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Hospitalized for Wikistress!!!!! I am suffering from wikiburnout and chronic Wikistress.

And real life is very much in the way these days.

I probably won't be able to log in as frequently and contribute as much as I would like. Messages left here probably won't get a quick response as before. Your patience would be very much appreciated.

Take care, everyone.
Happy editing.

-- PFHLai

Administrators' newsletter – January 2018[edit]

News and updates for administrators from the past month (December 2017).

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Administrator changes

added Muboshgu
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removed None

Bureaucrat changes

readded Worm That Turned

Guideline and policy news

  • A request for comment is in progress to determine whether the administrator policy should be amended to require disclosure of paid editing activity at WP:RFA and to prohibit the use of administrative tools as part of paid editing activity, with certain exceptions.

Technical news

Arbitration


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Administrators' newsletter – February 2018[edit]

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

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Administrator changes

added None
removed BlurpeaceDana boomerDeltabeignetDenelson83GrandioseSalvidrim!Ymblanter

Guideline and policy news

  • An RfC has closed with a consensus that candidates at WP:RFA must disclose whether they have ever edited for pay and that administrators may never use administrative tools as part of any paid editing activity, except when they are acting as a Wikipedian-in-Residence or when the payment is made by the Wikimedia Foundation or an affiliate of the WMF.
  • Editors responding to threats of harm can now contact the Wikimedia Foundation's emergency address by using Special:EmailUser/Emergency. If you don't have email enabled on Wikipedia, directly contacting the emergency address using your own email client remains an option.

Technical news

  • A tag will now be automatically applied to edits that blank a page, turn a page into a redirect, remove/replace almost all content in a page, undo an edit, or rollback an edit. These edits were previously denoted solely by automatic edit summaries.

Arbitration


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Administrators' newsletter – March 2018[edit]

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

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Administrator changes

added Lourdesdagger
removed AngelOfSadnessBhadaniChris 73CorenFridayMidomMike V
dagger Lourdes has requested that her admin rights be temporarily removed, pending her return from travel.

Guideline and policy news

  • The autoconfirmed article creation trial (ACTRIAL) is scheduled to end on 14 March 2018. The results of the research collected can be read on Meta Wiki.
  • Community ban discussions must now stay open for at least 24 hours prior to being closed.
  • A change to the administrator inactivity policy has been proposed. Under the proposal, if an administrator has not used their admin tools for a period of five years and is subsequently desysopped for inactivity, the administrator would have to file a new RfA in order to regain the tools.
  • A change to the banning policy has been proposed which would specify conditions under which a repeat sockmaster may be considered de facto banned, reducing the need to start a community ban discussion for these users.

Technical news

  • CheckUsers are now able to view private data such as IP addresses from the edit filter log, e.g. when the filter prevents a user from creating an account. Previously, this information was unavailable to CheckUsers because access to it could not be logged.
  • The edit filter has a new feature contains_all that edit filter managers may use to check if one or more strings are all contained in another given string.

Miscellaneous

Obituaries

  • Bhadani (Gangadhar Bhadani) passed away on 8 February 2018. Bhadani joined Wikipedia in March 2005 and became an administrator in September 2005. While he was active, Bhadani was regarded as one of the most prolific Wikipedians from India.

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Precious anniversary[edit]

Precious
Cornflower blue Yogo sapphire.jpg
Six years!

--Gerda Arendt (talk) 07:51, 17 March 2018 (UTC)[reply]

Already six?! Time flies... Thank you, @Gerda. Happy St Patrick's Day! :-) --PFHLai (talk) 18:50, 17 March 2018 (UTC)[reply]
... and also to you! --Gerda Arendt (talk) 19:43, 17 March 2018 (UTC)[reply]
Seven years now! ---Gerda Arendt (talk) 05:28, 17 March 2019 (UTC)[reply]
Thank you, again, Gerda. And, Happy St Patrick's Day! --PFHLai (talk) 15:05, 17 March 2019 (UTC)[reply]
I brought his name to the Main page, did you see? --Gerda Arendt (talk) 15:58, 17 March 2019 (UTC)[reply]
Nicely done! Hand-15725.svg --PFHLai (talk) 20:57, 17 March 2019 (UTC)[reply]
today - 8 years - he's only on my talk page --Gerda Arendt (talk) 07:07, 17 March 2020 (UTC)[reply]
Thank you, Gerda. Wish you a Happy St Patrick's Day, as mentioned on the first line of On This Day on MainPage. Cheers! --PFHLai (talk) 11:10, 17 March 2020 (UTC)[reply]

Administrators' newsletter – April 2018[edit]

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

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Administrator changes

added 331dotCordless LarryClueBot NG
removed Gogo DodoPb30SebastiankesselSeicerSoLando

Guideline and policy news

  • Administrators who have been desysopped due to inactivity are now required to have performed at least one (logged) administrative action in the past 5 years in order to qualify for a resysop without going through a new RfA.
  • Editors who have been found to have engaged in sockpuppetry on at least two occasions after an initial indefinite block, for whatever reason, are now automatically considered banned by the community without the need to start a ban discussion.
  • The notability guideline for organizations and companies has been substantially rewritten following the closure of this request for comment. Among the changes, the guideline more clearly defines the sourcing requirements needed for organizations and companies to be considered notable.
  • The six-month autoconfirmed article creation trial (ACTRIAL) ended on 14 March 2018. The post-trial research report has been published. A request for comment is now underway to determine whether the restrictions from ACTRIAL should be implemented permanently.

Technical news

Arbitration

  • The Arbitration Committee is considering a change to the discretionary sanctions procedures which would require an editor to appeal a sanction to the community at WP:AE or WP:AN prior to appealing directly to the Arbitration Committee at WP:ARCA.

Miscellaneous

  • A discussion has closed which concluded that administrators are not required to enable email, though many editors suggested doing so as a matter of best practice.
  • The Foundations' Anti-Harassment Tools team has released the Interaction Timeline. This shows a chronologic history for two users on pages where they have both made edits, which may be helpful in identifying sockpuppetry and investigating editing disputes.

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Administrators' newsletter – May 2018[edit]

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

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Administrator changes

added None
removed ChochopkCoffeeGryffindorJimpKnowledge SeekerLankiveilPeridonRjd0060

Guideline and policy news

  • The ability to create articles directly in mainspace is now indefinitely restricted to autoconfirmed users.
  • A proposal is being discussed which would create a new "event coordinator" right that would allow users to temporarily add the "confirmed" flag to new user accounts and to create many new user accounts without being hindered by a rate limit.

