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The Signpost: 30 April 2019Edit

ArbCom 2019 special circularEdit

Administrators must secure their accounts

The Arbitration Committee may require a new RfA if your account is compromised.

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This message was sent to all administrators following a recent motion. Thank you for your attention. For the Arbitration Committee, Cameron11598 03:02, 4 May 2019 (UTC)

Administrator account security (Correction to Arbcom 2019 special circular)Edit

ArbCom would like to apologise and correct our previous mass message in light of the response from the community.

Since November 2018, six administrator accounts have been compromised and temporarily desysopped. In an effort to help improve account security, our intention was to remind administrators of existing policies on account security — that they are required to "have strong passwords and follow appropriate personal security practices." We have updated our procedures to ensure that we enforce these policies more strictly in the future. The policies themselves have not changed. In particular, two-factor authentication remains an optional means of adding extra security to your account. The choice not to enable 2FA will not be considered when deciding to restore sysop privileges to administrator accounts that were compromised.

We are sorry for the wording of our previous message, which did not accurately convey this, and deeply regret the tone in which it was delivered.

For the Arbitration Committee, -Cameron11598 21:03, 4 May 2019 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – May 2019Edit

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

  Guideline and policy news

  Technical news

  • XTools Admin Stats, a tool to list admins by administrative actions, has been revamped to support more types of log entries such as AbuseFilter changes. Two additional tools have been integrated into it as well: Steward Stats and Patroller Stats.


  • In response to the continuing compromise of administrator accounts, the Arbitration Committee passed a motion amending the procedures for return of permissions (diff). In such cases, the committee will review all available information to determine whether the administrator followed "appropriate personal security practices" before restoring permissions; administrators found failing to have adequately done so will not be resysopped automatically. All current administrators have been notified of this change.
  • Following a formal ratification process, the arbitration policy has been amended (diff). Specifically, the two-thirds majority required to remove or suspend an arbitrator now excludes (1) the arbitrator facing suspension or removal, and (2) any inactive arbitrator who does not respond within 30 days to attempts to solicit their feedback on the resolution through all known methods of communication.


Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 00:37, 5 May 2019 (UTC)

Sorry to botherEdit

I started work on sourcing the IWD article a little better and i am struggling to come up with how to actually source that May Day is celebrated in places like Ethiopia or Somalia. Would something like lonelyplanet do? Not really confident it would though, hence me asking. I used info from Air France, a german Telecom company and RTE (electricity company) to source the same info in other places, which i assume is acceptable? Otherwise i am just not sure what to look for to verify it, given i don't speak amharic lol. Any thoughts, pointers or hints on the matter would be appreciated. (talk) 20:48, 7 May 2019 (UTC)

Never mind! Who would have thought that the federation of Somali trade unions has an english language website hahaha. And i found something for Ethiopia as well after an idea for new search terms. So... sorry to have bothered you. (talk) 22:19, 7 May 2019 (UTC)

Renaming a title (of "U.S. intervention in Venezuela")Edit

Best greetings; I've created an article by the name of "U.S. intervention in Venezuela", but a user renamed its title to "Foreign involvement during the Venezuelan presidential crisis". Actually, although it was mentioned in AFD ([1]) (concerning the disagreement of the rename), --but-- he renamed it without surveying the view of others. Afterwards, I'd undo its change (to return it to its first title), but seemingly I hadn't/haven't such option to undo that. Hence, I appreciate your help --to solve the discussion (to return its first name). Ali Ahwazi (talk) 17:07, 8 May 2019 (UTC)

@Ali Ahwazi: Have you discussed this with Jamez42? At the very least, this should be something brought up on the article talk page, perhaps involving people who were in the AFD, rather than pinging someone completely uninvolved. Thanks. howcheng {chat} 17:13, 8 May 2019 (UTC)

Need helpEdit

Hi, Howcheng. I need this portrait in original size, could you sent me the deleted version to pamyat at thanks. --Алый Король (talk) 01:40, 10 May 2019 (UTC)

UC Irvine edit-a-thon on May 17, 2019Edit

UC Irvine edit-a-thon on May 17, 2019

Dear fellow Wikipedian,

You are cordially invited to an edit-a-thon this Friday in Orange County, focused on gender equity. The event is a collaboration between UCI and Women in Red.

Friday, May 17, 2019
10:00 am – 4:00 pm PDT (UTC-7)

Langson Library, Room 228, at University of California, Irvine

Points of contact:

For more details, including the registration link, please see the meetup page. Everyone is welcome! We hope to see you there.

