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Can you help me? --Humberto 2 - (talk) 00:49, 2 April 2008 (UTC)Reply

See note on page. Request requires usurpation and thus will be delayed a week. --Cspurrier - (talk) 17:48, 2 April 2008 (UTC)Reply
Tank you --Humberto 2 - (talk) 22:06, 3 April 2008 (UTC)Reply

Heads up


m:Meta:Administrators/confirm#Cspurrier. EVula // talk // 15:43, 2 April 2008 (UTC)Reply

Thanks --Cspurrier - (talk) 17:41, 2 April 2008 (UTC)Reply
My pleasure; always happy for an excuse to use my wide network of accounts. ;) EVula // talk // 18:44, 2 April 2008 (UTC)Reply
Also, you might want to tweak your preferences on Meta; you can have the system email you when a message is left on your talk page. It's a damn handy feature, and one that a surprising few number of people actually know about. Perfect for projects that you need to keep an eye on, but don't have the time for (such as Meta for you). EVula // talk // 22:37, 2 April 2008 (UTC)Reply

Changing username


Hi, could you have a look at Wikinews:Changing_username? I requested a usurpation, so I know I'll have to wait seven days, but the page suggests posting a message on bureacrats' talk pages. As you've recently edited Wikinews:Changing_username I decided to only notify you. Thanks, Erwin85 - (talk) 21:12, 2 April 2008 (UTC)Reply

Hi, did Erwin reply? If not, could you please rename the account? Thanks, Erwin85 - (talk) 20:25, 16 April 2008 (UTC)Reply

Changing Username


PLease see my request at Wikinews:Changing username. Thanks --Anonymous101 (talk · contribs) (Note I have no link with the organization anonymous) 17:36, 3 April 2008 (UTC)Reply

RealHeron --> Heron (usurpation)


Hi Craig, please see my request at [1]. As I don't have any edits to my name as RealHeron, this would be a usurpation rather than a change of username, but I was advised [2] to post my request on that page anyway. Here's a link to my en:wikipedia talk page as confirmation that I own the name Heron there: [3]. Regards, --RealHeron - (talk) 13:48, 6 April 2008 (UTC)Reply

Archiving question


Hello Cspurrier, how are you? Quick question - when I am going through and archiving stuff, should I protect the print versions as well? Cirt - (talk) 04:13, 23 April 2008 (UTC)Reply

That sounds like a good idea. --Cspurrier - (talk) 19:38, 23 April 2008 (UTC)Reply
Okay - is there a list somewhere of those? I had seen it once before but can't recall the link at the moment. Cirt - (talk) 22:09, 23 April 2008 (UTC)Reply
They are all linked from Wikinews:Print_edition--Cspurrier - (talk) 16:42, 26 April 2008 (UTC)Reply
Thanks! Cirt - (talk) 17:09, 26 April 2008 (UTC)Reply

Do you think there should be a template to indicate archived print editions --A101 - (talk) 18:37, 27 April 2008 (UTC)Reply

I do not think it is needed, but archving may be a good time to make sure they all have the right template.--Cspurrier - (talk) 19:15, 27 April 2008 (UTC)Reply

Please make my bot's flag


in Wikinews:Bots‎#Request bot flag for Alexbot, this requrest make too long time.--Alex S.H. Lin 08:16, 5 May 2008 (UTC)Reply


Thank you so much for your work with the Wikinews Print Editions. Quick question - do those get disseminated anywhere? Cirt (talk) 02:30, 20 May 2008 (UTC)Reply

Thanks, I have been told of a few people printing them and leaving them places. I have also heard a few people comment that they print it daily because they like to read it on paper best. --Cspurrier (talk) 15:52, 21 May 2008 (UTC)Reply
Would it be to late to add the 2 football (soccer) match reports that I just completed? Kingjeff (talk) 03:48, 25 May 2008 (UTC)Reply
Sorry, it is. They probably got added to the next days one.--Cspurrier (talk) 18:50, 26 May 2008 (UTC)Reply

Account donarreiskoffer


When I tried to unify all my accounts on wikimedia projects, this was the only project that gave an error. Apparently I used a different password than on the other projects. Unfortunately I forgot this password. The account on is empty in the sense that I never made an edit with it.

