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Administrators' newsletter – August 2018Edit

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

  Administrator changes

  Sro23
  KaisaLYmblanter

  Guideline and policy news

  • After a discussion at Meta, a new user group called "interface administrators" (formerly "technical administrator") has been created. Come the end of August, interface admins will be the only users able to edit site-wide JavaScript and CSS pages like MediaWiki:Common.js and MediaWiki:Common.css, or edit other user's personal JavaScript and CSS. The intention is to improve security and privacy by reducing the number of accounts which could be used to compromise the site or another user's account through malicious code. The new user group can be assigned and revoked by bureaucrats. Discussion is ongoing to establish details for implementing the group on the English Wikipedia.
  • Following a request for comment, the WP:SISTER style guideline now states that in the mainspace, interwiki links to Wikinews should only be made as per the external links guideline. This generally means that within the body of an article, you should not link to Wikinews about a particular event that is only a part of the larger topic. Wikinews links in "external links" sections can be used where helpful, but not automatically if an equivalent article from a reliable news outlet could be linked in the same manner.

  Technical news


Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 01:31, 5 August 2018 (UTC)

The Bugle: Issue CXLVIII, August 2018Edit

 
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Orphaned non-free image File:Threshold 19 (CNCTW).JPGEdit

 

Thanks for uploading File:Threshold 19 (CNCTW).JPG. The image description page currently specifies that the image is non-free and may only be used on Wikipedia under a claim of fair use. However, the image is currently not used in any articles on Wikipedia. If the image was previously in an article, please go to the article and see why it was removed. You may add it back if you think that that will be useful. However, please note that images for which a replacement could be created are not acceptable for use on Wikipedia (see our policy for non-free media).

Note that any non-free images not used in any articles will be deleted after seven days, as described in section F5 of the criteria for speedy deletion. Thank you. --B-bot (talk) 17:42, 13 August 2018 (UTC)

The Signpost: 30 August 2018Edit

Wikiproject Military history coordinator election nominations openEdit

Nominations for the upcoming project coordinator election are now open. A team of up to ten coordinators will be elected for the next year. The project coordinators are the designated points of contact for issues concerning the project, and are responsible for maintaining our internal structure and processes. They do not, however, have any authority over article content or editor conduct, or any other special powers. More information on being a coordinator is available here. If you are interested in running, please sign up here by 23:59 UTC on 14 September! Voting doesn't commence until 15 September. If you have any questions, you can contact any member of the coord team. Cheers, MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 00:54, 1 September 2018 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – September 2018Edit

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

  Administrator changes

  None
  AsterionCrisco 1492KFKudpungLizRandykittySpartaz
  Optimist on the runVoice of Clam

  Interface administrator changes

  AmorymeltzerMr. StradivariusMusikAnimalMSGJTheDJXaosflux

  Guideline and policy news

  • Following a "stop-gap" discussion, six users have temporarily been made interface administrators while discussion is ongoing for a more permanent process for assigning the permission. Interface administrators are now the only editors allowed to edit sitewide CSS and JavaScript pages, as well as CSS/JS pages in another user's userspace. Previously, all administrators had this ability. The right can be granted and revoked by bureaucrats.

  Technical news

  • Because of a data centre test you will be able to read but not edit the wikis for up to an hour on 12 September and 10 October. This will start at 14:00 (UTC). You might lose edits if you try to save during this time. The time when you can't edit might be shorter than an hour.
  • Some abuse filter variables have changed. They are now easier to understand for non-experts. The old variables will still work but filter editors are encouraged to replace them with the new ones. You can find the list of changed variables on mediawiki.org. They have a note which says Deprecated. Use ... instead. An example is article_text which is now page_title.
  • Abuse filters can now use how old a page is. The variable is page_age.

  Arbitration

  • The Arbitration Committee has resolved to perform a round of Checkuser and Oversight appointments. The usernames of all applicants will be shared with the Functionaries team, and they will be requested to assist in the vetting process. The deadline to submit an application is 23:59 UTC, 12 September, and the candidates that move forward will be published on-wiki for community comments on 18 September.

Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 23:23, 2 September 2018 (UTC)

The Bugle: Issue CXLIX, September 2018Edit

 
Your Military History Newsletter

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Milhist coordinator election voting has commencedEdit

G'day everyone, voting for the 2018 Wikiproject Military history coordinator tranche is now open. This is a simple approval vote; only "support" votes should be made. Project members should vote for any candidates they support by 23:59 (UTC) on 28 September 2018. Thanks, MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 00:35, 15 September 2018 (UTC)

Note: the previous version omitted a link to the election page, therefore you are receiving this follow up message with a link to the election page to correct the previous version. We apologies for any inconvenience that this may have caused.

NoteEdit

Just a courtesy message that there is currently a mismatch between the article title, lede and infobox because of GeelJire's logged-off WP:HISTMERGE (diff, diff). Thylacoop5 (talk) 12:04, 17 September 2018 (UTC)

Tutul Hossain BadshaEdit

Just note that this article pass WP:NFOOTY, so I remove G4 and you are free to nominate 2nd AfD if necessary Hhkohh (talk) 02:22, 18 September 2018 (UTC)

Better source request for File:B-2 Spirit Night reloaded.JPGEdit

Thanks for your upload to Wikipedia:

You provided a source, but it is difficult for other users to examine the copyright status of the image because the source is incomplete. Please consider clarifying the exact source so that the copyright status may be checked more easily. It is best to specify the exact Web page where you found the image, rather than only giving the source domain, search engine, pinboard, aggregator, or the URL of the image file itself. Please update the image description with a URL that will be more helpful to other users in determining the copyright status.

If you have uploaded other files, consider checking that you have specified their source in a complete manner. You can find a list of files you have uploaded by following this link. If you have any questions please ask them at the Media copyright questions page or me at my talk page. Thank you. ShakespeareFan00 (talk) 10:34, 22 September 2018 (UTC)

Thanks. Updated and marked for Commons Transfer.ShakespeareFan00 (talk) 08:51, 24 September 2018 (UTC)

École supérieure de journalisme de Paris, etc.Edit

Curious, instead of semiprotecting, why not leave this and other pages unprotected, and then block spamming IPs after the first edit? I understand your point about forcing them to create accounts that can easily be blocked. But on the other hand, if we leave it open to edit (as a honeypot), they might edit it and be caught more easily than if they go editing pages that are tangentially related and don't get noticed. Nyttend (talk) 00:49, 25 September 2018 (UTC)

Good point; thank you for explaining. I'd imagined treating this only as a bunch of spammers, not treating it as a potential sockpuppetry situation, and that sounds more useful than my idea. Nyttend (talk) 10:56, 25 September 2018 (UTC)
@Obsidi:

Deletion of Backdrop CMSEdit

Looks like I missed the chance to contest the deletion of the Backdrop CMS page. And I see no way of doing so now so I'd like to bring up a couple things.

First, would you be able to provide me with a copy of the deleted content?

Second, I believe that instead of a deletion, it would have been better to request more references from third party sources. There are a lot of equally small CMS projects that have their own page on Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_content_management_systems#PHP) so it seems as if Backdrop CMS was treated differently from them. If it's a matter of not having enough third party sources this can be done. Since Backdrop is *not* a project of Drupal, any Backdrop-specific information about how it's built, etc, would be out of place on the Drupal page.

Would it be acceptable to you if a new page was created but that we worked on getting more references on the importance of the page?

Nubeli (talk) 18:46, 25 September 2018 (UTC)

I'm new to this. Hopefully, I'm contributing in the proper way. Significant work has been put into fixing the page to better meet standards of notability. Can you restore the page or at this point should we simply create a new page?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Nubeli/Backdrop_CMS

Stpaultim (talk) 03:18, 13 December 2018 (UTC)

Thank you, your detailed list of items are very helpful.

