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This page is only for matters that need Stewards' attention.
Here you can:

  • Ask a steward to block/lock disruptive users
  • Bring up matters that should be handled by stewards

If in doubt, please try Community noticeboard first, and you will be directed here if the matter requires a Steward

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Please remember to:

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  • Stay respectful
  • Give us enough details regarding your problem
To add your request, type in a title and click the "Add Topic" button below.


Uncyclopedia language interwikis

Special:Interwiki seems to be missing most or all of the inter-language links for the Uncyclopedias hosted here:,,

The extra language names should be:

$wgExtraLanguageNames = array(
    'ain' => 'アイヌ',
    'ryu' => '沖縄',
    'cmn' => '正體中文',
    'dlm' => 'Dalmacija',
    'tlh' => 'tlhIngan Hol');

and the interwikis should be:


Carlb (talk) 14:47, 7 November 2018 (UTC)

Thanks for your list. However, each communities have their own discussion and policies, especially regarding several forked communities. I'm dealing with it, and am waiting for their decisions to be made. Since they're not hosted by you, I'd like you to respect their own decisions (even if they choose to assign language codes to different versions). Thank you.
P.S. and for the languages not available, I believe you'll have to ask for an extension to enable custom language codes (which I'm not so familiar with). Please file a request on Phabricator.--開拓者 (The Pioneer) (talk/contribs | global🌎) 03:51, 8 November 2018 (UTC)


I got this following error when handling a wiki request and marking it approved:

[8a13d698e9e1ed7ebde6bf31] 2018-11-08 20:00:39: Fatal exception of type "Wikimedia\Rdbms\DBQueryError"

I got this error when trying to approve Special:RequestWikiQueue/6456. Pkbwcgs (talk) 20:02, 8 November 2018 (UTC)

I got this error again when trying to approve the same request. Please help me out. Pkbwcgs (talk) 20:03, 8 November 2018 (UTC)
Should be fixed now. -- Void Whispers 04:43, 9 November 2018 (UTC)

Trying to import infobox country but script errors

Hello, i’m trying to import infobox country on my wiki but i’m missing a few templates and there’s a script error can you help me? It is on •• User:Fair0002 • China Sucks! Xi Jinping Is Filthy 03:39, 9 November 2018 (UTC)

I fixed one issue, but it looks like you're still missing some modules you need to import. -- Void Whispers 04:42, 9 November 2018 (UTC)

What modules? Please list em to me. Thx •• User:Fair0002 • China Sucks! Xi Jinping Is Filthy 05:03, 9 November 2018 (UTC)


The servers are extremely slow today. It keeps coming as 503 Backend Fetch Failed and Miraheze is taking so long to load up. Is there are problem with the servers today. Pkbwcgs (talk) 14:16, 11 November 2018 (UTC)

I am getting 503 backend fetch failed again today. This problem is very persistent. Is there a problem with the servers? Also, Miraheze is very slow. Pkbwcgs (talk) 21:29, 19 November 2018 (UTC)
Hi, which wiki is this for (the slowness). Paladox (talk) 00:49, 23 November 2018 (UTC)

Copyright violation on Nonsensopedia

Hi, I'm a bureaucrat of (I'll refer to it as the original Nonsensopedia).

Recently our wiki got forked here under the adress The decision to fork was made by former admins of the original Nonsensopedia and we have entirely new administration now.

The problem is – the Miraheze fork doesn't provide required attribution according to the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported license that we use. We already provide a template that guarantees required attribution, you can find it here. It's based on templates used by Wikipedia and the aformentioned legal code.

I've already asked the bureaucrat of the Miraheze fork to include this template in almost every article on the fork (there is a very small number of pages created on the fork), you can find my request here and his reply here. He was very… reluctant to do it. He called my request an attempt at extermination or free advertising. Well, I tried.

