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Help! Help! Help! Gujarati Wikipedia ProjectEdit

Sir, please help! some administrators of Gujarati Wikipedia project are doing injustice to me. Together with their friends they are behaving biased with common editors. They have blocked me for 1 month without any reason. To keep the Wikipedia unprejudiced and clean we need immediate help from you everyone. Please Help us for the name of God.

Take some strong actions against Gujarati Wikipedia admins.

  1. ThankYouWiki —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Hardhrol (talk)

Dealing with user who keeps adding poor quality articles to foreign-language WikipediasEdit

There's a user from the Thai Wikipedia who keeps creating poor quality machine-translated articles on dozens of Wikipedias whose languages he does not know. He has already been advised to stop, and has promised to stop, but still continues said behaviour. He does have fairly good contributions on his home wiki. What would be the best way to approach this? --Paul 012 (talk) 00:41, 19 February 2020 (UTC)

Is this user blocked on any wikis? Ruslik (talk) 13:55, 19 February 2020 (UTC)
Not currently, no. He's received warnings on some wikis, and a few of the created articles have been deleted, but most of them seem to have gone under the radar. --Paul 012 (talk) 14:37, 19 February 2020 (UTC)
This is still ongoing. User:Ruslik0, do you have any further suggestions? Or perhaps is there a better place to ask? --Paul 012 (talk) 15:03, 12 March 2020 (UTC)
Only to wait until the user is blocked on a number of projects. Ruslik (talk) 20:22, 16 April 2020 (UTC)

How to learn how to make templatesEdit

Hi, where can I find a tutorial, book or something like that to learn how to properly create and edit templates? I am an administrator of, and although we have managed to work, up until now, by adapting templates from other wikis, this has left us with an uneven structure, a patchwork that sometimes gives us problems that are quite annoying and take a lot of time to solve. We would like to resolve this issue.--L2212 (talk) 00:51, 22 April 2020 (UTC)

I think that you can use mw:Help:Templates. Ruslik (talk) 20:20, 22 April 2020 (UTC)
Ok, thank you very much! I will take a look at it as soon as possible.--L2212 (talk) 02:09, 24 April 2020 (UTC)


I've written a couple of essay drafts in my userspace here on Meta that I think could help Wikiprojects. What is the process for submitting them to the community so they they stop being a my-userspace essay and are listed as belonging to the community? I acknowledge (of course) that this means other users will be given the green light to make changes to them. Darkfrog24 (talk) 14:32, 23 April 2020 (UTC)

If its topic is appropriate for Meta, you can just move it into the main space. Please, do not forget to add it to Category:Essays and to use the essay banner. Ruslik (talk) 20:29, 25 April 2020 (UTC)
Thanks. I remember checking to see if Meta hosted similar essays about a year back, but I'll check again just to be sure. Darkfrog24 (talk) 00:28, 26 April 2020 (UTC)

Inappropriate information and internal governanceEdit

On a smaller Wikiproject, I saw someone make a public talk page post that included speculation about another person's medical history. That Wikiproject does not have a written outing policy, and the WP:OUTING on the English Wikipedia does not include medical talk, but the post seems very inappropriate to me, the kind that should be deleted and not just reverted. I've seen milder posts deleted before. What I also see here on Meta is the policy that Wikiprojects are self-governing.

It is a very small Wikiproject, and the social dynamic is different from larger projects. It's early in the process but if the admins there decide to ignore this problematic talk page post, am I correct in thinking that there is no other recourse, and asking elsewhere will just waste everyone's time? Darkfrog24 (talk) 14:02, 25 April 2020 (UTC)

If it contains private information, it can be oversighted. Ruslik (talk) 20:30, 25 April 2020 (UTC)
Thanks for the link. I'll read it regardless. EDIT: I just read it and it looks like Wikimedia stewards do have the authority to perform oversight on comments on smaller Wikiprojects. (The project in question is not named on the list the way the English Wikipedia and Finnish Wikipedia are.) My concern is making sure the comment is reasonably likely to be considered appropriate for oversight removal before bothering the stewards with this.
It contains speculation about private information, on the order of "I think this person has [specific mental health diagnosis]," with an "I think" type statement. It's also pretty darn rude, but if that were an oversight matter, they would be very overworked. Darkfrog24 (talk) 00:02, 26 April 2020 (UTC)

