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Precious anniversaryEdit

Three years ago ...
 
reason together
... you were recipient
no. 600 of Precious,
a prize of QAI!

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Two-Factor Authentication now available for adminsEdit

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A new user right for New Page PatrollersEdit

Hi Philosopher.

A new user group, New Page Reviewer, has been created in a move to greatly improve the standard of new page patrolling. The user right can be granted by any admin at PERM. It is highly recommended that admins look beyond the simple numerical threshold and satisfy themselves that the candidates have the required skills of communication and an advanced knowledge of notability and deletion. Admins are automatically included in this user right.

It is anticipated that this user right will significantly reduce the work load of admins who patrol the performance of the patrollers. However,due to the complexity of the rollout, some rights may have been accorded that may later need to be withdrawn, so some help will still be needed to some extent when discovering wrongly applied deletion tags or inappropriate pages that escape the attention of less experienced reviewers, and above all, hasty and bitey tagging for maintenance. User warnings are available here but very often a friendly custom message works best.

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Administrators' newsletter - February 2017Edit

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  • JohnCD (John Cameron Deas) passed away on 30 December 2016. John began editing Wikipedia seriously during 2007 and became an administrator in November 2009.

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Chicago Meetup at Sulzer Regional Library!Edit

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Tech News: 2017-13Edit

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Tech News: 2017-14Edit

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Tech News: 2017-15Edit

18:35, 10 April 2017 (UTC)

4th GA Cup - Wrap UpEdit

WikiProject Good Articles's 2016 GA Cup - Wrap Up
 

Hello, GA Cup competitors!

Saturday, April 1 concluded the 2016-2017 GA Cup. 64 reviews were completed by our finalists. Although the backlog increased by 42 over the reviewing period instead of declining, the increase suggests that the contest is encouraging editors to nominate articles for review.

Congratulations to Shearonink, who is the winner of the Cup, finishing with 672 points! Once again, just as in last round, this is more than the point totals for all the other competitors combined! It was a close race for second place between Krishna Chaitanya Velaga, who achieved 164 points, and Sturmvogel_66, who earned 150. Though Sturmvogel_66 reviewed one more article than Krishna Chaitanya Velaga, Krishna Chaitanya Velaga managed to earn 14 points more due to reviewing older articles. Our two wildcard competitors, Kees08 and Chris troutman, came in fourth and fifth, respectively.

There were some bumps in the competition this time: The sign-up deadline and the first round were both extended due to fewer competitors signing up then was planned for. And there were delays in tallying points and getting out the newsletter. The judges apologize for this latter difficulty. Lastly, mid-way through the competition we bid farewell to Zwerg Nase, who stepped down from their position as judge due to other commitments. Information about the Final can be found here.

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Bots Newsletter, April 2017

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You've got mailEdit

{{You've got mail}} from User:Exquirentibusveritatem 06:15, 25 April 2017 (UTC)

  Done – Philosopher Let us reason together. 22:33, 25 April 2017 (UTC)
Thank you Philosopher including the formatting information! Exquirentibusveritatem 02:37, 26 April 2017 (UTC)

May 2017 WikiCup newsletterEdit

The second round of the competition has now closed, with just under 100 points being required to qualify for round 3. YellowEvan just scraped into the next round with 98 points but we have to say goodbye to the thirty or so competitors who didn't achieve this threshold; thank you for the useful contributions you have made to the Cup and Wikipedia. Our top scorers in round 2 were:

  •   Cas Liber, led the field with five featured articles, four on birds and one on astronomy, and a total score of 2049, half of which came from bonus points.
  •   1989 was in second place with 826 points, 466 of which were bonus points. 1989 has claimed points mostly relating to anime and Japanese-related articles.
  •   Peacemaker67 took third place with two FAs, one GA and seven GARs, mostly on naval vessels or military personnel, scoring 543 points.
  • Other contestants who scored over 400 points were Freikorp, Carbrera, and Czar. Of course all these points are now wiped out and the 32 remaining contestants start again from zero in round 3.

Vivvt submitted the largest number of DYKs (30), and MBlaze Lightning achieved 13 articles at ITN. Carbrera claimed for 11 GAs and Argento Surfer performed the most GARs, having reviewed 11. So far we have achieved 38 featured articles and a splendid 132 good articles. Commendably, 279 GARs have been achieved so far, more than double the number of GAs.

So, on to the third round. Remember that any content promoted after the end of round 2 but before the start of round 3 can be claimed in round 3. Remember too that you must claim your points within 10 days of "earning" them. Invitations for collaborative writing efforts or any other discussion of potentially interesting work is always welcome on the WikiCup talk page. Remember, if two or more WikiCup competitors have done significant work on an article, all can claim points equally.

