User talk:Jalexander-WMF/Archive 1

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Hi, Jalexander,

Thank you for your invitation to talk in your page.

Sorry about the last phrase on the discussion, but you all have been absent 6 years at least, in Portuguese Wiki. Maybe a minor value to the character would be possible, even a symbolic value (2.100 characters = US$ 5). Believe me, every editor will be happy with any payment. Like you said, "the editors are the projects". About the quantity of editors - I guess is the same in English Wiki - is swelling, by ambition. Many editors change a synonimous to keep voting. This kind of editing means no good, what reforces my thesis: "no sytle editors". We're gonna loose the real style revisors, but we can stop the oportunists. When they're gone, so the payment for editors turns too easier.

Social Media Campaign

Hi James, thanks for your support. Philippe has been real helpful so far with the idea, he has put me in touch with Denize and offered to locate any further resources if needed. As for the video I was aware of the Inside Wikimedia Videos on commons I think similar videos are already uploaded on youtube [1], I was hoping for something new to go with the campaign- I knew about the Gdansk Wikimania Video mainly because I took part in it and had a bit more idea what they are going to be like. The campaign is going to start with the Fundraiser so its still more than 2 months away, in case the Wikimania Video is unavailable by that time we will use the old clips, we still have a lot of time. I also wanted to update you with our plan we are going to work on a bot to report milestones and links on twitter, and we're going to look into using facebook and some image related content soon after. I will keep Philippe and you updated if you want with any progress and requests. One thing that I did want to look into was if something is already planned for promotion with any large Web 2.0 sites on a corporate level by the foundation, running ads on facebook etc. or any other sort of partnership/promotion related to that medium. How about something really ambitious like a google doodle about wikimedia during the fundraiser....--Theo10011 20:25, 22 August 2010 (UTC)

Of course, glad you are already in touch with Deniz. I know we're very interested in (and looking into) a lot of options especially new ones so any suggestions you have are highly appreciated. Hopefully we'll be able to have another IRC meeting soon but Philippe is going to be too busy most of this week so will probably have to wait a bit. I saw your discussion about the bot which sounds great have you given thoughts to what kind of milestones you want? May be a good idea to talk about that on Talk:Fundraising 2010/Social Media so that we can get some good feedback about it. The more ideas the better. Jalexander 22:15, 22 August 2010 (UTC)


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Admin rights

Hi James,

I've granted you sysop rights, through January 31, 2011 at which time they will expire, to use for official actions. Bastique ☎ call me! 19:00, 26 August 2010 (UTC)

copied from your userpage

Il n'est pas dans l'usage de Wikipédia de mettre une adresse de courrier électronique dans sa page utilisateur. Vous risquez divers ennuis, le moindre étant l'avalanche de spam. Mais vous pouvez indiquer cette adresse dans l'onglet "Préférences", et ainsi, les wikipédiens pourront vous joindre par mail en cliquant sur l'option : "Lui envoyer un courriel" de la "Boîte à outils" --Seymour 21:32, 4 September 2010 (UTC)

In a nutshell: "It's not advisable to put your email on your userpage, or you may get heavily spammed. People can email you through Wikipedia if you enable it in your preferences."
Hi Seymour, I think James knows that. If you look at the code he's used to put his email on his userpage, it's got a template {{@}} in it to deter automated spamming. Also, where possible I like to not use Wikipedia to email people, as there's much more flexibility with my own client. sonia 03:56, 5 September 2010 (UTC)
Thanks Sonia and howdy Seymour. Sonia is right but thank you for the concern (I generally agree with you, my normal user page User:Jamesofur does not have my email for that reason). I did place a special template (the (_AT_) template) to make it harder for automated spammers to grab my email but decided to place it (and my other contact methods) on the page to make it easier for people to contact me because of my work with the WMF (including wikimedians without an account). Jalexander 08:18, 5 September 2010 (UTC)

Did you mean this?

I'm not entirely sure if I fixed this, or if you meant something else altogether, so I'm letting you know. Cheers. sonia 04:01, 10 September 2010 (UTC)

I did in fact mean that thank you :) I was rushing out the door and wanted to get those saved thank you. Jalexander 06:53, 10 September 2010 (UTC)

Wikiquote:ET reference system

Hello! Would you please add mentioned code in here to here. It should mark the background of references in blue while using them. Thanks in advance!

Best wishes --Kanakukk 19:37, 16 September 2010 (UTC).

