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Please comment on Talk:Cary Grant[edit]

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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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Arbitration


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SpacemanSpiff[edit]

Now on SIA Russia https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Talk:Vyborgsky_District&diff=817855706&oldid=420181818 78.51.214.48 (talk) 23:46, 30 December 2017 (UTC)

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Please comment on Wikipedia talk:Manual of Style/Capital letters[edit]

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Administrators' newsletter – February 2018[edit]

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

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  • 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.
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  • 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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Please comment on Wikipedia talk:Manual of Style[edit]

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Red Army maps copyright[edit]

Dear Ezhiki, I wonder if you could advise on the possibility of using such Soviet maps in Wikipedia, e.g. could a free license be claimed for the map

http://loadmap.net/en/m11456

so that it could be uploaded in Wikimedia Commons and used for illustration purposes?

Apparently there used to be some relevant debate before, but it's been deleted so I am not aware of the current view on this matter. Best, Apcbg (talk) 09:13, 12 February 2018 (UTC)

I'd love to help, but I'm not an expert on copyright. If you are going to upload this to the Commons, it would be best to ask there. You will definitely need to know what year these maps were published, though.—Ëzhiki (Igels Hérissonovich Ïzhakoff-Amursky) • (yo?); February 12, 2018; 16:51 (UTC)
Thanks, I'll try to seek advice at the Commons; and no, that site gives no year of publication. Best, Apcbg (talk) 12:05, 13 February 2018 (UTC)

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Speedy deletion nomination of Khlevny[edit]

A tag has been placed on Khlevny requesting that it be speedily deleted from Wikipedia. This has been done under section G6 of the criteria for speedy deletion, because it is an orphaned disambiguation page which either

  • disambiguates only one extant Wikipedia page and whose title ends in "(disambiguation)" (i.e., there is a primary topic); or
  • disambiguates no (zero) extant Wikipedia pages, regardless of its title.

Under the criteria for speedy deletion, such pages may be deleted at any time. Please see the disambiguation page guidelines for more information.

If you think this page should not be deleted for this reason, you may contest the nomination by visiting the page and clicking the button labelled "Contest this speedy deletion". This will give you the opportunity to explain why you believe the page should not be deleted. However, be aware that once a page is tagged for speedy deletion, it may be deleted without delay. Please do not remove the speedy deletion tag from the page yourself, but do not hesitate to add information in line with Wikipedia's policies and guidelines. The Mighty Glen (talk) 12:47, 13 February 2018 (UTC)

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Please comment on Talk:A Wizard of Earthsea[edit]

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14 years of editing, today[edit]

Balloons-aj.svg Hey, Ezhiki. I'd like to wish you a wonderful First Edit Day on behalf of the Wikipedia Birthday Committee!
Have a great day!
Chris Troutman (talk) 12:28, 1 March 2018 (UTC)
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Thanks! Here's to fourteen more, and then doing it all over again :)—Ëzhiki (Igels Hérissonovich Ïzhakoff-Amursky) • (yo?); March 1, 2018; 14:04 (UTC)

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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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.

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  • 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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Russian populated places set index[edit]

Hey Ezhiki!

I was randomming articles in boredom when I stumbled on a set index of Russian populated places called Mochalishche. I added coordinates for the one village that was missing. Thing is, I found another place called Mochalishche in Ukraine, it even has a Wikidata entry. I read some of the policy, but got pretty confused. Since you created the index, I thought I'd ask you: Should the index be replaced with a disambiguation page including the Ukranian location? Should there be a seperate disambiguation page? Should there not be a disambiguation page at all? Hecseur (talk) 16:21, 3 March 2018 (UTC)

