TFL notificationEdit

Hi, Maxim. I'm just posting to let you know that King Clancy Memorial Trophy – a list that you have been heavily involved with – has been chosen to appear on the Main Page as Today's featured list for July 22. The TFL blurb can be seen here. If you have any thoughts on the selection, please post them on my talk page or at TFL talk. Regards, Giants2008 (Talk) 22:29, 24 June 2019 (UTC)

Sooooooo, I hear you deleted the main page once........Edit

Er, why? :)TomSmithNP (talk) 17:02, 25 June 2019 (UTC)

(talk page watcher) @TomSmithNP: It's the thing to do for new Admin's. - FlightTime (open channel) 17:06, 25 June 2019 (UTC)

Ah, I see! TomSmithNP (talk) 17:08, 25 June 2019 (UTC)

(talk page stalker) It was actually twice... — xaosflux Talk 17:57, 25 June 2019 (UTC)

courtesy notificationEdit

This is a courtesy note that based on your recent rights change [1] I have recommended that you be added as a party to the pending WJBscribe case [2] Regards, Crazynas t 09:53, 26 June 2019 (UTC)

ArbCom courtesy noteEdit

Given the action taken re WJBscribe, I have added you as a party to case request. - SchroCat (talk) 10:27, 26 June 2019 (UTC)


Any problem with my comment? If so I'll remove or delete it. Jehochman Talk 14:49, 5 July 2019 (UTC)

@Jehochman: It was an errant rollback click, I self-reverted. Sorry again! Maxim(talk) 14:51, 5 July 2019 (UTC)
No problem! I was careful with that diff to try to avoid outing anybody and to provide evidence for my assertions. But I am open to the possibility that I could make a mistake. Jehochman Talk 14:53, 5 July 2019 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Requests for adminship/Floquenbeam 2/Bureaucrat chatEdit

I've opened a bureaucrat chat for a current RfA. Your input would be most appreciated at Wikipedia:Requests for adminship/Floquenbeam 2/Bureaucrat chat. Primefac (talk) 19:51, 29 July 2019 (UTC)

Proposed deletion of File:Unclesam wanting something.jpgEdit


The file File:Unclesam wanting something.jpg has been proposed for deletion because of the following concern:

Unused unnecessary crop of File:Unclesamwantyou.jpg

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I have quoted you....Edit

at Wikipedia:Requests_for_adminship/Floquenbeam_2/Bureaucrat_chat#Dweller. This is just a courtesy notification. --Dweller (talk) Become old fashioned! 13:22, 31 July 2019 (UTC)

Bots Newsletter, August 2019Edit

Bots Newsletter, August 2019


Here is the 7th issue of the Bots Newsletter, a lot happened since last year's newsletter! You can subscribe/unsubscribe from future newsletters by adding/removing your name from this list.

Highlights for this newsletter include:

  • Nothing of note happened. Just like we like it.

BAG members are expected to be active on Wikipedia to have their finger on the pulse of the community. After two years without any bot-related activity (such as posting on bot-related pages, posting on a bot's talk page, or operating a bot), BAG members will be retired from BAG following a one-week notice. Retired members can re-apply for BAG membership as normal if they wish to rejoin the BAG.

We thank former members for their service and wish Madman a happy retirement. We note that Madman and BU Rob13 were not inactive and could resume their BAG positions if they so wished, should their retirements happens to be temporary.


Two new entries feature in the bots dictionary

  • Activity requirements: BAG members now have an activity requirement. The requirements are very light, one only needs to be involved in a bot-related area at some point within the last two years. For purpose of meeting these requirements, discussing a bot-related matter anywhere on Wikipedia counts, as does operating a bot (RFC).
  • Copyvio flag: Bot accounts may be additionally marked by a bureaucrat upon BAG request as being in the "copyviobot" user group on Wikipedia. This flag allows using the API to add metadata to edits for use in the New pages feed (discussion). There is currently 1 bot using this functionality.
  • Mass creation: The restriction on mass-creation (semi-automated or automated) was extended from articles, to all content-pages. There are subtleties, but content here broadly means whatever a reader could land on when browsing the mainspace in normal circumstances (e.g. Mainspace, Books, most Categories, Portals, ...). There is also a warning that WP:MEATBOT still applies in other areas (e.g. Redirects, Wikipedia namespace, Help, maintenance categories, ...) not explicitely covered by WP:MASSCREATION.

As of writing, we have...

