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On v:zh:MediaWiki:Colloquium/en

An interesting fact: Chinese Wikiversity community had chosen "互助客栈" as a translation for Colloquium. However, in Chinese Wikipedia, "互助客栈" is a flexible translation for Village Pump... --Mend My Way 15:45, 4 January 2019 (UTC)[reply]

It was an example only for Cohaf. Do what ever you need.  — billinghurst sDrewth 15:54, 4 January 2019 (UTC)[reply]

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A Barnstar for you!

SpecialBarnstar.png The Special Barnstar
Thanks for your help over the holiday with the spambot problem. CKoerner (WMF) (talk) 17:17, 8 January 2019 (UTC)[reply]
@CKoerner (WMF): Thanks, good bit of team effort and thanks to those developers who came to my aid, most especially BAW who starred! Note the above comment about Special:AbuseFilter/195 which is related, and while being reasonably effective against other standard spambots, does have a low positive false hit rate. If we are going to keep 195, we need to look at ramifications, applying mitigation where possible, and maybe a level of communication through a newsletter.  — billinghurst sDrewth 01:58, 9 January 2019 (UTC)[reply]
Further noting that I am not a steward, so while I am given unfettered access to extended bits, it should not be without review or consideration, as my granted permissions are not a full-blown election.  — billinghurst sDrewth 02:00, 9 January 2019 (UTC)[reply]

Cross-wiki spam by Areokye

Hi, I saw you moved the report to SRG. FYI there is already an open request, see Steward requests/Global#Global lock for Areokye. -★- PlyrStar93 Message me. 01:11, 14 January 2019 (UTC)[reply]

Then feel happy to merge it. Thanks.  — billinghurst sDrewth 01:28, 14 January 2019 (UTC)[reply]

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new alychidesign-ish spam

I think we've successfully stopped the alychidesign spam (filter is disallowing it every time!) however I've seen a new variant of a similar type of spam: [1][2][3][4] which are all variants of this. Praxidicae (talk) 15:16, 16 January 2019 (UTC)[reply]

Yes check.svg Done put in a couple of common phrases. You are right in that it does look like the same crew.  — billinghurst sDrewth 21:01, 16 January 2019 (UTC)[reply]

Meta email from user "Namesbiography"

Status:    Not done
Hi Namesbiography. Blacklisting is not punitive, it is preventative, and the source of the link spam is not particularly relevant when it needs to be excluded. That said please let me first undertake some enquiries at English Wikipedia prior to responding more fully. @Ravensfire and Praxidicae: noting SPI there.  — billinghurst sDrewth 12:29, 17 January 2019 (UTC)[reply]
Thanks for the ping. I've had a short conversation with them on my English WP talk page (here). I'm going to add similar comments to the SPI later today (work IP is hard blocked on EN, so may be later this afternoon), but overall, there are a couple of things that are suspicious. First, rarely does the domain notice that they have been blacklisted so quickly unless there is an active campaign to add links to their site to Wikipedia. Second, this is a new website - the whois record shows the domain was created on November 27, 2018. It is very clearly not a reliable source for EN Wikipedia - blog, way too new, no editorial oversight, no sources mentioned. I don't feel that it matters if the spam campaign comes from folks behind the site or if it's a joe-job, this site doesn't offer a benefit to Wikipedia. Harsh opinion (and didn't really intend it to be that harsh, but short on time so needs to be quick), but my honest view on this. Ravensfire (talk) 15:53, 17 January 2019 (UTC)[reply]
Your communications were noted and the reason for the ping, and guided me in my choice of approach taken. My own thoughts will follow at a more suitable time.  — billinghurst sDrewth 22:18, 17 January 2019 (UTC)[reply]

@Namesbiography: I asked a checkuser at English Wikipedia to investigate the edits, including this account, and it would appear that your story has more elements of fiction, than elements of truth. I will not be progressing your request for removal via this direct representation, and if you progress to a process elsewhere, I will argue against any removal.  — billinghurst sDrewth 23:27, 17 January 2019 (UTC)[reply]

Shocking result that was. Utterly shocking. I couldn't have been more surprised. (And if your sarcastometer didn't peg on that one, please have it re-calibrated ...) Thank you for your help and patience on this. Ravensfire (talk) 14:41, 18 January 2019 (UTC)[reply]
@Ravensfire: One has to AGF and (try to) hold personal feelings aside.  — billinghurst sDrewth 03:50, 19 January 2019 (UTC)[reply]

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Global abuse filter 163

Hi to all. For the sake of a misplaced parenthesis the spam filter which tested fine locally, was, however, spitting hits xwiki. Fixed now, apologies for that.  — billinghurst sDrewth 14:00, 28 January 2019 (UTC)[reply]

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Questions regarding Special:Diff/18816769

Hello Billinghurst, I have noticed a change you have made on Samuel (WMF)/CA Reminder/MassMessage List, and would like to thank you for flagging user Cpettiti.

