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Pending speedy deletion requests on nahwiktionary[edit]

Status:    On hold

Please check wikt:nah:Neneuhcāyōtl:Para borrar en breve (edit: 28 subcats, 42 pages ATOW. 18:58, 13 August 2018 (UTC)). The only administator there has not been active in the last year (edits, logs). CC User:Marrovi as the author of most (all?) of those requests. Kind regards, Peter Bowman (talk) 18:53, 13 August 2018 (UTC)

X mark.svg Not done, the "only administrator" you mentioned as well seems to be the author of most of these articles. I suppose it's best to wait until he returns. In the meantime, a ping (@Frank C. Müller:) should suffice. Regards, --Vogone (talk) 00:45, 14 August 2018 (UTC)
He really is the only one right now, no need to quote. I agree with you, though - it looked to me like he had left the project, but now I see he's still active elsewhere. Would it make sense to put this request on hold for one week or two until he responds? Peter Bowman (talk) 12:43, 14 August 2018 (UTC)
If you prefer, sure. I used quotation marks just to make it clear that I referred to someone whom you had previously mentioned. I am sorry if this has been misunderstood. Kind regards, —Vogone (talk) 15:11, 14 August 2018 (UTC)
Hi! Thanks for pinging me and informing me via my german Wikipedia-user-page!
Yes, I still am an admin at the nahuatl Wiktionary, and I think even I still am a bureaucrat. But I retired from this project in about 2014. In the years between 2011 and 2013 except Marrovi I was nearly the only active user in the nahuatl wiktionary.
In contrast to me Marrovi is a native nahuatl speaker, and he was a studious author in many of our projects.
But also he is a bit special, and in the meantime he is blocked on many projects. On the one hand he edits a lot, but on the other hand he often ignores the rules and even the manifold advice of his co-authors, and he nearly never explains or justifies his actions.
In the nahuatl Wiktionary I had established a certain system in building the Wiktionary and representing the language. Marrovi was adding a lot of words, and I nearly always had to correct or complete his entries. I could accept his knowledge of the language, and he accepted my way of structuring the language in the Wiktionary.
But we only were two! And we stayed only two! After three years of activity I began to doubt, if it was so meaningfull to write a dictionary with only two authors: one who thinks, he knows how to write a Wiktionary, but without any deeper knowledge of the nahuatl language, and one native language speaker who not actually is able to contribute as a member of a team, of a community, which has certain rules. So I gave it up and concentrated on german Wikipedia, Commons, and german Wiktionary.
I had a look on Marrovi's deletion requests (Neneuhcayotl:Para borrar en breve). Obviously he tries to reorganize the nahuatl wiktionary. I don't know if his intention is meaningfull or includes a methodical plan, and - pardon me - I have no desire to clarify this. I guess, Marrovi nowadays is the only human user in the nahuatl wiktionary, and I also guess, this is a rather dangerous situation.
So, I actually don't know, what do do!
gruß, fcm. --Frank C. Müller (talk) 11:26, 18 August 2018 (UTC)
Hi, @Frank C. Müller:, thank you for your comments (and thanks @Vogone: for reaching him on dewiki, I should have done that in the first place!). I have advised Marrovi to specify the sources he based his edits on, hoping it's a starting point to work on. mfG, Peter Bowman (talk) 11:03, 21 August 2018 (UTC)

I show you my photographs about my works and meetings at the University of Warsaw, in Poland [1], at UNAM (my mother university) and in Wikipedia about the Nahuatl languages, because now you can prove that I'm not an ordinary user as you were led to believe, many years of work guarantee me, is bother for me that you get ripped off. See you.--Marrovi (talk) 01:27, 25 March 2018 (UTC)

Taller sobre lengua náhuatl en archivos, Universidad de Varsovia y Archivo General de la Nación.jpg
Your questions have been answered, can you read my answer in my user talk, they never make a message on my user talk, about questions. Obviusly I need help with a new changes over the Nahuatl languages. --Marrovi (talk) 12:05, 20 August 2018 (UTC)
Frank C. Müller, Are you understand Nahuatl languages? What is dangerous situation? No is the same Classical Nahuatl to Central Nahuatl or Huasteca Nahuatl, the words are differents, by this reason is neccesary to delete many articles. The Nahuatl laguages convention was the next month at INALI Institute; the standard alphabet for Nahuan languages is now A, B, CH, E, G, H, I, K, L, M, N, O, P, S, T, U, W, X, Y. Now they are making researchs about linguistic seasons, to connect ideas between comunities and to know the idioms or variants. --Marrovi (talk) 12:04, 20 August 2018 (UTC)

The Nahuatl variants are a rich heritage for Mexico, Now I have a standard language (Nawatlahtolli), but we have got many Nahuan languages very interesting as Tetelcingo Nahuatl, Mecayapan Nahuatl, Pipil, Durango Nahuatl, Huasteca Nahuatl, Tlaxcala Nahuatl, Texcoco Nahuatl (all languages are diferents) as soon as Hochdeusch (Deutsch), Bavarian, Palatine, Low German, Swebisch, Swiss or Tirol.

