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SUL finalization update[change]

Hi all, please read this page for important information and an update involving SUL finalization, scheduled to take place in one month. Thanks. Keegan (WMF) (talk) 19:45, 13 March 2015 (UTC)

Blocking of JVRKPRASAD for abuse of AWB usage[change]

This is to inform the community that I have blocked User:JVRKPRASAD for spamming Special:RecentChanges with changes made using AutoWikiBrowser (AWB). While the changes were made mostly in good faith (to add an interwiki link to te: for each page), most of them were pointing to non-existent articles. I have thus blocked this user for 1 week and may extend if necessary.

I would also like to bring across the point that if such major changes are to be made, it is important to consult the community on this before proceeding to avoid spamming recent changes and a difficult cleanup effort if anything were to go wrong. Thanks. --Hydriz (talk) 14:15, 31 March 2015 (UTC)

Can't we simply restrict AWB usage as on other wikis, using a page/list for users allowed to use AWB besides admins? Furthermore, aren't interwikis handled by wikidata now or are wiktionaries not yet included? -Barras talk 15:01, 31 March 2015 (UTC)
Also, just randomly checking the added interwikis, I just found at least two where the corresponding page does not exist. I really think about rolling back right away all his recent edits. Oh, and I fully endorse the block, btw. -Barras talk 15:06, 31 March 2015 (UTC)
Wiktionary is likely to be the last to be added to Wiktionary, so it will probably not happen in the near future. The interwiki bots we have are also cleaning up the wiki right now, removing the interwiki links that don't exist. I already seen both YS-Bot and HydrizBot removing some of the interwiki links that were added, so the cleanup is underway. --Hydriz (talk) 22:28, 31 March 2015 (UTC)
And I agree that we should just restrict AWB usage. --Hydriz (talk) 22:35, 31 March 2015 (UTC)
Any clue on how to restrict it? Do we just create a check page here or are there more settings to be made? Also, with the user no knowing what's going on, you might want to consider to unblock him. I don't think he will do the same thing right away again. -Barras talk 22:37, 31 March 2015 (UTC)
Seriously? I mean, I knew there were quite a few edits, but that many was not what I excepted. And all those within a few hours. But anyway, Hydriz Any idea on how to make AWB restricted? -Barras talk 13:14, 5 April 2015 (UTC)
I will have a go at trying to see how to implement the restriction later today. It might be that creating a check page is sufficient, but I am not sure right now until I try it later. --Hydriz (talk) 23:19, 6 April 2015 (UTC)
Thanks Hydriz! It seems to work. I just asked Glaisher to test whether he can use AWB here or now and apparently he can't. -Barras talk 17:38, 7 April 2015 (UTC)
Great, thanks for your help! Will update the documentation pages accordingly soon. As for the interwikis, we should leave it to the bots to fix along the coming months. Mass reverting isn't exactly ideal imo. --Hydriz (talk) 00:23, 8 April 2015 (UTC)

Stewards confirmation rules[change]

Hello, I made a proposal on Meta to change the rules for the steward confirmations. Currently consensus to remove is required for a steward to lose his status, however I think it's fairer to the community if every steward needed the consensus to keep. As this is an issue that affects all WMF wikis, I'm sending this notification to let people know & be able to participate. Best regards, --MF-W 16:12, 10 April 2015 (UTC)