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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.
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  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:
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  • 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.
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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.
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Follow on last Nov. Ref. Desk discussion[edit]

In reference to Wikipedia:Village pump (policy)/Archive 147#Ref. desk protection, I was wondering if you had any thoughts on the current discussion at Wikipedia:Village pump (proposals)#Indefinitely protecting the refdesk. --RDBury (talk) 09:58, 6 January 2019 (UTC)

Disambiguation link notification for January 12[edit]

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Partial government shutdown explanation[edit]

Your common-sense explanation of the "partial government shutdown" on the Humanities RefDesk is concise and helpful. May I please copy it to post outside of WP?--Thomprod (talk) 14:18, 17 January 2019 (UTC)

If you give credit, sure! --Jayron32 14:24, 17 January 2019 (UTC)
Thanks!--Thomprod (talk) 15:26, 17 January 2019 (UTC)

Your Teahouse response[edit]

I'm way behind. Here you gave an interesting explanation about being autoconfirmed, although you said the person had to edit 4 articles before they could be autoconfirmed. You actually meant 10 since it's 4 days and 10 edits, but in fact it could be ten edits to the same page. And that wouldn't even have to be an article.— Vchimpanzee • talk • contributions • 21:45, 18 January 2019 (UTC)

Several really good explanations in that archive.— Vchimpanzee • talk • contributions • 22:12, 18 January 2019 (UTC)
Alright. I'm not sure why you're digging up a mistake I made over 3 months ago in the Teahouse, but I humbly apologize for my catastrophic mistake in judgement, and I hope that the damage I did in writing the wrong word 3 months ago will not cause undo destruction to Wikipedia. --Jayron32 13:24, 22 January 2019 (UTC)

indefinite protection of talk:tropical year[edit]

It seems to me rather strange that you protected a talk page indefinitely. I can see that there was a long track record of disruptive editing that merited a lot longer than the usual weeks or even months. I can see a case to protect a main space article indefinitely though it ought to be a really exceptional case for a high profile biography of a living person. Setting a time limit forces a review, even if it has to be because of renewed disruptive editing. Hard cases make bad law. In the case of tropical year and talk:tropical year, it looks like an anon editor is trying to make a good faith edit and the discussion about the change is happening in the edit summaries instead of the talk page. Would you unblock please? --John Maynard Friedman (talk) 16:26, 27 January 2019 (UTC)

I see that there is a wider discussion at Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard/Incidents#Inability to use talk page at "Tropical year" so you may wish to see that resolved first. --John Maynard Friedman (talk) 16:37, 27 January 2019 (UTC)
BTW, you probably don't have to read the whole ANI thread. I'm pretty sure you misread the protection log (or whatever) as you said when protecting the sock came back within minutes. It was actually over a year later, protection expired on 13:19, 31 January 2017 and you protected on 15:59, 31 January 2018 [1] so may be better to just unprotect. If you think this case has probably drawn their attention and decline to unprotect at the moment because of that, then maybe explain that at ANI. Nil Einne (talk) 18:17, 27 January 2019 (UTC)
BTW, the prior 1 year protection started in January, 2017, and ended a few minutes before VXFC edited in January 2018. That pattern (waiting on a protection to expire, then immediately starting to disrupt the page again) is standard VXFC behavior. I fully expect VXFC to start editing that talk page again. However, I have unprotected the page, per your request. Via con dios. --Jayron32 12:11, 28 January 2019 (UTC)

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Carrie Lam[edit]

Yet most of the content is already covered at Carrie Lam as Chief Executive of Hong Kong. It is not necessary to have the exact same information on two different articles. Doesn’t matter if it’s “repeated elsewhere in the article”, if another article already covers it, there should only be a brief summary and a hatnote on the primary article. Hayman30 (talk) 15:50, 1 February 2019 (UTC)

