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Administrators' newsletter – September 2019[edit]

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


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.



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


Hello, TonyBallioni. Please check your email; you've got mail!
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Girth Summit, email seen. I'll try to reply tonight or tomorrow. I've been very busy IRL and have fallen behind on my WP email. TonyBallioni (talk) 00:41, 11 September 2019 (UTC)
No problem, please get to it in your own time. There have been a couple of developments since I sent it, I'll send an update for you to consider. Thanks GirthSummit (blether) 08:03, 11 September 2019 (UTC)

UTRS 26666[edit]


Could you please look at this UTRS appeal? You're the blocking administrator and I'd appreciate your opinion :)-- 5 albert square (talk) 18:52, 10 September 2019 (UTC)

5 albert square, replied in UTRS. TonyBallioni (talk) 00:40, 11 September 2019 (UTC)

New Page Review newsletter September-October 2019[edit]

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Hello TonyBallioni,


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.


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.
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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.

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User talk:Chris.sherlock[edit]

You are involved in the case as you placed one of the blocks. You are in no position to be silencing the user's only avenue for comment, or protecting a fellow admin who has got herself into trouble in her responses to him. Please self-revert, or consider yourself reported. Orderinchaos 02:57, 12 September 2019 (UTC)

That’s not how WP:INVOLVED works. I reviewed the request, determined there was block evasion as a CheckUser, and blocked one of the socks as standard procedure in the unblock decline. I then brought his appeal to AN for community review. I’ve only ever acted as an uninvolved administrator, which was the capacity in which I hatted that discussion. I’m not going to edit war over this, but I’d encourage anyone else to restore the hatting. TonyBallioni (talk) 03:02, 12 September 2019 (UTC)
WP:CANVASS and WP:POINT, too. Great. Orderinchaos 03:16, 12 September 2019 (UTC)
I don’t think replying to you on my own talk page is canvassing. I consider that to be following WP:ADMINACCT. TonyBallioni (talk) 03:19, 12 September 2019 (UTC)

Awaiting SPI[edit]

Hi, I realise that SPI has been backlogged of late but is there any reasonably way to get someone to move along things at Wikipedia:Sockpuppet investigations/Arunkumarnaik? As I stated in my last comment there, Bishonen has put temporary protection on the article but, knowing the topic area as I do, I'm pretty sure there will be another assault on it when that expires. With that in mind, it would be handy to have a CU record for the current investigation. Do I need to find an active clerk? Is there a list or category somewhere? - Sitush (talk) 18:39, 13 September 2019 (UTC)

Replied there. When more show up, file again and I'll take a look. I'm busier these days than in the past, so on-wiki less, unfortunately, but I'll watchlist it and get around to it when I see it. TonyBallioni (talk) 23:12, 14 September 2019 (UTC)

UTRS 26658[edit]


Would you be able to have a look at this appeal from Kiko4564 please?-- 5 albert square (talk) 20:59, 14 September 2019 (UTC)

Hi 5 albert square, I'm not familiar with Kiko and from what I recall last time it required a lot of behavioural knowledge in addition to the technical stuff. Berean Hunter might be able to help better than I could. TonyBallioni (talk) 23:09, 14 September 2019 (UTC)
Last time he had been impersonating another LTA and it hasn't been a year since. To me, it nullifies what he is saying in the new request and renders it insincere. He sang the same tune in the last UTRS before he was caught so it doesn't sound believable to me now...he was bald-faced lying while socking. I commented in the UTRS a couple of days ago. I not in favor of unblocking.
 — Berean Hunter (talk) 00:00, 15 September 2019 (UTC)
Thanks both.-- 5 albert square (talk) 00:31, 15 September 2019 (UTC)