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Last edit: September 21, 2017, 15:11 (UTC) by Haha169 (talk · contribs)


Two-Factor Authentication now available for admins[edit]

Hello,

Please note that TOTP based two-factor authentication is now available for all administrators. In light of the recent compromised accounts, you are encouraged to add this additional layer of security to your account. It may be enabled on your preferences page in the "User profile" tab under the "Basic information" section. For basic instructions on how to enable two-factor authentication, please see the developing help page for additional information. Important: Be sure to record the two-factor authentication key and the single use keys. If you lose your two factor authentication and do not have the keys, it's possible that your account will not be recoverable. Furthermore, you are encouraged to utilize a unique password and two-factor authentication for the email account associated with your Wikimedia account. This measure will assist in safeguarding your account from malicious password resets. Comments, questions, and concerns may be directed to the thread on the administrators' noticeboard. MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 20:34, 12 November 2016 (UTC)

A new user right for New Page Patrollers[edit]

Hi Zzyzx11.

A new user group, New Page Reviewer, has been created in a move to greatly improve the standard of new page patrolling. The user right can be granted by any admin at PERM. It is highly recommended that admins look beyond the simple numerical threshold and satisfy themselves that the candidates have the required skills of communication and an advanced knowledge of notability and deletion. Admins are automatically included in this user right.

It is anticipated that this user right will significantly reduce the work load of admins who patrol the performance of the patrollers. However,due to the complexity of the rollout, some rights may have been accorded that may later need to be withdrawn, so some help will still be needed to some extent when discovering wrongly applied deletion tags or inappropriate pages that escape the attention of less experienced reviewers, and above all, hasty and bitey tagging for maintenance. User warnings are available here but very often a friendly custom message works best.

If you have any questions about this user right, don't hesitate to join us at WT:NPR. (Sent to all admins).MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 13:48, 15 November 2016 (UTC)

ArbCom Elections 2016: Voting now open![edit]

Scale of justice 2.svg Hello, Zzyzx11. Voting in the 2016 Arbitration Committee elections is open from Monday, 00:00, 21 November through Sunday, 23:59, 4 December to all unblocked users who have registered an account before Wednesday, 00:00, 28 October 2016 and have made at least 150 mainspace edits before Sunday, 00:00, 1 November 2016.

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If you wish to participate in the 2016 election, please review the candidates' statements and submit your choices on the voting page. Mdann52 (talk) 22:08, 21 November 2016 (UTC)

ArbCom Elections 2016: Voting now open![edit]

Scale of justice 2.svg Hello, Zzyzx11. Voting in the 2016 Arbitration Committee elections is open from Monday, 00:00, 21 November through Sunday, 23:59, 4 December to all unblocked users who have registered an account before Wednesday, 00:00, 28 October 2016 and have made at least 150 mainspace edits before Sunday, 00:00, 1 November 2016.

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 2016 election, please review the candidates' statements and submit your choices on the voting page. MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 22:08, 21 November 2016 (UTC)

16 team bracket[edit]

Is there a reason why you want to delete the templates? I just made them in case the playoffs increase in teams. Is there something wrong? AquilaXIII (talk) 03:43, 15 November 2016 (UTC)

Sports official template[edit]

Hi Zzyx11. I am very interested in referee articles and have been working my way through all the articles at Category:Sports officials. I came across Template:Sports official editnotice and thought it was a great idea (I made an edit to it to include WP:BALASP as it is probably the most overlooked policy). American football biographies are some of the more WP:due referee articles I have come across (and I have seen a lot) and although I doubt it is just down to the template it can't have hurt. I was hoping to add it to referee articles in other sports in particular the currently active referees at a high level in Baseball, Basketball, Cricket, Rugby and Soccer. I am pretty sure that only admins and template editors are allowed to create edit notices. I hate asking other people to do things I am perfectly capable of so I might have a go for template editor seeing as I might just scrape in under the criteria with about 160 edits to templates (should be less painful than running for RFA anyway). I just wanted to check with you first as to whether you think expanding the use of this edit notice is a good idea or if there are drawbacks I am not seeing. AIRcorn (talk) 10:15, 8 December 2016 (UTC)

