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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)

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 02:40, 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.


  • 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)

user: is abusing her talkpage. CLCStudent (talk) 13:40, 9 May 2019 (UTC)

Got it. Thanks. Paul Erik (talk)(contribs) 13:43, 9 May 2019 (UTC)

Lang LangEdit

Hello, recently I've saw that you have been reversed my changes made in the Wikipedia of 'Lang Lang', I would like to know the reason because the information that I entered is true and you can check it in the media of China and in his social networks same. Thank you. Kenjifujimori (talk) 21:42, 3 June 2019 (UTC)

Hello Kenjifujimori and thanks for your message. I had tried looking for any information about Lang Lang's marriage but could not find it. If it has been reported in reliable media, then the information can be re-added if the source is cited; see WP:V for our policy on verifiability. Best wishes, Paul Erik (talk)(contribs) 00:21, 4 June 2019 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – June 2019Edit

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

  Administrator changes

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  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)

Bella (Canadian band)Edit

Hi Paul,

I noticed that I have been left out of the bio for the band that I helped start, and recorded most of the debut album for in my bedroom. My name is Matt Hutchings, from Saskatoon, SK. I am the guy pictured on the left of the photo in this article: My name is also referenced in this review: I recorded most of the bed tracks for the album except for drums on my computer which was mixed at the Hive. I left the band prior to them recording their second album "No One Will Know". I have many photos and videos of me playing with the band if you need more backup. Thanks! My personal music site is, where you can compare my vocal style on my older recordings to the song, On the Mend, which I sing lead vocals on. Thank you for any edits you can make based on this info.

Sincerely, (talk) 22:00, 10 June 2019 (UTC)Matt Hutchings

Thanks for bringing this to my attention, Matt. I have added the initial band lineup, using Soulshine as the source. Best wishes, Paul Erik (talk)(contribs) 00:10, 15 June 2019 (UTC)

Andy ChambersEdit

Hi Paul! I was wondering if you are able to find anything to improve Draft:Andy Chambers? BOZ (talk) 14:18, 24 June 2019 (UTC)

Hi BOZ. He is mentioned in Zones of Control: Perspectives on Wargaming by Pat Harrigan and Matthew G. Kirschenbaum, MIT Press, 2016. But I don't have access to the full text, so I can't offer any details. That's all I can find. Paul Erik (talk)(contribs) 02:25, 25 June 2019 (UTC)
Thanks, that might just prove to be useful down the road. :) BOZ (talk) 04:03, 26 June 2019 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – July 2019Edit

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

  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.


Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 21:20, 1 July 2019 (UTC)

A few more biosEdit

Hi Paul, I hope you are doing well. Do you see anything that could be useful for P. Nathan Toomey or Trampas Whiteman? BOZ (talk) 12:29, 16 July 2019 (UTC)

And Louis Prosperi. BOZ (talk) 15:58, 16 July 2019 (UTC)
Sorry, BOZ; I don't see a source for any of the three. Paul Erik (talk)(contribs) 01:36, 17 July 2019 (UTC)
Gotcha, thanks for checking. BOZ (talk) 14:39, 17 July 2019 (UTC)


Is the category only included once the merger is complete?— Vchimpanzee • talk • contributions • 15:04, 1 August 2019 (UTC)

@Vchimpanzee: I don't take any stand about the correctness of that edit. I was simply mass-reverting an editor who was evading a block. If you think the category makes sense, please go ahead and restore it. Thanks! Paul Erik (talk)(contribs) 15:42, 1 August 2019 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – August 2019Edit

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

  Guideline and policy news



  • 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.

Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 19:24, 3 August 2019 (UTC)
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