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Administrators' newsletter – May 2018[edit]

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


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.



  • 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)


Dear RickinBaltimore

I have shortened the Draft:Medhananda very much and added verifiable References. And then I submitted it on March 7th. Could you please have a look, whether the article is really submitted now? Because I have had no echo since then. And if the article is still not ready to be published, could you please give me the name of a person I could ask what to do next? Thank you GoldenerBall GoldenerBall (talk) 08:33, 2 May 2018 (UTC)

It still doesn't seem to fix the issues with notability that were posted on the denied draft message from November. The best thing you can do, is try to resubmit the article through the AFC process and see what is said there to help improve the article. Also, you can go to the WP:HELPDESK for suggestions on how to improve the page there. RickinBaltimore (talk) 12:46, 2 May 2018 (UTC)


Do you think you can hide this and the other revisions? -- (talk) 17:03, 2 May 2018 (UTC)

Someone beat me to it actually. RickinBaltimore (talk) 17:38, 2 May 2018 (UTC)

Joe Perry 1[edit]

Just in case the ping didn't get through - FlightTime (open channel) 19:24, 15 May 2018 (UTC)

Got it. Sorry about that. RickinBaltimore (talk) 19:27, 15 May 2018 (UTC)
Thanx. (no need for apologizes :) ). - FlightTime (open channel) 19:31, 15 May 2018 (UTC)

User talk:Thebest123123xxxx[edit]

You may wish to revoke talk page access.--Cahk (talk) 07:09, 16 May 2018 (UTC)

Thanks for that, I've done so. RickinBaltimore (talk) 11:54, 16 May 2018 (UTC)
I think we have another one :( - sigh - with atrocious spelling whatsmore [1] JarrahTree 10:23, 17 May 2018 (UTC)
I deleted the user's page for U5 and I'll keep an eye on their edits. RickinBaltimore (talk) 12:19, 17 May 2018 (UTC)

Marco Börries[edit]

Hi Rick, I was about to create a redirect when i saw that an article on Marco Börries already existed, but was deleted by you some while ago. From the reasoning you gave (A7) I take it that the article was badly referenced not showing notability. However, Marco Börries is (or has been) clearly influental in the software industry as founder of StarDivision and a number of other companies. We really should have an article about him. So, unless the formerly existing article was junk, I think it should be restored and improved (so that we don't have to restart from scratch). If it lacked references, we can easily lift a few from the German WP article about him (de:Marco Börries), but it should also be relatively easy to find more references. --Matthiaspaul (talk) 10:09, 21 May 2018 (UTC)

I wouldn't be opposed to a rewrite of the article, however the page deleted was written completely in German, not English. I'm not sure if restoring that makes any sense. You're of course free to recreate the page with the sourcing you have now. RickinBaltimore (talk) 11:42, 21 May 2018 (UTC)
I see. Restoring an article in German language, of course, doesn't make sense - it is likely that it was a copy of the German WP article, anyway, so the contents could be recreated from there. I don't have the time for it right now, but might go for it in the future. Thanks. --Matthiaspaul (talk) 12:29, 21 May 2018 (UTC)


on User talk:Bbb23 if you're around... —SerialNumber54129 paranoia /cheap sh*t room 12:20, 21 May 2018 (UTC)

Ah, you delegated it, eh ;) thanks both. —SerialNumber54129 paranoia /cheap sh*t room 12:28, 21 May 2018 (UTC)


Thanks for blocking that user. Would you mind also rev-del'ing this edit summary as well: [2]. (talk) 14:39, 25 May 2018 (UTC)

Got it. RickinBaltimore (talk) 14:44, 25 May 2018 (UTC)

He's at it again[edit]

Immediately after their fourth block in a row, (who you may recall dealing with from WP:ANI not too long ago) went right back to their previous behaviour. NinjaRobotPirate has been dealing with this user's sock puppets. DarkKnight2149 21:08, 28 May 2018 (UTC)

(talk page watcher) Blocked again. --NeilN talk to me 21:15, 28 May 2018 (UTC)

Furdai sock[edit]

Hi Rick, Could you block Free School Meals Scheme as they're the Furdai sock, Thanks, –Davey2010Talk 13:30, 31 May 2018 (UTC)

Got it, but you know *cough* You'd be good at this too *cough*. :) RickinBaltimore (talk) 13:32, 31 May 2018 (UTC)
Haha thanks, If I'm honest I'm generally hopeless when it comes to socks today was a rare moment Face-grin.svg but thanks for that :), Anyway thanks for dealing with that, Take care, –Davey2010Talk 19:59, 31 May 2018 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – June 2018[edit]

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


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.


  • 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.


Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 21:00, 1 June 2018 (UTC)


Hi Rick, you voted accept in the Andrevan case request. Yet you are listed as inactive at WP:AC?--Bbb23 (talk) 02:47, 8 June 2018 (UTC)

I'm not going to be around very much next week, on vacation, so I will be slow to respond. If needed I can pop in to comment or discuss, but my connecting will be sporadic. RickinBaltimore (talk) 02:54, 8 June 2018 (UTC)

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Rick, I made an entry several years ago for Expertscape, which you deleted. I'd like to know if we could have someone write an acceptable entry for the website, which is being cited with some frequency in Wikipedia and has been referenced as a reliable and unbiased resource for healthcare information(including the book Patient's Playbook by Leslie Michelson). It uses the PubMed database to identify medical expertise using a rather sophisticated algorithm.

