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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.

Non-free content[edit]

Status:    In progress

Does anyone have an interest in Non-free content at wikis that have no exemption doctrine policy or that do not seem to be enforcing it properly? As an example of the latter, w:id:Wikipedia:Penggunaan media nonbebas#Kebijakan gambar tokoh yang masih hidup appears to prohibit non-free images for BLPs, but w:id:Istimewa:Daftar berkas seems to have more photos of BLPs than one might expect under such a policy. (Please ping me.) WhatamIdoing (talk) 06:50, 22 November 2016 (UTC)

Sure, you can/should tag such violations with {{delete}} and if the requests are not acted upon in a month or so you can ping global sysops/stewards here, as with #Speedy deletions on as/ms. Nemo 12:09, 22 November 2016 (UTC)

@WhatamIdoing: You mentioned id.wikipedia, which is a larger project and stewards can probably not edit there. There are 295 Wikipedias and of these there are ~85 Wikipedias [1] having more than 1000 local files. In 2012 Nemo claimed 76 [2]. These Wikipedias often 1) have upload open for any logged-in user 2) host dozens of unused files 3) have lots of unfree files among the unused files, i.e. they are not EDP-files, since they lack an applicable rationale. Some Wikipedias have more than 1000 unused files, some more than 5000 – the counter stops then. Some have 20% of all files unused.

Local files in Wikipedias
Date 1 Qty of projects 2 Qty of projects w/o local files
(100% Commons)
3 Qty of projects having local files 4 Qty of local files 4/3 Reference
2013-01-01 285 36 249 2 038 148 8185 [3]
2014-01-01 287 30 257 2 208 750 8594 [4]
2015-01-01 288 30 258 2 311 679 8959 [5]
2016-01-01 291 37 254 2 405 486 9470 [6]
2017-01-01 295 140 155 2 430 156 15678 [7]
2017-04-14 295 140 155 2 436 730 15720 [8]

In the last ~4 years (2013-01-01 to today) the number of local files in Wikipedias increased by 391 925 from 2 038 148 to 2 430 073 [9], i.e. ca. 100 000 per year. At the same time, the number of Wikipedias using local files decreased. The major part of the increase comes from the aforementioned 85 Wikipedias. Some are out of scope for stewards and SRM.

To stop the problem with non-free content in small, open-upload Wikipedias and the workload for stewards to become worse, one could restrict the upload to admins. That is not fixing current violations, but reducing chance for new violations and freeing steward resources.

Candidates for restriction are the following 40 Wikipedias, each has 9 or less admins and uploads still open: ksh, pfl, rm, wuu, nv, frr, als, vec, bar, zh-yue, an, mt, pa, km, ga, oc, bcl, as, ps, scn, eml, mn, ba, be-tarask, am, be, sw, wa, lb, ky, hi, kn, tt, my, si, jv, br, fy, ka, bs. 01:37, 8 December 2016 (UTC)

This is the problem we currently face on id.wp, most of those files were PD-Gov, can be seen from the source links, but we are currently muddling if we should just transfer them to commons or just tag and add pd-gov license to it, but then again, there are thousands file need to be handled, we don't have enough hand. As for Stewards and GS, can close this request as this cannot be actioned by stewards or GS, whatamdoing can just come to id.wp to make this announcement/comment (again).--AldNonymousBicara? 19:34, 3 January 2017 (UTC)

Just a heads up, I'm one of the admin in id.wikipedia. I've worked up a Quarry script to detect those violating images and I've deleted all of them. There was around 2,000 of them but I suspect that it didn't cover all fairuse BLP images yet. Feel free to fork and/or improve the Quarry script. Kenrick95 (talk) 10:57, 20 January 2017 (UTC)

I'm amazed at how much you've already achieved there.
But idwiki is just one example (and perhaps one that is more capable of addressing it than average). Is there a desirable general approach to this issue, e.g., for a wiki with no (or many fewer) local admins? WhatamIdoing (talk) 06:26, 27 February 2017 (UTC)
@WhatamIdoing: Yeah, you could fork my script by changing the wiki database name ("idwiki_p"), the fairuse category name ("Gambar_berlisensi_penggunaan_wajar"), and the BLP category name ("Orang_hidup") to the local names. Kenrick95 (talk) 00:43, 8 July 2017 (UTC)
Thanks, Kenrick95. I'm not very familiar with Quarry, but I might give it a try.
OTOH, I'm wondering whether a much more ham-fisted approach would be appropriate, given that copyright violations are involved. For example, instead of manually reviewing and tagging hundreds or thousands of images, we could leave a general note to at a few Village Pumps to report problems. We could say that there are obviously problems, and if local admins don't report that it has been addressed to their satisfaction in <number of days>, then all of the local files will be deleted and uploading will be disabled.
Also, at wikis without any (active) local admins, uploading should probably be disabled anyway. (It may already be the case; I don't know.) WhatamIdoing (talk) 18:02, 8 July 2017 (UTC)
Funfact, we even have it on our recent changes for warning to them to review their own files (since year[s] ago), then do single warning for multiple files that uploaded by same person, not a single reply (except from the minority of the [still] active senior user, One of the reason why we muddling it so long, I even left same kind of warning on my own talkpage so every visitor will read it, we kinda wanted those old user return and tend to their own uploads/files)), of course because the files are so old, the person who own the account are also went inactive for year, I don't know how it is with en.wp or other Wikis, but this was the heritage from the old times when the old local laws still don't require user to to give any rationale for the upload. Number of days? More like number of years. Mass deletions are just last resort, not a good way but still a 'way', a better way to avoid legal liability. (Which kinda weird, it's almost complaining why a wiki being old is kinda bad).--AldNonymousBicara? 23:52, 8 July 2017 (UTC)

