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Administrators' newsletter – March 2019Edit

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

  Guideline and policy news

  Technical news

  • A new tool is available to help determine if a given IP is an open proxy/VPN/webhost/compromised host.


  • The Arbitration Committee announced two new OTRS queues. Both are meant solely for cases involving private information; other cases will continue to be handled at the appropriate venues (e.g., WP:COIN or WP:SPI).
    • paid-en-wp has been set up to receive private evidence related to abusive paid editing.
    • checkuser-en-wp has been set up to receive private requests for CheckUser. For instance, requests for IP block exemption for anonymous proxy editing should now be sent to this address instead of the functionaries-en list.


Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 21:13, 4 March 2019 (UTC)

A kitten for you!Edit

Hi, would sure connect soon. Cheers!

Eyitayo Alimi (talk) 16:08, 9 March 2019 (UTC)

thats a nice kitten you got there. can i pat Elitematterman (talk) 15:26, 15 March 2019 (UTC)


Wikipedia_talk:Requests_for_adminship/Archive_252 uh looks like the content you re-added was actually spam. note Special:Contributions/Editwithcare Hydromania (talk) 06:22, 17 March 2019 (UTC)

Yep, I was mistaken -- was about to block. Best, Kevin (aka L235 · t · c) 06:23, 17 March 2019 (UTC)

Women in Red April EventsEdit

April 2019, Volume 5, Issue 4, Numbers 107, 108, 114, 115, 116, 117

Hello and welcome to the April events of Women in Red!

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The Signpost: 31 March 2019Edit

Ban of user:ItchyJunkEdit

Hello, I observed your recent block of User:Itchyjunk and I believe it was a hasty ban that was unnecessary. the user came to IRC looking for assistance which was rendered. We discussed a citation that needed fixing and the user acted boldly and tried to assist. If the username is offensive, then I highly suggest helping the user with a username change (Like User:ItchyJ or something) rather than handing out a block. Please remember that We should not bite newcomers, some of whom might need a little guidance. The Pony Toast 🍞 (Talk) 20:45, 6 April 2019 (UTC)

@The Pony Toast: I think you're correct that the NOTHERE aspect of the block can no longer be sustained based on the user's attempts to engage. Once I saw the user was on IRC, I left a link to Special:GlobalRenameRequest and noted that would be the way forward. Any admin is welcome to lift the block once the username aspect is dealt with. Best, Kevin (aka L235 · t · c) 01:33, 7 April 2019 (UTC)
@PonyToast: fix ping ^ Kevin (aka L235 · t · c) 01:33, 7 April 2019 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – April 2019Edit

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

  Technical news



  • Two more administrator accounts were compromised. Evidence has shown that these attacks, like previous incidents, were due to reusing a password that was used on another website that suffered a data breach. If you have ever used your current password on any other website, you should change it immediately. All admins are strongly encouraged to enable two-factor authentication, please consider doing so. Please always practice appropriate account security by ensuring your password is secure and unique to Wikimedia.
  • As a reminder, according to WP:NOQUORUM, administrators looking to close or relist an AfD should evaluate a nomination that has received few or no comments as if it were a proposed deletion (PROD) prior to determining whether it should be relisted.

Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 21:57, 7 April 2019 (UTC)

A barnstar for you!Edit

  The Defender of the Wiki Barnstar
Thank you for what you're doing to protect the Notre-Dame de Paris page. ThomasBur (talk) 09:19, 16 April 2019 (UTC)

ARBPIA edit noticeEdit

Hi, I've found that even some experienced editors are confused by Template:ArbCom Arab-Israeli editnotice and its documentation. It is hard work to wade through Wikipedia:ARBPIA3 to sort out the decisions from the argument. Can I suggest that the notice instead links to the summary at Wikipedia:Arbitration/Index/Palestine-Israel articles? That way, people who just want to see what the current restrictions are (i.e., most editors) will see them immediately. Also, the documentation looks out of date. It refers to the ARBPIA restriction, but there are several. Then it says "Note that a lack of this template is not an indication that the article is not subject to the restriction", but arbcom has retracted that in the case of the General 1RR restriction. Thanks. Zerotalk 04:52, 20 April 2019 (UTC)

@Zero0000: Thanks for the note! I've updated the documentation. WP:A/I/PIA is already linked to in the text of the notice, but I agree that it's awfully hard to find. How would you suggest changing it? Best, Kevin (aka L235 · t · c) 05:52, 20 April 2019 (UTC)
Thanks. Since WP:ARBPIA3 is linked in the fine print at the end of the notice, I suggest that the sentence "This is due to an arbitration decision, and in accordance with the most recent active arbitration case remedies, which authorised discretionary sanctions for edits and pages relating to the Arab–Israeli conflict." be simplified to "This is due to arbitration decisions which authorised discretionary sanctions for edits and pages relating to the Arab–Israeli conflict." with the same links as now. Cheers. Zerotalk 07:27, 20 April 2019 (UTC)
I have no objection :-) Kevin (aka L235 · t · c) 07:40, 20 April 2019 (UTC)


Just wanted to say congratulations on your successful RfA. You've come a long way since you expressed never wanting that specific hat. Heh.
I'm glad you're one of the first people I got to know really well on here, Kevin. You've been a constant help and a true friend, truth be told. Thanks for everything you've done.
And knowing your work thus far, just as a regular editor and also as a clerk, I know you're up to the task. As I said before, you were always a help to me.
And like I stated (way back when), when I once encouraged you to run for admin, you're well-suited to the task. You're patient, and know policy through and through.
Feel free to get in touch, Kev. :)

Symmachus Auxiliarus (talk) 22:52, 21 April 2019 (UTC) (Quinto Simmaco)

@Symmachus Auxiliarus: Thanks for your note, Symmachus! It's always good to hear from you! Kevin (aka L235 · t · c) 01:36, 22 April 2019 (UTC)

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.

