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.
Signing the confidentiality agreement for nonpublic information is conducted and tracked using Legalpad on Phabricator. We have prepared a guide on Meta-Wiki to help you create your Phabricator account and sign the new agreement: Confidentiality agreement for nonpublic information/How to sign
If you have any questions or experience any problems while signing the new agreement, please visit this talk page or email me (gvarnumwikimedia.org). Again, please sign this confidentiality agreement by 31 December 2015 to retain your OTRS access. If you do not wish to retain this access, please let me know and we will forward your request to the appropriate individuals.
Gregory Varnum (User:GVarnum-WMF), Wikimedia Foundation
Hello Ks0stm. Welcome to the global rename team! We have a mailing list to allow for easy communication. Please subscribe here and send Savh or Trijnstel an email to confirm it is you requesting it. Additionally, you may wish to join the #wikimedia-rename IRC channel on freenode. If you have any questions, you can always ask me on my talk page.
Note about usurping users
Hello again. Here's an important thing to keep in mind when usurping users: when renaming the target user (the user that is about to have their username usurped), remember to tick the "Move user pages" and "Suppress creation of redirects" boxes; this will vacate their userpages so that the requesting user (the user that filed the request) can have their own userpages moved to the appropriate title. If you forget to do this, it could mess up the userspace of both users (which requires a local admin to fix). Also, you do not have to tick the "Suppress creation of redirects" box when renaming the requesting user, unless the user has requested for privacy. —k6ka 🍁 (Talk · Contributions) 11:50, 24 October 2016 (UTC)
No renaming between November 20 and November 27
You’re getting this because you’re a steward or global renamer. The Community Tech team are working on cross-wiki watchlists. We need to add a couple of fields to the localuser table in centralauth database. In order to be able to do this, we’d need to run a script that will get in the way of renaming users. Our apologies – we realize this is getting in the way of your work.
(UTC means that if you live in the Americas, it will be on the evening or afternoon of November 19 when the script starts running, and if you live in Oceania or eastern Asia, it can be closer midday on November 27 before we can be sure the script is no longer running.)
Thanks for closing that discussion
I just wanted to say thanks for closing that discussion. It clearly wasn't going to pass and even if it did he mods wouldn't have followed it but its the only avenue I have to get unbanned. Cheers! Reguyla (talk) 01:09, 14 December 2016 (UTC)
Best Wishes !!
Hi Ks0stm, I wish you and your loved ones Happy New Year 2017. Dear, Have a great time !! — TBhagat (talk) 08:40, 31 December 2016 (UTC)
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Global preferences ready for testing
I am contacting you because of your support for Global settings in the 2016 Community Tech Wishlist. Global preferences are now available for beta testing, and need your help before being released to the wikis.
- Read over the help page, it is brief and has screenshots
- Login or register an account on Beta English Wikipedia
- Visit Global Preferences and try enabling and disabling some settings
- Visit some other language and project test wikis such as English Wikivoyage, German Wiktionary, the Hebrew Wikipedia and test the settings
- Report your findings, experience, bugs, and other observations
Once the team has feedback on design issues, bugs, and other things that might need worked out, the problems will be addressed and global preferences will be sent to the wikis.