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-- Wikinews Welcome (talk) 13:57, 19 November 2013 (UTC)Reply

Re: Copyvio?


Yeah, it's moderately common for newcomers to just post stuff they've seen somewhere that they liked; our admin reasons-for-deletion menu includes "blatant copyright violation". --Pi zero (talk) —Preceding comment was added at 9 September 2018

Thanks for editing the wording here, Leaderboard. (I believe this may possibly need a re-write on Sunday in the case the attack is successful.) --Gryllida (chat) 10:45, 29 September 2018 (UTC)Reply

Thanks for tireless monitoring of recent changes, Leaderboard


Thanks for reverting numerous spam edits and marking pages for speedy deletion. Really appreciate it.

It's a pity that after being marked as spam, the default deletion reason no longer includes the nickname of the account which created it. I wish this was fixed. Filed T207136 - make the default deletion reason a bit smarter.

--Gryllida (chat) 08:42, 16 October 2018 (UTC)Reply

I have my eye on this as something for a dialog-based assistant to facilitate. --Pi zero (talk) 12:39, 16 October 2018 (UTC)Reply
Thanks. Is this in a wish-list somewhere now? --Gryllida (chat) 05:48, 22 October 2018 (UTC)Reply

user page?


Is there really a problem with that rather vague biographical paragraph being on their user page? It appears to be about the account owner. It doesn't contain external links. It doesn't name the businesses involved. Perhaps you're seeing a problem with it more clearly than I am? --Pi zero (talk) 17:09, 29 October 2018 (UTC)Reply

@Pi zero: It is. This person has been dumping it crosswiki and has sock accounts (you blocked one of them and even revoked talkpage access), and actively reverts those who try to mark it for deletion. Leaderboard (talk) 17:43, 29 October 2018 (UTC)Reply
Fair enough. --Pi zero (talk) 17:50, 29 October 2018 (UTC)Reply

Aasi or Aasia


You have changed the name from Aasia to Aasi. According to sources the name is reported as "Aasia or Asia" even en-WP indicates (Aasia Bibi) her name "Asia". Now decide what the real name should be, and advise me, plz. Nannadeem (talk) 17:07, 31 October 2018 (UTC)Reply

@Nannadeem: The UK based sources (eg: this one) tell the name as Asia, so I think you should change it to that. Also @Pi zero: Leaderboard (talk) 17:24, 31 October 2018 (UTC)Reply
Ok I will appreciate action and decision by Pi zero (talk · contribs). Thanks Nannadeem (talk) 17:27, 31 October 2018 (UTC)Reply
Afaict, all the sources except Al Jaz use "Asia"; even the Pakistani sources use "Asia". So "Asia" should be a reasonable choice for us, and in fact anything else would require some good reason that currently isn't in evidence. --Pi zero (talk) 18:39, 31 October 2018 (UTC)Reply

For tagging articles do you edit by hand? Here is a script if you don't have one: User:Gryllida/js/TagSpam.js


To install add this line to Special:MyPage/common.js:


and look for 'tag spam' button on the page in the same section as 'What links here'.

--Gryllida (talk) 10:44, 5 November 2018 (UTC)Reply

@Gryllida: Ok, seems to work (even if it's a bit crude). Maybe make it a bit more interactive? Leaderboard (talk) 11:00, 5 November 2018 (UTC)Reply
What kind of interaction would you suggest to add? Gryllida (talk) 00:51, 6 November 2018 (UTC)Reply
@Gryllida: There is no indication that the template was added once the link is clicked. One easy thing would be to simply refresh the page so that the template was indeed added. Leaderboard (talk) 10:17, 7 November 2018 (UTC)Reply
Great idea, Leaderboard.  
The current version does this now -- without even reloading the page. (diff.) Gryllida (talk) 00:27, 8 November 2018 (UTC)Reply

Editing ORs


ORs can be easily identified by the title. They generally do not have {{editing}}--it is more of a personal choice. Best not to edit an OR while the AR is editing it. You can check the history in case of doubt.
•–• 08:35, 5 December 2018 (UTC)Reply



Be careful about the reasoning. Plus the current script does not seem you can have much control. (talk) 12:15, 30 December 2018 (UTC)Reply

You are right; it's just me being lazy and using Gryllida's script to tag it in one click. Leaderboard (talk) 12:18, 30 December 2018 (UTC)Reply
A small tweak, and burden of one more click: you can have User:Acagastya/FUR.js. Allows you to change the reason, if you have to use what is not default. Mine is set to "not news".
•–• 12:24, 30 December 2018 (UTC)Reply
I would suggest you to copy the code to your own file; so that you can set your own default reason: let it be spam or test—and also, protection against changes to script for different use. FUR was for Fair Use Rationale before I changed to deletion.
•–• 12:31, 30 December 2018 (UTC)Reply
@Acagastya: Thank you, it works properly. Leaderboard (talk) 11:23, 2 January 2019 (UTC)Reply

Happy New Year, Leaderboard


Wish you the best in the new year Leaderboard.

Not sure if anyone showed User:Gryllida/js/TagTest.js, it seems not in your User:Leaderboard/common.js and it might be useful.

