You're now sysop and bureaucrat. Have fun! --Brion VIBBER 08:22, 22 Mar 2004 (UTC)

How can I get that, Derek? --AileanMacRaith 08:32, 22 Mar 2004 (UTC)

Ailean, gheibh mi dhuibh sysop ma sgriobhidh sibh userpage beag (briogas air ainm agaibh) ag ràdh cò tha sibh agus cò às a tha sibh. -- Derek



Tha deuchainn.

oibrich e! -- Derek

Cooperation with the Irish Gaelic Wikipedia


Haigh, a Derek! I translated the Irish Wikipedia (Vicipéid), and I hope that the Wikipediae in Gaeilge and Gàidhlig can collaborate. Gabriel Beecham

Bhiodh sin math, a Ghabriel. -- Derek

Bhuel, a Derek, I suppose that content isn't directly transferable (except when used as a general reference for translation in conjuction with something else), but one issue would be the interfaces. For example, seeing the name "Mùthadhan ùran" gives me the inclination that "Úrathruithe" might be a more stylish phrase on the Irish wiki than "Athruithe deireanacha". -- 22:08, 26 Mar 2004 (UTC)
I like the idea of some kind of Inter-Gaelic interface for the three languages. --Creachadair 16:41, 8 September 2006 (UTC)

Beginner question


Do I live in Sassain or Sasainn? :-) The BBC spell it the latter way, Wikipedia the former. Nickshanks 00:38, 6 Nov 2004 (UTC)

Good question. It pains me to say that the BBC are correct (although according to my copy of Maclennan, you live in Sasunn). I'll fix the Wikipedia entry if you haven't already done so. Cheers -- Derek



Hi Derek, I was thinking perhaps you could promote this Wikipedia by sending e-mails to young netizens in the Hebrides or the Highlands, or just people in general with pages in Gaelic? You might also look for a web community for Gaelic-speakers, but you might want to be careful that it is for people who actually speak Gaelic instead of those who just want to learn it as posting messages at the latter will probably be a waste of time (nobody knows enough to contribute) or may actually be bad for the Wikipedia (people might write in a mix of English and Gaelic, they might write word-by-word translations from English using just a dictionary without actually knowing any grammar).

If you personally know anybody whose native language is Gaelic, that might be a good start. -- Anonymous editor

These are good ideas. There is no doubt that we need interested native speakers to do this properly. The problem is that with only 65,000 or so worldwide, it may be difficult to interest enough in contributing. That is why we need to welcome learners as well despite the problems that you have listed above. I will try spreading the word as you have suggested but the native speakers that I know are not interested in the Internet unfortunately and here in Western Canada, I am less likely to meet others. -- Derek

Hi again!


Hi guys - I've been away for a good while because my house was burgled and my laptop was stolen. GRR! I'll hopefully have a new computer soon to start contributing more regularly to this. To add my tuppence worth, I don't really care about English creeping into Gaelic - it's happening with all languages. As long as we get more people to start using it, that is the important thing. So use verbs like watcheadh and catcheadh if you like but keep creating a useful Gaelic resource. And remember, the more that is created, the more likely new users will contribute, so it is VERY important to keep on at it just now. --AileanMacRaith 12:32, 18 Nov 2004 (UTC)

I'm very sorry to hear that you've been burgled, Ailean. I know what an unpleasant experience it is. I hope that you have managed to get things sorted out without too much bother. When you have your new computer and are ready to edit again, we will be delighted to get your help on the English and on the Gaelic versions. But we will certainly keep on at it in your absence. It may be a bit early to wish you a prosperous New Year but at the least I hope that 2005 treats you better than 2004 has. Cheers. -- Derek Ross | Talk 07:27, 19 Nov 2004 (UTC)

Moran taing


Moran taing, Derek, airson mo chur nam sysop (tha mi direach air ais bho na laithean saora agam is mar sin bha mi beagan slaodach le bhith freagairt). Eoghan 20:11, 26 Nov 2004 (UTC)

Tha sin math, Eoghan. Bha mi a' smaoineachadh gun robh sibh saoithreach. Tha mi an dochas gun robh sibh riaraichte le na laithean saora agaibh. -- Derek Ross | Talk 05:28, 27 Nov 2004 (UTC)



Arbroath - Obar Bhrothaig

Tapadh leibh. Bha mi a' smaoineachadh air an de. -- Derek Ross | Talk 19:52, 28 Nov 2004 (UTC)



Saoil dè tha dol fo'n ghrian le MediaWiki:Badipaddress?

Thòisich mi lethbhreac sa Ghàidhlig an raoir, ach an diugh tha mi a'faicinn san eachdraidh gun deach e air ais ri default, ann am Maigh!, agus gun do chuir sibhse lethbhreac eile ann!

Seanns gu bheil mi a'deanamh rudeigin gòrach. A bheil fhios agad dè thachair? - Eoghan 22:14, 1 Dec 2004 (UTC)

Hmmm, dh'fhaoidte gun do dheasaich mi seann lethbhreac, an t-amadan a th'annam ... Codhiù, chuir mi feadhainn eile a-staigh, a'togail air an deagh thòiseachadh agad fhèin. Eoghan 02:21, 2 Dec 2004 (UTC)

Not at all, Eoghan. I am very pleased with what you are doing. Please continue the fine work. You are doing far better than I ever could. Please revert my edits if they seem stupid. I only changed badipaddress because in that one case you seemed to have translated the name of the message rather than the message itself. I am very pleased to see the grammar and spelling fixes and the English text disappearing as your work progresses. Talking of which, my apologies that my reply is in English but I am not fluent enough to be sure of getting my message across in Gaelic when it gets a little more complicated and I wanted to be sure that I said what I meant to say to you. -- Derek Ross | deasbair 06:51, 2 Dec 2004 (UTC)

Haidh Derek, just for my wiki-education, why are the dates of the edits out of order, though? Did the system revert it back to the default? I took a look at the French and German equivalents, and they both talk about the IP address in their translation. On the other hand, the Irish version says no such user, etc. so I wonder if the eireannaich have actually got it wrong?

I do not know for sure why the dates are out of order. That is strange and I would guess that it is probably a minor bug. The only way to be sure would be to download the WikiMedia code from SourceForge and examine it. As for the French and German versions of badipaddress, I see what you mean. Perhaps it would be better to translate the German message than the English one. It certainly looks like a better message. -- Derek Ross | deasbair 03:13, 3 Dec 2004 (UTC)

Codhiu, codheth, cùmaidh mi air an eadar-theangachadh agus tòisichidh mi gu luath air na duilleagan-fàilte (style guides is a leithid). Feumaidh deasbair beag bhith againne air sin. Cuideachd, seans gum bu chòir dhuinn lethbhreac Gàidhlig a dhèanamh airson a'php gus nach feum sinn faclan Bearla mar category agus image a chleachdadh sna h-aistean.

