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Manual requests

Disrupting the Sinhala Wikipedia

Status:    Not done

Please consider [1], [2] and [3]. In these requests for speedy deletion, [4] had mentioned the up-loader [5] as a banned or blocked user. The up-loader is not. This user Ravindu_Navin is disrupting the activities of Sinhala Wikipedia. I assume he is a candidate for blocking from the Wikipedia for disrupting its activities. --Shwetha (talk) 13:16, 28 August 2016 (UTC)

Why can't this be handled by one of the two active local admins? - dcljr (talk) 14:29, 28 August 2016 (UTC)
Their presence in Wikipedia is not regular. [6] and [7]. If you feel that we should always refer this sort of matters to them before referring the same to you we can try that. Thanks. ---- Shwetha (talk) 14:55, 28 August 2016 (UTC)
I have referred this matter to the two local admins please. [8] and [9] please. We will wait for few days for their action/response. If none I will refer this to you again.--- Shwetha (talk) 15:24, 28 August 2016 (UTC)
Since there is no response or action from the two local admins, the matter is referred to the stewards again please. ---- Shwetha (talk) 10:28, 3 September 2016 (UTC)
Today one of the local Admins visited the local wikipedia and was active continuously for few hours. Yet there was no response positive or negative about this matter please. Hence our only hope is stewards of the meta please. Please help us! --- Shwetha (talk) 12:14, 4 September 2016 (UTC)
In case my reply above leads to any misunderstandings, I should point out that I am not an admin, much less a steward, so someone else will have to handle this request. - dcljr (talk) 15:12, 4 September 2016 (UTC)
Thanks for the revelation. My expectations about the abilities & powers of stewards were far more than what revealed. So let us wait for the messiah. ----Shwetha (talk) 15:25, 4 September 2016 (UTC)
I do not see anything disruptive about these edits. It looks like an editorial dispute for me. Ruslik (talk) 19:21, 10 September 2016 (UTC)
Thanks. ---Shwetha (talk) 19:46, 10 September 2016 (UTC)

User:Alex9777777

Status:    Done

The globally locked "famous blogger" User:Alex9777777 continues creating spam/self-promoting pages on several wikis using IPs. These pages get deleted regularly (for example on en:wp, ru:wp, be:wp, uk:wp). I request the deletion of q:ru:Печкуров Алексей as there seems not to be any sysop monitoring that wiki. So the pending DR on wikidata (d:Q26707877, denied) could be filed. --Achim (talk) 08:17, 4 September 2016 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done Ruslik (talk) 20:25, 6 September 2016 (UTC)

User:Alex9777777 next match

Status:    Done

wikiversity:ru:Печкуров Алексей о музыке & b:ru:Печкуров Алексей о музыке & b:uk:Печкуров Олексій про музику created today. --Achim (talk) 14:59, 7 September 2016 (UTC) For already deleted similar pages see history of d:Q26820825. --Achim (talk) 19:59, 7 September 2016 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done. Regards.--Syum90 (talk) 07:38, 8 September 2016 (UTC)
muchas gracias --Achim (talk) 08:16, 8 September 2016 (UTC)

Taking a Sinhala Wikipedia Matter to Stewards_Is it a punishable offense?

Status:    Not done

On 28th August 2016, I have taken a Sinhala Wikipedia matter to stewards. Sinhala Wikipedia is having two Administrators. Is this a punishable offense? On 27th August too I have takn a matter to the Stewards & your goodselves have helped me to resolve the matter. Please help me. --Shwetha (talk) 18:18, 10 September 2016 (UTC)

The issue which I brought o the notice of stewards was about a user who had been blocked previously on similar behavior. Please tell us whether this is an offense? ---- Shwetha (talk) 00:33, 12 September 2016 (UTC)
He was not blocked for the same behavior. Ruslik (talk) 19:45, 12 September 2016 (UTC)
I used the word "similar" please and not "same" please. In English Wikipedia, He had removed a speedy deletion notice from a page he had created himself. Though I have not pointed he had done the same offense several times in Sinhala Wikipedia too. The matter I raised about this user was requesting speedy deletion citing the creators of files as banned/blocked user which was not true. When he was asked to remove the tags he was falsely stating that the users are actually in blocked user log etc. Anyhow, you have given a verdict on that and we have accepted it. The question I am asking from the stewards is whether taking that matter to you when two administrators are present is an offense or not. This is because one administrator had already sought community ideas about this matter and had indicated that I can be punished please. --- Shwetha (talk) 00:29, 13 September 2016 (UTC)

Deleting a pages with a >5000 revisions in ruwiki

Status:    Done

Please, delete page ru:Шаблон:NUMBEROF/data since it is not needed now (replaced by ru:Модуль:NumberOf/data) MaxBioHazard (talk) 21:40, 12 September 2016 (UTC)

I'm handling this, getting approval from ops first. —MarcoAurelio 09:04, 14 September 2016 (UTC)

