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Meta 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, Identification noticeboard, Category:Meta-Wiki policies, Category:Global policies
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Central Notice to get the word out about the superprotect RfC[edit]

I really don't know what info I need to give, but could someone post up a central notice for Requests_for_comment/Superprotect_rights? --AmaryllisGardener talk 22:10, 12 March 2015 (UTC)

I disagree on setting up a central notice for this. Fine with a mass message though. Disclaimer: I haven't been following this RFC so I might not know the latest developments regarding it. --Glaisher (talk) 09:40, 13 March 2015 (UTC)
The latest development seems to be that someone stumbled across it after it had been inactive for 5–6 months, and I guess they hope to stir things up again. Anomie (talk) 13:26, 16 March 2015 (UTC)
I feel this would be an inappropriate use of CentralNotice, and would likely stir up tensions with WMF. --Rschen7754 13:48, 13 March 2015 (UTC)
Agreed. We've never (or at least only very very rarely) used CN to advertise a RFC here. I guess, that is only a "problem" for the bigger wikis, smaller projects don't always care much about MediaWiki stuff and are less likely hit by superprotect. I guess for the bigger projects a watchlist notice or local sitenotice will help, if they want to advertise this RFC. -Barras talk 15:15, 13 March 2015 (UTC)
Ajraddatz suggested that a centralnotice would be better for this than posting to a page on most wikis. I figured that most people that could put up the notice would refuse to. --AmaryllisGardener talk 18:09, 13 March 2015 (UTC)
Some people seem to think that this is a big issue deserving of widespread attention. I personally disagree, but wanted to put the option out there. A massmessage could work as well as a less-intrusive option. Ajraddatz (talk) 18:27, 14 March 2015 (UTC)
There was one already sent out several months ago; I saw it when doing AAR. --Rschen7754 19:02, 14 March 2015 (UTC)

mark SUL personal announcement for translation[edit]

Please mark these edits for translation. The message isn’t correct without the information that lots of users who shall be renamed can just merge their accounts into a global one. Those users never had a global account and should and will not be renamed, if they just merge their accounts (or if that perhaps can be done automatically?). @DerHexer: Why wasn’t there any automatically message yet to tell users that they shall merge their accounts? I never got such a message (except one from you manually, but that’s not the automatically message for all of those users that I mean). There even hasn’t been any message to tell the users that they should put an e-mail address into the preferences, so that the global accounts can be created automatically. I thought that should come in december, but there never was any such message. I think there is something missing, before the renaming process should come. Why is this so? --Winternacht (talk) 16:53, 14 March 2015 (UTC)

{{done}}.--AldNonymousBicara? 17:06, 14 March 2015 (UTC)
I'm pretty sure the actual text which is being sent won't be updated. The finalized text which is being sent is somewhere on Phabricator. Regarding, Winternacht not receiving any talk page message yet, it only started today, I think. Since it's being sent to a lot of users, there might be some delay. --Glaisher (talk) 17:11, 14 March 2015 (UTC)
Service: phab:P398. —DerHexer (Talk) 17:51, 14 March 2015 (UTC)
@Aldnonymous: Do you intend to fix all translations since you seem to have invalidated all, even the plain "Hello!" message? Vogone (talk) 18:09, 14 March 2015 (UTC)
@Vogone: Errr, I see it was fine here [1], where was the problem?--AldNonymousBicara? 18:12, 14 March 2015 (UTC)
[2], [3], etc. Anyway, since these messages apparently aren't to be changed Winternacht's change likely has to be reverted and thus also your mark-up. Vogone (talk) 18:20, 14 March 2015 (UTC)
It’s better that users get the correct message with a correct text in English than a wrong text in the language of the wiki. Why shall users request renames who only can merge their accounts into a global one? That makes no sense, sorry. --Winternacht (talk) 18:24, 14 March 2015 (UTC)
Hm? Translating "Hello" usually does not require too much effort. Since translators ideally do not translate literally, the question if "!" or "," is used, should be irrelevant to the translations at least. There is absolutely no need to let translators re-translate "Hello!" Vogone (talk) 18:31, 14 March 2015 (UTC)
@Vogone: I've changed it back and now, was this Winternacht change wrong or not? btw gonna validate all translation now.--AldNonymousBicara? 18:29, 14 March 2015 (UTC)
I wouldn't say it is wrong per se, but as Glaisher said it is very unlikely to be updated and thus any changes would be without effect and thus waste translator's time. Vogone (talk) 18:34, 14 March 2015 (UTC)
The change of Nemo bis was wrong, it isn’t always another person who has the same user name. And it simply isn’t always necessary to rename the accounts. It’s a wrong information which is sent to lots of users now, that’s it. What will you do, when those users ask for renames who simply could merge their accounts into a global one? That’s the question. And why is there nowhere any message for those users that they shall merge their accounts themselves? I don’t understand that the users don’t get such a message, but only are told that they must rename their accounts which is wrong. Can anyone tell me, why lots of users shall get or are getting wrong messages now? What is the benefit of those wrong messages? --Winternacht (talk) 18:37, 14 March 2015 (UTC)
Feel free to make Keegan aware of your concerns. Simply editing this page will not change much, unfortunately. Vogone (talk) 18:40, 14 March 2015 (UTC)
Good idea, I will ping him here: @Keegan:. Let’s see, what will happen. --Winternacht (talk) 18:48, 14 March 2015 (UTC)
Wrong account name, better once more: @Keegan (WMF): --Winternacht (talk) 18:52, 14 March 2015 (UTC)

