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Welcome to the 41st edition of my talk page. Please leave me a message below and I will generally reply on your talk page. Although my email address is enabled, I do not check often (so I may be slow in replying to email and very much prefer to have conversations here). I am not around much, so it may take me a while to reply or respond to requests. Please note that while I will do a peer review on just about any article if asked, it will often take me a week or more, and I do not have the time to do copyedits. If you want me to review an article, please open a peer review on it first. Thanks for stopping by and happy editing! Ruhrfisch ><>°° 18:08, 24 September 2016 (UTC)

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You and I both get a photo credit here[edit]

The state rail plan appears to have both of us represented. My photo of the Suburban Station facade is on 30 while the very last page (168) is a photo of yours. Mitch32(The ripest peach is highest on the tree.) 05:45, 8 October 2016 (UTC)

Congrats and cool - thanks so much for letting me know. I keep track of places that use my photos and will add this. Ruhrfisch ><>°° 01:12, 9 October 2016 (UTC)

Wikipedia:WikiProject United States/The 50,000 Challenge[edit]

50k Challenge poster.jpg You are invited to participate in the 50,000 Challenge, aiming for 50,000 article improvements and creations for articles relating to the United States. This effort began on November 1, 2016 and to reach our goal, we will need editors like you to participate, expand, and create. See more here!

--MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 02:41, 8 November 2016 (UTC)

Two-Factor Authentication now available for admins[edit]

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Please note that TOTP based two-factor authentication is now available for all administrators. In light of the recent compromised accounts, you are encouraged to add this additional layer of security to your account. It may be enabled on your preferences page in the "User profile" tab under the "Basic information" section. For basic instructions on how to enable two-factor authentication, please see the developing help page for additional information. Important: Be sure to record the two-factor authentication key and the single use keys. If you lose your two factor authentication and do not have the keys, it's possible that your account will not be recoverable. Furthermore, you are encouraged to utilize a unique password and two-factor authentication for the email account associated with your Wikimedia account. This measure will assist in safeguarding your account from malicious password resets. Comments, questions, and concerns may be directed to the thread on the administrators' noticeboard. MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 20:32, 12 November 2016 (UTC)

A new user right for New Page Patrollers[edit]

Hi Ruhrfisch.

A new user group, New Page Reviewer, has been created in a move to greatly improve the standard of new page patrolling. The user right can be granted by any admin at PERM. It is highly recommended that admins look beyond the simple numerical threshold and satisfy themselves that the candidates have the required skills of communication and an advanced knowledge of notability and deletion. Admins are automatically included in this user right.

It is anticipated that this user right will significantly reduce the work load of admins who patrol the performance of the patrollers. However,due to the complexity of the rollout, some rights may have been accorded that may later need to be withdrawn, so some help will still be needed to some extent when discovering wrongly applied deletion tags or inappropriate pages that escape the attention of less experienced reviewers, and above all, hasty and bitey tagging for maintenance. User warnings are available here but very often a friendly custom message works best.

If you have any questions about this user right, don't hesitate to join us at WT:NPR. (Sent to all admins).MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 13:47, 15 November 2016 (UTC)

Peer Reviews[edit]

Heyo. Was directed to ask you about the bots updating the Peer Review page. Archived some of the PRs there and they don't seem to be removed from there yet. Is the bot down or something? GamerPro64 22:09, 19 November 2016 (UTC)

Thanks for the heads up. VeblenBot has not run since November 4 and I am not sure what the problem is. Ruhrfisch ><>°° 13:03, 20 November 2016 (UTC)
I don't even know who's maintaining the bot now. GamerPro64 22:50, 21 November 2016 (UTC)
Basically no one - my name is listed for the bot, but I am not able to maintain it. Sorry :( Ruhrfisch ><>°° 03:03, 23 November 2016 (UTC)

ArbCom Elections 2016: Voting now open![edit]

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Request Assistance[edit]

Hi Ruhrfisch, I remember you helped out with some German-language issues at rhodocene many years ago, and I am wondering if you can offer some help with the article aluminium sulfacetate which I have recently created. This source from 1899 speaks of its use as a mordant being abandoned and about production of an "empyreumatic liquid." My DYK nomination uses this fact for the hook and the translation has been questioned. Would you be able to look at the German version of the text and comment? Happy to change the article and hook if I have misrepresented the source, obviously. Many Thanks. EdChem (talk) 21:05, 23 November 2016 (UTC)

Veblenbot[edit]

Hi Ruhrfisch, sorry to bother you on Thanksgiving, ignore this until you're back, but I just wanted to make sure you had heard that Veblenbot has been down since Nov 2 (see User talk:CBM#VeblenBot down?). In particular, WP:FACL stops at November 2. Best of the season to you and yours. - Dank (push to talk) 16:13, 24 November 2016 (UTC)

Hi Dank, I am not able to maintian the bot anymore - there is a discussion at Wikipedia:Bot_owners'_noticeboard#User:VeblenBot about this. Ruhrfisch ><>°° 00:25, 26 November 2016 (UTC)

Happy Saturnalia![edit]

