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"Harry Potter character" vandals needing block[edit]

Resolved: Accounts blocked by Sir Nicholas.

Further to WP:ANI#Admins need for pagemove cleanup, I have found the following accounts registered around the same time as the other ones with the same name type:

Would someone please block? Flyguy649talkcontribs 15:18, 15 June 2007 (UTC)

Both accounts indef-blocked by another admin. MastCell Talk 16:30, 15 June 2007 (UTC)
It's strangely appropriate that it was Nearly Headless Nick that blocked them! Flyguy649talkcontribs 17:41, 15 June 2007 (UTC)

It (film)[edit]

I'm not sure where to request this, but I am requesting semi-protection on It (film) as I've had to revert multiple IP edits where they consistantly remove valid information from the page. I've made sure not o violate WP:3RR but if they keep it up, I will constantly be on the verge of breaking 3RR, and will have to sit there and wait for my time to "expire", which I'd rather not do. I'd rather make contributions elsewhere than to have to keep constantly looking over the article. --sumnjim talk with me·changes 15:28, 15 June 2007 (UTC)

You're looking for requests for page protection. Tony Fox (arf!) review? 15:32, 15 June 2007 (UTC)
Thank you --sumnjim talk with me·changes 15:43, 15 June 2007 (UTC)

HeadMouse (talk · contribs) engaging in edit war on Walt Disney World Monorail System[edit]

HeadMouse (talk · contribs) has been engaging in an edit war on Walt Disney World Monorail System. When another editor tagged the article as needed {{cleanup-rewrite}}, he immediately removed it [1]. A low-level edit war ensued for the next several days, until yesterday when the article was reverted back and forth about a dozen times. When another editor tried to apply WP:MoS and WP:NOT fixes to the article, HeadMouse continuously reverted it back to his preferred 20,291 bytes version and made comments such as:

  • "Getting real tired of having to come in here and fix this article everyday because Wikipedia or some joker feels the need to delete something or change stuff around" [2]
  • "You are supposedly replacing an article that has already been accepted and meets all Wikipedia guidelines and accepted by the TrainsWiki Project. There is no need to rewrite it" [3]
  • "There is no need for a 'clean up'. this article received a B-class because it still lacks certain information. NOT because of the style it was written" [4]
  • "Just wante dto make sure you seen that template up top that reads 'This article is within the scope of WikiProject Trains,' That has been there a while. Back when this article was cleaned up. SO you see, there is no need for you to come in an '"clean up'" [5]
  • "Please stop messing up articles that have already been approved by claiming they need to be fixed" [6].
  • "Please do not confuse this article with the imitation page that is out there. This is the original article with accurate information."-I had to develop the article in my sandbox, he found it and put this on the Walt Disney Monorail article.--trey 15:31, 14 June 2007 (UTC)

I tried to gently remind [7] HeadMouse about WP:OWN, yet he continues to revert the article to his preferred version. However he has been very careful to avoid violating WP:3RR, partially via the assistance of a like-minded editor [8]. When another editor made an off-line copy of the article to test potential fixes, HeadMouse responded by added (in bold) "Please do not confuse this article with the imitation page that is out there. This is the original article with accurate information" to the top of the article in main space.

Looking at User talk:HeadMouse/Archive 1, it appears that during the month of May HeadMouse received at least seven warnings for being disruptive in other articles, ten copyvio warnings, and was blocked by Meegs (talk · contribs · blocks · protections · deletions · page moves · rights · RfA) for being obstinate.

Thanks, Kralizec! (talk) 14:02, 14 June 2007 (UTC)

Dispute resolution is that-a-way. Heimstern Läufer (talk) 16:41, 14 June 2007 (UTC)
Thank you for your 3RR block of this user. Hopefully HeadMouse will be more ameniable to discussion and collaboration once his block expires. --Kralizec! (talk) 16:37, 15 June 2007 (UTC)
Another update. Metros (talk · contribs · blocks · protections · deletions · page moves · rights · RfA) had to protect Walt Disney World Monorail System as HeadMouse resumed his edit war on the article immediately after his 24 hour block expired. Not to be thwarted, HeadMouse then created a POV-fork at Walt Disney monorail System. TexasAndroid (talk · contribs · blocks · protections · deletions · page moves · rights · RfA) moved the fork to HeadMouse`s user space, but HeadMouse just recreated the article again in mainspace. Rinse and repeat through three more cycles, and TexasAndroid eventually had to block HeadMouse for another 24 hours for disruption. He now states on his user talk page that once his latest block expires, "I'll be there to fight my side of the battle" [9]. I fear that this will not end well. --Kralizec! (talk) 19:35, 15 June 2007 (UTC)

Panache at Quantity theory of money[edit]

[I inadvertantly posted this earlier to An; I'm moving it now to An/I. —SlamDiego←T 21:05, 14 June 2007 (UTC)]

Panache (as Panache and from IP number keeps inserting “original research” in the article “Quantity theory of money”. His reach exceeds his grasp in English (he is a Francophone), in economics, and in Wikipedia mark-up; perhaps as a consequence of this, his edits to the article and arguments on the article discussion page are at best difficult to distinguish from trolling, and he has twice fouled up the format on the article discussion page in a way that would require significant clean-up to proceed intelligibly. (After the first time, I did clean things up, and he promptly fouled things even worse.)

He has been warned (on the talk page for Panache and on that for that he can be blocked for persistent insertion of “original research” and for trolling, but his behavior seems unabated. —SlamDiego←T 00:53, 14 June 2007 (UTC)

Now Panache is coming to my User talk page for the simple purpose of personal attack.SlamDiego←T 20:48, 14 June 2007 (UTC)
After earlier making a mess of the discussion by blindly trashing the mark-up, Panache has made a series of edits that counterfeit the discussion. I believe that he was trying to clean-up the mess that he made, but he did so with a sense of entitlement to dramatically restructure my presentation of my own comments. —SlamDiego←T 21:58, 14 June 2007 (UTC)
FWIW, Panache has also edited from IP number He is thus acting both from a site in France and from one in Quebec. —SlamDiego←T 01:16, 15 June 2007 (UTC)
Panache has now made edits from IP number He asserts that he is going to continue edits of the previous manner. Since no admin has stepped-in, I have simply told him that I will revert his future inappropriate edits to the technical section, as I have reverted those of the past. (I have not attempted to defend the “Critics” section, which has been a mess for as long as I've been aware of the article.) —SlamDiego←T 02:31, 16 June 2007 (UTC)

Mac OS X v10.5 image copyvio issue[edit]

Hello, we seem to be having a bit of a problem on this article with a couple of users who are intent on uploading several images directly from Apple's web site, and trying to claim fair-use. User:Neil G12'd these earlier today, but they were promptly re-uploaded by one User:Kris33, who also took it upon themselves to attempt to get some Windows-related images deleted.[10], [11], [12], etc. These were all turned down by various admins. (Note that practically all screenshots of Windows and OS X have been created by Wikipedia editors using their own tools, not copied from Apple's, Microsoft's or other web sites without permission) A second speedy deletion on the OS X copyvio'd images was turned down by User:Akradecki, so it appears we now have some disagreement about whether these images can exist on the encyclopedia under fair-use or not. I'm pretty sure that we aren't supposed to be uploading images found and copied from web sites, but I'm bringing it here for further insight and discussion. Thanks for any input you may have. -/- Warren 02:37, 15 June 2007 (UTC)

FWIW, I declined to speedy as there was a detailed fair use rationale that appeared to me to fulfill our requirements. Rather than just say "copyvio", it would really help us admins if, when you nom'ed something like this for speedy, you told us specifically which of the Fair Use criteria the subject image or article fails at. AKRadeckiSpeaketh 02:44, 15 June 2007 (UTC)
Why not use these images? Getting permission is not relevant to a claim of fair use. Since these images were released for information and promotional puroses I think limited use of them can be considered fair use. Besides, this is unreleased software so we can't get screenshots ourselves. the wub "?!" 10:02, 15 June 2007 (UTC)
The discussion is also at WP:AN#Quick_Image_question. -- lucasbfr talk 10:07, 15 June 2007 (UTC)
I am having a big problem with how things are being handled. The screenshot of OS X has been deleted twice now, and not under normal speedy delete policy, but directly by an admin replying about this subject. I'm not saying that's wrong, but not usual. Anyhow, my question is, why is the image Image:Windows_Neptune_Desktop.jpg valid for fair-use while the Leopard images were not? It's the same deal really, a screenshot from a website of unreleased software and no other alternative exists. I've read all 10 points regarding images in WP:FU and there's not an blatant issue with the Leopard images from those ten points. The only reason I see this being an issue is the policy of no images from websites, however again, the Windows image I'm using as an example was procured in the same exact manner, the difference being Microsoft likely did not give permission to screen-capture their unreleased alpha software, while Apple themselves have provided these images of their site. I am looking for some clarification from someone not directly involved in this already (Warren, Neil) on why one image (the Windows one referenced above) is still on Wikipedia and the others are of Leopard are not. Further, I have contacted Apple about releasing one or more of the images under GFDL or CC, but who knows, and even if we got their permission; would that really change anything (unless of course released under one of the latter two licenses)? Heck, what if I took a screenshot of the open image from my web browser, lol (jk). Thank you for your time. Nja247 (talkcontribs) 21:38, 15 June 2007 (UTC)

