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Hello Pete,

Thanks for your help with Wikipedia for Journalists. I really appreciate it.

Best wishes//Hannibal (talk) 14:12, 25 February 2011 (UTC)

You're welcome, of course! I will try to keep working on it as time allows. It's an important project, and you've made a great start. -Peteforsyth (talk) 19:41, 25 February 2011 (UTC)

Outreach Oceania Resource DevelopmentEdit

If you have the time, could you possibly help with the developing of some resources for Outreach Oceania? I'd like to basically develop a teacher guide for using Wikipedia in the classroom, create a student guide for using Wikipedia, Commons and Wikinews. I'd want to try to do them some what topically and generally: 1. English and Communications, 2. Business, Tourism and Marketing, 3. Science and Technology, 4. General Liberal Arts. I don't know if I should kind of focus on the idea of creating say a binder for each guide, where print materials can easily be put in or a general one part booklet. I see some bits and pieces on Wikimedia Outreach, but I'm not 100% certain they will all work quite right considering the objective is more about integrating Wikipedia into a classroom setting and showing the value for students. I don't want to make it so much about just learning the basics and at most, we'll probably have one to two periods in a classroom. Not much time. :( --LauraHale (talk) 00:15, 19 October 2011 (UTC)

Hi Laura, I am very happy to see that project coming together for you, but I'm not likely to be able to help much. I could probably do a bit of proofreading and editing once you have it mostly assembled, but that will depend on how busy I am when that comes together. But definitely feel free to ask, and I'll do my best! Also, if you haven't run across it, you might be interested in Andrea Forte's research on wikis in the high school classroom -- I believe you'll find a link from during Wikisym in my tweetstream @wikistrategies. (Let me know if you have trouble finding it.) -Pete (talk) 04:18, 19 October 2011 (UTC)
Do you have a link for it? I'm basically on dialup speed until my bandwidth resets and having problems finding it. I've poked around at Outreach and on Wikipedia. I feel like the materials I want either aren't where I can easily find or aren't quite right. A lot of what I'm finding are examples of what people have already done, or what people are doing. There doesn't appear to be a coupling of why and how. (I'm looking for similar materials for GLAMs, with a focus on the reality they aren't likely to have people showing up in their backyards to be a Wikipedian in Residence, or run workshops... but that the GLAM project is still a valuable tool that they could use.) I'm mostly looking for resources that I can easily use for print: The plan is to engage in an area that gets some support from groups like One Laptop Per Child, and where internet is reliable but not always accessible to everyone. And yeah, babbling. Bookshop breakdown:
And I think I know what I'm looking for but not entirely certain. I'm looking for something that makes it really clear how Wikipedia/Wikinews could seamlessly be integrated into a curriculum with the whys answered. Student materials that complement instructor materials, with a greater emphasis on curriculum objectives for subject matter. (Given my super picky nature, I'll probably end up creating something on my own, and this comment will probably just end up mostly stream of conscious planning for that.) A lot of these resources are really, really fantastic... and the video part, I will probably happily put on a DVD or two. Just yeah. Need to figure out what I want an how to get them. :) If you know anyone who has time or interest related to this, please send them my way.--LauraHale (talk) 05:35, 19 October 2011 (UTC)

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Creating New OUTREACHEdit

Dear Pete, That was really nice to see you here and leading outreach however I can not find this place much crowded however it should be more the place where most of people should be coming and knowing about Wikipedia or Wikimedia, I have seen the admin rights are giving to everyone on this project, its like give away is going on here, I certainly can understand its a new project, but you need a proper team to work, this project as best as Wikipedia or any other project or Wikimedia, as I am part of team, now I want to take the leadership under your flag, I want you to set up an appointment with me on Skype so we can certainly talk on it and make it better place, What do you think??

I will wait for your kind and rapid response. thanks --Faizanalivarya (talk) 12:51, 20 June 2012 (UTC)

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SpambotsEdit

I've talked with the stewards, and they suggest not blocking before a CU is done if the editors haven't edited or set off the abuse filter. Some of the stewards will do a CU on suspicious account creations like that, but some are more cautious. --Rschen7754 22:17, 27 January 2013 (UTC)

Thanks so much for the feedback, I was wondering what was the best thing to do. What you say makes sense, but collections of "sleeper" accounts do worry me a bit.
I'm curious, though -- you blocked several similar accounts right after me. Were you able to see something that I missed, so that you were more confident they were connected to a past CU, or something like that? -Pete (talk) 23:13, 27 January 2013 (UTC)
I talked with the stewards after blocking, and they confirmed that they were spambots and locked the accounts. I started removing talk page access and email, but then realized that it was useless since the stewards locked the accounts. --Rschen7754 23:34, 27 January 2013 (UTC)
I see, that makes sense. I'm not familiar with locking -- I take it that's global block that prevents the kinds of uses you mention? -Pete (talk) 23:43, 27 January 2013 (UTC)
Do we have Checkusers on this site, or do we have to go outside for help. I've been pre-emptively blocking them as they are created, but I wouldn't mind some clarification if we're getting false positives. In terms of global locking, it would keep them from doing anything the Stewards lock them from doing. Kevin Rutherford (talk) 23:46, 27 January 2013 (UTC)
Nope, no local checkusers. -Pete (talk) 23:50, 27 January 2013 (UTC)
I've just been going to #wikimedia-stewards on IRC and flagging them down. Locking prevents them from logging in, but does not autoblock - though in this case the stewards also blocked the IP globally, so it was moot. --Rschen7754 00:51, 28 January 2013 (UTC)
Ah, I see -- very helpful, I get it now. Locking is even more basic than blocking, if it prevents them from logging in to begin with. Very useful distinction to understand, much appreciated :) -Pete (talk) 00:54, 28 January 2013 (UTC)

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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.

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