Technical news

  • AbuseFilter has received numerous improvements, including an OOUI overhaul, syntax highlighting, ability to search existing filters, and a few new functions. In particular, the search feature can be used to ensure there aren't existing filters for what you need, and the new equals_to_any function can be used when checking multiple namespaces. One major upcoming change is the ability to see which filters are the slowest. This information is currently only available to those with access to Logstash.
  • When blocking anonymous users, a cookie will be applied that reloads the block if the user changes their IP. This means in most cases, you may no longer need to do /64 range blocks on residential IPv6 addresses in order to effectively block the end user. It will also help combat abuse from IP hoppers in general. This currently only occurs when hard-blocking accounts.
  • The block notice shown on mobile will soon be more informative and point users to a help page on how to request an unblock, just as it currently does on desktop.
  • There will soon be a calendar widget at Special:Block, making it easier to set expiries for a specific date and time.

Arbitration

Obituaries

  • Lankiveil (Craig Franklin) passed away in mid-April. Lankiveil joined Wikipedia on 12 August 2004 and became an administrator on 31 August 2008. During his time with the Wikimedia community, Lankiveil served as an oversighter for the English Wikipedia and as president of Wikimedia Australia.

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Bad removal[edit]

Please undo this edit as it is irrelevant that it may not be the latest English football story. You've left the template short, unbalanced the main page, and this is simply not how ITN works. The Rambling Man (talk) 08:58, 21 May 2018 (UTC)[reply]

Noted. But actually, MainPage is now more balanced on my screen. --PFHLai (talk) 09:04, 21 May 2018 (UTC)[reply]
Done. Not that I agree with it. --PFHLai (talk) 09:07, 21 May 2018 (UTC)[reply]
It doesn't matter that you don't agree with it. It was an incorrect edit. Please don't do that again. The Rambling Man (talk) 09:12, 21 May 2018 (UTC)[reply]
I'm considering WP:IAR. It was done for the betterment of ITN, imo. I would have left it off if it's not on MainPage. --PFHLai (talk) 09:15, 21 May 2018 (UTC)[reply]
Well try to respect the usual ITN methodology rather than just removing an item because you happen to have nominated another football-related story. That way lies conflict of interest. I strongly recommend you don't repeat such an action. The Rambling Man (talk) 09:40, 21 May 2018 (UTC)[reply]
It's the other way round. I was looking for a replacement for the stale EPL item. The FA Cup was found as a potential replacement. The EPL got to go. Now reading on Venezuelan election... --PFHLai (talk) 09:42, 21 May 2018 (UTC)[reply]
By all means find another up-to-date and supported entry to add to the ITN template, but don't arbitrarily remove items you personally disagree believe should go. The Rambling Man (talk) 09:49, 21 May 2018 (UTC)[reply]
Seriously, stale news blurbs need to go. Especially when the right side of MainPage is too long. --PFHLai (talk) 09:52, 21 May 2018 (UTC)[reply]
Seriously, your approach would eventually render no stories on ITN, brilliant solution. To deal with main page balance issues, please add or remove items from OTD. Your ugly "solution" rendered the page unbalanced, both as a whole, and against TFA. If you can't update ITN in the correct manner, then I suggest you leave it to other admins who can. The Rambling Man (talk) 09:58, 21 May 2018 (UTC)[reply]
"Correct manner"? Sigh... --PFHLai (talk) 10:02, 21 May 2018 (UTC) And I already trimmed SA/OTD. --PFHLai (talk) 10:03, 21 May 2018 (UTC)[reply]
Sigh away, don't make that mistake again, thanks. The Rambling Man (talk) 10:05, 21 May 2018 (UTC)[reply]
With all due respect, I don't see that as a mistake. Your feedback is appreciated, though. --PFHLai (talk) 10:09, 21 May 2018 (UTC)[reply]
Well, I look forward to seeing you removing the Gaza item as that's clearly stale too, and actually just a day older than the EPL story. The Rambling Man (talk) 10:16, 21 May 2018 (UTC)[reply]
Is there any recent big news on that front? What's on ITN now seems the latest to me. --PFHLai (talk) 10:19, 21 May 2018 (UTC)[reply]
No, so you'll be removing that too I guess. The Rambling Man (talk) 10:23, 21 May 2018 (UTC)[reply]
I'm not removing the Gaza bit. It's already the latest update on that front. In contrast, Manchester City winning the EPL is no longer the latest big news in English football. Keeping that on ITN looks bad, imo. --PFHLai (talk) 10:27, 21 May 2018 (UTC)[reply]
Oh, so it's not about the news being stale then. And as you probably know, the EPL and the FA Cup are completely different competitions with completely different outcomes and impacts. The Rambling Man (talk) 10:28, 21 May 2018 (UTC)[reply]
Still English football to me. Roughly the same teams every year. --PFHLai (talk) 10:30, 21 May 2018 (UTC)[reply]
Oh, maybe you don't know then. The FA Cup is really not considered in the same breath as the EPL (or even promotion from the Championship) these days. They're literally not in the same league. The Rambling Man (talk) 10:33, 21 May 2018 (UTC)[reply]
I know. But it's not that far below. Both get a lot of media coverage around the world. --PFHLai (talk) 10:38, 21 May 2018 (UTC)[reply]
Sorry, TRM, gotta get off the computer now. Ciao! --PFHLai (talk) 10:44, 21 May 2018 (UTC)[reply]

RDs[edit]

They're posting according to the date of death, so this reordering wasn't necessary [1]. Stephen 01:09, 22 May 2018 (UTC)[reply]

Thanks for the note, Stephen. I thought I was correcting the date from the 20th to the 18th, based on this edit of the Billy Cannon wikiarticle. Glad that you've fixed it on ITN to match the article. Judging from the edit history of the Cannon article, the date of death is being disputed. I'd would leave things as they are for now. --PFHLai (talk) 11:01, 22 May 2018 (UTC)[reply]
@Stephen:, I've started a discussion about the date of death on the talk page of the Cannon wikibio. This probably won't get resolved before Cannon gets bumped off RD, though. Oh, well... --PFHLai (talk) 11:28, 22 May 2018 (UTC)[reply]

Administrators' newsletter – June 2018[edit]

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

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Administrator changes

added None
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Guideline and policy news

Technical news

  • IP-based cookie blocks should be deployed to English Wikipedia in June. This will cause the block of a logged-out user to be reloaded if they change IPs. This means in most cases, you may no longer need to do /64 range blocks on residential IPv6 addresses in order to effectively block the end user. It will also help combat abuse from IP hoppers in general. For the time being, it only affects users of the desktop interface.
  • The Wikimedia Foundation's Anti-Harassment Tools team will build granular types of blocks in 2018 (e.g. a block from uploading or editing specific pages, categories, or namespaces, as opposed to a full-site block). Feedback on the concept may be left at the talk page.
  • There is now a checkbox on Special:ListUsers to let you see only users in temporary user groups.
  • It is now easier for blocked mobile users to see why they were blocked.

Arbitration

  • A recent technical issue with the Arbitration Committee's spam filter inadvertently caused all messages sent to the committee through Wikipedia (i.e. Special:EmailUser/Arbitration Committee) to be discarded. If you attempted to send an email to the Arbitration Committee via Wikipedia between May 16 and May 31, your message was not received and you are encouraged to resend it. Messages sent outside of these dates or directly to the Arbitration Committee email address were not affected by this issue.

