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Deleted edits[edit]

Hello. I am working on something on Wikinews and I need an administrator to e-mail me and look up some deleted edits/history. I am not really familiar a lot with WP so bare with me :-) Anyone who can help or can give me advice would be greatly appreciated. My e-mail is jason[DOT]safoutin[ASPERAND]wikinewsie[DOT]org. DragonFire1024 (talk) 17:27, 3 May 2008 (UTC)

I'm another one who's also a whole lot more active on Wikinews than Wikipedia. This relates to the WMF being sued, and a lot of the material having already been deleted. Yes, it is the Bauer case, and I could say lots of nasty things about the woman being really unintelligent to sue one of the main sites on the Internet. By trying to sue Wikipedia when they've already removed the information I think most people would agree you've made yourself fair game. The documents detailing what is alleged to have been published on Wikipedia have yet to make it into the PACER US court system, so its what people here can help us turn up that we need to work from. --Brian McNeil /talk 18:17, 3 May 2008 (UTC)
Don't take this personally, but as Mike Godwin (legal counsel to the Wikimedia Foundation) has already advised, one of the defense points for the Foundation is that the article(s) are deleted and not accessible to the outside world. Exactly how can it be justified to make this deleted content available to Wikinews without directly affecting the Foundation's legal position? Just because you are working with a sibling project does not mean you should have access to information that would be denied to every other news outlet. I urge any admins reading this request to consult with Mike Godwin before releasing any information from deleted pages. Risker (talk) 21:24, 3 May 2008 (UTC)
Time to raise a concern I had the other day. Does Deletedpedia (or whatever it's called) have any bearing on this? SHEFFIELDSTEELTALK 22:34, 3 May 2008 (UTC)
I can't find a copy of this article on Deletionpedia, or any evidence they deleted it. (I think the bot they use is programmed not to upload attack pages or BLP deletions.) Hut 8.5 10:31, 4 May 2008 (UTC)


Resolved: Blocked by Oxymoron83 (talk · contribs · blocks · protections · deletions · page moves · rights · RfA) Rudget (Help?) 13:54, 4 May 2008 (UTC)

Hi, will an admin please block this user for repeated vandalism to Hillary Rodham Clinton, despite warnings on his/her talk page. Thanks. --jbmurray (talkcontribs) 08:32, 4 May 2008 (UTC)

User:Oxymoron83 stepped in. Thanks. --jbmurray (talkcontribs) 08:39, 4 May 2008 (UTC)

User:Oleg Kikta[edit]

A classical tale of threats, Personal attacks: [1], [2]. Appears to be a single purpose account. --Kuban Cossack 13:06, 4 May 2008 (UTC)

Sorry a bit late, as I did not realise he was blocked, but also check is sock: 71.58.196.xx, like the one in operation on Kharkiv (check the history) --Kuban Cossack 13:09, 4 May 2008 (UTC)

Deleted edits[edit]

Hello. I am working on something on Wikinews and I need an administrator to e-mail me and look up some deleted edits/history. I am not really familiar a lot with WP so bare with me :-) Anyone who can help or can give me advice would be greatly appreciated. My e-mail is jason[DOT]safoutin[ASPERAND]wikinewsie[DOT]org. DragonFire1024 (talk) 17:27, 3 May 2008 (UTC)

I'm another one who's also a whole lot more active on Wikinews than Wikipedia. This relates to the WMF being sued, and a lot of the material having already been deleted. Yes, it is the Bauer case, and I could say lots of nasty things about the woman being really unintelligent to sue one of the main sites on the Internet. By trying to sue Wikipedia when they've already removed the information I think most people would agree you've made yourself fair game. The documents detailing what is alleged to have been published on Wikipedia have yet to make it into the PACER US court system, so its what people here can help us turn up that we need to work from. --Brian McNeil /talk 18:17, 3 May 2008 (UTC)
Don't take this personally, but as Mike Godwin (legal counsel to the Wikimedia Foundation) has already advised, one of the defense points for the Foundation is that the article(s) are deleted and not accessible to the outside world. Exactly how can it be justified to make this deleted content available to Wikinews without directly affecting the Foundation's legal position? Just because you are working with a sibling project does not mean you should have access to information that would be denied to every other news outlet. I urge any admins reading this request to consult with Mike Godwin before releasing any information from deleted pages. Risker (talk) 21:24, 3 May 2008 (UTC)
Time to raise a concern I had the other day. Does Deletedpedia (or whatever it's called) have any bearing on this? SHEFFIELDSTEELTALK 22:34, 3 May 2008 (UTC)
I can't find a copy of this article on Deletionpedia, or any evidence they deleted it. (I think the bot they use is programmed not to upload attack pages or BLP deletions.) Hut 8.5 10:31, 4 May 2008 (UTC)

Sephiroth BCR canvassing[edit]

Please see here and here. I replied to her first diff indicated here, but just noticed she has also sought out support from still another editor who is obviously one who will likely support her side against me. For the larger context, please see here. Sincerely, --Le Grand Roi des CitrouillesTally-ho! 08:11, 4 May 2008 (UTC)

First, I'm a he, thanks. Next, asking two users who are often involved with WP:VG to comment on a discussion to acquire larger input (I asked for "fresh comments," not "support me please") is perfectly fine. That you can't WP:AGF, are being extremely picky and frankly, anal about WP:CANVASS, and are being consistently obstinate there completely amazes me. Every single person in that discussion save you has disagreed with you (here for the uninvolved), and that you care to bring an ANI case over this is completely amazing. Sephiroth BCR (Converse) 08:23, 4 May 2008 (UTC)
For the uninvolved, this case is referring to this discussion concerning Weapons of Resident Evil 4. The topic was originally whether the article would be more suited to WP:GAN or WP:FLC (currently nominated at the former), but evolved into a discussion concerning whether the material in the table in the article violated WP:NOT#GAMEGUIDE and WP:GAMECRUFT, as well as whether the article should be merged into Resident Evil 4. Le Roi has worked on the article significantly and was the one who nominated it for good article status. Before this discussion, I was completely uninvolved in the writing of this article, or any issues relating to it. Cheers, Sephiroth BCR (Converse) 08:26, 4 May 2008 (UTC)
I apologize for calling you a she. Asking a neutral user involved with the project to comment is perfectly fine. Asking someone who does not like me and with whom you typically agree and support is not. Anyway, in various earlier discussions, others opposed the merge. Thus, when taken together, there is far less agreement then the most recent merge suggests. Please keep in mind that I am not the creator of the article under question, which means someone thinks it worthwhile, and nor am I the one who originally suggested it stand for GA review, which also suggests other good faith editors believe in the article. A half dozen or so in one night's worth of discussion when others have expressed opposite stances elsewhere on the project does not really reflect true consensus. And as for starting the ANI thread, it is not something I like to do, but I thought I replied to you civily and reasonably in other recent discussions on your and my talk pages and now given the VG project discussion (which really we are just discussing something; there's no reason to take anything personally or to get overly upset over) followed by the copy/paste posts on two other editors' talk page, it seemed best for someone neutral to resolve it. Finally, as I replied to you on the one page, I am always willing and happy to help you with any article as a means of easing any hostility. Best, --Le Grand Roi des CitrouillesTally-ho! 08:33, 4 May 2008 (UTC)
Asking a user I trust, is very knowledgeable about policy, and whom I have known to comment solely on content regardless of personal feelings, is perfectly fine. That and those two were the first in a long range of people I was about to contact to raise awareness about the discussion, including User:Dihydrogen Monoxide (the original instigator of the thread), User:Judgesurreal777, User:Gary King, among others, and stopped for the sake of this thread. In any case, asking for more input when you're not budging an iota to the discussion at hand is a reason for bringing in more input in order to create more venues for discussion and solve the impasse. That you're bringing an WP:ANI case over this is frankly ridiculous, and again, a completely overreaching interpretation of WP:CANVASS. As for the article, I stated I was uninvolved in editing it to provide context for other users here. I have no interest in editing in as I never played the game, and frankly, since I'm free to edit whatever I deign to. Sephiroth BCR (Converse) 08:53, 4 May 2008 (UTC)
Not when it is someone whom you well know has expressed a particular opinion against the main editor with whom you are disagreeing. Whereas I have expressed an agreement that some of the material can be duplicated, have you similarly compromised? As per my bringing it to ANI and my interpretation of CANVASS, please keep in mind that I saw two copy/paste posts in a row in which you outright comment on me and ask editors, including one whom you know but days ago expressed her dislike of me, to help you in a discussion for an article that you just worte above you "have no interest in editing in as I never played the game." Sincerely, --Le Grand Roi des CitrouillesTally-ho! 09:01, 4 May 2008 (UTC)
I don't have to compromise when consensus is clearly with me and you're straying against it. Again, for Collectonian, I have trusted her implicitly to act without regard to her feelings on the matter, as she has done so in the past. My point about bringing it to ANI was that you immediately threw WP:AGF out the window and decided to dramatize the whole issue by bringing it here when a comment on my talk page would have sufficed. As for me having no interest in editing in the article, that is entirely irrelevant. I'm involved in discussions every single day on articles I have never seen before and never edited. That does not deter me from providing my opinion on them or moving for changes to be made. People are not obliged to edit any article on Wikipedia, nor do they have to in order to have a say on matters concerning the article. That the discussion is occurring on the article's WikiProject makes this particularly pertinent. Sephiroth BCR (Converse) 09:10, 4 May 2008 (UTC)
Consensus is not clearly with you; only in one discussion perhaps, but in other discussions consensus is far less clear as has been indicated. The problem was that you did not simply say, "Hey does anyone else have any other thoughts or input on This discussion?" You said: "This discussion is becoming annoying. I've about stretched my patience to the breaking point with this user (and as you know, I consider myself very even-tempered and overly civil), and his obstinate nature is about all I can handle." You threw AGF out the window and dramatized the issue in the manner and wording in which you sought help, just as she did but days ago. There are ways to request thoughts on topics without commenting on specific editors and without bringing in allies to take over an argument for you. And for what it's worth, if you'd rather just iron out any disagreements via email, I'm happy to discuss with you in that route as well. Sincerely, --Le Grand Roi des CitrouillesTally-ho! 17:09, 4 May 2008 (UTC)


Resolved: Blocked by Oxymoron83 (talk · contribs · blocks · protections · deletions · page moves · rights · RfA) Rudget (Help?) 13:54, 4 May 2008 (UTC)

Hi, will an admin please block this user for repeated vandalism to Hillary Rodham Clinton, despite warnings on his/her talk page. Thanks. --jbmurray (talkcontribs) 08:32, 4 May 2008 (UTC)

User:Oxymoron83 stepped in. Thanks. --jbmurray (talkcontribs) 08:39, 4 May 2008 (UTC)

Rotary International and Pierre Larcin[edit]

The article is currently under attack by IP's who are obviously User:PierreLarcin. The comments to his editions are so typical. For more about this user, see Talk:Rotary International and this RfA. Yesterday it was dealt within WP:AIV, but I am now told that I should post here instead. Anyway, Pierre is back. I suggest a long semi-protection of Rotary International so that the discussion with Pierre can continue (if these personnal attacks can be considered as a discussion), but any clever suggestion is welcome. Bradipus (talk) 10:39, 4 May 2008 (UTC)

I have sprotected the article for 3 days to allow discussion to be uninterrupted here and on the article talkpage. Please lift or extend as is considered appropriate. LessHeard vanU (talk) 10:57, 4 May 2008 (UTC)

Bradipus tries as usual (he works the same way on french wiki : he wages an edit war on an unilatéral thesis and goes to Administrator pages to bring an alert) to manipulate people : Bradipus : - just above you said "I will delete it shortly" - here you said "list was replaced by an explanatory text" As far as French version shows, you never added information on the page of Rotary International, you use the "reformulation" opportunities + arguing there is an edit war THAT YOU INITIATE YOURSELF, you use your politician relations with other Administrators on Wiki, to edit pages following your own politician convictions. As you seem to be a "liberal" belgian politician and AS LIBERAL/CONSERVATIVE POLITICIANS seems in Belgium related to Rotary (politicians as Richard Miller, Louis Michel, Michel Foret ), you use your politicial influence on Wiki to edit WP pages according to your personal opinions.

