User talk:CyberSynGang

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Hullo. I have a huge database over on Reddit that could supply Leftypedia immensely. My goal right now is to copy most of the resources to here in case somebody shuts down Reddit or specifically the community that’s hosting the compendium. I could however make a userpage and just immediately dump the raw source code there if you think that that would be more helpful or worthwhile than just going back and forth from Reddit to Leftypedia, plus we could use that to ‘cross out’ links now included somewhere in the mainspace. The only problem is that I don’t know how you would feel about including libgen links anywhere in this website. —Anarcho-Bolshevik (talk) 21:25, 20 August 2019 (UTC)

Thanks a ton for the data. Copying it over into a userpage first would be a good way to do it. You're free to host the unedited source code temporarily, as long as the libgen links are replaced with regular citations in the near future. It can't be a permanent thing, I don't want to risk the web hosting provider receiving any DMCA requests, even illegitimate ones.
--CyberSynGang (talk) 20:20, 21 August 2019 (UTC)
Done, and today I linked to our project in a new socialist community. On a side note, is there any chance that you could exempt me and Dessalines from the CAPTCHA programme? Because it’s really annoying. —Anarcho-Bolshevik (talk) 00:19, 28 August 2019 (UTC)
Done. Great suggestion to exempt trustworthy users from the CAPTCHA programme. I'll check out your community as well. --CyberSynGang (talk) 02:20, 29 August 2019 (UTC)
I read this for a second and albeit this is a bit off topic but whats the captcha programme? am I excluded from it? --Karlov, Commie Spidey (talk) 02:01, 1 September 2019 (UTC)
Normally users have to fill out a captcha (one of those Google "are you a robot?" thingies) when they're making an edit. It's to prevent spam. I made a usergroup for users I think are making a lot of good contributions so they don't have to do it any more. You're in it. :) --CyberSynGang (talk) 12:57, 1 September 2019 (UTC)
Oh ok thanks. Sorry to bother! --Karlov, Commie Spidey (talk) 14:32, 1 September 2019 (UTC)
I can confirm that user:Milena-Celeste is trustworthy too. You might want to add her when you get the chance. — Anarcho-Bolshevik (talk) 11:57, 10 December 2019 (UTC)

Thanks for converting that code for me! But the particular version that you converted is out‐of‐date now. This is the current one.

I thought about simply transferring my projects to Leftypedia rather than using them as to‐do lists. I think that it would be somewhat redundant to make a general debunking piece when the main page entries could already take care of that, but if people are receptive to the idea anyway, why not? — Anarcho-Bolshevik (talk) 12:46, 9 October 2019 (UTC)

I've transferred the anticommunismkills piece into an essay, since I'm not sure if the analysis is really fit for a mainspace encyclopedic entry. Still have to add the miscellaneous links at the bottom of the article. Maybe something similar can be done with the Venezuela piece? Maybe that piece is more proper for the mainspace though.
I'm also investigating whether I can bulk translate the links on the compendium page into proper references using the Zotero Translation Client, the output wouldn't be perfect by far, but it would still do a massive amount of the work that needs to be done. --CyberSynGang (talk) 15:27, 9 October 2019 (UTC)

Image licensing[edit]

Hello, I noticed that the image upload tool doesn't let you select a license for the image. Now, I see that this isn't the main goal of this project, but I think it would make uploading easier for images that require attribution, so we don't get in trouble for not properly attributing. If you think that this makes sense, I could make some licensing templates (see Wikimedia Commons for example of what kinds of templates), but you would need to add the options to the menu. If it doesn't make sense at this stage of the project, I'll wait and do something else meanwhile.--RandomSovietKid (talk) 16:43, 2 October 2019 (UTC)

dead link[edit]

The /leftypol/ link doesn’t work anymore.Anarcho-Bolshevik (talk) 12:15, 5 October 2019 (UTC)


I should warn you that User:Vermont is an account impersonating a WP Admin and the owner of said account is likely a reactionary based on edits made on other wikis. [1], [2], [3], [4] RandomUser34 (talk) 19:22, 19 October 2019 (UTC)

Impostor wiki[edit]

It has come to my attention that somebody has created a fake leftypedia, and stolen the logo. Not only that, but they also stole credit for creating the wiki. RandomUser34 (talk) 02:25, 25 October 2019 (UTC)

