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Administrators' newsletter – December 2023[edit]

News and updates for administrators from the past month (November 2023).

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Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 15:54, 8 December 2023 (UTC)[reply]


Hello! I reverted you on T:ITN. The use of "COP28" was explicitly discussed and not opposed at ITNC, so if you'd like to see that changed please feel free to start a new discussion at WP:ERRORS so I've just started a discussion about it on WP:ERRORS. Ed [talk] [OMT] 20:38, 13 December 2023 (UTC)[reply]

I've just reverted back to your original, to let Errors decide. WP:BOLDLEAD is an article guideline to include the article name in bold near the start, not sure why you're using that to justify the removal of the specific 'The' rather than the general article? Stephen 21:05, 13 December 2023 (UTC)[reply]
Sorry for not being clear enough there. I've linked that because none of the examples have "the" bolded, and I've not seen a good reason or consensus for why ITN would differ from all our articles. Ed [talk] [OMT] 21:13, 13 December 2023 (UTC)[reply]
Because there's a difference between the United Nations Climate Change conference and the United Nations Climate Change Conference that ran this year. The examples wouldn't have "the" bolded because the guideline is about including the article name in bold in the lead of an article. ITN is not an article. Stephen 21:32, 13 December 2023 (UTC)[reply]
Indeed, ITN is not an article. What I don't understand is why it would choose to differ from our article guidelines. We wouldn't typically bold or link "the" in either circumstance there, especially when the context is clear. Ed [talk] [OMT] 05:15, 16 December 2023 (UTC)[reply]

December greetings[edit]

December: story · music · places

Thank you for your ITN work! - Today, I have a special story to tell, of the works of a musician born 300 years ago. - I wish you a good festive season and a peaceful New Year! -- Gerda Arendt (talk) 16:07, 22 December 2023 (UTC)[reply]

I try to finish uploading images of 2023 before it ends, and reached 17 December. Happy to see Rebekka Habermas on the Main page, a last minute nomination of yesterday, and Heike Matthiesen, today's last minute. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 22:53, 29 December 2023 (UTC)[reply]

Administrators' newsletter – January 2024[edit]

News and updates for administrators from the past month (December 2023).



Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 11:54, 1 January 2024 (UTC)[reply]


Like 2019, remember? -- Gerda Arendt (talk) 22:31, 1 January 2024 (UTC) I saw your name on my watchlist: could you please check Chris Karrer, ITNN 2 Jan? --Gerda Arendt (talk) 22:18, 9 January 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Literally just did, best wishes Stephen 22:19, 9 January 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Seen, and liked telepathy or what ;) --Gerda Arendt (talk) 22:20, 9 January 2024 (UTC)[reply]
On the Main page: the person who made the pictured festival possible --Gerda Arendt (talk) 19:44, 16 January 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Not relying on telepathy again: can you please check ITNN 13 Jan Romuald Twardowski? --Gerda Arendt (talk) 14:42, 19 January 2024 (UTC)[reply]
story · music · places
Thank you! - Today a friend's birthday, with related music and new vacation pics --Gerda Arendt (talk) 22:47, 30 January 2024 (UTC)[reply]

MP talk[edit]

Not banned from MP talk. – Sca (talk)

a) It was Errors not MP talk, b) No, you're not banned from there, c) There's no chit chat on Errors, the discussion was regarding British English and your comment was irrelevantly concerning US English. Stephen 22:37, 10 January 2024 (UTC)[reply]

ARBPIA ITN question[edit]

