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Meta-Wiki has a small active community. When a normal user requires the assistance of an administrator or bureaucrat for some particular task, it is not always easy to find one. This page helps users find one when they need one; asking specific admins directly via their talk pages is one way to elicit a fast response. See also: Stewards' noticeboard, Access to nonpublic information policy noticeboard, Category:Meta-Wiki policies, Category:Global policies
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Tulsi Bhagat's unblock request[edit]

Dear colleagues. Please see User_talk:Tulsi_Bhagat#Unblock_request. Since I am the blocking admin I won't take part on the decission to unblock. Regards, —MarcoAurelio 10:48, 15 March 2017 (UTC)

Anyone? Matiia (talk) 02:23, 26 March 2017 (UTC)
I think there is definitely no consensus to unblock. I am personally opposed as well. – Ajraddatz (talk) 02:33, 26 March 2017 (UTC)
I think the same as Ajr. No consensus to unblock and I switched my neutral at first to oppose in that page. —MarcoAurelio 15:39, 26 March 2017 (UTC)

Uploader Rights[edit]

Hello, I want uploader rights on Meta. I know everything about copyright and licences. I have uploaded many files on Commons also.--AKBYS (talk) 08:18, 16 March 2017 (UTC)

Why you need to upload files directly to meta? --Steinsplitter (talk) 12:23, 16 March 2017 (UTC)
AKBYS: ^. Matiia (talk) 23:24, 21 March 2017 (UTC)
X mark.svg Not done, no reply. Matiia (talk) 02:26, 26 March 2017 (UTC)

Request for MassMessage senders rights[edit]

Hi from another side. I need the flag for my contract work, at the moment I need to send this to this list which are users who are not members of any global groups save for ipblockexpemtion, not local bots or commons filemovers, who have at least 10 edits since 2017 began, are not blocked locally, are not users "CommonsDelinker" and "OctraBot", and the wiki in question has no more than 20 such users and isn't covered by other language or discussion coordinators already, both anonymous and registered are included. I gathered babel data for users where it was available via API and will try to send it in languages they speak better than English if I can get the translations. I will need to do some more massmessages while under the contract. Technically, I can give it myself via the main acc, but that is a bad idea, I was directed to use normal procedure to get the rights. P.S. Well, and a little comment. As I was being chosen for the role, I decided I have to abstain from further participation in the case above, I am trying to do better than what happened in the situation by using some fancy filtering of the targets list, unfortunately I cannot guarantee no people getting angry anyway, it is a fragile balance. --Base (WMF) (talk) 16:38, 18 March 2017 (UTC)

Hi. Please see Meta:Requests_for_adminship#WMF Office Staff and Contractors. Kind regards, --Vogone (talk) 17:25, 18 March 2017 (UTC)
Vogone, I know about the section of course, but as I said I was pointed here, by Quiddity (WMF). I am more comfortable to go through community process too, but pinging Jalexander-WMF, Mdennis (WMF) in case you want to manage this request staff way. A note: we, language and Meta strategy coordinators, do not have access to office wiki linked in the section so I cannot read what is written there on this matter. --Base (WMF) (talk) 18:48, 18 March 2017 (UTC)
We had these discussions already in the past, I don't think there is a need to re-discuss this. The community cannot know what your actual tasks are and which user rights you need for them, nor can it effectively deny such a request even if it wanted since the WMF hired you for doing this task. --Vogone (talk) 19:34, 18 March 2017 (UTC)
And since I participated in that one there's one less person pro community handling of this when concerning me, ok. I will poke internally then, no worries :) --Base (talk) 20:06, 18 March 2017 (UTC)
As far i can see here is yet a CN banner regarding that stuff? Honestly, this will likely cause drama therefore i suggest avoiding such mass messages if possible. My two cents. --Steinsplitter (talk) 20:12, 18 March 2017 (UTC)
I concur. Why does WMF insist on using MassMessages for this? --Rschen7754 20:35, 18 March 2017 (UTC)
Steinsplitter, Rschen, your two cents matter and are welcome, no one insists on anything and we are not bound to use this or that way. I will provide my reasoning for using MassMessage. There is a dilemma we face. We need to make sure that all the communities are aware of the process - it is something to impact our projects for the next 15 years, I'd say it is more important than a Wikimania announcement or even a BoT election; on the other hand we don't want drama. In order to see the banners you need to visit the wiki. A message on talk page triggers email notification, so even if are taking a wikibreak now you will see it. A message gives more specifics, provides more links and a points how to participate or help, banner just gives general sentence. The communities we, Meta coordinators, are trying to reach are really small, not considered communities at all by some, e.g. stewards would not grant a permanent sysop flag to anyone there. It would be impossible to get translations for all the languages targeted, the only people likely to help with it are likely to be the very people to be messaged, but we want to try to message them in the first language they know best we can translate to where data was available. What do you suggest to solve the dilemma with a win win? --Base (WMF) (talk) 21:48, 18 March 2017 (UTC)
"A message on talk page triggers email notification, so even if are taking a wikibreak now you will see it." If the user did not explicitly asked for it, it is a spam. English Wikipedia's definition and spamhaus' definition also says it is a spam. — regards, Revi 05:54, 20 March 2017 (UTC)
Also, I suspect SWMT might be getting an awful lot of emails. --Rschen7754 05:57, 20 March 2017 (UTC)
  • Thanks @Base (WMF): I'm sorry Quiddity sent you here but Vogone is right, we handle staff rights internally/ If you could shoot an email with the request and copy in either Guillom or Jan (or if you'd rather feel free to ask them directly to send it) we can get you the rights quickly if needed. The conversation about whether it's the right move is a tough one and can obviously continue if people want, there aren't any great options here and the balance of annoyance and trying to get as many people aware and engaged as possible is difficult and not the same for everyone (some would much prefer a banner for example, others a mass message etc). It IS important to try and make sure the tools get used correctly of course and that's something we can work to try and do no matter what tool it is in the end. Jalexander--WMF 05:32, 20 March 2017 (UTC)
    • Perhaps the solution is "none of the above", or coming up with a different tool, like a different type of Echo notification. --Rschen7754 06:08, 20 March 2017 (UTC)
By the way, the link provided by base above does not have list to the target. User:Base (WMF)/Wikis/MassMessage/Total is the list. — regards, Revi 06:02, 20 March 2017 (UTC)