Gaetano Bedini[edit]


I would like to draw community’s attention to the situation with Gaetano Bedini article. User:Attilios held hostage this article and RB all new edit. This is hystory and this are diff [13] [14]. He say my edit are "unrelevant" :°( - He removed 2 photo too. Photo are unrelevant? He removed "Preceded by" and "succeded by".. why in Friedrich Wetter, Julius Döpfner, Joseph Wendel and more are nt removed? Tnx -- 15:15, 15 June 2007 (UTC)

Please use the dispute resolution procedure, linked above, to resolve content disputes such as this. -- Finlay McWalter | Talk 15:19, 15 June 2007 (UTC)
Hmm, it's not linked above. It's at Wikipedia:Resolving disputes. -- Finlay McWalter | Talk 15:23, 15 June 2007 (UTC)
I looked in over there, and cautioned Attilios about Civility (He mocks a good fatih editor's grasp of english, GFeditor is probably italian), and about OWNership, as he's certainly getting there. ThuranX 23:23, 15 June 2007 (UTC)
I've already heard back from Attilios, and he seems both glad to be notified about the problem, nd willing to work on it. Perhaps an Admin can review and tag this with a 'resolved'?(Or else step in and fix somethign i've broken?) ThuranX 23:36, 15 June 2007 (UTC)

Vintagekits again[edit]

Further to Vintagekits (talk · contribs · logs)' recent block and to this recent discussion, I wish to invite further input into how this editor's behaviour can be improved.

Vintagekits has from his very first edits here consistently pushed the POV that Celtic F.C. are not British. I warned him about it back in August 2006. Being from an Irish background in Scotland myself, I'm readily able to understand the nuances of language by which sectarianism is promoted. I have always tried very hard to interact civilly with Vintagekits, but he often tends to react to criticism with an almost Ali G-like "is it cos I is Irish" response, focusing on the perceived ethnicity or biases of editors he is in dispute with rather than the encyclopedic merits of their edits, policy, or consensus.

He was recently blocked for 24 hours by User:Picaroon for incivility, personal attacks, and edit warring after warning, after edits such as this, this and this.

I said yesterday here that "I really hope he can learn to live with other people here and work better with them. I cherish his zeal and commitment to ridding Wikipedia of pro-British PoV (to be honest, as a Scot I often feel the same way), but some of the recent nastiness has crossed a line. If he can't accept that people are people, Wikipedians are Wikipedians, without bringing ethnicity and allegations of bias into every single argument, he needs a much longer break. I genuinely hope this won't go in that direction."

Unfortunately today he has returned from his block and seems to have gone straight back into ethnic warrior mode. When I removed a fair-use image from an article where it was being used in breach of policy (after discussing why I was doing it in talk), Vintagekits reverted twice without any obvious justification in policy or consensus, and followed this up with another couple of uncivil comments. While these are far from being the worst things he has said or the worst things I have been called, coming so soon after his last block, where edit-warring and incivility were issues, and while he is also currently under investigation for sockpuppetry, it prompted me to seek further input as I think personally I have exhausted my patience with him.

Any thoughts? --John 15:58, 15 June 2007 (UTC)

  • All very interesting - however the diffs you have provided do not back up your narrative. The issue here is the picture of the "Bhoys from Seville" DVD on The Bhoys from Seville article. You took it upon yourself to remove the picture without discussion - I asked you to engage in discussion rather than getting drawn into your edit war. The upshot of this is 1. one editor agreed with you about the fair use (and that was Astrotrain!!!!!) and two editors including me disagreed. 2. the DVD is discussed in the article - thereby satisfying fair use. 3. You have never pointed out why it didn’t satisfy fair use and I believe that you are just try to orchestrate me getting a block. I hope editors will see this for what it is.--Vintagekits 16:14, 15 June 2007 (UTC)
  • I wish I could put "fact" tags beside your comments because the picture you are painting is purely nonsense. You encourage editors to wind me up and you also treat different people in different ways despite the same actions being carried out and it is my opinion that you are, along with me, the root cause of most trouble of the past five days on here.--Vintagekits 16:26, 15 June 2007 (UTC)

I started a similar thread at WP:AN, but figured we may as well centralise the discussion, so i'm merging my original post there, and the two comments immediately below (Tyrenius' and John's), to here:

Many of you will be familiar with Vintagekits (talk · contribs) an Irish editor who has been embroiled in a long-running and wide-ranging conflict with a number of English editors. Quite frankly, the behaviour of editors on both sides of this dispute have been poor, resulting in blocks being issued for edit-warring, personal attacks and incivility, e.g. [15] [16]. A case in point can be seen within the number of AfD's that have served as battlegrounds (see, for example, Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Sir William Arbuthnot, 2nd Baronet). There has been allegations of sockpuppetry and meatpuppetry from editors on both sides, and a glance at the AfD will reveal plenty of SPA's. A recent AfD inspired the re-appearance of a few SPA friends, resulting in a report being filed on suspected sockpuppets of Vintagkits. Consequent to this an editor provided me with compelling evidence of Vintagekits soliciting support off wiki to help, in his own words, with a bit of voterigging. The evidence is detailed at Wikipedia:Suspected sock puppets/Vintagekits. As someone who has been involved in collecting this evidence, I don't believe I'm the right person to judge how to use it in determining what, if any, action should be taken. I'm asking for the opinion of others, especially those familiar with Vintagekit's history. Thanks. Rockpocket 06:27, 15 June 2007 (UTC)

The evidence on the page is circumstantial. Is there concrete evidence of solicitation, e.g. a post on a message board? Tyrenius 17:20, 15 June 2007 (UTC) Just spotted new material that answers the question. Tyrenius 17:25, 15 June 2007 (UTC)
  • I know both "sides" have behaved badly here, but I don't think one wrong excuses another. In the absence of any commitment to improve from Vintagekits, and in the light of this new evidence of Vintagekits' failure to respect policy, I think we have to be looking at a longish block. --John 17:49, 15 June 2007 (UTC)
  • 1. I can prove 100% that they sock/meatpuppets of mine but I will let checkuser runs its course first. 2. I think that John is purely biased and unfair when dealing with me, he has been like this for quite some time and its getting stupid now. This whole latest episode has been caused, yes by myself, but also by John's handling of me, my actions and the actions of others against me. I more than happy to be polite and co-operate with editors and admin but when there is a lack of balance then I find it difficult to keep the head.--Vintagekits 18:37, 15 June 2007 (UTC)
I don't think there is much point requesting a checkuser now. With the probable exception of Sligobhoy67 (talk · contribs) who has not been involved in the votestacking, its pretty clear that they are meatpuppets, not sockpuppets, so a checkuser wouldn't tell us much. Rockpocket 18:43, 15 June 2007 (UTC)
In others were wrong about your wide assumptions on socks but are now going to make wide assumption about meatpuppets instead - this is becoming a farce.--Vintagekits 18:58, 15 June 2007 (UTC)
The evidence this there for all to see. If you dispute the legitimacy of that then say so, and say why it is incorrect. If that is an accurate representation for what happened, but you think it was justified, then say so. However, just ignoring the evidence doesn't make it go away, and attacking those that provide it is not going to help your case. How do you explain the fact that someone who twice claimed to be Vintagekits on another forum asked for help with a bit of voterigging, then an editor with the same name of the person who replied to that request appeared to vote, almost exclusively, in a number of your AfDs? I should note that on further investiagtion there is a lot more evidence, for example that Coeur-sang replied done and done in response to the voterigging request, and if you compare the dates and times of that post with his first edit on the AfD, they fit perfectly. Rockpocket 19:08, 15 June 2007 (UTC)
I would love to address the evidence but there is none! I am not Sligobhoy67 and he is not me - on this or any other website! I dont think I can be more clear than that - and that is my last post on the issue until, until the checkuser is done and you come up with something that isnt you just leaping from one assumption to another.--Vintagekits 19:13, 15 June 2007 (UTC)
Saying there is no evidence is not an answers to charges that are so well-researched. The evidence is convincing that Vintagekits has posted to another forum as Sligobhoy67, and has canvassed for vote rigging. Vintagekits offers no explanation for the comments there that refer to his editing. The evidence of meat puppets or possibly sock puppets is also convincing. ·:· Will Beback ·:· 19:33, 15 June 2007 (UTC)
I am saying there is no evidence because there is none - what more can I say. As I have said I am not Sligobhoy67 - can I make it any clearer.--Vintagekits 19:43, 15 June 2007 (UTC)
Rockpocket has presented forum postings by someone with a username of Sligobhoy67 claiming edits that you made. Are you saying that that person was lying? ·:· Will Beback ·:· 20:37, 15 June 2007 (UTC)
According to the checkuser,Wikipedia:Requests for checkuser/Case/Vintagekits, it is "likely" that Vintagekits is Sligobhoy67. Yet further indication that be is behind the meatpuppetry. Rockpocket 00:57, 18 June 2007 (UTC)


