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Central Notices in cleanup group[edit]

Hello Seddon (WMF). Would you take a look at the recent notices that are ending up in Category:Pages_using_invalid_self-closed_HTML_tags? I think these are coming from the void input elements containing a closing "/" when they need not. Are these being machine generated? — xaosflux Talk 00:55, 14 November 2016 (UTC)

@Xaosflux: - <input/> is a valid self closing HTML5 tag so that shouldn't be causing the issue. Additionally at least several of those pages don't actually contain any self closing tags. So to be frank... I'm not entirely sure that category is accurately being populated but I haven't come across it before. Seddon (WMF) (talk) 01:07, 14 November 2016 (UTC)
Thanks, think I found some of the problem, other invalid tags such as <p/>. — xaosflux Talk 01:13, 14 November 2016 (UTC)
I Haven't gone though them all some may be coming from included pages as well. — xaosflux Talk 01:16, 14 November 2016 (UTC)
(e.g. a self-closing div element in MediaWiki:WMDE FR2015/Resources/wlightbox.js). — xaosflux Talk 01:16, 14 November 2016 (UTC)
@Xaosflux: - I will flag it up with Wikimedia Deutschland and see if they can update some of the banner code to ensure it's compliant. :) Seddon (WMF) (talk) 01:19, 14 November 2016 (UTC)
Thanks, there are not too many, I was going to apply for notice-admin just to clean these up, but won't bother for now. Have a nice day. — xaosflux Talk 01:20, 14 November 2016 (UTC)

Centralnotice RFAs[edit]

Hi, I saw your edit on [1]. I wonder what the reason behind is. --MF-W 01:05, 15 November 2016 (UTC)

Use of sexist language on the banner of the French wiki appealing for gifts[edit]

Hi Joseph, Active on the French wiki, I have received a message of complaint by a reknowned academic linguist in France (copy to the diretor of the equla opportunity office of the UNiversity of Geneva). She is the author of many acclaimed books on the theme of the feminization of title and functions in the French language. Her name is Eliane Viennot, and after giving a conference (pro bono) at the Paris Wikiconvention on non sexist language in French, she noticed that the banner appealing to fund the wikipedia project is declined only in masculine terms. So she will mention this in her classroom (she is a university professor) and she dicided not to donate, as women are not explicitly mentionned in the phrasing. I was told we should adress this kind of questions to you. Probably the message, starting with "Chers lecteurs" (masculine form) would be much better if it started using a neutral form: Cher lectorat A toutes les personnes qui lisent et utilisent Wikipedia Cher public This would not cause an uprow within the people wanting to use the masculine form as a generic form (which it is not) as these wordings are considering "people" as a whole, and not as gendered entities.

If the term "chers lecteurs" is retained, then the least would be to design the women readers with " Chères lectrices".

I hope we will be able to tackle this issue, as it is somenthing crucial in terms of gender bias.

Kind regards,

--Nattes à chat (talk) 06:41, 16 November 2016 (UTC)

@Nattes à chat:. Thank you for relaying this feedback to us. Apologies I didn't reply to your initial message. I didn't have notifications or email notification turned on for en-wiki. You are right that we need to make sure that our banners are as inclusive as possible. Masculine and feminine forms of salutations is an issue in a number of languages and we have been looking at trying to improve in this so your suggestions are much appreciated. I'm just speaking with my team about this issue and I will hopefully have a response soon. Is this the academic you mention?: Seddon (WMF) (talk) 22:03, 22 November 2016 (UTC)
Dear @Seddon (WMF):, thank you for your answer! Yes indeed, it is the academic I mentioned. --Nattes à chat (talk) 19:58, 2 December 2016 (UTC)


Hello Seddon, I'm asking you because you have previously commented on the central notice request linked in the title. Its scheduled start date was 17 November, the conference it promotes takes place on 3 December. Is there something else that needs to be done before it can go live? Can you please help to get it running? I am sorry if this direct request sounds inappropriate, but I don't know how else can I help to push it forward. Thank you, --Blahma (talk) 15:18, 18 November 2016 (UTC)

Thank you very much, Joseph, for giving us a hand on this! Your help is much appreciated. (I hope I am correct in recognizing that it was indeed you who eventually set up the campaign, because I spent a few days in vain trying to get someone's attention for it before your intervention came.) Regards, --Blahma (talk) 13:29, 21 November 2016 (UTC)


Hi. I've been approached on IRC by Martin Urbanec because the banner has no closing button and it shows permanently. I've tried to add it by adding at the bottom of the code the following:

<div id="cn-toggle-box">
<a href="#" title="Zavřít" onclick="hideBanner();return false;"><img border="0" src="//" alt="Zavřít" /></a>

However it's not correctly possitioned. Can you please add it?

Also, I've fixed (diff) an unclosed DIV tag.

