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Hulk Hogan[change source]

This is the result of around 90 changes done to the Hulk Hogan page and when I had a proper look at all the changes it seems someone is playing with the page. I reported this problem in the talk page and now watching it happen again and again brings the discussion here. Please have a closer look. Thanks.-BRP ever 11:18, 21 April 2018 (UTC)

(Non-administrator observation) From what I know, that is a LTA whose name I can't remember. They do subtle BLP disruptive editing. I've changed the date to just the year, 2011, when he declared retirement. Hopefully this should stop them from continually changing it further. Vermont (talk) 11:35, 21 April 2018 (UTC)
Ah, so the editor has come back from their recently-expired 1 year block. Persistent case, too; I have applied another block lasting 3 months. Chenzw  Talk  16:05, 21 April 2018 (UTC)
Chenzw: It seems to be happening again. See here. Vermont (talk) 15:04, 28 April 2018 (UTC)
Done, thanks for the heads up! Chenzw  Talk  16:53, 28 April 2018 (UTC)

Permissions for Flood[change source]

Hello administrators! I'm requesting the Flood user right. Even though I'm still new here, I am finding my way around, and would like to make quality edits (a lot), in just maybe one week or a day. I may be very busy at times, and editing here is really a hobby. Thank You :) ~ Jay Jay Marcus Keize13 ~ (talk)

For the reviewing administrator; although I doubt this would be accepted anyways I must caution against providing any userrights for the time being due to an indefinite block on the English Wikipedia for sockpuppetry. Vermont (talk) 12:32, 28 April 2018 (UTC)
Oh, thanks for the heads up :) ~ Jay Jay Marcus Keize13 ~ (talk)
X mark.svg Not done - Not just for the reason Vermont stated with your issues stemming from, but we generally only use that flag for bulk maintenance issues like cleaning up after closing an RfD. We have given it for temporary times, but only when the editor and granting admin were on at the same time, as the granting admin is responsible to make sure the edits are done while under the bot flag were appropriate. -- Enfcer (talk) 13:20, 28 April 2018 (UTC)

IhateCrisCrotz[change source]

IhateCrisCrotz (talk · contribs) is an obvious Jack Gaines (talk · contribs) vandal. Please block now. TenPoundHammer (talk) 19:24, 28 April 2018 (UTC)

But my edits to Wiz Khalifa, at least, were properly sourced. Ask and you shall receive, as I finally have evidence for at least one of Alan Jackson's "supposed" rap covers. --IhateCrisCrotz (talk) 19:25, 28 April 2018 (UTC)
IhateCrisCrotz (talk · contribs) That video is an obvious fake. You just filmed an existing video with your phone and dubbed the song over it. I can tell because the uploader of the original video can be seen in the footage. TenPoundHammer (talk)
      • Comment: User was blocked for 31 hours. PLEASE someone, anyone, change this to permanent. TenPoundHammer (talk) 19:38, 28 April 2018 (UTC)
User is Globally Locked, and updated to Indef, on this user to hopefully trigger autoblock. -- Enfcer (talk) 22:09, 28 April 2018 (UTC)

User:Psl631/Page Not Found[change source]

Hi! I want to have User:Psl631/Page Not Found page fully protected, is it Ok? It is a page "page not found" page. -- Psl631 talk 12:34, 29 April 2018 (UTC)

You won't be able to edit the page yourself if it is fully protected. Chenzw  Talk  13:34, 29 April 2018 (UTC)
@Psl631: What is the purpose of that page? --Auntof6 (talk) 15:32, 29 April 2018 (UTC)
User:Chenzw and User:Auntof6: It can be semi protected instead of fully protected, and the purpose is only a "joke" page with "404 page not found". -- Psl631 talk 15:41, 29 April 2018 (UTC)
I don't think joke pages fall under what is allowed in userspace. Please remove it from anywhere that uses it and then QD it. --Auntof6 (talk) 16:04, 29 April 2018 (UTC)
User:Auntof6: I added QD tag to it and changed the link to it from my userpage to random redirect instead. -- Psl631 talk 16:12, 29 April 2018 (UTC)

Help unblocking accounts for school project/Help addressing larger issue[change source]

Hi -- just realized I should be posting here. I have two questions, please:

1. Unblocking individual student accounts: I have a class project starting on Thrusday, 5/3/18. Project page: Wikipedia:Schools/Projects/Notable Female Activists. Currently, this account is unblocked, but all the students' accounts (listed on the project page) are blocked from editing. Is it possible to get these accounts unblocked, please?

