User talk:Arwel Parry

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A Message to "Johnny the Vandal"[edit]

Grow up, you stupid moron. You're a tiresome waste of space. I never get to see your vandalism anyway because plenty of good editors revert it within a minute or two of you wasting your time vandalising this page (and you seem to insist on doing it in the middle of the night my time, when I'm not around to see it anyway). So do us all a favour and give up editing Wikipedia, and let lots of people make more productive use of their time. 29/7/06


Seriously, go and see a psychiatrist - you are displaying classic symptoms of obsessive-compulsive disorder, apart from which through your activities you are a disgrace to your country, bringing the U.S. into disrepute (hint - a middle finger isn't an insult in this country). 17/8/06


Now he's gone for good because of an indefinite IP block, it's time to rejoice and be thankful he is gone. Whoever blocked that IP address that didn't claim it was him (but it was him), thank you a lot. --VelairWight 01:29, 2 November 2006 (UTC)

Welcome![edit]

Hello there, welcome to the 'pedia! I hope you like the place and decide to stay. If you need pointers on how we title pages visit Wikipedia:Naming conventions or how to format them visit our manual of style. If you have any other questions about the project then check out Wikipedia:Help or add a question to the Village pump. Cheers! --maveric149

Archive history[edit]


#10 Bank of England note permission[edit]

Hi, Arwell.. I was looking at File:Bank Of England10.png and saw that permission to use the note on Wikipedia was last granted in 2009 and was good for a year until February 3, 2010. Well we're now a whole year and three days past that now. Because you sought permission the last two times in 2009 and 2008, would you be able to do it again?

I wonder if we could get a bot to flag this file and any others, a couple of weeks before the date that the permission expires. If we really do require permission, it's sucky to think that we've gone a year without it. Best, 66.87.0.74 (talk) 06:52, 6 February 2011 (UTC)

Wicipedia[edit]

Arwel - gweler cy:Sgwrs Defnyddiwr:Arwel Parry ar wicipedia. Deb (talk) 20:54, 22 February 2011 (UTC)

UK banknotes[edit]

It seems our permission to use images of UK banknotes has expired. As you were the last admin to ask for renewal, would you mind doing it again, since you probably have the address aso? Cheers! Asav (talk) 02:12, 4 March 2011 (UTC)


Orphaned non-free image File:Uk2pnd2000.jpg[edit]

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Categorization[edit]

I was editing the last three World War II sites to finish the Category:World War II sites, however, Manxruler believes they are unneccessary. Yes, edit categories not subcategorized can go for more many pages for a category page, although, I am hoping he would keep his patience, about me and for many other new users, since he has never completed to delete Santo Tomas Internment Camp. I hope I can, freely, continue to do last edits for the World War II sites, before anything unusual sprinkles out. --Corusant (yadyadyada) 18:57, 11 September 2011 (UTC)

You appear to have been categorising various articles under Category:World War II sites when they are already categorised under sub-categories of that category, for example, Category:Nazi concentration camps which is a sub-category of Category:World War II sites of Nazi Germany which is in turn a sub-category of Category:World War II sites. Please do not do this. Obviously a very large number of articles could be categorised as Category:World War II sites, but this would result in category which would be too large to be useful, which is why it is subcategorised. See Wikipedia:Categorization. -- Arwel Parry (talk) 20:58, 11 September 2011 (UTC)

Wicipedia cy[edit]

Pa hwyl? Gwelaf dy fod yn weithredol ar Wiki en ond nid wyt wedi cyfrannu at Wici cy ers bron i dair blynedd. Cafwyd trafodaeth ar hyn flwyddyn yn ol yn yr adran Gweinyddwyr: gweler yma. Tybed a oes gen ti sylwadau neu gyfraniad pellach? Diolch. Llywelyn2000 (talk) 16:23, 24 December 2011 (UTC)

Aeth mis a mwy... Dim sylw? Llywelyn2000 (talk) 22:31, 31 January 2012 (UTC)

