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A barnstar for you!Edit

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Thanks for fixing all those fully-protected double redirects relating to MedCom for me! SemiHypercube 02:29, 15 November 2018 (UTC)

Venue for WP-space scriptsEdit

Sorry, got hung up with RL things. Regarding this, was my guess right? I ask because, cascading issue aside, if we do want to deal with projectspace scripts en masse in advance of phab:T171563, VPT or AN might be a better venue than IANB. ~ Amory (utc) 15:00, 16 December 2018 (UTC)

@Amorymeltzer: Oh sure, I was just wondering about the list you wanted to unprotected, if they are currently be used we don't want to open any holes. Do you have a list of the ones you want to unprotect? — xaosflux Talk 15:19, 16 December 2018 (UTC)
Regarding cascading protection, sure. Having thought about it a bit more, I'm not sure what a good course is beyond nothing. There are a lot more WP-space scripts, nearly all ancient, with varying levels of protection (most full, some semi?) and not all cascaded. I had thought to remove cascading as pointless, but I suppose someone get a sysop to add a template and then they could insert a JS-y bit into the template? Not sure if that would load. Best thing might be to just delete the entire area, in advance of its deprecation, or lower everything to semi protection, since full protection is required for JS loading. The latter would flush out folks who relied on them. ~ Amory (utc) 15:56, 16 December 2018 (UTC)
@Amorymeltzer: as far as removing the cascade option goes, I don't see any issue after review. As far as how to deal with these, if they are going to break, they won't be a security concern - they could still be 'template' that people could fork to userspace I suppose? — xaosflux Talk 17:26, 16 December 2018 (UTC)
There's no timeline on the phab, so it's a quiet risk in that any sysop can use them to execute code as long as they're full protected. I'm leaning toward batch semi-protecting 'em, but will do some digging to see if any are used much. ~ Amory (utc) 17:40, 16 December 2018 (UTC)
@Amorymeltzer: I'm a bit lost - you want to change all the cascading full prot scripts to semi prot to increase security? — xaosflux Talk 18:10, 16 December 2018 (UTC)
Code in projectspace can only be imported if it's full-protected; meta:Tech/News/2018/40 is misworded, but the email in the first footnote is correct (compare this fully-protected page to this unprotected page or this semi-protected page). Removing full protection removes the ability to importScript the page, whereas until phab:T171563 is resolved any sysop may edit those scripts. Sorry for the confusion, hopefully that's a little clearer? Unrelated to that, I thought to remove cascading protection as pointless. ~ Amory (utc) 19:50, 16 December 2018 (UTC)
@Amorymeltzer: OK, gotcha and that was a bad technews statement for sure! Removing full protection will break these, so that's a bad idea to do without VPT/AN chat. Changing Full+Cascade to just Full seems fine, you should be able to just do it as housekeeping. — xaosflux Talk 20:45, 16 December 2018 (UTC)

Uh-oh, did I just break something already?Edit

Why are there a bunch of en>'s here, but not in other imported pages? Was I supposed to check the "Assign edits to local users where the named user exists locally" box? Or should I just cut-and-paste (with attribution) when I need a template at testwiki? Suffusion of Yellow (talk) 00:18, 25 January 2019 (UTC)

@Suffusion of Yellow: it is actually best the way you did it. That is a newer feature (last year) and it helps to show that the page was actually imported. For testwiki, if it is going to be there for a while, use attribution for sure, if it is only going to be there for a shortish test, just note the summary and delete when done. — xaosflux Talk 01:21, 25 January 2019 (UTC)

Doubt related to botsEdit

I have recently created a bot account named Adithyakbot. The account was created as a normal user. I am interested in getting the bot approved so that I can make changes to various checkwiki error present. I would like to know what I need to do inorder to get the bot flag. I am actually not developing a bot instead, I am interested in doing them only by using AWB without the use of any scripts.Adithyak1997 (talk) 15:46, 31 January 2019 (UTC)

