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No. of pages = 1,587,700
No. of articles = 1,025,918
No. of files = 11,161
No. of edits = 5,057,995


No. of pages in Main = 308,418
No. of pages in Page: = 1,003,412
No. validated in Page: = 170,747
No. proofread in Page: = 262,074
No. not proofread in Page: = 483,664
No. problematic in Page: = 16,000
No. of validated works = 1,461
No. of proofread only works = 771
No. of pages in Main 
with transclusions = 94,720
% transcluded pages in Main = 30.71
Σ pages in Main 


No. of users = 1,552,053
No. of active users = 288
No. of group:autopatrolled = 372
No. in group:sysop = 41
No. in group:bureaucrat = 3
No. in group:bot = 24

Checkuser notification[edit]


Log[edit]

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AngelGa.* and Johnson type accounts There is a spammer (maybe a spambot) sitting within a Sri Lankan internet provider's diverse and dynamic IP ranges. They seem to have taken a liking to our site for spam, and I am slowly getting the range of IP addresses ranges and applying soft blocks for an extended period. There is a bit of pattern with usernames, though some I am globally locking rather than locally blocking, generally as it is easier for me, feel free to locally block/watch/... and let me know if you think that I have missed them. — billinghurst sDrewth 11:51, 6 March 2014 (UTC)

Spamming has continued as they roam around the ADSL ranks of Sri Lanka Telecom. I have soft blocked 2x /16 for an extended period and will see how that progresses. — billinghurst sDrewth 16:23, 10 March 2014 (UTC)

182.186.0.0/16
range of accounts
Numbers of recent spam accounts have been coming through 182.186.0.0/16 Pakistan Faisalabad Usf Dslam Central. Soft block on the range to prevent account creation. I am guessing that it is real people sitting at a keyboard to spam, rather than spambots, so this may not be as successful as hoped. — billinghurst sDrewth 09:07, 18 July 2014 (UTC)

Vandalism attacks used to be stored up here at the top of the page so I am reporting it here.

Denial-of-Service type attacks were being waged by repeatedly accessing the same user page, on the order of thousands of times per day. It peaked in early-march with 90,000 hits, and then again in mid-March and early-April at around 40,000 hits per day. ResScholar (talk) 08:47, 29 April 2014 (UTC)

What is it that you are wanting done? — billinghurst sDrewth 13:15, 29 April 2014 (UTC)
I wanted to notify administrators in case we start to see degradation of performance, like delays on the server. They will be apprised that this "service vandalism" may be a possible cause.
Denial-of-service attacks are fairly common to large websites, but I have never seen such an attack at Wikisource. If you or any other administrator knows of anyone I should notify of this attack who works with the server and may be able to take preventative measures, please let me know. ResScholar (talk) 01:30, 30 April 2014 (UTC)
I don't know if these play a role in that or not but there is no way these [nearly] non-existant User: pages should be recieving the amount of views that they currently are or recently have... -- George Orwell III (talk) 12:35, 15 June 2014 (UTC)
Hey guys, I asked around about this, and there's been no sign of a DDoS attack. Actually, the exact response was, "if someone's attempting to do that, they're probably not doing a very good job :)" The current belief is that it's most likely some bot or spider that's screwed up. Given the size of the traffic, it'll throw off the whole-project page view counts a bit. Ops will keep an eye out, and no big worries, but big thanks for noticing and posting about it. WhatamIdoing (talk) 17:47, 16 June 2014 (UTC)
Thanks for the attention. You might want to look into...
* Special:HideBanners - view stats
...too. It is suppose to be cookie activated or something after donating to the wiki-foundation (seems unlikely; if even half of that @ $1 a hit was true, I'd like a new BMW for Christmas btw [3 series is fine]).

I don't know why such a convoluted local solution to hide banners is needed in the first place. Anyway, for a page that doesn't (or shouldn't?) exist, its certainly not a redlink and really busy over time. -- George Orwell III (talk) 20:59, 16 June 2014 (UTC)

I don't think that every instance of triggering that page is a donation; I think that the way this works, the page is triggered every single time a donor (or maybe anyone who has clicked the button to hide the banner?) visits any page—which, if you look at a hundred pages today, could mean a hundred times. At any rate, the spike in November is expected. WhatamIdoing (talk) 20:01, 23 June 2014 (UTC)
Okie-dokie remove the ~11 million hits for November and that is still some percentage of ~3 million hits that should not be possible to count in the first place. If somebody donates to the foundation, they should recieve a barnstarn-like banner full of thank yous & such on their User: page or similar - end of story; not hassle everybody else by invoking a cookie-reliant banner that non-donator's wouldn't be able to see to begin with (note the red x for lack of an image file) by design and [most likely] that remaining Users disable from seeing through their preference settings at some point in their wiki-lifetime. I'm begining to think that faux double-nonsense is by design to quietly inflate the bottom line traffic numbers or something. Maybe its been like that for so long nobody bothers to question it never mind be aware of it? (Even funnier: almost 92 million hits to just the top 8 English WikiWhatevers this past year alone). Either way, its out in the open now - what gets done about it now would be by choice & up to the higher-ups I guess.

