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Main page omitted terror attack in Paris[edit]

You omitted the terror attacks in paris:November_2015_Paris_attacks on the main page, which I thought were significant enough to be on the main page. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 10:38, 13 November 2017 (UTC)

That article is in the staging area. For today, there's a 10th anniversary, which takes precedence, and I didn't want to have two 21st-century items listed. howcheng {chat} 16:41, 13 November 2017 (UTC)

OTD posts[edit]

Hi Howcheng, as you've probably noticed, I'm spending a lot more time monitoring the articles going to the OTD section of the main page. As I know you're just about the only person working here, please know that these reviews are in no way personal and all I'm trying to do is reduce the level of low-quality articles getting to the main page. As a guide, I'm looking for good references, the actual blurb inline referenced, no dabs or redirects in the hooks, and that's about it. If I find any of the former, there'll be a report at errors, hopefully the day before - I can't guarantee that, with two young kids, my time is sporadic. Cheers. The Rambling Man (talk) 21:40, 27 December 2016 (UTC)

No offense taken at all, and I'm glad to have more eyes. I tend to rush through the updates myself, doing only spot checks on the articles (two kids, coaching soccer, other volunteer work). howcheng {chat} 21:48, 27 December 2016 (UTC)
Cool, thanks for the quick reply, happy new year etc to you! The Rambling Man (talk) 21:54, 27 December 2016 (UTC)
Hey @Howcheng:. I too am working on OTD content. I don't want to make your editing work on these pages any more time-consuming than it may already be. So I'd like to check what your preference is for people nominating possible content. Is it best to add in to the related talk page, or in the commented out bit of the box? I'd like to be consistent and also make it easy for you to maintain! Moira Paul (talk) 22:04, 13 January 2019 (UTC)

My belated congratulations![edit]

Please accept my belated congratulations for the new year. I wish you and your family a great 2017. Keep your fantastic job of updating OTD. I'll help as far as I can. --Mhhossein talk 15:32, 3 January 2017 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Selected anniversaries/January 14[edit]

Hi, I hope I haven't trod on any toes by removing your refimprove on Human Be-In I have sourced more references and intend to continue checking to see if more appropriate ones can be found. I am hoping that this will make the article suitable for inclusion on the main page tomorrow. It is the 50 anniversary of what was a significant event for the worldwide counter-culture and for mainstream press at the time, particularly being seen as the first event of the year of the original "Summer of Love" 1967. If any more references or work on the page is needed for inclusion please indicate and I'll be happy to do what I can.BorisAndDoris (talk) 19:12, 13 January 2017 (UTC)

@BorisAndDoris: Nice work, I put it back in. howcheng {chat} 22:04, 13 January 2017 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Selected anniversaries/January 29[edit]

Hi Howcheng. January 29, 2017 being the 50th anniversary of the Mantra-Rock Dance, which is a FA, I've taken the liberty of slotting it in for OTD. Also, its poster image happens to be a FP too, so I've put it in as well. I hope you concur. Regards, Cinosaur (talk) 04:06, 17 January 2017 (UTC)

The Signpost: 17 January 2017[edit]

Main Page ignores the Observance of International Holocaust Remembrance Day[edit]

@Howcheng: We see the template "this article needs additional citations for verification" prominently displayed at the top of the page International Holocaust Remembrance Day - as of January 26, by your edit. On the Main Page for 27 January, IHRD is not noted as Observed today - and when I queried this, see what reasons are provided by other editors: Wikipedia:Main_Page/Errors#Today. My point at 20:53 is that the template serves as "caveat lector" to the problematic nature of the page - but those responsible - by a criterion of whose existence I and possibly others have been unaware - have decided to omit its observance from the Main Page. I have a grievance with this, particularly as a Wikipedia volunteer contributor who just this past week put in many hours of work in Wikidata on "random items" in numerous languages, and more. Ironic? Your response is requested. Thank you, -- Deborahjay (talk) 21:16, 27 January 2017 (UTC)

Please, Howcheng, note that this is being discussed at ERRORS. That this user seems to only wish to complain rather than fix the issues noted is telling. It's nothing to do with denial of the Holocaust, as she has claimed, it's keeping up with Wikipedia standards, and that article is not good enough, as you rightly noted. The Rambling Man (talk) 21:22, 27 January 2017 (UTC)
@Deborahjay: Please see WP:OTDRULES. The maintenance tags on the article prevent it from being included. We did put the liberation of Auschwitz in OTD proper, though. howcheng {chat} 21:55, 27 January 2017 (UTC)
See my complaint on Waitangi Day below. It's disgusting that days of national significance to an entire country can be blocked from appearing at OTD simply because of one editor's opinion that the articles are not fully referenced. Definitely a lack of judgement by User:Howcheng. Pinging @Deborahjay: Akld guy (talk) 04:56, 7 February 2017 (UTC)

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February 18 Wikipedia Day event in DTLA[edit]

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Waitangi Day[edit]

I'm highly annoyed that on 5 February, one day before Waitangi Day is observed, you added the 'lack of references' tag to its article. Not many people know that the tag prevents the event from appearing in 'On this day...' on the Main Page. By the time I reported that Waitangi Day was not appearing, and learned that the tag prevented it, it was too late and Waitangi Day was nearly over. The timing of your addition of the tag looks suspicious, like you deliberately blocked the day from appearing, but I'm reluctantly forced to give you the benefit of the doubt. I removed the tag because it is not specific about where references are needed. It looks like you are an experienced editor who is well aware that the tag would block the article, because you have been told so on this page, above. If this was deliberate, don't pull this trick again or I'll report you. I'm watching your contribs. Akld guy (talk) 23:28, 6 February 2017 (UTC)

You assume facts not in evidence. Replied on the article talk page. howcheng {chat} 07:30, 7 February 2017 (UTC)

OTD Births/Deaths Proposal[edit]

Howard, the formatting isn't quite right yet but I made a draft at User:Whizz40/sandbox. In case helpful, I used Template:SelAnnivFooter/sandbox to eliminate the 'current date/ Reload the page' at the bottom. Whizz40 (talk) 22:33, 7 February 2017 (UTC)

Lincoln Memorial[edit]

If you have problems with specific entries in the popcult section, please discuss them on the article's talk page, where I and other editors can express our opinions. Unlike you, [1] I have a very long history with this article, [2],[3] and therefore have a strong interest in its content. Thanks. Beyond My Ken (talk) 23:41, 11 February 2017 (UTC)

Thank you and thank you![edit]

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On This Day... February 24th, Estonian Independence Day[edit]

Hello, Howcheng! It is quite jarring not to see anything about the Estonian independence day on the Main Page today, especially considering that - meaning no disrespect - the holidays and observances that have been highlighted are of secondary importance in comparison. I understand you have omitted it because the article about the Declaration needs maintenance, but perhaps you can find another way (there is an article about the Independence Day itself, for example, or you could simply link to Estonia's article?). In any case, I kindly ask you to reconsider. All the best, OnToPhantom (talk) 08:47, 24 February 2017 (UTC)

@OnToPhantom: I would, but the "Administrative divisions" and "Demographics" sections both need references. howcheng {chat} 09:13, 24 February 2017 (UTC)

I see - that would be even more complicated, because actually we are currently in the middle of administrative reform. I will try to sort out the Historical Context paragraph in the article about the declaration then. OnToPhantom (talk) 09:25, 24 February 2017 (UTC)

@Howcheng: I found sources for all the content and also modified it a bit. I do not have a lot of experience editing Wikipedia, so I'll leave it for you to decide whether the changes are sufficient and the maintenance template can be removed. Hopefully this will resolve the OTD issue, if not, let me know. OnToPhantom (talk) 10:21, 24 February 2017 (UTC)

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Why did you remove the births and deaths in the update? Stephen 08:28, 13 March 2017 (UTC)

Assuming it was an oversight, I've re-added them. Stephen
Oops, yeah that was an accident. I still need to replace Shunzhi Emperor because that article appears on another day. howcheng {chat} 16:06, 13 March 2017 (UTC)
I missed that, I'll find another. Your knowledge of OTD appearances is exemplary! Stephen 19:44, 13 March 2017 (UTC)
You've done it already, thanks. Stephen 19:46, 13 March 2017 (UTC)
@Stephen: The secret is to look on the article talk page. :) It's either in the {{OnThisDay}} template or within the {{Article history}}. howcheng {chat} 22:04, 13 March 2017 (UTC)
And there was me thinking you'd memorised all entries for every date ;) Stephen 22:21, 13 March 2017 (UTC)

WikiSoCal is ramping up! Would love to include your brain[edit]

Heya! Long time since we last caught up and there's been so many incredible things going on here! We've just posted an ambitious grant proposal seeking support for the work we're doing and would love your review and endorsement if you like what you see. Grant proposal up at: WikiSoCal 2017 Proposal. And we would love to get you back down here to come play. There are so many ways we can have fun while serving the greater good. Talk soon? Ping me anytime! DrMel (talk) 00:11, 19 March 2017 (UTC)

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On this day... April 27[edit]

Hi, I've added the missing references to the King's Day (Netherlands) article. Could you please move it back into Wikipedia:Selected anniversaries/April 27? thayts💬 19:26, 26 April 2017 (UTC)

International Workers' Day replaced by Loyalty Day?[edit]

Greetings Howcheng, I am disappointed not seeing for May 1 International Workers' Day (honored by law in dozens of countries for decades) but instead there is a link for USA's Loyalty Day (celebrated by an unknown number of people). I recall seeing IWD listed in past years. I could not find any discussion directly addressing the question. Are you able to offer any insight? Thanks, Slothicm (talk) 06:11, 1 May 2017 (UTC)slothicm

@Slothicm: Please see WP:OTDRULES. We cannot have articles with yellow-level and higher maintenance tags on them, and the International Workers' Day article has many sections that do not have any citations whatsoever. howcheng {chat} 07:11, 1 May 2017 (UTC)
LOL, you put that tag on it yourself right before labour day, just so you could replace it with the day designed by the Americans to stop International Workers' Day from being celebrated (even though it's not a holiday and doesn't have any associated traditions and is thus not significant in any way).

