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New administrator in hywiki, after 12 days[edit]

moved to Stewards' noticeboard

Request for CentralNotice banner[edit]

Yes check.svg Resolved.

Hi all! I would some help to create a CentralNotice banner for the contest https://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Wikiconcurso/Conoc%C3%A9_Argentina_a_trav%C3%A9s_de_sus_reservas_naturales planned by Wikimedia Argentina.

--Giselle Bordoy WMAR (talk) 14:52, 24 June 2015 (UTC)

I'll take care of this. —MarcoAurelio 11:06, 25 June 2015 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done - previewMarcoAurelio 11:20, 25 June 2015 (UTC)

Main Page in Hindi[edit]

moved from SN by --MF-W 22:02, 25 June 2015 (UTC)

For Hindi language "Main Page" is going to "मुखपृष्ठ". Where it is showing Marathi language which uses same script. Earlier we used to use the work "मुख्य पृष्ठ" for Main Page but now it is "मुखपृष्ठ" everywhere. On wikidata, Wikimedia Commons it is corrected. I want it should be corrected here too. Since Hindi and Marathi language both are sharing same name for Main Page and if we click on Main Page then it will go to "मुखपृष्ठ" for both languages. So, these things should be done here:

For more understating you can follow d:Wikidata:मुखपृष्ठ or commons:मुखपृष्ठ.☆★Sanjeev Kumar (talk) 18:51, 20 June 2015 (UTC)

You are talking about meta-wiki? Right? Ruslik (talk) 19:51, 20 June 2015 (UTC)
Yes, I am talking about meta-wiki.☆★Sanjeev Kumar (talk) 09:46, 21 June 2015 (UTC)
@संजीव कुमार: Which page at meta are you wishing to be edited? Normally such edits are not undertaken by stewards but by meta administrators and the means to get a change made is to edit the talk page of the page needing changing, explicitly state the change required and add the template {{edit protected}} as an alert. Probably worthwhile trying that approach first.  — billinghurst sDrewth 12:50, 21 June 2015 (UTC)
I wrote the steps explicitly. And writing again:

मुखपृष्ठ is the Marathi and Hindi name for Main Page.

This is same as it is on wikidata. I was not aware, where this thing should be posted so, I posted it here.☆★Sanjeev Kumar (talk) 13:26, 21 June 2015 (UTC)
I'm gonna leave this to meta sysop who can understand Hindi and Marathi language. If noone from among meta sysop can handle this, I will action this 2-6 days from now.--AldNonymousBicara? 13:32, 21 June 2015 (UTC)
I just notice this now those 2 pages have same name with same spelling, is it fine just adding (mr)/(hi) as suffix to differentiate?--AldNonymousBicara? 12:09, 25 June 2015 (UTC)

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I also asked you to add suffix (hi)/(mr). but we have to add it for both languages. And Main Page should be like "indistinguible" page which have 2 links. Or, if you can change the move permission of those pages, then I can do this job.☆★Sanjeev Kumar (talk) 19:12, 25 June 2015 (UTC)

Mjbmr[edit]

Hey, this user was blocked indefinitely in 28 March 2011 because of "Abusing multiple accounts: CU-block -using socks to impersonate fawiki admin" and after three years and this promise this user got unblocked in 25 July 2014 [1]. But He used User:Zack90 when (s)he was blocked (Special:Diff/3276089) and voted for Mjbmr adminship after unblock (Special:PermaLink/12061240) which is obviously violation of sockpuppet policy (User:Zack90 is sock of Mjbmr w:Wikipedia:Sockpuppet investigations/Mjbmr/Archive). Amir (talk) 16:39, 27 June 2015 (UTC)

So you suggest us to block a sock based on enwiki's inconclusive CU results? That would mean we act like enwiki and block the user per DUCK-test. That's something we will hardly do here, especially without any hard evidence. -Barras talk 12:08, 28 June 2015 (UTC)
Furthermore, blocks are usually used as preventative measurement and not punitive as it would most like be here the case. -Barras talk 12:13, 28 June 2015 (UTC)
Probably we can do a xwiki Checkuser to find more evidences if it is true. Also @Mjbmr: for his statement. By the way, this user may be a meatpuppet (this still violates the sock policy).--GZWDer (talk) 15:26, 28 June 2015 (UTC)

