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October lichen task force newsletter[edit]

SYMBIOSIS: The lichen task force newsletter — October 2022
A look at what we've accomplished, working together

As a subset of WP:FUNGI, the lichen task force is working to improve coverage of the world's lichens – unique organisms composed of one or more fungal partners with one or more photosynthetic partners. A growing body of evidence suggests that some of the roughly 1000 secondary metabolites produced by various lichens may prove instrumental in our ongoing battle against harmful pathogens. Want to learn more? Join us!

Articles of note

Esculenta has nominated two articles for GA:

Solorina crocea
  • Verrucariaceae – a family of mostly lichenized fungi found primarily on rocks and soil in the Northern Hemisphere
  • Solorina crocea – also known as "orange chocolate chip lichen", this was one of the first lichen species to be formally scientifically described

Project news

It's been another busy month for the task force. Among the accomplishments:

  • We've tagged another 700 articles, categories and templates as being under the purview of the task force.
  • Importance levels have now been set for nearly all of the task force's articles.
  • Thousands of articles have been tagged with lichen class/order/genus/species categories as appropriate.
  • Work has continued on converting those articles which still using old "taxobox" templates to the newer automatic taxobox and speciesbox templates. There are now fewer than 95 left to modify.
  • MerielGJones has created articles for a number of important lichenologists, including James D. Lawrey, Thomas George Allan Green, Pier Luigi Nimis, Hannes Hertel, Ludger Kappen, and Christian Leuckert. Esculenta added one for Georges Clauzade.
  • Dozens of articles have been created for genera and species of lichen and lichenicolous fungi.
  • The outline of lichens is now almost completely referenced.
  • Work has continued on the Draft:Glossary of lichen terms, which will hopefully be ready to move into main space within the month.
Lichen news
  • A recent study strongly suggests that industrial forestry, along with the introduction of nitrogen, is the main cause of lichen declines in Norway spruce forests. This decline has resulted in "cascading effects on biodiversity and function of boreal forest canopies", according to the study's authors.
Got a suggestion? A correction? Something you'd like to see included in a future issue? Drop a note at the Tip Line with your ideas!

New Page Patrol newsletter October 2022[edit]

Hello Dr vulpes,

Much has happened since the last newsletter over two months ago. The open letter finished with 444 signatures. The letter was sent to several dozen people at the WMF, and we have heard that it is being discussed but there has been no official reply. A related article appears in the current issue of The Signpost. If you haven't seen it, you should, including the readers' comment section.

Awards: Barnstars were given for the past several years (thanks to MPGuy2824), and we are now all caught up. The 2021 cup went to John B123 for leading with 26,525 article reviews during 2021. To encourage moderate activity, a new "Iron" level barnstar is awarded annually for reviewing 360 articles ("one-a-day"), and 100 reviews earns the "Standard" NPP barnstar. About 90 reviewers received barnstars for each of the years 2018 to 2021 (including the new awards that were given retroactively). All awards issued for every year are listed on the Awards page. Check out the new Hall of Fame also.

Software news: Novem Linguae and MPGuy2824 have connected with WMF developers who can review and approve patches, so they have been able to fix some bugs, and make other improvements to the Page Curation software. You can see everything that has been fixed recently here. The reviewer report has also been improved.

NPP backlog May – October 15, 2022


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Saving the best for last: From a July low of 8,500, the backlog climbed back to 11,000 in August and then reversed in September dropping to below 6,000 and continued falling with the October backlog drive to under 1,000, a level not seen in over four years. Keep in mind that there are 2,000 new articles every week, so the number of reviews is far higher than the backlog reduction. To keep the backlog under a thousand, we have to keep reviewing at about half the recent rate!

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New Pages Patrol newsletter January 2023[edit]

Hello Dr vulpes,

New Page Review queue December 2022

The October drive reduced the backlog from 9,700 to an amazing 0! Congratulations to WaddlesJP13 who led with 2084 points. See this page for further details. The queue is steadily rising again and is approaching 2,000. It would be great if <2,000 were the “new normal”. Please continue to help out even if it's only for a few or even one patrol a day.

2022 Awards

Onel5969 won the 2022 cup for 28,302 article reviews last year - that's an average of nearly 80/day. There was one Gold Award (5000+ reviews), 11 Silver (2000+), 28 Iron (360+) and 39 more for the 100+ barnstar. Rosguill led again for the 4th year by clearing 49,294 redirects. For the full details see the Awards page and the Hall of Fame. Congratulations everyone!

