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A trophy for you.[edit]

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Its a lot of work maintaing even just 1 wiki itself. Brynda1231 [Talk Page] [Contribs] 03:26, 8 January 2017 (UTC)

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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.

13:38, 1 February 2017 (UTC)

Spanish Place... St James'[edit]

Dear OlEnglish,

We have a lot in common, after all this time.......

St James' Church of Spanish Place in London is particularly renown for offering the Traditional Mass....

I am glad that Athanasius of Alexandria Page is of a good rating...

I, too, am not retired....

Sincerely.......

MacOfJesus (talk) 22:03, 26 February 2017 (UTC)

It's good to hear from you Bernard, never retire! ;) -- œ 00:23, 27 February 2017 (UTC)

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Administrators' newsletter – April 2017[edit]

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Warsaw[edit]

Hi, I just wanted to ask if it's possible to delete the revision titles in the "view history" section with vile and crude language in the article Warsaw? It was directed by an unregistered user. Best Regards Oli (TALK) 19:55, 2 April 2017 (UTC)

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RfA nom[edit]

Hello. I was thinking of running a candidacy for adminship the following month and I was wondering whether you would consider nominating me --Kostas20142 (talk) 10:48, 29 May 2017 (UTC)

Hi Kostas20142! I'm very sorry but I have to decline at this time. But you are definitely on the right track! Keep doing what you're doing, have fun, enjoy the hobby, and don't worry too much about adminship, it'll come. In due time, you'll find you'll have admins asking YOU if they can nominate you for RfA! -- œ 03:29, 31 May 2017 (UTC)

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WikiProject Investment[edit]

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I'd like to invite you to join the Investment WikiProject. There are a lot of Investment related articles on Wikipedia that could use a little attention, and I hope this project can help organize an effort to improve them. So please, take a look and if you like what you see, help get this project off the ground and a few Investment pages into the front ranks of Wikipedia articles. Thanks!

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Invitation to Admin confidence survey[edit]

Hello,

Beginning in September 2017, the Wikimedia Foundation Anti-harassment tool team will be conducting a survey to gauge how well tools, training, and information exists to assist English Wikipedia administrators in recognizing and mitigating things like sockpuppetry, vandalism, and harassment.

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Hello OlEnglish, Thank you for signing up to take the survey. Could you please enable your email in Preferences or send me an email with your email address. Thanks, SPoore (WMF), Community Advocate, Community health initiative (talk) 13:44, 15 September 2017 (UTC)
@SPoore (WMF): Sorry, now enabled. Thanks. -- œ 19:06, 17 September 2017 (UTC)
No problem. Thanks for participating. Sending now. SPoore (WMF), Community Advocate, Community health initiative (talk) 22:30, 17 September 2017 (UTC)

Thanks![edit]

Hi OlEnglish, thank you for your comments at my RfA. Your support is much appreciated! ansh666 22:19, 22 September 2017 (UTC)

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Help authoring my first wiki page Nick Boariu 05:52, 19 October 2017 (UTC)[edit]

Hi!

My name is Nick and I'm from Richmond, British Columbia. I'm working on authoring my first wikipedia page and was hoping I could get your help to make sure it follows the wikipedia guidelines.

The page is about a cryptocurrency project that I volunteer with. It's difficult to find verifiable sources but I've done my best. Could you take a look and send me some feedback? It's currently in my sandbox.

Many thanks! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Nickboariu (talkcontribs) 05:52, 19 October 2017 (UTC)

@Nickboariu: Hey Nick! Welcome! Richmond is a beautiful city isn't it? Been there many times. :D
The article is looking good! I think you're off to a very good start. Yes, I can appreciate the difficulty in finding reliable secondary sources, but I do see you managed to find a couple.. the Chicago Tribune one is a good example. The article could use some touch-ups as per the manual of style but all that is just the trimmings, it looks like the meat of it is all there already. I don't do much article writing these days, so unfortunately I probably won't be of much help, but do let me know if you need help moving it into mainspace or any other technical/maintenance issues/questions you come across. I really hope you decide to stick around and contribute long-term! -- œ 01:43, 20 October 2017 (UTC)
Hello again!
I've spent some time refining the article, finding better sources, and on the style. I think it's ready to be moved into mainspace. Could you please have another look over the article? What are the next steps to move it to the mainspace?
Many thanks! --Nick (talk) 19:31, 24 October 2017 (UTC)
@OlEnglish: Hello! I've managed to move the page from my sandbox. So far, it's looking good. Would love your feedback if you have time. Cheers! --Nick (talk) 17:30, 25 October 2017 (UTC)
I see you've made some improvements! nice :) I like the charts and diagrams. Also, thank you for declaring on the talk page. -- œ 03:22, 26 October 2017 (UTC)

