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Meta has a small active community. When a normal user requires the assistance of an administrator or bureaucrat for some particular task, it is not always easy to find one. This page helps users find one when they need one; asking specific admins directly via their talk pages is one way to elicit a fast response. See also: Stewards' noticeboard, Identification noticeboard, Category:Meta-Wiki policies, Category:Global policies
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Hello Glaisher and others, I want to make a request to have a Central Notice banner for Wikipedia readers survey in Pakistan. The banner should be up on English and Urdu Wikipedia from November 8th, until Nov 15th. 2014 and be shown to both logged-in and anonymous users. --Saqib (talk) 18:11, 7 November 2014 (UTC)

I think we need more details about this. Where is the survey hosted? Who designed it? Is it approved/reviewed/in collaboration with the Wikimedia Foundation Research Committee? I don't see it listed on Research:Projects... Snowolf How can I help? 18:18, 7 November 2014 (UTC)
@Saqib: Yes, as Snowolf said we need more information about this. See this archive page for previous requests for CN banners, for an example. --Glaisher (talk) 07:31, 8 November 2014 (UTC)
Sorry for late reply Snowolf and Glaisher. The survey is hosted on WMF Qualtrics account. It was initially designed by me and later Haitham Shamma and Edward Galvez from WMF Learning and Evaluation department work on it and approved it. The research page has been created at Research:Wikipedia Readership Survey Pakistan. --Saqib (talk) 10:38, 9 November 2014 (UTC)


A banner is required:

Please take our quick survey to share your experiences and help us improve Wikipedia for Pakistan."

--Saqib (talk) 14:31, 9 November 2014 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done After discussing with Saqib on IRC. campaign. banner (enwiki urwiki). Thanks for the translations. --Glaisher (talk) 15:24, 9 November 2014 (UTC)
Thanks Glaisher. --Saqib (talk) 15:39, 9 November 2014 (UTC)
Please PAUSE the banner as of now. The capacity to store maximum responses of survey is exceeding now. I've talk with Edward and Haitham at WMF and they will be able to fix the maximum responses capacity by morning Sans Francisco time (after 8 hours from now on). --Saqib (talk) 07:02, 10 November 2014 (UTC)
The survey has reached capacity and is now closed. Please remove the banner. Thanks! --EGalvez (WMF) (talk) 16:18, 11 November 2014 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done --Glaisher (talk) 16:23, 11 November 2014 (UTC)

Please delete[edit]

Broken redirect after global rename. Thanks. — M 16:31, 14 November 2014 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done Glaisher (talk) 16:34, 14 November 2014 (UTC)

Updating Wikivoyage template[edit]

Hi, please update template with the changes at template#Current_issues. It's an automated report, it'll dissapear when the changes are fullfiled. Thanks. — M 12:17, 17 November 2014 (UTC)

Mxn usually does the updating of project portals regularly but Yes check.svg Done anyway. Regards, --Glaisher (talk) 15:53, 17 November 2014 (UTC)

Translation request[edit]

Hello, I wanted to translate [1] into Turkish, but only administrators can do. Can do you ?

  • In progress => Gelişmekte
  • Needs updating => Güncelleştirilmekte
  • Proofreading => Düzeltilmekte
  • Ready => Hazır
  • Published => Yayınlandı

Thank you :) --Uğurkenttalk 15:10, 17 November 2014 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done Thanks! --Glaisher (talk) 15:39, 17 November 2014 (UTC)

Request to restore access[edit]

Dear all,

A year ago I had to take the painful decision of resigning all my permissions across all Wikimedia Projects, included this one. The ground reason for that retirement was that I was suffering health issues which became more severe. Foreseeing that I will not have the time neither to contribute with the consistency, dedication and attitude I would like to I dropped all my permissions. Time would show a few months later that I was not mistaken in my expectations, and my health condition became worse; reaching a point where I almost passed away about 6 months ago. Fortunately today I can say that I'm recovered 80% or 90 %, and improving every day, so I am looking forward to resume old projects, such as Wikimedia. I do not foresee that this issues will ever happen again, but I can not promise because health is a so fragile, unpredictable and volatile thing that I prefer to leave the forecasts of health and life expectancy to others who know better... I prefer to think positively now and think this will not return. In fact, I feel much better as I said above.

