"I myself know nothing, except just a little, enough to extract an argument from another man who is wise and to receive it fairly."

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I have taken 68.1 thousand actions on Wikipedia: 54.2 thousand edits, 3.3 thousand deletions, 2.66 thousand blocks, and 7.93 thousand protections. You are welcome to reverse any of them, except if my reason mentioned "checkuser", "arbitration", or "oversight".

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Administrators' newsletter – December 2019Edit

News and updates for administrators from the past month (November 2019).


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  • The global consultation on partial and temporary office actions that ended in October received a closing statement from staff concluding, among other things, that the WMF will no longer use partial or temporary Office Action bans... until and unless community consensus that they are of value or Board directive.

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GOCE December 2019 NewsletterEdit

Guild of Copy Editors December 2019 Newsletter
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Hello and welcome to the December 2019 GOCE newsletter, an update of Guild happenings since the September edition. Our Annual Report should be ready in late January.

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Election time: Nominations for the election of a new tranche of Guild coordinators to serve for the first half of 2020 will be open from 1 to 15 December. Voting will then take place and the election will close on 31 December at 23:59 UTC. Positions for Guild coordinators, who perform the important behind-the-scenes tasks that keep our project running smoothly, are open to all Wikipedians in good standing. We welcome self-nominations so please consider nominating yourself if you've ever thought about helping out; it's your Guild and it doesn't run itself!

September Drive: Of the thirty-two editors who signed up, twenty-three editors copy edited at least one article; they completed 39 requests and removed 138 articles from the backlog, bringing the backlog to a low of 519 articles.

October Blitz: This event ran from 13 to 19 October, with themes of science, technology and transport articles tagged for copy edit, and Requests. Sixteen editors helped remove 29 articles from the backlog and completed 23 requests.

November Drive: Of the twenty-eight editors who signed up for this event, twenty editors completed at least one copy edit; they completed 29 requests and removed 133 articles from the backlog.

Our December Blitz will run from 15 to 21 December. Sign up now!

Progress report: From September to November 2019, GOCE copy editors processed 154 requests. Over the same period, the backlog of articles tagged for copy editing was reduced by 41% to an all-time low of 479 articles.

Request archiving: The archiving of completed requests has now been automated. Thanks to Zhuyifei1999 and Bobbychan193, YiFeiBot is now archiving the Requests page. Archiving occurs around 24 hours after a user's signature and one of the templates {{Done}}, {{Withdrawn}} or {{Declined}} are placed below the request. The bot uses the Guild's standard "purpose codes" to determine the way it should archive each request so it's important to use the correct codes and templates.

Thank you all again for your participation; we wouldn't be able to achieve what we have without you! Cheers from your GOCE coordinators; Reidgreg, Baffle gab1978, Miniapolis, Tdslk and Twofingered Typist.

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Administrators' newsletter – January 2020Edit

News and updates for administrators from the past month (December 2019).

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Tech News: 2020-02Edit

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Administrators' newsletter – February 2020Edit

News and updates for administrators from the past month (January 2020).

Guideline and policy news

  • Following a request for comment, partial blocks are now enabled on the English Wikipedia. This functionality allows administrators to block users from editing specific pages or namespaces rather than the entire site. A draft policy is being workshopped at Wikipedia:Partial blocks.
  • The request for comment seeking the community's sentiment for a binding desysop procedure closed with wide-spread support for an alternative desysoping procedure based on community input. No proposed process received consensus.

Technical news

  • Twinkle now supports partial blocking. There is a small checkbox that toggles the "partial" status for both blocks and templating. There is currently one template: {{uw-pblock}}.
  • When trying to move a page, if the target title already exists then a warning message is shown. The warning message will now include a link to the target title. [21]


  • Following a recent arbitration case, the Arbitration Committee reminded administrators that checkuser and oversight blocks must not be reversed or modified without prior consultation with the checkuser or oversighter who placed the block, the respective functionary team, or the Arbitration Committee.


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Tech News: 2020-06Edit

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WikiProject Guild of Copy Editors 2019 Annual ReportEdit

Guild of Copy Editors 2019 Annual Report
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Our 2019 Annual Report is now ready for review.


