|In the area? You're invited to the|
|Date: Saturday, 20 November 2010|
| Time: 1:00 - 3:30
(click here for full agenda)
R.S.V.P. by Nov. 17 for free lunch + parking
| Place: Minnesota History Center
345 Kellogg Blvd, St. Paul, Minnesota
Wikipedia Day Meetup on January 18
- Place: Seward Cafe
- 2129 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404
- Date: Saturday, January 18, 2014
- Time: noon
- Place: Seward Cafe
For more info and to sign up (not required), see the meetup talk page.
This invitation was sent to users who were interested in past events. If you don't want to receive future invitations, you can remove your name from the invite list. —innotata 04:15, 10 January 2014 (UTC)
Just to let you know -- Missing Wikipedians
- Thanks. Perhaps one day I'll find myself. The Uninvited Co., Inc. 21:23, 14 February 2014 (UTC)
- I've removed your name, since you're not missing and most likely will never be ;) Cheers! -TheGeneralUser (talk) 13:07, 14 March 2014 (UTC)
An important message about renaming users
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.
Workshopping bureaucrat activity requirements
- (Message to all bureaucrats)
There is an ongoing discussion about implementing some kind of standards for administrative and bureaucrat activity levels; and activity requirements for bureaucrats have been explored several times in the past. I've prepared a draft addition to Wikipedia:Bureaucrats that would require at least one bureaucratic action every five years to retain the bureaucrat permission.
In the past, I've been hesitant of such proposals but I believe that if the bureaucrat group as a whole is seen to be actively engaged, the community may be more willing to grant additional tasks to the position.
Please let me know your thoughts. I'm not sure if this actually applies to any of us, but if you have not acted as a bureaucrat in over five years, you might consider requesting removal of the permission or otherwise signalling that you intend to return to bureaucrat activity. –xenotalk 14:22, 30 June 2015 (UTC)
- Thank you for the note, Xeno. While I am not in a hurry to be involved in the daily work of the bureaucracy, it is my long-term intention to be a part of the Wikipedia community and to be involved in all aspects of its work, including an eventual return to bureaucratic tasks, when it makes sense to do so. The Uninvited Co., Inc. 15:54, 30 June 2015 (UTC)
- Glad to hear it. Certainly the proposal was not intended to devalue anyone's past contributions or to suggest they no longer hold the trust of the community; I hope it does not read like that. It is more to bring the permissions more in-line with other advanced permissions such as steward, checkuser, oversight, which do have some minimum activity guidelines. (Even a check-in comment like yours above, or your welcome contribution to WT:BUR in response to this thread is enough for me.) –xenotalk 15:59, 30 June 2015 (UTC)
- The checkuser and oversight permissions are different because they provide access to confidential information which, if disclosed inappropriately, could have serious, irreversible real-world repercussions. While the handling of the steward permissions has, overall, worked out well for all concerned, those permissions are granted and revoked according to a meta policy that is promulgated by an international, interlingual community quite different from the English Wikipedia. The Uninvited Co., Inc. 16:27, 30 June 2015 (UTC)