  • 20 active BOTREQs, please help if you can!
  • 14 open BRFAs and 1 BRFA in need of BAG attention (see live status).
  • In 2018, 96 bot task were approved. An AWB search shows approximately 29 were withdrawn/expired, and 6 were denied.
  • Since the start of 2019, 97 bot task were approved. Logs show 15 were withdrawn/expired, and 15 were denied.
  • 10 inactive bots have been deflagged (see discussion). 5 other bots have been deflagged per operator requests or similar (see discussion).
New things
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Thank you! edited by: Headbomb 17:24, 7 August 2019 (UTC)

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Ray Emery scheduled for TFAEdit

This is to let you know that the above article has been scheduled as today's featured article for September 28, 2019. Please check the article needs no amendments. If you're interested in editing the main page text, you're welcome to do so at Wikipedia:Today's featured article/September 28, 2019. Thanks!—Wehwalt (talk) 11:18, 21 August 2019 (UTC)

Thank you for the article, an FA before I was even here. Thank you also for a good answer to my arb question. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 08:11, 29 November 2019 (UTC)


Test. Maxim(talk) 13:16, 20 September 2019 (UTC)

Test 2. Maxim(talk) 13:16, 20 September 2019 (UTC)
Test 3. TonyBallioni (talk) 14:56, 20 September 2019 (UTC)


You handled a username change for me and I just wanted to acknowledge you for doing so. You’re a rockstar. Cheers. Neighborhood Review (talk) 01:47, 24 September 2019 (UTC)

Neighborhood Review, I'm glad I could be of assistance. Maxim(talk) 16:41, 25 September 2019 (UTC)

Ray Emery scheduled for TFAEdit

This is to let you know that Ray Emery has been scheduled as WP:TFA for 29 November 2019. Please check that the article needs no amendments. If you're interested in editing the main page text, you're welcome to do so at Wikipedia:Today's featured article/November 29, 2019. Thanks! Ealdgyth - Talk 16:15, 27 October 2019 (UTC)

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Renaming my wiki user pageEdit

First of all thank u for accepting my request.But my uploads are not showing like it did previously in Wikipedia commons.Plz help with that too.It is difficult to access the pics now RDJain (talk) 17:33, 23 November 2019 (UTC)

I'm not sure what's wrong with your uploads. They are visible at commons:Special:ListFiles/RDJain as expected. Maxim(talk) 17:45, 23 November 2019 (UTC)

How do I become an administrator?Edit

I have donated money in the past and made some edits such as adding The Ramones as another group that made their own version of the song Surfing Bird from their album Loco Live released in 1991. Among other things. I'm not understanding how to become an administrator as I have extensive knowledge of music and history in general. (talk) 18:06, 4 December 2019 (UTC)

I think you're confusing what being an administrator means. Please see our page on administrators. Maxim(talk) 19:03, 4 December 2019 (UTC)

Obligatory Congrats threadEdit

At least you only got a one-year sentence! SQLQuery me! 01:28, 14 December 2019 (UTC)

Don't delete the main page. TonyBallioni (talk) 14:11, 14 December 2019 (UTC)
Maybe I will if I want a one-year sentence in the form of a ban after this current one-year sentence... Maxim(talk) 14:46, 14 December 2019 (UTC)

General commentEdit

Thanks to everyone who expressed an opinion on my sentencing. While I am still not yet sure what to make of placing 4th in least number of opposes and 3rd in most number of neutrals, I can say that from a pragmatic perspective, the one-year sentence gives me an opportunity to see if I find serving as an arb as awful as is advertised. Maxim(talk) 14:46, 14 December 2019 (UTC)

welcome to the Arbitration CommitteeEdit

Congratulations on your success in the elections and welcome to the 2020 Arbitration Committee. This is the first part of your induction onto the Arbitration Committee.

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For the Arbitration Committee,

Katietalk 17:45, 14 December 2019 (UTC)


We've got some real movers & shakers on the committee now. Take it to the max Maxim - make good things happen and if you don't burn out, you'll be back for another year.   Atsme Talk 📧 00:20, 15 December 2019 (UTC)

2020 Arbitration CommitteeEdit

The Arbitration Committee welcomes the following new and returning arbitrators following their election by the community. The two-year terms of these arbitrators formally begin on 01 January 2020:

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For the Arbitration Committee,

Katietalk 21:02, 19 December 2019 (UTC)

Discuss this at: Wikipedia talk:Arbitration Committee/Noticeboard#2020 Arbitration Committee

Merry Christmas/Happy HolidaysEdit

  Merry Christmas, Maxim!
Or Season's Greetings or Happy Winter Solstice! As the year winds to a close, I would like to take a moment to recognize your hard work and offer heartfelt gratitude for all you do for Wikipedia. And for all the help you've thrown my way over the years. May this Holiday Season bring you nothing but joy, health and prosperity.CAPTAIN RAJU(T) 21:29, 21 December 2019 (UTC)

Happy HolidaysEdit


Happy Holidays!
May your winter holidays be filled with joy, laughter and good health. Wishing you all the best in 2020 and beyond.