Back on point. The crazy traffic has pretty much stopped on 3 of the 4 Users mentioned on or about the 16th of this month so Kudos for that. Moving forward @ June, the only "strange" activity that persists [for en.WS] still point to...

... the former being listed before. Can you point someone to these 2 & have them look into it as well? -- George Orwell III (talk) 03:42, 24 June 2014 (UTC)
Umm folks, as one of the named pair above I'm happy if there is anything I can do (or not do—block me for a period if that helps getting to the bottom of this.) I am curious as to the conclusions and will assist in any way I can. AuFCL (talk) 05:08, 24 June 2014 (UTC)
I don't understand how the existence of a web cookie "hassles everybody else", and posting a barnstar-like banner is both not going to work for logged-out donors (which is most of them) or for donors who value their privacy.
Fundraising happens year-round, with a focus in November and early December. Probably all of those hits are valid.
AuFCL, one of the hypotheses is that this traffic is driven by a poorly written botnet that is scraping websites for text to add to spammy e-mail messages (to get them past e-mail filters by having "random" text at the bottom of the message). If that's what's going on, then blocking you couldn't have any benefit at all. WhatamIdoing (talk) 20:33, 25 June 2014 (UTC)
Hey there. I followed a link from Wikidata and wound up on this project, only to find that I has been pinged. I have no idea why people (or, more likely, bots) are looking at my non-existent Wikisource user page in large numbers, but it looks like in the past month, my user page here has gotten 23 times more hits than my user page on English Wikipedia, where I am actually active. So... good luck, I guess. I don't think I know anything that can help. Sven Manguard (talk) 20:07, 17 June 2014 (UTC)
There's some (I believe) related details at English Wikipedia's Village pump (technical). WhatamIdoing (talk) 17:04, 18 June 2014 (UTC)

Bureaucrat requests[edit]

Usurpation Request[edit]

D_abhi → Abhinav[edit]

I would like to change my username to complete the SUL process. Confirmatory diff. Thank you! D abhi (talk) 20:11, 6 June 2014 (UTC)

You should be good to go with the SUL process now.--BirgitteSB 22:49, 6 June 2014 (UTC)

Global renames available from 8 July[edit]

With the forthcoming update 1.24wmf12, which will roll-out to enWS on 8 July, there will now be a function available to stewards to undertake renames. This wiki should be aware of the proposed policy m:Global rename policy and the discussion that has taken place at Stewards' noticeboard.

I would be interested to hear from our 'crats (@Zhaladshar, BirgitteSB, Hesperian:) by which means they will be undertaking renames in light of this change. One thing that I would like to highlight is that if renames are undertaken to a new name singularly at a wiki, then this will inhibit a global rename, due to the global rename tool requiring a clean target username rename help. So to my understanding, for discombobulated accounts, there will still need to rename and usurp as per existing practices, though for fresh renames, the 'crats may wish to redirect users to m:Steward requests/Username changes. — billinghurst sDrewth 10:50, 7 July 2014 (UTC)

I would be interested also to hear about how we are going to handle this. I picked the log on I am using now, long before I realized I was going to become w:Wikiaddict I have been considering an upgraded name for some time. JeepdaySock (AKA, Jeepday) 14:12, 7 July 2014 (UTC)
Just will need to be wary of counts, and still seeking that clarification. With your total, you should be okay. For me, na-ah. — billinghurst sDrewth 16:40, 7 July 2014 (UTC)
Whatever you choose, you definitely don't want to end up with a non-global account.
If you're trying to figure out whether you have a global account, go to Special:Preferences and look for "Global account status:" "All in order!" is the best answer. "In migration" may or may not require any action. Anything else usually means that your account will need to be renamed during the next year (months from now). WhatamIdoing (talk) 20:45, 9 July 2014 (UTC)
Global account status: All in order! so that is good. If I go to https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Special:CentralAuth and do not find the name I want to use, does that mean no one is using it anyplace? Jeepday (talk) 22:32, 9 July 2014 (UTC)
I think so. WhatamIdoing (talk) 21:44, 15 July 2014 (UTC)
"global account status: All in order! Your account is active on 63 project sites."

