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Recapping October's activities
The ten-month-long run of the tenth WikiCup competition is finally over, and the winners have been announced. Having taken place annually since 2007, the WikiCup encourages editors to improve Wikipedia and engage in the various featured content processes (and the lesser ones such as good articles and In the News) through friendly competition and encouragement.
The top three finalists were:
- First place – Cas Liber (submissions)
- Second place – MPJ-DK (submissions)
- Third place – Adam Cuerden (submissions)
In addition to recognizing the achievements of the top contestants and everyone who worked hard to make it to the final round, we also want to acknowledge participants who were most productive in each of the WikiCup scoring categories:
- Featured articles – Cas Liber (actually a three-way tie with themselves for two FAs in each of R2, R3, and R5).
- Good articles – MPJ-DK had 14 GAs promoted in R3.
- Featured lists – Calvin999 (submissions) produced 2 FLs in R2
- Featured pictures – Adam Cuerden restored 18 images to FP status in R4.
- Featured portals – SSTflyer (submissions) produced the only FPO of the Cup in R2.
- Featured topics – Cyclonebiskit (submissions) and Calvin were each responsible for one FT in R3 and R2, respectively.
- Good topics – MPJ-DK created a GT with 9 GAs in R5.
- Did you know – MPJ-DK put 53 DYKs on the main page in R4.
- In the news – Dharmadhyaksha (submissions) and Muboshgu (submissions), each with 5 ITN, both in R4.
- Good article reviews – MPJ-DK completed 61 GARs in R2.
Over the course of the 2016 WikiCup the following content was added to Wikipedia (only reporting on fixed value categories): 17 featured articles, 183 good articles, 8 featured lists, 87 featured pictures, 40 in the news items, and 321 good article reviews. Thank you to all the competitors for your hard work and what you have done to improve Wikipedia.
Each finalist produced some excellent work. We've included a representative sample.
MPJ-DK (submissions) had a varied final round – a featured article, a featured list, a couple good articles, and a nine-article "good topic" on Los Espantos – but, given we're only allowed to use freely licensed material in The Signpost, I've chosen Shocker (wrestler), one of his good articles, as the representative image for his work.
Margaret D. Foster was the first female chemist to work for the United States Geological Survey, inventing assaying tests, and her genius at this came in use when she was recruited to the Manhattan Project. This image of her was one of 14 featured pictures by third-place Adam Cuerden (submissions) in the last round, and one of 71 featured pictures he restored over the course of the competition.
Wugapodes (submissions) wasn't actually able to contribute in the last round, but they did excellent work earlier in the competition – hence why they were in the last round. Pictured is the city of Paterson, New Jersey, defendant in the United States Supreme Court case Heffernan v. City of Paterson, which they raised to good article status.
This edition of the Arbitration Report covers the month of October 2016.
Michael Hardy case
On 1 October, the Michael Hardy case closed. ArbCom issued remedies, reminders were given to Michael Hardy and MjolnirPants, and ArbCom reminded itself to exercise care about scope creep when taking up future cases.
The Rambling Man case
The Rambling Man case closed on 13 October. The Rambling Man resigned his administrator role and is "prohibited from insulting and/or belittling other editors." Other remedies include The Rambling Man and George Ho having an interaction ban and George Ho being restricted from selecting main page content. ArbCom also encouraged the Wikipedia community "to review the selection process for the Did you know and In the news sections of the main page."
Administrator desysoped and banned
On 5 October, a CheckUser on Ricky81682, a ten-year administrator with more than 100,000 Wikipedia edits, revealed that they had used multiple accounts from 13 July to 7 August 2016. Activities included articles for deletion; the user did not account for the sock puppetry. The Committee removed Ricky's administration rights and banned them indefinitely. In the event the ban is lifted, the user will be eligible for a new request for adminship.
- Changes in CheckUser and Oversight teams: Throughout the month of October, a change of positions in CheckUser and Oversight occurred. Coren had CheckUser permissions removed due to inactivity. Euryalus, FloNight, and Roger Davies also resigned from their teams. In their place, ArbCom appointed KrakatoaKatie as a CheckUser and Oversighter and MusikAnimal as a CheckUser. Ks0stm returned to Oversight duty after being inactive and Beeblebrox returned to the Oversight and CheckUser teams after resigning in May 2015.
- Arbitration motion regarding GamerGate: Due to the inactivity of admin Zad68, the discretionary sanction on the Talk:Gamergate controversy was lifted. The Gamergate article itself remains under the controversial 30/500 protection policy.