Hi, @Hecseur:! Yeah, these can get tricky sometimes. You have to look at each case individually. In general, yes, when a set index on Russian localities conflicts with entities of a different type (but the same name), the best way to handle that is to move the set index to a title conforming to WP:NC:CITY#Russia and create a disambiguation page under the vacated title (from which the set index would be linked, as well as all those other entities). When a conflict is with just one other entity, then it's often sufficient to just leave the set index where it is but add a hatnote on top linking to that entity. If the Ukrainian Mochalischche had an article in the English Wikipedia, this would have been the best course of action in this particular case. However, since it doesn't have one (nor does Mochalishche, Ukraine even meet the disambiguation page red link requirements), there really isn't anything we can do about it until that article is written. Guidelines clearly discourage placement of red links in hatnotes. Hope this helps, but let me know if anything is still unclear. Cheers,—Ëzhiki (Igels Hérissonovich Ïzhakoff-Amursky) • (yo?); March 5, 2018; 16:14 (UTC)
I think the best course of action will be to start creating new articles for these villages. I know the Ukrainian Mochalishche has an article on the Ukrainian Wiki which I can use to build an article on the English Wikipedia. Honestly it's past time these red links will get 'blued'. Thanks for all the help! You really helped a struggling Wikipedian out! Hecseur (talk) 16:58, 7 March 2018 (UTC)
Happy to help! And as a matter of fact, encouraging the creation of new articles is one of the reasons we even bother with these set indices in the first place :)—Ëzhiki (Igels Hérissonovich Ïzhakoff-Amursky) • (yo?); March 7, 2018; 19:42 (UTC)

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Please comment on Wikipedia talk:Manual of Style/Military history[edit]

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Use WP:EPON[edit]

Hello. Please read carefully WP:EPON for categorization of cities/towns.

91.124.117.29 (talk) 19:58, 13 March 2018 (UTC)

Actually, this is one piece of advice you should heed yourself. I've left you a message on your talk page; you might want to stop what you are doing and give it a more thorough thought. Best,—Ëzhiki (Igels Hérissonovich Ïzhakoff-Amursky) • (yo?); March 13, 2018; 20:00 (UTC)
Don't add category like "Populated place established in X" for that cities' categories. Because the only main article (name_of_town) related to such category (subcats are unrelated). You were reverted many times not by me, see [1] 91.124.117.29 (talk) 20:10, 13 March 2018 (UTC)
  • From WP:EPON. There are three options:
  1. Keep both the eponymous category and the main article in the parent category. This is used in Category:Western Europe to allow that region's country articles to be navigated together. This rule is used for all geographic categories (town and cities) now.
  2. Keep just the child article. This is used in Category:British Islands, to prevent a loop. No any loops in discussed categories.
  3. Keep just the eponymous category. This is used for Category:Farmworkers in Category:People by occupation. Such "X by Y" categories sometimes cover a limited navigational set, not a topic (see #Category tree organization), thus there is no logical article content. There are no "X by Y" categories in the involved category tree.

So, the first option is used for cities categories. 91.124.117.29 (talk) 20:19, 13 March 2018 (UTC)

When supercats like "Populated place established in X" are added to a category (eponymous or otherwise), they refer solely to that category, not to every article that category contains (otherwise we would hardly ever be able to add any subcategory to a category—you work up the category tree, not down). It is that idea one must keep in mind when considering how to build a category tree.
The Moscow revert you cited is related to the ongoing re-organization of categories dealing with establishment years and is not in the same league as what you are doing. And most other examples you might be able to find are going to almost always be one-time deals similar to your activities, where the structure is changed with no regard to the big picture.—Ëzhiki (Igels Hérissonovich Ïzhakoff-Amursky) • (yo?); March 13, 2018; 20:26 (UTC)
On the "three options", there is no guidance as to which areas of knowledge these options are to be applied; only examples. If you read WP:EPON closely and carefully (an advice I started with), you'll see that's where the "editor consensus" part kicks in. Once the "[t]his rule is used for all geographic categories (town and cities) now" part you added above becomes an actual part of the guideline, then there will be no reason to argue with you; until then you don't really have an argument, only an opinion.—Ëzhiki (Igels Hérissonovich Ïzhakoff-Amursky) • (yo?); March 13, 2018; 20:26 (UTC)
For example, the Region (Oblast, Krai) has own category with 15 cities. For example, only four or five of them have an own eponymous categories. If we use Option 3, we have 10 related articles (not all cities!) and 5 subcategories. If we use Option 1, we have 15 cities (all cities!) and 5 subcategories in it. WP:EPON said Keep both the eponymous category and the main article in the parent category... to allow that region's country articles to be navigated together. When the reader navigated the category, what is better? When he had 10 (Option 3) or all 15 (Option 1) cities articles in it? Why you are for Option 3? 91.124.117.29 (talk) 20:42, 13 March 2018 (UTC)
I personally don't see one option being better than another. Categories grow, and eventually this example will have fifteen (eponymous) categories and no (individual) articles. Until that happens, we'd have a mix of articles (without eponymous categories) and categories. All fifteen entities are included in both cases, so where's the problem?—Ëzhiki (Igels Hérissonovich Ïzhakoff-Amursky) • (yo?); March 19, 2018; 16:14 (UTC)
The problem is to allow that region's country articles to be navigated together. When they are hidden in respective subcategories, they aren't navigated together. In other case, it's a very hard for readers to define the number of correct entities in the category and to receive the full list of entities. When all N=38 cities included (and none missed), then a reader knows, N=38 cities are located in that region. As of now, as I can see, the rule is used in most cases in the geogrpaphic tree, see for example Category:Capitals in Europe, Category:Cities and towns in Norway, Category:Cities in South West England, Category:Central European countries etc. 91.124.117.29 (talk) 15:26, 20 March 2018 (UTC)

