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Vandal publicity[edit]

Okay, so while I'm not a user on any wikimedia projects, as a Twitter user I came here primarily after seeing a grossly repulsive tweet that seems to be written by a Wikipedia vandal. Their name is apparently WhenDatHotlineBling, and a celebrity gave him notability by replying to one of their tweets, which seems to be blowing up as of now and currently has over 400 likes: The celebrity who replied to this WhenDatHotlineBling guy is named Natalie Weaver, and the tweet that Hotline sent was extremely offensive and repulsive, and has the potential to make it onto the news.

That said, as the Wikimedia Foundation, should we make an article or project article about this particular incident since it involves the publicity of a Wikipedian? Jakecob85 (talk) 12:35, 17 October 2018 (UTC)

That's happened outside WMF realm, and therefore not within our responsibility or ability to handle them. Whether or not to document their behaviors publicly is up to each project. (and Stewards are not hired by WMF: All of us are just volunteers and does not represent WMF.) — regards, Revi 13:38, 17 October 2018 (UTC)

Inactive bureaucrat in[edit]

vi:User:Vietbio is a bureaucrat in who is inactive for at least two years (their last edit was 2016, the last action as admin was 2013 and the last action with bureaucrat tool was 2008). is usually ignored in AAR process but it actually doesn't have any removal policy on bureaucrats but admins only (Admin activity review/Local inactivity policies). They were stripped off admin rights because of inactivity but the bureaucrat rights still exist. Per AAR, this user's bureaucrat privilege should be removed. Thanks. Tân (talk) 06:18, 19 October 2018 (UTC)

No, they have not been stripped off of their admin rights. Ruslik (talk) 17:45, 19 October 2018 (UTC)
Yes, I am wrong about that. What is your suggestion? Making a discussion on to first remove his sysop privilege per their policy? Then making a request here?
It's a problem that has been existed for a long time. Because there are only three bureaucrats on, the other two don't really want to make a motion to strip off their colleague. Moreover, most of the Wikipedians don't care enough about the bureaucrats' actions to have a serious discussion on how to deal with the inactive ones. There was an unsuccessful vote recently to try to revoke them because it didn't have enough interested participants although the consensus was reached (vi:Wikipedia:Biểu quyết bất tín nhiệm hành chính viên). They also never respond to resignation request (because of his inactivity). Tân (talk) 20:13, 19 October 2018 (UTC)
If the policy is clear about removing an admin's rights after 1y of inactivity, you can simply file a request at SRP. Local bureaucrats on viwiki do not have the power to "strip off" any admin rights, anyway (as it can be seen on vi:Special:UserGroupRights#bureaucrat). If the policy is not clear on this, then there is also no reason to act. --Vogone (talk) 20:33, 19 October 2018 (UTC)
There is a policy on inactive admins, but not on inactive bureaucrats. My question is would the AAR apply to bureaucrat on if there is no policy on this? Tân (talk) 21:50, 19 October 2018 (UTC)
Is there any policy in viwiki that requires bureaucrats to be also administrators? Ruslik (talk) 20:21, 21 October 2018 (UTC)

Upload local files in[edit]

According Local uploads policy, it is necesary having at least two active sysops for a wiki to have local file upload enabled, but have only one sysop. Is there a procedure to request that the local file upload be disabled in that project? --Metrónomo-Goldwyn-Mayer 18:48, 30 October 2018 (UTC)

This is just a draft, not real policy. Ruslik (talk) 20:09, 30 October 2018 (UTC)
Is pamwiki building an Exemption Doctrine Policy? If not than only free use files are allowed and should just be put on commons. — xaosflux Talk 16:34, 11 November 2018 (UTC)

Scrutineers needed for enwiki ArbCom elections[edit]

The enwiki needs Stewards from other wikis to serve as Scrutineers for the enwiki ArbCom elections, starting on 00:00 December 3, 2018 (UTC). Instructions for the scrutineers can be found at en:Wikipedia:Arbitration Committee Elections December 2018/Coordination/Instructions for scrutineers. Thanks—CYBERPOWER (Chat) 14:49, 5 November 2018 (UTC)

  • While I am also working as fawiki scrutineer, looks like those two election does not conflict (in time) and I still have quite bit of time. — regards, Revi 14:59, 5 November 2018 (UTC)
    • Yes, they shouldn't overlap. For a start, VoteWiki need time to be updated from fa to en between the elections. "in theory [fawiki's] should be done and tallied by November 16" and "[enwiki] election will start the 19th". -- KTC (talk) 16:22, 5 November 2018 (UTC)
  • I think I can help also, as I'm fawiki scrutineer and there's no overlap --Alaa :)..! 17:49, 5 November 2018 (UTC)
  • We need just one more volunteer. Or more if you're interested in being a reserve. :-)—CYBERPOWER (Chat) 21:05, 5 November 2018 (UTC)
I would be happy to help anytime as I did before Mardetanha talk 21:09, 5 November 2018 (UTC)
Perfect. I'll go and get a motion filed to get you guys CU on enwiki.—CYBERPOWER (Chat) 21:10, 5 November 2018 (UTC)
Motion: en:Wikipedia:Arbitration/Requests/Motions#Temporary_checkuser_permission_for_election_scrutineersCYBERPOWER (Chat) 14:12, 6 November 2018 (UTC)
I would be happy to help too if needed. Linedwell [talk] 08:29, 8 November 2018 (UTC)
@Cyberpower678: possible reservist above. — xaosflux Talk 12:31, 8 November 2018 (UTC)
@Linedwell: I have added you to the reserve list.—CYBERPOWER (Chat) 14:40, 9 November 2018 (UTC)
@Cyberpower678: Thank you. Linedwell [talk] 15:46, 11 November 2018 (UTC)


Stewards needed attention on continuous gross insults and personal attacks going on me And usernamekiran on Marathi and english Wikipedia. This comes in light when user:usernamekiran nominated the articles of this director for deletion. The harassment is done by this sockmaster by using IP addresses and now a new vandalism account Usernamekiran tiven gosavi (talk · contribs) used to abuse us. The sock master is vandalising IMDB and adding my name falsely claiming that i am doing paid editing on wikipedia. The user has altogether more than 15 socks which have even blocked globally. The list are this and this. The user is using IP as well as to vandalise mrwp the user even is giving abusing badwords on our local bureaucrat usertalkpage. Requesting blocking of all socks globally as well as finding out if more socks via CU to stop this cross wiki abuse and vandalism.

Please even delete mr:युजरनेम किरण a insulting page on mrwp made by the sock. --Tiven2240 (talk) 06:43, 9 November 2018 (UTC)
I had no idea about the other accounts. After the deletion discussion mentioned above, I was abused at marathi Wikipedia (permalink). I had to request to protect the talkpage. There, the IP claimed I had taken money from other film producer/director, and got their articles deleted because I didn't receive any compensation from them. The language used there was profane too. I found out about mr:युजरनेम किरण after this post from Tiven. It a highly insulting page. They literally claimed I am Hitler, and "whoever disagrees with me, gets their bum swollen".
As Tiven mentioned above, this vandalism ranges not just on cross wiki, but on other websites as well. I don't know what we can do on WP to stop them though. —usernamekiran(talk) 07:15, 9 November 2018 (UTC)