Bradipus is related to "MR" (abusively called "Mouvement Réformateur" as he ALWAYS smooth on French wiki the pages of MR Politicians : verify, wikipedians:

1/ Bradipus as a "liberal" activist on MR pages please note Bradipus superb/provocative comment for edit : "un inconnu qui a une thèse bizarre sur base du programme 2003"/ "a stranger with a bizarre thesis on the 2003 project/(political)program" which means that Bradipus know the political project please note Bradipus superb/provocative comment for edit : "this funny thesis"/"cette these amusante"

2/ Bradipus as a provocative () liar : Bradipus IS HIMSELF concerned by Pinochet, and what did Bradipus delete here ? Rotarian affiliation... and above he says : "you ...are interested in Pinochet" —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:11, 4 May 2008 (UTC)

  • I believe the comments by the anon, which are the same as the edit summaries and on the article talkpage, pretty much prove Bradipus' complaint - this is a POV edit war by a group or individual who believe that Rotarians are some nefarious social political grouping and is disrupting the article. So, is there anything other than long term protection and whack a mole blocking that can be done? LessHeard vanU (talk) 16:06, 4 May 2008 (UTC)

User:Oleg Kikta[edit]

A classical tale of threats, Personal attacks: [3], [4]. Appears to be a single purpose account. --Kuban Cossack 13:06, 4 May 2008 (UTC)

Sorry a bit late, as I did not realise he was blocked, but also check is sock: 71.58.196.xx, like the one in operation on Kharkiv (check the history) --Kuban Cossack 13:09, 4 May 2008 (UTC)

User:Naruto134 - repeated incivility after many warnings[edit]

I came across a wikiquette alert on this user, and after investigation felt that there had been a small incivility issue. I was going to leave a gentle note on the editor's talk page but upon further investigation found that this user has had numerous such warnings and suggestions left on their page, only to delete them and move on. My feeling was that adding another was going to be pointless. I am of the opinion that an administrator may need to step in and make a clear statement of the future consequences, should this not cease. LonelyBeacon (talk) 18:07, 4 May 2008 (UTC)

Sock drawer[edit]

What should be done when it appears someone is creating a set of new accounts, but has as yet made no edits, so there is no "behavioral pattern" to indicate sock puppetry? In the list of newly created userids I found 18:16, 3 May 2008 Shirleyshihfeng (Talk | contribs | block) New user account 18:16, 3 May 2008 Shirleyfengshih (Talk | contribs | block) New user account ‎ 18:14, 3 May 2008 Shirleyfeng (Talk | contribs | block) New user account ‎ 18:13, 3 May 2008 Shirleyshih (Talk | contribs | block) New user account ‎ Is there any valid basis for creating a clearly related set of new user accounts? Thanks. Edison (talk) 19:51, 3 May 2008 (UTC)

I'd say some n00b is just experimenting and can't make up their mind which form of their name they want to use. You often get people making more than one account in this way. Fut.Perf. 19:55, 3 May 2008 (UTC)
I thought I might leave a message asking which the user wished to use and block the others. Appropriate? Or is it permissable to have a large set of useraccounts? Edison (talk) 19:59, 3 May 2008 (UTC)
There's no actual rule against having sock accounts, provided you aren't using them to get around a block. HalfShadow (talk) 20:06, 3 May 2008 (UTC)
I wouldn't bother. There isn't really any reason to suspect they are going to do anything problematic with these accounts, and making a fuss about it might come across as bitey. Fut.Perf. 20:07, 3 May 2008 (UTC)
I, on the other hand, do bother. Any time I see (via checkuser) a block of new user accounts made within minutes of each other, I assume that sleepers are being created. In this case, six accounts were made within 19 minutes; Edison missed User:Fengshih and User:Shihshirley. I've never encountered a pattern of this sort that is not abusive. There's no valid reason for creating such a block of accounts. --jpgordon∇∆∇∆ 21:20, 3 May 2008 (UTC)
The fallacies in your logic are in the second and fourth sentences. --Lemmey talk 21:23, 3 May 2008 (UTC)
Glad you see them, want to clue the rest of us in? Toddst1 (talk) 21:30, 3 May 2008 (UTC)
"I assume that sleepers are being created." & "I've never encountered a pattern of this sort that is not abusive." I've never heard a democrat I liked but I'm not going to write them all off. If the accounts become a problem, block them, its not like a single user or a bank of users can cause that much trouble. --Lemmey talk 22:03, 3 May 2008 (UTC)
It seems to me that Lemmey is making quite... confrontational posts on AN/I threads relating to sockpuppetry. I have no idea why that would be. Just something odd I noticed. SHEFFIELDSTEELTALK 22:45, 3 May 2008 (UTC)
It seems to me that SheffielSteel's signature includes the color green. I have no idea why that would be. Just something odd I noticed. We all have opinions, thanks for sharing.--Lemmey talk 22:54, 3 May 2008 (UTC)
Since Lemmey didn't actually say what his protests were in lieu of discussing color-coordination, I'll just point out that even though he says a single user/bank of users isn't much trouble, this very page has at least a half a dozen discussions about socks or multiple vandals causing trouble, and reliable editors trying to stop the damage they're causing. Multiple editors and admins think this instance is worth talking about. Redrocket (talk) 23:00, 3 May 2008 (UTC)
It's less than 24 hours since the last sock of Dereks1x was blocked. I think is reasonable to expect more sock/sleeper accounts to be created or become active. SHEFFIELDSTEELTALK 23:30, 3 May 2008 (UTC)
My protests are that blocking and banning should remain reactive actions and not proactive approaches when as stated above "there is no behavioral pattern to indicate sock puppetry" --Lemmey talk 23:36, 3 May 2008 (UTC)
Creating blocks of accounts at the same time is in itself a behavioral patern that indicates sock puppetry. --jpgordon∇∆∇∆ 15:30, 4 May 2008 (UTC)
I have to agree with jpgordon here ... the mass creation of user IDs like this is always a portent of bad things to come. --Kralizec! (talk) 22:17, 4 May 2008 (UTC)
I'm not suggesting an eye not be kept on them, but simple fact of the matter is, the user hasn't done anything 'wrong' yet. HalfShadow (talk) 22:21, 4 May 2008 (UTC)

Block & oversight needed[edit]

Resolved: Edits oversighted. Anthøny 19:11, 4 May 2008 (UTC) (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log) For edits to this page SHEFFIELDSTEELTALK 16:21, 4 May 2008 (UTC)

[5] by Deskana William M. Connolley (talk) 16:32, 4 May 2008 (UTC)


The user, WHeimbignerhas created a sock pupped account User: and trolled and participated in a edit war, when he acknowledged that he wasn't logged in, and continued to revert edits for around 7 times. His account has not been used for anything productive other then trolling the Audacious Media Player page. The user should be blocked, so an incident like this will not occur again.

The edit war there appears to have ended. Could you mention how you determined that User:WHeimbigner is User: I don't see the relation looking at that article's history. Hersfold (t/a/c) 21:32, 4 May 2008 (UTC)
User:WHeimbigner has been notified of this thread. Hersfold (t/a/c) 21:34, 4 May 2008 (UTC)


This was recently discussed here, with consensus being that it broke no policy. However, AuburnPilot has deleted it without giving any reason why and I can't see any good reason, either. Am I mistaken, or was this out of order? I really hope it's the former and he was simply e-mailed about deleting it by the user or something. Blood Red Sandman (Talk) (Contribs) 19:53, 2 May 2008 (UTC)

Could you link to the previous AN/I discussion, or the archive it was in? Thanks. Gwynand | TalkContribs 19:55, 2 May 2008 (UTC)
(edit conflict) Also there are several other examples and (I think) failed deletion discussions over it, but I couldn't for the life of me tell you where to find them. Blood Red Sandman (Talk) (Contribs) 20:14, 2 May 2008 (UTC)
It's here Blood Red Sandman (Talk) (Contribs) 19:58, 2 May 2008 (UTC)
Wikipedia:User_page#Images_on_user_pages says, "There is broad consensus that you should not have any image on your userpage that would bring the project into disrepute (per Jimbo Wales), and you may be asked to remove such images." Hosting a pornographic gallery in your userpage would obviously be an example of something that brings the project into disrepute. Your userspace is not free webhosting and if you use it for things unrelated to developing an encyclopedia, they can and will be deleted. The user in question has ZERO mainspace edits and has had the account over two years so there is no way that a case can be made that this gallery had anything to do with the development of an encyclopedia. --B (talk) 20:07, 2 May 2008 (UTC)
Sorry for the blank deletion summary, I'm not sure how that happened. I deleted the page mostly per WP:NOTMYSPACE, but also per the deletion discussion related to a very similar page; see Wikipedia:Miscellany for deletion/User:Jacob Green696/Naked Chicks for more information. Also note that U.S.A. (talk · contribs) has zero contributions to the encyclopedia, and was essentially using this as a webhost. - auburnpilot talk 20:11, 2 May 2008 (UTC)
As a side note, the user self-identifies as a 12-year-old [6]. I am not a lawyer, but I can't imagine that knowingly allowing a 12-year-old to maintain a porn gallery is a good thing. --B (talk) 20:12, 2 May 2008 (UTC)
Absolutely the right decision. Sam Korn (smoddy) 20:13, 2 May 2008 (UTC)
Is that not a crime in the US? You view at 18 there, same as here in the UK, right? Blood Red Sandman (Talk) (Contribs) 20:33, 2 May 2008 (UTC)
Or 21, in some locales. Actually, I'm not sure if it's the viewing or the purveyance that is the crime here. Antelantalk 20:34, 2 May 2008 (UTC)
If viewing porn under 21 is a crime, I should have been in jail years ago :) Wildthing61476 (talk) 20:39, 2 May 2008 (UTC)
I certainly don't think U.S.A.'s gallery benefited the encyclopedia, and certainly could be deleted per WP:NOTMYSPACE. Working from memory, however, it wasn't pornography. It was pictures of women in bikinis/underwear that were on the commons. I don't think we have much in the way of actual pornography on this site. It's perfectly legal for any individual to look at the kinds of images U.S.A. had in his gallery. Darkspots (talk) 20:42, 2 May 2008 (UTC)
Even the likes of Image:Het1.jpg? Blood Red Sandman (Talk) (Contribs) 20:47, 2 May 2008 (UTC)
That's what memory will do for you, and I of course can't see the deleted version. Playing devil's advocate, though, WP isn't censored. We don't have a "click here if you're over 18" button on anything. none of this is to say that the page should not have been deleted under NOTMYSPACE Darkspots (talk) 20:52, 2 May 2008 (UTC)
A good number of the images were unquestionably pornographic, not arguable at all. But even if they weren't, there is no possible way to argue that allowing a 12-year-old user to maintain a gallery of nude women is a good thing. If anyone things it is, then we don't really have much to talk about because we disagree on such a fundamental level. If we don't know a user's age or if they are merely accessing content, then we as a community have taken the (unfortunate IMO) stance of saying we won't try to stop them. But here we know the user is a 12-year-old and they aren't merely viewing the content - they are PUBLISHING IT. Every time you hit the submit button, you are a PUBLISHER. No reputable site anywhere would knowingly allow a 12-year-old to publish a porn gallery. --B (talk) 20:56, 2 May 2008 (UTC)
I just voted to delete Image:Het1.jpg over at the Commons, although I doubt I know enough about Commons policy to have been very effective. I can't see the images, so I'm going to stop contending they were not pornographic. I think that we're in a gray area that, luckily, we've never been burned by. Since nobody knows anyone's age here unless a user claims to be a certain age, we could end up in trouble at any point if we allow sexual content that minors cannot legally publish/view/whatever. I mean, I could be a minor, and I could go drop this image into Pornography, and it wouldn't even be a bad-faith edit. Right? Darkspots (talk) 21:03, 2 May 2008 (UTC)
As with many things on Wikipedia, there are three different questions - what is legal, what is right ethically/morally, and what isn't going to get us bad PR. I have no idea what the law is in their case so I can't answer the first. But for the latter two, there's a difference between allowing a 12-year-old to co-author an encyclopedia article and allowing a 12-year-old to publish in his user space a gallery of naked women. --B (talk) 21:10, 2 May 2008 (UTC)