Lawrence Alma-Tadema 06.jpeg Happy Saturnalia
Wishing you and yours a Happy Holiday Season, from the horse and bishop person. May the year ahead be productive and troll-free. Ealdgyth - Talk 01:41, 18 December 2016 (UTC)
Thanks Ealdgyth! Ruhrfisch ><>°° 16:49, 25 December 2016 (UTC)

Merry Christmas[edit]

Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

Smallbones(smalltalk) 05:15, 20 December 2016 (UTC)

Thanks Smallbones! Ruhrfisch ><>°° 16:50, 25 December 2016 (UTC)

Merry Christmas[edit]

Thank you for the nice card, and a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours. Finetooth (talk) 17:58, 25 December 2016 (UTC)

Merry Christmas to you, too. Gerry D (talk) 21:04, 25 December 2016 (UTC)
Merry Christmas! Always pleased to hear from you. Choess (talk) 01:20, 26 December 2016 (UTC)
Thanks everyone! Ruhrfisch ><>°° 01:22, 26 December 2016 (UTC)

Merry, merry![edit]

From the icy Canajian north; to you and yours! FWiW Bzuk (talk) 19:59, 25 December 2016 (UTC) Lights ablaze.JPG

Forgot to give YOU your New Years' hug,, and... need help[edit]

Again. My brain is still buzzed by 3 operations in 4 months so I'm wobbly esp in the memory (and judgement) departments here. I'm trying to ease back in the en.WP but have been met with some stiff opposition from the newest editors, that Commomzmostly.. I'm sure I make mistakes, but they are good faith edits. They only rollback them usually without not leaving any edit summary. I am considering discontinuing working on the wikis. These others have make this a formidable place-- amd I am a team player! So- you may recall that I NEVER wanted to be am Admim, since I despise confrontation. Here is an example of his/her belief that its OK to place open lniks to [[NAMM] in the centers of articles.for example: Arthur Adams; the editor is User talk:Allisonhargis, and I hate to come to you about this! --Leahtwosaints

    • OK... so what do you think of my issue (above)? --Leahtwosaints (talk) 21:45, 21 January 2017 (UTC)

Robert Falcon Scott and related articles[edit]

Various 37.230.x IPs (who seem all to be the same person) are grinding an axe here. In particular they are convinced anyone who doesn't like their edits is your sockpuppet (and that we/you are both a vandal and a "hacker"), which is why I'm bringing it to your attention. Pinkbeast (talk) 14:06, 29 January 2017 (UTC)

Back again, also at Terra Nova Expedition Pinkbeast (talk) 03:03, 8 April 2017 (UTC)
This is becoming a bit of a regular thing but back again at Ernest Shackleton and Nimrod Expedition. Apparently you are of similar moral character to Shackleton - which, frankly, I should take as a compliment. Pinkbeast (talk) 02:34, 7 June 2017 (UTC)
Thank you. See you in three months, I fear. Pinkbeast (talk) 04:46, 9 June 2017 (UTC)
Today we have Robert Falcon Scott and Roald Amundsen - a bit madder than usual for them, too. Pinkbeast (talk) 16:02, 25 June 2017 (UTC)
Back again at Talk:Robert Falcon Scott - just babbling at the moment but I daresay it'll escalate shortly. I'm your sockpuppet again, which makes a difference from being accused of being Jack Monroe, I suppose. Pinkbeast (talk) 23:45, 22 October 2017 (UTC)

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Thanks[edit]

...for your Signpost comment and acknowledgement of those heady days of PR when a group of us combined to make it such a powerful instrument for article improvement. You seriously understate your contribution and leadership in this endeavour. As my health slowly improves I am trying to take a bit more interest in some aspects of Wikipedia, and might soon be able to undertake the occasional review. My best wishes to you. Brianboulton (talk) 22:42, 16 March 2017 (UTC)

Brian - I am overjoyed to hear your health is improving and to see your post here! Thanks for your kind words and wonderful to see you here, and all the best from me to you, as well. Ruhrfisch ><>°° 16:34, 17 March 2017 (UTC)

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I have started an essay on the concept of narrative flow, a concept that I think is largely undervalued in the encyclopedia in general. I decided to search for discussions where editors had raised the concept, figuring that such editors might want to chime in on the meaning of the concept and I found a mention by you. Cheers! bd2412 T 02:00, 17 March 2017 (UTC)

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Article of concern[edit]

Hey Ruhr, long time. I hope youre well. Can you take a look at something I noticed while reading. Six-year itch seems iffy. Like it is made up. The list of elections attributed to it is at least suspect. I can eliminate several right off with only cursory research. I know this isnt your area but I haven't the time to do much here these days and this article concerned me because it has one source and it is almost false on its face. This article gives this topic way too much influence. You can email me if you still have my email. IvoShandor (talk) 03:46, 20 May 2017 (UTC)

I see youre not real active either. Perhaps you could tag someone who could take look? ~~ IvoShandor (talk) 03:52, 20 May 2017 (UTC)

Hi Ivo, I was skeptical initially, but a Google search on "six year itch politics" turned up quite a few references from reliable sources, so I think it is OK. I will try to add some to the article. Hope all is well with you, Ruhrfisch ><>°° 23:19, 20 May 2017 (UTC)

