This user helped "List of Australia Test cricket records" become a featured list on 5 June 2017.
This user helped "List of England Test cricket records" become a featured list on 22 July 2018.
This user helped "List of centuries in Twenty20 International cricket" become a featured list on 5 November 2017.
This user helped "List of centuries in women's One Day International cricket" become a featured list on 22 January 2018.
This user helped "List of five-wicket hauls in women's One Day International cricket" become a featured list on 26 November 2017.
This user helped "List of five-wicket hauls in women's Twenty20 International cricket" become a featured list on 29 January 2017.
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My sincere thanks[edit]

Wikipedia:Featured topic candidates/Laureus World Sports Awards/archive1 has just been promoted to featured topic. Thanks for your help in getting it there! The Rambling Man (talk) 21:42, 30 January 2018 (UTC)

Hi TRM, it was a pleasure reviewing them and I'm glad I played my part in getting this to featured topic status. Congratulations again for leading the charge. Hope to see the ESPY Awards achieve featured topic status as well. Cheers – Ianblair23 (talk) 10:06, 4 February 2018 (UTC)

Millennia in the Republic of Upper Volta[edit]

I have nominated Category:Millennia in the Republic of Upper Volta and two sub-cats for merging to Burkina Faso. Please see the discussion at Wikipedia:Categories for discussion/Log/2018 February 19.

I do like the appearance of the templates you made in Category:2nd-millennium establishments templates by country. However, Template:2nd-millennium establishments in the Republic of Upper Volta will become obsolete if the category is merged. Also, as it's only used on one page, a template is not really needed. Would you consent to it being manually merged to the target category page? My usual practice has been to combine multiple territory names into one table, e.g. at Category:20th-century establishments in Russia. – Fayenatic London 10:32, 19 February 2018 (UTC)

Well, the appearance which I believe you devised for these templates has now been rolled out to myriads of category pages. Category:2nd-millennium establishments in Burkina Faso incorporates the period that is needed from Template:2nd-millennium establishments in the Republic of Upper Volta, so may we delete the template as a housekeeping matter? – Fayenatic London 22:57, 1 April 2018 (UTC)
Hi Fayenatic, no objection from me. Go ahead. Cheers – Ianblair23 (talk) 00:51, 2 April 2018 (UTC)
Thanks for that. I made corresponding changes to Template:2nd-millennium establishments in Grenada and then incorporated it into the one page that transcluded it, Category:2nd-millennium establishments in Grenada. Is it OK for me to delete that template as well, and then tag the category for deletion as empty? – Fayenatic London 20:42, 14 April 2018 (UTC)
Hi Fayenatic, yes please do. Cheers – Ianblair23 (talk) 01:43, 15 April 2018 (UTC)
Hi again Ian, Template:17th-century establishments in Grenada was also good work, but the table of years is not really needed, so I have used the standard template in Category:17th-century establishments in Grenada and suppressed the table.
Would you agree to delete this template also? – Fayenatic London 09:53, 17 August 2018 (UTC)
Hi Fayenatic, no objections from me. Cheers – Ianblair23 (talk) 00:34, 18 August 2018 (UTC)

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Netball templates[edit]

Hi Ian, I was wondering if you might be able to help sort out a template problem that seems (?) to be from one of your templates. I thought I'd take a crack at creating a rosters list for the netball competition at this year's Commonwealth Games, and it seems as if the only other one we have is the one you did for the 2006 games. The problem is that, since they're template-based - see Template:2006 Commonwealth Games England netball team roster - there seems to be an error (I think in Template:IFNA player?) that is throwing a ton of "<span="font-size:140%;">" into the template. Any chance you could work out what's going on there? I have nowhere near the template skills needed to fix it, and I'd love to be able to do this year's games. The Drover's Wife (talk) 08:49, 14 April 2018 (UTC)

