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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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Disambiguation link notification for March 13[edit]

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A page you started (Augsburg raid) has been reviewed![edit]

Thanks for creating Augsburg raid, PBS!

Wikipedia editor Elmidae just reviewed your page, and wrote this note for you:

Impressive job! I wonder if you could give the paragraph starting "The pursuers returned to Crum’s Lancaster" a bit of a reformulation? That one comes up as little close to comfort regarding close paraphrasing of two websites (weaponsandwarfare.com and warfarehistory.com). Cheers!

To reply, leave a comment on Elmidae's talk page.

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Elmidae (talk · contribs) 08:41, 19 March 2018 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – April 2018[edit]

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

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Administrator changes

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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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Nomination for merging of Template:Ahnentafel-tree[edit]

Template:Ahnentafel-tree has been nominated for merging with Template:Ahnentafel. You are invited to comment on the discussion at the template's entry on the Templates for discussion page. Thank you. Chicbyaccident (talk) 22:01, 16 April 2018 (UTC)

Disambiguation link notification for April 27[edit]

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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.

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

Operation Oyster[edit]

Hello PBS. I had an editing question I was hoping you could answer. I am nearly done with an article on Operation Oyster, the 2 Group raid on the Philips works in Eindhoven. The problem is there is already an article by the name of Operation Oyster. What would you suggest for the creation of the article page. Operation Oyster (RAF raid)? I don't want to mess this up. Thanks for your consideration. Gunbirddriver (talk) 18:44, 6 May 2018 (UTC)

Duplicate EB1911 entries[edit]

Also @Slowking4: For your amusement. I happened to stumble across these doppelgänger in EB1911: s:1911 Encyclopædia Britannica/Van der Weyden, Roger and s:1911 Encyclopædia Britannica/Weyden, Rogier van der (canonicalizing van and de la names is hard!) Interesting to compare two scholars' takes on the same biography. Also, see the See Also link on the first of those pages. It should probably be fixed to refer to the WP article, but WP should also have a redirect with that spelling. This is about #1,258 on the priority list of course. (posting this to your WP talk page because I don't know if you monitor your WS talk) David Brooks (talk) 15:59, 12 May 2018 (UTC)

@Slowking4 and DavidBrooks: Thanks for that. See also Wikipedia_talk:WikiProject Dictionary of National Biography/Archive_2#A salutary lesson, which led to the article Apocryphal biographies in the Dictionary of National Biography -- PBS (talk) 00:01, 13 May 2018 (UTC)
@PBS and Slowking4: Your DNB experience is even more - astonishing - and gives concern that EB1911 may contain other phantasmagoria. But my case is almost the opposite: two articles about one person who certainly existed, and which agree on the broad outlines of his life and work. The editors didn't realize they had commissioned both, perhaps because he was filed under both V and W. Modern Britannica has quite an extensive article about him; it is definitive about his trip to Italy (EB1911 and WP, as of now, are only tentative) and provides the detail that he taught technique there, so perhaps that should be paraphrased and acknowledged in WP. David Brooks (talk) 02:11, 13 May 2018 (UTC)

WikiProject status[edit]

Greetings! I see that you are one of only two members of WikiProject Encyclopedia Britannica. I was wondering if you would agree with my assessment that the project is now defunct. (I have contacted the other to ask him the same question.) Compassionate727 (T·C) 01:22, 17 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


Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 21:00, 1 June 2018 (UTC)

Still Confusion?[edit]

Perhaps I can sort out who and what the Callendar earldom is for you, if there is still confusion. I subscribed to the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography tonight, and that is a very reliable source for Scottish peers. Please tell me if there is still confusion, as your talk page entry was long ago.--Dthomsen8 (talk) 22:13, 28 June 2018 (UTC)

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)

Cite RfC[edit]

And RfC like that will never go anywhere unless it's done at WP:VPPOL. The same crew have near-totally controlled WP:CITE (and WT:CITE) for over a decade. Seeking change at that talk page is like asking the 1% to give away all their money.  — SMcCandlish ¢ 😼  06:10, 5 July 2018 (UTC)

Nomination for deletion of Template:Anarion family tree[edit]

Ambox warning blue.svgTemplate:Anarion family tree has been nominated for deletion. You are invited to comment on the discussion at the template's entry on the Templates for discussion page. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2601:2C4:C480:946:FC71:F76:5CFA:4ECB (talk) 23:01, 9 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

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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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Heartfelt Apology[edit]

Hellpo guys i am deeeply sorry for all the mess i made, i just saw it and im mot new to coding or this information i just wasn't aware that i didn't nt babe a code thaf cleaned up my signature but i know know i dont and i will 100% never do thag again i just got too interested and carried away, but i love being here and have no intentions of making it shitty for you.— Preceding unsigned comment added by Waveybug (talkcontribs) 12:07, 7 August 2018 (UTC)

Disambiguation link notification for August 17[edit]

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