User talk:GhostInTheMachine

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A kitten for you![edit]

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Cute or what?

GhostInTheMachine (talk) 12:11, 14 December 2011 (UTC)

Thanks for coming along![edit]

Hi, Just want to say a big thank you for all your help at the YMT Luminaries edit-a-thon. You can read a report of the event here. Tweaks are welcome and you can comment on the talk page. Cheers! PatHadley (talk) 13:25, 20 March 2014 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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For the brilliant observation of the difference between 'notable' and 'noted' with ref to Wikipedia's fundamental critieria of notability, which opens doors to major change for underrepresented groups on Wikipedia. BessieMaelstrom (talk) 11:59, 17 May 2020 (UTC)

'Request an article' wizard[edit]

This is me inviting you to this discussion / whiteboard for sketching out a 'Request an article' wizard. -- BessieMaelstrom (talk) 11:12, 26 May 2020 (UTC)

Precious[edit]

water preservation

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Thank you for beginning quality articles around natural water, such as Eccup Reservoir and American Whitewater, for gnomish work with short descriptions, for wishing a kind recovery, and for "It can also become a challenge to keep AGF in mind." - you are an awesome Wikipedian!

You are recipient no. 2451 of Precious, a prize of QAI. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 20:14, 12 October 2020 (UTC)

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--Gerda Arendt (talk) 22:57, 30 October 2020 (UTC)

A userscript question: javascript, talkpages and wikidata[edit]

Hi GitM, I've been looking at your TalkHelper2 script. I've been wanting to adapt it toa a specific use case but I've zero js skills. Here's the usecase: On a mediawiki page like this one, the corresponding wikidata item will list some people as having specific roles (author, editor, peer reviewer), and some of those people will have their wikimedia username listed on their wikidata item.

Ideally, I'd love to colour comments on the talkpages based on on who they were left by. Bascially, where the script uses:

$('.talkHelper' + when + ':contains(' + wgUserName + ')').addClass('talkHelperMe');

would it be possible to identify usernames from the relevant wikidata item and colour comments accordingly? Any help or ideas appreciated! T.Shafee(Evo&Evo)talk 08:37, 15 December 2020 (UTC)

Evolution and evolvability Thanks for contacting me — it is always gratifying to know that others do notice my user scripts.
The TalkHelper script identifies Wikipedia Talk page posts by finding the timestamp that is always added at the end of a talk post in Wikipedia. In the case of the Wikiversity Talk page, there are no timestamps and also no user signatures in the Wikipedia sense, so TalkHelper, as it currently exists, has nothing to work with. This makes it a rather different process to identify the users involved and "brand" the various page components accordingly.
The author (Mario Rizzetto) is referenced only once and is identified in the Article info template on the main page. The display of the author name could easily be changed by altering the template itself – by adding suitable styling if everybody should see the highlighting or by adding a class so that a user script can add the styling for only you.
How do we connect a review to a specific user or class of user? Looking at the article history — the first review was added by you on 5 December 2019 and the template does not reference a specific user. The second was added by you as well, but is attributed to William L Irving, which matches the second "reviewed by" entry in Wikidata. The "Third peer review" also has an "anonymous peer reviewer", but the history shows that you added the review. One way forward might be for you to create some form of mock-up of how you think the pages could look (and which components take the additional colours) and what connects the post to a user. Another route might be to enhance the review template so that extra parameters can indicate the role of the reviewing user or perhaps more directly the class of "branding" to use when displaying the review. — GhostInTheMachine talk to me 20:27, 15 December 2020 (UTC)
Thanks for the detailed info! You're right that currently all the edits are bgin made by hand (via people submitting to this form that we then copy across). This is because most of the contributors (especially reviewers) have zero editing experience so kept messing up posting talkpage comments. The main problem with the v:template:review and v:template:response templates is that the syntax is easy to break when they get highly nested. Now that the [reply] fuction is running, we're hoping to transition back to normal talkpage comments, so would go back to standard signatures! Here's a crude mockup with blue white and grey indicating the three roles.
I've also been experimenting with this css templatestyle. (sandbox) but that has a couple of glaring limiations:
  • It can only alternate colours, rather than spotting different posting users.
  • I can't seem to colour the non-indented comments.
  • For some reason it seems to only show the formatting for me when I'm logged out, but I can't find any script I have installed over there that'd be over-riding it!
Any thoughts? T.Shafee(Evo&Evo)talk 05:37, 16 December 2020 (UTC)


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Modest flowers[edit]

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Thank you for a beer for RexxS --Gerda Arendt (talk) 21:18, 31 March 2021 (UTC)


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