In addition to all those pr0n concerns, at least one image was non-free. MaxSem(Han shot first!) 20:45, 2 May 2008 (UTC)

I thought Garion96 had removed all the non-free ones. Maybe it was added later? Darkspots (talk) 20:48, 2 May 2008 (UTC)
Speaking of Image:Het1.jpg, shouldn't it be on the naughty image list? If that list is used, it should prevent pictures like that being used where they're not encyclopedic. Kelly hi! 21:38, 2 May 2008 (UTC)
And it's currently being considered for deletion. Darkspots (talk) 22:37, 2 May 2008 (UTC)

I was in two minds as to what to do here, but after discovering that he'd had at least two images that were deleted as child porn, I decided to block him indef. Please review. Blueboy96 22:00, 2 May 2008 (UTC)

I just wonder if there's a larger issue that could haunt us some day. "Those freaks over at Wikipedia let my thirteen-year-old son write slobbering articles about porn stars and post their pornographic images all over the internet". We don't know how old anyone is. Publishing is publishing, whether it's an article we feel is encyclopedic or not. Darkspots (talk) 22:37, 2 May 2008 (UTC)
re "Those freaks over at Wikipedia let my thirteen-year-old son write slobbering articles about porn stars and post their pornographic images all over the internet"; of course, no one at Wikipedia (or Wikia) allowed any minor to write, view or whatever on Wikipedia or any other part of the internet - and there are a load more graphic content that can be freely viewed! That would be the responsibility of the person who pays for the internet connection and likely purchased the hardware that allowed access. While it may not be good PR, and not something that most volunteers here would condone, the fact that a minor has created such a page does not reflect upon the encyclopedia but rather on those who are supposed to be the responsible adult(s) concerned. LessHeard vanU (talk) 23:17, 2 May 2008 (UTC)
Agree with indef; good call. Zero mainspace edits + wanking gallery + user claims to be underage + 2 images deleted as child porn = real problem. We don't need that here. DurovaCharge! 06:34, 3 May 2008 (UTC)
Without trying to stir up too much drama here, what, if anything should be done with a user who posted child pornography to Wikipedia? Understandably this is an (alleged) 12-year old, however what should be done in a situation like this? Obviously indef blocking is the right way to go, but should there be any further action done on a legal level, i.e. contacting their ISP? I'm not trying to start a witch hunt, but the fact this user posted child porn to Wikipedia is a bit disturbing to say the least. Wildthing61476 (talk) 12:43, 3 May 2008 (UTC)
  • uk editors should contact the internet watch foundation and report the images (anonymous is possible). they should privately email wikipedia and ask for the iage to be deletd. they are guilty of a crime when they viewed the image, they should delete throgughly the image fromthere discs. (talk) 23:29, 4 May 2008 (UTC)
Did User:U.S.A. upload the images that were deleted as child pornography? Were they deleted because they were pornographic and lacked a statement of the model's ages, or were they obviously photographs of children? Darkspots (talk) 12:56, 3 May 2008 (UTC)
The images in question were on Commons. I don't know who uploaded them there (haven't looked, don't care, outside our scope). --B (talk) 14:10, 3 May 2008 (UTC)
They were uploaded by commons:user:capissimo; all of their uploaded images were blatant copyright violations and some were of clearly underage children. east.718 at 16:20, May 3, 2008
Here's my rationale for the indef. While he didn't upload them, he did post them in his gallery. In my view, linking to something that any reasonable person would know to be child porn (which is essentially what U.S.A. did) is as much a blockable offense as uploading child porn. It's a logical corollary to our policies which forbid linking to copyvios or libel. Blueboy96 18:09, 3 May 2008 (UTC)
I encountered one of those pictures recently while going over the Exhibitionism article (see my comments on its talk page), and I wouldn't say they were "obviously" CP — if they had been, I'd have nominated them for deletion myself. I'm not a Commons admin so I can't check this, but from what I remember, the pictures showed some young but, at least to my eye, grown-up men and women in various states of undress, attending what, based on the pictures themselves and the uploader's comments on their userpage (still present in the history) I took to be a naked bike ride event at a university. If Riana says they were known child pornography images, I'm not going to argue with that, but the ones I saw were neither obviously of underage people, nor, indeed, obviously pornographic. —Ilmari Karonen (talk) 00:21, 5 May 2008 (UTC)
I can't see any of the images, but I'm inclined to trust you, knowing how dishonest people can be on this issue. The way, the truth, and the light (talk) 00:55, 5 May 2008 (UTC)

Blockable, absolutely--good block. I'm kicking myself for not checking the list of pictures more closely at the last ANI discussion--I should not have accepted the statement of the other user that the images were okay, whether or not I personally felt like wading through them. Legally actionable, as Wildthing asked? That's the question. My personal feeling is no, perhaps we should report uploaders however. Darkspots (talk) 19:17, 3 May 2008 (UTC)

That was my question too. I wasn't aware of who uploaded the pics, but my question was directed about the person who would have originally uploaded those pictures. Wildthing61476 (talk) 20:44, 3 May 2008 (UTC)
Hey, I only quickly gave it a glance to remove fair use images. I really wasn't going over every picture in detail to see if it was suitable for wikipedia or not. That is a more a concern towards the uploaders of the images, not the creator of this list. Garion96 (talk) 20:12, 4 May 2008 (UTC)

Several users have subgalleries of their userpage of things like the porn on wikipedia. I remember Cyde had some weird pics, though I don't remember if any were porn and I don't remember the URL. I don't remember the names of the others because they're not well known but someone and probably someone else had a gallery of all the porn and there was another subpage of all the drawn sexual activities. In addition, there are many people that have tons and tons of user subpages for example. However, if the person had CP as one of their pictures they did need to be blocked and the pictures deleted. William Ortiz (talk) 20:02, 4 May 2008 (UTC)

The alleged CP images were deleted before the gallery was, I believe. Anyway, if the images were not obvious, as Ilmari Karonen has said above, then I'd question whether even the uploader should be blocked - though, apparently, he need to be banned anyway for copyright violation. I certainly disagree with this bloock, though. Yes, the user had never contributed to articles so we wouldn't miss him, and if he ever wanted to he would surely created a new account, but on principle I don't think he should be banned without any kind of warning. I endorse the deletion, though, as it was an inappropriate use of userspace, especially but not only because of his self-admitted age (The bad images are not a reason the gallery must be deleted, only the images themselves). The way, the truth, and the light (talk) 00:55, 5 May 2008 (UTC)

Implying legal action[edit] (talk · contribs) said, "Does not look good on your part and I'm sure my Lawyer (who is also from this Collins and Gibson line) would defiently be able to use it in court." The edit is here. APK yada yada 19:10, 3 May 2008 (UTC)

See WP:DOLT. Start by informing them of the no legal threats policy and see if they will retract that remark. Then we should see if they have a valid biography of living persons complaint and help as needed. Jehochman Talk 19:13, 3 May 2008 (UTC)
This is a legal threat. Aside from this, there are WP:BLP and WP:COI worries. Gwen Gale (talk) 19:16, 3 May 2008 (UTC)
I left a note; just waiting for the response. APK yada yada 19:19, 3 May 2008 (UTC)
Implied legal threats continue: [7] and [8]. This editor seems to believe that being called African-American seems to constitute a slur. Aramgar (talk) 14:37, 4 May 2008 (UTC)
I left another message for the IP asking him/her to retract the legal threats. No reply, and the person is continuing to edit. A block is in order. APK yada yada 00:43, 5 May 2008 (UTC)

Shrew's fiddle[edit]

Resolved: No copyvio, but two somewhat questionable sources were removed.

Do administrators watch the main page? Someone created this article from the content of two not even usable "references" on the web, simply by using what's in the web pages and kinda moving it around a bit so it doesn't look like what it is: a blatant copyright infringement. It's now on the main page under "Did you know?" It should be removed from the main page, which, apparently, is just one more thing on Wikipedia that anyone can't edit. Can someone just remove it from the main page for now, like right now, and deal later with copyright issues? --Blechnic (talk) 07:03, 4 May 2008 (UTC)

