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It's the editor formerly known as Aquarius.

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Could you take a look at Special:Contributions/广州办证? Google Translate makes it look like spam. NinjaRobotPirate (talk) 06:38, 25 December 2018 (UTC)

Nevermind; I ran a CU and it turned out to be a spam sock. I have a feeling we'll see more. NinjaRobotPirate (talk) 07:31, 25 December 2018 (UTC)
@NinjaRobotPirate: Yeah it's the same folks ([1]). I honestly don't know what you guys can do with them. Alex Shih (talk) 10:59, 25 December 2018 (UTC)

Merry Christmas![edit]

Wikipedia Happy New Year.png Merry Christmas and a Prosperous 2019!

Hello Alex Shih, may you be surrounded by peace, success and happiness on this seasonal occasion. Spread the WikiLove by wishing another user a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, whether it be someone you have had disagreements with in the past, a good friend, or just some random person. Sending you heartfelt and warm greetings for Christmas and New Year 2019.
Happy editing,

TheSandDoctor Talk 07:56, 25 December 2018 (UTC)

Spread the love by adding {{subst:Seasonal Greetings}} to other user talk pages.

From mine to yours, wishing you and your family a wonderful 2019! Thank you for all the work that you do for the project. --TheSandDoctor Talk 07:56, 25 December 2018 (UTC)

Merry Christmas! -Fwth[edit]

Happy New Year, Alex Shih![edit]

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Happy New Year![edit]

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Happy New Year!

Hello Alex Shih: Thanks for all of your contributions to Wikipedia, and have a great New Year! Cheers, Walk Like an Egyptian (talk) 00:01, 1 January 2019 (UTC)

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Happy New Year, Alex![edit]


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Die Zeit, die Tag und Jahre macht

Happy 2019 -

begin it with music and memories

--Gerda Arendt (talk) 21:02, 1 January 2019 (UTC)

Please check out "Happy" once more, for a smile, and sharing (a Nobel Peace Prize), and resolutions. I wanted that for 1 January, but then wasn't sad about having our music pictured instead. Not too late for resolutions, New Year or not. DYK that he probably kept me on Wikipedia, back in 2012? By the line (which brought him to my attention, and earned the first precious in br'erly style) that I added to my editnotice, in fond memory? --Gerda Arendt (talk) 13:07, 12 January 2019 (UTC)

He wrote the ultimate guide to arbitration, but what do I tell you ;) - I put on my talk what made me stay in 2012, mostly as a reminder to self. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 13:09, 10 February 2019 (UTC)

I'll spell it out for wherever you go: "go on with life, have a laugh, don't get too upset over this". It's a legacy, and made me stay. Best wishes, and thank you for what you did. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 14:47, 10 February 2019 (UTC)

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
  • 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.



  • 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.

Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 21:38, 1 January 2019 (UTC)

Yusuf bin Ahmad al-Kawneyn[edit]

Magherbin has enganged in an article content dispute with me on:

I've provided my sources and you can read for yourself but he's conflating this person from a Moroccan one. I'm a new user following the rules and it stated ask for the administers help when you're being violated on Wikipedia. It would be really helpful if you can warn and stop him for getting into a disruptive editing. Thank you.

Yours sincerely from Datch71s. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Datch71s (talkcontribs) 20:02, 4 January 2019 (UTC)

Both Datch71s and Magherbin are on a 3RR warning with a request to discuss on the talk page. Nthep (talk) 20:26, 4 January 2019 (UTC)

Invitation to Organize Wiki Loves Love 2019[edit]

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Wiki Loves Love (WLL) is an International photography competition of Wikimedia Commons to subject love testimonials happening in the month of February 2019.

The primary goal of the competition is to document love testimonials through human cultural diversity such as monuments, ceremonies, snapshot of tender gesture, and miscellaneous objects used as symbol of love; to illustrate articles in the worldwide free encyclopedia Wikipedia, and other Wikimedia Foundation (WMF) projects. February is around the corner and Wiki Loves Love team invites you to organize and promote WLL19 in your country and join hands with us to celebrate love and document it on Wikimedia Commons. The theme of 2019 is Festivals, ceremonies and celebrations of love.

