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Contents (talk · contribs) and Sheng Long (talk · contribs) seems to be a good editor otherwise. However, with Sheng Long, he insists on removing maintenance tags from the article and removing it to a fancruft-filled version that was previously nominated for an AfD. He's been blocked on multiple occasions for this, and now his strategy seems to be waiting a few weeks before reverting the page. Is there anything that can be done about this short of longer blocks? JuJube (talk) 18:55, 15 January 2008 (UTC)

Well, that one's a little odd. I have left a note on the user's talk page requesting politely that he listen to the warnings he's been given about this. I do not know if this will forestall longer blocks, but I'm not sure what else to do. --Moonriddengirl (talk) 22:51, 15 January 2008 (UTC)

Vandalism only account

Noodles75 (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log) Vandalism only account. Latest edit today. Not current, so not eligible to be reported on AIV. -- John (Daytona2 · Talk · Contribs) 22:48, 15 January 2008 (UTC)

The most recent edit does not appear to be vandalism, although some of the others do. I don't think any admin action is necessary here as he has had a couple warnings over the last few days, but no final warning. - Rjd0060 (talk) 23:02, 15 January 2008 (UTC)
Fair enough, content to watch, but isn't a Template:uw-vandalism3 as given here a final warning ? —Preceding unsigned comment added by Daytona2 (talkcontribs) 17:52, 16 January 2008 (UTC)


User self identifies as 13 years old and provides lots of real world info (School, hometown, DOB etc). Can someone check if this is appropiate and deal with accordingly? Exxolon (talk) 23:27, 15 January 2008 (UTC)

I've removed it pending further discussion. See this for more info. Prodego talk 23:37, 15 January 2008 (UTC)
His userbox indicates he was born in 1993, that means he isn't 13 (okay, he's 14, but still...) Corvus cornixtalk 00:29, 16 January 2008 (UTC)


Oldspammer (talk · contribs)

I'm going on holiday in 16 hours, so don't expect much response from me. However, this user - who Ive had dealings with in the past - seems absolutely incapable of WP:NPOV, and WP:UNDUE. He's an altmed type, and not very civil about it either. For instance, in response to one person pointing out that he's citing studies that deal with dental treatments as evidence for blood treatments, he says:

An Alzheimer's patient might believe your argument that electroporation of the blood (BE) is completely unrelated to electroporation of other fluids because they have lost the abilities for judgement, reasoning, and higher level thinking.

He also claims that altmed is being repressed, and inevitably is promising and useful:

"Alternative medicine is any promising medicine that has not been adopted by and is not used by mainstream medicine, or has been shunned or suppressed by big pharma for political and trust (as in anti-trust monopoly) reasons."

And why is there no evidence of their usefulness?

Other examples of debunking involve drug trials where 1/100th to 1/16th of the effective dosage is used in the drug to be debunked. Even then the submitted results were tampered with so that no positive effects were tabulated, nor found their way in the observation summaries. Their conclusions were forgone: drug to be debunked is ineffective against disease. How surprising?

Other blood treatments have probably been conducted in a similar shoddy fashion to elicite the desired outcomes for the people funding the scientific studies.

...That's right, there's a conspiracy of fraud against them all.

These examples are pretty typical of him; frankly, I don't think he's able to write in an NPOV manner. I'm not sure what should be done, but surely something. Adam Cuerden talk 19:54, 19 December 2007 (UTC)

What should be done with him? Let him talk. We don't block people for making bad arguments. What he said does not amount to libel. DGG (talk) 20:29, 19 December 2007 (UTC)
If it was just talk, yes, but he also is a major force for the creation of bad and biased articles on fringe subjects. Adam Cuerden talk 20:58, 19 December 2007 (UTC)
The most immediate issue appears to be disruption at Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Blood electrification (2nd nomination). - Jehochman Talk 20:32, 19 December 2007 (UTC)
We dealt with that fine--an ed. moved the excessive comments to a talk page. I see he is not the only one saying keep at that AfD. DGG (talk) 21:01, 19 December 2007 (UTC)
If it was just that AfD, fine, but it's not. It's just that it was a convenient nucleus to set out some of the problems. Adam Cuerden talk 21:30, 19 December 2007 (UTC)
If I may, as someone who's interacted with Oldspammer in the past... His focus is on very specific topics: "blood electrification" and Robert Beck, an entrepreneur associated with same. He's had real difficulty with basic policies like WP:V, WP:NOR, etc. I've tried to help here, but these issues are coupled with a readiness on Oldspammer's part to assign anyone who disagrees with him or cites policy to the vast conspiracy to suppress the truth about blood electrification. Recently, canvassing has been an issue as well ([1], [2], [3], [4], etc) - though Oldspammer has denied that these posts constitute canvassing, and continued posting to a highly selected audience, albeit in less inflammatory terms ([5], [6]).
The question of what to do is interesting. I agree with DGG that we don't block people for making bad arguments. Prolonged editing contrary to policy is a bit tricky. In this case, Oldspammer's edits are limited to a small series of articles. I think the best approach is to continue working with him and deal with these articles as we would any other - apply notability criteria, WP:V, WP:NOR, etc. I think the more editors work on these articles, the better, since my experience has been that Oldspammer is either not understanding basic Wikipedia policy or is unwilling to follow it. But a block would be somewhat harsh, based on what I've seen so far. A few more paranoid attacks on other editors as members of a pharma-FDA conspiracy, or more blatant canvassing, might change my mind. MastCell Talk 21:27, 19 December 2007 (UTC)
Other highlights include constant reference to a Big Pharma-FDA conspiracy ([7]), fact-tagging another editor's AfD comments: [8], and this canvassing gem, which I'd missed earlier: [9]. Again, I'm not arguing for a block, necessarily, but the problem goes well beyond a few bad arguments at AfD. MastCell Talk 21:54, 19 December 2007 (UTC)
Do you think mentorship would help him? Adam Cuerden talk 23:38, 19 December 2007 (UTC)
Nah. He's a man with a mission, and mentoring won't change that. I don't think a block is necessary. As long as they don't cross over into tendentiousness, contrary editors serve a purpose in motivating other to make sure that our sources are top-notch and so on. Raymond Arritt (talk) 23:48, 19 December 2007 (UTC)
  • Have a great holiday, Adam. When you get back you will find that Wikipedia is still here and there will still be things that need fixing. These things may or may not involve particular altmed editors and articles attracting same, but that is true if you didn't have a break. :~) Happy Christmas. LessHeard vanU (talk) 21:42, 19 December 2007 (UTC)
    • Thanks! And see you when I'm back! Adam Cuerden talk 23:16, 19 December 2007 (UTC)


Thread restored here since this is not a dead or solved issue, but was archived during a holiday pause. -- Fyslee / talk 04:13, 16 January 2008 (UTC)

He's barely edited in the intervening time, and there doesn't seem to be any good reason to continue this thread. Avruchtalk 04:23, 16 January 2008 (UTC)
Please assume good faith. I wouldn't have done this if I didn't think there was good reason. I am in the process of composing the next entry. -- Fyslee / talk 04:25, 16 January 2008 (UTC)
Assuming good faith doesn't imply assuming you are right - in the absence of continued edits from Oldspammer that are disruptive, there appears to be no reason to repost this thread. WP:AN/I is not the place to continue a content dispute, and we should give Oldspammer the benefit of the doubt that in the almost month since this thread was previously completed he has had time to become more familiar with Wikipedia policies. That is WP:AGF. Avruchtalk 04:29, 16 January 2008 (UTC)
It means that you give me a chance to show that I know something about this that you may not know, and know this editor better than you may know him. You did not do that and I find your actions (the stale tag and your comments here) quite offensive. Don't be so quick on the trigger finger. -- Fyslee / talk 04:46, 16 January 2008 (UTC)
Oldspammer (talk · contribs) has manifestly not become more policy-compliant - recently, he has shifted to the Royal Rife article, insisting we base it on self-published promotional websites and issuing a blanket rejection of any PubMed-indexed, peer-reviewed medical journals (because, don't you know, PubMed is linked to "the owners of the Federal Reserve System, Oil money, European aristocracy, Citigroup, media run by moguls, and so on, many of whom are involved in the pharmaceutical, chemical industries, cancer therapy industry, and involved in the US educational system via endowment grants via the tax exempt foundations." I wish this were atypical, but it's absolutely not, and the talk page has turned into Conspiracypedia. On the other hand, he has been editing rarely, and not at all in the last few days, so I don't know how urgent the issue is. MastCell Talk 04:42, 16 January 2008 (UTC)

An interesting example of his conspiracy theories is provided in a message to the now banned User:John Gohde. ("Birds of a feather.....") It is applied to editors right here, not just factors outside of Wikipedia. This example shows intent to carefully and deliberately game the system, and Gohde developed the plot even further and this evidence resulted (among other things) in him getting banned. It also reveals that we are dealing with an editor who won't be able to AGF, and thus will be incapable of editing in a collaborative manner. IOW he is unsuited to this environment and will only be a burden and a continued source of disruption. I think the original statement that he is "absolutely incapable of WP:NPOV, and WP:UNDUE" can be extended to WP:AGF.

