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2FA manual auditsEdit

Hi Xaosflux. Would you expand on my edit here? Specifically, I'd like to replace the final diff with a link directly to wherever you gleamed that knowledge. While I am sure word has gotten around most users with those rights, I'd still like to get the documentation into good order. Thanks, AGK ■ 21:45, 12 March 2019 (UTC)

  • @AGK: I think you are referring to the "audit" part? If so they didn't post on-wiki I'm aware of (but it may be in phab tickets). An excerpt of the official email notification (at the time specific to interface-admins and central-notice admins) included: In the future we intend to enforce this as a technical requirement for admin access. Until that control can be enforced technically we will be mandating it administratively for all community and staff accounts. This means if you do not enable 2FA by 24th November 2018 your admin privileges will be revoked. Removal of access for Wikimedia Foundation staff members who do not regularly require these rights has already begun. The "it administratively" part is the "manual" part. Likely for security reasons, a schedule has not been posted. There is a request to allow certain users to audit this open in phab:T209749. Does that help? — xaosflux Talk 22:45, 12 March 2019 (UTC)

My temp admin request at testwikiEdit

[1], please approve for 1 month, thank you.--AldnonymousBicara? 10:22, 15 April 2019 (UTC)

  Donexaosflux Talk 11:30, 15 April 2019 (UTC)

Request for adminship on test2 wikiEdit

Flagged Revisions is going to be enabled on zhwiki (phab:T221933). I want to develop a gadget related to this feature before deployment. I need admin right to test it. FR is not enabled on test, so I request this right on test2. Thanks! --Xiplus (talk) 07:15, 25 May 2019 (UTC)

  Done I've added it for a year there, best regards. — xaosflux Talk 13:52, 25 May 2019 (UTC)


I came across User:Xaosflux/globalwatchlist.js - it looks like you forked so that you could set your own site list. If that is the case, you may want to take a look at the current version of my script - as of version 1.4, users could set their own list of sites, and there are now a lot of other features. Thanks, --DannyS712 (talk) 09:06, 8 August 2019 (UTC)

@DannyS712: thanks for the note, I was testing it out, but I'm not using it now - will refresh if I try it again! — xaosflux Talk 11:20, 8 August 2019 (UTC)

Requesting patroller rightsEdit

Hi Xaosflux. Would you be willing to grant me patroller rights? I'd like to be able to use rollback here on meta, and if I come across unpatrolled pages I can help out. Let me know if you have any questions. Thanks, --DannyS712 (talk) 21:06, 29 August 2019 (UTC)

@DannyS712: seems fine. Please look over Help:Reverting#Rollback and keep in mind that using rollback on meta-wiki for anything that isn't very obvious vandalism can be taken the wrong way, we get editors from every project and language here and actions can be taken the wrong way sometimes and can be hard to explain if there is a language barrier. For blatant vandalism, you don't need to worry about hurting the vandal's feelings though! As far as "patrol" - it pretty much safe to patrol anything that isn't blatant vandalism or something obviously worse like a personal attack; we don't have worries of patrolling vs indexing flags like the content projects do. — xaosflux Talk 23:08, 29 August 2019 (UTC)
Thanks. --DannyS712 (talk) 00:03, 30 August 2019 (UTC)


Sorry for the ec/if I stepped on toes! Saw you'd posted and removed the other rights but not posted the meta request, so I went ahead and posted it :) TonyBallioni (talk) 00:53, 1 October 2019 (UTC)

No worries, it all has the same affect! — xaosflux Talk 00:56, 1 October 2019 (UTC)

Meta Legal ThreatEdit

Hi Xaosflux,

Contacting you on meta just because i have no idea how to handle poor behaviour on meta other than tracking down a meta admin that I know that wasn't involved in the discussion.

In the Croatian wikipedia meta RfC, Lasta seems to make a pretty clear legal threat if you are sure of you accusations, you can send me your name, surname and data to my mail (or you can post it here), I will sue you for defamation and see you in court here in Croatia - in effect, he(?) is stating that the only thing holding up suing the editor is knowing their contact details.