Hi The Drover's Wife, I have fixed the template. Cheers – Ianblair23 (talk) 02:07, 15 April 2018 (UTC)
Thank you! The Drover's Wife (talk) 02:59, 15 April 2018 (UTC)

Sorry to bother you again, but is there any chance you'd be able to alter this template so clubs can be disambiguated? Plenty of netball club names are not terribly original, and it doesn't appear to give me the option to do it as it is. The Drover's Wife (talk) 08:59, 15 April 2018 (UTC)

Hi The Drover's Wife, please see this diff. Cheers – Ianblair23 (talk) 10:49, 15 April 2018 (UTC)
Ah, thank you! I'd looked everywhere I could think of and hadn't found that. The Drover's Wife (talk) 10:56, 15 April 2018 (UTC)

Please comment on Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Shehzad_Poonawalla[edit]

Hello, Can you please takeout few minutes to comment on this. Wikipedia:Articles_for_deletion/Shehzad_Poonawalla Regards Sonia89f (talk) 12:14, 20 April 2018 (UTC)

DYK for Speed skating at the 1924 Winter Olympics – Men's 500 metres[edit]

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A Barnstar for you[edit]

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Module:Country alias[edit]

Hi, you've broken two flags in Module:Country alias causing a lot of image errors to be flagged up Category:Articles with missing files

File:Flag of the Soviet Union (1924–1936).svg instead of File:Flag of the Soviet Union (1924-1936).svg
File:Flag of the Soviet Union (1936–1955).svg instead of File:Flag of the Soviet Union (1936-1955).svg

Cheers KylieTastic (talk) 09:30, 3 May 2018 (UTC)

Fixed. Sorry about that. – Ianblair23 (talk) 09:32, 3 May 2018 (UTC)

Hi again, another one... File:Flag of Australia 1903–1909.svg is not valid. Cheers KylieTastic (talk) 11:04, 4 May 2018 (UTC)

Done – Ianblair23 (talk) 13:01, 4 May 2018 (UTC)
Hi, that ones not valid either File:Flag of Australia 1903–1908.svg - note it was File:Flag of Australia 1903-1909.svg that is still valid. Cheers KylieTastic (talk) 13:29, 4 May 2018 (UTC)
Opps, forgot the parentheses. Fixed now. Cheers – Ianblair23 (talk) 13:34, 4 May 2018 (UTC)

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DYK nomination of List of England Test cricket records[edit]

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WT20I five-wicket hauls[edit]

Hi Ian. Incase you haven't seen it, Nida Dar of Pakistan took a five-wicket haul earlier today (scorecard). Thanks. Lugnuts Fire Walk with Me 14:20, 6 June 2018 (UTC)

Hi Lugnuts, no I wasn't aware. Thanks for the heads up. I have updated List of five-wicket hauls in women's Twenty20 International cricket accordingly. Cheers – Ianblair23 (talk) 00:04, 7 June 2018 (UTC)
Thank you. I wasn't being lazy, it was something I would get round to myself at some point, but I thought I'd let you know! Thanks again. Lugnuts Fire Walk with Me 06:41, 7 June 2018 (UTC)

Category:Sports in Highland, California has been nominated for discussion[edit]

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DYK for List of England Test cricket records[edit]

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Steve Smith[edit]

Please expand the "Early life" and "Personal life" sections of this page. This article may meet the criteria for "Good Article". Due to insufficient material and sources I can't do it. Please help.

Thank you so much sir.

