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Two-Factor Authentication now available for admins[edit]


Please note that TOTP based two-factor authentication is now available for all administrators. In light of the recent compromised accounts, you are encouraged to add this additional layer of security to your account. It may be enabled on your preferences page in the "User profile" tab under the "Basic information" section. For basic instructions on how to enable two-factor authentication, please see the developing help page for additional information. Important: Be sure to record the two-factor authentication key and the single use keys. If you lose your two factor authentication and do not have the keys, it's possible that your account will not be recoverable. Furthermore, you are encouraged to utilize a unique password and two-factor authentication for the email account associated with your Wikimedia account. This measure will assist in safeguarding your account from malicious password resets. Comments, questions, and concerns may be directed to the thread on the administrators' noticeboard. MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 20:34, 12 November 2016 (UTC)

A new user right for New Page Patrollers[edit]

Hi B.

A new user group, New Page Reviewer, has been created in a move to greatly improve the standard of new page patrolling. The user right can be granted by any admin at PERM. It is highly recommended that admins look beyond the simple numerical threshold and satisfy themselves that the candidates have the required skills of communication and an advanced knowledge of notability and deletion. Admins are automatically included in this user right.

It is anticipated that this user right will significantly reduce the work load of admins who patrol the performance of the patrollers. However,due to the complexity of the rollout, some rights may have been accorded that may later need to be withdrawn, so some help will still be needed to some extent when discovering wrongly applied deletion tags or inappropriate pages that escape the attention of less experienced reviewers, and above all, hasty and bitey tagging for maintenance. User warnings are available here but very often a friendly custom message works best.

If you have any questions about this user right, don't hesitate to join us at WT:NPR. (Sent to all admins).MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 13:47, 15 November 2016 (UTC)

A mistake by your bot[edit]

Your bot made a mistake when it left me a message about the file File:Get blake logo SH.png as it is actually used in the article Get Blake!. Thanks--Shorouq★The★Super★ninja2 (talk) 05:48, 26 December 2016 (UTC)

Good evening @Super ninja2: actually, it looks like the bot ran correctly. The very similar looking File:Get_Blake!_logo.png is, as of right now, used in that article. File:Get blake logo SH.png is orphaned. Really, it should be the other way around since our rule is to use web-resolution versions of non-free images, not high-res versions. But as of now, the bot correctly marked the SH version as orphaned. --B (talk) 04:01, 29 December 2016 (UTC)
eta: I have changed the article to use the web-resolution version. --B (talk) 04:03, 29 December 2016 (UTC)

Please update B-bot for phab:T145649[edit]

The use of API action=purge via GET has been deprecated since September 2016. I plan to remove the ability to use GET in February 2017. Please update your bot to use a POST so it may continue to work. Thanks. BJorsch (WMF) (talk) 04:11, 29 December 2016 (UTC)

@BJorsch (WMF): Noted. I am currently out of town traveling, but will do this next week. --B (talk) 04:12, 29 December 2016 (UTC)
@BJorsch (WMF): I apologize for not getting back to you sooner - I looked and everything seems to be doing POSTs. Are you sending this message generically to everyone or only to people who are showing up in server logs as doing gets. If the latter, could you please give me an example from the log of a get? I'm using the C# SDK so things are encapsulated a bit, but it looks like every WebRequest has a Method of "POST". --B (talk) 02:07, 9 February 2017 (UTC)
It was specific to people who were showing up in the logs, and I see B-bot is still showing up. An example from the log I'm looking at is "purge-via-GET" "B-bot" "XXX.XX.XX.XXX" "" "DotNetWikiBot/3.14 (Microsoft Windows NT 6.2.9200.0; .NET CLR 4.0.30319.42000)", at 2017-02-08T23:10:02Z with a request for /w/api.php?action=purge&titles=Zee_Africa&forcelinkupdate. I see 327 similar hits in the past 24 hours.
If nothing else, it'll probably start giving you errors once 1.29.0-wmf.11 is deployed here in 16 or so hours. BJorsch (WMF) (talk) 04:09, 9 February 2017 (UTC)
@BJorsch (WMF): Okay, thanks, I must have missed that one. I'll fix it tonight when I get home. --B (talk) 13:37, 9 February 2017 (UTC)
@BJorsch (WMF): This should be fixed now. --B (talk) 00:35, 10 February 2017 (UTC)

Bot creation of categories[edit]

Is there any particular reason your bot is creating Category:Items pending OTRS confirmation of permission as of February 2017, Category:Wikipedia files with unconfirmed permission received by OTRS as of February 2017, and Category:Wikipedia pages with unconfirmed permission received by OTRS as of February 2017 an entire month before there is a chance they will even be populated? It's just creating clutter to work around on Wikipedia:Database reports/Empty categories. In fact, would it be possible to only create these categories once your bot detects they are populated? I find a ton of these maintenance categories stay empty throughout the month and get unnecessarily created in the first place and take up admin time to delete once the month finishes out. Any thoughts? Thanks, VegaDark (talk) 01:37, 2 January 2017 (UTC)

