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{{Status|In progress}}
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Cross-wiki requests
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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.)

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* {{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.

Cross-wiki spam on actors[edit]

Status:    In progress

Hello! For more than a year some anonymous spamers are spaming some of smaller wikipedias. Unfortunately, it seems sysops didn't notice that. These spamers take a line "American actor, comedian and dancer" in wiki's language and copy-paste it only changing title, birth date and picture. See example in Karakalpak Wikipedia, also, I marked some of these articles in Turkmen Wikipedia, other their targets are ace:, dsb:, frp:, co:, war:, etc. (some larger wikis have their sysops/active users who manage to delete/mark/improve these articles, but smaller ones just get bulked with pointless pages. Hugo.arg (talk) 14:21, 6 January 2017 (UTC)

@Hugo.arg: Thanks for bringing this up, it's been going on for a long time (while investigating I found a chain of similar behaviour going back five years). :( Lots of pages have been deleted but the user often recreates them and they're active on so many wikis and their IP address changes so often that it's hard to keep track of everything they're doing. I think this request is probably too broad and not well defined enough for stewards/global sysops to act on though. If we can make lists of pages which need deleting, that is easier for them to do something about. I've created a request for kaawiki below and I also did a request for hakwiki a few days ago. - Nikki (talk) 23:08, 18 January 2017 (UTC)
Thanks for bringing this up; since months or probably already years I am blocking this guy's IP globally when I see him and try to clean up the pages he created which were not afterwards changed by local editors. I'll see to doing your request. --MF-W 10:56, 24 January 2017 (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)

Any steward that could enforce wmf:Resolution:Licensing policy? 13:56, 26 July 2016 (UTC)

Ruslik, it looks like almost all of the files are eligible for copyright, except for one or two text logos. MBisanz talk 13:33, 4 August 2016 (UTC)
In aswiki, there is no clear EDP so my opinion is that under the wmf:Resolution:Licensing policy, we can act on that project if local users with appropriate rights are unavailable to do so where necessary. In case of mswiki, they have clear EDP so it's up to them whether they host unused non-free files or not. Though most of the project where EDP exist, they're routinely cleaning non-free unused files. ~ Nahid Talk 14:30, 10 September 2016 (UTC)
  • I think you should discuss to local admin or bureaucrat some of there see statistics . Murbaut (talk) 03:37, 30 September 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)
@Surlycyborg: hi. Any progress? Matiia (talk) 04:07, 29 October 2016 (UTC)
Hi Matiia. If you're wondering about collecting user agents, no, that no longer happens (this is the relevant commit, if you're curious). Regarding the initial request, I'm not currently working on OAuth integration for Citation Hunt, but that's still in the long-term wishlist (that's issue #49, by the way). I just ended up sidetracked into other work, and haven't had the time to come back and figure out how to implement this in conformance to the user data policy on Tools Labs. --Surlycyborg (talk)

ro.voy edit box[edit]

Status:    In progress

A few years ago I added some buttons to the edit box on ro.wikivoyage. Apparently, the code I wrote back then no longer works, so I've put up a replacement script. I would appreciate if someone would replace ro:voy:MediaWiki:Editor.js with voy:ro:User:Strainu/Editor.js. Alternatively (but less secure), you could just import my script in the main one. Thanks!--Strainu (talk) 14:21, 17 August 2016 (UTC)

@Strainu: Hi, have you already tested if this code works correctly? Syum90 (talk) 17:26, 17 August 2016 (UTC)
Yes, I tested with the dev tools. But I've looked closer now and it seems I was just importing the script in my common.js. I'll start a discussion on the local village pump about enabling it for everyone.--Strainu (talk) 19:52, 17 August 2016 (UTC)
Here it is: voy:ro:Wikivoyage:Hanul_călătorilor#Butoane_pentru_adrese--Strainu (talk) 19:59, 17 August 2016 (UTC)
@Strainu: Ok, please inform us when a decision is achieved by the community.--Syum90 (talk) 08:31, 18 August 2016 (UTC)

Making threatening[edit]

Status:    In progress

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

  • - Creating nonsense pages and edit other articles related to former and current Sri Lankan presidents [1], [2], [3], [4]