Does ARBPIA apply to ITN? i.e., is that IP comment qualified to be considered in determining consensus? Or does "broadly construed" mean non-ECs can't even vote in I-P ITN nominations? I noticed you removed my SPA note but I'm still wondering if as an IP it's still supposed to be struck. JM (talk) 20:05, 14 January 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Yes, it applies site wide as far as I can tell. Stephen 20:09, 14 January 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Ok, mind if I strike that IP comment? JM (talk) 20:10, 14 January 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Not at all, delete it. Stephen 20:35, 14 January 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Alright, there's an IP who has now made 6 edits to that nomination, including two separate votes, both left unsigned. I've left the notice on their talk page and pointed out their edits but both votes are still up, I've already reverted them and I don't think I'm allowed to do so more than I have. What do to? JM (talk) 23:50, 15 January 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Thanks, I hadn't noticed they'd come back. Votes removed and blocked them. Stephen 00:07, 16 January 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Administrators' newsletter – February 2024[edit]

News and updates for administrators from the past month (January 2024).

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  • Following a motion, the Arbitration Committee adopted a new enforcement restriction on January 4, 2024, wherein the Committee may apply the 'Reliable source consensus-required restriction' to specified topic areas.
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Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 18:01, 1 February 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Undoing my edit to the talk page of ITN[edit]

Hey Stephen, I am Harvici, and I see that you reverted my edit on the talk page of ITN.Can you please tell me if I did something wrong? and I think that the G20 should be included in the ITN/R.Thanks Harvici (talk) 12:01, 4 February 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Was a misclick, restored. Stephen 19:37, 4 February 2024 (UTC)[reply]

February music[edit]

story · music · places

Today I am happy about a singer on the Main page (at least for the first hours), after TFA the same day last year. -- Gerda Arendt (talk) 16:12, 7 February 2024 (UTC)[reply]

When I made today's story I was sure Alfred Grosser would appear on RD today, which may happen or not but I go to bed ;) --Gerda Arendt (talk) 23:20, 10 February 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Thanks to Seiji Ozawa. - Now I'm hoping for Helga Paris, nominated last minute. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 22:12, 12 February 2024 (UTC)[reply]

... and now for Ladislav Burlas (11 Feb) - saw your name on my watchlist --Gerda Arendt (talk) 22:12, 18 February 2024 (UTC)[reply]

The image, taken on a cemetery last year after the funeral of a distant but dear family member, commemorates today, with thanks for their achievements, four subjects mentioned on the Main page and Vami_IV, a friend here. Listen to music by Tchaikovsky (an article where one of the four is pictured), sung by today's subject (whose performance on stage I enjoyed two days ago). --Gerda Arendt (talk) 16:51, 20 February 2024 (UTC)[reply]

more music and flowers on Rossini's rare birthday --Gerda Arendt (talk) 15:25, 29 February 2024 (UTC)[reply]

thank you for bringing Gabriela Grillo to the Main page, on Smetana's 200th birthday - I wouldn't mind credit --Gerda Arendt (talk) 07:42, 2 March 2024 (UTC)[reply]


Morning, hope you're well.

President of Chile and Prime Minister of Pakistan are proper name job titles, so should be capitalised accordingly. This was raised at WP:ERRORS as it creates a weird inconsistency when we also have President of Ecuador on the same template. I don't see that the former part is relevant, it's still a named job title. Please could you self-revert, as I was responding to a specific point raised at ERRORS and we should present a consistent approach to readers. Cheers  — Amakuru (talk) 10:54, 8 February 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Agreed, I’d already reverted. Stephen 10:58, 8 February 2024 (UTC)[reply]
Thanks.  — Amakuru (talk) 10:59, 8 February 2024 (UTC)[reply]

A barnstar for you![edit]

The Original Barnstar
Here is a Barnstar for you for your consistent work on ITN Harvici (talk) 14:01, 15 February 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Excuse me[edit]

Excuse me, may I ask why you closed my discussion. Please reopen it otherwise I report it. ⚒️★MinecraftPlayer★321⚒️ Let's Chat! 01:29, 21 February 2024 (UTC)[reply]

