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User talk:L235

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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


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Peace Dove Christmas[edit]

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Peace is a state of balance and understanding in yourself and between others, where respect is gained by the acceptance of differences, tolerance persists, conflicts are resolved through dialog, peoples rights are respected and their voices are heard, and everyone is at their highest point of serenity without social tension.
Happy Holidays. ―Buster7  23:50, 10 December 2018 (UTC)

Wikipedia Day 2019[edit]

There's discussion at Wikipedia talk:Meetup/Minnesota of a celebration in the Twin Cities on January 19. It would be great if that fits your schedule. Jonathunder (talk) 00:35, 12 December 2018 (UTC)

@Jonathunder: I'm sorry, I'll be out of town then – I'll actually be hosting a Wikipedia Day event where I'm at, though! Kevin (aka L235 · t · c) 00:46, 12 December 2018 (UTC)

Getting back to you, and hoping you can help[edit]

Kevin,

On or about Nov 10, I wrote a note to Oshwah on his talk page, to which you responded.

At the time, I was upset about being triple-banned for edits I made that I thought belonged. The ubiquitous NorthBySouthBaranof explained to me where my edits were inappropriate, and you chimed in as well, although without his imperious tone.

Indeed, I made mistakes, although I would maintain that mistakes should not be a cause for a ban. The mistakes in my edits were legitimate errors - they were not intentional vandalism.

It's been about 38 days since my 30 day ban.

I went back to the Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez page, and added that which I intended to add last time, except I was more careful this time around.

My edit remained for a whopping 15 minutes.

An editor with the handle "Tsumikiria", the same person who attacked me 38 or so days ago and referred me for banning, reverted all my edits there, for which his basis was not just false, they were and are, I dare say, anti-Semitic.

I added content which was sources by three provided links: 1. CBS News 2. The Times of Israel 3. The Jerusalem Post "Tsumikiria" not only reverted my edits, he sent me a message accusing me of "disruptive editing", of making "defamatory" claims, and threatened another block.

And here is his reasoning, I kid you not:

"we know Israeli media criticize anyone criticizing israel (sic)" 

Um, CBS is not Israeli media. The other two organs are respected, centrist publications, one of which (Times of Israel) has an Arab language publication. (See Wikipedia's respective articles on each publication.)

Furthermore, the Israeli media articles linked contain quotes from named Americans, both on the right and on the left. Even if Tsumikiria's false accusation were true, it would be irrelevant.

Can you please go to the Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez page and see for yourself? I am just an editor, same level as Tsumikiria, albeit I'm the one with lousy computer skills. Can you please jump in on behalf of truth, justice, and the American way? Or, failing that, for a fair and open Wikipedia?

Thank you, Vcuttolo (talk) 11:53, 16 December 2018 (UTC)

Merry Merry[edit]

Christmas tableau.jpg Happy Christmas!
Hello L235,
Early in A Child's Christmas in Wales the young Dylan and his friend Jim Prothero witness smoke pouring from Jim's home. After the conflagration has been extinguished Dylan writes that

Nobody could have had a noisier Christmas Eve. And when the firemen turned off the hose and were standing in the wet, smoky room, Jim's Aunt, Miss. Prothero, came downstairs and peered in at them. Jim and I waited, very quietly, to hear what she would say to them. She said the right thing, always. She looked at the three tall firemen in their shining helmets, standing among the smoke and cinders and dissolving snowballs, and she said, "Would you like anything to read?"

My thanks to you for your efforts to keep the 'pedia readable in case the firemen chose one of our articles :-) Best wishes to you and yours and happy editing in 2019. MarnetteD|Talk 02:08, 19 December 2018 (UTC)

Happy holidays![edit]

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Happy Holidays!
May your winter holidays be filled with joy, laughter and good health. Wishing you all the best in 2019 and beyond.