Minimum deletion time: The previous WP:NPP guideline was to wait 15 minutes before tagging for deletion (including draftification and WP:BLAR). Due to complaints, a consensus decided to raise the time to 1 hour. To illustrate this, very new pages in the feed are now highlighted in red. (As always, this is not applicable to attack pages, copyvios, vandalism, etc.)

New draftify script: In response to feedback from AFC, the The Move to Draft script now provides a choice of set messages that also link the creator to a new, friendly explanation page. The script also warns reviewers if the creator is probably still developing the article. The former script is no longer maintained. Please edit your edit your common.js or vector.js file from User:Evad37/MoveToDraft.js to User:MPGuy2824/MoveToDraft.js

Redirects: Some of our redirect reviewers have reduced their activity and the backlog is up to 9,000+ (two months deep). If you are interested in this distinctly different task and need any help, see this guide, this checklist, and spend some time at WP:RFD.

Discussions with the WMF The PageTriage open letter signed by 444 users is bearing fruit. The Growth Team has assigned some software engineers to work on PageTriage, the software that powers the NewPagesFeed and the Page Curation toolbar. WMF has submitted dozens of patches in the last few weeks to modernize PageTriage's code, which will make it easier to write patches in the future. This work is helpful but is not very visible to the end user. For patches visible to the end user, volunteers such as Novem Linguae and MPGuy2824 have been writing patches for bug reports and feature requests. The Growth Team also had a video conference with the NPP coordinators to discuss revamping the landing pages that new users see.

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GA review of Matiu / Somes Island[edit]

Hi, how are you placed with respect to the GA review of Matiu / Somes Island ? I totally understand that priorities change, and life events can also dramatically affect what we are able to do as Wiki volunteers. However, those of us who have contributed towards getting the article to its current state would naturally like the GA review to proceed. Do you still expect to be able to undertake the review ?.Marshelec (talk) 03:03, 14 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Ack! Thank you for the reminder! I started a new job last week and it's been a bit like drinking from a fire hose. I'll make this my top wiki priority tomorrow after work. Thank you again for the reminder, after I recovered from COVID my memory has be a little wonky at times. Gotten a lot better since then but I still drop the ball. Dr vulpes (💬📝) 04:21, 14 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Hi, just a reminder that the review for this article is not yet complete. I have done my best to respond to the issues you raised, and either myself or User:Wainuiomartian will be happy to look at any further points. It would be great to get this finished off. Cheers. Marshelec (talk) 07:34, 23 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
You’re 100% right. This is all on me. It will be finished tomorrow. Dr vulpes (💬📝) 07:40, 23 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Hi. Just wondering if there is anything else we need to look at for this article to pass GA status? Thanks! Wainuiomartian (talk) 19:33, 1 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Hello, I also would like to ask for an update. Do you still expect to be able to complete this GA review ? Please let us know. Thanks.Marshelec (talk) 20:19, 2 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Kamran Talattof is the Elahé Omidyar Mir-Djalali Professor of Persian Language[edit]

Dear Dr Vulpes, I think in the Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Kamran Talattof you asked that if you've missed something to ping you. The named chair of Kamran Talattof (he is the Elahé Omidyar Mir-Djalali Professor of Persian Language) at the University of Arizona - which I think might be a sufficiently notable university is something you might have missed. ( . Just letting you know etc and no worries. (Msrasnw (talk) 14:42, 15 June 2023 (UTC))Reply[reply]

Dear Dr Vulpes, I am not sure if you were still watching the Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Kamran Talattof. It has been closed by Star Mississippi with the rationale No input is forthcoming, and no clarity whether the named chair counter Dr vulpes' early input. This seems to me a little off.. as it seems clear to me that your contribution erroneously said Not a named chair. This seems to me clearly wrong and has had an influence on the closer's decision. This is indicative of one problem I seem to be having with Afds which is that some possibly under-researched contributions - particularly by respected editors - to Afd debates often don't seem to engage with later contributions - particularly on issues of fact - and lead to inappropriate closures. Just letting you know about a fellow editors worries. Feel free to ignore this, as it might not be welcome by you and might be the ramblings of someone who should not really be bothered about this kind of thing. But best wishes anyway, (Msrasnw (talk) 09:55, 28 June 2023 (UTC))Reply[reply]

New Pages Patrol newsletter June 2023[edit]

Hello Dr vulpes,

New Page Review queue April to June 2023


Redirect drive: In response to an unusually high redirect backlog, we held a redirect backlog drive in May. The drive completed with 23851 reviews done in total, bringing the redirect backlog to 0 (momentarily). Congratulations to Hey man im josh who led with a staggering 4316 points, followed by Meena and Greyzxq with 2868 and 2546 points respectively. See this page for more details. The redirect queue is steadily rising again and is steadily approaching 4,000. Please continue to help out, even if it's only for a few or even one review a day.

