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Username Violation[change source]

User:The Real Khabar Username matches a news website; username appears to represent company PDLTalk to me!OMG, What have I done? 17:31, 3 June 2021 (UTC)

Direct copy by IP from en to sim[change source]

User Talk: is directly copying numerous articles from en to sim without any attribution simplification or even cleaning them up some. I have notified them with helpful advice, however, they are not responding in the fashion they should as they are still doing it. At this point I am not sure what to do besides going and tagging them all QD for either copyright or from another project. Can an admin please advise me? The articles are 96% to 100% matches. PDLTalk to me!OMG, What have I done? 21:25, 3 June 2021 (UTC)

I nominated some of his articles for QD. One of them is Tournament of Elements. Animalguy7 (talk) 21:37, 3 June 2021 (UTC).
I think we need a mass deletion. I have tagged a lot of his articles with QD tags and it is getting monotonous. Animalguy7 (talk) 21:43, 3 June 2021 (UTC).
@Animalguy7 Sorry just catching up. Yeah, just let them go and await an admin. They have tools that one or two clicks and they are all gone. I wouldn't waste your time because the user is not caring. I also tagged them at VIP just now. PDLTalk to me!OMG, What have I done? 21:51, 3 June 2021 (UTC)

@PotsdamLamb: Thanks. Animalguy7 (talk) 21:53, 3 June 2021 (UTC).

yuppers PDLTalk to me!OMG, What have I done? 21:54, 3 June 2021 (UTC)

Semi Protection of Wikipedia:Notability[change source]

Hello. On the wikipedia policy about notability there as been a lot of vandalism. A bunch of IPs are adding notability tags to it and changing the template "nutshell" to "nutcracker". Many of them have been blocked for long-term abuse and block evasion, but the long-term abuse user keeps hopping onto different IPs. I suggest indef semi protection so all these abusive IPs can't edit the page. Thanks, Animalguy7 (talk) 01:02, 5 June 2021 (UTC).

Just a thought, an admin may still decide to protect, but it's a relatively low number of edits probably from the same person on different IPs. Makes me think protecting the page will just move their vandalism to another page. It's probably less about the page itself and more about just messing with us. Continuing to block is probably the more effective solution. --Gordonrox24 | Talk 05:42, 5 June 2021 (UTC)
X mark.svg Not done Yeah, we try to protect only when the amount of vandalism is hard to keep up with. This is not at that level. --Auntof6 (talk) 05:48, 5 June 2021 (UTC)
Hi Auntof6 - I noticed you did put a SP on that page, however, it expired on the 6th of this month. PDLTalk to me!OMG, What have I done? 17:03, 6 June 2021 (UTC)
@PotsdamLamb: Look again. --Auntof6 (talk) 20:31, 6 June 2021 (UTC)
Thank you ma'am! Why don't we do that to all of our policy and guideline pages? PDLTalk to me!OMG, What have I done? 20:33, 6 June 2021 (UTC)
@PotsdamLamb: On Wikipedia, protection is seen as a last resort; as little as possible should be protected. I try to look at it as a necessary evil. --Auntof6 (talk) 20:40, 6 June 2021 (UTC)
Okies. That is one way to put it. Watching everything going on simple is def GIGO. PDLTalk to me!OMG, What have I done? 20:41, 6 June 2021 (UTC)

Possible global lock evasion[change source]

There is a global lock on a user who keeps creating the Muhammad Zaid article. I started researching this and found the global sock leads back to en:Wikipedia:Sockpuppet_investigations/Zaid_Zayd/Archive. I have seen this article has been created by the same globally blocked user. It was created again today by Logogresta (not tagging user at this point). They also created Mahmood Ul Hassan (I put in for an RfD but based on what I see on EN wiki, this is indeed a fictitious person, so I am going to QD instead.) Based on the history of the globally locked and en wiki 100 sock puppets, I am assuming this is the same person. Here is the global information on the locked account. They show this as a spam only account. I am wondering:

  1. What do others think?
  2. Should I do a global request for checkuser?
  3. Can we temporarily block the user?

Thanks in advance for giving me thoughts, PDLTalk to me!OMG, What have I done? 17:30, 5 June 2021 (UTC)

Redirect arrow Global locks requested: User CU blocked on en-wiki. Darubrub (Let me know) 13:34, 7 June 2021 (UTC)

Open Proxy[change source]

    • Not a proxy - - Constant edit war to insert ethos-nationalist views. However, the ones that are proxies are supporting the non-proxies ethos-nationalist views. Thanks, PDLTalk to me!OMG, What have I done? 16:47, 6 June 2021 (UTC)