Question[edit]

Hi OlEnglish, since you seem experienced on this topic, do you think a list of medieval cryptographers would be good article addition? Athanasius Kircher, John Dee, Al-Kindi, Giovanni Fontana (engineer), Johannes Trithemius etc. Or may be a broader scope (not just a list)? There is this rather modern article History of cryptography, and a technical article Classical cipher - prokaryotes (talk) 19:49, 25 October 2017 (UTC)

Hehe, I wouldn't say I'm "experienced" really.. I just happen to find the topic interesting to read about. Yes I do think List of medieval cryptographers would benefit Wikipedia if that red link turned blue! List of cryptographers#Pre twentieth century has some good information and could potentially be a good starting point.. just split out that section then expand with more detail perhaps? Then maybe add a few pictures and other data like birth/death dates and you've got the makings of a future WP:FL! ;) Or maybe even a WP:Featured topic could be something worth considering? -- œ 03:12, 26 October 2017 (UTC)
(talk page stalker) Kircher and Dee are scarcely mediaeval; even Trithemius is on the late side for that time period. “Mediaeval, Renaissance and Enlightenment cryptographers“ would probably cover all the above, but it’s pretty awkward.—Odysseus1479 04:12, 26 October 2017 (UTC)
Thanks, but I stick with the list of cryptographers for now. prokaryotes (talk) 07:15, 26 October 2017 (UTC)

Message[edit]

Hi, I am very happy to see that there are administrators who see my modest work in Wikipedia. I am very honored that you have officially added me to the list of "autopatrolled" and I sincerely thank you for this act. Best regards. --Fayçal.09 (talk) 20:00, 28 October 2017 (UTC)

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@PEarley (WMF): Email now enabled. Sorry about that! -- œ 13:08, 6 December 2017 (UTC)
Great, survey link sent. Appreciate it, Patrick Earley (WMF) (talk) 20:44, 6 December 2017 (UTC)

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Please come and help...[edit]

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Merry Christmas![edit]

Merry Christmas, hope you're having a relaxing time during this period and that next year will be even better for us all here.★Trekker (talk) 13:44, 23 December 2017 (UTC)
Thank you so much! Merry Christmas! -- œ 02:55, 25 December 2017 (UTC)

Happy Holidays[edit]

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From Stave one of Dickens A Christmas Carol

Old Marley was as dead as a door-nail. Mind! I don’t mean to say that I know, of my own knowledge, what there is particularly dead about a door-nail. I might have been inclined, myself, to regard a coffin-nail as the deadest piece of ironmongery in the trade. But the wisdom of our ancestors is in the simile; and my unhallowed hands shall not disturb it, or the Country’s done for. You will therefore permit me to repeat, emphatically, that Marley was as dead as a door-nail.

So you see even Charles was looking for a reliable source :-) Thank you for your contributions to the 'pedia. ~ MarnetteD|Talk 23:33, 24 December 2017 (UTC)
Haha! I love it! Thank you! -- œ 02:55, 25 December 2017 (UTC)

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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.

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Deceased editor[edit]

