News and updates for administrators from the past month (January 2021).
- Voting in the 2021 Steward elections will begin on 05 February 2021, 14:00 (UTC) and end on 26 February 2021, 13:59 (UTC). The confirmation process of current stewards is being held in parallel. You can automatically check your eligibility to vote.
- Wikipedia has now been around for 20 years, and recently saw its billionth edit!
A barnstar for you!Edit
|The Original Barnstar|
|Just published a first-time article called "Point La Vista Cape (Jacksonville) to add to our Neighborhoods of Jax. Saw you edited San Marco article. Am in the process of adding more Citations as Wiki Editor requested. PointLaVista (talk) 15:29, 10 February 2021 (UTC)|
Discussion at Talk:New Spain#Requested move 11 February 2021Edit
Happy Adminship Anniversary!Edit
Thank you today for Planet of the Apes, "about the film and media franchise Planet of the Apes, which has included a number of historically significant films since the 1960s"! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 07:57, 17 February 2021 (UTC)
Happy First Edit Day!Edit
News and updates for administrators from the past month (February 2021).
- A request for comment is open that proposes a process for the community to revoke administrative permissions. This follows a 2019 RfC in favor of creating one such a policy.
- A request for comment is in progress to remove F7 (invalid fair-use claim) subcriterion a, which covers immediate deletion of non-free media with invalid fair-use tags.
- A request for comment seeks to grant page movers the
delete-redirectuserright, which allows moving a page over a single-revision redirect, regardless of that redirect's target. The full proposal is at Wikipedia:Page mover/delete-redirect.
- A request for comment asks if sysops may
place the General sanctions/Coronavirus disease 2019 editnotice template on pages in scope that do not have page-specific sanctions?
- There is a discussion in progress concerning automatic protection of each day's featured article with Pending Changes protection.
- When blocking an IPv6 address with Twinkle, there is now a checkbox with the option to just block the /64 range. When doing so, you can still leave a block template on the initial, single IP address' talkpage.
- When protecting a page with Twinkle, you can now add a note if doing so was in response to a request at WP:RfPP, and even link to the specific revision.
- There have been a number of reported issues with Pending Changes. Most problems setting protection appear to have been resolved (phab:T273317) but other issues with autoaccepting edits persist (phab:T275322).
- By motion, the discretionary sanctions originally authorized under the GamerGate case are now authorized under a new Gender and sexuality case, with sanctions
authorized for all edits about, and all pages related to, any gender-related dispute or controversy and associated people.Sanctions issued under GamerGate are now considered Gender and sexuality sanctions.
- The Kurds and Kurdistan case was closed, authorizing standard discretionary sanctions for
the topics of Kurds and Kurdistan, broadly construed.
- By motion, the discretionary sanctions originally authorized under the GamerGate case are now authorized under a new Gender and sexuality case, with sanctions
News and updates for administrators from the past month (March 2021).
- Following a request for comment, F7 (invalid fair-use claim) subcriterion a has been deprecated; it covered immediate deletion of non-free media with invalid fair-use tags.
- Following a request for comment, page movers were granted the
delete-redirectuserright, which allows moving a page over a single-revision redirect, regardless of that redirect's target.
