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Administrators' newsletter - February 2017[edit]

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  • JohnCD (John Cameron Deas) passed away on 30 December 2016. John began editing Wikipedia seriously during 2007 and became an administrator in November 2009.

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Category:Unassessed-Class articles[edit]

Just a quick pointer to Wikipedia:Categories for discussion/Log/2016 December 20#Category:Unassessed-Class_articles, which was closed as "rename" per your nomination.

Your nomination seemed to indicate an understanding of the relevant WikiProject classification templates, so I thought that I would notify you in case there was any followup work you wanted to do. If I misunderstood things, then sorry for disturbing you. --BrownHairedGirl (talk) • (contribs) 03:54, 11 February 2017 (UTC)

  • @BrownHairedGirl: Thanks for the notice. I'm waiting a little bit to make the change since {{class}} has over six million transclusions; aiming to update the template code sometime when the servers have slightly less work to start. Can't hurt, right? I'll make the template change first, then use three moves to swap the category and soft-redirect in place, then do an AWB run to fix child categories, the last probably competing a bit with bots—but minimizing the transition period is probably worth it. {{Nihiltres |talk |edits}} 14:09, 11 February 2017 (UTC)
    • Or, hmm, looks like Cydebot has already done the second parts. Efficient bots are efficient. Since only the template change is left, I'll do it in about 12 hours; looks like sometime near midnight where I am (UTC -5) is good. {{Nihiltres |talk |edits}} 15:37, 11 February 2017 (UTC)

That's great work. Looks like it is nearly all done ... but Category:Unassessed-Class articles is not yet empty, and when I tried a few null edits to purge the stragglers, it made no difference. From a quick glance it seems that there are a few specialist templates, such as Template:WPMILHIST Task force assessment level category, which need updating. May I leave those to you to sort out? --BrownHairedGirl (talk) • (contribs) 08:10, 12 February 2017 (UTC)

  • @BrownHairedGirl: WOSlinker deserves the credit, but the top-level category's empty now. The catch is that I've discovered {{unassessed class}}, which is used in {{WPBannerMeta/hooks/qualimpintersect}} and produces the "-Class" suffix when used with UNASSESSED_APPENDIX = -Class or similar. A quick search uncovers more cleanup that'll have to be done. In particular, it looks like the affected WikiProjects are using the "-Class" suffix in lower-level categories. I guess my next step's to work on resolving these lower-level inconsistencies. It'll take some more category moves to fix these, and that parameter ought to be eliminated—the whole point of the move that kicked this off was to provide category naming consistency, after all. I'm just worried that the rabbit hole I'm leaping into is less "Lua-fy {{class}}" (my original goal) and more "Lua-fy {{WPBannerMeta}}" (!!!). {{Nihiltres |talk |edits}} 16:49, 12 February 2017 (UTC)

Recently edited page of COTUS :)[edit]

I noticed that you recently edited the Constitution Of The United States (COTUS) page on Wikipedia. I was wondering what had changed. I am a newby at membership (although a Wikiversity member since 2012) and so do not know how to search backwards for changes to entries. Thank you for supporting this page!

Jlodgec (talk) 21:08, 11 February 2017 (UTC)John L. Onnelly (jlodgec)

  • @Jlodgec: Here's the diff (short for "difference", a diff has a specific "textual comparison" meaning) showing the change I made. It was pretty minor: I replaced the template {{further2}} (which takes raw markup as its input) with {{further}}, which takes a page link as its input. As part of that, I "unpiped" the link produced, i.e. removed the display text so it displays the link provided exactly. That said, {{further}} uses Lua to tweak the formatting, so we get pretty output with a section sign ("§") instead of the "#" markup normally part of section links (which comes from its use to implement section links in URLs). Both {{further}} and {{further2}} produce pretty similar hatnote messages, but as far as I'm concerned {{further}} is vastly preferable, so I replaced the usage. Most people won't notice much different there but the display text for the link.

    You can see a full list of changes to articles using the "history" link in the tabs at the top of the page; mine is still the most recent as of this response, so it's at the top. There's also documentation on how page histories work, if you'd like. If you have any other questions, feel free to ask me! :) {{Nihiltres |talk |edits}} 03:48, 12 February 2017 (UTC)

Precious two years![edit]

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Two years!

