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Happy New Year![edit]

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Administrators' newsletter – January 2019[edit]

News and updates for administrators from the past month (December 2018).

Guideline and policy news

  1. G14 (new): Disambiguation pages that disambiguate only zero or one existing pages are now covered under the new G14 criterion (discussion). This is {{db-disambig}}; the text is unchanged and candidates may be found in Category:Candidates for speedy deletion as unnecessary disambiguation pages.
  2. R4 (new): Redirects in the file namespace (and no file links) that have the same name as a file or redirect at Commons are now covered under the new R4 criterion (discussion). This is {{db-redircom}}; the text is unchanged.
  3. G13 (expanded): Userspace drafts containing only the default Article Wizard text are now covered under G13 along with other drafts (discussion). Such blank drafts are now eligible after six months rather than one year, and taggers continue to use {{db-blankdraft}}.

Technical news

  • Starting on December 13, the Wikimedia Foundation security team implemented new password policy and requirements. Privileged accounts (administrators, bureaucrats, checkusers, oversighters, interface administrators, bots, edit filter managers/helpers, template editors, et al.) must have a password at least 10 characters in length. All accounts must have a password:
  1. At least 8 characters in length
  2. Not in the 100,000 most popular passwords (defined by the Password Blacklist library)
  3. Different from their username
User accounts not meeting these requirements will be prompted to update their password accordingly. More information is available on MediaWiki.org.
  • Blocked administrators may now block the administrator that blocked them. This was done to mitigate the possibility that a compromised administrator account would block all other active administrators, complementing the removal of the ability to unblock oneself outside of self-imposed blocks. A request for comment is currently in progress to determine whether the blocking policy should be updated regarding this change.
  • {{Copyvio-revdel}} now has a link to open the history with the RevDel checkboxes already filled in.

Arbitration

Miscellaneous

  • Accounts continue to be compromised on a regular basis. Evidence shows this is entirely due to the accounts having the same password that was used on another website that suffered a data breach. If you have ever used your current password on any other website, you should change it immediately.
  • Around 22% of admins have enabled two-factor authentication, up from 20% in June 2018. If you haven't already enabled it, please consider doing so. Regardless of whether you use 2FA, please practice appropriate account security by ensuring your password is secure and unique to Wikimedia.

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Wikipedia:Help page listed at Redirects for discussion[edit]

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An editor has asked for a discussion to address the redirect Wikipedia:Help page. Since you had some involvement with the Wikipedia:Help page redirect, you might want to participate in the redirect discussion if you have not already done so. Steel1943 (talk) 17:05, 9 January 2019 (UTC)

New content about Syncsort Founder's Contibutions as CEO[edit]

Hi. Do you have a minute to look at my edit request here under “Suggested changes to content about former Syncsort CEO Aso Tavitian"? I got your name from the WikiProject Cooperation page. If I am in the zone, but need to refine my edit suggestions, I'd appreciate your guidance.Michael at Syncsort (talk) 15:17, 11 January 2019 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – February 2019[edit]

News and updates for administrators from the past month (January 2019).

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Administrator changes

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Interface administrator changes

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Guideline and policy news

  • A request for comment is currently open to reevaluate the activity requirements for administrators.
  • Administrators who are blocked have the technical ability to block the administrator who blocked their own account. A recent request for comment has amended the blocking policy to clarify that this ability should only be used in exceptional circumstances, such as account compromises, where there is a clear and immediate need.
  • A request for comment closed with a consensus in favor of deprecating The Sun as a permissible reference, and creating an edit filter to warn users who attempt to cite it.

Technical news

  • A discussion regarding an overhaul of the format and appearance of Wikipedia:Requests for page protection is in progress (permalink). The proposed changes will make it easier to create requests for those who are not using Twinkle. The workflow for administrators at this venue will largely be unchanged. Additionally, there are plans to archive requests similar to how it is done at WP:PERM, where historical records are kept so that prior requests can more easily be searched for.

Miscellaneous

  • Voting in the 2019 Steward elections will begin on 08 February 2019, 14:00 (UTC) and end on 28 February 2019, 13:59 (UTC). The confirmation process of current stewards is being held in parallel. You can automatically check your eligibility to vote.
  • A new IRC bot is available that allows you to subscribe to notifications when specific filters are tripped. This requires that your IRC handle be identified.

Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 02:15, 4 February 2019 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – March 2019[edit]

News and updates for administrators from the past month (February 2019).

Guideline and policy news

Technical news

  • A new tool is available to help determine if a given IP is an open proxy/VPN/webhost/compromised host.

