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Death of Kobe Bryant

People following this noticeboard may be interested to know that there are currently multiple discussions ongoing at Talk:Death of Kobe Bryant regarding a merge with Kobe Bryant or a move to a different title. Surachit (talk) 21:46, 26 January 2020 (UTC)

How an article talk page could somehow have 20 seperate sections is beyond me. Either way, the discussion was closed as not merged. I also just closed a split proposal. That just leaves the rename request. –MJLTalk 04:54, 28 January 2020 (UTC)


2019–20 Wuhan coronavirus outbreak – 5 RMs in 10 days. Levivich 02:41, 14 February 2020 (UTC)

Noticeboard discussion on reliability of OpIndia and Swarajya

There is a discussion about the reliability of OpIndia and Swarajya on the reliable sources noticeboard. The discussion refers to citations of OpIndia in 23 articles, including List of riots in India and Shaheen Bagh protests, and citations of Swarajya in 305 articles, including Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 and Malala Yousafzai. If you are interested, please participate at WP:RSN § OpIndia and Swarajya. — Newslinger talk 02:49, 6 March 2020 (UTC)

Indian government response to Wikipedia's coverage of the 2020 Delhi riots

Sandeep Mittal, an additional director general of police of the Indian Police Service (IPS), published the following tweet on 9 March:

Dr. Sandeep Mittal, I.P.S., Twitter

The @Wikipedia hosts provocative distortion of facts.
@GoI_MeitY Urgent Action:
1. FIR against @Wikipedia by @DelhiPolice .
2. List of IP addresses of anonymous editors approving content & protecting it from editing.
3. Ask ISPs to block @Wikipedia .

Mar 9, 2020[1]


  1. ^ Mittal, Sandeep [@smittal_ips] (9 March 2020). "The @Wikipedia hosts provocative distortion of facts" (Tweet). Archived from the original on 10 March 2020 – via Twitter.

The tweet calls on the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) to issue a first information report (FIR) against Wikipedia, because Mittal is unhappy with the content in the North East Delhi riots article. Mittal also plans to collect IP addresses of Wikipedia editors and ask internet service providers (ISPs) to block Wikipedia. — Newslinger talk 03:54, 10 March 2020 (UTC)

Notified: Talk:North East Delhi riots, Wikipedia talk:Noticeboard for India-related topics, Wikipedia talk:WikiProject Indian politics. — Newslinger talk 04:07, 10 March 2020 (UTC)
@Newslinger: thank you for alerting us to this troubling development. I have edited North East Delhi riots exclusively under my registered account, not as an IP user. Will the Indian police nonetheless be able to identify my IP address? NedFausa (talk) 04:24, 10 March 2020 (UTC)
If you have never revealed your personal identity or IP address publicly, the Indian police would most likely not be able to identify your IP address. The Wikimedia Foundation does not yet have a physical office in India as of December 2019, and it would be against the WMF's mission to disclose IP addresses in response to a government request on editorial grounds. It is highly unlikely that the Indian police has access to CheckUser on the English Wikipedia. Wikipedia enforces HTTPS, which means that the Indian government would not be able to determine what you are doing on Wikipedia, only that you are accessing Wikipedia (if you are in India).

However, this would be a good time to review Wikipedia:How to not get outed on Wikipedia (WP:OUTED) to help prevent your identity from being exposed in other ways. — Newslinger talk 04:53, 10 March 2020 (UTC)

This is ridiculous. Sandeep Mittal's ignorance is astounding. He should know that Wikipedia is not a tool for any government to promote their "official" spin on events. He is welcome to come to the talk page and propose well-sourced improvements. So far, those who are unhappy with Wikipedia's coverage do nothing more than complain, vandalize, threaten, engage in outing, and other questionable tactics. They aren't interested in improving the article based on reliable sources. If Dr Mittal wants the article changed, he can propose changes like anyone else. That's how it works. ~Anachronist (talk) 05:11, 10 March 2020 (UTC)