I would like to have my name changed from William Maury Morris II to Maury. —Maury (talk) 23:09, 9 July 2014 (UTC)

I think that you can request this at m:Steward requests/Username changes. They're probably still updating the directions for the process. WhatamIdoing (talk) 21:44, 15 July 2014 (UTC)

Reply to Billinghurst above: I guess my approach would be something like this:

  1. Perform the usual check of validity of request. i.e. we're not being gamed / trolled.
  2. Check if the account is global. If not global, then proceed with rename. Else...
  3. Educate user on global versus local renames. Explain that a local rename will detach the local account from the global account. Explain how to request a global rename.
  4. If the user confirms that they really want to enact a local rename, then shrug shoulders and proceed.

How does that sound?

Hesperian 02:11, 10 July 2014 (UTC)

My method of operation is pretty much the same as Hesperian's. I will make sure the right method of renaming is offered and made clear to the user requesting the name change so that the change can be as efficient as possible. I'll still do it however they want at the end of the day, though.—Zhaladshar (Talk) 13:45, 15 July 2014 (UTC)
I think that it would be preferable not to create any more local accounts. That's just setting up the user to get stuck with an unpleasant, forced rename next year. WhatamIdoing (talk) 21:44, 15 July 2014 (UTC)

Two admin confirmations reach negative threshold and need to be converted to a full community vote[edit]

Would a 'crat, or if they unavailable an administrator, be able to convert the two confirmations at Wikisource:Administrators into full community votes as two of the three have reached the -3 threshold. Thank to whomever has time. — billinghurst sDrewth 14:34, 17 August 2014 (UTC)

I converted Inductiveload's to a vote of confidence. ResScholar was already that way.—Zhaladshar (Talk) 16:05, 17 August 2014 (UTC)
I have posted community notification at the Scriptorium. Hesperian 00:01, 18 August 2014 (UTC)

Page (un)protection requests[edit]

Other[edit]

Need input for critical work[edit]

Hi folks,

After months of peeking, poking and proding with little to show for it, I've finally struck gold.

Compendium III: Copyright Office Practices will [bite my tongue] "soon" be a reality and - hopefully - will resolve the many outstanding copyright questions we have. See the mock-up of the new site here...

UPDATE: Copyright Office Announces Beta Revision of Compendium of Practices
The Compendium III of Copyright Office Practices is released in beta form on July 31, 2014. The new Compendium III contains the body of Office practices and procedures.


All the links seem to be active but the true content is not up yet. The only worthwhile active link (that I could find) was to the 10-page Preface .pdf which seems to be well past the "initial draft" stage. It's uploaded and Index'd here...

  • Index:Comp3-pre-0415.pdf
    Correction - more Chapters have been added (again, only as .pdfs) since my last run-through of the site earlier today (Chapters 400, 1200, 1600 & 1700 afaict).

Question now is how to proceed and the reason I bring this to your attention here and now. Please look the site and the Preface over and start this "eventual" project off right. -- George Orwell III (talk) 21:52, 3 May 2014 (UTC)

I don’t understand what you are asking. It seems like you are asking something about how to format the work in Wikisource when it becomes available, but I doubt that is something you would have an issue with, so I am lost. I know we have a discussion at Possible copyright violations, pending this work. Jeepday (talk) 22:46, 4 May 2014 (UTC)
Sorry - I don't know how I missed this.

My point is to have a discussion on how best to host this ahead of starting it so that all projects can call upon & benefit from it while allowing en.WS some degree of ease in maintaining it both at the same time.

Without actually "seeing" what is now called a beta release (update added above) slated for July 31, uploading & transcribing a single PDF/DjVu containing the entire body of work seems like the wrong way to go if we want to be able to always host latest revision(s) in the mainspace. Uploading each section or chapter seperately and transcribing them seperately seems to make more sense in this case - well that is what my "gut" is telling me at the moment that is. -- George Orwell III (talk) 01:30, 13 July 2014 (UTC)


ITS HERE!.... and damn if I don't have acrobat installed! -- George Orwell III (talk) 21:21, 20 August 2014 (UTC)

http://copyright.gov/comp3/

Fatal error on file move[edit]

I was trying to move/rename "File:The Patents Act 1970.pdf" to "File:Patents Act 1970 (India).pdf" and get the following internal error:

[e52a8696] 2014-08-21 01:00:26: Fatal exception of type MWException

The index page was deleted before hand. What am I doing wrong? — Ineuw talk 01:03, 21 August 2014 (UTC)

Odd. I can't seem to "move" it either - different message though. -- George Orwell III (talk) 01:53, 21 August 2014 (UTC)
Scratch that - it went through the second try -- George Orwell III (talk) 01:56, 21 August 2014 (UTC)
Thanks created the Index page already.— Ineuw talk 02:50, 21 August 2014 (UTC)