User talk:Bawolff

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I'm somewhat busy in real life, and as a result, it may take me until the weekend to respond. Bawolff 16:24, 28 October 2009 (UTC)

note to self[edit]

Do something about the sight button for new articles.

write rss toolserver thingy and/or yell at wikinewsies who let their ts account expire.[edit]

note to self for adding to todo list.



Regards from portugal[edit]

Hi Bawolff how are you :) Can you please check your email? You have a msg from [1] and your expertise is welcome. Regards. Joanl

Regards from portugal[edit]

Hi Bawolff how are you :) Can you please check your email? You have a msg from [2] and your expertise is welcome. Regards. Joanl

Image link[edit]

Hi. I need some assistance with image coding, and my understanding is you did the make lead software. I'm working on Wikinews:Education and some of the sub pages have subpage navigation which is clicking on the arrow button. These are not working because the |link = parameter is not apparently work. The person who works on the education program extension has tried to get it to work at User:Sage_Ross_(WMF)/sandbox. I was wondering if you had any ideas how to fix this? Thanks. --LauraHale (talk) 13:57, 11 October 2013 (UTC)

the sandbox page appears to work for me? Bawolff 14:37, 11 October 2013 (UTC)

Popular articles[edit]

Hi Bawolff! Your bot places in every update of Template:Popular articles (which is transcluded on Main Page) 8 visible brackets at the end. Greetings Bigbossfarin (talk) 21:26, 13 January 2014 (UTC)

Should be fixed now. Bawolff 18:19, 19 January 2014 (UTC)

very buggy gallery[edit]

I want to use the gallery for my images: de:Benutzer:Mariofan13. But there are LOTS of bugs:

  • The attribut widths is ignored, I have to use heights.
  • The attribut perrow does not work!
  • The last two pictures on my user page aren't scaled correct, they're much smaller than others.
  • Centering the gallery does not work correctly. The headline is centered with <center>-Tags too, and it is centered correct; but the gallery ignores the babelbox and because of this the gallery is not really centered.

--Mariofan13 (talk) 17:43, 23 February 2014 (UTC)

prrrow and widths not working is intentional (and documented as such). How wide and how many perrow is dynamically determined and varries. You can make it take up only part of the page by putting it inside a <div style="width: 60%">The behaviour of the last two is supposed to try to avoid them being "huge". It could probably be tweaked. The gallery should be centrered by default, can you clarify which parts aren't being centered. Bawolff 20:25, 23 February 2014 (UTC)

Your admin status[edit]

Hello. I'm a steward. A new policy regarding the removal of "advanced rights" (administrator, bureaucrat, etc.) was adopted by community consensus recently. According to this policy, the stewards are reviewing administrators' activity on wikis with no inactivity policy.

You meet the inactivity criteria (no edits and no log actions for 2 years) on yiwiktionary, where you are an administrator. Since yiwiktionary does not have its own administrators' rights review process, the global one applies.

If you want to keep your rights, you should inform the community of the wiki about the fact that the stewards have sent you this information about your inactivity. If the community has a discussion about it and then wants you to keep your rights, please contact the stewards at m:Stewards' noticeboard, and link to the discussion of the local community, where they express their wish to continue to maintain the rights, and demonstrate a continued requirement to maintain these rights.

We stewards will evaluate the responses. If there is no response at all after approximately one month, we will proceed to remove your administrative rights. In cases of doubt, we will evaluate the responses and will refer a decision back to the local community for their comment and review. If you have any questions, please contact us on m:Stewards' noticeboard.