To organize Wiki Loves Love in your region, sign up at WLL Organizers page. You can also simply support and spread love by helping us translate the commons page in your local language which is open for translation.

The contest starts runs from 1-28 February 2019. Independent from if there is a local contest organised in your country, you can help by making the photo contest Wiki Loves Love more accessible and available to more people in the world by translating the upload wizard, templates and pages to your local language. See for an overview of templates/pages to be translated at our Translations page.

Imagine...The sum of all love!

Wiki Loves Love team

--MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 12:33, 6 January 2019 (UTC)

Seran Kim[edit]

Hi Alex Shih, I created Seran Kim as part of the Wikipedia Asian month. It wasn't tag during the contest. Someone now decided to tag it for deletion. Please help me review. Thanks, SWP13 (talk) 17:40, 22 January 2019 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – February 2019[edit]

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


Administrator changes

added EnterpriseyJJMC89
readded BorgQueen
removed Harro5Jenks24GraftR. Baley

Interface administrator changes


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.


  • 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)

Notice of Arbcom Statement[edit]

Alex, the Arbitration Committee has made a statement regarding your resignation from the committee last year. It can be seen at Wikipedia:Arbitration Committee/Noticeboard#Alex Shih: Statement from the Arbitration Committee WormTT(talk) 19:14, 6 February 2019 (UTC)

Wow. Well that's a game changer. The Rambling Man (talk) 19:30, 6 February 2019 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

Real Life Barnstar.jpg The Real Life Barnstar
Keep on keeping on - and Illegitimi non carborundum! Cheers - SchroCat (talk) 19:20, 7 February 2019 (UTC)

Conflicting stories[edit]

I'd like to address a discrepancy between the reasons you gave in your steward application for leaving the Arbitration Committee, and the description of your departure provided by the Committee itself. As a steward candidate, you wrote of your departure: "It comes down down (sic) to personal reasons and incompatibility with the bureaucratic structure. When I ran for the committee, I did mention that if I cannot initiate some sort of reform, there would be no point to stay." In other words, you portrayed yourself as a frustrated reformer who was stifled by an external bureaucracy.

In contrast, the Arbitration Committee released an effectively unanimous statement that you resigned after being confronted over multiple breaches of the checkuser policy and mishandling of confidential information with which you were entrusted by virtue of your position of authority.

I understand that you've given up checkuser and oversight privileges, and withdrawn from the steward election. I'm not concerned about those things. Your administrative rights, and your participation in this project, are ultimately contingent upon the trust and confidence of the community. As an external observer, it appears to me that you gave a highly misleading answer to an important question, in the context of your pursuit of a position of trust and authority. Is my perception incorrect? MastCell Talk 01:41, 9 February 2019 (UTC)

@MastCell: Please see my statement at the current arbitration request, in which I believe provides my answer to the two points you have raised. You may wish to contribute there instead, as I have nothing further to add and do not wish to edit Wikipedia any further other than answering queries or direct questions to myself. Thanks, Alex Shih (talk) 13:46, 10 February 2019 (UTC)

Request for arbitration[edit]

You are involved in a recently filed request for arbitration. Please review the request at Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case#Alex_Shih and, if you wish to do so, enter your statement and any other material you wish to submit to the Arbitration Committee. As threaded discussion is not permitted on most arbitration pages, please ensure that you make all comments in your own section only. Additionally, the guide to arbitration and the Arbitration Committee's procedures may be of use.