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Semikarakorsky District[edit]

So the subdistricts are not supposed to be linked from the district that contains them? Dr. Vogel (talk) 14:25, 22 March 2018 (UTC)

No, it's not that. If lower divisions are linked properly, that's great. The problem here was that it was easier to kill the whole section wholesale than to fix it. For one, the terminology should match what's used elsewhere—we are not, for example, using "subdistrict" or "rural district" in the context of Russia. It wasn't even matching the infobox information. Then, the links seem to be not to the selsoviets (called "rural settlements" in Rostov Oblast, which this district is a part of), but to individual rural localities, which is not at all the same thing. And even the localities were not being linked the same way they are being linked in other articles. In all, there is a lot of background work that needs to be done before these kind of lists can be added easily; at this point they would just be creating a maintenance backlog and confuse readers.
Let me know if you have questions; I'll be happy to elaborate. Cheers,—Ëzhiki (Igels Hérissonovich Ïzhakoff-Amursky) • (yo?); March 22, 2018; 14:34 (UTC)

Please comment on Talk:Comedian[edit]

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Translation help[edit]

Hello. I'm trying to verify whether a whaling station was built on Big Shantar Island in the 19th century. I haven't found anything in English and most of the whaling done there was by Americans. An old steam engine on the island has been variously identified as belonging to either a Russian American Company or just American whaling station. I found two news articles (both in Russian) which appear to say a Soviet-era military settlement existed on the island. I don't entirely trust Google translate (it likes to translate a certain word into "giraffe" for some reason), so I was wondering if you could verify this? They're both short articles. I'd be grateful for any assistance you could provide me. Here are the articles in question: here and here. ST1849 (talk) 20:40, 28 March 2018 (UTC)

I've looked at both articles, and unfortunately neither one mentions a whaling station (or anything about the 19th century history). The first article says that the "larger islands" of the archipelago are uninhabited (except for the personnel of the weather station), but there used to be "military townlets" and "Soviet-era settlements" there, which have since been abandoned. The second article specifically states that Bolshoy Shantar used to house a military unit. No word on the island giraffe population, sadly :)
Hope this helps and let me know if you need anything further.—Ëzhiki (Igels Hérissonovich Ïzhakoff-Amursky) • (yo?); March 28, 2018; 20:57 (UTC)
Thanks. I should've been more clear. Google translate didn't mention any whaling stations either. It's just that the image in the first article has been floating around on other sites as what is left of an American whaling station. I just wanted to know if the articles indeed mentioned the Soviet-era settlements. Thanks for verifying that. I'm starting to wonder if they just tell tourists it's an abandoned whaling station because that sounds more interesting than a lonely military outpost? So far I've found no documentary evidence to back up that claim. ST1849 (talk) 22:20, 28 March 2018 (UTC)
Here's one of the websites that associates that steam engine with an American whaling station and mentions those elusive giraffes. ST1849 (talk) 23:38, 28 March 2018 (UTC)
Yeah, that one describes the whaling aspect in a great deal of detail, but while I have no reasons to doubt the source's veracity, it doesn't look it could qualify as a reliable source (it is an article published on a TV network site, which would normally be OK, but it is in their "blogs" section, which is not). The "giraffe", incidentally, refers to a whale fat-melting device (and I honestly have no clue why google decided to translate this term so). It was identified as previously abandoned by American (as in US American) poachers by the Khabarovsk branch of the All-Russian Preservation Society of Historical and Cultural Monuments, so perhaps that would be a good lead to continue with the research?—Ëzhiki (Igels Hérissonovich Ïzhakoff-Amursky) • (yo?); March 29, 2018; 15:07 (UTC)
Oh, I know. I don't trust any news site/blog written in English, let alone Russian. The problem is you can't use Google translate on books or peer-reviewed papers. I'll see if that preservation society has an English-language email I can contact. Thanks for all the translation help. ST1849 (talk) 18:12, 29 March 2018 (UTC)
If it helps, the Society's website is http://voopik.ru, and the page for the Khabarovsk branch is http://voopik.ru/region/detail.php?ELEMENT_ID=246. Not much information there, but they do have an email listed, if you want to pursue that route. If you manage to stumble upon anything else useful that you need translation help with, feel free to contact me again. Best,—Ëzhiki (Igels Hérissonovich Ïzhakoff-Amursky) • (yo?); March 29, 2018; 18:52 (UTC)
Ok. Thanks for the link. ST1849 (talk) 19:01, 29 March 2018 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – April 2018[edit]

