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Merchandise GiveawayEdit

Hey DerHexer,

I am trying to clear out the backlog from the merchandise giveaway scheme and I was wondering whether you had been contacted at all by anyone from the WMF in the last year about it? Let me know. Jseddon (WMF) (talk) 18:18, 15 March 2016 (UTC)

Please find my mail. Cheers, —DerHexer (Talk) 23:38, 15 March 2016 (UTC)

Emergency de-GSEdit

Hello DerHexer!
You recently removed Liliana-60's GS rights, though I'm unable to find any abusive GS actions with the crossactivity tool. Would you please clarify this/document the GS tool abuse somewhere? Thanks, --Vogone (talk) 13:48, 27 March 2016 (UTC)

There was no abuse of GS rights at all, the de-GS action was due to a local dewiki issue. -- Liliana 14:00, 27 March 2016 (UTC)
So why have the rights been removed then? GS requires preceding abuse or a vote of no confidence respectively. --Vogone (talk) 14:32, 27 March 2016 (UTC)
Because "dewiki admins said so", apparently. I think it's an abuse of steward rights but that's just me. -- Liliana 14:33, 27 March 2016 (UTC)
They also want to request global lock for me, lol -- Liliana 14:34, 27 March 2016 (UTC)
Global sysops: "Global sysops are highly trusted users" says it all. --Stryn (talk) 14:50, 27 March 2016 (UTC)
@Stryn: Of course it says so, but I don't see anywhere anything indicating why this user is no longer trusted. There likely is a reason why DerHexer performed this action and assumes - even without the normally required vote of no confidence - that the required trust of the community is no longer there, but it is intransparent and I cannot see a justification anywhere linked, not even in the log. --Vogone (talk) 15:27, 27 March 2016 (UTC)
Provided you can read German, see here. --Túrelio (talk) 15:35, 27 March 2016 (UTC)
I still see no reason why a strictly local dispute should lead to any global consequences, be it a global lock (as proposed on that page) or the loss of GS rights. -- Liliana 15:38, 27 March 2016 (UTC)
You just went nuts in an impossible way and can have consequences, both onwiki and in real life. There was and still is much chance that you take it to other wikis as you already did with your message on commonswiki. Since it would be difficult to monitor 700 wikis, an emergency global de-sysop was the easiest solution in this case to protect our projects from getting harmed by you, acting irrationally at the moment. It is backed up by stewards as well as the WMF. It's not an irreversible action since it was an emergency solution but the best to be chosen (and a vote can prove if you were still trusted among the global community). But in the end, honestly, if I were you I would feel so much ashamed of what you just did that I would leave the projects, right now, afraid of what legal consequences I had to face. —DerHexer (Talk) 18:27, 27 March 2016 (UTC)
Are you trying to threaten me as well? That's irresponsible of a steward. And in any case, you should have known that it was User:Nightflyer who brought the discussion to Commons and not me, so your accusations are wrong in every way. -- Liliana 18:31, 27 March 2016 (UTC)

<quetsch, leider nur in Deutsch, vielleicht übersetzt es jemand, falls notwendig> Nebelkerze: Mein erster Kontakt mit Liliana vor über einem Monat auf commons hatte ganz andere Gründe. Ein Löschantrag auf von mir hochgeladene Scans. Dieser Löschantrag war eine Rache für etwas, was ich in meiner Beitragsliste nicht mehr finden kann. Oversightet?

Der heutige Ärger begann hiermit. Ich zeigte eine Auffälligkeit zwischen zwei Benutzern auf [1] [2] und wollte einen Thread archivieren lassen. Daraufhin gab es einen Editwar mit nachfolgenden schweren Beleidigungen (Prostitution) gegen eine Benutzerin, der für eine dreitägige Sperre von Liliana sorgte.

Die Morddrohung gegen mich und meine Familie hat also mit dem Vorfall von vor über einem Monat nichts zu tun. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Nightflyer (talk)

Just to be clear, DerHexer's decisions was discussed among stewards. That's, definitely, a sad and messy situation. But since GS's is based upon trust a precautionary removal is the wisest choice. --Vituzzu (talk) 18:41, 27 March 2016 (UTC)
It was a recommendation, no threat at all, with regards to your death threat (which definitely was one). You heavily abused the terms of use of these sites and therewith forfeited your former access to powerful tools. Whether or not a global ban, global lock, or complain to the police are required, is up to others, my task as a steward is to keep our global wikis safe. With such threat, I would have emergency removed rights of any user, be it steward or sysop. Since global sysops are a powerful group, acting on this place was the very first thing to be done. I informed all people involved to discuss further actions. Again, feel ashamed of what you wrote, regret what you did, and improve your behaviour with others, otherwise it will hardly be possible to work with you anywhere anyhow. —DerHexer (Talk) 19:14, 27 March 2016 (UTC)
Well, I'll not talk to you anymore. You're no different from all the other dewiki admins, except you have shiny buttons to abuse and friends which you can tell wonderful lies to destroy my reputation at WMF. -- Liliana 19:20, 27 March 2016 (UTC)
Please, please, return to the real world, re-read your text and reconsider what you just did. I'm shocked, truly shocked. I have never read such stuff before, and I read plenty of vandalism, threats, and abuse onwiki as you know very well. —DerHexer (Talk) 19:26, 27 March 2016 (UTC)
(confl.) I was astonished around one year ago from other edits made by this user and I was inclined to remove their advanced permission at that time. Today's problems cannot be ignored - since they heavily impact on the freedom pillars - and edits like the last one are neither advisable nor permitted on this project. I have blocked for one week, but this kind of problems usually have to be examined in depth. --M/ (talk) 19:40, 27 March 2016 (UTC)
Thanks Túrelio for the link. --Vogone (talk) 23:34, 27 March 2016 (UTC)
A hint from a germanwiki-user: to threaten an user, his family or kids, is such a disgrace, that you only for this local dewiki issue should be banned generally. Sorry, but nobody needs you any longer in here. Thx for your work, it is time to go for Liliana-60. --Informationswiedergutmachung (talk) 21:17, 27 March 2016 (UTC)
And it is idiotic, also, because Liliana even don't know who Nightflyer is, how old he/she/it is, or if he/she/it has family or not. This kinda rampage nobody needs. --Informationswiedergutmachung (talk) 21:23, 27 March 2016 (UTC)
In any case DerHexer has done immediately what needed to be done in this situation so no need to criticise him but rather thank him to take responsibility for the situation. Everything else should be discussed only after some weeks cooling off of the situation.--Giftzwerg 88 (talk) 23:22, 27 March 2016 (UTC)
There has been a long time of transgression. Today I ask another Steward to have a look about this case. DerHexer handled it. Thanks for that. I hope, the emotions will cool down. --Itti (talk) 23:30, 27 March 2016 (UTC)
I did not criticise, I asked for onwiki documentation of the issue in order to increase transparency. --Vogone (talk) 23:34, 27 March 2016 (UTC)
But you read, what she wrote? --Itti (talk) 23:39, 27 March 2016 (UTC)
Obviously not, it has been hidden. :) --Vogone (talk) 23:47, 27 March 2016 (UTC)
OK, that explains a lot :). Sorry, it was worse and preavious posts were not better. Sorry, but I think DerHexers handling was very reasonable. Regards --Itti (talk) 23:53, 27 March 2016 (UTC)
The global de-sysop was the best solution imho. Liliana-60 is still admin at en.wiktionary. I think that flag schould be removed there as well (local de-sysop?). I am quite shocked what Liliana-60 is writing on de and commons. --Steinsplitter (talk) 09:03, 28 March 2016 (UTC)
Vogone, you should have a look here; unfortunely you cannot read the reason for it, but it was as heavy as the last edit on de. -jkbx- (an internetcafe + vacation sock of -jkb-) 13:58, 28 March 2016 (UTC)

