Dear Emufarmers, Welcome to!

Yes, Welcome! This site is dedicated to the documentation of the MediaWiki software, the software behind many wikis, including that of Wikipedia and the Wikimedia Foundation projects.
Please, take a look at the following pages. They might prove useful to you as a newcomer here:

If you have any questions, please ask me on my talk page. Once again, welcome, and I hope you quickly feel comfortable here, and find this site a beneficial documentation of the MediaWiki software.

Thanks, and regards, Skizzerz talk - contribs 19:54, 21 March 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I'm actually kind-of surprised nobody welcomed you before. Anyway, good work so far, both here and on the mwusers forum :) --Skizzerz talk - contribs 19:54, 21 March 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I've kept a pretty low profile up until now. Thanks for the welcome. :) Emufarmers 20:01, 21 March 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Your help edit

Thanks for that... and whenever the new wiki launches, you can have sysop/bureaucrat status there!! Ta, --Malrick 09:28, 4 August 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Sysop? edit

I've noticed all the great edits you've done about the site, as well as the copyvios, etc. that you've found and tagged. However, it is in everyone's best interest if such things are taken care of ASAP, which is why I'm asking you if you would like to become a sysop here so that you can have a more proactive role in taking care of these sorts of things. --Skizzerz 02:33, 28 September 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Sounds good. —Emufarmers(T|C) 02:43, 28 September 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Done. --Skizzerz 02:50, 28 September 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Deleting vandalism edit

Thanks for showing me where Bugzilla is. I’ve sent them my comment. I’d now like to ask what can be done to simplify deleting vandalism. Most vandalism can be settled by reverting it. That leaves the vandalism in the Page History where it can be a bad example to other potential vandals.

Some vandalism is grossly obscene or includes cyberbullying. Such vandalism needs to be deleted from the page history so ordinary users can’t see it. The procedure is slow and complicated. First a sysop has to delete everything. Then the sysop has to restore, sometimes twenty or more edits just to remove one obscenity. If vandals have targeted the same page repeatedly the problem is worse. Then ideally every edit should be checked to see if it was constructive or vandalism. Obscenities may need to be reviewed. It would help if there were a simpler procedure for deleting one or a few bad edits.

I have experience with the determined vandals. I have noted how they focus their, usually limited intelligence onto upsetting users. Particularly they like to upset administrators who have blocked them in the past. Ordinary vandalism and page move vandalism is becoming easier to undo. I suspect vandals will therefore increasingly change tactics and force administrators to delete their material. I feel simplifying deletion will be needed increasingly in future.

Please advise me how to send this to Bugzilla. Proxima Centauri 18:59, 16 October 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Openid Extension does not work with openid 2.0 edit

Hmm. Really strange that it worked. I tried both both my own open OPENID server (wordpress plugin) and livejournal openid server. None worked.

Probably, myOpenID and phpMyID use some kind of backward compatibility features.

Anyway, since there are too serious bugs

 Profile erasing
 Separated Standard and OpenID login options

I really don't think anybody needs this. Also, I tried to improve extension, spent an hour on configuring in for my server, and finally failed because of dependency on DOM parser. Nobody uses that damn PHP extension.

Even if you consider it working, you should at least leave a warning that with 90% possibility it will prove useless ;) --Jehy 09:33, 13 November 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

RE: Recent Vandalsim and Crash after installing CheckUser edit

How do I run the install script?
Nsgaeverine 02:17, 19 November 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I read the instructions and I got that error.
Nsgaeverine 03:25, 19 November 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Where on the wiki is the check user install script to open command prompt and run php install.php? Nsgaeverine 04:41, 20 November 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]
The issue has been resolved. See (RESOLVED) Recent Vandalsim and Crash after installing CheckUser for more details.
Nsgaeverine 20:08, 20 November 2008 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Looking for some help with install edit


I am having some issues with the installation of MW. I have submitted a request at the help desk.


Thanks, Calebrw 04:20, 4 March 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]

The file you referred to is not in the package I downloaded. Calebrw 00:10, 10 March 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Help:Images edit

