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Beta[edit]

RE: Stories Wiki User Menu[edit]

It might be a Chrome incompatibility or a conflicting CSS (I put a few things on !important). I'll have a look. Thanks for trying to help.
SirComputer | Stories Bureaucrat | Talk
11:18, 29 September 2013 (EDT)

Main Pages[edit]

On c:Main Page and b:Main Page, do you reckon you'd be able to design a more simple version to display on mobile browsers/small screens? They're looking good so far. --ToaMeiko (talk) 16:34, 7 October 2013 (EDT)

Meta Main Page[edit]

How big do you want the Stories logo to be on your Meta main page idea? I can whip one up really quickly, I have all the things!
SirComputer | Stories Bureaucrat | Talk
11:31, 9 October 2013 (EDT)
  • If you didn't see, Meiko has added Brickipedia and Customs logos. When we get that top box sorted (does Meta need a logo?), and I'll add a CUUSOO logo for you, we can get it up on front.
    SirComputer | Stories Bureaucrat | Talk
    11:32, 14 October 2013 (EDT)

Userboxes[edit]

I love the userboxes on your page. We should convert all the old ones to that style. :P Drew1200 (talk)

Yeah, I think it would be nice to have better userboxes. The option would be cool, but would totally defeat any consistency. :P Drew1200 (talk)

Glad to see that we have interwiki messaging now.

Yeah, I think I noticed the problems last time.

Oh, and hi again. :P

--ErkelonJay (talk) 12:42, 2 November 2013 (EDT)

Spambots[edit]

Hey, Nova. Since Meiko left, do you need help with the spambots? I'll give myself global CheckUser if you'd like help. If you can handle it, that's fine too. :) Drew1200 (talk)

Alright, I'll try! :) Being that Brickimedia is still in beta, most usernames should match up with the ones on Brickia. If there's a username that's exceptionally odd, you can CU it to see if it's a spambot. You can normally tell by the IP if it's a real person or not. You just have to be really, really careful not to block the account if you're not positive that it's a spambot. I wouldn't recommend doing that once we're out of beta. You probably have more experience with CheckUser than me, though, so you'll most likely be able to tell. :)
With the global sysop, I thought all anti-spambot people had it. :S It's awfully hard to delete the spambot's pages if you don't have the tools. :P If you want, I'll temporarily give you global sysop until the spambots are mostly gone. This is all kind of weird, since you're technically the one who should be in charge. XD
I apologize if this was a really confusing message. I can reword it if it doesn't make sense. :P Drew1200 (talk)
Yeah, I agree. The only thing we should be using the global sysop for is spambots. I gave you the rights, BTW. Drew1200 (talk)
  • I've noticed that almost all of the spambots are from Cloud Flare. Do you think a range block would help? Drew1200 (talk)
  • If you want to hop on our new fancy chat, I'll tell you a little bit more. :) I'm kind of hesitant to place such a large block. It's a lot bigger than I've ever done before. Drew1200 (talk)
  • Actually, nevermind that. I'll just go ahead and block it. I looked through the global block log, and actually, all of our spambots are coming from CloudFlare IPs. I'm just going to block 108.162.192.0/18 for now, though. Drew1200 (talk)

Suspicious activity[edit]

This seems quite suspicious. I'm pretty certain they're the same user, (although even if they have 1 letter difference) but I'm still curious since I'm not checkUser. Could you checkUser these?

Thanks! Codyn329 (talk) 03:54, 5 November 2013 (UTC)

GitHub rights[edit]

Hey, do you want me to give you push access to the Brickimedia GitHub repos so you can add in those CSS tweaks and stuff yourself? I can give you some advice for setting up git if you like?

Cheers, UltrasonicNXT (talk)

Not especially. The easiest way is to install GitHub for windows (you are on windows right? (GitHub for mac). From there, it's plain sailing. UltrasonicNXT (talk)
Not nessasarily. Git can run entirely from the command line (I only use it from the command line), but if you're not keen on command line, I am sure there are some Git GUIs that run on 10.6. Maybe GitX? Any git client will do, it does not have to be GitHub-specific. UltrasonicNXT (talk)
Yes, though in git-speak it's called cloning. You will have to copy the git URL (it's on the right hand side on github, https or ssh, either will do). Then you will have a copy of all the code on your computer. Then make your changes, and go back into GitX, and your changes will appear in the unstaged section. You must then stage your changes (mark that those changes are the ones you want to pass back to github), and they will appear in the staged section. Then, make a commit, with a summary, and push the commit to github. Check online, and your changes should be there.
Phew, just summed git up into one paragraph... It's a whole lot more complicated than that, but that should get you started. The GitX user manual will be your friend :) UltrasonicNXT (talk)