Obviously I try to reorganize the nahuatl wiktionary, because this Mexican language is the most studied in the Americas with Maya, Quechua and Guarani. I'm to studied Nahuan languages by 15 years ago with Native people and Nahuatl institutes, as other persons, I know and I speak this language, but I am not Native speaker.--Marrovi (talk) 12:29, 20 August 2018 (UTC)

Wikipedia projects are not atractive projects by indigenous communities, is very complicated but is the reality, User:Tepoxteco is only the Nahuatl Native speaker in Wikipedia projects.--Marrovi (talk) 12:55, 20 August 2018 (UTC)

I continue here.
@Marrovi: Thanks for your comment! You asked me "What is dangerous situation?": Dangerous is a wiki-project with only one user. Normally the wiki-projects are based on a community of many co-authors with a mutual supervision. This is the structural base of our quality. But a project with only one author has actually no supervision at all, and hence no proved quality. The quality is not proved: that's the danger.
@Peter Bowman: Where did you advise Marrovi to specify the sources?
gruß, fcm. --Frank C. Müller (talk) 12:47, 21 August 2018 (UTC)
@Frank C. Müller: I gave him my advice on eswiktionary, and his original request for help (several pending speedy deletions on nahwikt) is here. Regards, Peter Bowman (talk) 14:55, 21 August 2018 (UTC)
@Peter Bowman: Thanks for the links!
It's a bit complicated to keep together in mind all these edits in all these projects, all of them concerning the nahuatl languages and their representations in the different wiktionaries!
gruß, fcm. --Frank C. Müller (talk) 18:10, 21 August 2018 (UTC)

Frank C Müller invented many words in different nahua spellings, it's a chaos to eliminate that incorrect material in nahwictionary.--Marrovi (talk) 04:19, 6 September 2018 (UTC)

@Peter Bowman, Marrovi, and Frank C. Müller: I'll try another quick attempt to get this section resolved, finally. The situation seems to be:

  1. Frank de facto vanished from the project.
  2. Marrovi updates Wiktionary according to his knowledge of the language's standards and varieties.
  3. Tepoxteco is the only known native speaker of this language who contributes to Wikipedia.

Is my assumption correct that these updates by Marovi are not disputed? Otherwise perhaps Peter could arrange a review by Tepoxteco, if necessary (I unfortunately lack skills of the Spanish language). Should Marrovi's delete tags indeed turn out to be undisputed, I think it will be okay to proceed with the deletion of those pages. --Vogone (talk) 01:35, 8 February 2019 (UTC)

I have asked @Tepoxteco: to review those entries via email, he's been pointed to this thread in order to give his oppinion on this matter. Regards, Peter Bowman (talk) 13:47, 8 February 2019 (UTC)

Large pagina merge at nl-wiki[edit]

Status:    Done

Dear stewards, Per this request I kindly request that you merge two page history's. Leftovers from a mess created by Masti who seems to be unable to understand how to clean up the mess/what is aksked of him. I kindly request that you merge the page history of nl:Overleg gebruiker:MoiraMoira/OverlegArchief51 with the page history of nl:Overleg gebruiker:MoiraMoira. “Overleg gebruiker:MoiraMoira” should be the target page and “Overleg gebruiker:MoiraMoira/OverlegArchief51” the “source” page.

As a local sysop I concluded that the original request made by Jeroen N to our local administrators has merit and should be fulfilled. If you have any questions, feel free to ask them.

Regards, Natuur12 (talk) 20:30, 29 August 2018 (UTC)

Natuur12 Is steward action still required? Thank you, Vermont (talk) 14:18, 12 December 2018 (UTC)
Vermont yes, steward action is still required. Natuur12 (talk) 15:21, 12 December 2018 (UTC)

I would like a response since this request is open for more than four months. It shouldn't take months to correct an error. Natuur12 (talk) 15:15, 7 January 2019 (UTC)

I'm starting to action it now. – Ajraddatz (talk) 16:18, 8 February 2019 (UTC)
Yes check.svg DoneAjraddatz (talk) 16:20, 8 February 2019 (UTC)

Global deletion and replacement[edit]

Status:    In progress

As per the suggestion at the Synchbot page, I hereby make the following requests:

  1. Please go to and delete all the pages under these titles: User:Aristitleism, User:Aristitleism/.*, User_talk:Aristitleism/.*, User:Tiemianwusi, User:Tiemianwusi/.*, User_talk:Tiemianwusi/.*
  2. Please globally replace the word Aristitleism on any page with Tiemianwusi

Please proceed with my requests to the extent possible. Thank you so much. --Tiemianwusi (talk) 13:46, 16 October 2018 (UTC)

Please, create a list of pages to be deleted. Ruslik (talk) 20:40, 16 October 2018 (UTC)
  • Where possible, please delete the unused redirects and userpages according to the following lists. Thank you so much --Tiemianwusi (talk) 04:35, 17 October 2018 (UTC)

List 1: unused redirects[edit]