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

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  • 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.

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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.

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  • 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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Gritsovsky[edit]

Hi. I just added the article on Gritsovsky, and noticed that your sandbox had a link to it. Are you, or do you know someone who is, good with infoboxes? --Bejnar (talk) 23:09, 3 April 2018 (UTC)

I'll take care of it in the next couple of days. Thanks for letting me know (and for creating the stub). Cheers,—Ëzhiki (Igels Hérissonovich Ïzhakoff-Amursky) • (yo?); April 4, 2018; 02:30 (UTC)
You indicated that "urban-type settlements should not be included with cities and towns". Yet the article on Urban-type settlement indicates that This type of locality has been used in all 15 member republics of the former Soviet Union since 1922 when it replaced a number of terms which could have been translated by the English term "town" .... Gritsovsky is a little bigger in size than the US town that I grew up in was. Having a hospital is more than many small towns in the US have, much less a refrigerator factory. So, could you tell me why an "urban-type settlement" should not be considered a town? The satellite view certainly looks like a town. Or is the English word "town" just entirely inappropriate when talking about Russian settlements smaller than a city? If not a town, could/should there be a subsection or subsections of the {{Tula Oblast}} template for other settlements, comparable to the {{Socorro County, New Mexico}} template? Should the top settlement section have only cities? Where would be an appropriate place to discuss this? --Bejnar (talk) 23:52, 10 April 2018 (UTC)
Well, just because the term can be translated as "town" doesn't mean the place is a town... "Urban-type settlement" is a very specific connotation (and by definition, an urban-type settlement is not a town, but an urban entity roughly between a town proper and a rural locality), but since the concept itself is very much Russia- and former Soviet Union-specific and has no apparent equivalents in Western countries, "town" is an acceptable translation when a place needs to be identified as something, but where an exact designation does not really matter (such as in a news coverage for an area where an urban-type settlement is located). In Wikipedia articles dealing with Russian geography, however, the designation does in fact matter.
You are completely right about the Tula Oblast template needing another section, though. I was going through those templates before, but never made it to Tula Oblast (see, for example, {{Republic of Bashkortostan}} or {{Sakha Republic}}). I'd be happy to add a section to Tula Oblast's template if you wish; just let me know. Cheers,—Ëzhiki (Igels Hérissonovich Ïzhakoff-Amursky) • (yo?); April 12, 2018; 14:46 (UTC)
Yes, please. --Bejnar (talk) 16:36, 20 April 2018 (UTC)
I've added them. I also just remembered that a bunch of urban-type settlements in Tula Oblast (Gritsovsky included) were demoted to a rural status a few years ago. The list now in {{Tula Oblast}} is current.—Ëzhiki (Igels Hérissonovich Ïzhakoff-Amursky) • (yo?); April 24, 2018; 14:15 (UTC)

Nomination for deletion of Template:Infobox Russian city/doc[edit]

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Please comment on Talk:Mark Weisbrot[edit]

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Hello, from the Portals WikiProject...[edit]

You are invited to join the effort to revitalize and improve the Portal system...

The Portals WikiProject was rebooted 9 days ago, and is going strong. Fifty-two editors have joined so far, with more joining daily.

We're having a blast, and excitement is high...

Our goal is to update, upgrade, and maintain portals.

In addition to working directly on portals, we are developing tools to make building and maintaining portals easier. We've finished one so far, with more to come.

