issue. Any suggestions would be welcome. Thanks, Dana boomer (talk) 12:23, 5 October 2011 (UTC)

Wikipedia was updated to 1.18 yesterday, so tons of major scripts (Twinkle, etc.) were broken in one way or another. This was probably related. I'll check it out. Gary King (talk · scripts) 16:25, 5 October 2011 (UTC)
Should be fixed now. Let me know if it is not. Gary King (talk · scripts) 17:58, 5 October 2011 (UTC)
After clearing my cache, it works perfectly. Thanks for the quick response! Another thing that I've been wondering about for a while now - the script doesn't seem to work on articles that have dashes (of some sort, not sure if it's any particular one) in the title. For example, the Polish-Soviet War article currently on the FAR page. Is there a reason behind this? Not a huge deal, but just a little odd. Thanks again, Dana boomer (talk) 18:27, 5 October 2011 (UTC)
Weird, I didn't know about this. Good thing the script doesn't actually terminate, though (as in, you can still see the nomination, it's just that it doesn't grab the extra data). I'll look into it, but no promises. Gary King (talk · scripts) 18:29, 5 October 2011 (UTC)
Are all the dashes the only types of symbols that are problematic? I'd suspect that other symbols are probably also causing problems, but they just appear less frequently so you notice them less? Gary King (talk · scripts) 20:17, 5 October 2011 (UTC)
Okay they should all be fixed now. I think the change I made was a tradeoff between either fixing dashes and breaking other symbols, or something along those lines. I know I implemented the original edit that broke the dashes for some reason, but I can't remember what. Gary King (talk · scripts) 20:20, 5 October 2011 (UTC)
Looks great! I have no idea on the other symbols thing - we don't see them a lot at FAC/FAR - but script-writing is also totally not my area of expertise! Dana boomer (talk) 20:28, 5 October 2011 (UTC)


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List of mergers and acquisitions by Microsoft

Hi Gary,

Great job with all of those featured lists! I have nominated List of mergers and acquisitions by Microsoft at WP:TFLS to go up on the main page and it has been pointed out that the "Value" column in the "Divestitures" table doesn't sort. I have gone through the history of the article and it would appear that the sort function has never worked on this column. I haven't been able to figure out why, however; the column looks like it is formatted exactly the same way as the value columns in the other tables. If you are able to fix this problem or determine what the problem is, it would be greatly appreciated.

Neelix (talk) 21:33, 23 October 2011 (UTC)

The column sorted just fine when it was nominated to FLC. The recent MediaWiki update changed how sorting worked. The sorting is really broken now. For instance, here are some tests: this doesn't sort, as is expected I guess; it does sort after the dollar signs are removed, though; this sorts because one of the rows has a dash; this doesn't sort, even with a dash. So, I can't find the common thread.
This might be something you want to bring to WT:FLC since sorting is used a lot over there. Gary King (talk · scripts) 03:23, 24 October 2011 (UTC)
Hi Gary,
Thanks for doing those sandbox tests! I have removed the dollar signs from the article and now all the sorting works properly. The number table sorting template states that the template is useful "when numbers are preceded by some text other than a currency symbol," so I guess it is already known that the currency symbols pose a problem with the template.
Happy editing,
Neelix (talk) 20:07, 24 October 2011 (UTC)
Okay, great. Is there some way I can keep track of the status of the list when it hits the main page? For instance, should I watch the list itself (will the Article History template on the talk page be updated?), or will a bot notify my user talk page, etc.? Gary King (talk · scripts) 20:17, 24 October 2011 (UTC)

Maximal Innovative Intelligence listed at Redirects for discussion

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"Comments in Local Time" script IE issues

Here. In short: start IE8, visit Help:Sorting, look at the soring code working, enable your gadget in preferences, visit Help:Sorting again, see sorting not working. — AlexSm 21:11, 25 October 2011 (UTC)

Could you please remove that line from your gadget? It takes one a minute. — AlexSm 02:42, 3 November 2011 (UTC)

Main page appearance: Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

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Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare is a 2007 first-person shooter video game, developed by Infinity Ward and published by Activision for PC, Macintosh, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Wii. A separate handheld game was made separately for the Nintendo DS. The game was released in North America, Australia, and Europe in November 2007 for video game consoles and Windows. It was released for the Mac in September 2008, then released for the Wii in November 2009, given the name Reflex Edition. It is the fourth installment in the Call of Duty video game series, excluding expansion packs, and is the first in the Modern Warfare line of the franchise, followed by a direct sequel, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 as well as the first game in the series to have a Mature rating. The game breaks away from the World War II setting of previous games in the series and is instead set in modern times. Call of Duty 4 was in development for two years, and it uses a proprietary game engine. On September 10, 2009, it was re-released in Japan by Square-Enix. (more...)

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2011 WikiCup participation

Awarded to Gary King, who reached round 2 in the 2011 WikiCup.

It was good to have you on board this time around- we hope you enjoyed the competition! In case you are interested, signups for next year are open. Thanks, J Milburn and The ed17 20:51, 2 November 2011 (UTC)

Featured Lists

Given you helped with the Peer Review, and ultimately I'm dealing with only image complaints, if possible, can you look at the Bond films FLC? Thanks. igordebraga 23:58, 5 November 2011 (UTC)


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Scripts question...

Hi Gary, I'm leaving you this message because it seems you're somewhat of a scripts guru here on Wikipedia. I posted the following message to the Help Desk a day or two ago and I didn't get an answer. I was hoping maybe you could help. Also, it would be preferable if you could respond on my talk page. Thanks.

