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Discretionary sanctions enforcement review[edit]

I would like to request a review of Coffee's enforcement of discretionary sanctions concerning an edit I made to Presidency of Donald Trump (diff), together with an edit made by El cid, el campeador (diff). Both of us feel the instant imposition of blocks and the subsequent logging of our "transgressions" at the DS log (diff, diff) were unusually harsh. Both of us are experienced editors, yet we both misinterpreted the "letter of the law" concerning the sanction. Neither of us have ever been sanctioned before. It is our view that while we recognize we both made a mistake, the matter could easily have been resolved with a simple warning. Our hope is that following a review, you will consider rescinding the notations in the DS log and (if technically feasible) modifying our block logs. -- Scjessey (talk) 15:45, 28 December 2017 (UTC)

  • Just as a procedural note, someone may want to consider tweaking this archive which included the open sub-thread that seems to have led up to this thread being opened in turn (or consider formally closing it if that seems appropriate). GMGtalk 15:56, 28 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Endorse blocks both on the merits and procedurally as the blocks have expired. There were clear sanctions violations by both of you and Coffee enforced them. The fact that he was willing to sanction experienced editors should not have any impact on this at all. It is experienced editors who are most often affected by discretionary sanctions. You both clearly violated the sanctions and were blocked accordingly. This was well within the discretion of the DS system. Just because Coffee has made mistakes that got a lot of attention here recently doesn’t mean his actions in this regard were mistakes. TonyBallioni (talk) 15:58, 28 December 2017 (UTC)
  • I have just informed Coffee of this discussion. A bigger, redder box may be in order. No comment on the merits of the complaint. Tazerdadog (talk) 16:04, 28 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Endorse blocks - I'm afraid you clearly reinstated challenged material, and El cid clearly made more than one reversion per 24 hours. This is highlighted in yellow when you edit the page. This does not mean I have no sympathy for your plight, and these blocks don't change the fact you are both highly valuable here. However, Coffee's blocks are well within reason. 78.26 (spin me / revolutions) 16:09, 28 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Just to be clear, I have no wish for this thread to have a "chilling" effect that would somehow challenge Coffee's right to make the blocks. I'm just saying that in this particular case, warnings would've achieved exactly the same purpose and I would hope administrators would prefer to use preventative, rather than punitive measures. Coffee even said as much on my talk page. -- Scjessey (talk) 16:14, 28 December 2017 (UTC)
"I have no wish for this thread to have a "chilling" effect" <-- well, I for one very much wish that this thread, or something, had a "chilling effect" on Coffee making these kinds of blocks. He's been on a sanctioning spree that's been getting out of control. He's made at least three (not counting the blocks here) bad calls - all extreme over reactions - in the past ten days or so. This is not going to end well, and having Coffee "chill out" before it gets worse is probably the best outcome here. Volunteer Marek 05:10, 29 December 2017 (UTC)
  • And it was a valid block that expired before he lifted it. It was not one that I would have made, but it was fine within the DS system. As it expired without being lifted, I'm not seeing the point of this appeal. You were validly blocked, and it was logged. It expired. You're now aware of the sanctions in this area, and you also have been sanctioned for violating them, so keeping it in the log makes sense. I'm aware that I have been one of Coffee's defenders since he has returned, but that is because he generally does do the right thing and of late it seems like people are trying to put every action under the microscope. If he had acted in a way that was outside of policy here, I'd be willing to say it, but as it stands, he didn't in my view. I'd also like to emphasize like 78.26 that this in no way is saying that you or El Cid are not valued contributors here. TonyBallioni (talk) 16:33, 28 December 2017 (UTC)
  • It's not of late, TonyBallioni. Coffee's admin actions are always backed by policies and guidelines but that doesn't mean they use the best judgement in making them. Even before they went on break I had my issues with at least a couple of them, serious enough that I said something (no admin is going to agree with every action another admin takes but this is almost always shrugged off as a judgement call and nothing is said). With this situation, Coffee made a technically valid block but I don't think your "of late" clause is accurate. --NeilN talk to me 17:17, 28 December 2017 (UTC)
  • NeilN, I was saying of late because after his return of course everything he does is going to be under the microscope. I don't think that is fair, but we know it is going to happen. Coffee takes a hard line on AE, which means that some of his actions are not going to be popular. I think he might want to consider taking it slower because of the microscope effect, but that doesn't make him a bad admin.
    As I said, I would not have made this block because I personally weigh things like whether the eventual appeal would create more disruption than the block prevents, but like you said, Coffee was backed up by policies and guidelines here, and that this is nothing like the previous thread with Volunteer Marek despite what has been claimed below. TonyBallioni (talk) 17:29, 28 December 2017 (UTC)
  • No one is saying he wasn't technically allowed to make the blocks. And you're wrong about the comparison to Marek: he was ABSOLUTELY "technically" allowed to do that as well. Arguing that the "consensus required" tenant is somehow more tangible than the "behave civilly" tenant is silly in my book, and not really central to the argument anyway. The point of this review is that while the community acknowledges that these sanctions are inherently discretionary and will vary somewhat as a result, the community absolutely DOES NOT agree to be governed by an admin that acts Trunchbull-esque or clearly displays a wanton attitude toward our expectations of his behavior. Scjessey's block (and Mareks, and the exchange that led to this) demonstrate spectacularly bad judgement that other admins (including you, Tony) avoid by thinking with cool heads and keeping the needs of the encyclopedia first. I understand you have a history with Coffee that helps you see the best of what he is capable of, but right now that's not coming through. He is a HUGE negative to the encyclopedia right now, and something needs to change. 172.56.21.117 (talk) 18:13, 28 December 2017 (UTC)
  • I called on him to voluntarily rescind the Marek action, and you are wrong: I don't have a personal history with him. I just think that he is being jumped on in a way right now that would not occur for other administrators because of the relatively high profile nature of his break. I am able to see the controversy that is caused, and I think there are some legitimate criticisms (in the Marek situation, a 1 day topic ban was sure to cause more drama than it solved). At the same time this review accomplishes nothing: the block was technically good, the users are unblocked now, and all it accomplishes is to let people pile on about an admin doing what he thinks is best for the encyclopedia. Especially since in every one of the situations involving AE actions of late, he has either rescinded the blocks when asked to or offered to do so. I don't think that an appeal of an action that is no longer in effect and that was sure to turn into personal drama about Coffee is a positive for the encyclopedia. As I said above, this isn't personal: I was never friends with Coffee before his break. I just also don't like seeing pile-ons and will speak up when I see it happening regardless of who the user is. I think there may be valid critiques of Coffee, but those are best handled in talking to him directly and not by an appeal of a valid action that has lapsed. TonyBallioni (talk) 18:28, 28 December 2017 (UTC)
" I just think that he is being jumped on in a way right now that would not occur for other administrators because of the relatively high profile nature of his break" <-- As I mentioned in the previous thread, I have no idea about any profiles of his break, high or otherwise (I have caught up a bit on it in the meantime, but I'm still hella confused and out of the loop), it is simply his actions that are problematic. I think best thing would if Coffee voluntarily stepped away from administratin', particularly in the discretionary fashion, the American Politics area for awhile. Note that he's throwing out these sanctions over relatively minor incidents - believe it or not, a few IPs or fly-by-night accounts aside, there's not all that much going on in that topic area right now (prolly cuz holidays, but still). Most of these sanctions are just simply not necessary and they screw up the normal editing and consensus building process. Volunteer Marek 05:14, 29 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Look at the way Coffee uses a user's history of blocks in his arguments about why discretionary sanctions are warranted to understand why this could be viewed as "severe" by the editors on the other end of this. So what the blocks have expired? Does the bad judgment that led to the blocks also have an expiration date? Will the editors with these silly blocks on their records be subject to escalating sanctions by another judgement (either deserved or undeserved)? Surely you understand why "sweeping this under the rug" would be a net negative for everyone involved. 172.56.21.117 (talk) 18:38, 28 December 2017 (UTC)
  • (edit conflict)This review does serve a purpose: revealing the community's expectations for admin judgement when using their most serious tool: blocking. Perhaps the tide will change, but so far, there's a pretty strong signal that admins are expected to use restraint and discretion before blocking editors, and not simply apply black-and-white thinking. In another instance, Coffee sort of considered an alternative to blocking before he blocked Casprings, by giving him 10 minutes to self-revert this edit (see user talk:Casprings#December 2017). In my experience, Casprings would have gladly self-reverted without complaint if give a reasonable opportunity to do so. He did not need to be blocked. If this review does nothing more than showing Coffee that he needs to recalibrate his approach, then it will have been worthwhile.- MrX 19:06, 28 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Oh come on! How people manage to maintain their cool with this admin should be met with the awarding of barnstars all around. "You have 10 minutes?" Look at Caspring's response, and you can get a feel for just how absurd this action was. How is this acceptable behavior? 172.56.21.117 (talk) 19:20, 28 December 2017 (UTC)
  • That is a stupendously stupid block - even if technically correct that it is 'allowed'. It is not 'required'. Firstly that ridiculous consensus required DS has already caused problems like this, where it promotes a first mover advantage. Secondly blocking someone for 24 hours, 24 hours after the offense is completely pointless. BLOCKS ARE PREVENTATIVE NOT PUNITIVE, and a quiet word to Scjessey would have sufficed. Blocking with 'be told!' is overkill. This is not the first knee-jerk admin action Coffee has done recently and I think its time for a comprehensive review of their fitness to be an Admin. Only in death does duty end (talk) 16:17, 28 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Bad blocks - The purpose of Arbcom authorized discretionary sanctions is to quell disruptive behavior like edit warring, personal attacks, and POV pushing, so that we can focus on improving the encyclopedia. We are not a bureaucracy that is required to slavishly apply prescriptive remedies, otherwise admins would be required to block in all cases where page restrictions are violated. Imposing harsh penalties like blocks on volunteers editing in good faith is profoundly discouraging, harms those editors' reputations, and creates a chilling effect on everyone who wishes to edit these articles. Past behavior should have been given more consideration and a polite warning placed on these users talk pages as is common practice among many highly respected admins.- MrX 16:27, 28 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Postpone. User:Scjessey, If you had remembered to notify Coffee about this request, you would have seen a big notice atop both his talk page and user page saying he’s away until January 13. Would you have gone ahead with this request at this time? Anythingyouwant (talk) 16:35, 28 December 2017 (UTC)
Unnecessary. We already know that Coffee endorses these blocks. Also, he didn't say he wouldn't be available until January 13.- MrX 16:40, 28 December 2017 (UTC)
Please quote the explanation he would have given here. My question to Scjessey stands. (The notice says, “Coffee is away on vacation in Indonesia from 24 December 2017 until 13 January 2018 and may not respond swiftly to queries.”) Anythingyouwant (talk) 16:43, 28 December 2017 (UTC)
  • That's a good question. The message does not say Coffee isn't able to respond, just that responses will not be a swift as usual. If that were not the case, I would agree postponing was fair; however, I don't think postponing is necessary in this case as long as due consideration is given to Coffee's response time (if responses are needed). -- Scjessey (talk) 16:46, 28 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Horrible block but technically sound -- That you can do something does not equate to that you shall do something. This ain't a bureaucracy where blocks are made after 24 hours of violation of a certain clause, just because they ought to be. And, then, AGF et al. Winged BladesGodric 16:38, 28 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Bad blocks, and not the only recent bad admin action/poor judgement, either. See [1]. Others have complained as late re: similar behavior from this admin - just look at the comments in the linked AN discussion. This is not an isolated incident. The following comment may be controversial and will probably be criticized, but perhaps, because of how and why he was "on break" for months, Coffee's return should have been addressed differently and with some monitoring? What we're seeing now in the way of his judgement certainly seems to speak to a need for...something (different than the status quo). -- ψλ 16:56, 28 December 2017 (UTC)
I wonder why you aren't logging in with your actual account and are, instead, being a coward. I fully admit I have a long block log and a history of edit warring, my last block being delivered by Coffee. That said, my comments regarding his recent actions have nothing to do with that block. My concern is for the harm he's doing by what appears to be a misuse of the power of the tools -- both to the editors he's sanctioning and blocking, his reputation, and the trust editors need to have toward administrators. Someone pegged it very nicely above: what Coffee is doing leaves a chilling effect and dissuades editors from editing. Certainly, that's not what admin actions are supposed to do. When that kind of thing happens, we all lose. -- ψλ 18:52, 28 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Qualified Endorse Blocks This looks like it falls well within the guidelines for a legit block and that means it's a judgement call. I am not seeing anything that suggests that this was outside the bounds of reason. That said, I don't think I would have done it. Just because you can do something does not mean you should do something. Excepting those situations that obviously fall under the broad heading of NOTHERE I tend to take a very restrained approach to blocking. To my mind anything other than a NOTHERE block should be a last resort, done only after all reasonable alternatives have been exhausted and where there is a strong likelihood of continued disruption absent a block. I don't think this situation meets that test. But again it is a judgement call and I do believe that this falls within the guidelines under admin discretion. And to be fair, I have been criticized a few times for my reluctance to drop the hammer in situations where others thought the need was real and immediate. [To block, or not to block. That is the question.] -Ad Orientem (talk) 17:19, 28 December 2017 (UTC)
  • I would go so far as to request Coffee not admin in any ARBCOM DS area. He has shown time and time again to give out blocks that are not really necessary, even if they may be appropriate. Sir Joseph (talk) 18:16, 28 December 2017 (UTC)
Which is evidence of someone just wielding power because they can rather than someone trying to prevent disruption because they need to. Definitely NOT what admins are supposed to do or are entrusted with when given the tools. -- ψλ 18:25, 28 December 2017 (UTC)
  • I'd say "technically allowed", because truly preventative blocks can't be unnecessary yet still be appropriate. 172.56.21.117 (talk) 18:30, 28 December 2017 (UTC)