Regards, —MarcoAurelio 12:19, 22 November 2016 (UTC)

@MarcoAurelio: . So the key here is to add the following css:

#{{{banner}}} div#cn-toggle-box {
position: absolute;
top: 0px;
right: 270px;

Hope that's useful. I've made the necessary changes. Seddon (WMF) (talk) 12:44, 22 November 2016 (UTC)
Thanks for the button! --Martin Urbanec (talk) 13:19, 22 November 2016 (UTC)

About Merchandise giveaways/Nominations[edit]

Hello Seddon,

Could you please have a look at Merchandise giveaways/Nominations? There are a few nominations pending. BTW, the page is from time to time targeted by banned accounts... Thank you :-) Litlok (talk) 08:37, 14 December 2016 (UTC)

I would also ask you to look at this and close the pending cases. Bw --Orland (talk) 07:38, 24 February 2017 (UTC)


Hi. Did you got an email from me dated and sent on Dec. 9, 2016? Regards, —MarcoAurelio 23:06, 17 December 2016 (UTC)

Wiki Loves Africa site notice / for Algeria[edit]

Hi Seddon,

can you help me to elaborate a site notice (arabic / french ) for algeria (It remains 27 days before the end of the Wiki loves Africa)


--Mohammed Bachounda (talk) 21:01, 4 January 2017 (UTC)

Share your experience and feedback as a Wikimedian in this global survey[edit]

  1. This survey is primarily meant to get feedback on the Wikimedia Foundation's current work, not long-term strategy.
  2. Legal stuff: No purchase necessary. Must be the age of majority to participate. Sponsored by the Wikimedia Foundation located at 149 New Montgomery, San Francisco, CA, USA, 94105. Ends January 31, 2017. Void where prohibited. Click here for contest rules.

stewnoms banner[edit]

I noticed your edit to the stewnoms banner[2] and wondered if you perhaps know a solution how to display this banner to all eligible users. It used to be displayed to all users which caused too many ineligible users to apply, then as a reaction to that the banner has been restricted to local administrators. The issue is, though, that all people who have held adminship on any project for a 3+ months period is eligible, meaning not all current admins are eligible but also not all former admins are ineligible. An eligibility checker for this year is available at [3].
Kind regards, --Vogone (talk) 22:37, 18 January 2017 (UTC)

Merchandise Giveaway[edit]

Greetings from Hindi Wikipedia!

There is a long pending request from Hindi Wikipedia on the merchandise page. Also, the request is based on community consensus. We will appreciate if you please look into it. Umpteen thanks in advance and regards as always. --Muzammil (talk) 19:45, 7 March 2017 (UTC)

The Wikimaps User Group has now been officially recognized![edit]

Let's start discussing the goals for our activities on the user group page. See you there! Cheers, Susanna Ånäs (Susannaanas) (talk) 10:24, 8 March 2017 (UTC)

Wiki Loves Uniformed Services (India) Central notice[edit]

Please respond to the comments on this page. Regards, Krishna Chaitanya Velaga (talkmail) 06:16, 29 April 2017 (UTC)

Translation typo[edit]

Attention to obvious typos, I've seen "Wikimedia 203" in more than one translation. Where do those translations come from? At any rate, please approve the corrected translation. --Nemo 11:53, 13 May 2017 (UTC)

Discussions are archived, not deleted[edit]

Please be careful when you remove discussions.[4] [5] --Nemo 08:54, 27 June 2017 (UTC)

CentralNotice/Calendar archive[edit]

Why did you remove (past) campaigns from the calendar without adding them to the archive? For instance Idea Workshop 2017. Also, all users are encouraged to use the edit summary to explain their edits. --Nemo 09:05, 27 June 2017 (UTC)

Wikimania2017 Registration June banner[edit]

Hey Seddon, I disabled the Wikimania2017_Registration_June banner on iPhone and Android phones since it isn't mobile-friendly and was causing complaints. Feel free to fix and re-enable (or inform whoever should be informed). Kaldari (talk) 19:04, 27 June 2017 (UTC)

Hello, I also notice that it's missing from CentralNotice/Calendar, please fix. (And I think it should not be enabled for unregistered users.) --Nemo 13:17, 28 June 2017 (UTC)
I see there are more cases of campaigns missing from the calendar: mailarchive:wikimedia-l/2017-August/088365.html. Using the calendar would have helped prevent a blatant mistake which goes counter everything we've learn in years of CentralNotice experience. I hope we can restore some order, the current wild west is concerning. --Nemo 19:47, 18 August 2017 (UTC)
I'm still interested in an answer. --Nemo 16:15, 4 September 2017 (UTC)


Hi joseph. There's a discussion here on your monolingual banner, when you have time. Robin Owain aka Llywelyn2000 (talk) 19:41, 10 July 2017 (UTC)

Action for Wiki Loves Uniformed services (India)[edit]

Please see my comments at CentralNotice/Request/Wiki_Loves_Uniformed_Services_(India). Regards, Krishna Chaitanya Velaga (talkmail) 14:39, 30 July 2017 (UTC)


Hello! Today you launched the Central Notice for WikiConferenceRussia2017_en. Let me emphasize that there is no consensus for placing this banner in English-speaking projects (Russian-speaking projects are OK). It would be good to know if the opinion of the community counts, or central notices are unilaterally decided by someone on Meta. In the case of a unilateral decision, how can it be appealed? Thank you, Alexander (talk) 16:29, 26 September 2017 (UTC)

Now I view English Wikivoyage from Germany and see the banner informing me about the wiki-conference in Russia. This is nothing but spam. Please, stop it immediately! --Alexander (talk) 19:29, 26 September 2017 (UTC)
Hey Alexander. You should not see any banners whilst in Germany. The EN campaign is geolocated to Russia. I am unsure if you use a proxy or perhaps have recently travelled to Russia but I would recommend you clear your cookies on the device you see the banners. Seddon (WMF) (talk) 23:16, 26 September 2017 (UTC)
Joseph, thank you for your response. No, I am not using a proxy, so it looks more like a technical glitch. Nevertheless, I would ask you to focus on my first message and stop the banner, which is highly controversial. It is even opposed by the conference organizers who don't like its overlap with Wiki Loves Monuments (running till October 1), don't like advertising the event now before its program is published, and may not be able to accommodate all the participants due to the limited size of the conference room. --Alexander (talk) 06:25, 27 September 2017 (UTC)
Hey Alexander, Apologies for any delay in responding. As I mentioned to Farhad I'm on leave so responses are a little slower and connection is intermittent. I've disabled the campaigns. There may be some (1 in 1000) sneaking through due to caching problems but this will be a minor issue and should clear up over the next 12 hours. Seddon (WMF) (talk) 10:09, 27 September 2017 (UTC)
Thank you very much, Joseph! I would also ask you to cross-check the opinion of the community and conference organizers before re-activating the banner. --Alexander (talk) 10:15, 27 September 2017 (UTC)