User is still engaging in WP:NPA violations despite being warned and blocked (for 24hrs). -- Cat chi? 16:10, 15 June 2007 (UTC)

He was given a "last warning" for that particualar comment by User:Neil, an admin who seems to be monitoring the situation. If he's transgressed again, since that warning, then you could come back here with a diff or (maybe more effective) just let User:Neil know, since he seems to be on the case. MastCell Talk 16:28, 15 June 2007 (UTC)
I posted this to WP:ANB/I and User:Neil's talk page practically the same time. I ponder how many warnings does someone need to cease name-calling people as "racist"... EliasAlucard is no new user. -- Cat chi? 16:39, 15 June 2007 (UTC)
In looking over this editor's contribution history, he/she seems to have a couple of POV axes to grind. His/her accusations are a clear violation of WP:NPA, and I think a general civility reminder would not go amiss. Probably should come from someone other than me, though, since I just nominated one of his/her pages for deletions. -- Merope 18:56, 15 June 2007 (UTC)
Oh he has been repetitively warned and even blocked at which he should have at the very least glanced at the WP:NPA page... Continuing the personal attacks with the 3rd edit right after block expiration isn't exactly promising. He is currently blocked for a WP:3rr vio. -- Cat chi? 22:29, 15 June 2007 (UTC)

User kinda is making another false accusation of sockpuppetry[edit]

User [[kinda]] is accusing me of being a sockpuppet. He has not basis for this and no proof. See diff: [[17]]

I would like him sanctioned for these repeated personal attacks. SamDavidson 17:49, 15 June 2007 (UTC)

It appears that I am the second person he has done this too. The following is a previous filing here regarding another editor. It was titled, "kinda knowling making false accusations of sockpuppetry Personal attacks"

SamDavidson 17:49, 15 June 2007 (UTC)

This is just too much. Kinda really has to be stopped. DPetersontalk 19:02, 15 June 2007 (UTC)

How can you see people's IPs? I thought it was secret? How does user:kinda get access? Cornea 19:26, 15 June 2007 (UTC)

I've trimmed the quotation of the previous incident report - it's still on this page and even if it weren't a link would be sufficient. Kinda0 has been warned about making personal attacks, and also about making inappropriate personal comments on article talk pages. However this latest comment by him, on a user talk page, regarding possible sock puppets, does not appear to violate our WP:NPA policy. Regarding Cornea's comment, some trusted users have access to IP addresses (using the "checkuser" tool) in order to settle issues like this. Kinda0 hs no such access, but was merely commenting on a previous Checkuser report. ·:· Will Beback ·:· 20:30, 15 June 2007 (UTC)
I don't see my report listed anymore...maybe a link to it would be useful for other admins to see. DPetersontalk 22:45, 15 June 2007 (UTC)
The previous filing is at: [[18]] DPetersontalk 01:51, 16 June 2007 (UTC)
kinda is a pro pedophile activist who has no hesitation in attacking his opponents. I look forward to some serious admin intervention, SqueakBox 01:53, 16 June 2007 (UTC)

Blocking of User:Isotope23[edit]

Resolved: Isotope23 wasn't actually blocked; nothing to see here.

This usr has been blocked because of a report at WP:AN/3RR - however, the report had been denied several times, but the banned user kept on reinstating it. Now, Jossi has blocked Isotope23, of course, improperly, as he was reverting a banned user. I had just asked for this range block to be done (see above), let alone a block on this one IP, but apparently no one gives a shit about protecting Wikipedia, so this vandal runs wild. The Evil Spartan 18:31, 15 June 2007 (UTC)

I'm not commenting on the specifics of this incident, but it seems like a fairly large violation of assuming good faith to say that "apparently no one gives a shit about protecting Wikipedia". alphachimp 18:35, 15 June 2007 (UTC)
Dosen't look the blocking was actually implemented. I amended the AN3 report to reflect the fact it was a banned user (as per tariqabjotu). El_C 18:36, 15 June 2007 (UTC)
Jossi appears to have blocked in response to [19]. ˉˉanetode╦╩ 18:43, 15 June 2007 (UTC)

Indeed Evil Spartan, you might want to come up with a more civil way to present your cases. One that, you know, includes good faith. SWATJester Denny Crane. 19:07, 15 June 2007 (UTC)

It doesn't appear that anybody was doing any discussing other than just reverting each other. Corvus cornix 20:20, 15 June 2007 (UTC)

  • The report was by Diluvien (talk · contribs) who is indef blocked, editing from a dynamic IP, and whom I have been reverting per WP:3RR exception for block enforcement. I briefly rangeblocked but I'm hesitant to do a more lengthy block at this time until it can be assured that no collateral damage is done. Looking back, I probably shouldn't have used rollback and should have left some clear edit summaries so it was clear exactly why I was continuing to revert. I was in a bit of a hurry. I'll be clearer when I revert him because until a rangeblock is done I suspect he is going to be a problem. Nobody blocked me and I realize this is resolved, but I just thought I'd chime in with an explanation.--Isotope23 00:16, 16 June 2007 (UTC)‎

Possible role account[edit]


Mideca (talk • contribs • deleted contribs • nuke contribs • logs • filter log • block user • block log) appears to be operating a role account shared by several members of the same office. See this diff where someone basically admitted to such. The account has been used to put their state's website within the main DECA (organization) article and to add "Michigan DECA" as a "source" to the article. Apparently I had a discussion with one user about the link at Talk:DECA (organization) where we reached a compromise about the link (I added the national directory link in place of individual state links). Later the link was added again. I warned the user about this at their talk page and then got the response above (labeled as "this diff"). So it appears I was communicating with one user about the link earlier in the day and then another user was operating it later in the day to add the link back. What should happen from here? Metros 18:54, 15 June 2007 (UTC)

Role account, most likely. Contains the name of an organization and is thus a violation of username policy, yep. Blocked the account with instructions on NPOV, COI, and creating a personal account. -- Merope 19:04, 15 June 2007 (UTC)
Thumbs up on that one. I probably could have taken those actions myself but since I was involved in a bit of an edit war with it, I decided to ask someone else. Plus, for awhile I just assumed it was some kid who happened to be an over-enthusiastic member of the organization for awhile. Metros 19:06, 15 June 2007 (UTC)

Vandalism report : Main Wikipedia Entry : Aristocratic[edit]

I am not proficient enough at Wikipedia to revert this vandalism myself, but I would like to report it:

In particular see the "Comparison with other government terms" section. Also, there appear to be some random vandalizations throughout the article.

-- 22:46, 15 June 2007 (UTC)

Check out Help:Reverting to learn how to revert. It's really easy once you get it. Evilclown93(talk) 22:55, 15 June 2007 (UTC)

Anon resorting to death threats[edit] (talk · contribs) left this message on the user page of an editor who opposes his/her view on a matter. --Brandon Dilbeck 04:14, 16 June 2007 (UTC)

Seems the IP changes often for this editor, so I doubt a block would do much good. Although all threats must be taken seriously, have we really reached the point where not worshipping a particular pokemon is grounds for homicide? What about hating ALL pokemon, and the merch, and the zoombifying effect it has on people (as evidenced by the murderous inclinations of mudkip fans?) ThuranX 04:30, 16 June 2007 (UTC)
The death threat doesn't faze me. I'm wondering if this is the same editor who is trying to force 4chan down our throats as a reliable source here and here when he was caught in a conflict. -Jeske (v^_^v) 03:18, 18 June 2007 (UTC)


[20] - way beyond 3RR between these two. Corvus cornix 04:30, 16 June 2007 (UTC)

Any block would be punitive, as the "meat" of the edit war is already stale. I have protected the page and will be giving stern warnings to all 3 IPs to stop edit warring, or they will be blocked. Sean William @ 05:50, 16 June 2007 (UTC)

White Dragon move page vandal/sock etc.[edit]

There's a bit of a mess going on with White Dragon (England) that could use someone with some admin tools to sort out. It looks like earlier that it got locked with the statement "Editing of this article by unregistered or newly registered users is currently disabled to prevent sock puppets of currently blocked or banned users from editing it." I see a User:White43 and User:White46 in the history objecting to content and being removed by other editors. Earlier today User:White46 moved the page to White43 (yes, a new article under the name of a previous editor) and then tried to create a whole new fork article at the old location. As I was trying to file a move request back, it looks like someone undid that (perhaps flipped the two articles? Because the page history that used to be on White Dragon (England) had been on White43 but is now back and the White43 article looks totally new), but now User:White46 is trying to modify the contents of the real page and is removing the speedy delete notice off the new Fork page. I suspect he's the guy the page lock was supposed to prevent from making changes, and his page move shows he was up to no good. Between not knowing how to sort it out and not having admin tools to deal with it once it is sorted out, I am handing it off to someone here. DreamGuy 23:55, 15 June 2007 (UTC)

