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Suspicion of WikiStalking against User:TomBarker23[change source]

Please be advised that I have reason to believe that TomBarker23 may be (not definitely) WikiStalking Cathry. I stress that I cannot say if it's deliberate or otherwise. Regardless of anything Cathry has done elsewhere, Tom has left a message on Cathry's userpage informing them that he came here to say "welcome back and good luck" and that we knew about "complex English Wikipedia". That's true, but only because they (a newcomer of 16 days experience) felt the need to come here and tell us. Now, I've asked Tom outright on his talk page, what lead him to do this - I can't automatically assume bad faith, because that's wrong of me, but I have to voice my concern somewhere, because it has raised my hackles. Can anyone talk to me about this or advise me whether to take this further or shut the hell up? Thanks, DaneGeld (talk) 22:20, 19 October 2017 (UTC)

It isn't really wikistalking to warn another wiki that an editor that had issues on another wiki has shown up on their wiki. In fact I would encourage people to do that. As for the note on their talk page, just letting them know to be careful isn't in itself a bad thing to do either. We aren't a safe haven for editors who like to get in trouble, so knowing they have had issues in the past allows us to be ready faster to handle anything if it comes up here again. -DJSasso (talk) 11:14, 20 October 2017 (UTC)

I'm not WikiStalking, just I was worried. There are two English Wikipedias, so if somebody gets permanently blocked from one, why not go to the other and edit there? I haven't been near Cathry since the (extremely misguided) talk page edit, and I never intend to be. Sorry for this one, it was my mistake. TomBarker23 (talk) 14:06, 7 November 2017 (UTC)

Wikipedia censorship[change source]

I am a public high school teacher for Houston ISD. I am a strong advocate of academic freedom and I have some real concerns over Wikipedia's treatment of any evidence or idea that contradicts Darwinism in any way. You not only censor scientist who are proponents of Intelligent Design such as Gunter Bechly, but you also have a team of volunteers who censor the very definition of ID from view of Wikipedia readers. This is absolutely fascist and is wrong in so many ways. In response I have warned all 150 students of mine that Wikipedia is a biased source of information even when it comes to more objective fields such as science. As a project I am asking my students to read the definition of Intelligent Design as given by Intelligent Design experts and compare it to the definition that Wikipedia uses. Then for extra credit I have asked my students to see if they can make changes to the definition and once they do make changes to see how fast that change is discredited by Wikipedia.But to be fair, I have not asked my students to stay away from using Wikipedia as a source because I believe in academic freedom. I have asked them instead to be very cautious. — This unsigned comment was added by (talk • changes) at 15:32, October 27, 2017‎ (UTC).

The article on Günter Bechly was deleted from the main English Wikipedia (see en:Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Günter Bechly), not here on Simple English Wikipedia. There has never been an article about him here. As far as I can see there have been no significant changes to Intelligent design here since 2013, apart from reverting vandalism. I assume this edit made earlier this month to that article was not one of your students, ditto this one to Evolution. At least, I hope not. Voceditenore (talk) 16:48, 27 October 2017 (UTC)
Just to clarify: The article we have is 8kb long (and has been what you see since about 2009). In 2009, I asked on the talk page of Intelligent design that we need a better article. Since then, there were a few attempts. As a comparison, the article on the main English Wikipedia is slightly over 200k, or about 25 times the size of our article. Wikipedia is not censored, anyone is free to edit here. I would be glad if you could help extend the article. Two issues that may hinder your process: First of all, we try to use simpler language, were possible, and shorter an easier to understand wording - this is not always as easy as it sounds, and secondly, the principles of scientific work also apply here; unsourced statements risk being removed, especially if they are controversial. --Eptalon (talk) 19:33, 27 October 2017 (UTC)

Protection[change source]

Do you think it's time to issue protection to Sue Wallace, Harold Goodwin and the rest of these actor articles that are getting vandalized? This block evasion is getting pretty relentless. J991 16:59, 29 October 2017 (UTC)

I just (re-)protected the ones I saw. Let me know if you see any others. --Auntof6 (talk) 17:13, 29 October 2017 (UTC)
I've been avoiding it because it has been making it easier to catch the person doing it because I can see new articles they target each time, if they keep editing the same articles then it makes it easy to pick them off, whereas protecting those makes it harder to see when he targets another article, won't realize its the same guy. He is hitting here and Unfortunately the range block I did expired over the weekend which is part of why it got crazy again this weekend. -DJSasso (talk) 13:58, 30 October 2017 (UTC)
I saw your previous comment about that, but as you say, it got crazy again. Feel free to remove the protection if you want. --Auntof6 (talk) 16:55, 30 October 2017 (UTC)
No no its all good, like I mentioned before, it was totally up to you. And yeah I figured by now they would get the hint. -DJSasso (talk) 16:58, 30 October 2017 (UTC)

Bot error[change source]

Hello all. There was recently a bug in KolbertBot that added an extra ":" to certain Amazon links. The bug has been fixed in KolbertBot's code but not in affected pages (yet). Would it be possible to have KolbertBot added to the AWB whitelist as to be able to implement the necessary changes? Thank you. Jon Kolbert (talk) 17:50, 29 October 2017 (UTC)

I have temporarily added your bot to the AWB list. When you are done the fix let me know so I can remote it. -DJSasso (talk) 14:01, 30 October 2017 (UTC)

