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Welcome to Meta![edit]

Hello, John F. Lewis. 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). Happy editing!

-- Meta-Wiki Welcome (talk) 02:16, 1 August 2012 (UTC)


Your global.js is appearing at CAT:DEL because of the {{delete}} in it. :-P This can be fixed if the syntax is like the following.

// Tags
if(typeof(taggerConfig) == 'undefined') taggerConfig = {};
// taggerConfig.tags = [];
// taggerConfig.editSummary = [];
taggerConfig.tags[1] = '{{delete}}';
taggerConfig.editSummary[taggerConfig.tags[1]] = 'delete';

Notice the 'nowiki' tags. Regards --Glaisher [talk] 06:52, 30 September 2013 (UTC)

Whoops :p Fixed. John F. Lewis (talk) 07:05, 30 September 2013 (UTC)

Wikidata to 15M[edit]

I have reverted this edit of yours because d:Q15000000 is not, in fact, the 15 millionth currently existing Wikidata item, which is what we track in that table (i.e., there has to actually be 15 million items to say the wiki has reached 15 million — as I type this, the on-wiki statistics are showing only 13,533,499). - dcljr (talk) 02:40, 6 October 2013 (UTC)

Ah, apologies for that then. John F. Lewis (talk) 07:57, 6 October 2013 (UTC)

Beginning of MassMessage, end of EdwardsBot[edit]

Hi. You're being contacted as you're listed as an EdwardsBot user.

MassMessage has been deployed to all Wikimedia wikis. For help using the new tool, please check out its help page or drop a note on Meta-Wiki.

With over 400,000 edits to Wikimedia wikis, EdwardsBot has served us well; however EdwardsBot will no longer perform local or global message delivery after December 31, 2013.

A huge thanks to Legoktm, Reedy, Aaron Schulz and everyone else who helped to get MassMessage deployed. --MZMcBride (talk) 02:36, 22 November 2013 (UTC)


Any news about WMT? PiRSquared17 (talk) 00:29, 12 January 2014 (UTC)

Not really. Still waiting on the toolslabs node. Savh was talking about something relating to the spambots bot which I think they want to talk to you about. Apart from that, nope. John F. Lewis (talk) 00:31, 12 January 2014 (UTC)
None crashed? PiRSquared17 (talk) 01:02, 17 January 2014 (UTC)

Are you mad at me?[edit]

Are you mad at me for opposing your idea about blocking DanielTom? Because it is not going to work. --Goldenburg111 21:06, 7 February 2014 (UTC)

No... You should not be changing other peoples comments full stop. John F. Lewis (talk) 21:10, 7 February 2014 (UTC)
Note: I was trying to help out. I was about to notify him. --Goldenburg111 21:11, 7 February 2014 (UTC)
Well, comment or notify users instead. Changing the word support to oppose can make a very big difference :) John F. Lewis (talk) 21:12, 7 February 2014 (UTC)
Goldenburg, you should know that it is possible to agree with part of what someone says, but not the whole comment. Southparkfan said that he agreed with Vogone that (s)he isn't very active, but that doesn't mean he opposes the request. Please do not modify other users' comments again, except in noncontroversial cases (like fixing a link). PiRSquared17 (talk) 21:15, 7 February 2014 (UTC)


Stop quarrelling with DT on my talkpage, or better, stop quarrelling at all. --Vituzzu (talk) 19:51, 7 March 2014 (UTC)

Revert without visiting Talk Page[edit]

Dear John F. Lewis,

To revert edits is one thing, but not giving any explanation is impolite in my opinion. Why?
Explain? John F. Lewis (talk) 13:16, 26 April 2014 (UTC)
Everybody (even those who are not signed in) has a Talk Page. Showing goo will is using them whenever you revert or make any chages (which is basically not allowed) to contributions in Talk Pages. Thank you and good luck,  Klaas|Z4␟V:  08:04, 9 May 2014 (UTC)
There is a difference between good faith edits and blatant bad faith edits/trolling. Here, I reverted the latter and I do not need to explain. If challenged, I will explain or if a possibly good faith contributor, but not one who is bad faith. John F. Lewis (talk) 15:20, 9 May 2014 (UTC)


n:zh:Wikinews:茶館/存檔/2014年 is an archive page. Why did you post messages there?--GZWDer (talk) 13:32, 27 April 2014 (UTC)

Because I didn't know. John F. Lewis (talk) 16:29, 29 April 2014 (UTC)