Wasn't sure what the appropriate course of action was at this stage on meta, so I was hoping you could at least point me the right way, even if you couldn't directly act. Nosebagbear (talk) 16:22, 21 November 2019 (UTC)

@Nosebagbear: I am not a lawyer and this is not legal advice. That user is already blocked for Meta:Urbanity infractions. What other remedy are you seeking at this time? — xaosflux Talk 16:45, 21 November 2019 (UTC)
Ah, my apologies, I'd forgotten that my blocked/strikethrough script wouldn't work here (or at least, the username isn't striking through here) and I didn't check sufficiently. No further action needed, cheers for your time Nosebagbear (talk) 16:53, 21 November 2019 (UTC)


I have one trouble, on June 2 I was blocked on Meta, block don't have date, I will'be blocked ever, after this I became trusted user of kawiki and learn how to work in Meta, but they don't unblock me, help! :(--ჯეო (talk) 18:31, 27 November 2019 (UTC)

@ჯეო: Hello, you are not blocked here on the meta-wiki. You are blocked on: commonswiki, dewiki. You would needed to request unblocking on those projects. The most I could do is ask for you to be allowed to make an unblock request on commonswiki if you would like? — xaosflux Talk 19:07, 27 November 2019 (UTC)
Oh my mistake! Commons admins don't won't to unblock me--ჯეო (talk) 19:27, 27 November 2019 (UTC)
@ჯეო: regarding your block on commons, there is nothing we can directly do about it here. Please review the commons' blocking policy. My suggestion at this point: wait until January 2020, during that time show that you understand what proper open license images are by uploading to a local project (e.g. kawiki allows for local uploads, use your access there to upload only things that would also be suitable for commonswiki). If you do those things I'd be open to asking the commons admins to review removing your talk page block, so that you can file a new unblock request there. — xaosflux Talk 19:52, 27 November 2019 (UTC)


… smells. I am going to bet it is our favourite LTA.  — billinghurst sDrewth 13:07, 10 December 2019 (UTC)

@Billinghurst: likely - but I have super-civility powers :) — xaosflux Talk 13:56, 10 December 2019 (UTC)
Absolutely, been through that dance previously, and surely will again. So not criticising, just saying. :-)  — billinghurst sDrewth 22:25, 10 December 2019 (UTC)

Unprotect old central notice banner testEdit

Hey there! I see you're a central notice admin. Perhaps you could remove the cascading protection on MediaWiki:Centralnotice-template-Warning1819 Test? It is preventing editing to Template:Date. I contacted the protecting admin twice about this at User talk:Seddon (WMF)#Centralnotice-template-Warning1819 Test, and over email, but did not receive a reply. Thank you, MusikAnimal talk 05:01, 7 February 2020 (UTC)

@MusikAnimal: I removed the template from that banner, so it should also have fixed things for you. — xaosflux Talk 12:20, 7 February 2020 (UTC)
Thanks! MusikAnimal talk 17:10, 7 February 2020 (UTC)

User:Renamed user 9ff13960de57f6ee9b1a65311efbb0beEdit

The following discussion is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section.

They were not voting under this account; the record appeared due to this. Ankry (talk) 23:39, 12 February 2020 (UTC)

See also the discussion under this vote. Ankry (talk) 23:46, 12 February 2020 (UTC)
@Ankry: Hmm, User:Lionel Scheepmans probably shouldn't have been changing that, as that makes the line have a different name and signature, and the prior name was already on the eligible list. — xaosflux Talk 23:52, 12 February 2020 (UTC)
Their other votes are under their other name, such as in Stewards/Confirm/2020/Defender and Stewards/Confirm/2020/Hoo man. — xaosflux Talk 23:54, 12 February 2020 (UTC)
I think it is not my role to decide whether they should or not. The best way is to point both cases (user rename and altering the voting page) to the Election Committee. The suggested way to contact them is through #wikimedia-stewards-elections, but it is readonly, so this makes me confused. Ankry (talk) 00:33, 13 February 2020 (UTC)

The above discussion is preserved as an archive. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section.


