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|24 May 2018|
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News and updates for administrators from the past month (May 2018).
- Following a successful request for comment, administrators are now able to add and remove editors to the "event coordinator" group. Users in the event coordinator group have the ability to temporarily add the "confirmed" flag to new user accounts and to create many new user accounts without being hindered by a rate limit. Users will no longer need to be in the "account creator" group if they are in the event coordinator group.
- Following an AN discussion, all pages with content related to blockchain and cryptocurrencies, broadly construed, are now under indefinite general sanctions.
- 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.
- 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.
- In early May, an unusually high level of failed login attempts was observed. The WMF has stated that this was an "external effort to gain unauthorized access to random accounts". Under Wikipedia policy, administrators are required 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.
Hi there Slim, I need some advice re our Wikipedia:Disruptive editing page. The article uses a photo from one of our bios to demonstrate the Failure or refusal to "get the point" section. Not only do I see no need for the photo as it does not add anything to the article, I find it mocking and disrespectful of one of the people that we have included as worthy of a bio. I've tried to delete it and have not been successful. Or maybe I'm just being overly-sensitive. What do you think? Gandydancer (talk) 01:32, 4 June 2018 (UTC)
- Hi Gandydancer, I don't see it as a problem given that it's not a living person. But perhaps you could find a more generic photo on Commons and swap it (e.g. File:Elacin (R) ER-25 - musician Earplug worn.JPG). SarahSV (talk) 02:05, 4 June 2018 (UTC)
- Hi JustBerry, I haven't looked at that for a long time. It's not something I'd be interested in, but thank you for checking with me. SarahSV (talk) 20:48, 5 June 2018 (UTC)
Your perspective on Michael Shermer discussion
SlimVirgin, I see you have been active in Wikipedia:WikiProject Countering systemic bias/Gender gap task force/Media. As someone with experience in this area, I'd be interested in your perspective on the discussion going on here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Michael_Shermer#March_2018_emails_Santa_Barbara_College,_sexism_and_sexual_harassment_allegations_against_Shermer mennonot (talk) 05:21, 6 June 2018 (UTC)
Request for help
Hello again. I apologize for yet another random message from me on your talk page. For a future project, I am thinking about working on a biographical article on a woman (not only to help make better content about women on Wikipedia, but I just enjoy reading about women more than men for some reason). I will most likely still do music and television-related projects, but I want to try and do something new and different. I was wondering if you had any pointers or advice. I am not necessarily pursuing this type of project with an FA as the end goal (though getting something up to a GA status would be nice). I know that you have created and maintained the Wikipedia:Writing about women essay (which is a very helpful resource), and I was curious if there were any other essays that you would recommend or high quality articles on women that I could reference for tips on how to better my prose and uses of resources. If it helps, I am thinking of either working on an article about a woman related to LGBTIQ issues (as a gay man, I would ideally like to have a better understanding of queer history and culture outside of my own lived experience) or nurses (a rather random choice, but I just find the field and its history to be really fascinating). Again, I apologize for this random request (you are probably very busy), and any negative behavior that I showed you in the past. All I can do now is strive to better. I hope that you have a wonderful weekend, and good luck with all of your projects both on Wikipedia and in real life. Aoba47 (talk) 01:56, 9 June 2018 (UTC)
- Hi Aoba47, two places for red-linked women are User:Gobonobo/Gender Gap red list and WP:WIRINDEX. There are red-linked nurses at Wikipedia:WikiProject Women in Red/Nurses and Wikipedia:WikiProject Women in Red/Missing articles by occupation/Nurses (not sure what the difference is, if any, between those lists).
- If you want some style/writing examples, very good articles about women you might look at are Olivia Shakespear, Mary Margaret O'Reilly, Enid Blyton, and Mary Wollstonecraft. Also check out User:Tony1/How to improve your writing. Tony is very good at showing how to get rid of unnecessary words. I hope this helps a little. Let me know how it goes! SarahSV (talk) 21:55, 9 June 2018 (UTC)
- Butting in: Hi Aoba47, have a look at 's work. Some of her articles are about the LGBT community, and all of her work is exemplary. I'm in the process of working up an article about a woman, if you want to watch the research writing process. I'm a very slow writer, so it'll be months. Victoriaearle (tk) 23:26, 9 June 2018 (UTC)
- Thank you for the response. It is always helpful to look at other articles to pick out what makes them exemplary (at least for me). And writing and research takes time (particularly on longer articles) so I completely understand that. Good luck with it! 23:48, 9 June 2018 (UTC)
Yeah I was very lucky to have an assignment from a friend here in Western Australia who wanted to check the flow of former s'gettes into Australia when things calmed down a bit - at the BL and NA in London some years back. V interesting as it ties in with difficult aspects of researching wobbly (iww) and other political persons coming into oz at the time. Nothing criminal , but hey challenging the law and tradition - very much so. JarrahTree 05:28, 16 June 2018 (UTC)
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How can the Interaction Timeline be useful in reporting to noticeboards?
The Anti-Harassment Tools team built the Interaction Timeline to make it easier to understand how two people interact and converse across multiple pages on a wiki. The tool shows a chronological list of edits made by two users, only on pages where they have both made edits within the provided time range. Our goals are to assist users to make well informed decisions in incidents of user misconduct and to keep on-wiki discussions civil and focused on evidence.
We're looking to add a feature to the Interaction Timeline that makes it easy to post statistics and information to an on-wiki discussion about user misconduct. We're discussing possible wikitext output on the project talk page, and we invite you to participate! Thank you, For the Anti-Harassment Tools team, SPoore (WMF), Trust & Safety, Community health initiative (talk) 22:46, 16 June 2018 (UTC)