Meta:Requests for help from a sysop or bureaucrat/Archives/2021-01

Block request

  Done --Base (talk) 09:47, 2 January 2021 (UTC)
It seems the vandal is going further with (talk • contribs • deleted contribs • logs • filter log • block user • block log • GUC). Nieuwsgierige Gebruiker (CA) 10:58, 2 January 2021 (UTC)
  Done --Minorax (talk) 11:01, 2 January 2021 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: Sgd. —Hasley 12:45, 2 January 2021 (UTC)

Requesting AWB Access

Reason: Primary reason is to use within userpage. To add header and fix issues in around 60-70 pages.
I have AWB access in enwiki and commonswiki. So I know how to handle this one. Thanks in advance. --PratyyaG  ·  Talk  10:48, 4 January 2021 (UTC)

Not inclined to do this. You should not need to be editing people's user page. We tend to leave them alone unless they are problematic.  — billinghurst sDrewth 11:03, 4 January 2021 (UTC)
No no, you got me wrong. I talked about my userpage and subpage. All those 60-70 pages are subpages of my own userpage. I am NOT gonna make any edit to other people's userpage. --PratyyaG  ·  Talk  11:18, 4 January 2021 (UTC)
@Billinghurst & Pratyya Ghosh: I am inclined to approve based on the last reply, restricted to edits on his user space only. —MarcoAurelio (talk) 11:36, 5 January 2021 (UTC)
@MarcoAurelio and @Billinghurst, I've completed the tasks manually. I don't need the access anymore. Please close it. Thanks. --PratyyaG · Talk 16:21, 6 January 2021 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: —MarcoAurelio (talk) 17:58, 6 January 2021 (UTC)

Block request

This section was archived on a request by: Sgd. —Hasley 20:02, 7 January 2021 (UTC)


should make public, that it has been disabeled at the DEːWP. Bahnmoeller (talk) 23:29, 8 January 2021 (UTC)

No action required. — regards, Revi 04:48, 12 January 2021 (UTC)
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Can a user archive User talk:WMFOffice to /Archive/2020, please? BlackWidowMovie0 (talk) 20:25, 12 January 2021 (UTC)

This doesn't require a sysop or crat and it doesn't need to be archived as there is a bot to take care of it. Praxidicae (talk) 20:31, 12 January 2021 (UTC)
  Not done, no meta-admin action needed at this time. Sgd. —Hasley 20:42, 12 January 2021 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: Sgd. —Hasley 20:44, 12 January 2021 (UTC)

AWB Access

Hi, I was looking to use AWB on this wiki to fix some historical lint issues (the type where issues on a user's signature affects the rest of the page), but it's telling me that I don't have access. I would appreciate if AWB could be enabled on this account. At this time I do not foresee making edits to the extent of flooding RC. Thanks in advance. Leaderboard (talk) 12:32, 12 January 2021 (UTC)

@Leaderboard: what is the volume, and are you going to be in user_talk: namespace? — xaosflux Talk 14:10, 12 January 2021 (UTC)
@Xaosflux: It is likely to be small at this time, and I do intend to run this on mainspace (not just user_talk); most of the issues I've seen are actually there. Leaderboard (talk) 15:10, 12 January 2021 (UTC)
@Leaderboard: I asked about user_talk, because you will trigger new-message banners for everyone unless this is done from a bot account. — xaosflux Talk 15:17, 12 January 2021 (UTC)
@Xaosflux: Ah okay, in that case I'll restrict to mainspace for now. Leaderboard (talk) 15:22, 12 January 2021 (UTC)
  Done @Leaderboard: edit with care, don't flood, mark minor and use a good edit summary. If you want to tackle hundreds+ of these at once, a bot account with a bot flag will be the way to go. — xaosflux Talk 16:08, 12 January 2021 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: ZabeMath (talk) 14:55, 14 January 2021 (UTC)

Request for Autopatrol rights

Hello, I am doing translations based on the Meta policies and guidelines. Since I want to lower the burden of patrollers, I want the autopatrol right. Best regards --Matttest (talk) 03:28, 12 January 2021 (UTC)

