Meta:Requests for help from a sysop or bureaucrat/Archives/2011-05

POTY 2010 CentralNotice

Hello, I'm Mono. I'm on the organizing committee of the Fifth Annual Wikimedia Commons Picture of the Year, a contest where the featured pictures selected from 2010 on the Wikimedia Commons are voted upon by the community. It's quite a big deal and we'd like to see an increase in global participation this year—it's an enjoyable competiton that occurs annually. Since it relates to matters that concern the community at large, it would be great to have a sitenotice for logged-in editors, inviting them to join.

The contest will likely happen in May, so I'm posting early—would it be possible to post a global notice? If so, what would be involved?

Best regards,  ono  04:06, 21 April 2011 (UTC)

Hey Mono, do you mean a local site-notice for commons or a global one using central-notice? A local site notice could probably be enacted easily by the Commons community through commons:MediaWiki:Sitenotice. Central-notice as you probably know would be enacted through Meta but after proper approval and support. I can help if you want. Theo10011 04:18, 21 April 2011 (UTC)
Globally would be preferred, especially on the English Wikipedia. My main query was how to get "proper approval and support".  ono  04:20, 21 April 2011 (UTC)
Ok, I don't know of a proper procedure yet for requesting a campaign, most Meta admins only make corrections etc. to existing notices. I will forward it to someone from the staff and get back to you on this. Thanks. Theo10011 04:28, 21 April 2011 (UTC)


Me and my niggling mind would sleep better, if there's a (correct) comma.

„Klicke hier, um mehr über den Wettbewerb zu erfahren und für dein Lieblingsbild abzustimmen.“

Many thanks, Hæggis 00:47, 1 May 2011 (UTC)

  Done [1] Cbrown1023 talk 02:07, 1 May 2011 (UTC)

Board Elections - Linking directly to a translated page

The link to "Become a candidate" from the CentralNotice in the Hebrew Wikipedia points to a page in English. Is it possible to make it point to a page in Hebrew?

This is probably relevant for many languages. --Amir E. Aharoni 08:44, 2 May 2011 (UTC)

We are working on it, thanks for input. Matanya 08:48, 2 May 2011 (UTC)


Seems as if this user is just promoting himself ... axpdeHello! 21:01, 2 May 2011 (UTC)

  Done --WizardOfOz talk 21:10, 2 May 2011 (UTC)
Thanks, I would have it myself, but I don't have sufficient rights on this project. Btw. meta is monitored on irc://freenode/cvn-sw, but it's not regarded a "small wiki"? axpdeHello! 21:32, 2 May 2011 (UTC)
It´s because the most sysops (stews also) from meta monitor this channel :D --WizardOfOz talk 21:36, 2 May 2011 (UTC)


Please, somebody check the edits of this IP. Maybe I'm wrong, but they don't appear to be polite enough to remain on this project. Thanks.” Teles (Talk @ C G) 22:51, 2 May 2011 (UTC)

  Done Kylu 03:08, 3 May 2011 (UTC)

Board elections/2011/es

Maybe it would be better semi-protecting this page due to current vandalism. Thanks. Ruy Pugliesi 02:49, 3 May 2011 (UTC)

  Done Kylu 03:05, 3 May 2011 (UTC)

CentralNotice/May 2011 Update – please Update Hebrew


The current Central Notice for Hebrew has a couple of factual mistakes. I updated the translation; please publish it ASAP.

Thank you. --Amir E. Aharoni 14:27, 6 May 2011 (UTC)

  Done Matanya 15:06, 6 May 2011 (UTC)

Abuse of user talk page (promotional content)

Rfronapfel block for abusing User talk:Rfronapfel ... axpdeHello! 16:09, 11 May 2011 (UTC)

  Done Deleted by Barras, but no blocking this time, as it is his first attempt. To remove promotional content you can simply nominate the page for deletion using {{delete}} tag and warn the creator of that page. If s/he continues, you can ask a block here. — Tanvir | Talk ] 16:15, 11 May 2011 (UTC)

Change logo on template

Hi all,

I saw on the web page that on the top right for the Wikimedia logo, the image is actually linked to the wikimedia foundation website,

Therefore, it made sense for me to change the Wikimedia logo to the Wikimedia foundation one. I've made this change on the /temp page here.