Added to all this, the belief in such conspiracy theories (to the degree this user obviously believes in them) renders the believer incapable of trusting V & RS, and thus an aversion to using them becomes manifest, and a strong tendency to favor highly unreliable conspiracy theory sources will lead to using them here, instead of V & RS. So many serious faults in one editor can spell nothing but trouble. He is a walking recipe for disaster, and we have been feeling its consequences here for some time. He has the zeal of John Gohde, but not the finesse, which makes it easier to spot the problems, and hopefully make expeditious action easier to take when necessary. -- Fyslee / talk 05:12, 16 January 2008 (UTC)

I do not know about conspiricy theories true or false/ Everthing needs to be taken with a grain of salt. But we should not be talking about John Gohde behind his back, being that he cannot defend himsel, and he will be back within one year. Thank you, Igor Berger (talk) 05:19, 16 January 2008 (UTC)
Disagree completely. No reason not to discuss John Gohde just because he got himself banned (mutiple times) Theresa Knott | The otter sank 06:36, 16 January 2008 (UTC)
As you like, but WikiPedia has more important thing to talk about than one user. Remember WP:POINT. Cheers, Igor Berger (talk) 06:43, 16 January 2008 (UTC)
As someone who' s dealt with him quite a lot after having Royal Rife brought to my attention by the article on it - which he created - being criticised in a major blog (Respectful Insolence] if I'm not mistaken), I'm going to have to agree with Fyslee and Mastcell - this user has consistently shown himself unable to not only to misunderstand NPOV, but to be unable to understand WP:RS, promoting self-published web sources, patents (with and quotemining from 70 year old publications, while rejecting Pubmed-indexed sources, as Mastcell describes above. He also has a tendency to take what a source says, then make claims (referenced to the source), that go well beyond what the source said, e.g. claiming that having been awarded a patent proves that all claims listed in or related to that patent are true. In the article's text. Adam Cuerden talk 10:36, 16 January 2008 (UTC)
Sorry, wrong blog. this is the correct link. Adam Cuerden talk 13:28, 16 January 2008 (UTC)
  • I'm sorry, Fyslee, if you took my comments personally. It seems unnecessary, still, to bring this to AN/I given that Oldspammer has made 5 edits to articlespace since December 13th (out of maybe 15 edits outside of userspace total since the last AN/I thread died out). Outside of an accusation of a specific disruptive policy violation we don't need to rehash this again at this time. He has a very fringe POV obviously as it relates to altmed (primarily the work of that Beck guy, and his own experiments on himself) but a strange content POV isn't an AN/I issue IMHO. Avruchtalk 14:48, 16 January 2008 (UTC)
Apology accepted. Discussion is better. I am not "bring[ing] this to AN/I", since it was already here and was archived before it was settled. His POV isn't the main problem, it is his (in)ability to adapt to the editing conditions here, both in article and talk space. His track record indicates he is incapable of doing so and instead of going even further with RfC/U and RfArb, this AN/I is one way to bring attention to a problematic editor so others can keep an eye on him, since these inabilities will constantly plaque everything and everyone around him. Due diligence and all that.... -- Fyslee / talk 02:49, 17 January 2008 (UTC)

User:Pvtpepperjack has a strange first edit

To whom it may concern, I was in the process of welcoming new users at the user creation log and noticed something strange. Please see this edit from User:Pvtpepperjack. Sincerely, --Le Grand Roi des CitrouillesTally-ho! 04:54, 16 January 2008 (UTC)

I'd say usual vandal editing start. ViridaeTalk 04:56, 16 January 2008 (UTC)
I think you're right. He just said "burger king sucks". Sincerely, --Le Grand Roi des CitrouillesTally-ho! 05:33, 16 January 2008 (UTC)
Sounds like a kid. I've deleted his userpage. Theresa Knott | The otter sank 06:31, 16 January 2008 (UTC)

IP: (talk · contribs), a confirmed sock of a permabanned user, is back from a one-week block. Can we get another block on this please? See also Wikipedia:Requests_for_arbitration/Warren_Kinsella#2008_section_break for more background. Kla’quot (talk | contribs) 04:57, 16 January 2008 (UTC)

Stop x nuvola with clock.svg User(s) blocked. for 1 month. ~ Riana 05:03, 16 January 2008 (UTC)

Londonlady (talk · contribs)

I fixed her request at WP:CHU and looked over her contribs and user talk page. She claims that she needs to change her name for "safety online". However, she also wanted - and this is the part that concerns me - to have her contribution history, almost all of it the posting of gossip to Daniel Craig, completely deleted from the account once renamed. I informed her of the privacy policy and am assuming good faith, but IINM, there was another user (now banned - her name escapes me, but I believe it started with "Tweety") who wanted the same done and was disruptive in doing it. I'm a bit concerned that this may be another iteration of that user. -Jéské (Blah v^_^v) 05:40, 16 January 2008 (UTC)

I think we should do it. Her contribution history is tiny, today and yesterday only. No evidence of disruption, plus she says she is being stalked. I don't think we should assume she is a sock, but take her request at face value. Theresa Knott | The otter sank 06:26, 16 January 2008 (UTC)
Alright. Since Parachute (the name she wanted) is taken, I asked her to choose another name so as not to wait a week. -Jéské (Blah v^_^v) 06:30, 16 January 2008 (UTC)

POV warrior

Navalcrowd1 (talk · contribs) has been inserting some extremely POV edits at Miroslav Filipović [10] [11] and Magnum crinem [12]. Warned twice now, and continued after final warning. Can someone block this guy? AniMate 06:08, 16 January 2008 (UTC)

He does not mind editing others' comments either as can be seen at User talk:Jagoda_1. --Ubardak (talk) 06:18, 16 January 2008 (UTC)
Some very unacceptable behavior, but it does not look like there has been any editing whatsoever since their final warning (which occurred at 05:59 UTC and again at 06:13 UTC). Their last edit was at 05:58 UTC. Please let us know if it happens again - a block would certainly be warranted at that time. — Satori Son 15:07, 16 January 2008 (UTC)

An odd phenomenon

Raume.DE AF (talk · contribs) has been tagging articles as unreferenced at quite an impressive speed for someone who made his first edit about 20 minutes ago. I left him a nice welcome note, but I'd like someone to check and make sure this isn't a bot or some hidden problem. Shalom (HelloPeace) 06:54, 16 January 2008 (UTC)

Reply on his page: 'Thank you, but your suggestions are entirely useless. The articles I am tagging mostly date back 2-3 years or more without sources and need to be identified. Go away.' Um...Yeah. HalfShadow (talk) 06:56, 16 January 2008 (UTC)
Unclear what's going on there. He's most recently been tagging bios of Iranian academics, most of which are weakly sourced. But he's not doing it blind; he's making more or less reasonable edits to some of the articles. It's not vandalism and it's not a bot. --John Nagle (talk) 08:21, 16 January 2008 (UTC)
May I suggest a checkuser, the user may be doing some pretty good edits. But the user is showing signs of experience at an early stage. Rgoodermote  13:05, 16 January 2008 (UTC)
I would disagree that checkuser is needed here. He could just as easily be a long-time IP contributer who recently registered for one reason or another. Also, use of sockpuppets for different tasks is actually entirely allowed by WP:SOCK. He is doing nothing that is against the rules here, even if this is a sockpuppet account. He was a bit rude in his response, but so what? 13:41, 16 January 2008 (UTC)
I had thought of that, but I had my doubts. Most long time IP contributors will add that to their userpage as to make sure that everyone knows they can trust the user, this is mostly a conclusion based of my time doing vandal patrolling I noted that a lot of the user pages I reverted the oens who were made by long time Ip contributors mentioned their IP. As for the experianced user, I don't doubt that the user may be a sock of an experianced user they have every right to hide the master from us if they do not want to be associated with certain tasks. Just out of curiousity I am going to ask the user. Rgoodermote  14:04, 16 January 2008 (UTC)

Suspecting a user of evil intent based on "signs of experience at an early stage" is what got us into a recent mess. Have we forgotten this so soon? —Random832 14:14, 16 January 2008 (UTC)

In honesty I don't remember, but to keep this from turning into a Highschool Drama I will drop the conversation...but I am still curious. Rgoodermote  14:21, 16 January 2008 (UTC)
Start by editing with a reasonable degree of competence and get accused of sockpuppetry, start by editing incompetently and get warned or blocked for screwing pages up. there's a name for this kind of situation. DuncanHill (talk) 14:23, 16 January 2008 (UTC)
Assuming the worst before given a chance...I think there is an essay on Wikipedia that talks about this type of situation.Rgoodermote  14:27, 16 January 2008 (UTC)

Courtesy blanking request

Please see the talk page of Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Corey Delaney. Someone please blank both the front and back of this and protect the talk page as well? This kid will never be notable enough for WP, based on this nonsense. If not possible, or no one is willing to do this, then I will MFD the AFD for BLP reasons. Lawrence Cohen 07:08, 16 January 2008 (UTC)

Already done (although an MFD of an AFD would be amusing because of the unwanted attention it would bring). east.718 at 07:13, January 16, 2008
Yeah, that was just my being POINTy to make sure something happened. Thanks Mattinbgn for blanking it. Would anyone object while we're on the topic to just delete the AFD? Let this kid get out of our Googlejuice completely. He's gonna have nonsense following him from all the web hits over this without us helping. Lawrence Cohen 07:15, 16 January 2008 (UTC)
Damnatio memoriae is not usually how we operate around here. east.718 at 07:17, January 16, 2008
Not even for BLP with minors? At the absolute least can we delete and recreate it as a protected page to nuke the history and BLP vios there? Lawrence Cohen 07:17, 16 January 2008 (UTC)
It's a blanked and protected deletion debate, not an article. As far as I know, an AfD has been deleted only once, and that was in exceptional circumstances. By the way, Google doesn't crawl wikispace. east.718 at 07:29, January 16, 2008
Blanking is sufficient, deletion would be Damnatio memoriae. -- Mattinbgn\talk 07:38, 16 January 2008 (UTC)
Why do we have to leave all the BLP violations against a minor in the editing history? Deleting and recreating it as a blank AFD protected forever is the correct course under BLP. Lawrence Cohen 07:40, 16 January 2008 (UTC)

The sysop protections on both the AFD and it's talk are also both set to expire. I'm requesting that per BLP for a non-notable minor we:

  1. Delete the page/salt
  2. If someone really insists on the page existing for some reason, delete it, and remake it with all the BLP vios gone from history.
  3. Then indef protect both.
  4. Blank this whole section after we're done so Google doesn't crawl the kid here. Honestly...

