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Agree with blocking for racist and personal attack comments?

Even though I'm an administrator, I wanted to see if other admins agreed with how I'm proposing to deal with User:Williamdevino. This supposed 14-year-old kid from England is going around posting racist and hateful comments on different talk pages, expressing support for the KKK while also sphewing hate at people of color. For samples of this, see his userpage and talk page, as well as [1] and [2]. That last link shows User:Williamdevino demonstrating his talent at truly wonderous language. That last post also seems like it falls under the blocking policy for making "Personal attacks that place users in danger," as well as a violation of the NPA guideline. However, before I blocked him I wanted to see if other admins agreed with doing this. Also, should he be given a warning before blocking or has he already crossed the line on acceptable behavior?--Alabamaboy 20:51, 26 January 2007 (UTC)

I'd go with one warning, and a block for any hate-speech after that. -GTBacchus(talk) 20:53, 26 January 2007 (UTC)
Seems like a neo-Nazi troll more than anything else, considering his edits. One warning, and if refuted, indef-block. --210physicq (c) 20:56, 26 January 2007 (UTC)
I just posted the warning. We'll see what happens now. Thanks,--Alabamaboy 20:57, 26 January 2007 (UTC)
I would have indef-blocked already based on edits such as this, but since he's extremely likely to violate the warning it may not matter much. Newyorkbrad 20:59, 26 January 2007 (UTC)
I blocked briefly after seeing that second diff. That's really, really not a "get off with a warning"-level breach of our behaviour guidelines. Jkelly 21:01, 26 January 2007 (UTC)
Thanks. I was tempted to block him immediately but he'd posted comments on some article talk pages I edit and I didn't want people to think I had a conflict of interest.--Alabamaboy 21:02, 26 January 2007 (UTC)

BTW, I love this comment on his user page: "I am a supporter of the KKK, AWB and NAZI party and have been since I had an apifamy of sorts and acquired white, Christian, European pride." Apifamy? Sounds like some painful type of bowel blockage :-).--Alabamaboy 21:11, 26 January 2007 (UTC)

Seriously? After comments like this one I would have expected an indefinite block, no questions asked. As a matter of fact... Can't sleep, clown will eat me 23:08, 26 January 2007 (UTC)

If there was any doubt before, that removes it; I hadn't gone back quite that far in the contribution history. Support indefinite. Newyorkbrad 23:11, 26 January 2007 (UTC)
Support indef. That's a death threat, unambiguously. CanadianCaesar Et tu, Brute? 23:12, 26 January 2007 (UTC)
I agree, shouldn't Jimbo hear about edits like this? RyanPostlethwaiteSee the mess I've created or let's have banter 23:23, 26 January 2007 (UTC)
No. Newyorkbrad 23:31, 26 January 2007 (UTC)

I totally agree. I also missed that death threat back in the contributions list. Removes any doubt whatsoever.--Alabamaboy 00:34, 27 January 2007 (UTC)

Indef, without regret. HighInBC (Need help? Ask me) 05:03, 27 January 2007 (UTC)
  • It's not a death threat, it's garden-variety inarticulate bigotry. I still support banning this fuckwit on the grounds that he has made it abundantly clear that he has no intention of abiding by policy, but we really must stop over-reacting to use of the word kill when there is no credible threat of harm. Personal soapbox, sorry. Guy (Help!) 10:36, 27 January 2007 (UTC)
Ummm JzG, this is a death threat. "WE'LL KILL HIS WHOLE FAMILY.", how much more plain should it be? I agree that just the word kill does not make a death threat, however, when you use that word as a verb toward a person or group of people, with a statement of intent such as "We will", then yes it is a death threat. HighInBC (Need help? Ask me) 15:42, 27 January 2007 (UTC)
I think what Guy meant is that there's no credible threat of harm. If I start receving letters written with newspaper clippings from the KKK, that's a death threat. A dumb teenager with testosterone problems typing silly comments on a keyboard in his bedroom isn't, because there's no...well, threat. That doesn't mean he shouldn't be indefed, of course. yandman 15:59, 27 January 2007 (UTC)
Right. It's like the drunk in the pub yelling "I'll kill you!" then falling flat on his arse because he's... well, drunk. It's the difference between a death threat (which the police would take seriously) and random inarticulate raving (which they would not). We block this one for irredeemable cluelessness and disruption, not for death threats. Guy (Help!) 18:39, 28 January 2007 (UTC)
That is not the point of view I would take. HighInBC (Need help? Ask me) 02:24, 28 January 2007 (UTC)
This discussion reminds me of the time an anonymous vandal posted some very silly death threats on my User Page. I chose to enshrine them for all to see and was roundly scolded by several admins for doing so. I tried to argue that these were not "real" death threats, just a bit of juvenile idiocy. Others disagreed.--The Fat Man Who Never Came Back 19:39, 28 January 2007 (UTC)

This user may be back as Rqquju (talk · contribs). Jkelly 03:55, 28 January 2007 (UTC)

Even if that's not the aforementioned user, this one definitely needs a blocking. He's someone's sock, considering his first edits were to create a new neonazi userbox, and post an RfC. -- Consumed Crustacean (talk) 04:05, 28 January 2007 (UTC)
Right, I just pushed his block up to indefinite. -- Consumed Crustacean (talk) 04:10, 28 January 2007 (UTC)
That should be standard procedure for people who only wish to push hatred here. HighInBC (Need help? Ask me) 04:13, 28 January 2007 (UTC)
There is--they get blocked.--Alabamaboy 19:21, 28 January 2007 (UTC)

Attention: Undiscussed page moves on a massive scale

I just want to call the attention to the fact that User:Highshines has started a massive page move campaign of articles relating to Chinese royalty. Thsi is completely uncalled for given the fact that Highshines has refrained from taking part in the discussion about how to normalize the names of Qing dynasty royalty on Talk:Xiao Xian Chun. An administrator needs to talk to Highshines soon, before he/she makes a complete mess of these pages. For evidence, please refer to Special:Contributions/Highshines.--Niohe 01:45, 27 January 2007 (UTC)

Jiang left a not about the moves, and I supplemented with at link to WP:RM. I also removed text from the userpage that was a copyvio from Sparknotes. Teke (talk) 02:31, 27 January 2007 (UTC)
Thanks a lot! I warned that this would happen last week on Wikipedia:Administrators'_noticeboard/Archive72#User:_Niohe. I also want to alert other adminstrators to the fact that Highshines has been blocked for sock puppetry and disruptive page moves before, please refer to Wikipedia:Requests for checkuser/Case/Highshines. In order to cover this up, Highshines has removed the sock puppeteer tag from his/her talk page and deleted warning messages from his/her talk page.
I don't have any administrative powers to undo this kind of massive disruptive edits. This will happen again, and I think it is time to block Highshines from editing these pages.--Niohe 03:30, 27 January 2007 (UTC)
I am undoing the moves as they did not have any sort of consensus for the amount of renaming the user did. Teke (talk) 03:55, 27 January 2007 (UTC)
All moved back to where they were. That will prevent it from happening again, since my moves created redirects the user cannot move them back. RM would be for doing that. Teke (talk) 04:04, 27 January 2007 (UTC)
Actually, you can "overwrite" an article if the only edit is creating a redirect, or at least I think I have seen that happening... -- ReyBrujo 04:09, 27 January 2007 (UTC)
True enough, I'm watching the pages. I was speaking in the context of moves :) Teke (talk) 04:20, 27 January 2007 (UTC)
Go make some false edits (add some of thsoe "R from" templates) to prevent users from movewarring...I did that when a user kept moving Kitty Pryde to Shadowcat. Hbdragon88 09:07, 27 January 2007 (UTC)

If anyone had any doubt what kind of editor Highshines is, please have a look at the following foul language posted to Jiang's user page (in Chinese) for four hours:

I think Highshines has earned himself/herself a block by now.--Niohe 14:35, 27 January 2007 (UTC)

I don't know Chinese, would you mind providing a translation? Additionally, I'm not sure why the user made that post when I told him at the time that I was doing it to remove copyvios from Sparknotes. sigh Anyone other uninvolved third party care to dive in here? Teke (talk) 18:16, 27 January 2007 (UTC)

Don't worry about it, Teke. I know you're doing the right thing. However, someone also deleted my userpage after you, and I think it was Niohe. By the way, all the page moves I have done was according to Niohe's suggestion on the talk page of Xiao Xian Chun. Highshines 19:27, 27 January 2007 (UTC)

I would worry about it. What Highshines wrote is the kind of profanity you don't want to translate. It was a rant directed to the person who touched Highshines user page, making various comments about the smell of the private parts of the mother of that editor and the circumstances surrounding his conception. Is that enough or do I need to give you a verbatim translation?.

Niohe is both exaggerating and lying. All I have said was that the person who removed my user page (not Teke, but after him) must have had a bad upbringing. I can provide a verbatim translation: "To whomever deleted my userpage: The one who had performed stealthy actions on my userpage must have been forced to do bad and brutal things by his mother. Also, he must have been beaten badly by his father. Therefore, he was formed that way." At that time, I was really angry with Niohe because he had frequently vandalized my userpage and talkpages before. Highshines 20:43, 27 January 2007 (UTC)

You know that is not an accurate translation. Don't even try.--Niohe 21:32, 27 January 2007 (UTC)

It is an accurate translation. I can show it to every one word by word with a Chinese-English dictionary. My remark is clean, but your paraphase has added further sexual contents to it. What are you planning at, Niohe? Highshines 21:54, 27 January 2007 (UTC)

OK, how would you translate "谁妈的逼" into plain English? Or "谁爸操了以后"? --Niohe 22:08, 27 January 2007 (UTC)

The whole phrase "谁妈的逼" means "who has been forced by his mother to [do bad and brutal things]". The character "谁" means "whose", and the character "逼" is a verb which means to force someone to do something he/she is unwilling to do. In this case, I meant that someone so vandalic must have been "force by his mother [in his childhood] to do immoral things". I know it is a bit strong, but I already suffered enough from the vandalizations of my pages. Highshines 22:19, 27 January 2007 (UTC)

的 is a possesive prefix marking the noun following 的 to belong to the noun preceding it. You used 谁妈 which means "that person's mother" and 逼 therefore is a noun, and the only meaning of 逼 as a noun is an obscene reference to female genitalia. -- 我♥中國 22:19, 27 January 2007 (UTC)
You are absolutely wrong about "the only meaning of 逼 as a noun is an obscene reference to female genitalia.". I have never heard of that. Instead, 逼 also means "forcing someone" when used as a noun. Highshines 22:32, 27 January 2007 (UTC)
Really? A 造句 quiz then: make a sentence where "逼" is used as a noun meaning "forcing someone". (There are no gerunds in Chinese!) -- 我♥中國 22:45, 27 January 2007 (UTC)
If you say your user page was vandalized, can you provide diff histories showing the vandalism? -- 我♥中國 22:23, 27 January 2007 (UTC)
Highshines has also started to use threatening language, as evidenced by his comment to my my talk page. If the above profanity won't earn Highshines a block for abusive behavior I don't know what will.--Niohe 20:19, 27 January 2007 (UTC)

Niohe, if you were the one who removed my userpage, you better explain why. If you didn't, then why do you have to feel being "threatened"? Highshines 20:37, 27 January 2007 (UTC)