MediaWiki:Geshi.css...[edit]

...can be deleted, as the file is no longer functional and has been deleted on en:. -- [[User:Edokter]] {{talk}} 14:44, 28 June 2015 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done--Vituzzu (talk) 15:17, 28 June 2015 (UTC)

Request for CentralNotice banner for Libertad de panorama en Europa en 2015[edit]

Yes check.svg Resolved. Banner not needed ATM, will be using local sitenotice and wait until the global FoP campaign starts

Hi, we have been discussing the Freedom of Panorama in Europe in 2015 campaign in the Wikipedia in Spanish and there is wide support for starting the campaign immediately instead of waiting until July 2nd, as planned for other projects.

This is the campaign:

We would like to rotate the two banners shown in this thread, but if that is not feasible for technical or practical reasons, there is a slight preference for using the one with white lettering over a dark background. Please let me know if more information or input is needed. --XanaG (talk) 20:03, 28 June 2015 (UTC)

If you intend just to limit just the banner to eswiki, maybe es:MediaWiki:Sitenotice would be better. It cannot be geolocalized though. Perhaps if other projects would like to complaint about this EP proposal, we can arrange a global banner, with translations. @Jalexander: what do you think? Best regards. —MarcoAurelio 13:21, 29 June 2015 (UTC)
As far as I understood, language communities were about to protest individually. The German language community's signature campaign for instance already ended by now, its CN banner has been visible to all users with German as their interface language. Vogone (talk) 13:55, 29 June 2015 (UTC)
Hi MarcoAurelio and Vogone, thanks for the comments. At first I was also considering using a site notice in es.wikipedia, but then I noticed the German campaign in central notice and I thought that was the appropriate way to procceed. We have not discussed geolocation earlier (I have just brought up the subject), but I think it is best at this stage to target the campaign to those who can take some sort of direct action, since those banners are purposefully intrusive. --XanaG (talk) 18:55, 29 June 2015 (UTC)

@XanaG, Yeza: Si nos resulta más cómodo, puedo activar un CN para todos los proyectos en español hasta que se active el banner global que creo que desde commons se pretende hacer. Necesito que me proporcionéis el código CSS del banner o los banners (@-jem-, Laura Fiorucci: saben cómo hacerlo) y el texto que se desea mostrar. Una vez hecho, paso el código al sistema y lo activo. Un saludo. —MarcoAurelio 07:48, 30 June 2015 (UTC)

@MarcoAurelio:, since there were no objections in eswiki to using es:MediaWiki:Sitenotice we decided to go that way until the main campaign begins. Thanks for all the advice! --XanaG (talk) 22:15, 30 June 2015 (UTC)
Venía a lo mismo. Mil gracias por todoǃ--Yeza (talk) 05:17, 1 July 2015 (UTC)
Perfecto. A vuestra disposición de todos modos. —MarcoAurelio 11:01, 1 July 2015 (UTC)

Template:Authority control[edit]

How an we fix the unresolved issue discussed here? Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 10:30, 29 June 2015 (UTC)

Request for Wikimania CentralNotice banner[edit]

Yes check.svg Resolved. Campaign and basic banner created, live in a few minutes time to end of the day 14 July. Logged-in and anonymous, desktop only. -- KTC (talk) 16:09, 2 July 2015 (UTC)

Hi all! I would some help to create a CentralNotice banner for Wikimania 2015 planned by Wikimedia México and Wikimedia Foundation. This have an important priority for WMMX and WMF.