Upper Pine Bottom State Park scheduled for TFA[edit]

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Thank your for your work on the park! "Although there is not much there today beyond picnic tables, a parking lot, and a lovely trout stream, it has an interesting history." --Gerda Arendt (talk) 07:07, 17 June 2017 (UTC)

It's great seeing this on the main page. Finetooth (talk) 14:13, 17 June 2017 (UTC)

Thanks Gerda and Finetooth! Ruhrfisch ><>°° 14:34, 17 June 2017 (UTC)

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Thanks Gerda, Ruhrfisch ><>°° 00:18, 9 August 2017 (UTC)

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This will assist those reviewing the many many "free" images on commons that have not yet been transferred to Commons. ShakespeareFan00 (talk) 07:14, 25 September 2017 (UTC)

Now on Commons (and deleted here) Ruhrfisch ><>°° 02:37, 11 January 2018 (UTC)

Please claim your upload(s): File:Steamtown NHS Turntable.JPG[edit]

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This will assist those reviewing the many many "free" images on commons that have not yet been transferred to Commons. ShakespeareFan00 (talk) 07:15, 25 September 2017 (UTC)

Now on Commons (and deleted here) Ruhrfisch ><>°° 02:38, 11 January 2018 (UTC)

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West Shore Railroad (current) listed at Redirects for discussion[edit]

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Wikimedia Commons images on the main page[edit]

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Thanks - it has been a while since I put a picture on the main page and I did not know the current procedure. Hope there was not any image vandalism. Ruhrfisch ><>°° 12:15, 18 November 2017 (UTC)
No vandalism occurred in this instance (wherein the bot acted with minimal delay), so all is well. Thanks again. —David Levy 17:54, 18 November 2017 (UTC)

Semi-protection of this talk page[edit]

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User talk pages are rarely protected, and are semi-protected for short durations only in the most severe cases of vandalism from IP users. Users whose talk pages are semi-protected should have an unprotected user talk subpage linked conspicuously from their main talk page to allow good faith comments from non-autoconfirmed users.

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Okey doke. Unprotected now. Let the IP fun begin. Ruhrfisch ><>°° 12:17, 18 November 2017 (UTC)

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Possibility of providing your input on a Peer Review for Regine Velasquez's entry[edit]

Hi Ruhrfisch,

I'm writing to ask whether you would consider having a look at the article. I'm aware that you've been involved with a few PRs before. I've given it a major rewrite and complete overhaul. I began working on the article late October when it looked like this and somehow ended up rewriting the whole thing and aiming for potentially FA. This isn't a process I've been through before, but I have been reading the reviews here in preparation, and am familiar with FAC demands. I would very much appreciate a fresh set of eyes and happily address any concerns you may have.

Thanks! Pseud 14 (talk) 13:31, 27 November 2017 (UTC)

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Happy Saturnalia![edit]

Pompeii - Osteria della Via di Mercurio - Dice Players.jpg Happy Saturnalia
Wishing you and yours a Happy Holiday Season, from the horse and bishop person. May the year ahead be productive and troll-free and you not often get distracted by dice-playing. Ealdgyth - Talk 14:03, 17 December 2017 (UTC)
Thanks Ealdgyth! Happy Saturnalia to you too! Ruhrfisch ><>°° 13:53, 22 December 2017 (UTC)

Your signature[edit]

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Anomalocaris (talk) 09:30, 19 December 2017 (UTC)

Test - thanks Ruhrfisch >&lt;>°° 15:27, 19 December 2017 (UTC)
Hmmm -that did not work. Ruhrfisch >&lt;>°° 15:28, 19 December 2017 (UTC)
Does this work - hope so. Ruhrfisch ><>°° 15:29, 19 December 2017 (UTC)
OK, I fixed it (your code had an error in it, btw). Ruhrfisch ><>°° 15:30, 19 December 2017 (UTC)
Sorry I didn't get it right. Thank you for figuring it out and de-linting your signature! —Anomalocaris (talk) 08:56, 22 December 2017 (UTC)
No worries - I appreciate the heads up. Thanks again, Ruhrfisch ><>°° 13:52, 22 December 2017 (UTC)

Seasons' Greetings[edit]

The Great White North.jpg

...to you and yours, from the Great White North! FWiW Bzuk (talk) 17:12, 24 December 2017 (UTC)

Thanks Bzuk! Happy New Year! Ruhrfisch ><>°° 03:04, 11 January 2018 (UTC)

Merry Merry Christmas[edit]

The Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you, the Lord lift up His countenance on you, and give you peace. (Numbers 6:24-26)

Athaenara 15:56, 25 December 2017 (UTC)

Thanks Athaenara! Happy New Year! Ruhrfisch ><>°° 03:12, 11 January 2018 (UTC)

Seasons' Greetings[edit]

All the best for the holiday season, I know that you don't edit as much nowadays but you may be interested in this RfC. Best Wishes...Jokulhlaup (talk) 10:31, 29 December 2017 (UTC)

Thanks Jokulhlaup! Happy New Year! Ruhrfisch ><>°° 03:06, 11 January 2018 (UTC)

Happy New Year[edit]

Best wishes for the new year. Finetooth (talk) 02:26, 1 January 2018 (UTC)

Thanks Finetooth! Happy New Year! Ruhrfisch ><>°° 03:07, 11 January 2018 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – January 2018[edit]

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

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Administrator changes

added Muboshgu
readded AnetodeLaser brainWorm That Turned
removed None

Bureaucrat changes

readded Worm That Turned

Guideline and policy news

  • A request for comment is in progress to determine whether the administrator policy should be amended to require disclosure of paid editing activity at WP:RFA and to prohibit the use of administrative tools as part of paid editing activity, with certain exceptions.

