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Administrators' newsletter – January 2018[edit]

News and updates for administrators from the past month (December 2017).

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Administrator changes

added Muboshgu
readded AnetodeLaser brainWorm That Turned
removed None

Bureaucrat changes

readded Worm That Turned

Guideline and policy news

  • A request for comment is in progress to determine whether the administrator policy should be amended to require disclosure of paid editing activity at WP:RFA and to prohibit the use of administrative tools as part of paid editing activity, with certain exceptions.

Technical news

Arbitration


Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 02:37, 3 January 2018 (UTC)

MIB Group image[edit]

Hi Mojo Hand,

In revision 820468336 of Fair_Credit_Reporting_Act, you undid my addition of the File:Medical_Information_Bureau_2017_No-Record_Letter_With_Redactions.png image because I added it as a "gallery" tag. In User_talk:Ronhjones#Reduced_size_of_MIB_Group_letter_image, I was also told that using this image in a "gallery" tag might be an issue. I'm wondering if you can please edit both articles where I attempted to use the image -- Fair Credit Reporting Act and MIB Group -- and make it so that the image and my caption are included in an appropriate manner? Or, can you please let me know exactly how to do so, so that no one will be inclined to remove the image? Thanks, --Wykypydya (talk) 18:51, 16 January 2018 (UTC)

@Wykypydya: It's not common to use a document as an image in a Wikipedia article. Adding such a document raises a couple of issues. First, as it not a free image, it raises concerns about the fair use (especially in a gallery section), as Ronhjones has noted. Second, I think this image runs afoul of our policy on the use of primary sources (see WP:PRIMARY - "Do not add unsourced material from your personal experience, because that would make Wikipedia a primary source of that material."). I know that a primary source seems like the most reliable basis for information (coming from the horse's mouth and all); however, encyclopedias like Wikipedia are actually grounded on reliable secondary sources, as the policy notes. I hope that helps.--Mojo Hand (talk) 20:48, 16 January 2018 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – February 2018[edit]

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

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Administrator changes

added None
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Guideline and policy news

  • An RfC has closed with a consensus that candidates at WP:RFA must disclose whether they have ever edited for pay and that administrators may never use administrative tools as part of any paid editing activity, except when they are acting as a Wikipedian-in-Residence or when the payment is made by the Wikimedia Foundation or an affiliate of the WMF.
  • Editors responding to threats of harm can now contact the Wikimedia Foundation's emergency address by using Special:EmailUser/Emergency. If you don't have email enabled on Wikipedia, directly contacting the emergency address using your own email client remains an option.

Technical news

  • A tag will now be automatically applied to edits that blank a page, turn a page into a redirect, remove/replace almost all content in a page, undo an edit, or rollback an edit. These edits were previously denoted solely by automatic edit summaries.

Arbitration


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Administrators' newsletter – March 2018[edit]

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

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Administrator changes

added Lourdesdagger
removed AngelOfSadnessBhadaniChris 73CorenFridayMidomMike V
dagger Lourdes has requested that her admin rights be temporarily removed, pending her return from travel.

Guideline and policy news

  • The autoconfirmed article creation trial (ACTRIAL) is scheduled to end on 14 March 2018. The results of the research collected can be read on Meta Wiki.
  • Community ban discussions must now stay open for at least 24 hours prior to being closed.
  • A change to the administrator inactivity policy has been proposed. Under the proposal, if an administrator has not used their admin tools for a period of five years and is subsequently desysopped for inactivity, the administrator would have to file a new RfA in order to regain the tools.
  • A change to the banning policy has been proposed which would specify conditions under which a repeat sockmaster may be considered de facto banned, reducing the need to start a community ban discussion for these users.

Technical news

  • CheckUsers are now able to view private data such as IP addresses from the edit filter log, e.g. when the filter prevents a user from creating an account. Previously, this information was unavailable to CheckUsers because access to it could not be logged.
  • The edit filter has a new feature contains_all that edit filter managers may use to check if one or more strings are all contained in another given string.

