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The Bugle: Issue CXXIX, January 2017[edit]

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Administrators' newsletter - February 2017[edit]

News and updates for administrators from the past month (January 2017). This first issue is being sent out to all administrators, if you wish to keep receiving it please subscribe. Your feedback is welcomed.

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  • When performing some administrative actions the reason field briefly gave suggestions as text was typed. This change has since been reverted so that issues with the implementation can be addressed. (T34950)
  • Following the latest RfC concluding that Pending Changes 2 should not be used on the English Wikipedia, an RfC closed with consensus to remove the options for using it from the page protection interface, a change which has now been made. (T156448)
  • The Foundation has announced a new community health initiative to combat harassment. This should bring numerous improvements to tools for admins and CheckUsers in 2017.

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  • JohnCD (John Cameron Deas) passed away on 30 December 2016. John began editing Wikipedia seriously during 2007 and became an administrator in November 2009.

13:38, 1 February 2017 (UTC)

The Bugle: Issue CXXX, February 2017[edit]

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Lincoln Memorial[edit]

You are an admin, which means that you should know better than to restore a disputed edit after a discussion about it has started on the talk page. If you believe there are specific trivial entries in the popcult section, the right thing to do is to bring them up on the talk page, as has been requested, and discuss them. I'm more than willing to believe that there may be some items there that are not significant, but discussion is the only way to bring about consensus, and re-tagging the section serves no purpose whatsoever, since the purpose of the tag is not the stamp a scarlet letter on the section, but to get a discussion started. Please join in that discussion. Thanks. Beyond My Ken (talk) 01:44, 12 February 2017 (UTC) Beyond My Ken (talk) 01:44, 12 February 2017 (UTC)

March Madness 2017[edit]

G'day all, please be advised that throughout March 2017 the Military history Wikiproject is running its March Madness drive. This is a backlog drive that is focused on several key areas:

  • tagging and assessing articles that fall within the project's scope
  • updating the project's currently listed A-class articles to ensure their ongoing compliance with the listed criteria
  • creating articles that are listed as "requested" on the project's various task force pages or other lists of missing articles.

As with past Milhist drives, there are points awarded for working on articles in the targeted areas, with barnstars being awarded at the end for different levels of achievement.

The drive is open to all Wikipedians, not just members of the Military history project, although only work on articles that fall (broadly) within the military history scope will be considered eligible. More information can be found here for those that are interested, and members can sign up as participants at that page also.

The drive starts at 00:01 UTC on 1 March and runs until 23:59 UTC on 31 March 2017, so please sign up now.

For the Milhist co-ordinators. Regards, AustralianRupert (talk) & MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 07:24, 26 February 2017 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – March 2017[edit]

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

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  • A recent query shows that only 16% of administrators on the English Wikipedia have enabled two-factor authentication. If you haven't already enabled it please consider doing so.
  • Cookie blocks should be deployed to the English Wikipedia soon. This will extend the current autoblock system by setting a cookie for each block, which will then autoblock the user after they switch accounts under a new IP.
  • A bot will now automatically place a protection template on protected pages when admins forget to do so.

Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 05:14, 1 March 2017 (UTC)

Jeremy Clarkson ref' reversion![edit]

Have you checked the current ref? There is absolutely nothing about Clarkson's ownership of an Escort Cosworth! At least with the Youtube video he states that he's driving his former car. I agree that Youtube shouldn't be used as a matter of course, however, the video is superior to the ref' you reverted back to! MattSucci (talk) 15:04, 11 March 2017 (UTC)

The Bugle: Issue CXXXI, March 2017[edit]

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Errors[edit]

When fixing and clearing errors, it's often helpful to leave a note at ERRORS for a while before just removing the initial report and assuming that an edit summary will suffice. Cheers for the fix. The Rambling Man (talk) 20:53, 18 March 2017 (UTC)

If it is a quick fix I will usually just remove the comment as per the instructions on the page (the done? line at the top). Back when I edited ERRORS often (admittedly a shocking 4 years ago), the idea was to clear down the page and keep it as clear as possible, particularly from longer discussions. That said this was a more complex issue and with the article and not a main page error so I agree that I should have left a note for this one. I will leave notes more often if there is the possibility of contention (rather than the minutiae e.g. dashes, typos etc). Cheers, Woody (talk) 21:36, 18 March 2017 (UTC)
Of course. Thanks. The Rambling Man (talk) 21:40, 18 March 2017 (UTC)