Discussions are underway about how to upgrade portals, and what the portals of the future will be.

There are plenty of tasks (including WikiGnome tasks too) on the WikiProject page.

With more to come.

We may even surprise ourselves and exceed all expectations. Who knows what we will be able to accomplish in what may become the biggest Wikicollaboration in years.

See ya at the WikiProject!

Sincerely,    — The Transhumanist   03:22, 27 April 2018 (UTC)

I won't be joining, but best of luck to y'all with this endeavor.—Ëzhiki (Igels Hérissonovich Ïzhakoff-Amursky) • (yo?); April 27, 2018; 13:19 (UTC)

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Administrators' newsletter – May 2018[edit]

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

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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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Wikidata weekly summary #311[edit]

Iskateley[edit]

I created this stub and will work on it in the coming days. For the Nenets AO, I do not have a slightest idea what its divisions are (and Administrative divisions of Nenets Autonomous Okrug does not help much), but if you have expert knowledge (I am sure you have) and time (I am less sure) may be you could add an infobox with proper references and write a section on administratiove status? Thanks a lot.--Ymblanter (talk) 11:02, 8 May 2018 (UTC)

It's been hard finding time to do anything meaningful around Wikipedia for me lately (and I'm not sure when this situation will improve), but I will certainly add your request at the top of my to-do list. However, please feel free to take a stab at this task yourself if it takes me longer than a reasonable amount of time to get to it.
As for NAO's administrative structure, it is pretty straightforward. Naryan-Mar is incorporated as a town of okrug significance, and the rest of NAO's territory comprises Zapolyarny District. (On the municipal divisions side, those correspond to Naryan-Mar Urban Okrug and Zapolyarny Municipal District). The (administrative) district is further divided into eighteen selsoviets and one urban-type settlement of district significance (that would be Iskateley), which municipally correspond 1:1 to rural settlements and an urban settlement. The administrative divisions are enumerated in this law, which you can probably find online (or feel free to shoot me an email and I'll be happy to send you a Word copy of the latest revision). Cheers,—Ëzhiki (Igels Hérissonovich Ïzhakoff-Amursky) • (yo?); May 8, 2018; 15:57 (UTC)
Great, thank you very much. I will do whatever I can do, and checking hopefully takes less time than creation from zero.--Ymblanter (talk) 17:33, 8 May 2018 (UTC)
I believe I have fixed the references.--Ymblanter (talk) 07:31, 16 May 2018 (UTC)
An unrelated question: in some subject templates we have first cities/towns, then urban-type settlements, and then districts (sometimes we have federal-level settlements but I am not now talking about them); in other templates we have first cities/towns, then districts, and then urban-type settlements. We probably should come with a unified design; I believe it is more logical to have urban-type settlements between towns and districts. What do you think about it?--Ymblanter (talk) 07:34, 16 May 2018 (UTC)
We used to have separate templates for districts and for cities/towns, and I think when I was merging them, I was mostly using city/town templates as a starting point, but since I wasn't merging them all in one sitting, in some of them cities/towns ended up at the top, and in others in the middle. You are right, of course, that a consistent approach would be an improvement. I would think a top-down approach—listing districts, then cities/towns, then urban-type settlements—makes most sense (with the ZATOs being listed either last, or between the districts and cities/towns), but I guess as long as everything is consistent across the board, it doesn't matter all that much. If you want to change these templates to use a certain order, I sure am not going to complain. Thanks!—Ëzhiki (Igels Hérissonovich Ïzhakoff-Amursky) • (yo?); May 16, 2018; 16:13 (UTC)
Good, thanks. Let is make it districts -> ZATO -> towns -> urban-type settlements then. I will change them (I am adding the urban-type settlements where they are missing anyway).--Ymblanter (talk) 06:01, 17 May 2018 (UTC)

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Khabarovsk Oblast[edit]

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Administrators' newsletter – June 2018[edit]

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Administrators' newsletter – July 2018[edit]

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July 2018[edit]

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Interested in translating some articles for WP:WIR's event this month?[edit]

Hello! Would you be interested in translating some articles from Russian to English for WP:WIR's event this month? I have a list of links of indigenous women missing from the en-wiki that I've been collected forever and it'd be nice to get some more of them translated. And if you know anyone else that would be interested, please feel free to let them know! -Yupik (talk) 03:51, 2 August 2018 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – August 2018[edit]

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