Wiki Page w:ar:User talk:Aristitleism s:ar:User talk:Aristitleism w:bjn:User talk:Aristitleism w:bn:User talk:Aristitleism commons:User:Aristitleism/001
commons:User talk:Aristitleism
commons:User talk:Aristitleism/Achieves_1 w:de:User talk:Aristitleism Yes check.svg Done Rschen7754 w:User:Aristitleism/Archive
w:User talk:Aristitleism
w:User talk:Aristitleism/Archive_1
w:User talk:Aristitleism/Archive_2
w:User talk:Aristitleism/Archive_3
w:User talk:Aristitleism/Archive_4
w:User talk:Aristitleism/Archive_5
w:User talk:Aristitleism/Archive_6 wikinews:User talk:Aristitleism s:User:Aristitleism/001
s:User talk:Aristitleism
s:User talk:Aristitleism/Archives_1 wikt:User:Aristitleism/ThaiTalkPage
wikt:User talk:Aristitleism w:eu:User talk:Aristitleism Yes check.svg Done Linedwell [talk] w:fr:User talk:Aristitleism w:gl:User talk:Aristitleism w:hi:User talk:Aristitleism w:id:User talk:Aristitleism incubator:User talk:Aristitleism w:it:User talk:Aristitleism w:ja:User talk:Aristitleism w:jv:User talk:Aristitleism Yes check.svg Done — regards, Revi 08:14, 26 January 2019 (UTC) w:ko:User talk:Aristitleism s:ko:User talk:Aristitleism w:lo:User:Aristitleism/ThaiTalkPage
w:lo:User talk:Aristitleism w:lv:User talk:Aristitleism Yes check.svg all --Vogone (talk) metawiki:User:Aristitleism
metawiki:User talk:Aristitleism w:mk:User talk:Aristitleism w:ml:User talk:Aristitleism s:ml:User talk:Aristitleism w:ms:User talk:Aristitleism w:nl:User talk:Aristitleism
w:nl:User talk:Aristitleism/Archief_1 w:no:User talk:Aristitleism w:ro:User:Aristitleism/ThaiTalkPage
w:ro:User talk:Aristitleism
w:ro:User talk:Aristitleism/Arhivă_1 w:th:User:Aristitleism/001
w:th:User talk:Aristitleism Yes check.svg all -Wim b wikibooks:th:User:Aristitleism/001
wikibooks:th:User talk:Aristitleism Yes check.svg -Wim b wikiquote:th:User talk:Aristitleism Yes check.svg all -Wim b s:th:User:Aristitleism/001
s:th:User talk:Aristitleism
s:th:User talk:Aristitleism/กรุ_1 wikt:th:User talk:Aristitleism w:uz:User talk:Aristitleism w:vi:User talk:Aristitleism Yes check.svg Done --Vogone (talk) wikidata:User talk:Aristitleism Yes check.svg Doneby admin Kalicine730.--Cohaf (talk) 06:04, 22 December 2018 (UTC) w:zh:User talk:Aristitleism

List 2: unused userpages[edit]

Wiki Page w:ar:User talk:Tiemianwusi s:ar:User talk:Tiemianwusi Yes check.svg Done -Wim b w:bjn:User talk:Tiemianwusi w:bn:User talk:Tiemianwusi Black check.svg Already done commons:User:Tiemianwusi/001
commons:User talk:Tiemianwusi
commons:User talk:Tiemianwusi/Achieves_1 w:de:User talk:Tiemianwusi Yes check.svg Done userpages, enwiki does not delete user talk --Rschen7754 16:47, 25 November 2018 (UTC) w:User:Tiemianwusi/Archive
w:User talk:Tiemianwusi
w:User talk:Tiemianwusi/Archive_1
w:User talk:Tiemianwusi/Archive_2
w:User talk:Tiemianwusi/Archive_3
w:User talk:Tiemianwusi/Archive_4
w:User talk:Tiemianwusi/Archive_5
w:User talk:Tiemianwusi/Archive_6 wikinews:User talk:Tiemianwusi s:User:Tiemianwusi/001
s:User talk:Tiemianwusi
s:User talk:Tiemianwusi/Archives_1 wikt:User:Tiemianwusi/ThaiTalkPage
wikt:User talk:Tiemianwusi w:eu:User talk:Tiemianwusi w:fr:User talk:Tiemianwusi w:gl:User talk:Tiemianwusi Yes check.svg Done -Wim b w:hi:User talk:Tiemianwusi w:id:User talk:Tiemianwusi incubator:User talk:Tiemianwusi w:it:User talk:Tiemianwusi w:ja:User talk:Tiemianwusi Yes check.svg Done -Wim b w:jv:User talk:Tiemianwusi w:ko:User talk:Tiemianwusi Yes check.svg Done -Wim b s:ko:User talk:Tiemianwusi Yes check.svg Done -Wim b w:lo:User:Tiemianwusi/ThaiTalkPage
w:lo:User talk:Tiemianwusi w:lv:User talk:Tiemianwusi Yes check.svg all --Vogone (talk) metawiki:User:Tiemianwusi
metawiki:User talk:Tiemianwusi w:mk:User talk:Tiemianwusi w:ml:User talk:Tiemianwusi Yes check.svg Done -Wim b s:ml:User talk:Tiemianwusi w:ms:User talk:Tiemianwusi w:nl:User talk:Tiemianwusi
w:nl:User talk:Tiemianwusi/Archief_1 w:no:User talk:Tiemianwusi w:ro:User:Tiemianwusi/ThaiTalkPage
w:ro:User talk:Tiemianwusi
w:ro:User talk:Tiemianwusi/Arhivă_1 w:th:User:Tiemianwusi/001
w:th:User talk:Tiemianwusi Yes check.svg all -Wim b wikibooks:th:User:Tiemianwusi/001
wikibooks:th:User talk:Tiemianwusi Yes check.svg -Wim b wikiquote:th:User talk:Tiemianwusi Yes check.svg all -Wim b s:th:User:Tiemianwusi/001
s:th:User talk:Tiemianwusi
s:th:User talk:Tiemianwusi/กรุ_1 Yes check.svg Done -Wim b wikt:th:User talk:Tiemianwusi Yes check.svg Done -Wim b w:uz:User talk:Tiemianwusi w:vi:User talk:Tiemianwusi Yes check.svg Done --Vogone (talk) wikidata:User talk:Tiemianwusi
zh.wikipedia.orgYes check.svg Doneby admin Kalicine730.--Cohaf (talk) 06:05, 22 December 2018 (UTC) w:zh:User talk:Tiemianwusi

Deletions on sowiki[edit]

Status:    In progress

Please see so:Category:Tirtir, as well as the contribs of the following:

All pages in the category need deletion, as well as all the pages created by the IP’s, which are copyright violations copied and machine translated from the English Wikipedia. Thanks, Vermont (talk) 14:40, 12 November 2018 (UTC)

Why are they copyright violations if they are copied from enwiki? Ruslik (talk) 20:33, 14 November 2018 (UTC)
The main concern here is the poor quality of the machine translations. The attribution issues could surely be fixed. --Vogone (talk) 20:39, 14 November 2018 (UTC)
The Share-alike part of the CC BY-SA 3.0 license, which is why xwiki attribution is a thing. Also, see above; I would go through and attribute, although it's useless as the pages are of terrible quality. Vermont (talk) 19:46, 15 November 2018 (UTC)
Found another one: [2]. Also please nuke contribs of this user; the vast majority of pages created are machine translated from enwiki, and the others are copied graphs and charts. Vermont (talk) 20:09, 15 November 2018 (UTC) User dealt with by Rxy Vermont (talk) 20:39, 15 November 2018 (UTC)
Currently going through main user's edits; I'll paste new IP's below as I find them. Vermont (talk) 21:08, 15 November 2018 (UTC)
[3], [4], [5], [6], [7]
so:User:Episilon212, currently blocked, is socking with so:User:Fortunia212. Vermont (talk) 11:18, 21 November 2018 (UTC)
More accounts to block: so:User:Myoshormus212, so:User:Mystic212, so:User:Pialpha232, and so:User:Apreo121. CU confirmed on enwiki here. Thanks, Vermont (talk) 03:06, 9 January 2019 (UTC)
They are actively editing with so:User:Milyan212, continuing to create the same sort of copyright violations. Vermont (talk) 04:04, 5 February 2019 (UTC)
@Vermont: I have nuked the most recent contributions, however, I cannot find time right now to deal with the rest. Since there seems to be an unwillingness to help you for an extended period of time now, in addition to you monitoring sowiki on a regular basis, I would suggest you to apply for adminship locally, following standard procedure. This will allow you to take care of this wiki yourself in case of (unfortunately likely) future disruption. --Vogone (talk) 04:35, 5 February 2019 (UTC)
Requested here. Thanks, Vermont (talk) 11:13, 5 February 2019 (UTC)

I followed up with a checkuser here, and found a number of recent accounts:


Many of these accounts are also blocked on enwiki/other wikis and have edits across multiple wikis. This seems like something that might be best addressed by cross-wiki action, rather than continuing to mop up individually on sowiki. I'll look through the other accounts for any other pages that need deleting after work. – Ajraddatz (talk) 22:23, 5 February 2019 (UTC)

Another one: Special:CentralAuth/Salid232 looks like it's also them. ‐‐1997kB (talk) 10:53, 7 February 2019 (UTC)
Thank you. The main mopping on sowiki to be done is sorting through the page creations to see which are okay, as some are, and which need deletion, as well as checking for and deleting the many similar copyvio IP page creations, which greatly outnumber those made by accounts. Vermont (talk) 23:10, 5 February 2019 (UTC)

Potential copyright infringement at Bosnian Wikinews[edit]

Status:    In progress

I was looking at articles from n:bs:Kategorija:Novembar 2018., and I found a few (if not many) of them to be copied from sources. One article n:bs:Darko Mrđa i Zoran Babić proglašeni krivim za počinjenje krivičnog djela Zločini protiv čovječnosti is apparently copied mostly from portions of one government article. Another article n:bs:Austrija usvojila zabranu ustaških simbola is also probably copied from Al-Jazeera article written in one of Slavic languages, i.e. probably either Bosnian, Croatian or transliterated Serbian.

Unsure about articles from n:bs:Kategorija:Decembar 2018. and ones from other date categories. Nevertheless, I found n:bs:Boško Dević osuđen na kaznu zatvora u trajanju od 10 godina to be copied mostly from one source and another. --George Ho (talk) 00:34, 13 December 2018 (UTC)

All these articles were created by the same user. Have you tried to talk to them? Ruslik (talk) 18:18, 15 December 2018 (UTC)
I notified the user responsible for this; re-pinging Golden Bosnian Lily. George Ho (talk) 21:11, 15 December 2018 (UTC)
The text is not the same! Članak (n:bs:Austrija usvojila zabranu ustaških simbola) je prepričan sa ove stranice i ne sadrži isti tekst! Isto se odnosi i na ostale napisane vijesti! --Golden Bosnian Lily (talk) 06:15, 16 December 2018 (UTC)
I wonder whether the duplication detector agrees with you. George Ho (talk) 06:28, 16 December 2018 (UTC)
How about another detector then? George Ho (talk) 06:37, 16 December 2018 (UTC)
ok? --Golden Bosnian Lily (talk) 07:29, 16 December 2018 (UTC)
...I see that you made changes, which helps decrease the rish of copyright infringement. Meanwhile, I think this revision should be either revdel-led or hidden from public view.