Maintenance tools on Wikimedia are not rights, but privileges allowed to trustworthy people. It is proper to remove advanced access from people who abuse the trust. Furthermore, gross levels of abuse may indicate that a person should not be trusted anywhere, not just in the one sandbox in which the abuse occurred. Sometimes, we can split projects (when the reason for tool removal is project specific) other times we should not. From what I have seen, this is one where we should not "split" but the actions are severe enough that any trust has been abused. -- Avi (talk) 16:52, 28 March 2016 (UTC)

The en.wiktionary discusses already this problem, so no need to perform a de-sysop againt the descision of the community there imo, so if they don't want a desysop, we should respect their decision. Greetings, Luke081515 17:20, 28 March 2016 (UTC)

That Liliana aka Prince Kassad still held any sysop rights anywhere is the true mistake here. The user has been trolling de-WP for years with dramatic accounts of his life that were quite obviously untrue and repeatedly escalated into rants, insults and threats. That's unless you'd like to believe that Prince Kassad was actually a 14-year-old girl well experienced in Wiki-slang, Unicode and interlanguage Wiki coding when he started in started in 2006. Pull the other one...--—The preceding unsigned comment was added by Gonzo.Lubitsch (talk)

That's still not a reason to override a local community. Maybe for a global desysop, but not for a local, if a community is big enough imo. @Gonzo.Lubitsch: She is now blocked at dewiki, so what is the problem? And if you don't trust her, there are person who know her in RL, so why don't ask them? Luke081515 20:31, 28 March 2016 (UTC)
A user making up false identities and stories who resorts to despicable insults and threats of violence cannot to be trusted to handle sysop rights responsibly. Since local communities have usually little insight in what was going on in other local wikis, mostly w/o the ability to even see deleted posts they are not in a good position to really judge and make a qualified decision in those cases where someone goes nuts outside their own domain.--Gonzo.Lubitsch (talk) 10:20, 29 March 2016 (UTC)
I don't think, that they are not in a position to make a qualified decision. They know, which content was deleted, from different persons. What you actually are doing: You try to export the conflict to other wikis, so you're not better, than Liliana, as she exported the conflict to commons. A global desysop is justifiable, because you can't monitor 900 wikis with small communitys. But you can let monitor a community its own wiki.
And another question: Why do you know what is good for the community there? As I can see, you don't habe contribs there, so why can you judge here? This was one point there too. To quote one user, as he said: "I would much prefer that the Germans not bring their quarrel here", so don't do that. Luke081515 14:31, 29 March 2016 (UTC)
  • Speaking for the en.wiktionary community, we would prefer to handle our discussion of the matter in-house. Thus far there is general consensus that what happens on de.wiktionary (or any de. Wikimedia project) is distinct from what happens on en.wiktionary. Cheers! BD2412 T 16:12, 29 March 2016 (UTC)
  • While the rights removal is clearly justified, more transparency (even a talk page notice) would have been preferable IMHO. --Rschen7754 01:04, 30 March 2016 (UTC)

  • Now after almost two weeks full of off-topic comments on this page, I hope things have cooled down and I would like to call attention to my initial request here. It's been left unanswered. Thanks, --Vogone (talk) 14:36, 8 April 2016 (UTC)
    @Vogone: What would you think where the best place for such documentation would be? Talk:Global sysops for example? Cheers, —DerHexer (Talk) 15:16, 8 April 2016 (UTC)
    Seems to be custom to create an RFC subpage, at least policies for other, similar user rights require a report over there, which may also be commented by the community if desired. Thank you, --Vogone (talk) 15:44, 8 April 2016 (UTC)
    I think it's better to write to the closed global sysop mailing list where it's easier to explain issues that cannot be discussed publicly due to the serious of these issues. The full community would only be able to comment with unsufficient information which cannot be published since they were removed with good reason. Nevertheless, I note on the talk page that the right was removed should be required. Cheers, —DerHexer (Talk) 15:50, 8 April 2016 (UTC)
    Doesn't make much sense to me since global sysops in this regard do not have any more access than any other user. And judging from above, it is possible to let the community comment, even if certain details are unknown. The English language Wiktionary community is also discussing this issue openly. But of course, it's up to you what you choose to be appropriate. --Vogone (talk) 16:16, 8 April 2016 (UTC)


Hello DerHexer. Would you accept a friendly suggestion to archive your talk page? It's becoming quite large and I had some problems yesterday loading it due to transitory slow network speed. Users with slower internet connections might also have problems to load it as well. If you allow me an example too, some of us use ArchiverBot to do that awful job for us ;-) I hope that you don't consider bad this message. Cheers, —MarcoAurelio 15:37, 28 March 2016 (UTC)

Loading your user talkpage on a smartphone can be painful as well. -- Avi (talk) 14:31, 29 March 2016 (UTC)
Yes, finally did so. Cheers, —DerHexer (Talk) 15:15, 8 April 2016 (UTC)
:-)MarcoAurelio 15:21, 8 April 2016 (UTC)
Might be time to do it again?   ~~~~
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Sister Projects CommitteeEdit

@DerHexer: Good afternoon. The Sister Projects Committee is inactive, the oldest waiting project was proposed 10 years ago !

Where could I make a pool/concensus to change the way this comitee works ? Or can the administrator change that without (but I don't think) ? Thank you. Archi38 (talk) 16:48, 2 April 2016 (UTC)

Have you tried to use the talk page or sent messages to the users on the list? In general, I doubt that the Wikimedia Foundation will easily allow new projects. Cheers, —DerHexer (Talk) 14:04, 10 April 2016 (UTC)

Blockade wegen "long term abuse"?Edit

Hallo DerHexer, könntest Du mir bitte freundlicherweise mitteilen, warum Du mein Konto gesperrt hast. Ich bearbeite die Seite "Evangelische Stadtkirche Monschau", deren Pfarrer ich bin. Über eine kurze Nachricht würde ich mich freuen.

JPBentzin —The preceding unsigned comment was added by JPBentzin (talk) 14:30, 28 April 2016 (UTC)

Recurring long term abuse:
Please intervene. 08:20, 7 June 2016 (UTC)
I cannot find a log entry that I blocked the 83.6. range. Can you please quote the block message? Same with JPBentzin please. Cheers, —DerHexer (Talk) 22:24, 7 June 2016 (UTC)
Why wonder? He found new IP range and he vandalizes from it. Best would be to globally block it again according to Global_block_of_Orange_ranges_(2015). — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 07:34, 8 June 2016 (UTC)
Ich war gesperrt mit derselbem LTA Sperrkommunikat. Bitte gib mir Sperrexemptionrecht.
JPBentzin — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 07:55, 8 June 2016 (UTC)

auch ich bin betroffen und finde es eine Unverschämtheit und total undemokratisch aber das passiert wenn man bestimmten Leuten Befugnisse erteilt und diese damit nicht umgehen können

von mir kriegt wikipedia keinen cent mehr — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:21, 24 July 2017 (UTC)

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Werbelastige BenutzerseiteEdit

Hallo DerHexer, die Benutzerseite User:Chborusse wurde direk auf die DE Wikipedia-Benutzerseite verlinkt, sodass ich als Administrator der DE-Wikipedia die Seite nicht löschen kann. Der Inhalt verstösst mMg. gegen unsere Konventionen für Benutzerseiten, da Wikipedia kein Anbieter von kostenlosen Webseiten, die zur Eigendarstellung, Werbung, als Linkcontainer oder Publizierung von unenzyklopädischen Texten ist. Eine Ansprache des Benutzers blieb bisher erfolglos, sodass wir Hilfe eines Meta-Admin benötigen. Freundliche Grüße --Doc.Heintz (talk) 21:53, 4 September 2016 (UTC) 

provisorische Lösung, Gruß -jkb- 23:27, 4 September 2016 (UTC)
P.S. Der Trick ist aber echt gut. -jkb- 23:30, 4 September 2016 (UTC)

Danke für die Zwischenlösung. Wir sollten gegen derartige "Tricks" ein Gegenmittel finden. MfG --Doc.Heintz (talk) 09:37, 5 September 2016 (UTC)

