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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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Gadget: MarkAdmins[edit]

Hi all, for those who didn't know, -revi has had a replicate of the Commons' MarkAdmins script setup for Meta. It has since been moved out of userspace to become a gadget. It is available to be enabled in Gadgets under "Browsing gadgets". The script marks admins, stewards, GS and WMF staff (IT & SuSa). ~riley (talk) 09:27, 31 March 2020 (UTC)

Thanks. Much appreciated work :) Camouflaged Mirage (talk) 09:36, 31 March 2020 (UTC)
Checkmark This section is resolved and can be archived. If you disagree, replace this template with your comment. CptViraj (📧) 08:21, 3 April 2020 (UTC)

Prohibit some long usernames?[edit]

I proposed to:

  • Prohibit creation of username which is longer than 40 characters and contain some keywords on Meta
  • Prevent new accounts (<4 days) with such usernames to edit Meta (targeting autocreated accounts)

This may not completely stop the abuse, but may reduce the negative impact by vandals.--GZWDer (talk) 18:41, 1 April 2020 (UTC)

  • Hey GZWDer, this is the request for help page. Proposals of this type would be most appropriate in the form of a request for comment because community consensus would be needed. ~riley (talk) 18:48, 1 April 2020 (UTC)
  • So per ~riley, and also if we can avoid it I would rather not have a new local username policy. We are in a big need of a global one, but local policies do not really make sense since SUL finalisation was completed. --Base (talk) 01:44, 2 April 2020 (UTC)
  • I think I know what OP is driving at, to reduce usernames like XXX have XXX19 and must go to h*** something like that, I had been blocking so many of them recently. However, per ~riley, this needs RFC and I rather not as this seems to mandate a global username policy which by itself isn't feasible (due to SUL) and even if feasible, unlikely to pass. I will rather we manage by blocking, RD/OSing, locking/supressing the accounts and we might alter the filters that we have if needed as well as changing the blacklists. Camouflaged Mirage (talk) 13:19, 2 April 2020 (UTC)
  • Vandals would simply shorten their usernames to 39 characters. The only result of this would be to bother some volunteers on other projects (since this proposal would effect Meta only) who wouldn't be able to take part in discussions here. Also, as ~riley said, this is not the proper place to make such proposals. It would require a RfC. Vermont (talk) 18:22, 2 April 2020 (UTC)

Talk:Steward requests/Global[edit]

I propose to indefinitely semiprotect this page. Most recent edits are vandalism and a legitmate global block or lock requests (include e.g. requests by public figures who do not edit Wikimedia project to lock impersonation accounts) may be handled by Email or IRC.--GZWDer (talk) 05:29, 3 April 2020 (UTC)

  • It's really not the place of Meta admins to be doing long-term protection of steward pages, imoh. The protection log only shows precedence for short term protection and because the page acts as a honeypot, I think leaving it as is, is most appropriate. If you think it should be, I recommend posting on the Stewards' noticeboard. ~riley (talk) 07:54, 3 April 2020 (UTC)