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ZUWP date stamp is using the wrong month[edit]

For over half a year I've been editing daily in the Zulu WP: fixing red links, creating categories, etc. With very little knowledge of the language (isiZulu), I just now noticed: the month in the date stamp is incorrect: uMbasa is not March but April. The correct name for March is Ndasa. This information is based on page content in ZUWP and also the Oxford School Dictionary isiZulu-isiNgisi/English-IsiZulu, South Africa:Oxford University Press, second edition 2015, p. R10. The incorrect month is currently appearing on:

The ZUWP has no Admin and is tended by the Small Wiki Monitoring Team. As I'm not sure how to proceed after posting here - your kind assistance is appreciated. -- Deborahjay (talk) 09:50, 12 March 2018 (UTC)

@Deborahjay: You may need to report this issue at SRM. SA 13 Bro (talk) 10:15, 12 March 2018 (UTC)
Actually that advice is not correct this is not locally controlled. @Deborahjay: The corrections need to be made at translatewiki: and they are the pages "Mediawiki:March" and "Mediawiki:April". You will need to create an account, so when logged-in then get into the translatewiki:Special:Translate components, change the language to Zulu, then search for March and April  — billinghurst sDrewth 10:31, 12 March 2018 (UTC)
@Deborahjay and Billinghurst: And actually you change the pages "Mediawiki:March/zu" and "Mediawiki:April/zu". I personally think it would be worthwhile for you to have an account there and to have translator rights there, Deborah. But I'm happy to do this if you'd prefer. StevenJ81 (talk) 14:02, 13 March 2018 (UTC)
Thank you, @StevenJ81:, I followed through on that yesterday and gained some familiarity with the scene at, where the lack of participation among speakers of isiZulu is even worse than at ZUWP. So I'm glad to be aware of it before I make another approach to Wikimedia ZA in hopes of making contacts, certainly in advance of the upcoming Wikimania 2018 which is on their turf. And between us - my tacit goal is to get the ZUWP in great shape and turn it over to the locals, then return to ladwp where I arguably belong.. I did post a support request there in hopes of getting the changes expedited in the absence of any review process; I posted a dictionary citation on the talk pages and if that isn't convincing, I'll take a digital photo of the dico page and upload it! -- Cheers, Deborahjay (talk) 14:52, 13 March 2018 (UTC)
@Deborahjay: You don't really need a support request. If you have translator rights, just do it. If not, I will. Let me know. StevenJ81 (talk) 14:59, 13 March 2018 (UTC)
@StevenJ81: I made those two translation fixes yesterday (my first day) - the Support request was for what I didn't understand from the FAQs: if ZU is unsupported and has no reviewers, what's the process by which the new translation (which are by no means cosmetic in this case) will go live in the date stamp? ALSO, I happened upon "MediaWiki:January-gen/zu" (all months, all languages) and I have no idea where this is used - and for ZU, more important, whether it should reflect the actual isiZulu month names or the English-cognates which are also found in my ZU dico. Basically I'll need some clarifications so I can do the maximum with my limited ZU, besides my non-native Hebrew. -- Deborahjay (talk) 16:59, 13 March 2018 (UTC)
@Deborahjay: As far as I know, the changes will go live on their own, usually 1–2 days after you change them in translatewiki.
As far as MediaWiki:[month]-gen goes, in some languages (Latin, for example), it's proper to use the genitive in writing the date.
  • In Hebrew, if the nominative month name is ניסן, the genitive month name is בניסן. That`s not really a true genitive, linguistically, but it allows one to simplify the code in writing the date. StevenJ81 (talk) 17:12, 13 March 2018 (UTC)

Category:Indefblocked Meta users[edit]

@Herbythyme and Billinghurst: This category was deleted by consensus at the 30 Dec 2017, but more 1900 user talkpages still marked by this category. You need help for clarifying and deleting these pages? What is the final process? "Plain vanilla" can be deleted, and "anything with conversation" should be kept and moved <where>?--Kaganer (talk) 23:57, 12 March 2018 (UTC)