Hello @Adithyak1997:, if you will be making repetitive minor corrections that shouldn't require checking by others, using a bot flagged account with AWB is a good idea (as it keeps the edits off of the normal watchlist and recent changes patrol feeds). To request bot status, please see WP:BRFA. — xaosflux Talk 15:50, 31 January 2019 (UTC)

Edittools requestEdit


Just wondering if you're waiting for feedback on the Edittools request. I can ask at WProject Linguistics if you are. — kwami (talk) 01:59, 1 February 2019 (UTC)

 Donexaosflux Talk 04:39, 3 February 2019 (UTC)

Re edit filter in Admin Inactivity Discussion (redux)Edit

Hi Xaosflux -- I also found [1], [2], [3] in Feb 2019 and [4], [5] in Jan 2019. Those are all to Picture of the Day (POTD), but there's a similar daily-dated system for On this Day (OTD), Today's Featured Article (TFA), and Today's Featured List (TFL; currently weekly). They're linked off main-page talk in the Main Page toolbox. As far as my limited knowledge goes, they are fully protected ~24 hours before going live, then (I think) unprotected after they've run. Cheers, Espresso Addict (talk) 04:20, 22 February 2019 (UTC)

thank you for the note, looks like a bug in that the 'page_restrictions_edit' value is not getting populated when the protection type is inherited via cascade; I'll get a phab ticket open on it! — xaosflux Talk 12:53, 22 February 2019 (UTC)
Note to self, recent example: Talk 12:54, 22 February 2019 (UTC)
Ah, that makes sense; a lot of the main-page components do fall under inherited protection. Thanks for investigating! Cheers, Espresso Addict (talk) 13:22, 22 February 2019 (UTC)
@Espresso Addict: phab:T216827 opened on this, thanks for reporting! — xaosflux Talk 14:42, 22 February 2019 (UTC)


Hi Xaosflux. Regarding this, it's probably most efficient to just add the confirmed flag. I'm not sure I fully understand the user rights history, so I'll just leave it with you. It might also hopefully prevent it being constantly reported to UAA/BOT, but if not I'll whitelist it (you'll see it's already been blocked once). -- zzuuzz (talk) 21:56, 5 March 2019 (UTC)

@Zzuuzz: I updated 527 to avoid this false positive. — xaosflux Talk 22:05, 5 March 2019 (UTC)
Also added confirmed. — xaosflux Talk 22:07, 5 March 2019 (UTC)
Thanks. It also needed whitelisting for the UAA bot, which I've now done. -- zzuuzz (talk) 21:38, 7 March 2019 (UTC)

Event Coordinator StatusMcbrarianEdit

Thanks for giving me event coordinator status! The event is now over. Just wanted to let you know in case you wanted to turn it off or just allow it to expire. Thanks again! Mcbrarian (talk) 13:03, 9 March 2019 (UTC)

Inactive bureaucratEdit

Hi. Looking back, I have a question about Wikipedia:Bureaucrats' noticeboard/Archive 40#Inactive bureaucrat removal, which you posted on March 1: why wasn't User:Pakaran, who last edited in February 2018 ([6]) included under provision 1? (Bureaucrat accounts that have been completely inactive for at least one calendar year (without any edits or other logged actions) may have their bureaucrat permissions removed.) Was this an oversight? Or did I miss something? Thanks, --DannyS712 (talk) 08:31, 10 March 2019 (UTC)

Special:Log/Pakaran: Logged action in Sept 2018. –xenotalk 10:09, 10 March 2019 (UTC)
@DannyS712: what xeno said. Just FYI, as crat critera 1 is the same as the admin criteria, we track them along with Wikipedia:Inactive_administrators. For the other criteria, we track under Wikipedia:Bureaucrat_activity. Best regards, — xaosflux Talk 14:28, 10 March 2019 (UTC)
Thanks --DannyS712 (talk) 17:42, 10 March 2019 (UTC)