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Nomination for deletion of Template:Deletionlist-Canadian provinceEdit

 Template:Deletionlist-Canadian province has been nominated for deletion. You are invited to comment on the discussion at the template's entry on the Templates for discussion page. Ten Pound Hammer(What did I screw up now?) 02:13, 13 June 2017 (UTC)

Request to add wki page for Rod HalvorsonEdit

Rod Halvorson 1979-1995 Iowa House of Representatives (#46 & 13) 1995-1999 Iowa Senate (#7)

Contact: halvorrod yahoo.com — Preceding unsigned comment added by 66.87.144.188 (talk) 16:07, 14 June 2017 (UTC)

Formatted email to discourage spambots. – Philosopher Let us reason together. 06:12, 15 June 2017 (UTC)

If you are Halvorson, Welcome! (And if not, Welcome anyway!) I'd be glad to start an article for you. While you can generally just create articles, it is best not to start the article on yourself. If you intend to edit/watch the article after it is created, you may wish to review our conflict of interest rules. – Philosopher Let us reason together. 06:12, 15 June 2017 (UTC)
  Done. You can find the article at Rod Halvorson. Since I used his General Assembly page (data from the Iowa Official Register) as my source, the information in the article stops in 1999.   Still, a good start and a solid base for others to expand on. – Philosopher Let us reason together. 08:13, 15 June 2017 (UTC)

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WikiCup 2017 July newsletterEdit

The third round of the competition has finished in a flurry of last minute activity, with 288 points being required to qualify for round 4. It was a hotly competitive round with all but four of the contestants exceeding the 106 points that was necessary to proceed to round 4 last year. Coemgenus and Freikorp tied on 288, and both have been allowed to proceed, so round 4 now has one pool of eight competitors and one of nine.

Round 3 saw the achievement of a 26-topic Featured topic by MPJ-DK as well as 5 featured lists and 13 featured articles. PanagiotisZois and SounderBruce achieved their first ever featured articles. Carbrera led the GA score with 10, Tachs achieved 17 DYKs and MBlaze Lightning 10 In the news items. There were 167 DYKs, 93 GARs and 82 GAs overall, this last figure being higher than the number of GAs in round 2, when twice as many people were taking part. Even though contestants performed more GARs than they achieved GAs, there was still some frustration at the length of time taken to get articles reviewed.

As we start round 4, we say goodbye to the fifteen or so competitors who didn't quite make it; thank you for the useful contributions you have made to the Cup and Wikipedia. Remember that any content promoted after the end of round 3 but before the start of round 4 can be claimed in round 4. Remember too that you must claim your points within 10 days of "earning" them (some people have fallen foul of this rule and the points have been removed).

If you are concerned that your nomination, whether it be for a good article, a featured process, or anything else, will not receive the necessary reviews, please list it on Wikipedia:WikiCup/Reviews. It would be helpful if this list could be cleared of any items no longer relevant. If you want to help out with the WikiCup, please do your bit to keep down the review backlogs! Questions are welcome on Wikipedia talk:WikiCup, and the judges are reachable on their talk pages or by email. Good luck! If you wish to start or stop receiving this newsletter, please feel free to add or remove yourself from Wikipedia:WikiCup/Newsletter/Send. Godot13, Sturmvogel 66 and Cwmhiraeth 05:37, 30 June 2017 (UTC)

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Administrators' newsletter – July 2017Edit

News and updates for administrators from the past month (June 2017).

  Administrator changes

  Happyme22Dragons flight
  Zad68

  Guideline and policy news

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Tech News: 2017-28Edit

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The Signpost: 15 July 2017Edit

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Bots Newsletter, July 2017Edit

Bots Newsletter, July 2017

Greetings!

Here is the 4th issue of the Bots Newsletter (formerly the BAG Newletter). You can subscribe/unsubscribe from future newsletters by adding/removing your name from this list.

Highlights for this newsletter include:

BAG

BU Rob13 and Cyberpower678 are now members of the BAG (see RfBAG/BU Rob13 and RfBAG/Cyberpower678 3). BU Rob13 and Cyberpower678 are both administrators; the former operates BU RoBOT which does a plethora of tasks, while the latter operates Cyberbot I (which replaces old bots), Cyberbot II (which does many different things), and InternetArchiveBot which combats link rot. Welcome to the BAG!

BRFAs

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New things
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Wikimania 2017 is happening in Montreal, during 9–13 August. If you plan to attend, or give a talk, let us know!

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Administrators' newsletter – August 2017Edit

News and updates for administrators from the past month (July 2017).