65.124.137.242 (talk) 18:38, 13 December 2018 (UTC)

Have your say!Edit

Hi everyone, just a quick reminder that voting for the WikiProject Military history coordinator election closes soon. You only have a day or so left to have your say about who should make up the coordination team for the next year. If you have already voted, thanks for participating! If you haven't and would like to, vote here before 23:59 UTC on 28 September. Thanks, MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 03:29, 26 September 2018 (UTC)

AlakazamEdit

I lean toward an illusionist mindset ... You don't say? GMGtalk 20:43, 26 September 2018 (UTC)

illusionist mindsetEdit

I rather like the term " illusionist mindset" Theroadislong (talk) 20:50, 26 September 2018 (UTC)

Congratulations to our new co-ordinator emeritus!Edit

A well-deserved accolade. Hawkeye7 (discuss) 01:06, 29 September 2018 (UTC)

  The Coordinator Emeritus stars
Absolutely, well done Tom! On behalf of WikiProject Military history, I present you with these Coordinator Emeritus stars as a mark of the esteem in which you are held by members of the project. We know you'll still be around the place, offering advice and suggestions. Sincerely, Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 01:18, 29 September 2018 (UTC)

The Signpost: 1 October 2018Edit

Thankyou for raising the issue of Somalia/Horn general sanctionsEdit

One would very much hope that we'll get these adopted as general sanctions second or third time.. Buckshot06 (talk) 14:53, 3 October 2018 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – October 2018Edit

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

  Administrator changes

  JustlettersandnumbersL235
  BgwhiteHorsePunchKidJ GrebKillerChihuahuaRami RWinhunter

  Interface administrator changes

  Cyberpower678Deryck ChanOshwahPharosRagesossRitchie333

  Oversight changes

  Guerillero NativeForeigner SnowolfXeno

  Guideline and policy news

  Technical news

  • Partial blocks should be available for testing in October on the Test Wikipedia and the Beta-Cluster. This new feature allows admins to block users from editing specific pages and in the near-future, namespaces and uploading files. You can expect more updates and an invitation to help with testing once it is available.
  • The Foundations' Anti-Harassment Tools team is currently looking for input on how to measure the effectiveness of blocks. This is in particular related to how they will measure the success of the aforementioned partial blocks.
  • Because of a data centre test, you will be able to read but not edit the Wikimedia projects for up to an hour on 10 October. This will start at 14:00 (UTC). You might lose edits if you try to save during this time.

  Arbitration

  • The Arbitration Committee has, by motion, amended the procedure on functionary inactivity.
  • The community consultation for 2018 CheckUser and Oversight appointments has concluded. Appointments will be made by October 11.
  • Following a request for comment, the size of the Arbitration Committee will be decreased to 13 arbitrators, starting in 2019. Additionally, the minimum support percentage required to be appointed to a two-year term on ArbCom has been increased to 60%. ArbCom candidates who receive between 50% and 60% support will be appointed to one-year terms instead.
  • Nominations for the 2018 Arbitration Committee Electoral Commission are being accepted until 12 October. These are the editors who help run the ArbCom election smoothly. If you are interested in volunteering for this role, please consider nominating yourself.

Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 20:13, 5 October 2018 (UTC)

Interview requestEdit

Hi Tom, To mark the 150th anniversary of The Bugle, Ian and I are running an interview with some of the editors who've been involved in it for a lengthy period. If you have time, we'd appreciate it if you could join in at Wikipedia:WikiProject Military history/News/October 2018/Interview. We're planning on sending the next issue out in about 24 hours (Sunday night, Australian time), so I'd be grateful if you could post any responses within that time - sorry for not inviting you earlier. Regards, Nick-D (talk) 05:15, 6 October 2018 (UTC)

Thanks a lot Tom Nick-D (talk) 07:18, 6 October 2018 (UTC)

The Bugle: Issue CL, October 2018Edit

 
Your Military History Newsletter

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Page protection on City Rail LinkEdit

