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Since apparently the community accepts talk page bans, the following people are unwelcome to post here in any manner.

  • Kww, Malleus, John, Nuclear, Merridew

This ban includes any other accounts they may hold. If any of these people have something to say to me, their reprseentative must contact me first through "email this user" and obtain my authorisation. Their represeentative may not post here on their behalf either. Gimmetrow 12:00, 15 October 2014 (UTC)

Eva Braun[edit]

Hi, Gimme. The article Eva Braun was recently promoted to GA, and the template on the talk page looks fine. I tried tinkering with it, but I still can't get the article page to update to show the promotion. It's still showing as C-class and a good article nominee. Thanks for any assistance with this little glitch. --Dianna (talk) 07:22, 2 January 2012 (UTC)

I really don't follow. That article was removed from GAN 6 hours before your post here, and the article page had the GA icon applied about the same time. Are you referring to some script which changes the appearance of the page based on the talkpage templates? Or is this some caching issue? 16:18, 2 January 2012 (UTC)
Yes, it's a script available under Preferences:Gadgets. I purged the server cache last night but did not think to purge my local cache. That seems to have done the trick. Thanks for the tip, and hope you had a great holiday season. Regards, --Dianna (talk) 16:45, 2 January 2012 (UTC)

Request for Interview Regarding Wikipedia Bots[edit]


My name is Randall Livingstone, and I am a graduate student at the University of Oregon, currently collecting data for my dissertation on Wikipedia editors who create and use bots and assisted editing tools, as well as editors involved in the initial and/or ongoing creation of bot policies on Wikipedia. As a member of BAG and the bot community, I would very much like to interview you for the project at a time and in a method that is most convenient for you (Gchat, another IM client, Skype, email, telephone, etc.). I am completely flexible and can work with your schedule. The interview will take approximately 30-45 minutes.

My dissertation project has been approved both by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at the University of Oregon, and by the Research Committee at the Wikimedia Foundation. You can find more information on the project on my meta page.

Please let me know if you have any questions, and I look forward to hearing from you to set up a time to chat. Thank you very much.

Randall Livingstone, School of Journalism & Communication, University of Oregon

UOJComm (talk) 00:39, 6 January 2012 (UTC)

FAC delegate resignation[edit]

Gimme, your support made the work a joy! [1] SandyGeorgia (Talk) 05:01, 8 January 2012 (UTC)

Bot actions question[edit]

Why do the bot's revisions to the review history of 102d Intelligence Wing continue to show the article as a GA and not an A-class article when it's passed A-class review? Is there no way to show that the article is A-class instead of GA? Pinetalk 06:10, 17 January 2012 (UTC)

A-class is decided by projects and appears in the project templates. 11:33, 17 January 2012 (UTC)

Removing the icon from GA articles that aren't GA articles[edit]

I noticed while cleaning up some miss-tagged Good articles that your bot does this automatically for Featured articles. Is it possible for this function to extend to GAs? There have been a few picked up recently (see Wikipedia talk:Good article reassessment#Possibly non-GAs tagged as GAs). AIRcorn (talk) 02:53, 18 January 2012 (UTC)

I had a script to do that, but the script broke when WP:GA was split, and I haven't had enough interest to update it. 03:25, 18 January 2012 (UTC)
It would be useful if it is an easy fix, although it is not too strenuous to do manually. Also on splitting WP:GA, would it have any affect on the bot if I sub divided songs by year or the episodes by series? AIRcorn (talk) 05:44, 19 January 2012 (UTC)
I ended up splitting songs and episodes here. The bot might need updating to take into account the new categories. AIRcorn (talk) 08:38, 26 January 2012 (UTC)

Main page appearance: W. E. B. Du Bois[edit]

This is a note to let the main editors of W. E. B. Du Bois know that the article will be appearing as today's featured article on February 23, 2012. You can view the TFA blurb at Wikipedia:Today's featured article/February 23, 2012. If you prefer that the article appear as TFA on a different date, or not at all, please ask featured article director Raul654 (talk · contribs) or his delegate Dabomb87 (talk · contribs), or start a discussion at Wikipedia talk:Today's featured article/requests. If the previous blurb needs tweaking, you might change it—following the instructions at Wikipedia:Today's featured article/requests/instructions. If this article needs any attention or maintenance, it would be preferable if that could be done before its appearance on the Main Page. The blurb as it stands now is below:

W. E. B. Du Bois in 1918

W. E. B. Du Bois (1868–1963) was an American civil rights activist, author, and editor. After graduating from Harvard, where he was the first African American to earn a doctorate, he became a professor of history, sociology, and economics at Atlanta University. Du Bois, one of the co-founders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, rose to national prominence as the leader of the Niagara Movement, a group of African American activists who wanted equal rights for blacks. Racism was the main target of Du Bois's polemics, and he strongly protested against lynching, Jim Crow laws, and discrimination in education and employment. He was a proponent of Pan-Africanism and helped organize efforts to free African colonies from European powers. Du Bois wrote several seminal essays and treatises, and published many influential pieces in his role as editor of the NAACP's journal The Crisis. He was an ardent peace activist and advocated for nuclear disarmament. The United States' Civil Rights Act, embodying many of the reforms for which Du Bois had campaigned his entire life, was enacted one year after his death. (more...)

UcuchaBot (talk) 23:03, 14 February 2012 (UTC)

MSU Interview[edit]

Dear Gimmetrow,

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 communityHERE, where 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 (to maintain anonymity) and I will add your name to my offline contact list. If you feel comfortable doing so, you can post your nameHERE instead.

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

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


Jonathan Obar --Jaobar (talk) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Chlopeck (talkcontribs) 23:37, 14 February 2012 (UTC)

Nominate A Tale of a Tub for GA status[edit]

Whatever happened to the proposal to nominate A Tale of a Tub for GA status? --DThomsen8 (talk) 15:05, 17 February 2012 (UTC)


Hi. I have created new subpages at Wikipedia:Good articles/Agriculture, food and drink, Wikipedia:Good articles/Art and architecture, Wikipedia:Good articles/Music, Wikipedia:Good articles/Sports and recreation, Wikipedia:Good articles/Theatre, film and drama and Wikipedia:Good articles/Video games. The Wikipedia:Good articles/Arts and Wikipedia:Good articles/Everyday life pages should no longer be used. The bot might need updating to recognise these changes. Cheers AIRcorn (talk) 23:04, 1 March 2012 (UTC)

GA Stats[edit]

Hey, I'm trying to provide figures for February, but you didn't give a numbers this month. Could this have something to do with the reorganization of the category? Lampman (talk) 03:41, 2 March 2012 (UTC)

Ran at 04:35 2 March, count 14080. According to GA/Recent, 8 articles were added from the start of 1 March to then. So put the count at 14072. 19:19, 2 March 2012 (UTC)
Thanks! Will it be the "Theatre, film and drama" history I should follow in the future then? Lampman (talk) 09:50, 3 March 2012 (UTC)
Yes, that or Unsorted. 20:03, 27 March 2012 (UTC)

Another WP:GA fork[edit]

Created Wikipedia:Good articles/Warfare as a split from WP:GA/H. Your bot may need updating to reflect this. Thanks! —Ed!(talk) 17:35, 3 March 2012 (UTC)


T:AH needs an additional AFD, CSD, PROD outcome: withdrawn. See Talk:Kony 2012.--TonyTheTiger (T/C/BIO/WP:CHICAGO/WP:FOUR) 19:51, 2 April 2012 (UTC)

Hello. I don't always notice messages here. Seems that "keep" works for that case, but you're probably right. If I ever edit that template again, I would fix up a lot of things. 02:27, 3 April 2012 (UTC)

So many socks[edit]

