I manage my talk page with the following guidelines:

  1. Please start new topics at the bottom of the page, even if it is related to a section above. Otherwise it is difficult to find the posting.
  2. I will reply to your posts on this page to keep threading unless requested or unless it is extremely urgent.
  3. I don't check Meta as much as I used to; for urgent matters, please contact me on the English Wikipedia.


Today I have completed the first run through of the wiki governance audit. For several months now I have known that this is going to be my final project on the Wikimedia global scale and that I will be cutting back on my contributions globally and focusing on the English Wikipedia where I started in 2005.

I hope that this venue continues in some form. The templates made it a bit clunky, and database reports could do a lot of it. (Also I don't think I once found a privacy violating script - I think this is checked through some other method; and, auditing big wikis was probably a waste of time.) I also did it alone. My original plan was to socialize this a bit more, but all sorts of scheduling issues led to bursts of activity and then long periods of inactivity, which is not ideal for trying to coordinate with others.

While statistics are still coming in, here is where they stand now:

  • 1 steward removed
  • 2 CU rights removed
  • 1 OS right removed
  • 37 admins removed
  • 6 bureaucrats removed
  • 1 importer removed
  • 1368 pages deleted
  • 1 global bot removed
  • 120 wikis added to global bots
  • 130 wikis added to global message delivery
  • 1 wiki proposed for closure

I want to think all the local and global users who fulfilled the multitude of requests that made this project possible.

It has now been roughly 10 years since I started becoming more active globally, including 1 year as a steward. Now more than ever, it is important to have a freely available source of information about our world, and as we saw with the Croatian Wikipedia and other recent cases, what happens on a global Wikimedia scale can have impacts on real life. I am grateful to the Wikimedia community for letting a mostly English-only administrator from California contribute to the project in this way, both as a steward and in the years that followed.

While I still foresee making edits and requests (and maybe votes) on Meta if there is a need, I will be cutting back my participation on Meta for the foreseeable future. Other commitments in my life have increased, and I am struggling to keep up with all these other wikis. I also feel that my experience as a former steward is becoming out of date, since I have not been a steward now for over 7 years and do not intend to become one again. I will continue as an administrator and editor on the English Wikipedia, which is also requiring more of the time that I have for Wikimedia projects.

Best wishes, Rschen7754 07:13, 28 November 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Movement Charter Drafting Committee's monthly newsletterEdit

Presentation about the Values & Principles chapter by MCDC member Georges Fodouop.
Presentation about the Roles and Responsibilities chapter (statement of intent) by MCDC member Manavpreet Kaur.
  • Learn about Movement Charter Drafting Committee’s work in November: As usual, the Committee released its regular monthly updates from November 2022. This month’s updates include highlights about the external facilitator hiring, next in-person meeting of the Committee and updates about the new drafting groups, among others.
  • First community consultation period: From mid November to mid December 2022 the Committee members took part in 8 regional feedback sessions. Committee members joined the sessions to provide clarifications and answer to questions that came from different language communities on the Movement Charter.
    • Recordings of the presentations shared during the regional meetings are available here for those interested.
    • A list Frequently Asked Questions that came up in the calls is available on Meta.
    • If you have not shared your feedback on the drafts of the Movement Charter yet, please do so by filling out this anonymous survey, which is open until January 2, 2023 and is available in more than 12 languages.
  • The Movement Charter Ambassador Program received over 15 proposals. The ambassadors are currently putting their initiatives into action in various local communities. The Movement Charter Ambassadors Program will once again be opened for applications in the second quarter of 2023, in preparation for the next  round of Movement Charter consultations. Both individuals and organizations will be able to apply. Those interested in becoming Movement Charter Ambassadors are encouraged to sign-up.

Coming up:

  • Community Conversations summary: The Movement Strategy and Governance team of the Wikimedia Foundation will prepare and publish the final summary report of the community feedback in January 2023. The report will be shared with the MCDC and the communities on different channels of communication.
  • Feedback on the Movement Charter: There will be additional ways to engage with the Movement Charter content, including the early feedback on the proposed ratification process and a new set of draft chapters in the second quarter of 2023.

--14:27, 22 December 2022 (UTC).


Hi, @Rschen7754: You may recall our discussion at la:Disputatio Usoris:Andrew Dalby#Inactivity policy. It's time for me to withdraw sysop rights from 5 long-silent sysops. I find I can't, although I'm a steward (the only one now active). I go to the special page "Usorum potestates" (same as English "User groups management"). For each of the magistratus the relevant box is ticked, but in grey and in the left column, meaning that I can't alter it.

Perhaps I have to go somewhere else to do this, but if so, I don't know where. Sorry to trouble you. Andrew Dalby (talk) 14:04, 28 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Andrew Dalby: You can file a request at SRP so that a steward can take care of it. Generally bureaucrats cannot remove admin rights for security purposes and to ensure additional review (i.e. making sure policy was followed) when admins are removed. --Rschen7754 19:52, 28 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Great. I'll do that tomorrow. Andrew Dalby (talk) 22:04, 28 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]


Hello. Sorry to bother you again. I was wondering if you could check Bot policy/Implementation#Notification after content wiki creation and see if there's anything that needs to be added/removed/reworded? If so, feel free to just DIY and thank you in advance for your time. Best regards, —MarcoAurelio (talk) 16:30, 29 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

That looks good, thanks for setting up the new message. --Rschen7754 17:34, 29 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Movement Charter Drafting Committee's monthly newsletterEdit

Coming up:

  • Community feedback on the ratification methodology proposal of the future Movement Charter. The feedback was postponed until March 2023. The communities will be able to review the ratification methodology and share their early input on the open questions.  
  • The MCDC will soon announce a “Call for Advisors”. The call will be an invitation for interested individuals with relevant expertise and knowledge to participate in drafting the Charter. Advisors will be considered non-voting members.
  • Responses to the community consultation feedback by the MCDC. The Committee has been carefully reviewing feedback collected in the consultation from November & December 2022, and will publicly share responses to the feedback by March.  

--14:20, 22 February 2023 (UTC).

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