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blocked on wikivoyage[edit]

could someone unblock me? unfair block by User:AndreCarrotflower


Baozon90 (talk) 15:04, 19 October 2019 (UTC)

Don Landry II

@Baozon90: You should request your unblock on Wikivoyage, not here. If there is nothing out of ordinary on your block, then stewards won't interfere. Esteban16 (talk) 15:29, 19 October 2019 (UTC)
Still blocked. Baozon90 (talk) 01:26, 26 October 2019 (UTC)
Nothing that can be done about it here.  — billinghurst sDrewth 03:32, 26 October 2019 (UTC)
@Billinghurst: Even their edit right to their own talk page revoked? --Liuxinyu970226 (talk) 09:27, 6 November 2019 (UTC)
Someone says it is unfair, which is an opinion to which they are entitled, but it doesn't make it right or wrong, or the prevailing story. The person needs to work it out at enVoy, or with the blocking administrator. Nothing that we can do about it here in this forum.  — billinghurst sDrewth 10:36, 6 November 2019 (UTC)
Actually Special:EmailUser/Traveler100 still works here even if their talk page and email access are revoked. Note misuse of this may result in a global lock.--GZWDer (talk) 05:29, 23 November 2019 (UTC)

Corpus UNL[edit]

I have two suggestion:

  • make Wikipedia in UNL (Universal Networking Language) as database about facts
  • special project WikiCorpus will between Wikipedia and Wiktionary. In many human languages: words, phrases, sentences and articles would be (exact!) translated language<->UNL. This will be good corpus for statistical machine translator. Intermediate language is needed: if will 100 languages, it will be 200 directions with intermediate language and up to 10'000 pairs without intermediate! Borneq (talk) 09:52, 10 November 2019 (UTC)

Could autoconfirmed be made a global group?[edit]

--DimensionShifter (talk) 04:49, 14 November 2019 (UTC)

No. Each project is in some way independent and has local conventions and needs different from other projects. If you want to be confirmed everywhere you have to follow each project's procedure of getting that. – Ammarpad (talk) 05:03, 14 November 2019 (UTC)
DimensionShifter: Technically, yes, but a Requests for comment should be made to decide whether to create it of not. That would be useless, IMO. Esteban16 (talk) 22:34, 16 November 2019 (UTC)
Autoconfirmed exists for a purpose, and generally is a low bar to achieve it; and where it is not easy, then that higher level exists for a reason. Having a group where you would have to manually add people to it would be creating more work for busy people and for next to no value for the community. It is called autoconfirm for a reason  — billinghurst sDrewth

RefToolbar on Wikiversity[edit]

I realize this needs consensus, but would this be the right forum to start a discussion about enabling RefToolbar on Wikiversity? I haven't been able to find the procedure for this. HLHJ (talk) 19:23, 23 November 2019 (UTC)

No, that would be a local conversation at enwikiversity to have a gadget in place, as it would undertaken by local administrators. It may be possible to install it through your common.js file at the wiki, though for that it would be best to talk to the app developer about the possibility and means.  — billinghurst sDrewth 02:24, 24 November 2019 (UTC)

Partial blocks model policy[edit]

Hello all,

I'm writing to let you know that now there is a Partial block model policy on Meta. If a local language wiki does not have a policy to cover partial blocks then the model policy could be adapted for the wiki. Or if there is already a customized policy for a wiki, you can share it on the Meta page for possible use by other wikis. There is also a page where you can share examples of the way that you are using partial block on this wiki.

Please contact me if you have questions or comments about partial block. Regards, SPoore (WMF) Strategist, Community health initiative (talk) 21:58, 6 December 2019 (UTC)

Great resource, thank you. ~riley (talk) 09:25, 10 December 2019 (UTC)

Username policy[edit]

Please provide link for "user name policy" for all wikis? Is there any combined"user name policy" for all wiki media wikis ? (Manistars (talk) 19:50, 8 December 2019 (UTC))

No, there is not. Ruslik (talk) 20:57, 8 December 2019 (UTC)
Thanq User:Ruslik0,But please clarify my following doubt about user name policy.

The following link says religious user names prohibited in wikis :

The religious user names are prohibited in Wikipedia or other wikis :

Names of religious figures such as "God","Jehovah","Buddha","Jainism" ,"Bonadea", "Allah",,"Islam","Hinduism" or any other religious user names are prohibited

If religious user names permitted in wiki, i have to change my user name to Jesus11111

Please reply


(Manistars (talk) 17:29, 9 December 2019 (UTC))

@Manistars: in general each project and language is self-governing, and any of them can make up rules for what usernames may be used to participate on their project. For example the username rules at the Albanian Wikipedia may differ significantly from those at the English Wiktionary. Any project may block users that do not conform to their policies, such blocks are limited to that project. You can see a collection of many of the project's policies and guidelines here. — xaosflux Talk 19:54, 9 December 2019 (UTC)
Comment Comment Noting that technical bans of usernames can only be undertaken here at meta, usually on recommendations of local wikis, or the assessment of local administrators and stewards. The basic practice is don't be insulting, and don't purport yourself as someone else.

Also a word in one language can be okay, and in another language it can be insulting, so sometimes you will see local blocks based on a similarly worded policy have a different outcome. We assume good faith, and if your username is problematic, though your editing is in good, then you are usually able to move to a non-problematic username.  — billinghurst sDrewth 22:08, 9 December 2019 (UTC)


One thing is confirmation based on sources of Wikipedia.The following links clearly states that above mentioned Religious Usernames have been banned on Wikipedia,Simple wikipedia and some more wikis .Religious usernames cannot be used .

(Manistars (talk) 01:03, 10 December 2019 (UTC))

Comment Comment There is no conclusion, they are your observations on local wiki policies.

Yes you are right ! the above local policies observations says religious user names are prohibited in local Wikipedia’s like English Wikipedia ,Simple Wikipedia and some more local wikis.My thanks to you for giving a proper comment. (Manistars (talk) 08:08, 10 December 2019 (UTC))

You misrepresent what I say. I said you have identified local policies, which is what we have said existed through this discussion. I made no comment on any of the contents of such policies, nor any statement on the accuracy of your commentary, as said they are local policies and allowable.  — billinghurst sDrewth 08:37, 10 December 2019 (UTC)
Checkmark This section is resolved and can be archived. If you disagree, replace this template with your comment.  — billinghurst sDrewth 06:55, 10 December 2019 (UTC)

Partial blocks: Deployment plan[edit]

Hello all,

The Wikimedia Foundation Anti-Harassment Tools team has made improvements to Special:Block that add the ability to set a Partial blocks.

While no functionality has changed for sitewide blocks, Special:Block now allows for the ability to block a named user account or ip address from:

  • Editing one or more specific page(s)
  • Editing all pages within one or more namespace(s)

Partial block is now deployed on most large and medium size Wikimedia Foundation project wikis, all Wikivoyage, all Wikisource, and all Wiktionary. We appreciates the feedback received from volunteers during the development phase that has gotten the feature to this stable place. Additional feedback can be recorded on Meta or Phabricator.

Now that there is a stable version, we plan to deploy partial blocks to most other wikis on January 6, 2020. A Wikimedia Foundation project wiki can make a request for a delay of deployment to me or Niharika Kohli (User:NKohli (WMF)).

There is a Partial block model policy on Meta adapted from the policies written by a few local language wikis. There is also documentation about how to set a partial block and example uses. We invite administrators with experience using partial block to add examples cases from their local wiki.

For the Anti-Harassment Tools team, SPoore (WMF) Strategist, Community health initiative (talk) 20:57, 10 December 2019 (UTC)