What copyright issues? I don't see anything that would be a copyright infringement from either of the two sources.—Ryūlóng (竜龙) 07:08, 4 May 2008 (UTC)
Regardless, most of it's been copied from another wiki. Neither of the other sources look reliable either. Should probably not be linked from the main page, at the very least. Equazcion /C 07:11, 4 May 2008 (UTC)
Why does this look like stealthy spam of some kind to me? Gwen Gale (talk) 07:13, 4 May 2008 (UTC)
Cause it probably is. I get that feeling too. I have a feeling the only people who've heard of this device are the ones who're trying to sell it. But that's just an offhand guess, as I haven't looked into this at all. Equazcion /C 07:17, 4 May 2008 (UTC)
And look at the prime grazing land they bought for free. I wonder how many people will see this crap on the main page and click on those links? Nice to see they have so many supporters, too. Crap is crap, usually for more than one reason. --Blechnic (talk) 07:22, 4 May 2008 (UTC)
PS I'm sending them a letter of congratulations. They were much more effective than that hagger spammer. --Blechnic (talk) 07:23, 4 May 2008 (UTC)
What sort of advertisement are you guys seeing? What is on this site is an article on a medieval torture device. Unless I need my eyes checked, the onlything that might be wrong with the page here is not enough decent sources. No copyright issues (that I can tell) and no spam.—Ryūlóng (竜龙) 07:26, 4 May 2008 (UTC)
Referenced not to reliable sources, academic sources, books, journal articles or anything credible, but to two sites that sell the torture device to practitioners of BDSM. --Blechnic (talk) 07:28, 4 May 2008 (UTC)
And have you asked the writer of the page why he had used those sources?—Ryūlóng (竜龙) 07:30, 4 May 2008 (UTC)
The second source has a prominent "store" link. Clever. Gwen Gale (talk) 07:34, 4 May 2008 (UTC)
So does the first, it's just a bit further down, but that's the purpose of the website: their storefront. Yes, I think it's one of the best spams I've seen on Wikipedia. Elegant, simple, get it on the front page, administrators are fighting to save it. I'm impressed. --Blechnic (talk) 07:37, 4 May 2008 (UTC)
I am too, truth be told. Policy-friendly spam, but for a bit of dodginess as to WP:RS. Gwen Gale (talk) 07:40, 4 May 2008 (UTC)
Ah, heck, what's a reliable source when there's a store you can buy from? --Blechnic (talk) 07:42, 4 May 2008 (UTC)
It doesn't look like a copyvio to me. And this is terribly oblique spam if it is. Why all the bad faith assumptions? --Haemo (talk) 07:35, 4 May 2008 (UTC)
I don't see a copyvio. Gwen Gale (talk) 07:41, 4 May 2008 (UTC)
See the talk page. Every sentence on the one website has been used, simply rearranged (although not all, there is at least one direct quote missing its quotation marks).
Anyway, it's clear it's easy to spam Wikipedia, and if you try and do it well, you'll be helped by Wikipedia administrators. An interesting turn of events: spam and crappy articles with no reliable sources are fought tooth and nail for. --Blechnic (talk) 07:49, 4 May 2008 (UTC)
Well, you can find good sources if you want. But it's better just to pout than fix things, eh? --Haemo (talk) 07:51, 4 May 2008 (UTC)
It's not my area. However, I did, as instructed in the first template, offer a [rewrite of the article]. So, no, I'm not just pouting. But man, are all of you fighting fiercely to keep these shops on the main page. Try to at least check to make some of the accusations against me plausable. Maybe you can buy one of these Shrew's fiddles from one of these shops advertising on the main page and put me in it! --Blechnic (talk) 07:57, 4 May 2008 (UTC)
Your argument has been "this article has crappy sources which makes it spam because they sell the device in question". The obvious solution would be to use the provided sources which do not have shop links instead. --Haemo (talk) 07:58, 4 May 2008 (UTC)
The source with the shop link should be removed as a source, but I see no issues with the other source only just that it's maybe a little brief. Bidgee (talk) 07:52, 4 May 2008 (UTC)
They both have shop links. That's what they are, shops that sell BDSM devices. Once you remove them, since every line of text is from those sources, it's an unsources, unreference, unverified article that contains all the content of another website. --Blechnic (talk) 07:55, 4 May 2008 (UTC)
The only reason you are saying that the article constitutes spam is because the initial two sources of the article contain stores where you can purchase this item. None of the text is a copyright violation, as it is using the information from the sources. The arguments you make on the talk page by showing the sentences that you claim were copied only have one thing in common: the information that they convey to the reader.—Ryūlóng (竜龙) 07:56, 4 May 2008 (UTC)
If you steal all of the content from a webpage, and rewrite it a bit here and there, you're stealing. You may not think so, but that doesn't change what's going on. Still, once those sources are gone, where's the information from? It's an unsourced Did you know on the main page now? --Blechnic (talk) 08:09, 4 May 2008 (UTC)
I'm finding it hard to find the "shop" link in the other source. Bidgee (talk) 07:58, 4 May 2008 (UTC)
Click on main page, then scroll down to shop. They seem like nice folks, here's the link they provide since it seems to belong on Wikipedia: [9] --Blechnic (talk) 08:00, 4 May 2008 (UTC)
I've removed the two unreliable sources from the article since they offer no hint of reliability (much of their information may likely be anecdotal). Gwen Gale (talk) 08:04, 4 May 2008 (UTC)
So, now the only source is a webpage advertising Google and Amazon? That's an improvement how? --Blechnic (talk) 08:06, 4 May 2008 (UTC)
Point me to an article whos source doesn't have some form of advertising. Bidgee (talk) 08:09, 4 May 2008 (UTC)
Is this seriously an issue? Web hosting isn't free. People utilize whatever advertising they can so they can host their websites. I typed in "Halsgeige" into Google, and tried to find sources that weren't also BDSM shops, as you were having an issue with that. Now you complain that this website has a searchbox from Google and a searchbox from—Ryūlóng (竜龙) 08:11, 4 May 2008 (UTC)
I'm ok with that one. However, this is far "beyond sources with ads." For all we know, whatever was in the original sources was made up by a distributer to sell stuff, give it a story. Gwen Gale (talk) 08:12, 4 May 2008 (UTC)
And how can you be sure that is what the author of the article intended to do by writing this? ISD has been an editor for two years, has worked on getting articles and lists to featured status, and has multiple articles he had written onto the DYK section. This is all assuming bad faith on the initial author.—Ryūlóng (竜龙) 08:32, 4 May 2008 (UTC)
Just on a side note, how many sales do they expect to get? I'm not too good on sex, but using a torture implement? They probably need spam links so they don't go bankrupt, but spam links are never OK...... Dendodge.TalkHelp 08:17, 4 May 2008 (UTC)
some people actually like that stuff george. you too young now, but google bdsm when you older (bondage domination sado-masochism)(tying people up, bossing people around, hurting people, being hurt). sex is werid. (talk) 23:45, 4 May 2008 (UTC)
It was an article copied entirely from two sources, two pages that sell things. It's on the main page of Wikipedia. It didn't belong there any more than it belonged in Wikipedia. Editors are fighting me tooth and tail to keep this piece of crap. That's enough for me. Ryulong obviously wants this article, no matter what it is. And, yes, this is what spammers do, always find new ways to spam. And it's wonderful when they succeed so well. --Blechnic (talk) 08:20, 4 May 2008 (UTC)
Why is the article a piece of crap? It's starting to look that you have a point of view against the article. Bidgee (talk) 08:23, 4 May 2008 (UTC)
Because it's an article copied entirely from two unreliable sources. That is my point of view against the article. Apparently that isn't enough to get me anything but relentlessly attacked for thinking an article on the main page should be of higher quality, should constitute a well-written article, should not be based entirely on two non-verifiable, and non-reliable sources. --Blechnic (talk) 08:26, 4 May 2008 (UTC)
Those two unreliable sources have since been removed. There is nothing wrong with the article now. I only need sources. Bidgee (talk) 08:31, 4 May 2008 (UTC)

That's enough of this. It's clear that copyright violations and spamming are encouraged on Wikipedia, and the spammers are winning by finding a very clever ruse to get on the front page. I will allow all copyright violations to stand for now on. And attack pages. And spam. --Blechnic (talk) 08:30, 4 May 2008 (UTC)

Do you have any proof of any of what you say? The article in question was written by someone who has had an account here (and edited regularly) for over 2 years. What was the plan. . . stealthily make over 11,000 edits to over 2500 pages and then *bam* spam wikipedia with the shrew's fiddle article? That is rather oblique. R. Baley (talk) 08:38, 4 May 2008 (UTC)
Indeed. Blechnic, you only seem to think that it's spam because the websites ISD used to source the article also had stores for people to buy the item (if they're into that sorta thing) and that the internal text conveyed the same information as the initial sources. You need to assume better faith of editors here.—Ryūlóng (竜龙) 08:40, 4 May 2008 (UTC)

I've got a suspicion that this thing is a hoax. Look at the "shrew's fiddle for two", and try to visualize how it could possibly work. Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? 08:39, 4 May 2008 (UTC)

Like this?—Ryūlóng (竜龙) 08:41, 4 May 2008 (UTC)
OK, you're right. It's my vizualisation power that's stunted just now. So, I wonder, in the bigger picture, is there an article for every medieval torture device? Or could this just be thrown in with an article about stocks, meriting a sentence or so? Baseball Bugs What's up, Doc? 08:47, 4 May 2008 (UTC)
Looks to me like the thing is a verifiable variation on the stocks. Either way the stealthy spam, which got attention because of the link from the main page, is gone from the article. It needs more work (if it's notable at all) but I think it's more or less ok for what it is. Gwen Gale (talk) 08:42, 4 May 2008 (UTC)

Image Name[edit]


Is this image name really appropriate?--RyRy5 (talkwikify) 19:03, 4 May 2008 (UTC)

Also, click on the image and you will see tha name.--RyRy5 (talkwikify) 19:04, 4 May 2008 (UTC)
It was recently deleted. Is this resolved?--RyRy5 (talkwikify) 19:07, 4 May 2008 (UTC)
Presumably so. Hersfold (t/a/c) 19:27, 4 May 2008 (UTC)
I have an image re-naming bot on commons, if I can get support for it here and an active community involvement I am willing to port it to en wiki. βcommand 2 20:09, 4 May 2008 (UTC)
Um I know this is marked resolved. But I want to comment that Beta's idea is a pretty good one. Rgoodermote  20:50, 4 May 2008 (UTC)
I guess so. An image-renaming bot can be useful.--RyRy5 (talkwikify) 20:52, 4 May 2008 (UTC)
Tell him or let him find out that the idea is a good one? Rgoodermote  21:22, 4 May 2008 (UTC)
I know its a good idea, but I need help getting the templates and getting users involved in tagging images for rename. I tried about six months ago to get this going but no one listened. Ive had the bot up and running on commons for months if people want to take a look. commons:User:BetacommandBot. I also have BCBot moving free images to commons see WP:MTC. I just need more momentum behind the ideas. βcommand 2 21:52, 4 May 2008 (UTC)
Not an admin but I totally support the BOT being ported over here. Rgoodermote  22:02, 4 May 2008 (UTC)
the question is can you convense enough people to get involved to get this thing off the ground? βcommand 2 22:06, 4 May 2008 (UTC)
Give me a little bit I think I can. Rgoodermote  22:19, 4 May 2008 (UTC)
Give me about 3-4 days and I think I can get enough people. Trying a cascade effect. No promises mate. Rgoodermote  22:35, 4 May 2008 (UTC)
I think this is a good idea that will save people from having to deal with unwieldy image names... what has to happen? Accounting4Taste:talk 00:45, 5 May 2008 (UTC)
Note that it would be possible to limit the length of image names via MediaWiki:Titleblacklist. Something like Image:.{80,} ought to do it. —Ilmari Karonen (talk) 01:36, 5 May 2008 (UTC)

North American Union[edit]

Krazilec! is accusing users who disagree with him on content of engaging in vandalism.