Miscellaneous


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Administrators' newsletter – July 2018[edit]

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

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Administrator changes

added PbsouthwoodTheSandDoctor
readded Gogo Dodo
removed AndrevanDougEVulaKaisaLTony FoxWilyD

Bureaucrat changes

removed AndrevanEVula

Guideline and policy news

  • An RfC about the deletion of drafts closed with a consensus to change the wording of WP:NMFD. Specifically, a draft that has been repeatedly resubmitted and declined at AfC without any substantial improvement may be deleted at MfD if consensus determines that it is unlikely to ever meet the requirements for mainspace and it otherwise meets one of the reasons for deletion outlined in the deletion policy.
  • A request for comment closed with a consensus that the {{promising draft}} template cannot be used to indefinitely prevent a WP:G13 speedy deletion nomination.

Technical news

  • Starting on July 9, the WMF Security team, Trust & Safety, and the broader technical community will be seeking input on an upcoming change that will restrict editing of site-wide JavaScript and CSS to a new technical administrators user group. Bureaucrats and stewards will be able to grant this right per a community-defined process. The intention is to reduce the number of accounts who can edit frontend code to those who actually need to, which in turn lessens the risk of malicious code being added that compromises the security and privacy of everyone who accesses Wikipedia. For more information, please review the FAQ.
  • Syntax highlighting has been graduated from a Beta feature on the English Wikipedia. To enable this feature, click the highlighter icon (Codemirror-icon.png) in your editing toolbar (or under the hamburger menu in the 2017 wikitext editor). This feature can help prevent you from making mistakes when editing complex templates.
  • IP-based cookie blocks should be deployed to English Wikipedia in July (previously scheduled for June). This will cause the block of a logged-out user to be reloaded if they change IPs. This means in most cases, you may no longer need to do /64 range blocks on residential IPv6 addresses in order to effectively block the end user. It will also help combat abuse from IP hoppers in general. For the time being, it only affects users of the desktop interface.

Miscellaneous

  • Currently around 20% of admins have enabled two-factor authentication, up from 17% a year ago. If you haven't already enabled it, please consider doing so. Regardless if you use 2FA, please practice appropriate account security by ensuring your password is secure and unique to Wikimedia.

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Administrators' newsletter – August 2018[edit]

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

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Administrator changes

added Sro23
readded 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


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Administrators' newsletter – September 2018[edit]

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

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Administrator changes

added None
removed AsterionCrisco 1492KFKudpungLizRandykittySpartaz
renamed Optimist on the runVoice of Clam

Interface administrator changes

added 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.

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Administrators' newsletter – October 2018[edit]

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

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Administrator changes

added JustlettersandnumbersL235
removed BgwhiteHorsePunchKidJ GrebKillerChihuahuaRami RWinhunter

Interface administrator changes

added Cyberpower678Deryck ChanOshwahPharosRagesossRitchie333

Oversight changes

removed 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.

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Administrators' newsletter – November 2018[edit]

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)[reply]

ArbCom 2018 election voter message[edit]

Scale of justice 2.svgHello, PFHLai. 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)[reply]

Administrators' newsletter – December 2018[edit]

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

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Administrator changes

readded Al Ameer sonRandykittySpartaz
removed BosonDaniel J. LeivickEfeEsanchez7587Fred BauderGarzoMartijn HoekstraOrangemike

Interface administrator changes

removedDeryck 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


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Administrators' newsletter – January 2019[edit]

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)[reply]

Administrators' newsletter – February 2019[edit]

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

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Administrator changes

added EnterpriseyJJMC89
readded BorgQueen
removed Harro5Jenks24GraftR. Baley

Interface administrator changes

removedEnterprisey

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

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Administrators' newsletter – March 2019[edit]

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

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  • 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.
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ArbCom 2019 special circular[edit]

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Administrator account security (Correction to Arbcom 2019 special circular)[edit]

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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.

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Administrators' newsletter – May 2019[edit]

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  • 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.

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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • In a related matter, the account throttle has been restored to six creations per day as the mitigation activity completed.

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Administrators' newsletter – August 2019[edit]

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  • 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.
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You might choose to comment[edit]

at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Silence Day (2nd nomination), pursuant to yours' adding the entry to OTD, about 12 years back. WBGconverse 06:58, 17 September 2019 (UTC)[reply]

Request to restore the category you deleted[edit]

Hi, I found you deleted Category:Tharparkar and moved the content to Category:Tharparkar_District. I would request you to reverse it and after shifting contents from Category:Tharparkar_District to Category:Tharparkar, you may delete Category:Tharparkar_District. Just before sometime the articles Tharparkar and Tharparkar District have been merged and rectified. So I would request you to fix similar thing in Categories for this region. --Vikram Nankani (talk) 16:55, 28 September 2019 (UTC)[reply]

Hello, Vikram Nankani. That was 13 years ago! I have no idea why I did what I did... I am looking at Category:Districts of Sindh now. If I do what you suggested, would it make things inconsistent with other subcategories there? Those other subcategories have the word 'District'. I don't think it's a good idea to create inconsistency. --PFHLai (talk) 19:28, 28 September 2019 (UTC)[reply]
PFHLai, if you consider Tharparkar talk page you will understand that both refer same entity. This doubt was also raised while merging Tharparkar and Tharparkar District page which was discussed and understood in same talk page. So by doing what I requested you, will actually remove the inconsistency or unnecessary categories created.
Among sub-categories Thari people and People from Tharparkar District are again same since Demonym for Tharparkar(District) is Thari as specified in page and as confirmed in many references in that page. So even Thari people and People from Tharparkar District needs to be merged into Thari people. The third sub-category Populated places in Tharparkar District may remain as it is since I can't confirm.
Referring Page Authorship and Tharparkar page you may confirm and get assured that I am trying to bring accurate details and remove inconsistency as much possible relating to this topic. Kindly, let me know if further any doubts or issues are raised by merging categories or by doing anything as I suggested. Thanks and Regards.--Vikram Nankani (talk) 21:33, 28 September 2019 (UTC)[reply]
Hello, Vikram Nankani. Have you tried Wikipedia:Categories for discussion yet? --PFHLai (talk) 00:24, 29 September 2019 (UTC)[reply]
PFHLai thank you for promptly responding. I have never tried it. I will read entire topic soon. Meanwhile, if you have any further suggestion regarding same do let me know.
I will need your help also in another matter which is regarding removal of a redirect and create a page. There is an administrative division namely Dahli in same Tharparkar which is railway hub of the district. Although Dahli page doesn't exist but someone has set it to redirect on another page which has no edits or updates for more than 2 years. So can a page with name as Dahli with url as here be created or it has got reserved and can't be created with same title and url? Thanks and regards.--Vikram Nankani (talk) 03:39, 29 September 2019 (UTC)[reply]
Hi! For "Dahli", please see Wikipedia:Redirect#How to edit a redirect or convert it into an article. You do not need admin intervention to change a redirect into an article. I've found another place also called Dahli in Turkey. It seems that a disambiguation page may be in order. Hope this helps. Happy editing. Cheers! --PFHLai (talk) 19:03, 29 September 2019 (UTC)[reply]
Sorry PFHLai to notice your reply late. Thank you very much to help me fix the issues. 🙏😊 Vikram Nankani (talk) 11:38, 6 October 2019 (UTC)[reply]
Not at all, Vikram Nankani. No worries. You are the one doing all the hard work improving the encyclopedia. I hope you are having fun "working" here at Wikipedia. Happy editing. Cheers! --PFHLai (talk) 15:31, 6 October 2019 (UTC)[reply]
PFHLai thanks for your kind appreciation. --Vikram Nankani (talk) 16:26, 6 October 2019 (UTC)[reply]