Well with the category gone, the pages can be removed from the category now. I have a bot that can do this User:Fluxbot#Task1 unless anyone has a good reason to keep them? — xaosflux Talk 03:11, 13 March 2018 (UTC)
Awesome! Go ahead. ;) RadiX 03:13, 13 March 2018 (UTC)
Symbol wait.svg Doing...xaosflux Talk 03:34, 13 March 2018 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done The deleted category has been emptied. — xaosflux Talk 03:53, 13 March 2018 (UTC)
  • Comment Comment The plan was for anything with conversation to be retained, no one said anything about moving them, so presumably that would just be removing the category from those retained pages. MA was going to do something last I recall. Xaosflux are you able to discriminate based on size?  — billinghurst sDrewth 03:41, 13 March 2018 (UTC)
    @Billinghurst: the only thing I've done so far (~500 left to go as of now) is remove the redlinked category. Also, this category was being populated by non-substd uses of Template:Checkuserblock, now edited. The list of pages updated in in Fluxbot's contribution history. — xaosflux Talk 03:45, 13 March 2018 (UTC)

The point was not to just remove the category but to delete the associated pages based on size/time. As stated on RfD I could somewhat build a list of pages. Removing the category is not enough. Can we please have those pages deleted as well and, if not, revert the bot changes? —MarcoAurelio (talk) 11:51, 13 March 2018 (UTC)

Service: Meta:Requests_for_deletion#All_content_in_Category:Indefblocked_Meta_usersMarcoAurelio (talk) 11:53, 13 March 2018 (UTC)
@MarcoAurelio: readding the deleted category (by way of reversing the bot edits) is certainly do-able, but as these were already extracted in that quarry export you did is this needed? — xaosflux Talk 12:54, 13 March 2018 (UTC)
Well, certainly not //if// the query I did is okay :) I mean, if we're okay with pages with less than 1000 bytes of content can go (the unblock template and a bit more of text), we can process those pages indeed. OTOH if the query is not okay, I guess that with a bit more of work (user is blocked = true AND user talk page $value) we can get some more results. —MarcoAurelio (talk) 20:56, 13 March 2018 (UTC)


This admin blocked the account of one of my collaborators User:HealthPhone. When brought to their attention they appear to have declined to unblock per User_talk:Shizhao#User:HealthPhone

Peoples thoughts? That no message was even left is strange.[1] Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 00:35, 14 March 2018 (UTC)

It is common to block obvious spam or vandalism accounts without warning or notice on Meta. Looking over the user's contributions, I can certainly understand why Shizhao blocked the user. They are just promoting their own service. Why should Wikimedia be seen to support this organization and not others? – Ajraddatz (talk) 00:47, 14 March 2018 (UTC)
User:Ajraddatz Internet-in-a-Box is working to distribute open source health content. We are not distributing JUST Wikipedia but also educational videos produced by Health Phone among others. That account was helping to create the landing page for the project. Not sure why you consider that spam? Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 01:11, 14 March 2018 (UTC)
The username, which would also be blocked on enwiki too for similar reasons? --Rschen7754 01:20, 14 March 2018 (UTC)
But not on German Wikipedia. They should change their user name I agree. How should they go about changing it? Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 01:55, 14 March 2018 (UTC)
A user with the name "HealthPhone" is adding the HealthPhone logo to a page and other links to their site. Textbook promotional editing. – Ajraddatz (talk) 01:34, 14 March 2018 (UTC)
It however is a project I am working on and their content is released under an open license. Additionally you will notice I have restored their edits as they are useful. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 01:55, 14 March 2018 (UTC)
I am sure that many spammers that have been blocked would say that "It however is a project [they are] working on and their content is released under an open license". --Rschen7754 04:51, 14 March 2018 (UTC)
User:Rschen7754 it is not the user in question making that statement but me. If you are referring to me as a spammer well than I guess there are likely other issues. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 05:24, 14 March 2018 (UTC)
Plese change User:HealthPhone username--Shizhao (talk) 03:14, 14 March 2018 (UTC)
Have provided them the link to make the name change. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 05:30, 14 March 2018 (UTC)

Request for patroller[edit]

I will like to use this right to be able to rollback vandalism edits quickly. I came across many these days and had to so via undo. I am active enwiki editor. –Ammarpad (talk) 03:54, 21 March 2018 (UTC)