I am aware that perhaps too much time has passed, and I would like to apologize in advance to the community for wasting their time if they find this request to be innapropiate; but insofar my resignation was entirely not controversial, considering the above mentioned reasons (which I consider serious) and the fact that some trusted users adviced me to post this; I would like to ask for the grace to be reallocated in my old local user groups I had before resignation: administrator, bureaucrat and checkuser.

Until my retirement, I was one of the most active functionaries of this project and I think I still can make a good use of the tools if they are regranted to me. I have not forgotten the commitment it means to have access to the tools: to use them for the benefit of the community and the project. I have found this days situations were having the tools would have helped me a lot.

I therefore hope that the community can still trust me and give me a new opportunity to serve faithfully and actively in the administrative side. I am at your disposal for any questions you want to ask, and I submit of course to the final decision made on this issue. So far, I just wanted to say that I have been restored access in the past when I had similar problems.

I also take this opportunity, whatever the outcome of this request is, to apologize to all users for which it could have offended or annoyed in the months before my departure. My problems obviously affected my mood, but it is no excuse not to be kind to people when they deserve it. I hope that this does not happen anymore and, again, I am certainly regretful for that.

Sorry for the long post and the typos.

Thank you for your time.

Kind regards,
— M 13:39, 18 November 2014 (UTC)

I’m more than happy that you didn’t pass away and that you found the way back to meta. I can confirm that MA was (at the very least) CU-wise the most active CU we had when he resigned and that it left a big hole here at that time. Even thought it’s been little more than one year since he resigned, I still totally trust him with all those tools and ’’’strongly support’’’ that he is given back all his duties! I’m very confident that this project will benefit when MA gets the whole toolset back. -Barras talk 13:52, 18 November 2014 (UTC)
Support Support, MarcoAurelio always was very helpful, especially with the spanish community of w:es and others projects --Oscar (t) · @ 17:26, 18 November 2014 (UTC) PS: Thanks god you're out of danger and able to be here!
Gracias por tus palabras Oscar, eres muy generoso. Esperemos que la salud no nos traicione de nuevo :-) Un abrazo, — M 15:16, 19 November 2014 (UTC)
I'm very happy to see you are back; however, since we have no rules about regranting adminship etc. after it was resigned/lost, I think it's best if you go through WM:RFA. --MF-W 23:23, 18 November 2014 (UTC)
Hi MF-W. It is true that there is no rule about regranting rights after resignation, however it has been a common practice on Meta as far as I remember to regrant them if the resignation was in good standing. Some examples: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, etc. The community is of course free to discontinue this practice. Thanks for your comments. Best regards. — M 15:16, 19 November 2014 (UTC)
Being a crat isn't what it used to be after renaming was split off to global renamers; are you sure you still want that back? --Rschen7754 02:32, 19 November 2014 (UTC)
Hi Rschen7754. Thanks for your comment. I know that the burden of local bureaucrats have decreased a lot since global renaming finally arrived, and I am very glad of that. I think that I may still help with promotions at RfA, removing temporary admins. and managing the activity checks. I am willing not to request that bit back if the community feels there are enough users to do that job by now. My feeling about rights and activity has not changed :-) Best regards. — M 15:16, 19 November 2014 (UTC)
Like MF-W, glad you're back, but perhaps RFA is the best way to go about this. Ajraddatz (talk) 02:35, 19 November 2014 (UTC)
Hi Ajraddatz, I have replied to MW-W above. Thank you for commenting :-) Very best. — M 15:16, 19 November 2014 (UTC)
Support Strong support, per Barras. I'm glad that you're back again and this project would certainly benefit from it. Trijnsteltalk 15:29, 19 November 2014 (UTC)
As far as CU, I would have to express concern that there is no explicit allowing of regranting rights in either global or local policy, so to be consistent with what I (would have) said at Stewards'_noticeboard/Archives/2014-09#Request_for_return_of_Checkuser_right_after_period_of_poor_health, I think a new RFCU would be appropriate. --Rschen7754 03:20, 20 November 2014 (UTC)
  • I am very glad to hear that you're back and doing well, and I look forward to the projects benefitting from your help and expertise once more. However, I am unsure of whether Checkuser/Oversight/Steward rights can be restored without a new election taking place. I can understand how in cases of short absenses exceptions can be made, but as I discussed in the INeverCry case, which involved a shorter absence than yours, I think in your case we're well past the line. I think that no matter what consensus arises here, the community as well as myself personally will be more than glad to have you back, whether thru this thread or thru a full request. I do not hold any particular opinion on the two other groups that were requested, which would also be the ones handled by this board. I think that is in the hands of the Meta 'crats. Snowolf How can I help? 05:55, 21 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Given that there are some "precedents" in regranting local meta rights, and that I trust this user, I am restoring user's flag in (sysop+bureaucrat). For CU flag, I second the opinion that regranting this flag without an election is not advisable. Thank you for asking, M/ (talk) 18:27, 22 November 2014 (UTC)


