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Block request

Please see my comments at Talk:Wikimedia News#Bashkir Wikipedia. I believe this sort of edit would be a blockable offense, especially in the context of that particular comment. (Ordinarily I wouldn't support blocking for a single edit, but I think it's pretty obvious that it's the same anon user that keeps changing the project page, as described in my original comment.) Could an admin please look into this and take whatever action is appropriate? Thanks. - dcljr (talk) 00:33, 30 July 2012 (UTC)

I blocked the IP for 48 hours, but other measures like semi-protection can be issued if the problem doesn't stop. Thanks for the note. — MA (audiencia) 12:44, 30 July 2012 (UTC)
Thanks for the action. Unfortunately, they added a bogus News entry as soon as they were unblocked (that wiki is nowhere close to 1000 articles). I don't want to use semi-protection on the page because anons do make legitimate announcements there from time to time. I expect I'll be back here soon to ask for another block.... - dcljr (talk) 00:10, 2 August 2012 (UTC)
Blocked for one week now. Regards. — MA (audiencia) 09:26, 2 August 2012 (UTC)

Unblock request of Mbz1

Could someone please take care of Mbz1's unblock request? As I've explained here, it's not up to me to confirm or overrule my decision, so I'd appreciate it if another admin would review it. Thanks, Mathonius (talk) 11:29, 6 August 2012 (UTC)

I promised another user on my talk page to take a second look at this case, but after receiving an e-mail from the blocked user yesterday I have no interest in looking into this case any further. I leave it to another admin to review the unblock request. -- Tegel (Talk) 16:34, 6 August 2012 (UTC)

Workflow states for Bulgarian

Hello! Here are my propositions for Bulgarian translation of the Workflow states. I'd be greatful if you could help configurating them.

In progress - в процес
Needs updating - за обновяване
Updating - обновява се
Proofreading - редактиране
Ready - готово за публикуване
Published - публикувано

Thank you in advance!
--Vladimir Penov (talk) 09:59, 13 August 2012 (UTC)

Done. -- MarcoAurelio (talk) 10:12, 13 August 2012 (UTC)
Wow, so fast! Thanks a lot! --Vladimir Penov (talk) 10:54, 13 August 2012 (UTC)
You're welcome. I was already awarded being the Speedy González of the Translations. Regards. -- MarcoAurelio (talk) 10:59, 13 August 2012 (UTC)

Edit request of the header

Could someone change the clause " avoid GFDL violations" into " avoid license violations" in the page header? There are two licenses, not just the GFDL. --Pxos (talk) 14:20, 15 August 2012 (UTC)

I've changed it to a more generic message. Comments welcome. Regards. -- MarcoAurelio (talk) 15:52, 16 August 2012 (UTC)

NL CentralNotice


Hello, can you add the translation in french for the french belgian contributor ?

Proposition of translation : La Conférence Wikimedia Nederland cherche des conférenciers : Vous avez une bonne idée de présentation ? Inscrivez-vous !

Thanks for helping. --M0tty (talk) 12:45, 21 August 2012 (UTC)

Actually not, it's not possible, the banner currently has hardcoded messages. I'll warn the implementer.
Also, it's shown to all users in nl, I suppose assuming that every person in those countries knows or understands nl even if visiting another language edition/using the interface in another language. --Nemo 17:16, 21 August 2012 (UTC)
I'm not sure it was actually intended, so I disabled it for non-nl users. As it's for logged-in users, it's still able to get those living near the place and visiting or whatever (they can set language in the preferences). I hope this is ok. --Nemo 17:22, 21 August 2012 (UTC)
Thanks for that Nemo, I indeed didn't intend to spam all the languages. :)
As for the question M0tty is asking... good point. The difficulty with Belgium is that they don't just have 1 or 2 languages, but three even. The conference will be mainly in Dutch, though we've got English speakers as well, so Nemo is right that it would be mostly interesting for people understanding Dutch. The problem is, as I understood, the geolocation is down to the nation level, not region. If it could just be set to Flanders, most of that problem could be solved, right? CyrielB (talk) 00:01, 22 August 2012 (UTC)

Closure of Travel RFC

Could use an admin to look in and help with closure of Requests for comment/Travel Guide (also talk with Nemo, they're compiling the numbers and all) --Kim Bruning (talk) 00:23, 23 August 2012 (UTC)

Aude has it covered. kthxbye ;-) --Kim Bruning (talk) 15:43, 23 August 2012 (UTC)

Central Notice request

Hey, as discussed with the WM South Africa and also on the CentralNotice/Calendar-page, I need some help with the centralnotice.


