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Page Deleted[edit]

Hi, I contributed to a page for a public figure Alok Kejriwal few years back - the page has been deleted recently. I noticed that you restored this page in past whenever it was deleted. Could you please help me restore this page? Thanks in advance. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Saikatblogger (talkcontribs) 07:33, 4 June 2018 (UTC)

Hi Saikatblogger, the page was deleted following discussion at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Alok Kejriwal. To undelete it, you would need to go through deletion review. PhilKnight (talk) 21:53, 4 June 2018 (UTC)

Wikigraphists Bootcamp (2018 India)[edit]

Greetings,

It is being planned to organize Wikigraphists Bootcamp in India, please fill out the survey form to help the organizers. Your responses will help organizers understand what level of demand there is for the event (how many people in your community think it is important that the event happens). At the end of the day, the participants will turn out to have knowledge to create drawings, illustrations, diagrams, maps, graphs, bar charts etc. and get to know to how to tune the images to meet the QI and FP criteria. For more information and link to survey form, please visit Talk:Wikigraphists Bootcamp (2018 India). MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 12:45, 15 January 2018 (UTC)

File:Laura-Michelle-Kelly.jpg[edit]

Hello. Please could you restore the above file. An email has been received at ticket:2017041710024092, which appears to provide a license but I want to be certain. Please ping me when it is done. Cheers. Green Giant (talk) 23:37, 15 January 2018 (UTC)

@Green Giant:- it's done. PhilKnight (talk) 00:22, 16 January 2018 (UTC)
Fantastic. I have moved the file to Commons with the same name. Please could you delete the local copy? Much obliged. Green Giant (talk) 16:35, 16 January 2018 (UTC)
 Done. PhilKnight (talk) 22:58, 16 January 2018 (UTC)

Question[edit]

User:PhilKnight, Based on the directives given by WP:ARBPIA2, are we as editors of Wikipedia who wish to mention the location of a city, say, in Samaria (such as Havat Gilad), required to write West Bank as its geopolitical location/region, or can we simply write Judea and Samaria Area, based on either one of the six Administrative Districts of Israel? As for the name of the country, are we permitted to write "Israel", instead of "Palestinian territories", for places located on the former Jordanian side of the pre-1967 Demarcation lines between Israel and Jordan, known as the "West Bank"? The reason why I am asking you is because an article written by a former editor for Wikipedia had initially listed all of the towns in the country according to region as found in Districts of Israel, but then after six years, another editor came along and changed all regional locations to "West Bank" and "Palestinian territories." Is this proper procedure? If not, can we restore the original edit?Davidbena (talk) 03:42, 26 January 2018 (UTC)

Hi Davidbena, I'm not sure - I haven't dealt with ARBPIA2 in years. Sorry I can't be of help. PhilKnight (talk) 02:03, 27 January 2018 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – February 2018[edit]

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

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Administrator changes

added None
removed BlurpeaceDana boomerDeltabeignetDenelson83GrandioseSalvidrim!Ymblanter

Guideline and policy news

  • An RfC has closed with a consensus that candidates at WP:RFA must disclose whether they have ever edited for pay and that administrators may never use administrative tools as part of any paid editing activity, except when they are acting as a Wikipedian-in-Residence or when the payment is made by the Wikimedia Foundation or an affiliate of the WMF.
  • Editors responding to threats of harm can now contact the Wikimedia Foundation's emergency address by using Special:EmailUser/Emergency. If you don't have email enabled on Wikipedia, directly contacting the emergency address using your own email client remains an option.

Technical news

  • A tag will now be automatically applied to edits that blank a page, turn a page into a redirect, remove/replace almost all content in a page, undo an edit, or rollback an edit. These edits were previously denoted solely by automatic edit summaries.

Arbitration


Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 00:51, 4 February 2018 (UTC)

Supporting Indian Wikipedia Program resource distribution[edit]

In 2017 - 2018, the Wikimedia Foundation and Google working in close coordination with the Centre for Internet and Society (CIS), Wikimedia India chapter (WMIN) and user groups will pilot a program encouraging Wikipedia communities to create locally relevant and high-quality content in Indian languages. This program (Code name: Project Tiger) will:

(a) Support active and experienced Wikipedia editors through the donation of laptops and stipends for internet access and
(b) Sponsor a language-based contest that aims to address existing Wikipedia content gaps.