I've managed to delete two of them, but the system don't let me delete the other two. I've filled a Task in Phabricator, since it seems it's related with the time it takes for a request to execute. Best regards, —MarcoAurelio 10:39, 14 September 2016 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done by Aaron and me. —MarcoAurelio 18:19, 14 September 2016 (UTC)

Request to approve OAuth consumer for TWL Library Card

Status:    Done

Hi! Could you please approve this proposal for a OAuth consumer for TWL's Library Card? Thanks! Nikkimaria (talk) 11:38, 16 September 2016 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done by Magnus Manske. Ruslik (talk) 19:52, 16 September 2016 (UTC)

Mobile formatting issue for trwikinews

Status:    Done

Hello, a user has requested help about mobile formatting issue at http://tr.wikinews.org. 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)
@Ruslik0: , links should be fixed now, thanks for the help.--HakanIST (talk) 09:52, 25 May 2016 (UTC)
The main pages are not exactly the same. So, you should prepare a new version of the main page in a sandbox. Ruslik (talk) 11:54, 25 May 2016 (UTC)
I can lower the protection level for the main page so you can do it yourself. Ruslik (talk) 20:49, 25 May 2016 (UTC)
Done; protection lowered to autoconfirmed. – Ajraddatz (talk) 19:23, 26 September 2016 (UTC)

Copyvios on als.wiki

Status:    Not done

18 copyvios reported a few months ago but not deleted yet. Local sysops were alerted on their talk pages some months ago. Nemo 16:25, 17 July 2016 (UTC)

Stewards has no special authority to enforce copyright policies across Wikimedia projects if active local sysops are present. Ruslik (talk) 18:02, 17 July 2016 (UTC)
Clearly they're not active as regards copyright violation. When local admins are not active enough, it would be illogical to require that the stewards deflag them in order to be able to do what is left undone. Nemo 15:20, 18 July 2016 (UTC)
They are not inactive. They just ignore you. No policy requires them to explicitly deny your requests. They may simply keep silent. Ruslik (talk) 20:14, 18 July 2016 (UTC)
It's a pain. Go and enforce wmf:Resolution:Licensing policy. 91.9.103.14 13:54, 26 July 2016 (UTC)
Not done; as Ruslik says, we have no scope to overrule local admins. – Ajraddatz (talk) 19:21, 26 September 2016 (UTC)

Cross-wiki vandalism by the szm sockfarm, global abuse filter proposal

Status:    Not done

The sockmaster, Szm020730 has been creating many sockpuppets to upload hoax flags on Wikimedia Commons and use them for cross-wiki vandalism (example). Enwiki, eswiki, ruwiki, and commonswiki (the main home wiki of the master) are affected. I think a global abuse filter should be created now. Please see the cross-wiki contributions of these socks at c:Category:Sockpuppets of Szm020730 as your guide on creating the GAF. Thanks --Pokéfan95 (talk) 05:37, 30 July 2016 (UTC)

We locally (enwp) had a look at creating a filter for something related to this - given certain naming patterns, filtering against user creation could be targetted, as could \{\{Infobox[\S\s]*flag.*\.svg[\S\s]*\}\} if you were careful about it -- samtar talk or stalk 10:23, 1 August 2016 (UTC)
A global filter wouldn't effect the projects in question. If the accounts are being made on commons, a filter there would be the best bet for now. – Ajraddatz (talk) 19:20, 26 September 2016 (UTC)

Speedy deletions on nap.wp

Status:    Locally handled

This is very similar to my request above: the category is this one, but it's got only 5 items for now (but it would be better to see them gone). --Sannita - not just another it.wiki sysop 10:52, 4 August 2016 (UTC)

It appears that Chelin is an active admin. Have you asked them to do it? MBisanz talk 13:35, 4 August 2016 (UTC)
I forgot about it, honestly, but sometimes he's busy doing other things. Anyway, it's not this urgent, I'll try asking him first. --Sannita - not just another it.wiki sysop 15:05, 4 August 2016 (UTC)
I deleted the two pages that were clearly unnecessary redirects, but the other pages appear to have more edits, so I have deferred to Chelin. MBisanz talk 23:04, 4 September 2016 (UTC)
Tagged as locally handled. – Ajraddatz (talk) 19:19, 26 September 2016 (UTC)

Blocking of user in fa.wikipedia

Status:    Not done

Hello, I'm user from persian Wikipedia, User:AzorAhai is Sock puppetry. He makes fake accounts (Example:User:مهرنگار) for administrator...

(link): User Mehrnegar "User:مهرنگار" made this page and nominated user:AzorAhai for Bureaucrat permission in fa@wiki and inserted her vote. But they have lots of semi edit in fa wiki and we think they are same
Mehrnegar(مهرنگار) registered on January 21, 2015. Today's 1 year 2 months 18 days of Wikipedia
Special access for Mehrnegar "مهرنگار" on December 2, 2015. The 9 months 6 days
On February 27, 2016. Azor Ahai and failed to request admin (for Mehrnegar 6 months, 12 days )
Mehrnegar "مهرنگار" personally admin on August 4, 2016 will be
Azor Ahai the admin has successfully مهرنگار (On August 18, 2016)
Mehrnegar "مهرنگار" administrator has 21 days
see block log (مهرنگار) In a short time a lot of people blocked...



