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Admin and Crat stats[edit]

Hi everyone, been a while since we did it was thinking we should do a run through the admin and crat stats and see if anyone should be contacted about keeping their rights. I last did it some time ago arounf June 2017. Cheers Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 18:05, 13 September 2019 (UTC)

That makes sense--once every 24 months or so is good for that. —Justin (koavf)TCM 18:27, 13 September 2019 (UTC)
Good idea. I regularly check every administrator- and bureaucrats latest activities once a month, using the links in the tables at Wikispecies:Administrators#List of Administrators and Wikispecies:Bureaucrats#List of Bureaucrats. That method is a bit crude though, and a more thorough check is in order. –Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 20:40, 18 September 2019 (UTC).
By the way the same should be done for the translation administrators. –Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 20:43, 18 September 2019 (UTC).
Hi everyone, ok I have looked at user stats, the only admin currently at risk of de-sysop due to our policy is Wikiklaas who has performed no actions at all since April 2018, and all crats have been active. Would someone like to double-check this for me and if in agreement I will send the letter of notification of this to Wikiklaas. Cheers Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 14:31, 8 October 2019 (UTC)
@Tommy and Justin: I have not done the translation administrators as yet but on quick view three of them maybe should be looked at. I am wondering though, these people are likely to have inactivity based on the needs of pages to be translated, so am wondering if our policy is fair to them? Thoughts? Cheers Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 14:37, 8 October 2019 (UTC)
@Scott: About Wikiklaas (or more precisely admins and 'crats in general) I remember we discussed our de-sysop policies a few years ago. Those talks are buried deep within the archives of some of our admin pages, most likely together with text about the consensus they resulted in. Give me a few days and I'll try to excavate them. As for your remark about the translation admins yes, I think this needs to be discussed further. Perhaps we even need to differentiate de-sysoping translation administrators on a language-to-language basis? –Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 16:21, 10 October 2019 (UTC).
@Tommy: The policy is at Wikispecies:Administrators/Admin Review but yes there was significant discussion on this around early 2017 from recollection. That will have been archived. I will wait for you to get back to this. Cheers Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 21:05, 10 October 2019 (UTC)

───────────────────────── @Scott: Thanks for the link, I had actually forgotten about that page... It's now added to Category:Wikispecies policies in order to make it easier to access in the future. Until I'm back please have a look at these fairly dated "Wikispecies:Administrators" sub-pages if you like:

  1. Wikispecies:Administrators/Inactivity Section
  2. Wikispecies:Administrators/De-adminship
  3. Wikispecies:Administrators/De-adminship/Warning message

They may contain wee bits of (links to) useful data we should scavenge, after which they should probably all be sent into oblivion by means of the Delete button... –Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 23:50, 10 October 2019 (UTC).

I deleted the older message the one we use is De-adminship warning message. The older one was imported from Commons as a template for what we were developing. So I figure its best gone now so no one accidentally uses it. I will go through the de-adminship page as it covers more than just inactivity, it also discusses abuse. The Inactivity Section gives info on when the checks are done. We should have this all linked together somewhere behind the Crat or Admin pages so we can see it easily. Cheers Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 00:30, 11 October 2019 (UTC)
As an aside the reason I am trying to clear the RfC page is to possibly discuss policy on Translation Admins, or we could do it here. I would like @AlvaroMolina:'s opinion too if possible. Cheers Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 01:30, 11 October 2019 (UTC)
I agree that the current RfC question needs to be resolved ASAP, however simultaneously running more than one task through the RfC mill wouldn't be a problem. </aside>Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 03:25, 11 October 2019 (UTC).
Anyway want me to go ahead and complete the review for admins and crats? I prefer to leave the translation admins for a week or so to have time to discuss and reflect on the issue. Cheers Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 21:43, 11 October 2019 (UTC)
Yes. Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 02:02, 12 October 2019 (UTC).

───────────────────────── Ok left a message per our policy with Wikiklaas. Created October 2019 Review Page. It is linked on the Inactivity Review Page. I also sent an email and left a pointer to the message here on his Dutch Wiki Page. Cheers Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 02:27, 12 October 2019 (UTC) ───────────────────────── @Tommy: Can we make sure this thread does not archive till after review is finished. User has till 12 November to respond then I have to take it to Meta if he does not. Should stay here till about 20 November. Cheers Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 22:01, 2 November 2019 (UTC)

@Scott Thomson: Sure thing. This page is not automatically archived: in the past it's only been manually archived by me, Koavf, and Andy Mabbett. –Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 12:52, 3 November 2019 (UTC).
  • It has been the required 30 and hence I have put in a request for removal of rights for Wikiklaas here. Cheers Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 18:24, 13 November 2019 (UTC)
    • Meta has completed the removal of rights dif I will remove Wikiklaas from the list of admins here. Cheers Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 18:32, 13 November 2019 (UTC)

Technical news now has its own page[edit]

Attention fellow administrators (AccassidyAlvaroMolinaAndyboormanBurmeisterCirceusDan KoehlEncycloPeteyFaendalimasFloscuculiFranz Xaver) (GeniHector BottaiKeith EdkinsKoavfMariusmMKOliverMPFNeferkheperreOhanaUnitedPeterR) (PigsonthewingRLJThiotrixWikiklaas)

Please note that I've signed us up for Wikimedia technical community's "Tech News" newsletter. Starting September 23 we will now automatically get the weekly newsletter delivered to Wikispecies:Tech news. It's always in English but most often also includes links to translated versions of the text. Add the page to MediaWiki Vector skin blue star watchlist icon.svgyour watchlist if you like, so you wont miss an issue! Thank you for your attention, and happy editing! –Tommy Kronkvist (talk), 05:17, 29 September 2019 (UTC).