And this tag on your userpage explains why you did it:

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Sorry, but ~75 refs is enough. Loyalty Day is no better in this regard. (Examples: Missing or empty |title= (help), CN in the lead, section without any citations whatsoever, etc.) The timing is problematic. I have added it to Wikipedia:Selected anniversaries/May 1. El_C 10:42, 1 May 2017 (UTC)
@El C: It's not a matter of reference counting. There are a multitude of sections that do not have a single reference. @ That userbox refers to the United States men's national soccer team. Furthermore, Loyalty Day was already there and has been since 2013, so I did not do what you are accusing me of. You'll notice that I took out Law Day (United States) for the same reason. I do not have any political agenda here. Furthermore, look at my contributions. You'll find that I make many edits tagging articles for references in preparation for OTD inclusion. Personally, I find the idea of "Loyalty Day" rather repugnant. howcheng {chat} 16:29, 1 May 2017 (UTC)

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Category:McDonald's High School All-Americans has been nominated for discussion[edit]

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Update for 2017[edit]

Hello Howard! I'm curious as to why you almost always replace selected people for the OTD births & deaths with new ones, titling your edit 'update for 2017', while we all know selected birthdays and deaths started appearing in the English-language WP in 2017 and not the previous year. This move prevented the likes of Maria Theresa of Austria, Bertrand Russell and William Gladstone (among others) from *ever* appearing on their respective days. Please note I'm not questioning your choice of people, I'm just curious about how things work here. Regards, (talk) 19:32, 19 May 2017 (UTC)Curious_E

I replace articles for two reasons:
  1. Article is featured on a different day (example: Maria Theresa already appears on October 20)
  2. Article requires maintenance (example: Bertrand Russell, the Ancestry section has no references)
Please read WP:OTDRULES for more details. Thanks. howcheng {chat} 19:41, 19 May 2017 (UTC)

Wow! Thank you for your quick reply and explanation :) Bye (talk) 19:46, 19 May 2017 (UTC)Curious_E

Births and deaths[edit]

Hi Howcheng, we probably need to adjust the "Selected anniversaries" to include births and deaths which are eligible. Right now MurielMary is using the templates themselves as a staging area every time she adds a female bio. It would be easier to have a (real) staging area where all eligible bios for a given date (e.g. from births and deaths from the May 22 article) can be added, and then you can decide on the composition, keep track of the gender, ethnicity, age, reason for notability etc. We're going to need to track these births and deaths simply so they're not repeated every year. What do you think? The Rambling Man (talk) 20:39, 21 May 2017 (UTC)

Yes good idea TRM - in the absence of a staging area Sollemne and I (and other editors) use the template, although I also add eligible extra entries into the staging area if the template is full, so that whoever is assessing the ones in the template can have some back-ups at hand in case any aren't suitable or the mix isn't broad enough. In addition, can we have a clarification of when/how to update for the forthcoming year? i.e. some of the templates and staging areas for April and May 2017 have been updated by Sollemne and/or myself with suggestions for April and May 2018, however I think this could get messy. Would it be easier to update the entire template (events and births/deaths) together in the lead-up to the day? This would be easier with a staging area. TIA MurielMary (talk) 20:48, 21 May 2017 (UTC)
OTD already has a staging area, it just needs expanding to include eligible births and deaths which would be where you add your suggestions. We all know that we can repeat these nominations year-on-year and we also know that getting a "balance" takes more than just looking at one day at a time, or one week, or one month. Perhaps we can do a quick check on ethnicity, gender, age (i.e. when "active"), reason for notability (i.e. profession) on every OTD so far and then track it going forward to ensure we're not out of balance. I guess ideally all four of those criteria (there may be more?) should be showing as equal in terms of exposure at this exciting new addition to OTD. The Rambling Man (talk) 20:54, 21 May 2017 (UTC)
Yeah I was thinking that we could just throw the additional births/deaths into the staging area, and I've been tracking them in the notes on the talk page, so we know who appears each year. At this time, I'm not too worried about diversity just because for a lot of the days, it's a real struggle just finding eligible articles. However, I do agree that new suggestions for next year would be better placed in the staging area than replacing what's currently showing. howcheng {chat} 02:06, 22 May 2017 (UTC)

Come and join us at the Wiknic[edit]

LA Meetup: 6th Wiknic, 7/15 @ Pan Pacific Park

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I hope to see you there! Howcheng (talk) - via MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 19:02, 26 May 2017 (UTC)

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MP edit[edit]

Great fix of the OTD blurb. Words added, meaning clarified, and it even reads better. Trifecta. GJ. Am I stoned? ...a little. Primergrey (talk) 06:13, 30 May 2017 (UTC)

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Shavuot (redux)[edit]

Hi. Thanks again for your help with Shavuot. I do have a question and comment, though.

Having just come back from being offline during the holiday, I notice that apparently, several of you decided that the sources we provided were "not good enough", dumped Shavuot back into not-eligible, and it didn't end up making it in until Thursday, the second day of the holiday.[1] Now, I will concede that the sources I found were not the very best. I tried to find some sources that were reasonably reliable so that I could quickly repair the article in time for the holiday, and found what I could quickly. But I—and many others who watch those pages—are religiously observant, and once the holiday actually begins, we're really in no position to do anything whatsoever about peoples' objections.

So there are two related but not identical questions here:

  • What do we do about people (not you) who are really anal (pardon me) about somehow defending the purity of Wikipedia, or at least its main page? We have often found that sources that WikiProject Judaism finds entirely appropriate get knocked down (at main page or GA) by people who know nothing about Judaism or Jewish sources.
  • As much as that one user was objecting to me that Main Page followers owe absolutely no help to us to watch our own pages, the truth is that once the holiday actually starts, we're really in no position to help ourselves, and are potentially vulnerable to people making decisions that we cannot then correct. In the case of Shavuot, for example, if we would list the holiday on May 31 (UTC), the holiday would have already started roughly seven hours earlier in Israel, five hours earlier in Britain, and just about exactly at midnight UTC on the Atlantic coast of North America. And even here in the Eastern US I was offline and preparing for the holiday by the time you put Shavuot back in the "ineligible" category. Unless someone on the US West Coast or in Hawaii is watching, we're out of luck. We tried in good faith to try to fix things, and the source was certainly not a terrible one for a C-class article like Shavuot.

So my commitment to you and the Main Page team is this: As much as incidents like this really frustrate me about working on English Wikipedia, I'll try to work to get every major holiday page at least to B-level, and I'll try to make sure we're in good shape a week before the holiday at minimum. At the same time, please AGF on our part, and please assume that any source that isn't an outright blog is provisionally acceptable. (For example, My Jewish Learning is an editorially-controlled website, not a blog shop. I've never seen anything in it that doesn't have some grounding in acceptable sources, even when those aren't made explicit on the web site.) I'm hoping that by being ready a week ahead of time, we won't have troubles like these, whether we end up listing holidays on the eve or the day of the holiday. But then we need some good faith from the Main Page people that once we get within twelve hours of the holiday UTC, when we are starting to drop offline to prepare for the holiday, you will not start going funky on us.