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Sunrisers Hyderabad[edit]

Hi. I recently nominated : List of Sunrisers Hyderabad cricketers as featured list candidate (discussion) and Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2018 as good article candidate (someone is yet to start a review). It would be great if you can review and provide your comments on any of those. Thanks. Sagavaj (talk) 14:48, 13 June 2018 (UTC)

Noble Nobels[edit]

Hi Ian. Great work on fixing up the Nobel list currently sitting at TFL. It got me thinking that probably all the other Nobel lists suffer from the same problems, e.g. List of Nobel laureates in Literature recipient names sort by first name. Are you working from a script or a Word macro or something to get the fixes in, or hand-crafting it all? If the former, would you mind blitzing the other lists in the series? If the latter, not to worry, it's a lot of work... Cheers. The Rambling Man (talk) 07:29, 18 June 2018 (UTC)

Ireland A cricket team[edit]

Hi. This article has been directly given GA status without passing through GA criteria. The creator of the article himself gave that rating. I hope that you will correct it and hence brought it to your attention. Thanks. Sagavaj (talk) 11:36, 29 June 2018 (UTC)

Hi Sagavaj, thanks for being this to my attention. I have given the article the correct rating. Cheers – Ianblair23 (talk) 12:12, 29 June 2018 (UTC)

The Signpost: 29 June 2018[edit]

Precious[edit]

sports in Australia

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Thank you for many many many (more than userboxes) quality articles around sports, especially in Australia and the Commonwealth Games, for lists such as list of Australia Test cricket records and List of centuries in women's One Day International cricket, for admin services from 2005, - Ian, you are an awesome Wikipedian!

--Gerda Arendt (talk) 12:48, 1 July 2018 (UTC)

Thanks Gerda Arendt, I appreciate the recognition. Cheers – Ianblair23 (talk) 03:27, 2 July 2018 (UTC)
A year ago, you were recipient no. 1966 of Precious, a prize of QAI! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 07:46, 1 July 2019 (UTC)

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Queue 4 fix not quite complete[edit]

Ianblair23, when you fixed Queue 4, you didn't add the "by" after "coached", so the hook is worded strangely. If you could add "by", I think the hook would work. Many thanks. BlueMoonset (talk) 07:20, 22 July 2018 (UTC)

Oops, thanks for that BlueMoonset. Corrected – Ianblair23 (talk) 07:23, 22 July 2018 (UTC)
Another thing still needs fixing. You changed the link to The Photo Ark, but the corresponding credit needs to be changed too. It should be {{DYKmake|The Photo Ark|Rp2006|subpage=The Photo Ark}}. MANdARAX  XAЯAbИAM 17:59, 22 July 2018 (UTC)
Done. Thanks MandaraxIanblair23 (talk) 20:22, 22 July 2018 (UTC)
Thanks for taking care of that. MANdARAX  XAЯAbИAM 20:48, 22 July 2018 (UTC)

Thanks[edit]

Cheers for sorting out some of the real issues affecting the main page in due course. I'm glad to see the main ERRORS page has improved markedly since my departure! The Rambling Man (talk) 08:09, 22 July 2018 (UTC)

No worries TRM, happy to help where I can. Although I do hope that you will return to ERRORS soon. Cheers – Ianblair23 (talk) 02:14, 23 July 2018 (UTC)

Template shortcuts[edit]

Just out of curiosity, is there a reason why you're replacing perfectly valid template redirects (such as this and that) with the base template? Primefac (talk) 16:08, 23 July 2018 (UTC) (please ping on reply)

TFL notification[edit]

Hi, Ian. I'm just posting to let you know that List of England Test cricket records – a list that you have been heavily involved with – has been chosen to appear on the Main Page as Today's featured list for July 30. The TFL blurb can be seen here. If you have any thoughts on the selection, please post them on my talk page or at TFL talk. Regards, Giants2008 (Talk) 23:15, 23 July 2018 (UTC)

Hi Giants, thanks for accommodating this request, it is very much appreciated. Cheers – Ianblair23 (talk) 00:44, 24 July 2018 (UTC)

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Thanks for your helping maintain the integrity of the Main Page![edit]

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List of international cricket five-wicket hauls at the Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium[edit]

Hi. Since the main nominator for the above article (see discussion here) is not responding and you did the second most edits and also added second most text in the article, I am hoping if you could take a look at those comments and see if you can do anything on that. Thanks. Sagavaj (talk) 17:28, 24 August 2018 (UTC)