However, I have few concerns and need some clarification. You have added users like DerHexer or Salvio giuliano to the list but those have already signed the Confidentiality Agreement and do not need to be reminded. Also, Bbb23 and NickK were removed from the list purposely, yet their usernames were again. Finally, you changed the targets, replacing talk pages on local wikis with meta-wiki talk pages. Is there any particular explanation?

Finally, you still haven't signed the Agreement yourself. Since you are part of the Obudsmen, signing this agreement is a requirement too :)

Sincerely -- Samuel (WMF) (talk) 16:14, 28 January 2019 (UTC)[reply]

Did I add people, ouch, that wasn't my intention, sorry about that. I must have edited that delivery version, not the latest, that is a trickster that log page link. Re myself, I signed for a year on OC, and that is about to complete. Other than my completing OC, I have no rights that require me to sign the NDA.  — billinghurst sDrewth 22:06, 28 January 2019 (UTC)[reply]

Re: Globally blacklisted \bcaoliu2019\.blogspot\b

Thanks a lot for adding those url into Global blacklist. Stang 10:01, 1 February 2019 (UTC)[reply]


(copied from ban discussion)

For the record, I would indeed like to be unblocked from WikiSource. The reason I cannot request there, is that the nice EncycloPetey person also muzzled me from making any appeal on my talkpage at Wikisource, and nothing to do with which languages I may be fluent in. As several here have noted the unjust nature of this block being used as a technical pretext to ban me, I would be grateful if anyone could reverse that frivolous block, from which EncycloPetey unilaterally stripped me of any right of appeal. Til Eulenspiegel (talk) 12:11, 3 February 2019 (UTC)[reply]
I would think that waiting out the ban discussion, at least a little longer, would be worthwhile. My activity at English Wikisource is presently significantly reduced.  — billinghurst sDrewth 22:02, 3 February 2019 (UTC)[reply]
It won't be very worthwhile if I am banned first, but I may as well wait I guess. Til Eulenspiegel (talk) 23:14, 3 February 2019 (UTC)[reply]

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see these two threads; concerned with the Ombudsman Commission. Your opinion is solicited:-) Winged Blades of Godric (talk) 12:27, 7 February 2019 (UTC)[reply]

I stopped being an active member of the OC in the middle of last year. I am not the person to ask.  — billinghurst sDrewth 12:46, 7 February 2019 (UTC)[reply]
Noted. Thanks for your service, Winged Blades of Godric (talk) 13:43, 7 February 2019 (UTC)[reply]

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Hi. I tweaked the template instead so it uses both categories. Regards, —MarcoAurelio (talk) 13:31, 14 February 2019 (UTC)[reply]

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Any reason for your revert? On 4omni's user page one of the stewards asked us to place the request at exactly the page you've just reverted. If its the wrong place I would kindly ask the stewards to fix their messages, or if you are not a steward any longer, please ask for their reconfirmation. Dropping a reason for the revert would be useful as well. The meta wiki as a jungle of articles for the most users and its not easy to find the right way here. Thanks -- DerFussi 10:41, 25 February 2019 (UTC)[reply]

@DerFussi: Urk, phatphingerbuttonitus. Was only viewing from watchlist, so must have got caught in a screen refresh. <shrug> Sorry about that.  — billinghurst sDrewth 10:51, 25 February 2019 (UTC)[reply]
hahaha.. ok it happens. Very often on tablets, if you just scroll through recent changes. Happened many times to me. :) -- DerFussi
Yep, usually I notice when I do it. Clearly I am distracted tonight, or trying to achieve too many things at once.  — billinghurst sDrewth 11:22, 25 February 2019 (UTC)[reply]

COI bot?