Support Coffee in this particular matter based on these particular facts. Wikipedia would be a lot better off if every clear violation of discretionary sanctions results in some amount of administrative action. The point of having rules is to ensure equality. Discretion is fine when the matter is unclear, and it is also fine even in clear cases as to the degree of administrative action. But more discretion than that guarantees inequality. Anythingyouwant (talk) 18:35, 28 December 2017 (UTC) Edited18:47, 28 December 2017 (UTC)

Aren't administrator standards of behavior and appropriate use of the tools what should be supported rather than individual administrators? Your "Support" !vote sounds more like you're approaching the issue as if it's a popularity contest. -- ψλ 18:41, 28 December 2017 (UTC)
Thank you for clarifying with the edited and underlined commentary above, Anythingyouwant. -- ψλ 18:59, 28 December 2017 (UTC)

(edit conflict)Let's wait until Coffee returns - As someone who had Coffee strip his editing privileges (and later reinstated, though without apology or explanation), it might sound odd for me to suggest this. I think that Coffee, making certain blocks immediately before his holiday was a stupid, stupid move; you just don't do that if you aren't going to bearound to defend those actions - you. just. don't. That said, others here have said that the blocks, though malformed, solved the problem. While I think that suggesting that its all fine because it worked out is like saying that murdering 11 million people is a great way to open up the housing market.
Coffee should have the opportunity to defend his actions, and clearly needs to. While it absolutely sucks for those affected by those actions (and there's little to be done to recompense those affected if Coffee is found to have taken bad action), I think we have to be fair, and allow Coffee the opportunoty to solve the problem that he has created. - Jack Sebastian (talk) 18:47, 28 December 2017 (UTC)