Thanks, GoldenRing (talk) 21:42, 9 February 2019 (UTC)

Alex, this only has one outcome, so I'd urge you to just move on, and do something else around Wikipedia, like improve content for our readers, something which is often overlooked by many these days. And once again, good luck to you. Of the group then elected, I felt you were the only who had any hope in providing any kind of real link back to the editors and their work for the readers. The Rambling Man (talk) 21:51, 9 February 2019 (UTC)

LTA troll back, now with an account[edit]

Hey, you blocked (talk · contribs · WHOIS) for a year back in October. Apparently the same person created an account, Arina56 (talk · contribs), and sent the same spam message to several dozen more users. Also pinging Heepman1997 and Rod57, who apparently either hadn't received the same message last fall or had forgotten it, as they message Arina and asked them politely to stop rather than directly reporting them as a sock-troll. Hijiri 88 (やや) 12:48, 10 February 2019 (UTC)

Holy shit -- I didn't see the section above until I saved this. Sorry to bother you during -- whatever the hell is going on. I might read up on it and make a statement if I have anything to offer. You can ignore this message if you're too swamped at the moment. Hijiri 88 (やや) 12:50, 10 February 2019 (UTC)
@Hijiri88: Yeah, I am not going to edit Wikipedia for indefinite period of time. But this is something I thought I could and should act immediately; Maureen Wroblewitz LTA doesn't usually create accounts, so this is quite rare. I've blocked the account and did a mass rollback; I suspect this new account was created from a new range, so if you have time would you mind to submit a SPI. Alex Shih (talk) 13:27, 10 February 2019 (UTC)
Thank you! Hijiri 88 (やや) 13:29, 10 February 2019 (UTC)

Help with a draft[edit]

Hi Alex,

As you're familiar with Chinese and have a higher power level than me, please can you check out Draft:雲南 (disambiguation)? I've tried to review it but there's an issue with blacklisting.

Many thanks,

SITH (talk) 13:30, 10 February 2019 (UTC)

@StraussInTheHouse: I am not sure. This probably has nothing to do with the Chinese title itself, but maybe the unicode that's involved in the characters. Looks like it's something to do with MediaWiki:Titleblacklist, so I will randomly ping JJMC89, Od Mishehu and Nyttend based on the revision history to see if they know more about how to approach this as I have no idea. Please go to them, thanks. Alex Shih (talk) 13:40, 10 February 2019 (UTC)
FWIW, I find the coincidence that this came here right after I did for a completely unrelated reason hilarious. I had actually all but forgotten that this was apparently my fault. Hijiri 88 (やや) 13:50, 10 February 2019 (UTC)
@StraussInTheHouse: The blacklist rule is on moving to titles with Latin and non-Latin characters. I've gone ahead and moved the draft, but, as a page mover, you should have been able to do so yourself. — JJMC89(T·C) 18:39, 10 February 2019 (UTC)
JJMC89, thanks, I'll bear that in mind in future (I just assumed the blacklist would be sysop-only). SITH (talk) 18:43, 10 February 2019 (UTC)

Arbitration Committee Motion[edit]

Hi Alex Shih, a motion has been proposed which relates to you at the current Arbitration Request. For The Arbitration Committee --Cameron11598 (Talk) 03:41, 11 February 2019 (UTC)

Happy Birthday[edit]

Happy Birthday from the Birthday Committee

Wishing Alex Shih a very happy birthday on behalf of the Wikipedia Birthday Committee!

Don't forget to save us all a piece of cake!

Arbitration motion regarding Alex Shih[edit]

The "Alex Shih" request for arbitration is accepted. Given that Alex Shih (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log) has retired from the English Wikipedia, this case will be opened but suspended for a duration not to exceed one year, during which time Alex Shih will be temporarily desysopped.

If Alex Shih should return to active editing on the English Wikipedia during this time and request that this case be resumed, the Arbitration Committee shall unsuspend the case by motion and proceed through the normal arbitration process. Such a request may be made by email to or at the Clerks' noticeboard.

If such a request is not made within one year of the "Alex Shih" case being opened and suspended, this case shall be automatically closed, and Alex Shih shall remain desysopped. He may regain the administrative tools at any time via a successful request for adminship.