Thanks for listening. I'd appreciate your comments. StevenJ81 (talk) 14:43, 2 June 2017 (UTC)


  1. ^ I suppose that's better than nothing, given that apparently Shavuot hadn't been on the main page since 2013.
@StevenJ81: I can safely say that in almost all cases, nobody is really attempting to assess the quality of the sources. Mostly we make sure that the references are sufficient, and make sure the blurb text aligns with what the article says. I think in this case all this stuff was done at the last minute, so that's why there were more eyes on it than usual. As WP Judaism appears to be a fairly active project, as long as you folks stay on top of the articles, I don't anticipate any further problems. howcheng {chat} 16:40, 2 June 2017 (UTC)
OK. Thanks. StevenJ81 (talk) 16:43, 2 June 2017 (UTC)


[4] I added the citation, I think this is the only maintenance tag. This was originally added by AndreasPhilopter[5], but he removed it accidentally in the course of good faith revisions to the lede. I restored essentially the same statement with more formal language and added the citation. Given his last comment on the talk, I think the content dispute has pretty much fizzled [6]. For these reasons, I think Pentecost should be included for OTD. Seraphim System (talk) 10:34, 3 June 2017 (UTC)

1982 Iranian diplomats kidnapping[edit]

1982 Iranian diplomats kidnapping has never appeared in WP:OTD before and I though it would be priored this year as we have its 35th anniversary this year. Could I know why it was missed? --Mhhossein talk 05:08, 4 June 2017 (UTC)

@Mhhossein: The article says that took place on July 4. howcheng {chat} 02:05, 5 June 2017 (UTC)
Oops! --Mhhossein talk 07:36, 5 June 2017 (UTC)
Thanks, Howcheng. --Mhhossein talk 14:12, 5 June 2017 (UTC)

Commons images on the main page[edit]

Hi, Howard. Just a friendly reminder to protect a Commons image before transcluding it in a template appearing on the main page currently or very soon. (I realize that this rarely applies to your edits.) Thanks! —David Levy 06:14, 5 June 2017 (UTC)

The bot got it quickly today. I went to go protect it and it was already done. howcheng {chat} 07:37, 5 June 2017 (UTC)

Gwendolyn Brooks[edit]

Hi. I have addressed the tags on Gwendolyn Brooks. Thanks. Alanscottwalker (talk) 00:06, 6 June 2017 (UTC)

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Battle of Quatre Bras[edit]

I made the changes because, I wished to emphasise that you could easily have read the other articles and made those changes, which is something that WP:V encourages.

You asked about "Battle of Quatre Bras#Aftermath as well". It is a work in progress see s:User:PBS/sandbox2 (for some primary sources) and user: PBS/sandbox for a large expansion based on one of the well known PD sources. -- PBS (talk) 22:00, 19 June 2017 (UTC)

@PBS: Great, thanks. howcheng {chat} 17:36, 20 June 2017 (UTC)

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On this day, 12 years ago...[edit]

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Image script[edit]

Hi there! WP:PROD is now applicable to files. Could you add a prod option to your image script? Thanks! Calliopejen1 (talk) 21:41, 7 July 2017 (UTC)

OK, I will get on this soon. howcheng {chat} 08:18, 9 July 2017 (UTC)

Nomination for OTD[edit]

Hi, I was wondering if there's a size criteria for the article to be eligible for the OTD box. Can you help me with this? Thanks! Saff V. (talk) 06:39, 8 July 2017 (UTC)

In general, longer articles are preferred to shorter articles. But in this case, because the UN makes so many resolutions, if one is to appear it should be an important one. howcheng {chat} 07:28, 8 July 2017 (UTC)
Thanks for your complete explanation, but is there any exact size? I don't know such as (9001 B (1457 words)! Saff V. (talk) 07:15, 9 July 2017 (UTC)
No. If there are very few articles available for a day, I may use a short article, but if there are many, then a short article will not get used. It really depends. howcheng {chat} 08:17, 9 July 2017 (UTC)
It's right and actually interesting!Saff V. (talk) 10:39, 9 July 2017 (UTC)

Portola expedition article[edit]

Re: July 2017 section cite tag. Can you be more specific on where you feel citations are needed? WCCasey (talk) 04:45, 13 July 2017 (UTC) @WCCasey: I left a note with the tag. There are no citations in the three middle paragraphs. howcheng {chat} 07:03, 13 July 2017 (UTC)

Yes, I read the note, but to me that's not automatically a problem. I count 12 wikilinks in those 3 short paragraphs - to other articles that have sourcing. I don't see anything controversial in those paragraphs that needs a citation. If you can be more specific about your concerns, I will try to find find sources. Thanks WCCasey (talk) 00:13, 14 July 2017 (UTC)

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OTD for Jewish/Nightfall start holidays[edit]

Just a heads up that there was a discussion a while back on selected anniversaries about whether to include "begins at night" or the "main day" of observance. The net discussion was that we should use the main day, so for example Tisha B'Av, which starts the night of July 31, should not be on the page, but it should be on August 1st as the main part of the observance. Sir Joseph (talk) 18:06, 25 July 2017 (UTC)

@Sir Joseph: OK thanks, I'd forgotten. howcheng {chat} 02:22, 26 July 2017 (UTC)

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Cinema Rex[edit]

Hi, I beg to inform you that Cinema Rex fire had been edited to nominate for WP:OTD . Finally it was moved to the main part at nomination OTD page.Saff V. (talk) 06:54, 12 August 2017 (UTC)

@Saff V.: OK, I will probably save it for next year's 40th anniversary. Thanks. howcheng {chat} 07:31, 12 August 2017 (UTC)

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Nomination for deletion of Template:POTD image/2007-02-03[edit]

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OTD, 9 November[edit]

Why have you removed the tram image? I'm not seeing two train images in a row on 8/9 or 9/10 Nov. Please restore it. Mjroots (talk) 22:41, 8 November 2017 (UTC)

@Mjroots: OK, it wasn't two in a row, but there were trains on November 4 and November 7, so that would be three in less a week. howcheng {chat} 02:39, 9 November 2017 (UTC)

Please stop...[edit]

Adding CN tags and section clean-up tags. If you've done one, you don;t need the other. I feel as if we've had this discussion before.

Also, please read WP:Tag bombing and WP:Verification. Although every fact on Wikipedia should ideally be supported by a citation, if there's no doubt that the fact is accurate, a citation is not necessary. It's only disputed or controversial information that is required to have a citation. Please give some thought to the fact that an article full of CN tags is much more difficult for the user to read, and consider whether you are, in fact, improving the article by tag bombing it. Beyond My Ken (talk) 02:54, 9 November 2017 (UTC)

I ask you to consider what you're doing and you go ahead and add more CN tags? No. I've reverted all of your edit as being in violation of WP:Tag bombing. Beyond My Ken (talk) 03:02, 9 November 2017 (UTC)
Then don't remove my tags. I tagged the entire article with my specific concerns in a comment, and you undid it. If you're so concerned about an article full of {{cn}} tags, then you should have left the damn thing on top. Plus, you're wrong. WP:V says (emphasis mine) All material in Wikipedia mainspace, including everything in articles, lists and captions, must be verifiable. All quotations, and any material whose verifiability has been challenged or is likely to be challenged, must include an inline citation that directly supports the material. My adding the CN tag to the sentence is me making such a challenge. You say "if there's no doubt", which makes no sense. If I'm reading about a topic because I want to learn about it, there's no way for me to discern which claims are true and which are false. Otherwise, you're saying that readers should uncritically accept every sentence lacking a citation as fact. PS: WP:Tag bombing is an essay, whereas WP:V is policy. howcheng {chat} 03:15, 9 November 2017 (UTC)

OTD 18 November[edit]

It will be the 30th anniversary of the King's Cross Fire on 18 November. Can it be included please? Mjroots (talk) 06:22, 15 November 2017 (UTC)

@Mjroots: Yeah, stick it in. howcheng {chat} 07:26, 15 November 2017 (UTC)
OK, will do. Mjroots (talk) 07:48, 15 November 2017 (UTC)
(talk page stalker) Mjroots, that's a nice article, it's not C-class by any means, would you consider taking it to GAN? The Rambling Man (talk) 07:50, 15 November 2017 (UTC)
@The Rambling Man:, personally, I wouldn't. I've had no input at all to the article. Nothing stopping you doing it though, if you feel it is up to scratch. Mjroots (talk) 07:53, 15 November 2017 (UTC)

MS Explorer[edit]

I've removed the unreferenced section. Had been unreferenced since added by and IP way back in 2007. Little to no chance of finding original source as company has changed its name since the time of the accident, so I wouldn't even begin to know where to search the Wayback machine. On balance, the deleted info is not that important as most of it is covered elsewhere. Mjroots (talk) 18:59, 21 November 2017 (UTC)

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Hi, I added the needed sources for the article Stanisław August Poniatowski to be in the anniversary section of Wikipedia's main page. Regards. Oliszydlowski, 09:03, 24 November 2017 (UTC)

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Chanukah 2017[edit]

Hi, just an FYI, I added Chanukah to Dec 13 as first day of Chanukah. I posted an FYI to the Wikiproject so we can see if we can clean it up. Sir Joseph (talk) 15:17, 4 December 2017 (UTC)

1. You and he both violated BRD. 2. It makes no difference if "he helps you out" you and he don't own this. 3. It makes no sense to remove something this far out when items can be improved, especially when listed. Sir Joseph (talk) 16:59, 11 December 2017 (UTC)
@Sir Joseph: If you want to keep Hanukkah in, then just move that one back by itself; next time don't undo the rest of the edit, please. (I'm in the middle of doing the update for this year, so I'll put it back in for you.) Thanks. howcheng {chat} 17:05, 11 December 2017 (UTC)
OK, thanks. I also put a notice on the project page, and FTR, many of the CN tags are overdone and not needed. Sir Joseph (talk) 17:14, 11 December 2017 (UTC)
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Hi, I have added two sources for confirmation of Pernilla Wahlgrens birthday. And I can add many more if needed. Are there a chance of adding her again to the OTD section, or will it have to wait until 2018. Its just that it is her 50th birthday this year. Anyway Merry Christmas.--BabbaQ (talk) 00:36, 24 December 2017 (UTC)

