Hey all. Please excuse the fact that this is posted to multiple
mailing lists, but I need to ensure that it reaches all concerned.
I'm writing as an IRC Group Contact to call all operators of Wikimedia
IRC bots to state their activity and use of their bot to me, using a
private e-mail, as I'm doing a bit of reorganisation. I have a few
issues to address and would like to try and smooth out the rather
convoluted situation we have right now.
As many will know, I'm a freenode staffer and as such am in a position
to notice the lack of continuity present. In particular many of our
bots use flood-protection exemption due to the nature of their
much-data roles. Unfortunately, with the death of freenode's founder
Rob Levin, there is no longer a very organised record of which bots
are doing what and where, and I would really like to establish a
better one. By doing this I aim to make things a lot easier for bot
operators to get the information/permissions they need. Please note
that this has nothing to do with MediaWiki bot flags or community
permission, which is still very important for bots that edit as well
as speak on IRC.
I would like to make two major changes to what we do at the moment.
Firstly, I would like to cloak all active bots with wikimedia/bot/nick
(wikimedia can be replaced by wikipedia, wikisource etc.) and add them
to a list I'll keep on meta (not set up yet, will see how this goes
first!). At the moment, there are a good few usercloak/bot/botnick
(e.g. I have wikimedia/xyrael/bot/winesteward) and a few
wikimedia/bot/botnicks around. I would like to make the distinction
that usercloak/bot/botnick is a non-Wikimedia bot and that the
project/bot/botnick is for those that are run specifically for one of
Secondly, I would like to use one bot o:line for flood protection.
Currently, there are a good few floating about, and I'm not sure who
is actually using them actively - a cull of bots no longer in use
would be good from freenode's perspective. There are obvious trust
issues with this in that one password leak would be a lot of trouble
compared with bot operators guarding their own personal passwords, but
I think it's worth it because of the two stage process of changing the
o:lines: me as group contact and then as staff, then actually getting
hold of someone to make the change.
I realise that I've rambled a bit here, and so I'll summarise my requests:
* That all operators of IRC bots contact me via e-mail telling me
their bot nickname, what is does and what it is cloaked with, as well
as a note if it uses an o:line. I can then recloak them with your
assistance. This also has the purpose of weeding out inactive bots (no
action being taken yet, though).
* That anyone who knows an operator who doesn't read any of the lists
forwards this to them and asks them to complete my request, perhaps
translating if necessary.
* That any ideas/complaints/ways-that-are-significantly-better-than-this
are expressed in this mailing list conversation!
Friendly IRC group contact
—Sean Whitton (Xyrael/xyr)
a BitTorrent tracker is now available for all users. to add a new
torrent to the tracker, run:
hemlock% /usr/local/bin/add_torrent <hash_of_torrent>
the announce URL for the tracker is:
obviously, this tracker should only be used for files which have some
relevance to Wikimedia.
When will the new requests at [[m:Toolserver/New accounts]] be looked at? It
seems DaB last was present at February 18. Since then, 8 new requests (among
which one by yours truly, which is why I ask) have been submitted.
Andre Engels, andreengels(a)gmail.com
ICQ: 6260644 -- Skype: a_engels
Apologies if this was already asked, but TangoTango wrote a very nifty
search tool, mayflower.
See it here on the test wiki: http://test.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special:Search
(you may need to be logged in)
It's really great, and it got added to commons
But unfortunately it's bumping into the 15 connection limit already.
Please wait, searching for "mayflower"...
Warning: mysqli::mysqli() [function.mysqli-mysqli]: (42000/1226): User
'tangotango' has exceeded the 'max_user_connections' resource (current
value: 15) in /home/tangotango/public_html/mayflower/search.php on line 258
Warning: mysqli::query() [function.mysqli-query]: Couldn't fetch mysqli in
/home/tangotango/public_html/mayflower/search.php on line 287
Warning: main() [function.main]: Couldn't fetch mysqli in
/home/tangotango/public_html/mayflower/search.php on line 469
Warning: mysqli::close() [function.mysqli-close]: Couldn't fetch mysqli in
/home/tangotango/public_html/mayflower/search.php on line 472
Please consider raising that limit, a lot. Not sure how much but a lot
because commons searches are quite frequent.
Work mail: lpieniaz at us.ibm.com
Hobby mail: lar at miltontrainworks.com
> Message: 1
> Date: Sun, 18 Feb 2007 00:25:47 +0100
> From: "DaB." <wp(a)daniel.baur4.info>
> Subject: [Toolserver-l] New limitation of mysql-connections
> To: Toolserver-ML <toolserver-l(a)lists.wikimedia.org>
> Message-ID: <1171754747.3681.2.camel(a)DanielX.intern.baur4.info>
> Content-Type: text/plain; charset="us-ascii"
> Hello all,
> I created a new limitation of 15 mysql-connections at the
> same time by a user (after a user flooded mysql with a few
> dutzend connection a few time ago).
> If someone need more connections, please mail me, the limit
> can set per user.
> Have fun :).
For clarification, I refer to freenode bots only, not any of the other
IRC-related things we are involved in. Sorry for the confusion :-)
On 3/4/07, Christian Thiele <apper(a)apper.de> wrote:
> Am 04.03.2007, 18:32 Uhr, schrieb Sean Whitton (Xyrael)
> > * That all operators of IRC bots contact me via e-mail telling me
> > their bot nickname, what is does and what it is cloaked with, as well
> > as a note if it uses an o:line. I can then recloak them with your
> > assistance. This also has the purpose of weeding out inactive bots (no
> > action being taken yet, though).
> could you please precise this? You wrote you're a freenode staffer, so you
> only mean IRC bots in freenode? I think most people (especially on the
> toolserver mailing list) have their bots in irc.wikimedia.org (where
> current changes in wikimedia projects are posted). Am I right, that these
> are not meant? Or do you also maintain irc.wikimedia.org?
> Christian Thiele
—Sean Whitton (Xyrael/xyr)
the wikimedia-server-admins had splited their database-server again. Now there
are 3 groups of servers. s1 is en (the old en-group), s2 are dewiki, commons
and 17 other wikis, and s3 are the rest (inklusiv frwiki). Because our replag
was high as the split was done, we could not change our config at the same
time, but have had to wait. Today at 4 o'clock (all time UTC) zedler reached
the timestamp, when the split had done and stoped replication (the
wikimedia-server-admins changed the masters too (samuel (the old master for
non-en) was not the new master of s2 or s3). At evening I noticed this and
fix the replication. Mysql replicate s2 at the moment and the replag decrease
fast (~55ks in 4h). I planed to use my en-replication-tool for
s3-replication, but I found a bug and stop it first (I try to fix it
tomorrow) - I'm sorry for this.
more infos, which wiki are where.
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