Steward requests/Miscellaneous/2018-12

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Manual requests


  • Status:    Done

Requesting deletion as per instructions on Synchbot. 2 userpages that were on Wikipedia projects that I had block history. requesting deletion to make way for global userpage.

  • Enwp- New user ignorant for NPP. Unblocked by admin after agreement on talkpage.
  • Mrwp- Abuse blocked by admin. Later desysoped by Steward.

--Tiven2240 (talk) 04:53, 3 December 2018 (UTC)

Stewards don't delete pages on English Wikipedia, please ask local sysops there. Stryn (talk) 12:13, 3 December 2018 (UTC)
I did the enwiki page in my capacity as enwiki admin. Jo-Jo Eumerus (talk, contributions) 17:15, 3 December 2018 (UTC)
As an admin on mr:wp , deleted user page of User:Tiven2240 to make room for his global userpage.--V.narsikar (talk) 12:21, 4 December 2018 (UTC)
  • Yes check.svg Done: Pages deleted by local admins. Vermont (talk) 14:43, 4 December 2018 (UTC)

Grant of interface-admin right to user:arjunaraoc on tews

Status:    Not done

Community has approved the grant of interface-admin right to user:arjunaraoc on Telugu wikisource for a period of one year as per the discussion with summary in English. Request the stewards to implement the same at the earliest --Arjunaraoc (talk) 04:47, 5 December 2018 (UTC)

Arjunaraoc, please make a section at SRP for this request. Thank you, Vermont (talk) 11:27, 5 December 2018 (UTC)
@Vermont Thanks.--Arjunaraoc (talk) 11:41, 5 December 2018 (UTC)

X mark.svg Not done --Alaa :)..! 23:04, 5 December 2018 (UTC)

Content potentially out of scope at Kazakh Wikibooks

Status:    Done

User named Мықтыбек Оразтайұлы (talk · contribs) has been writing pages that may not belong at Kazakh Wikibooks. There are either out of scope, not textbook material, or probably copyrighted. Take those pages, for example: b:kk:Агате Кристи. Он қара домалақ-4 and b:kk:Сайын Мұратбеков. Райгүл.. I addressed this at both Kazakh Wikipedia and Kazakh Wikibooks, but very little responses have been made as of date. There may be other out-of-scope pages at the project not done by this user, but something needs to be done about the content there. Use Google Translate, and you'll notice that neither of the pages seem educational. George Ho (talk) 01:52, 15 November 2018 (UTC)

Such deletions should generally be handled by local admins who understand the language. On the other hand if you can point me to the evidence that their texts were copied from somewhere, I will delete them. Ruslik (talk) 17:22, 2 December 2018 (UTC)
Unfortunately, there are no local admins or bureaucrats, Ruslik. I previously raised the issue at kk-wikipedia and Talk:Language committee#Activity at Kazakh Wikibooks, where I was advised to contact the stewarts first before doing other options. For copyright infringement possibly, I found out that b:kk:Сайын Мұратбеков. Райгүл. and b:kk:Сайын Мұратбеков. "Қылау" were copied from this source (this (other) source says "2013"). I also realized that b:kk:Агате Кристи. Он қара домалақ-4 is a Kazakh translation of one of Agatha Christie's old novels And Then There Were None, all of which are still copyrighted in the UK. The copyright term is 70 years after her death in 1976, i.e. 1 January 2047. It is also possibly copyrighted in the US. Same for other pages there containing translation of the Christie novel. George Ho (talk) 23:01, 2 December 2018 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done Ruslik (talk) 20:55, 8 December 2018 (UTC)
Thanks, Ruslik. Now what about redirects seen in this page, like b:kk:Агате Кристи. Он қара домалақ-1 and b:kk:Әбіш Кекілбаев. Ханшадария? May I change the status back to "in progress" please? I fear that this thread would be archived without resolving that issue. George Ho (talk) 03:07, 9 December 2018 (UTC)
Deleted  — billinghurst sDrewth 03:29, 9 December 2018 (UTC)
Thanks also, billinghurst. Can something be also done about empty categories and templates filled with deleted pages, like b:kk:Санат:Авторлар and b:kk:Үлгі:Сәбит Мұқанов. Өмір мектебі? George Ho (talk) 03:37, 9 December 2018 (UTC)

Deletion of own pages on the Esperanto Wiktionary

Status:    Done

Please delete the following 3 JavaScript pages: eo:wikt:Uzanto:Robin van der Vliet/common.js, eo:wikt:Uzanto:Robin van der Vliet/headings.js and eo:wikt:Uzanto:Robin van der Vliet/normalize.js. I already blanked those pages. --Robin van der Vliet (talk) (contribs) 18:26, 9 December 2018 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done Ruslik (talk) 20:54, 9 December 2018 (UTC)

Unblock for Ron liebman and entire T-Mobile IPv6 range

Status:    Not done

We know the user Ron liebman and we are requesting for his unblock. This person, originally from Flushing, NY, has been blocked on Wikipedia for more than a decade and has an LTA case page. However, he's promised to stop "vandalizing" Wikipedia, and the lastest incident of him editing disruptively was about a few years after his block. We're asking for this user be unblocked because we found his block to be unjust. He shouldn't have to be considered a vandal or a "long-term abuse"; his intentions were never malicious. Furthermore, he's been part of the SABR as a regular contributor.

