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Meta-Wiki has a small active community. When a normal user requires the assistance of an administrator or bureaucrat for some particular task, it is not always easy to find one. This page helps users find one when they need one; asking specific admins directly via their talk pages is one way to elicit a fast response. See also: Stewards' noticeboard, Access to nonpublic personal data policy noticeboard, Category:Meta-Wiki policies, Category:Global policies
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Request for Uploader RightEdit

Hi! So I am working with the Foundation on the collaboration with the UNOHCHR for the Foundation. Unfortunately many of their assets have restrictions on them, including their logo (see rational at w:en:File:OHCHR_logo.svg (as part of the collaboration with them we are working with them to discuss a more open policy on things like their logo etc)). However, in the mean time I am going to need to upload that logo locally to indicate the partnership in onwiki documentation. Can I get the uploader right? Astinson (WMF) (talk) 23:12, 30 September 2019 (UTC)

Is the main logo enough or do you expect to upload other variants of logo (and/or) their files? Also note that Meta has no Non-Free Use Rationale as required by the WMF Board (wmf:Resolution:Licensing policy) which makes fair use impossible. — regards, Revi 04:35, 1 October 2019 (UTC)
@-revi: It's only the logo. If someone else could do it for me that would be great. As for the Non-Free content: is there not an exemption for official projects by one of the affiliates? Astinson (WMF) (talk) 12:59, 1 October 2019 (UTC)
[ service: fix ping to -reviMarcoAurelio (talk) 21:41, 4 October 2019 (UTC) ]
This is the copyrighted logo of an external organization, and a text statement on a page should be able to "indicate a partnership". That an affiliate has decided to create a project doesn't empower special fair-use ability. The parent UN logo's appear to be free use though, could you use them? (commons:File:Emblem of the United Nations.svg). — xaosflux Talk 13:36, 5 October 2019 (UTC)

Multimedia cleanupEdit

Per the little yellow box at top right, I just went through the categories Files with unknown license and Files with unknown source. In all cases but two, I have deleted the files. In each of those cases, one of the following two statements is correct:

  • The creator was explicitly notified about the unknown license/source previously with respect to the file; or
  • The creator was notified about similar problems on other files previously, but has been inactive at Meta for over three years.

The last two files were created by someone still active here, so I posted notifications on the user's talk page.

All that said, I went through a total of about 12 files in those two categories—easy enough to do by hand. But the categories Files with no machine-readable license and Files with no machine-readable source contain a combined 1,300 (or so) files. I looked randomly at three or four files in those two categories and found no license or source at all. But I wonder if there is a fast way (bot?) to check these for non-machine-readable licenses or sources. I'm not doing 1,300 by hand. StevenJ81 (talk) 19 provided31, 3 October 2019 (UTC)

What an irony :) Well, we can use some heuristics I guess. Like look up the pages with no machine readable license which have "cc" somewhere in the text or images without sources but which have a url or word "own" provided… Does this go along what you are thinking? --Base (talk) 23:37, 4 October 2019 (UTC)
I have a feeling you will get a lot of pushback if you do tag a mass amount of images. I perused the category you linked. There are many MediaWiki images, Foundation images, and really old user images, among other things. I am not sure it is a task worth doing unless done by hand tbf. Killiondude (talk) 04:39, 7 October 2019 (UTC)


Please nuke pages created by Thanks, —Sgd. Hasley 17:34, 6 October 2019 (UTC)

  Not done I checked some of those additions earlier and the translations were correct. If there are problems then we are going to identify the problematic edits.  — billinghurst sDrewth 00:15, 7 October 2019 (UTC)


Semi-protection? Thank you in advance! Kind regards, — Tulsi Bhagat (contribs | talk) 06:39, 8 October 2019 (UTC)

  Done semi … infinite
  comment to fellow administrators maybe it is just what I am seeing, however, there seems to be a persistent vandalism to a range of central page by IP addresses. I used to be undertaking short term protection, however, these are long-term static pages, and pretty well don't need to be edited by IP editors. Unless the community tells me otherwise, my gut says that we should be soft protecting for longer periods, and possibly infinitely on certain pages where a page is pretty well set.  — billinghurst sDrewth 09:02, 8 October 2019 (UTC)
Agreed. I've been protecting for longer periods of time on these pages recently (usually on the scale of months rather than days), but indefinite protection should also be an option. – Ajraddatz (talk) 13:51, 8 October 2019 (UTC)

Tagger scriptEdit

Would someone mind following the instruction at User talk:Hoo man#About your tool "tagger.js" to fix it? We GR and GS are unhappy. The tagger script is not working. Kind regards, — Tulsi Bhagat (contribs | talk) 07:03, 13 October 2019 (UTC)

Specifically, per phab:T233442 the use of "editToken" should be replaced with "csrfToken" on line 495 of User:Hoo man/functions.js. Such an edit would be within the scope of a global interface editor (or local interface admin) --DannyS712 (talk) 07:28, 13 October 2019 (UTC)
It has only been two days since you asked Hoo. Please have the courtesy of waiting up to a week for a fix of a script before jumping up and down. It is not an essential tool, so intervention in someone else's scripts is not an immediate priority.  — billinghurst sDrewth 11:07, 13 October 2019 (UTC)
  Alright! Kind regards, — Tulsi Bhagat (contribs | talk) 13:16, 13 October 2019 (UTC)

Re-add removed emailEdit

Hello. I have recently removed my email from my account. But I now forgot my password. Is there a way that the system re-add my email, so I can use it to change the password? Or I have permanently lose my account? Thanks. 18:46, 13 October 2019 (UTC)

Officially, nope. If you have some huge number of contributions, or are a functionary of a project - then the Trust and Safety department might look in to it, but otherwise, just create a new account. — xaosflux Talk 00:39, 14 October 2019 (UTC)
How can I communicate with Trust and Safety department? 01:50, 14 October 2019 (UTC)
Send them an email: Vermont (talk) 01:52, 14 October 2019 (UTC)
Thanks. 02:09, 14 October 2019 (UTC)
If you removed your email very recently (<90 days, IIRC), your email can be still in the logs (and thus, is easily recoverable). Feel free to email me, I'll be happy to look into that for you. --Martin Urbanec (talk) 08:36, 14 October 2019 (UTC)

Request for autopatroledEdit

Hello, I need autopatrol rights, because I can't tag other people user page for deletion. I'm active in cross-wiki patrol. Thanks, --Janbery (talk) 07:22, 14 October 2019 (UTC)

  Done Granted. --Martin Urbanec (talk) 08:30, 14 October 2019 (UTC)

… is inserting false translations. Can be blocked? Thanks. —Sgd. Hasley 10:39, 14 October 2019 (UTC)