  • Earlier today I added a link to North American Confederacy.[10]
  • Administrator Kralizec! reverted on the grounds that the NAC is fictional.[11]
  • He then posts the 'uw-unsourced' template on my talkpage - as though the link to the other Wikipedia article needed a source.[12]
  • When I revert to my version, he accuses me of vandalism.[13]
  • If anything he should be blocked for edit warring. An administrator who is this unfamiliar with Wikipedia's policies ought to be desysopped. (talk) 21:09, 4 May 2008 (UTC)
So why are you posting a fictional “See also” link in a non-fictional article? It’s irrelevant to the NAU article (although adding such a link to the NAU might be useful in the NAC article as a way to point to a real-life parallel). Likewise, what is wrong with discussing the merits of placing your link in the NAU article on its talk page instead of simply counter-reverting? I recommend you assume good faith and discuss its relevancy as Krazilec! was attempting to encourage you. Askari Mark (Talk) 21:30, 4 May 2008 (UTC)
As noted in the Manual of Style for links, "Wikipedia articles can be linked to other Wikipedia articles that provide information that significantly adds to readers' understanding of the topic" (emphasis mine). How would a reader's understanding of North American Union -a serious non-fiction article that is sourced to real-life government agencies, newspapers, and non-governmental organizations- be significantly improved by adding a link to North American Confederacy, an un-sourced and probably non-notable article on a fictional government of North America, Antarctica, the Moon, and Mars? If we start adding see also links to every fictional topic under the sun, Wikipedia articles will consist of 90% links and 10% content.
Since you are obviously familiar with Wikipedia, I am surprised you decided to get into a revert war rather than bring the issue up on the article's talk page in order to build consensus. While not everyone follows the BOLD, revert, discuss cycle, it appears that you skipped the first three or four steps in the Dispute resolution process in order to bring the issue here to AN/I. Judging by the "feel free to try and wiggle your way out of this on WP:AN/I" comment you left on my talk page [14], it looks like you are just interested in generating wikidrama. --Kralizec! (talk) 22:05, 4 May 2008 (UTC)
Describing an article on a "proposed" "theoretical" continental union, opposed by all three governments concerned, as non-fiction, insulted by an addition of a link to a fiction, seems overblown. If I had been the anon, I would have added a dab header instead. Septentrionalis PMAnderson 00:01, 5 May 2008 (UTC)

Use of Wikipedia for class project[edit]

New user Globalecon (talk · contribs) posted an article "Global Economics", since userfied to User:Globalecon/Global Economics, from which it appears that he is a professor planning to use Wikipedia as a web-space provider for his students' project papers. He advises them to put {{underconstruction}} at the top to avoid editing by others. Four student project articles have already appeared. How tolerant are we of this sort of thing? JohnCD (talk) 20:54, 28 April 2008 (UTC)

  • Depends on the article produced. Of those four student essays, I think the last two of those, once wikified, could be perfectly adequate articles (I haven't checked to see if they duplicate existing content, though). The first two probably couldn't - and the first is at AfD already. Black Kite 21:00, 28 April 2008 (UTC)
I've heard of teachers having their students write or significantly improve Wikipedia articles as part of a class. So long as everything is properly researched and written, I don't see much of a problem. --clpo13(talk) 21:01, 28 April 2008 (UTC)
We've had featured articles come out of school projects, see WP:SUP and the recent Signpost article on the 2000th FA. Simply using Wikipedia for a school project isn't an issue at all (and should be encouraged, in my opinion). If the articles produced don't meet our standards, we just deal with them in the usual manner, perhaps giving a little bit of leeway to allow them a chance to improve the article. Hersfold (t/a/c) 21:12, 28 April 2008 (UTC)
Brock University, apparently. I take issue with his attempt to WP:OWN the articles. Wikipedia is not a personal playground to store your stuff. Not the mainspace, at least. Otherwise, there's obviously nothing wrong with people creating legitimate articles, whether it's for a college experiment or something else. Enigma message 21:14, 28 April 2008 (UTC)
Update: Two of the four articles are now at AfD, and the other two have been tagged (one by me) with proposals to merge into existing articles. Deor (talk) 22:12, 28 April 2008 (UTC)
Is it a problem that User:Globalecon/Global Economics mentions the real names of the students working on these pages? Although they're adults, the folks involved in this project seem to be new to Wikipedia and may not be fully apprised of the risks. Additionally, the names seem to have been posted by the professor running the project, not the students themselves. A full name plus the fact that they attend Brock University might be more information than is wise to disclose. --Steven J. Anderson (talk) 23:22, 28 April 2008 (UTC)
Good point, and not only the university, but a specific class there. Maybe the names should be changed to initials, or first names and last initials? And the more specific info oversighted? Aleta Sing 00:43, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
Further update: there are now eight articles listed on that page. One does not exist (and has never existed), 3 are on AfD, 1 has been prodded, and two have been proposed for merging (only 1 is actually going to survive on its own). And all of them have been tagged for cleanup. Hut 8.5 06:43, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
Yet another update: There are now nine articles listed and I suspect there are more to come. I hope this isn't one of those big lecture classes with 50 or 60 students. As it is, it's starting to put quite a strain on the time of admins and others monitoring this project, e.g. tagging, warning, participation in AfDs and merge discussions etc. It's a pity the professor who organized the project didn't read Wikipedia:School and university projects first. Many of the current pitfalls (and subsequent clean-ups), could have been avoided. Sigh! Voceditenore (talk) 09:02, 29 April 2008 (UTC)

Although I see nothing wrong with a professor assigning students the task of contributing to Wikipedia, I can't see how they can claim any right not to have their articles edited by others. Michael Hardy (talk) 00:35, 29 April 2008 (UTC)

I think it's ok so long as they don't violate any of Wikipedia's policies. If they are POV pushing, claiming ownership of articles or anything else I think they should be warned. Wikipedia is not a free web host. James086Talk | Email 00:48, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
Someone could just fire an email off to the guy. I'm sure the Prof's page at the university has his email. Just a quick email explaining that it is cool to assign students to work on wikipedia but the manner in which students are being assigned violates the principles on which WP is based. Shouldn't be hard. Protonk (talk) 05:44, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
 Done Sent off a polite email (to his univ account) thanking him for encouraging contributions, but letting him know that he might want to read the discussion here and on his talk page. --Bfigura (talk) 06:06, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
Question Are you sure the professor is from Brock University? The Paul Hamilton there is in the Politcal Science Dept. On the other hand, Paul V. Hamilton is a professor in the economics department (specialising in global economics) at Marshall University. Observe this comment in AfD discussion: Global censorship of Youth's books:
  • Do NOT Delete This is a draft for course. Please leave unaltered until May 15, 2008. Thanks. pvh —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:37, 28 April 2008 (UTC)
Not only are the initals at the end of the comment congruent with "Paul V. Hamilton", the IP traces back to Marshall University. His email address can be found here. I notice that User talk:Globalecon also has "email this user" enabled. Voceditenore (talk) 10:33, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
  • No, I wasn't sure. That was just my best guess from an Internet search. Apparently, I was wrong. Enigma message 15:21, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
 Done Sent an email as suggested by Protonk and Bfigura via "email this user". JohnCD (talk) 12:23, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
Thank you for your comments and suggestions. Here are a few thoughts/clarifications: (1) Yes, I am a professor at Marshall (not Brock), (2) This is part of a class assignment (it's not an online class as one person suggested), (3) The students have been made aware of WP article criteria; if they don't live up to that criteria then their article can rightly be edited or deleted, (4) The "under-construction" / "please do not edit" was an attempt to give the student a few days to shape up the article. This idea was suggested on the main Wikipedia tutorial page. It was not meant to be interpreted as an exception to WP edit policy, (5) I will abbreviate the student names to preserve confidentiality, (6) Yes, ultimately there will be a wide range in the quality and suitability of articles. I've asked students to take their best shot; there are about 100 students in my two sections so unless you want to quit your day job I'd suggest that you give us a few days (May 10) to sort things out. I will personally delete any articles that don't meet the WP criteria after grading them in about a week. Globalecon (talk) 13:25, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
The problem is, you can't personally delete articles, even your own. Only an administrator can do that. The individual authors can request deletion themselves by blanking the article and replacing it with {{db-author}}. But an administrator still has to do the deletion, and it becomes even more complicated if others outside your project add sunstantially to the articles, despite your requests. Thus, Wikipedia administrators will potentially end up having to manually delete or merge 100 articles, even if they wait until after May 10th. Mightn't it be better for the students to write their articles on their user pages or their user subpages and only contemplate publishing them in the mainspace once you and they have a greater understanding of what kind of articles are likely to survive and why? Just a thought. Best, Voceditenore (talk) 14:46, 29 April 2008 (UTC)

Are there any links to good / featured articles created as part of school projects? That way it'd be easy to say "this is how it's done right", and WP gets to keep newbie editors who aren't disillusioned about having to complete schoolwork which then gets deleted because they've been told to do it wrong. Dan Beale-Cocks 13:30, 29 April 2008 (UTC)

As Hersfold said above, El Señor Presidente came out of a school project, and was our 2,000th FA. Veinor (talk to me) 15:11, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
Correction: one of the batch of five articles promote as the 2,000th. Wikipedia:Wikipedia Signpost/2008-04-14/Dispatches. And not a typical educational experiment, because they were accessorized by the FA-Team, comprising many of Wiki's prolific FA writers, who did a good deal of the kind of tweaking and fine-tuning needed to achieve FA status. My past experiences with these educational projects has been more along the lines of what I'm reading here: a most frustrating time sink. SandyGeorgia (Talk) 16:31, 30 April 2008 (UTC)
It is true that we had the invaluable help of the FA-Team, but that's not why we avoided this problem. I'd say that the three errors made in this case are:
  • that the professor has no history on Wikipedia
  • that the professor shows no sign of wanting to edit actively to support his students
  • that the students are asked to pick their own article topics, rather than improve existing articles or fill clear gaps
  • that the students are writing the articles off-line and then uploading them in what is inevitably a non-Wikipedia format
  • that the students are writing the articles off-line, in a genre more suitable to term papers than encyclopedia articles
  • that the class has no clear goal beyond uploading content, any content
WP:MMM avoided all these errors. And it's in large part because we did avoid them, that we were, I believe, an attractive prospect for the FA-Team, and the collaboration could get off to a good start. --jbmurray (talkcontribs) 00:54, 1 May 2008 (UTC)
A suggestion: Why not create the articles in Globalecon’s userspace, i.e. User:Globalecon/Article title here, User:Globalecon/Another article, etc.? Globalecon could then simply add {{db-userreq}} to the ones he wants deleted and the articles worth keeping could then be moved out to mainspace. —Travistalk 14:58, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
Now, of course, I’ve just seen the very handy link to Wikipedia:School and university projects on Globalecon’s talk page. —Travistalk 15:17, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
  • Agree that articles could be worked on in userspace but, people on both ends need to be aware of the NOT webhost thing. I'd suggest to the students and anyone else to write the text of the article in Word/or other word-like form and use the help pages alot in order to "wikify" it. They can then present the professor with text only (the way the article would look) and the "wiki" bit with code inserted. Finished articles could then be uploaded (if appropriate) and judged by the community on their own merits separate from any issues with the class. Jasynnash2 (talk) 16:27, 29 April 2008 (UTC)
  • There are now 17 articles listed at User:Globalecon/Global Economics (although some have already been deleted). If there are really going to be about a hundred of these, and if no one can persuade the teacher to get his students to do something other than what they've been doing, AfD is going to be severely clogged up for some time to come. Deor (talk) 02:56, 30 April 2008 (UTC)
  • People are now using that page as a source for articles to PROD or send to AFD. :P I looked through the pages listed there, and most of them have received that treatment. Enigma message 03:21, 30 April 2008 (UTC)
  • Enigmaman, you mean that wasn't what it was there for? How far do they have to go before we can rangeblock Marshall until May 10th? The prof doesn't seem to want to work within the rules here so this entire project doesn't seem much different concerted vandalism attack. One Hundred articles to be deleted, redirected, or merged? Woof...I'm sure we've all got better things to do than to be this guy's unpaid TAs. (sorry to sound so BITEY, but he appears unwilling to work with us, why should we allow him to swamp WP?) LegoTech·(t)·(c) 03:24, 30 April 2008 (UTC)
  • Ha, I was actually considering recommending that myself. I think any administrator would be hesitant to rangeblock a university, even temporarily, but that seems to be where this is headed. The pages keep coming, and the professor isn't stepping in and informing the students of policy. He created a monster that is gaining strength. Enigma message 03:36, 30 April 2008 (UTC)
I think that there is real merit in what the academic in question is trying to do here, but only if he'd take the advice of others and have his students create their articles in userspace, after which any worthy offerings can be transported to mainspace or merged into existing articles. I can see this becoming very disruptive in a very short space of time. X Marx The Spot (talk) 03:50, 30 April 2008 (UTC)
  • I'm really pretty sure that we don't rangeblock a university to prevent people from attempting to contribute articles in good faith. I don't have the whole blocking policy memorized or anything, but I'm really pretty sure about that. I also very seriously doubt I skipped over the part of WP:VANDAL where people honestly attempting to contribute articles, the best they can, with mixed success, are treated with contempt and dirision, and have their contributions called vandalism. With all the pure crap we get every day, with all the POV pushing and vandalism and egotistical ANI dramafests and editors drummed out of wikipedia by assholes, this is the way we treat people honestly trying to create something? We have 2 million someodd articles; these are automatically the 100 worst? AfD if you must, redirect if you must, try to convince the professor to alter his system if you must, or (God forbid) try to improve the articles if you must. I could care less if the professor's plan works or not, but let's show at least the students, the ones contributing articles the best they can, the ones who don't really have much of a choice in the matter, a tiny bit of respect. --barneca (talk) 03:54, 30 April 2008 (UTC)
  • I don't consider it vandalism, but this is without question disruption. I agree that the professor is responsible more than the students, but no one said these were the 100 worst articles. Rather, it's an individual coordinating the mass addition of articles that don't belong in the mainspace. That's disruption, especially since he and many of the students have been informed of this and have not taken any steps to rectify the situation. Enigma message 03:59, 30 April 2008 (UTC)
  • Would anyone have any objection to my creating a bright shiny banner at that listing page with links to helpful policies (like YFA/SYNTH/OR/NPOV) and a note that articles/essays that don't comply with those policies will probably be deleted in short order? Not to phrase it in a bitey way, but more along the line of the pragmatic tone of WP:OUTCOMES? After all, if the students aren't learning policies in class, someone needs to point them out. --Bfigura (talk) 04:00, 30 April 2008 (UTC)
  • That would be helpful, thanks. Enigma message 04:02, 30 April 2008 (UTC)
  • Done. Hopefully not too bitey. Feel free to reword/recolor as needed. (I ended up deciding against invoking blink tags). --Bfigura (talk) 04:17, 30 April 2008 (UTC)

