A new blueprint for new page review on Wikipedia.

A new system to improve the efficiency of Wikipedia’s multi-stage review system is needed. It is widely held that Wikipedia’s existing new page review was constructed in a hasty effort to prevent spam overwhelming the encyclopedia as the number of active reviewers decreased and the number of people with internet access and a desire to…

2018 ArbCom voter guide

Before reading this, make sure you know what Arbcom is! This guide assumes you know about Arbcom, you can find out more about Arbitration 2018 in another post. So there are currently some arbs, and soon some arbs will be replaced with other arbs. This fun event is held annually, and this 2018 edition voter guide…

Dr. Raymond Ward Arritt

Dr. Raymond Ward Arritt, (September 19, 1957 – November 14, 2018) of Ames, passed away unexpectedly of a stroke on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. Raymond was born September 19, 1957, to Muriel Louise Smith and Raymond Ward Arritt, Sr. in Covington, Virginia. He grew up in Lynchburg and Richmond, Virginia,…

Arbitration 2018

Today we look at the English Wikipedia Arbitration Committee (ArbCom) election 2018.  6 members will be elected to serve one or two year terms as Arbitrators, a group of Wikipedians who nominally oversee the behaviour of administrators.  Whether the candidates get one or two year terms depends on the amount of support they receive in…

Community Wishlist Survey 2019 Pt. 1

The Community Wishlist Survey 2019 is the annual edition of the “tell us what you want” festival organised by the Wikimedia Foundation. The Wikimedia Foundation don’t do everything that has been asked for, but do some of the easier stuff if enough people support it. Admins and stewards Admins and stewards – 7 proposals Create an integrated anti-spam/vandalism…

Wikipedia, oh how do I detest thee…

This post is making note of a thread started by Steven in 2008 on the sabre-roads forum. The thread is titled “Wikipedia, oh how do I detest thee…” and technically hidden since you need to register on the forum to see it. It was recently linked to by administrator Ritchie333 on the request for adminship…

Unbreakable

Recently, Sir Chris, a very established and active new page patroller, anti-spam operative, member of the IRC cabal and budding administrative candidate almost got broken by the pressure of Wikipedia. A user with nearly 65,000 edits just retired from Wikipedia, which I would not normally bother noting, except for the fact she posted this as the explanation……

@congressedits vandal arrested by Capitol Police

The United States House of Representatives was recently harboring a vandal, who was posting personal information of US senators onto Wikipedia pages. Alas after covering Oshwah blocking congress, other Wikipedians decided this was rash and proceeded to unblock it. The irritants in the House then doxed other senators in the same way as before. Unfortunately,…

Vanamonde II

From: Anonymous Would you like to bring attention to this edit in your blog? link It concerns an admin running for OS. The user has a history of abuse and, team tagging and gaming the system. Except that it is done with other oldies or admins so normal editors can’t do much. This diff concerns…

Breitbart blacklist

Following the ban of the Daily Mail, Breitbart has now also been banned from the world’s largest online encyclopedia. But is this due to reliability concerns or is it just political posturing? One day in 2017, Wikipedians ganged up to express their deep hatred for a British right-of-centre newspaper with a solid 100 year plus…