Hm, die Lösung von -jkb- ist schon gut, sonst WM:RFH. Ich kann es aber mal ansprechen. Grüße, —DerHexer (Talk) 09:59, 5 September 2016 (UTC)
Dennoch noch einmal: nur ein Provisorium (auf en: überigens auch). In dem Moment, wo sich jemand findet und aus welchen Gründen auch mein Edit löscht (der Admin kennt sich nicht aus, per Userantrag...), und solange die Seite auf Meta noch existiert, sind wir da wo wir sind. Man muss solche Seiten hier auf Meta löschen, alternativ die Seiten auf den Wikis, die mit einem Edit (wie von mir) zuerst "außer Betrieb" gesetzt wurden schützen. (Ich hätte natürlich auch den Text auf der Seite hier entfernen können, ja aber :-) ...) Gruß -jkb- 13:26, 5 September 2016 (UTC)
Auch ich meine, dass es so nur eine Zwischenlösung sein kann; bitte klären. --Doc.Heintz (talk) 17:18, 6 September 2016 (UTC) 
Wie gesagt: Ich hab es nun auf die Agenda des Stewardmeetings morgen Nacht gesetzt. Grüße, —DerHexer (Talk) 21:50, 6 September 2016 (UTC)
Hallo DerHexer, dann könntest du villeicht das hier / User:Mightyquinn84 gleich mit ansprechen. Grüße --Doc.Heintz (talk) 06:08, 9 September 2016 (UTC)

Good Job zum Block der Drei-NutzerEdit

Ernsthaft, gehts noch ganz? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:22, 30 September 2016 (UTC)

Ein bisschen mehr Kontext wäre hilfreich, um zu verstehen, worum es geht … Ich hab schon mehrere drei Nutzer gesperrt. —DerHexer (Talk) 20:32, 30 September 2016 (UTC)

Ich weiß nicht, was es bei den Drei-Benutzern genau war, aber der IP-Block wo ich drinnen bin war eben auch gesperrt. Es war der ganze 178.190/16-Block gesperrt (ungefähr 65 534 praktische IP-Adressen). Ich finde so großräumige Sperren etwas übertrieben ... Ich würde normalerweise nur ein /32 sperren (eine einzige IP-Adresse). --Thomas1311 (talk) 16:02, 19 March 2017 (UTC)

auch ich bin betroffen und finde es eine Unverschämtheit und total undemokratisch aber das passiert wenn man bestimmten Leuten Befugnisse erteilt und diese damit nicht umgehen können — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:50, 24 July 2017 (UTC)

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Problem with the accountEdit

Hi DerHexer,

I'm Ranko Nikolić, administrator and bureaucrat on Serbian Wikipedia.

I can't log into my account on Wikipedia due to problems with 2FA, my authentication device is broken. Do you like steward can reset the settings of my accounts or otherwise-enable access to the account? User Dungodung is on my talk page confirmed that I lost access to the account.

Best regards,

@Hoo man:DerHexer (Talk) 23:32, 3 February 2017 (UTC)
We're handling this on Phabricator now. Cheers, Hoo man (talk) 20:30, 5 February 2017 (UTC)

Lost account recovery for someone I know from Wikimania?Edit

I've got a curious case here. User:Aaa839, whom I've met at Wikimania last year, contacted me on Facebook to say he's lost the password to his Wikimedia account. But it seems that he hasn't attached an email address to his account... I wonder if it is at all recoverable? Would stewards help recover an account based on trust testimonies of other users? Deryck C. 14:46, 8 February 2017 (UTC)

Deryck Chan, yes, they sometimes do. I can confirm that you are very trustable in such regards. User:Hoo man knows pretty well what are the next steps. Best, —DerHexer (Talk) 19:40, 8 February 2017 (UTC)
@Deryck Chan: The next step would be to open a (private) phabricator ticket for this issue, so that we have a place to track what's going on and why we are doing these things. After all, this should not be taken lightly.
If you can't open a ticket on phabricator, you can also email me via Special:EmailUser/Hoo man and I'll open the ticket for you. Cheers, Hoo man (talk) 20:47, 8 February 2017 (UTC)
@Hoo man: I've created phab:T157671 and subscribed you. I'm not sure what you mean by private ticket but the documentation sounds like it can be set after one opens the ticket. Anyway I didn't post any private information on the ticket. Deryck C. 10:57, 9 February 2017 (UTC)

Fühle mich als Unbeteiligter durch grobschlächtige, pauschale IP-Bereichssperre brüskiert. (

Es ist mir klar, dass man die Wikipedia gegen Vandalismus schützen muss. - Aber wenn man vollkommen unschuldig eiskalt abgemeiert wird, nur weil man im mobilen Internetzugang zufällig eine IP aus einem pauschal "abgestraften" Bereich bekommt, ist das schon ziemlich mies!!! (Betr.: Bereich bis 2017-03-02) - Diskutieren will ich das eigentlich gar nicht, sondern dem Verursacher nur mal mitteilen, dass das einen sauschlechten Eindruck macht. Weil ich jetzt eine andere IP zugeteilt bekam, die nicht betroffen ist, habe ich den Edit im Artikel doch noch machen können. Sie werden ja wohl nachsehen, worum es ging. (William Wilberforce Wirklich nur eine nützliche Kleinigkeit, die ich dort ergänzt habe.) Aber ich werde für die Wikipedia wohl nichts mehr beitragen. Mir ist das Arbeitsklima dann doch zu engstirnig und unfreundlich. - Mit freundlichen Grüßen -- 22:17, 20 February 2017 (UTC)

Aufgrund von Vandalismus (also unsinnigen Bearbeitungen einzelner Benutzer) ist es manchmal notwendig, IP-Adressen den Schreibzugang auf Wikipedia zu sperren. Manchmal hilft aber auch das nicht und es muss eine gesamte IP-Range gesperrt werden. Dieses Mittel wird selten und meistens nur kurzzeitig eingesetzt, da dadurch nicht nur der Vandale gesperrt wird, sondern auch unbeteiligte und konstruktiv arbeitende Benutzer. In diesem Fall wurde die Range jedoch Hunderte Male missbräuchlich eingesetzt und musste längerfristig gesperrt werden.
Gern können wir jedoch ein Benutzerkonto mit einem Namen Ihrer Wahl anlegen, das von dieser Sperre nicht betroffen wäre. Ob der Wunschname noch verfügbar ist, kann auf Special:CentralAuth überprüft werden.
Vielen Dank für Ihr Verständnis, das Problem bekommen wir schon gelöst. —DerHexer (Talk) 23:11, 22 February 2017 (UTC)
Verständnis hat dafür anscheinend niemand. IP-Sperren gegen Vandalismus sind unsinnig, wenn die Vandalen einfach VPNs, Proxies, gekaperter Rechner, und sonstige Tricks nutzen, um an den Sperren vorbeizukommen. Mit solchen IP-Range-Sperren werden meistens nur normale Menschen ausgesperrt und so der Sinn von Wikis untergraben. Wenn man zu solch drastischen Mitteln greifen muss, hat man i. d. R. ganz andere Problem. Aber einfach einen signifikanten Teil einer Bevölkerung auszusperren, ist sicherlich nicht der richtige Weg. Und die Solidarität anderer Teilnehmer sinkt dadurch ebenfalls stark. Kleine Frage (da ich nicht weiß, wie das intern funktioniert): Hast du alleine die Entscheidung getroffen so viele Leute zu sperren, oder führt ihr intern eine Abstimmung durch, bevor das umgesetzt wird? -- 22:48, 21 March 2017 (UTC)
Das sind etliche Range-Sperren. Wieviele IP-Adressen sind derzeitig in dieser Art und Weise von dir (und von wem noch) gesperrt? -- 16:50, 23 March 2017 (UTC)


Falls du es noch nicht mitbekommen haben solltest und falls es dich interessieren sollte: heise-Meldung. DestinyFound (talk) 10:58, 21 March 2017 (UTC)

