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Mates (talk · contributions · deleted user contributions · recent activity · logs · block log · global contribs · SULinfo)

Scheduled to end: 12:26, (UTC)

Hello. I would like to request for administrator rights on WIkimedia Commons project. I am an OTRS volunteer and most of my contributions are just about adding permission, requesting for undeletion of premitted files and other maintenance work. It would really make my job easier if I could view deleted edits (i.e. when searching if the client has already uploaded something else), undelete files that get the permission and delete those that are copyright violation. Please do not expect me to be one of the most active administrators but I will do my best to help. Although there were some troubles with me and my uploads in my beginnings I think those were just about misunderstanding some rules of this project and don't affect my editing today (in my current point of view and work I would consider myself as user-idiot then :-)). I have 3 years experience with administrating Czech Wikipedia project where I have these rights since late 2013 on. Thank you for considering my request and now it is your turn to decide. Mates (talk) 12:26, 18 March 2017 (UTC)


  •   Support I'm happy for trustworthy OTRS users who are handling a sensible volume of permissions e-mails to be granted administrator access here. I suspect I may be in a minority though. Good luck either way, Mates. Nick (talk) 12:43, 18 March 2017 (UTC)
  •   Strong oppose 1,279 edits here on commons (mostly adding PermissionOTRS template) isn't enough. --Steinsplitter (talk) 12:52, 18 March 2017 (UTC)
  •   Oppose. While as an OTRS agent I do feel that Mates is certainly trustworthy, and although I'd really love to {{s}} this nomination per Nick, I don't feel I can support any candidate that hasn't started a single non-OTRS-related DR here on Commons. I hope this isn't discouraging you from continuing your much appreciated work as well as gaining more experience on Commons and applying again at a later point in time (I'd suggest asking an admin or bureaucrat to nominate you then). Also per Steinsplitter.    FDMS  4    13:35, 18 March 2017 (UTC)
  •   Oppose per above - As they're an OTRS volunteer they're obviously a trustworthy/trusted editor however they have no interest in dealing with any of the backlogs here (DR being the most common one), As noted above they'd only be doing OTRS work and not much else so I can't support a candidate who has no interest in actually helping around here, The edit count is a concern but not as much as the backlogs, Thanks, –Davey2010Talk 14:20, 18 March 2017 (UTC)
  •   Support per Nick. The candidate is clearly a trustworthy and competent contributor, and has a very good reason for requesting adminship. I don't believe I'll ever understand the thinking behind opposing anyone who hasn't promised to single-handedly clear the DR backlog. It's infinitely better to have many admins doing a little bit of work each than to sit on our hands while we wait for one person with 28 hours in a day to come and save us. –Juliancolton | Talk 14:52, 18 March 2017 (UTC)
  • I'd also point out that we've suffered from exceptionally active administrators burning out trying to do too much on their own, so I fully endorse the 'many hands make light work' approach. Nick (talk) 16:34, 18 March 2017 (UTC)
  •   Support A trustworthy contributor. I don't see the problem if (as stated) he concentrates only on OTRS related work, namely adding permissions and undeleting files that obtained a valid authorisation. He may eventually move to other tasks when he'll feel more confident with the project. --Ruthven (msg) 12:23, 19 March 2017 (UTC)
  •   Oppose per Steinsplitter. Alan (talk) 12:31, 19 March 2017 (UTC)
  •   Support --Krd 12:49, 19 March 2017 (UTC) Although the oppose arguments are reasonable, I'd be happy to apply some leap of faith here, not least because I can easily expect his activity better than average.
  •   Support per Nick Christian Ferrer (talk) 14:38, 19 March 2017 (UTC)
  •   Neutral I share the concerns brought up by the opposers but I don't want to oppose an otherwise competent candidate. Natuur12 (talk) 15:38, 19 March 2017 (UTC)
  •   Support Correct answer to my question. Taivo (talk) 16:00, 19 March 2017 (UTC)
  •   Support Agree with Juliancolton. --Captain-tucker (talk) 20:12, 19 March 2017 (UTC)
  •   Support Ankry (talk) 14:42, 21 March 2017 (UTC)
  •   Support Jianhui67 talkcontribs 16:24, 21 March 2017 (UTC)
  •   Support --Yann (talk) 17:05, 21 March 2017 (UTC)
  •   Support as per Nick and Juliancolton. Mates's experience as an admin at the Czech Wikipedia gives me extra confidence that he will do a good job here. Daphne Lantier 17:49, 21 March 2017 (UTC)
  •   Support sure — D Y O L F 77[Talk] 18:18, 21 March 2017 (UTC)
  •   Support yes, ofcourse. Marcus Cyron (talk) 21:40, 21 March 2017 (UTC)
  •   Neutral per Natuur12. Obviously trusted and competent, but I would like to see more admin backlog-related activity. -- Poké95 03:00, 22 March 2017 (UTC)
  •   A favor, per Ruthven. Érico (talk) 03:13, 23 March 2017 (UTC)
  •   Support - sometimes it's not quantity of edits, but quality. People who don't use the automated systems have a lower edit count than people who do. And OTRS is a one-by-one situation; I wouldn't expect large number and/or fast edits from a careful OTRS worker. Ellin Beltz (talk) 16:48, 23 March 2017 (UTC)


