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slapped the wrong editor

Sorry, you slapped the wrong editor here. See: diff. "We" Wikinews editors tend to dislike injustice, that's why "we" are here in the first place. Or me at least. Misou 21:09, 2 January 2008 (UTC)

"We" was referring to "Wikinews" not any individual person.. Brian | (Talk) | New Zealand Portal 21:21, 2 January 2008 (UTC) —Preceding unsigned comment added by Brian (talkcontribs)
Yeah, got that. But "Wikinews" does not bleed, does it. "We", that is you, me and some others, right? If you are referring to your own opinion, just say "I", or let me know the Wikinews policy you are referring to. Misou 21:27, 2 January 2008 (UTC)

O-ooh

Wikinews:Arbitration_Committee/Elections_January_2008#User:Brian . --Steven Fruitsmaak (Reply) 22:15, 15 January 2008 (UTC)

Request

I have requested a user name change, at Wikinews:Changing username. Wilhelm 22:27, 26 January 2008 (UTC)

B'crat vote

Someone has archived my vote for 'crat before I got the priv bit. Can you help out with this? --Brian McNeil / talk 10:56, 31 January 2008 (UTC)

Wikinews Bulletin

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Issue VIII - March 7, 2008
Administrators and Accredidations
Featured Articles and News In Pictures
  • No articles were promoted recently. Eight candidates are waiting for your vote, including a self-nomination by Celticfan383 which could become our first featured sports article.
  • Several images were featured on the main pages, which you can check out in the News In Picture archive.
  • The image below, by David Shankbone was voted as Wikinews' picture of the year.

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Original reporting

Since our last edition, many articles have claimed original reporting. Here are the most recent:

Several others wrote stories based on television sources. The Wikinews Reports blog activity was mostly related to some of these stories. You can ask any of the blog authors if you want to help out on the blog.

Editor's note

A new year has started, and contributions, especially original reporting, seem to have increased a bit lately. I'd like to thank and welcome the hundreds of new wikinewsies since the last edition. --Anonymous101 (Talk) 21:13, 7 March 2008 (UTC)

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Issue IX - March 19, 2008
Administrators and Accreditations
  • Since our last edition, no users have been given the mop and bucket.
  • No one has became an accredited reporter on Wikinews. You can currently vote on a request by WNewsReporter and Zachary.
Featured Articles and News In Pictures
  • No articles were promoted recently. Eight candidates are waiting for your vote, including a self-nomination by Celticfan383 which could become our first featured sports article.
  • Several images were featured on the main pages, which you can check out in the News In Picture archive.
  • Several images have been featured on the Main Page. A slideshow of these images is available below. (ogg format) -
Original reporting

Since our last edition, many articles have claimed original reporting. Here are the most recent:

Several others wrote stories based on television sources. The Wikinews Reports blog activity was mostly related to some of these stories. You can ask any of the blog authors if you want to help out on the blog.

Editor's note

I would like to thank our users who have helped increase our level of Original Reporting content. Some users who I think have been especially helpful are Leila Monaghan (talk · contribs) who has got interviews despite being a very new user and BrockF5 (talk · contribs) who has continued to provide us with excellent reports and images. In addition, Brianmc (talk · contribs) has been helpful in combatting vandalism. --Anonymous101 (talk · contribs) 19:47, 19 March 2008 (UTC)

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  • The Wikimania call for participation deadline closes TODAY!. Get your last-minute submissions in or get involved with the Wikinews efforts at WN:WM2008.
  • Wikimedia Commons has accepted the Creative Commons 3.0 license.
  • The English Wikipedia now has more than 10'000'000 pages, all namespaces combined.
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Wikinews Bulletin

Here is the latest Wikinews bulletin. Enjoy!