Could you please explain what you meant by this reversion? I'm reducing my addition to a pointer for now, although I still think that the instructions were useful. Melissa 4.0 11:15, 11 March 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I think I get what you mean... that Help:Images is a page intended for editors, whilst $wgForeignFileRepos may only be set by the wiki administrators. However, the lead of the article is incorrect:
This page explains the image syntax when editing the wiki. Before using images in your page, your wiki must have file uploads enabled (see the technical manual for details) and you have to upload a file.
Also, Manual:Image Administration is not helpful at all:
(To embed, rather than just offering the above hyperlink, is more complicated...)
I made the addition since it took me ages to discover that the functionality was supported by MediaWiki at all. There are plenty of others who have requested for it, and none of the replies mentioned the existence of the FSRepo class, despite its obvious applicability for small or personal wikis. I'll later move my addition to Manual:Image Administration, where it fits better. Melissa 4.0 11:32, 11 March 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Thanks for the pointer. I agree with you that the details on configuration should not be on PD help pages, but I think it would still be helpful to leave a short note for end-users explaining the requisites for image use. Ideally, system administrators would create custom help pages explaining the facilities supported on their wiki installation (whether file uploads are enabled, which foreign repositories are supported); however, in practice, I find it more likely that they would either just copy the original PD help, or not include any at all. In both cases, users would end up resorting to our documentation to understand why they cannot get the image syntax to work. Since you said that the information is confusing "at the start of the help page", do you think it would be a fair compromise if we moved the requisites section to the end of the page, leaving your brief summary in the lead? ("You or another user must usually upload an image before you can use it on a page.") Melissa 4.0 12:50, 14 March 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]

CheckUser edit

Command Prompt edit

  • Open command prompt and run php install.php
    • Note that AdminSettings.php (in your root MediaWiki directory) will need to have a valid username and password set for access to the DB.

I installed the CheckUser.

Where do I find the Command Prompt? I am using phpMyAdmin

I use the to host my website so that means I am using third party server so I can't actually access the shell because told me that for security reason they can't turn off safe mode.

What can I do? Please help.

By the way I read the all the instructions all I need to do is install or configure. 13:01, 12 March 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Thanks edit

Thank you for answering my questions about the Google AdSense 2 extension--Jake4d 05:16, 13 April 2009 (UTC) (feel free to delete this thankyou note to keep you page clean, I just had to show my appreciation.)Reply[reply]

z0mg! edit

It's Emufarmers! --Cmelbye 00:55, 10 May 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Broken parameter edit

Hello, Emufarmers. I'm working on a block message at my wikia at I wanted to add a "$9" parameter to the message. Here's the top of the message I made with the new parameter

{| id="mw-blocked-text" style="background-color:#ff0033; border:2px solid #000; width:100%; margin:0 auto 6px auto;"
<div style="width:100%; margin:auto; text-align:center;"><div style="font-size:140%;"> [[Image:Stop x nuvola.svg|100px|center]] 
'''This account or IP address, $7, has been blocked from editing for a duration of $9.'''</div></div>

<div style="margin:auto; width:70%;">
<div style="text-align:justify;">
<tt>$1</tt> has blocked $7, your current IP, IP range or account for the following reason(s):<br clear="all">
<div style="margin:1em; padding:5px; border:3px #666 double;">$2</div>
This block has started on $8. This block will expire on: '''$6'''.

:Even if blocked, you will ''usually'' still be able to edit your [[Special:Mytalk|user talk page]] and contact other editors and administrators [[Special:Emailuser|by e-mail]].

I was the only current administrator on that wiki (my username is Petunia the skunk). I tested it out by blocking myself and guess what? The "$9" parameter did not do any effect! It did not work. Perhaps I might have done a syntax error, but is there anyway I can fix it? 00:55, 16 May 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Adding a new variable would require changing the MediaWiki source code, so that's probably not an option on Wikia. —Emufarmers(T|C) 17:42, 16 May 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Assistance with SVGs edit

Do you know anything about implementing SVG in a MediaWiki install?

I keep getting an error message: "Error creating thumbnail: convert: unable to open image `XMLID_21_) rgb(0, 0, 0': No such file or directory. convert: Non-conforming drawing primitive definition `fill'."

ImageMagick is installed on my server (hosted by and seems to be working). I have read Manual:Image_Administration#SVG and have done the steps there.

My localsettings.php file looks as thus:

// Custom configurations.
$wgEnableUploads = true;
$wgGroupPermissions['user']['upload'] = false;
$wgFileExtensions = array('png', 'gif', 'jpg', 'jpeg', 'doc', 'xls', 'mpp', 'pdf', 'zip');
$wgFileExtensions[] = 'svg';
$wgAllowTitlesInSVG = true;
$wgSVGConverterPath = "/usr/bin";
$wgSVGConverter = 'ImageMagick';

Here is the path to the file: which is a copy of commons:File:Template-info.svg

Also, please look at:

The file, which is a copy of commons:File:Gtk-dialog-info.svg, seems to display mostly correctly, but there are a few bugs. This leads me to assume that this bugs is one of the characteristics of using ImageMagick to view SVG files.