  • English, Zulu, Xhosa, Sesotho, Northern Sotho, Tswana, Tsonga, Venda: Meet fellow Wikipedians and heritage enthusiasts at the WikiLovesMonuments launch on September 1 in Cape Town
  • Afrikaans: Ontmoet mede Wikipediane en erfenis-entoesiaste by die wiki Loves Monumente bekendstelling Wiki Loves Monuments bekendstelling in Kaapstad op 1 September

Please see the CentralNotice/Calendar for more information on this request. Thanks MADe (talk) 10:19, 23 August 2012 (UTC)

I'll take care of this request. odder (talk) 12:33, 26 August 2012 (UTC)
update MADe (talk) 18:22, 27 August 2012 (UTC):
Setswana: Kopana mmogo le ba tsei karolo ba Wikipedia le ba ba leng tlhaga ka setso gego simololwa WikiLovesMonuments kwa Motsekapa ka di 1 Lweetse.
Northern Sotho (Sepedi): Kopana mmogo le ba tšea karolo ba Wikipedia le barati bja setšo gego bulwa WikiLovesMonuments kwa Motsekapa ka di 1 Lewedi.
Thanks Maarten, I've just added the translations (and enabled the banners for non-logged users, too). odder (talk) 19:08, 27 August 2012 (UTC)
The last three updates MADe (talk) 19:39, 27 August 2012 (UTC):
Tsonga: Hlangana na vatirhisi kiloni va wikipediya na va hisekeli vandhavuko e kusimekiweni ka WikiLovesMonuments hi 1 wa Nzhati e Cape Town!
Zulu: Hlangana na ba sebenzisi be Wikiphediya na ba shisekeli be zamasiko eku sumbuliweni kwe WikiLovesMonuments ngo mhlaka 1 kuMandulo 2012 e Kapa lodumo!
Xhosa : Dibana na matsha-ntliziyo a kwi Wikiphediya na mafa e mvelo eku sumbuliweni kwe WikiLovesMonuments ngo mhlaka 1 kweyomsintsi 2012 e koloni !
All done. odder (talk) 20:13, 27 August 2012 (UTC)

Unblock for Abd

Yes check.svg Resolved. Not done. If the user in question is interested, he may ask for the unblock himself. -Barras talk 12:34, 28 August 2012 (UTC)

Can we please get an unblock for Abd? We should practice something similar to the standard offer and let him come back, given that he's been gone for so long without attempting to evade the block. I realize that due to the complexity of the issues involved in his block, some sysops may be reluctant to review the history and get involved in unblocking him, but I think the way to cut through that Gordion knot is just to give him another chance and see what he does with it. There are some essays and other projects with which I would like to collaborate with this user on this wiki, so I think his return would be helpful. I don't believe he did anything so heinously wrong last time as to deserve a permanent ban from meta. Thanks, Leucosticte (talk) 08:47, 28 August 2012 (UTC)

Second. --Michaeldsuarez (talk) 11:43, 28 August 2012 (UTC)
Oh yeah, banned users working together. One banned user asked for another banned user to get unblocked and a third banned user seconds. Oh the irony.
By that, I also mark that as X mark.svg Not done - Abd can edit his talk page and so he may asks to be unblocked himself. -Barras talk 12:34, 28 August 2012 (UTC)
We're second-class citizens now? Our opinions are still valid. --Michaeldsuarez (talk) 13:37, 28 August 2012 (UTC)
Valid, yes. However, as said above, Abd may request unblocking himself and not via other users. Then the decision is to the admins and not a vote. -Barras talk 13:46, 28 August 2012 (UTC)
Alright. --Michaeldsuarez (talk) 13:53, 28 August 2012 (UTC)
Barras, he already did put several unblock requests. I thought I would precede the next one by offering my input. But, to address your other point, being banned on enwiki, Wikiversity, etc. is irrelevant to meta because people often get banned on those wikis for very different reasons than they get banned here (e.g. due to disputes concerning substantive content, which is lacking on a meta-wiki), and therefore it seems inappropriate to refer here to a user who is banned on another project as being a "banned user" in the context in which you're using it. You'll notice that I, for instance, have had no problems either here or at, despite being fairly active at both. Your argument is also an ad hominem and poisoning the well fallacy of relevance because the characteristics of the person putting forth an argument have no bearing on the strength of the argument; "good" people can put forth bad arguments, and "bad" people can put forth good arguments.
But on a procedural note, I don't see any rule that says that an unblock has to be at the request of the blocked user. It could be requested by another user or done by a sysop sua sponte. And sysops are ultimately supposed to implement the will of the community, are they not? My understanding is that if there is a community discussion that reaches a rough consensus that a user should be unblocked, or if consensus has led to policies whose proper application would be to unblock the user, then he should be unblocked. The standard offer (i.e. unblock after six months of sitting out one's block without socking) is fairly customary, and therefore I don't think it would be against policy, or a form of wheel warring, for a sysop to go ahead and unblock. Leucosticte (talk) 15:19, 28 August 2012 (UTC)

Central Notice request for St. Louis

I need this centralnotice displayed. Nothing fancy.

Text: You are cordially invited to participate in Wikipedia Takes St. Louis, a photo contest in Downtown St. Louis on Sept. 15

Left image: File:High-contrast-camera-photo.svg

See CentralNotice/Calendar. Thanks. Marcus Qwertyus (talk) 05:10, 30 August 2012 (UTC)