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shared ip block ban base source

How can I start a RFC for 2015 I am asking this as seems some sections of wikimedia and wikipedia do not share the same ip block ban system. This seems a weakness in the system as I thought thought be a good enhancement.

ie a ip block in one project would be shared across the projects.

We have global IP blocks and it can be removed on specific wikis. --Glaisher (talk) 17:44, 3 January 2015 (UTC)

So why does meta not use the global blocks by default and other projects use the global blocks by default

The user can't edit the talk pages on any wiki so this is the only way to request a global unblock. -- Tegel (Talk) 18:00, 3 January 2015 (UTC)
So the reason the meta project does not use global block is to request unblock via web, I think a better enhancement is to request unblock by email.

Also if the reason is for above then arbcom submission should be hosted in meta and not wikipedia then ?

@ a) I suggest you to creates an account b) Stop spamming user talk pages c) Why you revert edits made by sysops or Stewards and add your rfc on inappropriate pages ? --Grind24 (talk) 18:10, 3 January 2015 (UTC)

I am trying to use the system as a normal user, RFC would be a good enhancement

So why cant arbcom be hosted in meta then ?

you are making it too difficult to report abuse

There are multiple "arbcoms". Each one is set up by its own local community. Most (>95%) of language editions and projects do not have an arbcom, and most of them do not want an arbcom. The community here at Meta could create its own arbcom—if it wanted to. It is possible to report abuse at any project. Most types of abuse should not be reported to arbcom. Most abuse reports should be sent to admins (sysops). The page on Meta for contacting Meta's sysops is Meta:Requests for help from a sysop or bureaucrat. This is the place to go if you want action taken on Meta.
However, if you are worried about someone abusing one project, and you want to see that person blocked at 800+ projects (e.g., just in case the person might try to abuse them all), then you don't want a Meta sysop or any group on Meta at all; you want a global steward. Talking to a steward is like talking to a person who is a sysop at all 800+ projects. If that's what you need, then you should follow the link to Global blocks that Glaisher gave you two days ago, and see whether a steward agrees with you that such a block is actually necessary. WhatamIdoing (talk) 05:48, 5 January 2015 (UTC)

A new article ...

Hello, just to inform people about my post. An Essay and report concerning wikimania London 2014. The title Wiki Onlin - Wiki Offline the original text in French is Wiki En ligne - Wiki Hors ligne.

A nice day for everyone, Lionel Scheepmans Wiki ou eMail 21:51, 5 January 2015 (UTC)


I'm not sure if it's correct place to start this discussion, but gathering votes this way is okay? Amir (talk) 21:04, 7 January 2015 (UTC)

I personally don't take issue with Arabic communities being informed of the potential to create another Arabic-language project. Ajraddatz (talk) 21:20, 7 January 2015 (UTC)
That isn't a vote, and seeking input potentially attracts editors for this new project which can only be in our interest. Vogone (talk) 22:23, 7 January 2015 (UTC)

Monster block of main German IP range

"Editing from has been blocked (disabled) by Courcelles" - what issue justifies this? Now visitors from Deutsche Telekom (thousands?, millions?) that are not logged in (thousands?) cannot easily fix mistakes and not even easily create an account. The block has been set at least in the English Wikipedia and in Wikidata for three months. After three months, will the reason be away with any probability about 10%? What is the benefit? There is editor decline since 2007 and admins still run wild. 00:09, 12 January 2015 (UTC)

It says checkuser block, which indicates that there is a problem user. If you have an issue with the block, you can contact @Courcelles: here, or you can utilise the process described at w:Wikipedia:UTRS.  — billinghurst sDrewth 08:53, 12 January 2015 (UTC)

A Wikimedian ambassador in south of India

I've just finished an article intituled A Wikimedian ambassador in south of India. If somebody is interested, just click. A nice day to every one. Lionel Scheepmans Wiki ou eMail 20:43, 12 January 2015 (UTC)

Changing Username

I would like to change the username from "Jainan' to read as "Poets of Fiji". I have some more poets profiles to be entered. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Jainan (talk)

Please, file a request at Steward_requests/Username_changes. Ruslik (talk) 18:17, 17 January 2015 (UTC)

Status of WMFOffice user account


what is the status of User:WMFOffice#WMFOffice user account? What kind of rights this user account has? I can e.g. see they can get stewards rights, which means they should have higher rights than steward.--Juandev (talk) 08:22, 17 January 2015 (UTC)

