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Happy New Year!Edit

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

Administrators' newsletter – January 2019Edit

News and updates for administrators from the past month (December 2018).

Guideline and policy news

  1. G14 (new): Disambiguation pages that disambiguate only zero or one existing pages are now covered under the new G14 criterion (discussion). This is {{db-disambig}}; the text is unchanged and candidates may be found in Category:Candidates for speedy deletion as unnecessary disambiguation pages.
  2. R4 (new): Redirects in the file namespace (and no file links) that have the same name as a file or redirect at Commons are now covered under the new R4 criterion (discussion). This is {{db-redircom}}; the text is unchanged.
  3. G13 (expanded): Userspace drafts containing only the default Article Wizard text are now covered under G13 along with other drafts (discussion). Such blank drafts are now eligible after six months rather than one year, and taggers continue to use {{db-blankdraft}}.

Technical news

  • Starting on December 13, the Wikimedia Foundation security team implemented new password policy and requirements. Privileged accounts (administrators, bureaucrats, checkusers, oversighters, interface administrators, bots, edit filter managers/helpers, template editors, et al.) must have a password at least 10 characters in length. All accounts must have a password:
  1. At least 8 characters in length
  2. Not in the 100,000 most popular passwords (defined by the Password Blacklist library)
  3. Different from their username
User accounts not meeting these requirements will be prompted to update their password accordingly. More information is available on MediaWiki.org.
  • Blocked administrators may now block the administrator that blocked them. This was done to mitigate the possibility that a compromised administrator account would block all other active administrators, complementing the removal of the ability to unblock oneself outside of self-imposed blocks. A request for comment is currently in progress to determine whether the blocking policy should be updated regarding this change.
  • {{Copyvio-revdel}} now has a link to open the history with the RevDel checkboxes already filled in.

Arbitration

Miscellaneous

  • Accounts continue to be compromised on a regular basis. Evidence shows this is entirely due to the accounts having the same 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.
  • Around 22% of admins have enabled two-factor authentication, up from 20% in June 2018. If you haven't already enabled it, please consider doing so. Regardless of whether you use 2FA, please practice appropriate account security by ensuring your password is secure and unique to Wikimedia.

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Wikipedia:Help page listed at Redirects for discussionEdit

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An editor has asked for a discussion to address the redirect Wikipedia:Help page. Since you had some involvement with the Wikipedia:Help page redirect, you might want to participate in the redirect discussion if you have not already done so. Steel1943 (talk) 17:05, 9 January 2019 (UTC)

New content about Syncsort Founder's Contibutions as CEOEdit

Hi. Do you have a minute to look at my edit request here under “Suggested changes to content about former Syncsort CEO Aso Tavitian"? I got your name from the WikiProject Cooperation page. If I am in the zone, but need to refine my edit suggestions, I'd appreciate your guidance.Michael at Syncsort (talk) 15:17, 11 January 2019 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – February 2019Edit

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

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Administrator changes

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removed Harro5Jenks24GraftR. Baley

Interface administrator changes

removedEnterprisey

Guideline and policy news

  • A request for comment is currently open to reevaluate the activity requirements for administrators.
  • Administrators who are blocked have the technical ability to block the administrator who blocked their own account. A recent request for comment has amended the blocking policy to clarify that this ability should only be used in exceptional circumstances, such as account compromises, where there is a clear and immediate need.
  • A request for comment closed with a consensus in favor of deprecating The Sun as a permissible reference, and creating an edit filter to warn users who attempt to cite it.

Technical news

  • A discussion regarding an overhaul of the format and appearance of Wikipedia:Requests for page protection is in progress (permalink). The proposed changes will make it easier to create requests for those who are not using Twinkle. The workflow for administrators at this venue will largely be unchanged. Additionally, there are plans to archive requests similar to how it is done at WP:PERM, where historical records are kept so that prior requests can more easily be searched for.

Miscellaneous

  • Voting in the 2019 Steward elections will begin on 08 February 2019, 14:00 (UTC) and end on 28 February 2019, 13:59 (UTC). The confirmation process of current stewards is being held in parallel. You can automatically check your eligibility to vote.
  • A new IRC bot is available that allows you to subscribe to notifications when specific filters are tripped. This requires that your IRC handle be identified.