Und hier: Wikipedia sperrt zehntausende Oesterreicher auf vom 21. März 2017 --Meine Beiträge (talk) 20:37, 22 March 2017 (UTC)
Hallo Martin, kannst du mal erläutern, in welcher Funktion du globale Sperrungen durchführen kannst und warum du bis zu 65.536 IP-Adressen, an anderer Stelle auch mal 8.192 oder so sperrst. Mit wem sprichst du das denn so ab?
Warum stehst du der Presse für Rückfragen nicht zur Verfügung? -- 16:46, 23 March 2017 (UTC)
Siehe de:User:DerHexer. Ich bin derzeit schlicht nicht da, was die Presse auch weiß. Sie agiert nichtsdestotrotz und in Unwissenheit. Selten dämlich. —DerHexer (Talk) 23:33, 23 March 2017 (UTC)

Hallo Martin,

ich möchte Dich ermuntern, etwas freundlicher mit derartigen Dingen umzugehen. Das Thema und seine tägliche Praxis kenne ich nicht, und möchte daher auch keine einzelnen Schritte ansprechen oder gar annmäkeln. Ich möchte aber anregen, dass solche Dinge zumindest besser kommuniziert werden, und dazu ermuntern, aufmerksam zu sein, wenn sowas in der Presse Echo findet. Vielleicht kann man, hier darauf angesprochen, auch etwas freundlicher oder geschickter reagieren. Vielleicht ist eine erläuternde de:WP:... - oder de:Hilfe:... - Seite, die in den Sperr-Logbüchern verlinkt wird, ein weiterführender Ansatz. Vielleicht existiert sowas auch schon, nur so schlecht auffindbar, dass ich es noch nicht gesehen habe.

--Blauer elephant (talk) 09:32, 11 April 2017 (UTC)

Hallo DerHexer, ich darf mich der Ermunterung anschließen nicht immer gleich alles zu sperren. Das ganze nimmt langsam Dimensionen an, die nicht mehr rational nachvollziehbar sind. -- 05:56, 27 May 2017 (UTC)

Das hab ich mir auch gedacht, als ich wieder über 100 neue Konten in einer Range sperren musste. —DerHexer (Talk) 10:18, 27 May 2017 (UTC)
Vermutlich tust Du eine wichtige Arbeit, gerade dadurch, dass Du Menschen und IPs sperrst. Das muss ich mir aber denken, denn Du kommunizierst das nicht. Das, was Du kommunizierst, wirkt mechanistisch, unnahbar und lakonisch, übrigens auch Deine dürre Bemerkung vom 27. Mai hier. Es wird dadurch nicht einfacher, auf die Idee zu kommen, dass Deine Arbeit einen Nutzen hat. --Blauer elephant (talk) 07:50, 6 October 2017 (UTC)
Das Kind ist ja nun in den Brunnen gefallen. Ich versuche nun, operativer und kurzfristiger darauf zu reagieren, als mit langfristigen Sperren daran zu gehen, die ja wohl wissentlich leider auch einige Nachteile haben. An sehr vielen Stellen wurde ich zu dem Fall angesprochen und habe dies beantwortet, natürlich immer mit dem Hinweis auf Wikipedia:Checkuser/Anfragen/Avoided und Wikipedia:Checkuser/Anfragen/Avoided, Teil 2, welche schon durch ihre schiere Masse an Wahnsinn für sich sprechen sollten. Wie auch mehrfach geschrieben, wog ich das anhand der Anmeldungen ab, ob eine längere Rangesperre gerechtfertigt ist, so wie das bei den Stewards Usus ist. Am meisten ärgere ich mich dabei, dass leider Unschuldige unter dem Chaoten zu leiden haben. Mehr als ein Hinweis darauf, dass die Sperre nicht für angemeldete Personen gilt und wir gern Konten anlegen, kann ich technisch nicht machen. Die Beschwerden diesbezüglich gegenüber der Wikimedia Foundation, verhallen derzeit noch, auch wenn jetzt ein Team sich an solche Themen setzen soll. Es fehlen Sperroptionen, die bspw. nur die Kontenneuanlage unterbinden oder die auf bestimmte User-Agents beschränkt sind. Das würde ungewollte Sperren deutlich reduzieren. So bleibt im Interesse der Projekte wohl nur, die zeitliche Bindung durch den Chaoten immer jeweils nur kurzfristig zu stoppen und auf Langfristiges zu verzichten, da dies augenscheinlich zu doch deutlichen Klagen geführt hat. Das kann ich zumindest für mich sagen, Kollegen von mir fahren die genannten Prozeduren auch weiterhin. Halt in anderen Ländern und mit anderen Chaoten. Und in der Tat, leider sind wir Stewards oft nur in der Lage, den Problemen hinterherzulaufen und können weder präventiv gegen sie vorgehen, noch haben wir die Ressourcen so darüber zu informieren, dass es auch für alle nachvollziehbar ist – mw:Help:Range blocks und en:Wikipedia:Blocking policy kratzen ja nur diese Problematik. Eine gute Überblicksseite, warum manchmal radikale Sperren notwendig sind, ist ein Desiderat. Ich nehme das mal in die nächste Steward-Telefonkonferenz mit. Wäre zu wünschen, dass sich jemand Zeit dafür nähme und man dies dann auch verlinken könnte in den Sperrbegründungen, an denen wir ja schon gearbeitet haben, aber die leider wohl immer noch zu unklar sind. Grüße, —DerHexer (Talk) 19:52, 6 October 2017 (UTC)

Hallo DerHexer, ich schließe mich der Frage von (16:46, 23. März 2017) voll und ganz an. Wer oder was gibt Ihnen das Recht, Tausende von Nutzer weltweit auf Gutsherrenart von der Mitarbeit an Wikipedia auszuschließen? So etwas nennt man Sippenhaft! Wieviele Promille der betroffenen Nutzer sind tatsächlich Vandalen? Und welcher echte Vandale ließe sich mit so einer Sperre ernsthaft von seinem destruktiven Treiben abhalten? Ich bin wahrlich kein Spezialist in solchen Angelegenheiten, aber mir fallen auf Anhieb gleich mehrere Wege ein, wie ein Vandale trotz massenhafter IP-Sperren sein hässliches Werk ausführen kann. Wikipedia verfügt glücklicherweise über effektive Wege, böswillige Änderungen schnell zu erkennen und rückgängig zu machen - unter anderem auch durch die Mithilfe zahlloser anonymer Helfer, die Sie mit Ihrer komplett überzogenen Strafaktion aussperren. Das Einzige, was Sie auf diese Art und Weise mit Sicherheit bewirken, ist Frust - Frust all der Menschen, die konstruktiv, aber anonym an Wikipedia mitarbeiten wollen. Im Grunde unterstützen Sie damit sogar das Werk der Vandalen! Mehr noch - auf mich wirken Ihre Massenaussperrungen nicht anderes als Vandalismus. Sie strafen wahllos all die ehrlichen Nutzer/Editoren von Wikipedia ab, die anonym bleiben wollen. Vielleicht sollte man zur Abwechslung mal Ihren Nutzer-Account für ein paar Monate sperren? Denken Sie einfach mal darüber nach. MfG, -- 3x2x1 (talk) 17:38, 01 June 2017 (UTC)

auch ich bin betroffen und finde es eine Unverschämtheit und total undemokratisch aber das passiert wenn man bestimmten Leuten Befugnisse erteilt und diese damit nicht umgehen können — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:49, 24 July 2017 (UTC)

A barnstar for you!Edit

  The Original Barnstar
Thank you for your interesting lightning talk at the Wikimedia Conference 2017. Ijon (talk) 08:45, 4 April 2017 (UTC)
Thank you for the barnstar although I did not finish it early. ;-) My slides are online now. Best, —DerHexer (Talk) 21:05, 6 April 2017 (UTC)


Hi Martin, thank you very much for organization of such nice conference and especially for sightseen tour. It was made in very nice way. We could see the main places quickly and was provided with all the necessary and interesting information. Well done! Greetings from Ukraine, --Visem (talk) 18:50, 4 April 2017 (UTC)