Yes, but you didn't leave a summary and a hatnote. You wholesale removed the entirety of it. If you just tightened up the language, or left a summary and a hatnote behind, we wouldn't be having this conversation right now. So, go do that if you want to. Shorten the summaries, leave the hatnotes, etc. But you removed entire chunks of relevant text with no further reading or summary left behind for others. --Jayron32 15:59, 1 February 2019 (UTC)
What do you mean I didn’t leave a summary? I literally said that the content is repetitive. If I had to be as specific as saying that it’s repeating content from another article, I apologize. And there is already a hatnote in the section, and I did left a short summary. Apparently you saw me removing a great deal of content and you exercised poor judgment by not looking into the matter first and hastily undid my edit. I won’t be touching he article now and I’ll just let the people who’s been working on the article handle it. Will be leaving a message on the article talk page. Hayman30 (talk) 16:08, 1 February 2019 (UTC)
Sorry, I don't follow. Here you removed all of the short summaries and hatnotes for a good half dozen sections. You didn't leave behind, as you say "a brief summary and a hatnote on the primary article." You quite literally did the opposite; you removed all of the summaries, hatnotes, and everything else. For someone calling someone else "hasty", you put very little effort into complying with the very guidance you just told me to do; you simply blanked out a half dozen sections of the article, and left no summaries or pointers behind to the content you called repetitive. --Jayron32 16:20, 1 February 2019 (UTC)
Oh my word can please examine closely. All those sections were supposed to be placed under “Chief Executive” and I left that section behind along with the hatnote. That section was all the primary article needed as somebody literally just copy-pasted content from/to the secondary article (compare Carrie Lam#Disqualifications of localists and Carrie Lam as Chief Executive of Hong Kong#Localist candidates' disqualification). It was you who put absolutely no effort looking into my edit and assumed bad faith because of the amount of content I removed. And can you not assume that you’re always right for literally one second? Shit happens, take it. Hayman30 (talk) 16:42, 1 February 2019 (UTC)
I always assume I'm always wrong, so I'm one step ahead of you there. --Jayron32 18:41, 1 February 2019 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – February 2019[edit]

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

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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.
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Note[edit]

How does an actual "new" user know to go to a specific user and proclaim that they're a new user?[2] The user's approach reminds me a little bit of the banned Bowei Huang or whoever the name was, but it could just be a brief shot. ←Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? carrots→ 01:26, 7 February 2019 (UTC)

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Your unilateral move of Ashmont–Mattapan High Speed Line to Mattapan Trolley[edit]

This is a bush move. Don't do this. Nobody gives a rat's ass about what the official name is. What matters is what people call it. See WP:COMMONNAME. Also see the two recent discussion on the talk page where it was decided not to move the article. Either you are aware of these, in which case you know perfectly well that the move was way out of line, or else you're not aware of them, in which case you shouldn't be moving articles. Herostratus (talk) 14:52, 8 February 2019 (UTC)

I have fixed the problem. As a side note, if you had not have been an asshole in the tone you took with me, I still would have done so. You can be polite and still get things done. --Jayron32 15:07, 8 February 2019 (UTC)
OK, sorry. Herostratus (talk) 15:13, 8 February 2019 (UTC)

Ping[edit]

Hi - I tried to ping you from the "Meaning of life" paragraph at the Teahouse. I think you ping someone if you responded to their comment or edit. I didn't realize you were an administrator so I'm sorry for taking your time on my learning experiment. Eschoryii (talk) 06:00, 10 February 2019 (UTC)

Ok. --Jayron32 13:20, 11 February 2019 (UTC)

US 311[edit]

NCDOT made it official last month, US 311 is no more south of Winston-Salem. I figured you would want to make the edits to U.S. Route 311 since you have made recent changes to it first. --WashuOtaku (talk) 02:05, 15 February 2019 (UTC)

They had received permission to do so from AASHTO. Do we have sources showing they are taking down the signs? If so, we can start fixing the article based on the sources. --Jayron32 14:37, 15 February 2019 (UTC)

Template:In the news[edit]

You broke the 'hidden' stuff here, and the words "readd if Lagerfeld is promoted to blurb" were displayed on the main page. I've attempted a fix but you might want to take another look in case I've misinterpreted what you were trying to do... GiantSnowman 15:25, 20 February 2019 (UTC)

I think I just fixed it. --Jayron32 15:26, 20 February 2019 (UTC)

FAC: Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies[edit]

Hi hii. Would you care to review or offer comments to this nomination? Apart from one substantial review, it has been relatively stale so far. Dan56 (talk) 14:41, 23 February 2019 (UTC)

Move discussion notice - Wikipedia talk:Adding open license text to Wikipedia#Requested move 25 February 2019[edit]

SMirC-thumbsup.svg Hey there! I'm Psantora. There is a move discussion at Wikipedia talk:Adding open license text to Wikipedia#Requested move 25 February 2019 requiring more participation, please consider commenting/voting in it along with the other discussions in the backlog (Wikipedia:Requested moves#Elapsed listings). - PaulT+/C 16:31, 26 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


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Ref desk[edit]

If that user persists in asking about his favorite subject, vasectomy and its variations, do you recommend just hatting it right away, to be done with it? ←Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? carrots→ 14:07, 17 March 2019 (UTC)

I don't recommended things, but that's what I plan to do myself.--Jayron32 02:09, 18 March 2019 (UTC)
Rogereeny. ←Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? carrots→ 02:58, 18 March 2019 (UTC)

not trolling[edit]

OK. I think we're done here. This has moved into "not useful" land. --Jayron32 16:32, 26 March 2019 (UTC)
The following discussion has been closed. Please do not modify it.