Administrators' newsletter – October 2019[edit]

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  • Following a discussion, a new criterion for speedy category renaming was added: C2F: One eponymous article, which applies if the category contains only an eponymous article or media file, provided that the category has not otherwise been emptied shortly before the nomination. The default outcome is an upmerge to the parent categories.

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  • As previously noted, tighter password requirements for Administrators were put in place last year. Wikipedia should now alert you if your password is less than 10 characters long and thus too short.

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Administrators' newsletter – November 2019[edit]

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  • A related RfC is seeking the community's sentiment for a binding desysop procedure.

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Administrators' newsletter – February 2020[edit]

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  • Following a request for comment, partial blocks are now enabled on the English Wikipedia. This functionality allows administrators to block users from editing specific pages or namespaces rather than the entire site. A draft policy is being workshopped at Wikipedia:Partial blocks.
  • The request for comment seeking the community's sentiment for a binding desysop procedure closed with wide-spread support for an alternative desysoping procedure based on community input. No proposed process received consensus.

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Administrators' newsletter – March 2020[edit]

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Administrators' newsletter – April 2020[edit]

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Hamilton on OTD[edit]

FYI, I had Hamilton repeat on July 13 as it was topical due to the recent release of the Hamilton movie on Disney+. howcheng {chat} 16:26, 13 July 2020 (UTC)[reply]

Is that so? I had no idea. I don't subscribe to Disney+. Sorry for messing up your plans, howcheng. --PFHLai (talk) 18:22, 13 July 2020 (UTC)[reply]
I guess you don't use social media much? Even if I didn't have Disney+ I've seen it all over every platform (ads, people talking about it). howcheng {chat} 21:00, 13 July 2020 (UTC)[reply]
Perhaps advertisers here in Canada targeted me for other promotions, I suppose. --PFHLai (talk) 01:43, 14 July 2020 (UTC)[reply]

Direct, reliable sources needed for Days of the Year pages[edit]

You're probably not aware of this change, but Days of the Year pages now require direct reliable sources for additions. For details see the content guideline, the WikiProject Days of the Year style guide or the edit notice on any DOY page. Almost all new additions without references are now being reverted on-sight.

Please do not add new additions to these pages without direct sources as the burden to provide them is on the editor who adds or restores material to these pages.

Thank you. Toddst1 (talk) 19:17, 15 July 2020 (UTC)[reply]

Hello, Toddst1. Thank you for letting me know. I shall get that rectified soon. --PFHLai (talk) 23:51, 15 July 2020 (UTC)[reply]
Hi, Toddst1. I have restored Johann Palisa's birth and death to the respective day wikipages with references now. I hope you would approve of these edits of mine. Please let me know if any further fixes are needed. Thank you. --PFHLai (talk) 01:53, 16 July 2020 (UTC)[reply]
Looks great to me, but it's not about my opinion.
Just so you know, the Days of Years (DOTY) project had exempted themselves from verifiability. As a result, almost none of the pages had any sources to back things up, based on the naive (and against Wikipedia policy) belief that all entries would be backed by reliable sources in the linked article. It turns out that was not the case and the DOTY pages were filled with incorrect info and even worse, other places started believing the info there and publishing the incorrect info in newspapers, for example on "Today's date in history" type listings.
So about two years ago the DOTY project took the bold step of requiring that all new entries be backed by direct reliable sources. Several of us have gone through and started cleaning things up. May 11 is an example of where we want to be. For details see the content guideline, the WikiProject Days of the Year style guide or the edit notice on any DOY page.
We could use your help in:
  1. Preventing new entries that don't include direct sources and when they occur, either supplement them with a reliable source or reverting them.
  2. Helping us clean up articles. The project members have asked all participants to go through their birthday and clean the entries up by adding reliable sources to each entry, or removing entries where reliable sources aren't readily available.
I hope this helps. Toddst1 (talk) 16:29, 16 July 2020 (UTC)[reply]
Thank you, Toddst1. I am glad to know that DOTY wikipages are getting properly referenced. I used to find anons and new users putting in their own birthday a little too often and became rather annoyed. I'll help add more references and remove questionable births, etc. --PFHLai (talk) 22:41, 18 July 2020 (UTC)[reply]

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Birth date[edit]

For this edit, the New York Times won't let me see the reference to confirm the change, so you should be the one to correct the remaining mentions of the birth date: Wikipedia:Selected anniversaries/August 8, "age 89" at the {{death date and age}} template in the Esther Hobart Morris infobox, and "age 89" at Esther Hobart Morris#Death and legacy. Art LaPella (talk) 04:18, 7 August 2020 (UTC)[reply]

Thank you, Art, for letting me know. I have made the necessary changes now. --PFHLai (talk) 04:38, 7 August 2020 (UTC)[reply]

Today's Wikipedian 10 years ago[edit]

Awesome
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Ten years!