How'd you do that?Edit

(No, it's not a new TV series, but it could be). ??? Just to why there's no edit history for that section of the discussion, or am I looking in the wrong place by simply clicking on view history? Atsme 📣 📧 17:32, 10 March 2019 (UTC)

@Atsme: it was a copy-and-paste text move only, the original history and attributions for those edits are on the main page. — xaosflux Talk 18:42, 10 March 2019 (UTC)
Tournesol.png Thank you Atsme 📣 📧 19:06, 10 March 2019 (UTC)

Trigger fingersEdit

Looks like we both were waiting to pull the trigger. Face-smile.svg ···日本穣 · 投稿 · Talk to Nihonjoe · Join WP Japan! 01:16, 13 March 2019 (UTC)

A barnstar for you!Edit

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For implementing all of my edit requests at Template talk:Protected page text and elsewhere {{3x|p}}ery (talk) 02:44, 13 March 2019 (UTC)
@Pppery: certainly, I know it is a slow process sometimes - but we want to be very careful with some of the interface messages, keep up the good work. — xaosflux Talk 03:15, 13 March 2019 (UTC)


Hello, thank you for your work on wikipedia. I am a newer user. I got the message that you instituted the following: " (User rights log); 15:36 Xaosflux (talk | contribs) changed group membership for Novitchka2000 from confirmed user to (none) ‎(-confirmed, is now autoconfirmed) Tag: PHP7 " What does this mean? Also, I've had a question about a citation for a page I started (For Rita Gonzalez) Do you have any suggestions about where to get an answer on the citation related question? I posted my question on the Talk area of the page.[Question_about_Citation] Thank you Novitchka2000 (talk) 18:16, 13 March 2019 (UTC)

Hello @Novitchka2000:, that "rights log" is standard maintenance. It looks like you were an event attendee and someone set a temporary override to some of the restrictions that brand new users have. Since you are not "brand new" anymore (you are now 'autoconfirmed') the temporary override is not longer needed. Judging by this edit you made, I take it you got your answer about that citation. In any case, welcome to Wikipedia and happy editing, — xaosflux Talk 19:13, 13 March 2019 (UTC)

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This page is ridiculously large. If nothing else, think of users with mobile devices.

At 2019-03-14 02:19:55 you restored Wikipedia:Outreach Dashboard/Queen Mary, University of London/Research Methods Film but left the speedy delete tag in place. What did you want to happen to the page? — RHaworth (talk · contribs) 09:32, 14 March 2019 (UTC)

@RHaworth: archived a bunch, regarding those pages - thought someone else was working on them a bit quicker, but they should be csd tag declined for right now at least, there is a discussion at Wikipedia:Education_noticeboard#Speedy_Deletions_of_Outreach_Dashboard_pages. Best regards, — xaosflux Talk 12:01, 14 March 2019 (UTC)

My talk pageEdit

Thanks for helping with that. If the harassment continues, I may ask you to close my account. I feel I have contributed a lot to the project but I don't have time to spend playing whack-a-mole with Mark Bourrie's stalker(s) reverting all my edits and putting crap all over the encyclopedia. Spoonkymonkey (talk) 15:44, 16 March 2019 (UTC)

@Spoonkymonkey: sorry for the trouble, it happens from time to time. Please note there is no "close account" process, however you can always start a new account (see Wikipedia:Clean start for information on that). — xaosflux Talk 15:58, 16 March 2019 (UTC)
I hate to walk away from 11 years of edits. I look at my last 50 edits and it's all dealing with this garbage. I enjoy spending quiet time finding historical articles translated from European Wikipedia and improving them. I also have come across Canadians who have been targeted for BLP violations. That's why I have held on pretty hard to the Mike Duffy and Mark Bourrie pages. Duffy was the focus of a lot of bile during the Canadian Senate expense scandal. That's pretty much old news now. Bourrie is targeted by at least one Canadian. The page is as solid as a rock. I've sourced every fact from the spelling of his wife's name on down. I think it needs protection for a while, as it has been vandalized a lot these past few days. Spoonkymonkey (talk) 16:05, 16 March 2019 (UTC)
@Spoonkymonkey: If you see pages being disrupted, please post at WP:RFPP for page protection requests (this can be for your own page as well). — xaosflux Talk 16:13, 16 March 2019 (UTC)
And Duffy paid you to edit his page.[7]
Here's one now. Spoonkymonkey (talk) 16:53, 16 March 2019 (UTC)