I have reason to believe a former user is dead, but don’t know how or where to report it, or what standard of evidence is generally required. Even though it’s been a few years now, circumspection is obviously called for, and especially so for me since I have no personal knowledge whatsoever, so I’m certainly not in any position to boldly template the user page. Very briefly, avoiding any specific reference: the user’s page links to an alt-account bearing the RL name, which in mainspace is a redirect to an article about a certain organization, and the editor’s connection to that group was a matter of COI discussion on-wiki; now the organization‘s website has a memorial page for the person (depicting a gravestone) and other commemorations can be found online–at least one mentioning the date of death—although I don’t think any would be considered RS for an article, and nothing I found mentions the person’s WP activity or identity. I find this pretty convincing but it’s nothing as solid as contact from a relative settling affairs, or a published formal obit mentioning WP. No rush; I’ve had this under my hat for a few months, hoping someone else would take notice, but no such luck so far. I just feel that the editor, who FWIW claims dozens of article creations and has an edit-count in the thousands over several years of participation, deserves a proper send-off both administratively, with whatever blocks or locks are appropriate, and ‘socially’ with appropriate entries on the memorial page &c. (Speaking of such things, the account is not listed at WP:MISS.)—Odysseus1479 02:32, 6 April 2018 (UTC)

Is it possible to email someone from this organization who could speak on his behalf? -- œ 11:26, 6 April 2018 (UTC)
The website doesn’t seem to have received many recent updates, but does provide a contact IIRC. What exactly would one ask them: if they can cite an obituary or other confirmation from RS? If they know the person’s WP account? If they have contacts for the estate or executor(s)? Or request that they email OTRS, or some other WMF contact?—Odysseus1479 20:28, 6 April 2018 (UTC)
I think an email would be enough. Simply confirming that the person has in fact died and if there's anything they'd like us to do with the user page. -- œ 13:47, 7 April 2018 (UTC)

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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.

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Ten years of editing[edit]

Balloons-aj.svg Hey, OlEnglish. I'd like to wish you a wonderful First Edit Day on behalf of the Wikipedia Birthday Committee!
Have a great day!
Chris Troutman (talk) 12:45, 25 May 2018 (UTC)
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Both of us (First Edit Day, not the 10 year editing bit... we're 5 years apart!)? What a coincidence. Nice catching up with you yesterday. --JustBerry (talk) 23:42, 25 May 2018 (UTC)

Invitation to join the Ten Year Society[edit]

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Dear OlEnglish,

I'd like to extend a cordial invitation to you to join the Ten Year Society, an informal group for editors who've been participating in the Wikipedia project for ten years or more.

Best regards, Chris Troutman (talk) 12:45, 25 May 2018 (UTC)

I'm honored. :) -- œ 14:14, 26 May 2018 (UTC)

Thank you very much[edit]

The RfC discussion to eliminate portals was closed May 12, with the statement "There exists a strong consensus against deleting or even deprecating portals at this time." This was made possible because you and others came to the rescue. Thank you for speaking up.

By the way, the current issue of the Signpost features an article with interviews about the RfC and the Portals WikiProject.

I'd also like to let you know that the Portals WikiProject is working hard to make sure your support of portals was not in vain. Toward that end, we have been working diligently to innovate portals, while building, updating, upgrading, and maintaining them. The project has grown to 80 members so far, and has become a beehive of activity.

Our two main goals at this time are to automate portals (in terms of refreshing, rotating, and selecting content), and to develop a one-page model in order to make obsolete and eliminate most of the 150,000 subpages from the portal namespace by migrating their functions to the portal base pages, using technologies such as selective transclusion. Please feel free to join in on any of the many threads of development at the WikiProject's talk page, or just stop by to see how we are doing. If you have any questions about portals or portal development, that is the best place to ask them.

If you would like to keep abreast of developments on portals, keep in mind that the project's members receive updates on their talk pages. The updates are also posted here, for your convenience.

Again, we can't thank you enough for your support of portals, and we hope to make you proud of your decision. Sincerely,    — The Transhumanist   23:03, 25 May 2018 (UTC)

P.S.: if you reply to this message, please {{ping}} me. Thank you. -TT

P.P.S.: I know you supported deprecation rather than outright deletion, but that helped sway the sentiment away from deletion, and for that we are grateful. We hope you change your mind about portals after you take a peek at what we've been up to. All feedback is welcome. -TT

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.

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Please comment on Wikipedia:Village pump (proposals)[edit]

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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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Disambiguation link notification for August 24[edit]

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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

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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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Sea squirt listed at Redirects for discussion[edit]

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An editor has asked for a discussion to address the redirect Sea squirt. Since you had some involvement with the Sea squirt redirect, you might want to participate in the redirect discussion if you have not already done so. Thryduulf (talk) 01:03, 17 September 2018 (UTC)

Please comment on Wikipedia:Requests for comment/Arbitration Committee Elections December 2018[edit]

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White privilege[edit]

I welcome your previous contributions to the white privilege page. The debate on the neutrality of this page is ongoing.Keith Johnston (talk) 09:36, 5 October 2018 (UTC)

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.

