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This user is making several good edits, then inputting sneaky vandalism. //nepaxt 02:18, 14 July 2018 (UTC)

Noted and being watched.--Peterdownunder (talk) 03:30, 14 July 2018 (UTC)
Has been blocked a month on for doing the same thing. //nepaxt 20:32, 27 July 2018 (UTC)

Admins, please be aware for vandalism & socks[change source]

Hi. I am alerting administrators now, to save time later: recently, I was made an administrator on the website Vikidia, a Kid's version of a Wiki by the French User fr:Utilisateur:Astirmays. I have made an enemy over there, for removing racist abuse and hate speech, and I've just had someone (who isn't registered over there) ask me if I'm still working there. I've made it clear that I am, and I suspect it may be the user(s) I've blocked. I have had some racially offensive usernames and accounts created using my username as part of them, and also myself and other administrators have been harassed to stupidity. This is to make admins aware that if you see anything concerning me in the User creation logs, or you deal with vandalism on my talk or userpage, please make me aware of it as soon as possible as it may be of use in preventing attacks on the other site I work on! Thanks! DaneGeld (talk) 23:55, 17 July 2018 (UTC)

I suggest you WP:DENY them. They are here just to attract attention and waste our time. So, instead of giving them special attention we should treat them like any other vandals. They are just getting what they want if we start treating them differently.-BRP ever 03:00, 18 July 2018 (UTC)

When deleting pages[change source]

I'd like to respectfully remind my fellow admins (and myself!) that, when deleting pages, there may be additional things that also need deleting. Besides talk pages, which the software flags for us, there could be regular redirects (which could be caught later at Special:BrokenRedirects), category redirects (which would not show up at Special:BrokenRedirects), template subpages (including doc pages, sandbox pages, and others), and possibly other things. Might we want to make ourselves a checklist for this? --Auntof6 (talk) 11:57, 18 July 2018 (UTC)

I think that would be a good idea.--Peterdownunder (talk) 12:00, 18 July 2018 (UTC)
Or add that to the requests for deletion template. I imagine there's a way to code "if redirects to the page exist, they are these" but I have no idea. - Ricky81682 (talk) 11:01, 21 July 2018 (UTC)
There's already a link that will tell you everything that links to the page. The thing is, not everything that needs to be deleted actually links to the main page. --Auntof6 (talk) 11:20, 21 July 2018 (UTC)

I started a discussion at Wikipedia talk:Deletion policy#Checklist for what extras might need to be deleted. I know this won't really be policy, but I couldn't think of a better central place for the discussion. --Auntof6 (talk) 06:53, 22 July 2018 (UTC)

Donald Trump[change source]

Please protect - recent frequent vandalism by IP editors. Check the revision history. Thank you. Daniel "Danny" Lorraine (talk) 00:51, 20 July 2018 (UTC)

Protection not needed at this point. All the recent vandalism was within a short period of time and has stopped. It was also by the same IP, which is now blocked. --Auntof6 (talk) 02:17, 20 July 2018 (UTC)

Block user[change source]

User talk:TheA12LondonToGreatYarmouth
This user's latest edit has the edit summary "on wheels on wheels". References Willy on Wheels vandal, obviously. Long term abuse, needs instant block. Thanks. Daniel "Danny" Lorraine (talk) 02:27, 21 July 2018 (UTC)

It is g-locked as LTA.-BRP ever 02:32, 21 July 2018 (UTC)
Thanks. Daniel "Danny" Lorraine (talk) 02:39, 21 July 2018 (UTC)

Page protection for Wikipedia[change source]

Persistent vandalism, most recent vandal edit by locked user. This needs to stop, page protection is needed. Thanks. Daniel "Danny" Lorraine (talk) 02:40, 21 July 2018 (UTC)

Mass Copy/Paste Articles[change source]

The below editors have copy/pasted several articles regarding racing events from enwiki. Some have been selectively copy/pasted to appear to be different from the enwiki version, but complex language remains. There are different IP addresses, but appears to be the same editor. Instead of tagging them all with QD A3, I'm asking a sysop to review the changes and make mass adjustments at their discretion.

Operator873CONNECT 03:17, 21 July 2018 (UTC)

I’ve been desperately trying to reposition/correct an entry about me here[change source]

Hello, my name is Craig Carrington, and I am attempting to reach somone regarding either dismantling an entry about myself on a portion of Wikipedia or at least relocating it.

Making a long story short, I am a professional artist who has spent a quarter century now trying to protect myself from “furries” who discovered my work back when my career was first getting started and have been trying to have me labeled a “furry” ever since. I didn’t even know about their cult group at the time, and yet they insist that I am supposedly a “furry” (they have also physically stalked me to my home as well).

A decade ago, I was horrified to discover that somebody had listed me on something called “Furry Wiki” here which upset me terribly and caused me even more grief from them just as I was hoping the situation had blown over.