@Tommy Kronkvist: Thanks, gracias, grazie, danke, etc. —Justin (koavf)TCM 05:38, 29 September 2019 (UTC)
@Tommy Kronkvist: Following. Thanks, obrigado, gracias. --Hector Bottai (talk) 15:17, 29 September 2019 (UTC)
Its really good to get it to a page, instead of user pages, Thanks @Tommy Kronkvist:. Dan Koehl (talk) 10:44, 1 October 2019 (UTC)

User:Cloud forest[edit]

Could all admins please take a look at the talk page of User Cloud forest and in particular the latest discussion here. You should look through the entire page then if you wish to have an input please add to the discussion. I do not generally care too much what people put on their own talk page, but this is getting a little excessive. There is nothing that is vandalism or attcking anyone or anything, the user has not intentionally harmed anyone. Anyway some more opinions are asked for. Cheers Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 19:57, 2 October 2019 (UTC)

Redirect script not working[edit]

Hello. Can any body help with a problem with the script common.js, found here on my page. It now shows a red link. It appears to be a conflict with wiki software updates in the last day or so. I am not sure @Rillke: is currently active. Here's hoping someone here with more coding knowledge than me can help. Andyboorman (talk) 08:47, 12 October 2019 (UTC)

Yes the tool shows that is working by the colour change, but if you then search for a synonym it is clear that the redirect has not been created. Here is an example - no I have not completed the edits!. Andyboorman (talk) 11:14, 12 October 2019 (UTC)

Problem solved by Changing Line 56 in User:Rillke/createRedirects.js to "token: mw.user.tokens.get('csrfToken')," Andyboorman (talk) 19:12, 17 October 2019 (UTC)

Can't create Module:Linguistic[edit]

I'm in the process of importing Module:WikidataIB to do some work on importing data from Wikidata. It uses Module:Complex date which has numerous dependencies, which I'm creating. All of the modules imported run perfectly well on the English Wikipedia, Commons and about another 50 language wikis. However, an edit filter is preventing the creation of Module:Linguistic:

Error: This action has been automatically identified as harmful, and therefore disallowed. If you believe your action was constructive, please inform an administrator of what you were trying to do. A brief description of the abuse rule which your action matched is: la="taxon name" in the VN section

Would someone be kind enough to sort out the edit filter, please? --RexxS (talk) 13:28, 19 October 2019 (UTC)

@RexxS: I've temporarily disabled the filter, but Special:Import is not finding Module:Linguistic on - what's the source? Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 13:04, 20 October 2019 (UTC)
@Andy: The module is not needed on enwiki because it's a monolingual wiki. The master module exists on Commons (which is multi-lingual) at c:Module:Linguistic. Cheers --RexxS (talk) 13:27, 20 October 2019 (UTC)
@RexxS: Well, that makes sense! I've imported the module, and re-enabled the filter. Let me know if the latter causes any further problms; and please disable the display of la labels. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 13:37, 20 October 2019 (UTC)


I have blocked this IP, indef for now, for plaing large amounts of text on several accounts, Tommy, Maxim and MPF creating accounts which I deleted. Maxim saw this first and I thank him for undoing alot of the damage. I know blocking an IP is not ideal but I am busy tonight and cannot watch this so have blocked it to stop further damage for now. Cheers Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 01:12, 27 October 2019 (UTC)

Showed up again, under a different ip. is also editing on Wiktionary. Blocked again. Undid edits. Scott Thomson (Faendalimas) talk 00:34, 28 October 2019 (UTC)


Not a translation - please delete[edit]

Can an admin (who is also a translation admin) please delete Wikispecies:Checkusers/ru? None of the translations are actually translations - its just the English. Thanks, --DannyS712 (talk) 10:30, 12 November 2019 (UTC)

 DoneJustin (koavf)TCM 10:48, 12 November 2019 (UTC)

Thanks. @Koavf: can you also take a look at Wikispecies talk:Localization#Some translations please? Since all of the edits are to mediawiki namespace pages, it needs an admin. Thanks, --DannyS712 (talk) 10:50, 12 November 2019 (UTC)

@DannyS712: I don't have bandwidth for this at the moment, no. :/ —Justin (koavf)TCM 10:59, 12 November 2019 (UTC)

Edit request - category[edit]

Hi. Can an administrator please convert [[Category:Wikispecies user access levels]] at Wikispecies:Administrators' Noticeboard/Archive 2016 into a link, so that it isn't categorized? The page is protected. Thanks, --DannyS712 (talk) 08:55, 17 November 2019 (UTC)

 Done Always good to see you around, DannyS712. —Justin (koavf)TCM 09:42, 17 November 2019 (UTC)
Thanks. Do you have the time now to take a look at the section above? --DannyS712 (talk) 09:45, 17 November 2019 (UTC)