There are some behavioral concerns with the above editor that do not quite rise to the level where I would propose a global ban, but it is getting to that point. Allen2 was indefinitely blocked on the English Wikipedia (see here) for reasons of competence, and recently with his talk page access revoked. Since then, Allen2 has been using IRC channels and meta here to contact editors he interacted with on the English Wikipedia including myself (here) and Technical 13 (here), among others ([2], [3], [4]) about being unblocked and their account deleted. The editor claims they are going to stop editing Wikipedia, but this has been promised before and not lived up to. I feel like the editor should be blocked from meta on the basis that they have been making indiscriminate requests about their block and their account across any available forum. I JethroBT (talk) 05:21, 21 November 2014 (UTC)

Not all of the linked requests are related to the English Wikipedia block directly, the message to you seems the first real attempt to use Meta to discuss their block, as the other are related to global requests, even if misunderstood ones. I'm not sure that a Meta blocked is warranted at this time, tho the user should definitively be reminded that enwiki blocks are appealed on enwiki and not on Meta. Snowolf How can I help? 05:28, 21 November 2014 (UTC)
Alright. Directions for requesting an unblock have already been provided at en:User_talk:Allen2#Talk page access revoked. I should also mention the editor has e-mailed multiple editors, namely myself and Technical 13 ([5]) during the course of his indefinite block requesting us to do something about the block. I JethroBT (talk) 09:21, 21 November 2014 (UTC)
Hi there Jethro and Snowolf! Alright, I'll refrain from contacting them about my block because you both did left a message on my talk page to notify this. But no, don't purpose a global ban on my account or block me on Meta because I edit through Wikimedia foundation was fine. Snowolf, I'll do about it on BASC. I were blocked infinitely/indefinitely on the English Wikipedia, but I don't have to ask for unblock on English Wikipedia through Meta at this point until I was emailed by Technical 13. Brohoof! --Allen (talk to me! / ctrb / E-mail me) 00:35, 22 November 2014 (UTC)
  • To be honest, I was on my way here after Allen's most recent post on my talk page on meta to request a block. Based on his inability to "just walk away" until further notice (I told him on his enwp talk page and via email that I would email him and discuss things with him and help him understand why he was blocked and once he had it all figured out that I would suggest to him when requesting an unblock might be appropriate and I would help him format a proper unblock request), I'm not seeing it as being likely that he's going to stop asking for help here to get unblocked there until he is also blocked here. I was unaware until I got here that he has also been pestering helpers on IRC, and as such, between attempting to use email, IRC, and a sister WikiMedia site to evade/get lifted a block that is based on a like of competence (three strikes in my playbook), I strongly support a block on Meta and/or I weakly support a global block (with talk page and email revocation for either). Allen, you are a motivated and driven young male, and I think you have the potential to be a great editor (someday). Based on our interactions so far, I don't expect that to be for at least a year or more (and who know, maybe you'll get distracted by "other things" by then and will have lost interest in editing at all), but you really need to stop begging for an unblock and pestering people on IRC, by email, and on enwp sister sites. Continuing to do so will end very badly for you wanting to edit at a later date when you get a little older. Please, take our words to heart and stop posting on these sites. I'm still willing to email you within two months of your last post on any of these sites and helping guide you in reading the essays, guidelines, policies, and whatnot that you need to be a successful editor in the future. Technical 13 (talk) 18:21, 23 November 2014 (UTC)
