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@SkyGazer 512: Hello! I am seeking help from researchers and writers from the Wikipedia community. The IWG plc article is incomplete and lacking a lot of information for a company with sites in 120 countries. Moreover, it has a low quality grade (C-Class) and has not as yet received a rating on the project's importance scale. Could you help support improve quality and completeness? Thanks for reading and feel free to ping me back with any questions. Kate

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The Katherine Hughes (activist) draftEdit

I've meant to improve the draft and I've had some ideas, but I have struggled to actually do anything with them. I started reading a book about Katherine Hughes (it was called 'Sweet Sixteen,' can't remember the author atm but can find this information later when my bedroom is more organized) but most of the information contained in that book (until the point I read) was about the other 15 female journalists who covered the 1914 St. Louis World Fair. It's a very interesting book actually, but I haven't read much about Katherine Hughes yet (other than that she was one of the total 16 journalists and that her birth date recorded in the book is different from other sources). I guess what I'm trying to say, is that I'm still not sure how to improve the draft at this point. I know that you also mentioned that you had some ideas earlier about the draft and since I haven't been able to think of anything to improve the article in two months, I would appreciate any improvements, if you're interested in editing the draft. One other thing to note: the book does mention that Hughes did not support women's suffrage. I'll look at my notebook for a page number, but this claim was mentioned in other sources. I thought it was strange at first from a modern perspective, but Anti-suffragism existed. Clovermoss (talk) 07:12, 1 April 2019 (UTC)

Hi Clovermoss, thanks for reaching out. Currently I'm doing quite a bit both on Wikipedia and in real life, but I'll try to do what I can for the page as time permits. I did find the book you meniton and both the author and the publisher seem reliable, so if you would like to use it it should be fine; if the birth dates conflict, you could mention in the article that the exact DOB varies between sources. Cheers, --SkyGazer 512 My talk page 14:16, 1 April 2019 (UTC)
Hi again. I'm glad that you're considering helping. I understand that you're busy with other things. I don't mind waiting, I'm grateful for any help you can give. I don't know why I'm finding it so hard to expand my own draft. I've been expanding other articles and adding references, so it feels weird to have such a hard time thinking about how to apply that to my own draft. Anyways, I did some research for research while trying to expand the article before. I have a list of potential resources that could be very helpful of online sources in my sandbox. If you think they could be helpful, I have no problem with you looking around/using them to improve the article. Clovermoss (talk) 16:16, 6 April 2019 (UTC)
@Clovermoss: It can be hard to expand articles sometimes. I'm less busy IRL currently so I'll try to do what I can. :-)--SkyGazer 512 My talk page 18:17, 6 April 2019 (UTC)
Good news! I've done some expansion to the draft. However, a lot of the information still needs to be converted into running prose, which is on my to-do list. Other than converting to running prose, do you have any other suggestions? Clovermoss (talk) 05:16, 15 April 2019 (UTC)
@Clovermoss: Awesome! Now that you've added sources following all statements in the article, it will be much easier for me to try to copy-edit it, convert to running prose, and expand it. I'll take a look now!--SkyGazer 512 My talk page 00:40, 16 April 2019 (UTC)
Thank you so much for taking a look at it! I do have one question though - at what point should the draft be submitted for review? I'm thinking that once the rest of the article has been converted to running prose? Again, thank you for the all the time you've spent helping me and giving advice... I'm actually quite proud that the draft has progressed into what it has and it wouldn't have been that way without your help. Clovermoss (talk) 02:05, 16 April 2019 (UTC)
@Clovermoss: Well, once a draft has shown that it is notable, follows core policies for the most part (most importantly copyvio and sourcing), is mostly formatted correctly, it will usually be accepted. Unfortunately, I've found myself quite busy IRL recently but I'm going to try to see what I can do over the weekend.--SkyGazer 512 My talk page 02:48, 18 April 2019 (UTC)
Would [1] this be of any help? It's the Library of Congress information for her book about Father Lacaombe. It mentions her as the author and other general information. Clovermoss (talk) 14:59, 21 April 2019 (UTC)
There's also [2] about her involvement in the Catholic Women's League. It's from The Catholic Archdiocese of Edmonton. Clovermoss (talk) 15:03, 21 April 2019 (UTC)
[3] This is a wordpress website, but it has an author (that if believed, has a PhD in history), is quite detailed and cites sources at the bottom. I'm thinking that those cited sources (they're books), if accesible, could be quite helpful. If they mention Katherine Hughes, they'd be useful. Clovermoss (talk) 18:01, 21 April 2019 (UTC)
Thanks! I'll have a look.--SkyGazer 512 My talk page 22:10, 21 April 2019 (UTC)

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DYK for Chinese alligatorEdit

 On 10 April 2019, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Chinese alligator, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that the critically endangered Chinese alligator (pictured) may have helped inspire the mythology of the Chinese dragon? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Chinese alligator. You are welcome to check how many page hits the article got while on the front page (here's how, Chinese alligator), and it may be added to the statistics page if the total is over 5,000. Finally, if you know of an interesting fact from another recently created article, then please feel free to suggest it on the Did you know talk page.

