User talk:andrybak

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could you explain?[edit]

This [[1]] says you removed something from my Talk page, could you explain? Jenhawk777 (talk) 20:53, 4 September 2020 (UTC)

Jenhawk777, the diff you've linked is for your user page, and not your talk page. As explained in the edit summary for that edit, it was a removal of a template category from your user page per guideline WP:USERNOCAT. Your user page is not a template, so it should not have been categorized into Category:WikiFauna templates. —⁠andrybak (talk) 21:18, 4 September 2020 (UTC)
Okay, perhaps you could guess the level of my experience from the fact I linked the wrong page--or perhaps you are averse to jumping to conclusions, so let me be clearer. I haven't a clue what you said here. I would go with the proverbial "it's all Greek to me" except I actually do understand some Greek and it would be clearer--this is just jibberish. If you could avoid using jargon and explain your terms, understanding could possibly dawn. We'll never know unless you try. Jenhawk777 (talk) 22:39, 4 September 2020 (UTC)
Jenhawk777, Wikipedia uses a categorization system for convenience of its users—both readers and editors. To avoid repeating the same markup code on different pages of the encyclopedia, Wikipedia also uses a template system. A userbox is a type of template, which editors may place on their user pages. To understand these terms better I recommend reading the pages I've linked.
Back in May of 2020, you have incorrectly used code of Template:User wikipedia/FormerWikiPuppy (which is a userbox) in this edit: Special:Diff/954308157. Instead of transcluding it, you have copy-pasted its entire code onto your user page. Since entire code of the template page has been copy-pasted, the edit has also incorrectly added the bit of code, which categorizes the template's page into Category:WikiFauna templates. This lead to your user page also being categorized as a template. Your user page (User:Jenhawk777) has incorrectly showed up on the page Category:WikiFauna templates. User pages are not templates, so the code for categorization has been removed. —⁠andrybak (talk) 06:19, 5 September 2020 (UTC)
Okay, so thank you for that effort at explaining, and thank you for removing my user page as a template as well! I obviously had no idea. Whenever I have asked others if I can use their user box, they always just tell me to copy-paste it. I can't remember where I got the puppy from but I think it was a friend's page. He helped me when I was brand new and having a tough time but occasionally referred to me as a puppy. I didn't know that had specific meaning on Wikipedia, so when I saw it, I transferred it to my page in good faith. I'm sorry for the foul up and I am thankful you found and fixed it. I will read those pages. Thanx again. Jenhawk777 (talk) 06:43, 5 September 2020 (UTC)

Category:Outlines of econimics Suggestion[edit]

Greetings fellow Wikipedian. I see that you reverted my edit on the category "Outlines of econimics" with its misspelling. The edit summaries before and after gave me no clue what was going on. So I chased back some of the info and discovered that the category is being considered for speedy renaming. This is being done in accordance with Wikipedia's category discussion policy. It would be helpful to those of us watching these pages if you had mentioned this in your edit summaries, I wouldn't have reverted the change. Cheers Risk Engineer (talk) 15:48, 23 September 2020 (UTC)

Risk Engineer, here's a timeline of events from my perspective:
  1. On 2020-09-22, I start working on diffusing the Category:Outlines of human activities
  2. 2020-09-22T19:59:46 — I create a subcategory Category:Outlines of econimics
  3. I start moving outlines, which fit the category to Category:Outlines of econimics, using this guidance from WP:CAT: In addition, each categorized page should be placed in all of the most specific categories to which it logically belongs.
  4. At 2020-09-22T20:00:20 I recategorize the page Outline of economics into the new category
  5. Seven minutes later I notice the typo in the category name, and nominate it for speedy renaming at 2020-09-22T20:07:45.
As you can see, in my first edit to the page Outline of economics I didn't know there was a typo in category name, so I couldn't provide additional information in the edit summary for that edit. In my second edit I've tried to explain why misspelled category name is perfectly OK: the category will soon be renamed; the category exists, that's what matters.
Here's another relevant bit of WP:CAT:

While it should typically be clear from the name of an existing category which pages it should contain, the text of the category page may sometimes provide additional information on potential category contents.

—⁠andrybak (talk) 11:33, 24 September 2020 (UTC)
From a collaboration point of view, it was a suggestion to reduce everyone's efforts. Cheers Risk Engineer (talk) 14:09, 24 September 2020 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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For your amazing work in cleaning up our category system of all its craziness! – SD0001 (talk) 09:57, 6 October 2020 (UTC)

Template categories[edit]

Thanks for the help! [2] I wasn't entirely sure what your change was, though ... I couldn't decipher what I did wrong or what you changed. Could I trouble you to check if I did these correctly?

