Talk:Small Wiki Monitoring Team

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Yiddish Wiktionary[edit]

I am looking for a someone with technical (computer / IT / programming) knowledge to help me while editing the Yiddish Wiktionary. This project seems to have been dead for many months (years?) now, and I have no clue as to where to start reviving it or how to perform some larger changes (e.g. automatic replacement &c). If there is anyone willing to co-operate, I would be grateful for contacting me on the Polish Wikipedia. I speak English, German, Japanese and my native Polish, I also understand without problems Russian and Turkish (but I am poor at using them actively). Yiddish would also be an option, but it probably does not matter. Maitake (talk) 13:40, 1 November 2017 (UTC)

Non-techie here but interested in following developments regarding Yiddish. Message left at pl:Dyskusja wikipedysty:Maitake. -- Deborahjay (talk) 15:15, 25 November 2017 (UTC)

Mass low/no-relevance new page creations on Small Wikis[edit]

I'm reporting on a recurring phenomenon clearly viewed at Wikidata, whose admins suggested the problem might best be aired at Meta as I'm looking for the best course of action in these events. Over the past four months in my daily activity on the ZU WP, there have been a handful of page creations for some American fast-food franchise (e.g. this latest:d:Q376627. These will have a single or double line of content, apparently machine translated, likewise a red-link category. Checking the Wikidata item, it emerges that the (usually IP) user has created ca. five dozen (!) of these pages, many on Small WPs. In the WPs where there's no administrator, one of you is likely to discover the situation and see to its remedy. My query: Is or has there been a policy of mass deleting for such spam? How do you advise me to handle this? Thanks! -- Deborahjay (talk) 15:33, 25 November 2017 (UTC)

Not sure whether this talk page is the best venue for this discussion. There's not much we can do, as anyone can edit Wikimedia projects, and the American fast-food franchises are not the only topic that is spammed across wikis. But when we see those we should remove the pages immediately and globally block the IP / user. But they are usually creating pages also on wikis with many administrators, where global sysops can't remove pages. Stryn (talk) 09:10, 26 November 2017 (UTC)
@Deborahjay and Stryn: Now this person (if a /130 IPv6 subnet like "2600:1700:1e0:6b20/130" is enough to identify a single person) is doing the same here. Mahir256 (talk) 00:19, 28 November 2017 (UTC)
The English version of the article in the latest example is en:Smashburger. That was created in 2009 by a long-term editor in good standing, who remains active. It has been edited by a good number of others since, non of whom have seen fit to nominate it for deletion. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 11:25, 28 November 2017 (UTC)
@Pigsonthewing: The problem, of course, is not with the English article, but that the articles on this franchise on other wikis are a single or double line of content, apparently machine translated, likewise a red-link category and that [c]hecking the Wikidata item, it emerges that the (usually IP) user has created ca. five dozen (!) of these pages, many on Small WPs, which appears to be spam behavior. Mahir256 (talk) 00:20, 29 November 2017 (UTC)