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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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Notice to administrators — consideration of application of autopatrol right[edit]

Special:Abusefilter/161 has been implemented in a rather strict means to stop the editing of another person's user page. This has come about due to local abuse and the consequential impact upon global user pages. For the history please see the archives of this page, and reviewing the filter itself.

Consequences of the filter as written is that it restricts the ability of general users without administrator- or bureaucrat-allocated rights from reporting spambots or direct abuse by new users. With this filter, the means to allow trusted users to mark problematic pages is to allocate the autopatrol right.

If the administration of this filter is problematic, then we can look to changing the filter to manage the acceptable users by other means; or let us restart the conversation and look to the manner and amount of abuse that we will accept, the process to removal, and our tolerance for abused user pages to show globally.  — billinghurst sDrewth 22:29, 1 May 2018 (UTC)

This is a very sensible measure. – Ajraddatz (talk) 22:39, 1 May 2018 (UTC)
It is new, but most of the stops are legitimate, for a few false positives (namely the tagging of pages for speedy deletion) the quick fixes are the give the taggers autopatrol if they warrant it - that way they are able to proceed in the future. — xaosflux Talk 11:16, 2 May 2018 (UTC)
Agree with Ajraddatz & Xaosflux. I suggest to use user_rights-->autopatrol instead of contains_any->user_groups-->array --Steinsplitter (talk) 13:10, 2 May 2018 (UTC)
@Steinsplitter: agree, optimized to that. — xaosflux Talk 13:57, 2 May 2018 (UTC)
Note, we are stopping bot operators from editing their bot user pages, though they can resolve this.  — billinghurst sDrewth 10:49, 9 May 2018 (UTC)

Good. Sorry to miss the feast, I was mostly offline on May 4–7. Incnis Mrsi (talk) 13:26, 9 May 2018 (UTC)

What do you mean by feast? Matiia (talk) 17:09, 9 May 2018 (UTC)
I mean setting the filter up and observing a rapidly growing log. But I fortunately returned soon enough to help mitigate some adverse effects of it. Incnis Mrsi (talk) 19:41, 9 May 2018 (UTC)
I think we are still being a bit aggressive on this one (though it IS catching lots of nonconstructve edits), perhaps exempting users that are (autoconfirmed + 20edits) or the like would be sufficient. Any thoughts? — xaosflux Talk 19:52, 9 May 2018 (UTC)
I don't think that we are at that point. Looking deeper at the interactions, I think that 20 is too low, especially looking at who is prowling around, and the assessment of their behaviour at other sites.  — billinghurst sDrewth 11:44, 13 May 2018 (UTC)

Request to mark page for translation[edit]

There have been some new edits to the Wikimedia Uruguay page on Meta in the last months. Could some administrator mark the changes for translation, so I can translate the new version to other languages? Thank you very much.

PS: I do not know if by making a request for help from a sysop or bureaucrat I am following the appropriate procedure to mark a page for translation. If I am wrong, I would ask you to advise me on what is the normal procedure. Thank you very much!--Pepe piton (talk) 23:08, 10 May 2018 (UTC)

@Pepe piton: why were you manually moving the translatable section tags around in the source? — xaosflux Talk 02:45, 11 May 2018 (UTC)
@Xaosflux: Sorry, it was due to my lack of experience with the tool. I was just trying to mark the hole new version for translation. --Pepe piton (talk) 22:25, 11 May 2018 (UTC)


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Hi. There is a really bad dispute going on Test2 Wikipedia for a small mistake and misunderstanding I had. Due to this, I completely lost on editing any Wiki. Can an admin please globally lock my account. Pkbwcgs (talk) 18:59, 13 May 2018 (UTC)

I don't think that's an appropriate way to handle this situation. – Ajraddatz (talk) 19:03, 13 May 2018 (UTC)
@Ajraddatz: Thanks for your reply. What do you think is the best action to take for this dispute. Pkbwcgs (talk) 19:22, 13 May 2018 (UTC)
Don't be "contributing" to a test wiki, for one. That site is designed to test the pre-deployment version of mediawiki by the devs, and other assorted (but legitimate) testing efforts. The little hierarchy you lot have established over there is unnecessary and will probably be removed in short order here. – Ajraddatz (talk) 19:24, 13 May 2018 (UTC)
@Ajraddatz: Thanks for your advice. However, what I did on that test wiki was testing. Also, what do you mean by the hierarchy being removed in the short order? I successfully test the import tool on that Wiki so that I was ready to use it in another Wiki and so that I don't mess up with using it when I actually use it. I am still in the mood for a global lock on my account. It just took my mood down for a slight misunderstanding and something that wasn't my fault. Pkbwcgs (talk) 19:31, 13 May 2018 (UTC)
Pkbwcgs, meta admins cannot lock accounts, only stewards have that ability. Granted, Ajraddatz is both, but this isn't the place to ask. Also, given your request on enwiki, you must realize that a lock will prevent you from even logging in, right? —DoRD talk 19:43, 13 May 2018 (UTC)
@DoRD: Oh dear. In that case, I wouldn't want to be locked. The course of action is to be blocked on Wikipedia for a week and try to get this dispute sorted out. It has just got too stressful got me. Until my admin rights are back on Test2 Wikipedia and I can resume testing, I would not even consider coming back to editing Wikipedia. Pkbwcgs (talk) 19:50, 13 May 2018 (UTC)
I have been blocked on English Wikipedia after a successful request. However, is there no chance for my sysop rights to be given back on Test2 Wikipedia? Pkbwcgs (talk) 20:03, 13 May 2018 (UTC)
We don't continue this discussion here as this is off-topic. Please resolve your issue on test2 Wikipedia. Stryn (talk) 20:05, 13 May 2018 (UTC)
@Stryn: However, this is quite serious and I don't think anybody will be available to handle this on Test2 Wikipedia. Pkbwcgs (talk) 20:08, 13 May 2018 (UTC)

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User:Yahadzija @[edit]

tries to feign a legitimate user caught in a global block. Fortunately we know that Sarajevo, BiH is not a city of Spanish speakers having a hard time communicating in English. The time to soft-block the IP on Meta? Incnis Mrsi (talk) 11:33, 16 May 2018 (UTC)

Stewards will deal with it; it is at one of their pages.  — billinghurst sDrewth 14:28, 16 May 2018 (UTC)
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user page[edit]

Am i supposed to report bad user pages here? because if i am, i would like to report User:Milne18. user page content is: Fortnite is good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Rufus R. (talk) 07:30, 19 May 2018 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done thanks.  — billinghurst sDrewth 07:33, 19 May 2018 (UTC)
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Patroller permissions[edit]

I'd find having rollback useful. I don't do too much anti-vandal work here, but I often request stewards lock global LTAs that have cross-wiki activity on, and make talk page edits here. I've come across a few times (today included), where it would have been useful and someone got to it before me. TonyBallioni (talk) 23:51, 19 May 2018 (UTC)

Yes check.svg DoneAjraddatz (talk) 01:16, 20 May 2018 (UTC)
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reporting user page[edit]

I am reporting user:Manifestsystem7. Rufus R. (talk) 03:30, 20 May 2018 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done  — billinghurst sDrewth 06:53, 20 May 2018 (UTC)
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