Teke did it, as he said: [4]. 21:13, 27 January 2007 (UTC)

If I wronged you this time, Niohe, please accept my apology. However, if you have been kind to my pages before, I wouldn't have been so mad at you. Highshines 21:22, 27 January 2007 (UTC)

Apology for what? For including me in your rant or for calling me a liar when I paraphrased your profane remarks? --Niohe 21:32, 27 January 2007 (UTC)

Well, if you don't want to accept it, that's fine to me. I was trying a apologize for a possible mistaking you as the remover of my page. However, I don't think my remarks have any profane element. Instead, your paraphrase only produced exaggerations and lies. Highshines 21:51, 27 January 2007 (UTC)

This is ridiculous. First, you apologize and then you call me a liar.--Niohe 22:11, 27 January 2007 (UTC)
Highshines, I will provide a word-for-word translation then.
谁[whoever]对[to]我[my]个人[personal]网页[website]动了[did]手脚[hand-foot, meaning "sneaky action"], - whoever messed around with/did sneaky things to my personal website
谁[whoever]妈[mom]的['s]逼[vagina]又[also]烂[rotten]又[also]搔[slutty]又[also]臭[stink], - [that person's] mother's vagina is rotten and slutty and stinky
所以[therefore]叫[ask]谁[whoever's]爸[dad]操[fuck]了[ed]以后[after]才[then]把[gave]谁[whoever]给[gave]生[birth]出来[out]了[action completion particle]. -so that person's dad fucked her then gave birth to that person
So don't even think about lying. There are plenty of people who know Chinese here
-- 我♥中國 22:15, 27 January 2007 (UTC)
That translation is correct.. mm. I might say that 手脚/hand-foot might mean "stealthy" or "hidden". Other than that, yes. Highshine's "translation" was a complete lie.--ElaragirlTalk|Count 06:04, 29 January 2007 (UTC)

Removal of comments

Highshines has now removed another editor's comment twice (1, 2), apparently because it provides a translation of his incivil comments in another language. I suggest that this, along with his previous history of disruptive action detailed above and his use of sockpuppets merits a block; I request input before I implement this. —bbatsell ¿? 22:40, 27 January 2007 (UTC)

I have blocked her for 2 weeks. -- 我♥中國 22:41, 27 January 2007 (UTC)
I think the block is appropriate, the fact that Highshines has already removed your comments from her user page does not reflect well on her either. Given past experience, we may expect a wave of sock puppetry from Highshines in the next couple of days.--Niohe 22:47, 27 January 2007 (UTC)
I just restored your comments on Highshines talk page, I felt that was appropriate given what has happened.--Niohe 23:16, 27 January 2007 (UTC)
Highshines blanked the block message 3 times so I have protected her page as well. I don't know of any precedent with this so in this case I did what I think is the most convenient thing to do. I realise that non-admins would not be able to edit this page but I don't know if semiprotection prevents blocked users from editing their own talk pages. -- 我♥中國 04:54, 28 January 2007 (UTC)
Seems appropriate if the block message is getting blanked, with semi they can still edit the page. Lift the protection when the block expires, and it's all good. Teke (talk) 01:56, 29 January 2007 (UTC)

I don't know where to address this concern

I find User:Weatherman90/deathpool to be macabre and in poor taste. I realize that this is a user page, and that I have the freedom to just not go to it, but I am concerned about the image this page portrays of the wikipedia editing community. The insensitivity toward death of notable people and the hand-slapping and points giving, seems in particular to be contrary to the standards of conduct that are implied in most of our policies. After reviewing WP:NOT and WP:User page, I don;t find a section I can cite and say directly prohibits this game, but it just doesn't pass my smell test. If people do a wikipedia search (and include the checkboxes of user pages) on recently deceased celebrities, they are likely to wind up on this page. I would be embarassed, (after bragging to all my friends and business associates that I help edit the wikipedia), if a news article came out about the pedantic and insensitive activities of these few editors. I believe that this game should be taken to an off-wiki venue. Jerry lavoie 06:59, 28 January 2007 (UTC)

  • From WP:USER#What can I not have on my user page?: Games, roleplaying sessions, and other things pertaining to "entertainment" rather than "writing an encyclopedia," particularly if they involve people who are not active participants in the project probably works well enough, even though it doesn't mention subpages specifically. WarpstarRider 07:06, 28 January 2007 (UTC)
I saw that too...(that's why I bolded the word game). But where do I take my concern from here? Is there a proper location to officially report this? Jerry lavoie 07:20, 28 January 2007 (UTC)
Try WP:MFD. WarpstarRider 07:22, 28 January 2007 (UTC)
Wikipedia:Miscellany for deletion/User:Weatherman90/deathpool, nominated by Robotman1974 (talk · contribs). Daniel.Bryant 09:20, 28 January 2007 (UTC)
You guys are so very responsive! Thanks. I think this section can be archived now. Jerry lavoie 16:16, 28 January 2007 (UTC)
If you're impressed with that, try this--a bot archives everything here automatically. :) Chick Bowen 05:18, 29 January 2007 (UTC)

Mitt Romney

Hi, please excuse me if I'm posting this on the wrong board.

On Mitt Romney's page, about halfway down, in the section titled "Governor of Massachusetts, 2003-2007" there is a picture of Mr. Romney addressing some troops. Someone has vandalized the picture by putting the word DOUCHEBAG in large bold type on the bottom of the picture.

Thanks. 14:41, 28 January 2007 (UTC)

Everything is all set. Thank you for addressing your concern! All I had to do was reupload the unvaldalized version in order to fix it. JARED(t)  14:47, 28 January 2007 (UTC)
For future reference, clicking the little (rev) link at the version you want to revert to is easier. —Cryptic 15:00, 28 January 2007 (UTC)
What little rev link? Are you sure that isn't a custom js addon you have? Prodego talk 15:13, 28 January 2007 (UTC)
Oh, I thought only admins had that function. That makes sense now. Thanks. I didn't even realize that that link was there for non-admins! Jaredtalk  15:21, 28 January 2007 (UTC)
No, it's there for all autoconfirmed users (note that IPs like the original poster in this section can't do it). Prodego: Look at Image:Flag of the Olympic Movement.svg for an example, and scroll down to the revisions. It appears like this: (del) (rev) 09:41, January 20, 2006 . . Denelson83 (Talk | contribs) . . 768×512 (9,584 bytes) (Created by User:Denelson83 in Inkscape, based on the Olympic flag image at the [ World Flag Database]. {| style="background: #FDB; border: 1px solid #C60;" |- style="vertical-align: middle;" | style="line-height: 75%;). --Rory096 20:32, 28 January 2007 (UTC)


Anyone who remembers the debate about the indef-block of SuperDeng (talk • contribs • deleted contribs • nuke contribs • logs • filter log • block user • block log) may wish to comment at WP:RFAR where he is appealing his block. Guy (Help!) 21:47, 28 January 2007 (UTC)

I'm not familiar with it, but 3 arbitrators have already voted not to take the case. Newyorkbrad 03:51, 29 January 2007 (UTC)

Restore page history request

Instead of moving the page The Councillor of State to The State Counsellor, user Vidor created a new page and copied the contents. The page move is correct, but could someone please restore the history? In addition, the changes he made on the new page are also correct, to complicate matters further. Thanks in advance. Errabee 22:54, 28 January 2007 (UTC)

Jkelly has taken care of the history merge. —bbatsell ¿? 00:06, 29 January 2007 (UTC)

Unblock Tengri

This is already posted at Wikipedia:Administrators' noticeboard/Incidents#Unblock Tengri. --bainer (talk) 01:32, 29 January 2007 (UTC)

Attention: New featured process

Wikipedia:Featured sound candidates is a new featured process (like pictures and articles) that has just opened. Admins might want to add this to their watchlist, as only admins will be able to promote to Featured sounds. Also, everyone is encouraged to nominate appropriate sound clips. --Cyde Weys 03:41, 29 January 2007 (UTC)

Interesting... great idea! ---J.S (T/C/WRE) 05:49, 29 January 2007 (UTC)

Bobabobabo won't go away!

Yes, we're still dealing with this user who was banned some time ago, but won't stop coming back with open proxies.

Recently, I've been dealing with the fact that she remembers the passwords to accounts that are blocked, and once the user talk is unprotected, she floods it with an old version of an article full of fair use images. I really need to stress that the user talks cannot be deleted for this reason.—Ryūlóng () 03:52, 29 January 2007 (UTC)

By what method are these talk pages being deleted, and how can we go about establishing an exception list so that they are not deleted in the future? Can't sleep, clown will eat me 03:56, 29 January 2007 (UTC)
Try using {{indefblockeduser-nocat}} instead of the standard {{indefblockeduser}} template. --210physicq (c) 03:58, 29 January 2007 (UTC)
Would it perhaps be better to have a bureaucrat (or whoever) delete the blocked accounts altogether? Is this doable? Newyorkbrad 04:00, 29 January 2007 (UTC)
That's a whole lot of accounts. Pretty major task to delete them all. -- Fan-1967 04:03, 29 January 2007 (UTC)
We can't delete accounts, remember? --210physicq (c) 04:04, 29 January 2007 (UTC)
I know that occasionally an account has been deleted, but it may be that it requires a developer to do it and therefore it wouldn't be practicable as a solution to this situation. A developer can also change the password on an account, but again, doing that for lots of accounts could be more trouble than it's worth. Thanks for quick feedback. Newyorkbrad 04:10, 29 January 2007 (UTC)
I'm switching over the templates using AWB right now...if only Ryulong or someone can provide a whole list of accounts... --210physicq (c) 04:07, 29 January 2007 (UTC)
I guess I have to do it manually now, considering that I'm trying to twiddle this program a bit. On with copy-and-paste! --210physicq (c) 04:40, 29 January 2007 (UTC)

Well, I gave phsyicq210 the link to the main list of sockpuppets (I was dealing with deletions and protections on my end while this discussion went on (also worked to deal with the fair use image spamming, and several checkusers to root out IPs)) Tomorrow before I have lab, I will be contacting RoadRunner to end this once and for all.—Ryūlóng () 06:42, 29 January 2007 (UTC)

Slight digression

  1. Do we have any links to discussions as to why username/account deletions aren't done? I'm not even talking about those accounts whose only edits have been deleted, but those with no edits at all. I recall some discussion about User:Mark with regards to this, but my memory is hazy at best...
  2. Is there any consistant way to warehouse concerns about new accounts? For example, my *blink* right now is that there are a slightly higher than average number of pseduo-random accounts rolling by ( Kd345 (talk contribs) Hkst84 (talk contribs) YA718 (talk contribs) Drbq79 (talk contribs) 1cor1313 (talk contribs) Jtb550 (talk contribs) Bdm87 (talk contribs) Zmf123 (talk contribs) etc. ) but I've got nothing to do with that feeling.