Can somebody Delete all pages and categories in this category[edit]

Status:    In progress

Please delete all pages and categories in this this category. It's candidates for speedy deletion. tgwiktionary has not active administrators year - 18:40, 24 June 2017 (UTC)

Unless they are obvious spam or vandalism I am not sure we can delete them. Ruslik (talk) 18:57, 24 June 2017 (UTC)
FYI, apparently the original poster meant wikt:tg:Гурӯҳ:Мақолаҳои номзади ҳазф (in case anyone wants to look through the category for "easy cases"). - dcljr (talk) 14:37, 15 July 2017 (UTC)

Import requests[edit]

Status:    In progress

Please import all subpages of MediaWiki:Lang to Some modules and templates need them to work.--GZWDer (talk) 09:25, 15 July 2017 (UTC)

Requests from Kalmyk Wikipedia[edit]

Note to Stewards: There is a substantial discussion on a variety of related issues at Steward requests/Permissions#Пугачов Иван Петрович@xalwikipedia. Strictly for the purpose of the requests below, I can say:

  • I have no way to judge whether the requests are appropriate or not. However,
  • The two sysops listed for that wiki have not been active in two years—either with edits or log actions.

StevenJ81 (talk) 17:58, 5 September 2017 (UTC)

Note: According to the 2 admin users on Kalmyk Wikipedia that is mixed language between Russia, Kyrgyzstan and Ukraine at their contributions record, Calmouk last editing if it is not wrong was on 15 February 2015, and Huuchin last editing was on 20 February 2015. SA 13 Bro (talk) 18:42, 5 September 2017 (UTC)

Delete Oord[edit]

Dear administrators, please remove article Өөрд Oord. Пугачов Иван Петрович (talk) 16:49, 5 September 2017 (UTC)

What is the reason? Ruslik (talk) 20:21, 19 September 2017 (UTC)

Protection Bichlihan[edit]

Dear administrators, I ask you to permanently protect the article Wikipedia:Бичлиһан Bichlihan, an active war of revisions by anonymous authors. These two members User:Calmouk and User:Huuchin are no longer administrators. So, as they have not been active for more than two years. Пугачов Иван Петрович (talk) 16:53, 5 September 2017 (UTC)

Note: According to the 2 admin users on Kalmyk Wikipedia that is mixed language between Russia, Kyrgyzstan and Ukraine at their contributions record, Calmouk last editing if it is not wrong was on 15 February 2015, and Huuchin last editing was on 20 February 2015. SA 13 Bro (talk) 18:42, 5 September 2017 (UTC)

OAuth approval request for Wikidata for Digital Preservation[edit]

Status:    Not done

Your comments -- Thank you for your review. YULdigitalpreservation (talk) 14:59, 12 September 2017 (UTC)

I do not see any consumer request. Ruslik (talk) 19:34, 12 September 2017 (UTC)
@Ruslik0:. Thanks for letting me know. I used this url: I just tried it again now. Am I making the request in the wrong location? YULdigitalpreservation (talk) 12:11, 20 September 2017 (UTC)
You should have created a consumer request on 12 September. I see that you created it today but you should have also entered the consumer key into the relevant field in the template (I did it for you). However, I noticed that that does not exist. How is your consumer supposed to work? Ruslik (talk) 17:59, 20 September 2017 (UTC)
@Ruslik0:Thank you for the information. I appreciate your assistance to help make the proposal more complete. Does the entire consumer need to be ready for review in order for your team to review this request? Or would a placeholder page indicating that we are still under development be sufficient? YULdigitalpreservation (talk) 15:13, 21 September 2017 (UTC)
Yes, consumer should be ready and working before you come here. Ruslik (talk) 19:54, 21 September 2017 (UTC)

Copyright violations and no reason block by sysop[edit]

Status:    In progress

Hello. I contribute on Azerbaijani Wikipedia. On our Wikipedia there are a lot of copyright violations. I want fight against them, but our sysop don't let me, because they say if there is a name of author of copyrighted material on References list, so they count them no copy right violation. What is the rule? I want show you one example cause my block on Azerbaijani Wikipedia. This article fully copied from here. You can see this link on references list also. So I added template for speedy deletion. One of sysops ask me reason for this edit on talk page of article, and I said because full article is contain copyrighted material. After 20 days Cekli829 (sysop and creator of article) undo my edit. I asked him reason on user talk page. He claimed article no fully copyrighted so it is can not be nominate for speedy deletion (but it is fully). After that I deleted copyrighted material from article. Cekli829 revert it and block me. What can I do now? I f you have any question please ask me in this discussion. --Drabdullayev17 (talk) 11:39, 19 September 2017 (UTC)

Any steward in here? Why you ignore my request? --Drabdullayev17 (talk) 14:34, 20 September 2017 (UTC)

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