View additional information

This message was sent to all administrators following a recent motion. Thank you for your attention. For the Arbitration Committee, Cameron11598 02:59, 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)

This userEdit

Sk8erPrince I don't know what to do about this situation. He keeps holding a grudge against me. I really want to make up with him. I admit that I made very very rude comments previously but now I apologize. Sincerely, Masum Reza 17:01, 14 May 2019 (UTC)

@Masumrezarock100: Sorry I didn't respond until now. As I see has been mentioned on your talk page, sometimes you're going to have problems with other users. Everyone does. The best thing to do is to walk away and not try to force additional interaction, which can be seen as harassment by the other user and as disruption by the community. Best, Kevin (aka L235 · t · c) 00:31, 18 May 2019 (UTC)

The Signpost: 31 May 2019Edit

Administrators' newsletter – June 2019Edit

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

  Administrator changes

  AndonicConsumed CrustaceanEnigmamanEuryalusEWS23HereToHelpNv8200paPeripitusStringTheory11Vejvančický

  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)

it's a long time later so I'm not sure if it mattersEdit

but "decision" here Enigmamsg 15:11, 19 June 2019 (UTC)

@Enigmaman: Sorry, I'm not quite sure what this is responding to? Is there anything you'd like me to do with this? Thanks, Kevin (aka L235 · t · c) 00:41, 20 June 2019 (UTC)
It was a typo in what you wrote. I was going to fix it but then I realized someone might get upset if I did. Enigmamsg 00:43, 20 June 2019 (UTC)
@Enigmaman: Ah, thanks for the fix. Seems to have originated with this edit. Best, Kevin (aka L235 · t · c) 03:31, 1 July 2019 (UTC)

ACC tool access request approvedEdit

Thank you for your interest in the account creation process. I have verified that you have signed the confidentiality agreement for nonpublic personal data and approved your request.

You may now access the interface here. Before you begin handling requests, please ensure you have read and understood the account creation guide and username policy to familiarize yourself with the process.

Please subscribe yourself to the private ACC mailing list following the instructions on that page. I also advise that you also join us on IRC #wikipedia-en-accounts connect where a bot informs us when new account requests come in and you can get real time advice on how to handle requests.

Please note failure to correctly assess requests will result in suspension of tool access. Account creation is not a race, and each one should be handled diligently and thoroughly. Releasing personally identifying information (such as IP and email addresses), whether intentionally or unintentionally, is treated very seriously and will generally result in immediate suspension.

Please don't hesitate to get in touch with me or any other tool admin if you have any questions. Thank you for participating in the account creation process. Again welcome! — JJMC89(T·C) 03:00, 22 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

  28bytesAd OrientemAnsh666BeeblebroxBoing! said ZebedeeBU Rob13Dennis BrownDeorDoRDFloquenbeam1Flyguy649Fram2GadfiumGB fanJonathunderKusmaLectonarMoinkMSGJNickOd MishehuRamaSpartazSyrthissTheDJWJBscribe
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)

Emailed youEdit

Hello, L235. Please check your email; you've got mail!
It may take a few minutes from the time the email is sent for it to show up in your inbox. You can remove this notice at any time by removing the {{You've got mail}} or {{ygm}} template.

Wugapodes [thɑk] [ˈkan.ˌʧɹɪbz] 19:15, 6 July 2019 (UTC)


  Hey, L235. I'd like to wish you a wonderful First Edit Day on behalf of the Wikipedia Birthday Committee!
Have a great day!
Mjs1991 (talk) 05:23, 7 July 2019 (UTC)


Hi Kevin, why has this request not been declined? All 10 active arbitrators have voted, 4 in favor, 4 against, and 2 recuses. It would take 5 in favor to accept the case. Even AGK commented a few days ago that the case would be "removed in due course". Are we waiting for one of the arbitrators to change their mind? Or maybe you just haven't gotten a green light from the Committee. Although I have not made a statement (and won't), I'm personally in favor of anything that reduces the number of Fram-related discussions; of course, my "vote" doesn't count.  --Bbb23 (talk) 20:26, 12 July 2019 (UTC)

Hello Bbb23, great to hear from you! I can confirm this request has been under active discussion with arbs and clerks on the clerks list for a day or so. Best, Kevin (aka L235 · t · c) 20:56, 12 July 2019 (UTC)
Thanks, Kevin.--Bbb23 (talk) 21:20, 12 July 2019 (UTC)

Precious anniversaryEdit

A year ago ...
supreme court
... you were recipient
no. 1977 of Precious,
a prize of QAI!

--Gerda Arendt (talk) 05:38, 17 July 2019 (UTC)

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