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IMPORTANT: Admin activity review[eedit soorce]

Hello. A new policy regarding the removal of "advanced rights" (administrator, bureaucrat, etc) was adopted by global community consensus in 2013. According to this policy, the stewards are reviewing administrators' activity on smaller wikis. To the best of our knowledge, your wiki does not have a formal process for removing "advanced rights" from inactive accounts. This means that the stewards will take care of this according to the admin activity review.

We have determined that the following users meet the inactivity criteria (no edits and no log actions for more than 2 years):

  1. Diego Grez-Cañete (administrator)

These users will receive a notification soon, asking them to start a community discussion if they want to retain some or all of their rights. If the users do not respond, then their advanced rights will be removed by the stewards.

However, if you as a community would like to create your own activity review process superseding the global one, want to make another decision about these inactive rights holders, or already have a policy that we missed, then please notify the stewards on Meta-Wiki so that we know not to proceed with the rights review on your wiki. Thanks, Rschen7754 06:07, 10 August 2018 (UTC)

Hi, if there is no objection from the community, I would like to have the administrator rights I have on my former account (Diego) over this one, which I use. Although I don't think I will be as active as I used to be, I can help with usual patrolling. I'm fine with whatever the community decides! Kind regards --Küñall (tauk) 06:11, 10 August 2018 (UTC)
Since there has been no opposition in over two weeks, I have requested on the stewards' noticeboard to have my rights transferred. --Küñall (tauk) 03:27, 26 August 2018 (UTC)

Broken redirects[eedit soorce]

'Allo. With regards to my approved bot request above, I'd like to note that there are several broken redirects on the project. What do you want to do with them? Can I fix/tag those for deletion or do you want to keep them for some purposes? Given that there are more than 50+ pages involved and I don't want to revert later, I'm asking first just in case you'd like to do something different. I'll run the bot to see if some can be redirected to existing pages, bot for all others that need deletion I'll abstain from tagging them for now until the resolution of this thread. Best regards. MarcoAurelio (tauk) 10:37, 13 August 2018 (UTC)

Hi there :-) Have you had the chance to review this? Best regards, MarcoAurelio (tauk) 20:16, 4 September 2018 (UTC)
Hi MarcoAurelio, it would be really helpful to have them tagged for deletion. Thanks! --Küñall (tauk) 03:44, 5 September 2018 (UTC)
Hi there again. If there are no objections I can have my bot do it. I'll wait a bit more before doing so to be on the safe side. Thanks, MarcoAurelio (tauk) 21:53, 19 September 2018 (UTC)

Missing namespace translations in Scots[eedit soorce]

Hello. As I am noting on Phabricator; this wiki lacks namespace translations; so you're using the English-default ones. Namespace names, magic words and special page names can be translated. Previously that could be done via, but due to the software that allowed such operations being broken, we developers have to do all of this by hand now. If you're interested to get the interface more translated I invite you to take a look at the Phabricator task I linked above and help translate some words. Once at least the basic namespaces are translated, we can start slowly implement them. Thanks for your help. Best regards, --MarcoAurelio (tauk) 10:43, 13 August 2018 (UTC)

Here are the current proposed namespace translations:
Most notably:
  • All "Talk" namespaces are translated as "Collogue".
  • "User" is translated as "Uiser"
Does this make sense? --Amir E. Aharoni (tauk) 05:14, 3 September 2018 (UTC)
Tagging some active users: Friendshipfan, User:Vampibyte. --Amir E. Aharoni (tauk) 05:23, 3 September 2018 (UTC)
I think it's fine! But maybe user:AmaryllisGardener could know more --Küñall (tauk) 02:44, 4 September 2018 (UTC)
Thanks for the ping! Talk is often translated as "Collogue", however I'm not 100% sure, because the OSD uses "talk" mostly, and lists "collogue" as being something more private or confidential. "User" should definitely be "Uiser", and "Wikipedia" should be "Wikipaedia". Otherwise I can't think of any namespaces that need to be changed. --AmaryllisGardener talk 03:08, 4 September 2018 (UTC)
Thanks for the replies, User:Küñall and User:AmaryllisGardener!
I see that in translatewiki, "talk" is usually translated as "tauk", and very rarely as "collogue". Here, locally in the Scots Wikipedia, some of the messages that mention talk pages are modified to say "collogue".
It's totally up to you to decide, but I strongly suggest deciding on a consistent terminology, removing as many of the local modifications as possible, and using translations from unless you really need local modifications.
I should mention that the original English strings don't use "talk" exclusively, and sometimes they say "discussion" instead. So if you think that sometimes "tauk" (or "talk") is appropriate and sometimes "collogue" is appropriate, it's OK. You will have to choose only one word for the namespace name, however. --Amir E. Aharoni (tauk) 07:40, 4 September 2018 (UTC)
Here is an easy way to find locally modified messages:
  • Click . In each pair of rows, the top yellow row shows the message as it is translated at, and the bottom green row shows the local modification on the Scots Wikipedia.
  • Search for "Collogue" using Ctrl-F (Windows, Linux) or Command-F (Mac). (You can also search for anything else.)
  • If the top yellow row has a good translation: open the message by clicking the message key in the left-hand column. These are links such as "1movedto2", "1movedto2_redir", "Confirmrecreate", etc., and delete this page. (This has to be done by an administrator.)
  • Do the same if the messages in the yellow and the green row are identical.
  • If the bottom green row has a good translation, and it's good that it's locally modified on the Scots Wikipedia, just leave it alone. An example of a good local modification is using "article" instead of "content page", linking to local policy pages, etc.
  • If the bottom green row has a good translation, and it can be useful for all wikis in the Scots language, go to, find the message, and correct the translation there. After two or three days the translation will be auto-updated in the Scots Wikipedia. After that, delete the message.
That's it. Hope it helps! --Amir E. Aharoni (tauk) 07:50, 4 September 2018 (UTC)

Editing of sitewide CSS/JS is only possible for interface administrators from now[eedit soorce]

(Please help translate to your language)

Hi all,

as announced previously, permission handling for CSS/JS pages has changed: only members of the interface-admin (Interface administrators) group, and a few highly privileged global groups such as stewards, can edit CSS/JS pages that they do not own (that is, any page ending with .css or .js that is either in the MediaWiki: namespace or is another user's user subpage). This is done to improve the security of readers and editors of Wikimedia projects. More information is available at Creation of separate user group for editing sitewide CSS/JS. If you encounter any unexpected problems, please contact me or file a bug.

Tgr (talk) 12:40, 27 August 2018 (UTC) (via global message delivery)

Read-only mode for up to an hour on 12 September and 10 October[eedit soorce]

13:33, 6 September 2018 (UTC)