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Mass message sender right[edit]

Hello everyone, would you be so kind as to grant me the Mass Message sender user right on Meta Wiki which will help me distribute the Education monthly newsletter to the talk pages of subscribers listed here every month. Thank you! --Selsharbaty (WMF) (talk) 17:02, 5 December 2014 (UTC)

Done. Ajraddatz (talk) 17:03, 5 December 2014 (UTC)

ESEA Meetup proposal CentralNotice banner[edit]

Hi, everyone. I'd like to ask for assistance in setting up a CentralNotice campaign for a survey being disseminated to gauge interest in a 2015 meetup of East and Southeast Asian Wikipedians being worked on by Wikimedia Taiwan, Wikimedia Indonesia and Wikimedia Philippines.

Here are the parameters for the banner:

  • Link:
  • Duration: from December 10th to 31st, 2014
  • Audience: for all logged-in users in the following countries: Brunei, Burma/Myanmar, Cambodia, China, East Timor, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, North Korea (if this is possible), South Korea, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Mongolia, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam
  • Coverage: all projects
  • Text:
    • English (default): You are invited to answer a survey on a potential meeting of East and Southeast Asian Wikipedians in 2015.
    • Acehnese: Neutulông jaweuëb teunanyöng (lam bahsa Inggréh) bhaih reuncana Duëk Pakat Wikipèdia Asia Timu ngön Tunggara thôn 2015.
    • Chinese: 2015年東亞與東南亞維基區域會議籌備中,歡迎於12月31日前填寫此份問卷(英文)提供籌備參考。
    • Khmer: សូមចូលរួមបំពេញកម្រងសំណួរដែលស្ដីអំពីការជួបជុំនៃវិគីភីឌានៅតំបន់អាស៊ីបូព៌ានិងអាស៊ីអាគ្នេយ៍។
    • Indonesian: Anda diundang untuk mengisi survei (berbahasa Inggris) mengenai kemungkinan penyelenggaraan "Pertemuan Wikipediawan Asia Timur & Asia Tenggara" di tahun 2015.
    • Japanese: 2015年に東アジア・東南アジアのウィキメディア地域会議を検討中です。この参考とするため、12月31日までにアンケートにご協力ください。
    • Javanese: Panjenengan katuran ngisi surve (nganggo basa Inggris) ngenani angkah sapatemon para Wikipediawan saka tlatah Asia Kidul Wetan lan Asia Wetan ing taun 2015.
    • Korean: 2015년에 개최를 준비 중인 동아시아 & 동남아시아 사용자 모임에 대한 설문 조사에 응답해 주세요.
    • Malay: Anda dijemput untuk menjawab sebuah kaji selidik (dalam bahasa Inggeris) mengenai bakal mesyuarat Ahli Wikipedia Asia Timur dan Tenggara pada tahun 2015.
    • Minangkabau: Dunsanak kasadonyo diimbau untuak maisi survei (baso Inggirih) manganai kamungkinan diadoannyo Patamuan Wikipediawan Asia Timur jo Asia Tenggara di taun 2015.
    • Spanish: Usted está invitado para responder un cuestionario (en inglés) con respecto a un encuentro propuesto para 2015 para los wikipedistas en Asia Oriental y Sudeste Asiático.
    • Sundanese: Anjeun diulem pikeun ngawaler surpéy (dina basa Inggris) ngeunaan rencana panglawungan Wikipédiawan Asia Tenggara jeung Asia Wétan taun 2015.
    • Tagalog: Inaanyayahan po kayong sumagot ng isang kuwestiyonaryo (sa Ingles) ukol sa minumungkahing pagtitipon ng mga Wikipedista sa Silangan at Timog-silangang Asya ngayong 2015.
  • Image: Wikipedia-logo-v2.svg

We've been asking around other Wikipedians to prepare banner text in other languages (Korean, Japanese, Khmer, Malay, etc.), and we hope to get translations before the banners are up, but otherwise, we hope that they can be updated accordingly when they come. Thanks again! :) --Sky Harbor (talk) 07:42, 8 December 2014 (UTC)

For Indonesian please change it into this "**Indonesian: Anda diundang untuk mengisi survei (berbahasa Inggris) mengenai kemungkinan penyelenggaraan "East & Southeast Asia Wikipedians Meetup" di tahun 2015." it's not Inggeris but Inggris.--AldNonUcallin?☎ 08:00, 8 December 2014 (UTC)
Done. --Sky Harbor (talk) 09:07, 8 December 2014 (UTC)