Not to spill any beans but do we have a "possible sleeper account" holding cell somewhere?
brenneman 06:17, 29 January 2007 (UTC)

There are a couple of points on the username account deletions, firstly we actively encourage people to sign up to accounts so they don't get bothered by irrelevant messages, this can apply to someone who only reads as well as editors, having an account also enables setting of other perferences. The other thing is many have been blocked on creation as being inappropriate usernames, or created as preemptive doppelganger accounts to prevent abusive/confusing usernames. Going ahead and deleting those would just broaden the pool for reuse by those who have nothing better to do with their time than make a nuissance of themselves. A better solution may be to enable the password and email of accounts to be reset on a similar basis to checkuser/oversight at the moment (i.e. a small group of trusted users with logging in effect.) --pgk 13:12, 29 January 2007 (UTC)
(Or of course a simpler account locking facility to prevent further use of the account) --pgk 13:16, 29 January 2007 (UTC)
  • Hey, showing us the open proxies is a public service! We get to play whack-a-mole and clean up the project at the same time :-) Guy (Help!) 13:23, 29 January 2007 (UTC)

Problem reporting Vandal

Looking for some help from the administrators. I have an article on my watchlist, SuperTed which has been repeatedly vandalised over the last 3 or 4 days, see History for info. Obviously the same person from the material they are adding, but having come from about 9 different IP addresses. How do I report someone who is moving this fast??? Thor Malmjursson 12:40, 29 January 2007 (UTC)

I proteted the page, vandalism should stop now.--Wizardman 14:00, 29 January 2007 (UTC)


Some idiot has moved content from the article No to NO. Since then, reverts have been in progress on the original page such that now both exist. Because of this I am unable to move content back from NO. I need someone to sort this out and then either delete the NO page or redirect it to No.--Boris Allen 19:26, 31 January 2007 (UTC)

I've merged the histories back at No where it was previously. Cowman109Talk 20:32, 31 January 2007 (UTC)


[5] Just dropping a note. --210physicq (c) 00:20, 24 January 2007 (UTC)

Hiring an independent source to repair inaccuracies seems like a fine way to avoid conflict of interest, if that was really the deal. HighInBC (Need help? Ask me) 00:24, 24 January 2007 (UTC)
Jimbo has stated, and I agree, that this is a very unethical practice. It should be discouraged. Very strongly. Cheers, ✎ Peter M Dodge ( Talk to MeNeutrality Project ) 00:35, 24 January 2007 (UTC)
Well, if Jimbo said it then that is another matter... HighInBC (Need help? Ask me) 00:37, 24 January 2007 (UTC)
I quote:
Cheers, ✎ Peter M Dodge ( Talk to MeNeutrality Project ) 00:38, 24 January 2007 (UTC)

I agree with Jimbo. The whole point of Wikipedia is that we are all volunteers, who are in this just for the love of it. We have no vested interests in this project, we have nothing to gain and nothing to lose (besides an off-wiki life ;). Paying someone to edit Wikipedia for you is absurd. Besides, wouldn't this make the blogger Microsoft's meatpuppet? And I don't think hiring meatpuppets will circumvent WP:COI. AecisBravado 00:48, 24 January 2007 (UTC)

The idea of hiring an independent source is common but inherently ridiculous. You're not independent of someone if you get paid by them. Again, if you have a problem with your Wikipedia article (or another article you have a conflict of interest in), post to talk, but don't try to edit it yourself. Superm401 - Talk 19:24, 26 January 2007 (UTC)
  • Boy, I thought Guy was joking last week about not getting paid. You other sysops aren't getting the anonymous deposit of $5,000 (USD) from a numbered Cayman Island account each month? Teke (talk) 01:44, 24 January 2007 (UTC)
  • I knew there was more to it when I didn't pass my RFA last week... so who got the extra cash? AH! HA! It was you wasn't it? (eyes turning left ... then right) Seriously though, what would be wrong, if considering I am a notable enough subject, WP:V, WP:NOR, etc... lets say Phil McNeely. And I wanted to pay a student to make sure my article was well balanced per wiki policy... or even to start an article on my bio. Perhaps, he may even defended the article on my bio from being edited or having information that may be libelious and negative to not only my political campaign but my life as well. If someone can obviously argue his way through the system, such as lawyers often does for their DUI clients, then I see no reason why we (an experienced wikipedian) can't be payed. Perhaps my hidden skills as an expert writer, lawyer, or something else will help propogate my POV. Perhaps a real paid lawyer could give me a fair representation during my debates. Perhaps a well experience wikipedian will know how to contour the rules in this persons favour. Remember every article is full of POVs (see the quote on my user page). I'm not saying we should keep the information, but if Microsoft wants to spend 10'000 $ during the launch of Windows Vista to make sure that certain POV are well sourced and properly reference as per wikipolicy, I'll make sure to argue it the best I can per my knowlege and experience in advocacy at AMA and as per my education. Jimbos opinion is exactly the same as mine. It's one man's opinion. --CyclePat 02:08, 24 January 2007 (UTC)
P.s.: It's funny you quote WP:COI. That "guideline" says "avoid editing articles related to your organization or its competitors;" however as an independant contractor writing for an organisation, technically, I would not be related to the company. I obviously wouldn't be arms lenght but technically, I wouldn't be editing an article related to my organization. --CyclePat 02:21, 24 January 2007 (UTC)
Letter vs. spirit. —bbatsell ¿? 02:37, 24 January 2007 (UTC)
First, we don't let subjects of articles decide they're notable; that's vanity. Someone you pay to edit is not going to be inclined to make the article POV, even if they say otherwise. If they're trying to stop the article from being deleted, that's yet another conflict of interest. Just because you know how to game the system doesn't mean we have to let you. And no, you don't get to wikilawyer either. Finally, to state the obvious: The authority of the Wikipedia founder (a current Wikimedia Foundation board member) is not equal to that of a regular editor. Superm401 - Talk 23:46, 28 January 2007 (UTC)
  • People who take advocacy as you do make me question my membership in the AMA. What part of unethical is hard to get your mind around? Cheers, ✎ Peter M Dodge ( Talk to MeNeutrality Project ) 02:24, 24 January 2007 (UTC)
    • LOL, Well... where do I start.... (self referene back to my above comment? nah). Well, in general, being a prosecutor (attacking), I think, doesn't require much imagination, but being a defence lawyers requires a lot more imagination. ie.: He might have been here, he migth have been there, we could done this instead, the wikirule might have meant this, etc... (oops! Advocates aren't lawyers that's true.) Anyways, being an advocate is about the same because you are somewhate making a choice to defend the other side, all while remaining still technically being honest and ethical. However, again, it always requires, a lot more imagination to defend someone. "There is always another way of seeing things or the possibility of another solution to what is being alleged." Surely, and I mean this as a compliment, your little train that could still has some imagination to remain an advocate and undestand that there is really nothing unethetical about arguing other possibilities!!! How else would we protect the right of the trully innocent wikipedians! ;) (smiles) (Don't worry, like the Bernado case, a good defense lawyer eventually releases even incriminating videos) p.s.: good one Bbatsell! --CyclePat 03:16, 24 January 2007 (UTC)
A few things here.
  • COI is a guideline, and has next to no teeth. (All it says is try to avoid them)
  • The whole point of Wikipedia isn't about the "love of it", but is about writing an encyclopedia.
  • I thought the whole treatment of the MyWikiBiz scenario was an absolute farce, and involved drawing up some of the worst guidelines ever. (It involved the paid party writing articles off wiki for other unrelated users to copy over, which pretty much meant in was incredibly hard to trace compared to say drawing up articles in the userspace or AFC)
  • I have no qualms over Wikipedia:Reward board.
  • I believe that you can be paid to write something an still maintain a neutral encyclopedic stance, even if you are being paid by an involved party.
  • I believe that if we maintain a high level of accountability of paid-edits they can be beneficial to Wikipedia. And a lot less damaging than the hordes of drive by vanity anon spam that we get.
  • Having your firm/services connected to the use of a paid-editor is a hell of a lot less damaging for your publicity than having crap erroneous articles about your firm/services.
hahnchen 02:38, 24 January 2007 (UTC)
For a similar situation, see the Arch Coal DRV. - hahnchen 02:43, 24 January 2007 (UTC)
I don't really see paying someone to write an article about your buisness to be any better or worse than doing it yourself. If you are notable enough and its not written like an advert noone will ever know and it will probablly stick. Otherwise you will have wasted your money and possiblly caused yourself other problems (like seeing the deletion debate for your article as the first result for a google search on your name). Plugwash 02:49, 24 January 2007 (UTC)
I personally don't quite agree with Jimbo's stance on this. While I understand somewhat his opposition to the MyWikiBiz, and even agree with it partially, this is somewhat different IMHO. Microsoft appear to have down this in a fairly resonably way, approaching a blogger who I presume was considered fair and neutral, not someone who wrote about Microsoft the best company in the world all the time. Their conditions clearly didn't require any level of performance and as this blogger wasn't running a business, it seems far less likely they would care much whether they kept their hirer happy. Indeed, as a blogger with a reputation to keep, it would seem not that likely IMHO. Definitely it's far better then the goodness knows how many companies who have employees doing it on company time. Perhaps MS should have done this via the Wikipedia:Bounty board or Wikipedia:Reward board and gone for FA or something 17:36, 24 January 2007 (UTC)

For whatever it's worth, this story has reached the front page of, so it seems to be getting a lot of attention... ATren 18:45, 24 January 2007 (UTC)

Well, if someone wants to pay me $5,000 to put what they want in articles, as long as they can give me a reliable source, I will happily do so. HEck, it doesn't even have to be reliable. Or be a source. Just give me money, please. Proto:: 21:58, 25 January 2007 (UTC)
Didn't this already get taken care of? Geo. 20:46, 29 January 2007 (UTC)
Actually, I've considered asking a client of ours at work if they'd like me to more actively maintain their article (right now I just keep it from being vandalized) as part of our usual services we do for them. I don't see an automatic COI, as long as a NPOV is being maintained (and I don't see that as a mutually exclusive concept). EVula // talk // // 21:02, 29 January 2007 (UTC)
All points of view should be represented in the article. I am not sure why a commercial interest shouldn't be able to contribute to an article, as long as they don't prevent others from expressing different views. The problem is when a commercially motivated editor camps on an article. If somebody does a PR/SEO job, it's very easy to spot, tag and clean up. I think it's better to welcome and educate such editors, rather than persecuting them. Jehochman (Talk/Contrib) 21:50, 29 January 2007 (UTC)

Philosophy and Ludvikus

A request for a community ban on Ludvikus (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log) was posted on WP:AN on 24 January, due to a strong view from editors and sysops that "the community's patience is exhausted" (WP:BAN). It was suspended [6] when I was asked to mediate the matter and "attempt a reconciliation" last week. I am concerned that even after just a week, I feel there may be strong evidence that the views of the complaining editors seem plausibly founded, and that this user may be pivotal to amicably resolving the matter.

I would like to present the information I've noted in this last week, for evaluation and comments now that I've been mediating a week on it. If feedback is not greatly adverse to Ludvikus I shall continue working as at present. But I need to clarify that aspect before spending further time, especially as one of the cites appears to show clear wilful intent, scant regard for the project's aims, and possible view to wikilawyer.

I have included DIFFs for matters I myself have seen. I have not included any diffs that others might make if it was taken further. For now, as a mediator, I would simply like independent WP:AN feedback on the posts that I have seen this last week. I would also like to check whether the evidence tends to support a view that "the community's patience is exhausted", as some have suggested, and whether editor concerns over Ludvikus should be addressed before progressing further. Many thanks for any insight and opinions.