Deceased currently?? Cheers --Herby talk thyme 13:47, 25 February 2019 (UTC)[reply]

@Herbythyme: The tools cloud servers are in the part of the spectrum somewhere b/w WTF <-> FFF. See discussion at user talk of Beetstra of where he is at with the recovery.  — billinghurst sDrewth 21:23, 25 February 2019 (UTC)[reply]
I am seeing reports generated, and I know that there was a backlog of files, though cannot say how much retrospective it will do for the down time.  — billinghurst sDrewth 01:23, 26 February 2019 (UTC)[reply]

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Can you add this nonsense to the alychi spam filter? Seeing it pop up in a lot of places on a lot of ranges. Praxidicae (talk) 15:10, 15 February 2019 (UTC)[reply]

Yes check.svg Done AF 96 updated with a few components, it is still set as challenge only. 03:02, 16 February 2019 (UTC)
Looks like they're getting through again: [5][6][7]. Praxidicae (talk) 18:05, 28 February 2019 (UTC)[reply]
@Praxidicae: Abuse filters 88 and 96 are challenge, not disallow, so maybe we should be looking at a change, though if we are looking to do that then we may need to toughen one of the two filters (AF88 88 log and AF96 log.)

Of the three examples: 1) was tagged, 2) is shWP which is outside global filters, and 3) is zhWP which is outside global filters.  — billinghurst sDrewth 00:10, 1 March 2019 (UTC)[reply]

Stray blocks

Hi, in a couple of days you have managed to ban both 1997kB and Tegel. Be careful :) --Base (talk) 00:44, 1 March 2019 (UTC)[reply]

Did I? Sheesh. Thanks. Apologies to Tegel.  — billinghurst sDrewth 01:14, 1 March 2019 (UTC)[reply]

Filter 208

FYI: Meta:Requests_for_help_from_a_sysop_or_bureaucrat#Emoji_blocker is open for discussion. — xaosflux Talk 13:08, 1 March 2019 (UTC)[reply]

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Spambots creeping through filter

1 2 and 3 if you're interested. Thanks Jon Kolbert (talk) 00:43, 12 March 2019 (UTC)[reply]

@Jon Kolbert: Thanks for the examples. I have updated and upgraded special:Abusefilter/68 to catch that term as it has been around a little while. [Noting an alternate approach per special:Abusefilter/208 where there are using a surfeit of links.) Earlier I did put a request in for a block of an IP address that was doing similar, though first that I have seen account-based attack undertaking that methodology for a while, usually it is IPs. It is not my favoured way to manage as it does AF overlap and cause a lot of duplicate noise in the Abuselog, though, in this case it looks necessary.  — billinghurst sDrewth 02:54, 12 March 2019 (UTC)[reply]
A few more 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6. Jon Kolbert (talk) 00:26, 19 March 2019 (UTC)[reply]
@Jon Kolbert: Without urls is a little trickier, with blogs we add them to AF69; the rest we often just get COIBot to monitor. You can add domains to user:COIBot/Poke and I can feed them into the system from there.  — billinghurst sDrewth 05:42, 19 March 2019 (UTC)[reply]

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Thank you! --Gereon Kalkuhl (WMF) (talk) 11:58, 27 March 2019 (UTC)[reply]


Hi Billinghurst. I wanted to prevent the spammer Pommys1 and Pommys5 to create more accounts and did this. I'm not sure whether that will help. Can you please check? Trijnsteltalk 12:49, 28 March 2019 (UTC)[reply]

@Trijnstel: The regex you probably want is .*\bPommys.* <newaccountonly> (the current one you have doesn't work). It should disallow any username that contains a string that starts with "Pommys", but it allows a username if "pommys" isn't a start of the string. So it should disallow "aaaa Pommyaaaa" but allows "aaaaPommysaaaa". -★- PlyrStar93 Message me. 14:01, 28 March 2019 (UTC)[reply]
Thanks, PlyrStar93! Fixed. Trijnsteltalk 15:33, 28 March 2019 (UTC)[reply]


What are you doing? I don't understand why this is necessary. Trijnsteltalk 22:11, 28 March 2019 (UTC)[reply]