Oct302017two[change source]

They have a username very similar to some other indeffed vandalism-only accounts - anyone agree that their block ought to be upgraded to indefinite? J991 19:40, 30 October 2017 (UTC)

Let's see what they do after the block runs out. I don't think running a CU/indeffing someone because "the username looks similar" is a good idea. I just removed an edit that was a clear personal attack. Since I haven't seen them yet, the block is still relatively tame. When their behaviour continues after the block runs out, we can try with a longer one. --Eptalon (talk) 19:48, 30 October 2017 (UTC)
Changed it to indef and blocked and another sleeper as part of the massive sock farm from the other day. See Wikipedia:Administrators noticeboard#Request to block obvious socks. -DJSasso (talk) 20:35, 30 October 2017 (UTC)

Arab Israeli conflict[change source]

Can any open administrator please give me a reason why new editors are not allowed to edit a English Wikipedia page related to the Arab Israeli conflict.

Kahkah2017 (talk) 20:48, 3 November 2017 (UTC)

Hi. While not an administrator, can I please ask you link to the page you're referring to please? The Simple English Wikipedia and the English Wikipedia are two different sites, and what we do on here does not affect what they do there! Can you clarify which wiki you need, this one or the main English wiki? Thanks! DaneGeld (talk) 21:41, 3 November 2017 (UTC)
Our page Arab–Israeli conflict is not edit protected, you must refer to the English Wikipedia version. Any yes, you are welcome to help improve the page. --Eptalon (talk) 21:58, 3 November 2017 (UTC)
Kahkah2017 has been blocked indefinitely as a sock puppet.--Peterdownunder (talk) 22:49, 3 November 2017 (UTC)

Page “Principe di Venezia”[change source]

Hello there!

I’m Dario Ferrini

Crown Prince of Bukovina (Corvus-Gyulai Royal Family); King of The Hydaspes & Shah of Persepolis (Argead Dynasty from Eugenio Magnarin) Member of Habsburg-Lothringen!

Back in March 2017 I claimed the extincted Title “Prince of Venice”, whose now I own Full Legal Rights!

Copy of my claim can be found on Case #1-4710448981

Please stop blocking me from editing and updating the page!

For info

Regards Dario Ferrini

You are on the wrong Wikipedia. This is the Simple English Wikipedia. The article you mention is on the Italian Wikipedia. Please make your request there. --Auntof6 (talk) 22:11, 4 November 2017 (UTC)

Jon Bon Jovi[change source]

Protection please. Artix Kreiger (talk) 00:10, 5 November 2017 (UTC)

 Done by Eptalon. Only (talk) 12:10, 5 November 2017 (UTC)

ZARBOT[change source]

the blocked user JoguarBOT has a known alt ZARBOT that was created less than a minute before the block. Computer Fizz (talk) 16:32, 7 November 2017 (UTC)

 Dealt with by DJSasso. --George (Talk · Contribs · CentralAuth · Log) 16:54, 11 November 2017 (UTC)

QD|G10 request[change source]

Please address promptly. Thanks. StevenJ81 (talk) 18:13, 8 November 2017 (UTC)

Done. -DJSasso (talk) 18:21, 8 November 2017 (UTC)

I've broken RFD...[change source]

Hi. Confession time, I've bust RFD. I pagemoved Mahmood Awan this morning, and then tried to fix the RFD entry for it. It didn't work; I can't undo the page move because all caps page titles are now blacklisted, and that now leaves a page with an RFD template not linked to anything. God only knows what I've done, but it's a bit of a mess and I need help. Thanks! DaneGeld (talk) 09:44, 11 November 2017 (UTC)

I have fixed it, with a few moves/(deletion/etc. In general, the idea is to not move a page while an RfD is in progress... --Eptalon (talk) 13:25, 11 November 2017 (UTC)
I actually hadn't read it properly. I just saw the page with an all caps title and went to the relevant special page to do the move. My bad, won't do that again! Thanks for the cleanup :) DaneGeld (talk) 15:27, 11 November 2017 (UTC)

Massmessage is not working.[change source]

Hi. I saw something pop up in my watchlist a little while ago, which said that the Mass message system had tried to deliver two important posts to Wikipedia:Simple talk and failed. I've just queried this with #Wikimedia-tech on IRC, and they've advised me that apparently, according to the Massmessage extension, our Wiki is read only! User:Aguyintobooks has advised me that getting an administrator to reinstall an extension called Massmessage, which should fix the problem. If you're interested, one of the important messages we missed was a change in the Global Ban Policy, so I assume that's come from WMF. DaneGeld (talk) 22:09, 12 November 2017 (UTC)

I have been told this won't necessarily fix the problem, but Legoktm has contacted me about it since and he is more likely to have the correct solution. A Den Jentyl Ettien Avel Dysklyver (talk) 08:53, 13 November 2017 (UTC)

Request to Salt: Mohammad Ghorbanpour[change source]

Per the title, may I please request to salt Mohammad Ghorbanpour on the grounds of persistent recreation, has been QD'd and gone through RFD, created and deleted 5 times now. Many thanks. DaneGeld (talk) 22:05, 14 November 2017 (UTC)

 Done --Auntof6 (talk) 23:04, 14 November 2017 (UTC)