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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.

Arbitration

  • 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@wikipedia.org has been set up to receive private evidence related to abusive paid editing.
    • checkuser-en-wp@wikipedia.org 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.

Miscellaneous


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Please comment on Wikipedia talk:Did you knowEdit

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New mailing list for Wikimedia CanadaEdit

Good day, this message is to inform you that Wikimedia Canada has created a new mailing list operated by Mailman. This mailing list is for all discussions related to the Wikimedia movement in Canada, in both English and French. Announcements from Wikimedia Canada will always be bilingual, but you are welcomed to discuss in any language of your choice. The old google group will be abandoned. To join this mailing list, please go to [2]. To send messages to the list, write to general(at)discussions.wikimedia.ca. Also, please forward this message to anybody who may be interested. Thank you and do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. JP Béland (WMCA) (talk) 14:01, 22 March 2019 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – April 2019Edit

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

Technical news

Arbitration

Miscellaneous

  • 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.

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Please comment on Wikipedia:Reliable sources/NoticeboardEdit

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ArbCom 2019 special circularEdit

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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 02:49, 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 21:04, 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.

Arbitration

  • 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.

Miscellaneous


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Revision requestEdit

Is it possible for you to help me with a revision request

regards Joseph

Possibly.. what exactly is it you need help with? -- œ 02:48, 10 May 2019 (UTC)

P:K listed at Redirects for discussionEdit

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Please comment on Wikipedia:Village pump (proposals)Edit

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Renjilal DamodaranEdit

Please help me in creating the Article, the draft "Renjilal Damodaran" I am recreating with Reference

June 12, 2019 edit-a-thon at "Atla Annual 2019" in Vancouver British ColumbiaEdit

1000 Women in Religion: A Wikipedia edit-a-thon at "Atla Annual 2019" in Vancouver, British Columbia
Sheraton Vancouver Wall Center

The 1000 Women in Religion Project is working to improve the coverage of women’s contributions to religious, spiritual and wisdom traditions worldwide. In support of this goal, the edit-a-thon at Atla's (formerly the American Theological Library Association) annual meeting will focus on improving articles about women in religion. We would love to have a few Vancouver area Wikipedians to help us get new editors oriented and editing!!

Wednesday, June 12, 2019
8:00am-12:00pm
Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre
1088 Burrard Street, Vancouver, British Columbia V6Z 2R9 Canada
Dzingle1 (talk)Dzingle1 (talk) 15:41, 29 May 2019 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – June 2019Edit

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

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Administrator changes

removed AndonicConsumed CrustaceanEnigmamanEuryalusEWS23HereToHelpNv8200paPeripitusStringTheory11Vejvančický

CheckUser changes

removed Ivanvector

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.

Miscellaneous


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Please comment on Wikipedia:Reliable sources/NoticeboardEdit

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List of Rivers of Romania listed at Redirects for discussionEdit

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I need a admin to fix all my mistakes I made to Summer time in EuropeEdit

Hi OlEnglish I need a admin to fix all my edits I did to Summer time in Europe because I made big mistakes by accident, thank you. Lachlb (talk) 17:20, 29 June 2019 (UTC)

Ok will do. -- œ 17:21, 29 June 2019 (UTC)

I want to delete pages Help:Daylight saving time in Europe and Book:Summer time in Europe because I accidentally created these pages also. Can you please delete these pages also, thank you. Lachlb (talk) 17:31, 29 June 2019 (UTC)

Done. Careful next time! -- œ 17:36, 29 June 2019 (UTC)

White Sturgeon fishEdit

Dear OlEnglish,

In your local river an 800lb White Sturgeon was caught....... Can send you the video-clip.... Forgive me if you know already.... MacOfJesus (talk) 10:43, 1 July 2019 (UTC)

@Bernard Mc Nally: No I did not not know. I assume you mean this one. Wow! That's impressive! Which video clip are you referring to? -- œ 22:54, 1 July 2019 (UTC)

I have it on a Page...... kept it...... I can post it to you.... Do you have a Facebookpage...????? MacOfJesus (talk) 09:13, 2 July 2019 (UTC)

Nah. I steer clear of most social media. :) -- œ 03:49, 3 July 2019 (UTC)

I can send it to you, tell me how...???? MacOfJesus (talk) 18:06, 4 July 2019 (UTC)

 Handle:   cottagelife.com   [June19,2019... ]  Put in:  800lb Sturgeon.....MacOfJesus (talk) 18:18, 5 July 2019 (UTC)
I think you found it.... MacOfJesus (talk) 18:20, 5 July 2019 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – July 2019Edit

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

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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.