Lawrence Cohen 07:26, 16 January 2008 (UTC)

  • Comment Wikipedia is not censored, and you cannot argue that what you are proposing is anything less than censorship Fosnez (talk) 07:32, 16 January 2008 (UTC)
Yes, I'm saying we should censor this page, per WP:BLP, a core policy, to protect a minor. Lawrence Cohen 07:38, 16 January 2008 (UTC)
There was no "inappropriate commentary" in this AfD, apart from some frivolous name calling, which is hardly "inappropriate commentary" (Which infact has already been quoted by the press, so blanking it because of the mention of the word "Dickhead" is hardly a good reason.) I fail to see how your censorship of this AfD, that infact is only HARDLY covered by the BLP policy can help to "protect" this minor at all. The position held here by those calling for a blank is basically that of a "Wont someone think of the children??". A position that treats people under 18 as kids and the moment they turn 18 are expected to be fully fledged adult. Corey was drinking as an adult, he was taking drugs as an adult ("I was off my face") and may be charged as an adult. If it looks like a duck, sounds like a duck and drinks like a duck, its a duck. Therefore he can be treated like an adult here as well. Putting your hands over your eyes and ears and creaming he's a minor!! in big bold letters is not going to change the fact that for all intensive purposes he was acting as a very irresponsible adult and is being treated like one by the international media. We should treat him like one as well. Fosnez (talk) 09:29, 16 January 2008 (UTC)

Blanking of Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Corey Delaney

Greetings, with full respect to Mattinbgn, as he is only doing his job, I would like to request the unblanking of Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Corey Delaney. Reasons given by Mattinbgn are Now that he has been charged, even news sources have stopped using his name and blanking his face - but this is not the case, the most recent article, which actually links directly to the AfD in question still clearly has his face visable and uses his full name. Fosnez (talk) 07:23, 16 January 2008 (UTC)

We don't care how outside tabloids hurt minors. We don't hurt them here. Lawrence Cohen 07:25, 16 January 2008 (UTC)
Also - not the most recent story. Check [13] for just one example of how the real world is handling it. We should be equally cautious, especially given the contempt of court provisions we could be violating. Orderinchaos 09:43, 16 January 2008 (UTC)
It's kind of hard to be in contempt of court when the court hasn't ordered you to do anything, and Australian law doesn't apply to Wikipedia. If you're going to be encouraging an action, at least get the basis correct. --Carnildo (talk) 10:01, 16 January 2008 (UTC)

I'm requesting the AfD be un-blanked. News media around the world is linking to the AfD and now it's not going to be there for readers to see? What BLP violations is there in the AfD anyway? I could understand the article but not the AfD. It just doesn't make sense. ALLSTARecho 07:26, 16 January 2008 (UTC)

Anonymous editors attacked him there. The actual news site quotes Wikipedians calling him a "dickhead". How does Wikipedia benefit from hurting this child? Lawrence Cohen 07:27, 16 January 2008 (UTC)
Your argument that we are protecting him are worthless Lawrence Cohen, he will always exist in Google News and will always exist in Wikipedia's history. Removing his article page, and then the Afd as you have suggested just guaranteed that he does not have a neutral record of these events. The page can AND WAS protected to prevent vandalism. Fosnez (talk) 07:30, 16 January 2008 (UTC)
Just because other sources exist on the child doesn't mean Wikipedia should add to the offence. At least in Victoria his face is now blurred and his name suppressed on the television news. -- 07:32, 16 January 2008 (UTC) —Preceding unsigned comment added by Mattinbgn (talkcontribs)
This isn't a Victorian website. Fosnez (talk) 07:34, 16 January 2008 (UTC)
I am not claiming we are bound by Victorian laws. This is a courtesy I feel we owe a minor. If the State feels they have an obligation, what does that say to us. —Preceding unsigned comment added by Mattinbgn (talkcontribs) 07:37, 16 January 2008 (UTC)
The state doesn't write articles on Wikipedia. ALLSTARecho 07:42, 16 January 2008 (UTC)
There was no "inappropriate commentary" in this AfD, apart from some frivolous name calling, which is hardly "inappropriate commentary" (Which infact has already been quoted by the press, so blanking it because of the mention of the word "Dickhead" is hardly a good reason.) I fail to see how your censorship of this AfD, that infact is only HARDLY covered by the BLP policy can help to "protect" this minor at all. The position held here by those calling for a blank is basically that of a "Wont someone think of the children??". A position that treats people under 18 as kids and the moment they turn 18 are expected to be fully fledged adult. Corey was drinking as an adult, he was taking drugs as an adult ("I was off my face") and may be charged as an adult. If it looks like a duck, sounds like a duck and drinks like a duck, its a duck. Therefore he can be treated like an adult here as well. Putting your hands over your eyes and ears and creaming he's a minor!! in big bold letters is not going to change the fact that for all intensive purposes he was acting as a very irresponsible adult and is being treated like one by the international media. We should treat him like one as well. Fosnez (talk) 09:29, 16 January 2008 (UTC)

Again, I ask that this please be deleted per BLP. I don't know of any Wikipedia:Damnatio memoriae, and have never heard anyone even say this before on here. Wikipedia can and does erase history all the time with Oversight, or deletion and selective restoration. Lawrence Cohen 07:44, 16 January 2008 (UTC)

I personally feel that deletion would be going too far. The page has already been protected indefinitely (well almost, until 07:27, January 16, 2038) and the note that states that the unblanked version is available in the history has been removed, I don't really see any point than going any further. I agree with Matt on this one, blanking is necessary, and this is a perfect example of when to courtesy blank. The AfD has already been cited in 2 (3?) news articles with quotes from established editors calling the kid a "dickhead"; we are an encyclopedia, not a tabloid. Spebi 07:50, 16 January 2008 (UTC)
What is the benefit to us of leaving the edit history with BLP vios against a minor accessible? Lawrence Cohen 07:51, 16 January 2008 (UTC)

I am very surprised how conservative Wikipedia is - granted that now Corey has been arrested - leaving me to wonder why the big bold brave guardians of public safety aren't out looking for senior figures in drugs syndicates, white collar embezellers, people ripping thousands off the tax payers via tax or welfare fraud, people planning racist terrotist violence or people perpetuating domestic violence on family members and partyers - public comments have a legal implication

- but the case itself is of tremendous relevance in terms of media cultures, teen cultures, celebrity and even a sort of bogan media jamming. What other middle class kid could attract more attention than Wall Street or George Bush to be the most requested download on CNN?

TEEN party pest Corey has been a top-rating US news story as the tale of his riotous Narre Warren party amused and shocked global audiences.

On a busy news day where Republican US presidential hopefuls contested the Michigan primary, President George W Bush visited the Middle East and Wall St suffered a large fall, the story about a Melbourne teenager wild night topped them all.

American ws giant CNN said the story about the party - organised by 16-year-old Corey - while his parents were away on a Queesnsland holiday - was the most downloaded on its website today Herald Sun Melbourne

Corey is a real part of world culture today and therefore Wikipedia should document it - he is out there in the media - if you can think of a way to turn the article into an issue rather than a biography - and therefore avoid naming a minor that would solve the impasse

I think this decision to delete the article speaks more of conservatism, ignorance and blocking the circulation of information than protecting a minor and there should be more complex thought around this debate

Bebe Jumeau (talk) 08:59, 16 January 2008 (UTC)

I endorse the action of deleting,blanking, and salting. Now since this article is stepping into a legal minefield, involves a minor, and is clearly against WP:BLP we should be seeking the input from the Foundation prior to any reversal of the actions as ultimately they will be the ones bearing any burden from further actions. Gnangarra 09:27, 16 January 2008 (UTC)
Agree with Gnangarra. Especially now the papers in Australia are starting to say things like "The teenager, who cannot be named for legal reasons" one after the other. Orderinchaos 09:41, 16 January 2008 (UTC)
Endorse, agree with above. Dihydrogen Monoxide 10:17, 16 January 2008 (UTC)
  • Maybe this is off-topic, or off-the-point, but the actual AfD was mentioned on at least four radio stations here in Northern England. Not sure how useful this is, but there was a link to the debate (now removed) on two station websites suggesting to people to "save the MySpace kid", inciting possible single-purpose voters. But since AfD is not a vote anyway, it wouldn't have counted.

I have to agree, the courtesy blanking was the best thing in this situation. At least the girl who did a similar thing in England does not (yet) have an article on her --Solumeiras talk 10:36, 16 January 2008 (UTC)

What I don't get is why this one became so big, when these sort of out-of=control parents-not-at-home police-battle parties are not uncommon things - even the 500 estimated attendees was not particularly unusual. One once happened at a neighbour's place and idiots were throwing broken bottles at real live people who had the misfortune to live next door. Orderinchaos 10:44, 16 January 2008 (UTC)


{{editprotected}} Posting here as both AFD and AFD talk are protected. I need an admin to please updated the AFD with the MFD message for:

Wikipedia:Miscellany for deletion/Wikipedia:Articles for deletion/Corey Delaney

I am very disappointed that some care more about process and keeping history lying around than BLP. Lawrence Cohen 14:20, 16 January 2008 (UTC)

Name legally suppressed in Australia

Can we please have an admin who is willing to exercise some common sense and decency please just BLP delete this all? Read here. The legal minor now faces child pornography charges in Australia. If there was any claims that I was overreacting on BLP here, it appears now that I wasn't after all. I would do this myself if I had the tools, but cannot. Is any admin willing to do the right thing under BLP here? Lawrence Cohen 00:54, 17 January 2008 (UTC)

