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Posted by 452 on 2016-06-01 22:55:04

Since 2012, I have been reporting a bug to Wikia Staff which causes categories to be duplicated.

In 2013, I actually went out of my way to help them diagnose the problem, because I naively believed that they actually cared about the quality of their website, and would fix the problem.

Originally, the bug occured to both logged in users and anon users, but they fixed something so that logged in users can no longer cause the bug, but anons still can. They have known that anons can still cause the bug since 2013.

In 2014, they claimed to know the cause of the anon duplicate, but still have not fixed the problem.

Wikia have known about this issue for 4 years, but have still not fixed it, and expect users to clean up after a bug which they allow to continue.

As it is irresponsible to allow a known bug to continue, I have now disabled anon editing.

Once Wikia announce that this bug has been fixed, I will re-enable anon editing.

I am sorry I allowed this bug to continue for so long, I should have disabled anon editing much sooner. I have now removed all duplicate categories from articles.

If you want anon editing re-enabled, please use Special:Contact to request that Wikia Staff fix this bug.

Here is a list of 49 edits on this wiki which have triggered the bug:

452, 2016-06-01T22:55:04Z (last edited: 452, 2016-08-02T00:49:15Z)

I personally agree with disabling anon editing. Less spam and vandalism to deal with.
Ghost Leader, 2016-06-05T05:21:41Z

The issue appears to have finally been fixed, and anon editing re-enabled 2016-06-25. During the past month, I have not seen a recurrence of the issue, but if the issue does recur, anon editing will be immediately disabled again. 452, 2016-08-02T00:50:44Z (last edited: 452, 2016-08-02T00:51:16Z)

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