Interaction ban violationEdit

A couple days or so ago I read Wikipedia:Miscellany for deletion/User:The Ministry of Truth/Userboxes/Fascist and noticed the page had been speedily deleted. RHaworth was the deleting administrator. I left a few notes on their talk page (a higher level of concern was reached when I noticed the deletion was one of many by checking RHaworth's deletion log). I eventually opened up Wikipedia:Deletion review/Log/2019 March 15#User:The Ministry of Truth/Userboxes. I will also note that "[most of the pages in question were] deleted [by RHaworth] without anyone else's suggestion" (see here); as I am unable to view deleted page history, I can only see who deleted pages and not who placed speedy deletion requests.
This edit at Wikipedia:Deletion review/Log/2019 March 15#User:The Ministry of Truth/Userboxes clearly violates the "neither may comment or edit in any way on or about XFD's started by the other, in any venue, other than in circumstances covered by Wikipedia:Banning_policy#Exceptions to limited bans" clause of the "Legacypac and Godsy" interaction ban logged at Wikipedia:Editing restrictions/Placed by the Wikipedia community.
There are many times where I have been involved with pages and have been prevented from participating in discussions started by the other party due to the interaction ban, e.g. Wikipedia:Miscellany for deletion/Draft:Kissing Candice (band) (where I was pinged as was in this case for the other party; I was also the user who placed the {{promising draft}} tag on the page) and Wikipedia:Miscellany for deletion/User:A2soup/Don't use draftspace (see here). I also browse through WP:MFD daily, and it is not uncommon that the other party has started 25-50% or so of the discussions there. I rarely start XfD discussions, so this clause rarely effects the other party.
Also pinging Ivanvector and Lourdes, two administrators who were recently involved with a matter related to the interaction ban (i.e. User talk:Godsy/Archive/2019#February 2019).
— Godsy (TALKCONT) 17:14, 16 March 2019 (UTC)
@Godsy: what do you want done? For ban enforcement or clarification/adjustments, please post at WP:AN or WP:ANI. — xaosflux Talk 17:20, 16 March 2019 (UTC)
(edit conflict) It is a community restriction (as opposed to one from the arbitration committee) so I do not think those are the proper venues. User talk:Legacypac/Archive 14#Admin assistance requested recently resulted in me receiving a block (then eventually an unblock due to the retroactive an/i discussion) in relation to the i-ban. I chose this page because you closed the interaction ban thread; WP:BANEX seems to allow "asking an administrator to take action against a violation of an interaction ban by another user." I guess I think the other party should be issued a block (I am not sure for how long) and perhaps the comment at Wikipedia:Deletion review/Log/2019 March 15#User:The Ministry of Truth/Userboxes should be struck. If you, Ivanvector, or Lourdes (or any other administrator watching this page) does not wish to take any action, I guess I am content with letting the matter rest.
On an aside, I find this interaction ban perpetually frustrating. Have to check who started a deletion discussion or edited a page last before editing to avoid an actual or seeming violation of the ban is a large, tiresome burden. — Godsy (TALKCONT) 17:44, 16 March 2019 (UTC)
Feel free to {{moved to}} this to my talk page if you do not want it here. Warm regards, — Godsy (TALKCONT) 17:47, 16 March 2019 (UTC)
@Godsy: I'm a bit swamped right now so don't have time to dive in to this matter right now, unless there is something that some process requires only me to act on (please let me know) - that's why I referred you to the noticeboards. — xaosflux Talk 18:41, 16 March 2019 (UTC)

