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Signpost humor[edit]

Really sad to see you go. Would you object to us using User:Barbara (WVS)/Television plot lines for the next issue? (Please ping when you reply, thanks) — pythoncoder  (talk | contribs) 22:15, 8 August 2018 (UTC)


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Barbara (WVS) (block logactive blocksglobal blocksautoblockscontribsdeleted contribscreation logchange block settingsunblockfilter log)

Request reason:

Caught by a web host block but this host or IP is not a web host. <redacted>. I went google search and this is the answer I got. Barbara 9:25 pm, Yesterday (UTC+7)

Accept reason:

IP block exempt accorded. Kudpung กุดผึ้ง (talk) 17:08, 12 August 2018 (UTC)

IP block exempt[edit]

I have granted your account an exemption from IP blocking. This will allow you to edit through full blocks affecting your IP address when you are logged in.

Please read the page Wikipedia:IP block exemption carefully, especially the section on IP block exemption conditions.

Appropriate usage and compliance with the policy may be checked (through the use of CheckUser) periodically, due to the nature of block exemption, and block exemption will be removed when no longer needed (for example, when the block it is related to expires).

I hope this will enhance your editing, and allow you to edit successfully and without disruption. Kudpung กุดผึ้ง (talk) 17:05, 12 August 2018 (UTC)

How does something like this happen and what can I do to make sure it doesn't happen again? Did I do something wrong? Best Regards, Barbara   17:42, 12 August 2018 (UTC)
Check your mail. On another note, are you going to be able to come up with an alternative humour article this month's Signpost, or shall I scrap the page this month? As I will be leaving at the end of the month, the future ob The Signpost is uncertain unless Bri takes over, and in any case he is away until the end of the month. Kudpung กุดผึ้ง (talk) 18:13, 12 August 2018 (UTC)
I will be taking a break this month. I'm having trouble reviving my sense of humour. I'm one edit shy of a block and I would prefer to work off the en:Wikipedia for a time. I very much enjoy writing for the Signpost and look forward to contributing again in the future. Perhaps writing for the Signpost should be exempt from a topic ban but that will have to be a discussion at some future time by other editors. Bans may have a chilling effect on possible future contributions by other editors who are in the same situation. My edits have never been done with the intention of gaming the system, being pointy, pushing the limits or being disruptive. I can see that other editors may not see it that way at this time. Thanks for all that you've done to help me out of this latest block. The Very Best Of Regards, Barbara   18:34, 12 August 2018 (UTC)

General response to page watchers[edit]

It has never been my aim to foster divisiveness or controversy. I have experienced two blocks within sixteen days of each other and though each one was resolved quickly, it is quite jarring. I have limited my editing on en:Wikipedia to help others who may have taken on the role of helping me and the community through these events. I don't like to create a situation where others have to take their time to observe or comment on my editing. Limiting my editing may bring some calm to the events surrounding my recent blocks and discussions that have taken place on the recent ANI debates and on various talk pages.

I am not confused, anxious or nervous. I understand that my topic ban is broadly construed. I understand completely that I 'may' edit in those areas that consensus has allowed. But why would I? If it disturbed enough editors who endorsed my block then that is enough for me. If I edited in areas that editors think is inappropriate then I would be pointy. There are editors who I greatly respect. Their opinions hold a lot of weight in my eyes. If I receive a kindly warning with the best of intentions from such folks, I will respond respectfully to their cautions and warnings. But assurances from two editors is simply that. There are no assurances that the other 4998 active editors would see things the same way. Another discussion at ANI regarding my editing could easily expand my topic ban, get me blocked and even trigger an Arbcom investigation. I see no other alternatives at this point. Barbara   13:12, 16 August 2018 (UTC)

Facto Post – Issue 15 – 21 August 2018[edit]

Facto Post – Issue 15 – 21 August 2018
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To grasp the nettle, there are rare diseases, there are tropical diseases and then there are "neglected diseases". Evidently a rare enough disease is likely to be neglected, but neglected disease these days means a disease not rare, but tropical, and most often infectious or parasitic. Rare diseases as a group are dominated, in contrast, by genetic diseases.