With all of the sockmasters one encounters over years of working on Wikipedia, I find I begin to forget which is which. In tracking down two new sockmasters yesterday, I re-encountered the old issues you had with Category:Wikipedia sockpuppets of Jack Merridew. I had forgotten how much difficulty he caused ... and yet folks are still trying to get his latest socks unblocked. After so many years of encountering the same ole repeat abusers, it's hard remember who's who in the socking world, that is, which profile belongs to which sockmaster ... I think I should start to keep a directory offline, as I'm so surprised I had completely forgotten his antics with the articles you edit and his insistence on installing his own preferences. I'm wondering why you didn't speak up when User:Alarbus was making the internet suck? It's interesting that only five editors supported an agenda that did so much damage to FAC, and several of those same editors now want Merridew's socks unblocked (sample, but there's more.) SandyGeorgia (Talk) 14:25, 17 April 2012 (UTC)


Hello, I just approved the European polecat article for GA could you bot update the article history? Please do the same to Talk:Gray Wolf. LittleJerry (talk) 19:11, 7 May 2012 (UTC)

You need to change the nominee template to {{GA}} on the talk page of the article. 13:23, 8 May 2012 (UTC)

How do you get it show the article's history. LittleJerry (talk) 16:43, 8 May 2012 (UTC)

Article history to be updated[edit]

Hello, the Common eland article has just become a GA. I have added the {{GA}}, could you please update the Article History?--Sainsf Talk all words 13:05, 11 May 2012 (UTC)

Same request. For Jayne Mansfield. Better still, can I run the bot myself? Aditya(talkcontribs) 06:15, 22 May 2012 (UTC)

Nomination of Personal life of Jennifer Lopez for deletion[edit]

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

The article will be discussed at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Personal life of Jennifer Lopez until a consensus is reached, and anyone is welcome to contribute to the discussion. The nomination will explain the policies and guidelines which are of concern. The discussion focuses on high-quality evidence and our policies and guidelines.

Users may edit the article during the discussion, including to improve the article to address concerns raised in the discussion. However, do not remove the article-for-deletion template from the top of the article. -- Uzma Gamal (talk) 08:56, 17 June 2012 (UTC)

new T:AH parameter needed[edit]

T:AH needs a parameter for the dyknompage so that {{dyktalk}} can be archived in the template without loss of information.--TonyTheTiger (T/C/BIO/WP:CHICAGO/WP:FOUR) 23:31, 24 June 2012 (UTC)

T:AH had a 'dyklink' parameter, which appears to have been removed for some reason. It was used occasionally so it would be best to restore and use that. 15:32, 28 June 2012 (UTC)
Let me know when it is restored.--TonyTheTiger (T/C/BIO/WP:CHICAGO/WP:FOUR) 16:46, 28 June 2012 (UTC)

GimmeBot error[edit]

Hi, GimmeBot created an {{ArticleHistory}} with erroneous DYK parameters, resulting in: "The text of the entry was: Did you know views=7,774". MANdARAX  XAЯAbИAM 11:13, 4 July 2012 (UTC)

FTC and GTC closure procedures[edit]

Since this bot does FAC and FLC I think it could be setup to run FTC closures also. The steps are quite tedious but which a bot should easily be able to do. The precise steps are listed at: Wikipedia:Featured_topic_candidates/Nomination_procedure#Promotion_procedure. Nergaal (talk) 19:02, 24 July 2012 (UTC)

Jack Merridew at ANI[edit]

FYI, I've created an ANI thread on Jack Merridew. Raul654 (talk) 22:29, 14 August 2012 (UTC)

So consider yourself canvassed. pablo 23:33, 14 August 2012 (UTC)
As one of the victims of Jack's harassment, Gimmetrow is entitled to know about it. Raul654 (talk) 23:35, 14 August 2012 (UTC)
pot ... kettle ...  pablo 23:38, 14 August 2012 (UTC)

ISO edits by Ohconfucius[edit]

He has made ISO edits in well over 60 articles since August 31. The ever-growing list is here: (talk) 05:02, 17 September 2012 (UTC)

Need to remove defunct WolterBot[edit]

The page Wikipedia:Featured articles/sandbox is transcluding the template User:WolterBot/Cleanup listing subscription|wgcat=Wikipedia featured articles|hidden=1

User:WolterBot has been defunct for over 2 years. If there's a way to remove this please help. - Stillwaterising (talk) 23:19, 26 September 2012 (UTC)