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Katherine Hughes (activist)Edit

The article has been accepted at AFC, but I'm guessing that you already know that with the links to other articles :) Once again, thank you for all the help you've put into helping the article get there. I'm kind of excited that the article passed AFC. I know that it's all about improving Wikipedia, but I like the sense of acomplishment when I think about my efforts actually being a part of that. Clovermoss (talk) 17:08, 27 April 2019 (UTC)

Yep, I noticed, Clovermoss. I'm happy I was able to help; I'll try to further expand and improve as time permits, we might could even nominate it for WP:DYK. Making creations/edits is about improving Wikipedia, but there's no problem with having a sense of accomplishment for having such an important article you wrote yourself moved to mainspace. Congrats!--SkyGazer 512 My talk page 18:44, 27 April 2019 (UTC)
I'm worried that there's one sentance in the article that could be confusing. Edmonton is the capital city of the province Alberta. Each province/territory in Canada has its own capital. The only exception to this is Ontario: Toronto is the capital of Ontario, but Ottawa is the capital city of Canada. I could look at the sources again, but I'm thinking that it's meant in the "she worked in Edmonton as the first provincial archivist for Alberta" kind-of-way. Side note: Should I put any further discussions of the article on the talk page now that it's a live article? Since you have been the other main contributor to the article I wanted to mention it here. Clovermoss (talk) 19:07, 27 April 2019 (UTC)
@Clovermoss: Wonder if something like "Hughes became the first provincial archivist for Alberta in 1908, while residing in Edmonton" would work? I don't think it matters a whole lot where you ask questions about issues like this, but for more important discussions it would probably be best to use the talk page. I am watchlisting Hughes' page and the talk page, so I'll see whenever you post something there. Cheers, --SkyGazer 512 My talk page 19:15, 27 April 2019 (UTC)
Okay! I didn't want to assume it was on your watchlist (in case it wasn't/not everyone uses watchlists anyways). It's on my watchlist too, so I'll see anything you bring up there, too. I think the suggestion you just made about that particular sentance would work. Clovermoss (talk) 19:20, 27 April 2019 (UTC)
As for DYK, I read the link and the eligibility criteria. The article as-is seems to meet the criteria, since it's a new article to mainspace (1.c), I'm not sure if the article currently meets the characters of prose requirement, I'm not sure how to run the scripts mentioned. There could be several hooks; but if there was one in particular, I was thinking a hook about becoming the first provincial archivist of Alberta would meet the requirements. If you're planning on expanding the article further, I'm guessing that the nomination should probably wait? Clovermoss (talk) 19:31, 27 April 2019 (UTC)
@Clovermoss: I checked, and the article is 2,277 characters in prose size so it exceeds the length requirement. I don't think your hook suggestion is bad at all and it probably could work, but I think it would be best to have something that is very intriguing for a broad audience. I probably will expand the article further, and when I do so, I may find something that would work even better for DYK.--SkyGazer 512 My talk page 21:38, 27 April 2019 (UTC)

DYK for Pacific bazaEdit

 On 30 April 2019, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Pacific baza, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that the Pacific baza has been rumoured to imitate the calls of tree-frogs when hunting, persuading them to return the call? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Pacific baza. You are welcome to check how many page hits the article got while on the front page (here's how, Pacific baza), and it may be added to the statistics page if the total is over 5,000. Finally, if you know of an interesting fact from another recently created article, then please feel free to suggest it on the Did you know talk page.

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DYK for Morpeth, NorthumberlandEdit

 On 9 May 2019, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Morpeth, Northumberland, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that the town of Morpeth held its own professional Olympic games from 1873 to 1958? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Morpeth, Northumberland. You are welcome to check how many page hits the article got while on the front page (here's how, Morpeth, Northumberland), and it may be added to the statistics page if the total is over 5,000. Finally, if you know of an interesting fact from another recently created article, then please feel free to suggest it on the Did you know talk page.

