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Editing of global abuse filters — current status?[edit]

It is a number of years since we have implemented global abuse filters, and the initial position was that it was going to be stewards only (safety, uncertainty, community expectations, etc.) at least through the implementation. Can stewards tell the community their current view on global filters and how they see that they believe that they should operate into the future? Do stewards see that they have the sole ownership on their editing; that there is a case for other trusted users to be able to have the right; whether any change in rights assignation would need to be broadly proposed to the community; or what they see as the scope?

I ask as I have been requesting numbers of modifications to global filters over the past year, and I have to ask one or two people to edit filters that I created, built, tested and implemented. As a former steward, I believe that I have the trust and ability to edit within the expected scope; and it aligns with current ability and rights of a meta admin to edit other global impacting filtering functions. I am not wanting to set a policy for one, though I see that as there is neither privacy requirements, nor identifying components in the abuse filters that there is scope to explore the next iteration for the use of the permission "Create or modify global abuse filters (abusefilter-modify-global)".

My comments will guide my next steps. Thanks.  — billinghurst sDrewth 11:56, 27 February 2017 (UTC)

  • Allowing others -not stewards- to modify global filters is something I can see the risks and the benefits. I could trust you to manage global filters as you did managed them finely in your steward term; but I don't think we should be opening the gate. GAF is a very powerful tool, and I'd prefer that permissions stayed as they are; as it happens to some other tools such as CentralAuth or global block, which in comparaison can do less damage (I mean: a bad filter can cause thousands of edits or users being blocked, flagged, etc...) than a badly configured filter or a malicious one. —MarcoAurelio 12:04, 27 February 2017 (UTC)
    Which is why we always go through a testing process for filters whether they are global or not. Principles are unchanged, here are the other nn wikis where I have filters.  — billinghurst sDrewth 12:17, 27 February 2017 (UTC)
    Certainly. That said, maybe we could try. There are really good people with AF management and we could use their experience in this field. But we don't need only principles and I'd like to see also a well defined policy for this. —MarcoAurelio 12:32, 27 February 2017 (UTC)
  • IMHO when there is a trusted user supported by community with enough experience in global matters and with a good experience in AF, after a steward review, is welcome to modify GAF. --Melos (talk) 12:28, 27 February 2017 (UTC)

2017 Steward elections results[edit]

The 2017 Steward elections have ended at 14:00 UTC.

The Election Committee, after verifying the votes, has announced the results; the following candidates were elected:

  1. Defender (talk · contribs)
  2. HakanIST (talk · contribs)
  3. Matiia (talk · contribs)
  4. Sjoerddebruin (talk · contribs)

The Election Committee wishes to thank all of the candidates for their time and interest and the voters for the time spent reviewing the candidates and taking part in this important global process. Also the Election Committee wishes to thank all the volunteers who helped in the coordination of the election process.

The results of the 2017 stewards confirmation will be determined in the upcoming days.

For the Election Committee,

Ajraddatz (talk) 15:49, 28 February 2017 (UTC)
DerHexer (Talk) 15:42, 28 February 2017 (UTC)
--MF-W 15:41, 28 February 2017 (UTC)
Congrats to all new stewards! Trijnsteltalk 18:55, 28 February 2017 (UTC)
Congratulations to all the newly appointed stewards! Hope for a good year. --Atcovi (Talk - Contribs) 00:28, 1 March 2017 (UTC)

Admin activity review, new Wikispecies local policy[edit]

According to Special:Diff/16380625 Wikispecies has new policy of De-adminship as a result of inactivity. The list was updated. --Melos (talk) 21:12, 4 March 2017 (UTC)

I've also updated the list. As I noticed lately, the nl-Wikipedia has voted to abandon their annual reconfirmation procedure of all admins in Decembre 2016, see nl:Wikipedia:Stemlokaal/Afschaffen herbevestigingsprocedure and nl:Special:Diff/48248045?title=Wikipedia:Regelingen rond moderatoren.
On the page nl:Wikipedia:Regelingen rond moderatoren#Procedures voor het ontnemen van de moderatorstatus, you can also read that there still exists the inactivity criterium and another de-admin procedure nl:Wikipedia:Afzetting moderatoren which is about trust/mistrust in admins, but not annually. --Bjarlin (talk) 22:45, 4 March 2017 (UTC)

Long-abandoned(?) Global file deletion review[edit]

I found Global deleted image review and Requests for comment/Global file deletion review. Seems that the rights is favored but not as automatic. However, that was 2015. Currently, the proposed page sits there like a dust. What to do with the "global file deletion review" right? --George Ho (talk) 21:39, 12 March 2017 (UTC)

Upcoming changes[edit]

There are a lot of small changes happening in the next couple of weeks, and as the stewards may get questions, I wanted to share my list with you all:

  • There's a change to how columns in reference lists are handled, at the request of the German Wikipedia. This change will improve accessibility by automatically formatting long lists of <ref>s into columns, based on each reader's screen width. This is being deployed "default off", because some (but not all) local templates are incompatible with it.
    • What you need to do: Projects that are ready to use the feature can file a Phabricator task or talk to me, and we'll get their wiki on the list for the next config change.
  • The label on the "Save changes" button will change on most sister projects tomorrow (Wednesday) to say "Publish page". This has been discussed for years, is supported by user research, and is meant to be clearer for new contributors.
    • What you need to know: No matter what the problem is, the solution seems to be "talk to me". That includes everything from bad translations to outdated screenshots to people with new ideas about what the button ought to say (which needs to be cleared with the Legal team in advance).
  • The color and shape of the "Save changes" (or now "Publish page"), "Show preview" and "Show changes" buttons on some desktop wikitext editors will change. (phab:T111088)
    • What you can do about it: Unfortunately, it is not technically possible to completely override this change and restore the appearance of the old buttons for either your account or an entire site. I hope that we will not discover that most Wikimedians continue to dislike big, bright blue buttons even after they've had a couple of weeks to get used to the change. Also, I have some worries about whether this is going to break WikEd, which seems to be suffering from bitrot. This is riding the normal deployment train, so you should be able to see it at in about 24 hours.
  • Do you all remember last April, when nobody could edit for about 30 minutes twice, because of some work that Technical Ops was doing on the servers? The same kind of planned maintenance is happening again. It's currently scheduled for Wednesday, April 19th and Wednesday, May 3rd. The time of day is unknown, but it will probably afternoon in Europe and morning in North America (14:00 UTC is my first guess). This will be announced repeatedly, but please mark your calendars now.
    • We did a lot of outreach and announcements about this last year, including last-second banners. It mostly seemed to work. If you have ideas about how to make that process better, then please let me know.

That's everything on my mind at the moment (except the death of Tidy, but that's a project for another day), but I may have forgotten something. If you have questions (about this or any other WMF work), then please {{ping}} me, and I'll see what I can find out for you. Thanks, Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 19:54, 13 March 2017 (UTC)