It was closed because it has zero chance of being approved for ITN on the main page. Stephen 02:49, 21 February 2024 (UTC)[reply]
I'm sorry, but there is a very small chance if you haven't deleted it, and could have been approved in any way. Could you please give me the link to the guidelines for that? That will be appreciated. ⚒️★MinecraftPlayer★321⚒️ Let's Chat! 02:59, 21 February 2024 (UTC)[reply]
There is zero chance of it being approved. It hasn’t been deleted, just closed. Stephen 04:44, 21 February 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Swap pic for variety[edit]

Hi Stephen! I appreciate swapping the pic for variety, but can I request instead of swapping one white man for another white man (best actor/best supporting actor), we go with either best actress Emma Stone or best supporting actress Da'Vine Joy Randolph (pics taken from the article)? Thanks for considering it, Levivich (talk) 01:27, 23 February 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Neither of them were in Oppenheimer, which is the primary subject of the item. Stephen 03:56, 23 February 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Administrators' newsletter – March 2024[edit]

News and updates for administrators from the past month (February 2024).

Guideline and policy news

Technical news

  • The mobile site history pages now use the same HTML as the desktop history pages. (T353388)


Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 12:22, 1 March 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Protection of ITN doc page[edit]

Hey Stephen, I noticed there's an edit request to the ITN template doc page. You had protected it two years ago saying that there's No reason for non-admins to edit the ITN template documentation. Given that there has been vandalism in the past, but still a need to edit it, wouldn't it be sensible to lower the protection to be autoconfirmed? SWinxy (talk) 23:08, 3 March 2024 (UTC)[reply]

The one edit request in two years has been handled. Stephen 01:39, 4 March 2024 (UTC)[reply]
I was here to comment similarly. Perhaps extended confirmed would be sufficient. In the spirit of openess, I can imagine someone that might be inclined to tweak just wouldn't bother if they had to format an edit request. —Bagumba (talk) 09:05, 5 March 2024 (UTC)[reply]
No problem, protection has been downgraded to ECP, thanks both. Stephen 00:09, 6 March 2024 (UTC)[reply]


You reverted my edit to Wikipedia talk:In the news, saying it has already been raised at INTC. What is "INTC"? Senior Captain Thrawn (talk) 23:04, 8 March 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Typo, WP:ITNC Stephen 23:06, 8 March 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Administrators' newsletter – April 2024[edit]

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Sent by MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 16:48, 1 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

April music[edit]

story · music · places

Today I see Marian Anderson on the Main page, and made it my top story (by NBC, 1939). - Great to see you active: could you please check out Gerhard Lohfink, - nominated for ITNN, died 2 Apr? -- Gerda Arendt (talk) 20:33, 9 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

plum tree blossom for Kalevi Kiviniemi in the snow - see my talk --Gerda Arendt (talk) 21:09, 11 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

relief: the last of six RD articles in one week is now on the Main page - yesterday I went to a great recital with many anti-war songs by Jewish composers whose music was banned by the Nazis. --Gerda Arendt (talk) 19:53, 18 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

News: Iranian embassy vs consulate[edit]

Hi Stephen, re. your change here[1], I'd ask you to read the lengthy discussions at Talk:Israeli_bombing_of_the_Iranian_embassy_in_Damascus. In short, there's no consensus to use the term "consulate", in fact there're strong arguments that the premises were not a consulate (not on an official list of consulates, not a separate compound, questions re. sourcing, etc.). Therefore, editors have settled on the term embassy per the majority of sources and since the building appeared part of the Iranian Embassy complex. May I expect you to self-revert? Cheers, — kashmīrī TALK 09:58, 18 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

No, you may not expect that. I don’t have time to read all that. The ITN blurb was changed after a discussion at Errors noting that consulate is given in the first sentence of the article. Stephen 12:33, 18 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

ITN recognition for 2024 Bondi Junction stabbings[edit]

On 19 April 2024, In the news was updated with an item that involved the article 2024 Bondi Junction stabbings, 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. Anarchyte (talk) 09:16, 19 April 2024 (UTC)[reply]

Administrators' newsletter – May 2024[edit]

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