Arbitration

  • The Arbitration Committee announced two new OTRS queues. Both are meant solely for cases involving private information; other cases will continue to be handled at the appropriate venues (e.g., WP:COIN or WP:SPI).
    • paid-en-wp@wikipedia.org has been set up to receive private evidence related to abusive paid editing.
    • checkuser-en-wp@wikipedia.org has been set up to receive private requests for CheckUser. For instance, requests for IP block exemption for anonymous proxy editing should now be sent to this address instead of the functionaries-en list.

Miscellaneous


Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 21:13, 4 March 2019 (UTC)

Please comment on Wikipedia talk:Did you know[edit]

The feedback request service is asking for participation in this request for comment on Wikipedia talk:Did you know. Legobot (talk) 04:50, 14 March 2019 (UTC)

New mailing list for Wikimedia Canada[edit]

Good day, this message is to inform you that Wikimedia Canada has created a new mailing list operated by Mailman. This mailing list is for all discussions related to the Wikimedia movement in Canada, in both English and French. Announcements from Wikimedia Canada will always be bilingual, but you are welcomed to discuss in any language of your choice. The old google group will be abandoned. To join this mailing list, please go to [2]. To send messages to the list, write to general(at)discussions.wikimedia.ca. Also, please forward this message to anybody who may be interested. Thank you and do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. JP Béland (WMCA) (talk) 14:01, 22 March 2019 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – April 2019[edit]

News and updates for administrators from the past month (March 2019).

Technical news

Arbitration

Miscellaneous

  • Two more administrator accounts were compromised. Evidence has shown that these attacks, like previous incidents, were due to reusing a password that was used on another website that suffered a data breach. If you have ever used your current password on any other website, you should change it immediately. All admins are strongly encouraged to enable two-factor authentication, please consider doing so. Please always practice appropriate account security by ensuring your password is secure and unique to Wikimedia.
  • As a reminder, according to WP:NOQUORUM, administrators looking to close or relist an AfD should evaluate a nomination that has received few or no comments as if it were a proposed deletion (PROD) prior to determining whether it should be relisted.

Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 21:57, 7 April 2019 (UTC)

Please comment on Wikipedia:Reliable sources/Noticeboard[edit]

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ArbCom 2019 special circular[edit]

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Administrators must secure their accounts

The Arbitration Committee may require a new RfA if your account is compromised.

View additional information

This message was sent to all administrators following a recent motion. Thank you for your attention. For the Arbitration Committee, Cameron11598 02:49, 4 May 2019 (UTC)


Administrator account security (Correction to Arbcom 2019 special circular)[edit]

ArbCom would like to apologise and correct our previous mass message in light of the response from the community.

Since November 2018, six administrator accounts have been compromised and temporarily desysopped. In an effort to help improve account security, our intention was to remind administrators of existing policies on account security — that they are required to "have strong passwords and follow appropriate personal security practices." We have updated our procedures to ensure that we enforce these policies more strictly in the future. The policies themselves have not changed. In particular, two-factor authentication remains an optional means of adding extra security to your account. The choice not to enable 2FA will not be considered when deciding to restore sysop privileges to administrator accounts that were compromised.

We are sorry for the wording of our previous message, which did not accurately convey this, and deeply regret the tone in which it was delivered.

For the Arbitration Committee, -Cameron11598 21:04, 4 May 2019 (UTC)


Administrators' newsletter – May 2019[edit]

News and updates for administrators from the past month (April 2019).

Guideline and policy news

Technical news

  • XTools Admin Stats, a tool to list admins by administrative actions, has been revamped to support more types of log entries such as AbuseFilter changes. Two additional tools have been integrated into it as well: Steward Stats and Patroller Stats.

Arbitration

  • In response to the continuing compromise of administrator accounts, the Arbitration Committee passed a motion amending the procedures for return of permissions (diff). In such cases, the committee will review all available information to determine whether the administrator followed "appropriate personal security practices" before restoring permissions; administrators found failing to have adequately done so will not be resysopped automatically. All current administrators have been notified of this change.
  • Following a formal ratification process, the arbitration policy has been amended (diff). Specifically, the two-thirds majority required to remove or suspend an arbitrator now excludes (1) the arbitrator facing suspension or removal, and (2) any inactive arbitrator who does not respond within 30 days to attempts to solicit their feedback on the resolution through all known methods of communication.