@Trijnstel: Template:Unblock declined says "Administrators: This template should be removed when the block has expired." so I am deactivating the old usage. <shrug>  — billinghurst sDrewth 22:16, 28 March 2019 (UTC)[reply]
@Trijnstel: paused and waiting. We either change the template and stop the deletions, or we remove. Thoughts?  — billinghurst sDrewth 22:40, 28 March 2019 (UTC)[reply]
Well, I'm in favor of changing the template, stopping the deletions and reverting your previous actions. This feels rather useless tbh. Trijnsteltalk 22:44, 28 March 2019 (UTC)[reply]
Dead blocks from five + years ago, meh! Just leave them. Will change the template.  — billinghurst sDrewth 23:55, 28 March 2019 (UTC)[reply]

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Blocking AbuseFilter

Hello. Could you help me, please? I tried to write a new abuse filter on our wiki, that blocks a vandal, using the new sysop user:AbuseFilter. But I can't find how to do this. I can see you've wrote some blocking filters. I'll be glad for a little explanation. Thank you very much in advance, IKhitron (talk) 13:05, 8 April 2019 (UTC)[reply]

@IKhitron: Hi. This is simply applying the block function of abuse filters, rather than "using the user". You should see the text (or the Hebrew equivalent of) "Block the user and/or IP address from editing" as a tick box in the Actions section.  — billinghurst sDrewth 13:10, 8 April 2019 (UTC)[reply]
Thanks. Exactly. There isn't one. Should it be configured for a wiki or something? IKhitron (talk) 13:12, 8 April 2019 (UTC)[reply]
Ah yes, it is something that needs to be turned on in the configuration for your wiki. You will need to get a consensus of your wiki for this to be turned on, and then log a Phabricator site request. Let me dig up the configuration item, I don't remember it off the top of my head.  — billinghurst sDrewth 13:14, 8 April 2019 (UTC)[reply]
Great. Thanks a lot for your help. IKhitron (talk) 13:15, 8 April 2019 (UTC)[reply]
@IKhitron: Ah, it is shown in a different configuration place. See and it is the the configuration $wgAbuseFilterActions['block'] (see that explained in mw:Extension:Abusefilter. 13:21, 8 April 2019 (UTC)
So, we can do to it without phab? IKhitron (talk) 13:22, 8 April 2019 (UTC)[reply]
Sorry for the extra notification, billinghurst, IKhitron you need to make a request to Phab to add Abusefilter-modify-restricted to the sysop group see AbuseFilter for detail, and see phab:T96542 (Indonesian Wikipedia request) for example.--AldNonymousBicara? 13:24, 8 April 2019 (UTC)[reply]
Thank you very much. IKhitron (talk) 13:25, 8 April 2019 (UTC)[reply]

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Please delete

Can you delete my userpage on Wikisource? Wikisource:User:Aldnonymous, I want to use global userpage instead. Thank you.--AldnonymousBicara? 04:03, 22 April 2019 (UTC)[reply]

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Cross Wikimedia COI link spam on hiwiki

Hey, look over here for spam, some little help/assistance necessary here, empty tasks full of spam. Since articles on local hiwiki are protected I'm unable to revert stuff correctly or move with a fluent speed. Please look over this articles' history of Facebook "Narendra6m" is a persistent cross Wikimedia spammer and editor with gulping amounts of COI, high probability of PR team editing involving here. Revert them please. -- 12:33, 25 April 2019 (UTC)[reply]

Noted. With w:hi:फेसबुक, it is only a light protection, so having an account and editing logged-in would give you suitable rights to edit such a page. I will get a report regenerated for the below domain, so if there are other domains to be investigated, then please let me know.  — billinghurst sDrewth 21:29, 25 April 2019 (UTC)[reply]

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Global message delivery/Targets/Wikidata

@Billinghurst: Did you want to remove yourself ? (diff). So you unsubscribed someone else, one line below. May be that's what you wanted (you still want the subscription and removed a user that asked for it or blocked/removed/renamed). Check this deletion. Janet verdy_p (talk) 15:20, 30 April 2019 (UTC)[reply]

Thanks for your concern. I am cognisant of what I am doing.  — billinghurst sDrewth 21:08, 30 April 2019 (UTC)[reply]

Is there a way to temporarily give up admins power?

