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Edit warring over hr.wikipedia sitenotice

See [1]. It seems to be over a request to desysop three administrators, and one of the parties who is revert warring is one of the administrators who is included in the request to desysop. Is something like this (technically a wheel war, but not as serious as warring with the block button) something that stewards generally act on? --Rschen7754 08:53, 28 October 2013 (UTC)

Should wait for the vote to be completed and will see what to do next. Administrators who were make edit war are those they remove administrator rights. --Kolega2357 (talk) 09:27, 28 October 2013 (UTC)

This is local issue. Let the local community handle the situation. Things are under control, if we talk about the sitenotice. Mediterranean temper.
Local community has problems because their most active admins (SpeedyGonsales, Roberta F., Zeljko, myself) were (and still are) victims of media lynch, calumny, OUTING, HARASSING, e-bullying and e-mobbing on Facebook etc. They are defamated. On Facebook, militant activists openly call for violence and physical attacks.
Some people on wiki want to misuse that situation, since the users (whose identity is known) are intimidated. Anyone who opposes to the attackers from Facebook risks being lynched in media and on Facebook, loss of job or not finishing the studies. Kubura (talk) 03:17, 1 November 2013 (UTC)

It has been stopped for ~1 day, no actions are needed now but please inform everyone over there further wheelwars won't be tolerated. Personally I must note using sitenotice for internal processes like vote of confidence is definitely an overkill and, I should also note, seems to be about to have no more sysops. --Vituzzu (talk) 20:07, 1 November 2013 (UTC)

Request for attention

Request: This situation needs outside help and intervention. Could one or two stewards please take a look and weigh in on the latest proposal? Denny, Joy and flopy have all indicated that things are out of control. The recent action of a number of admins to interfere with a desysop discussion was troubling; as were the results: all 3 admins had a ~47/53 vote; the closing admin did not consider arguments but simply counted and said "majority does not support desysop"; drama continues.

I have spent a number of hours reading pages and looking into the discussions (including recentchanges, to avoid overweighting the drama here). My thoughts: editing on the project seems good, but the process for choosing admins and blocking users are troubling. This creates bias over time in who is allowed to edit, and is increasingly distressing half of the active editors. Despite the comments of the criticised admins (above and in the RfC), the local community has not been able to handle the situation. Problems raised here on meta over the past years have only intensified. Whatever happens next, some editors will leave; others are being perma-blocked month by month by current admins, some for political speech or publicly stated positions (with block reasons given as disruption, incivility, hate speech).

As is often the case, those in the spotlight are active good editors, and care about the project; their controversial actions are a result of their passion. As is also often the case, there is bound to be a bit of sockpuppetry somewhere (most of the active editors took part in the recent votes), though I doubt that affects the balance. It is worth checking for sockpuppets, to clear the air. I don't know if local CUs will work - the active local checkusers are caught up in this conflict. And the community needs help implementing other patterns to release the current tension. SJ talk  06:51, 4 November 2013 (UTC)

(Not a steward, but) In my opinion, I am concerned that there are local CUs at that wiki, where a significant minority appears to not trust them; also, stewards cannot view the CU logs (without granting themselves local CU). I have not heard accusations of misuse of CU, but we have no way of auditing such use, save for a request to the Ombudsmen. I personally think this may be one of the most pressing issues, though the other issues need close examination of course. --Rschen7754 07:03, 4 November 2013 (UTC)
A fair point, Rschen. I've also not heard any such accusations. But this does need some persistent attention. SJ talk  06:45, 11 November 2013 (UTC)

CheckUser controversy on croatian wikipedia

The following discussion is closed: not a stewards issue for resolution or discussion. Please see associated RFCbillinghurst sDrewth 00:05, 5 December 2013 (UTC)

Situation on croatian wikipedia is, once again, spinning out of control. About a week ago, hr:user:Imbehind opened a discussion about possible missuses of checkuser tool by SpeedyGonsales, who failed to find hr:user:Croq's sockpuppets in October, while another CU, just a few weeks later, found 10 of them. Imbehind asked for clarification (without making any accusations), but was blocked for "disturbing the project". Me and hr:user:Dean72 also asked for clarification, but received none. After repeated call for clarifications, we were blocked by hr:user:Zeljko (one with WW2 fascist leader en:Ante Pavelić images on his facebook account) on 2 years and 4 days, respectively. Other admins tried to unblocked me (at least 3 of them openly complained about the block), but Zeljko insisted on blockas and now we have wheel-war.

