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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.

Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 01:23, 2 April 2018 (UTC)

Talk page abuse[edit]

Can you please revoke the talk page access for that LTA sock you just blocked? He is abusing his talk page right now for personal attacks. (The account is a sock of an LTA who has been active on this site for a very long time.) Thanks. LightandDark2000 (talk) 01:51, 7 April 2018 (UTC)

Done. Thanks Paul Erik (talk)(contribs) 01:58, 7 April 2018 (UTC)

Chris Sims[edit]

Hi Paul, it might be tough to search for, but do you have any sources to help Chris S. Sims (game designer)? BOZ (talk) 11:31, 12 April 2018 (UTC)

The only thing I could find was the Connecticut Post mention, which is already cited. Sorry, BOZ. Paul Erik (talk)(contribs) 01:07, 13 April 2018 (UTC)
OK, thanks for checking. BOZ (talk) 12:41, 15 April 2018 (UTC)

Block evasion[edit]

Hi, you blocked this account [1]. The account belonged to VJ-Yugo, a blocked editor. For more see [2]. Ktrimi991 (talk) 20:35, 17 April 2018 (UTC)

Thanks for letting me know, Ktrimi991. Paul Erik (talk)(contribs) 21:26, 17 April 2018 (UTC)

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)

Administrators' newsletter – June 2018[edit]

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

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Administrator changes

added None
removed Al Ameer sonAliveFreeHappyCenariumLupoMichaelBillington

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)

User talk:8008ieman[edit]

You may wish to revoke talk page access.--Cahk (talk) 08:58, 3 June 2018 (UTC)

Yes; thanks. Paul Erik (talk)(contribs) 14:06, 3 June 2018 (UTC)

AIV Priority Request[edit]

Paul Erik, I see you're going through the backlog at AIV right now. Thanks! Just wanted to ask if you could put 86.100.128.182 (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · filter log · WHOIS · RDNS · RBLs · http · block user · block log) at the top of your list, as they keep defacing my talk page. I don't mean to be selfish or circumvent process, but I'd appreciate it! MarginalCost (talk) 03:33, 5 June 2018 (UTC)

Happy to help. Paul Erik (talk)(contribs) 03:39, 5 June 2018 (UTC)
Thanks! Would you mind also catching the counterpart IP, 73.202.177.42 (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · filter log · WHOIS · RDNS · RBLs · http · block user · block log), that was vandalizing the same pages and seems by all quacking to be the same person? When you blocked the first one, it looks like my whole report was removed from AIV. I guess I should put those as separate entries at AIV to prevent that. MarginalCost (talk) 03:44, 5 June 2018 (UTC)
Sure. Paul Erik (talk)(contribs) 03:46, 5 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)

Darwin Bromley[edit]

Hi, Paul! Hope you are doing well. Do you see any sources for Darwin Bromley? BOZ (talk) 11:55, 12 July 2018 (UTC)

Hi BOZ. I see that he's mentioned in this Chicago Tribune article. That's all I can find. Paul Erik (talk)(contribs) 02:32, 13 July 2018 (UTC)
It's something, at least! Thanks. :) BOZ (talk) 04:33, 15 July 2018 (UTC)

Talk:John Sloan[edit]

Hello. I intend to create John Sloan, a businessman from Tennessee who died in 1991. I wonder if you think there should now be a disambiguation page for John Sloan, or if I should create John Sloan (businessman)?Zigzig20s (talk) 21:25, 26 July 2018 (UTC)

Hi Zigzig20s. Yes, I think the redirect should probably be turned back into a disambiguation page, and the new article could be with (businessman) as the disambiguator. Paul Erik (talk)(contribs) 22:01, 26 July 2018 (UTC)
OK, I am not an admin and I am not sure how to do this. Could you please help?Zigzig20s (talk) 22:11, 26 July 2018 (UTC)
I'll be glad to help. As a first step, I'd suggest that you write the article at John Sloan (businessman). After that, I will restore the disambiguation page at John Sloan and we can add the new article to it. Paul Erik (talk)(contribs) 02:30, 27 July 2018 (UTC)

John Sloan[edit]

There should be no links to disambiguation pages, so now that you made John Sloan a dab page, would you please follow up and fix all the incoming links? (Dabsolver is helpful.) Thanks. — Gorthian (talk) 02:21, 2 August 2018 (UTC)

