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Happy New Year, Pkbwcgs!

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Your BRFA

Hello, your recent BRFA (Wikipedia:Bots/Requests for approval/PkbwcgsBot 16) has been approved. Happy editing, — xaosflux Talk 14:34, 4 January 2019 (UTC)

Articles for Semi-Protection/Normani Kordei

That article is old I am done with it. Just delete it I do not care anymore. It has been over a year ago. Let someone else manage the page I do not care. The whole thing can be deleted for all I care. Just delete it or whatever or let someone else take care of it. I moved on to other things like editing other pages.--Welcometothenewmillenium (talk) 17:30, 8 January 2019 (UTC)

Do you wish the same for Wikipedia:Articles for Semi-Protection/Dinah Jane and Wikipedia:Articles for Semi-Protection/Normani Kordei/Dinah Jane? Curb Safe Charmer (talk) 18:12, 8 January 2019 (UTC)

City Thameslink

Just a quick note, I have fleshed out the article a bit more so it's worth another look. I realise this is your first GA review, so I just wanted to say you're going about things exactly the right way - suggesting improvements and checking the article is well-written, factually accurate, broad in coverage and doesn't have any copyvios. The "broad in coverage" criteria does seem to get left out of reviews, so it's good to see it pick up attention here. Ritchie333 (talk) (cont) 18:15, 10 January 2019 (UTC)

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Underpopulated template

Hi, I see your bot request to remove instances of the {{Underpopulated category}} following a consensus to delete in TfD, but someone or some bot has been removing them as the transclusion count has been continually dropping. It's confusing to me since it seems you had started a process to perform the removal but the template is being removed despite your initiative to handle it. Thanks. StarcheerspeaksnewslostwarsTalk to me 22:48, 13 January 2019 (UTC)

User:BsherrAWBBOT is doing it. Thanks. StarcheerspeaksnewslostwarsTalk to me 22:52, 13 January 2019 (UTC)

Strangeness with ISBN page updates

This is curious. When your bot updates Wikipedia:WikiProject Check Wikipedia/ISBN errors, it typically adds or removes a few hundred bytes each day. But when WikiCleanerBot updates the page, the net change is ten or twenty thousand bytes. I have poked around at page histories for the pages that are added, and I really have no idea why that would be. – Jonesey95 (talk) 08:53, 23 January 2019 (UTC)

@Jonesey95: This is quite strange but I think User:NicoV adds new algorithms that can find more ISBN errors and my WPCleaner is only basic so it can't identify those errors. Pkbwcgs (talk) 15:54, 23 January 2019 (UTC)
@Jonesey95 and Pkbwcgs: This is normal, it's just that I'm only updating the list of ISBN errors just after a dump analysis (which updates pages like Wikipedia:CHECKWIKI/WPC 069 dump). The dump analysis lets WPCleaner find ISBN errors that are not found by other tools (CW, templates checking ISBN...), that's why it makes a big difference. --NicoV (Talk on frwiki) 17:22, 23 January 2019 (UTC)

A barnstar for you!

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Great Work! came across your bot on my watchlist, and was surprised that I had never noticed such a quality editor as yourself Eddie891 Talk Work 17:01, 26 January 2019 (UTC)
@Eddie891: Thanks. I appreciate it. Pkbwcgs (talk) 17:04, 26 January 2019 (UTC)

Your BRFA

Hello Pkbwcgs, your BRFA (Wikipedia:Bots/Requests for approval/PkbwcgsBot 20) has been approved. Happy editing, — xaosflux Talk 20:41, 27 January 2019 (UTC)

Your BRFA

Hello Pkbwcgs, your BRFA (Wikipedia:Bots/Requests for approval/PkbwcgsBot 18) has been approved. Happy editing, TheSandDoctor Talk 18:19, 29 January 2019 (UTC)

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Help related to Checkwiki

I have recently made an edit in the article 113 series. Please do review that edit and if it is not correct, please try to correct it. If it cannot be corrected, please do revert that edit. Why I ask you is because of the reason that you have made many edits related to checkwiki.Adithyak1997 (talk) 17:40, 2 February 2019 (UTC)

@Adithyak1997: I have removed the italics as it is redundant but otherwise, it is mostly correct. Pkbwcgs (talk) 19:53, 2 February 2019 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – February 2019