Hello friend from the USA It's Ahab You did a bad move shutting down the discussion on Harriet Owen/Sophie B. Hawkins I am asking where sources are that show that they are different people and instead you guys are being unhelpful, thinking i'm doing something else. You had better have a good reason without links to long-winded policies for shutting down that discussion. thanks. 199.101.61.34 (talk) 13:09, 26 March 2019 (UTC)

Look, we aren't here to disprove every insane thing you say just because you demand that we do. You can't say "Here's two random people. Prove to me they aren't the same person" and then argue with everyone who does actually show that they are, in fact, different people. Your combative nature and your insane debates over these sorts of things have worn the patience of the community thin, and if you can't stop, you can take your craziness elsewhere. I don't care what word you describe your behavior, it is problematic and you will stop it. That discussion has ended, and will not be restarted. Please do not start similar ones in the future. Vaya con dios. --Jayron32 13:17, 26 March 2019 (UTC)

I suggest you stop calling me names like insane dear friend. It only reinforces my feelings towards you guys in the red white and blue country. Also since you're an admin, I invite you to read why it is that I will not take orders from an American like that, "you will stop it" as opposed to the request "please sto pit". I have no problem discussing things wit hyou, and I have no problems taking suggestions from you or any other users, but you will not give me orders. I can't take orders from Americans because you guys continue to attack my country of origin, and you guys support the Saudis, who have destroyed the area I live in. As for the discussions themselves, Im' being combative because everybody links me to long long policy pages. I can't just skim through them like you sighted people can. What I have to do is use my creen-reader called JAWS to listen to the whole page in hopes of finding somethign that relates to what's going on. Try listening to a monotonous voie read out pollicies, and it's as interesting as watching paint dry.

So yes, I will take suggestions from you, I will have discussions from you, but I will never take orders from any American until the USA stops attacking Yemen and the Aden area, that I called home for the first part of my life. The bad people are gone, please, leave Yemen alone. That is why I cannot take any orders form Americans. here's something to remember, أنا صديقك وليس المرؤوس الخاص بك 199.101.61.34 (talk) 13:35, 26 March 2019 (UTC)

it means i am your friend, not your subbordinates. 199.101.61.34 (talk) 13:37, 26 March 2019 (UTC)

I never called you any names. I said your discussions were insane. I have no idea who you are, nor do I care. It is your behavior, not your person, that I am concerned with. Your behavior has been problematic, and you should change your behavior. Also, your rampant xenophobia is noted, and will be remembered. Also, I never said you were my subordinate. I am not ordering you to do anything. I am informing you of the consequences of your future actions. You do what you want, I am just letting you know what others (including, possibly myself) will do if you continue as you have. Good day. --Jayron32 13:42, 26 March 2019 (UTC)


I am willing to engage, but not to take orders from you guys from USA. Taking orders from Americans just goes against everything that I am and against my universal protest against attacks on where my original home was. It was the Americans that destroyed my home, I had to move to the UK for years then come to Canada for a better job. The life I had is gone, and it is thanks to the United States. That is why I wll take suggestions, I will discuss with, and I will even be friends with, I will seek advice from, and debate with Americans, but I will never ever ever take direct orders from any American, administrator or not, until the United States stops going after Yemen. A couple bad apples does not warrent the destruction of my home town. I hope you understand that, you're a good person so I know you do. 199.101.61.34 (talk) 13:47, 26 March 2019 (UTC)

You keep calling me an American. Where do you get that from? --Jayron32 13:49, 26 March 2019 (UTC)

You live in NH and NC, two U.S> states. and no I don't mean it in a bad way. 199.101.61.34 (talk) 13:53, 26 March 2019 (UTC)

