User talk:Martin Urbanec/Archives/2022

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18:17, 4 January 2022 (UTC)

Global lock request for Vexedsmug

Only engaged in re-creating self-promoting article en:Susovan Sonu Roy, en:Draft:Susovan Sonu Roy, en:Draft:Susovan Sonu Roy (Actor and Dancer) and en:Susovan Sonu Roy (Actor). See en:Wikipedia:Sockpuppet investigations/Blogs19, en:User_talk:Vexedsmug#Susovan_Sonu_Roy, fr:Article recreate. Also created same article in various wikis like hi:सुशोभन सोनू राय, de:Susovan Sonu Roy, as:সুশোভন সোনু ৰয় etc.

I also informed the same to another steward Sakretsu beside you. Thanks. 2402:3A80:1C42:2225:807C:F8C:2DAD:7952 18:28, 8 January 2022 (UTC)

Hello, my talk page is not a place to request user accounts. This can be requested at SRG (or talk page to that page, since you're not logged in). Thank you. Martin Urbanec (talk) 18:33, 8 January 2022 (UTC)
Sorry sir I do not have an account and SRG does not permit IPs editing so I informed you here. Please pardon if I have caused problem to you. 2402:3A80:1C42:2225:807C:F8C:2DAD:7952 18:38, 8 January 2022 (UTC)

Why my account has been blocked.

Why is my Wikipedia account blocked? 13:57, 18 January 2022 (UTC)

Hello, please follow the appeal process indicated in the error message you see in your account. I can't help you on my personal talk page, unfortunately. Best, Martin Urbanec (talk) 20:14, 22 January 2022 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: Martin Urbanec (talk) 11:51, 29 January 2022 (UTC)

Global undo query

Hi Martin, I found your comment in a previous GR permission request, it contains a query result. I wonder if it is possible to share the SQL code with me? Someone would like to build a website to make the analysis of global undo count easier. Thanks! Stang 13:40, 20 January 2022 (UTC)

Hello @Stang! Thanks for asking. Unfortunately, I don't have the query available anymore, so I can't share it. The report was generated from the mediawiki_history dataset compiled by the WMF's data engineers. The dataset is publicly available.
If a tool will be created to automatically show those numbers, it'd be awesome. However, I'm not sure if using the same approach as I did is the best idea, as querying mediawiki_history is not going to be the simplest thing to do, since mediawiki_history is quite large (half a TB in total). Querying it with the right resources (a lot of RAM) is reasonably fast and quite convenient, but even with a lot of RAM available, queries tend to take minutes if not hours to complete, and that's not suitable for a web app.
It is probably going to be both easier and faster for users to approach the problem differently: (1) calculate current number of undos for all users across all wikis (2) store the numbers in a database (3) build a bot that will increment the stored counts each time it sees an undo in a wiki's RC ( can be used to watch recent changes at all wikis at once). Querying the undos count will be very fast: just read some rows from the database. It will not be 100% precise (the bot will likely skip some changes and/or count some twice), but overall, it should be quite reliable. A similar approach is employed by the Wikimedia Hashtags tool.
Hope this helps. Martin Urbanec (talk) 20:06, 22 January 2022 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: Martin Urbanec (talk) 11:52, 29 January 2022 (UTC)


Hello. I'm blocked from abuse filter in this wiki can you unblock my account? Thank you very much! AlPaD (talk) 18:58, 26 January 2022 (UTC)

No problem, I'm unblocked. AlPaD (talk) 19:25, 26 January 2022 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: Martin Urbanec (talk) 11:52, 29 January 2022 (UTC)

Username change on Phab

Hi Martin Urbanec, It is been a long time since my username was changed to "TheAafi" globally. However, I notice that I've not been renamed on Phab wiki. Could you please assist with this? Regards. ─ The Aafī (talk) 11:44, 29 January 2022 (UTC)

Hello @TheAafi, you will need to create a ticket in Phabricator, requesting rename: see phab:T260645 as a past example.
Renames on the wiki don't automatically cause a rename in Phabricator and elsewhere. It's a separate user account database, so that's why.
Best, Martin Urbanec (talk) 11:51, 29 January 2022 (UTC)
Hi, I just did that. See phab:T300430. Thanks for responding instantly. ─ The Aafī (talk) 11:57, 29 January 2022 (UTC)
Any time! I see the ticket you filled was handled already. Let me know if I can help in any other way. Best, Martin Urbanec (talk) 18:18, 30 January 2022 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: Martin Urbanec (talk) 18:18, 30 January 2022 (UTC)

Global message delivery automated list is broken


wanted to notify you that the code on the global message delivery page is broken. Take for example, if you try to add a user talkpage here, the entire page blanks out. Same thing is happening with other lists created from these delivery shells. Can you please check it out and try to find out what's wrong? Cheers!--SOyeyele (WMF) (talk) 13:49, 20 January 2022 (UTC)

