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09:02, 13 June 2019 (UTC)

Upcoming Wellington eventsEdit

Just a note to let you know about some things coming up in Wellington you might be interested in.

  • Saturday 22 June: Wellington Meetup, the first in a series of regular informal meetups for Wellington Wikipedia editors, organised by organised by Einebillion (Victoria Leachman) and Ambrosia10 (Siobhan Leachman). 10:00–12:00, net-work space, National Library.
  • Sunday 7 July: Archives New Zealand Edit-a-thon, 10:30–3:00, Archives New Zealand, 10 Mulgrave St. BYO laptop, nibbles provided. There'll be a mix of brand-new and experienced editors working on the amazing Archives resources.
  • Saturday 6 July: another Wellington Meetup, same time and place – these will ideally run fortnightly. Mark your calendar.

Cheers, Giantflightlessbirds (talk) 00:46, 21 June 2019 (UTC)

Hope everything is OKEdit

You went out with a flourish in December but you've hardly been around at all this year. I guess this may be something to do with your relocation, but I certainly realise now how much I miss you being around at NPR and the actual vast amount of work you put into organising it. I think we need you back. Kudpung กุดผึ้ง (talk) 11:28, 23 June 2019 (UTC)

Kudpung, Thanks for the kind words. I'll keep it under advisement. If I'm honest I've been considering retiring, due to personal reasons. I'll try to make my decision soon one way or the other. — Insertcleverphrasehere (or here)(click me!) 23:15, 24 June 2019 (UTC)
I've often been on the brink of retiring myself, but while I realise that Wikipedia would easily live without me, I still believe that however low an ebb my participation may be (like the past 12 months), I can occasionally offer the project something. Even if it's only a knee-jerk. ;) Kudpung กุดผึ้ง (talk) 23:32, 24 June 2019 (UTC)
Insertcleverphrasehere, Sorry to see you go inactive. I hope life is going well for you. Best, Barkeep49 (talk) 22:20, 30 June 2019 (UTC)

July events from Women in Red!Edit

July 2019, Volume 5, Issue 7, Numbers 107, 108, 126, 127, 128

Check out what's happening in July at Women in Red...

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New Page Review newsletter July-August 2019Edit

Hello Insertcleverphrasehere,

WMF at work on NPP Improvements

More new features are being added to the feed, including the important red alert for previously deleted pages. This will only work if it is selected in your filters. Best is to 'select all'. Do take a moment to check out all the new features if you have not already done so. If anything is not working as it should, please let us know at NPR. There is now also a live queue of AfC submissions in the New Pages Feed. Feel free to review AfCs, but bear in mind that NPP is an official process and policy and is more important.


Articles are still not always being checked thoroughly enough. If you are not sure what to do, leave the article for a more experienced reviewer. Please be on the alert for any incongruities in patrolling and help your colleagues where possible; report patrollers and autopatrolled article creators who are ostensibly undeclared paid editors. The displayed ORES alerts offer a greater 'at-a-glance' overview, but the new challenges in detecting unwanted new content and sub-standard reviewing do not necessarily make patrolling any easier, nevertheless the work may have a renewed interest factor of a different kind. A vibrant community of reviewers is always ready to help at NPR.


The backlog is still far too high at between 7,000 and 8,000. Of around 700 user rights holders, 80% of the reviewing is being done by just TWO users. In the light of more and more subtle advertising and undeclared paid editing, New Page Reviewing is becoming more critical than ever.

Move to draft

NPR is triage, it is not a clean up clinic. This move feature is not limited to bios so you may have to slightly re-edit the text in the template before you save the move. Anything that is not fit for mainspace but which might have some promise can be draftified - particularly very poor English and machine and other low quality translations.

Notifying users

Remember to use the message feature if you are just tagging an article for maintenance rather than deletion. Otherwise articles are likely to remain perma-tagged. Many creators are SPA and have no intention of returning to Wikipedia. Use the feature too for leaving a friendly note note for the author of a first article you found well made or interesting. Many have told us they find such comments particularly welcoming and encouraging.


