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How to...?[edit]

Hello, Could you please give me an advice in regard how to place a formal complaint against an administrator? I would like to point out an issue at slovak Wikipedia. Thank you.

No renaming between November 20 and November 27[edit]


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.

We ask that you do not rename anyone between 00:00 November 20 (UTC) and 00:00 November 27 (UTC).

(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.)

Phabricator task.

If there are any problems related to this, or you have any questions, please write me on my talk page. /Johan (WMF) (talk) via MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 19:39, 17 November 2016 (UTC)

Help design a new feature to stop harassing emails[edit]

Hi there,

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Hi. Hope that you're okay. There's a problem with your IRC nick joining restricted channels without NickServ/Cloack authentication. If you could please fix that when you've got time? Best regards, —MarcoAurelio (talk) 21:59, 6 May 2018 (UTC)

Bot activity on the Dutch Wikipedia[edit]


Your bot account hasn't made any edits on the Dutch Wikipedia for at least three years. In accordance with the local bot policy the bot flag will be removed in three months. To avoid losing the bot flag, you can confirm you want to retain the bot flag by going to this page.

With kind regards, Kippenvlees1 (talk) 18:53, 29 May 2018 (UTC)

Emergency in KaWiki[edit]

Dear steward,
Please read my explanation thoroughly. It is about an inexorable situation in the Georgian Wikipedia, the long-established. Every attempt to solve the problem locally fails again and again. So, please, do not be indifferent.
The requests are extraordinary, so I do not write on a general page, but personally.
Best regards, Deu. 18:04, 30 September 2018 (UTC)

help me[edit]

Talk:IRC/Channels. thanks. דגש חזק (talk) 23:06, 2 March 2019 (UTC)


This account has been created on 5 projects, with quite human behaviour (created on, autocreated on for a spambot. Besides the fact that the username is in CamelCase (which isn't something one can add much value to), is there any other indication that this is a spambot? As I stated previously when discussing the lock of RodrigoactBernardino on IRC, I have rarely come across spambots with more than 4 accounts (meta, mediawiki, loginwiki and the target wiki), and I don't believe that a CamelCase username is, on itself, sufficient to determine it to be a spambot. Savhñ 13:59, 5 March 2019 (UTC)

So, you never found a bot with more than 4 accounts? If that is a certainty then I'll follow such a threshold (well, for a day). What is exactly 'human' about accounts originating anywhere and being autocreated anywhere else, though? Is it certain that spambots always register on a single wiki? I haven't noticed that, but it'd be much easier to target just them then if that was so. Also, if you have concerns about accounts with no edits being suspected of being spambots, as I suggested in my second statement recently, I recommend a wider discussion to see if generally none of them should be locked, and perhaps only those with edits or AF (ideally CU results also show all such like they show edits) (or SBL) triggers are locked, which I wouldn't be averse to. -- Lofty abyss 18:46, 5 March 2019 (UTC)
Amongst other things, human accounts are more likely to navigate various of the better known Wikimedia wiki's (such as this user on and, whilst it wouldn't seem very logical to see an account first being created on the Xhosa wikikpedia and then on the Icelandic Wikiquote. Together with other indications, that could support the theory that it is a spambot. I have no concerns with accounts with no edits or filter triggers being locked when it can be with sufficient certainty determined that they are a spambot, but I had doubts about how justified your suspicions were. Since however you're no longer a steward, I think there's no point in continuing this discussion. Please however do remain active (and not just minimally) on the wiki's where you have been entrusted with advanced permissions, or - if you're no longer interested or unable to use them - be fair to the community that trusted you to use them and eventually resign those permissions. Savhñ 21:05, 9 March 2019 (UTC)


Hi Lofty abyss!

We, renamers, have a small doubt about the rename process (technique) and, as you has been renamed, maybe can help us. Just tell me: you received any message (email, notification, or another) from me when I rename your account? Tks! Rafael (stanglavine) msg 14:03, 8 March 2019 (UTC)

Yes, the system did do so automatically, thanks for doing so. -- Lofty abyss 00:35, 9 March 2019 (UTC)