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Meta-Wiki has a small active community. When a normal user requires the assistance of an administrator or bureaucrat for some particular task, it is not always easy to find one. This page helps users find one when they need one; asking specific admins directly via their talk pages is one way to elicit a fast response. See also: Stewards' noticeboard, Access to nonpublic information policy noticeboard, Category:Meta-Wiki policies, Category:Global policies
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Marathi WIKIPEDIA[edit]

I am among the editors active on Marathi (MrWp) Since I am confused where to ask for help in the matter please guide me if I am wrong. I wanted 2 bots for the MrWp 1=sinebot for signing pages and 2=A bot which will catagorise untagged (unlicensed) pictures on the Marathi Wikipedia. Do assist me with the same.--Tiven2240 (talk) 13:11, 14 February 2017 (UTC)

@Tiven2240: hi, this page is intended only to request administrative actions to be performed on this wiki, Meta. If you want to request the bot flag for any bot to perform actions at the Marathi Wikipedia you should go to mr:विकिपीडिया:Bot. If you want to request the asistence of any bot to perform actions at the Marathi Wikipedia you can request it at the village pump on the Marathi Wikipedia or at the Wikimedia Forum. You can also request the asistence of any bot at the talk page of its controller. Regards.--Syum90 (talk) 11:49, 18 February 2017 (UTC)
Any bot have to be approved at mr:विकिपीडिया:Bot before performing actions on the Marathi Wikipedia.--Syum90 (talk) 12:13, 18 February 2017 (UTC)

Frank Dambe[edit]

I have just blanked user:Frank Dambe and received a vandalism warning for my pains. If I had seen the page on Wikipedia I would have zapped it instantly as a fake article. If you allow such here on meta, feel free to revert my edit. RHaworth (talk) 12:34, 17 February 2017 (UTC)

@RHaworth: hi, the page was deleted by Tegel. Where did you receive the warning?, I don't see any warning on your talk page.--Syum90 (talk) 11:34, 18 February 2017 (UTC)
Probably this and this abuselog entries. Better put {{Delete}} for that in the future. — regards, Revi 11:42, 18 February 2017 (UTC)
Thanks revi, probably he is referring to these warnings. As revi says it's better to add the template {{Delete}} instead of blanking the page in order to avoid activating a filter. Regards.--Syum90 (talk) 11:57, 18 February 2017 (UTC)


Perhaps an admin might want to look closer at recent activity of this user on Steward requests/Global, especially his "archiving" actions. --jdx Re: 08:53, 20 February 2017 (UTC)

They've reverted themself, so there is nothing to do. -Barras talk 17:01, 20 February 2017 (UTC)

inspire campaign banner has unset image dimensions[edit]

Hi, the Centralbanner for the inspire campaign has (once again) no dimensions for the image that it includes. This is HUGELY disruptive during the loading phase of the pages. Please fix immediately.—TheDJ (talkcontribs) 20:12, 22 February 2017 (UTC)

@TheDJ: I've never noticed this issue before, so thanks for bringing it up. The dimensions are defined, but I never saw an instance where a full image would be plastered all over the page when the banner was loaded. I've reduced the size of the source image. I JethroBT (WMF) (talk) 00:45, 25 February 2017 (UTC)

Please unprotect Berlin[edit]

Could s/o please rmv the 2008 protection from Berlin, I want to add info about Berlin Wikimedia meetups & events. Thx in adv. --.js ((())) 21:55, 22 February 2017 (UTC)

Done Stryn (talk) 21:58, 22 February 2017 (UTC)

Move request[edit]

Could we move Help:Meetup back to Meetup, or even better to Meetups? That move was a mistake imho, nothing to do with "Angola". --.js ((())) 15:08, 23 February 2017 (UTC)

Done, move reverted. --Steinsplitter (talk) 15:11, 23 February 2017 (UTC)

Removal off file mass message rights[edit]

I would like to request the removal off the mass message sender rights off EGalvez (WMF). There is a lack of competence and he uses the rights for unwanted spam and persist.