So – we demand that either the required attribution appears in every migrated article, or all copyright-infringing content is deleted. Magwac (talk) 16:43, 14 November 2018 (UTC)

I don't see the problem. Each article has the full history of authors, and, there is a link at the bottom of every page stating that the content may have originated from wikia. Sometimes it seems that the link doesn't lead to the right place (or the original content no longer exists), but that can perhaps be adjusted. -- Void Whispers 21:13, 14 November 2018 (UTC)
That absolutely isn't enough. According to the CC-BY-SA 3.0 license you have to provide:
  • The type of license (here: Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported).
  • A link to the full text of this license.
  • A list of authors or a link to such.
  • Original title of the work.
  • A link to the original source, where the work has been published.
None of these points is satisfied by this notice. First of all – at no point in the license is a may statement allowed. Either a page has content copied from Wikia or it does not, saying it may is misleading. Furthermore, the text says This page may contain contents from old, unofficial Nonsensopedia. Calling the original Nonsensopedia unofficial is an abuse – Nonsensopedia is not a registered organisation, foundation or even a trademark so any fork cannot be called official. Moreover, this notice shows up only on the default skin and is completely invisible on other skins, including the mobile skin. Magwac (talk) 22:24, 14 November 2018 (UTC)
According to the Wikia Licence, attribution may be satisfied solely by providing a list of authors. Given that the full history of the article is preserved and available through the page history, attribution is satisfied. Furthermore, unless the pages have been moved, they are still provided under the same name as when the content was first released, and if they have, it is still available in the history of the page. Indeed, I'm tempted to suggest that the notice be modified in only two ways. It should be changed to indicate that the site is based off content that was originally released under CC-BY-SA 3.0 with a link to the legalcode. Secondly, it should be added to other skins where possible. Perhaps it could be included as a sitenotice? I will not argue on the nature of calling one official. -- Void Whispers 23:07, 14 November 2018 (UTC)
The only binding legal document here is the Creative Commons legalcode, nothing else. You have linked to a non-existent page, so I have no idea what is there. Even if Wikia says it's fine, Creative Commons takes precedence and should be considered the binding agreement.
As for technicalities – I don't know what is possible with this version of MediaWiki, but from my experience sitenotice can be dismissed by the user to not be shown anymore and the legal notice should be present at all times. Maybe there's another way, I'm not sure. Magwac (talk) 23:45, 14 November 2018 (UTC)
It might be worth looking at Wikivoyage to see how they've handled this issue. The attribution belongs to the author, no one else. Wikitravel used to be a non-commercial entity; it was purchased (in a back room deal, and over the community's objections) by Internet Brands in 2006 - much like's domain was sold out from under the community to Wikia that same year. The German and Italian travel wikis immediately forked as Wikivoyage, a not for profit entity; most of the other languages (including en: and fr:) followed suit in 2012. Internet Brands tried all manner of frivolous litigation in an attempt to prevent the original contributors from exercising their right to take their CC-BY-SA content and go elsewhere. How far did it get them? Of course, Wikivoyage is backed by the Wikimedia Foundation and its lawyers, so taking a look at how they handle attribution and following the same model should be more than adequate. There's nothing here that entitles you to a link promoting Wikia on every page of some competing project's site. The attribution belongs to the authors; the user pages and the edit histories were imported to make that attribution. That is entirely sufficient. I'd be inclined not to second-guess Wikitravel vs. Wikivoyage as precedent in this regard. Carlb (talk) 13:12, 15 November 2018 (UTC)

First off, I want to say that you can demand all you want here on this wiki, but nothing will compel us to do anything short of a properly-formed DMCA takedown request. If you are making suggestions, this is the correct forum; demands are best left to the proper legal instruments.

The Creative Commons license requires URL attribution to the extent that is "reasonably practicable", but does not specify the means to do so. It is my opinion that a notice on the copyright or history page would suffice, providing that it is practical. Including a template on every page does not sound very reasonable, as attribution is typically not provided in this matter on wikis.

Additionally, you agreed to construe your version of the CC-BY-SA attribution clause narrowly under the Wikia Licensing Agreement. This addendum to the Creative Commons agreement clarifies the scope of the Attribution clause, and as such, moderates the CC-BY-SA agreement with regard to contributions made to Wikia. As the pages include the entire edit history of every author, Miraheze completely adheres to this agreement you made, without making any changes. If you have any additional points to make about how we could improve compliance, we'd love to hear from you.

If you chose to pursue this further, we will respond and comply to all DMCA notices and counter-notices submitted to Miraheze, as required under U.S. law. Our process is specified here.