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NPR Newsletter No.18Edit

Hello SkyGazer 512,

WMF at work on NPP Improvements

Niharika Kohli, a product manager for the growth team, announced that work is underway in implementing improvements to New Page Patrol as part of the 2019 Community Wishlist and suggests all who are interested watch the project page on meta. Two requested improvements have already been completed. These are:

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Thanks for helping make The Black Dahlia (graphic novel) a English Wikipedia article :)Edit

I noticed that you sent a "Thank You" notification to me when I thanked User:Phospheros on his talk page I don't know how to send "Thank You" Notifications, so I'll just say THANK YOU here! I know it's late praise, and late expression of gratitude, but it was important to me, that article. From The Black Dahlia (graphic novel)'s History page, it seems yourself, and User:Phospheros and User:Worldbruce helped out a lot in making it an article. Like I mentioned, this article was important to me (Also, I've created eight other English Wikipedia articles, not counting the three English files; See [Contributions]), and I've never had this kind of trouble creating an article on Wikipedia before. I have always tried to create articles that are noteworthy on Wikipedia. It was moved to draftspace before I even had time to work on it. Is this a new thing? Is this something you might know about or have experienced yourself firsthand? ?

Anyway, once again, THANK YOU VERY MUCH, SkyGazer 512, for your help. :) I'm going by the article's history, so let me know if there is anyone else that helped out. God bless you and Best prayers to you.PeaceShield5 (talk) 22:20, 18 May 2019 (UTC)

Hi PeaceShield5, thank you for the kind message. Quite honestly, I didn't do a whole lot; just cleaned up a little bit (and after it was moved to mainspace), but I'm happy I was able to help. Thanks notifications can only be sent for specific edits (and you can't thank people for thanks); to send one, you must navigate to the history of a page and click the "thank" option next to the edit in question. Let me know if you need further clarification on how to do this.
I understand your frustration of the article being moved to draftspace before you had a chance to work on it. This is something that happens often and not at all something to be worried about. When you first created the article, there weren't any links to sources to verify the information, and it remained that way for several hours. Having an article moved to draftspace does not mean it's going to be deleted; it just means that the mover is giving the author a chance to work on it some more before it becomes a mainspace article again. Now, are we expected for an article to be perfect in its initial creation? Absolutely not. But you should have a list of sources for all the information in any mainspace article probably within an hour of its creation; they don't necessarily have to be inline, even, as long as they aren't direct quotations or possibly controversial material. If you can't do that, that is completely understandable; people become busy or have other issues in real life. A possible option would be to start a draft of the article as a user subpage and then move it to mainspace yourself once you think it's ready. As you probably know, sourcing is very important to establish both notability and verifiability and probably the most important thing to have in an article; if an article needs a bit of cleanup or formatting fixes, reviewers can easily fix it themselves and the article is most likely not worth moving to draftspace.
I hope this helps and please let me know if you have any questions. Cheers, --SkyGazer 512 My talk page 02:39, 23 May 2019 (UTC)

'Did you know' nomination for Milton KeynesEdit

If it amuses you, perhaps you might do the review of template:Did you know nominations/Milton Keynes?

No need to reply. If you don't have time, you don't have time. Thank you for even considering it. --John Maynard Friedman (talk) 16:57, 22 May 2019 (UTC)

Hi John Maynard Friedman, thanks for reaching out. I'm happy that the GA passed and that you nominated it for DYK. I don't think I could commit myself to a full review, particularly making sure that the cited source is reliable and explicitly mentions the hook content, however I've looked over the article and hook a bit and compared them to the DYK criteria. It's obviously new enough, within policy, etc. One minor issue I noticed: the hook is currently a bit long, it's at exactly 200 characters when the DYK rules states that hooks must be fewer than 200 characters. I think that "that among the smaller villages and hamlets" is unneeded detail – I'd suggest using an alt, something like "that Broughton, Loughton and Woughton on the Green, three villages in Milton Keynes, each use a different pronunciation of the ough letter sequence in English" (which is about 160 characters); adding links and bolding when necessary, of course. I hope this suggestion is helpful and sorry for not being able to do a full review.--SkyGazer 512 My talk page 02:55, 23 May 2019 (UTC)
Thank you, I completely missed the 200 character limit. I like your suggested reword and will apply. --John Maynard Friedman (talk) 20:23, 23 May 2019 (UTC)

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Update about a script you useEdit

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Approved DYK nomination for Katherine Hughes (activist)Edit

Hi, it's me again. I noticed that my nomination was approved in DYK, but I have no idea what the next steps are (or if I'm involved in them). I noticed that there's a queue and prep area, but I don't know how they work or how it affects the main page. Clovermoss (talk) 19:22, 22 June 2019 (UTC)