I'd agree if Scjessey was asking for Coffee to be desysopped: he's not though. He's asking for an assessment by the rest of us to determine if there is consensus to get the not-so-great blocks off of his "permanent record", as it were. We don't really need Coffee for that (and if there is any question about what Coffee might think about it, it might be helpful to take a look at the linked archived section). 172.56.21.117 (talk) 18:59, 28 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Endorse blocks as procedure and note that best practice is difficult to determine. As others have stated, these blocks are sound and are within the letter of policy—this is not controversial. Whether the implementation of these blocks reflected best practice (and good judgment) is less clear. If I had been monitoring the situation, I would not have blocked El cid, el campeador. The violation there was technical—a simple note letting him know that he should not revert a second time to enforce the discretionary sanctions would have sufficed (in my judgment). Another issue raised is that the blocks came 24 hours after both editors had stopped editing the article. Late blocks often appear to be punitive rather than preventative; however, late blocks are often made in order to deter future disruptive behavior (WP:BLOCKP). This is another area where Coffee had to make a judgment call—making judgment calls often appears arbitrary. My reading of Coffee's response to Scjessey was that Coffee was attempting to be consistent with his procedures for discretionary sanction offenders. Consistent standard operating procedures reduce the arbitrariness of discretionary-sanction enforcement, though it does tend to lend an air of heavy-handedness. Personally, I would tend to err on the side of arbitrary lenience, but it is not clear that this is the better approach.
Regarding the request for relief from Scjessey by a modification of the editors block logs or DS log entries: (1) The block log cannot be modified. The only way your block log could have an additional note added to it is by an administrator blocking you again for one second with an explanatory note. I doubt that another administrator is willing to do this without Coffee's agreement, though we have yet to hear from Coffee on this matter (and I doubt he will do this). (2) The DS log is both there to log violators and to log administrator actions, so I do not think it would be appropriate to rescind the note. It would be possible to add a sub-item linking to this discussion when it concludes--which there will likely be consensus to do. Malinaccier (talk) 18:59, 28 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Sigh. Everyone knows that the block log is technically changeable via revision deletion and/or oversight. It is long standing policy that that would be considered misuse. Any admin doing so would be risking a lot. And besides, there isn't even consensus that this was a bad block to begin with. --Majora (talk) 19:44, 29 December 2017 (UTC)
  • If it wasn't your intent perhaps mind your wording next time, but the gist I got from your note is that you absolutely believe it can't be modified, and I linked to a longstanding admin who says otherwise. As far as consensus: this was a bad block. Almost every non-admin commenting has said as much. As for the admins themselves: almost none say they would have performed the block, though admit it is "technically" sound (yes, those were ironic quotes based on your last comment). This block violated the spirit of the trust that the community places in admins... Perhaps there's an argument to be made about DS in general, and I would certainly be interested in that. It doesn't change the crux of the issue here, though, which is that two four+ editors were blocked, banned, or had special permissions removed based on one admin's poor judgment. 172.56.20.86 (talk) 19:56, 29 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Where do I even start. First wikt:technically has more than one definition. Technically as in based in the facts and technically as in software. Perhaps you should pick up on the differences? Second, just from counting (yes consensus isn't a vote blah blah blah) there are eight people who say they endorse the block and five who say it isn't (one of which actually lands on both sides saying it is a bad block but technically correct). As for non-admins or not, that has nothing to do with anything. Just like we allow IPs to voice their opinions with the same weight we allow non-admins to voice theirs. Everything as the same weight. Then, going by actual arguments, and not counting (which consensus actually is) there is pretty clear consensus that the blocks were perfectly within policy. Ergo, not anywhere near the level that would require breaking rev'del policy to modify the block log. If you want to change policy there are plenty of avenues to do so. This isn't one of them. Stop getting off topic. Stop complaining about how the policy is written and use what is currently accepted. --Majora (talk) 20:25, 29 December 2017 (UTC)
  • You sum up my thoughts better than I could. Thank you. TonyBallioni (talk) 19:02, 28 December 2017 (UTC)
  • I'll just add that I think that is an excellent exposition of the situation (both this specific one and DS in general). Boing! said Zebedee (talk) 21:01, 28 December 2017 (UTC)
The fact is that, recent events aside, if more admins were actively watching the American Politics pages and preemptively blocking DS violations, we would not have a small number of POV editors disrupting the area and driving long-time solid contributors away from this topic area. AE is a zoo just like ANI and the purpose and intent of DS has been vitiated by the unwillingness of Admins to enforce sanctions against obvious and persistent disruption. SPECIFICO talk 19:29, 28 December 2017 (UTC)
+1 Arkon (talk) 19:53, 28 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Reluctantly Endorse blocks as within DS policy. I'm torn by things like this, because I seriously dislike the way DS violations are often handled, and I think there are too many heavy-handed authoritarians working DS. That's largely why I steer clear of DS - because it frustrates me the way too often a good editor who has made a minor mistake gets blocked (or whatever) when a friendly word could have achieved so much more and left people a lot happier. Did Coffee deal with this in the best way? Not by a mile, in my view. Would I have made the blocks in question? Absolutely not. But Coffee's action falls within the currently-accepted range of options he had at his disposal. (And I just want to add that this does show good faith.) Boing! said Zebedee (talk) 20:48, 28 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Bad block - Coffee's blocking of both editors was punitive to say the least, Yes both editors reverted after 24h however there should've been a stern warning from any DS-enforcer or another admin beforehand .... IMHO this was a bad block by far. –Davey2010 Merry Xmas / Happy New Year 21:21, 28 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Commute to time served Enforcement is preventative. We make judgements based on overall contributions as well as technical violations. There is no indication that continuing the sanction will protect the project. We don't need "examples." We certainly don't need sanctions on editors that now clearly understand why they were sanctioned. This is not a referendum on Coffee, it's an assessment of whether sanctions are required. They are not. --DHeyward (talk) 21:27, 28 December 2017 (UTC)
    • The blocks no longer exist, so I'm a bit confused. TonyBallioni (talk) 23:54, 28 December 2017 (UTC)
  • @Malinaccier: I appreciate your explanation of why it isn't technically feasible to amend my block log, and why it isn't appropriate to remove the corresponding entry from the DS log because of its dual purpose. Irrespective of the outcome of this review, I accept it will not be possible to get "relief" for what has occurred (although I cannot personally speak for El cid, el campeador, of course). If the ultimate outcome of this review is just to encourage Coffee (and other administrators) to more often issue warnings before pulling the block trigger on matters concerning discretionary sanctions, I will be satisfied. -- Scjessey (talk) 00:42, 29 December 2017 (UTC)
As would I. Or maybe just, oh I don't know, ask questions? That seems easier than trying to squeeze toothpaste back into the tube. - Jack Sebastian (talk) 02:14, 29 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Endorse blocks. It being "harsh" is totally irrelevant in my view. Technically, you broke discretionary sanctions. It is what it is. Mistakes happen and there really isn't a whole lot that can be done since the block was completely within currently accepted policy (which of course can always be changed if need be either through an arbcom amendment or via community consensus at the pumps). We expect (or at least I expect) that admins will follow and apply currently accepted policy evenly, fairly, and consistently to all sides. Which is what happened here. There really isn't much anyone can do anyways. Block logs are permanent and striking it from the DS log page would just remove a useful link back. You are both still valued editors in any case. --Majora (talk) 03:06, 29 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Endorse blocks: There was no abuse of discretion here. Just because we wouldn't have blocked ourselves doesn't render the blocks improper or abusive. That's the nature of discretionary sanctions: The sanctioning admin is given great deference. —/Mendaliv//Δ's/ 03:42, 29 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Comment - a lot of the trouble here is caused by this ridiculous "consensus required to undo any kind of edit" provision (I know that's not what it says, but that is what it amounts to in practice). Which of course was invented by Coffee. This DS has been subject of numerous AE reports, it's confusing as hell (which edit is the one being challanged and which one is the challanger?), it's easy to game, it's easy to trip up over, it just fuels the WP:BATTLEGROUND in this topic area. All of this has already been said at WP:AE by editors and admins alike. Somewhat unsurprisingly, editors who edit tend to hate it, admins are split with some for, some against. There's enough "for" that the sanction has not been removed or rescinded. Some of the admins who are "for" argument is simply that it'd be a pain in the ass to remove it since Coffee has slapped it on so many pages - which is a particularly lazy, stupid, argument. Anyway. After my latest run in with this piece of bureaucratic dog poop I've been considering starting an outright "petition" or RfC on the "consensus required" sanction. Because of lack of time (holidays and all) I haven't gotten it together. Furthermore, I actually think it crucial that admins who administrate at WP:AE do NOT provide input - the petition should be limited to editors who actually edit the topic (which does include some admins, like User:MelanieN. From what I can tell, pretty much everyone who's reasonably active in the topic area, whatever their POV, ideology, religion, favorite OS, feelings about the last Star Wars movie, hates the provision. Which means that most likely it really is a very bad idea. Might around to it soon. In the meantime, the bureaucratic machine and love of silly, counter productive rules-for-rules sake, marches on. Volunteer Marek 05:23, 29 December 2017 (UTC)
    It takes all of a 20 minutes to throw together a RfC. An hour if you really need to think about it that hard. Or request a clarification from ArbCom as to the exact nature of this area. All of which is prescribed in normal proceedings. Seeing as post-1932 American politics is incredibly large it is logical to think that an enormous amount of articles falls under this DS. As for Coffee "making things up". No. That is part of the policy as well. An admin is allowed to impose prohibitions on the addition and removal of content as they see fit per Wikipedia:Arbitration_Committee/Discretionary_sanctions#Page restrictions. It really seems like you are on more of a crusade against Coffee than anything else. And limiting anyone from participating in a RfC is really not going to fly. Everyone gets their say. That is how Wikipedia works. --Majora (talk) 05:37, 29 December 2017 (UTC)
To "throw" one together, yes, maybe 20 minutes. To do it right takes a bit more work. Like diffs and past statements from WP:AE, WP:ANI, article talk pages, user talk pages, all the sanctions and why they were problematic etc. And all that takes a lot of time digging through histories. I don't know about you, but I'd prefer doing it right rather than doing it sloppy (and in fact, I'm not sure if RfC is the best way to go).
And yes, Coffee "made it up". I didn't say he wasn't allowed to do it. I said he "made it up". And just because "he saw fit" that does not in any way, shape, or form, imply that this was a good thing.
And no, I'm not on a "crusade against Coffee" (nice attempt at poisoning the well there, by the way). I'm on a crusade against a stupid restriction.
"You are complaining about how policy is written and then say that you don't have time to change policy" <-- Yes, that is exactly what I'm doing. I'm complaining about a policy (more precisely a discretionary sanction, not a policy), because it's a bad one, and yes, I don't have time to try and change it right now. What's confusing about that? Volunteer Marek 05:48, 29 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Comment: I do not have any particular comment on the block here, but I intend to open a thread here about Coffee's use of the DS remedy "consensus required", when he returns from vacation. Kingsindian  

07:00, 29 December 2017 (UTC)

