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I have requested a JSTOR renewal. Thanks!Zigzig20s (talk) 13:33, 20 August 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I should have asked for renewal as well, I left some recent uses in the description. Currently I use JSOTR to send information for deletion procedures and the WikiWomen edit-a-thons, but that's mostly in the last year. In any case, I have been using it here and there on wikimedia platforms. i support however a rationalization of the accounts, when i have requested it I pointed out how in my local communities many of the users having this log in access did not share a lot of information, or were mostly involved in maintenance and not content-related activites--Alexmar983 (talk) 13:43, 20 August 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

JSTOR redistributionEdit

Thanks for the talk page message. Unfortunately I don't have much time to use the JSTOR account for article creation at the moment, so please do feel free to redistribute it as soon as you would like (I hope to apply again when I have more time, but that might be a while!). Cheers! --YodinT 13:41, 20 August 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Yodin: Thanks for letting me know! As far as I understand your JSTOR account will remain active, it will just lose the subscription-only areas. When you want your account reactivated, assuming we have open positions, it can simply have that access reinstated :) Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 13:43, 20 August 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I'm in a similar position. I requested that when I was working in some particular area and I changed focus. I'm fine with it being redistributed to a more deserving editor.--Sphilbrick (talk) 13:46, 20 August 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Thanks for the notice! I have JSTOR access through my work account, so you can redistribute mine. --SarekOfVulcan (talk) 13:47, 20 August 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hi Sam,
I currently have institutional JSTOR access and do not require the free account provided for me as a Wikipedian. Please give it to someone else, and I'll stand back in line for it when the day comes. Thanks! ליאור • Lior (talk) 13:50, 20 August 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  • I clicked on the renewal button on my profile, but I only got this message: "Renewals are either not required, not available right now, or you have already requested a renewal." What to do? FunkMonk (talk) 14:00, 20 August 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Oh, cool! FunkMonk (talk) 14:12, 20 August 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I've discovered as a Yale alumnus I've got access, so don't need the free account. Doug Weller (talk) 14:14, 20 August 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Doug Weller Yale? My sympathies.--SarekOfVulcan (talk) 20:17, 29 August 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

No renewal requiredEdit

Thank you very much for the reminder. I am very grateful to the Wikimedia Foundation for the opportunity to use JSTOR. Now it's time for me to step aside and give way to other users. Please count my JSTOR account as inactive and feel free to redistribute it to someone else. Best regards, --Vitalie Ciubotaru (talk) 14:06, 20 August 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Never got access to JSTOR accountEdit

Although I had been granted access to JSTOR through Wikipedia Library, I never actually got the access to JSTOR account. After initial approval I had emailed Nikkimaria who was dealing with the issue. But I never heard back from her. I could never log in since I never got the requisite credentials. Feel free to redistribute the account I never had access to. Diptanshu 💬 14:26, 20 August 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Diptanshu Das: Sorry to hear that. If you 'renew' your account we can make sure you get your account this time around, if you still want it. Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 15:16, 20 August 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Samwalton9 (WMF): Thanks for the offer, but I would not like to renew the account. Diptanshu 💬 14:12, 21 August 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I had the same problem as @Diptanshu Das:, never heard back from the responsible person. Feel free to redistribute the account; maybe they'll have more luck. --Ecelan (talk) 15:40, 20 August 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

JSTOR Renewal issuesEdit

Thank-you for inviting me to apply for renewal of access to JSTOR. My situation is that I wrote sometime ago to give up the JSTOR access which I enjoyed via Wikipedia, because I was offered JSTOR access via an alumni organisation. As it turns out, the alternative level of access isn't so good, so I would prefer to have Wikipedia access again, if possible.--Thoughtfortheday (talk) 16:45, 20 August 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Thoughtfortheday: No problem at all - if the library card platform is giving you the option to renew, go ahead and do that. If not, feel free to make a fresh application. :) Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 16:46, 20 August 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thanks. The library card platform seems to be letting me make a renewal application.--Thoughtfortheday (talk) 17:01, 20 August 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I have used and plan to use again JSTOR, but please give access to someone new, as I am not using it every month. When it is time, I will ask for access again or I will ask for someone else to help. Thank you for notifying me.--FocalPoint (talk) 17:29, 20 August 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Project MUSE accessEdit