Na reubaibh mu na faclan Bearla. Tha eadar-theangachadh sam bith nas fheàrr na ni sam bith. Cuideachd, tha mi a' smaoineach gun robh sinn saor a mùthadh faclan mar "image" gun a mùthadh an php -- tha an facal airson "category" air fràngach "catégorie". -- Derek Ross | deasbair 06:08, 3 Dec 2004 (UTC)

Aistean goirid


Rud no dhà eile, tha mi a'faicinn gu bheil cuideigin neo-ainmichte air mòran mòran aistean goirid a chur air bhoile. Ged a fheumas sinn bhith taingeil le cuideachadh sam bith, chan eil mi toilichte a dh'fhaicinn tòrr obair neo-ainmichte, pàirt dheth sa Bheurla codhiù, agus a'cleachdadh keywords gum feum sinn eadar-theangachadh uair air choireigin. A bheil beachd agaibh? Eoghan 02:25, 3 Dec 2004 (UTC)

Again, this is a tricky one so I'll answer in English. Basically you have taken the words out of my mouth. If the user concerned wasn't anonymous, I'd leave a note on their talk page. I'm pleased that they are contributing and I don't want to scare them off but I wish they weren't just creating lists or copying the bare minimum from the English Wikipedia. I'd rather have fewer articles with more content. I see nothing wrong with taking articles from the English or German wikipedias and translating them fully but these skeletal entries are a problem. We need to inform the person concerned of the sort of format somehow. Perhaps you could create some variant of the {{cleanup}} template message so that we could append it to the beginning of articles which need fixed. That would at least allow us to call the anonymous editor's attention to the problems that will be caused by these "articles". -- Derek Ross | deasbair 06:08, 3 Dec 2004 (UTC)

Derek a charaid

I have to say I am guilty myself of perhaps establishing a few articles and putting in a few lists but only of things I can think people might wish to apply their own knowledge to such as Sohailre MacGill-Eain or Runrig no rudan mar sin. I do however fully expect to expand many of the articles myself when I have the time. But I think that seeding an article acan allow other people to run with it. I do have to also admit that only recently did I start logging in, for some reason I found it hard to. However, I did notice that some one is just putting inmassive lists of thigns like languages, some of them without either AGelic Translation or even an attempt to agelicise the words, this I don't feel as comfortable about. I am however now logging in, and was quite quite proud that I did the 100th article, only last friday. Also once we get to 1000 articles i think that this thing will really take off.

Le speis


I hope that you are right, MB. I think that it probably would take off with 1,000 good (although short) articles and I'm quite happy with the paragraphs that you have done on Runrig, etc. They make a good basis for expansion. It's just that the lists and partial articles that our well-meaning anonymous contributor has been adding need some content, however small. Otherwise the article count just gives a false impression which readers will be very quick to detect when they actually look at the articles. In my experience people are more likely to contribute to an article when it has a small but valid core that they can build on. -- Derek Ross | deasbair 16:19, 3 Dec 2004 (UTC)

Aye, I think a stub is only useful if it's likely to be fleshed out reasonably soon. I can't see that happening any time soon with this cornucopia of micro-stubs so now our statistics, random page, and so on, are pretty much useless.

One way of contacting this person might be to temporarily block the IP address. I believe this would flash some kind of message up?

Re Template:Cleanup - sure, as soon as I've figured out a nice word for Template :-) Eoghan 23:35, 3 Dec 2004 (UTC)

"Well meaning anonymous contributor"


hi, I'd better throw my chips in...

Yes I'm "well meaning", but I think it's a bit harsh to block my IP(s). I'm biased on that score... however my aim has been to push past the 1,000 mark, since it looks better in some ways. Manx Gaelic for example has just two articles, which is almost worse that not existing.

And, in actual fact not all my contributions are "ungaelic" - cf Iain Mac a' Ghobhainn, Aonghas Padraig Caimbeul, Dun Aluinn etc, I just think that a purely Gaelic scope is not a good thing. It's not as if other people can produce them if they want to, (although my fear perhaps, is it may confirm a widely held misconception that Gaidhlig is not doing well enough because it is too inward looking -- if the scope is mainly such). Personally I can't stand most of Runrig, but go ahead. Be sure to include Scatha, Hoi Polloi (even Ultravox!) and various other non-folk bands that have tried Gaidhlig songs in their time though. As I've said before, the people who need to know about Gaelic culture most are those who currently play no part in it, hence the need for Gaelic culture related articles to be developed on English wikipedia for example... they're the people who will ultimately help Gaidhlig, because there's more of them, and their support is a positive thing. Currently there's a hundred and one myths about Gaidhlig floating around Scotland, ranging from the idea that it was never spoken in the south, to having no words for email, internet etc, to being only spoken by old people in islands. (Besides which, there's a wheen of stuff from Nova Scotia, which would be good here...)

"I think a stub is only useful if it's likely to be fleshed out reasonably soon. I can't see that happening any time soon with this cornucopia of micro-stubs"

I would argue that the stubs in actual fact facilitate development, and I have been coming back to some of them and developing them (I will certainly do this with the ones relating to countries). Properly developed for example, the entries for countries and counties, kings of Scotland etc can be very useful for schools. They aren't orphans. Some are already being fleshed out. As Meatbong "I think that seeding an article acan allow other people to run with it." - that's what I'm hoping.

My last question is when is a stub not a stub? Just how long must it be? I'm not sure what the purpose of wiping all non-Gaelic subject matter is.

"That would at least allow us to call the anonymous editor's attention to the problems that will be caused by these "articles"."

Take a look at the other Wikipedias, some of them have vast amounts of changes on the one day. I don't know what the fear is, but I have an idea or two what it may be. The whole idea of a wikipedia is that it grows and that everyone joins in... If you don't like my "stubs", you can always add your own stuff to them.

Mar sin leibh nis, tha mi'n dochas nach bidh fuadach nan artagailean a' tighinn co-dhiu...

I have no intention of blocking anyone who is contributing in good faith. Rest assured on that point. And I agree with you about needing a more cosmopolitan scope as well (without losing a Gaelic focus, I hope). So please carry on with your work. My only wish is that you change the format of the articles that you are adding a little.
The reason is the seeding issue which you referred to. I am sure that we both agree that articles need to be easy to add to and need to show the sort of structure that the Wikipedia uses. Lists and articles involving boxes are not so good for that because of the added complexity of the table syntax for the "boxy" articles makes them more difficult for beginners to edit; and because the lists -- while they are great for navigation and seeding -- aren't so good for more than very basic information. Also I think that people tend to add more list entries to a list article rather than descriptive information on its topic. In my opinion the ideal stub article consists of a line or two of description on the article topic followed by a See also section containing a list of links and I'd appreciate it if you were to bear that in mind when adding new topics.
To sum up I think that we have the same aim of encouraging contributions and I don't doubt that having a thousand articles on a range of topics is a good part of it. I would just ask you to consider that the format and content of the articles also plays a part and to change the format of your new articles a little to take that consideration into account. Cheers -- Derek Ross | deasbair 16:52, 4 Dec 2004 (UTC)

Seo a' chiad latha a tha mi faicinn an duilleig seo. Dh'fheuch mise uair ri duilleag gu tur ùr a sgrìobhadh do Wikipedia Ghàidhlig. Aig an àm sin, cha robh mi uabhasach eòlach air na dòighean aig a' Wikipedia Ghàidhlig ach cha b'fhada gus an robh. Bha mi dìreach air toiseachd tòiseachaidh a dhèanamh air an duilleig nuair a chaidh tiotal na duilleig atharrachadh le moderator gus an duilleag aonachadh ri duilleig eile air cuspair nach robh buileach co-ionann. Thachair seo uile gun fiù agus aon fhacal rium agus se cuideigin nach robh uabhasach eòlach air a' chuspair a rinn e.

