User talk:Green Giant

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Changing ISBN links[change source]

Would you mind explaining why you are changing ISBN links to use a template? As far as I know, the coding you are replacing is a standard way of specifying ISBN numbers. --Auntof6 (talk) 21:16, 25 June 2018 (UTC)

@Auntof6: It is something I have only become aware of a few months ago. I was going to try to fix a few ISBN errors from Category:Pages with ISBN errors when I recalled that magic links like these will be removed from MediaWiki as a feature at some point in the near future. See mw:Requests_for_comment/Future_of_magic_links and phab:T145604 where most of this discussion seems to have taken place. The solution it seems is to use templates to preserve the links, i.e. outwardly there is no difference in how the link appears and where it points to. Once I had fixed a few I was going to suggest it as a bot task but I got waylaid by the last page I edited because it had several errors. --Green Giant (talk) 21:36, 25 June 2018 (UTC)
Thanks -- I hadn't heard about that. I'll put something in my AWB setup to make the same kind of change (or at least flag when it's needed) when I use it on articles (which isn't often, but every little bit helps). Maybe the AWB developers will even put something in their code to address this at some point. --Auntof6 (talk) 22:14, 25 June 2018 (UTC)
@Auntof6: If it helps, it appears they are gathered on Category:Pages using ISBN magic links. It seems a relatively simple task, so probably AWB would be fine. The only possible hiccup might be if someone has given the wrong ISBN, thus causing it to have red words after it in the page display, but these should turn up in the first category I mentioned above, which would require human analysis because you've got to check places like WorldCat. Do you think it might be worth putting a note on the admin board? Green Giant (talk) 22:21, 25 June 2018 (UTC)
I don't see anything that requires admin attention. Maybe a note at Simple talk, to let people know the magic !inks are going away at some point. --Auntof6 (talk) 22:39, 25 June 2018 (UTC)

And by the way, thanks for working to fix stuff in a maintenance category. I know we need a lot of that. --Auntof6 (talk) 22:49, 25 June 2018 (UTC)

No problem; happy to help (especially given the latest attempt to close this wiki down). Green Giant (talk) 22:51, 25 June 2018 (UTC)