CentralNotice/Request/2017 Wiki Conference Russia[edit]

Dear Seddon, this is to request activation of three CentralNotice/Request/2017 Wiki Conference Russia related banners via Special:CentralNotice & a non-controversial minor tweak in case of WikiConferenceRussia2017_ru to set for all countries, except Ukraine (per discussion) or otherwise, as appropriate. --Frhdkazan (talk) 15:57, 7 October 2017 (UTC)

I am sorry, Frhdkazan, do we have consensus for English-speaking projects? --Alexander (talk) 16:45, 7 October 2017 (UTC)
Dear Alexander, as no one responded to enWP RfC about having Russia-originating readers see the banner, I assume we do not have objections from enWP community. I've excluded all other wikis in my request. --Frhdkazan (talk) 17:56, 7 October 2017 (UTC)
Nemo_bis expressed some concerns too, and the current setup of the Central Notice (for 'WikiConferenceRussia2017_en') includes all English-speaking projects. Moreover, your request does not say anything about three banner campaigns mentioned here. So there is quite a lot of confusion around it. --Alexander (talk) 18:25, 7 October 2017 (UTC)
Dear Alexander, If I understood Federico's comments correctly, his proposal is for all users from Russia (to ruwiki, enwiki, ttwiki & all other spaces) to see the banner text in Russian only (without permission to localize into the local language), which is at least against Wikimedia principles. I requested him to provide explanation & context to support his logic, which otherwise reminds of linguistic imperialism, but haven't seen comments since. --Frhdkazan (talk) 05:55, 8 October 2017 (UTC)
  • Dear Seddon and Frhdkazan! Thanks a lot for WikiConferenceRussia2017 banner! How to learn to do it yourself? — Niklitov (talk) 12:49, 10 October 2017 (UTC) (Wikimedia RU)

2017 Fundraising Campaign in Brazil[edit]

Hello. I would like to share two or three things about the last Fundraising Campaign - August 2017 at the Portuguese Wikipédia, targeting the Brazilian IPs:

  • As far as I know, we at the project were not informed about what was going on. I only noticed something strange was happening by the sudden increase in vandalism targeting the project and the Foundation, and the help requests that started appearing at our HelpDesk about bills, receipts and some fundraising campaign nobody apparently was aware of; consequently, those help requests went unanswered, and I doubt anyone there would know how to answer them, even if we knew about the campaign. I don't know how to answer such things, for sure;
  • Levels of IP vandalism, which were already skyrocketing at the Portuguese Wikipédia, significantly increased during the time of the campaign, with lots of IPs complaining about it writing protests in the articles; the vandalism was specifically against that campaign, complaining, for instance, about a rich organization (WMF) which has the impudence of begging money to poor people facing a severe recession, as are Brazilians right now;
  • Some people misunderstood the campaign, apparently believing they had to pay to get access to the project; others found it so weird, they asked if it was some kind of scam using the WMF name; See here, for instance - "When I access your site I'm receiving a message charging/asking for donations for Wikipedia maintenance. Can you confirm the message really came from you??";
  • In the whole, my impression is that the campaign, as it is, is a RP disaster for Wikimedia/Wikipedia in Brazil, where it already seem to have a very bad reputation, looking at the large amount of vandalism we receive everyday specifically complaining/warning about what they call the bad quality of the project; I and others were also taken by surprise with the increase of IP angerness and rage against the project, not being aware of the campaign going on;
  • I urge you to reflect on all that, and reformulate the present model of the campaign, or even the necessity to beg money in a country facing severe difficulties; I also ask you to please, advice us at VP next time such thing gets going on, so that we can be prepared for the IP reaction against what they clearly perceive as an harassment.

Thanks, --- Darwin Ahoy! 18:05, 19 October 2017 (UTC)

T-shirt giveaway[edit]

Hello :) I've noticed this confirmation. Thank you :) What are the next steps? Emptywords (talk) 18:43, 12 November 2017 (UTC)

Merchandising and WSC[edit]

Hi. You are also in charge of merchandising, aren't you? I have this idea, for the Wiki Science Competition, to give a wiki gadget to the best uploader. here is my logic, someone who uploads many (good) files is closer to a real wikimedian per number of edits, so I can thank him or her as real wikimedian, whose edits have a big importance because they are precious and of high quality and very specific to get. Just a little gift to add to the prizes so at least someone is more satisfied and keeps uploading good images. Does it have sense? Plus they are good photographers so they can send good pictures with their gift. We can give it specifically to big uploaders outside the national juries, so they have a dedicated "prize".Any feedback on that?--Alexmar983 (talk) 09:11, 19 November 2017 (UTC)

Hey Alexmar983, merchandise awarded through competitions should be sought through the rapid grants scheme. Seddon (WMF) (talk) 12:36, 19 November 2017 (UTC)
Good to know, I'll take a look. Thank you.--Alexmar983 (talk) 12:39, 19 November 2017 (UTC)

Central notice for the Wikivoyage month[edit]

Hello Joseph! I would like to request your advice/help with the Central Notice campaign for the Wikivoyage edit-a-thon. My main question at this point is about the best timing for such a campaign. Two periods are possible, 16.01-15.02 and 1.02-28.02, with a slight preference for the latter. However, I see that the Central notice for steward elections is planned for February with high priority. We seek moderate priority for the Wikivoyage banner, but I am not sure whether the high-priority banner leaves space for anything else. Our goal will be 4-5 impressions per day. Will it be feasible in February along with the steward elections?

