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  • Mishustin – Lately we've had a number of ITN mugs that are deeper/taller than mugs normally are or need to be. For example, Soleimani's, which was replaced with a cropped version. Mishustin's isn't as extreme as some, but smaller choices are available. Just a thought.... – Sca (talk) 22:46, 21 January 2020 (UTC)
    The "official" photo is 1014 years old. The previous photo we used is on 2 years old. --- C&C (Coffeeandcrumbs) 09:40, 22 January 2020 (UTC)
    Despite its file name, the current photo, File:Mikhail Mishustin 2020.png is from 20102006. If the composition was the issue, a crop such as File:Mikhail Mishustin (June 26, 2018).jpg could have been created. --- C&C (Coffeeandcrumbs) 10:33, 22 January 2020 (UTC)
    Changed back to File:Mikhail Mishustin (2018).jpg from File:Mikhail Mishustin 2020.png. I origninally changed it since it's the main photo on the government's website and a better pose; couldn't have hurt that the image description on Commons said official and from 2020. I just assumed it was makeup and photography that made him look more youthful. I'm indifferent about the crop.—Bagumba (talk) 11:00, 22 January 2020 (UTC)
    Bagumba, if you remove it from WP:CMP, I can make corrections on Commons. --- C&C (Coffeeandcrumbs) 18:24, 22 January 2020 (UTC)
  • Coronavirus — now >500 infected and at least 17 deaths, as per article page. 2607:FEA8:A2C0:809:A570:7C3:4E22:A6B7 (talk) 18:32, 22 January 2020 (UTC)
    Also perhaps remove the 'In China' preface in the blurb, the virus has spread to other countries now and the number of cases and deaths goes beyond China alone. 2607:FEA8:A2C0:809:A570:7C3:4E22:A6B7 (talk) 18:35, 22 January 2020 (UTC)
    China is where the bulk of the cases have been reported. Perhaps something like "A new strain of coronavirus infects more than four hundred people and kills at least nine in China and has spread internationally." --Masem (t) 18:52, 22 January 2020 (UTC)

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  • File:NCSA Mosaic Logo.gif, although recreated, is still under copyright because the original icon it was based on is above the threshold of originality. --- C&C (Coffeeandcrumbs) 12:29, 22 January 2020 (UTC)
    • Image replaced. howcheng {chat} 19:03, 22 January 2020 (UTC)

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Edit request on Wikipedia:Main Page/Tomorrow

Please replace:
{{#if:{{Wikipedia:Main Page/Commons media protection/Featured picture}}||}}

{{#if:{{Wikipedia:Picture of the day/On the main pages}}||}}

So KrinkleBot knows what to do on January 24, 2020. --- C&C (Coffeeandcrumbs) 07:52, 16 January 2020 (UTC)

@David Levy: I think you are one of the few people that will understand the effects of this. --- C&C (Coffeeandcrumbs) 06:52, 17 January 2020 (UTC)
Can you give a bit more background/rationale and I will look into it — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 10:40, 17 January 2020 (UTC)
Martin: The requested edit appears to be appropriate. Its purpose is to address days on which the featured picture section displays one of multiple images at a given time (which otherwise necessitates manual intervention to ensure that all of the relevant files are protected at the Wikimedia Commons). I see that the matter was discussed at Wikipedia talk:Picture of the day. —David Levy 13:13, 17 January 2020 (UTC)
MSGJ and David Levy, yeah, we also discussed it the last time we had multiple photos at POTD. Since then I realized that the bot owner at Commons does not need to be involved at all and that this seemingly pointless transclusion is how we make the cascade protection reach all the right places that need protection. Wikipedia:Main Page/Commons media protection/Featured picture is an old abandoned system of protecting these images. As of now, we have to manually add these images to WP:CMP. This edit will make it so that the files are automatically protected at Commons. Ping Anomie as well who can explain more about why the Module:Random necessitated creation of Wikipedia:Picture of the day/On the main pages. --- C&C (Coffeeandcrumbs) 17:39, 17 January 2020 (UTC)
While we have several copies of the main page (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and apparently also these) that each apply cascading protection, it was still possible that one of the random options wouldn't be transcluded onto any of them and so would be a potential target for main page vandalism. So I made a module that would load all the random POTD possibilities onto a cascade-protected page. Anomie 19:59, 17 January 2020 (UTC)

Okay,  Done. Thanks for the explanation — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 10:34, 20 January 2020 (UTC)