Hi Sky Harbor, I've added Javanese language version above. I hope you don't mind. Thanks, XoXo (talk) 12:34, 8 December 2014 (UTC)

Added ko, but not creating centralnotice as I am not familiar with CN tools. (ps. AFAIK, N. Korea doesn't have external internet connection except for the servants of the Kim Dynasty.) — Revi 18:19, 8 December 2014 (UTC)

-revi, would you know anyone who would be willing to set up the campaign? I'd ask PiRSquared if he's willing to set this one up again for me (since he set up the last CN banner campaign I requested for), but I'm fine with anyone setting this up so long as they're up. :) (Also, I wonder what's the likelihood of someone from North Korea actually coming to this meeting if they see the banner. Remote, but you never know. :P) --Sky Harbor (talk) 03:53, 9 December 2014 (UTC)
The Chinese version is strange, it needs to add the date, please change it into "2015年東亞與東南亞維基區域會議籌備中,歡迎於12月31日前填寫此份問卷(英文)提供籌備參考。". Thank you. --Liang(WMTW) (talk) 07:24, 9 December 2014 (UTC)
Done, but you know that this is just a slightly modified version of the original banner on the Chinese Wikipedia, right? :P --Sky Harbor (talk) 09:17, 9 December 2014 (UTC)
I'd ask @Glaisher. — Revi 13:09, 9 December 2014 (UTC)
Hi. I'm currently on vacation and do not have access to a decent internet connection (barely able to check my mail) so can't do a cn while Im here. :( Sorry.. let's just hope that @PiRSquared17: or another user is able to do this. Glaisher (talk) 15:41, 9 December 2014 (UTC)
Hi. May I help? What needs to be done exactly? :-) Best regards. -- M\A 07:33, 10 December 2014 (UTC)
Creating Special:CentralNotice per Help:CentralNotice? — Revi 07:52, 10 December 2014 (UTC)
Yup, thought so. I'll see what I can do. -- M\A 11:44, 10 December 2014 (UTC)
Campaign created with the languages and all the countries posted above (NK included). I'll try to set the banners. -- M\A 12:02, 10 December 2014 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done. I have created the campaign and the banner (very simple as my knowledge of CSS is very limited). I had to change the message adding a "click here" message for the link. Until all this can be reviewed I advice against performing translations, because if the programming of this is wrong, all will go to waste. So please await until somebody more CN-savy can have a look at this. Campaign is obviously not yet activated. Thanks. -- M\A 13:02, 10 December 2014 (UTC)

I'm working on the banner again. -- M\A 20:25, 10 December 2014 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done - banner created again. Please add the translations]. Best regards. -- M\A 20:45, 10 December 2014 (UTC)
Okay, done. Copied all the translations over to Special:Translate, and we'll continue securing other translations. Muito obrigado, MarcoAurelio! :) --Sky Harbor (talk) 00:33, 11 December 2014 (UTC)
  • Couple comments MarcoAurelio pinged me to review:
    • It is fundraising time but I don't 'think' they are planning to be up in the region. I've sent them a message though to be sure.
    • Is it possible to split the message into 2 lines? This could be done with either a new message or just placing a <br /> break in the middle of each translation. When it's one long line like this it makes the text harder to use on smaller screens because it can wrap weirdly.
    • Because the link goes to google docs (which people may not expect and doesn't follow our privacy policy) we need to give them a bit of a warning. I'll ask legal quickly in the morning but I think it should be fine with a little note at the end of the link saying it goes to google. Jalexander--WMF 03:20, 12 December 2014 (UTC)
Hi Jalexander. About the message splitting, for the Indonesian languages - Acehnese, Indonesian, Javanese, Malay, Minangkabau, & Sundanese - the split can be made after the closing parenthesis. Thanks, XoXo (talk) 04:41, 12 December 2014 (UTC)
I don't remember the issue of a form being a Google Docs document being a problem in the past though. The last Wikimedia Philippines CentralNotice campaign was for a thesis questionnaire made using our Google Apps service and disseminated in this manner, so I'm confused now as to why we're "scrutinizing", if you will, the link being shared through this campaign if a Wikimedia affiliate's Google Apps service was used to make the form. --Sky Harbor (talk) 01:40, 13 December 2014 (UTC)
Sky Harbor To be honest, it's probably the very bad "no one noticed" reason, not that it wasn't an issue then too :-/. I did talk to legal and they agree we need to have a warning on the banner, it's fine to link to google we just need people to know that. Jalexander--WMF 01:01, 14 December 2014 (UTC)
Thanks for you assistance, Jalexander! XoXo (talk) 10:51, 15 December 2014 (UTC)
@Sky Harbor: Do you still need this? If needed, I could make the banner with a notice but would need the text to use for that (and translations of it). --Glaisher (talk) 18:05, 18 December 2014 (UTC)
Yes, Glaisher, we still need the banner. The text is the text immediately above this conversation; MarcoAurelio made a campaign but it hasn't shown up yet, so perhaps that might need to be fixed. --Sky Harbor (talk) 02:58, 19 December 2014 (UTC)
Both, campaign and banner were created, but I didn't activated them because I requested James to have a look at those first. If updates are needed, they can be done on the already existing ESEA_meetup campaign/banner. Thanks. -- M\A 13:42, 19 December 2014 (UTC)
I've created a new banner here (preview) as it's much easier to work on a new one. However, it has additional text as James suggested and needs translations. Direct translation link: [1] I haven't imported the previous translations so that needs to be done again too; it would be nice if someone else could copy them over to translate :). I could publish them then. Fundraising banners shouldn't be a problem because this is a logged-in only banner. Let me know if there is any other issue. Best regards, --Glaisher (talk) 16:32, 19 December 2014 (UTC)