Hi Technical 13. See User talk:Eurodyne#Out_of_editing.... Allen claims that he won't be editing anymore. I don't 100% believe that though. What do you think? Eurodyne (talk) 18:25, 23 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Best he could do was ten days last time. I'm not convinced. Technical 13 (talk) 19:01, 23 November 2014 (UTC)
There's no "global blocking" for registered users currently. Global locks are the equivalent, but they prevent even logging in and should only be used in cases of cross-wiki abuse (I don't think it applies to this situation). He doesn't meet the requirements for a global ban either. As for a local block, I'll leave that to other admins, but I don't see how it would help. I do completely agree that his attempts to appeal his enwiki block here should stop, but a lot of his edits are more related to Meta-Wiki and steward processes than his block (such as his request for an account on the foundation wiki, and his questions about global account deletion). He even said he was leaving. PiRSquared17 (talk) 18:31, 23 November 2014 (UTC)
  • I'm not sure that "two" projects is enough to call it cross-wiki abuse either, although if it starts on a third or fourth, then my weak support would get stronger. I'd really like to see this editor stop editing all together on all projects for a couple months, on his own without being forced into it. I'm not sure he is capable of that at the moment though. PiRSquared17, do you know if global .css and .js been enabled yet so he could voluntarily add a wiki-break enforcer script to his common.js here on meta to help him resist for a month or two? Technical 13 (talk) 19:01, 23 November 2014 (UTC)
    Since GlobalCssJs was enabled, all that is required to enable global JS is to create User:Allen2/global.js. He already has global.css. PiRSquared17 (talk) 19:15, 23 November 2014 (UTC)
	var date = { year: 2015, month: 1, day: 23 };
	var time = { hours: 23, minutes: 59, seconds: 59 };
Good luck! Technical 13 (talk) 23:29, 23 November 2014 (UTC)
Alright, done until 23:59:59, January 23, 2015 then my account wikibreak is over. Contact by email by this date, you know his answer now? — 00:20, 24 November 2014 (UTC)
  • Very good. Now, make sure you don't edit until that expires. I'll email around when that is set to expire. Technical 13 (talk) 02:04, 24 November 2014 (UTC)
I've warned Allen - if he continues to ping people about his block then I will block him here. I really hope he is able to step back, though I also don't think he will. He said he was leaving two days ago, then again today... it doesn't look like any leaving is happening. Ajraddatz (talk) 19:06, 23 November 2014 (UTC)

(redacted) I apologize for the inconvenience, but I redacted this reply means I don't edit right now and get myself in trouble until that expires with my account under wikibreak for few months! — 19:49, 26 November 2014 (UTC)

Revert Translation[edit]

Can you Please revert this edit made in translation by ip.I try to do it but that displays <<You are not allowed to modify this page...>> Thanks in advance .Regards --Grind24talk ??Contribs 20:36, 21 November 2014 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done diff. PiRSquared17 (talk) 20:42, 21 November 2014 (UTC)
Wow thanks PiRSquared17 :) --Grind24talk ??Contribs 20:49, 21 November 2014 (UTC)

Wikivoyage — Online edit-a-thon[edit]

