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Scale of justice 2.svgHello, Cactus.man. Voting in the 2018 Arbitration Committee elections is now open until 23.59 on Sunday, 3 December. All users who registered an account before Sunday, 28 October 2018, made at least 150 mainspace edits before Thursday, 1 November 2018 and are not currently blocked are eligible to vote. Users with alternate accounts may only vote once.

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Wikipedia:WikiProject Portals update #023, 25 Nov 2018 (eom)[edit]

Administrators' newsletter – December 2018[edit]

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

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  • Following a request for comment, the Mediation Committee is now closed and will no longer be accepting case requests.
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  • A request for comment is in progress regarding whether to change the administrator inactivity policy, such that administrators "who have made no logged administrative actions for at least 12 months may be desysopped". Currently, the policy states that administrators "who have made neither edits nor administrative actions for at least 12 months may be desysopped".
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  • In late November, an attacker compromised multiple accounts, including at least four administrator accounts, and used them to vandalize Wikipedia. If you have ever used your current password on any other website, you should change it immediately. Sharing the same password across multiple websites makes your account vulnerable, especially if your password was used on a website that suffered a data breach. As these incidents have shown, these concerns are not pure fantasies.
  • Wikipedia policy requires administrators to have strong passwords. To further reinforce security, administrators should also consider enabling two-factor authentication. A committed identity can be used to verify that you are the true account owner in the event that your account is compromised and/or you are unable to log in.

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Wikipedia:WikiProject Portals update #024, 26 Dec 2018 (eom)[edit]

Disputed non-free use rationale for File:Henri Huet, Cole.jpg[edit]

Thank you for uploading File:Henri Huet, Cole.jpg. However, there is a concern that the rationale provided for using this file on Wikipedia may not meet the criteria required by Wikipedia:Non-free content. This can be corrected by going to the file description page and adding or clarifying the reason why the file qualifies under this policy. Adding and completing one of the templates available from Wikipedia:Non-free use rationale guideline is an easy way to ensure that your file is in compliance with Wikipedia policy. Please be aware that a non-free use rationale is not the same as an image copyright tag; descriptions for files used under the non-free content policy require both a copyright tag and a non-free use rationale.

If it is determined that the file does not qualify under the non-free content policy, it might be deleted by an administrator seven days after the file was tagged in accordance with section F7 of the criteria for speedy deletion. If you have any questions, please ask them at the media copyright questions page. Thank you. -- Marchjuly (talk) 07:00, 28 December 2018 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – January 2019[edit]

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

Guideline and policy news

  1. G14 (new): Disambiguation pages that disambiguate only zero or one existing pages are now covered under the new G14 criterion (discussion). This is {{db-disambig}}; the text is unchanged and candidates may be found in Category:Candidates for speedy deletion as unnecessary disambiguation pages.
  2. R4 (new): Redirects in the file namespace (and no file links) that have the same name as a file or redirect at Commons are now covered under the new R4 criterion (discussion). This is {{db-redircom}}; the text is unchanged.
  3. G13 (expanded): Userspace drafts containing only the default Article Wizard text are now covered under G13 along with other drafts (discussion). Such blank drafts are now eligible after six months rather than one year, and taggers continue to use {{db-blankdraft}}.

Technical news

  • Starting on December 13, the Wikimedia Foundation security team implemented new password policy and requirements. Privileged accounts (administrators, bureaucrats, checkusers, oversighters, interface administrators, bots, edit filter managers/helpers, template editors, et al.) must have a password at least 10 characters in length. All accounts must have a password:
  1. At least 8 characters in length
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User accounts not meeting these requirements will be prompted to update their password accordingly. More information is available on MediaWiki.org.
  • Blocked administrators may now block the administrator that blocked them. This was done to mitigate the possibility that a compromised administrator account would block all other active administrators, complementing the removal of the ability to unblock oneself outside of self-imposed blocks. A request for comment is currently in progress to determine whether the blocking policy should be updated regarding this change.
  • {{Copyvio-revdel}} now has a link to open the history with the RevDel checkboxes already filled in.

Arbitration

Miscellaneous

  • Accounts continue to be compromised on a regular basis. Evidence shows this is entirely due to the accounts having the same password that was used on another website that suffered a data breach. If you have ever used your current password on any other website, you should change it immediately.
  • Around 22% of admins have enabled two-factor authentication, up from 20% in June 2018. If you haven't already enabled it, please consider doing so. Regardless of whether you use 2FA, please practice appropriate account security by ensuring your password is secure and unique to Wikimedia.

Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 21:38, 1 January 2019 (UTC)

Wikipedia:WikiProject Portals update #025, 30 Dec 2018 (eom)[edit]

Wikipedia:WikiProject Portals update #26, 20 Jan 2018 (eom)[edit]

Portal:Scotland[edit]

HUH?? What on earth caused you to do this https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Portal:Scotland&oldid=879623268 ??? Converting a maintained and well populated Portal into barely a stub of little relevant content that you then felt compelled to add Category:Portals with errors in need of immediate attention to (https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Portal:Scotland&direction=next&oldid=879623268). I'll put my good faith hat on and assume it was an error, but in the meantime I have restored the Portal to the last good version. -- Cactus.man 03:54, 25 January 2019 (UTC)

This is the Starship Enterprise calling Ceti Alpha V. Sorry, we thought you were Ceti Alpha VI. Oops. Didn't mean to destroy your living ecosystem. The planet (uh, portal) was targeted for regenesis, zeroing in on your transponder transmitting demolition code "box portal skeleton", indicating outmoded civilization slated for recolonization via the Genesis Device. But you've already revitalized, using alien technology. Very nice. Good thing you had the time reversion Degenesis Device. I've removed the demolition code, so the portal will be safe from evolutionary reboot in the future. Kirk out.    — The Transhumanist   06:05, 25 January 2019 (UTC)
P.S.: The error is known as a "truncation bug", and we're in the process of tracking down this rendering glitch that mysteriously cuts portals short, making them appear like stubs.
P.P.S.: Nice hat.
Thanks for the explanation, err Kirk, and I'm glad you like my hat. I try to wear it as often as possible. I had no idea that still having "box portal skeleton" code in the Portal would mean it was targetted for a "restart" along no sub-page guidelines. Maybe there's been an announcement somewhere, possibly the newsletter and I've just missed it, But if not then perhaps there should be something hightly visible; after all to go from 44,673 bytes to 3,002 bytes with an edit summary of "restart portal" is somewhat of a shock to the sytem of an unexpecting editor, more "degenesis" rather than "regenesis". Good luck with defeating the euphemistically named "truncation bug" BTW. -- Cactus.man 14:43, 25 January 2019 (UTC)
I assumed all the "pox bortal keletons" had subpages. My bad. Will run a comparison against the "maintained" cats and specific portal maintainers list at wpport next time. Matter o' fact, should retro the batch this time. Thanks for the convo. Helped get the mental juices flowin'.    — The Transhumanist   15:37, 25 January 2019 (UTC)

Wikipedia:WikiProject Portals update #27, 28 Jan 2019 (eom)[edit]

Administrators' newsletter – February 2019[edit]

News and updates for administrators from the past month (January 2019).

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Technical news

  • A discussion regarding an overhaul of the format and appearance of Wikipedia:Requests for page protection is in progress (permalink). The proposed changes will make it easier to create requests for those who are not using Twinkle. The workflow for administrators at this venue will largely be unchanged. Additionally, there are plans to archive requests similar to how it is done at WP:PERM, where historical records are kept so that prior requests can more easily be searched for.

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Wikipedia:WikiProject Portals update #28, 04 Feb 2019 (eom)[edit]

Wikipedia:WikiProject Portals update #29, 13 Feb 2019 (eom)[edit]

Administrators' newsletter – March 2019[edit]

News and updates for administrators from the past month (February 2019).

Guideline and policy news

Technical news

  • A new tool is available to help determine if a given IP is an open proxy/VPN/webhost/compromised host.

Arbitration

  • The Arbitration Committee announced two new OTRS queues. Both are meant solely for cases involving private information; other cases will continue to be handled at the appropriate venues (e.g., WP:COIN or WP:SPI).
    • paid-en-wp@wikipedia.org has been set up to receive private evidence related to abusive paid editing.
    • checkuser-en-wp@wikipedia.org has been set up to receive private requests for CheckUser. For instance, requests for IP block exemption for anonymous proxy editing should now be sent to this address instead of the functionaries-en list.

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Wikipedia:WikiProject Portals update #30, 17 Mar 2019 (eom)[edit]

Administrators' newsletter – April 2019[edit]

News and updates for administrators from the past month (March 2019).

Technical news

Arbitration

Miscellaneous

  • Two more administrator accounts were compromised. Evidence has shown that these attacks, like previous incidents, were due to reusing a password that was used on another website that suffered a data breach. If you have ever used your current password on any other website, you should change it immediately. All admins are strongly encouraged to enable two-factor authentication, please consider doing so. Please always practice appropriate account security by ensuring your password is secure and unique to Wikimedia.
  • As a reminder, according to WP:NOQUORUM, administrators looking to close or relist an AfD should evaluate a nomination that has received few or no comments as if it were a proposed deletion (PROD) prior to determining whether it should be relisted.

Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 21:57, 7 April 2019 (UTC)

File:Rubha nan Gall lighthouse and MV Clansman ferry P ISLE.jpg[edit]

Be careful with categories for awards like Quality Image or Featured Picture. The crop isn't a featured picture so shouldn't be included in those categories. I've fixed it. -- Colin (talk) 12:04, 8 April 2019 (UTC)

Thanks for your message re the above file. That was my mistake, I forgot to check the categories after upload, so thanks for fixing them. I was making a header banner panorama image for en:Portal:Scottish islands when I saw your original image. It was perfect, both lending itself well to a 7:1 panorama ratio and in subject matter (what's more iconic to island life in the Inner Hebrides than a ferry sailing past your local lighthouse?). --Cactus.man 17:30, 8 April 2019 (UTC)

Wikipedia:WikiProject Portals update #31, 01 May 2019 (eom)[edit]

ArbCom 2019 special circular[edit]

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Administrators must secure their accounts

The Arbitration Committee may require a new RfA if your account is compromised.

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This message was sent to all administrators following a recent motion. Thank you for your attention. For the Arbitration Committee, Cameron11598 02:27, 4 May 2019 (UTC)


Administrator account security (Correction to Arbcom 2019 special circular)[edit]

ArbCom would like to apologise and correct our previous mass message in light of the response from the community.

Since November 2018, six administrator accounts have been compromised and temporarily desysopped. In an effort to help improve account security, our intention was to remind administrators of existing policies on account security — that they are required to "have strong passwords and follow appropriate personal security practices." We have updated our procedures to ensure that we enforce these policies more strictly in the future. The policies themselves have not changed. In particular, two-factor authentication remains an optional means of adding extra security to your account. The choice not to enable 2FA will not be considered when deciding to restore sysop privileges to administrator accounts that were compromised.

We are sorry for the wording of our previous message, which did not accurately convey this, and deeply regret the tone in which it was delivered.

For the Arbitration Committee, -Cameron11598 21:03, 4 May 2019 (UTC)


Administrators' newsletter – May 2019[edit]

News and updates for administrators from the past month (April 2019).

Guideline and policy news

Technical news

  • XTools Admin Stats, a tool to list admins by administrative actions, has been revamped to support more types of log entries such as AbuseFilter changes. Two additional tools have been integrated into it as well: Steward Stats and Patroller Stats.

Arbitration

  • In response to the continuing compromise of administrator accounts, the Arbitration Committee passed a motion amending the procedures for return of permissions (diff). In such cases, the committee will review all available information to determine whether the administrator followed "appropriate personal security practices" before restoring permissions; administrators found failing to have adequately done so will not be resysopped automatically. All current administrators have been notified of this change.
  • Following a formal ratification process, the arbitration policy has been amended (diff). Specifically, the two-thirds majority required to remove or suspend an arbitrator now excludes (1) the arbitrator facing suspension or removal, and (2) any inactive arbitrator who does not respond within 30 days to attempts to solicit their feedback on the resolution through all known methods of communication.

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Administrators' newsletter – June 2019[edit]

News and updates for administrators from the past month (May 2019).

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Guideline and policy news

  • An RfC seeks to clarify whether WP:OUTING should include information on just the English Wikipedia or any Wikimedia project.
  • An RfC on WT:RfA concluded that Requests for adminship and bureaucratship are discussions seeking to build consensus.
  • An RfC proposal to make the templates for discussion (TfD) process more like the requested moves (RM) process, i.e. "as a clearinghouse of template discussions", was closed as successful.

Technical news

  • The CSD feature of Twinkle now allows admins to notify page creators of deletion if the page had not been tagged. The default behavior matches that of tagging notifications, and replaces the ability to open the user talk page upon deletion. You can customize which criteria receive notifications in your Twinkle preferences: look for Notify page creator when deleting under these criteria.
  • Twinkle's d-batch (batch delete) feature now supports deleting subpages (and related redirects and talk pages) of each page. The pages will be listed first but use with caution! The und-batch (batch undelete) option can now also restore talk pages.

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Administrators' newsletter – July 2019[edit]

News and updates for administrators from the past month (June 2019).

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Guideline and policy news

  • In a related matter, the account throttle has been restored to six creations per day as the mitigation activity completed.

Technical news

  • The Wikimedia Foundation's Community health initiative plans to design and build a new user reporting system to make it easier for people experiencing harassment and other forms of abuse to provide accurate information to the appropriate channel for action to be taken. Community feedback is invited.