Who to contact regarding User rudenessEdit

Who do I contact regarding a User whose feathers I seemed to have ruffled, when I tried to update/correct a place name spelling, from the Soviet era spelling to that which is the current and proper and current spelling being used by most of the world. I even referenced the current government website, which lists current placename transliterations... Which must've offended a certain User, who sent me a message, about having me blocked if I do it again! I don't appreciate being bullied, especially when my intention was to update and better Wikipedia content! Do I contact legal? Thank you, because this is a primary reason of why I rarely bother to edit. Thank you again. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by XTOC6 (talk) 20:13, 2 May 2020

Editing Wikipedia is a collaborative work so you have to be prepared to accept feedback and engage in discussion if your edit is questioned. It seems you you've already started that. You should be patient with that discussion and explain to them why you edit should stay. – Ammarpad (talk) 08:18, 3 May 2020 (UTC)

Dutch WikinewsEdit

I have some questions for the Dutch Wikinews:

  • Is it possible to set the 'New Wikitext editor' as default editor (instead of the traditional editor), if there is consensus among the contributors?
  • Is it possible to enable the 'cite' function (to add easily sources of information) in the New Wikitext editor?

Greetings, --Astenas (talk) 00:07, 9 May 2020 (UTC)

This editor is currently a beta-feature. I doubt it is wise to enable it as the default editor. Ruslik (talk) 14:31, 9 May 2020 (UTC)
But why the 'cite' function doesn't work? Astenas (talk) 13:57, 10 May 2020 (UTC)

I have previously set up 2 factor authentication; now I have a new device and don't know what to doEdit

I have a TOTP authenticator app. I have 2 factor authentication enabled. I have a few scratch codes left. The part I don't understand is how do the part where I get a QR code to scan with my app. Help, please? —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk)

Please, see mw:Help:Two-factor_authentication. Ruslik (talk) 20:26, 15 May 2020 (UTC)

The basic helpEdit

The basic help, for a newbie as me, it is to know where ask a question or suggest improvements for Meta-Wiki (as Cafe in Witionary, Teahouse in Wikipedia and so on). Finally, I could see it in the top of this page.

On the other hand, what about a newbie: namespace?.

The suggestion I wanted to put in the right place is: I need a "Add item to Wikidata" link in the lateral panel (left panel) in Tools (as in Wiktionary and other sisters). It would be in all sisters.--BoldLuis (talk) 11:44, 17 May 2020 (UTC)

All improvements in Meta-wiki should be suggested on Meta:Babel. Ruslik (talk) 20:43, 17 May 2020 (UTC)

Maybe a bug (Files on the Indonesian Wikiquote)Edit

So I'm on the Indonesian Wikiquote. I uploaded this file on there (to the right), named File:Wikipedia Bahasa Indonesia beranda.jpg, which is, of course, redlinked. It is there in Commons (at but is redlinked and does not exist on any other wiki, as you can see on the right.

I think this is a bug with Commons or the Indonesian Wikiquote. Can someone help? Dibbydib (talk) 07:38, 23 May 2020 (UTC)

Strange indeed, it looks like all new files uploaded on Commons shown as redlinks now. Reported on Phabricator. Anyway, now while writing this I can see your linked file here. Stryn (talk) 10:23, 23 May 2020 (UTC)

User rights logs not working as expectedEdit

Why is it that I cannot see the user rights logs entries on the Konkani sites: [1] and [2] , but I can see the entries here: [3] , [4] and [5] ? The Discoverer (talk) 08:11, 1 June 2020 (UTC)

@The Discoverer: This is because the logs are stored where the changes happen. Since these changes were made here on Meta, that's where the logs are stored, while if a bureaucrat or sysop changes any rights locally on the Konkani Wikipedia, it will appear in the local Special:Log/rights on the Konkani Wikipedia. I remember someone wanted the global rights log changes to be reflected in the local logs as well for transparency, but I don't think that wish has had a high enough priority that anyone has tried to make a fix for it yet. Jon Harald Søby (talk) 12:55, 1 June 2020 (UTC)
Thanks for this explanation, Jon Harald Søby :) - The Discoverer (talk) 13:00, 1 June 2020 (UTC)