- When you move a page that many editors have on their watchlist the history can be split and it might also not be possible to move it again for a while. This is because of a job queue problem. (T278350)
- Code to support some very old web browsers is being removed. This could cause issues in those browsers. (T277803)
Point La Vista Cape (Jacksonville) - Newly Published Starter ArticleEdit
Dear Cuchullain: By way of introduction, I've written and recently had published in Wikipedia an article on the Cape of Point La Vista, Jacksonville. I am seeking to have it inserted in the Wikipedia article about Jacksonville Florida, which breaks out the neighborhoods. It is now considered just part of "Southside", somewhere between San Marco (which overlaps on the cape) and Mandarin. It is one of the most geographically distinct neighborhoods ( a cape) and has a solidly documented history from Timucua, British Era, Colonial Second Spanish, Antebellum and Modern Times. So if you have an interest in helping me insert the article, please let me know. PointLaVista (talk) 15:51, 5 April 2021 (UTC)Point La Vista
A few years ago you assisted in the drafting of these guidelines which appear have never been formalised. We now have a new editor User talk:053pvr who does not want to follow these guides but instead use the US and UK guidelines and has renamed three stations to Hamilton railway station (New South Wales), Hamilton railway station (Victoria) and Hamilton railway station (New Zealand) which no longer follow the guidelines without seeking any consensus on this. As a result templates such as Template:rwsa will no longer work on the New South Wales one and I suspect the same thing on other states. I have not been able to revert these changes. What should be done about this? Fleet Lists (talk) 03:52, 14 April 2021 (UTC)
- Fleet Lists, I'm not sure what there is to do as the guideline was never adopted. There's certainly a good case that the parenthetical disambiguation are more common, which is why they were used in the US, Canada, the UK and Ireland. Maybe it's time to start a new discussion. Personally I think Australia and New Zealand will need different guidelines as their slates of articles are different.--Cúchullain t/c 21:12, 14 April 2021 (UTC)
News and updates for administrators from the past month (April 2021).
Opechancanough, not OpchanacanoughEdit
This is a weird one. I was working on some Algonquian and noticed an issue here. It seems that years ago somebody added a fallacious spelling Opchanacanough that doesn't appear in any of the documents I've found or in any books prior to the mid-2000s. Nobody checked it and now it shows up in more recent books using WP as a source! It also somehow became the article title but I can't find the move request though. Perhaps the article was created with the misspelling. (It's particularly egregious because the first n was probably only a phonetic spread before -an: the word for "soul" was cehcak in a:pe-cehcak-en-o:w "white-soul-it-he = He Whose Soul Is White".)
News and updates for administrators from the past month (May 2021).
- Ashleyyoursmile • Less Unless
- Husond • MattWade • MJCdetroit • Carioca • Vague Rant • Kingboyk • Thunderboltz • Gwen Gale • AniMate • SlimVirgin (deceased)
- Wikimedia previously used the IRC network Freenode. However, due to changes over who controlled the network with reports of a forceful takeover by several ex-staff members, the Wikimedia IRC Group Contacts decided to move to the new Libera Chat network. It has been reported that Wikimedia related channels on Freenode have been forcibly taken over if they pointed members to Libera. There is a migration guide and Wikimedia discussions about this.
- After a Clarification request, the Arbitration Committee modified Remedy 5 of the Antisemitism in Poland case. This means sourcing expectations are a discretionary sanction instead of being present on all articles. It also details using the talk page or the Reliable Sources Noticeboard to discuss disputed sources.
News and updates for administrators from the past month (June 2021).
- Consensus has been reached to delete all books in the book namespace. There was rough consensus that the deleted books should still be available on request at WP:REFUND even after the namespace is removed.
- An RfC is open to discuss the next steps following a trial which automatically applied pending changes to TFAs.
- IP addresses of unregistered users are to be hidden from everyone. There is a rough draft of how IP addresses may be shown to users who need to see them. This currently details allowing administrators, checkusers, stewards and those with a new usergroup to view the full IP address of unregistered users. Editors with at least 500 edits and an account over a year old will be able to see all but the end of the IP address in the proposal. The ability to see the IP addresses hidden behind the mask would be dependent on agreeing to not share the parts of the IP address they can see with those who do not have access to the same information. Accessing part of or the full IP address of a masked editor would also be logged. Comments on the draft are being welcomed at the talk page.
- The community authorised COVID-19 general sanctions have been superseded by the COVID-19 discretionary sanctions following a motion at a case request. Alerts given and sanctions placed under the community authorised general sanctions are now considered alerts for and sanctions under the new discretionary sanctions.
