SEMI-RETIRED

The Wikimedia Foundation has chosen to remove support for "insecure ciphersuites" and effectively locked me out of my account. I seem to be left with the choice of an expensive computer upgrade, opening myself to security risks by editing from my IP address, or end four-and-a-half years of volunteering here. My best wishes for The Project, and my sympathies to others in similar positions.
This user is no longer very active on Wikipedia as of 1 October 2020.

Semi-retiredEdit

I'm sorry to see your message today, Reidgreg, I hope you can sort out your technical issues and return to WP one day. Just a thought: if you're stuck with an older PC, have you thought about changing over to one of the Linux distribs for older hardware? Thank you for all of your help, input and copy-editing at the Guild; much appreciated. Good luck and cheers, Baffle☿gab 20:19, 2 October 2020 (UTC)

Just saw this pop up on my watchlist. Sorry to hear you are reducing time spent on here due to things outside of your control. Thanks for coordinating over at WP:GOCE. —Tenryuu 🐲 ( 💬 • 📝 ) 21:42, 2 October 2020 (UTC)

I became aware of this when I saw your name removed from the GOCE mailing list. Needless to say, your contributions at the guild have been considerable. I hope your problems can be resolved so that you can continue, if that is your wish. Dhtwiki (talk) 21:57, 2 October 2020 (UTC)

Reidgreg, do you have a link to information about these "insecure ciphersuites" you refer to in your message? I will offer technical help if I can. If it is not giving away too much personal information, what OS and browser are you using to get to WP? I have a computer that is over eight years old, and it works perfectly on WP, so it seems like a used computer would not be too expensive. I don't know your financial situation, though. If you can afford $400, a MacBook Air like this one is newer than my computer and would be a great WP editing computer. I imagine that there are even better deals out there. – Jonesey95 (talk) 00:36, 3 October 2020 (UTC)
Thanks all. @Jonesey95: The WF message appears on the failed login screen; I've been unable to find the text here or at Wikimedia. It states:
I'd previously tried the required OS and browser but their performance on my hardware was rather frustrating. I think my best bet would be to use a hard drive partition for the newer OS and browser to retain the functionality of my existing software, and reboot from the new partition only when editing Wikipedia. That would change the way I edit and my approach to this hobby.
This is something I don't really want to deal with right now, with some other things I have going on. I'll probably be semi-retired for a couple months until I can reevaluate. – Reidgreg (talk) 17:10, 5 October 2020 (UTC)
Understood. You might be able to get away with just a browser upgrade or change (trying Chrome/Safari/Firefox instead of whatever you are using) rather than a painful OS upgrade. Feel free to ping me or post here if and when you have the time and energy to deal with it. As I said, I have an eight-year-old Mac (with upgraded RAM and an SSD hard drive that replaced the spinning hard drive), and it runs Mac OS 10.14 and other modern software just fine. I'm happy to provide advice via e-mail if you don't want to post your OS and hardware details here. – Jonesey95 (talk) 17:18, 5 October 2020 (UTC)
Add me to the list of people saddened to see this announcement. I hope that you are able to find a computer set up that lets you keep contributing to Wikipedia. You are a valuable member of the Guild! Cheers, Tdslk (talk) 03:05, 9 October 2020 (UTC)
This week, I tried viewing a few Wikipedia articles and each time I was redirected to https://en.wikipedia.org/sec-warning. Forget editing, it won't let me view Wikipedia, which seems really screwy. Where is the security risk in reading Wikipedia? Don't we want people to be able to read Wikipedia, however outdated their platforms? Someone seems to have forgotten the mandate of "The encyclopedia anyone can edit". – Reidgreg (talk) 21:13, 21 October 2020 (UTC)
By searching on the elements of the "ECDHE-ECDSA-AES128-SHA" string in the "Your Browser's Connection Security is Outdated" you posted above I came up with information at Elliptic_Curve_Digital_Signature_Algorithm#Security that might help explain why they're reluctant to use certain cipher suites. HTTPS/Browser Recommendations, linked to from that same box, recommends using Firefox, Chrome, or Opera browsers on older Windows and Mac desktops, while getting a new mobile device seems to be the only recommendation, if that's your problem platform. Changing browsers has been fairly painless for me in the past, on both Mac and Windows desktops, but I don't know your platform, nor your tolerance for such changes. Dhtwiki (talk) 16:35, 22 October 2020 (UTC)

September 2020 GOCE drive blingEdit

  The Most Excellent Order of the Caretaker's Star
This barnstar is awarded to Reidgreg for copy edits totaling over 100,000 words (including bonus and rollover words) during the GOCE September 2020 Backlog Elimination Drive. Congratulations, and thank you for your contributions! Tdslk (talk) 02:36, 9 October 2020 (UTC)
  Guild of Copy Editors Leaderboard Award: Total Articles, 3rd Place
This Leaderboard Barnstar is awarded to Reidgreg for copyediting 21 articles during the GOCE September 2020 Backlog Elimination Drive. Congratulations, and thank you for your contributions! Tdslk (talk) 02:36, 9 October 2020 (UTC)
  Guild of Copy Editors Leaderboard Award: Total Words, 3rd Place
This Leaderboard Barnstar is awarded to Reidgreg for copyediting 41,800 total words during the GOCE September 2020 Backlog Elimination Drive. Congratulations, and thank you for your contributions! Tdslk (talk) 02:36, 9 October 2020 (UTC)
  Guild of Copy Editors Leaderboard Award: Long Articles, 3rd Place
This Leaderboard Barnstar is awarded to Reidgreg for copyediting 3 long articles during the GOCE September 2020 Backlog Elimination Drive. Congratulations, and thank you for your contributions! Tdslk (talk) 02:36, 9 October 2020 (UTC)
  Guild of Copy Editors Leaderboard Award: Old Articles, 2nd Place
This Leaderboard Barnstar is awarded to Reidgreg for copyediting 19 old articles during the GOCE September 2020 Backlog Elimination Drive. Congratulations, and thank you for your contributions! Tdslk (talk) 02:36, 9 October 2020 (UTC)
  Guild of Copy Editors Leaderboard Award: Longest Article, 3rd Place
This Leaderboard Barnstar is awarded to Reidgreg for copyediting one of the five longest articles – 10,662 words – during the GOCE September 2020 Backlog Elimination Drive. Congratulations, and thank you for your contributions! Tdslk (talk) 02:36, 9 October 2020 (UTC)

Thanks! That makes a four-year streak without falling off the drive leaderboard (120 consecutive leaderboard awards since Nov 2016). With that and finally burning through the rollover words, it closes it off nicely. – Reidgreg (talk) 22:52, 11 October 2020 (UTC)

Thank you for all of your contributions to the GOCE. I hope that we will see you back. Again, get in touch if you want some technology advice. – Jonesey95 (talk) 23:36, 11 October 2020 (UTC)