MSU Interview[edit]

Dear Arwel,


My name is Jonathan Obar user:Jaobar, I'm a professor in the College of Communication Arts and Sciences at Michigan State University and a Teaching Fellow with the Wikimedia Foundation's Education Program. This semester I've been running a little experiment at MSU, a class where we teach students about becoming Wikipedia administrators. Not a lot is known about your community, and our students (who are fascinated by wiki-culture by the way!) want to learn how you do what you do, and why you do it. A while back I proposed this idea (the class) to the community HERE, were it was met mainly with positive feedback. Anyhow, I'd like my students to speak with a few administrators to get a sense of admin experiences, training, motivations, likes, dislikes, etc. We were wondering if you'd be interested in speaking with one of our students.


So a few things about the interviews:

  • Interviews will last between 15 and 30 minutes.
  • Interviews can be conducted over skype (preferred), IRC or email. (You choose the form of communication based upon your comfort level, time, etc.)
  • All interviews will be completely anonymous, meaning that you (real name and/or pseudonym) will never be identified in any of our materials, unless you give the interviewer permission to do so.
  • All interviews will be completely voluntary. You are under no obligation to say yes to an interview, and can say no and stop or leave the interview at any time.
  • The entire interview process is being overseen by MSU's institutional review board (ethics review). This means that all questions have been approved by the university and all students have been trained how to conduct interviews ethically and properly.


Bottom line is that we really need your help, and would really appreciate the opportunity to speak with you. If interested, please send me an email at obar@msu.edu (to maintain anonymity) and I will add your name to my offline contact list. If you feel comfortable doing so, you can post your name HERE instead.

If you have questions or concerns at any time, feel free to email me at obar@msu.edu. I will be more than happy to speak with you.

Thanks in advance for your help. We have a lot to learn from you.

Sincerely,

Jonathan Obar --Jaobar (talk) 15:40, 8 February 2012 (UTC)

Deleted post[edit]

There is a discussion which concerns you at Wikipedia talk:Reference desk#Deleted Birther soapboxing. SpinningSpark 19:37, 24 March 2012 (UTC)

File:GB EU Driving licence front.jpg listed for deletion[edit]

A file that you uploaded or altered, File:GB EU Driving licence front.jpg, has been listed at Wikipedia:Files for deletion. Please see the discussion to see why this is (you may have to search for the title of the image to find its entry), if you are interested in it not being deleted. Thank you. Cloudbound (talk) 13:17, 3 April 2012 (UTC)

File:GB EU Driving licence reverse.jpg listed for deletion[edit]

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The fate of British war dead[edit]

Hi Arwel.

I saw a news item today about the finding of a skeleton at the site of the Battle of Waterloo, which made me sit up.

Finding a body near a battlefield may not seen unusual, particularly with 30,000 believed to have been killed at Waterloo, 16 kilometres south of central Brussels. However, the British were particular about taking home their war dead, while French bodies were largely looted by locals before being pitched into mass graves. [1]

This seems to directly contradict what you and User:Alansplodge were saying back on 2 June at Wikipedia:Reference desk/Archives/Humanities/2012 June 1#National cemeteries:

Alansplodge: One reason that the UK (and many Commonwealth countries) don't have national cemetries is that traditionally, British soldiers are buried on the field of battle. Thus, soldiers that fell in the Falklands War in 1982 are buried in the Falkland Islands. An exception was made for the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, because of recent vandalism of British war graves there from previous conflicts. It's really the first time that British soldiers' bodies have been flown back to the UK in wartime. They are generally buried in their home communities. Sailors are buried at sea.
Arwel Parry: I don't think that's actually true about the Falklands - I think they were temporarily buried there, but after the fighting was over at least some of them were brought back, by ship in a container as I recall. Certainly the older brother of a school classmate of mine, who was in the Welsh Guards and killed at San Carlos, was brought back. But this was the first time this was done for British casualties.

