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



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

Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 21:39, 1 January 2019 (UTC)

Advice welcomed[edit]

I have come across Draft:Spike Viper which is very clearly a collaborative effort, preumably orchestreated from another site (social media, gaming site, whatever) and, if it was a user page, would be speedily deleted as blatant not web-host. This is clearrly neither notable nor pertinent to Wikipedia and I would flag it for speedy deletion, if a suitable category presented itself. Any thoughts ? Many thanks  Velella  Velella Talk   00:07, 6 January 2019 (UTC)

@Velella: you should reach out to the contributors first and double check if they're likely to actually be drafting something that will be submitted to Wikipedia, if not, then it'll have to be a Miscellany for Deletion nomination. Nick (talk) 00:19, 6 January 2019 (UTC)

A barnstar for you![edit]

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Thank you for your assistance in handling the situation with the hoax articles. I was having a rough time trying to handle the user's disruptive behavior myself. Jalen D. Folf (talk) 21:15, 27 January 2019 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – February 2019[edit]

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


Administrator changes

added EnterpriseyJJMC89
readded BorgQueen
removed Harro5Jenks24GraftR. Baley

Interface administrator changes


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.


  • 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)

Procedural inaccuracies[edit]

What basis did you have for closing this as "Procedural G12 Deletion: Copyright Violation". Consensus was to keep, and did not establish that criteria as accurate. Direct quotations are not COPYVIO. Had you given the copyvio team enough time to investigate the draft page, they would've indicated likewise. Homeostasis07 (talk) 01:28, 18 February 2019 (UTC)

Deletion review for Wikipedia:Deletion review/Log/2019 February 18[edit]

An editor has asked for a deletion review of Wikipedia:Deletion review/Log/2019 February 18. Because you closed the deletion discussion for this page, speedily deleted it, or otherwise were interested in the page, you might want to participate in the deletion review. Red marquis (talk) 03:15, 18 February 2019 (UTC)

@Homeostasis07 and Red marquis: I'm sorry that deletion was required, but copyright policy takes precedence over any other deletion discussion. Consensus at XfD cannot be used to retain material which violates copyright and breaches our copyright policy. This was a page which Oshwah had already had to hide 223 revisions because of one single piece of content which was copied and pasted into the sandbox, there were subsequently seven other sources of the information which had been copied and pasted into the sandbox.[1][2][3][4][5][6][7] The way in which so many sources had been copied and pasted made it impossible to delete individual revisions of the page, in the way Oshwah had done. It would be useful if you would both please read our copyright violation policy before undertaking further edits to Wikipedia, so you can both make edits which we don't need to delete (none of us take pleasure in having to delete material in this way). Nick (talk) 09:36, 18 February 2019 (UTC)