The objective of the program is to provide laptops and internet stipends for existing editors who need support to contribute more actively. 50 basic model Acer Chromebooks and Internet stipends for 100 contributors are available for distribution. Provided resources are the sole property of the beneficiaries and should be used for the betterment of the movement.

If you're an active Wikimedian, and interested to receive support from this project, please apply. It will take around 10 minutes of your time, and will ask descriptive questions about your contribution to Indic Wikimedia projects.

MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 08:12, 8 February 2018 (UTC)

Orphaned non-free image File:Heavenly (Johnny Mathis album).jpg[edit]

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Thanks for uploading File:Heavenly (Johnny Mathis album).jpg. The image description page currently specifies that the image is non-free and may only be used on Wikipedia under a claim of fair use. However, the image is currently not used in any articles on Wikipedia. If the image was previously in an article, please go to the article and see why it was removed. You may add it back if you think that that will be useful. However, please note that images for which a replacement could be created are not acceptable for use on Wikipedia (see our policy for non-free media).

Note that any non-free images not used in any articles will be deleted after seven days, as described in section F5 of the criteria for speedy deletion. Thank you. --B-bot (talk) 18:35, 22 February 2018 (UTC)

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.

Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 03:00, 2 March 2018 (UTC)

Project Tiger Writing Contest[edit]

In 2017 – 2018, the Wikimedia Foundation and Google working in close coordination with the Centre for Internet and Society (CIS), Wikimedia India Chapter (WMIN) and user groups from India, are piloting a program encouraging Wikipedia communities to create locally relevant and high-quality content in Indian languages. This program will (a) support active and experienced Wikipedia editors through the donation of laptops and stipends for internet access and (b) sponsor a language-based contest that aims to address existing Wikipedia content gaps.

Phase (a) has been completed, during which active contributors were awarded laptops and internet stipends. Phase (b) will be a contest in which editors will come together and develop a writing contest focused on content gaps. Each month three individual prizes will be awarded to each community based on their contribution for the month. The prizes worth 3,000 INR, 2000 INR, and 1,000 INR, will be awarded to the top contributors for each month. The contest started at March 1, 2018, 0:00, and will end at May 31, 2018, 23:59 (IST). Useful links are as follows:

Looking forward your participation, all the best. MediaWiki message delivery (talk) on behalf of Krishna Chaitanya Velaga (talk • mail) at 22:21, 21 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

added 331dotCordless LarryClueBot NG
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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)

Requested move[edit]

Hello there. The move that I requested from an administrator was Wembley Arena to The SSE Arena, Wembley (which redirects to the former). More people agreed with the move than disagree (see Talk:Wembley Arena) and thus I wanted to get this move finalised. Since my admin help request, someone has closed the discussion in favour of moving it, so I am kindly requesting if you could perform it now? Thank you! --MetrolandNW (talk) 13:01, 14 April 2018 (UTC)

190.185.118.138[edit]

190.185.118.138 (talk · contribs · WHOIS)

This IP has continued to make disruptive edits past your recent 48 hour block. Would you mind blocking them again? Thanks. 185.89.216.241 (talk) 05:14, 19 April 2018 (UTC)

G7 deletion of moved page[edit]

Hi. I'm looking at what is now 2018 Asian Youth Olympic Games Qualifier (girls' field hockey), and wondering if there was some cut&paste moving going on that resulted in partial loss of the page's edit history. The earliest edit appears to be a move to 2018 Women's Asian Youth Olympic Games Field Hockey Qualifier, which you recently G7 deleted. Could you re-check this please? Thanks. --Paul_012 (talk) 12:47, 29 April 2018 (UTC)

Hi Paul, I looked but couldn't make head nor tails of what I was looking at. I'm sorry, but you're going to need to recruit an admin more technically proficient than me for this. I've restore the file with all of its editing history. PhilKnight (talk) 21:28, 30 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)

Template:Vw6 listed at Redirects for discussion[edit]

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An editor has asked for a discussion to address the redirect Template:Vw6. Since you had some involvement with the Template:Vw6 redirect, you might want to participate in the redirect discussion if you have not already done so. Septrillion (talk) 19:02, 5 May 2018 (UTC)