Technical news

Arbitration


Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 02:37, 3 January 2018 (UTC)

Plunketts Creek (Loyalsock Creek tributary) scheduled for TFA[edit]

This is to let you know that Plunketts Creek (Loyalsock Creek tributary) has been scheduled as today's featured article for 3 February 2018. Please check that the article needs no amendments. If you're interested in editing the main page text, you're welcome to do so at Wikipedia:Today's featured article/February 3, 2018. Ealdgyth - Talk 15:33, 19 January 2018 (UTC)

Congrats on the TFA !!!! Gerry D (talk) 01:14, 3 February 2018 (UTC)
Thanks! Ruhrfisch ><>°° 04:23, 3 February 2018 (UTC)
Thank you for the creek! I wrote about a small place at a creek, a tributary of the Ruhr, recently, and a cantata I worked on from 2012 is still in the recents. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 06:59, 3 February 2018 (UTC)
Thanks - creeks are great to visit and to write about, Ruhrfisch ><>°° 03:39, 4 February 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
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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)

pr script writes output to page?[edit]

Hello Ruhrfisch, I seem to recall a script used in PR that writes its output to the PR page... could you point it out, or its author, to me? Lingzhi ♦ (talk) 23:38, 8 February 2018 (UTC)

Hi Lingzhi, the author (User:AndyZ) has sadly not been active in years and years. The page with the script is here - I am not sure how useful it still is, but I hope it helps. Ruhrfisch ><>°° 03:22, 9 February 2018 (UTC)
Thanks! Lingzhi ♦ (talk) 03:25, 9 February 2018 (UTC)

Speedy deletion nomination of User talk:68.22.85.66[edit]

Hello, and welcome to Wikipedia. Although everyone is welcome to contribute to Wikipedia, introducing inappropriate pages, such as User talk:68.22.85.66, is not in accordance with our policies. If you would like to experiment, please use the sandbox. Under section G3 of the criteria for speedy deletion, the page has been nominated for deletion.

If you think this page should not be deleted for this reason, you may contest the nomination by visiting the page and clicking the button labelled "Contest this speedy deletion". This will give you the opportunity to explain why you believe the page should not be deleted. However, be aware that once a page is tagged for speedy deletion, it may be deleted without delay. Please do not remove the speedy deletion tag from the page yourself, but do not hesitate to add information in line with Wikipedia's policies and guidelines. Zefr (talk) 18:51, 13 February 2018 (UTC)

Hello Ruhrfisch. Thanks for the note on my talk page. By memory, Twinkle used to have a 'report user' drop down, but it's not there any more, so I used the next best auto-inform. I know this wasn't the right function, but glad that you noticed and took action. Thanks. If you can educate me further, leave a note here. --Zefr (talk) 21:40, 13 February 2018 (UTC)
FYI please, another one. --Zefr (talk) 02:07, 14 February 2018 (UTC)
Thanks. I have never used Twinkle, just saw the edit was tagged as being done with it. WP:AIV is one place to go and get admin help with presistent vandals quickly. I am not on WP as much as I used to be, so while I can help, it may be hours or days before I am around again, Ruhrfisch ><>°° 18:37, 14 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)

WP:GAR needs category list updating.[edit]

Hi. I used to do a bit of work at WP:GAR and was looking at getting involved again. One issue is archiving old reviews. I followed the breadcrumbs and it seems you are now responsible for the Veblenbot task that did this archiving. The last correct update was Febrauary 2015 so I was wondering if you would mind updating it. I knew how to many years ago, but things have changed and I can no longer accesss the category listings. On a side note I think it would be great if a simple task like archiving was not relient on manually updating a bot task. Is there another way we can do this. AIRcorn (talk) 20:59, 19 March 2018 (UTC)

I am sorry, but I am no longer able to maintain VeblenBot (and it has not run since 2016). Ruhrfisch ><>°° 01:01, 20 March 2018 (UTC)
Thanks. I will go to the village pump and see if I can get some help there. AIRcorn (talk) 01:15, 20 March 2018 (UTC)
Good luck and sorry I could not be of assistance, Ruhrfisch ><>°° 02:11, 20 March 2018 (UTC)
Not much interest there either. I have virtually no coding experience (apart from playing Neverwinter Nights) and have no idea on how to run a bot or I would be willing to take over it myself. CBM gave me access to this link, which no longer exists, so I could update the GAR category number, but I take it much more is involved. I will give the village pump thread another couple of days and then make a formal bot request just for this specific task. AIRcorn (talk) 18:02, 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
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)

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)

Thank you for the Signpost article[edit]

Hi I just wanted to say thank you for writing the Signpost entry about common issues in Peer Review. This was very useful. It helped me spot several things I can fix before doing a peer review. Thanks! --Culix (talk) 03:54, 15 May 2018 (UTC)

Thank you for your kind words - glad to hear what I wrote with Finetooth several years ago is both still useful, and being read (!) Ruhrfisch ><>°° 18:26, 16 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)

Precious anniversary[edit]

Precious
Cornflower blue Yogo sapphire.jpg
Six years!