Hello, I've been starting to experiment with my skin .js pages and trying to modify other scripts for my own use (in my own userspace of course). During this process I keep on finding variables like wgScriptPath, #wpSummary, wgCanonicalNamespace, etc. While I've been able to figure out the basic meaning of those above, there are many others variables I can't find out about. These variables aren't defined anywhere in the script so my first guess was that they were something like MediaWiki global variables. Can somebody please explain to me where I can find a listing and explanation of all these frequently occurring variables. Any help is very much appreciated,  M   Magister Scientatalk (20 November 2011)
Continued here. Gary King (talk · scripts) 03:24, 20 November 2011 (UTC)


Given your help with Lost articles (you even nominated one to GA status) can you take a look at The Constant, which I've put on the FAC? Thanks. igordebraga 12:32, 29 November 2011 (UTC)

Checked it out briefly. Will perhaps do a bit more later. Gary King (talk · scripts) 20:36, 29 November 2011 (UTC)
Will be glad if you help more - and check this too. igordebraga 17:45, 3 December 2011 (UTC)
Mostly what's left for both articles is minor copyediting, from what I can see. The FAC looks fine so far. The one thing that I notice for both articles, though, is that there are some really huge paragraphs, which really could be broken down to smaller chunks for easier reading. Also, a general rule I believe is that for dates like "In January 1, 2011 the episode aired", there should usually be a comma after the year. Although that might have changed recently, but if not, I think you can find that in the MOS somewhere. This is only the case for dates in the MDY format; MY and DMY don't follow that rule. Gary King (talk · scripts) 17:56, 3 December 2011 (UTC)

WP Economics in the Signpost

The WikiProject Report would like to focus on WikiProject Economics for a Signpost article. This is an excellent opportunity to draw attention to your efforts and attract new members to the project. Would you be willing to participate in an interview? If so, here are the questions for the interview. Just add your response below each question and feel free to skip any questions that you don't feel comfortable answering. Multiple editors will have an opportunity to respond to the interview questions. If you know anyone else who would like to participate in the interview, please share this with them. Have a great day. -Mabeenot (talk) 07:09, 1 December 2011 (UTC)

I see that multiple editors were notified; that's good, as I probably won't be able to respond to this, especially since I haven't really been active in the WP all that much, unfortunately. Gary King (talk · scripts) 07:22, 1 December 2011 (UTC)

Comment highlighter

Quick question: will comment_highlighter.js work on meta? —danhash (talk) 17:30, 6 December 2011 (UTC)

I don't see why not, unless they are using LiquidThreads or something different from here. It requires WP:LOCO to work, for now, though, which I think should also work on Meta. You don't have to copy the code over there; you can just import it, so that you get all the latest bug updates, etc. by using the following code:
And that should do it. Gary King (talk · scripts) 19:17, 6 December 2011 (UTC)
It works! Thanks :) —danhash (talk) 14:39, 7 December 2011 (UTC)


Who's decision was it to not document the patch history similar to other PC game articles such as World of Warcraft. Did you get a community consensus? Or was this decision made on your own? Actions such as arbitrarily removing contributions can be discouraging and anti wikepedian. 10:45, 9 December 2011 (UTC) — Preceding unsigned comment added by 0pen$0urce (talkcontribs)

Please bring this up on the article's talk page then. I don't see a detailed list of patches released for WoW on World of Warcraft. Gary King (talk · scripts) 19:39, 9 December 2011 (UTC)

Script Installer

Two things about this script. One, it works in chrome and two, could you add a little plus button ( maybe like this one, that would show the script installer interface only when you click it?. Thanks, --Kangaroopowah 01:10, 19 December 2011 (UTC)

Okay I added a bit about Chrome on the doc page, but I haven't tested it myself so I worded it that way. I really haven't touched the script in a while, I think a year and a half, and I don't intend on doing so any time soon. I know some might find the script useful; obviously I was very ambitious with it from the start, and it does currently perform some useful tasks, but I got too busy with other things and just burnt out with the script to continue working with it. So perhaps someone else can take up the project one day, or I'll get around to it soon. For now, it really it just considered in beta and probably an inactive project at the moment, sorry. The best I can do for now is bookmark your suggestion for when I do get back to working on the code. Gary King (talk · scripts) 05:22, 19 December 2011 (UTC)
You might want to try your luck at WP:VPT and asking someone to write a script to do this, since it doesn't require code to be written directly in the script. The new script could just hide Script Installer by default, then create the image like the one you suggested. Gary King (talk · scripts) 07:11, 19 December 2011 (UTC)

Welcome to the 2012 WikiCup

Hello, and welcome to the 2012 WikiCup! The competition officially begins at the start of 2012 (UTC) after which time you may begin to claim points. Your submission page, where you must note any content for which you wish to claim points, can be found here, and formatting instructions can be found in hidden comments on the page. A bot will then update the main table, which can be seen on the WikiCup page. The full rules for what will and will not be awarded points can be found at Wikipedia:WikiCup/Scoring. There's also a section on that page listing the changes that have been made to the rules this year, so that experienced participants can get up-to-date in a few seconds. One point of which we must remind everyone; you may only claim points for content upon which you have done significant work, and which you have nominated, in 2012. For instance, articles written or good article reviews started in 2011 are not eligible for points.

This round will last until late February, and signups will remain open until the middle of February. If you know of anyone who may like to take part, please let them know about the comeptition; the more the merrier! At the end of this round, the top 64 scorers will progress to the next round, where their scores will reset, and they will be split into pools. Note that, by default, you have been added to our newsletter list; we will be in contact at the end of every month with news. You're welcome to remove yourself from this list if you do not wish to hear from us. Conversely, those interested in following the competition are more than welcome to add themselves to the list. Please direct any questions towards the judges, or on the WikiCup talk page. Good luck! J Milburn (talk) and The ed17 (talk) 17:53, 31 December 2011 (UTC)