Redirect autopatrol: All administrators without autopatrol have now been added to the redirect autopatrol list. If you see any users who consistently create significant amounts of good quality redirects, consider requesting redirect autopatrol for them here.

WMF work on PageTriage: The WMF Moderator Tools team, consisting of Sam, Jason and Susana, and also some patches from Jon, has been hard at work updating PageTriage. They are focusing their efforts on modernising the extension's code rather than on bug fixes or new features, though some user-facing work will be prioritised. This will help make sure that this extension is not deprecated, and is easier to work on in the future. In the next month or so, we will have an opt-in beta test where new page patrollers can help test the rewrite of Special:NewPagesFeed, to help find bugs. We will post more details at WT:NPPR when we are ready for beta testers.

Articles for Creation (AFC): All new page reviewers are now automatically approved for Articles for Creation draft reviewing (you do not need to apply at WT:AFCP like was required previously). To install the AFC helper script, visit Special:Preferences, visit the Gadgets tab, tick "Yet Another AFC Helper Script", then click "Save". To find drafts to review, visit Special:NewPagesFeed, and at the top left, tick "Articles for Creation". To review a draft, visit a submitted draft, click on the "More" menu, then click "Review (AFCH)". You can also comment on and submit drafts that are unsubmitted using the script.

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DYK for Clipperton Island[edit]

On 29 June 2023, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article Clipperton Island, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that the dispute between France and Mexico over Clipperton Island was settled by King Victor Emmanuel III of Italy? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/Clipperton Island. You are welcome to check how many pageviews the nominated article or articles got while on the front page (here's how, Clipperton Island), and the hook may be added to the statistics page after its run on the Main Page has completed. Finally, if you know of an interesting fact from another recently created article, then please feel free to suggest it on the Did you know talk page.

RoySmith (talk) 00:02, 29 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hook update
Your hook reached 16,886 views (703.6 per hour), making it one of the most viewed hooks of June 2023 – nice work!

GalliumBot (talkcontribs) (he/it) 03:27, 30 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]


The DYK Barnstar
Thanks for all the hard work in getting Clipperon Island first to GA status and now featured in DYK! —Carter (Tcr25) (talk) 01:50, 29 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Broken promise[edit]

Did you forgot ce on ???? (talk) 17:34, 29 June 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

New pages patrol needs your help![edit]

New pages awaiting review as of June 30th, 2023.

Hello Dr vulpes,

The New Page Patrol team is sending you this impromptu message to inform you of a steeply rising backlog of articles needing review. If you have any extra time to spare, please consider reviewing one or two articles each day to help lower the backlog. You can start reviewing by visiting Special:NewPagesFeed. Thank you very much for your help.


Sent by Zippybonzo using MediaWiki message delivery at 06:58, 1 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

DYK for United States v. Strong[edit]

On 5 July 2023, Did you know was updated with a fact from the article United States v. Strong, which you recently created, substantially expanded, or brought to good article status. The fact was ... that in United States v. Strong, a U.S. appeals court upheld the conviction of a man for covering a federal courthouse restroom in his own feces? The nomination discussion and review may be seen at Template:Did you know nominations/United States v. Strong. You are welcome to check how many pageviews the nominated article or articles got while on the front page (here's how, United States v. Strong), and the hook may be added to the statistics page after its run on the Main Page has completed. Finally, if you know of an interesting fact from another recently created article, then please feel free to suggest it on the Did you know talk page.

RoySmith (talk) 00:02, 5 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

On legal terminology[edit]

Hi, Dr vulpes. It's great to see someone else getting into the topic area of intermediate-level federal appelate cases. We're sorely lacking in such articles; I'd reckon we have articles less than 1% of GNG-eligible cases of that nature just for the past 20 years... worse rates still going farther back in time. I'm sad to admit I've written only one intermediate court–level article myself, although I also have two SCOTUS articles and a District Court–level sub-article.

As you're getting into this area, I'll caution that the terminology in such articles can be very specific, sometimes in ways that seems counterintuitive. If you want to keep calling a petition for cert. an appeal, well, I'm not going to revert that because it's not important enough to fight someone over, but you should at least be aware that that's nonstandard terminology. Even if one considers what happens after a cert. petition is granted to be an appeal, the filing of the petition itself is not an appeal by any definition I know of. Direct appeals to SCOTUS are a separate thing and much rarer.