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Totally understand. I have beem busy all day as well. --BabbaQ (talk) 00:25, 25 December 2017 (UTC)

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Lachlan Macquarie[edit]

did you check the sixth paragraph, all those paragraphs can easily run together, and aren't going to be individually itemised Dave Rave (talk) 00:49, 31 December 2017 (UTC)

@Dave Rave: The next paragraph has two citations to offline sources. Not sure how I'm supposed to check those two. howcheng {chat} 00:52, 31 December 2017 (UTC)
linked some books, some show online Dave Rave (talk) 11:47, 31 December 2017 (UTC)
@Dave Rave: I'm sorry, but I'm not going to have time to do that research. howcheng {chat} 02:09, 1 January 2018 (UTC)


Re Reagan's career (OTD, Jan. 2), my mistake -- somehow I misread/mis-remembered "career in government" as "political career." Sorry. Sca (talk) 16:08, 2 January 2018 (UTC)

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Sources needed for Days of the Year pages[edit]

You're probably not aware but Days of the Year pages are no longer exempt from WP:V and direct sources are required for additions. For details see the WikiProject Days of the Year style guide. The article about the person you added to January 28 did not have any source to back up your addition has been reverted. Please do not restore it without providing a direct reliable source. Thank you. Toddst1 (talk) 18:46, 7 January 2018 (UTC)

@Toddst1: Do you mean the date has to be cited in the subject's article (it is) or on the DOY page (I don't see any citations on the page at all)? Thanks. howcheng {chat} 08:14, 8 January 2018 (UTC)
No, none of it is referenced, it would seem, however, that only new items require references as nothing is being done about all the existing entries. What this actually means is that every single day of the year article should be tagged with {{ref improve}}. (And these are linked from the main page....!) There was no clear consensus during that discussion in any case. The Rambling Man (talk) 08:20, 8 January 2018 (UTC)
I think the Rambling Man's response is unfortunate suggesting the sky is falling. The goal here is to incrementally raise the bar on these notoriously low-quality pages and ensure they are verifiable. As they stand, almost none of these entries are sourced and I routinely find errors. The discussion came down to a common sense elimination of the project's self-declared exemption from WP:V. Toddst1 (talk) 15:47, 8 January 2018 (UTC)
My question remains unanswered, but I'm sensing that the goal is to have the inline citations on the DOY pages themselves. Is that correct? howcheng {chat} 17:09, 8 January 2018 (UTC)
The answer to your question is pretty clear, this apparent consensus now demands that every item in every "day of the year" list is referenced. So that's 366 {{ref improve}} tags that need to be added. The sky is not "falling", we just have 366 articles which are very inadequately referenced according to a consensus which was by no means clear. So tag we must to get others to join in with the referencing, regardless of the fact these articles are bold-linked from the main page. The Rambling Man (talk) 19:30, 8 January 2018 (UTC)
Of course, having said that, this is only a mere essay and can be summarily ignored for the purpose of good sense, so I'd suggest we keep adding items whose articles contain sufficient referencing. There's no mandate to follow an "essay" by any means. The Rambling Man (talk) 19:35, 8 January 2018 (UTC)
@The Rambling Man: Deliberately ignoring the essay which as you say reflects consensus would be disruptive by definition. If you have any doubt, read WP:DISRUPTSIGNS #1, #5 and maybe a few others. Toddst1 (talk) 01:30, 10 January 2018 (UTC)
Not really. If it was even a guideline, there'd be scope for sensible editing, e.g. precisely not what you've recently done and arbitrarily remove one new item because it was unreferenced, versus the literally hundreds of items in the same article which are also unreferenced. That's not helpful at all, in fact, some of us would consider that highly disruptive. The Rambling Man (talk) 06:52, 10 January 2018 (UTC)
So you've unilaterally decided that your actions are sensible, yet they fly in the face of the community-set guideline. Right. I'm done here. Toddst1 (talk) 15:24, 10 January 2018 (UTC)
I've also decided that your edit to remove that one entry added by Howcheng was purely disruptive, in order to prove a point, and didn't help Wikipedia or our readers in any way. Goodbye!! The Rambling Man (talk) 15:27, 10 January 2018 (UTC)
Yes, the goal is to have references on the DOY pages. Toddst1 (talk) 19:13, 9 January 2018 (UTC)

─────────────────────────It's not very difficult.[7] You should try it. Without references we have problems like this. Thanks for fixing it. Toddst1 (talk) 15:33, 22 January 2018 (UTC)

Ok, you need to stop this now. Get a source. Toddst1 (talk) 21:17, 29 January 2018 (UTC)
@Toddst1: Seriously, it's extremely rude to treat me like a newbie. WP:DOY doesn't say anything about this yet, and it's still only an essay on WP:DAYS. Have you even added {{reflist}} to each page yet? howcheng {chat} 21:24, 29 January 2018 (UTC)
Howcheng, It's rude for someone - especially an admin - to think that WP:BURDEN doesn't apply to them. If you were a newbie, you'd be getting im-4 level warnings at this point. You're basically ignoring this conversation and your wingman isn't helping.
So you think it's my job to add {{reflist}} sections to each article? Not hardly - see Wikipedia:WikiProject_Days_of_the_year#Task_list. Get off your high horse and contribute more constructively. Even an admin can be blocked for continuing to add unsourced crap like you're doing. Toddst1 (talk) 21:41, 29 January 2018 (UTC)
"... add unsourced crap ..." really? I think you're becoming too involved now, step away before you get blocked for WP:NPA. By the way, "Ok, consider this a final warning". Ditto. The Rambling Man (talk) 21:48, 29 January 2018 (UTC)
Dude, let's chill a bit here. We're all on the same team, aren't we? If you look at my contributions, you'll see I've been adding references to articles left and right, so please don't lecture me about being constructive. My main question is, if this is a position that has been adopted by WP:DAYS, then why is there no mention of this on WP:DOY, which is the guideline covering all DOY pages? Because that's what I'm following. And seriously, please AGF as well. Again, if you look at my contributions, you can see that mostly I'm just moving things when I find them listed on the wrong page. howcheng {chat} 21:57, 29 January 2018 (UTC)
@Toddst1:, you're becoming extremely disruptive. Attempting to drag me to Arbcom (!!!) just on the back of our recent disagreement, yet relating to completely different was particularly wasteful, but at least I know now you are watching my talkpage! You need to start working with us, not against us. If you want to follow an essay, feel free, but until it becomes policy, quit giving us regulars such an unhelpful migraine. While you're adding {{reflist}} to each page, be sure to add {{ref improve}} as well, because, according to your new approach, it would certainly be needed in each and every case. The Rambling Man (talk) 21:31, 29 January 2018 (UTC)
To be clear, I am not at all opposed to having citations on the DOY pages, if that is indeed the direction we want to go in, but I'm not about to start if this is just a one-man crusade. howcheng {chat} 21:39, 29 January 2018 (UTC)
WP:BURDEN and WP:V is not a one-man crusade. It's policy. You might try reading it since you're charged with enforcing it - even on yourself. Toddst1 (talk) 21:43, 29 January 2018 (UTC)
This recent fad certainly is a one-person crusade. And the way it's being implemented is unhelpful. Please be sure to tag all articles with the right templates if you actually believe that BURDEN and V now suddenly apply to these articles, that way they'll get some attention since we won't be able to link any of them from the main page. The Rambling Man (talk) 21:46, 29 January 2018 (UTC)
Technically, even though the DOY pages are bold on OTD, they don't count as being "featured" as making an appearance on the Main Page (AnomieBOT doesn't touch their talk pages to indicate they were listed that day). howcheng {chat} 21:57, 29 January 2018 (UTC)
But the "today" article is in bold, so ought not (must not) be maintenance tagged. Certainly that's the case with all other aspects of the main page at the point of posting. The Rambling Man (talk) 22:00, 29 January 2018 (UTC)
That rule is supposed to apply to the blurbs themselves, not the DOY page. I suppose that's not very clear. howcheng {chat} 22:03, 29 January 2018 (UTC)
Well, as I said, the "no maintenance tags" applies to every bold link on the main page at the point of posting right now. Once we tag every single DOY article, that should render the link non-bold for the "SHAME" of lack of refs. Mind you, I can't say I've seen or heard even once of any of our readers concerned with the lack of inline sources in these articles. And that includes a few years working on OTRS where everything was complained about. Storm in a teacup. I guess it will pass, a new fad will come by and we can just continue as we were. The Rambling Man (talk) 22:07, 29 January 2018 (UTC)
So we just de-bold the day, I suppose. No big deal. howcheng {chat} 22:10, 29 January 2018 (UTC)
Sure. I guess this new enthusiasm should also apply to simple year articles? I wonder why I'm not seeing the same burst of vim aimed at 2018 for instance, which contains a few dozen deaths, yet not one single citation for any one of them. Funny old world this Wikipedia. The Rambling Man (talk) 22:13, 29 January 2018 (UTC)
Yeah, if day articles are affected, then naturally year articles would be as well, but those fall under the purview of Wikipedia:WikiProject Years. @Toddst1: as you seem to be the driving force here, would you care to bring this up with them? howcheng {chat} 22:19, 29 January 2018 (UTC)
It's on my list of things I would like to do. DOY had explicitly exempted themselves from WP:V, so it seemed like the place to start. There are more than a few errors on them as you and Dldnh have discovered. Toddst1 (talk) 22:33, 29 January 2018 (UTC)
Perfect, so anyone can anything they like to year articles without invoking the merest glimmer of wrath, but linked articles being added to days of the year articles, that's now a "final warning" kind of thing. Unbelievable. The Rambling Man (talk) 22:38, 29 January 2018 (UTC)