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

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WPCleaner version

Hi. It seems that you're using an outdated version of WPCleaner (I released 2.01 a week ago and you're still using 2.0). Normally, running WPCleaner through getdown should ensure that WPCleaner is kept up to date. --NicoV (Talk on frwiki) 08:48, 4 March 2019 (UTC)

Rescuing sources

Hi, when rescuing sources, please don't add unnecessary newlines, as you did here (and dozens of other instances). They make comparison of the old and new versions more difficult. --Redrose64 🌹 (talk) 09:26, 4 March 2019 (UTC)

@Redrose64: That is not me. The tools is adding the unnecessary lines. There is nothing I can do about that. Pkbwcgs (talk) 17:50, 4 March 2019 (UTC)
Please do not blame "the tools"; you are responsible for every edit that you make. If you believe that there is a fault in the tool, please contact whoever provided it. --Redrose64 🌹 (talk) 10:21, 5 March 2019 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of British Rail Class 458

Hi there, I'm pleased to inform you that I've begun reviewing the article British Rail Class 458 you nominated for GA-status according to the criteria. Time2wait.svg This process may take up to 7 days. Feel free to contact me with any questions or comments you might have during this period. Message delivered by Legobot, on behalf of No Great Shaker -- No Great Shaker (talk) 20:01, 4 March 2019 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – March 2019

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Your GA nomination of British Rail Class 458

The article British Rail Class 458 you nominated as a good article has passed Symbol support vote.svg; see Talk:British Rail Class 458 for comments about the article. Well done! If the article has not already been on the main page as an "In the news" or "Did you know" item, you can nominate it to appear in Did you know. Message delivered by Legobot, on behalf of No Great Shaker -- No Great Shaker (talk) 17:02, 8 March 2019 (UTC)

@Pkbwcgs: You may have seen in your watchlist that someone has tried to revert the good article status. As far as I can tell, such action is out of process because my understanding is that any attempt to "delist" an article must be pursued by raising a case at the WP:GAR page. I have undone all of the person's actions and specified GAR as the place to go. If I am wrong then hopefully one of the admins will advise me of the correct course of action. All the best. No Great Shaker (talk) 14:00, 11 March 2019 (UTC)

Your BRFA

Hello, your recent BRFA (Wikipedia:Bots/Requests for approval/PkbwcgsBot 17) has been approved. Happy editing, — xaosflux Talk 18:29, 12 March 2019 (UTC)

BAGBot: Your bot request PkbwcgsBot 23

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NPR Newsletter No.17

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Hello Pkbwcgs,

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  • Two elements of CSD G6 have been split into their own criteria: R4 for redirects in the "File:" namespace with the same name as a file or redirect at Wikimedia Commons (Discussion), and G14 for disambiguation pages which disambiguate zero pages, or have "(disambiguation)" in the title but disambiguate a single page (Discussion).
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  • There is an ongoing discussion on a proposal to create subject-specific notability guidelines for chemicals and organism taxa.
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DYK nomination of British Rail Class 458

Symbol question.svg Hello! Your submission of British Rail Class 458 at the Did You Know nominations page has been reviewed, and some issues with it may need to be clarified. Please review the comment(s) underneath your nomination's entry and respond there as soon as possible. Thank you for contributing to Did You Know! Yoninah (talk) 22:08, 16 March 2019 (UTC)

Please see new note on your DYK nomination. Yoninah (talk) 20:27, 5 May 2019 (UTC)

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Administrators' newsletter – April 2019

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

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Infobox university

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Your BRFA (23)

Your recent BRFA (Wikipedia:Bots/Requests for approval/PkbwcgsBot 23) has been approved. Best regards, — xaosflux Talk 15:13, 14 April 2019 (UTC)

Speedy deletion declined: File:Chinese calendar v1.1.svg

Hello Pkbwcgs. I am just letting you know that I declined the speedy deletion of File:Chinese calendar v1.1.svg, a page you tagged for speedy deletion, because of the following concern: The file is not corrupt, the display of it is. Thank you. -- Amanda (aka DQ) 07:00, 16 April 2019 (UTC)

