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chenzwbot has been down for the past two weeks[change source]

Can another admin look into setting up another anti-vandal bot, please? Computer Fizz (talk) 13:48, 3 June 2019 (UTC)

Why it has to be admin setting up another anti-vandal bot ? Tomybrz Bip Bip 14:08, 3 June 2019 (UTC)
Not really necessary, I just think some of the most dedicated people are admins because DEAL but it doesn't really matter. Although it would be ideal if it ws a rollbacker for obvious reasons. Computer Fizz (talk) 14:12, 3 June 2019 (UTC)
Other admins are, but its not that big a deal, just rollback the edits you see and move on. Continuing to post over and over doesn't help. You said you had some source code. Feel free to send me what you have. I am curious what it is you have. And it would have to be an admin running a bot like this, wouldn't leave a bot this powerful to just a regular user. But there are a few of us who can. -DJSasso (talk) 15:29, 3 June 2019 (UTC)
When the bot is down, we can sort by ORES score and look through ones tagged. It's less efficient but works. Vermont (talk) 17:14, 3 June 2019 (UTC)
I will also bug Chenzw again in a few days. I think he is likely in a busy school period or something like that from what I can remember last time an extended outage like this happened. I don't want to pester him too much. -DJSasso (talk) 18:28, 3 June 2019 (UTC)
If no one is interested it in I could try writing a bot and submitting soruce code to DJSasso. Computer Fizz (talk) 08:32, 16 June 2019 (UTC)

Possible Copyright/Attribution issue[change source]

It looks like Bonthefox3 (talk · contribs) is copy/pasting large amounts of text in a fairly rapid rate without attributing the material. I suspect that it is from en.wikipedia. Not sure how we handle this type of copyright issues. Nunabas (talk) 17:43, 6 June 2019 (UTC)

Yeah have been looking. Already deleted some. Most so far has just been adding infoboxes which is fine. -DJSasso (talk) 17:55, 6 June 2019 (UTC)
What is left is just infobox adds. Some cleanup needs to be done on a few of them to fix sources and remove inappropriate templates (I grabbed a bunch but am sure I missed some) but the rest is generally ok. -DJSasso (talk) 18:14, 6 June 2019 (UTC)
Also to add some references/notes sections. The changes apparently added references and/or notes to articles that didn't have them before. --Auntof6 (talk) 18:25, 6 June 2019 (UTC)
The infoboxes still need to be attributed in some way if they're direct copies from enwiki. Vermont (talk) 18:35, 6 June 2019 (UTC)
Not when adding to a page, they are copying straight facts, you only need attribution when there is "originality of thought". Doesn't happen with infoboxes. It is the same reason you can copy a single sentence like "City X has a population of 20 and is located in Canada" without violating copyright. -DJSasso (talk) 18:38, 6 June 2019 (UTC)
Hm, I would have thought that content-specific infoboxes meet the threshold of originality. Never mind, then. Thanks, Vermont (talk) 18:44, 6 June 2019 (UTC)

Markdabeast1 (model)[change source]

Ip dispute here, please semi protect this page, thanks. --Thegooduser Let's Chat 🍁 01:11, 7 June 2019 (UTC)
No need. It's one person who was now warned, and will be blocked if they remove the RfD notice again. Vermont (talk) 01:24, 7 June 2019 (UTC)
Vermont Or another admin, they did it again, block them. --Thegooduser Let's Chat 🍁 01:53, 7 June 2019 (UTC)
Done. Thanks, Vermont (talk) 02:01, 7 June 2019 (UTC)
Vermont or another admin IP is now evading the block, please block them and semi protect the article --Thegooduser Let's Chat 🍁 02:31, 7 June 2019 (UTC)
Vermont or another admin Another one --Thegooduser Let's Chat 🍁 02:32, 7 June 2019 (UTC)
Wikipedia:Requests for deletion/Requests/2019/Markdabeast1 (model) also protect this page. --Thegooduser Let's Chat 🍁 02:49, 7 June 2019 (UTC)

Stale drafts.[change source]

When looking at categories such as Category:Pages created with the Article Wizard from 2018, they are only filled with drafts that have not been changed in over a year. I am wondering if they can be left there forever or be deleted due to the web host rule of Wikipedia. Zaxxon0 (talk) 10:01, 10 June 2019 (UTC)