The Signpost: 16 January 2018[edit]


Hi Howcheng, can you look at Jan 23rd's On This Day, there are conflicting sources for Hai Rui's year of birth, could this entry be replaced? I'd do it myself but I don't want to risk picking someone that has been used before. Thanks, fish&karate 11:20, 22 January 2018 (UTC)

Fish and karate We didn't do births and deaths last year so you can replace that one (and the other one without a source) without worrying about repeats. The Rambling Man (talk) 11:24, 22 January 2018 (UTC)

Wikipedia's 20th anniversary[edit]

Following on from my 'happy birthday Wikipedia' message on the MP talk page last week - is it time to start planning for Wikipedia's 20 years-since-foundation? (The discussion for the Wikipedia (in whatever form it then exists) equivalent of Emma Morano will probably have to wait until "today 2118".) Jackiespeel (talk) 17:47, 23 January 2018 (UTC)

January 30, 2018 anniversaries[edit]

Hi -- I had just put in the anniversary of silent film actress Barbara La Marr's death (in 1926) just days before you removed it -- it had never been featured before, and I think it's worthy. Would you please restore it to the anniversary page? Stolengood (talk) 02:44, 30 January 2018 (UTC)

@Stolengood: Sorry, but her filmography is not referenced (I tagged the article accordingly). Plenty of GA-level articles have been taken out for that same reason. howcheng {chat} 03:35, 30 January 2018 (UTC)
@Howcheng: I can put in a reference quite easily -- I've got the most recent biography of her on-hand; it's got a complete filmography list. The anniversary can be restored once that's done, correct, or is it already transcluded? Stolengood (talk) 03:39, 30 January 2018 (UTC)
And, put in. Done. Stolengood (talk) 03:45, 30 January 2018 (UTC)
OK, I'll put it back in. howcheng {chat} 03:54, 30 January 2018 (UTC)
Many thanks. :-) Stolengood (talk) 19:17, 30 January 2018 (UTC)


Perhaps, instead of slapping a tag on top of the page, you add {{cn}} on those sections you think need verification? Thanks. --evrik (talk) 15:53, 1 February 2018 (UTC)

@Evrik: I left a note with the tag... was that not clear enough for you? howcheng {chat} 16:42, 1 February 2018 (UTC)
Whatevs. I imagine that the tag will still be there eight years from now. --evrik (talk) 16:54, 1 February 2018 (UTC)

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L.S. Lowry fixed[edit]

Hi, I've fixed section with the citation problems that you tagged on the L.S. Lowry article. I assume it has been flagged up for OTD on 23 February. I've also fixed copyvios etc and fixed all other tagged content and removed tags. Richerman (talk) 22:44, 21 February 2018 (UTC)

It was a candidate. I ended up picking something else, but I'll be glad to stick Lowry in the staging area for next year. Thanks. howcheng {chat} 23:23, 21 February 2018 (UTC)
@Richerman: The list of works is going to need a citation too. If you have a source that lists most of them, you can by with something like "Source (unless otherwise noted): ..." Thanks. howcheng {chat} 00:00, 22 February 2018 (UTC)
I made a bit of a cock up. I removed a lot of what I thought was copyvio text but later realised the site I was looking at was taken from the wikipedia article so I had to restore back to an earlier version losing about three hours work. I think I've fixed it all now except the lists of works. If I can't find citations maybe I'll just remove them altogether. Richerman (talk) 00:38, 22 February 2018 (UTC)
OK, I've fixed the list of works now - it's all referenced. Richerman (talk) 10:58, 22 February 2018 (UTC)
You're a hard taskmaster but quite correct of course :-) I've removed the two uncited paragraphs as I can't find any citations for them. Richerman (talk) 18:06, 22 February 2018 (UTC)
@Richerman: Nice work, I'll reward you with a Main Page appearance. César Ritz can wait until next year. howcheng {chat} 18:11, 22 February 2018 (UTC)
I only just noticed the bit about leaving it till next year - you're very kind, makes all the hard work worthwhile. Richerman (talk) 18:18, 22 February 2018 (UTC)

A cookie for you![edit]

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Nanakshahi New Year (Sikhism)[edit]

I see you have removed the reference to the Sikh New Year on Wikipedia:Selected_anniversaries/March_14. Any way it can be restored?

2601:81:4200:69BE:FD5D:85FD:1990:E24 (talk) 21:37, 13 March 2018 (UTC)


im new and just starting to learn it. feels good to see how wikipedia admin and members like you help many people worldwide thnx a lot 13 March 2018 (UTC)— Preceding unsigned comment added by Mustangcars (talkcontribs) 10:46, 16 March 2018 (UTC)

im sorry im still practicing the codes btw about the nomination how would you know if the picture is accepted ? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Mustangcars (talkcontribs) 16:18, 16 March 2018 (UTC)


i already post a new pic in WP:Featured picture candidates can u tell me who will be the voters? and if there's a notification if the pic has been approved or not? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Mustangcars (talkcontribs) 17:37, 16 March 2018 (UTC)

@Mustangcars: Sorry, I don't know who will be the voters (actually, it's not really voting, it's more of a consensus-type thing). It's probably going to be most of the same people who are involved with other candidates on that page. The result of the discussion will be posted on that page also. Good luck! howcheng {chat} 17:39, 16 March 2018 (UTC)


sorry maybe i was just to excited or what but it will never happen again — Preceding unsigned comment added by Mustangcars (talkcontribs) 03:57, 20 March 2018 (UTC)

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just a question[edit]

how to determine if the picture is already featured last year? and is there easy way to determined if the picture or article is already featured? thnx in advance — Preceding unsigned comment added by Mustangcars (talkcontribs) 06:42, 21 March 2018 (UTC)

@Mustangcars: I'm not totally sure I understand what you're asking. Are you asking if a picture was promoted to Featured Picture status in 2017? Wikipedia:Goings-on shows what happens each week, so you can go through all the listings for 2017 to see the promotions. Any picture that is Featured status will have a little banner on it, like File:Mount Hood reflected in Mirror Lake, Oregon.jpg. Also if you look in the upper right corner, you will see a star icon. Featured articles also have the star icon and the banner is on the article's talk page. Or you asking if a picture was selected for Picture of the Day in 2017? For that, you can look at the POTD archive pages, Wikipedia:Picture of the day/January 2017 and so on. Articles are in the FA archives: Wikipedia:Today's featured article/January 2017 and so on. howcheng {chat} 22:02, 23 March 2018 (UTC)

DYK for Treaty of Livadia[edit]

Updated DYK query.svgOn 26 March 2018, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Treaty of Livadia, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that the terms of the Treaty of Livadia between Qing China and the Russian Empire were so unfavorable to China that the negotiator Chonghou was sentenced to death? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Treaty of Livadia. You are welcome to check how many page hits the article got while on the front page (here's how, Treaty of Livadia), and it may be added to the statistics page if the total is over 5,000. Finally, if you know of an interesting fact from another recently created article, then please feel free to suggest it on the Did you know talk page.

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Sigismund Báthory[edit]

Regarding Special:Diff/832535830 and Special:Diff/832536121, a different source disagrees. (I could not find the date in the work you cite, using Google Books. Can you provide a direct link to that info?) - dcljr (talk) 19:41, 26 March 2018 (UTC)

@Dcljr: In the Sigismund Báthory#Last years section, it says 13 March and it's cited to an offline source. I did not add that date myself, so I was only harmonizing the lead with the article text (I was acting under the assumption that the date was accurately reflected in the source "Szabó 2012"). If you're sure that the 13th is incorrect, I will trust that you know this topic better than I do. Thanks. howcheng {chat} 20:31, 26 March 2018 (UTC)
I don't know anything about the topic. I just searched for the name and dates in Google Books and found 27 March in a source but couldn't find 13 March. (That doesn't mean it's wrong; I just couldn't verify it.) Note that the date is given as the 27th in the lead sentence, the infobox, and the "succession box" at the bottom of the article (of course, those are not necessarily "independent" attestations), while the 13th date only appears in the "Last years" section — although, granted, apparently sourced. Unfortunately, I could not find that date in that particular source. I am only searching "blindly", so to speak, since I can't see the full text of that work, so I can't be sure it's wrong. Like I said, I have no independent knowledge of any of this. I'll bring this up on the article's talk page. - dcljr (talk) 22:58, 26 March 2018 (UTC)
@Dcljr: It looks like the two of us are both just trying to figure it out based on incomplete information. I agree the article talk page is probably the best bet. howcheng {chat} 02:37, 27 March 2018 (UTC)
OK, well, the editor who originally added the March 13th date back in 2016 (don't have the exact "diff" to link to) is saying that March 27th is the correct date. Good enough for me. BTW, in my edit summary when I reverted your change, I claimed "27 March date seems to be cited", but that was wrong: as you pointed out, March 13th was the date with a citation. Whatever… [grin] - dcljr (talk) 03:29, 27 March 2018 (UTC)

