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English/Dutch translations[edit]

Dear Mathonius, I am contacting you to introduce myself. My name is Jessica Robell and I have recently joined the Wikimedia Foundation as a part of the fundraising team. My work will be focused to a large extent around translations. I am very interested in finding engaged Wikipedians, such as yourself, who would be interested in contributing with their time to translate shorter messages from English to Dutch. We have for example recently put up a 'Thank you letter' from the Wikimedia Foundation's ED Sue Gardner for translation, using the translation extension. You can find the letter here: https://meta.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=Special:Translate&group=page-Fundraising%2FTranslation%2FThank+you+email+20131202&action=proofread&filter=translated&language=nl I would be most grateful to get your help to translate/proofread this letter in order to develop a quality translation in Dutch.

Furthermore, in addition to using the translation extension, my aim is to develop a few personal contacts to whom I can reach out with potential questions regarding a particular word choice etc. As an engaged Wikipedian, I would be very interested in hearing your view on this.

Thank you very much for your support. I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards,

Jessica Robell Global Fundraising Coordinator Wikimedia Foundation Jrobell (talk) 09:22, 31 December 2013 (UTC)jrobellReply

Hi Jessica, thank you for your message, and apologies for not responding quickly.
I've looked at Sue's letter, and I've made a few more improvements. I think it's ready for publication now, although there's one sentence that's difficult to translate properly, about employers matching the donations of their employees. I'll ask ErikvanB, a professional translator and fellow contributor to the Dutch Wikipedia, to take another look. In case you're interested in hearing my thoughts on the translation work on Meta-wiki, I have to say that the source texts are often not easily translatable. For example, unrelated to the fundraising efforts, the new privacy policy draft contains some complex phrasing which is nearly impossible to translate properly. Easily translatable texts are often written clearly and have a simple structure.
I'd love to help you with such questions. I'm not a professional translator, but I enjoy learning about languages, etymology et cetera, and I'm an occassional contributor to the Dutch and English Wiktionary projects. There's a Taalcafé (which roughly translates to 'language bar') on the Dutch Wikipedia, where discussions about for example language and grammar take place. If you're looking for input from multiple knowledgable contributors, then that's the place you should visit, but feel free to leave me a note when you have questions related to the Dutch language and/or English-Dutch translations.
Kind regards, Mathonius (talk) 17:54, 16 January 2014 (UTC)Reply

Mathonius Hi! Thank you so much for your feedback. This is really helpful. In addition to actual translation work, would you be interested in working with us on the development of alternative fundraising messages in Dutch? Also, ErikvanB, I would be most grateful to get your help on this. Thank you to you both!Jrobell (talk) 14:44, 17 January 2014 (UTC)Reply

Thanks for your reply, Jessica. What kind of help are you looking for? Specifically, what could I do? Mathonius (talk) 01:44, 18 January 2014 (UTC)Reply

Mathonius Hi! What I would be delighted to get your help with is to give us feedback on our English fundraising message and collaborate with us to develop alternative messages in Dutch that we could test live on the Wikipedia page during the week of the Dutch fundraising campaign. Our objective is to, not only develop quality translations of our English fundraising banner, but also develop messages that are well adapted to specific language and culture codes. If you could provide me with your email address I can send you a simple form to fill out and tell you more about our needs. I would highly appreciate your contribution. Kind regards, Jrobell (talk) 08:51, 20 January 2014 (UTC)Reply

Okay. I've sent you an email. Mathonius (talk) 16:05, 21 January 2014 (UTC)Reply


Hi Mathonius, I am perplexed as to why you, on Wikiquote, thanked me for speedy tagging a spam page instead of deleting the page, or thanking me, then deleting the page? --Goldenburg111 22:51, 30 January 2014 (UTC)Reply

Hi Goldenburg111, I dealt with the IP address used to create that page on a lot of wiki's this evening. I deleted the spam on some wiki's, but I later noticed they also created the page on the English Wikiquote, so I thanked you for tagging that one. I'm not a local administrator there nor am I allowed to perform a deletion there as a steward (except of course in case of emergency). We'll have to wait for a local administrator to take care of it. Kind regards, Mathonius (talk) 23:19, 30 January 2014 (UTC)Reply
thank you for responding, also, is this report appropriate: User:Goldenburg111/Reports/Wikiquote Vandalism Statics? --Goldenburg111 19:43, 1 February 2014 (UTC)Reply

Perform Checkuser[edit]

Is it okay if you checkuser the IPs that have (?) here: User:Goldenburg111/Reports/Wikiquote_Vandalism_Statics/IPs_that_are_sockpuppet? Also, I have added my report into your list of reports. Thanks. --Goldenburg111 17:51, 2 February 2014 (UTC)Reply

