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New project - WikiBarCodes[edit]

Hi there. We have a new idea for Wiki sister project. Please, take a look at that (, give your opinion, and so on. I appreciate any help. Thank you in advance. The preceding unsigned comment was added by AlexandrKalaur (talk • contribs) 13:10, 14 May 2017‎ (UTC) (UTC)

XTools ArticleInfo gadget[edit]

There is currently a request to implement the XTools gadget here on Meta. This is a revival of older XTools user script at User:Hedonil/XTools. That one will eventually be retired and automatically source the new script, but we'd like to offer it as a gadget as well. Feedback most welcomed :) — MusikAnimal talk 17:58, 23 August 2017 (UTC)

Beta feature: advanced filters and more options for Watchlists, starting September 5[edit]



As you may already know, the Global Collaboration team has created a Beta feature. This feature is on your wiki since few months: "New filters for edit review". You can activate it in your Beta preferences.

What is this feature again?

This feature improves Special:RecentChanges and Special:RecentChangesLinked. It adds new features that ease vandalism tracking and support of newcomers:

  • Filtering - filter recent changes with easy-to-use and powerful filters combinations, including filtering by namespace or tagged edits.
  • Highlighting - add a colored background to the different changes you are monitoring. It helps quick identification of changes that matter to you.
  • Bookmarking to keep your favorite configurations of filters ready to be used.
  • Quality and Intent Filters - those filters use ORES predictions. They identify real vandalism or good faith intent contributions that need help.

You can know more about this project by visiting the quick tour help page.

What's new?

On September 5, the Beta feature will have a new option. Watchlists will have all new features available on Recent Changes Beta now.

If you have already activated the Beta feature "New filters for edit review", you have no action to take. If you haven't activated the Beta feature "New filters for edit review" and you want to try the filters on Watchlists, please go to your Beta preferences on September 6. It will not be possible to try the filters only on Recent Changes or only on Watchlist.

Please also note that later in September, some changes will happen on Recent Changes. We will release some features at the moment available in Beta as default features. This will impact all users, but we will provide an option to opt-out. I'll recontact you with a more precise schedule and all the details very soon.

You can ping me if you have questions.

All the best, Trizek (WMF) (talk) 15:20, 24 August 2017 (UTC)


Please help,i'm improving pages, and i'm not knows every languages! 13:16, 30 August 2017 (UTC)

Stop doing your edits, they are not helpful. I had to revert them as they broke things. Stryn (talk) 13:19, 30 August 2017 (UTC)

Revisiting Abuse filter editors[edit]

Hi all, I'd like to spark some conversation about the currently defunct global group "Abuse filter editors". I'm an administrator on the English Wikipedia, and I try to help out here and there on other projects when they get a spike in vandalism - a lot of the time (and especially recently), this vandalism is actually automated bots who proxy-jump and cause a lot of damage in a short space of time. When this happens, we often find ourselves developing edit filters to identify or disallow the edits. A fair few times, we've shared filters with other projects to help them once the bot moves on to their wiki, and although this works when there is a AbuseFilter-confident administrator around, sometimes on smaller wikis there just aren't available administrators, or those who are active don't use the Abuse Filter.

The Abuse Filter extension is due be improved through the Community Health Initiative, with possible features such as user agent matching being discussed. I think it's about time we consider bringing back the Abuse filter editors group, and allowing trusted, technically able editors to help our smaller communities. Today zh.wikinews was hit by one of their LTAs whilst their four active administrators were unavailable - in this situation I would have been able to create a rather simple filter to keep the disruption to a minimum whilst our stewards worked to lock the proxy IPs. Yes, this could have been resolved with more local administrators, and yes this could have been limited by the actions of global sysops - however, I along with many other able editors, don't have the xwiki-ness sought after to be assigned global sysop, and I don't speak Chinese Face-smile.svg

The abuse filter extension is one of the most powerful tools we have access to, and by bringing back the abuse filter editors group, we can enable more projects to benefit from the extension and focus on the important things like writing content -- There'sNoTime (to explain) 13:25, 31 August 2017 (UTC)

Filters which apply to many wikis should be global filters, rather than be copied manually to many wikis. Nemo 14:11, 31 August 2017 (UTC)
Entirely agreed, and the original `abuse filter editors` group had the ability to create or modify global abuse filters -- There'sNoTime (to explain) 14:30, 31 August 2017 (UTC)
It is not clear what is your specific proposal. Ruslik (talk) 20:10, 31 August 2017 (UTC)
Re-enabling abuse filter editors -- There'sNoTime (to explain) 07:02, 1 September 2017 (UTC)
In the past, the group was open only to WMF staff and a couple of technically-minded volunteers who helped develop it. It was not widely available for "normal" users. As to the utility of bringing it back, it could let some people help out as with editinterface, but would be significantly more powerful. We would need to establish some clear guidelines around where and when to use it in line with editinterface, and membership would need to be quite restricted. – Ajraddatz (talk) 07:07, 1 September 2017 (UTC)

Operating on Meta while locked (as per Global block).[edit]

As the global locking page states that global locks are just global blocks for named accounts and the latter doesn't affect Meta-Wiki unless any disruptions are committed here does that mean that I can hang out on this wiki for the duration of my lock? If not then why not? (the global locking page states that It’s only a temporary measure until global blocks for accounts have been developed.)

