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Thank you today for Operation PBHistory, "about a CIA covert operation in Guatemala, one of many articles I worked on related to the 1954 Guatemalan coup d'état"! - I have a FAC open, DYK? --Gerda Arendt (talk) 08:00, 10 February 2021 (UTC)


I replied to your comments on my FAC. Thanks for your feedback! You mentioned that you had a FAC open. I'm willing to comment on it, but I'm not sure which it is. (t · c) buidhe 17:08, 12 February 2021 (UTC)

@Buidhe: I saw you had replied, but I've been busy in real-life and hadn't found the time to circle back; I'll do so soon! The one I have open is Dreamsnake; comments would be welcome. It's a change of pace from my work that you've read before. Vanamonde (Talk) 18:56, 12 February 2021 (UTC)

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Hey Vanamonde,

I can feel you're frustrated at the quality of discussion at Talk:People's Mujahedin of Iran, so am I. Are there things I can do differently? I would love your feedback. Thanks VR talk 16:44, 22 February 2021 (UTC)

@Vice regent: I think your tone and language have been better than most others on that page, but you have often been just as reluctant to offer compromise with respect to content. Your latest proposal is a step in the right direction, but it's only a small step. If the article is ever to comply with our guidelines for size and summary style, considerably more compromise is needed. Vanamonde (Talk) 17:07, 22 February 2021 (UTC)
  • Vice Regent suggested me to ask you for guidance on how to handle the things on the talk page of MEK. Please kindly let me know if there are more things than what you already suggested him. Best, --Mhhossein talk 03:17, 1 March 2021 (UTC)
    @Mhhossein: What I've told VR is applicable to most people on that page. You have gotten so entrenched in your respective positions that you've lost sight of any larger encyclopedic goals. Compromise is necessary, if that article is to ever be readable; and that means both accepting suggestions and changes that you think aren't ideal, and also working to offer alternatives to changes you don't like. Vanamonde (Talk) 18:40, 1 March 2021 (UTC)

The Signpost: 28 February 2021Edit


Hi. I noticed you rollbacked comments made by Swarm at AE. I didn't see why they needed reverting, and presumed that it was an accidental click. I've reverted your reversion there, but if I have missed something do let me know. Happy editing and mopping, Dreamy Jazz talk to me | my contributions 22:20, 28 February 2021 (UTC)

  • I assume it was a misclick via a mobile touchscreen. I've done it too many times myself. ~Swarm~ {sting} 23:27, 28 February 2021 (UTC)
    • @Swarm and Dreamy Jazz: My apologies. It was indeed a misclick, and I happened to step away just then, so didn't see what I had done. Funnily, I've enabled the pre-rollback-from-watchlist in my preferences, and got that prompt; but I was quite certain I'd hit "cancel", not "continue", so I didn't bother to check further. Apologies again. Vanamonde (Talk) 23:31, 28 February 2021 (UTC)
No apology needed. Congrats on your FA! ~Swarm~ {sting} 10:15, 1 March 2021 (UTC)

Promotion of DreamsnakeEdit

 Congratulations, Vanamonde93! The article you nominated, Dreamsnake, has been promoted to featured status, recognizing it as one of the best articles on Wikipedia. The nomination discussion has been archived.
This is a rare accomplishment and you should be proud. If you would like, you may nominate it to appear on the Main page as Today's featured article. Keep up the great work! Cheers, Ian Rose (talk) via FACBot (talk) 00:08, 1 March 2021 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – March 2021Edit

News and updates for administrators from the past month (February 2021).

  Administrator changes

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  Interface administrator changes


  Guideline and policy news

  • A request for comment is open that proposes a process for the community to revoke administrative permissions. This follows a 2019 RfC in favor of creating one such a policy.
  • A request for comment is in progress to remove F7 (invalid fair-use claim) subcriterion a, which covers immediate deletion of non-free media with invalid fair-use tags.
  • A request for comment seeks to grant page movers the delete-redirect userright, which allows moving a page over a single-revision redirect, regardless of that redirect's target. The full proposal is at Wikipedia:Page mover/delete-redirect.
  • A request for comment asks if sysops may place the General sanctions/Coronavirus disease 2019 editnotice template on pages in scope that do not have page-specific sanctions?
  • There is a discussion in progress concerning automatic protection of each day's featured article with Pending Changes protection.

  Technical news

  • When blocking an IPv6 address with Twinkle, there is now a checkbox with the option to just block the /64 range. When doing so, you can still leave a block template on the initial, single IP address' talkpage.
  • When protecting a page with Twinkle, you can now add a note if doing so was in response to a request at WP:RfPP, and even link to the specific revision.
  • There have been a number of reported issues with Pending Changes. Most problems setting protection appear to have been resolved (phab:T273317) but other issues with autoaccepting edits persist (phab:T275322).



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WikiCup 2021 March newsletterEdit

Round 1 of the competition has finished; it was a high-scoring round with 21 contestants scoring more than 100 points. Everyone with a positive score moves on to Round 2, with 55 contestants qualifying. You will need to finish among the top thirty-two contestants in Round 2 if you are to qualify for Round 3. Our top scorers in Round 1 were:

  •   Epicgenius led the field with a featured article, nine good articles and an assortment of other submissions, specialising on buildings and locations in New York, for a total of 945 points.
  •   Bloom6132 was close behind with 896 points, largely gained from 71 "In the news" items, mostly recent deaths.
  •   ImaginesTigers, who has been editing Wikipedia for less than a year, was in third place with 711 points, much helped by bringing League of Legends to featured article status, exemplifying how bonus points can boost a contestant's score.
  •   Amakuru came next with 708 points, Kigali being another featured article that scored maximum bonus points.
  •   Ktin, new to the WikiCup, was in fifth place with 523 points, garnered from 15 DYKs and 34 "In the news" items.
  •   The Rambling Man scored 511 points, many from featured article candidate reviews and from football related DYKs.
  •   Gog the Mild, last year's runner-up, came next with 498 points, from a featured article and numerous featured article candidate reviews.
  •   Hog Farm, at 452, scored for a featured article, four good articles and a number of reviews.
  •   Le Panini, another newcomer to the WikiCup, scored 438 for a featured article and three good articles.
  •   Lee Vilenski, last year's champion, scored 332 points, from a featured article and various other sport-related topics.

These contestants, like all the others, now have to start again from scratch. In Round 1, contestants achieved eight featured articles, three featured lists and one featured picture, as well as around two hundred DYKs and twenty-seven ITNs. They completed 97 good article reviews, nearly double the 52 good articles they claimed. Contestants also claimed for 135 featured article and featured list candidate reviews. There is no longer a requirement to mention your WikiCup participation when undertaking these reviews.

Remember that any content promoted after the end of Round 1 but before the start of Round 2 can be claimed in Round 2. Invitations for collaborative writing efforts or any other discussion of potentially interesting work is always welcome on the WikiCup talk page. Remember, if two or more WikiCup competitors have done significant work on an article, all can claim points. If you are concerned that your nomination—whether it is a good article candidate, a featured process, or something else—will not receive the necessary reviews, please list it on Wikipedia:WikiCup/Reviews.

If you want to help out with the WikiCup, please do your bit to keep down the review backlogs! Questions are welcome on Wikipedia talk:WikiCup, and the judges are reachable on their talk pages or by email. Good luck! If you wish to start or stop receiving this newsletter, please feel free to add or remove yourself from Wikipedia:WikiCup/Newsletter/Send. Sturmvogel 66 (talk) and Cwmhiraeth (talk). MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 20:27, 1 March 2021 (UTC)