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Use this page for requests for:

  • Renaming
  • Promotion (to administrator, bot, bureaucrat, etc.)
  • Anything else bureaucrats are needed for (is there anything?)

Any new flagging to +sysop should have an associated subpage here, except for staff and well-established volunteer developers, where a developer is someone who has had changes accepted to the MediaWiki core or a MediaWiki extension where the total number of changed lines in the relevant whitespace-insensitive diffs exceeds 100.

One thing to keep in mind is that unlike most Wikimedia sites, this site is controlled by the MediaWiki developers, not the other users in this community. Being a developer (someone with commit access who uses it to maintain code that runs on Wikimedia sites) automatically entitles you to at least administrator status, and a long-time developer won't find it hard to become a bureaucrat. If you're not a developer, you do have to give some good reason to get any privileges; you should not expect to ever be made a bureaucrat; and if you are, you might want to stick to renames and leave promotions to developers. Something like a third of administrators and a quarter of bureaucrats are non-developers, however, so it's not like you shouldn't bother asking.

That said, there aren't really any formal policies on what's required: you just have to convince a bureaucrat. Use common sense―if you're trustworthy and your services are in need, there's no reason not to promote you to administrator at least, but don't ask for administrator without giving a concrete reason (unless you're a developer). Being personally known to a developer or having administrator or higher status on a major Wikimedia project are two ways to be deemed trustworthy.

Asking for transwiki, bot, or a rename is fine without demonstrating that you're trustworthy, since those can be revoked/reverted at will and don't do much anyway.

Requests for permissions[edit | edit source]

Archives: Autochecked userEditorAdministratorBureaucratOther user rights
  • Please create a subpage under Project:Requests/User rights/ with your user name as the page title and then transclude it to the bottom of this section.
=== User:Example ===
{{Rfur|Requested user right}} (Choose from: Administrator, Bot, Bureaucrat, Coder, Autochecked user, Transwiki importer, Other)
I am a MediaWiki developer [ (korma proof)]
I have rolled back many instances of vandalism here and assisted users extensively.
I have accounts on Meta and am an active maintainer of the WMF Phabricator project [[phab:tag/foo|#foo]]. - Example 1 Apr 2015, 12:00am

* '''support''' I thought you were an admin here already! - User1, 1 Apr 2008, 12:45am
* '''oppose''' Example punched me in the nose at the last Wikimeet and broke it. I have a personal grudge. - User2, 1 Apr 2008, 1:15am

Requests for renames[edit | edit source]

Information on how renames work is available on Wikipedia. Archives: 2014 (Previous years).

Local renames by bureaucrats are no longer possible. Please place new requests at meta:Steward requests/Username changes.

Electric Wombat → Crow[edit | edit source]

Rename as part of SUL consolidation. Confirmation of ownership HERE - Electric Wombat (talk) 17:42, 18 August 2014 (UTC)

@Electric Wombat: Please forward your request to m:Steward requests/Username changes.--Jasper Deng (talk) 05:26, 14 November 2014 (UTC)

RunabRunab → Runab[edit | edit source]

I have the SUL for Runab (home plwiki) but still have conflicts on There's one problem. Here account Runab (not my) has a six edition (last: 13.01.2013 [1]). Is it change on create new account for Runab from, so I could end create my SUL account? - RunabRunab (talk) 17:00, 22 October 2014 (UTC)

@RunabRunab: Please forward your request to m:Steward requests/Username changes.--Jasper Deng (talk) 05:26, 14 November 2014 (UTC)

Other requests and requests for comments[edit | edit source]

Archives: Other requests and Requests for Comments

Change Abuse filter block lengths to 3 months for IPs only[edit | edit source]

I tried enabling automatic blocking for Special:AbuseFilter/28 but I forgot that this wiki hasn't configured $wgAbuseFilterAnonBlockDuration to be a finite duration yet. I think this would require at least some form of consensus. I am proposing 3 months because that is what I usually use for blocks of those spambots.--Jasper Deng (talk) 18:41, 22 August 2014 (UTC)