Dear Sir, due to recent concern of my conduct in Thai Wikipedia, I personally would like to give up my admin’s power for, say, 6 months. Is there a way to accomplish this? Best regards, --Horus (talk) 18:30, 1 May 2019 (UTC)[reply]

replied at User talk:Horus. — xaosflux Talk 19:00, 1 May 2019 (UTC)[reply]
@Horus: That is an area where each wiki would have rules that bind local bureaucrats, or otherwise assist the stewards to make that interpretation about pausing and resuming an adminship. There is no global rule in place.  — billinghurst sDrewth 23:05, 1 May 2019 (UTC)[reply]


Hi, Billinghurst. How are you? Well, I'm searching a tool and I think you can help. I'm creating a list of's sysops by number of actions and neither or is being very useful. The first lists all sysops in X time (one year at most), taking up a lot of time, while the second does not list the actions from older users. So, I remembered a tool, created by Quentinv (I think), which listed the administrative actions that X user had done on all WMF projects. It was widely used to tracking global sysop's activity. Do you know / remember what tool is? Thanks! Érico (talk) 00:07, 5 May 2019 (UTC)[reply]

@Érico: Quentinv's tools are long dead. There are now only or tools that do anything in this space that I am aware. It is an unsexy area.  — billinghurst sDrewth 02:29, 5 May 2019 (UTC)[reply]
Thanks. But, only for note, the site contains the data I were looking for. Regards. Érico (talk) 01:22, 6 May 2019 (UTC)[reply]

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re: "User:Wiglaf~metawiki/runes"

You might have mistaken something. This test page is not created by the user itself but an IP address, please delete it, thank you. -云间守望 04:12, 10 May 2019 (UTC)[reply]

You don't know that at all. The page is doing no harm.  — billinghurst sDrewth 04:21, 10 May 2019 (UTC)[reply]

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Yes, according to Proxy checker it is an Open Proxy. So 6 months globally as minimum. PS: looks I just missed the meta checkbox while blocking masti <talk> 08:15, 15 May 2019 (UTC)[reply]

Can you unblock

He was adding a request, therefore there's no reason to block him. He wasn't inserting Nonsense or Gebbrish. And one last thing, you blocked him for no reason, he didn't did vandalism-- 09:54, 17 May 2019 (UTC)[reply]

X mark.svg block expired  — billinghurst sDrewth 07:38, 18 May 2019 (UTC)[reply]

Asking for admin action in Thai Wikipedia

May I ask: if I have an urgent request needing admin action (and uncontroversial) in Thai Wikipedia, can I ask for some steward's help here? Because I think sometimes the remaining Thai admins are too slow to respond. Thank you. --Horus (talk) 05:13, 20 May 2019 (UTC)[reply]

@Horus: I haven't been a steward for several years, if you have a request for stewards at thWP, then you should make such a request at either SRM or SN, depending on the issue.  — billinghurst sDrewth 08:30, 20 May 2019 (UTC)[reply]

Romani Wikipedia

Thanks for filter import. For the adminship I wrote my application here and now I'm waiting for the community. Is everything fine with it or should I apply on SRP now? – Balint36 🚌 bus stop 22:47, 20 May 2019 (UTC)[reply]

@Balint36: Leave it for a week, then take it to SRP. If you tell stewards now, they will just put it {{on hold}} for the week.  — billinghurst sDrewth 23:46, 20 May 2019 (UTC)[reply]

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Block first, revert after

Hi to those watching here. When the idiot vandals are here, then please block first, and then revert, rather than engage in a revert war with an idiot, especially where they are demonstrating having an expertise in mindless idiocy.

If you cannot block, then don't fuss it, someone will see it soon enough and manage it. Plenty watch here.

That idiots get their jollies vandalising this page is of little concern to me whatsoever, and shouldn't overly fuss others. It will be managed.  — billinghurst sDrewth 23:55, 21 May 2019 (UTC)[reply]

Britannica searches

Morning Billinghurst

I just wanted to enquire about your addition of Britannica search queries to the spam blacklist (seemingly per this). What prompted this? Was there some history of disruption associated with such URLs? I wanted to put a link to a Britannica search on a talk page on enwiki today, to demonstrate a point I was making. Many thanks Amakuru (talk) 08:56, 23 May 2019 (UTC)[reply]