RethaRackley Chelovek[edit]

who was that person? Why were they banned? - karlovious but at school -- 16:46, 6 November 2019 (UTC)

They were banned because their account name + userpage followed the exact same pattern as the spambots that previously spammed Marxistpedia and led me to set up this site. They weren't a real person. I'm investigating options to easily deal with them in the future. --CyberSynGang (talk) 19:17, 6 November 2019 (UTC)
Don’t forget to zap this one too! —Anarcho-Bolshevik (talk) 14:17, 12 November 2019 (UTC)
Ok ja. makes sense! --Karlov, Commie Spidey (talk) 02:51, 13 November 2019 (UTC)

Here is some troublesome content that’s been up for almost a week now. Perhaps you should consider expanding the list of administrators. —Anarcho-Bolshevik (talk) 05:16, 1 December 2019 (UTC)

I'll give you the privileges necessary to ban non-trusted users. --CyberSynGang (talk) 20:00, 2 December 2019 (UTC)
I truly want to know what this was. - K.A. KARLOV BUT SCHOOL-- 19:14, 10 December 2019 (UTC)
I'll see if I can still find it and copy it into a Pastebin. Also, important notice, after the spam attack today I've chosen to turn this wiki into a moderated wiki. Changes have to pass through a moderation interface before they are made public, so spam will no longer be an issue. All "trusted users" are now "autoconfirmed" (don't have to pass the interface) and have moderator rights.
Kool. Dont autoconfirm IPs, even though im the only person who appears to ever be Anon on here - K.A. Karlov once again -- 15:17, 13 December 2019 (UTC)
Yeah, CyberSynGang could you add user:CommieKarlovy as an approved contributor too? Anarcho-Bolshevik (talk) 12:31, 14 December 2019 (UTC)
Oh yeah sorry I thought I got everyone. --CyberSynGang (talk) 18:07, 15 December 2019 (UTC)
Finally! Thank you! --K.A. Karlov (talk) 18:11, 15 December 2019 (UTC)
Here's the Pastebin as promised: --CyberSynGang (talk) 07:06, 13 December 2019 (UTC)


Nother round o bots. also can you have me not have to be moderated? cheers --Karlov, Commie Spidey (talk) 14:48, 14 December 2019 (UTC)

Is there any way that we can cut down on the number of spam accounts being created? I thought that our software was already supposed to be taking care of this, but it isn’t doing a good job. I’m getting tired of suppressing these damn things. —Anarcho-Bolshevik (talk) 11:43, 9 February 2020 (UTC)

Same. Every stupid day a bot has a page about their favourite video game and their personal page which is a porn site. Who even makes a wiki account and the first thing they edit is their own page? Wankers.
I figured they'd stop once they figured out their spam wasn't actually being published online. Didn't work. I'm now checking new accounts using Hope that helps. --CyberSynGang (talk) 12:52, 13 February 2020 (UTC)
Did you apply anything yet? At this point I am tempted to seriously suggest that we just lock registration for a while; it’s causing more nuisances than anything else. —Anarcho-Bolshevik (talk) 03:50, 23 February 2020 (UTC)
Yeah I added the external service but it doesn't seem to be doing anything. My next idea: Restrict editing of "user" pages to trusted contributors. We don't need random people who haven't contributed anything making their own userpages anyway. I really don't want to lock registration, people need to feel welcome to contribute. --CyberSynGang (talk) 14:29, 26 February 2020 (UTC)
I think that they’re going to try spamming their talk pages now. See here.Anarcho-Bolshevik (talk) 12:09, 1 March 2020 (UTC)
They did. Now do we ban editing talk pages if you don't have this or that? How can we stop this?? --K.A. Karlov (talk) 14:51, 1 March 2020 (UTC)
I'm sorry about this. I don't think restricting editing on talk pages is a good idea. We'll just have to keep rejecting spam for the time being. --CyberSynGang (talk) 05:18, 9 March 2020 (UTC)
Brilliant idea. Do it. Even if they now switch to making a new fake page like /wiki/username27367236 I feel that it is unlikely. --K.A. Karlov (talk) 01:15, 28 February 2020 (UTC)
I'd like to ask why they're on like user pages editing them. I'd at least edit real pages and hope the admins slip up. --K.A. Karlov (talk) 14:38, 23 February 2020 (UTC)

I was about to complain to MediaWiki about this until I consulted their FAQ, which has a section on spam prevention. Since you haven’t mentioned this before, I am going to assume that you haven’t seen it until now.

