User talk:Simetrical

Latest comment: 1 year ago by MarcoAurelio in topic Important: Admin activity review (2022)

Criteria for getting various statuses[edit]

I will generally grant sysop status to you if you satisfy any one of the following conditions.

  1. You have commit access to the MediaWiki repository. This should preferably be MediaWiki core, or some extension that's used on Wikimedia wikis, but other projects are fine if you're active or have been active in the past.
  2. I happen to personally know you fairly well, and trust you.
  3. You can demonstrate some clear use you could put the tools to that's lacking, such as translating site messages, and you can provide some evidence of being a respected contributor to some Wikimedia project for a lengthy period of time. Being a sysop at a major Wikimedia wiki should be enough. Being the only sysop at kshwikt or something, probably not, since that will go to anyone who volunteers to get the project going. Likewise Wikia or other non-Wikimedia projects, testwiki, etc. Saying you'll block vandals or delete random pages isn't very helpful, since there aren't exactly very many vandals and there are tons of sysops you could get hold of at any time on IRC.

I will generally grant bureaucrat status to you if you have commit access and have made substantial technical contributions to the MediaWiki software proper, or extensions used on Wikimedia.

I will grant transwiki status to anyone who promises to do some import work, and bot status to anyone whose bot's purpose I view as sane. These don't do so much and I can revoke them, so I don't have to be as cautious.

If you think you satisfy any of the above conditions, please leave a message on Project:Requests. (Of course, another bureaucrat may get there first, in which case my criteria are irrelevant.) If you're telling me that you're someone I know or have some credentials somewhere, be sure to give evidence (e.g., an edit by a known good account on the other wiki saying confirming your identity on; or if I know you on IRC, tell me on IRC; etc.).

Importing pages from Meta[edit]

Please mark the local meta pages with {{MovedToMediaWiki|PAGENAME}} when you import them here, instead of putting redirects. Cbrown1023 talk 02:09, 23 April 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Okay, will do. —Simetrical (talk • contribs) 13:54, 23 April 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]


You have been promoted to a bureaucrat on this wiki. I encourage sysopping users who show a bit of sanity and desire to help out, while maintaining your good supply of Clue. robchurch | talk 13:15, 21 July 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]

k. —Simetrical (talk • contribs) 03:16, 22 July 2007 (UTC)Reply[reply]

User name change[edit]

Could you please change my user name to Erwin. This user already exists but has no edits. Erwin is my user name on meta and my home wiki, nlwiki. I've put up a matrix on m:User:Erwin/Matrix. Thanks. --Erwin85 22:36, 25 March 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Kylu and I have just set up Project:Requests to handle requests like this. I've copied your request there. —Simetrical (talk • contribs) 01:06, 26 March 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Ok, thanks. --Erwin 08:19, 26 March 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

One thing[edit]

Hello Simetrical:

I request adminship here, because we have no one portuguese speakers sysops, and there's no one portuguese speaker active on this wiki. I'm a sysop and bureaucrat on Wikia. Currently, I have been doing some translations and updated informations about pt pages. When I see, I combat vandalisms, and I want to help portuguese speakers in, with the documentation about portuguese here; Feel free to ask anything you want to know in my e-mail, and I hope you consider my request :) Thanks. --Brunoy Anastasiya Seryozhenko 21:20, 30 March 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

As I say at the top of this page, please use Project:Requests. —Simetrical (talk • contribs) 21:29, 30 March 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Need some help with my Wiki[edit]


I'm totally lost! I have to find out how to create a wiki in a way that only certain users can access and/or edit an article. I have been trying to figure this out for over 3 weeks. I really would appreciate your help. Can you help me please?

→Thank you. Rantrom 01:56, 6 April 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Manual:Preventing accessSimetrical (talk • contribs) 17:40, 6 April 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]


I would like to help transfer the pages that are in the Meta, you can make a Transwiki me? Sir Lestaty de Lioncourt 03:00, 17 April 2008 (UTC) ps:I am a sysop in pt.wikinews and sysop and crat in where I tests with the gadgets. Sir Lestaty de Lioncourt 03:09, 17 April 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

You should use Project:Requests for this. But I've added you to the group. —Simetrical (talk • contribs) 14:42, 17 April 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Sysop permission on this wiki[edit]

Hello. As a developer of MediaWiki, can I have sysop permission on this wiki please? This can help me every now and then. Huji 14:39, 24 April 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Strictly you should provide proof that you're really Huji (like asking on IRC, where I talk to you all the time), but I don't see any reason to doubt you. It's done. —Simetrical (talk • contribs) 15:41, 24 April 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Deleted text[edit]