Miscellaneous

Obituaries

  • Bhadani (Gangadhar Bhadani) passed away on 8 February 2018. Bhadani joined Wikipedia in March 2005 and became an administrator in September 2005. While he was active, Bhadani was regarded as one of the most prolific Wikipedians from India.

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Administrators' newsletter – April 2018[edit]

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

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Administrator changes

added 331dotCordless LarryClueBot NG
removed Gogo DodoPb30SebastiankesselSeicerSoLando

Guideline and policy news

  • Administrators who have been desysopped due to inactivity are now required to have performed at least one (logged) administrative action in the past 5 years in order to qualify for a resysop without going through a new RfA.
  • Editors who have been found to have engaged in sockpuppetry on at least two occasions after an initial indefinite block, for whatever reason, are now automatically considered banned by the community without the need to start a ban discussion.
  • The notability guideline for organizations and companies has been substantially rewritten following the closure of this request for comment. Among the changes, the guideline more clearly defines the sourcing requirements needed for organizations and companies to be considered notable.
  • The six-month autoconfirmed article creation trial (ACTRIAL) ended on 14 March 2018. The post-trial research report has been published. A request for comment is now underway to determine whether the restrictions from ACTRIAL should be implemented permanently.

Technical news

Arbitration

  • The Arbitration Committee is considering a change to the discretionary sanctions procedures which would require an editor to appeal a sanction to the community at WP:AE or WP:AN prior to appealing directly to the Arbitration Committee at WP:ARCA.

Miscellaneous

  • A discussion has closed which concluded that administrators are not required to enable email, though many editors suggested doing so as a matter of best practice.
  • The Foundations' Anti-Harassment Tools team has released the Interaction Timeline. This shows a chronologic history for two users on pages where they have both made edits, which may be helpful in identifying sockpuppetry and investigating editing disputes.

Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 01:23, 2 April 2018 (UTC)

Fort Worth Academy[edit]

I don't think I'm doing this correctly, but this is studentsriseup the person who edited the Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts page. I know it seemed to be unrelated but I believe it is relevant. The star telegram has just written an article about it here [1] This Protest is big and getting bigger. and I believe people should See this when they look up FWAFA. I purposely put it at the bottom of the page because It was not the top information but it was a group that needed representation on Wikipedia. Studentsriseup (talk) 04:50, 6 April 2018 (UTC)StudensRiseUp

  • Hello Studentsriseup. Giving groups a voice is not what Wikipedia is for. However, the fact that the episode was addressed in the Star Telegraph does make it more appropriate to mention in the article. I think you could use the information in the Star Telegraph to add something to the article, though be careful to avoid promoting or advocating for the group.--Mojo Hand (talk) 13:36, 6 April 2018 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – May 2018[edit]

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

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Administrator changes

added None
removed ChochopkCoffeeGryffindorJimpKnowledge SeekerLankiveilPeridonRjd0060

Guideline and policy news

  • The ability to create articles directly in mainspace is now indefinitely restricted to autoconfirmed users.
  • A proposal is being discussed which would create a new "event coordinator" right that would allow users to temporarily add the "confirmed" flag to new user accounts and to create many new user accounts without being hindered by a rate limit.

Technical news

  • AbuseFilter has received numerous improvements, including an OOUI overhaul, syntax highlighting, ability to search existing filters, and a few new functions. In particular, the search feature can be used to ensure there aren't existing filters for what you need, and the new equals_to_any function can be used when checking multiple namespaces. One major upcoming change is the ability to see which filters are the slowest. This information is currently only available to those with access to Logstash.
  • When blocking anonymous users, a cookie will be applied that reloads the block if the user changes their IP. This means in most cases, you may no longer need to do /64 range blocks on residential IPv6 addresses in order to effectively block the end user. It will also help combat abuse from IP hoppers in general. This currently only occurs when hard-blocking accounts.
  • The block notice shown on mobile will soon be more informative and point users to a help page on how to request an unblock, just as it currently does on desktop.
  • There will soon be a calendar widget at Special:Block, making it easier to set expiries for a specific date and time.