Can you comment meaningfully on this mismatch? It seems the practice has changed since Waterloo. Or maybe the authors of the news report just got it wrong. How shocking and unprecedented! Cheers. -- ♬ Jack of Oz[your turn] 07:58, 16 June 2012 (UTC)

Hi Jack. I can't see how the news report could be correct, especially in an age without mass transport - no trains and poor roads would make it an impossibility but to bury people locally. Exceptionally, Nelson was pickled in brandy and brought home, but he was getting a state funeral, and it took three months to get Nelson home - they weren't going to go to all that trouble for a common soldier! -- Arwel Parry (talk) 08:44, 16 June 2012 (UTC)
Indeed; the bodies of British officers killed at Waterloo were reburied at the Brussels Cemetery at Evere between 1890 and 1894 from "many different places" in the area surrounding the Waterloo battlefield.[2] I have a dim recollection that other ranks were buried in mass graves at Waterloo, but I can't immedeatly see a reference for it. Alansplodge (talk) 22:40, 16 June 2012 (UTC)
Excellent. Thanks to both of you. I suppose it's an easy assumption for a journo to make ("they would surely have done the right thing by the poor blighters", and all that), but it just shows the value of checking things out before making a fool of oneself in print. At least it wasn't an ABC writer who blundered here, as the story was sourced from Reuters. Cheers. -- ♬ Jack of Oz[your turn] 23:09, 16 June 2012 (UTC)
At the last gasp: (describing the defenders of Hougomont in the centre of the Allied line) "It was the height of summer and bodies would soon have deteriorated. The dead were burnt and interred in various pits by locally recruited peasants supervised by medical staff. The main burial plot was a mass grave just outside the South Gate, where in fact there was for many years afterwards a midden (dung heap). John Scott, a British visitor, who reached the farm the same month, reported that 600 bodies had been burnt and buried there."[3] Alansplodge (talk) 23:13, 16 June 2012 (UTC)
I really am turning-in after this: "It was not until the First World War that individual soldiers were given individual graves, when possible. Before that, the corpses of the dead, on battlefields from Waterloo to Austerlitz were buried without ceremony or record."[4] Alansplodge (talk) 23:25, 16 June 2012 (UTC)
Me again - one more snippet. Describing the monument to the King's German Legion at Waterloo; "Since this monument was erected in 1818, these corpses were probably not visited by the companies - among them a Bavarian one - who visited most Napoleonic battlefields to dig up the bones of the victims of those battles and crush them to sell them in Great Britain as fertiliser for agriculture. This disgusting practice emptied a great deal of the common graves of the battlefields of the period."[5] Alansplodge (talk) 17:54, 17 June 2012 (UTC)

Nomination of Placeopedia for deletion[edit]

A discussion is taking place as to whether the article Placeopedia is suitable for inclusion in Wikipedia according to Wikipedia's policies and guidelines or whether it should be deleted.

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Talkback[edit]

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Your input is requested[edit]

Greetings, Arwel Parry! If we have not met, I'm AutomaticStrikeout. I've come here to ask you to take part in the survey at User:AutomaticStrikeout/Are admins interested in a RfB?. I am trying to gauge the general level of interest that administrators have in running for cratship, as well as pinpoint the factors that affect that interest level. Your input will be appreciated. Happy editing, AutomaticStrikeout (TCSign AAPT) 02:35, 17 April 2013 (UTC)

Chester Meet-Up[edit]

Hello, I noticed you have done some work on the Chester article so thought you might also be interested in the 1st Chester Wikimeet on 21 July. Maybe see you there? ツStacey (talk) 15:14, 24 June 2013 (UTC)

Translation request English -> Welsh[edit]