Link to cites: User:FT2/Evidence pages/Philosophy. FT2 (Talk | email) 00:40, 26 January 2007 (UTC)

There can be no doubt that there is a consensus for a community ban amongst the editors of the Philosophy article. The only question here is, is that sufficient to ban someone from the Wiki? That is, as I asked before: For the purposes of a community ban, what counts as "a handful of admins or users"? I am of the opinion that in this case there is sufficient evidence of mischief for a ban to be enacted. Banno 01:45, 26 January 2007 (UTC)
I beg to differ here, there may be some consensus but it is not a strong one and comes only from one "edit war" to which many of the "ban" editors were drawn in by their friends. So it is not widespread and is largely from a certain bunch of editors who contacted one another about the same edit-war. This handfull of editors were involved in this edit-war and disputes were fairly drawn out but not totally unreasonable, but this edit-war ended a number of days now. Nor had he disturbed much the actual articles. Now I witnessed the whole thing and if someone started being nasty or using bad language etc. it was not Ludvikus. Now different people react to such provocations in many ways, his reaction was perhaps strong but I cannot say he has not changed nor that he may be a young or inexperienced user. To not give fair warning on this matter I believe is not inline with wiki policy, and the "community ban," which I never heard of before, came out of nowhere and is largely post-factum. Also I notice the evidence gathering may be biased against him. It was these other editors who started using foul language and strong insults, Ludvikus just started reflecting them back many-fold. I also think the litigation thing is a red herring, there really were many editors drawn in and taking cheap shots at him. -- Lucas (Talk) 03:09, 29 January 2007 (UTC)
After looking over the evidence (and this edit particular), I feel a ban is in order. The user's conduct is appalling, and is of negative value to Wikipedia (sorry, I realise that's very utilitarian). That being said, I would urge you to consider removing the 'behavioural analysis' section, which is not helpful - diagnosis by proxy of the user's psychological state is wildly inappropriate. The editing speaks for itself. Proto:: 09:46, 26 January 2007 (UTC)
While I only have a minor background in philosophy (arg, looking back I didn't mean that as a pun), I get the feeling that I should link to this page in case I should ever want to write a textbook on disruptive editing. Vague legal threats, mentions of 'fisticuffs', persistent and admitted incivility (even if the admission was for a retaliatory portion), as well as the content edits themselves... When it actually becomes more brief to mention the types of problematic editing user isn't engaging in, and the behavior doesn't change and has a noticeable and pressing harmful impact, what really remains as a question? Bitnine 17:24, 26 January 2007 (UTC)

The above user has come on board of Wikipedia on January 21, 2007:

    Yup, I'm a fairly new user.  That being said, while it may bar me from a level of familiarity
    with certain practices and workings, it certainly doesn't mean
    I have to act like a new user.
    Also, I don't usually fill out user pages due to laziness.
    Let's see if this here's an exception...
    * I have the ability to keep my cool when discussing things on the internets.
    Apparently that's something akin to a superpower, from what I've observed.
    ...apparently not so much. 
Yours truly, --Ludvikus 20:09, 28 January 2007 (UTC)
This is not that complex of a matter. Responding to disagreements or even incivility with combativeness and mounting incivility is wholly inappropriate and disruptive. The actions of other editors might in cases serve somewhat as a mitigation, but never a justification. And actions an editor would take "on the street" are entirely irrelevant. I'm also unsure that showing that you find the above appropriate is something that you really want to announce, particularly given the nature of this section. Bitnine 00:18, 30 January 2007 (UTC)
The issue is quite simple really. Two administrators, who control the Philosophy page, and other pages, for content, maintain that it is Wikipedia Policy to rate an Editor on the Bristol Stool Chart. Administrator User:Mel Etitis has rated me to be between a 6 and a 7. Apparently, the Community to which he belongs suports this Rating System. Administrator User:Banno also suppots this rating system, and has failed, repeatedly to take appropriate action. I have asked Mel for an apology, but he has not yet done so. It seems clear to me that he has such a great reputation at Wikipedia, that he can tream me as shit'. If this community fails to take the appropriate action against those who condone such disgusting behavior I do not, and will nor, have anything to do with Wikipedia in this vulgar and primitive stage. It is funny how my remarks are being misconstrude. I've effectively said that in the streets of New York, who someone calls you SHIT, you punch him out. But this is Cyberspace. So gentlemen, all I ask is that Mel and Banno apologize to me for the repeated use of said chart. But before you banned, I ask all of you judges, who are now asked to judge me, image yourselves in my predicament. Just click on Mel and Banno's Bristol Stool Chart, and ask yourselve how you would feel if you were so rated? If you allow powerful Administrators, like Mel and Banno, to be that abusive to editors, then I do not want to have anything to do with any of you myself. So why waste anyone's time, just answer my simple question: are these two powerful administrators, Mel and Banno, going to be permitted to indulge in such disruptive behavior? If yes, than out the door I go.
At the same time, if you take the trouble to look, I have listened carefully to FT2 and used all my Wisdom to end the Philosophy Wars. I've even award Barnsters to those of my adversaries with whom I've had honest difference of opinion, but who have not been abusive. I am very curious if it is possible for Wikipedia to be just to me. Banno and Mel have been here a long time. But I'm a new person. So they are very arrogant. They have complete confidence that they shall prevail. And of course, they have many friends at Wikipedia, who will, and are, siding with them.
I have contributed several hundred articles already. And I have never been subjected to such abuse.
My recommendation is that you also consider a Conflict of Issue problem. Mel is Wikipedia's In-house Philosopher. And that's why he wants me banned. It is simple, I know more philosophy than he does - and that's a threat to him. He complains how horrible the Philosophy page is -- all the time -- but he's its ghost writer. --Ludvikus 19:44, 28 January 2007 (UTC)

Having just been involved with User:Ludvikus in the last few hours, I have to agree with the proposal for a community ban. He is continuing to make wild and baseless accusations, attacking anyone he disagrees with in an unacceptable manner. He is currently under a 24 hour block for a fairly serious and utterly baseless personal attack. He is driving good editors away from the Philosophy article and is IMHO a serious impediment to progress on Wikipedia. Gwernol 19:09, 29 January 2007 (UTC)

In a similar vein, please see this sixty (I think) line message - somewhat disturbing, and signed as Socrates - which I think illustrates why the Philosophy talk page is now essentially deserted. [[7]]KD Tries Again 22:34, 29 January 2007 (UTC)KD

The signiture was prefixed with "(Just kidding)", and the link still went to the write userpage. On that one point it is not anything serious at all (then again I'm not saying a zillion other more serious points do exist...). Mathmo Talk 06:48, 30 January 2007 (UTC)
Talking of which... with ludvikus now blocked for a week by Gwernol, I've changed your link to a permanent diff, and will now archive the talk:philosophy page to a clean slate. Feel free to unarchive any valuable threads. --Quiddity 01:48, 30 January 2007 (UTC)

Add Category to protected template

Template:Context should appear in Category:Wikipedia introduction cleanup. It seems to be fully protected. Please add. TonyTheTiger 20:29, 27 January 2007 (UTC)

In the future, you can just add {{editprotected}} to the talk page. Night Gyr (talk/Oy) 21:01, 27 January 2007 (UTC)
Thanks. TonyTheTiger 23:05, 29 January 2007 (UTC)

False Welcome of New Users

User currently using sockpuppet NoobStr (talk · contribs · count) is continuously adding user boxes to user pages that says something to the effect of "this users doesn't mind vandalizing the work of others". He did it earlier under a diffeent user name Tryerlop (talk · contribs · count). The user seems to be doing this by a java script he has added to his monobook. His edit summaries look inoccuous, like welcoming user with {{subst:welcome1}}" and welcoming new user using VandalProof. He is adding around 7 per minute, and it will not be possible for me to keep up with him. HELP! Jerry lavoie 01:39, 28 January 2007 (UTC)

Somebody with access to some really cool tools has cleaned it all up. Makes me wonder how y'all do that... there isn;t even any evidence of it having occurred. It would have taken me hours to undo all that vandalism,, and someone did it in like 20 seconds. THANKS! Jerry lavoie 01:53, 28 January 2007 (UTC)
Interestingly, I just did a search for that text on user talk pages, to see if there were other incidents of this user box being added. I found only one time: Yuser31415 (talk · contribs · count) added it to page on 24Jan2007. Is this an actual authorized template??? Should Yuser31415 have added that to the users page along with an antagonistic message? It is possible that this pissed-off vandal then copied the user box and contrived this scheme to put it on other new users talk pages. Jerry lavoie 02:01, 28 January 2007 (UTC)
It is possible that the IP in question had created that template and that is why it was placed there. Cbrown1023 02:13, 28 January 2007 (UTC)

This has been a problem all day. I deleted the original template but the vandal is using the raw code. If the template is recreated it should be deleted on sight. Chick Bowen 02:07, 28 January 2007 (UTC)

I have deleted one as well, and blocked one of the users. However, I don't think Jerry is an admin... in that case he should place {{db-t1}} on it. Cbrown1023 02:13, 28 January 2007 (UTC)
Ummm, I've missed exactly what the focus of the discussion is, but the userbox I added was found at WP:RCP#Userbox Vandal Templates (removed, I have just noticed, by Drini: [8]). I had absolutely no idea the userboxes were being used in bad faith. Yuser31415 (Editor review two!) 02:18, 28 January 2007 (UTC)
Yeah, I noticed this before, and reported it here. How on Earth is it reverted so quickly? J Milburn 12:41, 28 January 2007 (UTC)

More discussion of this at WP:ANI#Welcoming new users as vandals. FreplySpang 11:34, 29 January 2007 (UTC)

I added a warning to MediaWiki:Clearyourcache(which shows on all .js and .css pages) so that should reduce the amount of people actually copying this or future worms using this method. A couple other admins tweaked it, and one copied it to commons. HighInBC (Need help? Ask me) 21:38, 29 January 2007 (UTC)

ACQ-Kingdom Broadcasting Network

Hi. I'm looking more for an admin opinion or two than particular action. Sorry to post here, but the involved admin seems to be on an extended break. The question is about ACQ-Kingdom Broadcasting Network, which was recently deleted [9] as part of a 25-article group. Although participation on that mass AfD was sparse, I'm sure most of the deletions were fine. This article though, passed a previous AfD, and I think it accidentally got caught up in the sweep. Should I just let this one go? If not, is there a more casual route to bringing it back than Deletion Review? That seems to be a more dramatic route than I'd like. Thanks, William Pietri 08:18, 28 January 2007 (UTC)

Restored and relisted--seemed like the most straightforward way. I also deleted a couple of ones from the original AfD that had been recreated, but those may show up at WP:DRV eventually. Chick Bowen 05:16, 29 January 2007 (UTC)
Thanks. That's a fine way to handle this. William Pietri 19:37, 29 January 2007 (UTC)

What is this all about?