I suppose that it won't be too difficult to add it with my other accounts?

please respond on

Many thanks.-- 06:09, 28 May 2008 (UTC)Reply

French Wikimag


Hello ! I contact you, to know if I can interview you for the Wikimag which is the equivalent of Sign Post on Wikipedia english. - Mikani (talk) 16:56, 3 June 2008 (UTC)Reply

No problem, i don't set you a french interview , so I ask question on this page, soon. And thank you ! mik@ni 15:25, 6 June 2008 (UTC)Reply
It's ok ! mik@ni 15:44, 6 June 2008 (UTC)Reply

Changing my username


Hello, can you change my username to "Prasuk historyk"? I'm asking because username Prasuk historyk is using by me in the all wikimedia projects. Prasuk (talk) 06:13, 10 June 2008 (UTC)Reply

Done--Cspurrier (talk) 15:51, 10 June 2008 (UTC)Reply
Many thanks for changing my username Prasuk historyk (talk) 16:26, 10 June 2008 (UTC)Reply

Rename request


I do not know where to ask it, you seems the last active bureaucrat so I ask it you. If it would fit better elsewhere, please let me know. I would like to request for a rename from NL-Romaine --> Romaine because of creating a global account (SUL). Could you please rename my account? Thanks! Greetings - NL-Romaine (talk) 23:08, 12 June 2008 (UTC)Reply

Done--Cspurrier (talk) 01:19, 13 June 2008 (UTC)Reply
Thanks!! - Romaine (talk) 13:20, 13 June 2008 (UTC)Reply

Wikinews:Changing username


It seem that a lot of people are addressing Bureaucrats directly about name changes. However, we have Wikinews:Changing username and we used to archive the changes there. Should we do away with that practice? or should direct requests be sent to Wikinews:Changing username so it can be done formally? I really don't care either way, but we should make it the same for everyone. --SVTCobra 01:28, 13 June 2008 (UTC)Reply

I like it when they post it to my talk page because I get a nice big orange bar letting me know about it :). I do not really care, but they do get done faster with a note on my talk page. --Cspurrier (talk) 16:13, 13 June 2008 (UTC)Reply

At the end of the Print Edition there is the following text:

"This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License. Articles published in this Print edition were created by Wikinewsies. Other content released under the GNU Free Documentation License."

However, from discussions with you I understood that unfree content was sometimes included. The above disclaimer needs to make this clear and ideally I'd like to see details of which unfree images are used on the image description page of the Print Edition. Adambro (talk) 11:50, 28 June 2008 (UTC)Reply



Hi, I have nominated you in the upcoming ArbCom elections. Please go to your nomination and state whether you accept or decline. Cheers, --SVTCobra 17:15, 30 June 2008 (UTC)Reply

WN:A - RfA closure


Hi, how are ya? I was wondering if you were willing to close/promote the Adambro (talk · contribs) RfA? It has been over 7 days and consensus is pretty straightforward at this point. Cirt (talk) 03:31, 19 July 2008 (UTC)Reply



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 14:52, 5 August 2008 (UTC)Reply



I know you're a checkuser, and you might see this when you get back. Apologies for the cross-wiki vandalism, I was running an Apache web server that unwittingly became an open proxy. However, one reinstall of Windows Vista later, and new firewalls installed, it's a lot more secure. I (the individual posting this message) am not a vandal but I am terribly sorry for the cross-wiki vandalism that this IP's committed (only found it through copies of my access.log file). Anyway, I've no idea how long I'll have this IP for, but I'm terribly sorry for all of this. Thanks, AP aka -- 15:09, 14 August 2008 (UTC)Reply

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) 19:18, 13 September 2008 (UTC)Reply



I think Wikinews:Water_cooler/technical#Hotline_still_listed_on_print_edition might be relevent to you. Bawolff 18:09, 28 September 2008 (UTC)Reply

Skenmy's RfB


It has been over 7 days since this RfB discussion started, and it has unanimous support consensus. I think it can be closed as successful and the candidate promoted. Brianmc (talk · contribs) already supported in the discussion and you are the only other bureaucrat that has been active lately, so I thought I'd let you know. Hope you are doing well, Cirt (talk) 14:30, 4 October 2008 (UTC)Reply

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

Request for help


I kindly ask your assistance for the renaming of "dodo" account to something else (anything) here. This in order to proces the request on meta. All your help is appreciated. Thank you. Drini (talk) 19:21, 4 October 2008 (UTC)Reply