Thank you in advance! --Alexander (talk) 23:41, 5 January 2018 (UTC)

@Atsirlin: this should be definitely feasible. So there is generally no issue with running two such campaigns in parallel with each other. 50% per campaign is more than sufficient. I'll provide some feedback. Seddon (talk) 23:48, 7 January 2018 (UTC)
We are ready with the announcements and collecting feedback. Would be grateful for creating and enabling the banners. Thanks! --Alexander (talk) 08:11, 29 January 2018 (UTC)

Hello Joseph! That's a friendly reminder that the banner campaign is scheduled to start tomorrow, February 1, so it's definitely time to create and enable it. Please, let me know if further input from our side is needed. --Alexander (talk) 20:34, 31 January 2018 (UTC)

@Atsirlin: ill get this enabled ASAP tomorrow. Seddon (talk) 00:04, 1 February 2018 (UTC)

Hi Joseph. I noticed that the banner currently appears in the Hebrew Wikivoyage with the an incomplete text and with the logo of the English Wikivoyage instead of the birthday cake icon and the traveler icon we requested. If possible please make the following changes to the Hebrew banner as soon as possible:

  • 1. The text should be "עזרו לכתוב מדריכים למטיילים על היעדים שהכי מעניינים אתכם במסגרת מרתון עריכה מיוחד שהושק לקראת ציון יום השנה החמישי להשקה של הוויקימסע העברי"
(basically, currently the only mistake is that the last word in this sentence appears as "העבר" instead of "העברי".)
  • 2. On the Hebrew banner please make sure that this image is used instead of the logo of the English Wikivoyage.
(This icon would probably be a lot more effective in getting the attention of the right type of writers/editors we are hoping this edit-a-thon would attract)
ויקיג'אנקי (talk) 01:41, 2 February 2018 (UTC)
Another question... I noticed that the banners are currently only displayed on Wikivoyage. When are they going to start appearing in Wikipedia? ויקיג'אנקי (talk) 03:35, 2 February 2018 (UTC)
I would like to second this question. The central notice request was for Wikivoyage, Wikipedia, and Commons. --Alexander (talk) 05:47, 2 February 2018 (UTC)
Please note, that I am updated of projects reach for this campagne (by request from Atsirlin). --Kaganer (talk) 12:01, 2 February 2018 (UTC)
Atsirlin & Kaganer - I was running the campaign initially on Wikivoyage to flush out any issues such as the one above with the Hebrew translation. Which hadn't been corrected when you added commons and Wikipedia to the mix. In addition, the Wikipedia campaign was to be set at 20% traffic. For the time being I've removed Wikipedia from the initial campaign and creating a new one. And correcting the translation issue mentioned above before flipping that particular switch. Seddon (WMF) (talk) 12:18, 2 February 2018 (UTC)
Thanks for the feedback. I'm not a very experienced CentralNotice administrator, and also the management procedure is now not very transparent. (I have not even translated the documentation and the interface into Russian, because initially I did not understand everything. But I'm trying ;)) --Kaganer (talk) 12:27, 2 February 2018 (UTC)
I am don't seen problem for improving this banner (by image; as was intially proposed in the request). Can I just do this? --Kaganer (talk) 12:54, 2 February 2018 (UTC)
Got it. I'm sorry for messing things up.
One small remark to the banner is that the text on the Russian one could use a 20-30% bigger font. --Alexander (talk) 13:52, 2 February 2018 (UTC)
Atsirlin: I'll take a look to see if I can find a way of increasing font size on a per language basis but that isn't something usually done. Seddon (WMF) (talk) 17:56, 2 February 2018 (UTC)
Thanks! But no worries, we can also live with the current font size. --Alexander (talk) 17:58, 2 February 2018 (UTC)
Atsirlin: The alternative is that we simply increase the length of the banner text in russian. This won't changes it's effectiveness. Seddon (WMF) (talk) 18:01, 2 February 2018 (UTC)
Yes, well, we tried to be concise, but that may not be the best solution here. Please, use the updated text. It's a bit longer. --Alexander (talk) 18:18, 2 February 2018 (UTC)

Hello Joseph! I have not heard any further complaints about the banner, and I think it can be enabled also for Wikipedia. It's already February 4 afternoon in our part of the world, 4 days past the start of the edit-a-thon. --Alexander (talk) 10:26, 4 February 2018 (UTC)

Atsirlin Done! If you have any issues in terms of excess vandalism on sites or you are getting too many new users. Let me know and we can dial down the campaign. If you think that everything is good we can look at dialing the campaign up to 25% or up to 50%. Seddon (WMF) (talk) 12:32, 4 February 2018 (UTC)
Great! Thanks! Yes, we shall see how it goes. --Alexander (talk) 13:33, 4 February 2018 (UTC)

Hi Joseph. Unfortunately, although the banner definitly appears on all the pages of the Hebrew Wikivoyage, I haven't noticed the banner appearing on any of the Hebrew Wikipedia pages so far (I tested viewing random pages on the Hebrew Wikipedia with two different computers and my mobile phone - both while logged out and in of my user account). I also checked the page views of the Hebrew Wikivoyae edit-a-thon page and it doesn't seem to be significantly higher in a way that suggest there is a huge exposure to the banner (there was only a 100 more people on Friday and then the page views went back to normal). What do you think went wrong? ויקיג'אנקי (talk) 17:18, 4 February 2018 (UTC)