This change of Nemo bis was wrong, because there he changed „your account clashes with another account“ into „another person is using your same username“. It’s right that my account here clashes with another account of mine at dewiki, but it’s simply wrong that another person is using the same username on dewiki. So lots of users are receiving wrong texts now and they don’t get the message that they should merge their accounts, if they can. I think they will wonder about such a message. And why should they rename their accounts just because they don’t have a global account and could just merge their local accounts? What can be done against that that they don’t merge their accounts anymore, but are asked to rename their other local accounts? That doesn’t make any sense this way, sorry. --Winternacht (talk) 18:21, 14 March 2015 (UTC)

Is it perhaps possible to send another second message to all those users, where there is any global account yet, with the information that they perhaps can create a global account? There is missing any link to the special page, where users can merge their accounts. In the end, all stewards will have to deal with this wrong information and maybe there will be unnecessary renaming requests and also unnecessary renames. The WMF has made a mistake here, because they missed to inform all those users which can create global accounts before this renaming message. I don’t know, why this hasn’t been done. There has been a plan to do such things some months ago, but there never was such a message anywhere. Something must have gone wrong, but why? --Winternacht (talk) 18:46, 14 March 2015 (UTC)

Ask User:Keegan (WMF), he is responsible for all these messages and may answer all your questions. Vogone (talk) 18:48, 14 March 2015 (UTC)
He can tell here, what will happen with that problem. I think that might also be of interest for sysops and stewards here. And they’re watching this page, but not necessarily the talk page of Keegan. --Winternacht (talk) 19:06, 14 March 2015 (UTC)

@Winternacht: Hi there, let's see if we can answer these questions.

  • The message isn’t correct without the information that lots of users who shall be renamed can just merge their accounts into a global one. Those users never had a global account and should and will not be renamed, if they just merge their accounts (or if that perhaps can be done automatically?
  • Correct, that can be and was done automatically. There are no users being contacted who are eligible for a global account, this was done automatically last fall by script.
  • Why wasn’t there any automatically message yet to tell users that they shall merge their accounts?
  • This can be and was done automatically, all accounts that were unattached that shared a username with a global account had passwords and emails checked against them (where available) and eligible unattached accounts were automatically merged into their global one. I see that your account is not global, if it was and you had not merged this meta account into your global account, this would have been done for you already, for example.
  • And why should they rename their accounts just because they don’t have a global account and could just merge their local accounts? What can be done against that that they don’t merge their accounts anymore, but are asked to rename their other local accounts?
  • You cannot merge local accounts with each other and not have a global account created. In cases where this was possible, it's already automatically been done. There will be a tool post-finalization that will allow stewards to merge contributions of accounts to unify identities that are fragmented. Nothing fixes that at the moment.
  • What will you do, when those users ask for renames who simply could merge their accounts into a global one?
  • As I just outlined above, this has already occurred automatically. There are no accounts being contacted that are technically eligible for this.

Additionally, we contacted 81,000 accounts with unconfirmed email addresses to ask them to confirm their address and merge their accounts. Unconfirmed emails were the only ones we were unable to do by script. I hope this clears things up for you. Keegan (WMF) (talk) 21:10, 14 March 2015 (UTC)

Make an updated version of MediaWiki[edit]

Request for deleting my user page[edit]

Hello there. Please completely delete my user page. Thanks. Tantalos (talk) 20:44, 22 March 2015 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done. --Stryn (talk) 21:04, 22 March 2015 (UTC)

Oversight policy/Requests for oversight[edit]

Please mark this page for translation.--GZWDer (talk) 05:34, 24 March 2015 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done Glaisher (talk) 05:37, 24 March 2015 (UTC)

Request for CentralNotice banner[edit]

Hi all! I would some help to create a CentralNotice banner for our sourvey https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Encuesta_Voluntarios_Argentina planned by Wikimedia Argentina. The banner should be based on the design available here.

We want to try one different campaigns:

  • Campaign 1:
    • link: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Encuesta_Voluntarios_Argentina
    • from March 26th to Abril 27th, 2015.
    • logged-in and anonymous users.
    • only in Argentina, only in Spanish projects.
    • text1: ¿Eres usuario o editor de Wikipedia? ¡En Wikimedia Argentina queremos conocerte!
    • text2: ¡Completá nuestra encuesta y ayudamos a que cada vez más personas tengan acceso al conocimiento!

Thanks a lot, --Giselle Bordoy WMAR (talk) 15:02, 26 March 2015 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done: a bit of advance notice next time wouldn't hurt. Set to start in 2 mins, but CentralNotice/Calendar suggest you want it from tomorrow, which is it? ;) -- KTC (talk) 15:58, 26 March 2015 (UTC)

Reporting against a “harmful action”[edit]

Hi, I made a mistake and registered three times a grant for Inspire program [4] which tripled the text on the page. I tried to remove the two unnecessary versions which was apparently flagged as a “harmful action”. What should I do? Thank you, Lfurter (talk) 21:34, 29 March 2015 (UTC)

You were caught by an abusefilter rule anyway I did the fix you were trying to do. --Vituzzu (talk) 21:46, 29 March 2015 (UTC)