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Tech News: 2017-07[edit]

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Template issue[edit]

Hello Nihiltres. I noticed that a recent edit you performed on Template:COMICS Work group assessment level category seems to have created a small problem. For some reason, the template is now categorizing pages using it under the category Category:X articles (which don't exist), rather than Category:X-class articles. Since you were the one who made the edit and I'm terrified of editing templates (how do you people keep track of all those brackets?), I thought it'd be prudent to let you know. Thanks! spiderjerky (talk) 21:39, 14 February 2017 (UTC)

@Spiderjerky: Ack! The problem was precisely that I didn't keep track of all the brackets. I can't believe I bungled that so badly; I've fixed it now. The change means that the template outputs Category:Unassessed articles instead of Category:Unassessed-Class articles when parameter 2 is "unassessed", since the latter category has been renamed to the former. {{Nihiltres |talk |edits}} 01:03, 15 February 2017 (UTC)

Tech News: 2017-08[edit]

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Tech News: 2017-09[edit]

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Administrators' newsletter – March 2017[edit]

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A question[edit]

I read over the sockpuppetry page and I'm still confused. I want to make a second account. I want to use this one for sports and the new one for everything else. My watchlist is a mess. Can I do this? Thanks. Leggomygreggo8 (talk) 17:54, 3 March 2017 (UTC)

@Leggomygreggo8: Hmm. That's an interesting question! My initial reaction is that regardless of whether it's technically allowed, it's a bad idea—it'll look strange, and "smell like" a sockpuppet even assuming you're great about keeping everything separate. Although I think a bad idea, I don't think it's a violation of the spirit of the rules, as long as you're clear about it being an above-board alternative account, probably through a prominent link between the userpage of each account.

It's probably worth considering alternatives. For example, if your watchlist feels overloaded, you could create a "secondary watchlist" by making a list of links on a user subpage and then using Special:RecentChangesLinked on that page—the catch being that the secondary watchlist would be inherently public, while the main one is private. {{Nihiltres |talk |edits}} 18:10, 3 March 2017 (UTC)

Tech News: 2017-10[edit]

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This Month in GLAM: February 2017[edit]

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Tech News: 2017-11[edit]

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Tech News: 2017-12[edit]

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Tech News: 2017-13[edit]

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Administrators' newsletter – April 2017[edit]

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

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Tech News: 2017-14[edit]

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Hey Nih. The APA has requested we not use their definitions verbatum thus I have paraphrased them here. Best Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 20:19, 12 April 2017 (UTC)

@Doc James: Uh, OK. For reference, all I did was reformat it using proper list markup for better accessibility (here's a clearer example of the same sort of edit). Good catch, though, definitely better to paraphrase. :) {{Nihiltres |talk |edits}} 20:34, 12 April 2017 (UTC)
Yes I realize that you did not introduce any concerns. Just letting you know why I went and changed the wording. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 20:37, 12 April 2017 (UTC)

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Tech News: 2017-18[edit]

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Administrators' newsletter – May 2017[edit]

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Thank you for being one of Wikipedia's top medical contributors![edit]

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Editing News #1—2017[edit]

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This Month in GLAM: April 2017[edit]

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Tech News: 2017-20[edit]

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Tech News: 2017-21[edit]

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The Ideal Movie[edit]

  • Добрый день коллега! 4 октября 2013 года вы удалили страницу The Ideal Movie за нарушение правил. Редактируя страницу о Папе Римском Пие XII, я наткнулся на эту удалённую ссылку. Не могли бы вы мне помочь: подскажите содержание удалённой страницы или материалами о данном фильме, заранее спасибо! С уважением, — Михаил Рус (обс.) 9:20, 30 мая 2017 (UTC)
ru-0 Этот участник не понимает русский язык.

Machine translation of the above:

Good afternoon colleague! On October 4, 2013, you removed The Ideal Movie for breaking the rules. Editing the page about Pope Pius XII, I came across this remote link. Could you help me: tell me the contents of the deleted page or the materials about this film, thank you in advance! Yours faithfully, — Michael Rus (talk) 9:20, May 30, 2017 (UTC)

  • Мне будет удобнее, чтобы вы прислали мне текст на электронную почту. Вот она С уважением, — Михаил Рус (обс.) 19:46, 30 мая 2017 (UTC)

Tech News: 2017-22[edit]

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Administrators' newsletter – June 2017[edit]


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Tech News: 2017-23[edit]

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This Month in GLAM: May 2017[edit]

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Tech News: 2017-24[edit]

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Tech News: 2017-25[edit]

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