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Milhist coordinator election voting has commencedEdit

G'day everyone, voting for the 2019 Wikiproject Military history coordinator tranche is now open. This is a simple approval vote; only "support" votes should be made. Project members should vote for any candidates they support by 23:59 (UTC) on 28 September 2018. Thanks, Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 03:37, 15 September 2019 (UTC)

The Bugle: Issue CLXI, September 2019Edit

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Wikiproject Military history coordinator election half-way markEdit

G'day everyone, the voting for the XIX Coordinator Tranche is at the halfway mark. The candidates have answered various questions, and you can check them out to see why they are running and decide whether you support them. Project members should vote for any candidates they support by 23:59 (UTC) on 28 September 2018. Thanks, Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 07:36, 22 September 2019 (UTC)

Artificial intelligence#GovernmentEdit


Hello. Regarding the diff above I used the phrase 'This is already the case in most countries in the world', that is clearly a mistake on my part. The correct phrase should be 'This is already the case in at least seventy five countries worldwide'. This phrase is directly supported by the ref: [1]

The second ref I added was for information already in the article but without a citation. Instead of lazily adding a citation needed tag, I looked it up and found it already existed on the Wiki elsewhere: Mayor#Artificial_intelligence_mayors but that entry was also slightly inaccurate so I researched and edited it too. If you think the Otaquest ref[2] is not reliable perhaps you prefer this: [3] Note: I delibrately did not use the tabloid(RT and Mirror) citations that existed in the original entry but being a reluctant to delete refs added by someone else I did not remove them either.

Will you accept my edit with the modification discussed above? -- (talk) 19:15, 22 September 2019 (UTC)


  1. ^ Feldstein, Steven. "The Global Expansion of AI Surveillance". Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Retrieved 22 September 2019.
  2. ^ Johnston, Lachlan (12 April 2018). "There's an AI Running for the Mayoral Role of Tama City, Tokyo". OTAQUEST.
  3. ^ "POLITICS 2028: WHY ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE WILL REPLACE POLITICIANS b…". SlideShare. 14 July 2018. Retrieved 22 September 2019.
Hello, thank you for your interest in improving the article. It would be better to discuss article-related questions or suggestions, that may need improvements, on the article's associated talkpage. Regarding reliability, I would recommend to read WP:RS: good sources should be independent (as far as possible), written by acknowledged experts, and have some kind of editorial oversight and reputation for fact-checking (and of course the article content should reflect the source as closely as possible). All editors are welcome to make "bold" good-faith edits usually following the WP:BRD cycle to achieve consensus - you don't need my permission to do so :). Hope these tips are helpful. Best regards. GermanJoe (talk) 19:41, 22 September 2019 (UTC)
Thanks for the reply, I've resubmitted the edit with modifications discussed above. I asked a question on your talkpage because you reverted my pending edit on a WP:WHITELOCK page and I didn't want to simply resubmit it only for it to be reverted again and thus prevent an WP:EDITWAR -- (talk) 20:25, 22 September 2019 (UTC)

Regarding an image on unlimited scrolling on social media newsfeedsEdit

I see you removed an image I added at that shows how the brain has to continuously process information. According to your note, I have changed the text in the image to be neutral and reuploaded it. But I see that you have still removed it. Please let me know the reason and how we can go about this.

The most recent version of the image is here:

 — Preceding unsigned comment added by Avimanyu786 (talkcontribs) 12:10, 26 September 2019 (UTC) 
Hello @Avimanyu786:, as recommended on your talkpage, please discuss such article-related issues in a new thread on article talk Talk:Social media. It doesn't make sense to fragment discussions into several 1:1 threads in userspace, and other interested editors may also offer feedback in the more visible article talk. Thank you for your understanding. GermanJoe (talk) 12:21, 26 September 2019 (UTC)
By the way, I did not remove the second re-insertion. That was another editor (see "View history" in the article). GermanJoe (talk) 12:23, 26 September 2019 (UTC)