It looks like Vituzzu already took care of this. Please consider filing future checkuser requests at SRCU. Kind regards, Mathonius (talk) 18:05, 2 February 2014 (UTC)Reply

Unblock me[edit]

Please see Steward requests/Global. BTW: This[1] was not me, but someone else this IP address. Cheers, 16:30, 13 February 2014 (UTC)Reply

User:Reception123 and User:Receptie123[edit]

Hello, user Reception123 and Receptie123 are not clones. I have changed my username on a few Wikis to Reception123 and I haven't on some. --Reception123/Receptie123 (talk) 14:10, 1 April 2014 (UTC) Can you also please note that this IP ( is not mine. If you do not believe me, ask for a checkuser. --Reception123/Receptie123 (talk) 04:58, 2 April 2014 (UTC)Reply

Hi Reception123, thanks for your clarification. I've only listed both these accounts, because they're separate accounts that you've used, and I'm not trying to suggest that they're sockpuppet accounts. A checkuser investigation on the English Wikipedia has already confirmed that the IP address belonged to you. Mathonius (talk) 13:19, 2 April 2014 (UTC)Reply
Ok. Thank you for the prompt reply. --Reception123/Receptie123 (talk) 18:40, 7 April 2014 (UTC)Reply

Global block for[edit]

Dear Mathonius, on the 8th of April you blocked this IP address for a month, but I'm afraid he's back. Besides adding future dates he now also creates silly pages like this and this one. Could you please take all necessary steps to put an end to this madness. Thank you. ErikvanB (talk) 02:01, 1 June 2014 (UTC)Reply

Done. -- Tegel (Talk) 03:01, 1 June 2014 (UTC)Reply
Thanks. ErikvanB (talk) 15:28, 1 June 2014 (UTC)Reply
Hi Erik, thanks for reporting, and Tegel, thanks for taking care of business. Kind regards, Mathonius (talk) 20:38, 1 June 2014 (UTC)Reply
You're welcome, Mathonius. ;-) ErikvanB (talk) 01:25, 2 June 2014 (UTC)Reply


Hello Mathonius. I updated your global.js page to the latest version of StewardScript. This is mainly to enable automatic updates, but it also includes a few fixes. If you notice any problems or have questions, let me know! :) —Pathoschild 04:11, 25 August 2014 (UTC)Reply

Invitation to the CentralNotice-admins list[edit]

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Adam Wight (talk)

00:23, 30 October 2014 (UTC)

Fundraising Tech,

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Hey Mathonius,

Ik kwam juist op Stewards/Elections 2015/Statistics en de link naar die tool ("You can see a live breakdown of the elections with this toolserver tool.") is blijkbaar nog niet vervangen door de juiste link op Labs... Weet jij daar meer van? Kthoelen (talk) 10:58, 15 January 2015 (UTC)Reply

Hoi Kthoelen, goed dat je erop wijst. Shanmugamp7 heeft inmiddels de Labs-versie gevonden. Mathonius (talk) 20:01, 15 January 2015 (UTC)Reply


Jij weet er misschien meer van. Ik zou eigenlijk in verschillende talen een en dezelfde gebruikersnaam willen hebben. En dat bovendien al mijn oude werk van verschillende wiki's bereikbaar blijft, dwz op mijn naam blijft staan. Na lang zoeken, het lijkt heel goed verstopt te zitten, blijkt er zoiets als unified login te bestaan, dus misschien kan het. Maar waar ik nou mee beginnen moet..., het is me een raadsel. Het begint hier meteen al, om op jouw overleg iets te schrijven moest ik weer een nieuwe account voor meta aanmaken, heb ik er weer eentje bij. WeiaR (talk) 22:19, 12 March 2015 (UTC)Reply