Thank you very much for this kind feedback. I appreciate that you enjoyed it. I had a lot of fun, too! Best, —DerHexer (Talk) 21:05, 6 April 2017 (UTC)


Ich bin mal wieder als IP gesperrt ;), Flixbus Slowakei. Angemeldet kein Problem. Diese Flixbusse scheinen Vandalen magisch anzuziehen.... --Ralf Roletschek (talk) 17:01, 30 May 2017 (UTC)

Danke für die Info! Grüße, —DerHexer (Talk) 18:29, 30 May 2017 (UTC)
yep das gleiche Problem siehe Deine Disk auf de:WP [3] Besten Gruß --Tom (talk) 11:02, 13 June 2017 (UTC)

auch ich bin betroffen und finde es eine Unverschämtheit und total undemokratisch aber das passiert wenn man bestimmten Leuten Befugnisse erteilt und diese damit nicht umgehen können — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:48, 24 July 2017 (UTC)

Wikimedia Foundation elections/2017/Funds Dissemination Committee/Call for candidatesEdit

Ich schwanke irgendwo zwischen ernsthaft und ironisch. Ironisch: wozu ist das FDC gut und warum sollte man es nicht für ein pseudo-demokratisches Feigenblatt halten? Für mich klingt das nach einer Wahl für einen Haufen Cheggas, die das von mir generierte Geld (= ich trage zum Inhalt der Wikipedia massiv bei) dann sinnlos verpulvern. Ein Committee zum bestenfalls Spaßhaben. Wo kann ich mich eigentlich für diese Frankfurter Nationalversammlung bewerben? --Informationswiedergutmachung (talk) 21:28, 31 May 2017 (UTC)

Informationswiedergutmachung, w:de:Wikipedia:Funds Dissemination Committee ist leider schon etwas veraltet, enthält aber immer noch einige hilfreiche Informationen. Grüße, —DerHexer (Talk) 22:30, 31 May 2017 (UTC)

auch ich bin betroffen und finde es eine Unverschämtheit und total undemokratisch aber das passiert wenn man bestimmten Leuten Befugnisse erteilt und diese damit nicht umgehen können

Von mir kriegt WIKIPEDIA keinen Cent mehr als Spende das ist mal klar — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:49, 24 July 2017 (UTC)

Change the protection of a MediaWiki pageEdit

Hi DerHexer,

I wanted to know if it was technically possible to unprotect this page for a group of users? After, I will make a request here. Thanks.--Ghybu (talk) 13:29, 11 July 2017 (UTC)

@Ghybu: Not that I am aware of. The least powerful user group I know which can edit javascript pages are administrators. Temporary admin access can be requested on Meta:Requests for adminship however. Best, —DerHexer (Talk) 17:39, 16 July 2017 (UTC)


We need 2017 version of Global block of Orange ranges (2015), since: 19:41, 20 July 2017 (UTC)

blocked already, but global announcement as above is needed. 19:43, 20 July 2017 (UTC)


Die betroffenen Ranges waren meiner Ansicht nach bis zum 29.07.2017 gesperrt und sind nun alle wieder entsperrt.

Ich hoffe dass es von Dauer sein wird. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:16, 31 July 2017 (UTC)

Update regarding Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons tutorial videosEdit


I regret to inform you that the series of motivational and educational videos project, which had been planned introduce Wikipedia and some of its sister projects to new contributors, is being discontinued.

There are multiple factors that have led to this decision. The initial budget and time estimates were far too small for a project of this scale and complexity. Also, my simultaneous involvement in Cascadia Wikimedians User Group was problematic due to the shortage of human resources for the user group, which resulted in my spending far more time trying to help the user group than I had planned, so my time and attention were diverted from this video project to assisting the user group.

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On a personal note, I am retiring from the Wikimedia community. Perhaps I will return someday.


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Series director and screenwriter

Böses Foul im Beispielvideo: Man klettert nicht auf irgendwelche Kästen auf der Straße, um über einen Zaun zu knipsen. :-) Gruss --Nightflyer (talk) 11:28, 1 September 2017 (UTC)

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Looked at it. —DerHexer (Talk) 22:57, 7 November 2017 (UTC)

IP sperrungEdit

Hallo Martin, kannst Du mir kurz mitteilen wieso meine IP gesperrt ist? Also unter meinem Account kann ich ganz normal artikel bearbeiten, aber wenn ich nicht angemeldet bin dann kommt, dass ich global von Dir gesperrt wurde. WhYYY :))

vielen dank, Thomas —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Oxenflesh (talk) 23:36, 3 December 2017 (UTC)

Die IP-Range wurde massiv missbraucht, ich habe die Sperre jetzt jedoch mal aufgehoben und beobachte, wie sich das entwickeln wird. Grüße, —DerHexer (Talk) 23:45, 3 December 2017 (UTC)

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@DerHexer: Hi there, so -by joking- i ask to reconfirm an admistrator account password by his email, so I apollozige for him but no, he blocked me for a mounth, i put some requests to unblock me so he block me for 3 mounth, i calm and waite for some time and i put again some unblock requests and i'm know blocked for 6 mounth. The admistrator is alaa and i'm koussayou003 from arabic wikipedia, can you please unblock me ?? Koussayou003 (talk) 22:27, 27 December 2017 (UTC)


Hi. A lot of the translated banners for this campaign say "2017" instead of "2018"; for example "Du kan nu ansøge for legater til Wikimania 2017." appears to be the approved translation for Danish. Are these errors? Should these messages be changed? --MZMcBride (talk) 14:57, 2 January 2018 (UTC)

The same for the message in French. Please modify it. Pamputt (talk) 21:24, 3 January 2018 (UTC)
According to [4], there should be 2018 in every translation by now. Unfortunately, the CentralNotice system is a bit buggy: When you copy a banner (which I did with the 2017 banner for 2018), the translations do not automatically get outdated. I don't know how to fix this without manually outdating each translation separately. Maybe Seddon can help here. Best, —DerHexer (Talk) 00:49, 4 January 2018 (UTC)
no, see Stryn (talk) 05:52, 4 January 2018 (UTC)
Should all be fixed now. —DerHexer (Talk) 08:07, 4 January 2018 (UTC)

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Community engagement survey for the Iceland Conference 2018Edit

Hello DerHexer,

As your username is indicated in the list of the members of the Commons Photographers User Group, you are kindely invited to answer this survey in the order to shape the upcoming Iceland Conference 2018 and help the organizing team.
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Hi, I heard that itWikiCon organisers are looking for a supranational domain name where to host something about the Italian-language WikiCon. Do you think a subdomain would be available and if so, could you put Tremej and Ysogo in contact with the appropriate person? Sorry for asking in a period of busy Wikimania work... Thanks, Nemo 20:43, 4 March 2018 (UTC)

Where should I go?Edit

I was trying to discuss a case of admin tools misuse in Fa wiki. The local users said that my diffs, which belonged to En Wiki and OTRS, could not be addressed to Fa wiki and hence my reasoning were not legitimate in their view because the deems where considered to be beyond the Fa wiki scope. That's why I came here to see where I can discuss this issue. Would you help me, please? --Mhhossein talk 06:04, 28 March 2018 (UTC)

SN might be a good place to contact. —DerHexer (Talk) 17:15, 29 March 2018 (UTC)

Wiki Loves FoodEdit

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WikiDACH BannerEdit

Lieber Martin, schaust Du bitte mal drauf? CentralNotice/Request/WikiDACH_2018 Danke, --Sebastian Wallroth (talk) 18:46, 9 June 2018 (UTC)

