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Administrator account security (Correction to Arbcom 2019 special circular)

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 2019

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)

Mr. Fourth Quarter listed at Redirects for discussion

An editor has asked for a discussion to address the redirect Mr. Fourth Quarter. Since you had some involvement with the Mr. Fourth Quarter redirect, you might want to participate in the redirect discussion if you wish to do so. —Bagumba (talk) 19:06, 18 May 2019 (UTC)

The Signpost: 31 May 2019

Administrators' newsletter – June 2019

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

  Administrator changes

  AndonicConsumed CrustaceanEnigmamanEuryalusEWS23HereToHelpNv8200paPeripitusStringTheory11Vejvančický

  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) 09:49, 8 June 2019 (UTC)

On the IP

The editing patterns of the IP appeared to show it to be an unauthorized bot, as its edits often flooded the queue in Huggle. I had no idea how to report this elsewhere from Huggle, so I reported it to AIV. I apologize for handling it incorrectly, I should’ve reported it to ANI. InvalidOS (talk) 01:37, 17 June 2019 (UTC)

No worries, thanks for the clarification. That can be the challenge with Huggle, when you're faced with something that's not quite run-of-the-mill. Best, SpencerT•C 02:06, 17 June 2019 (UTC)
Yeah, it’s not really designed for that. It’s meant to be used to fight vandalism, not report unauthorized bots. InvalidOS (talk) 12:03, 17 June 2019 (UTC)

Possible block

Bringing this up to you first since you blocked them in the past. This user has been a consistent problem when it comes to adding unsourced content (usually their own interpretations and speculation) to articles. In this edit and this one today, they added unsourced content and then yesterday on Chad Gable (diff) they added "Originally a heel tag team, their fighting spirit, and resiliency against their larger opponents won them many fans and began a gradual face turn". This is entirely their own personal analysis of a storyline. They also remove thousands of bytes of content without leaving edit summaries like they did at List of former Impact Wrestling personnel. After a quick check they removed some names without giving any reason. They have been blocked twice and have been left multiple talk page messages. StaticVapor message me! 22:00, 18 June 2019 (UTC)

About users with repeated vandalism

I am new to Wikipedia as a registered user, especially to English Wikipedia. I saw on the page of a country an obvious vandalism and checked the user who did it. I saw in his Contributions history that he used his user exclusively for vandalism. What is the best approach regarding this issue? Thank you! Teutorigos (talk) 17:30, 19 June 2019 (UTC)Teutorigos

The June 2019 Signpost is out!

Administrators' newsletter – July 2019

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)

Einstien, Albert listed at Redirects for discussion

An editor has asked for a discussion to address the redirect Einstien, Albert. Since you had some involvement with the Einstien, Albert redirect, you might want to participate in the redirect discussion if you wish to do so. — the Man in Question (in question) 21:46, 15 July 2019 (UTC)

The Signpost: 31 July 2019

Administrators' newsletter – August 2019

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)

New message from DBigXray

‹See TfM›

Hello, Spencer. You have new messages at Wikipedia:In_the_news/Candidates#RD:_Joe_Longthorne.
Message added 12:50, 5 August 2019 (UTC). You can remove this notice at any time by removing the {{Talkback}} or {{Tb}} template.

DBigXray 12:50, 5 August 2019 (UTC)

A bowl of strawberries for you!

  For being the white knight admin at WP:ITNC who posted Malcolm Nash. thanks. DBigXray 15:58, 6 August 2019 (UTC)

Remove protected images not used on Main Page

Please remove the following images from Wikipedia:Main Page/Commons media protection:

Thanks for all you do! --- Coffeeandcrumbs 17:15, 10 August 2019 (UTC)

  Done SpencerT•C 17:43, 10 August 2019 (UTC)

deletion of page

Hello Spencer!

I recently posted a wiki page about AC Disaster consulting. but it was deleted. It is NOT promoting the company.

the purpose was to be an overview of the company. to provide a fact sheet. So I was wondering if it could be undeleted or how I can improve it? thank you. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Jenellem2 (talkcontribs) 17:27, 16 August 2019 (UTC)

A cup of tea for you!

  Thanks for your support in my recent, albeit unsuccessful, RfA. I hope our future interactions are positive and productive as past ones. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 21:26, 27 August 2019 (UTC)

The Signpost: 30 August 2019

Administrators' newsletter – September 2019

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

  Administrator changes

  DESiegelJake WartenbergRjanagTopbanana

  CheckUser changes


  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.



Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 00:37, 7 September 2019 (UTC)


Thank you for the information.   Dhio-270599 07:40, 29 September 2019 (UTC)

The Signpost: 30 September 2019

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