Wish you the best in advancing your technical and writing expertise at Wikinews and elsewhere. --Gryllida (talk) 00:47, 1 January 2019 (UTC)Reply

Hi @Gryllida:. From what I see it adds another option to tag it as a test page. I'll stick with Agastya's for now as it's a bit more flexible. Thanks for the help though. Leaderboard (talk) 11:23, 2 January 2019 (UTC)Reply
Nice, thanks for letting me know that. I wasn't following the discussions for a few weeks and it is a great pleasure to know that there is a more flexible version available. Gryllida (talk) 23:36, 2 January 2019 (UTC)Reply

Loss of Pi zero Still unknown to many


Hi Leaderboard Just to let you know. I saw you contributed this to wn, so I thought I would bring this to your attention. Pi Zero had participated in many wmf wikis, but I am still running into pages that do acknowledge his loss to the wikimedia movement. Ottawahitech (talk) 23:36, 26 March 2021 (UTC)Reply

@Ottawahitech:, thanks. is there something specific that I need to do? Leaderboard (talk) 08:00, 27 March 2021 (UTC)Reply
Thanks for responding and pinging me. There are a couple of things people can do (possibly more?):
  • The former is kind of optional - us at en.wikibooks didn't do that, just opted to use a standard warning template.
  • The second is, well, out of my scope since I am not familiar with the Signpost. Leaderboard (talk) 15:39, 27 March 2021 (UTC)Reply
(your last point can be answered better by @Acagastya:; he wrote that article) Leaderboard (talk) 15:52, 27 March 2021 (UTC)Reply

That is how I, or anyone who called pizero in a video call saw him. Changing the image goes against our archival policy. If you want, you can ask pi's family to release a photo under a free license. But if you want my honest opinion -- it is completely unnecessary.
•–• 16:03, 27 March 2021 (UTC)Reply

This is what just I saw when I visited his page on wiktionary:

Pi zero is currently blocked.

  • This account is globally locked (globalauth log).

block logThis is what just I saw when I visited his page on wiktionary:

I inserted the template there but it is curretly redlinked (does not exist at wiktionary) Ottawahitech (talk) 16:13, 27 March 2021 (UTC)Reply



Hey Leaderboard. Can you please explain the rationale for this? I am curious why it is null? Are you using any scripts for tagging? Is it broken? (talk) 19:45, 10 May 2021 (UTC)Reply

That's your deletion script I was using. I recall it happens when the deletion reason is blank, but can't reproduce it now for some reason. Leaderboard (talk) 19:49, 10 May 2021 (UTC)Reply
Ah, if your prompt input is empty, the content selected will be null and that is what it will paste. Don't have it empty, or add a case to handle it. But again, what was your rationale? (talk) 19:56, 10 May 2021 (UTC)Reply
For this one? Actually I don't know, certainly does not look like the type of article I would usually tag for deletion. Leaderboard (talk) 19:57, 10 May 2021 (UTC)Reply
I understand sometimes we end up tagging wrong article for deletion, or accidentally delete wrong page -- it is a bad experience when that happens -- but regarding this -- I had asked once on IRC and hours later, here. I feel that tagging might have chased off @EthanBiando: who might be trying to get started with the project. Please be very careful how you approach a newcomer's work vs tagging other articles for deletion. We do not want to be chasing people off by actions which can be interpreted as we don't welcome their contribution here.
•–• 04:07, 11 May 2021 (UTC)Reply
@Acagastya: I think I figured out what happened. When you click the tag script, and then cancel it (for instance, if it was a mistake), instead of not doing anything, it simply tags with reason "null", as you can see. I think that's what could have happened - I clicked by mistake, and cancelled it, forgetting that the script still tags. Leaderboard (talk) 07:11, 11 May 2021 (UTC)Reply

Lorde article


Well: awfully sad that ran stale! Maybe a recent interview or commentary or notable chatter from some sources might freshen it up, possibly? Looked like a rock solid effort. --Bddpaux (talk) 17:29, 17 June 2021 (UTC)Reply

@Bddpaux: You may be looking for someone else - I have never written an article on this site. Leaderboard (talk) 17:30, 17 June 2021 (UTC)Reply
Haha! Brain cramp! Disregard! --Bddpaux (talk) 17:37, 17 June 2021 (UTC)Reply

Mail - reply


Thanks for the e-mail. I do not have the technical know-how to make a filter count the number of occurrences of a single character. I just add parameters to already existing filters. If you know the required code to create such a filter, please e-mail me the exact code and I can create and test it. If you don't know the coding required, consider sending the same mail (you sent to me) to Chaetodipus. He has experience in creating filters from scratch. Cheers, SVTCobra 18:43, 11 March 2023 (UTC)Reply

@SVTCobra:, I do know how to code; I just need to find a way to test it. I can email you as appropriate. Leaderboard (talk) 18:45, 11 March 2023 (UTC)Reply
OK, cool. I did see you are involved with filters over at Wikibooks. Cheers, SVTCobra 18:47, 11 March 2023 (UTC)Reply



hi, do you write any articles? Thanks. @Leaderboard BigKrow (talk) 09:33, 4 June 2024 (UTC)Reply

@BigKrow: You mean Wikinews articles? No. Leaderboard (talk) 09:34, 4 June 2024 (UTC)Reply
Yep, @Leaderboard BigKrow (talk) 09:34, 4 June 2024 (UTC)Reply
@BigKrow: No, I don't. Leaderboard (talk) 09:35, 4 June 2024 (UTC)Reply
K, thanks. @Leaderboard BigKrow (talk) 09:35, 4 June 2024 (UTC)Reply

You've certainly earned this......


Seems nearly comical at this point: but you have earned it -- and: these are somewhat whimsical as far as awards go.

  The Order of the Humble Pencil

For completing 5 edits.

Great work! Keep it up!--Bddpaux (talk) 19:36, 11 June 2024 (UTC)Reply