Hi, a while ago I got access to Project MUSE but have misplaced my password and can't get in. Do you have a record of it or an ability to give me a link to set up a new one? Thanks. PS - Separately, I indicated on the other page that I wanted to renew for JSTOR access; it's very valuable for me.Parkwells (talk) 18:23, 20 August 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Parkwells: I think I remember sending you your information, but I don't find it. Did I send it? Smmurphy (talk) 13:43, 14 September 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Renewal not requiredEdit

Since my real content editing has slowed to almost nothing, please reclaim the JSTOR account allocated to me and allocate it to someone else. Quondum (talk) 20:51, 20 August 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

JSTOR account renewal errorsEdit


I've got a message prompting me to renew my JSTOR account by visiting "user page" which returned an error, asking me to email about it which i did. The alternative renewal link was "JSTOR signup page" where i couldn't find any renewal options. The last resort was to leave message on your talks page, which i'm doing now. Hope it would have any effect. Sincerely, --Akim Dubrow (talk) 12:05, 21 August 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Very odd. I've replied to your email. If anyone else gets this issue please let me know. Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 12:51, 21 August 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hi, I also got an error

Access token generation failed.
Permission denied
Sorry; you aren't allowed to do that.

Bennylin 01:51, 22 August 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Bennylin: Akim was able to solve the situation by going to the homepage and making sure they were logged in, before navigating to their user page. Can you try that? Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 09:58, 22 August 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

JSTOR messageEdit

Hi. I saw [1] at my talk page. I honestly don't remember ever asking for it and any of my subscriptions in the Wikipedia Library can be revoked/re-allocated. --B (talk) 17:31, 22 August 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I received a similar message, and had considered it previously expired after a year. In any case, I have gained alternative access to this great resource, and will give up mine so another can gain access to JSTOR, for the benefit of the project. CasualObserver'48 (talk)CasualObserver'48

Hi Sam, I can likewise afford to relinquish my JSTOR access via Wikipedia. Fayenatic london (talk) 20:56, 22 December 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Re: JSTOR account redistributionEdit

Hi Samwalton9! Thanks for your message about JSTOR account redistribution. Please, feel free to assign my JSTOR account to someone who need it. Best regards, Maestro Ivanković (talk) 18:41, 4 September 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

How do I put an application?Edit


sadly my access to BMJ was revoked (to waitlist, I suppose), but I'd like to get an APA's PsychiatryOnline access "card". But how do I put an application? Wikipedia Library's page isn't helping... Thanks, --Akim Dubrow (talk) 11:25, 8 September 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Akim Dubrow: Apologies for the confusion, the waitlist is only for new applications but you still get the email even though we've now approved your renewal request! You can apply for APA here. Samwalton9 (talk) 08:30, 10 September 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Many-many thanks, Sam, you're great! =) But how the hell someone gets here or to any other source provider application? Smiles, --Akim Dubrow (talk) 12:21, 11 September 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Akim Dubrow: There's a full list at this page :) Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 13:33, 11 September 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Interested in Outreach Dashboard Admin shipEdit

Hi Sam, trust you are good. I contribute to English and Yoruba Wikipedia. At the moment the dashboard doesnt support our Yoruba Wikipedia project and i will be glad if that is possible.Olaniyan Olushola (talk) 08:34, 3 November 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Olaniyan Olushola: Thanks for signing up for adminship! We'll be approving the first group of users next week. I believe the tool should be able to track edits to the Yoruba Wikipedia no problem. Are you referring to translating the tool? If so, that can be done on Translatewiki :) Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 11:49, 7 November 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]
am aware of translating tools. That's is not what I meant Olaniyan Olushola (talk) 12:41, 7 November 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Olaniyan Olushola: Could you clarify what about the tool doesn't support the Yoruba Wikipedia at the moment? There are instructions for enabling automatic edits to the project here, is that what you're referring to? Samwalton9 (talk) 15:18, 7 November 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Help to access JSTOR accountEdit