We are waiting for the solution of CW issues for too long. About 2 months ago, user:Miranche asked Mr. Wales if he could list abuses in systematic way. Mr. Jimbo Wales endorsed the idea. After a few extensions, the process of collection of data will be concluded in 4 days from now. Croatian wikipedians are exsausted and tired of fighting the cabal. We can wait for that 4 days, but not much more.

Can we expect some action from Wikimedia after November 30th? --Argo Navis (talk) 14:41, 26 November 2013 (UTC)

What is particularly problematic is the fact that Croq and several of his sockpuppets voted to keep SpeedyGonsales and two other admins in the recent admin recall vote. There is reasonable doubt regarding SG's conflict of interest, since he failed to find what appears to be an obvious connection between accounts that all supported him. I've asked for clarification too, and although I haven't been blocked (maybe that's because I used an editor's talk rather than village pump), I haven't received a satisfactory answer.
To keep the long story short, hr wiki is seriously dysfunctional, blocks are repeatedly used to quell dissent, the admins are rather sharply divided, as is the community, a war-like mentality ("it's us or them") has seemingly prevailed, and it seems to be impossible to establish an open and constructive discussion. I feel it is time to consider serious action, as anything less than a project reset is unlikely to help in the long term. GregorB (talk) 15:53, 26 November 2013 (UTC)
Check this wheel war about my block today. Zeljko blocked me for no reason, 4 different admins tried to unblock me, but he reverted it every time. Talking about tirany... --Argo Navis (talk) 21:15, 26 November 2013 (UTC)
You are on the stewards' noticeboard, which is where the volunteer stewards can coordinate response to matters within our scope as permitted by the community; this is not a board used by the officials of the Wikimedia Foundation. The hrWP wiki is outside the remit of the volunteer stewards, and there is nothing that we can do to process or progress this issue. If your approach is to the Wikimedia Foundation or its board, then you will need to use the designate means to do so. If your complaint is about the potential or the clear abuse of the CheckUser tool, then please address those to the Ombudsman Commission which has the remit on that matter. — billinghurst sDrewth 13:35, 27 November 2013 (UTC)
However wheel-warring is a reason for emergency desysop in some cases. Zeljko is wheel-warring against four other administrators. Ruslik (talk) 02:19, 28 November 2013 (UTC)
Correction to Argo Navis -- I was among the group of users who initiated the evidence gathering pages per WP:BOLD; Jimbo was not involved in this decision. We let him know after we had already started & he then endorsed the idea.
I am not familiar with wheel war policies, so I have no input regarding that particular incident. Reading the CU issue, the Ombudsman Commission certainly seems like the appropriate venue. But solving overall issues at will almost certainly need Wikimedia Foundation involvement. Miranche (talk) 05:42, 4 December 2013 (UTC)
Well, User:Sj is a member of the WMF Board. --Rschen7754 05:55, 4 December 2013 (UTC)

How can Zeljko to stay administrator? After more than a few serious violations of the administrator rights. --Kolega2357 (talk) 13:48, 28 November 2013 (UTC)

The question to ask is, who can evaluate his behavior and act upon it? Miranche (talk) 05:42, 4 December 2013 (UTC)
Closed Closed this is not an issue for the resolution of stewards. There are admins, bureaucrats that are answerable to the community or community processes. There are checkusers answerable to the Ombudsman Committee. Stewards have no authority to intervene without direction from the WMF board, or local bureaucrats. — billinghurst sDrewth 00:05, 5 December 2013 (UTC)

