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This is EVula's talk page, which shouldn't be a surprise if you clicked the link...

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Email about coming to Nashville this week[edit]

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--Pharos (talk) 03:12, 20 October 2013 (UTC)

Would've responded already if I hadn't been so damn busy. :) EVula // talk // // 21:58, 21 October 2013 (UTC)


Hello, EVula. I see you deleted Template:DC; could you please restore it to User:Launchballer/Template:DC because I'd like to put a template across it and I'm interested to see what was there before? It is simply a template to censor categories with, with DC short for "draft category", using source code [[{{#ifexist:{{#titleparts:{{BASEPAGENAME}}|1}}||:}}Category:{{{1}}}]]. Thank you.--Launchballer 09:11, 21 October 2013 (UTC)

Do you still need me to do this? The only edits on that page are from after you made this request. EVula // talk // // 21:59, 21 October 2013 (UTC)
No, I had GiantSnowman describe them for me.--Launchballer 22:08, 21 October 2013 (UTC)
Ah, glad it all worked out then. EVula // talk // // 22:12, 21 October 2013 (UTC)


Can you check on the recent edits of Vanderbilt contributors?--Pharos (talk) 20:31, 23 October 2013 (UTC)

Sure. EVula // talk // // 20:32, 23 October 2013 (UTC)

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Vanderbilt Edit-a-thon[edit]

Hi, thanks again for coming to the workshop last week! As we briefly discussed after the workshop, we're trying to conduct an edit-a-thon next month, but we decided Saturday, November 16th would be better than the 23rd as we figured most students would go home for Thanksgiving break on Friday, November 22nd. Does this date change work for you? --Yunccha92 (talk) 05:14, 30 October 2013 (UTC)

Hmm, what time? I've got a board meeting at 10am (which should let out around 11), but am otherwise free until 6:30 or so that evening. EVula // talk // // 05:18, 30 October 2013 (UTC)
We're planning to start around 10:00am and ending around 5:00pm. Do you mind coming after your board meeting? At the moment thinking of having two sessions, one at 10:30am and one at 1:00pm, about presentations on Wikipedia Editing, but we could change the earlier time to accommodate you?--Yunccha92 (talk) 23:49, 30 October 2013 (UTC)
Oh yeah, I could definitely come by as soon as the meeting is done. I'll be coming from East Nashville; Maps says it'll take me about 15 minutes to get there. However, there's no guarantee how long the meeting will run (and since I'm the one running the show, it'd be bad form for me to peace out early), so I'd feel bad if you change the time and then I end up running late. EVula // talk // // 01:25, 31 October 2013 (UTC)
We actually decided to change the start of the edit-a-thon to 1:00 PM as we thought 4 hours (1 PM to 5 PM) would be enough anyway. We're hoping that this would give you enough time so that you won't be in a hurry. Does this work for you?--Yunccha92 (talk) 20:56, 31 October 2013 (UTC)
Oh yeah, that sounds perfect. That gives me plenty of time to get from the board meeting to there, and even get to eat lunch beforehand. EVula // talk // // 05:00, 1 November 2013 (UTC)
Awesome! We'll hopefully finish the meetup page soon and start promoting the edit-a-thon soon.--Yunccha92 (talk) 22:23, 1 November 2013 (UTC)
Sweet. I'll push it out on Facebook, too; who knows, maybe I have some local friends that would be interesting in learning more about Wikipedia. EVula // talk // // 03:26, 3 November 2013 (UTC)

Maybe we could move Yun's page to something like Wikipedia:Meetup/Vanderbilt; then we can put it on Wikipedia:Wikipedia Loves Libraries, and I can also set up a Wikipedia:Geonotice for all of Tennesse. Also, I think perhaps this featured article might be useful: Buildings of Nuffield College, Oxford (notice that this is far from the most historic part of Oxford!).--Pharos (talk) 16:58, 4 November 2013 (UTC)