  • There was the reference-issue which had to be fixed and caused a lot of trouble
  • Complaints from NL-wiki because there is spam. The mailbot even had to be blocked.
  • Now there is spam at Wikimedia Commons and because blocked and locked users were included an admin blocked the bot.

The opt out function is terrible (only by mail). EGalvez knows that several users find that his message which is merely a reminder is spam and yet he continues to spam wiki’s.

Please revoke his access since randomly sending people messages in foreign languages can hardly be called in scope. Any volunteer who would do this would likely be warned after the first spam run and have his access revoked after the second spam run. The same should apply to WMF-staff who are not volunteers and therefore should know better. Natuur12 (talk) 14:20, 24 February 2017 (UTC)

  • Support removal. Mass messaging should be used cautiously and is a right that should be limited to appropriately experienced community members. The multiple complaints have not been addressed, and this has gone on so long it seems obvious that community complaints are being ignored. There should be no different expectation for competence, or at which stage action must be taken, whether someone incorrectly using their granted rights is a volunteer or a WMF employee. @JSutherland (WMF): as granting admin may wish to comment. -- (talk) 15:05, 24 February 2017 (UTC)

EGalvez (WMF) could you provide any input on this please? Unless I receive a confirmation that you are not going to message users who haven't opted-in anymore I am afraid I would indeed need to remove your MassMessage sender flag as communities blocking MediaWiki message delivery bot as the last resort led to a hugely disruptive state of affairs leaving interested users without important things such as Tech news. I suggest you also try to have MassMessages translated before sending it out, so that speakers of languages with many active translators do not get unnecessary posts in English. You can ask any active translate admin for help, and guys from the staff managing afore mentioned Tech news know how to send such messages out in pretty way. I am also pinding Jalexander-WMF and Mdennis (WMF) as dealing with staffers' userrights to be aware of the situation. Just in case it helps anyone, one can also force reject indiscriminately all MassMessages from his talk page by categorysing it into category mentioned in Mediawiki:Massmessage-optout-category ([[Category:{{int:Massmessage-optout-category}}]]). In case there's no improvement to the situation I am going to execute the removal and suggest to other admins to do the same if I am not around. I am not doing it right away only because a staffer can just as easily get rights restored so the communication way is more positive solution prone I believe. --Base (talk) 22:52, 24 February 2017 (UTC)

Hi Base! I appreciate you giving me a chance to share what is happening on my end. I also didn't realize that the message delivery blocks also blocked other messages - which makes me feel terrible and I am sorry. I have just spoken with Jalexander-WMF about this as well. We are not sending any more messages about this survey this year and I acknowledge that we must figure out less intrusive ways to send out the survey next year. We are going to be reaching out for feedback to those who opted in about how the survey went for them and how we can improve. I also want to reach out to those who posted on my talk page (and other spaces) about the survey to have individual conversations for feedback. About translation, I did work with the folks who send out Tech News messages to help me and I did translate the message into 12 languages (since the survey was translated into 12 languages). This is the first time we have done the survey in this way, and we are learning, and we plan to make improvements based on feedback next year. Again I really apologize for the disruption this has caused. Thanks --EGalvez (WMF) (talk) 00:05, 25 February 2017 (UTC)
"I also didn't realize that the message delivery blocks also blocked other messages - which makes me feel terrible and I am sorry." - it is concerning that a holder of the right does not know this, and if it were entirely up to me I would suggest removal. We expect better of our volunteers (any volunteer who did this would have had the rights removed by now), and even more so for WMF staff.
I've just skimmed User talk:EGalvez (WMF), and so far it seems to be the classic pattern of WMF doing something controversial -> the community gives constructive criticism -> WMF minimally addresses the concerns -> the community complains louder -> WMF doesn't do anything -> the community gives up and asks WMF to pull the plug on the whole thing.
For what it's worth, I might have been interested in participating in the survey too but did not as I felt uninvited. There must have been a better way than randomly spamming people. --Rschen7754 01:32, 25 February 2017 (UTC)