Additionally, to let most of the U.S. population to edit, the 2607:fb90::/32 range should be unblocked as well. It seems that the "dog and rapper vandal" is the cause for the block; however, many innocent users have been affected, including us and Ron liebman in the NYC area. This just doesn't seem fair at best, and many of us have contacted sysop Graham87 on Media Wiki, though no action has been considered. Thanks, Xavier Nady (talk) 21:12, 6 December 2018 (UTC)

It's up to you, you just have to stop being so boring. --Vituzzu (talk) 14:35, 8 December 2018 (UTC)
@Xavier Nady: The user "Ron liebman" is blocked at English Wikipeida, and there only, please take your issue there. It is not a matter that meta can, will or should be expected to resolve.  — billinghurst sDrewth 03:11, 9 December 2018 (UTC)

Speedy deletion request on zh_min_nanwiktionary

Status:    Done

Wrong language. Inactive community + no local admins-- 13:44, 10 December 2018 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done Ruslik (talk) 20:10, 10 December 2018 (UTC)

Some more problematic pages at kkwikibooks

Status:    Done

Besides some more empty categories and templates, like b:kk:Санат:Авторлар and b:kk:Үлгі:Сәбит Мұқанов. Өмір мектебі, I found some more problematic content at Kazakh Wikibooks. Probably test pages or pages lacking substance: b:kk:Абайды (diff), b:kk:Достық туралы (history), b:kk:Күреңбайға (diff). b:kk:Төле би seems to have been copied from w:kk:Төле би (diff, history). BTW, I thought about starting a Meta-wiki RfC to discuss and review all other content; would that do? --George Ho (talk) 09:19, 9 December 2018 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done Ruslik (talk) 20:53, 9 December 2018 (UTC)
Thanks again, Ruslik. I also found out that b:kk:Ликург, possibly a test page is massively copied-and-pasted from w:kk:Ликург. BTW, what can be done about the pages created by user Hafizman? Unsure whether they are self-promotional or not, and unsure whether the material is educational, nationalistic, or something else. George Ho (talk) 13:53, 10 December 2018 (UTC)

Global block for Angrybirds55555

Status:    Done

Long-term abuse. 20:23, 10 December 2018 (UTC)

Done. Stryn (talk) 20:44, 10 December 2018 (UTC)

Global block for

Status:    Not done

Proxy server status confirmed by administrator. Contribs for this IP range is enough for indefinite cross-wiki block ( caught on Italian Wikipedia as Tor exit node, and caught on Russian Wikipedia as IP for block evasions and caught on Japanese Wikipedia as Tor exit node). ZimmermannKKK (talk) 13:01, 9 August 2018 (UTC)

@ZimmermannKKK: SRG is a more appropriate venue for global block requests. PiRSquared17 (talk) 13:45, 9 August 2018 (UTC)
@PiRSquared17: not in use. Must be autoconfirmed, but I am not autoconfirmed. I'll purge this flag before of approval of another Steward. This is a question of life and death. ZimmermannKKK (talk) 19:59, 9 August 2018 (UTC)
@Vituzzu: action required! 17:20, 14 August 2018 (UTC))
X mark.svg Not done It’s been 4 months since this request was made, and has since become stale. Vermont (talk) 14:16, 12 December 2018 (UTC)

Request for Interface administratorship for pnbwikipedia

Status:    Not done

I am admin on wesrten punjabi wiki (pnbwiki) . I created some Media wiki gadgets for punjabi i.e ( it is for correcting punjabi words . Problem is that now I have not access in media wiki , so I can't made changes in this gadget , but we need changes and want update in this gadget , and also need editing some CSS/JS pages. So I Request for Interface administratorship for pnbwikipedia

We done a local consensus here[1]

Plz do this process as soon as posible , because we need urgent changes in Media wiki gadgets. thanks--Abbas dhothar (talk) 07:05, 12 December 2018 (UTC)

@Abbas dhothar: Please make your request at SRP. Thank you, Vermont (talk) 14:04, 12 December 2018 (UTC)

Match to translation the change of the template {{Steward requests/Permissions/Footer}}

Status:    Done

I created the template {{Steward requests/Permissions/Footer/pt}} and I don't know match to translation the change puting the comma between the years of 2005 and 2006 when I translate for the Portuguese.