--Gerda Arendt (talk) 05:57, 8 August 2020 (UTC)[reply]

Thank you, Gerda. Ten years already, eh?! Time flies! :-) --PFHLai (talk) 06:02, 8 August 2020 (UTC)[reply]
... and look: again today! - in memory of Jerome Kohl, more on my talk --Gerda Arendt (talk) 08:47, 28 January 2021 (UTC)[reply]
Nicely done at DYK today, Gerda. Symbol thumbs upcolor.png --PFHLai (talk) 23:49, 28 January 2021 (UTC)[reply]

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News image[edit]

I had liked your image :(. Also, could you revisit our conversation here? I gave the proposal as you asked but it seems it was closed before you could answer. CheersOyMosby (talk) 16:40, 21 February 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Hi, OyMosby. Thanks for your message here and your e-mail. Things change quite quickly on WP:ERRORS, a place meant for mostly requests for simple, quick changes. If no further changes are deemed necessary, posts get removed. That was what Stephen (talk · contribs) did, which is fine. Everything is still in the page history and can be easily restored as needed, which was what you did. Let's keep the dialogue continue as needed. Thank you. Happy editing. --PFHLai (talk) 19:57, 21 February 2021 (UTC)[reply]
No problem, but now I am

Dealing with an abusive editor. I filed a report however. Cheers OyMosby (talk) 01:24, 22 February 2021 (UTC)[reply]

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Precious anniversary 9[edit]

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Thank you, Gerda. Have a Happy St Patrick's Day! Cheers! PFHLai (talk) 11:38, 17 March 2021 (UTC)[reply]
Just a question: why would we have BLP=yes for someone who died a week ago? --Gerda Arendt (talk) 07:21, 3 July 2021 (UTC)[reply]
Sorry, Gerda, is it about one of my recent edits? It should be BLP=no, or BLPO=yes if the wikibio mentions other people who may be still alive. If it's my mistake somewhere, please let me know where and I'll go fix it. Thanks. --PFHLai (talk) 08:17, 3 July 2021 (UTC)[reply]
My mistake, I didn't know about BLPO. - How useful is that? I mean, there will almost always be other people who are alive, no? Louis Andriessen - generations of students. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 08:24, 3 July 2021 (UTC)[reply]
BLPO is something new to me, too. I stumbled upon it recently. For simple teacher-student relationship, it's probably not important. This may be important in other relationships, such as marriage/divorce/extramarital affairs with (illegitimate) children, for instance. --PFHLai (talk) 08:44, 3 July 2021 (UTC)[reply]
His wife is alive, but nothing more is said about her than that she reported his dementia last year. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 08:46, 3 July 2021 (UTC)[reply]
I see. Well, then, a statement that someone is demented had better come with references. BLPO applies, I suppose. --PFHLai (talk) 08:51, 3 July 2021 (UTC)[reply]
It had a ref, and I added another. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 09:47, 3 July 2021 (UTC)[reply]
Also, I was confused, your change was for Frederic Rzewski. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 09:50, 3 July 2021 (UTC)[reply]
No worries. Zingarese fixed it there. And, I was confused, too. I misread what you wrote above and thought Andriessen's wife was demented. Oh, well... never mind. Anyway, thank you for putting in the refs. Glad to see that everything is properly referenced in your articles. --PFHLai (talk) 10:01, 3 July 2021 (UTC)[reply]
Thank you, I try. Only: there's no "my articles", - I "adopt" many translations, and many who recently died, and often it's not easy to find refs in retrospect. Example: there were two lines in the Andriessen bio, about "amplified non-vibrato voices" and such, for which we could find no independent ref (but many who copied exactly that). A conservative user removed it, although it was in the article for more than a decade. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 10:06, 3 July 2021 (UTC)[reply]
Well, it's a wiki. Someone may put it back with refs soon. --PFHLai (talk) 10:21, 3 July 2021 (UTC)[reply]
I doubt that, because I really looked. Many copied it, but the original was possibly a program booklet, not easily found. It's just a bit funny, that now other Wikipedias and websites have that detail, but not in English. It doesn't really matter, at least to me. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 11:13, 3 July 2021 (UTC)[reply]
It's just one point in an already quite long article. Let it be. It's okay. --PFHLai (talk) 11:41, 3 July 2021 (UTC)[reply]

ITN removal[edit]

Hi PFHLai, regarding your recent removal of the Atlanta Spa shooting blurb from the ITN template, the oldest one on the list is actually the Pritzker Architecture Prize one per this comment here [3]. Some1 (talk) 01:42, 20 March 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Thanks for letting me know, Some1. ONUnicorn has taken care of this already. Cheers! --PFHLai (talk) 05:15, 20 March 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Administrators' newsletter – April 2021[edit]

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

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Administrator changes

removed AlexandriaHappyme22RexxS

Guideline and policy news

  • Following a request for comment, F7 (invalid fair-use claim) subcriterion a has been deprecated; it covered immediate deletion of non-free media with invalid fair-use tags.
  • Following a request for comment, page movers were granted the delete-redirect userright, which allows moving a page over a single-revision redirect, regardless of that redirect's target.

Technical news

  • When you move a page that many editors have on their watchlist the history can be split and it might also not be possible to move it again for a while. This is because of a job queue problem. (T278350)
  • Code to support some very old web browsers is being removed. This could cause issues in those browsers. (T277803)

Arbitration


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France/French Guiana[edit]

You do realize, of course, that French Guiana is a department of France. It is not considered to be a separate country politically. It's part of the EU (ridiculous as that may seem). Hence the DYK hook, which was discussed at considerable length at DYK. Just so's you know – the hook wasn't an error. MeegsC (talk) 20:39, 2 May 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Thanks for the note, MeegsC. A mountain of gold gets my attention regardless of location. This one is in France the country but not in France the place. I thought the original hook is less ambiguous than ALT1... maybe not... Should I revert my edit at the template? --PFHLai (talk) 21:19, 2 May 2021 (UTC)[reply]
I suppose it's fine to leave now; there's only another 1.5 hours until it's replaced anyway. I actually didn't know myself that French Guiana was a department until the discussion at DYK. That was kind of the point of the hook, I guess. The nominator thought (probably correctly) that it would get people to click on the link. MeegsC (talk) 21:31, 2 May 2021 (UTC)[reply]
Okay, thanks, I shall leave things as they are at DYK. The hook works as clickmagnet either way, methinks. --PFHLai (talk) 21:36, 2 May 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Administrators' newsletter – May 2021[edit]

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

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Administrator changes

removed EnchanterCarlossuarez46

Interface administrator changes

removed Ragesoss

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Technical news

  • The user group oversight will be renamed to suppress. This is for technical reasons. You can comment at T112147 if you have objections.

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Administrators' newsletter – June 2021[edit]

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

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Administrator changes

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Technical news

  • Wikimedia previously used the IRC network Freenode. However, due to changes over who controlled the network with reports of a forceful takeover by several ex-staff members, the Wikimedia IRC Group Contacts decided to move to the new Libera Chat network. It has been reported that Wikimedia related channels on Freenode have been forcibly taken over if they pointed members to Libera. There is a migration guide and Wikimedia discussions about this.

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ITN recognition for Wang Chiu-Hwa[edit]

Ambox current red Americas.svgOn 21 June 2021, In the news was updated with an item that involved the article Wang Chiu-Hwa, which you nominated. If you know of another recently created or updated article suitable for inclusion in ITN, please suggest it on the candidates page. Stephen 00:44, 21 June 2021 (UTC)[reply]

ITN recognition for Mir Hazar Khan Khoso[edit]

Ambox current red Americas.svgOn 28 June 2021, In the news was updated with an item that involved the article Mir Hazar Khan Khoso, which you nominated. If you know of another recently created or updated article suitable for inclusion in ITN, please suggest it on the candidates page. Stephen 01:51, 28 June 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Administrators' newsletter – July 2021[edit]

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

Guideline and policy news

  • Consensus has been reached to delete all books in the book namespace. There was rough consensus that the deleted books should still be available on request at WP:REFUND even after the namespace is removed.
  • An RfC is open to discuss the next steps following a trial which automatically applied pending changes to TFAs.