I think I sorted it out. White46 created an article called White Dragon (England), with some sort of invisible character at the end, moved that to White43, recreated the article with the invisible character at the end and vandalized the main article with an aged account to get around the semi-protection. The main article is move protected and wasn't moved. Grandmasterka 00:12, 16 June 2007 (UTC)
Good god, and he moved my speedy delete notice off the fork article to the main article... glad to see you sorted that part out. DreamGuy 00:19, 16 June 2007 (UTC)
I can't figure out how he created that duplicate article; copying and pasting it here points to the original article. See my deletion log. Grandmasterka 00:14, 16 June 2007 (UTC)

Also, the same editor created some sort of script thing at User:White46/monobook.js that has a warning up top that says (automatically added by software once it detected it?) it could be used to try to steal accounts... This looks like some sort of hardcore nogoodnik, and any IPs he's getting in through should probably be salted. DreamGuy 00:18, 16 June 2007 (UTC)

I deleted that monobook. Also, this is an attempt to get the wrong account blocked. Grandmasterka 00:31, 16 June 2007 (UTC)
...And that magical fork article was recreated again just now. I blocked the sockpuppet and deleted the page. Any other, more technically-savvy admins than me wanna tell us what's different in the title of that article? (Again, look at my deletion log, and copying-and-pasting it doesn't work.) I can't list it at protected titles in this state. Grandmasterka 00:39, 16 June 2007 (UTC)
Interesting vandalism. Looks like the editor inserted a unicode nonbreaking space :
at the end of the article title. I was able to reproduce it by editing the main article, then inserting the unicode before the edit. Put
into your browser and you should get the deleted page. Don't know what to do with this info though. — ERcheck (talk) 04:15, 16 June 2007 (UTC)
I've added it to the protected titles page. — ERcheck (talk) 11:47, 16 June 2007 (UTC)

It's probably related that User: showed up after the above user was blocked to try to redirect pages that used to go to White Dragon (England) to the same name but with an extra space at the end. There have been link changes to the space version on various pages in the past... in fact it was seeing one on the Dragon (disambiguation) that got me curious about that the article in question even was and saw the shenanigans. DreamGuy 05:31, 16 June 2007 (UTC)

User:PeterJames2 is doing the same thing again. The space thing seems a major flaw with the Wiki system. The loophole means you can swap out articles you don't like, and most editors won't notice. I didn't the first few times it happened. I don't know who you tell when there's an exploit with the Wiki system, but it needs to be passed on somewhere. Polenth 21:33, 20 June 2007 (UTC)

I just reverted an edit here by a username trying to pass themselves off as User:DreamGuy. I'd have left the comment, but I didn't want to miss where he's changed around the numbers in the usernames to the wrong ones. The diff for the edit is here: [21] Polenth 22:43, 20 June 2007 (UTC)

Plagiarismn and a Rogue Editor[edit]

For some time myself and others have been trying to deal with User: Entre-Nos and his/her unconstructive edits and repeated vandalism. He (let's assume he is a male to reduce the use of pronouns) has been extremely uncooperative with others who manage the article List of Puerto Ricans. By adding many non-notable names, changing the names of articles (for example, changing the article name for David Zayas to Dean Zayas (an unknown) and also adding the name of a West Virginian actress called Dagmar who has nothing to do with Puerto Rico, he has not stopped vandalizing the list and taking the time of many contributors who have to delete his entries or revert the article. He has broken the 3RR several times and he has been extremely angry with me since I caught him plagiarizing articles from the Institute of Puerto Rican Culture website [22]. I literally compared his original articles on unknowns Awilda Carbia and Marta Romero and noticed that word by word, they were the exact same biographies found on the website, only translated in Spanish.

Please take a look at the discussion page of the article for more details [23].

Here is a list of his unconstructive edits to illustrate my case:


Furthermore, he has created multiple sock puppet accounts User:Aquipr, User:, User: to make numerous unconstructive edits and change the names of articles.

Examples include:

Change the article name for Millie Corretjer (singer; wife of boxer Oscar de la Hoya) to Millie Corretjer de la Hoya which is incorrect as she has always used her maiden name as her stage name. Other editors found this sexist (please see section titled "Unconstructive Edits" on article discussion page). Many editors including ad admin tried in vain to tell him to stop and cooperate to no success. He has worn my patience thin and me and the others are going this route per the suggestion of the admin. This person has made baseless claims that I am racist and rants babble on the discussion page which is getting so long other editors are complaining. I really need help here. Again the case against User:Entre-Nos is simple:

(1) Violation of 3RR (User:Jbmurray blocked him for 48 hours)
(2) Plagiarism of articles found on other websites (please see discussion page)
(3) Creation of multiple sock puppet accounts (User:Entre-Nos, User:Aquipr, User:, User:
(4) Refusal to cooperate with others in determining notability of his weak articles (Many of them are tagged for deletion).
(5) E-mailing me harassing emails that attack me. (I can forward these to you).

Thank you for your assistance with this important request. --XLR8TION 02:28, 16 June 2007 (UTC)

Just to clarify, and though I agree with much of the gist of what XLR8TION states in that it has indeed been tough to get Entre-Nos to cooperate and he has often tried my patience, I reported Entre-Nos for 3RR, rather than blocking him, plus in fact the outcome of that report was a warning rather than a block. I'm therefore striking that aspect of XLR8TION's account, above. --jbmurray (talk|contribs) 07:05, 16 June 2007 (UTC)

User:!Darkfire!6'28'14 Block[edit]

These are the messages, the offensive messages were made by !Darkfire!6'28'14

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He3- 0e 5 c35c2ed 6n the Ha36 3 web c605c and 0y C60-4ter's ty-5ng 5s 0essed he3-Marioman12 20:15, 15 June 2007 (UTC)

What exctly are you trying to tell us here?

that the Ha]0 3 web s5te's c0n/c has 0essed 4- ny c0n-4ter /'n s0rry ab04t the s-e335ng /'n d05ng the best / can Marioman12 20:28, 15 June 2007 (UTC)

Stop with the 1337 sh17 s0 w c4n t311 wh47 ur fµ**¡ng saying you /d/07.= Stop with leet s**t so we can tell what ur fu**ing saying you idiot.

Hey don't yell at me and thats a personal attack by the way, I was asking for help because when I clicked on the Halo 3 Webcomic half of spelling turned into numbers that was messed up and you can be a little civil from now on and Cite your name. Marioman12 02:43, 16 June 2007 (UTC)

Marioman12 03:15, 16 June 2007 (UTC)

Here is the diff of the offending comment.[25]
Note, incivility is not necessarily a personal attack. This is an isolated incident, and I don't see any need for action against Dark. You might want to talk to him about it on his talk page, however.
On a related note, I've removed the entire thread from the talk page. Please refer to WP:TALK. Besides your completely illegible text (even for people familiar with Leet), I see no way that this will help improve the Halo 3 article. Uninteresting trivia on an auxiliary product. –Gunslinger47 03:51, 16 June 2007 (UTC)

I clicked on the Halo 3 web Comic and somehow it turned my numlock on I was asking for help to fix the problemMarioman12 15:48, 16 June 2007 (UTC)

As I mentioned, please read WP:TALK. Article talk pages are to be exclusively to help improve the article. Personal queries should not be placed there. Instead, you should take your question to another site, or visit the Wikipedia:Reference desk if appropriate. –Gunslinger47 18:32, 16 June 2007 (UTC)

Martin Savage[edit]

Resolved: Sock blocked

Please see [26]. User:Vintagekits, currently under investigation for sockpuppetry, and User:One Night In Hackney have inserted/maintained (respectively) massive POV and vanity on this page relating to a member of the Irish Republican Army. Violation of IRA member vs. IRA volunteer compromise. User:One Night In Hackney engaged in vigilantism and revert warring. Remember WP:IAR. 10:31, 16 June 2007 (UTC)

This is clear sockpuppet of (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log), please block. Thanks. One Night In Hackney303 10:42, 16 June 2007 (UTC)

Jay Jay the Jet Plane: two pornographic vandalisms[edit]

Jay Jay the Jet Plane has until recently been thankfully clear of vandalism.

  • At 21:29, 15 June 2007 User:Oscarchrist vandalized it by inserting a self-drawn image showing two of the story's characters in a pornographic pose.
  • At 02:31, 16 June 2007 User: vandalized it by adding a sexual remark to a description of one of the characters.

Are these two users the same IP address? Are they sockpuppets of anyone?

