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Welcome to Meta![edit]

Hello Jalexander, and welcome to the Wikimedia Meta-Wiki! This website is for coordinating and discussing all Wikimedia projects. You may find it useful to read our policy page. If you are interested in doing translations, visit Meta:Babylon. You can also leave a note on Meta:Babel or Wikimedia Forum (please read the instructions at the top of the page before posting there). If you would like, feel free to ask me questions on my talk page. Happy editing! fr33kman t - c 05:21, 17 August 2010 (UTC)

fr33kman t - c 05:21, 17 August 2010 (UTC)

Congrats on the job.  fetchcomms 01:18, 19 August 2010 (UTC)

Access to nonpublic information policy[edit]

Back in April you told the community and the ED [1] that the goal is for the 3 month time to start (with the announcements) before I go to vacation in mid may. That does not seem to have happened. Please make a statement at Talk:Access to nonpublic information policy. Rogol Domedonfors (talk) 15:23, 27 June 2015 (UTC)

@Rogol Domedonfors: Response made Jalexander--WMF 19:37, 27 June 2015 (UTC)
Thank you for following up on those two items. Rogol Domedonfors (talk) 21:28, 27 June 2015 (UTC)

Request[edit]

Please remove bureaucrat and administrator flag from former WMF staff wmf:User:Erik Moeller (WMF) and wmf:User:Jorm, in case their account be compromised or misused. Thanks.--GZWDer (talk) 09:12, 3 July 2015 (UTC)

By the way, please delete wmf:Template:! (And probably Template:! in other private wikis), see Foundation wiki feedback#Regarding Template:!). Thanks.--GZWDer (talk) 12:59, 3 July 2015 (UTC)
Both done, the accounts can't actually log in (the way the block settings work on private wikis) but agree rights should be removed in general anyway :). Jalexander--WMF 22:28, 30 July 2015 (UTC)
FYI: wgBlockDisablesLogin is not enabled in foundationwiki ([2] and phab:T46473), so if their account be hacked, hackers could unblock these accounts and then vandalize foundationwiki.--GZWDer (talk) 05:07, 31 July 2015 (UTC)
Hmmmm thank you I appreciate that, I disagree with the reasoning in that ticket but since it isn't just my decision will touch base with those involved :) Jalexander--WMF 05:24, 31 July 2015 (UTC)

Francis Kaswahili[edit]

Is this user banned under WMF Global Ban Policy? If yes, please update WMF Global Ban Policy/List.--GZWDer (talk) 07:33, 29 July 2015 (UTC)

@GZWDer: Sorry for the delay responding here, this got caught in my edit box and didn't save. Sadly WMF Office Actions are always unique and no single policy encompasses all actions we could do since we always take an action we believe is necessary for the safety of the projects and the readers and editors using them. While we created the Global Ban Policy to be an overarching for umbrella for a bunch of, different, permanent type bans this does not (at least at the moment) fall under that. That’s why, for example, it was done from my personal account (and not WMFOffice), mentions an avenue for appeal and was not placed on that list. At this point it doesn’t belong there.
I will say that we sent the Stewards a bit more information so that they had a sense of why we took the action we did but unfortunately we’re not able to do so more publicly at this point.Jalexander--WMF 19:50, 30 July 2015 (UTC)
  • Re: Appeal against my account deletion

That my name is Francis Kaswahili join as a Wikimedia user since 2012 That on 23rd of July 2015 the following another known as Jalexander--WMF deleted the said account without any notice nor informing me about that action, That the banning procedure require consensus with user That the action taken against me was unfair because I don’t think that misunderstanding can cause a deletion or banning users. I might say sorry for delaying of implementing of project because the one also known as National wiki project/tz deleted was deleted by a user known as Phillipe. That Tanzania is among of African country where there is no users even to establish this project is just to harmonize our people to become users. That am not foolish man who can use his resources to promote Wikimedia in the country and to do vandalism, That I can understand if the reason is postponed of dates to our conferences which was been changed for several times. It’s my humble submission that the action taken was false and must be null and void for benefit of the user for interest of promoting Wikimedia which is main objectives WMF, Instead banning users as it has done to me. Hopping that you will consider on my appeal. Francis Kaswahili 17:40, 03 August 2015 (UTC)

Sundgauvien38 Notice of upload removal[edit]

Hello Jalexander-WMF

Sorry for the mess.

I put it in my sandbox, waiting to have time to amend it in order to no more be against the copyright, but looks this will not happen before a while. I realize now it was not the best way to go.

Please remove the content from the history.

Hope this has not created a big trouble on your side.