As for "Darko Mrđa i Zoran Babić..." (detector 1, detector 2), I see you have done changes on one article. Revisions prior to 16 December should be revdel-led or hidden from public view. Nevertheless, the tools (detector 1 (A)(B), detector 2) can still find similarities of the "Boško Dević osuđen..." article. --George Ho (talk) 08:09, 16 December 2018 (UTC)

I also see the changes made. I think the revisions before the change should be revdel-led. --George Ho (talk) 08:34, 16 December 2018 (UTC)

I also found "n:bs:Rusija:U rijeci Amur pronađena vreća s 27 pari odsječenih ljudskih ruku", created by Arnel6-2, to be copied from the article. I notified the user about this discussion, but the user hasn't edited since March of this year. I would doubt that the user is going to reply soon. George Ho (talk) 10:40, 16 December 2018 (UTC)

George Ho, slažem se sa Vama da revizije trebaju da bude skrivene od javnosti. Želim Vam ugodan dan! --Golden Bosnian Lily (talk) 16:33, 16 December 2018 (UTC)
Thanks. Now that the changed were made, revisions before the change should be revdel-led. George Ho (talk) 19:17, 16 December 2018 (UTC)

Hey again, Lily. One of the detectors found similarities of "n:bs:Žalbeno vijeće Haškog tribunala potvrdilo kaznu za zločine Herceg-Bosne od 111 godina zatvora za Jadranka Prlića i ostale" with other sources. If you can fix the issue, then this revision should be deleted or hidden right away. George Ho (talk) 19:58, 17 December 2018 (UTC)

Hello @George Ho I'm sorry for my mistake, I didn't knew that is forbidden. I'm mostly active on Wikipedia, that was the only page i created on Wikinews. --Arnel6-2 (talk) 11:01, 24 December 2018 (UTC)

That's okay, Arnel6-2. Well, I'll check other pages for copyright infringements from the project some other time. George Ho (talk) 12:33, 24 December 2018 (UTC)

Request for deleting pages on srwikinews because of number of revisions[edit]

Status:    On hold

Hi, I can`t delete pages listed here because of big number of revisions. Can you delete these pages? Zoranzoki21 (talk) 21:06, 16 December 2018 (UTC)

@Zoranzoki21: Yes, we can do it. But if you could state a reason why those pages should be deleted it'd be good. Thank you, —MarcoAurelio (talk) 12:14, 19 December 2018 (UTC)
@MarcoAurelio: Because we, community on srwikinews, want to remove old weather forecast things. As I deleted already much pages related to this (see logs at srwikinews). Zoranzoki21 (talk) 19:21, 19 December 2018 (UTC)
@Zoranzoki21: Okay. I'll handle this one. Will do it by hand or invoking a pywiki script (I'm not decided yet). Best regards, —MarcoAurelio (talk) 21:21, 19 December 2018 (UTC)
Note: I am having issues as reported at phab:T212356 so this is going to be slower than expected. Sorry. —MarcoAurelio (talk) 22:46, 19 December 2018 (UTC)
@Zoranzoki21: Could you provide a permalink to the discussion? Helps for here and for the deletion comment. Noting that there has been a fix coded and planned for release, the issue is that there will be no further code releases for about three weeks.  — billinghurst sDrewth 04:33, 22 December 2018 (UTC)
@Billinghurst and MarcoAurelio: We (@Acamicamacaraca, Ранко Николић, and Novak Watchmen:) discussed about this privately. They can confirm this action. Zoranzoki21 (talk) 01:43, 24 December 2018 (UTC)
Interesting. That doesn't sound like a community conversation to reach a consensus, that sounds like a few people imposing their point of view, benevolently or otherwise.  — billinghurst sDrewth 03:48, 24 December 2018 (UTC)
@Billinghurst: Because there we no have active community. Usually we calls users from srwiki to give comment. Zoranzoki21 (talk) 04:12, 24 December 2018 (UTC)
Not wholly unexpected, when people have no ability to add to a discussion, or even to see the outcome of a conversation (public or private) and to know who were the decision-makers; it probably won't ever change.  — billinghurst sDrewth 04:22, 24 December 2018 (UTC)

Indeed, we did discuss the matter in hand. --Novak Watchmen (talk) 14:10, 24 December 2018 (UTC)

Noting that this is Time2wait.svg On hold for now pending that the API change is deployed to all wmf branches before re-attempting. —MarcoAurelio (talk) 14:57, 5 January 2019 (UTC)
I'm honestly not comfortable doing on-wiki deletions with no on-wiki discussions whatsoever. — regards, Revi 08:09, 26 January 2019 (UTC)
There was a discussion last week and they agreed with the deletions requested (cf. Phabricator Task). I agree however that those pages don't harm. Whatever, they so choosed to remove them so I'll try to remove those when I get the green light from operations (the actorMigration script seems to still be running and causing db lag, which I don't want to increase with sequential bigdeletes). —MarcoAurelio (talk) 22:27, 29 January 2019 (UTC)

OAuth approval request for RAMP2[edit]

Status:    In progress

Requesting approval of new OAuth consumer per instructions. --JoeRailfan (talk) 16:12, 16 January 2019 (UTC)

@JoeRailfan: The project is set to this wiki (instead of all wikis). RAMP says its goal is to "publish the content of those records as Wikipedia pages" so I assume that's not what you wanted? --Tgr (WMF) (talk) 17:19, 16 January 2019 (UTC)

Goal of the RAMP2 revision is to "publish the content of those records as Wikipedia pages" as before; new functionality to be added is "to reuse/remix the data and publish it as linked data in the knowledge base (Wikidata)." (This per my librarian contact.) It's not clear to me what the "Applicable projects" are for this application--should this be "All projects on this site"?

I also need to resubmit my OAuth consumer registration proposal as the app will require some additional grants I didn't specify in my first submission. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by JoeRailfan (talk) Please remember to sign your posts using --~~~~.

