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Broken messages on other wikis[edit]

Hi, could you please check how messages appear elsewhere before you send them to many users? Messages like this with only redlinks are just silly. I would like to opt out of messages like this. --mfb (talk) 00:26, 12 October 2017 (UTC)

My sincere apology, mfb, for slipping up and not changing your listed target page to meta in my masterlist. It was a clerical type error, the rest of the people's target pages are correct. The post was intended to go to your meta talk page where it would display correctly. I hate redlinks, too!! I fixed it on your dewp talk page.
I value the opinion of all stakeholders and I hope that you will not stop participating in these type of discussions because of my clerical error. :-(
Also, we are planning to bring this discussion to the attention of the broader dewp community with the help of User:CSteigenberger (WMF). She is highlighting to the dewp the work the team is planning. So, you have the option of discussing the feature on dewp, too.
Again, apology for not catching that I had listed the wrong page for delivery of the massmessage. SPoore (WMF) (talk) , Community Advocate, Community health initiative (talk) 16:06, 12 October 2017 (UTC)
Ah okay, I didn't know the user group was that small (just 1 affected user in this case). --mfb (talk) 02:28, 13 October 2017 (UTC)

Censorship on Community Health Initiative / Interactive Timeline (critical reading vs. harassment)[edit]

Just wondering why you are actively censoring participation on the talk page and on the project page here and here?

How will this new tool help to prevent abusive astroturfing as seen here?

Is there a convenient time for me to interview you by phone to get your point of view on these matters before the stories go to press? I would like for all points of view to be fairly represented. SashiRolls (talk) 13:30, 14 November 2017 (UTC)Reply

You may also wish to review this proposal and this one by Martin Kraft. Look forward to hearing from you soon. Critical readers need not be considered enemies of the WMF. SashiRolls (talk) 13:52, 14 November 2017 (UTC)Reply


Hi, I think you should visit Special:MergeAccount to automatically create an unified account to every WMF wikis. Now your signature is a red link in wikis where you don't have an account. Stryn (talk) 15:09, 8 December 2017 (UTC)

Thank you, Stryn. I'll do that. SPoore (WMF) (talk) , Community Advocate, Community health initiative (talk) 16:03, 8 December 2017 (UTC)


Hello dear lady. Thank you very much for your efforts in the Encyclopaedia projects and your trusted work. In fact, I am the owner of the account (مشاري) in the Arabic Wikipedia for eight years and I have about 50 thousand editing and the establishment of 800 articles with sincerity and great care and I do not commend myself except my neck and my great desire to follow the liberation and work back the Encyclopedia back to my heart, especially after what happened to me in 11 When I was using my computer from one of my 13-year-old brothers to no avail. I tried to recover my account and clarify it over the last two months but to no avail where my account was banned globally and today by chance, I discovered the way to talk to the team of trust and security, and I was never destructive or absurd Over the past eight years, what my brother has done recently, I want to restore the Encyclopedia of Hope to Shawki's unity of the Encyclopedia after it has been prevented from permanently preventing injustice if the ban is temporarily for a month or two will be better and give me an opportunity to clarify what happened, and I promise not to repeat what happened once Others, stressed the protection p Z will not give my members anyone the opportunity to enter my account again reference to what happened figure (T215799), I apologize for the prolongation but what happened after Vinnie, I wish you dear lady helped me ........ -- 13:44, 15 April 2019 (UTC)Reply


Hi there (it has been a long time since we met at WorldCon 2012 2014 in London!). Very briefly, I saw a contribution you made somewhere (possibly on this wiki) related to talk page discussions of project-specific global bans. Not partial blocks, but very specifically the issue of project-specific global bans (which has caused some problems on en-Wikipedia as you may or may not be aware). But I can't now find that discussion! Would you know what I am thinking of? It may relate to this edit, so maybe I should ask Karen instead, but will wait and see if you are around and might be able to help. Carcharoth (talk) 22:40, 13 June 2019 (UTC)Reply

Since things have moved on a bit, am pointing you to this and the mentions of you over there, though I am sure you are getting the pings. :-) Carcharoth (talk) 13:47, 15 June 2019 (UTC)Reply
Hello Carcharoth, I do remember us meeting at WorldCon in London. It's hard to believe that its been 7 seven years! About your original question. Although better today, unfortunately, finding something through searching is still not too easy even if you know for sure that it exists. I don't recall making a post about global bans. It was much more likely it was something about the new partial blocks feature possibly being used to enforced page, topic or interaction bans on a local language wiki. I've written a lot about that on different wikis (including ENWp, Functionaries mailing list, or Meta) where you might have seen it. If I remember anything else I'll let you know.
Yes, I have seen the pings. :-) I'm working on a comment to post that will help clarify the situation. SPoore (WMF) Strategist, Community health initiative (talk) 21:09, 16 June 2019 (UTC)Reply
Thanks for the reply (what name is it best to use for you here?). Difficult to keep track of everything. Your comments have helped clarify things somewhat. Hope you get more feedback and views (as a side effect of all this!). Carcharoth (talk) 11:46, 22 June 2019 (UTC) PS. It was 2014, not 2012! So it was 5 years ago. My mistake! :-) Carcharoth (talk) 11:18, 24 June 2019 (UTC)Reply

WMF terminology question[edit]

Hi. The Wikimedia Foundation is kind of opaque sometimes, and it's often not so easy to understand how things are going on inside, so I was wondering if you could answer a quick question for me: Is the term "Foundation platform" used internally within the Foundation to refer to the wikis? Is this a reasonably common term that you tend to hear in internal discussions?