  • Campaign in English:
    • link: //wikimania2015.wikimedia.org
    • from July 1st 2015 - July 20, 2015
    • logged-in and anonymous users.
    • Worldwide
    • text1: Wikimania 2015, the biggest wiki-gathering of the year, comes to Mexico City on July 15-19
    • text2: Register now!
  • Campaign in Spanish:
    • link: //wikimania2015.wikimedia.org
    • from July 1st 2015 - July 20, 2015
    • logged-in and anonymous users.
    • Spanish speaking countries, specially Mexico
    • text1: Wikimanía 2015, ¡La reunión más grande de wikipedistas está próxima a ocurrir en la Ciudad de México!
    • text2: 15 al 19 de julio, ¡regístrate ahora!

Thanks a lot, ProtoplasmaKid (WM-MX) (talk) 00:27, 1 July 2015 (UTC)

Hola ProtoplasmaKid. ¿Tenéis los diseños de los banners (en código CSS y HTML)? Un saludo, —MarcoAurelio 11:00, 1 July 2015 (UTC)
To 20th July when the hackathon starts on the 15 and conference finish on the 19th? -- KTC (talk) 11:38, 1 July 2015 (UTC)
@ProtoplasmaKid: please take note of @KTC: concern about dates. Thanks. —MarcoAurelio 11:58, 1 July 2015 (UTC)
No tengo los diseños MarcoAurelio, ¿hay alguna idea por ahí? ¿o podrías ayudarme con eso? @KTC: 20 considering UTC hours. --ProtoplasmaKid (WM-MX) (talk) 17:44, 1 July 2015 (UTC)
@ProtoplasmaKid: but you want the banner to say "Register Now! / ¡regístrate ahora!", which means you want people to attend the conference after seeing that banner. No one outside Mexico seeing that banner will decide "yes, I'll just register and catch the next flight to Mexico City and attend the last day/hours of the conference".
I've created a basic text only banner for you (en, es). It's one banner with translated text, rather than different banner for different languages. If you want something more fancy, you'll need to supply the HTML/CSS for it. Otherwise, me or someone else can create the campaign once we agree on what dates to run it till. -- KTC (talk) 21:49, 1 July 2015 (UTC)
@KTC: Catch you and I'm agree... will be very nice if we have geolocalized in Mexico for en.wiki in English and es.wiki in Spanish. Please note that this is a priority for us. Thanks for the banner and for the attentions. Regards, --ProtoplasmaKid (WM-MX) (talk) 06:57, 2 July 2015 (UTC)
@KTC: I think from today until July 14th is a good period to show the banner. Thanks, --ProtoplasmaKid (WM-MX) (talk) 07:00, 2 July 2015 (UTC)
@ProtoplasmaKid: I've limited the traffic to 50% as it was responsible for issues on the servers. Can you reconsider wheteher it should actually be shown to non-logged in users? Also I don't think it should actually end at 14th because the event starts the next day. Perhaps 10th is a better day for it to end? Note that we are also having issues in showing translated banners so almost all users are going to see English banners. --Glaisher (talk) 12:37, 5 July 2015 (UTC)

Request for CentralNotice banner activation for Freedom of Panorama in Europe in 2015 (French language)[edit]

Hi, following this poll, I request to put this banner as a notice on the French language Wikipedia. Mediawiki:Sitenotice is currently being used for this, Mediawiki:Anonnotice isn't, and neither can be as precisely configured as CentralNotice.

This is the campaign:

Feldo (talk) 12:29, 2 July 2015 (UTC)

Banner is , I think, ready here but I'm not in front of my computer for the next two hours and not able to start the campaign. Hope it helps,--Chandres 13:37, 2 July 2015 (UTC)
We have just removed on the proposed banner the closing icon because it just displayed a picture. How closing the banner will it be managed with CentralNotice ? Feldo (talk) 14:47, 2 July 2015 (UTC)
Huh? The close icon in the CN banner works as one would expect it to. i.e. It closes the banner if you click it. It's different to how you had it on fr.wp sitenotice. -- KTC (talk) 15:47, 2 July 2015 (UTC)
<a href="#" title="Close" onclick="hideBanner();return false;">
When do you want the banner to start? I know you said ASAP, but if I were to activate it say right now, then fr.wp would end up with 2 banners for logged-in users, one via sitenotice, and one via CN. -- KTC (talk) 15:56, 2 July 2015 (UTC)
KTC let's say 18:00 UTC. I'll remove the banner from sitenotice at this time. — t a r u s¡Dímelo! 17:07, 2 July 2015 (UTC)

