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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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Request of patroller right for Zoranzoki21[edit]

Hi, I am Zoran. I am active user, sysop on Serbian projects. I would like to request patroller right to help with patrolling and reverting clear vandalisms. Best regards, Zoranzoki21 (talk) 00:10, 24 November 2019 (UTC).

Hello. I'd recommend to be more active reverting edits here before getting patroller access, as I don't see any undo in your last 500 edits. Matiia (talk) 21:25, 24 November 2019 (UTC)
Ok, sure, I understand. But I staying at the question from IRC about double standards. Zoranzoki21 (talk) 01:28, 25 November 2019 (UTC)
What double standard would that be? Vermont (talk) 02:41, 25 November 2019 (UTC)
Agree with Vermont's comment. This right has typically been applied retroactively to those who have demonstrated the need, per the RFC that implemented the group. Meta is a different beast to the wikipedias.  — billinghurst sDrewth 09:23, 25 November 2019 (UTC)
How on example Friedrick demonstraded the need? And Novak (oh yes, it is second account of same user)? Zoranzoki21 (talk) 19:38, 25 November 2019 (UTC)
Oy. Look at Novak Watchmen's edits. He came to me during a time when there was vandalism and asked for the patroller right to help with it; he had reverted a few edits already. I did so, and he's used it well since. I gave it to his other account as it's the same person. If you'd like to question my granting of the patroller right to him, please feel free to do so at my talk page where I can address your concerns more directly. Best regards, Vermont (talk) 23:16, 25 November 2019 (UTC)
@Zoranzoki21: You can listen to experienced editors/administrators or not, that is your choice. However, complaining and trying to run comparisons is rather immature, and the least likely means to get me to have a change of heart. In the wiki space like meta, it is usually a case of demonstrate your worth and your competency.  — billinghurst sDrewth 13:07, 28 November 2019 (UTC)

Graduate project needs admins to interview[edit]

Hey everyone. I'm sending this message out because a graduate student at De Haagse Hogeschool reached out on WP:Discord. Kasparas Litinskas is doing his graduate project on user engagement in large crowdsourced communities. It's part of a larger initiative to study and develop a data-structured language framework. As part of the project, he is conducting short interviews to understand the ways that administrators on Wikimedia sites operate and how they handle certain critical situations as well as the tools they use to tackle these problems.
If you are interested, please email him at kasparas.litinskas(at)gmail.com.
Cheers! –MJLTalk 23:14, 27 November 2019 (UTC)


Merdge Carn_ru to Carn[edit]

If it is possible, please merge my contributions from account User:Carn_ru (made before global user account or CentralAuth was avalible) to my account User:Carn and delete User:Carn_ru page. Thanks in advance! Carn (talk) 09:29, 2 December 2019 (UTC)

Sadly, merging contributions is not available at Wikimedia sites. --Martin Urbanec (talk) 09:29, 2 December 2019 (UTC)
Sadly, true. On Special:Version there is mw:Extension:UserMerge on meta.wikimedia.org, nevertheless I did not find usermerge permission on Special:UserGroupRights here. So it's available in principle, but no one can do it.Carn ru (talk) 09:37, 2 December 2019 (UTC)

Request for "MassMessage sender" and "translation admin" rights[edit]

I would like to apply for the rights "MassMessage sender" as well as "translation admin". I am a longterm (~14 years) wikimedian and work in the software development department of Wikimedia Germany as part of the Community Communications Team since 3 years. My colleague User:Johanna Strodt (WMDE) already has these rights, but it would be good to have a second person with rights on the team to avoid problems when my colleague is not in the office. I already have experience using both features (I'm translation admin on mediawiki.org) and would use them only if necessary. -- Michael Schönitzer (WMDE) (talk) 13:55, 2 December 2019 (UTC)

I know that WMF employees have a process for requesting rights independently of local administrators. Does WMDE have this ability as well, or are local administrators to review requests for rights? Vermont (talk) 14:02, 2 December 2019 (UTC)
They have to request rights as any user. MassMessage sender can be granted by any administrator and translation admin has to be requested on RfA. Matiia (talk) 14:50, 2 December 2019 (UTC)

Apply to be a MassMessage sender[edit]

Hi admins,

I like to apply to be a Meta:MassMessage_senders because I want to create communication to our community contributors or Project WikiLoop Wikipedia:WikiLoop_Battlefield.

Xinbenlv (talk) 02:25, 7 December 2019 (UTC)

X mark.svg Not done I don't see a need for global MassMessage rights, as it appears it is restricted to the English Wikipedia and doesn't have nearly enough editors to necessitate granting MassMessage. Vermont (talk) 03:24, 7 December 2019 (UTC)
Note, you can get messages sent on enwiki by asking at w:en:WT:MMS. — xaosflux Talk 04:05, 7 December 2019 (UTC)
Checkmark This section is resolved and can be archived. If you disagree, replace this template with your comment. CptViraj (📧) 09:05, 7 December 2019 (UTC)

Discussion[edit]

Could I participate in the discussion? (Requests for comment/Site-wide administrator abuse and WP:PILLARS violations on the Croatian Wikipedia).Mikola22 (talk) 11:16, 7 December 2019 (UTC)

If RfC is not closed and there are no restrictions, you are always free to attend for feedback. You do not need anyone's permission. --Sotiale (talk) 11:42, 7 December 2019 (UTC)
Thanks. Mikola22 (talk) 14:09, 7 December 2019 (UTC)

Central notice issues[edit]

Dear colleagues,

it seems to be some problem with central notice campaigs requests. We (Wikimedia RU) are currently organizing contest, and need a site notice for it. It was supposed that the campaign should start at December 1 (and would last until December 15). Now it's December 7, and only 8 days of the contest left, and there's still no banner of the contest.

What's wrong? Maybe we missed some procedure? We filled CentralNotice/Calendar and CentralNotice/Request entries a long ago. On the other hand, I see some banners run without any mentions on these pages. Maybe there's some other procedure that is more effective than using CentralNotice/Request? Maybe we should try IRC or Telegram channels? If yes, which ones?

Sorry for asking here, but I don't see where else to ask. I tried to address some individual sysops, but unfortunately got no responses yet - and the time now is a real issue.

I appreciate any help or advices! Dr Bug (Vladimir V. Medeyko) 17:21, 7 December 2019 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done Please accept my apologizes for the delay. I've just started the campaign. Best regards, --Martin Urbanec (talk) 18:08, 7 December 2019 (UTC)
Thank you very much! Dr Bug (Vladimir V. Medeyko) 19:51, 7 December 2019 (UTC)