  Administrator changes

  AnarchyteGeneralizationsAreBadCullen328 (first RfA to reach WP:300)
  CpromptRockpocketRambo's RevengeAnimumTexasAndroidChuck SMITHMikeLynchCrazytalesAd Orientem

  Guideline and policy news

  Technical news


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WikiCup 2017 September newsletterEdit

Round 4 of the WikiCup has ended and we move forward into the final round. In round 4, a total of 12 FAs, 3 FLs, 44 GAs, 3 FLs, 79 DYKs, 1 ITN and 42 GARs was achieved, with no FPs or FTs this time. Congratulations to Peacemaker67 on the Royal Yugoslav Navy Good Topic of 36 items, and the 12 featured articles achieved by Cas Liber (5), Vanamonde93 (3), Peacemaker67 (2), Adityavagarwal (1) and 12george1 (1). With a FA scoring 200 points, and bonus points available on top of this, FAs are likely to feature heavily in the final round. Meanwhile Yellow Evan, a typhoon specialist, was contributing 12 DYKs and 10 GAs, while Adityavagarwal and Freikorp topped the GAR list with 8 reviews each. As we enter the final round, we are down to eight contestants, and we would like to thank those of you who have been eliminated for the useful contributions you have made to the Cup and Wikipedia. The lowest score needed to reach round 5 was 305, and I think we can expect a highly competitive final round.

Remember that any content promoted after the end of round 4 but before the start of round 5 can be claimed in round 5. Remember too that you must claim your points within 10 days of "earning" them. If you are concerned that your nomination will not receive the necessary reviews, please list it on Wikipedia:WikiCup/Reviews Needed. It would be helpful if this list could be cleared of any items no longer relevant. If you want to help out with the WikiCup, please do your bit to reduce the review backlogs! Questions are welcome on Wikipedia talk:WikiCup, and the judges are reachable on their talk pages or by email. Good luck, and let the best man (or woman) win! If you wish to start or stop receiving this newsletter, please feel free to add or remove yourself from Wikipedia:WikiCup/Newsletter/Send. Godot13, Sturmvogel 66 and Cwmhiraeth 06:25, 1 September 2017 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – September 2017Edit

News and updates for administrators from the past month (August 2017).

  Administrator changes

  NakonScott
  SverdrupThespianElockidJames086FfirehorseCelestianpowerBoing! said Zebedee

  Guideline and policy news

  Technical news

  • You will now get a notification when someone tries to log in to your account and fails. If they try from a device that has logged into your account before, you will be notified after five failed attempts. You can also set in your preferences to get an email when someone logs in to your account from a new device or IP address, which may be encouraged for admins and accounts with sensitive permissions.
  • Syntax highlighting is now available as a beta feature (more info). This may assist administrators and template editors when dealing with intricate syntax of high-risk templates and system messages.
  • In your notification preferences, you can now block specific users from pinging you. This functionality will soon be available for Special:EmailUser as well.

  Arbitration

  • Applications for CheckUser and Oversight are being accepted by the Arbitration Committee until September 12. Community discussion of the candidates will begin on September 18.

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Rod HalvorsonEdit

Philosopher, Thank you for establishing my wiki page. I would like your help to update my information, especially my political activities that followed my defeat in the 1998 election. After the Iowa Legislature (1979-1999), I worked as the Substitute Administrator for the Iowa Alcoholic Beverages Division. Then moved back to my home state of Minnesota November of 2000 and became very active in the DFL Party and held two public offices in Minnesota. In addition, I have been elected to serve as a Democratic National Convention delegate/alternate five times. Three in Iowa and two in Minnesota (Iowa - 1980 alternate, 1984 and 2000 delegate; Minnesota delegate 2004 and 2016). There is more and I would like your help to include it in by biography. Can I send you a suggested and significant change for your to consider adding? 156.99.40.14 (talk) 21:56, 1 September 2017 (UTC)Rod Halvorson halvorrod@yahoo.com 651-235-6036

Tech News: 2017-36Edit

22:14, 4 September 2017 (UTC)

The Signpost: 6 September 2017Edit

Precious anniversaryEdit

Precious
 
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... and five! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 07:01, 10 September 2018 (UTC)

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19:16, 11 September 2017 (UTC)

Tech News: 2017-38Edit

15:31, 18 September 2017 (UTC)

The Signpost: 25 September 2017Edit

Tech News: 2017-39Edit

16:00, 25 September 2017 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – October 2017Edit

News and updates for administrators from the past month (September 2017).