Hello Anatiomaros, I saw you are an active user on this Wikipedia. Next month we organize Wiki Loves Monuments (also in Wales) and we would like to translate the templates/etc for that into Welsh so that more people can participate in their own language. For that purpose I wrote on cy:Wicipedia:Y_Caffi#Wiki_Loves_Monuments_in_Wales:_Welsh_translations_needed with a request to translate some lines. Maybe I didn't wrote it on the right place but can you have a look at it for me and translate it? You can also translate it here on your talk page if you like, or on my talk page. Thanks! Romaine (talk) 17:18, 13 August 2013 (UTC)

Your admin status on cy.wikt[edit]

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Re: Query[edit]

In the middle of the "Climate" section there was a unlinked web address that messed this section up.

link is corrected and the content from the ip has been restored. Stormmeteo Message 17:33, 10 December 2013 (UTC)

Orphaned non-free image File:Uk2pnd2000.jpg[edit]

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Request for comment[edit]

Hello there, a proposal regarding pre-adminship review has been raised at Village pump by Anna Frodesiak. Your comments here is very much appreciated. Many thanks. Jim Carter through MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 06:46, 28 May 2014 (UTC)

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Welsh football[edit]

I am interested in Welsh football, but I do not understand, which league was the first league before 1992, before the creation of Welsh Premier League ? In South Wales was Welsh Football League, where I can find a complete list with all the winners, but in North and Mid Wales ?? Cymru Alliance starts in 1990, what was before ? Thanks.--Alexiulian25 (talk) 21:57, 6 November 2015 (UTC)


Football[edit]

Can you help by improving / creating seasons in Cupa României or Liga II, if everyone will create at least 1 season, every edition will be done soon. Thank you.--Alexiulian25 (talk) 15:01, 4 October 2015 (UTC)


Welsh Premier League[edit]

Hi, I wondered if you could help with a query I raised on the talk page for Welsh Premier League, regarding the number of matches in a season? Thanks John a s (talk) 17:04, 31 May 2016 (UTC)


National Library of Wales[edit]

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Two-Factor Authentication now available for admins[edit]

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A new user right for New Page Patrollers[edit]

Hi Arwel Parry.

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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)

ArbCom Elections 2016: Voting now open![edit]

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Bank Of England £10 note image permission[edit]

Hi are you able to renew the permission for the image File:Bank Of England10.png? I'm sorry I don't know how to do it. Thanks Cnbrb (talk) 14:50, 7 December 2016 (UTC)

According to the licensing info on File:Bank Of England10.png, the licence isn't due for renewal until 3rd May 2017. It's years since I used to handle the renewals, and I think it's all done through OTRS now, which I don't have access to. -- Arwel Parry (talk) 19:09, 8 December 2016 (UTC)

"Wrong side of the border"[edit]

Noswaith dda, Arwel. I alternate between both sides of the border for work and for home, and have learned a decent amount of Welsh for family purposes, but not rude words like those (although I got the gist of the rest of the stuff!). BencherliteTalk 21:05, 4 January 2017 (UTC)

I'm fluent in profanity in at least 5 languages. And that isnt counting Australian... Only in death does duty end (talk) 22:56, 4 January 2017 (UTC)

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Administrators' newsletter – May 2017[edit]

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Administrator changes

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Administrators' newsletter – June 2017[edit]

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

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2004 Sri Lanka tsunami train wreck has been nominated for Did You Know[edit]

Updated DYK query.svgHello, Arwel Parry. 2004 Sri Lanka tsunami train wreck, an article you either created or to which you significantly contributed,has been nominated to appear on Wikipedia's Main Page as part of Did you knowDYK comment symbol. You can see the hook and the discussion here. You are welcome to participate! Thank you. APersonBot (talk!) 12:00, 3 June 2017 (UTC)

The Signpost: 9 June 2017[edit]

History of the British penny (1901–1970)[edit]

Hi, just to let you know as a courtesy that I plan on expanding and updating the article. I have a fair number of numismatic references to cover that time. I intend to build upon your work, which is impressive. You'd be welcome to help if you have the inclination.--Wehwalt (talk) 11:10, 12 June 2017 (UTC)