 Comment I have put in a request on Meta/Stewards for a global block on the two open proxies. PDLTalk to me!OMG, What have I done? 17:04, 6 June 2021 (UTC)

SP for Cheese[change source]

Due to an ongoing edit war with numerous IPs, can we SP Cheese please? PDLTalk to me!OMG, What have I done? 19:27, 6 June 2021 (UTC)

Warning Templates[change source]

For some reason, when I posted a mos warning level 1 on a users talk page, the page name in the warning was malformed. It displayed on the warning as {{:Leonardo da Vinci}} instead of just Leonardo da Vinci. Can an admin go through the templates please and ensure they are correctly formatted? I am not sure what to do with them or the coding behind them (yet). Thank you so much. PDLTalk to me!OMG, What have I done? 00:23, 7 June 2021 (UTC)

@PotsdamLamb: Can you help us out and link to the page with the specific problem so we can get an idea of what to look for? And besides that, are all those templates protected? Does it really need an admin to do this? --Auntof6 (talk) 01:18, 7 June 2021 (UTC)
@Auntof6 I put it here so anyone can help rather than on simple talk where it will get more visibility from everyone which could lead to further problems. I wish they were protected as I have run into this problem on numerous occasions. The page I put the warning on is original formatting --> and the after my manual change PDLTalk to me!OMG, What have I done? 01:23, 7 June 2021 (UTC)
@PotsdamLamb: Well, please post things here only for things that require an admin. Thanks. --Auntof6 (talk) 01:25, 7 June 2021 (UTC)
Ok It is my hope you would protect these (or even SP) as they do see some vandalism (maybe not much) but people go and change them and then this happens. Most edits I see are from IP editors for ones I have found because they come up in huggle. PDLTalk to me!OMG, What have I done? 01:27, 7 June 2021 (UTC)

Replace user page[change source]

Could an admin replace User:Russavia and User talk:Russavia with {{WMF-legal banned user}}? These pages are currently sysop-protected. Thanks. --Ferien (talk) 18:27, 8 June 2021 (UTC)

Any particular reason you think we should switch away from the exact code the WMF placed on their pages? (and I realize its essentially the same thing) -Djsasso (talk) 02:27, 11 June 2021 (UTC)
Also, I think people are spending too much time and effort flagging user and user talk pages this way. The pages don't have to be flagged at all. Admins, stewards, etc. will decide if they need flagging; other users can just leave the pages alone so they don't "rub salt in the wound". --Auntof6 (talk) 02:39, 11 June 2021 (UTC)
Yep this is very true, non-admins shouldn't really be adding any templated flags like sockpuppet etc to pages of already blocked sockpuppets. Often such things are left off by admins on purpose. -Djsasso (talk) 02:45, 11 June 2021 (UTC)
The logo used in WMF-banned notices has changed to a black Wikimedia logo. And also it adds the page to the correct category Category:Wikipedians banned by the Wikimedia Foundation. I agree, I don't think that we should spend time sock tagging. The reason I requested this here was just to fix the issues. --Ferien (talk) 15:48, 11 June 2021 (UTC)
 Done but I wouldn't worry too much about changing such things. -Djsasso (talk) 20:06, 11 June 2021 (UTC)

Page Delete[change source]

The article was deleted, the talk page was not. The user who created it is globally locked. Page is Talk:Nima_Owji_(Developer). Thank you. PDLTalk to me!OMG, What have I done? 21:32, 8 June 2021 (UTC)

I nominated it for QD with G8 criteria. Animalguy7 ("Message me! · What have I done?) 21:44, 8 June 2021 (UTC).

Fake/Non-notable article IP editor.[change source]

User: User: These accounts (probably socks of the same vandal) are dedicated to creating hoax/non-notable articles. This has been going on for quite some time, so it's an LTA problem now. I'm requesting a block. Etoza (?) 09:43, 9 June 2021 (UTC)

.158 - Blocked for one week on June 9 by Peterdownunder; .155 blocked for 2 weeks by Macdonald-ross. PDLTalk to me!OMG, What have I done? 18:44, 10 June 2021 (UTC)

Spam articles[change source]

I'd recommend blocking the Farhan Rana Rajpoot Youtube title (I forgot the actual name for this process, I hope it's understandable) since it's getting recreated by the same editor over and over (one copy was already deleted today). Etoza (?) 16:38, 9 June 2021 (UTC)

 Done Operator873 connect 16:41, 9 June 2021 (UTC)

Deletion request[change source]

