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Manual requests[edit]

Please see a list of pages nominated for speedy deletion via {{Delete}} and/or the local equivalent. You can also filter by wikis whose admins are less than X or have not delete since Y.

Copyrighted works on the Esperanto Wikisource[edit]

Status:    On hold

The works of Kazimierz Bein (Kabe) are not yet in public domain. The author died in 1959. The pages should be deleted now and undeleted in 10 years. There is no active community on this wiki and there are no admins.

Pages containing copyrighted material:

Robin van der Vliet (talk) (contribs) 14:11, 31 January 2019 (UTC)

@Robin van der Vliet: As these works have been there for years (2012), they should at least have the semblance of a deletion discussion with whatever community may be there, and for at least a month so allowing suitable opportunity for comment. Though it will be a forlorn hope, please ping the contributor.  — billinghurst sDrewth 15:34, 31 January 2019 (UTC)
I informed the creator of most of those pages here, but I don't really see what we should discuss. The pages constitute a clear copyright violation. Robin van der Vliet (talk) (contribs) 15:42, 31 January 2019 (UTC)
They have been there six years, waiting through a discussion is not problematic. The community should be given the right to have that discussion. It allows a local record to exist for others to see, it educates, it informs and allows a community to be a community. It allows a local permalink to be used on any deletion, and a clear authority for people to act to delete. What is so urgent or imperative that a discussion cannot be held.  — billinghurst sDrewth 23:10, 31 January 2019 (UTC)
Also noting that some of the works have been added by Frglz (talk · contribs), so please ping them in the discussion. Thanks..  — billinghurst sDrewth 23:13, 31 January 2019 (UTC)
I also pinged them in the discussion. For me personally it's not a problem to wait, I am just accustomed to how copyvios work on Commons. When I nominate something there, it gets deleted in an instant without any discussion, that's why I was surprised when you said "at least a month". Robin van der Vliet (talk) (contribs) 02:15, 1 February 2019 (UTC)
I moved the discussion to this page, because there are a lot more copyrighted works stored on the Esperanto Wikisource than I first noticed. I linked all I could find in that new page. Robin van der Vliet (talk) (contribs) 13:34, 2 February 2019 (UTC)
Thanks. Wikisources work differently to Commons, especially in sporadic editing. I am also unsure exactly the copyright rules they apply, it may not be Commons rules. Being pre-1923 works, if eoWS are working only to US copyright alone, they will not be copyright violations. This is why the community conversation should be taking place by those who know the local rules, rather than applying another wiki's rules.  — billinghurst sDrewth 13:40, 2 February 2019 (UTC)
If they require the texts to be PD also in the first publication country, the texts should be moved do Multilingual Wikisource before deletion. Ankry (talk) 14:01, 2 February 2019 (UTC)
  • What is the status of this request? I am ready to import files to oldwikisource, but I will not do that if their deletion is not due or if it is not to be performed soon (to avoid duplication). Ankry (talk) 06:25, 6 May 2019 (UTC)

Deletion request on gagwiki[edit]

Status:    On hold

Requesting deletion of pages listed here, which is under GS scope. I'm not doing this myself as I am the nominator and want to avoid conflict. Thanks, Vermont (talk) 21:14, 2 June 2019 (UTC)

Many of these are works created by Cekli829, a user with a body of work, and they are now claimed as copyright violations. I would think that they should be deserving of a discussion. I am not comfortable speedy deleting them.  — billinghurst sDrewth 00:24, 3 June 2019 (UTC)
I had brought up the issue on his talk page. Those articles are direct copies from a news article or similar online outlet which is linked on most of the pages. He reworded a few words, commented "Fixed." in the local wiki's language on his talk page, and didn't respond to my further request for deletion, which does not stop it from being a copyright violation. In regard to a discussion, there is no local community with which to discuss. I left a message after I had first noticed the pages here, and Cekli829 was the only user who responded, also with "Fixed." Thank you, Vermont (talk) 00:38, 3 June 2019 (UTC)
Billinghurst, the matter had been brought to Cekli829's (also gagwiki's only active editor and sysop) notice at his t/p and he had rephrased parts of the articles. However, the overall structure as well as many words still remain copied over from the media outlets (particularly Despite being asked repeatedly to delete the articles he has not responded.  — FR 10:22, 3 June 2019 (UTC)
  • There is also another group of 15+ articles in gagwiki listed at User:FR30799386/datadump which appear to be copy-pastes according to Earwig's Copyright Violations Detector. It would be great if a steward or global sysop could assess and delete them as they see fit. Regards. — FR 10:22, 3 June 2019 (UTC)