Miscellaneous


Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 00:37, 5 May 2019 (UTC)

Revision request[edit]

Is it possible for you to help me with a revision request

regards Joseph

Possibly.. what exactly is it you need help with? -- œ 02:48, 10 May 2019 (UTC)

P:K listed at Redirects for discussion[edit]

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Please comment on Wikipedia:Village pump (proposals)[edit]

The feedback request service is asking for participation in this request for comment on Wikipedia:Village pump (proposals). Legobot (talk) 04:32, 15 May 2019 (UTC)

Renjilal Damodaran[edit]

Please help me in creating the Article, the draft "Renjilal Damodaran" I am recreating with Reference

June 12, 2019 edit-a-thon at "Atla Annual 2019" in Vancouver British Columbia[edit]

1000 Women in Religion: A Wikipedia edit-a-thon at "Atla Annual 2019" in Vancouver, British Columbia
Sheraton Vancouver Wall Center

The 1000 Women in Religion Project is working to improve the coverage of women’s contributions to religious, spiritual and wisdom traditions worldwide. In support of this goal, the edit-a-thon at Atla's (formerly the American Theological Library Association) annual meeting will focus on improving articles about women in religion. We would love to have a few Vancouver area Wikipedians to help us get new editors oriented and editing!!

Wednesday, June 12, 2019
8:00am-12:00pm
Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre
1088 Burrard Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6Z 2R9 Canada
Dzingle1 (talk)Dzingle1 (talk) 15:41, 29 May 2019 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – June 2019[edit]

News and updates for administrators from the past month (May 2019).

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Administrator changes

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CheckUser changes

removed Ivanvector

Guideline and policy news

  • An RfC seeks to clarify whether WP:OUTING should include information on just the English Wikipedia or any Wikimedia project.
  • An RfC on WT:RfA concluded that Requests for adminship and bureaucratship are discussions seeking to build consensus.
  • An RfC proposal to make the templates for discussion (TfD) process more like the requested moves (RM) process, i.e. "as a clearinghouse of template discussions", was closed as successful.

Technical news

  • The CSD feature of Twinkle now allows admins to notify page creators of deletion if the page had not been tagged. The default behavior matches that of tagging notifications, and replaces the ability to open the user talk page upon deletion. You can customize which criteria receive notifications in your Twinkle preferences: look for Notify page creator when deleting under these criteria.
  • Twinkle's d-batch (batch delete) feature now supports deleting subpages (and related redirects and talk pages) of each page. The pages will be listed first but use with caution! The und-batch (batch undelete) option can now also restore talk pages.

Miscellaneous


Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 09:48, 8 June 2019 (UTC)

Please comment on Wikipedia:Reliable sources/Noticeboard[edit]

The feedback request service is asking for participation in this request for comment on Wikipedia:Reliable sources/Noticeboard. Legobot (talk) 04:33, 15 June 2019 (UTC)

List of Rivers of Romania listed at Redirects for discussion[edit]

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I need a admin to fix all my mistakes I made to Summer time in Europe[edit]

Hi OlEnglish I need a admin to fix all my edits I did to Summer time in Europe because I made big mistakes by accident, thank you. Lachlb (talk) 17:20, 29 June 2019 (UTC)

Ok will do. -- œ 17:21, 29 June 2019 (UTC)

I want to delete pages Help:Daylight saving time in Europe and Book:Summer time in Europe because I accidentally created these pages also. Can you please delete these pages also, thank you. Lachlb (talk) 17:31, 29 June 2019 (UTC)

Done. Careful next time! -- œ 17:36, 29 June 2019 (UTC)

White Sturgeon fish[edit]

Dear OlEnglish,

In your local river an 800lb White Sturgeon was caught....... Can send you the video-clip.... Forgive me if you know already.... MacOfJesus (talk) 10:43, 1 July 2019 (UTC)

@Bernard Mc Nally: No I did not not know. I assume you mean this one. Wow! That's impressive! Which video clip are you referring to? -- œ 22:54, 1 July 2019 (UTC)

I have it on a Page...... kept it...... I can post it to you.... Do you have a Facebookpage...????? MacOfJesus (talk) 09:13, 2 July 2019 (UTC)

Nah. I steer clear of most social media. :) -- œ 03:49, 3 July 2019 (UTC)

I can send it to you, tell me how...???? MacOfJesus (talk) 18:06, 4 July 2019 (UTC)

 Handle:   cottagelife.com   [June19,2019... ]  Put in:  800lb Sturgeon.....MacOfJesus (talk) 18:18, 5 July 2019 (UTC)
I think you found it.... MacOfJesus (talk) 18:20, 5 July 2019 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – July 2019[edit]

News and updates for administrators from the past month (June 2019).

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Administrator changes

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Guideline and policy news

  • In a related matter, the account throttle has been restored to six creations per day as the mitigation activity completed.

Technical news

  • The Wikimedia Foundation's Community health initiative plans to design and build a new user reporting system to make it easier for people experiencing harassment and other forms of abuse to provide accurate information to the appropriate channel for action to be taken. Community feedback is invited.