It's pretty much done. I plan to take it to FAC once I do a bit of cleanup, with us both as nominators if it's OK.--Wehwalt (talk) 00:18, 17 June 2017 (UTC)
Looks good, though you seem to continually miss out the expansion of OMN in the BRITANNIARUM OMNIUM REX / REGINA in the notes... -- Arwel Parry (talk) 01:10, 17 June 2017 (UTC)
Gee whiz, that is what I get for cut and pasting.--Wehwalt (talk) 19:51, 17 June 2017 (UTC)
Fixed and nominated.--Wehwalt (talk) 20:19, 17 June 2017 (UTC)
Also this.--Wehwalt (talk) 20:42, 2 July 2017 (UTC)
And this.--Wehwalt (talk) 16:29, 20 July 2017 (UTC)

The Signpost: 23 June 2017[edit]

Administrators' newsletter – July 2017[edit]

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

Administrator changes

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Miscellaneous

  • A newly revamped database report can help identify users who may be eligible to be autopatrolled.
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  • Did you know: On 29 June 2017, there were 1,261 administrators on the English Wikipedia – the exact number of administrators as there were ten years ago on 29 June 2007. Since that time, the English Wikipedia has grown from 1.85 million articles to over 5.43 million.

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The Signpost: 15 July 2017[edit]

Administrators' newsletter – August 2017[edit]

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The Signpost: 5 August 2017[edit]

Administrators' newsletter – September 2017[edit]

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  • Syntax highlighting is now available as a beta feature (more info). This may assist administrators and template editors when dealing with intricate syntax of high-risk templates and system messages.
  • In your notification preferences, you can now block specific users from pinging you. This functionality will soon be available for Special:EmailUser as well.

Arbitration

  • 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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The Signpost: 6 September 2017[edit]

Invitation to Admin confidence survey[edit]

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The Signpost: 25 September 2017[edit]

Proposed deletion of FC Steaua București[edit]

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The article FC Steaua București has been proposed for deletion because of the following concern:

The page features a lot of false information. The team is not allowed by law to use the name Steaua Bucharest, it was not founded on June 7, its owner is not Gigi Becali, its manager is not Nicolae Dica and it claims to be a whole other team. The page should be either deleted or rebuilt from scratch with the right information.

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Proposed deletion of FC Steaua București[edit]

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The article FC Steaua București has been proposed for deletion because of the following concern:

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Administrators' newsletter – October 2017[edit]

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  • Community consultation on the 2017 candidates for CheckUser and Oversight has concluded. The Arbitration Committee will appoint successful candidates by October 11.
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The Signpost: 23 October 2017[edit]

Administrators' newsletter – November 2017[edit]

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  • The Wikipedia community has recently learned that Allen3 (William Allen Peckham) passed away on December 30, 2016, the same day as JohnCD. Allen began editing in 2005 and became an administrator that same year.

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The Signpost: 24 November 2017[edit]

Administrators' newsletter – December 2017[edit]

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Guideline and policy news

  • Following a request for comment, a new section has been added to the username policy which disallows usernames containing emoji, emoticons or otherwise "decorative" usernames, and usernames that use any non-language symbols. Administrators should discuss issues related to these types of usernames before blocking.

Technical news

Arbitration

Miscellaneous

  • Over the last few months, several users have reported backlogs that require administrator attention at WP:ANI, with the most common backlogs showing up on WP:SPI, WP:AIV and WP:RFPP. It is requested that all administrators take some time during this month to help clear backlogs wherever possible. It should be noted that AIV reports are not always valid; however, they still need to be cleared, which may include needing to remind users on what qualifies as vandalism.
  • The Wikimedia Foundation Community health initiative is conducting a survey for English Wikipedia contributors on their experience and satisfaction level with Administrator’s Noticeboard/Incidents. This survey will be integral to gathering information about how this noticeboard works (i.e. which problems it deals with well and which problems it struggles with). If you would like to take this survey, please sign up on this page, and a link for the survey will be emailed to you via Special:EmailUser.