Miscellaneous


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Can you please check my draft pageEdit

Hey, I was recently recovered from a draft page about a company called fiorano software Draft:Fiorano_Software it was edited a lot of times but I'm still confused about whether the citations are notable or the references are correct I have read the criteria quite a number of times but still need some admin to go through for a professional and experienced help check. Thanks — Preceding unsigned comment added by Neverenough5 (talkcontribs) 08:08, 3 July 2019 (UTC)

A much better place to ask, and somewhere you'd probably get higher quality help than from me, is the Wikipedia:Reliable sources/Noticeboard. Wikipedia:WikiProject Companies may also be of some assistance to you. -- œ 08:28, 3 July 2019 (UTC)

Can you help?Edit

when I tried to put the info back it removed the template?

fixed. -- œ 06:15, 9 July 2019 (UTC)

Thanks!! =)

Please comment on Wikipedia:Village pump (technical)Edit

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Administrators' newsletter – August 2019Edit

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

Guideline and policy news

Arbitration

Miscellaneous

  • Following a research project on masking IP addresses, the Foundation is starting a new project to improve the privacy of IP editors. The result of this project may significantly change administrative and counter-vandalism workflows. The project is in the very early stages of discussions and there is no concrete plan yet. Admins and the broader community are encouraged to leave feedback on the talk page.
  • The new page reviewer right is bundled with the admin tool set. Many admins regularly help out at Special:NewPagesFeed, but they may not be aware of improvements, changes, and new tools for the Curation system. Stay up to date by subscribing here to the NPP newsletter that appears every two months, and/or putting the reviewers' talk page on your watchlist.

    Since the introduction of temporary user rights, it is becoming more usual to accord the New Page Reviewer right on a probationary period of 3 to 6 months in the first instance. This avoids rights removal for inactivity at a later stage and enables a review of their work before according the right on a permanent basis.


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Please comment on Wikipedia talk:Good article criteriaEdit

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"Wikipaedia" listed at Redirects for discussionEdit

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An editor has asked for a discussion to address the redirect Wikipaedia. Since you had some involvement with the Wikipaedia redirect, you might want to participate in the redirect discussion if you wish to do so. —Yours sincerely, Soumyabrata (talksubpages) 11:38, 3 September 2019 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – September 2019Edit

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

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Administrator changes

added BradvChetsfordIzno
readded FloquenbeamLectonar
removed DESiegelJake WartenbergRjanagTopbanana

CheckUser changes

removed CallaneccLFaraoneThere'sNoTime

Oversight changes

removed CallaneccFoxHJ MitchellLFaraoneThere'sNoTime

Technical news

  • Editors using the mobile website on Wikipedia can opt-in to new advanced features via your settings page. This will give access to more interface links, special pages, and tools.
  • The advanced version of the edit review pages (recent changes, watchlist, and related changes) now includes two new filters. These filters are for "All contents" and "All discussions". They will filter the view to just those namespaces.

Arbitration

Miscellaneous


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Talk page lengthEdit

Nuvola apps important green.svgThis talk page is becoming very long. Please consider archiving. Geolodus (talk) 17:38, 7 September 2019 (UTC)

Will do, thanks for the reminder. -- œ 00:24, 8 September 2019 (UTC)

Please comment on Wikipedia:Requests for comment/Arbitration Committee Elections December 2019Edit

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AhaEdit

You're still around--good thing you didn't choose "Anglo-Saxon" as your handle... Drmies (talk) 00:30, 20 September 2019 (UTC)

Nice to see you Drmies! Yes, I'll always be around. :)
That article is behind a paywall so I couldn't read it, but it's typical of the left-wing these days to just blindly call everyone a racist or a nazi or a white supremacist, even if they're Jewish! I really do hope we as a society get it together and finally see each other simply as human beings instead of white/black/red/yellow etc. -- œ 03:02, 20 September 2019 (UTC)

