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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.

Badly named Babel AutoCreate categories[edit]

Status:    Done

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)

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

[User:Ruslik0|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)

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)
It's a pain. Go and enforce wmf:Resolution:Licensing policy. 13:54, 26 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)

Yes check.svg Done Ruslik (talk) 19:22, 26 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)

Deleted many page on[edit]

Status:    Done

Can you delete many pages nammed lg:Ebyobulimi, lg:Tukutendereza yesu, lg:Ebyobuwanga, lg:Bino and lg:AKALAAZA on Thank Apipo1907 (talk) 20:11, 28 July 2016 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done Ruslik (talk) 18:08, 1 August 2016 (UTC)

Cross-wiki disruption by Pangkakit[edit]

Status:    Not done

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, you 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)
At the top of this page it says: "This page is for requesting that a specific administrative action (such as page deletion) be performed by a steward or global sysop on a Wikimedia wiki having no active administrators." You should list specific administrative actions that we are asked to perform. Ruslik (talk) 19:19, 26 July 2016 (UTC)
Well what page do I use to reveal that there is a problem user across several projects uploading copyright/fair use doctrine violating files and he repeats his actions despite prior deletions of his files?—Ryūlóng (竜龍) 01:12, 31 July 2016 (UTC)
Requests_for_comment. Ruslik (talk) 18:56, 31 July 2016 (UTC)

Cross-wiki vandalism by the szm sockfarm, global abuse filter proposal[edit]

Status:    In progress

The sockmaster, Szm020730 has been creating many sockpuppets to upload hoax flags on Wikimedia Commons and use them for cross-wiki vandalism (example). Enwiki, eswiki, ruwiki, and commonswiki (the main home wiki of the master) are affected. I think a global abuse filter should be created now. Please see the cross-wiki contributions of these socks at c:Category:Sockpuppets of Szm020730 as your guide on creating the GAF. Thanks --Pokéfan95 (talk) 05:37, 30 July 2016 (UTC)

We locally (enwp) had a look at creating a filter for something related to this - given certain naming patterns, filtering against user creation could be targetted, as could \{\{Infobox[\S\s]*flag.*\.svg[\S\s]*\}\} if you were careful about it -- samtar talk or stalk 10:23, 1 August 2016 (UTC)

Importupload request: en:Wikipedia:The_Wikipedia_Adventure/* to fr.wikipedia[edit]

Status:    Done

We would like steward assistance to:

  • export all the subpages of en:Wikipedia:The_Wikipedia_Adventure, en:Wikipedia:TWA and the guided tour JS
  • don't check Include templates (the templates we wants are already subpages of Wikipedia:The_Wikipedia_Adventure/*, and we don't want extra en.wikipedia templates)
  • import them as XML on fr. as is: we can keep the original page names, and so have Wikipedia:The Wikipedia Adventure as destination: that will simplify a lot adaptation work, and will allow to rename when the import is tested (we don't want to debug AND the import issues AND the rename issues as the same time).


  • for the need of a request: this guided tour uses a lot of subpages, with templates in these subpages. To import them manually wouldn't be efficient, and prone to error/templates forgotten
  • for the steward assistance: fr.wikipedia doesn't have a status with importupload right
  • local consensus: consensus between project members: fr:Sujet:T8yewjtmzolij0r6

--Dereckson (talk) 13:39, 3 August 2016 (UTC)

As I've said in the Topic at frwiki (or at least I've tried, my french is so 'duh' these days) is that I feel it'd be simpler if we grant Dereckson the import right temporary at frwiki so he can do everything himself. Being Dereckson an experienced developer and being trusted to even do SWAT deploys, I think we can be sure we give this to good hands. —MarcoAurelio 14:09, 3 August 2016 (UTC)
Importer rights granted by Matanya. It'd be a good idea if you could be granted temporary sysop just in case there's something to clean afterwards; but I'll leave that to local bureaucrats to decide. —MarcoAurelio 20:42, 3 August 2016 (UTC)
  • Importing the latest revision only is advisable, and transwiki import is generally better suited for that than importupload. See Terms of use#7c. Nemo 09:25, 4 August 2016 (UTC)