5 years?Edit

I was looking through all the policies and I could only see the 2 & 3 year one. Where is the 5 year? -- Amanda (aka DQ) 06:12, 18 March 2019 (UTC)

@DeltaQuad: (talk page stalker) see WP:ADMIN#Restoration of adminship and Special:Permalink/828580847#RFC: Slight tweak to lengthy inactivity policy. --DannyS712 (talk) 06:13, 18 March 2019 (UTC)
Damnit, I only had to read one line further. -- Amanda (aka DQ) 06:16, 18 March 2019 (UTC)

Tech News: 2019-12Edit

19:44, 18 March 2019 (UTC)

Please comment on Talk:Ministry of TransportEdit

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Bot Subst'ingEdit

Hi. I saw this log entry, and was wondering if it would be a good idea to file a BRFA to substitute them. I know its better to substitute from the start, but either way, shouldn't the message be substituted at some point? Thanks, --DannyS712 (talk) 07:40, 22 March 2019 (UTC)

@DannyS712: I don't think that is a good idea, deleting the page may actually be a better solve. — xaosflux Talk 12:51, 22 March 2019 (UTC)

GreenC bot 11Edit

Previously you suggested: This needs more live edits, and likely an extended ramp-up trial with batches and pauses; we've done these before and as long as you are ok with it, should help (e.g. 500 edits, then a 1 week pause for comment, ... 1000 edits, another week pause....). Would you be able to help arrange/approve this? I feel like the bot is stuck in limbo. -- GreenC 13:32, 22 March 2019 (UTC)

@GreenC: I'll try to get to it soon, we have a huge backlog right now :( — xaosflux Talk 14:46, 22 March 2019 (UTC)
@GreenC: (talk page stalker) sorry about that, I caused a large part of the backlog. --DannyS712 (talk) 17:18, 22 March 2019 (UTC)

Tech News: 2019-13Edit

18:05, 25 March 2019 (UTC)

.js helpEdit

Hello Xaosflux, I was wondering if you could help me with an adaption of a user script, the maintainer has not edited for almost three years. The version I'm working off of is User:Equazcion/OneClickArchiver.js, my version is here User:FlightTime/OneClickArchiver.js. My concern is, I'd like to remove the scripts placement of {{clear}} as seen here. Some times I can figure out these things, but here I just don't know what exactly to remove from the script, any and all help will be greatly appreciated. Thank you, - FlightTime (open channel) 18:11, 25 March 2019 (UTC)

(talk page watcher) FlightTime the issue is that the script you actually have installed is User:Technical 13/Scripts/OneClickArchiver.js. In there, where the {{clear}} comes from is very clear (from the line sectionContent = '\n\n{{Clear}}\n' + sectionContent;). Galobtter (pingó mió) 18:18, 25 March 2019 (UTC)
@Galobtter: Yeah, I've been using the script since Technical 13 wrote it. So if I just remove that line you posted, I'll be good ? - FlightTime (open channel) 18:22, 25 March 2019 (UTC)
@FlightTime: yes, you should be (another (talk page stalker)). But, I would advise against removing it completely. If you don't want the clear template, I would leave it as '\n\n' + sectionContent, to ensure that there is at least some spacing between sections, especially given that as far as I can tell there isn't a newline at the end of sectionContent by default, so using the script twice could result in the section heading of a new topic being one the same line of the end of the previous topic, and thus not being treated like a section heading. --DannyS712 (talk) 18:25, 25 March 2019 (UTC)
FlightTime, I put a fixed version at User:FlightTime/OneClickArchiver.js - the line is still necessary to prepend a new line, but the {{clear}} can be removed. Galobtter (pingó mió) 18:29, 25 March 2019 (UTC)
@Galobtter and DannyS712: Thank you both for your help, it is appreicated. - FlightTime (open channel) 18:34, 25 March 2019 (UTC)
Guess I'll just pass out lemonade :D — xaosflux Talk 18:36, 25 March 2019 (UTC)
Thank you, that sounds great. - FlightTime (open channel) 00:09, 28 March 2019 (UTC)