Hello! Just a ping to this message :).--SOyeyele (WMF) (talk) 10:18, 24 January 2022 (UTC)
Hello @SOyeyele (WMF), sorry and thanks for the reminder. I tried to add/remove few pages here and I can reproduce the issue. I created a test list in my userspace and I'm going to intentionally leave it broken until this is investigated.
I filled a task in Phabricator, with my own guess about how the bug happens. Let's hope someone can have a look soon! Martin Urbanec (talk) 11:16, 24 January 2022 (UTC)
Thank you so much! Hopefully, this gets resolved soon.--SOyeyele (WMF) (talk) 12:11, 24 January 2022 (UTC)


Hello. Thank you for validating my admin status on, as User:An-tiushpa. Unfortunately, from now on, I cannot log in or access my account, as authentication requires a secure password. My current password is relatively simple and less than 10 characters long. So I agree to change it, but the procedure for "new password" doesn't work because I didn't specify an email address in my preferences. I would like to do it, but I can't access my original account at all. I have just created this secondary account to be able to communicate with you (with an email address filled in), but how can I access my main account again? Thank you for your help or for telling me how to proceed. --An-tiushpa--. An-tiushpa2 (talk) 18:03, 30 January 2022 (UTC)

Hello @An-tiushpa2, thanks for the message. I just verified with one of my test accounts what happens if an account with a weak password is promoted to an administrator. In my case, MediaWiki showed this screen and did not allow me to do anything else until I filled a new (stronger) password in the form I screenshotted. I was able to change my password without having an email address on file in that test account.
Does MediaWiki show a similar error message in your case? If it looks the same, what happens when you enter a new (stronger) password there? If you're still logged in, maybe try logging out (or logging in from a different browser)?
Screenshot (or a video) would be helpful for me to better understand what's going on at your end. If you wish, feel free to email screenshots privately to martin.urbanec(_AT_)
Looking forward to your response, Martin Urbanec (talk) 18:17, 30 January 2022 (UTC)
Thank you very much. It works. I actually didn't realize that this error message would recognize and save a new password, as the explanation of the message was not very clear. So I entered a new, more complicated password (I'll have trouble remembering it, so I'm forced to write it down, which may not be a great guarantee of security after all) and entered an email address. Everything seems to be working properly again. Thank you again for your help and the speed of your reply. An-tiushpa (talk) 18:48, 30 January 2022 (UTC)
I'm happy to hear everything works now!
Security-wise, using a password manager taking care of your passwords is usually a better tradeoff than trying to remember all of them or using a single password everywhere. But, that's of course your call to make -- just saying.
Best, Martin Urbanec (talk) 19:54, 30 January 2022 (UTC)

Central Notice

Dear Martin, please have a look at CentralNotice/Request/Wiki Loves Folklore 2022. The contest will start tommorow. --Tiven2240 (talk) 19:10, 30 January 2022 (UTC)

Dear Martin, this is the third day the contest is Live yet we haven't got the central notice as requested. This is very much affecting our project. Please support us and our efforts we have made for organizing this project internationally --Tiven2240 (talk) 00:31, 3 February 2022 (UTC)

Patrollers group on urwiki

Hi Urbanec, We had reached to consensus last year on Urdu Wikipedia to have a patrollers group. Should I make the guideline pages first or create a phab task first? Looking forward to hear your suggestions. Regards ─ The Aafī (talk) 07:59, 5 February 2022 (UTC)

Hello @TheAafi, it's not necessary to have a new guideline to successfully request a new group. Community consensus (preferably, via a voting) is sufficient for that. Sincerely, Martin Urbanec (talk) 15:42, 10 February 2022 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: ─ The Aafī on Mobile (talk) 04:27, 11 February 2022 (UTC)

Block for Riccardo

Hi, my coadmin Riccardo Riccioni asked me to communicate with you his concern about a block he encounters on one of the 2 connections he can use. I am not very clear what is blocked but hope you can help to clarify. He thinks you set this block.

1. he sent me this notice he saw Reason of the block: no open proxy Time: 3 years My ID Blocked ones: range

2. What is the point about "no open proxy" for swwiki? Is it possible that he as admis blocked using this proxy whereas you as non-admin on swwiki can block him? What I can see in the policy page is that this should not affect him as admin?