FWIW someone should make sure that WMF Legal is alerted. --Masem (t) 05:40, 10 March 2020 (UTC)
Done. ~Anachronist (talk) 05:53, 10 March 2020 (UTC)
  • Comment - Please, have a look here Sandeep Mittal left red-faced on Twitter from the Telangana Today. KartikeyaS (talk) 06:13, 10 March 2020 (UTC)
    Elliott Alderson (the pseudonym of a security researcher who disclosed a vulnerability in the Aadhaar mobile app) ended up taking down his tweets about Mittal "In order to comply with the Indian laws" after Twitter informed him of a legal complaint. Apparently, this tweet and one of his tweets pictured here were claimed to violate Indian law. — Newslinger talk 06:47, 10 March 2020 (UTC)
  • WMF Legal definitely won't play ball for editors acting in good faith on keeping a high-action content issue in check. Still, definitely a concerning sign to see as one of those engaged on the talk page and OTRS. Nosebagbear (talk) 10:05, 10 March 2020 (UTC)
  • The IPS officer is a civil servant, not a representative of the government. While he as an amount of pull, it's not an action from the government. Now coming to maintaining privacy, to determine your IP address, the Indian government will have to request data from your ISP, for which they have to determine your ISP and go through the data for IP addresses (which is unlikely and slow, unless you have made your location public). The alternative is to ask the WMF, or somehow compromise a CheckUser, both of which are close to impossible. The easiest way to ensure privacy for IPBE and admins is to use a VPN and remove all personal information, for other editors, removing all personal information is good enough. --qedk (t c) 11:39, 10 March 2020 (UTC)
    Thanks for the clarification. Please feel free to revise the section name as you see fit. — Newslinger talk 11:49, 10 March 2020 (UTC)
Our coverage of this topic area has been having issues with IRL threats and harassment made against multiple users. I can't think of what else to do besides get the WMF to issue a strong statement on protecting Indian Wikipedians. With Wikimedia India suspended, there is no country level advocacy organization for these editors currently operating with WMF support. –MJLTalk 13:55, 10 March 2020 (UTC)

Divyesh Parikh Twitter

Someone sitting in Amerika edits the content here

March 10, 2020[1]


  1. ^ Parikh, Divyesh [@abhipar7] (March 10, 2020). "Someone sitting in Amerika edits the content here" (Tweet). Archived from the original on March 10, 2020 – via Twitter.

Thanks to Dr. Sandeep Mittal, I.P.S., they are now zeroing in on me. This is not just about intimidating Indian editors. I am American. Or, as one particular Indian, tweeting from the Bagalkot district, would have it: Amerikan—meaning fascist &/or racist. It's unnerving to be singled out this way on worldwide social media just because I've edited a Wikipedia page. But I will not stand down. I've done nothing wrong. If you want to find a fascist, Dr. Mittal, try looking in the mirror. NedFausa (talk) 18:26, 10 March 2020 (UTC)

  • I hope they are reading this and get the message loud and clear: your hateful propaganda will never be successfully integrated into Wikipedia. The middle finger.svgFace-smile.svgThe middle finger.svg. Thank you to all of our editors ensuring that this article remains accurate and unbiased. Praxidicae (talk) 00:14, 11 March 2020 (UTC)

Dr. Sandeep Mittal, I.P.S. meet the Streisand effect—the day after you tweeted to your 45.8K followers, accusing Wikipedia of "provocative distortion of facts," pageviews of 2020 Delhi riots increased exponentially from a mere 67 to 2,335. Never underestimate the public's appetite for provocative distortion. NedFausa (talk) 22:33, 11 March 2020 (UTC)

Not to take away from your sentiment, but this is because the 2020 Delhi riots article was recently moved from the former North East Delhi riots title. As an alternative example of the Streisand effect, I would have never discovered this story if it weren't for the tweet. — Newslinger talk 10:16, 12 March 2020 (UTC)
Admittedly, the pageviews tool from does not delineate sources of the spike. Our name change at 05:08 10 March 2020 may, as you suggest, have driven more traffic to the page. However, bear in mind that Dr. Mittal tweeted this direct link to his 45.8K followers: Anyone who clicked it was automatically redirected to the renamed page, but his tweet remains the origin. NedFausa (talk) 15:32, 12 March 2020 (UTC)
Nah, you are overrating Twitter. The page views went up because the riots are being debated in the Parliament, and they are being talked about in the news. Google hasn't crawled our changed page title yet. -- Kautilya3 (talk) 22:52, 12 March 2020 (UTC)
I'm not certain how the pageviews are tracked for redirects or page moves, but this comparison might put things into perspective. — Newslinger talk 01:21, 13 March 2020 (UTC)
If I'm reading it right, your comparison shows that one day after Dr. Mittal linked to North East Delhi riots, its pageviews jumped from 23,222 to 42,449. (Recall that he tweeted the link to 45.8K followers.) By contrast, pageviews of 2020 Delhi riots increased from 67 to 2,335. Of ‭44,784‬ total pageviews, then, North East Delhi riots accounted for 95%. That doesn't prove Dr. M. caused the surge, but it seems likely he contributed to it. NedFausa (talk) 03:04, 13 March 2020 (UTC)
Yes, he definitely contributed to it. I don't know how good his click-through rate is, but it's very likely that at least some of his followers followed the link from his tweet to the article. — Newslinger talk 00:26, 14 March 2020 (UTC)
  • OMG, so is someone going to arrest me for just editing the article?Souniel Yadav (talk) 14:14, 12 March 2020 (UTC)