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Please comment on Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Music/Music genres task force/ColoursEdit

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Protection level for Clade template and moduleEdit

I think it would be better to grant Jts1882 template editor rights, rather than lower the protection of the template and module, which will result in significant disruption if incorrectly edited or vandalized. Jts1882 has amply demonstrated competence. Peter coxhead (talk) 17:49, 28 March 2019 (UTC)

@Peter coxhead: I'm at work right now, so don't have time to review that request - but didn't want to hold him up in the meantime. If they get that access I'm fine with anyone re-raising the protection level. I did set it at extended-confirmed, and it has <5000 transclusions so it's not a big risk during the interim. — xaosflux Talk 17:52, 28 March 2019 (UTC)
(edit conflict) Regardless, this is still a highly used template with a transclusion rate of 4312, template protection should be restored. Just my opinion. - FlightTime (open channel) 17:54, 28 March 2019 (UTC)
@FlightTime: 4000 is certainly visible, and this is on many articles, but it is not easy to accidentally edit this (not like it's a navbox for example) and I can't recall any recent extended confirmed template vandals (got any examples?). I left a note on that perm request, assuming the request is strong and it gets granted, the closing admin is welcome to re-raise the protection level. — xaosflux Talk 18:15, 28 March 2019 (UTC)
No I have no examples, just stating my opinion, however I trust your judgement. - FlightTime (open channel) 18:18, 28 March 2019 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Miscellany for deletion/User:The Transhumanist/QuickPortal.jsEdit

In case you miss my ping, can you do the blanking for Wikipedia:Miscellany for deletion/User:The Transhumanist/QuickPortal.js? I'm not an interface admin so I can't. ♠PMC(talk) 21:02, 28 March 2019 (UTC)

 Donexaosflux Talk 21:23, 28 March 2019 (UTC)

EVC granted to JJBulletEdit

Saw that you granted EVC to JJBullet yesterday, but I think they may just be testing/hat-collecting. Their initial edit said they just wanted the perm to test things out. They then granted themselves confirmed and created a few test accounts, although one (Jervvg) might be valid (although it seems similar to their previous username (Jeriqui123; see also JeriBot request). They just went on a perm-requesting spree (which I've declined), despite barely editing outside user/user talk space, not to mention their BrfA and malformed request for testwiki bureaucrat. I figured you might want to touch base with them, to say the least. ~ Amory (utc) 11:09, 29 March 2019 (UTC)

My Account Jervvg is an alt account for JJBullet, I know it may seem close to JerBot this is only a mere coincidence, sorry if I have caused any drama. ~~ JJBullet 11:56, 29 March 2019 (UTC)
@Amorymeltzer: thanks for the note, I'm usually very lenient on EVC, I'm thinking about adding the +10d conf process to User:OutreachDashboardBot, at that point a huge number of these EVC requests can go away, using the dashboard usually leads to a more structured process. — xaosflux Talk 12:08, 29 March 2019 (UTC)

My RoleEdit

Hi There, Recently you added the events coordinator role onto my account, I have just had confirmation that the event is no longer happening at my college, sorry to be a pain, please can you remove it ~~ JJBullet 11:53, 29 March 2019 (UTC)

I've done this. ~ Amory (utc) 12:00, 29 March 2019 (UTC)
@JJBullet: you are all set. — xaosflux Talk 12:08, 29 March 2019 (UTC)

───────Thanks ~~ JJBullet 12:09, 29 March 2019 (UTC)