I appreciate your comment. Kipala (talk) 15:02, 10 February 2022 (UTC)

Hello @Kipala, thanks for your message. The block you mention is probably a global one, in this case, issued by myself as a Wikimedia steward. Those blocks apply at all wikis, including sw.wikipedia. For details about global blocks, please see Global blocks. For the justification for open proxies blocks in general, I recommend to read the No open proxies. In short, the global community decided in 2006 that open proxies are frequently abused and may be blocked from editing at any time for any period of time. This isn't a reflection on the wikimedians affected by the block – only at the way they're connecting to the Wikimedia projects.
Admins are not affected by global or local blocks, except when they're applied to their account directly. There's likely no policy about this – this happens because of the default assignment of rights done by MediaWiki. You might see that for yourself by going at sw:Special:ListGroupRights and scrolling to the section for "Administrators", which contains all the rights admins have. One of them is "Bypass IP blocks, auto-blocks and range blocks".
Riccardo Riccioni should not be affected by any open proxy block at sw.wikipedia, as he's an administrator there. He will, however, likely be affected at all the other projects. The IP address,, is assigned to Hosting Services, Inc., a company providing servers for rent rather than residential connections. It seems likely Riccardo Riccioni uses some sort of a VPN – is it possible to disable it while editing? Best, Martin Urbanec (talk) 12:56, 11 February 2022 (UTC)
To be honest I do not really understand if he can be blocked globally but should not be? I asked Riccardo to try to get thru to you via "Email this user". I think he cannot switch off the proxy, he is our best contributor at the time being but he can only get in thru 2 institutional adresses which he does not run. He has no private access. Kipala (talk) 19:39, 11 February 2022 (UTC)

Approval of AdoroniBot

Hello, Could you please approve the bot flag for AdoroniBot in Assamese Wikipedia? The request is available here. Thanks. --chanakyakdas (talk) 09:58, 4 March 2022 (UTC)

Movement Strategy and Governance News – Issue 5

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Movement Strategy and Governance News
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Xeno (WMF) (talk) 04:06, 21 March 2022 (UTC)

Two-step authentication

Hi Martin Urbanec,

I'm DARIO SEVERi, a global sysop.

I lost my phone   a few months ago and I'm not getting the message with the verification code to add in two-step authentication. I am using the 10 keys (16 numbers or letters) that were sent to me to enter the project in case of emergency, I have already used most of them.

Could you please change my phone number so I can get the message? my current number phone number is   before I used   or it is possible sending to me other 10 keys so I can keep editing as sysop?

Sincerely DARIO SEVERI (talk) 13:05, 11 April 2022 (UTC)

Hello @DARIO SEVERI, 2FA is not bound to a specific phone number. Instead, it is connected to the specific instance of the 2FA app you use. Depending on the 2FA app you decided to use, it might be possible to restore its state using information provided to you when installing it.
If it doesn't work, you should be able to reset your 2FA status yourself, assuming you're still logged in (and have a nonzero amount of scratch codes left). The recommended workflow is to disable 2FA temporarily (a scratch token 'will be necessary in this process). Immediately after disabling the 2FA, you should be able to re-enable 2FA, which will a) give you a new set of scratch codes b) connect your account with your new phone.
Let me know how this works :). Best, Martin Urbanec (talk) 13:18, 11 April 2022 (UTC)
Thanks Martin Urbanec, I will try tomorrow morning, here in Thailand it's already a little late at night. DARIO SEVERI (talk) 13:21, 11 April 2022 (UTC)

Movement Strategy and Governance News – Issue 6

Movement Strategy and Governance News
Issue 6, April 2022Read the full newsletter

Welcome to the sixth issue of Movement Strategy and Governance News! This revamped newsletter distributes relevant news and events about the Movement Charter, Universal Code of Conduct, Movement Strategy Implementation grants, Board of trustees elections and other relevant MSG topics.

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  • Leadership Development - A Working Group is Forming! - The application to join the Leadership Development Working Group closed on April 10th, 2022, and up to 12 community members will be selected to participate in the working group. (continue reading)
  • Universal Code of Conduct Ratification Results are out! - The global decision process on the enforcement of the UCoC via SecurePoll was held from 7 to 21 March. Over 2,300 eligible voters from at least 128 different home projects submitted their opinions and comments. (continue reading)
  • Movement Discussions on Hubs - The Global Conversation event on Regional and Thematic Hubs was held on Saturday, March 12, and was attended by 84 diverse Wikimedians from across the movement. (continue reading)
  • Movement Strategy Grants Remain Open! - Since the start of the year, six proposals with a total value of about $80,000 USD have been approved. Do you have a movement strategy project idea? Reach out to us! (continue reading)
  • The Movement Charter Drafting Committee is All Set! - The Committee of fifteen members which was elected in October 2021, has agreed on the essential values and methods for its work, and has started to create the outline of the Movement Charter draft. (continue reading)
  • Introducing Movement Strategy Weekly - Contribute and Subscribe! - The MSG team have just launched the updates portal, which is connected to the various Movement Strategy pages on Meta-wiki. Subscriber to get up-to-date news about the various ongoing projects. (continue reading)
  • Diff Blogs - Check out the most recent publications about the UCoC on Wikimedia Diff. (continue reading)

Thanks for reading. Xeno (WMF) 02:23, 13 April 2022 (UTC)


Hi! We have been waiting for the import of the right for about a month. Can you help to speed up imports? We have a large number of files that need to be edited. Thanks.--Turkmen talk 20:15, 25 April 2022 (UTC)


