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Closing end-of-year RfDs (deletes only)[change source]

Reminder: if an RfD is opened in one year and closed as delete in the following year, we can't use the standard generated reason as the delete reason; we have to manually enter the link to the RfD page when doing the delete. This is because the standard reason given in the drop down options is generated using the current year, whether or not there is such a request. RfDs closed as kept are not affected. --Auntof6 (talk) 08:37, 26 December 2016 (UTC)

To clarify, when entering the delete reason for these, you enter the page name of the RfD in brackets, so that it gives a link to the RfD. Thanks. --Auntof6 (talk) 17:40, 1 January 2017 (UTC)

vandal behavior[change source]

Special:Contributions/ and Special:Contributions/ seem to be the same person. Besides the article creation, there are additions to some articles. They seem to be a mix of made-up and factual information. Wanted to call attention because the made-up stuff can get hidden by the other changes. --Tbennert (talk) 01:51, 31 December 2016 (UTC)

I have rangeblocked It is likely that this is also the same person behind another IP range including, The person has been known for repeated EN copy-pastes and addition of unsourced ethnicity information en masse. Chenzw  Talk  01:54, 31 December 2016 (UTC)
Thanks! --Tbennert (talk) 01:57, 31 December 2016 (UTC)

AutoWikiBrowser[change source]

Could someone please review my request at Wikipedia talk:AutoWikiBrowser/CheckPage? Also would it be possible to add a note on the Project Page saying "To request permission to use AutoWikiBrowser see the Talk page"? Thanks!--Tbennert (talk) 01:15, 7 January 2017 (UTC)

Welcome template[change source]

Would it be possible to change the line about signature on Template:Welcome to "Please remember to sign your name on talk pages by clicking Insert-signature.png or using four tildes (~~~~); this will show your username and the date."? This is used on other welcome templates and I think it helps users pay attention to the top bar. Thanks! --Tbennert (talk) 01:35, 7 January 2017 (UTC)

 Done A very sensible suggestion.--Peterdownunder (talk) 21:48, 7 January 2017 (UTC)

Dinosaur vandal[change source]

There have been a large number of edits from IP Special:Contributions/ on dinosaurs. Some of these are just blatant vandalism or hoaxes. Some however maybe real. I have currently blocked the IP. The easy solution is to simply revert all changes, the harder path is to check each one. Enwiki has decided to revert them all, which is what I am suggesting we should do too. IF anyone else has the time or ability to fix the pages, I won't do anything for about 48 hours. Please feel free to comment.--Peterdownunder (talk) 13:16, 7 January 2017 (UTC)

I saw some pages on dinosaur edits, I mean some edits on dinosaur pages -- that were made by an IP. And although they looked good to me, I suppose you think they are vandalism? Computer Fizz (talk) 17:02, 12 January 2017 (UTC)
For some reason there seem to be lots of edits on Dinosaurs going on at the moment, from a couple of different IPs. While some are good, others are as Computer Fizz says hoaxes or vandalism. MiloDenn (talk) 17:05, 12 January 2017 (UTC)

2405:204:A087:E714:357A:8601:1162:2120[change source]

There are a number of vandalism edits going on with this user. He keeps making inappropriate pages such as XQUIZEET and removing quick deletion tags. I have warned this user six times and even on his final warning, I still let him off. Still his bad edits are continuing (even after his very final warning) and I keep reverting his changes. Pkbwcgs (talk) 17:35, 12 January 2017 (UTC)

This was addressed at WP:VIP. Please keep vandalism reports there. --Auntof6 (talk) 18:58, 12 January 2017 (UTC)[change source]

There are a number of inappropriate pages being created by this user such as the ones below:

In my opinion, the best thing to do is to block this IP for the next 24 hours due to creating inappropriate pages. Pkbwcgs (talk) 18:24, 13 January 2017 (UTC)

This user is still restoring deleted material such as with WWE Universal Championship. Pkbwcgs (talk) 18:29, 13 January 2017 (UTC)

I'm not an admin as you know, but I do think this kind of comment should be made on WP:VIP. Maybe copy and paste it over. However, I do agree that he should be stopped, just make sure you have warned him/her fairly. MiloDenn (talk) 18:32, 13 January 2017 (UTC)
I have blocked this user, but please leave it to the admins to decide whether a block is needed and how long it should be. I am also salting some of these articles, because I think more than one user has been creating them. By the way, it would help if you explain to the user exactly what's wrong with the articles when you leave warnings. --Auntof6 (talk) 19:12, 13 January 2017 (UTC)
Thank you. Are all these articles going to be deleted? I have made 57 speedy deletions so far this month. Pkbwcgs (talk) 19:15, 13 January 2017 (UTC)
The ones listed have been deleted. --Auntof6 (talk) 19:07, 16 January 2017 (UTC)
Thank you. Pkbwcgs (talk) 19:11, 16 January 2017 (UTC)

Template:Addition table[change source]

Please unprotect Template:Addition table. There's no longer vandalism! (talk)

The lack of vandalism might be because it's protected. I'm going to leave it protected for now. If you think a change is needed, you can use the {{Changeprotected}} on the template's talk page to request a change. --Auntof6 (talk) 19:14, 16 January 2017 (UTC)[change source]

This user is doing too much vandalism and gave an only warning to User talk:J991 even though he hadn't done anything wrong. It sounds like this user wants to attack other editors even though they did nothing wrong. I don't know what to do with this user but I will undo this user's revisions right now. Pkbwcgs (talk) 16:55, 16 January 2017 (UTC)

This is not the page to report vandalism. Please make appropriate vandalism reports at Wikipedia:Vandalism in progress. Thanks Rus793 (talk) 18:21, 16 January 2017 (UTC)
This IP has been one of several that have done a lot of vandalism on the page Simple English Wikipedia (at least 20 times). I would suggest that this page be long-term protected from these wanted "hackers". << S O M E G A D G E T G E E K >> (talk) 23:26, 16 January 2017 (UTC)
I've just semi-protected it for a month. --Auntof6 (talk) 10:28, 19 January 2017 (UTC)

Photographs published without permission[change source]

I recently noticed an advert on eBay only to see one of a photo I took appear against the sellers product. He claimed he found it on Wikipedia so I checked. Yes it's on Wikipedia under duck breed information .

We need more information to check on this. Can you link to the photo and the place where it's used? This wiki, the Simple English Wikipedia, doesn't host photos, so if it's here we would delete it from here. However, it is most likely on Wikimedia Commons, which is where media files are usually stored. If it is there or on another Wikipedia, you would need to ask for help there. --Auntof6 (talk)
I can probably help you on whatever site it is on. But I would need to know which duck page you saw it on. -DJSasso (talk) 16:41, 19 January 2017 (UTC)