You live in NB, a Canadian province. Or at least, you're connecting to the Internet through one. --Jayron32 14:01, 26 March 2019 (UTC)
FYI, I have requested a block of this user, on the grounds of incompetence and racism. ←Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? carrots→ 14:01, 26 March 2019 (UTC)
Bugs, back down man. --Jayron32 14:02, 26 March 2019 (UTC)
He deleted a post of mine on the ref desk. I could add that to the complaint list, unless it falls under the "incompetence" umbrella. Speaking of which, aren't the troubles in Yemen primarily due to warring Middle East factions? ←Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? carrots→ 14:06, 26 March 2019 (UTC)
Withdrawn, for now. ←Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? carrots→ 14:22, 26 March 2019 (UTC)

This may help explain why I don't take orders from Americans baseball bugs. Let's say an arsonist comes around and burns your house down. You ended up finding out the arsonist is Mr. Jones. Then a time later mr. Jones comes and starts bossing you around. are you going to let Mr. Jones order you around? no! Mr. Jones goes to jail and comes out a changed man, wiling to discuss things and what not. But then he comes and starts ordering you around again. Are you going to follow his orders, knowing that he burned down your house? I wouldn't. I hope that helps. Also cut the racism and xenophobia crap, if somebody came and destroyed your home you'd dislike them too. and I said I'd engage with Americans I just won't take orders from them. 199.101.61.34 (talk) 14:41, 26 March 2019 (UTC)

No one on Wikipedia destroyed your home. To lump everyone together has a lot of names: scapegoating, xenophobia, ethnocentrism, racism, religionism, etc. ←Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? carrots→ 16:19, 26 March 2019 (UTC)

OK. I think we've had enough here.--Jayron32 16:32, 26 March 2019 (UTC)}}

apparently I'm a troll now?[edit]

Hello Take a look at Wikipedia:Reference desk/Entertainment where some guy with a long number username tries to do this big huge exposé on me. He links some IP addresses with similar numbers to the one I use, and tha thave some similarities to me (one's blind the 23 one that I'm wondering if he messed u pwith that one), but hasn't explained how I match this troll to a T. By the looks of things, the troll is anti-American while I just ask that they not essentially boss me around due to the war in yemen. As for the blind guy at the 23 IP address this perosn mentions, he's Eritrean, and I have no idea where the 199 addresses are from. We geolocate to the same general area, maybe there's a wiki troll in the area I am in, i don't know. I can see we both are bad typists too (not insulting anyone) Can you please weigh in on my talk page and help me move the discussion there rather than on the ref desk? thanks 199.101.61.34 (talk) 01:38, 28 March 2019 (UTC)


I do want to point out something that I remember from my time in the UK when I edited from some UK IP addresses, I was accused of being a troll, linked to a guy named Cuddlyable3 (an odd name hence why I remembe rit, sounds cartoony), and they said we had similar behaviors, save th elack of asking Americans not to come after me. marnetteD and 2600:8800:1880:FC:5604:A6FF:FE38:4B26 had better have some damn good explanations for claiming i am trolling. I mean it. After the Cuddlyable incident a couple years ago I'm not really willing to take an accusation at face value. 199.101.61.34 (talk) 01:50, 28 March 2019 (UTC)


Update: Apparently now I am Comet Egyot or maybe I'm Nissae Isen's man or I don't know wh oelse, on my talk page I'm also being linked to User:Eric Ramus The one making the accusations there is this user. Can all this bullshit stop lease? I'm losing my patience here big time. First, it was cuddlyable3 when I lived in the UK. I move to Canada, have some time to edit, and now I'm Commet Egypt or Nissea's man or Eric Ramus or eric the red or whatever whatever i'm going mental here! Seriously, can you please talk to these people because short of me showing them my immigration papers I have no way of proving I moved to Canada in June of 2018, and I don't like the idea of having to go to suc hlengths to prove I am who I am. This is cuddlyable3 all over again and I will not have it. Maybe Wikipedia is a toxic environment after all. I sure as hell feel poisoned after all of this crap, it'sa disaster. I can't speak to whether any of these users used my IP before me, I can only speak to what I know, and I know that I have never had an account, unless somebody used my e-mail address to create one several years ago. I did have my e-mail hacked i nlike 2015 or so, but I don't know if there was an account because when I tried creating an account last year my e-mail was associated with an existing account. SO I am begging you, help help help! thanks 199.101.61.34 (talk) 10:08, 28 March 2019 (UTC)

Just as a test, I created a user called "Baseball Bugs test" and it accepted the same email address that's associated with my normal logon. ←Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? carrots→ 13:08, 28 March 2019 (UTC)

Good to know, when I'm back from Africa I may just look into an account if it will get all these troll accusations to stop. 199.101.61.34 (talk) 14:33, 28 March 2019 (UTC)