  • WP:AC/DS is not policy and it does not have a "nature" that can't be altered. It is a process set up by a small minority of editors, outside of the normal consensus process. The idea that it should give admins the freedom to do anything they please is troubling. WP:ADMINACCT is still a thing. WP:AC/DS#guide.expect is clear that such sanctions should foster an environment of following policy and the purpose of Wikipedia, and preventing editors from gaming the system. That is not happening here. We have a broken editing restrictions slapped (sometimes preemptively) on multiple pages, by an admin who stays around long enough to block good faith contributors, and is then absent for weeks or months at a time. On top of that, the SPAs, trolls, POV pushers and socks that cause about 90% of the disruption use the editing restrictions to game the system.- MrX 12:52, 29 December 2017 (UTC)
    • @MrX: I feel compelled to correct your misunderstanding of discretionary sanctions, if not for your sake then at least for the sake of anyone reading this in the future. AC/DS is authorised by the Arbitration Committee under its authority under the WP:Arbitration Policy, which enjoys very broad consensus among the community. Further, the procedure was reviewed and overhauled in a review a few years ago which saw wide participation from community members. It is used in topic areas plagued by disputes and partisan or disruptive editing, such as the Arab-Israeli conflict, and allows admins to take swift action to deal with disruptive editors or prevent disputes from getting out of hand. You may disagree with its application, but to say that it's a process set up by a small minority of editors, outside of the normal consensus process [to] give admins the freedom to do anything they please is simply not an accurate statement. HJ Mitchell | Penny for your thoughts? 22:18, 29 December 2017 (UTC)
      • @HJ Mitchell: It may be authorized by the Arbitration Policy, but that doesn't make it a policy itself, so I believe my statement was technically correct (see what I did there?). I was not aware of a review and overhaul a few years ago. Is this it: WP:Arbitration Committee/Discretionary sanctions/2013 review? If so, I'm not finding the wide participation. If not, would you mind linking the correct discussion?- MrX 23:05, 29 December 2017 (UTC)
        • @MrX: It's not a policy in its own right, but it derives its authority from the ArbPol. Further, discretionary sanctions are authorised for individual topic areas as arbitration remedies. There's not really anywhere to go with questioning the legitimacy of discretionary sanctions. You'd have much more success starting a discussion about their application by admins. And yes, you got the right review (that was longer ago than I thought, I'm getting old!). It's a bit of a trail of breadcrumbs, I grant you, but the discussion took place on the talk page and is archived on subpages, starting at Wikipedia talk:Arbitration Committee/Discretionary sanctions/2013 review/Archive 1. HJ Mitchell | Penny for your thoughts? 23:25, 29 December 2017 (UTC)
  • For whatever it's worth, if we had an RfC tomorrow to do away with discretionary sanctions all together I would strongly support. It's a backdoor way for ArbCom to unilaterally rewrite our policies on blocking and banning, it creates an ungodly complex bureaucratic labyrinth that's nearly completely indecipherable for new users, mostly seems to just send drama to AE instead of ANI, when AE is mostly just a more annoyingly formatted version of ANI anyway, mandates the use of BITEY templates that come off BITEY no matter how carefully they're used, and as often as not are used to stifle open discussion and bold editing as anything else. When they're used unilaterally (as everyone who is want to complain about AE is quick to wish for) it often comes off as daddy meting out spankings (as in this case), especially when it's admins handing out comparatively seemingly arbitrary sanctions to editors who are not seldom every bit as experienced on the project as they are. It's an open invitation for gratuitous public wiki-lawyering, because it's apparently the only place on the project where we collectively care much more about the letter rather than the spirit of "policy", even though, as pointed out above, it's not really policy at all, but rather a pronouncement from ArbCom, that has the effect of policy, despite coming from a body that is explicitly forbidden from unilaterally changing policy. To make matters worse, they rarely go away, even in instances where they haven't been used in several years, ensuring that when they eventually do get used, it will probably be from an admin who's never applied it, and a user who didn't even know it existed until they were given a nice BITEY template sure to do nothing but escalate the situation anyway.
This right here is exactly what you get when you turn sysops into authority figures rather than consensus enacters who mostly make unilateral decisions in cases where the action is so obviously warranted that a discussion would largely be a waste of time. We'd all be doing ourselves a favor if we collectively decided to ignore discretionary sanctions all together, and that goes for everyone, not just sysops. GMGtalk 15:28, 29 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Comment. The discretionary sanctions in general are helpful. Only that one by Coffee is definitely not helpful. This is an entirely new type of editing restriction unilaterally invented by Coffee. I do not think that inventing new types of restrictions and modifying DS templates by individual admins has been intended and authorized by Arbcom. Making new template is not just an ordinary sanction to be applied to an individual contributor or a page. This is something a lot more significant. Template:Ds (linked to Wikipedia:Arbitration Committee/Discretionary sanctions) only lists templates authorized by Arbcom. I think every new template for DS (or any significan modification of such template) should be either approved by Arbcom or by consensus of WP:AE admins. That one was not, and everyone can see what had happen. This can be a matter of clarification. Here is link to latest AE discussion initiated by Kingsindian. My very best wishes (talk) 15:43, 29 December 2017 (UTC)
In fact, it was closed nearly a month ago. >SerialNumber54129...speculates 15:50, 29 December 2017 (UTC)
    • FWIW, I think its a positive sanction and that the other options are actually much more susceptible to gaming than it is, but that's neither here nor there for this thread. We've reached consensus to change that template to include parameters so it is not the default. We just need to implement that. TonyBallioni (talk) 15:48, 29 December 2017 (UTC)
According to this restriction, All editors must obtain consensus on the talk page of this article before reinstating any edits that have been challenged (via reversion). This is not a helpful restriction for two reasons. First, it is frequently not obvious which consensus exists on the article talk page (a de facto consensus frequently exists even if this is not an officially closed discussion). Second, it may be not obvious if an edit represents insertion of new material challenged through reversion (the content could be included long time ago in the stable version of the page, removed some time ago, recently re-included, and then "challenged through reversion"). I do not think there are such concerns in the example leading to this complaint/thread. That was an obvious violation. However, many other cases previously discussed on WP:AE were not at all obvious. My very best wishes (talk) 16:24, 29 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Just to summarize, I think one needs a confirmation by Arbcom or a consensus of admins on WP:AE to create new types of sanctions. They should not be unilaterally invented and implemented by individual admins. My very best wishes (talk) 16:40, 29 December 2017 (UTC)
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Anyone care to collapse this? A lad insane talk 15:56, 29 December 2017 (UTC)
  • Comment: I don't support Coffee's action as they seem to have created more disruption than they protected. I would just comment that the support in this thread for his action when he returns to editing will possibly strengthen his resolve to continue in the same vein, resulting in more disruption more threads of this kind in the future. Govindaharihari (talk) 21:23, 29 December 2017 (UTC)
  • The blocks were quite proper by the letter of the law, but poor blocks by the spirit. For a good-faith editor with no track record of disruption in the topic area, a stern warning would have been sufficient, followed by a block if the warning was not heeded. HJ Mitchell | Penny for your thoughts? 22:22, 29 December 2017 (UTC)
    While this is not really the place for this as it is further discussing the merits of current policy I feel it is food for thought in the eventually RfC that I don't doubt will come about eventually. If we allow admins to go by the "spirit" of policy then it leads to uneven enforcement and confusion as to what would actually occur (if I get caught by admin A I'd be fine but admin B I won't). Uneven enforcement is much worse in my mind than what has currently occurred. As I said above, I expect admins to enforce our rules evenly, fairly, and consistently to all sides. Failing that leads to stratification of editors. --Majora (talk) 22:34, 29 December 2017 (UTC)
    I couldn't disagree more. When we're dealing with good-faith editors who have slipped up or lost their temper, any admin action should be the minimum necessary to restore order. In some cases, a warning or a gentle reminder is enough; in others, blocks or topic bans might be necessary. That's why they're called discretionary sanctions. If they had been intended as system of fixed consequences for certain actions, ArbCom would have said as much. But such would be anathema to the idea that blocks etc are "preventative" rather than "punitive". HJ Mitchell | Penny for your thoughts? 23:07, 29 December 2017 (UTC)
    I was going to say what HJ Mitchell said above but he has said it clearer. Govindaharihari (talk) 23:18, 29 December 2017 (UTC)
I'd say expectations of administrators and role of administrators lay out this spirit quite well within the law. Galobtter (pingó mió) 13:27, 30 December 2017 (UTC)
  • While discretionary sanctions give administrators necessary latitude, they must not: repeatedly issue significantly disproportionate sanctions or issue a grossly disproportionate sanction. is as much the letter of the law as the letter of the law that allows these blocks. So is the severity of the sanction imposed should be commensurate with all circumstances of the case at hand, including the seriousness of the violation and the possible recidivism of the editor in question. When dealing with first or isolated instances of borderline misconduct, informal advice may be more effective in the long term than a sanction.. Galobtter (pingó mió) 13:15, 30 December 2017 (UTC)
Thanks for the link, @Galobtter:. Much of the disagreement in this thread reflects the incompleteness of that page. I see no definition of Discretionary Sanctions. I see no clear differentiation between "sanctions" placed on an editor, "sanctions" in the sense of editing restrictions per page/topic, and "sanctions" in the sense of the broad restrictions imposed via an Arbcom ruling. One of many resulting ambiguities is the unresolved question as to how the annual topic-wide DS notice on a user talk page would warn the editor as to which articles and which unique restrictions apply to a contemplated edit. But most importantly, to return, is there any place where a definition of Discretionary Sanctions is published on WP? Perhaps I just don't know where to look. SPECIFICO talk 14:00, 30 December 2017 (UTC)

───────────────────────── @TonyBallioni: I noticed when you endorsed the block Coffee gave me, you did not weigh in on the fact the block was given 29 hours after the violation. Given that the edit I performed was quickly reverted and then there was no further violations by anybody for over a day before Coffee then came in and swung his hammer, do you still think it was a good block? The long period between action and reaction is what troubles me here, because it was clearly a block of punishment. -- Scjessey (talk) 15:24, 1 January 2018 (UTC)

  • I did. I would not have made the block myself (I am not generally one for making behavioral blocks of experienced users, especially in that time frame), but like Mendaliv says, just because I wouldn't have done so doesn't make the block outside policy. I also think that Majora's statement above is worth considering: Coffee tries to apply the policy and sanctions consistently to all users, which I think is commendable, especially in a field as contentious as arbitration enforcement. Combined with the fact that the sanctions are expired now, there is no reason to alter the DS log. I do think Coffee should take some of the criticism on board, but I think the people who are all but claiming he has gone off the rails are making things out to be much worse than they actually are. There is a good faith way to read these sanctions, and Majora has provided it. When read that way and in light of policy and all the other factors, I see no case for amending the DS log. I also stress that I still think you and El Cid are valuable contributors and that these blocks do not change that. TonyBallioni (talk) 15:38, 1 January 2018 (UTC)
  • Just to be clear, when I opened this thread I did not mean it to be a "Coffee pile on" or anything like that. It just bugged me that the blocks had been issued for no apparent reason other than to punish two useful editors for minor transgressions that were already well into the past. I am not familiar with Coffee's work as an administrator, but if this is truly an example of him trying to be "consistent" with enforcement, then I think his general approach to this kind of thing is in dire need of scrutiny. -- Scjessey (talk) 15:51, 1 January 2018 (UTC)
  • Bad blocks. I didn't see this thread until just now, and I find it most distressing. Blocking two longterm good faith editors, without a warning immediately beforehand and/or a fair hearing at WP:AE, is distressing. I don't know why Coffee has seemingly become a "shoot first, ask questions later" administrator upon his return to Wikipedia, but this does make me question his current suitability for adminship unless he dials things way down and stops his aggression. Softlavender (talk) 14:53, 2 January 2018 (UTC)

Additional Review Request[edit]

I would also like to submit my block for review. I made this revert [3] after reading the edit summary about wikilinks but seeing the wholesale removal of material. I therefore reverted an logged off. User:coffee left this warning [4] and followed that up with [5] . I had logged off and did not see either warning before I was blocked [6] . He unblocked me after a request [7] . Casprings (talk) 12:32, 31 December 2017 (UTC)

