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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. It is only for assistance required at Meta-wiki, help for other wikis needs to be requested at those wikis. See also: Stewards' noticeboard, Access to nonpublic personal data policy noticeboard, Category:Meta-Wiki policies, Category:Global policies
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Cannot answer to comments on a GIPBE request: answer considered as vandalism (local)[edit]

Hello, there. I asked for GIPBE, but made a mistake in my request which has been misinterpreted; I tried to answer to correct it, but am unable to do so: I'm getting the message Error: This action has been automatically identified as harmful, and therefore disallowed. If you believe your action was constructive, please inform an administrator of what you were trying to do. A brief description of the abuse rule which your action matched is: Antivandalism (local). Could someone unblock me to allow me to answer to User:-revi and solve the misunderstanding? Regards. —Moinats (talk) 14:32, 1 August 2020 (UTC)

Moinats, I've tweaked the filter, please try again. Sorry that this has happened. --Base (talk) 16:27, 1 August 2020 (UTC)
@Base: it worked, thank you very much. —Moinats (talk) 08:40, 2 August 2020 (UTC)
@Moinats: Can I recommend that you confirm your email address. The filter report identifies that it hasn't been done, and for us that is a good test of good editors.  — billinghurst sDrewth 00:43, 2 August 2020 (UTC)
@Billinghurst: I did not give my email address because I don't want to link my Wikimedia account to my email address. Should it be proved necessary, I'll give one, but I prefer not to. —Moinats (talk) 08:40, 2 August 2020 (UTC)

User page not in English ported to en.Wiki where we cannot remove it[edit]

User:Ketan Kumar Bhatt has a non-English page that he linked to his user page where we do not allow user pages in other languages yet we cannot remove it as it is hosted here. Can someone please take a look at this? Thanks in advance. -- Alexf (talk) 10:05, 4 August 2020 (UTC)

X mark.svg Not done @Alexf: we will not delete a userpage here, soley because it is in a specific language. If a local project does not want to see a global userpage, they can create a local user page to override it. That being said, this page may run afoul of the meta-wiki Meta:Inclusion policy - if someone that can read Hindi (I think) can review the page - if it is out of the meta-wiki scope they may flag it for speedy deletion. — xaosflux Talk 13:33, 4 August 2020 (UTC)
Gone ahead and deleted it for simply being out of scope. ‐‐1997kB (talk) 13:56, 4 August 2020 (UTC)
Thanks for your prompt attention to the issue. -- Alexf (talk) 13:57, 4 August 2020 (UTC)
Alexf, though this has been resolved, I do want to make a note about user pages in different languages. The contents of a Meta-Wiki user page, often called a global user page, are shown on all projects where the user does not have a local userpage. I've taken the time to translate part of my userpage into a handful of languages, but most people do not, and even then on the majority of projects my userpage will simply be in English. It would be incredibly time-consuming and costly for me to translate my userpage into every language that has a Wikipedia project, especially considering that even an English userpage on a non-English project means that local editors have some idea of who I am and what I do, whether they know some English or use a machine translator. The same can be applied in any language. My point is this: with global userpages, it is not beneficial to try and enforce that they be in English. Best regards, and happy editing, Vermont (talk) 14:31, 4 August 2020 (UTC)
Noted. I'll report the ones that are out of scope to the project. -- Alexf (talk) 14:36, 4 August 2020 (UTC)
+1 to Vermont's comment, in fact, we are a multi-cultural, multi-lingual project, so it would be the height of hypocrisy to enforce English language pages. User pages should be based on Meta:scope and Meta:civility alone.  — billinghurst sDrewth 23:12, 4 August 2020 (UTC)
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