One more time sorry. --Sundgauvien38 (talk) 09:03, 16 September 2015 (UTC)

email[edit]


Hmm[edit]

@GVarnum-WMF: there is something slightly amusing about your putting automated messages on the talk page of the Trust and Safety Manager to remind him to sign his confidentiality agreement and to tell him that he will lose his access to nonpublic information if he is late. ;) --Pine 07:23, 2 December 2015 (UTC)

He is supervising the process to collect the signatures, so receives this message (along with myself) to verify that they are going out. It is pretty common to add test recipients to MassMessage recipient lists, and the one we are using for the above message follows that practice. --GVarnum-WMF (talk) 07:29, 2 December 2015 (UTC)
@GVarnum-WMF: I figured as much. Still, I found it rather amusing. --Pine 19:37, 2 December 2015 (UTC)

What future IdeaLab campaigns would you like to see?[edit]

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Hi there,

I’m Jethro, and I’m seeking your help in deciding topics for new IdeaLab campaigns that could be run starting next year. These campaigns aim to bring in proposals and solutions from communities that address a need or problem in Wikimedia projects. I'm interested in hearing your preferences and ideas for campaign topics!

Here’s how to participate:

Take care,

I JethroBT (WMF), Community Resources, Wikimedia Foundation. 03:34, 5 December 2015 (UTC)

Working Wikimedian's barnstar[edit]

Working Wikimedian's barnstar

For the guy who works while he could be on vacation. --Pine 04:58, 9 December 2015 (UTC)

Email[edit]

--Pmlineditor (t · c · l) 17:02, 17 December 2015 (UTC)

Hey what's up dude

Ashley Zarate (talk) 01:34, 18 March 2016 (UTC)

Centralnotice-template-wm2016scholarcfp[edit]

Could you update scholarship central notice for Malayalam Language. CNBanner:Wm2016scholarcfp-text1/ml had serious grammatical error. Regards--Praveen:talk 13:25, 19 December 2015 (UTC)

@Praveenp: Yes check.svg Done, thanks for the help. Jalexander--WMF 21:29, 19 December 2015 (UTC)

WMF global ban appeals[edit]

Does this page describe a valid process? The page was created by an account which was registered yesterday, and the account only has seven global edits. I haven't heard anything about this anywhere else. It also says that the page is a "proposed Wikimedia document" which looks fishy. The user who created the page mentioned the page on Talk:WMF Global Ban Policy, which is how I discovered the page. --Stefan2 (talk) 18:36, 20 December 2015 (UTC)

@Stefan2: It does not, the user who created it is a WMF Banned user himself and I've deleted the page in question (as well as reverted his changes to the template that banned users on meta). Thanks for the ping. Jalexander--WMF 01:40, 21 December 2015 (UTC)

Signing the confidentiality agreement[edit]

Hello. I am Penn Station, an administrator on jawiki. I had not noticed the notice message about signing the confidentiality agreement for nonpublic information until cu/os rights are removed today [3]. I have just signed it on Phabricator (Japanese General Confidentiality Agreement page). I am so sorry for my late action, but is it still possible to withdraw the request for removing the rights? I hope I will still keep the rights, especially cu right which is necessary to check sockpuppets. Thank you. --Penn Station (talk) 07:44, 3 January 2016 (UTC)

@Penn Station: Thanks for the signing, it's totally possible to get the rights back at this point :). I will submit a request for that immediately. Jalexander--WMF 08:00, 4 January 2016 (UTC)
Thank you so much! I have just confirmed that now I had the rights again. I appreciate it. By the way, my user name on Access to nonpublic information policy/Noticeboard page is slightly wrong - my user name is "Penn Station", not "Penn station" ('S' is capital letter). This makes the name red link. Could you correct the name on the page, please? --Penn Station (talk) 09:28, 4 January 2016 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done :) Jalexander--WMF 09:48, 4 January 2016 (UTC)
Thank you, again. :) --Penn Station (talk) 11:55, 4 January 2016 (UTC)

Confidentiality agreement[edit]

Hello. I was so busy recently. I have signed the both agreements. I ask you please not to remove my rights.--Avocato (talk) 22:40, 6 January 2016 (UTC)

@Avocato: Thanks! I just checked, it looks all set, I'll ensure it's copied over to the noticeboard as soon as possible and ask the stewards to cancel that. Jalexander--WMF 22:42, 6 January 2016 (UTC)

Mail[edit]

MarcoAurelio 14:22, 8 January 2016 (UTC)

Did you received it? —MarcoAurelio 14:09, 31 January 2016 (UTC)
I don't actually think I did :-/ I've been looking for a while and thought I had made a comment here. Can you resend? Jalexander--WMF 00:33, 1 February 2016 (UTC)

Confidentiality agreement[edit]

Hi. I signed confidentiality agreement. Can I get my checkuser rights for tr.wikipedia?