Even that is not enough. I suggest going straight to WP:OVERSIGHT and e-mailing the oversight list. Carcharoth (talk) 01:10, 17 January 2008 (UTC)
Hang on. I've read the courtesy blanked AfD, and I can't see any references to child pornography. I got the impression from what you were saying that people here on Wikipedia are making that link. As far as I can see, you are the only one to have made that link. Did the article, AfD, or DRV ever mention this? I've now read around some news stories, and it seems the police are throwing the book at him regarding what happened at the party. How various newspapers report that is proving interesting (varying from "child pornography charges" to "taking photos of girls at the party."). Carcharoth (talk) 01:27, 17 January 2008 (UTC)
Reason: happened well after the end of the AfD. (One of the hazards of writing about trendy things seconds after they occur...) Orderinchaos 01:29, 17 January 2008 (UTC)
Brought up on the MFD of the AFD. It was a recent development. He's a living minor charged with a crime--do we have many articles on those? Or pages? Theres no need for us to retain this. Lawrence Cohen 01:52, 17 January 2008 (UTC)
I still don't see the big deal about what was said at the MfD. Courtesy blankings should be enough here. The article is gone and should stay gone. The other teenager interviewed by the police has successfully remained anonymous (at least by comparison), which suggests that the only reason the name of the original one is known is because he became famous before the charges were brought, and there is enough information out there now for people to put 2 and 2 together when reading about this. It's a bit like the news stories in the UK. Celebrity XYZ was involved in such-and-such an incident. Police have stated that a 45-year-old man was arrested at the scene", or "Police have stated that a 45-year-old man is helping them with their enquiries". Everyone knows who they are talking about, but there is a degree of formal anonymity provided anyway. I agree that him being a minor does make things different. Carcharoth (talk) 02:08, 17 January 2008 (UTC)

I have removed the offending content from the MfD and emailed Oversight. I have no idea what happens from here, especially when the same claim is made here at AN/I! Can we all be careful please. -- Mattinbgn\talk 02:56, 17 January 2008 (UTC)

His Name is NOT legally suppressed in Australia

His name is suppressed only when speaking about the charges that have been filed against him that do no relate to the party (I'm allowed to say that because I havn't specified what charges - Don't tase censor me bro)

The is clearly demonstated by the week in review article on . There is also an entire page dedicated to his media coverage and linking off to other stories. Fosnez (talk) 12:08, 17 January 2008 (UTC)

This whole area is a complete farce when it comes to reporting restrictions.
Consider this story from the BBC news website The victim "cannot be named for legal reasons", yet everybody knows who the victim is because a couple of months earlier, when the girl was missing, the press was full of stories about her being missing, and naming Studabaker as the suspected abductor! Even the most cursory search would tell you the name of the victim. Mayalld (talk) 12:19, 17 January 2008 (UTC)
We had a bizarre situation here in Perth once where a repeat offender (aged 14) who was so major as to get the laws changed by his offences (including mowing down a woman and child with a stolen vehicle) kept repeat offending well into his adult years and due to various restrictions noone could mention he was the same guy who committed the juvenile offences even though they were of exactly the same character, and some press did all but mention it. Orderinchaos 13:03, 17 January 2008 (UTC)

Requrst to block anon user

User (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log) constantly reverts pages without joining in debate. Can this account be blocked? --MJB (talk) 15:31, 16 January 2008 (UTC)

User has not made any edits for an hour and also has had no warnings posted to their talk page. No value now in a short block I'm afraid. I suggest you try to engage them in dialogue regarding their edits first. Pedro :  Chat  16:24, 16 January 2008 (UTC)
They're actually both in breach of WP:3RR. --Rodhullandemu (Talk) 16:25, 16 January 2008 (UTC)
The IP may have been, but I interpret User:Maxburgoyne's efforts at good faith atempts to try to get some discussion going whilst reverting perceived vandalism - granted perhaps s/he could have used better edit summaries and I wish they'd tried the IP's talk page. Blocking an IP an hour after the final edit for 3RR is punative, not preventative. Pedro :  Chat  16:30, 16 January 2008 (UTC)
Have left uw-3rr1 on IP's talk page, and I agree with MJB's WP:AGF. Some discussion is required here.--Rodhullandemu (Talk) 16:33, 16 January 2008 (UTC)
(ec) This appears to be a content dispute. MJB, your did the right thing by starting a conversation at Talk:Hereford#Request for Consensus: Welsh Name (copied from Shrewsbury but same debate). If a consensus emerges and someone continues to edit war against it, then please report to WP:3RR. But please don't continue to edit war yourself, either. Thanks. — Satori Son 16:36, 16 January 2008 (UTC)

Should i just quit?

  • I dont get how this works but this is it.[14] this fellow has been warned after he insulted me in albanian,greek and the english language and puts words in my mouth all the time.He didnt stop nor apologised but continued the above and disrupted and vandalised pages while erasing references and any secondary or primary sources that didn't agree with his dogma of reality.I have been called a racist "names" and many other "names" and a horde of albanian editors and sockpuppets that may or may not be related to him.My page has been attacked many times.I use proper sources extensively and its pointless since people with a dogma ignore evidence and assault,vandalise,disrupt,spam and troll at my page and the pages i edit with sources and references that took me many hours to find and verify.I study days to make my maps and improve constantly to the best of my ability and the sourced advice of other editors all the time.I want my user and talk page protected and something to be done for all the horde of fanatics that just growl and spoil pages for no reason other their dogma on things.Megistias (talk) 16:18, 16 January 2008 (UTC)
Replying on user talk. Friday (talk) 16:22, 16 January 2008 (UTC)
Someone please ban this known sockpuppet to admins.[15]"you promise you will accept that and not start sockpuppeting again" name BurraMegistias (talk) 18:12, 16 January 2008 (UTC)
Wait a moment, no, Burra (former "Dodona") is currently under a supervised resocialisation scheme, as it were. On the off-chance that he might learn to contribute halfway constructively (or, if that fails, that he might at least learn to understand and accept why.) He's not the guy who was insulting you with that user page vandalism. Fut.Perf. 18:16, 16 January 2008 (UTC)
Medistias, you prepare a list of all the users and IP's who have been bothering you, I will consider the evidence, and if appropriate, file a request for checkuser or suspected sock puppet report. Jehochman Talk 18:20, 16 January 2008 (UTC)
Yes, please - I for one had not been aware of that userpage vandalism spree from the Swedish IPs. Those must be traceable to one user I have in mind; if that's him, he's out. Fut.Perf. 18:22, 16 January 2008 (UTC)
[16]see his endless lies and trolling at the end of the page.this is driving me crazy .Is he 13 years old?I cant take this .talk pages are being filled by pointless unsourced blobs of texts copy pasted by Albanian nationalistic sites.Megistias (talk) 18:26, 16 January 2008 (UTC)
This post makes you look more disruptive than the other editor. I think you should take a break and when you return, be careful to preserve decorum. If you are being trolled you need to remain absolutely calm, or else you just encourage them to continue abusing you. Jehochman Talk 18:30, 16 January 2008 (UTC)
i am taking a break this is getting to me.Megistias (talk) 18:43, 16 January 2008 (UTC)
Okay guys, we are dealing with several problematic users here. Can somebody please whack Taulant23 (talk · contribs) with a good heavy Salmo macedonicus? Note this is the same guy who was also the object of an image copyright complaint today on the WP:AN and is now kindling the fires in the brawl with Megistias. Utterly inappropriate behaviour there. Fut.Perf. 21:42, 16 January 2008 (UTC)
I've notified Taulant23 of the discretionary sanctions (bah, I hate that phrase), so next time he breaks the rules the sanctions proper may be applied. With relish. Moreschi If you've written a quality article... 21:58, 16 January 2008 (UTC)

Re: China

relisted to create more discussion — nat.utoronto 16:33, 16 January 2008 (UTC)
China (edit | talk | history | protect | delete | links | watch | logs | views) I've had to reprotect the protect after a string of edits and reverts by socks of a banned user. Since Alison has made it clear that a IP range block will have too much collateral (i.e. half a city), I felt that full protection (currently set at indefinite) and was that most viable and realistic option to go as there was more sock edits and edit warring than good contributions. I would just like to see what sysops and editors think about my actions in this situation. nat.utoronto 19:53, 15 January 2008 (UTC)

Unfortunately, there are two major ISPs involved and there would be far too much collateral damage. This editor creates a half-dozen socks per IP, lets them sleep then moves on to another IP. They're very dynamic and all we can do is checkuser each of the socks that appears and catch as many sleeper ones as we can. The checkuser cases have turned up literally hundreds of socks & basically, everyone is getting worn out on the guy. I endorse full protection at this time - we can review the situation ongoing and try trial unprots - Alison 20:34, 15 January 2008 (UTC)
Wikipedia:Abuse reports? Or are you not permitted to reveal the IPs? Someguy1221 (talk) 20:49, 15 January 2008 (UTC)
Unfortunately, (and this is what I've heard, Alison can correct me if I'm wrong...) Checkusers are not to reveal the IP addresses as that would be in violation of the Privacy Policy. nat.utoronto 00:01, 16 January 2008 (UTC)
Largely correct, yes. Section 5 of the privacy policy re. release of IP information may apply but the idea is to release as little personally identifying information as possible, really. At this point, if rangeblocks are to follow, and after what - 13?? - RFCU reports, I will probably be releasing coarse IP information to allow /18 rangeblocks to be applied. It's gone on long enough now - Alison 05:56, 16 January 2008 (UTC)
If I might, why not try the Cplot method? it worked on that guy. just hand out /16 AO ACB blocks and send account creation request to unblock-en-l. it seems to be very effective without harming current users. βcommand 17:00, 16 January 2008 (UTC)
PS make them {{checkuserblock}} for 6 months. βcommand 17:03, 16 January 2008 (UTC)
But Alison, and other Checkusers, and members of the foundation that know the IP can complain to the ISP. These really avoidant situations only crop up every six months or so. We really should have some method of talking to an ISP to get their customer to conform to the ISPs Terms of Service. In SMTP, ISPs do not want to be on blacklists and their abuse departments deal with it. Wikipedia's size should give it some clout there when we need to take such a drastic action. Additionally, templates that users see about collateral damage might suggest users complain to their ISP (Why am I blocked from editing Wikipedia because you can't control other users?") SchmuckyTheCat (talk)

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone vs. Philosopher's Stone

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Resolved: Seek a RfC ({{RFCmedia}}), this is not an ANI issue SirFozzie (talk) 18:23, 16 January 2008 (UTC)

Currently, Wikipedia lists this film as Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (film). The rationale behind this title has been that because the film was released outside the U.S. under this title, and that it is based on a British novel, that the article's title should reflect the title of the British film and book. There have been ongoing conflicts regarding this issue and there is currently no consensus.