Their contribution list addresses are:-

Anthony Appleyard 11:19, 16 June 2007 (UTC)

We can't determine the IP, you want WP:RFCU. ViridaeTalk 11:21, 16 June 2007 (UTC)

WTF is going on here[edit]

Resolved: Closed ref tag

See this edit section: [27] and now see the actual talk page User talk:Tigeroo. The sections at the bottom are just not appearing, despite a forced reload of the page. I reverted to that version because the user had replaced other peoples sig with their own and was about to deny the unblock request, but it just isn't visible and the sigs haven't transcluded (possibly indicating that the user didnt intentionally take over other peoples sigs, but actually managed to transclude them, essentially claiming them as his own). ViridaeTalk 13:48, 16 June 2007 (UTC)

I'm not sure why this required admin attention but I've closed the open ref tag that caused this problem. --ElKevbo 13:52, 16 June 2007 (UTC)
Thanks, only needed admin attention because I wanted a quick response and I was delaing with an unblokc. ViridaeTalk 13:56, 16 June 2007 (UTC)

I'm being harassed by a Panairjdde sock[edit]

Resolved: blocked. ViridaeTalk 14:08, 16 June 2007 (UTC)

Yesterday, I was trolled by two socks of community-banned user Panairjdde (talk • contribs • deleted contribs • nuke contribs • logs • filter log • block user • block log). Now I'm getting bugged by another one, Roadwould (talk • contribs • deleted contribs • nuke contribs • logs • filter log • block user • block log). If someone would be so kind as to whack this troll, it would be appreciated.--Blueboy96 13:58, 16 June 2007 (UTC)

Done. ViridaeTalk 14:08, 16 June 2007 (UTC)

Another vandal incident[edit]

Hi guys, this shared IP address vandalised the page Assistant, Looks like it's happened a few other times as well :) - ChrisWar666 14:01, 16 June 2007 (UTC)

Hi, in future you can report vandals that have received a final warning (one that mentions the possobility of being blocked if they continue to vandalise) to WP:AIV or if they haven't received a final warning, you can warn them yourself using one of the templates at WP:UTM. ViridaeTalk 14:05, 16 June 2007 (UTC)

Clay Aiken[edit]

In the article for singer Clay Aiken I have entered (and cited) information regarding several controversies he was indirectly involved with. One topic was Rosie O'Donnell's tirade against Kelly Ripa when Clay tried to cover her mouth. Ripa as everyone knows remove his hand and O' Donnell labeled this homophobic (in reference to the lingering question on his unpublicized sexuality). [28] There are several other controversies that are not listed in this article, and it is apparent that his die-hard fans called Claymates are deleting this information, which is censorship. User:Triage stated his/her reasons for deletion as having to deal with " "rv to version agreed on due to Bio of Living Persons concerns," but this information has been well publicized and should be included in this article. I see it as a Conflict of Interest that his fans are committing acts on censorship to protect him, and to me that is simply wrong. The information I've entered does not slander nor reveal personal information that can be used by someone to harm him. Simply it should be included in the article as the article already contains citations mentioning the incident, but simply no text relating to the incident. Is there anyway someone can help here? --XLR8TION 15:44, 16 June 2007 (UTC)

Isn't a discussion on the "Talk" page of the article a good first step when there is a disagreement among editors? Instead you go straight for ANI? I see you have left a notice on the BLP noticeboard as well. If you look at the history of the article, you will see that the controversies you think should be there were not deleted by the so-called Claymate (barf) editors, but by other Wikipedia editors who have rarely or never edited the entry before or since, following an AfD. See [29], [30], [31], [32], and especially [33]. See this comment on Ken Arromdee's page by me following the deletions: [34]. -Jmh123
yeah, total over-reaction. Discuss first. It looks like there was a lengthy debate about this very topic months ago, when it occurred. Although the section might need a review to edit out any accidental 'recentisms' (though I saw nothing egregious at a glance), adding Rosie O'Donnell's big mouthed demands for more attention hardly seems encyclopedic. She says something about everythign in the hopes for air-time and headlines. Big deal. Move on. ThuranX 18:02, 16 June 2007 (UTC)

I vonH removing sockpuppet proof, etc[edit]

I vonH (talk · contribs), along with a number of IP addresses, is proven to be a sockpuppet of Tfoxworth (talk · contribs) and is blanking all of the pages and removing the links proving it to be so. He is also claiming that he is his own wife, that is, I vonH is saying that Tfoxworth is "her" husband. If that is true, they are engaging in disrupting Wikipedia.

The above statement is offensive.I vonH

Here are the IP addresses and user names that are populating Category:Suspected Wikipedia sockpuppets of Tfoxworth unless I vonH has gone and blanked the IP pages again:

Please note the category page and note that the above five users are supposed to be listed in it. I vonH has blanked a number of the pages and I and at least one other person so far have reverted them. Therefore I have provided a version link to the category page, which itself contains version links to examples of vandalism, versions of the IP pages to preserve them, etc. I vonH/Tfoxworth has also engaged in starting frivolous mediation requests, etc.

Hardly frivolous all things considered. One needs only to look at the page history to see why it was requested.I vonH 04:00, 15 June 2007 (UTC)

I can probably post more if needed. Charles 23:54, 14 June 2007 (UTC)

The above statement is offensive.I vonH

Hardly frivolous all things considered. One needs only to look at the page history to see why it was requested.I vonH 04:00, 15 June 2007 (UTC)

As I said Charles- Tfoxworth is my husband. You are just angry I reported you for 3RR. I vonH 00:13, 15 June 2007 (UTC)

You have? That's news to me. I am not angry about any 3RR write-up, I am concerned about the integrity of Wikipedia when we have sockpuppets removing warranted notifications on the pages of IP addresses where the connections have been established. If I was touchy, I would consider you calling me angry for something I didn't know about a personal attack, but I will blame it on the established pattern of behaviour. Charles 00:19, 15 June 2007 (UTC)

Funny that- all this came about after I reported you. You should be worried about the lack of integrity you have shown thus far.I vonH 04:00, 15 June 2007 (UTC)

Well, if you're his wife, then you're a meatpuppet, and shouldn't be removing notices in such a manner. Wikipedia is not a popularity contest. --Haemo 00:27, 15 June 2007 (UTC)

If you look at the IP addresses there are entries that are not ours. We have two computers, not five. However, since you are not in the least way involved in this issue your interest is...? Perhaps you are a meatpuppet for Charles.I vonH 04:00, 15 June 2007 (UTC)

I am sure that his interest is in maintaining Wikipedia. Any responsible editor can see the evidence and has the right to comment on the matter at hand. Sockpuppets and meatpuppets are not members of the Wikipedia community. If you are accusing me of having a meatpuppet or a sockpuppet, I invite you to prove it. It is not true. It is, however, true for "you and your husband" and it is in Wikipedia's best interest that a consistent vandal who engages in harassment be dealt with. Charles 04:26, 15 June 2007 (UTC)
I'm not a meatpuppet. Anyone can see that. --Haemo 05:15, 15 June 2007 (UTC)
The whole point of this public noticeboard is to solicit the advice or help of uninvolved administrators, and the advice and help of other editors who also post here. That you would accuse someone providing that exact thing of being a meatpuppet is preposterous. Natalie 08:50, 15 June 2007 (UTC)

Admins, is there anything that can be done about this person to prevent the constant disruption, harassment, etc? Charles 20:26, 15 June 2007 (UTC)

Any further blanking of said pages by involved persons will be met by reversion & protection of the pages, and a block on the person doing it. - Nunh-huh 04:08, 17 June 2007 (UTC)

Tfoxworth has returned to editing, adding the same citations to Russian imperial related articles. Charles 05:16, 17 June 2007 (UTC)

Range block needed[edit]

User: Diluvien has been severely eluding his ban on the recent range of 87.122.x.x. Please see the histories [35] [36], [37], and [38]. He's used IP's:,,,,,, and (still unblocked and edit warring at AN/3RR) over the past few days. The Evil Spartan 15:47, 15 June 2007 (UTC)

The addresses you quote span a 15 bit space, so the rangeblock you suggest would cover 32768 addresses. That's a pretty big chunk - it would be one thing to briefly block that if we were being attacked by a vandalbot or a determined tubgirl-type vandal, but neither the rate nor the severity of this guy's vandalism seems to call for such an extensive block, particularly for a multi-day duration. As Wikipedia:Blocking IP addresses#Range blocks notes, rangeblocks "should be reserved as an absolute last resort." -- Finlay McWalter | Talk 16:07, 15 June 2007 (UTC)
Honestly, I've seen range blocks per into place for much smaller occurrences. I'm sorry, I have to disagree with you. Have you ever used a range block before? It doesn't appear much else is coming from that address, and we can always do AO or let someone appeal the block. The Evil Spartan 18:18, 15 June 2007 (UTC)
And now, after repeatedly undoing other administrator's edits, he managed to get Isotope23 blocked for 24 hours. Thanks a lot, guys, way to be on the eight ball. The Evil Spartan 18:29, 15 June 2007 (UTC)
Don't be a dick, please. HalfShadow 19:24, 15 June 2007 (UTC)
Where the fuck did that comment come from? The Evil Spartan 00:10, 17 June 2007 (UTC)
And I reiterate... HalfShadow 01:10, 17 June 2007 (UTC)

[From the article:] "If you've been labeled as a dick, especially if you have been told this by several people in a particular community, it might be wise to consider the possibility that it is true. If you suspect that you may be a dick, the first step is to become aware of it. Ask yourself what behavior might be causing this perception. Try changing your behavior and your mode of presentation. In particular, identify the harsh words in your communications and replace them with softer ones."