Leonardo José Raimundo (talk) 22:32, 12 December 2018 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done Ruslik (talk) 18:31, 14 December 2018 (UTC)

Deletion backlog at cawikibooks

Status:    Done

Please see b:ca:Categoria:Sol·licituds de supressió immediata. Of the 3 administrators, the most recent to edit did so 2 months ago, and there's 5 pages requiring deletion. Thank you, Vermont (talk) 11:10, 14 December 2018 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done Ruslik (talk) 18:21, 15 December 2018 (UTC)

Deletions at hiwikibooks, hiwikiquote and hiwiktionary

Status:    Done

Please see categories at hiwikibooks, hiwikiquote, hiwiktionary. ‐‐1997kB (talk) 16:41, 8 December 2018 (UTC)

Done. --Vogone (talk) 08:19, 16 December 2018 (UTC)

Reactivation of Finnish Wikinews (and clearing of soft close)

Status:    Done

A group of editors has reactivated Finnish Wikinews, so I am requesting the stewards' help to clear the soft close. In particular:

Thank you. — StevenJ81 (talk) 13:47, 14 December 2018 (UTC)

Can not one of those editors request a temp adminship? Ruslik (talk) 18:22, 15 December 2018 (UTC)
It would be nice to have that main page sooner. Maybe later someone request adminship (or not). --More Good News News (talk) 18:29, 15 December 2018 (UTC)
And I also think that this should be performed by a steward. --More Good News News (talk) 07:38, 16 December 2018 (UTC)
Done. --Vogone (talk) 08:05, 16 December 2018 (UTC)

Deletion backlog at wowiki

Status:    Done

A few pages needing deletion here. Thanks, Vermont (talk) 13:00, 17 December 2018 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done, thanks. —MarcoAurelio (talk) 21:01, 17 December 2018 (UTC)

Global sysop stats tool

Status:    Not done

Quentinv57's globalsysopstats is broken. As the user seems to be inactive since 2015 I want to ask if somebody could fix this tool. Thanks. --Holder (talk) 06:40, 29 November 2018 (UTC)

The tool has had their database access banned by WMF because as it was coded it performed several expensive queries that made other tools to break (cf. It has no maintainer and I don't know how to fix it. I'd say the best is to shut it down completely. —MarcoAurelio (talk) 08:45, 30 November 2018 (UTC)
Closing as not done. Nothing we can do given that the labs tool is SQL banned, is broken and nobody maintains it. I've requested to shut them down. —MarcoAurelio (talk) 22:47, 19 December 2018 (UTC)

New created accounts on rmwiki

Status:    Not done

Since several months a huge amount of new accounts has been created on Romansh Wikipedia. None of these new accounts has been editing on rmwiki. It seems that somebody creates myriads of sockpuppets - perhaps per script. Is it possible to stop this? --Holder (talk) 16:52, 16 November 2018 (UTC)

Those look like are (mostly) spambots. Praxidicae (talk) 16:54, 16 November 2018 (UTC)
Hi Praxidicae. Thanks for your answer. Could these spambots be stopped? --Holder (talk) 08:44, 20 November 2018 (UTC)
It is not easy to stop those accounts from being created. It'd require a combination of IP blocks and rangeblocks. This is happening daily on all wikis but on wikis with few or no activity it looks like the problem is bigger. I can take a look but I cannot promise much. We've been fighting this for years unsuccessfully. Best regards. —MarcoAurelio (talk) 09:37, 21 November 2018 (UTC)
I've locked a bunch of accounts. Will continue with the investigation later today. —MarcoAurelio (talk) 10:10, 21 November 2018 (UTC)
Thank you very much. --Holder (talk) 13:29, 21 November 2018 (UTC)

I see the spambot registration continues. I'll take a look again. —MarcoAurelio (talk) 08:39, 30 November 2018 (UTC)

  • Comment Comment @Holder: Spambots appear to be something that seem to be a low priority for WMF developers to manage as part of their security operations. Stewards in the past, and presumably in the present, have tried to get attention to this matter to no particular avail. Until the broader community is affected sufficiently to raise the roof, and to get it prioritised then expect it to continue. I have given up raising the matter, and now tinker around the edges to hopefully lessen the burden of their impact, however, I can do nothing about their account creation, that solely lies with the developers.  — billinghurst sDrewth 03:35, 9 December 2018 (UTC)
  • Closed Closed as X mark.svg not within user control. @Holder: The issues with wikis and spambot creations is endemic. MA has opened a ticket at phab:T212519 about a specific case, though it is simply representative of the weaknesses in the system, spambot accounts are everywhere. rmWP may have the account creations, it has not had the active spambots (abuselog or log/spamblacklist) so I see that you are doing well at this time. To get WMF to pay attention to this is proving to be difficult as it seems that it should be some other team's problem.  — billinghurst sDrewth 21:42, 21 December 2018 (UTC)