Thank you. Best regards. --Sadrettin (talk) 21:09, 10 January 2016 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done earlier Jalexander--WMF 08:24, 11 January 2016 (UTC)

Confidentiality agreement[edit]

Good to see you. I just know that CU tool was removed. I cannot access to internet during 2 months for long business trip and hard workload in real life. Although I'm so late, I signed confidentiality agreement. So can I re-get CU tool on kowiki? or I should pass re-election and any other verification? Regards, Sotiale (talk) 13:12, 11 January 2016 (UTC)

Hi @Sotiale:, you certainly don't need to go through a re-election after signing but I will need you to do a couple steps to verify your Phabricator account. I've sent you an email with some instructions to help, let me know if you have any issues or if you've done it (either by email or here) and I'll verify you! Jalexander--WMF 09:07, 13 January 2016 (UTC)
I did it and sent you email. Thank you for your favor. --Sotiale (talk) 07:22, 23 January 2016 (UTC)
@Sotiale: Thanks, it looks like your email got lost in my box. I have added you to the verified list and will re-request your rights back now. Jalexander--WMF 07:43, 23 January 2016 (UTC)

Future IdeaLab Campaigns results[edit]

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Last December, I invited you to help determine future ideaLab campaigns by submitting and voting on different possible topics. I'm happy to announce the results of your participation, and encourage you to review them and our next steps for implementing those campaigns this year. Thank you to everyone who volunteered time to participate and submit ideas.

With great thanks,

I JethroBT (WMF), Community Resources, Wikimedia Foundation. 23:55, 26 January 2016 (UTC)

SRP[edit]

Hi, this request is waiting for your reply :-) Regards, —MarcoAurelio 14:08, 31 January 2016 (UTC)

Strategy community consultation banners[edit]

Hi James, when you klick the banner in de.wp or any other projects you come to 2016 Strategy/Community consultation. This is annoyning and unnecessary, since there are a lot of translations. Isn't it possible to link to Strategie 2016/Befragung der Community instead for de.wp and respective links for other projects? Alice Wiegand (talk) 15:20, 1 February 2016 (UTC)

@Lyzzy: right now we're attempting to auto detect language by passing it through Special:MyLanguage but that will only work if the user is logged in and has German set as their language on Meta. I assume you have English? I know that many/most haven't changed the defaults and still get English which is frustrating :-/ I'll think of some options for this afternoon after my morning meetings. The issue is that without sending it through Special:MyLanguage it becomes a very manual process of updating ( the translate extension has no good way to send someone only to a page that exists and so we'd have to manually keep the banner up to date on what 'should' be updated). We should be able to come up with 'something' though if the current process isn't working. Jalexander--WMF 15:26, 1 February 2016 (UTC)
That's the missing piece, thanks for the explanation, James. Alice Wiegand (talk) 20:45, 1 February 2016 (UTC)

access to nonpublic info board[edit]

I've signed the agreement - could you add me to the board? Thanks! :-) KrakatoaKatie 17:34, 3 February 2016 (UTC)

Adminship on wikimediafoundation.org[edit]

Hi. Can you please restore my adminship on wikimediafoundation.org? It's needed for maintenance. --MZMcBride (talk) 00:34, 9 March 2016 (UTC)

Might you respond?[edit]

Just letting you know that my question was posed to you a couple of days ago. Thank you! - Thekohser (talk) 13:12, 24 March 2016 (UTC)

@Thekohser: Thanks for the pointer! Apologies for the delay, it's been a bit hectic and I want to ensure that I give you a complete answer. I do, however, intend to respond :) Jalexander--WMF 04:28, 29 March 2016 (UTC)
It's very pleasing to know that you intend to respond, James. Thank you. - Thekohser (talk) 15:55, 31 March 2016 (UTC)
It has been nearly a month now since you said that you intend to respond. Is that still the case? Also, I wonder if you can comment on why a Wikimedia Foundation policy was deliberately written in British English? - Thekohser (talk) 11:42, 30 April 2016 (UTC)
Would you please provide an update regarding your plan to respond to the question about the Event Ban policy? - Thekohser (talk) 00:28, 12 May 2016 (UTC)
Apologies for the (continued) delay, some issues propped up that had to be higher priority but I have not forgotten about you and do still plan to respond. I don't want to make an explicit promise but hope to do so as soon as possible to get it off my plate (perhaps early next week or even this weekend). Jalexander--WMF 03:27, 12 May 2016 (UTC)
@Jalexander-WMF: It's been another couple of weeks. Any chance that we might see a response soon? - Thekohser (talk) 15:19, 1 June 2016 (UTC)
@Jalexander-WMF: Surely by now, you have had enough free time in your schedule to formulate a response (which you intended to do back in late March, nearly 6 months ago. Wikimedia Foundation staff members are paid to fulfill the mission of the Wikimedia Foundation, correct? - Thekohser (talk) 03:49, 21 September 2016 (UTC)