Big Problem...[edit]

I just noticed that as soon as I made a global block on 173.245.48.0/20, it started thinking that it's my IP. That's especially weird, because that's not even close to my IP. So I essentially just blocked myself, and anyone else who is getting this glitch. To make it even worse, I tried to unblock that IP, and it won't let me. I can still edit if I'm logged in, but when I log out, it thinks I'm blocked. I'll open an issue on GitHub right now, but in the meantime, could you see if you can get 173.245.48.0/20 unblocked? Drew1200 (talk)

Removed. CJC95 (talk) 17:40, 7 November 2013 (UTC)
Hello again. If you haven't seen this topic yet, I'd suggest looking at it (link). That essentially means that all these spambots we're blocking, aren't really spambots. They're using proxies set up by CloudFlare, which are shared with potentially any user who logs on here. That makes IP blocks useless and dangerous. It also means that the next time the spambot logs on, there's a good chance it'll have a different IP, making the global block ineffective. So I'm not really sure how we'll deal with spambots for the moment. Just keep blocking them, and deleting the pages they create, I guess. Drew1200 (talk)
If it makes things easier for anyone who may have this problem, I can empty the global-block database table and we can just use local blocks for the time being. --ToaMeiko (talk) 13:22, 9 November 2013 (UTC)

Just so you are aware[edit]

I enabled anonymous editing globally (should have been done a few weeks ago), so you'll be seeing a pretty large amount of spam. Just rollback it all, and since I think the IP-related issue that was faced with global blocks is still around, so I'd be wary of blocking IPs. Also, if it hasn't been already, please do report the issue with IPs on GitHub. Thanks, ToaMeiko (talk) 02:26, 12 November 2013 (UTC)

Help anyone?[edit]

I can't seem to view my userpage anymore in Safari- it comes up blank and says "internal server error" in my activity window. It works fine on Firefox and Chrome though :/ NovaFlare (talk) 04:49, 14 November 2013 (UTC)

  • Is this occuring globally? --ToaMeiko (talk) 14:44, 14 November 2013 (UTC)
    • No, it was just meta- but it's working again now :S Thanks anyway :) NovaFlare (talk) 22:17, 14 November 2013 (UTC)

Didn't know that, thanks. Not in a big hurry to get my old customs added, I have some newer ones to add now. (Plus, I redirected two to MOCpages already--you could go ahead and delete them on Wikia.) --ErkelonJay (talk) 17:14, 15 November 2013 (UTC)

Re: Image import[edit]

Not a clue why... This script seemed to be safer than last time, but there will always be a few that get missed for whatever reason, and on such a big scale its hard to pinpoint the problem. Nothing looks unusual about that one file... The script did complain about various revision not found errors and so on.. Perhaps running it again might help, though if that tried to upload a new version of all the currently existing files it may not be worth it... I'll have a think. UltrasonicNXT (talk)

Re: Spambot[edit]

It's alright, no worries. :P Codyn329 (talk) 00:11, 29 November 2013 (UTC)

Templates[edit]

Could you make Template:Delete and Template:Documentation look nicer? Thanks, ToaMeiko (talk) 16:59, 1 December 2013 (UTC)

Hi Nova, I was wondering if you could link me some of the templates for backgrounds and signatures? Also, I'm having trouble editing on my personal page on the Brickipedia part, my image won't appear and the preview button won't work. I'm relatively new to Brickimedia and only skimmed through the tools uses so far. -Krysto (talk) 07:51, 6 December 2013 (UTC) (Power Jim)

Some extra license templates[edit]

I had an idea for some more license templates. One would be for screenshots of/from LEGO Digital Designer. Another would be screenshots from LEGO TV episode/series and accredited to WilFilm (who does Ninjago and some HF stuff), or M2Film, which does Chima and various animated LEGO commercials and shorts such as City. The last idea I had would be ones of web screenshots, such as LEGO.com screenshots or mini-site screenshots (or really any website). --ToaMeiko (talk) 00:01, 8 December 2013 (UTC)

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MediaWiki:Licenses might be useful as a basis. "Non-free television screenshot" and "Non-free web screenshot" are basically the same as what we'd need here. For the LDD screenshots, it'd be sort of like {{Self}} but explaining that it's a screenshot of the LDD software or something made in the LDD software. While we're at that, we could probably make a "Non-free game screenshot"-like template for all kinds of LEGO games and online games, especially with LEGO Minifigures Online coming up soon. --ToaMeiko (talk) 00:38, 8 December 2013 (UTC)

Signature[edit]

That would be nice if you could make a signature Nova, even just giving me the template link to yours should be fine. I should be able to figure out how to copy and make some changes to my own signature. Thank again and just tell me if you need my help with anything. :) -Krysto (talk) 06:38, 9 December 2013 (UTC)

Board thoughts[edit]

Hi,

Remember I asked for a forum about the board a while ago? I finally got round to posting what I wanted to post, can you check out Forum:Board#Thoughts on the Board please?