For the Arbitration Committee --Cameron11598 (Talk) 05:57, 12 February 2019 (UTC)

Discuss this at: Wikipedia talk:Arbitration Committee/Noticeboard#Arbitration motion regarding Alex Shih

A beer for you![edit]

Export hell seidel steiner.png Some other time, eh. Best of luck, ——SerialNumber54129 17:39, 12 February 2019 (UTC)

Thank you![edit]

Meissen-teacup pinkrose01.jpg Thank you for all your contributions. Happy retirement! GN-z11 21:12, 14 February 2019 (UTC)

A cup of tea for you, and a congratulations on your retirement[edit]

Meissen-teacup pinkrose01.jpg Sad to see you go Alex, given I owe many user-rights to you. Thank you for helping me get my Wiki-career off the ground, and may I wish you the best luck in all your future endeavors. Best, Sam. SamHolt6 (talk) 19:07, 20 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.


  • 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).
    • has been set up to receive private evidence related to abusive paid editing.
    • 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.


Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 21:12, 4 March 2019 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – April 2019[edit]

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

Technical news



  • 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) 21:56, 7 April 2019 (UTC)

Luana Vjollca[edit]

Hello Alex,

I'm trying to add some missing Albanian celebrities and I realised that Luana Vjollca has been deleted from wikipedia because a user has violated the terms. Would I be able to start a new draft?--Ilirtoska (talk) 03:44, 22 April 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.


  • 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.


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

Administrators' newsletter – June 2019[edit]

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


Administrator changes

removed AndonicConsumed CrustaceanEnigmamanEuryalusEWS23HereToHelpNv8200paPeripitusStringTheory11Vejvančický

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.


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

Thank you[edit]

While I don't edit Wikipedia as frequently, I happened across your retirement, and I wanted thank you for your work in making this place more welcoming. Without people like you, editing this encyclopedia seems quite bleak. Enjoy the retirement. menaechmi (talk) 19:43, 25 July 2019 (UTC)


I'm not a member of Wikipediocracy, but I drop by once in a blue moon, just to search for my username, to see whether I've stirred up any off-wiki shit-talking. Fortunately, I've never been the target of any such commentary, until now, with you. You, of all people? Really? I can't imagine how many people I've pissed off in my tenure, but you're the one to shit talk me off-wiki? A literal fucking arb? And, for all of my offenses, for endorsing the Board's request for improved civility (something you yourself request in your own editnotice)? I probably play a bit looser with civility than most admins, so it's amazing to me that I would get criticized the one time I advocate for increased civility. I thought we were friends on-wiki, with the only point of disagreement that I can recall being your attempt at sinking TonyBallioni's CU bid. Are you really mad about that, even now? I have to say, I'm not mad, just disappointed. I've always been open to direct criticism, and am usually very willing to admit when I may be wrong. I get that you're "retired", but if you're apparently still so invested in the project to follow our current events and articulate your opinions in a forum, I would think you'd at least be willing to express your disapproval to me directly. I suppose you are not the honorable person the community thought you were when you were elected to Arbcom. Perhaps that's why you were booted. Oh well. You're always welcome at my talk page, if you ever actually want to communicate like an adult. Regards, ~Swarm~ {sting} 06:13, 26 July 2019 (UTC)

@Swarm: Quite a reaction over a commentary basically asking you to calm down and lower the ego just a little bit (in which you still haven't), at least when commenting on Wikipedia. Anyways, I don't think we can have open dialogue when you continue to apply bad faith by labeling constructive criticism with clear rationales that were shared by at least two other administrators at the time (although their commentary were expressed in rather blunt terms) as "attempt at sinking". Neither do I think the invitation to your talk page is genuine, because if it were, you wouldn't have added that last sentence here, especially while talking about civility? I think we can agree on this. If you have anything further to say, please use e-mail instead. Thanks, Alex Shih (talk) 07:18, 26 July 2019 (UTC)


Hi Alex, your userpage here and on Meta says "I have been an administrator of English Wikipedia since May 2007." Since that is not the case [2], could you please remove or alter that statement on any and all wiki userpages? Thanks. Softlavender (talk) 08:26, 3 August 2019 (UTC)

  • @Softlavender: Since it appears that Alex is not editing regularly, I commented out the sentence in question over at Meta, where it is transluded globally. -- Dolotta (talk) 04:59, 18 August 2019 (UTC)

Wikiproject Military history coordinator election nominations open[edit]

