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Welcome to Meta![edit]

Hello MER-C, 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 Meta:Metapub (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!

--Herby talk thyme 09:43, 28 May 2008 (UTC)

Admin?[edit]

Hi MER-C. Ever thought of requesting admin rights to edit the spam blacklist yourself? Regards, Trijnsteltalk 21:01, 2 July 2012 (UTC)

I don't meet the adminship criteria. MER-C (talk) 01:44, 3 July 2012 (UTC)
Hmm, that's too bad. Can't we make an exception for active people on the spam blacklist like you? 'Cause we desperately need them imo. :) Trijnsteltalk 10:37, 3 July 2012 (UTC)
It might be possible with some sort of temp-adminship, with rights restricted to SBL. I think there's a precedence for that. Finn Rindahl (talk) 22:37, 4 July 2012 (UTC)

Top40 fails[edit]

Gday MER-C. When I try the linksearch tool for the top 40, I get

Request timed out
This is probably because you searched a domain with too many links, surveyed a user with too many image uploads or did not specify a long enough prefix.

I don't think that is just a hate of me, as it works for the top 20 okay. Thanks if you can look at it. — billinghurst sDrewth 06:58, 13 March 2013 (UTC)

1) Which domain did you search?
2) Google App Engine allows only 60s per request and if I can't make 80 complete linksearches (HTTP+HTTPS for each wiki) in that time then it dies. The usual cause is the WMF servers not being fast enough. MER-C (talk) 03:25, 15 March 2013 (UTC)
I cannot even get a top20 sites search done at the moment. :-( [1] and this isn't the only site for which it is failing for me. I would even be happy if it gave me a per wiki count, and the potential to drill down, my guess is that a count is not readily doable anyway. — billinghurst sDrewth 11:14, 16 April 2013 (UTC)
Works for me (3 links on en, nl: 1, es: 2, ru: 2, ja: 3, zh: 1, no: 2). I have looked at the logs, which weren't that informative. Time to blacklist some bots for not following robots.txt. MER-C (talk) 12:52, 21 April 2013 (UTC)
Done. Guess who's to blame? These idiots. MER-C (talk) 13:27, 21 April 2013 (UTC)
This should be fixed for real now. MER-C (talk) 12:50, 10 May 2013 (UTC)

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 change.org.

I'm notifying you because you participated in one of several relevant discussions. -Pete F (talk) 22:14, 20 August 2014 (UTC)

Superprotect letter update[edit]

Hi MER-C,

Along with more hundreds of others, you recently signed Letter to Wikimedia Foundation: Superprotect and Media Viewer, which I wrote.

Today, we have 562 signatures here on Meta, and another 61 on change.org, for a total of 623 signatures. Volunteers have fully translated it into 16 languages, and begun other translations. This far exceeds my most optimistic hopes about how many might sign the letter -- I would have been pleased to gain 200 siguatures -- but new signatures continue to come.

I believe this is a significant moment for Wikimedia and Wikipedia. Very rarely have I seen large numbers of people from multiple language and project communities speak with a unified voice. As I understand it, we are unified in a desire for the Wikimedia Foundation to respect -- in actions, in addition to words -- the will of the community who has built the Wikimedia projects for the benefit of all humanity. I strongly believe it is possible to innovate and improve our software tools, together with the Wikimedia Foundation. But substantial changes are necessary in order for us to work together smoothly and productively. I believe this letter identifies important actions that will strongly support those changes.

Have you been discussing these issues in your local community? If so, I think we would all appreciate an update (on the letter's talk page) about how those discussions have gone, and what people are saying. If not, please be bold and start a discussoin on your Village Pump, or in any other venue your project uses -- and then leave a summary of what kind of response you get on the letter's talk page.

Finally, what do you think is the right time, and the right way, to deliver this letter? We could set a date, or establish a threshold of signatures. I have some ideas, but am open to suggestions.

Thank you for your engagement on this issue, and please stay in touch. -Pete F (talk) 18:38, 26 August 2014 (UTC)

2015 Community Wishlist Survey[edit]

Thanks for helping to reply to proposals at 2015 Community Wishlist Survey. It is much appreciated! Ryan Kaldari (WMF) (talk) 22:45, 9 November 2015 (UTC)

Admin 2?[edit]

MER-C, as you are regularly adding requests to the meta-spam-blacklist (which often just get added without question), I would suggest that you try for a run for adminship here so you can just add them yourself. Your help there would be greatly appreciated. --Dirk Beetstra T C (en: U, T) 12:04, 3 February 2016 (UTC)

I'll give it some thought. MER-C (talk) 12:54, 4 February 2016 (UTC)
+1 :-) Syum90 (talk) 09:00, 17 February 2016 (UTC)

Harassment workshop[edit]

Greetings! You are receiving this message because, at some point in the past, you have participated in a discussion around the topic of harassment. The Support and Safety team is holding a series of consultations gathering feedback on the best potential solutions to the problem. The next stage is a workshop where we hope to narrow the focus to individual actionable ideas and explore how to bring some of these ideas to life.

Best regards, the Support and Safety team via MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 16:35, 17 February 2016 (UTC)

Survey on content curation & review Inspire Campaign[edit]

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Thanks for your participation in IdeaLab during the Inspire Campaign focused on improving content curation & review processes from February to March 2016. I'm interested in hearing your feedback about your participation during campaign, so if you're able, I invite you to complete this brief survey to describe how you contributed to the campaign and how you felt about participating.

Immediate results of the campaign can be found here. Please feel free to review them and let me know if you have any questions about the campaign or the survey. Thanks! I JethroBT (WMF) (talk) 02:31, 26 May 2016 (UTC)

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IRC office hour for Wikimedia Foundation copyright strategy[edit]

Hi there - thank you for your participation in the copyright strategy discussion so far! In addition to contributing on-wiki, you may be interested in an upcoming IRC office hour the Wikimedia Foundation legal team is holding to discuss the copyright strategy. It will be on September 15 at 14:00 UTC. More information is available on Meta-Wiki. Thanks! Joe Sutherland (WMF) 00:48, 8 September 2016 (UTC)

Have you considered contributing to MediaWiki?[edit]

Hi,

I was looking through the community wishlist survey proposals and noticed you had created quite a few. I also know that you're a reasonably technical user - have you considered submitting patches to MediaWiki to fix your bugs? (that's actually how I got started - fixing AbuseFilter bugs). If you need some help, I'd be more than happy to help out. Legoktm (talk) 05:16, 10 November 2016 (UTC)

Chances are that I'll be learning PHP some day for an unrelated reason and get around to it then, but not for the foreseeable future. For now, I prefer Java servlets :) MER-C (talk) 12:45, 10 November 2016 (UTC)

Adjusted text[edit]

There has been a request to inform all who voted in the RfC about interlinking accounts involved with paid editing about the following adjustment in the "statement of issue" on Sept 18th, 2017.

It was clarified that this effort will help deal not only with impersonation of specific Wikipedians but also claims of being in good standing made by those who are not.[2] Thanks. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 19:59, 26 September 2017 (UTC)