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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 to block User:Garam and delete his user page[edit]

He claimed I made fun of him at an offline meetup about ten years ago without any evidence, and he constantly requests me to apologize to him for it. He blamed me, "I condemn past/present actions and attitudes user Motoko C. K., who is a director of Wikimedia Korea." on his user page. Please check my usertalk page. --Motoko C. K. (talk) 05:08, 23 March 2020 (UTC)

"without any evidence"... 10 years ago, there were a lot of people in the conference. But there was no poilcies yet, like Friendly space policies. Then, how could I get some evidences? --Garam talk 05:18, 23 March 2020 (UTC)
And you were a staff at that time. --Garam talk 05:21, 23 March 2020 (UTC)
"Are you dyslexic?" doesn't sound like a productive discussion. I'm slightly involved in the background discussion (korean wikinews closure) so I would rather avoid handling this, then there is no Korean speaker to handle it. — regards, Revi 06:24, 23 March 2020 (UTC)
However, attacking someone on their user page has been unacceptable, is unacceptable, and will continue to be unacceptable per WM:NOT and Meta:Urbanity, so I am removing it. — regards, Revi 06:29, 23 March 2020 (UTC)
Prior case: Meta:Requests for help from a sysop or bureaucrat/Archives/2018-03#Has my userpage been contrary to META policy? - there were few more cases similar to this but I can only recall this one. — regards, Revi 06:43, 23 March 2020 (UTC)
  • Since I discuss with him/her, always he/she twist my words, such as Special:diff/19920460. Really I do not know it is on purpose or not. But I feel tired when I discuss with him/her. So, now... I asked to him/her respectfully about his/her ability. Because if he/she have some disabilities, I should write my texts more easily. BUT, really I did not have another meaning, such as discrimination. --Garam talk 07:53, 23 March 2020 (UTC)
    "이건 좀 실례되는 말이긴 하나 원활한 토론을 위해서 여쭙고자 하는데, 혹시 난독증과 같은 읽기 장애가 있으시진 않으신지요." - "I know this might be offending, but for the ease of discussion I ask, do you have a problem disability with reading things, like dyslexia?" I don't think this is 'respectful'. It is plain intimidation/harassment. — regards, Revi 08:23, 23 March 2020 (UTC) (problem modified to disability — regards, Revi 12:53, 23 March 2020 (UTC))
    @Garam: If you said that, then I would agree with revi that it is not how we look to edit at this wiki. I would suggest that you remove the text and apologise to Motoko. @Motoko C. K.: Garam is aggrieved with a 10 year old conversation which you do not recall, and I would think that looking to settle a dispute after this time would make you both better people, whether there was intent or no intent. That it has escalated to here and that two grown ups are unable to settle it is quite disappointing and one could say does not reflect well on either of you. Reach deep!  — billinghurst sDrewth 10:55, 23 March 2020 (UTC)

COVID-19 banner[edit]

Even though three translations of the banner have been published, the banner doesn't seem to show up on those wikis. I can only get it to show up if I use ?force=1 ( https://bs.wikipedia.org/wiki/NASA?banner=programmatic_mlWW_rsp_covid19&force=1 or https://sr.wikipedia.org/wiki/NASA?banner=programmatic_mlWW_rsp_covid19&force=1 for example). What gives? Is the banner set to only show up on en.wiki? – Srdjan m (talk) 09:48, 23 March 2020 (UTC)

So far, yes. I assume Seddon (WMF) and SPatton (WMF) plan to enable the banner on non-English projects soon. You can always check the status of any campaign at Special:CentralNotice. --Martin Urbanec (talk) 11:25, 23 March 2020 (UTC)

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)

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)