"Salsa verde/TEMP" listed at Redirects for discussionEdit
A discussion is taking place to address the redirect Salsa verde/TEMP. The discussion will occur at Wikipedia:Redirects for discussion/Log/2021 July 4#Salsa verde/TEMP until a consensus is reached, and anyone, including you, is welcome to contribute to the discussion. Shhhnotsoloud (talk) 14:22, 4 July 2021 (UTC)
"Notepad (software)" listed at Redirects for discussionEdit
A discussion is taking place to address the redirect Notepad (software). The discussion will occur at Wikipedia:Redirects for discussion/Log/2021 July 9#Notepad (software) until a consensus is reached, and anyone, including you, is welcome to contribute to the discussion. Elli (talk | contribs) 01:05, 9 July 2021 (UTC)
News and updates for administrators from the past month (July 2021).
- You can vote for candidates in the 2021 Board of Trustees elections from 4 August to 17 August. Four community elected seats are up for election.
"Wotan" listed at Redirects for discussionEdit
A discussion is taking place to address the redirect Wotan. The discussion will occur at Wikipedia:Redirects for discussion/Log/2021 August 8#Wotan until a consensus is reached, and anyone, including you, is welcome to contribute to the discussion. Thespündragon 05:56, 8 August 2021 (UTC)
News and updates for administrators from the past month (August 2021).
- Feedback is requested on the Universal Code of Conduct enforcement draft by the Universal Code of Conduct Phase 2 drafting committee.
- A RfC is open on whether to allow administrators to use extended confirmed protection on high-risk templates.
- A discussion is open to decide when, if ever, should discord logs be eligible for removal when posted onwiki (including whether to oversight them)
- A RfC on the next steps after the trial of pending changes on TFAs has resulted in a 30 day trial of automatic semi protection for TFAs.
- The Score extension has been re-enabled on public wikis. It has been updated, but has been placed in safe mode to address unresolved security issues. Further information on the security issues can be found on the mediawiki page.
- The 2021 RfA review is now open for comments.
Science magazine redirect proposed deletionEdit
"Science magazine" listed at Redirects for discussionEdit
A discussion is taking place to address the redirect Science magazine. The discussion will occur at Wikipedia:Redirects for discussion/Log/2021 September 20#Science magazine until a consensus is reached, and anyone, including you, is welcome to contribute to the discussion. Retroflexivity (talk) 04:19, 20 September 2021 (UTC)
News and updates for administrators from the past month (September 2021).
- A motion has standardised the 500/30 (extended confirmed) restrictions placed by the Arbitration Committee. The standardised restriction is now listed in the Arbitration Committee's procedures.
- Following the closure of the Iranian politics case, standard discretionary sanctions are authorized for all edits about, and all pages related to, post-1978 Iranian politics, broadly construed.
- The Arbitration Committee encourages uninvolved administrators to use the discretionary sanctions procedure in topic areas where it is authorised to facilitate consensus in RfCs. This includes, but is not limited to, enforcing sectioned comments, word/diff limits and moratoriums on a particular topic from being brought in an RfC for up to a year.
- Editors have approved expanding the trial of Growth Features from 2% of new accounts to 25%, and the share of newcomers getting mentorship from 2% to 5%. Experienced editors are invited to add themselves to the mentor list.
- The community consultation phase of the 2021 CheckUser and Oversight appointments process is open for editors to provide comments and ask questions to candidates.
"Archer" listed at Redirects for discussionEdit
A discussion is taking place to address the redirect Archer. The discussion will occur at Wikipedia:Redirects for discussion/Log/2021 October 15#Archer until a consensus is reached, and anyone, including you, is welcome to contribute to the discussion. MB 01:53, 15 October 2021 (UTC)
News and updates for administrators from the past month (October 2021).
- The 2021 CheckUser and Oversight appointments process has concluded with the appointment of five new CheckUsers and two new Oversighters.
ArbCom 2021 Elections voter messageEdit
News and updates for administrators from the past month (November 2021).
- Unregistered editors using the mobile website are now able to receive notices to indicate they have talk page messages. The notice looks similar to what is already present on desktop, and will be displayed on when viewing any page except mainspace and when editing any page. (T284642)
- The limit on the number of emails a user can send per day has been made global instead of per-wiki to help prevent abuse. (T293866)
- Voting in the 2021 Arbitration Committee Elections is open until 23:59, 06 December 2021 (UTC).