Gimmebot and "old" FAs[edit]

Hi. Can Gimmebot help keep this page up to date, removing articles that appear on Main Page? --Dweller (talk) 19:52, 4 November 2012 (UTC)

TFAR nomination[edit]

I've announced the nomination here Raul654 (talk) 23:25, 26 November 2012 (UTC)

History update[edit]

Hi. Can the article history for Talk:808s & Heartbreak be updated. It passed GA in its second nomination, but the talk page header only shows the first time it failed. Dan56 (talk) 02:42, 9 December 2012 (UTC)

Hmmm. Whoever passed the article removed the old articleHistory and changed the GA template to link to page=1 rather than page=2. 16:17, 12 December 2012 (UTC)

GimmeBot adds maindate= to article history, but doesn't revert if the TFA is rescheduled[edit]

Hi, please see User talk:Raul654#Second rescheduling of London Necropolis Company - is there a process for automatically reverting the GimmeBot edit if the scheduled TFA gets pulled? --Redrose64 (talk) 16:00, 12 December 2012 (UTC)

The same thing happens if a human edits the talk page and then the article gets rescheduled. So edit the talk page and change it. 16:11, 12 December 2012 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Featured list removal candidates/Foo Fighters discography/archive1[edit]

Yawn Till 02:03, 15 December 2012 (UTC)

Bot training[edit]

Regarding this: can you please train your bot to call the template "Article history" (not ArticleHistory) on the talk page and in the edit summary? My little wish for Christmas ;) --Gerda Arendt (talk) 12:49, 17 December 2012 (UTC)

No. Such renames create unnecessary work for me. 12:53, 17 December 2012 (UTC)
Interesting. It creates unnecessary work for me, and then you do the even more unnecessary work of reverting, from a direct link to a redirect, - where are we? --Gerda Arendt (talk) 13:05, 17 December 2012 (UTC)
How does it affect you significantly? You are not maintaining this template over tens of thousands of articles, are you? Gimmetoo (talk) 13:11, 17 December 2012 (UTC)
May I have it correct and preferred on my GAs and FAs? I don't have to explain my affectations. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 13:28, 17 December 2012 (UTC)
This template is used in a nearly 100% consistent manner on the WP. Why do you wish to create inconsistency in usage at this point? And knowing full well that it adversely affects yet another part of the FA process? Gimmetoo (talk) 13:38, 17 December 2012 (UTC)
I don't want "to create inconsistency". I would prefer to have it correct everywhere, and I trust that you could have a bot change all instances. (We just did it for an image name.) Why not? --Gerda Arendt (talk) 13:46, 17 December 2012 (UTC)
Oh that is a loaded statement. And I caution you to watch civility. Care to rephrase anything about "correct" now? Gimmetoo (talk) 13:53, 17 December 2012 (UTC)
I may have a language problem, my English is limited, - so will not rephrase but explain. Am I right that the name of the template is "Article history"? Then I think the preferred way to link to it and to write about should be that name, not a redirect. That is what I described as "correct", but I can stick with "preferable" if you prefer, --Gerda Arendt (talk) 14:25, 17 December 2012 (UTC)
There are many issues here. But to start with, the template happens to be named that under the condition that all issues with that naming would be addressed and fixed. If issues are not being addressed and fixed by the user who promised to do so, then the condition no longer holds, because the only way to fix issues will be to restore the template to its former name. Gimmetoo (talk) 16:02, 17 December 2012 (UTC)

Young editors[edit]

I'm composing an essay on issues relating to young editors in my userspace, to try to address certain common problems that frustrate editors and admins who try to engage kids, particularly with respect to deletions and content-related issues. Your views are welcome: Kww suggested that you in particular might have some insights to offer as a result of your experience in minding articles on Disney, Nickelodeon and similar areas, places I fear to tread. A very incomplete and unfocused draft is at User:Acroterion/Dealing with the young. Please feel free to contribute as you see fit. Acroterion (talk) 19:07, 19 December 2012 (UTC)

Update the article history following Good article reassessments[edit]