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Issue X - May 17, 2008
Administrators and Accredidations
  • Since our last edition, Cirt (talk · contribs) has been given the mop and bucket, and Ryan524 (talk · contribs) (now retired) asked for adminship.
  • No one has became an accredited reporter on Wikinews. There are no requests you can currently vote or comment on, although there are lots of De-adminship Requests.
Featured Articles and News In Pictures
  • No articles were promoted recently. Several candidates are waiting for your vote, including two exclusive interviews.
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Strega crossing the finish line to win the Gold Unlimited class at the Reno Air Races 2009
Original reporting

Since our last edition, many articles have claimed original reporting. Here are the most recent:

Several others wrote stories based on television sources. The Wikinews Reports blog activity was mostly related to some of these stories. You can ask any of the blog authors if you want to help out on the blog.

Editor's note

In the last few months activity on Wikinews has continued to decrease to an incredibly low level. There are hardly any new contributers joining and one of our best users, DragonFire1024 (talk · contribs) has gone on Wikibreak. However, some excellent articles are continuing to be written. Anonymous101 :) 12:09, 17 May 2008 (UTC)

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Anonymous101 :) 12:19, 17 May 2008 (UTC)

Image:New Zealand R. Driver Licence.JPG

I've nominated this image you uploaded for deletion. Please see here where I'd welcome your input. Adambro (talk) 14:45, 25 May 2008 (UTC)

New points in Contest

Have you thought about rewarding people who do Audio Wikinews stuff, cos were short on that too :-p Thanks --MarkTalk to me 16:24, 28 May 2008 (UTC)

CommonsDelinker

Wouldn't it be better now to leave the RfA open for a little while longer yet. Discussions about this issue are still very much ongoing and so it seems slightly odd to pick now to close it as no consensus. If left a little longer a clearer consensus might develop or at least we might be able to discuss the points raised further such that these can either be addressed or this issue finally put to rest. This is of course not the first time that giving admin rights to this bot has been proposed and leaving this in the air as closing this now has done makes me suspect that this won't be the last time. There doesn't appear to be any strict rules about when RfAs have to be closed. Adambro (talk) 10:45, 1 July 2008 (UTC)

Contest

I emailed you, but just beware that my emails have a habit of entering people's spam folders. Thanks, Blood Red Sandman (Talk) (Contribs) 18:36, 1 July 2008 (UTC)

ArbCom elections

In case you didn't notice, there are some questions for you at Wikinews:Arbitration Committee/Elections July 2008/Brian Questions. Thanks, Anonymous101talk 18:48, 30 July 2008 (UTC)

FlaggedRevs

If you have not already seen this, please look, comment, and vote both here and on bugzilla. Further assistance such as contact information for Google would be a very useful detail to share and help in petitioning for a listing in their news index. --Brian McNeil / talk 14:56, 5 August 2008 (UTC)

Please rename me

Hi, I have changed my username at my homewiki and want to to it here to. Please rename me to Calandrella. Here is confirmation. Thanks, Leo Johannes (talk) 19:17, 13 September 2008 (UTC)

Skenmy's RfB

It has been over 7 days since this RfB discussion started, and it has a majority of support consensus. I think it can be closed as successful and the candidate promoted. Cirt (talk) 04:48, 5 October 2008 (UTC)

Nevermind, Chiacomo (talk · contribs) took care of it, thanks. Cirt (talk) 06:25, 5 October 2008 (UTC)

rename account

I would like to rename my account to a new name; "Niduzzi", as my current name ("Izzudin") is already in use in id: and ar: by others. So I can't unify my account. Thanks! Izzudin (talk) 06:27, 2 December 2008 (UTC)

Reviewing articles

Hi Brian, I noticed you published some articles. Please note that we are trying to implement Wikinews:Reviewing articles as policy. Cheers, --SVTCobra 10:01, 20 January 2009 (UTC)