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ArbCom 2017 election voter message[edit]

Scale of justice 2.svgHello, Arwel Parry. Voting in the 2017 Arbitration Committee elections is now open until 23.59 on Sunday, 10 December. All users who registered an account before Saturday, 28 October 2017, made at least 150 mainspace edits before Wednesday, 1 November 2017 and are not currently blocked are eligible to vote. Users with alternate accounts may only vote once.

The Arbitration Committee is the panel of editors responsible for conducting the Wikipedia arbitration process. It has the authority to impose binding solutions to disputes between editors, primarily for serious conduct disputes the community has been unable to resolve. This includes the authority to impose site bans, topic bans, editing restrictions, and other measures needed to maintain our editing environment. The arbitration policy describes the Committee's roles and responsibilities in greater detail.

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The Signpost: 18 December 2017[edit]

Administrators' newsletter – January 2018[edit]

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

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Administrator changes

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Bureaucrat changes

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Guideline and policy news

  • A request for comment is in progress to determine whether the administrator policy should be amended to require disclosure of paid editing activity at WP:RFA and to prohibit the use of administrative tools as part of paid editing activity, with certain exceptions.

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The Signpost: 16 January 2018[edit]

Administrators' newsletter – February 2018[edit]

News and updates for administrators from the past month (January 2018).

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Administrator changes

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Guideline and policy news

  • An RfC has closed with a consensus that candidates at WP:RFA must disclose whether they have ever edited for pay and that administrators may never use administrative tools as part of any paid editing activity, except when they are acting as a Wikipedian-in-Residence or when the payment is made by the Wikimedia Foundation or an affiliate of the WMF.
  • Editors responding to threats of harm can now contact the Wikimedia Foundation's emergency address by using Special:EmailUser/Emergency. If you don't have email enabled on Wikipedia, directly contacting the emergency address using your own email client remains an option.

Technical news

  • A tag will now be automatically applied to edits that blank a page, turn a page into a redirect, remove/replace almost all content in a page, undo an edit, or rollback an edit. These edits were previously denoted solely by automatic edit summaries.

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The Signpost: 5 February 2018[edit]

The Signpost: 20 February 2018[edit]

Administrators' newsletter – March 2018[edit]

News and updates for administrators from the past month (February 2018).

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Administrator changes

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dagger Lourdes has requested that her admin rights be temporarily removed, pending her return from travel.

Guideline and policy news

  • The autoconfirmed article creation trial (ACTRIAL) is scheduled to end on 14 March 2018. The results of the research collected can be read on Meta Wiki.
  • Community ban discussions must now stay open for at least 24 hours prior to being closed.
  • A change to the administrator inactivity policy has been proposed. Under the proposal, if an administrator has not used their admin tools for a period of five years and is subsequently desysopped for inactivity, the administrator would have to file a new RfA in order to regain the tools.
  • A change to the banning policy has been proposed which would specify conditions under which a repeat sockmaster may be considered de facto banned, reducing the need to start a community ban discussion for these users.

Technical news

  • CheckUsers are now able to view private data such as IP addresses from the edit filter log, e.g. when the filter prevents a user from creating an account. Previously, this information was unavailable to CheckUsers because access to it could not be logged.
  • The edit filter has a new feature contains_all that edit filter managers may use to check if one or more strings are all contained in another given string.

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Obituaries

  • Bhadani (Gangadhar Bhadani) passed away on 8 February 2018. Bhadani joined Wikipedia in March 2005 and became an administrator in September 2005. While he was active, Bhadani was regarded as one of the most prolific Wikipedians from India.

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Signpost issue 4 – 29 March 2018[edit]

Administrators' newsletter – April 2018[edit]

News and updates for administrators from the past month (March 2018).