As per this link I have been approved for renewal of my free JSTOR account. Where can I find details of the JSTOR website, login and password please. I have had chemo recently and can't recall my previous details. AshLin (talk) 12:40, 18 November 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@AshLin: We don't hold details of your JSTOR username/email/password, however the email we sent to them is the one linked to your Wikimedia account. Can you try logging in via that email, resetting your password if necessary? You can do so at :) Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 10:45, 19 November 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thank you @Samwalton9 (WMF):. Your advice worked. I now have restored access to my JSTOR account. AshLin (talk) 13:04, 14 December 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

P&E Dashboard admin trainingEdit

Hello. I have just seen admin features have been turned on on the P&E Dashboard, and I was wondering whether we should be offered training as this is quite new. What do you think? Thanks. --Joalpe (talk) 00:01, 6 December 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Joalpe: This is definitely possible! What training do you think you need, in addition to the existing dashboard admin training? Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 11:20, 6 December 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Samwalton9 (WMF): Thanks for coming back to me. What I am thinking of is a tutorial on how the admin tools work (Recent Activity | Surveys | Campaigns | Analytics | Feedback | Alerts | Users), and what we are expected to do with them as admins. Thanks. --Joalpe (talk) 14:39, 6 December 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Joalpe: That's fair - I spoke to Sage yesterday and we agreed the Admin interface is confusing and mostly not actually very useful to you. As such we've removed the link to /Admin from the navigation bar. You can still get to it at if there's something you need, but otherwise most of what we'd like you to help with is helping users with every day problems and editing their programs/courses where required. Most of what is available through /admin is either things we don't want to be used (like surveys), or simply lists of all users/edits/uploads. I'll get an email sent out today to you all outlining what kind of help would be appreciated :) Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 13:30, 14 December 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Unblock requestEdit

Unblock request granted

This blocked user asked to be unblocked, and one or more administrators has reviewed and granted this request.

Request reason: Currently travelling and using my phone's mobile hotspot. IP appears to be blocked - if someone could allow me to continue editing while logged in that would be appreciated! The range is Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 13:38, 19 December 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Unblock reason: I added IPBE for a month, please try again. — xaosflux Talk 04:18, 21 December 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

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Programs & Events Dashboard/AdminsEdit

There are a couple of unusual looking accounts on the admin list: Nyeboah (with 8 global edits) and مصعب which doesn't exist. Would you please check? — xaosflux Talk 12:07, 10 March 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Xaosflux: Thanks for checking on this! Nyeboah is a coordinator of Art + Feminism and so has a specific need for the admin tools rather than for providing general assistance. As for the second user, I was a little confused until I realised this was a signature mismatch. That's Avicenno. I'll update the list - they were added to the Dashboard correctly. Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 12:17, 10 March 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thanks for the note - I'm a little bit concerned with people with no community experience on record getting access to the admin section on this tool, but I'm certainly not "the decider" - perhaps a new access level could be developed in the future for these sort of use cases - assuming making someone a "Campaign Organizer" doesn't actually work? If it does, wouldn't that be sufficient? — xaosflux Talk 13:28, 10 March 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]
As I understand it, admin is needed because being the creator of a campaign doesn't give you any control over the programs therein. Samwalton9 (talk) 14:45, 10 March 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]
That's what I expected, but maybe it could be in the future? Are feature requests being entertained? — xaosflux Talk 15:35, 10 March 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Xaosflux: Thanks for follow up. مصعب (romanization is mossab) is my previous username. I thought it will change automatically with user rename. Thanks Samwalton9 (WMF) for your reply and for updating my username. Best regards--Avicenno (talk) 13:50, 10 March 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]

New Dashboard feature ?Edit

Hi again :) A miss that still requires local action especially on the English Wikipedia is that programs often want to bypass autoconfirmation thresholds for their attendees - so that users can upload non-free media, directly author new articles, and skip captchas. Not sure if this is common on other content projects. So what ends up happening is that the organizers still end up having to go to w:en:WP:PERM and ask for access to grant "confirmed" to their attendees. Is this functionality something that might be a good idea to add in to the dashboard tools? — xaosflux Talk 13:28, 10 March 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]

