Meta:Requests for help from a sysop or bureaucrat/Archives/2007-01

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User:Monkey Turd -- pagemove vandal--Az1568 08:40, 6 January 2007 (UTC)

Blocked by Guillom --Az1568 08:55, 6 January 2007 (UTC)


Slade's RfA has been listed for more than 7 days now. Considering that there has been no traffic for the last 48 hours and the outcome at this point is unanimous, this could be closed at any time now. Redux 21:44, 2 January 2007 (UTC)

It looks like he's been promoted already. Thanks! Flcelloguy (A note?) 16:47, 6 January 2007 (UTC)

Account block

For my own reasons, I request for indefinite block of my account User:Hégésippe Cormier (so I can't try to edit with this account). Thanks. Hégésippe | ±Θ± 15:38, 14 January 2007 (UTC)

I've asked for a confirmation. --M/ 15:45, 14 January 2007 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done
--M/ 20:13, 14 January 2007 (UTC)

Block new user

I left a note on George Walker Bush's talk page (not the real) saying that his account will be blocked unless he changes it, but he has not put a forth a request for a change in username. Could you please block so we don't get legal problems and such? Thanks, Cbrown1023 18:27, 14 January 2007 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done I've done that. Angela 20:12, 14 January 2007 (UTC)

Recentchanges text

Can an admin please update the MediaWiki:Recentchangestext to reflect the numbers of RfAs open. Thanks. --Majorly 00:33, 15 January 2007 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done, thank you. --.anaconda 01:01, 15 January 2007 (UTC)

Possible sock

Is it just me, or is suspicious? Cbrown1023 02:14, 15 January 2007 (UTC)

Well, I think that works by IP addresses, so unless it's a shared IP, that guy made another account (possibly a doppelganger, or he just got bored and didn't want the old account). Nishkid64 02:26, 15 January 2007 (UTC)

Request for admin assistance

The Interwiki Map contains several links that no longer work, are barely in use because of narrow scope, or are possibly inappropriate linkspam. A project has started on enwiki to examine this. For starters we've identified about a dozen defunct mappings that should arguably be removed, but of course the map page is protected. Would it be best if I requested temporary adminship to deal with this, given that I'm an admin on enwiki? Or could one of the existing admins here take a look at it? The request is at Talk:Interwiki_map#Nonexistent_sites. Thanks, Radiant! 09:08, 15 January 2007 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done. MaxSem 10:35, 15 January 2007 (UTC)


Is there any admin around willing to empty it? Thanks. --Majorly 19:22, 16 January 2007 (UTC)

Taken care of. Redux 19:41, 16 January 2007 (UTC)

Steward request - Klingon

Although I am a steward, I'd like to request someone other than me to this due to perceived conflict of interests. The Klingon Wikipedia was closed to editing over a year ago. The database locked notice says This wiki has been closed for now. (Move to WikiCities?). The wiki has finally moved to Wikia (previously Wikicities), so I'd like to suggest this be mentioned in the sitenotice. The link is It needs a steward to unlock the database, add the sitenotice, and relock the database. Angela

To do that, one's account must have been created before the database was locked (I tried to register, but it didn't work). As far as I can see, you are the only steward who already has an account there. I wouldn't worry about the conflict of interests thing, but if it feels important, you could unlock the database, and someone else fix the sitenotice & re-lock, perhaps? Jon Harald Søby 21:26, 16 January 2007 (UTC)
I thought the Steward page said we no longer have the ability to lock and unlock a project's database. Is that incorrect then? Redux 23:09, 16 January 2007 (UTC)
I assume someone with developer rights can, though, and stewards can assign themselves the developer rights. —{admin} Pathoschild 01:20, 17 January 2007 (UTC)
I get this error when I try to unlock it: "/home/wikipedia/common/lockfiles/tlhwiki" chenHa'moHlaHbe'.. I'll see if Tim knows how to fix it. Angela 09:24, 17 January 2007 (UTC)
Ah, sure. By assigning ourselves developer rights on the project. For the sake of curiosity though: was it the case that Stewards used to be able to lock and unlock a database from Meta, perhaps using a tool somewhat similar to Makesysop? Because if not, then I don't get why the page on Stewards was changed specificially because Stewards "no longer can" lock and unlock the database. And maybe it would be case of changing it back. Just a thought. Redux 10:12, 17 January 2007 (UTC)
Tim's done this now. I don't think there was ever a tool to do this from meta. You had to have an account on the wiki and use Special:Lockdb but I think it may have been disabled for wikis that are too large. Angela 16:11, 20 January 2007 (UTC)

Recent Changes

MediaWiki:Recentchangestext needs to show the 3 requests for adminship. Thanks, Cbrown1023 21:07, 23 January 2007 (UTC)

1 is closed and will be archived soon. --.anaconda 21:44, 23 January 2007 (UTC)

Removing contribution history for User:Psychonaut

Would it be possible to have the edits performed by this account (User:Psychonaut) prior to 5 April 2006 expunged, or reassigned to some other user account? Prior to my gaining control of the account on that date, it was operated by a prominent vandal (see en:WP:JARLAXLE) who used it to vandalize several pages on Meta. I don't wish to have his edits attributed to me. —Psychonaut 20:15, 13 January 2007 (UTC)

It's a bit difficult now you've made edits with it. I can rename the account to something else and remake the Psychonaut account, but that would move all of the edits to a new name. There's no a way for a steward to reassign only some of them. If you're not concerned about losing your own edits here, I could move them and then you could explain on the userpage of the new account that sone of the edits were yours. Another (non-easy) option would be deleting the history of all those pages and undeleting the revisions not made with that account, though you'd still be shown in the deleted edit history (only currently viewable by admins). Oversighting those revisions is another possibility, but that is only meant to be done to hide personal information, not general vandalism. Angela 21:43, 13 January 2007 (UTC)
I was thinking of the procedure involving deleting the history and undeleting the revisions not made with my account. However, if this is non-easy, as you say, then I won't insist that it be done. —Psychonaut 23:51, 13 January 2007 (UTC)
We can do it. But we can't delete the log. --.anaconda 01:01, 14 January 2007 (UTC)


If this were at wiki, I would block immediately, it seems to be a violation of w:WP:USERNAME. Cbrown1023 22:20, 25 January 2007 (UTC)

How is it a violation of that? Anyway, there's no such policy on meta and I don't see anything offensive about that name unless they start spamming wiki software links. Angela 00:29, 26 January 2007 (UTC)

Unit Conversion Preference

In working on Wikipedia, I have noticed a lot of duplication converting between metric and imperial unit systems. How do I make a proposal and receive feedback on creating a preferences option for all wikiprojects like the date format option, for units system and number formatting? This option could also include currency conversion. I have a feeling this may not be the page to make this request, but I am otherwise uncertain where to go. I am on Wikipedia as and would prefer a response on my talk page there. Thank you. 12:29, 23 January 2007 (UTC)

Bugzilla is probably the most appropriate place to make such feature requests; see here for more information. Thanks! Flcelloguy (A note?) 02:07, 26 January 2007 (UTC)
  • Thank you, I actually found that someone else had submitted this request on Bugzilla. 03:44, 26 January 2007 (UTC)