A barnstar for you!Edit

  The Original Barnstar
Hi GermanJoe

Thank You for helping! AllrounderAnkit (talk) 12:46, 27 September 2019 (UTC)


I'd like to nominate you for adminship. It's pretty clear that you could and would help out at the spam blacklist. You've got over 60,000 edits and a clean block log, and you're active most days in European hours so that helps with time diversity. What do you think? Guy (help!) 21:19, 27 September 2019 (UTC)

Hello @JzG:, thank you for the offer. I'd be glad to help out with admin anti-spam tasks, or other maintenance tasks where I already have some experience like copyvio handling, WP:UAA and WP:AIV. One point though: I haven't done much content work in recent years (I was active in FA-reviewing for several years though, and still do occasional article cleanup and structure fixes). I have briefly thought about an RfA once or twice, but considering the negative view of some users about editors who focus on maintenance tasks I wasn't sure about my net chances. Anyway, I am willing to give it a try - and you are correct of course, some of the admin tools would be really useful for me to contribute in these areas. GermanJoe (talk) 09:36, 28 September 2019 (UTC)
Excellent. Let me do my prep work and share a draft with you. Guy (help!) 17:44, 28 September 2019 (UTC)

-- GermanJoe has been an active editor since August 2010, amassing over 60,000 edits, two thirds of them to main space. I know GermanJoe largely fromt he spam-blacklist, where he is a valued contributor who makes regular well-formed reports. GermanJoe is also active in fixing problem edits, for example [1], [2], [3], tagging promotional and other problem articles for deletion and warning spammers [4] and so on. A look through his edits shows much evidence of patience and decency, and this is reflected in a completely clean block log. -- Would that do for a nomination statement or would you like to highlight some other things? Guy (help!) 18:28, 28 September 2019 (UTC)

Thank you for the kind words - looks fine. It would probably be good to proactively mention the content work in early years (but I can do so in the standard questions of course). Editors with a strong focus on this aspect seem to expect a good knowledge about article creation and basic content guidelines (a legitimate concern to a certain point). I believe I have a good grasp on all these principles, even though I am technically not a "content creator" at the moment. Openly addressing this point and mentioning my past FA-reviewing could help to alleviate such concerns from the get go. My most comprehensive content work, aside from improving several FA-reviewed articles, would probably be Otto I, Holy Roman Emperor where I revised the complete referencing and large parts of the content since 2012. -- Or am I too concerned about possible "must be an editor with several featured and good articles" arguments? GermanJoe (talk) 20:10, 28 September 2019 (UTC)
  • Wikipedia:Requests for adminship/GermanJoe. Any comments before I transclude it? Guy (help!) 20:31, 28 September 2019 (UTC)
    • I think I should accept and answer the base questions first (at least that's how it's described in the guide). I can get these points done now and give you a ping when it's ready for transclusion (should be only an hour or 2 max). GermanJoe (talk) 21:03, 28 September 2019 (UTC)
OK. I can transclude it, or, since it's late o'clock for us, we could wait for the morning and either you or I transclude it. Your call, sir, and good luck! Guy (help!) 21:07, 28 September 2019 (UTC)
I try to finish the preparation today on Europe time and will then transclude it myself, no problem. Thank you for the nomination. GermanJoe (talk) 21:18, 28 September 2019 (UTC)
Early indications are positive, with many of the admins I like and respect most pitching in support. Maybe RFA isn't broken after all :-) Guy (help!) 07:55, 30 September 2019 (UTC)

Tech News: 2019-40Edit

16:50, 30 September 2019 (UTC)

welcome to the corpsEdit

Hi. Welcome to the admin corps  
If you need help, please free to contact this admin, he is super helpful  
And JzG, thanks for this. —usernamekiran(talk) 23:43, 5 October 2019 (UTC)

Thank you, and of course thanks to JzG. Let's see in what kind of trouble he got me into (just kidding). GermanJoe (talk) 00:13, 6 October 2019 (UTC)