Done --Cspurrier (talk) 20:02, 5 October 2008 (UTC)Reply

Im not sure if you have heard of Doxygen it is a documentation generates I thnk this could help you make it so it auto generates the wikinews print edition but it might take a little work. —Preceding unsigned comment added by DGMurdockIII (talkcontribs) 23:00, 15 October 2008 (UTC)Reply

Perhaps even make it a weekly feature? That way, its the same amount of articles, but the work is all concentrated at one point in time? Perhaps even pick and choose what appears? (ie, the original reporting and most popular articles, and anything you personally find interesting.) -- Zanimum (talk) 21:33, 10 January 2009 (UTC)Reply



Hi Craig, I noticed that you have been away and was wondering what I need to do to be able to create the Print Edition. I don't have much time these days but still want to help out when I can - Cartman02au (Talk)(AU Portal) 09:13, 24 November 2008 (UTC)Reply

Thanks for what you have done, I hope to be able to resume it after xmas. --Cspurrier (talk) 22:55, 21 December 2008 (UTC)Reply

Wikinews print


Please see this about the phone numbers currently on each issue. Thanks - tholly --Talk-- 09:11, 30 November 2008 (UTC)Reply

rss tool ;)



I would like to use your tool [4] to show news on PL Chapter (Wikimedia Polska). Could you make possible to show first paragraph of the article in feed? (until first double newline or someting).

WarX 19:49, 2 December 2008 (UTC)

May be doable. I should have some time in a week or two to mess with it some more. --Cspurrier (talk) 22:54, 21 December 2008 (UTC)Reply

Template:Latest news / RSS


I am going to be making changes to Main Page, well more correctly, sweeping changes. The Latest news template says "Please let User:Cspurrier know before making changes" and as that template is going to be part of my main pages changes, it will be tinkered with. What do I need to know to not break the RSS feed? Or can we point the RSS feed to scrape a new page made just for that purpose (So the main page is safe to be tinkered with to our hearts content)? Thanks. --ShakataGaNai ^_^ 07:58, 13 December 2008 (UTC)Reply

My guess would be that it will be ok. Try the change and let me know if it breaks, revert and I will fix it. --Cspurrier (talk) 22:53, 21 December 2008 (UTC)Reply
The main page is also being changed now, and I was wondering if putting the articles into cascading boxes to organize the page more and to conserve space. Would this interfere with the RSS feed? R.T. 01:06, 19 March 2009 (UTC)Reply

RSS tool a bit outdated


Hello. Currently your RSS tool shows data from the end of 2008 (newer articles aren't shown). Is there a chance for updating the data in the near future? --Derbeth (talk) 19:38, 8 February 2009 (UTC)Reply

I cleared the cache with the link and it didn't work. still displays outdated articles. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 09:18, 14 February 2009 (UTC)Reply

Hi, being on the toolserver it is subject to the replag issues. Until S3 is fixed it will continue to be out of date, without anything we can do about it :(. See the tool server blog for more information--Cspurrier (talk) 03:29, 15 February 2009 (UTC)Reply



Hello. I just wanted to bring a bureaucrat's attention to a RfA that is a week old and needs to be closed (my RfA, Tempodivalse). Thanks. Tempo di Valse 16:51, 23 February 2009 (UTC)Reply

Never mind, another bureaucrat already closed the RfA. Tempo di Valse 20:29, 23 February 2009 (UTC)Reply

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)Reply

looks like someone took care of it. Sorry it took so long to reply. Other stuff keeping me real busy recently. --Cspurrier (talk) 01:53, 26 April 2009 (UTC)Reply

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)Reply

rss not updating


Spud noticed that the rss feed stopped working (see Wikinews_talk:Newsroom#Feedburner_RSS). Somewhere in the back of my mind I believe your the person to notify one that happens, right? Thanks. Bawolff 23:31, 22 May 2009 (UTC)Reply

I pinged it on feed burner. It should work now. --Cspurrier (talk) 02:13, 26 May 2009 (UTC)Reply

I was hoping that everyone would be asleep, and I could slip in the expansion that I just found, ironically whilst looking for a possible follow-up article, before a reviewer happened along. ☺ Uncle G (talk) 04:14, 18 July 2009 (UTC)Reply



Thanks for the offer, but for now, my edits are limited to a very rare fixing of a typo here and there, so for now I'll avoid the hassle :) (talk) 22:59, 18 July 2009 (UTC)Reply

ArbCom election


You are invited to make a statement and accept your nomination at Wikinews:Arbitration Committee/2009 elections. Computerjoe's talk 17:44, 4 August 2009 (UTC)Reply



Hey, real quick can you fix up the wm09 article? It needs a venue name. Thx, --ShakataGaNai ^_^ 22:32, 1 September 2009 (UTC)Reply

Rss Died again.