The naming conventions state that when naming an article of this nature, users are to "use the title more commonly recognized by English readers". This film was released in the United States (population 300 million) as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. The film was released as Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone in the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia (combined population approx. 100 million). Therefore, there are nearly 200 million English readers who recognize this film as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone, and only about 100 million who recognize this film as Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Therefore, there should be no argument: the title of the article at the present time direclty conflicts with Wikipedia policy, and should be redirected immediately to the correct title.

Rhythmnation2004 (talk) 17:41, 16 January 2008 (UTC)

Why is this being brought up on ANI? Adam Cuerden talk 17:42, 16 January 2008 (UTC)
Because all other efforts to draw attention to the issue have been interrupted by cultural war and lack of participation from third-party editors and administrators. Rhythmnation2004 (talk) 17:44, 16 January 2008 (UTC)
Adam's objection is correct. But just to address the issue briefly, check this out. Where there is a difference in national varieties of English, we should always favour the one that most closely relates to the article, if such a thing exists. Heimstern Läufer (talk) 17:45, 16 January 2008 (UTC)
Also, this should go to dispute resolution, not the incidents noticeboard. Heimstern Läufer (talk) 17:47, 16 January 2008 (UTC)
Agree with Adam amd Heimstern. Also, since there are redirects for the "Sorcerer's Stone" version, so what is the problem? BTW, under what title was it released in India? Or the rest of the world? --Stephan Schulz (talk) 17:51, 16 January 2008 (UTC)
As I look at it, it looks like dispute resolution is already in progress, and that it's showing consensus for Philosopher's Stone. Is this some effort to overturn that? The admin noticeboard is not a place to complain that the community is wrong, you know. Heimstern Läufer (talk) 17:55, 16 January 2008 (UTC)
Agree with all of the above. Admins do NOT have any authority in this area. We only have the ability to take action on the behavior of users, NOT on content disputes. If there is an open edit-war, and massive 3RR violations or incivility or other disruption, we can help. Otherwise, Wikipedia:Dispute resolution is the only place to go. 17:57, 16 January 2008 (UTC)
I am preemptively closing this discussion. Seek proper Dispute resolution, with all due respect, this isn't it. SirFozzie (talk) 18:23, 16 January 2008 (UTC)

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Could we have a few more people watching this? I was skimming this after reading a news report on them, and found a fairly blatant BLP violation. Adam Cuerden talk 18:28, 16 January 2008 (UTC)

Try WP:BLPN. people there are usually more adept at dealing with BLP violations than the general population of admins. The addition appears sourced, but I question its relevence. Seek outside help through the above link. Later. 19:54, 16 January 2008 (UTC)
Well, inserting irrelevant attacks, particularly as the sources for that commentary on this critic of PETA come from... PETA, seems to be a violation of the BLP policy. But I'll bring it up there. Adam Cuerden talk 20:55, 16 January 2008 (UTC)

Resolved: IP blocked for a month

User (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log) has been making multiple nonconstructive edits and has had multiple warnings. He has been blocked before. I suggest he be permanently blocked. Save-Me-Oprah (talk) 19:29, 16 January 2008 (UTC)

Blocked by me for a month. IPs aren't blocked indefinitely, except under certain circumstances. Acalamari 19:36, 16 January 2008 (UTC)

Please block a sockpuppet of an indefblocked user

Resolved: all obvious sockpuppets have been blocked. 20:08, 16 January 2008 (UTC)

An obvious sockpuppet needs blocking. Liist5 (talk · contribs) has been posting blatant vandalism [17], [18], etc. etc. for which I warned him. The response was this [19]. Then, I noticed he posted what amounts to a confession to being a sockpuppet of an indefblocked user on his own userpage [20]. Please block this obvious sock and the other currently unblocked obvious sock. [21] Nobody of Consequence (talk) 19:37, 16 January 2008 (UTC)

Blocked. 19:42, 16 January 2008 (UTC)
Thanks for the quick response! Did you get Liist2 (talk · contribs) too? Nobody of Consequence (talk) 19:44, 16 January 2008 (UTC)
Nope, User:Spartaz did. Thank him... 19:52, 16 January 2008 (UTC)
Okay, thank you both! Nobody of Consequence (talk) 19:55, 16 January 2008 (UTC)
Just good tag teaming that's all. Spartaz Humbug! 19:56, 16 January 2008 (UTC)
Guess what? He's created a huge sock army. [22], [23], [24]. It goes all the way up to 12. Nobody of Consequence (talk) 20:01, 16 January 2008 (UTC)
User:NawlinWiki got those. I will investigate if there are any more... 20:03, 16 January 2008 (UTC)
Looks like NawlinWiki got all the obvious ones. The matter is probably closed. 20:08, 16 January 2008 (UTC)

User QPRben

Resolved: sock blocked, 24 hours for IP, main account block extended

User QPRJack was recently temporarily blocked for breaking the 3RR, after nearly a month where they refused to enter into any discussion about their edits all of which were virtually the same edit over and over on the article List of hooligan firms. I had tried, numerous time, to explain to them that to add a firm to the list, that the firms name needs to be mentioned in the source being used to verify the firm. Unfortunately, QPRJack chose not only to ignore all my messages, which included offers of help, but also kept adding the firm back in, each time with an invalid source (as both myself and other users kept pointing out to them was invalid). These edits were reverted by a number of other users including myself over the weeks. And in the end the result was QPRJack being temporarily blocked. I realise that I (or any of the other users who were involved) should have at the time brought the matter here much sooner. Today the new user QPRben has started editing in exactly the same manner as QPRJack, (and also today the IP user and both would appear it seems to be one and the same person as JackQPR. I am not sure how long the block was for and whether it is still in place. It does seem though as if these three users are all one and the same person, and if the block is still in place then they are evading the block. But regardless, even if the block has run its course, QPRben has reverted three times already today with the same edit yet again and this time I am bringing it here straightaway. I have left the last edit in place so as not to continue what could be perceived as an edit war. And I would request that an Admin looks into this please?♦Tangerines♦·Talk 21:36, 16 January 2008 (UTC)

  • Dealt with - see resolved tag above. BLACKKITE 23:56, 16 January 2008 (UTC)

Thank you.♦Tangerines♦·Talk 03:03, 17 January 2008 (UTC)

Follow-up to deletion restrictions

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Discussion copied over to Wikipedia:Village_pump_(technical)#Deletion_restrictions_for_pages_with_long_histories. Carcharoth (talk) 00:15, 17 January 2008 (UTC)

Well, thank goodness someone finally got around to implementing this limit! A good side-effect will be that talk pages and user pages with more than 5000 revisions will need to be properly debated (well, the talk pages debated at least) and then deleted, rather than deleted on the quiet with a "right to vanish" request. As a matter of interest, if there is a need to delete revisions of a large page, or the whole page, how should we do this? Request it somewhere? Have a "Requests for bigdelete access" process to rival "Requests for rollback" in pointlessness? Carcharoth (talk) 23:53, 16 January 2008 (UTC)

  • Does anyone have a list of how many pages have more than 5000 revisions? Carcharoth (talk) 23:55, 16 January 2008 (UTC)
Actually, per WP:BEANS, keep the list quiet for a while? Carcharoth (talk) 23:57, 16 January 2008 (UTC)
Yes, I don't think it wise to go creating a list of easy targets. Woody (talk) 00:00, 17 January 2008 (UTC)
If only there was some way to decide what the community thinks of this new user right... EconomicsGuy (talk) 00:02, 17 January 2008 (UTC)

More seriously, can anyone delete pages with more than 5000 revisions? When this is needed, what should be done? I've heard somewhere that oversight is less server intensive, but I don't think oversight should be used purely because it is the only option for removing (eg. libellous) revisions from a page history for pages with 5000+ revisions. Carcharoth (talk) 00:05, 17 January 2008 (UTC)

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Repeated reverts of MOSNUM by User:Omegatron

I have been advised this is a better place to make a report regarding repeated reverts made by User:Omegatron.

Recently, someone pointed out on my talk page Omegatron made a change to MOSNUM. Upon investigation his change does not have consensus. The change was undone and I placed a request on Omegatron's page to not make changes until he had consensus. Since then Omegatron has claimed I've been edit warring when actually it is him who has been edit warring to try to make sure his changes (without consensus) stay on MOSNUM. My justification for reverting him is that he has failed to demonstrate consensus. I have checked that last two months of his edit history and nowhere has he once discussed those changes he made to MOSNUM. The diffs of his changes clearly show changes in the content of the guideline which go above and beyond simple "tidying up", for example he removed completely the phrase starting with "When in doubt, stay with established usage in the article, and follow the lead of the first major contributor...." and he also changes that part starting with "There is no consensus..." to have a different meaning by including extra terms. Even though he has not reverted more than twice, so far, he is well aware of the 3RR rule and should know better than try to make substantive changes on guideline talk pages without building consensus. Also the user had made several bad faith and untrue accusations in his edit here and also also attempted to misrepresent and bully by throwing around threats about "blocking". In summary, as explained above, he has failed to show any recent discussion over the past two months where he has tried to build consensus for any changes to WP:MOSNUM binary prefixes. Fnagaton 23:16, 16 January 2008 (UTC)

Please look at the edit history (especially the diff itself) and my comments on the talk page. Fnagaton is reverting all of my edits en masse, including little changes to sentence structure, just to be antagonistic.