@DeltaQuad: Re-read WP:CSD#F2 - "This applies to files that are corrupt, missing, empty, or that contain superfluous and blatant non-metadata information." The file was missing in this case and it is empty so it meets WP:CSD#F2. Pkbwcgs (talk) 07:04, 16 April 2019 (UTC)
The file is not missing, it displays at the bottom of the page and when you go into the original file. -- Amanda (aka DQ) 07:07, 16 April 2019 (UTC)
@DeltaQuad: So, how can I fix the corrupt display of the file? Pkbwcgs (talk) 07:09, 16 April 2019 (UTC)
I'm assuming if it were reuploaded it might work, otherwise you would need to file a phabricator ticket as i'm not sure what the display issue is. -- Amanda (aka DQ) 07:11, 16 April 2019 (UTC)
What is wrong with it? --Redrose64 🌹 (talk) 18:15, 16 April 2019 (UTC)
@Redrose64: The display wasn't showing up correctly in File:Chinese calendar v1.1.svg. Pkbwcgs (talk) 18:19, 16 April 2019 (UTC)
If you click on "640 × 219 pixels" or one of the other resolutions, you may see a blank white rectangle, probably depending on your browser, browser version, installed fonts, zodiac sign, and phase of the moon. – Jonesey95 (talk) 18:57, 16 April 2019 (UTC)
@Jonesey95: There is nothing there for me. The file is just completely blank for me. I can't even see a white rectangle. Pkbwcgs (talk) 20:42, 16 April 2019 (UTC)
Ah, I see, The main problem is that it isn't a SVG image at all, it's a raster (binary) image in the form of a <image width="704" height="241" id="XMLID_1_" xlink:href="data:;base64,..." i:knockout="Off" /> element (from which I have omitted the binary data) in an XML wrapper that is pretending to be SVG. The wrapper is using <!DOCTYPE ...> in a manner that librsvg isn't expecting - it contains several <!ENTITY ...> declarations. It's also using a number of elements that simply are not part of the SVG 1.1 specification at all - these include: <imageReplacement>...</imageReplacement>; <slices>...</slices>; <sliceSourceBounds>...</sliceSourceBounds>; <sfw>...</sfw>; <v:sampleDataSets>...</v:sampleDataSets>; <variables>...</variables>; <variableSet>...</variableSet>; <variableSets>...</variableSets>. Remove the DOCTYPE; get rid of everything inside the <metadata>...</metadata> element; also remove the <switch>...</switch> element and everything inside it, including the <image /> element. In fact, you might as well start fresh with a clean sheet. Don't use Adobe Illustrator (see Help:SVG#Image appearance); use proper SVG elements to draw a vector image; stick to what is explicitly described in Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) 1.1 (Second Edition) and use nothing else, not even embedded binaries. --Redrose64 🌹 (talk) 12:57, 17 April 2019 (UTC)
@Redrose64: In its current state, what is the correct file format for File:Chinese calendar v1.1.svg. Pkbwcgs (talk) 14:46, 17 April 2019 (UTC)
As it stands, nothing. The file is a horrid mixture that is internally inconsistent. I have been able to work out that the binary portion is a base64 encoding of a .PNG file, which certainly isn't SVG as implied by the file extension. You could ask Mkw813 (talk · contribs), who uploaded (and presumably created) the image why it was done that way. If they want it to be a raster image, it needs to be saved as true PNG format, and uploaded with an appropriate extension (PNG or png). --Redrose64 🌹 (talk) 21:36, 17 April 2019 (UTC)
I've redrawn it as a true SVG file, and so it is scalable to any degree. Commons doesn't allow the Arial font, so there are slight differences in the lettering even when displayed at the "native" 704x241. If you need the exact appearance of the original, I have made (but not uploaded) a true PNG file that is a replica. --Redrose64 🌹 (talk) 22:32, 19 April 2019 (UTC)

Eudoxochiton nobilis photo tagged for speedy deletion

Thank you for tagging the Noble chiton photo for deletion, it was my first upload and I couldn't work out how to delete it or tag it for deletion, back then the instructions on how to do it didn't make sense! Regards Nickwilso (talk) 04:19, 18 April 2019 (UTC)

Template:Did you know nominations/British Rail Class 458

Pkbwcgs, can you please stop by your nomination and take a look at the most recent commentary? I think a new hook will be needed under the circumstances, but you'll know better than I once you've read the information placed there. Thank you very much. BlueMoonset (talk) 15:28, 18 April 2019 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – May 2019