Arbitration

Obituaries

  • Lankiveil (Craig Franklin) passed away in mid-April. Lankiveil joined Wikipedia on 12 August 2004 and became an administrator on 31 August 2008. During his time with the Wikimedia community, Lankiveil served as an oversighter for the English Wikipedia and as president of Wikimedia Australia.

Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 07:05, 2 May 2018 (UTC)

Portal:Algebra/Intro[edit]

That was quick. I was just about to remove the speedy tag but when I hit save the page was no longer there. I don’t see how it qualifies for G6, or uncontroversial – I had not noticed this one before but this was recently discussed at Portal talk:Mathematics#Change of intro after a similar change was made and unddone. Now if someone objects and wants to restore the previous intro it’s been deleted.--JohnBlackburnewordsdeeds 21:51, 19 May 2018 (UTC)

  • Hello JohnBlackburne. I deleted a batch of these portal intros, based on a review indicatinge they were no longer being used. However, if there is a controversy about the utility of these intros, I am happy to restore them (as I did this one).--Mojo Hand (talk) 22:01, 19 May 2018 (UTC)

No indication of importance (people, animals, organizations, web content, events)[edit]

hi Mojo

Sorry about all that mixup on the African Vulture Page I thought that was how you delete a page.As you can see now I attached a CSD A7 violation of speedy deletion criteria on the page to help you know my orginal intentions. Its basically a No indication of importance type of thing.These pages have no equal on Wikipedia! They are totally irrelevant and serve no purpose. Where is the elephant crises trade page? The whale page? Is there suppose to be a page for every single instance of animal trafficking? Ceratinaly there is no such page for any of those so to have an obscure page like this makes no sense...For the love of god just delete these pages because it makes no sens

I would also like to inform you the African Vulture page is an example of a forced concentration of effort by a classroom in a University I was apart of. To have these type of pages on wikipedia will confuse readers and take up valuable harddrive space on the already limited Wikipedia Mainframe. Like I said there is already topics for these wikipedia pages under the Vulture page. These topics are just way to much information and should be removed asap. The class I was apart of made these pages because they were forced under a grade penalty to do so. This is not even free editing of wikipedia but a perverse slave based form of internet labor. Not to mention every waking minute in that class room was like living hell and I honestly wish the page gets deleted for the total lack of classroom etiquette performed by my peers and instructors. Literally the whole class was based on this one wikipedia article. Do you think a graduate level class should be graded on whether or not you can edit a wikipedia page? ITs honestly like work a 7th grader should be doing and it really shows in the quality of the article it self. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Adgasper (talkcontribs) 05:35, 20 May 2018 (UTC)

Hello MaryPoppinCaps. I'm sorry you had such an unpleasant experience with the class project. However, the page itself looks reasonably well done and adequately referenced to me. If you think the article needs to be deleted, the proper venue at this point is through community discussion at WP:AFD.--Mojo Hand (talk) 15:31, 20 May 2018 (UTC)

... TF my dude?[edit]

You gave me a warning even though everything I added to that article was the truth. Tf my dude? Why did I get a block? InedaBonghit666 (talk) 09:44, 29 May 2018 (UTC)

Hello InedaBonghit666. If you understand the problem with the edit you made to the Roger Waters page, then you are trolling and wasting my time. If you don't understand the problem, then Wikipedia is probably not for you. Try reading WP:BLP.--Mojo Hand (talk) 21:11, 30 May 2018 (UTC)

Again, everything I wrote was the truth. I'm not trolling. — Preceding unsigned comment added by InedaBonghit666 (talkcontribs) 01:27, 31 May 2018 (UTC)

You keep using that word ("truth"); I do not think it means what you think it means.--Mojo Hand (talk) 01:39, 31 May 2018 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – June 2018[edit]