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Category:World Aquatics Championships templates has been nominated for discussion[edit]

Category:World Aquatics Championships templates, which you created, has been nominated for possible deletion, merging, or renaming. A discussion is taking place to see if it abides with the categorization guidelines. If you would like to participate in the discussion, you are invited to add your comments at the category's entry on the categories for discussion page. Thank you. Izno (talk) 23:58, 21 September 2018 (UTC)

The Signpost: 1 October 2018[edit]

Administrators' newsletter – October 2018[edit]

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

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Administrator changes

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Guideline and policy news

Technical news

  • Partial blocks should be available for testing in October on the Test Wikipedia and the Beta-Cluster. This new feature allows admins to block users from editing specific pages and in the near-future, namespaces and uploading files. You can expect more updates and an invitation to help with testing once it is available.
  • The Foundations' Anti-Harassment Tools team is currently looking for input on how to measure the effectiveness of blocks. This is in particular related to how they will measure the success of the aforementioned partial blocks.
  • Because of a data centre test, you will be able to read but not edit the Wikimedia projects for up to an hour on 10 October. This will start at 14:00 (UTC). You might lose edits if you try to save during this time.

Arbitration

  • The Arbitration Committee has, by motion, amended the procedure on functionary inactivity.
  • The community consultation for 2018 CheckUser and Oversight appointments has concluded. Appointments will be made by October 11.
  • Following a request for comment, the size of the Arbitration Committee will be decreased to 13 arbitrators, starting in 2019. Additionally, the minimum support percentage required to be appointed to a two-year term on ArbCom has been increased to 60%. ArbCom candidates who receive between 50% and 60% support will be appointed to one-year terms instead.
  • Nominations for the 2018 Arbitration Committee Electoral Commission are being accepted until 12 October. These are the editors who help run the ArbCom election smoothly. If you are interested in volunteering for this role, please consider nominating yourself.

Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 20:13, 5 October 2018 (UTC)

The Signpost: 28 October 2018[edit]

Nomination for deletion of Template:Curling at the Winter Olympics category navbox[edit]

Ambox warning blue.svgTemplate:Curling at the Winter Olympics category navbox has been nominated for deletion. You are invited to comment on the discussion at the template's entry on the Templates for discussion page. BrownHairedGirl (talk) • (contribs) 13:45, 1 November 2018 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – November 2018[edit]

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

Guideline and policy news

Technical news

  • Partial blocks is now available for testing on the Test Wikipedia. The new functionality allows you to block users from editing specific pages. Bugs may exist and can be reported on the local talk page or on Meta. A discussion regarding deployment to English Wikipedia will be started by community liaisons sometime in the near future.
  • A user script is now available to quickly review unblock requests.
  • The 2019 Community Wishlist Survey is now accepting new proposals until November 11, 2018. The results of this survey will determine what software the Wikimedia Foundation's Community Tech team will work on next year. Voting on the proposals will take place from November 16 to November 30, 2018. Specifically, there is a proposal category for admins and stewards that may be of interest.

Arbitration

  • Eligible editors will be invited to nominate themselves as candidates in the 2018 Arbitration Committee Elections starting on November 4 until November 13. Voting will begin on November 19 and last until December 2.
  • The Arbitration Committee's email address has changed to arbcom-en@wikimedia.org. Other email lists, such as functionaries-en and clerks-l, remain unchanged.

Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 07:18, 3 November 2018 (UTC)

Bangladeshi English[edit]

What's that and how it's different from Indian English? WBGconverse 06:09, 9 November 2018 (UTC)

Hi WBG, see our article on the topic! – Ianblair23 (talk) 07:08, 9 November 2018 (UTC)

Happy Adminship Anniversary[edit]

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Wishing Ianblair23 a very happy adminship anniversary on behalf of the Wikipedia Birthday Committee! CAPTAIN RAJU(T) 10:12, 17 November 2018 (UTC)

ArbCom 2018 election voter message[edit]

Scale of justice 2.svgHello, Ianblair23. Voting in the 2018 Arbitration Committee elections is now open until 23.59 on Sunday, 3 December. All users who registered an account before Sunday, 28 October 2018, made at least 150 mainspace edits before Thursday, 1 November 2018 and are not currently blocked are eligible to vote. Users with alternate accounts may only vote once.

The Arbitration Committee is the panel of editors responsible for conducting the Wikipedia arbitration process. It has the authority to impose binding solutions to disputes between editors, primarily for serious conduct disputes the community has been unable to resolve. This includes the authority to impose site bans, topic bans, editing restrictions, and other measures needed to maintain our editing environment. The arbitration policy describes the Committee's roles and responsibilities in greater detail.

If you wish to participate in the 2018 election, please review the candidates and submit your choices on the voting page. MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 18:42, 19 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).

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Administrator changes

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Interface administrator changes

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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

Arbitration

Miscellaneous

  • 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.

Obituaries


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

First Edit![edit]

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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 MediaWiki.org.
  • Blocked administrators may now block the administrator that blocked them. This was done to mitigate the possibility that a compromised administrator account would block all other active administrators, complementing the removal of the ability to unblock oneself outside of self-imposed blocks. A request for comment is currently in progress to determine whether the blocking policy should be updated regarding this change.
  • {{Copyvio-revdel}} now has a link to open the history with the RevDel checkboxes already filled in.

Arbitration

Miscellaneous

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

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

DYK nomination of Geoff Harvey[edit]

Symbol question.svg Hello! Your submission of Geoff Harvey at the Did You Know nominations page has been reviewed, and some issues with it may need to be clarified. Please review the comment(s) underneath your nomination's entry and respond there as soon as possible. Thank you for contributing to Did You Know! Yoninah (talk) 22:54, 3 January 2019 (UTC)

Please see new note on your DYK nomination. Yoninah (talk) 18:08, 5 January 2019 (UTC)

Template:Template:National sports teams of Indonesia listed at Redirects for discussion[edit]

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An editor has asked for a discussion to address the redirect Template:Template:National sports teams of Indonesia. Since you had some involvement with the Template:Template:National sports teams of Indonesia redirect, you might want to participate in the redirect discussion if you have not already done so. UnitedStatesian (talk) 19:37, 7 January 2019 (UTC)

Congratulations[edit]

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Congratulations on reaching 100000 edits. You have achieved a milestone that only 532 editors have been able to accomplish. The Wikipedia Community thanks you for your continuing efforts. Keep up the good work!

-- Dolotta (talk) 22:35, 18 January 2019 (UTC)

Thanks very much Dolotta. Only me 14 years to achieve! Cheers – Ianblair23 (talk) 00:00, 19 January 2019 (UTC)

The Signpost: 31 January 2019[edit]

Administrators' newsletter – February 2019[edit]

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

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Administrator changes

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Interface administrator changes

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Guideline and policy news

  • A request for comment is currently open to reevaluate the activity requirements for administrators.
  • Administrators who are blocked have the technical ability to block the administrator who blocked their own account. A recent request for comment has amended the blocking policy to clarify that this ability should only be used in exceptional circumstances, such as account compromises, where there is a clear and immediate need.
  • A request for comment closed with a consensus in favor of deprecating The Sun as a permissible reference, and creating an edit filter to warn users who attempt to cite it.

Technical news

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

Miscellaneous

  • Voting in the 2019 Steward elections will begin on 08 February 2019, 14:00 (UTC) and end on 28 February 2019, 13:59 (UTC). The confirmation process of current stewards is being held in parallel. You can automatically check your eligibility to vote.
  • A new IRC bot is available that allows you to subscribe to notifications when specific filters are tripped. This requires that your IRC handle be identified.

Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 02:15, 4 February 2019 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Today's featured article/February 6, 2019[edit]

Although the MOS is and always has been surprisingly useful, there are just a few points where, despite loud protestations to the contrary, the MOS just doesn't reflect a consensus, because it's obvious there's no consensus and there probably never will be. An obvious example is non-breaking spaces; I've never met any two people (among those who like to insert them) who use exactly the same rules for where to insert them. I deal with that conflict by avoiding it ... so, well before Main Page day, someone (generally Art LaPella) will come along and insert them where he likes them. No one has disagreed with him so far, but if someone wants to, that's fine by me. The edits you've been making lately appear to be violations of the usual FAC interpretation of WP:NOTBROKEN ... but such edits in Main Page sections are common (as Art has often pointed out, and Espresso Addict too, I think), so this may be another area where there isn't a consensus and never will be ... and if so, that's fine by me, as long as anyone who has a strong point of view on the matter does their editing well before Main Page day. Another point: if you want to edit a blurb when it's actually on the Main Page, be sure to check the article first to see if the article has been changed ... it had, in this case. I'm interested in any thoughts you have on this issue. - Dank (push to talk) 15:17, 6 February 2019 (UTC)

Oh, I forgot to add: since the 21st, we've been vetting TFA blurbs right after articles are promoted at FAC, on the talk pages of the FAC nomination pages. If there's some general change you want in the way links are handled at TFA, then you (or I) can raise the issue in those vetting processes so that we can gauge the response. - Dank (push to talk) 15:23, 6 February 2019 (UTC)
Sigh. Pinging User:Modulus12. Okay, you guys win ... you can pipe any redirects you like, and I'll start avoiding redirects in any new blurbs I do ... on one condition: if a future discussion goes the other way and upholds WP:NOTBROKEN at TFA, it's on you to put the redirects back in. I don't care who wins this fight, as long as I'm not getting jerked around. - Dank (push to talk) 00:28, 26 February 2019 (UTC)
I really don't have a strong opinion either, but I do know MOS:DYKPIPE exists, discouraging redirects there, and thought maybe the logic applied to the rest of the Main Page. I can also maybe see a small benefit to not using redirects on the Main Page because nobody watches a redirect for vandalism. Modulus12 (talk) 00:43, 26 February 2019 (UTC)

Some falafel for you![edit]

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FYI[edit]

My block is expired. THE NEW ImmortalWizard(chat) 14:56, 9 February 2019 (UTC)

DYK for Geoff Harvey[edit]

Updated DYK query.svgOn 10 February 2019, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Geoff Harvey, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that Geoff Harvey, former musical director for the Nine Network Australia, composed the theme song for The Sullivans for his wife's cousin's wedding? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Geoff Harvey. You are welcome to check how many page hits the article got while on the front page (here's how, Geoff Harvey), 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.

 — Amakuru (talk) 00:01, 10 February 2019 (UTC)

The Signpost: 28 February 2019[edit]

Administrators' newsletter – March 2019[edit]

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

Guideline and policy news

Technical news

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

Arbitration

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

Miscellaneous


Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 21:13, 4 March 2019 (UTC)

Speedy deletion nomination of Template:High Commissioners and Ambassadors of Australia[edit]

A tag has been placed on Template:High Commissioners and Ambassadors of Australia requesting that it be speedily deleted from Wikipedia. This has been done under section T3 of the criteria for speedy deletion because it is an unused duplicate of another template, or a hard-coded instance of another template. After seven days, if it is still unused and the speedy deletion tag has not been removed, the template will be deleted.

If the template is not actually the same as the other template noted, please consider putting a note on the template's page explaining how this one is different so as to avoid any future mistakes (<noinclude>{{substituted}}</noinclude>).

