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Welcome to Meta![edit]

Hello Whaledad, and welcome to the Wikimedia Meta-Wiki! This website is for coordinating and discussing all Wikimedia projects. You may find it useful to read our policy page. If you are interested in doing translations, visit Meta:Babylon. You can also leave a note on Meta:Babel or Wikimedia Forum (please read the instructions at the top of the page before posting there). If you would like, feel free to ask me questions on my talk page. Happy editing! Ottava Rima (talk) 02:46, 19 March 2010 (UTC)


A better way to reach me is Overleg.

Superprotect letter update[edit]

Hi Whaledad,

Along with more hundreds of others, you recently signed Letter to Wikimedia Foundation: Superprotect and Media Viewer, which I wrote.

Today, we have 562 signatures here on Meta, and another 61 on, for a total of 623 signatures. Volunteers have fully translated it into 16 languages, and begun other translations. This far exceeds my most optimistic hopes about how many might sign the letter -- I would have been pleased to gain 200 siguatures -- but new signatures continue to come.

I believe this is a significant moment for Wikimedia and Wikipedia. Very rarely have I seen large numbers of people from multiple language and project communities speak with a unified voice. As I understand it, we are unified in a desire for the Wikimedia Foundation to respect -- in actions, in addition to words -- the will of the community who has built the Wikimedia projects for the benefit of all humanity. I strongly believe it is possible to innovate and improve our software tools, together with the Wikimedia Foundation. But substantial changes are necessary in order for us to work together smoothly and productively. I believe this letter identifies important actions that will strongly support those changes.

Have you been discussing these issues in your local community? If so, I think we would all appreciate an update (on the letter's talk page) about how those discussions have gone, and what people are saying. If not, please be bold and start a discussoin on your Village Pump, or in any other venue your project uses -- and then leave a summary of what kind of response you get on the letter's talk page.

Finally, what do you think is the right time, and the right way, to deliver this letter? We could set a date, or establish a threshold of signatures. I have some ideas, but am open to suggestions.

Thank you for your engagement on this issue, and please stay in touch. -Pete F (talk) 18:29, 26 August 2014 (UTC)

Global user page migration[edit]

Hello Whaledad. Synchbot deleted your local user pages on all wikis as requested. You can see the full log on your archive page. :) —Pathoschild 03:33, 22 February 2015 (UTC)

The bot also updated your talk pages on all wikis (see full log). —Pathoschild 07:39, 22 February 2015 (UTC)

2016 Community Wishlist Survey[edit]


You’re getting this message because you participated in the 2015 Community Wishlist Survey and we want to make sure you don't miss it this year – or at least can make the conscious choice to ignore if it you want to. The 2015 survey decided what the Community Tech team should work on during 2016. It was also the focus of Wikimedia hackathons and work by other developers. You can see the status of wishes from the 2015 wishlist at 2015 Community Wishlist Survey/Results.

The 2016 Community Wishlist Survey is now open for wishes. You can create proposals until November 20. You will be able to vote on which wishes you think are best or most important between November 28 and December 12. /Johan (WMF) (talk) via MediaWiki message delivery (talk) 11:17, 14 November 2016 (UTC)


Did you even look at my global userpage (which would have been transcluded on nl.wikiquote)? I’m a sysop on who is one of the most active users in fighting spam. I’m also a global renamer, and an OTRS member. If you can’t bother to look at a userpage before making a preventative spam block on a user with no edits to a project you have no business having advanced permissions on any project, and I encourage you to resign as a sysop and bureaucrat. TonyBallioni (talk) 15:23, 22 June 2018 (UTC)

I endorse this resignation request, and will pursue a forcible desysop if you do not voluntarily resign. This behaviour gives all WMF projects a very bad reputation. Nick (talk) 15:27, 22 June 2018 (UTC)

Tony, I sincerely apologize for this unjust block. As soon as I became aware, I have removed the block. We get a large number of spammer accounts through NL Quote and I try to pre-emptively block those. As I'm traveling this week, I have not given each of those accounts the total global check that I usually do. That's a mistake, from which I have learned. Whaledad (talk) 16:07, 22 June 2018 (UTC)

It’s ridiculous. You blocked me with talk page access and email access disabled. If this weren’t a small project with virtually no active admins you’d be desysoped in a heart beat. You also appear to be blocking accounts with no global edits, also with talk page access and email disabled. If I weren’t a user who was active in the global community and knew that stewards would step in if needed, I’d basically be blocked on a project with no avenue of appeal. Do the right thing and hand in your tools. This behavior is below what we expect of sysops on any project and you shouldn’t keep the tools simply because the only one person noticed your groundless blocks. TonyBallioni (talk) 16:18, 22 June 2018 (UTC)
It is good that you apologized - But Tony's very right here. SQLQuery me! 17:31, 22 June 2018 (UTC)