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Permanent lack of access to accounts on Wikipedia

Hello! Just an FYI, I have logged out of Wikipedia permanently and disabled my email after throwing out my password which can be confirmed per this. I have not only disabled it from Wikipedia, Wikia, and here, I also deactivated it from Yahoo to be sure that I can never re-log into Wikipedia under my old username. I now have no email associated with any Wiki on which anyone can send me any passwords. Moreover, the only IP that should actually ever show up as associated with my abandoned account should show no edits since April 2010 and no checkuser should find any other accounts on that IP. Accordingly, I have no interest at this time in creating any new accounts on Wikipedia, and doubt I will again and certainly not any time soon. I have in the meantime blocked the various named accounts on another Wiki that I strongly suspect were behind the various IP and attack-only accounts on various Wikia sites I edit and have deleted all of their vandalism that I discovered. Some might pretend that they have no edits on these sites, when in reality anyone can check the deletion logs at the Annex and List Wiki among others that I have deleted perhaps dozens of vandalism and attack edits by sock IPs obviously belonging to certain people from Wikipedia. Moreover, I have only blocked accounts that would never in anyone's reasonable expectations come to these sites to contribute as their history at Wikipedia is extreme deltionism only. Anyway, if I ever make IP edits whereever I happen to be, they will be only of the type that only people mentally ill would take issue with, i.e. those fixated on me who have followed me off site to Wikia, Wikipedia Review, and my now deactivated emails. There is thus no purpose in keeping my account's talk page as anything but a redirect on Wikipedia, as I have no plans to ever check it again. Moreover, I have no desire to ever again read admin boards, RfCs, ArbComs, etc. If I read anything, it will only be articles I am transwikiying. I thus expect that no serious editors will waste time talking about me and certainly none would care about month old IP edits or the like. I will never allow a moment of my time to be wasted playing games with those off to fly the deletionist flag or who comment on other editors' genitals ([1], [2], etc.). Anyway, just wanted to let someone know as I cannot send emails and I really do not want to post anything on Wikipedia or Wikipedia Review. Plus, I really cannot see why I would need to return here either. So, I guess that is goodbye. The past few months have been overall remarkably less stressful, my and my pets' health has improved. Work is going well enough and so on. I have nothing to really feel bad about anymore. So, take care! Sincerely, --A Nobody 03:12, 18 May 2010 (UTC)

Your attention is needed

Hi, As a member of the English Arbcom, I want to alert you to a group of users who are, at minimum, biting newbies incessantly. I could, have, and will describe their conduct in more frank terms in other venues. Suffice to say, they need to be looked at-- they appear to be collaborating to perform bot-style deletions of any fair use image they can justify, even "keeping score" as it were. Along the way, they won't issue warnings or have discussions. In years here, two people have manage to piss me off more in one day than others have in years.. If the matter concerns you, you'll know how to find the people I'm talking about. If you've moved beyond wikipedia, I must confess, so have I. If you want this to be a happy place, somebody has to deal with these kids. --Randomcommenter 06:54, 2 December 2011 (UTC)

The first wiki-concert

Hi! Please express your opinion on the Grants:WM UA/Free Vocal Music concert, as the wiki-concert is planned on May, 15, and we need to know the GAC decision at least a day in advance. Большое спасибо! --Perohanych (talk) 21:27, 11 May 2013 (UTC)

Request for comments

Hi Kirill Lokshin, I'd like to solicit your comment on our pending grants:

Iberoconf 2013

Dear Kirill, I'd like to ask for your comments on our pending grant for Iberoconf 2013. Thanks in advance, --ProtoplasmaKid (WM-MX) (talk) 16:12, 20 May 2013 (UTC)



Thank you for signing up on the AffCom talk page, we are currently looking for members.

Best regards, -Bence (talk) 17:14, 11 November 2013 (UTC)



Thank you for signing up on the AffCom talk page, we are currently looking for members.