You may have missed a lot of the discussion on the water cooler, but to stay in Google News we pretty much need to go through {{peer review}} prior to publishing and sighting an article. --Brian McNeil / talk 10:20, 20 January 2009 (UTC)
These edits are a subject of discussion at Wikinews:Admin action alerts#Publishing without review
--InfantGorilla (talk) 13:39, 20 January 2009 (UTC)
Talk about the using a technique to completely loose article count. Personally I disagree with such a system, but will follow consesces. In any case, I pled ignorance :) I read that policy before I reviewed and in my pinion correctly interpreted it as proposed policy, where I am not required to review. If this is different, may tag please be changed, to reflect the correct way of doing things here now? Brian | (Talk) | New Zealand Portal 17:55, 20 January 2009 (UTC)
It may technically not be policy, but every editor uses it so it seems it has basically became a policy . Anonymous101talk 17:56, 20 January 2009 (UTC)

RfB ready to be closed ?

Hello, you are one of the bureaucrats that did not vote in the RfB for TUFKAAP (talk · contribs) (see WN:RFP). I made a comment that I think it is ready to be closed as promote - could you take a look? Thank you, Cirt (talk) 18:09, 6 February 2009 (UTC)

No worries. :) Cirt (talk) 07:51, 7 February 2009 (UTC)

User rename

Hello. I have noticed that you are listed among the bureaucrat's of Wikinews. I am looking to rename my account, so I can merge my accounts into a unified login. (The account usernames differ between projects). I would like to rename DanielBC to Ellipsis (see wikipedia:User:Ellipsis/SUL). Hope you can help me here, cheers! DanielBC (talk) 23:48, 12 February 2009 (UTC)

Notice: inactive admin

Hi. I've moved you to the inactive admin list at WN:A because you don't appear to have logged any edits for over a month. When you start editing here again, don't forget to move your name back to the active list at WN:A. Best regards, Tempo di Valse ♪ 20:10, 9 March 2009 (UTC)

cool, thanks Brian | (Talk) | New Zealand Portal 20:29, 9 March 2009 (UTC)

RfA needs closing

Hello, you are one of the 'crats that did not comment in the RfA for Van der Hoorn (talk · contribs). It has been well over 7 days since the RfA started, please see WN:RFP. Thank you for your time, Cirt (talk) 22:37, 16 April 2009 (UTC)

Mumbai Blasts

Hey there, can you add the categories 'Transport in India' and 'Mumbai' to the article Several blasts rock Mumbai commuter trains? Regards, --Rsrikanth05 (talk) 17:33, 22 April 2009 (UTC)

Done tempodivalse 17:35, 22 April 2009 (UTC)

A penny for your thoughts

Okay, not really, but I am requesting your participation in the following Water Cooler Discussion: OR and Broadcast report. The discussion involves the need for specific policy concerning how Original Reporting relates to information recieved from a broadcast report of an event. This can include both news-style reports and non-news reports, such as a sporting event. Thanks and again, please share your thoughts on this so we can get as many people involved as possible, especially since this relates to an important topic such as OR. —Calebrw (talk) 05:10, 27 April 2009 (UTC)

global rename request

Hi Brian, could you rename my account please.[1] Thank you, John Vandenberg (talk) 08:06, 15 June 2009 (UTC)

Just a reminder.

Brian,

Please put the {{publish}} tag at the very bottom of the article (but above category tags, etc.). The social bookmarks template is transcluded from the publish template, so it can't be anywhere but the bottom. Thanks, Calebrw (talk) 23:39, 14 December 2009 (UTC)

Talk to Bawolff (talk · contribs) about that. Calebrw (talk) 23:42, 14 December 2009 (UTC)

Oh

So you mean I can't just block anyone who disagrees with me? I'm starting to wonder why I bothered... >:-)

Seriously though, thanks for the mop. It's just typical that I haven't been around all day today, and because of the nice and tidy Vector skin, if it wasn't for your message on my talk page I probably wouldn't have noticed for a bit!

Also I know we haven't overlapped in activity that much, but I've seen your name about the site a lot while I've been here, so it's nice to see you editing again. :-) the wub "?!" 23:43, 15 December 2009 (UTC)

Climate contrarians in Copenhagen

Please join the discussion, if you can do it attentively, if you have some free 30 minutes?