A major aspect of neglect is found in tracking drug discovery. Orphan drugs are those developed to treat rare diseases (rare enough not to have market-driven research), but there is some overlap in practice with the WHO's neglected diseases, where snakebite, a "neglected public health issue", is on the list.

From an encyclopedic point of view, lack of research also may mean lack of high-quality references: the core medical literature differs from primary research, since it operates by aggregating trials. This bibliographic deficit clearly hinders Wikipedia's mission. The ScienceSource project is currently addressing this issue, on Wikidata. Its Wikidata focus list at WD:SSFL is trying to ensure that neglect does not turn into bias in its selection of science papers.


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Books & Bytes – Issue 29[edit]

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August 29: WikiWednesday Salon and Skill-Share NYC[edit]

Wednesday August 29, 7pm: WikiWednesday Salon and Skill-Share NYC
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You are invited to join the Wikimedia NYC community for our monthly "WikiWednesday" evening salon (7-9pm) and knowledge-sharing workshop at Babycastles gallery by 14th Street / Union Square in Manhattan. Is there a project you'd like to share? A question you'd like answered? A Wiki* skill you'd like to learn? Let us know by adding it to the agenda.

We will also follow up on plans for recent and upcoming edit-a-thons, museum and library projects, education initiatives, and other outreach activities.

7:00pm - 9:00 pm at Babycastles gallery, 145 West 14th Street
(note the new address, a couple of doors down from the former Babycastles location)

We especially encourage folks to add your 5-minute lightning talks to our roster, and otherwise join in the "open space" experience! Newcomers are very welcome! Bring your friends and colleagues! --Pharos (talk) 23:51, 28 August 2018 (UTC)

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Hi again. This is strictly out of curiosity; with regards to this notice you posted, have you figured out how you ended up with my name, or that article? If you know, then when you have a moment, can you let me know? Thanks - wolf 05:23, 2 September 2018 (UTC)

Oh surely. I was monitoring large scale edits via Wikipedia Hatnote/Listen to Wikipedia site. I noticed a large edit and went to the diff page to see the edit. What I think happened is that I mistook you for the editor who made the large change of content when in fact you corrected/reverted the inappropriate change. I hope this explanation is good. If not, please continue the discussion here. I appreciate your question and I feel better telling you how this happened. Best Regards, Barbara   18:27, 2 September 2018 (UTC)
Nope, that sound like simple (and harlmless) mistake made in good faith. Kind of thing that happens to all of us at one time or another. So, no problem, it's resolved. Thanks for letting me know.
Oh, and as it turns out, your "mistake" turned me on to that problem edit, from a known problematic editor. He created a new page by copy & paste and I wasn't aware because the new page was not on my watchlist. So, because of you, I was able to fix that, and take the issue up with that editor and other editors dealing with the issue. So thanks. Happy editing! Cheers - wolf 02:45, 3 September 2018 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – September 2018[edit]

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


Administrator changes

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renamed Optimist on the runVoice of Clam

Interface administrator changes

added AmorymeltzerMr. StradivariusMusikAnimalMSGJTheDJXaosflux

Guideline and policy news

  • Following a "stop-gap" discussion, six users have temporarily been made interface administrators while discussion is ongoing for a more permanent process for assigning the permission. Interface administrators are now the only editors allowed to edit sitewide CSS and JavaScript pages, as well as CSS/JS pages in another user's userspace. Previously, all administrators had this ability. The right can be granted and revoked by bureaucrats.

Technical news

  • Because of a data centre test you will be able to read but not edit the wikis for up to an hour on 12 September and 10 October. This will start at 14:00 (UTC). You might lose edits if you try to save during this time. The time when you can't edit might be shorter than an hour.
  • Some abuse filter variables have changed. They are now easier to understand for non-experts. The old variables will still work but filter editors are encouraged to replace them with the new ones. You can find the list of changed variables on They have a note which says Deprecated. Use ... instead. An example is article_text which is now page_title.
  • Abuse filters can now use how old a page is. The variable is page_age.