The banner is definitely enabled on Hebrew Wikipedia, as can be seen here. Regarding English and Russian Wikivoyage, I already see some activity, but it's not too high. I suggest to wait for 1-2 days and increase the display frequency, unless we see that more people are coming. --Alexander (talk) 18:58, 4 February 2018 (UTC)

Increase display frequency[edit]

Joseph, could you increase the display frequency to 40%? We see somewhat different influx of editors in different languages, and 40% seems to be a good compromise for the moment. Thank you! --Alexander (talk) 13:50, 7 February 2018 (UTC)

Joseph, please look at the current trend of the page view statistics for all articles at Wikivoyage editions that are participating in the edit-a-thon (minus the English Wikivoyage and German Wikivoyage which are getting a lot more page views per day). While the edit-a-thon has clearly contributed to a significant spike in page views at the English Wikivoyae, German Wikivoyage, French Wikivoyage, Spanish Wikivoyage, Italian Wikivoyage, and Russian Wikivoyage... it clearly looks like the edit-a-thon hasn't been contributing to a significant increase in page views at the Hebrew Wikivoyage, Hindi Wikivoyage, Chinese Wikivoyage, Ukrainian Wikivoyage or the Portuguese Wikivoyage. Would it be possible to set a different percentage for those specific Wikivoyage editions in order let them also get an opportunity to have a significant exposure as part of this edit-a-thon? ויקיג'אנקי (talk) 22:14, 7 February 2018 (UTC)

Help with some banner updating[edit]

Hello & happy new year. For the next Stewards/Elections 2018 we're setting as usual our call for nominations (Special:CentralNoticeBanners/edit/stewnoms) and call for votes Special:CentralNoticeBanners/edit/stewvote) banners. However I think they use old syntax which is not compatible with most mobile devices (which seem many people use these days). I wonder if an update to those banners keeping the translations (text1/text2) that we've used and that took us some years to complete could be done? Also, both banners need a bundled JavaScript so they're only displayed to users meeting the nominations and voting criteria. Do you think is it possible at all? What do you propose? Best regards, —MarcoAurelio (talk) 22:05, 9 January 2018 (UTC)

@MarcoAurelio: Yeah that should be possible. What's the timeline for this? Seddon (WMF) (talk) 16:32, 11 January 2018 (UTC)
Hi Joseph. As for the 'stewnoms' banner: Candidate submissions are open from 15 January 2018, 00:00 (UTC) until 28 January 2018, 23:59 (UTC). For the 'stewvote' banner: The voting begins on 08 February 2018, 14:00 (UTC) and end on 28 February 2018, 13:59 (UTC). Note that we'd like to keep the banner name and the previous banner translations so we can reuse them year after year. Thanks :) —MarcoAurelio (talk) 11:18, 12 January 2018 (UTC)
Hello there again. Given that the call for candidates start in few hours I've created the campaign and added the old banner to it meanwhile. Regards. —MarcoAurelio (talk) 12:53, 14 January 2018 (UTC)

Fundraising in Sweden[edit]

Hi! As a mentor and press contact at svwp I often get e-mail around alternative ways to donate to Wikipedia. There are a lot of Swedes that prefer to pay via sv:Swish, sv:plusgiro and sv:bankgiro. None of these are alternatives available at the link "Stöd Wikipedia" to the left of every svwp page. There would be wonderful for WMF to be able to add any or all of these as alternatives in the WMF donation campaigns. Here one of my fellow administrators deleted a version of our standard FAQ page with alternative payment methods. It included links to payment to WMFI and WMSE, where payment methods adapted to many Finnish and Swedish citizens were provided.

Swish is a new an ever more popular payment method here in Sweden, and plusgiro/bankgiro are since decades standard payment methods in Sweden for any kind of payment. Right now I'm at a loss about how to phrase my answer to the above enquiries. I do believe many common Wikipedia readers in Sweden would easily refrain to make an e-mail in English, when all they wanted to do was to pay a sum of money to Wikipedia (via Swish or pg/bg). Is complementary information on our FAQ page, such as this paragraph and its links acceptable to you, or do you want any and all payments to "Wikipedia" to be via credit cards (w/w-o through PayPal)?

The best of wishes.--Paracel63 (talk) 12:31, 16 February 2018 (UTC)

Hello! Your input at sv:Wikipedia:Bybrunnen#Wikimedia Fundraising - Sweden would be appreciated. Thanks /NH 10:19, 21 February 2018 (UTC)
@NH: Yes, please do, Seddon. Since my posting above I've sent and received two very general replies from my e-mail request to The answers came from Seilo Inaba and Alex Valkoff. In two instances I've CC:ed you to the e-mails, in an attempt to get a quicker reply. In my last e-mail request, I've enhanced the prioritization to Important. Hopefully someone will listen to me/us.--Paracel63 (talk) 15:20, 22 February 2018 (UTC)
@NH and Paracel63: Hey both. Unfortunately offering swish to donors requires you to be an entity registered in Sweden and have a Swedish bank account which wouldn't be possible for the Wikimedia Foundation. In instances where donors inquire about these payment methods not offered by Wikimedia Foundation, it makes sense to point donors to Wikimedia Sweden. They are a very competent affiliate. It's a community decision if it's included or not on the FAQ so I don't want to preclude any such discussions but I would not be opposed to it's inclusion. If the community would want to see something more formal in terms of a memorandum of understanding between WMF and WMSE before it's inclusion on the FAQ, this is something I could explore. Seddon (WMF) (talk) 18:17, 22 February 2018 (UTC)
Thanks, then I think we can sort it all out. /NH 17:38, 23 February 2018 (UTC)
👍Like Many thanks for the helpful answer. Face-smile.svg--Paracel63 (talk) 19:38, 23 February 2018 (UTC)