@Coffeeandcrumbs: that page is already cascade protected, so is there any advantage in transcluding it on Wikipedia:Main Page/Tomorrow? — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 10:39, 20 January 2020 (UTC)
MSGJ, yes, while the page is cascade protected on, that does not mean that the files on it will be protected on Commons. It is cascade protected on so that the various templates on it are protected. But to ensure that Krinklebot protects the files, it needs to be transcluded into one of the pages that the bot looks for. For example, if you removed the line{{#if:{{Wikipedia:Main Page/Commons media protection}}||}} from this page, WP:CMP would cease to function and the ITN photo would become unprotected. Cascade protection on does not automatically propagate to Commons. Krinklebot only protects files currently on Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow's Main Page. Since the POTD templates on somedays randomly rotate, Krinklebot will contantly protect and unprotect them as they cycle. A vandal could silently wait for this cycle and vandalize one of these files at the right moment. When they cycle back on the Main Page, Krinklebot would protect the wrong version again. We could be stuck with the wrong version for several minutes until we sorted it out. Since the vandalized file is protected on Commons, we would need a Commons admin to revert. In the meantime, our only recourse would be to remove the POTD template altogether or replace it with yesterday's. --- C&C (Coffeeandcrumbs) 11:34, 20 January 2020 (UTC)

Thematic Days

Perhaps from time to time we might have a thematic front page where the featured article, the did you knows and the on this days all relate to a single topic. E.g. cartography, the vikings, computer science, Brazil or anything else one cares to think up. We would probably need a WikiProject to sign up to generate the content. Thoughts? Greenshed (talk) 19:20, 17 January 2020 (UTC)

We already do that on some holidays. Particularly on Christmas, Halloween, International Women's Day, Valentine's Day or April Fool's Day the DYK, FA and FP are selected accordingly. Brandmeistertalk 22:12, 18 January 2020 (UTC)
These are date-themed whereas I was more thinking about some topic-themed days (not that the date ones are bad). Greenshed (talk) 20:32, 19 January 2020 (UTC)
I think this is a fantastic idea. Some topics will have a particular date that would be most appropriate to showcase articles on that topic (for example 7 September could have a theme of Brazil). For other topics you could just pick a date. For best results, you should start planning at least 6 months in advance. Some of the main page sections have specific processes to reserve a slot, e.g.
— Martin (MSGJ · talk) 12:24, 20 January 2020 (UTC)

Deaths: Bobby Brown

I am surprised that "Deaths" announcements today don't include a parenthetical mention of which Bobby Brown has died. Yes, you can click on it to find out, but is it truly sound Main Page style for a good encyclopedia to jolt readers with news that Bobby Brown is dead without an immediate reference as to which one he is? It's not poor judgment so much as complete and total thoughtlessness on someone's part. A few extra characters—Bobby Brown (footballer)—wouldn't hurt the page aesthetics that much, would it? Mason.Jones (talk) 15:55, 19 January 2020 (UTC)

Space on the Main Page is at a premium, so, as a rule, any parenthetical disambiguators in article titles are omitted, leaving only the name. Even though some readers may mistake the footballer for the singer, not all will; in fact, I didn't know who the latter was before this. Furthermore, stating "(footballer)" probably wouldn't even be enough, as Wikipedia has at least five footballers with that name. — RAVENPVFF · talk · 16:43, 19 January 2020 (UTC)

This is also being discussed at Wikipedia talk:In the news#Recent Death section and disambiguation. --- C&C (Coffeeandcrumbs) 19:42, 19 January 2020 (UTC)

Thanks, C&C. Mason.Jones (talk) 20:26, 19 January 2020 (UTC)
When I first saw this, I admit I assumed it was Bobby Brown, you know - the one without the disambiguator. But I soon realised I was wide of the mark when I got to ITN/C. Martinevans123 (talk) 20:33, 19 January 2020 (UTC)

Guns & Crime Study

Not related to the Main Page. I suggest you start a discussion at Talk:John Lott instead. Modest Genius talk 19:02, 22 January 2020 (UTC)
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SprDg (talk) 18:41, 22 January 2020 (UTC) Someone brought this study to my attention and I noticed the protected John Lott page did not include it. It’s more recent/meticulous than other studies mentioned and seems significant enough to merit individual consideration/mention as the present impression on the Lott page seems to favor “inconclusive”.

Right‐to‐Carry Laws and Violent Crime: A Comprehensive Assessment Using Panel Data and a State‐Level Synthetic Control Analysis

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