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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)

Nominations are being accepted for 2015 Wikimedia Foundation elections[change]

This is a message from the 2015 Wikimedia Foundation Elections Committee. Translations are available.

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Greetings,

I am pleased to announce that nominations are now being accepted for the 2015 Wikimedia Foundation Elections. This year the Board and the FDC Staff are looking for a diverse set of candidates from regions and projects that are traditionally under-represented on the board and in the movement as well as candidates with experience in technology, product or finance. To this end they have published letters describing what they think is needed and, recognizing that those who know the community the best are the community themselves, the election committee is accepting nominations for community members you think should run and will reach out to those nominated to provide them with information about the job and the election process.

This year, elections are being held for the following roles:

Board of Trustees
The Board of Trustees is the decision-making body that is ultimately responsible for the long term sustainability of the Foundation, so we value wide input into its selection. There are three positions being filled. More information about this role can be found at the board elections page.

Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC)
The Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC) makes recommendations about how to allocate Wikimedia movement funds to eligible entities. There are five positions being filled. More information about this role can be found at the FDC elections page.

Funds Dissemination Committee (FDC) Ombud
The FDC Ombud receives complaints and feedback about the FDC process, investigates complaints at the request of the Board of Trustees, and summarizes the investigations and feedback for the Board of Trustees on an annual basis. One position is being filled. More information about this role can be found at the FDC Ombudsperson elections page.

The candidacy submission phase lasts from 00:00 UTC April 20 to 23:59 UTC May 5 for the Board and from 00:00 UTCApril 20 to 23:59 UTC April 30 for the FDC and FDC Ombudsperson. This year, we are accepting both self-nominations and nominations of others. More information on this election and the nomination process can be found on the 2015 Wikimedia elections page on Meta-Wiki.

Please feel free to post a note about the election on your project's village pump. Any questions related to the election can be posted on the talk page on Meta, or sent to the election committee's mailing list, board-elections -at- wikimedia.org

On behalf of the Elections Committee,
-Gregory Varnum (User:Varnent)
Coordinator, 2015 Wikimedia Foundation Elections Committee

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Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees elections 2015[change]

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This is a message from the 2015 Wikimedia Foundation Elections Committee. Translations are available.

Voting has begun for eligible voters in the 2015 elections for the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees. Questions and discussion with the candidates for the Board will continue during the voting.

The Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees is the ultimate governing authority of the Wikimedia Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization registered in the United States. The Wikimedia Foundation manages many diverse projects such as Wikipedia and Commons.

The voting phase lasts from 00:00 UTC May 17 to 23:59 UTC May 31. Click here to vote. More information on the candidates and the elections can be found on the 2015 Board election page on Meta-Wiki.

On behalf of the Elections Committee,
-Gregory Varnum (User:Varnent)
Volunteer Coordinator, 2015 Wikimedia Foundation Elections Committee

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