Feedback on fundraising campaign[edit]

In w:it:Wikipedia:Bar/Discussioni/Fundraising - Italy Launch there are two feedbacks on the Italian campaign.--Ferdi2005 (Posta) 23:28, 28 February 2018 (UTC)

About Italy, I'd suggest to use the last two messages ("Open to the public", "Different opening line"), not the first ones. We are currently under elections, we will keep on being in political tensions for a long while, and referring to "democratic" issues might be easily misunderstood. --g (talk) 12:08, 1 March 2018 (UTC)



in hebrew, Capetown is spelled קייפטאון, not קאפטאון. please see he:קייפטאון. peace - קיפודנחש (talk) 16:40, 1 March 2018 (UTC)

Grammar mistake in the Italian mobile banner[edit]

Someone told me there is a grammar mistake in the Italian mobile banner: «Se tutti coloro che stanno leggendo questo avviso donaste 2 €, potremmo permetterci di far crescere Wikipedia negli anni a venire.» isn't exact. The exact way is «Se tutti coloro che stanno leggendo questo avviso donassero 2 €, potremmo permetterci di far crescere Wikipedia anche nei prossimi anni.». Thanks in advance.--Ferdi2005 (Posta) 16:26, 2 March 2018 (UTC)

Welsh translations in en-gb Wikimania banner[edit]

This does not seem right: MediaWiki:Centralnotice-Wikimania2018cfp-wikimania3/en-gb --Nemo 11:08, 10 March 2018 (UTC)

CentralNotice/Request/WikiGap 2018 Russia[edit]

Hi! Please, we need a decision for this discussion. Thank you! --Dmitry Rozhkov (talk) 12:32, 17 March 2018 (UTC)

Very much support Dmitry, as we would like to communicate about WikiGap initiative & the article contest to wider body of Wikipedia readers from Russia.--Frhdkazan (talk) 08:05, 23 March 2018 (UTC)
Thank you for the banner! Strangely enough, we don't seem to see it. And we see a lot more of PD Russia 2018 than expected, though only in en / ru (whilst ba-bxr-mhr-myv-sah-tt-udm texts are also available). Thanks again & where and how should I start experimenting to learn creating & adjusting CN campains/banners? Regards, --Frhdkazan (talk) 06:22, 25 March 2018 (UTC)

Stop deleting calendar entries[edit]

It's about time you stop removing entries from CentralNotice/Calendar without adding them to the archive. Why be so user hostile? --Nemo 20:23, 21 March 2018 (UTC)


Good day, Seddon! We made request for place banner in UKWP:
  • Approved - Seddon (WMF) (talk) 04:30, 20 March 2018 (UTC)

Durations 30 days from 1.IV.2018. Today is 3.IV.2018, banner not showed on Ukrainian Wikiprojects. Can Your help with this?

With respect -Всевидяче Око (talk) 07:12, 3 April 2018 (UTC)

With gratitude -Всевидяче Око (talk) 10:11, 4 April 2018 (UTC)

Adding translate link to the current GLAM campaign[edit]

Hi. There are some complains at some major wikis that Special:CentralNoticeBanners/edit/WMILGLAM2018Scholarships is being displayed in English and no translate link is avalaible. I have messaged the manager of the banner but I'm also messaging you in case you could also fix it as well. Thanks! —MarcoAurelio (talk) 11:33, 11 April 2018 (UTC)

Regarding enwiki CentralNotice[edit]

CentralNotices are not supposed to link to external sites. See CentralNotice/Usage guidelines. Also, please wait for someone to close the relevant discussion before turning it on. --Yair rand (talk) 07:14, 3 July 2018 (UTC)

UX bug in EU Copyright Directive ItalianWP CentralNotice[edit]

Hi Seddon, there is a little UX bug in "EU Copyright Directive ItalianWP" CentralNotice. When you hover on a button both change their sytle, but only the one you go hover with the mouse pointer should change. Best regards, --Afnecors (talk) 13:53, 3 July 2018 (UTC)

@Afnecors: Yeah I am aware of it. I'm working on a new version of the banner this evening that will correct this. Seddon (WMF) (talk) 15:44, 3 July 2018 (UTC)
Great, thanks! --Afnecors (talk) 15:53, 3 July 2018 (UTC)

EU copyright directive banner in Czech Republic[edit]

Hi Joseph. We've had a couple of complaints to OTRS that the EU copyright directive banner that appears on the English Wikipedia (but not the Czech Wikipedia) when accessed from the Czech Republic addresses readers as being from Czechia. This seems odd to me, as the English Wikipedia article about the country is called en:Czech Republic, and en:Talk:Czech Republic tells readers that there is currently a moratorium on any discussion of renaming the article. Would you be willing to change the wording to Czech Republic? Cordless Larry (talk) 21:23, 4 July 2018 (UTC)


Could we lease keep the banners up until the end of the actual vote? Imagine a MEP pulling out his smartphone to show the banner to another MEP right before they vote -- and it has disappeared.