I find this part of the professor's note above especially troubling: "so unless you want to quit your day job I'd suggest that you give us a few days (May 10) to sort things out. I will personally delete any articles that don't meet the WP criteria after grading them in about a week." That sort of obvious arrogance, in the face of all this talk about how out of sorts with our policies he is, seems to say he knows that he's abusing the webhosting aspect of WP, but that he's somehow better than us, arrogating rights beyond our admins' power to assure us that he'll sort this all out for us later. It's a clear attitude that our policies don't matter to him. I would support a full university-wide rangeblock, if contacting his department head, or the dean of academics office doesn't yield satisfactory results. But go up the chain of command, then rangeblock the university. ThuranX (talk) 04:40, 30 April 2008 (UTC)

Does anyone have the range to block if need be? Nakon 04:42, 30 April 2008 (UTC) -- Avi (talk) 15:31, 1 May 2008 (UTC)
As an FYI, it would seem that at least half of the students are coming in via non-university ISP's. (Based on my whois'ing the IP editors who added pages. About half were verizon/comcast). Best, --Bfigura (talk) 05:29, 2 May 2008 (UTC)

Perhaps a bold admin might ignore all rules and unilaterally move the respective articles to the relevant place in userspace, namely the good professor's userspace? Granted some of these essays seem to have been added to existing articles in the mainspace. X Marx The Spot (talk) 04:48, 30 April 2008 (UTC)

As the coordinator of WP:MMM, I've started writing up some advice about how to use Wikipedia in educational assignments, and how not to. This does seem like a textbook example of how not to. --jbmurray (talkcontribs) 22:55, 30 April 2008 (UTC)

Comment Up above, it was noted that the students' real and full names appeared in the User:Globalecon/Global Economics page. This has since been reduced to just initials, but their full names still appear in the page's history. Can/Should we get an administrator to purge a few history versions to protect their privacy? It seems like the proper thing to do given the situation. -- ShinmaWa(talk) 23:00, 30 April 2008 (UTC)

Update After a very bad start, there has at least been some improvement. There are now two articles that are useful. Maybe if we try encourage, rather than discourage, this project will blossom. Maybe no school project will ever be able to emulate WP:MMM, but we can at least encourage them to try. Noble Story (talk) 03:41, 1 May 2008 (UTC)

Can we get an update on the university's position on his actions and disregard for the rules of this project? Has anyone contacted them regarding this? ThuranX (talk) 03:54, 1 May 2008 (UTC)

Update on University response, please?ThuranX (talk) 04:31, 5 May 2008 (UTC)

I don't believe anyone has contacted them. I suggest you do it. :D Enigma message 04:35, 5 May 2008 (UTC)

Positive Reinforcement[edit]

I'm going to try some positive reinforcement. The good articles (those being kept, or not redirected/deleted) get a Green tickY, so that people will have some idea what constitutes a good effort. (I'll explain this in the top box too). With any luck, it won't be necessary to go rouge and start handing out ☒N's. (Seriously, that would not be nice -- it's not the kids fault that they weren't told how to go about this). Best, --Bfigura (talk) 04:47, 1 May 2008 (UTC) ....assuming I could go rouge, I think I might be missing a bit... --Bfigura (talk) 05:08, 1 May 2008 (UTC)

Is there a "redirect" graphic to show that some of them no longer point to the article uploaded by the student? Thanks for the work on this Bfig... LegoTech·(t)·(c) 18:41, 1 May 2008 (UTC)
Not that I know of. I was working from Category:Image_insertion_templates and Category:Image_with_comment_templates. Cheers, --Bfigura (talk) 05:26, 2 May 2008 (UTC)

Me too[edit]

If they're writing the papers in Wikipedia space, they need to give more to Wikipedia than they get.

Every one of those articles should be created in userspace with the explicit goal of creating quality encyclopedic entries. This summer I myself fully intend to require my students to either create Wikipedia articles on appropriate topics for which no articles already exist or seriously revise articles that are deficient. The goal is to create articles appropriate for Wikipedia while learning about their topics. I am stressing that they should use usernames that do not reflect their real names or personally identifying information, and that they MUST create these pages in their userspace, where the articles will remain until they are appropriate in quantity and quality of content.

I must stress that I personally have a history with Wikipedia, and I plan to support my students in their work. For purposes of their education, the most practical reason for doing their work through Wikipedia will be so that I can guide them through the editing process.Doczilla STOMP! 05:04, 1 May 2008 (UTC)

Someone asked me about the idea that students could learn more about how Wikipedia works by posting in mainspace. He/she preferred not to post that comment here. Anyway, here's my reply on something I don't feel a need to have a private conversation over when the question was about the topic presented here on this forum.
(1) They will disrupt Wikipedia with junk articles that aren't fit yet. An article that isn't even a real article yet doesn't belong outside userspace when the person fully intends to keep working on it. (2) Academically, this would be first and foremost for them to learn about their topics, not to learn about Wikipedia even though it should create an article that would benefit Wikipedia. By working in userspace, they can do their own work and develop the article without interference from other editors who might take charge of the whole thing. (3) See previously mentioned ownership problems. Once it leaves userspace, they don't own the work and they have no right to expect others to leave the things alone. Doczilla STOMP! 05:14, 1 May 2008 (UTC)
Ideally in projects like this, the students should be learning both about their academic topics and how Wikipedia works. Otherwise, there's no point in assigning the students to post their essays on Wikipedia instead of simply submitting them in the normal way. The Wikipedia part just becomes a gimmick. Having said that, I strongly agree with you about starting the papers in user space. Furthermore, I don't think that the "user page first method" is incompatible with achieving both goals. But this is assuming that when the articles go into the mainspace, the professor/teacher is prepared to put a lot of thought and hands-on effort into guiding the students through the editing process and the interaction with 'outside' editors and the Wikipedia community as a whole. Hats off to this professor!!
However, the GlobalEcon project is more than a little problematic, and probably a special case. The professor there seems to know nothing about how Wikipedia works, and appears to be giving little or no guidance (and worse, giving wrong information) to his students. He doesn't really interact on his talk page or the various article talk pages (nor does he encourage his students to). In fact, he explictly and actively discourages any kind of collaborative editing, e.g. requesting that nobody touch his students' articles until he's graded them, after which he appears not to care at all what happens to them. He doesn't take up the constructive suggestions that have been offered, and seems unwilling to explore Wikipedia and its resources for himself, e.g. [15]. I also made some suggestions here about the issue of his students uploading copyright images and claiming them as "self made" and/or failing to document them properly. No comment from him, no guidance added for his students (at least on the project page). Today I found another problematic upload from one of them.
Given that the GlobalEcon project ends in 10 days, and there is no sign that the students and their professor are intending to engage or collaborate with Wikipedia apart from storing their essays here, they're certainly not going to learn any more about Wikipedia itself by posting directly to the mainspace. In this case, the most pragmatic approach is to minimize the disruption they're causing by strongly encouraging them to write the articles first on their user pages. Voceditenore (talk) 09:36, 1 May 2008 (UTC)
  • I have added to the warning box on the project page a P.S. about image copyrights. JohnCD (talk) 13:39, 1 May 2008 (UTC)

Give it a rest[edit]

You can't stop good faith contributions to the wiki. We try, desperately, to make sure that new articles are better written, blah blah blah, but guess what people, this is no different from the massive amounts of articles we get every single day. So stop bitching about it and let these people edit like everyone else is allowed to do. We want to improve the situation, but never to prevent good faith article contribution. Never. -- Ned Scott 05:14, 1 May 2008 (UTC)

I absolutely agree with that. There are now several articles that have been made by students that can be improved. I have a suggestion: Why not assign several veteran editors to oversee the project, and maybe one veteran for each student (or at least students who have created worthwhile articles). After all, WP:MMM probably couldn't have had such great success without the FA-Team's help. I think we should definitely try to reproduce a mentoring system in this case. Noble Story (talk) 08:09, 1 May 2008 (UTC)
I'm in quite a lot of sympathy with this approach, and agree that good faith contributions should never be pro-actively prevented. And, I suppose it's worth approaching the professor with your suggestion, but I see a couple of potential problems.
1. The professor doesn't seem to be open to this, at least up to now. He's not taken up the offers of help from other educators, nor has he signed on to Wikipedia:School and university projects, although he has been strongly encouraged to do so.
2. GlobalEcon is not a group or even a collaborative project. It is quite unlike the WP:MMM project. It appears that each GlobalEcon student is expected to write their own essay and not contribute to those of other students on the course. It also appears that they are being graded individually on their articles (hence the requests to leave them 'untouched' until they're completed and the professor has marked them.) The quality and quantity of the mentoring could have a differential effect on the students' grade outcomes, giving some an unfair advantage in producing a good article.
Addenda. The re-directs and multiple re-directs on some of these articles could also produce differential grade outcomes unless the professor is clued in about how to access page histories and what a re-direct is, e.g. this not so fab article now redirects to the quite spiffy Deforestation. But that's not Wikipedia's problem. Voceditenore (talk) 13:13, 1 May 2008 (UTC)
Perhaps the best thing to do in this case is to minimize the disruption while the class assignment runs its course and then work to improve the surviving articles. Voceditenore (talk) 10:45, 1 May 2008 (UTC)

Now I'm wondering this: What is the ultimate goal of this project? If the professor sets goals similar to WP:MMM (i.e A+ for FA, A for GA), then the project has hope. But if the only aim is to just keep the article on Wikipedia without getting deleted, then I don't think anything can be done to help.