@Amakuru: Spambots utilise it regularly, presumably as one of their means to make their spam urls look to be legitimate. There are a number of otherwise benign domains where they abuse the search function. As the output of search links are variable and generally not part of either a reliable source, a reference, etc. it has been a reasonable means to find a gentler way to prevent the spam.  — billinghurst sDrewth 09:21, 23 May 2019 (UTC)[reply]
If you peruse w:special:log/spamblacklist you will generally find a hit pretty often—well you did for quite a while, I cannot say that I have overly checked it more recently]].  — billinghurst sDrewth 09:25, 23 May 2019 (UTC)[reply]
Ah OK, thanks for the reply. Not a massive deal, I guess, just that I wanted to put a link on a talk page to highlight to others that a particular search query yielded no results in Britannica. I can see that a search query would never be a useful link for an article though. Amakuru (talk) 10:41, 24 May 2019 (UTC)[reply]
@Amakuru: The balance is hard across 770 wikis. The alternate is for you to locally whitelist the url string and then manage its use with an abusefilter, maybe just allow it in the odd numbered talk namespaces, which are less spam-targeted. There are numbers of similar search-type urls that the spambots love that have has similar treatment. The blacklist is a fairly blunt tool, though flooding abuse filter logs is equally problematic.  — billinghurst sDrewth 00:26, 25 May 2019 (UTC)[reply]

Need your help

Hello. I opened a Request for comment page but I did not do it properly, I neglected too many things and it is not displayed in Request for comment hub page. Can you amend my page? Thank you in advance --Ruhubelent (talk) 18:41, 23 May 2019 (UTC)[reply]

The root page needed to be purged ?action=purge. It is showing for me.  — billinghurst sDrewth 22:24, 23 May 2019 (UTC)[reply]
Thank you, it is not shown there. It was not showing at the time I wrote, I thought I did something wrong. I do not know how to do it, that is why I contacted you. --Ruhubelent (talk) 07:04, 24 May 2019 (UTC)[reply]
It is not shown there? It is top of the Open RFC list. As I said, the RFC page needed to be purged, and I linked to the description of about purging. Not sure else you would like me to do.  — billinghurst sDrewth 08:10, 24 May 2019 (UTC)[reply]
My blunder, I was gonna write it is shown. I do not know how I wrote "not." Sorry and thank you --Ruhubelent (talk) 08:47, 24 May 2019 (UTC)[reply]
All sweet. Face-smile.svg Sometimes my fingers don't obey my fingers either.  — billinghurst sDrewth 09:56, 24 May 2019 (UTC)[reply]

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Thank you for doing admin tasks

I made a process request that an administrator delete a set of redirects so that I could post full content in those places. Within an hour you did that in the way the system is supposed to work.

Thank you for being around, using administer user rights appropriately, executing tasks according to system design, and responding quickly to my request. You make this wiki function as it is supposed to operate. Blue Rasberry (talk) 18:39, 31 May 2019 (UTC)[reply]

Hey mate, most welcome; though it sounds like being normal isn't normal. Content isn't my speciality, though where you do excel; so thanks for your part in the glorious game. :-)  — billinghurst sDrewth 07:57, 1 June 2019 (UTC)[reply]

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Please delete & hide User special:contributions/ with offensive language (affront) in Russian language

Good morning! Please delete & hide 2 last topics with offensive language (affront) here from Cite "отношений со всякими долбоебами (dunсe, fuсkhead) типа Фила Вечеровского". "Долбоеб" = "dunсe", "fuсkheаd" in English, its very strong offense in Russian language. — The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 2019-6-11 09:30:21 (UTC)

I would prefer to hear from the account holder about how they would like to have their page managed, and I think that it would be better that the instruction is given at enWP. I have blocked the particular abusive editor.  — billinghurst sDrewth 09:43, 10 June 2019 (UTC)[reply]
    • Thanks! But I want to hide user contributions with offensive language (affront) here
    • Cite: "отношений со всякими долбоебами типа Фила Вечеровского". "Долбоеб" = "dunсe", "fuсkheаd" in English, its very strong offense in Russian language. This offense is not for Wanderer777, this offense for another user. You blocked IP, but I want to hide and delete offenses!
      I understand what you want. I will take my direction from the account holder.  — billinghurst sDrewth 09:53, 10 June 2019 (UTC)[reply]
      • Account holder want to hide everything except the very first version (2012 year). He write about this on own talk page. It is not so problematic for you to hide offenses.
        Asked and answered; and for accountability purposes I will deal with this at enWP, not here.  — billinghurst sDrewth 10:09, 10 June 2019 (UTC)[reply]

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On the advice of @Tomybrz:, it's enough to have my user pages & my talk user pages being vandalized because i'm a sysop on the french WP. I'm looking for where asking in one go the definitive Extended confirmed protection for all my pages on all projects. Thx for answering. OT38 (talk) 17:03, 15 June 2019 (UTC)[reply]