Ten years of adminshipEdit

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Wishing OlEnglish a very happy adminship anniversary on behalf of the Wikipedia Birthday Committee! Chris Troutman (talk) 23:55, 25 September 2019 (UTC)
Wow it's been that long huh. Well, I'm happy to be of service! -- œ 03:56, 28 September 2019 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – October 2019Edit

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

Guideline and policy news

  • Following a discussion, a new criterion for speedy category renaming was added: C2F: One eponymous article, which applies if the category contains only an eponymous article or media file, provided that the category has not otherwise been emptied shortly before the nomination. The default outcome is an upmerge to the parent categories.

Technical news

  • As previously noted, tighter password requirements for Administrators were put in place last year. Wikipedia should now alert you if your password is less than 10 characters long and thus too short.

Arbitration

Miscellaneous

  • The Community Tech team has been working on a system for temporarily watching pages, and welcomes feedback.

Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 11:55, 2 October 2019 (UTC)

Please comment on Wikipedia talk:Wikipedia as a press sourceEdit

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Today's Wikipedian 10 years agoEdit

Awesome
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Ten years!

--Gerda Arendt (talk) 07:30, 31 October 2019 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – November 2019Edit

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

Guideline and policy news

  • A related RfC is seeking the community's sentiment for a binding desysop procedure.

Arbitration


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A survey to improve the community consultation outreach processEdit

Hello!

The Wikimedia Foundation is seeking to improve the community consultation outreach process for Foundation policies, and we are interested in why you didn't participate in a recent consultation that followed a community discussion you’ve been part of.

Please fill out this short survey to help us improve our community consultation process for the future. It should only take about three minutes.

The privacy policy for this survey is here. This survey is a one-off request from us related to this unique topic.

Thank you for your participation, Kbrown (WMF) 10:45, 13 November 2019 (UTC)

Please comment on Wikipedia talk:Criteria for speedy deletionEdit

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ArbCom 2019 election voter messageEdit

Scale of justice 2.svgHello! Voting in the 2019 Arbitration Committee elections is now open until 23:59 on Monday, 2 December 2019. All eligible users are allowed to vote. Users with alternate accounts may only vote once.

The Arbitration Committee is the panel of editors responsible for conducting the Wikipedia arbitration process. It has the authority to impose binding solutions to disputes between editors, primarily for serious conduct disputes the community has been unable to resolve. This includes the authority to impose site bans, topic bans, editing restrictions, and other measures needed to maintain our editing environment. The arbitration policy describes the Committee's roles and responsibilities in greater detail.

If you wish to participate in the 2019 election, please review the candidates and submit your choices on the voting page. If you no longer wish to receive these messages, you may add {{NoACEMM}} to your user talk page. MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 00:11, 19 November 2019 (UTC)

Google Code-In 2019 is coming - please mentor some documentation tasks!Edit

Hello,

Google Code-In, Google-organized contest in which the Wikimedia Foundation participates, starts in a few weeks. This contest is about taking high school students into the world of opensource. I'm sending you this message because you recently edited a documentation page at the English Wikipedia.

I would like to ask you to take part in Google Code-In as a mentor. That would mean to prepare at least one task (it can be documentation related, or something else - the other categories are Code, Design, Quality Assurance and Outreach) for the participants, and help the student to complete it. Please sign up at the contest page and send us your Google account address to google-code-in-admins@lists.wikimedia.org, so we can invite you in!

From my own experience, Google Code-In can be fun, you can make several new friends, attract new people to your wiki and make them part of your community.

If you have any questions, please let us know at google-code-in-admins@lists.wikimedia.org.

Thank you!