Possible sock of WayneRay[edit]

Hi James. Can you take a look at w:File:Cotton1943 cropped.jpg, uploaded by User:Athrash, and compare it with File:ScoutsYorkminster.jpg, uploaded by WayneRay? Same source and identical dubious "granted PD" claim in the permission field. The attributed author is "C. Ray" which matches this image: File:KoreachildrenWPC.jpg, where Wayne Ray states he is the heir of "Claxton Ray". I haven't found any files uploaded from this source (there are 600+ on Commons) by anybody but WayneRay and Athrash. I also can't find any link to the source by Google search, so how did Athrash get a hold of an image from it? User:Athrash has been active on en.wikibooks as recently as January 27, 2016, so the account is open to a checkuser for a while. Could be nothing, but seems pretty suspect to me. INeverCry 05:13, 25 March 2016 (UTC)

Thanks @INeverCry: We'll take a look. Jalexander--WMF 06:43, 25 March 2016 (UTC)

Former staff template and account lock[edit]

Should User:LilaTretikov (WMF) have a "former staff" template? I am also guessing that the account should be locked. --Pine 06:35, 25 March 2016 (UTC)

I was looking at the Katherine transition date of March 14, which I now see is different than the Lila departure date of March 31. So please disregard for the time being. --Pine 06:38, 25 March 2016 (UTC)

Open Call for Individual Engagement Grants[edit]

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Greetings! The Individual Engagement Grants (IEG) program is accepting proposals until April 12th to fund new tools, research, outreach efforts, and other experiments that enhance the work of Wikimedia volunteers. Whether you need a small or large amount of funds (up to $30,000 USD), IEGs can support you and your team’s project development time in addition to project expenses such as materials, travel, and rental space.

With thanks, I JethroBT (WMF), Community Resources 15:56, 31 March 2016 (UTC)

Note[edit]

Hi James. Please note that I've:

  • (change visibility) 07:46, 19 April 2016 MarcoAurelio (talk | contribs | block) changed global group membership for User:YWelinder (WMF) from staff to (none) (locked account, no longer with WMF, hence staff rights not needed)

per:

  • (change visibility) 17:36, 14 April 2016 JGulingan (WMF) (talk | contribs | block) changed status for global account "User:YWelinder (WMF)@global": set locked; unset (none) (No longer with WMF).

I don't think a locked account requires staff global rights and tend to think you forgot to ask for removal ;-) Please advice. Best regards, —MarcoAurelio 07:49, 19 April 2016 (UTC)

@MarcoAurelio:, Thanks Marco, I tend to do the locked account rights removal in bulk every once in a while but totally happy for you to do them whenever you see :). Jalexander--WMF 03:25, 12 May 2016 (UTC)

Mass messages[edit]

I don't want to receive from now in the future mass messages on my discussion pages, so please don't include my user in any future mass messages list, thanks. --Gce (talk) 22:19, 1 June 2016 (UTC)

Hi WMF[edit]

can you update Access to nonpublic information policy/Noticeboard I was assign but I don't see. Thank you WMF Murbaut (talk) 10:12, 4 June 2016 (UTC)

@Murbaut: Thanks for the ping! We do them in batches, you're on the list now! Jalexander--WMF 06:39, 5 June 2016 (UTC)
You're welcome :) Murbaut (talk) 07:18, 5 June 2016 (UTC)

On my accidental signature[edit]

Hey there. My gravest apologies about signing the Confidentiality agreement accidentally while being one year too young. I'm just asking about whether this has permanently affected my account, or me, or my ability to sign again in the future. This was truly a good faith error - I'd really be disappointed if my account is scarred for all time because of this. Many thanks. --NottNott (talk) 18:51, 10 June 2016 (UTC)

Global-gather-admins[edit]

Hi James. Since phab:T128568 has been resolved I think these users should be removed from the global-gather-admins user group, and only after that, Special:GlobalGroupPermissions/global-gather-admins be deleted. Also, if such accounts were to be used only for Gather things, I think that they need to be deactivated by WMF Office IT personel. Please advice at least on the user-rights part, since deleting the global group without first removing the users holding the rights causes a nasty bug that requires sysadmin help to resolve it. Thanks. —MarcoAurelio 17:54, 12 June 2016 (UTC)

