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Regarding requesting for ip block exemption

Hi, I wanted to know if there is any specific way to request for a ip block exemption or any tecnical detail I need to add with the request ?

Thank You--Ra1han (talk) 18:14, 16 October 2018 (UTC


Hello Alaa, Please help me to activate the authentication feature on my account in Wikipedia.--شيما*** (talk) 14:09, 31 January 2019 (UTC)

Hello @شيما***: Yes check.svg Done --Alaa :)..! 15:04, 31 January 2019 (UTC)

Hits on AF/171

String of hits from a new SUL special:centralauth/Aymenoglu. I don't know enough, so I will just leave it with you.  — billinghurst sDrewth 15:08, 31 January 2019 (UTC)

Thanks @Billinghurst: Yes check.svg locked - related to this case --Alaa :)..! 15:20, 31 January 2019 (UTC)
Yep, I had a quick look. Though was confused with something like ar:إسماعيل حقي بك which isn't autobiographical. I see created by a locked account, so guessing this same bloke. Though not sure what should be happening with the creations; are they junk? are they good? or who knows?  — billinghurst sDrewth 15:25, 31 January 2019 (UTC)
Hello @باسم: can you take a look on the article that billinghurst mentioned above? --Alaa :)..! 16:15, 31 January 2019 (UTC)
@Billinghurst and علاء: this mentioned person was a known musician during the Ottoman era. Youtube has some musical pecies written and composed by himباسم (talk) 16:31, 31 January 2019 (UTC)

Cross-wiki abuse

Hello علاء, I don't really know if a cross-wiki block is appropriate so thought I'd ask,
User:Cascorrin has been adding their image across multiple projects despite repeatedly being told to get consensus, On 22nd January they were blocked at the English Wikipedia for socking and edit warring[1] however since then the edit warring has continued across various projects,
I ended up reporting them on those respective projects[2] however amazingly all (except EN) have simply been ignored so I was wondering if a cross-wiki block could be applied (A cross-wiki block was suggested at EN[3]),
Many thanks, –Davey2010Talk 19:04, 4 February 2019 (UTC)

(talk-page stalker) Unsure which source inspired EdJohnston’s interesting suggestion, but—as of February, 2019—Wikimedia has no such ability as “cross-wiki block”. Is Davey2010 aware of banning policy? The image warrior is currently ineligible by a large margin (see Requests for comment/Global ban for Yahadzija to estimate an amount of disruption necessary for such sanction). Incnis Mrsi (talk) 21:37, 4 February 2019 (UTC)
There is the analogous action for accounts, a global lock, which EdJohnston is likely referring to. However, this is usually considered a last-resort action. In this case I think that local communities can continue to deal with the disruptive behaviour, but if it continues then you could request an account lock on SRG. – Ajraddatz (talk) 21:53, 4 February 2019 (UTC)
Hi Incnis Mrsi, Unfortunately I'm not, Annoyingly I did search for things like "Global lock" and even "Global Ban" yet annoyingly nothing showed up - Thanks for the link I'll take a read in a sec,
Hi Ajraddatz, Ah okay, Yeah I don't really want to outright ban them from the entire Encyclopedia worldwide all for the sake of them image warring but at the same time I don't want to have to keep on reverting them or even keeping tabs on them 24/7,
I'm wondering if I should simply give in and allow them to add their image everywhere as on a technicality "What I don't know doesn't harm" right?, I mean it's not like I edit the German, Russian or Spanish projects so on that front it shouldn't bother me right?,
I don't like them mass-adding their images everywhere but on the otherhand unless someone cares enough to revert them or unless the other projects care enough to do something then maybe I'm simply wasting my time,
Anyway thanks all, –Davey2010Talk 22:17, 4 February 2019 (UTC)
It's a tough call. Usually, if the disruptive behaviour isn't very disruptive, I'll leave it for the local community to deal with. On eswiki, etc they have more than enough local users to address any problems, and if nobody reverts it then they probably don't consider the edits disruptive enough to worry about. Another approach I've taken in the past is leaving a note on the article talk page briefly describing what disruptive edits have been done elsewhere, and that way any local users watching the article will get some context. Writing in English is usually fine (though I compulsively apologize every time I do so :P) – Ajraddatz (talk) 22:26, 4 February 2019 (UTC)
Hi Ajraddatz, Okie dokie thanks for the hint :) - I'll leave a note on the various talkpages explaining the issue and then leave it at that, So far for the AN/EW boards I've been doing it as English and then their language underneath it .... Tried killing 2 birds with one stone but I think it's just made me look like more of an idiot :P,
Anyway thanks again for your help it's much appreciated :),
Thanks, –Davey2010Talk 22:59, 4 February 2019 (UTC)
No problem! As I said, let us know if this continues to be a problem in the future, and especially if it escalates. – Ajraddatz (talk) 23:00, 4 February 2019 (UTC)

