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Meta 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, Identification noticeboard, Category:Meta-Wiki policies, Category:Global policies
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Request for Central Notice Banner - Wikimedia ZA[edit]

We would like to request a central notice banner to request South African editors to complete an online survey. This is for en.wp and af.wp.

This survey is intended to gather and help WMZA understand more about the local community editing and accessing Wikipedia and other projects in South Africa.

The survey will run from 1 April 2015 - 30 June 2015. I have included our request on the Central Notice Calendar

Any assistance you can give in this regard will be greatly appreciated.

Kind Regards --Humetheresa (talk) 08:39, 14 April 2015 (UTC)

@Humetheresa: Can you provide us with the text which should be used in the banner? (with af translations, if possible). Glaisher (talk) 12:19, 15 April 2015 (UTC)
also @Jalexander-WMF: do we need to add a notice that it's hosted outside Wikimedia in this case? I think I saw from somewhere that we don't need to add it for surveys hosted on Glaisher (talk) 12:22, 15 April 2015 (UTC)
I'm looking into this (short answer, probably yes, though it's through our qualtrics account and so we may already have an agreement with them to limit/destroy user data so looking into what wording was used in the past). Jalexander--WMF 18:42, 15 April 2015 (UTC)

@Glaisher: I provide herewith the text as requested -


Are you a South African based Wikipedian / Wikimedian? Please take a moment to complete our online survey to help us understand more about the local community accessing and editing Wikipedia, and other Wikimedia projects.


Woon jy in Suid Afrika en gebruik jy Wikipedia of van die ander Wikimedia projekte? Ons wil graag meer uitvind oor gebruikers in Suid Afrika. Neem asseblief 'n paar minute om ons opname te voltooi.

Many thanks --Humetheresa (talk) 08:58, 16 April 2015 (UTC)

  • Yes check.svg Done --Pharos (talk) 10:53, 26 April 2015 (UTC)
Uh, I think we should switch it to the standard design. There was already some opposition to the similar banner (WMF elections) in wikimedia-l and the text is not properly appearing on my screen for this banner. --Glaisher (talk) 11:57, 26 April 2015 (UTC)
I've changed it to the standard design and re-enabled it. Glaisher (talk) 12:11, 26 April 2015 (UTC)
OK thanks Glaisher, looks good to me.--Pharos (talk) 16:33, 26 April 2015 (UTC)

Template:Authority control[edit]

[Repeating my request from February, which was archived unanswered]

Please can someone with the necessary rights import Commons:Template:Authority control together with all of its sub-templates, to this wiki? It will be useful on global user pages. The current redirect will need to be overwritten. [I was advised to post here following this discussion] Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 19:38, 16 April 2015 (UTC)

I'm not really a fan of special:import since ToU and CC licenses allow attribution by hyperlink. Can't those be copied over here and properly attributed in the editsummary instead of importing edits from a different database? -- M\A 11:00, 19 April 2015 (UTC)
special:import seems more common on other WMF projects; but I'd be happy with whichever the community here prefers (there are a number of sub-templates, which special:import might handle better?) Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 13:55, 21 April 2015 (UTC)
I have imported the template, but I ended importing all other templates as well and that has ruined some pages here. I am so, so sorry. Any idea how to fix this @Jalexander-WMF, Glaisher, Hoo man: -- M\A 10:53, 22 April 2015 (UTC)

Please revert [1]. You should not put Lua code in template pages... This caused phabricator:T96836. --Nemo 11:31, 22 April 2015 (UTC)

They didn't do it on purpose! :-( Looks like a recursive export/import. -- 11:37, 22 April 2015 (UTC)

old vandalizing still intact[edit]

Please see my messege in Meta talk:Discussion pages. I'm not sure if the solution is to use the bot to re-copy the english page to all the sub-pages or to manualy edit the english page (or each sub-page) by a sysop. Hummingbird (talk) 13:35, 19 April 2015 (UTC)

Fixed now. --Stryn (talk) 13:40, 19 April 2015 (UTC)

Disable untranslated banner in Ukrainian[edit]

[2] was enabled in uk despite not being translated, hence it's shown in Russian (which is not worse than being shown in English, but for sure the community dislikes it). Per CentralNotice/Usage guidelines, please disable the banner in uk until it's translated. --Nemo 10:04, 20 April 2015 (UTC)

Done, I hope this can be resolved quickly and then reverted. Vogone (talk) 10:09, 20 April 2015 (UTC)
Thanks. I've also filed phabricator:T96552 to make this easier because I'm sick of chasing centralnotice admins. --Nemo 10:15, 20 April 2015 (UTC)
(e.c)I have re-added it, I have also published the ready translations (including uk). CentralNotice/Usage guidelines is also not a legitimate reason to disable this banner for any language (though I can 100% understand and get behind not having Russian as a fall back for Ukrainian and possibly even disabling because of that). It is certainly preferred to show the banner, or any text, in the language of the user as much as possible but for globally important banners like an election banner it is more important to get the message out when there is also a translation link provided to allow the translation to get there as quickly as possible. In those circumstances any CN admin or meta sysop can publish the translation and enable the language immediately (and so everyone who can turn the banner off can also publish a submitted translation). For the first 6-7 hours I was watching that very closely and doing it constantly and will continue to watch it (as I hope some others will too, and I expect some members of the election committee will be). There are currently over 50 translations for the banner and before this last round of publishing there were already around 40. We're working to ensure as much translation as possible as quickly as possible but unfortunately the past has shown that getting a lot of banner translations in advance can be incredibly hard (very few languages respond) and is not always possible given the circumstances (as it wasn't in this one). Putting it up with a translation link allows the message to get out, and get translated, as quickly as possible and is sometimes the best choice in the circumstances. Jalexander--WMF 10:33, 20 April 2015 (UTC)

Please rename "File:DSCN1103.JPG_copie"[edit]

Can someone please remove "copie" from File:DSCN1103.JPG_copie's filename? --Michaeldsuarez (talk) 23:29, 27 April 2015 (UTC)