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News and updates for administrators from the past month (July 2020).
- There is an open request for comment to decide whether to increase the minimum duration a sanction discussion has to remain open (currently 24 hours).
- Speedy deletion criterion T2 (template that misrepresents established policy) has been repealed following a request for comment.
- Speedy deletion criterion X2 (pages created by the content translation tool) has been repealed following a discussion.
- There is a proposal to restrict proposed deletion to confirmed users.
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IP vandalism on John W. BeschterEdit
Thank you for blocking the one IP that had been vandlizing John W. Beschter. That editor has been at it for nearly two hours and has already cycled through five or so IP addresses, so do you think you could semiprotect the page? They're already back at it. Armadillopteryx 03:05, 22 August 2020 (UTC)
- I've semi'd for a few hours. I hope that will be enough deterrence. As admins, we are generally reluctant to protect articles that are Today's Featured Article, but sometimes it is necessary. Thanks for your vigilance. Paul Erik (talk)(contribs) 03:10, 22 August 2020 (UTC)
News and updates for administrators from the past month (August 2020).
- Following a request for comment, the minimum length for site ban discussions was increased to 72 hours, up from 24.
- A request for comment is ongoing to determine whether paid editors
shoulduse the articles for creation process.
- A request for comment is open to resolve inconsistencies between the draftification and alternative to deletion processes.
- A request for comment is open to provide an opportunity to amend the structure, rules, and procedures of the 2020 English Wikipedia Arbitration Committee election and to resolve any issues not covered by existing rules.
- An open request for comment asks whether active Arbitrators may serve on the Trust and Safety Case Review Committee or Ombudsman commission.
Wikipedia guidelines on quoting, and avoiding copyright violationsEdit
Hi Paul, You recently commented at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User_talk:EWLwiki, saying, "Do not put the project at risk by introducing copyright violations. You have already been warned about this. Paul Erik"
Can you provide some guidance on this topic? I sense that my sole failure to my failure to surround the copy/pasted material with quotation marks, thus flagging my contribution as a copyright violation. Am I understanding things right?
I am a beginner and have thus far read: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Quotations https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Manual_of_Style#Quotations
Does the use of quotation marks enclosing copyrighted material text resolve the matter of copyright?
Consider https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/bob-woodward-rage-book-trump/2020/09/09/0368fe3c-efd2-11ea-b4bc-3a2098fc73d4_story.html, authored by Robert Costa and Philip Rucker.
One paragraph reads, "At that time, Trump was telling the nation that the virus was no worse than a seasonal flu, predicting it would soon disappear and insisting that the U.S. government had it totally under control. It would be several weeks before he would publicly acknowledge that the virus was no ordinary flu and that it could be transmitted through the air."
If a Wikipedia article is written as follows, with quotation marks as shown: Robert Costa and Philip Rucker write in the Washington Post: "At that time, Trump was telling the nation that the virus was no worse than a seasonal flu, predicting it would soon disappear and insisting that the U.S. government had it totally under control. It would be several weeks before he would publicly acknowledge that the virus was no ordinary flu and that it could be transmitted through the air."