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

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NPR Newsletter No.18

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Hello Pkbwcgs,

WMF at work on NPP Improvements

Niharika Kohli, a product manager for the growth team, announced that work is underway in implementing improvements to New Page Patrol as part of the 2019 Community Wishlist and suggests all who are interested watch the project page on meta. Two requested improvements have already been completed. These are:

  • Allow filtering by no citations in page curation
  • Not having CSD and PRODs automatically marked as reviewed, reflecting current consensus among reviewers and current Twinkle functionality.
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Speedy deletion and "keep" !votes

Re this close. Technically, there's nothing stopping an admin from speedy deleting a page that's being discussed at a deletion venue, but apart from cases where deletion is urgent (copyvios or attack pages, for example), that shouldn't be done if there have been valid "keep" !votes in the discussion. I think it's pretty clear how this undermines the consensus process. Additionally, in this particular case the deletion was per WP:G5; this type of deletion is most often done one en masse after the discovery of a sock, so it's almost certain that the admin hadn't noticed the page was at TFD. The best thing to do in such cases is to ask the deleting admin to restore it and possibly leave a note in the discussion. Thanks! – Uanfala (talk) 12:11, 21 May 2019 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – June 2019

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

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  • 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.

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DYK nomination of British Rail Class 458

Symbol question.svg Hello! Your submission of British Rail Class 458 at the Did You Know nominations page has been reviewed, and some issues with it may need to be clarified. Please review the comment(s) underneath your nomination's entry and respond there as soon as possible. Thank you for contributing to Did You Know! BlueMoonset (talk) 15:34, 19 June 2019 (UTC)

It has been over two weeks since you were last pinged here, and you have been editing in the interim. If you wish to continue pursuing this nomination, we need to hear from you on the nomination page very soon. Thank you very much. BlueMoonset (talk) 15:34, 19 June 2019 (UTC)
Sorry that I didn't read this page more closely before posting the above. I hope things will be better for you soon; if you can get back to us in the near future, that would be great, but we can hold things open for a while longer. BlueMoonset (talk) 15:35, 19 June 2019 (UTC)

New Page Review newsletter July-August 2019

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Hello Pkbwcgs,

WMF at work on NPP Improvements

More new features are being added to the feed, including the important red alert for previously deleted pages. This will only work if it is selected in your filters. Best is to 'select all'. Do take a moment to check out all the new features if you have not already done so. If anything is not working as it should, please let us know at NPR. There is now also a live queue of AfC submissions in the New Pages Feed. Feel free to review AfCs, but bear in mind that NPP is an official process and policy and is more important.

QUALITY of REVIEWING

Articles are still not always being checked thoroughly enough. If you are not sure what to do, leave the article for a more experienced reviewer. Please be on the alert for any incongruities in patrolling and help your colleagues where possible; report patrollers and autopatrolled article creators who are ostensibly undeclared paid editors. The displayed ORES alerts offer a greater 'at-a-glance' overview, but the new challenges in detecting unwanted new content and sub-standard reviewing do not necessarily make patrolling any easier, nevertheless the work may have a renewed interest factor of a different kind. A vibrant community of reviewers is always ready to help at NPR.

Backlog

The backlog is still far too high at between 7,000 and 8,000. Of around 700 user rights holders, 80% of the reviewing is being done by just TWO users. In the light of more and more subtle advertising and undeclared paid editing, New Page Reviewing is becoming more critical than ever.

Move to draft

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Notifying users

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Administrators' newsletter – July 2019

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DYK for British Rail Class 458

Updated DYK query.svgOn 26 July 2019, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article British Rail Class 458, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that in 2004 the British Rail Class 458 trains were so unreliable that their operator considered replacing them all, but by 2012 they had become the most reliable fleet in Britain? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/British Rail Class 458. You are welcome to check how many page hits the article got while on the front page (here's how, British Rail Class 458), and it may be added to the statistics page if the total is over 5,000. Finally, if you know of an interesting fact from another recently created article, then please feel free to suggest it on the Did you know talk page.

 — Amakuru (talk) 00:01, 26 July 2019 (UTC)

Pilning railway station

This article is really not suitable for GA. I never got anywhere close to finishing it, and there's been no significant work done since. The history more or less stops at 1900 IIRC. -mattbuck (Talk) 12:42, 27 July 2019 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – August 2019

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.
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    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.


