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People have been vandalizing Wikipedia all the time...[change source] I wonder why this page hasn't been protected indefinitely from anonymous and new editors. ««« SOME GADGET GEEK »»» (talk) 19:24, 27 April 2017 (UTC)

We almost never protect a page indefinitely. That's because a basic tenet of Wikipedia is that as many users as possible should be able to edit everything as much as possible. On this particular page, all the vandalism today was from one unregistered user. There is always a preference for blocking vandals instead of protecting a page, and that user has been blocked. Before today, the level of recent vandalism wasn't enough to protect the page. I know it's frustrating, but we do have these kinds of things that we have to consider. --Auntof6 (talk) 20:20, 27 April 2017 (UTC)
And the vandalism has continued. If the page does not need to be protected indefinitely, the page should at least be protected for a long time. ««« SOME GADGET GEEK »»» (talk) 16:21, 1 May 2017 (UTC)
And again, vandalism reverted immediately. Its like you aren't hearing what we are saying. Protection is almost never done. -DJSasso (talk) 11:01, 2 May 2017 (UTC)
The last change to the page was a very serious case of vandalism. Should this be enough for an only warning? ««« SOME GADGET GEEK »»» (talk) 22:42, 17 May 2017 (UTC)
Yes, but note that this edit was from a registered user. As such, vandalism that severe warrants indeffing the user as a vandalism-only account, even though we don't usually do that after only one edit. --Auntof6 (talk) 23:05, 17 May 2017 (UTC)

Claimed sockpuppetry[change source]

Could another admin look into the deletion tag at User:Rehmat_Aziz_Chitrali? Rachitrali (talk · contribs) claims it's a sockpuppet of someone else imitating him. I looked into it quickly and see that they're both blocked as socks of the same user at English Wikipedia. I don't have time to look more into it, so could someone else? Thanks! Only (talk) 10:48, 9 May 2017 (UTC)

I deleted because it wasn't the owner who created it. It doesn't look like either of the editors have made many edits yet, so I think no further action is needed, for now. --Auntof6 (talk) 09:38, 10 May 2017 (UTC)
If more action is ever needed here, please keep me in the loop. There's a related issue at LangCom and in Incubator that I am involved in. StevenJ81 (talk) 15:55, 10 May 2017 (UTC)
I don't think we can promise to remember that you want to be in the loop. You might want to watch the two users' user and talk pages (you can do that even if they don't currently exist) so that you'll see if anything changes there. --Auntof6 (talk) 16:46, 10 May 2017 (UTC)
Good point. Thank you. StevenJ81 (talk) 12:42, 18 May 2017 (UTC)

User:[change source]

Should we have some protection on this to stop it being created again? It's been deleted five times. J991 17:36, 21 May 2017 (UTC)

It is only the second time today that it has been created. I placed a Single issue warning about user pages in violation of policy. If this continues, then a block would be in order. Protecting a user page of a non-registered user seems counter productive, unless it is being created by a different IP, and then it is still questionable. -- Enfcer (talk) 17:39, 21 May 2017 (UTC)

Sandbox Large Edits[change source]

Some IPs have been adding millions of bytes of nonsense content to Wikipedia:Sandbox. Although this is a space for test editing, it still might crash other user's computers. Should anything be done about this? J991 17:22, 24 May 2017 (UTC)

On the English Wikipedia a user posted to the help desk about doing exactly this on the Japanese Wikipedia. That user got blocked for "mischief" and I would certainly agree. (Quote from that page: "you increased the size of ja:Wikipedia:サンドボックス (Sandbox) from 302 bytes to 93,562 bytes to 434,475 bytes to 965,629 bytes over the space of 4 minutes in 3 edits... I think a lot of Wikipedias might assume that was vandalism!") ««« SOME GADGET GEEK »»» (talk) 18:14, 24 May 2017 (UTC)
We shouldn't need to do anything about this because a bot regularly resets the sandbox. --Auntof6 (talk) 18:22, 24 May 2017 (UTC)

Global banned user recreation[change source]

Stuart Styron has been recreated three times by the globally banned user Styron111 (User:Registar5 latest sock). en.WP has salted it and the draft, so worth adding to the blacklist. Widefox (talk) 00:02, 27 May 2017 (UTC)

User talk vandalism[change source]

Please semiprotect my talk page and block the IP editing it. See w:Wikipedia:Sockpuppet investigations/Zjec on English Wikipedia for details. Gestrid (talk) 14:59, 28 May 2017 (UTC)

Update: A Steward has softblocked the IP range for six hours. Gestrid (talk) 17:05, 28 May 2017 (UTC)
I've locally blocked one of the IPs for two weeks. (I did that before I saw the global block.) I deleted your talk page, then semi-protected it so that only auto-confirmed users can create it for the same time period. --Auntof6 (talk) 18:26, 28 May 2017 (UTC)