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2019 Arbitration Committee pre-election RfC
I looked in the history of this template last year, and I don't think we included it. The pre-election RfC for WP:ACE2019 is happening now. If we want to add it to the watchlist, it would look something like this:
|until= September 3, 2019
|text=A '''[[Wikipedia:Requests for comment/Arbitration Committee Elections December 2019|request for comment]]''' is open to provide an opportunity to amend the structure, rules, and procedures of the [[Wikipedia:Arbitration Committee Elections December 2019|2019 English Wikipedia Arbitration Committee election]] and resolve any issues not covered by existing rules.
Is this something we want to bug everyone about? Mz7 (talk) 22:00, 31 August 2019 (UTC)
- @Mz7: hmmm - maybe? (Let's have an RfC about it!). If so, 3 days is a bit short of a duration - should be a week as not every editor edits every day. T:CENT may be sufficient? — xaosflux Talk 23:07, 31 August 2019 (UTC)
- Is it at the other noticeboards already? — xaosflux Talk 23:08, 31 August 2019 (UTC)
- I've posted it at WP:AN, WP:VPP, WT:ACN, and I included it at T:CENT. You may be right that this is one of the more esoteric parts of Wikipedia that may not need watchlist notifications. The 3-day duration I suggested above was actually a mistake—I think I meant to put September 30, 2019, which I realize now would probably be way too long. Mz7 (talk) 02:54, 1 September 2019 (UTC)
- I went ahead and boldly added it, as this an issue of importance from my viewpoint.—CYBERPOWER (Chat) 17:28, 3 September 2019 (UTC)
- You might want to adjust the wording because the notice currently doesn't specify which election the RfC is about. Lepricavark (talk) 17:32, 3 September 2019 (UTC)
- I had the same issue when reading, so I added WP:ARB to it. « Gonzo fan2007 (talk) @ 17:36, 3 September 2019 (UTC)
- This notice is pretty wordy. Any objection to slimming it down to "A request for comment is in progress to
provide an opportunity to amend discuss the structure, rules, and procedures of the Arbitration Committee election and resolve any issues not covered by existing rules."? All those caveats are included at the beginning of the RFC. --Floquenbeam (talk) 17:54, 3 September 2019 (UTC)
- Not at all Floquenbeam. Go for it. « Gonzo fan2007 (talk) @ 22:42, 3 September 2019 (UTC)
- Done, cheers. --Floquenbeam (talk) 13:55, 4 September 2019 (UTC)
September Signpost notice
The September edition is now out. Chris Troutman (talk) 11:06, 30 September 2019 (UTC)
- Done — xaosflux Talk 14:08, 30 September 2019 (UTC)
This might be good to post approximately 1 to 2 weeks in advance of the maintenance window. ↠Pine (✉) 22:52, 10 October 2019 (UTC)
- @Pine: see also MediaWiki_talk:Sitenotice#Banner_for_read-only_-_Thu_14th_November_from_05:00_to_05:30_AM_UTC where we declined a "banner" - as far as a WLN, short read only periods happen periodically and we don't normally post them. In this case, phab:T234801 also says that while it could be 30 mins, they are only expecting "1-2 minutes" of interruption. — xaosflux Talk 23:10, 10 October 2019 (UTC)
- @Xaosflux: I think that a watchlist message is less prominent than a banner and is proportionate to the length of the likely interruption. ↠Pine (✉) 06:44, 11 October 2019 (UTC)