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Administrators' newsletter – February 2021Edit

News and updates for administrators from the past month (January 2021).

  Arbitration

  • The standard discretionary sanctions authorized for American Politics were amended by motion to cover post-1992 politics of United States and closely related people, replacing the 1932 cutoff.

  Miscellaneous


Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 19:09, 1 February 2021 (UTC)

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)
Thank you PointLaVista!—Cúchullain t/c 12:24, 17 February 2021 (UTC)

Discussion at Talk:New Spain#Requested move 11 February 2021Edit

   I am inviting (and notifying) you to join the discussion for a requested move since you are the mover in the previous move before, Thanks! PyroFloe (talk) 19:35, 11 February 2021 (UTC)

Happy Adminship Anniversary!Edit

Thank so much, CAPTAIN RAJU!--Cúchullain t/c 00:57, 16 February 2021 (UTC)

TFAEdit

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)

Thank you Gerda Arendt! Cúchullain t/c 12:25, 17 February 2021 (UTC)

Happy First Edit Day!Edit

Administrators' newsletter – March 2021Edit

News and updates for administrators from the past month (February 2021).

  Administrator changes

  TJMSmith
  Boing! said ZebedeeHiberniantearsLear's FoolOnlyWGFinley

  Interface administrator changes

  AmandaNP

  Guideline and policy news

  Technical news

  • 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).

  Arbitration

  Miscellaneous


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Administrators' newsletter – April 2021Edit

News and updates for administrators from the past month (March 2021).

  Administrator changes

  AlexandriaHappyme22RexxS

  Guideline and policy news

  • 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-redirect userright, which allows moving a page over a single-revision redirect, regardless of that redirect's target.

  Technical news

  • 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)

  Arbitration


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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

Wikipedia:Naming conventions (Australian and New Zealand stations)Edit

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)

Administrators' newsletter – May 2021Edit

News and updates for administrators from the past month (April 2021).

  Administrator changes

  EnchanterCarlossuarez46

  Interface administrator changes

  Ragesoss

  Guideline and policy news

  Technical news

  • The user group oversight will be renamed to suppress. This is for technical reasons. You can comment at T112147 if you have objections.

  Arbitration


Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 15:51, 7 May 2021 (UTC)

Precious anniversaryEdit

Precious
 
Five years!

--Gerda Arendt (talk) 05:18, 11 May 2021 (UTC)

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".)

Anyhow, this should probably be moved and I've posted on the talk page about it. TheLateDentarthurdent (talk) 14:56, 26 May 2021 (UTC)

TheLateDentarthurdent: I'll take a look.--Cúchullain t/c 21:50, 26 May 2021 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – June 2021Edit

News and updates for administrators from the past month (May 2021).

  Administrator changes

  AshleyyoursmileLess Unless
  HusondMattWadeMJCdetroitCariocaVague RantKingboykThunderboltzGwen GaleAniMateSlimVirgin (deceased)

  Guideline and policy news

  Technical news

  • 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.

  Arbitration


Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 14:45, 9 June 2021 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – July 2021Edit

News and updates for administrators from the past month (June 2021).

  Guideline and policy news

  • 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.

  Technical news

  • 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.

  Arbitration


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"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)

Administrators' newsletter – July 2021Edit

News and updates for administrators from the past month (July 2021).

  Guideline and policy news

  • An RfC is open to add a delay of one week from nomination to deletion for G13 speedy deletions.

  Technical news

  • Last week all wikis were very slow or not accessible for 30 minutes. This was due to server lag caused by regenerating dynamic lists on the Russian Wikinews after a large bulk import. (T287380)

  Arbitration

  Miscellaneous


Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 14:18, 1 August 2021 (UTC)

"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)

Administrators' newsletter – September 2021Edit

News and updates for administrators from the past month (August 2021).

  Administrator changes

  Jake Wartenberg
  EmperorViridian Bovary
  AshleyyoursmileViridian Bovary

  Guideline and policy news

  Technical news

  • 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.

