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Minus one Checkuser[edit]

I've requested at Meta for my Checkuser access to be removed.

I don't have time for that commitment anymore.

This will leave three Checkusers locally:

  1. Brian (talk · contribs)
  2. Cspurrier (talk · contribs)
  3. Skenmy (talk · contribs)

None of them are terribly active, but I'd recommend keeping all three.

I'd also strongly suggest trying to get two more, and I think Pi zero (talk · contribs) and Brian McNeil (talk · contribs) would both be good candidates.

I'll still be around as a sysop and editor, but a bit less active than in the past.

Thank you, -- Cirt (talk) 16:01, 18 October 2013 (UTC)

  • Sorry to see you have to hand back the bit, Cirt. I'm not inclined to put myself forward because I'd prefer to avoid sticking my head back above the parapet and getting shot at by our detractors. I know, technically, I'm more-than-capable of doing the job (hey! I'm Systems Analyst working in Carrier Level technical support, I've scary levels of network infrastructure access). But, the Kook ReportWikipedia Signpost would have a field day sounding a call to vote me down.
I'd support Pi zero having the bit; however, I'd be reluctant to add CU to his responsibilities. Are there any CheckUsers active on other projects (saying such, I'm mainly referring to non-WP sisters as a source of folks who'd have no axe to grind, and familiarity a similar abuse profile as we experience). --Brian McNeil / talk 11:11, 20 October 2013 (UTC)
Thanks Cirt for the work you have done. I will try to keep a closer eye on RFCU. We should probably look at electing another CheckUser. Please feel free to e-mail me if there are any urgent CU. --Cspurrier (talk) 19:32, 31 October 2013 (UTC)
  • Craig, you probably recall I handed back my bit after some poorly-chosen remarks about 'having someone checkusered'; the usual "fast and loose, let's attack Mr McNeil" interpretation being that I'd do it myself prompting that rather than a fugly mess of educating people about their inability to read English correctly.
I don't give a rat's arse about those who'd show up to say how 'evil' I am; at-issue is the fact we'd need outside support to meet the criteria for another CU to be elected. On that basis, and the various comments recommending we have another CU, a nomination being entered from someone outside the enWN community is probably best. --Brian McNeil / talk 23:08, 31 October 2013 (UTC)

I'm not really involved in sockpuppet-related investigations or any of that jazz over on Wikipedia (I'm mostly a "content" admin in that I do deletions and protections rather than blocks and bans), but if the community feels that they need another CheckUser, I'd be happy to put myself forward. I've been an admin on here and on the 'pedia for a while, and I'd like to think I'm mostly sane, calm and reasonable. I'm also identified to the Foundation. If there's any interest, I could apply formally. —Tom Morris (talk) 07:57, 19 December 2013 (UTC)

  • I'd support that, and expect you to have no issues making good use of the tool. --Brian McNeil / talk 09:50, 19 December 2013 (UTC)
  • Likewise. --Pi zero (talk) 12:40, 19 December 2013 (UTC)
  • Someone may want to archive some stuff on the RFP page. It's so loaded with various closed discussions it's hard to make heads or tails of it. Also someone(s) should post more widely about this ongoing CU new RFP. CU RFPs need to get at least twenty-five (25) supports, and therefore it should get posted on various related email lists, perhaps pages at Meta, etc. Good luck, -- Cirt (talk) 22:47, 19 December 2013 (UTC)

Abuse filter tweak[edit]

Can someone with abuse filter expertise add mywikibiz.com to the filter set? It's naught but a 'vanity' wiki, and I cannot see any circumstance where it might serve as a useful source of information for Wikinews. --Brian McNeil / talk 11:11, 20 October 2013 (UTC)

I think you're mixing up your antispam tools. You want to add that to spamblacklist, unless en.WN is relying on an abuse filter filter to do simple domain matching (which would be an expensive way to do something which can be done easier by blacklisting.) - Amgine | t 11:26, 20 October 2013 (UTC)

Blocked sockmaster Kalki going for sysop at Wikiquote[edit]

Sockmaster Kalki going for sysop at en.wikiquote:

  1. Prior history by FloNight at https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/User:FloNight/Kalki
  2. Chronology and restrictions noted at https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/User:Kalki/Restrictions
  3. Current ongoing RFA at https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Wikiquote:Requests_for_adminship/Kalki_(3rd_request)

Notifying here as it is directly relevant when a sock master with over 200 plus sock farm seeks rights of trust such as sysop.

Thank you for your time,

-- Cirt (talk) 17:06, 20 January 2014 (UTC)

MediaWiki talk:Robots.txt[edit]

Request to update the robots.txt sitemap url(s). - Amgine | t 23:46, 28 January 2014 (UTC)

Done --Pi zero (talk) 00:20, 29 January 2014 (UTC)

Emerging uses of transparent film[edit]

Yes, now deleted.