Dh'fheuch mi ris an stuth a thoirt as an duilleig sin agus dh'innis mi dhan a' mhoderator sin gun an stùth a sgrìobh mi a chur dhan an duilleig eile (bhon nach do dh'aithnich e neo i eadar-dhealachadh eadar an dà chuspair). Chaidh an teacs a chur air ais air an duilleig a thagh e neo i. Chaidh binn a chur orm: vandalism air an duilleig a bha mi fhín a' sgrìobhadh! Cha robh mi fiù s comasach air còmhradh ris/rithe; mar eisimpleir, dh'fhàg mi teachdaireachd ann an talk a' ceasnachadh na ceartachaidhean, mas fhìor, a rinn e neo i air an teacs; cha do fhreagair e neo i a' phuing. Chaidh mi gu duilleig air Wikipedia eile a thogail mo ghearan s cha d'fhuair mi cus éisdeachd an sin: air a' cheann thall, cha robh ann ach cothrom dhan a' mhoderator an rud a bh' aige a ràdha a-rithist.

Se an gearan as motha a th' agam gu robh mi gu tur ùr gu Wikipedia Ghàidhlig. Cha robh dùil agam idir ris an t-seòrsa làimhseachaidh a fhuair mi agus abair gun do chur e uabhas orm fhaighinn a-mach gu robh Wikipedia Ghàidhlig a' déiligeadh ri luchd-cleachdaidh ùra air an dòigh sin. Bho sin a-mach, tha mi 'g innse do Ghàidheil eile gun a dhol faisg air Wikipedia Ghàidhlig gus an cuir i fàilte beagan nas blàithe air luchd-cleachdaidh ùra agus gus am fàs i beagan nas fhoighidniche leòtha. Tha buidheann agam fhìn air an làrach-lìn agus cha bhiodh am beachd as lugha agam am peanasachadh mar sin. Chan e eucoirean a th' ann an luchd-cleachdaidh ùra. Cha do sheall am moderator sin ach aineolas anns an dà sheadh dhen fhacal sin. Se droch shanasachadh a bh' ann dhan a' Wikipedia Ghàidhlig. Cha chanadh tu gur e Wikipedia Ghàidhealach a bh' innte idir bho mar a thachair dhòmhsa.

@ Halò, a charaid, ged nach eil fhios agam dè thachair gu mionaideach agus cò an rianaire a bha gad bhacadh, tha mi fhìn uabhasach duilich an sgeulachd agad a chluinntinn. Mar is trice cha tèid luchd-cleachdaidh ùra air am bacadh idir, ma bhios iad a’ sgrìobhadh anns a' Ghàidhlig, air sgàth ‘s gum bi dhìth air Wikipedia Ghàidhlig air a h-uile duine a bhios dèonach cuir ris. Ach tha e doirbh dhomh a ràdh a-nise dè chaidh ceàrr an dèidh ùine cho fada, chan eil mi cinnteach an robh mi ann aig an àm ud.
Co-dhiù, tha fàilte cridheil bhuamsa ortsa. Is dòcha gum b’ urrainn dhuinn an seann sgeulachd fhàgail agus tòiseachadh ùr a dhèanamh a-rithist? Tha mi fhìn deònach cuideachadh a thoirt dhut, ma bhios ceist no trioblaid sam bith agad a-rithist. Dìreach sgrìobh naidheachd air an duilleig agamsa. No nam bhiodh cunntas agad bhiodh e nas fhasa bruidhinn riut. (Le cunntas pearsanta s' urrainn dhut post-dealain a sgrìobhadh thugam cuideachd). Leis an dòchas gum bi thu a’ faicinn mo fhreagairt --Sionnach 19:44, 27 an t-Òg-mhios 2009 (UTC)
@ Derek Ross‎: Sorry for using your talk page, but this message seemed to be to important to be left unnoticed. Cheers --Sionnach 19:44, 27 an t-Òg-mhios 2009 (UTC)

Ghluais mi an deasbad chun na duilleige agam-sa, faic User talk:Sionnach#Gearan

@IP: Tha mi an dòchas gum bi sibh a' lorg an duilleag agam-sa, cha toil leam a bhith a chleachdadh duilleag a tha aig neach-cleachaidh eile. Sgrìobh mi freagairt an sin.

@ Derek, please join the discussion if you want to, a second opion would be great. --Sionnach 18:49, 1 an t-Iuchar 2009 (UTC)

Love to, Sionnach, but my Gaelic isn't good enough to keep up with the points that you and are making. I have been reading the dialogue but not fast enough. I am grateful to you for replying to, since I would not have been able to do so without using English which I thought would not be polite and so did not want to do. -- Derek Ross | deasbair 05:45, 3 an t-Iuchar 2009 (UTC)

Teachdaireachd Template:Cleanup


Derek, chuir mi dreach ann airson Template:Cleanup. Tha e a'feumainn beagan markup, tha mi a'smaoineachadh, ach seans gun dean e an gnothath airson an ceartuair. Eoghan 02:03, 8 Dec 2004 (UTC)

'S toil leam obair agad. Of course, I couldn't help adding the little bit of markup that you mentioned. -- Derek Ross | deasbair 05:57, 8 Dec 2004 (UTC)

Duilleag Fàilte



Tha mi air dreach a thoiseachadh airson an duilleag-failte aig User:Eoghan/Failte (dreach). Cha do dh'eadar-theangaich mi a h-uile rud bho'n Bheurla, ach a'chuid as motha. Tha rud no dha ri dheanamh air fhathast.

Chan eil mi a'smaoineachadh gum faod sinn radh gu bheil "huge amount of information" againne fhathast, mar a tha sa Bheurla. Mar sin, chan eil mi cinnteach an doigh as fhearr a sgriobhadh an earran "Browsing Wikipedia".

Cuir fios thugam ma tha rudeigin a dhìth air, no rudeigin cearr.

Ma nì e an gnothach, cuiridh mi san aite cheart e. Am bu choir dha bhith dìonta? Eoghan 20:35, 14 Dec 2004 (UTC)

Eoghan, it doesn't need to be an exact translation. I think that the best approach is just to reword or remove things which don't apply and remember that it doesn't have to be perfect. I realise that you want to get it as good as you can but, as I'm sure you already know, our readers love changing things even when we both think that an article is already perfect! So let's put your draft in place. It looks good enough to me already. Thanks for the hard work!