That's a nice idea! My only initial concern is that it's a more concerning vector for abuse than unlimited account creation, but it's definitely worth investigating to explore potential solutions. Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 14:48, 10 March 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Basically on enwiki, if someone says they are going to run an event we pretty much give them access to do this on demand, we rarely decline unless they are themselves a brand-new editor. Personally, I don't think any brand new editor should be doing those things because I've seen so many years of quality while people are learning and shouldn't have their first things be to create an article or deal with fair-use media; but in practice I try to stretch good faith as far as possible! — xaosflux Talk 15:38, 10 March 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]

WMFLabs Hashtags toolEdit

Hello. The Hashtags tools seems to have lacked database updates for the last five days. Was the tool shutdown? Regards, --Webfil (talk) 15:47, 28 July 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Webfil: Not shut down, just a bug. I've restarted the tracking so data collection should slowly catch up to real-time again. Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 09:56, 3 August 2020 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Library shrinkage?Edit

Hi, you were the only person I knew to ask (because of the library platform improvements) - what just happened to the library? A lot of the resources seem to have vanished. All of the Oxford Online are gone, not sure what else. Schazjmd (talk) 00:39, 13 July 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Schazjmd: We temporarily turned off Oxford University Press resources (of which there were ~11 different collections) because our access expired on their end. We're just waiting for them to reactivate it and then we'll turn those back on - we don't have a good way to display messages in the library at the moment and figured it would be less confusing to temporarily remove them than to have nonfunctional collections :) Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 07:45, 13 July 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Appreciate the quick answer, thanks!   Schazjmd (talk) 13:13, 13 July 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hastag for #writeforrightsnigeriaEdit

Hello Sam,

My name is Esther and currently running a Wiki for Rights Nigeria contest with the landing page here and currently need the hashtag setup so it's easy to track the contest. Thanks and waiting your response. Hadassahlove (talk) 13:57, 24 August 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Hadassahlove: No setup steps are necessary, simply ask contributors to use the hashtag in their edit summary. You might want to speak to FNartey (WMF) or AStinson (WMF) for more support with this. I'll make sure the Hashtags tool is up and running so that you'll be able to see your results :) Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 11:07, 25 August 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

--Figureofnine (talk) 13:01, 24 November 2021 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Free and reliableEdit

I noticed a recent use of the expression "free reliable sources" which is very surprising. These sources are obviously not free, otherwise they probably wouldn't be paywalled. Depending on the sources, it's also dubious whether they can be considered "reliable", but it's certainly wrong to imply that paywalled academic works are more reliable than open access works.

I hope in the future we can avoid communication which runs counter the Wikimedia mission. Best, Nemo 15:26, 16 February 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Thanks for the feedback Nemo. In the interests of brevity and being understandable we sometimes have to take language shortcuts like this. We think that most readers will read 'free' to mean gratis rather than libre and for folks expecting differently it should be fairly quickly obvious from the list of content in the library that we mean the former. We're also using 'reliable sources' to reflect Wikimedia communities' definition of reliability, rather than in an academic sense. Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 16:46, 23 February 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

library access issueEdit

The detailed description is w:en:Wikipedia_talk:The_Wikipedia_Library#Library_access_issues. It seems that my account has been suspended to login TWL. I guess the reason maybe related to my using open-proxy to aceess Wikimedia. But as I am in China mainland, I have to use VPN/proxy to visit Wikimedia and I have been granted IPBE in metawiki, zhwp, enwp. Kethyga (talk) 01:22, 23 April 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@Kethyga: You tripped a security rule which is intended to flag when users access content from multiple countries in quick succession, which I assume relates to your use of an open proxy as you suggest. I've added an exemption for you so you shouldn't run into this problem again. Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 15:05, 26 April 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thanks. Kethyga (talk) 18:25, 27 April 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Account redistributionEdit

I am not sure what to do to renew my account. Do I reapply?Jacqke (talk) 14:00, 30 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Hi @Jacqke - are you referring to your access to If so, head to, log in, and scroll down in 'My Collections' until you find the entry for You should find an 'Extend' or 'Renew' button there. That gets a request in and one of our coordinators will respond before too long. Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 14:51, 30 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]
That was it. Thank you!Jacqke (talk) 22:11, 30 September 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Any ideas?Edit

