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2021 Ombuds Commission nomination process now open!Edit

Hi everyone! It's coming close to time for annual appointments of community members to serve on the Ombudsman commission (OC). This commission works on all Wikimedia projects to investigate complaints about violations of the privacy policy, especially in use of CheckUser and Oversight tools, and to mediate between the complaining party and the individual whose work is being investigated. They may also assist the General Counsel, the Executive Director or the Board of Trustees in investigations of these issues. For more on their duties and roles, see Ombuds commission.

This is a call for community members interested in volunteering for appointment to this commission. Volunteers serving in this role should be experienced Wikimedians, active on any project, who have previously used the CheckUser/Oversight tools OR who have the technical ability to understand these tools and the willingness to learn them. They are expected to be able to engage neutrally in investigating these concerns and to know when to recuse when other roles and relationships may cause conflict.

Commissioners are required to identify to the Wikimedia Foundation and must be willing to comply with the appropriate Wikimedia Foundation board policies (such as the access to non-public data policy and the privacy policy). This is a position that requires a high degree of discretion and trust.

If you are interested in serving on this commission, please write me an email at kbrown wikimedia org to detail your experience on the projects, your thoughts on the commission and what you hope to bring to the role. The commission consists of ten members; all applications are appreciated and will be carefully considered. The deadline for applications is end of day on 31 December, 2020.

Please feel free to pass this invitation along to any users who you think may be qualified and interested. Thank you! Kbrown (WMF) (talk) 14:05, 1 October 2020 (UTC)

Not sureEdit

Iam not sure what to do here. Can I have a wiki? Garboshareem39 (talk) 08:42, 25 October 2020 (UTC)

No. Personal wikis are not available from the Wikimedia Foundation.  — billinghurst sDrewth 12:09, 25 October 2020 (UTC)
@Garboshareem39: Not from the Wikimedia Foundation. However, the wiki software is free and you can download it from You will need webhosting if you want to launch your own wiki. Setting that up isn't trivial though. Various web hosting services offer MediaWiki (along with other content management systems such as Wordpress) so you don't have to configure everything yourself. — Alexis Jazz (talk or ping me) 07:59, 2 November 2020 (UTC)



I have tried to translate farsi ( probably) text to english. How to do it? TIA --Adam majewski (talk) 18:04, 27 October 2020 (UTC)

@Adam majewski:
{{en|1=Part of Mendelbrot's fractal pattern}}{{fa|1=بخشی از الگوی فرکتالی مندلبروت}}
Alexis Jazz (talk or ping me) 07:54, 2 November 2020 (UTC)


I have made so many pages and admins and users keep deleting them they seem to not care at all ,local politics, geography, economy, culture articles are bashed only global articles.fawiki rules is mistranslated and misjudg3d. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Baratiiman (talk)

@4nn1l2: Do you know how a user can have 1,846 edits on fawiki while being unable to spell "Farsi"? — Alexis Jazz (talk or ping me) 07:45, 2 November 2020 (UTC)
They are writing in English and it happens. The fact that they have used "Farsi" instead of "Persian" means a lot to me. 4nn1l2 (talk) 08:23, 2 November 2020 (UTC)
Undoubtedly, Fawiki is a problem project, more or less like azwiki or hrwiki. I also hear a lot about arwiki and ptwiki. 4nn1l2 (talk) 08:23, 2 November 2020 (UTC)
Lmao i was just banned for sockpuppetry along with 3 other accounts including an admin and there is this election in wikipedia farsi i voted in. admins are guessing who voted who.Baratiiman (talk) 12:14, 9 November 2020 (UTC)
is it fine they ask for identification in Iran?Baratiiman (talk) 08:30, 10 November 2020 (UTC)
Checkusers are ignoring us arguments reliying on their tools for IP, Interests , browser version and i just found out on the Deutche Weule this checkuser is the same one who tried to explain why fa wiki admins are cooperating with Iranian Ministry of Islamic Culture and Guidance btw wikipedia is working in the country wikinews is not.Baratiiman (talk) 15:52, 11 November 2020 (UTC)
@Baratiiman: What is the actual point of this discussion? If it is you getting something off your chest, then okay. I don't see that we are going to get any reasonable discussion if you are just complaining, we can do nothing. Some will agree, some will not, but nothing will be achieved.  — billinghurst sDrewth 03:00, 12 November 2020 (UTC)
There is too much autonomy i think just saying.Baratiiman (talk) 04:25, 12 November 2020 (UTC)
Sending us a postcard will only ever give us a postcard. If you want a proper structured conversation about something you are going to need to craft a proper conversation, and they are generally RFCs. It is my experience RFCs that are set up to bash things simply are ineffective.  — billinghurst sDrewth 19:58, 12 November 2020 (UTC)
  • im getting a bit suspicuos that i got banned after i made this thread. the age of the accounts banned for sock puppetry are more 9 than years.they have more edits than me.Baratiiman (talk) 13:22, 13 November 2020 (UTC)