  Administrator changes

  Boing! said ZebedeeAnsh666Ad Orientem
  TonywaltonAmiDanielSilenceBanyanTreeMagioladitisVanamonde93Mr.Z-manJdavidbJakecRam-ManYelyosKurt Shaped Box

  Guideline and policy news

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  Arbitration

  • Community consultation on the 2017 candidates for CheckUser and Oversight has concluded. The Arbitration Committee will appoint successful candidates by October 11.
  • A request for comment is open regarding the structure, rules, and procedures of the December 2017 Arbitration Committee election, and how to resolve any issues not covered by existing rules.

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Tech News: 2017-40Edit

23:25, 2 October 2017 (UTC)

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14:21, 9 October 2017 (UTC)

Tech News: 2017-42Edit

15:31, 16 October 2017 (UTC)

The Signpost: 23 October 2017Edit

Tech News: 2017-43Edit

18:18, 23 October 2017 (UTC)

Tech News: 2017-44Edit

00:20, 31 October 2017 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – November 2017Edit

News and updates for administrators from the past month (October 2017).

  Administrator changes

  LonghairMegalibrarygirlTonyBallioniVanamonde93
  Allen3Eluchil404Arthur RubinBencherlite

  Technical news

  Arbitration

  Obituaries

  • The Wikipedia community has recently learned that Allen3 (William Allen Peckham) passed away on December 30, 2016, the same day as JohnCD. Allen began editing in 2005 and became an administrator that same year.

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WikiCup 2017 November newsletter: Final resultsEdit

The final round of the 2017 WikiCup is over. Congratulations to the 2017 WikiCup top three finalists:

In addition to recognizing the achievements of the top finishers and everyone who worked hard to make it to the final round, we also want to recognize those participants who were most productive in each of the WikiCup scoring categories:

  • Featured Article – Cas Liber (actually a two-way tie with themselves for an astonishing five FAs in R2 and R4).
  • Good Article – Adityavagarwal had 14 GAs promoted in R5.
  • Featured List –   Bloom6132 (submissions) and   1989 (submissions) both produced 2 FLs in R2
  • Featured Pictures –   SounderBruce (submissions) improved an image to FP status in R5, the only FP this year.
  • Featured Topic –   MPJ-DK (submissions) has the only FT of the Cup in R3.
  • Good Topic – Four different editors created a GT in R2, R3 and R4.
  • Did You Know – Adityavagarwal had 22 DYKs on the main page in R5.
  • In The News –   MBlaze Lightning (submissions) had 14 ITN on the main page in R2.
  • Good Article Review –   Krishna Chaitanya Velaga (submissions) completed 31 GARs in R1.

Over the course of the 2017 WikiCup the following content was added or improved on Wikipedia: 51 Featured Articles, 292 Good Articles, 18 Featured Lists, 1 Featured Picture, 1 Featured Topics, 4 Good Topics, around 400 Did You Knows, 75 In The News, and 442 Good Article Reviews. Thank you to all the competitors for your hard work and what you have done to improve Wikipedia.

Regarding the prize vouchers - @Adityavagarwal, Vanamonde93, Casliber, Bloom6132, 1989, and SounderBruce: please send Godot13 (talk · contribs · email) an email from the email address to which you would like your Amazon voucher sent. Please include your preference of global Amazon marketplace as well. We hope to have the electronic gift cards processed and sent within a week.

We will open up a discussion for comments on process and scoring in a few days. The 2018 WikiCup is just around the corner! Many thanks from all the judges. If you wish to start or stop receiving this newsletter, please feel free to add or remove yourself from Wikipedia:WikiCup/Newsletter/Send. Sturmvogel 66 (talk · contribs · email), Cwmhiraeth (talk · contribs · email), and Godot13 (talk · contribs · email) MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 11:41, 2 November 2017 (UTC)

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Tech News: 2017-46Edit

19:19, 13 November 2017 (UTC)

WikiCup 2018Edit

So the 2017 WikiCup has come to an end. Congratulations to the winner, to the other finalists and to all those who took part. 177 contestants signed up, more than usual, but not all of them submitted entries in the first round. Were editors attracted by the cash prizes offered for the first time this year, or were these irrelevant? Do the rules and scoring need changing for the 2018 WikiCup? If you have a view on these or other matters, why not join in the WikiCup discussion about next year's contest? Sturmvogel 66 (talk · contribs · email), Godot13 (talk · contribs · email) and Cwmhiraeth (talk · contribs · email). MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 13:59, 17 November 2017 (UTC)

Tech News: 2017-47Edit

19:19, 20 November 2017 (UTC)

The Signpost: 24 November 2017Edit

Tech News: 2017-48Edit

20:30, 27 November 2017 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – December 2017Edit

News and updates for administrators from the past month (November 2017).