Thanks for your help earlier and I hope you can help again. Calebrw 02:24, 11 June 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]

I don't have much experience with this, sorry. I'm always on IRC, by the way, even though I don't usually idle in #mediawiki. —Emufarmers(T|C) 02:58, 11 June 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]
That's alright, I was able to talk a bit with user:Tim Starling. He recommended installing rsvg from I don't have Shell access right now, so that's apparently out of the question. Can't really justify $5 more a month right now (doesn't sound like a lot when you say it), though on the other hand I could finally do the /wiki/Main_Page URLs vs. w/index.php?title=Main_Page. I guess I'll have to think about it. Calebrw 04:41, 11 June 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Gallery tag and xml edit

Hi, I'm trying to import an xml file. I'm trying both importDump.php and Special:ImportPages (web). The problem is that the import script for an unknown reason won't recognize the gallery tag <gallery> I'm using to invoce images. Do you have any idea why is this happening? I'm running 1.14.Thanks in advance.--Biris 16:57, 13 July 2009 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Finally I "escaped" the tag symbols and managed to perform the import.

Replace < with <and > with >
The problem is that the text is being escaped right now. You can see the code by clicking the edit tab right now! --Biris

Skinning edit

Question posted here - Manual talk:Skin configuration

Appropedia assistance edit

Hey, I was wondering whether you are interested in joining Appropedia; we currently need someone with experience in the wiki-software; see More precisely, we need to add some extensions/semantic updates to automate a few things (ie member listing, ...). Let me/us know if you're intrested or if you know someone that might be intrested. User:KVDP|KVDP (at wikipedia) 10:44, 13 February 2010 (UTC)

Your suggestion edit

RE: Extension talk:SpecialUploadLocal#Need a 1.16 version

Sir, please help. As I mentioned after you posted, I have been working on this for 20 days now for dozens of hours. *sigh* I only understand a tiny bit of basic php.

Mediawiki 1.16.0

PHP 5.1,
CGI 2.0,
PERL 5.0,
RUBY 1.8.4,
MYSQL 4.1, 5.0


Deluxe Hosting Hosted by with 25 MySQL Databases available to create

I think this means I have shell access. I would love to talk to you via IRC if you can. I would really appreciate your help. Adamtheclown 06:03, 22 November 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Thank you for your kind offer to help, sorry I did not message you. I messaged on the extension page we talked on and explained what happened. I thought you may have read this.

A week or two earlier and I would have taken you up on it, but I just gave up. :\ I spent $65 for a British firm to install mediawiki 1.15 for me.

Here are my concerns about these instructions and tutorials verbalized here: Manual_talk:Moving a_wiki#These_instructions are terrible

Adamtheclown 18:51, 23 November 2010 (UTC)Reply[reply]

You have new messages
Hello, Emufarmers. You have new messages at Template talk:OnWikia.
You can remove this notice at any time by removing the {{Talkback}} or template.

SearchLog extension edit

Hi, do you have an up to date version of the SearchLog extension that has all the patches and updates from the talk page applied? if so, could you email it to me on aran at organicdesign dot co do nz and I'll move it into the Wikimedia repo then. Cheers --Nad 23:46, 24 January 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply] edit


I'm writing you because of the confict of interest where MaxSem is involved and which I was unsuccessful to resolve myself. Could you please take a look here. In brief, MaxSem does not allow one particular wiki to be listed in "Sites using MediaWiki", claming it to be an "attack site" (which it is not). I tried to negotiate, but he just threatened to block me without any possible reason.

I see that he badly doesn't like this wiki (maybe because of his personal tensions with its owners), but I believe that it is not the reason to behave this way. This wiki is very important for the Russian wiki-authors (as it is about Web 2.0 projects itself) and I think it should be in the list. User:Edward Chernenko/sig 14:05, 5 March 2011 (UTC)

Never mind the troll. A link to site with numerous attacks on Wikimedians isn't going to help anything or anyone. Max Semenik 14:24, 5 March 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Interested in a trip to improve MediaWiki documentation? edit

Did you know about the Doc Camp this October?

"Individuals with a passion for free documentation about free software may apply to attend by filling out the application form and submitting before 5 August, 2011.... Accommodation and food will be covered by the GSoC Doc Camp. Part or complete travel costs can also be applied for as part of the application process."

I'm going to send a proposal to get MediaWiki into the Doc Camp and to have us do a Quick Sprint to improve MediaWiki's documentation. Please let me know if you know people I should include in my proposal.

best, Sumanah 17:09, 22 July 2011 (UTC) Volunteer Development Coordinator, Wikimedia FoundationReply[reply]

New Orleans MediaWiki developers' meetup in October edit

New Orleans Wikimedia Hackathon
MediaWiki and Wikimedia developers' meetup
Hi, Emufarmers. I'd like to invite you to come to the New Orleans Hackathon 2011. We're getting together folks like you -- template, script, tool, extension, and gadget writers -- to participate, give feedback, test, and hack with us.