Template:Vw7 listed at Redirects for discussion[edit]

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An editor has asked for a discussion to address the redirect Template:Vw7. Since you had some involvement with the Template:Vw7 redirect, you might want to participate in the redirect discussion if you have not already done so. Septrillion (talk) 19:02, 5 May 2018 (UTC)

Template:Vw8 listed at Redirects for discussion[edit]

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An editor has asked for a discussion to address the redirect Template:Vw8. Since you had some involvement with the Template:Vw8 redirect, you might want to participate in the redirect discussion if you have not already done so. Septrillion (talk) 19:03, 5 May 2018 (UTC)

Request to remove article deletion notice[edit]

I am the author of an article for which I think I was the editor who requested the deletion. I had inadvertently posted the article as a live article when my intention was to create a user page. I immediately requested the deletion to avoid posting the faulty, incomplete article as a live article. I changed Li Jian (museum curator) · (Deleted) to Li Jian (art curator)2017-12-06 20:20. If removing the deletion notice does not follow Wikipedia protocol, I understand why the notice on my record of articles written should remain. However, would it be possible to say "deleted by author's request" or something like that to indicate that the request for deletion was not made by somebody else?Mitzi.humphrey 19:49, 8 May 2018 (UTC)

The article indiates that you requested deletion. PhilKnight (talk) 22:27, 9 May 2018 (UTC)

Sockpuppeteer[edit]

Hello PhilKnight, you might be interested in the issue I am reporting as you have already been involved in it previously. It is about a bunch of IPs which are very likely (99%) related to an old acquaintance of en.wikipedia: a sock-puppet abuser who created about 50 socks to disrupt IPA transcriptions, obsessed especially with Italian names and words. The investigation I am referring to is the following: 84101e40247. The new IPs from which similar or identical edits have been done recently are the following: 95.235.116.126 (see: Loayur, Duelai, Ddgfs), 87.17.102.163 (see: Sasalikasty), 193.204.194.210 (see: Dyukpore), 79.30.8.179 (see: Vufroled), 5.90.255.50 (see: Ksyru), 79.49.65.250 (see: Fruial, Kilorty); it is also possible that there are some more, but for the moment these are enough to care about, right? I hope that you or someone else will take appropriate measures against this recidivous vandal! Thank you for reading :-) 198.46.84.16 (talk) 12:48, 25 May 2018 (UTC)

This editor has posted the same message to me and to Vanjagenije. I am dealing with it. I have also posted a message at User talk:198.46.84.16 about posting the same message to multiple administrators. The editor who uses the pseudonym "JamesBWatson" (talk) 15:17, 25 May 2018 (UTC)

I have just read your comment, I am sorry for posting the same message in different users' pages, I will not do it any more. 198.46.84.16 (talk) 16:48, 25 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)

advice[edit]

Hello PhilKnight I hope you don't mind but I came across your name on the Wikproject Companies page and am in need of some advice on the topic. I have been through a series of disputes with another editor regarding content on business webpages, primarily regarding "Awards received" of multiple business articles. I don't want to get into the details of the dispute with the editor, we are attempting to discuss it on the talk pages. (Though many are sleepy articles and don't get a lot of traffic for consensus building.) However, the fundamental disagreement spreads across multiple articles and asks "is listing awards to a company is inherently promotional?" Is there a relevant forum where I can begin this discussion (or where it has already been discussed) such that a larger consensus might be reached? Thanks Dbsseven (talk) 23:26, 6 June 2018 (UTC)

Hi Dbsseven, I'd suggest that you hold a discussion on the Wikiproject Companies talk page to establish a wider consensus. PhilKnight (talk) 20:46, 8 June 2018 (UTC)

Need a page completely deleted...[edit]

I was trying to create a template to include some css using the new templatestyles tag... template page is Template:CSSCounter and I mistakenly created "Template:CSSCounter/style.css" instead of style*s*.css. So rather than making a new styles.css I just renamed it without realizing that *creating* a page with that name is treated differently than moving a page to that name. That is, I see that there is a different editor when editing a properly created styles.css than a regular content page...

I figured if the page was deleted and I recreated it, it would be created properly as a .css page, but when I try now, all I get is the content editor.