Also see [6] and [7]

--Guy Macon (talk) 03:31, 5 July 2018 (UTC)


Hi Seddon, due to some requests on enwiki, I extended the EU_Copyright_EN banner by 1 day. If you (or any meta admin) disagree with this, feel free to revert without consultation. Best regards, — xaosflux Talk 03:44, 5 July 2018 (UTC)

I've been told the voting on this is over now, so re-expired this banner. — xaosflux Talk 13:07, 5 July 2018 (UTC)
Well never mind, you already did :D Just was making sure to keep you in the loop. Best regards, — xaosflux Talk 13:08, 5 July 2018 (UTC)
@Xaosflux: Many thanks!! Seddon (WMF) (talk) 13:09, 5 July 2018 (UTC)

Galician Wikipedia block[edit]

Hi Seddon, thank you very much for your help to block our wiki. One question only, to activate the wiki, we only have to revert your edits at MediaWiki:Common.css ‎and MediaWiki:Mobile.js, isn't it? Bye, --Elisardojm (talk) 07:53, 5 July 2018 (UTC)


Dear Seddon, please, help us set the banner. We were looking for launching a week ago (request). Should I change the date now? --AnnaKhrobolova (WMUA) (talk) 12:09, 18 July 2018 (UTC)

RE:Discussion regarding banners - Galicia[edit]

Hi, thanks for the advice. Yes, we can start a discussion about that problem. Could you send me the links to that discussion to translate the proposals to the Galician wiki? Bye, --Elisardojm (talk) 00:44, 9 September 2018 (UTC)

I have started the discussion at Galician wiki. Could you tell me how can I translate Bye, --Elisardojm (talk) 00:21, 10 September 2018 (UTC)

EU Copyright at deWP[edit]

Hi Seddon, Please deactivate the current EU Copyright banner at deWP. Though it is claiming "we, the Wikiepdia authors" it did not receive proper community approval. As you can see at deWP's signpost equivalent"Kurier", the banner is a controversial case described in the [CentralNotice/Usage_guidelines|CentralNotice guidelines]]. Again, please deactivate and follow procedure. Thank you --Martina Nolte (talk) 21:29, 11 September 2018 (UTC) @Martina Nolte:. Thanks for your message. I am content that sufficient consensus was established by the German community with over 80% of respondent to the poll in favour of running blackout banners. Whilst I see there is some disappointment by some members of the community, at this moment I do see sufficient opposition to merit disabling the banner ahead of time. The german banner campaign is scheduled to end in approximately 30 minutes. Seddon (WMF) (talk) 22:03, 11 September 2018 (UTC)

This kind of "polls" does not establish community consensus. That would be a [de:WP:MB|Meinungsbild"]. The banner was violating local decision making processes. Thank you for disabling it. --Martina Nolte (talk) 22:15, 11 September 2018 (UTC)

It's still active at deWP. Please deactivate. --Martina Nolte (talk) 02:36, 12 September 2018 (UTC)

Asian Month banner[edit]

Hello Seddon (WMF),

I have answered your question concering the Asian Month 2018 message on my talk page. --Furfur (talk) 18:14, 2 November 2018 (UTC)

CN discussion[edit]

Hello Seddon, please see Meta:Babel#Changes_to_CentralNotice_Access where your input is welcome. Best regards, — xaosflux Talk 17:59, 18 November 2018 (UTC)

I think this may have been resolved over at Babel already. — xaosflux Talk 01:26, 19 November 2018 (UTC)
@Xaosflux: - Ah yeah my bad, I missed a few at the end of the alphabet! Apologies! Seddon (WMF) (talk) 01:42, 19 November 2018 (UTC)

CentralNotice JavaScript check[edit]

Good morning,

Could you please take a look at this campaign banners and see if the in-banner JS that we employ works, etc.? The banners should display only to administrators according to the election guidelines, "hold or have held administrator rights on at least one public Wikimedia Foundation project for a period of at least three months" is a requirement to submit a valid candidacy. If you could also check the proposed campaign settings, banner code, etc. we'd be very happy. Thanks in advance for your help. Best regards, —MarcoAurelio (talk) 14:52, 9 January 2019 (UTC)

Hello again. I have filed CentralNotice/Request/Steward elections (nominations) 2019 as well. Best regards, —MarcoAurelio (talk) 15:32, 9 January 2019 (UTC)

Central Notice Request for Ukrainian Wikipedia[edit]

Hi! Could you please take a look at CentralNotice/Request/Wikimarathon 2019 for UKWP? It's a highly important project for the ukwiki community, so it would be great for us to have a banner for it since January 26th. Thanks a lot! --Aced (talk) 15:06, 24 January 2019 (UTC)

Amical Wikimedia Strategy 2019-2024 Campaign Request[edit]

Hello Seddon, just pinging you to check whether everything is OK regarding the campaign we filled Tuesday last week. Since we are going to finish soon the first phase of this process, we would like to engage the most contributors in Catalan projects the better before the end of that term. Let us know if anything else would be needed. Thanks in advance. --Toniher (talk) 12:46, 7 March 2019 (UTC)

Blackout on Slovak Wikipedia (21 March 2019)[edit]

Hello! I am writting to you because I noticed you created English version of the banner for the blackout in regards to the proposal of the EU Copyright Directive. Our community on Slovak Wikipedia already prepared, discussed and approvedof our own blackout page which uses using background picture that clearly evokes it is about EU and details our criticism of the Directive. Furthermore, we included URL to our blackout page in press release of our Users Group which was already published by some media outlets (e.g. Denník N). However, we have learned that Meta is planning to use one global banner with translation of English text to Slovak. Our community have not approved the banner and some Slovak Wikipedians are concerned about wording of the text included in the banner.--Lišiak (talk) 21:55, 19 March 2019 (UTC)