Also why can’t I be locally whitelisted for Dutch Wikipedia, if it’s Wikipedia's stated goal to have “building an encyclopedia” before anything else then why should my global lock also affect a wiki I’ve exclusively been a positive contributor to?

Sent from my Microsoft Lumia 950 XL with Microsoft Windows 10 Mobile 📱. -- 00:47, 1 September 2017 (UTC) (Donald Trung)

No, you aren't welcome to hang around here while locked. You've appealed through the proper channels, and you'll receive an answer at some point through them. – Ajraddatz (talk)

Meta talk:Requests for adminship#Proposal: Move to Meta:Requests for permissions[edit]

Proposal to move the page Meta:Requests for adminship to Meta:Requests for permissions, to better reflect the page's purpose and improve clarity. --Yair rand (talk) 04:03, 5 September 2017 (UTC)

Meta:Requests for comment/Adding a local rollbacker flag or alternatives[edit]

Hi, I have created an RfC concerning possible adding of rollbacker flag on Meta or otherwise enabling access to the right not for just administrators. Perhaps it would make sense to discuss it right here, but I decided that a stand-alone page is better for centralising it and for future references. --Base (talk) 22:36, 7 September 2017 (UTC)

The Go button? (📌Reader help needs massive review)[edit]

Unless the standard skin is hiding something from me, the Help:Go button page discusses a feature that no longer exists, and hasn't for some time! (I'm guessing it was unnecessary once the letter-by-letter pop-up list was implemented and was removed.) As you can see, compared to the history of the similar page at en.WP, Help:Go button has languished far too long, which indirectly indicates that the entire documentation set aimed at readers needs immediate and then periodic review.

I'm putting this here instead of Help talk:Go button because we need a lot more attention to this topic, which was brought up there already in 2012.

From what I can see, considerations include:

  1. Help:Go button should be changed into a redirect to Help:Searching or some section of it.
  2. Is this lack of review of readers' documentation as common as this Go button page and its talk page's unanswered question makes me think it is? Or this just one feature that just happened to escape review? (I only noticed it when rambling around this site because "Go" was on top of the list at Help:Reader and I wondered what Go could possibly be.)
  3. Should some system or position within Wikimedia be created to monitor mission-fundamental within each project that are reader-focused? Editors are by nature much less likely to stumble across them. (Reading so much has deprived me of the right word, so help me out here please!)
  4. If so, once this system/person finds a project's readers' documentation review is needed or overdue, should someone within Wikimedia perform the review if a volunteer can't be found in a reasonable amount of time?
  5. What characteristics would trigger readers' documentation needing a review? Time elapsed since last edit? Changes being rolled out?
  6. Is there a way to integrate this system/position into existing, reliably used procedures so it doesn't fall by the wayside or cause annoyance until it is axed?

Sorry for the data-dump and I wish I could do this myself, but my real-life limitations get in the way of me following up reliably, so I can only do things in one go as long as I last. Plus, I mainly edit on en.WP and en.WT, rarely here, so/because I don't have a good grasp on what to do around here. Thanks! —Geekdiva (talk) 22:26, 10 September 2017 (UTC)

This is certainly about the monobook skin ([1], but this feature exists in Vector too, only it is not a button. When the dropdown search suggestion appear you can use the matching one to go directly for the page — this is the same as go button, or you can select the bottom most option which will look for pages containing the search term — the same as the search button. It must be indicated on that page that it is about something you see only in non-default skin. Nevertherless as that skin is still in use by many editors I do not think it is right to modify that page in a more radical way. --Base (talk) 22:48, 10 September 2017 (UTC)

Change administrator permission[edit]

Hello. I stopped my activity as of March 2017 For clean start. My previous username is Aabdullayev851 and with this username I am administrator on Azerbaijani Wiktionary. Now I want change administrator permission to my new username (Drabdullayev17). What can I do for it? --Drabdullayev17 (talk) 07:35, 14 September 2017 (UTC)

You should notify Azerbaijani Wiktionary about your desire to transfer the admin permission to the new account and then request it on SRP. Ruslik (talk) 12:21, 14 September 2017 (UTC)