On your second issue I'm inclined not to protect any of these pages until we absolutely have to. When I started with the English Wikipedia, there was no such thing as page protection, and initially there was little need for it. It's really needed now because of the large numbers of people using the English Wiki. My hope is that the smaller numbers using this one will allow us to leave more of the pages unprotected. Cheers -- Derek Ross | deasbair 19:24, 15 Dec 2004 (UTC)

Gasda. Tha an duilleag "beò" nise. Cuideachd, chruthaich mi duilleag log (se Wikipedia:Leabhar-aistridh nan cleachdair ùra a'Ghàidhlig a chur mi air). Nach cuir thu an t-ainm agad ris gus nach bi mi nam aonar! Eoghan

Ceart gu leòr. -- Derek Ross | deasbair 06:43, 21 Dec 2004 (UTC)

Hi Derek, I've made a logo for gd.wikipedia using the correct font:

You can download it to your harddrive and upload it over wiki.png (it's protected, so I can't).

--Node ue 02:20, 15 Dec 2004 (UTC)

Thanks, Node. You're a hero. -- Derek Ross | deasbair 18:45, 15 Dec 2004 (UTC)

Duilleagan coimhearsnachd


Haidh Derek,

Tha mi air a'chuid as motha de na duilleagan coimhearsnachd a chur suas nise. A bheil feadhainn eile ann a tha cabhagach na do bheachd?

'S toil leam an obair agad. -- Derek

Gabhaidh teachdaireachdan an t-siostam treis fhathast a dh'eadar-theangachadh, ach rinn mi barrachd air paipear. Eoghan 20:59, 30 Dec 2004 (UTC)

Ma ghabh e treis, gabhaidh e treis. Chan eil e cabhag. -- Derek Ross | deasbair 20:21, 31 Dec 2004 (UTC)

Rudeigin briste?


A bheil thu a'faicinn rudeigin cearr leis a'WP Ghaidhlig o chionn treis?

Tha iomhaigh a'Wikipedia air ais ri Beurla, chan eil an javascript airson "special characters" ag obair, agus a-reir choltais chan eil an stor-data nua-aimsireil.

Bha mi air falbh o chionn seachdainn ach bha e mar seo o chionn an de codhiu. Eoghan 21:13, 30 Dec 2004 (UTC)

Tha mi a'faicinn, ach I haven't managed to fix it yet. Tha me a'feuchainn fhathast. -- Derek Ross | deasbair 20:34, 31 Dec 2004 (UTC)

Eoghan, I have finally fixed the scripting problem but could you translate the English text, please ? The page needing attention is MediaWiki:Copyrightwarning. -- Derek Ross | deasbair 06:27, 4 Jan 2005 (UTC)

Deanta, ach de fo'n ghrian thachair ris an stor-data? A bheil fhios agad ca'n deach iomhaigh a'WP? Eoghan 21:33, 7 Jan 2005 (UTC)

A'leantainn ri #Badipaddress, tha mi gu math cinnteach gum feum sinn php eile a chur an seilbh. Faic meta:Namespace agus meta:MediaWiki_namespace.

Bhitheadh a nas fhearr sin a dheanamh gu luath. Cha b'urrain dhuinn gnethan a shuidheachadh is a leithid gus am bi na h-ainmean-fanais suidhichte. Eoghan 21:13, 30 Dec 2004 (UTC)

Mìle aiste


Cha b'urrain dhomh mo chur an aghaidh am mìleamh aiste a chur ann (Bathar-bog). Air Special:Statistics:

As aonais sin, tha 1000 duilleagan ann le brìgh.

Nuair a tha mi air a'chuspair, tha rudeigin ceàrr leis an duilleig stats, tha mi'm beachd. Codhiù, tha mi an dòchas gum b'urrain dhuinn uile nise na h-aistean a mheudachadh gu ceart ... Eoghan 02:09, 7 Jan 2005 (UTC)

Is math sin! — Nickshanks 02:36, 7 Jan 2005 (UTC)

Tapadh Leibh


Tapadh leibh airson cumhachdan sysop a thoirt dhomh. Ni mi a h-uile oidhirp cuideachadh cho trìc 'sa s'urrainn dhomh.

" I was thinking perhaps you could promote this Wikipedia by sending e-mails to young netizens in the Hebrides or the Highlands, or just people in general with pages in Gaelic?"

This is something i have been considering over the previous week or so. If those involved in various aspects of gaelic society (im specifically thinking foghlam here) were made aware of an Duille Mòr and its potential it would only take a dozen or so regular/semi regular contributors to see it enlarge at pleasing rate. For example a gàidhlig teacher could ask her Higher level students to write essays which could then be saved onto wikipedia as well as writing articles themselves. Staff at an Commun Ghaidhealach/CNAG/Sabhal Màr Ostaig/Collaiste a' Chaisteal could also contribute articles of the highest possible fluency and quality while also reading through the efforts of the less fluent among us. There is a conference - - in a months time which will deal with issues facing Gàidhlig and its future in all areas which i will be attending. I intend to raise awareness of an Duille Mòr and hopefully ensure its promotion in the relevant circles which would ensure an increase in contributions.


Tha mi air post-dealain a chuir gu Alasdair Moireasdan, MSP na h-Eileanan an Iar; Iain Fearchar, MSP an t-Eilean Sgiathannach; Aonghas MacNiall, MP na h-Eileanan an Iar agus Muireach MacLeoid ,neach-Deasachaidh am paipear naidheachd 'an Gaidheal Ur' ag innis mu dheidhinn an Duille Mòr.

Please go ahead, AnSiarach. I think that these are excellent ideas. As a Gaelic learner who is currently working in Alberta, I am in a very poor position to support you in a practical sense, but you have my complete backing for anything that you can do to raise awareness of and participation in this Wikipedia. -- Derek Ross | deasbair 21:23, 4 August 2005 (UTC)

  • Halló Derek! If you can help improuving the "{{int:Allmessages}}" – "Teachdaireachdan an t-siostaim" files "LanguageGd.php" and "MessagesGd.php" to run the Scottish Gaelic projects please log in at [1], go to Betawiki:LanguageGd.php and MessagesGd.php at section "contact persons" and list your name. We can start with the new messages translated already and continue step by step.
  • If you are on IRC please visit the channel #wikipedia-BiDi.
  • For other "LanguageXx.php" and "MessagesXx.php" files please see Betawiki:category:Internationalization. Thanks in advance! Best regards Gangleri · T · m: Th · T 17:35, 10 May 2006 (UTC)

Please give a bot bit to User:SieBot so it will not flood your RC as it adds interwiki links. User:SieBot is active on about 90 Wikipedias at this moment. Cheers! Siebrand 17:03, 19 July 2007 (UTC)

Template ùr


O chionn goirid rinn mi an Template:Baile. Tha e ag obair ceart gu leòr a-nis. Mar sin dheth bu toil leam semi-protection fhaighinn airson na duilleig seo. Mòran taing!--Sionnach 19:20, 9 September 2007 (UTC)

Tha an semi-protection dheth mar thà. Mar sin, tha mi boilisgeach. -- Derek Ross | deasbair 23:40, 9 September 2007 (UTC)
Sorry, there seems to be an misunderstanding. I would like to get semi-protection for this Template, if possible. I took me quite some time to create it and by now there are more than 50 pages depending on it. I just don't wont anybody messing around with it. Beannachdan --Sionnach 18:37, 10 September 2007 (UTC)
Tapadh leat. I really appreciate your backup!--Sionnach 21:17, 11 September 2007 (UTC)