Technical news

  • IP addresses of unregistered users are to be hidden from everyone. There is a rough draft of how IP addresses may be shown to users who need to see them. This currently details allowing administrators, checkusers, stewards and those with a new usergroup to view the full IP address of unregistered users. Editors with at least 500 edits and an account over a year old will be able to see all but the end of the IP address in the proposal. The ability to see the IP addresses hidden behind the mask would be dependent on agreeing to not share the parts of the IP address they can see with those who do not have access to the same information. Accessing part of or the full IP address of a masked editor would also be logged. Comments on the draft are being welcomed at the talk page.

Arbitration


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De facto[edit]

"Now italicized both in the article and in the blurb"

– Strange. – Sca (talk) 14:51, 10 July 2021 (UTC)[reply]
Strange? Why? It's strange to not italicize the Latin phrase. --PFHLai (talk) 19:46, 10 July 2021 (UTC)[reply]

ITN recognition for Priscilla Johnson McMillan[edit]

Ambox current red Americas.svgOn 14 July 2021, In the news was updated with an item that involved the article Priscilla Johnson McMillan, which you nominated. If you know of another recently created or updated article suitable for inclusion in ITN, please suggest it on the candidates page. Stephen 11:05, 14 July 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Latest ITN - headline (floods in europe)[edit]

The headline ("missing of 1300 people") is misleading. See also the latest comment, by User:Count Iblis in Wikipedia:In_the_news/Candidates#(Posted)_2021_European_floods. Not only I can confirm that for a short while, those numbers were raised/mentioned in the media because of broken mobile/telephone-infrastructure in a certain area. (Source: in german: by the spiegel (which is acknowledged by the english wikipedia). If you would like to the check the source for yourself you can do that with translation-addons. I ask you to remove those missing numbers and update the death toll (over 150 people) now. --LennBr (talk) 10:08, 17 July 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Thank you for your message, LennBr. I see that you have also posted at WP:ERRORS, and other admins have started to address your concern. I shall look into this and respond there soon. --PFHLai (talk) 14:05, 17 July 2021 (UTC)[reply]
User:Mjroots has dealt with it. (Glad to have an edit conflict). So, I shall leave things as they are. Thanks. --PFHLai (talk) 14:43, 17 July 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Administrators' newsletter – July 2021[edit]

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

Guideline and policy news

  • An RfC is open to add a delay of one week from nomination to deletion for G13 speedy deletions.

Technical news

  • Last week all wikis were very slow or not accessible for 30 minutes. This was due to server lag caused by regenerating dynamic lists on the Russian Wikinews after a large bulk import. (T287380)

Arbitration

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What's up with Ron Popeil edits?[edit]

It seems like you're being very aggressive with the addition of {{cn}} tags in your recent edits of Ron Popeil. What's your intention with this? Fabrickator (talk) 03:52, 2 August 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Hi, Fabrickator. I was reviewing this nomination for ITN RD. Even before my edits, inadequate referencing has been identified as an issue, preventing this wikibio from getting featured on RD. I hope the {{cn}} tags would help the next wikieditors at that bio identify places to add missing references. Does this help? --PFHLai (talk) 12:12, 2 August 2021 (UTC)[reply]

ITN recognition for Jon Lindbergh[edit]

Ambox current red Americas.svgOn 4 August 2021, In the news was updated with an item that involved the article Jon Lindbergh, which you nominated. If you know of another recently created or updated article suitable for inclusion in ITN, please suggest it on the candidates page. Stephen 23:54, 4 August 2021 (UTC)[reply]

File:Floods 16 July 2021, Belgium, Tilff 8 - ITN.jpg[edit]

Can you unprotect this file? It is not featured anymore. Thanks. (CC) Tbhotch 18:57, 18 August 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Thanks, Tbhotch. I have forgotten about this pic. It's now unprotected. Cheers! --PFHLai (talk) 22:18, 18 August 2021 (UTC)[reply]

ITN recognition for Haydée Coloso-Espino[edit]

Ambox current red Americas.svgOn 19 August 2021, In the news was updated with an item that involved the article Haydée Coloso-Espino, which you updated. If you know of another recently created or updated article suitable for inclusion in ITN, please suggest it on the candidates page. SpencerT•C 12:32, 19 August 2021 (UTC)[reply]

ITN recognition for William J. Boarman[edit]

Ambox current red Americas.svgOn 30 August 2021, In the news was updated with an item that involved the article William J. Boarman, which you nominated and updated. If you know of another recently created or updated article suitable for inclusion in ITN, please suggest it on the candidates page. Stephen 02:59, 30 August 2021 (UTC)[reply]

ITN recognition for Hae Un Lee[edit]

Ambox current red Americas.svgOn 30 August 2021, In the news was updated with an item that involved the article Hae Un Lee, which you nominated. If you know of another recently created or updated article suitable for inclusion in ITN, please suggest it on the candidates page. SpencerT•C 03:33, 30 August 2021 (UTC)[reply]

ITN recognition for B. V. Nimbkar[edit]

Ambox current red Americas.svgOn 1 September 2021, In the news was updated with an item that involved the article B. V. Nimbkar, which you nominated. If you know of another recently created or updated article suitable for inclusion in ITN, please suggest it on the candidates page. SpencerT•C 22:04, 1 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Administrators' newsletter – September 2021[edit]

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

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Administrator changes

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removed EmperorViridian Bovary
renamed AshleyyoursmileViridian Bovary

Guideline and policy news

Technical news

  • The Score extension has been re-enabled on public wikis. It has been updated, but has been placed in safe mode to address unresolved security issues. Further information on the security issues can be found on the mediawiki page.