Ping :) —MarcoAurelio 21:29, 19 June 2016 (UTC)
@MarcoAurelio: Yup, that makes sense to me, none of them are only for gather (they are regular staff) so the accounts should remain but no more use for the group. Want to go ahead and do it or should I ping folks on IRC? Thanks for the ping! Jalexander--WMF 21:51, 19 June 2016 (UTC)
I'll handle this. Thanks! —MarcoAurelio 21:58, 19 June 2016 (UTC)
Done. Please also advice on Jon (WMF)'s continuance in the global-editinterface right since and if I remember correctly, sysadmin permissions already let the user edit users and wiki interfaces. Best regards, —MarcoAurelio 22:10, 19 June 2016 (UTC)

So apparently[edit]

...you're the almighty for granting me permanent admin rights on meta. :D Consider this a kind request for "ma pomme", ie. me. Thanks! Delphine (WMF) (talk) 21:23, 28 June 2016 (UTC)

@Delphine (WMF): Thanks for reaching out! They're right that that we handle all rights for staff accounts internally so that we have a record of who has what, why etc. You can find the policy on OfficeWiki but in general you need to shoot an email to ca@wikimedia.org with the reason for the right and copy in your manager for approval. After that Mdennis (WMF) (talk · contribs), myself or another member of the team will take care of you! We generally aim for within 2 business days but if you need it sooner let us know and we'll make sure it happens :). Jalexander--WMF 08:40, 1 July 2016 (UTC)
James it's done. Let the almighty do their thing. Delphine (WMF) (talk) 14:52, 1 July 2016 (UTC)
Thank you Sir! <3 Delphine (WMF) (talk) 20:38, 5 July 2016 (UTC)

Redundancy on user groups[edit]

Hi James. I hope that you are doing well. I am writting to inquire about your opinion on a matter of your competence. With the creation of the wmf-supportsafety local group, some users kept their former rights that they are now bundled in the new group (such as massmessage and rename rights). Would you object to a cleanup on duplicate rights on such users? Here's a list, with duplicate rights in bold:

  • HaithamS (WMF) (talk | contribs | block)‏‎ (autopatroller, MassMessage sender, translation administrator, WMF Support and Safety) (Created on 17 April 2012 at 04:13)
  • Jalexander-WMF (talk | contribs | block)‏‎ (autopatroller, global renamer, translation administrator, WMF Support and Safety) (Created on 17 August 2010 at 05:13)
  • Mdennis (WMF) (talk | contribs | block)‏‎ (MassMessage sender, translation administrator, WMF Support and Safety) (Created on 21 May 2011 at 18:02)
  • PEarley (WMF) (talk | contribs | block)‏‎ (autopatroller, MassMessage sender, translation administrator, WMF Support and Safety) (Created on 20 June 2013 at 14:46)

Best regards, —MarcoAurelio 10:42, 6 July 2016 (UTC)

MarcoAurelio (talk · contribs) Thanks for the ping Marco, I'm happy with all of those removals, for HaithamS you can actually remove all of his rights (including +staff). He no longer needs them at this point. Jalexander--WMF 21:32, 6 July 2016 (UTC)
It's all done. Will let WMF Office IT to lock HaithamS' account (in case it's no longer required). —MarcoAurelio 18:04, 7 July 2016 (UTC)

Another request for rights[edit]

Hi James. Maybe you want to comment on Meta:Requests_for_translation_adminship/CKoerner_(WMF) too? I'm however waiting for CK to reply as he has read and understood the docs. Regards, —MarcoAurelio 11:40, 12 July 2016 (UTC)

Appointed central notice administrators[edit]

Hello James. Browsing the list of users with centralnotice admin rights which were appointed by the Foundation I see some who have not editted for years (such as Zack). I wonder if you could remove the users no longer needing those and other rights. Thank you, —MarcoAurelio 20:13, 5 September 2016 (UTC)

Thanks Marco, I do that moderately frequently and as of my last check fundraising wanted them all to still have it (including Zack) for one reason or another. I'll do another loop through with them to see if that's still the case. Jalexander--WMF 03:37, 6 September 2016 (UTC)

Researcher user group[edit]

Hi. Re: <https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Wikipedia:Bureaucrats%27_noticeboard&oldid=741267008#Seemingly_inactive_accounts_in_researcher_user_group>, who's in charge of the researcher group? Me? --MZMcBride (talk) 04:40, 28 September 2016 (UTC)