  • I'm just gonna be blunt, giving a user ten minutes to comply with an order is stupid to the point of being an abuse. I think Coffee needs to slow down or even stop. This is not the sort of judgement I like from an admin. Mr rnddude (talk) 19:11, 31 December 2017 (UTC)
  • The block was lifted and he noted that he Fully trust Casprings will hold to their word. You honestly can't find a more gracious unblock than that. You were aware of the sanctions in the area, and clearly violated them. I think the 10 minute warning was what has raised the most controversy about that block, and I'd encourage Coffee not to give time-limited warnings in the future because I think there is a rough consensus among administrators that they aren't particularly effective, but if he had blocked you without giving a warning he would have been fully justified based on the page level sanctions. People might not like the consensus required sanction, but it has never been overturned at any of the appeals raised against it, and it still must be followed. I don't see anything to review here given that Coffee lifted the block and the block was for a clear sanctions violation closely following when the sanctions occurred. Tl;dr endorse the block, and there is nothing to review here since it has been lifted and that has been noted at the logs. TonyBallioni (talk) 04:19, 1 January 2018 (UTC)
  • You're right. Casprings should be grateful he was blocked, so he could be unblocked with such cordiality. *insert eye roll*. I used to trust your judgment, Tony. I sincerely thought I could turn to you as a lowly IP if I ever got into a rub. Your inability to see what is at issue here really disturbs me. Please take your admin hat off for a second to try to understand where these editors are coming from, without defending another poor decision based on technicalities. If anything, the fact that Coffee wielded that 10 minute timer around should elucidate his punitive, not preventative mentality behind the block to you. Cliff notes version: it a'int so great. 24.96.130.81 (talk) 01:17, 2 January 2018 (UTC)
  • I hope you still feel that you can come to me as an IP, because I would take your concerns seriously, just as I take your comments now. I try to judge all situations based on the evidence and the circumstances, and that includes if need be defending unpopular admin actions, just as I will stick up for IPs when I feel they are being mistreated. I do get the concerns, and if you look at what I have said in these threads, I acknowledge that people have concerns with Coffee's actions, and I think he should take them on board in the future. That does not mean that the blocks were bad: they were within discretion based on the policy. I think the 10 minute warning was a bad idea. He shouldn't use them again in the future. That doesn't mean that the sanctions weren't clearly within policy (they were as there was an unambiguous sanctions violation), nor change the fact that he quickly unblocked and made a comment reflecting positively shows that he did take the concerns of blocked individual into account.
    What I do not like seeing here is that we are asking for sanctions to be amended after the fact when they clearly were within policy, which seems to have been jumpstarted by one sanction being overturned against Volunteer Marek. Especially considering Coffee isn't here to defend explain his actions. There is a difference between expressing concerns that an admin might need to take it slower on AE actions and overturning valid actions that I might not have personally done. I think the latter makes the already difficult to manage discretionary sanctions system even more difficult to work in for administrators, and goes in line with SPECIFICO's comments above. Coffee should take into account valid criticism here, but that is not grounds for overturning an AE action. I hope that better explains my position: it is not saying that there are not things to look at, but that removing sanctions from the log that were validly imposed and have already lifted does not seem like a good standard to set, and would make DS more difficult to work in. TonyBallioni (talk) 01:46, 2 January 2018 (UTC)
  • Arbitration enforcement administrator comment (aka Coffee - still on vacation) - I will take all of the above comments, criticisms and concerns into account as is my duty to do so. Enforcing Arbitration rulings is by far the most difficult task on this site for administrators, and indeed many admins won't even touch the area for fear of being taken to this board or any other stress inducing forum. However, I am always fully willing to explain my actions if need be. In this case the actions are exactly what they look like: 1. a 24 hour block on Scjessey for violating what is known as the "consensus required restriction". A process which is explained in detail on the talk page of the article, and which users are warned about in the editnotice prior to making their edit. 2. a 24 hour block on El cid, el campeador for violating the 1RR restriction, which is likewise warned about and explained. - I did not make these actions lightly. These are indeed long-standing users in our community, and it was not a move I took any enjoyment from as such. But, being long-standing in the community is not an exemption from our Arbitration Committee's decisions to reduce bad conduct on the site. And both editors had conducted themselves in a manner that was prohibited on the article by the discretionary sanctions system. So therefore they got the same blocks I would have placed on Jimbo if he had done the same thing. - What concerns me here however is that it appears that Scjessey (and this may just be pure coincidence, but it doesn't rub me that way) deliberately decided to make this noticeboard request when I was going to be offline. I'll explain how that makes sense right after I ping Jack, whom also was asking about my planned absence. @Jack Sebastian: While what you're talking about is likely the incident that I barely remember between myself and the former President of Wikimedia Australia and another sysop who used to be active (and who also regained their tools fairly quickly after the incident) I'm not sure it holds relevance here (I get how they can be seen as related as I was an administrator, but I don't believe my tools were ever used by the other editor in that incident). However, I will briefly explain that the decision made about 8 or so years ago by the way, way back ArbCom was done per the standard procedure which existed back then, wherein administrators could regain their tools - if stipulated as such by Committee ruling - after contacting ArbCom via email instead of requesting an RFA. As ArbCom felt another RFA was not required (due to my tools not ever being abused during the 24-48 hours the password was maintained), I simply asked for them back once I had been granted a high level clearance in the U.S. government, since I felt that showed I could be trusted to not act like an idiot again - which was verifiable (the clearance... not my idiocy of course, haha... that's still to be determined by the court of public opinion) - and ArbCom agreed, that since I knew I had been a complete idiot at the time and had given my word I wouldn't ever do something like that again, that I could have them back. - Back to the thread at hand: I asked Scjessey if they wanted the restriction lifted from their record entirely right here. This offer is what I commonly extend to first time offenses if the user states they are willing to adhere to the standards required going forward. This user simply ignored this offer, but said the block had expired and they didn't think they had done wrong, but they might have. Which is a worrying statement for anyone in my shoes, as such "gray area" replies makes it nearly impossible to tell if the user will continue the behavior. As such, I did not re-post my offer nor strike the action from their record (at WP:AC/DSL). They could have contacted me further... they did not. They also did not post a notification to my talk page when they opened this thread. Something I find hard to believe they were not aware is required. Perhaps others see what I see here: a blatant attempt to have a review of an administrator's actions without them being present. It's not that I hold issue with doing so, I just hold issue with not contacting me in any way to have the record changed before they came here... when there was literally ample opportunity to do so. I did all I could to make sure my absence would happen in such a way that continuity of administration would run smoothly in this area, which is why I had been watching both user's talkpages after the blocks (which were set to expire before my flight out of the country). El cid did not even make an unblock request (well Scjessey didn't either, but they at least commented after their block) nor express any concern that I can see before their block expired and did not contact me at any point to complain about the action. If they had, I would have gladly discussed it with them. I wouldn't have lifted the action however, as this was not their first edit-warring block (even though it was their first AE block for edit-warring). To the rest of the concerns, as I said, I intend to take them to heart. And I always welcome constructive criticism at my talk page. And I am always, always willing to change my action if someone can show me where my logic has failed (or even if an admin just truly trusts that the user won't commit a similar violation again - preventative > punishment). ArbCom has left us with a difficult task, but that doesn't mean I shouldn't make difficult actions just because I'm about to make a trip. I didn't ignore the fact that I was about to leave nor not take the trip into account when making the blocks as I said above, but simply having a life outside of the site I volunteer for should not be cause for peeling back good, policy bound administrative actions that need to be done to maintain proper editing order. - I am willing to take any further questions you all might have, but be advised I will be offline again within the next few hours to travel and for more transiting tomorrow upon awaking. This trip had been in the works for the past year... I could not change the date of the wedding I was invited to participate in by the groom (especially when the Secretary of The Cabinet for the President of Indonesia was attending, among other dignitaries - and even more so, when the actual President is expected to be attending the second wedding I'm in transit to tomorrow). I truly wouldn't just go offline for just any trip when I'm working in these areas, I assure you. I fully hold myself to the standards expected by ArbCom, which is why I informed the Committee to expect my absence. Happy New Year to all! Please ping me if you reply. Face-smile.svg Coffee // have a ☕️ // beans // 10:55, 2 January 2018 (UTC)
    • (edit conflict)Casprings block (which I just noticed is apparently also mentioned in a recent part of this jumbo thread) was perhaps hasty if viewed as some sort of punishment but I don't believe this can be seen as the case from a prevention stand-point (which is where all blocks should be made from in my understanding); I don't believe it was in error, as a clear violation actually occurred. The 10 minute requirement was simply an olive branch... not something I even needed to do (and apparently might have actually caught less flack if I had just blocked immediately, which is really confusing for any AE admin), as the Arbitration Committee has permitted immediate blocks if the user has been made aware of the active sanctions (which to my understanding they fully had been alerted per procedure on their talk page within the last year) and still violated page restrictions. However, I did indeed reverse my action once the user informed me that they would comply in the future, in exactly the manner as the offer I extended to Scjessey. I am more than willing to answer questions about this action as well (here or at my talkpage). But, I currently believe this action holds up to scrutiny as well. If not, I will gladly change how I enforce in like manner in the future (it is my understanding that an active ARCA is supposed to be clarifying this particular type of action for AE admins like myself at any rate, and I can assure you I will follow any motions decided upon exactly as they are decreed - as I have always striven to do). Coffee // have a ☕️ // beans // 11:17, 2 January 2018 (UTC)
I really think the consensus required provision should have been lifted during the last discussion at AE. This had a lot of support but no one was eager to lift it until Coffee is persuaded as the imposing admin. I think DS are important to keep things cool in a contentious areas, but consensus required has usually cased more problems than its solved, like we are seeing in this discussion. Seraphim System (talk) 11:06, 2 January 2018 (UTC)
Only the Arbitration Committee can change that wording now as I will not be, since I have seen how well it works at Donald Trump (as almost every editor there has confirmed... even some who have gotten sanctions levied against them). Coffee // have a ☕️ // beans // 11:21, 2 January 2018 (UTC)
"since I have seen how well it works at Donald Trump (as almost every editor there has confirmed" <-- This is simply not true. Neither part. It has NOT worked well. All it has done is made a difficult situation worse and acerbated the WP:BATTLEGROUND atmosphere in the area. Instead of discussing things and hashing out disagreements on talk, editors simply run to WP:AE and try to get their opponents sanctioned. Nobody understands what exactly the sanction entails - although in some cases it may be clear what is the "challenged" edit and what is the "challanger" edit, in many cases this is ambiguous. It has made article improvement difficult and has granted a veto-right to single editors, including fly-by-night, newly created account. It has been quite negative, if not a complete disaster.
It is also not true that "almost every editor there has confirmed". This is some wishful thinking on Coffee's part, at best (it even reads like a presidential tweet even). Who are these "almost every editors"? As has already been pointed out (by Seraphim System right above but also by others), whenever the matter has actually come up, among the content editors working in the topic area, as well as at least half the admins at WP:AE, there was significant support for removing the restriction - because everyone knows that it HASN'T worked. It's just that bureaucratic inertia and the institutional tendency of admins always supporting admins, even against content editors, that the restriction was left in place because no one wanted to step on Coffee's toes.Volunteer Marek (talk) 15:51, 2 January 2018 (UTC)
May I ask, who exactly created the exact parameters, strictures, and wording of the DS (seen, for example, here in the yellow box: [8]), and when, where and why was it done? (I'd also like to point out that Coffee was absent from Wikipedia for 8 months prior to December, and is therefore largely unaware of the current controversies and problems surrounding DS.) Softlavender (talk) 16:04, 2 January 2018 (UTC)
@Softlavender: The template is here. Coffee filled it out to mirror the restrictions found on the talk page template. You can see the history of that template here, including the history of the rather confusing "firm consensus" provision. --NeilN talk to me 22:08, 2 January 2018 (UTC)