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Guideline and policy news

  • Administrators who have been desysopped due to inactivity are now required to have performed at least one (logged) administrative action in the past 5 years in order to qualify for a resysop without going through a new RfA.
  • Editors who have been found to have engaged in sockpuppetry on at least two occasions after an initial indefinite block, for whatever reason, are now automatically considered banned by the community without the need to start a ban discussion.
  • The notability guideline for organizations and companies has been substantially rewritten following the closure of this request for comment. Among the changes, the guideline more clearly defines the sourcing requirements needed for organizations and companies to be considered notable.
  • The six-month autoconfirmed article creation trial (ACTRIAL) ended on 14 March 2018. The post-trial research report has been published. A request for comment is now underway to determine whether the restrictions from ACTRIAL should be implemented permanently.

Technical news

Arbitration

  • The Arbitration Committee is considering a change to the discretionary sanctions procedures which would require an editor to appeal a sanction to the community at WP:AE or WP:AN prior to appealing directly to the Arbitration Committee at WP:ARCA.

Miscellaneous

  • A discussion has closed which concluded that administrators are not required to enable email, though many editors suggested doing so as a matter of best practice.
  • The Foundations' Anti-Harassment Tools team has released the Interaction Timeline. This shows a chronologic history for two users on pages where they have both made edits, which may be helpful in identifying sockpuppetry and investigating editing disputes.

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The Signpost: 26 April 2018[edit]

Administrators' newsletter – May 2018[edit]

News and updates for administrators from the past month (April 2018).

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Administrator changes

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Guideline and policy news

  • The ability to create articles directly in mainspace is now indefinitely restricted to autoconfirmed users.
  • A proposal is being discussed which would create a new "event coordinator" right that would allow users to temporarily add the "confirmed" flag to new user accounts and to create many new user accounts without being hindered by a rate limit.

Technical news

  • AbuseFilter has received numerous improvements, including an OOUI overhaul, syntax highlighting, ability to search existing filters, and a few new functions. In particular, the search feature can be used to ensure there aren't existing filters for what you need, and the new equals_to_any function can be used when checking multiple namespaces. One major upcoming change is the ability to see which filters are the slowest. This information is currently only available to those with access to Logstash.
  • When blocking anonymous users, a cookie will be applied that reloads the block if the user changes their IP. This means in most cases, you may no longer need to do /64 range blocks on residential IPv6 addresses in order to effectively block the end user. It will also help combat abuse from IP hoppers in general. This currently only occurs when hard-blocking accounts.
  • The block notice shown on mobile will soon be more informative and point users to a help page on how to request an unblock, just as it currently does on desktop.
  • There will soon be a calendar widget at Special:Block, making it easier to set expiries for a specific date and time.

Arbitration

Obituaries

  • Lankiveil (Craig Franklin) passed away in mid-April. Lankiveil joined Wikipedia on 12 August 2004 and became an administrator on 31 August 2008. During his time with the Wikimedia community, Lankiveil served as an oversighter for the English Wikipedia and as president of Wikimedia Australia.

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The Signpost: 24 May 2018[edit]

The Signpost: 24 May 2018[edit]

Administrators' newsletter – June 2018[edit]

News and updates for administrators from the past month (May 2018).

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Administrator changes

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Guideline and policy news

Technical news

  • IP-based cookie blocks should be deployed to English Wikipedia in June. This will cause the block of a logged-out user to be reloaded if they change IPs. This means in most cases, you may no longer need to do /64 range blocks on residential IPv6 addresses in order to effectively block the end user. It will also help combat abuse from IP hoppers in general. For the time being, it only affects users of the desktop interface.
  • The Wikimedia Foundation's Anti-Harassment Tools team will build granular types of blocks in 2018 (e.g. a block from uploading or editing specific pages, categories, or namespaces, as opposed to a full-site block). Feedback on the concept may be left at the talk page.
  • There is now a checkbox on Special:ListUsers to let you see only users in temporary user groups.
  • It is now easier for blocked mobile users to see why they were blocked.