  • Please add babels to your userpage. --Steinsplitter (talk) 12:56, 18 March 2017 (UTC)
    Yes, I am sorry, I updated the userpage (thought I have just meta userpage there, sorry) --Mates (talk) 13:04, 18 March 2017 (UTC)

  Question Many years ago a user uploaded photos into Estonian Wikipedia with license "My photos can be used any way, without any condition, but only for good purposes." Is it acceptable license in Commons? Taivo (talk) 20:04, 18 March 2017 (UTC)

Hello. No. Wikimedia Commons content must be licensed under a free license that allows using by anyone and for any purpose they want (even if released as public domain). However there might be some other legal restrictions that might affect usage as personality rights or trademarks. Although I don't think those were meant by that user as "bad purposes" they are not supposed to be included in licensing. There are COM:L and COM:NCR explaining that completely. Regards --Mates (talk) 20:23, 18 March 2017 (UTC)

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JJMC89 bot (talk · contribs) 2Edit

Operator: JJMC89 (talk · contributions · Number of edits · recent activity · block log · User rights log · uploads · Global account information)

Bot's tasks for which permission is being sought:

  • Add |3=M to {{MenByName}} and {{Mbyname}} if missing (adds Category:Men by name)
  • Add |3=F to {{WomenByName}}, {{Wbyname}}, and {{Fbyname}} if missing (adds Category:Women by name)
  • If one of the above is done, change the template name to PeopleByName

Automatic or manually assisted: Automatic

Edit type: One time run

Maximum edit rate: 6/min

Bot flag requested: No

Programming language: Python

{{MenByName}} and {{WomenByName}} were merged into {{PeopleByName}}. See Commons:Bots/Work requests#Template:PeopleByName (permalink). — JJMC89(T·C) 19:07, 18 March 2017 (UTC)

50 sample edits — JJMC89(T·C) 19:31, 18 March 2017 (UTC)


  • Looks good to me. --Krd 06:34, 19 March 2017 (UTC)
  • Looks OK, but what is criteria for adding parameter? --EugeneZelenko (talk) 14:25, 19 March 2017 (UTC)
    • The template's title determines if a parameter is added and its value. Prior to the merge {{MenByName}} was used for men and {{WomenByName}} for women, and they were categorized accordingly. Adding the parameter restores the original categorization. — JJMC89(T·C) 22:24, 19 March 2017 (UTC)

TabulistBot (talk · contribs)Edit

Operator: Laboramus (talk · contributions · Number of edits · recent activity · block log · User rights log · uploads · Global account information)

Bot's tasks for which permission is being sought: This bot is a form of Listeria bot code intended to automatically maintain tabular data based on Wikidata SPARQL queries. Please see the bot homepage for more info.

Automatic or manually assisted: Automatic.

Edit type (e.g. Continuous, daily, one time run): The bot is run periodically and updates all pages that have bot template. Currently it happens once a day but as more templates get added we'll probably switch to hourly.

Maximum edit rate (e.g. edits per minute): Each template causes one edit per update. Frequency of updates is controllable, right now once a day.

Bot flag requested: (Y/N): Y.

Programming language(s): PHP.

Laboramus (talk) 00:13, 25 February 2017 (UTC)


  Agree I think this bot will provide a great way to bridge the gap between Wikidata and Wikipedia pages. For example, it will provide a way to generate lists and tables from complex sparql queries, and later allow for "historic" view - see what the data was before. In short, great work! --Yurik (talk) 00:58, 25 February 2017 (UTC)