Potential copyright infringement at Serbian Wikinews

Status:    Not done

--Golden Bosnian Lily (talk) 07:10, 20 December 2018 (UTC)

Hello there, Golden Bosnian Lily! I fear you are mistaken in regard to this matter. You see, the news belonging to "" are published under a Creative Commons (CC) license, which is the same type of license the Wikimedia Foundation (WMF) uses for creation of its free content. --Novak Watchmen (talk) 23:40, 21 December 2018 (UTC)

X mark.svg work is licensed (CC BY 3.0 RS) which is suitable for WMF sites. Thanks Novak Watchmen for that information.  — billinghurst sDrewth 04:29, 22 December 2018 (UTC)

Are CC BY 3.0 RS and CC BY 2.5 Generic compatible with each other? --George Ho (talk) 05:31, 22 December 2018 (UTC)
I don't believe that such is a question for here. Please address at srWN if there is a concern.  — billinghurst sDrewth 07:24, 22 December 2018 (UTC)

Protect or semiprotect v:sv:Portal:Huvudsida

Status:    Done

Please protect or semiprotect v:sv:Portal:Huvudsida on Swedish Wikiversity. It has recently been vandalised by spam three times by spambot. The protection was suggested on the discussion page on december 12. The only admin Tanzania was pinged but has not been active on Swedish Wikiversity since August 2016. --Thurs (talk) 07:45, 22 December 2018 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done as soft protection.  — billinghurst sDrewth 07:53, 22 December 2018 (UTC)

Speedy deletion on jbowiki

Status:    Done

w:jbo:klesi:sutra_vimcu -- 01:53, 26 December 2018 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done Ruslik (talk) 18:00, 26 December 2018 (UTC)

OAuth approval request for SpeedPatrolling

Status:    Done

This tool will allow users to quickly browse through unpatrolled recent changes and review them (mark as patrolled, rollback, or skip). I am writing it as part of a presentation on building a Toolforge tool, which will be held at 35c3 and where I will build the tool live; currently, I’m preparing this presentation by going through and practicing all the steps, including this OAuth app request. This is the consumer that will actually be used for the tool once it is productive; during the presentation, I will request another version of the consumer which you must not approve, since its secret token will be public (my screen will be shared while I request the consumer, and the entire presentation will be recorded). I will clearly indicate this in both the description and the noticeboard comment of the other request, of course. --Lucas Werkmeister (talk) 15:50, 26 December 2018 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done, best regards. —MarcoAurelio (talk) 15:54, 26 December 2018 (UTC)
wow that was fast, thank you :) --Lucas Werkmeister (talk) 15:55, 26 December 2018 (UTC)

Update MediaWiki:Gadget-switcher.js

Status:    Not done

Please update MediaWiki:Gadget-switcher.js by replacing the word "Show all" with "Menampilkan semua". Thank you for your kindly attention and help. Pierrewee (talk) 09:37, 29 December 2018 (UTC)

@Pierrewee: That would be a matter for the local wiki. There are two users with interface administrators rights at idWP, and they would be responsible for the updates that you wish undertaken.  — billinghurst sDrewth 10:10, 29 December 2018 (UTC)
Noted, thanks for your information. Pierrewee (talk) 10:22, 29 December 2018 (UTC)

OAuth rejection request for Speed Patrolling 0.1-dev

Status:    Done

DO NOT APPROVE THIS CONSUMER. This tool will allow users to quickly browse through unpatrolled recent changes and review them (mark as patrolled, rollback, or skip). See my comment a few days ago on why I am requesting this consumer – please reject it (but perhaps wait with that until the presentation is over, which should be within an hour of this message being posted). --Lucas Werkmeister (talk) 12:13, 29 December 2018 (UTC)

@Lucas Werkmeister: thanks for the ping. Please tell us when you're finished so we can reject this. Thanks, —MarcoAurelio (talk) 12:59, 29 December 2018 (UTC)
@MarcoAurelio: you can reject it now – I still need to clean the tool up somewhat, but this consumer should no longer be necessary. (In fact, I think you could’ve rejected it right away, because IIRC the consumer owner can still use consumers even if they’re rejected, but I didn’t want to risk that.) Thanks! --Lucas Werkmeister (talk) 13:12, 29 December 2018 (UTC)
Consumer rejected. In case you need it re-enabled just let me know and I'll do that. Regards, —MarcoAurelio (talk) 13:17, 29 December 2018 (UTC)
Thanks! And it turns out that I am no longer able to use the consumer, so it’s very good that it wasn’t rejected earlier :) --Lucas Werkmeister (talk) 13:35, 29 December 2018 (UTC)