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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.)

Example for the correct formatting:

* {{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)

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)
@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)

Speedy deletions on as/ms[edit]

Status:    In progress

There are various copyvios which were reported 3+ months ago and not deleted yet at w:as:শ্ৰেণী:ক্ষিপ্ৰ বিলোপনৰ প্ৰাৰ্থী and w:ms:Kategori:Calon_untuk_penghapusan_segera#mw-category-media. --Nemo 09:18, 18 June 2016 (UTC)

Some of these files are ineligible for copyright. Ruslik (talk) 17:43, 18 June 2016 (UTC)

Updated OAuth consumers for Wiki Ed dashboard[edit]

Status:    Done

I've got two updated versions of Wiki Education Foundation dashboard consumers, for production and staging:

These consumers add "Edit your user preferences" to the required permissions. The Wiki Ed instance of the dashboard will set preferences related to VisualEditor when each student joins a course, to make sure these newcomers have a consistent editing experience that matches their training modules. Ping Hoo man.--Sage (Wiki Ed) (talk) 20:50, 1 July 2016 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done @Sage (Wiki Ed):, what do we do with versions 1.0, etc. of the same consumer? Do you still need them active? —MarcoAurelio 18:24, 7 July 2016 (UTC)
MarcoAurelio: Thanks! I will switch over to the new ones and make sure everything is working fine, and then I'll confirm that we're done with the old ones. Please leave them active for the moment.--Sage (Wiki Ed) (talk) 17:45, 11 July 2016 (UTC)
MarcoAurelio: I've done the switch. The version 1.* consumers for staging and production can now be disabled:
These related consumers are also no longer in use and can be disabled:
--Sage (Wiki Ed) (talk) 18:21, 11 July 2016 (UTC)
Also, please approve this one, which is for my local development environment. Thanks!

Yes check.svg Done - I think I got them all Sage (Wiki Ed). —MarcoAurelio 11:08, 12 July 2016 (UTC)

Update commons.js/css on is.wikisource[edit]

Status:    Done

Hi, please update MediaWiki:Common.js and MediaWIki:Common.css on the Icelandic wikisource. The sysops on is.wikisource have been inactive (both in terms of edits and actions) since 2013. I have found the following issues:



  • Prettytable should be removed, as it was merged into MediaWiki 1.19. --Snaevar (talk) 18:05, 8 July 2016 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done - please review and let me know if it is done right. --Jyothis (talk) 19:48, 8 July 2016 (UTC)

Request to approve OAuth consumer for Citation Hunt v1.0[edit]

Status:    In progress

Hi! Could you please approve this proposal for a OAuth consumer for Citation Hunt? Thanks! --Surlycyborg (talk) 21:16, 8 July 2016 (UTC)

I see that your tool collects data from users. How is that compliant with the Labs Terms of Use?MarcoAurelio 21:43, 8 July 2016 (UTC)
Oh, you're totally right, thanks for the link! I don't currently collect data, but I planned on storing the user name from OAuth. Let's put this on hold then, I'll look for alternatives. Surlycyborg (talk)
The linked TOU says "Clearly communicate to End Users a) that Private Information is being collected, b) how you will use it, and c) when you will delete it;". That is not a blanket restriction on collecting information. --BDavis (WMF) (talk) 22:34, 15 July 2016 (UTC)
Surlycyborg, you say that you don't collect data, however I see a stats module which collects and stores information which is very obviously PPI and should not be stored without a very, very good reason. If this code is no longer needed, remove it ;-). If you must keep that code in the repository, you need to add a very clear "no-user-stats" mode which is enabled by default in production. John Vandenberg (talk) 00:17, 19 July 2016 (UTC)

Copyvios on[edit]

Status:    In progress

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)

User:J. Patrick Fixxer[edit]

Status:    Done

Hello! The User was still banned for his user name, which is insulting mine and for his contributions. But he is active on Data and Commons, too. Could he be global banned? I am available on my German user account for further questions. Greeting, --J. Patrick Fischer (talk) 09:29, 18 July 2016 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done Locked. --MF-W 11:55, 18 July 2016 (UTC)
Thank you! --J. Patrick Fischer (talk) 19:11, 18 July 2016 (UTC)

Speedy deletions[edit]

Status:    Locally handled

ast:Categoría:Wikipedia:Destruir needs to be emptied. --Epìdosis 21:38, 18 July 2016 (UTC)

