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Vandalism in Chuvash Wikipedia

User:Патша Тихон 2019 is vandalising articles. I reverted them, they reverted me back ([1], note that this is a BLP, thus this is BLP vandalism). The admin, Viktor, has not edited since 10 February. I would appreciate if one of you can block the vandal. Essentially, every user having Тихон in their name on cv.wp is the same vandal; several months ago they blanked five thousand articles and I had to roll everything back spending one day of my time. Thanks you in advance.--Ymblanter (talk) 19:34, 6 April 2019 (UTC)

@Ymblanter: I have locally blocked and reverted. I will leave the stewards to do whichever actions they deem appropriate. Thanks for that report.  — billinghurst sDrewth 06:53, 7 April 2019 (UTC)
It would seem that the wiki needs someone with admin rights. Creating a filter based on the user name is just going to cause a change in user name, and working out their actions and trying to defeat them is difficult without a more intimate knowledge of what they are doing, and why.  — billinghurst sDrewth 07:01, 7 April 2019 (UTC)
Thanks. I could apply for a global sysop as well, since I am on that wiki every day (I add POTDs and also check the recent changes), but since I do not have time to participate in the anti-vandalism team and to monitor all the projects, I do not think it makes much sense. (I do not speak local languages but I speak Russian).--Ymblanter (talk) 07:47, 7 April 2019 (UTC)
Ymblanter. If you only need local sysop right, just announce this on the village pump and then after 7 days, raise it to stewards at SRP. If you need sysop rights on many wikis, then global sysop will be helpful. Best,--Cohaf (talk) 08:28, 7 April 2019 (UTC)
Thank you, I know this. I am not comfortable having local sysop right on a project where I do not speak the language. (I held once a two month temporary sysop on another project just to clean it up, but here we are talking about a permanent one).--Ymblanter (talk) 08:34, 7 April 2019 (UTC)
You can ask for a temporary adminship anyway and I don't think billinghurst is saying a permanent one. Nevertheless, if you run for global sysop I'll support. Regards,--Cohaf (talk) 08:38, 7 April 2019 (UTC)
Thanks, I will think about it.--Ymblanter (talk) 08:42, 7 April 2019 (UTC)
I am just saying that it needs an admin to look after it who has a better understanding. If the community is able to find another/more admin(s) that is best, anything else is less perfect.  — billinghurst sDrewth 08:46, 7 April 2019 (UTC)

Global sysops now require 2FA

Hello stewards, please note when processing requests that per WMF (Special:Diff/19000730) global sysops now require two-factor authentication (as they have edit interface access within their wikiset). Best regards, — xaosflux Talk 01:45, 10 April 2019 (UTC)

URL shortener for the Wikimedia projects will be available on April 11th

Hello dear stewards,

I'd like to inform you that a new feature, the URL shortener service, will be enabled next week.

What is important for you to know, is that the stewards will have the ability to delete or restore the short links. It is described in the documentation: there will be a special page on Meta (not created yet), where you can perform this action.

if you have any technical question, feel free to ask @Ladsgroup: who can provide more information.

Thanks, Lea Lacroix (WMDE) (talk) 07:58, 4 April 2019 (UTC)

Hello dear stewards,
Could one of you check that Special:ManageShortUrls is working? I can't access it because, well, it's reserved to you :) Lea Lacroix (WMDE) (talk) 14:36, 11 April 2019 (UTC)
Works for me; thanks for the notice. – Ajraddatz (talk) 16:02, 11 April 2019 (UTC)
Short question: where should we leave deletion requests regarding the URL shortener? Do you also have a blacklisting technique that prevents short URLs to pages listed on such a list? I already see users doing dubious things using the URL shortener. —MisterSynergy (talk) 18:44, 11 April 2019 (UTC)
Steward requests/Miscellaneous perhaps. I'm not feeling that anything "secret" would be present in these, if so we could just let the meta admins deal with this at RFH? — xaosflux Talk 20:15, 11 April 2019 (UTC)
I plan to add the page where deletion requests should be left at Wikimedia URL Shortener. It says that only Stewards can delete those short URLs, thus I'm asking here. —MisterSynergy (talk) 20:17, 11 April 2019 (UTC)
Other part is active at Talk:Wikimedia_URL_Shortener#Allow_Meta-wiki_admins_delete_them. — xaosflux Talk 20:31, 11 April 2019 (UTC)
As you prefer, I don't have strong opinion. You can create a subpage of Steward requests, we can also use the documentation talk page ; in any case, this deletion request page should be linked from the documentation. Thanks for taking care of it! Lea Lacroix (WMDE) (talk) 09:25, 12 April 2019 (UTC)
If the nature of the deletion is sensitive that you cannot discuss onwiki, use stewards@wikimedia.org. Otherwise, I think SRM is sufficient. — regards, Revi 06:22, 15 April 2019 (UTC)