User talk:Thehelpfulone

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I like this site looking so blank, so ...innocent :) Nevertheless I used to be translation admin (not very active but still) and hope to work here. Will you, please, tell me when I can be helpful here? Thanks, -- Ата (talk) 23:59, 16 May 2013 (UTC)

I most certainly will, thank you for offering to help out! Thehelpfulone 00:00, 17 May 2013 (UTC)
Thanks for your work here - we're going to be doing a significant overhaul of everything over the next month or so, including a shiny non-wiki landing page and significantly more content, so check back then. EdSaperia (talk) 12:26, 6 October 2013 (UTC)

main page

Hi. this is Arabic translate of main page. Do not hesitate to call me if you want translation of other pages into Arabic.--Elph (talk) 17:24, 21 August 2013 (UTC)

Hi! Thanks for your translation, I'm unsure whether or not we're going to be changing the layout of the Main Page yet, so that's why I haven't marked the page for translation. I'll follow up with the relevant people and let you know if the page is going to change, else I'll copy the translations across to the translation tool when I mark it for translation. Thehelpfulone 22:29, 24 August 2013 (UTC)

Rights request

Hi, THO :) Can I and Ата have the sysop and TA rights in here? We are willing to localize sidebar, do TA stuff and other l10n related things in here. --Base (talk) 23:34, 5 October 2013 (UTC)

{{Confirm}} -- Ата (talk) 23:48, 5 October 2013 (UTC)

Sysop rights

Hi Thehelpfulone. While working on categorising the submissions as member of the programme committee, I find it necessary to use some sysop rights but got stuck before realising that I cannot use them on this Wiki. Could you please promote me to a sysop? Best regards.--Kiril Simeonovski (talk) 15:00, 6 April 2014 (UTC)

Hi Kiril, sure I can promote you, but please could you tell me what exactly you are trying to do that needs sysop rights? I'm just thinking that if you're encountering the problem then perhaps other members of the Programme Committee will too, so there could be an alternative solution we could look for. :) Thehelpfulone 15:17, 6 April 2014 (UTC)
Hi. The primary purpose of using the sysop rights is to delete categories that should be renamed. Please compare the differences in the use of capital letters in the names of the categories Category:Education Outreach submissions and Category:Public outreach submissions. I'd also like to temporarily add different categories in the edit tools bar that will help me do the categorisation faster without the need to type their names and reduce the possibility of making any mistakes. At a later stage, it might be also helpful if the edit tools include the reviewing templates so that the members of the programme committee would have to just click on one of the tools in order to deliver their note. Best.--Kiril Simeonovski (talk) 19:13, 6 April 2014 (UTC)
Thank you for the explanation, I've just given you +sysop, please feel free to edit as needed to make things easier for you! Thehelpfulone 21:19, 7 April 2014 (UTC)

Template:Scholarships translations

Hi there. Could you mark this page for translation again please. I can't find the button to do so, unless you have to be a sysop or something. CT Cooper · talk 18:44, 2 May 2014 (UTC)

Sure done, you need to be a translation admin to do that (which is different from being a sysop). Do you think you'll be editing more pages that may need translations updating? If so I'm happy to make you one. Thank you to you and the rest of the Scholarships Committee for all of your hard work! Thehelpfulone 18:46, 2 May 2014 (UTC)
Thank you for your kinds words. Yeah there is a high chance I will be improving pages on this wiki which need translation. If you're happy to give me the flag, then I'll accept it save others time. Thanks again in advance. CT Cooper · talk 19:02, 2 May 2014 (UTC)
No problem, I've added the translation admin flag to your account and also gave you +sysop as you may find it to be useful (and you've got plenty of experience using it!). Thehelpfulone 19:06, 2 May 2014 (UTC)
Thank you. I frequently look at recent changes so the sysop tools will prove very useful too. CT Cooper · talk 20:52, 2 May 2014 (UTC)


Hey, thanks so much for the help. --John Cummings (WMUK) (talk) 13:54, 15 May 2014 (UTC)

@John Cummings (WMUK): No problem at all, if you need help with anything else, please don't hesitate to ask! :-) Thehelpfulone 13:56, 15 May 2014 (UTC)
Thanks, could I get a second line on the banner so I can put dates or a subheading in? I can't get the text to sit directly under the main title, it insists on dropping down a few lines......John Cummings (WMUK) (talk) 14:00, 15 May 2014 (UTC)

An important message about renaming users

Dear Thehelpfulone,

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 August 2014 (UTC)

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