@Aircorn:: yes, only admins and template editors are allowed to create and modify edit notices. The problem when I created Sports official editnotice is that, at the time, I did not have enough time to compile a list of every single bio article on referees, umpires and the like. If I had such a list, I could run the AWB tool to complete the job. However, compiling a list of such articles became a low priority because I have yet to see a significant impact: fans upset by a controversial call are still going to be determined to vandalize and add POV edits to the articles no matter what. Zzyzx11 (talk) 02:40, 9 December 2016 (UTC)
Thanks for your reply. I am sort of doing that now at Category:WikiProject Referees (will probably be a few more weeks yet before I get there). Some of those tagged are not strictly biography articles though (like List of ODI cricket umpires and Rugby union referee). There is also Category:Sports officials, which is basically where I am finding the articles to tag. Some of those are not really referees, more like high level administrators, and it also includes the list and overview articles.
I got sick of seeing referee articles balloon with addition of non-notable criticisms with very little oversight beyond our usual vandal fighters. This area has now become a pet project for me here and I am willing to do the legwork required to compile such a list. Would you like a list of all the referees with biographies (which would be relatively easy) or should I concentrate on the ones currently or recently active who control high profile games (the articles of older referees are noticeably more balanced). AIRcorn (talk) 21:09, 11 December 2016 (UTC)
Whatever is easiest for you. Zzyzx11 (talk) 21:11, 11 December 2016 (UTC)
User:Aircorn/Current referees (about 450) I went with the current referees as they tend to attract the most interest straight after a game. It should cover most of the major tournaments. I also didn't include American Football and Ice Hockey as they had the edit notice already. Thanks for your assistance. AIRcorn (talk) 09:59, 14 December 2016 (UTC)
  • Done. I only grabbed the blue links off of your list using AWB, ignoring the few redlinks. An unwritten rule I have observed is that there should not be an editnotice for articles that do not exist yet. Those eventually get generally nominated for speedy deletion. For reference: I then exported the list to my computer (List->Save list); opened it up in the notepad text editor to do a find and replace to modify it to the editnotice title format; reloaded the text file back into AWB; and used the "Prepend text". Zzyzx11 (talk) 04:37, 15 December 2016 (UTC)
Thanks a lot for this. I hope it makes a difference. That list was made up through various different means, hence the rather jumbled formatting. I have added all the blue links to my watchlist (pushing 2000 now) so I can keep an eye on them. I will do the same for the redlinks when I format everything a bit better so I know when they are created. If they survive deletion I can just use {{adminhelp}} to get the edit notice added. Thanks again, I really appreciate it. AIRcorn (talk) 05:12, 15 December 2016 (UTC)

Apportionment (politics)[edit]

Am not sure it is worth jousting with your large addition of uncited essay here, but please curb the excesses. The additional explanation of the Connecticut Compromise might be helpful, but "the less populous states were afraid" seems unencyclopedic. The rationales are probably covered in the article linked to. The new paragraph on the total number of House members is irrelevant to apportionment. Washington, D.C. is perhaps better known than the District of Columbia, but the District is the state-like territory that lacks the rights of a state; the fact that it comprises exactly one city is a side issue. And there is "encourages the candidates to spend exponentially more time". Exponentially? This is hyperbole. Spike-from-NH (talk) 04:36, 9 December 2016 (UTC)

Legend transclusion[edit]

It's nice that you're trying to make the RDT legend templates transcludable, but since you can't actually do that (at the bottom, anyway) with almost half of the RDTs which exist right now, there's not much point doing it until they're all converted to {{Routemap}} or {{BS-map}} first. Jc86035 (talk) Use {{re|Jc86035}}
to reply to me
08:15, 22 December 2016 (UTC)

Yes, I will concede that. I have also replied to this on the Template talk:Railway line legend discussion. Thanks. Zzyzx11 (talk) 08:20, 22 December 2016 (UTC)

