User talk:Mr. Stradivarius

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Dark Knight Rises[edit]

Hello. Six years ago, you indefinitely semiprotected The Dark Knight Rises, which at the time was high-profile article on a recently-released film. Might you consider lifting the protection at this time? (talk) 17:44, 5 September 2018 (UTC)

Hi! This is a month late in coming, but I've unprotected the page. I'll watch it for a while to see if any problems return, and if everything looks OK then the protection can stay off for good. Best — Mr. Stradivarius ♪ talk ♪ 11:07, 3 October 2018 (UTC)

Module:DYK checklist[edit]

Mr. Stradivarius, you created this module back in 2016 for Template:DYK checklist. I was wondering if you would be willing to add more checking to it.

Right now, the module will accept anything in the status field, including symbols/icons, rather than the five valid values. The obvious problem is that if an invalid value is there, no icon is generated by the template. Furthermore, we now have a bot, WugBot, which moves approved nominations to a relatively recently created "Approved" page, and in the case of those DYK checklist templates, it only moves them if the status field has a "y" in it, because that's the value that indicates a review that has passed or passed AGF.

It would help a great deal if you were to put out a red error message when the field does not have a valid value in it, much like you do when (for example) the status field is left blank. (I'm not sure what sort of checking you do in the other fields; if it's a simple matter to enforce valid values there, too, it would be worth it.)

Thanks for anything you can do to help here. BlueMoonset (talk) 20:38, 8 September 2018 (UTC)

@BlueMoonset: Sorry that I've been late in getting to this. I've added the functionality that you asked for to Module:DYK checklist/sandbox. You can test it out using {{DYK checklist/sandbox}}. I've made it so that you can only use the exact values of "y", "?", "maybe", "no" or "again" for the status argument. If this needs to be changed, please let me know. Best — Mr. Stradivarius ♪ talk ♪ 11:28, 3 October 2018 (UTC)
Mr. Stradivarius, thanks for completing the upgraded code. I tested the sandbox version in Template:Did you know nominations/Galán (but didn't save anything to that template; it was all checked in Preview mode), and it picked up the invalid status value that was already there. I also tested various boundary conditions, and it does the right thing and throws up an error if blank, if capital letters are used, and if a part of a valid value rather than the whole thing is used. Now that they've actually added the checklist template so it can easily be copied and pasted for reviewing purposes, it's more important than ever to get that new functionality into the real template. Please let me know when the new code is live in the regular template/module; I'd like to make a post to WT:DYK so people can be notified that the proper status field values are being enforced. Many thanks! BlueMoonset (talk) 02:44, 5 October 2018 (UTC)
@BlueMoonset: It's now live. After seeing the nomination page you linked, I also tweaked the error message that is displayed when a reviewer supplies an invalid status. Now wikitext is escaped and long strings are shortened, so you won't see images etc. in the middle of the error message. — Mr. Stradivarius ♪ talk ♪ 02:51, 8 October 2018 (UTC)
Thank you very much. I've just posted about the change at WT:DYK. It just occurred to me that I didn't credit you there. Should I add that this was your work at my request? BlueMoonset (talk) 04:22, 8 October 2018 (UTC)
@BlueMoonset: No, no need. Anyone who wants to know who did it can always look at the module's history. Best — Mr. Stradivarius ♪ talk ♪ 06:04, 8 October 2018 (UTC)

Please comment on Wikipedia talk:Signatures[edit]

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Administrators' newsletter – October 2018[edit]

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


Administrator changes

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removed BgwhiteHorsePunchKidJ GrebKillerChihuahuaRami RWinhunter

Interface administrator changes

added Cyberpower678Deryck ChanOshwahPharosRagesossRitchie333

Oversight 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.


  • 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.

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Please comment on Template talk:Chembox[edit]

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Tech News: 2018-41[edit]

23:38, 8 October 2018 (UTC)