Re: [Wikimedia-l] New Feature from Community Tech: Enhanced Password Reset

2020-05-12 Thread Rehman Abubakr
This is a really useful feature, thank you.

I hope would also be considered 
sometime in the near future. It's not directly related, but related to password 

Tldr, if I use abc123 as my password, I would get my normal admin account. But 
if I use xyz456 I would get it to the same account, but reduced access to power 
tools (useful for public computers).

Yours truly,


From: Wikimedia-l  on behalf of Ilana 
Sent: 12 May 2020 03:31
To: Wikimedia Mailing List 
Subject: [Wikimedia-l] New Feature from Community Tech: Enhanced Password Reset

Hello everyone,

The Community Tech team[1] has released a new feature: Enhanced Password
Reset[2]. We developed this feature in response to the #3 wish[3] from the 2019
Community Wishlist Survey[4]. With this feature, you can prevent password
reset emails from being sent unless both your username and email address
are provided on Special:PasswordReset. This is an optional feature,
available in the “Email options” section of Preferences. If you enable the
feature, you can reduce harassment through unsolicited password reset
emails. For more information, you can visit the Help:Password Reset page[5]
and the project page[6].

Thank you,

Ilana Fried

Product Manager, Community Tech

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] 2020 Wikimania Scholarships now open

2020-03-09 Thread Rehman Abubakr
I too have cancelled all personal/work/wiki travel plans. The risks are far too 

A single infection at the conference, depending on who/where, has the potential 
to cause significant damage to the Movement.

I understand the sheer effort that has already been put, but I strongly hope 
the Foundation will postpone the conference or cancel this year's conference 
for the safety of the volunteers, and to prevent the risk of spreading it to 
more parts of the world.

Yours truly,


From: Wikimedia-l  on behalf of James 
Sent: 09 March 2020 22:51
To: Wikimedia Mailing List 
Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-l] 2020 Wikimania Scholarships now open

From a personal perspective, I have cancelled all future travel plans and
have requested that everyone I work with do the same. I am of course in
healthcare. Please note that this is not official advise.


On Mon, Mar 9, 2020 at 5:48 AM Toni Ristovski 

> Dear Gnangarra,
> On your last email in this thread you mentioned that you will discuss
> situation with corona virus CoVid-19, regarding upcoming Wikimania. I know
> that nobody have enough information, but following all the news and
> following recent developments, could you please update us about this issue
> on this thread.
> Thank you
> Toni
> On Wed, Feb 26, 2020 at 1:15 PM Ciell Wikipedia  >
> wrote:
> > Thank you for your response!
> >
> > Ciell
> >
> > Op wo 26 feb. 2020 12:32 schreef Gnangarra :
> >
> > > Hi Ciell
> > >
> > > ESEAP team and the WMF are meeting later this week with discussion on
> > this
> > > very issue on the agenda. As it stands we have been following the
> changes
> > > and recommendations of many countries in relation to travel to Thailand
> > and
> > > Bangkok.  The WMF  team is also following developments, as you can
> > imagine
> > > its a very dynamic situation.  At this stage we are continuing the
> > > scholarship application process because there isnt the time frame
> > necessary
> > > to delay while waiting for further developments occur so we can more
> > > assured of the necessary measures that will need to be taken.
> > >
> > > For people who dont get scholarships, or are already planning to fund
> > their
> > > own travel there for once waiting is becoming an advantage as the cost
> of
> > > travel is dropping and there will be incentives to encourage people to
> > > travel.   Anyone making bookings I recommend you obtain insurance that
> > > covers you for all eventualities especially scenarios related to the
> > virus.
> > >
> > > Community safety is at the absolute forefront of our plans and
> concerns.
> > >
> > > Regards
> > >
> > > On Wed, 26 Feb 2020 at 19:05, Ciell Wikipedia <
> > >
> > > wrote:
> > >
> > > > Hi Gnangarra,
> > > >
> > > > With the Corona virus spreading rapidly around the world: can you
> tell
> > me
> > > > (us) something about the scenario for Wikimania when the virus would
> > > still
> > > > be heavily active in August?
> > > > People might want to wait a bit longer before applying, or maybe want
> > to
> > > > know more about cancelling their travels after they have confirmed
> the
> > > > scholarship. Will this be possible?
> > > >
> > > > Vriendelijke groet,
> > > > Ciell
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > Op do 20 feb. 2020 om 21:46 schreef Gnangarra :
> > > >
> > > > > Wikimania is fast approaching, this year it'll be held in Bangkok
> and
> > > as
> > > > > always the Wikimedia Foundation has a limited number of
> opportunities
> > > to
> > > > > assist people to attend. There are two types of scholarships the
> > first
> > > > > being a full scholarship which covers, travel, accommodation, and
> > > > > registration, the second a  partial scholarship that covers
> > > accommodation
> > > > > and registration.
> > > > >
> > > > > This year for the first time East, South East Asia, and Pacific
> > > (ESEAP)
> > > > as
> > > > > collaboration between the region we'll be your host for Wikimania.
> > The
> > > > > region has placed a high importance on collaboration and knowledge
> > > > sharing
> > > > > this years Wikimania program will reflect that. Our theme is;
> > > > > *Power of Diverse Collaboration*
> > > > > *Sharing knowledge brings people together*
> > > > >
> > > > > How does this impact on scholarship? ESEAP is looking for people
> who
> > > are
> > > > > prepared to share their knowledge to help develop potential future
> > > > > leaders.  We'll be looking for two broad areas of contributions,
> from
> > > > those
> > > > > who have successfully developed programs, and those  newer
> > contributors
> > > > who
> > > > > want to develop their skills to do more but have never been to a
> > > > Wikimania
> > > > > to broaden their support networks.
> > > > >
> > > > > As you apply please agree to share your details with the local
> > > affiliate
> > > > > should they also have scholarships available. 