Admins are now taking advantage of the new time-limited user rights feature. If you have recently been accorded NPR, do check your user rights to see if this affects you. Depending on your user account preferences, you may receive automated notifications of your rights changes. Requests for permissions are not mini-RfAs. Helpful comments are welcome if absolutely necessary, but the bot does a lot of the work and the final decision is reserved for admins who do thorough research anyway.

Other news

School and academic holidays will begin soon in various places around the Western world. Be on the lookout for the usual increase in hoax, attack, and other junk pages.

Our next newsletter might be announcing details of a possible election for co-ordinators of NPR. If you think you have what it takes to micro manage NPR, take a look at New Page Review Coordinators - it's a job that requires a lot of time and dedication.

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Scripts++ Newsletter – Issue 7Edit

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)

Secondary SourcesEdit

Hello, I added a few secondary sources to the new article for Mablethorpe Seal Sanctuary and Wildlife Centre. Please remove the tag if you feel the issue has been addressed adequately. ThanksRegularuk (talk) 15:34, 3 July 2019 (UTC)

Discretionary sanctions alertEdit

 This is a standard message to notify contributors about an administrative ruling in effect. It does not imply that there are any issues with your contributions to date.

You have shown interest in (a) GamerGate, (b) any gender-related dispute or controversy, (c) people associated with (a) or (b), all broadly construed. Due to past disruption in this topic area, a more stringent set of rules called discretionary sanctions is in effect. Any administrator may impose sanctions on editors who do not strictly follow Wikipedia's policies, or the page-specific restrictions, when making edits related to the topic.

For additional information, please see the guidance on discretionary sanctions and the Arbitration Committee's decision here. If you have any questions, or any doubts regarding what edits are appropriate, you are welcome to discuss them with me or any other editor.

Emphasis on the It does not imply that there are any issues with your contributions to date. Sending this to everyone who has added or removed tags from Woman in the past couple of days, so (b) applies. (I am not watching this page, so please ping me if you want my attention.) Bilorv (he/him) (talk) 16:15, 13 July 2019 (UTC)

NPP flowchartEdit

Hi - I see from the discussion above that you're considering stepping back from Wikipedia - I hope everything's alright at your end. I will miss your contributions if you do decide to retire, but you must of course do what's best for you.

If you do have a moment to look into something - the link to the NPP flowchart in the seems to have stopped working. It's the one that appears at the top right of a new article, next to 'History', 'Log' etc. - I'm afraid I can't remember which script I installed to make them appear, but for whatever reason when I now click on 'NPP Flowchart' I get a blank window. The flowchart still appears OK on the WP:NPP page. Any thoughts? Cheers GirthSummit (blether) 15:22, 15 July 2019 (UTC)

Girth Summit, That's superlinks. Pinging Bradv who authored that script. I will note it has stopped working for me too and I've used it relatively recently so perhaps it's a bug with a recent update? Best, Barkeep49 (talk) 15:28, 15 July 2019 (UTC)
Girth Summit, Hmmm... yeah that must be a script issue. You can navigate directly to the flowchart here [[1]] in the meantime. — Insertcleverphrasehere (or here)(click me!) 09:56, 16 July 2019 (UTC)
Girth Summit, I identified the flowchart issue – it should display for you again now. – bradv🍁 14:38, 16 July 2019 (UTC)
Yep, that's it sorted - thanks all! GirthSummit (blether) 15:03, 16 July 2019 (UTC)
Bradv, Thanks for the quick fix! Girth Summit good to know tht the flowchart is proving useful. I'm also a particularly big fan of the superlinks clickable sidebar flowchart for use in reviewing (though I authored the flowchart, I still find it useful when I get stuck on how to proceed with difficult reviews).
As a user of the flowchart, do you have any feedback for me regarding it? — Insertcleverphrasehere (or here)(click me!) 01:03, 17 July 2019 (UTC)
You might remember that we had a discussion back in February (here) - the suggestion I had then was adding hyperlinks to the relevant links when it directs you to a guideline or policy. You implemented that quickly, and with that change I think it's pretty much perfect - I still use it regularly, it's good to have a reminder to keep me on the straight and narrow, and having it available via the superlinks sidebar is very convenient. So, good job! Cheers GirthSummit (blether) 09:11, 17 July 2019 (UTC)
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