Bùrach leis na dùthchannan


Hi Derek, could you please have a look at this user and the recent changes this morning (29.Sept.)? I have been watching him for a while, as he started to add english articles to the Gàidhlig Wikipedia, tagging them with : Translation needed. I left a couple notes on his talk page, trying to get him to work together, but I never got an answer. Then this morning things went a little out of hand (at least in my opinion), see example: An Rìoghachd Aonaichte. Sorry, but I thought I just leave the mess there as it 's up to you to decide how to deal with this.--Sionnach 12:52, 29 September 2007 (UTC)

Better have a look at this one from yesterday evening as well: An t-Aonadh Eorpach.--Sionnach 05:35, 30 September 2007 (UTC)
Tha mi a' dol le na tha Sionnach ag ràdh. Chan eil an cleachdaidhear seo gu feum idir, 's tha e a' fàgail bùrach air a chùl le bhith a' dòirteadh altan Beurla a-steach anns a' wikipedia. 'S e Wikipedia Gàidhlig th'ann an seo, bu chòir gum mair e mar sin!--Steaphan30 05:37, 30 September 2007 (UTC)

Tapadh leat! Could you please take a look on those as well:

Please set back Template:Bogsa-fiosrachaidh‎ Dùthaich. I rather have the original than a mess that's not working properly.--Sionnach 05:17, 1 October 2007 (UTC)

If you are around, could you have a look here as well:

Tapadh leat.--Sionnach 20:16, 1 October 2007 (UTC)

And again: Please delete this page, added by this user. It is a copy from my subpage (which I use for translation and other work), and is not ready yet to be used in Wikipedia.--Sionnach 06:15, 2 October 2007 (UTC)



As there are more than 100 countries without the Infobox:country, I would like to get a good template to fill in the missing ones. I already asked for help in the German Wikipedia, as they created this one Template:Baile for me. But so far it doesn’t seem to work this time. So I would like to find out if you perhaps know someone in the English Wikipedia who could help me creating it, as I have no idea how this <include, noninclude and # if > stuff is working correctly. I made an example here (sorry for the German, I’ m not finished with the translation yet), or I could improve this one. I would really appreciate your help. --Sionnach 20:59, 1 October 2007 (UTC)

I'll see if I can sort it out for you but it will have to wait until later today. -- Derek Ross | deasbair 16:14, 2 October 2007 (UTC)
Mòran taing. That would be great, but there is no need to hurry, just when you have time.--Sionnach 20:35, 2 October 2007 (UTC)
I'm ready on this one, except for a few minor changes with some words/translation. But it would be nice to have the parameters optional (#if), so it could be used not only for countries. Can you help me with that? Beannachdan--Sionnach 14:21, 5 October 2007 (UTC)
I'll give it a bash. Haven't really worked with templates before so it'll be a learning experience. -- Derek Ross | deasbair 02:37, 6 October 2007 (UTC)
Good luck! It's driving me nuts. If it wouldn'd be for the benefit of a 150 missing infoboxes in gd, (it's taking forever to add them by hand), I'm getting close to give up without help form outside. Thanks for trying!--Sionnach 07:08, 6 October 2007 (UTC)

Looks like finally I've got something worked out, you can have a look on Template:Dùthaich‎. I' m going to try it out now on some more articles. Any further suggestions are welcome.--Sionnach 10:07, 12 October 2007 (UTC)

Ready, it seems to be working fine. Is there a chance to get semi-protection for the page: Template:Dùthaich now? Beannachdan--Sionnach 09:43, 21 October 2007 (UTC)
Mòran taing!--Sionnach 20:51, 22 October 2007 (UTC)

Proper Templates


Hi Derek, as I don' t want to start out by creating a mess on pages where I haven't been before, I would like to asked you this: This User from de: is willing to help me to set up Templates properly (rather than the try and error ones from me). But to do so, I need to add this to this page. Will that be all right? Le meas --Sionnach 21:21, 8 November 2007 (UTC)

It will. Even if there is an unforeseen problem, I am sure that you and Dapete will manage to sort it out between you. -- Derek Ross | deasbair 00:25, 9 November 2007 (UTC)

Bot eile


Hi Derek, the last couple days I saw this robot User:EDUCA33E around here. It looks strange to me, as it is not on the bot-list. I don't know much about bots, so I thought I just let you know. Le meas --Sionnach 19:49, 24 November 2007 (UTC)

Moran taing, a Shionnach. The bot's not flooding the Mùthaidhean ùra page so I'm not too worried. Educa33e looks like a trustworthy user going by his/her fr.wikipedia credentials and so I'm inclined to allow him/her to continue running the bot from his/her personal gd: account for the moment. If the bot does start causing problems by being too active or whatever, just block the gd: account and leave a note on the fr:User talk:Educa33e page, suggesting that he/she gets in contact with one of us to request a dedicated bot account here. -- Derek Ross | deasbair 22:51, 24 November 2007 (UTC)
I don’t know, what you call too active, but after today I went ahead and left a note at his/her French talk page. But so far I didn’t block his/her gd:account yet. I’ll hope that this is allright with you. Beannachdan --Sionnach 16:09, 25 November 2007 (UTC)
Perfectly alright. Cheers -- Derek Ross | deasbair 19:50, 25 November 2007 (UTC)
Moran taing! ...still learning at lot...<smile> --Sionnach 20:01, 25 November 2007 (UTC)

Bot on gd:wiki


(copy from fr:User_Talk:EDUCA33E)

Dear EDUCA33E, I saw that your Bot is more active in WP:gd lately. I would kindly suggest that you would contact our local Bureaucrat Derek Ross ‎ on his talk page for a dedicated bot account in WP:gd. Merci! gd:Sionnach | deasbair -- (d) 25 novembre 2007 à 17:01 (CET)

Hi ! As you can see I have been requested to make a bot flag request. So I create a dedicaced account : User:Le Pied-bot for bot purpose. This bot has flag on those wiki. Now I will edit with User:Le Pied-bot instead of my primary account User:EDUCA33E for bot purpose. Thanks. Cordialy, Le Pied-bot 17:13, 25 November 2007 (UTC)

No problem. Bot status has been granted. Happy editing! -- Derek Ross | deasbair 19:49, 25 November 2007 (UTC)
Thanks ! Cordialy, EDUCA33E 21:42, 25 November 2007 (UTC)



Sure thing. Cheers. AnSiarach 18:59, 10 December 2007 (UTC)

Scottish Gaelic MediaWiki messages imported into Betawiki


Hi Derek Ross. I see that you have contributed to the messages in the namespace MediaWiki. Thank you for that. As Scottish Gaelic did not yet have any generic messages in MediaWiki (only on this wiki), we imported the messages from Special:Allmessages into betawiki:. Betawiki also supports the translation of messages for 116 extensions, with about 1,600 messages. I would like to invite you to join the Betawiki community and help improve MediaWiki localisation for the languages you are able to contribute to.

