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If you are here with questions about an article I have deleted or a copyright concern, please consider first reading my personal policies with regards to deletion and copyright, as these may provide your answer.

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Reaching me
During my current work interim position, I have found myself with not a lot of spare time that isn't consumed by family. I can go long periods without logging in to Wikipedia. If you have an urgent note for me here, please consider alerting me via email at mdennis@wikimedia.org. (This is my work email address, and I do not mix work and volunteering, but mailing that address makes sure I will see it promptly, usually within a day.) If not urgent, I'll come by as soon as I can, and I heartily welcome talk page stalkers. :) Oh, I have discovered that sometimes when people don't tell me it's a volunteer contact, I have handled it with the wrong hat on. Please make which "me" you want clear!


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 21:04, 4 May 2019 (UTC)


Incoming emailEdit

Hi, I just sent an email to mdennis@wikimedia.org, but I now see that you've not lately made any edits with the associated Mdennis (WMF) account. Could you check for it? Thanks! Nyttend (talk) 23:17, 6 May 2019 (UTC)

Question about how to judge whether content is too closely paraphrasingEdit

While at a meetup in Hong Kong I found @だ*ぜ: (local Hong Konger) is translating Wikipedia:Close paraphrasing into Mandarin Chinese. He looked at the original English version of the page but he is not exactly sure how to judge whether content is too closely paraphrasing or not and some specific points such as (from zh:User:だ*ぜ/Sandbox/Wikipedia:類似之改述): He is not sure how to explain "substantial similarity: to readers since the concept does not exist in Chinese, nor does it exist in the jurisprudence of any of the territories in Greater China (Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, and the ROC/Taiwan area).

If you have some time to help him out, it will be greatly appreciated! WhisperToMe (talk) 09:40, 25 May 2019 (UTC)

Piano SoftwareEdit

Hi Moonriddengirl. I work for "Piano Software." Currently, an article on a now defunct predecessor organization "Piano Media" uses our logo, headquarters address, and name in the infobox. I saw that you previously showed an interest in some copyright issues on the page and thought you may also have an interest in this issue. I posted on the Talk page about it here. Lisa at Piano (talk) 19:30, 29 May 2019 (UTC)


The Signpost: 31 May 2019Edit

Today's Wikipedian 10 years agoEdit

Awesome
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Ten years!

--Gerda Arendt (talk) 06:11, 7 June 2019 (UTC)

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