I'm just afraid that this novice user Wikiwide, the author of the article, being probably a scientist (you just look at the first version of this article), has a very little understanding of what Wikinews is. And probably has lots of other work to do, is not interested, etc. Even the topic of climate contrarians near UNCCC sounds scientific, doesn't it? I think that if you revive this article, it will be very good

  • for Wikinews,
  • for this user, and
  • for the environment
    • (as some of the "skeptics" or
    • just common diesel car drivers can find this article realistic)

Please be informed that only an experienced Wikinews user can manage with such significant and responsible task. Q/0/k 04:14, 16 December 2009 (UTC)

Easy peer review

Hi Brian! Nice to see you around again after a long hiatus. :-) Would you consider perhaps enabling the "Easy Peer Review" in your gadgets/prefs? It allows you to publish an article with the click of one button, without having to manually add the {{publish}} tag and corresponding {{peer review}} (also, it creates the special redirect page needed to get us in the listed in the GNews index). Just a suggestion. Cheers, Tempodivalse [talk] 01:30, 18 December 2009 (UTC)

Hey, long time no see. By the way, i'd be interested to know if easy pper review totally does not work in chrome, or does it give some sort of error message, etc? Bawolff 04:04, 19 December 2009 (UTC)
Hey BA. Likewise :). It seems to be a every now and then thing. No error message per see. It just wont save the edits. Brian | (Talk) | New Zealand Portal 09:46, 19 December 2009 (UTC)

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<sniggers> Well, it's reasonably rare, I know. 2010 hasn't been great for me, but I have hopes it will be less expensive. How're ya doin'? School? - Amgine | t 00:20, 4 June 2010 (UTC)

Strike ballot to go ahead despite British Telecom's belated new pay offer

Can I ask you to read through this - carefully. Then, review the comments on the talk page. I'm none-too-happy at the accusation of NPOV failure, I don't think I could have given BT more of a chance to provide information; so, I'm left feeling that Turtle's criticism is asking to delay the article until such time as it would no longer be relevant news.

If it makes any difference, Tempo's comment when I said I'd like to submit for FA is that he'd abstain, solely because of the length of the article (grudgingly, admitted is best coverage when compared to MSM). --Brian McNeil / talk 09:47, 9 June 2010 (UTC)

Wikinews:Requests for permissions comment

The formatting of this comment looks odd, as it appears due to the subsection level formatting due be another subsection of instructions or placement on the page for other candidacies or something like that. As this is a general-wide comment, might be best to move it to the talk page, and then for you to instead vote, individually, on each of the current standing candidates. I am not averse to the comment itself, just formatting issues. :) Cheers, -- Cirt (talk) 06:19, 9 June 2010 (UTC)

Agree with the minor reformatting edit you did so far. But like I said, I do not think your "oppose" vote will be counted in the rights elections for the 4 independent candidates, unless you vote independently on each one. Otherwise, it just looks like a blanket commentary. -- Cirt (talk) 15:30, 9 June 2010 (UTC)
As I said in the post. I will likely oppose the vote. However, I have not yet opposed. :) I just wanted my thoughts out-there. Thanks Brian | (Talk) | New Zealand Portal 22:49, 9 June 2010 (UTC)
Ohhhh. Okay. -- Cirt (talk) 00:41, 10 June 2010 (UTC)

new arbitration case filed

Hello! I've filed a new arbitration case. Benny the mascot (talk) 16:53, 8 July 2010 (UTC)

ArbCom

I have nominated you as a candidate in the current ArbCom elections. Please see the sitenotice, and be sure to clearly accept or decline the nomination. --Brian McNeil / talk 08:02, 10 July 2010 (UTC)

election certificate

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Election Certificate

The election committee for the 2010 Arbitration Committee election certifies that this user was elected to be an Arbitrator until July 31, 2011.


