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Notice of IRC proposal[edit]

There is a proposal related to Wikipedia's live help at Wikipedia:Village pump (proposals)#IRC help channel disclaimer. PHANTOMTECH (talk) 16:46, 15 April 2015 (UTC)

archiving delay[edit]

Due to a series of circumstances both too complicated and too banal to explain, archiving and date header addition by scsbot is down for a day or two. I can probably get it working again by tomorrow night, but if the hiatus lasts much longer than that I'll let y'all know. —Steve Summit (talk) 02:22, 16 April 2015 (UTC)

I'll keep it below 100 kilobytes. -- John of Reading (talk) 06:00, 16 April 2015 (UTC)
Good to see Scsbot back to work. Thank you.  SchreiberBike | ⌨  02:04, 18 April 2015 (UTC)

Is it allowed to post again in the wp:hd ?[edit]

I posted this expired question "Is he a primary source?" and in my opinion I have not received a reply . Is it allowed to post again in the wp:hd ?

You can ask PBS on his talk page to get an answer to your question about the policy. --IRISZOOM (talk) 11:32, 20 April 2015 (UTC)

Request an account process needs help[edit]

Hello all. I'm DocTree, a member of the English Wikipedia Account Creation Team (ACC). As of April 2015 our project has a persistent backlog in creating accounts for new users. Over 100 people are waiting up to a week for an account on the English Wikipedia. If you can spare some time to do a few requests a day, you can help us clear the current backlog and then keep the wait for an account to a day or less.

ACC helps people who are unable to self-create a user account. Some may be sight impaired, others are collateral damage caused by blocks of shared IPs. We use the Account Creation Interface, usually just called the Tool, to screen out attempts to create inappropriate accounts. If this interests you and you're willing to help, and you match the following description, then please do apply per the procedure at Registering. Ideal candidates:

  • Are Identified to the Wikimedia Foundation
  • Are experienced, knowledgeable and in good standing with no recent blocks
  • Know and are able to apply the username policy
  • Have worked with new contributors
  • Have a good record of civil behavior even while in a dispute

The full list of requirements is here.

We have a very friendly team to help you get started and we have an IRC channel. If you have any questions for us or about the process, feel free to ask at the talkpage. If you can help, we would greatly appreciate it. For the ACC Team, DocTree (ʞlɐʇ·ʇuoɔ) WER 15:14, 21 April 2015 (UTC)

@Doctree: I see you've also posted in a couple of other venues. One additional place would be WP:VPM. Fairly high visibility, and it wouldn't be out of place there. I don't think I'm your guy, but good luck. ―Mandruss  15:23, 21 April 2015 (UTC)

Top Photo[edit]

Don't you have any photos that make her look better than a witch? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:16, 26 April 2015 (UTC)

Thanks for your note. I can't tell which photo you are thinking of. Could you tell us the name of the article?  SchreiberBike | ⌨  22:30, 26 April 2015 (UTC)

Proposal to add global JavaScript[edit]

There is an ongoing discussion that watchers of this page may be interested in on Proposal to add global JavaScript and add an extra step for new users to get live IRC help. — {{U|Technical 13}} (etc) 19:42, 28 April 2015 (UTC)

Henry Grossman[edit]

Moved to WP: Help Desk. Robert McClenon (talk) 18:10, 30 April 2015 (UTC) 2604:2000:F8E8:C500:CC60:23BA:BE9C:BF70 (talk) 17:46, 30 April 2015 (UTC)

Invitation to comment on VP proposal: Establish WT:MoS as the official site for style Q&A on Wikipedia[edit]

The role of the Help Desk has come up in a proposal at the Village Pump that WT:MoS be established as Wikipedia's official page for style Q&A. This would involve actively guiding editors with style questions to WT:MoS and away from other pages. Participation is welcome, especially from help desk editors who address style questions or who can tell us how often style questions come up. Darkfrog24 (talk) 21:39, 16 May 2015 (UTC)

The proposal at VPP doesn't have an RFC tag for the bot. Is there a reason why it isn't tagged? Robert McClenon (talk) 21:44, 16 May 2015 (UTC)
Thanks for the tipoff. Since it's a proposal and not a request for comment, I thought the mechanics were different. Darkfrog24 (talk) 22:11, 16 May 2015 (UTC)

May be a blip in questions about VisualEditor[edit]

Hi everyone,

Just a quick note to make sure you all heard about User:EpochFail's upcoming A/B test for newly registered users. The idea is to see whether offering VisualEditor to them changes their chance of becoming productive editors (more on the project page at Meta). They had some problems with the logging software a little while ago, so this test is actually going to start with a pre-test on 21 May 2015 (probably starting at 15:00 UTC, but the time may change) to find out whether the fixes actually fixed the problem. Assuming that everything's working, they'll do the proper one-week study at a later date.

If the Help Desk gets questions about VisualEditor, then it mostly works like Google Docs or Microsoft Word; mw:Help:VisualEditor/User guide might be useful. If you haven't used it for a while, then you might consider going to Special:Preferences#mw-prefsection-betafeatures and opting in. It's much faster and more stable than it used to be, and the automatic ref-filling mw:Citoid system is pretty awesome for some of our most commonly cited sources. If you see problems during this test, please let me know! {{Ping}} me, leave a note on my talk page, post bugs at WP:VEF, whatever works for you. Nominally, my role in this test is to find new problems in VisualEditor, but I want to know about any kind of problem at all that you think is unusual or might be related. Thanks, Whatamidoing (WMF) (talk) 06:34, 20 May 2015 (UTC)