- The already authorized standard discretionary sanctions for all pages relating to the Horn of Africa (defined as including Ethiopia, Somalia, Eritrea, Djibouti, and adjoining areas if involved in related disputes), broadly construed, have been made permanent.
Administrators will no longer be autopatrolledEdit
A recently closed Request for Comment (RFC) reached consensus to remove Autopatrolled from the administrator user group. You may, similarly as with Edit Filter Manager, choose to self-assign this permission to yourself. This will be implemented the week of December 13th, but if you wish to self-assign you may do so now. To find out when the change has gone live or if you have any questions please visit the Administrator's Noticeboard. 20:05, 7 December 2021 (UTC)
News and updates for administrators from the past month (December 2021).
- Following consensus at the 2021 RfA review, the autopatrolled user right has been removed from the administrators user group; admins can grant themselves the autopatrolled permission if they wish to remain autopatrolled.
- Additionally, consensus for proposal 6C of the 2021 RfA review has led to the creation of an administrative action review process. The purpose of this process will be to review individual administrator actions and individual actions taken by users holding advanced permissions.
- Following the 2021 Arbitration Committee elections, the following editors have been appointed to the Arbitration Committee: , , , , , , , .
- The functionaries email list (functionaries-en lists.wikimedia.org) will no longer accept incoming emails apart from those sent by list members and WMF staff. Private concerns, apart from those requiring oversight, should be directly sent to the Arbitration Committee.
How we will see unregistered usersEdit
You get this message because you are an admin on a Wikimedia wiki.
When someone edits a Wikimedia wiki without being logged in today, we show their IP address. As you may already know, we will not be able to do this in the future. This is a decision by the Wikimedia Foundation Legal department, because norms and regulations for privacy online have changed.
Instead of the IP we will show a masked identity. You as an admin will still be able to access the IP. There will also be a new user right for those who need to see the full IPs of unregistered users to fight vandalism, harassment and spam without being admins. Patrollers will also see part of the IP even without this user right. We are also working on better tools to help.
We have two suggested ways this identity could work. We would appreciate your feedback on which way you think would work best for you and your wiki, now and in the future. You can let us know on the talk page. You can write in your language. The suggestions were posted in October and we will decide after 17 January.
Thank you. /Johan (WMF)
18:13, 4 January 2022 (UTC)
P. Dell Gada and the Horn of Africa
Hello there, Cuchullain. In regards to this, do you really think
spinoff is a better spelling than
spin-off? I personally have seen the latter spelling used more often, plus the WP article for spin-off (media) is also titled that way, so I believe that that is the more commonly used spelling. InfiniteNexus (talk) 04:04, 19 January 2022 (UTC)
- I think they're both fine - they're both clearly in use - and there's no reason to change from one to the other as long as its consistent. In this case the article had used "spinoff" but over time someone changed one or two of the uses to "spin-off" but not the others, which is why I changed them back.--Cúchullain t/c 15:26, 19 January 2022 (UTC)
Coonan Cross OathEdit
Hi Cuchullain, You are one of the users who have involved in this article Coonan Cross Oath before. So it would be very useful if you could give any comment on this topic Talk:Coonan Cross Oath#Robin Boyd: A historian or theologian?Anjuvannam (talk) 03:34, 22 January 2022 (UTC)
News and updates for administrators from the past month (January 2022).
- The user group
oversightwill be renamed
suppressin around 3 weeks. This will not affect the name shown to users and is simply a change in the technical name of the user group. The change is being made for technical reasons. You can comment in Phabricator if you have objections.
- The Reply Tool feature, which is a part of Discussion Tools, will be opt-out for everyone logged in or logged out starting 7 February 2022. Editors wishing to comment on this can do so in the relevant Village Pump discussion.
- The user group
- Community input is requested on several motions aimed at addressing discretionary sanctions that are no longer needed or overly broad.