Should I use en-wiki talk page instead? --Kanakukk 16:54, 5 October 2010 (UTC).
Sorry for the lack of response Kanakukk. I'm not totally sure which code you want inserted and I'm happy to help if you let me know but it is probably better to contact a Steward or Global sysop. They are elected community members for a lot of cross wiki work and are probably the best person to help you (I would probably just find one of them to do it as well :) ). Jalexander 17:19, 5 October 2010 (UTC)

Sorry for not adding full information about the problem. I would like that someone who has higher access could add mentioned code in here to here. It should mark background of reference in blue. --Kanakukk 16:35, 6 October 2010 (UTC).

DerHexer from IRC helped me, but thanks for your answer! --Kanakukk 21:35, 11 October 2010 (UTC).

Translating the "new banner" button


Can you take a look at Talk:Fundraising 2010/Messages/Inputbox, please? Thanks. --Amir E. Aharoni 12:31, 21 October 2010 (UTC)

Set it up for translation and set up the template for you on the Messages/Languages/he page for now. I'll set up directions for people translating so that it is easier for others as well. Let me know here or on IRC if you have any more questions/problems! :) Jalexander 21:26, 21 October 2010 (UTC)

Translating Fundraising 2010 payments forms

James, on this page you encouraged me to translate "our payments forms and this years first Jimmy Letter". I have translated Jimmy's Appeal from English into Belarusian —

But where can I find Fundraising 2010 payments forms for translation? On the Core messages page I did not notice any core messages, not to say about announcing sentence: These are messages that will be needed for various things.

And by the way do you know why Jimmy Wales states that Wikipedia (along with its sister sites) is the 5th most popular website in the world? According to Alexa statistics, today Wikipedia has the 7th position. --Da voli 13:53, 14 November 2010 (UTC)

Hi Da voli and thank you for your work! If you look at the bottom of the Translation page you will see links to TranslateWiki. This is where the payment forms (and all mediawiki extensions) are translated. The 5th most popular site is based on industry leader comscore's numbers which place Wikimedia Foundation sites as the 5th biggest. Our own internal numbers actually place us higher but comscore is used by most other groups so it is generally a good comparison. Jalexander 21:05, 14 November 2010 (UTC)


Could you please change the German text of the other-ways-link in the for the proper – Polish – as it is here: Cheers, --Mikołka 16:37, 14 November 2010 (UTC)

Very sorry about that. I was rushing a bit to try and get that done while I got ready for a flight. It is now fixed thank you for pointing it out!. Jalexander 21:07, 14 November 2010 (UTC)
Thanks, --Mikołka (talk) 11:29, 15 November 2010 (UTC)
I'm sorry to interrupt you again, I haven't noticed it before. There is a typo in the appeal-title: "WIkipedii" at wmf:WMFJA1/pl --Mikołka (talk) 19:38, 16 November 2010 (UTC)
fixed Jalexander 19:39, 16 November 2010 (UTC)
Thx, --Mikołka (talk) 19:44, 16 November 2010 (UTC)
Also, there is a wrong form of Wales' name. It should be "Jimmy'ego Walesa", not "Jimmy Walesa". Thanks in advance. ToSter 21:10, 16 November 2010 (UTC)

Thanks for updating

Many thanks for a quick action responded to the mail about Jimmy's fundraising banner. I'm really appreciate it. Regards. --G(x) 10:28, 15 November 2010 (UTC)

Malayalam is ready

I just saw your edit on ml.wp with summary "not ready". Please chek Fundraising_2010/Core_messages/ml and Fundraising_2010/Appeal/ml, both are ready!! BTW appeal marked 'published' but not available.--Praveen:talk 01:11, 17 November 2010 (UTC)

Hi Praveenp, Sorry it wasn't ready in that it has not been set up live yet. As soon as it goes live I'll do cycles through to change the side bar I just wanted to make sure they weren't going to old or non existent pages first. The 'published' issue is that it has been pulled over in one location but still needs to be verified somewhere else (I think I did it in a batch earlier). I'll try and get it live this evening. Jalexander 01:27, 17 November 2010 (UTC)

float :)--Praveen:talk 01:56, 17 November 2010 (UTC)

arz Wikipedia

Hi Jale. I saw you edit there w:arz:mediawiki:Sitesupport-url. I was wondering, how to translate the that page, if that was your request. I'm unable to log-in using my user name & see a link to: [2]. Please, notify me at w:arz:user talk:mahmudmasri if you wanted to reply. Thanks. --Mahmudmasri 06:26, 17 November 2010 (UTC)


I changed you like: this.

