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Salting?[change source]

The articles Playhouse Disney and Kids' CBC have each been deleted numerous times in the past two weeks. In order to further prevent project disruption, I am requesting that the article titles be salted. If someone wants to re-create these articles in a way that meets our policies and guidelines, particularly those related to notability, I think they should be able to do so within userspace, and then request that the title be un-salted to allow a page move. There may be additional similar article titles that should receive similar treatment. Etamni | ✉   02:21, 30 August 2016 (UTC)

I actually did a rangeblock yesterday (edits appear to be a long-term pattern of abuse), but it seems that the same editor has managed to get around it. (ISPs and their whimsical IP allocations *grumble*) I have semi-protected both articles for now, because the creations have all been by anonymous/very new users, and will look into the possibility of an abuse filter. Chenzw  Talk  02:29, 30 August 2016 (UTC)

New LTA case[change source]

We have a new LTA case. The individual or individuals involved are changing articles about places (Puerto Rico, Italy, Ukraine, so far) using an edit summary similar to "official government update" or variations of this. Many of our active editors have made some reversions to these changes, but wholesale changes to Puerto Rico somehow slipped by. These changes significantly changed the legal structure of Puerto Rico, the languages, the demographics, and the history. The editor or editors have used a variety of IPs, especially IPv6 IPs, and at least one registered account, so a simple block may not be enough to stop this abuse. I'm asking that those involved in anti-vandalism work be especially vigilant when checking changes with similar edit summaries, regardless of whether the change was made by an IP or a registered user. Etamni | ✉   11:10, 6 September 2016 (UTC)

Vandalism on Puerto Rico has continued since the above was posted. Requesting semi-protection of the article for a suitable period of time. Etamni | ✉   17:54, 6 September 2016 (UTC)
Semi-protected for one month. --Auntof6 (talk) 19:31, 6 September 2016 (UTC)

GA promotion[change source]

Per WP:Proposed good articles, people who have reviewed Hebrew calendar have said that an uninvolved admin could close this as promoted. This was about two weeks ago. Thanks. StevenJ81 (talk) 17:25, 9 September 2016 (UTC)

Given that 3 weeks has passed since Mac and I gave our support for promotion, and that there have been no objections thus far, I have taken the liberty to promote the article to GA. Chenzw  Talk  05:05, 18 September 2016 (UTC)

Highly problematic articles by socks of a globally blocked user[change source]

Alec Smithson (talk · contribs) is a globally blocked account who repeatedly still returns to multiple Wikipedias as an IP editing from Northern Italy using multiple IPs, but the majority of them resolve to Telecom Italia and Wind and begin with 79, 82, 87, and 151. He is known for creating hoax articles and articles which may be about real people or places, but which make false assertions about them which are completely unsupported by the references. A blatant example is Antonino Natoli of Patti, who is not a recognized saint at all. It was deleted from the Italian Wikipedia [1] and stubbed on the English one. Compare also his article Carlo Biotti with the properly referenced en:Carlo Biotti. Nothing he writes can be trusted and he often pastes copyright material verbatim into articles. He is particularly obsessed with creating and editing articles related to the Natoli, Polli, and Biotti families and obscure Italian artists. I strongly suggest you go over all his edits as well as those of the IPs he has used here and his known socks here, e.g.

If I find anymore problematic articles, I'll add them here. Voceditenore (talk) 08:40, 11 September 2016 (UTC)

Voceditenore (talk) 08:47, 11 September 2016 (UTC)
  • Thank you very much for this. After checking with En wiki I found both the main biogs you mention to be partly or largely spoof. I replaced them (Carlo Biotti and Antonino Natoli) with the En wiki versions, slightly simplified. Macdonald-ross (talk) 11:41, 11 September 2016 (UTC)
  • Hi Macdonald-ross. I suggest you delete Biotti outright. It is utter tosh from beginning to end imported from Alec Smithson's now deleted version of en:Biotti. Ditto Principality of Sperlinga, more nonsense from Smithson's old version on English Wikipedia which has been re-directed to en:Sperlinga. There is no evidence whatsoever that it was a principality. I'm not sure what the policy is here, but at English Wikipedia, we revert all edits from banned users, and in this case it's usually a good idea given the consistent falsehoods, exaggerations, and misrepresentation of sources for topics which are so marginal that it's a complete waste of time fact-checking them. Best, Voceditenore (talk) 13:29, 11 September 2016 (UTC)
  • This user was back yesterday as 82.52.155.47. He created several new articles as well as re-adding tosh to Antonino Natoli of Patti. I have reverted the latter. I strongly suggest you check all his other contributions, including the article creations. You might also want to consider applying semi-protection to all the pages mentioned above and to the ones in Special:Contributions/82.52.155.47. He uses dynamic IPs which change constantly. The topics are so obscure, that any IP from Italy editing them will be a sock of globally blocked User:Alec Smithson. Voceditenore (talk) 08:18, 23 September 2016 (UTC)
Thanks for keeping watch on this user's actions, and have followed your advice.--Peterdownunder (talk) 11:20, 23 September 2016 (UTC)

Bad username[change source]

thisMBlaze Lightning T 📧 18:02, 16 September 2016 (UTC)

Looks like Mac blocked it a day ago. Etamni | ✉   11:23, 18 September 2016 (UTC)

Salt request[change source]

To prevent continued project disruption, I am requesting that the article name "Yuzu" be salted. It has been deleted six times since mid-August. Etamni | ✉   23:13, 20 September 2016 (UTC)

 Done Semi-Protected for 1 month. --Enfcer (talk) 23:18, 20 September 2016 (UTC)
Thank you. Meanwhile, perhaps one of our more established editors would like to create an article about the fruit by this name. It is a citrus fruit, similar in appearance to a lemon. It is already on our List of fruits, which may be part of the reason it keeps getting created as a nonsense article. Etamni | ✉   23:23, 20 September 2016 (UTC)