Could you provide the deleted text of Extension:Deleteuser at User:Maximillion Pegasus/Deleteuser? Thanks, cheers. Maximillion Pegasus 15:17, 13 May 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I've just undeleted the page. At most it should be blanked, deleting it is a little extreme. —Simetrical (talk • contribs) 16:18, 13 May 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

__INDEX__ and __NOINDEX__ issue on 1.14.0[edit]

I did a fresh reinstall of 1.14.0 without any extensions or special configurations, but the same occurred: __NOINDEX__ does not work and nor does __INDEX__ to override a default setting like $wgDefaultRobotPolicy = 'noindex,nofollow'. So I did a few more tests I then realize the problem only affects the main namespace. Any other namespace outside NS_MAIN, e.g. .../index.php/Help:Contents etc., __INDEX__ and __NOINDEX__ work exactly as they should. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by NoodleSoup (talkcontribs) 17:21, 16 March 2009. Please sign your posts with ~~~~!

I just checked this out on my own testing wiki and found the same effect. I had forgotten that I had set it to not work in content namespaces by default. See the documentation for $wgExemptFromUserRobotsControl; you'll want to set that to array() for it to work in the main namespace. —Simetrical (talk • contribs) 11:32, 17 March 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]



How do we use this new command in wiki syntax? <math>\definecolor{orange}{rgb}{1,0.5,0} 1+2=3</math> doesn't works...

Helder 17:13, 9 December 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]

It works on trunk as far as I've tested. It doesn't work on Wikimedia wikis yet because they're months behind on new features. —Simetrical (talk • contribs) 19:36, 9 December 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Humm.... thanks! (I always get confused with the revision number shown at Special:Version not corresponding to what is currently live...) Helder 19:54, 9 December 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Rename request from IRC[edit]

User:Krimpet -> User:Fran Rogers, please. Thanks :) Krimpet 02:21, 1 February 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Review Manual:$wgAutocreatePolicy?[edit]

Hey Aryeh,

I just took a quick editing pass on Manual:$wgAutocreatePolicy. Can you take a quick skim and see if I got anything wrong (or if there is something else that you'd like to see added.)

--Zakgreant 19:09, 29 October 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Looks okay at a glance. —Simetrical (talk • contribs) 19:54, 29 October 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thanks! --Zakgreant 20:02, 29 October 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

thanks for your help[edit]

MediaWiki Bug Squad Barnstar
I've tallied up the stats and you have really helped on Bugzilla!

MarkAHershberger(talk) 17:41, 16 March 2012 (UTC)Reply[reply]

An important message about renaming users[edit]

Dear Simetrical,

I am cross-posting this message to many places to make sure everyone who is a Wikimedia Foundation project bureaucrat receives a copy. If you are a bureaucrat on more than one wiki, you will receive this message on each wiki where you are a bureaucrat.

As you may have seen, work to perform the Wikimedia cluster-wide single-user login finalisation (SUL finalisation) is taking place. This may potentially effect your work as a local bureaucrat, so please read this message carefully.

Why is this happening? As currently stated at the global rename policy, a global account is a name linked to a single user across all Wikimedia wikis, with local accounts unified into a global collection. Previously, the only way to rename a unified user was to individually rename every local account. This was an extremely difficult and time-consuming task, both for stewards and for the users who had to initiate discussions with local bureaucrats (who perform local renames to date) on every wiki with available bureaucrats. The process took a very long time, since it's difficult to coordinate crosswiki renames among the projects and bureaucrats involved in individual projects.

The SUL finalisation will be taking place in stages, and one of the first stages will be to turn off Special:RenameUser locally. This needs to be done as soon as possible, on advice and input from Stewards and engineers for the project, so that no more accounts that are unified globally are broken by a local rename to usurp the global account name. Once this is done, the process of global name unification can begin. The date that has been chosen to turn off local renaming and shift over to entirely global renaming is 15 September 2014, or three weeks time from now. In place of local renames is a new tool, hosted on Meta, that allows for global renames on all wikis where the name is not registered will be deployed.