I think it would be easier just to provide the texts for the French banner at: Freedom of Panorama in Europe in 2015/Banner. Then I will add it to the existing banner. Romaine (talk) 16:06, 2 July 2015 (UTC)

I was going to say they want a different landing page for their banner but I see you've modified the existing banner for that. -- KTC (talk) 16:08, 2 July 2015 (UTC)
I was thinking the same than Romaine but didn't find the time to change the existing banner, thanks Romaine!! I updated the translation directly on the banner, right? and I add all the French territories on the campaign page.--Chandres 17:44, 2 July 2015 (UTC)
Ur, it is supposed to be worldwide, I see no reason why all the readers of Wikipedia in French couldn't see this banner. Once again, the French leaving out of France are two millions and vote for the European elections. No one had mentioned any geographical restriction so far. — t a r u s¡Dímelo! 17:58, 2 July 2015 (UTC)
+1. Best regards, Jules78120 (talk) 18:00, 2 July 2015 (UTC)
@ KTC : I have removed the banner from Sitenotice, you can activate the CentralNotice. Thanks. — t a r u s¡Dímelo! 18:03, 2 July 2015 (UTC)
Have done so Starus, fr language and all the French territories Chandres added earlier but lost due to edit conflicting with Romaine. -- KTC (talk) 18:13, 2 July 2015 (UTC)
If you want the banner to appear worldwide to anyone who has their language set to French, then you'd need a separate CN campaign. The current one started as English Wikipedia only as that was who I was creating it for, and it appeared to me that they only authorised it for EU users. -- KTC (talk) 18:13, 2 July 2015 (UTC)
Thanks KTC but the idea was that the banner appear on fr.wikipedia.org (logged and IPs), not specifically on all versions for users that have turned their language to French. Maybe it would be a better idea to go back to local Sitenotice and Anonnotice, no? — t a r u s¡Dímelo! 18:17, 2 July 2015 (UTC)
Indeed: the question asked in the french poll is about a banner on fr.wikipedia.org only. Jules78120 (talk) 18:29, 2 July 2015 (UTC)
(I only discovered that about CN today...) For most people, there's not going to be any difference. One can only change the interface language if they are logged-in, so it definitely won't affect anon. You have to ask how many editors are there that set their Wikipedia interface language to French outside the French Wikipedia. You can of course go back to local notices, but do note that apparently anonnotice cache can be up to a week, so your IP users may not see the notice for a week / may still see the notice a week after it's been turned off. -- KTC (talk) 18:30, 2 July 2015 (UTC)
@ KTC I am not in Europ and I can't see the banner on fr.wikipedia.org although my interface is in French. I am not sure I understood the display criteria. — t a r u s¡Dímelo! 20:46, 2 July 2015 (UTC)
The EN_WP_FOP (en because that's who I was originally creating it for) CentralNotice campaign is currently set to
  • Projects: wikipedia
  • Languages: ca, cs, de, el, en, eo, es, et, fi, fr, gl, hu, it, lv, sl and sv
  • Countries: AT, BE, BG, CY, CZ, DE, DK, EE, ES, EU, FI, FR, GB, GF, GI, GP, GR, GY, HR, HU, IE, IT, LT, LU, LV, MC, MQ, MT, NC, NL, PF, PL, PM, PT, RE, RO, SE, SI, SK, TF and YT
You will only see the FoP banner if you are on Wikipedia, either on the desktop or mobile site but not Wikipedia App, and you are not logged-in and you are on one of those language wikipedia or you are logged-in and your interface display language is one of those above, and your IP resolves to one of the countries above. Note there are also other banners campaign on at the moment, so an user may be seeing those instead at any particular time. -- KTC (talk) 21:06, 2 July 2015 (UTC)
@ KTC Thank you very much (and sorry) for the long and detailled explanation. I am in the Dominican Republic, that's why ! Hmm... From what I can read on the French "Village Pump", I think it could be a very good idea to deactivate the banner on French version, at least for 24 hours, and let the community decide if they want to set it back with SiteNotice or Anonnotice, according to the new information on JM Cavada's decision. With this banner, it has been a little "bumpy" in the French community... — t a r u s¡Dímelo! 21:21, 2 July 2015 (UTC)
@Feldo:, @Chandres:, @Jules78120: what do you think? -- KTC (talk) 21:29, 2 July 2015 (UTC)
@KTC: I don't know what the community thinks... but I guess the best thing to do, with this new information, is to deactivate the banner during the time necessary to inform and let french community take a decision, as suggested by Starus. Especially since it has turned "tragic" on french Wikipedia, with some Wikipedians claiming they want to quit the project... Jules78120 (talk) 22:21, 2 July 2015 (UTC)
  • I have removed fr from the campaign per the above. If there's a fr.wp community desire for this to go back on, please make a follow up request here. -- KTC (talk) 22:35, 2 July 2015 (UTC)
    Thanks KTC ! — t a r u s¡Dímelo! 23:10, 2 July 2015 (UTC)