@Ankry: I left a note at Talk:Stewards/Elections 2020 - will let ElectCom deal with it, if further comments please leave them there instead of here. — xaosflux Talk 00:36, 13 February 2020 (UTC)
Hi @Ankry:, thanks to notified me on this topic ans sorry for the misunderstood. But what a strange user name almost perfect for creating confusion. So let's the Election Committee making the job and dealing with this atypical case. Lionel Scheepmans Contact French native speaker, sorry for my dysorthography 08:30, 13 February 2020 (UTC)


The bot should fix "fake" eligibility checks. Ankry (talk) 20:18, 13 February 2020 (UTC)

Quarry question (inactive admins)Edit


I used to help meta crats with quarry:query/43505, and the actor migration broke everything. I don't recall how they mitigated it in Oct 2019.

I see you have quarry:query/40716, so maybe can you help me with changing the logics? Thanks! — regards, Revi 15:58, 2 April 2020 (UTC)

@-revi: wow that's a mouthful of a query you got there :D I should be able to look in to this in the next few days. — xaosflux Talk 16:04, 2 April 2020 (UTC)
Nevermind, it looks like they've found the 'mitigation' they used for Oct 2019. Thanks for (attempting to) taking a look! :) — regards, Revi 17:16, 2 April 2020 (UTC)

Outreach Wiki is not allowing to submit a page with Twitter search linkEdit


My name is Sailesh, I work with the education team at Wikimedia Foundation, and I received your contact from Quiddity. I am creating some pages for the team and one of the navigation box need to have this link:, but outreach Wiki is not allowing me to publish the page. Can you please help me in this? Best! -SPatnaik (WMF) (talk) 12:46, 3 April 2020 (UTC)

@SPatnaik (WMF): I can try, can you give me the direct link to the page you are trying to update? — xaosflux Talk 14:07, 3 April 2020 (UTC)
Replied at outreachwiki:User talk:Xaosflux. — xaosflux Talk 14:21, 3 April 2020 (UTC)

A noteEdit

Hello Abuse Filter helper, we had recently have a new group Abuse filter maintainer which allows the same level of access with additional rights to edit the filters yourself among other things. If you are interested after reading the documentation, do apply at SRGP. Thanks.Camouflaged Mirage (talk) 08:57, 4 April 2020 (UTC)

NB: I knew you applied, but feel bad informing others not informing you :)Camouflaged Mirage (talk) 08:57, 4 April 2020 (UTC)

User renameEdit

Hello, can you help me rename my username / direct me to how to do this? Thank you in advance!

@Collideatx: the "short answer" is just fill out this request form: Special:GlobalRenameRequest, and it will be reviewed. For more information you can read here: Changing username. — xaosflux Talk 11:36, 6 April 2020 (UTC)


Hi, We have some problem and It's not work correct. Can you changes copy to, and paste to Xorasan talkcontribs 04:56, 27 April 2020 (UTC)

@Xorasan: you would need a steward for this, Steward requests/Miscellaneous may be able to help. Another option would be to promote one of your admins to "interface admin" so you can self-service. After a discussion on your local wiki, that can be requested at Steward_requests/Permissions#Interface_administrator_access. — xaosflux Talk 11:11, 27 April 2020 (UTC)

Side affects of blocksEdit

Hi @Pigsonthewing: wanted to follow up on some things you mentioned on your talk page, if you have a moment? You mentioned that you were not able to use Special:UrlShortener while site blocked - that part is a bit understandable, but I'll look in to some options about it. You also mentioned a problem with the The Wikipedia Library. Can you provide some more information on that? I can see situations where someone might be blocked here, but should still be able to use that and will look in to some options. Thank you for any feedback if you are open to providing any! — xaosflux Talk 14:07, 16 June 2020 (UTC)