He's been consistently disruptive on this issue, and I believe that a block is justified at this point, but I obviously can't do it or I will be an "involved admin". — Omegatron 23:49, 16 January 2008 (UTC)

Again you are trying to misrepresent the facts. Your threats and bullying are obvious and you deserve to be blocked for trying to push your edits onto MOSNUM without consensus. I would remind you that you are rapidly approaching 3RR for revert my change to put that section of MOSNUM back to how it was for last last few months at least. I am not reverting your edits to be "antagonistic" I am reverting your edits because your edits are wrong. Fnagaton 23:54, 16 January 2008 (UTC)
The fact is that section in MOSNUM was stable for several months until his change. I've given him a chance. He can try to show where he has recently built consensus for his changes to MOSNUM or he can stop editing MOSNUM. If he continues to show bad faith by making his changes then that will show he deserves to be blocked. Likewise if he can show the diffs from the period over the last two months where he negotiated to make those specific changes to that section of MOSNUM then I'll admit I'm wrong and revert the changes myself. However I'm not wrong, I checked his edit history for the last two months. ;) Fnagaton 00:00, 17 January 2008 (UTC)
Oh, God, not this nonsense again. I thought we had dealt with this issue a year ago by saying to just leave the damn prefixes alone and go with whatever the article creator did, and have the style page reflect that. It is clear that there is no consensus at all for forcing the binary prefixes into Wikipedia. IEC isn't God, and the standard on Wikipedia is to follow common usage. I think that Omegatron's edits are a prelude to attempting to force binary prefixes again, which will start another major edit war. *** Crotalus *** 05:25, 17 January 2008 (UTC)
The present version of the style page seems to express a preference for the pre-IEC usage, rather than letting the article creator choose. It says "when in doubt, stay with established usage in the article, and follow the lead of the first major contributor". This leaves the door open for a later editor to claim there is no doubt, the article should be changed to the pre-IEC usage. --Gerry Ashton (talk) 05:49, 17 January 2008 (UTC)
Not really. It clearly states "There is consensus that editors should not change prefixes from one style to the other,...." and "When in doubt, stay with established usage in the article, and follow the lead of the first major contributor." The present wording was written as a group effort (between both camps) via the talk page, trying not to put one view over the other (the previous version had been completely pro-IEC). If anything, it was the previous version that did the opposite of what you're worried about - it was being used by editors to change all existences of pre-IEC usage to IEC, regardless of any lack of consensus by an articles major contributors. It resulted in disruptive editing practices, and a particular person being banned for said practices. The rule since the current version was written has been if the article was originally written in IEC or pre-IEC, leave it. If it was changed from one or the other without consensus, put it back in the original state. --Marty Goldberg (talk) 07:23, 17 January 2008 (UTC)
  • I think everyone's grown very sick of this frenzy of unpleasantness that Fnagaton has brought to MOSNUM. I can't even bear to go there. The place is in dysfunctional chaos. Calling Omegatron "disruptive" is rather galling. It's all just so aggressive and I wish it would stop. TONY (talk) 17:07, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
    • The unpleasantness at WT:MOSNUM is the result of many editors. Tony1 has not been least among them, as Fnagaton has pointed out here: "You see when warned about 3RR Tony1 replied with this uncivil edit. Also note the uncivil reply. Then note the "get a life" uncivil edit comment." Septentrionalis PMAnderson 20:32, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
      • Think what you like, and carry on your personal campaign against my contributions to MOS, but my belief remains that the current mess at MOSNUM has been caused by a band of aggressive editors who appear to disregard several of WP's pillars. TONY (talk) 08:36, 30 April 2008 (UTC)
        • Indeed, the trouble is caused "by a band of aggressive editors who appear to disregard several of WP's pillars", but it's a band engaging in civil war: the aggression and the disregard exist on both sides of the issue. (And yes, Fnagaton is often aggressive; but not as much as you are. Still, you are both more constructive than Omegatron.) Septentrionalis PMAnderson 14:09, 30 April 2008 (UTC)

User: Robby Cook

Wikipedia User:Robby Cook has vandalized my Wikipedia user page. He has a past history of vandalizing Wikipedia, as evidence on his discussion page. I was hoping some action could be taken regarding this, potentially a ban or something similar. Thank you very much! — Chad "1m" Mosher Email Talk Cont. 23:30, 16 January 2008 (UTC)

No edits for six months, edits before that weren't wonderful, picked on you as the last person to warn him, nasty vandalism back at you. I think Wikipedia can live without him. Permablocked. Review by others welcomed as usual. ➔ REDVEЯS is standing in the dark 23:38, 16 January 2008 (UTC)

User creation log

  • There are a lot of accounts being created in quick succession. Something stinks. JuJube (talk) 23:41, 16 January 2008 (UTC)
We've been off-air for about an hour, so there's a backlog of people wanting to get on. So saying that, a glance at the log shows it's busy, but not that busy. I've seen a full page of the log each minute in the past, and that was just "very busy", rather than "stinking". ➔ REDVEЯS is standing in the dark 23:45, 16 January 2008 (UTC)
See here and look at the entries around 23:40 on 16 January 2008. Whether this is more than usual I don't know. When would this be sufficient grounds for a checkuser investigation, if ever? Maybe check the contribs - if the account is created and then does nothing for months, it could be a sleeper sock. Carcharoth (talk) 23:47, 16 January 2008 (UTC)
For reference, the average of the past 5 minutes is about 8 per minute. That's about normal for this time of the day. ➔ REDVEЯS is standing in the dark 23:48, 16 January 2008 (UTC)

It's probably just 'cause I briefly broke the 'pedia? — Scientizzle 23:55, 16 January 2008 (UTC)

Yeah, but we won't hold it against you. Although we might make you clean out an image backlog somewhere, just to make sure you're really sorry ;o) ➔ REDVEЯS is standing in the dark 23:51, 16 January 2008 (UTC)
Heh. Maybe tomorrow, when I'm less gun-shy about the delete button... — Scientizzle 23:55, 16 January 2008 (UTC)

JuJube - see above. I thought the same until I checked the time stamp. The crash meant only log entries were showing for a while. Pedro :  Chat  00:01, 17 January 2008 (UTC)

Nude picture of celebrity


Although we had some fun guessing who this person might be.

I just noticed a nude picture of a celebrity reverted from their article. What do we do with such images? There is a possibility it is genuine, but I suspect it is photoshopped because the play in question probably didn't let people take photos. In any case, it lacks source information and I doubt the celebrity in question would really want it on their article. I can identify the image but would prefer to delete it first. Carcharoth (talk) 00:02, 17 January 2008 (UTC)

Delete - I suspect it's a hoax, but if not, it most probably won't be free, and therefore should have a source and a rationale. I'd personally say invoke BLP on this one. Ryan Postlethwaite 00:04, 17 January 2008 (UTC)
OK, deleting. Did you manage to identify what I was talking about? :-) Carcharoth (talk) 00:06, 17 January 2008 (UTC)
Oops. Now people can see from my deletion logs what the image was. I really can't get the hang of WP:BEANS. Carcharoth (talk) 00:10, 17 January 2008 (UTC)
No I didn't actually, but just taken a look now. I've got to say, I'm fairly sure it's a hoax!! I'm also a little upset it's not Maria Sharapova :-) Ryan Postlethwaite 00:11, 17 January 2008 (UTC)

Its not hard to figure out ;-) A fully nude image isn't necessary anyway - the play publicity photo is pretty close, and gets the point across. (Guessed without looking in any logs, hah!). Agreed on Maria Sharapova... or Meghan Fox!Avruchtalk 00:13, 17 January 2008 (UTC)

I would like to point to WP:HOTTIE, and the only casual mention of nude pictures. Maybe time for a policy change there? Martijn Hoekstra (talk) 00:18, 17 January 2008 (UTC)
So "celebrity" + "nude" + "play" was enough. Yeah, I guess it would have been! Carcharoth (talk) 00:20, 17 January 2008 (UTC)
Unless you remember when they were stageing the graduate about what 8 years ago in london.Geni 00:47, 17 January 2008 (UTC)

That was a lot more disappointing than I'd expected...Someguy1221 (talk) 00:56, 17 January 2008 (UTC)

Yeah. My first guess was that the subject might be Julie Andrews. (Anyone else old enough to know why?) -- llywrch (talk) 01:18, 17 January 2008 (UTC)
No, no I am not. ViridaeTalk 01:20, 17 January 2008 (UTC)
SOB. (I am obviously old enough.) Horologium (talk) 01:34, 17 January 2008 (UTC)
Lol, i thought you were calling me a son of a bitch for not being old enough to know what the mention was - only later when MarnetteD posted that I realised that was the name of the play/film. ViridaeTalk 01:51, 17 January 2008 (UTC)
ROFL. I knew I should have wikilinked that... :) Horologium (talk) 04:32, 17 January 2008 (UTC)
There were nude scenes in Mary Poppins (film)? :-) Seriously, which Julie Andrews play are you thinking of? (Quick, before the thread is closed down for trying to act like this is the Reference Desk!) Carcharoth (talk) 01:48, 17 January 2008 (UTC)
I'm old enough too. She had started to break out of her sweetheart image in 10 where whe was far hotter than Bo Derek and followed that performance up with the film S.O.B. mentioned above. Wow the 80's were along time ago. MarnetteD | Talk 01:49, 17 January 2008 (UTC)

Oh I wish I was wrong but I get the feeling that my letching is all for nought when I discovered that it may in fact be that of a young man :( --WebHamster 02:18, 17 January 2008 (UTC)


I am concerned that the above user (Benfeing) is deliberately ignoring the policy on copyright and is refusing to engage in dialogue as regards any copyright issues. From self-explanatory posts at his/her Talk page and this log it is apparent that a number of images have been uploaded with dubious copyright status - most are marked "self-made" in a possible attempt to avoid detection. Perhaps more worryingly, this article was speedied for obvious copyvio and then recreated a few days later in exactly the same form - despite messages left on the user's talk page and also a response to his/her query by User:Rudget who effected the speedy. Please could an admin look into this user's conduct and consider a possible interim block if the copyvio activity and deletion of tags (without cause) continues? Dick G (talk) 02:39, 17 January 2008 (UTC)

I left a stern warning on the user's talk page. The user in question has been made aware that further copyvios will result in a block. If he does it again, let the admins know, and it will be taken care of... 02:50, 17 January 2008 (UTC)
Many thanks, will keep any eye open. Cheers Dick G (talk) 03:14, 17 January 2008 (UTC)