Why do we need to do this with bot and not in Lua with automatic queues? If Wikidata API could not provide such functionality yet, it should be improved. --EugeneZelenko (talk) 14:47, 25 February 2017 (UTC)
Lua can't persistently store data, and some queries may be too heavy to run each time somebody edits a page. This provides a way to have data set that is updated less frequently than every edit and can be shared between pages or between different language versions of a page without additional costs. --Laboramus (talk) 00:16, 26 February 2017 (UTC)
But why do we need such copies on Commons? They could not be transcluded on other projects. May be we need dedicated server on WMF labs for such purposes? --EugeneZelenko (talk) 15:53, 26 February 2017 (UTC)
They don't need to be transcluded to other projects. Other projects need data, not tables. And data can be included with Lua. Whole tables can not, and should not be. That's the whole point - for Commons to be the repository, and for other projects to reuse the data, exactly as it happens with images. Relying on labs servers for production usage is not a good idea, and I don't see why we need separate labs server to do what Commons already meant to do. --Laboramus (talk) 21:54, 26 February 2017 (UTC)
Isn't Wikidata is supposed to deal with data and related things? --EugeneZelenko (talk) 15:04, 27 February 2017 (UTC)
Wikidata doesn't have a way to store tabular data, especially non-trivial amount of tabular data. Its data model is completely different. That's why tabular data on commons story was created. --Laboramus (talk) 02:10, 3 March 2017 (UTC)
I have to agree that doing this by a periodic volunteer-run bot seems odd. I'm not against the bot working as an interim solution, but I'd much rather see a more integrated approach. -- (talk) 09:59, 28 February 2017 (UTC)
Wikidata team has been discussing "query pages" - something similar to this approach, but I suspect it will be another year at best until they have something working... So yes, in the interim, a good way to aggregate data and make it available to all projects/graphs/tables. --Yurik (talk) 02:10, 3 March 2017 (UTC)
I don't understand yet how this can be useful for wikipedia pages. Can you show an example where these data is used or could be used? --Krd 08:38, 3 March 2017 (UTC)
Krd, you can generate a table with all countries: ISO-2 codes and names (in all languages). Afterwards, in every WMF wiki, a Lua script that needs to show a localized country name can use that table. So if you have a template that shows a few countries with some value for them, like number of votes they casted in some UN voting, you can use ISO-2 country code (US,FR,RU,...) and the lua script will automatically convert it to a full name in any language you need. Plus, it will do fallback (like if the country's name is not available in a given language, it can use English instead). And if someone updated Wikidata, all lua scripts out there will automatically use the update because this bot will update the table. In addition to the Lua scripts, all Graphs will also be able to draw things correctly. For example, if you have a map of the world with some stats on it, when the user moves the mouse over the country, you want to see that country's name, or show them in the legend on the side of the graph next to a value. All this data can come from just one single table above. --Yurik (talk) 04:41, 4 March 2017 (UTC)
Ok, in the end it sounds reasonable to me. How many pages to you expect to be maintained by this task at the end of 2017? Is there any reasonable way to update only pages that are used/referenced, in order to save some edits at pages that exist but are not used anywhere? --Krd 14:18, 11 March 2017 (UTC)
@Laboramus: ? --Krd 17:49, 22 March 2017 (UTC)

Flickr Files Upload Bot (talk · contribs)Edit

Operator: AKBYS (talk · contributions · Number of edits · recent activity · block log · User rights log · uploads · Global account information)

Bot's tasks for which permission is being sought: It will automatically upload freely files from Flickr to Commons.

Automatic or manually assisted: automatic

Edit type (e.g. Continuous, daily, one time run): daily

Maximum edit rate (e.g. edits per minute): 5 uploads/minute

Bot flag requested: (Y/N): Y

Programming language(s): python/pywikipedia

ÂkBY$ 06:43, 18 March 2017 (UTC)


Please provide a description which files are going to be copied. --Krd 07:59, 18 March 2017 (UTC)

@Krd: I want to upload files which are licensed under CC-BY-SA-2.0 , CC-BY-2.0 , CC0 licences. My bot will scan this and upload files to Commons and automatically reviews them.--ÂkBY$ 08:18, 18 March 2017 (UTC)
You intend to upload all images regardless of quality and if they are within Commons scope? --Krd 08:22, 18 March 2017 (UTC)
  • @Krd: My bot will upload images which are in scope. My bot is like Panoramio upload bot.--ÂkBY$ 08:25, 18 March 2017 (UTC)
    Please elaborate how it is determined whether a file is in scope. --Krd 08:30, 18 March 2017 (UTC)
  • @Krd: My bot is same like Panoramio upload bot. It will determine like Panoramio upload bot.--ÂkBY$ 08:32, 18 March 2017 (UTC)
    How does Panoramio upload bot determined whether a file is in scope? --Krd 08:34, 18 March 2017 (UTC)
  • @Krd: I don't know. You can ask from its owner. I mean my bot is like Panoramio upload bot.--ÂkBY$ 08:38, 18 March 2017 (UTC)
    I may be mistaken, but I'd say a bot operator should have basic knowledge how his code works. --Krd 08:43, 18 March 2017 (UTC)
  • @Krd: My bot will run on [1]--ÂkBY$ 09:17, 18 March 2017 (UTC)
  •   Oppose No need to mass import the whole flickr database to commons. Uploading tons of files isn't helpful. --Steinsplitter (talk) 11:58, 18 March 2017 (UTC)
  • Aren't we have bots which upload batches of images from Flickr selected manually? Even such batches need more human supervision, like freedom of panorama or out of scope images. --EugeneZelenko (talk) 14:28, 19 March 2017 (UTC)

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