User talk:Duncan

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Revision as of 06:07, 27 February 2020 by Roger (talk | contribs) (Category: vs category:: new section)


Duncan, welcome to Teflpedia! Please write something about yourself -- your connection to TEFL, wiki's, etc -- on your userpage, when you are ready. I'd love to know more about you! Thank you for your enormous contribution to Teflpedia. I have processed the easy Articles_for_deletion items today. All pages with {{Delete}} on them appear there. I will deal with the rest next time. Please sign in when you are editing Teflpedia. It will help me with my admin tasks. Cheers and welcome! --Roger (talk) 19:17, 10 May 2019 (UTC)

Main Page sections

Thanks for the suggestion regarding preventing Main Page sections from being accessible in special:random! So, I have now moved the Main Page sections to Teflpedia namespace. I moved them there, instead of into Template namespace, because they are not meant for use on any pages except the Main Page. Let's see if this works okay. I'm tempted to turn Main Page into a plain vanilla wiki page like all the others. Maybe some day. Maybe not. I guess it still looks right with a special layout. Anyway, thanks for speaking up! --Roger (talk) 02:06, 11 May 2019 (UTC)



Hi Duncan. That slash before your t there is subpage link syntax. I'm not sure what the slash after the t does though. Best regards, Roger (talk) 20:04, 27 May 2019 (UTC)


Duncan, I like the magic you did with the DISPLAYTITLE magic word on the page The Internet TESL Journal. Very nice work. I didn't know we could do that. Perhaps we could do that on all pages about publications. Where did you learn your wiki magic? --Roger (talk) 21:28, 27 May 2019 (UTC)

Yes, also if you set $wgRestrictDisplayTitle = false; it should be possible to overwrite page titles that should use [] brackets but can't because of wiki syntax.
Wizard! Hm, we would still need to use something other than single square brackets in the titles of those pages when linking to them because of wiki syntax using brackets for links, right? Is getting the normal brackets into the page title header worth the added complexity? Let's get Ghoti's take on this as he has created the pages this would effect. Ghoti, would you like this? Maybe we could do it this way?: Maybe rename the pages that use double brackets in their names. Perhaps remove the double brackets from those page names yet use the DISPLAYTITLE magic on each of those pages and add the normal square bracket to those pages' title heading there? This way we could link to those pages without using any brackets in the page name, yet have normal brackets appear in those pages' title headings. For example, consider the pages with double brackets in there names listed in Category:IPA_phonetic_symbols. The double brackets could be removed from those page names. Thus, instead of having a ref note on each of those pages about the double brackets, we would put a DISPLAYTITLE magic word declaration on each of those pages to add the brackets to those pages' title headings. The brackets would not appear in links to the pages, only in the page's title heading itself, I think. Would this be worth trying? I can set $wgRestrictDisplayTitle = false, if you guys decide you want to try it. Just let me know. Ghoti and Duncan, would you guys like to try this? (I'll ping Ghoti on his userpage and ask him to reply here.) --Roger (talk) 05:51, 29 May 2019 (UTC)


Hi Duncan, just wanted to say hi, and let you know I am busy at work this month and not able to check in here much. Looks like you are holding down the fort here. Thank you! Welcome to email me through the _Email this user_ link in the sidebar if you need anything. I will check in when I can. --Roger (talk) 16:32, 4 July 2019 (UTC)

Server issues

Duncan, the server had some issues due to a webhost upgrade. I think we got the five days of lost edits back just now thanks to a very helpful person at our webhost. Thank you for mentioning the problem! --Roger (talk) 05:19, 11 July 2019 (UTC)

However, we will have lost some of today's edits in the process I think. But not much. --Roger (talk) 05:21, 11 July 2019 (UTC)

Also, the server was offline for several hours today due to this issue. I think it is sorted for now though. --Roger (talk) 05:21, 11 July 2019 (UTC)

I would like be in touch with you by email, and I think the Email this user feature is currently not working right. Could you email me please at Thanks! --Roger (talk) 05:23, 11 July 2019 (UTC)


Hi Duncan, I replied to your email. Did you receive? —-Roger (talk) 18:21, 27 January 2020 (UTC)

Links with plural "s" outside

Hi Duncan, thanks for all the work you do on Teflpedia!

I added the following tip on putting "s" outside links to Help:Editing_advanced#To_Teflpedia_pages:

Plural s outside the link:
To link the plural form of a word, put "s" outside the link. It renders as part of the link but links to the singular word page. Teflpedia articles are usually titled in the singular form. This trick works with -s, -ies, and even -ing.
becomes: languages (notice it links to language, not languages)

I hope you are well. Let me know if I can help with anything. --Roger (talk) 03:40, 23 February 2020 (UTC)

Yes, I know this trick. But you've given a bad example, mostly because I've set up two pages, one for language (in general; uncountable) and t'other for individual language (countable). There is a semantic distinction here between the count and non-count nouns that I think is important. English for example is an individual language and like all languages consists of language. Duncan (talk) 06:02, 23 February 2020 (UTC)

Category: vs category:

I see in Recent changes that you have, I think, used Text replace to change all instances of "[[Category:" to lowercase "[[category:". I venture to guess this is so that it will be easier to use Text replace to change the name of specific categories. Am I right? Years ago I used a bot script to rename categories. I don't recall the details. It is all so complicated. Please do be careful. Is everything working okay?

27 February 2020
m   04:57 	Decoding exercises: "oa"‎ (diff | hist) . . (0)‎ . . Duncan (talk | contribs) (Text replacement - "[[Category:" to "[[category:")
m   04:57 	Conditional‎ (diff | hist) . . (0)‎ . . Duncan (talk | contribs) (Text replacement - "[[Category:" to "[[category:")
m   04:57 	CertTESOL‎ (diff | hist) . . (0)‎ . . Duncan (talk | contribs) (Text replacement - "[[Category:" to "[[category:")
m   04:57 	Countable noun‎ (diff | hist) . . (0)‎ . . Duncan (talk | contribs) (Text replacement - "[[Category:" to "[[category:")
and many more

--Roger (talk) 06:07, 27 February 2020 (UTC)