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6 September 2017

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Low to moderate level of vandalism.


2.85 RPM according to EnterpriseyBot 05:00, 20 September 2017 (UTC)

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>Very high pending changes backlog: 18 pages according to DatBot as of 10:40, 20 September 2017 (UTC)

News and updates for administrators from the past month (August 2017).


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Technical news

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  • Applications for CheckUser and Oversight are being accepted by the Arbitration Committee until September 12. Community discussion of the candidates will begin on September 18.

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Immediate requests[edit]

Category Entries
Wikipedians looking for help 2
Requests for unblock 40
Candidates for speedy deletion as attack pages 0
Candidates for speedy deletion as copyright violations 7
Candidates for speedy deletion 120
Wikipedia fully-protected edit requests 0


Category Entries
Articles for deletion 1,034
Templates for deletion 45
Categories for deletion 1,163
Wikipedia files for discussion 237
All redirects for discussion 184
Miscellaneous pages for deletion 29
Possible copyright violations 85
All articles proposed for deletion 567
All books proposed for deletion 0
Unsorted AfD debates 7
All files with the same name on Commons 3

Image copyright problems[edit]

Category Entries
Orphaned fair use 1,225
Unknown copyright status 102
Unknown source 113
No fair use rationale 10
Replaceable fair use images 16
Disputed fair use images 17

Page protection[edit]

Category Entries
Protected 277
Semi-protected user and user talk pages 679
Protected user and user talk pages 318
Protected against vandalism 6
Protected talk pages of blocked users 39
Semi-protected 1,822
Arbitration 500/30 restricted 842


General cleanup

Category Entries Percentage
All pages needing cleanup 38,475 0.7
All articles needing rewrite 4,073 0.07
All articles needing expert attention 6,991 0.13
All Wikipedia articles in need of updating 17,360 0.32

Reference problems

Category Entries Percentage
All pages needing factual verification 4,409 0.08
All articles with unsourced statements 326,405 5.96
All articles lacking sources 205,795 3.76
All unreferenced BLPs 2,618 0.31
All articles needing additional references 315,967 5.77
All articles needing references cleanup 4,892 0.09
All articles lacking in-text citations 89,883 1.64
All articles with dead external links 144,685 2.64

Image cleanup problems

Category Entries Percentage
Files for cleanup 121 -
Wikipedia files lacking a description 94 -
Wikipedia files with unknown source 41 -

Other problems

Category Entries Percentage
All articles to be merged 6,662 0.12
All articles to be split 443 0.01
Unsorted Stubs 3 -
Stub categories 14,683 -
All uncategorized pages 328 0.01
All orphaned articles 144,307 2.63
All articles needing copy edit 1,443 0.03
All articles needing style editing 16,209 0.3
All Wikipedia articles needing context 3,852 0.07
All articles that may contain original research 15,871 0.29


Category Entries
Requested moves 197
All NPOV disputes 7,144
All accuracy disputes 7,453
Articles with invalid ISBNs 0
All articles to be expanded 127,089

Special pages[edit]

Maintenance reports Information
Broken redirects
Dead-end pages Dead-end pages
Dormant pages Dusty articles
DoubleRedirects Double redirects
Lonely pages Orphaned articles
Long pages
New pages New page patrol
New pages feed Page curation
Protected pages Protection policy
Short pages
Uncategorized Categorization
Uncategorized cats
Uncategorized templates
Unused categories
Unused files (images)
Unused templates
Without interwiki links
Most interwiki links