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Untitled[change source]

Can you plz make me a list of the western state and capitals — This unsigned comment was added by Mary120012 (talk • changes).

I think we cannot. This board/page is for nitifyung admins of situations which require admin attention. It is not for other tasks which do not.--Eptalon (talk) 15:30, 23 July 2016 (UTC)

New name for the save button[change source]

Please see this note about a change that may be coming for the "Save page" buttons: meta:Editing/Publish, and how simple: can replace this if needed. Thank you, Xaosflux (talk) 21:32, 30 June 2016 (UTC)

Vandalism[change source]

Please consider indefinite semi-protection on the page (T·E·H·L·RJustin Bieber as he is likely to be a vandal target for many years, as on enwiki. Thank you, << S O M E G A D G E T G E E K >> (talk) 01:18, 2 July 2016 (UTC)

If we protected that page, we'ld need to protect a dozen pages or more. We have at least one determined floating IP who periodically makes the same type of changes to the same pages. It's something we should think about, because we do have a mandate to give special protection to BLPs. Macdonald-ross (talk) 08:17, 2 July 2016 (UTC)
There is a very low amount of vandalism on that page. As mentioned before we only do that if we can't keep up with the changes. That page has an edit history going back many months on just the first 50 edits so it is definitely not a candidate for protection. -DJSasso (talk) 18:47, 4 July 2016 (UTC)

Incorrect Photo attribution[change source]

I was looking at Wiki page for Rover P4

The photo used to describe the P4 Series on this page "1955 Rover 90" is in fact mine, taken in APril 2008. It is attributed to someone called Andrew90. I have no ides who this is. I am happy for the photo to be used, but request a change in attribution to: "Peter Huttemeier, Webmaster Rover Car Club of Australia". The Photos was taken at the National Rove held in Melbourne Australia in April 2008.

Cheers. Peter Huttemeier

Nothing to do with us. The person you see as the user on the wikipedia Commons page is the person who uploaded it onto Commons. And we are not English wikipedia, and have not used your photo. Start at [1] and go on from there. Macdonald-ross (talk) 08:58, 15 July 2016 (UTC)

Someone used my name improperly and without my permission[change source]


In a facebook discussion about Wikipedia, Kayla Hall named me as successor to Salem Media Group. This is false. I have requested that she remove my name, but she has not done so as yet.

Thank you for your attention to this matter.

Karen Hall —Preceding unsigned comment added by 2601:280:4a02:250f:505f:a1de:d9ba:f547 (talk) 00:35, 17 July 2016 (UTC)

There is no mention of the Salem Media Group or your name on the Simple English Wikipedia. We are not able to assist you. --Peterdownunder (talk) 00:50, 17 July 2016 (UTC)
Please see Salem Media Group. Wikicology (talk) 10:39, 17 July 2016 (UTC)
For clarification, this is Simple English Wikipedia and the edits the IP is complaining about were made on English Wikipedia, which is a different project. The two are related, of course, and many users edit on both. In this case, I have reviewed the edit on EnWiki and reverted it. The name was added in a field meant for a successor corporation or company; it was clearly inappropriate to place a person's name in the field. The IP is reminded that the names Karen and Hall are quite common, and it may be the case that a different Karen Hall was intended by the edit. Etamni | ✉   14:46, 17 July 2016 (UTC)

Gerakibot[change source]

Hello! My bot Gerakibot was blocked indefinitely in 2013 for putting some wrong interwiki. I do not intend to use it in simplewiki but I would like it to be unblocked (since there is no reason to be blocked). Thank you. -Geraki (talk) 16:22, 18 July 2016 (UTC)

It is not only blocked, it is not flagged as a bot now. If you're not going to use it, there's no reason to unblock it. If you decide you want to use it, you can go through the approval process at Wikipedia talk:Bots. --Auntof6 (talk) 16:39, 18 July 2016 (UTC)
 ?? It was not flagged as a bot locally, it was a global bot. If I decide to use it I will ask for permission and flag. But since there is no potential for harm what is the reason for keeping an indef block? At this moment it is not even a bot. It is just an account. -Geraki (talk) 10:35, 21 July 2016 (UTC)
My suggestion (as a non-admin) is to speak to the admin who blocked the account. That said, what is your intent for the account, if not to run it as a bot? If you don't plan to use it on Simple, then why are you worried about its being blocked here? Etamni | ✉   15:02, 21 July 2016 (UTC)

Nelson Mandela protection[change source]

The article, Nelson Mandela, has been either vandalized or had unneeded or extremely unnecessary content added by unregistered users. If you look at the pages history you can see it just not on unregistered user, but others. This page has had many undos by hard-working admins, so to prevent time consumption, I ask if the Mandela article can have some sort of protection like what the Jimmy Wales, Donald Trump and Simple English Wikipedia articles have. Thanks you. --TDKR Chicago 101 (talk) 07:56, 19 July 2016 (UTC)