Note: they asked multiple sysops for it, first is Krd who directed them here, and after posting here they asked Hasley. Camouflaged Mirage (talk) 14:43, 15 January 2021 (UTC)
  Not granted. Sorry Matttest, I would love to see more contributions from you. At present, you have only 200+ edits, and you just got started at Meta-Wiki. I really appreciate it. I want you to be more familiar with this wiki and keep contributing. In near future, I would love considering you for Autopatrol. Thank you for your understanding! Kind regards, — Tulsi Bhagat contribs | talk ] 07:16, 16 January 2021 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: Camouflaged Mirage (talk) 14:09, 16 January 2021 (UTC)

Request for "Patroller" right

Hello. I'd like to request for the "Patroller" right on Meta-Wiki. I'm a rollbacker on and am an active SWMT patroller, and have patrolled Meta-Wiki via SWViewer and the global abuse log. I'd like to request patroller rights so that I can easily rollback vandal/LTA edits on Meta (I do have Twinkle Global but I run into filters some times, a difficulty that I would not face with rollback). Thanks, JavaHurricane 06:56, 18 January 2021 (UTC)

  Done. -- CptViraj (talk) 07:00, 18 January 2021 (UTC)
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File Move

Can someone move File:HollandOpen.ppt.pdf to File:HollandOpen.ppt? .ppt is the correct file ending, because it's a presentation. --ZabeMath (talk) 21:24, 9 January 2021 (UTC)

Please also move File:Wikipedia as a teaching tool.pdf to File:Wikipedia as a teaching tool.ppt and File:Wikis are cool !.ppt.pdf to File:Wikis are cool !.ppt for the same reason. --ZabeMath (talk) 21:58, 9 January 2021 (UTC)
I believe they are as they are for a purpose. PPT is not supported file type.  — billinghurst sDrewth 22:42, 9 January 2021 (UTC)
See c:Commons:File types  — billinghurst sDrewth 22:43, 9 January 2021 (UTC)
They should be labelled as {{do not copy to Wikimedia Commons}}. GerardM and Piotrus are these still of value?  — billinghurst sDrewth 22:47, 9 January 2021 (UTC)

I think we should remove them. PPT is not a free format, and we shouldn't store non-free files. --Martin Urbanec (talk) 22:57, 9 January 2021 (UTC)

Then probably File:Wikipedia presentation by Piotrus.pdf and File:Wikis and Wikipedia presentation by Piotrus v2.pdf should be deleted as well. --ZabeMath (talk) 23:08, 9 January 2021 (UTC)
Ideally the ppt should be converted to pdf, and then transferred to Commons. Not certain how being ppt makes the out of scope, whether non-free or not. I would like to hear from authors first.  — billinghurst sDrewth 04:41, 10 January 2021 (UTC)
That. It does not make sense to say that PPT is non-free; it's simply a less accessible format compared to PDF. In this case I recommend keeping both versions, because PDF does lack presentation-specific features. Leaderboard (talk) 15:14, 12 January 2021 (UTC)

what is this wiki for

i don't get it why is this wikimedia project here or his function is this like a log or a HQ to manage all the rest or the projects because this is too much for my small brain

See Meta:About for an overview. — xaosflux Talk 17:01, 21 January 2021 (UTC)
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Report concerning User:Candlelighting

Candlelighting (talk • contribs • deleted contribs • logs • filter log • block user • block log • GUC)Reasons: vandalism Mtarch11 (talk) 02:49, 22 January 2021 (UTC)

  Done by Martin Urbanec.--MrJaroslavik (talk) 14:04, 22 January 2021 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: --MrJaroslavik (talk) 14:04, 22 January 2021 (UTC)

Arbitration Committee

Hello, can someone mark Arbitration Committee for translation, please? Thank you,--MrJaroslavik (talk) 14:03, 22 January 2021 (UTC)

@MrJaroslavik: there are duplicate xlate tags for T13 that should be resolved. — xaosflux Talk 15:51, 22 January 2021 (UTC)
Thank you and sorry! I’ve fixed it and double checked everything so it should be fine now,--MrJaroslavik (talk) 15:56, 22 January 2021 (UTC)
  Done @MrJaroslavik: Should be done now. Martin Urbanec (talk) 15:59, 22 January 2021 (UTC)
Thank you.--MrJaroslavik (talk) 16:04, 22 January 2021 (UTC)
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Block request

This section was archived on a request by: CptViraj (talk) 09:26, 23 January 2021 (UTC)

Userspace protection request

Can a sysop please protect this page in my own userspace. I have no reason to edit it again and don't want anyone else to edit it. Thanks, --IWI (talk) 11:47, 23 January 2021 (UTC)