BTW, I'm also a Baltimore guy.



PS - I've since posted an entry, but my hope is that someone who knows what they're doing can come in and fix it. I've no idea what I'm doing here and am not even certain you're able to read this...

B4chex11 (talk) 22:49, 14 August 2018 (UTC)

I have read over your request, I was going to restore the previous draft, as it was eligible for WP:REFUND, but see you have begun to work on recreating it. What I can recommend is leave a comment at the Teahouse, where a number of experienced editors, not just myself, can give you pointers on creating the page. RickinBaltimore (talk) 14:10, 15 August 2018 (UTC)

Great. I'll do that. Thank you. B4chex11 (talk) 14:11, 20 August 2018 (UTC)

Nomination of Christine Jax for deletion[edit]

A discussion is taking place as to whether the article Christine Jax is suitable for inclusion in Wikipedia according to Wikipedia's policies and guidelines or whether it should be deleted.

The article will be discussed at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Christine Jax until a consensus is reached, and anyone is welcome to contribute to the discussion. The nomination will explain the policies and guidelines which are of concern. The discussion focuses on high-quality evidence and our policies and guidelines.

Users may edit the article during the discussion, including to improve the article to address concerns raised in the discussion. However, do not remove the article-for-deletion notice from the top of the article. Dr. Fleischman (talk) 19:35, 26 June 2018 (UTC)

Thanks for the heads up. I just recreated the page as a redirect many moons ago. RickinBaltimore (talk) 19:43, 26 June 2018 (UTC)

User:Made In Norfolk[edit]

Not sure what issue Made In Norfolk has with you, but maybe it has to something to do with all of the other "Made in XXXX" user accounts they are editing per Special:Contributions/Made In Norfolk. -- Marchjuly (talk) 06:12, 27 June 2018 (UTC)

Yeah that's a rather interesting sockfarm that was using those userpages as a webhost for their WWE game it looks like. RickinBaltimore (talk) 12:40, 27 June 2018 (UTC)
There's a LOT to this it looks like. I'm going to file a SPI request on it. RickinBaltimore (talk) 12:41, 27 June 2018 (UTC)
And the sock farm has been blocked. RickinBaltimore (talk) 14:36, 27 June 2018 (UTC)
It did seem rather obvious, that they were doing something they shouldn't have been doing. -- Marchjuly (talk) 22:10, 27 June 2018 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – July 2018[edit]

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


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.


  • 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)

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Aspening (talk) 17:41, 11 July 2018 (UTC)

G7 Request for Userpage of editor you unblocked with a Sock notice on it[edit]

Hey, I noticed the G7 request at User:Renamed user teygvimdjc to delete a userpage with a sock notice. I don't see a policy reason it necessarily needs to be declined given they are now unblocked, but given the history of socking, and the recent rename, I thought I should ping you about it to see what you think... Monty845 02:35, 13 July 2018 (UTC)

Looks like it was deleted already. Honestly I don't see an issue with this, the user is no longer blocked, and is not socking. Add to this they have posted they are retired, and I dont see it as a big deal. RickinBaltimore (talk) 12:31, 16 July 2018 (UTC)

Self-block request[edit]

This is a WP:SELFBLOCK request, can you re-block this IP address, as this IP address is shared across loads of people that will only cause vandalism again. 2A02:B80:0:94:0:0:0:90 (talk) 09:09, 16 July 2018 (UTC)

Since IP addresses can be used by multiple people, a self-block on an IP isn't feasible. If there continues to be activity to warrant a block, one will be done of course. RickinBaltimore (talk) 12:32, 16 July 2018 (UTC)

Revert edits[edit]

Why did you revert my edit?LumaNatic (talk) 17:29, 2 August 2018 (UTC)

That was a mis-click that I reverted immediately, my apologies for that. RickinBaltimore (talk) 17:30, 2 August 2018 (UTC)

Revert inquiry[edit]

Was wondering why you reverted [3] as it seemed with in seconds of my posting.-Serialjoepsycho- (talk) 23:07, 3 August 2018 (UTC)

Because I fat fingered my mouse LOL. Sorry about that. I swear I hit cancel too when prompted if I wanted to revert and it still did. RickinBaltimore (talk) 23:14, 3 August 2018 (UTC)
If it helps I'm slow. I typed this out and posted and then went back and it was undone.-Serialjoepsycho- (talk) 23:58, 3 August 2018 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – August 2018[edit]

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


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)

Template:Anarion family tree[edit]

The template Template:Anarion family tree was deleted by you:

  • 17:31, 23 July 2018 RickinBaltimore (talk | contribs | block) deleted page Template:Anarion family tree (G6 met, housekeeping work (TW))

The reason given was G6. Which of the WP:G6 reasons do you think it met? -- PBS (talk) 11:17, 6 August 2018 (UTC)