Hi Martin, would like to know if this patch is still needed at present - as you commented "to revise on 2020-10-12". Thanks! Stang 19:56, 28 April 2022 (UTC)

Hey @Stang! Sorry for taking so long. I checked on the private task with the author, but there is no reply. I sent a reminder -- since it's a quite old change (albeit made as an emergency), I don't think it's a good idea to quickly reverse. I'll check in a week or so. Martin Urbanec (talk) 21:34, 4 May 2022 (UTC)

Blocked editor

Hello, Martin,

It looks like User:Andyyeunguser created the same junk pages and categories on Meta that he did on en.wikipedia. I'm not sure how to tag pages for deletion here but they surely aren't making any contribution to this project. Thanks. Liz (talk) 19:57, 30 April 2022 (UTC)

Hey @Liz! Thanks for the message. Pages can be deleted via {{delete}} directly. There's smaller backlog of deletion requests than at ie. enwiki, so we only have a single template . Hope this helps! Best, Martin Urbanec (talk) 21:23, 4 May 2022 (UTC)

Please Lock 𝐖𝐢𝐤𝐢𝐁𝐚𝐲𝐞𝐫 👤💬 09:48, 14 May 2022 (UTC)

Two-step authentication

Hi Martin Urbanec, I previously wrote to you on April 11th. Today I reset my 2FA status and I tried to re-enable 2FA but I'm not getting it, could you re-enable it for me? The link says I don't have permission [1]. Thanks. DARIO SEVERI (talk) 12:20, 7 June 2022 (UTC)

Hello @DARIO SEVERI, thanks for letting me know! You need to enable 2FA on a project where you have advanced permissions (ie. ptwiki, where you're an admin, or any GS-enabled wiki). Can you please try that and let me know? Best, Martin Urbanec (talk) 14:16, 7 June 2022 (UTC)
Hello Martin Urbanec, thanks for your advice. It worked out. It was very easy. DARIO SEVERI (talk) 14:47, 7 June 2022 (UTC)
Glad to hear that! Feel free to let me know if you have any other issues I can help with. Best, Martin Urbanec (talk) 15:39, 7 June 2022 (UTC)


Hello! May I have autopatrolled rights? Thanks in advance. SummerKrut (talk) 19:08, 7 June 2022 (UTC)

Munkhzaya.E's admin rights

You should not give this person any admin rights, because she blocked me just because I give her an oppose vote. Tenuun.B (talk) 08:37, 2 July 2022 (UTC)

@Tenuun.B Thanks for your message. It looks like there are two opposes and zero supports now. If that doesn't change, admin rights wouldn't be (re)granted.
As to your indefinite block, I can't do anything with it (at least not now). I recommend appealing it with other mn.wikipedia admins (you can message them on meta or email them). Best wishes, Martin Urbanec (talk) 12:47, 2 July 2022 (UTC)
Thanks Tenuun.B (talk) 03:41, 3 July 2022 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: Martin Urbanec (talk) 10:58, 6 July 2022 (UTC)

Request for mass message delivery rights

Hello Martin , I am re-requesting you to grant me the mass message sender rights cause previously I you had granted me temporary rights here[2] , Currently I need to send mass messages to the winner and community of the Wiki Loves Folklore 2022.

Regards Rockpeterson (talk) 16:16, 4 July 2022 (UTC)

@Rockpeterson: Hello, Done, I've re-granted mass message sender. It's generally preferred to use M:RFH for those kind of requests, where more admins, not just me, can also review it. Happy editing, --Martin Urbanec (talk) 10:58, 6 July 2022 (UTC)
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Join Wikipedia Pages Wanting Photos 2022

Hello Martin Urbanec/Archives,

Thank you for participating in the Wikipedia Pages Wanting Photos campaign last year.

We are glad to inform you that this year's edition started on 1 July, 2022. You are invited to participate in the campaign again to help improve the quality of Wikipedia articles with photos and contextual images. For more information about the campaign and how to participate, please visit the campaign page here.

If you have any questions or query please feel free to contact the organizing team, leave a message at the campaign's talkpage or send an email to wpwpcampaign(_AT_)

Kind regards, --Ammarpad (talk) 21:28, 5 July 2022 (UTC) (On behalf of the Organizing Team, WPWP Campaign 2022).