We will probably need to look at them, one by one. If you see one that is clearly unfit, why don't you propose it for deletion (or make one RfD for all that you think aren't ready and haven't been touched in a long time)? --Eptalon (talk) 10:08, 10 June 2019 (UTC)
I never thought about taking them to RfD, just wondering if the en:wp:NOTWEBHOST applies here. Zaxxon0 (talk) 10:22, 10 June 2019 (UTC)
Not if the articles were related to improving the wiki which most if not all would be. The better plan would be to move any that are good enough to be stubs to mainspace. Any that are really old you can put up for Rfd if you really wish too. But generally we haven't deleted user space sandboxes/drafts until the user hasn't edited on the wiki in a number of years. -DJSasso (talk) 10:53, 10 June 2019 (UTC)
I would point out, not all appear to be drafts. Some are mainspace. The category isn't just for drafts, it is for any article that was created with the article wizard which will include articles that are now mainspace articles. -DJSasso (talk) 10:54, 10 June 2019 (UTC)

User:thegooduser[change source]

Please semi-protect this page due to persistent vandalism. --Thegooduser Let's Talk! :) 🍁 22:58, 15 June 2019 (UTC)

There should instead be an edit filter that prevents new users from changing user pages. Zaxxon0 (talk) 23:53, 15 June 2019 (UTC)
Yes, I agree. Computer Fizz (talk) 23:55, 15 June 2019 (UTC)
I've imported a filter from metawiki that should prevent non-autoconfirmed editors from making such edits. See Special:AbuseFilter/87. Thank you, Vermont (talk) 01:44, 16 June 2019 (UTC)
Not sure how I feel about this edit filter. One of the things we would want a new user to do is create a userpage for themselves that tell us about them. I think our new user guide even directs them to do so but I might be missremembering. That being said it has been triggered 51 times since it was put in place so clearly it is useful. -DJSasso (talk) 14:34, 24 June 2019 (UTC)
Is there a way to make it not effect someone trying to edit their own userpage? Vermont (talk) 14:54, 24 June 2019 (UTC)
Yeah I was trying to read the code for it. It might actually be doing it, but I am not sure. The syntax they use for abuse filters always confuses me for some reason. -DJSasso (talk) 14:59, 24 June 2019 (UTC)
It shouldn't be affecting edits to user's own pages - page_title != user_name & means that it only matches when the page title ("Example" in User:Example) isn't the same as the user (so "Example" can edit User:Example freely) --DannyS712 (talk) 16:59, 24 June 2019 (UTC)
Ah, perfect! Vermont (talk) 17:01, 24 June 2019 (UTC)
Yeah it was the fact they were calling it page_title that was throwing me off cause I was thinking of the namespace being part of the title. -DJSasso (talk) 17:04, 24 June 2019 (UTC)
@Djsasso: See mw:Extension:AbuseFilter/Rules format for a full explanation of variables --DannyS712 (talk) 17:05, 24 June 2019 (UTC)

Update Module:Taxonbar to latest version from enwiki[change source]

Hello Sysops: Would one of you mind updating Module:Taxonbar to the last version from enwiki, please? I've noticed ours is a little out of date compared to that one. As a result, our taxonbar doesn't always list as much info as the enwiki one. For example, compare the taxonbar on Red kite with the one on en:Red kite and you will see what I mean. I believe we also need to update Module:Taxonbar/conf to the latest version from enwiki as well. It may be that there are other connected part as well, that I am missing. Desertborn (talk) 18:44, 19 June 2019 (UTC)

I will look at this, but be aware we won't always be in synch with what has. I do my best to keep us up to date on a bunch of them, but sometimes we are behind on purpose for various reasons. -DJSasso (talk) 14:29, 24 June 2019 (UTC)

Vandal report[change source]

Even after many warnings and a 48-hour ban, has been consistently the flag of Northern Cyprus to that of ISIL. A permanent ban may be worthwhile. jackchango talk 14:18, 24 June 2019 (UTC)

Blocked, thanks for reporting. For the future, please leave reports of vandalism at WP:VIP. Also, we dont block IP's permanently; only accounts. Thank you, Vermont (talk) 14:27, 24 June 2019 (UTC)
Note taken. My pleasure. jackchango talk 14:27, 24 June 2019 (UTC)

IP being suspicious[change source]

The IP: is making odd changes related to physics. I see they're blocked for 6 months on the enwp so WP:ONESTRIKE might apply. I wonder if it's worth monitoring their behavior. Zaxxon0 (talk) 17:54, 24 June 2019 (UTC)

I just undid their changes on a couple of articles, where they changed dab pages to regular articles. I don't know if we've ever applied onestrike to an IP. I don't see any warnings, though: what have you seen that's problematic? --Auntof6 (talk) 18:00, 24 June 2019 (UTC)
They are creating pages that should probably be merged to an existing article and they removed content from pages such as Force. Zaxxon0 (talk) 18:07, 24 June 2019 (UTC)
I've seen IP's blocked as ONESTRIKE if its obviously the same user, like with xwiki spam of the same topics and articles. However, I don't think I've ever made such a block. Vermont (talk) 20:20, 24 June 2019 (UTC)