Addressing at SRM as it has already been taken there.  — billinghurst sDrewth 00:22, 16 June 2019 (UTC)[reply]


Hi. I noticed you protected my talk page due to the vandalism, and then changed it to semi-protection. It seems that just now, a vandal managed to become autoconfirmed somehow to get past this. Therefore, would it be a good idea to increase the protection level on my talk page here? Thank you. Diamond Blizzard (talk) 05:01, 17 June 2019 (UTC)[reply]

@Diamond Blizzard: I am reticent to put full protection on a talk page as that means only admins can post there, and you cannot. If you are not undertaking business here, and push people to your WP talk page, then I am happy to further protect that page. If you are likely to do business here, then I can add your talk page to an existing filter, and adapt the filter to catch the garbage that is being added. Please let me know which is the better means to progress.  — billinghurst sDrewth 05:55, 17 June 2019 (UTC)[reply]
Thanks for the response. Nothing else seems to have happened so far, so unless something does, I think this level of protection is fine now. But just wondering, does extended confirmed protection exist on this site? Diamond Blizzard (talk) 19:19, 17 June 2019 (UTC)[reply]
No, that user right, itself, only exists at enWP, so that is not an available protective option.  — billinghurst sDrewth 21:03, 17 June 2019 (UTC)[reply]
@Diamond Blizzard: I have added your user talk page to one of my abuse filters, and I am asking checkusers to do a follow up to see what is possible in that space.  — billinghurst sDrewth 08:05, 21 June 2019 (UTC)[reply]

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Catanalysis in tool "Meta"

Seems to be down again. Can you help? Thanks. StevenJ81 (talk) 15:52, 28 June 2019 (UTC)[reply]

Nope, not a developer. You'll need to log a bug in GitHub.  — billinghurst sDrewth 22:24, 28 June 2019 (UTC)[reply]
Sorry. I thought it said you are a maintainer. Apologies for disturbing you. StevenJ81 (talk) 22:49, 28 June 2019 (UTC)[reply]

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Would you or someone else mind deleting the contributions of this IP. The "translations" are just Farsi for "sex" and unfortunately my marking them for deletion put the main page in deletion... Call my an idiot. TonyBallioni (talk) 07:08, 5 July 2019 (UTC)[reply]

Black check.svg Already done  — billinghurst sDrewth 23:28, 13 July 2019 (UTC)[reply]

Userpage deletion

Hello sir, I'm vanishing from all wikimedia projects. So please delete all my userpages including the local user page in Assamese Wikipedia (

Also block and delete userpages (in local wiki, i.e. of সদস্য:Renamed user 2wz4ntr and সদস্য:Vanished user byhrlwopfidu as these accounts are also owned by me.


Vanished user qwerty12345 (talk) 09:03, 5 July 2019 (UTC)[reply]

X mark.svg Not done not a global sysop task, especially not from my user talk page.  — billinghurst sDrewth 23:29, 13 July 2019 (UTC)[reply]

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Documentation for setting up a newly created wikimedia wiki

Hi, Billinghurst. I'm curious... (it'll be the death of me)... Are there any specific documentation pages (or similar helpful links) that you refer to when setting up a new wiki?

I know you did the vast majority of the work setting up wikimania: (i.e. importing templates & MediaWiki:strings, and I believe setting up user-groups, and other?), and I'm trying to get a better understanding of the overall process.

I looked around a bit, and found the Technology-end is covered by wikitech:Add a wiki, but I couldn't find anything at wikitech, meta, or incubator, regarding what the steps after that are.

If there are not any existing pages and it's all in your head (and the heads of other people (??) who've done similar), maybe it'd be worth starting a page of notes?

That's it! Cheers, Quiddity (talk) 23:23, 29 July 2019 (UTC)[reply]

@Quiddity: Umm, I just reacted to needs, and brought in old WM201[6-8] stuff I thought relevant as I wanted to ensure that we were building multi-lingual.