--User:Martin Urbanec (talk) 21:58, 23 November 2019 (UTC)

"List of Google Doodles (2012)" listed at Redirects for discussionEdit

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Reference categoryEdit

I've put it at Wikipedia:The CiteWatch instead, where the bot won't overwrite it. Headbomb {t · c · p · b} 11:27, 29 November 2019 (UTC)

Nice. Thanks! -- œ 11:29, 29 November 2019 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – December 2019Edit

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

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Administrator changes

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CheckUser changes

readded Beeblebrox
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Interface administrator changes

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Guideline and policy news

Technical news

Arbitration

Miscellaneous


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Can I suggest removing the protection from the article since its now been moved away from 911. It was moved away from "911" in June so now should no longer get vandalism that it used to get from people looking for the emergency number and terrorist attacks when you protected it in 2011, thanks. Crouch, Swale (talk) 09:55, 10 December 2019 (UTC)

@Crouch, Swale: Done, thanks. -- œ 01:21, 23 December 2019 (UTC)

CheersEdit

Tom & Jerry as served at Karl Ratzsch's, Milwaukee.jpg Damon Runyon's short story "Dancing Dan's Christmas" is a fun read if you have the time. Right from the start it extols the virtues of the hot Tom and Jerry

This hot Tom and Jerry is an old-time drink that is once used by one and all in this country to celebrate Christmas with, and in fact it is once so popular that many people think Christmas is invented only to furnish an excuse for hot Tom and Jerry, although of course this is by no means true.

No matter what concoction is your favorite to imbibe during this festive season I would like to toast you with it and to thank you for all your work here at the 'pedia this past year. Best wishes for your 2020 as well O. MarnetteD|Talk 20:43, 17 December 2019 (UTC)

Thank you so much MarnetteD :) -- œ 01:22, 23 December 2019 (UTC)

Merry Merry!Edit

Wikipedia Happy New Year.png Merry Christmas and a Prosperous 2020!

Hello OlEnglish, may you be surrounded by peace, success and happiness on this seasonal occasion. Spread the WikiLove by wishing another user a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, whether it be someone you have had disagreements with in the past, a good friend, or just some random person. Sending you heartfelt and warm greetings for Christmas and New Year 2020.
Happy editing,

★Trekker (talk) 13:54, 21 December 2019 (UTC)

Spread the love by adding {{subst:Seasonal Greetings}} to other user talk pages.

Merry Christmas to you too Trekker! -- œ 01:22, 23 December 2019 (UTC)

Happy Christmas from Australia!Edit

(Adapted from Template:Season's Greetings1)

Happy New Year OlEnglish!Edit

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Happy New Year!
Hello OlEnglish:
Thanks for all of your contributions to improve the encyclopedia for Wikipedia's readers, and have a happy and enjoyable New Year! Cheers, Donner60 (talk) 05:34, 27 December 2019 (UTC)


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                                                 Happy holidaysEdit

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Happy New Year!
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OlEnglish,
Have a great 2020 and thanks for your continued contributions to Wikipedia.

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   – 2020 is a leap yearnews article.
   – Background color is Classic Blue (#0F4C81), Pantone's 2020 Color of the year

Send New Year cheer by adding {{subst:Happy New Year 2020}} to user talk pages.

North America1000 22:45, 31 December 2019 (UTC)


Administrators' newsletter – January 2020Edit

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

Guideline and policy news

Arbitration

Miscellaneous


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Administrators' newsletter – February 2020Edit

News and updates for administrators from the past month (January 2020).

Guideline and policy news

  • Following a request for comment, partial blocks are now enabled on the English Wikipedia. This functionality allows administrators to block users from editing specific pages or namespaces rather than the entire site. A draft policy is being workshopped at Wikipedia:Partial blocks.
  • The request for comment seeking the community's sentiment for a binding desysop procedure closed with wide-spread support for an alternative desysoping procedure based on community input. No proposed process received consensus.

Technical news

  • Twinkle now supports partial blocking. There is a small checkbox that toggles the "partial" status for both blocks and templating. There is currently one template: {{uw-pblock}}.
  • When trying to move a page, if the target title already exists then a warning message is shown. The warning message will now include a link to the target title. [3]

Arbitration

  • Following a recent arbitration case, the Arbitration Committee reminded administrators that checkuser and oversight blocks must not be reversed or modified without prior consultation with the checkuser or oversighter who placed the block, the respective functionary team, or the Arbitration Committee.