This section was archived on a request by: Martin Urbanec (talk) 10:55, 6 July 2022 (UTC)

Your userpage

Links to system administrator - do you want to change it to m:system administrator to avoid redlinks? Happy Editing--IAmChaos 03:28, 6 July 2022 (UTC)

Hey @IAmChaos, thanks for the info! I didn't realize the links are understood as local links on non-meta wikis. Fixed to use the :m: prefix. Best, Martin Urbanec (talk) 10:54, 6 July 2022 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: Martin Urbanec (talk) 10:58, 6 July 2022 (UTC)


Can unregistered users give votes (support or oppose) in Administration election? 06:59, 4 July 2022 (UTC)

Munkhzaya.E or someone else spamming votes for her

There is a precedent, that Munkhzaya.E or someone else gives support vote for Munkhzaya.E twice or thrice. Temuulen Batkhuyag (talk) 07:40, 4 July 2022 (UTC)

Global bot approval request for Dušan Kreheľ (bot)

Unblock of Enkhsaihan2005 on Mongolian Wikipedia (2 admins didn't respond to my message)

Can you unblock me on Mongolian Wikipedia? I requested my unblock on meta, but they didn't respond. Thanks!@Martin Urbanec Enkhsaihan2005 (talk) 15:05, 12 July 2022 (UTC)

Movement Strategy and Governance News – Issue 7

Movement Strategy and Governance News
Issue 7, July-September 2022Read the full newsletter

Welcome to the 7th issue of Movement Strategy and Governance News! The newsletter distributes relevant news and events about the implementation of Wikimedia's Movement Strategy recommendations, other relevant topics regarding Movement governance, as well as different projects and activities supported by the Movement Strategy and Governance (MSG) team of the Wikimedia Foundation.

The MSG Newsletter is delivered quarterly, while the more frequent Movement Strategy Weekly will be delivered weekly. Please remember to subscribe here if you would like to receive future issues of this newsletter.

  • Movement sustainability: Wikimedia Foundation's annual sustainability report has been published. (continue reading)
  • Improving user experience: recent improvements on the desktop interface for Wikimedia projects. (continue reading)
  • Safety and inclusion: updates on the revision process of the Universal Code of Conduct Enforcement Guidelines. (continue reading)
  • Equity in decisionmaking: reports from Hubs pilots conversations, recent progress from the Movement Charter Drafting Committee, and a new white paper for futures of participation in the Wikimedia movement. (continue reading)
  • Stakeholders coordination: launch of a helpdesk for Affiliates and volunteer communities working on content partnership. (continue reading)
  • Leadership development: updates on leadership projects by Wikimedia movement organizers in Brazil and Cape Verde. (continue reading)
  • Internal knowledge management: launch of a new portal for technical documentation and community resources. (continue reading)
  • Innovate in free knowledge: high-quality audiovisual resources for scientific experiments and a new toolkit to record oral transcripts. (continue reading)
  • Evaluate, iterate, and adapt: results from the Equity Landscape project pilot (continue reading)
  • Other news and updates: a new forum to discuss Movement Strategy implementation, upcoming Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees election, a new podcast to discuss Movement Strategy, and change of personnel for the Foundation's Movement Strategy and Governance team. (continue reading)

RamzyM (WMF) 01:39, 18 July 2022 (UTC)

User:OskarRand1@et wikibooks administrator candidate

Please draw attention to the page Steward requests/Permissions. OskarRand1 (talk) 08:52, 20 July 2022 (UTC)


un-listing of my company from blacklist Deepti Dhoot (talk) 09:33, 2 August 2022 (UTC)

Global block for

Cross-wiki abuse. Proxy BatlaaTs & Enkhsaihan2005. -- Munkhzaya.E (talk) 09:02, 16 August 2022 (UTC)

Global block for =

Long-term abuse-banned editor tried using, machine translation BatlaaTs & Enkhsaihan2005. -- Munkhzaya.E (talk) 09:02, 16 August 2022 (UTC)

Hello @Munkhzaya.E, thank you for leaving me a message. Unfortunately, my talk page is not meant to serve as a place to report abusive users. Can you please post such reports at SRG instead, where more stewards are likely to see it? If your report is urgent, you can always find at least one steward in the #wikimedia-steward IRC channel. Thank you for your understanding. Sincerely, Martin Urbanec (talk) 18:21, 16 August 2022 (UTC)

Thanks (regarding page moves)

Hi Martin! Thank you for performing the mass deletions earlier today at a wikivoyage project. I apologize for consistently tagging legitimate pages (so the random page names could be moved back to the legitimate pages). Tropicalkitty (talk) 17:23, 2 September 2022 (UTC)

Hey, happy to help, and no worries at all. Your deletion tags did not come into my way . Hopefully I caught everything, if you can double-check it, that'd be great. If there's anything I missed, feel free to let me know, so I can fix it up. Best wishes, Martin Urbanec (talk) 17:46, 2 September 2022 (UTC)

Remove id.wiktionary from SMWT

Hi, can you please remove id.wiktionary from Special:WikiSets/7? We have 3 active admins. Thanks. Bennylin 05:04, 21 September 2022 (UTC)