Hello, I want to make a request to have a Central Notice banner for first ever Wikivoyage online edit-a-thon for Pakistan only. I' know its not appropriate to have for a banner in this case but this is bit important. Since last year I'm planning to publish a travel guide book on Pakistani largest city Karachi and for the purpose, I secured a sponsor as well who agreed to bear the cost of printing of guide book. But unfortunately, the content in our Karachi guide is not worth printing as of now. Its been a long year now and I see no local ever care to edit our article because of poor SEO of Wikivoyage. So before the sponsor slip out, I've decided to run an online edit-a-thon where people from Karachi could be brought to Wikivoyage and help us improve the guide. I've created an landing page for our edit-a-thon participants. --Saqib (talk) 17:08, 22 November 2014 (UTC)

Further, the banner will only be geo targeted for Karachi rather than whole Pakistan. --Saqib (talk) 17:16, 22 November 2014 (UTC)
No acknowledgment of my request until now. Recently, I contacted Jalexander-WMF. He said he don't have the time to make banners at the moment so I best reach out to volunteers here. He further mentioned that its not possible to geo target banner for Karachi only. Is there a way if I we put Karachi-IP addresses? Anyways. I am hoping to have response soon and would appreciate quick help. --Saqib (talk) 12:46, 25 November 2014 (UTC)


Help us improve Pakistan coverage on travel guide site Wikivoyage and contribute your part to Karachi travel guide book"
Yes check.svg Done made some modifications after discussing on IRC. campaign banner (preview). added to the calendar. Regards, --Glaisher (talk) 10:01, 26 November 2014 (UTC)
Please put down the banner now. The edit-drive has been very unsuccessful so its useless to run banner anymore. --Saqib (talk) 16:57, 27 November 2014 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done --Glaisher (talk) 16:58, 27 November 2014 (UTC)

Help for Ido wiktionary[edit]

Hello! The Wiki is a jungle because it is very difficult to find a place where you can get an answer. I have already left a request for help at few places.

My problem is that I can’t log in since 21st November in Ido Wiktionary. I know that my user name and password are absolutely correct. I am the only sysop, so there is nobody now fighting against vandals. I created for temporary use new account [6] . Could somebody explain why my account is closed and the Wiktionary left open for undesirable deeds? Thanks. --Artomo (talk) 19:37, 24 November 2014 (UTC)

See phab:T75462. Do you use Firefox? Do you have the same problem with other browsers? --Stryn (talk) 20:26, 24 November 2014 (UTC)

I have Firefox and Safari, but this problem is connected to the Ido Wiktionary only. I can log in other Wikis using Firefox, including this Meta. Safari is there only as a part of Apple system in my computer and I do not use it regularly. This problem evolved in two phases: First I lost contact from my home and at the same time I could get contact at my working place. Then I lost the contact at my working place. I can even say it happened 21st November between 7:10 - 11:03 GMT. – I just tried to log in using Safari. Safari did not let me in the Ido Wikipedia but Firefox did. Does it seem that the problem is expanding to the next place? (P.S. Me voisimme jatkaa suomeksi, mutta yritetään käyttää englantia, jotta muutkin veikot voivat saada apua tästä.) --Artomo (talk) 07:14, 25 November 2014 (UTC)

To avoid repeating all the same questions, see here QuiteUnusual (talk) 08:30, 25 November 2014 (UTC)

Using Silk on my Kindle: Switching to desktop view getting redirected to the same mobile page[edit]

I have issues with this redirect because the function doesn't work anymore. I click on it, goes to<PAGENAME>, and goes to<PAGENAME>.

If only I can enable Request Another View. 2602:306:CC2E:EFB0:4DD:D395:2BAB:D2D0 05:01, 27 November 2014 (UTC)

If you view a page in mobile view, there is a button at the bottom of the page to switch to desktop view. For example, if you go to, at the bottom, you should be able to see Mobile | Desktop links. Click on "Desktop" and you will see the desktop view. --Glaisher (talk) 05:05, 27 November 2014 (UTC)
It doesn't work; I still get redirected to the same page. 05:09, 27 November 2014 (UTC)