Bimetric gravity[edit]

About the ongoing discussion at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Administrators%27_noticeboard/Incidents#Personal_attacks,_POV-pushing,_refspamming_and_attempts_to_unilaterally_override_AfD_consensus_by_91.169.1.118_and_probable_socks

XOR'easter is misleading, is distorting facts by giving microscopic and insignificant details, and is giving voluntarily a very biased/erroneous view; a quick read of the article's Talk discussion should be enough to agree. But this is not my point. I wonder why nobody ask why XOR'easter is constantly scratching the surface of the debate (and agreeing with some gentle words he/she was wrong to begin 3RR with me), instead of discussing the root fact : his/her opinion on theories disqualify him/her to contribute on cosmology related articles, because of total lack of NPOV! Detailed examples : 1) why is it strictly impossible to publish a single sentence about the crisis in cosmology whatever the huge number of valid primary and secondary references ? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Bimetric_gravity 2) why having failed this simple test, is XOR'easter still allowed to be a WP admin, without even starting a debate about a ban? cf URL provided by XOR'easter himself : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Black_hole#Absence_of_central_singularity_according_to_new_scientific_articles

    You say the proposed sources are not enough. Please answer these questions :
   1) where is written that the present article should be considered with different rules than others WP articles ?
   2) to clarify Notability, give us a precise list of the minimum mandatory criteria (qualitatively and quantitatively) to add the proposed sentences in the article, according to yourself (for instance: the authors must received Nobel Price, one of them has to be named Time's magazine Man of the Year).
   3) map each criteria with a WP rule (not a guideline)
   If you fail to provide 3) in a few days, then this would mean your approach is arbitrary. Such approach, a.k.a censorship, has no place in WP. --80.215.195.0 (talk) 09:05, 20 January 2019 (UTC)

Have a nice day, --91.169.1.118 (talk) 20:35, 28 March 2019 (UTC)

I'm not an admin, I never claimed to be one, and I have no inclination to become one. The rest of these complaints are at least as misguided. XOR'easter (talk) 21:09, 28 March 2019 (UTC)
Wow. Ok. I didn't realize how much I didn't give a shit about this until I read this discussion on my talk page. --Jayron32 02:56, 29 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.

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Computer network[edit]

Hi - you just reverted my request for page protection - did I do something wrong? thanks GirthSummit (blether) 17:47, 8 April 2019 (UTC)

No, but I did. It was a stray click on my part. I have fixed the problem. --Jayron32 17:51, 8 April 2019 (UTC)
OK, thanks. Should I resubmit the request for PP? I see that the IP user has already vandalised the page again (and been reverted). GirthSummit (blether) 17:53, 8 April 2019 (UTC)
Scratch that, sorry, I see you reinstated my original request. Thanks GirthSummit (blether) 17:54, 8 April 2019 (UTC)

Quick alternate history question[edit]

Hi,

I want to ask you a quick alternate history question. I'm asking it here because the Ref Desks aren't supposed to be for AH questions. Anyway, here goes:

Had there been no Spanish-American War (for instance, as a result of the USS Maine being sunk in US waters rather than in Cuban waters), do you think that Puerto Rico would have remained a part of Spain up to the present-day or do you think that Puerto Rico would have eventually acquired independence from Spain and become an independent country? Futurist110 (talk) 03:54, 12 April 2019 (UTC)

Probably not. Spain had divested itself (or been forced to, because they revolted) of nearly all of the rest of its Western Hemisphere possessions by then anyways. There is, of course, a chance they would have held on a little longer, i.e. many other European powers still had colonies until the middle 20th century, but between 1945-1980, virtually every other European colony worldwide had been granted independence, or had taken it by force. In 2019, naw, I don't see any way that Spain would have held Puerto Rico until now. Remaining European colonies still exist, but they are so rare as to be exceptional, and playing the odds, I don't see it happening. --Jayron32 11:56, 12 April 2019 (UTC)
Small island colonies were more likely to remain a part of the metropole up to the present-day, no? I mean, Britain, France, and the Netherlands still control some small island colonies even right now (New Caledonia, some Caribbean islands, et cetera). For that matter, France also still controls French Guiana (which isn't an island) right now.
I do agree with you that larger colonies would have very likely eventually acquired their independence. I'm just less sure about smaller colonies--especially (but not only) those that are small islands. I mean, there don't appear to be large independence movements in Puerto Rico, the US Virgin Islands, American Samoa, or Guam right now in real life. Rather, all of these territories appear to prefer continued US rule. Futurist110 (talk) 21:39, 12 April 2019 (UTC)