Hello @Bennylin, thanks for the message! To be honest, I'm not sure if I understand your request correctly. The WikiSet you linked is opt-out based, which means wikis that are included in it are opted-out from something (in this case, from global sysops). id.wiktionary is not actually included (field "Wikis"), which means global sysops are currently authorized at id.wiktionary.
Do you want to change that (and disallow global sysops, by adding the wiki to the WikiSet)? If so, why, if I may ask? AFAICS, id.wiktionary meets the scope as defined by policy (there are two conditions; wiki needs to have less than 3 active admins or less than 10 admins total; AFAICS, id.wiktionary has 4 admins total).
Looking forward to hearing more from you, Martin Urbanec (talk) 05:35, 21 September 2022 (UTC)
Yes, since we have 3 active admins at the moment, we should not be in the global sysop set. Yes, please disallow/opt-out idwikt. Thanks. Bennylin 05:40, 21 September 2022 (UTC)
Thanks for clarifying that @Bennylin. As I mentioned in my previous message, I believe id.wiktionary currently meets the scope for global sysops defined by policy (there is less than 10 admins total; the two conditions are in an OR relationship). This means that global sysops are allowed there by default (unless community opts-out via consensus).
I just realized that the headline says "Remove id.wiktionary from SWMT". I'd like to note that disallowing global sysops does not mean that the Small Wiki Monitoring Team will stop patrolling the wiki – it only means global sysops will not be able to block vandals/delete vandalism. Reverting vandalism will likely continue (and it's kind of impossible to prevent people from monitoring RC).
Hopefully this makes sense. Best, Martin Urbanec (talk) 05:43, 21 September 2022 (UTC)
Correct, that's the idea. They are still allowed to patrol, but not block and/or delete. We have enough manpower to do the blocking/deleting. Bennylin 05:51, 21 September 2022 (UTC)
Thanks for the clarification. As I said above, the wiki currently meets the scope defined by the global sysops policy. It's not possible to disable global sysops until and unless the community decides to opt-out via consensus.
Personally, I'd like to strongly discourage you from doing that, during night attacks of vandals, it might be useful (see [3] as an example, vandal moved 7500 pages overnight). But, if you insist, it's possible, but an explicit consensus is necessary (or growing to 10+ admins total).
Thank you for understanding. Sincerely, Martin Urbanec (talk) 06:55, 21 September 2022 (UTC)
You can read the back story on my last edits on id.wikt. Basically, some of the global admins are too heavy handed and blocked people who I believe did not deserve to be blocked permanently, and against our welcoming culture. I've contacted the global admin in question, and they refused to stop doing what they were doing, citing this policy. I have no problem with other SMWT team patrolling, tagging something to be deleted, reverting, etc. but not blocking and/or deleting something that might not follow the local custom.
As you said, when a project have 3 active admins, then that project is not supposed to be in the small wiki list anymore, and id.wikt already fulfilled that criteria. We didn't ask to be added in the SMWT patrol list (however good they might be, which I'm grateful for all the volunteers) in the first place, and now it is required a consensus to undo something that we didn't ask? Could you point me to the rule that says that? Are you the sole person for responsible to the list, or should I go to SR? Thank you. Bennylin 07:32, 21 September 2022 (UTC)
I believe I linked the policy in my previous messages, but perhaps it was not clear. I'll try to re-explain that now.
The policy that governs access by global sysops is at Global sysops (the Scope section). This policy specifies two different conditions. If any of them is met, global sysops can use their permissions by default (that is, unless a community reaches a different consensus). Those conditions are:
  • Number of active admins (needs to be less than 3). This condition is not met.
  • Number of total admins (needs to be less than 10). This condition is met.
This is defined by the Scope section of the global sysops policy. That policy says "global sysops may use [their permissions] on wikis that meet one or both of the following criteria: fewer than ten administrators exist; or fewer than three administrators have made a logged action within the past two months.". As far as I can see, id.wiktionary has less than 10 total admins. As such, by policy, global sysops are allowed to use their permissions there by default. Of course, the community can change/override the default, but that needs explicit consensus -- I can't do that based on a request from one of the community members. I hope you understand that.
To answer your question: No, I'm not the only one responsible for the list, I just happen to be the only Steward who changed it in the last few months. You can make a request at SRM, but any other Steward will have to reach the same conclusion, as the policy currently specifies a pretty clear procedure to follow, based on the size of the wiki.
Thank you for your understanding. Sincerely, Martin Urbanec (talk) 14:37, 21 September 2022 (UTC)

Thank you for the 2fa access.

That pretty much sums it up I think. Anastrophe (talk) 22:08, 1 October 2022 (UTC)

No problem! --Martin Urbanec (talk) 15:44, 2 October 2022 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: Martin Urbanec (talk) 15:44, 2 October 2022 (UTC)


Dear Martin Urbanec, I hope you're very happy in your life, what is SWMT 'whitelist , sometimes I seen a userprofile which have specific Userright the top of the profile a small picture of SWMT such example are as following *On whitelist added by Wiki13: No reason given Why a stewards or Administrators on meta few users add in the whitelist of Stewards, what does it do, can you help me about this Question? Thanks.Aviram NoSurprisesPlease 14:08, 26 September 2022 (UTC)

