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User script to detect unreliable sources[]

I have (with the help of others) made a small user script to detect and highlight various links to unreliable sources and predatory journals. Some of you may already be familiar with it, given it is currently the 39th most imported script on Wikipedia. The idea is that it takes something like

and turns it into something like

It will work on a variety of links, including those from {{cite web}}, {{cite journal}} and {{doi}}.

The script is mostly based on WP:RSPSOURCES, WP:NPPSG and WP:CITEWATCH and a good dose of common sense. I'm always expanding coverage and tweaking the script's logic, so general feedback and suggestions to expand coverage to other unreliable sources are always welcomed.

Do note that this is not a script to be mindlessly used, and several caveats apply. Details and instructions are available at User:Headbomb/unreliable. Questions, comments and requests can be made at User talk:Headbomb/unreliable.

- Headbomb {t · c · p · b}

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I am having problems with Eluru-geo-stub / its category Category:Eluru district geography stubs. This does not display correctly on article pages and does not collect anything in its category. Yet it looks the same as other stubs that do work. Ideas/corrections? Thanks. Hmains (talk) 18:33, 23 May 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Well, the template uses the wrong code; it begins with "{{Stub Category", so the headers that normally appear at the top of a stub category now appear at the bottom of the articles. Templates use the "{{asbox}}" code, and the category is created separately. I appreciate your willingness to be bold, but you would have avoided this headache if you had proposed the stub type first, as urged by the Stub sorting WikiProject. I suggest that the template should be deleted, or at most, upmerged to Category:Andhra Pradesh geography stubs. Her Pegship (?) 21:12, 23 May 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thanks for the quick response. I have requested deletion of Category:Eluru district geography stubs. I will use the Andhra Pradesh geo stub. What next? Hmains (talk) 23:40, 23 May 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
My suggestion would be to wait until the Category:Geography of Eluru district collects a higher number of stub articles, then perhaps proposing an upmerged template (e.g. Eluru-geo-stub template that would feed into Andhra Pradesh geo stubs). Thanks for the discussion. Her Pegship (?) 00:48, 24 May 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Deleting stub category and template?[]

I have just finished emptying a stub category, Olivellidae, completely, except for the stub template. It had been a biological family of sea snails. But there were changes made to the classification, and I moved all the articles to other stub categories. The stub template and category are no longer needed. How do we delete them? Uporządnicki (talk) 13:28, 10 June 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Deletion of stub types is now handled at Wikipedia:Categories for discussion; instructions are given there. Thanks for your work. Her Pegship (?) 16:24, 10 June 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

800 unused stub templates[]

Hey everyone. There are around 830 unused (non-redirect) stub templates which you can see here Wikipedia:Database reports/Unused templates/2 (starting at 1453) and Wikipedia:Database reports/Unused templates/3. Wikipedia:Stub#Guidelines recommends a minimum of 60 pages for new templates, but is quite about existing templates. As I'm sure you project has more knowledge in this area than I do, can you please take a look at these and see if these are still needed or if they can be sent to TfD/CfD? Gonnym (talk) 08:58, 11 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Gonnym: In an ideal world every stub template would be unused, as every article in the encyclopedia would be of "start" status or above. Until then, if a stub template is not in use it means that all the articles to which it might have been applied have been upgraded above stubs, or deleted, or given a more precise stub category. There may be a handful of unnecessary or malformed stub templates, but the vast majority are potentially useful and should be left well alone. PamD 17:55, 11 July 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]