  • Scratch that Auntof6 has helped out. Thanks guys/gals for all your help! I'll write back in case something else pops up. --TDKR Chicago 101 (talk) 07:57, 19 July 2016 (UTC)
I've added the article to my watchlist as well -- when the protection ends, there will be one extra set of eyes watching it. This recent vandalism has led to a review of other edits made by IP editors in the same range: I've come to the conclusion that the IP range has been responsible for a significant amount of vandalism over the years (see, for example, User talk: Further research suggests this is a school IP from Templestowe Lower, Victoria, Australia. The active portion of the range appears to run from 10 to 235, but I haven't reviewed every address within the range. I'm not sure of the best solution to the problem, but any resolution will start with an understanding of what, exactly, the problem is. In this case, I think the problem is bored school-children. Suggestions anyone? Etamni | ✉   14:42, 19 July 2016 (UTC)

Possible unacceptable username[change source]

I think that P1KACHEWPOO is unacceptable because it has "poo" in it and poo is short for Poop. Thanks! DatNuttyWikipedian (talk) 01:14, 21 July 2016 (UTC)

I don't think poo and poop are bad enough to block a user. --Auntof6 (talk) 02:50, 21 July 2016 (UTC)
This is not terribly bad. Wikicology (talk) 20:57, 21 July 2016 (UTC)
To elaborate, the concept of feces is not inherently bad. There is a common four-letter word that means feces and which is considered rude, but that's the word itself and how it's used, not the meaning. --Auntof6 (talk) 22:03, 21 July 2016 (UTC)
I've seen some pretty bad usernames, and I don't think "poo" is enough to block them. Computer Fizz (talk) 06:32, 22 July 2016 (UTC)

X mark.svg Not done Let me clarify. By my comment above, I meant to say thst I was declining to block the user. I did not mean to indicate that this was a general discussion. I apologize for not making that clear.

This page is for people to notify administrators about things or to ask them to do things, things that don't have specific pages for requests, such as WP:VIP. The only things needed here are the requests and the responses to the requests. Please help us keep this page clean by taking discussions to more appropriate pages. Thanks. --Auntof6 (talk) 07:34, 22 July 2016 (UTC)

Achraf Baznani[change source]

Hi there!

Alfabytes, alias, keeps deleting information about plagiarism on the page (T·E·H·L·RAchraf Baznani. This info has references.

Alfabytes did never contribute to any other page:

  • on WP:simple [2]
  • on WP:fr [3]
    • the page on WP:fr was deleted because of references references forgery
  • on WP:sk asking for creation
  • on WP:tr [4]

I guess WP:COI, and of course WP:POV, but I don't want to start an edit war.

Best regards, Heddryin [🔊] 18:02, 22 July 2016 (UTC)

There is clearly a start of an edit war going on here. I have temporarily Fully Protected this to stop the content disruption. For now until the expiration of the protection, please post any request to change on the talk page, and use {{editprotected}} to alert of the request. Thanks -- Enfcer (talk) 02:51, 23 July 2016 (UTC)
OK. Thanks for your answer!
Heddryin [🔊] 09:21, 23 July 2016 (UTC)

Tiger Gang & co[change source]

user:Tiger Gang and user:Nepali keto62 are sockpuppets of En wiki user Sarojupreti, and the evidence is here: [5]. IMO they should be globally locked. I have blocked each account protem. The introduction of a known sockpuppet is a violation of our one-strike rule. Macdonald-ross (talk) 12:24, 27 July 2016 (UTC)

I personally find the checkuser results in the EN SPI to be rather weak evidence of sockpuppetry. Because I can't see the exact CU results, from a non-CU's perspective of the SPI report, a positive checkuser result on these accounts does nothing but confirms that these editors were editing from the same network. The overlap in IPs could be due to editing from the same school, or simply because Surunga is a relatively small town. Taking the comments in the SPI into consideration, I have a suspicion that Nepali keto62 is collateral damage of some school feud. Any CU wants to weigh in on this? Chenzw  Talk  12:44, 27 July 2016 (UTC)
I also took into account the stylistic similarities in the two accounts, the general inward-looking style of editing, and the lack of openness as to their relationship. Macdonald-ross (talk) 12:58, 27 July 2016 (UTC)
My apologies, someone privately pointed out to me a particularly incriminating diff which ties Nepali keto62 to another blocked sock on EN (account does not exist here, though). While I still think the link between Tiger Gang and Nepali keto62 is questionable, at this stage it seems that both accounts have no desire to contribute seriously to this wiki. Not sure if it's the language barrier or not. Chenzw  Talk  13:16, 27 July 2016 (UTC)