Benny the mascot (talk) 20:37, 3 August 2010 (UTC)

Checkuser

Per here, please respond. This, I believe, should be treated as a serious matter. --Brian McNeil / talk 00:34, 20 August 2010 (UTC)

Poke

Poke. Poke. Poke Poke Poke Poke. Poke Poke. Are you still Poke Poke Poke alive? *prod with stick* *check pulse* Poke Poke. Poke Poke Poke Poke Poke. Gopher65talk 23:07, 5 January 2011 (UTC)

It depends on how one defines alive... :P Have a 10,000 word research paper which due date seems to be getting ever so closer... But otherwise, yep, I am still around :) Brian | (Talk) | New Zealand Portal 00:16, 6 January 2011 (UTC)

Hey

I've been gone from wikinews for a while and have came back under a new name. Any reason you dropped the "New Zealand"? IGNORANCE=STENGTH (talk) 02:35, 18 January 2011 (UTC)

Oh I dropped that several years back (I think around 2007). I can't really remember why, I think it was as SUL was coming about, and several other users were going to single names as well. Brian | (Talk) | New Zealand Portal 02:42, 18 January 2011 (UTC)

What is LQT?

Liquid Threads is a method of holding threaded conversations within the Mediawiki software, primarily designed for talk pages. Unfortunately, its theory of application violates many of the design precepts of Mediawiki software so the net result is two antithetical softwares sharing a set of database tables very uneasily. - Amgine | t 23:05, 22 January 2011 (UTC)

You can see examples of LQT (and its (current) poor implementation) on Wikinews comments pages. Strategic Planning also uses it, except they use it everywhere. Here's an example: strategy:Village_pump/en. I find it annoying, personally. Especially annoying is the fact that it doesn't properly integrate into recent changes, or into flagged revs, or into the hide revision functionality. Gopher65talk 02:10, 23 January 2011 (UTC)
I am officially useless. I never knew that was called LQT :P Thanks guys Brian | (Talk) | New Zealand Portal 04:42, 23 January 2011 (UTC)
Err, how does it not integrate into RC? I see a lot of lqt related stuff here. For flagged revisions, given its on a talk page, how should it integrate into flagged revs. (/me just doesn't like it because i don't like the idea of it in general ;) Bawolff 19:37, 23 January 2011 (UTC)

Wikinews:Requests for permissions

Something appears to be fouled up at Wikinews:Requests for permissions, archive placed in wrong place, maybe. -- Cirt (talk) 04:58, 7 May 2011 (UTC)

Prof Blackall

You're closer to the right timezone than myself for the UoW. Prof. David Blackall is looking to conference in one (possibly more) Wikinewsies to clue in the students he's assigned writing on Wikinews as a final year task. Skype has been proposed; do you use it, are you interested? --Brian McNeil / talk 17:10, 8 May 2011 (UTC)

I could, but I am not sure I am a complete expert on writing for WN at the moment. Its being a while... Brian | (Talk) | New Zealand Portal 01:23, 9 May 2011 (UTC)

Gong

Thanks for the gong, Brian.

It was quite an undertaking writing that; but, looking at the result, seems worthwhile. I assume you'll be popping in once it's archived to cast an FAC vote? --Brian McNeil / talk 05:30, 1 August 2011 (UTC)

I was thinking I'll do the FAC nomination! Brian | (Talk) | New Zealand Portal 05:34, 1 August 2011 (UTC)
:DD --Brian McNeil / talk 12:34, 1 August 2011 (UTC)
'tis now archived... --Brian McNeil / talk 05:39, 5 August 2011 (UTC)
After consulting with Her Majesty's Most Honourable Cabal, this article now FAC'ed :) Brian | (Talk) | New Zealand Portal 10:14, 5 August 2011 (UTC)

Thanks

Hello! I want to thank you for renaming my account, finally after weeks you did it! thanks again. --FaramarzTalk 10:23, 1 August 2011 (UTC)

Please see my heads up at ArbCom talk page

Please see Wikinews_talk:Arbitration_Committee#FYI:_Heads_up_regarding_Viriditas. Just wanted to keep you in the loop, -- Cirt (talk) 19:33, 11 February 2012 (UTC)

Cheers Cirt Brian | (Talk) | New Zealand Portal 22:01, 11 February 2012 (UTC)

ArbCom nomination?