Thanks for your interest,

Labster (talk) 00:00, 15 November 2018 (UTC)
Well, you are right about the narrowing of the Atrribution clause on Wikia, I honestly didn't know that. Still, even if a list of authors is sufficient, a link to the original source is practicable so it should be provided. The problem is, current notice is misleading and doesn't show up on every skin. I would propose something along those lines:
Ta strona zawiera treści pierwotnie opublikowane na stronie (linking to the original article)
English for your convienience: This page uses material originally published on
That's much more neutral than the current notice. I think it's not unreasonably difficult to put it somewhere on the page on every skin. Magwac (talk) 08:32, 15 November 2018 (UTC)
While we're discussing Wikia and copyright, could you please place a notice on every page of stating clearly "This content may contain text copied or translated from the English-language Uncyclopedia or other members of the Uncyclopedia family which are licenced under the non-commercial CC-BY-NC-SA licence. As the restrictions of this licence would apply to any derivative works, this page is very likely to be a copyright violation - an issue which has been ongoing since 2006."
Thank you. I realise it is the least of Wikia's copyright issues, as their repositioning themselves as "fandom" creates a huge question of how much fans of clearly-copyrighted works can quote from those works before surpassing the limits of fair use or fair dealing, but I've been waiting a dozen years for this to be addressed. Carlb (talk) 13:02, 15 November 2018 (UTC)
First of all, this is off-topic. Secondly, we actually follow Creative Commons strictly and put such notices in articles since 2006, you can find one example here. Nonsensopedia is kind of an exception in the Uncyclopedia family when it comes to following copyright laws. We also have a completely different philosophy than Uncyclopedia. Magwac (talk) 13:47, 15 November 2018 (UTC)
And when it comes to NC licenses… Well, you just have to assume that translated content also has the NC clause, I think that's the only reasonable way. Magwac (talk) 13:50, 15 November 2018 (UTC)

Oh, and another thing – one thing that wasn't imported is file upload history, so unless a file has an {{Information}} template in its description (and only some of them do), the author goes entirely uncredited. Magwac (talk) 22:53, 15 November 2018 (UTC)

Sooo…? All I want is proper attribution of the original site, nothing too unreasonable. And as I pointed out above, many files are not attributed in any way. Moreover, due to… something some pages' history has been overwritten (example) so there's no attribution at all too. And come on, be serious. Your response is then file a DMCA takedown? Yeah, that's totally reasonable, as we are an informal group of writers from Poland and you guys are an organisation with a budget of literally a thousand bucks. Just don't be evil, that's it. Magwac (talk) 09:31, 17 November 2018 (UTC)

Attribution to the site is not required under the licensing of the wiki, attribution to the author is required. Unless you file a formal issue with Miraheze (aka, DMCA), the onus is on the individual wiki to rectify and not on us - in fact reasonably all steps must be taken to rectify before we intervene. Our budget makes no difference - that is a 100% donated for the purposes of running this service. We are volunteers, we don't make a profit, we're not doing anything to "be evil", we're doing it to ensure not only is each community held to the same fair standard but their freedom to contribute, freedom to use Miraheze and most of all their freedom to expression and free speech isn't impeded unnecessarily. If we take down a wiki who is mostly compliant with their legal right but because there is small issues which they have not been given the chance to rectify (which actually under the license gives them 30 days to from notification of violation to resolve before the license becomes void and thus a copyright infringement) we are then being evil as we are not being fair and restricting a communities freedom to contribute and use Miraheze. John (talk) 10:37, 17 November 2018 (UTC)
I've already notified admins of this wiki about this and was met with a very angry response, that's why I'm here. I don't really want to take that wiki down, I just want to protect my wiki's interest and ensure it is properly attributed.
My point is – even if a list of authors is sufficient, a link to the original website is a possible solution, so it would be fair to provide it. Magwac (talk) 11:12, 17 November 2018 (UTC)
We’re here to ensure the minimum is met. Anything extra is the community and not something we’re ever going to force. John (talk) 11:20, 17 November 2018 (UTC)
Ugh, all right. I'm not a fan of this minimalistic approach, for me it's just horribly unfair, but if that's what you're going to stick to, then fine.
The only unsolved issue then is files that have been uploaded automatically by a bot missing any original author information – one such example. There's much more than that, probably something around 1000–3000 files (a very rough estimate). Magwac (talk) 11:48, 17 November 2018 (UTC)

"Cite" Extension doesn't work.

