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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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FDC banners enabled by mistake?[edit]

I've just seen an FDC banner on, but the community review period ended 5 days ago. Please disable. --Nemo 09:20, 5 November 2014 (UTC)


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)


It's been over a week and a handful of people have given their opinion and vote. It doesn't look like this request is going to be successful as there is a great number of opposes. The request can be found here. Thanks! Eurodyne (talk) 20:38, 7 November 2014 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done by m7. Thanks! Eurodyne (talk) 19:12, 8 November 2014 (UTC)


Hello. Can I please have the following things done?

I think that's all for now. Thanks in advance for your help.

Best regards,
-- MA 00:18, 10 November 2014 (UTC)

Done. Welcome back :-) Ajraddatz (talk) 00:19, 10 November 2014 (UTC)
Thank you, that was fast :-). Best, -- MarcoAurelio (talk) 00:21, 10 November 2014 (UTC)
Well, not everything... I forgot to request restoration of this other one. Sorry, -- MarcoAurelio (talk) 00:25, 10 November 2014 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done :) Snowolf How can I help? 00:29, 10 November 2014 (UTC)

Rename translatable page[edit]

Please some translator admin rename Wikimedia Slovakia/Reports/2013 to Wikimedia Slovenská republika/Reports/2013 (with all translations). Thanks! --KuboF (talk) 19:43, 10 November 2014 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done/Symbol wait.svg Doing... (it seems the move is still in progress, but I also got an error "Function: MessageGroupStats::clearGroup" / "Error: 1205 Lock wait timeout exceeded; try restarting transaction (") PiRSquared17 (talk) 20:10, 10 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)

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)