Thanks for dealing with this. As the article now has admin-only temporary page protection is it possible for you to undo an edit from the disruptive user? [1]. Ajf773 (talk) 18:59, 13 October 2018 (UTC)

Restoring Amon AkilbaevEdit

Hello! I would like to ask to please restore the deleted page, Amon Akilbaev. I want to assure you that there was no copyright violation, the sources cited on external pages were written with the help of the artist himself about his work and biography. The author is also in fact my father and we can use this as a written statement confirming the validity of the information provided, and that there is absolutely no copyright violation here. Could you please undelete the page for us? I would highly appreciate it, and I would love for my father's biographical information to remain on wikipedia. Thanks so much!

Leave evil, it will leave you 16:30, 20 October 2018 (UTC)Davron — Preceding unsigned comment added by Davron (talkcontribs)

The Signpost: 28 October 2018Edit

Administrators' newsletter – November 2018Edit

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

  Guideline and policy news

  Technical news

  • Partial blocks is now available for testing on the Test Wikipedia. The new functionality allows you to block users from editing specific pages. Bugs may exist and can be reported on the local talk page or on Meta. A discussion regarding deployment to English Wikipedia will be started by community liaisons sometime in the near future.
  • A user script is now available to quickly review unblock requests.
  • The 2019 Community Wishlist Survey is now accepting new proposals until November 11, 2018. The results of this survey will determine what software the Wikimedia Foundation's Community Tech team will work on next year. Voting on the proposals will take place from November 16 to November 30, 2018. Specifically, there is a proposal category for admins and stewards that may be of interest.

  Arbitration

  • Eligible editors will be invited to nominate themselves as candidates in the 2018 Arbitration Committee Elections starting on November 4 until November 13. Voting will begin on November 19 and last until December 2.
  • The Arbitration Committee's email address has changed to arbcom-en wikimedia.org. Other email lists, such as functionaries-en and clerks-l, remain unchanged.

Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 07:19, 3 November 2018 (UTC)

Wentworth by-election, 2018Edit

Hi, there's been a mistake at this article prior to you locking it with full protection. It was locked while the figures in the infobox were removed, which is how the person making reversions well exceeding 3RR was doing. Not sure who to ask but the stable version would be with the figures retained. Any assistance is greatly appreciated. Onetwothreeip (talk) 21:39, 7 November 2018 (UTC)

A barnstar for you!Edit

  The Tireless Contributor Barnstar
Tom, I'd like to present you with this barnstar as a token of Ian and my appreciation of your huge contributions to The Bugle. Your huge series of op-eds and timelines have been the perfect way of marking the centenary of World War I. Nick-D (talk) 08:58, 13 November 2018 (UTC)

The Bugle: Issue CLI, November 2018Edit

 
Your Military History Newsletter

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ArbCom 2018 election voter messageEdit

 Hello, TomStar81. Voting in the 2018 Arbitration Committee elections is now open until 23.59 on Sunday, 3 December. All users who registered an account before Sunday, 28 October 2018, made at least 150 mainspace edits before Thursday, 1 November 2018 and are not currently blocked are eligible to vote. Users with alternate accounts may only vote once.

The Arbitration Committee is the panel of editors responsible for conducting the Wikipedia arbitration process. It has the authority to impose binding solutions to disputes between editors, primarily for serious conduct disputes the community has been unable to resolve. This includes the authority to impose site bans, topic bans, editing restrictions, and other measures needed to maintain our editing environment. The arbitration policy describes the Committee's roles and responsibilities in greater detail.

If you wish to participate in the 2018 election, please review the candidates and submit your choices on the voting page. MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 18:42, 19 November 2018 (UTC)

File:Jacques-Louis David, The Coronation of Napoleon edit.jpg nominated for replacement as featured pictureEdit

The Signpost: 1 December 2018Edit

Nominations now open for "Military historian of the year" and "Military history newcomer of the year" awardsEdit

Nominations for our annual Military historian of the year and Military history newcomer of the year awards are open until 23:59 (GMT) on 15 December 2018. Why don't you nominate the editors who you believe have made a real difference to the project in 2018? MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 02:26, 3 December 2018 (UTC)

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

  Arbitration

  Miscellaneous

  • 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.