Actually I'm feeling sorry for (some of) the students. There have been maybe four or five good article created, and with help, they could be greatly improved, but it seems that their professor's unhelpfulness is really messing everything up. Noble Story (talk) 13:59, 1 May 2008 (UTC)

I'm feeling sorry for all of the students. They've been thrown in at the deep end, with no preparation, guidance or support. Many of them are having their work raked over the coals in AfDs, sometimes quite brutally. And, they appear to have had no choice about uploading this stuff to Wikipedia - it's an assignment. I think all of us participating in the AfDs need to keep this mind, when discussing the students' work - be frank but considerate at the same time.
What is the ultimate goal of this project? As far as I can make out from what the students have been uploading and the professor's comments here, and here, the goal is for each of them to write an academic essay and publish it as a Wikipedia article. (Despite the fact that some key criteria for a good academic essay - original thought and a novel synthesis of ideas - are incompatible with writing a viable Wikipedia article.) The students are to try and avoid anyone else editing their 'articles' so they will be all their own work and more easily assessed as such. The professor then marks them, and that's that. He doesn't appear to care one way or another what happens to the articles after he's marked them.
Oh well, 35 articles up, just another 65 to go.;-). Best, Voceditenore (talk) 15:42, 1 May 2008 (UTC)
I certainly share your sympathies for these kids and heartily applaud your optimism and positive outlook, but I think that if we are to be totally fair, they should be treated as any other Wikipedian would -- both positive and negative. In as much as it would be wrong to be prejudiced against their articles for being part of this assignment or simply IP-blocking them outright (as was discussed above), it would also be wrong to give them any preferential treatment as well. Ultimately, the Wikipedia community is not responsible for this professor's actions, including his class assignments or grading system. We should not place ourselves in the position to be sensitive in any way how this professor may grade his students off-wiki based on anyone's actions on-wiki. That is not our place and it would be presumptuous for us to make it so. That is between the students, their professor, and administration of their university. To me, the solution is simple. If the articles need fixing, we fix them. If the articles need deleting, they go to AfD. Not only does WP:OWN indicate that editors can not retain ownership of articles themselves, it also means that we as a community can't assign ownership of an article to any editor either. Given that, these students don't own these articles and they are subject to the same rules as any other article. -- ShinmaWa(talk) 19:35, 1 May 2008 (UTC)
I agree 100% that we should just treat these students as any other editors, and these articles like any other new articles. The problem is, we generally treat any other editor who, in good faith, creates an article that doesn't meet our criteria for inclusion, like crap. So I guess when I suggest we treat the students with respect, I'm not sure whether to say "like any other editor" or not. --barneca (talk) 19:41, 1 May 2008 (UTC)
I couldn't help but chuckle because, as much as I'm ashamed to say so, you are absolutely right that sometimes well-meaning editors are "treated like crap". I suppose my actual point was that we shouldn't lay kid gloves on these articles simply because this professor might give his students poor marks as a result. We shouldn't allow that kind of reasoning to enter the equation. By all means, though, these editors should be treated with the utmost respect that is deserved by any Wikipedian. -- ShinmaWa(talk) 19:55, 1 May 2008 (UTC)
Mightn't the fairest thing be to delete all of these articles, so that every student is treated in the same way and their clueless teacher is thwarted in his effort to use WP as a Web host. Then, after the class project is over, we could have a combined DRV to restore the few that show promise of becoming legit articles. Deor (talk) 20:35, 1 May 2008 (UTC)
No. If it's a decent article, it would be both counterproductive and very WP:POINTy to delete it simply because it was begun as part of this class assignment. Aleta Sing 21:56, 1 May 2008 (UTC)
I think all of us participating in the AfDs need to keep this mind, when discussing the students' work - be frank but considerate at the same time. all those other new people contributing new articles can fuck off? why isn't the educator a puppet-master, and blocked for disruption? don't block the students for making contributions. (talk) 22:17, 4 May 2008 (UTC)

So what do we do with articles like these?[edit]

Yes, AfD works, but it's a time sink. --John Nagle (talk) 15:52, 1 May 2008 (UTC)

They were up for four minutes before being AFD'd. That IMO is out of order. Maybe it's worth putting an underconstruction tag up for them, maybe they don't know how to? Edit: I've cleaned up the references. D.M.N. (talk) 15:54, 1 May 2008 (UTC)
Four minutes to afd is normal. thats not diferent to any other afd. (talk) 22:19, 4 May 2008 (UTC)
One such article might be legitimate. Two articles with essentially the same content from the same editor is spamming. They were sent to AfD by different editors. No speedy deletion category applies, so AfD is appropriate. And, in the end, they're essays inappropriate to Wikipedia, even after the formatting is fixed. --John Nagle (talk) 16:13, 1 May 2008 (UTC)
How is it spamming. (S)he may not know how to create a redirect and created a duplicate on error. D.M.N. (talk) 16:14, 1 May 2008 (UTC)
I agree, how is it spamming? These are very inexperienced editors. The student probably wanted to change the title but didn't know how to move a page or create a re-direct. I think we can show a little understanding here. As has been said at the AfD, pouncing on articles from this project with minutes of their appearance and AfD-ing them seems a bit pointy. In each case, I think we should ask ourselves, "If I happened on this article by chance and didn't know it came from the GlobalEcon project, would I probably tag it for clean-up and wait a few days to give the editor a chance before sending it to AfD? Voceditenore (talk) 16:50, 1 May 2008 (UTC)
And the answer is (and should be) "Yes." Furthermore, there's obviously a difference of opinion over on AfD as to the worth of these articles, and they're not quite as universally disparaged as all of that. When all is said and done, though, yes: this prof is being a pain in the butt, he plainly expects Wikipedia to be something other than what it is, and yes, there's going to be a lot more AfDs before this is done. Not, mind you, that AfD doesn't get 100-150 articles a day all by itself, that there aren't hundreds of editors who don't already do this kind of cleanup, and that we should be in the habit of telling otherwise willing students that they're not allowed to play here.  RGTraynor  17:12, 1 May 2008 (UTC)
Can we at least agree, as a beginning point, that the problem is not with the contributors themselves, but with the leadership they're (not) being provided? Could we perhaps create some sort of temporary project page, the barest possible bones of article-writing, policy, et al, to provide these (potentially good, potentially long-term and valued) contributors with the leadership they're (completely, totally, utterly NOT) getting at the other end of this project? Yes, I know--not our job, not our problem--but I would imagine that a little TLC and Wiki-spirit could go a long way in nurturing contributors. This isn't like we're trying to reform a pack of vandals--these could be great Wikipedians someday, given some guidance and leadership from OUR end. Just a thought. Gladys J Cortez 17:31, 1 May 2008 (UTC)
The page here where they list their articles is effectively a project page, and already has a box at the top which gives them advice and links (in plain English, not Wiki-acronyms) to WP:YFA, WP:V, WP:NPOV, WP:NOR, WP:SYNTH, WP:CITE and WP:REDUNDANT, together with suggestions for promising subjects. That should be enough to set them on the right lines. JohnCD (talk) 21:47, 1 May 2008 (UTC)
I'm also attempting to point out some common issues in an effort to make their job (and ours) easier and more productive. Please add what you think is needed. --Bfigura (talk) 21:56, 1 May 2008 (UTC)
I've added a page (User:Globalecon/Tips) with tips on what to do if their article gets deleted, redirected, or radically changed; how to back up their article; and how to stay in touch with what's going on with their article and their project (and why they should!). I've also linked it to the banner notice on their project page. Hopefully, it will help at least a few of the hapless students, although I'm not sure whether their instructor has even told them to look at the project page for updates after they've uploaded their offerings. On evidence, it looks like not. Sigh! Voceditenore (talk) 08:50, 2 May 2008 (UTC)

A set up?[edit]

One almost wonders if the purpose of this isn't something else. In looking at some of the topics, their connections are tenuous at best (the viral marketing of a movie, for example). I almost wonder if the entire point isn't an experiment in disrupting an open informational economy, and observing the effects, in which case we're all playing into the hands of the class, and giving them plenty of raw data to use. I guess we'll find out whether this is benign willful ignorance, or malicious, deliberate interruptions. ThuranX (talk) 22:26, 1 May 2008 (UTC)

I think that's needlessly harsh. It's much more likely that this is simply what happens when you tell a bunch of students to go write articles yet fail to provide proper guidance on what the difference between an essay and an article is. (Or fully explain the rest of our policies for that matter). Overall, the average here is still better than at NewPagePatrol. --Bfigura (talk) 23:39, 1 May 2008 (UTC)
Wow, you just threw AGF out the window there. Even if they are engaging in such an experiment, the only we can do is benefit from whatever paper gets published in the end. Celarnor Talk to me 06:58, 2 May 2008 (UTC)
Well, good faith was assumed at the beginning of all of this, as it should have been. After an opening, the professor hasn't commented. Numerous editors have suggested moving the articles out of the mainspace so they can be worked on without disrupting the wiki, and they've ignored it. It seems that his students are being required to put something up on wikipedia whether it belongs here or not, and they're not being required to actually learn how to do so within the rules. Now, those articles are being deleted because there's no communication between the professor, his class, and wikipedia. It seems like a lot of work from all parties that will all go to waste. Redrocket (talk) 07:05, 2 May 2008 (UTC)
Celanor, AGF isn't infinite. When numerous editors attempt numerous avenues of recourse, and the behavior persists, among numerous people, one can assume there's an outside pressure. whether it is simply to get a grade, or some other force, we don't know, but clearly, there's an awareness of our policies, and an intent to disregard them. All I said is that I can see there being other explanations. I didnt' offer some grand conspiracy theory, as some here suggest, just an explanation for why so many people are behaving in the same 'ignore those guys' manner. That they seem to be testing the boundaries, at least is clear, why not ponder (and that's all I did), if they arent' testing other things as well? ThuranX (talk) 05:51, 3 May 2008 (UTC)
The conspiracy theory is not only needlessly harsh but exceedingly far fetched. Having said that, the professor's persistent refusal to address the concerns expressed here and at his project or even to communicate with those of us trying to help him out of this mess could be seen as acting in bad faith at this point. On the other hand, he may be deeply embarassed by the debacle (rightly so!) and is simply 'covering his eyes' until the project is finished. I also agree with Bfigura that overall, the average here is still better than at NewPagePatrol. Voceditenore (talk) 09:10, 2 May 2008 (UTC)
I'm not one for conspiracy theories, but I do find the lack of communication on the part of either professor or students to be odd to the point of disconcerting. (NB I also emailed the professor directly today; no response.) --jbmurray (talkcontribs) 09:13, 2 May 2008 (UTC)
This response from a fairly experience editor who helped a friend from the GlobalEcon project upload her paper to Wikpedia is quite interesting. Voceditenore (talk) 10:57, 2 May 2008 (UTC)
It seems that the students are not editing the articles they've created once they're uploaded, which makes me suspect that the "under construction" tags at the top of the articles are simply being placed there to try to delay deletion of the articles. Cordless Larry (talk) 15:34, 2 May 2008 (UTC)
Indeed. --jbmurray (talkcontribs) 15:40, 2 May 2008 (UTC)