Times have changed[edit]

I stumbled upon this gem and it gave me a good laugh. Imagine the reaction today if someone AFDed the page of a Heisman winning, unanimous All-American, 4-time Pro Bowler, NFL 1960s All-Decade Team member who was also a collegiate head coach and athletic director at multiple schools. Surely that was a silly AFD even way back in 2005, no? Lizard (talk) 07:13, 11 January 2017 (UTC)

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A barnstar for you![edit]

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Thanks for making recent edits to the lead section of Los Angeles, California. BeenAroundAWhile (talk) 17:55, 1 March 2017 (UTC)

NFL year naming conventions[edit]

I opened a topic under the Wikipedia talk:WikiProject National Football League about the naming conventions for individual playoff games. In moving the article, you claimed that the NFL naming conventions reflect the year of the regular season. However, under the naming conventions in the NFL WikiProject, naming the year of individual playoff games is not discussed. A cursory search online also reflects both 1998 and 1999 as the year for this game. Feel free to contribute to the discussion. Helltopay-27 (talk) 19:32, 16 March 2017 (UTC)

Copying within Wikipedia requires proper attribution[edit]

Information icon Thank you for your contributions to Wikipedia. It appears that you copied or moved text from Instant replay in American and Canadian football into Instant replay. While you are welcome to re-use Wikipedia's content, here or elsewhere, Wikipedia's licensing does require that you provide attribution to the original contributor(s). When copying within Wikipedia, this is supplied at minimum in an edit summary at the page into which you've copied content, disclosing the copying and linking to the copied page, e.g., copied content from [[page name]]; see that page's history for attribution. It is good practice, especially if copying is extensive, to also place a properly formatted {{copied}} template on the talk pages of the source and destination. The attribution has been provided for this situation, but if you have copied material between pages before, even if it was a long time ago, please provide attribution for that duplication. You can read more about the procedure and the reasons at Wikipedia:Copying within Wikipedia. Thank you. If you are the sole author of the prose that was moved, attribution is not required. — Diannaa 🍁 (talk) 12:08, 11 July 2017 (UTC)

WP:TEMPLAR. I meant to change the edit summary to indicate that specific article before hitting submit. Looks like I did not. Zzyzx11 (talk) 13:41, 11 July 2017 (UTC)

Switching Muni and BART s-rail[edit]

I see you were the creator of a number of the s-rail templates for Muni and BART about a decade ago. Right now, their directionality is non-intuitive: "previous" (left) corresponds to the inbound (Muni) or East Bay-bound (BART) direction. Would you bear any major objection to me switching the directionality? Thanks, Pi.1415926535 (talk) 00:32, 23 July 2017 (UTC)

I don't care. I think I just created them to get them going. When I created the BART templates first, I think I originally based it off of the fact that their long descriptive names of the BART lines, like Dublin/Pleasanton–Daly City line, lists the East Bay destination first. And so when I went on to create the MUNI ones, I did it so the directions match, especially for those dual stations along the Market Street Subway. Zzyzx11 (talk) 16:46, 23 July 2017 (UTC)
Thanks for the explanation - and thanks for your work in creating these originally! I'm going to figure out how to pull off the switch as efficiently as possible to minimize disruption. Maybe someday BART will use more intuitive names; as a new Bay Area resident, it's rather confusing sometimes - especially when a train is announced only by its short turn location. Pi.1415926535 (talk) 19:23, 23 July 2017 (UTC)

San Francisco Bay Area article[edit]

Hey there, I know your banner says that you are semi-retired, but I noticed that you made some edits to the San Francisco Bay Area article recently. I am currently re-doing the article from the ground up, as it has several issues – it has multiple empty sections, is largely unsourced, and is not particularly well organized. I have a running draft up at my sandbox right now, and would appreciate it if you could take some time too look at it, and maybe contribute a bit here or there.

Thank you again! --haha169 (talk) 15:10, 21 September 2017 (UTC)