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

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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.

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Administrators' newsletter – May 2019Edit

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

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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

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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.

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Administrators' newsletter – June 2019Edit

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

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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!
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Administrators' newsletter – July 2019Edit

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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)
@Coffeeandcrumbs: Sorry I didn't reply in time. You can keep going as long as you want. I did this every day for 8+ years so it's nice to not have to worry about it. Just let me know if you need me to step back in for any reason. Thanks. howcheng {chat} 15:25, 22 July 2019 (UTC)

On this dayEdit

John William Finn was born July 24 according to his article, but July 23 according to Wikipedia:Selected anniversaries/July 23. Art LaPella (talk) 06:08, 22 July 2019 (UTC)

August 1Edit

I proposed some changes to Wikipedia:Selected anniversaries/August 1, mostly because I wanted to see Herman Melville listed on his 200th birthday, and I just kept going. Please have a look and feel free to undo anything that's incorrect or which you don't think works. Jonathunder (talk) 23:00, 25 July 2019 (UTC)

The Signpost: 31 July 2019Edit


Thank you for allow me to do this for the past few weeks but I think I would like to stop doing it soon or take breaks so I don't burn out. I will continue until August 15. I have learned what a great amount of work you have done for the past few years. If you ever need another Wiki-break please don't hesitate to ask. It was fun and very educational! Maybe we can do a schedule where we alternate every other month. You take August 16 to September 15. I take September 16 to October 15, and so on. Up to you. Cheers.--- Coffeeandcrumbs 22:29, 31 July 2019 (UTC)

Thank you for allowing me to extend my OTD vacation for a few more weeks! howcheng {chat} 15:42, 1 August 2019 (UTC)
That's it for me. Be back to do this in September. August 1718 is the last one I updated. --- Coffeeandcrumbs 22:02, 15 August 2019 (UTC)
I am going to keep going. Feel free to tag back in, if you feel like it. --- Coffeeandcrumbs 07:56, 17 August 2019 (UTC)
@Coffeeandcrumbs: I was actually going to restart today but then my computer got caught in Windows update hell (it took 2 hours!!), so I couldn't do anything during that time. howcheng {chat} 02:09, 18 August 2019 (UTC)
Already working on August 20. You can do the notes and start on August 21. --- Coffeeandcrumbs 02:18, 18 August 2019 (UTC)
BTW, with help from another user, I have created a QUARRY-based system that allows me to find GA and FA-level articles to use for born/died section. So I am going to keep adding more eligible BIOs as we go, even on days that I am not updating fully. --- Coffeeandcrumbs 02:32, 18 August 2019 (UTC)

@Coffeeandcrumbs: Thanks for doing the births/deaths. That really saves me a lot of time. In fact, that was probably the section that took me the longest to do and thus was the biggest headache for me. If you are going to keep doing those, then I'm fine with doing the regular blurbs. Of course, if you want to jump in and do it, I'm not going to stop you either. :) howcheng {chat} 16:40, 30 August 2019 (UTC)

I think we have struck a nice balance. I might throw some event blurbs into the eligible section now and then. Right now I am happy just doing the births/deaths. If I do any more it is going to be rescuing some ineligibles. I am also open to taking a couple of months a year to give you a break. --- Coffeeandcrumbs 18:16, 30 August 2019 (UTC)
I discovered Louis XVIII of France when searching for birth dates but I think it is a waste to use the article for born/died. There is an ineligible blurb at Wikipedia:Selected anniversaries/May 30 that you could use Louis XVIII article to rescue. Or another event blurb could be written. --- Coffeeandcrumbs 13:11, 1 September 2019 (UTC)

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OTD of SeptemberEdit

I wonder if you present the probable problem with nominating these articles for OTD of September: one, the assassination of Mir Asadollah Madani for 11 September, second, the Battle of al-Harra for 26 August. Thanks!Saff V. (talk) 12:47, 17 August 2019 (UTC)

(talk page stalker)@Saff V.: I have been doing the OTD section recently and I would probably not include Mir Asadollah Madani and Event of Mubahala because they low quality articles. Battle of al-Harra is a great addition. --- Coffeeandcrumbs 13:06, 17 August 2019 (UTC)
@Coffeeandcrumbs: Aha, I hope to be successful in doing the OTD section and Thanks for a response quickly, But could you explain to me exactly problems cause low quality. especially about Event of Mubahala?Saff V. (talk) 13:26, 17 August 2019 (UTC)
Event of Mubahala is a not that bad but there are several issues tagged. Look for where it is tagged with "[Citation needed]", "[Which?]", and "[Who?]".
Mir Asadollah Madani is very short and give almost no detailts about imam's life and career. --- Coffeeandcrumbs 13:35, 17 August 2019 (UTC)
I get it and will give it try to solve the issues. Thanks!Saff V. (talk) 13:40, 17 August 2019 (UTC)
@Coffeeandcrumbs: Excuse me, but "I have been doing the OTD section recently"means that Howcheng will not be active in this section from now on.Am I right?Saff V. (talk) 05:53, 19 August 2019 (UTC)
@Saff V.: No, I'm still active. howcheng {chat} 16:09, 19 August 2019 (UTC)
I was removing mentioned issues of Event of Mubahala.Now is it ok to go for OTD of 26 August?Regards!Saff V. (talk) 16:39, 22 August 2019 (UTC)

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Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 00:37, 7 September 2019 (UTC)

1936 Naval Revolt on OTDEdit

Just an FYI, Howcheng: I took 1936 Naval Revolt off OTD for Sept.9th. It was pointed out on WP:ERRORS that the articles says this revolt took place on Sept.8th. I've swapped in 1493 Battle of Krbava Field to fill that spot on OTD for now. Hope this helps. Cheers! --PFHLai (talk) 16:21, 8 September 2019 (UTC)

Precious anniversaryEdit

A year ago ...
selected anniversaries
... you were recipient
no. 2032 of Precious,
a prize of QAI!

--Gerda Arendt (talk) 09:34, 27 September 2019 (UTC)

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Administrators' newsletter – November 2019Edit

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On this dayEdit

At the bottom of Wikipedia:Selected anniversaries/November 6, Ri Ul-sol died on November 7 not 6, according to that article and its reference. Art LaPella (talk) 04:47, 5 November 2019 (UTC)

Another On This DayEdit

At the bottom of Wikipedia:Selected anniversaries/November 7, Paul Sandby died November 9 not 7, according to that article. Art LaPella (talk) 01:17, 6 November 2019 (UTC)

Art LaPella,   Fixed --- Coffeeandcrumbs 01:36, 6 November 2019 (UTC)

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