Miscellaneous


Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 21:20, 1 July 2019 (UTC)

Can you please check my draft page[edit]

Hey, I was recently recovered from a draft page about a company called fiorano software Draft:Fiorano_Software it was edited a lot of times but I'm still confused about whether the citations are notable or the references are correct I have read the criteria quite a number of times but still need some admin to go through for a professional and experienced help check. Thanks — Preceding unsigned comment added by Neverenough5 (talkcontribs) 08:08, 3 July 2019 (UTC)

A much better place to ask, and somewhere you'd probably get higher quality help than from me, is the Wikipedia:Reliable sources/Noticeboard. Wikipedia:WikiProject Companies may also be of some assistance to you. -- œ 08:28, 3 July 2019 (UTC)

Can you help?[edit]

when I tried to put the info back it removed the template?

fixed. -- œ 06:15, 9 July 2019 (UTC)

Thanks!! =)

Please comment on Wikipedia:Village pump (technical)[edit]

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Administrators' newsletter – August 2019[edit]

News and updates for administrators from the past month (July 2019).

Guideline and policy news

Arbitration

Miscellaneous

  • Following a research project on masking IP addresses, the Foundation is starting a new project to improve the privacy of IP editors. The result of this project may significantly change administrative and counter-vandalism workflows. The project is in the very early stages of discussions and there is no concrete plan yet. Admins and the broader community are encouraged to leave feedback on the talk page.
  • The new page reviewer right is bundled with the admin tool set. Many admins regularly help out at Special:NewPagesFeed, but they may not be aware of improvements, changes, and new tools for the Curation system. Stay up to date by subscribing here to the NPP newsletter that appears every two months, and/or putting the reviewers' talk page on your watchlist.

    Since the introduction of temporary user rights, it is becoming more usual to accord the New Page Reviewer right on a probationary period of 3 to 6 months in the first instance. This avoids rights removal for inactivity at a later stage and enables a review of their work before according the right on a permanent basis.


Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 19:24, 3 August 2019 (UTC)

Please comment on Wikipedia talk:Good article criteria[edit]

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"Wikipaedia" listed at Redirects for discussion[edit]

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Administrators' newsletter – September 2019[edit]

News and updates for administrators from the past month (August 2019).

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Administrator changes

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CheckUser changes

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Oversight changes

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Technical news

  • Editors using the mobile website on Wikipedia can opt-in to new advanced features via your settings page. This will give access to more interface links, special pages, and tools.
  • The advanced version of the edit review pages (recent changes, watchlist, and related changes) now includes two new filters. These filters are for "All contents" and "All discussions". They will filter the view to just those namespaces.

Arbitration

Miscellaneous


Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 00:37, 7 September 2019 (UTC)

Talk page length[edit]

Nuvola apps important green.svgThis talk page is becoming very long. Please consider archiving. Geolodus (talk) 17:38, 7 September 2019 (UTC)

Will do, thanks for the reminder. -- œ 00:24, 8 September 2019 (UTC)

Please comment on Wikipedia:Requests for comment/Arbitration Committee Elections December 2019[edit]

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Aha[edit]

You're still around--good thing you didn't choose "Anglo-Saxon" as your handle... Drmies (talk) 00:30, 20 September 2019 (UTC)

Nice to see you Drmies! Yes, I'll always be around. :)
That article is behind a paywall so I couldn't read it, but it's typical of the left-wing these days to just blindly call everyone a racist or a nazi or a white supremacist, even if they're Jewish! I really do hope we as a society get it together and finally see each other simply as human beings instead of white/black/red/yellow etc. -- œ 03:02, 20 September 2019 (UTC)

Ten years of adminship[edit]

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Wishing OlEnglish a very happy adminship anniversary on behalf of the Wikipedia Birthday Committee! Chris Troutman (talk) 23:55, 25 September 2019 (UTC)
Wow it's been that long huh. Well, I'm happy to be of service! -- œ 03:56, 28 September 2019 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – October 2019[edit]

News and updates for administrators from the past month (September 2019).

Guideline and policy news

  • Following a discussion, a new criterion for speedy category renaming was added: C2F: One eponymous article, which applies if the category contains only an eponymous article or media file, provided that the category has not otherwise been emptied shortly before the nomination. The default outcome is an upmerge to the parent categories.

Technical news

  • As previously noted, tighter password requirements for Administrators were put in place last year. Wikipedia should now alert you if your password is less than 10 characters long and thus too short.

Arbitration

Miscellaneous

  • The Community Tech team has been working on a system for temporarily watching pages, and welcomes feedback.

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