Your RFAEdit

Congratulations, your RFA was successful. Welcome to the admin corps! Primefac (talk) 23:59, 5 October 2019 (UTC)

Your RFAEdit

Welcome to the admin corps.CAPTAIN RAJU(T) 00:40, 6 October 2019 (UTC)

Successful RfAEdit

  • Congratulations for adminship !! CAPTAIN RAJU(T) 00:41, 6 October 2019 (UTC)
Congrats..The admins' T-shirt for you. CAPTAIN RAJU(T) 00:41, 6 October 2019 (UTC)
  • Woo-hoo! Congratulations and commiserations in equal part :-) Guy (help!) 12:00, 6 October 2019 (UTC)
  • Thanks for making yourself available and for your remarkable self control. I got irratated at some of the lame oppose remarks and I am not even you. LOL - Ret.Prof (talk) 13:50, 8 October 2019 (UTC)

Thank you!Edit

Thank you for all the support and encouraging comments during my RfA nomination, even though some points have been controversially discussed. I will try my best to act as impartial as possible within our community guidelines. If I do make a mistake, please don't hesitate to point it out - advice is always welcome. GermanJoe (talk) 01:08, 6 October 2019 (UTC)

  • Felicitations and welcome to the team. -Ad Orientem (talk) 01:52, 6 October 2019 (UTC)

Blacklist helperEdit

Ask Beetstra about his blacklist helper script, you'll be wanting that.

These are the scripts I have in my common.js:

importScript( 'User:Technical_13/Scripts/OneClickArchiver.js' );// Backlink: [[User:Technical_13/Scripts/OneClickArchiver]]
mw.loader.load( "" );
importScript( 'User:MusikAnimal/responseHelper.js' ); // Backlink: [[User:MusikAnimal/responseHelper.js]]
importScript( 'User:Evad37/MoveToDraft.js' ); // Backlink: [[User:Evad37/MoveToDraft]]
importScript( 'User:Enterprisey/unblock-review.js' ); // Backlink: [[User:Enterprisey/unblock-review.js]]
importScript( 'User:Galobtter/scripts/adminhighlighter.js' ); // Backlink: [[User:Galobtter/scripts/adminhighlighter.js]]
importScript( 'User:Enterprisey/reply-link.js' ); // Backlink: [[User:Enterprisey/reply-link.js]]
importScript( 'User:Enterprisey/url-select-revdel.js'); // Backlink: [[User:Enterprisey/url-select-revdel.js]]

Guy (help!) 12:04, 6 October 2019 (UTC)

Thank you for the tip, I'll check them out (for 2-3 of them I already use a slightly different version). GermanJoe (talk) 12:13, 6 October 2019 (UTC)

Tech News: 2019-41Edit

15:35, 7 October 2019 (UTC)

The Bugle: Issue CLXII, October 2019Edit

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Tech News: 2019-42Edit

23:33, 14 October 2019 (UTC)

Editing News #2 – Mobile editing and talk pages – October 2019Edit

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Inside this newsletter, the Editing team talks about their work on the mobile visual editor, on the new talk pages project, and at Wikimania 2019.


What talk page interactions do you remember? Is it a story about how someone helped you to learn something new? Is it a story about how someone helped you get involved in a group? Something else? Whatever your story is, we want to hear it!

Please tell us a story about how you used a talk page. Please share a link to a memorable discussion, or describe it on the talk page for this project. The team would value your examples. These examples will help everyone develop a shared understanding of what this project should support and encourage.

Talk PagesEdit

The Talk Pages Consultation was a global consultation to define better tools for wiki communication. From February through June 2019, more than 500 volunteers on 20 wikis, across 15 languages and multiple projects, came together with members of the Foundation to create a product direction for a set of discussion tools. The Phase 2 Report of the Talk Page Consultation was published in August. It summarizes the product direction the team has started to work on, which you can read more about here: Talk Page Project project page.

