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Czech Wiki Photo 2020 - addressing of Commons usersEdit

Hi, we (Wikimedia Czech republic) are now organizing the "Czech Wiki Photo 2020" contest and we´d like to address as many Czech users of Wikimedia Commons as possible to join this event with their photographs. The contest itself is a promotion of Wikimedia Commons for newcomers and something like "thank you" for already active users.

Our aim is to send one meassage on talk pages of cs.wiki users (who simultaneously recorded at least 50 editations on Wikimedia Commons in the last year) which would state: "hi, join our contest". Just preparing the list of users. I suppose we need the right to send such a number of messages. Thanks! --Jakub Holzer (WMCZ) (talk) 21:34, 15 October 2020 (UTC)

This seems to be a request for mass message sender permission. --Martin Urbanec (talk) 21:52, 15 October 2020 (UTC)
Wouldn't it be better to look to a Central Notice? Sending a message to users on all wikis without their invitation is not something that would be encouraged. If you are just talking about a specific wiki, then please ask at that wiki as each wiki has the ability for local mass messaging, so I suggest that you talk to Commons administrators at c:Com:AN.  — billinghurst sDrewth 22:20, 15 October 2020 (UTC)
@Billinghurst Linking [1]. Martin Urbanec (talk) 23:01, 15 October 2020 (UTC)
And if this is a mass message for only cswiki, any of their 34 admins can send it locally. — xaosflux Talk 12:40, 19 October 2020 (UTC)
@Martin Urbanec: Are you willing to help out this user to send locally and is a local cswiki MMS appropriate for this occassion? (cc Jakub Holzer (WMCZ) ) Camouflaged Mirage (talk) 15:50, 24 October 2020 (UTC)
@Camouflaged Mirage Seems to be already done by a Commons administrator for Commons talkpages - thanks. We don't have local massmessages, and I originally adviced Jakub to request temporary MMS here, as I thought it would be the easiest way to grant Jakub the privilege to send massmessages (without being a sysop somewhere) :-). Well, at least the task is done. Thanks everyone. Martin Urbanec (talk) 10:54, 25 October 2020 (UTC)
  This section is resolved and can be archived. If you disagree, replace this template with your comment. Martin Urbanec (talk) 10:54, 25 October 2020 (UTC)

Could not create account on smnwiki due to AbuseFilter 173Edit

See abuselog. Request to modify this abusefilter. Thanks! --Xiplus (talk) 14:07, 22 October 2020 (UTC)

I can see why that's tripping the filter, but anyone know why that particular phrase is blacklisted? GeneralNotability (talk) 14:12, 22 October 2020 (UTC)
My guess would be some kind of LTA that creates abusive usernames with Xiplus' name in it. I think @Shizhao could answer that better, since he is the creator / maintainer of this particular filter. Wiki13 (talk) 14:17, 22 October 2020 (UTC)
Before this is answered properly by the filter maintainer, I've created a local account for Xiplus manually. Enjoy :). --Martin Urbanec (talk) 14:55, 22 October 2020 (UTC)
Since it's catching all Xiplus etc names to prevent LTA, I think best is not to change. What we can do is to manually create the account which is what Martin did or alternatively is to suspend the filter (i.e. - the Xiplus part) for a while (1-2 mins) for Xiplus to create the account. Can be co-ordinated with a meta sysop I guess. If it's an once off event, I see no need to change the filter. Alternatively, we can set up some rules exception, if Xiplus have any idea can contact me via email and we will adjust by there. Camouflaged Mirage (talk) 16:13, 22 October 2020 (UTC)
Just add & accountname != 'Xiplus'. Xiplus (talk) 00:08, 23 October 2020 (UTC)
On a second look, the log seems to catch a lot of false positives. If it's zh abusive names, the filter is not catching anything in zh for last 100 logs. I am now a little concerned about contributors being put off from contributing. I think there is a need to change the blacklisted terms or etc. Camouflaged Mirage (talk) 16:17, 22 October 2020 (UTC)
Global filters are not working on large wikis. Xiplus (talk) 00:15, 23 October 2020 (UTC)
@Xiplus: I meant "not catching anything in zh" =/= not catching anything in zhwiki rather it should mean not catching anything meaningful for the purpose of the filter. Camouflaged Mirage (talk) 08:28, 23 October 2020 (UTC)
  fixed filter Existing usernames should not be blocked from creation through abusefilter, that is the purpose of title blacklist which allows autocreations. Filter should be rewritten split on create and autocreat and utilise some match strings  — billinghurst sDrewth 02:24, 23 October 2020 (UTC)
Done further fixes (temp till Shizhao can respond). Should have resolved the issue with both of our fixes.Camouflaged Mirage (talk) 12:47, 23 October 2020 (UTC)