@ImprovedWikiImprovment I gave it indefinite full protection, which means you will not be able to edit it. From the wording of your request, it seems that is what you requested. If you want the protection to be semi (ie. registered users can edit it), let me know. Best, Martin Urbanec (talk) 11:49, 23 January 2021 (UTC)
@Martin Urbanec: I should have made it clearer sorry. I wanted indefinite full (sysop only) protection, yes. Thanks. --IWI (talk) 11:50, 23 January 2021 (UTC)
@ImprovedWikiImprovment No problem, this is   Done then. Martin Urbanec (talk) 11:51, 23 January 2021 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: Martin Urbanec (talk) 11:51, 23 January 2021 (UTC)

MassMessage sender rights

Hello, I am working as a facilitator for the upcoming WMF board governance consultation, starting on 1 Feb. I would like the rights to send messages to villages pumps and affiliates, primarily related to South Asian region. I have experience using this tool, and have the rights on my volunteer account. --KCVelaga (WMF) (talk) 15:10, 23 January 2021 (UTC)

Pinging my manager, @Qgil-WMF: FYI, KCVelaga (WMF) (talk) 15:11, 23 January 2021 (UTC)
@KCVelaga (WMF)   Not done Hi, since this is a WMF staff request, rather than a volunteer permission request, please request this from WMF directly. The instructions are at, if you don't have access, please email ca and CC your direct manager to approve. We don't generally work on WMF staff requests directly, and require people to use the WMF internal procedure instead. Best, Martin Urbanec (talk) 15:13, 23 January 2021 (UTC)
@Martin Urbanec: Ah, okay. Thanks for clarifying. KCVelaga (WMF) (talk) 15:15, 23 January 2021 (UTC)
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This section was archived on a request by: Sgd. —Hasley 12:28, 24 January 2021 (UTC)

Expired RfD

Meta:Requests_for_deletion#Wikimedians_of_Slovakia's_Annual_Report_2018 is pending since August 2020. There are talks about deferring the case to the AffCom, which seems has not happened yet. Ping Camouflaged Mirage. —MarcoAurelio (talk) 11:31, 5 January 2021 (UTC)

