Community Wishlist Survey 2020/Wikisource/Tools to easily localize content deleted at Commons

Tools to easily localize content deleted at Commons

  • Problem: When a book scan is deleted on Commons, it completely breaks indexes on Wikisource. Commons does not notify Wikisource when they delete files, nor do they make any attempt to localize the file instead of deleting it. Wikisource has no way of tracking indexes that have been broken by the Commons deletion process.
  • Who would benefit: Wikisource editors
  • Proposed solution: 1) Make it really easy to localize files, for example by fixing phab:T8071, and 2) Fix or replace the bot(s) that used to notify Wikisources of pending deletions of book scans used by Wikisource
  • More comments: A similar approach may also be helpful for Wikiquote and Wiktionary items that depend on Wikisource, when Wikisource content is moved or deleted.
  • Phabricator tickets: phab:T8071
  • Proposer: —Beleg Tâl (talk) 14:45, 4 November 2019 (UTC)


  • A new commons deletion bot was created in 2017. Create an phabricator task with the tag "Community-Tech" to enable it on your wiki. Once you have done that, only bug T8071 remains.--Snaevar (talk) 18:29, 4 November 2019 (UTC)
  • A better way is probably FileImporter enabled on local wiki: phab:T214280. --Xover (talk) 11:52, 5 November 2019 (UTC)
  • Comment. This happened to me recently. It's killer. –MJLTalk 15:41, 25 November 2019 (UTC)


  •   Support --Jan.Kamenicek (talk) 10:43, 23 November 2019 (UTC)
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  •   Support Ciao • Bestoernesto 17:59, 25 November 2019 (UTC)
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  •   Support DraconicDark (talk) 21:13, 25 November 2019 (UTC)
  •   Support Hsarrazin (talk) 14:38, 26 November 2019 (UTC)
  •   Support Solving this through phab:T214280 will solve lots of problems for every single project outside Commons: any fix that allows FileImporter to be used on the Wikisourcen can later be applied to other projects who need it. FileExporter/FileImporter are brilliant workflow for moving to Commons: it's just screaming for being enabled in the reverse direction! Xover (talk) 06:16, 27 November 2019 (UTC)
  •   Support Novak Watchmen (talk) 17:56, 2 December 2019 (UTC)