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ok thnx[edit]

thnx for the patience and understanding — Preceding unsigned comment added by Mustangcars (talkcontribs) 01:16, 2 April 2018 (UTC)

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Death anniversary removed[edit]

I removed a death anniversary because the date doesn't match the article. Art LaPella (talk) 03:26, 17 April 2018 (UTC)

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April 23rd selected anniversary[edit]

Hey! Thank you for suggesting that the page Main Building (University of Notre Dame) be improved. I added all the appropriate citations and overall improved the page. Is it possible to reinsert it in the selected anniversaries? It has not been featured yet, and the page has undergone a lot of improvements. Thank you! Eccekevin (talk) 03:59, 22 April 2018 (UTC)

Why don't we hold it for next year, when it's a nice round-number 120th anniversary? howcheng {chat} 07:30, 22 April 2018 (UTC)

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Hi, I see you took the refimprove tag out, can the article be put back into selected may 20th? Mhhossein took it out and I dont' want to start with him again. Sir Joseph (talk) 16:56, 18 May 2018 (UTC)

Trevi Fountain[edit]

A recent edit you made to Trevi Fountain where you removed the name "Giuseppe Pannini" left the rest of the sentence kind of farkled. Can you take a look? Thanks. Lakemirror (talk) 16:53, 22 May 2018 (UTC)

@Lakemirror: Sorry, can you be more specific? I don't quite see what you mean. howcheng {chat} 17:06, 22 May 2018 (UTC)

Sorry, of course. Second to last paragraph under "commission, construction and design", reads as follows: "The Trevi Fountain was finished in 1762, who substituted the present allegories for planned sculptures of... " Lakemirror (talk) 19:00, 22 May 2018 (UTC)

Got it, thanks. howcheng {chat} 19:13, 22 May 2018 (UTC)

Did I post in the right place?[edit]

See Wikipedia_talk:Selected_anniversaries/May_23#Please_remove_I-5_Skagit_River_Bridge_collapse,_totally_unimportant. --Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| reply here 07:50, 23 May 2018 (UTC)

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Wikipedia:Selected anniversaries/June 16[edit]

I addressed the issues you noted recently regarding needed citations in the Ford Motor Company article. It should at minimum be added back to the Eligible section in Wikipedia:Selected anniversaries/June 16. Jackdude101 talk cont 01:35, 15 June 2018 (UTC)

@Jackdude101: Thanks. We won't be running it, though, because Ford Piquette Avenue Plant is TFA. howcheng {chat} 01:57, 15 June 2018 (UTC)
@Jackdude101: Actually, the 20th century section could use some more citations. I see 4 paragraphs with no citations, and half the 1st paragraph as well. Thanks. howcheng {chat} 03:23, 15 June 2018 (UTC)
On the topic of insufficient citations, there are currently citation needed tags in two articles that you have scheduled for June 16: Battle of Fort Beauséjour and Liu Yang (astronaut). There's no telling when they were put in place, but I'm betting that they have been there for a while. For the record, the Ford Motor Company article, prior to your recent edits, had no citation needed tags. Any given article does not need to be featured quality with citations for every piece of information in order to be eligible for inclusion in the On this day section of the main page. Jackdude101 talk cont 13:15, 15 June 2018 (UTC)
I just observed the articles listed on the main page for today here: TFA, and one of the articles, Transatlantic flight of Alcock and Brown, has a citation needed tag that has been in place since before this month. It concerns me that you are giving the green light to all of these blurbs that are in fact ineligible. Jackdude101 talk cont 13:31, 15 June 2018 (UTC)
@Jackdude101: I can't speak for TFA, but a small number of CN tags isn't going to disqualify an article from OTD. OTD articles don't have to be perfect, but they have to be good enough. The hard rule is no yellow-level or higher maintenance tags, or the equivalent thereof. So yes, there's a bit of a judgement call: at some point, if I'm going to add a bunch of CN tags to an article/section, that might warrant a {{refimprove}} instead, which would be disqualifying. And lest you think I'm the only gatekeeper, I'm only doing the first review and I'm actually fairly lenient (The Rambling Man is the most prolific enforcer, but there are others). I can guarantee you that if Ford Motor Company were to be listed in its current state, it would get reported at WP:ERRORS as being of insufficient quality. Regardless, because TFA this year is a Ford article which is presumably being shown because it's the anniversary of the company's founding, it would be omitted from OTD anyway due to the longstanding rule that OTD doesn't duplicate subjects featured in TFA or POTD. Hope that makes sense. howcheng {chat} 15:49, 15 June 2018 (UTC)

File:Dimtri Konstantinovich.jpg[edit]

Hi! I am from Hungarian Wikipedia. What do you think of this file? Would be transfer to Commons? No source, I have not found here. --Regasterios (talk) 18:33, 20 June 2018 (UTC)

@Regasterios: If it doesn't have a source, it would not be a good idea to transfer to Commons. Thanks. howcheng {chat} 18:35, 20 June 2018 (UTC)

Ok. --Regasterios (talk) 18:35, 20 June 2018 (UTC)

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Hi, This file should be copied on Commons. We already have a whole category: c:Category:Woman crying as she hails Hitler. Regards, Yann (talk) 14:22, 9 July 2018 (UTC)

@Yann: But the license for File:"The tragedy of this Sudeten woman, unable to conceal her misery as she dutifully salutes the triumphant Hitler, is the - NARA - 535891.jpg is wrong. It's not a work of the US government. And the license for the Bundesarchive version is only valid for that size. Unless you think {{PD-anon-70-EU}} applies? howcheng {chat} 16:11, 9 July 2018 (UTC)
Yes, I think that {{PD-anon-70-EU}} is OK here. I will fix it on Commons. Regards, Yann (talk) 16:13, 9 July 2018 (UTC)

July 20[edit]

I am going to try to make Special Olympics good enough for OTD July 20 (50th anniversary of first games) [8]. I am getting off soon but will try to have it mostly done by 16th or 17th. Hope all is well with you. Alanscottwalker (talk) 00:32, 16 July 2018 (UTC)


Hi Howcheng. In doomed attempt to gather more forces at ERRORS to cope with issues which are often unresolved for hours and hours (not usually OTD), it's been made apparent that some of the disgruntled wish for me to be excluded from making contributions there any further. So I shall not, but will record my own error log here just in case it's of interest to you. I've very much enjoyed working with you over the last couple of years (I'm sure the same cannot be said in return) and I also very much appreciate your businesslike approach to resolving issues I've raised and getting the job done quietly and efficiently. It's a shame other sections of the main page aren't run with such consideration to our readers. All the best to you. Cheers. The Rambling Man (talk) 20:57, 20 July 2018 (UTC)

@The Rambling Man: I think it's a matter of the old saying, "You catch more flies with honey than vinegar," although that implies that admins are flies, but whatever. I greatly respect the work you do and the attention and effort you put into vetting the blurbs/articles on the Main Page (I may not agree with every point you bring up, but then again I don't have any particular objections to those points either, so I just make the changes even when I think they're unnecessary), so please take this advice in the spirit that it's given: you'll find people a lot more agreeable if you just bite your tongue a little bit. Yes, I understand it's frustrating, and I could just as easily comment on stuff that goes on in DYK and the reluctance of some people to recognize when there's a problem, but I keep my mouth shut because to me, it's just not worth the hassle. I already have enough bozos who complain that I need consensus to add references to a section of an article that doesn't have any that I don't need any more headache. I'd say you have to decide what's important to you: expressing yourself freely, or getting problems solved. If the latter, then please recognize that some people just need to be coddled and it's more effective to play nice than not. So that's my 2p, for what it's worth. You are of course free to ignore that if you so wish. I'll add your page to my watchlist since you are effectively my QA team. Thanks. howcheng {chat} 22:06, 20 July 2018 (UTC)
Cheers. But the point is really not that I’m hoping admins will do me a favour, more that there’s a collective responsibility to maintain the integrity of the main page. I’m not interested in coddling sensitive admins into fixing issues. I’ll opt out and keep my own records from now on. Cheers. The Rambling Man (talk) 22:18, 20 July 2018 (UTC)
I suppose they don't really need to be coddled. They just don't need to browbeaten. howcheng {chat} 22:59, 20 July 2018 (UTC)

I'm just catching up with this and with some of the stupidity that has gone on at AN. TRM, please come back - your time, devotion and expertise is needed. Posting to a backwater just isn't going to help. I think the efforts at AN have been productive - there has been an increase in sysop names appearing in the logs there. --Dweller (talk) Become old fashioned! 10:42, 23 July 2018 (UTC)

Just spotted this[edit]

Thank you --Dweller (talk) Become old fashioned! 10:39, 23 July 2018 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Selected anniversaries/July 31[edit]

