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Administrators' newsletter – December 2018Edit

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

  Administrator changes

  Al Ameer sonRandykittySpartaz
  BosonDaniel J. LeivickEfeEsanchez7587Fred BauderGarzoMartijn HoekstraOrangemike

  Interface administrator changes

 Deryck Chan

  Guideline and policy news

  • Following a request for comment, the Mediation Committee is now closed and will no longer be accepting case requests.
  • A request for comment is in progress to determine whether members of the Bot Approvals Group should satisfy activity requirements in order to remain in that role.
  • A request for comment is in progress regarding whether to change the administrator inactivity policy, such that administrators "who have made no logged administrative actions for at least 12 months may be desysopped". Currently, the policy states that administrators "who have made neither edits nor administrative actions for at least 12 months may be desysopped".
  • A proposal has been made to temporarily restrict editing of the Main Page to interface administrators in order to mitigate the impact of compromised accounts.

  Technical news



  • In late November, an attacker compromised multiple accounts, including at least four administrator accounts, and used them to vandalize Wikipedia. If you have ever used your current password on any other website, you should change it immediately. Sharing the same password across multiple websites makes your account vulnerable, especially if your password was used on a website that suffered a data breach. As these incidents have shown, these concerns are not pure fantasies.
  • Wikipedia policy requires administrators to have strong passwords. To further reinforce security, administrators should also consider enabling two-factor authentication. A committed identity can be used to verify that you are the true account owner in the event that your account is compromised and/or you are unable to log in.


Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 03:36, 3 December 2018 (UTC)

Permission for Rollback rightsEdit

Hi, I'm willing to get rollback rights to prevent unwanted edits. I can re-edit without rollback rights but it takes more time and I have to check properly 2-3 times. With rollback rights, it will become easier for me and thus for Wikipedia.

Shivkarandholiya12 (talk) 17:58, 14 December 2018 (UTC)

Hi Shivkarandholiya12, I notice that you have less than 200 mainspace edits right now, which is a little low than when Rollback is typically granted. Do you have any examples of a time when you reverted vandalism? Thanks, SpencerT•C 19:12, 14 December 2018 (UTC)

Thank you for the reply. I know that I've less than 200 mainspace edits but will surpass the mark in a couple of days. I've removed an entire heading in Veer Teja because it was not properly associated with the main topic. Till now I've mostly tried to make articles even and proper so that they look good as in the case of Dharmendra filmography, Dance Plus and many others. Surely, I don't have as many edits as needed but I regularly use Wikipedia to look for information and believe in its value to the society especially for students. I will keep on contributing to Wikipedia whether or not I get any special privileges or not.

Shivkarandholiya12 (talk) 06:46, 15 December 2018 (UTC)

Great! Shivkarandholiya12, I think you have the right attitude. I think for now, it doesn't seem like you have a big need for rollback right now, but in a month, once you're a little more familiar with things, I think you would be ready. Two links that may be useful:
  • Here is now to "revert" an individual edit: WP:UNDO (once you get the hang of this, then rollback will be more helpful).
  • You'll want to provide an edit summary with your edits, so other people can see more easily what you did in each change. See this for more information: Help:Edit summary
Happy editing, and feel free to reach out if you have any questions! My apologies in advance for any slow responses. Best, SpencerT•C 07:04, 15 December 2018 (UTC)

Thank you very much. I truly appreciate your helpful behaviour and guidance. Shivkarandholiya12 (talk) 07:09, 15 December 2018 (UTC)

The Signpost: 24 December 2018Edit

Happy New Year, Spencer!Edit

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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
  • 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.



  • 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.

Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 21:39, 1 January 2019 (UTC)

RD: Edwin EricksonEdit

Hi. I was just wondering how recognition worked for RD noms. Is this different from normal itn? Is there any? (I don't do it for recognition, I was just wondering...) --DannyS712 (talk) 23:39, 12 January 2019 (UTC)

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