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crat/sysop on various wikis[edit]

Hey, may you just wait for few months... I am back, but I am doing mostly off-wiki tasks. However, it's possible that I will need Wiktionary and Wikinews permissions (though, not Wikibooks, definitely). I will have precise clue in few months, after I realize how much time I have, counting a number of (off-wiki) projects which I am starting now. --Millosh (talk) 12:57, 25 July 2014 (UTC)

@Millosh: Knew that you were back and around at some wikis, though presumed that for all wikis it wouldn't be the case. I dropped you the note so we didn't start to ping all those wikis, and you could resign those that you didn't want, and edit somewhere on each, so I could tick them off, and get them off the counter.  — billinghurst sDrewth 13:07, 25 July 2014 (UTC)

Wikidata weekly summary #119[edit]

Admin at et.wikipedia[edit]

Hi Billinghurst, I saw your message in my talk and I have to say you that I have never been a sysop on et.wikipedia. In 2005, the year of my supposed election on that wiki, my account was not yet created. After that I have read your message I tried to log into et.wikipedia but without success. I think that this misunderstanding has been caused by the unification in a global account and the my probably acquisition of a nickname of a precedent user. Nice to meet you, --KS (talk) 10:08, 28 July 2014 (UTC)

@KS: Thanks for making contact, I appreciate that. I see that the etWP account of the same name is not joined to your SUL. One of the other available tools that I was using has concatenated the data, and I didn't even think to check the truthfulness of the output. I will make a note against that account that it is not you, so we don't bother you again later. Face-smile.svg  — billinghurst sDrewth 10:16, 28 July 2014 (UTC)
Ok, thanks! --KS (talk) 15:43, 28 July 2014 (UTC)

Time to talk at Wikimania?[edit]

Hi Billinghurst,

My name is Victor and I'm a storyteller and video producer for the Wikimedia Foundation. I'll be looking to capture stories about Wikimedians at Wikimania in London in a week. Here is an example of the kind of thing that I'm aiming to do. I saw that you're attending Wikimania and I was wondering if you might have some time to talk about what do you on Wikimedia projects. I see that you are mainly interested in getting public domain material onto Wikisource - Awesome! I'd be happy to chat about that. Anyway let me know if you are interested, I'll be at Wikimania from the 6th-10th of August and would need maybe 30 minutes of your time. I can answer any questions you may have. Thanks!

Vgrigas (talk) 20:17, 29 July 2014 (UTC)

@Vgrigas: Sure, I will have time, and will be there the same period. Not sure that I would consider myself photogenic. What do I do? I mop. :-)  — billinghurst sDrewth 23:32, 29 July 2014 (UTC)
Great! Would you like to chat earlier, maybe on the 6th or the 7th? I'm reaching out to so many people, it's best if we can continue the conversation by email: vgrigas(at) :) Vgrigas (talk) 16:23, 31 July 2014 (UTC)
@Vgrigas: Emailed, days are fine  — billinghurst sDrewth 00:47, 1 August 2014 (UTC)


Hello, can my account be unlocked now? Pardon and thanks!

Your reply on SUL request[edit]

Hi Billinghurst, I did not want to overwrite your "nothing stewards can do" message but I added another question to the Doncsecz section after your reply. Can you please check it? Cheers Csigabi (talk) 10:11, 31 July 2014 (UTC)

Users with not very serious names created at the same time[edit]

Hello SDrewth, do you think these users on fr.wikisource ought to be checked, and if you think so could you check them? Thanks a lot! --Zyephyrus (talk) 14:07, 31 July 2014 (UTC)

@Zyephyrus: Moved this in a modified form to SRCU and answered it there. Blocked the accounts following discussion with Phe, and Yannf. While there I have added some spambot filters after askikng Yannf whether they would be of use.  — billinghurst sDrewth 15:25, 31 July 2014 (UTC)
Thank you very much! --Zyephyrus (talk) 17:32, 31 July 2014 (UTC)

Wikidata weekly summary #120[edit]

Good to meet you at Wikimania[edit]

It was good to meet you at Wikimania in London. Thanks for unblocking the IP range where my server is hosted. The tool I'm working on is called 'find link', given an article it will suggest other articles that could link to it. The tool is linked to from the Orphan box template on English Wikipedia. Saving is currently handled by returning Javascript that bounces uses to the diff previous save page on Wikipedia, but in future I hope to switch to saving using the API and OAuth. Thanks again for the unblock. edward (talk) 08:22, 11 August 2014 (UTC)

Wikidata weekly summary #121[edit]

Help needed to overcome Wiki-mail sending limit[edit]

Dear Billinghurst, I often write for Wikimedia Foundation blog about various language Wikipedia communities, e.g. Punjabi Wikipedia, Sanskrit Wikipedia, Esperanto Wikipedia, Urdu Wikipedia, etc. In this connection, I need to send Wiki-mails to a number of respondents. As expected, I get only a handful of responses from the total number of recipients. While I respect the right of individual Wikipedians to respond or not to do so, and I do not complain about non-responding persons, I request you to kindly help me in overcoming the daily mail-sending limit as I AM NOT SENDING ANY SPAM. I only conduct surveys which showcase Wikipedia communities. Please help me. My Username: Hindustanilanguage. --Muzammil (talk) 08:52, 10 August 2014 (UTC)