Please stop this. I am getting tired of cleaning these things up. —Anarcho-Bolshevik (talk) 10:47, 15 September 2020 (UTC)

Your silence is placing me in a difficult position. I’ll be forced to consult MediaWiki for assistance. —Anarcho-Bolshevik (talk) 18:43, 26 September 2020 (UTC)
I've added the extension and copied the blacklist from the Mediawiki website. I hope this helps and doesn't block any links we want to keep. Sorry for my absence. I'll try to pay more attention to this project even if I'm not participating directly myself. --CyberSynGang (talk) 01:11, 3 October 2020 (UTC)
Amazing news Cyber. We in the Element chat are rejoicing (its the anniversary of 12 weeks/3 months of absence). Amazing! Make sure to be active on the Element, as everyone (especially Cap1) has a bunch of suggestions. --K.A. Karlov (talk) 02:22, 3 October 2020 (UTC)
Here are some more tips for preventing spammer registration. Alternatively, we could try out this extension. But at this point I am willing to accept CAPTCHA as a preventive method; the fake registrations haven’t stopped yet, I’m afraid. —Anarcho-Bolshevik (talk) 04:24, 11 October 2020 (UTC)
I've implemented a basic IP check; but I'm really wary about making accounts required to be confirmed. It would be a big barrier to entry for new users. New accounts should already be receiving captchas until they're confirmed by someone with usergroup editing privileges. --CyberSynGang (talk) 10:43, 17 October 2020 (UTC)

Are PDFs and/or my own papers okay sources?[edit]

for Stereotypes of the left, in the "Take all your stuff" section I cited and used a quote from my own paper. Is that OK? In the Trotskyism or Leninism page i cited the ToL pdf itself. Is that alright too? I am just making sure. --K.A. Karlov (talk) 19:10, 15 December 2019 (UTC)

Sorry for the late reply. You should put a link there of some sort, but I wouldn't use any sources you've written yourself as a reference. --CyberSynGang (talk) 08:45, 20 December 2019 (UTC)
Alright. I'll remove the reference. --K.A. Karlov (talk) 15:44, 20 December 2019 (UTC)

Category:Pages where template include size is exceeded[edit]

I don’t understand what this error means, but it shows up on my compendium now and it’s screwing up the citations.

Should I just make separate pages for each section? I always felt that the page took too long to load anyway, so it would be no big loss; I would just have to crank out a bunch of redirections. —Anarcho-Bolshevik (talk) 00:13, 26 January 2020 (UTC)

It means too many templates are included in the page. This is probably because the citations, which use templates that also call subtemplates for all kinds of technical stuff. Ends up being very taxing for the server if there isn't a limit of this kind. The quickest solution is probably to split it up into separate pages, yeah. --CyberSynGang (talk) 01:45, 27 January 2020 (UTC)

Editing privileges[edit]

Dear Admin

First off, a minor technical question: When I am editing a page, and then waiting for my edits to be approved, but going back to editing more before the changes are approved. That seems to count as 1 edit in the end. So does that mean that the Summary field then needs to contain all of my subsequent edits? cos I updated it between these edits and I think only the most recent one will be saved in the end, right.

Anyways, I was wondering if you could disable admin approval for my edits at least for non-major pages. I mean you can always revert back anyways, and continually see my edit history. Also check my history on reddit (or twitter) with the same username. It's just a bit annoying having to wait and I think I'd edit more if I could see my changes right away.

