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Looneyboy6 and friends[change | change source]

Hi all, please be advised of the above and editing habits, as well as Wikipedia:Administrators'_noticeboard/Current_issues_and_requests_archive_45#User:Looneyboy6 (and maybe Rottweiler, with long history). He has a tendency to focus on articles related to dogs or rappers. Not quite sure whether no clue or trolling. Previous attempts to communicate have been unsuccessful, and nowadays he seems to be obsessed with convincing us to "accept" his changes. Chenzw  Talk  15:26, 22 February 2015 (UTC)

He has reappeared as the following:

Macdonald-ross (talk) 18:53, 30 March 2015 (UTC)

Page Andrea Zorzi patrol problem[change | change source]

This page shows as unpatrolled in Special:NewPages, but I do not get a "Mark as patrolled" button when I go there. StevenJ81 (talk) 18:08, 30 March 2015 (UTC)

It's because Djsasso imported revisions from the English Wikipedia article. --Bsadowski1 18:47, 30 March 2015 (UTC)
OK. Thx. StevenJ81 (talk) 17:39, 31 March 2015 (UTC)

BLP vandal[change | change source]

A persisting vandal under these IP #s;;;;; etc

This person adopts a new IP#, often a few weeks after a block. He changes vital data on biogs, adds useless comments, and sometimes vandalises central pages. He edits a repeating circle of biogs, usually including Selena Gomez, Ricky Martin, Richard Kiel, Mel Gibson, Macaulay Culkin, Patrick Swayze etc. Macdonald-ross (talk) 11:31, 8 April 2015 (UTC)

Block, revert, move on... -Barras talk 12:14, 8 April 2015 (UTC)

Request for 31 user accounts for school project[change | change source]

I am a school teacher and would like to work with my students in creating/editing articles on Simple English Wikipedia. Could we please be set up with 31 user accounts? If someone can direct message me, I can provide a list of desired user names that use a similar naming scheme to make it easy to identify these users as a group.

We'd like to use these user accounts from April 20 to May 28. Thank you for your help! — This unsigned comment was added by Hammondsalmon (talk • changes) on 00:03, 11 April 2015‎.

Hello, User:Hammondsalmon. Would you please add a section about your project at Wikipedia:Schools/Projects. That will help us determine the best way to help you. It would also be helpful if you indicate how familiar you and your students are with the way that this specific Wiki operates -- it has some significant differences from others.
By the way, please always sign your posts on talk pages by putting --~~~~ at the end. When you save the page, that gets converted into links to your user page and user talk page. Thanks. --Auntof6 (talk) 11:39, 12 April 2015 (UTC)
@Hammondsalmon: Thanks for adding your project to the school project page. It sounds like a very helpful project. You might actually create the project page that's linked in what you added. I would like to help you further, but I don't know how to help get all the accounts created. I'll leave it for my fellow admins with more experience on this. I suspect it takes more than a plain admin like me to do that. --Auntof6 (talk) 04:16, 15 April 2015 (UTC)
Thank you, @Auntof6:. I will create our school project page. I'm not yet able to specify which articles the students will be editing because I wanted to give them a chance to look around and propose what they would like to work on. Any chance you could put out an appeal to your fellow admins to help get my students set up with accounts? Looking forward to working on this project with the students! --Hammondsalmon (talk) 21:15, 16 April 2015 (UTC)
Actually, I just the information on how this is done. Apparently admins can set these up. Here's what I would need from you for each account:
  • The account name
  • The password you would like, unless you would like me to choose and let you know. In either case, the passwords could be changed later.
You can either leave a message on my talk page or email me (using the email function) with a list of the account names you would like. If you are choosing the passwords, then email me: I will not use any passwords that are posted online. If you want me to choose the passwords, I would need your email so I can let you know what they are. I'll wait to get the list from you. --Auntof6 (talk) 21:53, 16 April 2015 (UTC)
I forgot to mention that there's another option for the passwords. A temporary random password can be assigned. I would need a separate email for each account, and the password would be emailed there. Neither you nor I would know the passwords. I believe each password would have to be changed the first time the account is used. I'd prefer one of the other options, just to reduce the chance of mistyping something. --Auntof6 (talk) 22:24, 16 April 2015 (UTC)
The "mail password" option is actually more secure. I'm pretty certain that you can use the same mail address for multiple accounts. All my test accounts and also my bot use the same mail as my main account. So that shouldn't actually cause any troubles. -Barras talk 20:12, 17 April 2015 (UTC)

@Hammondsalmon: I got your email and will work on those tonight and tomorrow. (It's currently late Friday where I am.) It will take a little while because they have to be created one at a time. --Auntof6 (talk) 03:50, 18 April 2015 (UTC)

OK, it didn't take as long as I thought it might. The accounts are all created. Feel free to let me know if you see any problem with them. I suggest that any further correspondence about the project happen at Wikipedia talk:Schools/Projects/Electronics Review. I have added that page to my watchlist. --Auntof6 (talk) 04:36, 18 April 2015 (UTC)

Request for 30 pupil accounts[change | change source]

Brazil[change | change source]

We require 30 accounts for Year 4 pupils to create their own Wiki pages. The pupils have been shown how a wiki works and have been shown how to edit pages but they have never used one before. Pupils will be adding text and pictures relating to Brazil. We plan to finish our project by 22 May 2015. --GMICTTech (talk) 08:06, 17 April 2015 (UTC)