Would it be possible for your bot to update the {{article history}} template when the status of the {{GAR/link}} template is changed to keep or delisted following a WP:GAR. Something similar to what happens currently with WP:GAN [2]. It would make it much more simple to conclude reassessments. See Talk:Venus and Adonis (opera) and Talk:George W. Bush for examples of a delisted and kept reassessment that is not included in the article history, but in a seperate template. AIRcorn (talk) 04:39, 3 January 2013 (UTC)

Seconded request. --Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| reply here 13:11, 3 January 2013 (UTC)
I appreciate people asking rather than demanding. This wasn't done years ago because the way the GAR template functions doesn't match the way I process all the other review-related templates, which all have a separate template for pass or fail, whereas GAR uses a status indicator. Thus, handling GAR in its current form would be a non-trivial shift. Given the volume at GAR, it was agreed that GAR would be done by hand. I'm willing to look into it, but there is another open issue that has put further development on hold. 13:26, 3 January 2013 (UTC)
I guess since the number of Good articles has increased the number needing reassessment has too. Would it be easier to create seperate {{GAR/keep}}, {{GAR/delist}} and {{GAR/relist}} templates. That will still be easier than updating the article history by hand. We can survive well enough without the change for now, but if you do get a chance can you let me know so I can update the instructions at WP:GAR. Regards AIRcorn (talk) 05:07, 4 January 2013 (UTC)
Like I said, I'll try to look into it, but something else puts development on hold. Gimmetoo (talk) 21:03, 4 January 2013 (UTC)

Shape (song)[edit]

Hi bot, can you fix the 'Article history' template on Talk: Shape (song) so the Afd and GAN are under the same section. Thanks. Till 06:33, 3 January 2013 (UTC)


Hey there, I expected GimmeBot to have created a new goings-on page on 6 January -- something need tweaking for the new year? Cheers, Ian Rose (talk) 10:26, 10 January 2013 (UTC)

On a related point, would it be a good idea to get rid of the line in the pro-forma the bot uses to refresh about Featured Sounds, since that process has been dead for a year or more? Just a thought. It doesn't hurt to have it there, but it seems a waste of space in a way... BencherliteTalk 14:22, 17 January 2013 (UTC)
I suppose I could do that. 15:23, 17 January 2013 (UTC)


I see you're not around at the moment, so I'm not sure whether you are aware that Gimmebot has not run since 31 January. I'll post a note to WT:FAC as well. Sarastro1 (talk) 11:17, 10 February 2013 (UTC)

Hey Gimmetrow, how you're well. DItto to Saratro1's comment, our FLCs are desperate to see your bot up and running again! All the best, The Rambling Man (talk) 17:43, 11 February 2013 (UTC)
Update: coding VoxelBot to do this task, as it doesn't seem GimmeBot is doing anything. Vacation9 21:35, 14 February 2013 (UTC)
Is there any update on this? It still hasn't ran and I haven't seen anything take it over.-- Astros4477 (Talk) 18:41, 11 March 2013 (UTC)
Sample of VoxelBot at work, --Gerda Arendt (talk) 19:09, 11 March 2013 (UTC)
I noticed that no bot is updating the Article History though, is there a new bot that's supposed to do that?-- Astros4477 (Talk) 19:54, 11 March 2013 (UTC)
This bot did it in this case, - if you miss something, say so there, --Gerda Arendt (talk) 21:44, 11 March 2013 (UTC)
I didn't know that. Well the bot hasn't updated any of my GAs lately including HalloWeekends, Firehawk (roller coaster), Mean Streak and X-Flight (Six Flags Great America) as well as other GAs such as Goliath (Six Flags Fiesta Texas), Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit, and SheiKra.-- Astros4477 (Talk) 21:51, 11 March 2013 (UTC)
There was a time of waiting, a time of coding, a time of testing, - tell VoxelBot or Vacation9 (link just above), nobody seems to listen here, --Gerda Arendt (talk) 22:05, 11 March 2013 (UTC)
I'm so sorry, I misread your post. It's been a very long day.-- Astros4477 (Talk) 22:07, 11 March 2013 (UTC)