Thanks. :) --Yair rand (talk) 17:54, 16 June 2019 (UTC)Reply

Hi Yair rand, I'm happy to answer your question as best I can. From my frame of reference, the term "platform" is used internally as it is describe on this page about the work of Wikimedia Foundation Core Platform team. My understanding is that it is more that just a local wiki or even a group of wikis. Instead it is more about the Mediawiki code and the other aspects of the technical infrastructure that support the wikis and other Wikimedia internet services. I do think in general there is some ambiguity in the broadness or precision of the term. So it might be subject to being used different ways. I hope the answer helps. SPoore (WMF) Strategist, Community health initiative (talk) 21:26, 16 June 2019 (UTC)Reply

Need help getting the feature needed to enable mentorship installed at Hebvoy[edit]

Hi Sydney. I was referred to you by the user יונה בנדלאק from the Hebrew Wikipedia. I am currently the only admin at the Hebrew Wikivoyage. I have been the most active user there since it was launched in 2013 and created the vast infrastructure of the wiki almost entirely by myself, with the hopes that a community of editors would eventually form (it hasn't so far). Over the years, although we had several active editors whom helped write some excellent articles, most of them eventually left. The most active user, except for me, is now active only once in a long while because he is now doing his mandatory military service.

Recently a new editor joined the Hebrew Wikivoyage whom, unfortunately, seems to be causing more harm than good (I am starting to suspect this is an old troll we had whom got banned, but I do not have access to the necessary tools to prove it). As a result, I find myself investing too much time daily investigating and cleaning up the changes he makes throughout the main space (he is very active). Today, after he pointed out to me that he intends to add mostly raw machine translations without rephrasing them and does not care much about investing the time in writing content of higher quality, I finally understood that we might have no other choice but to have an "involuntary mentorship process" for him, which means that he would only be capable of creating draft articles in his user space during the involuntary mentorship process period, and that his work would be added only after it is complete, reviewed, and approved (this option exists in the Hebrew Wikipedia especially for such instances).

To my understanding, the feature needed to prevent specific users from editing the main space needs to be installed and the process of getting it installed is somewhat problematic in this case, mainly because we do not actually have a large active community that can vote on whether to adopt this feature or not + opening a discussion about importing such a feature together with the new editor will be, in my opinion, awkward and counter productive.

Please help get this feature enabled at the Hebrew Wikivoyage. ויקיג'אנקי (talk) 01:00, 19 June 2019 (UTC)Reply

Hello ויקיג'אנקי, it nice to meet you and I'm glad to work with to get the Partial blocks feature deployed to Hebrew Wikivoyage. Right now partial block is deployed on English Wikivoyage as a test to see if there was any bugs to Wikivoyage that might need to be addressed before it is deployed to all local language Wikivoyage.
What I'm going to do is ping Niharika Kohli, the Product Manager of the Anti-Harassment Tools team. If she thinks that we are going to deploy to all Wikivoyage soon then you may want to wait until the regularly scheduled deployment. If it is a few week off, then we can think about doing a special deploy to he wikivoyage.
In any case, I suggest that you begin to think about if there are policies and workflows that need to be updated to get to use partial blocks. I can share some pages with you that describe how pb works that you can use to start a help page. SPoore (WMF) Strategist, Community health initiative (talk) 20:54, 19 June 2019 (UTC)Reply
Thank you. Once it is available I will create the help pages based on what the Hebrew Wikipedia have created. ויקיג'אנקי (talk) 06:36, 20 June 2019 (UTC)Reply
Hello again ויקיג'אנקי, :-) The Anti-Harassment Tools team decided to go ahead and deploy it to Hebrew Wikivoyage today. Sounds like a good idea to use hewp policy as a basis for he Wikivoyage policy. I'll let you know when it is done. It may be tomorrow UTC time since Niharika works on Pacific Time. SPoore (WMF) Strategist, Community health initiative (talk) 13:28, 20 June 2019 (UTC)Reply
Hello ויקיג'אנקי, letting you know that partial blocks is live on he Wikivoyage now. Please let me and Niharika Kohli know if there is a problem or you have questions about partial blocks. There is a page for feedback or you can leave on this page. SPoore (WMF) Strategist, Community health initiative (talk) 21:15, 20 June 2019 (UTC)Reply
sorry for the late reply. I was away for a couple of days. Thank you for helping. I'll let you know if there is any problem with it. ויקיג'אנקי (talk) 14:47, 25 June 2019 (UTC)Reply