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Demographics of AucklandEdit

Hi there, the information is available for download as a WINRAR or spreadsheet by NZ stats. It's an estimate for the moment from the collective data they've given us (Asian, Maori, Pacific etc) and, though as more data comes out over the next month or so, the statistics themselves are pretty accurate (As seen in the rise of immigrantion to Auckland, compared to other places of the country). — Preceding unsigned comment added by Foxterria (talkcontribs) 08:54, 2 October 2019 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – October 2019Edit

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

  Guideline and policy news

  • Following a discussion, a new criterion for speedy category renaming was added: C2F: One eponymous article, which applies if the category contains only an eponymous article or media file, provided that the category has not otherwise been emptied shortly before the nomination. The default outcome is an upmerge to the parent categories.

  Technical news

  • As previously noted, tighter password requirements for Administrators were put in place last year. Wikipedia should now alert you if your password is less than 10 characters long and thus too short.



  • The Community Tech team has been working on a system for temporarily watching pages, and welcomes feedback.

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Post by

Just curious. The post looked innocent. Does that user have some issues? WQUlrich (talk) 20:21, 6 October 2019 (UTC)

@WQUlrich: If you look at the poster's contributions, you'll see they made very many identical posts to apparently random users, and several accounts previously have made the same disuptive edits: see Special:Contributions/Cebuah and Special:Contributions/Oklippn for examples. Their edits are being reverted and they are blocked for this disruptive editing, and breach of the guideline on WP:Canvassing.-gadfium 21:49, 6 October 2019 (UTC)
Aha, I suspected they were trying to get someone with a bit more "status" to do questionable edits for them, so I made up an excuse to say no. I guess I really didn't need to answer at all. Thank You! WQUlrich (talk) 01:20, 7 October 2019 (UTC)

Edit on Marlborough Boys' CollegeEdit

Are you able to remove this edit? [1]. It outs a person with current name suppression. Ajf773 (talk) 09:32, 29 October 2019 (UTC)

Already dealt with by Schwede66.-gadfium 17:46, 29 October 2019 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – November 2019Edit

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

  Guideline and policy news

  • A related RfC is seeking the community's sentiment for a binding desysop procedure.


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Just FYIEdit

Over at the ArbCom questions you said "I think their rights were removed by T&S so they could not unblock themselves", but admins can't unblock themselves anyway. Boing! said Zebedee (talk) 01:21, 4 November 2019 (UTC)

Thanks. I'd forgotten about that change.-gadfium 01:29, 4 November 2019 (UTC)

A survey to improve the community consultation outreach processEdit


The Wikimedia Foundation is seeking to improve the community consultation outreach process for Foundation policies, and we are interested in why you didn't participate in a recent consultation that followed a community discussion you’ve been part of.

Please fill out this short survey to help us improve our community consultation process for the future. It should only take about three minutes.

The privacy policy for this survey is here. This survey is a one-off request from us related to this unique topic.

Thank you for your participation, Kbrown (WMF) 10:44, 13 November 2019 (UTC)

I'm very flatteredEdit

It was a pleasant surprise to see you refer to one of my essays involving Arbcom in your question to candidates. And I have to admit that I giggled when you asked yourself too! Mostly, though, I'm pleased to see that the candidates who have answered so far seem to be of the "well, I'm already busy here, I'll just keep doing what I'm doing" mindset. I think it speaks to the relative maturity of this year's candidates. We as a community will be the real winners here, with so many solid candidates who really get it. Good luck, Gadfium. Risker (talk) 02:29, 15 November 2019 (UTC)

Thanks Risker. It was a good essay!-gadfium 04:13, 15 November 2019 (UTC)

ArbCom 2019 election voter messageEdit

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Google Code-In 2019 is coming - please mentor some documentation tasks!Edit


Google Code-In, Google-organized contest in which the Wikimedia Foundation participates, starts in a few weeks. This contest is about taking high school students into the world of opensource. I'm sending you this message because you recently edited a documentation page at the English Wikipedia.

I would like to ask you to take part in Google Code-In as a mentor. That would mean to prepare at least one task (it can be documentation related, or something else - the other categories are Code, Design, Quality Assurance and Outreach) for the participants, and help the student to complete it. Please sign up at the contest page and send us your Google account address to, so we can invite you in!

