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Some recommendations[edit]

Hi, I am a Chinese Wikipedia user. I am writing this letter to give some suggestions to wiki.

It seems that Asteroid articles are not fairly notable, therefore Wikimedia could set up an individual project for them, which may be named "Wikiuniverse". Similarly, some species with almost no attention could be present only in Wikispecies,and less known stations should be put on Wikitravel,too.

I found that Wikipedia has a Simple English edition,which is not so much useful as I see it. You would be pleased to create a language converter, just like the converter for traditional and simplified Chinese version, saving manpower and material resources. Also, dialects such as Hakka,Gan,Wu don't have enough audience readers and foreground, moreover, these versions are not too far from Mandarin and the main differences are accents. In addition, Classical Chinese version of Wikipedia should be deleted, most texts of which come from Chinese Wikisource, and there are few readers and writers and thus it has no future.

As of Wikibooks, we need to write a set of featured entries to make it widely accepted and global, similar to the Encyclopedia Britannica, that will be the best Wikibooks.

Please think over then provide me with a rational answer. --追迹未来 (talk) 15:42, 21 April 2015 (UTC)

I helped him with the English translation of the section, which do not mean I am agree with his ideas.--Alexander Misel (talk) 00:58, 22 April 2015 (UTC)
  1. For Asteroid articles issue, here.
  2. A language converter for Simple English, haa great. Therefore we can fully standardize our subdomains of WMF sites and this unfairy mailing list page can be invalidated.
  3. Dialects such as ... readers and foreground ... Classical Chinese version of Wikipedia should be deleted, I don't think so. If a guy oppose the hardcoded standard of a language, wouldn't it be lovely to have a dialect version for him?
  4. By the way, why not ask some ideas for the DUPLICATED TEMPLATES, for example the zh:Template:BD & zh:Template:bd?!

--Liuxinyu970226 (talk) 02:02, 6 May 2015 (UTC)

i have to say, I always had the idea that 99% od our astronomy articles were duplicates of transnational/international/public databases, and I wonder how another archive could be of any real difference. On the other way, if you centralize information in one place you can easily reuse them to write an article with a bot, for example. I am sure that is much easy within the wiki system than from an external database. The core question IMHO is: aren't we doing this with widata sooner or later in any case?. --Alexmar983 (talk) 15:04, 14 May 2015 (UTC)

Automagic global bans for LTAs[edit]

We see a fair number of sockpuppets used by LTAs that get first indefinitely banned on sight (after firts few edits) on one particular project just to receive a global ban in a short while.

This seems to be a redundant duplication of work to me.

Hence, I propose that every account that:

  • is indefinitely blocked on all projects it has edits on
  • is not granted any rights beyond autoconfirmed on any project

receives an automagic global ban.

Cheers, Marcgalrespons 10:33, 29 April 2015 (UTC)

I would like to see this to happen, but what technical suggestion can you offer? It may serve as an idea for future use or creating a better idea.--AldNonymousBicara? 15:26, 29 April 2015 (UTC)
Someone proposed to automatically lock/block global accounts upon certain conditions, but I can't find the report in Phabricator. Anyway it probably depends on phabricator:T17294 and would probably be less needed if there were global autoblocks (phabricator:T19929). --Nemo 15:39, 29 April 2015 (UTC)
I dunno, but can't there be a bot with sysop rights that would be doing this at least until a more right-handed solution appears? Marcgalrespons 20:54, 29 April 2015 (UTC)
Yes, there is, some wiki employ that method, but mostly it's for a specific case, there are limitation for that to be able to be implemented globally on all wikis.
1. (Bot with steward rights problem) This bot will need a stewards rights to be able auto(b)locking globally from centralauth. This would be impossible as steward must always be elected and the part of the rules that says they are must be over 18 years olds means they must be human and not bot.
2. (False positive problem) The part that bot script for this kind of action only uses script that allow them to block specific usernames, but this may raise some problem because if implemented globally means they can do lock and locked people can not object to their lock (mentioned by Nemo) as they can not log in to their account and to object about their lock was misplaced against them.
I'm currently still searching about a way to solve this (passively) but all kind of idea are welcomed.--AldNonymousBicara? 21:32, 29 April 2015 (UTC)
Ad. 1. The human gets the rights, not the tool. Therefore I do not see why couldn't a steward run a bot from his/her account. But OK, I see, it is against your strict rules, right? Sorry, but from my perspective it is like forcing a licenced carpenter to only use screwdrivers - because if if he was to use a drill, then the drill would have to be given carpenter licence, which is impossible. Nevermind.Marcgalrespons 13:59, 30 April 2015 (UTC)
No no no, your idea is good! It's just I don't know how can we able to circumvent and solve the problem that might arise from it.--AldNonymousBicara? 16:21, 15 May 2015 (UTC)

Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees elections 2015[edit]

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This is a message from the 2015 Wikimedia Foundation Elections Committee. Translations are available.

Voting has begun for eligible voters in the 2015 elections for the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees. Questions and discussion with the candidates for the Board will continue during the voting.

The Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees is the ultimate governing authority of the Wikimedia Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization registered in the United States. The Wikimedia Foundation manages many diverse projects such as Wikipedia and Commons.

The voting phase lasts from 00:00 UTC May 17 to 23:59 UTC May 31. Click here to vote. More information on the candidates and the elections can be found on the 2015 Board election page on Meta-Wiki.

On behalf of the Elections Committee,
-Gregory Varnum (User:Varnent)
Volunteer Coordinator, 2015 Wikimedia Foundation Elections Committee

Posted by the MediaWiki message delivery 17:20, 17 May 2015 (UTC) • TranslateGet help

Wikimedia privacy invasion[edit]

Steward requests/Checkuser#FreightXPress.40wikidata - I was connected by User:Mardetanha to an IP ( and an IP range (91). The account "Tamawashi" edited the last time in July 2014.

That kind of storage of IP addresses and publication thereof is an invasion of privacy.

On the other hand WMF sues NSA for mass surveillance :

Does it mean, that WMF wants a monopoly for mass spying on its users? FreightXPress (talk) 21:36, 17 May 2015 (UTC)

Wikimedia Foundation wikis IP data for username accounts expires after 3 months on each public wiki.

If you believe that you have evidence of a privacy breach by an advanced rightsholder then you should be approaching the Ombudsmen Commission who investigate and oversee such matters.  — billinghurst sDrewth 21:50, 17 May 2015 (UTC)

It has nothing to do with spying or whatsoever, these are just tools, helping us to keep wiki safe, as suggested by sDrewth if you think I did something wrong you may approach Ombudsmen Commission and if you want protest storage of IPs (though I should emphasize generally we don't store users ip at all, it just happens in rare condition such as cross-wiki issues) you may open RFC page Mardetanha talk 05:11, 18 May 2015 (UTC)


User:sefer azeri' is engaged in vandalism: 1 (Reliable sources wiped out.), 2 (Without any major wiped out the picture., , ) , 3 (Fraud. Map changed. 100 years have reduced the state's history.), 4 (Insult.)... Requires block it for at least a year. But it was never punished for their work. Sortilegus always supported him. He is also engaged in vandalism: 1 (Reliable sources wiped out), 2 (The name of the state, has been removed.), 3 (Reliable sources wiped out)... Wertuose always supported him. He is also engaged in vandalism: 1 (Picture of the article - az:Bakı xan sarayı), is deleted.. 2 (insult; Əxlaqsız ifadələrə görə...). The 3 users blocked me, without any reason! We do not have arbitration and appellate courts. Therefore, administrators dictator. No one can give me an answer?! To whom should I complain? -Idin Mammadof (talk) 14:07, 19 May 2015 (UTC)

News: Wikimedia projects have been blocking in mainland China.[edit]

Wikipedia have been blocking in mainland China since the morning of May 19th, 2015(UTC). Both http and htttps version couldn't be able to access.Maybe DNS problems caused this issue. Some IP address are blocked in China.w:zh:Wikipedia talk:狀況回報 shows the results from wikipedians in mainland China.This tool can show the results from different DNS servers in China.--Techyan (talk) 14:22, 19 May 2015 (UTC)

Voting banner[edit]