I've been trying to work out what Wikipedia:WikEh?/Home/ is all about. Similar stuff at Wikipedia:WikEh?/MoreStuff/ and Wikipedia:WikEh?/Images/. The WikEh? 'home' page is actually a transclusion of User:Masky/Wikeh/Home. I've already put a note on the user's talk page about the MfD of an unrelated set of his user pages. Could someone else look at this lot and talk to the user and find out what is happening and what should happen here? Thanks. Carcharoth 11:48, 29 January 2007 (UTC)

Somebody might also want to look at the mass of user subpages here: [10] Fut.Perf. 14:30, 29 January 2007 (UTC)
This might be tidier. Nothing wrong with having lots of user subpages. It's purely a question of whether they are appropriate and related to work on the encyclopedia. Please, please, please talk to the user before nominating anything for deletion (if anything). I notified the user about an unrelated MfD, as I feel it is courteous to do that. But because of that, anything about this WikEh? stuff might be best coming from someone else. Carcharoth 14:48, 29 January 2007 (UTC)

I looked at 'whatlinkshere' and found that Wikipedia:WikEh? is hardly linked from anywhere. The only useful place it is linked from is Wikipedia:Searching, and the link was added here by the user who created this 'new' internal search engine. Is this really new? It seems to me to just be an alternative to the search box, but with a very slightly different interface. It is ultimately based on what is at User:Masky/Searchbar1. So does anyone know if this really is new, or just the old search box in a new guise? Carcharoth 15:02, 29 January 2007 (UTC)

Yo guys, sorry about hosting WikEh? search engine on my userpage, then redirecting it there. I didn't really expect this to happen. You can delete it if you like. I don't really need it anymore. Masky (Talk | contribs) 20:28, 29 January 2007 (UTC)

I still don't understand what this talk of a WikEh? search engine is all about. Since it doesn't seem to be linked from anywhere, and the creator doesn't mind it going, I'll MfD the WP namespace page at some point unless someone speedies it first. I'll wait another day in case someone says that this WikEh? thing really is a different search engine, which I doubt. I'll leave the user pages alone (they were transcluded to the WP namespace), as that is useful experience in experimenting with coding. Incidentially, is it frowned upon in general to transclude from the less formal namespaces to the more formal ones (other than template namespace to other namespaces)? Is that similar to not wanting cross namespace redirects? ie. Is transcluding from user namespace to WP or article namespace, or from WP namespace to article space, generally bad practice? Carcharoth 00:37, 30 January 2007 (UTC)

Well, Wikipedia:WikiEh? does exactly the same thing as the normal search function, accessing the same pages, so is serving no real purpose (and has a confusing name). I would suggest speedying it as 'user requests deletion'. Proto:: 13:48, 30 January 2007 (UTC)

Possible vandalism

Reading the Power Rangers: Mystic Force page today (a subject with which i have no especial knowledge, hence my unwillingness to go on a revert spree) I found large quanities of the content deatil appeared to be implausible -- male characters given female names, the characters said to morph together to produce a third, reference to "Gays" -- so large as to make me believe that a vandal atttack may have taken place. Sincerely, Simon Cursitor 13:16, 29 January 2007 (UTC)

Yeah, it was all vandalism. But it's all dealt with by now.—Ryūlóng () 01:09, 30 January 2007 (UTC)
Thank you. -- Simon Cursitor 09:53, 30 January 2007 (UTC)

Possible MyWikiBiz-like editor

User Wikimotion (talk · contribs) popped up in the IRC link feed after inserting a link to several koozie-related web sites. The name alone sounds a little suspicious, but nothing is showing up on Google. Any thoughts? Shadow1 (talk) 16:18, 29 January 2007 (UTC)

Yes, this is definitely looking suspicious to me. At the very least, someone is trying to promote koozie manufacturers. --Cyde Weys 16:22, 29 January 2007 (UTC)

WP:AFD. DurovaCharge! 17:30, 29 January 2007 (UTC)

User talk:Letit22113snow

Could someone have a look at this user, all that the account seems to be for is chatting between two people. They also seem to have multiple accounts for this sort of thing juding from some of the comments in the chat. I left warnings, which they seem to have ignored, and I'm not really sure how I can chase this any further, or if it is appropriate to. If someone could take a look I'd be grateful.

Thanks 16:27, 29 January 2007 (UTC)

I've blocked for 24 hours.--Isotope23 16:49, 29 January 2007 (UTC)
Thanks, I think that they have other simular accounts, don't know if anything can be done about digging those out though. Cheers 16:58, 29 January 2007 (UTC)
Wikipedia:Requests for checkuser could, but I blocked it so they can't create any new accounts and if they log into any accounts they already created from that IP it should block them as well.--Isotope23 17:01, 29 January 2007 (UTC)

User:RobJ1981 AGAIN!!

Can an admin please talk some sense into this user before he starts ANOTHER edit war over ANOTHER trivial issue? Henchman 2000 19:07, 29 January 2007 (UTC)

Some diffs would be useful. REDVEЯS 20:42, 29 January 2007 (UTC)
Trivial issue? If you think it's so trivial: leave the article alone. No one forced you to revert the edits about a "trivial" edit to articles. Wikipedia is for everyone to edit, don't contribute to articles if you can't accept changes. (I know there is some guideline that clearly states this a bit better than I just did). I would like to point out: Henchman continues to threaten me by saying "stop or I will have an admin block you from editing". That type of thing isn't good faith: Wikipedia:Assume good faith is a pretty good read. RobJ1981 20:58, 29 January 2007 (UTC)
This is essentially a content dispute not an WP:AN issue and I suggest you guys try dispute resolution. I will also say that reverting on a content dispute and calling it "vandalism" is not a good idea. I will also say that an arbitrarly, incomplete, unsourced list of mini-games probably doesn't belong in the article.--Isotope23 21:09, 29 January 2007 (UTC)

Removal of uncited information doesn't qualify as vandalism. I second the opinion that this is a content dispute. Try WP:RFC or WP:3O and try to keep things calm. More hype of this sort could land you at WP:LAME and that's not a good place to be. DurovaCharge! 22:05, 29 January 2007 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Requests for comment/Proabivouac passed due date

Wikipedia:Requests for comment/Proabivouac was never certified and is quite past the 48 hours allotted for certification. Instructions state that such RfC's should be deleted. Could an admin please look into this. --BostonMA talk 20:43, 29 January 2007 (UTC)

10 days, no certification - vaporized. REDVEЯS 21:33, 29 January 2007 (UTC)

Despite being warned several times before, continued to vandalize up until here. I have just reverted everything that was unconstructive from this apparent IP user and I shall double check if I had missed any other pages that were screwed up by him/her. Please block this person for being a dick. Thanks! Power level (Dragon Ball) 22:06, 29 January 2007 (UTC)

Um, will no one block this person? Power level (Dragon Ball) 03:27, 30 January 2007 (UTC)
This is not suitable for this page; use WP:AIV instead. Anyways, this user hasn't vandalized past the recent test4. If he does, add the user to AIV. -- Consumed Crustacean (talk) 03:29, 30 January 2007 (UTC)


Just noticed that {{subst}} (the friendly userpage note reminding people to subst: their templates) still mentions {{test}} rather than the wizzy new {{uw-test1}}. I was about to change it when I saw, irony of ironies, that very very very many pages are using it unsubstituted. Changing it could wreck the servers, I'd imagine. Anyone got a bot handy that would like to subst: {{subst}} so we can change {{subst}} without incurring the problems that subst:ing templates is meant to avoid? REDVEЯS 22:35, 29 January 2007 (UTC)

There is no substitute for good irony. HighInBC (Need help? Ask me) 22:47, 29 January 2007 (UTC)
I just made the edit. Unless a change has occurred in the time between your post and mine, I don't see much of a problem. Many of the pages in what links here just link to Template:Subst rather than use the template unsubstituted. And even still, there are fewer than five hundred pages. -- tariqabjotu 22:59, 29 January 2007 (UTC)

Question about open proxies

I know it's against policy to edit directly from open proxies, but is it against policy to edit with an account over an open proxy?--Azer Red Si? 22:50, 29 January 2007 (UTC)

  • As far as I understand open proxies are block on sight. Any editor who finds one shoudl report it and it should immediately be blocked. Guy (Help!) 22:54, 29 January 2007 (UTC)
from No open proxies - "Users are prohibited from editing Wikimedia projects through open or anonymous proxies..." --pgk 22:55, 29 January 2007 (UTC)
Tuff luck China. HighInBC (Need help? Ask me) 22:56, 29 January 2007 (UTC)


I have recently adopted User:Boswell and he would like to add navagation popups to his monobook, however, there seams to be a problem with it and as I'm not an admin, I can't edit his monobook. Could someone possibly add exactly what is written on my monobook to his monobook? Also, please could you remove what is in his monobook already. Thanks RyanPostlethwaiteSee the mess I've created or let's have banter 23:05, 29 January 2007 (UTC)

Done. EVula // talk // // 23:20, 29 January 2007 (UTC)
Cheers for sorting that out, its greatly appreciated RyanPostlethwaiteSee the mess I've created or let's have banter 23:25, 29 January 2007 (UTC)

TfD with low chance of being closed

I'm active on TfD at the moment, which usually means that other admins ignore it. (I close ~90% of days within a few hours) However, there's a fairly technical TfD which I dont understand at all here, and I need another admin who actually knows what half of it says to deal with it. Thanks in advance and best reagrds, RyanGerbil10(Упражнение В!) 01:06, 30 January 2007 (UTC)


There appear to be well about 500, including images, in this category (over 400 though without images). Could somebody please work on this? Part Deux 02:14, 30 January 2007 (UTC)

I just created the page "William Edmondson"

and it really was supposed to be William Edmondson (no "quote" marks) and I am not quite sure what to do about it and, since I am concerned about overworking the knowledgable folks I usually go to, I thought I'd post here. If nothing has happened by tomorrow morning, I'll try . . . ....... something else. Carptrash 02:42, 30 January 2007 (UTC)

The move button at the top of the screen allows you to rename pages. CanadianCaesar Et tu, Brute? 02:44, 30 January 2007 (UTC)
I've deleted the redirect for you as well. :) Cbrown1023 talk 02:46, 30 January 2007 (UTC)

Chris is me's RfA

User:Chris is me has left a note on his RfA - Withdrawing, don't know how, too busy in r/l to look up. Can an admin close to save him further pile on. --Steve (Slf67) talk 05:19, 30 January 2007 (UTC)

We need a b-crat. Khoikhoi 05:22, 30 January 2007 (UTC)
Not really. --210physicq (c) 05:23, 30 January 2007 (UTC)
I thought only bureaucrats can close RfAs. Khoikhoi 05:26, 30 January 2007 (UTC)
Not in cases of withdrawal or WP:SNOW. The latter reason, however, is to be used sparingly. --210physicq (c) 05:27, 30 January 2007 (UTC)

JuJube's annoyances

This user (Danny Lilithborne (now JuJube)) has to be stopped. A long time ago, we were having a long argument about heights and weights of Street Fighter-characters. There are many different versions of the heights and weights of these characters. Now JuJube has removed these Heights and Weights because this is too difficult to verify. Other users have asked him why the heights of these characters have been removed and JuJube blames me and says that these things have been removed because of my "constantly editwarrings". But to me, he said that the heights have been removed because this is too difficult to verify. Well, JuJube harasses me and I'm afraid that if other users would add the heights and weights to these Street Fighter Characters that JuJube would blame ma again and I'm also afraid that he would add a sockpuppet-shield to those users who would add the heights. And these problems are very frustrating for me. Please do something against JuJube and I'll be very happy. Thanks. Sergeant Gerzi 11:12, 24 January 2007 (UTC)

  • About my old username. Well worked under the username [11] and then I've created a new account because it was too difficult to understand the "changing username" link because I'm from a foreign country and my English is not very well. Well, I've created a new account because my old username is a name of an existing character and everytime when I type my old username into the google-web machine, my contributions also appear and also JuJube's sentences about my old username also appear. Please don't forget to tell JuJube that he should use my current username in any cases. Well, I've left you a comment because JuJube has to be stopped, as I mentioned. Sergeant Gerzi 11:12, 24 January 2007 (UTC)
  • I'm also helpless and I can't defend myself against JuJube because I'm from a foreign country and my English is not well. So I ask you to help. Sergeant Gerzi 11:12, 24 January 2007 (UTC)
  • JuJube has been here a long time and he has a point about the difficulty of verifying these figures. Guy (Help!) 12:41, 24 January 2007 (UTC)
Height and weights doesn't seem to be verifiable. I agree with JuJube on this one issue. Savidan 04:26, 26 January 2007 (UTC)
They're often in game or in manuals. Similar to TV plot summaries, can't you just reference those?- 20:48, 27 January 2007 (UTC)
Even if they are verifiable, they're ultimately unimportant (and address the character in a decidedly in-universe fashion). We got rid of them in the Mortal Kombat articles a while back, and they're all the better for it (they were often at the center of mild edit wars). EVula // talk // // 23:17, 29 January 2007 (UTC)
And guess who started many of those edit wars? In any case, I already addressed this at WP:ANI, so as frivolous as it was then, it's even more so to do it again here. JuJube 07:20, 1 February 2007 (UTC)

Anyone else see this as a possible misuse of the userspace?