Therefore, could an admin please review and sync my change? Also, a commons admin will need to protect commons:File:Wikimedia_Foundation_RGB_logo_with_text.svg, just as commons:File:Wikimedia logo text RGB.svg has been protected.

Thanks in advance,

The Helpful One 21:56, 14 May 2011 (UTC)

  Done - seems sensible. -- Mentifisto 22:31, 14 May 2011 (UTC)
Thanks, could you also unprotect commons:File:Wikimedia logo text RGB.svg as the only reason it was protected was because it was used on the portal. The Helpful One 22:49, 14 May 2011 (UTC)
  Done. Béria Lima msg 22:58, 14 May 2011 (UTC)
Note: After discussion on IRC with User:Mentifisto and User:Beria on IRC, we decided it would be better to have this image fully protected as it is quite heavily transcluded across many projects. The Helpful One 23:05, 14 May 2011 (UTC)

Update to MediaWiki:Rightslogtext

Hi all,

I was looking at the user rights changes log, and noticed that it said "the bureaucrat or steward changing the right" and "User is the name of the bureaucrat or steward". Majorly added stewards back in August 2008, but since then administrators have been able to grant the autopatrolled and flood flag right.

Therefore, can you please update to "the administrator, bureaucrat or steward changing the right" and "User is the name of the administrator, bureaucrat or steward" accordingly?


The Helpful One 00:36, 15 May 2011 (UTC)

Done. Jafeluv 00:41, 15 May 2011 (UTC)
Thanks. The Helpful One 00:43, 15 May 2011 (UTC)

Request for comment at MediaWiki_talk:Newarticletext#Proposal_for_a_new_text

Hi all,

If you could have a look at MediaWiki_talk:Newarticletext#Proposal_for_a_new_text and give any thoughts/comments and feedback, it would be much appreciated. :)


The Helpful One 15:53, 15 May 2011 (UTC)

Please create an edit filter to tag users that create very short new articles

Hi all,

From my tagging of pages as offtopic, I have noticed that many of them are quite short pages. Therefore, can you please copy this abuse filter at which basically flags any edits of users creating very short articles. It does not stop them creating the article, just tags it, making it easier for admins/patrollers to delete/tag for deletion.

The abuse filter should be able to be copied without any modifications.


The Helpful One 16:44, 15 May 2011 (UTC)

Actually, there are some pages that aren't on that filter, so a more edit filter savvy admin will need to look at this request. The Helpful One 16:54, 15 May 2011 (UTC)
  Done. Jafeluv 17:21, 15 May 2011 (UTC)
Thank you, I'll keep an eye on stuff that it flags. The Helpful One 17:40, 15 May 2011 (UTC)
NB: For anyone else reading this, the filter is located at Special:AbuseFilter/39. The Helpful One 21:51, 15 May 2011 (UTC)


User:Sajidaliturri‎ has inserted the same text out of meta's scope at several different places (see Special:Contributions/Sajidaliturri‎), I doubt he's willing to contribute in an appropriate manner. axpdeHello! 09:12, 20 May 2011 (UTC)

Contributions deleted & reverted, and the user warned by Thehelpfulone. Consider a block if the warning doesn't prove helpful. Jafeluv 09:31, 20 May 2011 (UTC)

Flood flag

I'm gonna make some repetitive categorization. So, I temporarily need the flood flag to avoid flushing other edits and actions from the RecentChanges. Thanks in advance, Ruy Pugliesi 19:14, 22 May 2011 (UTC)

  Granted please let us know when you are finished Mardetanha talk 19:25, 22 May 2011 (UTC)
A lot of pages are protected. Could I also get temporary admin right? I'll let you know when it's all done. Ruy Pugliesi 19:37, 22 May 2011 (UTC)
  Done As above, let us know when it´s done. --WizardOfOz talk 19:52, 22 May 2011 (UTC)
  Support. Flags can be removed. :D Ruy Pugliesi 21:15, 22 May 2011 (UTC)
  Done Thanks --WizardOfOz talk 21:16, 22 May 2011 (UTC)