Protect Freedom of Panorama in Europe in 2015[edit]

Hi, some level of protection of this page against IP vandalism would be very helpful. Sorry if this is not the right place to ask. Julian Herzog (talk) 13:01, 2 July 2015 (UTC)

+1 --Steinsplitter (talk) 16:07, 2 July 2015 (UTC)
Done. Glaisher (talk) 16:11, 2 July 2015 (UTC)
Thanks. Julian Herzog (talk) 18:04, 2 July 2015 (UTC)

User talk:WMFOffice[edit]

Russavia is currently violating the WMF ban by editing this page. Request to:

--GZWDer (talk) 18:46, 2 July 2015 (UTC)

FWIW, thanks, but I don't think the socking on my talk page (or the WMFOffice talk page) are extreme enough to warrant semi-protection yet. I tend to like to keep that threshold pretty high, so as to not restrict anonymous users from being able to contact me. :) Philippe Beaudette, Wikimedia Foundation (talk) 19:41, 2 July 2015 (UTC)

Request for deactivation of Freedom of Panorama banners, all languages.[edit]

User:dimi_z, WP's person on the spot in Brussels, has just emailed and posted the following diff to the co-ordination page on Commons.

The tl;dr is: we won. Cavada is now recommending deletion of his own text. The immediate threat is over, so it's time to suspend the banner campaign. (#4 below).

Here's the full text of Dimi's post:

UPDATE:

  1. We have managed to find enough MEPs from various groups to file a positive amendment affirming Freedom of Panorama. The signatures were collected with the help of mainly the Dutch, German and Estonian ALDE members.
  2. As a result of the big pressure we exercised and the fact that his own group publicly opposed him on this, Mr. Cavada has now called everyone in the European Parliament to vote to delete his wording, but also to oppose the amendment, as a compromise. It looks like there is a solid majority for this compromise.
  3. Delegations form the second largest group, the S&D, have taken public positions against the Cavada text. They have however also let us know, that they wouldn't appreciate being cornered into voting for new (ALDE) amendment. The reasons they cite are mainly of procedural nature.
  4. It would take a lot of pressure to get the positive amendment through. Such an aggressive campaign pushing for the absolute maximum this early on in the legislative process could, I am afraid, hurt our standing. Especially banners are only effective if they are used conservatively and there is an imminent threat. This threat is not given any longer, which we should all congratulate ourselves for. This is something we achieved! I want to personally thank each and every single one of the hundreds of people who worked on this.
  5. We can still push for the positive amendment by ALDE! We can do this by writing and calling our MEPs personally and ask them to vote for it. We can also do this by joining the www.change.org/p/european-parliament-save-the-freedom-of-photography-savefop-europarl-en petition, which will ask all its signatories to to do the same.
  6. What we can and should do now is invest in the contacts we established with MEPs and their assistants. Thank the ones who answered and promised to help! Invite them to a Wikipedia meet-up! Offer you expertise! Ask them to help you with FoP on the national level if you have none!
  7. Maintaining contacts is also important, as the copyright reform dossier will come to the European Parliament sometime next year. If we make friends now, it will make our lives much easier next time around.
  8. The vote on 9 July will go down as follows: First the positive amendment by ALDE will be voted on, then after that the "split" (meaning deletion) of the FoP paragraph. If the positive amendment passes, we would need the deletion to be rejected. If the positive amendment is rejected, we need the deletion to get a majority.