See Wikipedia:Templates_for_discussion/Log/2018_July_9#Template:Anarion_family_tree. The page was deleted per consensus, and tagged for cleanup. RickinBaltimore (talk) 12:01, 6 August 2018 (UTC)
(1) What makes you think that there was a consensus there? (2) Even if there was which of the WP:G6 reasons does this come under? -- PBS (talk) 17:59, 6 August 2018 (UTC)
The discussion was closed as a delete (not by myself). As this was a closed deletion discussion (from a while back), it was simple housekeeping. If you feel it's in error, WP:DELREV would be the way to go. RickinBaltimore (talk) 18:01, 6 August 2018 (UTC)
You are responsible for your actions. "simple housekeeping" needs to be justified, by making sure you follow policy. If someone asked you to delete the main page would you do it? I doubt it! So why did you did you do it in this case? -- PBS (talk) 18:44, 6 August 2018 (UTC)
Which of the WP:G6 reasons does this come under? -- PBS (talk) 18:45, 6 August 2018 (UTC)
It was a page deleted as a result of a discussion, and was part of a clean up of pages, closed by discussion. If you feel that discussion was in error, again I'd say have a review done. RickinBaltimore (talk) 18:56, 6 August 2018 (UTC)

──────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────────── I'll have to continue the discussion with you at a later time PBS, just learned of some news I need to go off Wiki for for a period. I apologize to end this abruptly. RickinBaltimore (talk) 18:58, 6 August 2018 (UTC)

Closer comment: Template was restored by another admin and discussion was relisted Hhkohh (talk) 15:10, 7 August 2018 (UTC)
Thank you, and again my apologies to PBS for the abrupt departure. RickinBaltimore (talk) 12:18, 8 August 2018 (UTC)
All's well that ends well. You had no reason to apologise for anything, Wikipedia is not a job and there is absolutely no reason why real-life should not intervene. I for one do not expect a reply to a question within minutes, or hours, or even a day, although waiting a week can start to become tedious. -- PBS (talk) 13:44, 8 August 2018 (UTC)
No problem, just didn't want to just vanish without a comment. RickinBaltimore (talk) 13:47, 8 August 2018 (UTC)

Lars Kroijer[edit]

Hi. Last year you deleted and salted Lars Kroijer, one reason being G5. A similar article was recreated at Lars Kroijer (author). Does it have the same issues? Thanks. Tassedethe (talk) 23:36, 7 August 2018 (UTC)

It differs to me enough that G5 wouldn't apply in this situation. While still leaning to the promotional side, it IS written better than the deleted article. RickinBaltimore (talk) 12:17, 8 August 2018 (UTC)

Made my night[edit]

When I saw this in #wikipedia-en-unblock connect: [4] TonyBallioni (talk) 03:03, 17 August 2018 (UTC)

Sometimes you just have to pick the low hanging fruit. RickinBaltimore (talk) 12:38, 17 August 2018 (UTC)

Block evasion[edit]

Hi. You banned an IP yesterday for edit warring on Yoshi's Island and they're doing it again under a different IP. If you have any time, could you take a look? Cheers! Popcornduff (talk) 10:25, 24 August 2018 (UTC)

Oh, and I see they've reported me for vandalism. Popcornduff (talk) 10:28, 24 August 2018 (UTC)

Was going to take care of it, but it looks like someone beat me to it. RickinBaltimore (talk) 12:27, 24 August 2018 (UTC)
Are you sure about that? The IP is still edit warring on Yoshi's Island. Popcornduff (talk) 16:03, 24 August 2018 (UTC)

Fake obsession[edit]

Hi, I notice that you have made the Band page Fake Obsession admin creation only for multiple page creations. Can I just say that I apologise for this and ask that the block for creating this page is lifted due to inexperience on my behalf. I am now aware of being able to create a draft page where i can slowly improve the article which is what I thought i was doing here. I have done plenty of research over the last few days an I am now more familiar with Wikipedia guidelines for inclusion in the encyclopedia.

Kind Regards — Preceding unsigned comment added by GUY7ON (talkcontribs) 11:19, 31 August 2018 (UTC)

Since you are working on the Draft version of the page, I would suggest you let it go through the articles for creation process. Once reviewed, if it's deemed to be fine to publish, we can remove the editing restriction and re-create the page. RickinBaltimore (talk) 12:54, 31 August 2018 (UTC)

Thank you, I have started the draft and this has popped up - "This article may have been created or edited in return for undisclosed payments, a violation of Wikipedia's terms of use. It may require cleanup to comply with Wikipedia's content policies." Can you help?

This was place by another editor as a concern that there was payment made to edit this article. Is this the case at all? RickinBaltimore (talk) 18:22, 31 August 2018 (UTC)

Absolutely not, everything you see there is my own work 100% — Preceding unsigned comment added by GUY7ON (talkcontribs) 20:18, 31 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)

Editing after closure[edit]

The reverted edit is a personal attack [5] that was made after the closure had been already made. Why you restored it? GenuineArt (talk) 18:16, 13 September 2018 (UTC)