Request for block

Please, indef-block this trolling-purpose account of a banned sockpuppeter and admin-delete this revision. Has been blocked on ptwiki. Thanks in advance. Ruy Pugliesi 00:30, 23 May 2011 (UTC)

  Done Thanks for reporting. -- Quentinv57 (talk) 20:04, 23 May 2011 (UTC)

Duplicated system messages

  1. MediaWiki:Centralauth-log-entry-chgstatus;
  2. MediaWiki:Centralauth-log-entry-delete;
  3. MediaWiki:Centralauth-log-name;
  4. MediaWiki:Copyrightpage;
  5. MediaWiki:Group-Global_sysops;
  6. MediaWiki:Group-Global_sysops-member;
  7. MediaWiki:Group-Staff;
  8. MediaWiki:Intentionallyblankpage;
  9. MediaWiki:Ipblocklist;
  10. MediaWiki:Istemplate;
  11. MediaWiki:Linksearch-line;
  12. MediaWiki:Newmessagesdifflink;
  13. MediaWiki:Red-link-title;
  14. MediaWiki:Sitesupport.

The replaced contents are identical to the original ones. All pages listed above can be deleted.

Thanks in advance. Ruy Pugliesi 00:19, 16 May 2011 (UTC)

Done. Jafeluv 00:43, 16 May 2011 (UTC)
One more: MediaWiki:Prefixindex Ruy Pugliesi 01:57, 26 May 2011 (UTC)
Done, thanks for notifying. Pmlineditor (t · c · l) 05:11, 26 May 2011 (UTC)

Six accounts

Six accounts, all ith bad usernames, starting with User:Scratching your pnis were just created. Typing on a mobile so cannot make the whole list here, but all need blocked. --Courcelles 01:31, 27 May 2011 (UTC)


Please, admin-delete this edit summary and/or revision (offensive material). Thanks in advance. Ruy Pugliesi 23:49, 27 May 2011 (UTC)

  Done, thanks for reporting. The Helpful One 23:52, 27 May 2011 (UTC)

Removal of flood flag

  Support Can be removed :D Ruy Pugliesi 03:10, 28 May 2011 (UTC)

  Done. -- Mentifisto 03:50, 28 May 2011 (UTC)

Centralnotice issue

Hi, the current board elections notice banner doesn't link properly on the secure server. It goes to instead of . Can this be fixed at all? Thanks, and sorry if this is wrong place to mention this. fetchcomms 01:09, 29 May 2011 (UTC)

  Done, will be in the cache soon - Hoo man (talk) 01:17, 29 May 2011 (UTC)
Thanks for the quick service! fetchcomms 03:41, 29 May 2011 (UTC)

Block request

The IP above is removing content with no reason. Received a last warning and didn't stop. It was recently blocked on” Teles (Talk @ C S) 20:34, 29 May 2011 (UTC)

  •   Done, blocked for one day. Trijnstel 20:35, 29 May 2011 (UTC)

MediaWiki:Centralnotice-poty2010 round2-poty2010-text/de

Can somebody please change "finale Runde" in "letzte Runde". It's a little bit better expressed. Many thanks, Hæggis 14:51, 31 May 2011 (UTC)

  Erledigt - Klingt wohl doch besser. -Barras 14:52, 31 May 2011 (UTC)
Dank dir :-) Hæggis 14:53, 31 May 2011 (UTC)

Add link to protected template

If it seems appropriate, could we add another menu item to the navbox in Template:Board elections 2011. Here's a diff of my basic suggested change-- to promote discussion, add a link to the election talk page.

Right now, we're not getting a lot of participation or discussion about the board election, so I can't imagine it's a controversial change-- the more input and participation, the better. I'm finding it nearly impossible to fairly assess most of the non-EnWiki candidates without a more robust debate. --Alecmconroy 10:07, 29 May 2011 (UTC)

  Added. But the "discuss" field needs now to be translated in every languages (except english and french). -- Quentinv57 (talk) 19:33, 31 May 2011 (UTC)
I just translated it in 23 languages, but some languages are missing. You can also help by adding parameter "discuss=<value>" to lang templates. -- Quentinv57 (talk) 20:06, 31 May 2011 (UTC)