From my own experience, Google Code-In can be fun, you can make several new friends, attract new people to your wiki and make them part of your community.

If you have any questions, please let us know at

Thank you!

--User:Martin Urbanec (talk) 21:58, 23 November 2019 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – December 2019Edit

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

  Administrator changes

  AkhilleusAthaenaraJohn VandenbergMelchoirMichaelQSchmidtNeilNYoungamerican😂

  CheckUser changes


  Interface administrator changes


  Guideline and policy news

  Technical news



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Whakaari/White Island article title RM noticeEdit

You recently participated in a discussion on the title of the Whakaari/White Island article. I have made a formal WP:RM request at Talk:Whakaari/White Island if you care to weigh in. —  AjaxSmack  17:49, 17 December 2019 (UTC)


  Damon Runyon's short story "Dancing Dan's Christmas" is a fun read if you have the time. Right from the start it extols the virtues of the hot Tom and Jerry

This hot Tom and Jerry is an old-time drink that is once used by one and all in this country to celebrate Christmas with, and in fact it is once so popular that many people think Christmas is invented only to furnish an excuse for hot Tom and Jerry, although of course this is by no means true.

No matter what concoction is your favorite to imbibe during this festive season I would like to toast you with it and to thank you for all your work here at the 'pedia this past year. Best wishes for your 2020 as well G. MarnetteD|Talk 11:56, 18 December 2019 (UTC)


Please correct me if I'm mistaken, but I would've considered a book source to be a better trust than an internet source. It takes effort to publish a book. Web pages can be created in a matter of minutes.-- (talk) 00:54, 24 December 2019 (UTC)

I'm not citing the internet source. I'm using it as an example of the flakiness of paranormal phenomena, which is by the same author at the same site. Not all books are reliable sources.-gadfium 01:04, 24 December 2019 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – January 2020Edit

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

  Guideline and policy news



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NRL StatsEdit

Firstly, sorry about the message from the previous poster. However, I believe they are correct. For whatever reason the NRL does not include World Club Challenge matches in their official stats, any more than they do other trial matches. I don't personally have strong feeling one way or the other, except that we should stick by the stats of the competition organiser. Here's a link to support the change: [2] Doctorhawkes (talk) 06:48, 5 January 2020 (UTC)

I have no opinion on whether World Club Challenge matches count, but the IP is making numerous questionable edits, and their response to talk page posts is to delete them rather than present their evidence.-gadfium 07:14, 5 January 2020 (UTC)

Spit balling a bit.Edit

I was thinking out loud the other day, how about a kiwiwiki? A somewhat tongue-in-cheek and tourist guide wiki, as part of wikimedia obviously. No BLP's, make up a "Chur" rating system for beaches, suburbs, shopping malls, parks, walks, the Johnkey way (bike tracks), pubs etc. Its task is to get some news coverage here (NZ), drive some new users to wiki in general and recruit more Maori editors, only 2 active currently. I viewed stupidwiki, a German parody site and it gave me pause, FYI, our anthem, according to them is "God shave the Sheep".
Second, thanks for correcting my edit today.
Lastly, I used to visit Ihuamoto, I may of been the "disembodied voice", reason withheld. (talk) 08:11, 28 January 2020 (UTC)

Have you seen Last activity was about a month ago. They may welcome new contributors and new ideas.-gadfium 08:33, 28 January 2020 (UTC)
Just looked at that, yeah nah, and it would not meet any of the objectives above121.99.108.78 (talk) 09:48, 28 January 2020 (UTC)

Question on deletion of my addition to end of life care pageEdit

Hi there! I understand recommendations to sites that don't have a wikipedia page might not work for Wikipedia. I am confused though that the entire section I submitted was deleted and not just the links. The page had spiritual and medical aspects covered but completely left off the legal and financial aspects of end of life care. This is a critical step that if forgotten can lead to major medical and financial repercussions. — Preceding unsigned comment added by EaseRoad (talkcontribs) 05:21, 27 February 2020 (UTC)

Leaving the content unsourced is not appropriate, because it may not be appropriate advice for all juridictions. A source to a suitable international body would be required.-gadfium 07:50, 27 February 2020 (UTC)

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. [3]


  • 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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