I certainly would not mind a Wikipedia entry about myself at all; what I do mind is that someone has chosen to put it on this “Furry Wiki” branch of Wikipedia (or is it even really connected to you?) instead.

Over the past decade I have attempted to contact Wikipedia about the issue, and I have also attempted to contact the author of the entry at least twice - the first time politely asking for it to be either moved to mainstream Wikipedia or deleted (which was snubbed), and the second informing them that I would file suit if necessary to get it either changed or removed.

Nothing has changed except for the original author’s apparent stubbornness in ignoring my request, which does not surprise me as I have learned the hard way that the “furries” are an extremely stubborn and infuriating bunch who insist on labeling others a member of their “furry” cult whether or not they want to join.

I am not and never have been a “furry”, and to this day I am extremely upset about the entry and the problems it has caused me.

So I am asking via this forum if somebody in charge could at the very least move the entry into the ordinary branch of Wikipedia, or simple delete it altogether.

Your assurance in this matter would be greatly appreciated.

-Craig Carrington --— Preceding unsigned comment added by Stardustwherewolfe (talkcontribs) 03:04, 25 July 2018 (UTC)

@Stardustwherewolfe: The wiki that you linked to is not related to Wikipedia. "Wiki" is a general term for this type of website, and there are many wikis besides Wikipedia. Unless there is an article about you on Wikipedia, I don't think we can help you. You would need to contact the administrators of the wiki where the article is. It seems that we can't help with this, but let us know if there's something you need help with here. --Auntof6 (talk) 04:41, 25 July 2018 (UTC)

Another probable sock of globally locked user - latest article.[change source]

IV Milan Triennial (1900) was created by a new account which is almost certainly a sock of the globally banned and locked account Alec Smithson. For background see Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard/Current issues and requests archive 49#Highly problematic articles by socks of a globally blocked user and en:Wikipedia:Long-term abuse/Alec Smithson. The new article contained spurious claims and references and highlights an "artist", Carlo Bazzi, whose article was created by Smithson on English Wikipedia and was deleted there [1]. It also confuses the it:Triennale di Milano founded in 1923 with the Triennale di belle arti held at the Brera Academy and founded in 1891. I have redirected the article to Brera Academy with an appropriate sentence added concerning the exhibition. The administrators Peterdownunder and Macdonald-ross are familiar with the problems he has caused here on Simple Wikipedia. I'll leave it in your hands. Voceditenore (talk) 08:38, 30 July 2018 (UTC)

Changed title to globally locked, because the user is not globally banned. It is a LTA, which means it should probably be blocked and deleted. XenrosE 22:37, 30 July 2018 (UTC)

Golf-ben10[change source]

Golf-ben10 has done nothing other than edit their user page, with no article edits. To add to that, the user page consists of things that might not be appropriate for a "main" user page. Is this allowed? J991 17:18, 4 August 2018 (UTC)

Waiting for assignments[change source]

Since I was blocked on Wikipedia, I need a assignment to prove in order to welcome back into Wikipedia. --BigMeatballs (talk) 04:59, 8 August 2018 (UTC)

No, we owe you nothing. Chenzw  Talk  05:06, 8 August 2018 (UTC)

Bad username[change source]

Vireshstudiojaipur (talk • contribs • CA • deleted contribs • nuke contribs • logs • filter log • block user • block log) created Viresh studio which is wholly promotional. The username suggests shared usage (business name/location) Operator873talkconnect 19:08, 8 August 2018 (UTC)

Indeffed by User:Eptalon for promotion. --Auntof6 (talk) 20:19, 8 August 2018 (UTC)

Rafiya Naaz[change source]

User is using WP for advertisng self, clear-cut case. He has arranged for meta to replace deleted pages. I've not come across this before, and would welcome help. Macdonald-ross (talk) 12:18, 10 August 2018 (UTC)

I tagged the meta user-page for deletion and it is now deleted by a Steward there. Thanks-BRP ever 13:30, 10 August 2018 (UTC)

Flood flag[change source]

Requesting WP:FLOOD as I work through Category:Wikipedia pages with incorrect protection templates. My user rights Operator873talkconnect 18:37, 10 August 2018 (UTC)

There are only 66 pages in that category. That amount doesn't really need the flood flag. --Auntof6 (talk) 18:47, 10 August 2018 (UTC)
@Auntof6: Ok, thank you. Operator873talkconnect 19:11, 10 August 2018 (UTC)

Flood flag (new)[change source]

I plan on fixing all 1,523 articles in this category using AWB. Requesting the flood flag. Operator873talkconnect 15:59, 11 August 2018 (UTC)