Best regards, -Bence (talk) 17:15, 11 November 2013 (UTC)

UK chapter

Welcome to being our liaison! Not sure what this will entail but we are here to help. JonJon Davies (WMUK) (talk) 08:17, 29 May 2014 (UTC)

@Jon Davies (WMUK): Thank you for the welcome; I look forward to working with you! Kirill Lokshin [talk] 14:16, 29 May 2014 (UTC)

Nice to meet you. :)

Even if it was on Facebook, and even if it was by accident, I wanted to say it was nice to meet you, Kirill. :) And thanks for your help locating the other Kiril. :) All the best, Anna Koval (WMF) (talk) 19:19, 4 June 2014 (UTC)

Your IEGCom application

Thank you for applying to join the Individual Engagement Grants Committee (IEGCom). We have reviewed your application and we are appointing you as a member. Please email me using the "email this user" feature so that I can set up your account on the IEGCom private wiki and add you to the IEGCom email list. Thank you, --Pine 05:59, 2 October 2014 (UTC)

Apparently Siko already prepared some text for onboarding new members with some slightly different instructions. Please:

  1. Introduce yourself in the IdeaLab.
  2. Send your email address and preferred username to IEGrants(_AT_), so that we can subscribe you to the committee mailing list and get you setup on the committee's internal wiki.

Then there are 3 first tasks for active committee members to start on right away:

  1. Read the information in the Committee Workroom (your committee organizing hub on meta), beginning with the getting started guide for new members.
  2. Join at least one working group.
  3. Start giving feedback on open ideas, drafts and proposals. Asking questions to gather information you’ll need to make a recommendation helps prospective grantees think their projects all the way through, and will give us more great proposals to choose from.

Our formal review of proposals starts on October 21. WMF staff will be posting information about scoring and selection of proposals on the committee mailing list and in the Workroom soon, so please keep an eye there!

Thanks again for joining us to help make impactful IEGrants :-)

--Pine 20:27, 3 October 2014 (UTC)

@Pine: Thanks for the welcome; I'll go through the onboarding steps shortly! Kirill Lokshin [talk] 20:44, 3 October 2014 (UTC)

Inspire Campaign Funding Committee

Hi Kirill. Thanks so much for signing up to participate on the Inspire Campaign Funding Committee! We really appreciate your support and willingness to share your time and expertise. We'd love to get your feedback on the funding page we've created for the campaign. Please post any questions/comments on the discussion page. If you can no longer serve on the committee or would like to contact me directly, please email at awang AT wikimedia DOT org. Thanks again! Alex Wang (WMF) (talk) 20:26, 16 February 2015 (UTC)

Global user page migration

Hello Kirill Lokshin. Synchbot deleted your local user pages on all wikis as requested. You can see the full log on your archive page. :) —Pathoschild 07:40, 22 February 2015 (UTC)

You're invited to the Ally Skills Workshop at Wikimania!

You were suggested as someone who might be interested in the Ally Skills Training Workshop at Wikimania! The workshop is designed to train Wikipedia admins to be more aware of sexism and is funded by an Inspire grant. The workshop will focus on teaching specific skills and techniques directly relevant to Wikipedia admins and editors, and in particular will teach people about the psychology of trolls. The workshop will be on Thursday July 16 from 2pm to 5pm in Don Diego 3.

If you are attending Wikimania, you are invited to apply to the Ally Skills Workshop! Space is limited and we may not be able to accept all applications, so apply now. More information, including a link to the application form, is here:

Ally Skills Workshop description and application form

People of all genders are welcome to attend. Unfortunately, travel scholarships for Wikimania are already closed and we don't know of any other sources of travel funding. If you know anyone else attending Wikimania who might be interested in attending this workshop, please encourage them to apply!

Thank you for your time,

Valerie Aurora (Instructor and Interim Executive Director of the Ada Initiative)

Valerie Aurora (talk) 22:31, 10 July 2015 (UTC)

Phil Wiki Community User Group proposal

Hi! Please check out our application for the creation of PhilWiki Community User Group. Thanks a lot. --Filipinayzd (talk) 03:00, 22 July 2015 (UTC)

Request for approval: Wikimedia Community User Group Nigeria

Dear Lokshin,

I write to notify you that Wikmedians in Nigeria had applied as affiliates of the WMF under the User group "Wikimedia Community User Group Nigeria". In lieu of this, we look forward to your approval and endorsement. Warm regards! Wikicology (talk) 20:36, 31 August 2015 (UTC)

Request for approval: Wikimedia MA User Group

Hi Kirill Lokshin,

We, Wikimedians in Morocco, have filled out the form to create a user group in our country, for that, I want to announce that we were looking forward to a recognition from you, to join the WMF. Cordially, --Reda benkhadra (talk) 12:54, 2 September 2015 (UTC)

Welcome to the Project Grants Committee

Hi Kirill Lokshin,

Thanks for signing up to join the Project Grants Committee! It is my pleasure to confirm your membership. We've got a lot to accomplish together, particularly during the next 2 months, and it will be awesome to have your help. Here is how to get started!