Hoi WeiaR, bedankt voor je berichtje. Ja, dat klopt, 'unified login' zorgt ervoor dat je met één account op alle wiki's kan inloggen. Of het mogelijk is om al je accounts samen te voegen tot één zo'n account, kan ik zo niet beoordelen. Om welke accounts gaat het? Wat zijn je andere gebruikersnamen? Vriendelijke groet, Mathonius (talk) 11:07, 13 March 2015 (UTC)Reply
Op de Nederlandse wiki is de gebruikersnaam "atalanta" en op de Engelse "weia". Op de Duitse misschien ook eentje, maar dat stelt niks voor. Op andere wiki's alleen anoniem, maar dat bevalt me niet. Ik zou denken dat je kunt zeggen: schuif atalanta en weia onder WeiaR, maar het zit blijkbaar anders? Alvast bedankt voor je info. WeiaR (talk) 11:40, 13 March 2015 (UTC)Reply
Beste WeiaR, ik heb het nagevraagd en het schijnt op dit moment nog niet mogelijk te zijn. Er wordt nog gewerkt aan een tool waarmee stewards accounts kunnen samenvoegen, maar ik weet niet wanneer die precies gebruikt kan gaan worden. Mathonius (talk) 13:18, 17 March 2015 (UTC)Reply
Dan wacht ik een tijdje. 14:52, 17 March 2015 (UTC)Reply
Nou gaat commons moeilijk doen omdat mijn naam daar conflicteert met die van iemand elders. Ik had juist hier voor meta een mooie naam bedacht, en die kan dus niet meer op commons. Ik ga deze naam hier dus weggooien. Kijken wat er dan weer voor raars gaat gebeuren. WeiaR (talk) 21:37, 17 March 2015 (UTC)Reply
Je kan [krachtterm] een naam niet eens weggooien. Bah. WeiaR (talk) 21:41, 17 March 2015 (UTC)Reply


Does that town name ring a bell at all? We're curious.

Updated scripts[edit]

Hi Mathonius. I edited your global.js to update you to the latest version of force ltr and StewardScript, which are compatible with the latest MediaWiki changes and reside on the Wikimedia Tool Labs for easier updates. I also updated various deprecated functions. Let me know if anything breaks. :) —Pathoschild 13:38, 19 March 2015 (UTC)

Hi Pathoschild, alright, thank you! :) Mathonius (talk) 16:00, 19 March 2015 (UTC)Reply


Thanks for your message. Regarding th Oromoo Wikipedia, I help a native speaker in dealing with all the Wikipedia codes, categories and templates. ometimes, an article has that but lacks information, do not worry because the other user has to translate information, but he hasn't got time to contribute these days. Regarding the other other, if you think any article in Volapük needs to be deleted, feel free to do so. I am sorry for causing trouble. --Katxis100 (talk) 08:33, 1 August 2015 (UTC)Reply

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I am the First Administrator of Sindhi Wikipedia and have been blocked[edit]

Dear Elfix, I am the first-ever administrator of Sindhi wikipedia sd:Main Page. I was the only administrator active since 2006.

Yesterday, I've become victim of a recent administrator (temporary), https://sd.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D9%8A%D9%88%D8%B2%D8%B1_%D8%A8%D8%AD%D8%AB:%D9%85%D8%AD%D9%85%D8%AF_%D9%85%D8%AC%DB%8C%D8%A8 who has blocked me for one year without any notice. I wonder, how a temporary administrator can block a Permanent Administrator. The user https://sd.wikipedia.org/wiki/%D9%8A%D9%88%D8%B2%D8%B1_%D8%A8%D8%AD%D8%AB:%D8%B9%D9%84%D9%8A_%D9%86%D9%88%D8%A7%D8%B2

has vandalized the Main page, removing almost all prominent features maintained be me and has made the Sindhi Wikipedia a Religious Platform with unilateral extremist religious islamic views, without any references.

It is therefore requested that I may be returned all my RIGHTS of ADMINISTRATION back.

Aursani (talk) 16:28, 19 October 2015 (UTC)Reply

Thanks for your message, Aursani. QuiteUnusual addressed this issue at M7's talk page. Kind regards, Mathonius (talk) 15:36, 5 November 2015 (UTC)Reply

Please Unblock me[edit]

Hello Mathonius, please see my written examples for doing my edits. All of them are written as my. Why blocked you only my IP and not the others? Why I did'nt became answers of my questions before blocking? Thanks in advance and regards -- 05:22, 16 November 2015 (UTC)Reply

This has been explained countless times already. You can't behave disruptively (with edits that are sometimes right, sometimes unnecessary and sometimes outright wrong), get blocked over and over, and still expect it'd be OK for you to continue editing this way. Mathonius (talk) 12:52, 16 November 2015 (UTC)Reply
Hello. xwiki-contribsxwiki-date (alt)STIP infoWHOISrobtexgblockglistabuselogbullseye is an evation from the previous IP. He/she has been producing many issues is wrong in eswiki, and he/she does not stop. Jarould (talk) 18:49, 19 November 2015 (UTC)Reply
Hi Jarould, thanks for letting me know. Keep up the good work! Mathonius (talk) 23:19, 20 November 2015 (UTC)Reply


Hallo, Mathonius. Zie hier. Vriendelijke groet, ErikvanB (talk) 05:52, 16 November 2015 (UTC)Reply

Request for Adminship rights on Sd.Wikipedia[edit]