--Cameron11598 (Talk) 06:08, 24 December 2018 (UTC)

The Signpost: 24 December 2018[edit]

Merry Christmas and happy 2019[edit]

Merry Christmas and happy new year! I was happy to see you have a successful RfA during 2018. I hope you will edit more happily in 2019 Hhkohh (talk) 12:13, 25 December 2018 (UTC)

Yo Ho Ho[edit]

Section break[edit]

Not a violation of a stupid restriction [1] How about answering the question instead of removing my question and threatening me. Legacypac (talk) 20:44, 28 December 2018 (UTC)

Legacypac, I have not followed this case at all (in fact, I didn't even know it existed until I saw the post on your talk page) but you really need to back off. It's gotten to the point where even someone without a clue about the case is starting to wonder what the heck you're doing. Primefac (talk) 20:54, 28 December 2018 (UTC) (talk page stalker)

Happy New Year, L235![edit]

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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)

2019[edit]

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Die Zeit, die Tag und Jahre macht

Happy 2019 -

begin it with music and memories

--Gerda Arendt (talk) 22:10, 1 January 2019 (UTC)

Please check out "Happy" once more, for a smile, and sharing (a Nobel Peace Prize), and resolutions. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 15:24, 12 January 2019 (UTC)

You are cordially invited to Stanford University to celebrate Wikipedia's birthday[edit]

Join us in celebrating Wikipedia's 18th birthday at Stanford University!
Wikimedia Community logo
I am delighted to invite you to the 2019 Wikipedia Day party at Stanford, which will be held on Tuesday, January 15, 2019, at 5:00-8:30pm.

There will be pizza, cake, and refreshments; both newcomers and experienced Wikimedians are welcome! We will have a beginner track with tutorials, and an advanced track with presentations, lightning talks, and tips and tricks. Admission is free, and you do NOT have to be a Stanford University student to attend.

Details and RSVP here • register here

See you soon! All the best, Kevin (aka L235 · t · c)
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Your GA nomination of Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College[edit]

The article Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College you nominated as a good article has failed Symbol oppose vote.svg; see Talk:Hively v. Ivy Tech Community College for reasons why the nomination failed. If or when these points have been taken care of, you may apply for a new nomination of the article. Message delivered by Legobot, on behalf of Barkeep49 -- Barkeep49 (talk) 20:22, 6 January 2019 (UTC)

You missed a rangeblock from October?[edit]

Here, you claim to have rangeblocked the IPs for the 45.116.0.0/16 range, but that didn't happen. Maybe you were too busy and missed it? ([2], [3]) This range is still making sock edits and vandalistic edits along with disruptive editing, such as unsourced additions. - R9tgokunks 22:26, 18 January 2019 (UTC)

@R9tgokunks: I'm not totally sure what I was doing in Oct but I'm afraid I don't have the time at the moment to look into this further – it's a really busy time for me. Large/long rangeblocks normally require a CU consult. SPI or another admin is probably the best next step. Sorry I couldn't be more helpful. Best, Kevin (aka L235 · t · c) 00:12, 19 January 2019 (UTC)

Beta cluster[edit]

Hey. I made an account, but I messed up a bit. Can you please:

  • Rename "DannyS712 tes" to "DannyS712 test" (forgot the t)
  • Grant me (DannyS712) admin and iadmin (and importer? so that I can import the script... idk)

thanks, --DannyS712 (talk) 19:49, 21 January 2019 (UTC)

I got the rights, but can you rename my test account? --DannyS712 (talk) 20:13, 21 January 2019 (UTC)
@DannyS712: It seems to have hung: [4]. Best, Kevin (aka L235 · t · c) 21:00, 21 January 2019 (UTC)
@L235: Should I just wait? Or is it okay if I make a new test account on beta, and just ignore the tes one... sorry, I'm just really picky for consistency like that --DannyS712 (talk) 21:02, 21 January 2019 (UTC)
@DannyS712: Yeah, please feel free to create another test account. Best, Kevin (aka L235 · t · c) 21:03, 21 January 2019 (UTC)
@L235: Then can you cancel the rename? It won't let me create the account because "Username entered already in use" --DannyS712 (talk) 21:10, 21 January 2019 (UTC)
I don't think I can; I don't see a button on the interface to do so. Best, Kevin (aka L235 · t · c) 21:11, 21 January 2019 (UTC)
@L235: Or can you give be beaurocrat for a day to mess with just my account and try to figure it out? If not, thats totally fine --DannyS712 (talk) 21:11, 21 January 2019 (UTC)
Bureaucrats can no longer rename users. Best, Kevin (aka L235 · t · c) 21:24, 21 January 2019 (UTC)
@L235: Then whatever user group it is... like how are you renaming me? --DannyS712 (talk) 21:32, 21 January 2019 (UTC)
The ability to make local renames was entirely disabled. Is it fine to use another account? Kevin (aka L235 · t · c) 21:39, 21 January 2019 (UTC)
@L235: I would, but for some reason it hasn't sent me any email confirming my main account, and I don't want to just create another account if I have no way to recover it. I suggest removing my rights until the beta cluster finally emails me, to mitigate any risk of my account being compromised (and yes, I used a password I had never used before, but still) --DannyS712 (talk) 21:43, 21 January 2019 (UTC)


