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Administrators' newsletter – June 2017[edit]


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

Administrator changes

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Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 21:41, 1 June 2017 (UTC)

Routesonline ref remover[edit]

See this Can we add more IPs?


Best, Anna Frodesiak (talk) 12:15, 4 June 2017 (UTC)

Tech News: 2017-23[edit]

19:05, 5 June 2017 (UTC)

The Signpost: 9 June 2017[edit]

Tech News: 2017-24[edit]

15:30, 12 June 2017 (UTC)

Re: TWL, etc[edit]

Maybe this can help. Probably makes sense given my other interests/activity on-site. ~ Rob13Talk 16:16, 13 June 2017 (UTC)

@BU Rob13: Awesome! Sam Walton (talk) 16:18, 13 June 2017 (UTC)

New account?[edit]

Hi. I wanted to check, is this you or someone impersonating you? Linguisttalk|contribs 23:01, 13 June 2017 (UTC)

@Linguist111: Yes! Thanks for checking. If I create a test account I list it here. Sam Walton (talk) 23:05, 13 June 2017 (UTC)

Tech News: 2017-25[edit]

15:44, 19 June 2017 (UTC)

Books and Bytes - Issue 22[edit]

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Books & Bytes
Issue 22, April-May 2017

  • New and expanded research accounts
  • Global branches update
  • Spotlight: OCLC Partnership
  • Bytes in brief

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2nd opinion please[edit]

Hi Sam. I just got a request on my talk page to userfy an article that I just deleted at AfD. As much as I would like to accommodate this request, my gut is telling me I should politely decline. The AfD ended with a consensus to delete based on a lack of notability. The author wants to work on the article in their user space but my problem is that I think this would run contrary to the spirit of AfD. The community said to delete it. And further they did so because the subject fails WP:N. There are a lot of things you can fix in an article but notability isn't once of them. It's either there or it isn't. And to userfy this article I would have to undelete it prior to moving it, again contrary to consensus at the AfD. So as much as I would like to help this editor out, in this case my instincts are saying that I really should not. Am I missing anything here or being too legalistic? It's past midnight here and I am off to bed. This is not time sensitive and I can deal with it tomorrow. Thanks for any input. -Ad Orientem (talk) 04:47, 21 June 2017 (UTC)

Eh never mind. After mulling it over I am fairly convinced this is something I really should not do, at least for now. I have declined their request. -Ad Orientem (talk) 16:12, 21 June 2017 (UTC)
@Ad Orientem: Apologies for the delay in responding! Things like this are up to you. There's nothing really prohibiting you from userfying the old version, but it's likely to be a waste of time on the editors behalf if the subject isn't notable. Sam Walton (talk) 10:35, 22 June 2017 (UTC)

The Signpost: 23 June 2017[edit]

Tech News: 2017-26[edit]

15:38, 26 June 2017 (UTC)

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COH Challenge[edit]


Thank you for your contribution to the UNESCO Challenge a couple of months ago.

I don't know if you have noticed, but there is a new competition starting tomorrow, that is co-arranged by UNESCO and Wikimedia Sverige – the COH Challenge. This time, the purpose is to get as many of the images uploaded as part of the Connected Open Heritage project (e.g. of world heritage sites, the images can be found here) as possible to be used in Wikipedia articles (however, at most five images – with caption – per article).

I hope you want to participate! :)

Best, Eric Luth (WMSE) (talk) 15:46, 30 June 2017 (UTC)

Tech News: 2017-27[edit]

15:32, 3 July 2017 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – July 2017[edit]


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

Administrator changes

added Happyme22Dragons flight
removed Zad68

Guideline and policy news

Technical news


  • A newly revamped database report can help identify users who may be eligible to be autopatrolled.
  • A potentially compromised account from 2001–2002 attempted to request resysop. Please practice appropriate account security by using a unique password for Wikipedia, and consider enabling two-factor authentication. Currently around 17% of admins have enabled 2FA, up from 16% in February 2017.
  • Did you know: On 29 June 2017, there were 1,261 administrators on the English Wikipedia – the exact number of administrators as there were ten years ago on 29 June 2007. Since that time, the English Wikipedia has grown from 1.85 million articles to over 5.43 million.

Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 20:59, 6 July 2017 (UTC)



You may or may not be keeping tabs on this, but is your close here the latest and current consensus on granting IPBE that you're aware of? I can't find any evidence that the RFC you suggested in your close has happened. But I've been known to be clueless and miss obvious things before.