[Wikimedia-l] Winners of the international WLE contest

2019-12-02 Thread Rehman Abubakr

Yours truly,

Rehman A.

From: Wikilovesearth  on behalf of 
Єлизавета Чеховська 
Sent: 03 December 2019 01:08
Subject: [Wikilovesearth] Winners of the international WLE contest


We are happy to reveal this year's Wiki Loves Earth winners. Surely it wasn't 
an easy task to single out only a few photos from all of the beautiful images 
uploaded throughout this year's contest, but our jury members managed to do it 

Please check the photographs on our blog:

You can also share a FB-post with all the photos: (and subscribe to our 
Facebook page if you haven't yet).

The full report of the international jury, explaining the work of the jury, 
selection process and presenting the results together with the jury's comments, 
is available here: (high 
resolution), (low 

Thanks to all the participants and volunteers who made the contest possible! 
Tune in for the 2020 edition.

З повагою / Best Regards
Єлизавета Чеховська / Liza Chekhovska
менеджерка проектів ГО «Вікімедіа Україна» / Project Manager at Wikimedia 
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[Wikimedia-l] Conclusion of Wiki Loves Earth 2019 in Sri Lanka

2019-08-14 Thread Rehman Abubakr
Hello everyone,

I'd like to cross-post our final WLE reports here, for the benefit of anyone 
interested, or anyone planning to conduct a similar contest.

This was the first ever contest we conducted in Sri Lanka, and there was many 
learning points. It took 2 organisers, and 6 jury members, to get this 
successfully completed.

Feel free to reach out to me for any questions or comments.

Yours truly,

Rehman Abubakr (Roy)<>

Admin (English Wikipedia, Commons), Contributor (Wikidata, Meta), OTRS agent
User:Rehman<> |<> | 

From: Wikimedia-LK  on behalf of 
Rehman Abubakr 
Sent: 14 August 2019 12:41
Subject: [Wikimedia-LK] Conclusion of Wiki Loves Earth 2019 in Sri Lanka

Dear all,

This email is to notify the conclusion of the Wiki Loves Earth 2019 photo 
contest in Sri Lanka.

  *   Special thanks to all our translators and jury members: User:Azeez, 
User:Sivakosaran, User:Sandaru, User:NandanaM, User:Dan_arndt.
  *   The winners have been published earlier on our internal project page:
  *   Winners from all countries can be viewed here:
  *   The final comprehensive grant report is being finalised here:

Thanks to everyone who helped make this photo contest a brilliant success!