If you have any further questions, please let me know on my talk page on Betawiki. We will try and assist you as much as possible. You can also find us on the Freenode IRC network in the channel #mediawiki-i18n where we would be happy to help you get started.

Thank you very much for your attention and I do hope to see some of you on Betawiki soon! Cheers! Siebrand@Betawiki 15:56, 15 December 2007 (UTC)

Nollaig Chridheil


Derek, Direach ri radh gu bheil an dreachd ur air an Duille Mór air leth mhàth. Gach deagh durachd ris an fhear (neo te) a rinn e. Air leth mhath a fhaicinn duilleagan-taic as Gaidhlig cuideachd. Agus mu dheireadh- Tha e soillear gu bheil inbhe nan aistean fhein ag eirigh fad an t-siubhal. Mo Bheannachd ort! Innleadair 00:26, 17 December 2007 (UTC)

Agus bliadhna mhath ùr ort, Innleadair! Tapadh leat gu-leor for your very kind remarks. The improvements in the Gaelic Wikipedia have almost nothing to do with me though and almost everything to do with good people such as yourself who have put their time, effort and talent into making the wiki better. I've been particularly pleased with some of the new recruits we've had this year. Everybody has been doing really good work, amongst which is the Duille Mór makeover of course. Long may it continue! -- Derek Ross | deasbair 07:51, 17 December 2007 (UTC)



Hi Derek, as you certainly saw in the latest changes, User:Alexbot was quite busy today. Sorry, I was working some place else translating some stuff. Just to let you know, so far I didn't do anything about it (block/leave message...?) I think it is the best you deal with this matter. Tapadh leat agus beannachdan --Sionnach 17:42, 24 an Gearran 2008 (UTC)

Thanks, (I think!). I'll block and leave a note on its talk page explaining that he needs to tells us what it's for before we let it work with us. -- Derek Ross | deasbair 07:33, 25 an Gearran 2008 (UTC)
Good idea, thanks a lot! ( I think :-) my English is getting worse trying to write Gaelic all the time) Cheers --Sionnach 23:02, 25 an Gearran 2008 (UTC)
I have never noticed anything unusual about your English. If your Gaelic is as good (and I am sure it is), you are indeed a marvel. Cheers Derek Ross | deasbair 06:35, 26 an Gearran 2008 (UTC)
Thanks for your kind words, Derek. Honestly, my Gaelic isn't as good as my English yet, but working around here helped me to improve a lot, thanks to the corrections from some of the other contributors. As I have hardly any chance for practise in Germany, I just enjoy working around here, doing something useful at the same time.

Featured article interwiki link


@Alexbot + featured article in WP:gd: As they are not based on a decision from the community, I wouldn't really call them "featured article". I just choose an article from time to time for the front page. Beannachdan --Sionnach 07:43, 26 an Gearran 2008 (UTC)

@Alexbot + featured article interwiki link: I have tried to set up the necessary Template:Link FA for that, but it didn't work so far. It seems to me, there have to be some changes/set ups some place else as well, but I don't know how and where. It would be nice to have the featured articles from other Wikies showing here as well, but at the moment I wouldn't like a bunch of red links like here showing up in the articles. But this is just my personal opinion. Cheers --Sionnach 22:15, 28 an Gearran 2008 (UTC)
I'll look into it later today. -- Derek Ross | deasbair 01:00, 29 an Gearran 2008 (UTC)
Seems like you took a really deep look -:) ! Reading through this one: Template:Link FA/doc, it seems to me that we need some changes in MediaWiki:Common.js and MediaWiki:Monobook.css to get the gold star working for interwiki FA. As I have no idea about monobooks and stuff like that, I went ahead and asked for help here. But perhaps you know how to do it, that would be even better! Thanks anyways --Sionnach 16:15, 29 an Gearran 2008 (UTC)
Yup! But it was such a big job I had to stop in order to get some sleep. The trouble is that all these templates are linked together in one great tangle, so if you want one of them you have to have nearly all of them. You're right about the js and css stuff being needed. I'll carry on updating stuff over the weekend. Any help that your friend on de: (or indeed anyone else on gd:, sco:, ga: or en:) is willing to give would be greatly appreciated. In particular I'm painfully aware that I haven't translated any of this into Gaelic. However one thing at a time: I think the best thing is to try and get it all working "as is" and then translating it later. Otherwise it will be too difficult to debug. -- Derek Ross | deasbair 00:08, 1 am Màrt 2008 (UTC)
Well, I hope, there aren't too many left, can't keep you up all night long just copying all the en: Templates! Good idea, first to get it working allright, then I would probably stick them away in some nice Category, (I could do that), so that they could be found later, if necessary, for translation.
After reading throught those en: instructions, I gave it a try on MediaWiki:Monobook.css and MediaWiki:Common.js. Sorry, so far it didn't work. But I'll keep on working at it, as well stay in contact with my friend from :de. (I know that he is quite busy, so it may take a while) Tìoraidh an-dràsda --Sionnach 18:28, 1 am Màrt 2008 (UTC)
Good news, the gold star is working, thanks to help here and with great support/superb explanation from user de:WIKImaniac! Now it is up to you to deal with this one. Cheers --Sionnach 08:30, 2 am Màrt 2008 (UTC)
Well done, Sionnach! And what helpful friends you have. My thanks to them too! I have unblocked Alexbot and set the bot flag. Cheers -- Derek Ross | deasbair 06:08, 3 am Màrt 2008 (UTC)



Hi derek! I saw you're a 'crat on this wiki! Could you rename me with my classical username User:Nick1915? Note that an impostor had previously registered that account! Thanks in advance!--Nick1915b 19:50, 3 am Màrt 2008 (UTC)

PS my confirmation--Nick1915b 19:54, 3 am Màrt 2008 (UTC)
Yeah, I was about to ask you for that. Okay, I'll give it a go. -- Derek Ross | deasbair 20:23, 3 am Màrt 2008 (UTC)
Thank you so much! :)--Nick1915 22:12, 3 am Màrt 2008 (UTC)



Ready, the Special:Import is open now. For more information, see also: Help:Import. Beannachdan --Sionnach 18:41, 2 May 2008 (UTC)

PS: I added the GNU as well. --Sionnach 17:03, 3 May 2008 (UTC)



Hi Derek, I just blocked User:CarsracBot, because it was getting a little to busy, at least in my opinion. I left a short notice about the block on his dutch userpage as well. The request for the botflag is here. Beannachdan --Sionnach 20:19, 7 An Cèitean 2008 (UTC)

Okay, I've given it bot status. Thanks for letting me know. -- Derek Ross | deasbair 21:34, 8 An Cèitean 2008 (UTC)

Rename impostor User:GHe


Could you please rename the impostor account User:GHe? This also makes it possible for me to unify my global account. Thanks.--GHe (Talk)

Done! -- Derek Ross | deasbair 04:02, 30 An Cèitean 2008 (UTC)

Similar request to the above. While in the process of unifying my log-ins, I noticed that a user had created an "imposter" account on the GD wiki using my username. (And all he used it for was to harass Alison). Any chance you can delete or rename the imposter account? (I will repeat this request on your EN talk page so you can validate the legitimacy of my request). 18:39, 12 an t-Iuchar 2008 (UTC)