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A goat for you!

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For your work on Alfred Hancock Witherow.

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Administrators' newsletter – September 2019

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

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Administrator changes

added BradvChetsfordIzno
readded FloquenbeamLectonar
removed DESiegelJake WartenbergRjanagTopbanana

CheckUser changes

removed CallaneccLFaraoneThere'sNoTime

Oversight changes

removed CallaneccFoxHJ MitchellLFaraoneThere'sNoTime

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


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New Page Review newsletter September-October 2019

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Hello Pkbwcgs,

Backlog

Instead of reaching a magic 300 as it once did last year, the backlog approaching 6,000 is still far too high. An effort is also needed to ensure that older unsuitable older pages at the back of the queue do not get automatically indexed for Google.

Coordinator

A proposal is taking place here to confirm a nominated user as Coordinator of NPR.

This month's refresher course

Why I Hate Speedy Deleters, a 2008 essay by long since retired Ballonman, is still as valid today. Those of us who patrol large numbers of new pages can be forgiven for making the occasional mistake while others can learn from their 'beginner' errors. Worth reading.

Deletion tags

Do bear in mind that articles in the feed showing the trash can icon (you will need to have 'Nominated for deletion' enabled for this in your filters) may have been tagged by inexperienced or non NPR rights holders using Twinkle. They require your further verification.

Paid editing

Please be sure to look for the tell-tale signs of undisclosed paid editing. Contact the creator if appropriate, and submit the issue to WP:COIN if necessary. WMF policy requires paid editors to connect to their adverts.

Subject-specific notability guidelines' (SNG). Alternatives to deletion
  • Reviewers are requested to familiarise themselves once more with notability guidelines for organisations and companies.
  • Blank-and-Redirect is a solution anchored in policy. Please consider this alternative before PRODing or CSD. Note however, that users will often revert or usurp redirects to re-create deleted articles. Do regularly patrol the redirects in the feed.
Not English
  • A common issue: Pages not in English or poor, unattributed machine translations should not reside in main space even if they are stubs. Please ensure you are familiar with WP:NPPNE. Check in Google for the language and content, and if they do have potential, tag as required, then move to draft. Modify the text of the template as appropriate before sending it.
Tools

Regular reviewers will appreciate the most recent enhancements to the New Pages Feed and features in the Curation tool, and there are still more to come. Due to the wealth of information now displayed by ORES, reviewers are strongly encouraged to use the system now rather than Twinkle; it will also correctly populate the logs.

Stub sorting, by SD0001: A new script is available for adding/removing stub tags. See User:SD0001/StubSorter.js, It features a simple HotCat-style dynamic search field. Many of the reviewers who are using it are finding it an improvement upon other available tools.

Assessment: The script at User:Evad37/rater makes the addition of Wikiproject templates extremely easy. New page creators rarely do this. Reviewers are not obliged to make these edits but they only take a few seconds. They can use the Curation message system to let the creator know what they have done.

DannyS712 bot III is now patrolling certain categories of uncontroversial redirects. Curious? Check out its patrol log.

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Administrators' newsletter – October 2019

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.

Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 11:55, 2 October 2019 (UTC)

Regarding speedy deletion of File:NovikovEngine.pdf

Hi there I received your notice about speedy deletion of my PDF file NovikovEngine.pdf. That file was referenced in the Media:NovikovEngine.png as a vector graphics version of the file that was useful should anyone which to further edit/refine the figure. The .png format is of low resolution and may be unsuitable for future high-resolution screens. I thought I would clarify those points, since I feel that your speedy deletion was a little zealous. Cheers Jdpipe (talk) 18:40, 14 October 2019 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of Pilning railway station

Hi there, I'm pleased to inform you that I've begun reviewing the article Pilning railway station you nominated for GA-status according to the criteria. Time2wait.svg This process may take up to 7 days. Feel free to contact me with any questions or comments you might have during this period. Message delivered by Legobot, on behalf of Pi.1415926535 -- Pi.1415926535 (talk) 19:00, 21 October 2019 (UTC)