@Sebastian Wallroth: Die Kritik mit dem Bild als Banner kann ich nachvollziehen, auch wenn es das einfacher macht, dieses zu erstellen. ;-) Grüße, —DerHexer (Talk) 19:05, 11 June 2018 (UTC)
@DerHexer: Steht irgendwo, wie man ein responsives Banner erstellt? Oder wird eine Textzeile empfohlen? Kann man Banner nur auf Desktops anzeigen lassen? Was ist der Unterschied zwischen Request und Calendar? --Sebastian Wallroth (talk) 19:26, 11 June 2018 (UTC)
@Sebastian Wallroth: Auf Help:CentralNotice und CentralNotice/Banner guidelines gibt es einige Anmerkungen, wie Banner aufgebaut sein sollen. (Übersetzbarer) Text ist da normalerweise hilfreich. Das Banner kann für desktop, android, iphone, ipad und sonstige angepasst werden. Request beschreibt nur die Anfrage und Genehmigung des Banners, der Calendar soll mehr Übersicht darüber geben, wann welche Kampagnen stattfinden, sowie darüber informieren, ob in bestimmten Zeiträumen schon die Plätze auch anderweitig genutzt werden wollen. Mit CentralNotice/Request/WikiDaheimAnnouncement gibt es ja knapp keine Überschneidung. Grüße, —DerHexer (Talk) 19:54, 11 June 2018 (UTC)

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WikiCon 2018 BannerEdit

Hallo Martin, beim aktuellen Banner für die WikiCon 2018 ist mir ein kleiner Farbunterschied zwischen Banner-Hintergrund und Logo aufgefallen. Wäre es möglich anstatt der PNG-, die transparente SVG-Version anzuzeigen? --1-Byte (talk) 19:10, 24 August 2018 (UTC)

@1-Byte: Das Banner läuft aktuell nicht mehr, das Amüsante ist, dass auch mir das aufgefallen ist. Ich habe die Farbwerte verglichen und staunte nicht schlecht, dass es die exakt selben waren. Was auch immer die Ursache für die Wirkung ist, bleibt für mich schleierhaft. Sollte das Banner nochmals genutzt werden, nehme ich gern die SVG-Variante. Danke für die Hinweise! Grüße, —DerHexer (Talk) 23:30, 29 August 2018 (UTC)

Emergency in KaWikiEdit

Dear steward,
Please read my explanation thoroughly. It is about an inexorable situation in the Georgian Wikipedia, the long-established. Every attempt to solve the problem locally fails again and again. So, please, do not be indifferent.
The requests are extraordinary, so I do not write on a general page, but personally.
Best regards, Deu. 18:00, 30 September 2018 (UTC)

The Community Wishlist SurveyEdit


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Central notice adminshipEdit

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Danke schön! ;-) —DerHexer (Talk) 11:17, 18 November 2018 (UTC)

Langdurig Structureel VandalismeEdit

w:de:Wikipedia:Administratoren/Anfragen/Archiv/2018/November#kann_den_da_jemand_zuordnen? 13:23, 18 November 2018 (UTC)

Löschen von Vandalismus in der Wikipedia in InterlingueEdit

Hallo, Neulich hat ein unbekannter eine leere Seite erstellt: Dies ist Vandalismus, den keiner haben möchte. Ich hoffe, dieser Artikel könnte gelöscht werden. RWMuc (talk) 21:25, 14 December 2018 (UTC)

@RWMuc: Ich habe ihn mangels lokaler Admins gelöscht. Danke für den Hinweis. Ungewöhnlich, dass leere Artikel erstellt werden können … vielleicht weiß @Hoo man: Rat? Grüße, —DerHexer (Talk) 20:40, 16 December 2018 (UTC)

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Done. :-D —DerHexer (Talk) 20:32, 14 January 2019 (UTC)

Don't use Special:Redirect for filesEdit

Just a heads up, don't use Special:Redirect to link to images because it is not cacheable.

It caused a spike in traffic etc that Ops noticed...

Fixed in [5]. So in future, just follow Special:Redirect, and use the resultant URL.


Reedy (WMF) (talk) 01:23, 1 February 2019 (UTC)

@Reedy (WMF): I will follow your request but you may also want to inform the author of the banner code. ;-) Best, —DerHexer (Talk) 21:32, 1 February 2019 (UTC)
Special:Redirect used to be the recommended way to link thumbnails because the URL format for thumbs may change in the future, according to Duesentrieb and others when asked on the mailing list. Does it become problematic only with extremely high traffic? mw:Help:Images may be the appropriate page or not (depending whether it's only advice for developers). Nemo 11:24, 2 February 2019 (UTC)

Video tutorial regarding Wikipedia referencing with VisualEditorEdit

Hi, I have received a grant from WMF to support production of a video tutorial regarding creating references with VisualEditor. I anticipate that the video will be published in March 2019. If this tutorial is well received then I may produce additional tutorials in the future for English Wikipedia and possibly other projects such as Commons and Spanish Wikipedia. If you would like to receive notifications on your talk page when drafts and finished products from this project are ready for review, then please sign up for the project newsletter.
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Wrong translationEdit

Wrong translation [6]. Who's the author? Where can I fix that? Kubura (talk) 21:00, 4 March 2019 (UTC)

@Kubura: That's a copy of the 2018 version which was copied by Seddon (WMF). I don't know wherefrom and how so you may ask him. At least, there seems to be no 2017 translation of the call. Best, —DerHexer (Talk) 21:25, 4 March 2019 (UTC)

Board electionEdit

Dear steward, I wonder what procedures are there to select members of board of individual Wikimedia (e.g. Wikimedia Armenia). გიო ოქრო (talk) 22:15, 10 April 2019 (UTC)

@გიო ოქრო: As Tegel said on his talk page, that's up to each organization. Best, —DerHexer (Talk) 16:34, 15 April 2019 (UTC)

IRC ChatEdit

Könntest Du mir Mal erklären, wie man dem Smal Mentoring Chat joinen kann? Bei mir kommt immer die Meldung: #cvn-sw Cannot join channel (+b) - you are banned Muss ich „hereingelassen“ werden? --Infogeek244 (talk) 18:28, 17 April 2019 (UTC)

Removal of rights from a deceased wikimedianEdit

Hello @DerHexer: could you please remove the bot flag (or advanced right) from this user account: Purodha. The user is deceased and unfortunately not going to come back anytime soon, may they Rest In Peace for their past wikimedia contributions. So, please remove the flag as they also show high level of inactivity (as they died). Last action is made on 2008. Thanks for the help. -- 14:16, 22 April 2019 (UTC)

That's not necessary as the global account is locked and noboday can get access to it again. Stewards usally don't spend time on revoking such local rights under these circumstances. Best, —DerHexer (Talk) 18:20, 29 April 2019 (UTC)


Huhu. Könntest du mir die Adminrechte auf de.wp bitte abnehmen? :o) Ich (ge)brauche sie ja doch nicht mehr und denke auch nicht daran, das irgendwann wieder zu ändern (oder da überhaupt noch groß was zu machen, außer gelegentliche Updates an Artikeln die mir wichtig sind). Danke schonmal! Bis bald, --თოგო (D) 16:10, 14 August 2019 (UTC)

Erl. cfr. diff. —MarcoAurelio (talk) 20:36, 23 August 2019 (UTC)
@Thogo: Bin gerade im Urlaub. Hab es gesehen, hätte es danach gemacht. So ist es aber auch okay. Grüße, —DerHexer (Talk) 20:41, 23 August 2019 (UTC)
danke euch. :) Schönen Urlaub dann noch. --თოგო (D) 19:03, 28 August 2019 (UTC)

Meine DiskussionsseiteEdit

Kannst du bitte meine Diskussionsseite im Metawiki gegen IP/Neuaccountvandalen schützen.-----WikiBayer 👤💬 14:11, 12 September 2019 (UTC)

@WikiBayer: Erledigt. Grüße, —DerHexer (Talk) 08:49, 13 September 2019 (UTC)

IP Sperre

Hallo. Wollte mich heute über mein Smartphone bei der Wikipedia anmelden, was allerdings nicht funktioniert hat, das die entsprechende IP gesperrt ist. Die Meldung lautete

 Deine IP-Adresse befindet sich in einem Bereich, der auf allen Wikis gesperrt ist.
Die Sperre wurde durchgeführt von DerHexer ( Der angegebene Grund ist Long-term abuse.
Beginn der Sperre: 17:21, 26. Okt. 2019 Ablauf der Sperre: 12:55, 10. Okt. 2020
Du kannst DerHexer kontaktieren, um die Sperre zu diskutieren. Du kannst nicht die Funktion „E-Mail an diesen Benutzer“ benutzen, bis du eine gültige E-Mail-Adresse in deinen Benutzerkonteneinstellungen angegeben hast und du nicht daran gehindert wirst, diese Funktion zu verwenden. Deine aktuelle IP-Adresse ist und der gesperrte Bereich ist Bitte beziehe alle obigen Einzelheiten in all deinen Anfragen ein.