─────── @Coffee: I absolutely did not know you were on vacation until another editor noted the fact in the thread above. Moreover, I simply forgot to notify you I had opened the thread, and even apologized for it as soon as someone mentioned it. You are completely off base with my motivation for opening the thread, and I would hope that going forward you would assume good faith. I had basically accepted the matter and moved on (as I indicated and then reiterated). Later, however, I was "pinged" by this edit from MrX and it got me thinking about the circumstances of my block, with the long delay before blocking in particular. I mentioned it here, and was told I should start a different discussion. It was only after I consulted the other editor involved that I decided to open this thread. And since you mentioned you consulted my block log and found an eight-year-old block to point at as additional justification for your action, but evidently didn't think my unblemished record since that time was relevant, I am entirely convinced I did the right thing. -- Scjessey (talk) 11:39, 2 January 2018 (UTC)

  • @Scjessey: First, I'll give you the benefit of the doubt here if you so ask. But, that brings up a totally different question: why didn't you make a single attempt to contact me before coming to this noticeboard (especially) if you thought I was active, when I had already offered to lift the action if you promised to comply in the future (which includes understanding what you have to comply with as I mentioned above). The block was preventative and always will be. Second, I'm not sure if you read what I wrote correctly, but I said there were no actions that I could find of yours that I took into account, which is why I extended the offer at all: it was a first time offense. I took El cid's block log into account (not yours), when deciding to not leave an offer for El cid, as it held a very relevant piece of data within about 3 or so years time. Coffee // have a ☕️ // beans // 11:55, 2 January 2018 (UTC)
@Coffee: First of all, I apologize for misreading "I wouldn't have lifted the action however, as this was not their first edit-warring block" - I thought you were referring to my block log. With that out of the way, let me ask you a few questions:
  1. If the block was "preventative", why did you wait 29 hours until after my transgression before enacting it?
  2. Why didn't you think to question my edit on my talk page before enforcing the block, as most administrators indicate they would've done?
  3. Isn't offering to "lift the sanction" after it had already expired not really much of an offer at all? (Context: it has been explained to me above that it isn't possible to edit block logs, or advisable to delete entries from the DS log, and I interpreted "lift the sanction" as ending the block, rather than any other action).
  4. If you determined El cid's previous block for edit warring was relevant when deciding to block again, but my log didn't show anything relevant, why did we both get the same block length?
Finally, you ask why I did not approach you directly, which is a fair question. My answer is that I was seeking a review of your actions (as indicated in the thread title), and seeking relief (if technically possible) from the sanction if a consensus formed that your action had been inappropriate. I think any sort of review must be independent, rather than any sort of "self review" process. I hope this makes sense. -- Scjessey (talk) 13:14, 2 January 2018 (UTC)
@Scjessey: Before I delve into your other 4 points, I would like to table them while we hash out my first concern. Do you realize that I was offering to remove the sanction entirely at one point? Coffee // have a ☕️ // beans // 13:25, 2 January 2018 (UTC)
@Coffee: No, I did not realize that. I thought you were offering to end the already-expired block. If I misunderstood, then I am sorry this review has caused you so much trouble. I'm still a bit miffed about the other stuff (the 29-hour delay in particular), but much of the air has gone out of my outrage balloon. I can see you have a few other things on your plate, so feel free to circle back when you have time. Hopefully, the thread won't be prematurely archived. -- Scjessey (talk) 14:01, 2 January 2018 (UTC)
@Scjessey: Then it looks like this may be a large misunderstanding. I am happy to strike the record of your sanction if you can give me your word you will abide by the any discretionary sanctions you run into in the future - page restrictions and otherwise. The block was made at the time it was made due to (I believe my memory is serving me correct here... but I'm starting to cut it close to the time I need to head offline to ensure I make my next flight at 4am so my mind is a touched stressed, and might not have this right) you having already been in discussions with other editors about your edit but you hadn't reverted it yet. This is because the way Arbitration rulings are usually enforced is with a very hard stick, and once editors have been informed of sanctions existing in the topic-area administrators expect them to already be editing in a fashion that is proactively ensuring restrictions and whatnot are not being violated. It sadly always comes across as punitive, but I assure you such actions are meant to be preventative (including attempting to prevent a mass influx of the same types of edits, even from different users... as was the case all across the Trump topic area before the DS system currently in place was implemented [and continues to be the case every single time someone succeeds at a DS challenge, unfortunately lots of gaming is afoot due to the contentious nature of the topic - something which caused me to have to run to ARCA several times last year to ensure I was properly enforcing ArbCom's intent]). The reason for the 24 hour block is that it is the minimum for a 1st offense AE block. While El cid had indeed violated our edit-warring policy before, they had not been blocked for violating an AE restriction... so as I understand ArbCom's intent, such offenses still receive the standard 24, which escalates from there if further issues are identified. The reason for the 10 minutes was actually in my eyes to be nice... I didn't intend that warning to come off as assholic. The reason I saw it from this perspective was that you had (as far as I recall) already been in a discussion regarding the particular edit, so I considered that to have been a decent enough heads up prior to my 10 minute window. I hope that makes you somewhat less angry at this situation, although I know that being blocked isn't ever a fun experience. As I said, I did not make the call lightly or with haste. I thought it over for quite a bit before placing the 10-minute warning. If though, as I said, I can trust this won't be of issue in the future, I will strike the block in the AC/DSL record and notate your block log to disregard the block levied (so as to not sully your reputation). Coffee // have a ☕️ // beans // 14:25, 2 January 2018 (UTC)
@Coffee: I think you might be confusing/conflating two of your enforcement actions here. The first part of your comment seems to refer to the issue you had with my edit. As I have already indicated, I have never knowingly violated discretionary sanctions and I have no intention of doing so in the future (I believe DS is an important tool). I did not realize my "transgression" was a violation until another editor pointed it out on my talk page, by which time it had already been reverted, so I left it alone and moved on. It was not until 29 hours later that you blocked me for it, an action which came as a complete surprise to me (and the chief reason for me asking the matter to be reviewed). I believe the "10-minute warning" thing you are talking about refers to an enforcement action you did concerning Volunteer Marek, which is a matter I am not really familiar with. Anyway, if you are still offering to perform the log alterations with respect to our interactions, I would be most grateful and would certainly promise to abide by the letter of discretionary sanctions going forward. -- Scjessey (talk) 14:57, 2 January 2018 (UTC)
The 10 min warning thing didn't have anything to do with me. That was the bad block of Casprings I believe. Yes, I know it's easy to get lost of in all the bad blocks and sanctions Coffee has handed out shortly before going on his vacation. Sorta illustrates the problem, no? Volunteer Marek (talk) 15:54, 2 January 2018 (UTC)
I'm sure it has nothing to do with the ridiculous Arab-Israel level of contentiousness the Trump topic area seems to carry with it, nor the large amount of actions that have to be taken regardless by administrators every day when we're active. It's all part of my devious plan to avoid scrutiny by attracting it and then having my vacation stressed out by constant emails regarding notifications (up to 40 by the time I got on today). Truly a sign of a WP:ROGUE. Coffee // have a ☕️ // beans // 16:05, 2 January 2018 (UTC)
What has nothing to do with it? What specifically are you replying to? Volunteer Marek (talk) 16:07, 2 January 2018 (UTC)

───────────────── It appears you are correct Facepalm Facepalm. After properly looking back, it appears this is why I thought it would be preventative, since it appeared that you disregarded the issue with your edit. At this point however, since it seems I don't have reason to be concerned about any violation in the future, I will gladly take the actions stated above (which I had meant to be offered well before the block expired). This does not impact the expired block on El cid for blatantly violating 1RR after a prior history of edit-warring. Coffee // have a ☕️ // beans // 15:24, 2 January 2018 (UTC)

Yeah, I thought I hadn't violated DS with my edit. Since it had already been reverted, I didn't take any action (but warned El cid about his breaking of 1RR). Anyway, I will happily accept your proposal and I thank you for giving this matter your attention, despite all the other crap you seem to be having to deal with. -- Scjessey (talk) 15:49, 2 January 2018 (UTC)
@Scjessey:  Done - To all others: I am going offline now. I hope to pop my head back in soon, just to close a few AE threads if no one else has grabbed them. Otherwise, I will not be very reachable until around the 13th or 14th. The Foundation should have my cell number, and the ArbCom knows how to reach out to me while I'm out here. As always: I am fully at the behest of ArbCom when it comes to AE actions. And, as such will never do anything they tell me not to and will reverse any action they deem necessary. I've only ever wanted to assist content creators to have a non-confrontational/smooth editing experience. If you find me not acting as a content creation facilitator, please let me know. That's something I will always immediately want to rectify. Happy 2018! (I'm going to try to get an hour or so of sleep before this next flight, cheers!) Coffee // have a ☕️ // beans // 17:06, 2 January 2018 (UTC)
As one last afterthought (which might have been expressed somewhere else above): Maybe it's not that good an idea to be very active, as an administrator, in controversial or high-profile areas when your current agenda forces you to be unavailable for periods longer than a week. Evidently, there is a strong likelihood of such actions causing questions which sometimes only you can answer. Currently, I think your own activity here would benefit from less operative hecticness. ---Sluzzelin talk 17:21, 2 January 2018 (UTC)
      • @Coffee: might have either his 'Jack Sebatians' confused or events - since I have no idea what he was talking about in reference to Australians presidents and whatevs. The incident I noted in my "let's wait and give the editor a chance to respond" was where - in a content dispute wherein you jumped to the wrong conclusions and - inexplicably - stripped me (and only me) of my editing abilities (rollbacket, etc.). Even when it was pointed out by others that you screwed up, you remained silent until all the heavy lifting was done to solve the problem. I find it disturbing in the extreme that you confuse the incidents that happened less than a week ago with something that happened a year ago. I was only disappointed in your shoddy decision-making process before. Now, I am wondering if you have the adequate amount of memory or maturity to wield the admin tools. Your continued mistakes are a red flag that something is going wrong with your ability to handle situations correctly. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Jack Sebastian (talkcontribs) 21:47, 2 January 2018 (UTC)
        • I misread your comment it seems. I thought you were talking about when I had lost *my* editing tools way back about 8-9 years ago and had perhaps received them back without proper explanation. I will gladly take your question at my user talk page if what you're looking for here is my explination of my reasoning when I believed your actions justified removal of editing tools, and why I decided to replace them on your account. I'm still in transit currently so I don't have all of the facts in front of me right now. However, this thread is about two particular blocks and the consensus required provision itself, and for the sake of clarity for reviewing administrators, I would prefer if that topic was able to stay focused. If you would like to discuss my medical history however, I'm going to have to tell you that is not acceptable ever. If the Arbitration Committee and the Foundation do not believe I am too incompetent to act as an administrator then any comments regarding otherwise need to be made to them, as they are fully aware of my health's status as far as I know. Coffee // have a ☕️ // beans // 22:41, 2 January 2018 (UTC)