Hey Clovermoss, congrats on getting it approved! For now, there's nothing you have to do. At some point (usually at most a few weeks from approval), a user who is experienced with DYK will look at the nomination and if there are problems ask if they can be addressed or otherwise promote the hook to a preparation area, which is basically where hook sets are prepared. After that, an admin will move them to a queue (if they don't notice any problems), which usually takes a few days, and a bot will move the queue to the main page at the appropriate time. Basically someone could ask for you to address issues with the hook anytime during this process, but you'll most likely be notified about it, especially if you have the DYK page on your watchlist. Hope this helps!--SkyGazer 512 My talk page 21:27, 22 June 2019 (UTC)
Currently it's in prep area #2. I guess that means that it's already been promoted? Clovermoss (talk) 21:46, 22 June 2019 (UTC)
Yep, now all that needs to be done is an admin move it to one of the queues and then a bot add it to the main page at the appropriate time.--SkyGazer 512 My talk page 23:08, 22 June 2019 (UTC)

DYK for Katherine Hughes (activist)Edit

 On 24 June 2019, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Katherine Hughes (activist), which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that Canadian journalist Katherine Hughes became Alberta's first provincial archivist, but later became a political activist, fighting for Irish self-determination? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Katherine Hughes (activist). You are welcome to check how many page hits the article got while on the front page (here's how, Katherine Hughes (activist)), and it may be added to the statistics page if the total is over 5,000. Finally, if you know of an interesting fact from another recently created article, then please feel free to suggest it on the Did you know talk page.

— Maile (talk) 00:02, 24 June 2019 (UTC)

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New Page Review newsletter July-August 2019Edit

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More new features are being added to the feed, including the important red alert for previously deleted pages. This will only work if it is selected in your filters. Best is to 'select all'. Do take a moment to check out all the new features if you have not already done so. If anything is not working as it should, please let us know at NPR. There is now also a live queue of AfC submissions in the New Pages Feed. Feel free to review AfCs, but bear in mind that NPP is an official process and policy and is more important.

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Backlog

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Here's a special barnstarEdit

  The Special Barnstar
I was thinking about how much of an inspiration you are to me, especially in regards to content creation. I can't thank you enough for all the help with editing when I was brand new and beyond. You answered a lot of questions, were very encouraging, and informed me about Adopt-A-User. I already thanked you for the help with PC Optimum and Katherine Hughes (activist), but I haven't given you a barnstar yet. So, here's a special barnstar! Clovermoss (talk) 19:05, 24 August 2019 (UTC)
@Clovermoss: Thank you very much for the kind words. I'm very happy I've been able to help you; I really enjoy watching you grow as an editor!--SkyGazer 512 My talk page 00:20, 25 August 2019 (UTC)

September 2019 at Women in RedEdit

September 2019, Volume 5, Issue 9, Numbers 107, 108, 132, 133, 134, 135


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The Signpost: 30 August 2019Edit

Administrators' newsletter – September 2019Edit

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

  Administrator changes

  BradvChetsfordIzno
  FloquenbeamLectonar
  DESiegelJake WartenbergRjanagTopbanana

  CheckUser changes

  CallaneccLFaraoneThere'sNoTime

  Oversight changes

  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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New Page Review newsletter September-October 2019Edit

Hello SkyGazer 512,

Backlog

Instead of reaching a magic 300 as it once did last year, the backlog approaching 6,000 is still far too high. An effort is also needed to ensure that older unsuitable older pages at the back of the queue do not get automatically indexed for Google.

Coordinator

A proposal is taking place here to confirm a nominated user as Coordinator of NPR.

This month's refresher course

Why I Hate Speedy Deleters, a 2008 essay by long since retired Ballonman, is still as valid today. Those of us who patrol large numbers of new pages can be forgiven for making the occasional mistake while others can learn from their 'beginner' errors. Worth reading.

Deletion tags

Do bear in mind that articles in the feed showing the trash can icon (you will need to have 'Nominated for deletion' enabled for this in your filters) may have been tagged by inexperienced or non NPR rights holders using Twinkle. They require your further verification.

Paid editing

Please be sure to look for the tell-tale signs of undisclosed paid editing. Contact the creator if appropriate, and submit the issue to WP:COIN if necessary. WMF policy requires paid editors to connect to their adverts.