At the event, MediaWiki developers and Wikimedia operations engineers will be working on Wikimedia's gadgets/extensions/tools support, authorization/authentication strategy, dev-ops virtualization, and general training and hacking. And we'll improve and discuss the Wikimedia Labs projects infrastructure and other stuff that makes it easier for anyone to supercharge Wikimedia with awesomeness.

The event is open to anyone who wants to come and contribute, and is an opportunity to spend time with senior MediaWiki developers & ops engineers, write beautiful code, and learn about the latest developments. We'll write code together, discuss the software, and hold little workshops.

If you can make it to New Orleans, Louisiana, USA, 14-16 October 2011, we'd love to have you. Please add your name to the attendees list. Thanks! Sumanah 12:53, 30 August 2011 (UTC) (Volunteer Development Coordinator, Wikimedia Foundation)Reply[reply]

Hi edit

Hi, I suck at MediaWiki and I need help with where you place "$wgGroupPermissions" under the "MediaWiki:" namespace. Spidey665 15:32, 30 October 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

You don't place it under the "MediaWiki:" namespace. You place it in the LocalSettings.php file. —Emufarmers(T|C) 15:40, 30 October 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]
What's the link for the LocalSettings.php file? Spidey665 22:59, 30 October 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]
LocalSettings.php is a file on your webserver. —Emufarmers(T|C) 02:51, 31 October 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Some stroopwafels for you! edit

  Hi, I wanted to contact you about Extension talk:ConfirmAccount#Database error I don't know if I have command line access but I do have phpMyadmin. I just don;t know what to do next. Blakey 17:27, 29 November 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Yum, my favorite!
For the phpMyAdmin method, you would log in to phpMyAdmin, click on your database on the left pane, and then click on the SQL tab at the top (one to the right from "Structure"). Then paste the contents of ConfirmAccount.sql into the input box and press "Go". —Emufarmers(T|C) 21:28, 29 November 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I just saw your mailing list post. If you actually are running 1.8.1, you will need to upgrade before you can use ConfirmAccount. Once you're on 1.17 or 1.18, you can probably handle the ConfirmAccount table creation by re-running the Web installer. —Emufarmers(T|C) 21:36, 29 November 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Admin edit

Hi thank you for processing my request, unfortunately it seems that you didn't change my account? Could you check it please Project:Requests/User rights/Petrb Petrb 14:13, 24 December 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

it was resolved by another crat, thank you :) Petrb 14:29, 24 December 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Hmm, I could have sworn I saved the user rights change. Must be gremlins. —Emufarmers(T|C) 14:38, 24 December 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Poof! fixed - TBloemink talk 14:42, 24 December 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]
That explains that. How embarrassing! Thanks for paying attention. —Emufarmers(T|C) 15:23, 24 December 2011 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Manual:Configuring MediaWiki edit

I forgot to select an expiration time :) .--Jasper Deng (talk) 03:24, 4 May 2012 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Mass deletions edit

I'm just curious on the reason for recent set of mass deletions you made, with the summary "Med".--Jasper Deng (talk) 18:51, 2 July 2012 (UTC)Reply[reply]

On the assumption that is a broken bot, or compromised account, or something, I've temporarily blocked you. Please let us know what's up with that? Thanks! --brion (talk) 18:54, 2 July 2012 (UTC)Reply[reply]

We've restored the pages that were deleted. --brion (talk) 19:05, 2 July 2012 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I was testing the selection filter for Special:Nuke. I'd left it blank and filled it in without thinking on the results page...which of course was the reasons field for a mass deletion. I pressed the submit button before I realized my mistake. —Emufarmers(T|C) 19:08, 2 July 2012 (UTC)Reply[reply]
That'll do it. :) I'll unblock ya. --brion (talk) 19:09, 2 July 2012 (UTC)Reply[reply]
OK, but this site isn't a sandbox, exactly...--Jasper Deng (talk) 19:09, 2 July 2012 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I needed to test the filters quickly, and was convenient (and nicely populated with data). But yes, I should do such testing on in the future, just in case my fingers ever move faster than my brain again. —Emufarmers(T|C) 19:23, 2 July 2012 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I didn't even notice all the deletions went through. After pressing submit I immediately closed the page and went to recent changes. I only saw one deletion there, so I assumed the others didn't go through (I'm too used to JS-based deletion scripts), undeleted that one, and went back to what I was doing elsewhere until someone poked me on IRC. So embarrassing. :-( —Emufarmers(T|C) 19:32, 2 July 2012 (UTC)Reply[reply]
It's all too bad that there's no "Special:UnNuke" or something like that.--Jasper Deng (talk) 19:47, 2 July 2012 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Special:UnNuke could be a good suggestion. I know it's not impossible and actually not very complicated. (I guess it would work with an additional database table?) I hope Brion is still reading if he's not as lazy as I am ;-) Tim (SVG) 07:32, 3 July 2012 (UTC)Reply[reply]
I'm surprised nobody has suggested I write it as penance. :-) —Emufarmers(T|C) 21:18, 3 July 2012 (UTC)Reply[reply]
You did just now :D Good luck! Tim (SVG) 22:40, 3 July 2012 (UTC)Reply[reply]