Question about COPVIOS[edit]

Do minor one or two line verbatim WP:COPYPASTES need to be reported for speedy delete or rev-del? I will generally remove this as WP:PLAGIARISM/minor COPYVIO, but I don't think it would ever rise to the level of something that needs to be rev del'd. I don't think anything should be rev del'd unless there is a legitimate concern about protecting the encyclopedia from legal liability - I am asking because it came up in a draft I was reviewing Draft:United Nations Environment Assembly - I haven't reported it for speedy deletion, this is a free encyclopedia and I don't want to be overzealous about policing COPYVIOs - I was wondering what the usual practice is for this. SeraphWiki (talk) 22:41, 2 January 2018 (UTC)

SeraphWiki, to answer your first question, yes. If there is a copyright violation, even if it's only a sentence of two, it should be removed and a revdel requested. In the draft you reference, it is definitely not enough for a G12 nomination but that entire opening paragraph is copied verbatim and thus entirely appropriate for redaction. Primefac (talk) 22:53, 2 January 2018 (UTC)
OK so I would report it at the copyright notice board then? Seraphim System (talk) 22:55, 2 January 2018 (UTC)
If it's a clear-cut case (like this one), just remove the offending and use {{revdel}}. If you do not have the time (or inclination, as some reviewers claim) then you're welcome to report it using {{Copyvio}} and someone else will clean it up. Primefac (talk) 22:57, 2 January 2018 (UTC)
Will do, thank you. SeraphWiki (talk) 23:04, 2 January 2018 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – January 2018[edit]

News and updates for administrators from the past month (December 2017).

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Administrator changes

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Guideline and policy news

  • A request for comment is in progress to determine whether the administrator policy should be amended to require disclosure of paid editing activity at WP:RFA and to prohibit the use of administrative tools as part of paid editing activity, with certain exceptions.

Technical news

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Requesting bulk revision undeletion for Richardson family murders[edit]

After a long and admittedly tortured history, I would like to requests that all the revisions of the aforementioned page that have been scrubbed due solely to the inclusion of the name "Jasmine" in the article, now be restored. While these administrative actions were likely done with the best intentions, I think in hindsight it has been established via the talk page that such actions were an improper exercise of the REVDEL functionality, and in any case with the name now finally restored to the article, I can see no reason to keep those revisions hidden. Note that any revisions which were deleted for reasons other than the inclusion of the aforementioned name, such as defamation or the insertion of additional personal information, I do not (I think wisely) include in this request.

Note that I have not notified the administrators who performed these actions on their talk pages of this discussion. The reason for this is because I believe this is purely a subspecies of content matters (I do not take issue with any of the administrators or the actions they performed), the list of admins who have performed these revision deletions is lengthy and stretches back over seven years, and I believe that our recent discussions on the talk page in any event provide sufficient notice of the direction the community has moved in. If you think I made this judgment in error, you may ask me to make those notifications anyway, or else create them yourself, for which I would be most appreciative of.

Thank you for your assistance in this matter.

--Ipatrol (talk) 04:50, 3 January 2018 (UTC)

The most recent of that pages RevDel's were by admin @Gadfium: - will talk message them for comment here. — xaosflux Talk 04:54, 3 January 2018 (UTC)
I don't recall how this page got on my watchlist; it isn't a matter that particularly interests me, although I have been involved in New Zealand-related articles where court orders suppress names. I have been aware that Ipatrol has been making sensible arguments on the talk page, and have not taken any action on the article since that started. I have no objection to the restoration of the edits in question.-gadfium 05:33, 3 January 2018 (UTC)

New Page Patrol New Year Backlog Drive[edit]

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Seven days ago[edit]

OP created a hoax. Hoax, being a known hoax style, was reverted with prejudice. OP then doubled down here. WP:BOOMERANG. - The Bushranger One ping only 04:43, 9 January 2018 (UTC)
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What happened to me a week ago was the exactly the same as https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Administrators%27_noticeboard#Discretionary_sanctions_enforcement_review

I had an idle Saturday afternoon, so I would look at Compostela, Cebu where I had been living for a few months. I looked for the paragraphs about World War II. I was surprised that the whole section for Guila-Guila was missing. There was hardly any edit summary – all it said was "‎World War II: fantasy".
https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Compostela,_Cebu&oldid=795235903

It seemed exactly a vandalising, so restored it, with the summary "rescind vandal"
https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Compostela,_Cebu&oldid=817749193

I was surprised that within 6 minutes, the original editor reverted my edit
https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Compostela,_Cebu&oldid=817749193

It was then I found that the original editor was an administrator Nick-D. I was surprised that administrators couldn't write edit summaries. I was even more surprised to find that I was given a 7-day block. What for? User talk:49.145.129.105 As usually, judge and jury were made too soon to make any fairness. Nick-D – kangaroo court – how appropriate! (I see in his page he says he wants users to be named.)

Not the first time I'd seen it.

Now I want to correct and improve the section on Guila–Guila. 49.145.139.148 (talk) 10:50, 6 January 2018 (UTC)

Since 2008 one or more IP editors who often come from an address similar to this one (and various others) have been adding a mix of totally made up World War II battles to articles on Philipino locations, or information with grossly exaggerates the scale of battles which did occur to these articles and articles on the battles. For a while a few years ago they were operating as User:Randelearcilla - the sockpuppet category includes some of the subsequent accounts [9]. The material here is a classic case of the genre - no large battles took place in the Philippines during 1943, and that described would have been one of the largest battles of the entire Pacific War (the entire Japanese garrison in the Philippines was not this large in 1943). All the details appear to have been made up. I watchlist articles the vandal hits as they have a habit of returning months later to re-add it. As they tend to hit multiple articles over a few days when doing so, I block the accounts. As such, when this material was re-added, I blocked the account. Nick-D (talk) 11:09, 6 January 2018 (UTC)
(edit conflict) Your edit claimed that this single minor skirmish (in which around 200 Filipino troops and irregulars inflicted an estimated 232 casualties on the Japanese) involved "80,000 Filipino troops, 14,400 Cebuano Guerrillas and 210,000 Japanese troops" and resulted in Japanese casualties of "2,610 killed, 8,533 wounded, 3,400 captured". This is an extremely obvious hoax—to put things in perspective, that's considerably more troops than took part in the Normandy landings. ‑ Iridescent 11:12, 6 January 2018 (UTC)
  • I'm the one that declined their unblock request then and the one blocking the IP for block evasion now. Based on behavioral evidence, I believe that this is a blocked sockmaster but I didn't relate them to the one indicated by Nick-D above. I can see similarities to a different one that can be gleaned from this history. It may be possible that the two sockmasters/cases are the same but that may need more analysis. I feel comfortable blocking based on the one.
     — Berean Hunter (talk) 14:59, 6 January 2018 (UTC)

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Copy-paste move[edit]

All's well that ends well. (Go Navy!) - The Bushranger One ping only 04:39, 9 January 2018 (UTC)
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Draft:Army–Navy Cup looks like it was copied and pasted into the mainspace as Army–Navy Cup by its creator. I'm not sure if a WP:HISTMERGE or other cleanup is needed here so was wondering if an admin or someone else more familiar with these things would mind taking a look. Thanks in advance. -- Marchjuly (talk) 22:12, 8 January 2018 (UTC)

@Marchjuly: I believe WP:NOATT applies. If so, the draft can be deleted. --NeilN talk to me 22:15, 8 January 2018 (UTC)
Thank you NeilN for helping to sort this out. I thought it might be NOATT, but wasn't sure if that meant the draft needed to go to MfD or something else needed to be done. -- Marchjuly (talk) 02:58, 9 January 2018 (UTC)

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White space vandal returns.[edit]

Rangeblocks applied. - The Bushranger One ping only 04:38, 9 January 2018 (UTC)
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He/she's back as User:2804:431:D719:6BAE:B9C4:4B12:C247:C444, adding/removing white space on virtually the same articles. Wish Wikimedia would investigate this person. GoodDay (talk) 13:12, 6 January 2018 (UTC)

Range blocked again. It won't stop him, but it will slow him down. NinjaRobotPirate (talk) 01:00, 7 January 2018 (UTC)

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User:Poptop43[edit]

Hello,
this user has been making a large number of good faith edits, but most all of them are nonconstructive. This includes grammatical errors, factual errors, and adding information that doesn't follow guidelines. I am not sure what other approach to take than to post this here. Nikolaiho☎️📖 00:49, 2 January 2018 (UTC)

Have you tried asking them abut it on their talk page? I see a comment they made in April expressing some frustration about being reverted (not by you) but never being told why. Given their comment about being in practice since the 1970s, I think we are probably dealing with an older person who is knowledgeable in the real world but hasn't necessarily grasped Wikipedia culture (which can be confusing and Byzantine for anyone). Reaching out in plain language might help bridge the gap. ♠PMC(talk) 04:42, 2 January 2018 (UTC)
Agreed. As a physician he may have of lot of knowledge to offer but seems to not fully grasp Wiki policy (and who can blame him?) I'd suggest reaching out and offering some reading material or advice. Justin15w (talk) 15:47, 4 January 2018 (UTC)

Multiple failed login attempts[edit]

I'm getting more than 10 failed login attempts on my account a day. Any other admins being hit so heavily? Stephen 02:23, 30 December 2017 (UTC)

I occasionally get hit, but not everyday. When it happens it's a lot of attempts.—CYBERPOWER (Around) 02:26, 30 December 2017 (UTC)
We'll soon be able to see IPs from failed login attempts. That will hopefully improve things. The functionaries have been getting hit with this issue lately. ~ Rob13Talk 21:20, 30 December 2017 (UTC)
Will all editors be able to see those, or just admins? Beyond My Ken (talk) 00:47, 31 December 2017 (UTC)
Same question -- "we" meaning CUs, admin, or the users concerned by the failed logins? FWIW, I've also been getting hit, and have had reports of others as well. Ben · Salvidrim!  09:37, 1 January 2018 (UTC)
If so, I'm eagerly awaiting this tweak. GABgab 00:16, 2 January 2018 (UTC)
It appears the proposal is phab:T174388 and it would show the IP used in a failed log-in attempt to the user regardless of the user's rights. Johnuniq (talk) 22:17, 2 January 2018 (UTC)
Great! Beyond My Ken (talk) 16:22, 4 January 2018 (UTC)

Motion: Palestine-Israel articles (January 2018)[edit]

The following is cross-posted from the Arbitration Committee noticeboard.

