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Important! Until October the biosphere site worked fine, since december it redirects to a porn site. Don't know if it's hijacked or domain sold or what happened there. That link is in use, so a crosswiki search run is necessary for to comment that link out or remove or replace by --Achim (talk) 20:09, 13 January 2020 (UTC)

Edit: I sent an email to to let them check. --Achim (talk) 20:43, 13 January 2020 (UTC)
I emailed the WLE team, and they're going to contact the people who own/owned the domain. Cheers. Quiddity (WMF) (talk) 18:27, 15 January 2020 (UTC)
I don't think we have a crosswiki search tool, can COIBot help? Maybe billinghurst may want to take a look. Thanks much --Camouflaged Mirage (talk) 13:08, 16 January 2020 (UTC)

@Achim55: toollabs:global-search though I am not certain how global it is, they were taking its increase slowly. @MusikAnimal: ?  — billinghurst sDrewth 13:12, 16 January 2020 (UTC)

Comment Comment and if it is widely used, or going to be so, I would recommend an interwiki if we are going to modify. say "wikilovesearth" to Talk:Interwiki map  — billinghurst sDrewth 13:14, 16 January 2020 (UTC)
toolforge:global-search is indeed fully global. Looks like there are about 1,202 links globally, mostly on Commons. MusikAnimal talk 15:22, 16 January 2020 (UTC)
Tried to replace a few, but will be good for someone to run AWB on commons to mass replace. Will post on commons for help there. --Camouflaged Mirage (talk) 10:40, 17 January 2020 (UTC)
Commons replacement done by , now it's around 94. Will be more manageable to do manual replacements. --Camouflaged Mirage (talk) 15:46, 17 January 2020 (UTC)
Down to 74. Some manual replacements blocked by protection / abuse filters, so I think might be slower, I raised EPs for those. --Camouflaged Mirage (talk) 16:07, 17 January 2020 (UTC)
Did somemore replacements, left mainly large wikis which I don't feel comfortable changing. Now <50. --Camouflaged Mirage (talk) 12:43, 25 January 2020 (UTC)
Done all except dewp and enwp. Can someone with the AWB rights / pywikibot rights there do the necessary. --Camouflaged Mirage (talk) 13:04, 25 January 2020 (UTC)
Just lodge requests at en:Wikipedia:Bot requests and de:Wikipedia:Bots/Anfragen. We don't need to fuss it at this level, the communities have their doers.  — billinghurst sDrewth 13:10, 25 January 2020 (UTC)
Not sure of the proceedures and I refrain from doing things I am unsure, hope someone can help. Much appreciate. --Camouflaged Mirage (talk) 13:12, 25 January 2020 (UTC)

Movement Learning and Leadership Development Project[edit]


The Wikimedia Foundation’s Community Development team is seeking to learn more about the way volunteers learn and develop into the many different roles that exist in the movement. Our goal is to build a movement informed framework that provides shared clarity and outlines accessible pathways on how to grow and develop skills within the movement. To this end, we are looking to speak with you, our community to learn about your journey as a Wikimedia volunteer. Whether you joined yesterday or have been here from the very start, we want to hear about the many ways volunteers join and contribute to our movement.

To learn more about the project, please visit the Meta page. If you are interested in participating in the project, please complete this simple Google form. Although we may not be able to speak to everyone who expresses interest, we encourage you to complete this short form if you are interested in participating!

-- LMiranda (WMF) (talk) 19:00, 22 January 2020 (UTC)

Ich sollte das eigentlich auf Deutsch schreiben, mit der gleichen Arroganz, mit der hier in dem deutschen Teil dieser englische Text hingerotzt wurde, aber ich bin mal ein wenig freundlicher:
This is a wiki, and the usual way of communication is on-wiki here. @LMiranda (WMF) and Trizek (WMF):: There are a lot of unanswered posts regarding this mass-mail on the different venues you mass-posted it, like here on deWP, or on your talk page, or on the talk page of that meta page, but no reaction so far.
Why did you use the unsuitable Google, a company, that is anything but trustworthy, instead of something within the Wikiverse? Grüße vom Sänger ♫(Reden) 10:49, 24 January 2020 (UTC)