Hi. Could you please delete this page‎ as the creator keeps on removing the QD template? The page has been deleted several times at QD and a couple at RfD. Thanks! --Ferien (talk) 17:19, 9 June 2021 (UTC)

 Done by Macdonald-ross, thanks! --Ferien (talk) 19:34, 9 June 2021 (UTC)

Temp SP Please[change source]

As I am doing major changes to the article Anti-tobacco movement in Nazi Germany I would like to request temporary semi for a couple of days. While working on it, an IP vandalized it 3 times, including one blanking. This will help me so I do not have to stop and revert it back. I would appreciate it very much. 2 or 3 days is fine with me. I plan on being done tomorrow but may go until Saturday. Thanks. PDLTalk to me!OMG, What have I done? 18:43, 10 June 2021 (UTC)

We generally don't protect for very low amounts of vandalism like this. -Djsasso (talk) 02:25, 11 June 2021 (UTC)
And you can always copy it to a sandbox to work on. --Auntof6 (talk) 02:40, 11 June 2021 (UTC)

Not allowed access[change source]

No one I allowed access to data files pictures messages changing accounts passwords passcodes are anything that has to do with owners privacy. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Nolovejoe44 (talkcontribs) 23:33, 12 June 2021 (UTC)

Jimmy Hibbert page semi-protection required[change source]

Jimmy Hibbert has been subject for months to two warring IPs attempting to add conflicting dates of birth without any citations to a reliable source. There are zero reliable sources for a date of birth for this person (I have checked extensively) and this is a biography of a living person. The IMDB bio, which is not a reliable source, actually contains both conflicting DoBs. The IPs even remove "citation needed" tags. This article should be protected from IP editing ideally for the foreseeable future. The IPs have pulled the same thing on the English WP article which is now configured to allow only autoconfirmed registered users. Voceditenore (talk) 09:47, 14 June 2021 (UTC)

X mark.svg Not done Page protection (semi- or otherwise) is usually called for only when the amount of vandalism is hard to keep up with. That isn't the case here, so I'm not going to protect. I have added the page to my watchlist so I can help watch for future vandalism. --Auntof6 (talk) 23:14, 14 June 2021 (UTC)
Hi Auntof6. The thing to watch out for is not strictly vandalism. It is the repeated addition of various conflicting dates of birth (e.g. 25 Nov. 1955, 23 Nov. 1956, and 25 July 1955) none of which have a reliable source. Nor can a reliable source be found. I have now removed the latest addition. Voceditenore (talk) 09:39, 15 June 2021 (UTC)

Wikipedia as autobiography-in-real-time[change source]

Shariful Islam Naik is writing his own article in lieu of becoming notable in real life. All the "sources" are self-generated by the article's subject/author. I have tagged for speedy deletion. GPinkerton (talk) 05:50, 15 June 2021 (UTC)

Strange RfD[change source]

Hi! Please review this RfD because something is very fishy there: it was closed by a fresh account, I kinda suspect sockpuppetry per PotsdamLamb's comment @wikidata. Thanks in advance! Bencemac (talk) 08:14, 15 June 2021 (UTC)

@Bencemac: Thanks for the note. I have undone the non-admin closure and left a message on the user's talk page. Even if it's not a sockpuppet, non-admin closures should be done only when there are no votes to delete. --Auntof6 (talk) 09:32, 15 June 2021 (UTC)

Request for protection[change source]

My user sandbox User:Haoreima/sandbox has been vandalized multiple times by anonymous. Please protect my sandbox page so that anonymous and user of less than 10 edits couldn't perform edit. Haoreima (talk) 12:43, 17 June 2021 (UTC)

 Done It hasn't been vandalized very many times, but I've protected it because it's in your userspace. --Auntof6 (talk) 21:28, 18 June 2021 (UTC)

open Virtual Private Network[change source] -- (talk) 00:54, 23 June 2021 (UTC)

Files brought over from Commons[change source]

Someone has brought over one or more files from Common to this wiki without any commentary: eg: File:2005-malabar-parkeet-p.jpg

As I can't delete it, I'm unsure of what action to take. Macdonald-ross (talk) 06:26, 25 June 2021 (UTC)

(Non-administrator observation) @Macdonald-ross: all photos from Commons are automatically here. If you go to a random file on commons and then replace "" with "", you'll notice every file is transcluded from Commons to here. These are all the files that have been uploaded to this wiki. --Ferien (talk) 06:31, 25 June 2021 (UTC)
@Macdonald-ross: If you look at a file and see a tab at the top that says " View on Wikimedia Commons", then the file is not hosted here. --Auntof6 (talk) 06:55, 25 June 2021 (UTC)