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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.



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

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 03:01, 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)


Thank you for this; i'm well aware that Lundy is not reliable, and rather embarrassed that i didn't catch that error at the time ~ i have no recollection of the edit, to be sure. I've taken a look at a random selection of my other edits then, and it doesn't seem that i made a similar mistake elsewhere, so it must have been simply a momentary madness or possibly a twitch by ProveIt, which has on a few other occasions made unexpected adjustments to mine edits. Anyway, again, thank you for catching and correcting. Happy days, LindsayHello 14:10, 18 May 2019 (UTC)

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User name (3)Edit

I saw your name and I first thought Public Broadcasting Corporation. Do you watch PBS kids?🤣Manabimasu (talk) 22:03, 8 June 2019 (UTC)

@User:Manabimasu are you an American (othewise why jump to that conclusion)?. Usually I reply on the talk page of the person who contacts me. That way the user gets an automatic notification. However in this case I will reply here as this question has been asked before:

-- PBS (talk) 08:39, 9 June 2019 (UTC)

Community response to the Wikimedia Foundation's ban of FramEdit

Indie / Independent video game RMEdit

Hi! I started an RM at Talk:Independent video game#Requested move 16 July 2019 regarding the "indie game" or "independent video game" use in the title. —  HELLKNOWZ   ▎TALK 08:58, 16 July 2019 (UTC)

Return to the user page of "PBS".