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2021 Steward elections results[edit]

The 2021 Steward elections have ended today (14:00 UTC). The Election Committee, after verifying the votes, has announced the final results. The following 5 candidates were elected:

  1. AmandaNP (talk · contribs)
  2. Operator873 (talk · contribs)
  3. Stanglavine (talk · contribs)
  4. Teles (talk · contribs)
  5. Wiki13 (talk · contribs)

We thank all of the candidates for their time and interest and the voters for the time spent reviewing the candidates and taking part in this relevant global election. Also we wish to thank all the other volunteers who helped in the coordination of the process.

The results of the 2021 Stewards confirmation will be determined in the upcoming days.

For the Election Committee, RadiX 17:17, 26 February 2021 (UTC)

Are the results of the confirmations able to be shared at this point?  — billinghurst sDrewth 15:34, 18 March 2021 (UTC)
@Billinghurst Based on Talk:Stewards/Confirm/2021, it seems that all existing stewards (except rxy) was confirmed. Camouflaged Mirage (talk) 15:38, 18 March 2021 (UTC)
And then they should be shared like the election results were.  — billinghurst sDrewth 15:40, 18 March 2021 (UTC)
Oh, I get what you are saying now. I had raised this to Electcom. Camouflaged Mirage (talk) 15:43, 18 March 2021 (UTC)

Please stop giving my CU results to User:Cmsth11126a02[edit]

Dear all, User:Cmsth11126a02 is now hounding me on the Chinese Wikipedia[1][2][3]. Please stop giving my CU results to him or answer his CU questions about me or disclose my ip subnet like this again. Thank you.--温大善人 (talk) 11:03, 21 March 2021 (UTC)

This is all that the user knows. The specific IP ranges that the user claims are the user's guess. No steward can give checkuser data to the user. So, if the user is bothering you, ask local to act. At least no other information is provided that violates the policy. --Sotiale (talk) 11:14, 21 March 2021 (UTC)

Global IP block messages could do with review[edit]

We are getting numerous requests by globally blocked IP addresses locally asking for an unblock. Would stewards please consider getting updated blocking text that points users to a page that offers blocked users better direction on how to understand global IP block exemption and SRGP and/or contacting stewards. You may have a better idea, and happy with something that discourages users from trying for an {{unblock}}.  — billinghurst sDrewth 05:17, 27 March 2021 (UTC)

I'd definitely be willing to switch things over. Do we know where the text is coming from? ie what system message? -- Amanda (aka DQ) 05:21, 27 March 2021 (UTC)
MediaWiki:Globalblocking-block-reason-dropdown? -- CptViraj (talk) 05:51, 27 March 2021 (UTC)
The notice those affected users would see is localized version (depend on each wiki) of MediaWiki:Globalblocking-ipblocked-range or MediaWiki:Globalblocking-ipblocked. This would likely lead them to here to appeal. When they find they are also blocked on meta (usually the case when using proxies) they will see MediaWiki:Blockedtext, which instructs them to appeal on talk page. --WhitePhosphorus (talk) 06:55, 27 March 2021 (UTC)
No, those ain't the messages. We use a Wikimedia-customized version of them:
They all link/point to SRG to make the appeals. Amendments to these messages must be done by submitting patches to the WikimediaMessages extension in Gerrit.
Now, if the global block is also applied to Meta (most of the times nowadays) indeed when the blocked visits Meta, the user will see our local "you're blocked" messages (GlobalBlocks do not apply to Meta, we have to mirror them via local blocks) which indeed tell the user to use the {{unblock}} template. I agree it's confusing for the average user. —MarcoAurelio (talk) 11:58, 27 March 2021 (UTC)
Workflow-wise, as a local admin I don't see any value in prompting users to put unblock templates on their talk pages if they have global blocks, mostly because I've not seen the stewards promptly patrolling these - even when pinged. Any design improvements should be along the lines of answering the question: how do stewards want to handle appeals from users impacted by their global blocks? — xaosflux Talk 18:22, 12 April 2021 (UTC)

WikimediaMessages for 'global-deleter' group[edit]

I just noticed that there are no WikimediaMessages for Pathoschild's global group, so I suggest adding these (see phab:T279828). Since this would overwrite the Localised name of the group ("Pathoschild's global group"), I wanted to ask if the stewards are okay with this change, or if there are any objections. Regards --Zabe (talk) 21:17, 10 April 2021 (UTC)

I don't have any strong opinion but I'd leave it as it is. This is a special group created for Pathoschild so he can run his synchbot service. Ideally, that service should've been ported already as a MediaWiki extension. I'd leave it without WikimediaMessages. —MarcoAurelio (talk) 10:27, 11 April 2021 (UTC)
I agree with MarcoAurelio. Let's leave it as-is. It's not supposed to be a generic group, it's a sui-generis one, only for this very service. Martin Urbanec (talk) 18:06, 12 April 2021 (UTC)


Hi someone. I'm not sure if it's a bug. I've got several complaint from local Malay Wikipedians that they were unable to move some pages and the error notice appear just like ones in the section which was: "MediaWiki\Revision\RevisionAccessException" and some numbers. The example page is ms:Bones. We tried to move to "Bones (siri TV)" but we weren't unable to do so. Can someone help to check and if it's a bug, would be great if someone can help to create a task in Phabricator and ping me. Thank you! CyberTroopers (talk) 14:56, 11 April 2021 (UTC)

@CyberTroopers: This looks like a bug. You can create a phab task. Add your problem, including the error message shown and also add the steps to reproduce it (see mw:How to report a bug#Reporting a new bug or feature request). Regards --Zabe (talk) 16:18, 11 April 2021 (UTC)
@CyberTroopers See phab:T279832. Best, Martin Urbanec (talk) 17:06, 11 April 2021 (UTC)
Thanks, I did not catch this one --Zabe (talk) 17:07, 11 April 2021 (UTC)
@CyberTroopers For the record, the number is a request ID, a number that uniquely identifies the request that caused the error. Wikimedia system administrators can use request IDs to locate the bug's backtrace, which is extremely helpful when debuging. If you ever see a similar behavior, definitely include that ID in your report, it will be appreciated. Best, Martin Urbanec (talk) 17:12, 11 April 2021 (UTC)
@User:Martin Urbanec, @User:Zabe Thank you guys for helping! As per my understanding, the bugs is still under investigation and it might related to upper/lower case something in the script? I hope you guys will figure out the solutions and I'll help whatever I could. As for now, I think we'll use {{R from move}} to move the failed page. CyberTroopers (talk) 14:27, 13 April 2021 (UTC)
Yes, it's under active investigation. We're still not sure what exactly caused this bug, but we're working on it. It can be related to literally anyting. Best, Martin Urbanec (talk) 14:32, 13 April 2021 (UTC)

Talk:Global blocks#Time to remove the draft[edit]

I have started a conversation to push this from being a non-draft document. Please add all thoughts there.  — billinghurst sDrewth 02:30, 12 April 2021 (UTC)