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Latest comment: 5 years ago by Johan (WMF) in topic The Community Wishlist Survey

Permanent lack of access to accounts on Wikipedia[edit]

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 03:13, 18 May 2010 (UTC)Reply


I have to say that I agree with many of your statements on the subject. I personally found it unsettling that the community was never allowed to have input on my ban, especially after I was provided emails from various Arbitrators showing that my appeal has come very close before. I don't really get how some of the ideas come about or why people are so focused on various things. It is rather baffling and unsettling. Ottava Rima (talk) 20:29, 20 October 2014 (UTC)Reply

This is a message from the Wikimedia Foundation. Translations are available.

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 (gvarnum(_AT_)wikimedia.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.

Thank you,
Gregory Varnum (User:GVarnum-WMF), Wikimedia Foundation

Posted by the MediaWiki message delivery 21:20, 28 September 2015 (UTC)TranslateGet helpReply

Wishlist 2017[edit]


in last year's community technical wishlist survey you expressed support for the allow a second email address proposal. It was one of four proposals, that address the problem, that users may be harrassed, because the same email address is used for - among other things - password recovery and communication with other users. This proposal got the most support of the four and the combined support for the four proposals would have won them a place among the 10 successful proposals. I have entered the proposal again in this year's survey. It would be nice if you take a look at it, as the voting phase is now running.

While I write, I may mention, that I made another proposal in this year's survey, and maybe your interested in it also. It is about integrating Wikipedia with upcoming Augmented Reality technologies and a better user experiences over different distrubution channels. I should also mention, that there is a related proposal about 360 images.

Here are the links:

--𝔊 (Gradzeichen DiſkTalk) 05:36, 28 November 2017 (UTC)Reply

Global preferences ready for testing[edit]


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.

  1. Read over the help page, it is brief and has screenshots
  2. Login or register an account on Beta English Wikipedia
  3. Visit Global Preferences and try enabling and disabling some settings
  4. Visit some other language and project test wikis such as English Wikivoyage, German Wiktionary, the Hebrew Wikipedia and test the settings
  5. 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.

Please let me know if you have any questions. Thanks! Keegan (WMF) (talk) 22:45, 26 February 2018 (UTC)Reply

The Community Wishlist Survey[edit]


You get this message because you’ve previously participated in the Community Wishlist Survey. I just wanted to let you know that this year’s survey is now open for proposals. You can suggest technical changes until 11 November: Community Wishlist Survey 2019.

You can vote from November 16 to November 30. To keep the number of messages at a reasonable level, I won’t send out a separate reminder to you about that. /Johan (WMF) 11:24, 30 October 2018 (UTC)Reply