  • I was really hoping you would respond to this in a timely manner. It's now almost the start of February and I'm worried that you haven't made the change to your bot as requested and that it's going to create the categories for March as soon as February rolls around like it did last time, continuing to unnecessarily clutter up cleanup reports. You have made edits since I left this message so I have to assume at this point you're simply ignoring my request. Please respond to this acknowledging that your bot will no longer be creating these categories so far in advance (and ideally only once it becomes populated - Category:Wikipedia pages with unconfirmed permission received by OTRS as of January 2017 has remained empty the entire month), or I will be forced to consider you to have run afoul of Wikipedia:Bot policy#Good communication and escalate the matter. VegaDark (talk) 01:55, 28 January 2017 (UTC)
    • Good grief. This is done, but you need to take it down about 5 notches. --B (talk) 01:44, 9 February 2017 (UTC)

Orphaned PDFs[edit]

Dear Bot: This is LexLife . I'm relatively new at editing Wikipedia, but spent quite a bit of time editing Beaverbrook Art Gallery yesterday. That included uploading two PDFs of public-domain legal documents (File:Beaverbrook Art Gallery Dispute—Arbitral Award (2007.03.20).pdf and File:Beaverbrook Art Gallery Dispute—Appeal Decision (2009.08.27).pdf and then referencing them in the article (see notes 16 and 17). I just got your automated message that these files are orphaned and are now marked for deletion, so it must be that I haven't referenced them properly. They are meant to be files to link to, not images within the article. If you want to point me to a tutorial to fix this, that would be alright, though I already attempted to do what I thought the tutorial was telling me to do. LexLife (talk) 03:48, 3 January 2017 (UTC)

@LexLife: - there generally is not a need to store files at Wikipedia unless you're embedding it in the article. If the article should link to these documents, then we should link to them wherever they are hosted. --B (talk) 01:44, 9 February 2017 (UTC)

Bot error[edit]

Hi, Bot-B incorrecly tagged File:A Sort of Homecoming (film) 2015 poster.jpeg as an orphaned image, so I reverted it, thanks Atlantic306 (talk) 18:48, 26 January 2017 (UTC)

@Atlantic306: Thank you for reporting this bug. There is an issue with the engine that I am using to pull the list of orphans - there are hoards of false positives on the list. You can see that it shows up on Wikipedia:Database reports/Unused non-free files, even though it very clearly is not orphaned. So what I do is I purge and refresh the image links before tagging an image as an orphan, which should prevent me from tagging any of these numerous false positives. I think I have an explanation as to why this didn't work correctly - it looks like Wikipedia was having troubles at the time that the bot was running. (It logged a server error in my event log.) So probably I failed to purge and refresh the image links, which caused it to think that the image actually was still an orphan. I will modify it so that if we fail to refresh the image links, it will skip the file. --B (talk) 01:52, 9 February 2017 (UTC)
Thanks for explaining and sorting it out Atlantic306 (talk) 14:43, 9 February 2017 (UTC)

Illustration to article Alfred Gordon Clark/Cyril Hare[edit]

<<‪B-bot‬ left a message on your talk page in "‪Orphaned non-free image File:AAGC late 40s.jpg‬".>> I am the son of the late "Cyril Hare" and what I am trying to do is to replace the photograph of my father which currently illustrates the article - an image made I think from an old Penguin paper back - with a better image of the same photograph, taken from an original print. The photograph was taken in 1946 or 1947, not the 1950s as currently stated, and was taken by a photographer called Austin Youell, of Leatherhead, Surrey. He might as well be credited, and although technically the photograph may still be in copyright, probably under the 70 year rule until this year or last year, it was used so extensively by Penguins that I consider it must be fair game to use it now. Charles Gordon Clark, Bromyard, HerefordshireChipgc (talk) 19:48, 27 January 2017 (UTC)

@Chipgc: Mr. Clark, if you make a request at WP:MCQ, they can help you out with image copyright issues. The short version is that Wikipedia is going to want a copyright release from the copyright holder. --B (talk) 01:54, 9 February 2017 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter - February 2017[edit]

News and updates for administrators from the past month (January 2017). This first issue is being sent out to all administrators, if you wish to keep receiving it please subscribe. Your feedback is welcomed.

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  • When performing some administrative actions the reason field briefly gave suggestions as text was typed. This change has since been reverted so that issues with the implementation can be addressed. (T34950)
  • Following the latest RfC concluding that Pending Changes 2 should not be used on the English Wikipedia, an RfC closed with consensus to remove the options for using it from the page protection interface, a change which has now been made. (T156448)
  • The Foundation has announced a new community health initiative to combat harassment. This should bring numerous improvements to tools for admins and CheckUsers in 2017.

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  • JohnCD (John Cameron Deas) passed away on 30 December 2016. John began editing Wikipedia seriously during 2007 and became an administrator in November 2009.

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AN/I discussion[edit]

Information icon There is currently a discussion at Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard/Incidents regarding an issue with which you may have been involved. VegaDark (talk) 02:24, 4 February 2017 (UTC)