Would you accept nomination for another year on ArbCom? The deadline for nominations is 2000UTC on the 17th. --Pi zero (talk) 01:04, 13 July 2012 (UTC)

I would. Thank you :) Brian | (Talk) | New Zealand Portal 01:26, 13 July 2012 (UTC)

Hello. I request renaming my following accounts:

  • محمد الجداوي → Avocato
  • GedawyBot → AvocatoBot
  • Confirmation link: [2]
  • Reason: Privacy reasons

Thanks in advance.--M.Gedawy 07:41, 15 July 2012 (UTC)

Hiya and hello

Hiya Brian, any chance you could review this article? Cheers, -- Cirt (talk) 05:47, 7 September 2012 (UTC)

I am looking at it currently :D Brian | (Talk) | New Zealand Portal 05:47, 7 September 2012 (UTC)
Thanks! -- Cirt (talk) 05:56, 7 September 2012 (UTC)

Wikinews interviews Greg Smith, Australian Paralympic flag bearer

Um. Hi. As you will have observed from the audio file on jws, the questioner actually said "a couple of Paralympic gold medals". Of course we can and do employ various techniques to avoid misleading our readers, such as an informational footnote, or use of square brackets in the transcript. But Hawkeye7 falsified the record by claiming that "three Paralympic gold medals" was what was said, and that's revisionism, violating journalistic ethics. I see you sighted his edit, which shouldn't have happened without some change to make clear it was not exactly what was said (such as the one I've implemented); please be more careful about stuff like that.

Hoping you were more careful in checking the transcript of the other interview you published. --Pi zero (talk) 13:44, 7 September 2012 (UTC)

yes. I stuffed up. I did not think to listen to the recording. Rest assured I did on the other articles. Brian | (Talk) | New Zealand Portal 13:59, 7 September 2012 (UTC)

Any chance

Any chance you care to have a look at this one? Cheers, -- Cirt (talk) 20:23, 9 September 2012 (UTC)

Request for reviewing and other assistance

Hi. Next week is the start of the IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships and two Wikinewies will be attending to cover the para-alpine skiing ahead of the 2014 Winter Paralympics . This is part of an effort outlined at Wikinews:IPC Alpine Ski World Championships. Immediately following this event, there will be a Meetup in Barcelona where Wikinews, the Paralympics and efforts to similar sport coverage will be discussed. At the moment, there are only two active reviewers on a daily basis. Demonstrating an ability to get reviews for these types of events done quickly is important for Wikinews credibility and gaining access to these types of events. I would really appreciate it if you could sign up on the IPC World Championship page to review, promote articles published during this period, assist in translating these articles into another language or attend the meetup in Barcelona. Thanks. --LauraHale (talk) 09:27, 15 February 2013 (UTC)

Wikinews Writing contest 2013 is here. :) Please sign up to participate?

We've created the Wikinews:Writing contest 2013, which will start on April 1 and end on June 1. It is modeled on the successful 2010 contest. It would be a really great time for you, as a Wikinews accredited reporter, to do some original reporting and conduct interviews. People should be around to interview to prevent a backlog, and several reviewers have access to scoop to make it easier to review any original reporting you do. If you are interested in signing up, please do so on Wikinews:Writing contest 2013/entrants. There is at least one prize on offer for the winner along with the opportunity to earn some barn stars as a way of thanking you for your participation. :D --LauraHale (talk) 10:18, 25 March 2013 (UTC)

too late :-( ArbCom

Hi. Too late, I feel sheepish that with everything else going on (on Wikinews and irl), I didn't ask you to stand for ArbCom this year. Honestly I'd have asked your permission to nominate you. --Pi zero (talk) 15:17, 4 August 2013 (UTC)

Thanks :-) Brian | (Talk) | New Zealand Portal 20:24, 4 August 2013 (UTC)

ArbCom 2014

Looking ahead to next month, would you accept nomination for ArbCom this year? (I'm early this year because I'm still kicking myself for slipping up on asking you last year.) --Pi zero (talk) 15:33, 17 June 2014 (UTC)

Elected!

