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Splitting public-policy from technical material at Computer securityEdit

  FYI: Pointer to relevant discussion elsewhere.

Please see Talk:Computer security#Some initial ideas on a split and an overhaul.

Summary: The present article is a mish-mash of material of a general nature (technical, academic, practices, history, terms, incidents, notable-figures) and material of a socio-political nature (infrastructural, regulatory, legal, corporate, financial, espionage and cyberwar, public impacts).

This started as an RM discussion but turned into a scope one. I've proposed that a Cybersecurity article (using the term favored in technology-and-public-policy circles) should be a spinoff, per WP:SUMMARY, for the second group of material, leaving the bulk of the more general info at Computer security (the basic, non-jargon, descriptive term for the field). This would be in keeping with Cyberwarfare, Internet privacy, Internet censorship, Genetically modified food controversies, and numerous other clear splits between technology and technology policy articles (sometimes multiple such articles, e.g. Electronic cigaretteRegulation of electronic cigarettes, Safety of electronic cigarettes, and several others – but let's just start with one here).

I've done a section-by-section review of what needs to be done, but it's just one opinion, so additional input is sought.

Crypto: In particular, cryptography has had a huge but radically different role in both actual computer security (which would be essentially impossible without it), and computing and telecommunications policy (where its been subject to attempts to suppress public availability of the good stuff, from the Clipper Chip fiasco, to CALEA, to "Apple, give us an iPhone back door or else", to the US govt. for years classifying strong crypto as a "munition" and threatening prosecution of software deveopers for not having a "munitions export license" to have non-trivial crypto in their downloadable products, and so on). Perhaps in crypto we have the sharpest indication of a distinction between computer science as a technical topic versus governmental ideas about "cybersecurity" (which may equate to "you shouldn't have any we can't break") in the technology policy realm.  — SMcCandlish ¢ >ʌⱷ҅ʌ<  10:43, 18 December 2017 (UTC)

Bitcoin RFCEdit

Please stop by and vote on an RFC Talk:Bitcoin_scalability_problem#RFC_article_naming,_removing_"problem"_from_article_name_for_NPOV . Thanks Jtbobwaysf (talk) 11:49, 5 January 2018 (UTC)

Stablecoins -- informational contentEdit

Hi I'm Jess and I work for the stablecoin project called MakerDAO:

I'm quite new here but I was hoping to create a wikipedia page that overviews stablecoins and the different types e.g. collateral backed, seiginorage shares, centralized IOU's as well as a wikipedia page that overviews the MakerDAO project.

I'm aware of potential conflict of interests so I am wondering what is the best way to approach creating this kind of content.

I do see that Tether has had a wikipedia page since December but besides this I only see a wiktionary definition of stablecoins.

I'd love to hear your thoughts and recommendations! JessSalomon-Maker (talk) 19:47, 13 March 2018 (UTC)

In fact, here below is a draft of the page I have made so far. I would very much appreciate feedback!

User:JessSalomon-Maker/MakerDAO —Preceding undated comment added 19:58, 13 March 2018 (UTC)

I recommend not creating the pages at all. Note that Wikipedia strongly discourages editing with a conflict of interest. See Wikipedia:Conflict of interest. If independent, reliable sources have already published significant coverage on a given topic, the article will likely be written sooner or later by someone without a conflict. If such coverage does not yet exist, the article shouldn't anyway. I note that your draft doesn't cite any sources at all. At any rate, this is just an encyclopedia and doesn't need to have an article on every new thing right away. You might want to question your reasons for wanting the articles to exist. It's understandable that you would be excited about the project you're working on and want to get the word out, but that's exactly why you're the wrong person to do it. Ntsimp (talk) 20:03, 13 March 2018 (UTC)

WikiProject collaboration notice from the Portals WikiProjectEdit

The reason I am contacting you is because there are one or more portals that fall under this subject, and the Portals WikiProject is currently undertaking a major drive to automate portals that may affect them.

Portals are being redesigned.

The new design features are being applied to existing portals.

At present, we are gearing up for a maintenance pass of portals in which the introduction section will be upgraded to no longer need a subpage. In place of static copied and pasted excerpts will be self-updating excerpts displayed through selective transclusion, using the template {{Transclude lead excerpt}}.

The discussion about this can be found here.

Maintainers of specific portals are encouraged to sign up as project members here, noting the portals they maintain, so that those portals are skipped by the maintenance pass. Currently, we are interested in upgrading neglected and abandoned portals. There will be opportunity for maintained portals to opt-in later, or the portal maintainers can handle upgrading (the portals they maintain) personally at any time.


On April 8th, 2018, an RfC ("Request for comment") proposal was made to eliminate all portals and the portal namespace. On April 17th, the Portals WikiProject was rebooted to handle the revitalization of the portal system. On May 12th, the RfC was closed with the result to keep portals, by a margin of about 2 to 1 in favor of keeping portals.

There's an article in the current edition of the Signpost interviewing project members about the RfC and the Portals WikiProject.

Since the reboot, the Portals WikiProject has been busy building tools and components to upgrade portals.

So far, 84 editors have joined.

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Thank you.    — The Transhumanist   07:34, 30 May 2018 (UTC)

Page viewsEdit

A new pageview table from Community Tech bot (operated by NKohli (WMF)) is now at Wikipedia:WikiProject Cryptography/Popular pages. I've linked it from the main project page as well, for anyone looking for high-visibility articles to cleanup/improve. Suffusion of Yellow (talk) 01:40, 14 July 2018 (UTC)

Featured article review of ROT13Edit

I have nominated ROT13 for a featured article review here. Please join the discussion on whether this article meets featured article criteria. Articles are typically reviewed for two weeks. If substantial concerns are not addressed during the review period, the article will be moved to the Featured Article Removal Candidates list for a further period, where editors may declare "Keep" or "Delist" the article's featured status. The instructions for the review process are here. Bilorv(c)(talk) 01:19, 10 August 2018 (UTC)

Featured quality source review RFCEdit

Editors in this WikiProject may be interested in the featured quality source review RFC that has been ongoing. It would change the featured article candidate process (FAC) so that source reviews would need to occur prior to any other reviews for FAC. Your comments are appreciated. --IznoRepeat (talk) 21:50, 11 November 2018 (UTC)

SM9 (cryptography standard) doesn't look professionalEdit

Please check this article. Doesn't look very professional to me. I don't have any expertise in this field so cannot improve it myself. --Bbarmadillo (talk) 19:18, 26 March 2019 (UTC)

A new newsletter directory is out!Edit

A new Newsletter directory has been created to replace the old, out-of-date one. If your WikiProject and its taskforces have newsletters (even inactive ones), or if you know of a missing newsletter (including from sister projects like WikiSpecies), please include it in the directory! The template can be a bit tricky, so if you need help, just post the newsletter on the template's talk page and someone will add it for you.

– Sent on behalf of Headbomb. 03:11, 11 April 2019 (UTC)

MfD nomination of Portal:CryptographyEdit

  Portal:Cryptography, a page which you created or substantially contributed to, has been nominated for deletion. Your opinions on the matter are welcome; you may participate in the discussion by adding your comments at Wikipedia:Miscellany for deletion/Portal:Cryptography and please be sure to sign your comments with four tildes (~~~~). You are free to edit the content of Portal:Cryptography during the discussion but should not remove the miscellany for deletion template from the top of the page; such a removal will not end the deletion discussion. Thank you. Guilherme Burn (talk) 14:04, 7 June 2019 (UTC)

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