User talk:SVTCobra

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How we will see unregistered users[edit]


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18:14, 4 January 2022 (UTC)

Temporary change to article length[edit]

Hello. As a reviewer, this note is just to let you know we are implementing a trial from February 1 to April 30 to encourage more articles to be published per the outcome of a current proposal. The minimum requirements for article length will be one paragraph of at least a hundred words. At the end of the trial the requirements will return to normal (3 paragraphs etc) and there will be an evaluation discussion about the trial. Happy reviewing! [24Cr][talk] 23:10, 31 January 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Mexico city article.[edit]

Thank you. Rising79Backfire (talk) 05:25, 23 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Moving CATs[edit]

Hi, please don't move CATs when renaming them. If CAT:Foo is to be renamed to CAT:Bar, create CAT:Bar, add the category to all articles that belong to CAT:Foo, remove CAT:Foo from them and then delete CAT:Foo. Moving categories has high technical cost, and veterans advice against it.
•–• 10:53, 26 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]

OK, got it. Sorry. --SVTCobra 17:51, 26 February 2022 (UTC)[reply]
It is possible to do it with pwb -- let me know if any big cats need to be moved, it would be easier that way.
•–• 14:22, 2 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

spam accounts.[edit]

why is WikiNews getting bombarded with these? Rising79Backfire (talk) 10:57, 3 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Well, recently a certain category of spam-bot seems to have found a way around our spam filters. I tried to set up a new filter, but it didn't seem to work. That said, I am sure Wikipedia faces many, many more spam attacks. Cheers, SVTCobra 12:36, 3 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
we need better fliters The drywall (talk) 12:18, 17 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]


Hi SVT, I have an urgent article in the queue, and another about to go stale. Bddpaux is off for a few days and Cromium is normally very busy...if at all possible, could you give them a check? For the breaking review, just go through the talk page, where the sources are linked for every bit of info. I've regularly kept up on all other articles, just really, really need someone to give these a read ASAP. Thanks! --JJLiu112 (talk) 17:51, 11 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

I reviewed Court finds UK allowed undervalued Chinese imports into EU. I see Cromium thinks they have time tomorrow for the other one. It might surprise you, but I am not on the Scoop mailing list. Cheers, SVTCobra 23:15, 11 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Thank you! JJLiu112 (talk) 18:52, 12 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]


hello The drywall (talk) 18:10, 17 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Greetings and salutations! --SVTCobra 18:16, 17 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Guilty verdict for first trial in the January 6 U.S. Capitol attack[edit]

Hi SVTCobra,

I saw that you asked darkfrog if they wanted the article Guilty verdict for first trial in the January 6 U.S. Capitol attack userefied and thought I would let you know (I recently found out myself) that DF is currently busy working on an unblock request, I think. Since discussions at an/ani can be totally exhausting, especially for those who are the topic discussion, I hope you will take that into consideration.

IMO this is a story that many are interested in, so writing well about it is a challenge. There are many competing media outlets. Since the sentencing of Guy Reffitt is not scheduled until June 8 IIRC, I hope you will consider leaving the article available for any wikinewsie who has an interest in this topic. It may just end up providing a feather in the cap for WN. Just my $.02, and thanks in advance, Ottawahitech (talk) 03:04, 20 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Darkfrog has already expressed that they do not see "a retread in the cards" which I take to mean they do not wish for it to be userfied. If you are volunteering to carry the baton, let me know. SVTCobra 04:16, 20 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Story preparation/US Senate (confirms/rejects) Ketanji Brown Jackson for Supreme Court[edit]

Did you intend to have it in that namespace, SVTCobra?
•–• 11:02, 23 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

No, it was accidental. Cheers, --SVTCobra 11:09, 23 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]
Heh, thought so.
•–• 11:40, 23 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

About a nice cup of tea and a sit down[edit]

@SVTCobra:I was talking about Wikinews:A nice cup of tea and a sit down, where Wikinewsies type nice things about each other. Nononsense101 (talk) 15:36, 24 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]

OK, I fixed it for you. -- SVTCobra 18:41, 24 March 2022 (UTC)[reply]


Just a head's up, s/p (standard protection) is move admin-only, edit auto-confirmed. Please make sure you enable that. Cheers!
•–• 06:44, 1 April 2022 (UTC)[reply]

I got confused and others seem to be too. Move we all agree. But when I saw some other stuff in the archives, edit did not seem clear. (Not deep history). However, I think I've gone back to auto/admin as of late. To be fair, we don't even have a guideline on it. --SVTCobra 06:50, 1 April 2022 (UTC)[reply]
While we want a wiki to be open-for-all to edit, we have had vandals fucking up published articles (I can email/PM you the technical part -- though you might already know -- not saying it out loud to minimise abuse) when we did not semi-protect. semi-protection was the best compromise we could come up with, with the openness of wiki and not having the articles messed up. If you want, I can change the "s/p" message to say a more helpful message?
•–• 07:37, 1 April 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Thank you[edit]

Thank you for tidying up my references in the article Artificial pancreas for diabetes. It is appreciated. YTKJ (talk) 17:32, 2 April 2022 (UTC)[reply]

You are welcome. The article needs more work. It needs to answer where, when, what and how. News needs to have a focus. The title also needs to reflect same and keep international audiences in mind. Cheers, SVTCobra 17:36, 2 April 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Sri Lanka article[edit]

In an effort to ensure all reviews are impartial, I think it’d be best if you gave it a read instead. JJLiu112 (talk) 20:57, 3 April 2022 (UTC)[reply]


Thanks for this: I am very pro-deleting spam, no matter if it's in some page history that someone is unlikely to see, even on the very off chance that someone accidentally clicks on one of these malware links. —Justin (koavf)TCM 17:25, 4 April 2022 (UTC)[reply]


Dear friend I have a request for on Wikipedia since Spider-Man is Marvel's most well-known superhero can you edit him as the protagonist of the Marvel Universe? (talk) 19:11, 5 April 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Numerous People Shot, Undetonated Devices Found in Brooklyn Subway[edit]

Hello SVTCobra (t · c · b) thanks for reviewing the article, can you please have a look on it again as I have redrafted the whole paragraph, Is it ok to submit for the review? Suryabeej (talk) 14:37, 12 April 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Small landlords who became homeless during pandemic blame 'broken' system[edit]

Hi SVTCobra,

I thought Small landlords who became homeless during pandemic blame 'broken' system was going to be a one off, but I was wrong.

I just discovered another story about a homeless landlord, this one in the usa according to CBS News. This story is, of course, stale by now, but maybe another story will turn up in the news which will be more timely. Could my the article I started e useriied, or better still kept available in the newroom for anyone who notices an appropriate unstale news? Thanks in advance, Ottawahitech (talk) 23:06, 17 April 2022 (UTC)[reply]

Is there really anything that can be used in a future article other than the link to the CBC article as a source? --SVTCobra 23:46, 17 April 2022 (UTC)[reply]
I guess not, if it s too much trouble. BTW I created a new page earlier today and used two news stories from Wikinews, one from 2005 and the other from 2007, as references.
I'll try to find another home for the news articles mentioned here. Ottawahitech (talk) 02:20, 21 April 2022 (UTC)[reply]
I can get the link back for CBC if you can't find it for a future article. SVTCobra 02:50, 21 April 2022 (UTC)[reply]