See [2] and [3]. Although I can now edit here, the unblock has not propagated, so I'm still unable to use it: At the former page, I am told "It looks like you have an active block on your account on at least one Wikimedia project. If you meet the other criteria you may still be permitted access to the Library Bundle - please contact us." The latter refers, inaccurately to the requirement as "You are not currently blocked from editing Wikipedia". Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 14:49, 16 June 2020 (UTC)
@Pigsonthewing: If you log out and back in your eligibility should refresh and give you access once again, please let me know if that's not the case. Good catch on the page wording - I've filed T255649, we'll get that reworded to be more accurate. Just for the record, this kind of block is one that we would still grant you access during if you had needed to contact us. We're primarily interested in removing access from folks with blocks related to content issues such as copyright violations, or indefinite/site blocks. Samwalton9 (WMF) (talk) 08:39, 17 June 2020 (UTC)
The latter is the problem of trying to use technical tools to solve social issues. Why should I have to contact anyone, to ask for a solution to an issue, on a different project, caused by a bad block? And yes, logging out and back in solved the issue - but theer was nothing to tell me that. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 09:26, 17 June 2020 (UTC)
I created phab:T255690 - as the application is errantly denying unblocked users. — xaosflux Talk 15:56, 17 June 2020 (UTC)


I'd like to recommend a standing non-standard snow close on w:Wikipedia talk:WikiLoop Battlefield. EllenCT (talk) 04:34, 10 August 2020 (UTC)

@EllenCT: not sure why you are me about this on meta-wiki - I have no opinion really on that, only provided technical insight. — xaosflux Talk 11:26, 10 August 2020 (UTC)


Minorax (talk) 01:47, 14 September 2020 (UTC)


Hello, since you nominated the page for deletion, I had moved the offending remarks to a non-global user subpage per Special:diff/20483052. Subsequently I restored this page to the current non offending look. Hope you are okay with this. I am sort of involved by !voting but I see no further participation so I boldly moved it. I am of course required to revert if you contest. Sorry for any trouble caused. Camouflaged Mirage (talk) 17:31, 26 September 2020 (UTC)

@Camouflaged Mirage: seems fine, I added NOINDEX to it, to avoid it being a search result for the the other usernames on the page - and removed the no longer relevant NOGLOBAL. — xaosflux Talk 18:56, 26 September 2020 (UTC)
Oops, missed that, thanks for correcting. Camouflaged Mirage (talk) 11:41, 28 September 2020 (UTC)

E-mail confirmationEdit

Hi Xaosflux, I think you may help me. I registered my account in August, but I forgot to confirm my e-mail address. I've found the confirmation e-mail right now but, when I tried confirming it, a message told me it's expired. What can I do to have my e-mail address confirmed? Is it possible for a sysop like you allow me to confirm it for example by sending me a new confirmation code? Thank you for what you'll be able to do for me Xaosflux. Junghiano (talk) 17:54, 30 October 2020 (UTC)

@Junghiano: as you are able to log on, you should be able to reset the process by going to Special:Preferences. Remove your email address, save the settings, then just add it again and re-save. — xaosflux Talk 18:56, 30 October 2020 (UTC)
It worked! Thank you very much! Junghiano (talk) 22:05, 30 October 2020 (UTC)

Community Wishlist Survey 2021: InvitationEdit

SGrabarczuk (WMF)

18:25, 20 November 2020 (UTC)

Community Wishlist Survey 2021Edit

SGrabarczuk (WMF)

16:09, 11 December 2020 (UTC)

Request for filter helpEdit

Hello, Xaosflux, and Happy New Year!

We could use help with Filter 22 at Wikivoyage. Please have a look here, and also share any thoughts you have in the comments.

Thanks so much!

Ikan Kekek (talk) 07:37, 3 January 2021 (UTC)

Billinghurst has taken care of the immediate issue, but do keep this issue in mind. We have been facing a consistent onslaught of vandalism and can definitely use extra help to prevent vandals from editing in the first place, and when they do, whenever there is sparse coverage of admins. Ikan Kekek (talk) 11:26, 3 January 2021 (UTC)
@Ikan Kekek: feel free to ping me again if needed (was out this morning). — xaosflux Talk 16:56, 3 January 2021 (UTC)
Sure thing. Thanks. Ikan Kekek (talk) 18:36, 7 January 2021 (UTC)

test.wikipedia desysopEdit

Hi, could you please desysop this user [4]? They are globally locked. --Rschen7754 21:33, 31 January 2021 (UTC)

@Rschen7754:   Donexaosflux Talk 21:36, 31 January 2021 (UTC)

International Women DayEdit

So... I disagree with one of your actions and I would like to ask you to reconsider. If you do not want to reconsider, I would like to ask you to explain exactly why you made that decision (I recognise that there might be something I am missing and that your decision is a good one. But right now, I do not get it). But please, either revert what you did, or explain why the change.