  Obituaries


Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 03:37, 3 December 2018 (UTC)

Discussion at Talk:Passengers of the RMS TitanicEdit

I'd like to invite editors who participated in the deletion discussion to give their input at article talk. There was considerable interest in cleaning up this article in one way or another, but there have been few responses to my proposal to trim the passenger lists. Alternative proposals are certainly welcome as well; I'm hoping that we can build some sort of consensus for the scope and direction of the article moving forward. Thanks –dlthewave 21:55, 7 December 2018 (UTC)

The Bugle: Issue CLII, December 2018Edit

 
Your Military History Newsletter

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Thank youEdit

I really appreciate the nomination; it was very thoughtful of you. Unfortunately, I have to decline: [2]. It would not be right for me to be part of the process after I expressed disagreement with the name of the award and stated that I would not vote for anyone. --K.e.coffman (talk) 21:29, 15 December 2018 (UTC)

QuestionEdit

Just curious about this... why not just lock the page? - wolf 23:42, 15 December 2018 (UTC)

Thanks foe the reply. For future reference, I prefer discussions stay on the same page. While I was curious, I'm sure you're right and there won't be any further disruption. Cheers - wolf 08:02, 16 December 2018 (UTC)

Voting now open for "Military historian of the year" and "Military history newcomer of the year" awardsEdit

Voting for our annual Military historian of the year and Military history newcomer of the year awards is open until 23:59 (GMT) on 30 December 2018. Why don't you vote for the editors who you believe have made a real difference to Wikipedia's coverage of military history in 2018? MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 02:17, 16 December 2018 (UTC)

ELBURDENEdit

Thanks for jumping in to help. I'd have preferred editors simply follow ELBURDEN and work to get consensus for inclusion. Your comment added to the article [3] ignores ELBURDEN outright, without mentioning it. If think an exception is appropriate (which I don't think is a problem), it would be in good form to at least acknowledge that's what is happening. --Ronz (talk) 05:55, 16 December 2018 (UTC)

Happy "whatever floats your boat"!Edit

G'day Tom, I'm not usually into this Xmas wishes stuff, but I really wanted to say thanks for all your work on The Bugle this year with your WWI timeline and op-eds. They have been a really important part of the project over the last four years. Thanks so much, Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 09:05, 19 December 2018 (UTC)

The Signpost: 24 December 2018Edit

Super XmasEdit

  Wishing you a
"Feliz Navidad and a Prospero Año Nuevo"
(Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year)
Tony the Marine (talk)
External audio
  Jose Feliciano's "Feliz Navidad "
 

XmasEdit

FWiW Bzuk (talk) 01:16, 25 December 2018 (UTC)


2018 Military Historian of the YearEdit

  2018 Military Historian of the Year
As voted by your peers within the Military history WikiProject, I hereby award you the WikiProject Barnstar for being nominated for the 2018 Military Historian of the Year Award. Congratulations, and thank you for your efforts in 2018. Peacemaker67 (click to talk to me) 01:22, 31 December 2018 (UTC)

Happy New YearEdit

Happy New Year to and your loved ones. Congratulations on your barnstar above. You deserve it. I ended the year with all of my family in my house, however I went to my room and wrote a short article aabout a historical cemetery which I ran into while investigating an old ghost town: Adamsville A.O.U.W. Cemetery. Tony the Marine (talk) 07:31, 1 January 2019 (UTC)

G4 deletion of Sumethee KhokphoEdit

Hi. Please re-consider the G4 deletion of Sumethee Khokpho, since the AfD was almost a year and a half ago and more recent coverage exists. At worst, I think this should receive a second AfD. Thanks. --Paul_012 (talk) 11:19, 1 January 2019 (UTC)