Bitte um Überprüfung.

PSYCloned Area (talk) 22:51, 7 November 2019 (UTC)

@Ruslik0: Hey, I got a couple of request concerning this IP range. I unblocked and reblocked it with your block settings. Can you please check if it's really necessary that the range is blocked for such a long time? Thanks in advance! Best, —DerHexer (Talk) 20:53, 8 November 2019 (UTC)
Majority of accounts created from this range belonged to Avoided. Ruslik (talk) 19:36, 11 November 2019 (UTC)
@Ruslik0: I usually try to block them for just a week or so. Otherwise, do you think that a (G)IPBE would be possible here? Best, —DerHexer (Talk) 20:01, 11 November 2019 (UTC)
The block is anonymous only. Ruslik (talk) 17:07, 12 November 2019 (UTC)
@PSYCloned Area: Der Kollege hat recht: Die IP-Adresse ist so gesperrt, dass man sich anmelden und mit dem Konto auch editieren können sollte. Kannst du noch einmal probieren, ob es vielleicht doch funktioniert? Grüße, —DerHexer (Talk) 19:45, 12 November 2019 (UTC)

Rechte für JuethoBotEdit

Hallo Martin, von Dez. 2014 bis Juni 2017 hatte ich den Bot JuethoBot betrieben. Inzwischen habe ich das Programmieren aufgegeben und werde den Bot deshalb nicht mehr nutzen. Ich bitte dich deshalb um Aktionen in deinem Aufgabenbereich als Steward:

  • Entferne die Admin-Rechte bei de-WB für den Bot. (Um automatisch viele Seiten löschen zu können, vor allem beim Verschieben, hatte ich als Admin mir als Bot das Admin-Recht gegeben.)
  • Entferne das Bot-Flag bei de-WB. (Das könnte ich als Admin selbst erledigen, aber wenn du schon dabei bist...)
  • Entferne das Bot-Flag bei de-WP.

Die weiteren Aktivitäten bei en-WB und de-Wikiversity kannst du ignorieren; die liefen sowieso nur als "informeller" Bot. -- Danke vielmals! Juetho (talk) 10:55, 29 December 2019 (UTC)

@Juetho: Ich bin derzeit bei der Jugendolympiade und nur schlecht erreichbar. Aus Transparenzgründen hätte ich eine Anfrage auf m:SRP eh empfohlen. Wäre gut, wenn du das dort schreiben könntest. Wäre auch kein Problem auf Deutsch. Grüße, —DerHexer (Talk) 11:16, 8 January 2020 (UTC)
Danke für die Mitteilung. Den Antrag für sysop flag habe ich jetzt auf Steward requests/Permissions#Removal of access eingetragen. Gleichzeitig habe ich w:de:Wikipedia:Bots/Anträge auf Botflag mit dem "Antrag, das Botflag zu entfernen," versehen. Um das bot flag auf de-WB werde ich mich abschließend selbst kümmern. -- Juetho (talk) 11:56, 12 January 2020 (UTC)
Alles erledigt und abgeschlossen, JuethoBot ist Geschichte. -- Juetho (talk) 11:29, 14 January 2020 (UTC)


This translation of yours is wrong. This should be "konferenciju" (conference), not "konfederaciju" (confederation). Please correct it, because I am not able to change it.--Šimungr (talk) 23:24, 24 February 2020 (UTC)

@Šimungr: Thanks for the hint. :) I've corrected it. The 2020 page was a copy of the 2018 one which was not created by myself. Strange that this mistake wasn't noticed in previous years! You should be able to translate the banner here, don't you? Best, —DerHexer (Talk) 15:08, 25 February 2020 (UTC)


Hello, I sent you a couple emails in the past few days. Check your spam folder! Nemo 08:09, 25 February 2020 (UTC)

I've sent you a response. Best, —DerHexer (Talk) 15:09, 25 February 2020 (UTC)

Please remove the banEdit

Hi Hexer, Please remove the ban and let us Keep in touch, because I Love Wikipedia and I Apologize for crazy edits. --Dodecaeder (talk) 11:26, 25 February 2020 (UTC) When I Invited my Friends to come to the dutch church, it was an invitation and no affront. They may come to the medieval church, because it is really nice to be there on Christmas.I was disappointed.--Dodecaeder (talk) 12:11, 25 February 2020 (UTC) I am working 8 hours a day for Wikipedia and my daughters are very busy and gifted students. --Dodecaeder (talk) 12:35, 25 February 2020 (UTC)

I haven't banned you and I don't really know what you are talking about, sorry. —DerHexer (Talk) 15:09, 25 February 2020 (UTC)
Oh sorry, I posted this on the wrong page, the RL - Church - invitation was meant for another person. --Dodecaeder (talk) 16:25, 25 February 2020 (UTC)
Nevertheless, I know you from Wikibär last summer, and I want to tell you, that I work on meta, now. --Dodecaeder (talk) 16:28, 25 February 2020 (UTC)


I'm blocked for my username how do I get it fixed CrapNougat (talk) 18:19, 2 November 2020 (UTC)

Do what you did on your enwiki talk page. ;-) —DerHexer (Talk) 23:31, 4 November 2020 (UTC)

Problem auf WikidataEdit

Hallo Hexer, ich habe keine Ahnung, ob ich hier richtig bin, aber ich hoffe, du kannst mir weiterhelfen. Ich wurde auf Wikidata gesperrt, für mein dafürhalten zu Unrecht (klar, was sonst ;) ). Hier ist die Meldung. Ein User hat mich gemeldet, weil ich nach seiner Meinung unberechtigt seine Edits rüchgängig gemacht hätte und dieses als Geschmacksedits deklariert. Gewürzt hat er das mit der Behauptung, ich wäre auf dewiki gesperrt, was abgesehen davon, dass es nicht stimmt, so und so keine Relevanz für WD darstellt. Bei den fraglichen handelte es sich um Objekte, die ich erstellt habe und er die Geschmacksedits durchführte. Dann hat sich ein weiterer User rangehängt, dessen Ersetzungen ich rückgängig rückgängig gemacht habe, weil die übliche Vorgehensweise bei neuem Kontent ist erst Konsens herzustellen und erst dann Änderungen vorzunehmen. Da gab es eigentlich schon ein Agreement, dass er seine Ergänzungen anhängen, er aber nicht valide Einträge ersetzen soll. Doch hat er die Gelegenheit am Schopf gepackt. Das hat der bearbeitende Admin zum Anlass genommen, mich unbeschränkt zu sperren. Da ich somit nun an Händen und Füssen gefesselt war, konnte ich nur über meine Benutzerseite versuchen, Stellung zu nehmen --> siehe hier.

Da ist dann so einiges zusammengekommen, nur eines wurde nicht in Erwägung gezogen: ob der sperrende Admin vielleicht doch ein bisschen überreagiert hat. Nach meinem Empfinden herrscht hier ein falsches Verständnis von Corps-Geist. Es wird offenbar vergessen, dass die Admins von der Community für die Community gewählt wurden. Es kommt mir so vor, dass die Admins auf Wikidata schalten und walten können, wie sie wollen. Irgendein Kontrollmechanismus scheint nicht vorhanden zu sein. Mittlerweile ist mir auch angedroht worden, dass wenn ich weiter auf meiner Userpage Stellung nehme, mir der Laden gleich dicht gemacht wird. Jedenfalls habe ich keine Ahnung, was gewünscht wird.