To make your membership official, please email mjohnson(_AT_)wikimedia · org by Sunday, August 14, and include the following three pieces of information:

  1. Your preferred email address for the committee mailing list
  2. Your preferred username for the committee's scoring tool
  3. Indicate all of the times from this list that would work for you to participate in a Committee Orientation:
    1. Tuesday August 16, 2016 - 1600 UTC
    2. Tuesday August 16, 2016 - 1900 UTC
    3. Wednesday August 17, 2016 - 0100 UTC
    4. Thursday August 18, 2016 - 1600 UTC
    5. Thursday August 18, 2016 - 2200 UTC
    6. Friday August 19, 2016 - 0100 UTC
    7. if none of the above times work for you, please provide at least two times that would work for you (be sure to indicate the date and the time zone)

Then, there are 2 first tasks for active committee members to start on right away:

  1. Read the information in the Committee Workroom (your committee organizing hub on meta), beginning with the getting started guide for new members.
  2. Start giving feedback on open proposals. Ask questions or make suggestions on the proposal talk pages to gather information you’ll need to make a recommendation. Your input helps prospective grantees think their projects all the way through and helps other committee members with their own review. The more you can support applicants now, the stronger the proposals we'll have to choose from.

The general calendar for this round is as follows:

Round 1 2016 schedule

Open call: 1 July – 2 August

Proposal deadline: 2 August

Staff eligibility review: 3–9 August

Community review: 10–23 August

Committee review: 24 August – 6 September

Grantees announced: 7 October

Grants disbursed: October


Our formal review of proposals starts on August 24. WMF staff will be posting information about scoring and selection of proposals on the committee mailing list, so please keep an eye there!

Thanks again for joining us to help make impactful Project Grants! :-)

--Marti (WMF) (talk) 23:47, 10 August 2016 (UTC)

Concerns about WikiConference

I left some concerns regarding the WikiConference on the grant talk page.--The Devil's Advocate (talk) 03:27, 24 August 2016 (UTC)

Years served

Ya sorry my bad on that. Elected dates vs. service year through me off while I was stealing part of your userpage design :) And the middle one had looked like only three years which prompted my reading, it's 4 years. Apologies -- Amanda (aka DQ) 20:30, 25 September 2016 (UTC)

AffCom Mailing List

Hi. I sent an email to AffCom's mailing list a couple days ago, but haven't got any reply since then. Could you please check the mail? Thanks. --TechyanTalk) 16:36, 6 June 2017 (UTC)

ARB mail

I have sent this here as I am blocked on EN, so it is not possible to give you a YGM Notice. Thank you. (talk) 23:35, 10 June 2017 (UTC)

Approval from AffCom needed?

Hello Kirill Lokshin. I am writting to you in your capacity as chair of the AffCom to inquire if creation of private or fishbowl wikis for user groups require approval or sign-off from AffCom prior to creation. This is because of this request in Phabricator to create a fishbowl wiki for Maithili Wikimedians User Group. If you could please consult with the committee it'd be great. The decission will guide us for future requests. Best regards, —MarcoAurelio 10:21, 25 June 2017 (UTC)


I have uploaded a grant proposal today and would like to know if I submitted it correctly. It is here: Grants:Project/Engaging Academic Archivists, Librarians and Students to Address the Historical Gender and Racial Gap of Western Pennsylvania through the University of Pittsburgh Library System. If not please send me instructions on how to submit correctly. Best Regards, Barbara (WVS) (talk) 19:43, 25 September 2017 (UTC)

Proposals for closing projects/Closure of Nahuatl Wikipedia 2

Hello; In this page, is over second closure for Nahuatl Wikipedia. Regards.--Marrovi (talk) 06:34, 9 October 2017 (UTC)

Requests for comments on Wikimedia user groups approval process and agreements

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This is an update from the Wikimedia Affiliations Committee. Translations are available.

The Wikimedia Affiliations Committee is requesting comments on the approval process and agreements for Wikimedia user groups.

Wikimedia user groups are groups of Wikimedia users who support and promote the Wikimedia projects in the offline world by organizing meetups and other projects. The Wikimedia Affiliations Committee's responsibilities include approval of new Wikimedia user groups.