Log correctionEdit

Hi. I saw this log entry you made, with a link to Special:Permalink/89416823. It could just be that the revision was deleted (but I don't think so, since the last deletion log entry for WP:BN is from November), but I think you meant to link to Special:Permalink/889416119, which has the relevant request. I have seen in the past admins/bureaucrats reverse log entries to remake them with a corrected summary, and wanted to alert you to this potential error. Thanks, --DannyS712 (talk) 03:10, 31 March 2019 (UTC)

I think rather it was intended to be Special:Permalink/889416823 (missing 8 up front). ~ Amory (utc) 09:17, 31 March 2019 (UTC)
@Amorymeltzer and DannyS712: I made a clarification log entry for the records. — xaosflux Talk 15:26, 31 March 2019 (UTC)
Cool, thanks --DannyS712 (talk) 15:27, 31 March 2019 (UTC)

The Signpost: 31 March 2019Edit

Tech News: 2019-14Edit

16:29, 1 April 2019 (UTC)

WP:REFUND requestEdit

Hello XF: please restore all the subpages of Portal:Nudity you deleted as a result of that portal's AfD; that portal has been restored. Since there are now assessments as to whether the single-page or multi-page versions are better for the encyclopedia, the only way these assessments can proceed is if the subpages are restored. Thanks in advance, UnitedStatesian (talk) 21:23, 2 April 2019 (UTC)

Not done @UnitedStatesian: however this should be considered at the active discussion Wikipedia:Miscellany for deletion/Portal:Nudity (2nd nomination) and I leave a note there. — xaosflux Talk 21:43, 2 April 2019 (UTC)

Please comment on Talk:Sino-Vietnamese conflicts, 1979–1991Edit

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Primefac's RfBEdit

Hello, I have participated in that RfB by voting, so am recusing myself from anything to do with the reviewing or clerking of it. — xaosflux Talk 15:19, 6 April 2019 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – April 2019Edit

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

Technical news



  • 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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A barnstar for you!Edit

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WikiProject HBOEdit

Don't forget to clean up your leftovers. There are lots of subpages, templates, and categories that can be safely G6/G8'd. Ten Pound Hammer(What did I screw up now?) 02:16, 8 April 2019 (UTC)

Tech News: 2019-15Edit

18:24, 8 April 2019 (UTC)

Bureaucrat chatEdit

Hi there. If you are recusing then I don't think the "notes" are appropriate. Please comment on the talk page like everyone else. Thanks — Martin (MSGJ · talk) 21:38, 8 April 2019 (UTC)

Hi @MSGJ: brief comments in recusals are fairly common, but sure - moved to talk. — xaosflux Talk 21:46, 8 April 2019 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Requests for adminship/RexxS/Bureaucrat chatEdit

I've opened a bureaucrat chat for a current RfA. Your input would be most appreciated at Wikipedia:Requests for adminship/RexxS/Bureaucrat chat. Best regards, Maxim(talk) 22:08, 8 April 2019 (UTC)

Please comment on Wikipedia talk:Article titlesEdit

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Tech News: 2019-16Edit

23:00, 15 April 2019 (UTC)

Please comment on Wikipedia:Village pump (policy)Edit

The feedback request service is asking for participation in this request for comment on Wikipedia:Village pump (policy). Legobot (talk) 04:28, 16 April 2019 (UTC)

Nomination for deletion of Template:ResolutionEdit

Ambox warning blue.svgTemplate:Resolution has been nominated for deletion. You are invited to comment on the discussion at the template's entry on the Templates for discussion page. Izno (talk) 16:57, 18 April 2019 (UTC)

Ambox important.svgEdit

Hi there,

I think there's something wrong with File:Ambox important.svg, either with the file or with Wikipedia's caching. If you download the SVG, you don't get the file that's shown in the PNG renders, instead it's a weird face-like image made with potrace. Can you have a look into this, as the file was uploaded and protected by you.