Hi @Samwalton9 (WMF), unfortunately we lack a number of important tools on Urdu Wikipedia including AfDclsoer. It is difficult to nominate articles for deletion because we do not have any tools. Could you please advise where should we begin from? I'm not a tech guy so I can not make any scripts on own but I would be glad to provide Urdu translations. ─ The Aafī (talk) 08:04, 23 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@TheAafi Thanks for getting in touch - this is interesting as we're just starting to work on a project where we want to learn more about patrolling and deletion on Wikimedia projects. @SD0001 might be able to help locate some gadgets and tools which are easier to import to your project to help with things like this (e.g. Twinkle). How do you currently nominate articles for deletion, without a tool? Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 12:25, 23 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Samwalton9 (WMF) Tagging articles for AfD is quite hard. We have to visit ur:ویکیپیڈیا:مضامین برائے حذف and manually do everything from there onwards. Also since automatic tools don't work currently, it is difficult to find "current open AfDs". I am not honestly aware how many open AfDs there are currently. Localization of Twinkle is something that can help us - but there is not any good tech guy either on Urdu Wikipedia or at DCW with which I'm concerned. ─ The Aafī (talk) 13:00, 23 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@TheAafi That makes sense, thanks for explaining. Does Urdu Wikipedia also have other deletion processes? Like enwiki's speedy deletion, for example? Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 11:37, 25 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Samwalton9 (WMF), though there has been a page about CSD at ur:ویکیپیڈیا:فوری حذف شدگی کے معیارات, we do not have a developed system. Although, certain pages get deleted speedily, the existing bureaucracy and administration on the wiki is not much interest in betterment. I am myself not an admin but an "eliminator" which I became due to my works besides the mere article creation. However, it is hopeful that we overcome this very soon. I am currently working on Main Page and trying to update the ITN and DYK setup there. If you have got some free time at the end of this month, I'm free to take a Google Meet call with you to discuss what would be the best processes. ─ The Aafī (talk) 13:12, 25 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@TheAafi A call would be great actually! Can I push this back to next month though? We're just discussing what we want to learn about these processes, so I'd like to finish that first. I'll get back in contact in a few weeks :) Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 15:01, 27 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@Samwalton9 (WMF), Next month works well with me. Would you like me to make a list of tools that we are lacking or those that exist but need modifications. I'd be glad to help. ─ The Aafī (talk) 16:30, 27 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@TheAafi Yeah it would be great to chat about the tools that you think are missing, the processes that you're trying to set up or that are difficult without tools, and any tools you already have. Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 14:07, 30 January 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Proposal about edits linkingEdit

You' ve made wrong achieving. My proposal is about technical feature that helps to fix legal issues, it's not just a legal feature. Please, restore my proposal. I think that community must decide whether this proposal needs to be realised by voting, since many people use fix dummy edits to fix attribution. D6194c-1cc (talk) 11:20, 2 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]

@D6194c-1cc I've clarified the decline reason. Per my comment to you there, if technical changes are being proposed for legal reasons, but the Wikimedia Foundation Legal department doesn't agree, then it seems there's no reason to make the change. I asked in the wish if there is some other reason you would like to see a change to attribution but you said you were only concerned with the legal implications, so I archived it. Is there some other benefit to making this change? Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 14:32, 3 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Legal purposes don't mean that feature isn't useful. If somebody want to find out the source of the edit without attribution he will find added text and might try to add dummy edit. If another user already fixed attribution, then duplicates might appear. This feature makes edit history more convenient. Alternatively comments to edit summary may be more useful. D6194c-1cc (talk) 14:52, 3 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@D6194c-1cc That makes sense! If you can update the description of that wish to focus more on the benefits you just described I'll move it back to the category :) Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 16:34, 3 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Updated. D6194c-1cc (talk) 16:52, 3 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]
@D6194c-1cc Thanks! I've moved the wish back and accepted it. Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 16:57, 3 February 2023 (UTC)Reply[reply]