Hello, is there anyway to place Sovereignty Restoration Day pipelinked as “Lā Hoʻihoʻi Ea (Hawaiian Sovereignty Restoration Day)” to honor the Hawaiian language in place of Ka Hae Hawaiian Flag Day? This year is the 175th anniversary of the 1843 restoration and there are a lot of events going on in the islands to commemorate it including the unveiling of a statue of Kamehameha III at Thomas Square. KAVEBEAR (talk) 07:32, 30 July 2018 (UTC)

@KAVEBEAR: No reason to replace Flag Day. I just added it to the end. (BTW, in case you are tempted, you won't be able to upload a photo of the statue to Commons due to FOP restrictions.) howcheng {chat} 15:45, 30 July 2018 (UTC)
Thank you so much. I know. I’ve remember what happened the last few times I’ve done so for other works. Dang FOP. :)KAVEBEAR (talk) 15:49, 30 July 2018 (UTC)

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Administrators' newsletter – August 2018[edit]

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Maurice (emperor)[edit]

Hi Howcheng, just a quick note to say that DYK prohibit articles being featured that have been on the main page, bold linked. Now it was pure coincidence that you removed Maurice from today's OTD as it happened to be running tomorrow in DYK. Had it run at OTD, it would have precluded it from running tomorrow in DYK. Probably worth checking the items you are listing to see if they're about to run as DYKs. The Rambling Man (talk) 07:50, 13 August 2018 (UTC)

I think that's a first, where OTD gets to an article before DYK. Every other time it's been the opposite. howcheng {chat} 15:42, 13 August 2018 (UTC)
Quite probably, but now DYKs can be GAs, it's more likely than before. The Rambling Man (talk) 15:43, 13 August 2018 (UTC)

The Signpost: 30 August 2018[edit]

Battle of al-Harrah[edit]

Hi Howcheng. Can you see if your concerns regarding Battle of al-Harrah is resolved? Thanks. --Mhhossein talk 14:17, 30 August 2018 (UTC)

Some, but there are still a few other things, which I have marked. howcheng {chat} 15:52, 30 August 2018 (UTC)
Would you please take another look? Regards. --Mhhossein talk 06:23, 2 September 2018 (UTC)

What the fuck???[edit]

Where do you get this OR nonsense?? The sitter has always been unclear, but no one has ever seriously questioned that it is by Titian. If you have been bitten by the User:The Rambling Man, I suggest you seek medical attention urgently, and refrain from editing anything to do with the main page until successfully treated. This irresponsible and uninformed last-minute tinkering with the main page has got completely out of hand. For fuck's sake! Of course, no attempt to raise the matter on any talk page. There's no fun in that. Johnbod (talk) 17:23, 31 August 2018 (UTC)

Dude, why are you getting so upset? This is just your run-of-the-mill BRD, so there's no need to get your knickers in a twist. howcheng {chat} 17:38, 31 August 2018 (UTC)
Oh, so it doesn't matter that people are fucking about with the main page based on ignorant whims? Ask your pal TRM about that. Johnbod (talk) 18:11, 31 August 2018 (UTC)
Seriously, what is with the attitude? All you had to do was come to me and say, "Hey, nobody seriously doubts the authorship of the painting," and we would have discussed it like professionals and assuming I'm wrong, I would have said, "OK, thanks" and reverted myself. Instead, you get all hot-headed and ride in here on your high horse and unnecessarily cause all sorts of negativity. I don't need that in my life, and I'm sure you don't either, so why did you feel the need to explode? Both of us have been on this site for many years and even though we haven't interacted much, I've always had a certain amount of respect for you, which is now lessened by your impetuousness. howcheng {chat} 18:20, 31 August 2018 (UTC)
Likewise - I never thought you were the sort of person to do something so recklessly high-handed, but clearly TRM's bad influence is spreading all too fast. I'm the impetuous one??? Johnbod (talk) 18:54, 31 August 2018 (UTC)
bod you’d better watch your tone and personal attacks. Your impetuous posts and tone here are close to blockable, and why bring me into it? I have nothing to do with this situation and you need to calm down and apologise. The Rambling Man (talk) 23:08, 31 August 2018 (UTC)
I will be taking this personal attack to ANI tomorrow when I get time, I don’t think it’s reasonable to completely out of the blue start asking if someone has been bitten by another editor and if so, to seek urgent medical attention. Your tone and edits have made it clear this isn’t in jest. I hope this can be redacted before the drama boards are involved but if not, see you there bod. The Rambling Man (talk) 23:25, 31 August 2018 (UTC)
Looks like a number of editors are carefully monitoring this and your edits, so I'm going to pause and allow you some further rope so we only need to make a one-way trip to ANI in the near future, cheers! The Rambling Man (talk) 08:07, 1 September 2018 (UTC)

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DYK nomination[edit]

Dear Howcheng,

Back in May you had reverted the approval of a DYK nomination of mine concerning the article "Slavic speakers in Ottoman Macedonia". After edits were made to the article, you marked the nomination as "passed", but it seems that it has somehow been forgotten and in any case has not followed the steps envisaged in the regular process of DYK nominations ["Prep" etc]. I am wondering if there is something that could be done regarding this matter by you in your capacity as the user that closed the discussion and as an administrator.

Regards, Ashmedai 119 (talk) 16:00, 4 September 2018 (UTC)

@Ashmedai 119: Can you please post this to WT:DYK? I am not normally involved with DYK. Thanks. howcheng {chat} 16:07, 4 September 2018 (UTC)
Many thanks for the speedy response and advice. Ashmedai 119 (talk) 16:17, 4 September 2018 (UTC)
Hi Howcheng, I'm trying to resolve Ashmedai 119's concerns. Just want to note that when you approve a DYK nomination, please keep all your comments and icons under the line that says Please do not edit above this line unless you are a DYK volunteer who is closing the discussion. In this case, you wrote "yes" to the "passed" parameter that's filled in when the hook is promoted to prep. Thanks, Yoninah (talk) 17:55, 4 September 2018 (UTC)


Hi! Thank you for bringing the issue to my attention. I was being lazy when I uploaded it, and I didn't cite properly. The real source is from here:
It's an image taken by Professor John DeLay of the University of Hawaii at Manoa. I'm currently trying to contact him to gain his permission to use it, but if I don't get that permission, I will look for another image of the Big Bog, if one exists. (I am doubtful) Nonetheless, it is good that you called me out on this, as it's not in line with Wikipedia's policy and should not go ignored. Sorry! and Thank you! Ivvavik (talk) 23:41, 4 September 2018 (UTC)

@Ivvavik: Please see Wikipedia:Declaration of consent for all enquiries for instructions. Thanks. howcheng {chat} 01:00, 5 September 2018 (UTC)

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OTD, 1 October[edit]

It's the 150th anniversary of the opening of St. Pancras railway station. Impressive piece of architecture, and a Good Article. Could it be posted with an image? Mjroots (talk) 14:12, 29 September 2018 (UTC)

@Mjroots: Done. howcheng {chat} 14:51, 29 September 2018 (UTC)

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I like your adding the chapter numerals. BeenAroundAWhile (talk) 21:46, 12 October 2018 (UTC)

Edward Hawke[edit]

In this edit, the Edward Hawke, 1st Baron Hawke article says he died on October 17, not 16. Art LaPella (talk) 00:31, 15 October 2018 (UTC)

Thanks. Hawke was listed in October 16#Deaths, which is where I got him from. I moved him to the correct dates. howcheng {chat} 01:26, 15 October 2018 (UTC)

1509 Instanbul earthquake[edit]

Hi Howcheng, sorry not to spot your comments at that earthquake article earlier. I've attempted to answer your points - let me know on the talk page if you feel that's insufficient. Mikenorton (talk) 14:41, 15 October 2018 (UTC)

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The Signpost: 28 October 2018[edit]


Not a pleasant surprise on a vacation day to wake up to: that the hook planned for a composer's birthday is not seen on the main page, nor anywhere else (like a prep area, or a reopened nom, - and how about a ping). The [[Template:Did you know nominations/Praeludium (Waterhouse)|original hook in the nomination}} didn't contain "signature piece", can you please use that? I can remove the phrase in the article also it if bothers you. Please find a way to return a hook to the Main page, for a happy birthday. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 06:44, 2 November 2018 (UTC)

It's no mystery that I know the composer - as many others about whom I write - and his case that I even do his website. You can find it on google because SchroCat removed it from the article. See youself if it contains anything but fact. All I do is tranlate what he writes to German. I write my articles on independent sources, to avoid conflict. Interest yes, conflict no. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 07:21, 3 November 2018 (UTC)

Speaking of "how about a ping", you could try that too, Gerda if you are going to mention me.
Howcheng, as I mentioned on TRM's error page, if you would like me to email the details, I will do. This is most likely a COI, or there is a possibility it's a SPS: either way it shouldn't be on the main page, and that goes for the rest of the Waterhouse DYKs too. I am not sure what I am supposed to have removed from the Praeludium article: I have never edited the article, I have only put a COI tag on the talk page. Cheers - SchroCat (talk)

Psalm 133, or how good it is to live together in unity, or AGF. In 2009, I filled a red link for Graham Waterhouse. It was deleted within minutes, but Cmadler helped me to write a neutral article, and nominated it for DYK. I thought it would be my only article, but then there was this red link in it, Siegfried Palm, one of the few cellists mentioned in cello, and every new article seems to lead to more red links that want to be filled ;) - Congrats to 100k contributions! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 22:55, 5 November 2018 (UTC)


Thank you for pointing that out. I only put the tag after reading this nomination page: Wikipedia:Featured article candidates/Imelda Marcos/archive3. I would also like to thank you for revamping the article. I think it would be better if the self-published sources is either cited as the older sources (with a disclaimer "republished by..."), or replaced entirely with more eligible sources. Kind regards. Mimihitam (talk) 20:58, 2 November 2018 (UTC)

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Citing sources for Hebrew calendar dates[edit]

I had a very unpleasant discussion with The Rambling Man on this subject around September 30. And I don't want to start in with that user again. Yet, since you watch these pages for front-page mentions, I'd like to understand the issue here.