It looks to me, likes it works as good as your version. - Do not hesitate to revert me if you find a reason to!

I'm not very happy with a banner about Wikipedia, on a Wikisource-site, but next year we maybe can have a banner about Wikisource on every Wikipedia-site? :) I look forward to that! -- Lavallen 08:00, 17 November 2010 (UTC)

Yáʼátʼééh, Jalexander-WMF/Archive 1! Seb az86556 nichʼįʼ haneʼ ánáyiidlaa
Hello, Jalexander-WMF/Archive 1 - You have an answer from Seb az86556

You change Sitesupport-url in ru-wiki. Prevouos link change from wmf:Donate/ru to wmf:Global Support/ru (with wmru chapter button) was agreed with Rand Montoya 04.02.2010. In the current fundraising campaign wmf:Global Support/ru replaced by wmf:WMFJA1/RU (not wmf:WMFJA1/ru!). Previous page that was referenced from this message - is wmf:Сделать_пожертвование (aka wmf:Сбор_средств), redirect, which can re-adjust within the WMF site without editing system messages. Russian named urls in system message texts is more useful because they are easier to understand site visitors, when he sees them in a tooltip. If I convinced you that рlease revert changes of w:ru:MediaWiki:Sitesupport-url. Thanks! --Kaganer 12:35, 17 November 2010 (UTC)

Hi Kaganer, I'll talk with Philippe but I'm not sure we want to put the /RU page on there. That would direct everyone to the Russian chapter even though not everyone there is in Russia. We are trying to find a good meathod of doing the geolocation system on that sitenotice but don't know yet. If you'd prefer the language link that can be arranged. Jalexander 23:08, 17 November 2010 (UTC)
If someone goes to wmf:WMFJA1/ru (or /en, etc.) he was no longer able to switch to any chapter's page (even if he knows that somewhere there is one). There is no such button, and there is no such link. I already wrote to Moushira about this. Geolocation technology does not provide absolute accuracy. Maybe do add to wmf:WMFJA1/ru, wmf:WMFJA1/en etc. one small navigation panel, like to "[ Donate to local chapters: Argentina | Australia | ... | Russia | ... ]". This would solve the problem. But the language switch would also be very useful! --Kaganer 04:47, 18 November 2010 (UTC)

Hi James. You set the link to [3] but I changed it in [4] because the first one is not the real landing page of the fundraising. Please tell me if I did right or wrong. Thanks. --Cotton 13:19, 17 November 2010 (UTC)

Romanian fundraising landing page errors

Hello, I went to the fundraising landing page, but when I tried to make a donation, nothing happened. I'm getting this JavaScript error in Firebug:

missing } after property list
[Break on this error] 'NTD' : 30 // $0.98\n

and then:

redirectPayment is not defined

scribu msg 16:16, 17 November 2010 (UTC)

Thank you for the note, A bug was accidentally introduced into the system by another user. I believe I fixed it when we found it a couple hours ago and just tested it now. Please let me know if you see any more errors! Jalexander 20:18, 17 November 2010 (UTC)

You have set this to the English version of the page. The local language version is allegedly "published". Why not link to that? --Redaktor 20:12, 17 November 2010 (UTC)

Aye, sorry for the confusion. The appeal was transfered over to wmfWiki and hence 'published' but the person who did so actually did not set up the landing page (which needs the core messages) and so I was unable to link to it. As soon as it is I will switch those wikis back over to the language page. Jalexander 22:15, 17 November 2010 (UTC)
You have changed it back to the English page. What is going on? --Redaktor 19:23, 4 December 2010 (UTC)
Can you please give James the full URL of the landing page that you reach when you click on the link? If he doesn't have that, he can't really help you. Cbrown1023 talk 21:23, 4 December 2010 (UTC)
--Redaktor 13:39, 5 December 2010 (UTC)
Okay, Redaktor and I are both working on fixing this on translators-l right now. So, James, don't worry about it. ;-) Cbrown1023 talk 15:18, 5 December 2010 (UTC)
Now fixed! Thanks. --Redaktor 20:46, 5 December 2010 (UTC)


Please explaining me what my cross wiki vandalism is. I can't edit on ARZ wikipedia? In fact all that I do is add links and pictures to Masri Wikipedia.