--Gerda Arendt (talk) 21:50, 6 June 2018 (UTC)

Seven years now! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 06:22, 6 June 2019 (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)

TFL notification[edit]

Hi, Ruhrfisch. I'm just posting to let you know that List of municipalities in Sullivan County, Pennsylvania – a list that you have been heavily involved with – has been chosen to appear on the Main Page as Today's featured list for August 27. The TFL blurb can be seen here. If you have any thoughts on the selection, please post them on my talk page or at TFL talk. Regards, Giants2008 (Talk) 22:39, 6 August 2018 (UTC)

Peer review newsletter #1[edit]

Introduction[edit]

Hello to all! I do not intend to write a regular peer review newsletter but there does occasionally come a time when those interested in contributing to peer review should be contacted, and now is one. I've mailed this out to everyone on the peer review volunteers list, and some editors that have contributed to past discussions. Apologies if I've left you off or contacted you and you didn't want it. Next time there is a newsletter / mass message it will be opt in (here), I'll talk about this below - but first:

  • THANK YOU! I want to thank you for your contributions and for volunteering on the list to help out at peer review. Thank you!
  • Peer review is useful! It's good to have an active peer review process. This is often the way that we help new or developing editors understand our ways, and improve the quality of their editing - so it fills an important and necessary gap between the teahouse (kindly introduction to our Wikiways) and GA and FA reviews (specific standards uphelp according to a set of quality criteria). And we should try and improve this process where possible (automate, simplify) so it can be used and maintained easily.

Updates[edit]

It can get quite lonely tinkering with peer review...
With a bit of effort we can renovate the place to look like this!

Update #1: the peer review volunteers list is changing[edit]

The list is here in case you've forgotten: WP:PRV. Kadane has kindly offered to create a bot that will ping editors on the volunteers list with unanswered reviews in their chosen subject areas every so often. You can choose the time interval by changing the "contact" parameter. Options are "never", "monthly", "quarterly", "halfyearly", and "annually". For example:

  • {{PRV|JohnSmith|History of engineering|contact=monthly}} - if placed in the "History" section, JohnSmith will receive an automatic update every month about unanswered peer reviews relating to history.
  • {{PRV|JaneSmith|Mesopotamian geography, Norwegian fjords|contact=annually}} - if placed in the "Geography" section, JaneSmith will receive an automatic update every yearly about unanswered peer reviews in the geography area.

We can at this stage only use the broad peer review section titles to guide what reviews you'd like, but that's better than nothing! You can also set an interest in multiple separate subject areas that will be updated at different times.

Update #2: a (lean) WikiProject Peer review[edit]

I don't think we need a WikiProject with a giant bureaucracy nor all sorts of whiz-bang features. However over the last few years I've found there are times when it would have been useful to have a list of editors that would like to contribute to discussions about the peer review process (e.g. instructions, layout, automation, simplification etc.). Also, it can get kind of lonely on the talk page as I am (correct me if I'm wrong) the only regular contributor, with most editors moving on after 6 - 12 months.

So, I've decided to create "WikiProject Peer review". If you'd like to contribute to the WikiProject, or make yourself available for future newsletters or contact, please add yourself to the list of members.

Update #3: advertising[edit]

We plan to do some advertising of peer review, to let editors know about it and how to volunteer to help, at a couple of different venues (Signpost, Village pump, Teahouse etc.) - but have been waiting until we get this bot + WikiProject set up so we have a way to help interested editors make more enduring contributions. So consider yourself forewarned!

And... that's it!

I wish you all well on your Wikivoyages, Tom (LT) (talk) 00:31, 11 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
removed AsterionCrisco 1492KFKudpungLizRandykittySpartaz
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)

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)

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)

What action to take re Infobox river / Geobox river Tfd/merge[edit]

Really would like your insights at User talk:Qui1che#Gauge interest in pursuing dispute resolution re the Geobox river / Infobox River Tfd and merge process. --papageno (talk) 00:43, 16 November 2018 (UTC)

FYI Ruhrfisch, as an admin you should be aware that Qui1che is WP:CANVASing to prevent the merger from taking place. [1], [2], [3], [4], [5]. --Zackmann (Talk to me/What I been doing) 01:03, 16 November 2018 (UTC)

ArbCom 2018 election voter message[edit]

Scale of justice 2.svgHello, Ruhrfisch. 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)

Infobox image sizes[edit]