Miscellaneous


Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 21:19, 1 July 2019 (UTC)

Converting portals to more transclusion[edit]

I had largely avoided the portal controversies, though lately have tried to make a reasonable case that many of the currently extant portals could and should be kept. With some automation many deserving candidates could be maintained even by a small group of interested users, while we sort out what the thresholds should be. I am pleased with how Portal:Scotland came out and was wondering if you could provide a brief description (possibly with diffs) explaining your procedure. I can figure out the template use but the Lua list confuses me a bit. Would you be willing to provide some guidance as to the steps you took? BusterD (talk) 19:19, 7 July 2019 (UTC)

Keeping focused discussion at TfD[edit]

In your original comment in the discussion at Wikipedia:Templates for discussion/Log/2019 July 9#Template:Featured portal, you said the following:

The conclusion of the nomination is blatantly incorrect and I'm surprised that this nomination from a very experienced editor (well familiar with templates) would conclude such.
And when did the nominator have such concern that our readers would be "misled" and become confused? She's spent the last 4 months or more on an anti-Portal crusade screaming from the rooftops, that readership numbers are extremely low, categorising them variously as virtually non-existent or risible. Oh well it looks like a "risible" number of readers will be "misled", or in truth rather better informed. The template is in Portals for a purpose and was designed accordingly to be informative for readers without having to navigate away from the Portal. Therefore, absolutely no need to delete it, and I'm sorry to say this BHG, but this is more part of the WP:JDL agenda of the crusade to delete anything and everything "Portal", cherry picking arguments and moving goalposts around to suit.

I ask that you please refrain from making comments like this at WP:Templates for discussion. We should not need to stoop to ad hominem attacks to refute arguments that we disagree with, and doing so leads to off-track discussions. I also request that you strike this part of your comment as a commitment to productive discussion.

I understand that that BHG escalatated this, but that doesn't excuse your original comments. I have made a similar request to BHG to strike comments, so I am not "taking sides".

If you think this is unreasonable, I would be happy to discuss this further (I'd prefer to keep the discussion here, so it will all be in the same place, but you are welcome to reply on my talk page if you really want to). Retro (talk | contribs) 16:18, 10 July 2019 (UTC)

Thanks for your message Retro. I agree with what you say and I'm glad to see you've also collapsed the latest exchange. I'm not proud of what I wrote, but I find BHG to be the most infuriating editor I've ever had the misfortune to interact with, mainly because of her compulsive need to respond negatively to EVERY opposing comment (just view any of her MfD or CfD nominations and you'll see what I mean). I just get so frustrated, especially with the name calling and her "flexible" portrayal of "facts" judiciously plucked in a quote and twisted to make it look as if the opponent is being unreasonable and she is somehow a victim. So far we've had around 4 months of MfD's where The Transhumanist was constantly referred to as "the portal spammer, TTH". I asked her to consider dropping that in future nominations, because I felt it was disrespectful and not language becoming of an experienced admin. I don't think it went down too well, and from that point onwards its been a bonfire everytime our paths cross.
So far I've been called "Mr Longspeech Cactus", been labelled a "portaleer" (part of the "portal Platoon"), a "perma-rage editor" and more. I've also been accused of "ranting" in almost anything I post in connection with the whole Portal saga. Well, eventually if you fire enough shit, often it sticks, and the accusation becomes reality. I know I should keep calm and rise above it, but my perception is that BHG is just doing it to get me to respond in such a way, so she can say "Look everybody, Mr Bad Man Cactus .... I told you so". That's why I even suggested a voluntary mutual IBAN to her but she probably hasn't seen it - I think it was in one of the exchanges you, very wisely, collapsed. Anyway, I'm off to do something soothing now - I'll try to keep calmer.
Thanks for the intervention and trying your best to smooth things over. Best wishes. --Cactus.man 17:38, 10 July 2019 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – August 2019[edit]

News and updates for administrators from the past month (July 2019).

Guideline and policy news

Arbitration

Miscellaneous

  • Following a research project on masking IP addresses, the Foundation is starting a new project to improve the privacy of IP editors. The result of this project may significantly change administrative and counter-vandalism workflows. The project is in the very early stages of discussions and there is no concrete plan yet. Admins and the broader community are encouraged to leave feedback on the talk page.
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    Since the introduction of temporary user rights, it is becoming more usual to accord the New Page Reviewer right on a probationary period of 3 to 6 months in the first instance. This avoids rights removal for inactivity at a later stage and enables a review of their work before according the right on a permanent basis.


Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 19:23, 3 August 2019 (UTC)

Population of Ukraine[edit]

Can you edit population of Ukraine in infobox and leave only crimea and 42 millon to be clear and fine? — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2a01:111f:e1a:a400:d520:c7a1:1efd:adb1 (talkcontribs) 08:28, 8 August 2019 (UTC)

Hello, this is an article content issue. Please raise the issue on the article talk page and seek a consensus for your suggested change. Please also be aware that Ukraine falls within the discretionary sanctions restrictions authorised by the Arbitration Commitee placed on Eastern Europe articles. I would advise you to familiarise yourself with the guidance for editors in relation to this matter before you make any edits to the Ukraine page. --Cactus.man 19:12, 8 August 2019 (UTC)