Hi, Dear Mathonius, Hope you are doing well, Thanks for your kind look after on Sindhi Wikipedia, Here I request you kindly grant me sysop rights and Admin rights on Sindhi Wikipedia, I am currently working on Portal:Pakistan, Wikipedia:Wikiproject Pakistan, Wikipedia:Article Wizard, Wikipedia:Contact us, and also have created many articles, more than 140 Categories, Templates, also placed interwikis links on these Templates,Categories,articles on Sindhi Wikipedia, Dear working on all these I find my self struck in tasks, becuase it takes too much time to complete these task because of I have no admin,sysop and bot rights, If I had these all I could fairly and rapidly work on Sindhi Wikipedia to gear it towards more success and growth. currently there are more than 16 admin on Urdu Wikipedia but Sindhi Wikipedia has only 3 admin, who sometimes does not give proper time due to their personal life to Sindhi Wikipedia so its a need of time to give Sindhi Wikipedia a new more admin. before August 2015 I was more active on English Wikipedia, and when I saw that the Sindhi Wikipedia lacks behind in all technical tasks,articles I started to give more time to Sindhi Wikipedia till now I have worked for its betterment , I would quote a idiom Actions speak louder than words so you may kindly visit my Userpage at Sindhi Wikipedia and see my Contribution , you may also have a glance at my English Wikipedia userpage and my Global User pages on Meta:Wiki etc , where I do translate from English to Sindhi and vice versa. So its requested you kindly grant me admin rights or nominate me for it.. Thanks..........--Jogi don (talk) 07:53, 17 December 2015 (UTC)Reply

Hi Jogi don, Mathonius is temporarily less active so he might not respond. I have posted a request for adminship at Steward requests/Permissions. However you need to ask sd.wiki if they want you as admin. Please start a local discussion and give us a link to the discussion. After a week we can evaluate the request. So please post a request for adminship on sd.wiki. Sincerely, Taketa (talk) 13:38, 17 December 2015 (UTC)Reply

Hi , Its requested that my admin rights on SDWIKI should be given permanently or extended with more functionality.Jogi don (talk) 15:44, 22 June 2016 (UTC)Reply

Hi Jogi don, Mathonius is not a steward anymore. Please ask at Steward requests/Permissions. Sincerely, Taketa (talk) 14:27, 24 June 2016 (UTC)Reply

Should FuzzyBot remove all potentially outdated translations?[edit]

Hello, thanks for adding multiple new translations in your language here at Meta-Wiki in recent years. Please join the discussion with your opinion: Should FuzzyBot automatically remove all potentially outdated translations?. Nemo (talk) 12:01, 1 March 2016 (UTC)Reply

Notice of review of adminship[edit]

Hello Mathonius. In accordance with Meta:Administrators/Removal and because you have made fewer than ten logged administrator actions over the past six months, your adminship is under review at Meta:Administrators/Removal/April 2016. If you would like to retain your adminship, please sign there before April 08, 2016. Kind regards, Barras talk 15:23, 1 April 2016 (UTC)Reply

Hi Mathonius, I regret to inform you that your administrator access has now been removed, because you did not indicate that you wanted to keep it on the above-mentioned page within a week. I hope you might consider becoming active again in the future. Best regards, --MF-W 22:54, 9 April 2016 (UTC)Reply

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Invitation for Functionary consultation 2021[edit]

Greetings SWMT member,

I'm letting you know in advance about a meeting I'd like to invite you to regarding the Universal Code of Conduct and the community's ownership of its future enforcement. I'm still in the process of putting together the details, but I wanted to share the date with you: 10 July, 2021. I do not have a time on this date yet, but I will let you soon. We have created a meta page with basic information. Please take a look at the meta page and sign up your name under the appropriate section.

Thank you for your time.--BAnand (WMF) 03:21, 3 June 2021 (UTC)Reply

NTSAMR spambot[edit]

I just noticed I triggered a bunch of edit filters that showed that my editing patterns apparently matched this spambot's while attempting to edit my user page. When I first tried to make my userpage, I copy pasted my userpage info from enwiki and I noticed it triggered a spambot filter accidentally. I then tried to make a bunch of other edits to see what specific part of my user page triggered the spambot filter (all these edit filter triggers are the results of deleting some parts of my userpage draft and such so it doesn't accidentally gets flagged as a spambot edit). I just wanted to clarify here that I am NOT a spambot. I didn't know that this spambot existed until now (in fact, I never even joined Wikipedia until 2 weeks ago). Please, before you attempt to block me as a spambot, please note that I was editing in good faith and that I was not using a spambot at all. I didn't mean to make these edits that triggered these edit filters at all and was unaware of the spambot's existence. Shadow of the Starlit Sky (talk) 18:06, 20 March 2023 (UTC)Reply