Nominations for the upcoming project coordinator election are now open. A team of up to ten coordinators will be elected for the next year. The project coordinators are the designated points of contact for issues concerning the project, and are responsible for maintaining our internal structure and processes. They do not, however, have any authority over article content or editor conduct, or any other special powers. More information on being a coordinator is available here. If you are interested in running, please sign up here by 23:59 UTC on 14 September! Voting doesn't commence until 15 September. If you have any questions, you can contact any member of the coord team. Cheers, Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 02:37, 1 September 2019 (UTC)

Why did you delete Meet Arnold?[edit]

Why did you delete Meet Arnold? ReefChong (talk) 07:46, 8 September 2019 (UTC)

  • (talk page watcher) Hi ReefChong, Alex Shih is no longer active on Wikipedia. The article in question was deleted because it was nominated for deletion, and the consensus was to delete it; here is the discussion: [3]. -- Softlavender (talk) 08:07, 8 September 2019 (UTC)

Milhist coordinator election voting has commenced[edit]

G'day everyone, voting for the 2019 Wikiproject Military history coordinator tranche is now open. This is a simple approval vote; only "support" votes should be made. Project members should vote for any candidates they support by 23:59 (UTC) on 28 September 2018. Thanks, Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 03:37, 15 September 2019 (UTC)

MfD nomination of Portal:Astrology[edit]

Ambox warning orange.svg Portal:Astrology, a page which you created or substantially contributed to, has been nominated for deletion. Your opinions on the matter are welcome; you may participate in the discussion by adding your comments at Wikipedia:Miscellany for deletion/Portal:Astrology and please be sure to sign your comments with four tildes (~~~~). You are free to edit the content of Portal:Astrology during the discussion but should not remove the miscellany for deletion template from the top of the page; such a removal will not end the deletion discussion. Thank you. Mark Schierbecker (talk) 02:16, 16 September 2019 (UTC)

A return?[edit]

I noticed your name here and combined with your regular comments at an off-wiki site, I am aware you're still reading stuff. I know you're not a great fan of mine, so I expect this to be taken with a grain of salt, I hope that you do return to Wikipedia. Your contributions were valuable and while things may have gone a bit sour, I'd love to focus on those positives that you added to Wikipedia and to see them return. You made a difference Alex, and you can do again. WormTT(talk) 10:09, 16 September 2019 (UTC)

I too hope that you return, Alex. In any event, I wish you well. Cullen328 Let's discuss it 20:16, 16 September 2019 (UTC)
Thirded. Your contributions are sorely missed, Alex. I was just adding a link to Yangtze River Crossing Campaign to a new article the other day and missing your contributions. Without the distraction of admin duties, you can be an even more prolific writer! -Zanhe (talk) 21:52, 26 September 2019 (UTC)
Thank you for the kind words, Cullen328. And Zanhe, old friend, I'll drop a line to you when I plan to return to writing. Alex Shih (talk) 03:07, 21 October 2019 (UTC)

Wikiproject Military history coordinator election half-way mark[edit]

G'day everyone, the voting for the XIX Coordinator Tranche is at the halfway mark. The candidates have answered various questions, and you can check them out to see why they are running and decide whether you support them. Project members should vote for any candidates they support by 23:59 (UTC) on 28 September 2018. Thanks, Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 07:36, 22 September 2019 (UTC)

Invitation from WAM 2019[edit]

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Hi WAM organizers!

Hope you are all doing well! Now it's a great time to sign up for the 2019 Wikipedia Asian Month, which will take place in November this year (29 days left!). Here are some updates and improvements we will make for upcoming WAM. If you have any suggestions or thoughts, feel free to discuss on the meta talk page.

  1. Please add your language project by 24th October 2019. Please indicate if you need multiple organisers by 29th October.
  2. Please update your community members about you being the organiser of the WAM.
  3. We want to host many onsite Edit-a-thons all over the world this year. If you would like to host one in your city, please take a look and sign up at this page.
  4. Please encourage other organizers and participants to sign-up in this page to receive updates and news on Wikipedia Asian Month.
  5. If you no longer want to receive the WAM organizer message, you can remove your username at this page.