@MarcoAurelio To be honest, I don't see any policy based reasons to delete the page, so my suggestion then was to defer to Affcom as there seems to be some suggestions that they are already informed about the contentious issues and this page is within their remit. We of course have no way to tell if Affcom will be taking any actions, I see this as similar as submission a CU abuse to Ombudsman Committee where a case can take for years. I am not sure if my this suggestion will make me INVOLVED, hence, I hesitated in closing. If I am UNINVOLVED, I will close as no consensus with a suggestion to defer to Affcom on the issues and they can manage from then. There is simply no cogent argument to delete, nor keep. Camouflaged Mirage (talk) 12:34, 5 January 2021 (UTC)
Yes, I concurr the request is bizarre and it'd be better if the AffCom could review which of the reports is the good one. This thread is to request some eyes on it, an an action (even a closed: no action taken). The ping to you was a courtesy given that you were participating there. If you feel involved, this thread will also draw some attention and any other admin may close. —MarcoAurelio (talk) 12:48, 5 January 2021 (UTC)
The last reply on the RFD by Quantocius Quantotius " I guess we'll have to wait and see if any other independent observers feel differently." (quoted directly) makes me think that they wanted someone else to close (which seems to suggest I am INVOLVED), so that's why on the side of caution I treated myself as INVOLVED. Yes, I will hope someone will close this, as this is way overdue even by typical meta standards. Thanks for the ping anyway, appreciated :) Camouflaged Mirage (talk) 12:53, 5 January 2021 (UTC)
I recommend not to delete it without any prior approval from AffCom since it's an official report of an affiliate. We can do is just blank the both report pages and put a notice on it as such it is kept for historical reference. Sorry, I am not comfortable to close the discussion. Kind regards, — Tulsi Bhagat contribs | talk ] 13:41, 7 January 2021 (UTC)
Dear all. I just stumbled on this discussion while looking for a way to deal with KuboF Hromoslav who keeps reverting the report despite an AffCom agreement that both sides of the dispute would stop publicly fighting in the matter. Therefore I suggest a temporary ban on editing any articles/reports etc within the /Wikimedians of Slovakia subspace on meta. Thank you and stay healthy.--Jetam2 (talk) 11:03, 15 January 2021 (UTC)
Oh wow, that's massive edit warring. Please cease both @Jetam2 and @KuboF Hromoslav. I will typically block both for a slow edit warring way beyond 3RR, but I will not as I don't think it's a current war (blocks aren't punitive but preventative) as well as I don't know who is right and who is wrong at this moment. With that being said, I will revert to the pre - edit war version (see en:Wikipedia:Stable_version) and full protect it for now, until the RFD is closed and I will recommend the closing sysop to review the protection then. Camouflaged Mirage (talk) 11:29, 15 January 2021 (UTC)
Thank you. Please do consider the topical block for KuboF Hromoslav as well. I am sorry it had to come this far but he seemingly could not resist. Thank you.--Jetam2 (talk) 11:38, 15 January 2021 (UTC)
I will not for now, as I don't know who is right and who is wrong and Affcom didn't have anyone telling meta admin team their view on this. If you want, I will make it a 2 way interaction ban (voluntary) per en:WP:IBAN subject to the normal exceptions, but I think you won't like it. If Affcom determines that KuboF is in the wrong, sure I will be willing to sanction them accordingly, just not now when there is very little information. Hope this clarifies. Camouflaged Mirage (talk) 11:41, 15 January 2021 (UTC)
I understand. The situation is not quite clear and that is why AffCom asked both the sides (WMSK) and KuboF not to continue with editing. I am in the process of writing to AffCom so they are aware of the current developments. Not sure that the IBAN is needed now that the reports are blocked anyways. Further action might be if he edits any other pages. If you care to read about the conflict, the talk pages to the report has most of the background. You are under no obligation to, though, I understand that it is not your responsibility/job to be the arbiter. Thanks!--Jetam2 (talk) 12:09, 15 January 2021 (UTC)
Thanks Camouflaged Mirage for you action! But, please be aware, that the edit war started on both of the reports on its very first revision - both of them includes false, libelous, unproved information about a living person provided by WUG WMSVK (as long as I know, the official short version of the name is "WMSVK" not "WMSK" in order to clearly show, that the group is an User Group and not a Chaper...). So please, return it to empty state in order to not contain such false libelous information. I am dealing with AffCom some stuff about misbehaviour of functionaries of WUG WMSVK (to be clear, AffCom asked me to not help functionaries of WMSVK to became trusthworthy, responsible and capable - that is a responsibility of AffCom now - not to tolerate WMSVK spreading false libelous information). --KuboF Hromoslav (talk) 16:24, 17 January 2021 (UTC)
@KuboF Hromoslav I won't as I cannot determine if it is libelous or not based on current sourcing. However, I will escalate this to the oversight team on meta for them to handle, I think this is the best. Camouflaged Mirage (talk) 16:37, 17 January 2021 (UTC)
Thanks, Camouflaged Mirage! In the meantime I will deal about it with WMF. --KuboF Hromoslav (talk) 19:18, 17 January 2021 (UTC)

Report concerning User:Chanda8

Chanda8 (talk • contribs • deleted contribs • logs • filter log • block user • block log • GUC)Reasons: Spambot Samuele2002 (Talk!) 23:35, 30 January 2021 (UTC)

  Already done  — billinghurst sDrewth 02:12, 31 January 2021 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: Sgd. —Hasley 12:37, 31 January 2021 (UTC)

Mass message sender rights

Hi, I am requesting mass message sender rights as a stand-in publisher of The Signpost this month. See diff and diff, as well as requests of three users who have requested the right while acting in this capacity ([1]. [2], and [3]). We have some global subscribers. This can be assigned temporarily, as I only foresee needing it this month, and can always re-apply if circumstances change. Thanks for your attention. Eddie891 (talk) 02:16, 31 January 2021 (UTC)

@Eddie891 Granted for 1 month per sysop in enwp, should be trusted for MMS. Signpost per precedence is a valid use for MMS. Do let us know if you wanted it to be extended. Thanks. Camouflaged Mirage (talk) 11:50, 31 January 2021 (UTC)
This section was archived on a request by: Camouflaged Mirage (talk) 17:46, 4 February 2021 (UTC)

Massmessage request

Hello, thanks for your swift response, we need help with sending mass message for Wiki Loves Folklore. Kindly help me with the next steps. Joy Agyepong (talk) 12:32, 29 January 2021 (UTC)

@Joy Agyepong: Hi, thanks for your message! The easiest way would be to draft both the message and the list of users that should receive it, and post a request here. Then, a meta admin or a mass message sender will send it for you. You can use one of the empty MassMessage lists prepared for you at Global_message_delivery/Targets for the list, just move any of them and add the list of users. Does this make sense? Best, --Martin Urbanec (talk) 12:45, 29 January 2021 (UTC)

Hello @Martin Urbanec

We have two drafts we wish to share as shared below. Would be glad if you can assist us to share. This is targeted at all Wikimedians who may be interested in translating.