Bengal cat/Temp[edit]

I created a temporary "bengal cat" page which I was editing for copyright violations. I woke this morning top find it gone. Please advise. (Lubbad85 (talk) 14:37, 27 January 2019 (UTC))

I am having some difficulty in sorting the issues. My goal is to get the Bengal Cat page up and make it encyclopedic. I have done extensive edits, and apparently over-quoted material for the article. The latest example you have alerted me to is the (cfa.org/breeds/breedsab/bengal.aspx reference). In that instance I can erase the offending reference. I do hope to leave one reference to the relevant CFA "Breed Standard" in the infobox. Is there an area where a temp Bengal Cat page can exist. Thank you (Lubbad85 (talk) 15:12, 27 January 2019 (UTC))

I will create the "Bengal cat/Temp" page and try to go section by section to create a new article using the previous versions as a guide. I hope that this is an appropriate use of the page. Please alert me if this is not procedure. All my best (Lubbad85 (talk) 16:17, 27 January 2019 (UTC))

Hi Lubbad85, thanks for your work on this. The best thing to do is to wait for a copyright expert at CP to clean and stubify the article, and then work on it there. It seems that much of the article has long contained copyright violations, so writing a clean version based on the current article leaves you easily liable for copyright infringement, as happened here. Best, Kevin (aka L235 · t · c) 18:35, 27 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.

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Ninetieth Minnesota State Senate v. Dayton[edit]

Hello! I stumbled across the standing review offer on your user page and was wondering if you might be interested in taking a look at Ninetieth Minnesota State Senate v. Dayton. It's a Minnesota Supreme Court case, but I submitted it for peer review over a month ago and have yet to receive a reply. If the article isn't of interest to you or you don't have time at the moment, don't worry about it. In any case, I'm in no hurry. Thanks for your time! ebbillings (talk) 21:30, 4 February 2019 (UTC)

@Ebbillings: Sure, it's on my to-do list – it might be a bit before I get to it though Face-smile.svg Kevin (aka L235 · t · c) 05:47, 6 February 2019 (UTC)

Hey[edit]

Hi. How are you doing? Hope all is well and fine. I just gave Kb03 NPR on permanent terms. If that's not alright with you (as I noticed you had given NPR on a temporary basis), feel free to revert my right addition. Thanks, Lourdes 04:27, 6 February 2019 (UTC)

  • @Lourdes: Thanks for letting me know; I have no current objections. Hope you're doing well! Kevin (aka L235 · t · c) 05:56, 6 February 2019 (UTC)

Discussion at User talk:DannyS712 test/chance.js[edit]

 You are invited to join the discussion at User talk:DannyS712 test/chance.js. DannyS712 (talk) 08:30, 11 February 2019 (UTC)

Eastern Europe and Balkans[edit]

It looks like you forgot to finish archiving the Eastern Europe and Balkans clarification request --Guerillero | Parlez Moi 05:39, 18 February 2019 (UTC)

@Guerillero: Are you referring to this and this or something else? Kevin (aka L235 · t · c) 06:06, 18 February 2019 (UTC)
It is still at ARCA --Guerillero | Parlez Moi 07:03, 18 February 2019 (UTC)
Ah. Due to a procedural change in the past few months, we keep it, hatted, on the ARCA for about 24 hours after closure. See the procedures. Best, Kevin (aka L235 · t · c) 07:20, 18 February 2019 (UTC)