Hi everyone,

Not sure if this is the right place to mention this, but I've noticed that the voting banner has some unnecessary capital letters. The text reads: "Voting Has Begun in Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees Election! Votings Ends at (...). "has begun" and "ends" do not have to be capitalised of course. Thanks. --Soetermans (talk) 12:37, 21 May 2015 (UTC)

I was told that Talk:Wikimedia Foundation elections 2015 is the proper place to bring up issues about the banner. --Glaisher (talk) 12:39, 21 May 2015 (UTC)

I can't save my CSS because of spam links[edit]

I want to create my own CSS style, but an abuse filter flags the edit as "Spam article trap". I have no links to other sites that are spam, and it's a false positive. I removed the spam links, but did not work. I am unable to use my CSS because it has spam, but it doesn't. What does this mean, and how do I fix it? SlotWiki (talk) 03:19, 22 May 2015 (UTC)

It is impossible to answer this question as you did not specify the exact content that you tried to save. Ruslik (talk) 13:27, 25 May 2015 (UTC)

Meta Collaboration of the Month[edit]

It is your civic duty to vote in the most important election currently affecting our Wikimedia community: Meta Collaboration of the Month. So far, the leading candidate for improvement for June 2015 is the remarkably out-of-date Events!--Pharos (talk) 19:00, 22 May 2015 (UTC)

Wikimedia Foundation Annual Plan[edit]

This page suggests that the 2015-2016 Annual Plan will have been discussed with the community in April. Where is the result of that discussion please? Is the draft as discussed still available? Rogol Domedonfors (talk) 21:58, 24 May 2015 (UTC)

The draft plan was published at Wikimedia Foundation Annual Plan/2015-16 shortly after I posted this comment. The community has four days to comment on it. Is that sufficient, I wonder? Obviously not. Rogol Domedonfors (talk) 06:34, 28 May 2015 (UTC)

Little help[edit]

How do I use the Wikimedia? !GGG (talk) 17:05, 25 May 2015 (UTC)

Try Help:Help or the main help page for whichever Wikimedia wiki you are trying to use. --GeorgeBarnick (talk) 01:47, 26 May 2015 (UTC)
Yes. !GGG (talk) 03:58, 26 May 2015 (UTC)

!GGG Help.[edit]

I would like to use babel someone could send me a link on the discussion. !GGG (talk) 17:12, 25 May 2015 (UTC)

mw:Extension:Babel maybe will help you out. --GeorgeBarnick (talk) 01:45, 26 May 2015 (UTC)
Trank You! !GGG (talk) 04:01, 26 May 2015 (UTC)

How I Will Do?[edit]

I want to learn how to Contribute to the wikimedia. !GGG (talk) 04:10, 26 May 2015 (UTC)

What project do you want to contribute to? There are pages on several projects about how to contribute:
Find more projects here. --GeorgeBarnick (talk) 04:23, 26 May 2015 (UTC)

Questionnaire !GGG[edit]

Because wikimedia is different from other projects? !GGG (talk) 04:36, 26 May 2015 (UTC)

"Wikimedia" consists of several projects using MediaWiki as software under the professional/financial umbrella of the "Wikimedia Foundation" (WMF), among others commons, wikidata, enwiki, ptwiki, meta (= here), MediawikiWiki, etc., as listed on the Wikimedia projects page linked by GeorgeBarnick above. Some of these projects actually consist of many wikis in various languages. Also see mw:Wikimedia on MediawikiWiki for the confusing Wikimedia vs. Mediawiki terminology, or if that's too long:
Not all wikis use Mediawiki as software, not all Wikis based on Mediawiki belong to Wikimedia, but Wikimedia wikis always use Mediawiki. As soon as you've found a project matching your interests maybe ask for details on their help desk, this forum here is mostly about questions or issues affecting many Wikimedia projects. –Be..anyone (talk) 12:48, 26 May 2015 (UTC)


How about using Flow here? It still sucks, and it will get worse instead of better (for users like me not interested at all in "vi"), but the traditional talk page style is IMHO not more state of the art. –Be..anyone (talk) 13:03, 26 May 2015 (UTC)

It was enabled here at Meta somewhere last year but the page was protected/deleted by a sysop. --Glaisher (talk) 13:09, 26 May 2015 (UTC)
Ha. --Glaisher (talk) 13:10, 26 May 2015 (UTC)