Arbitration

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ITN recognition for Muhammad Hamza[edit]

Ambox current red Americas.svgOn 5 September 2021, In the news was updated with an item that involved the article Muhammad Hamza, which you nominated and updated. If you know of another recently created or updated article suitable for inclusion in ITN, please suggest it on the candidates page. SpencerT•C 03:25, 5 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

ITN recognition for Ataullah Mengal[edit]

Ambox current red Americas.svgOn 8 September 2021, In the news was updated with an item that involved the article Ataullah Mengal, which you updated. If you know of another recently created or updated article suitable for inclusion in ITN, please suggest it on the candidates page. SpencerT•C 01:36, 8 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Phil Schaap[edit]

Oh, thanks for restoring that. As you guessed, just a classic error on my part, editing an old version of the page to make changes, without noticing it. Cheers  — Amakuru (talk) 14:12, 12 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

You're welcome, Amakuru. No worries. No harm was done. Glad that I could help. Cheers! --PFHLai (talk) 14:15, 12 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

ITN recognition for Dinky Soliman[edit]

Ambox current red Americas.svgOn 20 September 2021, In the news was updated with an item that involved the article Dinky Soliman, which you nominated and updated. If you know of another recently created or updated article suitable for inclusion in ITN, please suggest it on the candidates page. SpencerT•C 00:16, 20 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

ITN recognition for Satoshi Hirayama[edit]

Ambox current red Americas.svgOn 21 September 2021, In the news was updated with an item that involved the article Satoshi Hirayama, which you nominated. If you know of another recently created or updated article suitable for inclusion in ITN, please suggest it on the candidates page. SpencerT•C 01:57, 21 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

RD András Ligeti[edit]

András Ligeti is ready to go. Could you please post on RD. Grimes2 (talk) 16:11, 26 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Hi, Grimes2. It's now posted on MainPage. Cheers! --PFHLai (talk) 19:03, 26 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

ITN recognition for Helmut Oberlander[edit]

Ambox current red Americas.svgOn 27 September 2021, In the news was updated with an item that involved the article Helmut Oberlander, which you nominated. If you know of another recently created or updated article suitable for inclusion in ITN, please suggest it on the candidates page. SpencerT•C 22:57, 27 September 2021 (UTC)[reply]

ITN recognition for Grey Ruthven, 2nd Earl of Gowrie[edit]

Ambox current red Americas.svgOn 1 October 2021, In the news was updated with an item that involved the article Grey Ruthven, 2nd Earl of Gowrie, which you nominated. If you know of another recently created or updated article suitable for inclusion in ITN, please suggest it on the candidates page. SpencerT•C 01:32, 1 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Administrators' newsletter – October 2021[edit]

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

Guideline and policy news

Technical news

Arbitration

  • A motion has standardised the 500/30 (extended confirmed) restrictions placed by the Arbitration Committee. The standardised restriction is now listed in the Arbitration Committee's procedures.
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Miscellaneous

  • Editors have approved expanding the trial of Growth Features from 2% of new accounts to 25%, and the share of newcomers getting mentorship from 2% to 5%. Experienced editors are invited to add themselves to the mentor list.
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Thank you for nominating Card. Medina to RD[edit]

I couldn't do it last night and planned to nominate him today if no one else did Cato censor (talk) 13:35, 4 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]

You're welcome, Cato censor. Glad to have this wikiarticle on MainPage. May Cardinal Medina rest in peace. Please be encouraged to nominate more well-updated wikiarticles for ITN/RD. Happy editing. Cheers! --PFHLai (talk) 17:42, 4 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]

ITN recognition for Raymond T. Odierno[edit]

Ambox current red Americas.svgOn 11 October 2021, In the news was updated with an item that involved the article Raymond T. Odierno, which you updated. If you know of another recently created or updated article suitable for inclusion in ITN, please suggest it on the candidates page. SpencerT•C 05:21, 11 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]

ITN recognition for Clement Bowman[edit]

Ambox current red Americas.svgOn 12 October 2021, In the news was updated with an item that involved the article Clement Bowman, which you nominated. If you know of another recently created or updated article suitable for inclusion in ITN, please suggest it on the candidates page. SpencerT•C 03:10, 12 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]

ITN recognition for Mike McCoy (businessman)[edit]

Ambox current red Americas.svgOn 28 October 2021, In the news was updated with an item that involved the article Mike McCoy (businessman), which you updated. If you know of another recently created or updated article suitable for inclusion in ITN, please suggest it on the candidates page.  — Amakuru (talk) 18:41, 28 October 2021 (UTC)[reply]

ITN credit for Sunao Tsuboi[edit]

Ambox current red Americas.svgOn 1 November 2021, In the news was updated with an item that involved the article Sunao Tsuboi, which you recently nominated. If you know of another recently created or updated article suitable for inclusion in ITN, please suggest it on the candidates page. SpencerT•C 00:24, 1 November 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Administrators' newsletter – November 2021[edit]

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

Guideline and policy news

  • Phase 2 of the 2021 RfA review has commenced which will discuss potential solutions to address the 8 issues found in Phase 1. Proposed solutions that achieve consensus will be implemented and you may propose solutions till 07 November 2021.

Technical news

Arbitration

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ITN recognition for Frank Farrar[edit]

Ambox current red Americas.svgOn 7 November 2021, In the news was updated with an item that involved the article Frank Farrar, which you updated. If you know of another recently created or updated article suitable for inclusion in ITN, please suggest it on the candidates page. Indefensible (talk) 23:02, 7 November 2021 (UTC)[reply]

ITN recognition for Adolfo J. de Bold[edit]

Ambox current red Americas.svgOn 8 November 2021, In the news was updated with an item that involved the article Adolfo J. de Bold, which you updated. If you know of another recently created or updated article suitable for inclusion in ITN, please suggest it on the candidates page. Stephen 00:21, 8 November 2021 (UTC)[reply]

President of Bulgaria[edit]

Hello, I'm wondering on what basis you posted the President of Bulgaria election? 331dot (talk) 12:55, 22 November 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Hi. That was an update on a blurb already on MainPage. --PFHLai (talk) 13:11, 22 November 2021 (UTC)[reply]

ArbCom 2021 Elections voter message[edit]

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Administrators' newsletter – December 2021[edit]

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

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Administrator changes

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Administrators will no longer be autopatrolled[edit]

A recently closed Request for Comment (RFC) reached consensus to remove Autopatrolled from the administrator user group. You may, similarly as with Edit Filter Manager, choose to self-assign this permission to yourself. This will be implemented the week of December 13th, but if you wish to self-assign you may do so now. To find out when the change has gone live or if you have any questions please visit the Administrator's Noticeboard. 20:06, 7 December 2021 (UTC)

Gracias![edit]

Thanks for adding credible sources to the Carlos Marín recent death nomination at the front page.RosameliaMartinezTorres (talk) 03:28, 20 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]

You're welcome, RosameliaMartinezTorres. Glad that I could help. --PFHLai (talk) 04:35, 20 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]

One more thing[edit]

Could you change movie to film on the hook "... that the 2018 film soundtrack album It's Christmas, Eve by LeAnn Rimes originated from a movie in which Rimes played the main character?" Gatoclass didn't like my hook and came up with a new one. I'm fine with it except for that error. SL93 (talk) 02:51, 24 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Sorry for my slow response, SL93. Gatoclass has made the change himself already. --PFHLai (talk) 11:31, 24 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]

RD[edit]

Hi Lai, could you take a look at the referenced RDs? There are a few of them. Thank you. Regards, Jeromi Mikhael 11:32, 26 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]

No sleeping in on Boxing Day?! Fine.... :-) --PFHLai (talk) 15:31, 26 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]

What is boxing day? Sorry I dont understand Regards, Jeromi Mikhael 16:19, 26 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]

No worries. Boxing Day is a holiday. I'll go back to sleep now. Happy holidays! --PFHLai (talk) 16:21, 26 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]

ITN recognition for Shirley Bottolfsen[edit]

Ambox current red Americas.svgOn 31 December 2021, In the news was updated with an item that involved the article Shirley Bottolfsen, which you nominated. If you know of another recently created or updated article suitable for inclusion in ITN, please suggest it on the candidates page. —Bagumba (talk) 01:29, 31 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Happy New Year, PFHLai![edit]

   Send New Year cheer by adding {{subst:Happy New Year fireworks}} to user talk pages.