3 months is definitely better than infinite. There's quite a huge gap however from this and, say, the 24 hours of autoblock; you may want to consider if few weeks actually suffice, for such IPs (are they even static?). If you think 3 months is best, let's go for it for now. --Nemo 09:16, 23 August 2014 (UTC)
Personally I think 1 month should be all that's necessary on automatic blocks. If an IP is seen to get automatically blocked more than once, a manual, longer block can be implemented. 3 months is just a bit long as far as automatic blocks go in my opinion. Whatever works best for everyone else is fine for me though. --GeorgeBarnick (talk) 18:26, 23 August 2014 (UTC)
Support either 3 months or 1 month (don't care which). I had this same idea myself before I even saw this here. Jackmcbarn (talk) 01:50, 1 September 2014 (UTC)
I've opened bugzilla:70828. Jackmcbarn (talk) 15:04, 14 September 2014 (UTC)
YesY Done by Reedy. Jackmcbarn (talk) 19:29, 16 September 2014 (UTC)
We now have an example of a block to a "normal" IP which almost 3 months later blocked a good faith user: Special:AbuseFilter/24. Perhaps we should reduce to 1 month, as most people above seemed to be content with? Or we need to make sure that blocking filters don't block home/consumer dynamic IPs. --Nemo 07:24, 23 February 2015 (UTC)

Delete user request[edit | edit source]

User: T816424

Please delete user account T816424 as created in error.

Apologies for the trouble. Thanks

We cannot and will not delete user accounts, for technical reasons.--Jasper Deng (talk) 20:17, 30 September 2014 (UTC)
Well, it theoretically could be done, right? Leucosticte (talk) 18:27, 24 October 2014 (UTC)
Technically it would be possible, but there is no reason to do so. And sysadmin is a usergroup "to perform actions for technical reasons". And i see no technical reason to do anything here :) --Florianschmidtwelzow (talk) 07:54, 27 October 2014 (UTC)
N Not done see answer of Jasper Deng --Florianschmidtwelzow (talk) 06:21, 10 December 2014 (UTC)

Import w:fr:Aide:Pywikipedia/[edit | edit source]

This page is a (partially) translated version of Manual:Pywikibot/ Could you import it as Manual:Pywikibot/ We don't need it anymore on Wikipedia, but it could still be useful for other projects. Thanks, Orlodrim (talk) 01:19, 1 November 2014 (UTC)

@Brion VIBBER, Legoktm, MZMcBride, Nemo bis, Skizzerz: Could one of you do this? Manual:Pywikibot/ doesn't use the Translate extension so this shouldn't really be a problem, afaics. Thanks, --Glaisher (talk) 07:54, 17 November 2014 (UTC)
Hi Orlodrim. Here you go: Manual:Pywikibot/ I only sort of fucked it up, nothing a quick page move couldn't fix... I've done much worse with the import tool. :-) Let me know if you wanted templates. (Thanks for the ping, Glaisher!) --MZMcBride (talk) 23:43, 17 November 2014 (UTC)
Perfect, thanks. No additional templates are needed. Orlodrim (talk) 00:02, 18 November 2014 (UTC)
YesY Done then, thanks for response :) --Florianschmidtwelzow (talk) 08:22, 21 November 2014 (UTC)

Remove/reduce protection in How to contribute/Translations‎[edit | edit source]

It isn't possible to update and create new translations to the page. Thanks, Eran (talk) 20:08, 2 March 2015 (UTC)

  • Sorry, the protection reason seems to be still actual, maybe @Nemo_bis: can revisit this. (Protected "How to contribute/Translations": Excessive vandalism: High visibility page linked from the footer of all Wikimedia projects, (how to semiprotect recursively?), and a cascading protection is nly possible for full (only-admin) protection. The protection will expire 31 May 2015. --Florianschmidtwelzow (talk) 07:27, 3 March 2015 (UTC)
  • We could try removing the protection. Shirayuki, is it still necessary? --Nemo 09:46, 11 March 2015 (UTC)

Request block of User:Eye Compagny[edit | edit source]

Please block Special:Contributions/Eye Compagny for vandalism (see contributions) and unwanted username. It is a misspelling of a Dutch company called Eye Company. After being blocked on the Dutch Wikipedia for unwanted username, the user started vandalising here. After a short while the user stopped. However I don't think the user is planning on doing anything helpful for this project. Mbch331 (talk) 14:13, 5 March 2015 (UTC)

N Not done -> "User account "Eye Compagny" is not registered." Can you check the username please? :) --Florianschmidtwelzow (talk) 14:24, 5 March 2015 (UTC)
Sorry, made a small typo. It's Eye compagny (with a small c instead of capital C). Mbch331 (talk) 15:06, 5 March 2015 (UTC)
YesY Done -> --Florianschmidtwelzow (talk) 15:15, 5 March 2015 (UTC)

Special:Log/liquidthreads[edit | edit source]

Please remember to watch this log: LQT vandalism is not visible in contributions and has no rollback/undo button. When you see LQT vandalism by a user or IP, remember to check both their contributions and logs. Should we ad monitoring of this log to some IRC channel? --Nemo 11:03, 11 March 2015 (UTC)