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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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Import request[edit]

Hello, can someone import these pages User:Titodutta/Import requests and check why class parameter of Template:Clickable button 2 is not working? --TitoDutta 09:46, 7 February 2015 (UTC)

Please explain why these templates are needed here. Also bear in mind that enwiki templates are usually super-complicated and usually require numerous other templates to be imported as well. --MF-W 13:59, 7 February 2015 (UTC)
  • I added short note after every entry. Thanks. --TitoDutta 16:38, 7 February 2015 (UTC)
I tried to fulfill your request for Template:URL, but the import failed. I chose it because it looked like a nice simple template, with no calls to other templates; but the failed test listed dozens of sub-templates (I have a screen shot if it helps). It failed on most of them, but it apparently successfully imported:
I began deleting these, since I thought they were just cruft from a failed experiment. However, I noticed that Module:Yesno was in use in several places: Special:WhatLinksHere/Module:Yesno So, I wonder: did I import and blow away existing modules on Meta? If so...what is the best way to fix it?
I hope an admin with more technical expertise can help me walk this back -- hope I didn't mess anything up too badly. -Pete F (talk) 21:07, 19 February 2015 (UTC)

Spam[edit]

Special:Contributions/110.227.9.159 Martijn Hoekstra (talk) 15:32, 18 February 2015 (UTC)

Reverted, deleted and warned. --Glaisher (talk) 16:00, 18 February 2015 (UTC)

Hi[edit]

Could someone semi-protect my user page to prevent vandalism? Thank you. 1989 (talk) 19:47, 19 February 2015 (UTC)

@1989: Yes check.svg Done PiRSquared17 (talk) 19:49, 19 February 2015 (UTC)
Thanks. 1989 (talk) 20:01, 19 February 2015 (UTC)

Global account[edit]

I just created my new account, Bigwill91, and it was so bad that I want to contribute to Wikipedia and other projects. No need to edit anonymously.

However, I can't make this account into a global one; but can I still edit Wikipedia? Thanks. Bigwill91 (talk) 20:54, 19 February 2015 (UTC)

Hello Bigwill91. Your account is automatically global, and there should be nothing preventing you from editing Wikipedia. Have fun! :) —Pathoschild 21:01, 19 February 2015 (UTC)
I found out! I can only edit on 3 projects, but not others. For example, I want to contribute Wikipedia, but my account is not yet attached to that wiki. What should I do? Bigwill91 (talk) 21:08, 19 February 2015 (UTC)
If you visit another wiki, your account there should be created automatically. You can look at Stalktoy to see information about your account, or Help:Unified login for more information about global accounts. —Pathoschild 21:17, 19 February 2015 (UTC)
No luck. It doesn't auto-attach my account if I try to visit another wiki. What else can I do? Bigwill91 (talk) 21:28, 19 February 2015 (UTC)
I see several wikis attached to your global account recently, but the English Wikipedia isn't one of them. Can you log in there manually? —Pathoschild 21:35, 19 February 2015 (UTC)
No. It doesn't work; it is not yet registered. And, besides, it take a few days for my account to be attached. Bigwill91 (talk) 21:45, 19 February 2015 (UTC)
There should be no delay to attach a local account. If it doesn't work correctly for you, you should ask for help in #wikimedia-techconnect. —Pathoschild 23:00, 19 February 2015 (UTC)
I want to contribute to Wikipedia, but it is not yet attached. If I try to login to Wikipedia, I would get a Cannot create account error because my IP address is blocked. Could you give me instructions? Bigwill91 (talk) 23:15, 19 February 2015 (UTC)
Please refer to w:Help:I have been blocked for help resolving your situation. —Pathoschild 23:20, 19 February 2015 (UTC)
But my talk page access from my IP is revoked because it is not yet created. Could you restore talk page access for me? Regards, Bigwill(History) Timestamp: 23:47, 19 February 2015 (UTC)
You can click '[show]' next to the Additional information section to see alternatives when you don't have talk page access. —Pathoschild 23:52, 19 February 2015 (UTC)
Confusing. The information is different from rather than just asking an admin to restore talk page access. Regards, Bigwill(History) Timestamp: 23:56, 19 February 2015 (UTC)
To simplify, you can talk directly to administrators on the English Wikipedia via #wikipedia-en-unblockconnect. —Pathoschild 00:04, 20 February 2015 (UTC)
Nonsense. Could you ask an administrator on Wikipedia (both English and Simple English) to unblock my IP address, because I registered my account? Regards, Bigwill(History) Timestamp: 00:23, 20 February 2015 (UTC)
Can't you do it yourself? There's a web version of the #wikipedia-en-unblock channel, so there's no software to install. —Pathoschild 00:36, 20 February 2015 (UTC)
Just asked at Wikimedia Forum instead. Waiting for someone to reply… Regards, Bigwill(History) Timestamp: 01:03, 20 February 2015 (UTC)