Dear John F. Lewis, you're a new message in test.wikidata. Thanks in advanced ♫♫ Leitoxx ♪♪ 21:22, 5 May 2014 (UTC)

Replied. John F. Lewis (talk) 21:36, 5 May 2014 (UTC)
Answered. Kind Regards ♫♫ Leitoxx ♪♪ 00:16, 6 May 2014 (UTC)


Hello. The page you made edits in is our Square's (Village pump's) archive, not the Square itself. It's not a problem to move added information to the proper page, I'll do that now, but I'd like to know where you get to the page you edited from thus a link can be fixed. --Base (talk) 12:34, 13 May 2014 (UTC)

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Letter petitioning WMF to reverse recent decitions[edit]

The Wikimedia Foundation recently created a new feature, "superprotect" status. The purpose is to prevent pages from being edited by elected administrators -- but permitting WMF staff to edit them. It has been put to use in only one case: to protect the deployment of the Media Viewer software on German Wikipedia, in defiance of a clear decision of that community to disable the feature by default, unless users decide to enable it.

If you oppose these actions, please add your name to this letter. If you know non-Wikimedians who support our vision for the free sharing of knowledge, and would like to add their names to the list, please ask them to sign an identical version of the letter on

I'm notifying you because you participated in one of several relevant discussions. -Pete F (talk) 22:11, 20 August 2014 (UTC)

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Updated scripts[edit]

Hi John F. Lewis. I edited your global.js to update you to the latest version of force ltr, which is compatible with the latest MediaWiki changes and resides on the Wikimedia Tool Labs for easier updates. I also updated various deprecated functions. Let me know if anything breaks. :) —Pathoschild 03:20, 20 March 2015 (UTC)

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Support request with team editing experiment project[edit]

Dear tech ambassadors, instead of spamming the Village Pump of each Wikipedia about my tiny project proposal for researching team editing (see here:, I have decided to leave to your own discretion if the matter is relevant enough to inform a wider audience already. I would appreciate if you could appraise if the Wikipedia community you are more familiar with could have interest in testing group editing "on their own grounds" and with their own guidance. In a nutshell: it consists in editing pages as a group instead of as an individual. This social experiment might involve redefining some aspects of the workflow we are all used to, with the hope of creating a more friendly and collaborative environment since editing under a group umbrella creates less social exposure than traditional "individual editing". I send you this message also as a proof that the Inspire Campaign is already gearing up. As said I would appreciate of *you* just a comment on the talk page/endorsement of my project noting your general perception about the idea. Nothing else. Your contribution helps to shape the future! (which I hope it will be very bright, with colors, and Wikipedia everywhere) Regards from User:Micru on meta.

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Dear John, I sent an e-mail related to Wikimania 2015 wiki. I hope you can see it soon. Thanks in advance, --ProtoplasmaKid (WM-MX) (talk) 02:14, 8 May 2015 (UTC)

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Global CSS/JS migration[edit]

Hello John F. Lewis. You have global scripts in User:John F. Lewis/global.js, which you import using your local JS pages. Since August 2014, your global.js and global.css pages are loaded automatically on all wikis. Since you already import them yourself, you may experience script errors or tools being added twice. Do you want me to remove the global imports from your local pages using Synchbot (without changing any other content)? —Pathoschild 02:07, 25 June 2015 (UTC)

Sure, thanks. John F. Lewis (talk) 07:20, 25 June 2015 (UTC)
Done! You can see the log on your archive page. —Pathoschild 18:46, 28 June 2015 (UTC)

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Please sign new Wikimedia confidentiality agreement for nonpublic information by 31 December[edit]

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As you may know, the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees approved a new "Access to nonpublic information policy" on 25 April 2014 after a community consultation. The former policy has remained in place until the new policy could be implemented. That implementation work is now being done, and we are beginning the transition to the new policy.

An important part of that transition is helping volunteers like you sign the required confidentiality agreement. All Wikimedia volunteers with access to nonpublic information are required to sign this new agreement, and we have prepared some documentation to help you do so.

The Wikimedia Foundation is requiring that OTRS volunteers sign the new confidentiality agreement by 31 December 2015 to retain their access. You are receiving this email because you have been identified as an OTRS volunteer and are required to sign the confidentiality agreement under the new policy. If you do not sign the new confidentiality agreement by 31 December 2015, you will lose your OTRS access. OTRS volunteers have a specific agreement available, if you have recently signed the general confidentiality agreement for another role (such as CheckUser or Oversight), you do not need to sign the general agreement again, but you will still need to sign the OTRS agreement.

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