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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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(as of 20 October 2017)
  • RFC about rollback permission access (2017-09-07)
  • RFC about contents of userpages (2017-03-30).
  • RFC on the update of Meta:Deletion policy (2016-07-27).
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Meta:Example is linked from the site notice everywhere[edit]

Currently Meta:Example is linked from the site notice of every Wikimedia site.

Even though that's probably a mistake, it's making the page so highly visible that it probably needs emergency protection (as would be usual for other highly visible pages). ais523 (w:en:) 05:19, 11 October 2017 (UTC)

Followup: it looks like the sitenotice has been "fixed" so that it acts like a link but clicking on it doesn't do anything. I guess that's an improvement, if not much of one, and means that protection is less likely to be necessary now. ais523 (w:en:) 05:24, 11 October 2017 (UTC)
Foundation staff should be more careful when setting highly visible banners... The message came from MediaWiki:Centralnotice-template-Genericmaintenancenotice. Stryn (talk) 16:48, 11 October 2017 (UTC)

Protection request[edit]

for Enlightenement of Ybarro + Ybarro and their talk pages as well. --Artix Kreiger (Message Wall) 16:28, 11 October 2017 (UTC)

Well then the vandal will just choose other pages to vandalize. Better to place long range blocks for those Philippinese IP's as there is not coming more than vandalism. Stryn (talk) 16:32, 11 October 2017 (UTC)
@Artix Kreiger: This vandal fellow is My Royal Young (MRY), see this en:Wikipedia:Long-term abuse/My Royal Young. SA 13 Bro (talk) 21:08, 11 October 2017 (UTC)

RfC has been open for 30 days[edit]

Wondering on next steps. Doc James (talk · contribs · email) 02:02, 12 October 2017 (UTC)


Am I worth the patroller right? most of what I've done has been reverting stuff. --Artix Kreiger (Message Wall) 01:12, 13 October 2017 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Granted :) --Base (talk) 01:16, 13 October 2017 (UTC)

Patroller flag[edit]

I'm invited by Base at my talk page. SA 13 Bro (talk) 03:42, 13 October 2017 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done--Steinsplitter (talk) 07:00, 13 October 2017 (UTC)

Vandalization of en:Dagga Couple talk page to hide evidence of COI & Promo / Report concerning Robvanvee[edit]

Robvanvee (talk · contribs. · moves · block · block log) Reasons: User with COI removes evidence of his deliberate WP-PROMO see MickeyDangerez (talk) 23:02, 14 October 2017 (UTC)

MickeyDangerez, hi, could you report this on English Wikipedia? This seem to have nothing to do with this wiki: Meta-Wiki. --Base (talk) 23:10, 14 October 2017 (UTC)

Request for semiprotection 2[edit]

As promised by an LTA, attack on me and my user pages continues. See [1] for a granted semiprotection request on my user talk page. This sock family (currently there is a checkuser request) continues to attack study toward showing long-term abuse patterns, preparing for a global ban request and/or vandalism report. Many of these users are already locked. One active today has already been locked without any request. Please semiprotect, cascading protection to subpages if possible, and please include talk pages.

  • User:Abd/LTA; I am not listing the subpages, to reduce privacy concerns, but they should also be semiprotected. I may be pinged from other pages, but abuse will be reported and/or data collected. --Abd (talk) 17:50, 15 October 2017 (UTC)
  • See revert warring (with a steward, even!) on this page history. (the latest user is complaining about what is not an accusation but a note that an account was not checked. If the user would slow down, I will confirm that removal, leaving that for later study to be included if appropriate. The account complaining, though, is almost certainly not that user -- or, in fact, that user was a sock -- or meat puppet -- as suspected on Wikipedia).