Hope to see @Cekli829: comment(s) soon --Alaa :)..! 23:14, 4 June 2019 (UTC)

I just want to point out that Cekli829 is the same user cited for copyright violations in Requests for comment/Do something about azwiki—The preceding unsigned comment was added by MJL (talk) at 14:14, 11 June 2019 (UTC)
  • It appears that Cekli829 hasn't edited any Wikimedia project for over a month (and soon to be two months)  — FR 07:08, 9 July 2019 (UTC)

If there's no objection until 17 July 2019, then we will implement this request --Alaa :)..! 12:28, 10 July 2019 (UTC)

Cross-wiki vandals[edit]

Status:    In progress

On the advice of @Tomybrz:, it's enough to have my user pages & my talk user pages being vandalized because i'm a sysop on the french WP. I'm looking for where asking in one go the definitive Extended confirmed protection for all my pages on all projects. Thx for answering. OT38 (talk) 17:15, 15 June 2019 (UTC)

Note for information : I talk with Billinghurst on irc, and he tell me to "get them to leave a note on my user talk page, I already have the bones of such a filter". Regards Tomybrz Bip Bip 17:22, 15 June 2019 (UTC)
There is no such thing as "extended confirmed protection". Ruslik (talk) 20:39, 15 June 2019 (UTC)
It exists only on the English Wikipedia. Vermont (talk) 22:36, 15 June 2019 (UTC)

Comment Comment @OT38: As the conversation is here, let us continue it here. It sets some general conversation about similar cases, and looks to manage some of the precedence. As has been mentioned, we can write global abuse filters, though they do not cover the large wikis (frWP and enWS are different as they accepted global filters), and this can cover a range of actions from creation and editing with the flexibility of the components of abusefilters. That said we don't want to get overly complicated in the schema, it does allow us to utilise it for numerous cases of xwiki abuse and harassment.

We can do something like where page does not exist, do not allow non-autoconfirmed users to create a page. We can go stronger and apply for all wikis and write the pages into title blacklist and use the <autoconfirmed> though that becomes a very big and unwieldy stick with little in the way of finesse.

This could become a can of worms and setting a lot of global work if many people started requesting it. So this could be something that may involve SPoore's anti-harassment project as a more holistic response to such problems.  — billinghurst sDrewth 00:20, 16 June 2019 (UTC)

billinghurst, letting you know that I saw your comment. Do you know if anyone has started a phabricator ticket describing the problem we're trying to solve and possible solutions? If not, we need to that to get it on the record. SPoore (WMF) Strategist, Community health initiative (talk) 15:20, 17 June 2019 (UTC)
@SPoore (WMF): probably not been put into a phabricator ticket. When I have some time ...  — billinghurst sDrewth 21:24, 17 June 2019 (UTC)
@SPoore (WMF) and Billinghurst: This night my user page & my talk user page has been vandalized 85 times on 30 different projects. Besides ignoring it, what can I do now ? OT38 (talk) 04:06, 18 June 2019 (UTC)
For now a global title blacklist that prevents non-autoconfirmed users from creating your user and user talk pages may be a solution (for the ones already created and you don't need, you may request to have them deleted too). This might be hard to do because the cross-language namespace could be tricky. -★- PlyrStar93 Message me. 04:42, 18 June 2019 (UTC)
@PlyrStar93: Where a global title blacklist can be requested ? Can this title blacklist be applied on user talk pages too ? OT38 (talk) 05:11, 18 June 2019 (UTC)
Request at Talk:Title blacklist. The syntax I can think of would be something like .*:OT38 <autoconfirmed> to catch language variations on namespaces (including user and user talk namespaces) and the page name without namespace to be exactly "OT38" so there won't be much overkill. Existing pages can still be edited, but non-autoconfirmed users will not be able to create new page. -★- PlyrStar93 Message me. 05:17, 18 June 2019 (UTC)

@OT38: I am going to hasten slowly on this construction if we are utilising title blacklist. This addition will stop editing and creation by non-autoconfirmed. If we have the issue on so many wikis, and you have existing user or user talk pages, then we need to manage those as well. Now, as I have hard-coded user/user talk, I am pretty certain that it will only function on default English language wikis, though let us test it for function prior to expanding. I do wish to minimise possible negative consequences of that big ugly stick.  — billinghurst sDrewth 06:07, 18 June 2019 (UTC)