Abuse filter false positive[edit]

User:Egonw has just been automatically blocked. The individual is known to me and bona fide. The edit was a cut'n'paste of en:User:Egonw. What triggered the filter, and how can we fix it? I also note that there is no notification, and no instruction for making an 'unblock' request, on Egon's talk page. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 11:16, 21 February 2015 (UTC)

Hi. I have removed the block, but somebody else should take a look at the filter, such automatic blocks are definitely not okay. Nevertheless, I believe there are unblock instructions included in some MediaWiki message, which I am unable to find at the moment. Thanks for reporting. Vogone (talk) 11:28, 21 February 2015 (UTC)
blogspot has been used for pushing spam and redirects. A warning is issued prior to block in this filter. See Special:AbuseFilter/68 for background and please feel free to suggest further improvements. --M/ (talk) 11:51, 21 February 2015 (UTC)
It is rare to get a false positive, though we do watch for them with that filter. They are also checked and this one was identified by me when I was reviewing to find that it had already been actioned.  — billinghurst sDrewth 12:04, 21 February 2015 (UTC)
I have updated the filter.  — billinghurst sDrewth 12:27, 21 February 2015 (UTC)

Template:Authority control[edit]

Please can someone with the necessary rights import Commons:Template:Authority control together with all of its sub-templates, to this wiki? It will be useful on global user pages. The current redirect will need to be overwritten. [I was advised to post here following this discussion] Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 12:00, 21 February 2015 (UTC)

My old userpage unemployed[edit]

I simply wanted to say that I am the same person as Gloria S., but the first times I edited here, I also lost my password, and then I created my actual userpage. I think that it's useless to mantain that userpage. Do you think it would be deletable? Thanks, --Gloria sah (talk) 17:25, 21 February 2015 (UTC)

Sure, it could either be deleted or redirected to your new userpage. Which would you prefer? PiRSquared17 (talk) 17:38, 21 February 2015 (UTC)
..the last one you said, :-))) , Thank you, --Gloria sah (talk) 17:40, 21 February 2015 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done--Vituzzu (talk) 17:51, 21 February 2015 (UTC)

Central notice edit request - POTY banner[edit]

c:POTY2014 R2 has begun. Would you please activate POTY banner which call for voting? (Sorry if I'm writing in a wrong page.)

Like this:

Thank you. --miya (talk) 15:51, 22 February 2015 (UTC)

@Miya: done, sorry for the delay. Here is the campaign, I already enabled it, but can you please double check it? BTW Why is Western Balochi (bgn) excluded? Seems arbitrary. PiRSquared17 (talk) 16:03, 22 February 2015 (UTC)
Thank you, PiRSquared17! As to exclusion of "bgn" - I just copied R1 campaign with wondering why. Please include "bgn", if you think it ok. --miya (talk) 16:23, 22 February 2015 (UTC)
miya, thank you for adding this request! This is exactly the right place, and you included all the necessary information. I have added bgn back because I can't think of any reason to exclude it. Regards, PiRSquared17 (talk) 16:35, 22 February 2015 (UTC)

It may be not easy to find a translation page for the banners (at least I couldn't by myself!). PiRSquared17, could you please add a "Help with translations" link to the banner templates? --miya (talk) 14:53, 24 February 2015 (UTC)

@Miya: done, sorry for delay, was occupied. PiRSquared17 (talk) 20:48, 24 February 2015 (UTC)
PiRSquared17, thank you so much!--miya (talk) 11:23, 25 February 2015 (UTC)

username name change EmeraldRS to Emerald-wiki[edit]

Yes check.svg Resolved.