There you go! -- Derek Ross | deasbair 18:57, 12 an t-Iuchar 2008 (UTC)
Go raibh míle maith agat! 18:58, 12 an t-Iuchar 2008 (UTC)
That worked a treat - thanks a lot! Really glad the interwiki imposter hole is closed with the unification change. (And hopefully means those with Steward/Sysop rights will see fewer and fewer of these requests.) Tapadh leat arís Guliolopez 19:04, 12 an t-Iuchar 2008 (UTC)
Yes, the unified login is a really good thing ! It removes a good deal of worry. -- Derek Ross | deasbair 19:18, 12 an t-Iuchar 2008 (UTC)


Could you help me? I can't speak so well Gaelic, and I tried to do this page of my village: Ecser. If you'd see the English version of it, could you translate it normally? Thank you! My Hungarian wiki-side is this Eino81



Hi Derek, just in case you didn't notice, there is a new bot flag request here. And I guess, Idioma-bot is still waiting, as he created his user page in the mean time as requested. By the way, SpBot is quite busy around here as well. As he is run by a German user, should I contact him and ask him to made an oficial bot-flag request here for WP:gd? Beannachdan--Sionnach 06:05, 23 an t-Sultain 2008 (UTC)

Tapadh leat, Sionnach. I hadn't noticed those. Please contact the SpBot user as well. -- Derek Ross | deasbair 15:36, 25 an t-Sultain 2008 (UTC)

Contacted SpBot Owner here Cheers --Sionnach 18:27, 25 an t-Sultain 2008 (UTC)
There is the request. --Sionnach 05:02, 27 an t-Sultain 2008 (UTC)
Done. Sionnach, you are a credit to the gd wiki. Thanks for all your hard work over the last year! -- Derek Ross | deasbair 23:18, 27 an t-Sultain 2008 (UTC)
Hi Derek, thanks for your kind words, I really appreciate them!
Now I have a little "job" :-) for you if you don't mind: As you know WP:gd from the beginning, could you please add your "two cents" here? I guess a little promotion won't hurt... Beannachdan --Sionnach 17:35, 28 an t-Sultain 2008 (UTC)
Job done. Although I didn't really have much to add. -- Derek Ross | deasbair 18:35, 30 an t-Sultain 2008 (UTC)
Tapadh leat! Very nice to see a second opinion.-- By the way: "Never met anybody, sadly": if you ever come to Germany or Scotland, just send me an E-mail...:-) --Sionnach 19:58, 30 an t-Sultain 2008 (UTC)
I'll hold you to that, <grin>! -- Derek Ross | deasbair 04:12, 1 an Dàmhair 2008 (UTC)
I'll hope you do :-)! --Sionnach 18:36, 1 an Dàmhair 2008 (UTC)



for keeping an eye on WP:gd. It's nice to be back again after my seminar and to see everything in good shape. Beannachdan --Sionnach 18:50, 12 an Dùbhlachd 2008 (UTC)

Och, you're making me blush... -- Derek Ross | deasbair 02:16, 22 an Dùbhlachd 2008 (UTC)
lol ! Didn't know it takes so little :-) Anyway, my best wishes for the oncoming Christmas Days --Sionnach 19:52, 22 an Dùbhlachd 2008 (UTC)



Hi Derek, just in case you didn't notice, there is another request for a bot-flag. Cheers --Sionnach 17:43, 19 an Gearran 2009 (UTC)

Got it. Tapadh leat, a Shionnach. -- Derek Ross | deasbair 07:25, 21 an Gearran 2009 (UTC)



Hi there. Can you please unblock my bot? I need to make test edits. Thanks, Razorflame 01:53, 3 am Màrt 2009 (UTC)

Will do. -- Derek Ross | deasbair 20:33, 4 am Màrt 2009 (UTC)
Thank you! It has the global bot flag, and should make a few test edits before you flag it as a bot. Thanks for your cooperation! Razorflame 17:35, 5 am Màrt 2009 (UTC)

bot flag again


Hi Derek, I guess, you didn't notice, there is another request for a bot flag here. Beannachdan --Sionnach 11:58, 22 An Cèitean 2009 (UTC)

No I didn't. Thanks for pointing it out. Dealt with now! -- Derek Ross | deasbair 22:12, 26 An Cèitean 2009 (UTC)



Hi Derek, could you please vote here, maybe it helps to solve some of the problems of what had happened to IP Tìoraidh an-dràsda --Sionnach 15:13, 3 an t-Iuchar 2009 (UTC)

Hi Derek, I asked user:Xqt to get a bot flag, see here, as his bot is doing more than just adding interwiki links. As far as I know changes in articles should allways be approved by the community. Beannachdan --Sionnach 06:03, 21 an t-Iuchar 2009 (UTC)

Sounds like a reasonable thing to do. -- Derek Ross | deasbair 16:57, 22 an t-Iuchar 2009 (UTC)

bot flags again


As WP:gd was quite busy the last couple days, I guess those requests got lost, see here and here. Cheers --Sionnach 19:27, 15 an Lùnastal 2009 (UTC)

Meta request


Hello, a user have requested rename on Meta-Wiki, if is possible, please handle this request. Regards --Sir Lestaty de Lioncourt 19:57, 5 an Giblean 2010 (UTC)



Hi Derek, what a nice suprise, mòran taing! I'll do my very best to keep things running smoothly around here.

By the way: I would like to get the extension: "Book collection" enabled on WP:gd as well. But as usual, they ask for a community vote, so it would be helpful if you could give your opinion here. Le beannachdan --Sionnach 06:54, 21 An Cèitean 2010 (UTC)

Sionnach, you have done more than anyone to improve this wiki over the last few years. It was only commonsense to give you the bureaucrat powers. -- Derek Ross | deasbair 19:13, 25 An Cèitean 2010 (UTC)

Name change


Hi Derek, a charaid, We would like to invite all contributors to take part in the debate to find an appropriate Gaelic form for Wikipedia that doesn't break any rules regarding phonology, intellegibility or forming good neologism. We'd like to invite views/votes from all users here as we'd like to get broad consensus. The debate is here: Name change and - since it involves quite a few technical issues - in English. Le dùrachdan --Sionnach 20:19, 23 dhen Dùbhlachd 2010 (UTC)Reply

Temp Sysop


Hello! Would you mind taking a look here? Thanks :) --Addihockey10 23:23, 29 dhen Fhaoilleach 2011 (UTC)Reply

I would say no, see here here agus here.--Sionnach 07:38, 30 dhen Fhaoilleach 2011 (UTC)Reply

Mohamed ElGedawy → محمد الجداوي


Hi, I want to change my name from: "Mohamed ElGedawy" to: "محمد الجداوي", Because i have changed my username on many wikipedias.--Mohamed ElGedawy 06:55, 14 dhen Lùnastal 2011 (UTC)Reply