Yours truly,

Rehman Abubakr (Roy)<>

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Some goodbye to all

2019-06-20 Thread Rehman Abubakr
Hi Romaine,

I completely agree with Camelia, and would like to echo the same.

Most of us are weird in some way, so don't feel bad. Even after meeting 
hundreds of people from all over the world, I still have a very hard time 
socialising "normally". I've been this way pretty much as far as I can 
remember. But the diverseness (a.k.a. weirdness) of Wikimedians allowed me to 
simply be who I am, and be happy. I know a number of people also consider me 
odd, but as of lately I'm now more than ok with that.

That being said, most of the time it is so easy for people to hurt others by 
reacting without thinking, even for the briefest of moments. And unfortunate 
things can happen in the best places we know. My little advise would be to let 
it go and move on. Don't let it get the best of you. Hopefully those who put 
you down, intentionally or unintentionally, will step-up to make things right 

I've met you a number of times in various parts of the world, although briefly 
on all occasions (I'm bad at maintaining long conversations - a party pooper of 
sorts!), and I know from your words, expressions, and body language, that your 
are an amazing person with a very warm heart.

Cheer up, and don't cling on darker thoughts. It troubles no one other than the 
person clinging to it.

Goodnight from here.

Yours truly,

Rehman Abubakr (Roy)<>

OTRS agent, Admin (English Wikipedia, Commons), Contributor (Wikidata, Meta)
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From: Wikimedia-l  on behalf of 
camelia boban 
Sent: 20 June 2019 19:57
To: Wikimedia Mailing List
Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-l] Some goodbye to all

One way or another, as nerds, we are all weird. I felt in love with this
movement when I realized that anyone inside would not have felt a stranger.
I live in Rome, where there is the habit of hugging and / or kissing each
other on one cheek and another when we meet. In the Arab world I saw that
the kisses they give are 3. At this point, I will think twice before doing
it.  In the MeeToo era we must be careful not to exaggerate, striving to
understand the difference between harassment and what can sometimes be
rudeness only or, in this case, sensitivity and affection expressed in
another way congenital to us.

Let us remember that behind what we perceive as "different" there is a
human being, with his story and his desire for interment and to be part of
something greater, a community.

I will miss you Romaine, I will miss your tenderness and I am so sorry
about how things went and how bad you are.

I don't know about you wikipedians, but I feel terribly sad. And defeat,
because I don't understand what's happening to us.


Il giorno gio 20 giu 2019 alle ore 13:15 Romaine Wiki <> ha scritto:

>  Dear community,
> First I need to mention that the message I sent a few days ago had too
> limited information regarding the context of the message. The e-mail was
> written by me personally alone, written from my perspective. The email
> contained an overview what has happened, written based on e-mails and
> eyewitnesses. So if anyone would say it is not true, please add {{Citation
> needed}} to that person's saying.
> About a month ago I have decided that I will indefinitely no longer attend
> any WMF funded events as result of bullying, attempts to silence me,
> intimidation and treats against me. This has resulted in that I feel
> extremely unsafe as the result of the behaviour of only a few individuals.
> This has lead that since the start of this occurring about 18 months ago I
> have been over a dozen of times very ill, while I was in the 10 years
> before only twice that ill.
> I see no indication that the issues addressed are taken seriously, so I see
> no safe space for me to be present. In my childhood I was bullied for being
> different, I am not interested in a second episode now.
> From my parents I have learned to lend others always a helping hand where I
> can. As such I was happy to be able to help the organisers of various
> conferences and I always tried to make it a comfortable place for everyone.
> To my regret I have been informed that some people have indicated that I
> have given them an unpleasant feeling. You must know that I never ever had
> such intention (also still largely unsure what of me has given you this
> emotion) and I am feeling bad that I gave you such feeling. My apologies!
> Some people have indicated with last year's conferen

Re: [Wikimedia-l] Bounties…

2019-01-24 Thread Rehman Abubakr
Hello John,

I thought about it too, in a slightly different angle, and maybe it is really 
not a bad idea.