Down to 1,123 articles remaining. Taking a break for a bit. Operator873talkconnect 22:10, 11 August 2018 (UTC)
Have you had the flood flag before? The rules are:
  • You specify exactly what you want to do while you have the flag, and how long you want the flag for (so that either an admin will be available to remove it when you are done or it can be set to automatically expire).
  • While you have the flag, you work only on what you said you need the flag for: no anti-vandalism work, no talk page messages, no working on other things, etc.
  • After you are given the flag, you have to log out and back in for it to take effect.
  • When the flag is removed or expires, you must log out and back in again.
So can you say when you want it and for how long? --Auntof6 (talk) 02:49, 12 August 2018 (UTC)

And by the way, it's deprecated, not depreciated! :D --Auntof6 (talk) 03:04, 12 August 2018 (UTC)
@Auntof6: As if it wasn't too terribly obvious, no I haven't had the flood flag before. I was honestly "best guessing" the request from previous requests I've found in archives. I wasn't aware I needed to cease all other operations while the flag was active, but I really appreciate you giving me the heads up before I did something silly. I'm about to resume working on the category; exact work being performed is removing depreciated image syntax from templates on the remaining 1,123 articles in the above category. I'm using AWB with a Find/Replace setup that I thoroughly tested on beta before even asking for permission to use AWB here. Essentially, all it does is remove [[File: or [[Image: from the beginning of a file name and everything that follows it. I'm running AWB setup to require me to approve each edit before saving. AWB will also make misc corrections in the article, as I'm sure you're familiar with. But I review all changes before saving. As for how long? I'd estimate 90 minutes will be fine.
That all being said, there's no much activity tonight (Friday's are usually slow WMF wide), I can proceed without the flag. If any editor feels my changes are disrupting Recent Changes feed, I'll halt work until it can be implemented. I already monitor this page for changes, so I'll be alerted to any messages. If that's ok with you Auntof6 and other attending admins. Operator873talkconnect 03:56, 12 August 2018 (UTC)
That's OK with me. Marking your changes as minor might help, too, because people can suppress those from their display. Just make sure the image displays correctly after your change because, as somebody else mentioned, different templates here have different syntax requirements for images. Some may still need the File: prefix (those templates might themselves need updating), some may need parameters for size specified on the same line, etc. Even if some parameters have been deprecated (D-E-P-R-E-C-A-T-E-D, with no "I"!), that doesn't mean that our version of a template has been updated to work without the deprecated parameters(s). --Auntof6 (talk) 04:22, 12 August 2018 (UTC)
Oh, and if you ever do work under the flood flag, you turn off AWB's general fixes and spelling correction. If working without it, it's OK to leave those on. --Auntof6 (talk) 04:27, 12 August 2018 (UTC)
@Auntof6: LOL omg I've been reading that and going "what is she talking about?!" annnnnnnnd now I know. Sometimes (as my edit summaries occasionally atest too) I'm not awesome when I'm typing a jillion miles an hour. As far as the templates are concerned, I've learned which templates are ok with the lack of File: and which aren't. I've even learned some templates like {{Infobox website}} are ok with no File: on the icon image, but not the screenshot image. WP is weird sometimes. All edits are already marked m to exclude them as you said. If you have a follow-on task for me to look at, let me know! Maybe on talk page since we are blowing up ANI right now. :-) Operator873talkconnect 04:31, 12 August 2018 (UTC)

Inaproppriate username[change source]


Daniel "Danny" Lorraine (talk) 02:16, 12 August 2018 (UTC)

Requesting for Patroller/Rollerback[change source]

Hello I am putting this request here while being fully aware I had already done so permissions sometime back but i never got any response there. I don't know if this is kind of being setting my ambitions to high. But I have actively participated here since I joined and one of the things I noticed is that they ain't too many patrollers to patrol new articles as soon as they are uploaded on this Wikipedia, I have had to work and admired the help of user:Operator873, user:MiloDenn, user:BRPever and offcause admin user:Auntof6 who have all been directing me and correcting my flaws when I fault. I have since created about 40 articles, made about 100 edits per day and gave appropriate warnings to vandals since I noticed some editors, mostly IP users vandalise. I have tried to revert and inform them of my actions on their talk. I have also improved aricles set for QD which were not upto our standard because I thought they needed improvement not DQ. They include Kevin De Bruyne and Antoine Griezmann. I have enjoyed every bit of being here and also set QD to articles I thought needed to go. However, I must also admit that I have made flaws too in my efforts to make this a great platform, among them is the issue of red links, for which I have reserved counsel from user:Operator873 and I have heeded his call never do undo. Thus, i wish to acquire the rights in order to make the work of patrolling and rollback a lot for easier for fellow colleagues as active as I possibly can. Best regards MyPeople76 (talk) 11:21, 13 August 2018 (UTC)

You made your request in an archive of old requests so it wasn't looked at. You can request rollback at Wikipedia:Requests for permissions#Current requests for rollback. As far as Patroller, I would recommend not requesting it yet as your request would likely be denied as you are very new to this wiki. -DJSasso (talk) 13:29, 13 August 2018 (UTC)