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Recommendation about notability and reliable sources[edit]

The draft recommendation by The Working Group about notability and reliable sources is created recently. This needs wider attention from communities of multiple language projects. George Ho (talk) 08:57, 17 August 2019 (UTC)

User claims to be an LTA[edit]

See wikt:User:AryamanA/Wonderfool. (the whole section applies only to the user described in the page.) In brief:

  1. These users (with more than 100 accounts, though only the last one is not stale) claims to be the LTA Wonderfool, though I don't know whether they are really related to the 2006 Wonderfool account.
  2. See also w:Wikipedia:Sockpuppet_investigations/Wonderfool and recent archives of SRG. I don't know the relationship of recent activity in English Wikipedia and the user or the 2006 account either.
  3. Many of the accounts are blocked, though almost none are blocked on sight. Most of the accounts are not locked. The accounts usually doing good edits initially, but they are blocked after disruption (probably after thousands of edits). The activity seems markedly different from the English Wikipedia accounts, where they are most vandalism-only users.
  4. It seems the English Wiktionary community likes to plays with the user (example, example). This is in contrast with deny recognition.

So the point to discussion:

  1. Is it permissible or tolerable that the user be contributed in Wiktionary in the form of #3 and #4? Wiktionary community does tolerate the user and not follow deny recognition, but it is only an essay and can not be enforced.
  2. Should the (recent and older) accounts be globally locked? some of the accounts have some edits in other projects, including English Wikipedia. Note if the first point is true, the user is not an uncontroversial candidate for global locks (global lock says "As a general rule, global locks happen almost always in clear-cut situations.").

--GZWDer (talk) 12:35, 19 August 2019 (UTC)

Is your question whether a ban from wiki A should extend to wiki B? Because of course it doesn't.
If the English Wiktionary blocked those accounts for various reasons, but never banned the person, they're free to enforce those blocks as they see fit. Nemo 17:00, 22 August 2019 (UTC)

New tools and IP masking[edit]

14:18, 21 August 2019 (UTC)

Translations needed for an approved banner about draft recommendations[edit]

I need helpers to translate approved banner proposed at CentralNotice/Request/Draft recommendations from Wikimedia 2030 working groups into at least a few major languages. Thanks. --George Ho (talk) 20:53, 24 August 2019 (UTC)

Edit filters[edit]

Is there a place to get assistance for smaller projects where there isn't really anyone that is a bona fide edit filter expert? We've got a vandal or two on en.quote that are simply not amenable to range blocks, and last time we tried implementing an edit filter it ended up in a lot of collateral damage and had to be disabled. GMGtalk 12:26, 4 September 2019 (UTC)

I presume you could ask for help here. I could help, to an extent, however there are many more well-versed in filters than I. What vandal is it? Best regards, Vermont (talk) 15:17, 4 September 2019 (UTC)
The more immediate is probably "the Toy Story vandal", for lack of a better term. Probably a child. But has targeted pages on Pixar movies (see for example here), and this goes back years. Just to block their last three IP's on that one article its 4x1029 IPv6 addresses. GMGtalk 15:40, 4 September 2019 (UTC)
@GreenMeansGo: For one-off advice, you can ask here, or in some of our other admin type forums, pop a question on my talk page here, or at my enWQ talk page. If you are looking for more distinct and ongoing assistance, then your advisors are going to need to see your filters, I would suggest that your community look to get consensus to have the AbuseFilter right abusefilter-modify to be separately assigned by local admins and/or crats (see enWS's means to achieve with "Abuse filter editors" at s:Special:ListGroupRights). Then if you want some true experts there are others around where we can direct for help, though it will all be restricted by the rights issue. Your community needs to work out what it wants, and how you want to support it.  — billinghurst sDrewth 21:57, 4 September 2019 (UTC)
Advice based on one example is tricky but let me start with what may be possible. What exactly are you trying to do (stop, slow down, flag, make difficult), to whom (new users, IP addresses, someone who hasn't met a criteria) and to what. If it is a distinct set of articles then you can have some means to categorise based on a common feature or individually identify those to the filter (build a list). Happy to advise, but detailed advice about filters and specific twists to apply is not best here.  — billinghurst sDrewth 22:07, 4 September 2019 (UTC)
Yeah, well, I realize we don't want to teach vandals how to stuff beans up their nose. I guess that's a problem in and of itself though, because how do you get community approval for an edit filter that you can't really advertise. (I suppose there is always the option of begging someone to run for local sysop for the sole purpose of managing our edit filters.) GMGtalk 12:50, 6 September 2019 (UTC)
GreenMeansGo or IRC, email...Praxidicae (talk) 13:44, 6 September 2019 (UTC)
As I said for enWS, we have the ability for someone to be assigned the abusefilter rights on their own, and it has limited assignation, though it is a useful ability. And I would say that the stewards have followed that path in that they opened up global filters to meta administrators. Design your community to how it best functions to the available people and tools.
  • Is it possible to do filters only for pages in certain categories? It's a bit touchy on quote, for example, there may be very few instances where it's appropriate to add "fuck" to an article on Wikipedia, but there may actually be many legitimate instances when adding quotes. GMGtalk 21:59, 6 September 2019 (UTC)
    yes/no. Normal categories are just text, or part of textual templates, so if you can match it, then yes. Special categories are not, so those are no.  — billinghurst sDrewth 23:05, 6 September 2019 (UTC)


I have begun a new wikiproject proposal which goes by the name [[WikiDirect]. Right now, i cant seem to find any volunteers to improve this page (coding and etc...) Please, if you have any time, step forward and help to construct this proposal into something better... Arep Ticous 11:04, 10 September 2019 (UTC)

Partial blocks status update[edit]

Partial blocks has been enabled on all Wikivoyage, Wikisource and Wiktionary wikis. We think the partial blocks feature is at a good, stable stage now as we have seen fewer and fewer bugs come up in the last few months of the feature being deployed on various projects. The team has spent a lot of time in improving the backend infrastructure of block code and made sure that the code is reliable, in anticipation of any future features that may need to be added.

There continues to be requests from more wikis for partial blocks. We also presented about partial blocks at Wikimania and it was very well-received, with several attendees asking for partial blocks to be enabled on their home wikis. In light of the general positive reception to partial blocks on wikis where it is deployed, we are planning to do a wider deployment to more Wikimedia projects in the next few weeks.

We will continue to collect feedback about partial blocks as we launch the feature on more wikis, alongside data collection on usage of the feature. We are also around to do maintenance work on the features, as and when needed. For the Anti-Harassment Tools Team, SPoore (WMF) Strategist, Community health initiative (talk) 14:59, 12 September 2019 (UTC)

Wikipedia African Month[edit]

Good afternoon,

After a successful first edition, I would not know how to have other editions, in other languages, especially since a Portuguese edition had been produced without any connection with the French. How do we organize all this? Also, do I have to create a site the way of the Asian month (I have good HTML/CSS/PHP knowledge and a little JavaScript)? For information, the next organisation will be established in January, and the jury two months later, before the competition in May.

Thank you & Cordially, AirSThib (Flight attendant · Flights), the 16:49, 14 September 2019 (UTC).