@Billinghurst: Thx a lot for the time you give to my request. OT38 (talk) 19:53, 18 June 2019 (UTC)
The magic word hasn't worked. Page creation by new users is still happening. Not sure if it's because the conversion only happens at Meta so page names in other wikis will have to match the converted result at Meta. -★- PlyrStar93 Message me. 15:42, 29 June 2019 (UTC)

css request for yi.wikipedia[edit]

Status:    In progress

MediaWiki:common.css at Yi.wikipedia needs some modification so that references can be given non-numerical tags. Something like (but not sure whether this will actually do the job)

/* Make the list of references smaller */

/* Keep in sync with Template:Refbegin/styles.css */


div.reflist {

font-size: 90%; /* Default font-size */

margin-bottom: 0.5em;


div.reflist ol.references {

font-size: 100%; /* Reset font-size when nested in div.reflist */

margin-bottom: 0; /* Avoid double margin when nested in div.reflist */

list-style-type: inherit; /* Enable custom list style types */

} --פוילישער (talk) 11:03, 20 June 2019 (UTC)

@פוילישער: is there a consensus in the community for this? Discussion somewhere as reference?  — billinghurst sDrewth 11:08, 20 June 2019 (UTC)
As I said, I do not even know whether this will work. But there is a problem which needs to be addressed. Preferably someone with the technical knowledge should advise. --פוילישער (talk) 13:13, 20 June 2019 (UTC)

Sitenotices on closed Wikimania wikis[edit]

Status:    In progress

Now that all of the past annual Wikimania wikis have been closed (wm2018: was closed about 16 hours ago), I think all of the sitenotices on those wikis should be "harmonized" to contain the same (kind of) information (except possibly a little more "context" could be given in the wm2018 sitenotice, since it just closed).

As you can see if you look through these pages, some are missing completely (2014, 2015, and 2016), others have very little info, and some are more or less OK.

The following information is currently provided in some, but not all, of the sitenotices:

  1. that the wiki is closed (all but 2016, 2015, 2014, 2007, 2006, and 2005)
  2. that the closure means it can't be edited (2012, …, 2008)
  3. the date on which the wiki was closed (only 2013)
  4. a link to the Phabricator task (and/or on-wiki discussion) that caused the wiki to be closed (2018 and 2017)
  5. that information about future Wikimania events can be found at (only 2018, not surprisingly)
  6. a link to the Wikimania page here at Meta (2013, …, 2005)
  7. a link to information about the wikimania-l list (2013, …, 2008)
  8. which city and year the wiki covers (2007, 2006, 2005)
  9. a link to some kind of "summary" or "feedback" about that year's event (2012, …, 2008)

We should probably briefly discuss which kinds of info should be included in all the sitenotices (so the changes don't need to be made multiple times). I'd say definitely items 1, 2, 5, and 6 — and 8 would be nice, too, as a "courtesy" to readers, since that info is not always immediately apparent when visiting each wiki (especially when landing on a page other than the Main Page).

So, here's a possible template we could use:

This is the wiki for Wikimania YEAR, which was held in CITY.
This wiki is now closed and cannot be edited, but its contents can still be read.
The wiki for upcoming Wikimania events can be found at
More information about Wikimania in general, including past events, is available on Wikimedia's Meta-Wiki.

And finally: I know all these wikis will eventually be "merged and redirected" (so to speak) to the main Wikimania wiki, but until that process is complete, it would be nice to have consistent, informative sitenotices. - dcljr (talk) 03:01, 2 July 2019 (UTC) — Oops… modified "template" a bit and removed now-irrelevant text. - dcljr (talk) 03:15, 2 July 2019 (UTC)

It this harmonization really worth the effort? Ruslik (talk) 08:27, 4 July 2019 (UTC)
How is it not? The benefit to readers is, I think, obvious. Provided there's no major disagreement about the info to be included in the messages, "the effort" consists solely of edits to 14 pages. That doesn't seem unreasonable to me. (In fact, I've put in many times more effort just composing and posting this message here. If I could have just done it myself, I would have. If you'd like me to provide copy-and-paste text to be used on each wiki, I can do that.) - dcljr (talk) 00:10, 8 July 2019 (UTC)
So, please, provide a text to copy-paste. Ruslik (talk) 20:51, 11 July 2019 (UTC)
OK, hang on… - dcljr (talk) 21:21, 11 July 2019 (UTC)
Ruslik: See User:Dcljr/Wikimania sitenotices (a temporary page that will be deleted after the changes are completed). - dcljr (talk) 22:28, 11 July 2019 (UTC)
I think that the design of notice currently on the Wikimania 2012 wiki is better. Ruslik (talk) 20:00, 13 July 2019 (UTC)

See also[edit]