  • The Arbitration Committee has resolved to perform a round of Checkuser and Oversight appointments. The usernames of all applicants will be shared with the Functionaries team, and they will be requested to assist in the vetting process. The deadline to submit an application is 23:59 UTC, 12 September, and the candidates that move forward will be published on-wiki for community comments on 18 September.

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Not an attack page in my view[edit]

Hi Barbara. Please would you read my detailed response to the post at the Teahouse which you've also replied to. I really don't agree at all with your assessment that User:AWCzarnik/sandbox is an attack page, so would ask you politely to reconsider and remove the CSD G10 template yourself. I spent a good hour assessing this article and writing a detailed reply to their Teahouse request for help and genuinely feel the editor is trying to write about a legal case which meets WP:CASES - but has gone about it in a rather clumsy manner, especially as they were so involved in the case. Regards, Nick Moyes (talk) 14:24, 4 September 2018 (UTC)

I am glad you found that the article could be 'redeemed' and I would be glad to withdraw the template. I'll write more later. Someone has already removed the template. I resist nominating pages for deletion because I like building an encyclopedia. If you can rescue this article that is a wonderful thing. Best Regards, Barbara   21:51, 4 September 2018 (UTC)
Thanks, Barbara. I'll do my best to help the editor. It's not yet even a draft - just a sandbox. In the end it was me who reverted your template - but I do appreciate you were acting in Wikipedia's best interests. We can't expect everyone to respond instantly, but I didn't want the extra hassle of having to get a deleted page reinstated, so felt I had to act. All the best, Nick Moyes (talk) 21:26, 5 September 2018 (UTC)
You are quite gracious. I never freak out over reversions to what I do and I am glad you feel comfortable doing so. I am glad the article wasn't speedily deleted. Best Regards, Barbara   16:18, 6 September 2018 (UTC)


Hi Barbara. In case you were wondering where it had got to, I have just moved Userr:Barbara (WVS)/sandbox/table to User:Barbara (WVS)/sandbox/table I'm hoping the extra r was a typo and this was meant for userspace. ϢereSpielChequers 21:43, 16 September 2018 (UTC)

NPR Newsletter No.13 18 September 2018[edit]

Hello Barbara (WVS), thank you for your work reviewing New Pages!

The New Page Feed currently has 2700 unreviewed articles, up from just 500 at the start of July. For a while we were falling behind by an average of about 40 articles per day, but we have stabilised more recently. Please review some articles from the back of the queue if you can (Sort by: 'Oldest' at Special:NewPagesFeed), as we are very close to having articles older than one month.

Project news
As part of this project, the feed will have some larger updates to functionality next month. Specifically, ORES predictions will be built in, which will automatically flag articles for potential issues such as vandalism or spam. Copyright violation detection will also be added to the new page feed. See the projects's talk page for more info.
Moving to Draft and Page Mover
  • Some unsuitable new articles can be best reviewed by moving them to the draft space, but reviewers need to do this carefully and sparingly. It is most useful for topics that look like they might have promise, but where the article as written would be unlikely to survive AfD. If the article can be easily fixed, or if the only issue is a lack of sourcing that is easily accessible, tagging or adding sources yourself is preferable. If sources do not appear to be available and the topic does not appear to be notable, tagging for deletion is preferable (PROD/AfD/CSD as appropriate). See additional guidance at WP:DRAFTIFY.
  • If the user moves the draft back to mainspace, or recreates it in mainspace, please do not re-draftify the article (although swapping it to maintain the page history may be advisable in the case of copy-paste moves). AfC is optional except for editors with a clear conflict of interest.
  • Articles that have been created in contravention of our paid-editing-requirements or written from a blatant NPOV perspective, or by authors with a clear COI might also be draftified at discretion.
  • The best tool for draftification is User:Evad37/MoveToDraft.js(info). Kindly adapt the text in the dialogue-pop-up as necessary (the default can also be changed like this). Note that if you do not have the Page Mover userright, the redirect from main will be automatically tagged as CSD R2, but in some cases it might be better to make this a redirect to a different page instead.
  • The Page Mover userright can be useful for New Page Reviewers; occasionally page swapping is needed during NPR activities, and it helps avoid excessive R2 nominations which must be processed by admins. Note that the Page Mover userright has higher requirements than the NPR userright, and is generally given to users active at Requested Moves. Only reviewers who are very experienced and are also very active reviewers are likely to be granted it solely for NPP activities.
List of other useful scripts for New Page Reviewing