  • Overview of Backlog-reduction progress (a record low backlog!);
  • Summary of Drives, Blitzes, and the Requests page;
  • Automated archiving of requests;
  • Membership news and results of elections;
  • Annual leaderboard;
  • Plans for 2020.
– Your Guild coordinators: Jonesey95, Baffle gab1978, Reidgreg, Tdslk and Twofingered Typist.
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Tech News: 2020-07Edit

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Tech News: 2020-08Edit

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Tech News: 2020-09Edit

20:59, 24 February 2020 (UTC)

Remove protection of orphaned templateEdit

Hey could you remove protection at Template:WikiProject Free and open-source software? Thanks! --Trialpears (talk) 22:19, 29 July 2019 (UTC)

DR thoughtsEdit

Hey AGK. I've always trusted your opinion over the years so am asking for it now, if you're willing. I opened a thread at WP:VPI about our DR processes, which really hasn't gone anywhere. With MedCom closing up shop in late last year, I see a gap now, and I don't think DRN is up to the job anymore (my views on how some handle disputes there is well known). I guess the problem now is that I'm not too sure how to fix this - RFC's are touted as a be all and end all to content dispute resolution, but doesn't really always work or garner a workable consensus. I'd start another RFC on dispute resolution, but I have the gut feel that nowadays most just don't care. I'd reach out to MedCom, but well, they don't exist anymore. We are a dying breed and I'm a bit stumped on the next move. Disputes haven't magically vanished in the last few years, my thought is they are now just all that less visible, and that can't be good for our content disputes if they're not getting resolved. On one dispute, I've decided to conduct private mediation Talk:William Lane Craig/Mediation - since I've got nowhere else to send it anymore. Anyways, appreciate you're busy with ArbCom etc, but I would value your thoughts on this one, if you have time. Cheers, Steven Crossin Help resolve disputes! 00:32, 1 August 2019 (UTC)

Magic word capitalsEdit

Hello. When making magic word templates, please do them in all caps. I moved {{Revisionmonthname}} to {{REVISIONMONTHNAME}} by creating {{REVISIONMONTHNAME}} and, on {{Revisionmonthname}}, redirecting it there. Please make magic word templates all caps when creating them. Thank you! Mr. Juicyfun (Obliterator time!) 01:36, 1 August 2019 (UTC)

P.S.: I also moved its /doc subpage the same way as the template, and also added substitution to the template by using {{{|safesubst:}}}. Mr. Juicyfun (Obliterator time!) 01:40, 1 August 2019 (UTC)

Arbcom e-mail query 2Edit

Do you remember this message that I posted on your talk page two months ago regarding two e-mails I've sent to Arbcom? In it, I asked you to confirm the receipt of my e-mails, which you did. That's appreciated. However, it's now been 60 (sixty) days and my e-mails, which I know for a fact the Committee has received, still haven't been answered. As an arbitrator, do you believe that this is acceptable? Iaritmioawp (talk) 12:25, 8 August 2019 (UTC)

I would prefer that you received a response to your email earlier than now; and that you did not have to send a reminder. I shall look in again on the committee's email discussions and try to move things along. You may need to keep asking for an update until you receive a decision; please consider doing so at WT:AC next time. AGK ■ 18:45, 8 August 2019 (UTC)

Some types of attacks should not be tolerated on WikipediaEdit

AGK, I posted also on the case talk page, but I feel I should make the point here as well. "anti-Polish", directed at me in diff from 15 August, is described as: "In the popular usage the anti-Polonism is limited almost exclusively to the alleged ‘anti-Polish machinations’ on the part of Jews." in this expert source. This was the "justification" of the mass deportation of almost all Polish Jews in 1968.[27] Use of such racially associated language (with the further implication of required action vs. such "anti-Polish" people) is not something that should be tolerated here. This is much worse than the continued bullying and hounding in the past few months - continuing as the case was open.Icewhiz (talk) 06:42, 17 August 2019 (UTC)

Not theEdit

first user to raise issues about your competence (or the lack of it) in English language; noting for posterity. Also noting that you have been pinged in my section over the Fram-case PD-talk-page, because you seem to have a general apathy in responding to pings that are critical of your actions. WBGconverse 15:54, 7 September 2019 (UTC)

Congratulations, you lucky guy, you're the swing voteEdit

AGK, I don't envy you. Jehochman Talk 22:17, 6 September 2019 (UTC)


Hi, AGK. I appreciate your work and strong ability with logic. You said Fram consistently fails to adhere to our community's expectations of how administrators should behave with other users. Could you please add a finding of fact to the case that includes a few representative diffs and links so that observers will know what that statement refers to? As the decision stands now, this remark is conclusory and may even appear to contradict the finding of fact that Fram has not abused admin tools. Additionally, would you consider adding a finding of fact that Fram was not unblocked to participate in the evidence of workshop phases of the case, as is our custom. Since the ban was found to be improper, it is relevant to know that it was kept in place through the duration of the case until after the desyop remedy had already been passed, and greatly hindered Fram's ability to defend himself as decisions were being made. I expect that the desysop will be challenged at RFA or at a future ArbCom. Thank you. Jehochman Talk 14:07, 10 September 2019 (UTC) updated at 19:51, 19 September 2019 (UTC)

Wishes for a speedy recoveryEdit

  Wishes for a speedy recovery
I am sorry to hear of illness in your family, and hope for a quick and happy outcome. KillerChihuahua 20:01, 19 September 2019 (UTC)

+1 Jehochman Talk 20:08, 19 September 2019 (UTC)

