User talk:Shyamal

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Peer review newsletter #1[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.


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)


birds of India illustrated

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Thank you for thousands of quality articles around birds and their watchers, from Birdwatchers' Field Club of Bangalore in 2002 to Baldassare Palazzotto in 2018, for a focus on the birds of India, for quality illustrations, mainly for bird articles, for collaboration, for the quotes of wisdom on your user page, - repeating (9 August 2010}: you are an awesome Wikipedian!

--Gerda Arendt (talk) 06:45, 28 August 2018 (UTC)

Heh, Danke schön! @Gerda Arendt:! Shyamal (talk) 06:54, 28 August 2018 (UTC)

Page move request 19[edit]

Hello Shyamal, I would like to request a move of the page Montastraea cavernosa to its genus page Montastraea, and over-writing the current content. Although the genus page has some history, the genus is now considered as monotypic and none of the content on the current genus page should be retained as relevant. Thanks, Loopy30 (talk) 03:01, 29 August 2018 (UTC)

@Loopy30: - what is the situation of Montastraea aperta? Will move once I hear from you. Shyamal (talk) 04:32, 29 August 2018 (UTC)
Montastraea aperta is now accepted as a synonym of Favia leptophylla. 'Cheers, Loopy30 (talk) 11:49, 29 August 2018 (UTC)
 Done - the old history is still there should you need to pick the lists of formerly included species out of it. Shyamal (talk) 12:04, 29 August 2018 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – September 2018[edit]

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


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 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.


  • 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)

Page move request 20[edit]

Hello Shyamal, I would like to request a move of the genus page Plesiastrea back to its original page, Plesiastrea versipora. In Mar 2015, when the species page was moved to the genus title, there was only one recognized species and the genus was considered as monotypic. However, with the addition of three extinct species (WoRMS ref here), the genus is now recognized to be polytypic. After the move, I intend on re-creating the genus page as a stub to list all four species. 'Cheers, Loopy30 (talk) 12:14, 4 September 2018 (UTC)

 Done @Loopy30: Shyamal (talk) 14:09, 4 September 2018 (UTC)

Page move request 21[edit]

Hello Shyamal, I would like to request a move of the former suborder page Endocoelantheae to its accepted name, Actinernoidea. The taxon Endocoelantheae has been re-classified from a suborder to a superfamily and re-named to Actinernoidea. The current Actinernoidea page is a redirect to Anenthemonae, the parent taxon of Actinernoidea, and has no other visible history, so I am not sure why I do not have the permission to move it myself, Many thanks, Loopy30 (talk) 03:48, 9 September 2018 (UTC)

 Done @Loopy30: Shyamal (talk) 04:48, 9 September 2018 (UTC)