Maybe this seems pedantic, but these things come up all the time with legal articles. lethargilistic put me through my paces when I wrote my first law article and impressed upon me the importance of getting the little things right. (And I'm pinging him partly because maybe he'll show up and say "What the fuck are you talking about, Tamzin? Dr vulpes is right." And that seems only fair.) If one isn't vigilant, it's easy to fall into mistakes like conflating "SCOTUS denied cert. regarding X" with "SCOTUS upheld X", or "SCOTUS remanded X for consideration of question Y" with "SCOTUS overturned X".

It's a very interesting article, so thanks for writing it. I hope this doesn't come across as condescending, but I do hope you see where you're coming from. Happy editing. -- Tamzin[cetacean needed] (she|they|xe) 08:42, 5 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Tamzin I don't know as much about the rules of appellate procedure, but a case doesn't actually go to the Supreme Court unless they *accept* your cert petition, so it's not meaningfully appealed until they do. "Petitioned for cert" or however you want to say that is More Correct. lethargilistic (talk) 09:07, 5 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Hey @Tamzin, sorry if my revert seemed kind of harsh or rushed. There was no disrespect intended on my end. I was watching the new season of Drive to Survive and responded a bit too quickly (and from my phone). I didn't even notice that it was you, if I had I wouldn't have reverted it I know you know what you're doing. Sorry for making a whole mess of things, going forward I'll try to not respond to things from my phone while watching cars and drama unfold in front of me. Dr vulpes (💬📝) 04:18, 7 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

GA review of Matiu / Somes Island[edit]

Hi Dr vulpes (with ping to @Wainuiomartian:), it is coming up to one month since you last made an edit to the GA review page: Talk:Matiu / Somes Island/GA1. If you are not able to carry on with this GA review, can you please let us know, so we can seek another reviewer. Thanks.Marshelec (talk) 22:20, 11 July 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

August 2023 Good Article Nominations backlog drive[edit]

Good article nominations | August 2023 Backlog Drive
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Question from CPDaccreditation (08:13, 2 August 2023)[edit]

Hey! I'm wanting to make an edit to the Continuing section of Professional Development as currently, the information is biased and misleading. I have already edited this once and it was removed due to as assumption of "conflict of interest." I responded to the person that said this however have had no further response and my edit has now been removal. Please could you assist. --CPDaccreditation (talk) 08:13, 2 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]


I've been using the tag all over the place. I've not been keeping count, but I think I've added it to something like 500 pages so far. 99% of the time it works great, but I think you may want to know that occasionally it fails mysteriously. For example on Eurybia glauca it worked before the page move and now gives nothing. I suspect it may be because the genus page name is Eurybia (plant), but I am just guessing since I just write about plants and only a little about code writing. 🌿MtBotany (talk) 20:16, 19 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Question from Vytautas Bruževičius (14:32, 31 August 2023)[edit]

Hello. I would like to create the page about myself. Are there any tips of how to do it without a hassle. Thank you, Vytautas --Vytautas Bruževičius (talk) 14:32, 31 August 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

New page patrol October 2023 Backlog drive[edit]

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Concern regarding Draft:James Zhong[edit]

Information icon Hello, Dr vulpes. This is a bot-delivered message letting you know that Draft:James Zhong, a page you created, has not been edited in at least 5 months. Drafts that have not been edited for six months may be deleted, so if you wish to retain the page, please edit it again or request that it be moved to your userspace.

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Thank you for your submission to Wikipedia. FireflyBot (talk) 18:02, 21 September 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

New pages patrol newsletter[edit]

Hello Dr vulpes,

New Page Review article queue, March to September 2023

Backlog update: At the time of this message, there are 11,300 articles and 15,600 redirects awaiting review. This is the highest backlog in a long time. Please help out by doing additional reviews!

October backlog elimination drive: A one-month backlog drive for October will start in one week! Barnstars will be awarded based on the number of articles and redirects patrolled. Articles will earn 4x as many points compared to redirects. You can sign up here.

PageTriage code upgrades: Upgrades to the PageTriage code, initiated by the NPP open letter in 2022 and actioned by the WMF Moderator Tools Team in 2023, are ongoing. More information can be found here. As part of this work, the Special:NewPagesFeed now has a new version in beta! The update leaves the NewPagesFeed appearance and function mostly identical to the old one, but updates the underlying code, making it easier to maintain and helping make sure the extension is not decommissioned due to maintenance issues in the future. You can try out the new Special:NewPagesFeed here - it will replace the current version soon.

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