What I thought was more for people who are here for a while (maybe those who 
have been around for 2+ years, 5000 edits, whatever). More of a motivation for 
the older worn out contributors.[1]

I don't know what the 'bounty' could be, maybe something tangible or valuable 
in RL (tshirt, products, cake, draw to win stuff), or maybe something that is 
more than a barnstar but still digital. I prefer the latter for efficiency 
reasons, hence let me elaborate a tiny bit on that:

It could be something like an automated point system that is attached to a user 
account. Something like a scorecard that is not editable by users, but is 
visible as part of the account, automatically updated in the backend by the 
system or a special authorised bot. Something of that sort.

Just my thoughts...

[1] I've been around since 2008, and worked in many parts of Wikipedia and 
Commons. As real life gets more hectic for me, my motivation to edit is 
starting to vary widely, as while there are sooo many things to do in the 
wikiverse during my free time, there aren't any solid milestones you could 
focus on each day. You open a random backlog, and there's an endless ocean of 
work which if you attend 1 or 1 requests, it doesn't really matter to the 
contributor itself. More like starting to mop a vast room-less floor.

Yours truly,

Rehman Abubakr (Roy)<>

OTRS agent, Admin (English Wikipedia, Commons), Contributor (Wikidata, Meta)
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From: Wikimedia-l  on behalf of John 
Erling Blad 
Sent: 25 January 2019 05:25
To: Wikimedia Mailing List
Subject: [Wikimedia-l] Bounties…

Both in Wikipedia and other parts of the Wikimedia-universe there are
a lot of jobs that should be done, but are not so popular. Because
they are not done, people get tired and backs away from whatever they
are doing.

I could give several examples, but lets say spellchecking. It is not
fun doing spellchecking, even if you are spellchecking something
written by a professor. Instead of doing spellchecking you do
something else, like poking around in some code, or write about
Pokemon. While you do so the professor gets a bit annoyed over the not
so perfect article, and starts to wonder what happen to the crowd in

Somewhere along the way the it became so bad to talk about anything
except the pure wikipedian sitting on top of his pillar with a book
and a computer, writing articles in solitude, that we completely
missed the opportunities to get a much larger momentum.

The Norwegian Bokmål Wikipedia has over a half a million articles.
About 10 % lack sources. Nearly all of them has spelling errors. It is
nothing unusual about this.

Could we use bounties to get some momentum?

John Erling Blad

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] Proposal regarding norms for meeting/deadline announcements

2018-10-15 Thread Rehman Abubakr
Hello Pine,

Since we're on the topic of mailing list norms, may I also suggest that we 
please do not copy the entire mailing list for any one-to-one well wishes as 

Example: "Congrats" messages to various topics like project completed, new 
affiliate, edit count, or whatsoever. Certain times, more than half of my 
mailbox are simply a pile-up of one-to-one congratulatory messages that really 
doesn't concern 99% of the readers. Maybe those can be sent direct/off-list?

Sorry to somewhat change the topic. But I feel this needs to be said somewhere, 
and it might as well be here. :)

Yours truly,


From: Wikimedia-l  on behalf of Pine W 

Sent: 16 October 2018 02:19
To: Wikimedia Mailing List;
Subject: [Wikimedia-l] Proposal regarding norms for meeting/deadline 

Hi Wikimedia-l and Wikitech-l,

Keeping in mind the large numbers of subscribers on some Wikimedia email
lists, the endless valuable uses for the time of knowledgeable volunteer
Wikimedians, the significant financial costs for the time of many of the
staff and contractors on these mailing lists, and how packed calendars can
be, I propose that we implement a few social norms/guidelines for
Wikimedia-l and Wikitech-l in particular.

1. When planning to have a one-time public meeting, announce it at least 14
days in advance to give everyone who might like to participate that much
lead time to clear space on their calendars. Rarely is a one-time public
meeting so urgent that it cannot wait 14 days from the day that it is

2. Send a maximum of one reminder email regarding a one-time public
meeting, and also send a maximum of one reminder email regarding events
with deadlines such as Wikimania scholarship submissions or conference
presentation proposals. More than one reminder about a meeting or deadline
is excessive.