Diskussion des Strategiedokuments für Wikimedia 2030[edit]


Nach einem mehrjährigen Prozess ist jetzt das Strategiedokument für Wikimedia 2030 veröffentlicht worden, das 13 Empfehlungen enthält. Bis zum 20. Februar werden Rückmeldungen und Gedanken zu den einzeln formulierten, aber miteinander im Zusammenhang stehenden Empfehlungen erbeten, bevor sie letztmalig überarbeitet werden. Sie sind in erweiterter Form auch auf Deutsch hier zu finden, auch ein Begleitschreiben, die Überlegungen der Schreibenden, ein Überblick über den Prozess und Antworten auf häufig gestellte Fragen wurden veröffentlicht. Die erweiterte englische Version bietet zusätzlich noch Erklärungen und Einzelnachweise.
Bitte beteiligt euch mit euren Rückmeldungen bis zum 20. Februar auf den zugehörigen Diskussionsseiten. Viele Grüße --CJackel (WMF) (talk) 08:50, 24 January 2020 (UTC)

@CJackel (WMF): Please translate this message. Znotch190711 (talk) 08:50, 15 February 2020 (UTC)
My apologies, Znotch190711, I thought this was the Forum for german mesages. I am the strategy liaison for german-speaking users and this posting was to rise awareness about the ongoing strategy recommendations discussion phase. This phase lasts until Feb 20. Feedback and thoughts about the recommendations can be posted on the talk pages, will be summarized and influence the final strategy document. Everybody is invited to share their views! Best regards, --CJackel (WMF) (talk) 08:59, 15 February 2020 (UTC)
Read it. Znotch190711 (talk) 09:04, 15 February 2020 (UTC)

Discussion on enwiki about request to Wikimedia Foundation regarding Status Labs[edit]

I think some of you may be interested in a discussion happening on enwiki, so I am posting the link here.

Desertborn (talk) 09:41, 28 January 2020 (UTC)

Delete Account[edit]

Hello, I have two accounts wikipedia.

Please delete my account User:Monayu88 permanently. Thanks Monayu88 (talk) 19:02, 28 January 2020 (UTC)

This is not possible to delete accounts. Just stop using it. Ruslik (talk) 20:40, 28 January 2020 (UTC)

Announcing the 2020 Ombuds Commission[edit]

The application period for new commissioners for 2020 recently closed. The Wikimedia Foundation is extremely grateful to the many experienced and insightful volunteers who offered to assist with this work.

As with last year, this year’s OC will consist of eight members, with a two-member advisory team who will guide the new commission and also, if necessary, fill in in the event that the OC is unable to act due to incapacity or recusal.

I am pleased to announce the composition of the 2020 OC:

The 2020 OC’s advisors are:

Their willingness to remain, to bring their familiarity with processes and their experience to the new arrivals, is greatly appreciated!

Please join me in thanking the following volunteers who are leaving OC, who have given substantially of their time to serve the commission:

I'd also like to say a big thank you to those returning and those coming aboard for the first time, as well as to all those applied. Again, it was an extremely able group of volunteers, and while this mix of users may best serve the need for this year, I hope that those who applied will consider applying again for future commissions. Kbrown (WMF) (talk) 22:16, 29 January 2020 (UTC)

Wiki Stats[edit]

Until last year Wikimedia Statistics site used to be very helpful and informative. However, lately it was not being updated, instead it displayed the promise: "In January 2020, this site will be replaced with the new Wikimedia Statistics". Now January is over, but nothing changed. Does anybody know how the things are and is there any hope for renewal of the site? Al Silonov (talk) 09:54, 1 February 2020 (UTC)