Antispam filter on talk page[edit]

Something fishy here, my edit was legitimate and didn't even contain a link: -- 09:04, 24 March 2017 (UTC)

I think it is abandon. Well limiting regexby words boundaries might solve this, but I am not sure if it won't break anything instead. --Base (talk) 09:21, 24 March 2017 (UTC)

Phabricator account info[edit]

Sorry, I don't know if this is the right place.

I'd like to log back into my Phabricator account, but it seems I've forgotten my password. Is there a way I can get my password back/change my old password to a new password? Thanks. Atcovi (Talk - Contribs) 17:39, 26 March 2017 (UTC)

It's indeed not this place but the 'Login or Reister via MediaWiki' should log you in. Password for the ID/Password in login page is LDAP at Wikitech. — regards, Revi 17:47, 26 March 2017 (UTC)

Election 2017 translations[edit]

Can someone mark Template:WMF_elections_translations/2017 for translation? Ruslik (talk) 08:39, 27 March 2017 (UTC)

Done. If you plan to do translation administration jobs often it might be wise to request the permission :) Regards, —MarcoAurelio 11:15, 27 March 2017 (UTC)
I am not sure that I understand the translation extension well. For instance, I do not understand why Wikimedia_Foundation_elections/Board_elections/2017 shows translation markup. Ruslik (talk) 18:29, 27 March 2017 (UTC)

#babel extension: boxes in languages that are not available (or not available yet) from[edit]

Note: I'm not sure if I should really bring this here or Babel. I think I would test the proposition first (which needs a sysop). Then if I'm right, we can ask the community's approval at Babel.
ryu-3 This user has advanced knowledge of English.

A couple of different requests have come in at Talk:User language—one at #Ryu infoboxes and ruby and one at #Klingon (tlh) is broken—to fix Babel extension language boxes. See example at right. My suggestions for ryu didn't work, and I've come to realize that the reason is because ryu has not reached the threshold translation percentage necessary to allow the translations to be imported from

As a workaround, I think if we edit the local (Meta) copy of MediaWiki:Babel-3-n/ryu (and the rest), then we could make the boxes come out correctly here at Meta. There are two ways to do so:

  • Simply change the word "English" to "Okinawan"
  • Replace the text with the Okinawan version (which is available within a collapsed box back on that page)

I have the technical ability to do this, but I don't think this is within the remit of my limited administrator status. So I wonder if someone else wouldn't just test this out and see if it works—or give me explicit permission to do it myself.

Obviously, the ideal and preferred solution would be for ryu (and other languages in the same boat) to be translated sufficiently at for the translations to be brought in. But absent that, perhaps we can ask the community if they would find it acceptable to allow the local translation of these boxes for this purpose.

Even in the context of the above, the question concerning a language like Klingon—which was purposefully frozen here and at—is also a policy question. It's possible that this solution would be non-invasive enough to allow for Klingon as well, but it's also possible that WMF would prefer not to go there. I defer that to the judgment of others. (I have no skin in that game, by the way.) StevenJ81 (talk) 19:53, 27 March 2017 (UTC)

Blocked by anti spam filter[edit]

I am trying to put content in my user page but I am getting blocked by the anti spam filter from publishing it:

"Warning! — Your edit has been automatically identified as being spam or advertising. Please note that such edits are not allowed on any Wikimedia project. Users that engage in such behaviour will have their editing privileges removed. If you believe that the edit you wanted to make was constructive, we sincerely apologize. You may click the Submit button again to confirm it. A brief description of the rule which your action matched is: «Antispam». Feel free to report false positives to our administrators' noticeboard."

I want to edit this page: User:Vincent Fremont

The filter will not bother you again. Ruslik (talk) 19:45, 29 March 2017 (UTC)