Best wishes for the recovery. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 05:47, 20 September 2019 (UTC)


Hey, AGK, I hope your family member's health concerns are going well. I wanted to thank you for your hard work. I can only imagine how difficult this has been for all of you, especially if you've got stuff going on offwiki, and I appreciate the time and energy you all spent on this. --valereee (talk) 13:51, 23 September 2019 (UTC)

Seconding this, hope all is OK with you and yours. Best wishes. Steven Crossin Help resolve disputes! 10:50, 1 October 2019 (UTC)

ArbCom caseEdit

Hello. I saw your note that a party is currently busy. It appears from the banner above their user page that Northamerica1000 is also unavailable. Certes (talk) 11:29, 21 November 2019 (UTC)

Noted, but I think we would address that problem when Northamerica1000 requests more time or after it becomes clear they are completely unavailable. AGK ■ 13:51, 21 November 2019 (UTC)


I think you should consider that while BrownHairedGirl has indicated they can't respond due to RL issues, they sure are able to delete portals just fine. It feels disingenuous to hold up a case and yet continue to edit on the very thing the case is about. (talk) 07:48, 22 November 2019 (UTC)

You might want to login with your account because it's not cricket to hide from scrutiny while slagging somebody else. I will however take over your objection. See [28] as just one example among a great many, Mr. AGK. It is bogus for BHG to ignore a request for arbitration while continuing to advance her preferred position in the underlying dispute. Jehochman Talk 13:20, 22 November 2019 (UTC)
I agree with the two above comments. This is like ANI-flu, only worse because the person in question is continuing with the behaviors they are being scrutinized over.--WaltCip (talk) 17:40, 22 November 2019 (UTC)
We should not stop having sympathy, but you are right that the Portals-related editing cannot continue unabated. I have just suggested as much to BrownHairedGirl. AGK ■ 19:48, 22 November 2019 (UTC)
I fully support sympathy. However, portal editing continues unabated. (talk) 01:27, 24 November 2019 (UTC)

ArbCom portals caseEdit


I have just reviewed the list of participants at Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Case/Portals#Involved_parties, and I believe that list omits one editor who should have been included due to their sustained WP:BATTLEFIELD conduct.

Please can you advise me on how and where I can make the case for that editor's addition?

Thanks? --BrownHairedGirl (talk) • (contribs)

AGK might answer but also you can ask for procedural help at the clerks noticeboard WP:AC/CN. Jehochman Talk 03:51, 27 November 2019 (UTC)
Many thanks, @Jehochman. I have asked[29] at WP:AC/CN.
Sorry to AGK for the intrusion. I am still learning my way around Arbitration. --BrownHairedGirl (talk) • (contribs) 06:21, 27 November 2019 (UTC)
It was no problem at all. AGK ■ 09:49, 27 November 2019 (UTC)

Happy Birthday!Edit

Thanks! AGK ■ 09:49, 27 November 2019 (UTC)

Happy Birthday!Edit

Thanks! AGK ■ 21:29, 26 December 2019 (UTC)

PIA indexEdit

Hi AGK. Regarding Wikipedia:Arbitration/Index/Palestine-Israel articles, I included the first motion on the page because of the wikilawyer clause – that all existing sanctions are based on the wording of the former remedies rather than the new ones. So for any users that are currently subject to enforcement actions, that section remains relevant, and the collapsed section provides continuity between the old remedies and the new. That was my thinking at least – is that not helpful? – bradv🍁 17:13, 20 December 2019 (UTC)

Ah, got you! Its inclusion is helpful, although perhaps not to the casual readers that the Index page is designed to serve. I have put the remedy back onto the page, but moved it to the end and collapsed some of its detail. Look good? AGK ■ 21:27, 26 December 2019 (UTC)

Happy HolidaysEdit


Happy Holidays!
May your winter holidays be filled with joy, laughter and good health. Wishing you all the best in 2020 and beyond.

--Cameron11598 (Talk) 21:22, 23 December 2019 (UTC)

Thanks! AGK ■ 21:29, 26 December 2019 (UTC)

Good luckEdit

Thanks! AGK ■ 21:29, 26 December 2019 (UTC)

IP Block Exemption RequestEdit

Hello. Because you are a CheckUser I am requesting that you allow me IP Block Exemption access in order to edit Wikipedia over Tor. I am leaving my current country for an extended period of time to live in a country where censorship is prevalent. I will require Tor access in order to continue to edit Wikipedia. -Splinemath (talk) 03:35, 25 December 2019 (UTC)

Hi Splinemath. Please make this request by emailing checkuser-en-wp wikipedia.org. Thanks, AGK ■ 21:29, 26 December 2019 (UTC)

A barnstar for you!Edit

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Thank you for all your hard work and dedication! Bobherry Talk Edits 00:28, 2 February 2020 (UTC)