User talk:Dgbrt

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Create comic page in lieu of DgbrtBOT[edit]

I could see here that the bot seemed to have failed this time (or did RamenChef fail to wait long enough?) --Kynde (talk) 20:41, 20 March 2018 (UTC)

Ah sorry, saw your comment in the Discussion now. Great if it has been fixed. --Kynde (talk) 20:47, 20 March 2018 (UTC)


ReCAPTCHA v1 has expired, and since no one replied on the admin forum, I asked Kynde, and he told me to come to you. So can you upgrade it to v2? Thanks. Herobrine (talk) 13:05, 9 April 2018 (UTC)

Hi Herobrine, this is bad. Also email notification doesn't work since a long time. All admins are nonexistent since months and I don't have access the the server. I will check what I can do with the BOT account. But there is not much hope. --Dgbrt (talk) 15:00, 9 April 2018 (UTC)
Oh... ok. But if I remember correctly, I think one of the admins (I think Jeff?) has a twitter account, but I don't have one and I can't ask on twitter. Could you like contact him that way? And maybe tell him to add a few admins to deal with problems like this? Thanks! Herobrine (talk) 10:18, 11 April 2018 (UTC)
Hi Herobrine, I don't have a twitter account too, but I will sign in when things go worse. And this will happen in the future when all admins are still absent because:
  • The next invoice for the web-service at Cloudflare must be paid.
  • The name registration at will expire on 2018-08-10.
And it seems that there is no advertising here on the left. So we definitely need new admins here to address these and other issues. I would apply for this, but not alone. --Dgbrt (talk) 13:07, 11 April 2018 (UTC)

Hello Dgbrt, I saw your message both here and on Wikipedia. Messaging me on my talk page is enough, I'll see it in my feed reader. Unfortunately, I can't do anything about recaptcha as I don't have ssh access to the server. --SlashMe (talk) 15:25, 11 April 2018 (UTC)

Thanks for your reply SlashMe. You don't have ssh access but as an Administrator you are maybe able to send an email to the relevant persons. --Dgbrt (talk) 16:09, 11 April 2018 (UTC)
Unfortunately, I don't have Jeff's email address either. --SlashMe (talk) 06:47, 12 April 2018 (UTC)

The problem is solved. --Dgbrt (talk) 14:50, 22 May 2018 (UTC)

I'm here[edit]

I'm sorry Dgbt (and all my other friendly editors/helpers!) Let me know what needs to be done and I'll work through it. I'm going to try to be much more proactive and logged in. It's been a busy few months. Please accept my apologies. The main complication with reCaptcha is that to upgrade to use ReCaptchaNoCaptcha, I'd have to upgrade the wiki. I'm not opposed, it is just a larger work effort than I thought! We are also quite a bit behind! --Jeff (talk) 03:18, 13 April 2018 (UTC)

A slight technical problem[edit]

The image size for comics is a bit off, the zoom is weird and there's some space to the right of the screen... Not sure what to do about it, but as an admin now (congratulations, by the way!) you should be able to deal with it. Herobrine (talk) 13:06, 4 July 2018 (UTC)

Hi Herobrine, what is weird? Please give an example of what's wrong and how it should be. BTW: To be an admin just means more work ;) --Dgbrt (talk) 13:20, 4 July 2018 (UTC)
It seems that there's only one problem left, rather than the three I mentioned before, but it's still a problem. For example, normally pages should be like this, where there's a sidebar to the left, and the rest is the page you're viewing. But now for comic explanations, there's an empty sidebar on the right side of the screen that shouldn't be there, and the page itself has been squeezed so now it only takes up about 60% of the screen's width. Herobrine (talk) 01:24, 5 July 2018 (UTC)
Sorry for the delay, but it should be fixed now. --Dgbrt (talk) 16:38, 10 July 2018 (UTC)

Unicode issues with the Bot[edit]

Hi, your bot doesn't handle UTF-8 in the alt-text well, as seen on today's comic 2038 :P This is a known problem with the xkcd api, which double-utf-8-encodes everything. I believe I've read your bot is programmed in Perl, so I may be able to help fix this. There is a module on CPAN to fix this automagically, Encode::DoubleEncodedUTF8 // (talk) 13:23, 27 August 2018 (UTC)

E: I've sent you a PR; // (talk) 13:44, 27 August 2018 (UTC)
I was replying at the same time:
Thanks, you can find the GitHub link here: User:DgbrtBOT. The latest changes are a little bit ugly because I've had to find a fast solution on the forced https connection. Nonetheless the unicode issue is well known, until now I simply was too lazy. And reading the warnings at the DoubleEncodedUTF8 module tells me it should be solved in a better way.
I'm not sure, but my CentOS environment looks good:
env | grep LANG gives me
The Perl script already has binmode STDOUT, ':utf8'; which was needed so maybe the same for STDIN could help. Any ideas? I have a Wiki at my PC for testing. --Dgbrt (talk) 14:26, 27 August 2018 (UTC)

The problem is solved and the script successfully tested. Thanks for the help. And if Randall reads this: You probably can fool the BOT by using double encoded UTF at the comic name. But I believe the corresponding image URI wouldn't work. --Dgbrt (talk) 14:26, 28 August 2018 (UTC)


Oops, sorry for forgetting my signature in my comment on "1047: Approximations", and thank you for adding it. Redbelly98 (talk) 01:27, 4 September 2018 (UTC)

You're welcome but there is absolutely no need to apologize. Errare humanum est. --Dgbrt (talk) 14:42, 4 September 2018 (UTC)


Regarding your new Category:Elections...
Is it comics like this you wish to include? 1130: Poll Watching? Guess anything Nate Silver is about it?
Just added 500: Election... question is if election category is to be a subset of politics and that some politic comics that are "only" about election should then not also be directly in politic category? Sometimes there is more to it than election, but not really in the election comic for instance --Kynde (talk) 12:30, 2 November 2018 (UTC)

Thanks for your work. I've written " politics or elsewhere" because I think it may belong not only to politics. "1130: Poll Watching" definitely belongs to this category, it's even politics. --Dgbrt (talk) 12:56, 2 November 2018 (UTC)


Thanx for the tweeking and the signing of my entry in 2066.Naraht (talk) 21:07, 12 November 2018 (UTC)