Nun ist mir keine Seite auf Wikidata bekannt, die eine ähnliche Funktion hat wie die Sperrprüfung auf dewiki. Ich nutze den Wikidatazugang hauptsächlich, um der dewiki bei verschieden Projekten zuzuarbeiten. Demnächst starten unter anderem wieder einige "Frauen in Rot"-Projekte, für die ich gerne noch ein paar Items fertiggestellt hätte. Tja, und nun? Was soll/kann ich tun? Sorry, ich wäre nicht hier aufgeschlagen, wenn ich eine andere Möglichkeit gesehen hätte.

Gruß -- MovieFex (talk) 09:40, 3 January 2021 (UTC)

Oha, die Anfrage ist wohl leider über den Jahreswechsel bei mir untergegangen. Es gibt leider nicht in allen Projekten wie auf dewiki auch offizielle Revisionsinstanzen wie die Sperrprüfung. Es ist ziemlich üblich, dann auf der eigenen Benutzerdiskussionsseite andere Admins um Überprüfung zu bitten, was du ja getan hast. In dem Fall hilft dann wirklich nur, andere Admins zu involvieren und um ihre Stellungnahme zu bitten. Viel mehr kann ich da leider auch nicht helfen. Grüße, —DerHexer (Talk) 22:59, 2 February 2021 (UTC)


Good morning DerHexer, have you any idea were I can mentions users like Arjuahmed266 (talk · contribs)? Best regards --Christoph Jackel (WMDE) 13:01, 10 February 2021 (UTC)

Okay, jetzt habe ich die Frage verstanden. SRG dürfte der richtige Ort sein. Grüße, —DerHexer (Talk) 17:50, 10 February 2021 (UTC)


Hello DerHexer, Would you please add me to #wikimedia-privacy on freenode? My cloak is: wikimedia/xaosflux. I'm an OS on meta-wiki and enwiki. Thank you, — xaosflux Talk 21:59, 24 February 2021 (UTC)

Done. —DerHexer (Talk) 22:35, 24 February 2021 (UTC)


Hi, please re-add me on : xaosflux!~xaosflux@user/xaosflux for:

Thank you, — xaosflux Talk 01:35, 27 May 2021 (UTC)
@Xaosflux: I'm not a maintainer of any of these channels anymore, as far as I know. ;D Trijnstel might be able to help you with #wikimedia-privacy. Best, —DerHexer (Talk) 22:54, 30 May 2021 (UTC)
#wikimedia-privacy has been already done as far as I can see. #wikimedia-admin seems to be an open channel. Trijnsteltalk 18:24, 5 June 2021 (UTC)
Thanks! :) —DerHexer (Talk) 14:30, 7 June 2021 (UTC)

Invitation for Functionary consultation 2021Edit


I'm letting you know in advance about a meeting I'd like to invite you to regarding the Universal Code of Conduct and the community's ownership of its future enforcement. I'm still in the process of putting together the details, but I wanted to share the date with you: 26 June, 2021. I do not have a time on this date yet, but I will let you soon. We have created a meta page with basic information. Please take a look at the meta page and sign up under the appropriate section.

Thank you for your time.--BAnand (WMF) 14:04, 2 June 2021 (UTC)

I've signed up. Best, —DerHexer (Talk) 14:30, 2 June 2021 (UTC)

Invitation for Functionary consultation 2021Edit

Greetings SWMT member,

I'm letting you know in advance about a meeting I'd like to invite you to regarding the Universal Code of Conduct and the community's ownership of its future enforcement. I'm still in the process of putting together the details, but I wanted to share the date with you: 10 July, 2021. I do not have a time on this date yet, but I will let you soon. We have created a meta page with basic information. Please take a look at the meta page and sign up your name under the appropriate section.

Thank you for your time.--BAnand (WMF) 03:21, 3 June 2021 (UTC)

Owning upEdit

Hello @Johannnes89, Iggy the Swan, Taivo, Achim55, Racconish, and Elcobbola: and @Joseph2302:, I hoped to provide links to where these photos came from but I can't unfortunately. I have successfully done some evidence on some copyvio photos which were used recently. On Commons, you were discussing where they all came from, now I have the answer. I have asked the people (Mike, Cez, Ron etc.) who were in control of these accounts and said these photos are indeed from the same people (Jonathan Field, Harry Kirby etc. And Taivo, own work is definately wrong. Thanks, Paul Brown43 (talk) 10:51, 12 August 2021 (UTC)


  The Original Barnstar
Vielen Dank für deine Hilfe als Steward und Oversighter. Du bist definitiv mit Abstand der erreichbarste Steward, den ich kenne. ~~~~
User:1234qwer1234qwer4 (talk)
22:47, 26 August 2021 (UTC)
Danke, im Englischen würde man sagen „you keep me busy“. ;D Ich glaub, bei der kommenden Wiederwahl wird sich keiner beschweren, dass ich zu wenig aktiv bin. =) Grüße, —DerHexer (Talk) 22:52, 26 August 2021 (UTC)

Discussion about CentralNotice Adminship inactivity and membershipEdit

Hello DerHexer. There's an ongoing discussion happening on Meta:Babel that proposes changes to existing Meta:Central notice administrators practices. In particular: membership duration and inactivity. As a current volunteer central notice administrator, your participation in the discussion would be appreciated. Thank you, --MarcoAurelio (via MassMessage) (talk) 10:45, 21 October 2021 (UTC)

Global block for (Swisscom mobile range)Edit


I am sysop on frwiki.

You have globally blocked the range for LTA.

This is a range used by mobile subscribers of Swisscom (main Swiss telecom operator).

I don't know the reasons for this blocking. They may be justified, but I don't have any information to know more.

I have cancelled (whitelisted) this block locally on frwiki. There does not seem to be any "unusual" abuse of a mobile IP range.

I fully understand that it is sometimes necessary to block entire ranges to stop serious abuse. But this blocking directly impacts legitimate subscribers of the main Switzerland telecom operator.

If there are serious reasons that could justify the cancellation of my local exemption, please inform me (in private if necessary).

Thank you.

--Tractopelle-jaune (talk) 12:02, 2 November 2021 (UTC)

I've checked the range before my block and now again: A majority of new accounts was created by a well-known vandal. For that reason, I've doubled the previous global block length of 3 months in order to stop that. Of course we know that such range blocks also harm innocent users. Therefore, I've reduced the block length to one month but I'm pretty sure that the range will be heavily abused afterwards again. Your local whitelisting is fine, of course. Best, —DerHexer (Talk) 13:04, 3 November 2021 (UTC)
Thanks for the explanations.
I understand perfectly that from a steward point of view, you have to consider the impact globally (on all wikis), and that collateral damage is inevitable.
I will understand perfectly if a new blocking of the range is decided in case of recurrence. I will then probably apply again a local whitelisting to avoid impacting the French-speaking subscribers of the operator.
Thank you.
--Tractopelle-jaune (talk) 09:52, 4 November 2021 (UTC)

CEE CentralNoticeEdit

Hi! I wonder why the Wikimedia CEE Online Meeting 2021 notice started today and is planned to last until November 7, as it explicitly says the registration closed on 3rd, two days ago? Maybe the notice should be removed now? --Mormegil (cs) 07:17, 5 November 2021 (UTC)

@Mormegil: That's weird. The CentralNotice was requested for 5 to 7 November, see here. Can you raise that issue there, too, please? Best, —DerHexer (Talk) 21:18, 5 November 2021 (UTC)

Global lockEdit

Hi, Can you globally lock the following accounts?

These accounts are sock puppets of Sidowpknbkhihj (talk · contribs) (ja:LTA:HEATHROW). Long-term abuse and cross-wiki abuse. --南野チーエン (talk) 08:40, 15 November 2021 (UTC)

It might be better to report them to SRCU. I don't know this vandal yet so that it would take some time to dig deeper into these issues while steward fellows of mine might already be aware of the situation. Best, —DerHexer (Talk) 10:56, 17 November 2021 (UTC)
As you can see, the original poster is listed under the requested accounts. ~~~~
User:1234qwer1234qwer4 (talk)
15:28, 17 November 2021 (UTC)