That was a reasonable, well-thought-out close, by the way. I'm disappointed there wasn't consensus to change the policy right away, but I see why you closed it the way you did. --Floquenbeam (talk) 17:16, 7 July 2017 (UTC)

@Floquenbeam: Thanks! I'm not aware of any further developments, though I haven't been pro-actively giving it any attention. I'd think any further changes would have ended up in ANEWS though, and nothing more has been posted there about it. Sam Walton (talk) 17:23, 7 July 2017 (UTC)
Yes, I looked there and on WT:IPBE and saw nothing newer. Just wanted to double check. The idea of creating a productive RFC about changing a policy (any policy) fills me with an almost paralyzing fatalism and dread, but I may think about how best to try to move it forward. Thanks. --Floquenbeam (talk) 17:34, 7 July 2017 (UTC)
@Floquenbeam: Ha, I know the feeling. Well the consensus is there for changing, it just needs a specific wording suggestion to be implemented. Sam Walton (talk) 19:22, 8 July 2017 (UTC)

The WikiProject Video Games Newsletter, Q2 2017[edit]


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Tech News: 2017-28[edit]

15:07, 10 July 2017 (UTC)

The Signpost: 15 July 2017[edit]

Tech News: 2017-29[edit]

22:59, 17 July 2017 (UTC)


Is this you? This account was created just now... ~Oshwah~(talk) (contribs) 19:35, 18 July 2017 (UTC)

@Oshwah: Yes, thanks for checking :) Sam Walton (talk) 19:36, 18 July 2017 (UTC)
You bet ;-) ~Oshwah~(talk) (contribs) 19:39, 18 July 2017 (UTC)

Structured Data on Commons Newsletter, July 19, 2017[edit]

Welcome to the newsletter for Structured Data on Wikimedia Commons! You can update your subscription to the newsletter. Do inform others who you think will want to be involved in the project!

Structured Data on Wikimedia Commons?[edit]

The millions of files on Wikimedia Commons are described with a lot of information or (meta)data. With the project Structured Data on Wikimedia Commons, this data is structured more, and is made machine-readable. This will make it easier to view, search (also multilingually), edit, organize and re-use the files on Commons.

In early 2017, the Sloan Foundation funded this project (see documentation). Development takes place in 2017–2020. It involves staff from the Wikimedia Foundation and Wikimedia Deutschland (WMDE) and many volunteers. To achieve this, Wikibase support is added to Wikimedia Commons. Wikibase is the technology that is also used for Wikidata.

Recent developments: groundwork[edit]

  • A new and crucial technical step (federation) now makes it possible to reference data from one Wikibase website in another. Because of this, it will be possible to use Wikidata's items and properties to describe media files on Commons.
  • Another important piece of groundwork is under development: so-called Multi-Content Revisions. This feature allows structured data to be stored alongside wiki text, so that one wiki page can contain several types of content.

Team updates[edit]

  • Amanda Bittaker was hired as Program Manager for Structured Data on Wikimedia Commons. Amanda will take care of the overall management of the project.
  • Sandra Fauconnier (known as Spinster in her volunteer capacity) is the new Community Liaison. She will support the collaboration between the communities (Commons, Wikidata, GLAM) and the product development teams at the Wikimedia Foundation and Wikimedia Deutschland.
  • We have open positions for a UX designer and a Product Manager!

Talking with communities and allies[edit]

  • Long-term feedback from GLAMs. Besides the Wikimedia community, many external cultural and knowledge institutions (GLAMs - Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums) are interested in Structured Data on Commons and are willing to provide feedback on the long-term plans for the project. Alex Stinson, GLAM strategist at the Wikimedia Foundation, is currently in contact with Europeana, DPLA, the Smithsonian and the National Archives of the United States. Alex is also looking for other GLAM institutions who might be able to advise on the long term. If you know of an institution or partner that may be appropriate for consultation, do get in touch with Alex.
  • Jonathan Morgan, design researcher, is starting to work on two projects:

What comes next?[edit]

  • The Structured Data on Commons team meets in the week after Wikimania to lay the groundwork for the next steps. This includes new backend development and design work, for better and more clear integration of the structured data in pages on Wikimedia Commons.
  • The project's information pages on Wikimedia Commons will receive a long overdue update in the upcoming months. The team will also work on more and better communication channels. Feedback, wishes and tips are welcome at the project's general talk page.

Get involved[edit]

Many greetings from SandraF (WMF) (talk), Community Liaison for this project! 13:55, 19 July 2017 (UTC)