This was already handled by Dereckson himself. —MarcoAurelio 14:58, 6 August 2016 (UTC)

bigdelete de:Benutzer:JTCEPB/Ted Bundy plz[edit]

Status:    Done

as requested by user [9], thanks --MBq (talk) 16:45, 3 August 2016 (UTC)

How many revisions does this page have? Ruslik (talk) 18:41, 3 August 2016 (UTC)
9.086 --MBq (talk) 19:01, 3 August 2016 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done Matanya (talk) 20:08, 3 August 2016 (UTC)

Need 2 wikis attatched to my SUL account[edit]

Status:    Not done

(I assume this is the place to request this, but if not, please point me elsewhere…) For years now (since whenever SUL went "live"), I have known that and (both closed) were never attached to my SUL account, and I'm just now finally getting around to doing something about it. They are not listed on my Special:CentralAuth page, even after using Special:MergeAccount and trying to "manually" login on the wikis (which failed, of course). I don't know how these are any different from dozens of other closed wikis that were successfully attached to my account, including many I never edited. (No user of the same name on either wiki, BTW.) So, can someone please merge and into my SUL account, or tell me how I can get that done? - dcljr (talk) 03:04, 4 August 2016 (UTC)

I do not think there is any way to help you. These wikis are locked and they should not be edited in any case. Ruslik (talk) 18:12, 4 August 2016 (UTC)
Yes, but what I'm asking for doesn't require any edits to the wikis themselves (not even this kind of edit, which happens on locked wikis all the time). For consistency, I would like to have a user page (i.e., one mirrored from Meta) on every WM wiki, if possible. Is there an actual technical limitation here? - dcljr (talk) 03:25, 5 August 2016 (UTC)
Yes. This is actually not a case of attaching local accounts to your SUL account, but of creating a new account in the first place. That can't be done as the wiki is closed. It also doesn't make sense to reopen it for that. --MF-W 17:48, 5 August 2016 (UTC)

Speedy deletions on scn.wp[edit]

Status:    Done

Please, may somebody empty this category? It's got 49 items as of now, and will probably get some more in the next days (I'm doing a bit of a cleanup, mostly related to connecting local pages to Wikidata). --Sannita - not just another sysop 10:52, 4 August 2016 (UTC)

There are no active admins on this project, so I will try to get through the category. MBisanz talk 13:37, 4 August 2016 (UTC)
Now done. Ajraddatz (talk) 15:27, 6 August 2016 (UTC)

Speedy deletions on nap.wp[edit]

Status:    In progress

This is very similar to my request above: the category is this one, but it's got only 5 items for now (but it would be better to see them gone). --Sannita - not just another sysop 10:52, 4 August 2016 (UTC)

It appears that Chelin is an active admin. Have you asked them to do it? MBisanz talk 13:35, 4 August 2016 (UTC)
I forgot about it, honestly, but sometimes he's busy doing other things. Anyway, it's not this urgent, I'll try asking him first. --Sannita - not just another sysop 15:05, 4 August 2016 (UTC)

Grant OAuth access[edit]

Status:    Done

Hi, please grant OAuth access to my application. It exists for a while as a script, now I am moving it to Labs to facilitate user access and make it work cross-wiki. The edit pages right will be used to automatically add edit-a-thon's template to the submitted articles (for users) and to send PM to participants (for jury members). Le Loy 09:49, 6 August 2016 (UTC)

  • I would like to ensorse this request. The nearest arcticles-writing marathon is about to start (in two weeks), and the OAuth access would be quite handy to deploy this universal tool that makes evaluation of the articles participating in contest much easier. Thanks in advance! Dr Bug (Vladimir V. Medeyko) 11:20, 6 August 2016 (UTC)

Yes check.svg ApprovedMarcoAurelio 14:56, 6 August 2016 (UTC)

Speedy deletions on ve.wp[edit]

Status:    Done

Please, may somebody delete this page? [10] the Wikipedia (ve) doesn't have any sysop. The page was write in Portuguese and is a spam.

