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Just conveying message[change source]

Hi, can someone explain to user:AThousand why their article was quick deleted under A4, they seemed to ask on zhwiki reference, Google translate if need be, I don't bother to translate. I think this is better venue than a reference desk where none of us are editors here. FYI if necessary.--Cohaf (talk) 05:00, 14 July 2018 (UTC)

title is 关简易英文版一速删方针疑问 if needed.--Cohaf (talk) 05:01, 14 July 2018 (UTC)
@Macdonald-ross: You deleted: care to do the honors? --Auntof6 (talk) 05:32, 14 July 2018 (UTC)
For context, the zhwiki version is now tagged with {{notability}} after the query and will be AFD or RFD per the alphabet soup here in 30 days if not improved.--Cohaf (talk) 07:18, 14 July 2018 (UTC)

How to request deletion[change source]

I'm not active in simple Wikipedia some not quite sure what your processes are for requesting deletion.

I've been exchanging emails with a major contributor to: David Benton


While I'm not at liberty to share the contents of the email without obtaining permission from the person sending us the email, if you look at the article I linked I think you will quickly conclude that they made a mistake in starting this in the simple Wikipedia — they meant to started in the English Wikipedia.

I am NOT requesting that it be moved, if such a thing is even possible. There are a number of problems which I'm not able to go into now but my expectation is that this article will be abandoned and if not, it should be started over ab initio in the English Wikipedia.--Sphilbrick (talk) 17:26, 26 July 2018 (UTC)

@Sphilbrick: Quick Delete by author request created. Operator873talkconnect 17:31, 26 July 2018 (UTC)
Thanks--Sphilbrick (talk) 17:42, 26 July 2018 (UTC)
Comment - alternatively, the last good simple version is here. Operator873talkconnect 17:43, 26 July 2018 (UTC)
I agree. There were many users involved so deleting this might not be a good idea and there was community RFD too. Reverting it to last simple version is a better idea.-BRP ever 18:02, 26 July 2018 (UTC)

I have declined the QD because the original author didn't make the request and didn't write most of the current article. Even if that author had done those, I might have declined because reverting to the earlier version is a better option. Besides that, the article already survived an RFD. --Auntof6 (talk) 18:14, 26 July 2018 (UTC)

Removal of right to edit site-wide CSS/JS[change source]

Per m:Creation of separate user group for editing sitewide CSS/JS, the right to edit site-wide and other users' CSS/JS will soon be removed from sysops to mitigate security issues, and only granted to a new interface administrators group. This group is now live on the wiki, with local bureaucrats (and stewards) being able to add and remove them from users. This does not affect the ability to edit ordinary system messages in the MediaWiki namespace. On our end, we as a community should consider the bar we want to set for granting this set of user rights.

This transition period is expected to end by around next week, following which all sysops will not be able to edit site-wide CSS/JS without being a member of the new user group. Chenzw  Talk  15:53, 30 July 2018 (UTC)

Another non-issue that is fixed. As we never had any issues, I would suggest we either give out this flag to all admins per default; alternatively, admins needing/wanting to edit these templates can request the flag (I see no reason to not grant it). Thoughts? --Eptalon (talk) 20:46, 30 July 2018 (UTC)
I think transition period is four weeks.
Reading through the discussions over at Meta, I'm told (pace BEANS) that the concern is that someone would hijack an account with the rights and cause trouble. So probably this should be handled more like "flood" or "account creator" (albeit generally only available to sysops), and granted as needed, only for the period needed, and always auto-expiring. StevenJ81 (talk) 22:38, 30 July 2018 (UTC)
I'd just grant the flag just to all admins. Also, I'd like to get the flag and it's nice to see that wiki hasn't changed in years. Manpower is being wasted to fix non-existing problems. -Barras talk 12:16, 11 August 2018 (UTC)

New user group for editing sitewide CSS / JS[change source]

Enabling a helpful feature for Template editors[change source]

CKoerner (WMF) (talk) 21:28, 6 August 2018 (UTC)

Is this backwards-compatible with everything that has ever been created before deployment day? StevenJ81 (talk) 15:06, 7 August 2018 (UTC)

How to create new article[change source]

I am new to Simple Wikipedia, and I can see that it is probably relatively new as there are many articles that can still be added. But, I have been clicking all over the place and can not find how to create a new article. Please help. Chloe2330 (talk) 07:57, 11 August 2018 (UTC)

Use the search box, to search for the term. If you don't find it, you'll have a red link. Clicking on the link will create the article. Saving your creation will mean the article exists. --Eptalon (talk) 08:02, 11 August 2018 (UTC)
@Chloe2330: Yes, there are many articles that could be created here. You might first want to get familiar with the kind of simple language that's required here: I've left a welcome message on your talk page that includes links to pages that can help you learn about that. I also have information here listing other things that are different on this Wikipedia. If you have questions about any if this, feel free to ask. --Auntof6 (talk) 08:42, 11 August 2018 (UTC)

Public domain sources published by the US govt[change source]

There is much information that I would like to paraphrase, simplify and add to the Simple English Wikipedia from the public domain and published by the US govt. Are there any special rules about this on the Simple English Wikipedia that I need to know about? I will provide full attribution and reference this content. Such content may alert a copy violation detector and I don't want to create a problem for other editors. Best Regards, Barbara (WVS) (talk) 19:28, 12 August 2018 (UTC)

@Barbara (WVS): You may want to include the source itself as a citation (even tho you don't legally have to) to make it less likely that someone will push back against it. en.wp has templates like w:Template:PD-USGov-CIA-WF which could be easily ported here if you wanted. See Category:Attribution templates for the options that we have locally at the moment. —Justin (koavf)TCM☯ 19:32, 12 August 2018 (UTC)
Thank you for your reply. I will be able import and create attribution templates as needed. Best Regards, Barbara (WVS) (talk) 19:35, 12 August 2018 (UTC)
I think you are pretty free as to what you create here. Note however that this is a small Wiki, so images/media go to commons, and larger source material should probably go to wikisource. As to the language, try to use shorter sentences, and avoid double meanings (yes, there are several manuals on how to write in simple English, but they ar easy to find). Other than that: be bold. If we need to tweak our edit filters we will know soon enough. --Eptalon (talk) 20:08, 12 August 2018 (UTC)

I’m back from my wikibreak[change source]

Vermont (talk) 22:35, 12 August 2018 (UTC)

About time slacker! Get back to work! *kicks Vermont back to the admin place* (no really though, welcome back) :-) Operator873talkconnect 22:39, 12 August 2018 (UTC)