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The Signpost: 24 November 2017[edit]

Administrators' newsletter – December 2017[edit]

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


Administrator changes

added Joe Roe
readded JzG
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Guideline and policy news

  • Following a request for comment, a new section has been added to the username policy which disallows usernames containing emoji, emoticons or otherwise "decorative" usernames, and usernames that use any non-language symbols. Administrators should discuss issues related to these types of usernames before blocking.

Technical news



  • Over the last few months, several users have reported backlogs that require administrator attention at WP:ANI, with the most common backlogs showing up on WP:SPI, WP:AIV and WP:RFPP. It is requested that all administrators take some time during this month to help clear backlogs wherever possible. It should be noted that AIV reports are not always valid; however, they still need to be cleared, which may include needing to remind users on what qualifies as vandalism.
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ArbCom 2017 election voter message[edit]

Scale of justice 2.svg Hello, Spencer. Voting in the 2017 Arbitration Committee elections is now open until 23.59 on Sunday, 10 December. All users who registered an account before Saturday, 28 October 2017, made at least 150 mainspace edits before Wednesday, 1 November 2017 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 2017 election, please review the candidates and submit your choices on the voting page. MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 18:42, 3 December 2017 (UTC)[edit]

Im pretty sure that this is the case of a long-term abuse, and also see the personal attacks, clearly WP:NOTHERE. Shellwood (talk) 00:06, 11 December 2017 (UTC)

There's definitely IP hopping and personal attacks, but those seem frustration from a lack of clear explanation of why they are being reverted. Unless there's some other page at play, it doesn't look like LTA since these changes are localized to today, without a history of that in the article (at least not since 2012). If anything, I feel like a clear explanation after reverting, either in the edit summary or preferably on the article talk page, could have prevented this from escalating. Nothing under WP:NOTHERE seems to apply, unless there's a long-term history of this on another article that I'm unaware of. Thanks for the clarifying message, SpencerT♦C 00:13, 11 December 2017 (UTC)
Special:Contributions/ was making not too different changes on the same page. It was blocked by Favonian as an LTA (WP:BKFIP). I'm not too familiar with them, but having seen them briefly at my talk page once before and latterly at ANI, I know that they usually take a while to be spotted. –72 (talk) 00:20, 11 December 2017 (UTC)
I'm not too familiar with all of the LTA cases, so usually I'm just basing my rationale on what's presented. Thanks for the clarification, SpencerT♦C 00:24, 11 December 2017 (UTC)

Yes Spencer those were personal attacks and would have been a reason enough for you to block the IPs in the first place. Frustration from the lack of clear explanation why ones edit get reverted is never an excuse for such behaviour. And I dont engage in argumentation with banned editors like this. He was NOTHERE and have now been blocked and the case is closed(for now). I hope there is something to learn from all of this. Shellwood (talk) 16:03, 11 December 2017 (UTC)


Hi, I'm an admin in Azerbaijani Wikipedia. We were just wondering is it possible to create archivebot and patrol system for Az.Wikipedia? --Azerifactory (talk) 20:45, 12 December 2017 (UTC)

Hi Azerifactory, that's not really my area of expertise; I would suggest that you ask for assistance at Wikipedia:Village pump (technical), which I think would be the best place to ask. Best, SpencerT♦C 23:25, 12 December 2017 (UTC)