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Welcome to the Outreach Wiki's village pump. This page has two functions:

  • This is where general outreach-related discussions can be held. Click here to open up a new topic.
  • You can also use this page to request administrator assistance with vandalism or other incidents needing action. Please be as specific as possible, including the name of the user or IP causing problems, the page name, and your signature.
  • Requests for permissions should be made on the respective page.


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Request for permissions page[edit]

In light of the Akifumii/Xermano issue, I have gone ahead and created a Requests for permissions page so that we can centralize any requests for anyone who wants to get rights on this site. Part of this is because as Xeno hinted at on the Meta page when I asked for the global rename request, our lack of any standards will make it harder for us to request rights, and also vet persons who aren't really familiar with the site and want rights. The overall goal is still to make it easier than other Wikimedia sites, but I think it would be a good idea to have a centralized page so that we can start directing people there and increasing our standards at a time when we are starting to reactivate the activity on this site. I am open to discussion on this, but I just figured I'd create the page so that we could have something to work off of in the discussion process. Kevin Rutherford (talk) 02:49, 6 September 2014 (UTC)

I support this Kevin. Thank you for creating this page. FuzzyDice (talk) 05:33, 9 September 2014 (UTC)
Looks OK to me. --Steinsplitter (talk) 12:32, 10 September 2014 (UTC)
Hm, 3 days might be too much for e.g. TA where you just need to make sure that a nominee-guy knows what the flag is for at all and have read 2 pages of the documentation (e.g. by showing diff with tagging done). But it's OK for sysop and 'crat flags for me. --Base ([[User talk:Base|talk]) 19:10, 10 September 2014 (UTC)
It might be, but I am also writing that as a rule that can be broken if need be. If anything, I am more concerned that we would have someone show up and break whole translation pages or completely falsify their credentials, per the above. Kevin Rutherford (talk) 01:02, 12 September 2014 (UTC)
@Ktr101: WMF staff should be excepted imho. --Steinsplitter (talk) 06:35, 12 September 2014 (UTC)

Inactivity policy[edit]

I created Wikimedia:Inactivity policy (be bold) because not a lot of inactive users has requested his rights back afters Kevin Rutherford's mass desysop (see VP archive). Comments and improvements welcome. --Steinsplitter (talk) 12:32, 10 September 2014 (UTC)

I think some trial terms should be defined when deflagged-to-be admins or 'crats will have to do some considerable number of useful actions/edits to hold their rights. Just saying "I still need the flag" shouldn't be the way to keep the flags. --Base (talk) 17:24, 10 September 2014 (UTC)
It is based at Ktr's last deflagging (status quo?). If someone like to add Bases suggestion feel free. --Steinsplitter (talk) 17:35, 10 September 2014 (UTC)
I have completely reworded the page so that it makes a bit more sense and mirrors English Wikipedia's policies. Those can be changed of course, as my main issue was with the fact that we never defined who exempted staff were, and made everyone reapply, which seems a bit ludicrous in my opinion. Kevin Rutherford (talk) 01:02, 12 September 2014 (UTC)
Imho this is too bureaucratic for a small wiki like this... Copying policy from enwiki is suboptimal, you should at least import them from other small wikis. --Steinsplitter (talk) 06:30, 12 September 2014 (UTC)
It may be, but I am not a supporter of making everyone have to reapply if they haven't been here awhile. Also, I don't see a reason that we shouldn't notify users in two ways, just in case they aren't able to see their talk page message. I have no problem with fixing what is there as that is a starter, but it's not a bad idea to model what we do here after the bigger sites as an idea. Kevin Rutherford (talk) 16:25, 12 September 2014 (UTC)
Perhaps another possibility would be allowing for the global inactivity policy to be used here. --Rschen7754 03:30, 16 September 2014 (UTC)
That works for me, or at least have an adaptation of it here. Kevin Rutherford (talk) 22:13, 16 September 2014 (UTC)

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