(talk page stalker)I reviewed the version deleted Monday, and I agree with you that there is better sourcing and deserves a second discussion. I'm going to restore it to User:Paul 012\Sumethee Khokpho as I don't want to overrule Tom without his seeing this. I'm not sure that this would 100% pass AfD, but it's worth a broader discussion. StarM 02:39, 3 January 2019 (UTC) Never mind, I see Tom's response. However I also see additional sourcing so left it userfied. Tom, going to work on it right now. If not, I'll re delee. Sorry StarM 02:43, 3 January 2019 (UTC)
oops I need to learn to have more coffee before I look at sources. Re-deleted, lots of mirrors StarM 02:50, 3 January 2019 (UTC)

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 MediaWiki.org.
  • 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.

  Arbitration

  Miscellaneous

  • 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)

My thank you letterEdit

  The Spirit of Christmas Award
By the authority vested in me by myself it gives me great pleasure to present you with this award. The reasons for its bestowal shall be left as an exercise for the class. Gog the Mild (talk) 21:13, 4 January 2019 (UTC)

The Bugle: Issue CLIII, January 2019Edit

 
Your Military History Newsletter

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Cannon vs. Cannons on the USS ConstitutionEdit

Hi Tom, I made that very minor change because cannon is both singular and plural. In modern usage, cannons is also correct, but as this page indicates https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/4568/cannon-as-plural "cannon" as a plural is still (slightly) more common. At the time the USS Constitution was an active warship, "cannon" as a plural (particularly when referring to naval artillery) was standard. It is not too big a deal I suppose, but most naval histories I have read dealing with the age of sail use "cannon" as a plural. I am a teacher with interests in naval history and etymology and this little edit managed to coincide with both. Thanks for your time. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Hist ed (talkcontribs) 06:34, 12 January 2019 (UTC)

Was this an error, or am I missing something?Edit

PaulGosar (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log)

04:24, 21 January 2019 (UTC): Made his last edit in the area of pseudoscience

11:01, 21 January 2019 (UTC): Received his topic ban notice

18:31, 21 January 2019 (UTC): Removed his topic ban notice

20:43, 21 January 2019 (UTC): Blocked

Where was the violation? --Guy Macon (talk) 21:38, 21 January 2019 (UTC)

@Guy Macon: Actually, the topic ban and the block (for disruptive editing) were supposed to be issued at the same time, but my computer is set for auto-updating and after five days away from it this morning it threw me off unexpectedly so as to reboot in order for my anti-virus program to finish up a program build update. Apparently, the block didn't take before the reboot, so I re-issued it when I got back from running errands this morning. The idea was (I shouldn't say is, that makes it sound current) to address both the persistent disruptive editing shown in the ANI thread and the topic ban by blocking for the persistent disruptive editing while the topic ban went into force. I noticed I missed a step here after the account edited, so I went back to block, but after one long phone discussion with text messages I had some time to rethink this and swung back to it being too far apart to justify a block at this point for disruptive editing. I was about to lift it (assuming it hasn't been lifted already), given the ANI thread's evidence my guess is that it won't be too long before some one else finds just cause to re-block anyway. TomStar81 (Talk) 22:01, 21 January 2019 (UTC)
Ah. I understand. Thanks! --Guy Macon (talk) 22:26, 21 January 2019 (UTC)
Since the block was rescinded, would it make sense to revert or rephrase [4]? VQuakr (talk) 01:29, 22 January 2019 (UTC)

The Signpost: 31 January 2019Edit

Administrators' newsletter – February 2019Edit

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

  Administrator changes

  EnterpriseyJJMC89
  BorgQueen
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  Interface administrator changes

 Enterprisey

  Guideline and policy news

  • A request for comment is currently open to reevaluate the activity requirements for administrators.
  • Administrators who are blocked have the technical ability to block the administrator who blocked their own account. A recent request for comment has amended the blocking policy to clarify that this ability should only be used in exceptional circumstances, such as account compromises, where there is a clear and immediate need.
  • A request for comment closed with a consensus in favor of deprecating The Sun as a permissible reference, and creating an edit filter to warn users who attempt to cite it.