User:A Study of Wikipedia appears to be soliciting interviews on his/her userpage and Helpdesk. I have not contacted the user yet; just wanted to see what the general thought on this was first. To me this is pretty clearly against WP:NOT#WEBSPACE.--Isotope23 18:18, 25 January 2007 (UTC)

Well, everything this person is doing is about wikipedia so I'd be inclined to leave 'em alone. Besides, I wouldn't want to guess how it would impact the book if they got booted. :) ---J.S (T/C/WRE) 20:20, 25 January 2007 (UTC)
I've seen surveys, and polls done on Userpages before rather successfully, and personally I don't see any issue with it, nor can I think of any better way(off the top of my head) to get interviews of Wikipedians. It may be in some measure against policy, but I'd leave it. Canadian-Bacon 20:26, 25 January 2007 (UTC)
Well, the argument is that it doesn't further the goal of building an Encyclopedia. I disagree with that sentiment... I think both public relations and research both have a indirect but real effect in furthering our goal. ---J.S (T/C/WRE) 20:31, 25 January 2007 (UTC)
In principle, I think it's a bit of crystal-ballism to say that this will further the goal of building an Encyclopedia; it might... or it might be an absolute smear job (or it might just be something that never goes anywhere). That said, I don't have any plans to start unilaterally hassling the editor over this.--Isotope23 20:38, 25 January 2007 (UTC)
That's very true... but if its going to be a smear-job then I'm not sure why they would even bother with a survey. ---J.S (T/C/WRE) 20:47, 25 January 2007 (UTC)
I suppose it could possibly be defamatory, but unfortunately I doubt we have a way to figure this out beforehand. I however, am still willing to AGF on this case. Canadian-Bacon 20:54, 25 January 2007 (UTC)
  • I am strongly against using Wikipedia for commercial interests - 20:54, 27 January 2007 (UTC)
  • Agreed Crud3w4re 06:39, 28 January 2007 (UTC)
  • I don't see this as mis-use (or at least not serious enough to hassle the user about it). It was claimed this is "not part of building the encyclopedia", yet it might well be part of building it up in the long term. Regardless, I don't see there being a high level of harm being caused by this or even a significant possibility of harm existing. Mathmo Talk 06:18, 30 January 2007 (UTC)
  • What your user page is not states that a user page is a part of Wikipedia, and exists to make collaboration among Wikipedians easier, not for self-promotion. User page states that Wikipedia provides user pages to facilitate communication among participants in the project. Webspace provides that user pages may be used only to present information relevant to working on the encyclopedia. Review: User:A Study of Wikipedia appears to have plans to utilize user space to solicit and store content (editor opinions) for a commercial enterprise (the book). Wikipedia's user space seems to make collaboration for the commercial enterprise easier by facilitate communication among participants in the book. This internal spamming, self-promotion, and lack of project/encyclopedia purpose seems to be at odds with What your user page is not and Wikipedia:User page. Oddly, the information proposed to be collected and stored would seem to have some relevance to working on the encyclopedia (were it to be use for that purpose) as indicated by Webspace. By posting at Help desk, the person behind User:A Study of Wikipedia seems to be proceeding cautiously and sincerely in requesting assistance to accomplish their commercial goal without violating Wikipedia policy. -- Jreferee 18:23, 30 January 2007 (UTC)

ED discussion page

Could an admin please review this page that I created and decide if this is appropriate content for Wikipedia. I would like to help organize an effort to have lawsuits filed against the owners of Encyclopedia Dramatica for their blatant violations of others' privacy (e.g. posting <an editor>'s e-mail addresses), but I'm not sure that legal discussion such as this is considered appropriate on Wikipedia. Thanks.--Azer Red Si? 01:08, 28 January 2007 (UTC)

Definitely sounds like WP:NLT might cover this. (Netscott) 01:46, 28 January 2007 (UTC)
Yeah, this would definitely best be hosted on your own webpage somewhere. Otherwise you're essentially involving the Foundation in your legal effort against their will. Chick Bowen 05:21, 29 January 2007 (UTC)
I normally dislike WP:IAR. However, since ED is trying to ruin the lives of many notable Wikipedians and has succeeded somewhat (e.g. harassing MONGO enough that his good judgment was messed up so he started to overreact and therefore caused him to be relieved of his administrative duties in the Seabhcan arbitration case), this is one of those rare cases where WP:IAR should trump WP:NLT this time. Since that site coordinates attempts to abuse Wikipedia, which could be considered computer crime in a technical sense, Wikipedia should take steps to defend itself. Maybe a police complaint should be filed about ED. Jesse Viviano 00:16, 31 January 2007 (UTC)
I wouldn't stoop to their level; it would just make Wikipedia look bad. There are people out there with entire forums devoted to whining about Wikipedia and how they're going to sue us some day; they all come off as a bunch of losers. So do we if we do the same thing. If ED is doing something illegal, take appropriate action; otherwise, it's best to just ignore them; they probably crave attention. *Dan T.* 00:57, 31 January 2007 (UTC)

Not sure (MFD?)

Would these pages be candidates for MFD? Regards, Navou banter 19:43, 28 January 2007 (UTC)

Yes. --Rory096 20:35, 28 January 2007 (UTC)
I don't see anything there... .V. [Talk|Email] 23:13, 30 January 2007 (UTC)
Check the logs; they pointed to Wikipedia:Miscellany for deletion/User:Masky/Quests/Quest1Index. James086Talk 12:14, 1 February 2007 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Socionomics

The solution to the IRC problem

It seems to me that the crux of the perennial IRC issue is that people complain about the lack of accountability there, and the apparent fact that it does not fall under the jurisdiction of the ArbCom. The solution, then, seems fairly straightforward: Create a new IRC channel that IS accountable to the Wikipedia community. Have a clear and concise ruleset for this new channel (e.g. being nasty gets you kicked, some process for making channel ops, and some lightweight way of asking access). And ask the admins to consider using that instead. No, it won't stop The Cabal from talking to each other through other means, but you don't seriously expect to be able to legislate that, now do you? >Radiant< 10:26, 30 January 2007 (UTC)

A good ideam but suggested a little late in the day - meanwhile, people are being driven off, and will not return Giano 10:42, 30 January 2007 (UTC)
Great theory, but note that IRC is a different system necessitating a different culture. (Your proposal might easily become like implementing finnish culture in saudi arabia, ;-) or vice versa, if you're not careful). I'd like to invite you over to freenode to discuss! :-)
The problem is that some of the irc channels have in fact not always been administered properly by *any* culture. Not by some major failing really, just that there has been a dearth of active chanops in certain channels.
This might have been partially caused by a number of ...people who aren't in channel very often... getting chanops making the numbers look rosier than they really were. This is something that's being remedied right now. Not quick enough for my taste (you can do this so much quicker <sigh>). But it's being remedied --Kim Bruning 11:19, 30 January 2007 (UTC)
Good idea, though I would replace "And ask the admins to consider using that instead" with "Compel them to do so by shutting down #wikipedia-en-admins". Moreschi Deletion! 11:22, 30 January 2007 (UTC)
This is all well and good but nothing is going to happen because the Arbcom have made it very clear they have no intention of addressing the problem. They obviously feel there is no problem. Giano 11:50, 30 January 2007 (UTC)
Several arbitrators have indicated a willingness to consider misconduct on wikipedia that originated on IRC. A majority seem to feel that the existence of the channel is not under their scope. Thatcher131 15:20, 30 January 2007 (UTC)
Well, I'm doing my best here, at least. :-/ --Kim Bruning 11:54, 30 January 2007 (UTC)
Yes you are but there is no point, the Arbcom have made their feelings widely known. They have no regard for the editors being driven off, probably because some of them and their friends are heavily involved. Nothing is going to change because no one who has the power to change things wants to. Giano 11:59, 30 January 2007 (UTC)
How about automatically copying IRC onto the Wiki. Then it would come under Arbcom, and everyone could see what was going on. Stephen B Streater 12:07, 30 January 2007 (UTC)
Good luck getting that past JamesF and Dannyisme. Though I do in fact wish you well with that. --Kim Bruning 12:19, 30 January 2007 (UTC)
Hey, the arbcom is somewhat divided, so what can they do? And when finally fixed, it's fixed, right? --Kim Bruning 12:19, 30 January 2007 (UTC)
  • This is a thread about creating a new IRC channel. Please put soapboxing about existing IRC channels, or about the ArbCom, in some other therad. Thank you. >Radiant< 12:27, 30 January 2007 (UTC)
I agree this would be the best course. I suggested something similar in my comments on the proposed IRC ArbCom case. Specifically, I would suggest making a 'Wikimedia administration' channel, for all the English Wiki projects, which is open for everyone to READ, but not write to... easily done in IRC by making the channel moderated and giving the 'voice' setting only to those who should be able to write. In the rare cases where truly confidential business must be conducted (OTRS/legal/office/whatever) a private channel can be set up in seconds. Such a setup would allow everyone to see what was going on without filling the channel with tons of gab like the general channel. If an admin acted abusively their 'voice' could be taken away temporarily, or permanently for recurring problems... and any user could temporarily be given 'voice' to ask a question or participate in a discussion relevant to them. --CBD 12:58, 30 January 2007 (UTC)
combines all the worst parts of all possible systems :-/ --Kim Bruning 13:06, 30 January 2007 (UTC)

Let me note that Interiot and I already set up something like this called #wikipedia-en-functionaries. Mackensen (talk) 13:08, 30 January 2007 (UTC)

And someone else set up the (rather poorly named, in my opinion) #wikipedia-en-cabal, which apparently allows public logging. - Mark 13:45, 30 January 2007 (UTC)
I suggest people choose or create IRC channels based on their expectations, oh wait that is what we are already doing, that is how IRC works. HighInBC (Need help? Ask me) 14:01, 30 January 2007 (UTC)