2. Understanding activity at my IP address: I understand from the ever-helpful peterdownunder (talk · contribs) that our IP range is blocked due to vandalism. It would be helpful to know more about this issue: What type of vandalism? When did it take place, and on what pages? What accounts were involved? I would like to resolve this issue on-site, if possible, so as to lighten the load on all the wonderful editors and ambassadors who have to help us deal with blocks each year, and to add productively and responsibly to this valuable resource.

The IP range on our primary internet link is: through

The IP range on our backup internet link is: through

In gratitude, Castilibrary2 (talk) 15:44, 30 April 2018 (UTC)

@Castilibrary2: is this “–254” range itself static? For how long time does your ISP offer you IPs from this namely interval? Incnis Mrsi (talk) 18:06, 30 April 2018 (UTC)
@Castilibrary2: peterdownunder , has locally exempted the IP range from the global block. The global block is in response to IP vandalism outside of your IP range, but within your ISP's range. As such they blocked the whole amount, and you are unfortunately collateral damage. The exemption peterdownunder placed should allow your students access to the site. I also checked your backup IP range, and it does not appear to be blocked. If the disabling of the Global block did not work, please let me know, also if it did not, if you could send me a list of the students account names to my email, so I can take a closer look at them Enfcer (talk · contribs · email). -- Enfcer (talk) 18:45, 30 April 2018 (UTC)
@Enfcer: thank you -- I'll check the student accounts and let you know, asap. Thanks for pointing out that I was missing IP v ISP, glad to hear it.
@Enfcer: et al, we seem to be up and running now. Fingers crossed. In gratitude, Castilibrary2 (talk) 19:42, 30 April 2018 (UTC)

The LTA that changes birth months to March[change source]

I've noticed them in the past, and have chatted about it with enwiki LTA-spotters. It is a user, apparently also active on the English Wikipedia, that uses an IP address to change a couple BLP's birth months from whatever they are to March, then they leave. From what I've seen, they usually make it to a level 3 or 4 warning, only blocked a few times, and then abandons the IP. They're usually always IPv6 addresses, and there are probably many instances where their edits have gone unnoticed. They reappeared today and I was wondering if it was possible to institute a sort of "block-on-sight", where if this LTA is spotted it can be reported to WP:VIP without going through the standard 5 warnings, as this editor has a long history of subtle BLP vandalism. Thanks, Vermont (talk) 00:26, 1 May 2018 (UTC)

Ah, those. I reverted some of their edits yesterday and many times in the past if I remember. So, I suggest checking dates from other wikis once. In many cases, vandalism goes unnoticed and later again vandalized. like this and this one, where dates had to be changed manually. Thanks-BRP ever 01:38, 1 May 2018 (UTC)
Its for situations like this that I try to impress upon people that multiple warnings are not required. -DJSasso (talk) 01:55, 1 May 2018 (UTC)

My userpage[change source]

Resolved. Page unprotected. Chenzw  Talk  06:36, 1 May 2018 (UTC)

Hi! Now is my page protection on my userpage no longer necessary, please can an admin unprotect it? (In case it gets vandalized, please re-protect or I request protection here) -- Psl631 talk 06:15, 1 May 2018 (UTC)

Request for block against Chrisangelo23[change source]

Good evening administrators. Could I please request someone takes another look at the work being undertaken by Chrisangelo23? He has been warned twice today, once by myself, once by Gotanda, and they are continuing (despite a previous short block) to make edits in language which quite simply is not suitable for this Wikipedia. Their edit summaries aren't getting any better either, for example, one on Anemoi reads "*A Proper Page". It was proper in the first place, before his complexity got into it. It is clear that the suggestions and information we're providing to this editor simply are not getting through and, regrettable as it is, it seems longer blocks are going to be necessary to hammer the message home. Many thanks. DaneGeld (talk) 19:11, 1 May 2018 (UTC)

I'd like to note that they were previously blocked for 48 hours after this discussion on Simple Talk. Vermont (talk) 19:48, 1 May 2018 (UTC)
Thanks for linking that, Vermont. I did mention the previous short block, but forgot to wikilink it so people could see the previous comments. DaneGeld (talk) 19:57, 1 May 2018 (UTC)
Macdonald-ross blocked them for 72 hours, although I doubt that will solve it. I support enacting a topic ban from mythology related articles, and an indefinite ban if they continue to ignore community consensus. Vermont (talk) 20:00, 1 May 2018 (UTC)
To be honest with you, I don't think a topic ban would solve the problem. He would probably turn his attention to other kinds of article and continue. I can't say that for certain, but I think it's likely that is what would happen. I would support a longer ban in this case - maybe an increase from 72 hours to 2 weeks. The last block being 48 hours, I don't think this is going to be a discouragement. As you do, I would also support an indefinite ban if they fail to comply with our requirements for editing. DaneGeld (talk) 20:15, 1 May 2018 (UTC)
I agree that such a topic ban wouldn't be effective. Reason 1: user has already made problematic edits on non-mythology pages. Reason 2: the issue with the user's edits, which is not using simple language, isn't specific to mythology topics. --Auntof6 (talk) 20:36, 1 May 2018 (UTC)