Request for a banner[edit]

Hi. Wikimedia España (WMES) will conduct several editing workshops during the next weekend in collaboration with science museums in five different Spanish cities. We need a banner to ensure the maximum number of attendees. I have a banner design here. The details of the campaign are:

  • link:ón_Científico_2014
  • dates: 11th - 13th December.
  • logged-in and anonymous users.
  • destined for Spanish users only. To be shown in all projects in Spanish language (es.*)
  • text1: Participa el próximo 13 y 14 de diciembre en el #WikimaratónCiencia,
  • text2: que se llevará a cabo en museos de La Coruña, Logroño, Madrid, Sevilla y Valladolid; organizado por FECyT y Wikimedia España.

We may need another banner translated in Galician language for their own projects. I'll provide more details about it as soon as I can. Thanks. Montgomery (talk) 16:52, 10 December 2014 (UTC)

In Galician language: CentralNotice WMES Wikimaraton 2014 , Harpagornis (talk) 17:38, 10 December 2014 (UTC)
I'm taking care of this. -- M\A 18:23, 10 December 2014 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Hecho (Done), verificad que todo esté en orden, por favor. Si hay que hacer algún cambio, estoy a vuestra disposición. -- M\A 19:47, 10 December 2014 (UTC)
Note: campaign ended, so I've deactivated the CN and archived the campaign. -- M\A 11:05, 15 December 2014 (UTC)

Abuse filter to restrict editing of Request for an account on the Foundation wiki by anonymous users[edit]

Since anonymous users are ineligible to request an account, and this page is a frequent target for test edits, it would make sense to prohibit anonymous editing. However, because not all legitimate users will necessarily be autoconfirmed here, I'm requesting an abuse filter to this end rather than page protection.--Jasper Deng (talk) 08:18, 16 December 2014 (UTC)

Please, are excessive requests on a week. Alan (talk) 09:59, 16 December 2014 (UTC)
I think an abusefilter is way too exaggerated. Page protection should suffice, if by chance someone comes along who doesn't have an autoconfirmed account on Meta yet, he has to post somewhere else or wait 2 days; that's no reason to create an AF which would need to be checked by the software on every edit which happens. --MF-W 14:29, 16 December 2014 (UTC)
I didn't saw MF-W's comment while I was on duty, so I'm afraid Special:AbuseFilter/106 is created. Can be disabled and kept for later in any case. Thanks. -- M\A 14:32, 16 December 2014 (UTC)
There is no reason to prevent anon edits on the talk page so I've removed that condition. Perhaps also add a warning message? Our abusefilter disallow message is too generic. --Glaisher (talk) 18:01, 18 December 2014 (UTC)

help please[edit]


i.p. is used by Başkent University in Turkey and this i.p. is blocked nearly 4 years ago in Turkish Wikipedia. The admins in Turkish wikipedia are told about this but they are not likely to unblock. Thank you for help.

Meta sysops do not and are not able to remove blocks at other wikis. DerHexer left a message for the blocking admin yesterday but he hasn't replied yet. Possible alternative solutions: request IPBE, ask other local sysops to review the block. Also please don't spam several users' talk pages for issues like this. Thank you, --Glaisher (talk) 17:59, 18 December 2014 (UTC)
Thank you.

Required attributions of OpenStreetMap missing in slippy maps of French Wikipedia[edit]