Arbitration

  • A recent technical issue with the Arbitration Committee's spam filter inadvertently caused all messages sent to the committee through Wikipedia (i.e. Special:EmailUser/Arbitration Committee) to be discarded. If you attempted to send an email to the Arbitration Committee via Wikipedia between May 16 and May 31, your message was not received and you are encouraged to resend it. Messages sent outside of these dates or directly to the Arbitration Committee email address were not affected by this issue.

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The Signpost: 29 June 2018[edit]

Administrators' newsletter – July 2018[edit]

News and updates for administrators from the past month (June 2018).

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Administrator changes

added PbsouthwoodTheSandDoctor
readded Gogo Dodo
removed AndrevanDougEVulaKaisaLTony FoxWilyD

Bureaucrat changes

removed AndrevanEVula

Guideline and policy news

  • An RfC about the deletion of drafts closed with a consensus to change the wording of WP:NMFD. Specifically, a draft that has been repeatedly resubmitted and declined at AfC without any substantial improvement may be deleted at MfD if consensus determines that it is unlikely to ever meet the requirements for mainspace and it otherwise meets one of the reasons for deletion outlined in the deletion policy.
  • A request for comment closed with a consensus that the {{promising draft}} template cannot be used to indefinitely prevent a WP:G13 speedy deletion nomination.

Technical news

  • Starting on July 9, the WMF Security team, Trust & Safety, and the broader technical community will be seeking input on an upcoming change that will restrict editing of site-wide JavaScript and CSS to a new technical administrators user group. Bureaucrats and stewards will be able to grant this right per a community-defined process. The intention is to reduce the number of accounts who can edit frontend code to those who actually need to, which in turn lessens the risk of malicious code being added that compromises the security and privacy of everyone who accesses Wikipedia. For more information, please review the FAQ.
  • Syntax highlighting has been graduated from a Beta feature on the English Wikipedia. To enable this feature, click the highlighter icon (Codemirror-icon.png) in your editing toolbar (or under the hamburger menu in the 2017 wikitext editor). This feature can help prevent you from making mistakes when editing complex templates.
  • IP-based cookie blocks should be deployed to English Wikipedia in July (previously scheduled for June). This will cause the block of a logged-out user to be reloaded if they change IPs. This means in most cases, you may no longer need to do /64 range blocks on residential IPv6 addresses in order to effectively block the end user. It will also help combat abuse from IP hoppers in general. For the time being, it only affects users of the desktop interface.

Miscellaneous

  • Currently around 20% of admins have enabled two-factor authentication, up from 17% a year ago. If you haven't already enabled it, please consider doing so. Regardless if you use 2FA, please practice appropriate account security by ensuring your password is secure and unique to Wikimedia.

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The Signpost: 31 July 2018[edit]

Administrators' newsletter – August 2018[edit]

News and updates for administrators from the past month (July 2018).

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Administrator changes

added Sro23
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Guideline and policy news

  • After a discussion at Meta, a new user group called "interface administrators" (formerly "technical administrator") has been created. Come the end of August, interface admins will be the only users able to edit site-wide JavaScript and CSS pages like MediaWiki:Common.js and MediaWiki:Common.css, or edit other user's personal JavaScript and CSS. The intention is to improve security and privacy by reducing the number of accounts which could be used to compromise the site or another user's account through malicious code. The new user group can be assigned and revoked by bureaucrats. Discussion is ongoing to establish details for implementing the group on the English Wikipedia.
  • Following a request for comment, the WP:SISTER style guideline now states that in the mainspace, interwiki links to Wikinews should only be made as per the external links guideline. This generally means that within the body of an article, you should not link to Wikinews about a particular event that is only a part of the larger topic. Wikinews links in "external links" sections can be used where helpful, but not automatically if an equivalent article from a reliable news outlet could be linked in the same manner.

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