Hossein Khan Movaghar[change source]

Hello there, please check if the deleted version of this article is similar to new one or not. There were 3 articles so I'm confused. This was the discussion.-BRP ever 06:10, 4 May 2018 (UTC)

No need, deleted. Thanks-BRP ever 13:46, 4 May 2018 (UTC)

Pages created by[change source]

All of the articles will likely need to be deleted (or simplified), as they're all complex, mostly copied from the English Wikipedia, and they show no intention of simplifying them. Thanks, Vermont (talk) 00:16, 7 May 2018 (UTC)

I just noticed that they also copied over someone's talk page from, and brought over many templates. This is the LTA that continually creates administration related templates and articles copied from enwiki. Vermont (talk) 00:19, 7 May 2018 (UTC)

Template:lang[change source]

I don't think error: {{lang}}: text has italic markup used to show up always like one here. Is there a problem with {{lang}}?-BRP ever 16:46, 9 May 2018 (UTC)

When italic markup is removed the error is fixed but is that problem with the page or template? There are some pages with this problem.-BRP ever 16:54, 9 May 2018 (UTC)
I don't remember seeing that in the past, either. Maybe it has to do with the template getting refreshed by import a few months ago. I guess we should remove the italic markup. Fortunately, Category:Lang and lang-xx template errors seems to contain these, so we should be able to find them.
By the way, this isn't really an admin issue: non-admins could look at this just as well. :) --Auntof6 (talk) 18:23, 9 May 2018 (UTC)
Oops, I thought it was an issue with the template update. So, importing an updated template would help. Infact when I saw same problem in many pages, I was sure the problem was with template because Notting was changed in the pages. Anyways ST would have been much much better place. Thanks:)-BRP ever 00:26, 10 May 2018 (UTC)
Importing an updated template could indeed cause the problem. The old version might have ignored the italic markup being passed to it, and the new, imported version might check for it. However, if the enwiki version has been updated since we imported it a few months ago maybe we need to import it again. Or maybe we need to back-level our cooy, or maybe just fix the code in the articles. --Auntof6 (talk) 02:53, 10 May 2018 (UTC)
Enwiki also shows the same error so it might be better if we remove the italic markup. Is there a bot which can do such work? If not I would like to request the flood flag here since there are around 500 pages.-BRP ever 03:19, 10 May 2018 (UTC)
Yeah I will take care of it when I get a chance. -DJSasso (talk) 11:24, 10 May 2018 (UTC)
The real issue for most of the errors is that they are using other templates that haven't been updated yet. So I am slowly fixing them. Some of them that use the lang template directly really should just be replaced with the proper template, easiest way to do that is to grab the same set of text of But as I said I will get this all cleaned up, no need to worry about it unless you stumble on one that I haven't fixed yet and want to do it yourself. -DJSasso (talk) 11:42, 10 May 2018 (UTC)
Ah, okay. Updating language template might be a good choice. Some needs to be removed from pages but it can be done after the update is finished. I think few pages will remain that way.-BRP ever 11:48, 10 May 2018 (UTC)

Block for Aryan88890?[change source]

Requesting a block per WP:ONESTRIKE, as the user is blocked on for sockpuppetry and commons for copyright infringement, and they have created multiple pages recently that infringe on copyright laws after being warned not to do so. Pinging Gotanda. Vermont (talk) 01:19, 17 May 2018 (UTC)

Blocked along with one other account. -DJSasso (talk) 01:40, 17 May 2018 (UTC)
Thank you! --Gotanda (talk) 02:54, 17 May 2018 (UTC)

Weird display error for Selected Article[change source]

At the moment Billy Graham is the Selected Article. When I look at the front page the snippet is out of sync and reads, "William Franklin Graham, Jr. (born November 7, 1918) better known as Billy Graham, is an Evangelical Christian and an evangelist. He is a member of the Southern Baptist Convention." When I click through I get the up to date article. I don't think it can be my browser cache. Thanks, Gotanda (talk) 05:09, 18 May 2018 (UTC)

The snippets aren't taken from the actual article itself, they are written separately in separate places. The snippet is what it looked like when it was promoted. (and any fixes people might have made to the snippet). It does not reflect exactly what is in the actual articles. In this case the snippet is located at Wikipedia:Very good articles/Billy Graham. -DJSasso (talk) 11:17, 18 May 2018 (UTC)
Thanks for the info. I didn't realize those previews were separate. I updated with the current intro text. --Gotanda (talk) 23:26, 18 May 2018 (UTC)