  Technical news

  • A discussion regarding an overhaul of the format and appearance of Wikipedia:Requests for page protection is in progress (permalink). The proposed changes will make it easier to create requests for those who are not using Twinkle. The workflow for administrators at this venue will largely be unchanged. Additionally, there are plans to archive requests similar to how it is done at WP:PERM, where historical records are kept so that prior requests can more easily be searched for.

  Miscellaneous

  • Voting in the 2019 Steward elections will begin on 08 February 2019, 14:00 (UTC) and end on 28 February 2019, 13:59 (UTC). The confirmation process of current stewards is being held in parallel. You can automatically check your eligibility to vote.
  • A new IRC bot is available that allows you to subscribe to notifications when specific filters are tripped. This requires that your IRC handle be identified.

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The Bugle: Issue CLIV, February 2019Edit

 
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You're a Ray of SunshineEdit

 
Ray of Sunshine Award for being the kind of person who brightens the day and "lightens the load" of fellow Wikipedians. - 47thPennVols (talk) 22:26, 20 February 2019 (UTC)
@TomStar81: Sending along a very belated, but sincerely heartfelt thank you for your 2018 Year in Review of my work for the Milhist project. Any one of the barnstars you awarded to me (The Wiki Chevrons, the Epic Barnstar, the Biography Barnstar, the American Civil War Barnstar) would have been a morale boost, but the collective effect? Well, I'm sad to say that, as a writer, I can't find an appropriate enough adjective to describe to you how much your support meant that day, and continues to mean. (Perhaps, when some other, more talented writer comes along and finds a away to merge "gobsmacked," "touched," and "inspired" into a grander adjective, I'll be able to update this post with the perfect word, but for now, know that your kindness was felt and very much appreciated.) I don't know if you know, but I had to take a break from Wikipedia for a bit due to a rather nasty fall that I had in early November (after coming "within a cat's whisker" of being struck by a car). So, I wasn't doing much writing at the time of your posting, but I did see it, and have to say that it was some of the best medicine that I was receiving at the time.

As a small thanks in response to your marvelous morale boost, I'm giving you the "Ray of Sunshine Award" for brightening my corner of the world. Kind Regards and many, many thanks. 47thPennVols (talk) 22:26, 20 February 2019 (UTC)

The Signpost: 28 February 2019Edit

Administrators' newsletter – March 2019Edit

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

  Guideline and policy news

  Technical news

  • A new tool is available to help determine if a given IP is an open proxy/VPN/webhost/compromised host.

  Arbitration

  • The Arbitration Committee announced two new OTRS queues. Both are meant solely for cases involving private information; other cases will continue to be handled at the appropriate venues (e.g., WP:COIN or WP:SPI).
    • paid-en-wp wikipedia.org has been set up to receive private evidence related to abusive paid editing.
    • checkuser-en-wp wikipedia.org has been set up to receive private requests for CheckUser. For instance, requests for IP block exemption for anonymous proxy editing should now be sent to this address instead of the functionaries-en list.

  Miscellaneous


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The Bugle: Issue CLV, March 2019Edit

 
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Regarding deletion of article on Sanjana SanghiEdit

Hi,

It seems you just deleted this article that I created. This article was about a upcoming actress, I had quickly created the page and wanted to add more details soon. Before you deleted this article I also got a warning from another person stating to add citations and he has put up a notice on the page that it's marked for deletion. I have added a contest for that and also replied to this person that give me a few days to add more content and refs to the article.

Now in between out of nowhere you have just deleted the article. This was the first article I created and this is what I get? Having been part of the MediaWiki community for years I don't wander anymore why the number of new contributors doesn't rise up. Please make things more flexible, I am a human, I need time to make things right. Instead of deleting this article you could have put a warning or suggestion on my page and given me some time to make the changes.