You should get a group with "noratelimit" rights on the wikis you're sending mail from. --MF-W 14:18, 10 August 2014 (UTC)
@MF-Warburg: How should I proceed with that? Besides, I generally choose Meta or English Wikipedia to send such emails. The reason being the fact that, for example, I know nothing of Punjabi. But I need to contact Punjabi Wikipedians for responses. Can you help me on Meta, please? --Muzammil (talk) 14:31, 10 August 2014 (UTC)
@Hindustanilanguage: At each village pump for the wikis of concern, state that you are applying for that right, and ask for any comment. After a week, if the community is not against the granting of the right, then you can ask at SRP for a steward to grant that right for that community.  — billinghurst sDrewth 17:42, 13 August 2014 (UTC)
Thank you for the reply and hope you've had a great time at Wikimania. Wonder if you met my ex-colleague P Subhashish from India during the event.
I don't find a village pump on Meta. How do I apply here? I am asking this because take the case of my writeups on Esperanto or Punjabi Wikipedia. Whatever I've done is a onetime activity. I need not be requiring send emails to the members UNLESS I'VE GOT A GOOD REASON FOR IT. So work extends research across many Wikis and repetition, as of now, is unforeseeable. Please help me in getting this right on Meta. --Muzammil (talk) 19:16, 13 August 2014 (UTC)
If you wish to use meta for sending such mail, rather than the specific wikis, then you need to place your request at WM:RFH  — billinghurst sDrewth 22:55, 13 August 2014 (UTC)

Your custom version of StewardScript[edit]

Hi Billinghurst. I noticed you have a custom version of StewardScript at User:Billinghurst/pathoschild.stewardscript.js. Would you be interested in becoming a maintainer on the new Tool Labs version of the scripts? Either way, I'll incorporate your changes into the official version. Thanks! —Pathoschild 15:01, 13 August 2014 (UTC)

Hi @Pathoschild:. That would be great if you would do that. As you know, I am not a real hacker, though I am reasonably comfortable adding snippets when I can steal copy and replicate someone else's efforts.  — billinghurst sDrewth 17:46, 13 August 2014 (UTC)
I added you to the Git repository and the Tool Labs project. I usually make my changes & test in a local copy of the Git repository, then push them live on Tool Labs (become meta; cd git/wikimedia-contrib; git pull). Feel free to merge in the changes you already made! :) —Pathoschild 20:04, 13 August 2014 (UTC)

Your comment, etc[edit]

I was bothered and offended by comming across a racial slur name that should be visibly kicked off of any project it's on, not just as a username violation, but to show that no WMF community accepts racism, even when it's been overlooked or missed for a while. I was simply doing what I felt was right, and now you tell me I'm the asshole on this one? Fuck you Andrew, you arrogant shitbag. You leave me alone elsewhere, and I'll do the same with you. Feel free to block my account. INeverCry 21:50, 14 August 2014 (UTC)

@INeverCry: So you are upset about an insulting username, and you come here and leave a comment insulting a user in the process. This seems a bit off to me... reacting to incivility with incivility. --Rschen7754 02:21, 15 August 2014 (UTC)
What caused that rant? Nothing that I said should bring such a reaction. You came to stewards and you got a response, and now you don't like it. What you are proposing to do puts that word out there in full display, and sets up further conversation and may upset multiple people ... It is not incivil to point that out to you, or to put an emphasis that what you are doing may have negative consequences, despite your good intentions.
Old inactive accounts are virtually done and dusted, whereas new accounts would invoke a different response. It is a less than perfect world, learn to accept that it is a balance.  — billinghurst sDrewth 06:18, 15 August 2014 (UTC)

Wikidata weekly summary #122[edit]

Wikidata weekly summary #114

Poor revision from you[edit]

Dear user Billinghurst,

I have noticed that you reverted 3 pages that I have altered to the previous version they had.

The only issue is that probably by the fact that you are not able to speak Portuguese you removed relevant content from Wikipedia. Please indicate the reason why you reverted and removed relevant content that other users will no longer be able to access.

My revisions included gramatical and orthographic corrections that you reverted. I just don't understand it...

I am not trying to challenge your status, however, I think you went way beyond your knowledge/skills this time.

Regards, Ellen

@Pabst.ell: Feel free to redo the grammatical changes. Please omit the links to which as a blog is not an encyclopaedic quality link that is required for WPs, and to which you had a tendency to add and would have been the target of the reversions.  — billinghurst sDrewth 00:41, 20 August 2014 (UTC)

Proposed page move closure[edit]

Although the discussion sort of [d]evolved into an RfD there was no consensus to move the page either. So I think the closing reason should be clarified. PiRSquared17 (talk) 04:28, 21 August 2014 (UTC)

about suggestion on ULS talk page[edit]

Hi, I read and took note of your suggestion on ULS talk page at Mediawiki. I am waiting for some stats from ULS team to come after August end and after studying those stats I shall implement your suggestion.

Thanks for your suggestions and warm regards

Mahitgar (He who knows ,wants to know and and loves to keep others informed) (talk) 06:29, 22 August 2014 (UTC)

@Mahitgar: Thanks for the note. English Wikisource now has full webfonts reactivated, so as time permits, I intend to look to house some adjunct help pages, and we will have the ability to fully represent fonts. And we will host these until they are able to be moved to a more suitable site once whichever site that is has webfonts back.  — billinghurst sDrewth 11:07, 22 August 2014 (UTC)

Wikidata weekly summary #123[edit]

TemplateScript and StewardScript updates[edit]

Hello Billinghurst. I updated your common.js page to the latest version of...

If you notice any problems or have questions, let me know! :) —Pathoschild 00:56, 27 August 2014 (UTC)

@Pathoschild: thanks for the migration and the update. Thanks for all that you do to maintain these tools, and to support the community; your work is invaluable.  — billinghurst sDrewth 01:16, 27 August 2014 (UTC)