Obviously what we need now is yet another IRC section so we can have yet another long meandering discussion. That said, I'm for anything that enhances accountability, except for public logging. The rule isn't specific to #wikipedia-en-admins at all, but is common to most Wikimedia IRC channels. If I have to worry about how not just the people in the channel, but how every single Wikipedian might misconstrue my words after reading a small excerpt of the logs, then I might as well have a preview button and not carry the discussion out in real time. (the same principle applies to real-time discussions at Wikimania, or to the Florida Wikimedia office... it would be intrusive to suggest everyone's informal conversations be recorded and be available for public posting) --Interiot 14:21, 30 January 2007 (UTC)

On IRC I assume that everything I say is public. If someone posts a partial log, I take it as permission to post the rest of the log as well. Even so, I do understand your position as well. Not everyone is the same. <scratches head> Well, worst case, you could just not visit channels that allow public logging, I suppose. --Kim Bruning 14:52, 30 January 2007 (UTC)
Definitely. If you have a conversation at a large lunchtable, everything should be considered public because anyone is free to relay their own impressions of what was said. But if speakers at the table were aware that the conversation was being recorded verbatim and that selective snippets could be replayed to anyone else, they'd almost certainly word their conversation more carefully. That's certainly a good thing in many cases,[12] but for people who are essentially good, it's also sometimes needless overhead. For those who have lunch at work, how many would be willing to have their lunch conversations recorded? How many people would be totally comfortable with having the audio in their workspace recorded by their employer, to ensure a professional demeanor at all times? Yes, it's good to be able to have both logged and unlogged conversations. And if we can make sure that IRC has adequate ways to deal with civility problems, then it's the place for unlogged conversations. --Interiot 18:38, 30 January 2007 (UTC)
I think public longing is undesirable, especially given that a lot of the communication on IRC is personal material only tangentially related to on-wiki matters. However, I don't think it's reasonable to assume that what you say there isn't being recorded. Nor to think that what say there won't become public knowledge. In light of this, comments made on IRC that personalize disputes can be as detrimental to the collaborative process as comments made on-wiki, and to my mind ought to be regarded in more or less the same light. Christopher Parham (talk) 22:14, 30 January 2007 (UTC)

Contributors to this thread may be interested in my statement at Wikipedia:Requests for arbitration/Arbitrators' views regarding IRC. The Uninvited Co., Inc. 22:32, 30 January 2007 (UTC)

Unprotecting salted pages

A quick procedural question. I recently salted a page - Flashes Before Your Eyes, the latest episode of Lost - that had been repeatedly recreated against policy. However, I knew at the time that the chances were that within 4/5 days the page would be able to be created as an article per the policy on future Lost episodes. I advised users at the time who were intending to recreate when verifable information came to light that they should go to requests for unprotection when necessary. However, when done so, the users were sent to deletion review.

Now, its important to understand that the users wern't requesting that deletion of the article be overturned; they wanted it unprotected so that a new article can be created. Would I be right in asserting that the requests for unprotection, rather than deletion review, is the correct place for that? Or have I misunderstood this one? The policy states "Re-creation of such pages can be requested at deletion review if the deletion was incorrect or circumstances have changed". However, it is not 'recreation' of the article that is wanted, it is the brand-spanking-new creation of a brand spanking new article; or have I got that wrong? --Robdurbar 15:27, 30 January 2007 (UTC)

If it is a substantially new article then I don't think a DRV is needed. I would really depend on the reasoning of the deletion, if it was per crystal balling, then I think once the episode it out it is fine to recreate. In other words if the deletion reasons don't apply to the new article, then they don't apply. Unless I am wrong. HighInBC (Need help? Ask me) 15:30, 30 January 2007 (UTC)
  • Ahem: that's not a policy, it's a group of lost fans agreeing that every episode, past or future, is of surpassing importance and must have its own article - maybe they think we are a mirror of Lostpedia or an episode guide or something. Just to be clear. Guy (Help!) 19:05, 30 January 2007 (UTC)
    • Just to be clear, you're right the policy that Robdurbar is referring to is not policy on Wikipedia. However, it is documented consensus resulting from a mediation with a unanimous decision. This discussion should not be focused on the justification of Lost episode articles but rather whether protected deleted pages should go to requests for unprotection or deletion review. -- Wikipedical 22:36, 30 January 2007 (UTC)
It's tagged as a policy on the talk page. Maybe that should change. --Robdurbar 11:36, 31 January 2007 (UTC)
  • I generally unprotect any salted page listed at WP:RFP without question if the original problem was simply repeated recreation, not vandalism or abuse, and if the article title is wanted for a different topic or circumstances have otherwise changed. There is no need to send these to DRV. Chick Bowen 22:47, 30 January 2007 (UTC)

A report on the Colbert Report

I went through the protection log and compiled two lists: one of fake articles that were salted, the other of actual content needing protection. Here it is. This'll be an inside joke reoccurring theme, as the Elephant vandalism never truly went away. If other sysops could please double/triple check the contribution histories of the deleted articles to check up on blocks and make sure those all went well. I'm not even going to dream of going through how many blocks we issued last night, they were going out like candy. I was even blocked briefly in the flurry of activity (Hi, xaosflux!). There's probably some body parts laying around that we need to pick up. Teke (talk) 17:40, 30 January 2007 (UTC)

I was watching Letterman last night. What'd Colbert do this time? —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Luigi30 (talkcontribs) 18:19, 30 January 2007 (UTC).
Whoops, forgot to sign and got beaten by a bot. AFDs must be giving me carpal tunnel :( Luigi30 (Taλk) 18:21, 30 January 2007 (UTC)
It was a dirge on how reality is now a commodity, marketable and sellable, so go to Wikipedia and announce that reality is a commodity. Teke (talk) 18:36, 30 January 2007 (UTC)
It was at the end of a piece on Microsoft and Wikipedia. See the last paragraph in this Signpost story: Microsoft's Wikipedia standards. --Quiddity 21:59, 30 January 2007 (UTC)
I've re-deleted the salted pages and disabled their re-creation via cascading protection at Wikipedia:Protected titles/The Colbert Report. —David Levy 23:44, 30 January 2007 (UTC)
Ah ha! I shoulda thought of that. I'll provide entries there as well as the reference index I'm building on my subpage. If anyone sees pages please add them to User:Teke/Colbert after putting in the protected titles. BTW, I'm making just a couple of those protected Reality misspellings redirects. I'd rather someone get pointed to where they are going then to find out why "Reallity" is misspelled. Teke (talk) 03:09, 31 January 2007 (UTC)

Good idea, that way we can use Prefix index to search. I am moving those I see over. Prodego talk 02:16, 31 January 2007 (UTC)


Jersyko has recently improperly blocked two useres, Puppop and Elkwjdvc. Both had vandalized, but neither had since their last warning. Puppop was undergoing a WP:SSP trial and E only had one edit! —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Zbl (talkcontribs) 23:36, 30 January 2007 (UTC).

Both were vandal only accounts, one the obvious sock of the other (they both moved Al Gore to Total idiot). I welcome scrutiny of the blocks here. · j e r s y k o talk · 23:41, 30 January 2007 (UTC)

Ever heard of don't stuff beans up your nose. I asssumed one gave the other the idea. Also, Puppop had not vandalized since his last warning. —The preceding unsigned comment was added by Zbl (talkcontribs).

Since you posted this here, I see the Gore article's been moved to "total idiot" yet again by a user named Merlin'sfalcon. May I ask if you have any connection to these users? · j e r s y k o talk · 23:46, 30 January 2007 (UTC)

No, but I think I know who Elkwjdvc is, that's all. Zbl 23:58, 30 January 2007 (UTC)

If you know who they are, I recommend telling them to not vandalize Wikipedia and to request to be unblocked on their talk page. · j e r s y k o talk · 00:06, 31 January 2007 (UTC)
I've fully move protected Al Gore. It's very very very very very unlikely it would ever need to be moved, ever. Proto:: 12:17, 31 January 2007 (UTC)

<Courtesy blanked>

This section blanked as a courtesy. Thatcher 20:55, 12 March 2008 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Requests for arbitration/Midnight Syndicate

This arbitration case has been closed. GuardianZ and Skinny McGee are banned indefinitely from the article Midnight Syndicate. Dionyseus is banned for three months from Midnight Syndicate. No present or past employee or associate of the band Midnight Syndicate, Nox Arcana, or Monolith Graphics, under any username or anonymous IP, may edit Midnight Syndicate or associated articles (it is acceptable for such persons to make suggestions on the talk page; it is especially helpful if they identify themselves and the roles they play or played in the group). The complete text of the decision can be found at the link above. For the Arbitration Committee, Newyorkbrad, Assistant Clerk, 00:46, 31 January 2007 (UTC)

ISOC (Islamic Society)

Just popped up again on my watchlist as a new page (and created by the same author that started the page the first time). I cannot see the deleted version, so could an admin please take a look to see if it's maybe a deleteagain candidate? Zunaid©® 09:58, 31 January 2007 (UTC)

  • Not a G4 so I sent it to AfD. Guy (Help!) 10:29, 31 January 2007 (UTC)

Second pair of eyes required

Not being a natural mediator, I have tried to do so, as it's something I feel I should try to do from time to time. I have tried to solve the ructions going on at Talk:Florian Gate. A number of users have been disputing whether this article should be at Florian Gate or St. Florian's Gate. The article has been moved back and forth, and a few shotgun moves have been carried out without consensus. An attempt to engage the Mediation Committee fell through as not all parties agreed to mediation (the user who had carried out the most recent move refused). As the only step they could think of was now to go to Arbcom over a full stop and a possesive 's, I have tried to step in.