help please edit

I am ahmed. I made a very simple extenstion. I really don't know what next is. I don't know what tests I should do to make it something better than experimental. And the message about writing the code in the page. if you don't mind, I need some help please.--أحمد ش الشيخ (talk) 23:37, 12 July 2012 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Thank you so much I will start working, No, I am not at Wikimania --Ahmed Alshaikh (talk) 05:21, 14 July 2012 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Wikimania edit

Alas no, I am (was) not at Wikimania. Bawolff (talk) 13:07, 16 July 2012 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Questy CAPTCHA edit

Hey, would you happen to know if there is a way to set more than one right answer for a question? For example, for the question: how many items are in a dozen, I'd like to set both 12 and twelve as right answers.Is this possible? And if so, what's the syntax for it? Thanks! Impy imps (talk) 04:02, 29 March 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]

$wgCaptchaQuestions[] = array( 'question' => "How many items are in a dozen?", 'answer' => array( '12', 'twelve' ) );
Emufarmers(T|C) 15:04, 29 March 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
Are the answers by default case sensitive? From the example above, it seems they are, but I'm not too sure. Impy imps (talk) 19:18, 29 March 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]
They are not case-sensitive. —Emufarmers(T|C) 19:23, 29 March 2013 (UTC)Reply[reply]

Multilingual, usable and effective captchas edit

Hey,I would like to invite you to please take part in the discussion we are having at the about Multilingual, usable and effective captchas as a proposal to GSOC 2014 and give your valuable advice regarding the project AalekhN (talk) - backend work edit

Hi Emufarmers, can you please restore Extension:Replace Text on the MediaWiki installation please. It somehow got deleted when you upgraded the MW software sometime mid 2013, and most of the sysops used it - and we miss it! :( You can find a brief discussion at item number 6 here.

And can you also give your opinion on Extension:MassEditRegex for WikiIndex. Item 1 here discussed it briefly, but seemed to have ran out of steam.

Thanks in advance. :)) Sean, aka Hoof sysop/'Crattalk2HH 21:14, 19 May 2014 (UTC)Reply[reply]

:| edit

Test! —Emufarmers(T|C) 23:39, 14 June 2014 (UTC)Reply[reply]

So I heard that orange is your favorite color, especially when wrapped in a nice little <div> that has class="usermessage"... --Jack Phoenix (Contact) 23:54, 14 June 2014 (UTC)Reply[reply]
So I heard that orange is your favorite color, especially when wrapped in a nice little <div> that has class="usermessage"... --Jack Phoenix (Contact) 00:24, 15 June 2014 (UTC)Reply[reply]

WikiIndex Titleblacklist missing edit

Hi Emufarmers, can you check this out and weigh in? Thanks! Best, MarkDilley (talk) 28 July 2014

See wikiindex:User_talk:Zhuyifei1999#Preventing_account_creation. The Extension that is supposed to be bundled with our current version is not available. Please make it available. --Manorainjan (talk) 13:10, 16 October 2014 (UTC)Reply[reply]
  Done :-)

An important message about renaming users edit

Dear Emufarmers,

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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Using ConfirmEdit Questy Captcha as a replacement, or alternative, to ConfirmAccount edit


I recently added a section to the Confirm Edit QuestyCaptcha section about using it as a quicker and easier replacement, or alternative, to the Confirm Account Extension. My section was removed, which may be the right course of action, but I still think the approach I lay out is easier then loading another extension (Confirm Account) so I suggested that it be added as a subpage to the ConfirmEdit extension. If you have any thoughts on this, suggestions, etc., please add them on the talk page for Confirm Edit.

All the best to you.

Christharp (talk) 17:12, 17 November 2014 (UTC)Reply[reply]

A goat for you! edit


I'm pretty. Wipqwakhn.. zaojxoz

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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)