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Climate chart removedEdit

Why was the climate chart for Langford removed? TIA — Preceding unsigned comment added by 2001:569:BE89:1700:E10B:C540:1256:CAE9 (talk) 01:06, 18 January 2020 (UTC)

I don't know anything about it. Can you find which edit it was that removed the climate chart and perhaps we can restore it. -- œ 03:27, 5 March 2020 (UTC)

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Proposed deletion of ValéronEdit

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The article Valéron has been proposed for deletion because of the following concern:

Reads as too promotional, and only source is an unverifiable claim that company's VP Sales & Marketing provided the information

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I converted the page into a disambig page. -- œ 07:00, 13 June 2020 (UTC)
Thank you for that -- much appreciated. -AppleBsTime (talk) 16:50, 14 June 2020 (UTC)

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Unprotection request for Help_talk:Talk_pages at WP:RFPUEdit

Hi OlEnglish, your input would be welcome at WP:RFPU. Best regards, ~ ToBeFree (talk) 13:08, 18 July 2020 (UTC)

Rcats on Deoxyribionucleic acidEdit

I realize the edit in question is almost two years old now, but I happened to be looking through some old contributions of mine...

I don't understand what you meant by "already categorized there" in this summary. The only other Rcat on the redirect itself, as distinguished from any categories on its target article DNA, is {{R from misspelling}}, and that template does not also categorize the redirect as an initialism because most misspellings are not initialisms. The of parameter does not change that.

Do you mind if I revert? If so, what else do you suggest I do? --SoledadKabocha (talk) 16:26, 23 July 2020 (UTC)

@SoledadKabocha: Ah yes. Let me explain that edit. What I was trying to do there was tidy up the Redirects to initialisms category itself from duplicate, redundant categorizations, as it being a Tracking Category, it does not benefit anyone who may happen to be doing any kind of data analysis, or just wants an accurate count of just how many initialized pages there are on Wikipedia. The way I see it, it's much more helpful to tag only one example of a redirect in a particular category rather than tag every single variation, it just pollutes the category and kind of defeats the purpose of tracking these things. Category:Redirects to initialisms is a good example here too as according to WP:ACRONYMTITLE the default seems to be to title a page with the expanded form, so this rcat is essentially keeping track of the target of the redirect so we can know just how many Wikipedia pages there are out there that are titled as an acronym/initialism, while duplicated variations in capitalizations, misspellings etc. would just skew that number. So to put it plainly, two years ago I was browsing through Category:Redirects to initialisms, saw that there are multiple variations of redirects to a single page (DNA) categorized there, and decided to clean it up a bit. I don't feel strongly enough about this that I would deter you from reverting though, I don't think I could ever keep it totally clean of duplicated categorizations anyway, so feel free to edit however you please. But please let me know what you think: should we be categorizing every variation of a redirect simply because it fits the definition of the rcat? Or is keeping an accurate count of the target of the redirect the more important goal here? Hope all that made sense. -- œ 03:43, 24 July 2020 (UTC)
I don't believe that avoiding duplication or "keeping an accurate count of the target of the redirect" has been much of the practical purpose of redirect categorization. However, I am really not that familiar with the development of the guidelines and templates; @Paine Ellsworth: might know better...? --SoledadKabocha (talk) 05:38, 24 July 2020 (UTC)
Hey friends! I agree with œ and would only add that I never categorize misspellings, miscapitalizations and the like to other maintenance categories. If a redirect is a misspelling, then that's all it is, just a search term to the target. It's not to an initialism or from a surname, etc. There are exceptions, as noted in the {{R from misspelling}} documentation, but they are rare. Ya'll stay healthy! P.I. Ellsworth  ed. put'r there 06:56, 24 July 2020 (UTC)
Ok. I will not touch this redirect further. Thanks for the information. --SoledadKabocha (talk) 16:27, 24 July 2020 (UTC)

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Why?Edit

I’m confused as to why you moved my technical move request to the “Requests to revert undiscussed moves” section[4]. There is no move to revert and the proposed move was discussed. It makes no sense to put this request in that section. If you have an issue with my close please let me know. But the mechanism for challenging move decisions is via WP:MR. Thanks. —В²C 08:46, 4 September 2020 (UTC)

@Born2cycle: My apologies, that was a simple editing mistake that I didn't catch, not sure how it happened but I only intended to remove the request for the Michel V. Tell article. Did not mean to touch your request. -- œ 08:50, 4 September 2020 (UTC)

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CFD for neologisms categoriesEdit

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