I requested this change yesterday and it was carried out, but I am still in a queue for de.wikipedia.org approximayely 24 hours later, the Global rename progress for Emerald-wiki is shown as 'Done' for all the other local wikis. As a result I can't login using my old nor my new username. I suspect there is a problem, but the only advice I am receiving is to wait. Can you help me? I don't know any German, so I don't mind if de.wikipedia.org is removed from my account if that allows me to login. 80.176.153.231 16:59, 28 February 2015 (UTC)

Hi. Currently dewiki have some work in progress in the Job queue (19 items ATM through an API query) and that's probably the reason for your rename to be still pending. If by tomorrow it isn't finished, you may wish to ping @Hoo man: or @Legoktm: so they can see if something is going wrong. You can also ask on Stewards' noticeboard if somebody with more deep knowledge on the issue can give you further info. Best regards. -- M\A 19:17, 28 February 2015 (UTC)
Thanks for the reassurance and suggestions. I'll try to be patient until tomorrow!! 80.176.153.231 19:25, 28 February 2015 (UTC)
@Emerald-wiki: It looks like the process is finished. Try to login with the new account name. Regards. -- M\A 10:33, 1 March 2015 (UTC)
It is all fixed thanks to Keegan (WMF), Legoktm, xeno and PrimeHunter at Village pump (technical). Something I don't understand had to be done to fix things, and it was done while I slept. Emerald-wiki (talk) 10:49, 1 March 2015 (UTC)
We're glad to hear that the issue has been resolved. Happy editting! -- M\A 19:22, 1 March 2015 (UTC)

Steward election banners[edit]

I still see them, please disable. --Nemo 14:39, 2 March 2015 (UTC)

They are already disabled. Not sure why you still see them though. -- M\A 21:04, 2 March 2015 (UTC)
It's cache problem, I also seeing it on many small wikis, just clear it, you'll be fine, ah by the way, it's already cleared on #wikimedia-stewards channel. I think we can close this as resolved.--AldNonymousBicara? 09:45, 3 March 2015 (UTC)
phab:T88276 --Glaisher (talk) 15:14, 3 March 2015 (UTC)

Unified login in other languages[edit]

Apparently, there is a username blacklist on some but not all Wikipedia domains that does not allow me to have the word "Wikipedia" in the username. For example, when I try to log in on German or French Wikipedia, it doesn't allow access (although I have completed SUL unification). I can't locally create "The Average Wikipedian" on these Wikipedias either due to the blacklist. I don't want to have to log in and out when accessing these different Wikipedias, so I asked for help on the help desk on the English Wikipedia. After some misunderstanding (see relevant discussion section 1.9 and the link to the previous question) I realised that I have requested for the wrong thing on the French Wikipedia (after failing the username rename). If I wish to retain this username and still be able to log in to the Wikipedias with the blacklist (though I am not sure exactly how many don't allow my username), what is the move I should take? The Average Wikipedian (talk) 16:03, 5 March 2015 (UTC)

The global title blacklist allows having the word "wikipedian" in your username. From a quick look, I can't find any entry on dewiki that matches your username but found that frwiki's title blacklist has such an entry. I'll ask someone to update it there. --Glaisher (talk) 16:58, 5 March 2015 (UTC)
I've made a request to update the frwiki entry. Also found the culprit at dewiki as well; will ask to change that as well. :) --Glaisher (talk) 17:12, 5 March 2015 (UTC)
Done for frwiki. It's just a temporary fix tho. DarkoNeko (talk) 17:40, 5 March 2015 (UTC)
I haven't received any response from a dewiki sysop on IRC and have to go now. @DerHexer: might be able to help. --Glaisher (talk) 18:29, 5 March 2015 (UTC)