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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] 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)


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)


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)

enwiki (researcher)s[edit]

Hello Jalxander,

I was doing some cleanup of inactive users with advanced permissions on enwiki and came across a few I've been meaning to follow up on for a while. It looks like these are staff-related actions, so wanted to ping you first instead of a community discussion and a stewards request. There may be multiple solutions. There is an old permissions group (researchers) that was worked on by prior staff. The enwiki user list here. This was made in 2011 (see note here) and project page here Research:Wikimedia Summer of Research 2011. I'm not sure if this is still required for any special reason. It was worked on by former staff en:User:Steven_(WMF). If it is still needed, we have 2 users that are in it that may have left the project entirely en:User:Digitalshawn and User:Ymatsubara that should have no further use of these non-standard permissions. Thanks for looking this over. xaosflux Talk 03:04, 5 October 2014 (UTC)

@Xaosflux: Thanks, I know both of them still do academic research on Wikipedia (or at least have very recently) but I don't know if they still have a need for these rights. I will reach out to the research group and to legal to check the use cases for all of the users and if they still need it and will remove if not. Some of them are also staff members now and we need to figure out if these are for staff or personal research use. Jalexander--WMF 03:36, 5 October 2014 (UTC)

Staff-global renamer[edit]

Hi James. I was wondering. We have global renamers and stewards who do renames, but I see you perform some global renames too. As I looked into it, the global renamer user group is locally on meta and the stewards have gotten this right locally on meta added to their user group too. But the staff got the user right globally... Since you are the only one doing the renames of the staff, isn't it more logical to make you individually have the global renamer right and then remove it from the staff user group? This way staff could accidentally rename accounts on any project, while you are the only one doing those renames anyway... And we couldn't keep track of any mistakes either. Trijnsteltalk 12:44, 22 November 2014 (UTC)

Hmm, I see now the staff also has the ability to rename users on individual projects... Can't you write down some clear explanation about the use of these tools so that no staff member will make a mistake with those powerful tools? (If you haven't done so already...) Trijnsteltalk 14:42, 22 November 2014 (UTC)
I agree with Trijnstel's opinion. It would be good to have clarity about staff who rename. --MF-W 10:41, 24 November 2014 (UTC)
That's fair, I'll chat with Philippe but it makes sense for me to get the separate right and remove from staff. The local rename right was because, at the time (when we were dealing with the mass staff user name changes), there were some fancy shenanigans I did with a couple accounts to merge 2 usernames in order to get them fully set before our deadline. Now that the actual account merge tool is coming out that is no longer needed (and shouldn't be used). Jalexander--WMF 10:45, 24 November 2014 (UTC)

Please review a CentralNotice (somewhat urgent)[edit]

Hi James. Can you please have a look at Meta:Requests_for_help_from_a_sysop_or_bureaucrat#ESEA_Meetup_proposal_CentralNotice_banner? CentralNotice has changed a bit and I do not know if I did everything OK. Moreover, there might be concerns about the banner itself as it looks some Fundraising banners are still enabled. Thank you very much for your help. -- M\A 13:07, 10 December 2014 (UTC) I also would like to take this oportunity to wish you a Merry Christmas and a happy new year, in case you celebrate any of them. Best regards.


Sent you an email (via Meta). [BTW, can stewards (or the like) read such emails if they feel like it? How would one know?] Cheers ~ DanielTom (talk) 01:56, 12 December 2014 (UTC)

DanielTom Received, though at the moment it's at the bottom of a fairly large email pile that built up today (I've been with out power for most of the day and so work was... sporadic) I should be able to get to it tomorrow though. To your question about stewards (or the like) reading such emails the answer is no. The actual text of emails is sent through the servers but not stored anywhere, a checkuser (through a logged check) could find out 'that' you sent an email during the data storage window but they can't see the text or the recipient. Jalexander--WMF 03:25, 12 December 2014 (UTC)

Disqualification of my candidature for stewards elections[edit]

My candidature was denied with the argument I did not grant the prove of my identity to Wikimedia foundation in time. I sent the documents to on 28th of January 2015. My identity is also publically very well known. I have Iearned in the meanwhile that the correct address would have been But even if that is trough it would not be fair not to consider my candidature for such a formal reason – Wikimedia did get the my information on their main address and it would just be fair to redirect them to the right address or than to respond to me that I did send the documents to the wrong address. As there is still time to check my documents I cannot understand that you Wikimedia will this case not handle with generosity and fairness and so I appeal to you to reconsider this case and accept my candidature.DidiWeidmann (talk) 17:13, 8 February 2015 (UTC)

@DidiWeidmann: I have now received your ID and posted it to the ID noticeboard. Regarding the qualification unfortunately the WMF can't help with that since it's a community run process but I encourage you to talk to the election committee and I'm sure they will listen to the issue. Jalexander--WMF 20:39, 8 February 2015 (UTC)

Instaed of hiding ...[edit]

... those images, how about a "sorry" to the contributers and some explenations of how such crap software changes can happen? Does it go in San Francisco with the motto "no thinking, just coding whatever"? Sorry, but i'm very pissed by the foundation's performance a further time. --Julius1990 (talk) 21:40, 25 February 2015 (UTC)

@Julius1990: I'm not someone who is able to answer those questions. I agree that those results are very concerning, but I'm not someone who can fix it or address the concerns well since I just don't know enough about that piece of the software. So I wanted to ensure that we don't cause more problems (if you see those images when you aren't expecting it it can be very jarring, I completely realize that what happened IS a problem but I don't want to crate more for anyone viewing the talk page) while pointing the right people to that discussion (which I have done) so that they can address the concerns more fully. Jalexander--WMF 21:51, 25 February 2015 (UTC)
I actually believe that the hyperventilation the confrontation with such images causes especially US people would help that the issue gets adressed properly, since without such kind of pressure nothing happens. That's why 950+ volunters still wait on a response to the open letter in the superprotect/media viewer issue and noone seems to care. So i know it gets to the wrong person when you are adressed here by me, but to me as an ordinary wikipedian it seems that noone over there really cares, sometimes there are some answers, then the dialogue stops again, sometimes we get no response at all out of the foundation. And at some point the patience is not existing anymore, and that moment was long ago ... --Julius1990 (talk) 22:04, 25 February 2015 (UTC)