- The Arbitration Committee has published a generalised comment regarding successful appeals of sanctions that it can review (such as checkuser blocks).
- A motion related to the Antisemitism in Poland case was passed following a declined case request.
- Voting in the 2022 Steward elections will begin on 07 February 2022, 14:00 (UTC) and end on 26 February 2022, 13:59 (UTC). The confirmation process of current stewards is being held in parallel. You can automatically check your eligibility to vote.
- Voting in the 2022 Community Wishlist Survey is open until 11 February 2022.
Happy Adminship Anniversary!Edit
Happy First Edit Day!Edit
News and updates for administrators from the past month (February 2022).
- The deployment of the reply tool as an opt-out feature, as announced in last month's newsletter, has been delayed to 7 March. Feedback and comments are being welcomed at Wikipedia talk:Talk pages project. (T296645)
- Special:Nuke will now allow the selection of standard deletion reasons to be used when mass-deleting pages. This was a Community Wishlist Survey request from 2022. (T25020)
- The ability to undelete the talk page when undeleting a page using Special:Undelete or the API will be added soon. This change was requested in the 2021 Community Wishlist Survey. (T295389)
- Several unused discretionary sanctions and article probation remedies have been rescinded. This follows the community feedback from the 2021 Discretionary Sanctions review.
- The 2022 appointees for the Ombuds commission are Érico, Faendalimas, Galahad, Infinite0694, Mykola7, Olugold, Udehb and Zabe as regular members and Ameisenigel and JJMC89 as advisory members.
- Following the 2022 Steward Elections, the following editors have been appointed as stewards: AntiCompositeNumber, BRPever, Hasley, TheresNoTime, and Vermont.
- The 2022 Community Wishlist Survey results have been published alongside the ranking of prioritized proposals.
News and updates for administrators from the past month (March 2022).
- Access to Special:RevisionDelete has been expanded to include users who have the
deletedhistoryrights. This means that those in the Researcher user group and Checkusers who are not administrators can now access Special:RevisionDelete. The users able to view the special page after this change are the 3 users in the Researcher group, as there are currently no checkusers who are not already administrators. (T301928)
- When viewing deleted revisions or diffs on Special:Undelete a back link to the undelete page for the associated page is now present. (T284114)
- Wikipedia:Arbitration Committee/Procedures § Opening of proceedings has been updated to reflect current practice following a motion.
- A arbitration case regarding Skepticism and coordinated editing has been closed.
- A arbitration case regarding WikiProject Tropical Cyclones has been opened.
- Voting for the Universal Code of Conduct Enforcement guidelines has closed, and the results were that 56.98% of voters supported the guidelines. The results of this vote mean the Wikimedia Foundation Board will now review the guidelines.
New administrator activity requirementEdit
|The administrator policy has been updated with new activity requirements following a successful Request for Comment.
Beginning January 1, 2023, administrators who meet one or both of the following criteria may be desysopped for inactivity if they have:
Administrators at risk for being desysopped under these criteria will continue to be notified ahead of time. Thank you for your continued work.
22:52, 15 April 2022 (UTC)
News and updates for administrators from the past month (April 2022).
- Following an RfC, a change has been made to the administrators inactivity policy. Under the new policy, if an administrator has not made at least 100 edits over a period of 5 years they may be desysopped for inactivity.
- Following a discussion on the bureaucrat's noticeboard, a change has been made to the bureaucrats inactivity policy.
- The ability to undelete the associated talk page when undeleting a page has been added. This was the 11th wish of the 2021 Community Wishlist Survey.
- A public status system for WMF wikis has been created. It is located at https://www.wikimediastatus.net/ and is hosted separately to WMF wikis so in the case of an outage it will remain viewable.
- Remedy 2 of the St Christopher case has been rescinded following a motion. The remedy previously authorised administrators to place a ban on single-purpose accounts who were disruptively editing on the article St Christopher Iba Mar Diop College of Medicine or related pages from those pages.