That account is an official role account of the Wikimedia Foundation (as its user page states). We use it to create a single repository for logged actions, for historical reasons (so that all WMF Office actions happen in one place, for instance, rather than scattered among several staff members' personal accounts). It has the "Staff" global group rights. Philippe Beaudette, Wikimedia Foundation (talk) 08:26, 17 January 2015 (UTC)
See Special:GlobalGroupPermissions/staff. Note that it doesn't have the right userrights-interwiki though can grant itself that right as needed. This right is needed to remove rights on other wikis, including the steward right locally for rights that can only be removed on-wiki.  — billinghurst sDrewth 11:00, 17 January 2015 (UTC)
The info above should be copied to the user page, I just spent some hours checking today's Special:Log to collect some basic evidence for an entry on Meta:Suspected sockpuppets. –Be..anyone (talk) 00:26, 18 January 2015 (UTC)
I have added that the account has staff rights.  — billinghurst sDrewth 09:32, 18 January 2015 (UTC)
Thanks, but the complete answer by Philippe explains why this is not some odd case of "anonymous coward" or similar, but a WMF staff account for various technical reasons. –Be..anyone (talk) 10:11, 18 January 2015 (UTC)

Change in renaming process

Part or all of this message may be in English. Please help translate if possible.

-- User:Keegan (WMF) (talk) 9. sep 2014, 18:22 (CEST)

New PlaceBook Wiki Project Proposal

I've just created a new project proposal that I'd really welcome any feedback on.

I recognise that the overall aims are ambitious in scope, but it is all definitely achievable with current web-based technologies, so it's more a question of ascertaining whether there would be sufficient willing and enthusiasm out there to give the idea wings. Obviously, comments favourable and unfavourable would all help to gauge this, so thanks in advance.

tt Wikibooks

The b:tt: project is being used to host material that is meant to be on Wikisource (e.g. 1, 2). Wikibooks is supposed to host open-source textbooks; Wikisource, public domain/similar primary sources. I suggest opening (currently closed—see Special:SiteMatrix) and Importing such pages over. It Is Me Here t / c 15:09, 26 January 2015 (UTC)

Proposals for closure of projects are made on PCP. --Glaisher (talk) 15:14, 26 January 2015 (UTC)
But I'm more about opening than closing tt.wb; for all I know, there might be legitimate textbooks hosted there in addition to the ws-type material. It Is Me Here t / c 11:22, 27 January 2015 (UTC)
Well, Requests for new languages/Wikisource Tatar has been open since 2011.--Glaisher (talk) 11:26, 27 January 2015 (UTC)
Thanks; I've now voted there. On another note, can you locate a Project:Forum page or similar at b:tt:, so as to notify them of this discussion? Because I haven't been able to find one. There aren't any local Admins there either that might have led me to a Project:AN. It Is Me Here t / c 11:35, 27 January 2015 (UTC)
It doesn't look like they have such a page. So you can just use the talk page of the main page: tt:b:Бәхәс:Баш бит. PiRSquared17 and I worked on a global message delivery list last November and we noticed that many small wikis do not have these discussion pages so we added the talk of the main page in wikis where we couldn't find such a page. --Glaisher (talk) 11:45, 27 January 2015 (UTC)
You could also post about this at other tt language projects too. Not just Wikibooks. --Glaisher (talk) 11:48, 27 January 2015 (UTC)

Czech translation proofreading

Hi, I translated CNBanner:POTY 2014 R1 banner into the Czech language, but it is waiting for proofreading. May I ask somebody to do it, since there is not much time until the end of the first round POTY left? Thank you very much. Jan.Kamenicek (talk) 21:24, 29 January 2015 (UTC)

Or is there anything else that needs to be done so that the English sign could be replaced by the translation? --Jan.Kamenicek (talk) 22:12, 29 January 2015 (UTC)
No idea, but maybe add a note on c:Commons_talk:Picture_of_the_Year/2014#banner_spam. –Be..anyone (talk) 08:10, 31 January 2015 (UTC)
Published. Sorry, didn't see that earlier. --Stryn (talk) 14:52, 31 January 2015 (UTC)
Thanks. Jan.Kamenicek (talk) 16:15, 31 January 2015 (UTC)

Single User Page

I've been more away than around in recent months. Is the concept of a Single User Page still on the radar? Thanks. StevenJ81 (talk) 22:04, 29 January 2015 (UTC)

Yes, there've been progress. In fact, mw:Extension:GlobalUserPage has been deployed to the beta cluster. Tracked on phab:T72576. See also global user pages. --Glaisher (talk) 08:53, 30 January 2015 (UTC)
Thanks. (May ask you some questions about it later on your own user page.) StevenJ81 (talk) 14:21, 30 January 2015 (UTC)