  Arbitration

  Miscellaneous


Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 20:44, 3 September 2021 (UTC)

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)

Administrators' newsletter – October 2021Edit

News and updates for administrators from the past month (September 2021).

  Guideline and policy news

  Technical news

  Arbitration

  • 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.

  Miscellaneous

  • 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.

Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 17:03, 1 October 2021 (UTC)

"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)

Administrators' newsletter – November 2021Edit

News and updates for administrators from the past month (October 2021).

  Guideline and policy news

  • Phase 2 of the 2021 RfA review has commenced which will discuss potential solutions to address the 8 issues found in Phase 1. Proposed solutions that achieve consensus will be implemented and you may propose solutions till 07 November 2021.

  Technical news

  Arbitration

  Miscellaneous


Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 16:43, 1 November 2021 (UTC)

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Administrators' newsletter – December 2021Edit

News and updates for administrators from the past month (November 2021).

  Administrator changes

  A TrainBerean HunterEpbr123GermanJoeSanchomMysid

  Technical news

  • 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)

  Arbitration



Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 17:24, 3 December 2021 (UTC)

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)

Disambiguation link notification for December 8Edit

An automated process has detected that when you recently edited Planet of the Apes, you added a link pointing to the disambiguation page William Hoy.

(Opt-out instructions.) --DPL bot (talk) 06:05, 8 December 2021 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – January 2022Edit

News and updates for administrators from the past month (December 2021).

  Guideline and policy news

  • 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.

  Arbitration

  Miscellaneous

  • 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.

Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 00:24, 3 January 2022 (UTC)

How we will see unregistered usersEdit

Hi!

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.

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Thank you. /Johan (WMF)

18:13, 4 January 2022 (UTC)

MagadoxaEdit

Hi. In 2006, you created Magadoxa as a redirect to Essaouira. I have changed the target to Mogadishu, that being the target of Magadoxo, as well as the location suggested by the maps below:

If you have reason to believe Essaouira is also an appropriate target, you may wish to change the redirect to a disambiguation. AlphaMikeOmega (talk) 15:52, 9 January 2022 (UTC)

Spin-offEdit

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)
Someone changed one or two of the uses to "spin-off" but not the others, yes, which is why I find-and-replaced all instances of "spinoff" to "spin-off" in the edit that you reverted. InfiniteNexus (talk) 03:36, 20 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)

Administrators' newsletter – February 2022Edit

News and updates for administrators from the past month (January 2022).

  Guideline and policy news

  Technical news

  • The user group oversight will be renamed suppress in 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.

  Arbitration

  Miscellaneous


Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 03:01, 3 February 2022 (UTC)

Happy Adminship Anniversary!Edit

Wishing Cuchullain a very happy adminship anniversary on behalf of the Birthday Committee! Best wishes! CAPTAIN RAJU(T) 10:18, 14 February 2022 (UTC)

Happy First Edit Day!Edit

Administrators' newsletter – March 2022Edit

News and updates for administrators from the past month (February 2022).

  Guideline and policy news

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  Arbitration

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Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 01:46, 2 March 2022 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – April 2022Edit

News and updates for administrators from the past month (March 2022).

  Guideline and policy news

  Technical news

  • Access to Special:RevisionDelete has been expanded to include users who have the deletelogentry and deletedhistory rights. 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)

  Arbitration

  Miscellaneous


Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 18:12, 7 April 2022 (UTC)

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:

  1. Made neither edits nor administrative actions for at least a 12-month period OR
  2. Made fewer than 100 edits over a 60-month period

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)

Administrators' newsletter – May 2022Edit

News and updates for administrators from the past month (April 2022).

  Guideline and policy news

  Technical news

  Arbitration


Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 23:33, 9 May 2022 (UTC)
Precious
 
Six years!

Precious anniversaryEdit

--Gerda Arendt (talk) 06:16, 11 May 2022 (UTC)