Was scratching my head over this one when reviewing what the Newsroom linked to; then I spotted the naked URL in it. So, now deleted as spam and the user is blocked. However, I have not blocked the contributor from editing their talk page. So, if Allen chriss (talk · contribs) pops up again, look out for spam on his talk. --Brian McNeil / talk 09:40, 30 January 2014 (UTC)

Questionable edits to Admin pages[edit]

I temporarily blocked 2602:304:AF53:3E99:7931:1C25:FC49:98D7 (talk · contribs) after I saw edits to my page. There are other edits. I did not yet revert them all as I'd like someone else to see if they have any merit. This user also succeeded in exceeding the maximum allowable characters in a name, which leaves my link useless. Please see my talk page history. From there you can see the other activity. Thanks. ~~ --SVTCobra 03:41, 1 February 2014 (UTC)

but yes, I forgot about diff-links. So here it is: [1]. I have no idea! --SVTCobra 03:44, 1 February 2014 (UTC)
They already asked the same here at AAA before. Now, I have left them a message on their talk page, explaining why they're blocked. --Gryllida 04:56, 1 February 2014 (UTC)
Both fall into 2602:304:AF53:3E99:* range, possibly dynamic IP (the original one is not currently blocked). --Gryllida 04:59, 1 February 2014 (UTC)
All he did was ask some admins if they'd perform an admin action for them. It was a weird-ass request but it wasn't anything to block for. Incidentally, it's cool to see your name pop up on RC, SVTCobra. BRS (Talk) (Contribs) 05:17, 1 February 2014 (UTC)
This is probably a spambot. I have seen similar edits on other wikis dealing with blocks and block templates. 86.69.154.191 (talk) 06:35, 1 February 2014 (UTC)
  • Doesn't show much more in the way of signs of intelligence than your average spambox; putting 'crat and admin open to recall templates on an anonymous page (IPv6)? --Brian McNeil / talk 17:58, 1 February 2014 (UTC)
...I don't see those? And yes, it's an IPv6 address. BRS (Talk) (Contribs) 23:50, 1 February 2014 (UTC)
  • I was looking at the deleted userpage. --Brian McNeil / talk 00:04, 2 February 2014 (UTC)
Got it. Copypasta of PiZ's entire userpage, looks like. BRS (Talk) (Contribs) 00:17, 2 February 2014 (UTC)
Thanks, BRS. I am glad that you guys are still around to keep the project alive. All the best to Wikinews! --SVTCobra 22:01, 9 February 2014 (UTC)
Note: this is a cross-wiki LTA who tried to convince the other Wikimedia communities, including Wikisource and Wikiversity, to do the same thing to their MediaWiki:Blockedtext messages. Suspect it to be spam, but do whatever you want with your own. TeleComNasSprVen (talk) 05:52, 28 February 2014 (UTC)

Omdo (talk · contribs)[edit]

Are these edits allowed by current Wikinews policy? They appear to be some questionable changes to try to establish notability of and interest in the topic of Sarawak. One of their edits were rejected in this change. TeleComNasSprVen (talk) 05:49, 28 February 2014 (UTC)

Our rule of thumb is, don't create a category until there are at least three published articles about it. When someone creates a category for which there are no published articles, we can generally speedy-delete it; when it has one or two, we'd tend to want a formal vote to delete, which is a nuisance so we don't always get around to it promptly. I for one sometimes drag my feet on small cats like this because I've been considering proposing (eventually) some tweak to our best-practices on category creation, to make it easier to create all of a set of categories (such as the states of a nation) when some of them are underpopulated.
Omdo created the category to accompany an article, iirc, but the article didn't work out. I may have hesitated to delete the category at the time on grounds that, had the article succeeded, we would then have had two published articles for the category, only mildly under-quota. By the time the failed article got deleted after two days' notice of abandonment, I'd probably forgotten. --Pi zero (talk) 12:31, 28 February 2014 (UTC)
What were the articles about? Did they contain potential copyright violations like what happened on the English Wikipedia? TeleComNasSprVen (talk) 02:48, 1 March 2014 (UTC)
Oh, I see what happened on en.wp. How unfortunate.
It appears Omdo has done some things here on en.wn that aren't proper procedure, but nothing that was repeated — nor did Omdo attempt to do anything over correctly, either.
The one article here, "Independence of July 22 for Sarawak", was created in early-to-mid July of last year. It was never reviewed, so no source-check was done at the time; checking the deleted text now, I chose a sentence from the middle, googled it, and was led to a copyrighted source, not listed as a source for the article, that contained that sentence verbatim. (It was an attempted self-publish, which newcomers sometimes do through misunderstanding; we removed the attempted self-publish, tagged it developing with a note that it needed explaining for an international audience, and the author never tried to fix it and submit for review; hence, no review.)
Some months earlier Omdo also uploaded an image to en.wn; I've no idea why; which was tagged by one user for deletion as under copyright, and deleted by an admin for having no source information. --Pi zero (talk) 03:40, 1 March 2014 (UTC)

{{votings}}[edit]

Is there a reason that {{votings}} is unprotected yet {{votings/complicated stuff}} is semi-protected? Would it not make sense to have them both under the same protection (whichever one deems that to be)? — Microchip08 (talk) 05:44, 24 March 2014 (UTC)

Well... {{votings}} is regularly updated with those counts that are maintained by hand. {{votings/complicated stuff}} consists entirely of things that are maintained automatically, so there's no reason to tinker casually with it. --Pi zero (talk) 12:24, 24 March 2014 (UTC)

Heartbleed[edit]

If you haven't changed your password, now is the time to do so! The WMF have recommended all users change passwords in the wake of the Heartbleed vulnerability. This is obviously more of a priority for privileged accounts, but should also be highlighted in the sitenotice for everyone else.

And, for those with wikinewsie.org email addresses, please change your passwords there too! The SSL cert for the hosting company has been replaced, but this does not help if someone has managed to purloin your password. --Brian McNeil / talk 18:32, 10 April 2014 (UTC)