@Tgr (WMF): for the above. —MarcoAurelio (talk) 21:16, 20 January 2019 (UTC)

@JoeRailfan: Yeah, it should be "All projects on this site". Or English Wikipedia if that's the only site where you plan to publish content. --Tgr (WMF) (talk) 21:42, 20 January 2019 (UTC)

Thanks. First attempt to resubmit my registration proposal failed with "There is already an app with that name". Resubmitted with Consumer Version bumped up to 2.0.1 and additional grants requested. --JoeRailfan (talk) 19:04, 23 January 2019 (UTC)

@JoeRailfan: looks good (yeah we don't have a sane way to resubmit things right now) but I'd recommend not asking for "View your watchlist" permission; it doesn't sound like your app actually needs that, and people might find it intrusive and you'll lose users because of it. (Or is that required for adding/removing items from the watchlist? If so, we should probably fix that.) --Tgr (WMF) (talk) 19:08, 23 January 2019 (UTC)

@Tgr (WMF): I requested that permission because the original RAMP app had it. I'm not even sure the app actually uses it, so can we leave it in for the time being? I'd like to have the app authorized for OAuth as soon as possible so I can get on with the modifications to it. On that subject, is there a sandbox environment for testing OAuth apps? If so I'd be fine with doing my development work there instead of tinkering with something ostensibly in production. --JoeRailfan (talk) 17:58, 25 January 2019 (UTC)

@JoeRailfan: non-approved consumers sort of serve as a test environment - you can test them with the same user that proposed them. (There isn't any great way to make clear something is for testing currently, people just tend to put "testing" into the consumer name or description.)

I don't have a problem with the watchlist permission, I'm just not sure it will serve you well (in the final version of the app). OTOH the current callback URL won't work; you need an URL you can actually control (the 2.0.0 version had that so I assume it's a typo?). --Tgr (WMF) (talk) 18:48, 25 January 2019 (UTC)

@Tgr (WMF): You're right, it's a typo--the callback URL needs to have the tool name in it. Resubmit the request as 2.0.2? Appreciate the help while I'm learning my way around Wiki world. --JoeRailfan (talk) 20:14, 25 January 2019 (UTC)

@JoeRailfan: yeah you'll have to resubmit as a new version. That's a bit stupid but that's the current level of tooling (OAuth is not very well supported). --Tgr (WMF) (talk) 20:44, 25 January 2019 (UTC)

@Tgr (WMF): The RAMP2 project is on hold (perhaps temporarily). Thanks for the help thus far. My OAuth consumer registration page currently shows I have 6 registered consumers, some dating back to 2017. Most of these were just for learning/testing--is there any way I can delete this cruft and start fresh? --JoeRailfan (talk) 20:36, 29 January 2019 (UTC)

@JoeRailfan: A steward / OAuth admin can do that for you. I don't think you can do it yourself currently. --Tgr (WMF) (talk) 23:24, 29 January 2019 (UTC)

Adding gadgets & other mediawiki editing request[edit]

Status:    Done

we(tcy.wikipedia) like to request adding gadgets requested on w:tcy:ವಿಕಿಪೀಡಿಯ:ಚಾವಡಿ#Gadgets_ಅಮದ್_ಮಾಲ್ತ್_ಕೊರ್ಲೆ and change text on w:tcy:MediaWiki:Newusermessage-editor to ತುಳು ವಿಕಿಪೀಡಿಯ ಸಮುದಾಯೊ. --★ Anoop✉ 12:23, 26 January 2019 (UTC)

Comment Comment @AnoopZ: Newusermessage-editor should be added to the mediawiki set at translatewiki: and any other such standard mediawiki messages. I am looking at the rest.  — billinghurst sDrewth 12:29, 26 January 2019 (UTC)
@billinghurst as per mw:Extension:NewUserMessage#In-wiki_configuration it should be done locally.★ Anoop✉ 12:32, 26 January 2019 (UTC)
Made that wording change, though I would encourage the community to get their messages added to translatewiki: as I don't see many messages translated there, and that forces this intervention locally, rather than Tulu language wikis getting Tulu messages by default. You can see the range of messages where you are presented with the English language at  — billinghurst sDrewth 12:50, 26 January 2019 (UTC)
Tagged as done, seems resolved. – Ajraddatz (talk) 01:23, 11 February 2019 (UTC)

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)

OAuth disable request for SWViewer[edit]

Status:    Done
Status:    Done

Please disable these two oauth. No needs longer. Thanks.—Iluvatar (talk) 16:39, 3 February 2019 (UTC)

Done both. — regards, Revi 18:44, 3 February 2019 (UTC)

OAuth Enable request for IPCheck[edit]

Dev branch:

Status:    Done

Production branch:

Status:    Done

IPCheck is an API-based proxy checker: link. The next version will use OAuth to limit access to editors with a certain tenure and number of edits, as we only have a limited amount of requests we can make in a certain timeframe to most of the upstream apis. This request is for final testing of the development branch before deployment. SQLQuery me! 23:25, 5 February 2019 (UTC)

I've gone ahead and added the production branch as well. SQLQuery me! 23:51, 5 February 2019 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done --Tgr (WMF) (talk) 02:07, 6 February 2019 (UTC) (The link in the description of the production version was wrong but meh. Hopefully in the glorius future people will be able to edit that.)