Simply put, the "cite" extension on my wiki doesn't work as it's supposed to. What follows is a screenshot of the issue. Any help is appreciated. [1] --LopesTheIdiot

Hi, you need to enable both "Cite" and "CiteThisPage" in Special:ManageWikiExtensions. Paladox (talk) 18:40, 15 November 2018 (UTC)

Database error

A new user wants to join in my wiki Tanukipedia.

But database query error occurs. It says "A database query error has occured. This may indicate a bug in software." Therefore, he can't create new account.

This error occurs in Not Only Tanukipedia but also Meta. [2]

--TANUKI (talk) 12:33, 21 November 2018 (UTC)


Whenever I try to create a wiki, it gives me this:

[e2392b23ae3395ae88534926] 2018-11-21 21:29:36: Fatal exception of type "Cdb\Exception"

I've had this multiple times, and it is very annoying. Any ideas on how to fix it? Malcolm Aces! Aces! 21:31, 21 November 2018 (UTC)

@Cy: I have just managed to create a wiki, so I assume that this issue was temporary and has now been resolved. Please let me know if that is not the case. Reception123 (talk) (C) 08:01, 24 November 2018 (UTC)

Can you unlock ?

I will use Korean because English is not fluent. Sorry.

안녕하세요. 저는 를 연습장으로 사용하고 있었으나, 최근 일이 생겨 편집을 하지 못하였고, 돌아와 보니 45일이 지나 잠겨있었습니다. 잠금을 해제하여 주실 수 있나요?--엔티시드노엔 (talk) 13:07, 22 November 2018 (UTC)

If you are a bureaucrat, you can reopen the wiki by yourself from Special:ManageWiki. If not, you should file a request on Requests for adoption, so that a steward will reopen the wiki for you.--開拓者 (The Pioneer) (talk/contribs | global🌎) 09:32, 24 November 2018 (UTC)

Check user request on possibly identical users

Hi, I'd like to request for check user on the following users.

They are possibly identical, according to the result provided by Japanese Uncyclopedia. However, I don't really trust their judgements, because they're notorious for having mistakes and excessive range blocks.

Thus, in order to provide knowledge to make our own decision (for Usopedia) on this matter, I'd like to request for check user on these accounts. Thanks.--開拓者 (The Pioneer) (talk/contribs | global🌎) 09:30, 24 November 2018 (UTC)

P. S. Please do not lock them, even if you agree with the result that they are identical. For now, this is an internal affair of Usopedia, and it is our community that should decide what to do on them (including the decision to request for locking).--開拓者 (The Pioneer) (talk/contribs | global🌎) 09:30, 24 November 2018 (UTC)

X mark.png Declined under User accounts policy. I see no evidence of abuse and the request “not to lock” implies there isn’t any abuse either. John (talk) 10:12, 24 November 2018 (UTC)
Having multiple accounts itself can be an abuse in our local community. I asked not to lock (for now) because it's a single wiki issue (and not a global issue), and the community should have a chance to understand the user's intention.--開拓者 (The Pioneer) (talk/contribs | global🌎) 10:29, 24 November 2018 (UTC)modded.--開拓者 (The Pioneer) (talk/contribs | global🌎) 10:31, 24 November 2018 (UTC)
Link to the policy? Also the use of CheckUser is really for abuse, not for the potentialness of abuse. As a global community, multiple accounts are fine therefore a lock won’t realistically happen unless it turns into clear abuse and the sane standard would apply to a CheckUser for me. Unless a clear link and reasons for linking the two accounts exists. Currently while the first is potentially met, the second is definitely not. John (talk) 10:40, 24 November 2018 (UTC)
This is our blocking policy. SInce it is written in Japanese, I'd like to translate the necessary articles of our policy.
  • 18 - Sockpuppets - Indefinite block
  • 37 - Creating multiple accounts without legitimate reasons - Indefinite block on subaccounts and a warning on the main account (if this is the first time of abuse) -> indefinite block on all accounts (if this is the second time)
The CU result provided by Japanese Uncyclopedia (link provided on my first post) not only indicates that these two accounts are identical, but also the user is deceiving the community by claiming that these two accounts are those of friends (and not those of an identical person). If the report on Uncyclopedia is true, we have to deal with them per these two articles, but we need a clear double check of our own to make a judgement (deception to our community is a clear abuse, but as I repeat, we don't trust the judgement of Uncyclopedia).--開拓者 (The Pioneer) (talk/contribs | global🌎) 11:03, 24 November 2018 (UTC)
Okay. I'm reviewing the evidence and I am going to lock. The accounts link back to an LTA which I can confirm beyond reasonable doubt as being the same. Please review my locks and bring up any issues in an email to stewards at or john at John (talk) 21:11, 24 November 2018 (UTC)
All accounts locked. Made a local block as the global account does not exist. User seems to have administrator flag on wiki. John (talk) 21:25, 24 November 2018 (UTC)
@John: Thanks for your confirmation, but you have blocked the abuse filter (利用者:不正利用フィルター means User:Abuse FIlter in Japanese) on Usopedia. SInce it's our key defence system against LTAs, I'll turn it back on, unless you can provide a legitimate reason for it (as far as I know, the abuse filter is an extension based bot, and can never be an LTA).--開拓者 (The Pioneer) (talk/contribs | global🌎) 08:32, 25 November 2018 (UTC)