--DARIO SEVERI (talk) 05:21, 8 August 2016 (UTC)

Done. Matiia (talk) 05:27, 8 August 2016 (UTC)

Emilio Estevez@chwiki[edit]

Status:    Done

Please delete this page as a part of crosswiki spam performed by Portuguese-speaking user. The article is not in Chamorro and the author importunately removing SpDel-template. No local sysops working there. --Wolverène 14:53, 12 August 2016 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done Ruslik (talk) 16:50, 12 August 2016 (UTC)


Status:    Done

Please pay attention to the contribution by today-registered user KHMELNYTSKYIA in the ruewiki. He's performing mass renaming of page names from Rusyn to Ukrainian, and is replacing Rusyn texts with Ukrainian translation ([11]). This user must be immediately blocked as a POV-vandal. That project has no own sysops. Thank you. --Wolverène 16:26, 12 August 2016 (UTC)

User blocked. Ruslik (talk) 17:14, 12 August 2016 (UTC)
Thank you very much Ruslik0. I will try to keep an eye on recent changes for this wiki because it's not the only incident I ever seen there. I have the last request - could you move rue:Лемко-Русинська Респбліка to "Руська народна републіка Лемків" and rue:Луксембрг to "Луксембурьско"? There is a technical limitation, so there's need to delete redirects first to make ways for renaming. --Wolverène 18:24, 12 August 2016 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done Ruslik (talk) 20:18, 12 August 2016 (UTC)

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)

OAuth consumer for ClueBot NG[edit]

Status:    Done


Posting per the note on

Please could I get a new Oauth consumer approved.

Same access as, just a different callback url.

For development purposes I need the auth flow to run, which the owner-only access doesn't provide :(

Consumer: ClueBot NG - Dev [1.1]

Thanks DamianZaremba (talk) 14:50, 21 August 2016 (UTC)

Done. I've disabled ClueBot NG - Dev [1.0] as well. Hope that this helps. Best regards, —MarcoAurelio 15:34, 21 August 2016 (UTC)

Sudden ability for user L_Manju in Sinhala Wikipedia to delete articles[edit]

Status:    Done

As per this deletion log of Sinhala Wikipedia user L_Manju in Sinhala Wikipedia who is not a Sysop of the wikipedia had deleted certain articles in the process of moving them. Please clarify how this user was able to perform this Sysop ability --Shwetha (talk) 13:53, 27 August 2016 (UTC)