Blocking the same user in real in vepwiki[edit]

Status:    Not done

This user is from Brazil, he is not Veps at all, but sets Vep=N. And I waiting for deletion all his library-looking sandbox with the same spam. -- Koiravva (talk) 20:03, 6 February 2019 (UTC)

I don't really see a reason to block the user, as he has not edited outside of his userspace... --MF-W 21:10, 6 February 2019 (UTC)
(Edit conflict.) There are six edits in user name space, and two of those are reverting you. Personally, I cannot see that this is an area that we would wish to regulate, I certainly won't, though others may see differently.  — billinghurst sDrewth 21:35, 6 February 2019 (UTC)

Status of user:mriogrnier request[edit]

Status:    In progress

User:mriogrnier came on french irc because this user was blocked as an open proxy. 5 days after sending an email to this user did not had any answer. Is there any problem with this request ? --Xavier Combelle (talk) 18:35, 9 February 2019 (UTC)

@Xavier Combelle and Mriogrnier: I cannot answer for the stewards though I do note that it is steward election time, so a very busy time. Can the user log into meta to add a request? We may be able to coordinate a local IP exemption at the wiki where they are trying to edit, guessing for frWP in the interim. Generally we would suggest that they should not be using open proxies as brand new users on OPs is not something that is particularly favourable.  — billinghurst sDrewth 03:08, 10 February 2019 (UTC)
@user:billinghurst as far as i understand she doesn't use an open proxy but she is in an ip range which is considered (wrongly?) to be open proxy Xavier Combelle (talk) 18:50, 10 February 2019 (UTC)
@Xavier Combelle: <shrug> Can only address such with data. If incapable of being logged in, then it sounds like a hard block. If cannot log in global and here, then it sounds like a particularly problematic IP range. To have a zero edit user complaining adds that element of uncertainty. Stuck with stewards, nobody else can help globally; though if frWP wants to manage it locally with someone vouching for the person and taking it to the frWP admins.  — billinghurst sDrewth 01:02, 11 February 2019 (UTC)
I just checked our OTRS queue and cannot find any email from 5 days ago. If the user only intends on editing frwiki, and has no edits so far, I think the first step should be to ask for a local exemption from frwiki sysops. – Ajraddatz (talk) 01:22, 11 February 2019 (UTC)

Request for bigdelete on zhwiki[edit]

Status:    In progress

I want to merge histories from zh:Wikipedia:知识问答/FIXME to zh:Wikipedia:知识问答/旧版 (by moving the first title to the second title, then restore the second page). This is to fix phab:T215036. --Xiplus (talk) 07:08, 11 February 2019 (UTC)

Inactivy syops on frwikibooks[edit]

Status:    Done

frwikibooks has an inactivity policy of one year, and many of the sysops there do not meet that requirement. According to Google Translator, they can request the suspension of their sysop flag in anticipation of a long absence and recover it on simple request to the bureaucrats. I searched and didn't find anybody requesting that, and I thought it was appropiate to let stewards be aware of it. Those who do not fulfill the policy are Greudin, Perditax, Savant-fou, Sub, and TouzaxA. I would have contacted the community first but there are hardly a few active users and probably it would take a long time to receive an answer. The fact that the sysop flag can be "suspended" led me here instead of SR/P. Esteban16 (talk) 17:56, 11 February 2019 (UTC)

I think that starting the conversation locally is useful. I would think that where we have advanced rightsholders outside of the Wikimedia agreed community standard of two years, that we should flag it for stewards who are undertaking AAR, otherwise it probably still sits with frWB.  — billinghurst sDrewth 20:59, 12 February 2019 (UTC)
@JackPotte:. Also you've linked to an archived proposal. Leaderboard (talk) 21:37, 12 February 2019 (UTC)
OK, let's remove this right to the mentioned users, according to the local policy. JackPotte (talk) 22:15, 12 February 2019 (UTC)
Please use SRP's appropriate section to request removal. — regards, Revi 03:05, 13 February 2019 (UTC)
I've talked with a frwikibooks editor and proceeded to request the removal on SRP. Esteban16 (talk) 17:01, 13 February 2019 (UTC)

Recent activity in kywiktionary[edit]

The last several hundred entries created in the Kyrgyz Wiktionary (pushing it past the 30,000-article milestone) have been by the following IP editors (almost certainly the same person):

While the entries themselves are not obviously incorrect, the editing pattern of "rotating" IP addresses is similar to cross-wiki vandals trying to get around past blocks/bans. Would someone like to investigate whether this is such a user? Alternatively (or additionally), would someone like to put the time in to check whether the information given in these pages seems to be correct? I checked a couple of pages and it looks like it might be. (The wiki has no local admin.) - dcljr (talk) 02:57, 12 February 2019 (UTC)

I have put a temporary (1 week) block on the 2 /64s, and the single IP address. We probably need to engage with some wiktionary experts to work out what may be useful to do there. @Koavf: care for an opinion?  — billinghurst sDrewth 04:12, 12 February 2019 (UTC)
@Billinghurst: From what I can see from the English and Spanish entries, they aren't vandalism or nonsense, so I don't think it's necessary to delete them. I haven't seen these problematic IPs at en.wikt. I'm actually fine with letting quality contributions from banned users stand, personally--there is no incentive to make the dictionary worse. If you want more feedback, I'd suggest posting at en.wikt. —Justin (koavf)TCM 06:26, 12 February 2019 (UTC)
@Koavf: Thanks for looking. There is no point in having bots create pages that are to style, though never going to host content in any foreseeable time. I would think we would all prefer the contributors to spend their time creating 10 useful and informative pages rather than 100 pages of rubbish that is worse than click bait, and I don't see that these are quality contributions, though favour seeking opinion of other wiktionaires about salvagability and discussions with the user, than just removing all the contributions that have been made. If you think that the enWikt community has something valued to add, then please invite them to express their opinion here.  — billinghurst sDrewth 07:34, 12 February 2019 (UTC)
In order to get a Kyrgyz perspective on this, I've asked an active admin at kywiki to look at some of the pages. (While sampling more of the entries, I've seen cases that look pretty "normal" and others that look pretty useless [like an entry for a purported Kyrgyz word that simply listed the same word as it's "definition" — of course, I can't find that entry again to link to it].) - dcljr (talk) 07:58, 12 February 2019 (UTC)
Ah, found it. Here's one normal-looking and one useless entry, both created by the same IP. - dcljr (talk) 08:08, 12 February 2019 (UTC)
And one somewhere in-between. This does have some valid content and some useless {{PAGENAME}} entries. —Justin (koavf)TCM 09:31, 12 February 2019 (UTC)
Whoops, Holder just swept in and deleted all the pages. That probably means he determined that the editor was a previously banned user. But he can explain his decision himself. - dcljr (talk) 21:51, 12 February 2019 (UTC)
I looked at dozens of entries and had the impression that all were useless with low content. Such entries have been created many times in kywikt probably by the same person. As I have seen that all the IP's have been blocked I deleted all these entries without looking at every single one per mass deletion. --Holder (talk) 05:38, 13 February 2019 (UTC)
I have extended the block for a month, and directed the block to make contact at this page.  — billinghurst sDrewth 09:11, 13 February 2019 (UTC)