You will note that I have next to ZERO content contributions at Wikimania. For templates and stuff it is just watching the needs via Special:SpecialPages. So predominantly reactive, rather than pro-active. I did have a look at the old Wikimanias to see what they had been using and doing, and prepared for similar setup utilising previous translations. For Mediawiki: ns it was kept pretty generic (purposefully to allow for existing translations to rule) and after that it is was Sidebar and Gadgets. Admin side, we have kept pretty simple, again reacting to needs. Wikimania is typically not new users.  — billinghurst sDrewth 23:44, 29 July 2019 (UTC)[reply]

Nod, that makes sense. I was asking partially because I'm interested in how new content project wikis get setup (usually after graduating from Incubator), and partially in the context of wmania:2019:Technology outreach & innovation/Building Technical Capacity in Smaller Wikis and similar endeavours - i.e. maybe specific stewards or the SWMT helps with that kind of thing? Or possibly it's all just left up to the new community to figure it out for themselves, based on the notion that they'll have to bootstrap in a dozen other areas anyway? Any thoughts or pointers on who else to ask, would be welcome. :) Quiddity (talk) 00:51, 30 July 2019 (UTC)[reply]
Talked to the admins who run incubator? One would think that there is a community of sufficient size to promote from incubator, and a group of people who make an assessment on its move. There are global admins who watch, though we don't normally watch content, though there rae soe in the SWMT team who use a small wiki watch tool specifically.  — billinghurst sDrewth 08:30, 30 July 2019 (UTC)[reply]

The usual - COIbot

Sorry to bother you but...! The last one I added to the COI bot has produced the report but not the Xwiki one in maybe 48 hours (it's probably a site that needs BL too)? Equally the previous two I added (non standard domain names?) have had no reports? Hope life is ok - cheers --Herby talk thyme 10:54, 30 July 2019 (UTC)[reply]

@Herbythyme: Beetstra has moved it to its new home, and still is tweaking its bits and performance. I suggest that you mention to Beetstra that the poke page is problematic. I have manually fed them to the bot in IRC, so that should generate the reports.  — billinghurst sDrewth 10:57, 30 July 2019 (UTC)[reply]
Appreciated and pinging @Beetstra: so that he is aware. Thanks --Herby talk thyme 11:11, 30 July 2019 (UTC)[reply]

Plus a bit :) Sorted the nl site one out. The "mail" themed ones are interesting. My gut feeling is that there were a few before these on Commons before I really noticed - not consistent domains but on that theme (and they resolve to the same IP I see). Have you noticed anything? Cheers --Herby talk thyme 11:16, 30 July 2019 (UTC)[reply]

@Herbythyme: first and second are both the same spammer Special:WhatLinksHere/User:COIBot/LinkReports/ and I think we would blacklist. Third looks manual, so probably shake a cage first.  — billinghurst sDrewth 11:21, 30 July 2019 (UTC)[reply]
Thanks and will look some more tomorrow probably - cheers --Herby talk thyme 14:30, 30 July 2019 (UTC)[reply]
@Herbythyme: I'm not sure what you mean .. poking COIBot is only for producing LinkReports. At the moment I do not have a mechanism for creating XWiki reports from a Poke (is this a request?). --Dirk Beetstra T C (en: U, T) 12:34, 30 July 2019 (UTC)[reply]
Oh, it hadn't created Link reports, those only came when I kicked it (though I didn't check the period of time between herby's addition and his ping)>
@Beetstra: - thanks and I didn't know that the poke didn't trigger XWiki - would be nice if it did. The point was really that 2 of my requests didn't work until Billinghurst did the work on IRC (they'd been there for maybe 48 hours?). --Herby talk thyme 14:30, 30 July 2019 (UTC)[reply]
@Herbythyme: <copy><paste>s/link/xwiki/sig<save><upload><restart><test>. --Dirk Beetstra T C (en: U, T) 15:15, 30 July 2019 (UTC)[reply]
Note: LinkSummary -> report, XWikiSummary -> report + xwiki-report. --Dirk Beetstra T C (en: U, T) 15:16, 30 July 2019 (UTC) [reply]
Comment Comment @Praxidicae: had a go, and it didn't appear to trip the XWiki switch. I have added a couple and see that they did feed straight into COIBot. Praxidicae is on the Poke permission list, so is there an additional permission requirement to added for those on the granteduser list? Though I see that Herbythyme's request is completed, and has the same rights in the settings file.  — billinghurst sDrewth 21:43, 30 July 2019 (UTC) [reply]
And when I re-add the exact same domain, it feeds straight in. So it doesn't seem to be related to the domain name.  — billinghurst sDrewth 21:47, 30 July 2019 (UTC)[reply]

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