Your help is greatly needed during this process and going forward in the future if, as a bureaucrat, renaming users is something that you do or have an interest in participating in. The Wikimedia Stewards have set up, and are in charge of, a new community usergroup on Meta in order to share knowledge and work together on renaming accounts globally, called Global renamers. Stewards are in the process of creating documentation to help global renamers to get used to and learn more about global accounts and tools and Meta in general as well as the application format. As transparency is a valuable thing in our movement, the Stewards would like to have at least a brief public application period. If you are an experienced renamer as a local bureaucrat, the process of becoming a part of this group could take as little as 24 hours to complete. You, as a bureaucrat, should be able to apply for the global renamer right on Meta by the requests for global permissions page on 1 September, a week from now.

In the meantime please update your local page where users request renames to reflect this move to global renaming, and if there is a rename request and the user has edited more than one wiki with the name, please send them to the request page for a global rename.

Stewards greatly appreciate the trust local communities have in you and want to make this transition as easy as possible so that the two groups can start working together to ensure everyone has a unique login identity across Wikimedia projects. Completing this project will allow for long-desired universal tools like a global watchlist, global notifications and many, many more features to make work easier.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns about the SUL finalisation, read over the Help:Unified login page on Meta and leave a note on the talk page there, or on the talk page for global renamers. You can also contact me on my talk page on meta if you would like. I'm working as a bridge between Wikimedia Foundation Engineering and Product Development, Wikimedia Stewards, and you to assure that SUL finalisation goes as smoothly as possible; this is a community-driven process and I encourage you to work with the Stewards for our communities.

Thank you for your time. -- Keegan (WMF) talk 18:24, 25 August 2014 (UTC)Reply[reply]

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Welcome back[edit]

Fantastic to see you active again on several bugs in the last few weeks! --Nemo 08:29, 2 August 2018 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Marking yourself away on Phab[edit]

Hey Simetrical,

I noticed in Phabricator you have been marking yourself as away by updating your name field, another way to accomplish this is to use the calendar feature and create a vacation event which will display a small status symbol in front of your username in most places that your username is displayed and will show the reason in the hover popups over your name. Peachey88 (talk) 06:43, 30 June 2019 (UTC)Reply[reply]

How we will see unregistered users[edit]


You get this message because you are an admin on a Wikimedia wiki.

When someone edits a Wikimedia wiki without being logged in today, we show their IP address. As you may already know, we will not be able to do this in the future. This is a decision by the Wikimedia Foundation Legal department, because norms and regulations for privacy online have changed.

Instead of the IP we will show a masked identity. You as an admin will still be able to access the IP. There will also be a new user right for those who need to see the full IPs of unregistered users to fight vandalism, harassment and spam without being admins. Patrollers will also see part of the IP even without this user right. We are also working on better tools to help.

If you have not seen it before, you can read more on Meta. If you want to make sure you don’t miss technical changes on the Wikimedia wikis, you can subscribe to the weekly technical newsletter.

We have two suggested ways this identity could work. We would appreciate your feedback on which way you think would work best for you and your wiki, now and in the future. You can let us know on the talk page. You can write in your language. The suggestions were posted in October and we will decide after 17 January.

Thank you. /Johan (WMF)

18:17, 4 January 2022 (UTC)

Important: Admin activity review (2022)[edit]


I hope that this message finds you well. I am writing to inform you that you may lose your advanced permissions on because of inactivity.

A policy regarding the removal of advanced permissions (e.g.: administrator, bureaucrat, interface-admin, etc.) was adopted by community consensus in 2013. While initially that policy did not apply to this site, the community decided in August 2020 to opt-in.

You are being notified because we have identified that your account meets the inactivity criteria stated in the policy: no edits and no administrative log actions for the last 2 years.

  • If you want to keep your advanced permissions, you should inform the community (at Project:Village Pump) about the fact that the stewards have sent you this information about your inactivity. A community notice about this process has been also posted on said page. If the community has a discussion about it and supports your continued access to advanced permissions, please contact the stewards at the stewards noticeboard with a link to the discussion.
  • If you wish to resign your advanced permissions, you may do so by filing a request for removal of permissions on Meta-Wiki.
  • If there is no response at all after this notification, the stewards will proceed to remove your advanced permissions without further notice after one month.

In ambiguous cases, stewards will evaluate the responses and will refer a decision back to the local community for their comment and review.

If you have any questions, please let me know or feel free to message us at the stewards' noticeboard. If you feel we've made a mistake and your account is active, we'd also appreciate to let us know, and please accept our apologies.

Best regards,
--MarcoAurelio (talk) (via MassMessage) 16:30, 16 January 2022 (UTC)Reply[reply]