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This account was previously known as JamesBWatson, but was renamed to JBW on 19 September 2019.

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Luminex article[edit]

James:

We're working to create a page about Luminex and had not intended to publish it yet, just playing in the Sandbox. When we are ready and it meets Wikipedia's standards for publishing, will we be able to? Or has your deleting our work-in-progress created an issue down the road?

Please let us know.

Thanks!

--Michael

Students are returning from Summer Vacation[edit]

And so are IP vandals who have been dormant during Summer Vacation. 24.121.225.34 & 70.166.240.253, for example. –Skywatcher68 (talk) 22:20, 19 August 2019 (UTC)

Found another one.Skywatcher68 (talk) 20:59, 21 August 2019 (UTC)
Here's one with no edits between May & August and has a history of writing nonsense.Skywatcher68 (talk) 20:04, 27 August 2019 (UTC)
Definitely bored students here.Skywatcher68 (talk) 16:15, 4 September 2019 (UTC)
More bored students.Skywatcher68 (talk) 19:48, 9 September 2019 (UTC)
@Skywatcher68: As far as the last one you mention goes, I've put a long term range block on 216.21.168.0/24, as nearly all editing from that range has been vandalism. It may be that a wider range than that should be blocked. The previous two I will consider blocking if there are more vandalism edits, but right now the amount of recent vandalism isn't enough to justify a block. JamesBWatson (talk) 20:21, 9 September 2019 (UTC)

Your deletion of articles by User:ThreatMatrix[edit]

Hi JamesBWatson. Would you mind explaining your G5 deletions of Operation Arrow (1999) and Yugoslavia and weapons of mass destruction in more detail? Both of these articles seemed to be about notable/encyclopedic topics. I realize that TryDeletingMe was topic banned from making edits related to the Balkans, so the articles would need to be reviewed carefully for original research, POV, and whatnot, but I would prefer to see the articles improved rather than deleted outright. – Lord Bolingbroke (talk) 19:05, 31 August 2019 (UTC)

Both the issue of being "about notable/encyclopedic topics" and the issue of reviewing for "original research, POV, and whatnot" are missing the point, because the reason for the deletion was nothing to do with the content of the articles; it was about their having been created in violation of a block. A fact which I first discovered about ten years ago, and have since seen confirmed many times, is that persistent evaders of blocks and bans will continue to do the same indefinitely if they know that what they have done will remains in place after each account is blocked, and they can just pick up from where they left off with a new account each time, but if they find that whatever they do is just reverted or deleted then there is a chance that they may eventually realise that what they are doing is not going to get them anywhere, and give up. It is not guaranteed to work, but it often does, and nothing else does, in the case of persistent block-evaders. That does have the effect that sometimes we lose content that was somewhat worthwhile, but that is, unfortunately, a cost that has to be born. JamesBWatson (talk) 13:20, 2 September 2019 (UTC)
That makes sense. Thanks for explaining. In cases like this, would there be an issue if an editor in good standing were to recreate the deleted article(s)? – Lord Bolingbroke (talk) 16:37, 3 September 2019 (UTC)
@Lord Bolingbroke: There's nothing to stop another editor from creating a new article on the same topic, but it seems to me better if the new one is not close to identical to the old one, to make it clear to the disruptive editor that it is not his or her article that has survived. It might also be worth waiting for a while, so that that person has time to realise that their work has gone, but that's just a thought of mine, not an official guideline or anything of the kind. JamesBWatson (talk) 07:48, 5 September 2019 (UTC)
OK, I'll keep that in mind. – Lord Bolingbroke (talk) 17:50, 6 September 2019 (UTC)

Administrators' newsletter – September 2019[edit]

News and updates for administrators from the past month (August 2019).

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Deletion review for Bardhyl Selimi[edit]

User:Hyrdlak has asked for a deletion review of Bardhyl Selimi. Because you closed the deletion discussion for this page, speedily deleted it, or otherwise were interested in the page, you might want to participate in the deletion review. —Cryptic 00:20, 15 September 2019 (UTC)

Thank you.

Hyrdlak (talk) 08:35, 15 September 2019 (UTC)Hyrdlak

INAS Global Games[edit]

Hi there – any chance you can unsalt the above article? I believe it is a valid topic for an article. Thanks. SFB 21:45, 17 September 2019 (UTC)

@SFB:  Done. JamesBWatson (talk) 10:00, 18 September 2019 (UTC)

Approve my article[edit]

Its of our hindu festival Khetwadichaganraj (talk) 02:25, 18 September 2019 (UTC)

your username[edit]

I liked your previous username, and never thought it is your real name. But at least you can shorten your signature now :) —usernamekiran(talk) 14:30, 19 September 2019 (UTC)

@Usernamekiran: Oh well, I can't please everyone. JBW (talk) Formerly known as JamesBWatson 14:43, 19 September 2019 (UTC)
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your signature still hasn't shortened lolol —usernamekiran(talk) 14:48, 19 September 2019 (UTC)
No, in fact quite the opposite. However, it's slightly shorter than the one I used for several years. For nostalgia's sake, here it is again: The editor who uses the pseudonym "JamesBWatson" (talk) 15:00, 9 September 2019 (UTC)
Oh, no, you got a face change. This will take some getting used to. Flyer22 Reborn (talk) 22:53, 19 September 2019 (UTC)

IP hopper disrupting media-based articles, primarily newspapers[edit]

Hi, JB. This range has been making unsourced changes, one of which I've found to be demonstrably wrong. –Skywatcher68 (talk) 19:57, 19 September 2019 (UTC)

@Skywatcher68: OK, I have found a couple of edits which are demonstrably wrong, one which was clearly vandalism, and many which were unexplained, unsourced, and dubious. There have also been very frequent unexplained removal of sources. I have also seen four warnings on IP talk pages for this range, all of which have been completely ignored. I have blocked the range for a month. However, here's a request. If you give me a report like this again, could you give me complete information about what you have found? That doesn't mean that I am asking you to do more checking than you did, but if, for example, you have found one edit which is demonstrably wrong, as you said you had, it can save me trouble if you tell me which edit that is, rather than leave me to find it for myself. Thanks for the report, and I am in no way trying to put you off doing the same again, but just mentioning how you could make such reports even more helpful, with virtually no extra effort from you, since you would just be giving me information which you already have. JBW (talk) Formerly known as JamesBWatson 20:58, 19 September 2019 (UTC)
Okay, I'll try to keep that in mind. –Skywatcher68 (talk) 21:48, 19 September 2019 (UTC)
@Skywatcher68: It isn't at all important, but for the sake of strict accuracy I made a mistake when I said I had seen four warnings on IP talk pages. I saw four warnings on one IP talk page, but also some more on another talk page, so the total was at least six. JBW (talk) Formerly known as JamesBWatson 21:05, 19 September 2019 (UTC)