Thanks! SandyGeorgia (Talk) 18:35, 30 October 2020 (UTC)

SandyGeorgia, in your edit Special:Diff/986238911, you've added [[Category:Wikipedia featured content templates]] outside of the tag pair <noinclude>...</noinclude>, which is incorrect. In cases, where a /doc subpage exists, like Template:FA sidebar/doc for Template:FA sidebar, categorization should be added at the bottom of the /doc subpage. See wikitext <includeonly>{{Sandbox other||...}}</includeonly> at the bottom of Template:FA sidebar/doc. —⁠andrybak (talk) 20:11, 30 October 2020 (UTC)

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Happy template editing! Primefac (talk) 22:01, 2 November 2020 (UTC)

Math portal selected pics[edit]

In case you notice my edit to Portal:Mathematics/Selected_picture/30, which you had just created, I just wanted to explain that I switched pics 26 and 30 because the subpages for pics 26 through 29 were never completed for display to readers. Now those unfinished subpages are 27 through 30 (and max=26 at Portal:Mathematics). Maybe this will spur me to actually finish those subpages (or you can take a crack at them, if you'd like). Since it looks like you might be doing more such selected pictures in the near future, please add any new math ones to the currently-unfinished subpages for 27, 28, etc., before creating new subpages at 31, etc. I can fish out the old, unfinished contents of those subpages later from the page histories, as necessary. - dcljr (talk) 09:00, 5 November 2020 (UTC)

Dcljr, thanks for catching this. I completely missed that they were unfinished. —⁠andrybak (talk) 10:42, 5 November 2020 (UTC)

Portal thanks[edit]

Thank you for all your good work, especially on portal templates. I spent time on them last year but lost heart after most portals and some tools were deleted, the modules I was working on suddenly became protected, and the software grew in complexity to handle other namespaces and Wikipedias. It's great to see an enthusiastic and skilled editor making these very welcome improvements. Certes (talk) 13:56, 21 November 2020 (UTC)


Re this edit, are you trying to reply to me? It didn't seem like you were, which is why I changed it from an indent to another bullet. {{u|Sdkb}}talk 19:04, 23 November 2020 (UTC)

Sdkb, indeed I was replying to you. You've said: If we're talking about changing the color of some links and I've suggested another highlighting option for dab links—that is, use background color instead of foreground color and only in article space. —⁠andrybak (talk) 19:07, 23 November 2020 (UTC)
Got it; thanks for clarifying. {{u|Sdkb}}talk 19:08, 23 November 2020 (UTC)

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Germany portal selected pictures[edit]

Hi Andrybak,

thank you for your work on portal templates and the Germany portal. Reusing the POTDs for portals is very clever. I'm just curious whether it would be possible (by passing an alternative portal layout parameter) to use the same style as the other Germany portal selected pictures, which auto-resize (you can test this by changing the size of your browser window). On a wide screen, the POTD derived images are quite a bit narrower than the others. I don't know whether anyone else uses this dynamic resizing, but I quite like it. Happy editing, —Kusma (t·c) 14:31, 12 December 2020 (UTC)

Kusma, thanks. I have tried using template {{Portal dynamic image}} for POTDs, but unfortunately it is broken for vertical images—the image overlaps the text. See tests for Template:POTD/2012-10-10 and Template:POTD/2020-12-01 on the page Template:Portal POTD/testcases. —⁠andrybak (talk) 14:57, 12 December 2020 (UTC)
Hmm, it appears that only parameter |max-height= is broken: Special:Diff/993793825. —⁠andrybak (talk) 15:02, 12 December 2020 (UTC)
Kusma, another solution to make pictures auto-resize would be to use {{Random slideshow}}. It can be used directly, or through template {{Portal pictures}}. The latter supports three kinds of images: POTDs, numbered subpages, and "custom". The slideshow has the benefit of using less traffic for user (pictures load faster)—it seems that template {{Portal dynamic image}} always has to load the pictures in full resolution.
I've considered switching Portal:Germany/Selected picture to {{Portal pictures}} before, as there seems to be quiet a lot of POTDs related to Germany. Just hasn't had the time to actually do it. You can see an example of how it looks at Portal:Sports. —⁠andrybak (talk) 15:49, 12 December 2020 (UTC)
I'm not a fan of the random slideshows/transclusions, because they used to consume a lot of time/data when I last checked (more than a year ago). I deliberately went for larger images than the POTD ones because I think we should use more screen space (and on small screens, the portal layout switches to single column automatically). I kind of prefer Portal:Germany/Selected picture/17 to Portal:Germany/Selected picture/49, as I want to feature the picture, not the description, if you know what I mean. Maybe just using your search to find good candidates via POTD and then just adding them by hand is the best way to go. —Kusma (t·c) 22:35, 12 December 2020 (UTC)

Template problem[edit]

Hi Andrybak,

first of all. thank you for all your good work on templates.

There is a template created by you which currently has as a problem and because I've way too few knowledge for fixing it, I'm asking you (thus ignoring the wikibreak template on your user page because from your contributions I see were not be able to keep away from Wikipedia...):

Recently, the page "Perm" has been turned into a disambiguation; before, it pointed to the city in Russia. Therefore, now in Template:User Perm the "Perm" link does not any longer point to the city. Of course, one could replace "Perm" by "Perm, Russia" in the template, but a smarter solution would be something like [[Perm, Russia|Perm]] which does, however, not work in the template.

Could you find any solution? It is not a real problem, because currently this template is not linked from any user page, but this may be a general problem with other towns as well.

Regards --Cyfal (talk) 15:03, 12 December 2020 (UTC)

Wow, you're unbelievable quick!!! Thank you! --Cyfal (talk) 15:09, 12 December 2020 (UTC)
For the record: fixed in Special:Diff/993794676, after adding a new parameter |page= to Template:User Russian city. —⁠andrybak (talk) 15:12, 12 December 2020 (UTC)

Happy New Year![edit]

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