PS: I really like this especially as a place to collect leftist media resources! — Selwun (talk) 13:59, 7 March 2020 (UTC)

I don't know about the first question. Anyways, sure. You aren't a spammer (that's why we have the admin approval thing; because of spammers), so im sure Cyber can give you Autoconfirm. Thanks! --K.A. Karlov (talk) 18:34, 7 March 2020 (UTC)
Can't find any documentation on the behaviour of the summary field when using the moderation extension. Only the last ones seem to be saved though. Maybe make sure that this summary characterises all the work you did?
Not that it matters. You're automoderated now (autoconfirm is a separate thing I think? the terms are kinda confusing). --CyberSynGang (talk) 05:18, 9 March 2020 (UTC)
There is nothing autoconfirming my edits; I have to approve them manually. —Anarcho-Bolshevik (talk) 12:37, 9 March 2020 (UTC)
Oh god, sorry about that. I thought I had everyone. --CyberSynGang (talk) 18:08, 9 March 2020 (UTC)


This template needs more work. When I try to use it, the footnote displays as ‘[lower-alpha 1]’ and the mistitled section ‘Preview of references’ appears. How do we fix this? —Anarcho-Bolshevik (talk) 19:23, 9 March 2020 (UTC)

Not entirely sure what the 'Preview of references' thing is, but the footnotes should display properly now. Make sure to use the {{notelist}} template to generate the list of footnotes, not the <references/> tag. --CyberSynGang (talk) 15:33, 10 March 2020 (UTC)
Looks good. The only issue is that {{notelist|refs={{efn|name=example|words}}}} results in the template displaying incorrectly, but everything else seems to be working fine. —Anarcho-Bolshevik (talk) 19:30, 10 March 2020 (UTC)

Adding a reference to the second footnote here results in a reference error. Even a simple reference like <ref>Q</ref> triggers the error. What’s causing that? I’ve been jacking around with this page for almost an hour now and I’m stumped. —Anarcho-Bolshevik (talk) 01:10, 16 April 2020 (UTC)

Sorry for the late reply. I have no idea what's causing this behaviour, but I have found a workaround. Instead of defining the footnotes in the listed form inside the notelist template, you should define them in the main body of the text. Use the efn template where you want the footnote to be linked within the text, and leave the notelist template as a simple {{notelist}}. --CyberSynGang (talk) 11:49, 21 April 2020 (UTC)

A query[edit]

Some guy posted a query on your talk page. I denied it, but may you check the moderation log to respond to the very strange "spam", I guess? --K.A. Karlov (talk) 23:09, 17 March 2020 (UTC)

Hello there[edit]

Hello friend. I'm a moderator of leftypol, would you happen to be a user there? We were considering setting up our own wiki and I was wondering if I could talk to you about some stuff. Do you have a Matrix or Discord account?

Hello. I used to frequent Leftypol, but haven't since it moved away from 8chan. It was where I originally got involved in the idea of a wiki. If you're able to provide better webhosting than I am, I'm happy to let you fork the contents and continue the project on another new server. That said, my concern about a Leftypol-specific wiki is that it will have a ceiling on the audience it can reach. Wouldn't it be preferable to have a wiki that serves the entire (online) left?
You can contact my Discord handle if you need to have a private conversation: CyberSynGang#1478. --CyberSynGang (talk) 20:53, 13 May 2020 (UTC)


Okay. I sent you a friend request, let me discuss it more with you there. Thanks!
My handle is C*****o (not Caballo), I am reluctant to put the whole thing on here where it'll be permastored, but yeah, I've sent you a request anyways. Hope you get this. Could you also approve my edits to the leftypol page? Thanks haha.

Military infoboxes[edit]

Hey there. I'm writing a page for the Russian civil war and I'm in the need of military templates (infoboxes) for wars and battles, like the ones on Wikipedia. Can you enable or add these to the website? --Sovnarkom (talk) 02:49, 3 June 2020 (UTC)

I'll see what I can do. --CyberSynGang (talk) 18:03, 3 June 2020 (UTC)
Edit: Try the "warbox" template. --CyberSynGang (talk) 18:12, 3 June 2020 (UTC)
Ok thank you, this is what I was looking for --Sovnarkom (talk) 00:48, 4 June 2020 (UTC)

add a matrix chat for site[edit]

Please create a Matrix chatroom for the admins/editors to communicate on.

(for reference, try the room )

I suggest or you can use our server,

reach out to if confused

I support this proposal. I want the ability to interact with Leftypedians and to ask frivolous questions to other admins. Also, always make sure to sign discussion messages. --K.A. Karlov (talk) 02:50, 10 June 2020 (UTC)
I've created a Matrix room we can use for the time being.! --CyberSynGang (talk) 09:40, 10 June 2020 (UTC)
Please revisit the chatroom. Your inactivity has been causing a lot of frustration for us. —Anarcho-Bolshevik (talk) 01:21, 25 January 2021 (UTC)

Site improvements[edit]

1. Having massive amounts of categories like on Wikipedia (Not nonsensical ones, but perhaps like "Religious groups", "Revolutionaries", etc.) would improve "article navigation", as long as it doesn't overload the system. I can easily do this myself for all articles I edit myself and create but I ask here to make sure I have approval.