Jheald (talk) 20:33, 2 July 2015 (UTC)

It are the various communities that decided to have a banner (or not), I do not think it is a good idea to just switch it off, as that would bypass the communities. Also there are various local Sitenotices about the same subject. If the communities are not involved first, they might re-active their Sitenotice again, and those had multiple times texts that are not accurate and are worse than the current CentralNotice. The current CentralNotice texts have been reviewed by WMF/EU team first. Romaine (talk) 20:36, 2 July 2015 (UTC)
Okay @Romaine:, you were much more involved with this than I was. Can you take charge of seeing that the banners are closed down gracefully? Jheald (talk) 20:45, 2 July 2015 (UTC)
I'm happy to turn it off if the respective projects want it turned off. I'm also happy to turn it down to say 50% (or pick another number) in the meantime. Of course, Romaine & Charles (or any other CNA/admin) can do that as well. -- KTC (talk) 20:48, 2 July 2015 (UTC)
Well, I can add an update to the various discussion pages about the situation. This update should then clearly describe what the situation is, what the results of our action have been and what will come. Also it should include what the reasoning is why. The long text of Dimi is a bit too long to effectively describe it. Can we try together to write a shorter text in what it is clearly described? Then I can post it on the various discussion pages. (This is also good to keep the communities informed.) Romaine (talk) 20:53, 2 July 2015 (UTC)
This is what I've written on the draft Signpost article:

UPDATE On 2 July, the French MEP Jean-Marie Cavada who had proposed the text effectively calling for an end to commercial freedom of panorama in the EU announced that he would no longer be supporting this proposal, and would now be calling on all MEPs to delete it. With the direct threat averted, User:dimi_z, Wikipedia's person on the spot in Brussels, called for the banner campaign to be stood down. (More below).

Situation as of 2 July. With the apparent collapse of support for the Cavada text, Wikimedians are still encouraged to contact their MEPs to confirm the MEPs' support for its deletion; as well as to suggest individual support for the Schaake amendment, on the basis that (for example) freedom of panorama encourages greater cultural sharing and vibrancy across Europe (and more complete Wikipedia articles!), whereas the present patchwork of laws is unhelpful and creates confusion, whether for photographers, for websites, or for small publishers trying to operate in multiple countries. However due to various procedural deals that have been made across the report as a whole, it is likely that group lines (in particular that of the centre-left S&D group) will be for deletion only, without addition of new text. The advice from dimi_z is not to push this, as at this early stage of the legislative process winning goodwill is more important than trying to win a vote that will be essentially symbolic—the essential thing was to show the depth of resistance to the Cavada text; but instead to try to build up relationships that may be valuable when the detailed copyright reform dossier comes into the parliament, some time in the next 12 months.

-- I don't know whether that helps? Or even if that is the line? But it's my best stab to contextualise what Dimi wrote. Jheald (talk) 23:20, 2 July 2015 (UTC)
@Jheald & KTC: Okay, I have now written a text I will add to all the Wikipedias in European languages. I will point them to this section below if they decide to switch off the banner in their language version. Romaine (talk) 23:20, 2 July 2015 (UTC)

Request to switch off Freedom of Panorama banner[edit]

Add below the language it concerns and a link to the discussion where the community has reached consensus to switch off the Freedom of Panorama banner in your language.