--Rosiestep (talk) 00:36, 14 May 2019 (UTC) via MassMessaging

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The Signpost: 31 May 2019Edit

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Administrators' newsletter – June 2019Edit

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

  Administrator changes

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  CheckUser changes


  Guideline and policy news

  • An RfC seeks to clarify whether WP:OUTING should include information on just the English Wikipedia or any Wikimedia project.
  • An RfC on WT:RfA concluded that Requests for adminship and bureaucratship are discussions seeking to build consensus.
  • An RfC proposal to make the templates for discussion (TfD) process more like the requested moves (RM) process, i.e. "as a clearinghouse of template discussions", was closed as successful.

  Technical news

  • The CSD feature of Twinkle now allows admins to notify page creators of deletion if the page had not been tagged. The default behavior matches that of tagging notifications, and replaces the ability to open the user talk page upon deletion. You can customize which criteria receive notifications in your Twinkle preferences: look for Notify page creator when deleting under these criteria.
  • Twinkle's d-batch (batch delete) feature now supports deleting subpages (and related redirects and talk pages) of each page. The pages will be listed first but use with caution! The und-batch (batch undelete) option can now also restore talk pages.


Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 09:48, 8 June 2019 (UTC)

Discussion of link language wrapper templates (June 2019)Edit

A discussion has started about wrapper templates of {{Link language}}. You may be interested in participating because you participated in a related previous discussion. E^pi*i batch (talk) 03:05, 10 June 2019 (UTC) (Retro is my main account.)

Your comment plzEdit

I was working on this article and found some POV issues, which I then raised at WP:ERROR. Some users are repeatedly removing the POV tag, despite the ongoing discussion. I tried to express my objection in details, but would rather seek a comment by an un-involved experienced user before restoring the twice-removed POV tag. Can I have your input please? --Mhhossein talk 13:06, 21 June 2019 (UTC)


  Hey, Howcheng. I'd like to wish you a wonderful First Edit Day on behalf of the Wikipedia Birthday Committee!
Have a great day!
Mjs1991 (talk) 04:51, 30 June 2019 (UTC)

The June 2019 Signpost is out!Edit

Administrators' newsletter – July 2019Edit

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

  Administrator changes

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1Floquenbeam's access was removed, then restored, then removed again.
2Fram's access was removed, then restored, then removed again.

  Guideline and policy news

  • In a related matter, the account throttle has been restored to six creations per day as the mitigation activity completed.

  Technical news

  • The Wikimedia Foundation's Community health initiative plans to design and build a new user reporting system to make it easier for people experiencing harassment and other forms of abuse to provide accurate information to the appropriate channel for action to be taken. Community feedback is invited.


Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 21:20, 1 July 2019 (UTC)

Source of Manufacture section in the Cream Cheese articleEdit

Hello Howcheng, I was reading the Cream Cheese article recently and was left curious as to how exactly lowering the pH below the isoelectric point of the proteins would impact the coagulation. Being unable to find articles specifically on the subject and seeing that you were the first to add this kind of information to the page I was wondering if you had source or further readings on the subject. Thanks!

Mikidep (talk) 14:02, 7 July 2019 (UTC)

@Mikidep: Sorry, I only got the information from a Wired magazine article myself. howcheng {chat} 21:27, 15 July 2019 (UTC)

Welcome back!Edit

Hi, Howcheng. Welcome back and I hope you enjoyed your vacation! Just so you know, I am working on July 18 as I write this message. --- Coffeeandcrumbs 21:20, 15 July 2019 (UTC)

@Coffeeandcrumbs: Thanks, I've got 3 weeks' worth of notes to write, so that's very helpful. howcheng {chat} 21:21, 15 July 2019 (UTC)
If you don't mind I would like to do the notes for the three days I did. It would be great learning experience. --- Coffeeandcrumbs 21:23, 15 July 2019 (UTC)
That's great, it would certainly help to have some more hands doing these updates. howcheng {chat} 21:28, 15 July 2019 (UTC)
Any concerns on 20 July? Any concerns at all? I am going to stay hands-off on 21 July and skip to 22 July, that is if you have no objections to me continue on. I am going to start doing two per day and get ahead of schedule like I believe you prefer. If you like what you have seen so far, I am happy to continue. --- Coffeeandcrumbs 19:39, 18 July 2019 (UTC)
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