Inactivityrule nlws

The following discussion is closed: Rights of the inactive admins removed per request on SRP. Trijnsteltalk 23:11, 9 December 2013 (UTC)

In response to the following message at the dutch wikisource. inactive sysops. I would like to point out that nlws has an inactivityrule for sysops being that every sysop loses his rights after having less than 20 edits over a period of 12 months as stated here: rules inactivity. Asacha (talk) 10:01, 7 December 2013 (UTC)

Thanks for this information, Asacha. However, please note that if stewards should enforce this inactivity policy by removing the inactive sysops, you need to make such requests on SRP. --MF-W 13:50, 7 December 2013 (UTC)

inactivity hu.wikiquote

As per QuiteUnusual's message: I am alive and well and I usually appear on small hu language wikis (where there are no admins or the amount of admins/community activity is low) on requests. Sodomising my admin bit would result inability to handle problems and tasks which otherwise would fall on stewards quite unnecessarily. I cannot really pull up community support on wq since it's mostly edited in a fire-and-forget fashion; if it helps the other 2 admins can sign their support here, if you insist. Thanks. --grin 14:12, 11 December 2013 (UTC)

You don't need to demonstrate support, as you are still active no rights will be removed. QuiteUnusual (talk) 14:42, 11 December 2013 (UTC)
That is not true; grin only now made the first edit after 3 years (after the notification). Therefore the AAR process for keeping the rights should be followed (=discussion/decision by local users which show up). --MF-W 15:58, 11 December 2013 (UTC)
Okay, you're the boss ;-) QuiteUnusual (talk) 17:43, 11 December 2013 (UTC)
Yep, that's another bad example where bureaucrazy takes over common sense. My guess the original intent was deactivate unreachable people or those who do not want and need the flag anymore, but right now it's another "administratively controlled substance". I spare you from the rant about making more work for stewards, alienating people who offered their help and generally generating more noise than content. That's the way ah-ha ah-ha I like it ah-ha ah-ha... ;) But anyway, I'll ask all the active users to sign here, and let's hope both will come. :-) --grin 13:39, 12 December 2013 (UTC)

Thank you for your patience, and apologies for the long holding tone, your call is important to us. Please… oh, no, that's another recording. So, the strong community support arrived for your viewing pleasure here around in vast amounts. I'm happy that we're progressing according to the books. Am I declared innocent, Your Honour? :-) (Let me repeat, again, that the process is faulty and possibly against the original intentions.) (Also thanks for QuiteUnusual's positive approach, which nowadays is, well, quite unusual. :-]) --grin 11:15, 13 December 2013 (UTC)

Based on the level of support for you to retain the rights, I see no reason for them to be removed. QuiteUnusual (talk) 08:26, 16 December 2013 (UTC)

@Grin: The inactivity policy is about alerting a community to the extended non-presence of their people with elevated rights, and then letting the community to determine the actions to be taken. If your presence in the community had been evident, then we would not have needed to do a thing. There is a whole consultative process that was undertaken, so rather rehash that here, I invite you to go and read it Requests for comment/Activity levels of advanced administrative rights holders. Call it bureaucratic, administrative, ... the whole purpose is to be fair to the communities to know that their advanced rights holders are still present and active. — billinghurst sDrewth 14:51, 16 December 2013 (UTC)

Usurpation policy

Hi. Is anyone still interested in this proposal? How would this work with usurping global accounts after SUL finalization? PiRSquared17 (talk) 02:49, 25 December 2013 (UTC)

With the proposed global accounts there should be no need for usurpation. At this point of time, I see that usurpation is a local issue for local communities and their bureaucrats.  — billinghurst sDrewth 10:21, 25 December 2013 (UTC)
Indeed; usurpations won't happen anymore once SUL is finalized finally. --MF-W 00:02, 26 December 2013 (UTC)