"أنت ما عندكش الصلاحيات علشان تعديل هذه الصفحة، للأسباب ده:" Isa alcala 01:52, 30 December 2010 (UTC)

Hi Isa, I assume you saw my name as the person who blocked you in the error message? If this is the case it was because of a case of vandalism we had last night against some of our fundraising banners. The target was not you specifically but targeted the ip that the user was editing from (and a very small group of ips around it). Sadly sometimes not everyone has a unique Ip and it looks like you might have been caught in it.
The block is set to expire later tonight but I adjusted it so that you should be able to edit now. If you can't could you please copy the error you get here and I'll try to help you out?
Thanks for letting me know and good luck! Jalexander 02:05, 30 December 2010 (UTC)
It works now! Thanks a lot. I didn't realize there was vandalism towards your banners. Anyways, have a happy new year. Isa alcala 02:14, 30 December 2010 (UTC)
I'm glad you're set now and happy new year! Jalexander 02:20, 30 December 2010 (UTC)

wiki10-Banners for de

Hi James :)

There has been a problem with the German version of wiki10-banners. A very annoying spelling error was in the message, which took some time to fix: [5]. In the meantime, probably thousands of readers saw this error.

I'm not sure how to fix that problem. I realize that asking the community for approval after translations have been set for "ready" is time-consuming. But since anyone can set the translation to "ready" and errors easily appear… I think it could be worth the effort in major languages (you could ask at Wikipedia embassies or even faster on IRC #wikipedia-XX). --Church of emacs talk · contrib 19:32, 12 January 2011 (UTC)

Re: Steward banners

Hello Jalexander, if the problem is only in United States (and America continent), so I would suggest disable geotargeting for selected countries. Is it ok for you? Regards, LeinaD (t) 00:16, 16 January 2011 (UTC)

At some point I have no problem with that. My concern is that the number of countries involved (north and south America) is fairly large and doing the manual geolcation could be a bit much.I think it would make more sense to just wait until tonight and do it all at once. If you want to turn it on for Europe or something I am ok with that. 02:14, 16 January 2011 (UTC)

May 2011 Update

Hi James, Could you please change the centralnotice url for the polish translation ( Thanks, --Mikołka (talk) 09:24, 7 May 2011 (UTC)

Done Jalexander 09:27, 7 May 2011 (UTC)


I've made an Indonesian translation for this one. And the link translation is here. I hope you save the link in proper place, because I don't know how to do. Best regard. :) Reindra 09:39, 7 May 2011 (UTC)

Hoo_man beat me to it! Thanks for the help! Jalexander 20:37, 7 May 2011 (UTC)


Hi! It seems it doesn't work. You can add parameter name instead (e.g. id-sign). Regards, --Mikołka (talk) 23:18, 15 May 2011 (UTC)

Is it allowed in Wikipedia?

To keep in the pages of wiki Administrator's personnel thesis? at ? Other problem is We call Computer as same in English, but admin forcibly used his word Ganpukar of Computer. I have proof that thousands of published books called it Computer not Ganpukar. If some one oppose him he started abusive language. That is the reason never got attraction to Sindhi community. Plz check record there. Other things are he locked CSS due to that on the same site there are lot of font styles appeared there. He is not able to set commonCSS or Monocss. We are in trouble to work in our local Sindhi language. I don't know where to say for this problem. Record history says all the situation there. I appeal plz warn him to follow rules, other wise he will continue use his personnel details and personnel promoted articles there. Dear I am sorry If u r not right person to say all about this, Plz suggest me where I can raise this issue. My ID is same. His thesis is not a violetion?ماحولياتي_انتظام_ڪاڻ_اُپُگِرَهِي_عَڪس_ضماءُ_۽_درجه_بنديءَ_جي_طريقن_جو_اَڀياس Alixafar 00:07, 21 November 2011 (UTC)

MediaWiki:Sitesupport-url at Japanese Wikipedia

Somebody complained at Japanese Wikipedia's Village pump that he/she cannot figure out how he/she can donate without a credit card. I have to agree that it may be difficult for ordinary Japanese when "Ways to Give" page has not been translated into Japanese. Under the circumstances, I think it is probably better for ja:MediaWiki:Sitesupport-url to be linked to this page, which gives direct link to "銀行振込で寄付" (donate by bank transfer). Given that there are still many people without a credit card and bank transfer is very popular payment method in Japan (we don't really use personal cheques), it may have a sizable impact on the number of donations. What do you think?--Dwy 01:37, 7 January 2012 (UTC)