I see that the long battle to save the geoboxes is over and lost. The switch seems to have caused little in the way of data loss, but the top images are notable exceptions. The bot (or person) making the changes strips the image size line, and the default is too small. I've fixed all the Oregon stream articles one by one, adding the size parameter and setting it to 300 to match the map size. I've done the same for Larrys Creek, and I'll do more as time and my various ailments allow. My Wikepedia time is greatly reduced from a year ago, but is not yet zero. Please let me know if you do not want me to reset the size to 300. Hi, by the way. I hope things are going well with you. Finetooth (talk) 23:19, 28 November 2018 (UTC)

Thanks for fixing those and for the heads up. I assumed the Rivers Wikiproject was informed of the TfD, but it turns out they were not. I should have some time to work on more fixes later this month. Sorry to hear your ailments are bothering you - things are going well here, just busy and tired. Take care, Ruhrfisch ><>°° 03:34, 6 December 2018 (UTC)
(watching:) Good attempt, but please better use image_upright than a fixed size, to respect users' preferences. If the infobox has no parameter like that, request one (examples in {{infobox person}}, {{infobox opera}} and other advanced templates) or cheat, as I do on church articles, compare St. Nikolai, Kiel. Saint Nicholas Day ;) --Gerda Arendt (talk) 09:11, 6 December 2018 (UTC)
Hi Gerda, here is an example of what we are talking about. There are both a map and an image in the box for the stream article. In the previous Geobox format, the sizes of each were set to 300 px wide (for legibility of the map). When the Geobox was converted to the new Infobpx template, the map was set to 300 px wide, but the lead image was not - it looked odd to have the lead image narrower than the box. Diff Always nice to see an example of Backstein Gotik linked here. Ruhrfisch ><>°° 12:27, 6 December 2018 (UTC)
I probably wasn't clear. I agree with larger size, but it shouldn't be done as fixed size, 300px, but - with respect to user's preferences - as a multiple of their prefered size, saying image_upright=1.3. Problem with some infoboxes is that they don't have the parameter. Infobox musical composition has it, see Saint Nicolas (Britten), but Infobox church doesn't, then I cheat, saying in the image parameter, in square brackets: File:xyz|frameless|upright=1.3. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 13:01, 6 December 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

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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


Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 03:36, 3 December 2018 (UTC)

Seasonal greetings[edit]

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Seasonal greetings for 2018, and best wishes for 2019 to all who continue to fight for good practice and higher standards in building this great encyclopedia. Brianboulton (talk) 12:49, 18 December 2018 (UTC)

Happy Saturnalia[edit]

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Wishing you and yours a Happy Holiday Season, from the horse and bishop person. May the year ahead be productive and troll-free. Ealdgyth - Talk 17:06, 18 December 2018 (UTC)

Greetings and Salutations[edit]

An imaginative 1882 greeting card in The National Archives collection.
To Ruhrfisch:
Hello!
Congratulations!
You have been included in my first, and possibly only, Very Early Christmas List!
As an earnest fellow believer in Santa Claus, and possibly in Our Redeemer Liveth as well, you may wonder how you got on this list.
I have no idea!
That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
Unless I tracked down the connection in our user talk archives, in which case you know who you are.
Or not!
All the best for you and yours this Christmas 2018 and New Year 2019!
Athaenara jingles all the way 02:10, 19 December 2018 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – January 2019[edit]

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

Guideline and policy news

  1. G14 (new): Disambiguation pages that disambiguate only zero or one existing pages are now covered under the new G14 criterion (discussion). This is {{db-disambig}}; the text is unchanged and candidates may be found in Category:Candidates for speedy deletion as unnecessary disambiguation pages.
  2. R4 (new): Redirects in the file namespace (and no file links) that have the same name as a file or redirect at Commons are now covered under the new R4 criterion (discussion). This is {{db-redircom}}; the text is unchanged.
  3. G13 (expanded): Userspace drafts containing only the default Article Wizard text are now covered under G13 along with other drafts (discussion). Such blank drafts are now eligible after six months rather than one year, and taggers continue to use {{db-blankdraft}}.

Technical news

  • Starting on December 13, the Wikimedia Foundation security team implemented new password policy and requirements. Privileged accounts (administrators, bureaucrats, checkusers, oversighters, interface administrators, bots, edit filter managers/helpers, template editors, et al.) must have a password at least 10 characters in length. All accounts must have a password:
  1. At least 8 characters in length
  2. Not in the 100,000 most popular passwords (defined by the Password Blacklist library)
  3. Different from their username
User accounts not meeting these requirements will be prompted to update their password accordingly. More information is available on MediaWiki.org.
  • Blocked administrators may now block the administrator that blocked them. This was done to mitigate the possibility that a compromised administrator account would block all other active administrators, complementing the removal of the ability to unblock oneself outside of self-imposed blocks. A request for comment is currently in progress to determine whether the blocking policy should be updated regarding this change.
  • {{Copyvio-revdel}} now has a link to open the history with the RevDel checkboxes already filled in.

Arbitration

Miscellaneous

  • Accounts continue to be compromised on a regular basis. Evidence shows this is entirely due to the accounts having the same password that was used on another website that suffered a data breach. If you have ever used your current password on any other website, you should change it immediately.
  • Around 22% of admins have enabled two-factor authentication, up from 20% in June 2018. If you haven't already enabled it, please consider doing so. Regardless of whether you use 2FA, please practice appropriate account security by ensuring your password is secure and unique to Wikimedia.

Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 21:39, 1 January 2019 (UTC)

2019[edit]

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Die Zeit, die Tag und Jahre macht

Happy 2019

begin it with music and memories

Not too late, I hope ;) --Gerda Arendt (talk) 15:01, 13 January 2019 (UTC)

Lock Haven, Pennsylvania scheduled for TFA[edit]

This is to let you know that Lock Haven, Pennsylvania has been scheduled as WP:TFA for 18 February 2019. Please check that the article needs no amendments. If you're interested in editing the main page text, you're welcome to do so at Wikipedia:Today's featured article/February 18, 2019. Thanks! Ealdgyth - Talk 19:21, 26 January 2019 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – February 2019[edit]

News and updates for administrators from the past month (January 2019).

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Administrator changes

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Interface administrator changes

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Guideline and policy news

  • A request for comment is currently open to reevaluate the activity requirements for administrators.
  • Administrators who are blocked have the technical ability to block the administrator who blocked their own account. A recent request for comment has amended the blocking policy to clarify that this ability should only be used in exceptional circumstances, such as account compromises, where there is a clear and immediate need.
  • A request for comment closed with a consensus in favor of deprecating The Sun as a permissible reference, and creating an edit filter to warn users who attempt to cite it.

Technical news

  • A discussion regarding an overhaul of the format and appearance of Wikipedia:Requests for page protection is in progress (permalink). The proposed changes will make it easier to create requests for those who are not using Twinkle. The workflow for administrators at this venue will largely be unchanged. Additionally, there are plans to archive requests similar to how it is done at WP:PERM, where historical records are kept so that prior requests can more easily be searched for.

Miscellaneous

  • Voting in the 2019 Steward elections will begin on 08 February 2019, 14:00 (UTC) and end on 28 February 2019, 13:59 (UTC). The confirmation process of current stewards is being held in parallel. You can automatically check your eligibility to vote.
  • A new IRC bot is available that allows you to subscribe to notifications when specific filters are tripped. This requires that your IRC handle be identified.

Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 02:15, 4 February 2019 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – March 2019[edit]

News and updates for administrators from the past month (February 2019).

Guideline and policy news

Technical news

  • A new tool is available to help determine if a given IP is an open proxy/VPN/webhost/compromised host.

Arbitration

  • The Arbitration Committee announced two new OTRS queues. Both are meant solely for cases involving private information; other cases will continue to be handled at the appropriate venues (e.g., WP:COIN or WP:SPI).
    • paid-en-wp@wikipedia.org has been set up to receive private evidence related to abusive paid editing.
    • checkuser-en-wp@wikipedia.org has been set up to receive private requests for CheckUser. For instance, requests for IP block exemption for anonymous proxy editing should now be sent to this address instead of the functionaries-en list.

Miscellaneous


Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 21:13, 4 March 2019 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – April 2019[edit]

News and updates for administrators from the past month (March 2019).

Technical news

Arbitration

Miscellaneous

  • Two more administrator accounts were compromised. Evidence has shown that these attacks, like previous incidents, were due to reusing a password that was used on another website that suffered a data breach. If you have ever used your current password on any other website, you should change it immediately. All admins are strongly encouraged to enable two-factor authentication, please consider doing so. Please always practice appropriate account security by ensuring your password is secure and unique to Wikimedia.
  • As a reminder, according to WP:NOQUORUM, administrators looking to close or relist an AfD should evaluate a nomination that has received few or no comments as if it were a proposed deletion (PROD) prior to determining whether it should be relisted.

Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 21:57, 7 April 2019 (UTC)

ArbCom 2019 special circular[edit]

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Administrators must secure their accounts

The Arbitration Committee may require a new RfA if your account is compromised.

View additional information

This message was sent to all administrators following a recent motion. Thank you for your attention. For the Arbitration Committee, Cameron11598 03:01, 4 May 2019 (UTC)


Administrator account security (Correction to Arbcom 2019 special circular)[edit]

ArbCom would like to apologise and correct our previous mass message in light of the response from the community.

Since November 2018, six administrator accounts have been compromised and temporarily desysopped. In an effort to help improve account security, our intention was to remind administrators of existing policies on account security — that they are required to "have strong passwords and follow appropriate personal security practices." We have updated our procedures to ensure that we enforce these policies more strictly in the future. The policies themselves have not changed. In particular, two-factor authentication remains an optional means of adding extra security to your account. The choice not to enable 2FA will not be considered when deciding to restore sysop privileges to administrator accounts that were compromised.

We are sorry for the wording of our previous message, which did not accurately convey this, and deeply regret the tone in which it was delivered.

For the Arbitration Committee, -Cameron11598 21:04, 4 May 2019 (UTC)


Administrators' newsletter – May 2019[edit]

News and updates for administrators from the past month (April 2019).

Guideline and policy news

Technical news

  • XTools Admin Stats, a tool to list admins by administrative actions, has been revamped to support more types of log entries such as AbuseFilter changes. Two additional tools have been integrated into it as well: Steward Stats and Patroller Stats.