Do not over...
They block a lot of users. See my account: I do not have access to @fa.wikipedia!... but see my contr (empty!)

Everyone is here (Farsi Wikipedia has local CheckUsers) Is killed! (Blocked)--Iranian Shahـــ☫ـــ(talk) 05:24, 8 September 2016 (UTC)

(To Stewards) Beware of trolls/cyber warriors. I can explain if you want :) Amir (talk) 06:21, 8 September 2016 (UTC)
hey, I'm not terrorists (trolls/cyber)--Iranian Shahـــ☫ـــ(talk) 06:40, 8 September 2016 (UTC)
Tagging as not done, out of scope for stewards. Contact fawiki admins about this. – Ajraddatz (talk) 19:18, 26 September 2016 (UTC)

Delete identity on specific local wikis

Status:    Not done

Velocipedus An identity on yi.wikipedia.org and yi.wictionaty.org was automatically created for me. I can not delete this identity because if do not understand the language in question. The creation (unwanted) of this identity occurred when reading up on global identities. Please delete my account on yi. Please review the programming on global account help pages which issued this account without authority. Thanks -- Velocipedus --Velocipedus (talk) 20:04, 25 September 2016 (UTC)

Now that we have single user login, visiting any page of any Wikimedia content wiki while logged in will create an account on that wiki (basically a "local copy" of your "global account"). I don't think there's any way to "opt out" of this (besides never logging in, of course). Typically user accounts are never deleted, so you probably will not be able to get your request fulfilled. Which help page led you to accidentally visit those two wikis? I haven't created an account in the last 12 years, so I don't know how clear it is during the sign-up process that you're actually signing up for a global account across (almost) all Wikimeda wikis — and that a lot of basic information about your account will be publicly available. Do you have a suggestion of how we could make that clearer? - dcljr (talk) 04:14, 26 September 2016 (UTC) [Note: I am not a steward or admin.]
X mark.svg Not done It is not possible to delete local accounts. Ruslik (talk) 19:10, 26 September 2016 (UTC)


Making threatening

Status:    Done

Hi, on 30 august 2016 above two IP addresses have done vandalism deeds on the pages in Sinhala wikipedia including putting serious threatening notes on my user pages.

  • 103.21.164.19 - Creating nonsense pages and edit other articles related to former and current Sri Lankan presidents [10], [11], [12], [13]

Blanking my User space main page by replacing filthy statements.[14], Put serious threatening statements on my talk page[15] and another related page[16]

  • 175.157.66.133 - (29 August) Making a fake user page by putting few targeted users' main page materials with their original signatures. (Users=Me, Shwetha and Ravindu_Navin)The name which has been put as the user name of this account is common and unsuitable rough word using in Sinhala language.[17]

I submitted this incident to Vandalism reports but no responses have been made yet. I already have complained about this vandalism deeds to our two local administrators but admin Lee is on a wiki-break as indicated in his talk page and other admin Singhalawap is usually inactive in these days. I ask you to do suitable measurements to this incident for prevent further problems. Thanks--L Manju (talk) 01:09, 31 August 2016 (UTC)

user Ravindu_Navin had used the IP address 175.157.119.85 indicate that he is retiring. The same IP address had been used by him for the following Sinhala Film related articles which shows his foot-print/identity: [18], [19], and [20]. Thus it is clear that user of IP address 175.157.119.85 is user Ravindu_Navin . This IP address had originated from a Dialog Axiata tower in Badulla district in Sri Lanka. The IP address 175.157.66.133 which had been used to vandalise and create the fake user page had alo originated from the same tower. The IP info of the following proves that:
I strong request the stewards to investigate whether these two IP adresses and user Ravindu_Navin belong to the same user. ----- Shwetha (talk) 09:20, 3 September 2016 (UTC)
the user "Ravindu_Navin" is a newcomer. He is a valuable resource to Sinhala Wikipedia. Even though we have a set of rules, it should not be used in such a way to thwart the efforts of newcomers .the matter shouldn’t look emotionally. --Rsekanayake (talk) 07:36, 16 September 2016 (UTC)
The user Ravindu Navin seems to be a new_user. However rules should not be bent. There should be a discipline at any entity at all levels. Success can be achieved only through such. Loosing the user will not destroy Sinhala Wikipedia. ----Shwetha (talk) 14:56, 20 September 2016 (UTC)

@Stewards:Can we bring this incident to Steward requests/Checkuser page for further action or are we late for it now?--L Manju (talk) 09:27, 30 September 2016 (UTC)

Too late. --MF-W 18:01, 6 June 2017 (UTC)