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

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Administrator changes

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Guideline and policy news

Technical news

  • IP-based cookie blocks should be deployed to English Wikipedia in June. This will cause the block of a logged-out user to be reloaded if they change IPs. This means in most cases, you may no longer need to do /64 range blocks on residential IPv6 addresses in order to effectively block the end user. It will also help combat abuse from IP hoppers in general. For the time being, it only affects users of the desktop interface.
  • The Wikimedia Foundation's Anti-Harassment Tools team will build granular types of blocks in 2018 (e.g. a block from uploading or editing specific pages, categories, or namespaces, as opposed to a full-site block). Feedback on the concept may be left at the talk page.
  • There is now a checkbox on Special:ListUsers to let you see only users in temporary user groups.
  • It is now easier for blocked mobile users to see why they were blocked.

Arbitration

  • A recent technical issue with the Arbitration Committee's spam filter inadvertently caused all messages sent to the committee through Wikipedia (i.e. Special:EmailUser/Arbitration Committee) to be discarded. If you attempted to send an email to the Arbitration Committee via Wikipedia between May 16 and May 31, your message was not received and you are encouraged to resend it. Messages sent outside of these dates or directly to the Arbitration Committee email address were not affected by this issue.

Miscellaneous


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Administrators' newsletter – July 2018[edit]

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

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Administrator changes

added PbsouthwoodTheSandDoctor
readded Gogo Dodo
removed AndrevanDougEVulaKaisaLTony FoxWilyD

Bureaucrat changes

removed AndrevanEVula

Guideline and policy news

  • An RfC about the deletion of drafts closed with a consensus to change the wording of WP:NMFD. Specifically, a draft that has been repeatedly resubmitted and declined at AfC without any substantial improvement may be deleted at MfD if consensus determines that it is unlikely to ever meet the requirements for mainspace and it otherwise meets one of the reasons for deletion outlined in the deletion policy.
  • A request for comment closed with a consensus that the {{promising draft}} template cannot be used to indefinitely prevent a WP:G13 speedy deletion nomination.

Technical news

  • Starting on July 9, the WMF Security team, Trust & Safety, and the broader technical community will be seeking input on an upcoming change that will restrict editing of site-wide JavaScript and CSS to a new technical administrators user group. Bureaucrats and stewards will be able to grant this right per a community-defined process. The intention is to reduce the number of accounts who can edit frontend code to those who actually need to, which in turn lessens the risk of malicious code being added that compromises the security and privacy of everyone who accesses Wikipedia. For more information, please review the FAQ.
  • Syntax highlighting has been graduated from a Beta feature on the English Wikipedia. To enable this feature, click the highlighter icon (Codemirror-icon.png) in your editing toolbar (or under the hamburger menu in the 2017 wikitext editor). This feature can help prevent you from making mistakes when editing complex templates.
  • IP-based cookie blocks should be deployed to English Wikipedia in July (previously scheduled for June). This will cause the block of a logged-out user to be reloaded if they change IPs. This means in most cases, you may no longer need to do /64 range blocks on residential IPv6 addresses in order to effectively block the end user. It will also help combat abuse from IP hoppers in general. For the time being, it only affects users of the desktop interface.

Miscellaneous

  • Currently around 20% of admins have enabled two-factor authentication, up from 17% a year ago. If you haven't already enabled it, please consider doing so. Regardless if you use 2FA, please practice appropriate account security by ensuring your password is secure and unique to Wikimedia.

Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 19:22, 3 July 2018 (UTC)

Edits to Norfolk artilce[edit]

Dear Mojo Hand, I am new to editing Wikipedia and apologize if this message is in the wrong place. I recently made some edits to the Norfolk Va page that I thought added good factual info, but they were deleted as too promotional. I can understand this opinion. However, the information that I added is the kind of data I seek when researching other cities, and thought it would be helpful to travelers. It was a bit of work to gather the statistics, and discouraging for the effort to be deleted. Sincerely, TLedits TLedits (talk) 12:31, 18 July 2018 (UTC) ~~~~

Hello TLedits, and welcome to Wikipedia. I will respond on your talk page.--Mojo Hand (talk) 13:07, 18 July 2018 (UTC)

Precious anniversary[edit]

Precious
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Six years!

