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Welcome to the Information Desk.

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Frequently asked questions are answered in the FAQ. If you have a question about Wikimania 2015, or this site, which is not answered there, feel free to ask them here. To add a new question, please, click here.

when is the information going to be posted

As of 30 December 2014, most of the Wikimania 2015 website is blank pages. When is the information going to be posted?

I just added a table to recurit volunters under the Volunteers tab. Geraldshields11 (talk) 16:04, 30 December 2014 (UTC)

Hi! Behind the scenes, we've been working on the actual content of this wiki "offline". As you may have already seen, we're slowly populating the wiki. --Andycyca (WMMX, Wikimania 2015 Staff) | (Any questions?) 06:20, 13 January 2015 (UTC)

request forgery protection token

When trying to submit my application I get the message The request that was submitted was missing the request forgery protection token. Please return to the form, reload the page and try again. Returning to the form and reloading the page gets the same result. What do I have to do? --Gereon K. (talk) 20:36, 19 January 2015 (UTC)

I rewrote the entire application. It worked then. I suppose I had the window open for too long and the cookie was obsolete? However, the error message was confusing. :-) --Gereon K. (talk) 20:44, 19 January 2015 (UTC)
Glad to hear that the problem was solved, Gereon. Cheers, --ProtoplasmaKid (talk) 01:45, 20 January 2015 (UTC)
See phab:T63269. -- KTC (talk) 16:22, 20 January 2015 (UTC)


Do we have any translationadmins? When translation tool would be avaible? --Ochilov (talk) 09:08, 20 January 2015 (UTC)

I am an admin on the wiki - and volunteer to be a translationadmin - I am one on Commons, MW, and Meta. --Varnent (talk) 16:24, 20 January 2015 (UTC)
Varnent, when this and this page would be enable to translation?--Ochilov (talk) 02:07, 21 January 2015 (UTC)
As soon as I get access to the tools I can do that. --Varnent (talk) 04:34, 2 February 2015 (UTC)
Actually - they already appear to be in the translation system. :) --Varnent (talk) 04:36, 2 February 2015 (UTC)

Flags request

Could I and Ата have sysop and translate admin flags in here, please? In order to do pretty the same work as in 2014's wiki: translating wiki, including sidebar and other things in interface which are not from TWN, to Ukrainian and perhaps a little to Russian and translation administration of the wiki (both TA in several wikis); deleting spam/offtopic pages etc. --Base (talk) 06:18, 21 January 2015 (UTC)

I support Base, he is experienced TA. Could u give me autoreview permission when translations would start so I will not annoy others with my dozens of translations into Esperanto. --Ochilov (talk) 09:21, 21 January 2015 (UTC)
Hello! I myself don't have admin rights on this wiki, but I have passed your request to an admin on the team. I'll report back ASAP --Andycyca (WMMX, Wikimania 2015 Staff) | (Any questions?) 20:19, 22 January 2015 (UTC)
This is just to confirm that the relevant translation rights have been granted --Andycyca (WMMX, Wikimania 2015 Staff) | (Any questions?) 07:00, 23 January 2015 (UTC)
Andycyca (WMMX, Wikimania 2015 Staff), sorry for bothering but only translationadmin flag was granted and only to me. While the request was about translationadmin and admin (sysop) flags for me and user:Ата. I've already emailed Omar sansi about it. --Base (talk) 00:52, 24 January 2015 (UTC)
Done, translator admin rights to Ochilov and Ата. Thanks for the translations! Saludos, --ProtoplasmaKid (talk) 01:11, 24 January 2015 (UTC)
Hi ProtoplasmaKid, thanks for that part. Is there any particular reason for not giving me and Ата sysop flag? --Base (talk) 01:16, 24 January 2015 (UTC)
Done, administrator rights assigned :) --Omar sansi (talk) 01:37, 24 January 2015 (UTC)
Base I'm sorry for the confusion, I thought you only wanted TA flags. Maybe I worded it wrongly --Andycyca (WMMX, Wikimania 2015 Staff) | (Any questions?) 05:31, 24 January 2015 (UTC)
Thank you and sorry for taking your time :) --Base (talk) 01:57, 24 January 2015 (UTC)
Thank u very much for TA! --Ochilov (talk) 02:37, 24 January 2015 (UTC)
Hello Andycyca (WMMX, Wikimania 2015 Staff), Omar sansi, Could I have translate admin flags here? to help with translation for the french community. I am TA in Meta and Outreach and I believe that im trusted and experienced TA.Grind24 (talk) 17:25, 27 January 2015 (UTC)
Done. CT Cooper · talk 20:02, 28 February 2015 (UTC)

Main page and side bar translations

The Main Page should be translatable. Making localized images may be too much, but we can translate at least their descriptions. That's why I made this change.