I have a) per WP:NAME, moved the article to the original title until consensus is achieved, b) move-protected the article, c) suggested a consensus, and d) suggested WP:3O or the Mediation Cabal. Two questions - have I done everything I could/should have done thus far, and is there anything else I can do? Proto:: 13:34, 31 January 2007 (UTC)

Looks good, except technically you should have protected it on the 'wrong' version, but this one does match current policy, so it works out fine. --Golbez 13:42, 31 January 2007 (UTC)

A question about speedy deletion tags

If I encounter an article about some non-notable teenager whose bio only says "he's awesome", or some website or company which doesn't have any claims of notability, and I put a "db" tag on it, then the original creator removes that tag, what is my option? I don't want to edit war over it. Should I just go ahead and nominate it for deletion? Corvus cornix 00:14, 1 February 2007 (UTC)

If it's a straight forward, non controversial A7, probably best to contact an admin. Look at the deletion logs and see who's active at that time. The JPStalk to me 00:19, 1 February 2007 (UTC)
Thanks, I'll do that. Corvus cornix 00:22, 1 February 2007 (UTC)

Restore it. The tag itself says that the creator of the page should not remove it. If someone else disagrees, prod it or AFD it. Hbdragon88 04:35, 1 February 2007 (UTC)

That's technically true, but it would be easier to contact an active admin, rather than wasting effort on an edit skirmish. --bainer (talk) 08:20, 1 February 2007 (UTC)

Privacy issue

Aaron Pril contains a contact email - some admin may want to remove and remove from history. Natalie 01:47, 1 February 2007 (UTC)

Been deleted. --Majorly (o rly?) 02:02, 1 February 2007 (UTC)


Posting here to try and get an uber-speedy delete. The guy's posted his resumé online. Carson 07:39, 1 February 2007 (UTC) Underway. Carson 07:48, 1 February 2007 (UTC)

Done (again). -- Derek Ross | Talk 08:03, 1 February 2007 (UTC)

User pages prod

I suppose this is as good a place as any (since this is where the impetus to look these over, came from : )

I've come across several edits by User talk:Calton - Template:Prod on userpages with only a few edits, claiming that they are not editors. Is this appropriate? Unless a user requests the m:Right to vanish, I presume that we don't delete their userpages/talk pages? - jc37 11:12, 1 February 2007 (UTC)

Moved from WT:RFA MER-C 11:16, 1 February 2007 (UTC)
The reason why these pages are being prodded are because Wikipedia is not myspace. The "editors" involved have zero encyclopedic contributions, have not edited for a long period of time and are merely using their user page for social networking purposes. MER-C 11:16, 1 February 2007 (UTC)
Just for furture reference: "encyclopedic contributions" means any edit outside userspace? And "long period of time" = ? - jc37 11:20, 1 February 2007 (UTC)
Yes, any edits outside userspace. And they are not being speedied, they are being prod tagged. A user is free to remove the prod tag before deletion takes place if they do still use the account. Proto:: 13:11, 1 February 2007 (UTC)
  • Yes, it's appropriate. It's a recent change to PROD as a result of an influx of obviously-deletable user pages on MFD. The criterion is that a user has little or no actual contributions (e.g. only edits in his own userspace, or simple self-glorifying vandals, etc). >Radiant< 15:24, 1 February 2007 (UTC)

Spam only account

User:Maximo_Decimo continue to spam jihadmonitor website on all the pages. See his contribution yourself Special:Contributions/Maximo_Decimo. He do not talk or edit anything useful but only adding this spam. It is waste of our time to keep reverting him. We have also given him warnings few times now (see his talk page). I think it is time to block him. Please? --- ALM 11:54, 1 February 2007 (UTC)

Done. Kusma (討論) 12:00, 1 February 2007 (UTC)
Danke schoen. --- ALM

Warning removal wars - again

Following a fairly conclusive DRV discussion the old 'Wr' series of templates for telling people they could not remove warnings from their user talk pages were deleted. Subsequently a {{Removewarn}} template was created with the stated purpose (and text) of telling people who habitually remove warnings that no offense is intended by them and giving links for possible discussion of the issues. That was iffy given the history, but seemed ok in principle. However, despite warnings not to do so, in practice people are often using this template whenever a single warning is removed... and they revert the warning back onto the page. Further, this has been cloned as {{Removewarnusertalk}}, {{TYWLAM}} (which claimed removing warnings was a blockable offense before being changed to a redirect), and back to the old name {{Wr}}. There is also now a {{Dontremovewarn}} which is used when a warning is first placed to tell the user they may not remove it. There may well be others.

My impulse at this point is to speedy delete the lot of them as G4 (recreations) / T1 (inflammatory templates) / just plain wrong... but I'm bringing it here for consideration. Is it worth trying to retain some sort of 'people place warning templates to help you' template or will it just inevitably be used as a back door to insist that users have to retain and display any 'scarlet letter' any random user decides to inflict upon them? --CBD 12:39, 1 February 2007 (UTC)

I would support speedying them. They serve the same purpose as the deleted ones (to try and stop people removing warnings), but in a more patronising way ("I'm trying to help you"). -- Steel 12:45, 1 February 2007 (UTC)
I have speedied them - they are clear recreations of deleted content. It was agreed by a strong community consensus that such templates are not suitable for Wikipedia, and rewriting them in a pseudo-patronising tone does not change the content or the intent of the templates. Proto:: 13:07, 1 February 2007 (UTC)
Well done. Kusma (討論) 13:13, 1 February 2007 (UTC)
  • Beat me to it. Well done. >Radiant< 15:22, 1 February 2007 (UTC)

A Man in Black

I am having a continuing issue with user, A Man in Black. He is deleting the image galleries for TV stations, WVBT, WVNS, and WUSA and citing rules WP:FUC #3 and #8, for which these pages are not in violation of. Most of these logos or images have been up for quite awhile. Some, in the case of the WUSA page, are former logos through their WTOP, WDMV, and now WUSA days...which is a along time. I have reverted the pages back to their previous versions, only to have them re-reverted. Have tried responding to A Man in Black to no avail. Assistance and advice would be greatly appericated.

Thanks....SVRTVDude 05:40, 28 January 2007 (UTC)

It is very unlikely that galleries of unfree images meet our Wikipedia:Fair use criteria. It's really up to the user to make such a compelling case for claiming fair use that no reasonable editor would disagree with it. Frankly, even if it was freely licensed content, it is not obvious to me how encyclopedic a gallery of logos would be, but I suppose that a case could be made. Jkelly 05:44, 28 January 2007 (UTC)
To no avail? I did reply to your comments on my talk page.
To those not familiar, articles about television stations tend to accrue galleries of non-free images of the station's previous logos. There is little to no commentary on these images (so they fail WP:FUC #8), and there's little need to have galleries of as many as two dozen images to identify a single station (so they fail WP:FUC #3).
I have made a practice of removing such galleries, for the last several months. It's just that there are so very many station articles. It's unfortunate that this necessary work amounts to undoing the good-faith work of others, but it is nevertheless necessary. - A Man In Bl♟ck (conspire | past ops) 05:45, 28 January 2007 (UTC)
It's a logo or a picture, how much commentary do you need. "Image:XXX was the logo from XXXX to XXXX"...all the commentary necessary. Unless other information is available, then in most cases, it is given...otherwise, that is all ya got.
I personally don't see how it is necessary by taking away images that have to do with the histories of stations. In some cases, logos that can't be readily found elsewhere. If it is unfortunate that you have to undo "the good-faith work of others", then don't do it. There is much more that can be done than taking out a couple logos here and there. SVRTVDude 05:49, 28 January 2007 (UTC)
Fair use requires "critical commentary." This is most preferably done in a history section, where one talks about eras, histories, etc.; see LACMTA and how I intergrated a gallery of 4-5 images into the history section. Fair use is a legal issue and this requires sweeping intervention; this is out of the domain of the regular grinding and slow progress of other issues. Hbdragon88 05:57, 28 January 2007 (UTC)
It might have been a better idea to have instead of just taking it upon himself to axe every gallery with just a curt note saying "rm gallery -- fair use", to have (a) started a discussion at the project page with the concern, and perhaps tried to integrate the images better into the article if the article actually discussed the image. If there was 27 images, you could still go and delete all of the ones that didn't have any mention in the prose of the article -- that's what these discussion pages are for. A Man In Black managed to go about this in a way that could do nothing but provoke people, and the cavalier way he seems to dismiss the concerns that others have don't help any more. I absolutely understand the bind you folks are in with this, but reaching out could have stemmed this ill-will many people have over the removal of the galleries. SterlingNorth 22:32, 28 January 2007 (UTC)
OK, if it is a legal issue, then how come I can post just about any logo or image I would like on my website (which by the way is a radio and television website) and have no problems what-so-ever. Am just confused...and sadly this is the second time I have come in contact with situation like this and it is slowly making me re-think updating pages and trying my best to provide accurate information and images for a site that obviously doesn't want them. So, if you would please, close this discussion as it is evident (sp) no good will come from it. SVRTVDude 06:10, 28 January 2007 (UTC)
I believe that the difference is that your website does not tell people that its content it is freely available for republication like wikipedia does. Your liability on your website ends at the site itself, which you can easily continuously monitor and ensure your use of images does not infringe on the rights of the owner. On wikipedia, since the content is mirrored and included in so many external sites, it is not possible for wikimedia or the editors of wikipedia to police all that external use. Therefore cerefully written image copyright guidelines have been established and are aggressively enforced. Hopefully you can see that this is not an attempt to curtail your good faith edits, but rather to protect the encyclopedia. Jerry lavoie 07:09, 28 January 2007 (UTC)
It isn't that we "don't want them"; it's that copyright law simply prevents us from using and redistributing them without the permission of the copyright holder. Fair use is a very limited exception to copyright law that varies by country. As far as your personal website goes, it's simply that either the copyright holder(s) don't care, or that you're not a big enough target for them to have even noticed. If your website happened to be one of the most visted websites on the Internet, you would have plenty of copyright issues. Fair use does not convey unlimited permission to use the work, or immunity from legal action: see Image:Crosstar.png for one instance. --Slowking Man 09:14, 28 January 2007 (UTC)
  • More than happy to support A Man in Black. Galleries of former station idents and logos need critical discussion to be worthy of inclusion under Wikipedia policy. Your website does not operate under Wikipedia policies, but the terms and conditions of your provider most likely limit what you can display. Hiding Talk 00:51, 30 January 2007 (UTC)
See the RFC at Wikipedia:Fair use/Historical logos in galleries and my commentary at its talk page. There is no legal reason why we shouldn't be able to have historical logos in an encyclopedic article about the logo's subject; this is an entirely fair use of these images. When there is no legal issue, Wikipedia policy is supposed to be decided by consensus. And there is no consensus that Wikipedia policy forbids these images in this context. Given that, there is no good reason why these logos should be removed. Although the discussion has failed to reveal a clear consensus, the fact remains that these logos were added by hundreds of editors over the last few years, and now ONE single adminstrator has recently taken it upon himself to delete them all. Where's the consensus? DHowell 21:19, 31 January 2007 (UTC)

Severe backlog at WP:CFD

WP:CFD still has a severe backlog. 13 pages of discussion still have discussions that need to be closed. The pages extend back to 7 January 2007.

This seems to be a frequent problem at WP:CFD. How can this problem be solved? Dr. Submillimeter 21:13, 28 January 2007 (UTC)

  • It can be 'solved' if there were more administrators with the time to do this. Closing CfDs is frequently not easy. When I do it, I need to have 3 windows open so that I can cut and paste to the various places. Then there is the content that has to be reviewed. Sometimes this is not an issue. In other cases the various opinions require the administrator to closely read through the comments and see if they can find some consensus. In one recent case, there was no consensus on a new name, so rather then just close this as no consensus, I closed as no consensus and relisted with a rename vote for the two options hoping for a consensus. In some cases, I simply don't understand the discussion and have to skip it. Also, administrators need to avoid closing discussions that they are involved in unless there is a clear consensus. This sometimes keeps some administrators from closing specific discussions. Vegaswikian 21:35, 28 January 2007 (UTC)
    • Good points. Can we perhaps change the process to make it easier? The reason I don't close CFDs is because I don't have a bot to do the recatting/decatting. >Radiant< 13:48, 29 January 2007 (UTC)
  • Same here. Guy (Help!) 22:56, 29 January 2007 (UTC)
Please dont let not having a bot stop you all you have to do is post them to WP:CFD/W and the bots will do the rest. Betacommand (talkcontribsBot) 17:18, 1 February 2007 (UTC)

Space Cadet

Searching something on my talk archives, I noticed my exchange with Space Cadet (talk · contribs · count). A click later I was on his userpage. One thing that immediately struck me was his military-like barnstar, along with a Polish description. With my knowledge of Czech, I deduced its meaning to be "For the war of justice and the wounds you have suffered in war (ban)". As this seems to be in reference to the user's frequent disputes about Pol