Growth team updates #5

Welcome to the fifth newsletter for the new Growth team!  

The Growth team's objective is to work on software changes that help retain new contributors in mid-size Wikimedia projects.

New projects for discussion

We began the "Personalized first day" project with the welcome survey so that we could gather information about what newcomers are trying to accomplish. The next step is to use that information to create experiences that help the newcomers accomplish their goal – actually personalizing their first day. We asked for community thoughts in the previous newsletter, and after discussing with community members and amongst our team, we are now planning two projects as next steps: "engagement emails" and "newcomer homepage".

  • Engagement emails: this project was first discussed positively by community members here back in September 2018, and the team how has bandwidth to pursue it. The idea is that newcomers who leave the wiki don't get encouraged to return to the wiki and edit. We can engage them through emails that send them the specific information they need to be successful – such as contact from a mentor, the impact of their edits, or task recommendations. Please read over the project page, and comment on its discussion page with any ideas, questions, or concerns. Do you think this is a good idea? Where could we go wrong?
  • Newcomer homepage: we developed the idea for this project after analyzing the data from the welcome survey and EditorJourney datasets. We saw that many newcomers seem to be looking for a place to get started – a place that collects their past work, options for future work, and ways to learn more. We can build this place, and it can connect to the engagement emails. The content of both could be guided by what newcomers say they need during their welcome survey, and contain things like contact from a mentor, impact of their edits, or task recommendations. Please read over the project page, and comment on its discussion page with any ideas, questions, or concerns. Do you think this is a good idea? Where could we go wrong?

Initial reports on newcomer activity

We have published initial reports on each of the team's first two projects. These reports give the basic numbers from each project, and there are many more questions we will continue to answer in future reports. We're excited about these initial findings. They have already helped us define and design parts of our future projects.

  • Welcome survey: the initial report on welcome survey responses is available here. Some of the main findings:
    • Most users respond to the survey, giving it high response rates of 67% and 62% in Czech and Korean Wikipedias, respectively.
    • The survey does not cause newcomers to be less likely to edit.
    • The most common reason for creating an account in Korean Wikipedia is to read articles—not for editing—with 29% of Korean users giving that responses.
    • Large numbers of respondents said they are interested in being contacted to get help with editing: 36% in Czech and 53% in Korean.
  • Understanding first day: the initial report on what newcomers do on their first day is available here. Some of the main findings:
    • Large numbers of users view help or policy pages on their first day: 42% in Czech and 28% in Korean.
    • Large numbers of users view their own User or User Talk page on their first day: 34% in Czech and 39% in Korean.
    • A majority of new users open an editor on their first day – but about a quarter of them do not go on to save an edit during that time.

Help panel deployment

The help panel was deployed in Czech and Korean Wikipedias on January 10. Over the past four weeks:

  • About 400 newcomers in each wiki have seen the help panel button.
  • About 20% of them open up the help panel.
  • About 50% of those who open it up click on one of the links.
  • About 5% of Czech users ask questions, and about 1% of Korean users ask questions.

We think that the 20% open rate and 50% click rate are strong numbers, showing that a lot of people are looking for help, and many want to help themselves by looking at help pages. The somewhat lower numbers of asking questions (especially in Korean Wikipedia) has caused us to consider new features to allow people to help themselves. We're going to be adding a search bar to the help panel next, which will allow users to type a search that only looks for pages in the Help and Wikipedia namespaces.

How to create a good feedback page?

What is the way to built a good help page? What blocks you when writing an help page? Your replies will help to create better help contents to newcomers, that would be used on Help panel.

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I sent you an email about Partial blocks. SPoore (WMF) Strategist, Community health initiative (talk) 21:42, 15 February 2019 (UTC)