Your T formation diagram[edit]

Hi Jayron. I did this: Commons:File:T formation.PNG. OK with you? Levivich 04:35, 21 April 2019 (UTC)

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Sorry about that[edit]

I did get some sort of edit conflict message there, and apparently I did not handle that correctly, and mistakenly removed stuff that wasn't there when I first asked my question. SteamboatPhilly (talk) 18:22, 22 April 2019 (UTC)

I fixed it. --Jayron32 18:24, 22 April 2019 (UTC)

Science Reference Desk[edit]

Thanks for keeping it real - yes, I know that we have several regular contributors who ought to be better and ought to be held to higher standards, and who have exhausted the benefit of the doubt that we normally pay to the "newbies"... but, we try, nonetheless. After all, we are trying to educate the world, and the world is a decidedly under-educated place.
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Thank you for your continued efforts to help educate the uneducated! It ain't isn't an easy job...
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Thank you for your kind words! --Jayron32 17:49, 26 April 2019 (UTC)

block evasion[edit]

hi. i noticed that you blocked a user called Dean12065 some time ago for nuisance editing. they appear to have opened a new account to evade that block

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Contributions/Musicfan245

the subjects and edits are identical in style. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2a02:c7f:bac5:7800:4956:3352:2797:929c (talkcontribs)

You should report this to WP:SPI instead of me. They can run a checkuser utility to see if they are the same person. I don't see enough to link them behaviorally; there are many fans of music in the world. --Jayron32 12:36, 30 April 2019 (UTC)

they're editing the exact same articles in the exact same style. what kind of new user edits templates?— Preceding unsigned comment added by 2a02:c7f:bac5:7800:4956:3352:2797:929c (talkcontribs)

You should report this to WP:SPI instead of me. They can run a checkuser utility to see if they are the same person. --Jayron32 13:59, 30 April 2019 (UTC)

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Previous listing as a party[edit]

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Another quick alternate history question[edit]

I've got another quick alternate history question for you, Jayron32: Had there been no Spanish-American War, do you think that there would have eventually been a Spanish-Japanese war over the Philippines? Futurist110 (talk) 05:12, 6 May 2019 (UTC)

Depends on whether or not the Spanish would keep the Philippines or if they would have fought for their own independence before the 1930s. See Philippine–American War. --Jayron32 12:40, 6 May 2019 (UTC)

Ref desk[edit]

Do you remember Tamara Press? ←Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? carrots→ 15:17, 6 May 2019 (UTC)

I am aware, yes. I couldn't list everyone so accused. --Jayron32 15:18, 6 May 2019 (UTC)

Your close at ANI was modidified[edit]

Hi Jayron, I don't know if you noticed, but one of your closes at ANI was modified by extending its scope (see this edit), then the entire discussion was archived. I restored the discussion to ANI, with your original close scope, but the archived version remains unchanged, looking as if you closed the entire discussion. Paul August 10:31, 7 May 2019 (UTC)

You should have left the second closure. It was fine. Dead horses should remain unflogged. --Jayron32 10:36, 7 May 2019 (UTC)
Perhaps so. But I was disturbed by the subjects subsequent edits following your close. Paul August 11:04, 7 May 2019 (UTC)

Re block of Special:Contributions/Jtcampbell_baseball[edit]

While I strongly believe there is off-wiki canvasing and/or meatpuppetry involved here, I am a bit skeptical that there is socking (so far). In this case, I do not see how the edit you refer to is a self-admission of socking. Did I miss something? - SummerPhDv2.0 16:51, 7 May 2019 (UTC)

He uses the first-person pronoun and quotes the edit of another editor account. He said "I correctly stated MGTOW is not on SPLC list" which previously that account had never said. Indeed, before showing up out of the blue to jump into the edit war, that account had not edited since 2014. It suddenly jumps into an edit war and instantly quotes, as a rationale for reverting, the edit summary of a different account, using the phrase "I correctly stated". This one is clearly the same human. --Jayron32 16:53, 7 May 2019 (UTC)

Sorry![edit]

Sorry for pinging you in something and then changing it. On the off chance you read it before my changes, this was what I actually think makes more sense. I didn't realize that ARBGG hadn't been updated with the clarification about how it should be interpreted... Anyway, sorry for any confusion. TonyBallioni (talk) 03:01, 9 May 2019 (UTC)

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