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Help! Help! Help! Gujarati Wikipedia Project[edit]

Sir, please help! some administrators of Gujarati Wikipedia project are doing injustice to me. Together with their friends they are behaving biased with common editors. They have blocked me for 1 month without any reason. To keep the Wikipedia unprejudiced and clean we need immediate help from you everyone. Please Help us for the name of God.

Take some strong actions against Gujarati Wikipedia admins.

  1. ThankYouWiki —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Hardhrol (talk)

Who to contact regarding User rudeness[edit]

Who do I contact regarding a User whose feathers I seemed to have ruffled, when I tried to update/correct a place name spelling, from the Soviet era spelling to that which is the current and proper and current spelling being used by most of the world. I even referenced the current government website, which lists current placename transliterations... Which must've offended a certain User, who sent me a message, about having me blocked if I do it again! I don't appreciate being bullied, especially when my intention was to update and better Wikipedia content! Do I contact legal? Thank you, because this is a primary reason of why I rarely bother to edit. Thank you again. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by XTOC6 (talk) 20:13, 2 May 2020

Editing Wikipedia is a collaborative work so you have to be prepared to accept feedback and engage in discussion if your edit is questioned. It seems you you've already started that. You should be patient with that discussion and explain to them why you edit should stay. – Ammarpad (talk) 08:18, 3 May 2020 (UTC)

Dutch Wikinews[edit]

I have some questions for the Dutch Wikinews:

  • Is it possible to set the 'New Wikitext editor' as default editor (instead of the traditional editor), if there is consensus among the contributors?
  • Is it possible to enable the 'cite' function (to add easily sources of information) in the New Wikitext editor?

Greetings, --Astenas (talk) 00:07, 9 May 2020 (UTC)

This editor is currently a beta-feature. I doubt it is wise to enable it as the default editor. Ruslik (talk) 14:31, 9 May 2020 (UTC)
But why the 'cite' function doesn't work? Astenas (talk) 13:57, 10 May 2020 (UTC)

I have previously set up 2 factor authentication; now I have a new device and don't know what to do[edit]

I have a TOTP authenticator app. I have 2 factor authentication enabled. I have a few scratch codes left. The part I don't understand is how do the part where I get a QR code to scan with my app. Help, please? —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk)

Please, see mw:Help:Two-factor_authentication. Ruslik (talk) 20:26, 15 May 2020 (UTC)

The basic help[edit]

The basic help, for a newbie as me, it is to know where ask a question or suggest improvements for Meta-Wiki (as Cafe in Witionary, Teahouse in Wikipedia and so on). Finally, I could see it in the top of this page.

On the other hand, what about a newbie: namespace?.

The suggestion I wanted to put in the right place is: I need a "Add item to Wikidata" link in the lateral panel (left panel) in Tools (as in Wiktionary and other sisters). It would be in all sisters.--BoldLuis (talk) 11:44, 17 May 2020 (UTC)

All improvements in Meta-wiki should be suggested on Meta:Babel. Ruslik (talk) 20:43, 17 May 2020 (UTC)

Maybe a bug (Files on the Indonesian Wikiquote)[edit]

Wikipedia Bahasa Indonesia beranda.jpg

So I'm on the Indonesian Wikiquote. I uploaded this file on there (to the right), named File:Wikipedia Bahasa Indonesia beranda.jpg, which is, of course, redlinked. It is there in Commons (at but is redlinked and does not exist on any other wiki, as you can see on the right.

I think this is a bug with Commons or the Indonesian Wikiquote. Can someone help? Dibbydib (talk) 07:38, 23 May 2020 (UTC)

Strange indeed, it looks like all new files uploaded on Commons shown as redlinks now. Reported on Phabricator. Anyway, now while writing this I can see your linked file here. Stryn (talk) 10:23, 23 May 2020 (UTC)

User rights logs not working as expected[edit]

Why is it that I cannot see the user rights logs entries on the Konkani sites: [1] and [2] , but I can see the entries here: [3] , [4] and [5] ? The Discoverer (talk) 08:11, 1 June 2020 (UTC)

@The Discoverer: This is because the logs are stored where the changes happen. Since these changes were made here on Meta, that's where the logs are stored, while if a bureaucrat or sysop changes any rights locally on the Konkani Wikipedia, it will appear in the local Special:Log/rights on the Konkani Wikipedia. I remember someone wanted the global rights log changes to be reflected in the local logs as well for transparency, but I don't think that wish has had a high enough priority that anyone has tried to make a fix for it yet. Jon Harald Søby (talk) 12:55, 1 June 2020 (UTC)
Thanks for this explanation, Jon Harald Søby :) - The Discoverer (talk) 13:00, 1 June 2020 (UTC)

How to handle cross-wiki disruption[edit]

Hello. I'm looking for advice on how to handle cross-wiki disruption.

This has come up in the past, but this was prompted by Commons:Commons:Deletion requests/Files uploaded by VivekAdivasi. These images might be within the scope of Commons, but they are being used inappropriately to add unsourced information to multiple Wikipedias. For example, based on machine translation, this edit at KO appears to be very inappropriate, but that's just one example, and I don't generally trust Google translate. Another complication is that the IP making this edit was blocked by checkuser at EN, but not at KO (it's a mobile IP).

Any advice, either specific or general, is appreciated. Grayfell (talk) 22:43, 10 June 2020 (UTC)

Another very inappropriate edit was made here: History of the article corresponding to Mongoloid at MN. Koji979 made an edit of +1119 (the 7th from above), which was reverted because of machine translation, then he apologized for the machine translation and inserted the map. The English translation of his text can be seen at this edit (I don't speak Mongol, but I suppose the text to be identical because the references to sources at bioXriv are the same), where he also inserted the map (in the 3rd paragraph of the diff, the text at the bottom of the diff). Similar edits were made by Koji979 and by IP's at more than a dozen different Wikis. --Rsk6400 (talk) 14:45, 11 June 2020 (UTC)

Simple guide, tutorial or example for wikibase?[edit]

I'm trying to find out if mediawiki can be extended with inline named entity annotations. Wikibase sounded like a good option. While I've come across tons of documentation on installation and development, I can't seem to find any documentation on how to actually use it - how to make the annotations and what Wikibase can actually do. I've looked through the showcase page and I still can't find a clear example of what it does.

I've tried semantic mediawiki but the documentation only covers two use cases: adding properties to a page and using templates to visually format them. It's hard to see how properties, which are defined once, can be used to annotate entities within a document, as the entities are referred to multiple times.

Is there an extension that allows one to actually annotate entities in a mediawiki page AND refer to them in the text, so that entities can be unambiguously labeled?

I'd really appreciate any help, even to know if mediawiki is the wrong path for this project.

You'd better to ask on Tech. Ruslik (talk) 20:41, 21 June 2020 (UTC)

Mobile version[edit]

The mobile version of several projects is showing an error. Links that don't exist are blue.

Plaease translate this[edit]

私は以前Steward requests/Globalにて、とあるユーザーのグローバルロックが誤認であった可能性を提示し、ロックの解除を依頼しました。ところが、その依頼は「意味があるとは思えない」との一言で、説明が十分とは見なせないまま却下されました。私は依頼内での説明には一定の妥当性があったと思っていますし、それを却下したスチュワードの方の説明は十分で無かったと考えています。可能であれば、私は当該のスチュワードさんの対応に関して、広く他の参加者たちの意見を求めたいと思っています。私はどこで、この事を問い掛ければ良いでしょうか。--Miraburu (talk) 15:34, 27 June 2020 (UTC)