Looking forward to hear your reasoning. Thanks - Nischayn22 Nischayn22 (talk) 19:07, 13 March 2019 (UTC)

The Signpost: 31 March 2019Edit

Administrators' newsletter – April 2019Edit

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

  Technical news

  Arbitration

  Miscellaneous

  • 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.

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The Bugle: Issue CLVI, April 2019Edit

 
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https://nationalinterest.org/blog/buzz/americas-world-war-ii-sherman-tank-best-worst-tank-they-had-54922

The Signpost: 30 April 2019Edit

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 03:02, 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.

  Arbitration

  • 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.

  Miscellaneous


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The Bugle: Issue CLVII, May 2019Edit

 
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Celia Fisher articleEdit

Hi! Earlier today, I noticed an IP editor was copy/pasting a bunch of unsourced material to the article, so I placed an edit tag on it and started cranking away at re-writing the entire thing (it was definitely written by the subject or a staff member). It took me about an hour to rework the article (mostly looking up third party sources), and removing a bunch of unsourced material for things I couldn't find. When I went to save it, I got an HTTP error. Working my way around to the front of the page, I realized that about five minutes before I hit publish, a copyright notice had overridden my edit tag and that is what had caused me not to be able to save the changes. I raised the issue on the admin incident board, hoping to avoid having to redo all my work here: [[5]]. I followed the work around advice and was able to post my edits without too much additional work, and asked that my version be checked over for any copyright issues. I just saw in my watchlist that the entire article has been taken down. I suspect it's the result of the earlier flagged edits made by the IP address today. Is there a way to run the copyright check on my most recent revision: [[6]]? It's considerably different than the copy/paste job that someone had posted before. If not, would it be appropriate for me to cut and paste it to the new temporary page to have it scanned?
Thank you for your help! Orville1974 (talk) 02:15, 22 May 2019 (UTC)
Hi again. Thank you for the guidance. I just wanted to keep you in the loop; today, the same copy/paste happened, but this time to the article's talk page by Lmerone rather than an anonymous IP address. I reverted it, then messaged the user on their talk page. Hopefully, they follow the advice on making appropriate edits to just the talk page going forward. Orville1974 (talk) 18:53, 23 May 2019 (UTC)

The Signpost: 31 May 2019Edit

Administrators' newsletter – June 2019Edit

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

  Administrator changes

  AndonicConsumed CrustaceanEnigmamanEuryalusEWS23HereToHelpNv8200paPeripitusStringTheory11Vejvančický

  CheckUser changes

  Ivanvector

  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.

  Miscellaneous


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The Bugle: Issue CLVIII, June 2019Edit

 
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The June 2019 Signpost is out!Edit

Administrators' newsletter – July 2019Edit

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

  Administrator changes

  28bytesAd OrientemAnsh666BeeblebroxBoing! said ZebedeeBU Rob13Dennis BrownDeorDoRDFloquenbeam1Flyguy649Fram2GadfiumGB fanJonathunderKusmaLectonarMoinkMSGJNickOd MishehuRamaSpartazSyrthissTheDJWJBscribe
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.

  Miscellaneous


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Congratulations from the Military History ProjectEdit

  Military history reviewers' award
On behalf of the Military History Project, I am proud to present the The Milhist reviewing award (1 stripe) for participating in 1 review between April and June 2019 Peacemaker67 (talk) via MilHistBot (talk) 03:03, 4 July 2019 (UTC)

Keep track of upcoming reviews. Just copy and paste {{WPMILHIST Review alerts}} to your user space

The Bugle: Issue CLIX, July 2019Edit

 
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The Signpost: 31 July 2019Edit

Administrators' newsletter – August 2019Edit

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

  Guideline and policy news

  Arbitration

  Miscellaneous

  • 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.


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The Bugle: Issue CLX, August 2019Edit

 
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