Blanking my User space main page by replacing filthy statements.[5], Put serious threatening statements on my talk page[6] and another related page[7]

  • - (29 August) Making a fake user page by putting few targeted users' main page materials with their original signatures. (Users=Me, Shwetha and Ravindu_Navin)The name which has been put as the user name of this account is common and unsuitable rough word using in Sinhala language.[8]

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

user Ravindu_Navin had used the IP address indicate that he is retiring. The same IP address had been used by him for the following Sinhala Film related articles which shows his foot-print/identity: [9], [10], and [11]. Thus it is clear that user of IP address is user Ravindu_Navin . This IP address had originated from a Dialog Axiata tower in Badulla district in Sri Lanka. The IP address which had been used to vandalise and create the fake user page had alo originated from the same tower. The IP info of the following proves that:
I strong request the stewards to investigate whether these two IP adresses and user Ravindu_Navin belong to the same user. ----- Shwetha (talk) 09:20, 3 September 2016 (UTC)
the user "Ravindu_Navin" is a newcomer. He is a valuable resource to Sinhala Wikipedia. Even though we have a set of rules, it should not be used in such a way to thwart the efforts of newcomers .the matter shouldn’t look emotionally. --Rsekanayake (talk) 07:36, 16 September 2016 (UTC)
The user Ravindu Navin seems to be a new_user. However rules should not be bent. There should be a discipline at any entity at all levels. Success can be achieved only through such. Loosing the user will not destroy Sinhala Wikipedia. ----Shwetha (talk) 14:56, 20 September 2016 (UTC)

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

All local mediawiki messages on should be deleted[edit]

Status:    In progress

We have a problem because translations done in translatewik aren't correctly viewed. The problem is countless incorrect local mediawiki messages, which can be viewed in green:

Is it possible to remove all messages in green and keep the ones in yellow? Bokareis (talk) 19:05, 2 October 2016 (UTC)

I now at least deleted the ones that had content identical to the default (translatewiki) message. The remaining ones are those with a different version. Some of the local ones however have a translation where the default is still English, but I of course have no idea whether they are correct. SPQRobin (talk) 14:41, 3 October 2016 (UTC)
The problem is that our local messages overwrite the Translatewiki ones. The remaining ones with a different version should be deleted too, that means wht's in yellow should be removed and what's in green kept. Bokareis (talk) 13:16, 6 October 2016 (UTC)
Yes, I understand. However, what makes the local ones incorrect? I have no idea of knowing other than based on your request, so that's why I did only the identical ones; I'd like to be somewhat certain before going ahead and deleting all of them. SPQRobin (talk) 16:00, 9 October 2016 (UTC)

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 [12] having more than 1000 local files. In 2012 Nemo claimed 76 [13]. 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 [14]
2014-01-01 287 30 257 2 208 750 8594 [15]
2015-01-01 288 30 258 2 311 679 8959 [16]
2016-01-01 291 37 254 2 405 486 9470 [17]
2016-12-08 295 139 160 2 430 073 15187 [18]

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 [19], 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)

Blank pages on[edit]

Status:    In progress

I've filed a request here because the administrators on haven't been active in the past three months. I've looked through vi.wikibooks and I've observed several pages with 0 bytes (Check out all of them here). I need a global sysop to delete all the blank pages that have been rightfully blanked (not by blanked by a random IP, but blanked by the contributor/editor of whatever page it is). I put in a request in #wikimedia-gs, but alas, no one seemed to respond/act upon my request. Thanks! --Atcovi (Talk - Contribs) 02:49, 28 December 2016 (UTC)

