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Welcome to Meta![edit]

Hello Jalexander, and welcome to the Wikimedia Meta-Wiki! This website is for coordinating and discussing all Wikimedia projects. You may find it useful to read our policy page. If you are interested in doing translations, visit Meta:Babylon. You can also leave a note on Meta:Babel or Wikimedia Forum (please read the instructions at the top of the page before posting there). If you would like, feel free to ask me questions on my talk page. Happy editing! fr33kman t - c 05:21, 17 August 2010 (UTC)

fr33kman t - c 05:21, 17 August 2010 (UTC)

Congrats on the job.  fetchcomms 01:18, 19 August 2010 (UTC)

User:Nikerabbit and global interface editor[edit]

Hi! We are wondering if Nikerabbit's global interface editor rights are granted for WMF purposes, or as a volunteer (if it was the latter, the rights are expired and need to be removed). The original discussion is at Steward_requests/Global_permissions/2012-08#Global_editinterface_for_Nikerabbit. --Rschen7754 19:39, 14 March 2014 (UTC)

The rights never went through us and so I would generally consider them to be within the volunteer purview. I'm happy to write to him to see if he needs them for work purposes and, if so, we can convert them into staff rights. Do we know if he's been using them (is that why they are expiring)? Or are they just expiring because they expire automatically with or without use. I can certainly envision a reason for needing them in his language engineering work but whether he actually needs/uses them is a different question :). Jalexander--WMF 19:45, 14 March 2014 (UTC)
The rights are supposed to be reconfirmed after one year, unless they are granted through WMF staff request. Following... recent events, we checked to see if any other people with this right had not been reconfirmed within the last year. I can wait to remove them until we hear back from you. --Rschen7754 19:53, 14 March 2014 (UTC)
Thanks much, I've written Nikerabbit and his manager. Jalexander--WMF
Have you heard anything back? --Rschen7754 17:33, 27 March 2014 (UTC)
Bump. --Rschen7754 09:18, 18 June 2014 (UTC)

Kneejerk reaction[edit]

https://meta.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=Privacy_policy&diff=8477438&oldid=8475976 one of the two changes is uncontroversial. The other is a "Slight change" according to LuisV (WMF)/LVilla (WMF), but I would not dispute the ter substantial, which you used. Why did you revert the former? All it does is link to the new official blog entry. Sheesh. --Elvey (talk) 01:34, 11 May 2014 (UTC)

I was leaving a message on your talk page but since you beat me to it I'll move it here :). The policy as written has been approved by the board and will become the official policy in just over 3 weeks now. I understand you don't like some of the changes made by Luis (and haven't since he made them) I also know that many (possibly all) of the board members read through the comments that were made on the privacy policy before the vote and likely saw your comments as well. Unfortunately that question is now a longer term one and further changes, even 'small' ones like the one you reverted by luis are not possible without another board vote etc. That's why I reverted and protected the page (I also realized there had been vandalism edits earlier, the protection was certainly not just because of you). Regarding the link, I'm happy to add that back (and remove Michelle's signature, since we're changing the comment I don't think it's fair to have her old signature there as if she wrote all of it). Jalexander--WMF 01:41, 11 May 2014 (UTC)
Yes, I meant to put it after her sig. Whoops.--Elvey (talk) 03:26, 11 May 2014 (UTC)

Please test the new feature Special:PageMigration[edit]

As a Google Summer of Code Intern, I have been working on the Mass Migration tools project for Wikimedia. We are now ready with a minimal working product. The tool helps translators and translation administrators import the old translations into the Translate Extension.

An instance of the same has been set up on labs. You can find some useful instructions on the main page.

Please test the tool and report bugs/suggestions using the link provided on the main page itself. You can have a look at the tracking bug to check already reported bugs.

Looking forward to hearing from you! Cheers. BPositive (talk) 14:33, 14 June 2014 (UTC)

Tou amendment banner campaign[edit]

My apologies, I don't recall touching that campaign at all, this must have been a fat fingers mistake on my part.--Pharos (talk) 03:51, 30 June 2014 (UTC)

no worries! I've done the same :) thanks! Jalexander--WMF 04:03, 30 June 2014 (UTC)

Rename[edit]

zh:User:Jimmy xu wrk was renamed globally to Jimmy Xu - does his name on the identification page need to be changed? (Also, should WMF staff be the one making that change, I assume?) --Rschen7754 19:36, 28 July 2014 (UTC)

Generally, yes, I think it's best for one of us to do the change mostly just so that someone can link to a diff of that (just like they do for when we add someone to the list in general). Do you have a log entry (or a request post if it was a global one here on meta) for Jimmy Xu? Jalexander--WMF 19:38, 28 July 2014 (UTC)
Log entry is [1], request [2]. --Rschen7754 19:42, 28 July 2014 (UTC)

Midom@ocwiki[edit]

Sorry to bug you again... but I have just desysopped the above user on ocwiki under AAR. However, after the fact someone mentioned that he might need the rights as a sysadmin (though he isn't in the global group). I'm told that he is exempt from admin inactivity policies on dewiki (though he is on the account de:User:Domas Mituzas there due to a SUL conflict). Should the rights be restored? Now that I already did it, I won't restore it until I hear officially otherwise... --Rschen7754 21:41, 28 July 2014 (UTC)

Thanks for the ping, Domas has the ability to ask for and receive rights (including, and probably most importantly, the global sysadmin group) when needed for his volunteer development and system administration work. I think that if, such as in the deWiki case, the community decides to leave him with the rights that should be respected however I am in general happy to leave up to the community individual local rights, such as the ocwiki one you removed, because 1. the particular technical issues which arise requiring rights do not necessarily continue to reappear on the same wiki and 2. they are relatively easy for him to get back when needed. I obviously reserve the right to change my mind if he, or another developer, comes to me with a specific need (at that point we'd debate whether local or global rights make most sense). Jalexander--WMF 23:33, 29 July 2014 (UTC)

Little question regarding your username[edit]

Dear James,
please allow me a little question about a detail regarding your username for this (your official WMF) account: The standard way of "flagging" such an official WMF account is by adding "(WMF)" to the username, which is consistent with the renaming scheme you apply when you rename other accounts. Why does your own official WMF account name not follow this scheme, but has a "-WMF" attached instead?
Thank you, Troubled @sset   Work    Talk    Mail   19:48, 26 August 2014 (UTC)

@Troubled asset: Of course. You're right that the norm is the (WMF) at the end of the name and that's generally what people are getting. The -WMF version is an alternative offered where there are concerns for rtl languages (the parens cause issues on rtl languages and look very bad). Because I am the one who tends to go to projects where there may be privacy policy violations (and in the past that has included rtl languages) I decided it would be best to have the -WMF at the end of my username rather then (WMF). That happened when I renamed my old exclusive staff account to add the WMF flag at the end. One of the main reasons we've kept the (WMF) styling as the norm is because that is what people have come to expect but we have offered -WMF as an option to staff members concerned about the rtl issues. (you can see ar:User:Philippe_(WMF) as an example) Jalexander--WMF 20:11, 26 August 2014 (UTC)
Thank you, James, for this explanation. I don't speak any rtl languages and therefore never use any such WP sites, so I was not aware of this problem.
Still wondering, though, whether this display behavior is kinda unavoidable or could be fixed in the software fairly easily …
Best regards anyway, Troubled @sset   Work    Talk    Mail   09:09, 27 August 2014 (UTC)