Copying globally locked template to all WMF wikis[edit]

Status:    requires a phabricator: ticket

I've improved the message users get when they try to log on a globally locked. See the examples below:

Wikimedia Login error locked.png - This is the default error message.
Wikibooks message for globally locked user.PNG - This is the improved error message which I've created for Wikibooks.

I think this message is significantly better than the old one. Can we have this rolled out across all wikis? [You can test this with the account posted in the Wikibooks screenshot. I see no problem with doing this since the account is locked] --Leaderboard (talk) 10:06, 16 February 2019 (UTC)

You can have that message locally if you so choose. Otherwise the locked message that you are viewing is maintained through the mw:extension:WikimediaMessages set and that is deployed over the top of mediawiki default messaging, and then the translations are then managed at It is not something managed locally, or by stewards.  — billinghurst sDrewth 10:54, 16 February 2019 (UTC)
@Billinghurst: Thanks, wasn't aware of the presence of that extension. So what should be done if a message modification needs to be made Wikimedia-wide? Leaderboard (talk) 14:52, 16 February 2019 (UTC)
By filing a ticket on phabricator:. Of course you can try to submit a change to the extension directy, but that requires you to know how to use gerrit:. --Vogone (talk) 21:05, 16 February 2019 (UTC)
From any extension page there is a "report a bug" link, and that lodges something in the right place in phabricator. What can be done here is you can use the template {{tracked}} to link to the ticket, and something that sits beside the {{status}} marker. [I will note that lodging a ticket doesn't guarantee action, it simply starts the conversation.]  — billinghurst sDrewth 01:47, 17 February 2019 (UTC)

Cross-wiki Republic of Macedonia to North Macedonia change[edit]

Status:    In progress

As I'm sure everyone's aware, the Republic of Macedonia has now renamed itself to North Macedonia. On en-wiki, there've been a butt-ton of pages nominated for moving e.g. [8] [9] [10] [11] [12] [13] [14] [15] [16] [17]. As I'm active at SWMT, I've also noted IPs starting to, in good faith, change categories on articles in line with this, however, as these categories haven't been moved yet, it's causing a redlink problem e.g. here. Can someone with cross-wiki move access implement these moves in category and template namespaces? Many thanks, --SITH (talk) 14:44, 16 February 2019 (UTC)

In which wikis do you want them moved? Ruslik (talk) 20:52, 16 February 2019 (UTC)
@Ruslik0: I suppose any of them which can be safely semi-automated with regards to translation. I assume they all follow the same category and a cat redirect should suffice and they'll get replaced in time. Many thanks, SITH (talk) 22:46, 16 February 2019 (UTC)
I would have thought that wikis would be organising their own responses rather than having some action from metawiki. It may be possible in small wikis to have some central action, though it would still seem that language knowledge is required and it is best coordinated locally. If communities lack the bot tools, then it is quite possible that we can organise some operators to make changes where those changes have been determined by the communities.  — billinghurst sDrewth 01:54, 17 February 2019 (UTC)

Potential copyright infringement at Korean Wikinews[edit]

Status:    In progress

Korean Wikinews has articles infringing some content from third-party sources. Copied from n:ko:위키뉴스:사랑방/보존6#Copyright violation? (and modified):

Unsure about the ones below:

The ones below look mighty suspicious to me; they appear to have huge quoted content:

I talked to its admin "-revi" (the only active admin as of date and also the steward) about the matter. The admin said I can go to another venue for more outside help if necessary, i.e. asking other stewards who rarely or do not understand Korean. While other articles were deleted for copyright infringement, the above ones still exist. Then the discussion got archived after it stalled for a few months (i.e. without reply). Here I am asking for a request. George Ho (talk) 00:52, 17 February 2019 (UTC)

In the discussion at koWN is there a consensus to delete? If there is a consensus then that is the level at which action could be taken, when local administrators are not available. If there is no consensus to act, then stewards or global sysops are unlikely to do anything. The files are definitely not marked for deletion.  — billinghurst sDrewth 01:38, 17 February 2019 (UTC)
I was pointing out potential copyright infringements. Also, the koWN community has been very, very small; its own village pump consists of just short-term editors and one long-standing admin. I don't know why a consensus is necessary when the community is too small, if not almost nonexistent. George Ho (talk) 22:57, 17 February 2019 (UTC)
Also, the editor responsible for the potential infringement has neither responded nor been active for months. George Ho (talk) 22:59, 17 February 2019 (UTC)

See also[edit]