Thanks. --Abd (talk) 17:50, 15 October 2017 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done (by me and a few others), though I am inclined to think there's no benefit in keeping any of those pages on meta-wiki. Prolific vandals do seek attention as a way of rewarding their disruption. You'd better deny recognition. Simple as that. RadiX 22:31, 15 October 2017 (UTC)
Thanks. This is not a simple attention-seeking vandal, this is a user with a long term content bias agenda, including related personal revenge against anyone who frustrates that agenda, and claiming affiliation with a large Wikipedia faction (which is not necessarily responsible for him). The user is attempting to prevent study of his behavior, through harassment on and off wiki, and has created massive confusion on Wikipedia (and some on Wikiversity) with impersonation socks leading to sanctions against other users, or long-term revert warring, again leading to sanctions against targeted users. I understand and generally agree with w:WP:Deny.
There can be exceptions and the study is little different from w:WP:Sock puppet investigations or w:WP:LTA, as the goal is to identify long term behavior (not, by the way, the real identity, which is irrelevant here). There are, in fact, other users who have been framed by this user's behavior, or trolled into sanctioned behavior, and the study may find these and thus, long-term, reduce damage. In any case, protecting the pages will likely reduce disruption, so that is greatly appreciated, and I apologize for the trouble, but this user is attempting to bully by creating massive socks. When the study is done (which will take time), it will be edited into permanent form and become a formal -- and open -- request or documentation supporting abuse identification. It will not remain in my user space forever. I am also open to assistance, correction and advice. Again, thanks.--Abd (talk) 23:47, 15 October 2017 (UTC)
I would comment that Abd is a blocked user at English Wikipedia, and needs to divorce themself from the politics of that site. It is not healthy to have that level of involvement when blocked. Further, keeping of such pages is known to be problematic, especially where they are built by surmise and without clear evidence. False positives can cause harm to the mis-identified users. Do what you want at home on your PC, but metawiki is not the place for guess analysis. I believe that the pages should be deleted.  — billinghurst sDrewth 11:20, 16 October 2017 (UTC)
Further to that, Abd is community banned at enWP. Reason: Community banned per [2] and I do not believe that we should be supporting Abd in this action.  — billinghurst sDrewth 11:23, 16 October 2017 (UTC)
Well, as I said before, I think there's no benefit in hosting any of those pages on Meta-Wiki as they do seem to attract more disruption to the project. Further, it's worth mentioning that they may not comply with our inclusion policy, regardless of whether their author is under any sanction elsewhere. Also, I think Abd could consider storing that content at another place if he still wish to work on it. RadiX 19:25, 16 October 2017 (UTC)

Confirmed status for bot users DschwenBot, QICbot, VICbot[edit]

Hi all. Could a sysop please give my commons bot accounts confirmed status so that I can get register them as OAuth consumers. Thanks! --Dschwen (talk) 02:51, 16 October 2017 (UTC)

Hello Dschwen. I can take care of this. However DschwenBot is blocked at Wikimedia Commons, and nor QICbot nor VICbot are exists at Meta-Wiki, so you'll need to log-in to those accounts in Commons and visit Meta-Wiki to so they get autocreated here. Otherwise I won't be able to assign any permissions to them. Regards, —MarcoAurelio (talk) 09:57, 16 October 2017 (UTC)
QICbot reporting for duty! Beep boop! --QICbot (talk) 21:17, 16 October 2017 (UTC)
VICbot reporting for duty! Boop beep! --VICbot (talk) 21:19, 16 October 2017 (UTC)
DschwenBot is rolling over to maintenance to get its gears in order. --DschwenBot (talk) 21:20, 16 October 2017 (UTC)
Alrighty. I fixed the issue that led to the DschwenBot block and I'm confident that the bot will be unblocked again soon. Thanks for offering to help MarcoAurelio! --Dschwen (talk) 21:41, 16 October 2017 (UTC)
Bot is unblocked. --Dschwen (talk) 03:15, 17 October 2017 (UTC)
Hello Dschwen. Thanks for the above. I've flagged the three bots as confirmed for one week so you can register the OAuth consumers. Hope that this is enough time (until they get autoconfirmed automatically), otherwise feel free to ask again and I'll have no problems to regrant or extend the permission should the need arise. Best regards, —MarcoAurelio (talk) 09:27, 17 October 2017 (UTC)

Report concerning[edit] (talk · contribs. · moves · block · block log) Reasons: excessive vandalism Esteban16 (talk) 23:46, 17 October 2017 (UTC)

They have now stopped. – Ajraddatz (talk) 00:13, 18 October 2017 (UTC)

Request to start translation to Basque[edit]

Hi! I and another Basque wikipedian are about to start translating Training_modules/dashboard/slides from EN to EU, so I think I need a permission by a bureaucrat. I got to Translation_requests and saw the column with pages to translate, should I just go there and choose the Training module I want to translate? This was talked about between Theklan and @Ragepss in Phabricator. Could you guide me? Thanks --Iñaki LL (talk) 10:09, 20 October 2017 (UTC)

Those pages need to be marked for translation first. Ruslik (talk) 20:38, 20 October 2017 (UTC)