Done.--Sionnach 16:33, 14 dhen Lùnastal 2011 (UTC)Reply

Forced user renames coming soon for SUL


Hi, sorry for writing in English. I'm writing to ask you, as a bureaucrat of this wiki, to translate and review the notification that will be sent to all users, also on this wiki, who will be forced to change their user name on May 27 and will probably need your help with renames. You may also want to help with the pages m:Rename practices and m:Global rename policy. Thank you, Nemo 13:26, 3 dhen Chèitean 2013 (UTC)Reply



Hi! I created the account "Dalriada" on WP:fr on 10/02/2006. Since then, I have created 2.217 articles and made 85.134 contributions there. I have just started the "SUL process" in order to unify my accounts across the Wikimedia projects (see here). Unfortunately there is another account "Dalriada" on WP:gd (Dalriada, less than 150 contributions) which is the main obstacle preventing me to achieve the "SUL process". This account has not contributed since October 2012 and so I wonder if it is possible to "usurp" it. My account on WP:fr => Dalriada. If needed, I can of course post a message on my talkpage on WP:fr confirming this. Dalriada

Please take a look over here--Sionnach (talk) 19:55, 30 dhen t-Samhain 2013 (UTC)Reply

An important message about renaming users


Dear Derek Ross, My aplogies for writing in English. Please translate or have this translated for you if it will help. I am cross-posting this message to many places to make sure everyone who is a Wikimedia Foundation project bureaucrat receives a copy. If you are a bureaucrat on more than one wiki, you will receive this message on each wiki where you are a bureaucrat.

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.

In the meantime please update your local page where users request renames to reflect this move to global renaming, and if there is a rename request and the user has edited more than one wiki with the name, please send them to the request page for a global rename.

Stewards greatly appreciate the trust local communities have in you and want to make this transition as easy as possible so that the two groups can start working together to ensure everyone has a unique login identity across Wikimedia projects. Completing this project will allow for long-desired universal tools like a global watchlist, global notifications and many, many more features to make work easier.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns about the SUL finalisation, read over the Help:Unified login page on Meta and leave a note on the talk page there, or on the talk page for global renamers. You can also contact me on my talk page on meta if you would like. I'm working as a bridge between Wikimedia Foundation Engineering and Product Development, Wikimedia Stewards, and you to assure that SUL finalisation goes as smoothly as possible; this is a community-driven process and I encourage you to work with the Stewards for our communities.

Thank you for your time. -- Keegan (WMF) talk 18:24, 25 dhen Lùnastal 2014 (UTC)Reply

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Your administrator and bureaucrat status on gd.wikipedia


Hello. A policy regarding the removal of "advanced rights" (administrator, bureaucrat, etc.) was adopted by community consensus in 2013. According to this policy, the stewards are reviewing activity on wikis with no inactivity policy.

You meet the inactivity criteria (no edits and no log actions for 2 years) on the wiki listed above. Since that wiki does not have its own rights review process, the global one applies.

If you want to keep your rights, you should inform the community of the wiki about the fact that the stewards have sent you this information about your inactivity. If the community has a discussion about it and then wants you to keep your rights, please contact the stewards at m:Stewards' noticeboard, and link to the discussion of the local community, where they express their wish to continue to maintain the rights.

If you wish to resign your rights, you can reply here or request removal of your rights on Meta.

If there is no response at all after approximately one month, stewards will proceed to remove your administrator and/or bureaucrat rights. In ambiguous cases, stewards will evaluate the responses and will refer a decision back to the local community for their comment and review. If you have any questions, please contact the stewards. Rschen7754 05:46, 9 dhen Iuchar 2016 (UTC)Reply

Please see this discussion as well.--Sionnach (an deasbaireachd) 15:45, 22 dhen Iuchar 2016 (UTC)Reply

Admin activity review


Hello. A policy regarding the removal of "advanced rights" (administrator, bureaucrat, etc.) was adopted by community consensus in 2013. According to this policy, the stewards are reviewing activity on wikis with no inactivity policy.

You meet the inactivity criteria (no edits and no log actions for 2 years) on this wiki. Since this wiki, to the best of our knowledge, does not have its own rights review process, the global one applies.

If you want to keep your advanced permissions, you should inform the community of the wiki about the fact that the stewards have sent you this information about your inactivity. A community notice about this process has been also posted on the local Village Pump of this wiki. If the community has a discussion about it and then wants you to keep your rights, please contact the stewards at the m:Stewards' noticeboard, and link to the discussion of the local community, where they express their wish to continue to maintain the rights.

If you wish to resign your rights, please request removal of your rights on Meta.

If there is no response at all after one month, stewards will proceed to remove your administrator and/or bureaucrat rights. In ambiguous cases, stewards will evaluate the responses and will refer a decision back to the local community for their comment and review. If you have any questions, please contact the stewards.

Yours faithfully. --MarcoAurelio (an deasbaireachd) 17:23, 26 dhen Fhaoilleach 2019 (UTC)Reply

How we will see unregistered users



You get this message because you are an admin on a Wikimedia wiki.

When someone edits a Wikimedia wiki without being logged in today, we show their IP address. As you may already know, we will not be able to do this in the future. This is a decision by the Wikimedia Foundation Legal department, because norms and regulations for privacy online have changed.

Instead of the IP we will show a masked identity. You as an admin will still be able to access the IP. There will also be a new user right for those who need to see the full IPs of unregistered users to fight vandalism, harassment and spam without being admins. Patrollers will also see part of the IP even without this user right. We are also working on better tools to help.

If you have not seen it before, you can read more on Meta. If you want to make sure you don’t miss technical changes on the Wikimedia wikis, you can subscribe to the weekly technical newsletter.

We have two suggested ways this identity could work. We would appreciate your feedback on which way you think would work best for you and your wiki, now and in the future. You can let us know on the talk page. You can write in your language. The suggestions were posted in October and we will decide after 17 January.

Thank you. /Johan (WMF)

18:15, 4 dhen Fhaoilleach 2022 (UTC)

Your advanced permissions on gdwiki


Hello. A policy regarding the removal of "advanced rights" (administrator, bureaucrat, interface administrator, etc.) was adopted by community consensus in 2013. According to this policy, the stewards are reviewing activity on wikis with no inactivity policy.

You meet the inactivity criteria (no edits and no logged actions for 2 years) on this wiki. Since this wiki, to the best of our knowledge, does not have its own rights review process, the global one applies.

If you want to keep your advanced permissions, you should inform the community of the wiki about the fact that the stewards have sent you this information about your inactivity. A community notice about this process has been also posted on the local Village Pump of this wiki. If the community has a discussion about it and then wants you to keep your rights, please contact the stewards at the m:Stewards' noticeboard, and link to the discussion of the local community, where they express their wish to continue to maintain the rights.

If you wish to resign your rights, please request removal of your rights on Meta.

If there is no response at all after one month, stewards will proceed to remove your administrator and/or bureaucrat rights. In ambiguous cases, stewards will evaluate the responses and will refer a decision back to the local community for their comment and review. If you have any questions, please contact the stewards.

Yours faithfully.

Stanglavine (an deasbaireachd) 19:03, 16 dhen Fhaoilleach 2022 (UTC)Reply