I guess I could start again with a different template page, but I thought I'd better ask for help to fix it before I compounded the problem. :P

--Shaav (talk) 20:16, 24 June 2018 (UTC)

Could you link to the page you want deleted? PhilKnight (talk) 21:29, 24 June 2018 (UTC)
Yeah, sorry: Template:CSSCounter/styles.css It is actually deleted right now, but if I try to recreate it, it's still not being recognized as css code rather than content...Shaav (talk) 23:55, 24 June 2018 (UTC)
Should I just try recreating the template with a different name? — Preceding unsigned comment added by Shaav (talkcontribs) 18:19, 29 June 2018 (UTC)
You could try that. I think it'll probably not be recognized as CSS code, and be recognized as content instead. PhilKnight (talk) 20:49, 29 June 2018 (UTC)
OK, yes, you're right. That doesn't seem to work. I'm trying to implement the new functionality of the 'templatestyles' tag as per Wikipedia:TemplateStyles; do you know how to create pages so that they are interpreted as css? The examples provided just *have* pages that are interpreted as css with the implication that they are just created normally (they can be edited like any other page albeit a different editor pops up as I mentioned). — Preceding unsigned comment added by Shaav (talkcontribs) 23:45, 2 July 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)

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)

Block question[edit]

I'm involved in a moderately long IRC discussion regarding the block at: User_talk:Leaderboard

While a rename would be an easy solution, they are a significant contributor and administrator at wiki books, so I think telling them to ask for a rename is a bit unfair. I feel differently if leaderboard were in active project but it is defunct. I believe discussion is about to start at AN, but I wanted to bring your attention to the issue. I'm inclined to on block with the caveat that they not promote their web browser should it ever be reinvigorated, but I don't like to unblock without checking with someone who has weighed in on the block decision.--S Philbrick(Talk) 19:44, 24 August 2018 (UTC)

@331dot: I didn't contact you directly as I saw your response as largely echoing Phil Knight's response but it's only polite to contact you. --S Philbrick(Talk) 19:47, 24 August 2018 (UTC)
Wikipedia:Administrators'_noticeboard#Review_of_Leaderboard's_block--S Philbrick(Talk) 20:00, 24 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)

You've got mail[edit]

Follow-up. ~ Amory (utc) 01:42, 3 September 2018 (UTC)

A heads up at COI[edit]

Hi PhilKnight, I know you just unblocked one of these accounts, but I've opened a thread at the COI noticeboard which may be of interest [1]. Cheers, 2601:188:180:11F0:65F5:930C:B0B2:CD63 (talk) 00:11, 4 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.

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Hello PhilKnight[edit]

Hello User:PhilKnight, My account has been accused of sockpuppetry and i don't know why. Please look into the matter. Thanks ~Inked Soul~ (talkcontribs) 06:57, 7 October 2018 (UTC)

Why?[edit]

I would give you a thanks for deleting baldi's basics page because not much wikipedians know about it,but do you actually know the game? many people like that game. :P i'm sorry if this offended you. - TheBendly — Preceding unsigned comment added by TheBendly (talkcontribs) 22:28, 8 October 2018 (UTC)

No sorry, I don't know the game. PhilKnight (talk) 20:17, 9 October 2018 (UTC)

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.

Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 07:19, 3 November 2018 (UTC)

Antisemitic canard page hijacking[edit]

SmalforaGiant appears to be hijacking the page Antisemitic canard (edit | talk | history | links | watch | logs) and has moved it to Anti-zionist data (edit | talk | history | links | watch | logs) The pages move history is getting convoluted. Cheers Jim1138 talk 09:13, 9 November 2018 (UTC)

Thanks for letting me know. PhilKnight (talk) 11:46, 9 November 2018 (UTC)

Proposed low-bandwidth editing app[edit]

May I ask your views on a proposal for a low-bandwidth editing app which I made in the Community Wishlist Survey? The app is for editing wikis over slow or expensive internet connections. You're listed as a member of Wikipedia:WikiProject Countering systemic bias/Global perspective, and it seems as if you might have relevant knowledge. The deadline for changes to the proposal is the 16th of November. Thank you for your time. HLHJ (talk) 22:21, 11 November 2018 (UTC)

ArbCom 2018 election voter message[edit]

Scale of justice 2.svgHello, PhilKnight. 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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