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Please comment on Wikipedia:Featured article candidates/Featured quality source review RfC[edit]

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Administrators' newsletter – November 2018[edit]

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

Guideline and policy news

Technical news

  • Partial blocks is now available for testing on the Test Wikipedia. The new functionality allows you to block users from editing specific pages. Bugs may exist and can be reported on the local talk page or on Meta. A discussion regarding deployment to English Wikipedia will be started by community liaisons sometime in the near future.
  • A user script is now available to quickly review unblock requests.
  • The 2019 Community Wishlist Survey is now accepting new proposals until November 11, 2018. The results of this survey will determine what software the Wikimedia Foundation's Community Tech team will work on next year. Voting on the proposals will take place from November 16 to November 30, 2018. Specifically, there is a proposal category for admins and stewards that may be of interest.

Arbitration

  • Eligible editors will be invited to nominate themselves as candidates in the 2018 Arbitration Committee Elections starting on November 4 until November 13. Voting will begin on November 19 and last until December 2.
  • The Arbitration Committee's email address has changed to arbcom-en@wikimedia.org. Other email lists, such as functionaries-en and clerks-l, remain unchanged.

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ArbCom 2018 election voter message[edit]

Scale of justice 2.svgHello, OlEnglish. Voting in the 2018 Arbitration Committee elections is now open until 23.59 on Sunday, 3 December. All users who registered an account before Sunday, 28 October 2018, made at least 150 mainspace edits before Thursday, 1 November 2018 and are not currently blocked are eligible to vote. Users with alternate accounts may only vote once.

The Arbitration Committee is the panel of editors responsible for conducting the Wikipedia arbitration process. It has the authority to impose binding solutions to disputes between editors, primarily for serious conduct disputes the community has been unable to resolve. This includes the authority to impose site bans, topic bans, editing restrictions, and other measures needed to maintain our editing environment. The arbitration policy describes the Committee's roles and responsibilities in greater detail.

If you wish to participate in the 2018 election, please review the candidates and submit your choices on the voting page. MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 18:42, 19 November 2018 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – December 2018[edit]

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

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Administrator changes

readded Al Ameer sonRandykittySpartaz
removed BosonDaniel J. LeivickEfeEsanchez7587Fred BauderGarzoMartijn HoekstraOrangemike

Interface administrator changes

removedDeryck Chan

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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Working with antivirus association.[edit]

Hi OlEnglish, My name is Matt and I am a white hat SEO. Hope you are well. You are the only editor I have contacted and will wait a couple of days to hear from you. If I don't, thanks for your time anyway :) I am currently helping to market Tabidus (https://tabidus.com) who are due to be launching a new type of antivirus. It is broadly a multiscanner (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multiscanning) but has unique features which I will not go into here. Anyway. I would ideally like to get the company listed on that Wikipedia entry but it would appear that Tabidus would also need a Wikipedia listing for their own company first. I was wondering the best way of achieving this if possible please? The Tabidus product is currently under construction but is nearing completion. Also is this the right time to seek the creation of a page please or should we wait? Thanks, Matt Seoshelter (talk) 10:04, 4 December 2018 (UTC)

Hello Matt. You are correct that Tabidus would need to have an existing article first. The company should meet the criteria laid out in our Notability guidelines for companies. The primary criteria being: significant coverage in multiple independent, reliable secondary sources. You also need to be aware of our Conflict of interest guidelines as I'm assuming you are in close connection with this company. In my opinion, it would be better to wait, but if you do choose to go ahead with creating a new article, the page WP:Your first article will get you started. Also, please keep in mind that we are here to build an encyclopedia, and we have a policy against advertising of any kind. Your intent here seems only to "help market" a product/company, and while there is nothing wrong with that, I don't think Wikipedia is the right place for it. However, if you do intend to continue to use your new account to edit other articles and become a part of our community then I welcome you. -- œ 11:35, 4 December 2018 (UTC)