This is coming later than it should've (sorry!) You've officially been elected to the ArbCom for 2014! 3 cheers for you! --Bddpaux (talk) 15:08, 19 August 2014 (UTC)

An important message about renaming users

Dear Brian,

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

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) 21:42, 6 October 2014 (UTC)

ArbCom election 2015

Hi. As a current Arb, are you willing to stand again this year? I'd be happy to nominate you, or of course you could nominate yourself. --Pi zero (talk) 17:32, 7 July 2015 (UTC)

Congratulations on your election. Hawkeye7 (talk) 08:55, 2 August 2015 (UTC)

Please sign new Wikimedia confidentiality agreement for nonpublic information by 15 December

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As you may know, the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees approved a new "Access to nonpublic information policy" on 25 April 2014 after a community consultation. The former policy has remained in place until the new policy could be implemented. That implementation work is now being done, and we are beginning the transition to the new policy.

An important part of that transition is helping volunteers like you sign the required confidentiality agreement. All Wikimedia volunteers with access to nonpublic information are required to sign this new agreement, and we have prepared some documentation to help you do so.

The Wikimedia Foundation is requiring that anyone with access to nonpublic information sign the new confidentiality agreement by 15 December 2015 (OTRS users have until 22 December 2015) to retain their access. You are receiving this email because you have access to nonpublic information and are required to sign the confidentiality agreement under the new policy.

Signing the confidentiality agreement for nonpublic information is conducted and tracked using Legalpad on Phabricator. The general confidentiality agreement is now ready, and the OTRS agreement will be ready after 22 September 2015. We have prepared a guide on Meta-Wiki to help you create your Phabricator account and sign the new agreement: Confidentiality agreement for nonpublic information/How to sign

If you have any questions or experience any problems while signing the new agreement, please visit this talk page or email me (gvarnum@wikimedia.org). Again, please sign this confidentiality agreement by 15 December 2015 (OTRS users have until 22 December 2015) to retain your access to nonpublic information. If you do not wish to retain this access, please let me know and we will forward your request to the appropriate individuals.

Thank you,
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Inactive checkuser

Hello, in accordance with the global policy, your CheckUser rights will be removed soon due to inactivity. If you make edits or log actions, or use the tool, then this will prevent removal for inactivity. Thanks, Ajraddatz (talk) 20:29, 15 March 2016 (UTC)

Thanks for letting me know. I am still around and contactable on this project. Brian |(Talk) 04:33, 16 March 2016 (UTC)
Thanks for replying. No need to worry then :) Ajraddatz (talk) 23:23, 20 March 2016 (UTC)

ArbCom election 2016

Hi. As a current Arb, are you willing to stand again this year? I'd be happy to nominate you, or of course you could nominate yourself. --Pi zero (talk) 01:25, 1 July 2016 (UTC)

Happy to run again, thanks! :) Brian |(Talk) 11:21, 8 July 2016 (UTC)

ArbCom Election 2017

Hi. As a current Arb, are you willing to stand again this year? I'd be happy to nominate you, or of course you could nominate yourself. --Pi zero (talk) 18:14, 8 July 2017 (UTC)

Happy to serve again, if needed. Cheers, Brian |(Talk) 23:53, 8 July 2017 (UTC)

Notice of removal of CheckUser rights for inactivity

Dear Brian,

I am sorry to say that, but just wanted to let you know that I have removed the CheckUser right from your account based on this request, as per m:CheckUser policy#Removal of access, considering that you have been inactive on this wiki for over one year. Therefore, in accordance with that policy, your CU permissions have been removed. Thanks for your service.

Warm regards, RadiX 18:19, 8 July 2017 (UTC)