───────────────────────── Gimme did not release his code, so the bot's tasks could not simply be picked up by another bot operator. User:Vacation9 wrote new code for VoxelBot to handle the most urgent parts of one task (FL/FAC/FAR closing, mentioned above), but he is not able to add additional functions at this time, so the remaining parts of that task, as well as Gimme's GA ArticleHistory task, are not being done at this time. I am working up a new bot request for these functions; ArticleHistory is a complex template and it will take some time to develop new bot code. In the meantime I have been manually adding ArticleHistory to GAs, so yours will get done sooner or later. Maralia (talk) 22:16, 11 March 2013 (UTC)

Thanks for doing all that for article history, --Gerda Arendt (talk) 22:20, 11 March 2013 (UTC)

Query: Any way someone can help with the closing parts of WP:FPORTC for portals, that GimmeBot (talk · contribs) used to take care of? — Cirt (talk) 23:58, 4 May 2013 (UTC)


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RFC on TFA images[edit]

Dear Gimmetrow, you may be interested in a discussion that I've started at Wikipedia talk:Today's featured article#Request for comment - images in TFA blurbs. All views welcome. BencherliteTalk 16:31, 15 May 2013 (UTC)

When God Writes Your Love Story[edit]

Hi Gimmetrow,

Thank you for maintaining GimmeBot. I noticed that it has been several weeks since the FAR for When God Writes Your Love Story closed and the bot has not yet processed the closure. Is it normal for the processing to take this long?

Neelix (talk) 15:20, 1 October 2013 (UTC)

Hi Neelix—GimmeBot hasn't been active since early this year. The FAR delegates and I have been manually closing FARs since then; I must have missed that one. Will get right on it. Maralia (talk) 15:23, 1 October 2013 (UTC)

WP:Missing Wikipedians[edit]

Hi, I've added your name there because you haven't edited in three months. —rybec 19:21, 26 November 2013 (UTC)

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A new user right for New Page Patrollers[edit]

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  • When performing some administrative actions the reason field briefly gave suggestions as text was typed. This change has since been reverted so that issues with the implementation can be addressed. (T34950)
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  • JohnCD (John Cameron Deas) passed away on 30 December 2016. John began editing Wikipedia seriously during 2007 and became an administrator in November 2009.

13:37, 1 February 2017 (UTC)

Nomination for deletion of Template:Bishop controversy SSPX[edit]

Ambox warning blue.svgTemplate:Bishop controversy SSPX has been nominated for deletion. You are invited to comment on the discussion at the template's entry on the Templates for discussion page. Ten Pound Hammer(What did I screw up now?) 04:11, 12 July 2017 (UTC)

ArbCom 2017 election voter message[edit]

Scale of justice 2.svgHello, Gimmetrow. 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.

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Notting Hill (film)[edit]

Notting Hill (film), an article that you or your project may be interested in, has been nominated for an individual good article reassessment. If you are interested in the discussion, please participate by adding your comments to the reassessment page. If concerns are not addressed during the review period, the good article status may be removed from the article. AIRcorn (talk) 00:15, 31 March 2018 (UTC)

ArbCom 2018 election voter message[edit]

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Bot Approvals Group inactivity notice[edit]

Hi Gimmetrow,

Please see Wikipedia_talk:Bot_Approvals_Group#Bulk_inactivity_removals regarding our new activity requirements based on the recent RFC. This will impact your BAG membership, unless you meet the activity requirements in the next 7 days. SQLQuery me! 00:52, 17 December 2018 (UTC)

Today's Wikipedian 10 years ago[edit]

Ten years!

--Gerda Arendt (talk) 19:10, 13 March 2019 (UTC)

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 02:35, 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)

Today's Wikipedian 10 years ago[edit]

Ten years!

--Gerda Arendt (talk) 07:10, 17 May 2019 (UTC)

Template:FPO number[edit]

FYI, Template:FPO number was deleted, so you may wish to update your userpage. Frietjes (talk) 13:19, 18 August 2019 (UTC)