Reach out the WAM team here at the meta talk page if you have any questions.

Best Wishes,
Sailesh Patnaik using MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 17:03, 2 October 2019 (UTC)

ITNC search link[edit]

[4] that you shared on the RfA appears to have some issues. I checked my Username there and got even lesser number of results. I know for sure that I have contributed much more than that. Could you recheck this.--DBigXray 10:13, 7 October 2019 (UTC)

@DBigXray: No issues. Search results are displayed as according to how archive pages are organised; in ITN/C's case, it's organised by month/year for one page, meaning that if you made 100 edits in August 2019, it would come up as one listing. More precise results can be found using edits by user, which I usually use for double-checking (and in this case, the original point still stands). Alex Shih (talk) 09:42, 9 October 2019 (UTC)
ok, thank you for checking and explaining--DBigXray 10:09, 9 October 2019 (UTC)

Arbitration noticeboard[edit]

I have raised concerns over your continued editing on this project at Wikipedia talk:Arbitration Committee/Noticeboard#Alex Shih is not retired and not here.
 — Berean Hunter (talk) 17:27, 18 October 2019 (UTC)

A quiet word[edit]

Hi Alex Shih, I don’t think we know each other very well: I can’t recall any specific interactions between us, though I know we’ve been in the same threads here and there recently. I’ve recently been involved in a discussion where I felt an editor was being treated unfairly and there was some that felt I was either not being impartial with my contributions and that I may have been generating more heat than light. Now I know that when you are speaking out against what you see as an unfairness, injustice, abuse of process, etc., it can be difficult not to use strong language (and certainly strong language is often required to attempt to persuade others to your point of view). However we need to be careful in drawing a line between strong language and abrasive language (and hopefully not crossing it). Now, from all appearances, you’ve certainly had a bit of a rough year on the project and I’m sure that has led to some frustration. Some of this frustration appears to be coming across in your postings. I’ve found that stepping away (at least from that space) for a few days allowed me to gain valuable perspective on how my words were being perceived and the things that others were saying to me. I’ve also found that reconnecting to the project in the mainspace after giving up the admin tools helped me to remember what we’re all here for. Now, I don’t subscribe to the belief that project space discussions like those you have been involved in don’t contribute to building the encyclopedia. Allowing perceived unfairness, injustice, abuse of process, etc. to proliferate will affect our ability to produce a quality encyclopedia. However at this point in time, it might be therapeutic for you to disengage from the project space for a while and allow others to pick up in your stead. Get back to what it is that made you fall in love with contributing here for at least a week or two. I hope this message doesn’t come across as smarmy. It is submitted with good intentions. Feel free to remove. Sincerely, –xenotalk 13:51, 19 October 2019 (UTC)

Hi Xeno, thank you for the gracious message; they don’t come across as anywhere close to being smarmy, a term in which I had to look up. I think having been around the project for long enough, many of us intuitively know the general correct path to take at given moments, but sometimes it’s easy to allow distractions to take away your focus, especially when you have been exposed to some of the knowledge that are not always visible nor can be expressed in plain words to others.
Being away from adminship is refreshing, similar to what you have described, in the sense that I do plan to pick up content writing again in my topic area, in addition to going back to work in DYK/ITN (ironically, in "project space") at some point in the future when I find both the time and the mindset. Your kind advice was exactly what I have done and intending to continue (it was the weekend after all, but I see assumptions have already been made by some), although for the moment I still don’t plan to return to active editing anytime soon, nor do I plan to write anymore commentary as they were never meant to be sustained. Thank you again for reaching out directly. Cheers, Alex Shih (talk) 03:06, 21 October 2019 (UTC)

an editor you blocked is back at it again[edit] You said there he had "one final chance". Then he got around his topic ban by creating at least two sockpuppets. He is now doing the same exact behavior again. In a current AFD Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Casey Mongillo (2nd nomination), someone posted a link to a reddit post showing harassment this person has done on and off Wikipedia. (Redacted) So, what do you think should be done with this editor? Dream Focus 16:40, 4 November 2019 (UTC)