@Al Silonov: Did you see wikitech:Analytics/Wikistats/Deprecation of Wikistats 1? It has phab: tickets that you can follow. —Justin (koavf)TCM 10:19, 1 February 2020 (UTC)
Yes, I've seen all this, it's of no use for me. They should have either fulfil their promise or at least change the misleading banner... Al Silonov (talk) 12:23, 2 February 2020 (UTC)
@Al Silonov: I'm not sure why you think it's useless: the best way to get someone's attention to change things like that banner is via phab: and posting to the appropriate tickets. If you subscribe there, you will get emails when there are changes. —Justin (koavf)TCM 12:32, 2 February 2020 (UTC)
Well, I just asked "Does anybody know". I am not ready to propel this project, I'd rather create several more entries in my Wiktionary instead :) Al Silonov (talk) 12:39, 2 February 2020 (UTC)
@Al Silonov: There's no need to propel anything (tho you can if you want): I'm telling you the best way to stay informed which is germane phab: tickets. —Justin (koavf)TCM 20:03, 2 February 2020 (UTC)


Hi! There maybe possibility of a temporal block following some possible mistakes whether repeadly or without; there is likely a good hope of unblock whether appeal for unblock or not, when a date of block and unblock has been fixed which gives the author a sense of good hope and courage to be more constructive editor. But when the date of unblock is not fixed or too far date for unblock, it seems that the editor will lose hope, and would forget about it. In my suggestion, i would appreciate if a short date of unblock would be fixed for the editors continuation to avoid abandonment of many projects. As majority of people tends to learn from the mistakes and be more constructive if the unblock duration is short?... Biafranedu (talk) 03:35, 4 February 2020 (UTC)

I have been banned for not uploading the pictures.[edit]


Respected Sir

It is already 5 years or more after banning me not to upload the pics. to wikimedia commons. Kindly forgive me and grant me permission to upload the pics taken by my own camera. I will be ever grateful to you sir. In future I will not violate rules of the Wikimedia foundation.

With regards,

-Radhatanaya, Mumbai

@Radhatanaya: The correct plact to appeal your block is c:User talk:Radhatanaya. You can still edit this page.--GZWDer (talk) 10:43, 11 February 2020 (UTC)

A bug?[edit]

I had made over 600 global edits by October 8 2019 and I still didn't get the permission to vote on according what it says on even though it was clear that I made over 600 global edits (see my CentralAuth) and my user page says it. LITERALLY. What might have happened? Znotch190711 (talk) 16:20, 11 February 2020 (UTC)

It's as of the 1st of November. RhinosF1 (talk) 16:26, 11 February 2020 (UTC)
GUC seems to support this. You should have been at around 630 at that point. RhinosF1 (talk) 16:29, 11 February 2020 (UTC)
@RhinosF1: So what? Am I eligible? Znotch190711 (talk) 10:46, 13 February 2020 (UTC)
@Znotch190711: the automated tool shows you were short on edits. It is possible this is wrong. If you are confident that it is wrong I suggest you do the following: (1) Go ahead and vote. A volunteer will likely end up marking you ineligible; (2) Appeal the ineligibility at Talk:Stewards/Elections 2020 where someone from the election committee can make a ruling. It will be most helpful for you to come armed with facts, such as a specific list of projects that show you had the correct number of edits in the required time frame. — xaosflux Talk 16:20, 17 February 2020 (UTC)
Note the requirements are both:
  • have made at least 600 edits globally (on all Wikimedia wikis) before 01 November 2019;
  • have made at least 50 edits globally (on all Wikimedia wikis) between 01 August 2019 and 31 January 2020.
xaosflux Talk 16:22, 17 February 2020 (UTC)

Improving tools for handling vandalism[edit]

An update: Back in August, we posted about privacy enhancement and abuse mitigation. In short: The rules about the use of personally identifiable information on the internet are coming under more and more scrutiny, and we have to figure out how to respond to the incoming changes. Publishing people's IP address on the internet is not going to be a viable solution forever, but how do we make sure we don't add to the burden of patrollers and those who keep the wikis free from vandalism, spam and harassment? IP Editing: Privacy Enhancement and Abuse Mitigation/Improving tools has three proposed ideas that would benefit from your feedback at the talk page. What are some costs, benefits and risks we might be overlooking? How can we improve upon these ideas? What sounds exciting, what sounds sub-optimal? /Johan (WMF) (talk) 04:58, 17 February 2020 (UTC)