Hello @Aviram7, thanks for the question! There are many tools that help with cross wiki patrol, and some of them have a whitelist/allowlist. I can help you figure out how an allowlist is generated, if you can give me a link to a particular allowlist? Have a wonderful day, Martin Urbanec (talk) 14:19, 30 September 2022 (UTC)
Dear Martin, Thats great i have no link but But I don't know what happens with this? Aviram NoSurprisesPlease 14:56, 30 September 2022 (UTC)
I'd love to help you with that @Aviram7, but there are several such whitelists/allowlists. In other words, before I can help you with understanding how a list is maintained, I need to know which list you mean: ie. where you saw "On whitelist added by Wiki13: No reason given" (in the form of a link, tool name or something similar). I hope this makes sense! Martin Urbanec (talk) 15:46, 2 October 2022 (UTC)
Dear Martin, Thanks for Help I can understand this Information given by you.Regards Aviram NoSurprisesPlease 09:30, 3 October 2022 (UTC)

Permission to create multiple accounts

Hello @Martin Urbanec

I need your help

1) I coordinate the project. I organize training workshops during this month and it will be the same thing next January. I encounter difficulties when users create their account. Since it's limited to 6 and they mostly use my IP address. How can you help me please?

2) I am working on the Haitian Creole Wikipedia updating the help pages. It requires that I go from time to time on several projects (Commons, mediawiki, meta, to apply certain things). I noticed almost every day during the day, that I can no longer access any Wikimedia project, while it is accessible on all other sites. It can take between 12 to 24 hours. Do you think it can come from the administration of the wikis? Can I have a solution?

Thanks already for your help. Very cordially! Kitanago (talk) 11:16, 14 October 2022 (UTC)

Hello @Kitanago,
Thanks for your question! Find my reply below.
1) This problem is unfortunately happening to a lot of workshop organizers. Potential solutions are described at Mass account creation. Hope this helps! If you have any question about any of the suggested solutions, let me know.
2) Wikimedia projects themselves have a pretty high uptime. If the projects are really unavailable for you for 12-24 hours a day, I think it's an issue somewhere between your ISP, and WMF's ISP. When the projects are unavailable for you, try connecting via a different internet connection (school/work connection, mobile connectivity or similar). Alternatively, you might also report the issue to your ISP.
Hope this helps! Martin Urbanec (talk) 12:02, 14 October 2022 (UTC)


Hi. This user, without any documents, without any reason, it linked my account to someone other user and reported me wrongly to global page!. Why is such a license given to the wrong people? Lacipetom (talk) 02:08, 15 October 2022 (UTC)

Hi Martin. For some open proxies and paid proxies that have not been blocked globally, and those proxies are only vandalizing in a certain project, for example viwiki, where can i report them, and can these proxies be blocked globally? Vanhcontact me - talk on viwiki 14:45, 2 November 2022 (UTC)


Hi Dear Martin , A Ip user was vandalism on your User :Martin Urbanec/header. Please protect your page and globally block this ip for more information please see Meta:RFH. Kind regards → คⅴīгค๓ ([ʆεt'ς tαʆƘ🇮🇳])16:38, 3 November 2022 (UTC)

Hi @Aviram7. I blocked the IP locally at Meta (global block would not help, as they don't apply to Meta).
For protection, I think it is better if vandals vandalize my user page than if they vandalize articles. I hope this makes sense.
Sincerely, Martin Urbanec (talk) 18:02, 3 November 2022 (UTC)
Dear Martin, Ya! I'm aware about globally block not work on meta except other wikis, any IP or registered users who is promoting vandalism is blocked only to prevent him from doing this lousy work, although I see on meta some IPs are blocked for a limited time, expect that from them It is known that they will only contribute positively on meta, but they tend to vandalize again by unblocking or changing the IP, which I do not like, I believe hardblocking the IP is a good option.kind regards → คⅴīгค๓ ([ʆεt'ς tαʆƘ🇮🇳])04:25, 4 November 2022 (UTC)

You are a scrutineer for the 2022 enwiki ArbCom election!

Hi Martin! Thank you for indicating your willingness to volunteer as a scrutineer for the 2022 English Wikipedia Arbitration Committee election. You have been appointed to be a scrutineer, and I will shortly be requesting that the Arbitration Committee grant you temporary checkuser permissions on the English Wikipedia to aid you in this role. If you do not wish to continue to serve in this role, please notify me or another member of the Electoral Commission (listed here). Thank you again for agreeing to serve in this important role. We deeply appreciate it. Mz7 (talk) 19:21, 4 November 2022 (UTC)

Hi @Mz7, thanks for the info! Appointment's accepted . Looking forward to all the votes! Martin Urbanec (talk) 19:24, 4 November 2022 (UTC)

Global bot approval request for JhsBot

This section was archived on a request by: Martin Urbanec (talk) 23:27, 13 November 2022 (UTC)