Thanks! --Lcawte (talk) 15:20, 20 December 2013 (UTC)

Photoshopping things[edit]

Uh.. Haven't talked to you in a while about the cool photoshopped figures you make. I'd just like one more. Can I have a Friends version of my sigfig? Peter's face, Dastan's hair, and clothes similar to the one shown in this picture. (No handcuffs, please.) --Knight

Warning templates[edit]

Hey, would you be able to make warning templates for here at Meta? Ones especially for Adding spam links would be very helpful, but there are several on that Wikipedia page that would be good to have, and wikipedia:Template:Uw-soablock. --ToaMeiko (talk) 03:12, 23 December 2013 (UTC)


@both messages above- sorry but I'm actually basically inactive right now, and will be for a few more weeks yet (I thought I left a message about it, must have forgotten :S). But I'd be more than happy to do both when I'm back NovaFlare (talk) 13:35, 23 December 2013 (UTC)

Re: ARE abusefilter[edit]

Er, now that the import is done, I can probably deactivate the initial-rating bit now. We wouldn't have any other use for it would we? UltrasonicNXT (talk)

fixed =D UltrasonicNXT (talk)
Definately is pointless! I only used it becuase I had to use the '>' operator (child, but not grandchild or any other descendant) UltrasonicNXT (talk)

RE:[edit]

Sometimes I forget where I am...then I make excuses for forgetting which wiki to put it on...:P (oh, and thanks, I finally got a backdrop for photography. --TheNightingale 21:10, 17 February 2014 (UTC)

Global blocking[edit]

Try not to global block IPs on their first instance of vandalism on a single project. Wait until they have sequential warnings on their talk page and then use a local block. If they only use on wiki, they don't need a global block. ;) --ToaMeiko (talk) 12:52, 5 April 2014 (UTC)

I don't think NovaFlare has blocked any IPs for vandalism... looks like just spam. And gblocking spam IPs should be fine. Ajraddatz (talk) 20:26, 5 April 2014 (UTC)
What the spambots are doing isn't really spam (no external links involved, no real promotion). It's just inserting gibberish. View deleted contributions for IP editors if you don't believe me. --ToaMeiko (talk) 21:25, 5 April 2014 (UTC)
So I should politely warn spambots so they can continue to do what spambots do for a while longer? :/ Pass. NovaFlare (talk) 00:22, 6 April 2014 (UTC)
At the very least, local block them unless they start performing cross-wiki spam and vandalism. Global blocking an account even if they only use one wiki could lead to the inability of a real person with the same IP from editing a certain wiki. Warning templates on talk pages also let anyone who does have that same IP that their IP address has a history of vandalism, therefore they'd be more-inclined to create an account so that their edits aren't interpreted as vandalism or so they don't get blocked because of vandalism on the same IP as theirs. --ToaMeiko (talk) 15:07, 6 April 2014 (UTC)
Fair enough. I'll also make up some notification template "This IP has been blocked due to being a spambot" type thing NovaFlare (talk) 22:08, 6 April 2014 (UTC)
Here is an example one. Unrelated, enbricki's warning templates suck and I don't like that they use switches. :P I see enbricki has these kinds, like Wikipedia, which we should set as our primary warning templates. They're so much better. We could also consider having a template like this that we'd include with any warning templates. --ToaMeiko (talk) 22:16, 6 April 2014 (UTC)
FYI, most of the IPs that NovaFlare has blocked recently are globally blocked on both Wikia and Wikimedia as being open proxies used for spam (of which the random jibberish page creations/section creations are). With those, there is rarely if never any legitimate activity on them (even on the two largest wikifarms), so there shouldn't be any need to warn them before blocking. What might be useful is redesigning the globally-blocked error message to include more info for requesting unblock. Ajraddatz (talk) 22:22, 6 April 2014 (UTC)
I've created {{Block-spambot}}

, feel free to fix it up, I'm not sure what processes for unblocking requests we have here :S @Meiko- yes, the warning messages definitely need a rework. I'll try to get on it within 24 hrs (unless some actual LEGO-related news pops up) NovaFlare (talk) 08:59, 7 April 2014 (UTC)