Copyright Link Error

Hello. I am Bureaucrat on Fujikyu Line wiki.

I set the license to all rights reserved on the wiki. But a fotter(Note:It is hidden now with css) and a link are linked to CC-BY-SA 4.0 page.

Can you correct this mistake?--プログラマリオ (Pen name:Mario Yonezawa) 09:36, 24 November 2018 (UTC)

@プログラマリオ: I think that's a technical issue, and thus should file a request on phabricator.--開拓者 (The Pioneer) (talk/contribs | global🌎) 09:54, 24 November 2018 (UTC)
The issue is, All rights reserved is not a Creative Commons lisense. MacFan4000 (Talk Contribs) 13:13, 24 November 2018 (UTC)

Requesting Ownership of a wiki

The wiki's current owner has left the community the wiki is for and deleted her Accounts for the community, making it impossible to change Admins. As the only other Admin, I'm requesting that I be given ownership to allow for management of the wiki as used by the community. Thank You.

Hi! You can adopt wikis at Meta:Adopt! Miraheze Logo.svg CnocBride | Talk | Contribs 17:44, 26 November 2018 (UTC)

Request for checkuser on Warapedia (suspected LTA accounts)

Hi, I'd like to request for checkuser on these two accounts on Warapedia, because we have found some similarities between them.

  • 大沼 - already locked as LTA:KOSHIN by John
  • りゅーよしお - suspected LTA account due to some common traits with 大沼

Thanks as always :)--開拓者 (The Pioneer) (talk/contribs | global🌎) 02:13, 2 December 2018 (UTC)

I'll take a look. -- Void Whispers 03:40, 2 December 2018 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done and locked. -- Void Whispers 03:49, 2 December 2018 (UTC)

WikiSEO extension

Sorry for the interruption, when I test on enable the WikiSEO extension checkbox, I has received an error message, don't know what is going wrong. SA 13 Bro (talk) 19:00, 3 December 2018 (UTC)

I've reported the bug. --Idris (talk) 19:25, 3 December 2018 (UTC)
Oh, thanks for your information. :) I has reviewed your report on Phabricator. SA 13 Bro (talk) 19:32, 3 December 2018 (UTC)
You're welcome. --Idris (talk) 15:25, 6 December 2018 (UTC)

Checkuser request on suspected LTA accounts on Usopedia

Hi, I'd like to request for checkuser on suspected LTA accounts on Usopedia. They are:

I suspect that they are both accounts of LTA:FURANO, as they have shown some common traits with this LTA, and they have made similar edits within just a couple of minutes. Thanks as always.--開拓者 (The Pioneer) (talk/contribs | global🌎) 03:40, 5 December 2018 (UTC)

I locked HOTA-TEWI, ヒラし, 埴科, Cherry rohashi, 金沢のゆうじろう, and 電車区のトトロ兄貴が垢作っててたまげた as all being technically indistinguishable from ぐにます. -- Void Whispers 18:00, 5 December 2018 (UTC)