If the new title only contain a redirect and no other edits, any confirmed user can move a page to that new title. Then it will look like the user deleted the page first and then moved the page, but it's just an effect of the move. If a page has more history than just creating the redirect, then an administrator need to delete the page first. See Help:Moving a page#Moving over a redirect for more information on moving a page over a redirect. -- Tegel (Talk) 15:17, 27 August 2016 (UTC)
Please look at the deletion log again. It clearly shows that this iser had deleted the article page and the article talk page to get space for moving them. In Sinhala wikipedia we do so many moving of pages. However they do not get shown in the deletion log like this please. ---- Shwetha (talk) 15:31, 27 August 2016 (UTC)
I have checked the log. As you can see here you can see that the delete and the move is done at the same time. If the destination page exist containing only a redirect and has no other history it is the "Move"-function that is doing the deletion of the page. It's nothing the user do separate. It would look the same in the log if you moved the same type of page. -- Tegel (Talk) 15:39, 27 August 2016 (UTC)
I am sorry to disagree with you. Let us assume, as you claim, that the source page was si:සුජාත දියණි and destination page was si:තේ චං ගම් and it was just a move. According to you, for what had happened to happen, the destination page should not contain no other history other than a redirect. However, according to history of the destination page its is not so. Please clarify this again. ----Shwetha (talk) 16:20, 27 August 2016 (UTC)
The current destination page contains history. The destination page that was there before and got deleted during the move didn't contain any history. That page only contained the redirect and then it was possible for the move-function to delete it. The page history is moved together with the page, so you can't look at the current destination page history. Check with the local administrator and they can confirm that the deleted page only contained the redirect. -- Tegel (Talk) 16:28, 27 August 2016 (UTC)
I would believe your argument if you can show any other this kind of happening in deletion log or any other logs. For me this is the first and only happening of appearance of a non-sysop in the deletion log. ---Shwetha (talk) 16:51, 27 August 2016 (UTC)
Go to this page and move it to the title පරිශීලක:Tegel/test2 that is another sub page under my user page. Then we can check the logs. -- Tegel (Talk) 16:56, 27 August 2016 (UTC)
I tried. Moving is not possible as the destination page already exists please. --- Shwetha (talk) 17:01, 27 August 2016 (UTC)
Try one more time. Or you can check this log where you have a deletion of a page August 26. The user is not an administrator. -- Tegel (Talk) 17:08, 27 August 2016 (UTC)
The redirect should be a redirect back to the page to be moved. Ruslik (talk) 17:14, 27 August 2016 (UTC)
I tried to move again. But move gets rejected saying the destination page already exists. We will drop this issue. For me it is strange and unresolved. My faith on Wikipedia system is shacked a little and I tend to think that there are loop-holes through which wrong-doers can escape unpunished. Thanks for your time. ---Shwetha (talk) 17:20, 27 August 2016 (UTC)
This behavior was recently introduced with the fixing of an old bug (see phab:T106119 and [12]). I don't understand why you think that "wrong-doers can escape unpunished" because of this. --Glaisher (talk) 17:24, 27 August 2016 (UTC)
I small clarification: what changed is how the moves over redirects are shown in logs. No user got any new abilities. Ruslik (talk) 17:28, 27 August 2016 (UTC)
It might be because I created the redirect-page manually and not as part of a move. But there is conditions when it's possible to move a page over a redirect, although this type of move is not that common. -- Tegel (Talk) 17:27, 27 August 2016 (UTC)
I repeatedly mentioned that this is the first time I noticed this kind of behavior. Only Glaisher told that "This behavior was recently introduced". Thanks for the revelation. My earlier statement was due to the belief that the user was a sock-puppet or tried to hack the system. We do have a history of a previous admin who tried to spy on us. Thanks. Now I see the whole picture. Article "A" had been created. Then history of edits. Then moved to article "B" without a redirect by a sysop. Then history of edits. Then article "B" moved to article "C" by a normal user.Then a sysop moved article "C" to article "B" with a redirect. Then a normal user moved article "B" to article "C". Then this current move of article "C" to article "B". If "This behavior was recently introduced" & as the pages contain lot of redirects along with moves, what is shown in deletion log is understood. I apologize for harsh remarks. thanks. ---Shwetha (talk) 17:44, 27 August 2016 (UTC)
This behavior is as ancient as Wikipedia. What changed recently is how such moves are recorded in logs. Ruslik (talk) 17:59, 27 August 2016 (UTC)
Thanks everyone. ---Shwetha (talk) 18:04, 27 August 2016 (UTC)

Disrupting the Sinhala Wikipedia[edit]

Status:    In progress

Please consider [13], [14] and [15]. In these requests for speedy deletion, [16] had mentioned the up-loader [17] as a banned or blocked user. The up-loader is not. This user Ravindu_Navin is disrupting the activities of Sinhala Wikipedia. I assume he is a candidate for blocking from the Wikipedia for disrupting its activities. --Shwetha (talk) 13:16, 28 August 2016 (UTC)

Why can't this be handled by one of the two active local admins? - dcljr (talk) 14:29, 28 August 2016 (UTC)
Their presence in Wikipedia is not regular. [18] and [19]. If you feel that we should always refer this sort of matters to them before referring the same to you we can try that. Thanks. ---- Shwetha (talk) 14:55, 28 August 2016 (UTC)
I have referred this matter to the two local admins please. [20] and [21] please. We will wait for few days for their action/response. If none I will refer this to you again.--- Shwetha (talk) 15:24, 28 August 2016 (UTC)

Vepwiki: please, ban all unregistered users from editing[edit]

Status:    Not done

Hello, I'm active user from Vepsian Wikipedia, and we are without local administrator. I request for set ban on all unregistered users for vepwiki from editing because of trolling and vandalism. What we have to do else, if IP of banned for one year user is changing each 24 hours? -- Koiravva (talk) 17:14, 28 August 2016 (UTC)

It is impossible to ban all unregistered users. You can consider Abuse filter. Ruslik (talk) 20:16, 28 August 2016 (UTC)

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