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Season Greetings[edit]

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 21:03, 4 May 2019 (UTC)


Flawed bot logic[edit]

On the article Mainland High School, a new user mistakenly uploaded a non-free image to Commons to replace the old logo, rather than Wikipedia. The image was deleted, and User:Filedelinkerbot, rather than reverting to the prior link of the old image, simply removed the image link. This left the article with no infobox image, a rather boring look. User:B-Bot then flagged the old image as orphaned, marking it for speedy deletion. Without user intervention, a logo that has stood on that page for 12 years would've been gone. This would have essentially been a bot-led vandalism. Additional logic should be written into this bot's code to check for such issues prior to such brash action to see if an easy fix is possible based on why the image was orphaned. ----Vox Rationis (Talk | contribs) 03:14, 10 June 2019 (UTC)

  • @Vox Rationis: The issue is one that would need to be fixed with Filedelinkerbot - maybe in the limited case where it remove an image from an infobox, it could look and see if that image had one that was there immediately prior and if it was, restore that image. For B-bot, there is nothing that we can do because by the time B-bot tags it as an orphan, it is already long gone from the article. --B (talk) 18:11, 18 June 2019 (UTC)

Orphaned non-free image File:Akufo Addo.jpg[edit]

I am not on Wikipedia as often as I used to for various reasons. I just noticed today that the above image is tagged for deletion within the next 2 days because it is an orphaned non-free image. I am left puzzled as this image is still in the infobox of the page Edward Akufo-Addo as I type this. It has not been deleted. Am I missing something here? I thought of removing the tag as advised on section F5 of the criteria for speedy deletion but opted to wait for your advice.--Natsubee (talk) 03:52, 27 June 2019 (UTC)

@Natsubee: From the history of that article, a user made an edit breaking the infobox on June 17. The image was then tagged for deletion. On June 25, the change was reverted. On June 27, shortly after your message, the bot re-examined the image, saw it was in use, and removed the deletion tag. After images are tagged for deletion as orphaned, the bot looks at them every two days over the seven-day period - and the last time is right before the seven days expires - so if the image is re-added to an article, it should get detected and the tag should be removed. (And, of course, administrators deleting the images should also be checking.) --B (talk) 11:36, 17 July 2019 (UTC)

Precious anniversary[edit]

Precious
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Four years!

--Gerda Arendt (talk) 09:52, 30 June 2019 (UTC)


Orphaned non-free image File:Native Union Logo.png[edit]

Hello, I've used this image in an article that's currently under review (Draft: Native Union). Do I need to wait until the article is published before I re-upload this image for the company infobox? Soyoungpark.nu (talk) 02:55, 9 August 2019 (UTC)

File details[edit]

Hi! I'd like to use your photo File:Poutine at Le Champlain in Quebec City.jpg in poutine (a recent GA) and was wondering if you could identify what toppings are on the poutine? Thanks. – Reidgreg (talk) 15:55, 16 August 2019 (UTC)

  • @Reidgreg: - fortunately, I took a photo of the menu. The description they gave was "french fries and smoked cheese, BBQ pork from Ferme Beaurivage and herbs sour cream". --B (talk) 16:12, 26 August 2019 (UTC)
    • That's great! I've added it to the image description. Thanks so much! – Reidgreg (talk) 18:35, 26 August 2019 (UTC)

Why did you move Valin Shinyei from AFC to mainspace despite IP user saying it's problematic[edit]

You seem to have moved Valin Shinyei from AFC to mainspace https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Valin_Shinyei&diff=prev&oldid=552794079 despite it being declined and never-resubmitted for approval. Also in the previous edit, an IP user said the article was problematic --Tyw7 (🗣️ Talk) — If (reply) then (ping me) 12:37, 22 August 2019 (UTC)

@Tyw7: Umm ... you're asking me about something I did in 2013??? I obviously don't remember what I did six years ago, but in the diff you linked, I fixed the capitalization of an article that was already in the namespace. I assume what you are really asking about is several diffs later. In that one, I was repairing a copy/paste move. I wasn't the one who moved it to the mainspace - rather, I corrected the capitalization and copied the revisions from AFC into the article that someone else had created in the mainspace. --B (talk) 15:53, 26 August 2019 (UTC)
B, well the diff makes it seem that you prematurely moved the article from AFC to mainspace. I suspect it was the article creator who prematurely moved it.
Is there any way to find out who did the copypasta move? --Tyw7 (🗣️ Talk) — If (reply) then (ping me) 17:56, 26 August 2019 (UTC)

File:San Francisco Scott McKenzie.jpg[edit]

File:San Francisco Scott McKenzie.jpg (edit | talk | history | links | watch | logs)

Hi. Your bot left me a message about this file. Could you (real person!) look at the history of that file, and also the message I left at its talk page. What happened was that the image that I originally uploaded was then overwritten by a new editor who didn't realise what they were doing, replacing my file with a different image. For some reason, unknown to me, I was unable to revert that change. I re-uploaded the original image as a different file, but you may need to check that the correct file is the one to be deleted. (I think it is, so, hopefully, no worries.) Ghmyrtle (talk) 18:21, 1 September 2019 (UTC)

@Ghmyrtle: It doesn't especially matter which one is deleted - I see the image is at File:Scott McKenzie San Francisco Ode label.jpg (edit | talk | history | links | watch | logs) and everything looks good there - so there is no need to change anything. I'm not sure why you weren't able to revert the upload - you should have been able to. In any event, it looks like all is well. --B (talk) 12:40, 9 September 2019 (UTC)
Thanks. When I tried to revert the change that had been made, I was getting the "It looks as though the change has already been reverted by another editor" message (or however the wording goes). I'm sure it wasn't simply me being stupid (often happens!) as it hadn't happened elsewhere before and I tried several times. So, it may have been a glitch somewhere along the line. Ghmyrtle (talk) 13:33, 9 September 2019 (UTC)

File:VERIDIA Numb Single Cover.jpg[edit]

File:VERIDIA Numb Single Cover.jpg (edit | talk | history | links | watch | logs)

Hello. I just received an email from the bot about this file. The bot is accurate that it's not linked to a live article. I'm currently working on the article and hope to have it published by tomorrow. Please do not delete or orphan the file as I do plan to use it. Thanks! --MJC8104 (talk) 18:14, 3 September 2019 (UTC)

@MJC8104: The best practice is to use a placeholder for non-free images articles that are in development. That way, it doesn't get tagged as an orphan - and you can replace the placeholder with a non-free image right before you make the article live. I see that you have made the article live now and the image is there, so no harm/no foul. --B (talk) 12:42, 9 September 2019 (UTC)