Best regards, Rschen7754 04:31, 10 March 2014 (UTC) hi Rschen7754. I was given those rights randomly, i have no objections to them being removed. Bawolff 15:27, 11 March 2014 (UTC)

Done --Rschen7754 20:42, 12 March 2014 (UTC)

Wikinews novice's question[edit]

Hello, I don't know where can I ask this question, so I'm asking you, an admin. I'm planning to write few articles about current Presidential election in Slovakia, however, the most of my sources are written in Slovak. I want to ask, if Wikinews have reviewers understanding Slovak language (or Czech language, it's very similar), so they can make an review (inter alia checking Slovak sources) after I finish article. And also: can I make and add to an election article (two) infoboxes containing some basic info about (two) presidential candidates? --DavidStefanSK (talk) 02:58, 24 March 2014 (UTC)

Hi, DavidStefanSK. (Not my talk page, but saw your note here.)
  • Regarding Slovak/Czech sources. We may be able to manage, with help from you on the translations of the sources. Here's what I mean.
We don't have reviewers here at the moment who know Sovak/Czech, I believe. The reason we can't just rely on automatic translation is that the output of automatic translations is often very bad, and the precise meanings are always lost; and for review we often need the precise meanings. So, what sometimes works is, you leave us notes, on the talk page of the article, about translating of the sources. If you find this would involve too much of the sources, so that you start to worry about copyright, then instead you could email the translation notes to scoop (that's "scoop at wikinewsie dot org") and, on the article talk page, just say that you sent translation notes to scoop.
  • What sort of templates do you have in mind?
(By the way, our common area for asking questions is the "Water cooler"; perhaps the assistance water cooler, for this.)
--Pi zero (talk) 12:19, 24 March 2014 (UTC)

Thank you very much! About infoboxes: I was thinking about something like this (link to uploaded picture), maybe also with added portraits, but after looking through templates I'm not sure it can be created on Wikinews. Maybe I can add this background info about candidates somewhere in article, or just give a link to Wikipedia. --DavidStefanSK (talk) 18:20, 24 March 2014 (UTC)

Search namespaces[edit]

Wondering if you happen to know what controls the default namespaces for Special:Search. As it's occurred to me we're set up to search mainspace and portal space, which doesn't make sense because our portals are really deprecated in favor of the categories. --Pi zero (talk) 18:11, 30 April 2014 (UTC)

Its controlled by wgNamespacesToBeSearchedDefault in - To change it is the standard procedure (gather consensus, file a bug with shell in the keyword field). Bawolff 21:56, 14 May 2014 (UTC)


Hi Bawolff! Please see d:user:Bawolff. I will try to contact you on irc these days. Best regards gangLeri ‫·‏לערי ריינהארט‏·‏T‏·‏m‏:‏Th‏·‏T‏·‏email me‏·‏‬ 11:14, 23 May 2014 (UTC)

Pretty much everything is broken[edit]

Excepting HotCat [oh, and UTCLiveClock works too afaics].

  • EzPR is not available.
  • Make lead doesn't work.
  • {{hidden}} doesn't work.
  • Gadget "Open links to external sites in a new window" doesn't work. At Amgine's suggestion, updated from en.wb (where it was updated in 2011).
  • Gadget "Review progress" doesn't work, notwithstanding the fix last night.

--Pi zero (talk) 20:00, 11 June 2014 (UTC)

An important message about renaming users[edit]

Dear Bawolff,

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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Being bothered by User:Pi zero[edit]

He is bothering me with rubbish each edit. He is never contributing. He deletes articles comments sites here, although the article is existing. Articles under development are clean up articles. I might not write about RB Leipzig. My started articles have interest and he says that other archived articles are which from amateur clubs, university clubs or something else. He wants to rename my name here and is not rename me. My articles are written after the style such as about other proven football match reports. He is psychic unable to name reasons. Please remove him from the board! He neither productive nor socially competent or educated, for a globally representative on public free sites. --Nikebrand (talk) 21:40, 6 October 2014 (UTC)

please don't use name calling ("psychic") when talking about other users. Im not an active user here anymore, you should discuss dispute resolution options with someone whois active. Bawolff 22:54, 6 October 2014 (UTC)


Double-clicked on a word in wikieditor text box, and wiktionary opened in another tab. <eyebrow raise suggestively> - Amgine | t 23:17, 22 October 2014 (UTC)

Wasn't me. Bawolff 00:37, 23 October 2014 (UTC)