That example has about 60 words enclosed within the quotation marks. Are 60 words enclosed within quotation marks acceptable, and not a copyright violation? At how many words will quotation marks be acceptable? At how many words will quotation marks surrounding direct copy/paste be considered violation of copyright? Appreciatively, EWLwiki (talk) 02:28, 11 September 2020 (UTC)
- Hello EWLwiki. You are correct that simply adding quotation marks and attribution might not be enough to allay copyright concerns. Another page to read which I think is relevant to your question is Wikipedia:Non-free content. In particular, at Wikipedia:Non-free content#Acceptable use, the guidance is that "Brief quotations of copyrighted text may be used to illustrate a point, establish context, or attribute a point of view or idea." Later it also says, "Extensive quotation of copyrighted text is prohibited." There isn't a specific word count established. For the particular example you mention, I don't think there is any compelling reason to quote the Post article, rather than imparting the information in the usual way: writing it in your own words and citing the article with a footnote. Paul Erik (talk)(contribs) 03:14, 11 September 2020 (UTC)
Paul Erik comment of Reviewing some of your other contributions, this is also a copyright violation. It appears to have been copied from this webiste. Again, this kind of thing puts Wikipedia at risk. Please review your past contributions and remove all instances in which you have copied text. Paul Erik (talk)(contribs) 10:25 pm, Today (UTC−5)Edit
Hello Paul Erik, I am uncertain what your are referring to on my Talk page: "Reviewing some of your other contributions, this is also a copyright violation. It appears to have been copied from this webiste. Again, this kind of thing puts Wikipedia at risk. Please review your past contributions and remove all instances in which you have copied text. Paul Erik (talk)(contribs) 10:25 pm, Today (UTC−5)"
What are you recommending to be removed from the Wikipedia article? The article you mentioned does not seem to have any of the content you claim. Please explain more explicitly. Does the Wikipedia contain copyrighted material copied from some external site? The term 'squadrons' is not in the Wikipedia article. Please be specific on what is on the Wikipedia page that is from an external site. Appreciatively,
- Hello EWLwiki. On June 10, 2020, you added the following text "Squadrons made up of white volunteers were empowered to use vigilante tactics to enforce laws related to slavery. Members of slave patrols could forcefully enter anyone’s home, regardless of their race or ethnicity, based on suspicions that they were sheltering people who had escaped bondage. They located and returned enslaved people who had escaped, crushed uprisings led by enslaved people and punished enslaved workers found or believed to have violated plantation rules. As University of Georgia social worker professor Michael A. Robinson has written, by the time John Adams became the second U.S. president, every state that had not yet abolished slavery had them." without indicating that it was a direct quote or close paraphrase.
- The copyrighted website in question contains this quote, published June 4, 2019, "Policing in southern slave-holding states had roots in slave patrols, squadrons made up of white volunteers empowered to use vigilante tactics to enforce laws related to slavery. They located and returned enslaved people who had escaped, crushed uprisings led by enslaved people and punished enslaved workers found or believed to have violated plantation rules. The first slave patrols arose in South Carolina in the early 1700s. As University of Georgia social work professor Michael A. Robinson has written, by the time John Adams became the second U.S. president, every state that had not yet abolished slavery had them."
- Your wording changes are minor and trivial compared to the content you copied. This is not a summary of the source written in your own words. It is an exceptionally close paraphrase that includes trivial original writing. That is a copyright violation, and it is simply not permitted on Wikipedia. So, please be careful in the future. Cullen328 Let's discuss it 05:13, 11 September 2020 (UTC)
- Cullen328, thank you for providing the detailed explanation. EWLwiki, I removed the problematic text from the article Law enforcement in the United States yesterday, as you can see here. I have not checked all your past additions, but if you could remove any other instances in which you have copied text into Wikipedia, that would be appreciated. Paul Erik (talk)(contribs) 12:14, 11 September 2020 (UTC)
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News and updates for administrators from the past month (September 2020).
- The 2020 CheckUser and Oversight appointment process has begun. The community consultation period will take place from September 27th to October 7th.
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DJ Foxx Tha RocEdit
Been editing an article below which was declined early this year. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Draft:DJ_Foxx_Tha_Roc
News and updates for administrators from the past month (October 2020).
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News and updates for administrators from the past month (November 2020).
An article on David Hecht had been converted to a redirect, but I moved it to Draft space and now I was wondering if you saw anything useful for building that one? BOZ (talk) 09:21, 3 December 2020 (UTC)
Yo Ho HoEdit
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- By motion, standard discretionary sanctions have been temporarily authorized
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I am not.Edit
- And also Kevin Martens from which the PROD was already removed? BOZ (talk) 18:40, 22 January 2021 (UTC)