If you think this page should not be deleted for this reason, you may contest the nomination by visiting the page and clicking the button labelled "Contest this speedy deletion". This will give you the opportunity to explain why you believe the page should not be deleted. However, be aware that once a page is tagged for speedy deletion, it may be deleted without delay. Please do not remove the speedy deletion tag from the page yourself, but do not hesitate to add information in line with Wikipedia's policies and guidelines. If the page is deleted, and you wish to retrieve the deleted material for future reference or improvement, then please contact the deleting administrator, or if you have already done so, you can place a request here. Zackmann (Talk to me/What I been doing) 18:33, 21 March 2019 (UTC)

The Signpost: 31 March 2019[edit]

ITN recognition for Geoff Harvey[edit]

Ambox current red.svgOn 31 March 2019, In the news was updated with an item that involved the article Geoff Harvey, which you created. If you know of another recently created or updated article suitable for inclusion in ITN, please suggest it on the candidates page.

Stephen 23:42, 31 March 2019 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – April 2019[edit]

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

Technical news

Arbitration

Miscellaneous

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

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

The Signpost: 30 April 2019[edit]

ArbCom 2019 special circular[edit]

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Administrators must secure their accounts

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

View additional information

This message was sent to all administrators following a recent motion. Thank you for your attention. For the Arbitration Committee, Cameron11598 02:24, 4 May 2019 (UTC)


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

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

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

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

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


Administrators' newsletter – May 2019[edit]

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

Guideline and policy news

Technical news

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

Arbitration

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

Miscellaneous


Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 00:37, 5 May 2019 (UTC)

The Signpost: 31 May 2019[edit]

Administrators' newsletter – June 2019[edit]

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

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Administrator changes

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CheckUser changes

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Guideline and policy news

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

Technical news

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

Miscellaneous


Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 09:48, 8 June 2019 (UTC)

The June 2019 Signpost is out![edit]

Administrators' newsletter – July 2019[edit]

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

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Administrator changes

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1Floquenbeam's access was removed, then restored, then removed again.
2Fram's access was removed, then restored, then removed again.

Guideline and policy news

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

Technical news

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

Miscellaneous


Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 21:20, 1 July 2019 (UTC)

2019 World Aquatics Championships[edit]

Hi! I see you can modify the Module:Team appearances list/data. Please add to the World Aquatics Championships 2017 for Kuwait. Kuwait participated as Suspended Member Federation in 2017. In the North Macedonia article the 2019 link is red, after the change of the country name, but the country code is the same. I don't know what changes are needed ffor this. Thank you. Tomcsy (talk) 13:51, 16 July 2019 (UTC)

The Signpost: 31 July 2019[edit]

Administrators' newsletter – August 2019[edit]

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

Guideline and policy news

Arbitration

Miscellaneous

  • Following a research project on masking IP addresses, the Foundation is starting a new project to improve the privacy of IP editors. The result of this project may significantly change administrative and counter-vandalism workflows. The project is in the very early stages of discussions and there is no concrete plan yet. Admins and the broader community are encouraged to leave feedback on the talk page.
  • The new page reviewer right is bundled with the admin tool set. Many admins regularly help out at Special:NewPagesFeed, but they may not be aware of improvements, changes, and new tools for the Curation system. Stay up to date by subscribing here to the NPP newsletter that appears every two months, and/or putting the reviewers' talk page on your watchlist.

    Since the introduction of temporary user rights, it is becoming more usual to accord the New Page Reviewer right on a probationary period of 3 to 6 months in the first instance. This avoids rights removal for inactivity at a later stage and enables a review of their work before according the right on a permanent basis.


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

The Signpost: 30 August 2019[edit]

Administrators' newsletter – September 2019[edit]

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

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Administrator changes

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CheckUser changes

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Oversight changes

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Technical news

  • Editors using the mobile website on Wikipedia can opt-in to new advanced features via your settings page. This will give access to more interface links, special pages, and tools.
  • The advanced version of the edit review pages (recent changes, watchlist, and related changes) now includes two new filters. These filters are for "All contents" and "All discussions". They will filter the view to just those namespaces.