Hey, hear you're the Feed-burner guy. The feed has died once again, just FYI. Spud Collab/Opinions 02:03, 9 January 2010 (UTC) Reply

He's already been notified. Bawolff 02:32, 9 January 2010 (UTC)Reply
It is timing out and I am not sure why. I am going to add some sort of safe full back, so this does not happen again. I will work on tracking it down tomorrow when I get home (waiting for my flight in CLT right now, free wifi is wonderful). Its a major pain to try to debug complex problems on a tiny netbook :). --Cspurrier (talk) 13:20, 9 January 2010 (UTC)Reply



Not sure if you're subscribed to wikinews-l or not, if you aren't, there is a message asking about the feed [5]. Cheers. Bawolff 00:06, 16 January 2010 (UTC)Reply



Thanks for your support, Craig. --InfantGorilla (talk) 18:33, 24 June 2010 (UTC)Reply



You have been granted oversight rights on this project! Congrats. ;) --Thogo (talk) 22:13, 25 June 2010 (UTC)Reply

Thanks --Cspurrier (talk) 22:21, 25 June 2010 (UTC)Reply

Thank you


Thank you very much, for your additional investigation at WN:RFCU. Per sock violation practice, I think that we should block all sock accounts, for socking and also block evasion. The master account could then make an unblock request, at the talk page of User talk:Saqib. Agreed? -- Cirt (talk) 03:56, 27 June 2010 (UTC)Reply

Socking in itself is not prohibited, only the abuse of socks. As all of the currently detected socks are unused, xe has not violated our policy with them. --Cspurrier (talk) 17:48, 27 June 2010 (UTC)Reply
  • Yes. I do appreciate that. Did you check if the .jp addresses turned up in any proxy lists? Might be too late now, but I have concerns, based on Xe's early edit history, that could use such to fabricate a story. All will really depend on what comes back through Creative Commons. --Brian McNeil / talk 08:16, 27 June 2010 (UTC)Reply
The .jp addresses are not on any open proxy list and nmap shows only what would be expected for a normal system. The PK ips do show ports indicative of a proxy --Cspurrier (talk) 17:48, 27 June 2010 (UTC)Reply
Cspurrier - the issue is block evasion by use of the various socks. That is an abuse of socks. -- Cirt (talk) 20:42, 27 June 2010 (UTC)Reply
Has xe actually used any of the socks while blocked? Having unused socks is not block evasion. --Cspurrier (talk) 20:46, 27 June 2010 (UTC)Reply

Fijian Media Crack Down


You may review now H.R.H Sovereign King Bradley The Great, Autocrat of All Australia talk 10:35, 30 June 2010 (UTC)Reply

New ArbCom case


Hello! I've filed a new arbitration case. Benny the mascot (talk) 16:55, 8 July 2010 (UTC)Reply

I know you're busy right now, but when you get a chance, could you vote on this proposed motion? Technically the committee already has a simple majority and will pass the decision, but it's nice to get all arbitrators' opinions on it. Cheers, Tempodivalse [talk] 14:12, 13 July 2010 (UTC)Reply

re: Your oppose:

I support the oppose - the motion is clumsy. However, w:Tyranny of the majority suggests a form of review which *can* over-rule 'consensus'. So I disagree with the *basis* test you used, but agree with your decision. - Amgine | t 16:35, 21 July 2010 (UTC)Reply

Query re your Oppose at ArbCom case


Cspurrier, I agree with your comment in your "Oppose", but perhaps some wording could be added, noting that the DR was closed too early and that it should have ran for 7 days, and hold all else the same? -- Cirt (talk) 01:22, 22 July 2010 (UTC)Reply