--Gerda Arendt (talk) 06:42, 19 July 2018 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – August 2018[edit]

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

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Administrator changes

added Sro23
readded KaisaLYmblanter

Guideline and policy news

  • After a discussion at Meta, a new user group called "interface administrators" (formerly "technical administrator") has been created. Come the end of August, interface admins will be the only users able to edit site-wide JavaScript and CSS pages like MediaWiki:Common.js and MediaWiki:Common.css, or edit other user's personal JavaScript and CSS. The intention is to improve security and privacy by reducing the number of accounts which could be used to compromise the site or another user's account through malicious code. The new user group can be assigned and revoked by bureaucrats. Discussion is ongoing to establish details for implementing the group on the English Wikipedia.
  • Following a request for comment, the WP:SISTER style guideline now states that in the mainspace, interwiki links to Wikinews should only be made as per the external links guideline. This generally means that within the body of an article, you should not link to Wikinews about a particular event that is only a part of the larger topic. Wikinews links in "external links" sections can be used where helpful, but not automatically if an equivalent article from a reliable news outlet could be linked in the same manner.

Technical news


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Administrators' newsletter – September 2018[edit]

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

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Administrator changes

added None
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renamed Optimist on the runVoice of Clam

Interface administrator changes

added AmorymeltzerMr. StradivariusMusikAnimalMSGJTheDJXaosflux

Guideline and policy news

  • Following a "stop-gap" discussion, six users have temporarily been made interface administrators while discussion is ongoing for a more permanent process for assigning the permission. Interface administrators are now the only editors allowed to edit sitewide CSS and JavaScript pages, as well as CSS/JS pages in another user's userspace. Previously, all administrators had this ability. The right can be granted and revoked by bureaucrats.

Technical news

  • Because of a data centre test you will be able to read but not edit the wikis for up to an hour on 12 September and 10 October. This will start at 14:00 (UTC). You might lose edits if you try to save during this time. The time when you can't edit might be shorter than an hour.
  • Some abuse filter variables have changed. They are now easier to understand for non-experts. The old variables will still work but filter editors are encouraged to replace them with the new ones. You can find the list of changed variables on mediawiki.org. They have a note which says Deprecated. Use ... instead. An example is article_text which is now page_title.
  • Abuse filters can now use how old a page is. The variable is page_age.

Arbitration

  • The Arbitration Committee has resolved to perform a round of Checkuser and Oversight appointments. The usernames of all applicants will be shared with the Functionaries team, and they will be requested to assist in the vetting process. The deadline to submit an application is 23:59 UTC, 12 September, and the candidates that move forward will be published on-wiki for community comments on 18 September.

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Administrators' newsletter – October 2018[edit]

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

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Administrator changes

added JustlettersandnumbersL235
removed BgwhiteHorsePunchKidJ GrebKillerChihuahuaRami RWinhunter

Interface administrator changes

added Cyberpower678Deryck ChanOshwahPharosRagesossRitchie333

Oversight changes

removed Guerillero NativeForeigner SnowolfXeno

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)

System testing[edit]

Your help is needed. Will you help steer the direction of this article that you have contributed to? See discussion at Talk:System_testing#What_is_the_intended_scope_of_this_article? Stephen Charles Thompson (talk) 23:58, 19 October 2018 (UTC)

Bitwage Wikipedia Page Deletion[edit]

Hi Mojo Hand, I noticed that the Bitwage page has been taken down. When I had originally created the page, I was using it as a repository of important articles describing the progress of Bitwage over time. However, we had been flagged for potential advertising for some time. I did not understand what about the page was considered an advertisement. However, if you could point to the particular issues, would be happy to update it so that the page is properly formatted for Wikipedia. Thank you :) — Preceding unsigned comment added by Jonathanericchester (talkcontribs) 09:32, 23 October 2018 (UTC)