Inactive bots on the Breton wiki

Hello, I am replying here because the request was archived and I cannot modifiy the archive page. Thanks for removing robot rights on brwiki. Unfortunately, somehow when I made the list, for some usernames that had spaces in them, only the first word remained. Here are the remaining inactive bots:

Sorry for making you remove the rights one by one. Huñvreüs (talk) 08:35, 16 November 2022 (UTC)Link to archive and {{sr-user}} templates added by --Martin Urbanec (talk) 11:14, 16 November 2022 (UTC)

Hi @Huñvreüs, remaining bots should be done now. Let me know if there's anything else remaining. Best, Martin Urbanec (talk) 11:15, 16 November 2022 (UTC)
Perfect, thanks! Huñvreüs (talk) 22:27, 16 November 2022 (UTC)
Great! --Martin Urbanec (talk) 23:00, 16 November 2022 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: Martin Urbanec (talk) 23:00, 16 November 2022 (UTC)


Hi @Martin Urbanec. If you could check this page on Urdu Wikipedia, it says, "a disambiguation page" in English, instead of Urdu. How do I fix that? ─ The Aafī (talk) 04:09, 12 November 2022 (UTC)

[WikiConference India 2023] Request to support the Central Notice

Hi Martin, I am Nivas, from the organizing team of WikiConference India 2023. We have opened the scholarships applications and program submissions for the communities in India and a few in South Asian region. The last date to submit the program and scholarship applications is 14 December 2023 and a CentralNotice request has been placed to promote the same. It has been two weeks already since I placed the request on Meta. So, I am contacting you to see if you could help me with this. Thank you! Nivas10798 (talk) 05:33, 27 November 2022 (UTC)


Hello Martin, If you set 2FA and the device is burned/damaged and no longer have access to Tokkens with no backup tokens, can a Steward or Bureaucrats disable 2FA for a user? The user have email and knows their password. Thanks. Jason Worthwood (talk) 04:14, 28 November 2022 (UTC)

Hello @Jason Worthwood, no, the Stewards or Bureaucrats don't have that ability (Stewards can only see if you have 2FA enabled or not, they can't change that). This situation is covered at Help:Two-factor_authentication#Recovering_from_a_lost_or_broken_authentication_device, where you should find guidance. Hope that helps. Best wishes, Martin Urbanec (talk) 11:13, 28 November 2022 (UTC)

Range IP block

Hello Martin. Wikidata said me when I saved my edit, you blocked by Martin as globally in this range block, so I didn't saved my edit. But in second attempt, I managed to saved my edit. Why Wikidata didn't permission me in my first attempt? It blows my mind because my IP is different. --Uncitoyentalk 13:43, 29 November 2022 (UTC)

Hello @Uncitoyen, this is due to a system configuration error that made WMF's servers think you edit from a server-IP. Server IPs are usually blocked, because no users are supposed to edit from those IPs. The WMF's engineers resolved the user-impact in between your first and second edit attempt, and that is the reason why your second edit was successful. Apologies for the inconvenience. More details are in phab:T324018. Sincerely, Martin Urbanec (talk) 13:48, 29 November 2022 (UTC)
I don't know in detail, me too I thought WMF servers seems like me in this IP range. According to your explanation, this is bizarre that range's these edits. Thanks. --Uncitoyentalk 13:55, 29 November 2022 (UTC)
It's a human error, it unfortunately happens from time to time. Anyway, this should no longer affect any users now. Martin Urbanec (talk) 13:57, 29 November 2022 (UTC)
Thanks for the explanation, Martin. Disregard my message to you on your talk page on Wikidata. It initially gave me quite a shock, but after studying the block details I figured it probably wasn't directed at me, personally. :) Desoda (talk) 14:06, 29 November 2022 (UTC)

Removal from a global group request

Hello, I'm in a process of leaving Wikipedia for the time being. Is it possible for you to remove me from the global group of 2FA testers? I have already removed 2FA from my account and I don't want my (soon to be dead) account to sit in that group. JM162 (talk) 17:00, 7 December 2022 (UTC)

Ahoj, mohl bys, prosím, u této šablony přidat v sekci cs tečku po vzoru němců, aby se zobrazoval správný formát data? a přidat to rovnou i slovensky?

|cs|sk = {{#if:{{{3|}}}|{{#expr:{{{3|}}}}}.}} {{I18n month|{{{2|}}}|{{lc:{{#if:{{{lang|}}}|{{{lang|}}}|{{#if:{{{4|}}}|{{{4|}}}|{{Uselang}}}}}}}}|form={{#if:{{{3|}}}|gen|{{{form|}}}}}}} {{{1|}}}

 JAn Dudík (talk) 06:50, 14 December 2022 (UTC)
Ahoj, určitě, Hotovo, viz diff. Zdraví, Martin Urbanec (talk) 06:55, 14 December 2022 (UTC)


Delete all my articles. I am disgusted to be on this unfair site. Delete my account Рахман3 (talk) 04:56, 31 December 2022 (UTC)