As the DR ran so short, it is almost completely unusable as an expression of community consensus. I do not think it is right for us to declare it to represent community consensus. The final sentence is unacceptable as well for the reasons I mentioned. --Cspurrier (talk) 01:40, 23 July 2010 (UTC)Reply
  • Comment I have to say, I fully supported the prior decision, and tried to make my point clear. Do your own digging to see why, and look with an appropriately cynical and sceptical eye. I understand Brian's abstain, but I really, really wonder if he'd look at some of the current contributor base and genuinely see Amgine's prior point. I might cast around remarks about "those who forget the past....", but there are some yet to learn those lessons. --Brian McNeil / talk 22:34, 22 July 2010 (UTC)Reply
I agree, the policy was there for a reason. The policy was never an ideal answer to the problem. However, it was the best we could come up with and I think it still is the best solution (it was my idea after all :)). If userboxes become anything like the hot topic they once were we would benefit greatly by having this policy already in place. I think we (the community) should have had a much longer discussion before and during the DR about the history behind it and the reasons for it, unfortunately the discussion ended much to soon on it. The DR should probably be reopened. --Cspurrier (talk) 01:40, 23 July 2010 (UTC)Reply



Per here, please respond. This, I believe, should be treated as a serious matter. --Brian McNeil / talk 00:35, 20 August 2010 (UTC)Reply

Shorts format - sources


The sources on the talk page are linked to from the shorts article (as a part of the new short preload template.) The idea was to avoid having a bunch of == Sources == headers in the TOC of the Wikinews Shorts: Date 12, 3456; it's something I haven't figured out yet. - Amgine | t 01:45, 4 September 2010 (UTC)Reply

Steward again?


Craig, thanks for your input concerning the recent issues emanating from the SG and AAA. I must say, I would be very supportive if you ran for steward again. Tony1 (talk) 06:16, 30 September 2010 (UTC)Reply

Thanks. I doubt I really have the activity level to be elected steward again, but I appreciate the thought. --Cspurrier (talk) 20:00, 1 October 2010 (UTC)Reply

RSS srwikinews


Hi, i'm using your RSS tool for RSS on sr wikinews. I want to ask you is there any way to include text in rss, instead of just headlines. Currently, here's how i'm using it. Thanks and best regards ! --Саша Стефановић (talk) 14:44, 22 December 2010 (UTC)Reply

At the moment it is not possible. It is definitely something I would like to offer, but Toolserver policy prevents scripts from providing full article text --Cspurrier (talk) 02:41, 11 January 2011 (UTC)Reply

RSS bug


Hi, i try to use your tool for generationg RSS for uk.wikinews. It works fine for [6] Category:Світ (world), but don't work for new category "Опубліковані" (published) created especially for generating feed of all pages. (Feed is created properly, but don't containt any articles: [7].

Can you tell me how your tool works, and where problem can be?

And thanks a lot for your work! --Bunyk (talk) 00:12, 22 January 2011 (UTC)Reply

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 (though not on ArbCom you're a fellow Checkuser and I've notified all of them and tried to keep all local project Checkusers informed at all steps in this process). Thanks for your attention to this matter, -- Cirt (talk) 19:34, 11 February 2012 (UTC)Reply

You're Alive!



Good to see, even if it is an "I'm busy in the real world" edit that you're still about.

Might want a look-see at the 'inactivity' policy update currently on the WC. And, at what came out of us having a couple of folks credentialled for the Paralympics. --Brian McNeil / talk 22:33, 16 September 2012 (UTC)Reply

Thanks for the note. I commented on the inactivity policy. The work on the Paralympics was very impressive. --Cspurrier (talk) 22:18, 19 September 2012 (UTC)Reply
I replied to your comment on the water cooler. --Pi zero (talk) 00:38, 20 September 2012 (UTC)Reply


  • I'm looking to move to a closure on this, and have laid out a few concerns on the talk which I'd appreciate your input on.
Trying to be as fair on this as I can, without it kicking up a shitstorm. --Brian McNeil / talk 12:43, 23 September 2012 (UTC)Reply

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) 09:28, 15 February 2013 (UTC)Reply

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) 10:19, 25 March 2013 (UTC)Reply

Thanks for CU stuffs


Thanks for doing CU stuffs onwiki.

Lately we've been splitting duties.

You've been doing some of the RFCUs, and I've been trying to shut down things via coordination with CU mailing list and rangeblocks and stuff like that.