Information security and Staying anonymous

This post aims to help good faith editors wishing to protect their anonymity in the face of government intimidation for their Wikipedia editing activity. The essay "How to not get outed on Wikipedia" is a good resource, and some of this advice overlaps with that essay. Editing using Virtual Private Networks or while using a Tor browser can both be effective ways to maintain information security. Editing from IP addresses associated with these tools is usually blocked, but editors in good standing may request IP block exemption. Editors whose usernames may be connected with their personal name or off-wiki activities may want to consider creating a legitimate alternate account for security reasons. If you do so, you should alert the Arbitration Committee or the entire CheckUser team so that you do not get blocked for sock puppetry. You may also want to request the alternate account be granted confirmed or extended confirmed status so that you can continue editing through protection without disruption. Editors who have edited while logged out may request their IP address be suppressed by contacting members of the oversight team (and do so quickly, before it gets mirrored to an external copy of Wikipedia).

These tools cannot guarantee anonymity, and for those at greatest risk may not be sufficient due to device fingerprinting and browser fingerprinting. Editors who stand to be most affected by governmental and other coordinated harassment should also try to minimize the correlation between their Wikipedia activities and other activities. Web traffic is logged, and sending emails while editing Wikipedia may narrow down potential associations between your account and other accounts you use. Internet service providers are always weak links, and editing from mobile devices which use wireless networks may allow governments to identify individuals should they seize connection records (see "Smartphone surveillance techniques" on Medium). Ad services and cross site tracking also represent potential attack vectors for government agents. Blocking advertisements, requesting Do Not Track, and deleting browser cookies make following your activity across sites more difficult, and browser plugins such as Privacy Badger can help you with this. Editing from a different browser, operating system, machine or virtual machine can make identifying your on-wiki activity with off-wiki identities more difficult for bad actors.

These suggestions obviously become more difficult and inconvenient, and at a certain point provide diminishing returns. Ensuring that you have a strong password (see XKCD 936) which is only used for this site, that your username is unrelated to your name or other accounts you have online, and that your IP address is not publicly disclosed are the simplest and most effective ways to prevent off-wiki harassment. Concerned editors should evaluate the likelihood that they are targets and what attack vectors a bad actor may use to connect their wiki activity to off-wiki identities. Remember that freedom of expression is a fundamental human right, and attempts to undermine that right should be frustrated. Thank you to editors who work to uphold the second pillar of Wikipedia, and let me know if anyone needs help with anything I've mentioned above. Wug·a·po·des 22:10, 10 March 2020 (UTC)

Issue with headline & Dates listed

Point of Concern
On the March 25th section under 2020 Coronavirus Pandemic in the United States, a CNN article is cited for "The United States has its deadliest COVID-19 day to date, with 163 related deaths." If you open the article the death count is in reference to March 24, not March 25, the day it is under. The same thing has happened for March 26th as well. In the U.S the 26th Hasn't even started yet in most of the country, but the 26th is listed as being the deadliest day with a specific death count quoted.

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Thanks, Crater13 — Preceding unsigned comment added by Crater13 (talkcontribs) 04:37, 26 March 2020 (UTC)

The current version of both 2020 coronavirus pandemic in the United States and Timeline of the 2020 coronavirus pandemic in the United States no longer have the "deadliest COVID-19 day" claim. I had trouble finding the claim in the article histories, but it appears to be gone from these articles now. — Newslinger talk 08:39, 15 April 2020 (UTC)
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