--Cameron11598 (Talk) 21:35, 23 December 2019 (UTC)

Good luckEdit

Happy New Year, Maxim!Edit

   Send New Year cheer by adding {{subst:Happy New Year fireworks}} to user talk pages.

linterrors in you signatureEdit

Hi, could you please fix you signature so that it does not trigger any lint-warnings? Font-tags are deprecated in html5. Please change from:

'''[[User talk:Maxim|<font face="Arial"><font color="#FF7133">Maxim</font><sub><small><font color="blue">(talk)</font></small></sub></font>]]'''


'''[[User talk:Maxim|<span style="font-family:Arial"><span style="color:#FF7133">Maxim</span><sub><small><span style="color:blue">(talk)</span></small></sub></span>]]'''

It should render the same. Tholme (talk) 19:11, 30 January 2020 (UTC)

Tholme: Which can be further simplified to:
'''[[User talk:Maxim|<span style="font-family:Arial"><span style="color:#FF7133">Maxim</span><sub><small style="color:blue">(talk)</small></sub></span>]]'''
It should render the same. —Anomalocaris (talk) 08:24, 31 January 2020 (UTC)
@Tholme and Anomalocaris: I hate to come off as hopelessly pedantic, but I don't get point of doing this. Let's say at some point the deprecated tags such as <font> actually no longer render at all. (Is there any a timeline for such an eventuality or is backwards compatibility going to be preserved indefinitely?) Then my signature would look as Maxim(talk)—ugly but it's a consistent ugly, meaning that all instances from 2007 onward are going to look identical. Let's say the font no longer renders as of tomorrow; looking five years from now, I think it's more ideal that it's consistently similar than suddenly going orange/blue as of today. Looking at Special:LintErrors, it appears to be a low-priority issue but there's almost 12 million instances. Are you planning to fix all of them? You would need to write a bot to do so; would a large-scale correction be a matter of doing a find-and-replace or is there more to it? Maxim(talk) 15:49, 31 January 2020 (UTC)
Maxim, yes, there are a lot of low-priority lint errors on English Wikipedia. Yes, browsers will probably recognize <font> tags for a long time to come. But there is an ongoing effort to eliminate lint errors from Wikipedia, and that starts by forming new habits and keeping the problem from growing. I have informed over 600 users of lint errors in their signatures, and the great majority have updated their signatures to be lint-free. And yes, at some point, there may be bots to clean up lint errors. To fix your own signature now and working forward, it will take only a minute to click on preferences, enter a revised signature string, and click "save". Cheers! —Anomalocaris (talk) 17:26, 31 January 2020 (UTC)
Anomalocaris, I think you entirely missed my point about signature consistency over time. If there's a bot ever approved to mass-fix signatures everywhere, I'll consider changing then. Otherwise, I'd rather keep using what I use right now. This is not the first time you have approached me over the issue, and of course, it's not the first time I've said no. Maxim(talk) 16:26, 4 February 2020 (UTC)


... with thanks from QAI

Thank you for your reasoned vote not to desysop BrownHairedGirl. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 11:40, 31 January 2020 (UTC)

I also want to add my thanks and your helpful combination of being both reflective but also very interactive; Xeno and yourself show that Bureaucrats make natural Arbs. thanks. Britishfinance (talk) 16:56, 31 January 2020 (UTC)

Being an admin.Edit

How to become an Administrator?SGVC7 (talk) 19:36, 3 February 2020 (UTC)

SGVC7, by making lots of edits over a long time. See WP:RFA. Maxim(talk) 16:23, 4 February 2020 (UTC)

You've got mailEdit

Hello, Maxim. 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.SQLQuery me! 03:12, 6 February 2020 (UTC)

Happy First Edit Day!Edit

Bureaucrat chat for RFA - Money emojiEdit

I've opened a bureaucrat chat for the current RfA. Your input would be most appreciated at Wikipedia:Requests for adminship/Money emoji/Bureaucrat chat. Cheers, Primefac (talk) 15:01, 18 February 2020 (UTC)