Your GA nomination of Pilning railway station

The article Pilning railway station you nominated as a good article has passed Symbol support vote.svg; see Talk:Pilning railway station for comments about the article. Well done! If the article has not already been on the main page as an "In the news" or "Did you know" item, you can nominate it to appear in Did you know. Message delivered by Legobot, on behalf of Pi.1415926535 -- Pi.1415926535 (talk) 18:42, 28 October 2019 (UTC)

Ashford International

Just to explain the recent kerfuffle on the article, the user in question is upset I started an ANI discussion to ban them, which reached consensus to do so. See WP:BKFIP for further details. Ritchie333 (talk) (cont) 16:50, 29 October 2019 (UTC)

User:DonaldRichardSands

@Pkbwcgs: Since you have been nominating many drafts for deletion, I suggest that you look at the drafts that this person has created. These drafts have been sitting around for many years, infact way to long.Catfurball (talk) 16:45, 30 October 2019 (UTC)

New Page Review newsletter November 2019

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Hello Pkbwcgs,

This newsletter comes a little earlier than usual because the backlog is rising again and the holidays are coming very soon.

Getting the queue to 0

There are now 729 holders of the New Page Reviewer flag! Most of you requested the user right to be able to do something about the huge backlog but it's still roughly less than 10% doing 90% of the work. Now it's time for action.
Exactly one year ago there were 'only' 3,650 unreviewed articles, now we will soon be approaching 7,000 despite the growing number of requests for the NPR user right. If each reviewer soon does only 2 reviews a day over five days, the backlog will be down to zero and the daily input can then be processed by every reviewer doing only 1 review every 2 days - that's only a few minutes work on the bus on the way to the office or to class! Let's get this over and done with in time to relax for the holidays.
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Our next newsletter will announce the winners of some really cool awards.

Coordinator

Admin Barkeep49 has been officially invested as NPP/NPR coordinator by a unanimous consensus of the community. This is a complex role and he will need all the help he can get from other experienced reviewers.

This month's refresher course

Paid editing is still causing headaches for even our most experienced reviewers: This official Wikipedia article will be an eye-opener to anyone who joined Wikipedia or obtained the NPR right since 2015. See The Hallmarks to know exactly what to look for and take time to examine all the sources.

Tools
  • It is now possible to select new pages by date range. This was requested by reviewers who want to patrol from the middle of the list.
  • It is now also possible for accredited reviewers to put any article back into the New Pages Feed for re-review. The link is under 'Tools' in the side bar.
Reviewer Feedback

Would you like feedback on your reviews? Are you an experienced reviewer who can give feedback to other reviewers? If so there are two new feedback pilot programs. New Reviewer mentorship will match newer reviewers with an experienced reviewer with a new reviewer. The other program will be an occasional peer review cohort for moderate or experienced reviewers to give feedback to each other. The first cohort will launch November 13.

Second set of eyes
  • Not only are New Page Reviewers the guardians of quality of new articles, they are also in a position to ensure that pages are being correctly tagged for deletion and maintenance and that new authors are not being bitten. This is an important feature of your work, especially while some routine tagging for deletion can still be carried out by non NPR holders and inexperienced users. Read about it at the Monitoring the system section in the tutorial. If you come across such editors doing good work, don't hesitate to encourage them to apply for NPR.
  • Do be sure to have our talk page on your watchlist. There are often items that require reviewers' special attention, such as to watch out for pages by known socks or disruptive editors, technical issues and new developments, and of course to provide advice for other reviewers.
Arbitration Committee

The annual ArbCom election will be coming up soon. All eligible users will be invited to vote. While not directly concerned with NPR, Arbcom cases often lead back to notability and deletion issues and/or actions by holders of advanced user rights.

Community Wish list

There is to be no wish list for WMF encyclopedias this year. We thank Community Tech for their hard work addressing our long list of requirements which somewhat overwhelmed them last year, and we look forward to a successful completion.


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MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 08:33, 3 November 2019 (UTC)

Template:Did you know nominations/Pilning railway station

Hi, re Template:Did you know nominations/Pilning railway station - two trains a week certainly isn't the sparsest service, since both Denton and Reddish South also have two per week - one in each direction. But all of these pale against Teesside Airport with one per week - on Sundays only. --Redrose64 🌹 (talk) 18:48, 3 November 2019 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – November 2019

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

Guideline and policy news

  • A related RfC is seeking the community's sentiment for a binding desysop procedure.

Arbitration


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