This is the oddest thing of all to me. The fact that the coordinating professor should take the time to edit an article on a TV game show, but not respond to any of the queries and suggestions that have been directed his way. In fact, as far as I am aware, not a single student or the professor have responded in any way, except for a couple of initial pleas by the professor for his students' essays to remain unedited. Plus as far as I know he hasn't responded to any email; he certainly hasn't responded to mine. It's all rather strange. I'm at the point of saying delete 'em all, and block the professor's account. --02:25, 3 May 2008 (UTC) —Preceding unsigned comment added by Jbmurray (talkcontribs) 03:25, 3 May 2008 (UTC)

Project management[edit]

I've started to tabulate the "uploads", initials, current article titles, and fates at User:Globalecon/Global_Economics#Student_articles. Can I suggest that any article up for deletion be userfied, either after Prod or AFD, instead of being deleted (if that is the consensus outcome)? I think it will save a bit of grief. --Rifleman 82 (talk) 11:29, 2 May 2008 (UTC)

I've updated the table with the latest information on these articles for tracking purposes. However, I disagree about userfication upon deletion saving us a bit of grief. I'm not exactly sure how that would save us grief at all. In fact, as a matter of fairness, we would have to undelete and userfy about 30-40 articles that have already been deleted and/or redirected at this point, plus explain to the students what userfication means, and how or even whether to move them back into article space, and on and on. That sounds like a lot MORE grief to me. No, I have to stand by my original point that we shouldn't give these students or their articles any preferential treatment, above and beyond what we are already doing. Again, it's all a matter of fairness. -- ShinmaWa(talk) 01:04, 4 May 2008 (UTC)
Frankly, I don't think anything is going to have to be explained to anyone, as neither students nor professor show any sign of coming back to the articles. As such, it's not immediately obvious how this fits under "good faith." They are all "drive-by" article additions. --jbmurray (talkcontribs) 01:58, 4 May 2008 (UTC)
When this is all said and done, we need to come up with a policy on what to do in this situation. Anything we do now, whether it's delete them all or userfy them for future reference, will be setting a precedent. Redrocket (talk) 01:05, 4 May 2008 (UTC)
Why? Each article stands on its own merits -- nothing more or less. The reasons why an editor is here has no bearing at all on that. Even blatant conflicts of interest don't necessarily forbid contributions if done in good faith and meet our inclusion criteria. In other words, I see no reason why we should have any specific policy at all for class assignments. So, here's my personal policy in a nutshell: As long as editors are acting in good faith, their motivations for being here should not have any bearing at all on how we treat them OR their contributions.. -- ShinmaWa(talk) 01:42, 4 May 2008 (UTC)
Shinmawa, so are you saying we shouldn't save the articles in name space unless they specifically ask for it in retrospect? I agree with that sentiment, I feel they should be treated just as other users. I'm just trying to make sure I'm reading your comment in the right way. Redrocket (talk) 01:53, 4 May 2008 (UTC)
That's exactly what I'm saying. If we wouldn't do it for the hundreds of other articles currently in PROD and AFD -- or do it for the thousands of other new users who have registered accounts in the last week -- we shouldn't do it for these students. We aren't doing auto-deletes or auto-userfies for anyone else, so we shouldn't do it for them either. -- ShinmaWa(talk) 02:13, 4 May 2008 (UTC)
Thanks for the clarification. Preach, brother. I agree with you completely. Redrocket (talk) 02:18, 4 May 2008 (UTC)
I agree with the sentiments of ShinmaWa and Redrocket re userfying to save the students and their (clueless) professor grief. I've also written a guide for them (and future students who suffer the same fate) on how to go about retrieving their deleted articles themselves. However, I do support userfying in this case, for a rather different reason. The GlobalEcon 'project' is a textbook example of the worst possible way to use Wikipedia as an assignment in schools and universities. It will be useful to point future education projects, (especially potentially problematic ones) not only to the fate of the articles (i.e., the table started by Rifleman 82 and regularly updated several other editors in the discussion here) but also to concrete examples of what is unsuitable. Having said that, I don't think admins who close deletion debates or speedy delete articles from this project should feel obliged to userfy them. We already have quite few quite spiffy examples of... er... unsuitable contributions.;-) Voceditenore (talk) 07:44, 4 May 2008 (UTC)
Well, that great table (which could be so useful for future education) is in the user's userspace, so he could delete it, no? Shouldn't it be placed somewhere more durable? Maybe somewhere on a sub-page at Wikipedia:School and university projects? SandyGeorgia (Talk) 21:55, 4 May 2008 (UTC)
The page has been moved to Wikipedia:Global Economics. Aleta Sing 03:37, 5 May 2008 (UTC)

Socks of Mykungfu appearing again[edit]


miranda 03:38, 5 May 2008 (UTC)

Mykungfu, a blocked user from 2006 (and technically banned), is currently disrupting Wikipedia by using IP socks in order to push his POV on Alpha Phi Alpha by using ROF as a sock. He uses IPs to file CU cases who he disagrees with see where he stalks my notebook and brings it up to ANI, to the point of harassment (admins only - he files a SSP case). Currently, he is calling for a mediation case. The checkuser cases on him are inconclusive (because he IP hops), but his behavior between socks are similar. An admin admits that ROF's behavior is similar to MKF's. Here's one of his past socks where we say that he is banned. Also, see this SSP and this notice. In addition, one of MKF's socks in the past has created CC Poindexter.

Also in the past, he has harassed users for disagreeing with his MO (See the sock's contribs) and used AOL proxies to disrupt Wikipedia and to evade blocks.

Few applicable ANI threads from the past:

Pages to be deleted:

Under CSD G5, I have requested his pages that he created as a sock as ROF to be deleted. However, Seresin believed that he wasn't banned (even though I provided strong evidence that he was banned) and would not delete the pages in question. He also reverted my tag of him being banned, even though strong evidence exists that he is banned. My request is for a.) the pages be deleted under G5 b.) ROF be blocked as a clear sock. c.) this sock needs to be blocked because it is a CU confirmed sock. Thanks. miranda 17:30, 4 May 2008 (UTC)

That diff about the sandbox sealed it for me. All relevant articles speedied. Blueboy96 17:52, 4 May 2008 (UTC)
Not resolved yet. User is sockpuppetting on his unblock page and making soapbox accusations. I am blanking it and suggest that an admin protect the page and block the sock. miranda 19:49, 4 May 2008 (UTC)
Admin should protect the talk pages as well. I am tired of his harrassment. miranda 20:01, 4 May 2008 (UTC)
Abusing unblock template miranda 20:16, 4 May 2008 (UTC)

Implying legal action, pt. 2[edit]

No one has responded to this topic. Can someone look at it and take care of the issue. Thanks. APK yada yada 01:17, 5 May 2008 (UTC)

I see no reason to worry. JeanLatore (talk) 01:51, 5 May 2008 (UTC)

Well, that's your choice but I'm just following WP:LEGAL policy. "If you make legal threats or take legal action over a Wikipedia dispute, you may be blocked from editing so that the matter is not exacerbated through other channels. Users who make legal threats will typically be blocked from editing indefinitely while legal threats are outstanding." APK yada yada 01:54, 5 May 2008 (UTC)

Live and let live, bro. That's what i say. JeanLatore (talk) 03:15, 5 May 2008 (UTC)

Ok, bro. Anyone besides JeanLatore have an actual productive comment? The reason I brought this up is because the IP has driven away a talented editor from one of the articles. APK yada yada 03:32, 5 May 2008 (UTC)

IP is blocked for legal threats and spamming. Because it's a dynamic IP, I only blocked for 2 weeks. SWATJester Son of the Defender 04:05, 5 May 2008 (UTC)

Thanks. APK yada yada 04:27, 5 May 2008 (UTC)

BLP tag-teaming by User:Orangemarlin[edit]

The following discussion is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made on the appropriate discussion page. No further edits should be made to this discussion.

No more drama please. OM has been warned, and is being advised via email. I think Krimpet understands the issue with their actions here. Asking for a pound of flesh from anyone is not helpful. --Haemo (talk) 04:33, 5 May 2008 (UTC)

Earlier I came across the BLP Rosalind Picard that had not been edited in a while, which seemed to contain a short overly coatrackish tangent on how this computer scientist signed some creationist petition, so I reworded it to be more on-topic and added some sourced information on its relevance to her, etc. (diff) However I soon got reverted by User:Orangemarlin who called my edits "whitewashing."

What concerns me is that instead of discussing the problems with that edit when I asked him about it, OrangeMarlin rebuffed my inquiry without response and started edit warring; worse, he started asking friends to join him so he could game 3RR, going on and on about how I was a "POV pushing" "troll" for doing so.

As someone who frequently deals with BLPs through OTRS work, I'm pretty shocked to find this is the way these sorts of articles are being handled. I really think more eyeballs are needed here. krimpet 02:22, 5 May 2008 (UTC)

It was a whitewash. This was discussed at length on the article talk page, and has had considerable input from the community. If you can't be bothered to discuss your edits, if you can't be bothered to look at past discussions on the article talk page, if you repeat edits by a banned editor...what the heck do you expect people to make of your edits?
It's also noteworthy that you chose to bring it to AN/I, but you have yet to engage with your fellow editors on the article's talk page. Guettarda (talk) 02:36, 5 May 2008 (UTC)
I had every intention to discuss this - first on OrangeMarlin's talk page, then on the article talk page if needed, but it seems he immediately decided to escalate this into a major incident instead. krimpet 02:46, 5 May 2008 (UTC)
That isn't the way we do things around here - we discuss things first on the article talk page. And if you had bothered to read the article talk page, you would have seen that this was discussed. You are the person who escalated the matter...brining it to AN/I while refusing to discuss your edits. Guettarda (talk) 02:51, 5 May 2008 (UTC)
Could you explain where the requirement that edits must be discussed first comes from? — Carl (CBM · talk) 02:53, 5 May 2008 (UTC)
When you edit a page with a contentious history, and three established editors revert your changes, don't you think you should discuss your proposed changes before coming to AN/I? All the more when you are making edits typical of an indef-banned editor? Or has it become normal to ignore talk pages (where the issue was discussed at length) and come to AN/I? Guettarda (talk) 03:00, 5 May 2008 (UTC)
Also funny that you accuse OM of tag-teaming, when he was one of three editors who undid your edits. If this is an OTRS issue, why did you not bother to cite a ticket? If it isn't, why bring it up? To claim some sort of special privilege?
Several editors reverted your edits, but rather than discuss the problems, you choose to call it tag-teaming. Several editors are involved, but you try to pin it on the one who is least well-connected politically. Why not use normal channels (ie, the article talk page)? Why the forum shopping? Why the attempt to smear one editor, when there are several involved? Seriously. Guettarda (talk) 02:48, 5 May 2008 (UTC)
You are straying from the subject I was trying to discuss. OrangeMarlin did blatantly intend to tag-team, as evidenced by those diffs I provided above. And this seems to be indicative of a much larger problem, which is why the community as a whole needs to step in. krimpet 02:58, 5 May 2008 (UTC)
The topic you were trying to discuss? You mean your refusal to discuss your edits? Or your smear against one editor, when several editors disagreed with your edit? And why have you chosen to ignore past discussion on the page's talk page? Why not discuss your edits? Why come here first? Have you never heard of the "bold-revert-discuss" cycle? It isn't "bold-revert-complain on AN/I", you know? Guettarda (talk) 03:05, 5 May 2008 (UTC)
As Krimpet said, he was going to discuss his changes before he was very quickly reverted by OM. OM did not discussion his reverts, and OM acted very inappropriately--a disturbing trend of his--which is why Krimpet came here, and I applaud him for doing so. ~