User talk:Precious_Roy/sockproblems

Englandrules left a comment on Jimbo's page regarding problems with User talk:Precious_Roy/sockproblems being potentially abusive and in violation of WP:CIVIL. As I'm no longer a regular contributor, I could not recall the proper details of how this problem can be dealt with, but it looked to be chatter to me, and hence fairly quick to deal with. I then received more information from the user on my talk page [25], asking me to help further. Could someone please look into the history of this case and exactly what is going on here? Thanks. LinaMishima (talk) 03:39, 17 January 2008 (UTC)

You may want to check the notes on the problem user's page, and talk to User:JzG for some more details on this particular issue. Tony Fox (arf!) 05:05, 17 January 2008 (UTC)
Thanks, that's why I posted here, as I suspected it would be complicated. Turns out Guy is already onto this. Better to look into something and find it baseless than to not look into at all. I think this is as resolved as it can be for now. LinaMishima (talk) 12:51, 17 January 2008 (UTC)

Featured content has disappeared

Portal:Featured content and pages such as Wikipedia:Featured list candidates are blank. --Orlady (talk) 03:44, 17 January 2008 (UTC)

The portal is visible for me, but Wikipedia:Featured list candidates is not, but it is still there: . ViridaeTalk 03:46, 17 January 2008 (UTC)
Not sure if it's related, but can someone try to unblank Cattle? I've been trying, rollback isn't working, and the history shows, but the revisions don't work. --Bongwarrior (talk) 03:53, 17 January 2008 (UTC)
Yes, that is related, same style of blank page (following rollback) ViridaeTalk 03:59, 17 January 2008 (UTC)
?? Try not using rollback. Worked for me. Franamax (talk) 04:01, 17 January 2008 (UTC)
I did, when I went the the version I needed for a manual revert it was completely blank, didnt even have the cattle header. ViridaeTalk 04:02, 17 January 2008 (UTC)
I had the same experience. Everything seems fine now though. --Melburnian (talk) 04:05, 17 January 2008 (UTC)
Where's that rouge guy? I propose placing blame there. :) Franamax (talk) 04:09, 17 January 2008 (UTC)
Please place the the appropriate message on his talk - he's a good guy and thankfully sees the funny side :-) Ryan Postlethwaite 04:26, 17 January 2008 (UTC)

Wikipedia is full

Got this message today on an article-space edit:

A database query syntax error has occurred. This may
 indicate a bug in the software. 
The last attempted database query was: (SQL query hidden)
from within function "Revision::insertOn". 
MySQL returned error "1114: The table 'text' is full (".

Wikipedia really was full; the recent change log showed no article edits for some time, although image uploads and new user signups continued.

MySQL correctly handles full tables. New transactions that need space will be rejected, and the database remains intact. So this just blocks all editing temporarily. --John Nagle (talk) 04:21, 17 January 2008 (UTC)

Known DB problems - Transient issues, should be resolved. Georgewilliamherbert (talk) 04:23, 17 January 2008 (UTC)
See above, re: the section "Apologies everyone..." Scientizzle deleted the sandbox, and the fit hit the shan... Kinda funny when you look at it all... 04:28, 17 January 2008 (UTC)
Full?? Arghhh!! What happened to WP:PAPER?. Quick, delete all the articles about things more than a hundred years old, that should free up some space.--Jac16888 (talk) 04:32, 17 January 2008 (UTC)
I'd prefer deleting the articles about everything newer than 20 years old. It'd free up more space, too. --Carnildo (talk) 04:46, 17 January 2008 (UTC)
I think we've got extra articles lying around about every TV episode ever... ThuranX (talk) 04:48, 17 January 2008 (UTC)
Naughty naughty. What about all the tax related articles? will anyone miss them?--Jac16888 (talk) 04:51, 17 January 2008 (UTC)
As long as we keep this one, all the rest can go as far as I care... 05:20, 17 January 2008 (UTC)
I blame the random IPs. It's always the random IP's fault. HalfShadow (talk)

I made Wikipedia "full" with my itchy trigger-finger?! I'm bringing this site to its knees! — Scientizzle 05:39, 17 January 2008 (UTC)

You do know that deleting pages won't clear the database? They stay in there. Not even oversighting would remove it, it just gets moved around. --Chris 06:01, 17 January 2008 (UTC)
Umm, we know. It was a joke, obviously its not really full, its just the sites being a bit buggy tonight/this morning--Jac16888 (talk) 06:09, 17 January 2008 (UTC)

Please review my block.

I indef blocked User:Westgatemall for reporting Kuru as a vandal and forging User:Dysepsion's signature. As it was the first and only edit, I bring it here for review. Cheers, Dlohcierekim 05:14, 17 January 2008 (UTC)

Good block. There's no way it's a newbie, and no way it's an accident. Troll. Antandrus (talk) 05:17, 17 January 2008 (UTC)
Good enough for me. This is part of a larger problem. See this difs as well: [26]. SOmeone has something out for Kuru... Also saw some questionable Dysepesion stuff too. MIght have been this, I didn't check it out deeper. This should be looked into further. 05:18, 17 January 2008 (UTC)
Looking at his talk page history, someone's been trolling him for a while. I like revert, block, ignore for handling this type. Antandrus (talk) 05:31, 17 January 2008 (UTC)

Re-Creation of Corey Delaney

Greetings, I was original of the now deleted Corey Delaney. The (now blanked) AfD resulted in deletion due to WP:ONEEVENT. Now however, in a news article written today (which only go on to affirm the subject's notability, and that we are alowed to use his name), has shown that he is not notable only because of this event, but also of other events related to the party and the media attentino afterwards. These include a hosting role on Australian's Big Brother reality TV show, running an underage club in Melbourne and hosting his own under 18s event.

Other issues raised by editors are that according to Victorian Law we cannot write about him. This is clearly demonstrated and spoken about in the same newspaper article:

Other developments in this story cannot be reported for legal reasons.

So we are quite within our rights to write an article on this person. We can pretty much guarantee that he is not going to disappear overnight, so it is best that we establish a neutral article on him now, that people reading all the sensationalist stuff in the media can use as a reference of truth.

Let the dabate begin... Fosnez (talk) 05:30, 17 January 2008 (UTC)

  • Yes, but because there is talk of blanking the last Deletion review because of incorrect asumptions of legal issues, It is best it is spoken about here. Fosnez (talk) 05:37, 17 January 2008 (UTC)
  • Actually, DRV is the place to discuss this. You may be confusing DRV with AFD or MFD. Easy to do, what with all of the random letters being thrown about... 05:45, 17 January 2008 (UTC)
As far as I can see, the deletion review has never been blanked. Daniel (talk) 07:10, 17 January 2008 (UTC)



Over the last three days this address has apparently vandalised the pages for Pickett's Charge, John Buford, Ulysses S. Grant, Fort Sumter, and List of American Civil War battles. I was wondering if someone could look into this.Mstuczynski (talk) 06:00, 17 January 2008 (UTC)

Gave (talk · contribs) his/her first vandalism notice at the respective talk page. In the future, keep track of the edits and apply the necessary notices to the talk page. If it continues, report it to WP:AIV. Seicer (talk) (contribs) 06:07, 17 January 2008 (UTC)
Yeah, I was just about to comment myself. User needs to be warned first, and for IP's, it needs to be shown that either a) the IP is currently vandalising or b) the IP is likely static and shows a long history of abuse. Neither of these holds. If you catch the IP in the act of vandalising again (like as its happening) warn with a level 3 or 4 warning, and report to WP:AIV if they continue... 06:11, 17 January 2008 (UTC)
Sorry all. I'm new here. Thanks for the help.Mstuczynski (talk) 06:17, 17 January 2008 (UTC)

Please review

Homocion (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · page moves · block user · block log) has been repeatedly adding his own material into Ice-nine and Cat's Cradle. While there might be something worth including in his contributions (though I don't think so), he has persisted in adding the same poorly-written essay to the articles in spite of warnings. I've reverted and blocked his IP when he logged out to revert for the (I think) seventh time. I would welcome other opinions about how or whether we could turn this editor around. I would be reluctant to block or to revert again myself and have tried reasoning with them to no avail. --John (talk) 06:24, 17 January 2008 (UTC)

3RR is pretty clear... It unequivocally says "don;t do it". This block seems justified. If the behavior continues, I don't see why an indef block would be out of the question. He has been given ample opportunity to communicate and refuses to do so. 06:59, 17 January 2008 (UTC)

New process for pages with over 5000 revisions


The software has just now been changed so that it won't let non-developers delete anything that has over 5000 revisions. If there's a page with a BLP violation or some other emergency (like the virus put in the sandbox that caused this latest incident) that needs deleting, then until developers can be contacted and they handle it, someone with oversight needs to be contacted and the page oversighted. Deletion of such a page stalls the system, while oversighting doesn't. WAS 4.250 (talk) 06:52, 17 January 2008 (UTC)

What page will ever be deleted that has over 5000 revisions that we would need a new bureaucratic process for it? The deletion of the sandbox will never happen again (oversight will more useful in the situation, anyway). If something of such a size ever needs to be deleted, it will likely be an oversight issue, anyway.—Ryūlóng (竜龍) 07:01, 17 January 2008 (UTC)
When United States was deleted, new processes were added. I am sure when the next big deletion comes around, a new process will be made after that. User:Zscout370 (Return Fire) 07:03, 17 January 2008 (UTC)

I am not talking about a "new bureaucratic process". I am talking about a new added step for an admin to follow when that admin decides he wishes to delete a page. Add to the old process "if the page does not delete possibly due to having over 5000 revisions, contact someone with oversight to oversight the page". That's all. No bureaucracy. Simply an added bit of data for any admin who is trying to delete a page. WAS 4.250 (talk) 11:30, 17 January 2008 (UTC)

Thanks for the info. Obviously, that's going to be an extremely rare occurrence but good info to have nonetheless. — Satori Son 14:02, 17 January 2008 (UTC)

Edit warring in progress

Assistance required at Tiananmen Square self-immolation incident. User:Dilip rajeev, persistent offender, and two anonymous IP editors (one using a Microsoft IP address and one from India) -all of which I suspect are one and the same user has/have been engaged in an attempt to introduce changes against the consensus, to an article which has recently attained good article status. I suspect Dilip is behind all three reverts in an attempt to circumvent the three revert rule. Note that Dilip works for Microsoft in India and employs the same flippant and aggressive style editing blatantly in favour of Falun Gong, and the same commenting style in edit summaries. Ohconfucius (talk) 08:25, 17 January 2008 (UTC)

Wikipedia:Requests for arbitration/Falun Gong may possibly be relevant here: it's arguable that this article may come under the "article probation" remedy. Moreschi If you've written a quality article... 14:06, 17 January 2008 (UTC)
I've banned Dilip rajeev (talk · contribs) from Falun Gong, Persecution of Falun Gong, and Tiananmen Square self-immolation incident for 3 months. I've also softblocked the IPs he was using to revert-war (which contained, amongst other things, a very obvious copyvio used for original synthesis). Moreschi If you've written a quality article... 14:21, 17 January 2008 (UTC)

Can someone take a look?