The change you made : you set up the the Central Notice Banner for Woman Day at low priority and 2 max impressions. Why ?

If I summarize

  1. diversity, and in particular gender diversity, is a priority of Strategy 2030. So I take it our efforts toward the events next week is something that could be supported
  2. to avoid multiplication of banner requests, many groups working on Gender Gap this year made the effort to actually COLLABORATE to create a global landing page (Gender gap/International Women's Day) where all gender gap activities related to 8th of March would be listed. We could have had separate pages and make dozen of requests. We worked together to avoid such a situation. Perhaps we should have done dozen of banners instead ?
  3. activities are not something someone can decide to join at the last minute. This requires a bit of anticipation and planning. So editors need to be aware of what will happen right now. Not on March 8th. We need the banner operating properly right now. Not only on March 8th
  4. the banner is limited in time. Only 10 days. It is not a big drain on readers attention

So what is the argument to set that banner to low priority ?

Thank you in advance for your answer.

Anthere (talk) 20:30, 6 March 2021 (UTC)

@Ciell: @Rosiestep: @Cftoro (WMCL): @Kiraface: @Eric Luth (WMSE): @Pharos: @Alicia Fagerving (WMSE): @Nattes à chat: @Camelia.boban:

I want to express my support for this banner and request that it not be categorized as a low priority. This was a collaborative effort to highlight the various initiatives around Gender Gap work. --Kiraface (talk) 20:44, 6 March 2021 (UTC)
@Anthere: I think you are reading the logs incorrectly. Here are the entries that I made:
Timestamp	User	Action	Campaign	Summary	 
2021-03-05 22:01:51	Xaosflux (A/OS) (talk)	modified	InternationalWomensDayMonth	revisit after monday	 
 	Campaign mixins: Changed from {"impressionDiet":{"cookieName":"IWD","maximumSeen":2,"restartCycleDelay":172800,"skipInitial":0}} to {"impressionDiet":{"cookieName":"IWD","maximumSeen":2,"restartCycleDelay":86400,"skipInitial":0}}

	2021-03-05 19:24:32	Xaosflux (A/OS) (talk)	modified	InternationalWomensDayMonth	2x/day/user is a bit much, double recycle time	 
 	Campaign mixins: Changed from {"impressionDiet":{"cookieName":"IWD","maximumSeen":2,"restartCycleDelay":86400,"skipInitial":0}} to {"impressionDiet":{"cookieName":"IWD","maximumSeen":2,"restartCycleDelay":172800,"skipInitial":0}}
As you can see, the only thing I did was to adjust the restartCycleDelay, then change it back after a discussion. If you have any other questions about my administrative actions please let me know. For other discussion about this banner please follow up at CentralNotice/Request/Int._Womens_day_2021. (Same discussion forum referral for: User:Kiraface). — xaosflux Talk 23:18, 6 March 2021 (UTC)

Thank you for your answer; I go read the other page. Anthere (talk)

this banner is definitely not « low priority » especially during the month of March. Nattes à chat (talk) 09:25, 8 March 2021 (UTC)
@Nattes à chat: I had nothing to do with the "priority" setting on that. — xaosflux Talk 12:25, 8 March 2021 (UTC)

2 factor authenticationEdit

Hello Xaosflux, will you please help me activating the 2 factor authentication on my account. --Hulged†alk⟩ 12:50, 25 April 2021 (UTC)

@Hulged: if you really want to you can follow up at Steward_requests/Global_permissions#Requests_for_2_Factor_Auth_tester_permissions; you may be denied as you have active blocks on your homewiki. — xaosflux Talk 15:29, 25 April 2021 (UTC)
Thanks, Xaosflux. Then I'll apply after I'll get unblocked. --Hulged†alk⟩ 15:46, 25 April 2021 (UTC)