3. If extending a deadline, send only an announcement of the extension with
no additional reminder.

4. Send only one email to announce a recurring weekly meeting, with no
additional reminders. Meetings which recur less often, such as biweekly or
monthly, may continue to be announced with one additional reminder.

At this time these are proposals only. Comments are welcome. If the
comments become extensive then I may request that we move the conversation
to Meta.

Thank you,

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Re: [Wikimedia-l] How to deal with spam subscription to mailing list

2018-05-11 Thread Rehman Abubakr
Yep, a lot:

Yours truly,


From: Wikimedia-l  on behalf of 
Sent: 09 May 2018 15:58
To: Wikimedia Mailing List
Subject: Re: [Wikimedia-l] How to deal with spam subscription to mailing list

wikimedfia australia list is getting a lot of aol requests as well

On 9 May 2018 at 18:23, Sam Walton  wrote:

> I take it back, we're now having the same issue with the Wikipedia-Library
> mailing list, and the edit filter mailing list spam has resumed. Is this
> happening on every list?
> Sam
> On 8 May 2018 at 10:57, Sam Walton  wrote:
> > A couple of days ago we had exactly the same issue on the edit filter
> > mailing list. It seemed to come through in a single burst and then stop,
> > though. We haven't had any issues since.
> >
> > Sam
> > *In my capacity as a volunteer*
> >
> > On 7 May 2018 at 13:58, Isaac Olatunde  wrote:
> >
> >> Hi all,
> >>
> >> We have been receiving tens of subscription to our mailing list (
> >> from addresses. Today alone
> we
> >> have received over 30 subscription from that domain addresses and we
> find
> >> this very problematic. I'll need the help of a more experienced list
> >> administrators in dealing with this.
> >>
> >> Thank you,
> >>
> >> Isaac
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[Wikimedia-l] All mails going to Spam for Live users?

2017-07-01 Thread Rehman Abubakr

All emails from Wikimedia-l started to automatically drop into my Spam folder 
as of a few days ago. I use an "" email address (from Microsoft 

Anyone else facing this?

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[Wikimedia-l] Unified Wikimania wiki

2016-10-22 Thread Rehman Abubakr
(cross-posting to Wikimania-l and Wikimedia-l)


As earlier discussions on this topic received relatively little response from 
the community, I'm sending this email to let you know about the new topic 
posted at, with 
regards to having a single unified Wikimania wiki.

I have copied the original post below for ease of reading. Please post your 
comments on the meta page.


Hi. I was looking at 
Special:SiteMatrix and 
couldn't help noticing the whopping 14 separate wikis (and growing) for all the 
different Wikimanias, including a separate wiki for a "Wikimania team". Is 
there any current plans of a more sustainable or streamlined approach to 
running these wikis?

I am aware that this has been discussed a few times before, but no significant 
effort was put into it. Wikimania project 
domain is the most 
significant discussion which I could find, but participation was quite low on 
that, with no(?) WMF staff comments.

From what I understand from the above linked discussion, some key points 
against a unified Wikimania wiki was that:

1. We will not be able to preserve old Wikimania wikis as a "time capsule"
2. Older Wikimania organizers may face new organizers "steamrolling" over their 
3. Organizers will not have complete control over the site as old admins might 
interrupt for whatever reasons. (or vice versa)

My though for these points was:

1. Why not have each Wikimania project branch their pages as page, or alternatively, have separate 
namespaces for each project (i.e. 2016:, 2017:, etc). We could then protect all 
pages under a project (i.e. 2016/ or 2016:) once a project is over.
2. This could be avoided by protection, as stated above.
3. Make it much less complicated. Once the project is over, all previous admin 
rights will be revoked, and the new organizers will get the rights. New admins 
can be advise to not modify previous project namespaces, or if better, if we 
can block previous projects' namespaces from editing? Furthermore, there could 
be a bot logging all changes made to old project namespaces, for transparency.

Is there any other views on this? Did I miss something obvious? Looking forward 
to your comments. Cheers, Rehman.


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