==Wiki Loves Folklore 2021 is back!==

You are humbly invited to participate in [[commons:Commons: Wiki Loves Folklore 2021]] campaign from 1 February - 28 February. Wiki Loves Folklore is an international photography contest organized on Wikimedia Commons to document folklore and intangible cultural heritage from different regions, including, folk festivals, folk dances, folk music, folk activities, folk games, folk cuisine, folk wear, folktales, folk games, folk religion, mythology and many more.<br>

You can help in enriching the folklore documentation on Commons from your region by taking photos, audios, videos, and [[|submitting]] them in the [[commons:Commons:Wiki Loves Folklore 2021|commons campaign]].<br>

Please support us in translating the [[commons:Commons: Wiki Loves Folklore 2021| project page]] and [|one-line banner message] to help us spread the word in your native language. <br>
Learn more about the contest and prizes by visiting this link. Thank you. [[User: Joy Agyepong]] 17:36, 29 January 2021 (UTC)

==FEMINISM & FOLKLORE 1 February - 31 March==


You are invited to participate in Feminism and Folklore writing contest. This year Feminism and Folklore will focus on feminism, women's biographies and gender-focused topics for the project in league with Wiki Loves Folklore gender gap focus with folk culture theme on Wikipedia. folk activities, folk games, folk cuisine, folk wear, fairy tales, folk plays, folk arts, folk religion, mythology, etc.

You can help us in enriching the folklore documentation on Wikipedia from your region by creating or improving articles centered on folklore around the world, including, but not limited to folk festivals, folk dances, folk music, women and queer personalities in folklore, folk culture (folk artists, folk dancers, folk singers, folk musicians, folk game athletes, women in mythology, women warriors in folklore, witches and witch-hunting, fairy tales and more. You can contribute to new articles or translate from the list of suggested articles here. 

You can also support us in translating the [[m:Feminism and Folklore 2021 |project page]] and help us spread the word in your native language. 

Learn more about the contest and prizes from our project page. Thank you. 

Feminism and Folklore team,
[[User: Joy Agyepong]] 17:36, 29 January 2021 (UTC)

User:Joy Agyepong 17:36, 29 January 2021 (UTC)

@Joy Agyepong Thanks for sharing the drafts. Does the remark about translation mean you want to have the message sent multilingually? Also, I'd need to know the list of people to receive the message as well. Best, Martin Urbanec (talk) 18:10, 29 January 2021 (UTC)

Hello @Martin Urbanec, our target group is the village pump. Here is the list of wikis we need you to send the message.

  Doing... Will do this by weekend.--Tiven2240 (talk) 11:37, 4 February 2021 (UTC)
  • I oppose using a MassMessage for the purpose of advertising a contest. Global message delivery is extremely overused, and has clogged up far too many project forums, making it practically impossible for many communities to hold discussions. It should not be used for such nonessential communications. (The message, incidentally, is huge, and will almost certainly be left untranslated as a giant block of incomprehensible-to-most English text.) --Yair rand (talk) 11:47, 4 February 2021 (UTC)

@Martin Urbanec All the campaigns need to be shared with Community which and the village pump. Every campaign and global project needs to be shared and if there are any concerns around the policy, perhaps it can be discussed around a separate thread. Best Joy Agyepong (talk) 15:53, 5 February 2021 (UTC)

@Tiven2240 Hello, is this done? Seems you send out the MMS? Can we close this? Camouflaged Mirage (talk) 11:55, 9 February 2021 (UTC)
@Tiven2240 One more ping. Camouflaged Mirage (talk) 11:49, 15 February 2021 (UTC)
Hi @Joy Agyepong: Is this too to be sent on VPs? --Tiven2240 (talk) 15:45, 15 February 2021 (UTC)

Yes @@Tiven2240: it should go out to VPs. Joy Agyepong (talk) 19:38, 15 February 2021 (UTC)

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