The Arbitration Committee has resolved by motion that:

The General 1RR prohibition of the Palestine-Israel articles arbitration case (t) (ev / t) (w / t) (pd / t) is amended to read:
Each editor is limited to one revert per page per 24 hours on any page that could be reasonably construed as being related to the Arab-Israeli conflict. If an edit is reverted by another editor, its original author may not restore it within 24 hours of the first revert made to their edit. Reverts made to enforce the General Prohibition are exempt from the provisions of this motion. Also, the normal exemptions apply. Editors who violate this restriction may be blocked by any uninvolved administrator, even on a first offense.

For the Arbitration Committee, Kevin (aka L235 · t · c) 18:15, 4 January 2018 (UTC)

Discuss this at: Wikipedia talk:Arbitration Committee/Noticeboard#Motion: Palestine-Israel articles (January 2018)

Spambot[edit]

I know one of you admins blocked a bunch of accounts marking them as "spambot" yesterday or the day before--the accounts were named along the lines of this new one, User:加群:①②①②①② 有惊喜寥荣 . Thanks, 209.51.172.145 (talk) 16:29, 4 January 2018 (UTC)

Thanks. There’s about 20 accounts in that format, which I’ve blocked. They had stopped so perhaps they had been caught by another method. --Malcolmxl5 (talk) 16:53, 4 January 2018 (UTC)
Definitely not. <grin> There were also about ten in the format: 加我①②③劳闷. These are blocked as well, perhaps the bot will get caught by the autoblock. All the accounts have been globally locked too though that wasn’t my doing. --Malcolmxl5 (talk) 18:14, 4 January 2018 (UTC)
  • Malcolmxl5, if you're still on the clock, perhaps you can have a look at [User:Eastonwalker24]]--private info from a minor. As an IP I can't blank it. 209.51.172.145 (talk) 18:05, 4 January 2018 (UTC)
Primefac has taken care of it. Thanks. --Malcolmxl5 (talk) 18:12, 4 January 2018 (UTC)
Incidentally, from a different source. Next time please (pretty please) email OS or an OSer rather than placing it on one of the most-watched boards on Wikipedia. Primefac (talk) 18:17, 4 January 2018 (UTC)
Yes, absolutely. 209.51.172.145: contact details for OS may be found at Wikipedia:Requests for oversight. --Malcolmxl5 (talk) 18:35, 4 January 2018 (UTC)

POINTy edits by Montanabw[edit]

We've been there, we've seen that. That squeaky sound was the Arkenhammer turning the obvious sock into a blocked walnut. - The Bushranger One ping only 23:01, 9 January 2018 (UTC)
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Montanabw has been trying to prove a point on various agriculture-related articles. Please TBAN him from that WikiProject. JackpottedPlant (talk) 21:44, 9 January 2018 (UTC)

@Montanabw: You need to provide diffs of the edits in question. I don't see any such edits. Further, I notice your account was barely five minutes old when you started this thread; it calls into question your actions in starting this thread. —C.Fred (talk) 21:47, 9 January 2018 (UTC)
Indeed. The quacking is deafening. --SarekOfVulcan (talk) 21:48, 9 January 2018 (UTC)
Indeffed. The Blade of the Northern Lights (話して下さい) 21:51, 9 January 2018 (UTC)
There must be dozens, if not hundreds, of similar threads here on the drama boards. "User:Herpleblerp is doing something I don't like at a vaguely specified location. Block them for me. Totallynotasock 17:34, 9 January 2018 (UTC)". You've got to wonder what these people think they're going to achieve. Has anyone ever been fooled by this kind of nonsense? Reyk YO! 22:30, 9 January 2018 (UTC)
It's amazing that they use these tactics as if no one has ever tried it before. ←Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? carrots→ 22:35, 9 January 2018 (UTC)

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Disruption at First-move advantage in chess[edit]

Please review the recent flurry of activity at First-move advantage in chess. There have been repeated attempts by two editors to insert an unreliable source (Stack Exchange) into the article, and repeated edit warring. I'm already on 2 reverts so I don't want to carry on with this this. 222.153.250.135 (talk) —Preceding undated comment added 08:18, 1 January 2018 (UTC)

  • Since no-one had warned User:MeixiangKazuki that they had exceeded 3RR, I have given them a final warning. They haven't actually reverted for 12 hours, and at least they are using the talkpage now. Black Kite (talk) 12:11, 1 January 2018 (UTC)

:The talk page discussion is just running into a brick wall, and probably should be closed by a neutral party. IMO consensus has been established but one party refuses to acknowledge it, repeating their arguments ad nauseam. Classic IDHT. 222.153.250.135 (talk) 14:53, 4 January 2018 (UTC) (struck - WP:ANRFC initiated) 222.153.250.135 (talk) 04:00, 7 January 2018 (UTC)

Contact role accounts[edit]

Information icon.svg Due to phab:T182541/phab:T178842, any contact role accounts need to have an edit or logged action for Special:EmailUser to function for those that are not Bureaucrats, Stewards, Global renamers, or WMF Support and Safety. Making a dummy edit will re-enable emails from all users. — JJMC89(T·C) 18:01, 4 January 2018 (UTC)

Feel free to strike these out as they become active. The role accounts with no edits are:
I also removed User:Schwartz PR from the cat, but anyone is welcome to re-add them if they feel it's necessary. Primefac (talk) 18:11, 4 January 2018 (UTC)
I think that some of these users are indefinitely blocked and therefore they can't make the dummy edit --Sau226 (talk) 19:54, 6 January 2018 (UTC)
They were also created between 8-10 years ago, and I very much doubt they're actually used. The important ones have been dealt with (except the WIT), but I figured I should list them all "for the record" as it were. Primefac (talk) 20:09, 6 January 2018 (UTC)
Can anybody confirm whether they are used anymore? Coren is inactive for over a year.Maybe, the arbs ought to know something!Winged BladesGodric 08:29, 7 January 2018 (UTC)

Please disable email access[edit]

Email access now having a cow. - The Bushranger One ping only 07:19, 12 January 2018 (UTC)
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This user was blocked and their edit oversighted after this report. He has now start sending me obnoxious email with taste of his oversigted edits. He has only 2 oversigted edits, please administrator should disable his email access. –Ammarpad (talk) 17:29, 11 January 2018 (UTC)

Done. --NeilN talk to me 17:32, 11 January 2018 (UTC)

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Conduct of Mister Wiki editors case closed[edit]

This arbitration case has been closed and the final decision is available at the link above. The following remedies have been enacted:

1) For conduct unbecoming an administrator, Salvidrim! is desysopped. They may regain administrator tools at any time via a successful RfA.

2.1) Salvidrim! is prohibited from reviewing articles for creation drafts, or moving AfC drafts created by other editors into mainspace. This restriction can be appealed in 12 months.

5) Salvidrim! is warned that further breaches of WP:COI will be grounds for sanctions including blocks, in accordance with community policies and guidelines.

6.1) Soetermans is prohibited from reviewing articles for creation drafts, or moving AfC drafts created by other editors into mainspace. This restriction can be appealed in 12 months.

8) Soetermans is warned that further breaches of WP:COI will be grounds for sanctions including blocks, in accordance with community policies and guidelines.

For the Arbitration Committee, Mdann52 (talk) 19:33, 7 January 2018 (UTC)
Discuss this: Wikipedia talk:Arbitration Committee/Noticeboard#Conduct of Mister Wiki editors case closed

Multiple person account?[edit]

(non-admin closure) User blocked by NinjaRobotPirate. TheDragonFire (talk) 01:55, 13 January 2018 (UTC)
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Interesting thing I discovered HERE. It seems that the account in question is repeatedly cutting down the article to a redirect and then restoring it. I've never seen a user edit war with themselves before, but based on the edit summaries, there are multiple different people using the same account and arguing about whether the article meets notability requirements via edit summary. Not sure what to do in this case... — Insertcleverphrasehere (or here) 00:01, 12 January 2018 (UTC)

Could always block as a shared account. That or DE. Primefac (talk) 00:07, 12 January 2018 (UTC)
User notified as required in the big orange box. - The Bushranger One ping only 07:21, 12 January 2018 (UTC)
Reported to SPI; the page should probably be G5'd (all of the major contributors are the same editor, spread out over 3 SPIs). ansh666 08:50, 12 January 2018 (UTC)
Yeah, this is Tamara787 again. There was a vandalism-only account with the same interests that popped up in the CU results, which means we're probably going to get more of this kind of disruption. NinjaRobotPirate (talk) 23:28, 12 January 2018 (UTC)

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Site ban proposal for Darkness Shines[edit]

Closing as withdrawn by the proposer. Nick-D (talk) 22:27, 12 January 2018 (UTC)
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I was hovering around the events of today's block of Darkness Shines (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log), and I subsequently took a look at their block log. Blocked over 20 times. It appears to me that this user has been given too many chances, and is a net negative. Edit warring, personal attacks, a 1RR violation in the past, this IBAN, ArbCom sanctions. It's time to show them door.

  • Support as proposer. !