Subject-specific notability guidelines' (SNG). Alternatives to deletion
  • Reviewers are requested to familiarise themselves once more with notability guidelines for organisations and companies.
  • Blank-and-Redirect is a solution anchored in policy. Please consider this alternative before PRODing or CSD. Note however, that users will often revert or usurp redirects to re-create deleted articles. Do regularly patrol the redirects in the feed.
Not English
  • A common issue: Pages not in English or poor, unattributed machine translations should not reside in main space even if they are stubs. Please ensure you are familiar with WP:NPPNE. Check in Google for the language and content, and if they do have potential, tag as required, then move to draft. Modify the text of the template as appropriate before sending it.
Tools

Regular reviewers will appreciate the most recent enhancements to the New Pages Feed and features in the Curation tool, and there are still more to come. Due to the wealth of information now displayed by ORES, reviewers are strongly encouraged to use the system now rather than Twinkle; it will also correctly populate the logs.

Stub sorting, by SD0001: A new script is available for adding/removing stub tags. See User:SD0001/StubSorter.js, It features a simple HotCat-style dynamic search field. Many of the reviewers who are using it are finding it an improvement upon other available tools.

Assessment: The script at User:Evad37/rater makes the addition of Wikiproject templates extremely easy. New page creators rarely do this. Reviewers are not obliged to make these edits but they only take a few seconds. They can use the Curation message system to let the creator know what they have done.

DannyS712 bot III is now patrolling certain categories of uncontroversial redirects. Curious? Check out its patrol log.

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October Events from Women in RedEdit

October 2019, Volume 5, Issue 10, Numbers 107, 108, 137, 138, 139, 140


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The Signpost: 30 September 2019Edit

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.

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November 2019 at Women in RedEdit

November 2019, Volume 5, Issue 11, Numbers 107, 108, 140, 141, 142, 143


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The Signpost: 31 October 2019Edit

New Page Review newsletter November 2019Edit

Hello SkyGazer 512,

This newsletter comes a little earlier than usual because the backlog is rising again and the holidays are coming very soon.

Getting the queue to 0

There are now 725 holders of the New Page Reviewer flag! Most of you requested the user right to be able to do something about the huge backlog but it's still roughly less than 10% doing 90% of the work. Now it's time for action.
Exactly one year ago there were 'only' 3,650 unreviewed articles, now we will soon be approaching 7,000 despite the growing number of requests for the NPR user right. If each reviewer soon does only 2 reviews a day over five days, the backlog will be down to zero and the daily input can then be processed by every reviewer doing only 1 review every 2 days - that's only a few minutes work on the bus on the way to the office or to class! Let's get this over and done with in time to relax for the holidays.
Want to join? Consider adding the NPP Pledge userbox.
Our next newsletter will announce the winners of some really cool awards.

Coordinator

Admin Barkeep49 has been officially invested as NPP/NPR coordinator by a unanimous consensus of the community. This is a complex role and he will need all the help he can get from other experienced reviewers.

This month's refresher course

Paid editing is still causing headaches for even our most experienced reviewers: This official Wikipedia article will be an eye-opener to anyone who joined Wikipedia or obtained the NPR right since 2015. See The Hallmarks to know exactly what to look for and take time to examine all the sources.

Tools
  • It is now possible to select new pages by date range. This was requested by reviewers who want to patrol from the middle of the list.
  • It is now also possible for accredited reviewers to put any article back into the New Pages Feed for re-review. The link is under 'Tools' in the side bar.
Reviewer Feedback

Would you like feedback on your reviews? Are you an experienced reviewer who can give feedback to other reviewers? If so there are two new feedback pilot programs. New Reviewer mentorship will match newer reviewers with an experienced reviewer with a new reviewer. The other program will be an occasional peer review cohort for moderate or experienced reviewers to give feedback to each other. The first cohort will launch November 13.

Second set of eyes
  • Not only are New Page Reviewers the guardians of quality of new articles, they are also in a position to ensure that pages are being correctly tagged for deletion and maintenance and that new authors are not being bitten. This is an important feature of your work, especially while some routine tagging for deletion can still be carried out by non NPR holders and inexperienced users. Read about it at the Monitoring the system section in the tutorial. If you come across such editors doing good work, don't hesitate to encourage them to apply for NPR.
  • Do be sure to have our talk page on your watchlist. There are often items that require reviewers' special attention, such as to watch out for pages by known socks or disruptive editors, technical issues and new developments, and of course to provide advice for other reviewers.
Arbitration Committee

The annual ArbCom election will be coming up soon. All eligible users will be invited to vote. While not directly concerned with NPR, Arbcom cases often lead back to notability and deletion issues and/or actions by holders of advanced user rights.

Community Wish list

There is to be no wish list for WMF encyclopedias this year. We thank Community Tech for their hard work addressing our long list of requirements which somewhat overwhelmed them last year, and we look forward to a successful completion.


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MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 08:33, 3 November 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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