Arbitration

Miscellaneous


Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 00:37, 7 September 2019 (UTC)

The Signpost: 30 September 2019[edit]

Administrators' newsletter – October 2019[edit]

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

Guideline and policy news

  • Following a discussion, a new criterion for speedy category renaming was added: C2F: One eponymous article, which applies if the category contains only an eponymous article or media file, provided that the category has not otherwise been emptied shortly before the nomination. The default outcome is an upmerge to the parent categories.

Technical news

  • As previously noted, tighter password requirements for Administrators were put in place last year. Wikipedia should now alert you if your password is less than 10 characters long and thus too short.

Arbitration

Miscellaneous

  • The Community Tech team has been working on a system for temporarily watching pages, and welcomes feedback.

Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 11:55, 2 October 2019 (UTC)

Orphaned non-free image File:Yachting Australia logo.jpg[edit]

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Thanks for uploading File:Yachting Australia logo.jpg. The image description page currently specifies that the image is non-free and may only be used on Wikipedia under a claim of fair use. However, the image is currently not used in any articles on Wikipedia. If the image was previously in an article, please go to the article and see why it was removed. You may add it back if you think that that will be useful. However, please note that images for which a replacement could be created are not acceptable for use on Wikipedia (see our policy for non-free media).

Note that any non-free images not used in any articles will be deleted after seven days, as described in section F5 of the criteria for speedy deletion. Thank you. --B-bot (talk) 02:33, 23 October 2019 (UTC)

The Signpost: 31 October 2019[edit]

Administrators' newsletter – November 2019[edit]

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

Guideline and policy news

  • A related RfC is seeking the community's sentiment for a binding desysop procedure.

Arbitration


Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 21:15, 3 November 2019 (UTC)

T3 deletion summary[edit]

Hi, I saw that you deleted Template:Cricket centurions with summary ‎(T3: Unused, redundant template). I have been trying to change this summary since T3 doesn't say anything about the template being unused as discussed at Wikipedia_talk:Criteria_for_speedy_deletion/Archive_75#T3_and_unused and thought it had been successful up until now. My question now is if you used any script or anything while deleting this template so I can track down where we forgot to change it. ‑‑Trialpears (talk) 10:17, 10 November 2019 (UTC)

Happy Adminship Anniversary![edit]

ArbCom 2019 election voter message[edit]

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Google Code-In 2019 is coming - please mentor some documentation tasks![edit]

Hello,

Google Code-In, Google-organized contest in which the Wikimedia Foundation participates, starts in a few weeks. This contest is about taking high school students into the world of opensource. I'm sending you this message because you recently edited a documentation page at the English Wikipedia.

I would like to ask you to take part in Google Code-In as a mentor. That would mean to prepare at least one task (it can be documentation related, or something else - the other categories are Code, Design, Quality Assurance and Outreach) for the participants, and help the student to complete it. Please sign up at the contest page and send us your Google account address to google-code-in-admins@lists.wikimedia.org, so we can invite you in!

From my own experience, Google Code-In can be fun, you can make several new friends, attract new people to your wiki and make them part of your community.

If you have any questions, please let us know at google-code-in-admins@lists.wikimedia.org.

Thank you!

--User:Martin Urbanec (talk) 21:58, 23 November 2019 (UTC)

The Signpost: 29 November 2019[edit]

Administrators' newsletter – December 2019[edit]

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

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Happy First Edit Day![edit]

Invitation to join the Fifteen Year Society[edit]

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Dear Ianblair23,

I'd like to extend a cordial invitation to you to join the Fifteen Year Society, an informal group for editors who've been participating in the Wikipedia project for fifteen years or more. ​

Best regards, Chris Troutman (talk) 22:28, 3 December 2019 (UTC)