  Administrator changes

  Joe Roe
  JzG
  EricorbitPercevalThinggTristanbVioletriga

  Guideline and policy news

  • Following a request for comment, a new section has been added to the username policy which disallows usernames containing emoji, emoticons or otherwise "decorative" usernames, and usernames that use any non-language symbols. Administrators should discuss issues related to these types of usernames before blocking.

  Technical news

  Arbitration

  Miscellaneous

  • Over the last few months, several users have reported backlogs that require administrator attention at WP:ANI, with the most common backlogs showing up on WP:SPI, WP:AIV and WP:RFPP. It is requested that all administrators take some time during this month to help clear backlogs wherever possible. It should be noted that AIV reports are not always valid; however, they still need to be cleared, which may include needing to remind users on what qualifies as vandalism.
  • The Wikimedia Foundation Community health initiative is conducting a survey for English Wikipedia contributors on their experience and satisfaction level with Administrator’s Noticeboard/Incidents. This survey will be integral to gathering information about how this noticeboard works (i.e. which problems it deals with well and which problems it struggles with). If you would like to take this survey, please sign up on this page, and a link for the survey will be emailed to you via Special:EmailUser.

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ArbCom 2017 election voter messageEdit

 Hello, Philosopher. Voting in the 2017 Arbitration Committee elections is now open until 23.59 on Sunday, 10 December. All users who registered an account before Saturday, 28 October 2017, made at least 150 mainspace edits before Wednesday, 1 November 2017 and are not currently blocked are eligible to vote. Users with alternate accounts may only vote once.

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If you wish to participate in the 2017 election, please review the candidates and submit your choices on the voting page. MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 18:42, 3 December 2017 (UTC)

Tech News: 2017-49Edit

17:51, 4 December 2017 (UTC)

Tech News: 2017-50Edit

17:58, 11 December 2017 (UTC)

Nomination for deletion of Template:Election box inline incumbent no party linkEdit

 Template:Election box inline incumbent no party link has been nominated for deletion. You are invited to comment on the discussion at the template's entry on the Templates for discussion page. Frietjes (talk) 22:41, 14 December 2017 (UTC)

The Signpost: 18 December 2017Edit

Tech News: 2017-51Edit

15:27, 18 December 2017 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – January 2018Edit

News and updates for administrators from the past month (December 2017).

  Administrator changes

  Muboshgu
  AnetodeLaser brainWorm That Turned
  None

  Bureaucrat changes

  Worm That Turned

  Guideline and policy news

  • A request for comment is in progress to determine whether the administrator policy should be amended to require disclosure of paid editing activity at WP:RFA and to prohibit the use of administrative tools as part of paid editing activity, with certain exceptions.

  Technical news

  Arbitration


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Tech News: 2018-02Edit

16:19, 8 January 2018 (UTC)

Tech News: 2018-3Edit

18:45, 15 January 2018 (UTC)

The Signpost: 16 January 2018Edit

Tech News: 2018-04Edit

23:56, 22 January 2018 (UTC)

Tech News: 2018-05Edit

17:07, 29 January 2018 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – February 2018Edit

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

  Administrator changes

  None
  BlurpeaceDana boomerDeltabeignetDenelson83GrandioseSalvidrim!Ymblanter

  Guideline and policy news

  • An RfC has closed with a consensus that candidates at WP:RFA must disclose whether they have ever edited for pay and that administrators may never use administrative tools as part of any paid editing activity, except when they are acting as a Wikipedian-in-Residence or when the payment is made by the Wikimedia Foundation or an affiliate of the WMF.
  • Editors responding to threats of harm can now contact the Wikimedia Foundation's emergency address by using Special:EmailUser/Emergency. If you don't have email enabled on Wikipedia, directly contacting the emergency address using your own email client remains an option.

  Technical news

  • A tag will now be automatically applied to edits that blank a page, turn a page into a redirect, remove/replace almost all content in a page, undo an edit, or rollback an edit. These edits were previously denoted solely by automatic edit summaries.

  Arbitration


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The Signpost: 5 February 2018Edit

Tech News: 2018-06Edit

20:51, 5 February 2018 (UTC)

Tech News: 2018-07Edit

21:59, 12 February 2018 (UTC)

WikiProject X Newsletter • Issue 11Edit

Newsletter • February 2018

Check out this month's issue of the WikiProject X newsletter, with plans to renew work with a followup grant proposal to support finalising the deployment of CollaborationKit!

-— Isarra 21:26, 14 February 2018 (UTC)

Tech News: 2018-08Edit

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The Signpost: 20 February 2018Edit

Tech News: 2018-09Edit