Thanks in advance. -Einstein95 (talk) 16:12, 19 April 2019 (UTC)

@Einstein95: it looks like @Nick: is doing some work on this file? We should have a protected local copy though. — xaosflux Talk 16:56, 19 April 2019 (UTC)
I'm not sure what has happened, the SVG code for the file on Commons was different to the code for the local file here on en.wp, yet when I tried to overwrite the local file with the SVG taken from Commons, en.wp wouldn't allow this as it considered both files to be identical. I had to delete the local file and upload the file from Commons as a completely fresh upload, rather than as a new version of an existing content. I and others I've asked have confirmed the code for the SVG files on both Commons and en.wp now match, but it's exceptionally odd. I can find no reason for this variation in the SVG code to exist. I don't know if it's worth a Phab ticket (or a sweep through Phab for similar issues). Nick (talk) 17:20, 19 April 2019 (UTC)


Hey XF, I saw you were the deleting admin. on the MfD of Portal:24. This portal has a bunch of subpages as well; can you take care of them or do I have to tag each subpage with CSD G8 myself instead? Thanks! UnitedStatesian (talk) 02:36, 20 April 2019 (UTC)

@UnitedStatesian: thanks for the note, I think I got them now - let me know if you see any others I missed. — xaosflux Talk 04:20, 20 April 2019 (UTC)

I am impressed.Edit

Hi Xaosflux,

Judging by your user page, you are an administrator of (almost) everything here, and you've made 59k edits. I am impressed :-) Vikom talk 05:36, 21 April 2019 (UTC)

@Vikom: I've just been around a while, there are many with more contributions than me! Check out Wikipedia:List of Wikipedians by number of edits. — xaosflux Talk 15:03, 21 April 2019 (UTC)

Please comment on Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Academic Journals/Journals cited by Wikipedia/Questionable1Edit

The feedback request service is asking for participation in this request for comment on Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Academic Journals/Journals cited by Wikipedia/Questionable1. Legobot (talk) 04:29, 23 April 2019 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Miscellany for deletion/Portal:CockatoosEdit

You closed this as delete. However, malformed batching of two further pages remains in limbo. The pages Portal:Larks and Portal:Macaws are still tagged, but undeleted.

It looks to me like there was consensus to delete them too. But whatever you conclude, please can you either delete them or untag them? They are kinda in limbo for now.

Thanks! --BrownHairedGirl (talk) • (contribs) 05:36, 23 April 2019 (UTC)

@BrownHairedGirl: deleted them as well, let me know if you need anything else on this! — xaosflux Talk 13:37, 23 April 2019 (UTC)
Thanks. --BrownHairedGirl (talk) • (contribs) 11:28, 24 April 2019 (UTC)

Tech News: 2019-17Edit

19:08, 23 April 2019 (UTC)

I need your help.Edit

Hi Xaosflux,

We had a discussion about Protection policy. But several days ago when I wanted to edit an article about Michael Jackson I immediately realized that the "30/500 protection" rule applies to me too. I have been editing the English Wikipedia for over 10 years, and made over 1500 edits under various IPs. I've never been blocked neither here nor in Polish Wikipedia, where I've made 2,384 edits so far. Am I eligible to get extended rights? If so, could you help me? On the other hand, the Wikipedia official policy reads: "Unless you are requesting confirmation for a legitimate alternate account your request will almost certainly be denied." Do I have any chance? Vikom talk 02:56, 25 April 2019 (UTC)

@Vikom: we don't consider unregistered or off-project edits towards ECP. One of the reasons for this is that it is used for 2 primary purposes: Vandalism by (mostly throwaway) confirmed accounts, but also to enforce page restrictions on all editors as determined by the arbitration committee (even good faith, good content edits). On pages such as Michael Jackson, the protection isn't 'recent' or related to an arbcom restriction - so you can ask the last protecting admin, EdJohnston (as they are recently otherwise active) to reduce it, or appeal it at WP:RFPP. — xaosflux Talk 03:06, 25 April 2019 (UTC)
Okay, thanks for so fast response. BTW, could you please delete permanently my IP numbers from the history? Vikom talk 03:51, 25 April 2019 (UTC)
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