For the side bar translation see these instructions. Macofe (talk) 03:28, 15 February 2015 (UTC)

Import rights

Could any active bureaucrat grant me the import-rights or import some pages from meta-wiki for me? Kind regards, --Brackenheim (talk) 15:50, 15 February 2015 (UTC)

Define some pages from meta-wiki...
Danny B. 08:21, 19 February 2015 (UTC)
Hello Danny B., I want to import the version history for the following pages: Template:Languages and the subpages, Template:Nmbox, Template:TNT and Module:Template translation. It also would be great, if you could give me the permission to edit the MediaWiki namespace, like MediaWiki:Contact/de. Kind regards, --Brackenheim (talk) 21:57, 20 February 2015 (UTC)
Sorry, my fault, the importupload-right can only be granted by stewards. But can anyone grant me the admin-rights, so I can edit the MediaWiki namespace and help with the deletion requests? --Brackenheim (talk) 22:11, 28 February 2015 (UTC)
Done. You're trusted on other wikis so I'm happy to give this request my approval. Please be careful when editing the MediaWiki space however. CT Cooper · talk 13:08, 1 March 2015 (UTC)
Thank you very much! Of course I will be careful. Kind regards, --Brackenheim (talk) 13:09, 1 March 2015 (UTC)

Sysop rights

Hello Wikipedians, I demand to sysop and translation admin access. I have a sysop and editor rights in many wiki. I also have the rights to the bureaucrats. You can be sure I can do a good job. Uğurkent (talk) 15:21, 16 February 2015 (UTC)

Demand? --Base (talk) 21:51, 19 February 2015 (UTC)
Demand; means to request. Uğurkent (talk) 14:39, 20 February 2015 (UTC)
Hi Ugurkent. Thank you for offering to help out. I think the point being made is that demand means to request something forcefully or claim something as a right. I know that's not what you meant to say, though other users could misunderstand and take offence anyway – I saw this exact thing happen on Commons a short while ago. I would recommend amending your request to make this clear. CT Cooper · talk 17:48, 20 February 2015 (UTC)
Thank you. Uğurkent (talk) 21:35, 28 February 2015 (UTC)

Request for sysop rights

Dear Wikimania 2015 Wiki community, I come from Vietnamese Wikipedia and Meta-Wiki. Can I be granted sysop flag on this wiki? With administrative tools, I can more easily help in compiling content and clean up information. I had similar contribution in previous Wikimania Wiki (especially in 2012 (offline) and 2014 (online, almost in translation work)). In addition, the translation admin rights can help me more when updating and editing the content need be translated, as major contribution of mine is in Vietnamese. Vietnam is a country of "Global South" group, since Wikimedia movements should be hightlight more in this area, plus Vietnamese Wikipedia is a large community with over 1 million articles, I think I can help content of Wikimania become closer with Vietnamese by admin and translation admin tools (included edit-interface for sidebar localization).

I'm a sysop on Vietnamese Wikipedia and Vietnamese Wiktionary, and for experience inter-wiki: a sysop on Outreach Wiki and Strategy Wiki (closed now), too. For translation work, I had a ton of contributions in Vietnamese translation on Meta-Wiki and, also on some multi-language projects of Wikimedia. See details in activity. For additional trust (if realy necessary), I have an account on Foundation Wiki. Thanks for advance. --minhhuy (talk) 17:27, 26 February 2015 (UTC)

Done! --ProtoplasmaKid (talk) 18:26, 28 February 2015 (UTC)
Thank you. However, I need a rights to localize the sidebar (edit mediawiki namespace). Can you or CT Cooper grant me the admin-rights? Thank you in advance again. --minhhuy (talk) 19:05, 1 March 2015 (UTC)
Done. CT Cooper · talk 14:30, 2 March 2015 (UTC)
Thank you very much.--minhhuy (talk) 14:33, 2 March 2015 (UTC)

Request for sysop rights

Today, I reverted a bunch of vandalism on the wiki here (e.g. on the main page and other prominent pages). I would like admin rights to more easily take care of these things and help out here. I have been admin for many years on English Wikipedia, commons, and other places. Cheers. Aude (talk) 22:29, 26 February 2015 (UTC)