In addition, there seems to be an ip who randomly blanks some of the pages that have no content (listed in the list I've linked). What action should be taken there? --Atcovi (Talk - Contribs) 02:54, 28 December 2016 (UTC)
Are you sure that all pages were correctly blanked? Ruslik (talk) 19:16, 28 December 2016 (UTC)
No, which is why I stated: "In addition, there seems to be an ip who randomly blanks some of the pages that have no content (listed in the list I've linked). What action should be taken there?". I feel like reverting all the incorrectly blanked pages would suffice. --Atcovi (Talk - Contribs) 19:21, 28 December 2016 (UTC)
  • What a weird case, all those IPs are belong to same range, all those subpages of book are belong to same book and it's book about physics, the last seen action from MXN as local sysop is at February, it's better to ask other Vietnamese speaker for it's contents first. Also I couldn't judge if the owner of said IPs are actually same person despite being in the same range, but if it is, this can be deleted as "blanked by author".--AldNonymousBicara? 22:16, 28 December 2016 (UTC)
Would it be wise to list each and every page and their history here? made different request in the comment below --Atcovi (Talk - Contribs) 22:58, 28 December 2016 (UTC)
dang... over 300+ pages! Thankfully there are some pages that were blanked by the author of that page ( -; definately should be more pages) Would it be good to make a folder that documents each and every page to see if we should delete the page or revert the blanker? --Atcovi (Talk - Contribs) 23:33, 28 December 2016 (UTC)

Why is it that global sysops are not sharing their input here? I'd like for this to be done for. --Atcovi (Talk - Contribs) 18:21, 27 January 2017 (UTC)

Because it is not clear if these pages should be deleted. Ruslik (talk) 20:36, 27 January 2017 (UTC)
I offered to create a folder [of these pages] and then I asked if that would be useful. --Atcovi (Talk - Contribs) 18:32, 28 January 2017 (UTC)

Cross-wiki spam on[edit]

Status:    In progress

This relates to the cross-wiki spam mentioned above and in my recent request for hakwiki where the user creates lots of stubs by copying and pasting the same piece of text regardless of whether it is grammatically or factually correct.

Could the following pages created by this user be deleted? I have checked them all and none of these have any significant edits by other users (the Carrie Fisher page had a date of death added, the stub template and categories were switched around for a few others).

list of pages

There are two other pages created by this user which have more significant edits by other users:

The 2013 page has incoming links but no real content. The Jovian page was edited again by this user after someone edited it, so I don't know if it is still correct and the notability of it seems questionable (there are no incoming links nor is there a page for the TV show the character is from). I am not sure whether those should be deleted too or not.

- Nikki (talk) 22:49, 18 January 2017 (UTC)

These pages are not obvious vandalism or spam. So, their deletion should be locally handled. Ruslik (talk) 18:13, 23 January 2017 (UTC)

Pending DRs[edit]

Status:    In progress

d:Q24248446 cannot be deleted because of 3 pending DRs of 9 January:

See also c:Commons:Requests for checkuser/Case/Aboobackeramani and c:User:Achim55/Sockpuppet investigations. Best, --Achim (talk) 22:34, 24 January 2017 (UTC)

Two of these projects have active administrators. Please, ask them. Ruslik (talk) 17:56, 25 January 2017 (UTC)

OAuth consumer approval request for «yabbr [1.0]»[edit]

Status:    Done

Looking for someone to authorize this tool and change its callback URL from "" to "". Enterprisey (talk) 05:42, 5 February 2017 (UTC)

@Enterprisey: I don't think we can change the callback URL. Try updating the consumer or proposing a new version of it. Regards, —MarcoAurelio 08:42, 5 February 2017 (UTC)
@Hoo man: just approved it. Not sure how to change the callback URL though. —MarcoAurelio 19:49, 5 February 2017 (UTC)
@Enterprisey: You will definitely need to submit a new version. Cheers, Hoo man (talk) 20:31, 5 February 2017 (UTC)

OAuth approval request for ia-upload[edit]

Status:    Done

I've requested a new consumer for wikitech:Tool:IA Upload to change the callback to https. Thanks! If possible, the contact email address should be rather than my own. Sam Wilson 01:30, 16 February 2017 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done by @BDavis (WMF). Will disable old versions. —MarcoAurelio 10:09, 16 February 2017 (UTC)

OAuth approval request for twlight-staging[edit]

Status:    Done

Hi! Could you please approve this proposal for a OAuth consumer for the Wikipedia Library Card Project staging server? (Consumers have already been approved for the production version; I'm just trying to get staging caught up so I can test things properly.) Thanks! --ThatAndromeda (talk) 15:04, 14 February 2017 (UTC)

@ThatAndromeda: Yes check.svg DoneMarcoAurelio 10:16, 16 February 2017 (UTC)

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