User talk:Russavia

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Welcome to Meta![edit]

Hello Russavia, 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). Happy editing!

- Ottava Rima (talk) 18:21, 7 November 2011 (UTC)

Nemo !vote[edit]

Could you change your !vote at Meta:Requests for adminship/Nemo_bis (removal) to something other than "support"? It makes it look at first glance like you're supporting the bit removal, which clearly isn't the case. --SarekOfVulcan (talk) 20:15, 14 March 2013 (UTC)

"Request for help" discussion[edit]

Meta:Requests_for_help_from_a_sysop_or_bureaucrat#Russavia – I'm just letting you know that another user requested for your account to be blocked on Meta. --Michaeldsuarez (talk) 21:49, 25 February 2014 (UTC)


I don't understand a thing... you clearly invest a certain effort in your mailing list posts, but – perhaps for this reason – they tend to exceed in personalism. Why don't you set up a blog, instead? It would obviously fit the Planet Wikimedia inclusion criteria and all the smart people use feeds anyway, while the messy people tend to be messed up by emails they don't like. --Nemo 14:06, 3 August 2014 (UTC)

Interesting suggestion. I would like to see a blog post about improving transparency of the use of Check User rights, or at least defining best practice so that audit committees could take more action beyond quoting that the privacy policy has been met. After meeting with non-answers for my own request along these lines, I have suggested running an RFC on Commons with regard to how requests for transparency from users who believe they have been subject to check user analysis ought to be met, and a blog post in conjunction with this, sometime after Wikimania, would be something I would be happy to chip in with. -- (talk) 14:17, 3 August 2014 (UTC)

Superprotect letter update[edit]

Hi Russavia,

Along with more hundreds of others, you recently signed Letter to Wikimedia Foundation: Superprotect and Media Viewer, which I wrote.

Today, we have 562 signatures here on Meta, and another 61 on, for a total of 623 signatures. Volunteers have fully translated it into 16 languages, and begun other translations. This far exceeds my most optimistic hopes about how many might sign the letter -- I would have been pleased to gain 200 siguatures -- but new signatures continue to come.

I believe this is a significant moment for Wikimedia and Wikipedia. Very rarely have I seen large numbers of people from multiple language and project communities speak with a unified voice. As I understand it, we are unified in a desire for the Wikimedia Foundation to respect -- in actions, in addition to words -- the will of the community who has built the Wikimedia projects for the benefit of all humanity. I strongly believe it is possible to innovate and improve our software tools, together with the Wikimedia Foundation. But substantial changes are necessary in order for us to work together smoothly and productively. I believe this letter identifies important actions that will strongly support those changes.

Have you been discussing these issues in your local community? If so, I think we would all appreciate an update (on the letter's talk page) about how those discussions have gone, and what people are saying. If not, please be bold and start a discussoin on your Village Pump, or in any other venue your project uses -- and then leave a summary of what kind of response you get on the letter's talk page.

Finally, what do you think is the right time, and the right way, to deliver this letter? We could set a date, or establish a threshold of signatures. I have some ideas, but am open to suggestions.

Thank you for your engagement on this issue, and please stay in touch. -Pete F (talk) 18:15, 26 August 2014 (UTC)

Your inquiry at OTRS/V[edit]

Hi, I've removed your request to remove DF67 as an OTRS agent as the user has not been an agent since 2009. Rjd0060 (talk) 02:28, 22 September 2014 (UTC)

@Rjd0060: Very interesting. I didn't even check to see if he was an agent; it was assumed he was purely because it wasn't so long ago on #wikimedia-commons (or perhaps #wikipedia-en) that he was quoting directly from a specific ticket. I will be going back through logs to get the pertinent information so that it is can be investigated who exactly is sharing information with an unauthorised invidivual that is otherwise supposed to be kept confidential, only to have that individual public release it. So yes, whilst it's good that he isn't an agent, there's obviously all sorts of leaks on OTRS that shouldn't be happening that needs to be dealt with :( Russavia (talk) 02:44, 22 September 2014 (UTC)

Please follow user's requests for no contact[edit]

You have been asked by a user here for you to not contact them. That is a simple request, so please comply with their request on this wiki.  — billinghurst sDrewth 05:14, 23 November 2014 (UTC)

Billinghurst after being basically libelled by Chase me ladies, I'm the Cavalry on another project, I have now given them an opportunity to retract the accusations, and I will not be making further contact with them on this, or any project, in relation to this matter. I will now be lodging a formal complaint with the new CEO of WMUK, who I have made unofficially aware of this situation. The time for people talking smack about myself has now come to an end. Russavia (talk) 05:25, 23 November 2014 (UTC)
My request to you was where you have been asked to stop contacting someone when they have asked it of you. Pinging people like that is just a continuation of the behaviour. It is a further example and that behaviour is not tolerated at meta. So please stop.  — billinghurst sDrewth 05:34, 23 November 2014 (UTC)
Ping removed, the rest stands. Russavia (talk) 05:38, 23 November 2014 (UTC)

OTRS Volunteering[edit]

Hi! Thanks for your concern and valuable links here: [1]. I've read most of them at some time, and I think I have a grasp of their practical application. Sorry for not having responded to your link, but IRL/work took over my priorities for a couple of days. One related svwp activity of mine is here. Another one is here. Best of wishes/P--Paracel63 (talk) 13:46, 8 December 2014 (UTC)