2. As Lemon said, a matrix or discord or whatever chat for admins and users would be excellent. A discord I could easily set up as I can just take a template from my server.

3. If it is possible, I would like to see analytics for the site. I would love to know the "User/editor ratio", and how many people visit Leftypedia. It would be interesting too to see the most popular articles, and on average how long people stay. I have no idea if this is possible to see, but it greatly interests me.

These are merely what I currently think would be good, and other users can comment here too if they have any ideas for site improvements (Big and small). Sorry for the inconvenience. --K.A. Karlov (talk) 02:56, 10 June 2020 (UTC)

Thanks for the suggestions! Having loads of categories would be great. You're absolutely free to make them, I don't think the server would have any issues with them. I'll also implement a simple page view counter. The new Matrix room is found here. --CyberSynGang (talk) 09:40, 10 June 2020 (UTC)
Thank you! Expect to see a lot of new category pages and edits now, lol. --K.A. Karlov (talk) 16:30, 10 June 2020 (UTC)

A couple of issues[edit]

Can you import the basic quote template of this page, plus some other ones that may be useful?:

A lot of the time there are quotes where the speaker is identified beforehand, but they have to be provided again for formatting purposes, which looks redundant and kind of ugly in a way. A lot of quotes should just be the text and nothing else. I found that if the name is omitted, however, then the result will look like a couple of numbers with three sets of curly brackets around them, e.g.:

   —{{{2}}}, {{{3}}}

--Capuch1n (talk) 17:38, 12 July 2020 (UTC)

Would you mind coming onto the Matrix chat to address some issues? We have quite a number, such as changing some items on the front page along with various missing templates. --Capuch1n (talk) 02:25, 14 August 2020 (UTC)

Spanish translation[edit]

Hi I would like to cooperate in the translation of some pages of the wiki. Specially the Rethoric and Rethoric:FAQ ones, which I find very useful. How can I help? Thanks

Great initiative! For now, I'd recommend creating new pages with "/ES" added to the end of the page title. If we get enough of these translations, we can set up a Spanish version of the site. --CyberSynGang (talk) 20:08, 5 August 2020 (UTC)


Requesting to add VisualEditor, It is a great extension, which makes editing, adding sources, creating tables etc much easier. --Geralt (talk) 01:19, 28 August 2020 (UTC)

Please help me remove my name.[edit]

Hello, I'm Thought Slime. My real last name is listed on your wiki and I don't want that to be public knowledge. Can you please remove it?

Email me @ if you need proof.

I've hidden all previous revisions containing your last name. --CyberSynGang (talk) 17:14, 27 October 2020 (UTC)

False positive[edit]

You accidentally approved this. I would recommend hiding it so that the IP can’t show it off to anybody. —Anarcho-Bolshevik (talk) 00:43, 5 November 2020 (UTC)


There are very few infobox arguments, that the wiki seems a bit blank without them. More infobox arguments that satisfy personalities, ideologies and political events would be appreciated. --Comrade-yutyo (talk) 05:20, 24 November 2020 (UTC)

Id like to get contact with the admins to correct some articles[edit]

Id like to discuss the errors of some articles, such as on the USSR (E. G. Stagnation). Id suggest to talk on discord/telegram as its easier to text there. Add me on discord, I am Comrade King#7889

You can just edit them. As an Admin, just edit them, and also your provided discord thing doesn't work for adding. Sorru --K.A. Karlov (talk) 03:41, 17 December 2020 (UTC)

Do you accept guest posts?[edit]


Wondering if you accepted guest posts on your site. Also would you be willing to insert links in existing posts?

How much would you charge for this?


-- Hello Justin, can you explain a bit more what you mean by that? You mean something like ads? Thanks. - Caballo (admin)

You're back?[edit]

Hello, are you back for good? We need to talk, please come onto the Matrix chat. Thank you.

- Caballo

On Matrix?[edit]

Hit me up sometime --