The committee will seek community input until Friday, May 1, 2015. The committee will then review the community's input, and publish the new process and agreements on Meta-Wiki. The committee will again seek community input approximately six months after any changes are adopted to gauge effectiveness and if any additional changes are necessary.

Please see the RFC page on Meta-Wiki for more information and to provide feedback.

Thank you - Wikimedia Affiliations Committee

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Introducing the Wikimedia Affiliates mailing list

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This is an update from the Wikimedia Affiliations Committee. Translations are available.

The Wikimedia Affiliations Committee is pleased to introduce the launch of the Wikimedia Affiliates mailing list, which is basically a place for all the affiliates (chapters, thematic organizations, user groups) to discuss issues related to affiliates, make announcements to other affiliates, and collaborate on activities and community-wide events. The idea is to help facilitate the dialogue affiliates across our movement, plus collaborative discussions like community-wide activities, joint edit-a-thons, regional conferences, blog/report posts, or other communications from affiliates.

Each Wikimedia movement affiliate is allocated three spots on the mailing list. All affiliates may contact the Affiliations Committee to request additional spots if needed.

Please find a bit more information on Meta-Wiki and do not hesitate to contact the Affiliations Committee if you have further questions.

Thank you - Wikimedia Affiliations Committee

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2015 Affiliations Committee call for candidates

This is an update from the Wikimedia Affiliations Committee. Translations are available.

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The Affiliations Committee – the committee responsible for guiding volunteers in establishing Wikimedia chapters, thematic organizations, and user groups – is looking for new members!

The main role of the Affiliations Committee is to guide groups of volunteers that are interested in forming Wikimedia affiliates. We review applications from new groups, answer questions and provide advice about the different Wikimedia affiliation models and processes, review affiliate bylaws for compliance with requirements and best practices, and advise the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees on issues connected to chapters, thematic organizations and Wikimedia user groups.

The committee consists of twelve members, six of whom are selected every twelve months for staggered two-year terms.

Key skills

Being a part of the Affiliations Committee requires communication with volunteers all over the world, negotiating skills, cultural sensitivity, and the ability to understand legal texts. We try to get a healthy mix of different skill sets in our members. The key skills and experience that we look for in candidates are:

  • Excitement by the challenge of helping to empower groups of volunteers worldwide.
  • Willingness to process applications through a set, perhaps bureaucratic process.
  • Readiness to participate in political discussions on the role and future of affiliates, models of affiliations, and similar questions.
  • Availability of up to 5 hours per week, and the time to participate in a monthly ~2 hour voice/video meeting.
  • International orientation.
  • Very good communication skills in English.
  • Ability to work and communicate with other languages and cultures.
  • Strong understanding of the structure and work of affiliates and the WMF.
  • Knowledge of different legal systems and experience in community building and organising are a plus.
  • Effective communication skills in other languages are a major plus.
  • Experience with or in an active affiliate is a major plus.
  • Willingness to use one's real name in committee activities (including contacts with current and potential affiliates) when appropriate.

We are looking for people who are not afraid of the workload and are motivated by helping other volunteers to get organized and form communities that further our mission around the world.

Selection process

As a reflection of our commitment to openness, transparency, and bilateral engagement with the Wikimedia community, the 2015 member selection process will include a public review and comment period. All applications received by the committee will be posted on Meta (at Affiliations Committee/Candidates/2015), and the community will be invited to provide comments and feedback about each candidate.

At the end of the public comment period, the applications will be voted on by the members of the committee who are not seeking re-election, taking into account comments put forward by the committee's members, advisors, WMF staff and board liaisons, and the community. A final decision will be made by mid-January 2016, with new members expected to join later that month.

How to apply

If you are interested in joining the committee, please send an application to by 31 December 2015. You will get a confirmation that your application was received.

Your application should include the following:

  • Your full name
  • Your contact information (including e-mail address and username)
  • A statement describing your relevant experience, skills, and motivation for joining the committee.

Your statement will be published for community review and feedback, so please do not include any information that you are not comfortable sharing.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to email me and/or the committee as a whole. We are happy to chat or have a phone call with anyone about our work if this helps them decide to apply. Please distribute this call among your networks, and do apply if you are interested!

Best regards,
Carlos Colina
Chair, Affiliations Committee

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