Arbitration

  • In response to the continuing compromise of administrator accounts, the Arbitration Committee passed a motion amending the procedures for return of permissions (diff). In such cases, the committee will review all available information to determine whether the administrator followed "appropriate personal security practices" before restoring permissions; administrators found failing to have adequately done so will not be resysopped automatically. All current administrators have been notified of this change.
  • Following a formal ratification process, the arbitration policy has been amended (diff). Specifically, the two-thirds majority required to remove or suspend an arbitrator now excludes (1) the arbitrator facing suspension or removal, and (2) any inactive arbitrator who does not respond within 30 days to attempts to solicit their feedback on the resolution through all known methods of communication.

Miscellaneous


Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 00:37, 5 May 2019 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – June 2019[edit]

News and updates for administrators from the past month (May 2019).

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Administrator changes

removed AndonicConsumed CrustaceanEnigmamanEuryalusEWS23HereToHelpNv8200paPeripitusStringTheory11Vejvančický

CheckUser changes

removed Ivanvector

Guideline and policy news

  • An RfC seeks to clarify whether WP:OUTING should include information on just the English Wikipedia or any Wikimedia project.
  • An RfC on WT:RfA concluded that Requests for adminship and bureaucratship are discussions seeking to build consensus.
  • An RfC proposal to make the templates for discussion (TfD) process more like the requested moves (RM) process, i.e. "as a clearinghouse of template discussions", was closed as successful.

Technical news

  • The CSD feature of Twinkle now allows admins to notify page creators of deletion if the page had not been tagged. The default behavior matches that of tagging notifications, and replaces the ability to open the user talk page upon deletion. You can customize which criteria receive notifications in your Twinkle preferences: look for Notify page creator when deleting under these criteria.
  • Twinkle's d-batch (batch delete) feature now supports deleting subpages (and related redirects and talk pages) of each page. The pages will be listed first but use with caution! The und-batch (batch undelete) option can now also restore talk pages.

Miscellaneous


Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 09:48, 8 June 2019 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – July 2019[edit]

News and updates for administrators from the past month (June 2019).

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Administrator changes

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1Floquenbeam's access was removed, then restored, then removed again.
2Fram's access was removed, then restored, then removed again.

Guideline and policy news

  • In a related matter, the account throttle has been restored to six creations per day as the mitigation activity completed.

Technical news

  • The Wikimedia Foundation's Community health initiative plans to design and build a new user reporting system to make it easier for people experiencing harassment and other forms of abuse to provide accurate information to the appropriate channel for action to be taken. Community feedback is invited.

Miscellaneous


Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 21:20, 1 July 2019 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – August 2019[edit]

News and updates for administrators from the past month (July 2019).

Guideline and policy news

Arbitration

Miscellaneous

  • Following a research project on masking IP addresses, the Foundation is starting a new project to improve the privacy of IP editors. The result of this project may significantly change administrative and counter-vandalism workflows. The project is in the very early stages of discussions and there is no concrete plan yet. Admins and the broader community are encouraged to leave feedback on the talk page.
  • The new page reviewer right is bundled with the admin tool set. Many admins regularly help out at Special:NewPagesFeed, but they may not be aware of improvements, changes, and new tools for the Curation system. Stay up to date by subscribing here to the NPP newsletter that appears every two months, and/or putting the reviewers' talk page on your watchlist.

    Since the introduction of temporary user rights, it is becoming more usual to accord the New Page Reviewer right on a probationary period of 3 to 6 months in the first instance. This avoids rights removal for inactivity at a later stage and enables a review of their work before according the right on a permanent basis.


Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 19:24, 3 August 2019 (UTC)

Today's Wikipedian 10 years ago[edit]

Awesome
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Ten years!

--Gerda Arendt (talk) 07:19, 15 August 2019 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – September 2019[edit]

News and updates for administrators from the past month (August 2019).

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Administrator changes

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readded FloquenbeamLectonar
removed DESiegelJake WartenbergRjanagTopbanana

CheckUser changes

removed CallaneccLFaraoneThere'sNoTime

Oversight changes

removed CallaneccFoxHJ MitchellLFaraoneThere'sNoTime

Technical news

  • Editors using the mobile website on Wikipedia can opt-in to new advanced features via your settings page. This will give access to more interface links, special pages, and tools.
  • The advanced version of the edit review pages (recent changes, watchlist, and related changes) now includes two new filters. These filters are for "All contents" and "All discussions". They will filter the view to just those namespaces.

Arbitration

Miscellaneous


Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 00:37, 7 September 2019 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – October 2019[edit]

News and updates for administrators from the past month (September 2019).

Guideline and policy news

  • Following a discussion, a new criterion for speedy category renaming was added: C2F: One eponymous article, which applies if the category contains only an eponymous article or media file, provided that the category has not otherwise been emptied shortly before the nomination. The default outcome is an upmerge to the parent categories.

Technical news

  • As previously noted, tighter password requirements for Administrators were put in place last year. Wikipedia should now alert you if your password is less than 10 characters long and thus too short.

Arbitration

Miscellaneous

  • The Community Tech team has been working on a system for temporarily watching pages, and welcomes feedback.

Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 11:55, 2 October 2019 (UTC)