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Bot-reported speedy deletion requests[edit]

This section is for reports filed via Kimberley-nia Bot on the SWMT's IRC channel #cvn-sw (bot's irc nick is Dellieplagiat). They are submitted on this subpage. Please watch this page separately if you are a steward, a global sysop, or a local administrator.

It is possible to manually edit this list if you follow the bot's formatting. If you feel a request is inappropriate, please remove the lines containing that request entirely. (Leaving comments, modifying the header line, and striking out reports will confuse the bot.)

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* {{msd-link|ie.wikipedia|Talk:Europa}}
*: spam - IRC user DerHexer ~~~~~

Properly-filed requests that point to pages that have already been deleted or do not exist will be automatically removed by the bot. Note: It is unnecessary to remove requests for wikis where local admins "can handle it by themselves". If that is really so, the pages will surely be deleted within a small period of time and then be automatically removed from the list by the bot.

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.

Bad bot edits on gomwiki[edit]

Status:    In progress

A steward might be required to help out fixing (e.g., possibly mass-reverting) a bunch of poorly executed bot edits (or bot-assisted user edits?) just made on the Goan Konkani Wikipedia. gom:User:RahmanuddinBot has apparently decided to link every instance of "Jezu" in existing articles to the local article on Jesus, regardless of where and how many times that string appears in each page. Needless to say, this has broken some things. See my talk page message to the user and proceed in whatever way seems best. - dcljr (talk) 04:18, 10 October 2015 (UTC)

See also the announcement of this brilliancy on gom:विकिपीडिया:समाजाचे_मुखेल_पान#Adding_links - "I will be happy to correct them". --MF-W 04:26, 10 October 2015 (UTC)
Hmm. We'll see what he does, I suppose. - dcljr (talk) 04:45, 10 October 2015 (UTC)
FYI, this guy doesn't actually seem "happy to correct" the errors his bot created; more like happy to fix a few minor things and not acknowlede the ton of problems that are left to fix. See the discussion linked to by MF-W if interested. The community is in the process of voting for admins (on the same page), so maybe soon a local admin can take care of the problem. - dcljr (talk) 05:21, 24 October 2015 (UTC)
OK, perhaps my assessment above was a little harsh. He has edited a few hundred pages since people started complaining, but he hasn't been catching all the mistakes, even when they've been pointed out and diffs linked to. It's frustrating… - dcljr (talk) 05:35, 24 October 2015 (UTC)

Badly named Babel AutoCreate categories[edit]

Status:    In progress

Last year, a bug in the Babel extension (see phab:T112868) caused a lot of badly named categories to be created. The bug was fixed quite quickly but the categories that were created still haven't been half a year later. Right now, there are 2990 categories across 207 wikis that need deleting. On the ticket, someone suggested asking here about a deletion bot. Is that something someone here can help with?

The categories were created between the 15th and 17th of September. There's a list of edits starting on [1] which could be used to extract a list of pages to delete.

- Nikki (talk) 14:25, 9 March 2016 (UTC)

  • Symbol wait.svg Doing...--Infinite0694 (Talk) 02:05, 22 March 2016 (UTC)
  • Symbol wait.svg helping too... —Ah3kal (talk) 08:33, 23 March 2016 (UTC)
  • Yes check.svg Done - Deleted on all Dutch language wikis, bewikimedia, Outreach, and beta Wikiversity - Romaine (talk) 13:46, 8 April 2016 (UTC)
Not all done yet, there are a couple of hundreds ~260 left, but all remaining are tagged and feedback is left for 3 ones to be deleted at foundationwiki. [2]Ah3kal (talk) 06:09, 15 April 2016 (UTC)

Proposal: Add a global abusefilter[edit]

Status:    In progress

As known from the #wikimedia-stewards channel, we have a lot spambots. So my proposal is, to add this abusefilter:

user_editcount < 5
& added_lines rlike "</a>"

I made good experience with this kind of filter. Why? </a> is not wikisyntax, but a lot of spambots are using it still, for html weblinks. I'm working with this king of filter at the beta-cluster and at test2wiki, for example see beta (only one false positive, depends on the beta conditions), test2 (no known false positives). I guess a warning only filter should be enough, the most spambots don't try it again after a warning. For questions please ping, I'm not often at meta, but via croswiki notifications I can see it. Cheers, Luke081515 23:16, 1 May 2016 (UTC)

Actually, well written spambots will not attempt to do this as it is useless. On the other hand, new users sometimes attempt to add links this way. Ruslik (talk) 04:36, 2 May 2016 (UTC)
Well-written spambots would not spam. It does happen regularly that spambots introduce HTML-tags (1, 2, ...) but they are usually already stopped by other filters. Savhñ 11:19, 2 May 2016 (UTC)
I don't think they are usually stopped by other filters: Take a look at test2wiki abuse log, and compare, which users, who got catched by filter 6 there, got catched by other filtes. I guess about ~33%. Concerning the argument with new users: That's why the filter should be "warning only", because if a new users uses that tag, he can continue, but spambots who are using the HMTL-Tag don't continue after that warning. Cheers, Luke081515 13:10, 2 May 2016 (UTC)

not article[edit]

Status:    In progress

Can you delet all in here I'm not admis, and how to become admis. Terimakasih Murbaut (talk) 09:14, 4 May 2016 (UTC)

Hello Murbaut, could you provide more context for those delete requests? As I understand tthe pages are in the user namespace, and no such users exist. Are those pages anyway for deletion or one could move them to the main namespace and they could stand as articles (are those people notable?)? You can apply for admin access at the local wiki's relevant page according to local procedures, if they do not exist, nominate yourself in the local village pump and then at Steward requests/Permissions. —Ah3kal (talk) 09:46, 4 May 2016 (UTC)
Why have all those pages been moved to the user namespace by StefanusRA? Savhñ 09:59, 4 May 2016 (UTC)
@Savh: maybe user stefanusRa don't know or made mistake. I also don't know why he move to user namespace, althought the user not register. Murbaut (talk) 14:51, 4 May 2016 (UTC)

OAuth consumer for ReplacerTool[edit]

Status:    In progress

Hi, please approve this OAuth consumer request for *ReplacerTool*.
This is a (still beta) tool to help fixing misspellings in Spanish Wikipedia, for the editions of BenjaBot that must be reviewed manually.
Thanks in advance. --Benjavalero (talk) 12:05, 4 May 2016 (UTC)

Is this tool intended to be used only on eswiki? Ruslik (talk) 16:47, 21 May 2016 (UTC)
If you use the oAuth consumer only for your bot, then create a owner-only oAuth consumer which is automatically approved. --Steinsplitter (talk) 17:10, 21 May 2016 (UTC)

Mobile formatting issue for trwikinews[edit]

Status:    In progress

Hello, a user has requested help about mobile formatting issue at Apparently this issue was part of a switch over back in 2012 and enwikinews was fixed but many other wikinews' wasn't. Can anyone fix the trwikinews main page mobile formatting to be same as enwikinews? ( in any case instructions available here) --HakanIST (talk) 18:54, 24 May 2016 (UTC)

The links that you provided are dead. Ruslik (talk) 07:39, 25 May 2016 (UTC)

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