I've asked local administrator Vsuarezp if he can take care of this. —MarcoAurelio 08:25, 19 July 2016 (UTC)
Locally handled. There are some stuff in the category now, but looks it's locally manageable. Best regards, —MarcoAurelio 09:36, 21 July 2016 (UTC)

Approve "fawiki-editathon" OAuth consumer token[edit]

Status:    In progress

Hi, people from Farsi Wikipedia (fawiki) has contacted me to setup a tool to track their edit-a-thon. This tool is basically the same as the one used in Wikipedia Asian Month, with configurations to suit fawiki needs. The project is hosted at Tool Labs. Thanks --Kenrick95 (talk) 14:55, 21 July 2016 (UTC)

Please, provide a link to the consumer application. Ruslik (talk) 18:07, 21 July 2016 (UTC)
Go here and then click "Judging" (direct link: ). Kenrick95 (talk) 16:03, 22 July 2016 (UTC)
Note: if the tool is about to collect user data, please refer to #Request_to_approve_OAuth_consumer_for_Citation_Hunt_v1.0. Thanks. —MarcoAurelio 16:12, 22 July 2016 (UTC)

Blocking of user in vepwiki[edit]

Status:    Done

Hello, I'm user from Vepsian Wikipedia, and we are without active administrator. For half of this year it's the first time, when vepwiki need help because of Анна Озерова (arutelu): articles are not in language of the project, adding of spam articles, illiteracy, trolling behavour (psychological harassment). I request for ban of this user on vepwiki. -- Koiravva (talk) 19:22, 21 July 2016 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done Ruslik (talk) 12:18, 22 July 2016 (UTC)

The same user has returned today under nick OzerAnna (arutelu), the user still doesn't learn Vepsian language and made spam edits. I request for set ban on this user in vepwiki, but I don't know, how long this ban will help. -- Koiravva (talk) 18:55, 24 July 2016 (UTC)

Spam on nl.wiktionary[edit]

Status:    Locally handled

An unregistered editor has been creating several pages of English text, four so far, that appear to be irrelevant nonsense in the wrong language at best and copyvios at worst. At least one has text that is hosted in several places; I'm not sure which is the original source. KSFT (talk) 03:20, 22 July 2016 (UTC)

Locally handled.--Syum90 (talk) 06:52, 22 July 2016 (UTC)

Cross-wiki disruption by Pangkakit[edit]

Status:    In progress

For several months now, Pangkakit has been uploading unnecessarily high quality copyrighted images to several different language projects. The first wave of these were to essentially advertise his friend code in a smartphone video game (w:Monster Strike). The images of this type have been deleted across all of the projects they were uploaded to. From what I can remember it was en, zh, zh-yue, fi, it, id, ms, tr, uk, ru (his version of the image is still hosted on ru.wp but it is an old version at ru:File:Monster Strike.jpg); in many of these cases he even made machine translated versions of the page in order to host his file on them. I've also discovered he has done the same to several other wiki-style sites. It's all the same screenshot with his friend ID# number in it to show off his desired characters.

Now, he has done it again with a different smartphone video game (the popular worldwide Pokémon Go), and I've attempted to tag them for deletion (again) but he persistently logs on as an IP and removes the deletion tags across every project. The files are currently at id.wp, ms.wp, zh.wp, zh-yue.wp, and tr.wp where he has been preventing the speedy deletion tags from being kept on the image pages (at zh.wp there is a local user who has since tagged it for proper speedy deletion) and it is also at ru.wp where my attempts to orphan and tag the image have resulted in local users debating its utility. Pangkakit needs to be told what he's doing is wrong. I'm sure that all of these individual projects have guidelines on how to handle copyrighted images that he's violating (a >1MB screenshot of mostly dead space) and that this is definitely disruption as he's more or less insisting that this one English-language screenshot be used to illustrate a video game that is not (yet?) available in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Russia, Ukraine, or Turkey.--—Ryūlóng (竜龍) 11:52, 24 July 2016 (UTC)

If you want the account to be locked, yous should use SRG. Ruslik (talk) 11:57, 24 July 2016 (UTC)
I was told to try this first, and SRG seems to not have people explain the issue for the block. Does this qualify for that? Also, he has once more deleted all of the deletion tags I put up on the relatively lower traffic id, ms, tr, and zh-yue Wikipedias (the file has been deleted from zh). Would a global lock prevent disruption like this? [3] [4] [5] [6] [7] [8]Ryūlóng (竜龍) 20:35, 24 July 2016 (UTC)
He keeps hopping on new IPs to remove the speedy delete tags.—Ryūlóng (竜龍) 23:59, 24 July 2016 (UTC)

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