I just want to add: If I understood correctly, the current problem is that we've prepared our blackout message in wiki code and for blackout you use HTML and these languages. But what I've seen during the blackout on Italian Wikipedia in summer 2018 (screenshot attached) was that they had a normal wiki page showing instead of others and they just removed items from the menu and replaced the logo with the negative. Couldn't this be the way how to solve the problem? Maybe if we would just somehow get the code from Italians, we would manage until the blackout date. --Luky001 (talk) 22:17, 19 March 2019 (UTC)
Wikipedia blackout, 04.07.2018, it.wp.jpg

Blackout on deWP[edit]

Hi Seddon,

in a discussion on the administrator's noticeboard on deWP the question was raised, if the banner would be displayed only to unregistered users or to all users. As I understand the community decision, the blackout should affect all users of the site. Could you clarify this point?

Thanks, Sense Amid Madness, Wit Amidst Folly (talk) 22:24, 20 March 2019 (UTC)

@Sense Amid Madness, Wit Amidst Folly: Hey! Yes someone just emailed me about this and it has been corrected :) Any other issues or changes, ping me. Available on irc too as Seddon in #wikipedia-de. Please pass that on to the community. Seddon (WMF) (talk) 22:25, 20 March 2019 (UTC)

Thanks for the prompt response and correction! I left a note on the local discussion about it. --Sense Amid Madness, Wit Amidst Folly (talk) 22:31, 20 March 2019 (UTC)

Hello Seddon, the OTRS team of the german wikipedia became complaints because there no longer is an impressum (see notice). An impressum is required because of GDPR (en:General Data Protection Regulation) --Filzstift (talk) 07:06, 21 March 2019 (UTC)

Remove blackout on Czech, Slovak and Danish Wikipedia[edit]

The 24 hour period is over. Please remove blackout on Czech, Slovak and Danish Wikipedia. --Agusbou2015 (talk) 23:30, 21 March 2019 (UTC)

Danish Wikipedia has been re-opened. --Agusbou2015 (talk) 23:43, 21 March 2019 (UTC)
So does Czech Wikipedia. --Agusbou2015 (talk) 23:59, 21 March 2019 (UTC)
And finally, Slovak Wikipedia! --Agusbou2015 (talk) 00:14, 22 March 2019 (UTC)
I forgot to tell you that Czech and Danish Wikipedias still contain banners about the pending directive and Estonian Wikipedia includes an illustration that reads "RIP Open Internet". --Agusbou2015 (talk) 00:24, 22 March 2019 (UTC)
@Agusbou2015: I cleared up and Common.css. I'll clear the site notices too and clear up Seddon (WMF) (talk) 00:29, 22 March 2019 (UTC)
Remember that Estonian Wikipedia opted for a soft blackout, in which all articles were still visible but covered by a banner about the proposed directive and the forementioned tombstone illustration instead of the usual Wikipedia logo. --Agusbou2015 (talk) 23:01, 22 March 2019 (UTC)

Blackout on Catalan projects[edit]

Hey Seddon. The editors of the Catalan projects have finally decided to shut them down for three days. I have started this CentralNotice request, using the German banner as a reference. Could you give us a hand in speeding up the process? Thanks a lot! --Townie (talk) 22:14, 23 March 2019 (UTC)

@Townie: - Hey could you complete the translations found here:
That will help me prepare a banner for your community. Seddon (talk) 10:15, 24 March 2019 (UTC)
@Seddon: Yes check.svg Done Thanks a lot! --Townie (talk) 10:41, 24 March 2019 (UTC)
@Seddon: Is there any way to speed it up? The community voted for three days and we’d like to no not delay it that much... Thank you sou much. Xavi Dengra (MESSAGES) 12:17, 24 March 2019 (UTC)

We have finally begun the blackout via the Common.js, but it'd still be better if it were done via CentralNotice. Could you please give us a hand? Thanks, --Townie (talk) 13:15, 25 March 2019 (UTC)

Softcatalà (a well-known Catalan software localisation team) chose to display a blackout message similar to Catalan Wikipedia and its Catalan-language sister projects (see [8]). --Agusbou2015 (talk) 13:49, 26 March 2019 (UTC)

Blackout on Galician wiki[edit]

Hi, I have added the changes at to blackout the project, I changed the Common.js and Common.css the same way of 2018, but we have found that the wiki isn't blacked if you access throught a celular telefone. Could it be fixed it? Thanks! --Elisardojm (talk) 16:11, 24 March 2019 (UTC)

Central notice for Italian WP[edit]

Hi, on we were wondering if it is possible to load the blackout message with a button next to "Contatta il tuo eurodeputato" that gives access to the website displaying the banner like this. Once access has been granted, the blackout message would not load anymore. Is it too late or there is still time to do it? Thanks for your patience.--Sakretsu (talk) 22:34, 24 March 2019 (UTC)

@Sakretsu: Hey unfortunately we aren't in a position to build anything new at this late stage. These are the options we have:
Seddon (WMF) (talk) 22:50, 24 March 2019 (UTC)
OK then, please update the Italian translations and set 24 hours of full blackout on from 07:00 UTC on March 25 to 07:00 UTC on March 26 as per consensus. Thank you.--Sakretsu (talk) 00:19, 25 March 2019 (UTC)

Basque Wikipedia blackout[edit]

Hi, are any of the current blackout options set up to allow registered users in while also running a full blackout?


Also lmk if you want any CN admin help with any of the blackout stuff in general. is there a particular page to watch/coordinate? --Jeremyb (talk) 15:49, 28 March 2019 (UTC)