The team needs and wants your help at this early stage. They are starting to develop the first idea. Please add your name to the "Getting involved" section of the project page, if you would like to hear about opportunities to participate.

Mobile visual editorEdit

The Editing team is trying to make it simpler to edit on mobile devices. The team is changing the visual editor on mobile. If you have something to say about editing on a mobile device, please leave a message at Talk:VisualEditor on mobile.

Edit CardsEdit

What happens when you click on a link. The new Edit Card is bigger and has more options for editing links.


The editing toolbar is changing in the mobile visual editor. The old system had two different toolbars. Now, all the buttons are together. Tell the team what you think about the new toolbar.
  • In September, the Editing team updated the mobile visual editor's editing toolbar. Anyone could see these changes in the mobile visual editor.
    • One toolbar: All of the editing tools are located in one toolbar. Previously, the toolbar changed when you clicked on different things.
    • New navigation: The buttons for moving forward and backward in the edit flow have changed.
    • Seamless switching: an improved workflow for switching between the visual and wikitext modes.
  • Feedback: You can try the refreshed toolbar by opening the mobile VisualEditor on a smartphone. Please post your feedback on the Toolbar feedback talk page.


The Editing Team attended Wikimania 2019 in Sweden. They led a session on the mobile visual editor and a session on the new talk pages project. They tested two new features in the mobile visual editor with contributors. You can read more about what the team did and learned in the team's report on Wikimania 2019.

Looking aheadEdit

  • Talk Pages Project: The team is thinking about the first set of proposed changes. The team will be working with a few communities to pilot those changes. The best way to stay informed is by adding your username to the list on the project page: Getting involved.
  • Testing the mobile visual editor as the default: The Editing team plans to post results before the end of the calendar year. The best way to stay informed is by adding the project page to your watchlist: VisualEditor as mobile default project page.
  • Measuring the impact of Edit Cards: The Editing team hopes to share results in November. This study asks whether the project helped editors add links and citations. The best way to stay informed is by adding the project page to your watchlist: Edit Cards project page.

PPelberg (WMF) (talk) & Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 16:51, 17 October 2019 (UTC)

Meaningless removal of contentEdit

hy Joe, i saw your message and saw that you said my content is irrelevant. Ok, I posted those info. on wikipedia so large no. of people can take benefit of it. And those tips are proven to be benefitial.

Have you tried them? They are genuine tips and i am not creating spam over here. I added citation so people can visit that site and can take benefit of information available there.

I am new here.and don't know how to message people but again saying my content is genuine and you removed it meaninglessly. Madaan sumer (talk) 09:10, 18 October 2019 (UTC)

Hello @Madaan sumer:, contributions should be based on independent, non-promotional sources from acknowledged experts in reputed publications. A personal blog (with Amazon referral links) is not suitable as reliable source for Wikipedia. I have already linked a few more relevant guidelines on your user talkpage - please check out these links, read the provided information and stop adding such links. You are welcome to add constructive contributions based on independent reliable sources though, if you like. GermanJoe (talk) 09:50, 18 October 2019 (UTC)

How to edit in Chennai pagewhich was protectedEdit

How to edit protected page like Chennai. Please help me to edit the protected page. KSPRR (talk) 11:01, 19 October 2019 (UTC)

Hello @KSPRR:, using the talkpage for such protected pages, as you did, is a good way to suggest changes as "edit request". But please note that content on Wikipedia must be verifiable, based on published reliable sources. Content without such sources just based on personal knowledge is generally not suitable for inclusion. If you'd like to suggest further changes or edit unprotected pages yourself, please make sure to skim through the blue-linked guidelines first to avoid getting your suggestions and edits rejected. You'll find a technical guide about "how to" add references at WP:REFB, but if you feel unsure about all these templates you can simply provide a link or some bibliographical details to such a reliable expert source. WP:Teahouse is also a good forum for new editors, if you have any Wikipedia-related questions. Best regards. GermanJoe (talk) 11:21, 19 October 2019 (UTC)
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