  • Twinkle provides a lot of the same functionality as the page curation tools, and some reviewers prefer to use the Twinkle tools for some/all tasks. It can be activated simply in the gadgets section of 'preferences'. There are also a lot of options available at the Twinkle preferences panel after you install the gadget.
  • In terms of other gadgets for NPR, HotCat is worth turning on. It allows you to easily add, remove, and change categories on a page, with name suggestions.
  • MoreMenu also adds a bunch of very useful links for diagnosing and fixing page issues.
  • User:Equazcion/ScriptInstaller.js(info): Installing scripts doesn't have to be complicated. Go to your common.js and copy importScript( 'User:Equazcion/ScriptInstaller.js' ); into an empty line, now you can install all other scripts with the click of a button from the script page! (Note you need to be at the ".js" page for the script for the install button to appear, not the information page)
  • User:TheJosh/Scripts/NewPagePatrol.js(info): Creates a scrolling new pages list at the left side of the page. You can change the number of pages shown by adding the following to the next line on your common.js page (immediately after the line importing this script): npp_num_pages=20; (Recommended 20, but you can use any number from 1 to 50).
  • User:Primefac/revdel.js(info): Is requesting revdel complicated and time consuming? This script helps simplify the process. Just have the Copyvio source URL and go to the history page and collect your diff IDs and you can drop them into the script Popups and it will create a revdel request for you.
  • User:Lourdes/PageCuration.js(info): Creates a "Page Curation" link to Special:NewPagesFeed up near your sandbox link.
  • User:Writ Keeper/Scripts/deletionFinder.js: Creates links next to the title of each page which show up if it has been previously deleted or nominated for deletion.
  • User:Evad37/rater.js(info): A fantastic tool for adding WikiProject templates to article talk pages. If you add: rater_autostartNamespaces = 0; to the next line on your common.js, the prompt will pop up automatically if a page has no Wikiproject templates on the talk page (note: this can be a bit annoying if you review redirects or dab pages commonly).

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Signpost update[edit]

The publication date for the Signpost is fast approaching, and your section seems to need a fair amount of work until it's publishable. Please continue working! Eddie891 Talk Work 15:10, 19 September 2018 (UTC)

Thank you! I will. Best Regards, Barbara   18:20, 19 September 2018 (UTC)

September 26: WikiWednesday Salon / Wikimedia NYC Annual Meeting[edit]

Wednesday September 26, 7pm: WikiWednesday Salon / Wikimedia NYC Annual Meeting
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You are invited to join the Wikimedia NYC community for our monthly "WikiWednesday" evening salon (7-9pm) and knowledge-sharing workshop at Babycastles gallery by 14th Street / Union Square in Manhattan. Is there a project you'd like to share? A question you'd like answered? A Wiki* skill you'd like to learn? Let us know by adding it to the agenda.

This month will also feature on our agenda, upcoming editathons, the organization's Annual Meeting, and Chapter board elections - you can add yourself as a candidate.

We will include a look at the organization and planning for our chapter, and expanding volunteer roles for both regular Wikipedia editors and new participants.

We will also follow up on plans for recent and upcoming edit-a-thons, museum and library projects, education initiatives, and other outreach activities.

7:00pm - 9:00 pm at Babycastles gallery, 145 West 14th Street
(note the new address, a couple of doors down from the former Babycastles location)

We especially encourage folks to add your 5-minute lightning talks to our roster, and otherwise join in the "open space" experience! Newcomers are very welcome! Bring your friends and colleagues! --Pharos (talk) 20:42, 20 September 2018 (UTC)

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