Anyways, just wanted to drop by and say thanks, -- Cirt (talk) 19:36, 29 April 2013 (UTC)Reply

No problem. Thanks for your work as well.--Cspurrier (talk) 19:39, 29 April 2013 (UTC)Reply
No worries, -- Cirt (talk) 03:07, 30 April 2013 (UTC)Reply

Please comment on extension installation request


Could you please comment on Wikinews:Water_cooler/proposals#Install_education_extension_on_English_Wikinews? It is a request to install an extension on Wikinews to ease some of our processes around working with university courses. --LauraHale (talk) 03:52, 9 September 2013 (UTC)Reply

An important message about renaming users


Dear Cspurrier,

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)Reply

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Nikebrand → Nikegoddess =

Hi, It appears we no longer have the ablity to rename locally. Please see the request page for a global rename to request your rename. --Cspurrier (talk) 20:58, 6 October 2014 (UTC)Reply

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) 21:44, 6 October 2014 (UTC)Reply

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Pinging for a CU


I've put up an RfCU based on something fishy about a batch of new accounts. --Brian McNeil / talk 22:36, 28 January 2016 (UTC)Reply

  • Blocked all those accounts; obviously can't put a (eg week-long) block on the IP address. Methinks CU needs accompanied with the ability to impose an IP block which is not detailed in RC - not the needed faff to hide it. Might be worth mentioning that on the CU list. --Brian McNeil / talk 23:34, 28 January 2016 (UTC)Reply



Have popped up one, based on someone having their annual rant about pi zero allegedly abusing admin privs by stopping them tying pages they don't own in a mess of redirects. --Brian McNeil / talk 14:23, 31 May 2016 (UTC)Reply

Notice of removal of CheckUser rights for inactivity


Dear Cspurrier. I am sad to notify you that as per this request and based on m:CheckUser policy#Removal of access, considering that you've been inactive on this project for a full year, in accordance with the policy, your CU permissions have been removed. Please refer to RadiX (the steward that removed your permissions) or the stewards noticeboard if you have any questions. Best regards, --MarcoAurelio (talk) 18:08, 1 June 2017 (UTC)Reply

Growing Wikinews to counter the Balkanization of the body politic



I'm asking all the Wikinews administrators for their thoughts on how Wikinews and the Wikimedia Foundation more generally might respond more effectively to the challenges to democracy and world peace that many people perceive in the rise of the xenophobic right in the US, Europe, India, the Philippines, and elsewhere. I've proposed a workshop on this subject for WikiConference North America, October 18-21, and I've engaged User:Pi zero and User:Gryllida in discussing this at Wikinews:Water cooler/proposals#Retaining contributors with compatible projects. Pi zero and Gryllida think the numbers I scraped from meta:Wikinews are wrong, because they paint a dark picture of Wikinews.

I think there is a great need and opportunity to grow Wikinews, whether or not the reality matches my interpretation of the numbers from meta:Wikinews.

I hope you will contribute your thoughts to this discussion -- both online and hopefully also at WikiConference North America.

Thanks, DavidMCEddy (talk) 01:29, 17 August 2018 (UTC)Reply

Bureaucrat access removed

Busy elsewhere? We understand, but this is a notice of privilege expiry!
Busy elsewhere? We understand, but this is a notice of privilege expiry!

Note! Your privileges on English Wikinews have been reduced.

Under the Privilege expiry policy (enacted October 13, 2012) the rights held by your user account have been reduced due to inactivity, or lack of privilege use. You can view your user rights log here.
Point 4 of the Privilege expiry policy provides for fast-tracking reacquisition of privileges. We all understand that real-life commitments can severely curtail the level of commitment you can give to Wikinews; the privilege reduction is in no way intended as a reflection on your past work, or to imply you are unwelcome. The aim in curtailing privileges is to address security risks, and concern that a long period of inactivity means you may not be up-to-date with current policy and practices.

Only your bureaucrat access has been removed. Thanks, --DannyS712 (talk) 20:56, 21 November 2019 (UTC)Reply

Request for removal of administrator access


Hello. You edited last week but I’m not sure if you were aware of the request to remove your sysop status due to inactivity. Please feel free to comment there. --Green Giant (talk) 20:41, 24 July 2021 (UTC)Reply

Hi Cspurrier, I've removed your administrator and reviewer user rights due to inactivity, as a security precaution. (See WN:PeP for details.) Please feel free to re-request when you're back. Best regards, --Gryllida (talk) 02:01, 30 July 2021 (UTC)Reply