What is being said is that your request, which is tantamount to blocking most of the IP addresses for a medium-sized city, would not be a reasonable penalty to inflict on other legitimate editors who just happen to live in the same region and use the same ISP as this particluar object of annoyance. --Dynaflow babble 01:20, 17 June 2007 (UTC)

Actually, I was more referring to him slagging off the admins for blocking someone who never had been, but that's an equally valid point. HalfShadow 01:26, 17 June 2007 (UTC)

Eastside High School (Gainesville, FL)[edit]

The following is from the Mediation Cabal case page of Eastside High School (Gainesville, Florida): —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talkcontribs).

Wikipedia:Mediation Cabal/Cases/2007-06-15 Eastside High School (Gainesville, Florida)

Who are the involved parties?[edit]

Thereisaplace, Catbag, TheRaven, Fram, DaDrought3 (writer of "Fram" section on discussion page).

What is the involved article(s)?[edit]

Vandalism, false accusation of 'meatpuppetry' by administrator (Fram), unnecessary locking by administrator (Fram).

What's going on?[edit]

People such as the administrator who have no knowledge of the article topic are attempting subversion to destroy the integrity of the article. These actions include locking the page from editing, editing the content itself to display incorrect information or to remove factual information, and general vandalism. This behavior was also present in the editing of the Gotem article, in which Fram attempted (and failed) to subvert another article by direct deletion and manipulation instead of going through the appropriate dispute channels. When the article's creators (as is the case with this article) went through the proper channels, overwhelming evidence and wikipedia public opinion supported the creators and NOT Fram.

Upon researching the history of these characters and related articles, it is evident that Fram has engaged in a personal vendetta against certain users associated with this article, after having intervened in the past (these administrative interventions were overruled by other administrators as well as a large contingent of other Wikipedians... for a rather silly but factual history of these events, see this page.

What would you like to change about that?[edit]

The main issue here is the abuse of power, and it has been suggested that Fram be subject to discipline such as removal of his administrative powers.

Of course, unlocking the page for proper editing is also needed.

Mediator response[edit]

I'm not the mediator, but I'm still making a comment here. I highly suggest that this issue be forwarded to WP:ANI this doesn't seem like the appropriate place. Also, have you tried talking to Fram? No discussion, no MedCab. I also think that you're over-reacting, there's not going to be any administrative dismissal here. Cool Bluetalk to me 21:24, 15 June 2007 (UTC)

I find this situation hard to sort out. All I can say regarding the article is that the threshold for inclusion in Wikipedia is verifiability, not truth. One cannot win an argument for inclusion here using their own experiences alone. That's WP:OR and unacceptable.
While I'm here, I'd like to quote an earlier statement of yours:[39]
"If you continue with your Belgian crusade of ruining the articles of other countries I will do whatever is in my means to have you permenantly banned from this site. Consider this a warning."
Do not disrupt Wikipedia to illustrate a point. You will be indefinitely blocked long before Fram if you attempt to do so. Consider that a warning. :) –Gunslinger47 22:20, 15 June 2007 (UTC)
Fram has disrupted Wikipedia by stalking users and locking down their activity. While some of these attacks might not necessarily be baseless, the attacks against this article, including regressive and destructive reverts as well as locking to prevent any legitimate activity, only serve to demonstrate Fram's totalitarian and counter-productive attitude. By the way, when have I ever suggested "disrupting Wikipedia"? As I have said before I will go through the proper channels and protocol for resolving this issue - get your facts straight son. --DaDrought3 04:47, 16 June 2007 (UTC)
Speaking of facts, you've yet to present evidence of any significant misconduct by Fram. At face value, the protection seems to have been put in place to prevent repeated addition of unsourced and dubious information. If you want the protection lifted, you'll need to resolve the ongoing dispute first. See Wikipedia:Resolving disputes for some assistance with that. When you've reached a consensus on the article's talk page, request unprotection at WP:RPP. –Gunslinger47 05:56, 16 June 2007 (UTC)
If you actually read everything in the discussion page, I have already taken steps to resolve the dispute which eventually led to a request for mediation cabal, except that they referred me to this joke of a page and basically ignored the dispute as you and ThuranX are doing now. And what do you mean by "significant misconduct"... what Fram has done over time is significantly disruptive, but evidently the effects are too spread out over time for you to comprehend the significance. --DaDrought3 15:50, 16 June 2007 (UTC)
Yes, we are ignoring the details of your dispute. Perhaps you misunderstand the purpose of this page? Please read the details at the top. A single protection of a page is not a significant abuse of administative power, and this is not the place to review page protection. If his alleged misconduct goes beyond just a single protection of a turbulent page, then please provide diffs as the top of the page asks. –Gunslinger47 18:22, 16 June 2007 (UTC)
An admin locks a page that is subject to incessant, if not persistent, vandalism, and little else, and there's a complaint? No surprise, but also, nothing to see here. Go play more four-square. ThuranX 22:55, 15 June 2007 (UTC)
Except that I don't play four square, and as soon as the lock expires Fram will lock it again preventing the article from ever advancing. Go bother someone else. --DaDrought3 04:36, 16 June 2007 (UTC)
Look, it's simple. The kis at that school are vandalizing the page. Fram is stopping it. What's the PROBLEM? ThuranX 06:47, 16 June 2007 (UTC)
Ok, then why doesn't he just block these kids instead locking the whole damn article... That's the PROBLEM. --DaDrought3 15:50, 16 June 2007 (UTC)
NO, that's the SOLUTION. Multiple editors vandalizing one page over and over, and using IPs to do so, are handled by locking up the page in question. Everythign was handled properly. ThuranX 17:56, 16 June 2007 (UTC)
I refused mediation concerning these ridiculous complaints. A bunch of sock- and meatpuppets is only out to cause trouble and isn't worth wasting our time. The page in question, by the way, was and is only semi-protected, which so far did its job perfectly. Fram 20:59, 16 June 2007 (UTC)


I have blocked Rosalindfranklin (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log) while we clean up the mess of WP:COI edits she has made. I would appreciate a debate on whether this shoud remain indefinite or whether it should be lifted after the cleanup is done. Guy (Help!) 22:21, 15 June 2007 (UTC)

I disagree with your blocking her and don't quite understand your reasoning and its relationship to COI. Is this a community policy, blocking people who create articles with which they have COIs? Did you try communicating with her? I see the comments on her talk page, but don't really understand the status of the AfD on the Jessie Penn-Lewis article, either. Oh, I see, it's a speedy. I'll just remove the tag.
There is another editor who is writing equally dreadful, well, that would be hard, but rather extremely bad articles, who chased away offers of help to own and control the crap he's posting--but he wasn't blocked (User:Ken Birman, the guy who created the dreadful article on Virtual synchrony, which he also created, but hopefully it isn't as bad as the Wikipedia crap).
Still, I'd just like to know what the issue is behind blocking her, simply the multiple COI articles? I don't think they were written in bad faith, and I didn't think that COI was cause for deletion (as the policy explicitly states it is not). KP Botany 15:25, 16 June 2007 (UTC)
The block was instituted to stop her creating more spam links and articles copied and pasted from her own company's book blurbs, while we clean up. Spamming is a problem, we have pretty solid consensus that spammers can be shown the door. The question here is whether it's a clueless newbie or a spammer. I don't really know. Her defence of the article on her own firm was pretty vigorous. As to Birman, "virtual synchrony" (in quotes) gets 50k google hits, so there's a reasonable prospect of independent sources. Or you could AfD it. Up to you, really. Either way it's WP:OTHERCRAPEXISTS. Guy (Help!) 18:10, 16 June 2007 (UTC)
Yeah, plenty of other crap. So the issue is spamming, not COI, then? I would appreciate if you clear that up on her talk page, and here, then, that the issue is whether or not she's spamming (she is, but sadly ineffectively because of her poor writing skills), not whether there is a COI. I would like her to be unblocked and given one more chance--with some understanding to prevent future spamming. I suspect she will not honor the agreement, but then you've clarified that spamming is the issue to her and to Wikipedia editors, and the subsequent block as a spammer will be pretty straight-forward.
I only raise the issue with Birman, because it seems to me that unlike the Franklin case where the issue is spamming, not COI, the issue in the Birman case is most definately COI--both with ultimately one sad result for Wikipedia: crappy articles due to the COI. In Birman's case the articles do belong, but not in his shitty writing style, refusal to write for a general audience, and ownership of the articles--he actually edited back in my edits which he pissed all over, because the edits clarified the topic for a general audience. But he's made it clear he owns his articles. In Franklin's case some of the articles belong, maybe most don't, but I can't tell because the subject matter is obscure enough that there is not much on the Internet, and it doesn't appeal to me much.
So, please consider giving Franklin a straight-forward spamming warning and one more chance after the articles are dealt with--I'm not overly invested in this, but I would appreciate it being done this way. KP Botany 20:00, 16 June 2007 (UTC)

WFAA-TV- suspicious accounts[edit]

At the article: WFAA-TV, This edit has been a theme from multiple SPA's.

I started watching the article when it came up on AN3RR.