Thank you, Abishe. Happy New Year to you, too. May your 2022 be a year of success and happiness. Happy editing! Cheers! --PFHLai (talk) 00:03, 1 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Merchandise giveaway nomination[edit]

A t-shirt!
A token of thanks

Hi PFHLai! I've nominated you (along with all other active admins) to receive a solstice season gift from the WMF. Talk page stalkers are invited to comment at the nomination. Enjoy! Cheers, {{u|Sdkb}}talk ~~~~~
A snowflake!

MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 23:50, 31 December 2021 (UTC)[reply]

Thank you, Sdkb! --PFHLai (talk) 00:04, 1 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Well deserved for all the work that you do PFHLai!!! Thanks Sdkb for the initiative. Happy new year to both of you! Ktin (talk) 18:31, 1 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Thank you, Ktin. Happy New Year to you, too. Have a wonderful 2022! Happy editing. Cheers! --PFHLai (talk) 19:33, 1 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

ITN recognition for Jonathan Spence[edit]

Ambox current red Americas.svgOn 1 January 2022, In the news was updated with an item that involved the article Jonathan Spence, which you nominated. If you know of another recently created or updated article suitable for inclusion in ITN, please suggest it on the candidates page. Ktin (talk) 18:29, 1 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Administrators' newsletter – January 2022[edit]

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

Guideline and policy news

  • Following consensus at the 2021 RfA review, the autopatrolled user right has been removed from the administrators user group; admins can grant themselves the autopatrolled permission if they wish to remain autopatrolled.

Arbitration

Miscellaneous

  • The functionaries email list (functionaries-en@lists.wikimedia.org) will no longer accept incoming emails apart from those sent by list members and WMF staff. Private concerns, apart from those requiring oversight, should be directly sent to the Arbitration Committee.

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How we will see unregistered users[edit]

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ITN recognition for Michael R. Clifford[edit]

Ambox current red Americas.svgOn 4 January 2022, In the news was updated with an item that involved the article Michael R. Clifford, which you updated. If you know of another recently created or updated article suitable for inclusion in ITN, please suggest it on the candidates page. —Bagumba (talk) 22:49, 4 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Zara[edit]

The other photo of Zara Rutherford seems to have proper provenance. Try that one instead. I’m very tired of seeing the planetary fart photo on the main page. Jehochman Talk 12:33, 21 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Thanks for the suggestion, Jehochman. I'll look into using that pic soon. --PFHLai (talk) 22:20, 21 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
I have learned that the permission isn’t quite proper. We need to contact the uploader and ask them to confirm it through the designated procedure. Jehochman Talk 00:05, 22 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Good to know. Thanks for the heads up, Jehochman. We should steer away from these problematic images. --PFHLai (talk) 03:35, 22 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

In The News Barnstar[edit]

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Thank you for all the heavy-lifting that you do on the WP:ITNC page! Just want to let you know that it is much much appreciated. Best wishes. Ktin (talk) 01:44, 24 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Ktin (talk) 01:44, 24 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Thank you, Ktin. You are too kind. Thank you. To be honest, I was merely doing touch-ups most of the time. You actually build the wikiarticles for use on ITN. You have done a lot more heavy-lifting! Thank you for that! Happy editing. Cheers! --PFHLai (talk) 04:08, 24 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

ITN recognition for Gloria McMillan[edit]

Ambox current red Americas.svgOn 26 January 2022, In the news was updated with an item that involved the article Gloria McMillan, which you nominated. If you know of another recently created or updated article suitable for inclusion in ITN, please suggest it on the candidates page. Stephen 23:43, 26 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Nomination for deletion of Wikipedia:Collaboration of the week/Template:COTWnow[edit]

Ambox warning blue.svgWikipedia:Collaboration of the week/Template:COTWnow has been nominated for deletion. You are invited to comment on the discussion at the entry on the Templates for discussion page. Gonnym (talk) 16:01, 30 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Biller[edit]

February songs
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You kindly marked Biller ready for RD a while ago. He finally made it yesterday, 17:44, but was kicked already this morning. I remembered that you quoted a 24h rule/wish/whatever, and think he'd deserve it, by what he did for the world. I pleaded with Stephen who removed him (don't want to repeat my arguments), but to no avail. Would you make an exception, adding him back as a 7th for a bit more time? --Gerda Arendt (talk) 12:31, 2 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

... and latish happy new year! It started nicely with long vacation, pictured if you click on songs, and a few days still missing. I waited for a special day, a feast day for which Bach wrote several cantatas including Mit Fried und Freud ich fahr dahin, BWV 125, which was on on DYK 10 years ago and TFA 4 years ago. Georg Christoph Biller had to wait days for a Main page appearance under recent deaths, and then stayed not even for a full day. It would been so meaningful today, with the man in the cantata saying he can depart in joy and peace. - The February pic was taken in memory last year. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 16:38, 2 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

  • Happy New year to you, too, Gerda. And thank you for letting me know about Biller. Nine hours was indeed a rather short appearance. He is now back on RD for a few more hours this evening. --PFHLai (talk) 17:10, 2 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
    Thank you for intervening. What made me so furious was that instead of his name, we had just white space, at least in my rendering. I'll try to forget, but it was highly disappointing because of his stature, - the only bigger disappointment was Márta Kurtág not appearing at all, because the news (in Hungarian) arrived late, and by the time an article was created she had gone "stale", - at that time it went by day of death, strictly. It's an improvement that now we enter every new one at the front, and make adjustments for information of death coming late. - I like my talk today (keeping Biller a bit longer, and even explaining how it works), and managed to picture two more vacation days. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 17:13, 3 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
    • You're welcome, Gerda. I did not do much. Just a few clicks. You contributed much-appreciated contents for use on ITN and the work deserves a little more time in the spotlight on MainPage. Please keep the good contents coming. Happy editing! Cheers! --PFHLai (talk) 23:15, 3 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
      I certainly will, especially when subjects die whose articles I created, like this one. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 23:23, 3 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

stand and sing --Gerda Arendt (talk) 23:33, 25 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

May peace be back in Ukraine soon. --PFHLai (talk) 20:15, 26 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Do you speak a language in which Prayer for Ukraine didn't appear already (+ German, going to translate)? --Gerda Arendt (talk) 20:38, 26 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]