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Response to 2017 ban in Turkey/Sig[edit]

I've semi-protected Response to 2017 ban in Turkey/Sig. Current situation of thousands of italian signatures, and many per second, from unregistered contributors, makes me think some kind of bot or zombie network is operating on the page. If this is because the campaign is being advertised in Italy currently and that behaviour can be justified then feel free to lift the protection. CC. @Jalexander:. —MarcoAurelio 11:03, 9 May 2017 (UTC)

Apparently a sitenotice on itwiki + other places is the responsible of this. Lifted the edit protection but left the move protection just in case. —MarcoAurelio 11:15, 9 May 2017 (UTC)

Just wanted to bring some more attention to this because I don't think it's correct for this user to be doing this. On the signature page, Miloo.amila (talk · contribs) has been progressively removing signatures, sometimes in large chunks. The user did not explain any of the removals with an edit summary and in a couple of instances it looks like they just have not been handling edit conflicts properly and have saved over others. I am concerned it would be tricky to re-add the signatures, because the removals are spread out over about 40 separate edits. But if they had no right to be removed, they should be re-added. Seb26 (talk) 17:26, 19 May 2017 (UTC)

Admins can assist with the improper behaviour. With regard to the removals, then someone with interest should probably fix it. It shouldn't be considered a task for administrators.  — billinghurst sDrewth 03:17, 20 May 2017 (UTC)


Could a translation administrator please mark Wikimedia User Group Hong Kong for translation? Thanks, Jc86035 (talk) 03:46, 13 May 2017 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done. Regards. Syum90 (talk) 11:03, 13 May 2017 (UTC)

Typo in CentralNotice banner being displayed to Australian users[edit]

I hope this is an OK place to advise of this. The Wiki Loves Australia 2017 banner campaign has a minor typo. Could a user with permissions kindly correct the following?

Wiki Loves Earth: An international photographic contest where you can show case Australia's unique natural environment and potentially win a prize.
Wiki Loves Earth: An international photographic contest where you can showcase Australia's unique natural environment and potentially win a prize.

Seb26 (talk) 01:40, 14 May 2017 (UTC)

Someone has done it. I would be more concerned about File:WLE_Austria_Logo_(no_text).svg <shrug> It looks nothing like a eucalypt as all Californians in LA and SF would know.  — billinghurst sDrewth 04:16, 14 May 2017 (UTC)

Full protection for User:Melos[edit]

might as well protect his userpage. MechQuester (talk) 02:45, 14 May 2017 (UTC)

X mark.svg Not done if the user wants it done, they have the skills and permissions to do it themselves.  — billinghurst sDrewth 04:10, 14 May 2017 (UTC)

Edit being flagged as Spam[edit]

Hi. I am trying to edit this page and it says "Warning! — Your edit has been automatically identified as being spam or advertising. Please note that such edits are not allowed on any Wikimedia project. Users that engage in such behaviour will have their editing privileges removed. If you believe that the edit you wanted to make was constructive, we sincerely apologize. You may click the Submit button again to confirm it. A brief description of the rule which your action matched is: «Antispam». Feel free to report false positives to our administrators' noticeboard."

This is the additional I am trying to add:

Feedback 4[edit]

  • It's good how offline articles appear in exactly the same format and presentation as when they were online
  • I like the simplicity of saving a single page at a time and I think that would be the most common use-case. The idea in Feedback 3 of saving a whole set of pages / targets on the current page, seems more like a power user feature. It could add clutter to the UI and if it was automatic, it could use a lot of data.
  • Using iconography can be difficult - it's not clear whether the bookmark or the star icon is the one to save an article for reading offline
  • An "Update all" feature could be useful, to re-sync all the pages you have saved offline

--Djcunning (talk) 16:40, 14 May 2017 (UTC)

@Djcunning: Thanks. You should be able to add your text. I have updated the filter. Yes check.svg Done  — billinghurst sDrewth 08:31, 15 May 2017 (UTC)

Checkmark This section is resolved and can be archived. If you disagree, replace this template with your comment.  — billinghurst sDrewth

Massmessage sender right[edit]

I need that right to send some messages (like ITM being approved User group) to some affected persons or may be severely affected (in Italian, rarely in other languages, when I need). ITM is not the only field of application, there may be others but will restrict to a minimum the lists the number of people who do not have expressly made known to me the consensus and these can always remove yourself. It would simplify a lot of work and would allow more people to stay up to date on what interests them directly on their Wiki of origin. An example: update on the status of a grant they were interested in, on the development of a tool, and so on urgent alerts. etc.--Ferdi2005 (Posta) 18:24, 16 May 2017 (UTC)