Ooh, a Meetup, we've not had one of those in Nashville for quite a while! Huntster (t @ c) 06:55, 5 November 2013 (UTC)
We just created the page, Wikipedia:Meetup/Nashville/Vanderbilt Edit-A-Thon 2013! I was actually going to ask you guys about Geonotice, since I had a difficult time understanding how it works. Could any of you explain how to set one up for Tennessee? Also, Clifford and I were concerned that some of the buildings on the list of possible topics may not have enough information to serve as standalone articles. Just to be clear, we already anticipate that some on the list (e.g., cottages like Alpha, Belleview, or Euclid) will definitely not have their own pages, but regarding the others we weren't sure what criteria to use to determine whether a building should be incorporated into an existing and/or more encompassing page like Vanderbilt University or have its own page. We'd hate for any of our articles to be deleted on grounds that it doesn't have enough bulk to be a standalone page!--Yunccha92 (talk) 09:24, 5 November 2013 (UTC)
The watchlist geonotice should be active now; let me know if you guys are seeing it successfully.--Pharos (talk) 19:50, 6 November 2013 (UTC)
Hmm, I'm not seeing anything. @Huntster: or @Yunccha92:? EVula // talk // // 19:03, 7 November 2013 (UTC)
To clarify, you should be seeing this at the top of your watchlist, above the current "Three parallel policy proposals are being discussed" global notice. It's possible that a few Tennessee IPs that aren't in the database won't get it, but it should be working for at least 90% of them; otherwise, we have some kind of problem.--Pharos (talk) 20:18, 7 November 2013 (UTC)
Nope, the only thing above that bulletpoint is the page header. I even looked at the source code to see if there was something in the source but being hidden from display, but there was nothing. I've tried on three connections: computer (connecting via my home Comcast connection), iPhone (AT&T), and iPad (Verizon), and none of them displayed the notice (and I made sure to turn off wifi for the latter two to ensure that I was using different networks). EVula // talk // // 20:29, 7 November 2013 (UTC)
Hm, and you did see the global watchlist notice, right? Does give you the right location? (I also made a minor formatting change just now, might be a small chance that changes it.)--Pharos (talk) 21:17, 7 November 2013 (UTC)
The geoiplookup link shows the right location. I saw the global notice on all three devices. (and the minor change didn't affect anything that I can tell, in that I still can't see it) EVula // talk // // 21:27, 7 November 2013 (UTC)
Yep, got it on my watchlist: "You are invited to the Wikipedia Vanderbilt University Edit-A-Thon on Saturday November 16!" Huntster (t @ c) 03:09, 8 November 2013 (UTC)
Just checked again, and it's working for me, yay! EVula // talk // // 05:46, 8 November 2013 (UTC)

@EVula:, I still don't understand how the geonotice works, but it seems like it's working so that's good news (I may ask questions about it during the edit-a-thon just out of curiosity). On a side note, we were wondering whether you want to bring your camera on the day of the edit-a-thon and go around with some people to shoot photos of the buildings today for the pages. Of course, it would depend on the weather but if it's sunny or even cloudy would you be up for it?--Yunccha92 (talk) 08:47, 8 November 2013 (UTC)

Sure, I could bring my camera. EVula // talk // // 15:52, 8 November 2013 (UTC)
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Thanks for your fantastic help at the Edit-A-Thon on Saturday! Clifford Anderson (talk) 00:22, 18 November 2013 (UTC)
Thanks! I had a blast. Can't wait for the next one. :) EVula // talk // // 06:13, 20 November 2013 (UTC)

A cup of coffee for you![edit]

A small cup of coffee.JPG Hello EVula. My name is Lane. I understand that you participated in outreach to Vanderbilt. Thank you for that. I also do education outreach, particularly to people interested in developing health articles. Should you ever meet anyone there who wants to integrate Wikipedia into a health class, would you consider introducing us?

I live in NYC but I give tours of Wikipedia health content to people through videoconferencing. I also train people in the Wikipedia Education Program.

Thanks for everything you have done for Wikipedia. Do you know OhanaUnited? He is another education guy and a Wikispecies person; species is a small community so I thought you might.

yours, Blue Rasberry (talk) 19:48, 31 October 2013 (UTC)

I'll definitely keep you in mind. I'm still fairly new to doing any education outreach stuff, but I enjoyed the one event I've done so far. I definitely know OhanaUnited, though I've been ridiculously inactive over at Wikispecies for a long time (too much stuff on my plate to try going back there right now). EVula // talk // // 04:56, 1 November 2013 (UTC)

The Signpost: 30 October 2013[edit]

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An RfC that you may be interested in...[edit]

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Request for comment[edit]

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Thanks for the laugh![edit]

I just stumbled across Wikipedia:No self attacks, which you wrote a million years ago and probably haven't given a thought to since. But it gave me a good laugh and got my day off to a good start. Thanks for that! --MelanieN (talk) 17:33, 20 July 2014 (UTC)

Haha, I'm glad you liked it. I had a lot of fun writing that, and I'm pretty happy that a lot of my original version has stuck around. Hmm, maybe I should do a bit of a refresher on the policy... EVula // talk // // 19:53, 20 July 2014 (UTC)
Just don't insult yourself while doing it.... --MelanieN (talk) 20:05, 20 July 2014 (UTC)

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An important message about renaming users[edit]

Dear EVula,

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)

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