The following users have been involved in the reverting: User talk:Puttputtdude, Texastechfan, and User talk:Bobknight880

I'm not sure what the correct course of action is, but these accounts do seem to be connected.

(I'm also not familar with the policies for TV station articles.)

Could someone look into this? Thanks. Lsi john 15:31, 16 June 2007 (UTC)

Can anyone check those accounts/IPs for socks? Or tell me the correct place to post this problem? Thanks. Lsi john 21:51, 16 June 2007 (UTC)


It seems that Tuskjet (previously and perhaps others too) can't wait for his block to finish, and so has reinvented himself as Fortress of the universe. I haven't prolonged the block on Tuskjet (which he used to plonk a lengthy copyvio on his own user page and to redirect his user talk page to Jesus), but I permabanned Fortress. Tuskjet's block will soon end, and I will soon go to bed. Experience suggests that while I'm asleep Tuskjet will have more "fun". (Or do I here fail to "AGF"?) Any time you see User:Dismas being redirected to Satan, or overwritten with some very <big><big><big><big><big><big><big><big> text, you're probably seeing this person at work. -- Hoary 15:42, 16 June 2007 (UTC)

Re-blocked Tuskjet for a week. Grandmasterka 17:00, 16 June 2007 (UTC)
Permablocked "Pocket tissue paper". -- Hoary 23:40, 16 June 2007 (UTC)

Malfunctioning bot — Shadowbot3 (talk · contribs)[edit]

Probably more a matter for the bot's keeper, but seeing as this bot does a lot of archiving of stuff on the WP namespace, it might be worthwhile adding here. >See here<

superbfc [ talk | cont ]21:08, 16 June 2007 (UTC)
Blocked. x42bn6 Talk Mess 21:26, 16 June 2007 (UTC)

User Arkalsi5 creating hoax pages[edit]

Immediately after coming off a temporary block, Arkalsi5 (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · page moves · block user · block log) created the blatantly hoax article Titanic Hotel and removed the AfD notice on Saskatoon Heros, an article he also created which appears to be a hoax as well. He's also vandalized Nintendo, List of Animal Crossing characters, and Treehouse TV. He appears to be an unrepentant vandal; could he be blocked again? He's been warned before on his talk page, so I wasn't sure if I should add another warning. --Charlene 22:30, 16 June 2007 (UTC)

People like this need to be blocked indefinitely the first time. I've done the honors. Grandmasterka 22:41, 16 June 2007 (UTC)


(post by banned user removed)

Hi Light Current. Perhaps if you would promise to stop trolling all the time we might really decide to unban you. The Evil Spartan 23:11, 16 June 2007 (UTC)

Emergency - rollback tool please ASAP[edit]

See Image:Man masturbates.jpg - which has countless links here vandalism. Someone please help! The Evil Spartan 22:58, 16 June 2007 (UTC)

OK, the vandalism was at {{Infobox Boxer}}. Maybe we could get this semi-protected? The Evil Spartan 23:03, 16 June 2007 (UTC)
(edit conflict)Er, I did the rollback as requested. Is it okay now? (I'm not seeing any difference).LessHeard vanU 23:07, 16 June 2007 (UTC)
All is good now. The Evil Spartan 23:10, 16 June 2007 (UTC)
Yes, I did it. Sorry. Was very childish of me. Won't happen again. 23:04, 16 June 2007 (UTC)
Please don't. Thank God I didn't pull this page up like I normally do in the library. The Evil Spartan 23:10, 16 June 2007 (UTC)
I've issued the user a level 4 warning just in case. -N 23:11, 16 June 2007 (UTC)

JJH1992 (talk · contribs)[edit]

I reported this to AIV, but was informed to bring it here.

*JJH1992 (talk • contribs • deleted contribs • nuke contribs • logs • filter log • block user • block log) Disruptive user; continues to change infobox and section formats without discussion and against consensus. User has been blocked multiple times in the past for doing this. Other users and I have tried talking user but he refuses to discuss and ignores messages on his talk page. Acalamari 23:41, 16 June 2007 (UTC)

*:this is not an obvious vandal, and therefore this should be taken to WP:ANI. Yamamoto Ichiro (山本一郎)(会話) 23:42, 16 June 2007 (UTC)

Now I know that AN/I is not for content disputes, but this isn't a content dispute; it's about disruption. If you see his most of his recent contributions, he has continually been changing infobox and section formats without consensus. I, and other users, have tried to talk to this user but he ignores us. From his block log, he has been blocked five times. What should be done about him? Even administrators, including ShadowHalo and Mel Etitis, have tried to talk to this user but he continues to disrupt. Should he be blocked again? As I said, I've tried talking, and I've given him links to follow, but nothing works. Acalamari 23:50, 16 June 2007 (UTC)

I've blocked for 48 hours, the user has had plenty of warnings and 4 previous blocks for exactly the same thing. Ryan Postlethwaite 00:20, 17 June 2007 (UTC)
He hasn't edited since this report, so I don't see an imminent need to block. Maybe you can pursue dispute resolution of some sort? — Carl (CBM · talk) 00:21, 17 June 2007 (UTC)
It looks like it's been going on for days, coupled with blocks for exactly the same reason previously, hence the block this time. Ryan Postlethwaite 00:22, 17 June 2007 (UTC)
Your block came while I was writing my comment, and I have no objection to it. It was a toss up. — Carl (CBM · talk) 00:26, 17 June 2007 (UTC)
I've repeatedly warned this user about this, so I'm going to up the block to a month - he has a bad habit of coming back from a block, and immediately edit-warring on infoboxes again, on the exact same pages. I would have caught him this time if I hadn't made the mistake of thinking he had stopped and so had removed the pages from my watchlist. If he does this once more, I move for permanent ban. Adam Cuerden talk 02:45, 17 June 2007 (UTC)


According to WP:AIV SadMinge (talk • contribs • deleted contribs • nuke contribs • logs • filter log • block user • block log) is not an obvious vandal and needs to be reported here.—eric 00:07, 17 June 2007 (UTC)

Already blocked as a vandal only account, plus they have rather a questionable username. Ryan Postlethwaite 00:09, 17 June 2007 (UTC)
His talk page was confusing though, took a while to figure it out. For a while I thought it was a compromised account. Yamamoto Ichiro (山本一郎)(会話) 00:12, 17 June 2007 (UTC)
It's Light current (talk · contribs · logs · block user · block log). Look at the histories, interests, and account creation times of SadMinge (talk · contribs · logs · block user · block log) and PotStirrer (talk · contribs · logs · block user · block log). Antandrus (talk) 00:27, 17 June 2007 (UTC)
I'm pretty sure that was Light current based on the pages attacked, and his previous block log. KOS | talk 00:29, 17 June 2007 (UTC) (edit conflict)
Just blocked BulkEraser (talk • contribs • deleted contribs • nuke contribs • logs • filter log • block user • block log) as a light current sock. KOS | talk 00:34, 17 June 2007 (UTC)

User:LightAudit only here to cause problems?[edit]

I'm unsure about the presence of this user. It looks like he's only here to vandalize and mock me based on his contributions. The user page is a carbon copy of mine, still linking to my talk page and sandbox. I'm loath to just storm right in there and remove those links, but if I must, I must. DarkAudit 02:53, 17 June 2007 (UTC)

I've indefblocked.Do you want me to delete-protect his user page?
If you would be so kind, please and thank you. DarkAudit 03:09, 17 June 2007 (UTC)


I've created the sock account User:Adam Cuerden 2 for use when not at home - I don't trust internet cafés to be all that secure, and if I get hacked, I'd rather not give them an administrator account.

I've added a clear note saying what I'm doing to both user pages. Is there anything else I need to do? Adam Cuerden talk 02:59, 17 June 2007 (UTC)

Probably the wrong forum to discuss this, but your sockpuppet isn't a doppelganger account (these are used to stop impersonation - I could register User:x42bn7 which would be a doppelganger account). Just saying it is a legitimate sockpuppet for security issues is good enough, in my opinion. x42bn6 Talk Mess 03:03, 17 June 2007 (UTC)
Fair enough. I'll lose that template and just link. Adam Cuerden talk 03:15, 17 June 2007 (UTC)
What you have done seems adequate. I'm sure everyone appreciates the notice here. Accounts of that sort are explicitly acceptable per WP:SOCK. — Carl (CBM · talk) 03:06, 17 June 2007 (UTC)
Good to hear! Just, while it says it's allowed, it's not very explicit about how to declare the connection, so thought I'd best check. Should throw together a template or something. Adam Cuerden talk 03:15, 17 June 2007 (UTC)
Fight the urge to templatize – a simple user page notice will be clear to anyone who gives even a shallow look. — Carl (CBM · talk) 03:22, 17 June 2007 (UTC)

Anti-Jewish rant[edit]

User:Alex mond, who appeared in Wikipedia on June 5, seems to be an essentially one-purpose account pushing extremely nationalist fringe views on Armenia and Armenian language. User:Dbachmann is the only editor who had the stamina to argue with him, to revert his most impertinent edits, and to help him with kind advices. After he understood that the case is hopeless and desisted from time-consuming arguments, User:Alex mond started pestering Dbachmann on his talk page:

How long will this last? I request someone to investigate the situation. Why should Wikipedia tolerate such editors? I believe anti-Semitic rants and personal attacks only drive serious wikipedians away from the project. --Ghirla-трёп- 12:13, 14 June 2007 (UTC)

He was warned by Alison at 17:14 on the 11th, and all of those diffs are from before then - unless there's been more comments since then, the warning may have done its job. Neil  12:17, 14 June 2007 (UTC)
Your reply is disappointing. Could you refer me to a useful edit from this account? How much time you suppose people should spend arguing with him on talk pages and reverting his eyebrow-raising edits in mainspace? Thanks, Ghirla-трёп- 12:21, 14 June 2007 (UTC)
Has he made any incivil comments or personal attacks since being warned? If not, then there is no administrative action required at present. Blocks are not punitive, they are preventative. If he has stopped, then there is nothing to prevent. Neil  12:44, 14 June 2007 (UTC)
It'd be great if you and Nick added Armenia and Armenian language to your watchlist and, next time Alex mond attempts to edit them, discussed with him the harmfulness of fringecruft, especially that motivated by nationalist mythology. Thanks, Ghirla-трёп- 13:28, 14 June 2007 (UTC)
Agree with Neil. — Nearly Headless Nick {C} 12:47, 14 June 2007 (UTC)
Sir Nicholas, I don't give a hoot whether the account is blocked or not. I'm well aware that some people, especially those who don't have to deal with extremist editors on a day-to-day basis, are willing to assume good faith ad infinitum and keep the project full of "potentially reformable bad guys", as long as they don't have to reason with them themselves. My request was to investigate whether the guy has really been helpful. I have yet to see a non-disruptive edit from this one-purpose account. --Ghirla-трёп- 13:21, 14 June 2007 (UTC)
Perhaps start a Sockpuppetry case and back it up with evidence? Or contact a checkuser? :) — Nearly Headless Nick {C} 13:29, 14 June 2007 (UTC)
Do you think it's User:Artaxiad again? It does not appear to be plausible. --Ghirla-трёп- 13:34, 14 June 2007 (UTC)
You can investigate this on your own - contribution logs are public. At this time no Admin will do the investigation for you because it isn't an interesting question. If someone's been warned and then continues to be disruptive, blocks may be in order to get their attention, or force them to knock it off. If they've stopped being disruptive, then there's nothing left to see.
I'm afraid we have different ideas of "disruption". --Ghirla-трёп- 13:34, 14 June 2007 (UTC)
I strongly agree with Ghirla here. I've been watching this user's contributions on Armenian topics over the past few days and he is clearly an extremist crank (and an anti-Semite to boot) with no scholarly knowledge of the subject at hand who is causing disruption with his editing. He contributes nothing to this project. I'm amazed there is no mechanism for the speedy removal of editors like this who cause far more disruption than drive-by vandals and who waste large amounts of bona fide users' time. This is exactly the kind of POV pusher who is wrecking large areas of Wikipedia and ruining its reputation in the wider world. --Folantin 17:04, 14 June 2007 (UTC)
I've only taken a cursory look at this, but what I've seen makes me agree with Ghirla and Folantin. This guy is an obvious crank, and unlikely to contribute anything valuable to the encyclopedia. It's really a shame we can't show such users the door immediately, because even when they are civil and limit themselves to the talk pages, they still chew up an enormous amount of time and patience. --Akhilleus (talk) 17:59, 14 June 2007 (UTC)
I think an indef-block for serious WP:NPA violations and bigotry is in order.Bakaman 23:49, 14 June 2007 (UTC)
I agree with Bakasuprman. We can't have racism destroy Wikipeida.--Epeefleche 00:04, 15 June 2007 (UTC)

I agree with Ghirla. However, Neil brings up a valid restraining point, in that the warning from Alison was after the racism. If it happens again, I will block the user. SWATJester Denny Crane. 02:41, 15 June 2007 (UTC)

Upon further investigation, blocking for 24 hours for this personal attack here and this one here, after the warning from Alison. SWATJester Denny Crane. 02:48, 15 June 2007 (UTC)

from my nigh three-year experience with this sort of situation, it is very, very unlikely that we'll ever get anything useful out of this editor that would even remotely make the bother of putting up with him worthwhile. But I am really agnostic about permabanning him, since, well, he'll just be back under another account anyway. Btw, I am neither Jewish nor German, but I do not consider it a "personal attack" to be called either. If you're going to permaban this account, let it be in some way on grounds that this user seems to consider 'Jewish type' a withering insult, not on grounds of him actually attacking me (I have been known to take much worse trolling without any rise in blood pressure). dab (𒁳) 08:40, 15 June 2007 (UTC)

Twenty four hours? That's it? El_C 08:45, 15 June 2007 (UTC)

Interesting to observe who here seems to be tolerating the hate speech with disgraceful word lawyering. El_C 08:49, 15 June 2007 (UTC) Not worth it. El_C 08:50, 15 June 2007 (UTC)
Twenty-four hours really doesn't seem nearly long enough. I'd argue for a perma-ban. This user's anti-Semitic rants are part of a far wider problem than incivility (though we shouldn't be tolerating racial harrassment like this at all). These comments show he is a crackpot and his contributions are cut from the same cloth: he is simply adding lunatic fringe content to Wikipedia. This is a major problem for us as an encylopaedia as far as our credibility goes. Plus, I don't see why bona fide editors with knowledge of the subject should have to waste endless time on article talk pages arguing with tendentious ignoramuses. Wikipedia should have more robust and swifter methods for dealing with such cranks. We now have the opportunity to get rid of one of them, let's take it.--Folantin 11:00, 15 June 2007 (UTC)
The problem is that instead of being immediately blocked for his anti-Semitic attacks, he was warned, and he seems to have stopped. We can all see he's a crackpot, but for some reason obvious crackpottery isn't grounds for a block, even though it's a more serious threat to the quality of the encyclopedia than personal attacks. Now we have to follow the tedious processes outlined in WP:DE and WP:TE, or argue for a community ban. --Akhilleus (talk) 16:22, 15 June 2007 (UTC)
A week ago, I proposed on WP:VPR to set up a project or a noticeboard that would deal with the most glaring cases of fringecruft-pushing. There has been no feedback so far. IRC chatting is much more interesting than actually making some cleanup in mainspace. --Ghirla-трёп- 12:03, 15 June 2007 (UTC)
As I see it, this is possibly the biggest problem with Wikipedia. We're not talking about good faith editors making honest mistakes by adding bad content and we're not talking about overheated but valid intellectual controversies, we're talking about out-and-out crankery. Yet there seems to be no efficient way of removing such editors and their "contributions". It appears we'd have to go through some long drawn out process involving plenty of Wikilawyering to deal with this problem. In the mean time, this kind of thing drives away plenty of knowledgeable editors who can't be bothered with the hassle. Admonitions to show "Wikilove" to the trolls and extremists really don't cut it. I know several potentially brilliant contributors who wouldn't go near WP because of this kind of thing. Ultimately, we get judged by our mainspace content, not how lovey-dovey we are behind the scenes. --Folantin 16:46, 15 June 2007 (UTC)
Folantin, I can't agree with you more. Unfortunately, people who run the project seem to be inclined to treat it as a sort of surrogate Friendster. Long-standing admins have developed adminitis; new admins normally get their instructions from IRC; ArbCom claims that content arbitration is not in their purview. Since we still don't have a procedure of content arbitration, he that has more time to spend arguing on talk pages and a bigger mouth for shouting, usually wins a content dispute, even if his point is utterly devoid of merit. An added benefit is one's ability to ask his friends to register a wikipedia account and to support him whenever possible. It is assumed that, once a person is interested in mainspace, he should be arguing over some point ad nauseum. This is fallacious, since I know scores of pages which contain patent lies, but I'm too busy to even discuss it with people who "own" them. It is easier for me to walk away. This is the case of Alex mond. I don't care about Armenia and I don't want to spend my time on arguing with a person whose point is apriori false and whose opinion will not be changed a bit by all my efforts. This is a problem that the community needs to address if it wants to keep Wikipedia more or less creditable. Unfortunately nobody seems to be interested, except you and me. --Ghirla-трёп- 15:59, 16 June 2007 (UTC)
Community sanction notice board to suggest a community ban instead of a block? Personally, I'm glad that people with admin bits are slow to give long blocks to people not currently engaged in disruptive behaviour. Dan Beale 16:49, 15 June 2007 (UTC)

Both of those blocks should have been indef, but never mind. If he continues pushing his nutcasery, I'll block for out-and-out disruption. We just don't need talkpage warriors like this who do nothing but shove their original research in our direction. When this fellow goes back to his main account, he'd better be on his best behaviour and actually provide some references. C'mon people, we have an encyclopedia to maintain. Moreschi Talk 10:01, 16 June 2007 (UTC)

Please note User:Alex mond's recent edits to Armenian hypothesis.