@Ferdi2005: I would prefer to see a specified list of groups where you are preparing to utilise massmessage, rather than a general listing of what you might do. Will your sending be to lists that are opt-in only, or would you be looking to create your own send lists? Would you also please identify any advanced rights that you have and where. Thanks. 01:18, 17 May 2017 (UTC)
@Billinghurst: Hi, I want to send only opt-in list, but in some cases I could insert some member putting the key opt-out. I can not provide a precise list because I might change as needed. I'm a sysop on It.wikinews.--Ferdi2005 (Posta) 13:28, 17 May 2017 (UTC)
Done Granted for 1 year to expire on 2018-05-18. for opt-in distribution lists I am reasonably comfortable, though would like to see this restricted to opt-in mailing lists, noting that opt-in can be where people ask to be added. If you wish to change the provision of the right granting, please look to leave another note here, with a link to this discussion (either archives or permalink). Granting right for a year, which should be able to be continued with a simple note here requesting right.  — billinghurst sDrewth 10:35, 18 May 2017 (UTC)
Thanks! See you in 2018--Ferdi2005 (Posta) 12:28, 18 May 2017 (UTC)
Can I also mean for opt-in an input board made MANUALLY (and I repeat, manually) to a user or to an entire village pump then agree to sign up?--Ferdi2005 (Posta) 13:28, 18 May 2017 (UTC)
If someone indicates that they wish to be on the list, and you add them, I would consider that opt-in.  — billinghurst sDrewth 13:41, 18 May 2017 (UTC)

User:Vedat yenerer[edit]

Was soft-blocked on the because he shared a name with a Turkish journalist who was punished by the regime. He has since moved to here and is editing on that 2017 ban. I cannot find a UAA equivalent here, but I assume the username policies remain the same. Thanks L3X1 (talk) 01:38, 18 May 2017 (UTC)

Username policy is not the same. Are the edits of the individual problematic?  — billinghurst sDrewth 02:38, 18 May 2017 (UTC)
Sorry for by bad assumption. The edits are not problematic. Thanks, L3X1 (talk) 02:45, 18 May 2017 (UTC)
@L3X1: no issue. We need to be a little more robust with such matters on wikis, like meta, that are not pure content. There will always be a different type of grandstanding here, and as long as it is not problematic we try to exercise a different approach. Noting that being blocked on another wiki often affects how an account is viewed, or even if it is used.  — billinghurst sDrewth 10:41, 18 May 2017 (UTC)


I believe this is outside my remit as a limited administrator, so I will request that someone else do it (or at least give me permission to go ahead):

Right now, toward the bottom of the page, we have the following (links removed):

Local Administrators
Add and remove the translation administrator and the flood flag from themselves. Please remember to remove the flood flag when you are finished.

I propose adding as follows:

Local Administrators
Add and remove the translation administrator and the flood flag from themselves. Please remember to remove the flood flag when you are finished.
  • Best practice: Always add the flood flag for a limited time, based on your estimate of how long you think you will need it.

Please make that change, or tell me I can go ahead. StevenJ81 (talk) 19:07, 18 May 2017 (UTC)

I added the sense to the existing sentence in order not to have an additional line. Good? --MF-W 22:02, 18 May 2017 (UTC)
Fine. TY. StevenJ81 (talk) 04:10, 19 May 2017 (UTC)

Mass Message sender right[edit]

I would need the MassMessage sender flag to send massive messages. The messages that I will send concern various fields, particularly regarding global communications to inform the various global events / decisions communities (for example User:Samuele2002/Sandbox/7), messages about only the wikiversity project to be sent to the various communities so that they can notify you about project decisions (such as the proposal Editing the Wikiversity logo and resuming the beta.Wikiversity closing proposal). Extension Notice: Translate and to alert language specialists strategy coordinator as there is a need for an urgent translation (for example, an added successor to you and needing translations) (example User:Samuele2002/Sandbox/6). Also, I would send a message to users marked in a list to receive updates about Wikiversity news (please note: this is only a proposal before creating the page with the list I have to discuss the opportunity in the various beginnings of Wikiversity). I know this feature and I use it, I'm administrator in various projects including (It.Wikiversity beta.Wikiversity Wikimania2017 outreach.Wikimedia test.Wikipedia test2.Wikipedia test.wikidata). Thanks and regards --Samuele2002 (Talk!) 20:58, 19 May 2017 (UTC)

I do not see that it is within the control of meta admins to give to you, by your request alone, a platform to take a political position on multiple wikis using massmessage. If you wish to do that, please utilise your account, time and your editing skills. Alternatively seek a mandate to undertake those political activities through a request for comment.  — billinghurst sDrewth 04:27, 20 May 2017 (UTC)

Propose removal of massmessage rights where need is no longer apparent[edit]

I propose that we remove the massmessage rights from the following users who would no longer would appear to be using the right, and are not active on meta. Each user is being pinged and able to ask to retain the right. The rights would be removed without prejudice and able to be returned upon request.

 — billinghurst sDrewth 04:55, 20 May 2017 (UTC)