Consider that if one is converting from Gregorian date to Hebrew calendar date, one need merely use a parser function: {{#time:xjj xjF xjY|3 December 2018}} produces 25 Kislev 5779. So as long as one has established with a reliable source that Hanukkah's date on the Hebrew calendar is 25 Kislev, I would think that the fact that the MediaWiki software itself does this conversion makes the conversion "obvious" or "WP:BLUE" or whatever you might like to call it.

Now, the template {{Moveable date}} simply does that conversion in reverse: {{Moveable date |holiday=Hanukkah |year=2018}} produces Sunset, 2 December 2018 – nightfall, 10 December 2018. Now I won't argue the point that it might be "better" (whatever that means) to include a source. Yet, I would argue that the absence of a source isn't really such a terrible problem in the overall scheme of things. So what is such a big flaming problem with all of this?

Thanks for your point of view. StevenJ81 (talk) 19:14, 5 November 2018 (UTC)

@StevenJ81: I'm with on you this, but the way I approach this is "give the baby his bottle". It's very little effort to put the citation there and it's not going to hurt, so if it makes him happy, then let's just take the path of least resistance. Happily, the template will do this if you add the empty |cite= parameter so it's minimal work for us. howcheng {chat} 16:56, 6 November 2018 (UTC)
I'm glad to know that I'm not totally losing my mind on this. (If he ever tries to disqualify an article solely on this basis I'll let you know, though I think that pretty unlikely.) StevenJ81 (talk) 17:26, 6 November 2018 (UTC)

OTD for 11-11-2018[edit]

Hi Howcheng. Looking through the history of OTD and selected anniversaries, I noticed that in the past (such as here in 2015) you have removed 1918 from OTD when WWI features in POTD. Given that this is the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI, would it be possible to make an exception here and include it (along with Armistice Day and so forth)? Carcharoth (talk) 13:14, 8 November 2018 (UTC)

I've trimmed down the unreferenced material and added it to the OTD page. I had actually been thinking about this specific OTD entry for months but I never found time and energy to add references, so this morning I just plain removed the uncited material. L293D ( • ) 16:06, 8 November 2018 (UTC)
@Carcharoth and L293D: As I said on Iridescent's talk page, the Armistice article should be excluded, but we do have two other related articles that we can use. L293D: I'm especially concerned about this edit. Removing the section about the rail car is fine because that's not really that important to the actual events, but these two paragraphs seem more crucial to the narrative. howcheng {chat} 16:52, 8 November 2018 (UTC)
I have added some citations to improve the referencing. If there is material there that still needs citations, let me know. Would you be happy to let 1918 stay in the OTD for this year, despite the PoTD clash? I am sure readers will be interested in both on this particular anniversary, and both the picture and the OTD item will probably get a good deal of people following the links. Carcharoth (talk) 18:42, 8 November 2018 (UTC)

Edward the Black Prince[edit]

With Revision as of 17:51, 8 October 2018 you added some needed citations to Edward the Black Prince. However one of them:

  • von Redlich, Marcellus Donald R. Pedigrees of Some of the Emperor Charlemagne's Descendants. I. p. 64.

is missing the year of publication and the location/publisher. Please will you add the additional information? I have now reformatted the citation so that it is in the same format as the other citations in the article (short inline, long citation in the "References" section and using CS2) so you will find the long citation in the References section of the article -- PBS (talk) 20:16, 18 November 2018 (UTC)

@PBS: I'm sure I copied that from another article. Anyway, I have filled in the details. howcheng {chat} 03:09, 19 November 2018 (UTC)
Thanks for the prompt reply. WorldCat contains a number of years with that publisher and isbn; so I have chosen an ebook edition with a year of 2009 -- please feel free to correct it if necessary.
If one copies a reference from another article although it is not necessary attribute in the edit history, however it is useful to include the original article in the edit history so that if there is an error or omission in the citation it can be traced through the edit history see WP:Copying within Wikipedia#Other reasons for attributing text. -- PBS (talk) 14:42, 20 November 2018 (UTC)

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Duration of Montgomery's Tavern skirmish[edit]

Did a quick search looking for citations from reliable sources about the duration of the 'battle'. The shortest was "a few minutes", most at 15 minutes or a quarter of an hour and the longest was a half-hour. What does your research show? TIA  Natty10000 | Natter  12:04, 22 November 2018 (UTC)

@Natty10000: I didn't do any research. My concern was just that the paragraph was self-contradictory. There's one sentence where it says There are varying accounts on the length of the battle. Some say it was very short while others say the fighting lasted an hour. And then at the very end of that same paragraph it said, In less than half an hour the confrontation was over. So those two statements can't both be true. My edit was just an attempt to reconcile the discrepancy. howcheng {chat} 18:49, 22 November 2018 (UTC)
Copy edited your change plus the general area to address the duration issue (which isn't really meaningful) and to make the section flow a bit beter. When I have some time, I'll go through the entire entry to make it read more easily. Thanks Natty10000 | Natter  10:41, 23 November 2018 (UTC)

Can you offer your opinion in this discussion?[edit]

Hi. In the past you've offered your opinion in choosing photos for the Infobox. Can you offer your neutral opinion in this discussion on a related topic? It may go toward a precedent regarding captions. Thanks, and Happy Holidays. Nightscream (talk) 20:09, 23 November 2018 (UTC)

Mary Somerville[edit]

I don't feel comfortable substituting articles, but for Wikipedia:Selected anniversaries/November 28, Mary Somerville died on November 29 not 28, according to her article. Art LaPella (talk) 07:59, 27 November 2018 (UTC)

Thanks. I hate it when people are listed on the wrong date. howcheng {chat} 16:39, 27 November 2018 (UTC)

Bobby Charleton Template - Lack of References[edit]

Hello. Your edit of 2017-10-09 in which you added a BLP template in which it is noted that many paragraphs have no citations. At the time the article already had 44 citations, and it now has some 51 citations. After all, are you meaning to suggest that editors must relentlessly scrutinize every paragraph in the article for where they can be cited? Please review and if necessary, update the template to the current date or perhaps it may be removed?
This is an old revision of this page, as edited by Howcheng (talk | contribs) at 16:58, 9 October 2017 (this article needs more references)

Thanks in advance, B'H. (talk) 20:27, 29 November 2018 (UTC)

It's not a matter of merely counting the number of references in an article. There are numerous paragraphs, mostly in the "Club career" and "International career" sections, that have no citations (in fact, the entire Munich section has zero). If I were to add {{cn}} tags to the article, I'd end up littering them all over the place. howcheng {chat} 22:12, 29 November 2018 (UTC)

Rufus W. Wheeler[edit]

Following up on your excellent idea of changing Rufus Wheeler Peckham to Rufus W. Peckham to accommodate documented ambiguity around his middle name. Would you change the page name to the latter, then? (I don't know how, or if it's an Admin task only.) Thank you for your scholarship and for your courtesy. Sunny Clark (talk) 01:26, 30 November 2018 (UTC)

The Signpost: 1 December 2018[edit]

Administrators' newsletter – December 2018[edit]

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


Administrator changes

readded Al Ameer sonRandykittySpartaz
removed BosonDaniel J. LeivickEfeEsanchez7587Fred BauderGarzoMartijn HoekstraOrangemike

Interface administrator changes

removedDeryck Chan

Guideline and policy news

  • Following a request for comment, the Mediation Committee is now closed and will no longer be accepting case requests.
  • A request for comment is in progress to determine whether members of the Bot Approvals Group should satisfy activity requirements in order to remain in that role.
  • 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".
  • A proposal has been made to temporarily restrict editing of the Main Page to interface administrators in order to mitigate the impact of compromised accounts.

Technical news



  • 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.


Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 03:36, 3 December 2018 (UTC)

Death date[edit]

For Wikipedia:Selected anniversaries/December 13, the Lupe Vélez article says she died on December 14 not 13. Art LaPella (talk) 04:28, 12 December 2018 (UTC)

The Signpost: 24 December 2018[edit]

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
  2. Not in the 100,000 most popular passwords (defined by the Password Blacklist library)
  3. Different from their username
User accounts not meeting these requirements will be prompted to update their password accordingly. More information is available on
  • 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.



  • 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)