Just to ask one question .Edit

Hi my name is Rémi KOUGBAKIN i really appreciate you to accept me. And these are my question = which languague it's the first languague in the world wide ?

I doubt there will be an authoritative answer to this, you can see some ideas in the pages linked from w:en:Oldest_language, I'm assuming you are at least limiting yourself to human languages. — xaosflux Talk 14:52, 4 November 2020 (UTC)

Movement Strategy prioritiesEdit

With the approaching Movement Strategy events (virtual events that will take place on November 21st/22nd), communities and affiliates are having multiple meetings to select priorities for the implementation of the Strategy recommendations. These priorities will shape the implementation of Strategy in 2021-22. If you feel interested in joining the discussion (and perhaps in a written rather than a verbal a manner), you can check out the priorities discussion space on Meta --Abbad (WMF) (talk) 22:21, 4 November 2020 (UTC).

Random international projects sending welcome messagesEdit

Hi there. Every few years I get a random welcome message from a wiki I've never used or contributed to. Most recently, I got a message from the Russian Wiktionary -- despite having never contributed to it at all. Similarly in 2018, I got welcomed to the malay and indonesian wikipedias, despite never having used those either. Has anyone else experienced things like this before? Is there any way to stop it from happening? Thanks in advance. Techhead7890 (talk) 05:04, 5 November 2020 (UTC)

Personally I wouldn't fuss it, typically it is a welcome message. On those wikis you have triggered something to have a local account created by some sort of visitation or touch. Just the spiderwebs reaching out, and you would need to find someone experienced in the arcane subject matter of logins and local account creation to get the in depth explanation. — billinghurst sDrewth 09:19, 5 November 2020 (UTC)
As said above, you have triggered something to have a local account created. There is an extension called NewUserMessage, where it is enabled it leaves decided welcome message to every new local user account. You can simply ignore these messages, I don't think there is any way to stop them for a one user. -- CptViraj (talk) 09:37, 5 November 2020 (UTC)
@Techhead7890: "10:07, 29 July 2020 User account Techhead7890 talk contribs was created automatically". You probably visited a page on Russian Wiktionary. — Alexis Jazz (talk or ping me) 14:42, 5 November 2020 (UTC)

Wiki of functions naming contest - Round 2Edit

22:10, 5 November 2020 (UTC)

Global ban proposal for KuburaEdit

Hello. This is to notify the community that there is an ongoing global ban proposal for User:Kubura who has been active on this wiki. You are invited to participate at m:Request for comment/Global ban for Kubura. Thank you. Blablubbs (talk) 21:30, 14 November 2020 (UTC)

Community Wishlist Survey 2021Edit

The 2021 Community Wishlist Survey is now open! This survey is the process where communities decide what the Community Tech team should work on over the next year. We encourage everyone to submit proposals until the deadline on 30 November, or comment on other proposals to help make them better. The communities will vote on the proposals between 8 December and 21 December.

The Community Tech team is focused on tools for experienced Wikimedia editors. You can write proposals in any language, and we will translate them for you. Thank you, and we look forward to seeing your proposals!

SGrabarczuk (WMF) 05:52, 20 November 2020 (UTC)