There seem to be a lot of outstanding requests here and this wiki could do with some more admins. Pinging all local bureaucratsUser:Danny B., User:EYoung (WMF), User:Jdforrester, User:Omar sansi, User:ProtoplasmaKid, and User:Reedy – can you please look into this? While we're at it, I myself am an admin on the Wikimania 2014 wiki and since I'm on here regularly, the sysop flag would again be helpful at clearing up any trouble. Many thanks in advance. CT Cooper · talk 20:22, 27 February 2015 (UTC)
Done!--ProtoplasmaKid (talk) 18:25, 28 February 2015 (UTC)
Thank you. CT Cooper · talk 19:59, 28 February 2015 (UTC)

I've fully reviewed all recent changes for the last seven days. However, more help is welcome, so please feel free to request translation administrator and/or sysop rights here if interested. CT Cooper · talk 14:09, 1 March 2015 (UTC)

CT Cooper: What kind of help are you looking for? I've been semi-watching this wiki for a while but I'm not sure what kind of help you're in need of. Cheers, --L235 (talk) enwiki 18:53, 1 March 2015 (UTC)
Having read a bit more, if a b'crat feels like granting me (temp?) sysop, feel free; I'll help where I can. --L235 (talk) enwiki 18:59, 1 March 2015 (UTC)
Hi there, nothing specific; more just general maintenance (deleting unneeded pages, reverting spammers, blocking vandels etc.) and helping with translations (marking pages for translation, approving certain revisions etc.). I've reviewed your contributions and since you're a trusted user, I'm happy to grant you sysop access. Use it well. CT Cooper · talk 19:17, 1 March 2015 (UTC)

@CT Cooper: Alright, good to know. I've started importing a few templates that'll be useful. I'm assuming sysops here have pretty wide discretion on what to do; there aren't local policies like enwiki. Could I have translation admin and importer as well, for importing from wikis other than enwiki, meta, wikimania2014, etc, and also for the more messy imports? Thanks, --L235 (talk) enwiki 22:19, 1 March 2015 (UTC)
Yes, things are a little more mellow here. I'm happy to grant the translate admin flag too. Unfortunately bureaucrats can't give out the import right locally, only stewards can do that. CT Cooper · talk 22:36, 1 March 2015 (UTC)
@CT Cooper: Thanks. I'm assuming I'm good to request that from stewards at m:SRP then? --L235 (talk) enwiki 22:38, 1 March 2015 (UTC)
Yes, see m:Steward_requests/Permissions#Brackenheim.40wikimania2015.wikimedia ;-) You know, how importupload works? Regards, --Brackenheim (talk) 22:41, 1 March 2015 (UTC)
I'm happy to give my support to any such request. CT Cooper · talk 22:43, 1 March 2015 (UTC)
Hi,@CT Cooper, ProtoplasmaKid:, I would like admin rights here to be able to help.Im sysop on some wiki and thinks that i am trusted user.--Grind24 (talk) 15:53, 17 May 2015 (UTC)
@Grind24: Done. CT Cooper · talk 14:11, 24 May 2015 (UTC)

Importing templates

Should useful templates be imported wholesale from the Wikimania 2014 wiki and from meta? Also, I'd like to import MediaWiki:Wikimedia-copyrightwarning from meta, but that seems like a significant import so I'd like to gather comments. --L235 (talk) enwiki 21:36, 1 March 2015 (UTC)

I have no objections to importing templates as needed, including meta:MediaWiki:Wikimedia-copyrightwarning. Worst case scenario, botched/inappropriate imports can be deleted, though all the templates I've seen imported so far have been very useful. CT Cooper · talk 14:41, 2 March 2015 (UTC)
@CT Cooper: Alright, thanks, good to know. I assume I should keep on doing what I'm doing then? (at least I haven't broken anything yet?) --L235 (talk) enwiki 21:28, 2 March 2015 (UTC)
Yeah, sure. Keep up the good work. CT Cooper · talk 22:17, 2 March 2015 (UTC)

Sister links

How do I make a link to this wiki, from another WMF project? Pigsonthewing (talk) 13:38, 3 March 2015 (UTC)

@Pigsonthewing: [[wm2015:Main Page]] --Malaysiaboy (talk) 14:16, 3 March 2015 (UTC)
@Malaysiaboy: Thank you. Pigsonthewing (talk) 23:00, 3 March 2015 (UTC)

Childcare at Wikimania?