Thanks, Gorthian; I appreciate that you alerted me to this. I will fix the incoming links over the next few days. Paul Erik (talk)(contribs) 02:52, 2 August 2018 (UTC)
I got a few of them, but User:Amorymeltzer had already done most of them. Thanks, Amorymeltzer! Paul Erik (talk)(contribs) 20:18, 3 August 2018 (UTC)

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


Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 01:31, 5 August 2018 (UTC)

Thanks[edit]

In many instances recently when I am thinking of reverting edits or warning editors in the Sarah Jeong area, I see that you have already done what I was still thinking of doing. Thanks for making me feel so slow and useless. ;-) Abecedare (talk) 17:08, 6 August 2018 (UTC)

Ah, User:Abecedare. It is my pleasure to make you feel slow and useless. :) Paul Erik (talk)(contribs) 17:11, 6 August 2018 (UTC)

Angus Abranson and Dominic McDowall-Thomas[edit]

Hi, Paul. Would you have any luck finding more sources for Angus Abranson and Dominic McDowall-Thomas? Thanks! BOZ (talk) 11:54, 13 August 2018 (UTC)

Sorry, BOZ, but I can't find anything new for either one. Paul Erik (talk)(contribs) 02:15, 14 August 2018 (UTC)
Thanks for checking. BOZ (talk) 11:38, 15 August 2018 (UTC)

Maxime Bernier[edit]

Hi Paul, I am just wondering if it would be possible to extend the full protection on his page by week to prevent Wikipedia:Recentism as the events associated with him are still developing. Or downgrade it to semi-protection to prevent recent edit wars. Thanks.

Ottawa11 (talk) 02:47, 22 August 2018 (UTC)

Looking at the edits since the full protection expired, I'm not seeing enough problems to justify protecting it so far today. But I will keep checking on it. Paul Erik (talk)(contribs) 18:23, 23 August 2018 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – September 2018[edit]

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

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Administrator changes

added None
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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.

Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 23:23, 2 September 2018 (UTC)

Наран Хулхачиев[edit]

Please revoke TPA. Regards —AE (talkcontributions) 12:48, 11 September 2018 (UTC)

Done. Thanks. Paul Erik (talk)(contribs) 12:53, 11 September 2018 (UTC)

Can you check on The Smart Mind[edit]

I have an issues with user The Smart Mind (talk), I feel like his edits do not follow Wikipedia guidelines and his edits are coming of as Disruptive editing. I feel like that he ignores my suggestion to come to the talk page and make his arguements and is acting in [[ Wikipedia:Assume bad faith|bad faith]]. Also, a spokeperson should not be in the Ottawa11 (talk) 19:09, 19 September 2018

The Smart Mind has been blocked for sock puppetry by a different admin. Paul Erik (talk)(contribs) 02:47, 20 September 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.

Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 20:13, 5 October 2018 (UTC)

October 2018[edit]

Hello Paul, Could I please bring to your attention the ongoing changes made by Thomas Mulligan (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log) who you warned on 21 August 2018 for multiple unnecessary WP:NOTBROKEN changes to film articles. He appears to be making a mass of changes and does not appear to read any warnings on his Talk page. Unless he is stopped, someone is going to have a massive job in undoing these unnecessary and inaccurate changes. Regards, David, David J Johnson (talk) 19:41, 11 October 2018 (UTC)

Thanks for letting me know. Blocked. Paul Erik (talk)(contribs) 23:02, 11 October 2018 (UTC)
Paul, Many thanks for all your help. Regards, David, David J Johnson (talk) 17:23, 12 October 2018 (UTC)

Begging[edit]

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Please don't ban me for life from Wikipedia! Thomas Mulligan (talk) 19:45, 11 October 2018 (UTC)

William Jones[edit]

Hi Paul! Do you see any sources to improve William Jones (game designer)? He appears to have written things mostly relating to Cthulhu, including games and fiction writing. BOZ (talk) 03:12, 14 October 2018 (UTC)

There's a mention in Publishers Weekly; Vol. 254, Iss. 18, (Apr 30, 2007): page 66 seen here. That's all I can find. Paul Erik (talk)(contribs) 12:31, 16 October 2018 (UTC)
Better than nothing, thanks! :) BOZ (talk) 12:42, 16 October 2018 (UTC)