Sorry, I'm off wikipedia now for a few hours, but I just came across this, which might need someone to take a look: AndyJones (talk) 08:39, 17 January 2008 (UTC)

Its somewhat problematic, but it looks like he;s learning. He's creating new articles now rather than overwriting the old ones. That the new articles get speedied as "spam" is another issue, but in the interest of WP:BITE and WP:AGF I am inclined to let this stand for a little while. I warned him AGAIN (this time about Spam). If this continues, please let the admins know that it has not stopped, but as for know I say let him continue to learn, with a VERY short leash... 13:46, 17 January 2008 (UTC)

Bojan Krkić


Bojan Krkić

This article is constantly being vandalized. Is there some way to revert it and lock it so that no edits on it are made for the time being? I'm not too familiar with the process here. Alireza Hashemi (talk)

Hi there,
YOU can revert it yourself, by clicking on history and then undoing to the last stable version.
To get it protected, go to Wikipedia:Requests for page protection and ask there.
Hope that helps, if not leave me a message!
Bluegoblin7 16:38, 17 January 2008 (UTC)

User:Sarsaparilla blatantly violating WP:OR, WP:NPOV, and WP:FRINGE


Look at her userpage and contributions: Sarsaparilla (talk · contribs)

Here's a recent one. [27] Also, aside from her own edits, it's important to see the final product she signed off on. [28] Also, here's another great page she recently created. [29] No matter what country you live in, there clearly is no genuine political debate over private highways anymore than there is over public toilets. Tossing unnecessary politics in there as a justification to toss in a CATO reference is not acceptable behavior. The term "theistic rationalism" seems to be a POV fork of Objectivism, that is, specifically it's one rogue Objectivist's original research about the religious views of the Founding Fathers of America. Her attempts at regularly attempting to get pages supportive of Libertarianism featured (something I helped her with myself) suggests she's using Wikipedia as propaganda, something I refuse to help her with. I made this charge in the past under a poor assumption of bad faith, then apologized for it. She never commented on my claim, either way, whether, "I assure you, I'm a good editor!" or "You're a jerk for assuming bad faith!" Silence on such things is the sure sign of a troll.

From what I've seen now -- and I think a careful review of her contributions will confirm -- the bad faith allegation is justified. I don't request anything in particular -- just that the admins here give it a look.

As a specific example, see my own talk page:

  • And why "POV" instead of "biased"?

Anyone want to tell me the difference, there? Any members of the Libertarian cabal that engage in personal attacks shall be ignored. If you are strongly pro-Libertarian or anti-Libertarian to the point that you think it will affect your better judgment, please do not respond. Zenwhat (talk) 12:52, 13 January 2008 (UTC)

I created a page on theistic rationalism because I went on Facebook yesterday, saw that an acquaintance of mine was listed as a "theistic rationalist," and I noticed there was no wiki page on it. So, I did some cursory research to find out what it was and created a stub. Please quit calling me "she" by the way; I guess people assume I'm female because my username ends in an "a," so if I ever change my identity I suppose the next one will be "The He-Man of Capitalism" or something. Sarsaparilla (talk) 15:31, 13 January 2008 (UTC)
Totally off topic, but I get called a she because of the ending "a" in my username all the time (and I've had this name for about ten years or so). EVula // talk // // 17:06, 13 January 2008 (UTC)
Maybe I should change it to Sarsaparille? But "-lle" endings still sound feminine. Sarsaparillo? Then people will think I wandered here from the Spanish Wikipedia, though. I could go the Italian route and change it to Sarsaparilli. What about Sarsaparillu? Sarsaparilly? Sarsaparilla (talk) 18:32, 13 January 2008 (UTC)
Your edits look fine. Theistic rationalism could obviously use a lot more information and references, but that edit to Private highway has references and avoids weasel words. And what's wrong with "He-Man of Capitalism"? Natalie (talk) 01:47, 14 January 2008 (UTC)
Since when does stuff on Facebook fit the criteria for WP:RS and WP:V? Zenwhat (talk) 07:42, 14 January 2008 (UTC)
It doesn't. Sarsparilla is explaining how he saw "theistic rationalism" on Facebook, and then decided to write an article on it, because Wikipedia did not have one. I can't see anything inappropriate with the edits, Zenwhat, so it is clear that you should have assumed good faith first, instead of spending this time trying to get someone in trouble.—Ryūlóng (竜龍) 07:51, 14 January 2008 (UTC)

A while back, I nominated Chocolate Thai for deletion and was somewhat successful, since the stuff was removed and merged into Cannabis. I notified Sarsaparilla (talk · contribs) of my intention to delete his article Theistic rationalism, since he said he created the article after seeing the term on facebook and he used one source for it, which was blatant original research.

He seems to have retaliated (violating WP:POINT) by creating the article Chocolate chai, then making a snide remark on my page about how (paraphrase) "I guess it's too late to include information about chocolate thai." Despite being an admin, he is a single-purpose account to push Libertarian ideology. Within about a day of pointing this out here, he announced his intent to sell his account on eBay, in Wikipedia:Village pump (miscellaneous). Zenwhat (talk) 21:19, 14 January 2008 (UTC)

I don't know where you get the idea Sarsaparilla is an admin. He's certainly not a SPA either. You should perhaps read that link you posted. Leithp 21:26, 14 January 2008 (UTC)
I thought he was? My mistake. He is, however, an SPA. See his contribs and his user page. Zenwhat (talk) 21:32, 14 January 2008 (UTC)
Zenwhat has no concept of what a POV pusher or single purpose account is. He accuses anyone who disagrees with him of being POV pushing SPAs, myself included, then can't provide any evidence to support the claim. For a laugh, see his current arbcom request and evidence page where he makes the comment "I was blocked by admin User:AuburnPilot, who has engaged in the same contentious editing of articles on Austrian economics, Libertarianism, and Market anarchism." You'll note I've never edited any of those pages, but I suppose that isn't relevant. - auburnpilot talk 22:36, 14 January 2008 (UTC)
This is nothing more than a content dispute. Personally, I don't see anything wrong with Sasparilla's edits. They are referenced, and the new article, while small, is also quite well referenced now and simply needs expansion. Zenwhat seems to be trying to misuse policy to win a content dispute. Nobody of Consequence (talk) 01:11, 17 January 2008 (UTC)
That was my interpretation as well. Leithp 18:35, 18 January 2008 (UTC)

Admin communication and archiving talk pages


This admin User talk:Can't sleep, clown will eat me has an extraordinarily long talk page that precludes easy communication when he makes actions that require comment from other editors. Not just the length, but the processing time, makes it hard to check the status of issues. Should it not be a convention that communication with admins be made as easy as possible? —Preceding unsigned comment added by MickMacNee (talkcontribs) 21:46, 15 January 2008

Perhaps suggest the SqueakBox solution. There were complaints about the length of his talk page as well, and he compromised to keep one page of all of his conversations, and his talk page with only the most recent discussions. I believe he trancluded his talk page to the "All page", so he has the very latest talk plus his discussions from the past all in one place without inconveniencing people trying to contact him. Although I'm not sure he can be forced to do much. Hope this helps. Mahalo. --Ali'i 22:00, 15 January 2008 (UTC)
I left a little note on his talk page. Maybe he just forgot to archive it... 22:05, 15 January 2008 (UTC)
(after EC) The first step is always to ask. I don't see that MickMacNee has actually asked Clown to please archive. Most people will, if asked. KillerChihuahua?!? 22:06, 15 January 2008 (UTC)
I asked on the 10th of January, he has edited since. I don't understand the transclusion bits, sorry. It's a pain to keep going back to check things as he gets talk changes regularly so watching doesn't help. I would think you can't force anyone to do anything on WP, but there are policies about communication, especially for admins, and talk pages are the method of communication. MickMacNee (talk) 22:20, 15 January 2008 (UTC)
Can't Sleep has been asked previously to archive, I found a comment from someone who said that they actually can't load his page when using dial-up. DuncanHill (talk) 03:04, 16 January 2008 (UTC)
In fact I have found 4 requests, on the 23 Aug 07, 26 Sep 07, 26 Dec 07 and then Mick Macnee's on the 10th Jan 08. DuncanHill (talk) 03:09, 16 January 2008 (UTC)
  • Provisionally archived. Note that CSCWEM hasn't edited since the 11th. Avruchtalk 03:56, 16 January 2008 (UTC)
He has been active today, with no acknowledgement of the issue. If all he wants to do is prat around vandal fighting and ignore his talk page then perhaps he shouldn't be allowed to close out Afd's, the fallout of which still hasn't been resolved yet. MickMacNee (talk) 21:01, 17 January 2008 (UTC)

The Transhumanist practicing to be an admin in AFD


he is putting in closing comments ending his comments by saying he is practicing to be an admin [30] [31][32]. I personally have never seen this before and I find it strange and somewhat disruptive. Posting a conclusion before the debate is over seems like it would deter and influence participation.