Dear organizers of Wikimania 2015! Will there be child care during the conference? I would like to attend the conference and bring my (almost) 10 year old son. He speaks a bit of English and I'm sure he'd love to play with children of other Wikimania attendees! Thank you, Spinster (talk) 19:04, 28 March 2015 (UTC)

Translation extension

I’m not very familiar with the translation extension. I fixed this link in Conference organizers, because w:en:WikiGnome was deleted years ago and the page moved to w:en:WP:WikiGnome. How can I fix this link in the german translation? Using Special:Translate I get [[$gnome|WikiGnome]]. Regards --Schniggendiller (talk) 12:54, 29 March 2015 (UTC)

I believe that it was automatically done. --L235 (talk) enwiki 16:01, 29 March 2015 (UTC)
Strange. I checked the link right after my edit, it doesn’t work. But now it does. Perhaps because you "marked the page for translation"? Regards --Schniggendiller (talk) 17:07, 29 March 2015 (UTC)

please fix MediaWiki:Sp-contributions-footer

MediaWiki:Sp-contributions-footer includes a link to the edit counter "X!'s tool". Unfortunately, this link doesn’t work, and it’s not because the link includes & The tool doesn’t know the Wikimania-wikis (error message "wt::getUserInfo is not a valid wiki"). Regards --Schniggendiller (talk) 10:52, 6 April 2015 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done Thank you for the report! Regards, --Brackenheim (talk) 11:08, 6 April 2015 (UTC)

informations about the new venue?

For at least 21 hours Facebook-users know that the Biblioteca Jose Vasconcelos will not be the venue of the Wikimania. Wikimania 2015 will be held at Hilton Mexiko City Reforma. At least this it what you communicate via Facebook. Is it true? And if so, could somebody please explain what the reasons for this change are? In my opinion, the Biblioteca was a big asset of this conference. And why did nobody mention this change of the venue here, in this wiki? This is the first place I expect new informations, not Facebook. This wiki is specifically designed for this conference, Facebook is a "nice to have" (at least for people who like Facebook (I don’t)). I don’t expect the page Venue to be edited into the good state it is now reflecting the change of the venue within hours, but I would expect at least a short notice at Venue. Regards --Schniggendiller (talk) 16:11, 6 May 2015 (UTC)


Hello. I wiil be attendee of Wikimania 2015. My home wiki is plwiki, where I am administrator. Also I have sysop rights at Wikidata (SUL). On this wiki I am translating to polish language and correcting some original articles. I want to mark this edits for translation. Thanks, Rzuwig 11:26, 10 May 2015 (UTC)

Hello, I've granted you translateadmin and sysop rights. CT Cooper · talk 21:39, 10 May 2015 (UTC)


Are videos of Wikimania 2015 going to be taken? If yes, may I know who is the person-in-charge that I can contact? It would be great if videos can be made and properly archived on the Internet Archive and even uploaded to Wikimedia Commons. Thanks! --Hydriz (talk) 14:13, 27 June 2015 (UTC)

I have created Videos for coordinating this. Organizing team: Please kindly provide more information about the video-processing progress on that page. Thank you! --Hydriz (talk) 05:08, 5 July 2015 (UTC)

Need help rescheduling my talk

Still hoping to get a response to (also emailed both general inquiry addresses)

My talk was accepted by the review committee, then canceled months later on a technicality with no obvious attempt at informing me of this possibility ahead of time, by email or on wiki. It's not clear how this decision was made, and I'd like to reinstate my talk so I can move forward with scheduling and other preparations. Please help me correct this issue.

Adamw (talk) 21:35, 1 July 2015 (UTC)

Spam on this wiki

FYI that I noticed Talk:Wikimania being targeted at least twice recently. --Elitre (WMF) (talk) 14:31, 3 July 2015 (UTC)

@Elitre (WMF): Thanks for bringing this to my attention. There does seem to have been a large increase in spam on this wiki recently, but I've been able to deal with it and will keep on the look out for more. CT Cooper · talk 11:10, 4 July 2015 (UTC)
It seems that most of this spam comes from India (the subcontinent), for whatever reason … Regards --Schniggendiller (talk) 23:14, 10 July 2015 (UTC)

Pre-conference events: Teotihuacan

Hi! Can you please add a per-conference orginzed tour to Teotihuacan at July 14th? It will help wikipedians who come erly to Mexico but also leave erly. Look at WIKI LOVES PYRAMIDS MEETUP for more information. Thanks- Ovedc (talk) 04:42, 5 July 2015 (UTC)

Nastaleeq Font

Can you please add Font Nastaleeq for Urdu. Jameel Noori Nastaleeq font use in Urdu wikipedia and other sisters projects.--Obaid Raza (talk) 07:58, 6 July 2015 (UTC)


I added my pics here since Upload Wizard didn't seem to work for me. You're welcome to move them to Commons, of course! Sorry for the delay, --Elitre (WMF) (talk) 12:21, 20 January 2016 (UTC)

I've transferred your photos from Flickr to Commons at Category:Wikimania 2015 by User:Elitre (WMF). Best, Quenhitran (talk) 07:33, 25 January 2016 (UTC)